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1 Rye wrap on Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:20 pm


Rye Gift Saturday 11th January 2014
The Rye carnival was an early start with the first event at 11am and a late finish with the Open 400 metres the last event closing the proceedings after 6 pm. The track was well grassed and the traditional “circle” circle track lived up to its name with some tight racing. The weather was warm with at times overcast skies and an occasional annoying cold breeze, especially when under cover. The program included events over all distances for the VAL athletes, plenty of underage races for the locals and some unusual entertainment, including the SES slicing up a car like a school kid’s lunch. For future reference a no parking sign in Rye means no parking. The Rye committee are to be congratulated on a full day of entertainment, ample and reliable officials and the outstanding achievement of forty years involvement with the Victorian Athletic League.
Rosebud Garden Supplies 70 metre novice
The Rye 70 metre novice, so often the spring board to a successful sprinting career, once again unearthed a rising talent, although this time with plenty of controversy. Chris Byron (7m), new to the VAL, qualified for the final with a blistering run in his heat. The proof of the strength of his run was that second placed Jackson Miller-Gage made the Rye gift final later in the day. Unfortunately Byron had misplaced a PB and was subsequently re-handicapped two metres for the final. This had little effect, barring the margin, as Byron still won the final in a convincing manner. Chris defeated Nicholas Repalust (5m) and Brendon Glidden- Green ( 6m) in the time of 7.89. Subsequent to the event head steward Mr Bill Sutton fined Byron and advised him and his trainer, Neville Sillitoe, obviously new to athletics, that PB’s are an important part of sprinting information as too is Google.
CarrieJennings & Sons/ Wittingslow Carnival 70m Open
Craig Mair (8.25m) a long time supporter of the VAL has featured in many big race finals, and several wins, but until Saturday had been unable to collect a 70 metre final sash. In Saturday’s early round he dashed over the 70 metres in 7.73, comparable to Iain Douglas (4.75 & 7.75), Lawrence Coop (10.5m & 7.74 ) and Craig Foley (7.25m & 7.74 ). The semi finals sorted the chances out a little better with Coop running 7.85 whilst Douglas and Mair hit the line together with Douglas gaining the verdict in 7.74. Craig Foley unfortunately failed to complete the course through injury. In the final, after two false starts and the elimination of David Fenollar (5.75m), the race eventually was run and won by Mair holding out Douglas, with 1/100th of a second to spare, Mark Hignett (7.25m) was third. The winning time was 7.68, the fastest of the day Craig, now enjoying a coaching role, is building a good group of young VAL competitors.
Gilpip Homes 800 metres Open
Daniel Veith (68m) won his first Victorian Athletic League sash in the final of the Rye 800 metres when he recovered from a third placing in the heat to hold all his challengers at bay in the final. Daniel hit the front before the home turn and was able to hold off David Haigh (58m) and David Spence (60m). Veith, another member of the Hippo Athletic Club, recorded a winning time of 1.58.2. Daniel, also a member of the Victorian Cross Country League, won the Independent Signs 10k at Woodlands homestead last winter.
Access Energy 800 metres under 20s
Lorna Clark (134m) so often in recent times the rabbit in front being chased by the rampaging herd got her revenge at Rye with a spirited win, her first, in the under 20s 800 metres. Lorna took the lead early in the race and refused to relinquish that position when seriously challenged from the home turn . Dylan Moore (104m) tried valiantly in the home straight but just failed to overcome the tearaway leader. James Parker made up ground to finish third. The winning time was 2.01.3
Maw Civil & Bendigo Bank 120 metres Gift
Matt Carter, making one of his rare VAL appearances, was given the task of winning the main event off the miserly handicap of two metres. Matt chased hard in his heat to narrowly defeat promising youngster Will Johns (7m) in the smart time of 12.34. The only other heat winners to near his time were Noddy Angelakos (12m) and Luke Stevens (5m), both clocking 12.37. Hana Basic (16.5m) made it through to the semi finals with a nice win in heat two with a time of 12.76. Carter carried on with the good work in the first semi final with a winning run of 12.35 defeating Angelakos by 4/1000th of a second with Paul Tancredi finishing third. The second semi final was won by Simon Fitzpatrick (9m) from Matt Hargreaves in the time of 12.45. Unfortunately for Will Johns he was forced to scratch from the semi final because of injury. Luke Stevens broke in his semi final and was unable to overcome the one metre penalty.The final went the way of the first semi final with Carter defeating Angelakos and Tancredi, this time Matt increased the margin to 3/100th of a second.
Jim’s Test & Tag 1600 metres
The Rye 1600 metres, although late in the program, contained a little bit of history on Saturday as Michael Marantelli attempted to win an open “mile “ event off the tight handicap mark of 40 metres. Over the years few back markers colour up for the open 1600 metres, preferring the luxury of a backmarkers event with tighter limits. However Marantelli, fresh from the Burnie 1600 metres win on New Year’s day, stuck to his task, working his way past tiring runners. Approaching the bell in fifth place he appeared to have the race at his mercy, taking the lead as they headed into the back straight Michael raced away to win with ease by twenty metres. He defeated Hipworth stable mate Matthew Bateman (235m) and Lucinda Lopes (245m) in 4.18.7.

Victorian Athletic League 120 metres under 20s
Troy Carey (18.5m) was another athlete at Rye to continue with winning form when he took out the Victorian Runners and Trainers under 20s final. In December Troy won the Northcote under 17s event with ease and stepped up in class to easily account for the under 20s on Saturday. Blake Bailey (17m) who chased home Carey at Northcote finished second with Rhys Gillson (8m) in third place. Troy recorded 12.50 in his heat, clearly the fastest, and slowed a little to win the final in 12.58.
Maw Civil & Bendigo Bank 120mts Women’s Diamond
Jessica Payne (9.75m) won the opening heat of the Womens’ Diamond, defeating Amber King (10m) and set the standard with the fastest heat time of 14.20. She was joined in the final by main dangers Celia Cosgriff (14m & 14.31), Kate Jones (8.75m & 14.36) and heat runner up Amber King. The final went the way of the heat with Payne easily accounting for King with Cosgriff third in the time of 14.11. Jessica is coached by Shane McKenzie.
Hillview Quarries 1600 metres Women’s and Veterans’
Arron Downes (70m) came with a barnstorming run to take out the 1600 metres women’s and veterans’ at Rye in the time of 4.38.27. Robert Kensole (400m), the out marker, still had a handy lead of about 35 metres with 200 metres to travel from a bunch of runners seemingly not making up the leeway. However Arron emerged from the pack coming to the home turn and won running away in an impressive fashion. He defeated Gary Blake (320m), Ashley Sandison (125m) and Martine Beer (295m)with Kensole tiring badly in the latter stages to finish 9th. Shane Thiele off the scratch mark and Matthew McDonough running from five metres made up a great deal of ground but never looked likely to get into a major share of the prize money. Arron, part of the Hippo athletic group, has had a couple of quiet years but is previously a winner of the Keilor Gift and a double (550m & 800mts ) at Stawell
Rye RSL 300 metres Veterans’
Craig Lancaster (55m) was narrowly defeated in his heat of the veteran’s 300 metres at Rye by John Harvey in the fastest heat of the day, 37.00. Gary Blake(62m) and Shane Buckingham (22m) finished third and fourth in that heat but managed to progress to the final on fastest times. In the final the four runners from that heat fought out the finish with Lancaster turning the tables on Harvey to win clearly in 36.69. Blake and Buckingham once again filled the third and fourth placings. Craig is running in excellent form and adds Saturday’s win to his straight track win at Maryborough.
Broo Women’s 400 metres
The three heats of the Broo Women’s 400 metres were taken out by Holly Dobbyn in 57.0, Elissa Ward 56.1 and Jessie Hart in 54.14. Rarely does a runner go into a final with such a strangle hold on the first prize cheque as Jessie Hart did at Rye. In the final Jessie (50m) chased down the out marker Ward (80m) to hit the lead well before the home turn and careered away to win with ease by six metres from Dobbyn (21m) getting up for second , inches to the good of Ward. The win comes on the back of an equally easy win in the Sportzbiz novice at Maryborough.
Rye Hotel 400 metres Open
The open 400 metres final produced a stirring finish with Luke Versace (27m) holding off the late finishing Sam Baird (6m) and the zig zagging Iain Douglas (12m). As reported in last week’s wrap Versace was held up for a run over the concluding stages at Dayleford but at Rye he charged to the lead on the home turn and defied the back markers in the short home straight. Baird’s performance was first rate from his tight handicap on an even tighter course. Douglas received a rails run coming to the home turn to look a good winning chance before tiring on his run towards the finish. Luke, a Stawell Gift placegetter a few years back, is beginning to return to some of his best form. Not only was it a good win by Versace but a great moment for his coach Brad “Froth” Armstrong. The win was the first for Brad who previously ran with Kerry McConnon and Mark Hipworth before starting his own small group. Brad is also the son of former VAL runner and coach Evan Armstrong. Evan was responsible for many successful Stawell Gift ventures in the 1980’s.

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