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Stonnington Results

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1 Stonnington Results on Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:41 am


550 open
1st Mather $1000
2nd McDonald $300
3rd Grant $200

Under20 120
1st Campbell $100
2nd Mcguire $30
3rd ?????

Womens Gift
1st Domaschenz T $10000
2nd Whittaker $1100
3rd Hubbard $800

Stonnington Gift
1st Nicolosi $10000
2nd Mott $1100
3rd Teo $800

300 Vets
1st Roche $500
2nd Torrini $150
3rd Wilcox $100

400 women
1st Gilden E $200
2nd Gilden R $70
3rd Trewartha $40

1600 front
1st Hothersall $1200
2nd Harris $390
3rd Hipworth $200

1600 back
1st Patten $1200
2nd Lowery $390
3rd Marantelli $200

100 invitation
1st Jamison $500
2nd Ross $100
3rd Morehouse $100

2 Re: Stonnington Results on Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:46 pm


Stonnington Gift 10/2/2012

On a evening that looked threatening at times the Stonnington Gift meeting survived the night without
any rain, although it was a little cool at times. The track was in ideal condition and Andrew Muhlhan and
his committee did a superb job to conduct a well co‐ordinated and professional carnival. The prize
money on offer across all events ranks this night the equal of any one day carnival in Australia. Once
again, when the sport is held under the lights, it has great spectator appeal. The committee should be
congratulated on securing so many prominent sponsors. These included the Stonnington Council,
Bendigo Bank, Coles, Mercedes and many others. The outstanding fields that both Gift finals provided
was worthy of the prize money provided by these sponsors. The Little Athletics races held throughout
the night added interest with some excellent talent on show.

The East Malvern Bendigo Bank, Stonnington Gift 100m.
John Nicolosi (6.75m), as he did in the Furnesss last Sunday, set the standard in the heats with a
dominant 10.54. Although Kevin Brittain (4.75m) clocked a slightly quicker 10.53, Nicolosi‘s run looked
like he had something in reserve. Earlier in the night Adrian Mott (3.25m) produced one of his best
performances since his Stawell Gift win when he overpowered the Western Australian Bryce Teo
(4.75m) to record a narrow but impressive win in the opening heat. This form was to stand up as both
Mott and Teo were to make the final and fill the minor placings. Others to show out in the heats were
recent Albury Gift winner Joel Bee (2.5m), Sam Jamieson (2.75m) and the Hargreaves brothers Matthew
(4.5m) and Shaun (5.75m). At the semi final stage it was once again Nicolosi to post the fastest time of
10.44. Other semi winners were Matthew Eddy (10.58) and Adrian Mott (10.55), needing to find for the
final. In the final Nicolosi once again showed outstanding early speed to clear the front markers, Hicks
(7.75m) and Eddy (7m). It was left to Adrian Mott to power home into second reducing the margin to
half a metre, inches ahead of Teo. The winning time was 10.52

The City of Stonnington’s Women’s 100m gift.
The ladies gift final was taken out by the improving Tara Domaschenz (6.75m) from backmarkers
Ashleigh Whittaker (1.25m) and Kendra Hubbard (1m) in the time of 11.73. Tara dominated the event
from the start with an authoritative heat win in 11.79 and clearly fastest semi in 11.71. Such was Tara’s
dominance that the other semi finals were won by Katie Moore (2m) in 11.99 and Monica Brennan
(1.5m & 12.03), two and a half metres slower. Domaschenz one of the growing band of female athletes
who have sisters running with the VAL, charged onto the scene in 2007 with a second in the Stawell
women’s sprint final, only to have a few seasons where she struggled to handle the tighter handicaps.
However this season she has certainly progressed as a competitor with a win at Frankston as well as
several placings since that win. Tara is coached at Ballarat by Peter O’Dwyer.

The 100 metres RACV under 20’s.
Andrew Campbell (5m) continues to dominate the RACV series with another barnstorming finish to take
out the Stonnington divison of the under 20’s. Andrew, successful also at Avondale Heights, has assured
himself a place in the final with his recent wins, Friday’s in 10.90. Ellie Maguire (21m) and Charlie Moran
(20.5m) filled the minor placings with Ryan James (12.5m) showing continued improvement to finish
fourth. The Grand final looks to be a classic match race with backmarkers Campbell and Cam Moss
chasing a field of out markers. Andrew is trained by veteran trainer Jim Dixon, ably assisted by his son

Wired Communications Solutions Invitation 100mts
The final event on the program was the invitation which saw a classy field of Sprinters, male and female,
compete for the $1000 on offer. The 2008 Stawell Gift winner Sam Jamieson (2.75m) began brilliantly to
hold out the 2002 and 2005 Stawell winner Joss Ross (scr) in 10.6. The backmarkers time of 10.78 on a
grass track, heavy with dew, late at night was quite commendable. Carl Morehouse (3.75m) was third in
10.81.The ladies, Tabitha West (14.5m) and Sophie Taylor (12.75m), raced well early in the event but
tired over the later stages in 10.87 and 11.01. Coach Nick Fieidler has Jamieson improving at the right
time of the year after his two years away from athletics.

The Genesis Prahran 500metres Open.
The 550 metres with $2000 on offer was always going to be a tough affair and the final proved just that.
The fastest heat was won by VAL newcomer Charles McDonald (25m) in the time of 1.09.81. Next best
time was set by Josh Mather (28m) in narrowly defeating Robert Keenan (46m) in 1.10.78. Other heat
winners Matt Grant (30m & 1.11.15) and Tom Hecimovic ((78m & 1.11.7) were by no means out of the
contest. In the final Mather took the initiative and charged around the field before the turn to leave cobackmarkers
McDonald and Dominic Hoskins with a great deal of leeway to overcome. Just as it
appeared that Mather was in trouble he found and the “chasers” started to struggle. On the line Mather
was a clear winner over McDonald and Matt Grant. Josh has won many races in his VAL career but the
Stonnington victory was certainly his most prestigious.

Melbourne Sports Books 300 metres Veterans
Once again a very handy $1000 awaited the finalist in the Veterans handicap at Stonnington. The final
was a great race with Julie Torrini (78m) sitting quietly behind Ange Wilson (84m) until the home
straight where she sprinted to what appeared a certain win. As she was being called the winner Chris
Roche (16m) charged down the centre of the track for what should have been a solid second place.
However with a desperate lunge at the tape Roche claimed the win, his first since Euroa last March.
Torrini held second with Andrew Wilcox (8m) third, the winning time was 36.59. Whilst the placegetters
were cutting up the major share of the money there was action at the rear. The backmarkers Cameron
Yorke (4m) and Justin Rinaldi (8m) were making valuable ground in the home straight, and may have still
been winning chances, when a gap closed and tangle of arms and legs finished both runners chances.
Not only is Chris Roche a competent athlete but he will be trying his hand at writing a few summaries for
the VAL wrap in the near future.

BROO Women’s 400 metres.
The Stonnington edition of the BROO series was a family affair with Eleni Gilden (29m) and her sister
Rosamond(34m) finishing clear of the third placed Ali Trewartha (35m) in 56.45. Rarely a ladies final is
run without one or both of the Gilden sisters featuring prominently in the finish. After the three heats
Kasey Moore (32m) who defeated Eleni in the third heat looked hard to beat with a very easy heat win
in the fastest time of 55.71. Rosamond Gilden won her heat in 56.58 and South Australian visitor Ali
Trewartha ran 58.20. Eleni strode to the lead on the home turn as Megan McMahon (56m) and Moore
started to tire and raced away to win clearly. Rosamond was the only runner to make ground in the

Mercedes‐Benz Toorak 1600m backmarkers
Andrew Patten (100m) surely booked his ticket for the VRTA awards night with another powerful
distance running display in the back markers 1600m. Andrew who followed his St Alban’s win with a
clear cut win in the Wangaratta 3200m looked in trouble down the back straight at Stonnington but
surged again on the home turn to grab a narrow win. With the limit set at 150 metres the field was
expected to bunch at the later stages of the race but this never eventuated. With two laps to travel
Michael Taylor (140m) took the lead, trailed by David Haigh (135m) Matthew Smith, Adrian
Phelan(145m), Ian Burrows (140m) Trent Lowry (120m)and Jacob Reed (150m). The main bunch of
backmarkers that included Michael Marantelli (90m) and Andrew Patten were at least 50 to 60 metres
off the lead and hadn’t made ground of any significance. Shortly after, at the six hundred metre point,
Marantelli and Patten made a break on this bunch and set out after the leaders. With a lap to travel it
was Haigh still in front, but after passing the bell Lowry surged and kicked for home with Burrows and
Smith attempting to go with him. Marantelli and Patten chased after Lowry down the back straight with
Marantelli at that stage appearing to have the better of Patten. Coming to the turn, as Marantelli looked
the winner, Patten sprinted again to tackle the leader with Marantelli, now unable to go with the two
leaders. In the run to the line Patten was too strong for Lowry with Marantelli a close third, clear of the
rest of the field in a very quick 4.04.4. Patten, coached by Mark Hipworth, is by no means finished
visiting the podium this season.

Mercedes‐Benz Toorak 1600m Frontmarkers.
Having her first run with the Victorian Athletic League Ni ia Hothersall (260m) held the more
experienced boys at bay over the last 600 metres to take out the front markers division from Craig
Harris (185m) and Mark Hipworth (200m) in 4.12.58. Hothersall looked to be in plenty of trouble at
various stages of the last lap when challenged but surged at the 200 metres mark to open up a gap
again. Over the concluding stages she was holding the placegetters comfortably and collected a cheque
of $1200 for her effort. On her Stonnington effort Hothersall is likely to gain a place in the Noble Park 2k
invitation. Ni ia is coached by former VAL sprinter Dave Douglas.

The Victorian Athletic League would like to once again thank those that helped pack up at the end of the
night. To add to his charade “Coxy” is now armed with a couple of walking sticks. By the time we get to
Stawell, surely Ian will have his own portable Iron lung and mechanical food dispenser.
It was great to see a couple of “old timers” amongst the crowd, Warren Vines and Bruce McInnes.
Warren, down from Queensland, was a classy sprinter from the late seventies and early eighties and
Bruce a multiple winner over the 400 metre and 800 metre trips, in the same era.
Correction to last week’s St Bernard’s wrap, Craig Harris was mentioned as running in the final of the
800 metre feature. He failed to make that final and raced in the 2k event. Apologies to Craig but it was
pleasing to see that we have many people reading the wrap each week.
This Saturday the focus moves to the Keilor Sports club where another full day of racing takes place, the
first event at 12.45 and final event 8.45. The program includes wood chopping and the traditional
fireworks display at the completion of the athletics. We will have a commentators feast with both
Cartha McKerrow and Dan Meilicki calling.
In answer to last week’s call, for those interested in race calling at the athletics, one intrepid athlete has
put up his hand for a trial at Keilor. One of our top 400 metre athletes, from one of our bigger stables,
has put his head in the noose. We would like to reward him with the usual commentators salary, a pie
and coke, but this particular chap is on a very strict diet and will have to cope with a “well done”, and
the usual tough scrutiny from his understanding stablemates.
The Noble Park invitation 2k Classic is valued at $1500, with a great trophy; if interested in gaining a spot
talk to Mark O’Brien
Both Noble Park and Burramine are conducting a wide range of under age athletic events for the kids
but entry must be made before the day. To enter for Noble Park, as follows below
a.; b.0402 083 699 c. Fax: 03 9794 5371
Action starts at 9.30am and lunch is provided for the competitors.
and for Burramine;
Mr. Chris Whitelock: 8 Steneker Cresc. Yarrawonga 3730. Ph: 03 5744 2648
catering for distances 100m,200m and 400metres and ages from 8 year old with a special under 21’s
event( for non registered runners). Free entry.

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