Bunbartha cycling prodigy Jay Castles earned himself a couple of days rest with another state medal at the Victorian Track Championships in Melbourne on Sunday.By Marc McGowan
Bunbartha cycling prodigy Jay Castles earned himself a couple of days rest with another state medal at the Victorian Track Championships in Melbourne on Sunday.
Castles, 16, was back competing just a week after his breakthrough Oceania keirin title in South Australia.
This time the Shepparton Cycling Club member contested the sprint against a bumper under-19 men’s field.
Castles set a new personal-best time of 11.1
Colac 17-year-old Zac Shaw, this year’s junior world champion in the 1
Castles claimed the bronze medal with consecutive heat wins against Bendigo’s Braeden Dean.
‘‘I’m really happy. I did some of the best races I’ve ever done against Tom and came close to beating him a couple of times,’’ Castles said.
‘‘We nearly crashed in the second heat, but we didn’t protest because it was both our fault.
‘‘My main goal was to get in the state team and I’ve done that.’’
Castles said the atmosphere at Victorian Track Championships failed to match the Oceania Track Championships.
‘‘There was hardly anyone there compared to the Oceanias and it didn’t feel like a state championships — it was really relaxed,’’ he said.
‘‘I had come from this really big high at the Oceanias with heaps of people, then came back and there were 12 people entered for the sprint.
‘‘It was a bit (hard at first), but after the first qualifying and heat it was all right.’’
Castles said a sub-11
‘‘I will be going up a gear soon, so I’m hoping to go under 11 then, but when you go up a gear you need to be able to push it and keep your old speed, so I’ll have to get used to it,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ll have a few days off the bike now, because I’m pretty tired from the Oceanias and states.’’
Castles will contest the keirin on Saturday when the Victorian Track Championships continues.
He thanked his sponsors, including Scott Peoples Foundation, for their support.
About 3000 people made their way to Tatura for a day of fun and fashion at yesterday's Italian Plate Festival race meet.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
Led by captain Mark Peterson and opening bowler Keith Chalmers, Echuca South earned a comfortable win against Cooma.
Three Goornong Fire Brigade firefighters recently completed a CFA course on safety surrounding urban firefighting and using breathing apparatuses.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Residents urged to renew fruit fly baits to support local orchards.
A Korean company has a proposal with the NSW Government to built a $90 million ethanol plant in Deniliquin.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.