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1 Woodhams flying under the radar on Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:48 pm

Meatpie


Dale Woodhams seems to be the forgotten man when it comes to Stawell this year.

Former runner up who ran 12.1 off 7.25m in 2010. Now has 7.75m and ran a close second to another favourite Despard recently at St. Albans.

If he take one between now and Easter he could be running of 8.25m or even 8.5m.  Definitely not past his prime so if he is only in the same shape as 2010 that puts him under 12 seconds.

2 Re: Woodhams flying under the radar on Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:58 pm

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Interesting post there Meatpie. Thanks for your concern.  Very Happy  I'm not sure a 2nd place at St Albans is running under the radar. It's pretty much exposed form and he was well beaten by a gun in Despard who Dale is destined to meet worse off at Easter (among others including Rizzo, Woodgate & Sam Baird).

I'm also not sure Dale will ever get back to his best.

About 4 years ago Dale underwent major surgery to his stomach that kept him out of action for two years. Doctors were of the view it would take up to five years to get anything back to full strength and fitness. There were complications in the surgery that had a few people worried. Having your stomach removed, untangled then put back in is not recommended for anyone let alone an athlete at the age he should be at his best. They didn't exactly have a priest on stand by but the idea of running again was just a pipedream.

A lot of mental scars went along with those physical ones.

Anyway he's slowly recovered with a lot of patience and perseverence. He has been inspired a bit by Luke Versace coming back from adversity, although it won't finish with the fairy tale ending of Luke's journey.

I agree, fully fit he'd be dangerous but the toll on his body recovering from the issues he had has been massive and he's hoping he can just pick up a nice win somewhere. He can't attend Ballarat this weekend due to prior commitments but he should be able to run at Keilor & Bendigo.


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3 Re: Woodhams flying under the radar on Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:58 pm

DarrenW


youngy wrote:Interesting post there Meatpie. Thanks for your concern.  Very Happy  I'm not sure a 2nd place at St Albans is running under the radar. It's pretty much exposed form and he was well beaten by a gun in Despard who Dale is destined to meet worse off at Easter (among others including Rizzo, Woodgate & Sam Baird).

I'm also not sure Dale will ever get back to his best.

About 4 years ago Dale underwent major surgery to his stomach that kept him out of action for two years. Doctors were of the view it would take up to five years to get anything back to full strength and fitness. There were complications in the surgery that had a few people worried. Having your stomach removed, untangled then put back in is not recommended for anyone let alone an athlete at the age he should be at his best. They didn't exactly have a priest on stand by but the idea of running again was just a pipedream.

A lot of mental scars went along with those physical ones.

Anyway he's slowly recovered with a lot of patience and perseverence. He has been inspired a bit by Luke Versace coming back from adversity, although it won't finish with the fairy tale ending of Luke's journey.

I agree, fully fit he'd be dangerous but the toll on his body recovering from the issues he had has been massive and he's hoping he can just pick up a nice win somewhere. He can't attend Ballarat this weekend due to prior commitments but he should be able to run at Keilor & Bendigo.

What an amazing effort to come back this far.

4 Re: Woodhams flying under the radar on Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:19 am

Baltimore Jack


Great to hear a good news back story. I wondered why Woodhams wasn't as fast as he was Stawell back in 2010.
Hope he wins a decent gift soon.

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