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TWO Wonthaggi Primary
School students excelled to
the state athletics after fantas-
tic performances at regionals
last Tuesday (October 11).
April placed first in the high
jump, while Vu brought home blue
ribbons in discus and hurdles.
The States will be held at Albert
Park, Melbourne, in two weeks.
To get to this stage, the girls had
to win their events at a school level,
district level and division level be-
fore moving on to regionals.
The girls participated at regionals
in Newborough, and although it was
wet the girls enjoyed the day.
April blitzed the high jump,
showing fantastic natural talent as
she has never had athletics training
or participated in little aths.
Vu did an amazing job in discus
and hurdles, and is a well known
face at little aths in Wonthaggi.
“I’ve been doing little aths since I
was in the U/6s. I’m now in U/12s,”
“I like doing athletics because it’s
just me out there. It’s my own game
and I can focus on myself.”
April said she has enjoyed partic-
ipating in this year’s athletics com-
petition because she enjoys being
outside and being active.
Wonthaggi Primary School is
proud of the girls’ efforts and looks
forward to their participation at
to compete in States
Athletics stars: from left, Wonthaggi Primary School’s April and Vu will compete at state level athletics
after performing well at regionals recently. April came first in high jump and Vu came first in discus and
CONGRATULATIONS to our
joint Gippstar Open monthly
winners for August, Eleanor
Patterson of Leongatha and
Keith Ferguson of Longford.
Eleanor Patterson from Leongatha
was one of the August ‘Open’ Award
winners. Eleanor participated at the
Rio Olympic Games in the Women’s
High Jump Qualifying Round –
Group A and finished 11th, having
successfully jumped the height of
1.89 metres. Earlier in 2016 Eleanor
finished 1st in the High Jump at the
2016 Australian Athletics Champion-
ships (Sydney) gaining her a place in
the Olympic team.
The second ‘Open’ winner for
August was Keith Ferguson from
Longford. Keith also participated at
the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in the
sport of Skeet Shooting. On Day 1
Keith scored 72 (11th) in the Skeet
Men’s Qualification and on Day 2
Keith scored 120 (10th) in the Skeet
The August Gippstar Junior
Award Winner is Darcy Wade from
Stratford, for his efforts in Modern
Pentathlon and Tetrathlon. Darcy
was a Gold medallist in the Open
Youth category in the Modern Pen-
tathlon Queensland State Champi-
onships. Darcy also competed at the
International Pony Club Tetrathlon
Championships held in Ireland, plac-
ing 4th overall in the Senior Boys
Individual Tetrathlon and was also
a member of the World team that
placed 5th in their category.
Please note that you can now
nominate for the following catego-
ries in future Gippstar awards; Team
of the Year, Club of the Year, Special
Achiever Award, Gippsland Sport-
These annual awards can be
nominated at any time during the
current Gippstar year.
If you would like to recog-
nise the sporting achievements
of a Gippsland athlete or any of
the above categories, nomination
forms can be downloaded from the
Gippsland Sports Academy website
Worthy winners: for her efforts in finishing 11th in Group A in the high jump at the Rio Olympics Elea-
nor Patterson has shared in the August Open Gippstar award.
Eleanor shares Gippstar August win
JUST like the mighty
Bulldogs in another
sport, The Smashers
fought the odds and
defied the critics in
clawing their way to
a grand final win.
Michael Brandon and
Liam Gourlay fought off
the highly fancied A Team,
James Rowley and Lachie
Griffiths to take a place
in history as the 2016 B
Grade Premier team in
Leongatha Table Tennis.
It looked grim for
Smashers as James creamed
Liam in three games straight
in the first rubber.
Michael levelled the
score at one all when he
also had a 3-0 win over
Lachie. Liam then had a
3-0 win over Lachie to
give Smashers a 2-1 lead.
In the last of the singles,
Michael and James faced
off, with James having
to win to keep the match
alive. He roared out of
the blocks to take the first
game easily, 11-7, but
Michael dug in hard and
with great determination
reversed the score in the
With growing con-
fidence and the scent of
victory in the air he played
fantastic table tennis to
take the next two games,
11-9, 11-6 and stole the
win for Smashers. Great
play by all concerned and
a big thank you for the
umpires who performed
In A Grade, top
second placed MTM by
a convincing 8-3, and
are red hot premiership
Jeff Jennison is all
smiles this week after
winning two singles, a
first, in defeating Michael
Bracecamp and Trish
In the match between
Milko’s and MBN, Bryce
and Archie both won their
three singles, winning the
match 8-3 and securing
third spot on the ladder.
Young gun Archie
Paxton defeated the very
experienced Neil Chilver,
11-9, 6-11, 10-12, 11-8
and 11-6 .
The DKM and Hopefuls
match was the closest on the
night with DKM winning
7-4, which lifts them from
the wooden spoon position
into fourth place with one
match to play.
The match between
Michael Westaway and
Alan Fletcher was a beauty
with Michael winning 11-8
in the fifth.
Cheetahs lead the table
on 24 points, 85 rubbers,
281 games, TMM 22,
81, 274, MBN 8, 70,
258, Milko’s 8, 66, 240,
Hopefuls 8, 66, 230, DKM
8, 61, 235.
Allan Robic has a
stranglehold on the top
player award with 39
wins, Michael Grist 33,
Bryce Holwerda 30, Kevin
Dowling and Neil Chilver
Long reach: Smashers’ Liam Gourlay reaches
during the B Grade grand final.
• Leongatha Table Tennis
Smashers smash the A Team
Reason to smile: Smashers Michael Brandon and
Liam Gourlay won Leongatha Table Tennis’ B
Nearly there: Leongatha Table Tennis’ B Grade
runners-up were Lachie Griffiths and James
Rowley of A Team.
Showing style: Smashers’ Michael Brandon in
action during the B Grade grand final.
both on 26. These are prior
to the match report above.
A Grade finals start
in two weeks and the
presentation night is on
Tuesday, November 15
at 6.30pm at Leongatha
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