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Keilor Results

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1 Re: Keilor Results on Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:03 am

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Brilliant run by Luke Stevens to win the 2015 Keilor Gift. He was probably 2m down with about 30m to go & flew home to get up right on the line. Official margin was 14/1000ths of a second. Dylan Hicks probably ran the best he ever has in a major Vic Gift but unfortunately ran into a genuine star of the pro ranks. 

I tipped Hicksy to a few Keilor Gift stalwarts at the start of the day. I may not coach him but I was super keen to see a South Aussie win one of the big & popular major VAL Gifts. Like CIW last week, just beaten by a better runner on the day. So we'll live to fight another day.

Felt sorry for all concerned yesterday with the timing mechanism failing & delaying the meet by nearly an hour. The Keilor officials did a super job making up time. The six semis were run in rapid fire, so much so I got caught out filming them and missed the start of a couple. Kudos to the athletes for being at the start of each race ready to go.

Times in the circle events were slower than expected due to the heavy overnight rain which softened up the back straight. This area is shaded by trees so it wasn't exposed to the sun like the main straight area. In the past it would have been a quagmire but the new drainage & surface held together well. 

Gift track was terrific albeit a little soft, again due to the heavy overnight rain. But it was flat, dry, even, almost carpet like.

Terrific well-deserved wins yesterday by blokes who have put an enormous amount of time into the sport - Neil Gunning & Gordon Muir. 

Well done to the McGarity Crew who won four sashes including all three quarter miles. 

Love the Keilor Gift & we'll be back for another crack in 2016.


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2 Re: Keilor Results on Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:34 pm

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Hello there everyone,

Well the Keilor Gift has been run and won and what a great day it was. Sad though, there were many technical difficulties at the start of the program that put things about an hour behind schedule, but to the VAL, the Keilor Club and the Athletes credit, things got back on schedule later in the day.

A excited and somewhat overwhelmed Megan McMahon (10) won the coveted "Billie Jo Petersen Memorial" with and outstanding run in the latter part of the race. This was her third time in the final of this event and yesterday, she finally won it.

It was a quality field with the likes of Tierra Exum on the back mark of (8.75), Kelly McDonnell (10), Keely Henderson (10.75), Angela Phillips (11.25) and Samantha Hargreaves (19.75) running in the final.

The Men's event was a closer race with the backmarker, Luke Stevens off 3.25 upsetting Dylan Hicks on the line by 0.014 sec with the ever consistent Cam Dunbar in third place.

The new surface of the Keilor Oval was just like newly laid carpet. The overnight rain did not hamper the day at all. It was a "slow track" because of this but the days races were close and exciting. Keilor Gift Committee President, Hayden Kelly and his band of helpers should be congratulated for their outstanding effort to bring the event back to the people of Keilor and for the athletes of the VAL.

To those that kindly donated to the race, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Without you help and support, we would not have a race worthy for the memory of Billie Jo.

I was also "overwhelmed" when "Skip" asked me to do the presentation to Megan as he was preparing to run in the Men's final. He said that he didn't want to go into the final with a "lump in his throat" and I can understand why.

So that it it for now, so be prepared for me to "hassle" you all again later this year when I will be rounding up support for this magnificent event once again

Cheers for now and I hope to see you all again at Stawell at Easter

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