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Noble Park Wrap

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1 Noble Park Wrap on Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:27 pm


Noble Park Gift 2012
The Noble Park Football Club committee conducted an excellent day of racing on a perfect track with
very warm weather conditions at Noble Park Reserve on Sunday. Credit must go to the Noble Park
committee, VAL officials and Stawell starters who stuck to their tasks under the extremely hot
conditions. The hospitality provided after the last event was greatly appreciated by those officials.
Congratulations to Grant Penny on his effort to co‐ordinate the local school kids in their athlete events
throughout the afternoon. The kids followed Mr Penny around like the Pied Piper and competed with
plenty of enthusiasm and endeavour. The Noble Park club provided lunch as well as plenty of sashes and
trophies for the youngsters.

City of Dandenong 70 metres Open.
After several near misses Fabrice Melanie (5m) narrowly held out John Nicolosi (3.75m) and Mohamad
Zeed (4m) to win his first race for the season. Melanie won his semi final in 7.83 against Nicolosi’s 7.72
but was able to turn the tables by 1/1000th of a second in the final in the time of 7.76. Melanie has
featured in the gift finals at Maryborough, Gippsland, Frankson and Ballarat without winning but
appreciated the drop in distance for the Noble Park event. Mohamad Zeed continues to impress in his
racing with the Victorian Athletic League. Fabrice is coached Bruce Gulliver.

Noble Park Traders and Darryl Woods 1600m Ladies and veterans.
Following up on last week’s open handicap placing at Keilor, Sean Beer (310m) strode to the line an easy
winner at Noble Park in the women’s/veterans 1600 metres from Tony Moran (165m) and Craig Harris
(105m). The field stayed in their number order for the first 800 metres before Moran made a move with
about 600 metres to travel. At the bell Robert Kensole (385m) was still the leader from Beer, Greg
Whitecross (345m) and Kerrieanne Hocking (370m) but the backmarkers were improving with Moran ,
Wayne James (175m) , Harris, Greg Hilson and Dennis King (195m) all making ground. With 300 metres
to travel Beer took over by a clear margin, with Moran working to second as Harris charged out of the
pack. Sean Beer held a comfortable break in the run to the line to record the time of 4.29.6. James
Deane on the very tough handicap of 40 metres ran on very strongly for fifth place.

300m Women’s and Vets
After a long and exhausting day in 35 degree heat, the Vets and Women took their place in the final. Ang
Wilson had run ‘time up’ and looked to have more in the tank, but as everyone knows, time up in a
300m means about as much as a Gillard election promise. Sweet bugger all.
As they crossed the line, Angela Wilson (1st place in 35.65 secs off 85m) was one of the few runners
actually able to run quicker in the challenging conditions, followed by “Sizzling” Steph Mollica in 2nd
place (36.27 secs) and Stormin’ Norman McGuire (36.93 off 35m) to round off third spot. Well done to

Open 300m handicap
Given that there are only a handful of Open 300m races on the VAL calendar (hint, hint), these are
always highly sought after and tightly contested events. The final of the Noble Park 300m Open was no
different. With names like Weaver, Tancredi, Hargraves, and Sapac at the rear of the field it was no
surprise that the front markers needed a change of underpants before lining up for the last event of the
day. Despite a gallant effort from Paul Tancredi (who must be due for a 300m win soon), Athletics’ Most
Dangerous Man, Chris Roche, led from start to finish and powered home for a win off 31m in a time of
34.49 secs. A special mention to 3rd place Josh Mather who ran 35.06 off 18m. Clearly a young talent to
watch in the very near future.

(Thanks To Chris Roche for submitting the “wrap” for the two 300 metre events at Noble Park. As he
won the event he may be a little humble in his assessment, although his ”moniker” maybe more about
ambition than reality). In the race Chris, after running one of the quicker heats, was never really
challenged and only Tancredi was able to offer a solid danger as he cleared the pack to set out after
Roche. In the run to the line Chris won clearly from Tancredi with (as Chris stated) an eye catching
Bendigo trial from Josh Mather into third place.

Victorian Cross Country League 1600m Novice.
Peter Cowell (130m) turned a number of recent placings into an easy win in the Victorian Cross Country
League novice 1600 metres on Sunday as he held out the fast finishing Michael Low (120m) and John
Morris (180m) in 4.16.5. Early in the event Ellie Tossol (400m) opened up a commanding lead as she
cleared out from her co‐frontmarkers of Ellen Boundy (400m) and Tayla Sproule (360m) with those back
in the field showing no real interest in chasing. At the bell it was still Ellie and Tayla in front with the
yellow singlet of Cowell closing in on them. Back in the pack, a long way off the lead, Michael Low
started to race home solidly and John Morris was still prominent. On the home turn Cowell had the race
in his keeping but Low continued to close the winning margin and looks an excellent chance of breaking
his novice status in the next heat of the VCCL series at Braybrook. Since joining the VAL Cowell rarely
misses a meeting and was a well deserved winner as he goes into the Stawell final a definite winning

The Victorian Cross Country League are currently planning their 2012 winter season and are seeking any
VAL athletes who wish to keep fit during the off season. The VCCL has a calendar with nineteen races,
ranging from 5k to 10miles and race for weekly prizes of a minimum $750. The registration for first year
runners is free and the VCCL cater for all ages from school kids to grandfathers. Information will be
available at the colour table in mid March.

Noble Park 2k Classic
Michael Marantelli (20m) showed his liking for the 2000 metre trip with a strong win in the Noble Park
Classic, holding out Cody Williamson (30m) and Ned Donohoe (30m) in the time of 5.33.8. Michael, also
a dual winner of the St Bernard’s 2k, was one of a group of backmarkers who raced together for the
greater portion of the race with the lead in this group changing many times. The sole female in the race,
Ni’ia Hothersall (215m) set a very solid pace early in the race and at different stages looked that she was
doing enough to be still in the finish. With 1200 metres still to travel Hothersall led clearly from Gordon
Muir (140m) with a further good break to Ian Burrows (90m) and Chris Bridge (100m). At this stage the
“backies” were 25 seconds off the tearaway leader. The race changed complexion very quickly after the
1000 metres mark as Hothersall tired and was passed by the new leaders Muir, Burrows and Bridge.
With 800 metres to go these leaders only had 13 seconds start on a quickly converging back group which
included Marantelli, Williamson, Patten, Donohoe, Nolan and McDonough. The field started to spread
out with many starting to feel the effects of the solid tempo. As the runners passed the bell the
backmarkers surged to the front with Marantelli taking over, narrowly, at the 250 metres point hotly
challenged by Patten, Donohoe and Williamson. Patten and Marantelli went head to head with
Williamson and Donohoe set to pounce over the final stages. As this group settled down for the run
home Williamson tackled Marantelli and battled to the line determinedly to just miss.
Noel Rexter created the Noble Park 2k classic four seasons ago and with the assistance of a number of
sponsors has seen the race grow in importance on the VAL calendar.

City Of Greater Dandenong 120 metres Gift.
The gift finish was the closest of the season with, after much discussion, Paul Hughes (13m) was
declared the winner from Kelly Sheldrick (14m) and Michael Bolton (7.75m). The margin was officially
2/1000th of a second with the last placed runner James Vine (6m) only two metres off the winner. The
eleven heats of the gift were decided with the fastest time going to Travis Soutter (15m&12.54) from
Paul Cracroft‐Wilson (7m & 12.58) and Paul Hughes ( 12.59). Kelly Sheldrick was by no means out of the
race at this stage as he won his heat comfortably in 12.79. The semi finals went to Michael Bolton
(12.56) and Cracroft‐Wilson in 12.67 inches ahead of Sheldrick and Hughes. Amazingly it was the slower
of the semis that was to provide the placings as Hughes and Sheldrick were to improve on their times to
record 12.416 and 12.418 to run the quinella. Hughes is enjoying his best season with Sunday’s win his
fourth for the season and the Noble Park feature his first gift win. Paul Hughes is coached by Greg
O’Keefe at Wangaratta.

Norm Harrison Memorial 100 metres Novice.
The Jim King sponsored novice 100 metres was taken out with a fast finishing burst from Jordan Keast
(10.25m) as he overtook Cameron Paice (13m) and Jack Dooley (8.25m)in the last stride in 10.75. Keast
had posted the fastest heat time with a run of 10.77, marginally ahead of the time of 10.83 by Paice. The
form was to stand up with Keast defeating Paice by 3/100ths of a second with Dooley a close third.
Jordan in only his second season has become a regular with the VAL and has made a number of novice
finals, a St Bernard’s second his best effort before Sunday. The winner is coached at Ballarat by Rob
The race was named in honour of former VAL coach, the late Norm Harrison one of the VAL’s greatest
supporters for many years.

120 metres RACV under 20’s
The highly successful RACV series continued at Noble Park with six very competitive heats conducted.
When Ellie‐May Maguire (25.5m), placed recently at Stonnington, recorded the fastest heat time of 12.8
defeating Kaylen Jensen(10m) it looked as if she would open her winning account. In the final Ellie‐May
once again defeated Jensen and improved on her heat time as she raced away in the time of 12.68.
Jordan Keast ran third, making his day a very successful one. Ellie‐May’s win makes her task of qualifying
for the final at Stawell much easier as she now is placed in the top eight qualifiers. Ellie‐May is coached
by Brett Hayes.

Dingley Village Community Bank, Bendigo Bank 550 metres.
Mark Hipworth, fresh from a South Australian win on Saturday night, headed to Noble Park to record
another win in his long and successful career in the 550 metres final. After finishing second in his heat
Hipworth (62m) took a sit behind Tom Hecimovic (78m) in the final and hit the lead at the 200 metres
mark to run to the line an easy winner in 1.11.42. Trent Lowry (32m), the fastest heat winner, ran home
strongly to grab second ahead of Hecimovic. Hipworth the winner of a vast number of VAL events is
enjoying his best season for many years with Sunday’s win being his fifth for 2011/12.

400 metres SportzBiz Novice.
Another successful series conducted by the Victorian Athletic League is the SportzBiz 400 metre heats
culminating with the ten top point scorers running in the final at Stawell. The race is sponsored by
SportzBiz stores in Ballarat and Ararat operated by current VAL runner Marcus Cooper and former
athletes Steve Johnson and Peter Emmerson. Sunday’s final went to Conor Nunn (34m) who chased
hard after Travis Pike, the fastest heat winner (36m), in the early stages of the race. These tactics
resulted in Pike hitting the front before the home turn with Nunn his only danger. Nunn cruised to the
lead as they straightened and was never troubled to defeat Pike and the fast finishing Buddy Williams
(24m) in 48.26. Sunday’s win was the first for Conor as he will most likely join his brother Rory at
Bendigo in the task of capturing the elusive Black Opal. Conor likes to show a good deal of emotion as he
crosses the line in front, not only in the final but also the heat. He may, in time, be able to give a few of
his more extravagant contemporaries a run for their money in this regard. (lookout Threfall and
Marantelli). Conor is coached in Ballarat by Peter O’Dwyer.

Burramine are once again conducting events for the youngsters at their carnival this year. Contact is
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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