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UK Youth Development League 2018 - U17/U20

29 July 2018 - U17/U20 - Allianz Stadium

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Well all good things come to an end… After 2 years, 10 months and 23 days the combined forces of the B&B junior men and women failed to win a match for the first time. Our unbeaten run will remain at 13 matches which stretches back to the 2015 YDL final - a record that will likely stand for some time and is a reflection of the athletic ability, hard work, effort and combined team spirit of a group of athletes, their coaches and supporters that the whole club can be proud of.

That we battled hard and only narrowly lost to a Shaftesbury side on their home turf in a fixture that was essentially a dead rubber is testament to the commitment and enthusiasm of our young athletes to compete for the club. In the end the margin of Shaftesbury Barnet’s victory was just a handful of points and in coming second we in any case secured our objectives to win Southern Premiership title for the third consecutive year and ensure our place in the National final.

For the junior men it was bittersweet but nonetheless a hotly contested match which produced some exceptional performances. Perhaps the stand out effort of the day was from Kelechi Aguocha who won the U20 High Jump with a 2.06 jump – 6cm more than he’d ever jumped before and well ahead of the field. The high jump was once again a fantastic event for us with Harrison Thorne winning the U17 A string and Pedro Gleadall taking the B string win. Elsewhere in the field, Pedro had to run over from the PV competition for a single throw to take the A string javelin win. He then resumed vaulting where he eventually managed 4.25 for 2nd on countback. The other A string win came from Ben Hawkes in the U20 shot with a 14m effort, he also took 2nd in the hammer. Also taking a good second place was Dele Aladese who produced a 47m lifetime best in the discus.

Out on the track there were some equally impressive performances. Getting the day of to a great start was Alex O’Callaghan-Brown who took the U20 400 hurdles win in his first YDL match for the club. In the same event English Schools winner Oscar Heaney Brufal notched up another victory in the U17 race. Oscar was one of a handful of athletes involved in four events during the day, absences due to holidays and injuries meant we had to rely heavily on a smaller squad than usual. Ethan Brown secured the U20 A string win in the 200m and we welcomed back from uni Camron Lyttle who won the B string. In the 1500m Angus Harrington won the U20 A string with a new PB and the steeplechase produced a hatful of points with Joss Barber winning the A string and Lewis Mills the B string. Joss’s time of 6:01 was just a couple of seconds outside the league record. That just left the relays and the U20 sprint quartet of Camron, Chizute, Josh and Matt took a good win and the U17 4x4 squad had a brilliant race, a superb final leg by Ollie securing victory by just 8 hundredths in a new season’s best time.

Rod Harrington

Photos from Jay Galley


Photos from Rod Harrington

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