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

AV Shield: Round 3 Results

Zara Keca and Louise Mendes turned out strong performances for a second week in a row to finish as Athletics Essendon’s standout performers at round three of Athletics Victoria Shield on Saturday. Keca jumped 5.44m at Nunawading’s Bill Sewart Athletics Track to win the under 20 women’s long  with 483 points, the club’s highest score in an individual event for the day, while Mendes wasn’t far behind in registering 481 points for her throw of 11.29m in the under 20 women’s shot put at Epping’s Meadowglen International Athletics Stadium. Also impressing in the long jump at Nunawading was Lachlan Menara, who led the charge for the under 18 men with a jump of 6.50m, while there wasn’t much to separate Emily Portaro (11.26m) and Keona Tapunago (11.18m) at the head of the under 16 women’s triple jump field at Meadowglen. In the cage, Dylan Jones proved the pick of the bunch, sending the discus sailing 35.89m for the open men at Nunawading. On the track, Christian McFarland-Ravenello burned up the straight for the second week in a row to lead the under 18 men home in the 200m at Meadowglen in 22.63sec; Colin Ritchie was a standout in the 40+ men’s 100m, clocking 12.46sec at Geelong’s Landy Field; and Bianca Puglisi was the best of the under 16 women over 800m in posting 2min 19.97sec at Meadowglen. In the team standings, the 40+ and under 14 men and the under 20, under 18, and under 14 women all continued their dominant starts to the season with their third straight victory. The 2017/18 Athletics Victoria Shield season continues on Saturday, with the Wyndham Sporting Complex in... read more

AV Shield: Round 3 Timetables and Start Lists

2017/18 Athletics Victoria Shield Saturday, October 21 Meadowglen International Athletics Stadium, Epping Please note: athletes can also compete at Nunawading, Geelong, and Ballarat as per the new “compete anywhere” rules. CLICK HERE for timetables. CLICK HERE for start... read more

2017 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival

Solomon Hailemelekote recorded an impressive marathon debut to lead the charge for Athletics Essendon in the feature event at Sunday’s Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival. Hailemelekote finished 18th outright and as the 17th male in clocking 2hr 32min 24sec for the 42.2km course, which took in Melbourne landmarks such as Luna Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and Federation Square before an iconic finish on the hallowed turf of the MCG. Liam Adams was also a standout performer for the club, finishing third in the SriLankan Airlines Half Marathon in a stellar 1:05:09 just three weeks after clocking 2:12:52 at the Berlin Marathon to break his own club record and all but guarantee a spot on the 2018 Commonwealth Games team. Athletics Essendon congratulates all its athletes who competed in Sunday’s Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival on their efforts.   RESULTS Medibank Melbourne Marathon Solomon Hailemelekote         2:32:24 Lisa Christie Gunn                   3:42:35 SirLankan Airlines Half Marathon Liam Adams                1:05:09 Lisa Dalley                   1:41:17 Justin McLaren            1:56:45 Don McLaren               2:29:06 ASICS 5.7km Geoff Connell              22:43 CLICK HERE for full results. Have we missed anyone? Let us know at... read more

2017 Victorian Track Relay Championships: ENTER NOW

2017 Victorian Track Relay Championships Saturday, November 11 Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park Entries for the 20167 Victorian Track Relay Championships are now open. Offering 4 x 100m, 4 x 400m, 4 x 800m, 4 x 1500m, and medley relay events from under 14s right up to over 50s, the championships are a great opportunity for Essendon athletes of all ages to represent their club in a true team-based competition at the home of Victorian athletics. Any athletes or coaches wishing to enter teams for the championships should contact Mitchel Brown on 0421 565 493 or via email at by no later than 5pm on Saturday, October 28. Please be sure to include the event distance and age group, a list of proposed runners, and a contact number in case of the need for follow up. CLICK HERE for more information on the championships, including a draft timetable and list of... read more

AV Shield: Round 2 Results

A scintillating 100m performance from Christian McFarland-Ravanello, a big leap in the triple jump from Tierra Exum, and impressive all-round efforts from sisters Louise and Catherine Mendes highlighted a big round two of AV Shield competition for Athletics Essendon at Werribee and Geelong on Saturday. McFarland-Ravanello clocked 10.88sec for the under-20 men to lead home clubmate Junior Mabia (11.06), while Exum’s jump of 12.24m was the biggest of the day across all divisions and fell narrowly short of the season’s best of 12.31m she set in Sydney back in April. But the performances of the Mendes sisters may have taken the cake, under-20 athlete Louise sending the hammer 53.20m for the highest individual point score of the day and Catherine a standout in the under-18 division with her long jump and 100m performances of 5.58m and 12.38sec respectively. Also impressing over 100m were Nina Lawson (under 20, 12.50) and Stephanie Richards (under 18, 12.54), while Jessie Andrew backed up from last week’s stellar 100m effort with an equally dominant performance of 25.03 in the under 18 200m. And while Exum set the tone for Essendon in the sandpit, she was far from the only standout, Lachlan Menara (under 18, 13.59m), Zara Keca (under 20, 11.55m), Montana Djatschenko (under 18, 11.22m) and Emily Portaro (under 16, 11.22m) all recording notable results in the triple jump and Jordan Mancuso leading the way in the open men’s long jump with 6.62m. For the second week in a row, Essendon dominated the team standings in picking up seven division wins, its 40-plus, under 18, under 16, and under 14 men and its under... read more

A Word of Thanks: AV Shield Round 2

Athletics Essendon would like to thank the following people for assisting as club helpers at round two of the 2017/18 Athletics Victoria Shield season at the Wyndham Sporting Complex in Werribee: John Higham Janine Higham Adrian Fitzgerald Duncan Knox Jeff Jones Colm Rothery Joanne McDowell Deb Lawson Arthur Whitchell The club will again need to provide six helpers for round four of competition at the Wyndham Sporting Complex on Saturday, October 28 and so is calling on available parents and coaches to offer their services to prevent competing athletes from having to fill these roles. Failure to provide the designated number of club helpers may result in the club forfeiting all its points across all divisions for this round. If you are able to assist, please contact John Cooper on 0414 373 157 or via email at... read more

AV Shield Round 2: Important Information

2017/18 AV Shield Round 2 Saturday, October 14 Wyndham Sporting Complex, Werribee Please note: Athletes can also compete at Geelong, Frankston, and Ballart as per the new “compete anywhere” rules. CLICK HERE for the provisional starts lists and timetable. CLICK HERE for updated information on event-day... read more

AV Shield: Round 1 Results

Athletics Essendon picked up six opening-round wins from its nine teams as the 2017/18 season of Athletics Victoria kicked off on Saturday at a host of venues around the state. The club’s 40-plus and under 18 men and under 20, under 18, under 16, and under 14 women all topped their divisions, with the open women and under 16 men also recording solid performances to finish second. Surprisingly, the usually strong open men failed to fire, finishing a distant third behind Melbourne University and Western Athletics with a performance they will quickly need to turn around if they are again to set its sights on the AV Shield Final. Charlotte Wilson (open 3000m) and Jessie Andrew (under 18 100m) produced the two standout results of the day, their respective times of 9min 41.3sec and 12.20sec the club’s only two performances to crack the elite 500-point mark under AV Shield’s performance-based scoring system. While Doncaster’s Tom Kelly Athletics Track was designated as Essendon’s home venue for the afternoon, the club’s athletes were also in action in Nunawading, Geelong, and Bendigo under the new “compete anywhere” rules introduced for this season. AV Shield continues on Saturday with round two, with the Wyndham Sporting Complex in Werribee to serve as Essendon’s home venue. For full results and team standings, CLICK HERE.   Men 40+ 100m Colin Ritchie    12.49 Mark Harper    11.85 Mark Giglio     12.05 John Cooper    15.47 Men U18 100m Junior Mabia   11.16 Christian McFarland-Ravanell            11.29 Marcus Guglielmino   11.51 Ethan Williams           12.47 Men U16 100m James Le         12.36 Jude Cam        12.38 Women U20 100m Nina Lawson   12.56 Zara Keca        13.20 Madeleine Koeleman... read more


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