Date: 17th April 2022

The favourites for the 2022 Powercor Stawell Gift and the Change Our Game Women’s Gift will face off in the semi-finals tomorrow. The pressure is on with only the semi final winners qualifying for the prestigious finals.
Sydneysider Hamish Lindstrom was the only athlete to run under 12 seconds in the semi finals off a handicap of 7.75m.  He has been drawn in race 6 with Conor Loughnan who narrowly edged out Jacob Despard in the heats and another favoured professional runner Jasper Nettlefold. Lindstrom was at $3.75 with bookmakers this afternoon.

Standout ­­­favourite with the  bookies is Melbourne’s Harrison Kerr at ­­­­$2.25. Harry, who’s mark is 9.25m is drawn in the 5th semi-final against Australia 100m national champion, Jake Doran (0.5m).

Eddie Nketia, running off scratch, will have to run down a strong heat with Endale Mekonnen as the front marker on 8.5m. Australian 200m national champion Aidan Murphy (0.75m) will have to contend with Kyle Nicolussi.  Rising superstar Calab Law will be the backmarker off 1m in semi 4 with the highly favoured Jesse McKenna off 6.25m. 

In semi final two, 2018 winner Jacob Despard will have to run down third favourite with the bookies Aidan Green (7m) and Tom Griffin out front off 9.75m.

Following her fastest time in the heats of the Change our Game Women’s Gift, Australian hurdler Danielle Shaw is the favourite with the bookmakers at $2.50. She is in the same heat (6) off 5.5m with Australian junior athlete Taylah Cruttenden running off a mark of 1.75m.

Carla Bull, a track runner from Queensland, was at $6 and goes into semi-final 5 after her narrow second fastest heat time off a 6m handicap.  In the 3rd semi will be Jessica Payne off 4.75m at $3.75 but she will have to stay ahead of national relay sprinter Mia Gross off 0.75m who will be hoping to take home the $40,000 winner’s cheque on her 21st birthday tomorrow.

Bree Masters who is running off scratch was at $8.50 and Torrie Lewis also on the scratch mark was at $17. Bree will have to run down 2021 runner up Cassandra Wang Lecoutre at $11. Torrie has Tiana Shillito as the front marker on 11m to catch.

Today, the popular 70m races saw Carla Bull take out the Stawell Athletic Club Women’s Handicap 70m and Tom Templeton the Arthur Postle Handicap 70m.

Carla was the hot favourite after the semis, taking the Stawell Athletic Club Women’s Handicap 70m in a time of 8.369s after the second fastest qualifier Lucy Carter broke and was penalised 0.5m.  Bull, a physiotherapy student from the Gold Coast is looking forward to the Change Our Game Women’s Gift tomorrow, together with coach Brett Robinson who is looking for his 5th Stawell Gift winner.

Tom Templeton, from Newcastle, won the Arthur Postle Handicap 70m in a time of 7.338s. He dedicated his win to his late grandpa who watched Tommy win the Bill Howard 100m on his grandson’s first visit to Stawell in 2009.

The Stawell Times News Under 18 Boys Handicap 100m was won by ­­Max Quinn and the SkillInvest Under 18 Girls Handicap 100m was won by Fin Fawcett. Georgia Benton took out the VAL Under 14 Handicap in a time of 12.347s.

On the circle track ­Declan Goodwin won the Carter Family Victory Restricted Handicap 1600m in a time of 4:16.531s, Emily Dalziel won the Past Runners Association Women’s and Masters’ Handicap 1600m in 4:26.272s, and Chad Ryan took out the Best’s Wines WH Earle Handicap 550m in 1:9.859s.

Easter Monday is finals day with the Change Our Game Women’s Gift Semi Finals commencing  at 12.14pm with the final at 1:50pm. The Powercor Stawell Gift Semi Finals start at 12:53pm with the final at 2:20pm.

Headlining the distance events will be AIA Vitality Invitational Women’s 1000m featuring the best Australian female middle distance runners including Olympians Linden Hall, Catriona Bisset, and Georgia Griffith taking on a stacked field including Australian 1500m National Champion Abbey Caldwell and Sarah Billings. The race will take place following the semi finals of the Powercor Stawell Gift.

Easter Monday at the Powercor Stawell Gift is broadcast live and free on Seven from 11:30am – 2:30pm AEST. All races outside of the Seven broadcast will be livestreamed on 7Plus.

Tickets for Easter Monday are available from Ticketek or at the Box Office at the gate. 

RESULTS Full results for Day 2 of the Power Stawell Gift Carnival are here

PHOTOS for Day 1 are here:
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