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1 burramine Wrap on Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:20 pm


Burramine Sports Club March 17th 2012
Frances Connell in her part time job as the local weather lady assured the VAL community that we would have clear skies, sunny weather and a beautiful track. Some that don’t know the power of Frances may have doubted her, but everything was as Frances promised. The day started with over eighty local school children competing in the traditional Burramine under age sprint events (results below) and closed with the presentations for all VAL events at the Mulwala club in the evening. The evening is one of the rare opportunities for the VAL community to mix socially and the hospitality extended by the Burramine Sports Club and Mulwala Club is without equal throughout the season. Peter Lawless, Burramine president, along with Frances Connell and a never tiring committee put together a great carnival regardless of the last minute flood problems. It was good to see that all race winners were at the club to receive their sashes and prize money. Frances has already locked in Saturday March 16th for seasons 2012/13, so book early.
Incidentally, Frances has promised a sunny day with a fast track for Melbourne cup day, overcast weather for Anzac day and repeating weather for ground hog day.

The Tom Hopkins memorial backmarkers was won in great style by Carl Morehouse who was unrecognizable out of the red jacket. He appreciated the fact that the majority of the field was behind him at the start and he quickly looked in control of the race to win in 12.68. Tom Hopkins was the long time secretary (40 years) of the Burramine Sports Club and its driving force for so many years. If you missed Burramine, Tom would want to know why, does that remind you of anyone else.

The Kelly Brothers 70 metres Open sprint & Burramine Telford Women’s 120 metres
Tenneille Trigwell (13m) turned the Kelly Brothers sprint into a procession when she was never headed to win by nearly a metre from Tara Domaschenz (11.75m) and Ben Weaver in 7.66. Tenneille was clearly the one to beat after her comprehensive wins in the heat and semi final and added the $600 first prize to her growing list of Victorian prize money. The Kelly Brothers event is one of the richest 70 metre events on the circuit and always gets the day’s events off to a flying start. Earlier in the season Tenneille made the trip from Western Australia to record a win and two seconds on the Albury/ Wangaratta weekend and kept her good form rolling with her sprint win followed by a very easy win in the ladies 120 metres final a short time later. Tenneille is coached in Perth by her husband Glenn Ross.
In the Telford Ladies Gift Tenneille (6.75m) once again set the standard and went into the final with a heat time of 12.08 to her credit. She was untroubled to defeat Rita Pana (18.5m) and backmarker Katherine Clarke (3.25m) in the quicker time of 11.83.

Peter Lawless Snr Veterans Handicap.
Rita Pana (25.5m) was able to extract revenge on the Western Australian visitors when she held out Glenn Ross (4m) in the Veterans final by the barest of margins in 11.08. Rita went into the final as a heat winner although only the fifth fastest qualifier but quickly gathered Angela Wilson (28.75m) and looked a sure winner as the finished line neared, only for Ross to make a desperate lunge at the tape. Rita
didn’t need the official nod from the judges as she threw her hands into the air to celebrate her second VAL victory. Angela Wilson held on to finish third. Pana‘s previous win was at Bendigo over the 400 metres trip. Rita is coached by Benny Tancredi who continues to produce the winners from his boutique stable. Having said that Benny is seeking outside interest from other stables to train “wild child” Blake senior.

Strathmerton Drilling Muckatah Novice 100m
Cameron Paice (13m) went to Burramine quietly confident that he would return home without his novice status and that he achieved with a minimum of fuss. Cameron progressed from the heat stage of the event with a clear margin on times and was to increase this dominance in the final. Paice defeated Tim Mather (14.25m) by more than a metre with Chris Seaton (6m) in third place. Cameron’s time of 10.71 was the fastest of the day and follows on from his last start second at Noble Park. Chris Seaton in his two starts with the VAL has shown a fair degree of talent with his two final appearances.

Burramine 120 metres Gift
With a honour roll that dates back to the great Eric Cummings (3m) winning the first gift in 1952 and containing some of the best sprinters of the last sixty years the $8000 Burramine Gift is amongst the most highly sought races on the VAL calendar. The evenness of this year’s field was demonstrated by the heats being run with only 17/100ths between the eight winners. The slowest qualifier into the semis recorded a very respectable 12.8, ensuring the semi finals were going to be tight. After the heats Matthew Wiltshire (7m) set the standard with a time of 12.52 from Peter Walsh (7.5m) 12.60 and Fabrice Melanie (9.25m) in 12.63. With the two semi final winners Matthew Hargreaves (5.75m & 12.54) and Fabrice Melanie (9.25m & 12.45) winning in very close finishes the Gift final was still “up for grabs”. The final consisted of Kevin Brittain dual Stawell Gift finalist, Matthew Hargreaves and Peter Walsh, multiple winners over all distances, Mark Hignett runner up in the Stawell Gift, young gun Matthew Wiltshire and Melanie, surely due to hit the big time. In a finish that had everyone guessing Fabrice Melanie was given the decision by 3/100ths of a second from Peter Walsh and a further 1/1000th of a second to Matthew Hargreaves in 12.51, only just bettering the previous fastest time of the day. The last placed Mark Hignett (12.63) was only a metre from the winner. Bruce Gulliver coached Melanie.

McLardy McShane Women’s and Veteran’s Handicap
As has been the case all season Saturday’s women’s and veteran’s final was keenly contested with runners spread across the track and only metres covering the field. The winning verdict went to Katie Moore (27m) from Matthew Callard (8m) and Laura Jane Hilditch(39m) in 36.16. In an amazing twist the final field consisted of the seven heat winners and the next three fastest times. The three fastest qualifiers finished in the first three places. Katie once again has had a very consistent season and Saturday’s win was her second, having won the 70 metres at Ringwood. Katie is trained by her husband Shane McKenzie, himself more than capable in his running days although I don’t remember him travelling around a bend.
Matthew Callard, after suffering an injury at Terang before Christmas, is returning to some good form for the last part of the season. Laura Jane, another to have an interrupted season, although hers was a holiday, is also working up to another win.

Broo 400metres Womens Final .
After a number of heats, at various carnivals, the Broo final was conducted at Burramine and Tara Domaschenz (18m) finished a clear winner from Anna Pasquali (26m) and Katherine Clarke (1m) in 55.69. Tara has had a great season, including winning the rich Stonnington Gift, and always looked comfortable in fourth place down the back straight, taking the lead from Kim McDonough (33m) on the home turn and winning by four metres. Anna Pasquali looked dangerous just after the turn but Tara held her comfortably in the run to the line. The backmarkers were never able to work their way into the race, although Katherine Clarke ran on very strongly for third place. Stephanie Mollica (scr) and Alice Platten (scr) bumped on the first turn and both lost a little momentum to make their task a little tougher. The winner is coached by Peter O’Dwyer at Ballarat.

John Gleeson Memorial 800 metres Handicap
Jason Hayes-Hornibrook (52m), after a season of close calls, powered away from the field in the home straight to win the 800 metres final from Derek Collinge (26m) and David Haigh (54m) in the quick time of 1.53.33. Jayson, coming off a solid second in the Bendigo Opal, sprinted very quickly at the 200 metres mark to set up a winning lead only for Collinge to muster another attempt to chase down the leader. In the run to the line Hayes-Hornibrook was a comfortable winner by more than five metres. Collinge handled his fourteen metre handicap adjustment (for winning at Bendigo) well and with his versatility, will still not have finished featuring in major races this season. Matt Grant (26m), the backmarker, worked hard early to trail Collinge but was unable to cope with the speed of Collinge down the back straight. David Haigh who hit the lead just after the bell tired slightly but was still able to come again to “pinch” third prize off Alan Cook (52m). Saturday’s effort makes it the 454th time that Haighy has grabbed a runner on the line for an increase in prize money. No wonder he lives in Brighton. Jordon Crane (38m), having his first VAL start, made the final but found the pace hard to match over the final 200 metres. He is sure to be better for the experience. Jason Hayes-Hornibrook is trained by Kerry McConnon.

Leo Burke Memorial Mile.
The Leo Burke Memorial Mile has been won be some absolute champions in the past (Cartha asked for that to be added) and on Saturday Michael Tuhan (175m) joined the list of winners for a race that has been on the program for many, many years. Although only fifteen competitors lined up for the start the race evolved into a spirited contest. Early in the race Kerrieanne Hocking (350m) held a commanding lead from James Lynch (260m), Peter Noden (205m) and John Thomson with the backmarker, Matthew McDonough (90m) that far back that he seemed to be in another event. The first of the backmarkers to make a solid run was Josh Sait (135m) who, after passing the 1000 metre point, looked likely to take a
big part in the finish. With two laps to travel Hocking was still in charge from Lynch, with a cluster of runners, David Page (195m) Noden and Thomson working their way into the race. McDonough started to make good ground after the 700 metres mark but at this stage Sait still looked the best of the backmarkers. Coming into the straight to hear the bell Matthew Sandilands (180m), David Page and Michael Tuhan who had been racing in sixth to eighth places made moves to go out after the new leader John Thomson, with McDonough making solid leeway into his unenviable task. Josh Sait by this stage started to tire out of the race. Just as the race appeared to be open to all comers, Michael Tuhan in his usual thrashing stride sprinted quickly to race clear in an instant. He went to the line eight metres clear of Page, Sandilands and Thomson with McDonough grinding into fifth. The time was 4.13.0
Frances; I have waited all week for this, plus a 100 miles of separation. A mile is 1609 metres.

Judd and Sons Tungamah 400 mts Handicap.
Brady Lehman (27m) continues on his VAL career without the fanfare that many other young and talented athletes seem to attract as he quietly builds a handy resume with his wins. In only his second season he added the Tungamah handicap to his Ringwood and Keilor novice wins with an effortless victory from Josh Mather (9m) and Chris Hargreaves (21m) in 47.95. Brady, from Albury and coached by Adrian Fury, sat mid field and produced what has become his trademark, a very quick burst before the home turn to place the race at his mercy. He ran to the line to win by four metres from Josh Mather who produced another terrific run off his new mark of nine metres. His time of 48.47 on a grass track, finishing very wide, is an outstanding effort. Another to run to the line well, zig zagging through the field, was middle distance “machine” Justin Murphy (29m). Maybe next season we will see Justin concentrate purely on the shorter events. The fastest qualifier, Reardon** Naismith (37m), put in a lack lustre run to finish fifth and was asked to visit the stewards “den” after the event.
**At the Mulwala Club, late on Saturday night when important things are discussed, a survey was conducted regarding Darren Naismith. It was generally agreed that Darren was not really a “Darren” and that a name change was required, something that was more fitting to the man in question. Some of the names to generate interest were Alex, Julian and the afore mentioned Reardon by Cartha MCkerrow. Darren (still Darren at that stage) was quiet taken with his own selection Fabio, and thought that with the long hair and stunning good looks he would look every inch a “Fabio” sitting in the Piazza Navona with an expresso coffee. His choice was quickly dismissed by the selection committee and Reardon was unanimously passed.

Latest VAL news
Great news from the Buckingham camp with the safe arrival of baby Jordan Dean last Tuesday. Congratulations to Katrina and Shane and of course a little brother for Chelsea.
Over the season the VAL officials and many hundreds of athletes must, between them, cover nearly a million miles on the Victorian roads. Over the years we have been incredibly lucky to avoid major accidents and the resulting injuries and death. On the weekend the Dunbar family were involved in a
serious accident and were able to live to tell the tale. The car may never see another VAL carnival but thankfully Rick, Sue, Nila and Kate will have many more. Rick is currently seeking advice on purchasing a new car, he believes the latest Lamborghini would suit his image and profile but needs advice on the choice between racing red and canary yellow.

Distance athletes please note, the Stawell Athletic Club WILL, if enough entries are received, split the 3200 metres into a front and backmarkers event. With international athletes already entered in the event the marks are very likely to be pushed out considerably. If the race is not divided it will give limited opportunity to be competitive to the regular VAL competitors. Once a race is eliminated from a carnival it is always difficult to find sponsors and space to return the event to the program. Enter, because who knows next year you may be the runner ready to fire.

This week the racing returns to Cricket Willow where Adrian Tinetti has organised a program of events that will not affect Stawell handicaps. The events are over distances not usually in use at the VAL carnivals and just to make the handicapping panel’s task a little easier, some distances are in yards. Most would agree that the panel have had a fairly “cushy” season thus far; maybe a little brain strain won’t hurt.
And of course anyone wishing to give the Victorian Cross Country Season a try, information is available at the colour table. The majority of events are conducted on Sunday mornings at various parks and reserves around the metropolitan area. The events are on a handicap basis and generally start at 10am. Visit the new website

Results from the under-age events. (where possible)
100 - Carson Lehmann (7.25 mts) 12.22 (Trained by A Fury)
200 - Carson Lehmann (14.50 mts) 23.63
400 - Carson Lehmann (29.00 mts) 61.15
Luke Stacey from Tungamah chased Carson home in the 100 - 200.
Adrian Fury's grandson - Miles Hemann Peterson was the youngest finalist in the 400 - he is 8.
100 - Isabel Long (13.75) 12.83 (runs for Shepparton Athletics from Mulwala)
200 - Isabel Long (27.50mts) 26.51
400 - Isabel Long (53.00) 64.64
Young Kate Blennerhassett ( granddaughter of Sue and Rick Dunbar ) was 2nd to Isabel in every race. It was a sterling effort by Kate after her horror Friday night car accident.
Apologies to any results that were missed in the kids races

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