Mens U18s start - Photo by Tania Shanahan
Another successful day for us with a win in the women’s Div 2, a second place in the men’s U14 and a host of third place results. Thanks for those who helped out by recording times for our teams, an especially difficult job considering the cold wet conditions. It was a job well done especially in context with the results that were posted that night, all our individual times were recorded and there were no issues with our results, the same could not be said for many other clubs. Special thanks to Indi Cooper spotting for two teams, our U20 men and the Women Div 2. Thanks also to our three AV helpers Ben Mudie, convalescing from the marathon, Sam Mahoney and Jo Francken.
It was a big day out for the women with the Div 2 notching up their second win of the season, Div 3 was third, Div 5 eighth and the 40+ were 12th. A great effort from the Div 2 team of Brianna Bunworth, Nardine Bainbridge, Rochelle Kennedy and Carolyn Huell, well done ladies. The fastest time of the day was however from U20 Claire Hodgart. Since Albert Park she has been in red hot form and fresh from the Uni games in Adelaide, Claire finished the 6,2km course in 23 minutes and 27 seconds, running in the div 3 team! These solid race results have resulted in moves up the ladders with our Div 2 equal first with Old Xaverians, Div 3 moved into seventh, Div 5 hanging on to second place.
Rochelle and Mel - Photos by Tania Shanahan
A solid effort from our men’s div 2 saw them finish third only a few seconds behind ladder leaders Doncaster with Daniel Barlow running fastest finishing in 19 minutes and 39 seconds. Following on in our first team was U20 Liam Cashin, Callum Drake, U20 Nathan Pearce, Alistair McDonald and Luke Searle. There were also some great runs in the lower divisions resulting in some solid results from the Div 3, third, Div 6 fourth and Div 7 eighth. Thanks to all those juniors running up in the open men’s category, it is a real boost to our teams and gives those juniors the opportunity to race the longer distances; Toby Evans and Thomas Glover (Div 7) and Nathan Pearce and Liam Cashin (Div 2). In the ladders our Men’s Div 2 are equal third with Essendon, Div 3 have moved into fifth place, Div 6 remaining in second place and Div 7 fifteenth.
Toby - Photo by Tania Shanahan
Thomas - Photo by Stu Macaulay
Daniel Barlow - Photo by Tania Shanahan
Best results were from our men U14 finishing second to Diamond Valley. Men’s U20 were 5th, U18 5th and 11th, Men’s u16 6th and 12th and our women’s U16 was 6th. In the ladders the Men’s U20s remain in second, Men’s U18 third, Men’s U16 hanging onto first by a point, Men’s U14 first and the Women’s U16 third. Even though there was only one placed finish there were definitely some encouraging signs from our juniors with the good numbers in the men’s ranks and the return to running and form for others, looking forward to see what were able to pull off at Brimbank.
Matt - Photo by Tania Shanahan
With four rounds to go there is plenty of competition left for our teams to firm up premierships and promotions. Premierships in the Men’s U14 and U16, the seniors women’s div 2 promotion to Premier division, Div 5 to div 4 while in the men’s our Div 6 has a chance of promotion to Div 5 and a third place in the Div 2 would be our best result in many years. To achieve this we’ll need all available athletes at Brimbank. We struggled in this one last year but this year hopefully we can field 3 teams for both the men and women’s teams and get back to full strength in our men U16.