Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Scottish Mens League Match 4

We started a good weekend at Grangemouth on the 27th of August with second place in the final match of the Scottish Athletics League Division 1, confirming our position as third overall for the season. This was a great encouragement, a tribute to those who supported the team this season, with a few athletes sidelined or generally unavailable. Although holders Aberdeen were all conquering and worthy champions, we were just behind Central, who have been the power to be reckoned with in previous seasons.

We started the match well with strong performances in 400 Hurdles, Long Jump and Javelin to take an early lead, then slumped to fifth before a strong finish with 200m, High and Triple Jumps, Discus and relays. All thirteen athletes gave of their best. Good to see M50 Gerry Farrell back and scoring well in throws and Lewis Serpell competing first time in this league.

Our top event was 400H, with Iain Wilson taking 1st A in a pb of 58.19 and captain Martin Hayes strolling to victory in the B, holding back for his later 2nd A steeplechase. Next was High Jump, with Marcus Morton our sole A winner with 1.95m and Alex Lewis surprising us all with a pb of 1.70m for 3rd B. Our sprinters Kade Thomas and Cian O'Donnell performed solidly near the top of the field, as did our horizontal jumpers, John Scanlan, David Wilson and Corry O'Hara. The 800 and 1500m events were notable for their high quality fields, but Chris Boyle and Steven Bryce ran well at the head of the chasing groups.

Once again thanks to our officials Sheila and Hugh Baillie and coaches/ supporters Julie Boyle and John Wilson for help and encouragement.

Full scrutinised results for this and all matches this season will go up on SAL website www.scottishleague.org.uk

 

Hugh Stevenson

Men's Team Manager