Disappointment from Newcastle’s defeat to Northumbria in the inaugural Stan Calvert event did not deter the Newcastle gymnastics team from getting one over on their Northumbrian neighbours in this stand-alone event.
There were three first placed trophies up for grabs, with individual honours on offer for the men and women’s teams, as well as an overall trophy. The Women competed on two out of the four available pieces, electing the vault and the beam as their preferred apparatus. The men chose to compete on the floor, vault and parallel bars, and did not disappoint. Otto Terrell secured the top prize for the men, with Morgan Savill grabbing third.
There were three first placed trophies up for grabs
Frances Hughes, following her outstanding performances on vault and bars, snapped up second place for the women. Despite individual honours, it was the team prize that Newcastle desperately wanted to win, and tension built as the score remained close throughout.
The Newcastle team held heir nerve, and won the overall competition with a total of 122.1 points. Stan Calvert suggested Northumbria are far too strong for Newcastle, but the gymnasts have showed their class in securing the bragging rights over the noisy neighbours.