BAL Premiership Round 3

The third round of the BAL Premiership took place at Sheffield on Saturday, and Woodford’s men’s team went into that fixture in fifth place in the division. Despite a strong effort by the team, including plugging gaps in certain events, Woodford were missing too many of their top athletes to make up ground. On the day Woodford finished 6th, as Birchfield again won with 362 points, from Newham with 318.5, a much improved host club, Sheffield on 294, Harrow 272.5, SBH 272, Woodford 248, Blackheath and Bromley 219, and Cardiff 155. That leaves the League standings with one fixture remaining at Birchfield 23, Newham 22, Harrow 16, SBH 15, Woodford 11, Sheffield 10, Cardiff 6, and Blackheath on 5. Youcef Zatat was Woodford’s only “A” string  winner with the day’s best performance of the whole meeting, but there were many other decent performances including personal bests from Ewan Dyer, Eugene Amor-Dadzie, and Ellis Greatrex.

Results

Youcef Zatat by Alex Wardle 2

Performance of the day: Youcef Zatat

Woodford juniors step up to the plate

Last Saturday see the WGEL Juniors take part in round 3 of the YDL Lower @ Medway Park and they didn’t disappoint, finishing with a fine 3rd place which should secure their place in this division next year. 

1)      Basildon AC – 607.0

2)      Medway & Maidstone – 542.5

3)      WGEL – 511.5

4)      Bexley AC – 495.0

5)      VPTH – 491.0

6)      Cambridge Harriers (Kent) – 410.0

7)      Paddock Wood & Folkestone – 397.0

Full results

Current league table

England U/20 & U/23 Champs and other T&F News.

At the England Athletics Championships in Bedford over the weekend, which also counted as Trials for the GB & N.I. Trials for the European U/20 and U/23 Championships, results from Woodford athletes were led by Cameron Fillery who successfully defended his U/23 110mH title. Amongst other Woodford performances there were medals for Ellen McCartney and Canaan Solomon.

SAL: 4th place leaves team reliant on home matches

Woodford finished fourth and last in the 3rd SAL match of the season at Stevenage on Saturday 15 June, dropping the team dangerously close to the division 2 relegation zone. Hosts Stevenage and North Herts won the fixture ahead of Bexley and Cambridge & Coleridge. Unlike the first two matches, where WGELs women have clearly outscored the other teams, this match saw the smallest womens contingent in years, just 9 athletes, with more gaps than events contested.

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