Its been a great winter season for our #BulkTeam15 athletes, and we were thrilled to see our Gold Sponsorship winners, the Tassie Tigers, take home the Bronze medal at the recent AHL Championships. This week we’re happy to be sharing an update on how our Bronze, and Silver sponsored teams have gone in their 2015 winter season.
July and August have been a hectic few months for the CrossFit Base Weightlifting Team with the Pacific Games, ACT State Champs and the Olitek Senior and Junior Nationals.
Our token islander Pip flew out to Port Moresby to compete for her country the Cook Islands. Whilst she didn’t come away with the results she wanted, she said the experience she had was second to none. “There is no feeling like putting on your country’s colours and walking out onto the platform and seeing a sea of green supporters and your flag waving in the crowd”. Her experience at the Pacific games has only fuelled her fire to represent her country in the near future.
On the 11th July ACT State Championships were held in Canberra. The CrossFit Base Weightlifting team fielded the most lifters in the competition and walked away with a very successful meet and a pinnacle moment for two of our lifters being their very first competition.
The results are as follows:
Clare Carey – 2nd overall Female and 2nd 69kg
Paul Teede – 1st overall Masters Male and 1st 85kg
Mary Pekin – 3rd overall Masters Female
Taila Wright – 3rd overall Jnr Female
Kerryn Dawson – 3rd 75kg
Shannon George – 1st 69kg
Alex Chappell – 3rd 94kg
Grant Haines – 3rd 105kg
Last weekend saw 3 of our members compete in the Olitek Senior and Junior Nationals in Melbourne. It was a great weekend for all our lifters and huge experience for two of the three as it was their first Senior National competition.
After the recent National Championships, we had a great break and enjoyed different types of training to mix things up a bit for a bit of fun. Most of us went back to crossfit sessions but soon realised how much of an engine we didn’t have and opted for team or partner workouts only so we could share the load.
The team are now underway with a strength phase building up to the final competitions for the year including, an ACT State meet in November and the Australian Open in December.
Our programs have a big emphasis on position work and building leg and upper body strength.
We are working hard on our pulling positions and incorporating a lot of pauses during the pull which is tough but will carry over to our full lifts over the next few months.
The team are walking around with very sore muscles, muttering the words “just one more rep….”
Coming on the back of taking the division 2B flag last year (dropping only 1 game for the season), and after a strong pre-season, the Maroondah Griffins were keen to get stuck into the competition after being promoted up a grade.
The season started strongly with 2 wins from the first 2 matches. After a solid start, the remainder of the season would be different story. The Grifffins unfortunately suffered some big injuries to some key players, and it was very challenging trying to get a consistent team on the park every week. This inconsistency ultimately lead us to finish towards the middle of the ladder.
Saturday the 25th July was our final game for the season, and we capped it off with a loss at home against a well drilled Kiwi Hawthorn side. The game was the last for our coach, Lance and the boys were keen to put in a solid performance to see him off in the best possible way. Both teams were on par for physicality, and the match was an even affair with neither side gaining the upper hand. Although the Griffins didn’t come away with the win, it was a strong effort and leaves us with a good foundation for next year in the division 2A competition.
It was a tough season, marred by a number of serious injuries which saw a number of key players sitting on the sidelines for extended periods of time. Not able to put the best team on the park was frustrating for both players and coaching staff, although it gave great opportunities for the newer guys to step up to plate.
Preseason will kick off in early January which gives the boys some much needed recovery and the opportunity to get stuck into their own individual training regime. Hopefully with the help of Bulk Nutrients and the support from the guys running BulkTeam15, the Maroondah Griffins can return bigger, faster and stronger – and stamp their mark in Division 2A in 2016.
Sydney Rangers Football Club
Winners of the Pride Football Tournament / Justin Fashanu Cup in Melbourne
On the 10th October 2015, the Sydney Rangers won the Justin Fashanu Cup for the third year in a row in Melbourne.
At the PFA Tournament, participating clubs compete for the:
- Justin Fashanu Cup; and
- Julie Murray Cup.
A social competitive game – Australia v Rest of the World – is also hosted at the tournament.
PFA aims to bring together football players and supporters, regardless of their gender or sexuality, to share their love of the game and promote equality, acceptance and diversity.
The interstate gay and lesbian tournament has grown over the years to become a competitive and social event for all participating teams and supporters. The annual tournament alternates between Sydney and Melbourne, providing an excellent opportunity for supporters to come and watch the tournament in both major cities.
JUSTIN FASHANU CUP
Commencing in 2009, the Justin Fashanu Cup forms part of the annual PFA Tournament.
The Justin Fashanu Cup remembers and celebrates the life of the first gay man to publicly come out in professional football in 1990.
Sydney Rangers = Winter Competition Round Up
Sydney Rangers fields multiple teams in the local Canterbury and District Football Association Winter Competition under the umbrella of Balmain and District Football Club during March to September.
Sydney Rangers currently fields four teams:
- Rangers A – Division 4 (All Age);
- Rangers B – Division 10 (All Age);
- Rangers New – Division 10 (All Age); and
- Rangers O/35 – Division 5 (Over 35).
Our Rangers B Team made it all the way to the Grand Final after finishing equal top of the board at the end of the season. Unfortunately they missed out on Grand Final glory with a narrow 0-1 loss.
Both the Rangers A & Rangers O/35s teams made in into the Semi Finals but luck was not on their side and they were both knocked out in the first rounds of semi’s.
Swinburne University Basketball Club
Swinburne University Basketball Club Men’s B1 team at MSAC had a successful year and made it to the preliminary finals. After skipping an entire division going up they have done a great job getting as far as they did. With high hopes of making back to back grand finals, they unfortunately went down by 8 points. After a hard fought first 10 minutes their opponents held onto a solid 6-7 point lead going into the half time break. With the clock winding down our boys worked hard to narrow down their deficit. They got within 4 points but due to some key shooting from their opponents they were unable to complete the comeback. We wish them luck in their next season with the hopes of pushing into the A grade territory at MSAC.
Huge Congratulations to our MSAC B2 Womens team, who achieved a back to back victory in their Grand Final. Our girls lead for the whole game, but it came down to a point with 8 minutes to go, before we pushed out to a 34-44 victory. It was a great effort by all the girls throughout the season, and we wish them luck going into the upcoming Summer Season.
Dandenong A/B Grade girls competed in a tough battle for the B Grade Grand Final. After a tough back and fourth game, the girls unfortunately went down by 6 points to Vales Rockettes. The end score was 39-33. After originally not making the finals, the girls put in a very strong effort to make it to the Grand Final. We would like to congratulate the girls on there performance and hope they can pick up where they left off at the Knox Competition in the summer season.
Swinburne Basketball sent a team to compete in the Red Bull Reign Campus Challenge at Melbourne University. The 3×3 tournament was the first of it’s kind which included the universities from around Melbourne to try and qualify for the Red Bull Reign 3×3 finals in late October. After a tough start, the boys found their feet more and more in each game and were eventually able to overcome a slow start to qualify for the finals. The boys played Melbourne in the quarter final stage who unfortunately beat the Razorbacks by 1 point. Melbourne went on to finish runner’s up in the tournament. We would like to congratulate the fellas efforts on Friday night to make it all the way to the Quarter Finals and we look forward to coming back bigger and better next year.
Garage of Gains
At the recent WRPF Australian Powerlifting Championships 2015 held at the Slaughter House Gym Hobart, five Garage of Gains (GOG) members lifted on the day and performed brilliantly. Personal PBs Competition PBs and Competition Records were broken or set. Jamie, Dale, Michael and Peter all competing in three lift (squat, bench press, dead lift) and Tom in bench press only. After some early missed attempts the boys reset and refocused and grindered out some great lifts. The GOG boys lift in the lower weight categories such at the 75kg, 82.5kg and 90kg classes and for weight and age are ranked highly. At the end of the day Michael and Dale won Gold, Tom Silver and Jamie Bronze in their weight category classes.
Else where within the GOG other members are training hard focused on their goals with eyes on future powerlifting, bodybuilding, strongman and Mud Run events and competitions.
Clarence United Football Club
Clarence United FC have been utilising Bulk Nutrients products through the course of our Southern Championship season. Players responded well and really liked the taste and effects of Bulk Nutrients Electrolytes compared to cheaper product sourced from Woolworths that the club had been using over the past couple of years. Players responded extremely well to using Bulk recovery products and expressed that the recovery process was a lot faster and easier compared to using nothing.
Our fitness coach Ed Roberts put our team through circuit work focusing on our fitness, core and leg muscles with the assistance of Bulk products the rewards really started to show. This was a vital time for our senior program as nearing the end of the season it was obvious that our fitness and core strength were superior to that of the opposition. On the men’s bye round we had a fitness session run by Bren Godfrey at CULT Fitness in Lauderdale, during this session the team was testing to breaking point it was physical demanding and without the assistance of Ed doing the fitness sessions combined with Bulk products it would have made this so much harder!
The assistance of Bulk Nutrients products helping us to excel on field performance was paramount to gain acceptance into the Tasmanian NPL for season 2016. Without good results during 2015 this couldn’t have happened, the season really went down to the wire in what was a thrilling end to a long campaign! It came down to one final game verse University soccer club at Olinda Grove sitting adrift 1 point on the table from top position behind them we needed to win a draw was as good as a lose to us. The match was fought out in good spirits with quite a crowd looking on we went into the sheds 3 – 1 down at half time. Alan Jablonski made an inspirational speech to us in the rooms about how far we’ve come and the work we’ve put in! We came out firing in the second half our fitness really came out scoring 2 goals to no reply to make it 3 – 3 with 5 minutes to go sadly we couldn’t find a winner leaving us in second place by a point!
Check out the highlights below!
Special Congratulations must be made to Current Club Captain Amelia Vanderniet and former players Harkana Dixon, Liv Edwards and Louisa Marmion on making Edos final 16 for the Seasol Bass Strait Cup to be played on October 10th 2:30pm K/O at David Barro Stadium Bullen, Victoria.
We are also pleased to announce that Clarence United have been awarded a licence to the PS4 Victory League for seasons 2016-2018! Exciting times ahead.
We look forward to seeing what’s in store for our sponsored teams over the summer months.
Well done everyone! We’re very proud of your efforts.