Andrea DiPaolo Handicap: (6.75) Coach: Paul Young Unofficial Odds: $4
31-year old who had never won a race until she stormed around the track at Reynella to win the 300m. Since then she has won two more races at Marion (300m) and the Womens 400m Classic at Camden. Despite fantastic credentials, she is yet to win a straight sprint event and gets her chance here. She was in the 120m Women’s Bay Sheffield final and recently finished 2nd at Marion over 120m. Is a short-price favourite to finally win her first sash a race ‘up the middle’.
Jana Tankosic (9.25) Self-Trained $17
Well performed pole vault specialist (3.60m) who is running more regularly with the SAAL than she has in previous years. Yet to win a race with SAAL but certainly has the ability to win in the near future. With the concentration on her pole vault probably not running quite as well as she would like, but if in best sprint shape would frighten a few.
Lisa Berrington (9.50) Luke Hildyard $21
17 year old novice athlete in her first year with the SAAL. Promising debut at Port Adelaide where she ran 3rd in her heat (15.23 off 7.50) then backed it up with another reasonable run beating 4 home at Flinders over 70m (9.52 off 5.00). Last start she was a long way back in her heat at Camden on February 6th (16.96s off 8.50). Yet to make a final, but has promise and will look forward to gaining more experience here.
Jessica Meich (9.50) Debbie Meich $26
Like Jana Tankosic, another field event athlete – this time a long jumper who is enjoying her first year with the SAAL. Has run regularly each week and demonstrated steady progress along the way.
Wasn’t too bad at Camden, beaten in the heat by the eventual winner. (16.01 off 9.50). Going to take some time and would be a quantum leap to advance to a final here.
Hayley Openshaw (10.75) Luke Hildyard $6
Very good beach sprinter who keeps bobbing up every now and then. Eye catching run at Camden on February 6th, running 2nd in the 120m final to Emma Freer (14.98 off 10.75). Did beat Emma Freer in the heat at the Bay Sheffield, running 3rd and just missing a semi final berth. (14.59 off 10.25). Getting closer and is destined to win soon and when she does, I’m sure a few more will follow.
Ali Trewartha (11.75) Steve Butler $10
Enjoyed a great start to the season, winning four sashes including 120m women’s events at Port Adelaide and Whyalla. Was very close to pulling off an upset at the Women’s Bay Sheffield where she narrowly lost to her stablemate Tamara Dartnall (13.75 off 14.75). The penalties for her early wins has brought her back to the pack but she did go reasonaby well at Marion, just missing the final. Outside chance only.
Dominique Edwards (21.00) Gary Thompson $66
Made her first 120m final at Camden but was a long way back in the final (16.22 off 20.00). Only had one start for the whole season in 2009/2010, running at Tea Tree Gully over 200m. Before Camden, ran 8th in her heat off 18.00m at Marion. Last week was a long way back again at Keilor. Prefer in something easier.
Heat 1 Assessment
Women’s Camden Classic winner DiPaolo has been in top form all season and looks a red hot favourite in this heat. Hayley Openshaw should grab the important second place and edge out Ali Trewartha - the only other runner in the heat with genuine 120m form.
Tips: 1 DiPaolo – 2 Openshaw – 3 Trewartha.
Emma Freer (6.25) Steve Butler $5
Accomplished junior who ran a quick 12.18 for 100m at the state championships in March 2010 but has not yet replicated that form this season. If she did, she would win this race easily. After a slow start, has gradullay improved through the season, culminating with a win in the Camden 120m last start (14.89 off 7.00m). Should be better again and despite the penalty is a huge chance for another win.
Cloe Neophytou (8.25) Idika Uduma $41
First year athlete, training with dual Stawell Gift placegetter, Idika Uduma. Finished last on debut in her heat at the Women’s Bay Sheffield. (15.35 off 7.50). Recently ran 29.11 for 200m out at Enfield. Hasn’t run much this season and when she has, her times are not within the realms of what would be needed to be competitive.
Ellie Meich (9.50) Sharon Ward $26
Promising triple/long jumper who was recently selected in the SA team for the junior nationals in March. Has a best time of 13.70 for 100m (6/2/2010) and 28.42 for 200m (6/03/2010) recorded last season. Concentrating on her jumping so has rarely run with the SAAL this season and is yet to make a final. Another going along for the experience.
Nichola Coomb (11.00) Luke Hildyard $41
One of several first year runners with the Luke Hildyard led South Coast stable based at Glenelg. Was a fair way back at Marion finishing 7th in her heat (15.95 off 10.00) before having a similar result at Camden (16.44 off 11.00). Still finding her way and will need time.
Zoe Kennedy (12.00) Sharon Ward $9
Twice, runner-up in the women’s Bay Sheffield (2008 & 2009) and 5th in this final in 2009. Has made two finals recently in Victoria including the 120m at Rye. (5th in 14.47 off 11.75) . Ran 4th in the women’s 120m at Camden (15.07 off 11.75) after only managing 4th in her Marion women’s 120m heat. Camden form was better and with another 3 weeks to prepare is one of the main chances.
Lauren Buchanan (12.50) Luke Hildyard $10
Enjoyed a very productive second half of the 2008/2009 season winning four races including the women’s 120m races at Camden ( 14.60 off 12.50) and Flagstaff Hill (14.04 off 12.00). Had the 2009/2010 season off and returned this year. So far hasn’t been able to recapture the form of 2 years ago. Ran 15.33 off 12.00m for 5th at Camden behind Freer Openshaw and Kennedy. Ran 2nd in this race in 2009 off 12.00 and is 0.50 better off, so just needs to find form and she’s in with a big chance.
Anthea Kotyla (13.25) Frank McHugh $66
Enjoyed a very good second half to the season in 2008/2009 making several finals including a win over 120m at Marion (14.44 off 13.75) 2nd in the Marion 300m and 3rd over 120m at Camden. Since then has struggled to make a final and recently returned to running this season after a couple of coaching changes. Was a long way back in her heat at Marion In January and appears to lack the fitness she had 2 years ago.
Heat 2 Assessment
Good heat with three genuine chances for the final. Freer is the logical favourite with both Kennedy and Buchanan not far behind. Freer is improving each meet and should win the heat but she won’t have it all her own way. Kennedy should continue on from Camden and hold out Buachanan for 2nd and advance to the final.
Tips: 1 Freer – 2 Kennedy – 3 Buchanan.
Tamara Dartnall (4.00) Steve Butler $16
Enjoyed a stellar first half of the season winning both the Mt Gambier 120m and the Women’s Bay Sheffield. Also won a 300m at Whyalla and the Flinders 70m. The penalties for the wins have made it difficult for her to continue the run of success. Can definitely make the final from this heat but would need to improve a bit to win the final.
Abbey Dunn (7.00) Self-Trained $16
Won the 120m women at Mt Gambier in 2007 then soon after headed over to Victoria for work. Came back early last year and won the women’s 400m at Daylesford in January 2010. Has had a relatively quiet season so far and was 4th in her heat at Marion (15.58 off 7.00). Most recent win was the unofficial women’s nude gift run at midnight on Bay Sheffield night. Coincidentally received a marriage proposal a few weeks later. Nothing to do with her form or chances, just thought it was worth mentioning.
Amy Robb (11.00) Steve Butler $6
Versatile athlete who is relatively competitive in all events up to 550m. Won the 70m at the Bay Sheffield carnival before finishing 4th in the women’s Bay Sheffield. Has won the Loxton women’s 120m twice before – 2005 (14.09 off 13.75) and 2007 (13.93 off 13.75). Also won the Loxton 300m in in 2005. After a solid win at Marion in January (14.71 off 11.75) is primed to be in the mix here. Big chance.
Gina Chuang (11.75) Debbie Meich $31
First year athlete who was fortunate enough to make the women’s 120m final at Camden following several scratchings in her heat. (15.74 off 11.00). Finished 7m away in the final but will be better for the experience and not the worst.
Lucy Buckley (12.25) Paul Young $12
2010 Loxton women’s 120m and 300m winner and won the Loxton athlete of the meet. Outstanding 2009/2010 season culminating in winning the SAAL’s athlete of the season. Hasn’t had anywhere near the impact this year but continues to front up and have a crack each week. Was 3rd in her heat at Marion to favourites Robb and Freer who have both won races since. Is a chance to make the final again.
Lesley Tompson (14.50) John Turner $21
Back in the sport after a 10 year break, training with the newly established Hectorville squad. Won the Tea Tree Gully 200m off a more generous mark than she runs from here. Was 5th in her Marion 120m heat (15.25 off 14.00) before running 6th in the 120m final at Camden (15.56 off 14.00). With a lot of the Camden Classic competitors back in the 120m at Loxton, it’s hard to see her advancing from the heat.
Megan Letton (15.00) Frank McHugh $12
Started off the season solidly with a few finals including 4th at Whyalla (14.55 off 14.75) and ran within inches of knocking out Andrea DiPaolo in the Women’s Bay Sheffield semi final. (14.17 off 15.00). Then won the 400m at Maryborough (VIC) on New Year’s Day and apeared to be in for a good second half of the season. But her form has dropped away since and she only managed 5th in heat at Marion (16.02 off 15.00). Would need to recover the early season form.
Heat 3 Assessment
An open heat with at least four athletes with a chance to advance to the final. Dual Loxton winner Amy Robb is the logical favourite after winning at Marion. A couple of good chances out the front in Lucy Buckley and Megan Letton.
Tips: 1 Robb – 2 Buckley – 3 Letton