Jim not sure if you were there last night but it was a straight Final so congratulations to all the girls who made the final and especially to those who turned up to support the event, not sure why 5 the finalist from Parkdale didn't turn up again after getting so close
It was actually a better final to watch with what I thought was still 3 legitimate chances at the top of the straight, I thought when Goder took kasapis on she looked the winner about 250 out but credit to Danielle who did what Danielle does well and that is grind out that last 100 and find a way to win. Goder faded a little which helped and Kasapis remained strong to the line, signs of a Athlete in good shape.
Its hard to get to excited over an event were you have 7 girls break ceiling and half of them are not even fit YET. Must break the soul of anyone who works hard to even be competitive in this event.
Yes it was an all weather track and times are ultimately quicker but the scary thing here is that the 200, 300 & 550 which were also run here were all a second slower than what Stawell has been won in the last 2 years, so with these current crop of marks and the fact a lot of girls here are yet to peak as such the most interesting result for Stawell is how fast can they actually go. Could we see a Sub 2.00 ??
It will be interesting what the Handicapper does here after this result, an unprecedent amount of girls breaking Ceiling. And what probably makes it harder I think is that from the entries for this race I think there are another 7 who didn't run who would have potentially broken it as well. Maybe they are the smart one's here as they will more than likely be the benefactors out of this result. Shame being you actually want girls turning up and running but in this instance you move the handicaps around to get them back to ceiling 2.08 for what this race is supposed to be handicapped to or you change the rules re-handicap it to 2.05 and lift everyone. Either way you basically get the same result.
More often than not at Stawell in the distance races if you can get yourself to Ceiling you are a legitimate chance to win and I give the Handicapper the credit for this, but in this event if your best is 2.08 and you are handicapped to run 2.08 then you probably give yourself a chance to final but that is about it.
Based on the current marks and the entries I would look towards the following girls from my preamble as a winner at this stage.
Outside of these:
Meg Deane a 2.09 at Stawell last year off 58 out to 74 if fit should have these covered
Ruby Crisp did win 2018 in 2.03 of 100 now 76 and should be in her prime and more than capable of this if fit
Tamara Hamond ran a 2.02 last year off 126 off 100 she be well and truly in it
Celia Cosgriff did run a 1.58 of 128 just 2 years ago and getting fit off 100 well and truly in it
Alice Platten ran 2.10 twice at Stawell last year and lifted from 66m to 126m this has to be a winning mark
Sophie Stokes ran 2.10 in open last week off 140m has 140m this week but ran 2.04 last year off 150m
Barrow good mark no form on the board so could be a smokey but think this is tight for her
Ribera yes your previous summary regards the Stawell winner will follow a familiar pattern I suggest