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UKWL Premier Division - 3rd Match

Woodford's UKWL team contested their 3rd and final match of the Premier season at Bromley on Sunday. Although again finishing in 8th place this was a better all-round performance, and only gaps in a handful of events prevented them finishing higher. TVH won the match with 234 points from Birchfield 226, Blackheath 176, Windsor 171, Edinburgh 167.5, Swansea 163.5, SBH 149 and Woodford 141. That meant TVH were champions and Woodford were relegated back to Division One along with SBH. All the athletes rallied round to cover most of the events.The best scoring individual event was the hammer which brought a double victory from Myra Perkins and Lucy Marshall, but there many good performances from others also.

Photos (by Alex Wardle)

Photos (by Keith Newton)

The hammer was the first event of the day and as usual was of a high standard. Woodford's Myra Perkins just got the better of fellow Scotland Commonwealth Games hopeful Susan McKelvie of Edinburgh, with a season's best of 62.97, and Lucy Marshall was not far short of her recent personal best (62.74m) as she won the "B" with 61.32m. Amongst the other throwing events, the javelin brought two third places, from Sylvia Cruz with 43.16m and U/20 debutant Maia Dart with 36.24m. In the discus, Sarah Parsons placed 7th with 40.31m and in the "B" Lucy Marshall was 7th with 27.99m. In a high standard shot competition with 6 athletes over 15m, Mathilde Billon placed 7th in the "A" with 12.23m, with Sarah Parsons 5th in the "B" with 10.66m. The long jump saw two second places from Kitty Eleyae with 5.82m and Moe Sasegbon with 5.40. Kitty also was 6th in the triple jump with 11.44 secs, as Chanel Hemmings was 3rd in the "B" with 11.15m. Moe also competed in the 100mH where a season's best of 14.40 (-0.5) placed her 6th with Iris Verweij 7th in the "B" with 18.53 secs. Heptathlete Moe also contested the high jump where she placed 4th with 1.70m.  

On the track, Sarah Busby was in action for the first time this season, placing 5th in the 100m with 12.34 secs (-0.6), and then also 5th in the "B" 200m with 25.62 secs. Katie Skelding was 6th in the "B" 100m with 12.64 secs, Jo Ryan continued her good recent form, recording 24.70 secs for 6th in the 200m, and also 54.88 secs for 5th over 400m. In the "B" 400m Anna Nelson was close to her p.b. as she placed 5th with 56.73 secs, which was after a 5th place in the "A" 400mH also close to her p.b. with 60.54 secs. Over 800m it was good to have Chloe Bradley back in action and in a good quality race Chloe was 6th with 2m09.61 secs. Anna Clark was a good 3rd in the "B" and recorded a personal best of 2m09. 74 secs. Kat Gundersen doubled over 1500m and 3000m with times of 5m15.63 secs, and 10m53.49 secs, for 8th in each.. Rachel Lund was also 8th in the "B" 3000m with 10m56.78 secs, but was also 5th in the 2000m s/ch with 8m01.68 secs. 

Both relay teams acquitted themselves well and recorded season's bests. the 4x100m team of Sarah Busby, Kitty Eleyae, Jo Ryan and Mo Sasegbon were 5th with 48.10 secs, and the 4x400m team of Jo Ryan, Anna Clark, Chloe Bradley, and Anna Nelson were 6th with 3m54.34 secs.  

Having been promoted last season the difference in standards between the first and premier divisions was clear to see, but all the athletes gave of their best rallying round to cover additional events. Hopefully if the gaps in certain events can be covered for next season, team manager Keith Newton will be looking for the team to go back up to the Premier Division and stay there.