It was an action packed night at Hisense Arena in Melbourne with some excellent performances.
There were plenty of events on the calendar tonight at Hisense Arena, Melbourne for the Revolution Carnival. Highlighting the night which was the final event on the program was the 112th Urban St.Kilda Hotel Austral Wheelrace which was won by Ben Sanders. Darren Rodgers and Jaron Gardiner rounded out the podium in an action packed race. For Sanders, this was a sweet victory with his father, David, taking the event in 1978 off a 50 metre handicap.
Full Austral Report Here
The other events were tight with some excellent performances and made for brilliant viewing.
Brennan IT Sprint - Mens
Australian up and coming champion Shane Perkins came into the night as favourite to take out the sprint but there were challenges from other Australian’s in Jason Niblett, Daniel Ellis and Scott Sunderland and Malaysian Josiah Ng. Jason Niblett, Shane Perkins, Daniel Ellis and Scott Sunderland won their rounds. Ng had a close win over Massie and Malaysian tough man Azizal Awang beat compatriot Junaidi Nasir in his heat and comfortably went through to the semi finals.
Heading into the semi finals, Perkins was up against Ellis and Ng. Ellis lead home and got the break, Perkins couldn’t catch them and Ng was sitting comfortably and overpowered Ellis on the line. In the second Semi Final, Niblett was up against Awang and Sunderland. Niblett took the lead with Sunderland on his wheel but Sunderland didn’t have enough to pass Niblett as Niblett took the win ahead of Awang and Sunderland. American Giddeon Massie and Kiwi Sam Webster won their consolation heats.
The final showdown was between Malaysian champion Josiah Ng and Australian Jason Niblett. It was text book cat and mouse as the pace was extremely slow with Ng looking over his shoulder leading his rival out. Niblett used the top of the track to try and get a good kick and overpower Ng and on the final lap Ng had a slight lead and Niblett overtook him. Ng stayed on the inside and on the final corner edged clear and won the final. It was a solid win from the Malaysian.
The consolation final was between Giddeon Massie and Sam Webster. Massie led Webster out and again the pace was extremely slow as both riders wanted to get an advantage over the other. Massie led him out by a few bike lengths on the final lap and despite Webster drawing close, he just didn’t have enough to beat the tall, strong American.
The Sprint Derby for third was between Shane Perkins, Azizal Awang, Scott Sunderland and Daniel Ellis. Perkins showed his toughness winning a close final over Sunderland and Awang.
The Shape Group Points Race
Jack Bobridge, World Points Race Champion Cameron Meyer and his brother Travis, Luke Durbridge, dual Olympic Gold Medalist Graeme Brown and New Zealand’s Tom Scully headlined the strong field in the points race. Jack Bobridge and Travis Meyer were prominent early with Tom Scully on their wheels. Despite a late attack by Cameron Meyer to try and claim victory, he couldn’t lap the field and at that stage, with only the final sprint to come, Bobridge was on 14 points leading Meyer by two points. The final sprint arrived and Bobridge attacked to take the win on 20 points ahead of Brown and Meyer second and third respectively on 12 points.
Clipsal Elite Women Keirin.
Anna Meares was favourite to take out the Keirin with Kaarle McCulloch, Fatehah Mustapa, Liz Georgouras and Annette Edmonson her rivals. Meares took the lead ahead of the bell lap with McCulloch on her wheel but Meares showed her experience and mental toughness to outlast her Australian rival who tried but couldn’t get around Meares on the final lap. In third place was Australian Annette Edmonson.
TESCHNER Future Stars Dash/Points Race/Scratch Race
The TESCHNER Future Stars races featured Women’s Under 17’s and Men’s Under 17’s races and is a good chance for the young riders to share the velodrome with the more experienced cyclists.
Imogen Jelbart won the Kilo dash ahead of Caitlin Ward and Rachel van Zetan. In the men’s double kilo dash, Alex Morgan made a bold move attacking with a lap and a half to go. Evan Hull and Jack Cummings reacted but were behind by more than 10 bike lengths and heading into the back straight it looked like that Morgan was going to hold on but Hull and Cummings working well together and drew closer and Hull overpowered Morgan in the closing metres to win. Cummings was third.
The Junior Boys Under 17 points race was a tough, thrilling and brutal affair and it was between Jack Cummings and Evan Hull virtually the whole way taking the lead on and off each other. Cummings got the better of his rival and won on 10 points but only just as Hull finished on nine and Alex Morgan finished third on two points.
The Junior Girls Under 17 scratch race was the last junior event on the program. It was a tight and furious final lap but it was Imogen Jelbart taking the win ahead of Caitlin Ward and Antonia Abbisogni.
2XU Women’s Sprint
Anna Meares again was a favourite to take out this event and she was half way there comfortably going through to the final beating Malaysian Fatehah Mustapa. In the second heat young Australian cyclist Kaarle McCulloch comfortably beat Emily Rosemond drawing a showdown with Anna Meares in the final.
Before the final showdown between the Australian’s, the consolation sprint was on between Annette Edmonson and Malaysian Fatehah Mustapa. Edmonson led out on the final lap and despite Mustapa trying ever so hard to reach her, she didn’t have the legs with Edmonson held on to take third place.
The applause was sound as Meares and McCulloch took the start for the final showdown. Meares led off and as she always does, looked across and gave her younger rival a determined and fearful look. McCulloch stayed at the top of the track and at the start of the second lap went to the inside to try and unsettle Meares a bit but went back to the top of the track. At the end of the back straight on the corner to get the bell lap, McCulloch attacked and immediately had a three bike length lead over Meares. But Meares, as she always does remained cool, calm and collected and overpowered her rival heading around to the final turn and showed her experience claiming a solid win.
Urban St.Kilda Hotel Motorpace
Scott Law from the New South Wales Institute of Sport took out a grueling motorpace event beating Michael Freiberg and Peter Loft. It was a hard battle as there were plenty of attacks but Law stayed firm (pardon the pun) in the pack and took a sensational win.
SRAM Australia v New Zealand 4-up Madison 3000m Pursuit
The Tasman battle was on between New Zealand and Australia. The New Zealand team featured Tom Scully, Shane Archbold, Hayden Godfrey and Myron Simpson. The Australian team had dual Olympic gold medalist Graeme Brown, Cameron Meyer, Glen O’Shea and Jack Bobridge.
New Zealand took an early lead with Simpson flying off from the outset giving them a good lead against Bobridge. The changes are vital in a race like this and when Brown took the track for the second time for Australia, the Australian’s drew level. Throughout the middle stages of the race, it was neck and neck and there was nothing between the two teams. Australia drew clear eventually but in the final few laps when 19 year old Tom Scully took the track he drew New Zealand level and Simpson brought them home and they won a very close contest.
Brennan IT Mens Keirin
The qualifying rounds of the Keirin got underway first with heat one featuring a strong lineup. Shane Perkins, Daniel Ellis, Josiah Ng and Giddeon Massie headlined the field with Alex Bird and Gary Ryan the other two. Ng, however proved too strong winning ahead of Ryan and Massie. In the second qualifying event, Azizal Awang, Scott Sunderland, Joel Leonard, Sam Webster and Hafiz Sufian faced off. Awang, Sunderland and Webster were the favourites to go through and Awang won the heat ahead of Sunderland and Webster.
The final came around and the field featured American champion Giddeon Massie, Kiwi Sam Webster, Malaysian champion Josiah Ng, Gary Ryan of Australia, Azizal Awang (Malaysia) and strong Australian Scott Sunderland. It was a tight tussle between Ng, Awang and Sunderland and in the end despite a close race on the last lap, it was the Malaysian duo who were too strong with Awang winning ahead of Ng and Sunderland.
Quickform Homes Point Score Elimination
Tom Scully, Cameron Meyer and Graeme Brown headlined this field. Early on it was Australian young gun Glen O’Shea and Kiwi Tom Scully that got ahead to early leads winning the first two sprints respectively. Graeme Brown and Cameron Meyer were always not that far away. Half way through the event World Points Race Champion Meyer took the lead on six points with Bobridge, O’Shea and Scully all on five points.
The next sprint, Meyer took advantage winning ahead of Bobridge and held a slender three point lead over Bobridge with both riders on 11 and 8 points respectively. O’Shea took the next sprint drawing him closer to Meyer. With only a few laps to go, Meyer had the lead on 13 points and O’Shea on 11. Bobridge was sitting third on 8 and the final sprint was ever so important with O’Shea was on 4th wheel trying to take the lead off Meyer. He tried hard but couldn’t get to the lead as Bobridge and Scully had a tight tussle to take the final line honours and Bobridge took it and finished second overall giving the win to Cameron Meyer. Glen O’Shea finished in third position.
2XU Invitational Keirin (Women v Men Under 19
Other than the Austral, this had to be the next highlighted event of the night. Three young riders in Maddison Hammond, Jaron Gardiner and Aaron Cooper having the chance to race against Anna Meares, Kaarle McCulloch and Emily Rosemond. The three young riders made most of their experience riding against Anna Meares leading the field over the first few laps as Meares was in second last position biding her time for the more important laps.
On the final lap, Hammond was leading them home, Meares tried to take the inside but couldn’t get through and in the end it was Maddison Hammond taking the win ahead of Jaron Gardiner and Aaron Cooper. The three boys outlasted their experienced rivals in a performance they will cherish for quite a while.
McIvor Contractors 3rd Junior Austral Wheelrace
It was a tight battle but Emerson Harwood took the win ahead of Liam White and Brae Mapson.
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