Illawarra Track Carnival – report by Steve Dole

With near perfect weather on Saturday our track open carnival only needed our riders to perform well to make it a great day for the club and from young to old they did not disappoint, with many great results through the day.
In the junior carnival Gabriel had a great day taking a couple of wins including the wheel race and is developing into a great little rider. Amelia Martin continues to improve and put some solid efforts in the 13 girls. Our junior girls Emily and Sarah rode well in the 15’s with Emily in the mix and Sarah taking some wins including……the wheel race. A Notable effort from Sarah was following the motorbike in the kierin all the way onto to grass and still managing to get 2nd.
Our junior boys were fantastic with Ryan and Tane winning all in events between them and Ryan winning the wheel race, a first for him and the trend was well truly developing. Curtis was in the mix and put in some good rides against the bigger boys.
In the senior carnival we had a good spread of riders across all grades and the results were outstanding.
In the 17 women Tahlia made a clean sweep of all the races and Amelia Trkulja was hot on her heels through the night. In the open women Catt, Shari and Chloe performed well and the Heffos took a couple of wins between them. In the men’s grades our riders had some great results most notably was Jarod Williams in the A grade kierin against some high quality opposition. With all the minor races out of the way attention turned to the feature events the open men’s and women wheel races. In the women it was great to see 2 sets of sisters in the race the Heffernans and the Wallaces from St George. With a very tired Chloe on scratch it was up to Shari and Tahlia to go after the field and after a great start that they did. With Amelia and Catt up the front putting the pace on it was important the chase group got their act together they did well to catch the front markers with a lap and half to go. Just after the bell Tahlia jumped clear of the group and mange to hold of the fast finishing St George girls for the win.
In the men’s race it was anyone’s for the taking with the scratch markers eliminated in the heats it was all the middle markers turning it in to a scratch race. With Luke Jarod and Merrick all starting together they were quickly able to form a group and reel in the out markers. Coming to the bell it was Luke Britten who showed a surprising burst of speed to hold off Jarod for a great win and making it a double for the club.
Apologies if i have missed anything.
Well done to all involved for a fantastic carnival

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