Heat 1 (Calcutta heat went for $100)
1. I Thomson (6.50)
2. N Berry (7.75)
Hit by scratchings this heat was reduced to two runners, so it was a comfortable win by the Canadian Thomson, with both advancing to the semi finals.
Heat 2 ($400)
1. R James (6.50)
2. A Boudrie (7.75)
3. L Weir (8.00)
James got his usual quick start and quickly rounded up Boudrie and Weir and led by the 70m mark. Boudrie came back late as James eased off towards the line but Robbie held on by about ¾ metre. Weir was another metre back in 3rd place.
Heat 3 ($240)
1. D Gross (10.75)
2. D Panizza (9.00)
3. J Cibich (8.00)
Some money for Panizza throughout the meet and he was paying $7 before they jumped. He ranged up to Gross mid race and looked a chance but Gross showed the improved confidence and poise he’d gained from his recent Glenelg gift win and held on to score by 1m from Panizza with the previous day’s Restricted winner, the promising, Cibich running a solid 3rd.
Heat 4 ($400)
1. J Tronnolone (8.75)
2. R Hankin (6.25)
3. G Ross (10.50)
Tronnolone got a terrific start and set the race up early. Pre-race favourite (with Gander & Caldow) Hankin kept coming right to the line but Tronnolone was able to hold him off, much to the distress of the punter who had $200 on Hankin at $1.10 to win the heat!
Heat 5 ($70)
1 D Tohl (8.00)
2 J Tiu (8.75)
3 J Dartnall (10.50)
Scratched from the heat was the 2009 Bay Sheff winner Russell Scott. Tiu didn’t look as sharp as the previous day when he won the 70m. Tohl got to him early and was too strong to the line. Dartnall was another 2m away in 3rd spot.
Heat 6 ($40 - donated by JH)
1 B Letton (9.50)
2 C Powell (8.75)
3 D Byrne (8.00)
Mt Gambier Gift winner, Wallace Long-Scafidi was a notable scratching from this heat. Powell got the better of the start and was holding Letton until the lack of his hard racing was exposed and Letton moved away at the finish. While he won, it was a disappointing run from Letton as he looked a Bay final chance after a 3rd place at Glenelg and making the Mt Gambier Gift final. He went hard all the way to just win a slow heat.
Heat 7 ($200)
1 R Hancock (9.75)
2 M Brusnahan (7.00)
3 T Johnson (8.75)
Anticipating a fast heat, Hancock looked anything but a Bay a final chance. He struggled all the way up the track to just hold off 17-year-old Brusnahan by a metre. Brusnahan ran and looked much sharper than a week ago when he was beaten by 5m in a 60m trial by Robbie James. Showed he is a much better ‘racer’ than he is a ‘trainer’! Tim Johnson ran solidly for 3rd from an out of form Dale Woodhams who had been fighting off a virus in the last few days.
Heat 8 ($120)
1 J Sims (7.75)
2 C Morehouse (5.50)
3 M Harvey (8.75)
One of the best SA hopes following his recent PreBay Gift win, Sims took some time to catch the surprise packet Harvey. But once past him he was solid to the line, with Morehouse running on to pip Harvey for the all important 2nd spot. Hicks was again disappointing 3m away in 4th spot, especially as he had scratched from the 70m to concentrate on the Gift.
Heat 9 ($60)
1 A Steele (7.00)
2 C Whitaker (8.25)
A heat reduced to two runners following the scratching of 4 athletes including the enigmatic Gary Finegan and 2009 finalist Cam Yorke. Due to family commitments in Port Augusta, Whitaker had hardly trained in the previous 6 weeks and it showed with a sluggish performance behind an out of form Steele. Slowest heat of the day and it looked it.
Heat 10 ($200)
1 C Pusch (7.75)
2 Alex Saliu (7.00)
3 L Versace (9.50)
For the first time in his career, Clay Watkins failed to front for a Bay Sheffield heat. Just as well as he would not have got close…The boy who looked like he wouldn’t be out of place in an air guitar contest, Corwin Pusch mad a mess of them, winning easily in the most impressive of the heats to date. Saliu looked a shadow of the athlete he was in 2009 and ran a ‘soft’ 2nd place. Interestingly, Push is currently coachless after AA told High Performance coaching director, Eric Hollingsworth he could no longer coach his own squad. Pusch looked a big chance after this heat.
Heat 11 ($220)
1 A Jones (7.00)
2 B Peters (8.50)
3 A Mott (3.75)
Took a long time to run down the born-again, quick-starting Peters, but the national triple jump champion, Alwyn Jones got the big strides going in the latter stages to score from the little Queenslander with 3rd place going to an ‘out of sorts’ Adrian Mott who failed to reproduce his Woodside Gift form.
Heat 12 ($160)
1 J Jakeman (7.00)
2 T Bateman (3.75)
3 S Law (7.75)
In an entertaining battle to the line, Jakeman just held on by less than a ½ metre to beat Bateman with the promising Law in the 3rd place. Bateman was very good to 100m, catching Jakeman and looked a chance to snaffle it, but was not quite able to overhaul him. Bateman definitely looked sharper than he did at Glenelg, while Jakeman put in another workmanlike run.
Heat 13 ($70)
1 B Koschade (7.75)
2 M Hargreaves (5.50)
3 P Dudkiewicz (9.50)
Keith Sheehy recently suffered a hamstring injury and was forced to scratch while Matt Hargreaves went back 1.75m (to 5.50m) for his recent Woodside Gift win. Returning from a hamstring injury suffered at the PreBay meet, Ben Koschade looked good and appeared to have no problems holding off the ever reliable Hargreaves who continues to impress in everything he runs in. 2007 finalist Dudkiewicz looked completely out of form finishing in a distant 3rd place.
Heat 14 ($50)
1 S Fletcher (6.75)
2 M Callard (9.50)
3 B Wright (11.00)
In terms of the Bay final and as the Calcutta ‘interest’ suggested, this was one of the softer heats. Fletcher ran hard to hold off Callard and Wright, winning by about 1m.
Heat 15 ($1000)
1 J Caldow (6.75)
2 L Gander (3.25)
3 S Thiel (9.25)
As the Calcutta interest and frenetic bidding showed, this was the most anticipated heat of the carnival. It did not disappoint. A fantastic head to head battle between the 17-year-old SA sensation Caldow (PB of 10.83) and the in-form NSW gun, Gander (with a PB of 10.41). The Tony Fairweather trained Gander got his customary brilliant start and hit Caldow with everything bar the Thirsty Camel Ute parked behind the start. Despite his unorthodox head-down style, Caldow looked unfazed by the hype and held off a courageous Gander to win in the day’s fastest time. I felt the wind might have died down for this heat but in hindsight the wind conditions varied little through the course of the heats and the time truly indicated the advantage Caldow enjoyed over the other heat winners.
This set up a tantalising battle in the semi finals to follow.
1 R James (6.50)
2 B Koschade (7.75)
3 D Panizza (9.00)
Entering the opening semi with the fastest heat time, Robbie James was chock full of confidence to make his second consecutive Bay Sheff final. Another blistering start had him straight past Brusnahan and soon overtaking Koschade and Panizza.. In his best 120m performance for 12 months, James won easily from Koschade and the WA boy Panizza. For the second year in a row, Koschade had his Bay Sheff prep frustratingly interrupted by a Pre-Bay Gift injury. A fully fit Koschade with no interruptions and a Bay Sheff final beckons.
1 R Hankin (6.25)
2 J Tronnolone (8.75)
3 A Jones (7.00)
This came down to a seasoned pro in Hankin wanting to make amends for his narrow loss in the heat to the inexperienced ‘up & comer’ in Tronnolone. No doubt Hankin’s experience in major finals including a Stawell Gift 2nd place in 2008, ensured he found a metre for the semi and Tronnolone unfortunately suffered the narrowest of losses having run the same time of 12.36. It took some for the verdict an in the end it was 3/1000ths of a second. Jordan ran above expectations in this event and will be much better for the experience. Hankin’s win was well deserved because he found when he had to and it was a credit to him. The disappointment was Alex Saliu who was the first runner beaten and needs to go back to the drawing board.
1 C Pusch (7.75)
2 J Jakeman (7.00)
3 I Thomson (6.50)
Once again the Victorian Pusch streeted them early to set up an impressive semi final win. Jakeman ran on well for 2nd to hold a off a disappointing Thomson. The Canadian announced himself as a genuine chance with his 3rd place at Mt Gambier, but has lost his form and just didn’t look anywhere near as good. Daman Tohl also looked stale finishing just behind Thomson while Morehouse is still a fair way off his best form.
I’ll be blunt & brutally honest here and a little self indulgent; knowing what ‘shape’ Thomson was in this time last year given his very limited prep, I’m staggered he could not find a few metres on last year & make this final off 6.50m. With a 100m PB of 10.7 and a 200m PB of 21.59 he is a better sprinter than Robbie James and Dale Woodhams (who have both finalled off 6.50). Sadly he will return to Canada without making a Bay Sheffield final which he should well have done off what I felt was a generous mark for his ability.
1 J Caldow (6.75)
2 A Boudrie (7.75)
3 M Hargreaves (5.50)
As if he could not improve on his impressive heat run, the Grange beach sprinter lifted it up a notch in the semi. Blitzed the field from the gun and never looked in danger to win by 3m from Victorian 400m runner Boudrie and ‘Mr Reliable’ Matt Hargreaves.
1 D Gross (10.75)
2 T Bateman (3.75)
3 R Hancock (9.75)
With all five runners in the semi from SA, this was the semi to guarantee at least one South Aussie in the final. After 10 years in the sport and offering a lot of promise but delivering little more but frustration to those in his camp, Grossy finally ran the race of his life to qualify for his first Bay Sheffield final. A much deserved Bay finalist’s silk for Gross after suffering a lot of flack over the years for failing to perform when it counted. He ran well holding off an impressive run from Todd Bateman who pipped Ryan Hancock for 3rd place. As much as I have my ‘issues’ with Bateman, he does know how to perform when it counts and when he dons a silk at Colley Reserve he is always a threat. Hancock was probably the disappointment of the SA contenders. The rumour mill was rampant that he had improved substantially in the last 12 months, but when it mattered most, the improvement was not there. It was no better or worse than Ryan has run in the past and in my view was not as good as his semi final win at Mt Gambier where he easily accounted for a fully fit Ben Koschade.
1 L Gander (3.25)
2 J Sims (7.75)
3 J Tiu (8.75)
On paper this semi was always going to be a case of ‘how far’ Gander and the race was over at the half way mark. Scintillating off the mark, Gander completely obliterated the field to win, going away by nearly 4m. Sims ran on well to outpoint Tiu, but at this level, you need to find on what you have shown before and Sims’s form to win at PreBay was never going to be good enough to advance beyond the semis. Tiu may have felt the effects of three hard runs over 70m the day before. He lacked the same sharpness.
Caldow entered the final with the fastest time but Pusch’s and Gander’s impressive semi win suggested it might be a genuine contest to the wire.
This had an uncanny resemblance and all the hall mark of the 2005 final – a SA teenager up against three interstaters and two other more seasoned locals.
2010 v (2005)
1st: The local teenage gun with the fastest time: Caldow (Watkins)
2nd: The gun NSW backmarker with the second fastest time: Gander (Burgess)
3rd: The Victorian amateur based runner having his first start in a big final: Pusch (Flowers)
The SA frontmarker trained by a former Bay Sheff winner: Gross (Letton)
The SA runner in the mid-marks making up the numbers: James (Jervis-Bardy)
The experienced NSW/QLD backmarker: Hankin (Allan)
2010 BAY SHEFFIELD FINAL
Red - Liam Gander, NSW (3.25)
White – Richard Hankin, NSW (6.25)
Blue – Robbie James, SA (6.50)
Yellow – Jordan Caldow, SA (6.75)
Green – Corwin Pusch, VIC (7.75)
Black – David Gross (10.75)
A big crowd assembled around Colley Reserve for the final of the 124th Bay Sheffield. The big question was could the kid from the local surf club who only started running 12 months ago hold off some very seasoned and race hardened pro’s.
As the starter requested the athletes walk to the blocks, Caldow looked nervous while Pusch in the adjacent lane looked like he was enjoying the moment.
The gun went and while we all knew James would grab Caldow early, we didn’t expect it to be so brief. Caldow held Robbie only allowing the margin to be a few inches before he got into stride and soon took back the advantage. Pusch was storming up to Gross while Gander got another blistering start and soon had Hankin covered and was now after James and Caldow. Mid race and the yellow silk of Caldow was looming large as he drew near Pusch. At the 90m mark Caldow was now with Gross while Robbie James seemed to be near enough to Pusch to challenge for 3rd. Gander was charging up the inside and with the rate he was going it was obvious he had emerged as Caldow’s main danger. In the shadows of the finishing gates, Caldow had broken clear with Gander about a half metre away but unable to make up the last piece of ground to take the race to a photo finish. Pusch held third while Gross fought back courageously to grab 4th ahead of James with Hankin unable to reproduce his semi run, finishing in 6th spot.
Outstanding win by young Caldow in the second fastest time by a SA athlete since 1941. With what was probably the equivalent of a 10.7e 100m run, he basically exceeded anything he had run this summer and like Watkins in 2005, got faster with each run, basically putting it beyond the opposition.
You could not be more impressed by a coaching and managing performance than that performed by Caldow's mentor, Pete Burdett. The whole prep was brilliantly managed. From the gift win at Port Adelaide in October to get a feel for where he was at; to the All Schools run of 10.83; to the U/20’s 120m at the Pre-Bay where he ran 2nd off 2.0m in 12.79; to the Keith Patching Memorial 70m win at Glenelg; the whole prep went with precision and was basically flawless. Great team effort and well-deserved.
Liam Gander was very stiff to run 12.19 off 3.25m and get beat at Colley Reserve. But he ran into a sensational athlete, who hopefully we will be privileged to enjoy watching for many years to come.
Corwin Pusch – exciting to watch and hopefully we see more of him on the pro-running circuit.
David Gross – fantastic run in the final and can look ahead to future big Gifts (including Burnie in five days’ time) with a lot of confidence.
Robbie James – worked bloody hard to overcome his flat & stale state from 5 weeks ago. Has had a very good prep and delivered his best run of the season when it counted.
Richard Hankin – Despite what was probably a disappointing run in the final, he must be pleased to have made the Bay Sheff final after suffering a loss in the heat. Adds another major Gift silk to his Stawell Gift one from 2008.
For a fron on replay of the race see the following ABC link: