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Another former Eastern Suburbs athlete named in the Athletics South Team of the Decade with Raphaela Corney being named for the pole vault.

Raph only had limited participation in pole vault before changing clubs, however she does hold the Club U/15 record with 2.51m.

Congratulations RaphAS Team of the Decade

Women’s Pole Vault – Raphaela Corney (ESAC/UTAS)

Raph commenced her athletics career primarily as a middle-distance runner, with her most notable achievement being a win in the City to Casino 2.7km event in 2012.

After a few years of experimenting with pole vault she made the decision to focus on the event in 2014.

With a background in gymnastics she was well suited to the strength and agility requirements of this event.

She won the first of seven consecutive State Open women’s pole vault titles in 2014 and in 2015, had her first taste of national success with a bronze medal at the Australian Juniors followed by a silver medal at the Australian All Schools Championships later that year.

She went one better the following year with a win in the National U/16 Championships with a clearance of 3.45m and added a bronze medal to her collection competing in the U/17 age group.

Her performances were recognised by named in the Australian Under 17 Development Squad in 2016 and again in 2017.

At the 2016 Australian All Schools, she took out both the U/16 and U/18 pole vault events and went on to defended her age group title at both the 2017 and 2018 National Underage Championships.

With coach James Fitzpatrick overseeing her program, she proceeded to break a number of State junior records and in 2018, eclipsed Danielle Dwyer’s mark of 3.75m to claim the Open Women’s record.

In 2019, she was rewarded with selection in the Australian team for the Oceania Championships in Townsville, where she won a silver medal with a clearance of 3.80m.

She has since advanced her own State Record to 3.90m to be Tasmania’s undisputed queen of the women’s pole vault for the decade and indeed of all time.
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Continuing the Eastern Suburbs theme in the Athletics South Team of the Decade Vertical Jumps, is Tasmanian record holder Matt Hosie getting the nod for the Pole Vault.

Another multiple Tasmanian Champion and representative, as well as Oceania Championships representative to be congratulated on his long list of performances across all events, but particularly in the Pole Vault.AS Team of the Decade

Men’s Pole Vault - Matt Hosie (ESAC)

Matt is an athlete of many talents who had a successful Little Athletics career that culminated in a bronze medal in the U/15 multi event at the 2013 ALAC Championships.

He made a seamless transition to Senior Athletics, winning a gold medal in the decathlon at the 2014 National and Oceania titles in a new State U/17 record.

The following year, he represented Australia at the Oceania Youth Athletics Championships, winning gold in the Octathlon in a meet record of 5647 points.

In 2016, he took out the State Open pole vault title after consecutive silver medals behind Geoff Gibbons the previous two years.

His rapid improvement in this event saw him set new State marks for U/19 and U/20 age groups, along the way breaking Steven Knott’s State Open Record of 4.50m set in 1980.

He claimed a gold medal at the 2017 National U/20 Championships and in 2018 upped his State Open record to 4.90m

A hat trick of State Open titles in 2019 underlined his dominance of the pole vault event for the second half of this decade.
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3 days ago

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Another well deserved spot in the Athletics South Team of the Decade with Dr Joel Mason getting the nod for an extended period of excellence in the High Jump.

As mentioned, Joel showed great loyalty to ESAC, remaining a registered member, and a regular visitor and representative, for a number of years while studying at Melbourne University. Joel was also insistent on competing in his ES singlet at Australian Championships for many years.

Now residing in Germany, his contribution to athletics, and sport in general, continues to grow through his extensive research and teaching.

Congratulations JoelAS Team of the Decade

Men’s High Jump - Joel Mason (ESAC)

The dominant AS high jumper of the decade with consistent clearances around the 1.95m mark as shown in his progression:

2010 - 1.99m
2011 - 1.95m
2012 - 1.95m
2013 - 2.00m
2014 - 1.95m
2015 - 1.95m
2016 - 1.95m
2017 - 1.98m
2018 - 1.90m

Initially coached by his father Wayne, he won both the State U/20 and Open High Jump titles in 2010 and 2011.

He completed the hat trick of Open titles in 2012 and the following year cracked the 2m barrier.

Upon relocating to Melbourne to pursue his sports science degree, he linked up with coach Sandro Bisetto and joined the Melbourne University Athletics Club.

However, he maintained his registration with the Eastern Suburbs Athletic Club, returning to Tasmania on a regular basis to pick up three more State High Jump titles in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Whilst Mitchell Walker May have leaped higher (with his 2.04m set at the Australian All Schools meet in 2013), for sheer consistency of quality high jumping, you can go past Joel Mason.

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1 week ago

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Please note the following information from Athletics South in relation to the future bookings of the Domain for training. Please be aware of this, and also note that in the current stage, it is a maximum of 10 in a group.

It has been noted that there have already been groups well in excess of this, so please avoid having groups of more than 10, as there will be checks done by Government Inspectors.Like all other sporting organisations, Athletics South is required to complete a Covid Safe Workplace Plan and submit this to Community Sport and Recreation for approval.

Once approved, it then needs to be forwarded to the Hobart City Council and arrangements confirmed for its implementation.

Until this process has been completed, we are unable to recommence our regular booking of the Domain Athletic Centre.

We are in the process of completing the Plan for submission and hopefully it won’t be too much longer until we can get the lights turned on.

In the meantime, the Centre remains open for informal usage in accordance with social distancing requirements.

Thank you for your patience as we work through the necessary processes.
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We know that you are all hanging out for cross country to start, but unfortunately we can't give you any update as yet from an Athletics South perspective, however there is something to keep you motivated in the meantime regardless of your age.

The Great Australian Cross Country Challenge is underway, and you can take part as many times as you want, just by doing a run of the appropriate distance and uploading the results.

This may be the only XC Championship you get to be a part of this year, so have a look, and get your entry inThe GACCC 2020 distances; crafted to suit all ages and abilities!

It doesn't matter if you walk, run, roll or stroll, its all about crossing that Virtual Finish Line and having fun whilst going it! 😀 #GACCC #GreatAusXCChallenge
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She is the second fastest Tasmanian female ever over the 100m Hurdles, so Jane Hickie's selection in the Athletics South Team of the Decade for that event is no surprise.

As mentioned, she could easily have been a candidate for a number of events, and would certainly be the candidate if the Heptathlon was being considered.

Congratulations JaneAS Team of the Decade

Women’s 100m Hurdles - Jane Hickie (ESAC)

A multi-talented athlete, Jane could have been selected in the Long Jump, the event in which she holds the State U/19 and U/20 records with a distance of 6.01m - placing her second on the Tasmanian All Time List.

However, we have opted to select her in the 100m hurdles, where she is also ranked second all the All Time list with her time of 14.16 set in Sydney in April 2019.

She holds the State Record for the event in the U/17, U/18, U/19 and U/20 age groups and has won the State Open title.

In 2016, Jane represented Australia in the 100m hurdles at the Melenesian Games, winning a bronze medal and in 2019, she won gold in the same event in the U/20 age group at the Oceana Athletics Championships in Townsville.

Clearly, the standout performer in this event for the past ten years, with Lauren Free and Abigail Rothery the only others in the mix.
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2 weeks ago

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And joining Stephen Rae as the 400m Hurdler in the Athletics South Team of the Decade is another Eastern Suburbs stalwart with Michelle Cockerell getting the nod.

Another of our athletes who many would say has improved with age as is shown by her consistency across not just the hurdles, but also all track events up to 800m.

CongratulationsAS Team of the Decade

Women’s 400m Hurdles – Michelle Cockerell (ESAC)

Coached by Wayne Mason, Michelle has been one of the most enduring athletes of the past decade, excelling on both the track and the grass of the TAL carnivals.

Over the 400m hurdles, she has won State and National Masters titles, with her times remarkably consistent over the years:

2012 – 65.93
2013 – 67.92
2014 – 68.51
2015 – 65.59
2018 – 67.64
2019 – 67.78

She bounced back from the birth of her first child to set a new W35 Masters record of 67.64 in winning the State Open 400m hurdles title in March 2018 and added the W35 400m flat record to her collection with a time of 58.67 when finishing third in the Lynne Mazey Memorial event.

In 2019 she once again was crowned State Champion to leave no doubt as to her claims for selection in the 400m hurdles in the AS Team of the Decade.

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2 weeks ago

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Congratulations to another former ESAC member named in the Athletics South Team of the Decade. Stephen Rae still holds the Eastern Suburbs Open Records for the 110, 200 and 400m Hurdles, the latter with a time of 52.94, set in 2001, and is actually the only male athlete with a Club 400m record, holding them from U/17 through to Open.AS Team of the Decade

Men’s 400m Hurdles – Stephen Rae (ESAC/OVA/UTAS)

The move of State Record holder Tristan Thomas to take up an AIS Scholarship in Canberra in 2008 left big shoes to fill in the men’s 400m hurdles event.

Josh Zeitzen (58.25), Chris McConnell (60.86) and Ben Lawson (62.27) all had a crack but it was left to seasoned campaigner Stephen Rae to set the fastest time for the decade by an AS athlete, with his 55.72 gold medal run at the National Masters Track and Field Championships in April 2011.

This time set a new State M30 Masters Record and was also a Championship record for the M30 age group.

He dispensed with the hurdles shortly afterwards, focussing on the 800m, running a best of 1:54.10 in February 2012 before moving into the world of trail running and ultra-marathons.

Given the nickname “Super Steve” by the media after he ran 50km on a treadmill in five hours to raise funds and awareness for the Give Me 5 For Kids charity, he brings a wealth of experience to the AS Team of the Decade.

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2 weeks ago

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Another athlete who started their career with Eastern Suburbs takes the next spot in the Athletics South Team of the Decade. Harvey Chilcott started his career training with ES Life Member Peter Turnock, before moving to Susan Andrews and then to UTAS, before moving to the US for further studiesAS Team of the Decade

Men’s 3000m Steeplechase – Harvey Chilcott (ESAC/UTAS)

Touted from an early age as “the next big thing in distance running in Tasmania”, Harvey lived up to expectations with a State record of 6.01 for the U/16 2000m steeplechase in 2015.

With Susan Andrews guiding his training program, he ran 8.41 in placing 5th in the 3000m in the 2016 National All Schools U/18 Championships in Canberra.

He had a stellar year in 2017, winning silver medals in both the 3000m and 2000m steeplechase at the All Schools titles in Adelaide, recording personal best times of 8:29.71 and 5:54.69 respectively.

In 2018, he stepped up to the 3000m distance for the steeplechase, taking out the State Open title and clocking a best time of 9:20.34 to move to 13th in the Tasmanian All Time Rankings.

After offers from multiple US colleges, he opted for a scholarship from the University of Santa Clara, commencing his studies in August 2019.

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Another long term Eastern Suburbs member is todaýs Athletics South Team of The Decade member for the Women's 3000m, with Ebony Webb getting the nod, joining Julia and Hugh as past Jy Webb coached Eastern Suburbs athletes in the middle distance spots in this team.

Congratulations 🙂AS Team of the Decade

Women’s 3000m - Ebony Webb (ESAC)

Ebony made her interclub debut on the track at the age of 11, competing in the 800m and 1500m events.

As the daughter of State Marathon Champion Lindsay Webb, she was not destined have the speed to make it over the shorter distances and moved out to the longer events as she got older.

In January 2016, she broke Kylie Risk’s long standing State U/16 3000m record with a time of 9.52 and took a further two seconds off this time in winning a silver medal at the Australian Junior Championships in Perth.

A two time winner of the Mandy Giblin 3000m at AS Reunion Day, she has also had considerable success in the 2000m steeple, winning a National All Schools title and setting underage State records.

Like she has done many times over the years, she edges out good friend Ruby Smee to take the women’s 3000m spot on the team.
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Another former Eastern Suburbs runner gets the Male 3000m bib in the Athletics South Team of the Decade, with Sam Field getting the nod.

Sam joined Eastern Suburbs and achieved Tasmanian selection before moving to UTASAC, and then moving to America on an athletics scholarship.

Congratulations Samuel, and all the best on your future athletics.AS Team of the Decade

Men’s 3000m - Sam Field (ESAC/UTAS)

A somewhat left field selection given that he is better known over the shorter distances. However, outside of Grant Page, it is hard to find an AS athlete who has run faster over the 3000m distance in the past 10 years.

Sam’s talent was identified by coach Susan Andrews in 2014 when he was a Grade 8 student at Taroona High School.

Two years later, he broke two minutes for the 800m and in 2017, broke the four minute barrier for the 1500m in taking out the Max Cherry Memorial at AS Reunion Day.

In 2019 he really announced himself as a middle distance runner, clocking 3:49.90 for the 1500m and winning the State 3000m title from Doug Hamerlok and Sam Clifford with a withering burst of speed in the final lap.

His time of 8:27.21 earned him an athletics scholarship to the University of Florida State and selection in our team ahead of training partner Harvey Chilcott, crowd favourite Aaron Humphrey, UTAS clubmate Thomas Wilson and OVA’s Rob Elkerton.
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3 weeks ago

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As we head into the weekend, Julia Minnucci makes it an Eastern Suburbs double in the 800m in the Athletics South Team of the Decade, alongside her training partner Hugh Nicklason.

We are sure a few Clarence Little Athletics Centre would remember Julia attending one of their Domain meets and running a number of 800m events with all the kids, as an ambassador for the sport and the Club.

Hopefully we will see Julia back in the red and white sometime in this decade 🙂AS Team of the Decade

Women’s 800m – Julia Minnucci

Julia kicked off the decade in unspectacular fashion with a best time for 800m of 2:23.38 but under the guidance of coach Jy Webb, she lowered this to 2:09.46 within two years.

She had a stellar year in 2013, taking out the State Open 800m title and winning a silver medal over the same distance at Australian junior championships in Perth.

Her time of 2:07.38 rocketed her to 11th on the Tasmanian All Time 800m list and saw her nationally ranked in the top three U/20 athletes for the year.

In 2014, she again took out the State 800m Open women’s title and completed the full set with silver in 2015 and bronze in 2016.

Jess Morey, Claudia Nicklason and Mel Daniels in the mix for this one, but Julia a clear-cut choice.
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As we move into the middle distance events of the Athletics South team of the decade, we get our first Male representative, with Hugh Nicklason getting the nod from a high quality field for the 800m. CongratulationsAS Team of the Decade

Men’s 800m – Hugh Nicklason (ESAC)

Whilst Nathan Morey may have been the sentimental favourite for this one, it’s hard to go past the credentials of Hugh Nicklason, with his time of 1.:49.46 set in 2015 the best by an AS athlete over the past 10 years.

Hugh joined coach Jy Webb at the age of 10 and progressed steadily through the junior ranks before hitting his straps in 2012 when he set a new State U/16 record of 1.56.05 for the 800m and took out the Australian junior championship over 1500m.

He won back to back Max Cherry Memorial 1500m titles in 2013 and 2014 and added the Australian All Schools 800m title to his list of achievements.

In 2015, he broke the Tasmanian U/19 and U/20 1000m records with a time of 2.26.50 in 2015 and went on to grab a bronze in the U/20 800m and a silver in the 1500m at the Australian Championships in Sydney.

These performances saw him offered an athletics scholarship to the University of San Francisco in 2016, where he set college records for the 800m and 1500m.

2010 State Open 800m Champion Tom Beard with a best time of 1:49.2 was in the conversation for this one, along with Grant Page (who just might sneak a place elsewhere in the team).

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As the Athletics South Team of the Decade reaches the one lap event, we see our second Eastern Suburbs selection with Samantha Jane Lind being the fastest in the decade over 400m.

Who will be the next named to join Kiara and Samantha as we move into the middle distance, or will it be hurdles next??AS Team of the Decade

Women’s 400m – Samantha Lind (ESAC)

Sam moved to Hobart from South Australia in 2012 having run 55.90 for 400m at the age of 16.

She joined Wayne Mason’s powerful squad of sprinters and lowered her PB to 55.86 in 2013.

The following year, she was selected in the Australian 4 x 400m relay tam to contest the IAAF World Junior Championships Team in in Eugene (USA).

In 2015, she ran 53.67 in Melbourne to record the fastest 400m time for an AS athlete for the decade and move to 5th on the Tasmanian All Time list.

In 2017, she took out the State Open 400m and 800m titles and the following year was offered an athletics scholarship at the University of San Francisco, where she set a new college record for the 400m.

An easy selection for the AS team of the Decade, with the next fastest time being Claudia Nicklason’s 55.42 set in March 2012 (at the age of just 14).

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In case you missed it, Athletics South are currently using the isolation break to name a "Team of The Decade", under the following criteria;
1. Based on performances from 1 January 2010 to 1 January 2020.
2. Athletes can only be selected in one individual event (relays excepted).
3. Athletes must have competed during AS interclub at some stage during the past 10 years.

The naming of the team has now begun with the 100m, and congratulations to Kiara Calvert on being named alongside NSAC's Jack Hale for the 100m.

Keep an eye on the Athletics South Facebook page, as we are hoping to see a few current and ex Eastern Suburbs athletes rewarded for their performances over the next few weeks.AS Team of the Decade

Women’s 100m - Kiara Calvert (ESAC)

The only AS female sprinter to have broken 12 seconds for the 100m in the past 10 years, with a best time of 11.92 set in 2018.

Pipped by Kiani Allen in the Froggy Wise Memorial at the last two Reunion Day meets but prior to that, Kiara notched up seven wins.

Ranked in the top 10 on the Tasmanian All Time list and with multiple State titles to her name, there can be no disputing her place in the AS Team of the Decade.
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