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1 Northcote Wrap on Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:42 pm


Northcote Gift 12th December 2010
The Victorian Athletic League running ventured out to the Waverley Athletics Oval
for the Northcote Gift. It was a typical Melbourne day, we definitely experienced
"four seasons in one day", we got drenched with rain during the day and by day's
end most of us were sunburnt. However, the gift went ahead in trying conditions
we thank all our officials on the day and the Northcote committee members for a
good day out.
The VAL would also like to give a special thank you to those people who have
assisted Ian Cox in packing and setting up the events over the past few weeks.
Ian is not in the best of health at the moment and any assistance he receives will
be much appreciated.
The summary of each event is listed below.
70m Open
The 70m Open event saw a well deserved victory to the Benny Tancredi trained,
Matthew Mifsud. He has been knocking on the door for a win all year and finally
broke through for a win. Second was taken out by the ever consistent Nick
Magree and Nathan Fox continued his good form by filling in third placing.
The winning time was 7.87
70m Novice
The 70m Novice event was taken out by the promising Terry McGarity trained
runner, Augustine Carty-Cowling. He has one of the longest names in the VAL but
he managed to get a brilliant start and won the 70m Novice Final in style.
Finishing second was the consistent Chris Hargreaves, who should break his
novice status in the coming weeks somewhere. Coming home for third was Gary
Hobkin who is a new, young runner to the VAL. The winning time was 7.90
100m Women's/Veterans
The 100m Women's/Veterans event was won by the Todd Ireland trained,
Brendan Boyle. He has been knocking on the door of late with close up placing's
at recent events. Brendan drew clear over the concluding stages and had a clear
cut margin when they went past the line. Running into second position was
Nathan Coull whose extra training with Melbourne Grammar students looks to
have him in a very fit state. Close up third was the trainer of the winner Todd
Ireland, he has been in good form as well and should be back in the winners
circle soon. The winning time for the event was 11.25

100m Gift
The 100m Gift produced a quality final of runners, which included a Stawell Gift
winner and two runners who have made the Stawell Gift final over the last few
years. But it was the Clint Youlden trained, Ben Vickery who broke through for his
first VAL victory. Ben is an amateur boxer who has been fighting in a bigger
weight division of late, which was noticed by many, but he has also been putting
in the hard yards on the track which assisted Ben in breaking his duck. We hope
to see Ben prominent in the Gifts throughout the season. Hanging onto second
place was the ever consistent Nathan Fox who was just ahead of Matthew
Hargreaves and Nick Magree. The other two runners Adrian Mott and Kevin
Brittain were also close up in what was a great race.
The winner's time was 10.72
300m Women's/Veterans
The 300m Women's/Veterans was won by Terry Arundell. The frontmarker of the
field (off 73m), gave no-one else a look in and recorded a solid win from the two
Nick Fieldler trained girls, Kendra Hubbard and Alice Platten who ran second and
The winning time was 36.19.
400m Open
The 400m Open was won by the Rob Lehmann trained, Simon Menz, he is mostly
known as a 120m runner but running off his 25m mark, Simon showed true grit
to hold off the fast finishing Josh Mather who almost pulled off the 800/400
double. Running home well into third was David Williamson who has been close
up in recent weeks and just off the pace was Glenn Cooper who has also been
racing in great heart. The winning time was 48.54.
800m Women's
The 800m Women's had a field of 5 compete. The Nick Fielder trained, Celia
Cosgriff, took the honours from Kathryn Heagney and Tanya Sproule. The winning
time was 2.12. Ladies you need to support these events in the future if want
them to be continued on the calendar. To assist, future 800m Women's events
will scheduled for the first event on the program.
800m Open
The 800m Open saw a great win to the Terry McGarity trained, Josh Mather.
Running off 48m, he bounded clear half way down the straight and recorded a
very good win in 1.54. A good second was Evan Rees who looks to have hit a bit
of form and filling in third was Craig Harris who has had a very consistent year
and unlucky not to have won a race, a win should be near.

1600m Open
The 1600m Open was won in stylish fashion by the Mark Hipworth trained, Mark
Seen, running off a tight mark of 95m Mark took the lead with about 250m to go
and managed to hold off the fast finishing Queenslander Cameron Clayton. Neil
Brennan managed to hold on to third position from Arron Downes.
The winning time for the event was 4.14.
Our next event is the Inaugural Woodside Gift on Saturday 18th December.

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