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Maribyrnong Wrap

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1 Maribyrnong Wrap on Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:29 pm


Maribyrnong Gift 4th March 2012

After a week of continuous rain most would have expected a waterlogged track with solid footing hard
to find. However at Pennell Reserve on Sunday the track, although conditions were soft, wet and tough
the track was perfectly prepared and safe to race on. The Braybrook Football and St Andrew’s Cricket
Clubs, in only their second season with the VAL, once again provided a smoothly run day of entertaining
competition. There was a good and vocal crowd in attendance, especially whenever a local appeared as
a winning chance.

Mathew Pipczak Painting and Decorating 70m Frontmarkers.
Morgan Deane (10m) broke through for a narrow win in the front markers division of the 70 metres by
holding out the fast finishing Craig Mair(1.75m) and Tara Domaschenz(6m) in 8.56. Morgan also
recorded 8.56 in her heat, second only to Richard Norris’ 8.55. In the final, although tiring, Morgan
always appeared to be holding a comfortable advantage until the final few metres when Mair closed
quickly to make it very close. After a quick check of the video Deane was given the verdict by 2/1000ths
of a second. Sunday’s win was her third with the VAL but her first win at the 70 metres distance. Her last
win was the Casey 120m Women’s final in the 2007/08 season. Morgan is coached by her father Linton

Tommy Weir 70 metres Backmarkers.
After the heats there was only a metre separating the final eight runners in the back markers 70 metres
and Matthew Hargreaves (3.25m) was able to record his second win for the season with a 1/100th of a
second margin over Paul Tancredi (4.75m) and Andrew Waldron (6.5m). Matthew also won the Keilor 70
metres and will turn his attention this week, at Bendigo, to the 400 metres where he will be running
from scratch. Matthew’s winning time was 7.81 and is coached by John Henry. John turned 70 years old
this week and when asked for a quote to celebrate the occasion his only reply was that “his wild oats
had now turned to All Bran”.

RACV 120 metres under 20’s.
Craig Mair, although beaten in the 70 metres final was to gain a great deal of satisfaction later in the day
as he recorded his first win as a coach with an impressive win by Jimmie Gladman in the RACV final.
Gladman (12m) carried the red jacket with distinction as he swept past Simon Carey (15.25m) and
Lachlan Malloy (14m) to win running away in 12.91. Jimmie had clearly run the fastest heat time of
12.92, well ahead of Ryan James (13.17) and Malloy (13.23). Sunday’s win came at Gladman’s seventh
run with the VAL and each run has shown steady improvement. Sunday’s race may not only have
showcased an improving sprinter but also highlighted an emerging coach of the future. Simon Carey was
once again prominent in an under 20’s final and must surely be close to taking home that elusive sash.

Braybrook Sporting Club 120 metres Womens Handicap.
Susan Sinclair(10.5m) made the long trip from Newcastle to Braybrook worthwhile when she
comfortably won the women’s gift in 14.72. Susan won her heat in the fastest time of 14.87 and
improved on that time to defeat Kim McDonough(11m) and Amy Tozer (10.5m) by more than a metre in
the final. Sinclair has been an infrequent visitor to Victoria over the years but judging on Sunday’s win
and her excellent placing in the 300 metres event later in the afternoon she will be back before the
season finishes. Susan made the long car trip with her parents and brother Marty who made the final of
the 70 metres.

Victorian Cross Country League 1600m Novice
Chris Bridge(120m) after seven seasons and many fine placings finally broke through for his first win
with the Victorian Athletic League when he thundered home over the valiant Ellie Tossol (400m) and
Franky Campesi (170m) in 4.29.6. Amongst Chris’ runs have been a third to Brady Threfall in the
Stonnington backmarkers and a third in the St Bernard’s 2k, both outstanding runs for a novice. On
Sunday Chris settled a long way off the early leaders and didn’t appear a chance until he started to work
into the race with 600 metres to travel. At this stage he was followed up by Campesi and Indiana
Cooper(160m) but was able to get a good break on those runners after the bell. At the two hundred
metre mark Tossol was still a clear leader but was starting to tire as Bridge gathered momentum. The
winner cleared out over the final 50 metres and looks set to add an open win to his record in the near
future. As good as Chris’ victory was, he did spoil a great story as a win for Ellie Tossol would surely have
been a just reward for a sterling effort. Ellie has competed for the last two seasons in these VCCL events
and always sets a solid pace only to be shot down over the last part of the race. Ellie, now the leading
sportsperson in her family, is the daughter of Barry, a runner of some note in “the olden days”.

Sunshine Collectables 1600m Open.
There is an old Scottish saying “haste ye back” but anyone that chased home Scotland’s very own John
Thomson will be using the Australian saying of P.O. Q. as “Thommo” handed out a “thruishen “to the
opposition in the open mile at Braybrook. With 800 metres to travel Thomson(250m) was in sixth
position sixty metres off the leaders but by the time the bell was ringing John had taken the lead and
was opening up a very big gap on the chasing pack. Thomson finished in 4.20.2, forty metres or should
that be fowertie metres clear of Craig Harris (185m) and Matthew Sandilands (180m). John, a regular
visitor for the Victorian season, will only be staying for a few weeks and will be home in Scotland when
Stawell is run. Whilst in Melbourne John is enjoying the company of Angie Wilson and Dave Haigh. As
Ange and Dave are rarely at home we can take it for granted that “Thommo” will be sighted in the social
pages in the coming weeks. Craig Harris battled on for a respectable second while Matthew Sandilands
who has had a relative quiet season was responsible for another solid effort with his third.

Swazza Transport 300m Womens & Vets
A list of Australia’s greatest sporting moments:
Australia’s win in the America’s Cup in 1983;
Cathy Freeman’s 400m victory at the Sydney Olympics in 2000;
The Socceroos qualifying for the 2006 World Cup after a penalty shoo0t out against Uruguay;
‘Stormin’ Norman’ McGuire’s win in the Women’s and Vets 300m at Maribyrnong.
Such was the magnitude and popularity of home town hero, Norman’s win (39.40 secs off 35m), security
were forced to pull Norman out of the crowd from his die‐hard fans to enable him to be presented with
his sash and winner’s cheque at the dais. Susan Sinclair from NSW (2nd in 39.73 off 40m) and Mandy
Emmet (3rd in 39.75 off 63m)were the placings. Norman was truly a man possessed by God and he has
now taken his second pro win of the season and second win overall. Congrats.

Summerhill Drafting Service 400m Open
The open 400m should have been renamed slugfest 400. Two days’ worth of rain pooled into the back
half of the oval and made 400 metres feel like running 1km in snow. Conditions only got worse as the
water converted to mud. The fact that many athletes were warming up in bare feet, and then keeling
over after their heats was a tell‐tale sign that this was a tough event. A special mention to all runners
who decided to brave the challenging conditions. In the final 50m of the final it looked like Richard
Norris was going to come through with a win, but alas, the man with fastest time up in the heats, Peter
O’Donnell (1st in 50.85 off 50m), stepped up in the last 30 metres over taking Richie and coming home
for the win. A fast finishing David Haigh crossed the line in 2nd place (50.93 off 38m) with the big
Queenslander, R. Norris coming in third (50.07 off 61m) and maybe earning enough money to
potentially pay for his petrol back to Tullamarine.

City of Maribyrnong 120m Gift
The men’s Gift final was held on a wet track, racing uphill into a slight head wind. Some of the worse
conditions ever, although many of the loosing semi‐finalists also chose to run the 400m open later in the
afternoon. Mohamed Zeed who has had a strong consistent season looked the bookie’s favourite and
didn’t disappoint with a strong finish on an unforgiving track to catch the frontmarkers. On the line,
Mohamed won in (adjusted times) 12.83secs off 7m, Matthew Mifsud ran 2nd in 12.88 off 10.5m and
Adam Cabble third in 12.96 off 11.5m. Mohamed’s hamstring appears to have got the better of him on
the line, we hope it was nothing more than a slight cramp due to the heavy track and wish him a speedy

Braybrook was the last appearance of the current season for race caller Edward Sadler. Edward in his
second season with the VAL has steadily improved with his increased knowledge of the athletes and has,
as the season progressed, added his own brand of comments and may we say humour. We look forward
to seeing and hearing Edward later in the year and thank him for his contribution to the various carnivals
that he has called at.
On the same note Simon Fitzpatrick has been calling a few heats over the last month and is improving
each week. Simon has stuck to the task and always prepares well for his selected events. The day may
come when we let Simon loose for the whole day which would give him a chance to settle into the task.
Simon is competing in the 400 metres at the Championships this weekend at Albert Park. We wish him

As most would be aware “Coxy” is still a little the worse for wear and would appreciate any help before
or after each carnival. Many have stepped in to help which is great and none more so than Shane
McKenzie who has been terrific in his “cuddling” of the “old boy”. On the same topic, Long John
Holloway was spotted at Braybrook with a walking stick. Obviously seeking some of the “Coxy love”,
Long John is seeking sympathy with his piece of mahogany. However this writer spotted John jogging
home along Ballarat Road after the meeting, walking stick nowhere in sight. John, “you can fool some of
the people some of the time etc....”
Frances Connell wishes to inform everyone that although Yarrawonga is having a little flood problems at
the moment everything will be “business as usual” for the Burramine Gift carnival in two weeks. For
those new runners who haven’t been to a Burramine Gift before, put in your entry and head up north.
The days racing is always exciting and the hospitality unmatched.
Important Survey
Attention all female athletes/coaches. In the near future Emma Poynton (chair of the Ladies Advisory
Comm) will be sending an email to all females currently registered with the VAL. The purpose of this
survey is to gain from the ladies information as to what they would like to see on the track for the
2012/13 season. It is important that you study, answer and return the survey. It will determine to a large
extent what distances and type of events that are programmed for next season.

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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