HH Hunter comes to the Rawlinson for the first time in more than 50 years

2019 Victorian Track and Field Championships

MUAC has clinched the HH Hunter Shield for the first time since 1966. The drought was broken with a strong performance on Day 6 of the Championships, overhauling Essendon’s 11 point lead with big points garnered in the men’s high jump (Wijesekara 1st, Baldwin 2nd, Anastasios 3rd and Paynter 4th in the Victorian Championship) and 800m (Championships to Bisset and Scott, with Anderson and Billings also delivering points). The win came with good scores across all of the six days and is a credit to all the athletes and coaches.

The Shield is named after MUAC alumnus HH Hunter, who died in Gallipoli. The victory takes MUAC’s tally to 19 having previously won the Shield in 1910-1913, 1915, 1920, 1921,1923,1927, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1940, 1959-1961 and 1966. Points are awarded for top 8 performances across all open track and field championships for the season. On available records MUAC now sits equal with Box Hill as the club with the most HH Hunter Shield titles.

The second weekend saw championship titles go to Catriona Bisset, who also broke a club record in the 800m, running 2:03.03 in a dominant display. Matt Scott took the men’s 800m in another dominant, thought tactically different display. Manula Wijesekara defended his Victorian High Jump title in front of his team mates. Roman Anastasios backed up his junior hurdles win last weekend with a junior HJ title on Friday night. Olivia Honey ran well to claim her second silver of the championships in the 200m.

Further reporting to come.


HH Hunter Scores

2019 Victorian Track and Field Championships