Archive for From The Vault

Crocmedia Nationals Flashback: 2012 – Miata

The mighty Miata conquers the nation in Hobart.

Crocmedia Nationals Flashback: 1998 Rapid Journey and Paradise Street

Rapid Journey’s amazing comeback and Paradise Street wins the Distance Championship on home soil.

Crocmedia Nationals Flashback: 1983 Winifred Bale

Dual N.S.W. Greyhound of the Year Winifred Bale confirmed her status as a chasing legend at the 1983 National Sprint Championships.

Crocmedia Nationals Flashback: 1979 Acclaim Star

Nationals Flashback: 1979 – Acclaim Star dominated the first Nationals ever held in W.A.

Crocmedia Nationals Flashback: 1978 – Mister Toewyte

Mister Toewyte created history when he became W.A.’s first Nationals champion.

From The Vault 06 – I Can’t Get You Out Of My Head

The Greyhound of the Year is the sport’s night of nights where the stars of the industry come out to shine and great achievements are recognised!

Ahead of Sunday’s awards ceremony its timely to look back at one of the all-time classic moments from the Greyhound of the Year…

Sandi’s Me Mum Final This Saturday At Cannington

Dual National Sprint champion and Hall of Fame chaser Sandi Me Mum won 62 of 92 starts over the course of her brilliant career and she is considered to be one of best greyhounds ever produced out of Western Australia. The final of the Sandi’s Me Mum Memorial, the race named in her honour, will be held at Cannington on Saturday. Current day star West On Augie heads the field. Here’s the late Gerry O’Keefe discussing the legacy of Sandi’s Me Mum.

From The Vault 05 – The Knocker

Over a decade ago a grumpy greyhound known as The Knocker made his television debut on our weekly web series ‘Grey Matters’. The Knocker quickly developed a fearless reputation for his accuracy, often putting the knock on some of the industry’s best competitors of the time.

Word on the street is The Knocker is still kicking, and despite looking a little worse for wear, actually shares an office with our Racing Manager Dennis O’Brien.

Today we look back at some classic performances by The Knocker and his loyal sidekick, Grey Matters host Ryan Levitzke.

From The Vault 04 – Max Julien and Miss Slick

There have been some big characters over the years at Greyhounds WA, but they don’t come much bigger (or badder) than Max Julien.

Max has served as president of WAGBOTA and has had a successful career spanning 40 years in the greyhound racing industry.

Back in the days of our Oscar-winning show Grey Matters, the very sight of Max would spark fear in the heart of race caller Ryan Levitzke, not least because his Grey Matters co-host ‘The Knocker’ would consistently knock Max’s champion greyhound Miss Slick… at one stage ‘putting the mozza’ on her an unprecedented two weeks in a row.

When Ryan finally drummed up the courage to interview Max he tipped Miss Slick to run ’30 dead’, and he wasn’t far wrong… she clocked 30.02 around the old Cannington 530m circuit in the 2008 WA Oaks heat, before going on to win the Oaks Final a week later. In 2009 she backed up this performance by taking home a handy $140,000 for first place in the Perth Cup, along with the auspicious title of Greyhound of the Year for her efforts.

Miss Slick placed in her first 15 races, ultimately producing an enviable career record of 30 wins and 33 places in 100 starts, almost all of which were amongst tough company in city class racing at Cannington.

Max ‘Bad Santa’ Julien and his irrepressible wife Pam are still familiar faces around Cannington and while some might say he’s mellowed over the years, others would say he’s badder than ever.

We’ve managed to track down the entire WA racing career of Miss Slick, as well as some classic footage of Max – the good, the bad, and of course… the really, really bad.

From The Vault 03 – Fred and Hermes Howard

From The Vault 03 - Fred and Hermes Howard from Greyhounds WA on Vimeo.