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League Match Reports 2019

Scottish Athletics Indoor League, 

Youth Development League,

Forth Valley League,

Central & South Scotland League

 

SAIL 2019-20 Match 1

27 October 2019,
Emirates Arena, Glasgow

The 2019-20 Indoor League Season began at the end of October with the DTFC athletes making their way to the Emirates Arena for the first fixture.
There were a number of debutants in the U11 section who were tasting competition for the first time. In the 60m sprints there were top 5 finishes for Charlie Hunter and Bradley Moffat in the A and B strings respectively with times of 10.05secs and 9.60secs.  The 600m saw another solid show this time from Gregor Fraser and Archie Robertson to keep the points totals accumulating. Charlie and Bradley were once again amongst the points in the standing Long jump both finishing in the top 3 jumping 1.62m and 1.68m respectively. The U11 girls were also producing some impressive performances with Lottie Thomas and Sophie Jenkinson securing top half positions in their respective 60m teams. Macey Wainwright and Freya Kiernan were representing the club in the 600m with Macey 5th in the A string in an excellent 2.13mins and Freya 3rd in her B string in 2.18mins. The standing jump saw Sophie and Lottie secure 7th spots in their respective teams.
The U13 girls were certainly firing in the 60m with Sophie Thomas finishing 1st equal in 8.82secs in the A string and Sarah Kane 3rd in the B string. Sarah and Milly Mackenzie finished well in the pack in their 200m strings with Ruby Candlish and Eva Gasowska contributing with solid runs in their 800m. In the field the U13s struggled to make a real impact but Sophie Thomas produced an excellent long jump of 3.82m to secure a 5th spot in the competition. For the boys Charlie Potter ran an excellent 9.15secs in the 60m with Matt McGill just behind him in 9.39, both finishing in the top 10. The same boys finished solidly in the pack in the 200m races. In the field events the U13s were solid rather than spectacular with Charlie’s 1.20m high jump the pick of the performances.
There was only one U15 boys team entered and they got off to a good start with a 3rd place for Callum Newton in the 60m hurdles. Dylan Martin in the 200m and Adom Akouko in the 400m contributed vital points to the cause with Adom clocking 65.39secs for his race. David Cuthbert ran an excellent 2.30mins in his 800m to finish 13th. In the field Callum Newton in the long jump and Oliver Morrison with a 1.45m high jump secured top 5 finishes .
The U15 girls had 2 teams with the A team producing some sparkling performances. Shayna Asamoah was first in the 60m clocking 8.45secs and Aaliyah Adebesi a took 3rd spot in 8.73secs Darcie Black was 1st in the hurdles for the A string with Kirstin Penman 7th for the B team. The A team continued to amass the points with Darcie Black 2nd in the 200m and Shayna Asamoah 1st in the 300m in an excellent 44.16 secs. The A team continued to dominate in the field events with Ellie Candlish and Darcie Black securing 1st place in the high and long jumps respectively with Darcie producing an impressive leap of 5.05m.
The U17 girls’ team were also producing the goods with Rebecca Grieve 3rd in the 60m in 8.20secs and 1st in the 200m in 26.10secs. Morgan Robertson secured a solid 5th spot in the hurdles and was supported by solid runs from Hayley Penman in the 300m and Maia Helm in the 800m. In the field it was a case of solid performances from the girls to keep the points total ticking over. The U17 boys team started well with Rory Voss securing 5th spots in the 60m and 200m with an impressive time of 24.73secs in the latter. Jan Janik and James Cuthbert produced good performances in the 400m and 800m respectively whilst in the field the team were producing the goods. Jan threw the shot putt 9.80m to finish 2nd and Rory jumped 5.63m to win the long jump.
After the first meeting a number of the DTFC teams are sitting in good positions in their leagues. In the girls leagues the U11s are 3rd, the U13s are 10th with their B team 13th and U15s 1st with their B team 9th whilst he U17 women sit a comfortable 3rd. The boy’s teams have also started very well with the U11s 3rd, the U13s 15th, the U15s 4th and U17s 8th. An excellent start from the club which hopefully can be built on as we head to the next meeting on the first Sunday in December.

Central & South Scotland League Match 3

1st September 2019,
Ayrshire Athletics Arena Kilmarnock

The final Central and South Scotland League fixture took the DTFC to Kilmarnock as they tried to maintain their 2nd place in Division 2 and achieve promotion to the top division.

The day started well with the U17 boys’ team of Elliot Wilkins and Brodie Ferguson taking maximum points in the 100m hurdles. Elliot logged an excellent time of 15.7secs on his way to full points. There were also a number of impressive performances from the club in the 100m sprints with Kieron MacDonald running 12.91secs to gain 5th spot in the U17 section, Rory Voss in 12.2secs to net 2nd spot in the U15s and Matt McGill running an excellent 15.74secs to finish 2nd in the U13 boys B string. To finish the sprints Charlie Potter and Caleb Munro won their strings to secure full points for the team in the U11 boys and Rory Voss was on fire in the 400m U15s winning in a time of 59.09secs.

The middle-distance athletes kept the momentum going with some terrific performances. In the 600m for the U11s Zack Alexander and Bradley Moffat started the ball rolling with solid runs. David Cuthbert was excellent in finishing 2nd in the U13 boys 800m A string in 2.33mins with Mark Harley supporting him with a 3rd spot in the B string. James Cuthbert, Sam Simmons and Elliot Wilkins added points in their 800m races and the team were beginning to gain a very useful position in the match. Sadly, DTFC potentially lost more points as the relays were cancelled due to the event over-running.

In the field the points kept clocking up for the club. A clean sweep of the U11 boys long jump was earned by Charlie Potter and Caleb Munro by winning their respective strings with Charlie’s jump of 3.89m particularly impressive. In the U13 boys Brook Ferguson was in great form taking first spot in the Javelin and shot putt B strings while in the A strings Callum Newton was 2nd in the javelin by throwing 20.35m and 3rd in the shot putt. In the long and high jumps there were points gained by Adam Akouko and Dylan Martin with Kieron MacDonald and Brodie Ferguson also pitching in with important Contributions whilst Kieron threw 25.70m in the javelin to take 3rd spot in the A string with Brodie winning the B string.

The girls also started well in the hurdles with Ellen Ranklin winning for the senior women and Morgan Robertson 2nd for the U17s. The sprints were also producing success for the club with the U13s and Shayna Asamoah winning the 100m A string and Sophie Thomas 2nd in the B string. There were contributions from Darcie Black and Rachel Robertson both finishing in the pack in the U15 category. Milly MacKenzie took 2nd spot in her A string 80m race for the U11s with Rachel Barnett 4th in the B string. There were solid performances from the middle-distance athletes to keep the points coming and a number of other points contributions from the DTFC Senior athletes.

The girls were also very effective in the field events. In the long jump the U11 girls saw Rachel Barnett jump 3.18m to net 3rd spot in the A string whilst Katie Curran jumped 3.07m to win the B string. Darcie Black and Hayley Penman kept the momentum going with 1st and 3rd places respectively in their strings whilst in the high jump Maia Helm and Hayley produced solid jumps to add to the team’s points. In the throws the U13s javelin saw success for Sarah Kane who threw an excellent 16.25m to finish 2nd in the A string with Kirstin Penman adding support by throwing over 9m in the B string. Kirstin continued her good form in the shot putt finishing 3rd in the A string with a throw of 5.88m whilst Ellie Candlish threw 5.76m to net 3rd spot in the B string.

At the end of an exhausting and exciting day the club had accumulated enough points to finish in 2nd place in Division 2 and as a result will be competing in the 1st Division next season. The match points saw the club finish 2nd behind Kilmarnock and overall for the season the club finished in a comfortable 2nd spot.


A huge thanks and well done for all the athletes, young and old, who contributed to such a successful season and also to the many helpers and officials who by their participation add points for the club.

Forth Valley League Match 3

24th August 2019,
Grangemouth Stadium

The final Forth Valley League match of the season took place at Grangemouth at the end of August with DTFC trying to secure their place in the 6 team first division. The club started the day in fourth spot and with two clubs relegated a good solid performance was required by the team to secure their first division status.

The sprints were not a particularly happy hunting ground for the club at this meeting with only Rory Voss winning the boys U15 100m in an impressive 11.8secs. There were 5th spots in the U11 girls 100m for Milly MacKenzie in 15.6secs and Caleb Munro for the boys in 15.4secs.

 The 200m yielded a few more successes with Shayna Asamoah taking 1st spot overall for the U13 girls in 28.8secs and Aaliyah Adebesi in 2nd spot with a time of 29.4secs. Milly MacKenzie impressive in 2nd spot with 31.7secs for the U11 girls whilst there were solid performances from Rachel Barnett and Charlie Potter in the U11s both being 3rd in their respective strings.

In the 300m Rory Voss was again leading the way for DTFC with 1st place and an excellent time of 38.8secs. Darcie Black and Dylan Martin contributed vital points for the team with solid runs as well.

In the middle distance events the points were harder to find with many of the other teams putting out their strongest athletes. David Cuthbert ran an impressive 5.13mins in the U13 1500m to net 3rd spot with Callum Newton just behind. There were contributions from Ellie and Ruby Candlish in the U13 girls 1500m and for the U11s Eva Gasowska with 2.51mins in the 800m securing 3rd spot.

To finish the track events the relays yielded important points for the club. The U11 boys ran an impressive 1.02mins to gain 2nd place and it was the same for the U13 girls experiencing their only defeat of the season but finishing in 2nd place despite setting a new club record of 56.1secs. In the U15 section there was a 3rd spot for the boys in 52.6secs and a 5th place for the girls. 

The field events however proved to be the club’s saviour on the day. In the high jump for U11s Rachel Barnett and Katie Curran both cleared 1.15m to take 1st places in their respective strings and with Charlie Potter clearing 1.25m he took the boys A string. MacKenzie King took 2nd place in the B string to give a very impressive points total from the U11s in the high jump. In the long jump the A strings were successful with Darcie Black and Rory Voss finishing 2nd with jumps of 5.15m and 5.38m respectively. The discus was an unusual addition to the programme but the DTFC athletes did very well in securing points with solid throws to ensure, despite not winning any of the strings, they contributed vital points. The highlights were a 2nd spot for Callum Newton and 3rd places for Kirstin Penman in the U13s and a 3rd spot for James Cuthbert for the U15s.

When the results were added up DTFC had done enough to finish 4th in the match and as a result finished 4th in the league to secure a place in next season 1st division of the Forth Valley League. Well done to all athletes who competed for the club over the season along with the coaches, helpers and Officials from the club who contributed to such a successful season.

Central & South Scotland League Match 2

Sunday 30th June
Grangemouth Stadium

The second Central and South Scotland League match took place at the end of June at Grangemouth  and DTFC were looking to build on a successful first match where the club finished third . The match produced some excellent performances from the DTFC athletes and as a result  the club won the match by almost 80 points and currently sit in second spot in the league.


The hurdles got DTFC off to a flying start with Callum Newton and Brook Ferguson ensuring full points with victories in the A and B strings, Callum crossing the line in a stunning 12.67 seconds. For the U11 boys the sprints were also a full house for Dunfermline with Charlie Potter and Caleb Munro taking full points in the strings. The clean sweeps of the sprints continued with the U15 boys 200m with Rory Voss and Adom Akuoko storming home with Adom producing a very impressive PB of 27.19secs. Brodie Ferguson and Kieron MacDonald kept the momentum going with solid places in the U17 200m strings  whilst in the middle distance events Bradley Moffat and Noah Carson took excellent third and second spots respectively in the U11 600m race. The U13 boys also secured vital points with Callum Newton and Jack Reid finishing well up their fields in their 1500m races.


In the field the boys were again producing strong performances throughout the events. In the U15 Javelin Rory Voss and Adom Akuoko led the way with second and first places in the A and B strings whist both securing PBs at the same time. They were once again strong in the long jump both taking maximum points winning their respective strings. Callum Newton continue his fine form with a win in the U13 long jump A string and he was backed up with a solid jump by Jack Reid in the B string. Brodie Ferguson added vital points in the U17 shot putt whilst Keiron MacDonald and Jan Janik kept the points coming in the U17 high jump.


The girls events saw DTFC again dominate in many of the events. Shayna Asamoah won the hurdles A string for the U13s and it was a clean sweep in the U15 hurdles with Darcie Black and Maia Helm in their strings. The sprints saw the U11s continue to contribute to the team score with Rachel Barnett and Freya Kieran solid in the 150m. The U13 section saw a win for Aaliyah Adebisi in the 200m with Rachel Robertson securing third in the U15 section. The middle distance events were also proving to be fruitful for Dunfermline . In the U11 600m race Rachel Barnett was an excellent second in the A string with Katie Curran winning the B string. The 1200m saw solid performances from Ellie and Ruby Candlish in the U13 section both finishing in the first four. With Maia Helm securing a solid 4th spot in the 1500m for the U15s and Daisy Cumming winning the U17 section of the same distance it was a good return for the team.


The girls in the field though were sweeping the board with a succession of wins which were to prove pivotal in the final match score. The  U11 long jump started things off with wins for Katie Curran and Rachel Barnett in the A and B strings, the U15 javelin was again a clean sweep with Alannah Ewan and Chloe Hodge the victors this time and in the U13 long jump there was another clean sweep with Shayna Asamoah and Sophie Thomas victorious. The points continued to mount up with second spots for Morgan Robertson in the U17 high jump and long jump with Alannah and Chloe also securing second spots in the A and B strings of the U15 shot putt.


The relays once again was a happy hunting ground for Dunfermline with the U13 girls winning their race, the U11s second and U15s third. There were also a number of senior athletes representing the club ,mainly parents of the young athletes, and their contribution to the final total cannot be undervalued. The highlight from them was an excellent female javelin event which saws Stacey Hodge and Alison Bates win their respective strings with Stacey throw of 33.71m particularly impressive.


The club now site in a promotion spot in the league thanks to this excellent performance by the athletes and head to Kilmarnock at the beginning of September to try and secure promotion. The league is tight with Kilmarnock leading on 15 points , Dunfermline just behind on 13 and East Kilbride on 12. It makes for a competitive day down in Ayrshire next month.

Youth Development League Match 3

Sunday 23rd June
Grangemouth Stadium

The final Youth Development League fixture of the season took the DTFC athletes on the short journey to Grangemouth. The club had performed admirably in the two previous fixtures and were looking to cement their first season in this league with a solid finish.


The U13 boys were on form throughout much of the day with Callum Newton in 12.94 secs and Brook Ferguson securing full points in the A and B strings from their 75m hurdles. In the 100m and 200m, Oliver Morrison and Matt McGill produced solid runs to add to the points total. The middle distance runners were also amongst the points. In the 800m David Cuthbert produced an excellent 2.34mins to win the A string and Mack Simmons won the B string in 2.49mins. Mark Harley was the only DTFC runner in the 1500m but finished fourth in a time of 5.20 mins.


The field was also a happy hunting ground for the U13 boys with Callum Newton winning the long jump A string supported by a solid 3rd place for Mark Harley in the B string. The high jump saw DTFC take the spoils in both the strings with Callum Newton continuing his fine form winning the A string by clearing 1.44m and Oliver Morrison winning the B string. Brook Ferguson added to the points with solid throws in the Shot Putt and javelin whilst to finish the day the boys finished a close 2nd in their 4x100m relay.


The U13 girls also started well in the 70m hurdles. Kirstin Penman stormed home to take the A string in 12.47secs and Shayna Asamoah took the B string in 13.56secs. The sprints were also going well for DTFC with Shayna winning the A string 75m in 10.37secs and Sophie Thomas 3rd in the B string. Aliyah Adebisi and Sarah Kane were second and third respectively, in their 150m to continue the excellent points return for the girls. The middle distance was not quite as fruitful an area for the girls but the field events were. Ellie Candlish and Aliyah Adebisi taking the A and B strings in the high jump with Ellie clearing an impressive 1.40m. Sarah Kane had an excellent day in the throwing events finishing 3rdc in the shot putt and throwing an impressive 12m to finish 2nd in the javelin. Amy Jenkinson and Tegan Rennie who contributed vital points in their B strings supported her. The girls 4x100m relay team edged out Ayr Seaforth to take the spoils here in an impressive 56.57secs.


In the U15 boys section James Cuthbert ran to a solid second spot in the 80m hurdles in 14.52 secs A string. In the 100m Rory Voss started the day with a brilliant 12.1secs run to take the A string whilst Dylan Martin added points on his debut in the B string.In the 300m Rory and Adom Akouko took the A and B strings with impressive times of 40.19secs and 45.35secs respectively. The middle distance events saw James Cuthbert and Sam Simmons produce solid runs in the 800m. The field events saw some further pickings for the team. Rory Voss took first spot in the long jump whilst debutants Dylan Martin and Archie Dayman added points in the shot putt with solid performances. The javelin was a good event for the DTFC boys with Archie throwing 23.61m to take the A string and Cameron King solid in the B string to keep the points momentum flowing. The 4x100m relay team took second spot just behind Kilmarnock in 52.59secs to finish the day off for the boys.


The U15 girls were also on form with Darcie Black and Maia Helm 1st and 2nd in their 75m hurdles strings whilst Rachel Robertson and Erin Giraldes took second and third spots in the A and B strings of the 100m. In the 200m it was first spot in both strings for DTFC with Darcie Black running 27.7secs to take the A string and Rachel netting 28.5 secs to take the B string. The 300m was also a success story for DTFC with Hayley Penman and Alannah Ewan finishing third and second in their respective A and B strings. The middle distance event were rather sparse with DTFC being unable to fill many of the events but Megan Turnbull produced a solid PB in the 800m to give the club a return in this area. In the field Rachel and Hayley brought home points in the long jump and there was more success in the high jump with Maia Helm winning the B string whilst Darcie earned 2nd spot in the A string. The throws were also seeing DTFC pick up points with Korrie Bain and Chloe Hodge successful in the discus and javelin whilst Alannah Ewan won the A string javelin with a throw of 19.8m. To finish the day the 4x100m relay team edged out Ayr to take the race in 55.55secs.


It was an excellent day and season for the club in the eight team Division 2 of the Youth Development League. They finished third on the day behind Kilmarnock and Ayr and over the three matches, the club finished third behind the same clubs. A real solid start to life in this competitive league and hopefully this will give the club encouragement for next season.

Forth Valley League Match 2

22nd June 2019 
Grangemouth

The second Forth Valley league match took place at Grangemouth over the weekend with DTFC looking to build on the solid results from the first match. 


In the hurdles there was a win for Darcie Black in the U15G and a second spot for Callum Newton in the U13B. In the 200m races the U11 A string section saw a second spot for Milly Mackenzie and a third for Charlie Potter. The U13G saw points returns from Kirstin Penman who ran an impressive 29.6secs and Sophie Thomas. The boys were amongst the points as well with Jack Reid finishing his 200m in 29.1secs and Fergus Bond adding to the total. Rachel Robertson’s 200m was the best of the U15s where she finished in 28.8secs.


The 800m races saw a better return for the DTFC athletes. The U11s led the way with Eva Gasowska winning her A string in 2.46mins and a third spot for the debutant Macey Wainwright in the B string. Between the U13s and U15s there were points for both sections with the pick being Maia Helm’s 2.37mins whilst netting third spot in the U15 A string. James Cuthbert and Sam Simmons produced solid runs in the U15 section with James third in the A string in 2.28mins and Sam 2nd in the B string with 2.34mins.


The field events started well for the U15 girls with Maia Helm again in the mix where she cleared 1.50m in the high jump to secure second spot in the A string. The U13 section were competing in the long jump where Kirstin Penman jumped 4m to secure third spot in the A string for the girls. The boys were solid with Callum Newton and Fergus Bond finishing third and fourth respectively in their strings and Callum’s 4.46m jump the pick.


The U11 boys and girls were amongst the points in their shot putt. Katie Curran threw an excellent 4.38m to secure third spot in the girls A string whilst MacKenzie King and Noah Carson were third in their respective boys strings. The U13 section found the javelin extremely competitive and were struggling to make an impact. Jack Reid again was the pick of all the throws with a 13.71m to nett 4th spot in his B string.


After the results DTFC remained fourth in the six team first Division of the Forth Valley League and with two teams relegated at the end of the third and final match in August there is still some work to ensure the club retains its FVL division 1 status.

The current points standing are as follows:

Borders             329.5
Pitreavie A        292.5
Edinburgh AC A 277
Dunfermline      258
Musselburgh    235
Lasswade        217

Central & South Scotland League Match 1

2nd June 2019,
East Kilbride Sports Arena

The first Central & South Scotland League match saw the Dunfermline TF athletes head over to East Kilbride to compete. The club were in Division two of this league having just failed to get promotion to the first Division last season so the focus was on getting a good start in this fixture to make an assault on promotion for this season.


First up on the track for the boys both Charlie Potter and Caleb Munro won the A and B strings respectively of the boys U11 80m with Charlie posting an excellent 11.98secs for the race. In the U13 boys 100m races  Jack Reid was second in the B string in an excellent 14.48secs whilst Rory Voss in the U15 section produced a stunning 11.75secs for his 100m securing first spot. There were also point secured from the other athletes in the boys sprint section contributing to a healthy total for the team.


In the middle distance events the U11 team produced the goods in the 600m with Bradley Moffat third in his A string and Zac Alexander second in his B string event. David Cuthbert continued his excellent form posting 2.29mins for his U13 boys 800m in first spot and in the U17 section Malcolm McClure and Brodie Ferguson gained important points with Malcolm producing an excellent 2.17mins for his race. With some vital contributions from the clubs 'legends' sections on the track and in the field it was a healthy return for the boys.


To finish the track events for the boys the relays as usual proved a happy hunting ground for the Dunfermline teams. The U11 and U15 boys stormed to victory in their 4x100m events with the U17 team securing third spot.


In the field the boys again did not fail to disappoint. Charlie Potter and Zack Alexander finished second in their respective strings in the U11 boys long jump and with David Cuthbert and Callum McQueen adding points in the U15 section there was a good return here as well. The high jump also yielded success with Brook Ferguson in third spot in the U13 boys A string and Jack Reid winning the B string. Adom Akouko rose to the challenge in the U15 boys discus and shot put with two second spots in his strings whilst Rory Voss won the shot put A string with an excellent throw of 9.03m. In the U17 section Brodie Ferguson and Jan Janek gained vital points in the discus finishing third and second in their respective strings.


There were strong performances throughout the girls as well. The U11 girls started on the track and Millie McKenzie in the A string aided by Rachel Barnett in the B string of the 80m stated the proceedings finishing 3rd and 2nd respectively in their races. In the U13 girls 100m Aaliyah Adebisi produced a stunning run of 13.94secs to claim first place  whilst Katie Marshall finished strongly in 4th spot in the B string. The U15 , U17  and senior girls contributed vital points with solid performances . In the middle distance events Eva Gasowska finished 2nd in the U11 girls 600m A string with an impressive time of 2.01minswhilst Rachel Barnett won the B string again with an excellent time of 2.09mins.  The U13 and U15 girls all finished strongly in their 800m races producing solid runs with the pick being Shayna Asamoah clocking 2.44mins for the U13 group finishing 2nd in the B string and Maia Helm producing a sub 2.40mins time in the U15 race.


The highlight of the day however was the girls performances in the field. In the U11 long jump Katie Curran jumped 3.02m to finish 3rd in the A string while Rachel Barnett secured 2nd spot in the B string with 2.89m. Shayna Asamoah produced an excellent PB of 4.24m to win the U13 girls A string and Darcie Black comfortably won the U15 girls A string with a mighty leap of 4.86m. Morgan Robertson added to the long jump success story with a 2nd spot in the U17 girls and with all B string long jumpers adding points it was a good return. In the only high jump event the U13 girls saw Kirstin Penman clear an impressive 1.28m to win the A string with Aaliyah Abebisi joint winner of the B string. In the discus Alannah Ewan secure 3rd spot in the U15 A string with 14.81m whilst Chloe Hodge finished 2nd in the B string and in the U17 girls shot putt Morgan Robertson finished 2nd after throwing 8.41m. Not to be outdone the senior women of Ellen Ranklin and Vicky Stephen won each strings in the shot putt.


After the dust settled the club finished in a very commendable 3rd spot out of the 8 clubs in Division 2 and within reach of Kilmarnock and Falkirk. A strong performance in the 2 remaining fixtures will set the club up with a real chance of promotion.

Youth Development League Match 2

19 May 2019
Ayrshire Athletics Arena, Kilmarnock

The second Youth Development League match of the season saw the DTFC athletes head for Kilmarnock again hoping to build on the solid foundations of the first match which saw the club sitting in 4th spot in the league.


On a bright and dry day the U13 girls started the day with the hurdles and found immediate success. Kirstin Penman secured a 2nd spot in the A string for the girls in 12.74secs whilst there was a win in the B string for Shayna Asamoah. The 75m brought further points for the girls with Shayna once again winning her A string in 10.7secs and Sophie Thomas getting 2nd in the B string. It was a similar story in the 150m with the A string success for Aaliyah Adebesi in a time of 20.36secs and a B string 2nd spot for Sarah Kane. The girls continued to get points in the middle distance events with Ruby Candlish producing a noteworthy 4.42mins in the 1200m. The track events for the U13 girls culminated in another excellent win in the 4x100m relay.

The field events were very successful again with Kirstin Penman and Sophie Thomas gaining 2nd and 1st respectively in their long jump strings. It was a similar story with Ellie Candlish clearing 1.40m to gain 2nd spot in the A string and Aaliyah Adebesi producing an excellent jump of 1.35m to secure 1st spot in the B string. There were vital points added in Javelin and shot putt with a number of the girls experiencing some events in a competitive environment for the first time.


In the U13 boys section DTFC took first spot in both the hurdle A and B strings thanks to Callum Newton with 13.0secs and Brook Ferguson. The sprints proved to be bit more elusive for the boys who were finding the completion tough but fought well in their races to keep the points total mounting up. The middle distance events were excellent with another brilliant run from David Cuthbert in the 800m winning the A string in 2.32mins. He was supported in the B string by an impressive Mark Harley run in 2.46mins in winning the B string. Their relay team took 3rd spot in the 4x100m race.

The field events also yielded points for the U3 boys with Callum Newton again producing the goods winning the long and high jump A strings with a long jump of 4.45m and a high jump of 1.38m . Oliver Morrison  added a B string win in the high jump. There were further points again throughout the field with Brook Ferguson’s 2nd spot in the shot putt A string the pick of the bunch in throwing 6.76m.


The U15 boys started their campaign well with James Cuthbert securing 2nd spot in the hurdles A string . The sprints and middle distance were not so successful for the team but Rory Voss did produce a brilliant run of 38.7secs to win the 300m A string and there was also success in the relay with a 2nd spot. The field saw Rory add to his points total with a winning 5.98m long jump and a throw of 19.86m to get a 3rd spot in the javelin. Once again vital points were added by the team throughout the other field events .


The U15 girls had a good start in the hurdles and sprints with Darcie Black and Maia Helm winning their respective strings and this was followed up by excellent places for Darcie and Rachel Robertson in the sprints with Rachel winning her B string 200m. Hayley Penman added to the points with a 3rd place in the 300m A string. The girls also finished 2nd in their relay. The jumps provided some success with Darcie Black producing an excellent high jump of 1.53m although finishing 2nd in the A string whilst Maia Helm won the B string with 1.45m. Also in the field Mya McMahon secured 3rd in the shot putt A string whilst Hayley Penman won the B string and in the javelin Mya and Chloe Hodge continued to gain points with good throws.


The U17 boys and girls were also on form on the track. Morgan Robertson was 2nd in the hurdles A string and Isla Steel won the B string in an impressive 12.6secs. Isla also netted 2nd spot in the 200m B string whilst in the 800m there were wins for Daisy Cumming  and Elliot Wilkins with Elliot running an excellent 2.10mins. Kiah Chambers and Kieron MacDonald also added vital points in the 100m and 200m.


At the end of a very competitive day the club can be very pleased with their athletes efforts. There were some terrific performances and as a result the club remained in 4th spot after the day’s events. With one match to go it is looking difficult for the team to attain the one promotion spot available but considering this is the first season of DTFC competing in this league establishing ourselves in the table was the first priority and that already looks to have been attained.

Forth Valley League Match 1

18 May 2019
Craigshill, Livingston

The first Forth Valley League fixture of the Season took the DTFC team to Livingston where they aimed to maintain their place in the top division. It was likely to be a tough season with only six teams in the league and two to be relegated however a solid start in the first fixture would be a good start.


On the track there was some success for Darcie Black and Rory Voss in the U15 section both winning their A string 100m races with Rory posting an impressive 12.0secs. Kirstin Penman won the only 70m hurdles race for the U13 girls in 12.9secs and Charlie Potter finished 2nd in the A string for the U11 boys. There were a number of other good performances from the other athletes in the track events contributing to the overall points total with Bradley Moffat in 2.56mins and Eva Gasowska in 2.53mins producing particularly good times in the U11 800m races.


There was more success in the field though. Oliver Morrison continued his good form in the high jump winning his A string in the U13B section. Ellie Candlish tied for first in the U13G high jump A string whilst Kirstin Penman won the B string. In the U11 long jump in the U11G section there were second spots for Eva Gasowska in the A string with a jump of 3.30m and Katie Curran in the B string jumping 3.0m. Further points in the U15B shot putt came from Rory Voss with a throw of 8.26m in A string. There were a number of contributions from the team who put in sterling performances in what was a wet and cold day so well done all.


The club finished the day in 4th spot out of the six teams which has given DTFC a very decent starting point for the remaining two matches over the summer.

Youth Development League Match 1

28 April 2019 , Ayrshire Athletics Arena , Kilmarnock

The DTFC participated in their first Youth Development League fixture last weekend at the Ayrshire Athletics Arena in Kilmarnock. The athletes as usual produced excellent displays and despite not having enough athletes to fill all the events the club sit 4th out of 8 teams after the first fixture.


The hurdlers got the club off to a great start with Kirstin Penman and Shayna Asamoah 2nd and 3rd overall in their 75m girls race whilst Darcie Black was 3rd overall for the U15 girls. In the boys U13 races Callum Newton and Brook Ferguson were 1st and 2nd with Callum posting an exceptional 12.85secs. James Cuthbert kept the impressive hurdles show going with a 1st place in the U15 boys category.


The form continued in the sprints with the U15 boys section seeing Rory Voss first in the 200m in 24.42secs and Darcie Black and Rachel Robertson 3rd and 4th in their 200m for the girls. In the U13 boys Oliver Morrison and Matt McGill were 3rd and 4th respectively in their 100m runs whilst Oliver produced an impressive 28.69secs to secure 2nd place in the 200m. The U13 girls were also on fire with Shayna Asamoah a clear winner in the 100m in 10.41secs and in the 150m Aaliyah Adebesi won in 20.45secs.


The middle distance races saw the few DTFC athletes participating continue to pick up the points. David Cuthbert  produced another excellent run in the 800m in 2.31mins to secure 2nd spot overall. Mark Harley also ran an excellent race to gain 3rd spot. In the girls U13 section Ellie Candlish in the 800m and  Ruby Candlish and Gracie Robertson in the 1200m gained vital points finishing mid table in their races.


As is normal in most league meetings the DTFC relay teams excelled with some terrific performances. The U13 girls once again took pride of place with the Scottish Indoor League gold medallists beating some very strong opposition while clocking a time of 56.53 seconds, only 0.03secs outside the current club record. The U13 boys were 2nd in 59.6secs and in the U15 section the girls were 2nd and the boys 3rd.


In the field and the U15 section  there was a 1st place for Rory Voss in the long jump with 5.61m  and a 2nd spot for  Mya McMahon with 8.02m in the shot putt. In the U13 group Callum Newton jumped a brilliant 4.32m long jump and Oliver Morrison a new PB of 1.42m in the high jump with both netting 1st places and Brook Ferguson adding points for an excellent 2nd place in the shot putt. The U13 girls added points with Ellie Candlish 1st in the high jump with 1.35m and Kirstin Penman 2nd in her long jump. There was also an impressive 8.71m throw from Sarah Kane in the javelin.


An excellent performance from all the DTFC athletes as a number of them competed in 4 events to try and fill the spaces and many others taking part in events that were relatively new to them. Once again they were a credit to their coaches and the club.

SAIL Relay Finals

16 March 2019, Emirates Arena, Glasgow

The SAIL relay qualifications were first on the timetable and with only the fastest six teams making the final it was going to be tough to qualify with as many as six heats in some age groups.

After all the heats were completed DTFC had four teams in their respective finals with both U13 and U15 boys and girls A teams being successful. 


The U13 girls took pride of place in the finals by running a blistering 1.55mins and finishing nearly one second ahead of Giffnock North whilst creating a new club record by almost two seconds. The quartet of Aaliya Adebisi, Sophie Thomas, Kirstin Penman and Shayna Asamoah were only fourth fastest in qualifying but defied the odds to take the gold. 


The U15 girls were also making the podium in their relay final. Their quartet of Rachel Robertson, Hayley Penman ,Darcie Black and Rebecca Grieve grabbed a bronze with a solid run of 1.51mins finishing 3 seconds behind the winners Edinburgh AC A team.


The U13 and  U15 boys teams also made their finals but just failed to make the podium.

SAIL Finals match 

16th March 2019, Emirates Arena Glasgow

In the SAIL team finals the U13 girls  took a silver medal with Kirstin Penman and Shayna Asamoah gaining PBs in the long jump and shot putt respectively the team were off to a great start.

Kirstin and Shayna also produced  excellent performances in their 60m hurdles and 200m to build on their solid start.Aaliya Adebisi added points in the 60m with a PB and with Ellie Candlish producing 1.35m in the high jump assisted by Gracie Robertson with a PB in the 800m the team secured a silver medal just behind North Ayrshire AC.


The U13 boys also secured silver in their team finals. Callum Newton produced the goods in the hurdles and long jump and with Oliver Morrison also on form in the 200m and high jump the boys had a good hold during much of the competition. Jack Reid in the 60m, David Cuthbert in the 800m with their PBs and Brooke Ferguson in the shot putt all provided vital points and the team secured a joint second spot.


The other two DTF teams that made the finals  competed admirably but just failed to make the medals. Special mentions in the U11 boys for PBs for Charlie Potter in the 60m and Bradley Moffat in the 600m. In the U15 girls Rebecca Grieve in the 60m and Hayley Penman in the 300m also secured PBs.


There were a remarkable 12 PBs out of the 26 events competed in by the DTF athletes so it's fair to say the DTF athletes gave an outstanding performance. Well done all.

SAIL 2019 Final standings

March 4th 2019

Final standings from the 3 SAIL matches which see 4 DTF teams quailfy for the finals.

SAIL Match 3

27th January 2019, Emirates Arena Glasgow

The  final match of the Scottish Athletics Indoor League (SAIL) gave a number of the DTF teams a real chance of making the finals in March. As a result of some terrific performances four of the teams have made the finals. Our U11 and U13 boys along with the U13 and U15 girls will be back at the Emirates Arena to compete in the finals in mid-March. There were also a couple of the other DTF teams who also came close to qualifying.


In the U13 A girls category Shayna Asamoah set the pace in the 200m with and excellent 2nd place overall in a time of 28.77 secs. Also on the track Kirstin Penman produced a time of 11.19secs to finish 4th overall in the 60m hurdles and Sophie Thomas secured a 5th spot overall in the 60m with a time of 8.93 secs. With Grace Robertson clocking 2.51mins in the 800m it proved to be a very successful track competition for the girls.  In the field events Ellie Candlish with 1.30m in the high Jump and Kirstin with a 5.37m shot putt secured more points for DTF . Shayna produced 3.83m in the long jump to add more points and see the team qualify for the final.


The U15 A  girls were in a strong position even before the final match but kept up their high standards to ensure a finals place. In the 60m hurdles Mya McMahon ran 10.00secs to secure 3rd  spot and with a 7th place in the 60m in 8.61secs Darcie Black had the team off to a good start. Darcie added a 6th place in the 200m, Hayley Penman secured 9th in the 300m and Maia Helm ran an excellent 2.40mins in the 800m resulting in the team being comfortably through. With Mya McMahon and Maia Helm adding more points in the high and long jumps and Cloe Hodge throwing and excellent 6.15m in the shot putt the girls were 2nd overall in the U15 girls qualifying.


The U11 A boys were led off by Charlie Potter who was 1st in the 60m with a time of 9.34secs. Charlie also leapt 1.70m in the standing long jump . Unfortunately issues with the results meant we had no official results for the 600m.


Finally the U13 A boys secured their finals place with some outstanding performances. In the 60m hurdles Callum Newton was 1st in 10.28secs and he was assisted by teammates Brook Ferguson in the 60m and Oliver Morrison in the 200m. In the 800m David Cuthbert produced an excellent run to gain 4th overall in 2.32mins. In the field the boys were very impressive. Callum was 1st in the long jump with 4.68m , Oliver 3rd in the high jump with 1.30m and Brook 3rd in the shot putt where he threw 6.56m.


There were some excellent performances from the DTF athletes whose teams just failed to qualify. In the U15 boys category Rory Voss was 2nd overall in the 400m with a time of 57.96secs and in the long jump he was 2nd in an impressive 5.49m. Cameron King jumped an excellent 1.40m in the high jump as the team finished just outside the qualifying places. The U11 A girls were also close with Eva Gasowska finishing 5th in the 60m , Clara Minns jumping 1.48m in the long jump and in the same competition Rachel Barnett jumped 1.62m for the B team. As with the boys issues with the 600m results may have worked against the girls.


The performances of the DTF athletes over the three match days have been excellent and for four out of our 7 teams that entered to qualify for the final is a real credit to the club. Well done all and good luck on finals day.

SAIL Match 2

5th January 2019, Emirates Area Glasgow

The second of three Scottish Athletics Indoor League fixtures took place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow last Saturday. The DTFC athletes built on the results of a very encouraging first fixture in December and a number of their teams are in a good position to qualify for the final.


The U11 girls saw A string wins for Eva Gasowska in the 600m and a solid 5th place for Milly McKenzie in the 60m. In the B string Isla Scott and Katie Curran produced solid runs in their respective races. The U11 boys kept up their good form with Charlie Potter finishing 2nd in the 60m and 5th in the standing jump to get the points. With the top 3 teams in each section to qualify the girls A string sit 6th and the boys A string 3rd. 


In the U13 category both girls teams are nicely placed with the A string 4th and B string 7th. For the A string there was a win for Shayna Asamoah in the 200m and in the B string Ellie Candlish  won her high jump. The boys U13 A string are also sitting well in 2nd spot with Callum Newton winning the 60m hurdles and Oliver Morrison the high jump.


The U15 girls A string are strongly placed in 2nd spot after Rebecca Grieve, Mya McMahon and Maia Helm booked top 3 finishes in their respective races with Maia Helm and Mya McMahon also claiming 2nd places in the high jump and long jump respectively. The B string are far from out of the frame in 7th place after solid performances across the board. The boys U15 team also had a good day finishing in 6th place with Rory Voss their main points contributor with 3rd place in the 400m and 2nd place in the long jump.


The U17 men are also handily placed with their team in 7th place and the U17 women A string are sitting in 5th spot after solid team performances with the highlights Daisy Cumming’s win in the 800m and Isla Steel’s 2nd place in the 60m hurdles.


The U20 women’s team also had a very successful day finishing 6th which was quite an achievement considering Ellen Ranklin was the only Dunfermline athlete in the team.


It all adds up to an exciting last fixture at the end of the month in the hope that the teams can continue their excellent form to gain places in the final in March.

SAIL Match 1

1st December 2018, Emirates Area Glasgow

The beginning of the indoor season at the start of December saw DTFC head west to the Emirates Arena in Glasgow to compete in the first of 3 matches in the Scottish Athletics Indoor League. With strong representation in both A and B strings at all age levels DTFC were sitting comfortably after the first match after some outstanding performances from their athletes.


In the U11 girls DTFC A and B string sit 3rd and 14th respectively out of 20 teams. Notable performances in the A string from Milly Mackenzie in the 60m securing 4th spot and Eva Gasowska who was 2nd in the 600m.The standing long jump saw Rachel Barnett secure 3rd spot with a very impressive 1.61m. Notable successes in the U11 girls B string came from Isla Scott who finished an excellent 4th in the 60m.


The U13 girls started their campaign very well in the 60m with A string Shayna Asamoah and B string Sophie Thomas finishing 1st and 3rd overall with excellent times of 8.6secs and 8.88secs. Shayna also captured 1st spot in the 200m with Sarah Kane for the B string finishing comfortably in the pack. A solid performances from Ellie Candlish in the 800m and an excellent long jump of 4.0m from Kirstin Penman who finished 3rd added more points to an already impressive start. The girls finished the day in a satisfying 4th spot for the A string and 7th for the B string out of 24 teams.


The U15 girls also had a very successful day with the A string finishing in 2nd place and the B string in 6th spot. Rebecca Grieve was in very impressive form securing 1st place in the 300m race with potentially a new club record of 42.03secs and 1st place again in the 60m in 8.1secs. She completed a very successful day by jumping 4.7m in the long jump to secure a 2nd place in that event. Mya McMahon was 2nd in the 60m hurdles and 1st in the high jump. There were also points for the A string from Erin Giraldes in the shot putt and a terrific 800m from Maia Helm running 2.36mins in the 800m. The B string girls were also performing well with Darcie Black reliable as ever in the 60m, 60m hurdles and high jump, Hayley Penman in her inaugural 300m and Alannah Ewan in the shot putt.

The U17 women found the going tougher with the A string finishing 7th and B string 25th in the league table at the end of the day. Morgan Robertson produced an excellent run to finish 4th in the 60m hurdles and Daisy Cumming won the 800m in 2.20mins. Isla Steel in the 60m and Kiah Chambers in the long jump contributed vital points for their teams.

The U11 boys A string finished the day 2nd and the B string 17th out of 20 teams. Charlie Potter and Caleb Munro won their respective 60m races for each string with the boys recording an impressive 9.33secs and 9.64secs. Charlie also added to the points with a win in the standing jump with 1.61m. Oscar Simmons and Cameron King provided the points in their 600m races.

A strong representation in the U13 boys groups saw the A string finish 4th and B string 7th in their age group. Callum Newton and Brook Ferguson were very impressive in the 60m hurdles securing 2nd and 3rd spots respectively with times of 11.46secs and 11.69secs. David Cuthbert and Louie Parsons were solid in the 800m to earn points and in the field Callum Newton won his long jump with 4.67m and Brook Ferguson threw his shot putt 6.88m to also win.


There was only one team from the U15 boys but they sit a comfortable 8th out of 26 teams after their first match. The 400m saw an excellent 2nd place for Rory Voss in 59.36 secs .He then added a long jump of 5.21m and shot putt of 8.69m to secure 3rd spots in both events. He was supported by Cameron King who picked up vital points over three events and James Cuthbert in two.


Only one team again for DTFC in the U17 men’s section but they sit in 7th spot out of 21 teams at the end of the day. Over the track and field events Brodie Ferguson, Jan Janik, Elliot Wilkins and Kieren McDonald quietly gathered points and put their team in a good postion.


A very successful day for DTFC with some outstanding performances from the athletes. We look forward to the second SAIL match at the Emirates on the 5th January when hopefully the teams can continue their progress.