We just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ to everybody who came and competed at the first YDL Lower league match on Saturday at St. Mary’s. Despite the number of gaps we had in the team, especially in Under 13 Boys, we finished a very impressive 2nd to the host team earning almost as many points in one match as we did the whole of last season!!
On Sunday, the first Wessex League match of the season took place, with over 70 WADAC athletes competing. The U15 girls and boys teams were almost full which is great to see. The U13s had relatively small teams and the results reflect this so we would encourage any U13s to sign-up for future matches of both the Wessex League and the YDL.
There were many PBs and many wins for Lauren Fall, Serena Charles, Freya Brannigan, Abigail Dennison, Bea Fair, Poppy Clements, Lucy Torrance, Sophie Ridley, Alex Miles, Alex Harrison, Tom Gillespie, John Honigmann, Tom Mannion, Andrew Wilson, Charlie Steggall, Tom Hayward, Kieran Horan, Dominic Ringrose Voase, Matthew South, Harry Tosen, Ryan Cousins, Kanya Mtshweni, Edward Hill King, U13 girls relay team, and the U17 men relay team. Special mention should go to Tom Gillespie and Lauren Fall who achieved an AAA Grade 1 in their events.
WADAC finished 3rd overall and the age group results were as follows:
U13 girls: 3rd
U13 boys: 5th
U15 girls: 2nd
U15 boys: 2nd
U17 women: 4th
U17 men: 2nd
The results will be posted on the Wessex League website http://www.wessexleaguetandf.co.uk/results.htm and on Powerof10: http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/resultslookup.aspx.
Thank you to all our officials and parent helpers.
The next Wessex League match is on Sunday 14th June in Winchester.
YDL Upper Age Group Match Hillingdon Saturday 18th April
Thank you to all athletes who travelled to Hillingdon on Saturday to compete for WADAC in the first YDL match of the season.
We took a strong team and achieved 2nd place overall, earning WADAC 7 league points. (Hillingdon, the host club, won the match). This was achieved through excellent individual performances and because so many athletes competed in other events for team points. Congratulations to all the athletes.
In the U17 Women, India Leon won 200m A and 300m A, with a personal best (PB) in both. Sophie Ridley won 80m Hurdles (A) and High Jump (A). Isobel Gray won Long Jump (A), with a PB and English Schools qualifying distance, also coming second to the UK no 1 in the Discus and Shot, (with PBs in both of these too, at English Schools level for Shot). Florence Heap won the 80m Hurdles (B) and achieved a PB in 100m (A), coming 4th. Isobel Upton was 5th in 1500m (A), only just back from injury.
Lauren Auchterlonie and Emma Dalton made their Debut in U17 throwing events for Winchester, both coming 3rd in their competitions, with PBs in Hammer and Javelin respectively. They enjoyed the experience and are keen to compete again soon.
Special mention to Flo Heap and Emma Dalton for competing in U20 Women field events to get points for the club. Emma came 3rd in U20 (B) Long Jump and Flo won the U20 (A) Women’s Javelin! This just goes to show how much athletes can contribute to WADAC by taking part in secondary events, especially those which other clubs also find hard to fill.
A big thank-you also goes to Ella Morgan and Klara Lyne, the only U20 Women who competed, despite important upcoming exams. Ella came 5th and 3rd in 100m (A) and 200m (A) respectively, setting her up to progress well in key forthcoming competitions, and Klara Lyne won her U20 800m (A) race.
In U17 Men’s track events: Ryan Cousins (3rd, 100m (A) and 2nd, 100m Hurdles, (A)); James Fall (2nd, 100m (B)); Jason Wilson (3rd, 200m (A) and 2nd, 400m (A)); and Matthew South (2nd, 200m (B) all achieved PBs. Matthew also won 400m Hurdles (B) with team mate Dominic Ringrose-Voase winning 400m Hurdles (A).
In U17 Men’s field events, Glen Foster won High Jump, with a season’s best of 1.90m, (English Schools Qualifying height), also coming second in Long Jump. Ed Hill-King came second in Discus and Shot. Several U17s also competed above their own age group in field events, (since only one competitor is allowed at U17 per field event at YDL). Josh Goble came 2nd in both U20 (A) Long Jump and Triple Jump, achieving a PB in each. Charles McLoughlin won the U20 (B) Men’s Long Jump, equalling his PB, and Matt South competed for points in U20 (A) Javelin, coming fourth.
On the track, U20 Men were equally successful. Ryan Coles won 100m and came second in 200m A races, achieving a PB in both and an English Schools Qualifying time in 100m. Jack Messenger and Billy Stirling Stainsby came second in 100m B and 200m B races respectively, both achieving PBs. Graduating to the longer distances, Jack and Ben Healey won the 400m A and B races, (Ben with a PB), Billy won the 400m Hurdles A race with a PB. Bonnor Sullivan won 1500m A and came second in 800m A, both with PBs, and Calum Upton won the 1500 B and 3000m A races.
Some of the U20 Men contributed to the Field Event success too, despite not being specialists, adding to Charles, Josh and Matt’s performances. Ben came 3rd and 4th in Shot and Hammer, Calum Upton won (B) Javelin, and Jack came second in High Jump.
Winchester fielded a team in three out of the four 4 x 100m relays, winning U17 Women’s and U20 Men’s and coming Second in U17 Men’s, also winning U20 Men 4 x 400m.
Many teams found it difficult to field competitors in all events, and Winchester , while benefitting in those events where we did compete, was no exception. Injury and unavailability meant that no U17 Men and only one U17 Woman competed for WADAC in middle distance events. Few U20 Women athletes are currently competing for the club, with some having just left for university, leading to lots of gaps at U20 Women level. And, again partly because of university departures and injury, Winchester did not field any steeplechasers, pole-vaulters, or, in some age groups, triple jumpers at Hillingdon. When everyone is competition fit, and if more athletes can be identified to train into these events, or are attracted to the club to compete in these events, Winchester could be looking to win some of these matches in future!
Overall, a very successful first match. Thank you to athletes, but also to officials, coaches and parents who helped on the day, without whom, it would not have happened.
Caris Stoller (Upper YDL Team Manager)
If you haven't done so already, you can still sign up for the first YDL U13/U15 (School Years 6-9) match which is taking place at St. Mary's, Twickenham on 2nd May. We’re taking a team coach so travel need not be a problem and you can sign up now for a fun day out with some great competition.
Please find below the team selection for this Sunday’s Wessex League match at Basingstoke:
A= A string;
B = B string;
N/S = non-scoring.
There are a couple of athletes that weren’t able to have their choice of event due to demand but we have noted the details and this will be considered when making the selection for the next match. Our apologies for this but the league have been more stringent on numbers this year.
We do, however, have some gaps so if you would like to try something different, please let us know:
- U13 boys: shot, discus, javelin.
- U15 boys: discus, 80m hurdles
- U17 boys: all events
- U13 girls: B String Discus & B String Shot
- U15 girls: A & B High Jumpers : B 75 Metre Hurdles : B Javelin
- U17 girls: all events
Please check spelling and event allocation carefully and then email Kathryn (email@example.com) or Steve/Barrie (firstname.lastname@example.org) if there are any problems. If for any reason your child cannot compete on the day, please send an email, particularly if they are a scoring athlete, so we can replace him/her.
The timetable for Sunday can be found here: http://www.wessexleaguetandf.co.uk/timetable.htm
Please aim to arrive one hour before your event to warm up and collect your number/letter from the WADAC gazebo. Scoring athletes (A and B strings on the team selection) will be given their letter (W/WW) to wear when they sign-in. Non-scoring athletes will receive a number.
Please remember your WADAC vest – you won’t be able to compete without it.
The address of the Basingstoke track is: Down Grange Sports Ground, Pack Lane, Basingstoke.
We need some parent volunteers to assist our officials in the following field events. Please let us know if you are able to help out:
10:45: U11B Vortex G1
11:15: U11B Vortex G2
13:30: U13G High jump
14:30: U13G Shot
15:30: U15G Long jump
16:00: U17/U20W Discus
Thanks and see you on Sunday,