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Welsh Junior League

Wednesday 13 June 2018

On another very warm day, the second Welsh Junior League match took place at Cardiff Met Uni track, home to Cardiff Archers team. In a close match with some good results from Cardiff team members, highlight was the U15B 4x100 Relay team winning their race in a new League and club record of 46.44. Unfortunately there are no Welsh or National records for this age group.

Relay team. Ben Vincent, Thomas Charles, Luca Logue Fomseca, Lewis Rochfort Shugar.

In Power of 10 ranking list, their time is ranked 2nd in UK. Well done boys, and Team Manager Mark Vincent.

The League title is a two horse race between Cardiif Archers and our club. The Welsh JL includes U11, U13, and U15 male and female age groups. In past seasons the club struggled to field teams in U11 and U13 age groups, that has changed with pro active club team managers now able to field stronger teams, closing the points gap between our team and the Archers, who are very strong in these age groups.    

To meet the demands of club members in the  U11 and U13 age groups means annual recruitment into our club Academy is very important, with the emphasis on Academy members, taking part in club competitions. The Welsh JL team is a stepping stone into our YDL teams. Team managers often are parents whose children in club teams, thus means a turn over of team managers, as their children move to other activities, or into older age group club teams. Our club team managers have often appeared in club Heros of the month.

Looking at club teams overall standings, Newport are also strong in WJL who have an academy in sprints and a good middle distance group.

Team positions after 2 meetings:-

Cardiff Archers        2652pts

Cardiff AAC             2593pts

Newport H.             2205pts

Rhymney V.            1825pts

Hereford & CAC       1343pts

Blaennau GAC         1264pts

Cwmbran H.            1142pts

Rhondda AC             528pts

Aberdare VAAC         172pts


One team missing from above list is Barry H, who have had major problems with their facilities at Jenner Park.