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Monday 20 July 2009

In a triumphant end to its season the Young Athletes' League team easily won the fifth and final round of the series at Swindon yesterday, Sunday 19th July. Cardiff won with 460 points with Newport second, Swindon third and Hereford & County fourth. With a maximum 20 league points, Cardiff gain automatic promotion to the Midland Premier Division along with rivals Halesowen.

On a day when the weather was (once again) unkind with a constant mixture of blustery rain and some sunshine and at a stadium that offered no cover, Cardiff's athletes did themselves proud to manage without those competing for Wales in the schools' international in Belfast. Great credit must also go  to team managers Julie Jones, Helen Falsini and Andrew Seary for their own enthusiasm and dedication to this team.

Cardiff won 67 individual events and dominated the competition throughout. Competition next year will be tougher but there is no reason to think that Cardiff will not do well at the higher level. The talent on display in this team must be encouraged to remain in the sport and this will augur well for themselves and for the club in years to come.

From the point of view of this league over many years, there is no doubt of its importance but the formula of only four teams competing in each match surely needs to be reviewed. Matches of six or eight teams would be more challenging and much more meaningful.

Match result:  1. Cardiff AAC (460);  2. Newport H (217);  3.Swindon H (214);  4. Hereford & County AC (139).

Final League Table:  1. Cardiff (20 points);  2. Halesowen (19);  3. Telford (18);  4. Marlborough (16);  5. Yeovil (15);  6. Cwmbran (14);  7. Bridgend (14);  8. Llanelli & Neath (13);  9. Newport (13);  10. Bath (12);  11. Swindon (10);  12. Plymouth (9);  13. Hereford (8);  14. Gloucester (8);  15. Bridgnorth (6).

To view the full results click on RESULTS.