Promoted duo look set for a tough baptism

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South Yorkshire clubs are in action tomorrow in the first round of the Northern League. City of Sheffield and Doncaster AC are in division 2SE with Doncaster hosting the fixture. Both were promoted last year and can expect tough opposition from Bingley, Derby, Lincoln Wellington and Scunthorpe.

The league is decided over four matches. City of Sheffield men’s team compete in the British League Premier division but their campaign does not begin until June 9 and some of their stars are likely to be in action at Doncaster.

Barnsley AC and Rotherham were both relegated last season and take their place in division 3EC along with Chesterfield, Boston, Cleethorpes and Newark. Their fixture is at Derby.

Hallamshire and Wombwell Sporting are both in Division 4EC at Cleethorpes. Hallamshire, as long as they can get their top athletes out, look far too strong for this division.

The British Universities and Colleges start their champions today and over the weekend. It is the trial event at the Olympic Stadium, but the entry procedure is controversial. In an effort to allow every eligible institution to enter athletes, some top class (even international) performers at strong universities such as Loughborough find themselves on a reserve list.

Sheffield Hallam University is well represented. Ricky Reeves does both sprints with Luke South listed for the 200 whilst Tim Burns should do well in the 400 metres. Former Yorkshire champion Rhian Hastey goes for the 800 metres and Liam Ramsay is listed for the 110 metres hurdles.

Wani Mkandawire (high jump) and Joe Dunderdale (javelin) should do well.

In the women’s events

Sheffield Hallam have Karla Drew in the women’s 100 hurdles and she also does the high jump along with team mates Mae Sasegban and Lydia Chamberlin. Tesni Ward is in a strong javelin line up.