After the disappointment of having its first round match cancelled because of severe weather, Cardiff's National Junior League team got to compete at Yate last Sunday, 24th June, and, despite some gaps in the team, performed creditably.
This time the weather was kinder although the wind was blustery on occasions.
Cardiff finished in sixth place just 14 points behind Notts AC in fifth. With the next match in Swansea on Sunday 22nd July we need to build on this to put us on a solid footing before the last match on 12th August in Derby. If we can fill a few of the gaps, especially over the hurdles, there is no reason why we can't move up a place in the table next time.
There were several good individual performances with Sam Gordon confirming that his sub 11 secs time at the BAL match recently was not a one-off, by running 10.96 to take second place in the 100m A race. Jac Palmer made his debut at the 6k hammer with a magnificent throw of 54.31m. The match saw a substantial number of new athletes appearing for the first time in a Cardiff vest in this League. Mathew Edwards put in a fine performance in the 2k steeplechase finishing second in 6:15.23. Bradley Cole scored a double win in the Hammer B and Javelin A.
In the girls section, the middle distance was strong with Kate Seary, Georgia Morgan and Ellie Atkinson all making their debuts in this League. With a helping hand from Majidah Harb, they made a clean sweep in the 800m and 1500m winning both A & B races between them. There was also a very respectable 4th place for Fiona Bray in the 3000m. Megan O'Sullivan did well in the Triple Jump to finish in second place with 11.32m.
Cardiff's individual event winners were:
Men: Jamaul Whyte (200m B); Mike Ward (1500m A); Bradley Cole (Hammer B & Javelin A).
Women: Alison Singleton (100m B); Kate Seary (800m A); Georgia Morgan (800m B); Ellie Atkinson 1500m A); Majida Harb (1500m B).
The match result was:
1. West Wales (554 points)
2. Birchfield H (506)
3. Team Avon (451)
4. Rugby & Northampton (444)
5. Notts AC (403.5)
6. Cardiff AAC (389.5)
7. Derby AC (259)
8. Cannoch & Stafford AC (141)
To view the full results click on RESULTS.
A big well done to all who competed in Yate and we look forward to seeing you in Swansea on 22nd.