Box Hill Men and Glenhuntly Women have again dominated the XCR Open Divisions taking out both the Premier and Division 2 titles respectively for 2014. With consistent performances across all nine rounds, both teams scored maximum points on multiple occasions giving them unbeatable leads heading into the Tan Relay Event.
Pre event focus was on the battle to avoid relegation between Knox Athletics and Athletics Essendon in Men’s Premier. While both teams finished the season on equal points, Knox’s consistent performances ended up being their lifeline edging in front of ATE by three points on count back.
“Both teams finished on 31 points after tan relays’ said Athletics Victoria CEO Glenn Turnor
‘We then removed each teams’ worst performance which dropped them both to 30 points. The second count back is both teams’ top 6 performances leaving Knox on 28 and ATE on 25 points.”
St Stephens will be promoted to Premier Division in 2015 after solid performances in Division 2 where they finished second behind Box Hill 2.
While Women’s Premier was determined before the weekend, Premiership winners Glenhuntly finished second behind Geelong with 6 out of 9 wins for the season and the balance in second position. Unlike the Premier Men, Knox will be relegated to Division 2 in the Women’s comp next year.
But the close battles were not confined to just Premier and Division 2.
Men’s Division 3 was also tight with Doncaster and Diamond Valley having to rethink their team strategy heading into the Tan Relays. Doncaster stayed with the experienced combination of Finch, Vining, Down, Reddie and Tanimato while DIV promoted junior stars Neofitou and Logan to partner Waring, Constance and Kelham with Doncaster winning the event and on count back by 7 points.
Men’s u14 was a race between Collingwood and Western Athletics with both Team Managers pulling out their calculators after the weekend to see if either team had the edge. With Collingwood taking the silver medal, Western A’s faced a tough climb with speedster Matthew Hussey under the weather with the team finishing in 7th place giving Collingwood the premiership by one point.
Women’s Over 40 was also a tight finish to the season with Box Hill 1 being crowned victors by one point from Athletics Waverley. But the Men’s over 40 Waverley team stormed home to take first place from APS by two points in what was one of the best races of the day.
XCR14 highlighted the consistency and depth within some clubs who appeared victors across a number of age groups and divisions. Overall it was a stellar year for all Clubs and for the XCR Season. Plans for 2015 are well underway with the series to move to ten rounds next year with the return of the Ekidan Relay.
Team Ladders: XCR14 Final Team Ladders
Congratulations to our Premiers:-
|Division 2||Box Hill 2||Glenhuntly 2|
|Division 3||Doncaster AC||South Melbourne 2|
|Division 4||Athletics Nunawading 2||South Melbourne 3|
|Division 5||Victorian Masters||South Melbourne 4|
|Division 6||Melbourne University AC|
|Division 7||Diamond Valley 3|
|Over 40||Athletics Waverley||Box Hill 1|
|Under 20||Box Hill 1||Western Athletics 1|
|Under 18||Western Athletics||Glenhuntly|
|Under 16||Western Athletics||Athletics Essendon|
|Under 14||Collingwood Harriers||Yarra Ranges|