UKYDL Division South 1D U17/U20 Match 1 Report
Posted: 2nd May 2017 by Lewis Smith
UK Youth Development League South Division. League 1D.
Venue: Medway Park, Gillingham. Sunday 30th. April
A strong squad of athletes, representing the ATIP composite team, travelled to Gillingham for their first league match of the season. The team of Under 20 and Under 17 year olds is made up from members of four clubs, Ashford AC, Invicta East Kent AC, Paddock Wood AC and Thanet AC.
Last week, the younger members of the team (U13/U15) did exceptionally well to finish third. However, the older athletes must have taken inspiration and won their match with an incredibly high score, beating their previous best score by some distance and close to 100 points ahead of the second placed team. This achievement was even more astonishing as some 50 events were not covered because of a shortage of athletes, despite 48 athletes turning up on the day.
The team’s efforts were rewarded with an amazing 36 personal best performances and 15 season’s best performances. Everyone played their part on the day including officials, helpers and parents.
Although the result of team work, there were a good number of individual performances. Multi eventer, Tyler Adams claimed personal best performances in the High Jump (1.85m) and Pole Vault (3.60m). In the longer track events, Ahferom Goitom achieved personal best efforts in the 1500m (04:53.77 ) and 2000m Steeplechase (07:32.88).
Under 17 sprinter, Matthew Elliott, is quickly closing in on his older brother’s times, winning the 100m and 200m races in 11.41s and 23.20s respectively, both personal bests. His training partner, Daniel James, improved his best times in the B string races.
Ciara Mackey claimed best times in the 1500m and 1500m Steeplechase, whilst Yetunde Mongo, having only raced 3 times in two years, ran a personal best in the 200m. In the Under 20 women’s 400m hurdles, Alex Prickett cleverly overcame a problem in her race – one of the hurdles had been left at the men’s height. The outcome was Alex achieving a personal best time, despite the problem.
Team manager, Tina Tappenden, was ecstatic with the result and is looking forward to the next meeting at the Mile End stadium on Sunday 28th May.
Under 20 Men’s Team: -
Korede Awe, Daniel James, Barnaby Dougal, Marshall Smith, Aaron Rowland, Tyler Adams, Connor Neal, Kian Crawford.
Under 17 Men’s Team: -
Matthew Elliott, Harry Mills, Connor Neal, Jack Seery, Tom Wilton, Harrison Tremain, Joseph Griffiths, Oliver Prior, Adam Wood, Konrad Farrall, Douglas Noel,
Kiran Gregory, Alfie Gilby, Christopher Scrivens, James O’ Gorman, William Jennings.
Under 20 Women’s Team: -
Sam Hockey, Poppy Collins, Nkereuwem Djamilla, Alexandra Prickett, Joely Catt, Hannah Owen, Chloe Williams, Megan Williams.
Under 17 Women’s Team: -
Yetunde Mongo, Hannah Scrivens, Katerina Booth, Louis Evans, Freya Lee, Ciara Mackey, Lauren Macey, Jade Curtis, Emily Giardina, Abigail Sayer, Freya Simkins, Jacqueline Benson, Ashley Ward.
1. ATIP (Composite) 696 points
2. Basildon Beagles 560 points
3. Orion Harriers 529 points
4. Medway and Maidstone AC 501 points
5. Victoria Tower Highgate (Composite) 390 points
6. Bexley AC 275 points
7. Herts Phoenix AC 205 points
UKYDL Division South East 1 U13/U15 Match 1 Report
Posted: 23rd Apr 2017 by Lewis Smith
UKYDL Division South East 1 U13/U15 Age Group.
Medway Park, Gillingham. Saturday 22nd. April 2017
Members of Ashford AC turned out for the second match of the season. This time it was the turn of the youngest members of the club who travelled to Gillingham for their first league match of the season. The UKYDL lower age group is a national competition for boys and girls under 13 and under 15 years of age.
With a comprehensive program of events to cover, Team Manager, Tina Tappenden, was faced with only 26 athletes to cover the events, seven of the athletes were competing for the first time. The Under 13 boys could not cover a relay as only 2 athletes turned up. However, they both contested the maximum number of individual events allowed by the league rules.
The rain and wind that greeted the athletes on arrival, quickly changed to bright sunshine, bringing some cheer to the rest of the meeting. This clearly had an impact on everyone, as the teamwork and performances just got better; even the parents and supporters became more enthusiastic.
At the end of the day, the youngsters were rewarded for their efforts with an excellent third place, an outcome that hadn’t been expected at the beginning of the meeting.
In addition to the match position, there were numerous personal bests and season best performances. There were going to be personal best performances as some of the athletes were new starters, but the total of 44 was exceptional and emphasises the impact of teamwork and support.
Mabel Naisbitt, Naomi Parrott, Libby Pritchard, Libby Turbutt, Asha lacey, Loretta Brooks, Sienna Bates, Evangeline Norwood
Harry Harman, Jack Saxby
Lydia Owen, Sarris Teale, Ella Saxby, Kaliyah Lacey, Libby Moore, Bronwyn Yeandle
Kieran Day, Kristian Samwell-Nash, Aston Frederick, Spike Purdie, Aeron lambert, George Seery, James Coward, Chase Arnold, Benjamin Smith, Connor Williams
Team Officials: -
Tina Tappenden Ashford team manager. Christine Lee Thanet team manager.
Tim Williams field
Megan Williams field
Chloe Williams, David Nash, Andrew Smith field
and Stella Bandu helping with athlete's.
Match result: -
Brighton and Hove AC 564 points
Medway and Maidstone AC 517 points
Ashford and Thanet (combined) 388.5points
Lewes AC 378points
Orion Harriers 348points
Basildon AC 327.5points
The next league match is for the UKYDL older age groups (U17 and U20)
Venue, Medway Park on Sunday 30th April.