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THE annual Gippsland Three
Day Tour between Warragul,
Latrobe, Bairnsdale, Wel-
lington and Leongatha Clubs
was held over the Queen’s
Birthday long weekend with
11 Leongatha riders compet-
ing in the four stages over the
There were four grades with 14 rid-
Grade and eight in D Grade. On Mon-
day the Leongatha Cycling Club hosted
the stage four with only 41 riders still
left in the event to tackle the tough the
The winners of the Leongatha stage
were Cyrus Monk (non-Gippsland) win-
ning A Grade with Brett Franklin (Leon-
gatha) second and Austin Timmins (Le-
In B Grade Latrobe Club riders
cleaned up the first three places with Ja-
son Strickland winning from Col Aitken
and Jim Timmer-Arends.
C Grade was won by Jimmy Lalor
(Warragul) with Lochie Mushet (non-
Gippsland) second and Oliver McLean
In D Grade, Warragul riders filled the
first three places with Duane McDonald
winning from Daniel Bishop and Mariah
The Leongatha riders who acquit-
ted themselves well over the three days
of racing were Brett Franklin finishing
second in the A Grade general classifica-
tion points, whilst Austin Timmins was
In C Grade Oliver McLean finished
second on the general classification
MID Gippsland football and
netball competitions resume
this Saturday following last
weekend’s Queen’s Birthday
Mirboo North’s Senior footy side is
fourth on the ladder and will attempt to
pull the reins on reigning premier, Yin-
nar, at Tigerland.
Both sides have won six of their
eight matches this season, with the
mighty Tigers ahead of the Magpies on
As always, the higher the percentage
of kicks and handballs passing the ac-
curacy test and the less free kicks given
away, the better the chances of victory.
Although Yinnar has lost a significant
number of its 2015 premiership playing
group, its new look team has a healthy
combination of promising youngsters
and experienced talent.
Jacob Mowat, Daniel Webster, Dan-
iel Schneider and Dane Hicks have all
been in recent red hot form for the Mag-
Unfortunately, Mirboo North is
without star rover, Jack Robertson and
clever small forward, Jesse Giardina, for
the remainder of the year.
Robertson is scheduled to have major
knee surgery and Giardina’s leg was bro-
ken in a workplace accident last week.
In Giardina’s absence around the
goal mouth, Mirboo North’s playing
coach Clancy Bennett, will be looking
for exemplary delivery to key forwards
Zac Kilgower and Kris Berchtold from
the Tigers’ running brigade of Josh Tay-
lor, Damien Turner and Dom Pinneri.
Supporters from both clubs will want
to see resolute defence, hard running
through the midfield and the selection
of correct options inside their respective
In the end, the team with the better
work rate, where skills, initiative and
adaptability lead to purpose, confidence
and direction, will win the game.
Tigers looking for seven
On the road: A Grade riders headed out of Leongatha on two laps of
the Mardan circuit on Monday for stage four of the annual Gippsland
Three Day Tour.
Tough circuit sorts riders
Ready: from left, Phil Hanley, Austin Tim-
mins, Brett Franklin, Gavin Slavin, Steve
Allen, Thomas McFarlane, Oliver McLean,
Harrison McLean and David McFarlane be-
fore the start of stage four of the Gippsland
Three Day Tour at Leongatha on Monday.
LEONGATHA’S rising star athletes are
campaigning for a running track to be
installed at the Leongatha Velodrome.
Little Athletics member Aleisha Wrigley is lobby-
ing to get the ball rolling on the project which would
benefit the club’s 180 members.
“We really want to get a campaign started so we
can have our own track to train on. At the moment we
have to travel over an hour to use the nearest track and
it would be great to have our own,” she said.
“We share the oval at the Velodrome with the foot-
ball club at the moment. When we run 200m sprints we
have to run in a zigzag to avoid the massive potholes
on the field.”
Another young athlete, Autumn Crimp, also shared
her concern for the oval’s dangerous conditions.
“Our season starts when football finishes. The
ground condition is nearly not safe to compete on.
There are many ruts over the track which runners can
Track talk: members of the Leongatha Little Athletics are building a campaign to install a
running track on the premises at Leongatha velodrome.
Plans to make tracks
stumble into and roll ankles,” she said.
“To put it in perspective, it is like having a swim-
ming competition in a wading pool, or playing netball
on two thirds of a court.”
Little Athletics parents put hours of preparation into
setting up the velodrome for regional competitions.
With no permanent fixtures, the club has to set up and
pull down all of its equipment at every meet.
“This is something you do not see at standard sized
tracks,” Autumn said.
“Our own facility with a proper sized track would
benefit so many people, especially if it were to be made
with synthetic materials.”
“Schools could use it, we could run regional events
on it and it would bring athletes and other clubs here
which would create revenue for the town.”
The club believes track’s installation would also
benefit members who would no longer commute to Mel-
bourne to use tracks and would encourage youth in the
area to stay active, with Little Athletics training year
round in rain, hail and shine.
“South Coast Athletics would also be able to hold
meets in Leongatha and it would encourage current
young athletes to continue their training into senior ath-
letics groups,” Autumn said.
“Our main wish first off is just to have a full sized
track to run, throw, walk and jump on which we can call
‘The Home of Leongatha Little Athletics’.”
Leongatha Little Athletics Club president Geoff
Russell said he has long sought to have a track installed
at the velodrome and is thrilled to see young athletes
taking up the campaign.
“I have been with the club for 12 years and we have
always looked to get our own track,” he said.
“As a club we have produced two international ath-
letes and we should have a space that is in a good condi-
tion for them to train on.”
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