Our HPV teams were back on the CFA Track for the restart of the 14 hour trial after a compulsory break overnight at 6am … and our Pushcart teams took to the RACV Track to sprint out the final element of their assessment.

Pushcarts – A sprint to the finish line

Saturday morning saw the Pushcart sprint event take place on the RACV front straight, as students battled it out in a sprint that saw thrills, spills and more than a few technical problems.  

Congratulations to all students for their amazing attitude over the weekend!

But it was St Joseph’s Primary School’s ‘Rochy Rockets’ and Jells Park Primary School who took out their respective categories.

That’s it folks … As the flag falls on the HPV A Primary Trial

Spirits were high as each team pushed through the last few hours of the race before the flag fell and saw White Hill Primary School team ‘ECORUSH’ leading from pole to flag amassing a massive 361 laps (397.1km) just ahead of their other entry ‘TORPECO’ who completed 357 laps.

This is the first time White Hill Primary School has taken line honours and, we believe there isn’t many times a school has placed first and second in the trial.*

Maryborough Education Centre’s team, ‘MECNIFICENT 2.0’ may have finished in 8th position in the HPVA2 category on the track, but their combined score for Display, Design and the Trial was high enough for them to take the overall HPVA2 class win! Well done MEC!

We caught up with MEC Team Manager, Kelsey Chandler:

“Super exciting!

Last year we won the Trial, but didn’t win overall; so this year we didn’t win the trial, but DID win overall, so we’re really stoked.

Heading to the Presentation ceremony I thought that if we’d won the Display & Presentation or Design & Construction section we might’ve been in with a shot, but when we didn’t I wasn’t expecting much.

Our kids learnt a lot of information this year in the lead up to event and when they know it inside out it makes it a lot easier.

Three in this team were in our team that won the trial last year, so it’s great that they’ve come back and done an excellent all round performance to win overall.

Our other team finished fourth and we’re really pleased to have two teams in the top five.”

Lloyd Street Primary School were also strong all-round performers to finish in second place.

Ballarat’s Canadian Lead Primary School took line honors with their entry, ‘Canadian Lead Thunder’ in the HPVA1 category, completing 336 laps. Local school, Avoca Primary School’s ‘Avoca Sparks’ took out second position in the trial, finishing on 321 laps.


Presentations kicked off at 3.30pm with winner from the Puscharts, HPV A and Innovations in Technology all announced. To check out the list of winners, take a look here.

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* But if we’re wrong, please make a comment in the comments!