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Call for seal safety on the beach Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au THERE is no doubting the attraction of a seal resting or sunning itself on beaches around the bayside area. But the animals are unaware of the excitement and interest they cause and can suffer as a result. Wildlife activists are calling for fresh protocols to manage and protect the seals whenever they are spotted. They say laws aimed at protecting seals are clear but rarely enforced. Harming a seal can attract a $6000 fine or six months’ jail and there are limits to how close people, or dogs are allowed. It is illegal to touch or feed a seal. “Over the past two years seals resting on peninsula beaches have endured crowds of onlookers, dog attacks, jet ski harassment, drunken people riding on them, objects thrown at them, kicked, yelled at, poked and chased back into the water,” Australian Wildlife Protection Council president Craig Thomson said. “The peninsula community and local wildlife groups are very concerned that if the seals are not protected and a seal

acts to protect itself, it may be seen as a risk to public safety and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) may see fit to destroy the animal.” Mr Thomson said “pleas for help” from government authorities to organise a meeting “of all stakeholders … have fallen on deaf ears”. Mr Thomson and the wildlife protection council’s secretary Eve Kelly last week sent out a detailed account of

what happened to some of the 171 volunteer alerts for seals from Edithvale to Portsea between December 2016 and March 2018. They said DELWP rangers – “very clearly the authority overseeing seals” - were not usually able to adequately supervise activities around seals and had “actively discouraged” volunteers from helping, possibly because of insurance concerns. Continued Page 2

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‘Road warriors’ begin battle Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au ALL roads lead to a state election in November and voters should prepare for a steady flow of political pledges in marginal electorates along the Frankston line. Politicians from both major political parties were out in force on Monday (9

April) to begin wooing voters by making big promises on road infrastructure projects. Premier Daniel Andrews visited Aspendale Gardens first up to announce the planned $375 million Mordialloc bypass will no longer be tolled and will be a freeway. “We’d all rather be home with friends and family than stuck in traffic – that’s why we’re getting things done in Mel-

bourne’s south-east and building the Mordialloc Freeway,” Mr Andrews said. The Premier — accompanied by Labor state MPs Tim Richardson (Mordialloc), Sonya Kilkenny (Carrum) and Paul Edbrooke (Frankston) — told assembled journalists at the announcement that making the road toll free is “the right thing to do”. Liberal opposition leader Matthew Guy was making an announcement of

his own in Mordialloc while Mr Andrews was in Aspendale Gardens. The Coalition vowed to scrap Kingston Council plans to narrow a section of Beach Road to build the final part of the Bay Trail for cyclists and walkers alongside the busy road. A 5-4 majority of councillors voted last year to narrow the road to avoid losing more native vegetation when building the adjacent walking and bike path.

VicRoads has advised council the proposed narrowing is within its guidelines but protesters have flagged concerns about cyclists’ safety in any narrowed section of the road between between the Mentone Lifesaving Club and Peter Scullin Reserve in Mordialloc. The section of Beach Road would be narrowed from 14 metres on average to about 13 metres in width. Continued Page 3


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Continued from Page 1 Similarly, Mornington Peninsula Shire’s rangers “have no equipment or signage nor any current protocols as to who manages the protection of the seal”. “The shire’s phone system currently redirects calls about resting seals onto local volunteers, who then have no equipment or support. Volunteers have no authority to enforce breaches of seal exclusion zones or uncontrolled dogs harassing seals, unlike DELWP or shire rangers.” Mr Thomson said that on Sunday 11 March a seal came to rest within a dog off-leash beach at Rosebud. It was the day of the Rosebud kite festival and there were hundreds of people on the beach. “Being a Sunday, we called the shire‘s after hours emergency phone line. The operator told us to contact volunteers - who we are. “When we finally spoke to a shire ranger we were told that rangers weren’t authorised to help with seals and that it was in fact Parks Victoria that managed the beach up to the high tide mark. “So we contacted Parks Victoria, who told us that they didn’t deal with seals either and that seals were managed by DELWP, and so we went around in circles, as is the usual case. “In the end we managed to rustle up some tape barriers and stakes and had volunteers supervise the seal until 10 that night, the beach was still packed with tourists and dogs throughout the evening. The shire failed to act and did not offer supervision for the seal, nor did they attempt to close off the

THIS seal spent a few days on a beach near Rosebud before heading back into Port Phillip.

beach to off-leash dogs or fine dog owners approaching the seal.” Mr Thomson said neither DELWP nor the shire but had responded despite being sent details of the incident. The following weekend (Saturday 17 March) the wildlife protection council was called about a seal being harassed by a man at Seaford.

“A man, known to police, was photographed trying to place money on the seal’s nose,” Mr Thomson said. “Frankston police eventually arrested the man was for assaulting a [Frankston] council worker who was trying to prevent him approaching the seal. “We reported this matter to DELWP and asked them to … have this man charged with breaching the wildlife regulations, but again we have had no reply.”

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‘Road wars’ begin ahead of election Girl’s best friend: Lily Crowther and greyhound called Holly look forward to Kingston’s annual Pet Expo. Picture: Gary Sissons

Petting pets at expo day out Heath Reserve in Cheltenham, across the road from DFO. The Pet Expo features: n Free activities including pony rides, face painting and animal farm demonstrations from the Moorabbin n Dog Obedience Club, Frankston Fly Ball competition n Ferret races, sniffer dogs and more best-dressed dog, happiest dog, best dog trick n Bring along a photograph on the day for the prettiest cat and grumpiest cat competitions n Sausage sizzle and ice cream and market stalls 50 free showbags including dogs’ and cats’ leads, toys, treats Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

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Owners can also register their pets at the event. “Pet registration is crucial to ensure our local laws officers can reunite lost pets with their owners,” Cr Staikos said. “Some people don’t realise that pet registration is compulsory but we can help and will have staff on hand to make registering your pet quick and easy.” See kingston.vic.gov.au or phone council to find out if you are eligible for reduced registration fees, as you may need to bring along documents on the day to receive a discount. See kingston.vic.gov.au/pet-expo or call 1300 653 356 for more information.

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cut 10 minutes off a trip between the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and the Dingley Bypass. The freeway will connect the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Springvale Road in Aspendale Gardens to the Dingley Bypass in Dingley Village, establishing a continuous freeway from Frankston to Clayton. The new freeway will have entry and exit ramp interchanges at Springvale Road, Governor Road, Lower Dandenong Road and Centre Dandenong Road. A new interchange will also be built at Thames Promenade. An Environmental Effects Statement is to be done by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning amid some concerns about the impact the new bypass may have on the nearby Seaford-Edithvale Wetlands. Voters in the seats of Mordialloc, Carrum, Frankston and Bentleigh can expect several visits from both Premier Daniel Andrews and opposition leader Matthew Guy in the months leading up to polling day in November. The marginal seats, dubbed the “sandbelt seats”, are seen as crucial to politicians’ hopes of winning or staying in government. The four seats swung to Labor at the 2014 state election and a swing back of just 1 per cent would deliver Carrum, Frankston and Bentleigh back to the Liberals.

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ANIMAL enthusiasts, pet owners and their four-legged friends are invited to Kingston Council’s annual Pet Expo. Kingston mayor Cr Steve Staikos said the Pet Expo is a fun day out for the whole family and dogs are welcome to join in the fun. “Kingston’s Pet Expo is a terrific way to promote responsible pet ownership and to celebrate our love for animals and pets within the community,” Cr Staikos said. “My schnoodle Pepper is a muchloved part of our family and I know first-hand the joy a pet can bring to our lives.” The much-loved free annual event is on Saturday 28 April from 10am-3pm at a new venue this year, Kingston

Continued from Page 1 Kingston Central Ward councillor Geoff Gledhill, also the Liberal Party’s preferred candidate for Mordialloc, joined Mr Guy at the Beach Road announcement on Monday. “Geoff Gledhill has been working hard and listening to the local community and raising those concerns with my team,” Mr Guy said. “Geoff is focusing on the issues that matter and he’s fighting for his local community and that’s why we are backing his policy to fix Beach Road and make it safer.” Cr Gledhill said: “Over 5000 local residents have voiced their objections to Kingston Council’s proposal and support my plan for a safer Beach Road and I’m very pleased that Matthew Guy is listening to locals. “I’m working hard with Matthew Guy on a number of important local issues that I hope to announce soon.” Mr Guy accused Labor incumbent Mr Richardson of being “missing in action” on the narrowing of Beach Road. Construction of the long-mooted Mordialloc Bypass will begin next year with completion due by the end of 2021. Monday’s announcement added about $75 million to the now $375 million project cost and changed the route of the road. The state government says the project will create more than 400 jobs and

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NEWS DESK Neighbourhood watch on planning matters KINGSTON residents can help shape the future of neighbourhoods. Mayor Cr Steve Staikos says Kingston Council is holding a series of listening posts, self-guided walking tours and an online survey to help the community reflect on what they value in their area. “Protecting the character of our neighbourhoods while accommodating new growth is a key challenge facing Kingston. How do we keep what we love while making positive change for the future?” Cr Staikos said. “Council is undertaking a Housing Strategy and Neighbourhood Character Study to help answer these questions.” The Housing Strategy will provide a longterm plan to manage housing growth within our city while the Neighbourhood Character Study will involve a detailed assessment of design and development and an analysis of neighbourhood character in Kingston’s residential areas. These projects are being undertaken together to address the interrelated issues of housing needs, location and design in Kingston. “We want to work collaboratively with you to deliver a strategy for Kingston that incorporates community values, creates a shared understanding of local issues and enables everyone to have a say in our future,” Cr Staikos said. People can have their say by visiting the project team at one of council’s self-described listening posts at: n Main Street, Mordialloc (near the train station forecourt) on Tuesday 17 April, 7.30-9.30am n Westall Hub, Clayton South on Wednesday 18 April, 2pm-5pm n Chelsea Beach Arcade, Nepean Highway on Saturday 21 April, 10am-1pm See yourkingstonyoursay.com.au to complete a survey. Submissions for this stage of consultation close on Monday 14 May.

PROPOSED changes to the boundaries of Victorian federal electorates almost halve the seat of Flinders held by Liberal Greg Hunt, while the neighbouring seat of Dunkley held by Liberal MP Chris Crewther moves slightly north into parts of Isaacs. The changes – which create a new seat of Monash from the eastern and northern parts of Flinders – are designed to reflect population growth so that each electorate has a similar number of voters and have been made to accomodate a new electorate to be called Fraser in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Mr Hunt’s Flinders electorate could be scaled back to cover only the Mornington Peninsula (excluding Mt Eliza) and French Island. Cut from Flinders are large areas in the cities of Casey and Cardinia and the Shire of Bass Coast, including Phillip Island. Added to Flinders is that part of Baxter north of Baxter-Tooradin Road and from Bentons Road, Mornington to Manmangur Creek (the northern boundary of Mornington Golf Course) and Oakbank Road, Mt Eliza. These areas were formerly within Dunkley. Dunkley stands to gain a section of the seat of Isaacs north to Thompsons Road (Sandhurst), and down Eel Race Road to the bay. Both Mr Hunt and Mr Crewther declined to comment on the proposed changes late last week and referred media inquiries to the Liberal Party’s state director, Nick Demiris, who was not available. The Redistribution Committee for Victoria considered names and boundaries for the 38 Victorian federal electoral divisions. It had the task of rearranging boundaries in the lowgrowth eastern suburbs of Melbourne to “more equitably balance the high-growth areas in the south-east and north-west”, as well as taking high growth areas out of electoral divisions which “exceed the maximum number of electors permitted by the Electoral Act, including the divisions of McEwen and McMillan”. Committee chair and electoral commissioner Tom Rogers said the redistribution was required to enable an increase from 37 to 38 federal electoral divisions.

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- lose Mornington but gain Sandhurst near Thompson Road in the north. Flinders held by Mr Crewther’s Liberal colleague Greg Hunt - is almost

cut geographically in half and now consists mainly of the Mornington Peninsula (except most of Mt Eliza) and French Island. The entire town of Baxter

has been added to Flinders in the proposed redrawing of electorate boundaries. Flinders’ loss has been used to create the new seat of Monash.

moves for MPs als can be lodged with The Australian Electoral Commission, GPO Box 768, Melbourne, 3001, by 6pm, Friday 4 May, or online: FedRedistribution-VIC@aec.gov.au or via fax: 02 6293 7664. All objections received by the deadline will be available for public inspection on Level 1, Ur-

ban Workshop, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne and on the AEC website from Monday 7 May. Comments on the objections will then be accepted until 6pm (AEST) Friday 18 May. All comments on objections received by the deadline will also be made available to the public from Monday 21 May. Stephen Taylor

A MORNINGTON man was charged with reckless conduct endangering life, travelling at a dangerous speed and failing to stop when directed to do so by police after his Holden utility was clocked at 210kph on Peninsula Link, Frankston, 1.30am, Wednesday 28 March. The man, 28, was arrested next day and bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date. His car was impounded. Somerville Highway Patrol crews say they are regularly seizing vehicles for speeding and hooning, especially at night. They said the Peninsula Link control room had alerted them to be on the lookout for a car speeding south at about 150kph and, a short time later, the blue Holden ute roared past Golf Links Road. The patrol attempted to intercept with lights flashing and siren wailing but the car accelerated and police called off the chase due to safety concerns – clocking the ute at 201kph. Police said cars were impounded for a minimum 30 days, with a $1000 release fee. Other penalties may be imposed by a court.

Man stabbed at home A MAN was taken to hospital after being stabbed in a Beuteux Court, Aspendale Gardens home just after midnight on Sunday 8 April. The man, aged in his 20s, was allegedly stabbed by a woman, also in her 20s, and is expected to recover after suffering non life threatening injuries. The woman was arrested at the scene.

Body found Police will prepare a report for the coroner following the discovery of a man’s body in Mordialloc on Saturday 7 April. The man was located at Barkly Street home at about 11.45pm on Saturday 7 April. The death is not being treated as suspicious. Anyone facing mental health issues can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the call back service on 1300 659 467.

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Billson ‘never hid second job’ Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au FORMER small business minister and MP for Dunkley Bruce Billson has left an unintended legacy at Federal Parliament in the wake of a privileges committee inquiry into a second job he accepted while still in parliament. The committee has recommended parliamentary rules be changed to ban federal MPs from being paid as lobbyists after Mr Billson came under scrutiny for the acceptance of a $75,000 a year job as executive chair of the Franchise Council of Australia in March 2016, four months before retiring from Parliament. Mr Billson has admitted he made “an administrative error” in not declaring the job in his parliamentary register but says he never tried to hide the job from public scrutiny. A media release was sent out by the FCA announcing Mr Billson’s appointment in March 2016 and the then Dunkley MP was happy to speak to journalists about the job. When asked by News in May 2016 whether there “is anything dodgy in this”, Mr Billson responded, in a previously unpublished comment: “Absolutely not — it’d be crazy to do anything like that now.” The parliamentary committee recommended late last month that Mr Billson be censured for failing to declare the job on the parliamentary register but ruled his “conduct did not constitute contempt”. “The committee accepts Mr Billson’s

comments that he failed to comply due to error and oversight, as evidence that he did not intend to interfere improperly with the free exercise of the authority or functions of the house,” the committee’s report stated. Mr Billson received a $6250 payment for his FCA employment, while an MP, on 13 April 2016, as part of the annual salary of $75,000. The report, entitled Inquiry concerning the former Member for Dunkley in the 44th Parliament: possible contempts of the House and appropriate conduct of a Member, revealed a complaint about Mr Billson’s second job while a sitting MP made by neighbouring federal Isaacs Labor MP Mark Dreyfus in August 2017 triggered the committee’s investigation. When approached by The News after the report was released last month, Mr Billson said: “I have previously recognised my administrative error and oversight in not providing timely notification of changes to my register of interest prior to the Parliament in the final weeks before it was dissolved with the calling of the election I was not contesting and have formally apologised to the House for this failure. “The FCA and I have demonstrated that during the weeks when my widely publicised appointment as a director and executive chair overlapped with the end of my term as an MP, there was no improper influence, advocacy, lobbying, conflict of interest or impact on the free performance of my parliamentary duties, and welcome the committee’s conclusion ‘that no finding of contempt

Censured: Former Dunkley MP Bruce Billson apologised for an oversight in failing to declare income from a second job while a sitting MP.

could be made’.” Mr Dreyfus said “the Billson dual salary scandal never passed the pub test and it’s clear why”. “Being a Member of Parliament is a full-time job. That Mr Billson took on a second, high-paying job and didn’t declare it to the Parliament, shows that he knew it was wrong, yet he did it anyway.  “Mr Billson let down the people of

Dunkley and he should apologise. “Mr Billson was rightly censured by the House of Representatives, in a motion supported unanimously by the government and opposition. This is an extraordinary outcome that shows just how serious Mr Billson’s breach was. “Mr  Billson’s behaviour and his clear conflict in being a legislator while on the payroll of the Franchise Council of Australia, without declar-

ing it, is exactly why Australia needs a National Integrity Commission. “Labor calls on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to establish a National Integrity Commission now so that the public can have faith that their elected representatives won’t repeat Mr Billson’s actions.” Mr Billson also declared a previously unregistered payment for “advisor services” through his Agile Advisory Pty Ltd business during the committee’s inquiry process. “Agile Advisory was activated to make productive use of my available personal capacity in the approach to the 2016 election which was my ceasing being a member, and had begun to assist a personal friend who was the founder/CEO of a small technology business with business coaching, strategy and personal branding service,” Mr Billson voluntarily advised the committee. The committee, chaired by Queensland Liberal MP Ross Vasta, accepted Mr Billson had again failed to declare the payment to Agile Advisory while an MP in error. Mr Billson declined to identify the personal friend or the amount paid to Agile Advisory when asked by The News. The former cabinet minister is still executive chair of the FCA.

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Investigation starts after MP comments ALLEGATIONS against the Frankston & District Basketball Association by federal Dunkley Liberal MP Chris Crewther will be investigated by Victoria’s peak basketball body. Basketball Victoria announced last week it has begun “an independent investigation into the allegations and has spoken to the FDBA who are supportive and welcoming of the investigation”. Mr Crewther made several allegations of possible misconduct at the FDBA under parliamentary privilege during a grievance statement in Parliament on Tuesday 27 March (“MP fire shots at basketball board”, The Times 2/4/18). “As the peak representative basketball body in Victoria, Basketball Victoria is focused on the protection of its playing and non-playing participants and to provide a safe workplace and sporting environment for all participants, volunteers and administrators,” Basketball Victoria said in a statement last week that communications coordinator Jarrod Potter indicated should be attributed to the organisation itself rather than any individual. The FDBA board says it is “aggrieved and disappointed” at the federal MP’s comments. It is understood that a QC may be hired to carry out the Basketball Victoria investigation. There is no timeframe for an outcome yet. Mr Crewther’s comments in Can-

berra came the week after the Dunkley MP hosted a last-ditch meeting between FDBA and Frankston Council representatives to try to reach an agreement over lease terms for an upgraded stadium at Seaford’s Bardia Avenue. Council and the association have been locked in a long-standing bitter dispute about the lease for the $12.7 million upgraded stadium which was to be paid for by $5.2 million in federal funding, $2.5 million of state government funding, $4 million from council and $1 million from the association itself. The existing stadium was built by the FDBA and is situated on councilowned land. Council is now looking at trying to divert the $5.2 million in federal funding to installing basketball courts at Jubilee Park, the base for the Frankston & District Netball Association. Neil Walker

Birds the topic MAX Burrows, of Birdlife Mornington Peninsula, will talk about tropical birds of Australia at the next meeting of Peninsula Field Naturalists Club, 8pm, Wednesday 11 April, at 16 High Street, Frankston. All welcome. Call Judy Smart 0400 910 941 for more details.

Closing time: The end of Seaford Pier has been fenced off since late 2016 due to pylons needing to be repaired. Picture: Gary Sissons

Pier ‘to be fixed soon’ Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au THE end of Seaford Pier will be reopened to the public, but it remains unclear when fencing at the pier end will be removed and why no repair works have been done for more than a year. Repeated requests to Parks Victoria and state Carrum Labor MP Sonya Kilkenny over several weeks for details of work costs and timing remain unanswered. A glossy video by the MP posted on Facebook on 17 March announced: “Terrific news — we’re going to fix Seaford Pier”. No timeline for any plan to “get it done”, or cost, or any reason for nearly two years of inaction by Parks Victoria was given in the video promoted with the hashtag #OnYaSonya! where the pier repairs were described as “a big job”. A statement was provided to The News  by Ms Kilkenny that also failed

to answer any questions about the cost of any repairs. “Seaford Pier is a much loved beautiful local treasure and icon and has so much history for many people,” Ms Kilkenny stated. “Some pylons at the end of the pier are compromised so in December 2016 ParksVic decided, as a safety precaution, to fence off the end of the pier to the public.  “Since I made the announcement that the pier will be repaired I’ve received so many positive messages from all over the community.   “A number of people talk about their own childhoods coming to Seaford beach and walking along the pier or swimming under it. Others mention the beautiful wooden structure and its aesthetic value. “One thing is for sure, the local community and visitors to our beautiful Seaford beach love Seaford Pier. “And I am thrilled to be able to get funding so that Seaford Pier will be fully repaired so all of us will get to enjoy Sea-

ford Pier for many years to come.” When asked again about the cost Ms Kilkenny said it would be included in the state 2018-19 budget. Questions about a start and completion date for repair works remain unanswered. Ms Kilkenny’s announcement on Facebook that lacked any detail came 10 days after The News first asked Parks Victoria about the pier end being fenced off. Seaford resident Darren Gyss, who often swims near the pier, said he had been chasing Parks Victoria for months on an answer on when the pier will be fully open to the public (“Pier end closed for over year”, The News 14/3/17). Parks Victoria communications adviser Jarred Parsons eventually advised a response would be provided by Ms Kilkenny’s office instead of the state statutory management authority. The state election will be held in November and it is not known if the pier will be repaired by the time Carrum electorate voters in the marginal seat head to the polls.

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MODEL aircraft of all types, sizes and styles will take off in the Western Port Model Aircraft Club’s Wings over Western Port open day, Sunday 15 April. The club’s inaugural open day is the airfield at 360 The Esplanade, Crib Point. Gates will be open to the public 10am-4pm. Members fly model helicopters, jets, civilian and military type aircraft “all based on the real thing and sounding just as good”, secretary Stephen Gray said. The club, founded in the early 1990s, has a membership of about 100 and a diverse range of age groups and experience levels – with some members holding world records and one junior world champion in pylon F3D racing. At the open day, members will be assisted by pilots from other model aircraft clubs from around the state. A feature will be a demonstration of control line flying, with members of the

public welcome to have a go at this exciting and fun aspect of model flying. Members from other radio controlled hobbies groups will demonstrate remote-controlled tanks, crawlers, yachts and boats. Crews from the CFA and Victorian Maritime Centre will participate at the event which is supported and sponsored by the Balnarring & District Branch of the Bendigo Bank. Western Port Model Aircraft Club is planning to make this an annual event to showcase the sport, or hobby, of remote-controlled aircraft and to involve other local remote-control interest groups. They plan to generate an awareness of their activities within the community and create interest from potential members. Other groups participating on the day are the Victorian Maritime Centre, Victorian Armoured Radio Control Club, Illawong Model Boat Group, and RC Crawlers Melbourne.


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Plover catches eye of artist THE endangered hooded plover has appeared larger than life in Frankston. The wall mural was painted by Jimmy Beatie for last month’s The Big Picture Festival of street art. The appearance of the mural coincided with news on the bird’s survival front of 12 hooded plover chicks hatched on Mornington Peninsula beaches making it to the flying stage. Diane Lewis, president of the Friends of the Hooded Plover group, said the mural and fledging of the chicks “is a wonderful tribute to the volunteers and the public who now acknowledge the bird’s existence”. “Beachgoers, whether they are surfers, walkers, hang gliders or families spending a day at the beach have all taken an interest and given the birds room to breed,” Ms Lewis said. “Some beaches, like 16th beach [near Rye], had two chicks fledge from the same clutch. This was in spite of one person picking up one of the chicks and taking it back to her car. “One opportune phone call to a volunteer reassured her that the chick had not been abandoned. The chick was then returned to the beach where it had been hiding. It was seen running around the following day, with no adverse effects.” Ms Lewis said it was more than seven years since that particular beach had seen a chick survive. “Beaches across Rye had a total of five chicks fledge, once again unheard of since we started keeping records,” she said. Keith Platt

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Flinders officer survives close call Compiled by Brodie Cowburn LEAVING Dandenong on Friday afternoon for Wonthaggi, Lieutenant M. H. Bolton, recruiting officer for Flinders, with Sergeants E. J. Coyle and R. Middleton had a most exciting experience in their new Ford recruiting car. After leaving Lang Lang the officers struck very bad roads, and decided to leave the main road and take a side track. It was dark and after looking over the road in daylight, it was seen that the car was but a few feet from a death trap in three very bad places. At one point the car had been was only a few inches from a steep cliff overlapping the sea. Sergeant Coyle, who was at the wheel, thinking danger was ahead stopped the car just in time to save it from dashing over the cliffs, which would have been certain death. A cheer went up when the officers arrived at Wonthaggi, where they will hold a recruiting meeting. As a result of their visit 11 recruits were obtained. *** IT was announced by the Speaker in the House of Representatives on Wednesday that the writ for the Flinders by-election, necessitated by the retirement of Sir William Irvine, will be issued on Friday. Nominations will close on Monday, 29th April, and polling day is fixed for Saturday, 11th May. The writ is returnable on or before 25th May. It is officially stated on behalf of a the National Federation that there will be no lack of candidates for the

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vacant seat in the Flinders electorate. As far as can be gathered, from 16 to 18 candidates have intimated their intention of offering their services in the Nationalist interests. Today the executive of the United National Federation will meet, when the steps to be taken to select a candidate from the number offering will be considered. *** THE writ for the Election of a member of the House of Represented for the Division of Flinders, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Sir William Irvine, will be issued at an early date. Persons who are not already enrolled are reminded that all claims for enrolment must reach the Commonwealth Electoral Registrar for the Subdivision in which they live not later than six o’clock on this date of the issue of the Writ. Claims for enrolment received after that date and hour will not be dealt with until after the Election has taken place. *** A PETITION has been presented to His Excellency the Governor in Council, asking that the shire of Frankston and Hastings be resubdivided and that the North riding be made into two ridings. The petitioners state that the valuation of the North riding is £21,300 and returns 3 councillors, whilst the combined valuation of the centre and east ridings amounts to £26,719, and returns six councillors. *** A NUMBER of ratepayers of the

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Lyndhurst parish of the Cranbourne shire have petitioned His Excellency the Governor in Council to attach part of the said shire to the shire of Frankston and Hastings. The petitioners state that they have no interests in the Cranbourne shire, their principle business centres being Frankston, Seaford and Carrum. That to reach these centres they have to travel over roads within the shire of Frankston and Hastings. That the roads to these centres are very bad, and under present circumstances they have no rights enabling them to ask for works to be done, their rates going in one direction and their traffic in another. *** READERS will notice in our advertising columns the sports programme for Saturday afternoon, April 20th in the Frankston Park. Admission 1s, children half price. Proceeds will be devoted to the Repatriation Fund. The programme embraces events for young and old, for soldiers and for horsemen. A novel event will be a race for draught horses, to be ridden without whips or spurs. Major Conder and Messrs Oates, Jolly and Young met last week end and drew up the programme which should create much pleasure and mirth for patrons. *** THE proposal to expend £168,845 on the erection of quarters and workshops at Flinders naval base for the accommodation of the district naval personnel was the subject of a report submitted to Parliament on Wednes-

day by the Federal Public Works Committee. After taking an immense amount of evidence the committee recommended that the machine and fitting shop and the temporary hospital should be proceeded with at once, and that tenders be called for the erection of the married officers’ quarters, the Department of Works to submit a tender for the carrying out of the work by day labor. *** V. WILLIAMS, of Ballam Park. A meeting of those interested in the formation of a gymnasium club at Frankston will be held at Mr. Brashers residence, Davey Street, Frankston, this (Saturday) evening at 7.30 p.m. Several local gentlemen are actively interesting themselves in the proposal and it is hoped in the near future that a club will be formed, members of which will be able to in indulge in boxing, wrestling etc., during the winter evenings. *** REV E. Tonkin begins his third year as superintendent of the Frankston Methodist Circuit on Sunday next. He will conduct both the morning and evening services in the local Church. The evening service, until further notice, begins at 7pm. *** WITH a view of bringing the local cheque for the returned soldiers’ Repatriation Fund up to £100 a high class concert, will be held in the Mechanics’ Hall, Frankston at 8 p.m. on Saturday evening, April 20th. We are informed that the forthcom-

ing programme will equal, if it does not excel, the previous concert, and a great musical treat is promised. *** THE proceeds of the concert held at Franktson on Easter saturday night, under the auspices of the local branch of the Red Cross in aid of the Soldiers Repatriation fund, amounted to £19 6s 3d, and a further sum of £5 5s was secured for the same object by the raffle of a rug which was won by Mr C. G. V. Williams, of Ballam Park. *** CONSTABLE Farley, who was stationed at Frankston during the summer months, returned to Melbourne on Thursday. During his stay here Constable Farley made many friends and proved himself a capable and efficient officer. *** IN our report of an entertainment held at Somerville on Thursday evening, March 28th, the name of Miss Bessie Grant, who gave a dainty impersonation of Cecile, sister of Lydia, in the farce entitled “My turn next” was inadvertently omitted. *** IMPOUNDED at Frankston, 1 Bay Gelding, about 15 hands, four black points, three shoes off, near hind shoe on, about 9 years, branded like V on near shoulder. If not claimed and expenses paid will be cold on Monday, April 29th, 1918. F. H. WELLS, Ranger. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 13 April 1918


THE MEANING OF EXISTENCE... AND OTHER SHORT STORIES

Daylight Saving Myself from Insanity By Stuart McCullough WHAT a relief! I’m so glad it’s behind us, at least for a while. So unpleasant. So unnecessary. So evil. I realize I’m putting it quite highly; so high, in fact, that you’d need the little step ladder to get it down again. But I can only say that I’m happy to see the back of it and that my emotions on this important topic are entirely genuine. Only now can I breathe a sigh of relief as things go back to normal. I speak, of course, of the end of daylight savings. In this crazy, mixed up world, there’s any number of things I’d be happy to never see again. Like cricket. Or Facebook, especially since it now turns out that it’s responsible for ruining the entire world, a fact that renders the ‘like’ button completely redundant as well as deeply ironic. But daylight savings is despicable because it steals the one thing I can never get enough of – sleep. Just like Facebook steals your dreams, daylight savings robs you of an hour overnight so that you wake up feeling tired and cranky. It’s unforgivable. The whole thing’s a shock to the system. That first week of daylight savings is torture, pure and simple. The entire population is left completely stupefied with fatigue as we stumble around, pretending that nothing’s wrong. Ideally, they’d phase it in fifteen minutes at a time over a month rather than subjecting us to the whole bucket-load of misfortune at once. Or give us a day off to adjust. It’s like a collective form of jetlag. There’s simply no need for it. It’s not just the fact of daylight

savings that’s troublesome. It outstays its welcome. In the same way David Niven described the Oscars as two hours of sparkling entertainment squeezed into four hours, daylight savings refuses to quit whilst it’s ahead. Granted, there are parts of the summer where supplies of sunlight are abundant and no-one really no-

tices daylight savings because there’s about sixteen hours of light. But, towards the end, you’re begging for it to finish as you drive to work and it’s as dark as the dead of winter. Daylight savings used to be shorter. When I was a kid, daylight savings lasted about four months. As time has gone on, it’s become emboldened

and started to spread. Doubtless it intends to take over the entire year and there’ll be no room left for regular time at all. This can’t be allowed to happen. For starters, adopting permanent daylight savings will drive an eternal wedge between ourselves and Queensland, who have remained rightly suspicious of the scheme in its entirety. They used to say Queensland resisted daylight savings for fear that it would fade the curtains. And confuse the cows. But this begs the question: what if Queensland is right? What if by indulging daylight savings for ever-longer periods of time we are doing untold damage to the drapes? You can’t tell me that an extra hour of sunshine isn’t a contributing factor to climate change. It simply stands to reason. And as for cows, we could do worse than to take heed of the legitimate concerns of our bovine friends. They may well know something we don’t. Come to think of it, I feel that there’s a direct connection between daylight savings and the inexorable rise of almond milk. Good grief. Previously, I’ve threatened to boycott. One of my brothers used to maintain both standard and summer times concurrently throughout the year, going so far as to wear two wristwatches at all times. As a big fan of Flavour Flav of Public Enemy, my brother was acutely aware of always knowing what time it was. That said, I doubt Flavour Flav could get away with wearing two clocks around his neck the whole year round. It would be uncomfortable, I think. He’d have to move to Queensland, just to be on

the safe side. Perhaps I’m reacting to being told what to do. Ideally, daylight savings wouldn’t be foisted on us and, instead, be a matter of personal choice. In much the same way as ‘catch up’ television lets you choose when you want to consume a particular television program, we should be able to do everything when and how we want. There would be advantages. ‘Peak hour’ would be a thing of the past. Granted, calendars would become redundant and meeting anyone would be more a matter of chance than design, but I think the benefits could well outweigh the negatives. The only way to know for sure is to give it a try. Don’t get me wrong: I love it when daylight savings ends. In fact, the end of daylight savings is the most exciting night of the year. The gift of an additional hour overnight is nothing short of a miracle. It should happen every weekend. I don’t care if, before long, we’re going to work in the middle of the night and sleeping through daylight; the gift of that additional hour each week will have untold productivity benefits. But if that’s impossible, then I say we should abolish daylight savings. The fight back starts here. By my calculations, we’ve got just six months to get the next round of daylight savings called off completely. It’s a daunting task, but I’ve got plenty of energy. Especially since I had that extra hour of sleep. So long daylight savings. And good riddance. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

Commander Parker and the Electric Seal Suit By Stuart McCullough SUDDENLY, I realized. Sitting on the couch, I experienced an epiphany, the likes of which I’d not had since I first laid eyes on the ‘Boating, Camping, Fishing’ advert a while back (the words ‘it’s BCFing fun’ are now seared on my mind like a grill-mark on a particularly large steak). We were watching series two of ‘The Crown’, which features the Duke of Edinburgh embarking on the naval equivalent of a Contiki Tour, when I was struck by the realization that I might have met one of the cast members. By ‘cast member’, I don’t mean one of the actors but one of the characters in this real-life drama. It’s at this point that I feel I should use the term ‘spoiler alert’. In this crazy, mixed up world of content on demand, not everyone will have caught up with ‘The Crown’. I’ll do my best not to reveal any major plot points, but that said, given that it’s based on historical events, I feel most of the major twists and turns are already in the public domain. If you’re not familiar with it, ‘The Crown’ is kind of like ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ but with corgis and more modest clothing. The Duke decides to go travelling on a really big boat with a bunch of navy people. The whole thing looks like an absolute hoot as HMS Fairstar the Funship visits various ports and everyone stocks up on as much duty free West Coast Cooler as they possibly can. There are beard growing competitions and, I imagine, a pretty robust trivia night on Tuesdays. As legend has it, this was the trip that first inspired

the Village People to write ‘In the Navy’. Again, not wishing to spoil it for those who’ve yet to watch series two, the general vibe of the trip is ‘Schoolies in uniform’. During this adventure, the Duke has a wingman. That wingman was an Australian, Commander Mike Parker. We were watching television

when it occurred to me that I had met a Commander Parker. ‘Commander’ is still a pretty unusual first name, and the fact that the Commander I’d met was also ‘Commander Parker’ got me wondering whether the Commander Parker I’d met was, in fact, the same Commander Parker featured in series

two of The Crown. I was a schoolboy when I met him. He was quite old. He certainly looked nothing like the actor who portrayed him, but it feels unfair to hold that against him. He ran something called the ‘AustraliaBritain Society’ and they sponsored an event entitled the ‘Plain English Speaking Award’ in which I was a contestant. He was smaller than me – that much I remember – and was the poshest, most proper person I’d ever met. He was still referred to as ‘Commander Parker’ which, frankly, is the greatest DJ name of all time. As a contestant in the ‘Plain English Speaking Award’, I was severely out of my depth. The other competitors seemed to come from inner city schools and knew a lot more about pretty much everything. They were sophisticated – a charge that is yet to be leveled at me – and confident. I don’t know if they knew anything about the Commander’s history or the fact that he was a royal BFF, but I was profoundly clueless. In fact, I probably avoided speaking to him for most of the time for fear of not knowing what to say. One of the highlights of the competition was a dinner. Up to that time, I had never owned a suit and my parents bought me one for the occasion. I’d like to say that the suit was timeless when, in actual fact, it was around six minutes in 1987. By which I mean that it was the kind of suit that was briefly fashionable and, even then, tested the boundaries of good taste in the kind of way that leaves a couple of the fence palings broken. Not quite as tasteless a beard-growing competition, but close. I’d say the suit was

grey, but given the shiny nature of the acrylic fibre, perhaps silver is more accurate. It made me look like a bedazzled seal. Doubtless it had shoulder pads, and was a couple of sizes too big, meaning that the belt had some real work to do. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so out of place in all my life. In a ‘six degrees of Kevin Bacon’ sense, the fact I met the Commander puts me just two degrees between me and her Majesty. I’m not sure what kind of privileges this brings – whether I can Airbnb a stay at Windsor Castle or finally get myself one of those ‘VIP’ McDonald’s drive-thru stickers that everyone except my family seemed to have on their cars back in the eighties. (A silver suit that generates so much static electricity when you walk that it can power a lamp is simply no substitute.) Point is, I can now refer to the Monarch as a ‘friend of a friend’. Not to give too much away, but Commander Parker left HMS Fairstar and returned to Australia. I won’t say anymore – you’ll have to watch it yourself. But apparently, he and the Duke remained close friends for the rest of the Commander’s life. Back then, all I saw was an old guy with a fancy title I didn’t understand. I couldn’t have imagined the kind of life he’d led. I suspect he was patient with me. I still have a medallion for participating in that speaking contest and I think I’ll dig it out. But I don’t have the suit. For that, we can all be grateful. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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Sharks clear murky waters DIVISION ONE

By Toe Punt SORRENTO took just eight days to turn an embarrassing defeat into something a little more positive on Saturday, after beating Mt Eliza by one kick in MPNFL Division One football. Good Friday would have been a game that the Sharks quickly wished to put behind them, given the game was billed as the biggest local clash in two decades. In good news for footy, the Sharks were able to do that, leading at every change and bringing home the four points. Chris Dawes was hooked last week for missing goals that perhaps he otherwise would have kicked but he did get his hands on the pill enough to hit the post four times. On Saturday he booted four goals and paved the way for Sorrento to win the match. Ryan Williams was dominant in the ruck, Tom Langford played his best game for the club and Zac Byrnes booted two goals in a lively performance from the middle. Jordan Moncrieff was solid in attack for Mt Eliza, booting four goals while Ben Landry and Jordan Capkin were the best for the Redlegs. Redlegs coach Troy Shannon has made it clear in 2018 that it will be a youth first policy at his football club.

Frankston Bombers has had a wonderful initiation into the new MPNFL Division One competition. In round one, it went up against a traditional Division One club in Mt Eliza losing by just two points. On Saturday in round two, it came up against Mornington, winning by an impressive 17 points. Suffice to say that the Bombers have stepped up to the higher competition and rightly have dibs on a top five position. Its opponent on the other hand, in Mornington, has a little bit of work to do given it only beat Rosebud by less than two goals and lost this week to the Bombers, both “Division Two” teams. The Bombers booted six goals to Mornington’s two in the final quarter to win 16.15 (111) to 14.10 (94). On Saturday Jarrod Grant booted three for the Bombers while Joshua Chapman and Corey Micari were outstanding. It was hard to go past Broden Bird as the best player on the ground after booting five goals for the Doggies. While Tom Hobbs and Kalen Bird were also first class for the Doggies. A four-goal head start has cost Rosebud in its match against Bonbeach going down by 23 points, 7.15 (57) to 12.8 (80). Despite playing on their home deck the Buds allowed Bonbeach to boot four unanswered goals in the open-

ing quarter before working their way back into the contest to trail by just eight points at half-time. Trent Dennis-Lane was the difference between the side with seven goals, while Jackson Casey and Gary Carpenter were also instrumental in the win for the Sharks. For the Buds, Sean and Keegan Downie along with Josh Harris and Greg Bentley were outstanding. Frankston YCW remains undefeated after an epic struggle against Seaford, winning by just two goals, 13.14 (92) to 12.8 (80). This game once again highlighted what a tight competition Division One is going to be in 2018. YCW coach Wayne Capp would have been proud of the fact that it was some of his younger players who lead from the front, including Lachlan Street, Michael Debenham, Josh Butland with four goals and Jake Lovett. Seaford isn’t that far away and just needs to find consistency in a tight competition. In the final game on Sunday at Regents Park, Edithvale-Aspendale kicked inaccurately but still got away with a ten-point victory over Pines. The Eagles booted 12.20 (92) to 11.16 (82), a good effort from the Pythons considering the players still out of the team.agged four and three respectively .

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Tigers tough early DIVISION TWO

By Toe Punt DROMANA overcame a slow start in MPNFL Division Two against Somerville on Saturday, winning by more than eight goals. The Tigers trailed by 19 points at quarter time, however they booted 15 goals to four after the first change to win 16.15 (111) to 8.6 (54). The Tigers boasted 11 goal kickers, Ethan Johnstone the best of them with three majors while former Rye coach Ben Holmes once again proved what a bonus he is with two goals. Andrew Howison was once again superb for the visitors, while Billy Quigley and Shaun Clarke were at the top of their game. Somerville struggled, restricted to just six scoring shots to twenty-eight after quarter time. Ryan Gillis was best in attack with three goals while Luke Rowe and Tim McGenniss along with Justin Allsopp worked tirelessly. Karingal and Langwarrin may have gone face to face in a new division on Saturday, but the result was always going to be similar – an epic tussle. The lead swung a number of times between the Bulls and the Kangas, but it was always unthinkable for Karingal lose after the unveiling of their new state of the art pavilion. Both clubs wore black armbands in the honour of Luke Duhig, who represented both clubs. The game was played in the spirit in which Luke approached his football, hard and tough. Kangas led by a point at quarter time but were never able to get in front at any change, losing 10.14 (74) to 9.11 (65). The evergreen Michael Burke was the best player on the field heavily supported by new Karingal teammate Steve McInnes. Blake Peach and Shane Paterson were the best of the Kangaroos. Chelsea enjoyed victory number one in the new look competition with a 11.13 (79) to 11.6 (72) win over Red Hill.

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The Seagulls trailed by four points at half-time but booted six goals six to five goals one after the major change to win by seven points. Curtis Bywater kicked off 2018 the same way he finished off 2017, booting four goals. While Simon Mitchelhill and Jason Clarke were outstanding. Todd Gardiner was allowed too much freedom through the middle of the field by the Hillmen. The Hillmen once again lost a game they arguably should have won. Chelsea are expected to be a big improver this year, so it proves that the Hillmen aren’t too far off the pace. Matt Hyden, Jonah Siversen and Dylan Hoare were the best of the Hillmen. Rye was tipped to be a massive improver in 2018. What wasn’t expected was for Tyabb to improve at similar levels. The scoreboard looked as expected at half-time on Saturday, Rye leading 6.6 (42) to Tyabb 1.2 (8). By the end of the match, the scoreboard read Rye 11.14 (80) to Tyabb 10.9 (69). Spencer McCartney and Jake Anderson with four goals were standouts for the Yabbies. Key recruit Tyrren Head and Jai Lloyd were exceptional for Rye. Devon Meadows got their season away to a flyer smashing Pearcedale by nine goals, 17.12 (114) to 8.13 (61). It was sensational to see Troy Aust back in the Devon Meadows line up booting five goals while a number of other recruits, including Joel Hillis and Liam Drew, provided plenty of excitement for the Panther’s crowd. Other than a tight first quarter, the young Pearcedale side was never competitive. It may be another long year. It was a bittersweet win for Hastings on Saturday against Crib Point, winning by 111 points, but possibly losing gun recruit Matt Boland to a seasonending knee injury. If there was positive news it was Luke Hewitt booting eight goals after coming back from a knee injury.

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FRANKSTON Dolphins returned to the VFL on Saturday after a season’s suspension when the club went into voluntary administration. The young team went down 6.5 (41) to 21.17 (143) to Essendon but are sure to have a lot of support this year. Picture: Gary Sissons


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Thompson triple opens Strikers’ account SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie A FIRST-HALF hat-trick from Ryan Thompson spearheaded Peninsula Strikers’ 4-0 away win over Old Scotch last weekend. The English import became the 22nd player to get a hat-trick for the local side and former Everton striker Femi Orenuga completed the rout in the second half when he ran onto Stefan Karac’s pass and rounded the Old Scotch keeper before stroking the ball into an unguarded goal. Strikers had lost the opening league fixture after a tumultuous preseason and the victory kick-starts its promotion campaign under new head coach Jamie Paterson. The Centenary Park outfit was the only local State League club to win last weekend as a recurring theme of played two lost two emerged. That is the reality that Mornington, Skye United, Seaford United and Baxter must confront as they strive to win their first points of the season. Mornington went down 2-0 away to Beaumaris on Saturday in their State 1 South-East fixture. Mornington dominated the first half but paid dearly for its profligacy in front of goal. Early in the second half, it blew another good chance to open the scoring before Zach Lemke put Beaumaris ahead in the 52nd minute. Eight minutes later Mornington defender Josh Valadon was red carded. “We seemed to lose our confidence when we went down to 10 men and we were terrible after that,” Mornington gaffer Adam Jamieson said. Toby Nowell put the home side further ahead in the 74th minute. Mornington winger Keegan Ziada came off the bench for the last 20 minutes and is pushing for a place in the starting line-up to face Richmond at Dallas Brooks Park on Saturday while Charlie Parker looms as an obvious replacement for Valadon and Wayne Gordon returns from suspension. The club is hopeful that Sammy Orritt can recover from injury in time to face Richmond. Meanwhile, a first-half strike from Boroondara-Carey’s Abboud Dib was enough to send Skye United to a second successive defeat on Saturday and things won’t get any easier for Billy Armour’s men as they square up to State 3 South-East leader South Yarra at Fawkner Park next weekend.

Hat-trick hero: Ryan Thompson’s first-half goals put Peninsula Strikers firmly in control against Old Scotch on Saturday. Picture: John Punshon

Harry McCartney reports that Seaford United lost 2-0 away to Collingwood in their State 3 South-East contest on Friday night but was much more competitive compared to its insipid round one display. In the 14th minute, Ugar Tumkaya broke a dubious offside line and rounded advancing Seaford keeper Patrick Bretherton before slotting home the opener as Seaford defenders argued with the assistant referee. Young Conor Mcfall finally won his first senior start of the league season and his hard running complemented the guile of Dylan Waugh and Matt Morris-Thomas. Seaford hit the bar in the second half in what became a spiteful game with both sides lucky to finish with a full complement of players.

In the 88th minute with Seaford pushing hard for an equaliser, Collingwood broke quickly and Kenzo Noritomi sealed the win with a thundering low strike that gave Bretherton no chance. Baxter went down 3-1 to visitor Dandenong South in Saturday’s State 4 South clash at Baxter Park. Fitim Ibraimi’s through ball in the 2nd minute sent Malik Sulemani clear and he lobbed Baxter keeper James Foster to open the scoring. Six minutes later Ibraimi was on the end of a cross from the right to slot home easily from close range and make it 2-0. Baxter should have scored in the 18th minute when Dan Disseldorp put Ben Meiklem through but Meiklem scuffed his shot sending the ball wide.

In the 42nd minute, Disseldorp won the ball on the touchline and his audacious attempt to lob the Dandy keeper from 35 metres struck the bar. Big Disseldorp made amends early in the second half with a looping header following a Matt Morgan free kick and in the 51st minute Baxter fans were up in arms after claims of handball inside the area were ignored by the referee. They were further incensed when a perfectly timed tackle from Andy Bayliss-White late in the contest saw the referee point to the penalty spot. Lindurim Tairi’s attempted conversion was superbly saved by Foster but Tairi pounced on the rebound to round off the scoreline. Frankston Pines went down 1-0 to title contender Mazenod at Monterey Reserve on Saturday and it took a stunning solo effort from Jack Haggerty in the 83rd minute to decide this State 2 South-East clash. Haggerty weaved his way past a series of ill-timed lunges as he motored into the area on the left before his low strike from a tight angle beat Pines keeper Jarrod Nardino. Mazenod bossed the contest for most of the first half with a James Neighbour header in the 32nd minute striking the bar before being cleared. Pines caused Mazenod a few anxious moments in the second half and substitute Ioasa Saemo blew a great chance to break the deadlock in the 75th minute after a great run down the right from CJ Hodgson but Saemo’s shot was blocked by the foot of former Pines custodian Kris McEvoy. That was to prove Pines’ best chance of getting something out of a fiercely contested affair against a quality opponent. NPLW outfit Southern United put on one of its best performances of the season going down 4-0 to Heidelberg United away from home on Saturday. The fixture was supposed to be played on Sunday as a home game for Southern but an objection by Heidelberg on religious grounds (Greek Orthodox Easter) meant FFV only switched the venue and date last Wednesday. The late reschedule meant five players in Southern’s starting line-up were unavailable due to work commitments. Southern’s under-12s thrashed Heidelberg 7-1 with Kayla McLeod (3), Emilia Ingles (2), Jasmine Smith and Rhiannon Kelleher scoring for

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Southern, the under-14s won 3-1 with goals from Candy Kilderry (2) and Alessandra Davis, the under-16s lost 3-2 with Jasmine Ristevski and Haylea Porter scoring for Southern while the under-19s lost 2-1 with Maylinda Emini scoring for Southern. Next Saturday’s NPLW clash between Geelong Galaxy United and visitor Southern United will have an added edge given that both clubs have been drawn against each other in this week’s Team App Cup and are in dispute about both the venue and kick-off time. Southern is now likely to forfeit the Cup match. In NPL2 news Langwarrin turned in a superb performance on Sunday away to Nunawading City coming from 2-0 down to record a memorable 4-3 win. Former NSL and A-League star Massimo Murdocca ran the show for Nunawading in the first half but an incident-packed second period involved six goals with both sides being reduced to 10 men. Substitute Sam Klepac opened Langy’s account in the 57th minute with Viktor Medini (67th) and Liam Baxter (penalty 72nd) also getting on the scoresheet. Veteran Langy keeper Robbie Acs was sent off late in the match with scores tied at 3-3 and Luke Burgess, who is having an outstanding season, grabbed the winner for the visitors in the 92nd minute. FFV’s competitions department is having a bad run at the minute and has been unable to provide details of next weekend’s big local derby between Strikers and Pines listed as a home game for Strikers whose pitch at Centenary Park remains unplayable. FFV also was unable to provide a venue for Saturday’s clash between Dandenong Warriors and Baxter. Here are next weekend’s games: SATURDAY 3pm: Geelong Galaxy Utd v Southern Utd (Banyul Warri Reserve), Mornington v Richmond (Dallas Brooks Park), Peninsula Strikers v Frankston Pines (venue unknown), Seaford Utd v Bayside Argonauts (North Seaford Reserve), South Yarra v Skye Utd (Fawkner Park), Dandenong Warriors v Baxter (venue unknown), Somerville Eagles v Aspendale (Tyabb Central Recreation Reserve). SUNDAY 3pm: St Albans Saints v Langwarrin (Churchill Reserve).


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International tennis hits the courts By Ben Triandafillou TENNIS players from across the world made their way to the Mornington Tennis Centre on Monday 19 March for the annual Mornington Peninsula Tennis International. The players which included Men’s Australian Open doubles semi-finalist, Marc Polmans, competed for a total of $50,000 in prize money which was spread over two tournaments. Mornington Elite Tennis Academy director Kate Antosik said the club really embraced the international tournament. “It’s a showcase tournament for our juniors to see the standard of play that they can aspire to get to,” she said. “There is only 10 of these international tournaments played in Australia each year so it’s great to have the opportunity to have one down here on the Peninsula.” Junior tennis players from the Mornington Peninsula got the chance to join in on the action as ball kids for the tournaments. “It was a great opportunity for some of the juniors to get bought into that environment and enjoy a completely different experience,” Antosik said. “They got to hold some of the player’s towels which they were getting really excited about and it was great for them to try something that they aren’t as open to.” The opening tournament which concluded on Sunday 25 March saw the top seed Marc Polmans (world ranking of 216) defeat Sydney tennis player Max Purcell in the singles before Purcell turned the tables on Polmans and took out the second tournament, the following week. Purcell also finished runners-up in the doubles in the opening week with partner Tom Evans (AUS) having been defeated by Matthew Romios (AUS) and Yu Hsiou Hsu (TPE). Adam Taylor (AUS) and Jason Taylor (AUS) were the doubles champions in the second week defeating Michael Look (AUS) and Blake Ellis (AUS). Tennis lessons continued during the tournaments play allowing the juniors to feel a part of the action with an Easter egg hunt also taking place on Thursday 29 March.

Smashing success: International tennis competitors Max Purcell and Marc Polmans stand alongside ballkids Leon Prosper, Lola Grigor, Ryan Kelly, Jonty Ralphsmith and Poppy Coggans-Coyle. Picture: Supplied

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Showing support: Peninsula Raiders players gather in Pambula, NSW for the Masters AFL Easter Carnival. Picture: Supplied

Raiders continue hike for Easter Carnival PENINSULA Raiders Superules Football Club competed in the annual Buccaneers Masters AFL Easter Carnival on Sunday 1 April to help raise money for the people affected by the Tathra fires in New South Wales. The Raiders have made the hike up to the South Coast Buccaneers football ground in Pambula, NSW for the past 16 years and continue to go back to help the charities and create a “bonding camp” out of the trip. Even though there is no scoring at the games, Peninsula Raiders presi-

dent Michael Dillon said “everyone still keeps counts” and the games are “still highly competitive”. “It’s a great trip away for the team and it always seems to help the community,” Dillon said. “It’s very kid central and it really brings communities together.” Teams from Canberra, Boorowa, the south coast of New South Wales, Frankston and Mornington competed on the day. The Raiders held their tug-of-war title for the fifth consecutive year and

are hoping to have another successful season in the master’s league. “Our Supers side (over-35s) made it into the semi’s last year as did the reserves, so it was a successful year for all,” Dillon said. “We’ve got a lot of exciting young blokes joining this year so hopefully we can go deep into the finals again this season.” Peninsula Raiders played their season openers on Sunday 8 April against Mordialloc at Alexandra Park, Mornington.

THE Peninsula Sharks have officially become affiliated with Gridiron Victoria after a year and a half of pushing for a gridiron team on the Mornington Peninsula. The Sharks were awarded their chance to join the league on Wednesday 21 March and are set to take up the opportunity with their Men’s senior side when the season kicks off in June. Peninsula Sharks president Garry Smith said the club was ecstatic when they heard the news and are excited to get underway. “I have always been upCrunch time: Peninsula Sharks Gridiron player front with everyone at the Andy Sang prepares for the clubs first season in the club and everyone knew Victorian league. Picture: Supplied that there was the possibility that we may not other clubs is beginning to grow. make it into the league “I’m going into the season with but they were all committed and high hopes and we are really starting always backed the club in,” he said. to get some interest from some more “I told everyone at training and they experienced players as we are the were all stoked and rapt to find out only club on the peninsula and we are that we had made it after all the hard closer for them to get to. work put in.” “But you wouldn’t be able to tell The club was formed early last year that the team is mainly first-year playand now has 75 members to its name ers because of the amount of effort including 35 senior’s players. they’re putting into their training. The Sharks have based themselves They’re really picking it up quickly.” at The Sands Hotel for the last year The Sharks will also be looking to but will be utilising the Carrum put forward teams in the Junior VarDowns Secondary College for matchsity league, which is for kids between play and possibly some training ses11 and 15 years old, and the Junior sions on weeknights. Colts league, which is for boys aged Smith said “about 80 per cent” of between 15-19 years old, in the 2019 the senior’s side are first-year players season. but the attention from players from Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 11 April 2018

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