Chapter 9 - On the Rise - 1980 -1989

This decade in the club's history truely belongs to the distance runners, for the club rose to a position of dominance in Cross Country and Road Racing that it has never before achieved. From a small beginning in 1977, the Cross Country strength of the club slowly grew, and after many years of being runners-up in interclub competition, the 1989 competition saw the club finally win the Division One lnterclub Premiership for the first time since 1965.

Much of this Cross Country strength can be traced to the transfer to TEES of some 13 distance runners from the defunct lnala Club, including Barry Dobson, Ed Salmon and Gary Mayor. Barry was the driving force behind the club's cross country success, and the club owes much to Barry for re-building this side of the athletic strength of the club.

Pat Carroll was the leading runner in this surge to dominance, and was rewarded with selection in Australian teams to the World Marathon Cup, World Cross Country Championships and the 1 990 Auckland Commonwealth Games. Although he was based at the Australian Institute of Sport, he remained a member of TEES and was the first athlete from this club to attend the Australian Institute of Sport. Many other fine distance runners also contributed much to the club's success, including lan Eckersley, Gary Mayor, Paul Francis, Ed Salmon, Keith Clark, Michael Pullinger, Graham Upton, Gary Van Sieve, and Bill Hunter. The positions achieved by these runners attracted many runners of lesser ability, giving the club unrivalled depth in the men’s events for several years. ln the women’s events, Lyn Stem, Janet McAfee, Tracey Bagguley and Robyn Meadows led the way.

Premierships in the various senior grades were regular occurrences in the 1980s, but only late in the decade did the club strength extend to winning premierships in the age divisions, with TEES also dominant in Under 10, 12 and 14 age groups. This all-round strength was the main factor why Division Premierships were not won until 1989.

The most outstanding season in Cross Country was the 1989 one, with the Club winning the Division One Premiership by a huge margin, as well as reigning supreme in Men’s A-grade, C-grade, D-grade, Under 13 and Under 11 and women’s Under 13 and Under 11 grades.

Cross Country was not the only area of distance running in which the club excelled, for TEES was regular winners in 15 kilometre road race, half marathons and marathons, in both individual and teams events.

ln State Championships, Katrina Gorbunow, Lyn Stem, Robyn Meadows and Janet McAfee were the leading female runners. In men’s events, Pat Carroll, Keith Clark, Gary Van Sieve, Roben Stark, Scott Morelande, lan Eckersley, Michael Pullinger, Mark Sheppard, Gary Mayor, Andrew McCoola, Darren Urquhart, Craig Morelande and Agustin Salcedo were outstanding. The club's depth was reflected bythe winning of many teams events including Cross Country, 15k Road races, half marathons and marathons.

At National level, Pat Carroll, lan Eckersley, Keith Clark, and Jason Thompson made up an all-TEES Queensland team to place third in the 15k Championships. Pat won the Australian Marathon Championship while Matthew Myers was placed in Cross Country, along with Katrina Gorbunow, One event which is not a Championship, but which nevertheless creates the most interest in distance running is the Caboolture to maleny Road Relay. After gaining most improved team in 1978, the club seemed destined to finish behind perennial winners Nundah and Toowong until 1987 when ateam consisting of Pat Carroll, lan Eckersley, Dan Ringuet, Keith Clark, Gary Van Sieve, Jason Thompson, Gary Mayor and Ed Salmon broke through for a win, which was repeated the following year. The ability of the club to field up to 6 teams of 8 runners indicated the depth of talent in the club’s distance mnners.

Track and Field was not as successful for TEES as the Cross Country and Road Running in the 1980s. Nevertheless, the club performed with distinction in 1981-83 in both the under 15 and senior competitions of the QAAA, and the Senior and Junior Competitions of the QWAAA. Since amalgamation of the two associations in 1983, Track and Field success was limited, with the club being relegated to Division Two for 3 seasons. In 1985/86, TEES won the Division Two premiership, and were runners~up to Logan City in the Division One Junior competition for a number of years. After being promoted back to Division One in 1989/90, the club performed creditably to finish third, thus giving hop for improved results in the 1990s, as the club's many talented junior athletes continued into the senior ranks.

On an Individual basis, success was limited in the senior ranks in track and Held. For many years, TEES was strong in thejunior competition, and these athletes laid the foundation for the success to come in the 1990s,

At National level, the 1988/89 and 1989/90 Championships showed TEES Junior strength. In 1988/89, one gold, three silver and three bronze medals were won by Chris Carroll (Gold in 300m Hurdles and bronze in 4x400m relay), Glenn Lewis (silver in High Jump), Vinay Sologar (silver in Triple Jump) and Andrew McCoola (3rd in 3000m) with Helen Toussis gaining silver and bronze in Shotput and Discus. In 1990, Jai Taurima (2nd long jump), Scott Gray (3rd 4x400 relay) and Chris Carroll (3rd 300m hurdles, heptathlon and 4x400m relay) continued to lead a track and field revival.

Others to experience success included Pat Carroll (10000 metres), Kerry Johnson (sprints), and Monique Dunstan (sprints and long jump). Former club members Deanne Bopf, Sandra Priesetley, Monique Dunstan and Kerry Johnson all represented Australia in Track and Field.

At State level, Monique Dunstan, Lara McKinnon, Sandra Priestley and Kerry Johnson were the leading sprinters; Katrina Gorbunow and Angela Hale were the leading middle distance mnners; in the jumps, Sandra Priestley, Jan Hynes, Monique Dunstan, Tanya Bellingham, Kellie Linnlng and Natalie Senescall led the way; the top throwers were Heather Doherty, Wendy Cleanrvater, Wilma Perkins, Terri Larkin and Helen Toussis.

In the men’s events, the leading sprlnters were Brad Miers, Greg Kitchen, Scott Eastman, Chris Carroll, Glenn Lewis, Warren Stratton and Martin McNamara; Robert Stark, Scott Morelande, Ed Salmon, Pat Carroll, Andrew McCoola, Matthew Myers, and Gary Mayor were the best distance runners; Jai Taurima, Vinay Sologar, Scott Gray, Chris Carroll, and Pat Birgan were the top hurdlers. In the jumps, Glenn Lewis, Dragan Gigovic, Jai Taurima, Scott Eastman, Stacey Taurima, Pat Birgan, Mark Hutchinson, Adam Murphy, Warren Stratton and Vinay Sologar were the standout performers. The top throwers were Shane Perkins, Derek Cruickshanks, Darren Jordan and Jai Taurima while the best walkers were Derek Cruickshanks and John Harris.

The walking section of the club re-emerged late in the 1980s witl1 Mike MacDermott and talented juniors such as Derek Cmickshanks, Kellie Linnlng, Justine Keillah, Nicole Lacey and Chen/el Murphy all performing well. State Records were gained by Mark Lane (High Jump), Craig White (1500m), Corrie Taurima (Hhigh Jump), Glenn Lewis (High Jump), Derek cruickshanks (shoutput and walks), Scott Eastman (sprints and long jumP). Robert Stark (800m), and Shannon Hingston- Curtis (High Jump and Shoutput). ln women’s events, records were gained by Kerry Holben (sprints), Terri Larkin (shotput), Justine Kelllah (walks), Annette Tomkins (shotput), Chervel Murphy (walk and shoutput) and Kellie Linnlng (walks).

TEES was based at three different grounds in this period, these being Mt. Gravatt Australian Rules Football ground, Clairvaux College and the Clem Jones Centre, Carina. lt was the Clem Jones Centre which the club intended to make its long term home, with lights, jumping. and throwing facilities and a track all being developed. Cross Country events were also held at this centre.

ln the 1980s, social events held bythe club included Casino Auction nights, Breaktast runs and BBQs, Bus Trips, Presentation Nights and Fashion Parades. ln 1981 the club uniform was changed for both the men and the women. The uniform was a red, white and blue panelled singlet and blouse with royal blu shorts and briefs. A one-piece costume was also approved in club colours. The committee also introduced a club tracksuit in 1989 which proved to be popular with many athletes.

The Committee in 1987 sought Justice Department approval for the club to become an incorporated association, to limit member liability, and to give legal recognition to the club. This meant substantial changes in club administration procedures, but has proven to be of great benefit to the club.

ln its administration, the club was fortunate in the 1980s to be led by two very capable Presidents, namely Jack Forrest and Ed Salmon, who were very ably assisted by capable secretaries in Greg Eales, Tom Edmonds, David Edgeworth and Doug Cave. These people continued the high standard of administration and services provided by this club to its athletes.

The 1980s then was a period of consolidation and re- emergence for the Club and TEES could look tonvvard to the 1990s with confidence, and the celebration of its Centenary in 2000.

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