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Bacchus Marsh Cross Country Open Day - Saturday 18th July 11.00am at Bullengarook



Cross Country this week @ Myrniong Reserve


 06/07/15  BMLAC Cross Country Open Day entries close Monday 13 July  .


Bacchus Marsh Cross Country Open Day entries close this Monday 13 July - no late entries will be accepted.  This is a great opportunity for our kids to have a run against athletes from other Centres. 

Entry Form HERE



 28/06/15  Cross Country Qualification for Awards  .


Cross Country athletes will be required to compete in 6 meets to be eligible for Centre Awards at the Cross Country end of season Presentation Day.  A list of qualifications are available HERE.



 27/06/15  Cross Country @ Lady Northcote  .


Cross Country this week was held at Lady Northcote, Rowsley with 50 athletes competing over varying distances from 500m to 3000m.  There will be no home run next Saturday due to the school holidays.  We will return the following week, July 11 to Myrniong Recreation Reserve.  Families are please reminded to arrive before 10.15am ready to walk the course and warm up.  It is not ideal for your children to arrive late, get straight out of the car and be expected to run well.

Please remember to get your Bacchus Marsh Cross Country Open Day entry form in.  This is a great opportunity for our kids to have a run against athletes from other Centres.  Entry Form HERE.  Entries close on Monday 13 July - no late entries will be accepted.



RESULTS                  PHOTOS



 27/06/15  State Cross Country Championships  .


This year's Victorian Little Athletics Cross Country Championships will be held on Saturday 25 July at Westerfolds Park, Templestowe.  This event is open to all Under 9-15 athletes, Under 7-8 athletes will be conducted as a n invitational event.

Early bird entries close on July 9 - $15.  Late entries close July 16 - $30.

Enter HERE.


 20/06/15  Western Metro Region Cross Country Open Day  .


26 Bacchus Marsh athletes competed in the Western Metro Region Cross Country Open Day held at Brimbank Park on Saturday morning.  A cool overcast morning greeted our athletes.  The course was relatively flat for the majority of the race, with only one incline approximately 300m  from the start, creating some very fast races.   Bacchus Marsh claimed 7 medals for the meet.  Hayden Thompson (Under 16), Mikaela Gielis (Under 16) and Dominic Miesen (Under 15) all won their age groups, while brothers Leo Nixon (Under 8) and Isaac Nixon (Under 10) placed 2nd to take silver, as did Danielle Ide (Under 9) after a very strong race.  Evana Miesen finished in third place in the Under 14's to win a bronze medal.


Many thanks to our Cross Country team manager Sam Goodman, who ensured we were all set ready to race. Thank you also to those parents who volunteered as course marshalls - Meaghan Nixon, Chris Brown & Brendan Thompson.  Great support from everyone for the Marsh kids too - thank you!







 18/06/15  Western Metro Region Cross Country Open Day - ENTRIES NOW CLOSED .


Best of luck to the following athletes who will represent the Centre at the Western Metro Region Cross Country Open Day at Brimbank this Saturday - Keira Bresnan, Kirsty Bresnan, Cooper Brown, Corey Brown, Elise Cook, Phoenix Dart, Taylyn Dart, Mackenzie Dart, Riley Dart, Mikaela Gielis, Lachlan Goodman, Xavier Goodman, Danielle Ide, Nicholas Ide, Oliver Lidgett-Egan, Freya Lidgett-Egan, Evana Miesen, Dominic Miesen, Solomon Miesen, Isaac Nixon, Emma Stewart, Hayden Thompson, Kira Watts, Mitchell Wells, Rebecca West and Benjamin West.

Centre singlets will be distributed on the day.

Athletes will walk the course from 9am. Marshalling for the first event will be at 9.45am.

Running order for Region Cross Country -
1500m - Under 9 Boys, Under 9 Girls
1500m - Under 10 Boys, Under 10 Girls
3000m - Under 13/14/15/16 Boys, Under 13/14/15/16 Girls

1000m - Under 6/7 Boys, Under 6/7 Girls
1000m - Under 8 Boys, Under 8 Girls
2000m - Under 11 Boys, Under 11 Girls
2000m - Under 12 Boys, Under 12 Girls



 13/06/15  Cross Country @ Lake Dewar .


This week's Cross Country meet saw our athletes return to Lake Dewar, competing over varying distances.  The Under 6's started the day off with a 500m race through the gums trees, out on to the oval and back to the start line.  14 athletes contested the 1km event in the Under 7 &  8 race.  The Open age athletes completed 3 laps of the 1km course while the Under 11 & 12 race was a close contest over the 2km distance.  In the final event for the morning, the Under 9 & 10 athletes ran strongly from start to finish to produce some great times in the 1.5km race.


Next week Bacchus Marsh athletes will be representing the Centre at the Western Metro Region Cross Country Open Day to be held at Brimbank Park, Keilor. 

Athletes will walk the course at 9am. Marshalling for the first event will be at 9.45am with the first event scheduled to start at 10am.

Centre singlets will be distributed to competing athletes on the day.






 7/06/15  Benalla Cross Country Open Day .


Over the Queen's Birthday long weekend Bacchus Marsh athletes made their annual trip to Benalla to compete at the Benalla Cross Country Open Day held at Reef Hills Park.

Although numbers were down this year, the 36 athletes who competed, proudly represented the Centre claiming 7 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals.

Gold Medallists - Murphy Harrington, Leo Nixon, Samuel Lalor, Danielle Ide, Isaac Nixon, Hayden Thompson, Sam Stewart.

Silver Medallists - Nicholas Ide, Emma Stewart, Kirsty Bresnan, Mikaela Gielis, Brendan Thompson.

Bronze Medallists - William Lalor, Talyn Dart, Riley Dart, Joshua Harrington, Megan Harrington.

After winning the Benalla perpetual trophy for 10 consecutive years, Bacchus Marsh were unfortunately pipped by 4 points from taking home the trophy again in 2015.  Benalla claimed the trophy with 76 points, Bacchus Marsh 72 with Knox placing third on 38 points.  In total 15 Centres from across the State competed.



RESULTS              PHOTOS


 5/06/15  State Cross Country Championships .

The State Cross Country Championships will be held on Saturday 25 July at Westerfolds Park, Templestowe.

These Championships are available to all registered Under 9-15 athletes.  Under 7-8 athletes may compete as an invitational event only.

Register online HERE.  Entries close 9 July.

Cost - $15 ($30 late entry by 16 July)


 5/06/15  Western Metro Region Cross Country Open Day .


The Western Metro Region Cross Country Open Day will be held on Saturday 20 June at Brimbank Park, Keilor Park Drive, Keilor at 10am.

Enter HERE Entries close on Monday 15 June.

Cost $7 per entrant.

Enquiries to Michelle McIntyre - 0405 754703

Athletes must compete in a Bacchus Marsh Centre singlet.

Athletes will walk the course from 9am.

Marshalling for the first event will be at 9.45am.

Cafe and BBQ available.


 30/05/15  Cross Country @ Myrniong .

The Centre held their weekly cross country meet at Myrniong Reserve on Saturday morning.  The athletes wound their way around the reserve grounds prior to heading out along Shuter Street.  Runners then turned into Blackwood Street to tackle the uphill before turning and heading north along the gravel road.  Athletes then reached the turning point before once again tackling a long gruelling uphill climb before re-entering the reserve and winding their way back to the finish line.  Not only did our athletes contest sharp turns and an uphill course they also battled the strong winds, which made for tough competition this week.


Next week our athletes will travel to Benalla for the long weekend and participate in the Benalla Open Day on Sunday at Reef Hill Reserve.  BMLAC will be attempting to retain the Benalla perpetual trophy which they have won for the past 11 years.


Athletes are still encouraged to enter Benalla Open Day HERE.





 30/05/15  Benalla Cross Country Open Day   

Bacchus Marsh will be once again participating in the Benalla Cross Country Open Day over the June long weekend.  This has always been the highlight on our Cross Country calendar.  Events are also available for adults - the kids love seeing mum and dad run, and every point counts towards the Benalla Perpetual Trophy.

Saturday we travel up to Benalla and stay at the Benalla Leisure Park. Those who rebooked cabins from last year must confirm their booking asap or book your cabin now (Ph 5762 3434). Saturday evening we all come together in the camp kitchen where our speciality spaghetti bolognaise pasta fix will be provided for the athletes; parents can cook on the BBQ's provided.  On Sunday morning we convoy out the Reef Hills Reserve for the Open Day.  On Sunday evening we all gather again in the camp kitchen for a fun social evening, while kids enjoy the freedom of the park or a video night. Some families choose to use the BBQs for tea or order in pizzas, takeaway etc.  Monday morning the Park will provide a pancake breakfast, prior to our departure.

This year entries are online HERE.  Athletes will be required to use their LAVic username or password (email us if you have forgotten), this is not required for adult entries.


 28/05/15  Introduction to Coaching Course - ITCC .


Take your first step into basic athletics skills coaching!
All practical…No exam…No previous experience necessary!
If you want to learn more about athletics for kids, then the ITCC is for you!
The ITCC is designed to help participants become better placed to assist children to perform basic athletic skills. The course is great for parents, school teachers and other interested persons who want to know a little more about the skills of the sport so that they may help to coach children of Primary school age, assist at Little Athletics Centres or prepare students for a school athletics carnival. Participants will be shown skills, drills, games and activities relevant to the target age group.

The ITCC is a non-accredited practical coaching course designed for Little Athletics and conducted on behalf of the Australian Track and Field Coaching Association ( ATFCA ).
1 Day course – 6.5 hours duration - approx. 9.00am to 3.20pm.
Participants need to be a minimum of 16 years of age at the time of the course.
Cost: $110.00, includes ATFCA Coaching Manual, LAVic branded Polo top, On Track – fundamental motor skills program, Officials handbook, additional handouts, ITCC certificate, morning and afternoon tea. BYO lunch.
Registration via & Training/Coaching/ITCC



 24/05/15  Cross Country Newsletter .


BMLAC Cross Country Newsletter available HERE.


 23/05/15  Cross Country @ Bostock Reservoir 

This week's Cross Country meet was held at Bostock Reservoir, Ballan.  Although the early morning was cool, by race time the sun was shining and conditions were near perfect for distance running.  The athletes commenced their races with a fast downhill start before running out through the plantation and bushlands that surround the reservoir.  The gruelling uphill finish proved tough for many athletes.

Next week's meet will be held at Myrniong Recreation Reserve.  Directions HERE.

Don't forget to register now for Benalla Open Day HERE.

PHOTOS             RESULTS


 22/05/15  Bacchus Marsh Cross Country Open Day - Saturday 18 July 

Entries are now open for our Cross Country Open Day.  Entry Form HERE.

When:      Saturday 18 July, 2015

Venue:     Bullengarook Reserve, Bacchus Marsh/Gisborne Road, Bullengarook

Time:       First Event 11.00am


Entry fee: $8.00 per competitor

Send entry form to: 2015 BMLAC Cross Country Open Day, PO Box 102, Bacchus Marsh, 3340 or email to

Entries close: Monday 13 July. No late entries. Cheques made payable to BM Little Athletics Centre or direct deposit to:
                     Name: Bacchus Marsh Little Athletics Centre
                     BSB: 633 000 Account: 153705298 Ref: Surname and initial

Conditions of entry:  All athletes must be registered with Little Athletics Victoria. Centre or Club uniform must be worn. No protests will be entered into. Spikes are not permitted. Athletes must compete in their own age groups.

Awards:  Medals will be presented to the first three placegetters in each age group. All competitors will receive a certificate of participation.

Perpetual trophy: Awarded to the Centre who accumulates the most points during the day’s competition for age groups U/6—16. To be held by that Centre for 12 mths.

Facilities: Hot food and drinks will be available. Ample parking. Toilets


 16/05/15  Cross Country @ Lady Northcote Camp, Rowsley   

This week our athletes were greeted with perfect conditions at Rowsley for Cross Country running.  The course was set around the undulating grounds of the YMCA Lady Northcote Camp.  Always a favourite venue for our athletes, many fast times were recorded.  The athletes seemed to enjoy the fast downhill to the finish line with a number of close finishes produced.

Next week's Cross Country meet will be held at Bostock Reservoir, Ballan.  Directions HERE

PHOTOS                RESULTS


 13/05/15  Secretary Urgently Required   

We urgently need someone to take on the position of Centre Secretary by next Friday.  As part of our incorporation, this position requires to be filled within 14 days of our AGM.  Unfortunately,  no nominations were received for Secretary at our AGM last week.  If the Centre does not fill this position, we are unable to operate as part of Little Athletics Victoria.  If you are interested, please call our President, Maria Downes on 0439 575676.


 09/05/15  Cross Country @ Lake Dewar  

This week's Cross Country meet was held at Lake Dewar, Myrniong.  Intermediate and senior athletes enjoyed running through the bushlands prior to winding their way along a gentle undulating gravel track, before returning to the start line.  The junior runners had a fast start to their race before entering a flat loop around the oval, then a climb up a gradual incline, prior to returning to the finish line.

Next week's meet will be held at Lady Northcote Camp, Rowsley.  Directions HERE.  Athletes will walk the course and warm up prior to the first race to start at 10.30am.



 07/05/15  2015/16 BMLAC Committee elected  

Congratulations to the new 2015/16 BMLAC Committee, elected at last night's AGM.

President - Maria Downes
Secretary - vacant
Treasurer - Jayne Runge
Registrar - Karen Bresnan
Liaison - Mick Downes
Education - Jorge Ide
Records & Ranking - Linda Thompson
Canteen - Jodi Parker
Fundraising/Sponsorship - vacant
Technical Requirements - Leon Whitehand
Special Competition - Mark Byrnes
Officials - Trena Lidgett
Masons Lane Rep - Mike Runge
Track & Field - Trevor Denton

We currently need to fill the positions of Secretary and Fundraising/Sponsorship - if you are interested in these positions please feel free to discuss with any of our committee or contact President, Maria Downes on 0439 575676.


 04/05/15  BMLAC Annual General Meeting  

The Bacchus Marsh Little Athletics Centre Annual General Meeting will be held this Wednesday 6th May in the Pat Lane Pavilion, Masons Lane commencing at 7.30pm.
All members welcome to attend.

 02/05/15  Cross Country begins  

Saturday saw the return of the Bacchus Marsh Little Athletics Cross Country season.  It was great to see so many athletes return for another season of distance running and  pleasing to see so many new faces participate for their first time.  Races varying in distances from 500m for our Under 6 athletes, up to 3km for the Senior athletes were conducted around the surrounds of the Masons Lane Reserve.

Thank you to the parents who assisted either with set-up, officiating, helping in the canteen or rabbiting for the athlete's races. 

Next week's Cross Country will be held at Lake Dewar, Myrniong.  Directions HERE.   Athletes should arrive in time to familiarise themselves with the course, warm up and be ready for the first race to commence at 10.30am.  



 26/04/15  Cross Country starts this Saturday 

The 2015 Cross Country season will commence at Masons Lane this Saturday 2nd May. Cross Country registrations and information session will be held at 10.30am. The first race will commence at 11am.

Athletes who have already registered and paid for the track & field season, your registration fee also covers the Cross Country season. Those athletes who have not previously registered, will be required to pay $75 for the Cross Country season only.

Cross Country meets are held at various venues throughout the Moorabool Shire and athletes will compete over the following distances: Under 6 500m, Under 7-8 1000m, Under 9-10 1500m, Under 11-12 2000m, Under 13-16 3000m.

The Cross Country calendar is available HERE.


 09/04/15  Cross Country Calendar now available   


The 2015 BMLAC Cross Country Calendar is now available HERE.  (BMLAC Open Day is still to be confirmed).


Athletes who registered for the track & field season, note that your registration fee also covers the Cross Country season. Those athletes who have not previously registered, will be required to pay $75 for the Cross Country season.



 09/04/15  LAVic Junior Development Squad (JDS) - U12-16 Athletes Only  


The Junior Development Squad (JDS) gives U12 – U16 athletes an opportunity to gain new skills and improve technical competencies through participation in coaching and training sessions with some of Victoria’s leading coaches. Training with other keen and enthusiastic squad members is both fun and motivational and helps develop new friendships based on an enjoyment of athletics. The emphasis on learning new athletic skills and improving existing ones is in a friendly and supportive environment.

To join JDS, athletes must achieve the qualifying standard in their current age group of the season. Athletes must achieve one standard on two separate occasions or two different standards, once. This ensures that the performances show a consistency and not just a once off.

Each year the standards are reviewed to ensure athletes have an opportunity to qualify. The 2015 - 2016 season JDS standards are now available from the link below. The registration portal will be late June/early July for registration to the 2015 - 2016 JDS.


Qualifying Standards HERE


 29/03/15  State Track & Field Day 2 .


Back for the second day of State Track & Field Championships, the Bacchus Marsh athletes proudly represented their Centre. A fantastic performance from the Lalor boys - Archie Lalor capped off a memorable weekend claiming his second GOLD medal with a PB throw of 26.41m in the Under 9 Discus, while cousin William Lalor jumped a PB height of 1.37m to claim a BRONZE  medal in the Under 10 High Jump.

Other BMLAC results:

Under 9 - Bridie Shanahan Discus 12th, Seth Fawcett 60m Hurdles heat 6th, Emma Smith 100m heat 7th and Triple Jump 21st, Claudia Runge Discus 22nd and 60m Hurdles heat 6th, Samuel Lalor High Jump 14th, Samuel Lalor Discus 16th.

Under 10 - William Lalor Discus 4th.

Under 11 - Jarvis Miles Javelin 9th.

Under 12 - Kayla Downes Discus 15th

Under 13 - Bryce Stephenson High Jump 9th and Long Jump 13th, 300m Hurdles heat 6th

Under 14 - Hayley Whitehand Shot Put 10th and Discus 14th, Evana Miesen 1500m 16th,

Under 15 - Dominic Miesen 1500m 6th, Shani Bullard Triple Jump 20th and 100m heat 4th.





 28/03/15  State Track & Field Day 1 .


Our athletes excelled on Day 1 of the State Track & Field Championships.  Under 9 athlete, Archie Lalor took GOLD in the Under 9 Shot Put with a seasons best throw of 8.90m while Jarvis Miles finished with a SILVER in the Under 11 Discus with a PB throw of 31.74 metres.

More BMLAC results:

Under 15 - Dominic Miesen 100m Hurdles heat 6th, 800m 6th and Discus 18th, Shani Bullard High Jump 12th.

Under 14 - Hayley Whitehand Javelin 14th

Under 11 - Jarvis Miles Shot Put 6th.

Under 10 - Taylor Farrugia 800m 10th and High Jump 17th, William Lalor Shot Put 9th.

Under 9 - Emma Smith 200m heat 5th, Deacon Fawcett 800m 14th, Hayden Lloyd Triple Jump 13th, Bridie Shanahan Shot Put 14th, Samuel Lalor Shot Put 7th.




 25/03/15  State Track & Field  .


The State Track & Field Championships will be held this weekend at Lakeside Stadium.  Good luck to the following athletes representing the Centre Seth Fawcett, Deacon Fawcett, Archie Lalor, Samuel Lalor, Hayden Lloyd, William Lalor, Jarvis Miles, Bryce Stephenson, Dominic Miesen, Emma Smith, Claudia Runge, Bridie Shanahan, Taylor Farrugia, Kayla Downes, Evana Miesen, Hayley Whitehand, Shani Bullard, Maddy James.


Final Timetable HERE

Saturday Clashes Timetable HERE

Sunday Clashes Timetable HERE

Information for BMLAC Families HERE

Arena & Venues HERE

Duty Roster HERE



 21/03/15  Championship Day .


The Bacchus Marsh Little Athletics track and field season concluded this weekend with the Centre Championships.  Events were conducted in perfect conditions with a large amount of PB's recorded and 4 new Centre records set.  Jarvis Miles (Blues) increased his Under 11 Discus record with a throw of 30.85m.  While William Lalor (Boomerangs) bettered his own Under 10 Discus record with a new distance of 33.34m.  In the Under 9 Shot Put, Archie Lalor (Boomerangs) added .36cm to his record setting a new record of 8.76m.  Best of luck to Jarvis, Will and Archie who will represent the Centre in these events at State next weekend.  Under 6 athlete, Jordana Bullock (Blues) increased her High Jump record to a new height of .90cm.  Well done Jordana.


At the conclusion of all Championship events, athletes from all four Clubs came together for the Centre Presentations.  Centre President, Maria Downes welcomed all Life Members and Distinguished Service members and invited them to present Centre Awards.  Little Athletics Victoria 10 year certificates were presented to Shani Bullard, Alistair McBride-Bocock and Maddy James, while 7 year certificates were presented to Ryan Densley, Megan Harrington, Thomas Jenkins, Solomon Miesen, Kirsty Bresnan, Kayla Downes and Justin Runge.  A Centre Distinguished Service Award was presented to Robert Shaw for his 10 years of service to the Centre.


Centre Award Winners were presented as follows:


UNDER 6   - Zander Giordmaina, Jordana Bullock, Runner Up Kai Cunningham, Sarah Burton
UNDER 7   - Murphy Harrington, Shameka Grero, Runner Up Alex Lloyd, Georgia Whitehand
UNDER 8   - Lonnie Forde, Isabella Macbeth, Runner Up Flynn Smith. Emma Stewart
UNDER 9   - Ryan Lister, Emma Smith, Runner Up Samuel Lalor, Bridie Shanahan
UNDER 10 - William Lalor, Tamara Henry, Runner Up Rudie Forde, Jade Smith
UNDER 11 - Jyson Fawcett, Jasmine Hannett, Runner Up Jarvis Miles, Shae Farrell-Lewin
UNDER 12 - Loki Baker-Radford, Olivia Way, Runner Up Mason Casey, Lara Casey
UNDER 13 - Bryce Stephenson, Keely Rich, Runner Up Daen Sadhai, Megan Harrington
UNDER 14 - James Dickson, Rachel Jackson, Runner Up Bailey Parsons. Evana Miesen
UNDER 15 - Benjamin West, Maddison James, Runner Up Dominic Miesen, Emily Hannett
UNDER 16 - Hayden Thompson, Mikaela Gielis, Runner Up Lachlan Parsons, Anna-marie Denton

JUNIOR CHAMPIONS - Murphy Harrington, Shameka Grero  
INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONS - Ryan Lister, Tamara Henry
SENIOR CHAMPIONS - Hayden Thompson, Maddison James


- Darcy Drew
INTERMEDIATE - Hayley Spargo
SENIOR - Mark Johnson

THE JIM LILBURNE AWARD (Most outstanding 100m Runner) - Sean Hughes
THE WAYNE ARNOLD AWARD (Most outstanding High Jumper) - Jordana Bullock
THE EGG BOARD SHIELD (Champion Club) = Dolphins
THE TROY LORENSINI AWARD (Sportsmanship Award) - Girls Under 12
THE TREVOR LYNE AWARD (Most outstanding Triple Jumper) – Rudie Forde

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered to officiate during the day and ensured our Championship Day was a huge success.  Thank you to Paul Konieczny for the event programming for the Championships and to Helen at the Moorabool News for kindly copying the programs and providing these free to all our families.


Best of luck to Shani Bullard, Kayla Downes, Taylor Farrugia, Seth Fawcett, Deacon Fawcett, Archie Lalor, Samuel Lalor, William Lalor, Hayden Lloyd, Dominic Miesen, Evana Miesen, Jarvis Miles, Claudia Runge, Bridie Shanahan, Emma Smith, Bryce Stephenson, Hayley Whitehand who will represent the Centre at the State Track & Field Championships next Saturday at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park.  Also good luck to those BMLAC athletes competing at the Little Athletics Stawell Gift.


The Centre AGM will be held on Wednesday 6th May at 7.30pm.  The Cross Country season will commence on Saturday 2nd May, 10.30am at Masons Lane Reserve.


PHOTOS                 RESULTS





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