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State of play for Parkdale cricketer PARKDALE secondary student Joshua Sugden represented Victoria for the second consecutive year at the National Indoor Cricket Championships in Mackay last month. Sugden, 14, was given the opportunity to captain the second under-15s Victorian team and was able to lead the side into fifth place. Sugden said the team trained for close to three months before the tournament to decide who would represent the state. “Having the announcement two weeks before the tournament that I would be captaining the Victorian side was massive,” he said. “It was a big achievement as that was my main goal and was something I was aiming for when doing all the training leading up to the event.” Sugden said most of the matches they played at the championships were pretty close but noticed a big difference playing in Queensland this year compared to Dubbo last year. “It was a really good tournament and learning experience. “It’s completely different playing in Queensland to what it was like last year in Dubbo as the ball swung a lot more because of the weather and the heat.” “It was a much different atmosphere with all the little things making a big difference.” Sugden has played in the Parkdale senior’s side and has been playing in a super league tournament for the past few months in Cranbourne where he captains the fourth side. Sugden, a recipient of the $500 Local Sporting Champions grant, met with the federal Isaacs Labor MP Mark Dreyfus to thank him on Monday (21 August). The grant went towards the championship’s fees as well as equipment and playing gear. Ben Triandafillou

BAYSIDE residents took a step back in time this month when contacted by a polling firm canvassing their views on local MPs. Voters were asked to rate the performance of previous MPs instead of current incumbents in an apparent bungle when drafting the questions for the “robocall” poll by ReachTel. Carrum residents were asked to rate the performance of Donna Bauer, Mordialloc households were asked about Lorraine Wreford and Bentleigh voters faced questions about Elizabeth Miller. All three former Liberal Party MPs lost their seats at the 2014 state election to Labor’s Sonya Kilkenny (Carrum), Tim Richardson (Mordialloc) and Nick Staikos (Bentleigh). ReachTel services manager Nick Adams said the poll was privately commissioned and the company would not disclose the person or organisation that ordered the poll in the marginal sandbelt electorates for privacy reasons. “That particular survey was privately commissioned but I can confirm ReachTel was conducting the research,” Mr Adams said. “We rang a lot of people so there’s no denying that part of it.” ReachTel regularly conducts polling on behalf of political parties and unions to gauge public sentiment about voting intentions Market research is also often conducted for corporate firms. Neil Walker

Pitching in: Joshua Sugden represented Victoria at national championships in Queensland. Picture: Gary Sissons

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