At the Northern Counties Decathlon Championships contested at Port Sunlight on Saturday and Sunday, Wallasey Athletic Club was ably represented by Ted Bollard who, at his first attempt in this branch of athletics, was successful in gaining fourth place in the competition.
His general standard was very good, and with more attention to detail, it is possible for him to prove himself one of the best in the North.
L. Pinder, of Doncaster was striving for 6,000 points and it was only the blustery conditions on Sunday morning which deprived him of success, the weather also affecting the efforts of other competitors, particularly in the pole vault. He attained 5,592 pts.
Bollard's points (3,184) were attained as follows:- Saturday 100 meters, 12.8 secs.; Long jump, 18ft. 3ins.; Putting the shot, 23ft. 10ins.; High jump, 4ft. 8in. 400 metres, 61 secs. Sunday: 110 meters hurdles, 21 secs.; Throwing the javelin, 117ft. 11 ins.; 1,500 metres, 5 mins. 29.4 secs.
On Saturday, Port Sunlight was the venue for an inter-club match between Port Sunlight A.C., Liverpool H. & A.C., Wirral A.C. and Wallasey A.C. resulting in a comfortable win for Liverpool with 23 points, followed by Wallasey with 11 points and Wirral and Port Sunlight even with 10 points each.
L. Platt's performance in finishing third to A. Hornby and T. Mylett in the 100 metres was to be commended, as also was Matt Smith's effort in the 200 metres against the same opposition. Bob Johnston gained a comfortable second place in the 1,500 metres junior, all three being excellently supported by the other members of the team.
This Saturday afternoon a party will travel to Clock Face, St. Helens, to compete in an open sports meeting. The women's section will compete in their first relay event, and the club will be represented in the two mile team race. Competitors and others meet at Lime Street Station at 1-10 p.m. to travel by 1-20 train. On Thursday next, a team will travel to Dunlop (Speke) for an inter-club match. Meet at Liverpool Landing Stage at 6-25 p.m.
Training continues at the Leasowe Road Playing Fields each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.