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YOUNG Cedric Conway will co-star in a Legends of the Skies play at Moorrabbin’s National Australian Museum this month. See Page 7. Picture: Gary Sissons

Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au SAFETY concerns and potential conflicts of interest around property developments could see Kingston Council compile a register of names of all involved in the building of properties with ten or more dwellings. Councillors at the latest public council meeting on 25 September, at the suggestion of Cr Rosemary West, voted to have council officers investigate the feasibility of keeping “a register of lobbyists, planners, developers and landowners associated with development applications for 10 or more dwellings lodged with Kingston Council in future, and, where requested by a councillor, officer or member of the community, during the past 15 years”. Cr West cited the Grenfell tower tragedy in London in June, in which an estimated 80 people died in a towering inferno in the 24-storey public housing block, as one reason to track potential problems with builders in Kingston. “I think what we particularly want to know about is developers who are using dodgy materials, flammable materials, dangerous materials that endanger the lives of people who move in to high-rise apartments,” she said at the meeting. “As a matter of transparency, I think it’s also good to add any councillor development applications to this as well.” Cr West said councillors need to know who is involved in a planning application when it is lodged for

council consideration. Cr Geoff Gledhill, the Liberal candidate for the seat of Mordialloc at next year’s state election, backed the possibility of Kingston Council compiling a development register but cautioned existing pressures on council’s planning department needed to be taken into account. “There’s nothing wrong with building safeguards in … [but] if we continue to bog down an area that already says to us ‘we’re struggling to keep up’ and there are signs of their workload abating then I think we need to think very, very carefully.” Cr Gledhill noted the planning department has “a volume of work” and needs to deal with planning applications within 60 days of lodgement. Cr Tasmin Bearsley focused on the safety aspect of any development register so council can “be more aware” of repeat offenders who do not comply with council building codes. “That, to me, would be far more valuable,” Cr Bearsley said. “I’m really concerned about the cladding issue and ensuring that we have good-quality developments all the way throughout Kingston.” Crs West, Gledhill, Tamara Barth, Ron Brownlees, Georgina Oxley and Steve Staikos voted to instruct council officers to report back to councillors about the possibility of compiling a development register. Cr Bearsley voted against Cr West’s notice of motion. Cr George Hua abstained from voting. The mayor Cr David Eden, chairing the meeting, did not raise his hand to indicate a vote.

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Community safety forum at town hall

KINGSTON residents are invited to a free forum in Chelsea on Saturday to discuss safety in the community. They will hear from the police, CFA, SES, Coast Guard, ambulance officers and councillors at the forum at Chelsea Town Hall, corner Thames Promenade and Station St, 11am1pm, Saturday 14 October. The first 50 people through the door will go into the draw to win $100 Bunnings vouchers. Other giveaways include anti-theft number plate screws, smoke alarms and batteries, padlocks and personal protective gear. Light refreshments will be provided. Register at eventbrite.com.au or call Kingston Council on 9581 4807.

YARNS about yarns are weaving their way from Chelsea to Frankston as part of the annual Longbeach Storybook Yarn Art Trail. Wander and wonder at yarn displays based on children’s tales including The Jungle Book, The Magic Hat and My Aussie Ocean Adventure. The storybook yarn art trail, organised by Longbeach PLACE community centre, runs from 9-31 October and families can drop in at schools, libraries, aged care centres and churches along the way to see art works that will fire up young children’s imagination. Volunteer co-organiser Penny Clay said the Longbeach Storybook Yarn Art Trail is an all-ages event. “This annual project engages the community at all levels and involves all age groups and there’s probably never been such a need for this chance to connect with child-like wonder at the fun and colour of these wonderful installations,” she said. “We are a small core group who are very fortunate in having the expertise of textile artist Elizabeth Alexandrou and Jenny Bowman is a graphic artist who designs our great promotional materials. “We’re passing on the skills of working with yarn to children at free workshops at Chelsea Library.” n See longbeach.org.au or call 9776 1386 for venue details, including specific viewing times of exhibits indoors, for the Longbeach Storybook Yarn Art Trail.

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AN elderly man was lucky to escape serious injury when his car ran into the back of a truck under the Skye Rd bridge on Peninsula Link, Frankston, Thursday 5 October. Roadworks up ahead had slowed traffic at the accident site and only one lane was getting through. Leading Senior Constable Greg Wolfe, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said the 83-year-old, of Carrum, passed out before running into the truck. He was alone in the car. His 1993 Toyota Corolla was extensively damaged and he was taken to Frankston Hospital for observation. Leading Senior Constable Wolfe said drivers aged over 80 “should be discussing with their GPs their fitness to drive”. “Age was definitely a factor in two previous accidents in which drivers aged over 80 passed away after making errors,” he said. “Older drivers who feel they have issues with their cognitive functions should be having discussions with their GPs.”

Butterfly effect: Chelsea Primary School’s Allira, back and Chelsea Kindergarten’s Eilish finish off a yarn artwork at the kindergarten. Picture: Gary Sissons

Sharing is caring for yacht club Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au PLANS to redevelop Parkdale Yacht Club have hit choppy waters after a 5-4 majority of Kingston councillors decided to temporarily halt detailed designs for the building to try to find community groups interested in cohabiting with the yacht club. Councillors at the latest public council meeting on 25 September were poised to push ahead with instructing council officers to proceed with “detailed design development” for a revamp of the club building be-

fore Cr Rosemary West raised concerns about funding for the project. Cr West said at the meeting that council should not “depart from tradition” and use ratepayers’ money to fund a foreshore development without a “partnership grant” from the state government. “With an election coming up, it seems to me that the club needs to speak to the candidates and see if they can get commitments — hopefully commitments from both candidates,” she said. “In that case, we could go ahead. This is certainly a shovel ready project and there’s a lot to be said for it.”

Council has budgeted $2.34 million for a revamp of the yacht club with the Parkdale Yacht Club set to contribute $100,000 to the project. The next state election will be held in November next year. Cr Geoff Gledhill, the Liberal Party candidate for Mordialloc in the electorate that includes Parkdale, believed the move to postpone detailed designs a redevelopment of the yacht club was “a delaying tactic”. “If people don’t like it, if they don’t want to do it then we should stop pretending we do and tell the Parkdale Yacht Club to sail off into the sunset.” Cr Gledhill said council needed to

get on with the design of the building to check with the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) that the changes would be acceptable “after the fiasco with Edithvale”. The DELWP has declared designs for a new Edithvale Life Saving Club building do not meet Coastal Management Act regulations (“Club house in coastal ‘dog house’”, The News 4/10/17). Cr Gledhill acknowledged a co-tenancy arrangement would be of benefit to the community. “There are times when a yacht club is not going to be fully utilised in its

facilities so I think it makes good sense to have somebody else in there.” Crs West, Tamara Barth, the mayor Cr David Eden, Georgina Oxley and Steve Staikos voted to have council officers seek expressions of interests to share the building with the yacht club before proceeding with detailed designs. Crs Gledhill, Ron Brownlees, Tamsin Bearsley and George Hua opposed the move. Councillor officers will come back to councillors in about three months’ time with information about any interest in sharing the yacht club building.

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Branching out: An Ancient Redgum tree at Braeside Park. Picture: Supplied

Take a walk ‘on the wild side’ VISITORS with a spring in their step are being invited to take a walk among “the rate and wonderful” in Braeside Park. The Friends of Braeside Park community group is hosting a spring walk through the area usually closed to the public for conservation reasons. “Spring is definitely the best time to visit this very special heathland,” Parks Victoria ranger and team leader Des Lucas said. “The Wedding Bush is in full magnificent flower at the moment, along with the Common Heath, Victoria’s Floral Emblem. There are also some

very special trees, like the six rare Snow Gums and an 800-year-old Red Gum.” The Friends help keep the heathland healthy through their work at the nursery where they propagate native seedlings for revegetation projects in the park. Friends member Bev Bancroft says some native species like Wedding Bush are very difficult to propagate. “That’s because its seeds do better after they have passed through a bird’s digestive system, and it can take up to 18 months for them to germinate. Seed collection, timing of planting,

soil quality and sometimes just pure luck is required to produce a healthy native seedling.” Walkers will meet at the park Visitor Centre at 1pm on Sunday 15 October and after around two hours walking, will relax and recover with afternoon tea at 3.30pm. Sturdy footwear should be worn and a camera and binoculars will help walkers enjoy the spring walk through Braeside Park. Call the Friends of Braeside Park on 9551 4578 after 4pm about the walk. See parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 19 63 for further details.

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cut into and a Yushin bike and box of carbon fibre wheels stolen, valued at $1400, overnight Friday 29 September.

PSO ‘punched’ A PROTECTIVE Services Officer was allegedly punched by a man seen drinking at Mordialloc train station, 7.10pm, Saturday 7 October. The man was spotted crossing the track and climbing up onto the other platform. He entered a train but got off before it departed. PSOs said when they approached the man he “started swinging his arms” before allegedly striking one in the face. Police arrested the man who is expected to be charged on summons. The PSO received minor injuries.

Charges over drugs, weapon All clear: A police diver investigated a sunken car in Patterson River to ensure no-one was trapped in the crashed vehicle on Tuesday morning. Picture: Gary Sissons

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Car submerged A CAR plunged into Patterson River at Bonbeach at about 4.30am on Tuesday morning (10 October) and a man, believed to be the driver, was arrested at 6am outside a house on Nepean Highway. The 31-year-old was taken to hospital for observation and later said to be assisting police in the “ongoing” investigation. Police scuba divers did not find anyone else in the submerged vehicle. Anyone with information can call

Takings stolen THIEVES jemmied open the front door of a Subway outlet in Mentone Parade, Mentone, overnight Tuesday 26 September, and stole a quantity of cash from the safe and the till. Detectives are investigating forensic evidence left at the scene.

Mower, gear lifted A RECENTLY purchased Victa lawnmower, grass cutter, jerry can and box of blades, were stolen from an Aspendale Gardens property, overnight Tuesday 3 October. The Pacific Drive homeowner saw the garage door open and the lights on but didn’t realise anyone was inside.

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Items, card stolen A GUCCI handbag valued at $600, duffle bag containing clothing and cosmetics and a credit card were stolen from a car parked at Carrum station, overnight Saturday 7 October. The owner received a call next

day querying a payment of $800 on the card.

Uber driver assaulted THE driver of an Uber car was punched in the face in Eden St, Mentone, 1.15am, Saturday 7 October. The driver told police that after dropping off two passengers two men approached. One opened the passenger door and the other, after forcing open the driver’s door, punched him before pulling him out of his car. They then drove away. The attacker is described as male, aged about 22, 180cm, slim build with brown skin.

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A WOMAN pulled over in Balcombe Rd, Mentone, was found to be unlicensed and her car was missing a number plate. Searching the car police allegedly found a small quantity of the drug ice and a flick knife. She was taken back to Moorabbin police station and released pending summons.

It’s just not cricket TWO Gray-Nicholls cricket bags containing a range of cricketing equipment were stolen from the boot of a car parked in a driveway in Puffin Close, Chelsea Heights, overnight Sunday 8 October. The owner heard his dogs bark at 12.30am. Anyone with information on any of these incidents is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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Reunited: Jesse and Ella Cooper are looking forward to a gig at the Chelsea Hotel. Picture: Supplied

Killing Heidi back on tour EARLY naughties chart-toppers Killing Heidi are back on the road celebrating a 20-year reunion by hitting the road on an eleven date national tour, including an appearance at Chelsea Heights Hotel this month. Sister and brother Ella and Jesse Hooper will hit the stage in Chelsea Heights next Friday (20 October) as the band follow up a June city tour with live gigs in regional areas for the first time in a decade. “I can’t believe it’s been twenty years since we started this band, I was 13, Jesse was 15. We are loving getting back into playing these songs again after so long,” Ella said.  “We love getting to regional areas and performing outside the cities.”

The rock-pop band, whose hits include Mascara (1999) and Weir (2000), won four ARIA Music Awards in the year 2000. Fans voted several of Killing Heidi’s songs into the top 20 of Triple j’s Hottest 100 songs list in the early naughties. “I think we’re playing theses songs better than we ever did. People may know the songs, and they’ll get to hear the songs they love, but they’ve never seen Killing Heidi like this,” Jesse said. n Tickets for Killing Heidi at Chelsea Heights Hotel on Friday 20 October, $40 plus booking fee, at tickets.oztix.com.au or call 9773 4453, over 18s licensed event.

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YAY Were back Propelled to stage play: Lana Stojanovic, left, Cedric Conway and Justine Gorny to star in Legends of the Skies play. Picture: Gary Sissons

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Aces high for museum play SHORT plays about some of Australia’s aviation heroes are set to take off at Moorabbin’s National Australian Aviation Museum. Not-for-profit community group LOTS Inc Theatre will stage two matinee performances of the Legends of the Skies play focusing on the story of aviation pioneers including Sir Lawrence Wacket, the “father of the Australian aircraft industry”, and Robin Miller, an aviator and nurse known as “The Sugar Bird Lady”. The play will also delve into the mystery of young pilot James Knight who flew out of Moorabbin Airport in 1962 and disappeared en route to Perth. Artistic director Maggie Morrison said the show features “theatrical cameos of major events in Australia’s aviation history with a

mix of factual information, music, humour and singalongs using the wonderful exhibits of planes as backdrops”. Audience members can speak to museum restoration volunteers during the play interval and take a quick look at the Australian aviation displays in the museum while refreshments are served. n Legends of the Skies will be performed at the Australian National Aviation Museum, 1 Second Avenue, Moorabbin Airport on Tuesday 17 October and Wednesday 18 October, 12.30-2.15pm both days, as part of the annual Kingston Senior’s Festival. Tickets $12 each or $10 per person in groups of six or more. Call Maggie 9580 2387, Jim 9584 5127 or Justine 8510 1903 for bookings.

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A bumpy ride to the bottom WHILE thousands of cyclists were pedalling along the level bitumen roads between Sorrento and Dromana in Sunday’s Around the Bay ride, hundreds of hardy riders were hurtling towards them from Arthurs Seat. But for the riders on the hill there was no stopping for lattes or riding alongside another cyclist for a chat. There was certainly no break aboard the ferry taking riders across from one peninsula to another. Before they even reached the start of the steep, winding downhill bike trail near the Arthurs Seat summit competitors in the Red Hill Gravity Enduro faced a one kilometre hill climb. The enduro, run by Red Hill Riders Mountain Bike Club, is limited to 250 entrants who must pad up for protection as they swerve, jump and bump their way to the trail’s end at Hillview Community Reserve, in Boundary Rd, Dromana. Winners: Jeremy Hamilton, Elite Men; Jenni King, Elite Women: Andrew McCaughan, Expert Men; Ben Randall, Masters; Steve Munyard, Super Masters; Jack Hewish, under-19; Tomasz Moson, Veteran; Haydn Williams, Sport Men; Danielle Garden, Sport Women; Elise Empey, under-15 female; Tom McMahon, under-15 male; Ben Oliver, under-17. Pictures: Gary Sissons

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importantly it can be that too. Spirituality can be understood as that which gives our lives meaning and purpose, which might be family, friends, philosophy, adventure, nature, art, music, pets - Pastoral Services are about valuing and honouring that individual experience. When patients come to our rehabilitation hospital, they have often already had quite a journey health wise, which can leave patients feeling spiritually and emotionally depleted. Our Pastoral Practitioners help to build up their resilience. Some of the issues, which are raised, include fear, loneliness, trauma, existential queries and questions of existence, how to accept transition and change, grief and loss. The other side of that being we support patients who experience joy, happiness, relief, a sense of achievement, or who want to review their sense of meaning in life. Working in Pastoral Services is such a privilege as we work with patients who open up to us and share precious parts of themselves and their inspiring stories. Our spirituality is such a huge part of who we are, it is great to be able to work as part of a team who really appreciates and values the whole person in their recovery and the role that Pastoral Services can play in that.

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Mr. G. Upton’s son dangerously wounded in war Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE sad news was conveyed to Mr. G Upton last week that his son Gunner H. G. Upton had been dangerously wounded and that he is at present at the 13th General Hospital Bolongue in France. *** OWING to pressure on our space we are compelled to hold over Police Court news, meeting of Parents of State School Scholars re Flower Day and other matter till our next issue. *** A SERIES of Snowball teas have been inaugurated by the Frankston Red Cross Society, which it is hoped will be of material benefit to the funds of society. *** THE hon treasurer of the Frankston and District Roll of Honor Fund, gratefully acknowledges receipt of the following donations:– Mrs B. M. Garrood, £1. 1s; Mr J. Gabriel, 5s. *** REV E Tonkin will conduct both services in the local Methodist Church on Sunday next. Special services in the evening, “Intercession for Empire, Allies and Defenders”. Address by Mr Blok who is in charge of Y.M.C.A. work at Langwarrin Military Camp. *** THE Wattle Club will hold a dance tonight (Saturday.) Music will be provided by Brierley’s orchestra and this, with good company, fast floor and excellent supper should be sufficient for a thoroughly enjoyable evening. *** IN our advertising columns will be found an advertisement regarding the Moorabbin Annual Spring Show which takes place at Cheltenham on

17th November. The comimittee have allotted over £150 for prize money entries close 7th November, schedules and entry forms may be obtained on application to the Secretary, Show Office, Cheltenham. *** NEWS has been received by Cr W. P. Mason that his nephew, Signaller Reg. S. Mason 29th Battery, 8th Field Artillery Brigade, died on 27th September last, through a gassed shell. Signaller Mason spent many visits at Frankston prior to leaving for the front, where on account of his sunny and genial disposition he made many friends. He was the son of Mr Alfred E. Mason, of the “Free Press” Corowa, and was on the staff of that journal prior to enlisting. *** OVER 200 soldiers were entertained on Saturday afternoon, October 6th, by the Australian Club. The Hall was beautifully decorated in the Club’s colors (blue and gold.) Allietti’s band supplied the music and Miss Gladys Verney sang two songs, which received great applause. Pte. Cross favored his mates with The East and West of London, after which dancing was indulged in until time to return to hospital. A dance was held in the evening and proved a great success. We hear the Club will benefit by £8 18s on the night’s enjoyment. *** THE fortnightly Red Cross Social held at Tyabb last Saturday evening proved very successful. Quite a crowd turned up and everything went off merrily. There was a good programme intermixed with

dancing. The old scholars club came forward and “did their bit” with others and thus one of the most enjoyable evenings yet held resulted. During the evening two presentations were made to Pte Frank O’Neill, a money belt from the farewell committee and a soldiers wallet from the ‘old scholars’ club’ both suitably inscribed. The programme was as follows: National Anthem, Overture, Miss Violet Cole; chorus, “Here’s to the day” old scholars club, song, W. Geo. Slocombe, chorus. “The song the Kettle is singing” Club; song, Mrs Woodhouse; song, Miss Freda Denham; recitation, Mr Ben King; Messrs Gibson and Chalwell provided music for the dance. A progressive euchre tournament will be held on Saturday. *** TO Our Subscribers. OWING to the abnormal rise in the price of Paper since the War we are compelled to raise the price of the STANDARD on and after 4th August, 1917, the price for single copy will be 3d ; per quarter 3s. *** FRENCH SOLDIERS AT FRANKSTON. The Wattle Club was again put to the test on Tuesday last and proved itself quite equal to the occasion. At midday on Monday the secretary was notified that 300 French soldiers were being brought to Frankston and it was desired that they should be provided with luncheon and afternoon tea. Small difficulties presented themselves but were speedily overcome. Thanks to a hearty and splendid

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band of patriotic women and those who so thoughtfully and generously provided their very best, the immense work entailed was made comparatively easy. The smooth and good natured way these entertainments are carried out, reflects great credit on the women of Frankston, The Hall being engaged, Mr Bradbury was approached and he kindly obliged the committee by allowing them to take over The Fernery for the day. This proved an ideal spot for the entertainment, which besides its innumerable beauties, allowed space for the whole body of men to be seated at one time. It was a unique and picturesque spectacle and one that will not be soon forgotten, when the 300 stalwart soldiers found their places at the tables on which was provided a feast which was evidently enjoyed by all. Madam Cravilli welcomed the party on behalf of the Wattle Club. One of the soldiers who could speak English, thanked all who had shown them such kindness. The Langwarrin Band, through the courtesy of Major Conder, was in attendance, and played excellent music during the afternoon. While afternoon tea was in progress several items were contributed which were listened to with apparent enjoyment. The songs contributed by Mrs Mann, Master Malcolm and five or six little girls were much appreciated. Mrs W P. Mason ably played the accompaniments. Madam Creevilli has presented the Club with several very fine French photos.

The secretary acknowledges a donation of £3 3s from Mr C. Robison. Mr J Millard, who provided horses and lorrys for carting to and from the Fernery on Tuesday last, has presented his account of £1 receipted as a donation to the Club. *** ATTENTION is drawn to the fact that on and after Oct 15th there will be only two mails per day leaving Frankston, the midday mail being cut out. Mails will close at Frankston Post Office at. 8.55am and 7.40pm. *** MUNICIPAL Notice: Shire of Frankston and Hastings. APPLICATIONS are invited for the position of Caretaker of the Bay Street gardens, and also the Frankston Park, either separately or combined. Returnable at 12 noon on Wednesday 17th October to Cr W. P. Mason, Bay St Frankston. Specification of duties at Mr Shannon’s Corner Store. JOHN E. JONES, Shire Secretary. *** DEATH. LITTLEJOHN – Killed in action 22nd Sept, Sapper R. J. (Bob) beloved son of David and Elizabeth and loving brother of Mrs Meyers, Mrs Beddington, Alick, Mrs Purdy, Mrs Kneale, Amy and Ruby (aged 26 years). Died as he lived—A man. LITTLEJOHN.– Killed in action 22nd Sept, Robert James (Bob) beloved husband of Elsie and loving father of Dorie, Elsie and little Bobbie. How we pictured his safe returning. Inserted by his loving sister, Mrs Purdy, Frankston. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 13 October 1917

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Brittain ‘goes whack’ in season opener PROVINCIAL

By IT Gully REIGNING MPCA champion Baxter has started its defence in the new MPCA Provincial competition with an emphatic 34-run win against Langwarrin. And defending cricketer of the year and league medallist Chris Brittain has taken off where he left us all last season, spellbound by his brilliance. Brittain opened the innings with Joe

Rule (44) and belted eight sixes and six fours on his way to 106 before he was eventually run-out with the score on 173. Baxter went on to score 8/200. Matt Prosser (2/37) and coach Jake Prosser (2/33) were the pick of the Langwarrin bowlers. The Kangas were never in with a shout to win the match, despite 50 from skipper Travis Campbell and a wagging tail, which included Simon McEvoy with 16. Ben Brittain was the pick of the Bax-

ter bowlers with 3/36 from six overs. Sorrento has started its season as well as it could have, scoring a comfortable victory against Crib Point. The Sharks won the toss and sent the home side into bat, where Luke Herrington top scored with 46 and skipper Jacob Cook hit 18. Sorrento skipper Bobby Wilson was superb with ball in hand for his side, snaring 3/17 from eight overs, while new Sri Lankan recruit Chathupama Gunasinghe was wicketless on debut.

In reply, Liam O’Connor hit 49, Wilson 31 and CJ King 33 to guide the visitors to victory in the 39th over, 6/158 to 6/155. Mt Eliza has put the heartbreak of 2016-17 behind it and started the season in great fashion against Pearcedale, winning with five overs to spare. Pearcedale batted first and made 8/133 from 40 overs, Shayne Gillings top scoring with 35 and Matt Cousland scoring 33. A returning Chris McDonough was

superb with the ball for the Mounties, picking-up 2/28, while Nick Baron (2/35) and skipper Justin Grant (2/22) also had an impact on the match. In reply, it’s fair to say that there were a number of contributors without a stand-out in the Mt Eliza chase. Tim Clarke top scored at the top of the order with 27, Grant hit 22, Keith Biggs 20 and Josh Goudge 19. Will Kennedy was the best of the Pearcedale bowlers with 2/15 from eight overs.

Eagles off to a flying start PENINSULA

On front foot: Pines go its season off to a winning start against Delacome Park. Picture: Andrew Hurst

By IT Gully BOOM Somerville recruit Jayde Herrick guided his side to a round one victory against reigning premier Red Hill in MPCA Peninsula cricket. The former Victorian Bushrangers paceman opened the batting and scored 41 at the top of the innings, helping the Eagles to 156 after winning the toss and batting first. Andrew West provided some middle order support with 22 while Jay Parker came in at the end and added a valuable 18 runs. The Colletts were reunited at the Hill with Tom opening the bowling after returning from Kingston-Hawthorn for a return of 3/27, while his brother Glenn bowled eight overs for 0/29. Jimmy McCall claimed 3/11 from eight overs to be the pick of the bowlers while Simon Dart snared a couple. Herrick then came out with the oneday white ball and was sensational, snaring 3/12 from eight overs to highlight how dominant he is going to be this season. Sean Parker and Cameron Mills both picked-up two wickets as the home side ripped through the Hillmen, bowling them out for just 56. Matt Merifield top scored with 15, while Simon Dart was stumped first ball by Craig Black off the bowling Mills. Main Ridge got its season away to a flying start but it came on the back of no contribution from former Victorian opener Nick Jewell. Whilst Jewell was removed for two

and Shaun Foster didn’t take part, the Ridge was still able to get the job done against Flinders by 13 runs, 7/193 to 5/180. It was the work of Travis Barker (62) and league legend Gareth Wyatt (67) who steered the Ridge to victory in the middle order. In reply, the Sharks started well with Mason Mail opening with 32 and Tom Clements scoring 76 from 82 balls. However, the home team’s bowling was tight, led by James Abbott with 3/28 from eight overs. Long Island chased down the 135 needed to beat Moorooduc, scoring 4/136 with nine overs to spare. Skipper Aaron Paxton top scored with 43, Brad Baily scored 22 and Michael Burke was unbeaten on 28 when the winning runs were scored. Earlier, Jake Middleton picked-up 4/27 from his eight allotted overs, while Lachy Dobson did not pick up a wicket on debut for the Islanders. Pines got its season away to a positive start under new coach Adrian Mack, winning comfortably against Delacombe Park. After being sent into bat, the Piners made 7/183, Ash Hupe top scoring with 52, Harley Peace-Stirling hitting 40 and Chris Bartczac helping himself to 37. In reply, the Parkers were never in the hunt, Pat Jackson opening the bowling for Pines with a return of 3/26, while Nick Wilcox snared 2/13 from 5.2 overs. Harley Parker and Connor Jackson picked up two wickets each.

Braves smash Tigers first up DISTRICT

By IT Gully BADEN Powell has launched its 2017-18 District season in the best way possible, beating Seaford Tigers with ease. Whilst the Braves didn’t set the world on fire after being sent into bat first, it still managed to score a defendable 141 from 39.2 overs. Elia Carter top-scored for the Braves with 26 from 36 balls, Ryan Barnett hit 20 at the top of the order

while Charlie Collopy hit 20 at the bottom of the order. Matty Roach snared 2/37 on debut for the Tigers, while Jack Brooking picked-up 2/18 from eight overs. In reply, the Tigers were never a chance. Ash Mills scored 26 opening the innings and Anthony Joel hit 15 runs. The Tigers were bowled out for just 78. Nathan Rice was sensational for the Braves, taking 5/14 from eight overs, while Julian Pharaoh pickedup 2/1 off 2.2 overs.

Heatherhill made light work of Mt Martha, winning by almost 60 runs. The Hills batted first after being sent in and the top order delivered, Sam Mullavey scoring 50, Steven O’Donnell 42 and Kristian Miller 22, while star Matty Meagher came in and scored 44 to help lift his side to a strong target of 6/192. Heatherhill’s bowlers then got to work, restricting the Reds to just 7/134 from 40 overs. Kade Bendle top-scored for the

home side with 27 while Jarred Wolsgrove scored 24 and Steve O’Neill 21. Jake Theobald and Luke Whitmore were the pick of the bowlers for Heatherhill with 2/8 from eight and 2/29 from eight overs respectively. Hastings started the season in the worst possible fashion, belted by almost 100 runs by Seaford. Seaford batted first and recorded 9/176, Dean Polson top scoring with 55, skipper Ryan McQueen opening with 32 and Chris Cleef 25.

Blues coach Rob Hearn snared 3/39 and Tom Finn helped himself to 3/30. In reply, the Blues top order failed. Sean Hewitt and Finn top scored with 15 runs each. In the battle of the neighbours, between Rye and Rosebud, the Demons may have recruited well in the off-season but it made little difference to the Demons’ start to the season. Rye was smashed by Rosebud on Saturday by 76 runs.

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Knights win a thriller SUB-DISTRICT

By IT Gully BALLAM Park has walked away from a thrilling match against Frankston YCW with a victory in MPCA Sub District. The Knights batted first after being sent into bat and David Cross got his side going with 56, while Jake Williams opened with 21 and Zac Clements hit 17. Levi McLoughlin-Dore and Brett Hudgson did everything they could for the Stonecats to get their side over the line but they fell short, bowled out for 139, chasing the Knights 7/151. Justin Moore was the pick of the

bowlers for the home side, picking-up 4/23 from 7.4 overs, while Cross was also impressive with 2/14 from eight overs. Dromana got the win against Tyabb in a one-sided affair. After bowling the Yabbies out for just 96, the Hoppers then took just 23 overs to pick-up the runs required for victory. Jack Fowler took 3/33 with the ball for the Hoppers and skipper Kieren Voelkl snared 3/15 from eight overs. With the bat, it was Fowler and Voelkl who did the damage also, scoring 38 and 33 respectively. Balnarring started in fantastic fashion against Skye, picking up a 75-run win to hand new coach Mal

Coutts his first victory. Mark Walles and Jackson Hannah each scored 39 for the Saints while Coutts scored 33 on debut to set the opposition 188 for victory (7/187). Justin Brown was then the pick of the bowlers for the Saints, snaring three wickets. Carrum chased down the 5/177 required for victory against Carrum Downs. Dale O’Neil scored 54 and Corey Hand 50 as the Lions chased down the runs with two overs and seven wickets in hand. Adam Mikkelsen top-scored for the Cougars with 39 and Jayden Barker and Leon McConnell put on a 49-run opening partnership.

Stumped: Seaford Tigers had no answers to an aggressive Baden Powell bowling attack in its District match. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Can Heart hold on to ‘The Green Machine’? SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie THE greatest goalscorer in Victorian senior ranks and a founder member of Rosebud Heart may be on the move. English ace David Greening won his eighth straight Golden Boot award this year, a record that may never be matched, but the goals king may have worn Heart’s colours for the last time. “It’s all up in the air really,” said Greening. Heart has to find a replacement for senior coach Scott Morrison who stood down at season’s end and it also has to find a new home ground. “I don’t think they quite realise just how big a loss Scott is and playing at Truemans Rd is not an option anymore. The surface is horrendous,” Greening added. “Being part of Rosebud Heart when we set it up and being close to Scott are big things for me but at this stage, I don’t know who they’re going to get in and where they’ll be playing. “Usually at this time of year I know where I’ll be playing but I think there are a lot of players (at Heart) at the moment waiting to see what happens before they commit to anything.” There’s talk that Heart could move to Olympic Park Reserve in Besgrove St but Bayside club Rosebud uses the facility and it’s understood there is resistance to a soccer co-tenancy. “It makes sense all round to play at Besgrove St because you have an existing facility with everything you need. “I believe that the club is in touch with the council but Mornington council is not pro-soccer judging from my dealings with them.” A Greening move to another club would be a seismic event in local soccer circles and the man dubbed “The Green Machine” reckons he has two more seasons of senior soccer remaining. “Yes I think I’ve two more good seasons in me and I want to enjoy them.” Two more seasons may mean 10 straight Golden Boot awards as league leading scorer but Greening expects to miss at least three games next season while on his honeymoon. “I’ve not had anyone contact me about next year yet so I guess they simply assume that I’ll be staying at Heart but I want to see what happens first. “I’d like to try and get another promotion before I stop playing and I’d like to play for a coach I know.”

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Heart trouble: Star striker David Greening is yet to commit to playing for a fourth straight season with Rosebud Heart. Picture: John Punshon

Greening and goals go hand in hand. It has been so ever since he started honing his skills as a teenager at Newport FC and Brading Town on the Isle of Wight, having two spells with the latter. He also spent time with Eastleigh on the English mainland, a club that currently competes in the Vanarama National League. That background allowed Greening to hit the ground running as soon as he landed on our shores. He was joint top scorer in State 3 North-West in 2010 with 22 goals but he only played 16 games for La Trobe University due to the demands of a graduate diploma in teaching. The following year he took up a posting at Boneo Primary School and has been the physical education teacher there ever since. “When I first came to the peninsula I had a training session with Mornington but I didn’t feel like I was going to play every week. “I was 28 at the time and didn’t fancy sitting on the bench so the coach Adam Jamieson got in touch

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with ‘Squizzy’ Taylor who was at Seaford and I went down there and played in a friendly against Baxter and got on really well with the lads.” Apart from a two-match cameo with Casey Comets, Greening spent four seasons at Seaford rewriting the scoring charts. He made 17 appearances for Seaford in 2011 scoring 27 goals (five in Cup matches), 21 appearances in 2012 scoring 26 goals, 22 appearances in 2013 scoring 43 goals (1 Cup goal), and 16 appearances in 2014 scoring 25 goals (two Cup goals). He has just completed his third season with Heart and his thirst for goals shows no sign of being quenched. In 2015 he made 18 appearances scoring 47 goals (three Cup goals), in 2016 he made 18 appearances scoring 29 goals (five Cup goals) and this year he made 21 appearances scoring 32 goals (five Cup goals). In all Greening has played 151 matches in Victoria and scored 251 goals.

“It’s not been a great season for the club or for me as it’s been a bit stop-start. “We started off the pre-season with a decent squad but serious injuries to ‘Pooley’ (Adam Poole) and ‘Sodda’ (Simon O’Donnell) set us back because they were really big losses. “I suppose though if someone had said at the start of the year that you’d stay in State 4 comfortably you’d probably have taken it.” No doubt Skye United is among a group of prospective Greening suitors as it is keen to go one better than its 2017 effort which saw it just miss out on promotion from State 3 South-East. The Billy Armour-led outfit already has been linked with Baxter striker Liam Kilner. Skye seems certain to lose defender Dan Utting and attacking midfielder Wumjock Jock who are moving to Bairnsdale and Traralgon respectively. Another player likely to move is Rosebud Heart goalkeeper Sean Skelly. Heart is keen to hold on to its star

custodian but Casey Comets and Baxter have shown interest. Skelly is believed to be undecided about his playing future and he may choose to become more involved in an off-field role with former club Langwarrin. Skelly currently serves on the Langy committee. Recent rumours about a coaching change at Mornington were well off the mark when the club reappointed senior coach Adam Jamieson and assistant Dale White last week. Jamieson has spoken to some senior players and some prospective signings and offers are on the table for key players Ryan Paczkowski and Sammy Orritt. But Paczkowski’s future at Dallas Brooks Park is uncertain and NPL outfit Oakleigh Cannons has made a huge play for the former Bentleigh Greens star. Meanwhile, Langwarrin is holding trials at Lawton Park this week for under-12s, under-13s, under-14s and under-16s. Trials for the under-18s and under-20s will also be at Lawton Park and will start on Monday 23 October at 7pm. Triallists should go to the club’s website or Facebook page and register online and triallists are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of each session. Late last week Langy completed its coaching roster with the announcement that Mitchell Ball would be in charge of one of its two under-12 squads. Ball holds an AFC level C coaching licence and was assistant coach of Bulleen’s under-16s this year. Southern United has been rocked with news that award-winning senior co-coaches Rob Giabardo and Bill Mihaloudis have joined local rival Bayside United. Southern’s board of management was only made aware of the move last Friday night. Under-18s coach George Perpina has moved to Springvale White Eagles while Debbie Nichols, Emma Bracken and Aaron Myatt seem certain to remain on the coaching staff. The structure of teams for the women’s NPL has changed and next year Southern will field teams at under-12, under-14, under-16, under-19 and senior levels. The club expects to start trials on Monday 16 October at Monterey Reserve and triallists can register at southernunitedfc.com.au online.


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The rise, fall, and rise of the Frankston Football Club By Brodie Cowburn FOR most football fans, 30 September 2016 was a day of excitement and anticipation. With the AFL Grand Final one day away many were stocking up on frozen sausage rolls and cheap grocery store meats for their Grand Final barbecues. No matter if you spent the day buying beer, drinking beer, or making room in your fridge for even more beer, the chances are that whatever you were doing as a football fan on Grand Final eve 2016, you were doing it quite happily. But for fans of the Frankston Dolphins, the day was far from happy. It was the darkest day in their team’s history. After five decades of competing in the VFL, the club’s licence was revoked by the league and its followers faced their first day backing a club without a competition to play in. The Dolphins had operated for 130 years, and on 30 September 2016, all they had to show for it was a massive debt and a group of despondent supporters. “We were sort of a bit devastated,” Frankston Football Club president and club champion Peter Geddes said of that fateful day. “I guess we were a bit lost because people didn’t quite know what to do.” “We had heard rumours that they were looking at taking our licence, and so we went in there actually full of hope because we just thought that we would be able to save it. We went there with a presentation to submit to AFL Victoria to say that we can continue the club, but they were of a different view.” Despite the efforts of people like Geddes to save the side, the club found its future shattered. Despite meetings with the AFL to plead their case, the debt at the Dolphins was too large to ignore and the decision was made to pull the plug. The decision to deny the Dolphins a place in the 2017 VFL season should have been enough to see them become nothing more than a relic of footballing history. It would have been easy to roll over and let the club die but the team at Frankston wasn’t going down without a fight. To ensure its survival, the club had a lot of work to do. To have any chance of impressing AFL Victoria and being readmitted, it would have to review its entire operation. To help with the daunting process back to VFL football, the club appointed former Hawthorn premiership player Gary Buckenara as

Bouncing back: Gary Buckenara (general manager) and Peter Geddes (president) from the Frankston Dolphins Football Club. Picture: Gary Sissons

general manager. “AFL Victoria had a list of things we had to make sure we were compliant with [to get back in the league],” Buckenara said. This included a business plan “that could prove we could not only survive, but sustain into the future”. In order to avoid the demise the club faced at the end of 2016, it would have to make changes over the next 12 months, with one in particular being a seemingly impossible mission. In a bid to display its passionate fan base to the league, the club set out to raise membership to more than 1000. Despite the need to lift the club’s membership almost 10 times the Dolphins managed to surpass this target. “It was so satisfying; the fact that we went from a club with 100 members with a side, to having 1200 plus without a side. We had all those people believing in us that we were a great club to build and an elite en-

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vironment for young players to come through,” Buckenara said. The membership drive was a shining example of the community effort that took place to ensure the Frankston Dolphins had a future with the VFL. “It is so important to have a VFL team here on the peninsula, because it inspires young people right across the Frankston and peninsula region to potentially get involved,” Dunkley MP Chris Crewther said. “There were a lot of fundraising efforts, events, and so forth that ensured through multiple avenues that the club was able to show the backing of the community, which I think was important to show the AFL in terms of getting their licence back.” On 4 August 2017 the Frankston Dolphins were handed a lifeline; AFL Victoria granted them a licence readmitting them to the VFL competition in 2018. For the Dolphins it was a chance to make things right and put their best foot forward for the future.

“We’ve made sure we’ve got a complete board of management, and that we’re working as we go into the future to make sure we have succession planning in place, so that we’ve always got the leadership required,” club president Peter Geddes said. “We’re very visible about where we’re going financially. We now target having thousands of members at some point in the future, and that gives you a really sustainable base.” The Dolphins downfall would have seen a club with a great history of breeding AFL talent disappear, as the side has formerly provided a home for retiring Bulldog great Matthew Boyd, All Australian Demon Michael Hibberd, and premiership coach Luke Beveridge. The club’s success is also a win for independent clubs that remain free of AFL affiliation, an issue which has risen again this year as the North Ballarat Roosters had their licence revoked for 2018. With their readmission, the Dolphins have chosen to

remain an independent side with the aim of making finals in the next five years. Following years of heartbreak and uncertainty, the future of the Frankston Football Club is looking up. The small team working at the club is working hard at returning the side to VFL football in 2018. With the appointment of a new coach expected in the next week, followed soon after by a playing list, the side will be looking to make the most of every opportunity when it appears on a VFL oval next season. “People are just busting for the first game at the ground. We’re hoping to get thousands of people there, and I’m sure we will,” Geddes said. “Just to see the team back out on the field again, it’ll be just really exciting.” Regardless of the outcome of that first game, the survival of the Dolphins is the ultimate underdog story. An independent club winning against seemingly impossible odds.

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