The first round of the 2012/13 season commenced under cloudy and cool conditions, though luckily the rain kept away for majority of the afternoon. The men’s team was certainly looking at building on last year’s premiership by going back to back this season.
The first event was the 100m in which where both our Division 1 teams were covered. Aidan Debernardi our latest lifesaving recruit came out and ran the quickest time (11.43) into a strong headwind, which was solid first race. This was followed by Leigh Pheelan (11.65) and Brayden Tatham (11.67). In the 40 + Rowan Lee ran 13.70 to be fastest Ghy sprinter for the age group.
The 400m was the last sprint event for the day and one of the most popular. Aidan once again was fastest on the day with a 50.32, showing what a great all round athlete he can be for our club. Brayden was next with a comfortable 51.38, which was followed by Kulan Ranasinghe with 51.74. The 1500m was next up which is where Rhydian showed his high class endurance and his ability to do well in events outside the walk. He ran a quality 4.01.
The important relays were on, and in typical Glenhuntly fashion the men’s team had 4 relay teams showing the depth and enthusiasm of the team. The results were strong on the day as well, with Division 1 team 1 team coming a close second and the second team coming third in heat 1. In heat 2, teams 3 and 4 came first and second. The 40+ team came first as well in their heat. This overall was a fantastic result for the club.
The 110m hurdles saw that man again Aidan coming first with 17.93 into a strong headwind. The 2k walk saw Rhydian do what he does best, which was dominating the walk with a very fast 7.59.3. The 3k steeple saw Andrew Blake run 11.53.1.
The field events were next, and starting with the long jump Aidan Debernardi once again produced an outstanding performance of 6.44m to cap of a great day for him and the team. Tim Rosen was next with 5.79m and Justin Cohen with 5.07m. Pole Vault was next and this saw our young rising decathlete Beau Lang clear 3.15m which was an impressive performance in tricky conditions for field athletes.
The throwing events were next with Javelin being the first event to be covered. Beau Lang threw an impressive 47.10m, followed by Patrick Beraun 40.28m and Justin Cohen was next with 29m. In the 40 + Jeff Lang led the way with 29.95m followed by Joe Zammit with 26.10m. The discus saw Pat Beraun lead the way with 35.68m, which was followed by Ben Hodgens with 32.37m. The 40 + saw Joe Zammit lead with 22.42m.
This was a very successful round for the Glenhuntly Open Men’s team, and it see’s us make a positive tilt at back to back premierships. I hope to see a even larger turn out this week at Frankston for Round 2!