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Busy day in and out of the bay THE VMR Air Ambulance crew assisted the winch medics during their reaccreditation. “Sea dramas test rescuers” Page 6 Picture: Supplied

BAYSIDE households hit with a power outage during the last weekend of January will get compensation from electricity provider United Energy. Customers in suburbs including Mordialloc and Chelsea who had no electricity for three years or more during a widespread power outage across Victoria on Sunday 28 January will receive a one-off payment by the end of this month. Customers who were off supply between 3 and 20 hours on 28 January will receive $80, those off between 2029 hours will get $120 and households without power for more than 30 hours will receive $180. The state government said network companies Powercor, CitiPower, United Energy, Ausnet Services and Jemena had agreed to a $5 million compensation package to be paid to nearly 50,000 Victorians across the state whose electricity supply cut out during extreme heat on the Sunday. “We know how frustrating this was for many Victorians – affected customers deserve to be compensated for the inconvenience and we made sure that hap-

pened,” Labor Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said. “We’ve worked with the private power distribution companies to deliver this for thousands of customers affected by this extreme weather event. “Network businesses will bear the full costs of this package and I’m pleased they’ve gone above and beyond the regulatory rules to support their customers.” A joint statement from the chief executives said compensation cheques will arrive at affected homes by the end of February. “We are sympathetic to people who lost power on that Sunday and importantly we recognise the inconvenience and discomfort this has caused our customers, particularly those who were without power for a sustained period of time,” the chief executives said. “Our focus now is on working with government to identify and put in place sensible solutions, such as opt-in demand management, that prevents similar events on our networks in the future and do not drive up costs for our customers.” United Energy admitted last month the power outage occurred because 500 fuses failed across its network in the south east last month.



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Patterson River survey say THE Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is seeking community feedback on how they use the Patterson River area, and how it should be transformed. DELWP is working to create a concept plan that will outline ways to improve the Patterson River infrastructure and facilities. “The plan will guide future development and funding proposals along the land adjourning the river,” DELWP land and built environment program manager John Downs said. “The area the project is looking at is between the Frankston train line and the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and includes the National Water Sports Centre. “This project will address a number of issues in the area, as well as explore the area’s future potential. “In the lower precinct, the boat ramp area is

known to suffer congestion in peak boating and fishing periods. This has been causing issues not only for boat-ramp users and anglers but also those who use the area for cycling and walking. “In the upper precinct, The National Water Sports Centre has the potential to be a highquality recreational land and water sports facility, but a coordinated plan for the site’s development has yet to be developed. “We are looking forward to hearing from the community, who will play an integral part of this project,” Mr Downs said. The survey is open until 1 March. To complete the survey and find out more information on the project, see au/patterson-river-concept-plan online or call The final concept plan is anticipated to be released at the end of June.


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New posting: Dr Sam Johnson hopes to reunite work with his passion. Picture: Supplied

Work the focus but surf ’s up DR SAM Johnson grew up surfing on the Mornington Peninsula, and now a position training as a young doctor at Frankston Hospital means he may be able to rekindle his passion for the sport. The 25-year-old is excited to be back on the peninsula to complete his graduate year in medical training after spending the past few years studying at Melbourne University. “I used to surf heaps before medicine, then it went on the back burner, but, hopefully, now I’m back down here I’ll be able to go more whenever I’m not working,” Dr Johnson said. As well as being attracted to the lifestyle offered by working at Peninsula Health, Dr Johnson says he was also impressed by the level of support given to junior doctors. “I’d heard really good things about the hospital,” he said. “I know quite a few of last year’s interns and they’ve loved it. There’s a


lot of support and really good registrars here who are very helpful.” The former Mentone Grammar student will do five rotations this year, starting in general medicine on ward 5GS at Frankston Hospital before moving on to Rosebud Emergency Department, then general surgery, and a rural placement at Warragul before finishing up in the neurology sector. On an average day, Dr Johnson and his fellow doctors in his general medicine group look after 15-25 patients. During his undergraduate degree in bio-medicine, Sam came to be sure he wanted to pursue a career in medicine, although he is still deciding what area to specialise in. “I’ve always been interested in health, sport and nutrition, the human body and the challenge of constantly learning new things,” he said. “I like the idea of working in sports medicine, the ED, intensive care unit or

general medicine.” In his first two weeks, Dr Johnson says he has learned a lot: he’s cared for confused and agitated patients, called a code, used a new computer system and gotten his head around the preferred method of communication between medical staff: pagers. One of the most rewarding experiences of his intern year so far has been helping a patient through a difficult time. “The patient has been really sick, so just being able to chat to him about stuff outside of medicine, like the cricket and what he used to do for a living, helps take his mind off things and normalises being in hospital,” he said. Dr Johnson is looking forward to heading to Rosebud for his next rotation – for both the work and, of course, being close to some of the peninsula’s best surf beaches.

FEDERAL Health Minister Greg Hunt will outline the federal government’s commitment to creation of a nationally recognised health and education precinct at Frankston when he addresses a business lunch in the bayside city this month. Mr Hunt, also one of two federal MPs representing Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, was appointed health minister a year ago, and one of his first public statements was about Frankston’s potential to become Melbourne’s third medical hub after Parkville and Clayton. The minister will be guest speaker at a Committee for Greater Frankston lunch at midday on Friday 23 February at Functions by the Bay (Frankston Football Club), corner Young St and Plowman Place, Frankston. The event is open to the public. Creation of the precinct, to be operated jointly by Monash University and Frankston Hospital, is a key advocacy objective of the committee,. The committee was formed a year ago to advocate for a better deal for Greater Frankston from all levels of government. Mr Hunt also is expected to speak about how health policy will respond to the changing needs of an ageing population as well as social health issues in the region. Booking details are on the committee’s website at or call 0403 244 771.

The Kingston Farmers’ Market supports Community Groups by providing opportunities for fundraising to help their organisation. About 12 volunteers on average assist on the day. For more information and eligibility criteria contact the Kingston Council’s Economic Growth and Innovation team on email at business@kingston. or call 9581 4786.

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LAST week’s article “Cameras call to view public” (The News, 7/2/18) reported a vote by councillors to ask council officers to investigate and prepare a report into the possibility of recording the public gallery at council meetings was split 5-4. The councillors’ vote on looking at the proposal to film and record members of the public gallery who attend Kingston Council meetings was in fact unanimous. A vote to add amendments to the proposal was split 5-4 against amendments.


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Beach ‘pests’ on notice A POLICE operation along Frankston beach, foreshore and boardwalk area will focus on tackling anti-social behaviour. Acting Sergeant Eva Marshall said Operation Baywatch will focus on public order, youths causing trouble, thefts and robberies, drinking in public places and large groups of youths intimidating beachgoers, as well as violence offences. The operation will also take in the Wells St and licenced precinct area. “The message we want to convey is: ‘The beach belongs to everyone – we’re making sure of it,’” she said. “We want to raise the public perception of safety in the area.” Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Commodore Mark Bainbridge said the squadron supported Operation Baywatch. “We are extremely lucky in Frankston to have such a wonderful beach for all of us to enjoy,” he said. “Unfortunately, a great day out at the beach can turn into a disaster with people doing the wrong thing and not obeying the laws that have been put in place to keep everyone safe. “If swimmers keep 50 metres clear of boat launching facilities, if boaties and jet skiers stay in boating zones and stick to 5-knot speed limit within 200 metres of the shoreline and 50 metres of swimmers, we should all be safe and can all enjoy the water. “Jet skiers have earned themselves

Line in the sand: Coast Guard’s Kevin English, left, Acting Sergeant Eva Marshall, Les Ingram, Acting Senior Sergeant Kirby Tonkin, Nick Hunn and Kerrie Stewart. Picture: Gary Sissons

the title of ‘Hoons of the Water’. For most this title is not warranted but, for a few, it is, and these are the ones that need to stop and think about what they are doing and whose lives they are putting in danger. “There is a lot of water out there, [so] if you need to go 100kph, go one or two kilometres offshore where it is safer to do so. “The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard is an emergency service marine search and rescue provider. Our motto

is ‘Safety By All Means’. “Please enjoy summer, boating and the beach and keep that motto in the back of your mind.” Police have asked Frankston Coastguard, Frankston Life Saving Club and Frankston Council to call 9784 5570 when they see large groups congregating, and specifically youths drinking. “We will endeavour to respond and move them on prior to any trouble occurring,” Acting Sergeant Marshall said. Anyone seeing an offence should call 000 in the first instance and not the police station. The operation is set to run on days over 35 degrees and at public events.

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A MAN, pictured right, who twice stole several bottles of wine from a liquor store in Chelsea Heights is being sought by police. The man entered the Wells Road business, 1pm, Saturday 24 January, picked up the bottles and left without paying. On Friday 2 February, the same man returned at 5.20pm and again walked out with two bottles of wine without paying. He is Caucasian with a medium build, wearing shorts and a baseball cap on both occasions.

A DELL laptop valued at $1500 was stolen from the boot of a car in Kulanda Court, Patterson Lakes, overnight Saturday 10 February. The owner said the E7470 model was missing when he checked the car in the morning. He told police he had been at Woolworths, Patterson Lakes, earlier in the day and may have left the car unlocked while in the car park.

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A COMMUTER walking home from Edithvale train station along Edithvale Road was hit in the face by a man wielding a beer bottle, 9.50pm, Friday 9 February. Police said the victim received cuts and bruises to the head and bruises to his arm when he fell to the footpath. They believe the offender may be known to the victim and are looking for witnesses to the assault.

Bikes go missing A SPATE of bike thefts is keeping police busy. Detective Sergeant Shane Cashman, of Kingston CIU, said a man walked into the Mordialloc Bicycle Centre in Beach Road, Mordialloc, mid-afternoon, Thursday 8 February, and asked to take a bike for a test ride. The attendant, who was busy serving other customers, did not insist on the man leaving a phone or wal-

let as security. He wheeled out a yellow Apollo Copperhead mountain bike valued at $3000 and has not been seen since. The man is described as Caucasian, mid-30s, 177cm tall, slim build, unshaven, short brown hair, wearing army camouflage pants, grey t-shirt and carrying a backpack. In another bike theft, a man chained his Giant cycle to a fence at the rear of Carrum train station and caught the train to work, Monday 5 February. When he returned at 6.30pm the bike was gone and the lock was on the ground. The black and white bike is valued at $600. An Avanti bike was stolen from outside the station in Albert Street, Mordialloc, Wednesday 7 February. The owner chained the Black Thunder mountain bike to a pole and caught the train to work. When he returned

THE driver of a white utility parked behind a Ford Ranger in Breeze Street, Bonbeach, may be responsible for the theft of a GPS unit off the windscreen and cash from the centre console, 4am, Monday 5 February. A neighbour said he saw the ute parked behind the Ford but, when he approached, it was quickly driven away.

Boatshed robbed

A RANGE of items valued at $1500 was stolen from a boat shed at the end of The Glade, Bonbeach, overnight Sunday 4 February. They included two surf skis, pair of binoculars, two lifejackets, and a petrol generator. The owner told police he routinely padlocks the shed and that it would have taken two people to carry the items away.

Property burgled A HOUSE in Como Parade West, Mordialloc, was robbed of items

valued at $3000, early morning, Saturday 10 February. The owner found the backdoor jemmied and a desktop computer and jars of loose coins missing from a bedroom, while camping gear and a Masport lawnmower had been taken from the garage.

Robbed twice

BUILDERS on a construction site in Barkly Street, Mordialloc, have been robbed twice this year losing tools and equipment valued at $5600. On New Year’s Eve, burglars stole two drills, a portable light and 10 door handles. Then, on Wednesday 7 February, burglars cut the alarm before forcing a roller door and cutting the lock off a toolbox. They got away with Makita drills and Makita lights. Kick to the head A MAN involved in a road-rage incident in Nepean Highway, Aspendale, received a karate-style kick to the head when he and the other driver pulled over, 4.30pm, Tuesday 6 February. Police said the victim suffered minor injuries in the attack.

Water meter thefts

A SEAFORD man has been charged with five counts of theft and two of attempted theft in relation to water meter thefts in the Bonbeach and Carrum area, Wednesday 24 January. He was also charged with handling stolen goods and obtaining property by deception after allegedly trying to sell the meters. The man, 42, was bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court in late May. Detective Senior Constable Ashley

Eames, of Frankston CIU, said he was investigating a series of water meter thefts in the Frankston area.

Arrests over drugs A SKYE woman, 23, was among a group arrested and charged with trafficking a commercial quantity of the drug ecstasy during raids by Southern Metro Divisional Response Unit and Frankston detectives across the southeastern suburbs last week. The operation targeted a commercial drug trafficking syndicate operating in the area. During the search, police said they found a large quantity of pills, powders and cannabis. Cash, electrical goods and weapons were also seized. Others arrested for trafficking ecstasy were a 41-year-old man from Hampton Park, 26-year-old woman from Cranbourne East and an 18-year-old man from Cranbourne West. They all appeared at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, Friday 1 February, and were further remanded to a date to be fixed. A 22-year-old woman from Skye charged with trafficking ecstasy was bailed to appear at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on 6 April. A 22-year-old man from Seaford arrested for drug offences was cautioned and a 20-yearold man from Cranbourne West was arrested over weapons offences and cautioned. Anyone with information on any of these incidents is urged to call Kingston CIU 9556 6111 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at online.

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Sea dramas test rescuers Stephen Taylor THE futile search for a swimmer missing off Portsea back beach on Sunday last week was an emotionally and physically draining exercise for Volunteer Marine Rescue crews from Mornington and Hastings. They were unable to find missing Narre Warren engineering student Khalil Nabizadah, 23, whose body was washed up at Portsea on Wednesday afternoon. Police are preparing a report for the coroner. Two other men were rescued: a 22-year-old Cranbourne West man was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and said to be in a stable condition, while a 23-year-old Cranbourne man did not require medical treatment. The rescue attempt was part of a challenging 72 hours for VMR crews in which they responded to 10 call-outs, cruised more than 200 nautical miles (360 kilometres), using 1500 litres of fuel costing around $2000. Former VMR president Tim Warner said of the Sunday 6pm alert: “Swimmers missing off London Bridge is one call we do not like to receive”. Responding to the emergency, the Mornington vessel Darbyshire III battled “pretty bad conditions [going] out through The Rip”, he said. “Our Hastings boat Alwyn Tamo came around from Western Port in heavy seas to join in the search,

along with the Westpac helicopter. “[The other] swimmers made it to shore but, sadly, the other was not located. After a few hours searching, conditions deteriorated, and both vessels headed for home.” Alwyn Tamo skipper Neil Cooper said: “Coming around West Head [Flinders], we encountered huge waves that made it a very uncom-

On call: VMR crew members making their way back to base. Picture: Supplied

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to Martha Cove. And still the work continued: On Monday 8 February the Darbyshire III spent nine-and-a-half hours assisting the Air Ambulance reaccredit its winch operators – and all of that in 72 hours. VMR is always looking for new members or support. Those interested can visit to receive the information required.

WILDLIFE groups are breathing a little easier after a meeting with VicRoads officers on Tuesday 9 January thrashed out a “redesign of works” for clearing trees from the median strip on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway. In what was slammed as a “scorched earth” vegetation clearance last October, the authority’s “forestry machine” mulched its way through hundreds of metres of established median-strip trees and shrubs in preparation for the laying of steel-rope barriers along the length of the freeway. As the barriers require at least three metres of “flex” space, wide swathes of bushland became collateral damage with stressed animals and birds fleeing in panic, ringtail possums dropping babies from nests, and echidnas and blue tongue lizards were trampled under steel wheels. Angry residents were aghast at the wholesale loss of habitat, “cruel” treatment of wildlife, lack of planning and consultation and loss of amenity to the area. They predicted increased noise and air pollution, sun and traffic glare, stronger cross winds, increased temperatures on the road and even potential flooding. Eight VicRoads staff at last month’s meeting at The Briars sought to smooth the waters

with Australian Wildlife Protection Council’s president Craig Thomson, secretary Eve Kelly, member Roslyn Browning, Balnarring wildlife shelter operator Klarissa Garnaut, Crystal Ocean wildlife shelter’s Brenda Marmion, of at Rye, Warneet wildlife shelter operator Una Merrick, Greens candidate Paul Saunders and endorsed Liberal Party candidate Russel Joseph. When the second stage of the works begins in March workmen – not the dreaded forestry machine – will undertake low-key clearance works by hand. This time around, less vegetation will need to be cleared as the new type of steel-rope barrier will require only half the flex room – 1.5 metres – and a new emphasis will be placed on relocating and caring for wildlife. “VicRoads acknowledged they had made a mistake and that not enough work was done on the ground last time,” Ms Browning said. “They seem to have a greater sympathy for wildlife now.” Ms Kelly said better planning for wildlife corridors would allow wildlife groups to cope with high-impact events such as the vegetation clearing and alleviate much of the animals’ suffering – especially during times of stress. “People come from overseas to see our native animals and yet we are wiping them out,” she said.

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CEO’s career ‘an education’ Neil Walker WHEN Maria Peters looks back on a 30-year career at Chisholm TAFE Institute she says it is the camaraderie between staff she will miss most of all in retirement. The CEO decided last year to step down at Chisholm Institute on 31 December and hand over the chief executive officer reins of the vocational education college’s campuses to successor Dr Richard Ede. “I know I’ll miss the people and I’ll miss the intellectual stimulation but I’m just looking to have some time to re-energise and I’ll always have my eye on Chisholm and I’m sure it’ll go on to bigger and better things.” Chisholm TAFE Institute has nine campuses across Victoria including a Frankston and a Rosebud campus. Ms Peters, who hung up the CEO spurs for the final time on the last day of 2017, says her three decades working in the education sector has been marked with change and there has been no time more turbulent and challenging than the past few years. Sector budget cuts made restructuring Chisholm’s operations a top priority. “You can only get through a lot of change with the support of wonderful people from staff right through to leaders in the business,” she said. “There have been some wonderful but also some challenging times. “I think the board and leadership team decided to control its own destiny by making some tough decisions

College gone FORMER Chisholm TAFE Institute CEO Maria Peters says competition from registered training organisations made life tough for TAFE providers across the state. Evocca College closed its Frankston campus last year amid criticism of low graduation rates. “They weren’t alone but at the end of the day quality and integrity shone through,” Ms Peters said. “What I feel sad about is that it had an impact on individuals and maybe they’ve ended up with debts that they didn’t fully understand they were going to incur and perhaps with a qualification that’s not going to help them achieve the career that they wanted.” earlier to make sure we’re here for the long haul.” The arrival of privately-operated registered training organisations (RTOs) meant TAFE colleges effectively found themselves competing with the private sector for students. Ms Peters says Chisholm Institute saw the writing on the wall early on and decided to change its courses to become more industry focused to provide training for jobs where there was a growing need for graduates. “They were hard times ... contestability did threaten everything that we stood for.” She said working with students has been rewarding over the past three decades. “I didn’t realise just how much of an impact it could make to an individual’s life or communities and industries. “The sector’s going through a bit of change and turbulence but I believe the

TAFE sector does make a difference better than anyone else.” Change is visible at Chisholm’s Frankston campus which is in the midst of a $75.9 million rebuild as part of a joint Labor state government and Chisholm project to upgrade the TAFE training centre. The departed CEO says the development will be completed by the end of 2018 and new buildings and planned courses at Frankston will see the TAFE education provider strengthen its ties with industry to give students the opportunity to turn their qualifications into a career. Service jobs in health and nursing, hospitals and early childhood education in the region are booming and Ms Peters says even though automation is changing manufacturing businesses, automation will bring some of its own jobs including cybersecurity and “new types of employment” in IT.

“The Frankston redevelopment will help people with involvement for the jobs of now and jobs in the future,” she said. “We’re hoping by 2022 in partnership with La Trobe University to have up to 22 degrees offered.” As for the retiring Ms Peters, she says she will always remember her time at Chisholm with fondness. “The view for Chisholm is quite spectacular. I’m just a passing custodian but it’s been an incredible journey and privilege. “It’s been a really tough decision to retire. I’ve been here 30 years. I started as an educator. I think it’s just time now. The organisation is in a good place.” She is looking forward to not having a diary laying out the year ahead for her as CEO and unlike TAFE students planning a future career “it feels very liberating to not know what tomorrow brings.”

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Walking to talk on mental health care JOHN Bradford makes a point in Main Street, Mornington. Picture: Yanni


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Stephen Taylor THE shortage of safe, long-term accommodation for those affected by mental illness in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula has one man fearing for the plight of a family member. John Bradford, of Mt Martha, said “issues with drugs and alcohol” five years ago had forced him to try to find alternative accommodation for a relative with a mental condition. A search for suitable governmentrun accommodation proved fruitless and the alternatives, such as privately-run boarding and rooming houses, were often unsafe and cramped. The family member, a man whose name has been withheld, prefers to sleep on the streets of Frankston or on the peninsula foreshore. “We had to take out an order against him because of his erratic behaviour,” Mr Bradford said. After short periods at Frankston Hospital’s 2 West Ward, which treats those with adult acute metal health issues, as well as at the Salvation Army’s crisis accommodation centres, the relative was soon found himself back on the streets. “We always assumed he would be safe and supported in public crisis care accommodation but he didn’t seem to fit in very well,” Mr Bradford said. After one short stint in hospital his relative walked out unaccompanied and stood in the middle of Nepean Highway. Police in a divisional van took him to the cells where a small knife was found taped to an ankle. He

was fined $1600. “We told the police he was unwell and on medication and expected him to be taken back to hospital, but he was pushed out onto the street at midnight,” Mr Bradford said. A community treatment order was annulled and the man received no follow up care from the crisis centre authorities who had previously treated him. “People like this are being pushed out into the community to fend for themselves. Our relative was lucky to have us to fall back; some people don’t have back up.” Mr Bradford recently wore an A-frame notice board and walked the streets of Mornington to draw attention to the lack of help for the mentally unwell. He walked Main Street with his A-frame that stated: “Shame, shame, shame to federal and state politicians for their lack of concern for needy, homeless people. Spare a thought for these people – often children – while you are in your cosy beds.” The Peninsula Carer Council’s Aline Burgess said homelessness and people “sleeping rough or in their cars” on the peninsula was an “enormous problem” that was not receiving adequate government support. “The government represents the people and the people need to advocate strongly for action on this.” Ms Burgess said the carers’ council held support meetings and promoted its website and Facebook page so those in need could easily contact its members for help. “We offer referrals, we listen and we advocate for carers so they can provide better treatment. We create

awareness through our Open Dialogue program.” She said Mornington Peninsula Shire was trying to improve services, but that private boarding houses “may be the only accommodation available”. SalvoCare Eastern Rosebud’s Judy Cooper agreed rooming houses were probably the only feasible long-term accommodation for the homeless. “It’s a bleak story,” she said. “Depending on the person’s income – whether Newstart or a disability support pension – we can help them by putting in offers for priority housing, but it is a long wait for a singlebedroom unit. “There are not enough single-bedroom units and these mainly go to the elderly homeless, keeping younger homeless on the streets.” Ms Cooper said many former homeless people were now settled at four rooming houses on the southern peninsula. “But the reality is that no one on New Start can afford a private rental over $190 a week and it is a miracle if you can find a property under that. “There may be other options but they would probably not suit a person who is dreadfully unwell. “It’s frustrating but there’s not much we can do.” While Mr Bradford’s A-frame action might seem a little dramatic to some people, he’s steadfast in his resolve: “If I don’t do anything I will be letting them down.” Anyone with mental health issues can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the call back service on 1300 659 467.

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Violent storm sweeps Victoria Compiled by Brodie Cowburn A STORM of great violence, for which no precedent can be found in the history of Melbourne, swept over portion of the suburban area late on Saturday afternoon. In comparison it was comparable with the tempest which caused so much havoc in Queensland a few days previously. Two lives were lost, and twelve people were Injured. At Brighton a boy was decapitated by a descending sheet of iron from the roof of a wrecked building. At Point Ormond a boat, in which three men were fishing, was capsised. and one of the occupants was drowned. The tempest, which was accompanied by torrential rain, reached its maximum force, generally speaking, between 4.40 and 5 p.m. The weather had been threatening all the afternoon, and light rain had fallen in the city hours before the cataclysm visited the foreshore. *** A complaint was made to the Frankston police on Sunday by Mrs. Rose Priest that on the previous afternoon a soldier in the Broadmeadows camp named Joseph Kahn, a youth who had formerly been staying with her, had taken her adopted child Florence May Dallaglio, five years of age, for a drive in a buggy, and had not returned. The father of the child, it appears, was separated from his wife three years ago, and has had custody of the child, which he placed in the care of Mrs Priest.

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least. I regret that the Commissioners cannot see their way, in the present condition of the finances, to authorise the performance of the work. Yours faithfully, C. E. Norman. Chairman *** A PARTY of 190 Australian sailors, all of whom had been afloat on war service with the Grand Fleet, had an outing at Frankston on Wednesday, and on their return to Melbourne were entertained at tea at Government House by the Governor-General and Lady Helen Ferguson. Members of the Red Cross Volunteer Motor Corps arranged and organised the outing and provided among them 55 cars for the trip. Before starting for Frankston the sailors were motored in procession through the city where they were accorded many hearty cheers. There were able seamen from the great battleship Australia; sailors who had served on the Sydney and fought in the battle with the Emden; artificers from the Melbourne; signallers and all manner of other naval ratings. It was a jolly, lighthearted gathering, and the men joked and yarned as only sailors on shore leave can do. *** AT the annual meeting of the Frankston Mechanics’, the secretary stated that the committee had been presented with an enlarged photograph of two Frankston soldiers, Arthur and Geoff Bolger,

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surely sacrifice meat on two days a week and thus enable millions of fighters to be fed. There is not a pound of beef left in the stores in Queensland. *** KANAKOOK Creek. The President of the Shire (Cr Oates) is, by request, calling a meeting of residents to consider what further steps can be taken to improve this unsightly and evil looking stream. From indications this meeting being called at a time of the year, when property owners in the vicinity are more in evidence, and can attend meetings to back up the more local efforts at a minimum of inconvenience promises to be well attended and bear fruit, for property owners close to the creek have awakened to the fact that if we are to go on waiting for the Government who are responsible for its condition, to “do something” their hopes will be dashed to the ground summarily. *** TO THE EDITOR. Dear Sir— Was a destructive tornado expected to visit Frankston on Friday evening of last week Thoughts of such a happening must have been in the minds of the Frankston business people who failed to attend the public meeting, called by the Shire President Cr W. J. Oates, in response to the directive of the Government of Australia *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 9 February 1918

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The Involuntary Quest for Unreasonable Modesty By Stuart McCullough JUST. I heard the word skip out over my lips as I ordered coffee. ‘I’ll just have a flat white’. Why did I do that? It was as though I was trying to convince the barista that my needs are simple and that my order should be granted. Capitalism doesn’t work like that. I could have ordered a macchiato made of magic beans hand picked by the Dalai Lama, sprinkled with a light dusting of unicorn tears if it’d taken my fancy – no one would care less. There’s no need for such unprovoked modesty. I don’t need to downplay my order. I have no idea what I was trying to prove. Perhaps I was trying to tell all within earshot that I am inherently reasonable person. I could have ordered fruit toast dipped in raw egg before demanding that it be served to me on a silver platter. But no, I am not the kind of person that goes in for such shenanigans. I’ll just have flat white. To back that up the inherently fair nature of my demand, I then stood out of the way whilst other people placed their order, careful to look completely relaxed even if, in real life, I more likely to turn into a pillar of salt than I am to be anything remotely resembling relaxed. Or maybe I’m trying to embarrass the person who just preceded me. He or she probably ordered take away coffees for everyone in their office, necessitating cardboard trays and a production line that would put Henry Ford to shame. Ordering a large number of take away coffees to give to pretty much everyone you’ve ever met is really the beverage equivalent

of scalping. And, just like any other form of scalping, it ought to be illegal. Frankly, if you order anything from a café that you can’t carry in your own two hands, you ought to be detained for questioning. Then again, I might be jealous. I’ve never been entrusted with anything as important as someone else’s coffee

order. In fact, I’ve never experienced first hand the sacred bond that develops between coffee courier and recipient. The joy, the fulfilment, the ability to get high quality coffee without the inconvenience of leaving your desk – these are things I can only dream about. Deep down, this lack of fulfilment could be the

reason that, subconsciously, I tried to pour cold water and, possibly, warm frothy milk all over the dreams of the person standing in front of me. This is a concern. If my subconscious is capable of such petty behaviour, goodness knows what else it gets up to when my back is turned. For all I know, I ordered, ‘just’ a flat white whilst staring at the person who’d ordered before me, my eyebrow arched in condemnation as if to add, ‘unlike some people’. My subconscious is mean, petty and unpredictable. It’s probably off somewhere, breaking into parked cars as we speak. If I had my way, my subconscious would be placed under permanent house arrest, unable to move more than fifty metres from the front door, preferably with one of those surveillance anklets attached to it. But for all the trouble my subconscious might cause, I can’t entirely dismiss the possibility that it’s trying to tell me something important. It’s possible that I’m adding the word ‘just’ to my order because, in the deep recesses of my mind, I don’t think I’m entitled to anything more. Maybe it’s not modesty but a sense of being somehow undeserving that’s making me use the word ‘just’. This is a truly disturbing possibility. But in many ways, these are the small bargains that we make with ourselves. We grant ourselves permission to get coffee but draw a firm and resolute line to ensure that things don’t get out of hand. It’s an odd instinct but one, I feel, that is deeply ingrained in many of us. Put simply, it calls for serious overcorrection.

Next time I roll into the café, it will be with an entirely different attitude. In fact, I won’t be walking, I’ll be strutting. And I won’t be ordering as quickly as possible before standing unobtrusively to the side. No way. I’m going to turn my order into an event. Forget modesty. I’m going dominate the register like a gangsta rapper, ordering coffee, fruit toast in a fur-lined paper bag and Goji-berry smoothies for me and my entire entourage. And rather than step away to melt into some obscure corner, I’m going to go the full ‘mic-drop’. In fact, instead of an imaginary microphone, I might even bring the real thing. Just to be sure. And a t-shirt cannon. I’m not sure what the ethics of discharging a t-shirt cannon in a relatively confined space are, but it’s important to me that I ‘go large’ from here on in and don’t let my own sense of modesty hold me back. It’s time to go all out. Suddenly, I hear the sound of my own name. It seems my take away flat white is ready. Carefully, I edge my way through the crowd before extending my hand and taking my cup from the barista. I hold it aloft like a trophy as I shuffle towards the front door. It occurs to me that I don’t really need anything else. I don’t need fruit toast or Goji berry smoothies. I certainly don’t need to make the person before me feel bad for their order, even if it is somewhat elaborate in nature. All I need is a good cup of coffee. It’s enough to get me through the day. Just.

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PIER STREET SET TO PARTY! By Melissa Walsh The Pier Street Party is officially set to shake up Melbourne’s outer suburbs once again on February 24, 2018. For the second year running, the outdoor festival will be jam-packed with incredible music and summertime fun for all. Headlining the street party will be Sydney hip hop superstars Thundamentals, with support from a heap of Aussie legends - Art vs Science, Gyroscope, The Getaway Plan, Rackett and Jesswar. Held outside The Pelly Bar & Pier Bandroom in Frankston, this epic street party will be the talk of the summer. Bringing the local community and music fans together for such an unmissable lineup, The Pier Street Party is guaranteed to set the example for Aussie summer festivals to come. Frankston City Mayor Colin Hampton is thrilled to play host, saying, “Frankston City is ready to rock as the Pier Street Party prepares for its second year. Council is delighted that our city will be

hosting world class acts at this fantastic event for the community and visitors to enjoy.” And Jeswon from Thundamentals is amped to get in on the fun, enthusing, “VIC, we coming for yiiieeew!!! Looking forward to playing The Pier Street Party in Frankston next February!! Plenty of dope acts bringin the fuego to ya ear holes, come thruuuu!” Thundamentals have had an absolute corker of a year, with the release of their fourth studio album Everyone We Know and the newly announced Decade Of

The Thundakat national tour, plus a massive festival run scheduled for this summer, and Tuka explains they are rapt to be the headline act for this years Pier Street Party. “I originally grew up in the Blue Mountains but have been based in Sydney a long time. We have never played in Frankston before love Victoria and we are thrilled and honored to be asked to do this,” said Tuka, from a band that has recently had two songs feature in the Triple J’s Hottest 100, one of which was in the top 10. “We released a record

called Everyone we Know last year and each song represents a different person in our life and we transfer that onto our set this week. We celebrate our 10th anniversary of touring this year and this got immersed in that so we will definitely be bringing some special guests along, its kind of transferrable a lot of people have felt the feeling of mourning or loss or insecurities and we try to cover the human experience, to find that reference point for everyone and celebrate difference but also talk about the narratives that we share,” he said. “Hip hop is this beautiful mirror that gets thrown on society, I think it is misunderstood sometimes but for us it is about friendship first and foremost and social commentary and what we see in Australian society.” Tuka says it has been an evolving process as the last decade has shown. “You do that for long enough and eventually you work through all your personal

conditioning and you start to look out more and more, and find that our stories are more important than my story,” said the man who grew up in an alternative community in the Blue Mountains. “I guess we have always been a little left of centre and community minded. The intention of our music is to open people up and so it is a big conversation about love, life and social issues. People that practice the art of hip hop will always have a social conscience, sometimes they might not be aware of it but that’s what the practice is. We are not trying to be activists we are just musicians but you cant deny the social issues.” Thundamentals will be playing a whole range of tracks at the Pier Street Festival, sure to inspire likeminded people of all ages. Art vs Science will also be smashing through their latest single Wickoo and some older fan faves. Gyroscope will be right there alongside them ahead of

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Doggies’ quicks need to step up PROVINCIAL

By IT Gully MORNINGTON’S bowlers will need to bring everything and more to Baxter Park this Saturday when it tries to defend 122 against Baxter in MPCA Provincial Cricket. The Doggies won the toss and elected to bat at Wayne Landry Reserve and things didn’t start well when Doggies skipper Sam Wiese was trapped

leg before by Dale Irving for five. This dismissal caused general rot throughout Mornington’s innings with Charlie Parker the only batsman making a solid contribution with 34. The Brittain brothers were at their best with the ball for Baxter, Chris snaring 3/25 from 16 overs while Ben helped himself to 3/25 off 11 overs. Baxter faced the final ten overs off the day and will resume this week 0/8. Langwarrin has again put itself

in an excellent position after the first day’s play against Pearcedale. Whilst losing its first two wickets for just 18 runs, the Kangas were able to settle and put together a more than competitive score of 219. Matt Prosser was again amongst the runs scoring 89 while Travis Campbell hit 52 and Jake Prosser 34. Pearcedale opening bowler Chris Dew was the standout snaring 5/59 from 29 overs.

Sorrento had plenty of reason to get excited against Mt Eliza at Wooralla Drive after bowling them out for 117. Chathupama Gunasinghe was the destroyer for the Sorras with 6/29 from 20.1 overs. Facing the final nine overs of the day the Sorras needed to hold firm. Unfortunately, both openers including Bobby Wilson were sent packing leaving the visitors needing 102

Ridge hunt victory PENINSULA

By IT Gully MAIN Ridge has made its intentions well and truly clear in its round 12 MPCA Peninsula Cricket clash against Mooroduc. Moorooduc won the toss and elected to bat but lasted just 25 overs as Luke Collins (3/15) and Gareth Wyatt (4/7) tore through the Duck’s batting line up. Nick Williams top scored for the Ducks with 13. Main Ridge came out swinging in their first innings with Wyatt scoring 55 and Shaun Foster hitting 43 before declaring at 7/141. With 19 overs left in the day Main Ridge was able to pick up 3/64 leaving the Ducks with 40 runs to pick up before making the Ridge bat again. Long Island has a heap of work to do with the bat when it tries to chase down Delacombe Park’s 247. The Parkers made an immediate impression after winning the toss, Nick Christides belting six balls over the rope

for his total of 65. While Joel Malcolm belted 77. Stuart Swift was the pick of the Islander’s bowlers with 5/71. Pines is in a world of pain against Somerville despite chasing just 174. The Piners had the Eagles reeling at 4/39 before Leigh Lowry (35) and Jayde Herrick (48) resurrected the Eagles innings. Nick Wilcox, Luke Bartlett and Harley Parker all picked up three wickets each for Pines. Facing the final seven overs for the day Pines lost 3/20, Sean Parker snaring two. Red Hill seems to be in a commanding position against Flinders after the first day of play. The Sharks batted first and were bowled out for 174 in 72.1 overs. Skipper Neil Barfuss top scored with 58 while Blake Hogan-Keogh hit 31, including 6 boundaries. In reply, Red Hill scored 0/20 giving it just 151 runs required for victory.

Feast of wickets fall DISTRICT

Smashing it: Peninsula Old Boys on top against Crib Point in Provincial match. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Boneo with work to do SUB-DISTRICT

By IT Gully BONEO will need to be its absolute best with bat in hand this Saturday when it sets out its run chase of 271 against Dromana in MPCA Sub District cricket. Dromana lost the toss but took advantage of getting out in the middle lasting 9/270 in 80 overs. Blake Pappas has been a revelation since crossing from District opening the Dromana innings with 83. The middle order also fired, Jack Fowler the best of them with 35, while Ben Bradley-Bridge scored 32. The Pandas certainly have their work cut out for them this week. Likewise, Skye has some work to do against Carrum Downs after the Cougars scored 9/253. Michael O’Driscoll top scored for the Cougars with 51 while Jordy Watters helped himself to 40. Anthony Craddock was the pick of the Skye bowlers with 4/58. Carrum is just 115 runs shy of victory against Ballam Park. The Knights were bowled out for 157 with David Cross top scoring with 28 and Gabriel Lawrence and Jake Williams each scoring 26. Brett Moulten was the best of the Lions’ bowlers with 4/51. In reply, the Lion’s are 0/43 wit Zach Dent unbeaten on 26. Frankston YCW will need 205 for victory against Tootgarook. The Frogs scored 204 in its allotted 80 overs. Rob French top scoring with 48, Tod Harnett scoring 42 and Corey DeBruyn 28. Balnarring needs just 35 runs to beat Tyabb. Although Balnarring at stumps were 5/80 they are only chasing Tyabb’s first innings score of 114.


Misery inflicted: Baden Powell bowlers and fielders up and about against Baden Powell. Picture: Andrew Hurst

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runs for victory with eight wickets in hand. In the final match in Provincial Cricket Peninsula Old Boys are in the box seat to beat Crib Point. My prediction is a POB outright victory. The old boys batted first and made 212, Dylan O’Malley top scored with 47, while Tommy La Brooy hit 32 and Wade Pelzer scored 31. In reply, the Magpies will resume at 1/6.

By IT Gully HASTINGS and Seaford Tigers are in embattled in an enthralling MPCA District clash after an amazing 23 wickets fell on the opening day. The Blues batted first after winning the toss but were run through by a locomotive as they were rolled for 90 in just 37.5 overs. Mitch Floyd was run out on twenty-seven while Nathan Hunt opened with 20. Jack Brooking was the best of the Tigers bowlers with 5/25. No doubt fancying their chances the Tigers attacked hard early before losing 3/6 and eventually being bowled out for 68 off 21.4 overs. Leading by 22, Hastings faced the final 20 overs of the day and will resume this weekend at 3/35, an overall lead of 57. Baden Powell is in the perfect position to inflict more misery on Rosebud in their clash at Overport. Baden Powell sent Rosebud into bat and it paid-off despite a 58-run opening stand between Danny Heylbut and Pete Doughty. After being 0/58 Rosebud finished all out for 109. Baden Powell’s skipper Craig Entwistle was sensational with the ball, picking up a staggering 9/25 from 18.5 overs. The Braves faced the final twentyfive overs of the day losing just one wicket along the way and will resume this weekend at 1/62. The match between Seaford and Mt Martha saw 17 wickets fall on the opening day. Seaford batted first and were bowled out for 126 before ripping through The Red’s batting line-up and seeing them slump to 7/29. In the final game, Rye will need to be at their best with the bat in an effort to match Heatherhill’s 9/222. Brett Maxwell and Jake Theobold were outstanding for the Hills in the lower order, scoring 66 and 46 respectively. Heatherhill declared its innings and had the final three overs of the day at the Demons. Rye will resume this week at 0/7.


Heart pulls out, Langy gets Goulding SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie ROSEBUD Heart dropped a bombshell last week when it told Football Federation Victoria it will not field a senior team in State 4 South this year. The decision to quit FFV after just three seasons of senior competition has stunned the local soccer community but the club was left with no choice due to a lack of players. “The big issue we had with FFV was fielding both seniors and reserves,” Heart president Tracy Riley said. “We had enough players for one team but not for two teams. “We had some players who were playing with Rosebud soccer club (in the Bayside League) on the Sunday and for us in the FFV on a Saturday and now that Rosebud has gone into FFV they can’t play in both teams so we’ve lost players because of that. “You obviously know about Dave Greening moving then there were other players who decided to hang up their boots so we decided that what we do well is juniors and that will be our focus.” But Riley and Heart have not completely abandoned the idea of fielding seniors and reserves down the track. “Our new junior home ground is at Boneo Reserve and that will accommodate juniors and seniors,” Riley added. “We’ve spoken to FFV and they are happy to welcome us back. “The feedback we have received is that we will be able to go back into State Leagues and won’t have to go into the Metro Leagues.” Heart was the brainchild of Ray Vaughan, David Greening and Neil Herd. Vaughan now lives in Ireland while ace striker Greening switched to Somerville Eagles late last year as player-coach and Herd had joined Somerville the previous year. Vaughan was the club’s inaugural coach in 2015 and Heart missed out on promotion in the last match of that season but the club will always be remembered for its history-making 2016 season under head coach Scott Morrison in which it won every league game. Morrison stepped down at the end of last season to concentrate on family life and he left a gaping hole in the senior structure that was never filled. “Our juniors looked up to a lot of people at the senior club and to see them walk away irrespective of their reasons was not a pleasant thing,” Riley said. “But we’ll soldier on and we’ll concentrate on making our juniors the very best we can. “Our aim is to bring our juniors through the ranks and establish a strong and committed senior team. “What has happened is not ideal but all we can do is move forward and work for a future senior team.” Heart’s withdrawal was met with dismay by local rival Baxter. “I was shocked that a team could go through undefeated only a couple of seasons ago and now struggles to field a team,” Baxter boss Francis

Classy Cody: Queenslander Cody Eszes (left) has been promoted to Langwarrin’s senior squad and is pictured here against Mornington ace Sammy Orritt. Picture: Gemma Sliz

Beck said. “I really feel for the club and will miss the great onfield rivalry we had. These were games both clubs always looked forward to.” Heart’s decision forced FFV to restructure a number of leagues and last Friday the federation announced that Monash Uni would fill the State 4 South vacancy. In other news, there has been a flurry of activity at Langwarrin as the club has been busy finalising its senior squad ahead of its NPL2 season opener on Saturday away to Box Hill United. The Lawton Park outfit has beaten four rivals to the signature of defender or midfielder Callum Goulding from Melbourne Victory. Goulding, 20, is a former Langy, Peninsula Strikers and Mornington junior who lives in Mount Martha and has come through FFV’s National Training Centre program. He was on the bench for Victory’s friendly with Italian giant Juventus at the MCG in 2016 and scored in Victory’s 3-0 pre-season victory over Port Melbourne Sharks in July last year. Long-serving Langy gaffer Gus Macleod has also signed Queensland striker Matt Heath and elevated boom teenager Cody Eszes to the senior squad. Heath, 27, was recommended by former Langy coach Terry Kirkham who coached the prolific scorer at Olympic FC in the Queensland NPL in 2016 and 2017. “Matt scored 14 goals in the first half of last season before I stopped him playing due to the start of osteitis pubis,” Kirkham said. “He has had a lot of time off now under medical

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supervision so hopefully he’ll come back strong and continue where he left off last year. “Matt spent 10 years at Olympic and I am ecstatic that Greg Kilner (Langwarrin’s main sponsor) contacted me and he and Gus have taken my advice to give Matt a chance to go to Melbourne and play football at Langy.” Eszes, 17, came to Melbourne last October with his brother Ayden and Josh Mulla, all teammates at Cairns-based Leichhardt Lions FC, and the trio trialled successfully with Langy’s under-20s squad. Ironically Cody Eszes was on Box Hill United’s radar and had also attracted interest from Dandenong Thunder, Altona Magic and Sydney United. He produced a series of fine performances recently during the Australian schoolboys’ overseas tour and some excellent cameo appearances in Langy’s pre-season practice games triggered his promotion. Macleod has finalised his senior squad and will lodge the names of 21 players with FFV this week. There are 10 newcomers and they are listed below with their previous club in brackets: GOALKEEPERS: Robbie Acs, Josh Dorron (Ballarat). DEFENDERS: Luke Burgess (Whittlesea Ranges), Dylan Kilner, Andy McIntyre, Andy McLean (Eltham Redbacks), Viktor Medini (Dandenong Thunder), Callum Goulding (Melbourne Victory). MIDFIELDERS: Lewis Foster, Jonathan Guthrie, Mat Luak, Boris Ovcin, Paul Speed, Sergio Yanez. FORWARDS: Liam Baxter, Sam Klepac (Mooroolbark), John Kuol (Morwell Pegasus), Nabil Mozaffaruddin, Esmael Zaheri (Port Melbourne

Sharks), Cody Eszes (Leichhardt Lions FC), Matt Heath (Olympic FC). In State 1 South-East news Mornington lost 4-1 to NPL giant Bentleigh Greens at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex on Saturday morning but it was an invaluable hitout for Adam Jamieson’s charges. One of the triallists used by Jamieson was leftsided Scottish import Alexander White. The 25-year-old was on Dundee United’s books as a youth player and has played in the US on a scholarship with Carson Newman University in Tennessee. White only arrived from Glasgow the day before the game. Another triallist was a striker who came off the bench and whose second-half display was stunning. His trickery and control enabled him to score Mornington’s only goal while his pace and guile were too much for the home side’s defence and he beat opponents at will. The club won’t release his name at this stage but if it can clinch his signature it can lay claim to having the most potent attack in the State Leagues. In State 2 South-East news Matty Morris-Thomas looks almost certain to head back home and sign for another stint with Frankston Pines. The gifted playmaker made his name at Monterey Reserve before spells at Casey Comets, Mornington, Peninsula Strikers and Seaford United. Another Seaford United star, striker Mitch Landers, came on in the second half and scored in Pines’ 5-3 home loss to Springvale White Eagles’ under-20s last weekend. Pines’ boss Paul Williams saw merit in the display. “Although the first half wasn’t up to the standards we have set ourselves I was very happy with the impact from the bench in the second half which showed why it’s important to have a strong squad,” said Williams. “Young Liam McLure was impressive in midfield and made us tick so I’m excited about his development this season.” McLure is an ex-Peninsula Strikers junior, Box Hill United under-20s best and fairest winner and was part of Langwarrin’s championship-winning reserves squad last year. State 3 South-East outfit Skye United thumped Croydon 6-0 on Saturday. Mitch Blake (2), Caleb Nicholes, Daniel Attard, Mark O’Connor and Langy triallist Gerald Lawler were the scorers. Chris Driver played for Skye and strolled through his sweeper’s role in the first half before playing wide left in the second period. Skye senior coach Billy Armour has been in Scotland attending his father’s 80th birthday party but arrived back in Melbourne late on Saturday night. Assistant coach Billy Rae has been deputising for Armour.

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