XCR ’16 Round 7 Albert Park 10 km

Link: TV’s Hunter results
On a fine, but windy day 63 Hunters participated in the State Road Championships (3k/10k) at Albert Park.

Once again our females starred – with a great win by our Division 1 team & 2nd placings to both the Division 2 team and the Under 20s.

Open Men struggled again – with a great many of our regulars missing – and we finished with our lowest Division 1 placing for in a long time – 9th !

The U18 Men scored another big win & sit nicely at the top of the ladder.

There were a number of fine individual performances – with Will Ockenden the star – 1st in Men U18, Sophie O’Sullivan 2nd in Girls U16, & Tarli Bird 3rd in Open Women.

Other top 10 Hunters were; Dana Dekkers (4th Women U20), Karinna Fyfe – 8th & Amelia Aslanides – 9th (Women Open), Sam Toll (5th Men U20), & Genevieve O’Brien (8th Girls U16 )

XCR ’16 Round 6 Sandown Road Relays

Link: TV’s Hunter Results

In great conditions, but running in the wrong direction (in the opinion of the old hands),  the Hunters had a some
terrific results at Sandown.

We scored wins in 3 Junior age groups – Women U16 & U20 as well as Men U18, second places were picked up by Open Women, Div 1 & Men U16, and we presently top the premiership ladders in Men 40+ & Men U18, with our Div 1 Women & U20 Women lying in 2nd place.


Club Juniors returned some outstanding results at All Schools XR

Twenty three club juniors represented their schools at Bundoora last saturday in what can best be described as cool/chilly conditions. The course was soft and challenging with some very wet patches.
Outstanding was the win of Sophie O’Sullivan in the girls U16 event; a dominant performance. well done Sophie.
Two silver medallists in Haftu Strintzos, U18 boys, and Adam Spencer U16 boys were also impressive, both finishing within a second of the winner. Well done boys, magnificent.
Will Ockenden in U18 boys finished 4th after really taking the race on in the early stages and finished within 8 seconds of the winner.

Results are shown below; well done to all. Bring on the Sandown relays.


Under 14

22 Sophie Carne 11.59.8

Under 15

5 Genevieve O’Brien 15.03.8
42 Gretel McKenzie 17.44.9

Under 16

1 Sophie O’Sullivan 14.05.8
18 Juliet McBurney 16.06.0
44 Eleonara Gilbert 17.47.3

Under 18

21 Sophie Highnam 16.50.7
23 Samantha Miller 16.59.6

Under 20

7 Dana Dekkers 23.33.9
16 Kaitlin Barr 25.14.7


Under 15

14 Will Sharp 13.50.0
22 Romin Kodikara 14.09.8

Under 16

2 Adam Spencer 12.40.2
10 Ed Marks 13.24.0
14 Jason Clayton 13.15.8

Under 17

9 Jasper Pickering 12.40.2
14 Liam O’Halloran 21.31.3
52 Nathan Crawley 24.57.6

Under 18

2 Haftu Strintzos 19.25.8
4 Will Ockenden 19.29.6

Under 20

10 Sam Toll 26.39.2
28 Jack Highnam 28.32.8
32 Declan Murphy 28.45.9

XCR ’16 Round 3 Cruden Farm 16km Cross Country

Link: TV’s Hunter Results

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‘The latest new venue – Cruden Farm at Langwarrin –  proved to be an excellent selection – however the great weather certainly contributed to the success of the day.

Another big Hunter turn out assured lots of club teams and great successes, Despite Tarli’s great win, the open women went down in Division 1 to Sth Melbourne this week – on a countback, however the U18 Men scored another team victory to be on a clean sweep so far.

Will Ockenden put in another fine effort to finish 2nd in the U18 race and Dana Dekkers was 4th in her U20 race.

The Open Women continue to turn out in big numbers and this time we saw 6 Hunters in the top 30 and 9 in the top 50 finishers.

Special thanks to Julie Nield, Heather Dekkers, & Jian Yen for filling our 3 rostered helper positions with Aths Vic.’

Round 3 XCR CRUDEN FARM Langwarrin

Melways Map 103 G6
60 Cranbourne Road, Langwarrin 3910
Saturday 21 May 2016

Event times:

12.00pm 4km M14 W14
12.20pm 6km W16 W18 M16 M20
12.50pm 8km W Open W20 W Masters
1.00pm 3km Early starters for 16km
1.35pm 8km M18
2.05pm 16km M Open M Masters

• All competitors must wear their club uniform (singlet/black or dark blue shorts) with their current bib numbers firmly attached front and back.
• All competitors must wear their timing chip attached to their shoe. (These are the chips previously issued in past years or to new members this year. For new members who did not attend Wandin, you will receive your chip at this race.
• If you have misplaced your timing chip a temporary one can be bought for this race @ $15. If you have lost your timing chip then it is $50 to buy a new one. DO NOT LOSE YOU CHIP.

Afternoon Tea:
o Reminder to those that have club thermoses to bring them full of ‘hot’ water please.
o Reminder to bring a contribution for afternoon tea please.
• Those that are able to arrive early, we would appreciate assistance in erecting the tent; and at the end of the day to help pack up and load onto trailer.

• TV (Open Men) 0407 922 597
• Phil (Junior Boys) 0477 968 620
• John(Masters (Men) 0448 309 599
• Cass (Open Women) 0403 337 244
• Gill (Masters Women)0408 261 261
• Peter (Junior Girls) 0402 006 572

XCR ’16 Round 2 Wandin Park 8km Cross Country

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On an unseasonly hot day, on a tough course – and at a new venue (Wandin Park), we saw 71 Hunters toe the line.

There were a few withdrawals during the races due to minor (we hope) injuries, but results were fantastic, especially from the girls – who won both Open Divisions 1 & 2 .

Our U18 Men scored a narrow victory.

Thanks to the huge number of club supporters who urged our runners to big performances, and to all who contributed to the usual sensational afternoon tea spread.

————————————————————————-Mens Report

“Tough day at the office” seemed to be the going phrase after we tackled AV’s new course at Wandin Park.  Even with quite a few missing due to injury (and a few injuries during) we still managed 28 finishers of the challenging 8k course.

Great to have Toby Rayner make his debut for the 2016 season, with a strong run putting him in the top 10.  Jamie Cook bounced back brilliantly from his marathon last weekend to be our second runner home, just outside the 30 minute mark. Jack Bullock, Rossi Siosi, Simon Bowly & Julian Kuppler all contributed to a good 7th place for Div 1.  Our Masters teams also fared well, with Peter Macknamara and Han Quach leading the 40+ team to 2nd place – well in the mix early in the season.
Club newcomers Matt Shearer, Nic Brussa and David Wilksh picked an absolute doozy for their first individual race.  Strong runs by all three, and with this one out of the way the rest of the season should be a breeze!
Another new course to tackle in round 3 – Cruden Farm.  With double the distance to play with, hopefully AV will go a little easy on us…

Simon Bowly


Womens Report

Wandin Park was arguably the toughest race we’ve ever done but despite this it was enjoyed by the majority for being a true cross country course that was testing right until the finish line.
The women had some incredible results:
-Tarli Bird backed up from her win the previous week in the Puffing Billy fun run with a win in the 6km women’s race. This result was a huge help to the Premier division and along with Cassie Higham, Amelia Aslanides, Sharon Firisua and Rebecca Beagley the girls secured their second win in as many races.
-We had 7 women finish inside the top 30 and all members of the Premier and Division 2 teams were in the top 50.
-22 women competed, this is really outstanding when you consider we had 19 running at Jells relays. We were able to cover all divisions and had multiple teams in both division 5 and Masters. There was a fairly even split with 10 of the athletes competing being from the masters age group.
-Joan Connor had her first run with the club and Lesley Grimes got back in uniform after a few years of happily spectating and ended up 3rd in her age group.
-Anna Saw may not have enjoyed the course as much as she does a rubberised track but was a huge help to the Div 2 team who also won their division.
-After a long period of injury Stacey Bulger returned and left nothing on the course with an outstanding run and signs of big things ahead.
We will wait with baited breath to see what Cruden Farm has in store for us!
Cass Higham