Team Trophy win for CoLAC Senior Ladies

Mon 25 June 2012--admin

Well done to the City of Lisburn senior ladies who put in a tremendous all-round effort at Antrim yesterday to win the 2012 NI senior Team Trophy by a very narrow margin from 2011 winners City of Derry, 134 points to 131.

The odds were against the girls after injuries sustained in warm-up to Linzi Herron and also to Michelle Rodgers while placing 3rd in her 200m as both athletes were down to cover lots of events. Sisters Sylvia and Libby Rose then stepped up and should be given the Freedom of the City of Lisburn after their heroic efforts yesterday! Between them they covered a total of 12 individual events on track and field with all-rounder Anna McIlmoyle covering a further four.

Libby’s highlights included wins in both hurdles in 16.05s / 67.19s plus a shot win with 9.01m. Sylvia had a great win in the javelin in a 28.56m PB while Anna managed a 2nd place in the triple jump amongst her efforts. Individual wins came from Amanda Mitchell at discus with 25.30m, Kelly Neely at 1500m plus Erin McIlveen with a super 400m (57.73s) and 800m (2:13.32) double which earned her the cash Prize as female “Athlete of the Match”.

Other valuable contributions came in the middle-distance events from Courtney Sloan and Rebecca Harvey with Melanie Minshull enjoying her track debut in the 3000m. In the throws Kathryn Wallace and Ruth Hewlett both did well at hammer with 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Aoibhin McManus did well at long and triple jumps and also scored in the 100m hurdles. The biggest cheer of the day was reserved for veteran Ruth Hill who turned out for the 400m in which she gained 3 crucial points.

The relays incorporated the NI Senior Championships as always. In the 4x100m the team of Anna, Libby, Aoibhin and Sylvia took silver behind City of Derry. However in the 4x400m the squad of Aoibhin, Kelly, Libby and Erin finished enjoyed a great win. Congratulations to all the girls and also Team Manager Annie Rose.

The City of Lisburn men were not out in big enough numbers to challenge for honours in the team event. However there were some good individual performances.

Christian Robinson with 11.48s and Jonathan Hill with 12.04s both set 100m PBs. M45 Paddy Crossan had a good workout over 200m in 25.36s and 400m with an excellent 55.13s. Shane Smith recorded 58.61s for 400m with Gavin Adams doing well at 400m and 800m.

Adam Hill was no doubt inspired by his mother’s appearance on the track, clearing 1.90m at the high jump for the 2nd time this year. He also did well at hurdles, long jump and especially triple jump (12.44m). Jonathan Hill managed a long jump PB of 5.66m. Christian Robinson had a 1cm PB of 12.77m in the triple jump while Fionntan scored well in both high and triple jumps.

The men may not have won any trophies but at least the 4x100m squad of Adam, Jonathan, Gavin and Christian earned bronze medals for their 47.60s run including a super last leg from Christian.

Thanks to the Meeting Manger and all the officials for their hard work in the smooth running of the event.