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Life aquatic PROJECT Banjo Action group organiser PT Hirschfield wants people who see fishermen kill non-target species in Port Phillip Bay such as rays, toadfish and native sea stars to report offenders to authorities. See story Page 7.

Bay eyes on water Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au A BAY watch coalition of the willing will be established to act on Port Phillip Bay pollution if a Kingston Council plan gains state and federal government support. Councillors at a public council meet-

ing this month unanimously agreed to write to state and federal MPs to seek cooperation and participation in a joint committee to try to clean up water quality at bayside beaches. Cr Georgina Oxley said water pollution is increasingly a problem along Kingston’s 13 kilometres of foreshore. “There has been a lot of concern, particularly during the summer

months, around the bay pollution,” she said at the meeting. “I look back to summer last year and we had closures of Carrum beach, Chelsea beach [and] Mentone.” Cr Oxley highlighted Mentone beach as being of particular concern. “On a bad week … the bacteria levels were five times the average,” she said.

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She noted Patterson River and Mordialloc Creek flows “do contribute a lot” to pollution and said Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria and the Environment Pollution Authority could also be involved in the proposed committee. “This is something we can all work together on and all agree on.” Cr Steve Staikos noted “water qual-

ity has become a significant problem for us, not just in the bay but also on land.” “Because there are so many stormwater outlets illegally plumbed into the sewage system it creates such an incredible strain on the sewage system that it does spill into the stormwater system and then run into the bay itself.” Continued Page 5


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Down and dirty: Trucks and men work to repair old sewers on Beach Rd near the Naples St intersection.

Sewer works in the pipeline A PAIR of 80-year-old sewer mains in Beach Rd and Nepean Highway is being repaired as part of a $2.6 million upgrade. South East Waters is aiming to minimise disruption to residents in Mentone, Parkdale and Mordialloc over the eight-week project. New lining will extend the life and increase the reliability of the sewers which service around 5600 properties in Mentone and Mordialloc and directly connect to more

than 200 houses. The works will be undertaken at night from Sunday to Thursday, when flows will be at their lowest, enabling crews to work safely in a “dry” sewer. South East Water says directly affected residents will be notified before works start in their area. Water and sewer services will not be impacted during the project.

POLICE are offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person involved in the hit-and-run death of Frankston woman Jennifer Moller outside Karingal Bowling Club five years ago. Ms Moller was waiting to cross Skye Rd, Frankston, 1.30pm, on 27 April 2012, when she was struck by a car, believed to be a 2011 white Mercedes Benz sedan. The 54-year-old was treated at the scene by paramedics but later died. The driver fled the scene. Detectives believe the reward will entice someone with key information to come forward. Husband John Moller, 53, said: “It’s been five years and we still have no closure. “I was there, I saw my wife get hit by the car, and 30 minutes later they told me she had died; it was traumatic. “The same day I had to get my children from school and tell them what had happened. They have been through so much. “Please, if you know anything, report it to Crime Stoppers.” Major Collision Investigation Unit Detective Sergeant Daryll Out said a conviction would provide some long-needed closure to the heartbroken family. “The day Jennifer lost her life, her children lost their mother and her husband lost his wife. Nothing

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will ever mend the broken hearts of Jennifer’s family, or sadly bring her back, but to have someone held to account will help to bring some much-deserved closure for them. “At the time, a number of witnesses came forward which helped locate the Mercedes and identified a person of interest but police need more information which may lead to the arrest and conviction of the driver involved.” Anyone with information about the collision should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersvic.com.au online.

Schools’ budget pain and gain claims Stephen Taylor steve@baysidenews.com.au SECONDARY schools in Mordialloc, Parkdale, Keysborough, Patterson River and Mentone are set to be shortchanged by millions of dollars in federal funding over the next two years, according to figures released by the Victorian Department of Education. The schools are among 70 statewide slated to each receive up to $1.1 million less in the short term than would have been the case under Better Schools funding, also known

as the Gonski agreement, since businessman David Gonski reviewed schools’ funding for both the previous Labor and current Coalition federal governments. A “Gonski 2.0” funding agreement officially announced in last Tuesday’s federal budget by Treasurer Scott Morrison will see public schools receive more money over 10 years but effectively less upfront than was originally proposed in the next two years. A Victorian Education Department analysis instigated by state government ministers shows 1535 state schools will receive less in 2018 and

2019 than under the old funding plan, which still had a year to run. The department’s figures show that, over the next two years: n Keysborough Secondary College will receive $1.6 million less n Mordialloc College $500,000 less, n Parkdale Secondary College $1.1 million less, n Patterson River Secondary College $800,000 less, and n Mentone Girls’ Secondary College $800,000 less. Principals at a handful of schools called for comment last week did not respond about the state department’s figures that show over the next two

years: Federal Isaacs Labor MP Mark Dreyfus said the federal Coalition government has “again shortchanged local schools”. “Three years ago the Liberals promised no cuts to schools and then ripped away $30 billion,” he said. “And last week they told the parents and students of Australia to be grateful they’re now only cutting $22 billion. “Now we know that some local schools will be worse off over the next two years than under Labor’s funding plan.” Victorian Education Minister

James Merlino said it was “laughable that Malcolm Turnbull is still trying to pass [the budget] off as a positive story for Victorian schools”. “The fact is it leaves a $630 million shortfall for Victorian schools against the original agreement,” he said. “This is more than just a number. It has a direct impact and hurts the kids that need it the most and can least afford it. “We funded our share of the agreement for 2018 in our recent state budget because it was the right thing to do. It is really that simple.”

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Street delays at station COMPLICATIONS arising from the need to move underground electrical cabling in Young St and handle asbestos in Telstra pits with care has seen a previously estimated completion date of March blow out to October at the earliest. The $13 million redevelopment of Young St is part of the state government’s Frankston train station upgrade project due to begin in late 2017. Frankston Labor MP Paul Edbrooke said he expected the Young St works -including new paving, improved street lighting and a “more welcoming civic

space” at the entrance to Frankston train station – to now be finished by October. He referred questions about the project delays to VicRoads. “We will update local traders and residents on the revised schedule in the coming weeks and the local community will soon see an increase in activity,” VicRoads major projects director Brendan Pauwels said in a statement. Mr Pauwels said VicRoads is working closely with contractor firm Seymour Whyte to “fast track works” at night and at weekends.

Young St will be closed to traffic on some Sunday mornings, 3-10am, to remove asbestos from the Telstra pits to be moved. A VicRoads advertising campaign called “Business As Usual” has been launched to try to support Young St traders whose business has been impacted by the redevelopment delays. VicRoad’s website states Webb Excavations can be contacted on 9775 1755 “if you have any concerns regarding these works” to remove asbestos. Neil Walker

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Police patrol A neighbour’s house was also broken into the same day, with thieves jemmying open a laundry door. They stole items valued at $800, including a wedding ring, Xbox console and games, cash and vouchers.

Stabbing charges A MAN charged with stabbing his mother and father in their Parkdale home has been remanded in custody to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday. The 33-year-old was allegedly involved in a heated argument with his parents early Wednesday 10 May. Police who arrived at the Beach Rd house at 3.55am found the couple, in their 60s, with upper body injuries. The father, with chest wounds, was taken to The Alfred hospital in a serious condition later changed to stable. The mother was also taken to The Alfred in a stable condition. Their son was charged with two counts of attempted murder, intentionally and recklessly causing serious injury, and other assault-related charges.

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A POLICEMAN directing traffic into a booze bus queue was lucky not to be run down when a recalcitrant driver allegedly drove off straight at him. A 1998 Mitsubishi Pajero was being directed into the line on Thompson Rd, Carrum, 10pm, Wednesday 10 May, when the driver allegedly veered away and accelerated back onto the freeway. The policeman jumped clear and took a note of the car’s registration number. Police visited a house in Patterson Lakes and interviewed a man. He was later charged on summons with reckless conduct endangering serious injury and unlicensed driving.

Hall raided THIEVES twice cut padlocks to break into the church hall at St Aiden’s, Poulson St, Carrum, on 23 April and 7 May, stealing bread and milk and ransacking the kitchen.

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A BEAUMARIS man was injured when a repossession agent arrived to reclaim his car, 1pm, 25 March. The man was told he owed $4000 and that he must pay up or lose the car. He replied that he could not pay and was told to remove any personal items from the car before it was towed. Once inside the car, he turned on the ignition which alarmed the repossession agent who thought he may attempt to drive off. The agent reached in to grab the keys and, after a struggle, the Cromer Rd resident received a fractured finger and cuts to his hand. He later complained to police. Anyone who witnessed the repossession is asked to call Kingston CIU 9556 6111.

BURGLARS jemmied open the window of a vacant house on The Broadway, Bonbeach, in the week leading up to Wednesday 3 May, and stole items valued at $1570. These included light fittings, taps, door handles, curtains, towel rack and even a toilet roll holder. An electricity cable had been cut even though the power was not connected.

Break-ins ABOUT $3100 in jewellery, including wedding and engagement rings, Apple iPod and coins, were stolen from a house in Mary Avenue, Edithvale, Wednesday 10 May. Burglars opened a side gate then entered through an unlocked back door to rifle through belongings packed in suitcases in a bedroom.

OFFENDERS smashed louvre windows before breaking into Mordialloc Primary School, Saturday 13 May. Police found evidence of their behaviour in the kitchen and audiovisual room, but it is not known what, if anything, was stolen.

Wine to go AN image of three women alleged to have stolen several bottles of wine, above left, from a display shelf at the Cellarbrations store, Southland, has been released. Detective Senior Constable Nick Bloink, of Kingston CIU, said the store was closed when the women arrived, 10.20pm, Thursday 23 March. Police allege one of the women reached through a security screen and stole the bottles from a display shelf. They then left the shopping centre carrying the stolen liquor. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Continued from Page 1 Testing at bayside and peninsula beaches during the 2016-17 summer season by the EPA released last month revealed Kingston beaches often suffered from poor water quality. Mentone and Mordialloc beaches were ranked equal 24th out of 36 beaches tested twice daily. Carrum and Aspendale beaches were equally ranked 29th for water quality. EPA applied sciences group manager Anthony Boxshall said rainfall of more than 10 millimetres was often associated with poor water quality at bay beaches. “While it was quite a dry summer, Victoria experienced prolonged downpours around the Christmas and New Year’s period that contributed to extended periods of poor water quality at all of the 36 beaches that EPA monitors,” Dr Boxshall said. “Unfortunately for beachgoers, most of this rain fell just before or during weekends, and usually just before warmer weather, which is when bay beaches are at their busiest.” Dr Boxshall said that Melbourne’s stormwater system and the downhill nature of the landscape towards the bay meant that heavy rain flushed anything on suburban streets into the bay. “Eight major creeks and rivers, and more than 300 drainage outlets flow into Port Phillip. Sources of this water include about 5000 underground drains that collect Melbourne’s runoff,” Dr Boxshall said. “From there, about 540,000 million litres of stormwater containing around 160,000 tonnes of sediment washes into the bay annually; and remember that the bay itself is only about 25 cubic kilometres.”

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City’s company bids to be ‘in the swim’ Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au A COMPANY set up by Frankston Council to manage swim centres has been negotiating with Mornington Peninsula Shire council to take over management of peninsula sports centres. Peninsula Leisure Pty Ltd has expressed an interest in operating recreation centres across the peninsula. The shire tested market appetite for taking over management of Pelican Park Recreation Centre in Hastings, the Crib Point Pool, Civic Reserve Recreation Centre in Mornington and the Somerville Recreation and Community Centre (See ‘Rally call for stadium action” Page 1). Peninsula Leisure Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Frankston Council established in 2013, operates the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC) in Frankston and the Pines Forest Aquatic Centre in Frankston North. It is not known if Peninsula Leisure makes a profit or loss since no financial accounts are publicly available. The company is effectively funded by Frankston ratepayers. Negotiations to possibly outsource the management of community sports centres on a for-profit basis comes amid delays to basketball stadium upgrades in Frankston and Somerville. The Western Port Basketball Association is unhappy that no reconstruction work has begun at the Somerville Recreation and Community Centre -- one of the stadiums that may see its management outsourced by the shire -- a year after basketball courts and the main

PARC life: The Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre managed by Peninsula Leisure Pty Ltd first opened its doors in 2014.

building were fire damaged. Frankston Council is engaged in a bitter fight with the Frankston & District Basketball Stadium about promised upgrades to its stadium amid fears by the association that council wants to seize control of its buildings leased on council land. Frankston Council CEO Dennis Hovenden did not answer questions about Peninsula Leisure’s finances before publication deadline. ASIC records show 300,000 shares in Peninsula Leisure have been issued and are wholly owned by Frankston Council. PARC CEO Tim Gledhill also did

not answer several questions about Peninsula Leisure’s finances and did not respond to questions about negotiations with the shire to operate peninsula sports centres. “Peninsula Leisure Pty Ltd is a subsidiary company of Frankston Council with an independent board and management, with specialist expertise, established to operate within the increasingly competitive health, recreation and leisure sectors,” Mr Gledhill said in a statement. “Peninsula Leisure has proved to be an industry leader delivering exceptional customer experiences through

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its management of PARC, which was awarded Facility of the Year at the Aquatic and Recreation Victoria Awards in 2016. “With close to 10,000 members and over 850,000 visitations a year, Peninsula Leisure continues to focus on building the value PARC provides to the community.” The directors of Peninsula Leisure are -- chair Roseanne Healy who is also a director on many South Australia company boards; remuneration and reward committee chair Barbara Crook; strategy and marketing committee chair David Shilbury; audit and

risk committee chair Simon Allatson and Phillip Johnson who is also chief financial officer of South East Water. Both Mr Hovenden and Mr Gledhill did not answer questions about any remuneration and rewards paid to Peninsula Leisure directors. Shire chief financial officer Matt Green confirmed “a request for proposal process” for the four sports centres took place last year. “The process does not indicate council had made a decision to outsource services, rather it was to gain a clearer understanding of other operators in the field,” Mr Green said in a statement. “Having tested the market, and shared these findings with council, the shire continues to review various options to ensure the best outcome for the community. “Access to health and fitness opportunities remains a priority, and council is focused on ensuring the best value-for-money services are offered to our community.” Mr Green said the review “included staff, facility members, user groups and discussions with other local government facilities’ management teams”. Questions about shire council officers recommending a commercial manager be appointed to take over the running of Devilbend Golf Course in Moorooduc were not answered by Mr Green. Park Leisure board member David Shilbury sits on Golf Victoria’s board. It is not known if Peninsula Leisure has expressed any interest in running the golf course.


Rays killed despite anti-cruelty laws Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au

Reason for ban: Dead banjo sharks found under Rye pier on Wednesday 3 May are thought by Project Banjo Action Group organiser P T Hirschfield, above, to have been “unwanted catch” and killed before being thrown back into the sea.

“At least one of the animals was still alive after sustaining this injury, as caught on disturbing video by local scuba diving instructor Jane Bowman,” Ms Hirschfield said. “It is an offence against Fisheries Victoria 2009, Regulation 101 to not return fish to water without injury or damage. “Divers who entered the water the following morning to euthanise the animal found it already dead, along with a fifth banjo that had been knifed in the head.” Ms Hirschfield, an organiser of the Melbourne-based Project Banjo Action Group, said the “slaughter of

these rays was particularly brutal … but not an isolated event”. Representatives of the group have met with Fisheries Victoria executive director Travis Dowling and director of education and enforcement Ian Parks to discuss having signs on piers telling anglers fish protection laws, fines and “potential regulatory reforms”. “Testimonials and photographic evidence within the 700 strong ray advocacy group are evidence that banjos have been slaughtered as unwanted catch regularly for many years across the piers of Port Phillip and Western Port, including but not limited to Portsea, Blairgowrie, Rye and Flinders.

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“This goes beyond the illegal slaughter of unwanted catch. Often it’s a matter of animal cruelty. Increasingly we’re finding rays that are thrown back in the water, cut in half, mutilated and maimed but still alive.” Injuries sustained by the rays included having their mouths torn out to retrieve fishing hooks. “Last week one diver filmed a ray that had been paralysed by a knife wound, then thrown back alive. Three days later another diver filmed the same ray still alive and had to put it out of its misery.” Ms Hirschfield said it was not uncommon for divers to see between four

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DIVERS are continuing to uncover acts of cruelty to fish caught from piers in Port Phillip and Western Port. The killing of a “resident” smooth ray on Rye pier on 2 April resulted in a 25,000-signature online petition calling for a ban on the killing of rays in Port Phillip, including stingrays and banjo sharks. The CEO of peak Victorian recreational fishing body VRFish, Michael Burgess, says his organisation “encourages all fishers to return unwanted rays to the water unharmed and comply with fishing regulations”. “We all need to work together to stamp out this unacceptable and illegal behaviour. Rays play an important role in maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and are like the vacuum cleaners of the ocean floor.” Images of the mutilated ray taken by scuba diver P T Hirschfield were reproduced by electronic and printed media, prompting outrage and highlighting the need for protection (“Cruel end for ‘puppies’ of the sea” The News 19/4/17). Despite the reaction Ms Hirschfield was shocked to hear another five dead fiddler rays – commonly known as banjo sharks – had been found under Rye pier on Wednesday 3 May. Each one appeared to have been killed by “a cranial split”, Ms Hirschfield said. She categorises the fish as “unwanted catch”, which are killed to prevent them from “wasting bait”.

and six dead rays at the fishing end of the piers, with one diver reporting 18 dead rays as well as a less common eagle ray. She said the killing of rays in Hamelin Bay, Western Australia, was banned in 2015 “when a public outcry erupted after a much-loved resident smooth ray was killed before horrified onlookers”. Mr Burgess, of VRFish said illegal fishing activities, including the deliberate harming of non-target species such as rays, toadfish and native sea stars, should be reported to Fisheries Victoria on 13 3474 (13FISH).

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Promoting resilience and faith in action. JOHN Paul College is a co-educational Catholic Secondary School in Frankston. The College aims to be a centre of excellence and inspiration within the community; students encouraged to be motivated and passionate about both their learning and their community involvement. Principal, Mr John Visentin, says “John Paul College is a vibrant learning community where each student is supported and challenged to achieve excellence. We offer an education that promotes resilience and faith in action. We are committed to maintaining high positive expectations and are attentive to the needs, goals and abilities of every student.� John Paul College is special because students feel that they are part of a bigger family. Students are encouraged to help and support each other and a sense of belonging and community are integral to the culture of the school. We are also committed to ensuring that parents feel welcomed and are recognised as valued partners in their child’s learning and development.

At John Paul College students willingly volunteer on a number of social justice initiatives and we are very proud of our young people who, in their service to others, enrich both their own lives and those around them. Students can be involved in a whole array of sports and can take part in debating, public speaking, community service, youth ministry, social justice, theatre sports, chess club and performing arts activities. Our first class facilities include a modern and well-appointed Resource Centre and our Food Technology Centre and Science laboratories are state of the art. The Ngargee Centre for Performing and Visual Arts is a beautifully appointed space; comprising modern facilities for music, drama, dance, media and fine arts. The College grounds are large and beautifully landscaped, providing plenty of space for students to learn and play. We welcome enrolments from students with both Catholic and NonCatholic backgrounds.

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Renewable energy curriculum. PATTERSON River has become an educational leader in STEM and renewable energy curriculum. Teaming up with the University of Melbourne, Department of Energy, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) and 1Circle, the school has its students engaged in a number of new subjects this year. This partnership is currently working on plans to become a community energy provider with the vision that students will run elements of the business. Following the success this year of the new subjects in Coding, Robotics and STEM Business, Patterson River is in the process of developing new electives for 2018, including Mechanical Engineering and Advanced Physics. According to recently appointed College Principal, Daniel Dew, this is the logical step for science education in Victoria. “Australia is currently producing only one third of the required engineering graduates each year. Patterson River has seen an impressive

improvement in its VCE results in recent years’ and is providing students with pathways into a large variety of different sectors. Our STEM program looks to open up a new area for student pathways and is designed to build students’ knowledge and understanding sequentially from Year 7 to 12 so that they can go on to become our society’s future engineers, software developers, scientists and business leaders”. In addition to the new elective classes, all Year 9 students have been involved in analysing live energy data for the school and making recommendations for improvements in both energy usage and the comfort levels of internal classroom environments. Year 9 student, Max Le Fevre has been enjoying the school’s new STELR Renewable hands-on energy kits. “The STELR Kits have provided great insight into different energy sources and made me rethink my future career pathway”.

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Helping hands: Brother Bill Firman, above, with a young child at the Solidarity with South Sudan Mission and, left, trainee teachers.

Mass donations help for war victims IT IS hard to imagine a greater contrast – the beautiful seaside town of Mornington, with its thriving lifestyle - and war-torn and starving South Sudan where just staying alive is the main concern. Yet, they are linked by a former Melbourne school headmaster and the generosity of a Mornington church. South Sudan is suffering from a long and brutal civil war. It is one of four nations described by the United Nations as in the grip of famine. Millions of people may die of starvation.

Located in the heart of Africa, it is the youngest nation in the world, gaining independence from the largely Islamic Sudan in 2011. Two years later, a civil war, based on traditional tribal rivalry, broke out, pitting the ruling Sudan Liberation Army against a rebel force. In the small town of Riimenze, De La Salle Brother Bill Firman, former principal of St Bede’s, Mentone, runs a mission called Solidarity with South Sudan. The mission has a large property and farm respected by both sides.

Normally, the mission provides teacher, nursing and agricultural training. Now, it is refuge for village people who have been beaten and raped and had their houses and crops burned. They are threatened with death even while they are starving. The only safe place is the mission so that is where they go. Just before Easter, St Macartan’s Catholic Church, Mornington heard that Brother Firman was back home briefly from Southern Sudan. A member of the church’s social

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Mid-year date for Wyuna’s crossing Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au MID-YEAR is the latest sailing date set for the Western Port Oberon Association’s MV Wyuna to leave Tasmania for Melbourne. The 64 metre cutter was given to the association in 2013 and plans were made to have it join the submarine Otama as part of a maritime museum in Western Port. However, both vessels remain tied up in red tape and anchored offshore – the submarine at Crib Point and the Wyuna at Launceston. Otama association president Max Bryant last week was confident the project would receive a “kick start” once the Wyuna arrives in Melbourne. He said it would take six weeks to ready the Wyuna to cross Bass Strait, with a stop scheduled at Mornington before heading to Docklands. “It has to be out of [its anchorage in the Tamar River] by September because of rough weather at that time of year,” Mr Bryant said. Both the Otama and Wyuna have had problems at their respective anchorages. In June 2016 the Otama was secured when the state government stepped in to pay for repairs to its moorings. The vessel’s future and that of the 15-year plan to make it the centrepiece of a maritime museum were jeopardised by the association’s lack of money. With the Otama safely at anchor

Sea tails: Members of the Victorian branch of the World Ship Society visit the Victorian Maritime Centre’s museum at Crib Point. The members of Western Port Oberon Association provided a hot roast lunch and the visitors were shown a 25-minute film covering the history of the project, which includes the Otama submarine and former pilot boat the MV Wyuna. Association president also spoke about the project Max Bryant, followed Dave Hoare, who related his experiences while serving on HMAS Otama.

the association was free to again concentrate, still unsuccessfully, on raising the millions of dollars needed to establish the maritime museum and carry out work to sail the Wyuna across Bass Strait. In January the Tasmanian Director

of Public Prosecutions office threatened to apply to the Supreme Court to “seize and dispose of the Wyuna”. “I acknowledge that such an outcome would be undesirable for the association. I am instructed that the authority, given the effluxion of time

and its duty to maintain marine safety, has few if any other options available to it,” crown counsel Sam Thompson stated in a letter to the association’s lawyers, McGuiness & Hosking, Rosebud. Mr Thompson said the “current situ-

ation is untenable” and said a 60-day notice to made the Wyuna seaworthy had been issued on October 21 2015. “The period within which the association had to comply ended on 21 April 2016. Since then, and notwithstanding the correspondence between us, the situation relating to the Wyuna has not been rectified to the satisfaction of the authority.” Mr Bryant said last week that the Wyuna remained in the Tamar but that plans for getting her to Melbourne “are slowly going ahead”. “It’s been a battle – all political – but it’s going to happen. “The boat will stop in Mornington before sailing up to Station Pier and I am in discussions with Docklands about a berth.” The Wyuna, a former pilot cutter, was built in 1953 and donated to the association in 2013 for display at the Victorian Maritime Centre/Museum currently at Crib Point. Hastings MP, Liberal Neale Burgess, promised $1 million to the Otama project during the November 2014 election campaign, but Labor’s win has put plan on the backburner. “We had confirmation of the grant and that the money would remain, but it seems to have disappeared,” Mr Bryant told The News in February 2015. “Who knows what happens? People play games…” In June last year Mr Bryant put the cost of the maritime museum at $15 million and said that if either the state or federal governments provide $2 million “seed funding” private investors would become involved. With Stephen Taylor

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ALL THAT JAZZ From Burlesque Blues To The Icons of Australian Jazz, The 2017 Mornington Winter Jazz & Blues Festival Has It All…. With the Mornington Winter Jazz and Blues Festival now just weeks away excitement is starting to build as Mornington gets set to welcome some of Australia’s finest musicians and artists to the Peninsula for one very special long weekend. As always Mornington bars and restaurants will come alive with the sound of swingin’ jazz and smooth blues from Friday 9th June to Sunday 11th across the Queens Birthday Long Weekend. In addition this year sees a return of the ever popular Main Street “Festival” Market Grooves on Saturday 10th with plenty of new and unique stalls to keep you captivated and free kids entertainment located in the Empire Mall. Also running across the weekend will be, Guided Historic Walking Tours of the township and rides on the steam locomotives of the Historic Mornington Railway. Festival goers will be spoilt for choice this year with an expansive program, including headline performances from Australian icon Kate Ceberano at the Grand Hotel Mornington; an intimate performance at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG) from Jazz Baestro James Morrison; and sumptuous dinner & show from Jazz Bell Award Winner for ‘Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year 2016’ Olivia Chindamo at The Rocks Mornington. 2017 sees “Music After Dark,” proudly presented by Mornington Peninsula Shire, take on a new twist. This year the performances will be held at St. Peters Hall just off Main Street Mornington. Having

recently undergone a state of the art sound and lighting upgrade the hall provides the perfect backdrop for these ever popular festival performances. Held over two nights, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th; Saturday will feature the finest young jazz and blues performers the Peninsula has to offer. If uncovering emerging artists is something you enjoy, then this will be the destination for you. Sunday 11th showcases a supreme line up of Jazz musicians that will surprise even the most seasoned festival goer! Jazz and Soul enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy across the weekend, including performances at newly opened The Brooks Restaurant & Bar, Gods Kitchen, Casa De Playa, Assaggini, and at The Royal Hotel with a special performance from Kylie Auldist, well-known Australian Soul Singer of The Bamboos and Cookin’ On 3 Burners fame. Swing and Blues fans will find just the right mix of foot stomping tunes at Double G Saloon from Friday to Sunday and at ‘The House of Blues’ event at Beaches Mornington on Sunday 11th June, an all-day event featuring back to back blues, swing and guaranteed good times. Now in its 5th year the festival continues to deliver with a unique and inclusive line up of performers across the genres of Jazz, Blues, Swing and Soul. There is something for everyone and as a festival dedicated to supporting live music, arts and culture on the peninsula we invite you to take a look at the program and join us for a long weekend of fun and entertainment on the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, 9-11 June. Tickets On-Sale Now. www.morningtonjazz.com.au

PHOTOGRAPHY, ARCHITECTURE AND THE HUMAN FORM The exhibition Max & Olive focuses on the work of two photographers who shared their lives and studio for much of the 1930s and 1940s before going their separate ways. Max Dupain and Olive Cotton contributed enormously to 20th century Australian photography with Dupain ultimately being regarded as ‘Australia’s most respected and influential black and white photographer’ of this period. His famous 1937 work Sunbaker features in this exhibition. Looking at their work together between 1934 and 1945 provides an insight into the creative process of this unique partnership. Often shooting the same subjects, or pursuing subjects and pictorial effects in similar ways, the comparisons show Dupain’s more structured – even abstracted – approach to art and to the world, and Cotton’s immersive relationship to place, with an instinctual love of light and its effects. Iconic Australian Houses: an exhibition by Karen McCartney explores 31 of the most architecturally important Australian homes of the past 60 years. The exhibition begins in

the 1950s with the works of a new breed of Australian architects, and culminates in key works from some of Australia’s contemporary masters. This important exhibition looks beyond the physical structures to shine a light on the stories of the architects and clients. The houses featured are brought to life through vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and filmed interviews with the architects who designed the homes and the people who commissioned and live in them. Melbourne-based artist Zoë Croggon works with sculpture, video, drawing and primarily, collage. Her practice considers the relationship between the kinetic body and its surroundings, contemplating the role we play in our environment and how deeply our surroundings inform our lives. MORNINGTON PENINSULA REGIONAL GALLERY, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington. Exhibition dates: 12 May – 9 July. Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–5pm. Exhibition admission fees: $4 adults / $2 concession. General information: 5950 1580. mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au

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Private Donohue has his teeth removed before he heads to the Front Compiled by Cameron McCullough ECHOES from the Front. WHERE ARE THE BOYS WE KNOW ! Private Dick Donohue, in a recent letter, writes :– A few lines to tell you I arrived here safe and sound after nine weeks on the water. It is pretty cold here just now, some of the people told me it is the coldest for 30 years, so that is alright for us. I am at a place called near Salisbury Plain. We are getting four day’s final leave next week. We get it just before we go to the front, so by the time you get this letter I will be well at the front, but I hope it won’t be long before I am back at Frankston again. Jimmy Dent is just near me and a few other local boys. I have a nice mouth tonight, as have had my teeth out. Am also “on guard” and it is my time to go on. It is not very nice leaving a warm fire to go out into the frost, but it can’t be helped. Private Will Hanton writes to Mr C. Woods :– Just a few lines to let you know I am still going strong. Am leaving for my furlough on Friday (14 days) so will have a good look round London. Have been in hospital at Brighton and after furlough I have to go to Warsham. Remember me to all. *** CORRESPONDENCE re “Foreshore Privileges,” Soldiers’ Letters, and other interesting matter are held over unavoidably till our next issue. *** WE regret to report the condition

of Mrs Barnett senr. is causing her friends grave anxiety. *** OWING to unforseen circumstances, the Australian Club dance that was to be held on 24th inst, is postponed till early in June. *** MESSRS Adamson, Strettle and Co. have a good yarding for their sale at Tanti Yards on Monday next, including cattle, sheep and pigs. *** MESSRS Brody and Mason will hold their usual fortnightly sale at Somerville, on Wednesday next, commencing at 2 o’clock sharp. *** IN the 298th casualty list the following names appear:– Pte. A. H. Davies, Mornington, killed ; Corp. J. H. Moir, Langwarrin, missing; Pte. J. Brown, Stony Point, missing and wounded. *** TENDERS will be received up to Monday next by the Defence Department for the supply of meat, vegetables and milk for the month of June at various camps and hospitals as notified by advertisement in another column. *** A CONCERT will be held in the Langwarrin Recreation Hall on Saturday night 26th May, at 8pm in aid of the State School patriotic fund, proceeds to be devoted to the British Red Cross Fund. A first class programme will be provided including items by performers from the Langwarrin Military Camp. *** ANOTHER “ working bee “ is adver-

tised to take place at the Frankston Cemetery on Saturday, 26th inst. The appeal for aid towards improving the cemetery has met with a liberal response and a great improvement is noticeable in the appearance of the ground. Still further work is required, and the committee feel confident that the residents will still continue to render every assistance possible. *** MR C. P. Watson, manager of the Frankston Branch of the State Savings Bank, has received notice that he has been appointed manager of the Sale Branch of that institution. Since coming to Frankston, Mr Watson has taken considerable interest in the advancement of the town, and his services has always been willingly given in the way of promoting entertainments for the benefit of deserving objects. In his business capacity, he was always most kind and obliging, and we feel sure that the promotion has been well deserved. We congratulate him, and our best wishes go with him to his future sphere of labor for his continued success. *** KANANOOK Creek has, even in the memory of the oldest inhabitant, been a source of trouble to Frankston. The trouble has been accentuated by the drainage of Carrum Swamp and the diversion of the greater portion of the head waters into Pattersons River. Much public money has been spent in various ways to improve it but the

results have not been very remarkable hitherto. Last year great hopeswere raised by the appearance of a small suction dredge at the mouth of the creek and a commencement being made to dredge the bed to the depth of six feet. The dredge was withdrawn after a score or two of yards (more or less), up the creek had been excavated, and it was found on enquiry that the dredging was simply experimental. The mouth of Kananook Creek had merely been selected as the most conivenient place at which to ascertain if a dredge could be economically worked by an oil engine. Subsequently Mr. Catani, who has quite recently retired from the office of Engineer-in-chief, for Public Works, and Mr Kermode, Engineerin-charge of Ports and Harbors, visited Frankston and made a thorough inspection. They then submitted certain proposals, and it is to consider these proposals that a public meeting of ratepayers will be held in Frankston on Monday next, as announced in the advertisement in another column. It is to be hoped that every ratepayer having the interests of Frankston at heart will attend the meeting. *** LANCE-CORP. Fred Bray, son of Mr and Mrs E. Bray of Frankston, is to be congratulated on his being awarded a stripe. Lance-Corp. Bray who is not yet out of his “teens” will shortly be leaving for the front, where his future progress will be anxiously watched by a number of interested friends.

*** MR and Mrs C. Tait, of Frankston, celebrated their silver wedding this week. They received most hearty congratulations from their numerous friends, also some valuable presents. We trust our esteemed friends will be spared for many a long year to come and the good luck which has been theirs up to the present, will continue till the end. *** WE regret to have to record that Mrs Plowman, of “The Tofts”, Frankston, met with rather a serious accident on Thursday evening, through being run over by a buggy and pair of horses, just outside the local railway station. Though no bones were broken, she was severely bruised and shaken, and it will be some little time before she will be about again. *** EMPIRE Day will be celebrated at the Frankston State School on Thursday next, when a Jumble Fair will be held in aid of the British Red Cross Society. During the afternoon the school children will give displays of physical drill, graduated exercises, and salute the flag. The Langwarrin Band is expected to be present. Donations in money or kind will be gratefuly received. A meeting of parents and others interested will be held in the schoolroom on Monday evening to make final arrangements. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 19 May 1917

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however, could only ever be removed with either a crowbar or an exorcism. When the invitation to swim would come up, I’d loiter in the hope that I’d be too slow and be banned from the pool. A ban which, of course, would save me from having to reveal my pale, pale skin to the wider world after which mockery was nothing short of inevitable. It rarely worked. I know, I know – the human body is a beautiful thing and there’s no shame in parading around in a pair of budgie

smugglers and the mere suggestion of discomfort when it comes to wearing the national swimming costume is probably grounds for deportation – but it’s an aversion that’s stayed with me right through to adulthood. In an ideal world, a bathing suit should be exactly that. I’m talking shirt, tie, jacket and cufflinks - the whole shebang. While I’m now in the glorious position of being able to choose my own bathers, the times now suit me.

It’s completely acceptable these days to cover up when you’re swimming, with shorts, hat and a rash vest. In fact, such conduct is even considered laudable. Back in the seventies, however, such attire would have been viewed the kind of extreme suspicion usually reserved for visitors from another planet. Refusing to expose as much flesh as possible to the sun was a sign that someone far more serious was wrong. Swimming could not be avoided. My pleas for a less revealing swimsuit were roundly ignored. So I did what any self-respecting person and, probably, MacGyver, could do. That is, I used the material around me to improvise some kind of a solution. As yet another summer loomed, I took matters, an old pair of jeans and a sharp pair of scissors into my hands. The pants had been earmarked for destruction. This was a rare event in our house as anything that remained even vaguely wearable once I was done with it was generally handed down to the next sibling in line. These jeans, however, were an exception. With a style best described as rudimentary, I hacked off the legs. Thus, I had created a pair of ‘cutaways’ for myself. Denim cutaway shorts are mercurial. Some people can wear them and they can look very good. Others, however, can wear them and it simply looks like a large dog has savaged your favourite pants and you are now wearing all that could be salvaged. If I’m being honest, my denim shorts fell into the latter category. We were on holidays in Queens-

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better than that.” In 1992, twelve years after Lennon’s death, Waters and D’Arrietta first conceived and performed Lennon: Through a Glass Onion on a small stage at the Tilbury Hotel in Sydney. The show was an instant success. In the years that followed, Waters and D’Arrietta toured the show and played sold out engagements at venues including The Sydney Opera House. The show performed a threemonth engagement in London’s West End. “Its been fantastic the response the show is receiving, especially from the younger audiences that are coming along, some of whom were not even born when Lennon and The Beatles were recording and releasing their music. It’s a testament to the legacy of the man and his music that still excites and intrigues people to this day” says Waters. “It never ceases to amaze us how many people still request to see the show, even after our last lengthy tour, we’re constantly getting emails and messages asking when is the show coming back, so its great that the demand and interest is always there”, says Waters. “The song Glass Onion was John Lennon’s postscript to The Beatles. It had such a strong image of crystal ball-gazing and peeling away the layers that it inspired the format for this show – a kaleidoscope collage of song, word, emotion and image”, agrees D’Arrietta with Waters. LENNON THROUGH A GLASS ONION also appeared at the EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL in August 2016. www.johnwaters.com.au SUNDAY 11 JUNE – FRANKSTON – FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE (VIC) www.thefac.com.au / (03) 9784 1060

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MCG showcase: The MPNFL Sharks lost by 22 points against the Geelong Football League. Picture: Scott Memery

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By Toe Punt THE Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League failed in its attempt to become the greatest league in Victoria and arguably Australia at the MCG on Saturday. The MPNFL Sharks just couldn’t keep up with a faster, more organised Geelong Football League, going down 16.9 (105) to 11.17 (83). The MPNFL trailed by as much as 35 points during the third quarter and never looked to threaten the title holders. While many looking at the score line could be forgiven for thinking that the MPNFL kicked themselves out of it, other than a couple of missed opportunities in the second quarter, most of the behinds were kicked from either long range or rushed. The reality is that the MPNFL was just beaten by a slicker, more highly skilled football league. The final margin of 22 points was just one point greater than the quarter time margin of 21 points. Geelong kicked the opening three goals of the game, kicking towards the Jolimont St end before Sorrento’s Nick

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Corp took advantage of a one on one in the goal square. However, Geelong booted the final two goals of the quarter to lead 5.1 (31) to 1.4 (10) at the first change. The MPNFL’s only control of the match came in the first six minutes of the second quarter, booting the opening two goals, missing a couple of sitters and reducing the margin to seven points (31 to 24). However, once again, Geelong was able to withstand the attack, steady, and respond with four goals in 14 minutes to blow the margin back out to 27 points. That was the story of the day. Geelong had all the answers. Whenever the MPNFL looked as though it was going to make some kind of challenge, Geelong would take control of the situation and compose itself, play tempo footy, pass the ball around and regain the ascendancy. The MPNFL played the first 15 minutes of the third quarter one player short after Pines’ Tim Bongetti was yellow carded for being involved in a scuffle after the half time siren. Bonbeach’s Shane McDonald kicked a sensational goal after beating two op-

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ponents at the beginning of the third quarter to drag the margin back to 15 points before Geelong once again booted the next three. The margin was 27 points at three quarter time and Geelong kicked the first major of the final quarter to ice the contest. YCW teenager and the youngest player on the field, Matthew LaFontaine, along with Corp, booted the last two goals of the game to reduce the final margin from 34 points to 22. The MPNFL’s strategy going into the match was to hurt the Geelong bodies on the inside and win the contested footy. Geelong’s strategy was to play as many fleet-footed kids as possible and utilise the wide open spaces of the MCG to cut through the opposition. Without question, the Geelong FL strategy came up trumps. The MPNFL went in with a team with an average age of 27, the large majority of whom played in the win against Northern FL last year. Geelong went in with a bunch averaging 22 years, 14 of whom had never played interleague footy with Geelong

before. The Geelong defence was dynamite and it was evident early that the MPNFL lacked leg speed in attack. La Fontaine went down there but it robbed the Sharks of speed through the middle. Bonbeach’s Dylan Jones won the battle of the rucks but Geelong was better in tight. It had a couple of bulls at the contest and once they dished it out, the MPNFL couldn’t keep up. In defence, the MPNFL had its work cut out, however, considering the organisation of the opposition bringing the footy in, they held up quite well. Mornington’s Warwick Miller and YCW’s Christian Ongarello were pretty good in the back half and Sorrento’s James Hallahan was clearly the MPNFL’s best player. Hallahan played well on the ball until they required his drive from half back, which he provided. Skipper Rikki Johnston was very good until he rolled his ankle in the second quarter. He came back on but wasn’t the same. Sorrento team mate Luke Tapscott was the most productive midfielder and worked hard both ways. The real problem for the MPNFL was

through the middle and the forward half. It was just two slow in both areas and were easily turned inside out by smaller, fleet-footed opponents. There would be a big handful of MPNFL players that would never want to see any vision of the game and put the memory of the game behind them. One thing they should never lose sight of however is the experience of playing on the MCG – what a privilege. Hats off too to MPNFL coach John Hynes, as well as assistants Gavin Artico, Paul Hopgood, Pat Poore and John Georgiou, who have been meeting, planning, training and watching games of footy since November last year. The preparation could not have been any better. The support staff of the MPNFL were also fantastic. However, despite the knowledge of the opposition, they could not underestimate the sheer talent and composure of the far less experienced Geelong FL. Next season, perhaps, it’s about taking some lessons from the Geelong FL and showcasing our best young talent, mixing it with some experienced heads. It should be about showcasing our future.


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By Craig MacKenzie LANGWARRIN made a statement of intent on Saturday when it spanked Caulfield United Cobras 5-2 in their State 1 South-East top-of-the-table clash at Victory Park. Langy’s opening goal was all about the timing and angle of Liam Baxter’s off-the-ball run and Mat “Yaya” Luak’s ability to pick him out with a perfectly directed and weighted pass and once the quicksilver Invernesian was in the clear there could only be one result. From the left of the area Baxter slotted the ball low past advancing Caulfield keeper Jayden Allan and Langy was 1-0 up after six minutes. Lewis Foster won the ball in the 41st minute then switched play to the right where Connor Belger was lurking. Belger read the flight better than his Caulfield opponent before hammering home a low right-foot volley that beat Allan at his near post. But Caulfield clawed its way back into the contest four minutes later when beanstalk striker Cort KiblerMelby got free from the attentions of George Whiteoak and his clinical finish made it 2-1. In the 50th minute Aaran Currie decided to let fly from all of 30 metres sending the ball slamming against the Caulfield crossbar. A minute later Belger’s low leftfoot shot from outside the area made it 3-1 and when Baxter decided that the time was ripe for one of his party pieces the large Langy travelling support was in raptures. The time was the 61st minute and the trick was to tee up the ball with his first touch outside the area and with the second send a stunning volley over Allan’s head to make it 4-1. In the 74th minute Kibler-Melby outbustled Whiteoak and won the race against advancing Langy keeper Robbie Acs to head into the unguarded goal to make it 4-2 but Currie rounded off a good day for the league leader by scooting clear onto a superb John Guthrie through ball and slotting home in the 78th minute. A bad day for the home side was compounded when defender Thomas Rankin received a second caution and was sent off in the 81st minute. Mornington overpowered Warragul United with a 4-0 away win on Saturday with all the goals coming in the second half. Warragul failed to deal with a corner in the 48th minute and Mornington central defender Stevie Elliott scored with an overhead kick from close range. Mornington’s ace striker Ryan Paczkowski put the visitors further ahead in the 57th minute and a superb left-foot drive from substitute Nathan Smith in the 78th minute put the contest out of the home team’s reach. Paczkowski got his brace six minutes from time and although the win puts Mornington back into the promotion race it came at a high cost. Josh Valadon was injured in the first half and looks to have a few weeks on the sidelines due to medial ligament damage but his replacement, Stefan Soler, broke an ankle late in the contest and had to be taken to hospital. At training last week Nathan Yole suffered a foot injury and Scott Miller damaged ankle ligaments so the depth of Mornington’s first team squad is being severely tested. Due to a family bereavement Paczkowski flew back to England after the match but is due to return on Saturday

Great Scott: Peninsula Strikers’ signing Sam Scott in action for Langwarrin. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

morning. Harry McCartney reports that a controversial derby at Monterey Reserve on Saturday resulted in a vital 4-2 win to Seaford United against home team Frankston Pines. Seaford made a positive start without luck as three shots in three minutes sailed over the Pines bar. But just when Seaford threatened to buck its trend of slow starts referee James Milloy awarded a penalty to the home side for what looked to be a clean tackle by Seaford’s Jarrod Sultana in the 8th minute. Ex-Casey Comets midfielder Francois Armansin converted with ease to make it 1-0. In the 35th minute Seaford captain Daniel Walsh made a blistering run down the left and played an effective one-two before unleashing a drive that slammed against the bar. The rebound was in dispute until a deflection fell to Alex Roberts in a one-on-one and he slotted it into the bottom right-hand corner for the equaliser. Early in the second half a through ball left Seaford striker Mitch Lander with only Pines keeper Alfonso Cardinale in his way. Lander tried to go around the keeper but only managed to go to ground as he rolled his foot on the ball and the two players unavoidably came together. Referee Milloy gave Cardinale a

second yellow forcing Pines boss Billy Rae to replace veteran Ben Caffrey with reserves part-time gloveman Liam Stuckenschmidt. Seaford’s Paul Maguire hit the roof of the net with his penalty conversion to put the visitors in front. In the 55th minute Seaford midfielder Tom Natoli challenged Stuckenschmidt and Lander pounced as the ball broke free and struck it into the open goal to make it 3-1. The goal of the game came in the 62nd minute when Lander broke down the right and chipped a perfect ball to Roberts who met it with a precise first-time half-volley that rocketed into the Pines net. In the 85th minute an Alex Akrivopoulos toe-poke left Seaford keeper Enes Umal stranded and the ball struck the back of the net to round off the scoring. Peninsula Strikers had to settle for a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s State 2 SouthEast home game against Old Scotch. Strikers featured new signing Sam Scott and the former Langy and Clifton Hill midfielder impressed Strikers’ coaching staff. “Sam’s an exceptional footballer and he brought another dimension to our game,” said Strikers’ head coach Craig Lewis. The home team suffered an early setback when Old Scotch swung in a free kick from a wide position and Chris McKenna’s attempt to head

clear went in off Piotr Korczyk. Strikers created enough chances to win comfortably but their dominance of possession couldn’t be translated into goals. Their sole reply came in the 68th minute when Trevor Johnson was at the back post to head home following a Tom Hawkins’ cross. A few minutes later Strikers’ fans watched in dismay as the referee produced a straight red for Strikers’ midfielder Danny Brooks. “That’s the best we’ve played all year. To create that many chances and to look solid defensively were pleasing aspects,” said Lewis. The Strikers’ boss wouldn’t be drawn into comment on the Brooks send-off but was clearly upset by the decision. Skye United maintained its promotion push in State 3 South-East with a 3-0 away win over Monbulk Rangers on Friday night. Skye’s custodian Jonathon Crook was in the thick of the action in the first 15 minutes, notably tipping over Marcus Watson’s long-range drive. The deadlock was broken in the 71st minute when English import Jacob Scotte-Hatherly whipped in a dangerous ball which young gun Lawrence Komba bundled over the line on his senior debut. A minute later Marcus Collier broke through the Monbulk defence and squared the ball to Scotte-Hatherly

who tapped in from close range to make it 2-0. The result was put beyond doubt in the 82nd minute when Jason Nowakowski skipped passed his man and cut the ball back to Komba who grabbed his second of the game. Baxter was outclassed by Springvale City 5-2 in their State 4 South clash at Ross Reserve last Friday night. In the 15th minute Springvale’s Dale Chrich finished a fine run from midfield with a stinging 20-metre strike that Baxter keeper Francis Beck parried but the incoming Stuart Nicholson headed home the rebound to open the scoring. The cultured left foot of Adem Alicevic swung into action in the 24th minute when his curling shot from the right beat Beck all ends up and nestled in the top far corner of the Baxter goal to make it 2-0. In the 28th minute Travis Ernsdoerfer played Liam Kilner in but he was tripped inside the area and Mark Pagliarulo converted with ease to make it 2-1. Beck failed to get a firm enough touch to a corner in the 43rd minute and former King’s Domain striker Graham Glynn forced the ball over the line to restore the home side’s two-goal cushion. Four minutes into the second half Ernsdoerfer made an excellent solo break into the left of the Springvale area and his cutback was side-footed home by fellow teenager Jack Gallagher to make it 3-2. Three minutes later Springvale broke down the left and big Glynn was sent through for a simple finish past the helpless Beck to make it 4-2. The scoreline was completed in the 78th minute when Beck could only palm Armin Kerla’s corner against the bar and Alicevic finished off the rebound. While the finger of blame can be pointed at Beck for two of Springvale’s goals his one-on-one saves were all that stood between Baxter and an embarrassing scoreline. Rosebud Heart got back to winning ways in style with a thumping 5-1 away win over cellar dweller Endeavour Hills Fire last weekend. Dave Greening scored four goals taking his tally to 97 in 50 games for Heart, an insane strike rate at any level of the game and a continuation of his remarkable scoring record in Victorian soccer. Somerville Eagles remain the only winless State 5 South side after Saturday’s 5-1 away loss to Sandown Lions whose scorers were Yandon Kong (2), Math Thowat (2) and Nhial Kim. Damien Finnegan scored for Somerville and this weekend’s home match against third-last outfit Bunyip District gives the Eagles a chance to get off the bottom of the league. This weekend’s games: SATURDAY, 3pm: Langwarrin v Manningham Utd Blues (Lawton Park), Mornington v Caulfield Utd Cobras (Dallas Brooks Park), Seaford Utd v Eltham Redbacks (North Seaford Reserve), Beaumaris v Peninsula Strikers (Beaumaris Reserve), Old Scotch v Frankston Pines (H.A. Smith Reserve), Skye Utd v Noble Park Utd (Skye Recreation Reserve), Baxter v Hampton Park Utd (Baxter Park), Rosebud Heart v Springvale City (Truemans Road Recreation Reserve), Somerville Eagles v Bunyip District (Somerville Secondary College).

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