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Bigger council is considered Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au THE Victorian Electoral Commission is seeking submissions to help decide if Kingston Council should expand to be represented by eleven councillors. The VEC began a review to determine if Kingston has an appropriate number of councillors, whether it should remain subdivided into wards, whether there should be more or less wards, and how many councillors should represent each ward in June. On 14 August the VEC published their preliminary report, and begun seeking responses to two future options for Kingston Council. The first option is to remain with three councillors divided into three wards, with some adjustments to the current ward boundaries. The second option would see council expand to eleven, with an extra councillor elected in both North Ward and South Ward. Electoral commissioner Warwick Gately AM said “we want to ensure all voters are represented in a fair and equitable way, so now’s the time to speak up. You have one month to consider the options and make your submission supporting or opposing the options.” On 24 June Kingston Council voted to signal their disappointment at a “disingenuous” consultation process undertaken as part of the electoral representation review. The motion, moved by the mayor Georgina Oxley read that “council is disappointed with the state government’s lack of consultation with the community and local government

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sector in relation to the ward boundary structure as outlined in the proposed new local government act.” The motion read that council is “disappointed with what would appear to be disingenuous consultation with the community on the ward structure through the representation review process, if the government has already decided on the outcome of this process through the local government act bill to be passed through the parliament, which therefore disenfranchises members of our community with disingenuous consultation.” Kingston Council will request that the implementation of changes in the local government act be deferred until after the 2020 council election or that Kingston’s review be “postponed until such a decision can be made on the timelines and implementation of the new local government act” (”Council disappointed with electoral review consultation”, The News, 10/7/19). Last year’s annual report revealed that councillors’ annual remuneration is just over $30,000 and superannuation at a 9.5 per cent rate. They mayor is paid just over $90,000 with the same entitlements. Councillors can also choose to receive a phone, tablet, or laptop for council use. The deadline for responses to the VEC’s preliminary report is 5pm 11 September. The preliminary report can be viewed and submissions can be made at vec.vic.gov.au. The final report containing the VEC’s recommendation on structure to the local government minister will release on 9 October.

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Artworks fighting for equal rights A COLLECTION of banners and videos fighting for equal rights for women will be exhibited at the Kingston Arts Centre from next week. The works which will be displayed as part of the “Crafting Resistance” exhibition were created by locals during Six Moments in Kingston, a bus tour which took locals through a history of Kingston in May.

The works take “inspiration from the story of Julie Cooper, the first woman elected to local council in 1976 and first female mayor of Moorabbin in 1982. The banners commemorate the legacy of women’s suffrage and the struggles for equal rights endured into the present day.” The exhibition is curated by Tal Fitzpatrick, and runs from 22 August

- 14 September. More information at kingstonarts.com.au/VISUAL-ART/ Exhibitions/Crafting-Resistance

FEMINIST Killyjoy XOXOX made by Tal Fitzpatrick using recyclable materials. Picture: Supplied

Students shaping structure CHELSEA Primary students have been invited to have a say on the long term vision of Chelsea. Kingston Council invited grade 5 and 6 students to have an input on Chelsea’s “structure plan”. Students provided feedback on what they wanted the area to look like in the next 20 years. Pop up community consultations and online feedback has seen council receive over 100 responses to their plan. More information at yourkingstonyoursay.com.au/Chelsea BENJI, Charlotte, Katinka and Riley from Chelsea Primary School drawing up their plans for the area. Picture: Supplied

New rooms for Saints at Moorabbin STAGE one of a $13 million dollar redevelopment at St Kilda’s Moorabbin training base has been officially opened. The first stage of the project has been completed in time to be used by the Saints’ AFLW team, which is set to make their debut in 2020. The completed facilities include female change rooms, player meeting rooms, match committee rooms, and a lounge. The next state of the redevelopment will add a grandstand and pool. A total of $25 million in taxpayer money has been committed towards re-homing the St Kilda Football Club at Moorabbin. Sports minister Martin Pakula said “these terrific new Moorabbin facilities will provide female footballers at both the elite and grassroots level with the opportunity to be their very best.” “We’re proud to be bringing elite footy back to Moorabbin Oval, the home of the St Kilda Football Club, as the AFLW Saints prepare to join the national league,” he said. St Kilda AFLW coach Peta Searle said “it’s really important for us to create an environment where our players feel like they belong. This facility gives the girls a place of their own and the space to carve their own paths here at the Saints.” The St Kilda Football Club finalised their move to Moorabbin from Seaford in 2016 after Kingston Council voted to give the Saints a 25 year lease with an option for a further 25 years.

Business case due ‘shortly’ Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au THE findings of a business case assessing the extension of the Frankston rail line are due “shortly”. The state government announced the business case and planning work for “a future extension of the Frankston line to Baxter” had begun in April 2018. The original state government

media release stated that “the business case is expected to be finalised in early 2019.” Requests for an update on the progress of the case sent to Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke were diverted to the Premier’s media department. Senior media advisor Matt Macklin said “we’re in the process of finalising the business case, and it will be provided to the federal government

shortly.” “The Andrews Labor government is spending over $3 billion on upgraded to the Frankston lines so we can run more trains more often, reducing travel times and leading to fewer delays and cancellations,” he said. “We’ll continue working cooperatively with the federal government to deliver better rail for the region, including improvements to the Stony

Point line.” The federal government has committed $225 million for electrification and duplication of the line, while the state government has yet to make any commitment. The business case was conducted with $3 million in funding from the federal government. Earlier this year, Frankston Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire teamed up to state their desire to have

the line extended past Baxter to Hastings. Frankston mayor Michael O’Reilly said in April that both councils had met and support “stage two” of the project extending the rail line through to Hastings. “If the project is to be delivered as a staged rollout, both councils support Frankston-Langwarrin as stage one and Langwarrin-Hastings as stage two,” he said.

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A MAN from Chelsea has died after a car crash in Mount Martha, Sunday 11 August. The 60-year-old man is believed to have been driving on The Esplanade when his car left the road and hit a power pole, around 3.15pm. He was treated at the scene but died. An 8-year-old passenger in the car was taken to hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The death takes the state’s road toll to 182 this year, up from 121 at the same time last year.

Two dead in crash A 16-YEAR-old Frankston boy and an 18-year-old Cranbourne woman have died after a car crash in Cranbourne. It is believed that two vehicles collided on South Gippsland highway near Camms Road, around 4pm 11 August. Police believe that a blue Commodore involved in the crash was stolen. The driver of the Commodore is alleged to have attempted to flee the scene, but was stopped by a witness. The 20-year-old Frankston man is now in hospital under police guard. Two passengers of the Commodore died. A 17-year-old Frankston North girl is also in a critical condition, and an 18-year-old Baxter man was treated for minor injuries. A 39-year-old woman, 6-year-old girl, and a 9-year old girl in the other vehicle were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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FRANKSTON CIU members who worked on Operation FLAGRANCY last month have been thanked with a presentation (below) at the Sikh Cultural Society of Victoria. Detectives remanded a man for 31 separate incidents after a series of alleged thefts from places of worship, including one at Carrum Downs. Senior Constable Tim Jamieson said “it was great to not only get the result but to also be welcomed by the Sikh Community at Craigieburn and be appreciated for doing our job”.


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Somerville soldier, Sgt Meldrum, returns from the war Compiled by Cameron McCullough SOMERVILLE extends congratulations to yet another returned soldier – Sgt A. Meldrum, who arrived by the Oxfordshire this week. Sgt Meldrum has been attached to the 8th Light Horse, and has been with them from the first, seeing service in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine. *** THE Westernport Progress Association moved in the matter of the reserved carriages of the 5.30pm Flinders Street, being rushed by passengers between Caulfield and Carrum to the discomfit of those beyond Baxter, for whom they were reserved. The result being that there is a lot of growling by those deposed and discomfit for those compelled to stand the greater part of the journey. *** COUNCIL Elections Nominations for the Council elections to be held on 28th August closed on Thursday. In the Frankston and Hastings Shire there will be contests in two ridings: Frankston Riding and Seaford Riding. Cr Turner was not opposed in the East Riding and Cr Longmuir enjoyed a similar honor in the Centre Riding. The nominations for the three vacancies in the Frankston Riding are the two retiring members, Crs Oates and Mason and Mr F. H. Wells and Mr J. Nott Marsh. In the new Riding of Seaford there are five candidates: Cr Hoare, whose office as a North Riding Councillor expired with the sub division, and Messrs W. Armstrong, J. B. Howell, W. H. Latham and H. J. McCulloch.

The coming contests are creating a good deal of public interest and the committees of the various candidates are working energetically to secure success at the poll. At Seaford on Saturday night a committee was formed to further the interests of the selected candidates Messrs W. Armstrong, J. B. Howell and W. H. Latham. The candidates named were present and marked enthusiasm was shown. Mr C. Hunter was appointed Chairman of Campaign Committee and Mr B. Wiltshire, secretary. The supporters of Cr Hoare and Mr H. J. McCulloch met at Seaford on Monday night and a committee was formed to secure the return of the gentlemen named. Mr F. Moffatt was elected Chairman of the election Committee and Mr W. Pitt, secretary. The reports presented indicated that gratifying support would be forthcoming for this Committee’s ticket which consists of Cr Hoare, Mr H. J. McCulloch and Mr W. H. Latham. *** MR F. N Fairs calls attention to his dental notice in this issue. Date of next visit at Somerville, Tuesday, August 19th. *** ON Monday evening at about 7 o’clock the Aurora Australis was visible in the Southern sky. The color of the sky as seen from Frankston ranged from a deep red glow to a pale pink and lasted for about ten minutes. The government astronomer states that the records of the magnetic

Instruments show that a very intense magnetic storm was associated with the aurora. *** THE Frankston Branch of the Victorian Protestant Federation have arranged a public meeting and social to take place in the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall on Friday 22nd August. The promoters have been fortunate in securing the services of the past Chief President, Rev J. C. Farquhar, of Ballarat, who will be the principal speaker. The Misses Cromb of Melbourne will assist in the musical programme, and these popular vocalists are sure of a cordial welcome. The “Welcome Home” Orchestra will also assist. *** OWING to the original date fixed clashing with the Protestant Federation meeting, the “Wattle” club has extended the date of its plain and fancy ball till September 5th. Prizes are offered for the best fancy dress and most original dress for ladies and gentlemen. There must be at least three entries in each section and competitors must not be under 17 years of age. An excellent string band has been secured for the occasion. *** MR T. J. McMurtrie has been notified by the Minister of Repatriation that he has been appointed a member of the Repatriation Committee for the Shire, of Frankston and Hastings. *** MR Arthur Wilcox, President of the Frankston Branch of the Returned

Soldiers Association, is suffering from an attack of bronchitis, and will be unable to leave his room for several days. *** MR J. D. Jennings is recovering from an attack of influenza, but has not been able to resume his school duties up to the present. *** COUNCILLOR Edward Turner, enters upon his third term as representative of the East Riding. His was the only nomination received by Returning Officer Unthank on Thursday. *** CR W. Longmuir, who has been accorded a walk over in the Centre Riding, was first elected three years ago. *** A PLEASING event took place at the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall last Saturday evening when a farewell social was tendered to Mrs F. Benson by the Wattle Club. Mrs Benson has always been an ardent club worker, and held the office of treasurer for a lengthy period. On the return of her husband from the front Mrs Benson removed to their home at Somerville, thus making it necessary for her to relinquish her office. Club members and the public generally were glad of the opportunity of showing appreciation of Mrs Benson’s efforts on behalf of the soldiers. The evening was devoted to dancing and music, followed by a very dainty supper. Mr Mark Brody presented Mrs Benson with a purse of money as

a small token of good will, and on behalf of all present wished her and her husband every joy and happiness as their future lot. *** Seaford It is stated that Mr McEntee has disposed of his Seaford business to Mr W. Armstrong. A meeting at the School Committee was held on Monday evening, when there were present Mr W. Armstrong (chairman), Messrs H. J. McCulloch, Howell, Moffatt, and Klauer and Mesdames Roche and Gleddon. Arising out of the Klauer-Bailey letters, in which Mr Klauer is alleged to have made uncomplimentary references to certain members of the school committee, a motion was tabled by Mr Moffat and seconded by Mr McCulloch, that Mr Klauer be asked to resign from the committee. The resolution was carried by 4 votes to 3. Mr Klauer intimated that he had no intention of resigning. *** TWO Young Lady Waitresses, wanted for Saturday and Sunday afternoons from now till Easter. Hours, 2 till 6.—Apply, Mrs Bradbury “The Fernery” Frankston. *** NOTICE is hereby given that Mr O. Wells has been appointed ranger for the Township of Frankston and area. Persons are cautioned against allowing Stock to wander over this area. JOHN E, JONES, Shire Secretary. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 16 August 1919

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Curse of the Matinee Idle By Stuart McCullough There are certain words I’ve grown to like. ‘Express’ now warms my heart whereas, once, it’d have no impact at all. Similarly, ‘light’ means that instead of being stuck in gridlock that moves like a giant metal glacier, I’ll be home at a reasonable hour. Then there’s the word ‘matinee’. Just the sound of it makes me giddy with joy. By that, I don’t mean a ‘matinee jacket’ or ‘matinee idol’ but a ‘matinee performance.’ It is music to my ears that I can attend a live musical performance at a sensible hour and at which, funnily enough, there will be music to my ears as well as lights and, possibly, a t-shirt cannon. I have always loved going to gigs, but as time has gone on, I’ve found it harder and harder to stay up late enough. Consider this: most headline acts at a pub will start their set at 11pm or later. I can barely recall the last time I was awake at 11pm, much less leaving the house. It’s a rite of passage when you’re young. Attending a seedy venue with like-minded souls to see a band play at a god-awful hour is one of the great pleasures of young adulthood. By continuing to go to these events, I convinced myself that I’d kept touch with my indie-rock roots and that advancing years had not rendered my musical sensibilities completely redundant. But I’ve been kidding myself. Gradually, the number of musical performances I’ve attended has dwindled. More worryingly, these events are less likely to feature a guitar band playing at the Corner Hotel than they are to feature high school

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students in a multi-purpose hall. Suffice to say, the last ‘gig’ I went to was a production of ‘Annie’ and it was in Cranbourne. I did not buy a t-shirt. I’ve seen some bands dozens of times. You Am I, the Fauves, Regurgitator and the Dirty Three – I’m amazed that they’ve not yet accused me of stalking them. If those names

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sound like a bunch of random words forced to share an Uber due to a twist of fate, I can’t help you. But they mean a lot to me. Suffice to say, I’ve stood in front of these groups countless times, grinning like an idiot and hanging off every shimmering note, thunderous riff and shredding solo they’ve seen fit to dish out.

But somewhere along the way, these groups ceased their perpetual circumnavigation of the country and played far less often. I, too, became much less reliable, preferring a comfortable night in even though that pretty much describes every night at this point. I broke up with live music without even realizing it. It happened gradually. I would buy tickets to shows and then not turn up. At the time of purchase, I fully intend to attend. But when the day arrives, the idea of going somewhere in the middle of the night and needing two days to recover seems incredibly unappealing. Neither my wife nor I want to be the first one to suggest it, but somewhere during the course of the day there’ll be a furtive glance, a nod or a wink and, before I know it, we’ve both agreed that binge-watching episodes of Game of Thrones is a better way to go. We were, perhaps, too excited when we saw it advertised. A gig at the Northcote Social Club – a place we’d once haunted – was hosting a matinee performance by Alex Lahey. A matinee! There would be no loss of sleep. We could watch live music and return home in time to do the ironing and sort out the recycling. What more could we ask for? We booked immediately. There were a few things we hadn’t taken into account. As a matinee performance it was, in fact, an all ages show; the term ‘all ages’ being somewhat misleading because what it really means is ‘14’. The room was full of young women attending their first ever gig, standing in huddles and

excitedly clutching phones. We stood somewhere near the back along with a row of parents. Some were clearly there under sufferance. Others were having the time of their lives, delighted to be out of the house even if it meant standing in a dark room with sweaty, excitable teenagers. In this same room, I had seen countless bands. But here I was, something of an outsider; cast to the fringe both figuratively and literally. Alex Lahey was, of course, excellent. The only awkward moment came when she said she was bringing a very special guest to the stage and I simply assumed she was referring to me. As I began to stride forwards, knocking over 14-year olds as I went, I was about to step onto the stage when another performer named ‘Gordi’ appeared. Gordi, whose album ‘Reservoir’ is quite excellent, was probably the better choice. Once the whole thing was over, we left the venue and were struck by sunshine. And people. Ordinarily, when you leave a music performance, the rest of the world is already sleeping. Instead, we joined the traffic on Punt Road and headed back over the river. It didn’t matter that it had been done in the middle of the afternoon; we had attended a real, live music performance and, accordingly, our status as indie rock music snobs remained gloriously intact. At least for now. This week I’m seeing Nick Cave. At 2pm. I couldn’t be happier. I will be joined by hundreds of others and I will be comforted by knowing that I…am… not…alone. stuart@stuartmccullough.com


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Sharks secure top spot on ladder DIVISION ONE

By Brodie Cowburn SORRENTO have all but locked up the top spot on the ladder after a hard fought win against Mornington on Saturday. Sorrento made the big road trip to Alexandra Park keen to get a win over the bottom placed Bulldogs. A win would have kept them four points ahead of Pines on the ladder with just one game remaining in the season. Sorrento have a big percentage advantage over the Pythons, meaning top spot was theirs for the taking. The Sharks started well with a three goals to one first term, but the Bulldogs bit back in the second quarter. Heading into the main break, Mornington found themselves with a shock two point lead. Sorrento got things back under control in the third quarter, establishing a five goal buffer. That lead would be enough to see them go on to secure the win. The Sharks were helped by coach Luke Tapscott, who played brilliantly in the win. The tough midfielder booted six goals in a best on ground performance. Mornington gave their all in the first half but just weren’t strong enough to defeat Sorrento. The final score was 7.12 (54) to 13.10 (88).

The loss dooms Mornington to bottom place on the ladder. At Eric Bell Reserve, Pines got back on the winners board with a big win over Rosebud. Rosebud looked competitive early with a two goals to one first quarter, but they struggled for the rest of the day. The two goals the Buds kicked in the first term were their only two for the game. The Pythons worked their way into the contest and looked better with every passing quarter. Pines secured an impressive victory 10.10 (70) to 2.10 (22). Aaron Edwards was excellent for the Pythons, booting six goals. Bonbeach played host to Dromana on Saturday in what would prove to be a tight contest. The home side looked the better side early on, but were wasteful in front of goal. Bonbeach had eight scoring opportunities in the first quarter, but could only convert one of them into a goal. Dromana were more efficient in front of goal, punishing Bonbeach for their scoring woes. The Tigers went into the half time break with a narrow lead despite having half as many scoring shots. Bonbeach took back the lead heading into the final term, but were eventually overrun by Dromana. The Tigers

had to fight for it, but they eventually secured victory over Bonbeach 4.14 (38) to 6.6 (42). At Emil Madsen Reserve, Mt Eliza and Frankston YCW faced off in a scrappy contest. Mt Eliza were playing catch up all afternoon after going scoreless in the first term, Both sides had trouble finding goals all day, but the Stonecats looked the better side. YCW went into the final quarter with a three goal lead. Neither side managed to score a goal in the final term, meaning the Stonecats secured the win over the Redlegs 5.6 (36) to 8.6 (54). At Greg Beck Oval, Frankston Bombers got the win over EdithvaleAspendale. The Bombers looked the better side from the get go, and never let Edi-Asp get too close. Jarrad Grant showed his class with a brilliant game. He kicked four goals in a best on ground display. The Bombers ended up getting the win 11.11 (77) to 8.8 (56). With one game remaining for the year, the top five is decided. Sorrento, Pines, Dromana, Frankston YCW, and Bonbeach will compete in finals. Messi contest: Ethan Johnstone scores off the ground in Dromana’s scrappy win over Bonbeach. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Hillmen enter finals in first DIVISION TWO

By Brodie Cowburn SOMERVILLE locked up a finals spot with a big win over Hastings on Saturday. The game was expected to be a close one, with both sides coming into the contest with an equal amount of wins. Somerville raced out of the blocks with a five goals to one first quarter, but the Blues wrestled back control in the second term. They were down by five at the main break. Somerville were the better side in the second half, holding Hastings to just one goal. It was a tough task at times, but Somerville eventually secured the win and clinched a finals berth with a 10.10 (70) to 5.9 (39) win. Paul Fermanis booted four goals for Somerville, while Brendan Fevola booted two for the Blues. Fevola ended up playing 10 games for the Blues this year for a return of 30 goals. At Lloyd Park, Red Hill locked up the top spot on the ladder in a low scoring scrap against Langwarrin. The Hillmen have got the majority of their wins for the year thanks to stunning defensive displays, and things were no different on Saturday. They held Langwarrin goalless in the first half, but they had their own struggles hitting the scoreboard. Red Hill managed just the one goal of their own in the first half. The game opened up a little more in the second half, and the Hillmen began to find form in front of goal. The Kangaroos struggled all day, and eventually succumbed to defeat against Red Hill 2.6 (18) to 7.7 (49). Red Hill’s win saw them finish the year on top of the ladder. Their biggest rivals and strongest challengers for the year have been Karingal, who were set to face Pearcedale at Ballam Park. Pearcedale have struggled badly all year, and the game looked to be a good opportunity for Karingal to get a confidence boosting win ahead of a premiership tilt. The day didn’t go to plan for the Bulls. They couldn’t get a big win before their finals cam-

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paign kicked off, but they will be well rested. The clash between Karignal and Pearcedale was called off after a pipe burst underneath the ground in the reserves match. At the opposite end of the ladder, Crib Point were presented an opportunity to finally claw their way off the bottom if they could beat Tyabb. The Yabbies looked good early, and held the Magpies to just one behind in the first quarter. It looked as if it would be another difficult day for Crib Point, but they fought back after the first break. The Yabbies had their lead chipped back to just one point heading into half time. Both sides traded blows in a tight, tense third quarter. Heading into the final term both sides were level with nothing to separate them. The Magpies were desperate to get their second win for the year, and showed plenty of fight in the final term. They had to work for it but they eventually claimed a narrow win over Tyabb 10.8 (68) to 11.7 (73). The win sees the Magpies move up from the bottom of the ladder. Around the grounds, Devon Meadows came from behind to claim a good win over Chelsea. The final score read Chelsea 8.17 (65) to Devon Meadows 10.13 (73). At Belvedere Reserve, Seaford needed everything to go their way to make finals. They did their part by easily defeating Rye, but other results didn’t work in their favor. They defeated the Demons 13.10 (88) to 5.6 (36), but still fell just short of the top five. Red Hill, Karingal, Langwarrin, Chelsea, and Somerville will contest finals this year. Karingal will take on Langwarrin at Somerville on Saturday in the qualifying final. Chelsea take on Somerville at Alexandra Park on Sunday in an elimination clash.

Somerville soar: Somerville locked up a finals spot with a win over Hastings. Picture: Andrew Hurst

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‘Kaka’ for Fiji, Miller time again SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie PENINSULA Strikers midfielder Jordan “Kaka” Avraham is on the verge of making his international debut for the Fijian Olympic team. The 22-year-old has been playing in annual Fijian club tournaments for the past few years and competed in the Pacific Cup last November against teams from Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and the US. “Kaka” played for Western Sydney in that tournament and the coach of Western Sydney arranged for him to try out with the Fijian Olympic squad. The Fijian connection is through his father, Israel, and the young midfielder attended a two-week training camp earlier this season. He has been included in the final Fiji squad which will participate in the Oceania Confederation’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Suva and Lautoka from 21 September to 5 October. “Kaka” is due to fly to Fiji straight after Strikers’ final league match of the season on 7 September against South Springvale. He has the backing of Strikers’ senior coach Danny Verdun and senior midfielder Grant Lane who both rate him highly and the youngster can’t wait to be involved at that level. “I’m absolutely ecstatic, over-the-moon,” he said. “When it was first brought to my attention five years ago that I could actually represent my father’s country, a country that means so much to me, I didn’t think I’d end up where I am now.” The big news in local NPL ranks is the signing of Scott Miller last week as head coach of Langwarrin for the 2020 season. The former Fulham and Socceroo assistant joined Langy late last year and has agreed terms for a second successive season. “In Scott’s first year at Langy he has made a massive impact both on and off the field,” Langwarrin president Tanya Wallace said. In other NPL news a Football Victoria announcement last week means that Langwarrin now faces some strong local competition in NPL junior ranks. Mornington and Peninsula Strikers were among 12 new clubs licensed by FV to compete in next year’s NPL under-13, under-14, under-15 and under-16 competitions. Strikers are currently costing the venture with a view to cutting back significantly on NPL junior fees that can reach $2200 per player per season. “We are working as hard as we can to make NPL much more affordable compared to other clubs in the area,” club president Adrian Scalpi said. “Our goal is to make this affordable for families.” It’s rumoured that Mornington’s NPL player fees could be between $1500 and $1800 per player but like Strikers the club is yet to fix a figure. Mornington plans to offer six scholarships to junior players next year, two in subjunior ranks, two in community juniors and two in NPL juniors. In other news Baxter and Seaford United have held discussions about whether they will honour upcoming fixtures against State 4 South opponent Sandown Lions.

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In the news: Peninsula Strikers midfielder Jordan “Kaka” Avraham (left) and Langwarrin senior coach Scott Miller. Pictures: John Punshon and Michelle Strachan

Both local clubs believe that they have a duty of care to their players, officials and supporters to ensure their protection after Sandown was involved in an onfield riot a fortnight back that led to the abandonment of its away match with Springvale City at Ross Reserve. The corresponding fixture between Seaford and Sandown at North Seaford Reserve earlier this season was marred by crowd trouble and police were called. Sandown is a Sudanese-supported club that has been challenging for the championship but now is the subject of Victoria Police and Football Victoria investigations into its part in the violence which erupted against Springvale City. It’s believed that Sandown senior coach Gavin Ithier and assistant Roy Kilner have resigned their posts. Seaford’s situation is complicated by the success of its reserves side currently vying for the championship and understandably the club is loathe to forfeit the fixture. However club sources say that player safety is paramount and given that Football Victoria may not have completed the judicial process by the time the fixtures have to be played it seems almost certain that both Baxter and Seaford have an important decision to make. It’s likely that both clubs will invite their players to vote on the matter. Meanwhile the highlights of the catch-up round just completed were Skye United’s win in State 3 South-East and Aspendale Stingrays’ comefrom-behind draw with Old Mentonians in State 5 South. Aspendale’s result is a major boost for the promotion hopes of Somerville Eagles.

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Both Skye and Somerville now have their fate in their own hands for if they win their remaining games they should be promoted. Somerville has a points advantage over Old Mentonians while Skye has a significant goal difference advantage over third-placed Whitehorse United. Skye defeated Elwood City 3-0 at Skye Recreation Reserve last Thursday night. Skye was without Harrison Michaelis and Mikey Turner, who were serving one-match suspensions, as well as captain Jason Nowakowski (ill), however Alex Rojas and Maxi Avram both returned from injury. Young Marcus Anastasiou broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute after a cracking drive from just inside the area giving Skye the half-time lead. Despite being in control Skye missed two giltedged chances to build on the scoreline when Daniel Attard failed to convert from one-on-ones but Mitch Blake finished off his chance in the 65th minute at the third time of asking after Elwood goalkeeper Ben Paris parried the first two attempts. The game was wrapped up in the 80th minute when Mo Elhassan’s cross was turned into the net by the Elwood centre back. Skye gaffer Phil McGuinness praised the way his side bounced back from successive losses. “The lads could have very easily buried their head in the sand and just seen out the last five weeks of the season but there’s unbelievable morale in this team and we’ll take this promotion fight right to the end,” McGuinness said. Some Somerville players and coaching staff were among the spectators at Saturday’s match between Aspendale and Old Mentonians which was

officially a home match for the Stingrays. A venue switch to Old Mentonians’ home ground was approved by Football Victoria’s competitions department effectively giving Old Mentonians two home games against the same opponent in the same season. Despite this slap in the face to the integrity of the competition Old Mentonians failed to take advantage. They led 2-0 with goals from Marcus Spivey in the 57th minute and leading scorer Rannesh Krishnan in the 75th minute. In the 87th minute Aspendale’s Kenan Nuhanovic broke through to reduce the arrears and a minute later Sam Timuska–Carr, who had dominated the midfield throughout, finished off a pass from Adrian Pace to make it 2-2. Aspendale’s best were Timuska-Carr, Jordy Athanassiou and Peter Dimopoulos. In State 1 Mornington’s away clash with Mazenod Victory was called off and no doubt Seaford United would have gladly accepted a similar fate in State 4 South instead of being hammered by league leader Rowville Eagles 10-3 at Park Ridge Reserve on Saturday. Harry McCartney reports that a Matthias Schwellinger double via a strike from the edge of the area and a header from a Dylan Waugh free kick had Seaford 2-0 up after eight minutes. In the 10th minute Ruben Ichim finished off a great run and cutback by Ali Madul to make it 2-1 and a Glen Farley own goal two minutes later tied the scores. In the 19th minute Ben Rigby’s shot put Rowville in front and three minutes later Waugh was brought down but the big man struck the resultant penalty against the crossbar passing up a great chance to level. Madul headed home from close range in the 39th minute and just before half-time Denny Bejan scored from a retaken penalty after Rigby had missed the first attempt but Seaford keeper Anthony Madafferi was ruled to have moved by the assistant referee. Second half goals from Bejan, Ichim (2) and substitute Daniel Grigoruta (2) completed a dismal day for the visitors who could only offer a Tristan Stass volley in reply. In State 5 Rosebud lost 3-2 at home to Endeavour Hills Fire. Eid Sawari’s hat-trick was decisive with Rosebud’s goals coming from Chris Parry and Blake Hicks. This weekend’s games: SATURDAY, 3pm: Southern Utd v Calder Utd (Monterey Reserve; under-12s 8.50am, under14s 10am, under-16s 11.30am, under-19s 1pm), Mornington v Beaumaris (Dallas Brooks Park), Brandon Park v Peninsula Strikers (Freeway Reserve), South Yarra v Skye Utd (Fawkner Park South), Diamond Valley Utd v Frankston Pines (Partingtons Flat), Sandown Lions v Seaford Utd (TBC), Noble Park Utd v Baxter (Parkfield Reserve), Somerville Eagles v Rosebud (Tyabb Central Reserve), Bunyip District v Aspendale Stingrays (Bunyip Recreation Reserve). SATURDAY, 4pm: Ballarat City v Langwarrin (Morshead Park).

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