Victoria Park are the winners of this year’s Scottish Women’s Athletic League. After finishing 2nd in the first match at Aberdeen in April and 2nd in the second match at Scotstoun in June, nothing less than a win was required at the third match at Grangemouth to win the trophy on Sunday the 21st of July.
Despite many athletes being unavailable due to holiday commitments or competing at the Schools International in Swansea, the team managers performed a miracle and filled almost all of the places in the team. Confidence wasn’t particularly high as we had failed to win our home match at Scotstoun, and Team West must have gained in confidence from their victory at match two.
The first track winner on the day was Chloe Lambert in the senior 100m with a time of 12.00s. That win was followed quickly with a 1st place for Emily Miller who finished in 58.04s in the 400m.
We achieved maximum points in the U13 70m hurdles when Lucy Carr was 1st A in a time of 12.09s and Zoe Loughrey was 1st B in a time of 12.94s.
Our senior women achieved maximum points in the hammer where Rachel Hunter was 1st A with a distance of 63.22m and Katie Ord was 1st B with a distance of 47.12m.
Meghan Porterfield was in great form, finishing 1st in the U15 Shot Put with a distance of 12.45m and 1st in the discus with a personal best distance of 33.44m which exceeds the UK Power of Ten target.
Maximum points were again achieved by our senior women in the Discus. Mhairi Porterfield was 1st A with a distance of 34.99m and Katie Ord was 1st B with a distance of 32.86m.
Our U17 women also took maximum points in the discus. Keira Maxwell was 1st A with a distance of 31.20m and Haley Elliot was 1st B with a distance of 26.86m.
Holly Kirkwood was 1st in the U15 Long Jump with a distance of 5.31m.
Our senior women continued their success by achieving maximum points once again in the Shot Put where Mhairi Porterfield was 1st A with a distance of 12.87m and Rachel Hunter was 1st B with a distance of 11.81m.
There were many big points winners on the day with Eve Crawford finishing 1st B in the U13 100m race, Roisin Cameron-Coyle finishing 1st B in the U17 800m B race, Zoe Douglas finishing 1st in the U13 200m B race and Louise Anderson finishing 1st B in the senior Long Jump.
It had been a great day up to this point but the gap was very narrow going into the relays. We needed a few more heroes to step up and that’s just what they did.
Our senior 4x100m relay team were 1st in a time of 47.78s, our U17 4x100m relay team were 3rd in a time of 51.83s our U15 4x100m relay team were 1st in a time of 51.99s, our U13 4x100m relay team were 1st in a time of 56.44s and best of all, our senior 4x400m relay team finished 1st with a time of 4:06.67.
We increased our lead over Aberdeen in the relays by 10 points to win one of the best league matches I’ve seen in years.
What a fantastic effort from everyone who took part on the day and credit also to the athletes who represented the club at the earlier two matches.
"Subject to scrutiny I must congratulate VP Glasgow on their excellent win today. However, the match was further improved due to the battle from Aberdeen and Team West. Prior to the relays it could have gone either way between VPG and Aberdeen but pure determination won the day".
The Points Score after 3 Matches is:
1 VP-Glasgow - 22 pts
2 Aberdeen - 21 pts
3 Team West - 19 pts
5 Tayside - 13 pts
6 Fort Valley - 9 pts
7 Pitreavie - 6 pts
8 Lothian - 4 pts
Just a brief reminder, the season’s not over yet and could get even better before it is. We’re currently sitting in 2nd place in Division 2 of the UKWAL with only the home match to go at Scotstoun on Saturday the 3rd of August. Promotion to Division 1 is within our reach if we can get our best team out on the day.
We’re also sitting 2nd in Division 1 of the CSSAL with only the match at Grangemouth to go on Sunday the 31st of September. Winning that would be a great way to finish a fantastic season.
Thanks to Gary Leek for the great picture of the team celebrating at the end of the match.