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1 St Albans Wrap on Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:37 pm


2013 St Albans Gift
19 January 2013

Wrap Up
St Albans 2013 Gift 19/1/2013
The St Albans gift of 2013 was conducted in perfect conditions on a warm evening with the twilight program finishing under lights. As in previous years the meeting was well attended by both runners and spectators and the ground provided a great atmosphere for a historic win in the main event. St Albans, in its short history with the VAL, is quickly becoming a “must” attend event for athletes. Undoubtedly the highlight, and awarded “Fitzy’s” run of the meet, was the win from scratch by Josh Ross in the gift final.
Greenwater Australia 800 mts Open Handicap.
The first event on the program was the 800 metres with the third heat providing the fastest time (1.58.2) and eventual winner Cameron Clayton (36m). With only five finalists breaking two minutes in their heats the final was always going to be a hard grind on an unforgiving circle track. In the final, Martine Beer (154m) held her early advantage for the major part of the race with the rest of the field showing a great deal of patience. Clayton made gradual improvement to be in a striking position with 250 metres to travel and quickly put the issue beyond doubt as he turned for home in the short finishing straight. It was left to Justin Murphy (28m) to come from the back mark to take second place, clear of Andrew Curran (60m). The winning time of 1.55.32 was clearly the fastest of the night and demonstrated the ease of his heat win. Cameron, a Queenslander, has made many trips to Victoria in recent years with Saturday’s win his first with the VAL.

70 metres Le Mans Toyota Open Handicap
Matthew Mifsud (7m) returned to the scene of his last win when he captured the 70 metres final in 7.67. Matthew, who won last season’s St Albans gift, was able to run down Pamela Austin (13.25m) and Richard Norris (12.5m) in the last few metres to record a narrow but decisive win. Mifsud set the standard in the series with a fastest heat time of 7.61, followed up by the fastest semi final of 7.65. The other two semi finals were won by Norris (7.70) and Austin (7.69). Matthew is coached by Benny Tancredi, who continues to provide winners and finalists at all carnivals.

120 metres St Albans Sports Club and Brimbank Council Gift
Prancing around St Albans at the moment there will be a Cricketer that took 8/10 off five overs or a footballer that kicked 18 goals and had 40 possessions that quite rightly assumes that they have produced performances they believe the best ever on the St Albans oval. However, regardless of the sport, to win an event off scratch is a supreme effort, but when the field is lifted a further two metres, surely it’s time to say “Barley Charlie”. On Saturday night Josh Ross(0m) gunned down a handy field of in form sprinters to produce one of the best, if not the best, effort seen on a running field anywhere in Australia. Joss only recorded the fifth fastest heat time of 12.76 and a final spot was a possibility but not a certainty. In the semi final he improved only marginally with a time of (12.71) to look a place chance, behind the faster semi finals of Matthew Hargreaves (7.75m & 12.68) and Adam Cabble (13.75m & 12.61). In the final Ross surged past Cabble, who looked all over the winner, in the last two strides to gain a historic victory by inches. Shaun Hargreaves (8.5m) just held out brother Matthew for third place. Whenever Ross has his next start one thing is certain, VAL handicapper Graham Goldsworthy is assured of a few sleepless nights as he contrives a system that gives all athletes a chance and keeps Ross from setting his blocks in the car park.

120 metres St Albans Cricket Club Novice
Chloe Barnard (29m) won the final of the novice event at St Albans after recording the fastest heat time of 12.86 and following that run with a comparable final time of 12.87. She defeated Matt Mather (15m) and Wade Girotto (16m) by more than a metre in the easiest win of the night. Saturday’s win was her second with the VAL as Chloe has previously won an underage event enabling her to retain her novice status.

120 metres Full House Group Women’s Handicap
Elissa Ward (22.5m) won her second race of the season when she held on for a narrow win to defeat Sara Kersten-Murphy (13m) and Laura Jane Hilditch (5.25m) in the time of 14.86. Amazingly the first four across the line in the final were the four fastest qualifiers in order through the heats. Chloe Barnard was a late scratching from the final due to her non-appearance. Elissa is coached by Terry McGarity.

300 metres O’Brien Electrical Veterans’ Handicap
Gary Blake (64m), the new poster boy of the VAL scene recorded his third win for the season with another strong win in the veterans final. He defeated Michael Carney (29m) by a clear margin with Greg Hilson (27m) third in the winning time of 36.67.The main danger, Dale Jones who looked a winning chance, withdrew from the event mid race due to a hamstring injury. Michael Carney was able to gain some revenge on “Blakey” the next day at Ringwood, with a win, relegating Gary to sixth. Gary who
mixes his distances with success had a quiet trip to St Albans electing to only compete in the veterans 300metres. Blake is coached by Benny Tancredi.
300 metres Kennards Hire Womens handicap
Tiffany Boatman (42m) ran an improved tactical race to make up for her defeat in the heat behind Stephanie Mollica (10m) and recorded a dashing win in the final. Tiffany quickly had control of the event and didn’t relax until the finish line to defeat Pamela Austin (24m) and Ruby Klemm (42m). Her time of 39.21, over a second quicker than her heat, was due to her change of tactics and a great example of using your handicap to perfection. Tiffany is coached at Ararat by Marcus Cooper.
300 metres Hume Turf and Machinery Open

Wade Girotto (43m) opened his winning account in the VAL with a strong run in the open 300 metres at St Albans. Wade in his second season defeated Robert Spencer (22m) and Noddy Angelakos (30m) in the time of 34.41. Girotto ran the quickest heat time but looked in trouble before the home turn when he was joined by the chasing group. However Wade dug deep in the final metres to win well on the line. Girotto is coached by Eric Sapac.

1600 mts St Albans Football Club Open Handicap.
Corina Kapusta(335m) held on to win the 1600 metres at St Albans by a clear margin, making it her first VAL win since 2009. Corina, after hitting the front with 200 metres to travel, ran 4.18.2 to defeat Martine Beer (350m) and Andrew Soltys. Kapusta was running in a winning position at the bell with only Beer and Glen Weston (355m) ahead of her and a good break to any likely dangers. Corina’s last win was in the women’s 800 metres at Noble Park but she has enjoyed an incredible amount of success with the Victorian Cross Country League over the years winning six races and countless fastest female awards. Corina is coached by Tony Moran. The Backmarker Andrew Patten (65m) produced a great run from his difficult handicap to finish seventh and is sure to once again be a force in the big “miles” over the next six weeks. After the event VAL director Terry O’Donnell presented Andrew with an award from the Australian Athletic Council for his performances last season. In 2011/12 he won events at St Albans, Wangaratta, Ballarat and Stonnington, as well as several placings in other major events. The VAL distance points award is hotting up with only a few points between the leaders. The early leader, Stefan Catalano, is still holding a one point lead as he defies all challengers. The award is designed to reward those that support the sport and Stefan has only missed one open distance event this season, the 3200 metres at Meadowglen.

VAL carnival update 3rd march 2013
Although the St Bernard’s gift won’t be conducted in 2013, there will however be a VAL carnival conducted on that date, and at this stage at the St Bernard’s oval.
Likely program is:
VCCL 1600m (series) $300 entry $6
VRTA 120m under 20’s (series) $200 entry $5
70m front markers $250 entry $6
70m Backmarkers $250 entry $6
100m open $750 entry $13
300m women’s and veterans’ $1500 entry $22
300m Open Gift $1,500 entry $22
1000m distance event $600 entry $12
Noble Park 24th Feb 2013.
The Noble Park Football Club will once again be conducting a 2000 metre event on February 24th. This year’s event will be open to all runs but will have a limit of 200 metres. The prize money will be $1200 minimum with an entry fee of $18. Noel Rexter will once again provide an excellent trophy.

2 Re: St Albans Wrap on Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:30 pm



Joshua Ross wins St Albans Gift in style

By Lance Jenkinson
Brimbank Weekly
Jan. 22, 2013

BIG name sprinter Joshua Ross has taken out this year's St Albans Gift.

Ross, a two-time Stawell Gift winner, ran off scratch in the fifth edition of the Gift and was subjected to a further penalty, which moved all other runners forward two metres, after his win in the Bay Sheffield in December.

It mattered little as the 31-year-old, two-time Olympian and six-time Australian 100-metre champion chased down all competitors in the field to win the 120-metre Gift in emphatic fashion.

St Albans Sports Club general manager Des Barnard told the Weekly his jaw dropped when he saw the closing speed of Ross late in the semi-final and the final.

"When it came down to the last 30 metres of the race, you would think that he'd have no chance of victory being so far behind," Barnard said.

"Then you can just see the afterburners kick in.

"The form he's in at the moment is sensational."

Ross stuck to his word and ran a coaching clinic for the kids of the Brimbank Little Athletics Centre before the main event.

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