The Northcote Gift
@Waverley 8th December 2013
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.
For instant results of events at VAL carnivals, follow
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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.
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
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”.
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
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 McNamara (20m) and Jason Bailey, both through to the final as
fastest losers ran the placing’s. The winner ran 48.04 and is trained by nick Fiedler.
& 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.
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
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).