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Bendigo Black Opal 400m - a look back.

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1 Bendigo Black Opal 400m - a look back. on Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:44 am

Ribera

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The Bendigo 400m was always regarded as a big time event, generally 2nd behind Stawell, with $2000 first prize in the late 90's. The honour roll included;
1998 - Tim Mason (32m) 44.39
1999 - David Haigh (26m) 45.44
2000 - Anthony Grima (26m) 45.77

In 2001 the event was named the Bendigo Black Opal with an advertised total prize pool of around $20,000 (8 or 10 thousand for first plus a black opal worth $6000). With only 10 days until the running of the 2011 Bendigo Black Opal 400m, I thought I'd look back at each running, starting with the first edition of this classic race held in 2001.


2001 - Mark Howard (20m) - In the infamous Bright 400m final in January where all runners in the field except the winner Les Williams got called in for not trying. Ricky Dunbar was adamant the field were waiting for Bendigo now the 400 had become the black opal and a huge purse. After getting off, Howard did the smart thing and won at his next start in the Wangaratta 400, subsequently getting his mark back for Bendigo. When handicaps were declared it showed the field was pulled so the backmarker was on scratch, with Tasmanian Shaun Bailey holding that honour. Before the heats Morgan Coull was installed the backmarker off minus 2m, pulled 4m for running a personal best during the week. In the heats McMeel ran 45.95 to be a clear favourite with Howard having to come via the repechage to qualify for the final. Howard ran a great race in the final covering the frontmarkers on the turn and hitting the lead midway down the straight to be a surprise winner in 46.36. Bailey ran a superb race from scratch eventually snaring 2nd from a tiring Nettleton. McMeel appeared to not handle the occasion running 47.77 in the final.

Heat 1
1 COULL MORGAN -2 47.33
2 BAILEY SCOTT 4 47.34
3 SULLIVAN ANDREW 20 47.37
4 BURCKHARDT LEON 10 47.39
5 LEWIS JUSTIN 10 47.53
6 HEARSCH MARK 38 47.92
7 CARLILE ANDREW 28 48.13
8 CARTER BRAD 26 48.33
9 JOHNSTON ANDREW 16 48.53
10 PRIMMER DEAN 30 48.85
11 EBDON DION 24 50.21

Heat 2
1 NETTLETON DARRYL 38 46.86
2 MACLENNAN DEAN 26 47.26
3 CHEHADE AMIN 22 47.48
4 STOKIE DAVID 36 47.62
5 REES EVAN 10 47.64
6 EZARD SHANE 4 48.46
7 CROWLEY TOM 10 48.48
8 MACKAY JOHN 32 49.07
9 MUHLHAN ANDREW 16 50.29
10 BROWN CRAIG 8 52.01

Heat 3
1 COOPER MARCUS 14 47.33
2 PAGE DAVID 22 47.41
3 DUROUX LENNY 20 47.59
4 CROWLEY NATHAN 10 47.78
5 HAIGH DAVID 8 47.95
6 WILCOX ANDREW 10 48.82
7 WEIR AUSTIN 26 48.83
8 WISHART DARREN 36 48.84
9 WHITTAKER DARREN 28 49.73
10 WALSH PETER 4 50.4

Heat 4
1 MCMEEL CARL 32 45.95
2 GRAINGER DARREN 30 46.5
3 HOWARD MARK 20 46.83
4 PETERSEN THOMAS 22 47.46
5 GANNON JOHN 38 47.65
6 MATHEWS RODNEY 6 47.85
7 VERBUNT GRAHAM 24 48.03
8 JARVIS LUKE 14 49.73

Heat 5
1 BAILEY SHAUN 0 47.21
2 O'DONNELL PETER 34 47.42
3 LOCKHARTGRAHAM 20 47.68
4 BATEMAN MATTHEW 26 47.7
5 MILLS TIM 20 47.73
6 WISEMAN LEE 12 47.87
7 LADBROOK BEN 10 47.9
8 SMITH DAVID 14 48.05
9 JAMES WAYNE 30 48.21

Repechage 1
1 GRAINGERDARREN 30 46.81
2 BAILEY SCOTT 4 46.84
3 DUROUX LENNY 20 47.03
4 BURCKHARDT LEON 10 47.18
5 MILLS TIM 20 47.36
6 MACLENNAN DEAN 26 47.61
7 PAGE DAVID 22 47.81
8 LEWIS JUSTIN 10 48.17
9 BATEMAN MATTHEW 26 48.5
10 STOKIE DAVID 36 48.96

Repechage 2
1 HOWARD MARK 20 46.63
2 CROWLEY NATHAN 10 46.87
3 LOCKHART GRAHAM 20 46.88
4 PETERSEN THOMAS 22 46.89
5 O'DONNELL PETER 34 47.08
6 CHEHADE AMIN 22 47.1
7 GANNON JOHN 38 47.39
8 SULLIVAN ANDREW 20 47.52
9 MATHEWS RODNEY 6 47.69
10 REES EVAN 10 47.85

Final
1 HOWARD MARK 20 46.36
2 BAILEY SHAUN 0 46.6
3 NETTLETON DARRYL 38 46.62
4 COOPER MARCUS 14 46.63
5 GRAINGER DARREN 30 46.76
6 MCMEEL CARL 32 47.77
7 CROWLEY NATHAN 10 47.78
8 COULL MORGAN -2 47.8
9 BAILEY SCOTT 4 47.9
10 LOCKHART GRAHAM 20 49.26

2 Re: Bendigo Black Opal 400m - a look back. on Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:26 pm

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10 years on and I can count 16 of the 45 heat runners still competig in the pro's somewhere.I reckon that's a pretty good retention rate.

3 Re: Bendigo Black Opal 400m - a look back. on Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:24 am

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2002 – Robert Halge (40m)
After starting the season on 24m the first year runner was lifted 12m by Bendigo (then a further 4m with the field due to the inclusion of Paul Pearce). In lead up races he fell over in the straight in the Sandringham 400m in early Feb then ran 2nd in the Keilor 400m novice off 26m.
With 11 runners under 46 seconds in the heats, Halge held 2nd fastest time of 45.32 behind Wayne James scorching 45.14. In the repechage semis for non heat winners, 13 runners dipped under 45 secs with Neil Brennan and Paul Pearce winning their way into the final. Paul Pearce from scratch created a bit of controversy when he found traffic in his way on the final bend near the scoreboard. Instead of going around the field he allegedly ran inside the running line then flew home and just collared Matt Callard at the finish by 0.01. He was the drawcard and the result stood with Pearce taking his place in the final at the expense of a shattered Callard. The final was a beauty with the top 8 running under 46 seconds. Dion Ebden led into the straight hotly pursued by Halge and James. Halge eventually outstayed the other 2 runners to breast the tape first in 45.12. 2nd was James in 45.13 with Ebden in 3rd 45.15.

Heat 1
1 MILLER LEIGH 28 0:46.28
2 HIPWORTH MARK 40 0:46.34
3 MACDONALD ADRIAN 38 0:46.42
4 GRAINGER DARREN 34 0:47.14
5 HOWARD MARK 22 0:47.23
6 BALLARD ROBERT 16 0:49.1
7 BAILEY SHAUN 4 0:49.74
8 STONES DAVID 36 0:50.55

Heat 2
1 MATHEWS RODNEY 22 0:45.71
2 BATEMAN MATTHEW 40 0:45.92
3 GUNNING NEALE 34 0:46.24
4 MILLS TIM 32 0:46.4
5 PAGE DAVID 30 0:46.42
6 MUHLHAN ANDREW 28 0:46.71
7 CARTER BRAD 38 0:47.31

Heat 3
1 HALGE ROBERT 40 0:45.32
2 CALLARD MATTHEW 28 0:45.51
3 BOYES MATHEW 42 0:45.95
4 MCDOWELLMARK 34 0:46.37
5 WILCOX ANDREW 20 0:47.31
6 BAILEY SCOTT 8 0:47.89
7 SANDILANDS MATTHEW 28 0:48.58
8 DUNN MARTY 36 0:48.76
9 NETTLETON DARRYL 40 0:49.48

Heat 4
1 JAMES WAYNE 44 0:45.14
2 IVISIC JOSEPH 36 0:45.36
3 DUROUX LENNY 28 0:45.81
4 SULLIVAN ANDREW 28 0:46.03
5 O'DONNELL PETER 42 0:46.06
6 PRIMMER DEAN 44 0:46.5
7 STOKIE DAVID 44 0:46.92
8 DIXON NATHAN 32 0:47.15

Heat 5
1 ROCHE CHRIS 44 0:45.58
2 VERBUNT GRAHAM 32 0:46.53
3 JARVIS LUKE 28 0:46.54
4 COULL MORGAN 10 0:46.73
5 BAXTER B 64 0:46.86
6 HAIGH DAVID 22 0:47.18
7 BROWN CRAIG 14 0:48.89
8 LAWLOR JAMIE 44 0:49.73

Heat 6
1 EBDON DION 44 0:45.43
2 LOCKHART GRAHAM 28 0:45.7
3 BRENNAN NEIL 26 0:45.72
4 DUDKIEWICZ PETER 34 0:45.9
5 VIDOVIC ZORAN 44 0:46.27
6 PEARCE PAUL 0 0:46.63
7 COULL JOSH 20 0:49.83

Repechage 1
1 BRENNAN NEIL 26 0:45.6
2 IVISIC JOSEPH 36 0:45.63
3 MCDOWELL MARK 34 0:45.7
4 VERBUNT GRAHAM 32 0:45.79
5 BOYES MATHEW 42 0:45.82
6 PAGE DAVID 30 0:45.83
7 PRIMMER DEAN 44 0:45.97
8 BATEMAN MATTHEW 40 0:45.98
9 DUROUX LENNY 28 0:47.54
10 JARVIS LUKE 28 0:48.42

Repechage 2
1 PEARCE PAUL 0 0:45.82
2 CALLARD MATTHEW 28 0:45.83
3 LOCKHART GRAHAM 28 0:45.86
4 GUNNING NEALE 34 0:45.9
5 O'DONNELL PETER 42 0:45.94
6 DUDKIEWICZ PETER 34 0:46.21
7 HIPWORTH MARK 40 0:46.3
8 MILLS TIM 32 0:46.52
9 VIDOVIC ZORAN 44 0:47.18
10 MACDONALD ADRIAN 38 0:47.6

Final
1 HALGE ROBERT 40 0:45.12
2 JAMES WAYNE 44 0:45.13
3 EBDON DION 44 0:45.15
4 BRENNAN NEIL 26 0:45.21
5 MATHEWS RODNEY 22 0:45.22
6 IVISIC JOSEPH 36 0:45.35
7 PEARCE PAUL 0 0:45.52
8 McDOWELL MARK 34 0:45.84
9 ROCHE CHRIS 44 0:46.23
10 MILLER LEIGH 28 5:0

4 Re: Bendigo Black Opal 400m - a look back. on Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:42 am

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2003 – Duncan Tippins (12m)
(Youngy may be able to add to this one?)
After coming 2nd in the Camden classic off 15m, Duncan turned up ready to go at Bendigo winning his heat in 45.44 off 12m to be the early favourite. Others to show out in the heats under 46 secs were McDowell, Mathews, Callard, Bateman and surprisingly last years winner Halge who back 16m clocked 45.78. Jarvis bobbed up in the repechage to record a fast 45.45 to put himself in the mix. Eventual 2nd placegetter Hunte was 4th in his heat and 2nd in his repechage and did not break 46 until the final.
In the final, Tippins dominated and looked the winner after establishing a lead midway in the front straight before being run down late by Jason Hunte (8m). With the wind blowing hard, the fat piece of ribbon used as a finish tape was bowed in a big arc towards the oncoming runners. In fact the bowed tape in the middle was a good 1 meter from the finish line itself which confused the runners as to where the finish was. To the naked eye Hunte looked the winner as he was flashing down the outside but it too close to call without the video. Cannot remember who was declared the initial winner at the time but a protest was lodged and it required a panel to sort the result out. After protests and appeals Tippins was eventually declared the winner over 2 hours after the event. A dramatic finish to one of the best 400m races your likely to see.

The mile that year had a similar finish with the 2 runners Barry Tossol and Ross Young dipping at the line together. Young was given the initial nod by the judges and this again went to a panel to sort out with Young eventually retaining the win 2 hours later. However, Young was subsequently fined $750 (1/2 his prizemoney) for not declaring fast 1500m amateur times he ran at Landy field in Geelong which would have affected his allocated 150m handicap. He retained the race. That week another of Young’s Geelong stable, Jamie Werner, who finished 2nd in the 800m the night before off 78m, was suspended for 2 years for using a fake name in an 800m State League invite race at Olympic Park. Known as the Zed Zed saga it was initially thought Werner used a fake name when the results showed a Zed Zed had finished 7th in the 800m in 2.02. After a VAL disciplinary hearing including coloured photo finish prints the 7th placed runner was found to be a visiting Swiss runner and AV used the name Zed Zed to fill in blank results when they didn’t understand his accent when recording his name after the race. However, the photo finish showed Werner had in fact finished 3rd in 1.59 under another fake name bearing the initials JW. After Werner was given the 2 year suspension it also became apparent that he had run 1.56 at Landy field earlier in the year under another fake name.

Heat: 1
1 TIPPINS, DUNCAN 12 45.44
2 HALGE, ROBERT 24 45.78
3 DUROUX, LENNY 32 45.79
4 LLOYD, B J 28 48.22
5 REES, EVAN 20 48.23
6 O'KEEFFE, RYAN 30 50.07

Heat: 2
1 MCDOWELL, MARK 40 45.67
2 PAGE, DAVID 28 46.33
3 STONES, DAVID 40 46.58
4 KEATING, PAUL 36 46.89
5 HOWARD, MARK 24 47.43
6 SHEEHY, KEITH 6 47.93
7 EZARD, SHANE 14 47.95
8 STEWART, ADAM 20 48.30
9 O'DWYER, PETER 16 48.70
10 POULTON, MICHAEL 30 49.66
11 BRYANT, WARWICK 20 51.92

Heat: 3
1 O'BRIEN, JUSTIN 34 46.50
2 BURCKHARDT, CHRIS 16 46.72
3 MACLENNAN, DEAN 32 47.43
4 HIPWORTH, MARK 38 47.84
5 BYRNE, DAMIEN 20 48.15
6 CHERRY, TIM 22 48.35
7 HEARSCH, MARK 40 49.11
8 SANDILANDS, MATTHEW 28 50.04

Heat: 4
1 JAMES, WAYNE 40 45.96
2 HASSELL, TOM 8 46.38
3 ROCHE, CHRIS 34 46.55
4 DIXON, NATHAN 28 46.72
5 SHAW, JIM 32 47.13
6 VERBUNT, GRAHAM 34 47.39
7 NETTLETON, DARRYL 38 48.88
8 BEATON, TRENT 24 52.23

Heat: 5
1 MATHEWS, RODNEY 20 45.77
2 CALLARD, MATTHEW 24 45.77
3 BATEMAN, MATTHEW 40 45.79
4 HUNTE, JASON 8 46.30
5 JARVIS, LUKE 30 46.31
6 HORNIBROOK, JAYSON 28 46.32
7 CAMILLERI, ANDREW 32 47.89
8 VIDOVIC, ZORAN 40 48.03
9 BENNETT, JAMIE 26 49.89

Heat: 6
1 NICHOLS, MARK 20 47.51
2 NORRIS, RICHARD 40 47.94
3 CARTER, BRAD 32 48.94
4 BENOIT, MICHAEL 34 49.50

Repercharge 1
1 HALGE, ROBERT 24 46.35
2 DUROUX, LENNY 32 46.64
3 HASSELL, TOM 8 46.95
4 VERBUNT, GRAHAM 34 46.98
5 BURCKHARDT, CHRIS 16 47.02
6 STONES, DAVID 40 48.06
7 HORNIBROOK, JAYSON 28 48.13
8 SHAW, JIM 32 60.00

Repercharge 2
1 JARVIS, LUKE 30 45.45
2 HUNTE, JASON 8 46.06
3 BATEMAN, MATTHEW 40 46.25
4 DIXON, NATHAN 28 46.45
5 PAGE, DAVID 28 46.59
6 ROCHE, CHRIS 34 46.77
7 KEATING, PAUL 36 46.98

FINAL
1 TIPPINS, DUNCAN 12 45.60
2 HUNTE, JASON 8 45.61
3 MCDOWELL, MARK 40 45.89
4 CALLARD, MATTHEW 24 46.09
5 HALGE, ROBERT 24 46.10
6 JARVIS, LUKE 30 46.27
7 MATHEWS, RODNEY 20 46.44
8 O'BRIEN, JUSTIN 34 46.58
9 JAMES, WAYNE 40 46.74
10 NICHOLS, MARK 20 48.58

5 Re: Bendigo Black Opal 400m - a look back. on Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:01 am

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Great work Ribera.

Can't add any more other than to say Dunc was coached by Richard Manthey in 2003 and it was after Richard retired 12 months later that Tippins joined YGTS.

Fantastic race to watch with Hunte & Tippins going stride for stride for the last 20m. Initially I thought Hunte had got there but I wasn't on the line, as I was standing on the hill near the change rooms. Watching Tippins then Hunte round the field, picking them off one by one was as good as it gets in a pro 400m race.


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6 Re: Bendigo Black Opal 400m - a look back. on Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:51 am

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2004 – Justin O'Brien (26m)
4th at Keilor. Got a 2m lift for Bendigo.
The format was changed this year with the repechage’s scrapped in lieu of semi finals where there was no direct passage from heats to final. Progression: Top 4 from each heat into semi finals. Top 3 from each semi final into the final.
The heats were close and only .80 separated the top 20 times recorded. Rowan O’Dell had the fastest with a 47.13 which indicated the track was slower than previous years.
The semis were a fantastic spectacle with runners not concerned with times just with claiming a top 3 finish. Cameron Maxwell had time up of 46.49 after the semis and was clearly the one to beat. Rowan O’Dell and Mark Nichols unlucky coming 4th & 5th in their semi in a quicker time than the other 2 semi’s and missing the final.
The final was tight at the start with 6 of the 9 runners between 22m & 26m. In one of the closest finishes in recent memory, O'Brien, M Hargreaves, Page and Wilcox went to line together across the track with O'Brien getting the judges nod in 46.99. Only 0.04 separated the top 4. Hunte off 2m was only .11 behind these coming 5th.
O'Brien was conservative in the rounds, coming 2nd in his heat and 3rd in his semi to just scrape into the final. This proved decisive with the short recovery between semi’s and final.

Heats in time order.
Heat 1 Rowan O'Dell 13 47.13
Heat 1 Victor Harker 20 47.36
Heat 2 Jason Hunte 2 47.37
Heat 3 Chris Burckhardt 13 47.38
Heat 4 Peter Tatsis 40 47.42
Heat 1 Mark Howard 30 47.48
Heat 2 Mark Nichols 20 47.48
Heat 2 Robert Ballard 22 47.49
Heat 3 Marty Duke 8 47.51
Heat 5 Craig Brown 24 47.52
Heat 1 Matthew Hargreaves 24 47.62
Heat 1 Andrew Wilcox 12 47.62
Heat 4 David Page 25 47.63
Heat 2 Justin O'Brien 26 47.64
Heat 5 Rodney Mathews 15 47.76
Heat 6 Matthew Sandilands 25 47.79
Heat 2 Jason Boulton 29 47.93
Heat 7 David Stones 40 48.16
Heat 3 Phil Edwards 24 48.27
Heat 3 Cameron Maxwell 26 48.34
Heat 4 Bernard Baxter 40 48.36
Heat 6 Michael Shaw 30 48.47
Heat 3 Adam Byles 30 48.48
Heat 4 Brad Carter 37 48.52
Heat 4 Josh Coull 22 48.55
Heat 5 John Mackay 35 48.75
Heat 8 Mark Eibl 33 48.77
Heat 6 Mark Hearsch 40 48.96
Heat 1 Robert Halge 14 48.98
Heat 7 Bradley Armstrong 34 49.15
Heat 9 Richard Norris 40 49.25
Heat 8 Paul Keating 30 49.33
Heat 2 Jayson Hayes-Hornibrook25 50.07
Heat 10 Luke Jarvis 20 50.10
Heat 5 Tim Potter 30 50.13
Heat 11 Dion Ebdon 29 50.62
Heat 5 David Lynch 34 50.84
Heat 6 Dean Primmer 40 51.09
Heat 7 Graham Verbunt 26 51.29
Heat 3 David Kavenagh 40 51.66
Heat 7 David Stokie 40 51.92
Heat 6 Graham Lockhart 25 54.41


Semi 1 Cameron Maxwell 26 46.49
Semi 2 Matthew Hargreaves 24 46.55
Semi 3 Justin O'Brien 26 46.62
Semi 4 Rowan O'Dell 13 46.63
Semi 5 Mark Nichols 20 46.88
Semi 6 Chris Burckhardt 13 47.15
Semi 7 Victor Harker 20 48.17
Semi 8 David Kavenagh 40 48.38

Semi 1 Andrew Wilcox 12 47.01
Semi 2 Robert Ballard 22 47.05
Semi 3 Josh Coull 22 47.06
Semi 4 Jason Boulton 29 47.25
Semi 5 Bernard Baxter 40 47.30
Semi 6 Peter Tatsis 40 47.88
Semi 7 Brad Carter 37 48.37
Semi 8 Jayson Hayes-Hornibrook25 48.69

Semi 1 Adam Byles 30 47.38
Semi 2 Jason Hunte 2 47.39
Semi 3 David Page 25 47.40
Semi 4 Marty Duke 8 47.41
Semi 5 Mark Howard 30 48.31
Semi 6 Phil Edwards 24 48.42
Semi 7 Robert Halge 14 48.73



Final 1 Justin O'Brien 26 46.99
Final 2 Andrew Wilcox 12 47.00
Final 3 Matthew Hargreaves 24 47.01
Final 4 David Page 25 47.02
Final 5 Jason Hunte 2 47.10
Final 6 Josh Coull 22 47.25
Final 7 Robert Ballard 22 47.51
Final 8 Cameron Maxwell 26 47.56
Final 9 Adam Byles 30 47.84

7 Re: Bendigo Black Opal 400m - a look back. on Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:15 am

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2005 – Craig Mair (40m) 45.89
Won the frontmarkers 400m at Stawell the year before off 52m in 44.76. Back to 40m for Bendigo he was not considered a chance. However, Norm Lancaster had prepared him beautifully and he won his heat, semi and final with ease from the front mark recording sub 46 seconds in both the semi and final. It was the most dominant win of the opal since it started. Duke and O’Dell ran good rounds off tight marks but were tired by the final. Matthew Hargreaves was starting to emerge in the sport coming 2nd after coming 3rd the year before. Chandler finished 3rd before going on and winning Stawell frontmarkers 400m off 37m, beating a young Lachlan Taylor off 30m in the Stawell final.

HEAT 1
1 Marty DUKE 8.00 46.44
2 Brett CHANDLER 38.00 46.91
3 Sam GIBB 22.00 47.22
4 Scott KRAKOUER 21.00 47.57
5 David PAGE 25.00 48.20

HEAT 2
1 Craig MAIR 40.00 46.58
2 Mark NICHOLS 23.00 46.88
3 Robert HALGE 19.00 46.90
4 Zane ELLIOTT 26.00 46.92
5 Paul KEATING 32.00 47.05
6 Josh COULL 22.00 48.77

HEAT 3
1 Robert BALLARD 22.00 46.59
2 Ryan O'KEEFFE 36.00 47.00
3 Michael POULTON 36.00 50.57

HEAT 4
1 Peter DUDKIEWICZ 28.00 46.54
2 Matthew HARGREAVE 24.00 46.58
3 Daniel STEINHAUSER 20.00 46.85
4 Damian HARRINGTON 34.00 47.06
5 Evan REES 23.00 47.07
6 Jayson HAYES-HORNIBR 22.00 47.32
7 Graham LOCKHART 26.00 49.78

HEAT 5
1 Matthew CALLARD 23.00 47.11
2 Patrick KELLY 36.00 47.34
3 Mark HOWARD 28.00 49.88
4 Mark MCDOWELL 31.00 51.00
5 Nathanael COULL 22.00 51.19

HEAT 6
1 James DEANE 30.00 47.38
2 Rowan O'DELL 7.00 47.39
3 Adam RATCLIFFE 29.00 47.40
4 John MACKAY 40.00 47.57
5 Wayne JAMES 38.00 47.59
6 Matthew STEWART 20.00 47.94

Semi 1
1 Craig MAIR 40.00 45.76
2 Brett CHANDLER 38.00 46.05
3 Marty DUKE 8.00 46.08
4 Robert BALLARD 22.00 46.09
5 Scott KRAKOUER 21.00 46.20
6 Matthew CALLARD 23.00 46.22
7 Patrick KELLY 36.00 46.79
8 Paul KEATING 32.00 47.13
9 Micheal POULTON 36.00 47.84

Semi 2
1 Daniel STEINHAUSER 20.00 46.58
2 Matthew HARGREAVE 24.00 46.59
3 Rohan O'DELL 7.00 46.60
4 Zane ELLIOTT 26.00 46.62
5 Damien HARRINGTON 34.00 46.86
6 Sam GIBB 22.00 46.89
7 James DEANE 30.00 46.90
8 John MACKAY 40.00 47.62

Semi 3
1 Peter DUDKIEWICZ 28.00 46.59
2 Robert HALGE 19.00 46.79
3 Evan REES 23.00 46.80
4 Mark NICHOLS 23.00 47.11
5 Ryan O'KEEFFE 36.00 47.12
6 Jayson HAYES-HORNI 22.00 47.14
7 Adam RATCLIFFE 28.00 47.28
8 Mark HOWARD 28.00 47.78

Final 1
1 Craig MAIR 40.00 45.89
2 Matthew HARGREAVE 24.00 46.07
3 Brett CHANDLER 38.00 46.09
4 Daniel STEINHAUSER 20.00 46.12
5 Robert BALLARD 22.00 46.15
6 Peter DUDKIEWICZ 28.00 46.17
7 Robert HALGE 19.00 46.36
8 Evan REES 23.00 46.53
9 Marty DUKE 7.00 46.69
10 Rohan O'DELL 7.00 46.79

8 Re: Bendigo Black Opal 400m - a look back. on Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:31 pm

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2006 – Tommy Neim (32m) 44.76
4th at Keilor. I remember talking with Walshy after the Keilor final and he indicated Neim put 10m on him when turning for home in a space of 30m. A bit of irony when Walsh and Neim drew the same heat at Bendigo. It was a cracker of a heat with Walsh prevailing in a blistering 45.41 to Neims 45.82. It was first 3 to the semis so no need for Tommy gun to panic yet. Tommy went on to win his semi in a controlled 45.44 to be clear favourite for the final with Walsh winning his semi easily in 46.55. The other semi was one by Halge, which was his 4th Bendigo final in 5 years, to show he was a true Bendigo specialist.
In the final Tommy gave no-one else a chance running strong from gun to tape, off the 2nd front mark, recording 44.76. Dixon was 2nd in 45.44 with Walsh 3rd in 45.64. O’Dell a super run off 11 to just miss 3rd.
After seeing the times, a colourful identity was heard from the bookies ring saying "the non winners will not be getting pulled as 1 second will be added to their sample times for the fast track". This was unprecedented, but it was done and to this day 1 second is added to Bendigo times in runners sample sets.

Final 1
1 Tommy Neim 32 44.76
2 Nathan Dixon 27 45.44
3 Peter Walsh 25 45.64
4 Rowan O’Dell 11 45.67
5 Robert Halge 21 45.69
6 Adam Ratcliffe 35 46.02
7 Jason Bolton 27 46.18
8 Daniel Steinhauser 21 46.51
9 Peter Dudkiewicz 27 47.32

9 Re: Bendigo Black Opal 400m - a look back. on Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:33 pm

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2007 – Nick Magree (31m) 45.40
3 weeks earlier ran 46.60 in his Ballarat heat before losing 1 sec in final and coming 3rd.
After posting 45.82 in the Bendigo heats he looked the one to beat along with McTernan who also dipped under 46 secs. Both dominated their semi finals with Magree running 46.06 and McTernan again going sub 46 to be the slight favourite going into the final. Landers won the other semi impressively off 12m but the time was a little slower in 46.47.
In the final, Versace went hard early passing Magree and then took the lead off frontmarker McTernan turning for home. He established what looked to be a winning lead with 40m to go, before appearing to get shot in both hammies and started galloping. The early pace had taken its toll. Magree ceased on the opportunity and burst to the lead just outlasting a fast finishing Frangos, who ran a great race 5m back from his Keilor 400 win, and Landers who rocketed up the straight from the backmark. Versace did well to hang on for 4th. The winning time was 45.40 and only .03 seperated the first 3 runners at the finish.

Heat 1
1 GLENN STEPHENS 37 46.94
2 NATHANAEL COULL 23 47.53
3 STEPHEN LANDERS 12 47.54
4 BRADLEY ARMSTRONG 32 48.35
5 ANDREW LUSCOMBE 20 48.71
6 JASON BOULTON 25 49.21
7 JAY BLAKE 34 50.62

Heat 2
1 DANIEL STEINHAUSER 12 47.13
2 DAVID WOODS 36 47.91
3 DARYL LAWRENCE 24 48.12
4 DANIEL LEMOTO 20 48.37
5 RICHARD DRISCOLL 38 48.55
6 CHRIS ROCHE 30 49.06
7 JOHN GIRAMONDO 34 50.35
8 DANIEL SAMMUT 33 51.07

Heat 3
1 NICHOLAS MAGREE 31 45.82
2 CRAIG BROWN 24 46.27
3 JAYSON HAYES-HORNIBROOK22 46.76
4 ALEX KOSTOV 18 46.77
5 DAVID TINNEY 20 47.28
6 ADAM BURBRIDGE 21 47.83
7 MARTIN BYRNE 20 51.68

Heat 4
1 DAMIEN MCTERNAN 36 45.92
2 MATTHEW CALLARD 21 46.43
3 ANDREW FLANAGAN 34 46.63
4 DEREK COLLINGE 20 46.64
5 CHRIS BURCKHARDT 14 46.93
6 BRETT MAURER 23 46.95
7 ROBERT HALGE 18 47.38
9 TREVOR ANDERSEN 34 48
10 EVAN REES 18 49.44
11 WAYNE CORLIS 24 50.45

Heat 5
1 LUKE VERSACE 30 46.47
2 ROBERT GARLAND 25 46.48
3 ZOY FRANGOS 22 46.93
4 DAVID PAGE 36 47.32
5 SIMON MENZ 30 47.91
6 LACHLAN TAYLOR 19 48.58
7 PETER DE LA HAYE 25 48.59
8 ROHAN ARMSTRONG 34 48.6


Semi 1
1 STEPHEN LANDERS 12 46.47
2 CRAIG BROWN 24 46.66
3 MATTHEW CALLARD 21 46.68
4 JAYSON HAYES-HORNIBROOK22 46.72
5 DEREK COLLINGE 20 47.45
6 DAVID PAGE 36 47.46
7 ROBERT HALGE 18 48.92
8 DARYL LAWRENCE 24 50.08

Semi 2
1 DAMIEN MCTERNAN 36 45.98
2 LUKE VERSACE 30 46.21
3 ALEX KOSTOV 18 46.87
4 DANIEL STEINHAUSER 12 47.09
5 BRADLEY ARMSTRONG 32 47.1
6 BRETT MAURER 23 48.28
7 DAVID WOODS 36 49.15

Semi 3
1 NICHOLAS MAGREE 31 46.06
2 ZOY FRANGOS 22 46.32
3 ROBERT GARLAND 25 46.58
4 NATHANAEL COULL 23 47.09
5 GLENN STEPHENS 37 47.81
6 DAVID TINNEY 20 48.23
7 CHRIS BURCKHARDT 14 48.71
8 ANDREW FLANAGAN 34 50.18

Final
1st NICHOLAS MAGREE 31 45.4
2nd ZOY FRANGOS 22 45.41
3rd STEPHEN LANDERS 12 45.42
4th LUKE VERSACE 30 45.88
5th DAMIEN MCTERNAN 36 46.36
6th ROBERT GARLAND 25 46.6
7th ALEX KOSTOV 18 46.86
8th MATTHEW CALLARD 21 47.21
9th CRAIG BROWN 24 48.26

10 Re: Bendigo Black Opal 400m - a look back. on Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:33 am

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2008 – Glenn Stephens (34m) 45.59
Came 2nd at Burramine the week before in a shocking pull-up where he caught the leader Dinsdale but simply refused to pass. Was lucky not to get scrubbed 1 week out from his grand final. Found plenty a week later to post a comfortable sub 47 heat win. Others to impress and win their heats were Magree, Tancredi, Taylor and Collinge. The semi finals went to script as Taylor, Tancredi and Stephens all clocked mid 46’s to win their respective semi’s. Stephens the fastest and most comfortable in 46.41.
In the final Stephens eventually got to out marker MacLennan, established a good lead in the straight and was all but home 20m from the line. Then from no-where Taylor stormed home to just miss Stephens by .01. Grant ran on well for 3rd. All 3 went under 46 secs. Taylor went on to win his 2nd Bill McManus at Stawell later that year.

Heat 1
1 LACHLAN TAYLOR 22 47.06
2 DANIEL STEINHAUSER 13 47.27
3 NATHANAEL COULL 24 47.28
4 BRIAN GOLDEN 18 47.56
5 ROBERT LEHMANN 31 47.83
6 JUSTIN TEMPLAR 34 48.06
7 GARY MONGTA 22 48.56
8 ROBERT KEENAN 34 48.98

Heat 2
1 GLENN STEPHENS 34 46.85
2 DEAN MACLENNAN 40 47.11
3 SIMON MENZ 26 47.32
4 JAYSON HAYES-HORN 19 47.6
5 WALLACE McGOWN 38 48.26

Heat 3
1 NICK MAGREE 24 47.03
2 CAM DUNBAR 21 47.04
3 TOMMY TOSKAS 34 48.04
4 RORY NUNN 26 48.6
5 NATHAN DIXON 23 48.89
6 CASH WALDRON 30 50.07

Heat 4
1 DEREK COLLINGE 17 46.65
2 ASHLEY GRANT 28 46.93
3 DAVID WILLIAMSON 29 47.26
4 BRETT MAURER 24 47.27
5 PETER SPENCE 34 47.28
6 ROBERT HALGE 22 47.29
7 ANDREW LUSCOMBE 23 47.69
8 MARCUS COOPER 31 48.38
9 GEORGE SAOUMA 36 48.75
10 ADRIAN FLYNN 40 49.51

Heat 5
1 PAUL TANCREDI 30 46.71
2 ARRON DOWNES 25 46.94
3 ROBERT GARLAND 20 47.22
4 ADAM LARSSON 34 47.23
5 JACK FARMER 34 47.24
6 TIMOTHY ATKINSON 9 47.7
7 BOLA LAWAL SCR 48.43
8 JASON BOULTON 31 49.45
9 BRENDAN LIDDICOAT 38 51.24


Semi 1
1 LACHLAN TAYLOR 22 46.66
2 ASHLEY GRANT 28 46.91
3 DAVID WILLIAMSON 29 46.94
4 AARON DOWNES 25 46.95
5 DANIEL STEINHAUSER 13 47.21
6 BRETT MAURER 24 47.22
7 PETER SPENCE 34 48.22
8 JAYSON HAYES-HORN 19 49.91

Semi 2
1 GLENN STEPHENS 34 46.41
2 JACK FARMER 34 46.87
3 NICK MAGREE 24 47.24
4 ROBERT GARLAND 20 47.52
5 DEREK COLLINGE 17 47.53
6 ANDREW LUSCOMBE 23 48.5
7 SIMON MENZ 26 48.77
8 TOMMY TOSKAS 34 49.07

Semi 3
1 PAUL TANCREDI 30 46.66
2 DEAN MACLENNAN 40 46.93
3 NATHANAEL COULL 24 46.96
4 BRIAN GOLDEN 18 47
5 CAM DUNBAR 21 47.01
6 ADAM LARSSON 34 47.06
7 ROBERT HALGE 22 47.1
8 RORY NUNN 26 48.36

Final
1st GLENN STEPHENS 34 45.59
2nd LACHLAN TAYLOR 22 45.6
3rd ASHLEY GRANT 28 45.79
4th DEAN MACLENNAN 40 46.15
5th PAUL TANCREDI 30 46.46
6th JACK FARMER 34 46.83
7th NICK MAGREE 24 46.85
8th NATHANAEL COULL 24 47
9th DAVID WILLIAMSON 29 47.34

11 Re: Bendigo Black Opal 400m - a look back. on Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:03 am

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2009 – Ashley Grant (26m)
4th Keilor 400m off 25m. Early in career and came 3rd in 2008 off 28m when carrying plenty of weight. Coach Darryl’s desire for Grant to win the 2009 edition was the worst kept secret of the year and as Grant trimmed down over winter and early summer he was considered a special by the time the heats got under way.
In heat 1 Lachlan Taylor stepped up for his mandatory Bendigo heat win, recording 47.34 off 13m. Young Jaryd Phillips coming off a 3RD at Stawell the previous season then set the bar high with a 46.62 narrow heat win over Dane Richter and up and coming Peter Spence. The pre-race favourite Grant then stamped his authority with a comfortable 46.58 heat win. The next 2 heats went to Peter Walsh and Shane Woodrow before the 6th and final heat raised the bar even higher. In a great spectacle the 3 frontmarkers Clayton Fraser (36m), Mathew Shiel (33m) and Rob Lehmann (31m) took off like a bat out of hell in single file and pulled away from the field. Rounding the turn they stayed in formation until they straightened when Rob Lehmann hit the turbo button and went passed the other 2 to record a slashing 46.15 heat victory. Shiel was next in 46.43 and Fraser 3rd in 46.65.
The next night in semi final 1, Grant got passed outmarker Phillips and looked set for a comfortable win before Tom Burbidge flew home late. Grant got the win in 45.74 to just edge out Burbidge 45.75 with Phillips staying on well recording 45.98. In semi final 2 Mathew Shiel was well clear in the straight when Dane Richter (9m) was still circling the field. Richter then put on the afterburners and set out after Shiel to just miss by .01. Shiels time was 45.87. In the 3rd semi Lehmann established control early and led into the straight with Taylor (13m) and Matt Hargreaves (10m) coming fast. Lehmann had a bit up his sleeve and booted clear before the backies got there recording and controlled 46.05. Taylor got close (46.08) and Spence rallied up the inside to snare 3rd off Hargreaves.
In the final Lehmann did what he knows best and went hard early getting past Spence, Shiel and Phillips. However, he did not have the same spark and Grant got a good tow into the race. Coming into the straight Grant looked the winner and got to a good lead before just lasting on the line to a rampaging Tom Burbidge in 45.56. Taylor once again showed his class getting 3rd off 13m in 45.74. Spence again rallied late to snare 4th in 45.78 with Lehmann 5th in a creditable 46.0. Phillips finished last in 46.69 but would go on and score an emphatic win in win the frontmarkers 400m at Stawell in a scorching 45.89.


Heat 1
1st LACHLAN TAYLOR 13 47.34
2nd TOM BURBIDGE 22 47.35
3rd DANIEL STEINHAUSER 9 47.6
4th BRETT MAURER 24 47.86
5th MATTHEW FERBER 22 47.88
6th GREG O'KEEFFE 32 49.01
7th JUSTIN MURPHY 26 49.02

Heat 2
1st JARYD PHILLIPS 38 46.62
2nd DANE RICHTER 9 46.63
3rd PETER SPENCE 32 46.64
4th PAUL HUGHES 28 47.09
5th NATHANAEL COULL 26 47.39
6th MICHAEL NITSCHKE 23 47.76
7th CRAIG BROWN 16 47.97
8th ROBERT GARLAND 22 48.02
9th BRENDAN O'BRIEN 39 49.65
10th NATHAN DIXON 24 49.94
11th BRENDAN PARNELL 26 50.24

Heat 3
1st ASHLEY GRANT 26 46.58
2nd PAUL TANCREDI 27 47
3rd MATTHEW HARGREAVES 10 47.01
4th DEREK COLLINGE 16 47.02
5th PAUL DONAHOO 39 47.13
6th DAVID HAIGH 34 47.92
7th PETER DE LA HAYE 28 48.66
8th ADAM COOTE 34 48.89
9th WAYNE CORLIS 30 50.3

Heat 4
1st PETER WALSH 22 46.95
2nd ARRON DOWNES 26 47.25
3rd MARK ANDREWS 29 47.26
4th ANDREW BOUDRIE 11 47.27
5th ADAM LARSSON 35 47.7
6th SHANE MCKENZIE 31 47.71
7th BRENDAN MATTHEWS 16 48.76
8th ADRIAN PHELAN 40 49
JONATHON SIMMONS 23 49.27

Heat 5
1st SHANE WOODROW 26 47.21
2nd GARY MONGTA 20 47.77
3rd MAX LACEY 33 47.79
4th SIMON MENZ 25 47.9
5th PETER DUDKIEWICZ 23 47.91
6th GLENN STEPHENS 29 49.15

Heat 6
1st ROBERT LEHMANN 31 46.15
2nd MATTHEW SHIEL 33 46.43
3rd CLAYTON FRASER 36 46.65
4th ALEX SALIU 12 47.53
5th NICK MAGREE 20 47.89
6th ANDREW SULLIVAN 26 47.91
7th ANDREW CURRAN 30 48.52
8th MATTHEW CALLARD 21 48.95
9th ANDREW LUSCOMBE 23 49.38
10th RYAN BENOIT 26 52

Semi 1
1st ASHLEY GRANT 26 45.74
2nd TOM BURBIDGE 22 45.75
3rd JARYD PHILLIPS 38 45.98
4th ANDREW BOUDRIE 11 46.53
5th ARRON DOWNES 26 46.54
6th DEREK COLLINGE 16 46.98
7th DANIEL STEINHAUSER 9 47
8th MARK ANDREWS 29 47.02

Semi 2
1st DANE RICHTER 9 45.87
2nd MATTHEW SHIEL 33 45.88
3rd PAUL TANCREDI 27 46.35
4th CLAYTON FRASER 36 46.57
5th MAX LACEY 33 46.6
6th ALEX SALIU 12 46.79
7th NATHANAEL COULL 26 46.99
8th GARY MONGTA 20 47

Semi 3
1st ROBERT LEHMANN 31 46.05
2nd LACHLAN TAYLOR 13 46.08
3rd PETER SPENCE 32 46.29
4th MATTHEW HARGREAVES 10 46.32
5th SHANE WOODROW 26 46.9
6th PETER WALSH 22 47.1
7th PAUL HUGHES 28 47.11
8th PAUL DONAHOO 39 47.85

Final
1st ASHLEY GRANT 26 45.56
2nd TOM BURBIDGE 22 45.6
3rd LACHLAN TAYLOR 13 45.74
4th PETER SPENCE 32 45.78
5th ROBERT LEHMANN 31 46
6th DANE RICHTER 9 46.27
7th MATTHEW HARGREAVES 10 46.29
8th MATTHEW SHIEL 33 46.32
9th JARYD PHILLIPS 38 46.69

12 Re: Bendigo Black Opal 400m - a look back. on Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:49 pm

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2010 – Adam Coote (31m) 48.05
Field up 2m for Sean Wroe. Coote early in career but more known over distance events. 3rd in the backmarkers 400m at Stawell in 2009. That Easter he boundary umpired an AFL game on Thursday night before driving to Stawell and winning his 400m heat on the Saturday. He was then called up late to replace someone in another AFL game so drove back to Melbourne and umpired a game on Sunday before driving back to Stawell that night and coming 3rd the next day in the 400m final after leading for a good part of the straight. In December later that year he won the Bay Sheffield 550m. A true Opal smokie in 2010 as he was run out of the 400m heats at Maryborough, Daylesford and Keilor.
Conditions were the worst in recent memory with the event almost cancelled before the semi’s due to the state of the track after 90mm rain fell overnight on Friday and again plenty on Saturday night. This suited a strong runner such as Coote in the final as it sapped the speed out of the others especially after semi’s a little earlier.

Some sensational times in the heats were run as the inside meter of the track was very soft from overnight storms and well worn from earlier 800m heats. Boudrie and Wroe from heat 3 was the highlight as they scorched around in 46.63 & 46.64 with Collinge, Magree, Cato & Tancredi all under 47 secs in other heats. Others to impress were O’Dwyer, Burbidge, Coote, Purcell, Taylor, Simmons and Sapac.

On Sunday the rain kept coming and coming with the track completely under water a couple of hours before the program start. A meeting was held with VAL officials, Bendigo club and athletes to discuss whether the event was to be cancelled. The club were keen for the event to go ahead as scheduled and as such the meeting would go ahead. The VAL steward offered that any athlete already through to semis and finals for any event could scratch without further penalty. They would also receive their tick for handicapping purposes. As a result the 120m gift had 7 scratchings from the semi’s from 18 possible starters. Ironically they included Burbidge, Brittain, Tiu and Mathews who all went on to make the Stawell gift final. The 400m black opal semi fields only received 4 scratchings from a possible 27 starters. Conditions were the worst seen in recent memory for a Bendigo gift with the track still partly under water at the start of the opal semi’s. The times reflected this with no-one going under 48 secs. What the conditions did bring is close racing and all 3 semis were tight. First 2 from each semi plus 3 fastest times would progress to final. In semi 1 Magree was impressive in a comfortable 48.21 from Collinge 48.51 and Wroe 48.53 from scratch nabbing Stephens 48.54 on the line. In the 2nd semi Coote belted the field in a slowly run race in 48.6 almost a second in front of Jesse Mathews who snared 2nd just from Tancredi and Walsh. In the 3rd semi Purcell, Sapac, Cato and Boudrie all went across the line together with Purcell 48.24 and Sapac 48.26 getting the automatic final berths. Cato 48.27 and Boudrie 48.29 both got through on times along with Wroe from semi 1. Stephens unlucky missing out by .01.

In the final, in atrocious conditions, Coote controlled his tempo and coming off the final turn, like a good mudlark, he booted clear and made a winning break. Boudrie, Cato, Purcell and Magree all closed late but were never a winning chance as the bird had flown. The top 5 were separated by only .15. The stewards then fined Coote for improvement. Coote’s season did not end there as he won the Burramine mile the week following Bendigo before a slashing 1.46.8 to win Stawell 800m.

Heat 1
1st PETER O'DWYER 34 47.46
2nd TOM BURBIDGE 20 47.47
3rd EVAN KING 31 47.5
4th PETER WALSH 25 47.52
5th JACK FARMER 31 48.21
6th JUSTIN TEMPLAR 39 48.23
7th TIM SAYER 26 54

Heat 2
1st ADAM COOTE 31 47.1
2nd SEBASTIAN PURCELL 23 47.11
3rd DOMINIC HOSKINS 27 48.04
4th NICK HOWARD 40 49.91
5th RYAN BENOIT 29 51.02

Heat 3
1st ANDREW BOUDRIE 14 46.63
2nd SEAN WROE SCR 46.64
3rd DARYL LAWRENCE 37 47.13
4th MATTHEW CALLARD 25 47.44
5th BRENDAN PARNELL 32 47.45
6th ROBIN KRESINSZKY 20 47.53
7th BENJAMIN WEAVER 24 48
8th NATHANAEL COULL 29 48.98
9th CRAIG ROLLINSON 27 49.93

Heat 4
1st LACHLAN TAYLOR 15 47.03
2nd JONATHON SIMMONS 27 47.04
3rd BRENDAN COLE 9 47.53
4th DARREN NAISMITH 42 47.54
5th MATTHEW MIFSUD 32 48.04
6th PHILLIP BROWN 23 48.67
7th ROBERT KEENAN 37 48.79
8th CHRIS ROCHE 42 49.07
9th ANDREW CHALLIS 30 50.65

Heat 5
1st DEREK COLLINGE 19 46.89
2nd SHANE WOODROW 24 47.3
3rd MICHAEL NITSCHKE 27 47.31
4th JESSE MATTHEWS 23 47.35
5th ROBERT LEHMANN 29 47.53
6th STEVEN MARSH 37 48.23
7th PETER DE LA HAYE 30 48.38
8th PAUL KEATING 34 49.14
9th MOHAMAD ZEED 22 50.21

Heat 6
1st NICK MAGREE 24 46.94
2nd PAUL TANCREDI 30 46.96
3rd CHRISTOPHER CATO 29 46.98
4th ERIC SAPAC 28 47
5th RODNEY MATHEWS 26 47.36
6th GLENN STEPHENS 34 47.37
7th MARK BEVERIDGE 40 48.37
8th BEN CRAWFORD 38 48.69
9th JAY BLAKE 42 50.86

Semi 1
1st NICK MAGREE 24 48.21
2nd DEREK COLLINGE 19 48.51
3rd SEAN WROE SCR 48.53
4th GLENN STEPHENS 34 48.54
5th RODNEY MATHEWS 26 48.98
6th SHANE WOODROW 24 50.6
Tom BURBIDGE 20 Scratched
Evan King 31 Scratched
Robert LEHMANN 29 Scratched

Semi 2
1st ADAM COOTE 31 48.6
2nd JESSE MATTHEWS 23 49.36
3rd PAUL TANCREDI 30 49.37
4th PETER WALSH 25 49.38
5th BRENDAN COLE 9 49.59
6th LACHLAN TAYLOR 15 49.85
7th MICHAEL NITSCHKE 27 50.73
8th PETER O'DWYER 34 51.48
Robin KRESINSKI 20 Scratched

Semi 3
1st SEBASTIAN PURCELL 23 48.24
2nd ERIC SAPAC 28 48.26
3rd CHRISTOPHER CATO 29 48.27
4th ANDREW BOUDRIE 14 48.29
5th MATTHEW CALLARD 25 48.65
6th JONATHON SIMMONS 25 49.25
7th DARYL LAWRENCE 37 49.45
8th BRENDAN PARNELL 32 51.01

Final
1st ADAM COOTE 31 48.05
2nd ANDREW BOUDRIE 14 48.1
3rd CHRISTOPHER CATO 29 48.15
4th SEBASTIAN PURCELL 23 48.16
5th NICK MAGREE 24 48.2
6th ERIC SAPAC 28 48.48
7th DEREK COLLINGE 19 48.95
8th JESSE MATTHEWS 23 49.82
9th SEAN WROE SCR 50.14

13 Re: Bendigo Black Opal 400m - a look back. on Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:18 pm

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After having a look back I have come up with the following as a form line.
Out of the 10 Opal winners, 4 of the last 5 were young and/or early in their career. Coote, Magree, Neim and Halge were all young and had 31m or more. Grant also young had come 3rd the year before when overweight.
Only 1 veteran has won the 10 runnings.
3 of the last 7 came 3RD or 4th at Keilor, one came 3rd at Ballarat and another came 2nd the week before at Burramine. So all decent 400’s except for Burramine the week before.
The last 9 winners did not record a 400m win in that current season.
12 of last 13 at Bendigo were off 26m or more.

So for 2011 we are looking for someone on 26m or more but not more than 34m.
Early in career.
No 400m wins for season.
In form making final in Feb at Avondale Heights, Camden or particularly 3rd or 4th at Keilor.

Matt Grant 29m – 3rd Keilor 400m, 3rd Avondale Heights 400m, 3rd Ringwood gift 400m.

14 Re: Bendigo Black Opal 400m - a look back. on Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:55 am

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