AV Shield 11

Round 11 is done and dusted with MOP, FOP, M40, M14, F14 teams recording wins. The M16 look like they need a big win next week to make Shield final. If they make it, Essendon will boast having all Shield teams competing at Lakeside on Feb 23. Come on M16s…do it at Meadowglen!

The heroes this week were the Volunteers who helped out with the triple jump, hurdles, wind gauge, 800m finish and relays!!
A big thanks to Arthur, Maria Strong, Jayne Pizzo, Rae Andrews, Jacki Djatschenko, our 40+ men and the Red & Black group. They all worked hard throughout the day in the heat to fulfill AE’s obligations and to allow everyone to compete.

A reminder that you MUST compete in the proper Essendon singlet top. Avoid being disqualified in Shield Final or Championships by wearing the correct uniform.

Team Managers are very happy to report that many athletes have been willing to perform in non preferred events to qualify for Shield final.

Top performers this week:

Faith Villi new F14 club record shot put of 12.90m

M14 800m record holder, Josh Tracy’s 2:10.28 800m at windy Werribee,
Archie Noakes 7:00.5 2000m steeple was just 0.5 sec outside a National qualifier. 
Also –
Ayo Ore (15.87m triple jump, 537 points), 
Alwyn Jones (16.05m triple jump, 543 pts), 
Ellen Pettitt (13.32 triple jump, 536 pts), 
Mark Giglio (M40 23.60s 200m 521 pts), 
Graham Hicks (M40 44.97m discus, 514 pts), 
Jessie Andrews (12.09s 100m with a 4.7 tail wind,506 pts)
Louise Mendes (12.20m shot put, 501 pts and 51.08m hammer, 503 pts),
Maddi Alexander (1.70m high jump, 500 pts).

Other noteworthy performances came from:
Dylan Jones (36.30m discus), Greg Mitchell’s season best 50.25s 400m, Stella McNamara (63 sec 400m hurdles 498 pts), Ruby Pizzo (11.67m triple jump, 482pts), 
Ilana Grandine making her long awaited comeback to win her 200m with 25.02 sec, Mark Harper (M40 23.43s 200m 494 pts), Angus Wood (M18 14.19m triple jump, 495 pts), Kevin Healy (51.41m hammer), Jordan Mancuso (6.52m long jump, 466 pts), Harry Orr (1.75m high jump 421 pts) and Zara Keca (5.17m long jump, 454 pts).
Maddi Caulfield and Lauren Connell battling away in the 800m, with Maddi (2:19.16) just edging out Lauren (2:20.07).

And finally seeing club VP, Andy Boudrie easily clearing 2.50m pole vault had to be the highlight of round 11.