Tight tussle for title in Division 1 Women

AV Shield Round 4

MUAC finds itself atop the Division 1 AV Shield Ladder in Yellow Zone after four rounds, with rivals Keilor, Essendon and Western Athletics all within five points. The Division 1 team was bolstered by the season’s debut of jumpers Hannah Alderton and Kaitlin Morgan and the steadfast support of Kath Iannello, who continues to top the MUAC point scoring table. Gwen Thornton continued her return from injury winning the Division 1 400m hurdles in 62.73. Kei Hui made her MUAC track debut in the 200m, whilst Iannello took maximum points in the hammer with a hoist of 20.66m. Carmen Deane continued to rack up points, scoring in the 200m, triple jump and shot put. The three rounds that remain before Christmas will be a critical test for the MUAC women to pass if they are to take a team to the AV Shield Final.

MUAC’s Division 1 men extended their unbeaten streak to 4 with a 30 point victory over Western Athletics and Essendon. Seamus Hayes lead the way with Division 1 victories in the 200m (22.60) and Shot Put (11.96m). The victory was set up by broad team participation as┬áthe team filled 35 of 39 possible scoring spots. Dan Pratt dipped under 2 minutes for the 800m for the first time this season and James Maguire wasn’t far behind. Nick Parkinson ran a solid 800m and 5000m off less than ideal preparation. Julian O’Donnell cleared 1.90m in his first competitive outing of the year.

MUAC athletes will be back in action this week on Thursday at the Victorian 5000m Championships at Lakeside Stadium and Sunday at Werribee Athletics Centre for Round 5 of AV Shield.

AV Shield Round 4

Division 1 Winners
Seamus Hayes 200m 22.6
Gwen Thornton 400m Hurdles 62.73
Seamus Hayes Shot Put 11.96m
Kath Iannello Hammer 20.66m