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1 Euroa Wrap. on Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:22 pm


Euroa Gift 22/3/2014

As many athletes prepare for an onslaught on the Stawell carnival, the Euroa Gift provided others with an excellent opportunity to win a sash and good prize money before the racing hots up over Easter. With an early start, to allow for an evening local practice match, Euroa provided a good program with eight events. The athletics is conducted on the Memorial Oval and with the oval lined by trees offers a genuine country atmosphere. A great effort by Allan Murphy, Scott Watson, Greg Blatchford and the rest of the Euroa committee to make Saturday an enjoyable day.

Burton’s Stores 70mts Open.

Jonathon Rogers (8.25m) journeyed to Euroa and made the best of the opportunity to come away with the winner’s cheque after a quick run in the time of 7.70. David Gross (7m) looked the winner after his heat with a run of 7.67 which gave him a handy advantage over Rogers (7.71), Jason Bailey (6.75m & 7.74) and Leigh Phelan (6.75m & 7.72). However he was unable to progress to the final when he was eliminated in the second semi final. The semi finals were won by Gus Carty-Cowling (3.5m) with a run of 7.77 and Rogers in 7.73. The final was a race between those two with Jonathon holding out Carty-cowling in a close finish. Jason Bailey (6.75m) was close up in third place.  Rogers was also successful, earlier in the season, in the Rye 70 metres sprint. The winner is coached by Todd Ireland.

Burls Transport & Brady and Kibble Transport 550mts.

The three heats of the 550 metres handicap were close affairs with Chris Brown (81m) winning the first heat in 1.10.39, followed up by Martin Barrow (78m) in 1.10.45. The final heat went to Tom Hecimovic (81m) in 1.10.54 which meant only a few metres separated the heat winners. Tom was able to follow up his heat win with a strong win in the final in the time of 1.09.76. He took a sit behind Brown early in the final and surged past the leader in the back straight to come around the home turn with a handy lead. Cameron Clayton (29m) ran on strongly from the 200 metres point and looked likely to trouble Hecimovic but just tired on his run to finish a close second, Brown held third place. Tom is coached by John Henry.

VRTA under 20s 120 metres.

There was a very good turnout for the underage event at Euroa with five heats and a final of eight. The fastest heat went to Jarryd Wright (14.5m) who was the only runner to break thirteen seconds through the heats, with next best Brady Lehmann (8.5m) running 13.01. The final saw an exciting finish with the first two registering the same time of 12.87, the result finally going to Lehmann by the tightest margin. Wright was second and Kirsty Stevens (22m) in third place. The winner is coached by Adrian Fury in Albury.

DPR Insurance 120m Women’s and Veterans’.

Andrew Drummond (16m) continued on with his winning form with another victory at Euroa, this time over the shorter 120mts. Andrew started the season with a strong win at Maryborough and along the way has pick up three other sashes including a good win in the open 300 metres at Maribyrnong. On Saturday he recorded the fastest heat in 13.36 with the only danger appearing to be Leigh Phelan (3.5m) with a heat win in 13.49. Drummond always had control of the final with Steve Tilburn (11.5m) running on well for second and Phelan in third place. Andrew, coached at Ballarat by Peter O’Dwyer, ran 13.39 in the final.

Shire of Strathbogie & EFNC 120m Gift

Tim Rosen (14.75m), after many attempts and a few near misses, finally broke through for a well deserved Gift victory at Euroa on Saturday afternoon. Tim was runner up in the recent Maribyrnong gift final behind William Little but went one better after scraping into the final field of six. Tim was only third in his heat but qualified for the Euroa semi finals with his time of 12.87, the fourth fastest overall. The fastest qualifiers were Paul Hughes (13m) and Jason Bailey (9m) both with runs of 12.82. Jason Bailey won the first semi in 12.8 and Hughes finished second in his semi, behind David Gross (9.75m). The time of 12.76 registered by Gross was the fastest of the day. Rosen again finished well back but qualified for the final by finishing fourth in 12.86, the slowest of the final qualifiers. In the final Rosen began well and from his front mark was able to hold the field at bay to win comfortably on the line by a clear metre. He defeated Hughes and backmarker David Tinney (6.75m) with Gross in fourth place. The winning time was 12.80.

Euroa Hotel Women’s and Veterans’ 300 metres

Kirsty Stevens (46m), after spending the season as “Luke’s little sister”, broke the shackles and raced away from the field over the concluding stages to register her second VAL win in the final of the women’s and veterans’ 300 metres. Saturday’s win at Euroa was a repeat of last year when she won the women’s and veterans’ final defeating Evan King. This season’s event looked fairly even on paper although Lauren Parisi (65m) scampered around the track in her heat in 35.17 which enabled her to go into the final as a clear favourite. Kirsty, having made many finals this season, enjoyed a perfect cart into the race before the home turn and over powered Parisi and Danielle McDowell (61m) in the home straight. She ran to the line a clear winner from those two in the time of 35.20.  Kirsty’s win was the second for coach John Henry.

Tom Sheedy 300 metres Open

As the season draws to a close and the spotlight starts to zoom in on the Stawell Easter carnival, Luke Stevens (8m) continues to rack up victories with apparent ease. On Saturday he tackled the longer 300 metres event but coasted through his heat in 33.18, a second quicker than any other heat winner. His only danger going into the final was David Fenollar (20m) who qualified for the final by running second to Luke in the heat. And in the final, as in the heat, Stevens gradually made up his ground and coming to the home turn trekked to the outside of the field to sweep past Fenollar over the final fifty metres. His margin over the second placed Fenollar was four metres with Chris Roche (31m) in third place. The time was an excellent 32.86. For Luke it was his tenth win for the season and for John Henry his third for the day. Luke’s nick name of “Inside Evens” would have to be one of the better names that the “deep thinking” section of the VAL followers have come up with. Rarely, if ever, has a runner made such an impact on the circuit in his first season.

Ford McKernan Engineering & Euroa Printers 1600 metres

The most impressive win for the day went to Alex Bacalja (85m) when he strolled away with the 1600 metres in 4.09.42. Alex, who raced well at Bendigo with a second placing in the 800 metres back markers, settled back in the field and gradually made up his handicap before striking down the back straight on the last occasion. Up until that stage the field had been strung out with Martine Beer (355m),Tony Rendina (400m) and Jessica O’Hara (345m) rolling along in front with long gaps separating the field.  Martine kicked clear of her fellow front markers at the bell and immediately opened up a good lead. Bacalja, who had followed James Deane (100m) surged from the 300 metres point to quickly reel in the leader and had the race won before the home turn. He won untroubled from Beer and Phillip O’Brien (130m), making up good ground in the final stages. Alex is coached by Mark Hipworth.

2 Re: Euroa Wrap. on Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:04 am

Mick The Rex

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'Inside Evens' will stick for life, even when his old and slow in many years time!

Deep thinker indeed Mara, not sure if your serious or having a dig at MTR? Either way, Stevens definitely fits the bill, just how far 'Inside Evens' he'll go remains to be seen?

MTR predicts 4-5 inside evens!

3 Re: Euroa Wrap. on Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:31 pm


Rex, good to see you are reading the wrap, looking for someone to take over the job.
Never would I doubt your to ability to come up with a genuine cracker of a nick name.
However we have other problems to worry about, with a late entry for Stawell in the gift.
Edward Scissorhand has entered and now that we may be changing the starting procedure from feet to hands we are not sure how to accommodate Edward. Also the shaking of hands after the finish line maybe a little tricky. Some Depp thinking is required.

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