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St Albans (VAL) Results & Videos - 29 Jan 2011

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ST ALBANS SPORTS CLUB
RESULTS


70m Open FINAL
1 Chris DIEGAN (6.25) 7.533
2 Liam DOOLEY (4.50) 7.613
3 Tommy TOSKAS (7.75) 7.619
4 Matthew MIFSUD (7.00) 7.622
5 Augustine CARTY-CO (5.50) 7.670
6 Laura Jane HILDITCH (13.50) 7.692
7 Nick MAGREE (6.00) 7.717
8 Matthew KIERNAN (6.50) 7.889


120m Open Gift
1 Gavin O'NEIL (11.50)12.477
2 Matthew MIFSUD (11.00) 12.517
3 Nick MAGREE (8.75) 12.526
4 Cam DUNBAR (7.50) 12.553
5 Robert LEHMANN (10.50) 12.650
6 Shane EZARD (10.25) 12.674
7 Brendan BOYLE (15.00) 12.712
8 Brad PETERS (7.50) 12.782



120m Novice
1 Andrew McCABE (4.75) 12.914
2 Tim ESCHEBACH (8.00) 12.972
3 Devon EDDY (7.25) 13.040
4 Daniel PAGNOCCOLO (7.50) 13.042
5 Jack DOOLEY (9.00) 13.137
6 Luke ANTHONY (7.00) 13.138
7 Jessica FARRUGIA (24.00) 13.141
8 Stephanie JINKS (22.00) 13.337


120m Women's
1 Katrina BUCKINGHAM (12.250) 14.343
2 Megan McMAHON (15.75) 14.350
3 Celia COSGRIFF (12.00) 14.444
4 Patricia FOX (8.75) 14.483
5 Zoe KENNEDY (11.75) 14.531
6 Narelle LEHMANN (7.75) 14.640
7 Marita DOWNES (12.25) 14.976
8 Joanne JOJKITY (30.00) 15.006


300m Veterans
1 Paul VINEY (29) 37.27
2 George SAOUMA (25) 37.38
3 Kathryn HEAGNEY (71) 37.41
4 Paul HUGHES (5) 37.56
5 Chris ROCHE (18) 37.59
6 Gary BLAKE (65) 37.90
7 Dennis HUGHES (56) 38.05
8 Terry MCGARITY (66) 38.10
9 Mathew BOYES (24) 41.51
10 Noel MAGHAMEZ (44) 37.85


400m Women's
1 Patricia FOX (31) 56.48
2 Marita DOWNES (42) 57.29
3 Megan McMAHON (48) 57.34
4 Kara BULL (30) 57.86
5 Stephanie JINKS (34) 58.24
6 Lynn GUNNING (66) 58.74
7 Katrina BUCKINGHAM (38) 58.77
8 Tara DOMASCHENZ (35) 58.77
9 Taleisha IANZANO (29) 58.90
10 Anna PASQUALI (26) 1:03.16


400m Open
1 David WILLIAMSON (28) 49.02
2 Adam RATCLIFFE (30) 49.08
3 Lauchlan DALGLEISH (21) 49.27
4 Steven MARSH (36) 49.38
5 Chris LIVITSANOS (58) 49.60
6 Josh MATHER (21) 49.70
7 Clayton FRASER (34) 50.52
8 Andrew CURRAN (31) 50.61
9 Nick HOWARD (42) 51.11
10 Mathew BOYES (45) 51.42



400m Sportzbiz
1 Brad HOARE 19 49.12
2 David GIROLAMO (53) 49.30
3 Darren ROWLAND (30) 49.32
4 Jessica FARRUGIA (82) 49.44
5 Tim ESCHEBACH (25) 49.63
6 Daniel KHOBYAR (38) 49.73
7 Chris HARGREAVES (25) 49.74
8 Rita PANA (102) 50.04
9 Jack LEWIS (24) 50.38
10 Glenn COOPER (40) 51.03


800m Open
1 David WOODS (80) 1:57.35
2 Mark HIPWORTH (76) 1:57.43
3 Dominic HOSKINS (34) 1:58.06
4 Justin MURPHY (26) 1:58.24
5 Mark ANDREWS (36) 1:58.37
6 Simon BLYTH (78) 1:58.38
7 Peter SPENCE (54) 1:58.61
8 Matthew McCAULEY (36) 1:59.74
9 Josh MATHER (42) 2:00.12
10 Matthew SANDILANDS (58) 2:02.20


1600m Open
1 Brendan NORDEN (280) 4:16.45
2 Tony PARSONS (285) 4:16.74
3 Greg HILSON (210) 4:19.11
4 Leon BROOKS (270) 4:19.71
5 Matthew McCAULEY (100) 4:20.40
6 Brendan LIDDICOAT (205) 4:20.60
7 Craig HARRIS (180) 4:20.79
8 James DEANE (115) 4:21.30
9 Luke GRAY (175) 4:22.12
10 Corey LAWSON (105) 4:22.65


1600m Novice
1 Emily RYDE (340) 4:22.11
2 Michael BROWN (230) 4:23.44
3 Daniel VEITH (180) 4:23.45
4 Peter COWELL (230) 4:24.16
5 Rilyn MOSBEY (200) 4:28.12
6 Luke WILKE (230) 4:29.12
7 David GIROLAMO (265) 4:32.39
8 Robert KENSHOLE (400) 4:40.01
9 Stefan CATALANO (395) 4:53.90
10 Laura YORKE (320) 4:58.30


120m RACV JUNIOR
1 Kate JONES (21.00) 13.234
2 Jack LEWIS (8.00) 13.245
3 Liam DOOLEY (0.00) 13.269
4 Jessica FARRUGIA (22.00) 13.310
5 Thomas SKINNER (15.00) 13.458
6 Michael GATT (11.00) 13.483
7 Julia BOATMAN (23.00) 13.547
8 Goerge MARYON (2.00) 13.703

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St Albans Gift winner Gavin O'Neil celebrates with
partner Catherine Bender on Saturday.


O'Neil breaks drought
By SAM LANDSBERGER
Brimbank Messenger
1 Feb 2011


THEY say a week is a long time in sport, so you can imagine Gavin O’Neil’s elation after securing his first win on the track in 18 years.

And the Melton resident picked a good time to break his hoodoo, taking home Saturday night’s prestigious St Albans Gift.

Headed for most of the 120m distance he simply found a way to win, edging across the line 0.04sec before Essendon’s Matthew Mifsud in a photo finish.

Unsure whether his baron streak had been snapped, a nervous O’Neil waited for official confirmation before breaking into celebration mode in front of the 2000-strong crowd.

“He certainly didn’t know (if he’d won). He thought he might have won but wasn’t sure,” organiser Terry O’Donnell said. “He’s always shown a lot of promise but when it came to finals he seemed to tighten up. One year he even started favourite at Stawell and still didn’t do any good.”

O’Neil entered the $4000 final in brilliant touch but was only rated second-favourite behind Mifsud due to his poor big-race record.

“He was the favourite on times (in the heats) but he’d never won a Gift before, so I thought he might go to water,” bookmaker John Henry said.

O’Neil started the race a 2-1 chance behind Mifsud at 6-4 while only seventh-placed Brendan Boyle was also rated a serious chance at 3-1.

O’Neil, 30, has been injury-plagued for most of his career with a host of leg complaints costing him entry into countless events.

“After the race you could just tell ... it was his first win in 18 years so you can just imagine his reaction. He was very, very happy,” O’Donnell said.

“The weather was terrific, the racing was terrific, the crowd was good, the carpark was booked out and overall it was a very successful night.”

Another highlight was the 400m event in which all 10 finalists were separated by just 2.4secs as they scrambled across the narrow finish line.

2011 ST ALBANS GIFT
1. Gavin O’Neil (Melton) 12.477 seconds
2. Matthew Mifsud (Essendon) 12.517
3. Nick Magree (Mitcham) 12.526

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By a nose … Gavin O'Neil, left, crosses the line first in the St Albans Gift.
Picture: KRISTIAN SCOTT


O'Neil breaks drought
By Michael Esposito
Star News St Albans
1st February 2011


MELTON'S Gavin O'Neil broke an 18-year drought to win the St Albans Gift in dramatic fashion on Saturday night.

Running off a frontmarker handicap of 11.5m, O'Neil, 35, defeated Matthew Mifsud (11m) in a photo finish to take out the 120m footrace and take home $4000.

It was a long-time coming for the veteran, who has competed in about 50 gifts in his career but had never pulled through until Saturday. He rated the victory greater than any one of the many 70m races O'Neil has won.

“This is probably my best win. I've won a lot of other races but its been so frustrating not to win a race over this distance, and it's been building up and building up so even though it wasn't a huge race it's a big relief. It's been driving me mad, I've made probably about 50 finals, and I've always been the bridesmaid,” O'Neil said.

“I knew I had a bit of a handicap on them … I just got out as quick as I could and just tried to hold them off the whole way and that's how it turned out.”

O'Neil said he decided to focus on solely on the 120m distance the season, rather than the shorter distances which have given him so much success. O'Neil advanced to the semi-final of the Maryborough, Rye and Wangaratta gifts before St Albans.

“In other years I've sort of just focused on even the shorter distance. But I've had constant injuries over the years but I've got my body pretty sound now and I had good form leading into it, and I went there to win it.”

Making the victory even more impressive is that O'Neil is his own coach, and trains two hours a day six days a week.

“I've got a young family so it's a little bit hard. It gets really tough at times but I've been doing it for four or five years.”

O'Neil said he will have a few weeks off before concentrating on building up to the Ballarat and Stawell Gifts.

Williamstown's Chris Diegan took out the 70m open handicap, while Westmeadows resident Katrina Buckingham won the 120m women's race.

Rowville's David Williamson won the 400m open handicap, Brunswick's David Woods won the 800m handicap, while Wangaratta's Brendan Norden took out the 1600m handicap.

Werribee's Brad Hoare won the 400m novice, and Soldiers Hill woman Patricia Fox won the female 400m race.

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Congratulations Gavin! Does anyone know what some of the "many other races" he has won are?

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They only did about a 2 min interview after the race. I told them i'd won plenty of heats before and made about 50 semi's i never said i'd won plenty of races before? Only thing i've ever won was the 70m at wangaratta in 2001 i think was the year. It's embarrasing enough as it is to have gone so long without a win and if i'd known they were going to print it i would never have mentioned anything after the race.

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Thanks Gav. Congratulations on your Gift Win.

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Good to see some reward for effort after many years in the sport. It makes it all the more sweeter.

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Well done Gav, that is a very long drought to break and testament to your perserverance and hard work.

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Well done Gavin, that is a sensational effort; to persevere and overcome so much adversity and still keep plugging away after so many years is a credit to your determination & dedication to the sport.

Like a few others I was fascinated by the articles above about how long it's taken for Gavin O'Neil to win a Gift.

Sometimes we take for granted in this sport, the hard work & adversity runners face to win a Gift. You see athletes win multiple Gifts and continue to get chances to win again, yet there's guys like Gavin O'Neil who has tried & tried, kept coming up short (in 50 odd Gift semi-finals) 'flown under the radar' and we don't become aware of their situation until they win. In some ways it's probably the best Gift win this season - certainly the most deserved.

Hopefully the handicapper takes into account Gavin's history and continue to keep him around the mark so he can win another before the season's out.

Also it's great to se some positive & encouraging comments for Gavin on the forum.


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