CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS – JUNIOR BOYS REPORT
Junior Boys Report / Results.
On a sunny but windy day at a great venue, we kicked off the winter season in most encouraging fashion. The boys found the course tough, especially running uphill into a strong wind, but I was proud to see the efforts made by all of them for our team/s.
We welcomed some new faces to the teams; I hope you enjoyed your debut runs for the Club.
Thank you too to the parents who came along to support their sons and the club, many of whom were only too willing to assist with team duties. I, and the club, greatly appreciated it and I hope you enjoyed your involvement. To John Roberts, Steve Crowley, Julie Nield (winning team manager), Mrs Meuleman, Shirley Knuckey (and Andrew), Michelle (Pickering) and Andrew McGuire. It was great to have you all on board and supporting the youngsters.
We had six teams compete for the juniors; a great start to the season. Considering a number of our top junior runners (six in all) have managed to obtain private school scholarships and were committed to school sport for their school, this shows our growing and impressive depth of juniors. We were also able to cover two juniors who withdrew through injury.
In recognition of his obvious talent and recent impressive form, we saw U20 junior Nick McGuire being promoted to Division One seniors, the clubs elite team. A statement of confidence in such a young runner.
So, going into round one we had 25 registered juniors; 18 competing in the relays.
Pride of place must go to our GOLD MEDAL winning U16 team; an emphatic win by 1 minute 24 sec over a strong Collinwood outfit. (How good is it to defeat Collingwood?). The boy’s dominance was highlighted by their individual performances with Sam Toll 9:58 for equal fastest U16. Debutant, Michael McGuire, was next fastest with 10:00 and Mathew Crowley 10:14, fifth fastest; 3 of the top 5 times for U16. Our second team were 9th with Jack Strangio 10:48, Will Ockenden 11:30 and Max Meuleman 11:36 out of 16 finishing teams.
A fantastic effort boys.
Our U20 team was led off in strong fashion by another debut runner in Stephen Knuckey, a transferee and ex-Wesley College star. Stephen recorded second fastest of all U20 runners and the team managed to finish in third place for a bronze medal. A top first up effort for the club in a time of 22:02. Supporting Stephen, were Adam Braverman 25:09 and Daniel Loader 24:26, who injured himself in the second lap but fought on to the finish. Thanks Daniel for coming up from U18 to cover the loss of an injured Eamonn Murphy.
The U18 race was extremely close and very competitive. 22 teams finished and we were 7th and 20th . Our boys did very well with Team 1 led off by Ryan Losty, fresh from Soccer, in 10:09, Julian Lam 10:50, and a fast finishing Nick Parkinson in 10:02. Team 2 was ably led off by Nathan Douglas in 190:58, then Declan Murphy 10:56 and anchored by allround athlete Sebastian Zammit in 12:52. A pleasing effort.
The U14 boys, keen as ever, but with only two registered, finished a team when Taj Cook, just 9 years old ran to complete an invitation team. And what a great effort from the boys, finishing just 1 second out of the medals in fourth place of the 11 finishing teams. A fantastic lead off run from Jasper Pickering in 11:10 to be 3rd fastest overall and then Jake Roberts 12:31 and Taj Cook 12:54 making up the team.
Jade Cook, another third generation Cookie, ran an invitational leg in 13:55 and enjoyed the experience.
These are very encouraging results from these boys, the future of our club, and give us cause for great optimism for the clubs future.
We are all proud of your efforts boys. Well done.
Junior Boys team manager.
Jells Park Relays Men’s Open Report- 2013
We were greeted with sunshine yet again for the opening round of XCR ’13. While strong winds forced the removal of our tents, there was still a sea of blue everywhere you looked. We fielded 10 teams in Open Men from Division 1 to 7, including three invite teams comprised mainly of runners from our growing Monash squad.
Our best results came in Divisions 2 and 4, with both teams finishing third. We could have had another third place in Division 3 if our team members were more familiar with each other! There were many personal bests recorded. It is great to see such an even spread of talent across our first few divisions, with anyone in a lower division capable of knocking off someone above them. This was the case with the evergreen Craig Semple, showing up his younger teammates and leaving selectors with no doubt about which team he will be running in two weeks.
We move to Sandown for more relay fun on May 11 as we swap the grass and hills for the flat bitumen. I hope to see huge numbers again and some slick times on the V8 track!
Men’s Team Captain
1st round of cross-country and what a beautiful sunny day, pity about the wind but it was a fun day for all. Division 1 team ran well with Sarah Lund being the first runner, followed by Tarli Bird who got a fantastic time of 21:10 and Karinna Fyfe also running a fabulous time of 21:50 with Meredith Cook finishing the team off and gaining 1st place.
Division 2 with Cassie Higham, Anna Ross and Amelia Aslanides all moving up from other divisions from last year and welcome back Bridget Wetherall after having her 2nd child. Well done to Cassie, Anna and Amelia for improving their times from last year and a great run from Bridget and gaining 1st place.
Division 3 with Stacey Bulger, Belinda Dennett and newcomer Penny Townshend. Well done to Stacey for improving her time by over 2 minutes and Belinda running well despite running in the Canberra marathon recently and great time for Penny and gaining 1st place.
Division 4 first team with Kirrily Burnett, Josie O’Sullivan and Laura Eades with Laura and Kirrily also improving their times from last year and well done to Josie for getting a great time of 26:00 andgaining 1st place. The 2nd team with Simone McInnes and 2 newcomers Rebecca Beagley and Michelle Ong getting times of 27:19 and 27:31 respectively, well done in gaining 3rd place. The 3rd team with Natalie Esparon and Alice Enter and newcomer Claire Oliveri. Thanks to Claire for helping to fill the team and hopefully will see you at more races. Well done all for gaining 4th place.
Well done girls to all the teams gaining 1st place in division 1, 2, 3 and 4 and division 4 team 2 coming 3rd and team 3 coming 4th. Thanks to all the time keepers and looking forward to another successful race at Sandown.
Congratulations to the 40+ team on an amazing team effort in coming 3rd and 5th respectively in the relay. This was Glenhuntly’s first time to have two 40+ teams. Robyn Fletcher and Franky Reid were the first runners and Robyn ran well despite running Oxfam the week before, Robyn came in 5th with a time of 26:44 and not far behind was Franky with a time of 27:39. What a great run for the season!! Then Paula Nakase went off and ran really well considering that Paula said she hasn’t been training long. And not far behind was Kara Gilbert despite her heavy triathlon training she’d done during the week. Paula ran in coming 4th overall with a time of 28:21 and Kara not far behind with a time of 31:29. I then took over and ran really hard down the hill so the 5th runner would not catch me but the conditions were really tough and felt I was really slow but was determined no other 40+ would pass. I had no idea where the 3rd team was but was able to pass her at the last 200m. I was very pleased in finishing the race and the team coming 3rd. My time was really slow – 27:10 and Lisa Deramond came in 5th with a time of 29:20 an improvement from last year.
Well done girls in coming 3rd and 5th and the 1st team getting a medal!! And special thanks to Lesley and Liz for being our time keepers.
XCR’13 MASTERS REPORT
As usual, the new season of cross country and road racing kicked off at Jells Park, with the 6km cross country relay. In great conditions, the Hunters were out in force, with the biggest team on the day by far.
A record number of 32 Masters competed, including our youngest Over 40, Peter Macknamara (20:49), in Div 2, and Craig Semple (19:20), Julian Cook (20:55) and Tony Russo (22:30) making up most of the Div 3 team.
The actual 40+ team of Angelo Portelli (26:20) and new boys Chris Allan (28:16) and Ian Henderson (27:32) came in 10th in a very competitive division.
With enough 50+ers for five teams, very little form to go on and several injuries, selection of the 50A team proved somewhat difficult. Selectors finally settled on Paul Strangio (22:02), Joe Murphy (24:50) and Andrew Ross (22:56), with the team coming in second place overall. Honourable mentions also to Roland Soderstrom (23:57 in team B), Mick Ryan (24:50 in team D) and all four teams (B,C,D,E) who finished 7th, 11th, 10th and 16th respectively.
Well done everyone, including all the Masters who filled places in Open teams. Onward to Sandown!