Central AC – Press Report – 30 August 2014
Central Athletic Club Mens Team always knew they faced a hard challenge in the final Division One Athletics League match of the Season. Aberdeen AAC were only one point behind Central but ahead on match points going into this contest so Central had to stay ahead of Aberdeen to retain the League Trophy and add to their four year sequence of League titles. With a stiff breeze at Scotstoun the distance athletes were unlikely to achieve personal bests and the sprinters and horizontal jumpers were all aided by the wind.
The track events started with strong efforts from Liam Halliday (62.23scs) and David Lindsay (67.92secs) for second A and third B points respectively but both worryingly headed by their Aberdeen opponents. Tom Watson was next on track to win the 800metres in 1min 57.21secs with a confident display with his Aberdeen opponent finishing fifth. The 800metre ‘B’ race saw Central’s Under 17 Iain Davies (2-02.40) in a closely contested race just being headed by the Aberdeen athlete.
The 100metre races saw Aberdeen heading both Central athletes despite sound performances from Michael Currie (11.32secs) and Mitch Graham (11.69secs). Alex Hendry’s 10min 9.76secs win in the 3000metre Steeplechase restored some order for Central with David Lindsay producing a second ‘B’ placing (11-25.05). The 110metres hurdles was next up on track and despite the best efforts of Calum Brown (15.92secs) and Colin Christie (21.20secs) it was Aberdeen who took the honours with Central gaining two second places.
Next up were the 400metre races with Central fielding two Under 17 athletes, Jamie Paterson and Ewan Corbett, facing experienced opposition and the stiff breeze. Both athletes showed maturity beyond their years to win their respective races 51.86secs and 51.63secs respectively and take maximum points but still leaving Central some 5 match points behind Aberdeen in Track events to this point.
The close tussle turned slightly in Central’s favour as the 1500metres unfolded with Dale Colley second ‘A’ with 4-09.63 and Tom Watson first ‘B’ in 4-17.28 and both athletes pushing ahead of the Aberdeen opposition. The 200metres saw the pendulum swing back towards Aberdeen in spite of the best efforts of Michael Currie (23.32secs) and Mitch Graham (23.47secs). It was then on to perhaps the hardest track race of the day as the athletes faced 25 windy laps of the 10,000metres. An interesting contest was played out over the next thirty plus minutes but Alex Hendry held off all opposition to win in 32-03.70 and Dale Colley assured Central of maximum points with 35-56.02 as Central’s middle distance credentials shone through and established a 30 point gap over Aberdeen in the Track events.
Meanwhile there was just as much effort going into the Field events with Central taking the initiative in the Javelin through Calum Brown, second ‘A’ with 46.24 metres and Ron Todd, second ‘B’ with 32.60 metres. Ron also picked up second ‘A’ in the Pole Vault (3.20 metres) while Cameron Wilson was second ‘B’ (2.80 metres). Next up was the Long Jump where Aberdeen struck back to some degree despite excellent efforts from Robert Graham, fourth ‘A’ with 6.37 metres and Colin Christie, third ‘B’ (4.96 metres). The Shot Put saw Calum Brown in fourth ‘A’ spot (11.35 metres) and Donovan Webster second ‘B’ (10.51 metres) to pick up more essential points. The Hammer gave Central an extended lead through Donovan’s fourth ‘A’ placing (30.43 metres) and Ron’s second ‘B’ place (28.29 metres). Next up was the High Jump with Under 17 Cameron McCorgary clearing a best of 1.65 metres in third ‘A’ place and Colin Christie with a best of 1.50 metres for third ‘B’. Robert Graham showed excellent form in the Triple Jump to take second ‘A’ place with a fine 13.26 metres while Cameron Wilson proved great back-up winning the ‘B’ event with 12.46 metres. Field events were rounded off with excellent points in the Discus through Donovan’s third ‘A’ placing (34.88 metres) and Calum winning the ‘B’ event (32.94 metres) ensuring a 40 point lead for Central in the Field.
It looked as though Central were retaining the title before the Relays but a quartet of Liam Halliday, Calum Brown, Michael Currie and Mitch Graham brought the baton round in 45.71secs to finish in an excellent second place while Ewan Corbett, Liam Halliday, Jamie Paterson and Tom Watson stayed competitive throughout the 4 x 400metres for the Club’s best timing of the year in a close up second place with 3min 29.10secs. Earlier in the day Liam Halliday showed his improved sprint form to win the Guest 100metres with a windy 11.36secs clocking.
Points on the day were Central 407; Aberdeen 339; Falkirk Victoria Harriers 223; Inverness Harriers 214; Lasswade 204; Edinburgh 188; Kilbarchan 157 and the Arbroath and District team did not compete on the day. Final League points were Central 30; Aberdeen 28; Falkirk 21; Kilbarchan 18; Edinburgh 17; Inverness 15; Lasswade 10 and Arbroath 4 with Lasswade and Arbroath relegated while VP Glasgow and Shettleston Harriers were promoted from Division 2.