Joe Bajada Memorial and Relay Championships

Friday, May 7, 2010, 6:14

Enthusiasm and excitement were the highlights of the afternoon at the Joe Bajada Memorial and Relay Championships held at the Marsa athletics track on Saturday. Indeed, with the European Team Championships less than seven weeks away one would have perhaps expected a higher turnout by the older, more experienced, athletes. Then again, Malta’s very qualified coaches probably would know better then anyone else and will bring their charges to peak at the right moment.

Of the eight relays Pembroke Athleta bagged seven, including one in which the only team that presented itself hailed from this club. However, the other contests, especially for the 4 by 100m for Youth boys and that for the 4 by 400m for Youth girls provided the better spectacle. Chronologically, in the first of the team clashes, that for the Cadet category, Pembroke Athleta swept the board with their three female teams finishing all on the podium. The club then won the next relay for youth boys by fourteenth of a second, although only one-hundredth of a second separated Savio, who finished second, from the Starmax boys.

The corresponding relay for the Youth girls demonstrated the good preparation of the Pembroke coaches, as witnessed again in the 4 by 400m won by the Pembroke boys (Youth). Nevertheless, somehow, Starmax had to spoil the Pembroke party. This came about in the longer relay for youth girls, when the comfortable lead enjoyed after the first two splits, little by little gave way until Starmax gamely won the event in less than a second.

During the rest of the afternoon, other performances that caught the eye were the victories recorded by Andy Grech (Pembroke) in the 100m and the Long Jump, that by Matthew Croker (Savio) in the 200m and the assault on the Junior High Jump record by Jeremy Borg (Allcomers Aloysians), whose best jump cleared 1.80metres. Meantime Alessandra Pace of Zurrieq Wolves continued her winning spree in the Long Jump and Steve Camilleri (Pembroke) tasted victory in the 400metres.





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