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Burbidge late entry at Tas. Carnivals.

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1 Burbidge late entry at Tas. Carnivals. on Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:29 am

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2010 STAWELL Gift winner Tom Burbidge has been accepted as a late entry for the $15,000 Sportspower Burnie Gift on January 1, taking the number of Stawell Gift winners competing in the rich sprint to an unprecedented four.

Burbidge will now join Josh Ross, Adrian Mott and Aaron Stubbs - and Bay Sheffield Gift winner Jordan Caldow - in what will be the strongest ever field in the 125-year history of the Burnie Gift.

The ACT-based Queenslander will also race in Devonport next week, where he will set himself for the 400m Devonport Gift.

Burbidge is coached in Canberra by Matt Beckenham, and had originally not intended coming to the Basslink Christmas Carnivals Series.

However, one of Beckenham's stable, sprinter and Youth Commonwealth Games gold medallist Brendan Galic, has been hospitalised by an infection and reaction to drugs used to treat it, forcing him to pull out.

Rather than waste the airfares and accommodation, which had already been booked, Beckenham was able to convince Burbidge to make the trip after making a few alterations to the travel plans.

"He raced in Tassie last year and he experienced some back niggles afterwards, which he believed was caused by running on grass," Beckenham said.

"We've made some adjustments to his training and I've convinced him that won't happen again."

Beckenham said Burbidge's main focus these days were 400m events and the Devonport Gift was definitely on the radar.

"He'll also run the 200m at Devonport and the 400m in Burnie as well as the Gift," he said.

"Although 400m events are his main focus, he's also got a proven track record over the 120m Gift distance.

"Tom's been training really well and his 400m times are getting very close to his personal best, so I'd say he'll be at his very best for the Tasmanian carnivals," Beckenham said.

Sports Carnivals Association of Tasmania athlete coordinator Rod Walker said the Tasmanian Athletic League rules had been changed this year to allow wildcard entries such as Burbidge, when the circumstances were deemed to be genuine.

"The TAL has accepted his late entry and Tom will be given an appropriate handicap," Walker said.

2 Re: Burbidge late entry at Tas. Carnivals. on Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:18 am

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"Burbidge will now join Josh Ross, Adrian Mott and Aaron Stubbs - and Bay Sheffield Gift winner Jordan Caldow - in what will be the strongest ever field in the 125-year history of the Burnie Gift."

I'm a big fan of the Burnie Gift and I don't want to rain on their parade, but they are kidding themselves if they think this is the strongest ever field in the event's history.

I've been to over a dozen Burnie Gifts since 1981 (JH, a lot more than I. Razz ) and I can recall the class backmarkers that ran so deep that there would have been as many as 10 sub 10.6 runners in a field of 100 plus athletes spread through 15 heats. Some of the fields had a dozen guys on less than 5.0.

Josh Ross is the only genuine sub 10.4 runner in the field and with Adrian Mott, the only two who have PB's under 10.6. (Brandon Galic aside who is now out of the field.)

Statistically Ross is the best athlete to ever run in a Burnie Gift, so if it is based on one athlete then they have a case. But in terms of the entire field - it is better than recent years but not the best ever.

PS: I am not sure if they haven't had four Stawell Gift winners at Burnie before - I reckon there might have been four in a few of the fields in the 1980's....but I need to check some old programs.

It is certainly the best for a long while and will be terrific to watch a Burnie Gift with the likes of the four Stawell winners and Caldow running in the heats.




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3 Re: Burbidge late entry at Tas. Carnivals. on Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:28 am

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http://www.examiner.com.au/news/local/sport/athletics/burbridge-in-as-rash-forces-galic-out-of-burnie-gift/2402178.aspx

Burbridge in as rash forces Galic out of Burnie Gift

TERRY MORRIS
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23 Dec, 2011


A RECORD four Stawell Gift winners will face the starter's gun in the $15,000 Burnie Gift, to be run at West Park on New Year's Day, following the late entry of 2010 victor Tom Burbridge.
The entry of Burbridge was accepted yesterday following the scratching of his training partner Brandan Galic.

Burbridge will join Josh Ross, Adrian Mott and Aaron Stubbs as winners of the Stawell Gift, recognised as Australia's most prestigious foot race.

``It is the first time four Stawell Gift winners will have run at Burnie on the same day and Burbridge's entry adds further to the depth of quality in the race,'' athletics co-ordinator Rod Walker said.

``It's getting back to the days when they used to run 20 heats.''

Burbridge has indicated that he will run on both nights of the Devonport carnival in the 200m and 400m events and then the Burnie Gift and the 400m handicap at West Park.

Burbridge is trained in Canberra by national coach Matt Beckenham, who is represented at the carnivals for the second time.

Beckenham planned to bring eight runners, including Galic, to the carnivals but had to make a late change when Galic was hospitalised after falling ill.

Galic, who was to have run off 5.25m in the Burnie Gift, treated a rash on his leg and after taking medication the rash spread over his whole body.

Burbridge's late entry was accepted by the Tasmanian Athletic League under its wildcard system, which allows for runners affected by injury or illness to be replaced in the major events.

Walker said the decision by Beckenham to find a late replacement for Galic indicated his commitment to the carnivals.

Beckenham will also be represented by Commonwealth Games representatives Lauren Moden, Brendan Cole, Mellisa Breen, Ollie Wurn, Luke Storta, Michelle French and the coach himself.


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4 Re: Burbidge late entry at Tas. Carnivals. on Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:34 am

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With the distance events already decided thanks to ridiculous handicapping, the locals are just trying to generate some spice and flava to the masses

Will be interesting to see how much Beckenham Bounce "Bad Back" Burbidge receives? Beat the Blonde Bomshell by 2 yards last weekend.

5 Re: Burbidge late entry at Tas. Carnivals. on Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:39 am

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Smoke n Mirrorz wrote:Youngy

With the distance events already decided thanks to ridiculous handicapping, the locals are just trying to generate some spice and flava to the masses

Will be interesting to see how much Beckenham Bounce "Bad Back" Burbidge receives? Beat the Blonde Bomshell by 2 yards last weekend.


Point taken.

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6 Re: Burbidge late entry at Tas. Carnivals. on Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:30 am

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How have the distance events already been decided?

7 Re: Burbidge late entry at Tas. Carnivals. on Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:43 pm

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ToM wrote:How have the distance events already been decided?


Take a look at the marks of Ferguson, s.Morey, and N.Morey and you'll quickly realise what Smoke and Mirorz is talking about.

It's just a pity that the Victorian runners travelling over have little chance even before the gun has gone.

I know this sounds like just another 'my handicap isn't fair' rant, but I'm not even in the field and I can see that a 3.44 1500m and 8.20m 3km runner off 70m in the Miles and 55m in the 800m should romp it in.

8 Re: Burbidge late entry at Tas. Carnivals. on Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:06 pm

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ToM wrote:How have the distance events already been decided?


Take a look at the marks of Ferguson, s.Morey, and N.Morey and you'll quickly realise what Smoke and Mirorz is talking about.

It's just a pity that the Victorian runners travelling over have little chance even before the gun has gone.

I know this sounds like just another 'my handicap isn't fair' rant, but I'm not even in the field and I can see that a 3.44 1500m and 8.20m 3km runner off 70m in the Miles and 55m in the 800m should romp it in.
Jesus H. etc.

I don't know the individual athletes, but 70m for a runner who's even close to a 3.44 1500m PB seems generous unless you've got the reigning Olympic champion in the field.

I'm starting to understand your point.

9 Re: Burbidge late entry at Tas. Carnivals. on Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:16 pm

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Smoke n Mirrorz wrote:Youngy

With the distance events already decided thanks to ridiculous handicapping, the locals are just trying to generate some spice and flava to the masses

Will be interesting to see how much Beckenham Bounce "Bad Back" Burbidge receives? Beat the Blonde Bomshell by 2 yards last weekend.

Burbidge Beckenham Bounce = 13m in the 200?? If Mirrorz was on site a mad rush to the bookies would've followed!

What a ********* joke!

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