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1 Noble Park Wrap on Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:06 pm


Noble Park 24/2/2013
The 10th running of the Noble Park Football Club’s athletics carnival was conducted on Sunday on a well prepared surface and under extremely hot weather conditions. It was a long day but some good racing was on show with Nicholas MacGibbon being the star of the day and a worthy winner of Fitzy’s run of the meet. Another highlight was the five wins, last four of the day, to the Mark Hipworth stable.
City of Greater Dandenong 70mts open.
Rhys Parkinson (6.75m) continued on his winning way and recorded his eighth win of the season with a good win in the 70 metres final. After recording the slower of the two semis (7.58) against Stuart Rooke’s (5m & 7.56) Rhys was able to find a little to take the final in 7.56. Richard Norris (12.75) finished third, just ahead of Nathan Riali (4m). Rhys is coached by John Henry.
70mts VRTA under20’s
Nicholas MacGibbon started the day with a comfortable win in the VRTA 70 metres heat and then delivered an equally easy win in the final in the time of 7.79. He defeated Sam McNamara (4.25m) and Isaac Dunmall (2m) with Ellie Maguire (13.75m) just behind them. Nicholas had previously won races at Maryborough, 200 metres and 70 metres, over the last two seasons.
1600m VCCL Novice
Tayla Sproule (355m) led all the way to score a narrow win in the novice VCCL 1600 metres at Noble Park in the time of 4.13.5. Tayla looked likely to win comfortably as she raced down the back the last time but over the last two hundred metres she started to tire quickly. Andrew Thomas (160m) and Jesse Noden ( 220m) made a spirited dash at her in the home straight but were unable to close the gap completely. Tayla’s win was her first although she ran a gallant second last season in the Stawell novice final.

120m Norm Harrison Memorial Novice
The novice 120 metres named after Norm Harrison, one of the excellent coaches of days gone by, was won by Ellie Maguire (26m) in the time of 12.76. Ellie defeated Cara Boustead (28m) and Kristy Stevens (24m). Ellie’s only previous win was also at Noble Park, the under 20’s event in 2012.
Noble park Traders 1600mts Women’s and Veterans’
James Deane (40m) ran from the back mark to record a strong win in the women’s and veterans’ 1600 metres from Colm Rothery (160m) and the early leader, Robert Kenshole (400m) in 4.30.8. For the first two laps Robert Kenshole held a comfortable margin over Kerrieanne Hocking (390m) and Doug Gittens (380m) with Tony Moran (165m), followed up by Rothery the first of the colours to move into the race. At this stage Deane was not in contention. Past the bell the order stayed the same and it was only down the back straight the last time that Deane looked a possibility. As Kenshole still held a clear lead, the winner Deane and Rothery sprinted to him together and came away over the last few metres to fight the race out. The race was the first of the wins for the Hipworth stable.
City of Greater Dandenong 120m Gift
Nicholas MacGibbon (7.75m) completed the sprint double when he defeated Dean Scarff (6m) and Adam Cabble (11.50m) in 12.50. MacGibbon, fresh from his 70 metre win, won his heat impressively and sailed through his semi final with ease in 12.54. The other semi final winner, Nathan Riali (6m) recorded a much slower12.75. In the final MacGibbon was a little slow to begin but quickly gathered speed to hit the front before the 100 metre point and raced away for a metre victory.
Bendigo Bank 550m Open
Justin Murphy (33m) was another to add to the Hipworth tally with a win in the 550 metres final from James Deane (39m) and Adrian Phelan (57m) in 1.11.34. Justin recorded the fastest of the three heats and carried that form through to the final where he followed Deane at the 200 metres mark in what turned out to be a winning move. As Deane took the lead from Tom Hecimovic (78m) Tom Kelly (58m) and Adrian Phelan , Murphy tracked him and surged out wide as the field straightened for the run home. He was able to hold Deane in the run to the line by a couple of metres..
400mts Sportzbiz Novice
Chad Ryan (28m) was another to win his first event when he took out the fifth round of the Sportzbiz novice in 48.06 at Noble Park. He defeated Wade Girotto (52m) and Lawrence Coop (52m) in comfortable fashion after a split appeared in the field half way up the home straight. Chad had been working up to a win with some recent final appearances, the latest at Stonnington on Friday evening. With only one more heat to be contested, at Bendigo next week, Ryan will progress to the final at Easter. Chad is the son of former VAL sprinter Chris Ryan, third in the 1986 Stawell Gift. Chad was another Hipworth winner to score at Noble Park.
Hercules P/L 300 mts Women’s and Veterans’
Shane Quinn (21m) topped off his recent good form with a late charge down the outside to claim victory in the women’s and veterans’ final. Quinn and Richard Norris (30m) had clocked the fastest heat times and looked the logical winning chances but at the half way mark neither looked in contention with Angela Wilson (84m) and Steve Baird (54m) well clear of Noel Maghamez (51m), running on strongly. Just as Maghamez was being claimed the winner, Norris and Quinn both chimed in down the outside with Quinn going home by far the better. Norris weakened on his run over the last thirty metres and dropped out of the placings. Maghamez finished second with Pamela Austin (41m) taking third place. The winners time was 35.61.
Bendigo Bank 300mts open
Robert Spencer (22m) scorched around the track in 33.62 to record the fastest heat time and set up a final which he looked certain to win. The final run was just as impressive as he quickly found the lead at the half way point to open up a handy break before the home turn. As he straightened for home Spencer held a good break on Pater Spence (22m) and Rhys Parkinson (18m) making up ground. But Spencer held on well to record a nice win in 31.12, the quickest of the day. Robert’s stable mate Spence finished third from Parkinson and Matthew D’Astoli.
2000m Noble Park Classic.
At the end of a long and hot afternoon, a disappointing field of only eight runners turned out for the $1500, 2000 metres Noble Park classic. Mark Hipworth (195m) quickly ran past Stefan Catalano (200m) to the front, setting a solid pace and establishing a good early lead. With “Hippo” bowling along, and bringing up plenty of chalk, the field were having trouble seeing the leader, let alone keeping up with him. Andrew Soltys (185m) and Gordon Muir (140m) were attempting to make a move but were unable to make any more ground by the half way point. With a half mile to travel Alex Bacalja (55m) was the first to offer a serious treat whilst Michael Marantelli (scr) was steadily making ground. At the bell Bacalja ran to the lead, and with “clear air”, was able to stride out with a good lead into the back straight. Marantelli was making some ground but it was evident that the leader had the race won with 200 metres to travel. Mark Hipworth battled on well to hold on for second, clear of Marantelli. Next across the line were Gordon Muir, Arron Downes and Andrew Soltys, making it the first six across the line to the Hipworth stable. The win was Alex’s first win since the 800 metres at Gippsland last season, although his running was interrupted after that win with an injury.
VAL distance points award.
As the business end of the season appears the old master himself has joined Andrew Soltys at the top of the leader board. It’s taken a while but Mark Hipworth has worked his way into the box seat and will now no doubt set Soltys, Bacalja and Downes onto a sprinting program to “sharpen’ them up. I can see Solts being set for the 70 metres at Stawell, Alex Bacalja for the Bendigo Madison and obviously “Downsey” a moral for the fashions on the field. Stefan Catalano, the leader all season, has given it his best shot but looks like he may be finally falling to the might of the Hipworth stable. No points on offer this week at St Bernard’s.

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