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1 Keilor Wrap on Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:33 pm


Keilor Gift Wrap

On Saturday the Keilor Sports Club conducted the Retire Care
Personal Wealth Management Gift as well as an outstanding array of
supporting events. The day started with overnight rain and times
early were effected by a howling wind. As the evening approached,
the wind died and the majority of finals were held in good
Over the last twenty years the Keilor Gift meeting has become one
of the benchmarks on the Victorian Athletic League calendar.
Hayden Kelly and his team organise and conduct a well balanced
meeting capped off with the traditional fireworks display.

Benton’s Plumtec 70 metres handicap final
Melissa Howard (11.5m) continued her good form in Victoria with a
convincing win in the 70 metres final from Shane Buckingham
(12.25) and David Gross(6.25m) in the excellent time of 7.56.
Melissa, trained by Ryan Hoffman, recently won the Maryborough
ladies 70 metres as well as being a place getter at Woodside.
Shane Buckingham’s first win of the season is not far off with a
consistent run to hold onto second whilst David Gross, making one
of his rare visits to Victoria, ran a creditable third. Gross, a recent
Bay Sheffield Gift finalist, is sure to make his presence felt in the
next few months.

RACV 120 metres under 20’s final
Andrew Campbell (8.0m) improved on his second in the heat to run
out a clear winner in the final of the RACV under 20’s final from
Michael Gatt (11.25m) and Thomas Skinner (15.25) in the time of
13.56. Andrew, trained by Jim Dixon, is in his first season of VAL
competition and displayed enough ability to show that with
experience he will competitive in future events.

Victorian Cross Country League 800 metres final
Kirrily Burnett (66m), ultra consistent in these VCCL events, ran
down Kathryn Heagney (146m) in the last stride to record the
winning time of 2.16.2. Lauren Crowe (80m), who looked the
winner before the home turn was eventually passed by Rebecca
Cato (84m) for the minor money. Kirrily’s win on Saturday was her
fifth victory in this VCCL series, having won previously last season
at Keilor, Sandringham and Ringwood. In season 08/09 she also
won again at Sandringham.

Phoenix Consulting 800 metres Final
Ben Crawford’s trip across from Adelaide was made worthwhile
when he easily took out the final of the 800 metres handicap in the
time of 1.53.5. Ben (62m) ran the fastest heat time of 1.53.9 and
was in no mood to hang around for the backmarkers as he worked
hard early to place himself in a winning position and then surged
past Sean Quilty (78m) and Mark Hipworth (76m) to put the win
beyond doubt over the last hundred metres. The backmarkers were
never in contention with Quilty and Hipworth hanging on to run
creditable placings. Crawford is trained by John LeRay, one of South
Australia’s most experienced and most successful coaches.

Moonya Farm Dairy 1600 metres frontmarkers handicap
Greg Hilson (210m) took over one hundred runs with the Victorian
Athletic League to win his first race but notched his fourth win for
the season at Keilor by winning the Moonya Farm Dairy 1600mts
frontmarkers. He defeated Simon Blyth (205m) and Sarah Klein
(240m) in the time of 4.20.6. Greg’s early wins this season were in
the Peninsula 800 metres followed by 1600 metres wins at Rye and
Ringwood. Greg completed a distance double for Bendigo, following
Kirrily Burnett’s win earlier in the day.

Sarah Klein, a winner of a VCCL womens event in the 06/07 season,
was having her second run since and ran a great race to hold on to
third just ahead of David Page (200m) and Lauren Crowe
(340m).Simon Blyth a impressive winner of the novice 1600 metres
at Ringwood last season showed his best form since that win.

Joe Brown Memorial 1600 metres backmarkers handicap
Over the years the backmarkers 1600 metres at Keilor has provided
close and exciting racing and Saturday was no exception with Sean
Quilty (155m) holding onto for a slender win from Aaron Downes
(155m) and Barry Tossol (165m). Ian Burrows (140m) ran his usual
consistent race to finish fourth just ahead of the novice Brendan
Canty (100m). In only his second VAL event, Brendan ran an
aggressive race and only tired in the home straight.
Quilty looked in great danger before the turn when challengers were
coming at him in droves but Sean was equal to the task and held on
to win in the time of 4.10.99. Sean ,trained by Martine Beer, is
competitive in all distance events as was shown by his second in the
800 metres final earlier in the day.

Brad Teal Real Estate 70m Skins
A quality field lined up for the running of the knockout skins with
Tancredi and Woodhams the first two runners out. We then saw
Bros Kelly and Matthew Hargreaves miss the cut and it left a final
between Kevin Brittain and Dan Martin, winner of last week's
Stonnington Gift.
Brittain got a great start and was looking ok at the half way mark,
but then Martin put his foot down and his class showed as he
prevailed for a very convincing win. The skins is a great concept and
would be good if other clubs put one of these events on, even over
another distance.

RetireCare Personal Wealth Management 120m Gift
A quality field lined up for the running of the Keilor Gift, the two
favourites were Rob Lehmann and Matthew Mifsud who both looked
impressive in their heats and semi's.
As the gun went off it was the 39 year Ballarat runner Rob Lehmann
who stamped his authority on the race with a sensational start, the
old vet gave the field no chance as he came away for a convincing
victory. This was Lehmanns biggest gift victory in the last ten years
and a well deserved one. Unfortunately, Mifsud had the misfortune
of breaking down half way up the straight, we hope Matthew
recovers soon.
Cam Dunbar ran a great race for second, after winning the Gift last
year, look out for him to salute soon. While Darren Whittaker filled
in the third position.

Billie Jo Petersen Memorial 120m Women's
A quality field of runners assembled for this one with the girls all
keen to show their respects for Billie Jo and take home a highly
regarded sash. In the tightest of finishes it was the former Great
Britain representative Melanie Purkiss running from 4.25m who won
in the time of 14.55, edging out Megan McMahon by just 8
thousandths of a second. Third place was taken out by the
consistent Trish Fox, who just kept the defending champion Narelle
Lehmann off the podium.

Hearing Life 300m Veterans
With 10m to go in this one it looked like Mathew Boyes was about
to take out his second race of the season over this distance,
however in a barnstorming finish, the backmarker Rod Mathews
caught him on the line to take out the win in 37.34, with Boyes 2nd
and Wayne Dalziel 3rd. Rod ran from the mark of 5m.

Keilor Hotel Harry Dodd Memorial 400m Open
The 400m Open has traditionally been a high-quality race and this
year it produced a field of class runners, with some very good
amo's, Carew and Bee, filling the backmarker spots. But it was the
ever consistent Adam Ratcliffe who prevailed for his second 400m
victory of the year, running off (30m) he held off Glenn Cooper,
who is not far away from a victory and also Matt Grant who is
looking a likely winner in the coming weeks.

The Good Guys 400m Women's
A strong field lined up in the women’s 400m final with a mix of
youth and experience, the old and the new setting up an exciting
race. Alexandra Bulic who looked impressive in winning her heat ran
a patient race from her 18m handicap, swooping on the field in the
last 50 metres to win in a time of 56.8. Rochelle Kennedy was 2nd
with Tarryn Fisher coming in 3rd.

Keilor Jazz/Constant Flowers 400m Novice
The 400m Novice was taken out by the Benny Tancredi trained,
Jessica Farrugia. She has been knocking on the door for some time
and managed to hold the field off in a winning time of 49.26
running off her 80m mark. Second went to the Bendigo runner
Lonain Burnett and third was held down by the most consistent
Novice runner in the VAL Travis Pike. Lets hope Travis can break his
novice status soon.

Noble Park Gift - Sunday 27th February 2011

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