27 December 2017
Bankstown club claim winter honours
For the seventh consecutive year, Bankstown club have claimed the Athletics NSW Winter Club Trophy. The award, which recognises the leading winter club across cross country and road running, was dominated by Bankstown. They placed either first or second in the nine categories leading six of them.
Bankstown increased their winning margin from 333 points to 815 points in 2017. They scored 2444 points, finishing ahead of Sydney Striders on 1629 points and Kembla Joggers with 1218 points.
Distance Runner of the Year
The men’s title was so close it was a tie between Ed Goddard UTS and Martin Cooper SYU, with both recording 42 points. Goddard scored from just four races, which included two wins in the NSW Cross Country Championships (XCC Challenge) and NSW Short Course Cross Country. He was also fifth in the Sydney:10. Cooper was consistant across five events, including seventh in three championships. Third was Sydney Uni’s Joe Burgess, just two points behind on 40 points.
In the women’s competition, Athletics Easts’ Rebecca Holmes won comfortably with 41 points, ahead of Cheryl Chan (SYU) 35 points and Elese Gallen (UTN) 33 points. Holmes was particularly strong in the State Cross Country Championships (third) and Sydney Half (fourth).
Distance Walker of the Year
Jay Felton (UTN) and Amanda Barendregt (NEP) have claimed the distance walkers of the year titles for 2017. Felton just edged training partner Carl Gibbons (WTL) by one point. Felton won two events and was third in another, while Gibbons was second in the three scoring events. Barendregt was a more comfortable winner on 40 points. In second was former Olympian and NSW Little Athletics Association development officer Chery Webb (BLA) on 30 points from two wins.
WINTER CLUB TROPHY
Points: 2444 - BAN, 1629 – SSR, 1218 – KEJ, 986 – SUT, 911 – SGD, 803 – HIL
First Championship: 1999 (winners Sutherland)
Most wins: 8-KEJ, 7-BAN, 4-SUT.
Girls U12 – SGD
Boys U12 – SGD
Girls U14 – SSR
Boys U14 – SSR
Girls U16 – SSR
Boys U16 – KEJ
Girls U18 – KEJ
Boys U18 - SSR
Girls U20 – UTN
Boys U20 – SSR
Women Open – SYU
Men Open – SYU
Women 35-44 yrs – BAN
Men 35-44 Yrs – BAN
Women 45-54 yrs – BAN
Men 45-54 yrs – BAN
Women 55-64 yrs – BAN
Men 55-64 yrs – BAN
Men 65-74 yrs – BAN
Men 75+ yrs – BAN
Full 2017 winter pointscore are available at winter scores.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Athletics NSW President Peter Higgins (middle) presents the Winter Club Trophy to Bankstown President Colin Whitbread (left) and Matthew Whitbread. (courtesy of David Tarbotton)