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Cricket Willow Wrap

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1 Cricket Willow Wrap on Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:57 pm

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2013 Daylesford Gift
5 January 2013
Wrap Up

Daylesford Gift Wrap 5/1/2013
Once again the weather at Sheperd’s Flat for the Cricket Willow Daylesford Gift was perfect, although the gift runners were faced with a tough head wind. Adrian Tinetti along with the assistance of his family, Rotary , Camp Quality and many other sponsors and helpers have made Cricket Willow one of the best family days on the VAL calendar. Many thanks must go to Darryl Nettleton, Brian Hart and Frank McHugh for their assistance to set up and mark the track.
Rebecca Cato has generously offered her time and will be writing many of the VAL wraps this season, she will be happy to add any club news if required.

Central Highlands Water 70m Open
The finish of the final was as tight as could be with runners spread across the track. After taking a few minutes for officials to discover a clear winner, Rhys Parkinson (7.5) was named victorious. Parkinson was able to back up from his heat win and defeat Dean Dobric (5.5m) and Richard Norris (12.5m) by a whisker in 8.01. A convincing win for Dean Dorbic in heat two defeating the Frankston firecracker Tony “the explosion” O’shea, a win is not far away. Parkinson is already off to a stellar season, victorious in the Zatopek 300m Open and VRTA 200m and Latrobe 120m Gifts this season; he is one to watch out for. Rhys is coached by John Henry.

Graphic Print 800m Open
An exciting final of the 800m with the men chasing down the rabbit in Corina Kapusta (166m), who ran a very gutsy race, holding onto her lead with 150m to go. However, it was the impressive run of John Morris (82m) that took out the 800m final chasing down Kapusta and having a very close finish with Greg Hilson (82m) in the home straight. Morris only just defeated Hilson and Peter Noden (118) in 2.00.53. This is Morris’ second win at Daylesford after taking out the 1600m Novice last season. Morris also enjoyed a win at the Bay Sheffield, and after this performance looks as though he will be a main competitor this season.

Priceline Pharmacy Ballarat 100m Women
It was a clear win for young runner Tara Angell (5m) who was pretty in pink (sash) defeating Tarryn Fisher (10.75m) and the determined Karlee Bailey (7m) in 12.77. Angell, travelling from New South Wales, was able to back up her heat win to take home a pretty pink sash in her first run in the VAL. She was able to run down a flying Stephanie Jinks (9m) who had a speedy start and Bailey who lead until
Angell stormed home 10m from the line. An impressive seven out of seven runners in all three heats
made the event more competitive and entertaining to witness.

Victorian Cross Country League 1600m Novice
It was a very exciting finish in the Novice 1600m, with Michael Low (145m) taking out his first VAL win.
He was able to defeat Indiana Cooper (170m) and Jesse Noden in a battle between the place getters in
the home straight in 4.21.36. They were spread across the track with the backmarker Jackson Morris
(100m) giving the outmarker Mathew Goodger (400m) 300m. With two laps to go it was Kerrianne
Hocking (395m) who had a 100m break from the field, until 600m to go Cooper strode ahead. However,
it was the victor, Low, who lead with a lap to go and held off the rest of the field to take out the event.
Michael is coached by Matthew McDonough.

Endura 1600m Open “Mick O’Connor Mile”
A very satisfying run for the out marker Sean Beer (380m) defeating a charging David Girolamo (250m)
and Phillip O’Brien (130m) in 4.28.97. Beer got off to a flying start and made it impossible for the back
runners to chase him down. Sean always had the race under control with a bunched group converging
towards the placings before the home turn, but unable to trouble the winner. Saturday’s win has helped
Beer build his tally of VAL wins to five his previous being at Noble Park in 2012. Girolamo sprinted
quickly before the home but tired slightly on his run at the finish. An impressive run from O’Brien to gain
a placing, his best open run. Fourth placing went to Tom Kelly (165m) showing his best 1600 metres
form since his Stawell victory four years ago. The VAL distance points score is still very open but Stefan
Catalano (18pts) has gained a mini break on Alex Bacalja (16pts)and Martine Beer ( 14pts).

Telstra 100m Daylesford Gift
Brian Wright (15m, got himself off to a great start and ran down Richard Norris (16.75m) and held off
the challenge from a fast finishing Adam Cabble (9.75m) to take out the gift final. The veteran from
Malabar was able to back up after winning both his heat and final and defeat Norris and Cabble in
`11.04. Wright is looking in top form this season after taking out both the 120m Veterans and 300m
Veterans at Maryborough on New Year’s Day. A good effort also from Rhys Parkinson after winning the
70m Open was able to secure a spot in the final.

Daylesford District Community Bank 300m Veterans
An impressive run from Tom “hitman” Hecimovic (31m) to chase down Garry Blake (64m) in the home
straight to take out the event in 37.84. With 150m to go Michael Carney (28) was leading the pack and
looking strong with Hecimovic and Blake right behind. However, it was Hecimovic that was able to out
kick the pack and defeat a determined Blake. This is Hecimovic’s first VAL win for the season after
running well and making a few finals this season. Another win to coach John Henry.

Daylesford Accommodation Escapes 400m women’s
It was a much cluttered 400m race after officials decided to run a straight final with 14 runners. A strong
run by Tarryn Fisher (50m) who was able to chase down a determined challenge in the straight from Lisa
Roberts (60m) to take out the final in 56.51. A solid run by Kim Donough (42m) who was able to chase
and was in with a chance but faded slightly in the straight to earn her a placing. Fisher also placed at Ararat in the Women’s/Veterans 300m, now having her first VAL win under her belt, she is one to watch out for. Tarryn is coached by Gordon Muir.

Daylesford Builders 400m
The last event of the day, but indeed not the least exciting. A very solid run by the out marker Susan Sinclair (71m) who led with 50m to go, with Justin Templar (40m) only just managing to chase her down in a photo finish and take out the event. Templar defeated Sinclair and Lonain Burnett (26m) in 49.88 with a fast moving Brady Lehman (23m) on their tail. Templar was also impressive in his heat holding off a challenge from Connor Nunn (32m) in a fast time of 50.00. The New south Wales runner Sinclair proving she is hard to catch in her heat with Chad Ryan (24m) and Matthew Power (34m) only just catching her on the line.

“Fitzy’s” run of the day has gone to Matthew Hargreaves for his great runs from nine metres in the heat and final of the 400 metres. Matthew, back from Tasmania, has been one of the VAL’s most consistent athletes over the last six seasons and deserves the official Fitzpatrick tick.

As in previous years the kids races were a highlight with many surprise results. The winners were (spelling may be incorrect) under 15’s Karlee Bailey and Bryleigh Riley. Under 12’s Bree Harding and Salla. Under nines Max Procaccino and Meg Lehman. Under six’s to Isabella Pasquali and Daniel Noden. Toddle Waddle to Christian Pasquali. “Hot cases” in the kids races were McDonough junior, clearly influenced by his grandfather and Lucy Polkinhorne (say no more). Lucy has just signed a lucrative deal with Nike but was unhappy with the appearance fee for Cricket Willow and remained in second gear. Special mention to the dominance of the regally bred Pasquali crew, Christian and Isabella. Father Wally, always after a slice of the action, confiscated the colouring books from the winners show bags as his “cut”. He is, however having trouble dealing with the instructions.
Amongst a day of family entertainment the canine dash is always a highlight with last year’s pre-post favourite “Oscar” burning up the track to win this year’s award by a clear margin. However it may come as no surprise to learn that cyclist Lance Armstrong also had a dog named Oscar and that the Daylesford Oscar, like Armstrong quickly disappeared into the the team bus (kennel) after the race. Oscar defeated Honey (yes honey is a dog) and the prize winning Piez. Piez, winner of the prestigious “smallest dog in the world” award at the recent Royal Melbourne Show was hampered by the amorous advances of Honey just after the start. Honey needs a visit to the vet, however Piez really needs to toughen up if he wants to be competitive on the VAL scene.

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.

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 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 www.ballaratgift.com

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