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Tuesday 10 July 2018

It was no surprise that Cardiff's Senior men's Premier League team finished 7th out of 8 teams last Saturday in Bedford, with only Swansea Harriers (8th place) already in relegation position. Unless Cardiif can raise a decent team for the final fixture on the 4th August in London, they will be relegated.

There are many reasons why athletes do not compete in BAL team, yet on paper our senior men should be able to compete with the top teams in the Premier League. Rather than holding a post mortum on last Saturdays result, far better to be positive, and work towards supporting BAL Team manager Andrew Seary, and Club Captain Brett Morse, in fielding a team that will retain our place in the BAL Premier League in 2019.   

Those that did turn out last Saturday did their best, plenty of athletes doubling up in events to gain points that may well count in keeping our BAL team in the Premier League. Brett Morse was not well, yet competed in three events. He was beaten for first time in BAL meetings, in his main event throwing the Discus, with Shaftesburt Barnet Nicolas Percy fine throw of 63.17, with Brett best throw being 56.66. Brett also took part in Hammer and Shot Putt events.

Dan Nash 9.24.and John Cove 9.54.35 in 3kms/c both finished 2nd in A and B races. They had other events, but the heat and the s/c took a toll on their energies. Dan Nash's time is 4th faster in Wales, and 23rd in UK ranking list. Wonder how he compares the challenge of 5km with the s/c?

Sam Gordon 100m 10.39 3rd and Jeremiah Azu 100m B 10.61 2nd gained good points. Kristian Jones 200m A 21.31 5th, had fine performances. Teams best scoring event, was the Javelin, with Jason Copsey 67.59 pb (A) and Richard Dangerfield 60.67 (B) 1st.

A good team in the last fixture will secure our place, and status, as Wales leading Athletic Club in Wales.


Standing After Match 3                        League       Points            

Birchfield Harriers                                   24.0           1022.0      

Shaftesbury Barnet H                              18.0            884.0

Woodford Green & Essex Ladies            16.0            839.5

City of Sheffield & Deane AC                  15.5            839.5

Newham & Essex Beagles AC                11.5            824.5

Cardiff AAC                                             11.0            772.0

Thames Valley Harriers                            9.5            724.5 

Swansea Harriers                                     3.0            586.0