Hunter women take four premierships!
It was glory all round at the final round of cross country at the Tan on Saturday last.
With Div. 1,2,3, and 4 taking line honours and the 40 plus women finishing a close 4th it was a great day once again for the Hunter women who have proven that strength in numbers , talent, and consistency are key ingredients for success and a premiership win in all divisions and a fantastic 2nd place in the 40 plus women.
The highlight had to be Div. 2 coming 2nd overall to Div. 1 Hunter’s at the Tan and the sprint finish in the 40 plus to gain a podium spot. They missed out by a whisker but a terrific effort.
There were so many great performances and Pb’s but most of all it was the tremendous team spirit that continued to run throughout the season and on the day which brought us a record breaking premiership.
Thank you to all the women who have run their hearts out this season for the club, it has been a wonderful season and I am honoured to be part of it.
Lesley Grimes – Team Manager
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Women Div 1
Even thought the Div 1 women had the premiership sealed, that did not stop them from dominating the Tan Relays, the final event for winter. Erica Sigmont led off for the first leg and with a close finish at the first changeover,
Glenhuntly was already in a strong position. Showing their depth, the Hunter women then dominated the remaining three legs (Anna Thompson, Karinna Fyfe and Julia Edwards) to finish in a time of 53.25, just over three minutes ahead of the next team.
Thanks must go to Trevor Vincent & Leslie Grimes for their organisation of the winter team and to the Glenhuntly girls who ran so consistently over the season. It has been a great effort, and we are already looking forward to repeating our success next season.
Anna Thompson – Team Captain
Junior Men at the TAN
It was not what it was meant to be as we struggled to arrange a team for the final event of the winter season; the TAN relays.
Illness, overseas travel, school camps, other sporting commitments, all amounted to just three boys being available to compete; one from each of U14, U16 and U18.
All three boys did the club proud, rose to the occasion and ran excellently to give the senior Division 7 team a win in the race and secured the premiership for the team.
While all ran impressively, young 12yo Daniel Hamilton ran a blinder of a lap of 14.13 on the final leg to hold on to first place. Chris Hibbert had put the team in a great position with a lap of 13.19; not bad for a 14 yo.
John Baker 16yo took 13.22 minutes after taking the baton from lead off runner Michael Ryan 49yo who must have felt the old man in the young brigade..
Great team result guys.
Phil Hutton Team Manager
Another great turnout by the Hunter men saw us fill all open divisions, 1 to 7, and we won Division 7.
Our Division 1 team was a close 5th, however their time was actually 7 seconds faster than our Division 1 team ran last year to finish 2nd, so the competition is much stronger. Fourth place in division 2 was a nice reward for a very even team.
On the day we had a total of 5 Hunter males beat 12 minutes & another 5 beat 13minutes – a terrific result – clearly demonstrating our great depth.
All teams were really competitive on the day and as mentioned our Division 7 team made up of Mick Ryan (a master) and juniors John Baker (16) and Chris Hibbert (14) and Daniel Hamilton (12) got up to win. So we comfortably clinched Division 7 premiership.
On behalf of all the Hunter males, I congratulate our Open Females on their incredible effort, never before achieved by any club, in winning the premierships in all 4 open divisions.
TV – Team Manager
What a morning we had. Perfect conditions to finish off a great season of cross country and road racing with a dash around the Tan.
A huge team of Hunters had answered the call, filling no less than 21 Mens, Womens and junior teams.
The team numbers meant that several of our Masters runners were assigned to Open teams, led by Mick ‘King of the Kids’ Ryan (14.54) who, along with 3 juniors, not only won Div 7 on the day, but also brought home the premiership. Well done everyone who competed in Div 7 through the season. Others in Open divisions included John Evans (Div 4 – 14.54), Victor Cook (Div 6 – 14.30) and Dennis Gellert (Div 6 – 15.17).
The 40+ team selections almost went to plan. Team 1, consisting of Roland Soderstrom (14.18), Andrew Ross (13.42) and Dan Pelly (12.56) finished in 4th place, which is also where the team finished in the overall standings. Team 2 came in 8th, with lead out runner Phil Edwards trying to convince the selectors that he should have been in Team 1, running a very solid 14.14, followed by Richie McG-W (14.46) and Eric Sigmont (16.48). Team 3 of Kurt Golonka, Chris Murphy and Angelo Portelli (all in the 16s) came in 11th.
In the 50+ division, the very experience team of Joe Murphy (14.48), Chris Wardlaw (16.04) and Len Johnson (15.35) came in 6th, leaving the team in 5th place overall.. A good result for the season. 50+ team 2 had to overcome a series of mishaps just to get started. Bruce McInnes had a late start on his journey from Mansfield, then his car broke down and was abandoned at Whittlesea on the way down. Somehow he got there and anchored the team with a serviceable 17.19. Lead out runner Alan Irwin took a tumble in the chaos at the start and ended up with grazes from his nose to his knees. A very brave effort to run 18.08 in the circumstances. Phil Hutton had a fairly relaxed day by comparison with a 20.25. Peter Buller and John Zeleznikow also competed, in 50+ team 3.
All in all, an excellent season, highlighted by the participation rates. We had 30 Masters runners compete, in an average of nearly 6 events each. Well done everyone!
Andrew Ross – Team Manager