The club had 12 teams competing within 10 different age’s in the SAIL final and 20 relay teams in the SAIL relay competition. In the youngest age group, the club ‘s under 11s we had 4 x Boys and 4 x Girls Relay Teams competing. That’s 32 Athletes, some of them, as we would say putting their foot on the start line for the very first time, they all performed superbly. They turned up on time, paid attention to all the instructions and ran their socks off . It was a spectacle to see and augurs well for the future of the club as these athletes move through the Age Groups. Parents enjoyed seeing all our athletes competing in such a wide range of events and noted that it was inspirational to see all the efforts on show at the SAIL.
Two of our U11 Girls Teams made it to the relay final – a great achievement in itself. In their heat the A girls were so fast that they broke the club record and the existing SAIL record but their efforts in the main competition must have been tiring as they were not able to match their fantastic time in the Relay Final, placing 2nd. Our A boys Team also qualified and were first past the post only to suffer the crushing disappointment of being disqualified for a lane infringement. Really bad luck for the boys after producing such an excellent effort to finish first, which we won’t forget and which showed real determination and resilience, especially in the way they coped with their disqualification.
In the main competition we had 2 Girls teams and our superb A team took the Gold medal with our Boys team taking a fantastic 2nd Place.
We want to highlight however the great efforts of the 32 ! the coaches and Team Managers salute you .A short report from two of the Girls follows . Thanks to Hannah and Maya
The SAIL : By Hannah Turnbull & Maya Johnson (U11s)
Today at the Emirates Arena lots of athletic clubs from all over Scotland came to compete in different events like: 4 x 200m relay, 600m, 60m, high jump, hurdles, long jump and lots more. Lots of people came out to support all the athletes and the atmosphere was amazing! Everyone was very supportive and enjoyed watching all the different events on offer. Hannah Sluman’s Dad Alan said “ I really enjoyed watching the Girls U17 800m race with Orla Lang winning it out of the park” Freya Scobie said she enjoyed competing against other teams. Alfie Bradley’s Mum said she enjoyed the boys high jump, and her most favourite was all the 200m relays. Hannah Turnbull’s Mum said she enjoyed supporting Giffnock North. Leilani’s Mum enjoyed the high jump. Maya’s mum said: “I enjoyed the superb sportsmanship from all the athletes. They are a credit to the club.
Maya said of her first SAIL competition : “ I loved doing the 200m relay, it was very exciting. We are very lucky to have all the coaches always helping us to do our best .”Everyone worked really hard and we are all proud to be part of Giffnock North.
Next it was the turn of the U13’s both the girls and boys A teams qualified for final and the boys B team also did well to qualify for the final. In the actual SAIL competition the girls had stiff competition in the form of Edinburgh, Ayr Seaforth and VP/Glasgow but they were confident they would finish within the top three and they did, finishing joint third with VP Glasgow behind the winners Ayr Seaforth and runners up Edinburgh. It was the same clubs in contention for the relay final although the finishing order this time was Edinburgh 1st, Ayr Seaforth 2nd and our girls A team finishing third albeit they ran half a second quicker when finishing fourth in the National relays.
The U13boys won the National relays but as they had one or two injuries nothing was guaranteed, nevertheless the A and B teams qualified for the final. We also had two U13 Boys in the actual SAIL so confidence was high and we were not to be disappointed the U13 boys A team performed very well and convincingly finished first in their age group competition. Unfortunately the weakened B team finished outside the medals albeit they had given their all. It was more or less the same in their relay final with the A team finishing first just ahead of Dundee Hawkhill and Airdrie who finished 3rd again the B team finished outside the medals.
Although the U15 girls didn’t make the SAIL final they were determined to do well in the relays and Iona Denholm, Ella McGregor, Niamh Smith & Alyson Bell ran extremely well and were rewarded with a Silver medal.
The U15 boys had two teams in the SAIL final and had high hopes of doing well, unfortunately a couple of members from of each of the teams had to pull out due to injury and so both teams more or less merged into the A to ensure the best result possible and their efforts paid off by finishing 3rd . The B team gave their best but unfortunately were outside the top three. Although both teams also made the relay final and gave it their best neither team managed to medal.
The under 17 women had two teams in the relays and both comfortably qualified for the final, job done. Next up it was the SAIL final itself, first up was Eve Denholm 3rd in the 60m with a PB. Orla Lang got an indoor PB winning the 800m, quickly followed by a gritty run by Sophie Inglis who finished 2nd in the 60mh but the girls were being matched all the way by the girls from Edinburgh. In the field events Emma Barbour did well finishing 2nd in the High Jump and Rachel Callan secured a PB of 4.98 finishing 2nd in long jump and then promptly won the 200m’s. After a fine run in the 200m relay Eva Blues ran a PB in the 300m finishing 3rd. Just two field events left and Iris Williams(shot) and Orla Lang (Triple jump) both did enough to ensure to ensure 1st place beating Edinburgh by one point.
After finishing 4th in the National relays the U17 Women’s A team were determined to make amends and ensure they picked up a medal in the SAIL final and they knew that our B team were equally determined as it was the A team got off to a great start and were never got winning their race with an improvement of over .5 of a second and although the B team gave their all they finished just out of the medals.
Despite a few injuries the U17 men made the final of the SAIL relays and although they gave it their best they finished just outside the medals. It was much the same in the actually SAIL match, although the lads managed to secure wins in the 800m by Eoghan O’Donnell , Long jump Murray Fotheringham and Sam Young in the High jump it took a real fighting sprint from all the lads including Adam Deverill & Ollie Maher to ensure they finished in the medals behind Edinburgh and Central.
A combination of brilliant individual performances, committed team spirit and sheer determination resulted in the U20 Men’s team securing gold and the U20 Women’s team bronze in the SAIL final.
The woman’s team of Amy Donaghy, Freya Menzies, Holly Shearer and Lauren Saxby got their just rewards for hard work across all the events, sharing joint third with Kilbarchan on 37 points. VP Glasgow were 2nd with 26 points and Falkirk first with 19 points. Stand out performer of the day was Lauren who not only set a PB in the shot putt and competed in three tough events, but showed real commitment to the team by hanging on to compete in the delayed hurdles event, even though she should have left earlier to start her job. Congratulations to Holly on securing her first national podium finish as a Giffnock athlete.
The men’s team of Scott Wylie, Chris MacKay, Ethan Dear, Kyle McLean and Calum Marney were in a dogfight with Dundee Hawkhill all afternoon. In the events Giffnock won, Dundee were second and in the events Giffnock didn’t win, Dundee did! It all came down to the final race of the day – the 400m. Giffnock had to finish no more than 2 place behind Dundee to secure gold. Dundee did cross the line first, but in a lactic-busting second lap, Kyle stormed through the field from last to third place and the gold was Giffnock’s. There were other magnificent performance across all the team: Ethan set a pb in the High Jump with 1.96; Chris MacKay equalled his personal best in the Long jump with 6.69 and Kyle equalled his 200m indoor personal best with 23.12.
This was the second gold of the day for the Men’s U20 team. Earlier in the day Chris MacKay, Amine Hifi, Scott Wylie and Kyle MacLean blew the rest of the field away in the 4x200m. Unfortunately we were unable to field an U20 Women’s team.
So ended another successful season for Giffnock North AC and the SAIL