The Mount Gambier Gift winner from 2007 who has failed to carry on from that victory. Won the Daylesford 400m over the border last year, but struggled over this distance. Failed to get out of her heat last year, and were expecting a similar result this time round.
Abbey Freer 8.75
Didn’t run in the Bay last year but did run admirably in the Under 20’s 120m where she drew the quickest semi and therefore missed out on the final. Will be looking to progress to the semi’s here, but with no form to speak of, we wont be tipping her here.
Aimee Lane 15
Is more used to running off a larger mark, so her reduction here will not help her one bit. Struggled to find her feet early in the season, and with that in mind, she wont trouble the scorers here.
Ali Trewartha 14.75
Has had a blistering start to the season, recently winning the Whyalla Gift to add to her wins in the Port Adelaide 120m and Flinders 200m. 2nd in the 70m at Pre-bay which indicates she’s got the full package to be competitive here. Has got her Whyalla winning mark back so expect a good showing! Big Big show
Alice Platten 11
An all-rounder on the Victorian circuit, winning events from 120m to 800m. Recently won the Peninsula 300m in Victoria, whilst making multiple finals also. Runs off a tighter mark over the border, so will no doubt be even more competitive here. Made this final in 2007 off the same mark. Eliminated in the heat last year, expect a lot better this time. In form!!
Alicia Wrench-Doody 1.75
South Australia’s fastest women who won this event in spectacular fashion in 2008. Went down and won the Burnie Gift only days later before switching her focus to amateurs where she ran a scorching 11.66s in Brisbane. If in PB shape here, would create a little history by becoming the first person since Lauren Hewitt in 2001 to win this famous race from behind 2 metres. Is returning from injury and this race might of come a couple of weeks to early, but no doubt will be flying home. An absolute star!!
Amie Mittiga 8
Unlucky not to make the final in the Flinders 200m earlier this year, and looked reasonable in her Pre-bay runs. Will need to find something huge here to be a contender. Too many girls running better around her, not for me!
Amy Robb 12.25
Hitting form at just the right time, stepping onto the dais recently at Mount Gambier (14.53 off 11.75m) before winning the 70m at the Pre-Bay Carnival in noteworthy fashion. Meets the Mount Gambier placegetters better off here, and will no doubt be licking her lips come race day. A genuine contender!
Andrea Di Paolo 7
Slugged it out off a tight mark last year without success, however, with a slight handicap re-adjustment, it has her right in the mix here. Won the 300m at Reynella before running as the backmarker to claim 3rd at Whyalla (14.42 off 6.00m). Will be looking to bring that form to Colley Reserve. If she brings her A-game, a final spot beckons. Yes
Anna Heasman 7
Came down last year for this event, and wasn’t too far off, coming 5th in her semi. Also made the final of the 70m, and will be hoping to do it again. Comptetiton is abit tougher than last year, so were not predicting a spot in the final for her, but will go well!
Bethany Fairfield 9.25
Could of been abit of a dark horse for this, but simply isn’t moving well enough. Is a metre better off than last year where she just missed the final. If she’s in that shape again, could be dangerous, but based on her Glenelg run, shes a way off her best!
Bridgid Connolly 7
Made this final last year off the same mark and seems to be there abouts again this time round. The 2009 Whyalla Gift winner will give a good showing for herself, but with other athletes around her travelling a fraction better, she might have better luck in the circle events here. Always has a go, and is running well. May surprise.
Claire Ashman 10
Plies her trade mostly as a distance specialist. Isnt recognised for her pace but wasn’t too far away in the 200m at Flinders. Still feel this race is too short for her, expect her to be more concentrated on the longer stuff.
Cloe Neophytou 7.5
Got the first glimpse of her at Glenelg and wasn’t too far off the mark. Her mark and form will get better with every run. Will give it a crack but wont cause too many problems.
Emma Freer 7
Slipping under the guard a little this season, has rarely been seen on the circuit, but with a PB of 12.18, it has her right up there for this one. Has failed to make it out of her heat in her few previous Bay Sheffield campaigns, but if she can get it together, she could challenge here. Not in the best form, should make a good account for herself though.
Hayley Openshaw 10.25
Saw her for the first time at Glenelg and was rather competitive for such a young age. Ran at this event last year where she didn’t advance past the heats. Will surely eye this race in a couple of years, but not now. Junior events might be her go!
Heidi McTernan 14.25
Came across the border for this event last year without success, getting run out in her heat. Havent seen anything from her, so don’t expect any miracles. No!
Holly Noack 6.75
More known for her distance work, is handy however over the short stuff. Ran 12.83 last week in Perth which has her struggling to come close for a finals berth. Made the smi’s last year, expect the same result again.
Jana Tankosic 9
Ran at Mount Gambier and was a distant 5th in her heat. Simply doesn’t have the mark to be any sort of competitor here. Will be at large odds for that reason, not for me!
Jessica Scott 15
Don’t know too much about this lady, has rarely been seen so far this season, so unless you see one of the most amazing results in Bay Sheffield history, its likely she’s not going to cause anyone trouble here.
Katie Moore 4.5
Another strong Victorian making the trip over who has fond memories of this track after making the final here last year. Had wins at Peninsula, Rye and Keilor last year but seems to be a little off the boil at the moment. Is used to competing off a much tighter mark in Victoria, so anticipate a strong performance here. Classy athlete, and will not surprise if she makes the final again.
Katrina Buckingham 13.75
A veteran of the sport who plies her trade in Victoria. Hasn’t set the world alight this season, and really needs the limit to be competitive here. Will give them something to chase, but not for long. Not for me!!
Kayla Hammond 9.5
Ran well off a tight mark to claim 2nd in the Flinders 200m. Another Under 20 athlete whos in this for the long haul. Has the handicap to be competitive in the future. Not now!
Kendra Hubbard 5.25
Had a super year last season, coming 2nd at Mount Gambier to Leanne Hodge, then ran super impressively to again claim 2nd place in the Stawell Gift (13.99 off 4.25m). Has the mark to be very dangerous, and if in form, will have a few hoping to avoid her until the final. A real chance if she brings her best. Wait until her heat!
Kim Letton 14.5
Was 2nd at Whyalla last year but it doesn’t seem she has recaptured that form. Been a scratching repeatedly this season, so if she does run, it isn’t expected she’ll be at her best.
Kirsty Meekins 15
Used to competing off more than the limit, so based on that, she isn’t likely to feature here. Rarely seen this season, so baed on that, were expecting shes going to find the going tough. Not this time!
Kyla Brown 9
Is one of many youngsters enjoying their first season with the league. Has mostly run in the junior events so far, but steps up to the big time here on the back of some reasonable runs. Like many other youngsters, her future looks bright!
Laura Whaler 0.5
The backmarker for this event, and for good reason, with a scintillating PB of 11.46 set in March. Remarkably made this final last year, coming 3rd in what was a breathtaking run (14.11 off 1.25m). Won the 70m here last year and will have the whole of Colley Reserve hoping for a repeat here. Is a crowd favourite, watch her go!
Laura-Jane Hilditch 12.75
One of the many interstaters who have the form to challenge for top honours here. Won the 200m at the VRTA meet in Victoria before flying down the track at Mount Gambier to claim 2nd behind Tamara Dartnall (14.28 off 12.75m). Recently made a mockery of the field by winning the Woodside Gift in Victoria. No doubt has the speed, depends on how she copes with her handicap re-adjustment. Wait and see!
Lauren Buchanan 11.5
Placed 3rd at the Port Adelaide gift earlier this season, however was a fair distance behind Trewartha and Dartnall. Hasn’t received a lift from her Mount Gambier mark where she ran 6th in her semi, and with others around her better off, expect a similar result here. Not today!
Lauren Edwards 8.5
Super impressive youngster who ran well last week at Glenelg to go with her semi’s appearance at Pre-Bay. Huge potential for such a young age, but her mark might just be against her here. Her time is coming!!
Lauren Foote 6.75
Was 4th in this final in 2007, then again last year where she just missed out on a podium place (14.11 off 6.5m). Always seems to get herself up for this event, and with a similar mark to last year, will be looking to go a few steps better. 4th in Pre-bay 70m recently has her around the mark. Will go ok!
Leanne Hodge 2.25
Hasn’t shown too much in the pro’s this season, however did win Mount Gambier last year off a similar mark. Recently ran 12.35 over in Perth which doesn’t show too much promise, however if in form, will be giving the front markers the staggers. Wait and see!!
Lesley Tompson 15
Limited running from her this season, though did run in at Flinders and Port Adelaide where she was a way off the pace. Has the limit, but probably needs a little more. Wont cause many problems here. Over 35m looks the go!
Lucy Buckley 12.25
Completely dominated everything she ran in during the latter half of last season. Was never troubled when winning the prestigious Camden Classic before going to Loxton and winning the 120/300m double. Won the 400m at Bendigo last year to also go with her 550m win at this event. Simply took everything that came here way. Has come back in the marks since, but certainly not out of it. Will give them something tough to chase down. Oozes class!
Marita Downes 12.5
Don’t know anything about this lady, has rarely been seen of in recent years. A veteran who has had a few runs over in Victoria this season without ever getting out of her heat. Likely to be unsuccessful in her heat here aswell.
Megan Letton 15
Has been consistent but not spectacular to start the season. Made finals at most events this season, most recently at Glenelg where she was 4th against her main rivals come the 28th. Has a slight chance of making the final, depends on how she goes on the day. Will make the semi’s!
Morgan Hill 7.5
A youngster who is still finding her way in the league. Ran at Pre-Bay and Glenelg in the junior events without luck, and is likely to struggle here. Wont be her last Bay Sheffield, an athlete to watch in the future. In this for experience!
Natalie Gibbs 8.25
A youngster with massive potential in athletics. Won Hallett Cove last year and has the speed to mix it with the girls off her mark. Won the Reynella Gift against a hot field then followed it up with a narrow 3rd in the Pre-Bay 70m which indicates she is moving well. Experience might play its part though, wait until her heat before you make your way up to bookies hill!
Rachel Fisk 8.5
Hasn’t put in any head-turning performances so far this year, and its not likely that is going to change here. Would be a major accomplishment if she were to advance past the heats. Not the worst, but far off the best. Look elsewhere!!
Robyn Pohlner 12
Limited runs with the league this season, but what we have seen indicates she is likely to struggle off her handicap. Is abit off the mark, look for her in the over 35m instead where she might be more competitive.
Sarah Thomas 9
Another somewhat darkhorse for this one, constantly making finals this year. Won her first gift sash of the year with a scorching run in the Glenelg Gift and now finds herself a metre up from that mark A certain semi finalist, and a huge chance to make a first Bay Sheffield Final. Chance!!
Sheena Steinert 6
Comes into this year’s race after just missing out on the podium at Mount Gambier (14.53 off 5.5m). Has form on the board, and will be looking to emulate her sister from last year and win here. Has the mark, the quality, and talent to win here. Hard to dismiss.
Stephanie Mollica 6.5
Victorian Athlete who has started the season in good fashion, winning the 300m at Movember whilst making multiple finals over all short distances. Made the semis last year, but with a better mark, and somewhat better form, look for her to make a mark here.
Tamara Dartnall 9.5
The in-form runner on the women’s circuit so far this season. Was 2nd At Whyalla before running a dazzling race to win the Mount Gambier Gift (14.19 off 9.5m). Has made finals at every event so far this season and will be looking to continue that trend here. No doubt in career-best form, and looks the one to beat. Yes!
Tamzin Filer 7.25
Always seems to be around the mark, when she runs that is. Been a scratching a few times this season, and when she has run, just seems to be a little off the pace. If in form, she could be a danger, but don’t get your hopes up. Too many around her going better.
Tara Girolamo 7.5
Ran ok at Pre-Bay in her heat which wasn’t enough on the day, and has promise for future events, but not here. Compared to people around her, her handicap is too tight to do anything significant. A chance in the distance events though. Not the worst!
Tayce Fry 10
Has run consistently all season without any success in the open ranks. Snuck into the final at Port Adelaide, but will be out of her depths here. Look for her to be a real contender in the junior events. Her best is ahead of her. In this for the experience!
Yasmin Openshaw 13.75
Has been a scratching regularly this season, consequently limiting her chances of success. Isn’t blessed with pure speed and is therefore more competitive over the longer distances. Best chance for a final berth is in the 550m where came 6th last year.
Zoe Kennedy 11.75
The twice runner-up of this event will be looking to go one better than the previous 2 years and finally claim that elusive sash. Lead the whole way last year before being pipped by Steinert on the line. Doesn’t seem to be moving as quickly this year, and form is slightly against her here but will no doubt give it a crack. 3rd time lucky? Not this year!