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April 2017
Stawell Gift

Stawell Gift

Official Supporters Club Stawell Frontmarkers’ 1600m A past 800m winner at Stawell, Chris Dixon (300m) had the race sewed up before he stepped foot on the track, taking less than 200m to shoot confidently to the front of the race, the position he would hold until he eventually broke the tape. Dixon only increased his lead as the race progressed, leaving heavy favourite Craig Harris (190m) to settle for second, Matthew Bateman (290m) third. Stawell Gift Hall of Fame Backmarkers’...
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Ringwood

Ringwood

70m Open Kristerfer Kardakovski (6m) took a well-deserved win, his first in the open category after a consistent season including several podium finishes and a Restricted victory. Kardakovski finished in 7.57s, ahead of Rhys Gillson (6m) and Tim Rooke (4.5m). 70 Under 20 Lachlan Coulson (14m) set the fastest heat time first up in heat 1, but it was Nicholas Antonio (10m) who was able to slash the most time off his heat run to edge ahead in the last 10m and collect his first sash. 100...
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March 2017
Ararat Gift

Ararat Gift

Dr Ian Matthews’ Memorial 1600m Open Justine White (400m) set the pace early, having broken away from the rest of the limit markers. A good clip from the beginning was essential for the front markers, as a small group of athletes from further back, comprised of Jordan Walker (130m), James Deane (120m) and Jeremy Weeks (115m), swept through the field. Weeks led Deane down the back straight for the final time, the pair having broken away slightly from Walker. With 100m to go they moved pa...
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Yarra Ranges

Yarra Ranges

Dual Heating and Air Conditioning Restricted 1600m It was a barnstorming win for Paul Brooks (310m), after he reeled in front marker Leah Macdonald (330m) and never looked back, running away to win by half the straight from Samuel Anderson (140m). Open 70m Cam Dunbar (5.25m) won semi 1, in a time marginally quicker than semi 2, taken out by fastest heat winner and last week’s 70m winner Taylah Perry (12.25m). The backmarkers stormed through the field in the final, none quicker ...
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Euroa

Euroa

Burtons Supa IGA 70m Open Peter Biggs and Stephanie Richards won semi 1 and 2 respectively, both from the mark of 11.75m. Lining up together for the first time that day, Richards was able to edge away from Biggs slightly as they neared the finishing gates, and she survived a late challenge from Tim Rosen (8.75m) to win in 7.55s. Burls Transport & RW & KA Newnhams 550m Open After breaking in his heat and only managing third, David Page (56m) scraped through to the final as a f...
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February 2017
Geelong Gift

Geelong Gift

Angling Adventures 70m Open Fastest semi winner Taylah Perry (12.75m) set out after outmarker and St Albans 70m winner Karlee Bailey (14m), with Julian Fawcett (11m) hot on her tail. Craig Mair (8.25m) worked past Peter Biggs (11.75m) into third, but Perry and Fawcett were the standouts all day and they went to the line again, with Perry edging out Fawcett in 7.59s. Gulli’s Track Squad 100m Masters David Polichovski (11m) set the fastest heat time, slightly ahead of Julian Fawcett...
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Stonnington Gift

Stonnington Gift

Bendigo Bank Stonnington 100m Open Gift Nathan Riali (2.5m), one of the most consistent athletes of the season, took out semi 1, but his time was soon bettered by several athletes of semi 2, won by Nicholas Repalust (6.25m). Michael Voumard (8.25m) scored the auto qualifier by winning semi 3, and was joined by the three fastest times from semi 2. In the final Repalust hit the front three quarters of the way down the track, passing Cam Dunbar (7m) and then Voumard (8.25m). Riali caught the ...
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Ballarat

Ballarat

‘Gill Hills Memorial’ Hills Family 800m Open The back six athletes in the final were separated by only 16 metres, and they used this to their advantage. Lonain Burnett (58m) led the train back to Matt Grant (42m) through the bell, working together with their sights set on leader Martine Beer (182m). Burnett held his lead of the backmarkers as they chased down Beer in the straight, while Mark Andrews (56m) and Dylan Moore (50m) both came home hard, but couldn’t come over the ...
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Avondale Heights

Avondale Heights

70m Don Furness Luke Eckford (3.75m) progressed through the rounds as fastest heat winner and then fastest semi-final winner. It was the same story in the final; Eckford stormed away in the blue to win clearly from Thomas Moloney (3.25m) and 70m Open winner Mason Keast (5.5m). 70m Open Karly Tafft (15.75m) had run the fastest time leading into the final, but fellow semi-final winner Mason Keast (7m) went to another level in the final. Keast levelled with Tafft early and stormed away, st...
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Trinity Gift

Trinity Gift

First Point Group 70m Open Fastest heat winner Mason Keast (7.25m) looked a cut above the rest of the field and produced three very consistent runs to dip under the 7.7s mark each time, culminating in him securing the first sash of the day. 120m Women’s Gift The athletes posted fairly even times in the heats, and still no real favourite emerged in the semi-finals. Jody Richards (13m) pinched semi 1 narrowly from Michelle Young (16m) and Dani Pike (13m), while Laura Downie (8.25m) ...
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