National Youth Development League, Southern Premier Division, Bromley 28 July 2019

Match Result (provisional)

Posn

Team Name

Points

1

Blackheath & Bromley

688.0

2

Shaftesbury Barnet

680.5

3

Reading AC

576.0

4

Crawley AC 

568.5

5

Havering AC

536.5

6

Windsor Slough & Eton

517.5

 

The YDL Under 17s and Under 20s battled all the way to hold onto their Premier Division place but despite some fine results a fifth place finish at Bromley on Sunday saw the squad slip back into Division 1 after just one season in the top flight.

The throwing events produced the greatest return for club athletes with nine victories. English Schools' champion Alice Brown and Freya Killilea scored full points in the Under 17 discus, as did the javelin pairing of Adelaide Thatcher-Gray and Grace Iyinbor, and hammer thrower Josephine Larkins in the same age group. Chimdi Okpalauko and Elysha Thatcher-Gray came up trumps in the Under 20 shot as did Under 20 men's javelin duo of Oliver Woods and Charlie Savill. Other top three throws placings went to Under 17s Ejiro Akpotor in the discus and Bradley James in the javelin.

The middle distance events brought wins for Kate O'Neill in the Under 20 1500m and Alice Brown in the 800m B, as Kate was third in the A.  Angelica Thomson was runner up in both the 1500m B and B chase as Under 17 Amy Kilner was third in the A chase - both stepping in at short notice in the bid to boost the club points tally. Jack Thomson and Timi McDaniel also scored well in the U17 'chase after running the 1500m & 800m respectively, as did Under 20s Alex Friend & Oliver Woods - with Oliver taking top points in this event as well. There were 800m third places for Lewis Debenham (U20B) and Sydney Foley (U17A) and she added U20 second place on her 400m debut.

There were good points in the hurdles as Sam Sanusi's PB made it three wins in four matches in the Under 17 sprint hurdles as Brad James also improved his best to win the B - Brad had earlier ran the 400m hurdles with one spike as his shoe came off at the start! In the Under 17 women's sprint hurdles Yasmin Uwakwe won for the second match and Yasmine Mwanyo was third in the B, as was 300m hurdler Holly Taylor. Multi eventer Leo Chashchin was also third in the U20 hurdles to add to his second places in the vault and long jump. Other good jumps points were added by CJ Nze who won the U17 B triple jump, with Kimathi Christie third in the A, Jess Collier's U17 vault runner up placing, and long jump thirds for Sanusi a(U17) and U20 Tobi Idowu.

Points were hard to come by in the sprints but Alice Brown completed her hat-trick of wins in the 300m B, Matthew Agnimel was second in the U20 400m, Jade Kavanagh added two third places in the U20 200m & 400m, as did Shalom Gbadebo (100m) and Emma Ramsden (200m PB) in the U17 sprints. The U20M 4x400m quartet of Matthew, Alex Friend, Aaron Freshwater and Leo were third.

There are also PBs for Charlotte Wright (200m), Michael Okoro (200m), Daragh Thomas (400m), Louis Berrett, Sam Bradley & Olivia Witton (all 800m), Hal Hutton (Discus). Tayo Harry, Malcolm Oshungbohun, Somto Okpalauko, Reece Debenham, Elijah Payne, Mali Grant, Keturah Christie, Tomi Sanwo & Ella Burgess completed the line up.

At the end of a hard-fought day despite all the efforts from the athletes, team managers Susan Wright and Paul Berrett, standing in for Gary Atkins, officials and helpers, the squad were unable to hold onto their Premier Division place but aim to bounce back for the 2021 season.

Club results

Final League positions after 4 of 4 (provisional)

Posn

Team Name

League

Points

1

Blackheath & Bromley

23

3028.5

2

Shaftesbury Barnet

21

2943.5

3

Windsor Slough & Eton

13

2386.5

4

Reading AC

10

2006.5

5

Crawley AC

9

2071.5

6

Havering AC

8

2031.5

A few random pics to follow (taken between officiating)