Doncaster Newsletter 40+

Edition 85

In this edition: 

  • AVSL – Round 6 Roundup 
  • Duty Roster
  • AVSL Round 7 – Saturday 16th December 
  • Christmas Party & Handicap Night – Dec 12 (6pm start) 
  • Pole Vault Coaching
  • Throws Coaching

 AVSL – Round 6 Roundup 

With AVSL returning to Tom Kelly Athletic Track, DAC climbed up the ladder to finish fifth on Friday night. It was great to have Paul Mierisch and David Firth back in action.  Campbell McLennan and Paul Mierisch stepped down to the Open Men’s 2 x 100m relay, Paul joining son Brodie.   There were a total of 12 relay teams, 5 of these ‘pure’ Masters teams.  Campbell also competed in the High Jump for the first time in many years, breaking the M50 Club Record!  The Women’s 40+ team finished 4th in the state (2nd in Red Zone), this resulting from efforts by all the ladies who participated where they could; the W40+ team a strong and supportive group, and big asset to DAC!  Colleen Kelly is now back from her oversees adventure, extremely fit from her extensive hiking efforts, and we hope to see her about the track again soon!    

Conditions weren’t too bad for a night of athletics, and our fantastic competition standard lighting was appreciated!    After the 600m, Darryl Kilmartin was heard saying “We ran into a head wind twice along the front straight!”  Hard yakka, but great job Darryl!  Lydia Rinaudo and John Curry were strong in the mile, not bothered by the wind, and established new DAC Records. A big shout, and thanks to those who volunteered on Friday night; the Lloyd family (Hayden, Christian and Karen) along with Oscar O’Connor were super helpful with the BBQ.  Deb Garden and Eamon Wright assisted with the shot, and Lydia Rinaudo, Kim & Emma Peak were invaluable in the clean-up.  Thanks to Christian Lloyd who operated the wind gauge.  Congratulations to all who participated!   

New DAC Records 

Date Event Name Perf Previous 
1/12/2023 AVSL M50 High Jump Campbell McLennan 1.48 Darryl Kilmartin 1.35 
1/12/2023 AVSL M40 Shot Put Justin Botha 10.01 Justin Botha 9.94 
1/12/2023 AVSL F40 Mile Lydia Rinaudo 05:32.8 New 
1/12/2023 AVSL M55 Mile John Curry 06:13.0 New 

Athletes to finish top 10 in the state were: 

M40+: 60m Paul Mierisch (11th), 600m Campbell McLennan (5th), 2×100 relay Doncaster F (Justin Botha; Sean Peters) (2nd), Long Jump Darryl Kilmartin (11th), High Jump Campbell McLennan (3rd

W40+ 60m Wendy Smith (8th), 600m Deb Garden (9th), Mile Lydia Rinaudo (5th ), 2×100 relay Doncaster E  (Deb Garden; Kim Peak) (5th), 2000m walk Laura McLennan (9th), Hammer Throw Kim Peak (5th

Wendy Smith and Allison Parrott (W50) were first in their 2 x 100m relay, happily competing in a heat against their age-group peers!   

Once again Campbell McLennan led from the front, scoring 1,373 with Sean Peters and Kim Peak on 1,082 and Darryl Kilmartin on 1,057.  


Club Points Athletes Points/Athlete 
Eaglehawk 47,017 50 940 
Diamond Valley 45,087 65 694 
Glenhuntly 30,724 51 602 
Wendouree 28,494 35 814 
Doncaster 26,695 40 667 
Essendon 23,030 34 677 
Collingwood 22,855 29 788 
Mentone 22,799 35 651 
Box Hill 19,671 28 702 
Western Athletics 19,270 27 713 

 [Full results listed below] 

Duty Roster 

All athletes should now have received an email explaining our new club duty rostering system, utilising the DAC app (Stack Team App). 

It is important that you make the time to download and install the app so you can plan ahead and select duties that are at a convenient time for you can plan your events around.  

All duties for AVSL rounds have been loaded into the events tab in the app to allow flexibility for athletes to choose what works best for them.  

Obviously, the sooner you choose, the more options will still be available.  

If you are having problems downloading the app or selecting duties, please speak with Matt, Campbell or Darryl.  

Thanks to those who have already selected duties in upcoming rounds.  

AVSL Round 7 – Saturday 16th December 

Summer athletics continues in full swing!   Next round is scheduled for Meadowglen and Frankston venues, and DAC are required to supply volunteers at Meadowglen.  Please be sure to download the Volunteer App, and help where you can!  [See Details above] 

Entries open online from Wednesday 6th at 5pm.  On the track, there’s some irregular distances and so more opportunities for PBs!  Why not have a crack!   

AVSL will take a 3-week break for Christmas/New Year.  Saturday January 13 is the date for round 8.   The Victorian Multi Event Championships will be held the weekend prior.  Go easy on the Christmas pud!   

Christmas Party & Handicap Night Dec 12 (Arrive 5.45pm, for 6pm start) 

Remember to save the date for the Annual Christmas Party, which will include a BBQ, various handicaps and fun events.  Celebrate the ‘silly season’ with your DAC mates!  Could men please bring along a salad, and the ladies (sweet as they are) please bring dessert!  Check your inbox for further details sent by email.   

 Pole Vault Coaching 

Come and try out with our new Pole Vault Coach, David Thomson, most Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM, with upcoming dates on Dec 10th, and 17th in 2023. Free tryouts are available for DAC and DLAC members over 11 years old, whether you’re experienced or new to pole vaulting. Simply reply to this email to express your interest. Non-members aged 11 to 99 are also welcome at a negotiable price for ongoing coaching after the first free session. Members won’t need to pay until 2024. Don’t miss this chance to improve your skills with David’s guidance. Feel free to reach out with any questions.   

Throws Coaching 

We are pleases to announce Allan Watson is back coaching. If you are interested, please contact Allan via the coaching page on our new website. 

Peter Coumaros will continue to make himself available on Monday evenings from 5:30. As a general rule, he will be starting with hammer throw and at 6:30 move onto a different discipline each week. Text him on 0401 993 218 if you are interested. 

Full results from AVSL Round 6 

Men’s 40+ (9 out of 40) 

DIV Diamond Valley 12,167 
COL Collingwood 10,463 
DAC Doncaster 7,456 
ESS Essendon 5,741 
WES Western Athletics 4,573 
WTN Williamstown 3,097 
PTN Preston 2,869 
IVA Ivanhoe 2,326 
COB Coburg 2,272 
WCA Whittlesea 1,602 
BWK Brunswick 1,302 
MUU Melbourne Uni 771 
OLM Old Melburnians 630 
OSC Old Scotch 529   

Women’s 40+ (4 out of 29) 

DIV Diamond Valley 6,328 
DAC Doncaster 4,504 
WES Western Athletics 4,442 
KSB Keilor St Bernards 4,183 
ESS Essendon 2,988 
PTN Preston 2,277 
BWK Brunswick 1,228 
OSC Old Scotch 494 
COL Collingwood 452  


Grade Discipline Distance Name Performance Wind Points Notes 
F50 Run 60 Wendy Smith 9.78 -2.2 (368) 
F55 Run 60 Kim Peak 12.08 (0) Score Limit 
F40 Run 600 Deb Garden 01:54.8 (322) 
F40 Run 600 Lydia Rinaudo 02:02.0 (260) 
F45 Run 600 Laura McLennan 02:22.6 (189) 
F50 Run 600 Allison Parrott 02:41.0 (172) 
F55 Run 600 Kim Peak 02:50.1 (0) Score Limit 
F40 Mile Lydia Rinaudo 05:32.8 (433) 
F45 Walk 2000 Laura McLennan 12:30.0 (368) LS.  
F55 Walk 2000 Kim Peak 14:42.1 (288) LS.  
F40 Relay 200  (Deb Garden; Kim Peak)  34.97 (153) 
F50 Relay 200  (Wendy Smith; Allison Parrott)  35.57 (181) 
F40 Relay 200  (Laura McLennan; Lydia Rinaudo)  37.67 (117) 
F55 Discus Kim Peak 13.92m (0) Score Limit 
F55 Hammer Kim Peak 19.90m (330) 3kg 
F40 Long Jump Lydia Rinaudo 3.08m (0) Score Limit 
F45 Shot Put Laura McLennan 6.71m (351) 4kg 
F55 Shot Put Kim Peak 6.24m (388) 3kg 
F40 Shot Put Lydia Rinaudo 5.40m (183) 4kg 
F50 Shot Put Sue Kilmartin 4.64m (187) 3kg 
M45 Run 60 Paul Mierisch 8.04 -1.6 (442) 
M45 Run 60 David Firth 8.17 -1.5 (420) 
M40 Run 60 Sean Peters 8.27 -1.5 (329) 
M40 Run 60 Justin Botha 8.51 -2.2 (280) 
M55 Run 60 Darryl Kilmartin 9.59 -1.8 (255) 
M60 Run 60 Andrew Parrott 10.55 -1.2 (194) 
M50 Run 600 Campbell McLennan 01:37.1 (448) 
M45 Run 600 Paul Mierisch 01:39.4 (356) 
M55 Run 600 Darryl Kilmartin 02:08.1 (0) Score Limit 
M55 Mile John Curry 06:13.0 (229)  
M40 Relay 200  (Justin Botha; Sean Peters)  25.39 (348) 
M50 Relay 200  (Darryl Kilmartin; Andrew Parrott)  34.33 (149) 
M50 High Jump Campbell McLennan 1.48m (388) (Record) 
M55 High Jump Darryl Kilmartin 1.23m (0) Score Limit 
M40 High Jump Sean Peters 1.48m (272) 
M60 Long Jump Andrew Parrott 2.62m (156) 
M55 Long Jump Darryl Kilmartin 4.08m (327) 
M40 Long Jump Sean Peters 4.77m (307) 
M50 Shot Put Campbell McLennan 9.57m (428) 6kg 
M60 Shot Put Andrew Parrott 6.27m (244) 5kg 
M55 Shot Put Darryl Kilmartin 7.93m (401) 6kg 
M40 Shot Put Justin Botha 10.01m (429) (Record) 
M45 Shot Put Leighton Kearney 6.95m (290) 7.26kg 
M45 Shot Put David Firth 8.62m (409) 7.26kg 

Stay fit & stay safe.

40+ Team Manager

Campbell McLennan

0414 533 677

Doncaster Athletic Club


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