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Maryborough Wrap Part2

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1 Maryborough Wrap Part2 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:38 pm


2013 Maryborough Gift
Wrap Up – Part 2

Maryborough Bendigo Bank 120m Gift.
The eight heats of the Maryborough gift provided only three genuine chances with heat wins to Matthew Eddy ( 8.25m & 12.44), Joel Bee (2.75m & 12.46) and Simon Jackson (10m & 12.49). The remaining heats were all 12.73 plus and left too much improvement to be made by those athletes. After the semi final round it became very clear that Joel Bee was going to be very hard to beat with a scorching run of 12.38 against the second semi final won by Shane Ezard (10.25m) in 12.67. Such was the strength of Bee’s semi final that five other runners made it through to the final from that semi. Giving his nearest rival 4.75 metres in the final, Bee gradually made up his ground to be in a striking position at the half way point and eventually dashed clear to win by a metre. The Maryborough win adds to Joel’s very impressive Albury Gift win last season as well as his top class performances in the early rounds of the Stawell Gift. The runner up was Simon Jackson, although no match for the winner Simon showed that his recent Northcote win won’t be his only victory for the year. Last year’s gift winner Matthew Eddy finished third off his tighter handicap, inches ahead of Gus Carty-Cowling (8.5m). Ryan Camille ( 10.25m), fresh from a victory at Bay Sheffield, continues to show the required improvement to prove that he will be competitive in the good gift events.

Darryl Wagstaff Funerals Veterans 300m Handicap.
After the four heats of the veteran’s 300 metres the final was evenly poised with what appeared many chances in the $600 event. However it was Brian Wright (29m) who added to his earlier 120 metres veteran’s sash with a narrow win from Richard Carter (36m) and Michael Carney (28m) in 35.78. Carter looked the winner in the home straight but just weakened over the concluding stages to be overtaken by Wright. Brian and his New South Wales running stable have been frequent visitors to Victoria over many years. His most recent victory was the front markers 70 metres at Euroa last year.

VRTA under 20’s series
The Victorian Runners and Trainers association has generously offered to sponsor this seasons under 20’s series. The VAL will be conducting five heats with the final being held at Stawell over the Easter weekend. The venues will be available on the VAL website.

St Bernard’s Gift 3rd March 2013
Unfortunately the St Bernard’s gift meeting will not be held this season but the VAL intend to run a carnival on that same date. The venue or program has not been decided as yet but will be available by late January. The VCCL 1600mts, Broo 400m and VRTA under 20’s event will definitely be conducted on this day. Also likely to be programmed will be an open 300 metres as well as a women’s and
veterans’300 metres. These two events will offer prize money of $1500 each. The venue and time for the $5000 Don Furness memorial 70 metres has yet to be decided. Any person or business that wishes to sponsor an event or donate a sash please contact the office or talk to Brian Marantelli.

Cricket Willow
This Saturday is the 8th “Run for the Willow” gift meeting. The oval held in a unique setting at Sheperd’s Bush is a great family day with plenty of kid’s races. The junior events cater for all ages and Cricket Willow have been able, after lengthy discussions, to get Lucy Polkinhorne to attend the event again and compete in the under six division. Lucy, the Black Caviar of the Toddy Waddle, is the fastest five year in the world and will be attempting another world record. Younger brother Hamish is also competing but is looking for longer distances. May pay to follow in future years. Another to watch out for is the “pocket rocket” Hugo Walsh. Hugo will not be taking any prisoners and has trained up with a recent trial win defeating Kevin Brittain and David Tinney. Unfortunately Gracie Mckerrow has succumbed to her father’s rigorous training schedule and is presently injured and will not compete. We wish Grace a speedy and healthy recovery.

Times 800metres (12 noon), 70 metres (12.20), VCCL Novice 1600m (12.48), 100 women’s (1.08), 100 metre Gift (1.25), Vets 300m (2.46), 400m heats open (3.04), 1600m Open (4.10 ), Women’s 400m s/o final ( 4.00)

Albury/Wodonga Gift
Tom Burbidge wishes to advise athletes and supporters that anyone requiring accommodation at the Albury & Wodonga Gift meeting on January 27th can book at the Quest apartments. The apartments range from singles to three bed room apartments. Quest are a valued sponsor of the gift meeting and it is only through the generosity of such sponsors that the Victorian Athletic League can maintain a strong and competitive circuit. Further details are available on the Albury entry page. Call Quest Albury on 02 6058 0900 and mention The Albury Wodonga Gift to receive a special rate!

Avondale Heights Tea Gardens Gift
The Avondale Heights Sporting Club has announced changes to their carnival on February 2nd 2013. The changes are listed in the VAL website “press release” section. Major improvements centre around ground conditions and a generous increase in prize money. Please read the press release.

Ballarat Gift 9th & 10th February 2013
Ballarat Athletic Club will be conducting their Junior Dash for Cash at the Gift carnival in February. Entry open to children 5 to 15 years with events conducted over 100m, 400m and 800m. Details available on

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