Further weekend action

Over the weekend, in addition to the Cup Final, WGWEL athletes were in action around the country at the England Athletics U/15 and U/17 Championships at Bedford; the Scottish U/23 Championships at Grangemouth, and the Southern Inter Counties at Chelmsford.

BAL Clubs' Cup-Final

ImageCompeting at Barnet’s Copthall Stadium on Saturday in the final of the Clubs' cup competition, WGwEL’s combined men’s and women’s teams were victorious and again came away with the Jo Smith Trophy. On a day when all teams were some way below full strength, team managers Gladys Bird and Keith Hopson  oversaw a fine team performance, and with the Woodford women notably below their strongest, those that were competing responded admirably with performances that included six personal bests. Woodford scored 227 points, ahead of Sale on 215, Newham 213, Birchfield 201, Enfield and Haringey 159, Windsor SE&H, 139, Trafford 132, and Shaftesbury Barnet 131.



Uk Women's League, Match Three

Hollie Redman
WGwEL's women's team were emphatic winners at Grangemouth on Sunday, in the third, and final fixture of Division Two of the UK Women's League. They finish the season with a perfect record of 3 victories as, after relegation from the First Division in 2008 they return to the top flight at the first attempt. Woodford scored 246 match points, ahead of Blackheath and Bromley on 187.5 and Enfield and Haringey on 179.5. WGwEL won the second division title with 24 points ahead of Blackheath, who are also promoted on 19, and Enfield on 17. In a fine team performance the Woodford women picked up 13 victories, with each of Nusrat Ceesay, Tara Bird and Hollie Redman claiming double individual victories.

BAL Premiership Match Three

In an enthralling contest at Barnet’s Copthall Stadium on Saturday, WGwEL’s men’s team finished a close second to local rivals Newham who scored 355 points, ahead of Woodford on 347. Sale were a distant third on 292, with Birchfield fourth on 281. With Sylvia Nicholson in attendance amongst the Woodford supporters, Team Manager Gladys Bird was pleased with the team's performance, and Woodford now lie a clear second in the division on 19.5, behind NEB on 24, with Birchfield third on 18.5. With one meeting left, Trafford are sure to be relegated, but Enfield, Shaftesbury, Sheffield or Sale could now each join them. It was a strong all-round effort from Woodford’s men, but the field eventers laid the foundations, with hammer thrower Mark Dry picking up the Man Of The Match award for his victory with a new personal best of  70.81m.

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