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As we approached the danger round of AVSL with reduced entries and a few late scratchings, our athletes persevered to secure a win by just 200 points, showcasing true grit in less-than-ideal summer conditions ☔️ —a testament to every team member as we maintained our lead in the Division 5 ladder with four rounds to go 👏

The female A Team, comprising Ash, Annabel, and Alex, contributed significantly, bringing in over a quarter of the team’s score of 5500 points. Meanwhile, high scoring from our 1500m runners and Jammo’s commendable first walk for the season at Doncaster helped us narrowly edge out the late surge from Whittlesea. Hugo, in a display of versatility, accrued 900 points across various events, despite an errant discus that took out an unsuspecting local media photographer.

It was also a nostalgic moment for our long-standing members as we reconnected with former club athlete David Edwards, who imparted some sage advice to Ash about refining her triple jump technique.

We find ourselves in a promising “Premiership window,” and with sustained efforts in the remaining rounds, we aim to secure the Division Premiership and reward our dedicated athletes with medallions for competing in at least three rounds of AVSL.

Athlete of the Week
This week’s accolade goes to Hando, whose dedication shone through both on and off the field. His first-to-arrive, last-to-leave attitude, combined with two solid throws, contributed a crucial 670 points to our tally.

AVSL Round 8 Results

Female OP
200mAshleigh Arnold28.53Wind: -2.0
Shot PutAshleigh Arnold6.13m
Triple JumpAshleigh Arnold8.34m
Female 16
800mAnnabel Atkins2:45.29
Female 14
200mAlexandra Stubbs37.01Wind: -2.1
800mAlexandra Stubbs3:05.64
DiscusAlexandra Stubbs10.67m
Shot PutAlexandra Stubbs3.93m
Triple JumpAlexandra Stubbs6.59m
Male 18
200mElden Zeng24.56Wind: -2.3
Male 16
100mTom Roach24.19Wind: -0.1
200mHugo Stubbs27.87Wind: -2.2
800mHugo Stubbs2:05.31
1500mThomas Lindeman4:12.2h
1500mJasper Quinn6:20.8h
DiscusHugo StubbsNMNo Mark
JavelinTom Roach8.43m
Long JumpTom Roach1.60m
Shot PutHugo Stubbs6.84m
Male 40+
1500mRobert Schwerkolt4:51.6h
1500m WalkAndrew Jamieson9:22.7hFirst walk of the season due to injury
DiscusIan Handasyde19.63m
Shot PutIan Handasyde7.20m


Massive congratulations are in order for Ben Beischer, our very own Old Scotch standout, for being selected to represent Australia at the FISA World University Cross Country Championships in Muscat, OMAN next month. His selection is a tremendous accolade and is a wonderful reward for his commitment to training. Out of the 9 athletes selected by Athletics Australia 4 have come from APS schools which is a testament to the APS schools programs.

Around the Grounds

Our athletes kept busy over the AV break, with notable mentions including Mark Purvis, John Braszell, and Hugo Stubbs, who maintained their form in 5km Park Runs.

Tom Russell secured 2nd overall in the Rip 2 River 5km event, while Ben Beischer 6th made an impressive showing at the Surfcoast meet over 10km in Geelong.

At the 5.5km Portsea Twilight, our athletes shone with Bart Leeton (2nd), Tom Lindeman (4th), and Hugo Stubbs (5th) overall also making the podium their own in the 12-15 age group , and Annabel Atkins placing 8th in her age group. A special nod to the Lindeman family where Mum & Dad and all 3 boys participated so that’s a gold medal effort if I ever saw one for their collective effort.

Finally this week cheers to Tom Bowers 3rd overall and Amanda Moulding for their achievements at the 2024 Mountain 2 Surf event in Lorne. 

What a great summer for our members outside the AVSL competition. Well done to all our athletes and apologies if anyone was missed from the summer wrap


Upcoming Events

Four rounds to go so lets ensure we register early and put ourselves down for 2-3 events as they all count and see if we can go through the season undefeated?