Sunday, August 18, 2019

Scottish Mens League - Match 3

Fab four perform miracle, but still much to do.

Our team was reduced to four by injury, holidays and unavailability, with only four making the long journey north to Aberdeen on Sunday the 21st of July. But how they rose to the challenge, securing our highest placing so far this season.

Martin Hayes played his usual captain's part, contesting the maximum of 6 events, amassing a fantastic 64 points from 2nd in 400m hurdles (59.45s) and Steeplechase (10:00.02), a surprising 4th in Javelin (34.80m) and 110m hurdles (20.63s), 5th in 1500m (4:14.19) and 3rd B Long Jump (5.15m).

Euan Urquhart came next, amassing 48 points from 3rd in Long Jump (6.72m) and Pole Vault (3.00m), then sprinted strongly into a tricky breeze to take 2nd in 200m (23.05s) and 4th in 100m (11.64s).

Paul Wishart was a happy man, at last achieving a new PB in the Shot, winning with 12.50m, surpassing his previous mark 3 times in the process. He followed this up with 2nd in Discus (32.76m), 3rd B Hammer (25.91m) and Javelin (26.10m) for a total of 46 points.  

Ever faithful Gerry Farrell completed our high scoring day in throws, yielding 18 points from 5th in Hammer (30.69m), 1st B Discus (31.99m) and Shot (9.04m).

This remarkable performance from such a small team put us 6th in the Division 1 match, 7th overall with one match left on 31 August at Grangemouth. We are one of 3 clubs left in a fight to avoid the 2 relegation spots, so a good turnout then is vital. And the example of the 'fab four' proves we can do it. 

 

Hugh Stevenson

Men's Team Manager