Interclub Preview - 24th October
Athletics Canterbury Interclub
October 24th, 2020 – PREVIEW
Following some encouraging competition on Opening day, the first full inter-club meeting beckons.
While some chose last Saturday as their opening competition of the season , others have deemed today as the start of their 2020.21 competing.
The standout event area is the Women’s sprints. Both the 100m & 200m have compelling fields.
The 200m could be won by any of the field and given the closeness of the 60m last weekend it may well go right to the ‘tape’ tomorrow.
Jordan Blake (COBU) showed that as a 400m specialist she has short speed a well Anna Hayward (COBU) and Fiona Morrison (COBU) hounded her to the line in the 60m and will again provide strong opposition this week. In addition to the aforementioned protagonists can be added Anna Percy, Charlotte Holland & Maia Broughton all (COBU) all three with PB’s that could challenge the former group. Jade Kruger (NCAN) & Rebecca Peterson (CANU) are the only non-blue topped athletes expected to be in the mix.
In the 100m there will need to be accurate seedings as the depth of field suggests some good athletes will not make the ‘A’ race. Only Anna Hayward from the 200m field will be missing from the 100m. In addition, Julia Burnham (COBU), who dead-heated with Blake in last week’s 60m, along with Helena Dinnissen (COBU) will add further spice to the contest.
Worth watching in the field will be Holly Robinson (Taeri), Paralympian, who is entered in the Javelin. With less than a year till Tokyo, Holly will be looking to start the season off well.
Expect to see a large number of new faces in the under-age events as athletes start their pre-NZSS campaigns.
While the depth of the Men’s events lacks that of the Women’s sprints there will be some interesting tussles throughout the afternoon.
After his strong run for 2nd in the 600m last week, Daniel Roswell (CHAV), will be the favourite to take out the 800m. Looking to dent his hopes will be Louis Andrews (COBU)and two M18 athletes Matthew Clarke (PRHL) and Ethan Smolej (PTOC).
Depending on how he backs up after his 800m, Louis Andrews will join clubmate Max Attwell (COBU) in an attempt to cut down National 400m Champion Luke Mercieca (CANU).
Mercieca will warm up over the 60m with National 110m hurdle Champion James Sandilands (COBU) and National M18 100m medallist Will Chun (COBU)
The Men’s Field feature events are the High Jump with Alfie Baker (CCCA) vs Decathlete Max Attwell (COBU) and the other vertical jump with Josh Bull (PTOC), Josh Thiele (CANU) and M18 National Champ. Charlie Cameron (CCCA) all looking to breach the 4.00m barrier in the early starting Pole Vault.
Finally, given the strong performance by Canterbury teams in the National Championships relays, it is hoped that there will be some willing competition in the 2 x 100m Races which finish the programme.