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Stonnington Wrap

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1 Stonnington Wrap on Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:19 am

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Stonnington Gift Wrap
Friday February 11 saw the VAL erect its finishing gates at Toorak Park for the
resurrection of the Prahran Gift.
There was much build up surrounding the surface and it lived up the hype with an
outstanding running track despite some rain during the day. Full marks go to the
curators at Toorak Park who had rolled and cut the oval like a bowling green.
The feature event of the night, the Bendigo Bank – East Malvern Community Bank
Branch sponsored 100m Stonnington Gift attracted a quality field of athletes from
all over Australia. It was eventually taken out by 110m hurdler Dan Martin. Martin
was having his first run in the pro ranks from the tight mark of 2.5 metres.
Martin’s speed in the second half of the race was far superior to that of the whole
field and he pulled away for a convincing win. In second place came the
improving Matthew Mifsud who finished just ahead of the fast finishing Nick
Magree. Martin’s victory saw him not only take home $7,000 but a Mercedes Benz
for a weekend and a 12 month membership to Genesis Fitness Prahran. This
event was clearly the best contested sprint race outside the Stawell Gift and one
in which we probably saw this year’s Stawell winner race.
Laura Jane Hilditch took out the Genesis Fitness Prahran women’s 100m event in
convincing fashion. Daylight separated her from second placed Kaitlin Adamson
and Melanie Purkiss rounded out the placings. It was Hilditch’s second big win for
the season and coach John Henry will now have to find a few more yards in
training as his charge looks like she will lose another big chunk off her mark.
Laura Jane will also travel in style with a Mercedes Benz Cabriolet when she
drives to her next event.
The well patronised 300m novice/women’s and veterans race was won by
Queenslander backmarker, Tim Eschenbach. Running from the tight mark of 5
metres Eschenbach powered around the course to storm over the top of
frontmarker Angela Wilson, third, and edge out class runner Nathanael Coull on
the line. Eschenbach picked up cash and prizes kindly donated by Santo Caruso at
Melbourne Sports Books.
The much anticipated Coles sponsored 550m event saw Adam Coote salute the
judge in the tightest finish of the night. The AFL’s fastest boundary umpire
needed every ounce of toughness to defeat Dominic Hoskins, James Deane and
Peter Spence with 0.04 seconds covering the first four runners. Coote’s victory
was another feather in the cap for him after wins at Stawell, Bendigo and the Bay
Sheffield in the last two seasons. For his efforts he received $1400 in cash, a 12
month membership to Genesis Fitness Prahran and a luxury Mercedes Benz.

Veteran Tony Parsons was the proud winner of the 1600m Frontmarkers.
Parsons surged forward with just over a lap to go and won by 10 metres to the
experienced pair of Mark Hipworth and Barry Tossol. Parsons collected $1200 in
cash, an Active Feet package and a Genesis Fitness Prahran massage voucher for
his success.
A class field assembled for the City of Stonnington Backmarkers Mile. Brady
Threlfall, carrying the colour of honour, worked his way into a winning position
with just under a lap to go and ran down the field. Threlfall celebrated his win
with the crowd in unique style as he crossed the line. The consistent Mark
Andrews and Chris Bridge filled the minor placings. For his win, Threlfall made
$1900 and will also been seen driving away in a Mercedes Benz for his efforts.
Congratulations to the organising committee of the Stonnington Gift. This is one
event that the VAL runners are already looking forward to for next season.
NEXT EVENT
Keilor Gift - Saturday 19th February 2011

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