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Anti-pokies push gathers pace Neil Walker A CALL for councils to financially back a campaign against problem gambling has been knocked back by Frankston Council as other south-east councils join the fight against pokies draining money from communities. Kingston councillors last month decided to pay $25,000 to become a “tier one” Alliance for Gambling Reform partner while Frankston Council remains “a supporter” without contributing ratepayers’ money to the cause. The alliance is lobbying both sides of politics in the lead-up to next year’s state election to act on pokies reform to stem rising losses on the gaming machines. Alliance spokesman Stephen Mayne said he understood Frankston Council officers had discussed the request to be an alliance partner with councillors but this had been “declined”. He said the group is grateful for any support in its “The Pokies Play You” campaign. “We’ve only got ten councils who’ve paid the full $25,000 - it’s a fair whack. Anyone who joins is a bonus.” Frankston Council is listed on the group’s website as an alliance “supporter” meaning council supports the alliance’s cause in principle. Discussions are ongoing with Mornington Peninsula Shire. “Fingers crossed they will step up and join the campaign,” Mr Mayne said. Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) figures show $62.9 million was lost by Frankston punters on pokies in the 2015-16 financial year and $57.4 million in 2016-17 with June’s losses still to be collated by the gaming authority. Mornington Peninsula Shire losses to-

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talled just under $82.4 million in 201516 and about $76.1 million in 2016-17 with June’s losses to be added to the total. Kingston municipality pokies losses totalled about $83.5 million in 2015-16 and $76.1 million in 2016-17 excluding June losses. Mr Mayne acknowledged “it is a bit of a step up” for councils to financially back the campaign although Knox had also recently joined Kingston in putting money into combating problem gambling. The former City of Melbourne councillor and founder of the Crikey online news site said the Alliance for Gambling Reform offers help to council partners opposing planning applications for venues to install more pokies machines. He said Whittlesea Council, for example, are currently opposing such an application at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and “we’re in there too” helping council officers work on the details of opposing more pokies in the municipality. Frankston Council rejected an application for ten more gaming machines at the Langwarrin Hotel last year but the VCGLR and VCAT subsequently overruled council and allowed the extra pokies to be installed. The application by the hotel attracted nationwide media coverage, after first being reported in The Times, since an upgrade to a children’s playground at the Langwarrin Hotel was controversially deemed “a social benefit” to be taken into consideration when approving more pokies machines at the venue. The Alliance for Gambling Reform has written to all state MPs to urge politicians to stop pokies “ripping off people in the community”.






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Genevieve takes winning ways to Japan Stephen Taylor CHELTENHAM Baseball Club’s Genevieve Beacom flies to Japan this week as part of the Australia-Japan Women’s Baseball Youth Leaders Exchange. Last week she trained with the high performance squad in Sydney, focusing on skills, fitness, leadership and game development. The squad will compete against Japanese youth teams and train with professional Japanese women’s teams. Genevieve, 12, played the summer season as a left-handed pitcher for and was a member of the premiership sides in the under-12 and under-14 age groups. The year 7 Flinders Christian Community College student won the under-12 pitching award at the club and was a silver medallist at the 2017 Youth Women’s National Championships as the youngest member of the team. She pitched and played first base. As a member of the Southern Mariners Charter program Genevieve was selected for the Southern Mariners All Star Team to compete at the state championships at Knox in April. Her team won and went on to represent Victoria at the Little League Championships at Lismore (which was washed out) and in Sydney. Genevieve is the only girl to represent the Southern Mariners Charter at Little League state and national championships in 2016 and 2017. Her performance at this year’s Lit-

Ma, she’s making eyes at me: Nurse Lauren Mapleback smiles with Cooper at The Babes Project centre in Frankston. Pic: Yanni

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tle League State Championship was so impressive that she was recognised as a youth leader in Victorian baseball. She was captain of the school softball team in the national competition. “She’s had a great year and we are so proud of her,” mum Chrysanne Beacom said. “At Knox in the state competition she pitched a blinder, getting 14 out of 15 strikeouts.” Ms Beacom said Japan offered more of a pathway for Australian professional women baseball players,

which is one of the foundations of the Australia-Japan affiliation. “She is a lovely girl, a great teammate and very supportive of her friends,” she said. “That’s even more important than her performances out on the field. “At the end of the day she will have been a good athlete but she’ll be a good person all her life.” A GoFundMe Campaign called Genevieve’s Japan Baseball Tour has been arranged to help defray some of the costs of the trip.

A CRISIS pregnancy centre has celebrated its first birthday helping new and expecting mothers deal with the challenges amid the joys of newborns. The Babes Project supports pregnant women to tackle challenges around their pregnancies, often including domestic and family violence, homelessness, health issues, unemployment and family breakdown. Founder and managing director Helen Parker said Frankston operations helped meet a gap in social services and that demand at the centre was still growing. “More than 70 per cent of the women we see are referred from government services and hospitals, and we welcome the growing acknowledgement of the vital work we do to support and supplement the public health system”. The centre has helped 33 mothers and

extended its opening hours this month thanks to taxpayers-funded $50,000 state government grant. The Frankston centre supports mothers from across Melbourne’s south east region and the Mornington Peninsula. Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2015 showed these areas have two of Melbourne’s top three highest rates of teen pregnancy. Weekly appointments and a range of practical workshops, classes and events, empower pregnant and new mums to take confidence in their motherhood at The Babe Project’s Frankston and Croydon premises. n The Babes Project is based at 9 O’Grady Avenue, Frankston. See online or call 1300 140 212 for opening hours on more details.

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Quilts a comfort to those seeking reassurance Stephen Taylor A TOUCHING gesture to show especially returned service men and women that their efforts and sacrifices were not made in vain has made a Chelsea man proud and grateful. Tom Wilson, 95, was recently presented with a Quilt of Valour at Longbeach RSL by club president Michael Weissefeld and Wyn Roper, who is president of Quilters of Valour Australia. The patchwork quilt was made by Bev Young, of Mornington Peninsula Patchworkers, who has made many quilts for the organisation which started in 2010 to honour “those affected by their service to Australia”. So far, more than 1000 quilts have been presented to ex-service personnel, each unique quilt taking many hours to craft by quilters from all over Australia. The message is that the quilts “wrap the wounded in love, care and healing”. Other quilts, called Dignity quilts, are draped over the bodies of the deceased to offer respect and dignity as they leave their homes. Along with the quilts come certificates showing their authenticity and a letter of gratitude from the organisation. Many returned soldiers – especially those who served in Vietnam and the Middle East – suffer trauma and despair as a result of their treatment or tortuous memories. Some feel responsible for the deaths of colleagues in battle, trapped in guilt that they survived. Many are still seeking to escape the trauma years later.

These people especially value the comfort and solace of the quilts. Mr Wilson – a Carrum and Chelsea resident for 47 years – is one. The former British Army soldier was captured by the Japanese in Java in 1940 and spent four years as a prisoner-of-war in Japan. Like so many veterans after the combat he made a new life for himself: he settled in Australia, married and raised a family, and “got on with it” despite vaying degrees of unease and disquiet over his past service. A chance meeting with Quilters of

Valour member Dorothy Meadows at the Chelsea shops helped him turn a corner when she realised he needed support while caring for daughter Linda and granddaughter Tracey Lee. Just knowing that people appreciate and respect his former life is comforting. “I’ve had a few kicks in the bum – nothing like this,” he said. “It really means a lot to me.” Tracey Lee told the gathering at the quilt presentation: “I can’t thank you all enough. Tom is my grandad and he is very honoured and thrilled: you all made his day.”

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Power boat snatched and scratched A 14.3-METRE luxury Riviera powerboat stolen from its mooring at Patterson Lakes, 10pm, Wednesday 5 July, was driven out onto Port Phillip Bay where it crashed into Seaford pier. Police investigating the aggravated burglary were told three offenders broke into a Gladesville Blvd property about 10.05pm but fled after being disturbed. In their haste they abandoned a red and yellow Toyota 4Runner 4WD, registration YYM409, stolen from Frankston that day. It is believed the same men took the $220,000 Riviera 47 from the rear of a property under construction in Grevillea Ct. The drove it through a canal where it collided with several boats before being driven out onto the bay. Three men were seen running from Seaford pier about 12.30am on Thursday 6 July. Former Carrum MP Donna Bauer said she had been asked

to put out a call on Facebook to “see if anyone has CCTV cameras that face the canals or Patterson River, or even Seaford along the highway”. “It is believed the boat was abandoned when it hit the jetty and the thieves then ran off in Seaford,” she said. Anyone with CCTV footage or who noticed anything suspicious should contact Kingston CIU 9556 6166, Crime Stoppers 1800333000 or submit a confidential report at

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THEFTS from cars continue to be a problem in Patterson Lakes and Chelsea Heights. In several instances, cars parked outside their owners’ homes at Patterson Lakes were broken into and glove boxes and centre consoles rifled through, Saturday 8 July. A 2010 Hyundai sedan had its driver’s side window smashed when parked in Palm Beach Drive, but nothing was stolen, 11pm. Later, thieves

smashed the side window of a 2015 Mercedes and stole a woman’s handbag containing personal items. At 1.50am next day, a resident of Harbour Drive looked out the window and saw a dark-coloured car idling next to her car parked in the street, with the occupant shining a torch into her car. The resident turned on a security light and the car drove off. There is no further description of the offender. In Chelsea Heights, a thief smashed the driver’s side window of a silver Mazda parked in the driveway of a Fourth Av house and stole a phone charger and cable, 11pm, Saturday 8 July. The front passenger window of a Mitsubishi Outlander parked outside a house in Amron St was smashed, 1.30am, Sunday 9 July, and a bag containing cash and credit cards stolen. The credit card was later used at McDonald’s, Chelsea Heights. Detectives are examining links between the incidents.

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NAIDOC17 Our Languages Matter Kingston Arts presents a dynamic month-long program of visual arts and public programs to recognise the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in celebration of NAIDOC Week. ‘Tarnuk Biik – Earth Bowls’ is a free exhibition of over 30 hand-built ceramic works by more than 15 Indigenous artists, on display at G3 Artspace in Parkdale until Saturday 12 August. READ MORE


We’re searching for the best local entertainment, food vendors, and market stall holders to get involved in Kingston’s unique Season of Festivals. Applications for vendors and performers for Carols by Kingston, Globe to Globe World Music Festival, Mordialloc Food, Wine, and Music Festival and Harvest Festival are now open. Get in touch before 5pm on Monday 31 August if you are a: • •

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A number of key initiatives are set to strengthen our city following the endorsement of the Budget 2017/18. The budget was developed after comprehensive consultation with community members, and careful consideration of written submissions. An $58.4 million investment in capital works will continue to fund and support high quality services and infrastructure maintenance across the community. READ MORE

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Four of Kingston’s playgrounds have received upgrades and are ready for recess, with Lorna Street Reserve, Talab Court and Third Avenue playgrounds set to re-open in July. Luain Avenue Reserve is scheduled to follow suit in coming months. So get outside and spend some time relaxing, playing, exercising, socialising or connecting with nature in one of Kingston’s 300 open spaces today! READ MORE

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Hospital care ‘blooming great’ Stephen Taylor PRESENTING 60 bunches of flowers to doctors and nursing staff at Frankston Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit is former patient Joe Khoury’s way of saying “thank you” for a job well done. The gesture showed his appreciation for the comfort and care he received during a major abdominal operation and while he spent weeks recuperating. “On 3 May I discovered by accident that I had a huge intra-abdominal AAA,” he said. “On that day I was advised to seek an urgent referral from my local doctor to the vascular surgeon Dr Christopher Brooks, of Mornington, who sent me to Frankston Private Hospital to have a CT scan and other tests. “By the end of the day, I had done everything that needed to be done and called my family to be at home to discuss it with them. They are all grown kids: two boys and a girl and three grandkids. “I told them that all I ask is that they take care of each other and love one another. That was the worst part: facing reality with my kids.” Googling the scenario proved problematic for the children as Mr Khoury’s symptoms pointed to a serious problem. That knowledge was upsetting to them. “I was booked into Frankston Hospital on 25 May to have my operation but waiting for that day to come was so stressful,” he said. “You’ve got to have faith in God and I prayed.

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“Fortunately, everything went well. I was in the operating room for a long six-seven hours and then into ICU for three days and then to Bass Ward level 3 for 14 days.” Mr Khoury said he “had recovered well thanks to everybody that was involved” in his treatment and care. “The team in the operating room led by Dr Brooks to the around-the-clock care in the ICU was wonderful,” he said. “Doctors and nurses were always on point looking after me 24/7 and they do it with the love and care. “There is no word I can use to describe how wonderful everyone is to take care of me like that. Every day I was overwhelmed: they do their job with care and they are so happy to help you in as many ways as possible.” Mr Khoury is angered that some people can criticise or even harm doctors and nurses.

“When you hear people abuse the doctors and nurses in the hospital it makes you sick to hear about it on current affairs shows or on the news. “Why, why, why?” he asked. “They are there to help you and take care of you: we don’t go to hospitals for holidays, we go because we have a problem or we are very sick. Once you are in there the care and the treatment they offer is amazing. “I personally thank everyone for what they have done for me and I owe them my life.” Bass Ward nurse unit manager Julie Stephens thanked Mr Khoury for the lovely flowers. “They were truly appreciated by everybody and brought a lot of happiness to the staff,” Ms Stephens said. “Talking to Mr Khoury and hearing about the emotional support we were able to provide him during a difficult time was really good feedback.”

‘Stop sticks’ halt stolen car pursuit MORE than 30 police in 15 cars directed by a police helicopter tracked a stolen car along Mornington Peninsula Freeway and arrested five teenagers in Frankston, 3.15pm, Thursday 29 June. The chopper followed the unwitting boys in a Jeep stolen from Cheltenham as it made detours down side streets on its way south while guiding police ground units who lay in wait. Perhaps becoming aware that they were being followed, the Jeep turned off the freeway at Golf Links Rd and made its way along side streets. With the chopper’s help, police set up “stop sticks” in Glenview Crescent which punctured the car’s tyres and then dragged the boys to the ground. Detective Sergeant Paul Busuttil, of Frankston CIU, said the youths, aged 14-16, of Cranbourne, Dandenong, Noble Park and Elwood, were charged with offences including evade police, theft of a motor car, armed robbery, aggravated burglary, attempted burglary and carjacking, which occurred in Frankston, Moorabbin, Cheltenham, Dandenong and Box Hill over the past few weeks. Some of the youths were in breach of previous bail conditions. They were all remanded to appear at a children’s court at a later date. Stephen Taylor

CPR to Bee Gees’ beat ST JOHN Ambulance first-aid officers will teach shoppers and residents the basics of CPR to the beat of the Bee Gees’ classic Stayin’ Alive. The music is inside a transportable CPR lab in Bayside Mall, Frankston. It will be open 9am-5.30pm from

Monday 10 July to Thursday 13 July and 9am-9pm on Friday 14 July. The lessons by St John Ambulance trainers and presenters take 10 minutes. The first aid service provider says only 23 per cent of people are trained and have the confidence to respond in a first-aid emergency.

Guns amnesty AN amnesty aiming to take illegal guns, ammunition and other weapons out of harm’s way is underway. Gun owners have three months to surrender unregistered and unwanted firearms, ammunition and weapons, to licensed firearms dealers – not the police – without fear of prosecution. Police Superintendent Paul Millett said the amnesty was well timed. “It has been more than 20 years since there was a national amnesty and almost five since the last amnesty in Victoria when about 2500 weapons and firearms were handed in. “We want the community to help keep everyone safe by reducing the availability of unregistered firearms and illegal weapons to those who clearly do not want them for lawful purposes.” In previous amnesties firearms, including imitation and antique guns and rifles, swords, homemade weapons and hunting knives, were surrendered. Unwanted or unregistered firearms, ammunition or weapons can be surrendered to licensed firearms dealers without fear of prosecution. Licenced gun owners may surrender guns for destruction, registration or sale, while those not licensed can surrender them for destruction. They will not have to give their details unless they intend to register or sell them. See or





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Your Hearing Questions Answered Is it important for patients to see an audiologist if they think they may be having difficulties hearing? Yes, if you are starting to notice difficulties it’s important to have a full hearing test. We don’t just test which sounds you can hear, we also check how clearly you can understand speech, in quiet and in background noise. Some common indications that you may have a hearing loss are: Turning the TV up Frequently asking for repeats Not being able to hear properly on the telephone Difficulty in noisy situations such as restaurants Missing out on important parts of the conversation Often your partner or a close family member may be the first person to notice that you are having difficulty hearing. Is it true that a lot of patients don’t actually need hearing aids? Yes. Probably 25 percent of those that we see do choose to get hearing aids. Some people have a little bit of hearing loss that we just need to talk about, and continue to monitor. Are there steps people who aren’t ready for hearing aids can do to help combat hearing loss? Yes. Pick a seat in a restaurant where

you can see the faces of the people that you are taking to. This can make it easier to follow what they are saying. With the television, if you’re not ready for hearing aids, we can get a set of cordless headphones. These can be one of the best options for hearing the TV clearly. Are there ever very simple solutions to hearing loss? Yes. Sometimes a hearing loss can be caused by ear wax blocking the canal. If someone needs a hearing aid, should they always choose the most expensive, top-of-the-line model? Most people don’t need the most expensive hearing aids, fully loaded with all the bells and whistles. It really is patient specific. You don’t always need the absolute top-of theline hearing aid technology, if the features that you need are available in something less expensive. At Chelsea Hearing, we always offer you a range of options, and it is up to you to choose something that you are comfortable with. You should never feel pressured to proceed with hearing aids that you don’t feel ready for. Are smaller hearing aids more expensive? Generally, the style of the hearing aid does not have very much impact on the price. There are very good, small hearing aids available at all price points. Larger hearing aids are not necessarily less expensive either. The good news is

that the very small, comfortable hearing aids are suitable for most people these days. How much do hearing aids cost? Most people who are on a Centrelink pension (such as an age pension or a disability pension) are eligible for the Office of Hearing Services Voucher program. This enables them to choose from a range of hearing aids that are “free-to-client”. These hearing aids have improved significantly over the past few years, and a lot of people are pleasantly surprised at how natural they sound, and how small and comfortable they can be. Pensioners can also choose to contribute to more expensive hearing aids if they wish. For people who are not eligible for the voucher program, hearing aids typically start at $2,700 for a pair. What brand of hearing aids do you recommend? Chelsea Hearing is an independent clinic. We fit hearing aids from all of the major manufacturers. Our recommendations are made after we have tested your hearing, looked in your ears, and had a discussion about the things that you want to hear well. We also take the time to consider your preference for style and size of the hearing aids, as well as your budget. We will recommend the most appropriate hearing aids for you, and we will always give you a range of options to choose from.

What is your philosophy on health care? If I wouldn’t do it for my Mum or Dad, I don’t do it for a patient. When I’m making recommendations for a patient, I think “if this was my mum or dad, with this hearing loss, and these difficulties, would I be making the same recommendations?”. If the answer is “yes”, then I know I’m doing my best for a patient. What does the relationship you have with your patients mean to you? The patient comes first. The patient is your customer and you want to have the healthiest, happiest patient that you can. That makes me happy as well. To know that we are helping that patient to be happy is just rewarding. What is one thing about your job that really sticks out in a positive way? It’s really nice to be able to make a difference for people. Often the partner of the person with a hearing loss may have been repeating themselves and having to speak louder for years. When we help with a hearing loss (often with hearing aids) it’s often the family members who notice the benefit first. Suddenly they don’t have to repeat everything, and they don’t get so tired from speaking loudly all day. It can make a big difference for the whole family.

the right pace of the individual patient. Some people come in here, and they know they want to get hearing aids and they want to get it all happening as quickly as possible. Other people come in, and they are having some difficulties hearing, but they don’t know if they have a hearing loss. They may need a little bit more time to understand their hearing loss, and the options available. It doesn’t help anyone to push someone into getting hearing aids before they are ready for them, or to pressure someone to purchase hearing aids that cost more than they are comfortable with. Sometimes the best thing to do is explain what’s causing the problem, and what solutions are available. It can also be helpful to bring your partner or a close family member to your appointment with you.

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Having a baby in 5 star style THE newly opened $6million maternity unit at The Bays Hospital is more like a luxurious 5 star hotel than a hospital ward. Whilst The Bays has a long standing reputation for providing exceptional maternity care and the team is nationally recognised for their service, the maternity facilities were due for an update. The brand new unit comprising of all private rooms with tasteful yet practical modern furnishings provides the perfect setting to match the award winning service that is delivered by the team. Each room has its own ensuite with baby bath, bar fridge and large flat screen television. Partners are always welcome and are encouraged to stay in hospital. Partners or a nominated support person are considered to play an important part of experience through the

antentatal, birthing and postdelivery support times. The Bays actively includes partner learning and support as part of their education and service. Each of the large new birthing suites has an ensuite with its own deep bath. The amazing baths have been a talking point in antenatal and new mum circles as being an important part of their birthing plan and experience. “Water, whether it be in a shower or bath (or both) can play a role in helping mums cope with pain during labour and providing for a calm birthing experience” says Marg Joyce, Midwife. The state of the art special care nursery is impressively equipped with everything that might be required if a baby needs close monitoring, is unwell or in the case of an emergency. The specialist paediatricians

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Redlegs fail under pressure PENINSULA LEAGUE

By Toe Punt MT Eliza cannot win the 2017 premiership. To achieve the ultimate in 2017 in MPNFL Peninsula Division, a team must be able to beat Frankston YCW – that’s something Mt Eliza can’t do. Not this season anyway. On Saturday, Mt Eliza had its best chance ever of beating the Stonecats despite missing Dave Barton, Jimmy Freeman, Matt Lillie, Brodie Shaw, Robbie Turnball and Sam Gill. Frankston YCW had 15 of its best players out of the team due to either representative football, VFL or injury. Just some of the names missing included Scott McLeod, Kyle Hutchison, Matt LaFontaine, Anthony Barry, Anthony Bruhn, Ben Buckley, Jack Masurek, Paul Minchington, Michael Debenham, Luke Paynter and Danny Hughes. The Stonecats were ripe for the picking and the Redlegs couldn’t get the job done. Justin Van Unen booted six goals in the opening half for Mt Eliza and looked unstoppable, however, when YCW tightened the defensive pressure up through the midfield and ‘JV’ was forced to go one on one with BJ Credlin in the air, the Redlegs lost all avenue to goal. Byron Barrie, Christian Ongarello, Credlin and best afield Kevin Lylak owned the game in the second half. Mt Eliza just does not have a Plan B if Van Unen doesn’t kick goals. There’s no one else who looks likely to kick one. The Redlegs booted just 1.2 in the second half, all of that coming in the final quarter. In the ruck, Ash Eames and Macklin Raine beat Grant Goodall. Goodall won the tap-outs but not many were to advantage and he had little impact

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around the ground. For YCW, there’s so much to like about their program. Even with three debutants in the team and another half a dozen who have played less than a dozen senior games, they looked right at home playing the brand and structures that coach Wayne Capp is looking for.

It was a wonderful performance from the Stonecats in the 8.11 (59) to 7.5 (47) victory. Pines may be without key forward Aaron Edwards for the remainder of the season after he suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in his team’s 13.15 (93) to 5.6 (36) victory against Langwarrin.

Edwards left the field in the opening quarter after young Langwarrin defender Nick Tuddenham ran across his knee in a bid to prevent him from taking a mark. Edwards was seeing the North Melbourne FC doctor on Sunday to get a full understanding of the injury. Coach Pat Swayne said best case

scenario was that the injury was a medial ligament, which would put him out for between four to six weeks. It was a scrappy affair at Lloyd Park, which had zero atmosphere. Langwarrin started the game with two extra defenders and had defensive forwards (taggers) on Luke Potts and Nick Boswell across half back. Clearly Langwarrin just wanted to minimise the damage. It’s a poor ploy by the Kangas coaching team. I wonder how forwards Kieran Albanese and Gerard Brown feel about the tactic, given they hardly see the footy. The Kangas are a young team who should be encouraged to go out and play the game. Kicking five goals each week is boring dwindling crowds and disenchanting the playing group. Dale Tedge booted five goals for the Pythons after being shifted when Edwards left the field. Edithvale-Aspendale are still in the finals hunt after dishing out a convincing five goal win against Bonbeach, 12.11 (83) to 7.7 (49). The Eagles were three goals up at quarter time and never looked back with Mick Meehan booting four goals and Brendan Neville and Chris Wylie dominating. Chelsea caused the upset of the round, beating Seaford by five points, 14.12 (96) to 14.7 (91). Matt Ponton booted six goals and Dave Willett four for the Gulls while Todd Gardiner dominated. Brad Doyle and Tommy Shaw were the best of the Tigers, who have been ordinary in the past month. In the final game, Mornington belted Karingal by 80 points 21.14 (140) to 9.6 (60). The news is worse for the Bulls also with legend player Luke Van Raay doing an ACL last week after 292 games.

Final five is set in Nepean League NEPEAN LEAGUE

By Toe Punt THE final five is set in MPNFL Nepean Division, six rounds before the end of the final home and away game. Dromana won its sixth game on the trot on Saturday and in doing so, went two games clear of both Red Hill (sixth) and Somerville (seventh). Given the Eagles and the Hillmen have tougher runs home, it appears now that the Tigers are in the perfect position to grab a spot in the finals. Furthermore, the Tigers are now just a game and percentage off second place and should be now aiming for a great outcome from the season. The form of the Tigers is a credit to coach Ricki Johnston and his support team. After the first five weeks, the Tigers had won just one game (against Tyabb) and were on the end of a couple of hidings. Seven games later and they have not dropped one since. Ethan Johnstone was superb again on Saturday with six goals while Jay Hutchison and a returning Sam Fowler booted four in the 23.10 (148) to 10.16 (76) win. Paul Ransom and Jordan Alves were

the best of the Yabbies. Red Hill booted the first goal of the last quarter against Frankston Bombers on Saturday to give themselves every chance of winning and keeping their season alive. Thirty minutes later and the Bombers had kicked the last six goals of the game to win comfortably 17.11 (113) to 10.8 (68). Sam Fox put on a clinic in the final term and finished with four goals while coach Beau Muston also finished with four majors. Matty Hyden found himself forward for the Hillmen and kicked four while Ben Hughes was good with three also. It has been a season of disappointment for the Hillmen, who recruited well in the off season but will fail to make finals. Hastings bounced back from a horror defeat last week, belting Rye 23.12 (150) to 9.10 (64). Dale Alanis kicked six and Shaun Foster four for the winners while Brendan Dunne led from the front. It was a tough day for the Demons with Harry Witty and Adam Kirkwood among their best. Rosebud put an end to Somerville’s season also, belting the home team by

more than 13 goals. Celebrating its 125th year, the Somerville crowd was eager for a repeat performance of last week when it came from behind to beat Frankston. However, the loaded Buds, who had Keegan Downie back with three goals, spoilt the party. Jai Nanscawen was back from Stingrays too and booted six goals for the Buds while twin brother Reid also played, along with Campbell Hustwaite. Bryce Kellerman was the best of the Eagles in the 8.6 (54) to 20.15 (135) loss. In the battle of the Panthers, Devon Meadows smashed Pearcedale to the tune of almost 100 points. Allan Murray booted seven goals and Kyle Beveridge dominated with three goals in the 22.15 (147) to 7.12 (54) thumping. Harry Prior was Pearcedale’s best with two goals. In the final game, Sorrento belted Crib Point by more than 20 goals, 26.20 (176) to 5.13 (43). Leigh Poholke booted seven majors and Nick Corp and James Hallahan four each for the Sharks while Shayne Ainsworth was solid for the Pies.

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Kilner to quit Baxter, Skye still in the hunt SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie ROY Kilner will step down as head coach of State 4 South promotion candidate Baxter at season’s end and has a succession plan in place. Kilner made the decision to call it a day some weeks back and wants current first team keeper Francis Beck to become the club’s new player-coach. Kilner has told the first team squad of his intentions and Beck has been given more responsibility in overseeing training sessions. While Beck is yet to fully commit to the succession plan there’s also the matter of whether or not his candidature will be approved by the committee that leads the club into the 2018 season. “I don’t think there will be an issue with the committee because Francis has been there for a long time and he’s a club favourite,” said Kilner, whose sons Liam and Owen are senior team mainstays. When the final whistle blows in Baxter’s last league game of 2017 Kilner will have been in charge for three full seasons. “I’ve got no idea how Gus Macleod (Langwarrin coach) can last 19 or 20 seasons. He needs psychological help,” said Kilner with a laugh. “Coaching takes so much out of you – your family time, your work time – because once you put your hand up for a job like that you do so heart and soul. “You put everything into training sessions and talking to the boys before the match then you’re watching the game and you’re kicking every ball, heading every ball – it’s absolutely exhausting.” Kilner is 52 and came to Australia when he was 26 having played with Peebles Rovers and Tweeddale Rovers in his native Scotland as a right-sided midfielder. “One of my biggest regrets was not concentrating more on my football as a player because my sights were set on coming to Australia and that’s why I encourage my boys so much and hope they keep playing for as long as they can.” The chances of Baxter saying goodbye to Kilner on a winning note weren’t helped in their last match, a 3-1 home loss against promotion rival Bayside Argonauts and this Saturday they travel to Fotheringham Reserve to take on another promotion aspirant in Dandenong South. It’s a daunting task but one that Kilner is relishing. “We’re definitely still targeting promotion and we’ll turn things right around against Dandy South on Saturday,” said Kilner.

Baxter boss: Roy Kilner in action on match day. Picture: John Punshon “To me they are the strongest team in the league but I’m delighted to be playing them and I can guarantee that the boys will be up for this one.” Kilner’s confidence is in part due to the availability of new signing Grady Vickers, a young striker from Casey Comets. “Don’t be surprised to see him playing from the start. “We need the three points and while a draw keeps us in it by jings a win there would really be something and I think we can do it. “You won’t see the lacklustre performance that you saw against Bayside Argonauts.” Kilner is one of the more colourful characters in the local game and is never short of a word but he was initially reluctant to comment when questioned about his legacy at Baxter Park. “That’s really not for me to say but for others to judge. “What I am chuffed about though is that we’ve still got the nucleus of the players we had three years ago and they have got themselves into a position where they believe they can win games and go from strength to strength. “When I arrived the players weren’t that interested and didn’t care much win, lose or draw so to see them winning games now and wanting to achieve success is very satisfying.” Although Baxter is currently in fifth spot in the league it is just three points behind the top two sides so Kilner is

still a chance to say goodbye waving to the masses from the open-top bus he often has joked about hiring should his side win the championship. Meanwhile State 3 South-East promotion candidate Skye United kept the pressure on second-placed Brandon Park with a 2-1 home win in its catch-up fixture against Brighton last Wednesday night. The result leaves Skye two points behind Brandon Park with a superior goal difference. Skye led 1-0 at half-time thanks to a Marcus Collier header at the back post following Jacob Scotte-Hatherly’s 32nd minute corner. Brighton hit back a few minutes into the second half when Alex Greatorex was at the far post to head in from close range. The winner came from substitute Lawrence Komba who miraculously fashioned a finish from a near impossible angle on the right of the area 10 minutes from time after beating Brighton keeper Adrian Drury in a race to the ball. Striker Nick Theodore has quit Skye citing lack of game time and is considering joining Bayside Argonauts while midfielder Tom Natoli has rejoined Brighton after a short stint at Seaford United. The word from Lawton Park is that veteran striker Caleb Nicholes could retire at the end of the season. Nicholes turns 35 in November and is in his third stint with Langy. He joined Langwarrin reserves in

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1999 under coach Terry Kirkham and the following year first team supremo Gus Macleod gave the then teenager his chance of senior football. Nicholes scored his first senior goal for Langwarrin on Saturday 15 July 2000 at Lawton Park in a 6-0 win over Nunawading City in a State 3 SouthEast clash. Nicholes took a year out of the game in 2001 then joined Fitzroy City in the Premier League in 2002. However, halfway through that season he switched to Frankston Pines and his five goals in 10 games played a part in Pines’ successful push to gain promotion to Premier League. In 2003 he played with East Richmond in State 3 South-East but returned to Pines the following season and started in 16 games and scored six goals but when the chance arose at the end of the season to rejoin Langwarrin he jumped at it. In the first half of the 2007 season he played with Springvale White Eagles in the Victorian Premier League but rejoined Langy halfway through the season. During his time at Langwarrin he has been a regular club and league leading goalscorer and has played 244 league games and scored 190 league goals. He has captained Langwarrin and has won numerous club and league awards. Nicholes and wife Zoe are senior ministers at Southern Lights church in Skye and have two daughters, Aurora

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and Eva. His late grandfather Stan Nicholes was inducted into Sport Australia’s Hall of Fame in 1998. The former weightlifter was a sports science pioneer who was internationally acclaimed for his work with some of the most iconic figures in Australian sport including Olympic gold medallists Herb Elliott and Peter Antonie, grand slam tennis champions Margaret Court and Frank Sedgman and a host of AFL luminaries including Tony Lockett, Ron Barassi, Tom Hafey and Kevin Sheedy. Stan Nicholes was also involved in two Richmond premierships and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1986 for his service to sport as a fitness consultant. In other news local women’s NPL outfit Southern United had victory in its grasp but had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Alamein at Comets Stadium on Saturday. Southern took the lead through Candela Ferreyra Bas in the 75th minute but Alamein’s second-half substitute Lucy Richards snatched a last-gasp equaliser. It’s been a breakout season for Southern’s senior team which finished last in its inaugural season in 2016 but is currently in fifth spot seven points behind Alamein. The club fields seniors, under-18s, under-15s and under-13s in the elite competition and tasted success last year when its under-15s won the grand final. This season Southern’s under-13s led by head coach Debbie Nicholls and assistant Emma Bracken are on top of the table and consolidated their position with a 2-0 win over Alamein on Saturday. Southern’s goals came from Candice Kilderry and Rhys McKenna and diminutive midfield dynamo Alessandra Davis impressed with her range of passing and vision. The under 15s match ended 0-0 and Alamein won the under-18s clash 4-1 with Zoe Cooper scoring for Southern. This weekend’s games: FRIDAY, 8.30pm: Casey Comets v Langwarrin (Comets Stadium), Doncaster Rovers v Frankston Pines (Anderson Park). SATURDAY 3pm: Clifton Hill v Mornington (Quarries Park), Doveton v Peninsula Strikers (Waratah Reserve), Middle Park v Skye Utd (Albert Park Field 16), Dandenong South v Baxter (Fotheringham Reserve), Bayside Argonauts v Rosebud Heart (Shipston Reserve), Somerville Eagles v Chelsea (Barber Reserve). SUNDAY, 3pm: North Caulfield v Seaford Utd (Caulfield Park).


League chief dodges questions on local footy’s future By Toe Punt AFL SE Regional General Manager John Anderson believes that one of the two options presented in the senior football competition review will provide a “very strong premier competition”. Anderson, who spoke in two separate videos last Wednesday, said he “believed a region of our size and stature ought to have a strong premier competition. He went on to say that “this is a view shared by many clubs”. Mr Anderson is consistent with this push despite 20 of the 22 MPNFL clubs responding to the recommendations last week, opposing the recommendations in the review.

All clubswere given the opportunity to put questions to Mr Anderson in an email early last week. Yours truly was also invited to provide questions. Despite more than 20 questions being asked, Mr Anderson chose to answer only those he wanted to, before signing-off on the finished product before it was released last Friday. Questions Mr Anderson failed to answer included:- The clubs have expressed interest in meeting with AFL SE collectively. Why has there been a reluctance to speak to the clubs collectively? - Given AFL SE proposed the recommendations in the document, which have been opposed, is it not up to the administration to present

additional alternatives for clubs to consider? - If a resolution can’t be found between AFL SE and the MPNFL Clubs, where will that leave the AFL SE Region. Can AFL SE continue to be viable without the support of the MPNFL Clubs? Another question that was asked was the impact of juniors and netball in AFL South East’s decision. Mr Anderson chose to ignore the junior aspect of the question. In answering about netball, Mr Anderson had this to say: “We acknowledge there’s difficulties – we’re asking for solutions – if a certain structure was in place, how would netball look?”

Isn’t that what AFL South East should be providing clubs – solutions? Despite extending the deadline by a week, Mr Anderson said in the interview that “we understand change is difficult.” What change is Mr Anderson referring to? Has a decision been made? My understanding was that AFL South East was still seeking feedback. Mr Anderson said there was an ability for the public to provide feedback. “For interested people in the league we manage we encourage their feedback – the more of that we get the better. Our understanding is that there are people within clubs who don’t see eye to eye on the stance taken by the club,” Mr Anderson said.

Again, what has this got to do with the general public? Feedback should only come from member clubs. Club executives have been voted by their members to represent the best interests of their club. The public’s opinion should have no bearing on AFL South East’s recommendation. Finally, Mr Anderson said “what is in the best interests of football in this region, in the end, is what this is all about.” Once again, MPNFL Clubs are all in agreeance that the two recommendations presented in the review are not in the best interests of their region, which includes juniors and netball.

Frankston Gift ready to be run in 2018 By Ben Triandafillou IT has been six years since the running of the ‘Gift’ on the peninsula but the Frankston Athletics Club has announced that they will reignite the event and host the 2018 Frankston Gift on Sunday 14 January. Next year’s Frankston Gift will be run at the Frankston Football Oval with $1500 available in the prize pool for each of the women’s and men’s gifts. Ready to run: Frankston Athletic Club athlete Ebony Lane sprints to the line at the 2017 Stawell Gift. Photo: supplied

The Frankston Gift will be run on the same weekend as the 2018 Rye Gift which the Frankston Athletics Club believes will only have a positive effect on the event. “We are hoping people from the Rye Gift will stay down on the peninsula and come and compete the following day in Frankston,” Frankston Athletics Club treasurer Craig McConchie said. “We have deliberately chosen to run our events over different distances to the Rye Gift so that the runners aren’t repeating what they had run the previous day.” As the races are “professional” races, prize money is offered for all events, which is generally paid to

everyone who makes a final. Each athlete is given a mark or handicap based on their ability allowing all competitors to have an equal opportunity to win their chosen event. There are 15 proposed events on the program, including a football/ netball club relay and an emergency services relay. The Frankston Athletics Club is now looking for sponsors for the Frankston Gift to help raise the prizemoney that will be on offer. If you have any queries about the event itself or sponsorship opportunities, contact the club at frankstongift@

Mornington scores wheelchair basketball clinic By Ben Triandafillou WHEELCHAIR Basketball will make its way to the Mornington Peninsula with a weekly clinic starting Sunday 23 July. Mornington District Basketball Association (MDBA) will host the weekly clinics at the Mornington Secondary College basketball stadium. It hopes to eventually lead on to a wheelchair basketball league. The MDBA has been taking registrations-of-interest from wheelchair basketballers since early-April after being contacted by a young local boy. Ella Linton-Smith, a representative of the association, says it had been looking at building a wheelchair basketball league for some time and was inspired to take action from an 11-year-old boy named Riley from the Mornington Peninsula. “We were contacted by Disability Sport and Recreation Victoria and they told us about an 11-year-old boy in our area who was keen to play wheelchair basketball,” Linton-Smith said. “The closest place for people on the peninsula to play wheelchair basketball is Kilsyth, so, obviously, it makes sense for us to establish a program here and make the game more accessible to everybody. “We have had a lot of support from Basketball Victoria helping us to source sports chairs and our local Bunnings have also kindly offered to donate a shed for storage.

Sad loss: Roger Booth died due to a suspected heart attack. Photo: supplied Eager to start: Eleven-year-old boy Riley can’t wait for Wheelchair Basketball to make its way to the peninsula.

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By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON Racecourse held a funeral on Monday to remember veteran jockey, Roger Booth, who had become a familiar face at the Mornington racetrack and on the Victorian country racing circuit. Booty, as known by many in the racing industry, was a genuine hardworking jockey who’d get up before the crack of dawn to ride trackwork for a variety of trainers. “He was always the first at the track and the last to leave,” retired Mornington horse trainer Barry Howe said following the death of Roger Booth, aged 55.

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After the second race at Darwin on Saturday 1 July Roger Booth suffered a suspected heart attack. Booth guided the Neil Dyer-trained Senor Juez into sixth position and returned to the mounting yard before collapsing shortly after dismounting. He was reportedly conscious after being revived by ambulance staff at the track but suffered a heart attack when being transferred to the Darwin hospital and died. Booth came across from New Zealand a couple of decades ago and tried his luck as a flat and jumps jockey. He spent most of his career in Mornington riding trackwork and the odd winner for Mornington-based trainers

such as Pat Carey, Eric Musgrove and Gary Carson to name a few. “He was quite a popular bloke because he worked hard and battled away,” Gary Carson said. Over the last six months Booth tried his luck at Cranbourne and headed up to the Top End for the Darwin Cup Carnival. Booth’s career on the Victorian country racing circuit included wins in the 1997 Yarra Glen Cup, 2008 Burrumbeet Cup, 2012 Great Western Cup, the 2012 and 2013 Gunbower Gold Cup, the 2014 Hanging Rock Cup and Warracknabeal Cup and the 2015 Manangatang Cup.

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