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1 Trinity Wrap. on Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:59 pm


Trinity Gift 16th February 2014

The Trinity Gift made its debut on the Victorian Athletic League calendar on Sunday with a magnificently prepared running surface and first class facilities. With overnight rain and a steady downpour in the morning, the day was looking a little gloomy but the sky cleared before the carnival commenced and the running surface was a shade slow but in terrific condition. It’s hard to imagine a better set up for athletics with the running surface and a superb warm up track adjacent. Tom Robertson and Andrew Muhlhan provided an excellent program of events and with an emphasis on junior races put on a perfect display of where the VAL’s future lies.

Important note;  Any non VAL juniors interested in running at the Burramine carnival must register with the Burramine club.  Entries close on the 1st of March.  The events are over 100m, 200m and 400m with prize money, trophies and cash available to placegetters. Entry is free and the club caters for kids 8 years of age up to under 15s. All details are on the VAL website, under the news section. These events are not available to VAL registered athletes.

Aughtersons Insurance brokers 70m Open

Luke “inside evens” Stevens (2.25m) continued with his dominant 70 metre form with another victory from a tight handicap at Trinity Grammar. Luke went into the semi finals with only an outside chance with a heat win in 7.94, trailing Tim Rosen’s (9.75m &7.70) by at least two metres. Having said that Tim’s time may have been a little miss leading with the timing problem and being the first heat. In the semi finals Rosen clocked a more realistic 7.93 with the other semi final going to Riali (2.5m) in 7.81. Riali defeated Doug Greenough (5m) and Stevens in the faster of the two semi finals. In the final Rosen looked to have a winning break only to see Stevens “zoom” over the last few metres to win from Rosen with Greenough third. Luke’s win continues the impressive sprinting record of the John Henry stable this season.  

Under 18’s Girls 120m

Elysha Scown (18m) started the day at Trinity as an “unknown” in VAL circles but by the end of the day at least those in the under 18 age group knew that she existed. With only two heats of the under 18s sprint race Elysha made everyone take notice with a five metre heat win and clear fastest heat time. Her heat time of 14.5 was nearly four metres faster than that recorded by Keely Henderson (9m). In the final Scown was once again a clear winner, defeating Kirsty Stevens (11m) and Henderson in 14.45. Elysha made it a double later in the afternoon with a clear win in the 400 metres.

Under 18’s Boys 120m

The under 18 boys was an open event with all five heat winners given a good chance of success. The fastest of the heats was William Kerr (12m) with a run of 13.16 and the slowest was Chris Byron (6m) who recorded 13.27. In the final William Kerr scored his first VAL victory with a clear win from Frazer Heard (11m) and Troy Carey (14m). William has been in finals most weeks this season and after countless placings now has that much sought after sash in his trophy case. Kerr coached by Craig Marr ran 12.95 in the  final.

Kew & Kew East Community Bendigo Bank 120m Women’s

The women’s gift at Trinity was a see-saw affair with many possible winners at different stages of the event. The seven heats were closely fought with the fastest heat going to Jessie Hart (15m) with a run of 14.97 but with no clear advantage as all heats were within two metres of that time. Angela Wilson (27.75m), a winner at Wangaratta in January defeated dual Stonnington winner Tara Domaschenz (2.5m) comfortably in her heat in 15.17. The first semi final went to Julia Boatman (12m) to go through to the final in 14.96 whilst the second semi final saw Sonya Pollard (18m) hold off Hart in 14.68, a clear fastest time for the day. However, Angela Wilson finishing only fourth in her semi final, was able to turn the table on her opponents with a much improved effort to record 14.63 to win the final. Wilson defeated Pollard by inches with Hart in third place.

Trinity Gift 120m

The Trinity committee should have been very happy with the quality field that made their way through to the final on Sunday. The six man final contained some of the VAL’s better performers over the last few seasons. With the overnight and early morning rain the times were never going to be fast with the fastest heat going to the race backmarker Joel Bee (1.25m) with a run off 12.88. Last week’s Ballarat gift winner, Nathan Riali back on 3.5 metres, handled his re-handicap well with a run of 13.04. Will Johns (6m) was very impressive in the early round with a run of 13.07 as too was former Burnie Gift winner Luke Whitney (8.25) recording 12.98. The semi finals saw Bee continue to dominate with his win in 12.86, a half metre better than the run of Riali winning the second semi final in 12.92. In the final Bee appeared to pick up Riali mid race and careered away to win by over a metre from Whitney and Riali. The winning time of 12.68 was a solid effort of 3.25 metres in side even time by Joel, on a slow and well grassed surface.

300m Women’s & Veterans’

Adelaide visitor Peter Biggs (37m) put the writing on the wall at Ballarat with a fast finishing second to Mark Howson in the final of the 300 metres.  At Trinity he recorded the fastest time of 36.28 which gave him a full second advantage over the remaining six heat winners. In the final, however, it was not all Biggs’ way as he was still well off the lead and very wide on the home turn, trying to make up the leeway. Peter stormed home down the final straight and with a desparate lunge was able to grab the victory. He scored in a blanket finish from Celia Cosgriff (45m), Karin Laidlaw (67m) and Martin Armour (76m). The winning time was 36.93

Under 18’s Boys 400m

Dylan Moore (70m) looked likely on the home turn to suffer another narrow defeat as his lead dwindled to a few metres as he turned for home in the under 18s 400 metres final. However, as he did in his heat, he produced the required “kick” to hold his opponents in the run to the finish line. Dylan defeated Harrison Kerr (60m) by three metres with Benjamin Boatman (60m) steaming home to just miss second place. Moore has been close to a win many times in his short VAL career including a very close second at Rye in the under 20s 800 metres event to Lorna Clark. Dylan had a Stawell gift crowd on site as he made his first winning presentation speech. One would imagine there will be plenty more (no pun intended) to come in his career. The race was another win to the Nick Fieldler stable, one of the original coaches in the VAL to encourage and develop a stable of  younger athletes.

Under 18’s Girls 400m

Whilst the boys 400 metres required heats to decide the final field, the girls had a straight final with ten runners. Elysha Scown (44m), earlier a winner over the 120 metres course, led all the way to make it a double for the day with a clear win in 1.01.82. Elysha was never really tested in front with the second placed Chelsea Williams (40m) hanging on bravely from Brieanna Musgrave (15m) in third place. Kasey Moore, running from scratch, was a terrific run to finish fourth, her time was 1.02.81.

400m Open

Greg Mitchell (25m) scored his first VAL sash with a late charge to grab the leaders on the line in the  final of the Trinity 400 metres Open. Lawrence Coop (46m) looked sure to win when he took the lead after the home turn but Mitchell was too strong, with David Haigh (42m) getting a late split to take second place away from Coop. Greg, who mixes his VAL running with regular AV competition, has made several finials, this season his first with the VAL, including the $5000 300 metres Gillette dash4cash at the MCG. Greg, coached by Chris Roach, ran a final time of 49.39. David Haigh, in finishing second, just missed making it a honeymoon double with wife Angela winning earlier in the day.

Diadora 1600m Open

Andrew Thomas (155m) was another athlete to win their first VAL race at Trinity Grammar, Andrew’s came with a comfortable win in the 1600 metres. Andrew was well off the lead with two laps to travel as the early leader Tayla Sproule (345m) held a good advantage over Greg Whitecross (400m) and Tony Rendina (390m). There was then a further gap to Corina Kapusta (310m), Stefan Catalano (305m) and Leon Brooks (320m). At the bell Sproule still held a handy lead and when she had finally fought off her fellow front markers, as usually happens, the middle markers converged quickly down the back straight. Thomas was still in ninth place at the bell with Arron Downes (150m) on his back for the ride home. Cameron Clayton (100m) was the best of the “colours” and with Alex Bacalja (80m), looked the only possible chances from the rear. Thomas shot to the front after the 200 metres mark and immediately opened a good break before the home turn. As Andrew cleared out Ash Cowan (150m) ran on solidly for a place just ahead of Mark Hipworth (225m), Clayton, Matthew Turner (60m) and Bacalja. Matthew Turner, running with the VAL whilst holidaying from Scotland, looks sure to score his first VAL win in the near future, perhaps down by the seaside. The winning time was 4.23.6.

2 Re: Trinity Wrap. on Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:50 am


Good luck to young Scown, got under the handicappers guard not once but TWICE !!! well done

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