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State Multi Event Championships - Saturday 31 January & Sunday 1 February @ Moe


  State Multi Event Entries close on Friday 19 December at 11.59pm


 20/12/14  Death Notice - Marie Graham

The Bacchus Marsh Centre extends it's deepest sympathy to the Graham (Mayne) family on the passing of our Life Member, Marie Graham.


 18/12/14  Bunnings BBQ

Many thanks to all those who volunteered their time today to help out at the Bunnings BBQ, your support is much appreciated - thank you!


 13/12/14  State Relay Championships

Congratulations to the 17 teams that represented the Centre today at the State Relay Championships held at Lakeside Stadium.  The Boys Under 15 4x200m placed 5th in the final whilst the Under 9 & Under 15 4x100m Mixed Sex teams both placed 5th in their finals. 

Many thanks to all the coaches who volunteered many hours over the past couple of months preparing our athletes for the opportunity to compete at this level of competition.  A special thank you to our Team Managers Mark Byrnes & Leon Whitehand who ensured everything ran so smoothly for the Centre.  And finally thank you to all parents who filled their allocated duty.


BMLAC RESULTS                FULL RESULTS             PHOTOS


 12/12/14  Twilight Meet

This week's meet was a modified program held on Friday evening, due to the State Relay Championships being held on Saturday.  We welcomed a special visit from Santa who arrived in a Victorian Police car during the meet.  Many thanks to everyone for their patience this year as each age group took it in turn to visit and receive an icy pole from Santa.  This was the final meet for the year and we take this opportunity to wish all BMLAC members a Merry Christmas and safe holidays.  Little Aths will return in 2015 on Saturday 17 January.


RESULTS                PHOTOS



 10/12/14  State Relay Championships


Information for BMLAC Families - HERE

State Relay Duty Roster - HERE

State Relay Timetable with BMLAC teams highlighted - HERE

State Relay Timetable with Heat & Lane Draw - HERE



 07/12/14  Training to be held Thursday this week


Due to the heavy rain we have had over the weekend and the track being so wet at Masons Lane, training has been moved to Thursday this week - Mike Runge, Education Officer.



 06/12/14  State Multi Event

Registrations are now open for the Under 9-16 State Multi-Event Championships to be held Saturday 31 January & Sunday 1 February, 2015 at Joe Carmody Athletics Track, Moe. Further details and registration information is available HERE.  Register now to take advantage of the early bird discount!



 06/12/14  Region Track & Field Championships

Registrations are now open for the Western Metro Region Track & Field Championships 2015. The events will be held on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 February, 2015 at Werribee. Further details and registration information is available HERE.  Register now to take advantage of the early bird discount!



 06/12/14  Little Aths cancelled


This morning's Little Athletics meet has been cancelled.



 30/11/14  Championship Day eligibility


Centre Championships are contested on the final day of the season. To be eligible for Centre Championships children must compete in at LEAST HALF the available meetings before Christmas (from the time of registration with the Centre) and half the available meetings after Christmas.  For Centre Championships, children must be registered by December 31st.


 29/11/14  BMLAC Meet

Prior to the commencement of this week's program our Centre Multi Event presentations were held.   Age group winners were presented with trophies from our Centre Captains, while 2nd and 3rd placegetters received medallions.  Performance certificates were distributed by team managers to all Multi Event competitors.


List of Multi Event award winners - HEREPresentation Photos - HERE.



Ideal conditions for athletics greeted our athletes this week and personal best results were gained by a large number of athletes.  Hayden Thompson (Eagles) set a new record in the Under 16 Javelin bettering his own previous record with a new distance of 36.50 metres.


A special mention to all our Girls Under 12, who this week approached the committee requesting permission to guide one of our athletes, Hayley Spargo, around for the 800m event and lead her to her very first victory at Little Athletics.  This was a remarkable display of sportsmanship by these girls and the acknowledgment from the spectators was an extraordinary moment.  Well done girls.



State Relay Progressions were announced by Special Competition Manager, Mark Byrnes.  BMLAC will now have 17 teams represented at the State Championships on December 13 at Lakeside Stadium.  Timetable HERE.

  • Boys U9 - 4x200m A

  • Girls U9 - 4x100m A

  • Mixed U9 - 4x100m A

  • Girls U10 - 4x200m  A

  • Girls U12 - 4x100m  A

  • Boys U14 - 4x100m A, 4x200m A

  • Girls U14 - 4x100m A, 4x200m  A

  • Mixed U14 - 4x100m A&B

  • Boys U15 - 4x100m, 4x200m A

  • Girls U15 - 4x100m A, 4x200m A

  • Mixed U15 - 4x100m A& B




 29/11/14  Australian Primary Schools Sports


Congratulations to Jarvis Miles who has just placed 4th in the 10yo Discus at the Australian Primary Schools Track & Field Championships today, with a throw of 35.57m. Well done Jarvis.


 27/11/14  BMLAC News - Edition 4

Edition 4 of the BMLAC Newsletter is now available HERE.



 26/11/14  Jetstar Patches

The Jetstar patches have arrived for our Centre singlets. (Additional patches for Club shirts will arrive shortly).

One of our past Committee members, Karen Shugg has offered to sew patches on Centre singlets this Saturday morning. If you have a BMLAC singlet (either hired or owned) please bring it Saturday morning and Karen will sew the required patches on. ALL athletes competing at State Relays MUST have patches on their singlets to be eligible to compete.




 23/11/14  Australian Schools Sports

Best of luck to BMLAC athlete Jarvis Miles (Blues) who will represent the Vic Team at the Australian Primary Schools Track & Field Championships in Penguin, Tasmania commencing this Thursday. Jarvis will compete in the 10 year old boys Discus.



 23/11/14  Training Changed

Training this week will be held on Thursday due to work commitments - Mike Runge, Education Officer.


 22/11/14  Region Relay Report

Congratulations to all BMLAC athletes who represented the Centre at the Western Metro Region Relay Championships at Geelong.  Bacchus Marsh had 37 teams competing.


The following teams have qualified for the State Relay Championships to be held on Saturday 13 December at Lakeside Stadium.  Timetable HERE.

  • Under 15 - Mixed Sex A 4x100m

  • Under 15 - Mixed Sex B 4x100m

  • Under 15 - Girls 4x100m

  • Under 9 - Mixed Sex 4x100m

With a number of 2nd and 3rd places at Region, our athletes will be anxiously awaiting on progressions which should be available later this week.  BMLAC Results HERE.


Thank you to all families who carried out their duties and a special thank you to all the coaches and especially our Team Managers, Mark Byrnes and Leon Whitehand.





 22/11/14  Twilight Meet

Due to the Region Relays being held on Saturday, this week's Centre meet was a twilight meet held on Friday evening at Masons Lane.  Many thanks to all those who helped with set up and to those who officiated and ensured that our modified program ran so smoothly and enabled up to finish up nice and early.


RESULTS             PHOTOS



 18/11/14  Western Metro Region Relays

When:  Saturday 22nd November

Where:  Landy Field, Barwon Terrace, Geelong (map HERE)

Draft Timetable: HERE

Duty Roster: HERE

Athletes will need to arrive at Landy Field between 7.45-8.15am (unless otherwise instructed by your coach).

Strict uniform requirements need to be adhered to.  Full Centre uniform, including singlet (with LAVic logo), plain black shorts (NO Logos). Spikes are permitted to be worn by Under 12-16 athletes only (7mm spike length).

Athletes will be marshalled by their coaches on the day.

All parents are expected to take part in their allocated duty.



 15/11/14  Training Postponed

Due to further Council works on our track today, training has been postponed. We will notify you as soon as an alternative day has been confirmed.
- Mike Runge, Education Officer.



 15/11/14  Multi Event Presentations

As next week's meet with be a twilight meet on Friday night and a number of our athletes will be involved in other sporting commitments, the Committee has decided that Multi Event presentations will now be made the following week - Sat 29 Nov.



 15/11/14  Multi Event

This week the annual Centre Multi Event was held.  The top dressing of the running track during the week made for heavy conditions and slightly slower times but our athletes made up for it in the field events with a large number of PB's recorded in the Discus and Long Jump events.  Results are currently being processed but will not be published until presentations have been made.  Thank you to everyone who officiated and ensured the program ran smoothly and we were finished up just after 12pm.




A reminder that due to the Region Relays being held on Saturday, next week's Centre meet will be a Twilight Meet to be held on Friday at 5.15pm.  The program will be modified (a). 


Best of luck to the 37 BMLAC teams and coaches representing the Centre at the Western Metro Region Relays in Geelong on Saturday.  Follow our Facebook page for regular updates.



 12/11/14  BMLAC Facebook

Stay updated with BMLAC news as it's happening.  Join our Facebook page HERE now.



 12/11/14  Region Relays

Due to the Western Metro Region Relays being held on Saturday 22 November, our weekly meet will be held on Friday 21 November commencing at 5.15pm.  BMLAC have entered 37 teams in the Relay Championships and we wish all athletes and coaches the best of luck. 



 8/11/14  BMLAC Meet 

Today's meet was held in very trying conditions, with the temperate above 30 degrees and strong winds, our athletes were certainly put to the test.  Although the tail wind in the 100m rewarded many athletes with PB's in this event.   Jarvis Miles (Blues) bettered his own previous record with a distance of 28.76m in the Under 10 Discus.


RESULTS             PHOTOS


Next week is our Centre Multi Event where all athletes will compete in five events (as below) gaining points in each event. All five events must be competed in to have completed the Multi Event, so please ensure you arrive in time for the first event.  Athletes should be at Masons Lane by 8.30am.  If one event is not competed in, that athlete will be deemed ineligible to win any award. Trophies are awarded to the winners of each age group with medals for second and third.




 8/11/14  Jetstar Under 6-8 State Carnival 2014


Date:     Sunday 7 December, 2014

Venue:   Tom Kelly Reserve, Doncaster

Open to: All Under 6-8 registered athletes

This is the only state-wide event for our Under 6-8 athletes. Cost is $20 per athlete with registrations available online in early November. The day is focused on skill development, correct technique and fun. Athletes will rotate through four different activities, before finishing with a Relay. Parents will have the chance to get up close whilst assisting at events.

There will be a carnival atmosphere with show bags, face painting, amusements, jumping castles, and there may even be a visit from Santa. Come along and say g’day to Vicky and Victor.

For further information about these events, visit the LAVic website HERE.



 6/11/14  BMLAC News - Edition 3

Edition 3 of the BMLAC Newsletter is now available HERE.



 2/11/14  Training Cancelled

Due to work commitments, unfortunately I will have to cancel training on Monday night - Mike Runge, Education Officer.



 2/11/14  Bunnings BBQ

Thank you to everyone who came down and supported BMLAC at the Bunnings BBQ in Melton today. We will return again on December 18. We still have a couple of spots to fill, so if you can help let us know.




 1/11/14  BMLAC Meet

The heavy overnight rain and early morning showers didn't look promising for this week's meet, but we were fortunate as the bad weather cleared in time for the start of competition.  Although a little cool and windy we managed to get through the program just as the rain came down.  Unfortunately, the Under 10's did not finish their high jump and will be required to complete this event as a catch up next week.


Centre Captain, Hayden Thompson (Eagles) set 2 new records in the Under 16 age group.  The first in the 1500m, in tough conditions, Hayden finished well to cross the line in 5:03.62 mins.  In the Javelin, Hayden threw consistently, setting a final record distance of 35.82 metres.


PHOTOS                  RESULTS



 31/10/14  Bendigo Community Bank, Bacchus Marsh

Many thanks to all those who voted for BMLAC in the Bacchus Marsh Community Bank Facebook Campaign.  A special presentation was made to the Centre at the Bendigo Bank official opening held on Thursday morning. The Centre will be improving the Discus equipment with the funds received.



 28/10/14  School Sports Victoria Team Announced

Congratulations to Jarvis Miles on being named in the Vic Team to represent School Sport Victoria at the Australian Primary School Track and Field Championships to be held in Penguin, Tasmania from the 27 November to 2 December, 2014.



 27/10/14  School Sports Victoria

News just in from the State Primary School Championships at Lakeside, BMLAC Blues athlete Jarvis Miles (Bacchus Marsh Primary School) has won Gold in the 9-10 yo Boys Discus with a throw of 35.69m. Jarvis will be anxiously awaiting confirmation of the Vic Team, which should be announced tomorrow. Nationals will be held in Tasmania in late November. Good luck Jarvis.
Jarvis also placed 6th in the Shot Put, while Lara Casey finished 12th in Triple Jump.




 25/10/14  Secondary School Championships

Congratulations to Hayley Whitehand (Dolphins) who recently won gold at the SSV Secondary State Track and Field Championships in 13yo Javelin representing Mt. Clear Secondary College. Best of luck to Hayley in the upcoming Victorian All Schools Championships next weekend.



 25/10/14  Club Relay Challenge Day

This week our athletes competed in the Club Relay Challenge.  Athletes made up teams in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior age groups to compete against teams from each of the four Clubs.  The aim of the day was to ensure that athletes became familiar with participating as part of a team and correct relay techniques.  We witnessed many close finishes, while one of the highlights of the day was the competitive spirit shown by our parents. 

Next Saturday, we return to our regular program with program 4 scheduled for the meet.







 18/10/14  BMLAC Meet - Bring A Friend Day

This week's meet was our Centre 'Bring a Friend Day', where registered athletes were invited to bring along a friend to try out at little aths. Hopefully our friends had such a great time, they will return in the coming weeks and become members of BMLAC.



Next Saturday is our Club Relay Challenge Day.  Clubs will make up teams in the Junior (Under 6-8), Intermediate (Under 9-12) and Senior (Under 13-16) to compete against teams from each of the 4 Clubs (Boomerangs, Blues, Dolphins & Eagles).


All registered athletes will be put into teams and should have a least 2 runs (more if required) on the day.

The aim of the day is to ensure that athletes become familiar with participating as part of a team and correct relay techniques.

We will also be running a Parents race. The kids loved seeing mum and dad out their running last year.  Please let your team manager know if you are available.

Parents will be required to guide athletes to the correct change over areas and we will also be looking for parents experienced with relays to nominate to be change over judges (more to ensure the correct age groups and heats are on the track).
Junior athletes will wear stickers on their Club shirt indicating their age-group and heat.


A reminder that catch up races will also be held on this day for the Girls U12 200m, Girls U7 200m, Boys U10 100m.


RESULTS (PDF)               PHOTOS



 16/10/14  Bendigo Bank Facebook campaign

Bendigo Bank is celebrating the opening of the Bacchus Marsh Community Bank Project, by giving away $1600 and would  like you to vote for the project you’d like to help in the community.


Vote for the Bacchus Marsh Little Athletics Centre HERE.


 16/10/14  BMLAC News - Edition 2

Edition 2 of the BMLAC Newsletter is now available HERE.



 15/10/14  Education


Our Education Officer will be providing athletes with some coaching and training hints in the coming weeks.


Core Strength Exercises HERE


How to use Blocks HERE



 14/10/14  Club Relay Challenge Day - Saturday 25th October


The Centre will be again holding a Club Relay Challenge Day.  This will be held on Saturday 25th October at Masons Lane.  Club Team Managers are currently making teams of Junior (Under 6-8), Intermediate (Under 9-12) and Senior (Under 13-16) which will compete against teams from each of the 4 Clubs.  Therefore, if you know you will be absent on the day please let your team manager now immediately.


All registered athletes will be put into teams and should have a least 2 runs (more if required) for the day.

The aim of the day is to ensure that athletes become familiar with participating as part of a team and correct relay techniques.

We will also be running a Parents race. The kids loved seeing mum and dad out their running last year.  Please let your team manager know if you are available.

Parents will be required to guide athletes to the correct change over areas and we will also be looking for parents experienced with relays to nominate to be change over judges (more to ensure the correct age groups and heats are on the track).
Junior athletes will wear stickers on their Club shirt indicating their age-group and heat.


Catch up races will also be held on this day.  Girls U12 200m, Girls U7 200m, Boys U10 100m.




 12/10/14  2014/15 Official Opening  


This weekend we welcomed Life Members, Distinguished Service Members and the Moorabool Council Mayor, Paul Tatchell to attend the Official Opening of the 2014/15 season.  President, Maria Downes welcomed guests, members and families before official proceedings took place.

The 2014/15 Centre Captains were announced and the Mayor presented Hayden Thompson (Eagles) and Anna-Marie Denton (Boomerangs) with their Captain awards.  Education Officer, Mike Runge then announced a new season award, The Trevor Lyne (Triple Jump) Award . Trevor’s involvement with the BMLAC commenced during the 1979/80 summer season. In 1983/84, Trevor joined the Centre Executive in the role of Track and Field (Announcer). He held this position for 3 years. In 1985/86, Trevor also took on the role of President (for 3 years), during which time he oversaw the move of BMLAC to Mason’s Lane. Throughout his years with BMLAC, Trevor also assisted the Technical Requirements Officer to mark the track and set up the field events. Trevor resumed his association with BMLAC during the 1997/98 summer season, this time as a coach.

We then commenced the track & field competition for the day.   We apologise for the delay during the hurdle events due to technical problems.  Hayden Thompson (Eagles) set a new Under 16 record in the 800m, clocking a time of 2:21.77mins.

Next week is 'Bring A Friend' day and athletes are invited to bring along a friend to try out little aths.  You must register your friend with your team manager upon arrival.

Although we have had formal presentations at the commencement of the past two weeks, families are reminded that this week competition will commence immediately so ensure you arrive at 8.30am to collect tickets, report in and be ready to compete.

Athletes are reminded that this Saturday in the final day for submitting relay forms.  Relay Coaches will be announced and athletes will be required to meet with coaches to organise training times.






 09/10/14  Remove IGA patches


Past members who still have the red IGA patches on their Clubs shirts are reminded to please remove these immediately.



 09/10/14  New athletes must be 5 yo


New athletes wishing to join Little Aths must be 5 years of age before competing. This includes the trial period.



 09/10/14  No Ball Games


Athletes are reminded that NO BALL GAMES are permitted during competition. This is for the safety of athletes competing. Unfortunately last week, balls ended up in the long jump pits during competition and a number of parents were hit in the Club areas.



 06/10/14  Training Cancelled


Due to the gale force winds forecast to pass through shortly and the band of heavy rain on it's way, training has been cancelled this afternoon - Mike Runge, Education Officer.


 05/10/14  Little Aths is Back! 

The 2014/15 season commenced yesterday and it was very pleasing to see so many new members compete for the first time.  Welcome back to our past members.  We look forward to another successful season for the Bacchus Marsh Little Athletics Centre.


Thank you to all the parents who assisted with officiating to ensure our events ran smoothly.  At least 50 helpers are required each week and parents are expected to assist by carrying out a duty. The number of times that this is required varies from Club to Club. Duty may consist of junior age group marshal, event official, recording duty, canteen duty, just to name a few. Most parents enjoy 'officiating’ at an event and there is always a Chief Official to assist you with the education of officiating.


Congratulations to Jarvis Miles (Blues) who set our first record for the season.  Jarvis threw 27.18 metres in the Boys Under 11 Discus.  After a very successful 2013/14 season, all looks very promising for another great year Jarvis, keep up the great work!


Next Saturday will be our official opening with invited guests in attendance and the announcement of our new Centre Captains.


Registrations continue to be taken via the online portal HERE or at our Centre meets, although families are reminded to arrive early so the online process can take place and athletes are ready to compete. 


PHOTOS                RESULTS


 03/10/14  Jetstar Patches

We have not yet received the new Jetstar sponsorship patches. These patches will be replacing the IGA ones from past seasons. As soon as they arrive we will distribute them to members.
Please remove the IGA for now.



 01/10/14  BMLAC News - Edition 1

Edition 1 of the BMLAC News is now available HERE.



 20/09/14  Missed Registration Days - It's not too late to register 

Did you miss one of our Registration Days, it's not too late to register.  All registrations are online this year, so rather than wait in queues at the first meet on October 4, register online HERE
(new & re-registrations).



 17/09/14  Relays Coaches required 

Relays Coaches - if you are interested in coaching one of our Relay teams this season please contact our Special Competition Manager, Mark Byrnes asap - 0406 436070 or


 17/09/14  BMLAC Relays 

Under 9-16 athletes - would you like to be a part of a Bacchus Marsh Relay team this season? If so, complete a Relay form HERE and return it at one of our Registration Days this Friday evening or Saturday morning, or return to your Team Manager on the first week of competition, Saturday 4th October.

Relay competition dates are Region Relays, Saturday 22nd November at Landy Field, Geelong and State Relays, Saturday 13th December at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park. Athletes
must be available to compete on both days prior to signing up to be a part of the BMLAC Relay Squad.


 13/09/14  Registration Information  

Registration Days are scheduled as follows:
Friday 19th September 2.30pm – 3.30pm at Ballan Primary School Gymnasium
Friday 19th September 5.30pm – 7.00pm at Masons Lane Reserve, Bacchus Marsh
Saturday 20th September 10.00am – 12.00noon at Masons Lane Reserve, Bacchus Marsh


The 2014/15 track and field season commences on Saturday 4th October at Masons Lane at 8.30am.

This year, as per Little Athletics Victoria (LAVic) requirements, all athletes are required to
register online. Last year’s members will have received an email from LAVic guiding you through the process. All new and re-registrations please register via the online registration portal HERE.
Payment is also encouraged to be made on line by credit card however; we can accept payment by cash or cheque (NO CREDIT CARD FACILITIES) on registration days.

You will be required to bring in your registration confirmation from LAVic to confirm your registration. Should you pay online, you do not need to attend a registration day, unless you would like to collect your show bag. If you are registered and paid up, you can come to our first competition day and go straight to your team manager, who will have your registration tag waiting for you. You can then collect your show bag from the office when convenient.

2014/15 Registration fees are:
1st child - $125
2nd child - $125
3rd child - $110
4th & subsequent child - $80

Uniforms - All athletes are required to wear a club polo top (Blues, Boomerangs, Dolphins or Eagles). These are available for purchase from the club rooms for $20. In addition to this, all athletes are required to wear plain black shorts (no pockets permitted). Uniforms will be on sale on registration days or on competition days.

For more information please contact our Centre Registrar, Karen Bresnan on 0432 185 651.



 6/09/14  Ice Bucket Challenge


Bacchus Marsh Little Athletics Centre completed the Ice Bucket Challenge following a nomination by Melton City Little Athletics Centre on Saturday morning at Masons Lane.
BMLAC have now nominated the Benalla Little Athletics, Maryborough Little Athletics Centre and Rutherglen Little Athletics Centre.
BMLAC raised $140 for MND Australia.





 24/08/14  Cross Country Presentations

The 2014 BMLAC Cross Country Presentations were held at Masons Lane on Saturday morning.  Cross Country Co-ordinator, Sam Goodman welcomed all families and thanked Trevor Denton & Mick Downes for setting up our cross country courses weekly.  Thanks was also extended to Ian Rich our starter marshal, Linda Thompson for media reports and photos and to Sam Stewart for conducting training sessions and to the many of the parents who assisted with rabbitting our weekly races.


This season BMLAC had 97 cross country athletes with a total of 73 qualifying for awards.  We had 38 runners represent the Centre at Benalla claiming the perpetual trophy for the 10th consecutive season.  We had 20 athletes compete at Region Championships and 16 athletes compete at State Championships with two top 10 performances.


2014 saw the introduction of a new intermediate award, aligning our awards with the track & field season.  A new point systems was also introduced, rewarding athletes for their performances at home runs.


Champions Awards - based on most points from home runs

Junior Champions - Samuel Lalor &  Jordanna Bullock

Intermediate Champions - Isaac Nixon & Kirsty Bresnan

Senior Champion - Riley Dart & Mikaela Gielis


Encouragements Awards - based on number of home runs and personal best times

Junior Encouragement Awards - Xavier Goodman & Mackenzie Dart

Intermediate Encouragement Awards - Zane Rich & Hayley Spargo

Senior Encouragement Awards - Hayden Thompson & Caitlin Spargo


Milestone Awards

Bronze Club Members (25 runs)

Brock Farrugia, Braydn Rich, Freya Lidgett-Egan, Emma Stewart, Samuel Lalor, Danielle Ide, Oliver Lidgett-Egan, Taylor Farrugia, Harna Farrugia, Kelsey Josephs

Silver Club Members (50 runs)

Talyn Dart, Kayla Downes, Hayley Spargo

Gold Club Members (75 runs)

Alistair McBride-Bocock, Evana Miesen

Platinum Club Member (100 runs)

Caitlin Spargo








Maintained for Bacchus Marsh Little Athletics Centre by Linda Thompson