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Cricket Willow Wrap.

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1 Cricket Willow Wrap. on Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:06 pm

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Cricket Willow 25th March 2012

As the Victorian Athletic season draws to the main event, Cricket Willow provided a great day
of racing and country hospitality with a non penalty program. In the last few weeks we have
been spoilt with racing conducted at J.C.Lowe Oval, Euroa Memorial Oval and on Sunday the
Cricket Willow at Shepherd’s Flat. It would be hard to find three ovals with better surroundings.
The day was organised by Adrian Tinetti and his family with the help of Rotary and Camp
Quality. With plenty of children’s races and the traditional “canine cup” the day had something
for everyone. The day was called by professional foot running’s very own Cartha McKerrow and
he was at his brilliant best once again. Cartha will not be calling at Easter this year and the VAL
would like to thank him for his great support over the season, and wish him all the best with his
cross country season.

Graphic Print 1000 metres.

The day opened with the heats of the 1000 metres and only one second separated the three
winners in what looked likely to be a very even final. The fastest heat winner, Craig Harris
(62m), soon changed that when he chased the out marker Lauren Crowe (168m) in the first lap
and quickly looked to have control of the final. At the bell, although Crowe was still clear, Harris
moved ahead of Chris Palermo (90m) and left David Page (62m), Jacob Reed (54) and Michael
Tuhan (48m) behind in a bunch. Cody Williamson (12m), at this stage, was the only runner from
the rear to make a concerted effort as he attempted to make ground on the leaders. Harris
kicked clear at the 200 metres mark and entered the home straight with a comfortable lead
from Williamson who was cut out of second place on the line by a late charge from Trent Lowry
(6m) in the time of 2.37.45. Harris has had a very successful season thus far with three wins and
several placings, rarely missing a final.

Endura “Mick O’Connor” 2000 metres

A small field of seven runners lined up for the distance event over 2000 metres and it was
former AFL umpire Gordon Muir (160m) who gradually worked his way through the field to run
out a comfortable winner from back marker Andrew Patten (15m) and Peter Noden (270m) in
5.53.6. On the tight 347 metres track, with Andrew Patton on fifteen metres and the front
marker Glenn Weston (370m), a rarely seen chase was witnessed as Patten was required to
make up a full lap on Weston. Patten ran a great solo race as he was faced with long gaps and
no cover to help in his chase. As good as Patten’s effort was, Muir was able to find the lead
inside the last lap, opening a nice advantage and was never in doubt over the concluding
stages. Muir was a last start place getter at Bendigo and Ballarat before that, so a win wasn’t far
away. Gordon heads to Stawell in good form and as a three time winner there, he is sure to be
in the action again.

Victorian Cross Country League 1600 metres Novice

John Morris (185m) opened his VAL winning account in easy fashion at Cricket Willow as he
took off at the bell to hunt down the out markers, hitting the lead before the turn to race away
with a twenty metre victory in 4.22. John, in his first season with the VAL, has enjoyed a very
consistent season with several placings in the VCCL novice series as well as an excellent run in
the Ballarat open 1600 metres. At Cricket Willow, once again Ellie Tossol (400m) was the runner
to take charge early as she cleared out from her co‐limit markers and holding that advantage
until the bell when Tayla Notting (340m) took control and headed into the back straight with a
break on Morris who moved to second at the 250 metres point. Morris had the lead before the
turn and Indiana Cooper (170m) who had tried to track Morris from the bell battled on well for
his best VAL placing, Notting held on for third.
Morris heads to the novice final at Stawell on Eater Sunday but will probably have to juggle his
AFL boundary umpiring duties over that weekend.

Central Highlands Water 60 metres

In a rarely run event, if ever on the VAL calendar, the open sprint was over 60 metres and Adam
Cabble (5m) proved too good for Nicholas MacGibbon (3.75m) and Richard Norris (9.5m) in
6.78. The eight heats were conducted with Peter Dudkiewicz (4.25m) clearly the most
impressive winner in 6.75 defeating inform sprinter Shaun Hargreaves (1.25m). However in the
final Peter “broke” and suffered a half metre penalty making his task very difficult. Cabble, who
has been making finals of late, scored his first victory since Geelong in 2008. Adam is coached
by Terry McGarity.

Priceline Pharmacy Ballarat 100 yards Women’s Handicap.

In another event that doesn’t normally make the VAL program the main Women’s event was
run over 100 yards with the handicaps in yards to confuse matters all the more. Mandy Emmett
(13.25y) nearly threw her winning opportunity away when she broke at the start but was still
able to overcome her half yard penalty to win narrowly from Rita Pana (15.75y) and Sara
Kersten‐Murphy (7.75y) in 11.70. Although a regular finalist, Cricket Willow was Mandy’s first
win since St Bernard’s 2009. She is coached by Brian Morgan at Ringwood.

Telstra Daylesford Gift, 100 Yards.

Continuing with the trend of races in the imperial measurements the main event was also held
over the 100 yards trip with the winner being Shane Woodrow (4.75y) in 10.23. Shane, better
known over the longer trips with wins in the Ringwood 400m, Stawell 550m and St Bernard’s
800m, opened his sprint account with a narrow win over Matthew Hargreaves (scr) and Adam
Cabble (6.5y). In the final, with the handicap range of only six and a half yards, Woodrow was
able to join Cabble early in the race and maintain a handy break on Hargreaves. On the line
Hargreaves charged at Woodrow to get within 1/100th of a second with Cabble close up.
Shane, coached by Rod Matthews, is not only a very versatile athlete but he is also the
president of the Ballarat Athletic Club.

Daylesford District Community Bank 600 mts

Eric Sapac(14m) dominated the event to defeat a classy field in the final of the 600 metres at
Cricket Willow on Sunday. Eric defeated Justin Murphy (16m) by five metres with Cody
Williamson (22m) in third place in the time of 1.24.19. In the final James Deane (26m) was the
first to make a move as he ran into second place at the bell behind Wayne James (62m) with
Sapac moving to the outside with 300 metres to travel, although still well off the lead. Deane
looked dangerous at this stage but started to tire soon after. The backmarker Josh Mather (scr)
was finding it hard to get into the race as Sapac worked hard down the back straight to find the
lead at the 120 metres mark only for Murphy to emerge from a tiring pack to mount a serious
challenge. In the run to the line the “Pacman” was far too strong and adds Sunday’s win to a
similar win in the Maryborough 800 metres. After a busy day Cody Williamson’s placing was a
good effort and Chris Cato (18m) after an injury interrupted season ran well to just miss a place.

Daylesford Accommodation Escapes 350m Women’s and Veteran’s

Sarah Blizzard (47m) handled the up hill run home with ease to record another win for the
Marcus cooper stable in the women’s and veteran’s final. Sarah defeated Dennis King (54m) by
four metres with Patricia Fox (40m) third in 46.06. In the final Rita Pana (75m) took the lead
from Julie Torrini (80m) before the turn but as the field straightened for home there was a line
across the track with many chances until Blizzard stormed down the outside for her second win
of the season.

Daylesford Builders 350 metres Open.

Mitchell Hocking (19m) charged down the outside in the final few metres to snatch the win
from Steven Marsh (30m) and Andrew Curran (26m) in the open 350 metres final in the time of
42.31. On the home turn there were many chances however Mitchell didn’t look to be one of
those with a chance. But with a finish that saw him out with the crowd he was able get the
verdict by 1/100th of a second. Mitchell’s previous win was in a Maryborough 400 metres novice
but by the manner of Sunday’s win Mitchell will not be out of place in open races.
Mitchell is coached by father Steve and grandfather John Knott, both handy performers before
colour TV came to Australia.

Notes
And of course anyone wishing to give the Victorian Cross Country Season a try, information is
available from Brian Marantelli, Mark O’Brien, Sean Quilty, Sean Beer, Tony Parsons and Dennis
Hughes. 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. First race is April 22nd at Karkarook Pk. If you are not sure come along for a fun run
and see how you handle the event.
Visit the new website www.vccl.org.au
Through strategic planning, economic re‐development, atmospheric calibrations and
progressive time distribution, the VAL officials, ever seeking ways to perform outside their
comfort zones, were given an opportunity to vary their skill sets and bask in the euphoria of
achievement at Cricket Willow. What I’m really trying to say is that Brian Marantelli left Nila’s
recording equipment home and Nila, Sue and Rick where left with plan “b” which they did with
admirable diligence. Sorry Nila, again.
As this will be the last wrap for the season (unless there are any volunteers for Stawell) the
Victorian Athletic League would like to thank all those that have taken the time to read it each
week. Also. thanks to Eric Sapac and Chris Roche who added articles at times to ease the
burden.
We hope that we have been able to inform and maybe at times entertain you and genuinely
thank those people that have taken the wit, sarcasm, bad jokes and ramblings in the manner it
was intended.
Good luck to everyone at Stawell and drive carefully.

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