Derek Collinge today took out his biggest race of his life winning the prestigious Burramine Gift and in doing so collecting $5000 and a sash.
Previously known as a 400m runner which is the event that saw him previously take a Ringwood Gift and also make a final at Stawell and recently in the Black Opal in Bendigo today showed a dofferent side to his talent taking the feature 120m event.
Running of 9.25m Collinge finished second in his semi but nailed his start in the final and then put together a close to perfect race to cross the line in a time of 12.34 and victory by about half a metre.
Derek joined the MattyB DEPT. at the end of last season and this move was certainly justified today with this victory.
In other results Brendan Matthews finished third in the 70m event.
Derek Collinge victory in Burramine 120m Gift
Burramine Gift Squad Winnings: $5200
Yearly Squad Winnings: $25200
Total Squad Sashes for 2009/10: 14
Individual Money Winners
- Luke Storta $9280
- Derek Collinge $5090
- Ramona Casey $3740
- Lauren Boden $2220
- Stephen Sheppard $1220
- Melissa Breen $500
- Patrick Elliott $455
- Tarin Nevin $655
- MattyB $260
- Jaryd Cowley $340
- Michael Rutter $225
- Jesse Matthews $105
- Brandan Galic $90
- Tom Burbidge $65
- Kevin Matthews $40
- Brendan Matthews $30
Individual Results (money earning results only)
Grass Track, mild and conditions.
- 120m Gift – (9.25m) 1st Final ($3000)
- 70m – (4m) 3rd Final ($200)
- 120m Backmarkers – (1m) 4th Final
- 120m Backmarkers – (2m) 6th Final