YDL - UAG at Portsmouth

Chichester’s U17’s and U20’s took to the track at Portsmouth for their opening fixture in the Upper Age Group of the National Youth Development League on Sunday 30

th April 2017 knowing they would be in for a hard battle with all their other five opponents of recognised national standard.  In addition to Winchester and Bournemouth who were in the Division last year, the league has seen the addition of City of Portsmouth and Southampton AC as well as Brighton & Hove to make it the strongest league in the south outside London. In this company, a squad of 25 athletes did well to keep in touch with the rest of the teams with only winners Portsmouth and second placed Brighton and Southampton able to pull clear by the end of the match. Chichester were just a few points adrift of Winchester while Bournemouth were well beaten by over 100 points.


Match result:                                        1. Portsmouth                                    469

                                                                2. Brighton & Hove                            443

                                                                3. Southampton City                         391

                                                                4. Winchester & District                   309

                                                                5. Chichester                                       297

                                                                6. Bournemouth & New Forest       192


Men’s match

The 15 athletes in the men’s squad showed their strength on the track with a few outright victories. This was nowhere more prominent then in the middle distance events making Chichester the dominant team on the day. Will Broom and Brodie Keates continued their early season fine form over 800m and 1500m although much of the racing was tactical as strong winds blowing into the faces of the runners in the home straight ruled out fast times. With the help of Ben Morton and Charlie Benson, this combined quartet of U17’s and U20’s notched up a good proportion of the club’s points between them. There was also an opportunity of three of last year’s U15’s to make their first marks in the older age group with Jack Dean, Alex Mani and Harry Sage in action between them over 800, 1500 and 3000 metres. There was a similar show of strength from the sprinters with Isaac Kilroy, Brandon Bell and Lewis Hall continuing their good form of recent weeks ably assisted by Cellan Robinson, Dean Young, Dominic Easton and Max Lambkin. Chichester weakness was in the field events but Cellan Robinson in the shot and a combination of Max Lambkin and Alex Ioan in the long jump picked up useful points as did Max in the hurdles.


Women’s match

It was Chichester’s sprinters who dominated the women’s track programme with Alyssa White shaking off the effects of a recent niggling injury to be a clear winner of both the 100m and 200m. Rachel Laurie and Rosie Compton proved useful back up but all three had to contend with a strength sapping headwind in the home straight. Rachel Laurie also tackled the 300m to good effect and was not put off by having to face UK number 1 Amber Anning from Brighton in her race.  A good middle distance quartet of Grace Wills, Caitlin Brown, Chloe Benson and Amber Dodd battled well against some strong opposition from other clubs. Amelia Freeman was fluent over the hurdles and recorded a solid long jump with Amber Dodd equally effective in the triple jump. Lauren Cooper joined with Lucie Munday in the throws in discus and javelin to give the squad a well-balanced look over all the whole programme.