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					                                                             Vol. 8 Issue 1 • MARCH 2010


ANNUAL CLUB AWARDS AND BBQ




Top left - A worthy stand-in: Past                                     PHOENIX WEIGHTLIFTING CLUB
                                         Inside this issue:
winner Josh accepts the stupid quote                                   22 CARINISH ROAD
                                         • ANNUAL CLUB AWARDS & BBQ    OAKLEIGH SOUTH
award on behalf of current quote
                                         • AUSTRALIAN CLUB             Robert Kabbas - 0417 396 590
king, Marcus. Top right - Matthew          CHAMPIONSHIPS               Ivan Katz - 0407 889 147
Williams won the lift of the year        • ARNOLD WEIGHTLIFTING        Open hours:
award for his great 135kg snatch at        CHAMPIONSHIPS               Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
the nationals. Above left - Heff, Club   • VWA FEBRUARY OPEN           Friday from 5:00 pm to 7.30pm
                                                                       approx.
member of the year. Above right -        • GUESTS AND SHENANIGANS
                                                                       Don’t forget Saturday training at
Part of the happy gathering.             • BACK PAGE CARTOONS          2:00 pm!
                                          ... AND MAYBE MORE
MORE INSIDE.
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2010 AUSTRALIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
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The annual Phoenix awards BBQ       “rat traps” offering which was above previous competiton best
was hosted this year by Heff        proclaimed the Stupid Quote of and a monumental struggle all
and Mirna in the leafy suburb of    the Year” with acclamation.    the way, a terrific fighting effort.
Wheelers Hill on a fine, sunny
                                    In his absence (he was at work     Finally, the winning lift -
Sunday afternoon.
                                    to ensure that no one claimed      Matthew       Williams’   135kg
Following a sumptuous feast of      his commission), the award         snatch at the senior nationals,
fine food and drink which has       was accepted on Marcus’ behalf     a club record achieved under
raised the bar very high for        by none other than past winner,    immense pressure. A miss
future BBQs, the scene was set      Josh Woodward - a worthy           would have left Matthew way
for the presentation of awards.     substitute.                        behind the competition with
                                                                       128kg and he responded with
First award was the much            Marcus did arrive later and
                                                                       a great lift. Congratulations to
anticipated Stupid Quote of         was magnanimous in victory,
                                                                       Matt, a worthy winner who has
the Year. As expected, pre-BBQ      sympathising with the unlucky
                                                                       persevered through a number
favourites Daniel “Fabrizio”        Fabrizio, before polishing off a
                                                                       of setbacks and injuries over
Cicione-Kolsky    and    Marcus     large plate of leftovers.
                                                                       the past few years. One more
“Tannou”     Tantau    featured
                                    Next up was the Lift of the Year   year, Matt - go for 300kg!
amongst the finalists and
                                    award, often referred to as the
deservedly so following a year                                        Last but not least was the Club
                                    “gutsiest” lift of the year which
of uttering absolute rubbish at                                       Member of the Year award which
                                    gives you an indication of what
most training sessions.                                               this year went, appropriately
                                    the judges look for.
                                                                      considering the venue of the
The judges had the difficult task
                                    The    following      lifts  were BBQ, to Simon Heffernan.
of narrowing down a whole year
                                    nominated for the gutsiest lift
of stupidity to just a handful                                        Added to his efforts on the
                                    of 2009:
of quotes, finally selecting the                                      platform which are universally
following gems:                     Adam Kok 160kg clean and jerk recognised and include silver
                                    performed in New Caledonia; and bronze medals at the
“I got bitten by a monkey
                                    5kg above Adam’s then PB but Commonwealth            Games     as
once” - Fabrizio
                                    more significantly, 20kg more well as a number of national
“I can’t handle this cardio         than he had been able to lift titles, Heff has been a constant
stuff!” - Sam (after doing 3        in training leading up to the contributor at Phoenix over the
reps)                               competition.                      years, hosting club functions,
“I have jerks behind the rack”      Liam Larkins 100kg clean and organising Musashi products,
                                    jerk performed at the National providing massages, generating
- Matt Williams
                                    juniors; Liam’s first 100kg and enthusiasm and, let’s not
“Are there actually cans of         it came at the end of back forget, launching the Phoenix
dolphin?” - Liam                    to back competitions in two Indpendent back in 2003.
“Imagine if someone put             days, where he completed 12 We also look to Heff as
rat traps on their shoulders        successful attempts.         someone who will maintain
and said look at my traps” -        Gurpreet Singh 122kg clean his involvement and provide
Marcus                              and jerk performed at the leadership at the club for many
“How do I get my biceps             Victorian championships, 7kg years to come.
bigger?” - Marcus (while          above previous PB; Gurpreet          And so ended another enjoyable
pointing at his pecs).            made this after missing 117kg        BBQ (after copious servings of
                                  on his previous attempt and          gelati all round). Thanks again to
For a brief moment it looked like having struggled to lift 110kg
                                                                       our generous hosts and to all our
Liam would cause a major upset in training.
                                                                       friends who attended and made
with his environmentally aware
                                                                       this a very enjoyable day.
statement but the gathering Daniel Katz 140kg clean and
could not get past Marcus’ jerk at the Ian Laurie Cup; 10kg
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AUSTRALIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS                                                        PHOENIX JUNIORS
20 - 21 March 2010 • VWA Centre, Hawthorn, Victoria                                   WIN AUSTRALIAN
Name                       Club        Bwt     Snatch   C&Jerk   Total   Sinclair   CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
SESSION 1 - MEN                                                                     The Phoenix junior team of Liam Larkins,
                                                                                    Daniel Katz and Adam Kok succeeded
Benjamin Angliss       GP/SNR “A”     91.40     72       100     172     198.08     with 16 out of a possible 17 attempts
Robbie Forte           GP/SNR “A”     77.50     66       90      156     194.94     and achieved 12 personal best results to
                                                                                    take out first place at the Australian Club
Joshua Wegert          USQ/JNR “A”    49.20     33       45       78     134.33
                                                                                    Championships. The icing on the cake was
Rowshan Yazdani        PHO/SNR “C”    65.55     55       75      130     179.87     the selection of all three in the Australian
                                                                                    team to contest the Oceania Championships
Sam Baumann            COU/JNR “A”    59.55     67       93      160     236.71
                                                                                    in Fiji - an outstanding effort.
Mithuvin Jayasooryan   PHO/SNR “C”    68.35     70       87      157     211.39
                                                                                    Liam (73.25kg) was first in action and
Michael Winn           USQ/JNR “A”    68.65     72       86      158     212.14     as he does so often, he gave the team a
Matthew Pit            PHO/JNR “B”    75.25     75       95      170     215.97     great start, making all six attempts and
                                                                                    adding a whopping 20kg to his previous
Jake Ratcliffe         TOO/SNR “A”    69.00     72       91      163     218.15     best total. On an individual basis, Liam was
Simon Bannister        HOB/SNR “A”    55.90     67       86      153     237.39     locked in a tight battle with friendly rival
                                                                                    Jack Rau (NT) as they both strived to top
Matt Skinner           USQ/JNR “A”    103.45    68       91      159     174.33
                                                                                    the Australian Youth rankings and gain the
Toby Ferrucci          PHO/JNR “B”    74.40     75       90      165     210.99     opportunity to represent Australia at the
                                                                                    first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore
Daniel Butera          HAW/JNR “B”    101.90    71       95      166     183.00
                                                                                    later this year. In a strong performance,
SESSION 2 - WOMEN                                                                   both exceeded their previous best-ever
Kate Linford           HAW/SNR “A”    106.95    69       80      149     150.75     totals with Jack’s total of 184kg at 61.05kg
                                                                                    just pipping Liam’s 205kg. Their contest
Bianca Sheppard        TOO/SNR “A”    57.55     64       70      134     177.05     in Fiji, the final qualifying event for the
Bonnie Sleeman         COU/SNR “B”    74.25     64       75      139     157.70     Games, will be one to watch.
Rachel Griffiths       HOB/SNR “A”    61.50     68       85      153     193.18     Daniel (75.15kg) had just started to step
                                                                                    up his training after a period restricted by
Melissa Robinson       COU/SNR “‘A”   58.80     64       84      148     192.61     minor injury and looked fresh if not in 100%
Christine Meier        COU/SNR “A”    62.25     66       83      149     186.65     top shape. He snatched well, equalling his
                                                                                    PB with 105kg and had a crack at 107kg.
Vivian Lee             HAW/SNR “A”    47.45     66       88      154     237.62
                                                                                    Daniel took only two attempts in the jerk,
Socheata Be            HAW/SNR “B”    51.60     67       82      149     214.02     his second with 132kg was solid and
Michelle Kahi          COU/SNR “B”    62.95     70       80      150     186.57     enough to qualify for the Oceania Junior
                                                                                    Championships.
Nicole Chamberlain     SA/SNR “A”     66.30     82       94      176     212.10
                                                                                    Adam Kok (117.20kg) had a real day
Jacquie White          HAW/SNR “B”    62.20     81       96      177     221.84     out and ensured the team’s performance
Camilla Fogagnolo      HOB/SNR “A”    68.70     78       101     179     211.40     finished on a high note with another six-
                                                                                    for-six effort. Adam’s first PB was an
Seen Lee               HAW/SNR “A”    57.80     84       102     186     245.00     easy 135kg snatch and he then went on
Belinda Van Tienen     HAW/SNR “B”    68.70     86       104     190     224.39     to smash his previous best jerk and total
                                                                                    twice, breaking through the 300kg-barrier
Amanda Phillips        COU/SNR “A”    74.95     84       110     194     219.11
                                                                                    with 302kg, just 5kg short of qualifying for
Jenna Myers            LAU/SNR “A”    74.90     90        0       0         -       the junior world championships.
SESSION 3 - MEN                                                                     The Phoenix junior “B” team had mixed
Alan Vo                BUR/SNR “B”    68.30     80        96     176     237.08     results. Marcus Tantau (91.90kg) didn’t
                                                                                    quite fire on the day yet only needed just
Jack Rau               TOG/SNR “A”    61.05     81       103     184     267.37     one more success in either snatch or jerk
Alex McEnroe           BUR/SNR “B”    89.05     85       105     190     221.37     to post a best-ever total. Toby Ferrucci
                                                                                    (74.40kg), in only his second competition,
Darryl Hockins         TOO/SNR “A”    61.90     78        97     175     251.82     made all three snatches to reach a PB
Robert Johnston        CAI/SNR “A”    112.05    87       108     195     208.29     75kg. The jerks didn’t go as well, as Toby
                                                                                    twice missed 95kg after easy cleans,
Graham Walker          TOG/SNR “A”    60.80     80       100     180     262.33
                                                                                    nevertheless he added 5kg to his best total.
Dean Pascoe            SA/SNR “A”     109.70    70       103     173     186.00     Third team member Matthew Pit (75.25kg)
Liam Larkins           PHO/JNR “A”    73.25     90       115     205     264.54     made an impressive debut, making all his
                                                                                    lifts confidently and showing nice technique
Anthony Dove           HAW/SNR “A”    84.30     84       103     187     223.63     in his first comp. Matthew would seem
Paulo Magistrano       HAW/JNR “B”    84.00     90       105     195     233.61     to have a good future in the sport if he
                                                                                    continues to train hard and is capable of
Akashdeep Singh Gill   PHO/SNR “B”    72.30     92       115     207     269.20
                                                                                    much more than his 170kg total.
Jaco Du Plessis        CAI/SNR “A”    74.75     85       103     188     239.75     The Phoenix senior team was a mix of old
Josh Quinn             HAW/JNR “A”    103.10    114      154     268     294.20     and new. Simon Heffernan (95.25kg) has
                                                                                    been the mainstay of our senior team since
David De Rose          CAI/SNR “A”    61.90     97       122     219     315.13
                                                                                    the club was formed seven years ago and
PARTICIPATING CLUBS                                                                 although not in is best-ever shape he once
BUR = BURWOOD (NSW)       CAI = CAIRNS (QLD)         COU = COUGARS (QLD)            again stepped into the breach to support
GP = GRACE PARK (VIC)     HAW = HAWTHORN (VIC)       HOB = HOBART (TAS)             the club. With limited training, Heff’s
LAU = LAUNCESTON (TAS)    PHO = PHOENIX (VIC)                                       165kg clean and jerk was exceptional and
SA = SA WEIGHTLIFTING CLUB (SA)     TOG = TIME OUT GYM (NT)                         way above what he had been handling in
TOO = TOOWOOMBA (QLD)       USQ = UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND (QLD)           training. [continued next page]
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AUSTRALIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS                                               Australian
                                                                            (cont)
                                                                                              Club     Championships
20 - 21 March 2010 • VWA Centre, Hawthorn, Victoria
                                                                            Adam Kabbas and Aaron Vlachos completed
SESSION 4 - WOMEN                                                           our senior team.
Kirsten Haysom       GP/SNR “A”     68.50    40    55     95    112.38      Adam (95.40kg) had barely returned from
                                                                            his overseas holiday so coach Aghvan
Sophie Cowan         LAU/SNR “A”    51.20    36    50     86    124.32
                                                                            Grigoryan was unsure of his condition but
Kara Stewart         TOO/SNR “A”    47.15    38    50     88    136.56      Adam was confident and called for a 110kg
Courtenay Chisholm   LAU/SNR        47.25    36    49     85    131.65      start and went on to make a PB 115kg after
                                                                            an initial miss. After a disputed no-lift with
Simone Graetzer      HAW/SNR “C”    56.85    38    50     88    117.30      130kg, Adam took 135kg for a success and
Lucy Randle          SA/SNR “A”     66.15    47    55     102   123.09      a PB total before missing 138kg jerk.

Reachney Be          HAW/SNR “C”    55.65    0      0     0       -         Aaron (76.10), originally from NSW, made
                                                                            his debut for the club after some time out
Hannah Savige        GP/SNR “A”     67.90    47    64     111   131.95      of competition. Aaron hasn’t been able to
Bronwyn Hitchener    TOO/SNR “A”    73.80    48    60     108   122.89      train as often as he would like since moving
                                                                            to Melbourne but his endeavour can’t be
Coral Quinell        TOG/SNR “A”    56.65    52    60     112   149.68
                                                                            faulted. He snatched 95kg, just under his
Tanya Beths          COU/SNR “B”    57.95    48    64     112   147.26      best, and was unlucky not to get 115kg in
Andrea Mullins       TOG/SNR “A”    54.45    52    68     120   165.19      the clean and jerk.
                                                                            Phoenix “B” and “C” senior teams each
Jessica Edge         SA/SNR “A”     53.95    60    68     128   177.46
                                                                            had two competitors following a couple of
Carley McKay         HAW/SNR “C”    70.20    57    66     123   143.57      withdrawals from our original entries.
Rebecca Rush         LAU/SNR “A”    53.00    63    78     141   198.22      Akashdeep Singh Gill (72.30kg), last
                                                                            year’s national junior champion at 69kg
Kaity Fassina        HOB/SNR “A”    85.00    58    77     135   144.72
                                                                            and the most experienced of the four, had
SESSION 5 - MEN                                                             been training hard and it paid off with PBs
Wei-Jien Tan         HAW/JNR “A”    68.00    88    105    193   260.71      in the snatch (92kg) and total (207kg).
                                                                            Akash looked much better at his heavier
Bowen Stuart         TOO/SNR “A”    79.55    90    115    205   252.57      bodyweight and will no doubt increase this
Aaron Vlachos        PHO/SNR “A”    76.10    95    110    205   258.78      total in the near future.
Milo McFarland       BUR/SNR “B”    80.50    95    125    220   269.35      Ryan Keaney (92.70kg) only succeeded
                                                                            with one snatch but really got going in
Marcus Tantau        PHO/JNR “B”    91.90    90    120    210   241.26      the clean and jerk, firstly elevating a PB
Ryan Keaney          PHO/SNR “B”    92.70    90    127    217   248.38      125kg but not to the judges’ satisfaction
                                                                            - it was amazing that it even came to that
Nathan Kahi          COU/JNR “A”    68.60    95    115    210   282.09
                                                                            as he had lost his grip completely with
Matthew Scott        GP/SNR “A”     122.45   95    130    225   234.66      the right hand in the clean but somehow
Steve McConnell      HAW/JNR “A”    68.95    104   126    230   307.96      managed to regain it and complete the
                                                                            jerk. Undeterred, he went on to get a PB
Daniel Katz          PHO/JNR “A”    75.15    105   132    237   301.32      127kg for a best-ever total of 217kg.
Patrick Inglis       SA/SNR “A”     70.80    107   130    237   312.15      Rowshan Yazdani (65.55kg) and Mithuvin
Adam Kabbas          PHO/SNR “A”    95.40    115   135    250   282.72      Jayasooryan (68.35kg) were competing
                                                                            for the first time and both young men
Vannara Be           HAW/SNR “A”    60.20    112   136    248   364.02      acquitted themselves very well. Rowshan
SESSION 6 - MEN                                                             was understandably a little nervous but, once
                                                                            he settled down, he snatched 55kg, jerked
Daniel Koum          HAW/SNR “A”    64.90    115   135    250   348.21
                                                                            75kg and made a gutsy attempt with 80kg.
Ricky Gulyamov       BUR/SNR “A”    76.00    125   145    270   341.09      Mithuwin made all six attempts and, I think
Simon Heffernan      PHO/SNR “A”    95.25    130   165    295   333.83      it’s fair to say, exceeded expectations by lifting
                                                                            far in excess of what he had done in training.
Ben Mulder           HOB/SNR “A”    90.60    130   165    295   341.05      Obviously what we call a “competition lifter”,
Zac Grgurevic        HOB/SNR “A”    101.90   120   160    280   308.67      Mithuwin is also an entusiastic trainer and
                                                                            will improve on his 157kg total, which was a
Ben Turner           COU/SNR “A”    75.30    135   170    305   387.33
                                                                            fine first-up effort.
Adam Kok             PHO/JNR “A”    117.20   135   167    302   318.49      The competition itself was well attended
Ali Gulyamov         BUR/SNR “A”    104.60   135    0      0      -         and efficiently run by the VWA. The concept
                                                                            of competing clubs sharing the loading
Rob Galsworthy       COU/SNR        101.05   143   170    313   346.12
                                                                            worked well and also gave the opportunity
Malek Chamoun        BUR/SNR “A”    84.45    135    0      0      -         for lifters from different clubs and States to
Lad Singh            COU/SNR “A”    104.85   140   168    308   336.12      mix. Thank you to all our volunteers and
                                                                            supporters with special thanks to Martin
Max Dal Santo        SA/SNR “A”     93.10    145   176    321   366.74      Leach (Colleach Pty Ltd) for his contribution
Damon Kelly          COU/SNR “A”    140.25   165   205    370   375.90      which went towards the lifters’ entry fees.


                                   TEAM WINNERS
                                   SENIOR MEN - COUGARS
                                   SENIOR WOMEN - HAWTHORN
                                   JUNIOR MEN - PHOENIX
                                   OVERALL - HAWTHORN            • FULL TEAM STANDINGS NEXT PAGE.
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   2010 Australian Club
     Championships                           GUESTS AND
                                            SHENANIGANS
  FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
 Senior Men
 1. Cougars A (QLD) 1099.35
 2. Hawthorn A (VIC) 935.86
 3. Hobart A (TAS) 887.11
 4. Phoenix A (VIC) 875.33
 5. Cougars B (QLD) 864.92
 6. SAWC A (SA) 864.89
 7. Cairns A (QLD) 763.18
 8. Burwood B (NSW) 727.80
 9. Toowoomba A (QLD) 722.53
 10. Grace Park A (VIC) 627.67
 11. Time Out A (NT) 529.71
 12. Phoenix B (VIC) 517.58
 13. Phoenix C (VIC) 391.25
 14. Burwood A (NSW) 341.09

 Junior Men
 1. Phoenix A (VIC) 884.35            Heff showing “Mick Gab” how it’s done.
 2. Hawthorn A (VIC) 862.87
 3. Phoenix B (VIC) 668.23
 4. USQ A (QLD) 520.81
 5. Hawthorn B (VIC) 416.61

 Senior Women
 1. Hawthorn B (VIC) 660.25
 2. Hawthorn A (VIC) 633.37
 3. Cougars A (QLD) 598.37
 4. Hobart A (TAS) 549.29
 5. SAWC A (SA) 512.65
 6. Cougars B (QLD) 491.52
 7. Toowoomba A (QLD) 436.50
 8. Launceston A (TAS) 322.54                              New faces at Carinish Road - at left is
 9. Time Out A (NT) 314.87                                 Mithuvin and above are Rowshan (left)
 10. Hawthorn C (VIC) 260.87                               and Dario (right). Below left, Skye (at
 11. Grace Park A (VIC) 244.33                             Phoenix from Canada via Scotland and
                                                           New Zealand) and right, Balwinder.
 Overall (A Teams only)                                    Welcome all!
 1. Hawthorn (VIC) 2432.10
 2. Phoenix (VIC) 1759.68
 3. Cougars (QLD) 1697.73
 4. Hobart (TAS) 1436.41
 5. SAWC (SA) 1377.54
 6. Toowoomba (QLD) 1159.03
 7. Grace Park (VIC) 872.00
 8. Time Out (NT) 844.58
 9. Cairns (QLD) 763.18
 10. USQ (QLD) 520.81
 11. Burwood (NSW) 341.09
 12. Launceston (TAS) 322.54
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  Aaron shows how he learned to park in Greece (below left), while our
  resident flying ace Mithuvin takes Akash and Toby for a spin.




                                                       Akash puts on a brave face (the little paper
                                                       bag is just out of shot, within easy reach).




  The happy passengers (before take off) posing
  with “Captain” Mithuvin.




 We welcome two more new faces, Matthew (below left) and Vicki (centre) while at right is a
 familiar face, Jacquie dropping in for a light session on Saturday.
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 ARNOLD WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS                                                          The      2010    Arnold    Weightlifting
                  Columbus, Ohio, USA • 5 - 7 MARCH 2010                                     Championships again featured a large
                                                                                             field of competitors, ranging from
WOMEN               CLUB                         BWT    CAT     SN    JK   TOTAL   SINC      school-age to masters. The selected
HUBBARD Amanda      TEAM SAVANNAH               57.76    58     88   106     194   255.667
                                                                                             results at left show the two “elite”
ROBLES Sarah        TEAM ARIZONA               122.40   +75    103   140     243   243.069
                                                                                             sessions which included lifters trying
WALLACE Erin        LSUS                        74.92    75     93   114     207   233.838
DAVIS Sarah         TEAM SAVANNAH               52.80    53     73    91     164   231.249
                                                                                             out for selection in the US team for the
BRASSLER Breanne    UNATTACHED                  57.56    58     77    96     173   228.557   Pan American Championships.
CHURCHWARD Rachel   CALPIAN WLC                 47.80    48     65    82     147   225.341   Of special interest to us was Itte
CRASS Rachel        CAL STRENGTH                72.92    75     85   110     195   223.195   Detenamo’s    (NRU)     performance,
YESSIE Kara         CATALYST ATHLETICS          76.98   +75     85   106     191   213.085
                                                                                             again showing that he will be a strong
JAMES Alison        TEAM FLORIDA ALTAMONTE      50.59    53     55    73     128   186.878
                                                                                             contender for gold at this year’s
JESSOP Traci        METROPOLITAN ELITE          73.41    75     67    82     149   169.980
WANG Mary           FIT BBC                     52.93    53     52    66     118   166.062
                                                                                             Commonwealth Games in Delhi (IND).
GARCIA Erin         TEAM TEXAS                  84.59   +75     55    72     127   136.378
LIPPMAN Arielle     METROPOLITAN ELITE          57.48    58      0    88       0   -

MEN                 CLUB                         BWT     CAT    SN    JK   TOTAL   SINC
FARRIS Kendrick     LSU SHREVEPORT              84.67     85   157   201     358   427.200
VAUGHN Chad         SPOON BARBELL               76.60     77   142   175     317   398.698
DETENAMO Itte       MARCUS CLUB                150.20   +105   175   216     391   393.880
DIOSZEGI Istvan     CS DINAMO BUCHAREST         90.74     94   150   180     330   381.252
WARD Caleb          CALIFORNIA STRENGTH        123.50   +105   158   203     361   375.726
NORTH Jonathan      CAL STRENGTH                93.40     94   141   184     325   370.799
SABATINI Phil       EAST COAST GOLD             93.50     94   145   179     324   369.490
CERBUS Mike         PENDRAGON                   76.15     77   130   160     290   365.947
MURRAY Frank        METROPOLITAN ELITE          91.71     94   135   170     305   350.725
FRY Derek           EAST COAST GOLD             93.01     94   136   165     301   344.029
OVERKAMP Benn       KIRKWOOD WLC               104.20    105   138   176     314   343.443
SWART Cameron       TEAM HOUSTON               137.90   +105   143   186     326   332.059                          Itte Detenamo
STARKS Jason        TEAM TEXAS                 131.90   +105     0   181       0   -




VWA OPEN - 20 FEBRUARY 2010




                                                                                                                                 Marcus 90kg
Two Phoenix representatives took part           bodyweight then he should allowed
in this competition, our first for the year.    to take on the bigger guys without
Coming off a power program, Ryan                having to inflate his bodyweight to
Keaney and Marcus Tantau both added             over 94kg.
16kg to their previous best total, a
great effort and just reward for the hard
training they put in over summer.
Both started snatching on 85kg,
Marcus made it but Ryan missed
forward although he caught it high. No
mistake on Ryan’s second attempt with
the same weight before both went on
to power snatch 90kg. Marcus missed
his last attempt with 93kg.
Marcus and Ryan were again evenly
                                                                                                                                 Ryan 120kg




matched in the clean and jerk, both
succeeding with 123kg for a 213kg
total. Ryan had the bodyweight
advantage over Marcus who, ironically,
had initially weighed lighter than Ryan
but just failed in his effort to gain
enough weight to compete at 105kg
and break the junior club record.
Personally, I think a lifter should only
have to weigh in under the weight
limit to contest a particular category.
For example, if a 77kg lifter wants to
contest the 105kg category and is good
enough to be competitive at his normal
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                                                     TOP 10 SNATCHES
                                                     1. Simon Heffernan        151kg   94kg     2005
                                                     2. Aghvan Grigoryan       145kg 105kg      2007
                                                     3. Matthew Williams       135kg   85kg     2009
                                                     4. Adam Kok               135kg +105kg     2010
                                                     5. Andrew Ciancio         130kg   94kg     2009
                                                     6. Gordon Laurie          125kg 105kg      2009
                                                     7. Warren Hellisen        125kg +105kg     2009
PHOENIX TOP 15 TOTALS                                8. Chris Ciancio          120kg   85kg     2006
                                                     9. Adam Kabbas            115kg 105kg      2010
1. Simon Heffernan      337kg   94kg      2003
                                                     10. Alon Ellis            113kg   94kg     2005
2. Aghvan Grigoryan     315kg  105kg      2007
3. Adam Kok             302kg +105kg      2010
4. Andrew Ciancio       295kg   94kg      2009       TOP 10 CLEAN AND JERKS
5. Warren Hellisen      295kg +105kg      2009
                                                     1. Simon Heffernan        190kg   94kg     2003
6. Matthew Williams     290kg   85kg      2009
                                                     2. Aghvan Grigoryan       170kg 105kg      2007
7. Gordon Laurie        271kg  105kg      2009
                                                     3. Warren Hellisen        170kg +105kg     2009
8. Chris Ciancio        262kg   85kg      2006
                                                     4. Adam Kok               167kg +105kg     2010
9. Alon Ellis           258kg   94kg      2005
                                                     5. Andrew Ciancio         165kg   94kg     2009
10. Ali Ibrahim         258kg +105kg      2007
                                                     6. Matthew Williams       155kg   85kg     2009
11. Edward Haikal       252kg   94kg      2005
                                                     7. Ali Ibrahim            148kg +105kg     2007
12. Adam Kabbas         250kg  105kg      2010
                                                     8. Alon Ellis             147kg   94kg     2006
13. Leighton Dougall    245kg   94kg      2007
                                                     9. Gordon Laurie          146kg 105kg      2009
14. Daniel Katz         240kg   77kg      2009
                                                     10. Chris Ciancio         145kg   85kg     2006
15. David Griffiths     232kg   85kg      2007




        Weightlifters around the world are very hospitable - above left, Robert and Adam
        with Egypt’s high performance manager, Fathi Zoreik and right, Adam with Giles
        Greenwood, Commonwealth Games medallist and coach at London’s Bethnal Green
        Club. We are grateful to both gentlemen, who went out of their way to make us feel
        welcome and provided a friendly training environment. Adam also experienced the
        same treatment in Rome and Athens, thanks to the Italian and Hellenic Weightlifting
        Federations, in particular Presidents Antonio Urso and Pyrros Dimas, as well as a
        tour of Olympic facilities (and pubs) in London from our old friend, Matthew Curtain,
        competition manager for the London Olympic Games. Sincere thanks to all.
The Phoenix Independent Volume 8, Issue 1                                                                  Page 11




 The guys have been so focused and training hard for the Australian Club Championships that the lack of chatter
 between sets has resulted in a reduction of the usual nonsense being uttered (yes, even from Marcus). Add to
 that Fabrizio’s absence from the gym (injured) and you get no stupid quotes for this issue... no, wait a minute,
 Heff has come to the rescue just before the deadline with a motley collection of quotes:
 “We should have chickens here - Phoenix                    “What does that say?”
 chickens!”                                                 - Matt Williams looking at a
 - Marcus (of course). Do we really have to try and         glass with a floral design ...
 make sense of this!                                        then follows up with
                                                            “That’s not funny, it looks
 “For the press, are you allowed to jerk it first,          like signography!”
 then press it?.. No, wait, don’t write that
 down!”                                                     (At right, the glass in
 - Yes, it’s the title-holder, Marcus, again.               question)

 “They should shoot all loiterers!”
 - Craig Blythman’s innovative plan to remove the           “That’s not a cordless kettle, see - it has a
 scourge of looters - shoot bystanders.                     cord”
                                                            - Matt again, pointing out the gym’s kettle has an
 “Like an eclipse, it damages your sun.                     electricity cord. To be fair, whether it’s a stupid
 Dammit!”                                                   quote or not depends on who he was talking to.
 - Heff is to be congratulated for submitting one of
 his own utterances.


 ACROSS
 4. ...limits, or explosive strength, a weightlifting
 skill
 5. Cronies, I mean IWF, is based here
 8. This Weightlifting Federation was established in
 1980
 10. Retired lifter who has addressed the UN (both
 names)
 12. 2010 Oceania Senior Champs now held in....
 13. First lifter in IWF Hall of Fame, after very
 worthy inducted like Samaranch (surname)

 DOWN
 1. PB by 22kgs at Club Champs (both names)
 2. First World Championships, in 1891 and with 7
 lifters, held here
 3. 2014 Commonwealth Games
 6. Junior Club Champs!
 7. Commonwealth number one ranked lifter, earnt
 at Arnold classic (surname)
 9. 2011 World Champs held here
 11. Great Tasmanian
 13. PBs at Club Champs (both names)
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          The identity of the lifter and the whereabouts of the Yeti have been withheld to
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