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Gaffney set for Tassie Carnivals after her win at Mersey

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Morgan Gaffney

Gaffney primed for season ahead
The Advocate
06 Dec, 2010

BURNIE teenager Morgan Gaffney is set for a big Christmas Carnivals Series after taking out the women's gift at the Mersey Carnival yesterday.

The John Maguire-trained athlete was up against a class field that featured fellow Coastal runner Abbey Chapman along with Hobart's Laura Charlesworth, Kimberly Bush and last year's winner Fiona Heazlewood.

Running off 8.25m and in the middle lane, Gaffney had a good start and quickly made up the distance to front marker Heazlewood.

It wasn't until the last 20m where Gaffney put her foot down and extended her lead to win comfortably ahead of Laura Nicholson, who finished second, and Bush in third, in a time of 14.38s.

Gaffney is the current 100m and 200m under 20 Tasmanian champion and also finished runner-up to Launceston rival Danielle Taylor in the open 100m at the same event.

The men's gift ended in a blanket finish with five athletes crossing the line seemingly together.

Launceston's Andrew Robinson claimed the race and video replay showed he did in fact cross the line first in a brisk time of 12.60s, in front of Thomas Pfundt and Joe Lowe.

Launceston's Georgia Baker made light work of the women's wheel race.

Starting off 60m, Baker was able to work into her routine and easily account for the other eight riders in the small field.

Fellow Launceston rider Taylah McLennan was made to work to take out the men's wheel race.

Simon Elliot, who won last week in George Town, pushed McLennan all the way before he was out- sprinted to the line with Jake McMahon in third.

Finally, Burnie runner James Plapp showed a clean pair of heels to take out the 1000m handicap.


From the Examiner 6th Dec 2010

Launceston coach Fay Denholm provided the quinella in the Simplot Australia Gift (120m) when Andrew Robinson beat home Thomas Pfundt in a close finish.

The win was an early birthday present for Robinson, who turns 18 in a few days. He will travel to Melbourne later in the week to compete in the national independent schools titles.

Somerset's Morgan Gaffney won the women's gift ahead of Laura Nicholson and Kimberley Bush to give Burnie trainer John McGuire a double for the day.

McGuire also prepared 1000m handicap winner James Plapp, who won the first track race of his career.

Plapp is a former winner of the Wynyard-to-Burnie feature race.

The North-West cycling and running action will continue this week with the Burnie cycling carnival, washed out from November 14, to be run at West Park on Wednesday night, and the Ulverstone Gift program will be held at the Penguin synthetic track on Saturday.

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