O'Halloran too slippery in final
BY PHIL EDWARDS
19 Dec, 2010
LAUNCESTON sprinter Ryan O'Halloran won the 2010 Rosebery Open Gift on a wet and sodden Rosebery track yesterday as rain forced the cancellation of all cycling events for the second year in a row.
The 29-year-old Launceston accountant continued his fine pre- season form to notch up his fourth victory heading into the main carnival series which starts in Latrobe on Boxing Day and his 12th career carnivals win.
Running from a handicap of 12.25 metres, O'Halloran beat home talented Hobart teenager and state 100m and 200m champion Jarred Gilroy (8.25m) and Burnie's Ben Englund (11.50) to take out his first Rosebery Gift in a time of 12.78.
"I was pretty happy with that - I wanted to come down last year but unfortunately it was cancelled so I got the chance this time and got up to win," O'Halloran said.
"It was soggy and pretty soft but I just wanted to get away to a good start and keep going."
O'Halloran has already won the PCCC Burnie Gift, the Launceston Carnival 100m and the Devonport Simplot 70m this season.
He is trained by Launceston coach Les Nankervis.
"My form has been good and gets the confidence up going into Latrobe - so I'd like to have a good crack at that," he said.
Meanwhile, Westbury runner Jerome Whiteley ran strongly to win the open 800 metres handicap final yesterday.
Whiteley ran from 60 metres and crossed the line in 1:56.99 seconds to beat home Devonport's James Plapp (115m) with 16-year-old Launceston runner Jordan Tyler (50m) performing well in his first carnival hit-out to finish third.
Plapp turned the tables on Whiteley to take out the 1600m event with Whiteley second and Hobart's Darren Brown third.
Plapp ran from a mark of 225m and his winning time was 4:25.08.
Whiteley was off 135m and Brown 225m.
Fiona Heazlewood, of Don, won the 200m open handicap off a mark of 46m.
She finished ahead of Hobart's Jarred Gilroy (16m) and Kingston's Rowan Mason (17m).
Burnie's Harvey Jones took out the masters' 300m race from Brown and Acacia Hills runner Kristy Rootes.
Westbury's Jerome Whiteley crosses the line on the wet
track to win yesterday's 800m final.