Weekly Wrap January 24th 2024

AVSL Round 11, February 10 across ALL venues!!!

Get your entries in when they open next Wednesday, 31 January at 5pm (especially to get your preferred field event time slot as they fill quickly!)

Lock the date in to your calendar – SUNDAY MAY 5, midday start, Buckley Park Bowls Club, including a BBQ lunch.  Further details soon!

Held at Box Hill, “the home of PB’s”, on Thursday 18/1, Essendon was represented by 29 athletes – 4 in the 800 with the remaining majority in the 1500 races.  It was again a very jam-packed program but ran like clockwork & despite the chilly wind, our athletes managed several PB’s & SB’s!!  Here are some of the highlights…

Jesse Lumby (M16) led from the gun to win his 1500m heat with a 5 sec PB.  His 4:09.90 was just shy of a National Qualifier however it was a great effort in just his second race back from injury.  In a nail-biting heat 1, Archie Bramble & Noah Tarallo (both M16), went head to head right to the finish line with Archie holding out to win & also pick up the $100 Dash for Cash prize!  His 4:23.45 was a 4 sec PB while Noah’s 4:24.92 was a 3 sec PB.  In the same race, Sam Duncan (M18) finished a credible 5th in 4:26.55, a 2 sec PB.  Heat N saw Leonard Gray (M14) absolutely obliterate his PB by 12 seconds with a sub 5.  Lucas Harris (M16) continues to improve each start & ran another PB, coming 2nd in the J heat, with a time of 4:28.31 & Dylan Rowbottom (M18) finished with a SB in the same heat.  

Finley Symons (M18) was well placed in heat E when he fell & despite his spikes being torn from the fall, he got up to finish & was only 4 sec off his PB…. incredible commitment & mindset, well done!

Another solid performance from Sarah Fitzpatrick (F16) in her first Aths season, running a superb tactical race to finish second in 5:03.54 against many seasoned campaigners & only a fraction off her PB.  Jennifer Mendes (FOP) won her 1500 heat in a handy time of 5:09.61.  PB’s were also achieved by Seb Moore (MOP), Jayme-Lee Cobain (F16), Saana Jayasinghe (F16) & Charlotte Gray (F18) who led for most of her race but was pipped on the line.  Rosa Barbanti (F16)  also produced a strong SB in the 1500m while Hanna Alias was only shy of her PB by 1 sec.

Head over to Results Hub for the remaining results.  Great work again by our athletes & their club coaches, Charlotte, Mark & Gregor.

Round 9 PB’s & performances to watch

Essendon coach, Stephen Gaffney’s squad results have been very impressive of late with his athletes beginning to record some notable performances as we head towards the pointy end of the season…

  • Lesley Mendekia – 100m – 10.91 PB
  • Brian Mayengo – 100m – 11.19
  • Vishnu Satish – 400m – 48.67
  • Sophia Gregorevic – 400 – 55.30
  • Tarik Bello – 400 – 52.48
  • Christian Reinhardt – 400 – 49.29 PB

Gaff’s squad also had some very exciting results from Round 8 at Doncaster over the 100, 200 & 400 heats so head over to Results Hub & check out those awesome times too!  Congratulations to the squad & we are all looking forward to seeing what you can achieve at the upcoming AV State Track & Field Championships, Feb 23-25 & March 1-3

Round 9 shiners

1000+ points

  • Kristian Lakusa M50 – 1132 points
  • Luca Sebastiano – M18 – 1018 points
  • Kevin Healy – M20 – 1003 points

500 pointers –

  • Kevin Healy – hammer – 62.03m – 557 points
  • Anna Kasapis – 1500m – 4:47.23 – 524 points
  • Lesley Mendekia – 100m – 10.91 – 520 points
  • Ryan Tarrant – 100m – 10.72 – 519 points
  • Luca Sebastiano – 100m – 10.93 – 518 points & 400m – 49.67 – 500 points
  • Mackenzie Leith – discus – 44.74m – 517 points
  • Sophia Gregorevic – 400m – 55.30 – 515 points
  • Will Hurt – welcome back from injury! – 100m – 11.29 – 512 points

Whilst Round 9 was being run & won, our very own Jamison Towers, Ella Leith & Armani Mauriohooho were bringing home a gold, silver & bronze medals respectively at the Little Athletics Victoria State Multi Event Championships in the U16 & 15 heptathlon.  Well done ladies, hard work rewarded 🙂

Good luck to all Essendon athletes competing as invitational athletes at the upcoming Country State Championships at Ballarat!!!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything we missed, by sending our secretary Rebecca an email at