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1 Opportunity gone begging on Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:13 pm


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Where was the Backmarkers at the Bay
10,000 Spectators down there to watch the final and watch Jack Hale.
The possability of Hale making the final off his mark was a possability but most people were of the opinion he may just miss.
I think the SAAL missed the opportunity of having an insurance of having the Backmarkers for the spectators to see Hale run again.
To see Hales disappointment after just being pipped in his semi I think the lad would have relished the chance to run again.
The crowd dispersed immediately after the Sheff final, dont think that would have been the case if Hale was still to run in the Backmarkers.
Opportunity gone begging.
Imagine the headlines, HALE WINS AT THE BAY.

2 Re: Opportunity gone begging on Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:14 am

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Yeah definitely compromise the integrity of the sport for the coverage. Silly from a normally considered opinion.

3 Re: Opportunity gone begging on Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:25 pm


The program has become cluttered so much with Day Two going for nearly 7 hours, that the SAAL decided it had to cull some races. Quite often athletes pull out of the backmarkers invitation, meaning the handicapper is running around trying to find quality athletes to fill the lanes.

The program was set in concrete weeks ago, before the confirmation of Jack Hale's entry. There simply wasn't time to find another sponsor, organise a sash & add the invitation. Remember this is all happening around Christmas time, so there's a lot to take into account.

"Let's Go While We're Young"

4 Re: Opportunity gone begging on Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:16 pm


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I just think the league missed out on the opportunity to really cash in on him being there.
Maybe a lap in the sports car behind the Gift winners ,after all he is a World Record holder for his age ,I think.

Also with the deletion of the Backmarkers male and female races which used to follow the Gift I think its time to move the 1600m race that is held at the end of the day further up the program so we will end with the Gift in future .Why hold the one race back now so the athletes who have come all the way to run, have to run in front of a dispersing crowd.

5 Re: Opportunity gone begging on Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:17 pm


Totally agree there Whispers. A women's/vets mile is no way to finish any pro meet, let alone a meet as prestigious as the Bay Sheffield. (I can make comment on this without offending anyone, as I was in this race).
It still blows my mind that so many pro meets don't have the "Gift" as the final race on the program.

6 Re: Opportunity gone begging on Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:36 pm


Same thing at stawell now. Gift should always be the last race of the day

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