Track Closure

The Moonee Valley Athletics Centre will be closed for urgent repairs from 7am on Sunday, January 14. Works will continue until the evening of Wednesday, January 17 or the morning of Thursday, January 18, during which there will be no access to the track. Athletics Essendon thanks all members for their co-operation and... read more

AV Shield Round 10: Important Update

Due to the extreme high temperatures forecast for Saturday, January 6, round 10 of the AV Shield season has been moved to Sunday, January 7. Athletics Essendon’s home Red/Yellow Zone program will now kick off on Sunday at 1pm at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park, while the Blue/White Zone, Geelong Region, and Bendigo Region programs will also commence at 1pm on Sunday. CLICK HERE for the updated round 10... read more

Help Wanted: AV Shield Round 8

Athletics Essendon is looking for volunteers to to assist at round eight of AV Shield on Sunday, December 10 at Newport Park Athletics Facility. If you are available to assist, please contact John Cooper on 0414 373 157 or via email at... read more

2018 Summer Presentation: Important Information

2018 Athletics Essendon Summer Presentation Friday, April 20 Windy Hill Venue, Essendon SAVE THE DATE! Athletes should be aware of some important changes to the awards system for the 2017/18 season. There will be two main awards presented for each age group: Most Outstanding Performance; and Most Valuable Athlete. Most Outstanding Performance will be awarded to the athlete who records the highest point score in an individual event at AV Shield under the AV Shield scoring system and has competed the minimum number of times required to qualify for the AV Shield Final. Most Valuable Athlete will be awarded to the athlete who accumulates the most points across the AV Shield season. Other awards may also be awarded in each age group on a discretionary... read more

Track and Gym Use

Athletics Essendon has developed a number of guidelines around track and gymnasium use to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for all members and other user groups. The club encourages all members to ensure they are familiar with these guidelines. Track Protocols 1. The track is owned by Moonee Valley City Council and is regularly booked by schools and other groups. At these times, Essendon members are asked to respect the hirers’ rights and not use the track or clubrooms. Exclusive use bookings can be found on the noticeboard near the main entrance of the track, in the Athletics Essendon monthly newsletter, and on the MVCC website. 2. Lanes one and two should be used sparingly. Warm up on the inside grassed area or the outside lanes. The barrier gates are there to prevent excessive wear and tear to the track. 3. Always look both ways before crossing the track. 4. Do not stand and talk on the track. 5. Do not wear headphones while using the track. 6. Spikes are not to be worn in the clubrooms. 7. Only wear approved spikes on the track (no longer than 7mm for running or 9mm for jumps). 8. For safety, use the middle lanes for hurdles, keeping lanes three and four for circular work. 9. Be aware of throwers when crossing the centre grassed area. 10. All valuables are left trackside at your own risk. 11. Ensure young children are accompanied by a parent of guardian at all times. Gym Protocols 1. Respect the equipment by replacing all weights and mats etc after use. 2. Do not drop weights. 3.... read more

Adidas apparel: order now and save!

If you haven’t yet ordered your new Athletics Essendon adidas apparel, there’s not long left to take advantage of the special introductory discounted rate. Place your order before the end of November to purchase all three items (jacket, short-sleeve training top, and long-sleeve training top) for just $110. To place your order or pay for an existing one, please see Jayne Pizzo in the Bill Burke Room at the Moonee Valley Athletics Centre from 5-7pm on Tuesday or Thursday evenings or 10am to noon on Sunday mornings (cash and electronic payments... read more

Victorian Track Relay Championships

Athletics Essendon’s 40-plus men led the red-and-black charge on Saturday as the club claimed five gold medals from a total of eight at the Victorian Track Relay Championships at Lakeside Stadium. The quartet of Mark Harper, Mark Giglio, Arron Downes, and Brett Maurer combined to clock 3min 33.51sec for their 4 x 400m event and claim victory by almost 14sec before Harper, Maurer, and Giglio backed up alongside Colin Ritchie to take out the 4 x 100m in 45.32sec. Essendon’s under 18 teams were also too strong over the 4 x 100m events, the women’s outfit of Ruby Pizzo, Montana Djatschenko, Jennifer Mendes, and Catherine Mendes winning comfortably in 48.51sec and the men’s combination of Junior Mabia, Marcus Gugliemino, Christian McFaraland-Ravanello, and Saye Morris taking victory in 42.91sec. The open women’s 4 x 1500m team of Anna Kasapis, Emilie Guy, Emily Mizis, and Charlotte Wilson also claimed gold in 18min 3.71sec. Rounding out the club’s medal haul, the under 16 men’s 4 x 100m team was narrowly edged into silver and the under 16 women’s medley and under 18 men’s 4 x 400m claiming bronze. Also among the club’s highlights for the day were the performances of its open 4 x 400m teams, which both progressed from their heats to book a spot in the final at the Zatopek:10 on December 14. CLICK HERE for full results from the 2017 Victorian Track Relay Championships.... read more

Victorian All Schools Track and Field Championships

Catherine Mendes, Jessie Andrew, Christian McFarland-Ravanello, and Melvin Monleh have shone as Essendon’s star performers at the Victorian All Schools Track and Field Championships. The four all claimed dual gold medals across a big weekend at Lakeside Stadium that saw Essendon athletes take home 11 gold from an impressive total haul of 31 medals. Both lining up for Maribyrnong College, Mendes and Andrew had the horizontal jumps and sprints covered between them. Mendes took out the under 18 long jump (5.65m) and triple jump (11.36m) and claimed silver in the 100m (12.53sec), while Andrew seemed unfazed in stepping up an age group to take out the under 20 100m in 12.21sec before backing up to win the under 18 200m in 24.61sec. McFarland-Ravanello (Hume Anglican Grammar) and Monleh (Wesley College) also won the sprint double for the under 17 and under 16 men respectively, posting times of 11.05sec and 11.36sec for 100m and 22.84sec and 23.01sec for 200m. Also claiming gold medals across the weekend were CRC’s Montana Djatschenko (under 17 triple jump, 11.36m), De La Salle’s Lachlan Menara (under 18 long jump, 7.04m), and Maribyrnong College’s Cody Rodwell (under 18 shot put, 13.72m). Athletics Essendon congratulates all of its athletes on their performances across the Championships.   RESULTS Gold Jessie Andrew             U20 100m       12.21 Jessie Andrew             U18 200m       24.61 Catherine Mendes      U18 Long jump                       5.65m Catherine Mendes      U18 Triple jump          11.40m Lachlan Menara          U18 Long jump           7.04m Cody Rodwell              U18 Shot Put               13.72m Christian Mcfarland-Ravanello           U17 100m       11.05 Christian Mcfarland-Ravanello           U17 200m       22.84 Montana Djatschenko             U17 Triple jump          11.36m Melvin Monleh            U16 100m       11.36 Melvin... read more

Club records

Lots of U14 this season, particularly Kevin. Are there any we have missed? Please advise Marathon            M            Open                     2.12.52     Liam Adams        24/9/2017 Hammer              M            U13, U14              39.94        Kevin Healy        7/10/2017 High Jump          M            U13                        1.60         Harry Orr             14/10/2017 Discus                   M            U13                        33.00       Kevin Healy        14/10/2017 Discus                   F              U13                        29.20       Orla McCarthy  14/10/2017 Discus                   M            U13                        34.70        Kevin Healy        21/10/2017 Hammer               M            U13, U14              40.98         Kevin Healy        21/10/2017 High Jump           M            U13                        1.65          Harry Orr             28/10/2017 Discus                   F              U14                        32.32       Hannah Brodie 28/10/2017 Hammer              M            U13, U14               42.72         Kevin Healy        5/11/2017  ... read more

AV Shield: Round 4 Results

A dominant display from Charlotte Wilson in the 3000m steeplechase headed a big list of impressive individual performances from Essendon athletes across round four of the Athletics Victoria Shield season. Wilson clocked 10:22.8sec for the open women’s event at Werribee to set the fastest time across all Shield competition for the season, her point score of 540 the highest of any Essendon athlete across the round. Essendon athletes also shone in the pit; Benzan Oztorun (7.14m) and Catherine Mendes (5.76m) were standouts in their respective under 20 and under 18 long jump events at Werribee, while Ayo Ore (14.39m) and Tierra Exum (12.50m) excelled in their triple jump events at Geelong. Louise Mendes and Maria Strong were the pick of the throwers, Mendes sending the hammer 52.93m in her under 20 event at Werribee and Strong recording 5.11m for her seated open shot put event at Knox. In the team standings, the 40-plus and under 14 men and the under 20 and under 18 women continued their unbeaten run for a fourth straight round, while the under 16 women also chalked up a victory. The Shield season now breaks for the Victorian All Schools Track and Field Championships and the Victorian Track Relays Championships before resuming on Saturday, November 18, with the Tom Kelly Athletics Track in Doncaster set to serve as Essendon’s home venue. RESULTS Open Men 100m Chris Lim         11.41 Shahir Naga    11.93 Justin McLaren            14.83 Men 40+ 100m Colin Ritchie    12.16 Mark Harper    11.08 Mark Giglio     11.77 Brett Maurer   11.78 Arron Downes 12.17 Colm Rothery  13.96 Graeme Baynes          14.17 David Jones     17.87 Adrian Fitzgerald        17.00 Donald... read more