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BAL Match 2

Tuesday 5 June 2018

Following the teams fine 3rd place in the first meeting, expectations were for a similar result at our home fixture, unfortunately that was not the case, prior to meeting the team was missing a number athletes, but still hoped to finish in top 4 teams. Our 6th place team finish means that the next fixture in Bedford on 7th July, will be key to consolodate the teams position in the Premier League. Hence a good team turn out for match will be necessary.

The match was held in beautiful warm weather, with the Paracute display Unit dropping onto stadium infield as planned at 11am before the meeting started. Besides the usual food and drinks units at stadium, the Welsh Guards had a stand, and there were units for use by children. Many people sat on the grass at the Dome end of stadium, enjoying the weather and as usual, the water jump in the steeple chase races.

The match included the UKAWL Division 1 teams, that included our senior womens team. It was an added bonus for spectators with so much action happening throughout the meeting.     

There were a number of good performances by Cardiff team members, too many to print here, although Brett Morse Discus A 1st 58.52m. Brett has won all his BAL appearances in Discus. Sam Blake 1500m B 1st 3.53.72. Dan Nash 5km 1st B 14.35.73. There were a number of members achieving 2nd and 3rd places. The Premier Leagues athletic standards are high, some events, very high, thus points are not easily gained.

Loooking at the team results. Cardiff gained 163pts on the Track and 101.5pts in the Field events. Going through results it's easy to see that additional points could be obtained, subject to athletes availabilty. The next BAL meeting in Bedford on 7th July, it will be critical to field a good team, to be confident of staying in Premier League going into last meeting (August) in London.

To organise the home fixture in Cardiff took a lot of hard work way before event, on the day, and collecting up following end of meeting. A number of people were involved, with Mark Gold (Club Manager), being the main person. Chairman Bernie Plain, Gayle Farrell Academy Administrator, Academy coaches and athletes.

A big thank you again to Officials, Volunteers and parents in making the meeting such a success. 

The official results can be seen here.