The Stonnington carnival provided an absolutely perfect track and with good racing and ideal weather, under lights the night was once again a great success. The night commenced with races for the local little athletic clubs and finished with two high class gift finals. Great work by the Stonnington committee to have the involvement of the Melbourne Grammar students.
VRTA under 20’s
The third round of the VRTA under 20’s series commenced the evening’s racing and after six heats the fastest heat time went to Ellie Maguire (21.50m & 10.74), but it was the runner up in that heat that gained revenge and won the final in 10.71. Jimmie Gladman (11.25m) was only inches behind Ellie in the heat but was able, to not only defeat Maguire, but win the final by nearly a metre. Natasha McDowell (23m) finished second marginally ahead of Cameron Moss (5.75m).
Melbourne Sports Books 400 metres Novice.
Steve Fabris (25m) made up for the narrowest defeat at Keilor last week with a clear win in the novice 400 metres at Stonnington. Steve has been close up in the 400’s all season and adds Friday nights win to his novice 70 metres victory at Waverley before Christmas. Ian Douglas (15m), fresh from his Keilor win ran on well to finish second and Jack Dooley (29m), always consistent in these events finished third. The winner’s time was 47.82, the fastest of the night.
Goodlife Health Clubs 550m open
Dominic Hoskins (22m) ran a great race to take first prize in the 550 metres final on Friday night with a last to first win in 1.12.07. Dominic defeated James Deane (38m) and Matt Grant (28m) with Queensland visitor Cameron Clayton(29m) finishing just out of the placings. The heats were unable to shed any light on the winner as they were all run in relatively similar times. With four of the five heats being won by the Hipworth stable those numbers were not enough to withstand the odd man out. The other heat winner, Hoskins sat back quietly and sprinted down the outside to win narrowly but well. James Collier put the sword to his opposition and had a clear lead before the home turn but tired in the final straight. Dominic had a late start to the season, not racing before Christmas, but has found form quickly, with the win his first since Rye last year.
City of Stonnington Women’s 100m Gift
With $15000 on offer, the sprinters were all set for action and after thirteen heats the quickest times were evenly poised with Ben Weaver (5.5m & 10.53) holding a slender advantage over Matthew Harvey (9m) and Simon Jackson (8.25m) both clocking 10.56. But not far behind those sprinters Western Australian Cole Unasa (5.75m & 10.59) and local hope Stuart Rooke (7m & 10.61) were still definite chances. At the semi final stage Matthew Harvey maintained his standard with an extremely close win from Bryce Teo in 10.57. In semi final two , Cole Unasa was very impressive with a 10.50 defeating Simon Jackson’s 10.62. In the third and final semi final Ben Weaver scorched down the track to record 10.45, defeating Stuart Rooke (10.51) and Craig Mair (10.61). Both the placegetters quailed for the final as fastest non winners. In the final Cole Unasa didn’t begin all that well but once the big striding visitor got into his stride he charged to the front and held fellow West Australian Teo comfortably in 10.43. Teo’s time was 10.55. Weaver finished third (10.58), ahead of Harvey (10.60), Rooke (10.65)and Craig Mair (10.66)
The Bendigo Bank Stonnington Women’s 100m
Tara Domaschenz (5m) returned to Stonnington, the scene of her biggest win, to do it all again with a clear cut win in the $15000 women’s final in the time of 11.58. Tara won the 2012 edition off the handicap of 6.75m in the time of 11.61, so her improvement over the last twelve months was impressive. After the six heats Tara had recorded the quickest heat with a run of 11.75 which was a handy buffer over Melissa Breen (-2.50m) who ran 11.80. As the girls entered the next round, the second semi final winner Melissa Howard (6m) matched Domaschenz’s time but Tara improved in the third semi to 11.65. In the final, it was clear cut with Tara defeating Howard and Pamela Austin (9.25m). Domaschenz is coached by Peter O’Dwyer in Ballarat.
Simon Fitzpatrick’s run of the meet went to Tara for her dominant display in a feature event. Although “Fitzys” award is for one run or event her last six runs at Stonnington have resulted in six clear wins in heats, semi’s and finals of the richest women’s sprint event in Victoria.
Prahran Market 300 Veterans’
The Veterans 300 metres final was an exciting finishing with Leigh Phelan (7m) charging down the outside to win from Shane Quinn (21m) and Noel Maghamez(51m) in 35.87.Maghamez recorded the fastest heat with a 36.82 but Phelan’s heat win looked impressive as he wasn’t pressured at any stage to record 37.53. In the final Maghamez quickly headed off early leader Steve Baird (54m) and came to the home turn with a good lead but was unable to withstand the finishes of Phelan and Quinn.
Broo Women’s 400 mts
Stonnington conducted the fourth and final round of the Broo 400 metres women’s series and it was a win to Olivia Goder (26m) who proved too strong for Megan McMahon (48m) and Tayyrn Fisher (48m) in 55.15. The three heats were very even with Kasey Moore (56.41 & 33m), McMahon (48m & 56.2) and Goder (26m & 56.25) making sure the final was going to be close. It didn’t really turn out that way with Fisher and McMahon turning for home together but Goder was placed just behind them ready to pounce. In the home straight she put the matter beyond doubt with a strong run to the line. The Broo final will be held once again at Burramine, this season on the 16th of March. The winner is coached by Nick Lewton.
Mercedes-Benz Toorak 1600mts
Another back to back win occurred in the 1600metres, and this time it was very similar to last year’s, where Andrew Patton (70m) once again proved too strong for Michael Marantelli (75m). Last season Patton won the event off a handicap of 100 metres, with Marantelli off 90 metres finishing third.Patton , with a slow start to his VAL season, has gradually shown improvement over the last few weeks and he was able to win the race in 4.10.4. The front markers appeared to set a solid tempo early with Stefan Catalano (320m) clearing out with a lead from Tayla Sproule (320m) and Rebecca Cato (320m).Mark Hipworth was able to use his handicap and keep in touch with the lead bunch but Patton and Marantelli looked to have the field covered with 500 metres to travel. With 200 metres from home Muir, Hipworth, Marantelli and Patton were racing in a pack and headed for home with four across the track. Patton overpowered Marantelli over the last thirty metres and Mark Hipworth (220m) ran a spirited race to finish third, just ahead of Gordon Muir (175m) and David Spence (115). Hipworth coached the first five placegetters, surely a first in a major event. The back marker, olympic gold medallist, Reubin Koskei (scr) made up a great deal of ground over the last two laps and eventually finished ninth about twenty five metres from the winner. He should be well suited to the $5000 Bendigo mile in two weeks time.
For those interested in another view of distance running in the VAL please visit; http://www.hippoathleticclub.com.au/
100 mts Invitational
The third of the back to back wins came in the invitational 100 metres with Sam Jamieson(3.25m) holding out Bola Lawal (1m) and Adrian Mott (3.25m) in 10.68. Sam missed a run in the semi finals of the main event although he did finish second to Cole Unasa in his heat, clocking 10.77 himself. Sam is coached by Nick Fiedler.
St Bernard’s this Sunday
The Victorian Athletic League would like to thank St Bernard’s College and the St Bernard’s Old Collegians for the use of the school grounds and facilities. John Raffle, from St Bernard’s was instrumental in resurrecting the event through his assistance and co-operation. Also Lochie Robertson and the St Bernard’s ground staff for the ground marking and preparation. The carnival would not have been able to take place without the following people and organisations; The Harper Group, Shane McKenzie, East Keilor RSL, Benny Tancredi, Cartha McKerrow, Andrew Flanagan, Norm Lancaster, Rick Trusler, Shane and Katrina Buckingham, Arron and Marita Downes , Daisy Drew, Chris and Melanie Brown, Victorian Runners and Trainers association and the Victorian Cross Country League. Many thanks to all those that are helping, on track, on the day to make sure that the carnival runs smoothly.
Please note, Entry to St Bernard’s is $5 per car, no exceptions.