Cross Country Victorious
Following the second placing in last year's APS competition, the aim of the 2000 team was to go one better and win the Premiership.
The season began with a camp at Cowes, where a tortuous running program and hours of videos established a sound base of fitness and the optimum frame of mind for the season ahead.
Captained by Eamonn Best and Vice Captains Alistair McComas and Matthew Walpole, the team quickly became a cohesive and enthusiastic unit.
It was an exciting season of competition in the Open age group, with many teams of similar ability. Scotch's victory over the talented Brighton team in the third round fuelled the team's hopes of an overall win and gave added impetus to the training sessions that followed.
The final round saw Scotch matched against last year's premiers, the very strong Carey team. Our runners quickly established a commanding lead and ultimately secured the Premiership trophy with a fine display of team running.
The performances of our 2000 team have further enhanced the School's reputation as a centre for outstanding distance running. In the past ten years the School has won the APS trophy five times - a remarkable performance that reflects the commitment and enthusiasm of the athletes and Coaches Slade, Lacey, James, Wilson and Commons.
Success was not confined to the APS competition. In the Victorian All Schools Championships our teams won medals in every event - the Under 20 team won silver, Under 18 bronze, Under 17 gold, Under 16 bronze, Under 15 bronze and Under 14 silver. After these performances, not surprisingly, Scotch won the trophy for the competition.
Outstanding performances by Andrew Birch and Nick Miller in these championships earned them selection to represent Victoria in the Australian Championships.
The story was similar at the Victorian All Schools Road Relay Championships at La Trobe University a month later. The Under 17 team won gold, the Under 15 team won silver and the Under 14 team won bronze, ensuring overall victory for the School.
It was a memorable season for all involved, in which three prestigious trophies were won, a number of young athletes of high potential emerged, and many enjoyable moments were shared by the members of the team.
We congratulate Nick Miller and Andrew Krummins for their selection as representatives of the APS Cross Country Team to compete against the AGS Schools Team.