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1 Keilor Wrap. on Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:44 pm


2013 Keilor Gift

Wrap Up
The Keilor Sports Club presented a good track with hot weather in the afternoon developing into a pleasant evening for finals. Once again the Keilor Club provided a program that catered for all runners and with ample officials to conduct the carnival efficiently. The athletics combined with the wood chopping and fireworks kept the big crowd entertained throughout the day.

Benton’s Plumtec 70 mts Open
Rhys Parkinson (7.25m) continued on his winning way with a close win in the 70 metres final from Andrew Robinson (4m) and Craig Mair (8m) in the time of 7.61. Rhys was the fastest qualifier in the seventeen heats with a run of 7.7 and backed that run with a semi win in 7.62, once again the fastest of the three semis. Saturday’s win was his seventh success for the season and Rhys is now a short price favourite for major honours at the annual VRTA presentations. Rhys is coached by John Henry.

VRTA under 20’s Handicap
Jessica Farrugia (33m) recorded a very slick 12.66 in her heat of the VRTA under 20’s event and followed up with a comfortable win in the final with a quicker run of 12.41. In the final she scored by two metres from Ruby Klemm (34m) and Sam McNamara (9m). Jessica’s previous win was also at Keilor in 2011, the novice 400 metres. She is coached by Benny Tancredi.

Phoenix Consulting 800mt Open
The three heats of the 800 metres were a very even and competitive series with the fastest heat being won by David Woods (1.52.7 & 78m). In the final Wayne James (106m) led early from Woods, Craig Harris (82m) and Tom Kelly (72m) in a bunch well clear of the second group lead by James Deane (42m) and Ian Speed (64m). The leaders started to tire as they entered the back straight the last time and Deane swept to the lead with 150 metres to travel with only Harris able to stay with him. In the home straight Deane kicked clear, with Justin Murphy (30m) finishing on well for second but eight metres from the winner. Harris held off Woods for the minor placing, with the winner recording a time of 1.52.55. Deane is coached by Mark Hipworth, as was the runner up.

VCCL 800 Women’s Handicap
The front markers set a solid pace in the Victorian Cross Country League women’s 800 metres with
Corina Kapusta (102m) Rebecca Cato (100m) and Jessica O’Hara travelling in a bunch. At the same time
Olivia Goder (46m) sat back in the field for the first 600 metres of the race and waited her chance to
strike. With 150 metres to travel O’Hara had worked her way to the front and looked the winner but
Olivia produced a quick sprint and put the race beyond doubt, drawing away for a five metre win in
2.08.6. Kapusta battled on for third place just in front of back marker Alice Platten (10m). The winner is
coached by Nick Lewton.

120mts Retirecare Personal Wealth Management Gift
With twelve heats of the main event and six cut throat semi finals the task of making the final field was
on from the start. The fastest heats, with Richard Hankin (6m& 12.63), Craig Mair (12.68 & 13.75m ) and
Matthew Hargreaves ( 6m & 12.65), didn’t help solve the problem as they were only marginally faster
than a group around the 12.7 mark. At the semi final stage Matthew Hargreaves (12.57) ran the fastest
time but Richard Hankin (12.63) and Andrew Robinson (6m & 12.64 ) were close up and definite
chances. In the final it was anyone’s race with thirty metres to travel where Mair was still holding a
comfortable lead only for Hankin to charge late and win running away in 12.67. Rhys Parkinson (8.5m)
continued with his great season to finish third and last year’s winner Robinson finished fourth. Hankins
best performance before Keilor was his second to Sam Jamieson in the 2008 Stawell gift. Former top
sprinter, John Adams (7m) returned to some of his best form to make the final. The winner is coached by
Brian Wright.

Simon Fitzpatrick decided that his “run of the meet” should go to Richard Hankin for recording his first
win in Victoria since the Maryborough 200 metres on new year’s day 2008. “Fitzy” gave an honourable
mention to Maddison Coates for her win in the Billie Jo Memorial. Surely Simon must have been buying a
pie whilst the women’s 400’s were on.
Billie Jo Petersen Memorial 120mts Women’s Handicap
Madison Coates (6m) made a one act affair of the Billie Jo Memorial with her heat the fastest at 14.59
and her semi final in 14.39. The only dangers appeared to be Lara Gambino (8m) who clocked the
second fastest heat time of 14.58 and won a close semi final, from Tara Domaschenz (4.5m), a clear
third selection. In the final Coates looked comfortable, but not authoritative, until the eighty metre mark
where she put her stamp on the race to draw away for a three metre win in 14.16. Madison is coached
by Scott Rowsell.

The Good Guys 300mts Veteran’s Handicap
Marita Downes (51m) scorched around the track in her heat to record 35.77 and qualify for the final in the fastest time. In the final she made short work of the event when she quickly set out after the early leader, Rita Pana (70m), and raced to the lead on the home turn with only Noel Maghamez (50m) offering any serious challenge. Downes worked to the line to win by five metres from Maghamez and Craig Lancaster (53m) in 35.62. Marita’s win was the start of a big night for the Downes family with husband Arron, later in the evening, winning the back markers 1600 metres. Marita is coached by Robert Furness.

Sportzbiz 400mts Novice Handicap
Matthew Mather (50m) added to his Keilor sash tally with a win in the fourth round of the Sportzbiz series in 47.41. Matthew won last year’s under 20’s event at Keilor and added the circle event to his trophy cabinet in one of the closest finishes of the season. The finalists were strung out over a great deal of territory with Danielle McDowell (90m) leading for the majority of the race with youngster Dylan Moore (80m) hitting the front on the home turn. As Dylan started to tire, the long striding Mather joined in quickly down the outside and looked certain to win until Steve Fabris (25m) railed hard to make it very close. After a couple of minutes of conjecture the judges awarded the decision to Mather from Fabris and Moore hanging onto third. Matthew is coached by Terry McGarity.

Moonya Farm & Coca-Cola 1600mts front markers
Andrew Soltys (230m) continued on with his winning season with another win at Keilor, making it three wins over 1600 metres. The previous two wins were at Rye and Avondale Heights but the Keilor win was his most impressive of the three in 4.12.57. Soltys settled well back in the field and only moved into contention with 600 metres to travel where Tayla Sproule (340m) was still in the lead from Sear Beer (375m) and Tony Moran (250m). Soltys moved past Sproule down the back straight the last time but Tony Moran looked a definite danger as he moved to the back of Andrew. In the run to the line Soltys held out Moran with Mark Hipworth (215m) finishing on for third from Matthew Bateman (230m) and Leon brooks (305m). The winner is coached by Mark Hipworth and with his third win joins stable mate Michael Marantelli on the “Hippo honour board” for most wins in a season.

Keilor Jazz & Aggies Florist 400mts Women’s Handicap
The women’s 400 metres final attracted a quality field with the star attractions the co back markers on seven metres, Alice platen and Katherine Clarke. As the field settled and Elissa Ward cleared out off her handicap of 75 metres to be clear of the chasing pack, the battle of the back markers was on early with
Clarke crossing Platten before the first turn. But as the field strung out it was Megan McMahon (54m) who was the first to offer a serious threat and she forged to the lead with Katherine Clarke sweeping wide to offer a challenge. But just as Clarke looked likely to run to the lead her early effort started to tell and McMahon was able to hold on for a good win in 54.36. Kasey Moore (32m) finished in third place. Megan is coached by Terry McGarity.

Harwood Andrews Lawyers & Harry Dodd 400mts Open
Iain Douglas, new to the VAL, opened his winning account with an authoritative win in the Open 400 metres in 47.46. In the final Cameron Yorke (24m) was the first to make a move with the back marker Shaun Hargreaves (15m) following him and making a run out wide in the back straight. As Yorke gained the lead on the home turn and looked the winner, Douglas produced a finish that his competitors couldn’t compete with and he won well from a late finishing Jarred Gilroy (18m). Justin Templar (40m) battled on well for third place. The winner’s time was 47.46.

70mts Brad Teal Real Estate “Skins”
The shins, with the line up Lawal ( scr), Stubbs (1m), Morehouse (2m), Marr (2.5m), Despard (2.5m) and the out marker Weaver (2.75m) was an interesting event with three heats, losing two runners in each of the first two heats. The first heat, Stubbs and Morehouse were eliminated with Khan Marr looking to have something left in the tank. But in the second heat Marr didn’t back up and was left behind, as was the Tassy young gun Despard. In the final Weaver with his good handicap start was always in control and won the event and $400, with Bola Lawal finishing second. The winner is coached by Paul Bolton.

Joe Brown Memorial & Bunnings 1600mts Backmarkers
After a valiant second last week at Ballarat Arron Downes (160m) made amends with a well judged run to win the backmarkers at Keilor in 4.05.58. Right from the start Tom Kelly (170m) made his intentions known when he strolled to the lead and set a solid pace for the majority of the event. Gordon Muir (175m) refused to leave Tom’s back and trailed him throughout. David Haigh (145m) and Downes sat a little distance off from the lead pair until the bell where they looked likely to fight out the finish. But over the concluding stages as Downes surged to the front, past Kelly, Haigh struggled a little to stay in touch. In the run to the line Downes won convincingly from Kelly with Muir holding on well to finish in front of Haigh. Neil Brennan (120m) a master of all events circular ran well for fifth place. The only danger to Downes in the home straight was wife Marita, racing along the sidelines and a chance to break the tape before Arron. For Arron, a previous gift winner at Keilor, it was his first win since a double at Stawell in 2009. For all those that can remember the Stawell presentation that year, it was only right that Arron should win so close to St Valentine’s day (he’ll learn one day).The winner is coached by Mark Hipworth , a stable that is starting to dominate the distance events at the latter part of
the season. An interesting entry, but a scratching, was Daniel Steinhauer, one of the VAL’s best 400 metre runners and winner of the New Zealand gift.

VAL Distance points score.
For the first time all season Stefan Catalano looks in danger of losing the lead in the distance points award with Mark Hipworth and his powerful stable starting to exert pressure on the leader. Andrew Soltys with his third win of the season has got within one point of Stefan but not far behind is “Hippo” himself with Alex Bacalja. This week at Stonnington and Noble Park, with novice and women’s and veterans events the order is sure to fluctuate greatly.

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