Match Report – YDL LAG Bournemouth 20th May 2017

A determined team of LAG athletes boarded the coach for their second YDL match in Bournemouth on Saturday morning. There were several new members of the team competing in the YDL league for the first time, including Poppy Huxtable, Evie Hodgen, Grace Penfold, Iona Hobbs, Callum Stewart and Archie Forsyth all of whom showed great enthusiasm and determination throughout the day.

There were some great performances throughout the day, despite the weather! All credit to the 200m runners who raced through a monsoon with PBs for Caitlin Paul and Eva West. In fact, the girls were on fine form as all of the U13 and U15 girls achieved PBs in every sprint race throughout the day along with Imogen Burton and Bella Wiles in the 1500m and 1200m respectively. In the field, Georgia Russell had a huge PB in the hammer. Not to be outdone the boys all sprinted to PBs as well with George Sudderick equalling the Club Record in the 100m. They were joined by Ross Hurst, Archie Forsyth, Ollie Emment and Callum Stewart in the 800m and Jack Gemmell, Finn Punton and Jacob Gelona in the 1500m. The field events were equally successful with both Luca Soave and Ben Palmer jumping PBs in the long jump and Christopher Vaughan and Ollie Emment in the javelin.

The real heroes of the day were all the athletes who agreed to throw or jump for a point for the team. There were a surprising number of PBs in these events from Tyler Panton’s debut in the HJ to a tired Emma Horsey in the SP throwing in her bare feet immediately after stepping off the track after her 1500m to ensure points for the team. The day finished with the sun finally appearing for a very exciting finish which saw Walton dominate the relays. The U15 boys and girls 4x300m relay teams have, therefore, been awarded the Male and Female athletes of the match award – well done! True team spirit to battle to an amazing 2nd place by just a matter of a few points.

Thank you to the officials, without whom we wouldn’t be able to compete and to Andrew for giving up his weekend to coach! Thank you too, to all the parents who supported and got the athletes to the right place at the right time with the right number on – you were amazing! 

Huge congratulations to all the athletes who competed so well! The official results should be out soon on the YDL and Power of 10 websites. We are now looking forward to the next match on 18th June in Winchester.

Kathryn Paul – YDL LAG Team Manager