Melbourne really turned it on for this year’s Masters C’ships, NOT!! Whilst there may have been a record number of competitors (just under 1000!!), the weather was bloody AWFUL! Thursday and Tuesday were both superb, 22-24 degrees, sunny, no wind. The 4 competition days were, however, horrible! Melbourne at its best, and worst! Cold (12-14 degrees), windy (ask the longer distance runners what the back straight was like), drizzling on most days, cloudy and overcast, but, the only good thing was the rain held off for almost the entire comp. Monday started to improve however, the majority of the comp was over by then.
Pur Mingara athletes performed superbly for the entirety of the C’ships with the absolute standout, Ernie Leseberg. 3rd in the Champion of Champions 100m, a NSW, C’ship and Club record in the 60m, narrowly missing Club records (by hundredths of a sec in both 100m and 200m), winning his age 100m and 200m, a 4x100m relay Gold and a 4x400m Silver! Now, if we could just get him to enter the ‘REAL’ events, the Throws, he’d make quite a good athlete I reckon, hahaha!!! Go Ernie!
Congratulations, also, to Mingara’s Eveready battery girl, Ange Jones. In the W35-39, Ange entered 10 events, medalled in 9, with PBs in 6!! And, all the while with our 3yr old Mascot in tow, little Billie Maree. Whilst I know she now competes for ACT (my doing, as I told Cherie I wasn’t going to Melbourne with her and competing for different States), I’d also like to mention my partner Cherie Myers who, despite not having trained for almost 6 months, entered 8 events in the W50-54 which is one of the most hotly contested age groups in Masters athletics. Cherie also played grandma to Billie thus freeing up Ange to compete without worrying about her little one!
All told, our little, Country Club secured 8 Gold Medals, 9 Silver Medals, 5 Bronze Medals, and 17 Top 10 finishes! Go Mingara!!
For those interested, next year’s Masters C’ships is being held at the QE11 Stadium in Nathan Brisbane from April 9-14th. Let’s see how many more Mingara athletes we can get to attend this awesome comp.
Hi folks, here’s the report on the results of the fantastic efforts from ALL Mingara athletes after Day 1 of the Australian Athletics C’ships held at SOPAC today.
Special mention to our three medallists, Hayley Corduroy’s Silver in the Women’s U15 High Jump with a 6cm PB and Club Record, India Duguid’s Bronze medal in the Women’s U15 3000m Walk and Chloe McLoughlin’s Bronze medal in the Women’s U16 3000m Walk.
Other outstanding performances came from Ashley Pernecker who, in the Women’s U16 400m, elevated her National ranking from 21st to 12th with a 1sec PB and a new Club Record all the while battling a fearsome cold; Izzy Dunne’s terrific 5th in the Women’s U15 3000m Walk against some very stiff, and swift competition; Jack McGinniskin competing up 3 age groups to secure a 5th in the Men’s U20 10,000m Walk as did Hannah Bolton who managed a splendid 4th in the Women’s U20 10,000m Walk competing up 4 age groups!!
Here’s the full list of results on what was a brilliant day for Team Mingara!!
Jack McGinniskin (16yrs) 5th MU20 10,000m Walk 48:05.42
India Duguid 3rd WU15 3000m Walk 14:46.12
Izabella Dunne 6th WU15 3000m Walk 15:26.06
Chloe McLoughlin 3rd WU16 3000m Walk 16:20.83
Hayley Corduroy 2nd WU15 High Jump 1.68m*
Ashley Pernecker 12th WU16 400m 58.48*, 20th WU16 1500m 5:11.80 (very sick but did finish!)
Hannah Bolton (15yrs) 4th WU20 10,000m Walk 54:29.92
Allanah Pitcher (15yrs) DNF WU20 10,000m Walk injured
Bess Chippendale 10th WU20 400m 58.98
Day 2 was full of superb, and gutsy, performances from Mingara’s athletes. The weather was a bit kinder than y’day though the U14 girls 3000m Walk was in the only rain of the day so that was very disappointing for Sienna Pitcher, who made up for the horrendous conditions with a HUUUUUUGE PB, an 11yrs Club record and a Bronze medal to boot!! Go Mighty Mouse!
Tori Robertson was our other medallist today, coming 2nd in the WU15 90m hurdles. Even allowing for the typical slow Tori start, she ran a beautiful clean race to finish an excellent 2nd and thoroughly deserved her medal. She had set a new 14yrs Girls 90m Hurdles record in her heat which made it a great day for the biggest ‘pest’ in the club!. We luvs ya Tor, hahaha!!!
There were also 3 very gutsy and brave performances in the 3000m. In the MU16, Hamish Hart, who recovered from a nasty fall to battle on bravely and be not far from his recently set PB, and, Sam Liddell, who was one of the youngest in the field, both ran brilliantly. In the WU15, Stella Norris, who’s b’day is very, late December which means she is competing against girls who can be almost 2yrs older, ran exceptionally well in her race to finish with what I think is a PB over that distance. Well done to Hamish, Sam and Stella for your super efforts!
Another notable performance came from one of our youngest, and newest members, Lily Mullane in the Girls U14 Hammer throw. Lily, in only her 3rd ever Hammer competition finished a highly creditable 8th and with a new PB and Club Record!! Go Lily!! Ikey Allen was our only other competitor today and he ran 5th in his heat of the Boys U16 90m Hurdles. Whilst he wasn’t happy with his time, he hurdled beautifully and will only improve from here.
Here’s the results.
Sienna Pitcher 3rd WU14 3000m Walk 15:04.79*
Lily Mullane 8th WU14 Hammer 26.78m*
Tori Robertson 2nd WU15 90m Hurdles 13.44*
Stella Norris 18th WU15 3000m 10:51.97
Ikey Allen 14th MU16 100m Hurdles 15.49
Hamish Hart 8th MU16 3000m 9:10.51
Today, Wednesday Da 3 of the National C’ships, was a simply SENSATIONAL day for Mingara’s athletes! Two National Age Champions, Personal Bests, and Club records were everywhere! The day could not have started more fortuitously with George Wells winning the MU14 Discus as the first event of the day. His distance of 48.61m was a PB and Club Age Record! Go George!! Not to be outdone by the boys, a short while later, Lily Mullane became the WU 14 National Discus Champion with another PB and Club Record of 38.14m! Go Lily!! Callum Sutton, staying in the Field events, despite being amongst the smallest in the MU20 Discus, only barely missed the Top 8 finishing 10th with a terrific effort of 38.43m, not far from his own Club Record!!
It was then over to the Track athletes and we had Jakob Madden dipping below the 10min barrier for the first time as he set a new PB and Club Record in the MU20 3000m Steeplechase of 9:56.79 for a superb 7th place (Jakob qualifies for the U20 next year also which makes this effort even more meritorious). Sam Liddell also set a new PB and Club Record in the MU16 2000m Steeplechase with a time of 6:43.95, taking almost 5secs from his previous best! Unfortunately, as he was enjoying a sterling run, Gabe Scott crashed out of the same event as Sam, the MU14 2000m Steeplechase, when he badly twisted his left knee upon landing after clearing a barrier. Hope you mend very soon Gabe!
Our ‘Everyready’ battery girl, Ashley Pernecker, exceeded even her lofty goals today in the 800m by making the Final with a superb run of 2:16.37 (.370) narrowly missing the automatic qualifying spot by 0.04 of a second!! That spot went to a lass who ran 2:16.367!! Ash made a desperate lunge at the line in the last 2m to almost grab the spot, but, still is in the final qualifying 5th fastest. Hopefully, by tomorrow’s final, her head cold will have cleared up enough so she can even run faster and set herself a new PB under 2mins 14!
Here’s the results from an awesome day.
Ashley Pernecker 3rd Heat WU16 800m 2:26.370, qualified for Final
Lily Mullane 1st WU14 Discus 38.14m*
George Wells 1st MU14 Discus 48.61m*
Callum Sutton 10th MU20 Discus 38.14m
Sam Liddell 18th MU16 2000m Steeplechase 6:43.95
Gabe Scott MU16 2000m Steeplechase DNF
Jakob Madden 7th MU20 3000m Steeplechase 9:56.79*
We didn’t have very, many Mingara athletes competing on Day 4 of the National C’ships today. However, those that did, competed exceptionally well, with the standouts Rae ‘the Pink Lady’ Anderson gaining a Bronze in the AWD Ambulant Discus, and Jez Navusolo’s U18 2 5th places, one in the 100m and the other in the Triple Jump where she set a new 17yrs Women’s club Record!! Go Rae and Jez!! Ashley Pernecker gave it her absolute all in the Women’s U15 800m finishing in 6th and beating a young lass whom she’s been chasing for 5 yrs! Her time was barely 2 secs from her PB for the 800m, which, as she has been battling a bad head cold for the past two weeks, was a terrific achievement. There’s plenty more to come from that young lady!!
Our only other competitor, Cameron Steer, did not make the Final in his U17 100m or the Top 8 in Long Jump, however, hopefully he’ll still be proud of his achievements as qualifying for the Nationals in 1 event is difficult enough and he qualified in 3!!
The last hour was not very pleasant as the rain, which had threatened ALL day, finally arrived thus making Rae’s effort even more amazing as it was bucketing down for most of her event. Sean Rae’s U17 1500m was consolidated to a straight final, luckily for Sean and the other lads as it was the last event for the day and they’d’ve been completely soaked by the finish.
Here’s the results of Day 4 of the Juniors and the first day of the Opens.
Ashley Pernecker 6th WU16 800m Final 2:16.63
Jez Navusolo 5th WU18 Triple Jump 11.97m*, 5th 100m 12.54
Rae Anderson 3rd AWD Ambulant Discus 27.34m
Cameron Steer 14th MU17 100m 11.66, 18th Long Jump 6.04m
Another simply awesome day’s results from Mingara’s athletes on Day 5 of the National C’ships. There was George Well’s 2nd Gold of the meet, this time in the U14 Men’s Discus with a new Club Record, Tyler Jones’ brilliant 3rd in the Men’s Open 10,000m National Racewalk where I was also privileged to watch Dane Bird-Smith who surely must rank as one of the greatest athletes ever to come from this country, Lily Mullane’s 5th and new Club Record in the U14 Women’s Shot Put, two Top 10 places for Team Horsnell’s members, Liam Bennett U17 High Jump, and Riley Grant U18 High Jump, Dylan Richardson’s brave 8th in the 10,000m Racewalk, and Sean Rae who battled on bravely in his U17 1500m but was simply outclassed in the end.
We were also represented by Noah Rogers in the Open Men’s 400m Hurdles where he was only 4/10ths of a second from making the Final even after running a PB, Lilly–Ann Campbell in the Women’s U17 Hammer who finished just outside the Top 10 with a new Club Record and PB, Bronte Carroll in the Open Women’s 100m and Kelly Spencer in the Open Women’s 400m Hurdles. Mingara’s athletes were outstanding again.
Tyler Jones 3rd Open Men’s 10,000m Racewalk 41:39.27
Dylan Richardson 8th Men’s Open 10,000m Racewalk 47:14.74
Hi folks, computer’s finally working again so here’s the Mingara results from Day’s 6 and 7 of the National Junior and Open C’ships. Once again, Mingara’s athletes punched well above their weight and all acquitted themselves marvellously.
Cameron Steer 5th in heat MU17 200m, 11th 23.45
Tom Herbert 6th in heat MU17 800m, 11th overall 2:04.72
Jez Navusolo 5th WU18 200m Final 25.01*, 1st U!8 4x100m Relay
Bronte Carroll 5th in heat WOpen 200m, 19th overall 24.62*
Rae Anderson 7th AWD Ambulant Shot Put Final 9.69m*
My personal congratulations to each and every Mingara athlete that competed at Nationals. Regardless of your own results, simply qualifying for Nationals is an ENORMOUS achievement and one for which you should be very proud.
Now for a Winter of hard, meaningful and sensible training, and you’ll all be ready to go even better next season!!
Hi folks, the fourth major Masters event for Mingara athletes, was held on the w’end of Feb 8, 9 and 10. The State Masters C’ships and the mighty green and blue M was, once again, very prominent. Our smallish group of competitors featured in all the main events, from the sprinters, to the long- and middle-distance runners, to the throwers and jumpers. There were quite a few absolutely outstanding performances however, for me, the highlight was watching Super Sally Hunt’s amazingly gutsy, ‘never-say-die’ finish to her 800m where, with 60m to go, she was overtaken but, to the delight of her fanatically, screaming fans she dug into places only true competitors have, and wrested back the lead to hang on for the age group win! To make it even more meritorious, the lass who’d overtaken Sally was in a different age group so, in reality, Sally didn’t need to even chase her as she was going to win her own age group anyway but, that’s not Sally and she wanted to win!!
I know he’ll be extremely embarrassed by this, however, a very, prominent member of NSW athletics approached me on Sunday afternoon, at the Masters C’ships, and made special mention of Ernie Leseberg, calling him, ‘the most under-rated and under-valued performer in NSW’, and I can’t say I disagree with his sentiments. Ernie won all 4 sprint events in his age group at the C’ships, a feat only rarely achieved, or even attempted. The 60m, 100m, 200m and 400m in the highly competitive M45-49yrs age group, and with a returning Olympian in his age group!! It takes an extremely dedicated, strong, fit, maybe ‘crazy’ individual to undertake such an onerous task, yet Ernie does it without fanfare, without much ado, without seeking recognition, he does it for the sheer enjoyment of being able to run fast (though his facial expressions certainly displayed not much enjoyment for the last 60m of his 400m, hahaha!!!). Go Ernie, champion athlete, champion person, champion dad and husband!
A special shoutout to several of our, ‘unsung heroes’, Bev Durston, Julie Peksis, Paul Kelaher and Mark Byfield, to name just a few. These 4 athletes are always there to help out, always volunteer at relays when we’re short runners or throwers to field a team, always give 100% in every event they attempt, however rarely end up on the podium so we tend to overlook their superb contributions to the club as a whole. They’re always incredibly supportive of their fellow club members, and, in reality, epitomise the credo of Masters athletics, “get in and have a GO!’ My personal THANK YOU to Bev, Julie, Paul and Mark.
A big thank you also, to our fantastic team mascot, Billie Maree, Ange Jones’ 2.5yr old daughter, who looked absolutely resplendent in her Mingara uniform! Cries of, ‘Go Mum’ could be heard all Sunday and having her present seems to give all of us a real lift. Thank you Billie and mum!!
Finally, it would be remiss of me not to mention the indefatigable Ken ‘Mo’ Stubbs who, just like an Eveready battery, just keeps going and going and going some more! To go with his superman performance at NSW Country competing in the awful heat in 13 separate events, he equalled that at this comp in Sydney. ‘Mo’ came away with 2 Gold, 5 Silvers and 2 Bronze medals, as well as Top 6 finishes in the remaining events! We all salutes ya, ‘Mo’!!
Here’s the results from 3 days of fun, of companionship, of camaraderie, and of truly great competition. There’s no awards or pointscores attached to this competition, however, I suspect Mingara would’ve rated very highly on an overall scale.
Ange Jones W35-39 1st 100m Hurdles 23.09, 1st High Jump 1.25m, 4th Triple Jump 8.06m, 5th Hammer 21.86m, 3rd Shot Put 8.75m (on countback!), 1st Discus 33.81m, 1st Javelin 25.82m, 3rd Weight Throw 8.56m
Hi folks, here’s the ANSW Country C’ships report. Before I begin, a huge bunch of praise must be given to Cheryl Ann and Greg Rowe, not only for their unabashed and unlimited love for the club and its people, but for their unflagging spirit, their amazing generosity and their team spirit. I’ve never known two people so willing to ‘go the extra mile’ to ensure everyone they are associated with at this wonderful athletics club Mingara, be it parent, athlete, supporter or sibling, achieves their own goals. I personally cannot thank either of them enough and am even actually willing to give Greg the benefit of the doubt for being a Wests Tigers supporter, hahaha!!!
Now to the real athletics! What a superb team represented their club over 4 of the toughest days of competition I’ve been involved in for years. Even baking in the outfield at cricket had nothing on what we all experienced especially over the w’end. Saturday’s temperatures reached 46 degrees, which is a ridiculously high temperature in anyone’s language. Thankfully, the area in which Greg and Cheryl Ann pitched the tent did provide all of us with shade for the majority of the day which helped enormously.
The entire team performed superbly. From our littlest and youngest competitor Bryson Norris right the way through to the grand ‘old man’ of the team Ken Mo Stubbs, everyone gave their utmost to ensure Mingara had the best, possible chance of retaining the Hooper Cup, for the 5th year in a row! Unfortunately, at the time of writing, the points tally hadn’t been compiled so we don’t know yet if our lofty ambitions have been achieved. Whilst I can’t single out any one person for their performances, suffice to say, the amount of podium finishes achieved by the entire team will be hard to surpass in the coming years.
Special mention must go to Frank Overton and Lauren Richardson for the incredible results from their Racewalkers. All told there were 14 Walks events and their team placed in 10 of them with 9 Gold, 4 Silvers and a Bronze!!!
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the LWL coaches and their squad, the mighty Tominators, Team Momentum and their throwers, and Margaret and Robert Beardslee’s middle- and long-distance runners, for their superb effors.
The actual results speak for themselves as you can now read. These results are Day 1 only.
Ruby Mullane WU9 1st Shot Put 3.90m (Lily’s little sister!)
Corabella Papalexion WU9 3rd Shot Put 3.67m (George and Mel’s daughter)
Lily Mullane WU14 3rd U16 3kg Shot Put 10.53m*
Sienna Pitcher WU14 1st 1500m Walk 8:12.10
Tori Robertson WU15 5th 200m Hurdles 37.09
India Duguid WU15 1st 1500m Walk 7:43.83
Izabella Dunne WU16 1st 1500m Walk 7:35.40, 2nd WOpen 3000m Walk 16:40.14