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YDL final

Monday 4 September 2017

A severely depleted Cardiff team travelled to the final of the UK Youth Development League (upper age group) in Birmingham yesterday and, not surprisingly, finished in eighth place of eight teams.

The team depended on some excellent performances from the under 17 athletes to compensate for an almost absent contingent of under 20s and Jay Morse was awarded the Norma Blaine Award as the male athlete of the match. And Lana Culliford set a new under 20 club record of 64.64 for the 400m hurdles.

All Cardiff's event winners came from the under 17s and they were:

Under 17 men: Jeremiah Azu (100m A & 200m B); Iwan Robinson-Booth (100m B); Larry Ryan (800m A); Morgan Glyndwr James (800m B); Tom Atkinson (triple jump A); Kristo Ellis (triple jump B); Jay Morse (discus A & shot put A); Cameron Pamment (discus B).

Under 17 women: Naomi Reid (800m B).

The match score was:

1. Blackheath & Bromley H (994 points)
2. Shaftesbury Barnett H (827)
3. Team Edinburgh (822)
4. Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC (684)
5. Team Glasgow (620.5)
6. Kingdom Athletic (619)
7. Rugby & Northants AC (602.5)
8. Cardiff AAC (563)

The official results can be seen here.

Of all the contested events, Cardiff failed to have a representative in no fewer than 43, of which 33 were in the under 20 age group. Bearing in mind the importance of this event as the culmination of a successful season in this league, those athletes (as well as their coaches and parents) who chose for various reasons (the only acceptable reasons should be genuine injury or illness) not to support the team need to ask themselves whether it is fair to the other athletes (not to mention the hard working team managers) who do make the effort and are then asked to fill in events that have been left vacant.