Chapter 10 - At the top - 1990 - 2000

The last decade ofthe century was a splendid one for the Club, and Thompson Estate Eastern Suburbs Athletic Club lnc. could lay claim to being the top club of Queensland during this decade. While the Club began the decade as the leading club in Cross Country, it was not long before it was a power in Track and Field as well. Registered numbers were probably the highest in the club's history; numerous athletes gained State and Australian honours during this time, and the Club finally gained a home base once again with the construction of the Pioneer Clubhouse at the Clem Jones Sports Centre, Carina in 1998.

 

The Cross Country side of the club was successful for the entire decade, finishing either first or second in Division One interclub in every year. This was, of course, due to enormous contribution of many athletes who competed in the club's colours during this time. The other key factor was the influence of Barry Dobson as Captain and Manager ofthe Cross Country team. A member of the defunct lnala Club who transfered to TEES in 1980, Barry has been the dynamic force in ensuring TEES remained at or near the top of the Cross Country scene. His skilfull organisation and deft team management has seen TEES win the Caboolture-Maleny Road Race several times. ln addition, he has served as Vice- President and an official in Track and Field. The Club owes much to Barry, and he was made a life member ofthe Club.

 

Leading Cross Country runners during this time included Pat Carroll, one of Australia’s leading Distance Runners. Pat represented Australia in the Commonwealth Games in Auckland (1990) and Kuala Lumpur (1998) and was in the top three Australian marathoners during this decade. Other top runners in Cross Country included Cathy French, Cathy Grattan, Janet McAfee, Robyn Meadows, Marilyn Hrabar and Marcie Sheer in the senior women; Kirra Rankin, Kristy Mccarty, Nikki Egyed, Erica and Karla French, Angela Hale, Jana and Dale Carcary, Lisa Flowers, Michelle Breckenridge, Jodi Thom, Camille Anderson, and Meghan Evans in the junior women. The men were led by lan Eckersley, Bill Hunter, Ed Salmon, Gary Mayor, Dennis French, Dean Comber, Andrew McCoola, Des Woods, James Mansfield, Don Adams, Bruce Bodsworth, Dan Ringuet, Shane George, Danny O’Donnell, Aaron Shackleford, Maurice McNamara, Darren Urquhart, Martin McKone, Jason Collie, Mike Carcary, Rob Deen, and Geoff Berkely in the seniors while leading juniors included Chris Adams, Scott Morelande, Craig Morelande, Mark Morelande, Robert Stark, Luke Skelton, Salim Rane, Daniel Bodsworth, Adam Cross, Paul Mead, Damien Flood, Ryan McCann, Joshua Cunliffe, Robert Rankin, Ben Mackie, Drew Dennis, Jayden Russ, Steven and David Walsh, and Todd Leavitt in the junior men.

 

TEES won several Division One Premierships in the 1990s and many Grade premierships, in both the men and women, senior and junior. There is little doubt that TEES was the strongest club in Cross Country in Queensland over this decade.

 

In addition to Cross Country, TEES was also a force in road events, winning several Caboolture-Maleny road relays, and medals in various road events. Outstanding in Road Events was Des Woods who won the Australian Mountain Running Championships, Pat Carroll and many other the club’s leading cross country runners. In Road relays, TEES was often a placegetter in senior events, and in junior cross country events. lf the success of Cross Country was owed to Barry Dobson, then the success of Track and Field was due to Doug Cave and Bruce Bodsworth who guided the Track and Field athletes for most of the decade. During this time, TEES gained supremacy in Track and Field relays, winning seven consecutive Queensland Track and Field Relay Championships, three Premier Club of Queensland at the State Championships and three Division One Track and Field interclub premierships. On the track, this decade would have to have been as successful as any other decade in the club’s history, though track and field weakened towards the end ofthe decade.

 

As well as a strong showing overall in Track and Field, there were many individual athletes who excelled during this period. Australian representation was gained by Pat Carroll (Auckland Commonwealth Games), Dean Stevens and Chris Carroll (World Junior Championships), Stacey Taurima (Australian Junior Development Team), Carmen Hunter (Australian Junior Development Team) while Eugene Farrell represented lreland at the Olympic Games (1996) and World Championships while a member of TEES. MadelynEhlers and Gerard Gossens gained selection in many Australian teams for events such as the Paralympics. Other athletes went on to represent Australia after leaving TEES and these included Jai Taurima, Helen Toussis, and Bronwyn Thompson. At the state level, many athletes gained State representation in Track and Field each year. State representation was available to athletes in the All- Schools team as well as the Australian Under 14,16,18, and 20 Championships. ln some seasons as many as 50 athletes represented the club at the Australian Championships.

 

In women‘s Track and Field, the leading sprinters during this period included Chervel and Cinnamon Murphy, Carrie Lapham, Tenille Anning, Heidl Blrd, Sham McVinnie, Angela Curry, Anna Petrie, Davina Galetto, Julie Bensley, Maree Bugeja, and Bronwyn Thompson; the leading middle and long distance runners included Nicole Lacey, Usa Flowers, Erica French, Emily Pedrazzini, Dale Caroary, Jana Carcary, Kirra Rankin, Connie Cipa, Kristy McCarty, Meghan Evans, Nikki Egyed, Karla French, Angela Hale, and Jodi Thom. _

 

ln field events, the leadingjumpers included Chervel Murphy, Carmen Hunter, Anna Petrie, Maree Bugeja, Clare Thompson, and Bronwyn Thompson while the leading throwers included Terri Larkin, Lee Chittenden, Emily Bodsworth, Heather Doherty, Robyn Potts, Melissa Dwyer and Leigh Hapgood _ ln Hurdles events, the club was well-represented by Alicia Harrison, Emma Spranklin, Melinda Scarr, Zara Weedon, and Robyn Potts while Renee Beckman, Nicole Lacey, Kellie I_inning, Fiona Adams, Justine Keillah, and Tenille Duggan were the leading walkers. Clare Thompson, Robyn Potts and Tarryn Wne were the only athletes to excel in the multi-events.

 

In the men’s track and field, many athletes excelled as the men’s section was undoubtedly stronger than the women‘s section. ln the sprints, Warren Stratton, Martin McNamara, Gleri Lewis, Eugene Farrell, Dean Stevens, Dru Davidson, Derek Barden, `l1m Appleton, Matthew Ellis, Ben Cowan, Michael Zillman, Ben Doyle, Julian Rusit, Zac Sharma, Malcolm Smith,David Lacey, Chris Thomas, Steven Levitt, Pat Birgan, Ron Hood, and Chris Carroll, were outstanding. The middle and long distance events were led by Roger McCarthy, Dean Comber, Andrew McCooIa, Bruce Bodsworth, Bill Hunter, Ed Salmon, James Mansfield, Agustin Salcedo, Danny 0’Donnell, Aaron Shackleford, Pat Carroll, Darren Urquhart, Shane George, Adam McClure, Michael Whiting, Scott Morelande, Simon Pettigrew, Craig Morelande, Mark Morelande, Luke Skelton, Ryan McCann, Timothy Fitzpatrick, and lan Furber, ln the hurdles, Tim Appleton, David Ray, Chris Carroll, Dru Davidson, Derek Barden, James Hall, Scott Gray, Steven Switez-Glowacz, Corrie Turima, and Jai Taurima excelled, while in the walks Anthony Miles, Matthew Mabin, David Miles,Noel Wooler, Jason Moore, Darren Chesher, Derek Cruickshanks, Ben Mitchell, Ryan Pollock, and Wayne Chesher, were dominant. Stacey _Taurima, Peter and Paul Casey, Matthew Dowl, Darryl Reade, Dean Stevens, Ashley Haikings, Adam Murphy, Shannon and Skye Hingston-Curtis, Zaid Rane, Daniel Bodsworth, Pat Birgan, Jai Taurima, Mark Hutchinson, and Adam Murphy, were prominent in the iumps while Shane Perkins, Richard Brockett, Scott Jacka, Steven, Anthony and Paul Connor, James Wooldridge, and Chris Fisher dominated the throws. The multi~events had few competitors with Chris Carroll, Paul Casey, Scott Jacka and Jai Taurima outstanding.

 

Athletes who distinguished themseleves at Australian Championships in the 1990s included Pat Carroll, Des Woods, Chris Carroll, Stacey Taurima, James McDonald, David Miles, Eugene Farrell, Dean Stevens, Steven Connor, Carmen Hunter, Renae Beckman and Bronwyn Thompson who all won Gold medals; Stacey Taurima, Jai Taurima, Pat Carroll, Derek Cruickshanks, Luke Skelton, Steven Lynch, Dean Stevens, Jason Moore, Steven Connor, Richard Brockett, Cathy Gillett, Cinnamon Murphy, Justine Keillah and Kellie Linning who all won Silver medals and Pat Carroll, James McDonald, Jason Moore, Chris Fisher, Robyn Meadows, Lyn Stem and Cathy Gillett who all won Bronze medals. Away from the track, TEES was also very strong. Membership reached an all-time high when Mt. Gravatt Club disbanded and amalgamated with TEES. This swelled numbers to 234 members and at the time TEES was the largest club in Queensland. lt was consistently among the largest in Queensland in the 1990s.

 

In its administration, TEES was also notable, with Bruce Bodsworth, Doug Cave, Ed Salmon, Barry Dobson, John Stevens, Louise Urquhart, Anna Casey, John Mitchell and Brian McDermott all proving to be capable and loyal administrators. The standard of administration of the club is something which has always been one of the strengths of TEES during its existence.

 

One of the highlights of the 1990s was the building of the Pioneer Clubhouse at the Clem Jones Centre in 1998. After many years of promises, the clubhouse was finally built by the camp Hill ~ Carina Welfare Association through sponsorship from Pioneer Concrete. After some 60 plus years, TEES finally had somewhere to call home, and, although it is still currently unhnished at the time of writing, the clubhouse will prove to be a boon for the club in years to come. Already, it has proved its worth with social functions, presentation nights, private functions and many other uses being made of the clubhouse.

 

TEES has also made a strong contribution to Queensland Athletics during this time. Doug Cave, and John Mitchell have both been very involved in the Association as Board Members, or other administration positions. This continues a strong link between TEES and QAA. Others to be involved included Anna Casey (team manager), Bruce Bodsworth (employee), and a host of officials, too many to be named.

 

During the 1990s, the club adopted a new uniform, retaining the red, white and blue which are the traditional colours of TEES. The club also subsidised athletes chosen to represent Queensland and Australia; redrafted its constitution; developed the ground at Carina and improved lighting and watering of the track; conducted Cross Country events on behalf of the QAA; conducted fun runs such as the Ikea Fun Run and the Crackerjack Cruise, held in association with the Annual Crackeriack Camival; ran the canteen at QEll Sports Centre for several years; and ensured that members were provided with a comprehensive range of services including coaching, team management, newsletter and other services.

 

With the close of the decade and the year 2000, TEES can be proud of its achievements over 100 years. During this time, it has been blessed with loyal and capable administrators, some outstanding and talented athletes, a dedicated group of competition officials, and a loyal and keen membership. There is no reason why the club cannot take these attributes with it into another 100 years of Athletics.

 

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