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Matthew Eddy confident of Stawell Gift Final

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1 Matthew Eddy confident of Stawell Gift Final on Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:41 pm



Noble Park sprinter ready for the Stawell Gift

By Gilbert Gardiner
Dandenong Leader
18 April 2011

NOBLE Park North sprinter Matthew Eddy is primed for the race of his life.

The 30-year-old tradesman turned runner will compete in this Easter’s Stawell Gift, his fifth crack at Australia’s richest and oldest foot race.

Returning from a debilitating achilles injury, the three-time Stawell Gift semi-finalist ran a season best 12.41 at a meet in Bendigo in February.

“If I run that I’ll go close to getting into the final,” he said.

“I can run quicker, that’s for sure.”

At just 58kg, Eddy is one of the lightest sprinters in the state and has mid-to-end race speed to trouble the “bigger” runners.

“The powerful blokes get out of the blocks a bit quicker but I’ve got a fair bit of leg speed to come home with,” he said.

Eddy trains daily, doing sprint and strength work.

“It will be a dream come true to make the final. It’s what you run for - to make the final will be huge,” he said.

This year’s 130th running of the Gift final has been changed from Easter Monday to the Tuesday to avoid a clash with Anzac Day.

Reigning Australian 100m champion Melissa Breen is also entered in the grass classic, taking on the men.

“It will be hard for her, personally I think she’ll struggle to get out of her heat,” Eddy said. “In the women’s Gift she’ll go really well, in the men’s I think she’ll struggle.”

Eddy is also entered in the 70m and 200m sprints.

Other local athletes at the meet include Matthew Harvey of Keysborough and Noble Park’s Fabrice Melanie, both entered in the Stawell Gift, 70m and 200m sprints.



Noble Park's Matthew Eddy is out of contention in the Stawell Gift.
Picture: Valeriu Campan.

Noble Park sprinter out of Stawell Gift
by Gilbert Gardiner
Dandenonog Leader
26 April 2011

STAWELL Gift contender Matthew Eddy has been knocked out in yet another semi-final.

The 30-year-old sprinter from Noble Park North was no match for cheerleader turn sprinter Edward Ware who qualified fastest for the 120m grass track final with a time of 12.2 seconds.

The semi-final exit is Eddy’s fourth from six cracks at Australia’s oldest and richest footrace.

Eddy qualified for the semi-final after winning his heat on Saturday with a time of 12.46 seconds.

Former 100m world champion Kim Collins, of Saint Kitts and Nevis failed in his bid to become only the third man to win the handicap race off scratch.

Australian bolter, 100m champion Aaron Rouge-Serret was also bundled out semi-final action at Stawell Athletics Club.

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