The final match of the season, at Oswestry on 11 February, certainly proved one thing: it ain’t over until the last relay race is run! It also showed that the important thing is to get your athletes out. We ended with three trophies for U11G, U13B and U15G – two of them largely unexpected – and these were three teams who had competed in every event in every match.
The U13B, some of whom took the trophy as U11s last year, have looked like champions from the outset, performing well in all the matches, and winning again at Oswestry.
The U11G have battled their way up, improving steadily, and they too came first at Oswestry. The trophy is a just reward, especially as they so nearly missed out on cross country medals before Christmas.
The U15G had seen their lead slip away, but a final victory in the relay – which for many of them was their last ever race in their last ever sportshall competition – gave them a win on the day and the shield.
The U15B also had a great day, coming first, but they had too much to do. In the end there was a three way split for first, with the title being decided on overall points won: they were just 8 points short. In sportshall terms, that’s one second place – definitely a case ‘if only’.
Again, we were desperately close in the boys overall trophy, losing out by just 7.5 points, which is nothing over the course of a whole season. The girls were third overall and we again just failed to get the club trophy.
We had a fantastic team of athletes and supporters at Oswestry and it’s huge thanks to them, and to everyone who turned out during the course of the season. As ever, with sportshall, there’s a bittersweetness: we were so close achieving even greater success and we failed to get full teams out for all four matches. Those missed points always come back to haunt us.