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20 June 2018

Lower Youth Development League Match 3 Report

After the glorious weather we’ve had at every match so far this track and field season, it was inevitable that it’d break, and break it did during Saturdays YDL Lower Match 3, leading to the abandonment of the match due to a flooded track. Fortunately, there’d already been enough of the match completed, with only the relays missing, so the results stands as it was, with us in 3rdplace.


Well done to all who competed in what was a depleted team due to losing quite a few u15’s to the Mason Trophy.


As every a special thanks to those who officiated, Elaine, Peter, Scott and Rachel and Family, Steve, Simon, Nicole, Rob, Joe, Dave, Neil, James and Jess. Also, a big ‘Well done’ to Jackie on doing the YDL results for the first time.


The weather also affected the results in so much as there was a strong headwind all day in the home straight, so times suffered accordingly.


As ever, picking out the highlights isn't easy, top 3 placings are mentioned below, but remember that all contribute to the match result and each individual performance is vital to the success of the team.

u13b – Losing Ethan and Tasios to injury – the lads got stuck in and did what they could. James 3rdin 800m (A) with Owen 2nd(B); Matthew 1st1500m (A) and Ethan 1st(B)


u13g – benefited greatly by the return of Zara with 1stin 75m (A) 150m (A) and 3rdin LJ (A); Isabelle 1stin 800m (A) and 2ndin 75m (B); Sophia 1stin 150m (B) and 2ndin 1200m (B); Elena 1stin 1200m (A); Millie 1stin 800m (B) nad 2ndin Shot (A); Alexandra 3rdin LJ (B); Olivia 3rdin Shot (B). Sophia, Millie, Isabelle and Zara were 2ndin the only relay race of the day to complete before the heavens opened.


u15b – With Jonny and Louis M at the Mason Trophy and Louie and Jack injured, the remaining lads stepped up and did their bit. Jerel continues his undefeated record in YDL for Trafford with 3 more win in 100m, 200m and LJ; Charlie 1st800m (A), 2nd300m (A); Alex, on YDL debut, 2nd800m (B) and 1st300m (B); Sam, making a welcome return to the track from injury, 1st1500m (A) with Samuel 1st1500m (B); Elliot 1stLJ (B).


u15g – Christie, Emily R and Emily P also at the Mason Trophy, the strength in depth, particularly on the track, was evident in this group. Trezeguet 1st100m (A) and 200m (A); Elina 1st200m (B) and 1stLJ (A); Halle 1st100m (B), HJ (A) and LJ (B); Erin 2nd800m (A) and 2nd300m (B); Isobel 1st800m (B); Anna 3rd1500m (A) and Nicola (another returning from injury) 1st1500m (B); Neve 1stPV (A), 2ndHJ (B) and 3rdJavelin (A); Amelia C 2ndShot (B) and 3rdJavelin (B)


Next match is an international fixture at Menai (Bangor), so passports at the ready for 21stJuly.


As mentioned earlier, the weather played its part and the wind in particular meant that it wasn’t a day for fast times from the sprinters. Despite this we still had 16 PB’s and 2 SB’s.

Graded Performances were also down to 24.

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