1968Sunday 24th November 1968
Howard Fox won the Prahran Gift from Norman McLeod and Norm Thompson.
In wet conditions, top English middle-distance runner, Alan Simpson won the 880 yards invitation by 25 yards in 1-59.5 from John Hirst with Ted Paulin 3rd.1968 Prahran GiftHeat Winners.
H1. N McLeod (15 yds) 12.5.
H2. B Edwards (17) 12.7.
H3. M T Evans (12¾) 12.7.
H4. G R Scott (10¾) 12.9.
H5. J R Charles (11¾) 12.8.
H6. A C Dawson (14½) 12.6.
H7. B W Milligan (11½) 12.5.
H8. J R Williams (9¾) & R A Wishart (5¾) 13.0.
H9. R C Wilson (12½) 12.7.
H10. H R Fox (6¾) 12.5.
H11. M J Arnold (11½) 12.6.
H12. A T Anderson (5½) 12.6.
H13. P Zafer (15) 12.4.
H14. D F G Wilson (5½) 12.5.
H15. P McLaren (100 12.7.Semi Final Winners
SF1. N McLeod, 12.5.
SF2. A T Anderson,12.5.
SF3. A Dawson, 12.4.
SF4. N Thompson, 12.4. (Thompson qualified for semis as a best 2nd)
SF5. H Fox, 12.2. Gift Final
1. Howard Fox (6¾)
2. Norman McLeod (15)
3. Norm Thompson (9)
Winner self-trained440 Yards
1. C J Collard (28)
2. G Harrod (44)
3. J L Pryor (28)
Time: 48.3Mile Divison 1
1. R W Frost (90 yards)
2. D Niblett (135)
3. J J Toleman (60)
Time: 4-11.8.Mile Division 2
1. F E Grubb (140)
2. G Burrow (190)
3. R J McCreery (205)
Time: ????1969Sunday 23rd November 1969
Stawell Gift runner-up Geoff Willcox won the 1969 Prahran Gift off 7¼ yards.
There were 13 heats. Event backmarker was Bill Howard off scratch with Scotland’s 1968 Powderhall winner Bert Hutchison off 1½ yards.1970Sunday 22nd November 1970
Deer Park draftsman Noel Dodd won his 3rd professional race when he took out the 130yd Prahran Gift. The 35 year old self-trained athlete had previously won the 440yds at Prahran and the Broadford Gift in 1969.
Dodd, a VFA boundary umpire defeated Peter Lenz by six inches with Robert King in 3rd place.
World 130 yard record holder Bill Howard won his heat easily from scratch in 12.6, but was last in his semi-final. Howard said he had hit a hole in the track and could not stretch out properly.
The 440 yards was won by veteran Eddie Stack (42m) from George Harrod (50m) and Collingwood footballer Des Tuddenham (36m) in 48.8 secs.
The mile was split into two divisions with Des Fitzgerald (215 yds) winning the first in 4-08 and Basil Harris (170) winning the 2nd division in 4-05.1.
1970 Prahran Gift Heat Winners
H1. G Holden (8¼) 12.5.
H2. J McDonald (11¼) 12.5.
H3. R Hodge (12) 12.5.
H4. P Lenz (11½) 12.4.
H5. B Grealy (9¼) 12.6.
H6. C Hooper (12¼) 12.5.
H7. K Parker (12) 12.6.
H8. L Pascoe (15¼) 12.4.
H9. R King (9) 12.3.
H10. W Howard (Scr) 12.6.
H11. N Dodd (11¼) 12.2.
H12. J Keays (15) 12.5.
H13. H Fox (5¼) 12.4.
H14. B King (9¾) 12.4.Semi Finals
SF1. 1 J Keays , 2 R King, 12.3.
SF2. 1 N Dodd, P Lenz, 12.2.
SF3. 1 B Griffett, B King, 12.3. (Griffett qualified as a fastest 2nd)Final
1. Noel Dodd (11¼)
2. Peter Lenz (11½)
3. Robert King (9)
Diminutive sprinter Bruce Griffett easily won the 130 yard Prahran Gift off 12 yards from El Dorado athlete Laurie Grealy and Footscray’s John Henry.
Griffett, only 5ft 3½in and weighing 8 stone gave away height and weight to his rivals but he proved too strong for them in the finish.
The 26 year old dental mechanic attributed his improved form to his new coach, Norm Harrison.
Other finalists were Richmond footballer Graham Bond, veteran Norm McLeod and Bernie Grealy.1971 Prahran GiftHeat Winners.
H1. L Sonogan (12 yds) 12.8.
H2. P Zafer (16¼) 12.9.
H3. B Griffett (12) 12.6.
H4. H Fox (4¾) 12.4.
H5. G Pugh (11½) 13.2.
H6. G Bond (5¼) 13.0.
H7. E Armstrong (7) 13.6.
H8. L Grealy (12¾) 12.6.
H9. I Whittaker (
H10. N Searle (14¼) 12.8.
H11. N McLeod (15¾) 12.9.
H12. R Hodge (12½0 12.9.Semi Finals
SF1. 1 B Griffett , 2 L Grealy, 12.4.
SF2. 1 B Grealy, 2 G Bond, 12.5.
SF3. 1 J Henry, 2 N McLeod 12.6. (Henry qualified as one of the ‘best 2nds.’)Gift Final
1st Bruce Griffett (12)
2nd. Laurie Grealy (12¾)
3rd. John Henry (13½)
Winner trained by Norm Harrison.440 yards
1st J McDonald (30 yds)
2nd. G Steinke (20)
3rd. P Crole (31)
Time: 50.41972Sunday 19th November 1972
A change in distance for the 1972 Prahran Gift to 100m seemed to suit Neil Beachley as he won his first gift in 10 years. Running from 8.50m, the 34 year old 1962 Stawell Gift winner ran 10.4 sec to win the opening Gift of the 1972/73 season.1972 Prahran GiftHeat Winners.
H1. R Dunbar (4.00 metres) 10.4.
H2. B Clissold (9.00) 10.4.
H3. B Milligan (8.50) 10.5.
H4. B Ehlhert (3.50) 10.4.
H5. H Fox (3.25) 10.8.
H6. T Page (8.25) 10.7.
H7. G Bond (3.50) 10.5.
H8. P Hafey (11.25) 10.4.
H9. J King (11.0) 10.8.
H10. D Thomson (5.0) 11.0
H11. J Poore (6.50) 10.5
H12. J Charles (11.00) 10.6
H13. P Zafer (12.25) 10.6.
H14. L N Beachley (8.50) 10.5.
H15. N McLeod (12.25) 10.5Semi Finals
SF1. 1 J Henry, 2 H Fox, 10.6. (Henry qualified as one of the ‘best 2nds.’)
SF2. 1 G Bond, 2 T Page, 10.5.
SF3. 1 L N Beachley, 2 N McLeod 10.5. Final
1st L ‘Neil’ Beachley (8.50)
2nd. Howard Fox (3.25)
3rd. John Henry
Winner trained by Jack McLean.1973197419751975 Prahran 100m GiftHeat winners
H1. T J Mowat (3.25 metres) 10.6.
H2. R Byham (9.50) 10.7.
H3. J Stapleton (7.50) 10.6
H4. B Crimmons (10.25) 10.6
H5. L Grealy (10.0) 10.7
H6. G Weir (5.25) 11.0
H7. R Baker (6.25) 10.9
H8 D Deas (4.50) 10.7
H9. J Henry (9.50) 11.0
H10. D King (7.50) & G Gray (5.50), 10.8
H11. N McLeod (13.50) 10.7
H12. B Tancredi (10.25) 10.7
H13. D Armstrong (11.75) 10.7
H14. I Whittaker (7.50) 10.8Semi Finals
SF1. 1 B Crimmons, 2 L Grealy. 10.5
SF2. 1 D King, 2 D Deas. 10.7
SF3..1 I Whittaker, 2 N McLeod, 10.6100m Gift Final
1. B Crimmons (10.25)
2. D King (7.50)
3. I Whittaker (7.50)
Time: 10.5400m Division 1
1. R Hubbard (52m)
2. R Brunton (20m)
3. T Skelton (24m)
Time: 48.3400m Division 2
1. K Maple (34m)
2. L Grealy (30m)
3. G Borchers (14m)
1. L Patterson (20m)
2. B McLennan (20m)
3. K Fisher (56m)
Time: 2-37.819761977Sunday 27th November, 1977110 Metres Gift
1st. John Williams (10.25 metres)
2nd. B Gibb (12.0)
3rd. Malcolm Paull (10.0)
Time: 11.8400 Metres Division 1
1st Doug Howie (32)
2nd Gary Parkes (26)
3rd Kevin Maple (32)
Time: 48.6400 Metres Division 2
1st John DeCoite (20)
2nd R Hubbard (54)
3rd Jim King (44)
Time: 47.51600 Metres
1st Alan Salter (170)
2nd Peter Monaghan (110)
3rd John Knott (145)
Time: 4-02.51978Sunday 3rd December, 1978100 Metres Gift
1st. Warren Conroy (Bendigo)
2nd. Ian Whittaker (Mordialloc)
3rd. Bob Maloney (Ringwood)
Time: 10.4400 Metres Frontmarkers
1st. Gary Lawson (Frankston)
2nd. Graham Hoggan (Boronia)
3rd. Wayne Brooks (Bendigo)
Time: 46.0400 Metres Backmarkers
1st. Malcolm Nicholson (Main Ridge)
2nd. Peter Cross (Carnegie)
3rd. Graeme Borchers (Geelong)
Time: 47.51600 Metres Backmarkers
1st. Pat Healy (East Malvern)
2nd. Mile Ryan (Pascoe Vale)
3rd. Leigh Paterson (Box Hill North)
Time: 4-02.51600 Metres Frontmarkers
1st. John Knott (Sunshine)
2nd. Robert Howlett (Seaford)
3rd. Sid Singh (Croydon)
Time: 4-06.41979198023rd November 1980100m Gift
1st. Neil King
2nd. Gary Hogan
3rd. Robert Todd
Winner self-trained.400m Open
1st. Geoff Hughes
2nd. Noel Orange
3rd. Peter Fitzgerald
Time: 47.9s1600m Open
1st. Frank Shevlin
2nd. G D Turnbull
3rd. K H MacDonald
Time: 4-11.9PAC Relay
Time: 3-2619816th December 1981100m Gift
1st. John DeCoite
2nd. Kevin Williams
3rd. George Gregorio
Winner trained by Tassie Sherriff.400m Open – 1st Division
1st. Bob Poole
2nd. Garry Crole
3rd. Doug Howie
Time: 47.2400m Open – 2nd Division
1st. Geoff Mowatt
2nd. Terry X O’Brien
3rd. G Hoggan
Time: 46.91600m Open
1st. J McArdle
2nd. M O’Connor
3rd. K Murley
Time: 4-10.0198228th November 1982100m Gift
1st. Rod Butterss (6.75m) $250
2nd. Trevor Beaton (7.50m) $100
3rd. George Gregorio (6.75m) $35
Event backmarker was John DeCoite off 3.75m.
Winner trained by Vin Sabbatucci400m Open
1st. Robert Freeland (44m) $200
2nd. Bernie Morrisey (40m) $80
3rd. Leon Cassidy (40m) $35
Time: 46.60s.198311th December 1983100m Gift
1st. Chris Perry (4.75m) $300
2nd. John Dinan (4.00m) $125
3rd. Ian Marchesi (8.00m) $50
First & Second trained by Neil King400m Open
1st. David Matthews (30m) $125
2nd. Rob McDonald (38m) $45
3rd. A G Phillips (34m) $20
Time: 48.80s.198430th November 1984100m Gift
1st. W 'Bill' Liston (7.00m) $250
2nd. Warren Vines (8.00m) $100
3rd. Geoff Lumb (9.25m) $50
Event backmarker was Adrian Lingford 4.25m (Did not run)
First & Second trained by Vin Sabbatucci198529th November 1985100m Gift
1st. Ray Chambers (8.75m) $250
2nd. W 'Bill' Liston (6.50m) $125
3rd. Dave Douglas (6.50m) $50
Winner trained by Graham Goldsworthy400m Open
1st. A J O'Connor (42m)
2nd. Jerry Templin (30m)
3rd. Leon Cassidy (44m) 1986Friday 5th December 1986100m Gift
1st. Dave Douglas (5.50m) $220
2nd. John Coleman (9.00m) $90
3rd. Peter Durham (5.75m) $40
Event backmarker was Matthew Webster off 2.00m
Winner was self trained400m Open
1st. Paul Muhlhan (46m)
(No other details available)198719889th December 1988100m Gift
1st. Anthony Grima (6.00m) $300
2nd. Simon Smith (4.00m) $125
3rd. Glen Saddington (5.25m) $50
Event backmarker was Chris Perry off 1.00m.
Winner trained by Evan Armstrong.In season 1989/1990, the Prahran Gift was moved from November to January, therefore there was no Prahan Gift meet in the 1989 calendar year.199019th January 1990
The 1990 Gift was sponsored by Elders IXL and the patron was Carlton Football Club president John Elliott.
The 1600m race opened the night. 100m Gift
1st. Chris Russell (6.50m) $400
2nd. Peter Bennetto (3.00m) $165
3rd. Michael Kelly (7.00m) $50
Event backmarker was Cameron McKenzie off 1.00m.
Winner trained by Evan Armstrong
400m Open was won by David Driscoll (15m) in his VAL debut.1991Friday 18th January 1991100m Gift
1st. Perry Hannah (7.00m) $500
2nd. Paul Young (6.50m) $220
3rd. Nick Grigg (6.50m) $100
Event backmarker was Robert Kirsopp off Scratch.
Winner trained by Graham Goldsworthy1992Friday 21st February 1992100m Gift
1st. Paul Young (6.50m) $510
2nd. Ashley Rowan (2.50m) $220
3rd. Perry Hannah (7.00m) $80
Event backmarker was Steve Brimacombe off Scratch. (Did Not Run)
Winner trained by Jim Bradley1993Friday 5th February 1993100m Gift
1st. Tony Giannone (6.00m) $1050
2nd. Richard Ralph (4.50m) $525
3rd. Joe Marvin (4.50m) $260
Event backmarker was Steve Brimacombe off Scratch. (Did Not Run)
Others in final: Tony Birrell (5.50), Scott Hargrave (7.50), Chris Pegg (8.50).400m Open
1st. Bernie Keirl (46m) $400
2nd. P Newcombe (24m) $200
3rd. David West (40m) $100
Event backmarkers were Andrew Wilcox & Peter Blassis both off 6m.Womens 100m
1st. S A Wragg (10.00m) $1050
2nd. Ann Deller (5.00m) $525
3rd. K M Wilson (5.00m) $260
Event backmarker was Cathy Freeman off scratch. Cathy's blocks slipped and she didn't make it into the semis.1994Friday 4th February 1994100m Gift
1st. Ryan Witnish (3.00m) $1050
2nd. Wally Pasquali (5.50m) $500
3rd. Chris Kuchel (4.50m) $225
Event backmarkers were Steve Brimacombe and Shane Naylor off Scratch. (Neither ran)
Others in final: Shane McKenzie (5.50), David Broomhall (7.50).
No results of other events.
Women’s 100m had both Cathy Freeman and Melinda Gainsford entered. Both were allocated scratch.19951996Friday 2nd February 1996100m Gift
1st. Jason Richardson (2.50m) $1,600
2nd. Ryan Witnish (1.00m) $800
3rd. Peter Crane (1.75m) $330
Event backmarker was Damien Marsh off -1.0m.
Others in final: Ashley Rowan 3.50m, Ben Hamilton 5.00m, Andrew Neideck 9.50m.400m Open
1st. Darren Wishart (39m) $400
2nd. Bernie Keirl (48m) $190
3rd. Matthew Sandilands (26m) $80
Event backmarkers was Tony Briggs (Alice Springs) off scratch who did not run.Womens 100m
Top 3 were Lauren Hewitt (3.00m), Bernadette Marantelli (10.00m) and Ann Fearnley (8.00m). Not sure what order.
4th. Danielle Perpoli (3.00m)
5th. Andrea Groves (7.00m)
6th. Jodie Victory (10.75m)
Event backmarker was Cathy Freeman off scratch.
Freeman ran 2nd in her heat of the 400m (off scratch) to K McCallum (46m) who ran 53.03s.1600m Open
1st. Clinton Staehr (150m) $600
2nd. Craig Couper (160m) $300
3rd. John Paarsch )150m) $150
Event backmarkers were Elijah Maru and David Kibet (both Kenyan) off -15m.1997Friday 31st January 1997100m GiftHeat Winners
H1. Robert Galli, Forest Hill (9.75m) 10.45.
H2. Kevin Eng, Glen Waverley (5.00m) 10.58
H3. Chris Pattinson, Wantirna (7.25m) 10.74
H4. James Clarke, Terang (5.00m) W/O
H5. Nick Rodda, Heathmont (4.50m) 10.66
H6. David Haigh, Brighton (11.00m) 10.58
H7. Norman Cooke, Greensborough (7.00m) 10.97
H8. Mark Thomas, Mornington (12.00m) 10.54
H9. Robert Duynhoven, Warrnambool, (10.00m) 10.85
H10. David Driscoll, Stawell (3.75m) 10.64
H11. Wayne James, Blackburn South (9.25m) 10.79
H12. Anthony Martin, Sebastopol (6.00m) 10.73
H13. Darren Whittaker, Mordialloc (10.50m) 10.71
Event backmarker was Glenn Crawford off 1.0m.Semi Finals.
SF1. David Driscoll (3.75m) 10.54.
SF2. Mark Thomas (12.00m) 10.55
SF3. Jason Tickner, Hampton (7.75m) 10.48. Tickner qualified as a fastest ‘2nd’ from Heat Gift Final
1st. David Driscoll (3.75m) $1,600
2nd. Jason Tickner (7.75m) $800
3rd. Mark Thomas (12.00m) $390
Winner self trained.
1st. Andrea Benton (6.00m) $1,050
2nd. Kim Holloway (8.50m) $500
3rd. Angela Wilson (15.00m) $220
Winner trained by Dean Benton.
Event backmarker was Cathy Freeman (Did not run).