2022-03-14 Labour Day Edition

Doncaster Newsletter  

Labour Day Edition 14/3/22 

While many of us are enjoying the long weekend or taking a well-earned break from the track and field season, a number of Doncaster athletes represented the club in a wide range of competitions.

On Sunday 6th we had two of our gold medal winning throwers travel to Werribee to contest the Hammer Throw and Javelin at the AV Throwers competition. Jessica Nolan improved her personal best by half a metre in the Javelin, with a winning throw of 33.93m. Stephanie Ratcliffe then won the Hammer Throw and broke the 60m barrier for the first time, her final attempt measuring 60.86m. 

Later that night, Abbey Caldwell contested the 1500m at the Bankstown Milers competition in NSW, running 4:04.79, setting a new PB and smashing her own club record by almost two seconds. 

Tuesday the 8th saw nine Doncaster athletes compete in the Box Hill Burn. Oscar O’Connor picked up his first ever race win in Doncaster colours in the Men’s C 1000m race in 2:39.65, while Rachel White finished second in the Women’s B 1000m in 3:06.58 and Remy Williams returned to the track after a long layoff to finish second in the Men’s B race in 2:33.15. Also, Joel Tobin-White contested a high-quality Men’s 5000m A race, finishing seventh in 14:08.57 while Alastair Christy ran 14:15.08 for fifth place in the Men’s B 5000m. 

Two days later, the final Victorian Milers Club meet for the season was held at Duncan MacKinnon athletics track. Charlotte Senior closed out her season with a win in the Women’s E 800m in 2:36.90 while Sanne Bakker (2:24.41) and Lachlan Marasco (2:01.90) finished second in their respective D 800m races. 

In the 1500m, Tariku Natschev led from start to finish in the Men’s H race, running 4:44.02 and Abbey Caldwell backed up from her club record in Bankstown by winning the Women’s A race in 4:14.03. 

Saturday afternoon saw a group of sprinters make the trip down to Geelong for the penultimate High Velocity Club competition of 2021/22. Matthew Parrott produced a PB of 11.08 in the Men’s B 100m while his brother Lachlan ran a wind assisted 11.31 in the E race. The highlight of the 400m was Paul Mierisch showing good form for this weekend’s Victorian Masters Championships, producing a PB of 56.06 in the Men’s F race. 

And yesterday afternoon, the Rare Air Club held their penultimate competition for the season at Melbourne University with Jamison Harding and Darryl Kilmartin our only competitors, both achieving best performances of 2.65m. 

The season winds up with a handful of competitions over the next week and a half: 

Thursday 17th –  High Velocity Club, Lakeside Stadium
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th – Victorian Masters T&F Championships, Lakeside Stadium
Saturday 19th – Melbourne Track Classic, Lakeside Stadium (tickets available, event being livestreamed via the Athletics Australia YouTube channel)
Tuesday 22nd  – Rare Air Club, Melbourne University
Thursday 24th  – Box Hill Classic, Box Hill (entries close Sunday 20th

50th Anniversary tickets!


Ticket sales for our 50th Anniversary Gala close in less than a month! Make sure you purchase your tickets ASAP to avoid missing out on this celebration of our club history. 


Where: The Manningham Hotel, 1 Thompsons Rd, Bulleen. 

When: Saturday 30th of April 

Adults: $105 

U/18: $70    

Family options available, two course meal and drinks included with ticket purchase 

Dress: Cocktail     

Tables of 10-12 (Please contact us to arrange a table)  
Tickets can be purchased through this link: www.dac50thanniversary.eventbrite.com.au  

Make sure you purchase your tickets asap so you don’t miss out!  

RSVP by Sunday 10th April    

Queries: dac50th@doncasterac.org.au  

Winter training opportunity

Looking for a way to keep active during the off-season? Keen to be paid to keep fit? 

If you answer to both of these questions is yes, the Eastern Football League are looking for athletes (young and old) to umpire local football this winter. 

The benefits of becoming a field, boundary or goal umpire include: 

  • Being paid (Tax free) to train and stay fit 
  • Having the best seat in the house to watch some of the best local footballers (and some former AFL and VFL players) play 
  • Access to highly qualified coaches who can assist with your development 
  • Being part of a highly supportive team of umpires every Saturday and/or Sunday 
  • Social functions, post training meals and other benefits as a member of the Umpires Association 
  • The chance to umpire representative games, finals and possibly a grand final 

It doesn’t matter whether you have umpired before or not, or whether you play junior football on a Sunday, everyone is welcome.
Please note, you must be at least fourteen years old to be able to register as an umpire.

Pre-season training is held at Lewis Park in Wantirna on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm-7pm 

In-season training begins in April at Croydon Athletics Track at 5:30pm on Wednesdays. 

If you are interested, please contact David Mitchell (registrar@doncasterac.org.au) for further information. 

Box Hill Burn Results:  


1000m: Rachel White 3:06.58 (2nd


1000m: Remy Williams 2:33.15 (2nd


1000m: John Portwood 2:38.99  (8th)


1000m: Oscar O’Connor 2:39.65 (1st


1000m: Navid Rashid 3:34.85 (8th


5000m: Joel Tobin-White 14:08.57 (7th


5000m: Alastair Christy 14:15.08 (5th


5000m: Anthony Paige 17:13.66 (12th


5000m: John Curry DNF 


5000m: David Mitchell 17:57.94 (11th

Victorian Milers Club Results:  


800m: Sanne Bakker 2:24.41 (2nd


800m: Bella Fary 2:25.16 (5th


800m: Charlotte Senior 2:36.90 (1st


800m: Peter Holland 1:57.95 (5th


800m: Lachlan Marasco 2:01.90 (2nd


800m: Oscar O’Connor 2:03.44 (6th


800m: Will Katic 2:09.94 (9th


800m: Jack Dalton 2:06.21 (7th


800m: Aiden Marasco 2:16.25 (8th


800m: Michael Gallacher 2:27.35 (8th


800m: Navid Rashid 2:43.70 (6th


1500m: Abbey Caldwell 4:14.03 (1st


1500m: Tariku Natschev 4:44.02 (1st

High Velocity Club Results:  


100m: Alessia Wynne 12.39 (1.3), 4th 


400m: Nicole Reynolds 58.67, 2nd 


100m Hurdles: Alessia Wynne 14.38 (-0.7), 2nd 


100m: Matthew Parrott 11.08 (2.0), 4th 


100m: Oscar Sweeney 11.24 (0.5), 3rd 


100m: Lachlan Parrott 11.31 (2.2), 2nd 


100m: Anthony Jordan 11.64 (0.6), 2nd 


100m: Paul Mierisch 12.19 (1.4), 4th 


400m: Paul Mierisch 56.06, 2nd 


Triple Jump: Lachlan Parrott 12.30m (0.5), 7th 


Triple Jump: Hayden Lloyd 11.97m (3.1), 8th