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St Bernards Results

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1 Re: St Bernards Results on Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:35 am


The St Bernard’s Wrap 3/3/2013


The Victorian Athletic League would like to thank St Bernard’s College and the St Bernard’s Old Collegians for the use of the school grounds and facilities. John Raffle, from St Bernard’s was instrumental in resurrecting the event through his assistance and co-operation. Also Lochie Robertson and the St Bernard’s ground staff for the ground marking and preparation. The carnival would not have been able to take place without the following people and organisations; The Harper Group, Shane McKenzie, East Keilor RSL, Benny Tancredi, Cartha McKerrow, Andrew Flanagan, Norm Lancaster, Rick Trusler, Shane and Katrina Buckingham, Arron and Marita Downes , Daisy Drew, Chris and Melanie Brown, Victorian Runners and Trainers association and the Victorian Cross Country League. Many thanks to the runners and coaches that supported the meeting and also those that helped out on the day to make sure that the carnival ran smoothly.

The Victorian Athletic League Women’s and Veterans’ 300mts
Megan McMahon (56m) recorded the quickest time in the women’s and veterans’ 300 metres heats with a solid 36.40 which gave her a reasonable margin over her nearest rival Chris Brown (37m) who ran 37.10. In the final Megan sat behind the early leaders Elissa Ward (71m) and Rick Dunbar (65m) until the home turn where she quickly sprinted to the lead to take home the major portion of the $1500 prize money, the most on offer on the VAL calendar for this event. Rick Dunbar, who qualified for the final with a fastest second in the heat, looked a good winning chance until McMahon swept past him on the turn. Evan King (18m) showed his best form of the season with a late finishing third. Megan is in career best form with recent good performances over the 400 metres distance, having qualified for the Broo final at Burramine on March 16th. Megan is coached by Terry McGarity and her winning time was 36.61.

The Harper Group Chartered Accountants 300mts Open
The Harper Group Open 300 metres was an interesting event with a quality field assembled to fight out the $1500 final. Noddy Angelakos (31m) qualified in the quickest time with a 34.38 when he held out Matthew D’Astoli (26m) who actually recorded the next fastest with a 34.46. In the final Angelakos ran a race similar to his heat and found the lead on the home turn only to be seriously challenged by D’Astoli again. And once again as D’Astoli looked a possible winner, Noddy produced something extra to hold a margin on the line. Peter Spence (22m) stuck to the rails in the home straight to finish third from backmarker Shaun Hargreaves (10m) in fourth place. The winner is coached by Rob Furness and the winning time was 33.77.
The race was sponsored by Harper Group Chartered Accountants, Val president Mathew Boyes being a partner in that firm.

The Melanie Brown “Straw Poll” 1000mts Open
Alex Bacalja (60m) strolled around in the first of the two heats of the Melanie Brown “Straw Poll” open handicap to record the slowest qualifying time of the eight finalists, a pedestrian 2.36. The seven remaining finalists all came from the second heat won by Gordon Muir (90m) in 2.32.32. In the final Alex, fresh from a comprehensive win in the Noble Park 2000m classic last weekend, settled well back in a strung out field, running a confident race. Stefan Catalano, the out marker, maintained a good break for the early part of the race from Tom Kelly (90m) and Gordon Muir. But after the bell Bacalja quickly made up his ground and ran to the lead before the home turn and was never seriously challenged. Justin Murphy worked home for second just in front of Muir and a tiring Tom Kelly. The winner, improving on his heat time to run 2.29.80, is coached by Mark Hipworth, a finalist himself. Alex was also the winner of the prestigious “Fitzy run of the meet ” award. Alex can expect a signed photo of Fitzy and wonder dog Piez in the post, or possibly hand delivered at training for his effort.
The race was sponsored by Melanie Brown, wife of Christopher, and creator of the very popular Melanie Brown Straw Poll. For the uneducated Melanie conducts a straw poll, amongst her friends, work colleagues and family on important social matters. Her most recent poll was conducted last week and below are the questions that she put to her “brethren”.
(1) When Jobe Watson is disqualified from the 2012 Brownlow medal, should it be awarded to
(a) Juddy (b) Simmo (c) Kreuzer (d) the entire Carlton team.
(2) How long should Essendon be disqualified from the AFL (a) life (b) longer.
(3) Should Collingwood supporters be allowed into the MCG (a) no ( b) yes, when it’s on fire.
(4) Should Shaun Hampson date (a) Megan Gale (b) Melanie Brown (c) Megan Gale with a broken nose and two black eyes (d) Melanie Brown with a swollen fist.
There are still openings available for a spot on Melanie’s democratic ticket at the next elections.

Victorian Cross Country League Novice 1600mts
The third generation of the Noden family opened their winning account at St Bernard’s on Sunday when Jesse Noden ( 225m) cleared out over the final lap to record a comfortable win in the VCCL novice. Jesse hit the lead with 1000 metres to travel and held a commanding lead over Jackson Deane until that runner was passed by Josh Sait (180m) with 650 metres to travel. Josh battled on well but couldn’t make up the leeway. Michael Reid (130m) finished third just ahead of Craig Fairburn( 185m).The name Noden has been involved with professional foot running , with the VAL and Bendigo cross country, for about forty years and looks like continuing on for many more. Jesse is the son of Peter Noden, nephew of Phil and Sally, and of course grandson of Keith Noden. Jesse will now go to the final of this event at Stawell with an excellent winning chance. The winning time was 4.20.
Novice runners, please note that you must still enter for the 1600 restricted at Stawell. All heat winners and any contesting the heats are eligible for the final.

Victorian Runners and Trainers Association 100mts under 20’s
Jessica Payne (18.75m) won the 5th round of the VRTA series with narrow win from Dylan Calleja (3.75m) and Ruby Klemm (26.5m) in 10.63. Jessica qualified with a second to Charlie Moran (18m) in the quickest heat but she was able to turn the tables in the final with Charlie not getting into the finish. Calleja also qualified with a second and only missed winning by 5/1000ths of a second. Third placed Ruby Klemm was another to qualify with a second in the heat. Payne is coached by Shane McKenzie, president of the Victorian Runners and Trainers association.

The Lancaster Family 70mts frontmarkers
The Lancaster family, long time competitors and supporters of the VAL, provided the sponsorship for the front markers division of the 70 metres and Jack Dooley (1m) carried the red jacket to victory with a time of 8.26. Jack won his heat in 8.33 and with three of the remaining heats run in similar time the event was wide open. However Dooley was able to run down Richard Norris (7m) and Adam Cabble (1.5m) in the last few strides to score in a close finish. Jack was the winner of the novice at Maryborough on new years day.

The East Keilor RSL & Sandy Hurst Memorial 100mts Open
The main straight race of the day was the East Keilor RSL and Sandy Hurst Memorial 100 metres open where the winner was James Vine (5m). James scored a win in the closest finish ever recorded in Victorian Athletic League history. As the field crossed the line Vine, Peter Knott (10m) and Marcus
Cooper (10m) recorded the exact same time down to the 1/1000th of a second. After all that the
computer was able to split them with Vine getting the decision over Cooper and Knott in 10.647.
The raced was named in honour of VAL life member Sandy Hurst who trained many winners from the St Bernard’s training track.

Shane McKenzie 70mts Backmarkers
Robert Spencer (4.5m) continued on with his winning way with another win, this time in the 70 metres backmarkers at St Bernard’s. Robert qualified for the final with a fastest second in his heat, recording 7.80 behind Joel fanning (6.5m) in the fastest heat. Spencer won the final in 7.77, defeating Stawell Gift winner Matthew Wiltshire (3.5m) by half a metre. Paul Tancredi finished in third place. The three placegetter should be prominent this week at Bendigo in the 120 metres gift. Robert is coached by Mark Hipworth.
The race was sponsored by VRTA president Shane McKenzie, a class sprinter in his running days.

VAL distance points award.
With only one distance event at St Bernard’s , the novice 1600mts, the big mover was Jesse Noden who has quietly moved into the top twelve. However the top five have drawn away from the field with only three points between them.

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