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Pembroke meet on April 2nd - Non-penalty for Stawell (If you don't go too fast!)

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From the SAAL Office

Hi All,

The VAL has confirmed that races at The Kensignton CTC On The Run Gift will be NON-PENALTY for races at Stawell.

Athletes registered with the VAL / SAAL will not receive a handicap penalty at Stawell for winning a race at Kensington. A penalty however will be applied to the following season. This non-penalty does not apply for any athlete breaking ceiling time.

Don't forget to get your nominations in for your last chance at a competitive race before Stawell or the end of the season.
One Day registrations are open for this carnival.



Kensington CTC On the Run Gift
Sunday 2nd April 2017

Entries close Monday 20th March 2017.

  • 70m Novice - $400
  • 120m Open 14m $1500
  • 120m Women 14m $1500
  • 300m All comers - $800
  • 550m Under 14 - $100
  • 800m Open 160m $1000
  • 1600m Open 400m $500
  • 400m Club Relay - $500



Athletics to return to Kensington Oval, or Olympic Sports Field, for first time in 20 years for Pembroke Gift

By Dan Jervis-Bardy
Eastern Courier Messenger
February 16, 2017

ATHLETICS will return to Kensington Oval for the first time in almost 20 years as part of a new event on the SA running calendar.

The SA Athletic League (SAAL) has announced the old Olympic Sports Field will host its season-ending carnival on Sunday, April 2.

The Pembroke Gift will include a mix of handicapped races from 120m to 1600m and, possibly, an “all-comers relay”, according to SAAL executive officer Leon Burckhardt.

“It (Kensington Oval) was the home of running here in SA and we have been pretty keen to get an event back here,” Mr Burckhardt said.

“It has been floated in the past, and we have now been able to get some sponsors on board.”

The event will be first competitive athletics meet at Kensington Oval since Olympic Sports Field was ripped up and reborn as cricket and football oval when the State Government opened its new 6000-seat athletics stadium at Mile End in 1998.

Olympic Sports Field, which was next to Pembroke’s middle school campus, opened in 1963 and hosted six Australian championships and numerous one-day meets which attracted Olympic gold medallists and world record holders, including Cathy Freeman, Steve Ovett and Linford Christie.

Mr Burckhardt said the Pembroke Gift would help fill the gap between the end of the league’s season and Australia’s richest footrace race, the Stawell Gift, on Easter weekend.

Prize money for the carnival – expected to attract about 300 entrants – would be announced in the coming weeks, he said.

“The sponsors who we have spoken with have indicated that they want to make this a long-term event on the calendar,” he said.

Glenside runner Rose Pittman, who trains with the Haslam Oval-based Pembroke Athletics Club, was looking forward to racing at her “home” meet.

“I have been supporting all of the people I train with and telling them they should sign up (to race) because it is so convenient for us,” Pittman, 15, said.

“Hopefully they do … it will be great.”

Kensington Oval history

1875 – Kensington Oval opens as a football and cricket ground at the old Shipsters Paddock, on The Parade. Norwood, West Adelaide and Kensington football clubs, as well as Kensington District Cricket Club (KDCC), use the oval as their home ground.

1935 – Sir Donald Bradman joins KDCC after moving to SA from NSW. The Don plays for Browns until 1948/49, scoring 3377 runs at an average of 84.

1963 – The oval is turned into Olympic Sports Field (OSF), SA’s premier track and field stadium. Adelaide City Football Club are also based at the stadium. KDCC are relocated to nearby Kensington Gardens Reserve.

1967 – OSF host the Australian Track & Field Championships for the first time. Victorian Ralph Doubell is victorious in the men’s 800m, a year before winning gold in the same event at the Mexico Olympics.

1967 – Soccer giants Manchester United, led by superstar George Best, beat a team of local amateurs 5-1 in a friendly match.

1977 – A stadium record 13,132 turn out to watch a National Soccer League match between Adelaide City and Sydney Marconi.

1995 – The State Government announces plans for a new 6000-seat athletics stadium at Mile End to replace OSF as the home of SA track and field.

1995 – Burnside Council, which owns the 6.5ha grounds, asks the Supreme Court to rule on whether a deed it holds over the site allows it to be sold for housing.

1996 – Councillors vote not to sell the grounds amid community support for the land to be retained as open space.

1997 – Burnside heads back to the Supreme Court, this time to finalise a lease agreement with Pembroke School over use of Kensington Oval. Under the 40-year licence, Pembroke gets the oval for after school training and weekend competitions.

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