The 54th Northcote Athletic Club carnival was conducted on the grassed Waverley Athletic Club venue on Sunday. The weather was hot and windy but with an overcast sky that threatened rain for most of the day. The Northcote club is clearly the oldest of the city VAL carnivals and gives athletes an excellent lead into the rich Christmas carnivals in Northern Tasmania, Adelaide and Maryborough. The club consists of many of the VAL’s longest serving identities with names such as Dunbar, Milligan, Ireland and of course Ian Marchesi who co-ordinated the day’s activities. The VAL and officials greatly appreciate and acknowledge the assistance that the Northcote club provided throughout the day, especially with packing up.
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Athletes are reminded that they must declare their wins to the handicappers and confirm their new handicaps before competing at subsequent carnivals. Athletes will be disqualified for competing off incorrect handicaps. This includes all runners Victorian and interstate.
As from this Saturday (Warragul) no unauthorised people are permitted to enter the finish tent. The result books and finals information will be available on a table adjoining the colour tent. Runners wanting additional handicap information must seek clarification from handicappers, starters or stewards.
The VAL is conducting a 300 metres event at the Big Bash cricket. Athletes please watch the website and social media for dates and conditions of entry.
The Dual Heating & Air Conditioning 70 metres Open
Noddy Angelakos (7.25m) opened his 2012/13 season with a narrow win in the 70 metre final. He defeated Luke Stevens (2.75m), the in-form athlete of the early season, by 1/1000th of a second, with Nathan Riali (3.5m) in third place. The winning time of 7.732 was the fastest of the day, improving marginally on his 7.77 semi final time. Stevens continues to show improvement as he overcomes the tougher handicaps. Riali’s third was excellent and was a sign of things to come in the gift final. Angelakos was the winner of last season’s Warragul gift and looks an excellent chance to repeat that effort this Saturday. Noddy is coached by Robert Furness.
Stewart Bradley Memorial 70 metres Novice.
The novice final was taken out by second year runner Peter Knott (8m) from Natasha McDowell (13m) and David Fenollar (5.5m). Knott recorded the fastest heat time of 7.8 which was also his time in the final. That time compared well with the open 70 metres time of 7.73 and the winning margin of nearly two metres is a significant win over the sprint distance. Peter is coached by Mark Hipworth.
Norm Charles 1600 metres
After a stand out effort at her debut, Lucinda Lopes (260m) improved to win her first VAL event by a clear margin in an all female finish from Jessica O’Hara (345m) and Martine Beer (350m). Lucinda ran well at Meadowglen to run second to Greg Whitecross. She showed the benefit of the experience to win at Waverley by twenty metres in the time of 4.18.55. Lopes settled in fifth place but made a sustained charge to lead with six hundred metres to travel and was untroubled to win. Jessica O’Hara, a Stawell placegetter last season, improves with every run and is still eligible for the VCCL novice race series, the first division which will be conducted at Daylesford. Lopes is coached by Doug Armstrong.
With Martine Beer running a solid placing, oldest son Sam dominating the Carlton thirds cricket team on Saturday and the youngest, Jack cutting a swath through his sporting opposition, father Sean has once again been reduced to the drinks carrier and “Sean who”.
Marantelli 800 metres Open
Joel Donnar (50m) recorded the quickest of the three heats with a well judged time of 1.56.46 to look the one to beat in the 800 metres. In the final he once again ran a patient and considered race to work his way into third place at the 200 metres, sitting confidently on the back of Daniel Veith (68m) and veteran Allan cook (54m). Joel raced to the lead half way down the final straight and held Cook and Veith at bay in 1.57.3. Joel came to the VAL season off a very consistent cross country season with the VCCL. Joel is coached by Wayne James
Jack Gibney Memorial 400 metres
The final of the 400 metres at Waverley saw a quality field gather for the last event of the day. Heat one saw a welcome return to form for the injury plagued Brad Armstrong (41m) with a winning heat time of 48.51. Celia Cosgriff (74m) won heat two by millimetres from the late finishing Chad Ryan (24m). Robert Spencer (28m), after his break out season 2012/13, continued to show good form with a win in heat three. Former Stawell gift placegetter Luke Versace (27m) won heat four narrowly in 48.54. Heat five was won by improving young gun, Darci Hughes (24m) who defeated another runner new to the sport in Jason Bailey (28m) in 48.13. Greg Mitchell (22m) another circle runner on the rise won the final heat in 49.10. In the final Celia Cosgriff took the lead off Danielle McDowell (90m) before the home turn to open a handy lead which she was able to maintain to the finish. Ryan McNamarra (20m) and Jason Bailey, both through to the final as fastest losers ran the placings. The winner ran 48.04 and is trained by nick Feidler.
R.Dunbar,N.Rexter & B.Milligan 300 metres Women’s and Veterans’
After a slight timing problem, the final field for the 300 metres was assembled with Sarah Blizzard (48m) tracking Kerrieanne Hocking (78m) until the home turn where she sprinted to the lead and held on for a convincing win. Running on for second was Andrew Drummond (38m) with Jessica Payne (40m) in third place. The three placegetters were the three fastest qualifiers but unfortunately no time was available for the final. Sarah is coached by Marcus Cooper and continues the run of success for both Sarah and the Cooper stable.
Cam Dunbar Under 17 100 metres
The underage events continue to gain momentum and Sunday’s event for the younger runners produced an exciting group of our future stars. Troy Carey (17m) was clearly the fastest of the three heats with a sound win in 10.52. The next fastest heat was Hamish Adams (12m) with a 10.8 and then Blake Bailey (13m) clocking 10.96. In the final, the result went as the heats predicted with Carey defeating Adams and Bailey in the time of 10.67. Cleo Anderson, daughter of former sprinter Ian, finished fourth.
Also in the final was the regally bred Jess Lehmann who is of course the daughter of Narelle (yes, Narelle is old enough to have children ) and Rob ( no, not her grandfather). Jess shows tremendous potential and looks set for a long and successful career with the VAL.
Jim Spain Northcote Gift 100 metres
The Northcote Gift, once again sponsored by past runners John and Robert Stewart, has been won by some of the VAL’s best sprinters including three wins to Bob Wishart. The first gift in 1960 was taken out by long time VAL starter, and still an interested observer, Bill O’Connor. The 2013 version consisted of ten heats with the fastest time in the early round going to Nathan Riali (5.5m) with a run of 10.75. Luke Whitney (6.75m) and Kevin Brittain (4.5m) showed form with heat wins in 10.86. Heat three went to the only female semi finalist Tierra Exum (19m), the older sister of Dante Exum, a top 5 prediction in the 2014 NBA draft. There was a surprise in the first semi final when one of the VAL’s newest fathers Simon Fitzpatrick (7.25m) held a quality field at bay to record a very handy 10.83. The second semi went as expected with Riali defeating Edward Ware (6.75m) in the quicker time of 10.73. The final was anyone’s inside the final twenty metres with Riali asserting his strength over the final few metres winning from Edward Ware and Kevin Brittain. Nathan maintained his consistency with a final time of 10.76. He is coached by Scott Rowsell.
VRTA 100 metres Women’s and Veterans’
Eight very competitive heats of the women’s and veterans’100 metres, with winners only into the final, made for a very even race. Andrew Drummond (13.5m) was the fastest qualifier with a nice run of 11.34, followed by the consistent Jeff Sergeant (14.5m) clocking 11.39. However the final saw Geoff Pittman off the tough handicap of 4.5 metres chase down the favourites to win in 11.35. Drummond was second with Sargent hanging on for third inches to the good of backmarker Rob Lehmann (2m).