Weekly Wrap May 1st 2024

Athletics Essendon’s annual presentation day is THIS COMING SUNDAY, May 5, commencing at 1pm.  Come along for a barbie, a chinwag & celebrate many of our outstanding athletes & their performances over the summer track & field season!  The weather is looking to be fairly sunny & I have it from a very reliable source, that our  Club Olympians, Linden Hall & Liam Adams will be in attendance.  Linden is going to  have a chat to us all about her athletics career & her journey to becoming an Olympian, with a Q&A afterwards & both athletes are happy to make themselves available for some photos which will be an opportunity not to be missed. Tickets are available by clicking on the above link & are available up until 1pm on Sunday.  We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there!!

Our very own Aidan Lowe, Sam Meehan & Darcy Parker recently headed over to the SA Athletics Stadium, Adelaide after being proudly selected to represent Team Vic at the ALAC… & their performances didn’t disappoint!!

Aidan finished a gutsy 5th in the U13 800m in a stellar time of 2:16.70.

Sam clinched the GOLD medal in the U15 1500m in an incredible 4:15.56.

Darcy backed up his success at the recent Australian Championships, also in Adelaide, with  GOLD in the U14 Long Jump, recording a mighty jump of 5.85m, GOLD in the U14 400m, crossing the finish line in a speedy 51.84 & also medalled in his third event, claiming SILVER in the U14 800m with a magnificent time of 2:02.65!

What amazing results & we are sure you will be looking forward to a well-earned rest, even if only for a week or two!  Congratulations on your fantastic season 23/24!

Athletics Essendon needs you! With only 3 or possibly 4 rounds of AVSL being conducted at MVAC next season, we desperately require 2 volunteers to assist with the oversight of set up (11am-1pm) & pack up (4.30pm – 6pm) – one for each end of the day.  This role comes with hands-on training, a written set of simple notes, club support from John Cooper & of course, endless gratitude!!  Put simply, if you are not scared to give directions & can get along with a small but enthusiastic crew then this job can be managed by anyone over 18 & just may be for you!  

Please contact John on 0414 373 157 or email for any further questions.


The winter cross country season opened last Saturday at Jells Park in Rowville with perfect race conditions – very little wind, fast dry course & mild temperatures with a spattering of sunshine!  There was the 6km (Open) & 3km (Junior) team relay options & AE fielded a total of 14 teams – 6 Open, 8 Junior teams for a total of 50 runners.  Not bad considering the Aus Champs was only 1-2 weeks earlier!

Our newly elected Club Team Captains all raced & we would like to take a minute to celebrate the appointment of these new positions.  AE very proudly appointed four very deserving athletes to lead the members through the upcoming winter season of XCR cross country & road running, made up of 10 rounds across various metro & regional venues.

FOP – Bianca Puglisi (Frances Lipscombe)

MOP – Matt Sostaric

FJnr – Emily Mifsud (Gregor Gojrzewski)

MJnr – James Cruse (Charlotte Wilson)

The Club would like to thank these four very deserving athletes for taking on these important Club leadership roles & ask everyone to help us in celebrating this achievement.  Appreciation also goes out to our six Club distance coaches – Barb, Charlotte, Frances, Gregor, Mark & Ken, for supporting this integral part of recognising & mentoring these athletes.

XCR R1 Results

Best Team Performances:

FIRST – FOP Div 2 – 4 x 6km – Bianca Puglisi 21:34, Jennifer Mendes 25:51, Allison Rogers 23:26, Charlotte Wilson 22:22 = 1:33.13

FIRST – MU18 Team 2 – 3 x 3km – Jesse Lumby 9:46, Oliver Anthony 9:31, Jonty Neethling 9:32 = 28:49

SECOND – MU16 Team 2 – 3 x 3km – Archer Bramble 10:00, Lucas Harris 10:10, Aden Thompson 10:22 = 30:32

THIRD – FOP Div 4 – 3 x 6km – Rebecca Pile 28:56, Louisa Cochrane 28:36, Ellie Kays 27:56 = 1:25.28

THIRD – MOP Div 6 – 4 x 6km – Alexander Smith 24:58, Troy Jardine 25:42, Luke Gray 24:29, Danny Hawkesworth 26:43 = 1:41.52

Well done to everyone who raced & bring on Round 2 at Hanging Rock!  This is a brand new course & promises to be a great venue – good luck to all athletes racing!

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