Thu 18th Oct 2018


WADAC Sportshall teams compete at Eastleigh Places Leisure (formerly Fleming Park)

Hampshire Sportshall League Match Eastleigh

The first Hampshire Sportshall League match of the 2018/19 season took place at Eastleigh Places Leisure Centre (formerly Fleming Park). Winchester & District Athletic Club (WADAC) sent teams to compete in the under 11 and under 13 boys and girls team competitions.

In the Under 11 boys event Sam Nicholson continued his improvement from last season, when he secured Hampshire Sportshall team selection. Sam was an excellent 2nd overall in the individual standings which included a superb 2.04m Standing Long Jump personal best which was the best jump of the day by an U11B. Sam also had the equal fastest run in the 3 Lap of 47.7 sec. Also finishing in the top ten was Daniel Harrison in 9th who had a very fast time of 15.0 in the one lap race for equal 5th best time of the day. Thomas Beck produced a very consistent performance across the six events finishing 21st overall. The WADAC team was completed by Lucas Steel in 25th in his very first Sportshall match. The U11B team were 3rd behind Southampton and New Forest Juniors. Sam and Daniel had the 2nd fastest time of 61.9 in the 2+2 relay.  Other WADAC U11B were Oliver Coles Nicolas Izak 35th Ethan Coles 36th.   

In a high standard Under 13 girls competition WADAC’s Jemima Sullivan 9th and Grace Weeks 10th both performed very well. Jemima ran 12.5 for 3rd fastest time in the Hi-Stepper agility event. Grace ran really well in the 2 lap race with 29.9 for the 5th fastest run in the U13G category. Next scorer was Elisa De Liberali in 14th who had a good performance of 13.8 in the Hi-Stepper. The 4th WADAC team athlete was Erin McBriar in 17th including a solid Speed Bounce total of 70. The team was 4th overall narrowly missing out on 3rd place. Other WADAC U13G participants were Addie Thomas 18th , having a good run in the 4 Lap run in 67.4 sec. Lucy Thomson 21st Jasmine Farrand 24th Lucy Smith 29th and Talya Wright 30th. The duo of Lucy Thomson and Jasmine Farrand were 3rd fastest in the 1+1 relay and Elisa De Liberali and Jemima Sullivan 3rd quickest in the 2+2 relay in 62.9.

The Under 13 boys total number of athletes was down on usual numbers but WADAC still had three athletes in the top three with Sam Mballa achieving a fine 2nd position impressing in the Shot with the furthest throw of 7.66m. Oscar Hoult was 3rd in the competition and had the best Speed Bounce amount of 76 in 30 seconds. Oscar Webb was 6th having the best Standing Long Jump with a fine 2.26m and a Shot distance of 7.65m for 2nd just 1cm behind Sam. Stan Parkinson was 9th to complete the WADAC team who were 2nd behind Aldershot. Joseph Benzie was 15th and Monty Wyatt 16th.

The Under 11 girls had 63 competitors and all the Winchester athletes bar one were in their very first competition and so lacked experience. Performing against girls almost 2 years older than her Orla Edgecombe had an excellent result of 18th, having especially good results in the 1 Lap, Standing Long Jump and Speed Bounce, definitely one for the future. Next was Abi McBriar in 21st with her best event a Speed Bounce total of 46. Sara Bucci also shows great promise in 34th having a rapid Hi-Stepper run of 14.5.  The final A team scorer was Bethany Mballa in 38th including a good Chest Push of 5.25m. The team was 7th overall but given the WADAC inexperience this was understandable. Other U11G WADAC were Claudia Smith 45th : Livvy Vaughan 53rd : Grace Beckett 55th ; Veronica Bucci 56th : Alice Ngwata 58th Ruby Foster 59th and Polly Newman 62nd.

The next match in the series is in November at Applemore Sports Centre in the New Forest .