Western Athletics at the Australian Junior Championships

Western Athletics at the Australian Junior Championships 11-15 March 2015.
Here are the details about our 22 strong Junior team.

Great Photos taken by Williamstown Camera Club 6th Dec Newport Shield

A big thank you to the Williamstown Camera Club for passing on 165 high quality photos of club members taken at AV Shield Round 7 on the 6th of December at Newport.

The full quality images can be viewed in the following album.

AV Shield Round 7 photos by Williamstown Camera Club

2014-2015 Shield Final

Shield Final on Saturday the 31st January kicked off at 9am. Five teams represented our club, consisting of Women 40+, MenU20 (with Decathlete Antony (Amador) Bermejo carrying the title of a team), Men U16, Men U14 and Women U14. Our 40+ plus girls realized early on that they were up against tough competition and decided together to represent in events they are able to while having as much fun as they can.

The day kicked off really well for our junior teams with a start at the top or second spot on the scoreboard after the first event of 1500m. Shihab Deen Mohamed-U16, Matthew Hussey-U14 and Sophie McMinimee-U14 anchored their teams in this event. Other strong performances by Kirk Shanahan-U16, Brandon Muscat-U14 and Georgia Muller-U14 contributed to a strong start by our juniors. Thomas Rebesco-U16 was happy with a season’s best performance after being sidelined by injury for half of the season. In the Women 40+ our ladies finished mid-field, with a strong run by Sharon Rankin.

We only had three competitors in the U14 Hurdles with Daniel Masini picking up valuable points as the only boys’ competitor while Rachel Evans finished 3rd with a strong run. Aliyah Canepa was happy when the event was finished and her attention could turn to the Throws.

Next on the track was the 100m. Tolu (TJ) Lavea-U16 finished 4th in a blistering 11.73 and his teammates were Bailey Siwek, Daly Andrews and Toby Evans. Aynain Beg-U14 also finished 4th and is inching closer to a National Qualifier in this event – supported by Lachlan Rzanovski, Cale Du Plessis and Domenic Manago. Mechelle Lane in the Women’s 40+ ran a PB and Adora Arch-U14 won the girls 100m in the only sub-13 run in her division. She was assisted by Chiara Dickens, Monique Gavriliadis and Rachel Evans.

State Relays' Wrap

Congratulations to all those who competed in last Saturday’s Victorian Relay Championships, it was a really gutsy effort by all and some very promising results from our junior men, just finishing outside the medals in very strong fields.  With our numbers down a little on last year we fielded 17 teams, but as a seniors club what was very satisfying was to field strong open teams.  Great efforts from Chris Downie, Jayden Defina, Luke Stevens, Rhys Parkinson, Matthew Hargreaves and Anthony Bermejo, between them completing 3 relays and resulting in one bronze in the Medley and a berth in the 4x400 final at Zatopek.


Tan Relays Race Wrap

Of course there were many great runs and I will get to that, but what stood out for me was the fact that everyone turned up and if there were problems you let me know, and again a real team feeling and great commitment from all. Relays are notoriously difficult to bring together so our record this year was again impressive with 18 teams at Jells Park, 16 at Sandown and 17 teams for this round coming from a field of 62 athletes with 10 men’s teams and 7 women’s teams.  Special thanks to Stu Macaulay for organizing the women U16s as well as the AV duties along with Adrian Jeffkins and Stephen Glover.

Burnley Half Race Wrap

We did it!! In a field of nine men and seven women we had enough for two men’s and two women’s team which was the best turn-out since I have been involved at the club.  Although our teams were not strong as other years we did what we needed to do to keep the team’s scoreboard ticking over.  The main beneficiary of this will be our men’s div 4 as they are currently in second place and hopefully will remain there.  At the Tan we will do well, as with the other relays, and in contention for a promotion to Div 3 in 2015.  Well done to all those who ran and finished, and of our 16 athletes six were first-timers!


RAYNER BACK ON TOP – Nationals XC Race Wrap

After a mid-season niggle which threatened Jack Rayner’s Nationals campaign a timely rest allowed him to recover just enough to win the 5km race at Wendouree, handing him the XCR U20 points championship, and preparing him well for the imminent National cross country championships.  In 2013 Jack was second in the 8km U20 race and third overall but this year it was his turn and he controlled the race from the 3km mark and, with no one challenging, he ended up winning the race by nearly 100m in a time of 25 minutes and 20 seconds.  Looking forward to seeing Jack race in the open men's 12km race next year, our first open male representative in some years!


This week’s XCR round 7 at Lake Wendouree greeted us with a surprisingly chilly wind across the lake but at least no rain! We really struggled for numbers in our open men's and women’s ranks with only a mmen’s Div 2 and a Div 2 and Div 4 in the men’s. Thanks again to all those for running even though some were not at their best and it might be enough to keep our Div 4 in second place as the overall race numbers were down compared to other years.




Daniel Dunstone recorded his first win in an AV race in Sunday’s U18 10km road race. He ran a superbly timed and measured race, holding a steady 3.15/km, gradually picking off all U18 athletes. At the 8km mark he caught the race leader, Mornington’s Troy McGill, where a duel for first place started. With one kilometer to go Daniel gently increased the pace which was enough to seal the victory, finishing in a time of 32 minutes and 53 seconds. 'with a k to go I increased the pace to 3.09/km then after a few hundred metres I heard Troy give out a groan and I knew I had him!!’, Daniel said. Well done Dan, nice 1km kick!





The day started with ominously dark clouds but at least for the most part the showers did not make life too difficult and we even had a brief appearance from the sun! There were some very solid performances and PBs across all age groups and again all our entered teams scored points, so well done to everyone for turning up and competing.  A big thanks to the spotters/time recorders and especially our three AV helpers, Sue Rebesco, Sharon Rankin and Julius Weitsz…Sandringham thanks you too!!

Some highlights from the day were the great performance from our Men’s Div 2 finishing second, despite losing 4 of our top athletes, the Men’s div 4 winning with the return of a couple of Western Aths greats, a surprise 4th place in the Women’s Div 2, and of course the Juniors’ two gold medals and two bronze medals.


Round 4 Bundoora was the last of the cross country races and for the open men and women arguably the toughest course with the big climb up the back of Mt Cooper, but we were lucky again with the weather. Not having too much rain the week before and nothing on the day resulted in a firm trail with just the final part of the circuit being nicely churned over and a little tricky to negotiate. Thanks to Mark Sharp for manning check point 4 on top of Mt Cooper for 4 hours in the freezing wind!



This week Rob Pope has continued his brilliant form and showed real class not only be the first of our Open Div 2 men but finishing in the top 40, 39th place overall.  Rob is at home in the longer races through the hills and this week ran two minutes faster than last year’s Brimbank race, completing the course in 58 minutes and 24 seconds – our fastest ever at Brimbank!