Mat doesn’t come up Short
North Beach Athletic Club Website
October 15, 2011
19yo North Beach flyer Mathew Short has snuck home to win the $3000 120m 2011 Dardenup Gift.
Running from the 10.25m handicap Short snatched victory in the last breath to inch out favourite, WA state female beach sprint champion Samantha Plato who lead most of the way.
In one of the most exciting and closest Dardenup Gift finishes in history, fellow Blues athletes Ben Clark (14.50) finished third with Steve Rafty (15.00) in the minor placings. The quality 2011 final included last year’s and multiple gift winner Dylan Panizza (8.50), backmarker Bryce Teo (8.00) and state AWD T36 100m, 200m & 400m champion Andrew Bannister (40.00) in a blanket finish. This is the first time in WA history (& perhaps Australian) an AWD has won professional prizemoney in both the 120m events!
North Beach clean swept the placings in the $1500 70m race, won by (2011 Mullewa 70m winner) Nathan Caccamo (11.50) from Sam Hughes (10.25) in second and Ben Clark (10.0) third. Interestingly, all the boys were members of the North Beach Football Club last season. Beach sprint champion Samantha Plato (15.00) finished 5th.
The Blues stable performed well again in the $500 120m Novice Gift with Ben ‘Bomber’ Clark (14.25) taking out victory in the tightest margin of the day to Scarboro Surf Lifesaver Jacqueline Smith (29.00) runner up, with Blues champion speedster Andrew Bannister (40.25) finishing in 3rd place. His North Beach teammate Sam Hughes (15.50) finished on strong to grab 4th place.
A great job was done as always by commentator Mark Blatchford.
Congratulations and thanks to all the participants, coaches & officials who made the journey down South and took part on a fantastic day!