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
The NSW Club C’ships were held on Saturday Dec 15th with a completely, new and untried teams format which, in my opinion, worked extremely well. Sure, there were glitches and snafus but, on the whole, 22 clubs entering in excess of 100 teams only 3 weeks after the NSW State Relays competition is testament to the success of this innovative approach. It was extremely disappointing the weather intervened to cause quite a number of competitors to miss out on their events, however, not much else could’ve been done with the severity of the actual storms. There are changes that will need be made to the format, especially around the timetabling, though those decisions are for the future. In short, and in my opinion, this ‘new’ Club C’ship format is a terrific addition to the ANSW calendar and should be supported by all clubs and athletes.
Here’s the Mingara results from the Club Champs.
Men’s U11 team Matt Potter 5th 100m 16.56 Coen Godfrey 7th 100m 17.45
Men’s U14 team – 7th out of 8 clubs Chris Rae 12th 100m 13.60 Amyn Hamilton 16th 100m 16.21 Chris Rae 11th 200m 27.87* Keenan White 15th 200m 31.45 Keenan White 7th 800m 2:28.74 Aaron Neville-Smith 10th 800m 2:35.32 Charon Van Der Ham 7th 90m Hurdles 22.25 Sprint Medley 6th 2:51.74* (Charon, Aaron, Chris, Keenan) Charon Van Der Ham 4th Discus 19.88m Aaron Neville-Smith 6th High Jump 1.40m Aaron Neville-Smith 4th Triple Jump 10.22m*
Men’s U17 team Kaya Ardita 2nd 100m Hurdles 16.06
Men’s Open team Hilary Dube 14th 100m 11.37 Jack Smith 26th 100m 12.05 Jason Cheney 7th Discus 30.05m Cameron Cheney 7th Javelin 33.45m
Men’s 40+ team – 2nd out of 5 clubs Ernie Leseberg 1st 100m 11.60 Mark Rae 4th 100m 12.95 Ernie Leseberg 2nd 200m 23.04* Jason Cheney 4th 200m 25.07 Scott Godfrey 2nd 800m 2:17.23* Jason Cheney 8th 800m 2:48.89 Scott Godfrey 1st 3000m 10:04.18* Sprint Medley 2nd 2:21.30* (Ernie, Jason, Mark, Scott) Jason Cheney 3rd Triple Jump 9.67m Paul Carr 3rd Javelin 27.88m Mark Rae 3rd Discus 20.23m Mark Rae 3rd High Jump 1.40m
Men’s 50+ team Steve Smith 5th 100m 13.71 Greg Rowe 7th 100m 17.37 Steve Smith 3rd Triple Jump 7.55m
Women’s U14 team – 4th out of 8 clubs Tori Robertson 2nd 100m 13.34* Ruby Ruane 14th 100m 14.60 Tori Robertson 6th 200m 27.88* Ruby Ruane 13th 200m 30.39 Stella Norris 4th 800m 2:35.81 Marianne Papalexion 5th 800m 2:39.17 Tori Robertson 1st 80m Hurdles 13.24 Sprint Medley 6th 2:46.09* Ruby Ruane 6th Discus 17.97m Hayley Corduroy 5th High Jump 1.50m Hayley Corduroy 4th Triple Jump 9.97m
Women’s U17 team Ashley Pernecker 5th 100m Hurdles 20.27
Women’s Open team Bronte Carroll 7th 100m 12.35 Hannah Regan 14th 100m 13.18 Ange Jones 4th Discus 33.73m Aisling Young 3rd Javelin 32.69m* Aisling Young 7th High Jump 1.40m
Women’s 40+ team – 3rd out of 3 clubs Ange Jones 5th 100m 15.55 January Jones 6th 100m 16.36 Nicky Kelly 3rd 200m 30.05 January Jones 4th 200m 34.89 Kay Heinecke 3rd 800m 3:02.97 Bev Durston 6th 800m 3:52.07 Sally Hunt 3rd 3000m 12:58.74 Kay Heinecke 5th 3000m 13:48.28 Sprint Medley 3rd 2:58.86*(JJ, Ange, Sally, Nicky) Ange Jones 2nd Triple Jump 7.81m Bev Durston 3rd Javelin 12.68m Bev Durston 3rd Discus 12.07m Ange Jones 3rd High Jump 1.15m