Saturday, September 22, 2018

Scottish Mens League

The third match of the Scottish Men's League was held at Grangemouth on Sunday the 24th of June.

We finished a good 3rd in this match and now lie 5th overall with one match remaining. All 12 members of the team did well, some covering a variety of events. Hard to pick our hero of the Day, several to choose from.

Lewis McGuire won the High Jump with a superb 2.10m, then attempted to improve his own Div 1 record but just failed at 2.15m. He was ably supported by Marcus Morton winning the B event at 2.00m for our only clean sweep of the day. Our best events were the jumps. Jax Thoirs took a cautious pole vault at 4.20m first clearance to secure victory, then scored well in Long Jump (3rd, 6.99m, wind +3.2).

Sean Fontana, back home after a few years' absence, scored a thrilling distance double. In the 1500m, after a steady paced 3 laps he cut loose with 300 to go, was stalked by the Aberdeen athlete, overtaken, then had a ding dong all the way up the home straight before a desperate lunge for the line brought victory by 0.04sec in 3:59.16. In the 5000 (in which he has twice been Scottish champion) he ran cannily with the pace before breaking loose 600m out to take the Division 1 race convincingly in 15.18.50. 32 points for the team!

Another 32 pointer was Cian O'Donnell, who gamely contested the maximum of 6 events for the good of the team.

Top points gatherer was Martin Hayes, who played a captain's part in his first outing in the league this season and scored a magnificent 56 points. He outclassed the field in the 3000m steeplechase to win in 9:39.63, after taking 2nd in 400m Hurdles, 59.72, 5th 800m, 1:59.00, and saving himself for the 110m Hurdles (5th, 19.27, +2.9)!

We didn't manage the heroic relay double of Aberdeen, as our men were too tired to make up a full 4x400 team, but we once again swept the opposition aside in the 4x100, where our quartet blended experience and cool heads, not to mention class and determination, to speed to victory by a margin of 0.89secs. The team was David Clark, Kade Thomas, Jax Thoirs, Cian O'Donnell. Good to have Kade back for his first outing, with a good 2nd in 100m (10.83, +3.8), though his 'voluntary' stint in the 400m, while showing good team spirit, is probably one not to be repeated.

The final match is on 26 August at Kilmarnock. We need to keep the pressure up, as several clubs have been fielding their big guns to maintain their position in the league. We failed to field in 7 events this time, though our athletes on the day showed fine form and commitment. Let's have a bigger turnout next time.

Thanks as usual to our officials Sheila (Field Referee) and Hugh Baillie for their valued contribution on a beautiful, though hot day and to parents and supporters for their loyalty.

OTHER RESULTS NOT MENTIONED ABOVE

100m 2B David Clark 11.39 (+3.3); 200m 6A David Clark 23.19 (+2.8), 3B Cian O'Donnell 23.36 (3.1); 400m 4A Chris Boyle 51.83, 6B Kade Thomas 55.53; 1500m 4B Steven Bryce 4:18.18; Long Jump 3B Cian O'Donnell 6.07m (+2.7); Triple Jump 3A Tim Chan 12.59m (-3.2); Pole Vault 2B Cian O'Donnell 2.70m; Shot 8A Gerry Farrell 8.80m, 6B David Clark 8.42m; Discus 6A Gerry Farrell 31.64m, 6B Cian O'Donnell 25.78m; Hammer 7A Gerry Farrell 30.29m; Javelin 6A Cian O'Donnell 34.61m, 3B Martin Hayes 31.08m

 

Hugh Stevenson

Men's Team Manager