It was all smiles at Grangemouth as the club won the Division Two Scottish Men’s League to go straight back up to Division One next season .A year is a long time in sport but this year we managed to get our team out and win three of the four matches. We won the Division 2 title by 5 league points from Falkirk ,who had the benefit of two home matches. For the first time for many years we had a match at Crownpoint and this certainly helped us to secure the title.
Throughout the league season we had some great performances and lots of help from certain individuals. Our group of officials included David Wallace, Elaine Mackay, John Duffy, Kevin Slaven and Marc McColl and three team mangers of John Mackay, John Duffy and Elaine Mackay – I am sure all the athletes would like to say a big thanks to them all.
Victory is not always down to the stars of your team but to the guys who turn out and do the hard work. This year we certainly had this with Carson Graham collecting points in all the matches .He was so pleased to pick up the trophy from League Chairperson, David Low, with his two young children watching in club vests.
Todays win was achieved with a mix of youth and more experienced athletes . Personal Best performances from young athletes, Lewis Raeburn (1500m) and birthday boy Jamie Burns (800m) both U/17. On the other side Amanuel Hagos(10000m) , Brian Scally(10000m), Carson Graham (LJ,HJ,110mH and 4x100m), David Little ( Hammer, Shot , Discus) ,a bit older ,contributed many points .
Our international athletes – David Martin(LJ,100m), Lachlan Oates (1500m PB) and Angus McInroy ( Shot & Discus) added a bit of class to our team and will make Division One teams worry about the competition next season.
The list of athletes who put their bodies to the test today included Callum Drummond (800m ,400m and 4x400m), Paul Easdale(200m and both relays), Andrew Jackson( 400mH & Steeplechase), Daniel Lafferty (400m and both relays) and Sam Kelway (200m and 4x100m).
Young brothers, Mahad and Miraji Ahmed, continued David Watson’s triple jump squad involvement, winning the both the A & B strings. Young sprinter, Lewis Young (100m) and new boy Amit Kumar(HJ) will hopefully contribute for many seasons.
The final two athletes to mention are Peter Whiteman (Javelin) and Lachlan Calder ( Steeplechase) who picked up points in the less high profile events.
Some of the athletes will move to the National Championships over the next few weeks and we wish them all the best.
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