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1 Keilor wrap on Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:36 pm


Keilor Gift 2012.
The Keilor Gift was re‐introduced to the Victorian Athletic League calendar in 1991 and since then has
been one of the major carnivals in the final lead up to Stawell. On Saturday the weather was perfect
with little or no breeze turning into a pleasant evening for the main finals and of course the fireworks.
As in previous years Keilor Sports Club’s organising of the day was perfect with ample assistants
provided for all areas. Hayden Kelly and Barry Curley have, over the years, continually fine tuned Keilor
to make the day a “must“ for not only the VAL’s athletes but also an influx of interstaters. The wood
chopping, kids athletics and National Anthem sung by Leah Caruana added to the day's success.
Congratulations to Tom and Shae Hecimovic on the safe arrival of baby Luca this week at the Frances
Perry hospital. Tom did say that the birth was a breeze although it was a little hard to concentrate on his
book with all the unnecessary noise going on. Hopefully we will see Luca at his first Stawell carnival this

Benton’s Plumbtec 70 metres Open.
The day commenced with the Benton’s Plumbtec 70 metres where the backmarker Matthew Hargreaves
(4m) powered home over the top of frontmarker Brian Wright (11.75m) with Andrew Waldron (6.5m)
running third in 7.69. After the heat stage there was no clear favourite with Melissa Howard (10.5m)
recording the fastest time of 7.75, marginally quicker than a group of runners including Hargreaves,
Wright and Andrew Robinson (4.5m). In the semi finals Tara Domaschenz (11.75m) improved
dramatically to run 7.65 clear of Hargreaves, 7.78 and Wright in 7.74. Robinson was narrowly eliminated
at this stage but was to reappear with distinction in the gift before the day was over. In the final Wright
began too well for Domaschenz and looked the winner until claimed by the John Henry trained Matthew
Hargreaves in the final few metres. Matthew a most consistent athlete over the years has had a quiet
season in 2011/12 by his standards and Saturday’s win was his first for the season.

120 metres RACV under 20’s
After carrying the family banner for the last couple of seasons Josh Mather decided to have an easy day
at Keilor and left the task of collecting some silverware to his younger brothers. In the heats of the RACV
series Matt Mather (17.5m) recorded the fastest time with a run of 12.88 whilst Tim Mather (19.5m)
crossed the line in 13.04. The only runners likely to trouble the Mather boys were Ellie Maguire (25.5 &
12.96) and the improving Ryan James (15m & 13.08). In the final Matt (he’s the shorter one) quickly got
to his taller brother and with a wry smile crossed the line in 12.9. Jesse Simpson (18.5m) improved on
her heat run to grab third. As a result of Saturday’s win Matt gets the top bunk and Tim is left with the
task of cleaning the spikes. No mention of the Mather’s can be made without mention of Grandfather
George who not only is very proud of the boys but also is trainer and nursemaid to the AFL boundary

Phoenix Consulting 800 metres Open.
The three heats of the 800 metres were fairly even although Ian Burrows (60m) ran the fastest heat of
1.53.4 in a hectic and close finish. David Haigh (54m)winning a slower heat in 1.55.37 looked to win with
ease and following on with his good recent form was entitled to be the top fancy for the final. In the
final Craig Harris 9(82m) led out but Burrows was the first to make a serious challenge with Darren
Naismith (64m) sticking with Burrows. The backmarkers never really featured and Burrows was a clear
winner from Naismith with Harris hanging onto third. Burrows a AFL boundary umpire, is coached by
Mark Hipworth and Saturday’s win was his second success with the VAL. “Buzz”, also runs a boarding
house for wayward youth and is happy to accommodate any needy VAL runners who maybe passing his
Kew residence.
The heats saw the launch of Simon Fitzpatrick’s race calling career and in one of the hardest professions
to master “Fitzy” put in a sterling effort. He will be better for the run and may put in an appearance at
Noble Park this week.

800 metres VCCL women’s handicap
Kathryn Heagney (140m) produced another all the way wins when she dominated the Victorian Cross
Country League 800 metres at Keilor. Kathryn set a solid pace and was still a 25 metre leader at the bell
with the rest of the field in single file. The order didn’t change until the final 100 metres when
Tasmanian Michelle Davis (54m) produced a withering run from the rear to run into a very strong
second placing. Lisa Roberts (120m) handled the recent increase in distance from 300 metres to hold
onto third place just ahead of Ellie Tossol (120m). Kathryn has an excellent season thus far with wins
also at Ringwood and St Albans. The winner is coached by John Knott in Bendigo and ran the distance in

Hardwood Andrews, Lawyers 70 metres Skins
The “skins” always prove an interesting spectacle and with $800 on offer the Keilor edition was always
going to be keenly contested. In the first of three rounds Dale Woodhams (1.75m) and Paul Tancredi
(3m) were eliminated but still managed to pocket $50 for their trouble, that’s roughly $22,000 an hour.
Not bad work if you can get it. The second round saw John Nicolosi (1.75m) and Matthew Wiltshire (2m)
drop out but they still caressed a lazy $100 into their wallets for their 16 seconds in the spotlight. As the
remaining two runners Sam Jamieson (scr) and Mohamad Zeed (2m) CRAWLED back to the start the
official starter “Wild Mathew Hickok” seemed to overlook the rules of skins and gave the remaining
contestants plenty of latitude. Eventually after a great deal of butt scratching and stargazing Sam and
Mohamad took to their blocks and got the race under way. Jamieson began brilliantly and had Zeed in a
stride as the 2008 Stawell Gift winner showed he is back to his best. Mohamad only new to this “dash
for cash’ caper must be wondering about his lost years in the wilderness (read, amos). Jamieson has
recently had the luxury of picking up a little extra cash in backmarker and skins events when eliminated
from the main race.

SportzBiz 400 metres Novice.
One of the most impressive wins of the day went to the Adrian fury trained Brady Lehman (29m) as he
waltzed away in the novice final to defeat Nicholas Cross (32m) and Lachlan Malloy (35m) in 48.66. This
time was to line up very nicely with the open 400 metres final time of 49.13. The heats were very even
with less than a second separating the four heat winners, but Lehman was clearly the most impressive in
these heats. In the final Lehman surged towards the leaders with 150 metres to travel and quickly put
the race out of reach of the remaining runners. Nicholas Cross tried to go with the winner and Corey
Nunn battled on gamely but Lehman heads towards the final of the SportzBiz with a great winning

Joe Brown Memorial 1600 metres Backmarkers.
The backmarkers 1600 metres was won in authoritative fashion by Adrian Phelan (130m) as he cleared
out to win by ten metres in 4.10.93.The runners settled down with Craig Harris (185m) leading from
Greg Barton (185m) and at this early stage Mathew Smith (140m) was the first to show any desire to
chase the leaders. With about 1100 metres to go Andrew Patten (75m) from the back mark made a
concerted effort to improve his position and looked a chance to add to his impressive recent record.
With two laps to go Harris was still clear of Barton, with Smith improving and the eventual winner
Adrian Phelan working into the race by following up Gordon Muir (165m) and Michael Tuhan (170m).
Patten passed Luke Searle (90m) at this point but was still at least 60 metres off the lead. The race
changed quickly after the bell when Phelan sprinted to take over and set up a handy lead with Smith
attempting to hang on. This move by the winner finished off the “fronties” and made the backmarkers
task beyond them. As Phelan raced away David Haigh (135m) scorched home to relieve Muir of the
third prize cheque. This seemed reasonable as Haighy’s butler had recently exceeded the “Silvo”
allowance to clean Dave’s trophy cabinet and everything helps.
Adrian Phelan is coached by Brad Carter and completed a successful week on the back of his equally
impressive Ballarat win.

Moonya Dairy and Coca Cola 1600 metres frontmarkers.
The frontmakers division of the 1600 metres saw Wayne James (270m) return to the winners list when
he held on to defeat Tony Moran (245m) and Sean Beer (375m) in 4.13.3. Early in the event the limit
markers, Rob Kensole and Victoria Atkins, set a nice speed to give Sean Beer a comfortable cart for the
first 800 metres before he took over before the bell. The red runner, Greg Hilson (190m) who had
gradually made ground, started to look a winning chance at the 500 metres mark as he along with James
and Moran quickly moved through the field. At the 200 metres Beer was claimed by the winner with
Moran a clear danger whilst Mark Hipworth started to work home strongly. In the final stages Wayne
James held on well to claim his first win since Daylesford 800 metres in season 2008/09. Wayne is a
product of the powerful training factory of Quilty/Beer/James.

Keilor Jazz, Aggies Florist 400 metres women’s Hcp.
After several years off the scene Anna Pasquali (38m) completed her comeback with a hard fought
victory in the ladies 400 metres final. Anna hit the front midway through the event and held out Eleni
Gilden (30m) and Kim McDonough (43m) in 55.47. With 200metres to travel Pasquali made her move
but was trailed up by Michelle Davis and Gilden who both looked dangerous. In the run to the line the
winner had a metre advantage as the placegetters started to tire on their efforts. The backmarker
Amanda Crook (12m) was unable to tack on to the field until the final stages and was battling to the line
reasonably well. Anna was formerly one of the Victoria’s best 400 metre athletes before retiring to have
a family. She can be seen at most VAL meeting followed around by three cute little people, husband
Wally is the tallest of the three.

Keilor Hotel 400 metres Open.
Tom Hecimovic (60) made it a big week when he led all the way to take out the 400 metres final from
Robert Keenan (32m) and Rory Nunn (29m) in 49.13. Tom, who qualified as a fastest loser, looked sure
to be headed on the home turn when a wall of runners appeared ready to pounce. However, similar to
Tom’s win at Noble Park in 2009, he was able to find enough to hold on for the $1000 first prize. Rory
Nunn continues to improve and along with a few others from Saturday’s final should be very
competitive in the Bendigo Black Opal in two weeks time. The fastest heat winner, Shane Ezard (25m),
was caught wide at the 250 metres point when he started to make his run and was then blocked for a
run in the home straight. Hecimovic is coached by Ritchie Polkinghorne.

Billie Jo Petersen Memorial Women’s Gift.
Heat three of the ladies 120 metres gift was to provide the form guide for the rest of the day. Bridget
Oakley (6m) defeated Kimberley Bush (9.25m) by 2/1000ths of a second in the time of 14.3, clearly the
fastest time of the day. They were separated at the semi final stage and each won their way through to
the final with still only 4/1000ths between them, Bridget still the quicker. In the final Oakley maintained
her form and went on to win by a metre with Bush tiring badly into fourth place in the time of 14.44.
Katie Moore (2.5m) ran on strongly to take second from Patricia Fox (9m) but Oakley was a worthy and
decisive winner. Oakley is coached by Adrian Fury and joins a long list of talented female sprinters from
the Albury area.

Retirecare Personal Wealth Management Keilor Gift.
The main event on the program was the 120 metres gift and as in past years attracted a quality field
including many interstate athletes. Tasmanian Andrew Robinson (6.75m), after being placed in the
fastest heat, was able to turn the tables in the final to run to the line a clear winner in 12.55. In heat
seven Robinson finished second to Peter Walsh (8.75m) and both were to qualify with impressive semi
final wins but looked in bother when Khan Marr (3.5m) scorched through his semi with a 12.38. The
other semi finals were won by last week’s Ballarat winner David Tinney (6m & 12.72), the ever
consistent Ben Weaver (6.25m & 12.56) and Craig Foley (11.75m & 12.89) making another big final after
a run of injuries. In the final Robinson quickly worked his way to the front and ran to the line clear of
the fast finishing Marr and Walsh. Marr failed to fire early and was handed a $250 penalty and
reprimand for his performance. Robinson’s win was not completely unexpected as he was responsible
for an excellent fourth last Sunday in the Ballarat final. Robinson is coached by Ray Quarrel, a regular
visitor on the Victorian circuit.

Thank you to Chris Roche for his contribution to this week’s Keilor Wrap. Anyone who wishes to add
their “slant” to the wrap and write a summary of an event or two please contact Mark Howard or Brian
The Keilor committee has always been a committee consisting of workers with long periods of
continuous service. An example would have to be Brian Bulluss and Anton Mahoney, both former VAL
competitors. The “Abbot and Costello” of ground marksmen Brian and Anton have been doing the job
for over 20 years and continue to contribute to the sport that they enjoyed in their sporting days. Both
trained with Ferg Speakman, Anton a Stawell 550 metres winner and Brian occasionally placed in a “run
thru” at training but found speed when a social event was on.

A note from the VAL office;
Over the winter period the VAL will be updating the on line entry procedure enabling athletes to register
and enter with a minimum of fuss. The current system has its drawbacks and causes the occasional miss
placing of an entry. Under the current system runners are reminded to check their entries when the
preliminary lists are posted on the website.
This week at Noble Park, besides the 120 metres gift we have the fourth running of the 2k classic, as
well as more heats of the SportzBiz, VCCL and RACV . Previous winners of the 2k include Matthew
McDonough, Brady Threlfall and Sean Quilty.
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 21s
event( for non registered runners). Free entry.

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