Saturday, August 24, 2019

Scottish Mens League - Match 3

Fab four perform miracle, but still much to do.

Our team was reduced to four by injury, holidays and unavailability, with only four making the long journey north to Aberdeen on Sunday the 21st of July. But how they rose to the challenge, securing our highest placing so far this season.

Martin Hayes played his usual captain's part, contesting the maximum of 6 events, amassing a fantastic 64 points from 2nd in 400m hurdles (59.45s) and Steeplechase (10:00.02), a surprising 4th in Javelin (34.80m) and 110m hurdles (20.63s), 5th in 1500m (4:14.19) and 3rd B Long Jump (5.15m).

Euan Urquhart came next, amassing 48 points from 3rd in Long Jump (6.72m) and Pole Vault (3.00m), then sprinted strongly into a tricky breeze to take 2nd in 200m (23.05s) and 4th in 100m (11.64s).

Paul Wishart was a happy man, at last achieving a new PB in the Shot, winning with 12.50m, surpassing his previous mark 3 times in the process. He followed this up with 2nd in Discus (32.76m), 3rd B Hammer (25.91m) and Javelin (26.10m) for a total of 46 points.  

Ever faithful Gerry Farrell completed our high scoring day in throws, yielding 18 points from 5th in Hammer (30.69m), 1st B Discus (31.99m) and Shot (9.04m).

This remarkable performance from such a small team put us 6th in the Division 1 match, 7th overall with one match left on 31 August at Grangemouth. We are one of 3 clubs left in a fight to avoid the 2 relegation spots, so a good turnout then is vital. And the example of the 'fab four' proves we can do it. 

 

Hugh Stevenson

Men's Team Manager      

SWAL Champions 2019

Victoria Park are the winners of this year’s Scottish Women’s Athletic League.  After finishing 2nd in the first match at Aberdeen in April and 2nd in the second match at Scotstoun in June, nothing less than a win was required at the third match at Grangemouth to win the trophy on Sunday the 21st of July.Meghan Porterfield

Despite many athletes being unavailable due to holiday commitments or competing at the Schools International in Swansea, the team managers performed a miracle and filled almost all of the places in the team.  Confidence wasn’t particularly high as we had failed to win our home match at Scotstoun, and Team West must have gained in confidence from their victory at match two.

The first track winner on the day was Chloe Lambert in the senior 100m with a time of 12.00s.  That win was followed quickly with a 1st place for Emily Miller who finished in 58.04s in the 400m.

We achieved maximum points in the U13 70m hurdles when Lucy Carr was 1st A in a time of 12.09s and Zoe Loughrey was 1st B in a time of 12.94s.

Chloe Lambert had her second win of the day in the 200m with a time of 24.39s.

Our senior women achieved maximum points in the hammer where Rachel Hunter was 1st A with a distance of 63.22m and Katie Ord was 1st B with a distance of 47.12m.

Meghan Porterfield was in great form, finishing 1st in the U15 Shot Put with a distance of 12.45m and 1st in the discus with a personal best distance of 33.44m which exceeds the UK Power of Ten target.

Maximum points were again achieved by our senior women in the Discus.  Mhairi Porterfield was 1st A with a distance of 34.99m and Katie Ord was 1st B with a distance of 32.86m.

Our senior women were in exceptional form and achieved another maximum score in the high jump where Niamh Cameron-Coyle was 1st A and Emma Thompson was 1st B while achieving the same height of 1.55m.Keira Maxwell

Our U17 women also took maximum points in the discus.  Keira Maxwell was 1st A with a distance of 31.20m and Haley Elliot was 1st B with a distance of 26.86m.

Holly Kirkwood was 1st in the U15 Long Jump with a distance of 5.31m.

Our senior women continued their success by achieving maximum points once again in the Shot Put where Mhairi Porterfield was 1st A with a distance of 12.87m and Rachel Hunter was 1st B with a distance of 11.81m.

There were many big points winners on the day with Eve Crawford finishing 1st B in the U13 100m race, Roisin Cameron-Coyle finishing 1st B in the U17 800m B race, Zoe Douglas finishing 1st in the U13 200m B race and Louise Anderson finishing 1st B in the senior Long Jump.

It had been a great day up to this point but the gap was very narrow going into the relays.  We needed a few more heroes to step up and that’s just what they did.

Our senior 4x100m relay team were 1st in a time of 47.78s, our U17 4x100m relay team were 3rd in a time of 51.83s our U15 4x100m relay team were 1st in a time of 51.99s, our U13 4x100m relay team were 1st in a time of 56.44s and best of all, our senior 4x400m relay team finished 1st with a time of 4:06.67.

We increased our lead over Aberdeen in the relays by 10 points to win one of the best league matches I’ve seen in years.

What a fantastic effort from everyone who took part on the day and credit also to the athletes who represented the club at the earlier two matches.

Bill Walker (League Secretary) sent a message to the Club following the match.Anna Cameron

"Subject to scrutiny I must congratulate VP Glasgow on their excellent  win today.  However, the match was further improved due to the battle from Aberdeen and Team West.  Prior to the relays it could have gone either way between VPG and Aberdeen but pure determination won the day".

The Points Score after 3 Matches is:

1 VP-Glasgow - 22 pts

2 Aberdeen     - 21 pts

3 Team West   - 19 pts

4 Edinburgh     - 14 pts

5 Tayside         - 13 pts

6 Fort Valley     -  9 pts

7 Pitreavie        -  6 pts

8 Lothian          -  4 pts

 

Just a brief reminder, the season’s not over yet and could get even better before it is.  We’re currently sitting in 2nd place in Division 2 of the UKWAL with only the home match to go at Scotstoun on Saturday the 3rd of August.  Promotion to Division 1 is within our reach if we can get our best team out on the day.

We’re also sitting 2nd in Division 1 of the CSSAL with only the match at Grangemouth to go on Sunday the 31st of September.  Winning that would be a great way to finish a fantastic season.

 

 

Thanks to Gary Leek for the great picture of the team celebrating at the end of the match.

Scottish Athletics League - Match 2

2nd Match, Grangemouth, 16th June 2019

SUPERJAX CRACKS HIS OWN RECORD

Jax Thoirs, Scottish record holder in the Pole Vault, was the star of the show at a rain soaked Grangemouth. A heavy downpour at the start of the meeting threatened the viability of the event, but it went ahead eventually, with Jax waiting a long time before his opposition was eliminated, during which time he switched over to the Long Jump, where he took 2nd with an impressive 6.88m. Back at the Pole Vault, he dealt well with a slippery runway and a damp landing area to soar to a season's best of 5.25m, a huge 40cm in excess of his own League record, which had stood since 2011. He ended the day by anchoring our sprint relay team to 3rd place. Thanks, Jax!

Our hopes of a high finish in the match were dashed by several key withdrawals caused by minor, and we trust short lived injuries to key athletes. Ten athletes covered 12 of the 19 events and all performed up to our optimistic wishes.

We took maximum points in 2 events, the Pole Vault, where Adam Orr was 1st B with 3.60m and the High Jump, where Lewis McGuire, 1st A  (2.00m) and Gavin Wilson, 1st B (1.85m) did the business. The other jumps were strong too, with David Wilson 2nd B Long Jump (6.04m) and 4th A (12.71m) Triple, with brother Gavin 2nd B (11.67m).

The sprints were also a fertile source of points. New member Christo Hristov made the best possible debut, winning the 100m A in 11.19  while David Wilson took 5th B in 11.65. In the 200 Christo took 3rd A in 23.00 and David stormed round the bend in lane 8 to enter the straight in the lead, holding on impressively under pressure to cross 1st B in 23.05, only 0.01 outside his pb. All times and horizontal jump marks noted above were inside the legal wind limit. Christopher Boyle opted for the 400m and performed to expectation, 3rd A in 51.77.

We were almost non existent in middle distance and hurdles with the exception of Steven Bryce, who rose to the occasion in 800m when switched up to the blisteringly fast A race. He ran wisely and strongly to take 7th in a fine 2:02.61, a fraction outside his new pb set earlier in the week.

Andrew Peck, who had won the Discus at Match 1, was up against stiffer opposition this time, slipping to 3rd with 40.53m, still a good points-earning throw. Ever faithful Gerry Farrell took 2nd B with 30.20m and also contested Hammer (4th A, 28.48m) and Shot (7th A, 9.22m) 

Christo, Gavin, David and Jax wound up their busy day with a solid 3rd in the 4x100m relay on 44.7 secs. Our late surge of strong events took us well above Falkirk but short of 2 or 3 teams above us, whom we may have caught with just a couple of our missing members. We finished 7th on 210 points and lie 8th after 2 matches on 3 league points. There is still a chance of lifting ourselves up out of the 2 relegation spots if we can perform to this standard while covering more of the events. Spread the word, we need you for Aberdeen on 21 July and Grangemouth on 31 August!

Thanks again to our officials Sheila (field referee) and Hugh Baillie for their hard and lengthy stint in wet conditions and also to our coaches and supporters for their commitment.

Hugh Stevenson

Men's Team Manager 

Scottish Athletic League - Match 1

Our men's team, hit by examMartin Hayess and fixture clashes on Saturday the 4th of May, numbered only seven, and finished a distant 8th, but the single league point gained may yet prove invaluable providing we field good teams in the remaining fixtures.  Our only event winner was Andrew Peck, in his league debut, who threw a superb pb of 43.18m to win the Discus (16 points). Top points scorer was captain Martin Hayes, who amassed 49 points in 400m, 400m Hurdles, 1500m, Steeplechase and Javelin.  Allan Ramsay earned 20 points in 800 and 1500m, Paul Wishart 18 in Shot and Hammer, David Clark 10 in 100m and Javelin, Sean McCormick 9 in 100 and 200m, Steven Bryce 5 in 800m.

Well done to all who competed.  With the ten or more who were unavailable we could mount a good challenge for Division 1 survival.  Remember we were 4th last season after finishing 7th in Match 1.  Thanks as usual to our officials Sheila (Field Referee) and Hugh Baillie and to Gordon Innes and Allan Bryce for their support.Paul Wishart