Category Archives: 2010/11 Gift Results

Buzz Matthews takes out Black Opal

Brendan Matthews running off 16m showed the benefit of a great winter base to storm to victory in the prestigious Bendigo Black Opal 400m Gift.

The 2 time Stawell Gift finalist look fantastic through the heat and semi final and starting from the second back mark in the Final.

This is the first Black Opal for the MattyB DEPT. with Tom Burbidge going close 3 years ago finishing 2nd. to Matt Grant.

He will now focus on running the 400m at the Open Nationals in April.

Jaryd Cowley also made it through to the semi final of the Gift.

Final Footage.

2011 Lithgow Flash Gift Results

Perfect weather ensured some wonderful results at the Lithgow Gift for the MattyB DEPT.

Today signified the return to form of 2 runners in the squad Brandan Galic and Jaryd Cowley. Both Men made the finish with Brandan 3rd and Jaryd 4th in the final won by Dan Sammut.

Brandan then went on to win the Invitation 120m Backmarkers from a mark off 1.25m beating training partners Brendan Matthews (0.5m) and Lauren Boden (11.5m)

Jaryd also wasn’t finished producing a barnstorming finish off 19m to take victory in the 300m. Luke Storta made it a 1-2 final for the squad with Tarin Nevin and Jesse Matthews also in the final.

In the Women’s Lithgow Flash Gift Kylie Newton took out the $7000 first prize cheque from Christine Wearne (6.25m). Lauren Boden ran extremely well from the backmark of 2.25m to finish 6th with Rachael Carnegie also running well to make the final and finish 8th.

Other results included Stephen Sheppard 2nd in the 70m Final and Michael Rutter 8th in the Novice/ Vets 120m Final.

Footage of the Finals is available in Gift Races