2017 AV Shield Final
MUAC’s Division One Women have claimed the AV Shield Premiership, returning the AV Shield title to the Rawlinson for the first time since 2005. The MUAC Women vied with Glenhuntly, Box Hill and Sandringham for the lead all day with late points from the pole vault and discus combining with close racing in the 400m and relay giving the team a 800 point victory margin. It’s the culmination of a summer where the team lost just one round, in a competition featuring sixty clubs, and more than 150 team across 15 divisions.The 18 women have won the title on the biggest day of club athletics in Australia, with 2454 performances spanning 13 hours at Lakeside.
Stella Radford led the team off with MUAC’s highest scoring performance of the day, running 10:33.5 in the 3000m steeplechase (535 points), despite pre-race concerns about her hamstring. Ruby Turner continued her season of personal bests with another fine run in the second heat of the steeplechase. Allyson O’Brien, after helping out with MUAC’s volunteering for the day, showed her devotion to the cause by returning to Lakeside to fill for Stella in the 1500m. Ellen Schaef ran superbly, backing up from some savage racing at Nitro Athletics the night before, with her 4:31.9 (493 points) our third highest score of the day. The 1500m saw great running from budding high jumper Sarah James, and Pippa Trevella. In the field Cath Macrae (3.40m 505 points) and Kath Iannello (3.25m, 466 points) escaped the eternal purgatory of the later pole vault competition, with their performances the second and sixth highest of the team. Young gun Emily Lawson stepped up to the big time, chasing 18 time Australian Champion, and rival team Sandringham stalwart, Tamsyn Manou all the way to the line, running 55.41 (488 points) in cool, blustery conditions. Sprints and relay captain Elizabeth Ruach led from the front all day, clocking 58.65 and 12.92 and anchoring the relay home. Rosamond Gilden joined her sister Eleni in the 400m late in the day as the points score looked very close with Glenhuntly and ceded no ground to the Sky Blues. Hannah Alderton delivered big time with 5.41m (479 points) in the long jump and 15.84 in the 100m hurdles, with squad mate Kaitlin Morgan jumping well on her final day in Australia before moving to Singapore. Field captain Kira Davey was an ever present motivator for the team, in between racking up events as she did every week in the rounds. She collected big points with a PB in the discus, good distance in the javelin and a solid run in the hurdles. Carmen Deane had joined her for the javelin earlier in the day, ensuring that MUAC seized every scoring opportunity. Donna Egglestone stepped up literally for MUAC, as our sole 2000m walk participant, avoiding the dreaded red cards to add to the club’s tally of points. Ruach, the Gildens and Salamata Konate combined for both our 100m team and the crucial relay at the end of the night, as the temperatures dropped and the the tension rose. Club stalwart Tim Thomas was active all day, setting up MUAC’s FOB at the steeplechase pit, arranging athlete transfers and solving last minute problems. Allyson O’Brien and David Sullivan deserve the thanks of the whole club for stepping up to help out with MUAC’s volunteer obligations. David, along with Tim, Nick Earl and Max Ueda worked hard to set up the MUAC marquees and gear, with Junkers Zhou, the women’s relay team and Terry Reade helping to pack it up at the end of a very long day. A big thanks to the Clyde for their logistics support.
The MUAC men came up 2 places short of the club’s goal finishing fifth after a strong season. Injuries and the happy event of a birth tested MUAC’s depth and team management across the day found them just 1000 points out of third place, with Glenhuntly taking their fourth title in a row. Nick Earl was the club’s top scorer for the day with a win in the 3000m steeplechase (9:29.2, 500 points) with decathletes Jarrod Pageot and Christian Paynter racking up the points at will. Mate Zahtila’s 54.69 was the second highest point score of the day 498. A big thanks to event captains Julian Baker, David Sullivan and Junkers Zhou for getting all the teams organised.
The MUAC Women will gather for a formal team photo and to be honoured by the club next week.
MUAC athletes are back in action this Thursday night at the 2017 Victorian Mile Championships, where a record 450 athletes will race over the mile or 800m.