It was a tough day on the paddock with many issues around admin and logistics with incorrect colour patches distributed, ultimately resulted in some athletes running different distances to what was intended. The course itself was well prepared but there were some very tough sections and it was quite treacherous under foot in some areas. Despite our struggles on the day, from a team point of view it was very positive. Filling three teams in the Open Men and Women has resulted in very valuable team points and from this we should still be well placed in the ladders.
With cool sunny weather conditions it was a perfect day in the paddocks in the midst of the picturesque environs of Cruden Farm. The course was tweaked slightly from last year which resulted in a very true 12km and as usual a fine, fast cross country course.
Overall numbers were down on Round 2, St Annes, and with many athletes feeling the effects of the cold, flu and covid. It was a gutsy effort to grind out the 12km course and for the juniors in the 6km course.
Thanks to all those who put in the effort to make the journey out there and push through the 12km. Special thanks to our AV helpers on the drinks station; David Hall, Jenny Arnold and Peter Cashin. Thanks again also the Mario and Brandon Muscat for bringing the tents.
By all accounts it was a great day’s racing and great day’s outing with a challenging grass course with plenty of undulation and a pleasant vineyard to enjoy the rest of the afternoon, after the racing was done! It was a solid result for our open teams but not much action in the junior teams. Highlights for the day were our Premier men’s team in second place and Lucy Cleveland’s second place result in the women’s U16. Thanks to Brandon and Mario Muscat for transporting the tents to and from the event.
The day started well regarding the weather with ideal cross country conditions but as the day went on the rain and the wind came in and made the conditions tough for those in the back end of the event.
Highlights for the day included the Open Men’s Premier and Div 2 teams finishing second, solid open women’s teams and a third place result in the women’s U16.
We won! We won! We won! You little ripper!
Going into the Playoffs we were on top of the ladder, but ultimate success could not be taken for granted. We had not won a weekly round since our Power Play in round 4, finishing 3rd and 4th once each and 2nd 4 times over the last six rounds.
We had 77 different athletes compete for our Club over the whole season, 63 of those athletes qualified for the Playoffs and of those 52 competed on the day. Co-incidentally, this was the same number of athletes we had for round 9 where we came 2nd with 28 500 points and our Power Play (round 4) where we won with 38 391 points. The comforting thing was that we had 110 scoring events covered, only two less than our Power Play.
Athletics Victoria have shared the provisional calendar for the 2022 Cross Country (XCR) Season. After two stop-start years, XCR returns with 12 events spread across five months.
AVSL was at Lakeside and the premium seating was up high, where a nice cool breeze and some shade was appreciated by one and all.
We finished the day in third place on 21 187, behind Wyndham T&F on 26 592 and Ballarat Harriers on 23 149.
Alan works at Ballarat Christian College and teaches physics and computers. He likes the reliability of Newton’s Laws and, like some of us, grapples with the challenge of keeping up with ever evolving technology.