Rosenheim League – Match 4
Wednesday 28 June, Battersea
Report by Robert Norville
Though this was technically not a home match, being on our home track meant we were able to get out two good teams with great results for most of our scorers.
The men’s team were winners again thanks to a very strong turnout in most of the events. Chris Privett got us off to a good start with a 2nd place in the hammer as well as another 2nd place in the discus. Adam Cameron working his way back to full fitness then ran a hard 800m race near the front of the pack before settling for 3rd place. Sam Ige decided to run out in the 100m for us before heading to the British Championships and eased to a comfortable 1st place. Gareth Holden ran a measured race holding off the challenge from Hercules Wimbledon to win in the 400m. Fraser Logan set off hard in the 1500m looking to improve again on his early season form but with some fast paced runners at the front, he had to settle 4th only a tad slower than his previous best. Pierre Walker won a tight 200m race before Paskar Owor won a tactical 3000m race sprinting at the end to pip Hercules Wimbledon at the line. The relay team then won easily in the 4x200m. Finally Tom Ikeda stepped in to place 4th in the triple jump which was the difference between us finishing 1st instead of 2nd. An example of how important it is to fill as many events as possible.
The women’s team battled to finish 3rd on the night. Mia Callenberg won both the hammer and discus continuing her fine form this season. Keri Mackenzie then ran what ended up being a time trial blowing the field apart until tiring after passing through 600m when the lack of company started to take its toll. But she still managed to win by more than 13 seconds. Saskia Krefting donned the claret and gold for the first time in her first ever 100m race only just being pushed into second right on the line before comfortably winning the 400m. Sally Underhill stepped in to run the 1500m and came away with brilliant win and PB. Maureen Noel pitched in again for the team finishing 3rd in the 200m to help the team to that 3rd place finish.
Thank you to everyone who turned out including all the non-scorers. With one match left we need a full squad at Tooting on 19th July to ensure we get both teams to the final. The top four men’s and top three women’s teams qualify for the final at Kingsmeadow on August 16th.
Standings after four matches are:-
1 Herne Hill 18 (177.5); 2 Serpentine 18 (163); 3 Belgrave 15 (168); 4 Croydon 14 (159); 5 Hercules Wimbledon 9.5 (159); 6 Holland Sports 9.5 (110)
1 Serpentine 20 (196); 2 Hercules Wimbledon 20 (192); 3 Belgrave 17 (167); 4 Herne Hill 14 (102); 5 Croydon 7 (43); 6 Holland Sports 3 (28).