THEOBALD CHALLENGE at NORTONS PARK July 18 2015
The 69th staging of the Arthur Beames contest for the Mrs. A.A.Theobald Shield.
The Annual Challenge match between the Western Districts (Adelaide) club and Glenhuntly took place at Norton’s Park Glen Waverley on Saturday.
What a great day it was too. It was terrific to finally see some fine weather as well as some great racing, especially from our young competitors.
41 competitors faced the starter (TV) for the 5km race and handicap. Runners had to estimate their time for the handicap. There were 18 masters, 6 juniors (U18) and 17 open age. 12 WD district runners came across to defend the shield they won in Adelaide last year.
The race was followed by presentation of trophies and then a dinner at the Wheelers Hill Hotel; attended by about 50.
The race was won for the fourth time by junior Ben Kelly (U20) from two other juniors; Sam Toll (U18) and Will Ockenden (U17). What a great result for the future from these youngsters. Fourth was Rhydian Cowley (Open) who had just arrived home on Thursday from the World Universiade (20km walk).
Ben’s win takes him into third place for the most wins in this challenge, four times, behind club life members Keith Lyons 5 and Trevor Vincent 6.
|Male (teams of four)||Female (Teams of three)|
|Ben Kelly GHY 1
Sam Toll GHY 2
Will Ockenden GHY 3
Rhydian Cowley GHY 4
Tim Callahan WD 5
Grenville Wood WD 6
Geoff Troiano WD 7
Gaetano Aiello WD 8
|Cassie Higham GHY 1
Karinna Fyfe GHY 2
Dana Dekkers GHY 3
Beverley Moss WD 4
Lesley Rutherford WD 5
No 6th runner.
GHY 10 points GHY 6 points
WD 26 points WD 15 points
This event has a lot of history attached to it, having been first run in 1947.
Trevor Vincent has been a member of GHY teams on 21 occasions, having been first home on 6 occasions. Life Member, Keith Lyons, had a magnificent stretch of 9 first GHY member home between 1947 and 1955. Murray Edwards holds that distinction with 4 first homes for WD from 1960 -63.
WD Club President made his 19th team and is closing fast on Trevor Vincent. What can TV do? A comeback in 2016? Or encouraging more WD athletes to run to make it harder for Gaet. Time will tell.
Full results below.
|GLENHUNTLY v WESTERN DISTRICTS CHALLENGE 2015|
|GHY||1st Home||Open||Ben Kelly|
|Junior U18||Sam Toll|
|1st Home||Open||Cassie Higham|
|Junior U18||Kaitlin Barr|
|WD||1st Home||Open||Tim Callahan|
|Junior U18||Ryan Moss|