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MEMBERS of the Kingston Koorie Mob and school students including Tyson Greenfield, left, and Spencer Diver planted shrubs and trees ahead of the official launch of the Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place at Mordialloc Life Saving Club next month. See Page 8. Picture: Gary Sissons

Flag flies for equality Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au A RAINBOW flag will fly at Kingston City Hall “until marriage equality is achieved” after a majority of councillors voted to have council publicly declare support for same-sex marriage. A 5-4 majority of councillors voted

at Monday’s public council meeting on 25 September to raise a rainbow flag at the Moorabbin venue until federal politicians legalise marriage equality. Cr Tamara Barth had called on councillors to be on “the right side of history” in backing same-sex marriage at a time when Australians are being asked to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to

marriage equality in a federal nonbinding postal survey. “I don’t think we can be silent bystanders. I think we have to be participants in the discussion,” Cr Barth said at the meeting. “I think we have an obligation to represent all of our community — not just part of it.” Councillors who voted against fly-

ing a rainbow flag at Kingston City Hall argued that the vote and possible law change is a federal and not council matter. “We really need to stay on our local issues,” Cr Tamsin Bearsley said. “The public wants councils to concentrate on roads, rates, rubbish, parks and planning. We shouldn’t be weighing into this debate.”

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Cr Ron Brownlees expressed surprise at the council vote since “not one person has raised the issue with me”. “I don’t believe we should get involved in social activism,” he said. “We’re putting something on this building which a lot of people will not agree with.” Continued Page 3

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Taking flight: A white-faced heron at Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands. Picture: Gary Sissons

Environmental study for bypass THE state government has pledged to build the Mordialloc Bypass “to the highest environmental standards” after announcing a full investigation into any impact on nearby wetlands will be done before construction of the ninekilometre road. Labor Planning Minister Richard Wynne confirmed last Thursday (21 September) that an Environmental Effects Study report will be needed before the $300 million project can be built. Concerned community groups say the bypass between the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and Dingley Bypass poses a danger to species of birds, animals and fauna in the EdithvaleSeaford Wetlands (“Plea to dump bypass build”, The News 20/9/17).

Residents Against Mordialloc Freeway president Scott Fothergill welcomed the EES study. “We would hope that this EES includes full community consultation and we would hope that RAMF and all groups above including Friends of Braeside Park and Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Association would be included as reference groups,” he said. “The EES will ensure the highest study into these effects and impacts of this proposed road. They may well discover themselves, the best mitigation of impact will be not having this road through this corridor at all.” Mr Fothergill says the state government should abandon its plans to build the Mordialloc Bypass and focus on building the Westall Rd exten-

sion to link Eastlink and the Dandenong Bypass and should install extra lanes along Springvale Rd “to link up with the Dingley Bypass in a less environmentally damaging way”. Mordialloc Labor MP Tim Richardson said the EES process gives the community the chance to make their views known about the bypass plans. “The EES process will provide the community with detailed information about the project and give locals a chance to have their say on the final designs,” he said. “These detailed planning investigations will give us the information we need to manage any environmental impacts for the surrounding community, now and into the future.” Neil Walker

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Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au AN ALLIANCE of six councils that lobbies state and federal governments for investment in the south east has been rebadged and relaunched but ratepayers are in the dark about how much the renewed lobbying push will cost. The South East Melbourne Group of Councils (SEM) includes Frankston, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Kingston, Casey, Cardinia Shire and Greater Dandenong councils. A new website at southeastmelbourne.org and launch event on Friday 15 September at Greater Dandenong council offices in Dandenong mentioned on the group’s new Facebook page flagged a new look for the group. The site domain name was registered last year by Damian Mannix at The Agenda Group, a public relations and lobbying firm. When contacted, Mr Mannix confirmed the firm registered the website address on behalf of the SEM group of councils. The Agenda Group has offices in Melbourne’s Queen St, Sydney and Canberra according to the firm’s website. Mr Mannix is chairman of the Program Advisory Committee at the RMIT School of Applied Communications. He confirmed he is a Labor Party member when asked and was named as a preselection contender for the seat of Mulgrave won by now Premier Daniel Andrews in 2002 when asked by The Times. The Agenda Group’s government relations director is Richard Allsop who is also a research fellow at right-wing think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. Questions subsequently emailed to The Agenda Group were answered by Mornington Peninsula Shire CEO Carl Cowie. “The Agenda Group is funded equally by the

Mayors meet: Kingston mayor David Eden, left, Cardinia Shire mayor Brett Owen, Frankston mayor Brian Cunial, Premier Daniel Andrews, Greater Dandenong mayor Heang Tak, Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Bev Colomb and Casey deputy mayor Susan Serey. Picture: Facebook

six councils,” he said. “The fees are commercial in confidence.” Mr Cowie confirmed “the South East Melbourne alliance of councils has operated for many years”. “It has been reinvigorated and relaunched as SEM to ensure state and federal governments understand the needs of the south-east region and the opportunities that can generate jobs growth and improve the lives of residents,” he said. “The Agenda Group provides policy, communications and administrative support to SEM”. The SEM group’s site lists the councils’ priorities as a way of “driving growth and prosperity” in the south east. The electrification of the Frankston line to Baxter, the need for a south eastern airport and

the rollout of high-speed internet access to business precincts are listed as priorities on the site. “There are many council alliances already working across Melbourne,” Mr Cowie said. “The south-east region also needs a strong voice to ensure we have the best opportunities for our residents and businesses and compete for funding and investment.” A second major container port for the state at Hastings is also listed as a priority despite a majority of councillors at both Frankston and Kingston councils voting to drop support for the idea in recent months. Infrastructure Victoria has earmarked Bay West near Geelong as the likely location of a second port when the Port of Melbourne reaches capacity in decades to come.

Continued from Page 1 Cr Geoff Gledhill said he didn’t think council should push its views on same-sex marriage on to other people although councillors are free to individually declare how they will vote in the Australian Bureau of Statistics managed postal survey. “I’m very happy with the notion of marriage equality and I certainly hope it’s successful.” Crs Barth, mayor Cr David Eden, Georgina Oxley, Steve Staikos and Rosemary West voted to raise a rainbow flag as a council public show of support for marriage equality. Crs Bearsley, Brownlees, Gledhill and George Hua voted against the move. Despite the differences in opinion about council publicly supporting marriage equality all councillors unanimously voted to “express support and solidarity with members of the Kingston community and Kingston staff who identify as LGBTIQ particularly through this period while the voluntary postal survey on the marriage act is being undertaken”. Australians are being advised to send back completed surveys in free post-pay envelopes sent out by the ABS before 27 October to meet a 7 November deadline for the collection of votes ahead of the survey result on 15 November. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said last week federal MPs will vote on the legalisation of same-sex marriage if a majority of Australians who complete the survey vote ‘yes’ to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” listed on the survey form.

Golf course development drives on Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au DINGLEY residents who fear a plan to subdivide the Kingswood Golf Course into 514 lots for housing will drive traffic congestion will have their formal say on a planning application by property fund manager ISPT submitted to Kingston Council. A majority of councillors voted at Monday evening’s public council meeting (25 September) to ask Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne to begin the exhibition process for community feedback on the proposed housing development.

Many residents, rallied by the Save Kingswood group, also say wildlife will be impacted by the removal of thousands of trees and vegetation to make way for housing. “We accept that going to the Minister and exhibition and therefore having an ability to object is the best way to go,” Save Kingswood Group Incorporated secretary Kevin Poulter said. The application submitted to council by Melbourne-based ISPT states about 11 hectares, just over 20 per cent of the site at 179-217 Centre Dandenong Rd in Dingley Village, will be public open space. “With the exception of the water bodies which are proposed to be

vested in Melbourne Water, all areas nominated for public open space would become council owned,” the application states. Mr Poulter said the open space pledge is “horrendous”. “Twenty thousand trees are going to be bulldozed and they get away with that because officially a tree is not a tree unless it is 1.1 metres in circumference,” he said. “A gum tree might be 30 or 40 feet high but not meet the 1.1 circumference.” He said some of the open space will be a retarding basin for water overflow so is likely to be “soggy wet ground”.

Mr Poulter said the group’s members will make submissions to the planning process. North ward councillor Steve Staikos stressed at Monday’s meeting that council has not yet decided to approve or reject the planning application. “Opening this consultation period doesn’t mean council has made up its mind on which way to go and we won’t be making up our mind on which way to go until we see all of the submissions from the residents and have an opportunity to examine those,” he said. Cr Geoff Gledhill, a Liberal Party candidate for Mordialloc at next year’s state election, welcomed com-

munity input into the planning process. “Put bluntly, if council were to reject this at this point obviously it would go straight to the Minister and council’s participation from that point on, we could make a submission. If we hear directly from the community via the proper exhibition process then we as a council are still working with the community,” he said. “I want the community to be well assured that we are acting in their best interests and, as far as I’m concerned, it is imperative that council stays part of this process as long as possible.” Continued Page 4


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Housing plan for golf land Continued from Page 3 Cr Rosemary West said the housing development proposal is “highly contentious” and is “at odds” with council’s golf course policy adopted in 2015 that states council prefers such land to be used for public open space if a club becomes financial unviable and a golf course is to be sold off. “Ideally, I think the way our planning scheme works we should refuse applications that don’t comply with our planning scheme however it’s considered prudent, and I agree, for council to engage in a very thorough and detailed planning process.” ISPT spokesperson Anna Martiniello said the property fund manager welcomed council’s decision. “We’re pleased the process is moving forward,” she said in a statement. “ISPT has worked with council and the community for more than two years to create a design that will meet council’s requirements and community needs while retaining and enhancing the community feel and spirit that is obviously much loved by the Dingley Village community. “We look forward to the next stage of the process where the community will be able to see the detailed plans

and make a formal response.” The planned housing development will be built in seven stages. The planning application aims to rezone the site from part Special Use Zone (Golf Courses) and part General Residential Zone to a General Residential Zone to allow for redevelopment of the site for residential purposes. Crs Georgina Oxley and Tasmin Bearsley voiced opposition to the development at Monday’s meeting. “I won’t be supporting this simply because I used to live in Dingley and I used to live in a house that backed directly onto this golf course,” Cr Oxley said. “When we look at planning scheme amendments and developments like this we need to look at the infrastructure that is there and I don’t believe we have the infrastructure in Dingley to even entertain an idea like this.” Cr Bearsley said she could not see “a net benefit” for the Dingley area. People who wish to follow the planning process and make submissions can register interest at kingston.vic.gov.au/kingswood or call Kingston Council on 1300 653 356.

Feathers in the garden: The relationship between Australian birds and plants is the subject of a workshop next month. From left, a gang gang cockatoo (Chris Clarke), little grebe (Judith Cooke) and New Holland honeyeater (Mack Fenwick).

Talking birds at workshop A WORKSHOP on the relationship between birds and plants will be held next month at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne. The workshop is being held at the end of this year’s National Bird Week (23-29 October) with presenters focussing on greater understanding of Australian birds, their behaviour, their requirements and their conservation. From 7.30am on Sunday 29 October there will be an optional opportunity to participate in the "What Bird is That?" presentation conducted by BirdLife Australia's Mornington Peninsula branch in the Cranbourne bushland, followed by breakfast. The presentation follows warnings last month from the branch’s president, Max Burrows, that several more species of birds are in danger of being added to the 40 species which have disappeared from around Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula since the arrival of Europeans (“The birds are flying into oblivion” The News 22/8/17). For those not wanting to arrive at the gardens at 7.30 the day can start with refreshments in the Australian Garden

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey 2017 is now open. Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry? This is your chance to have your say on whether Australian law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. Just answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the form. Put it in the Reply Paid envelope and mail it back today. If you haven’t received your survey form, need a replacement or more information, go to www.marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au Your response will be completely confidential.

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Auditorium before the 10.30am start of presentations which include: n An overview of Australian birds n Evolutionary/social history in connecting birds, animals, nature and people (with Pat Macwhirter) n Behaviour, ecology, colour and sexual attraction (Kaspar Delhey) n Status of the helmeted honeyeater, Victoria’s bird emblem (Bruce Quin) n Photographing birds (Kerri-Lee Harris and Paul Whitington) n Illustrating birds (Nicolas Day). n Bird habitat in gardens (Amy Akers) n Australian birds in art and craft (John Thompson) The National Bird Week workshop, 7.30am-3pm or 9.30am-3pm Sunday 29 October, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, corner Ballarto Rd and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne. Members $80, non-members $90, students $40. Register and pay at rbgfriendscranbourne.org.au or call Amy Akers on 0423 513 281.

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A TOW truck had to be called in to haul an expensive BMW RR motorbike from the muddy waters of Mordialloc Creek last week. Two motorcyclists are understood to have stopped on the bank to take photographs, 8pm, Wednesday 20 September, and the $25,000 bike inadvertently toppled in. Despite their best efforts, the bikers could not retrieve it that night; a couple of passing tradies were also unsuccessful next day. Photographer Gary Sissons was on hand when the tow truck arrived and connected a cable to the waterlogged bike.

‘Cruel’ attack on possum

A WOUNDED ringtail possum was found after four gunshots were heard in Edithvale, 9.45pm, Saturday 23 September. Nearby residents said they heard the small calibre shots – probably from a .22 rifle – and saw lights shining into trees. Police attending found the wounded possum in a laneway off Edithvale Rd and are making inquiries among residents. Detective Senior Sergeant Shane Cashman, of Kingston CIU, described the shooting as “dangerous and horrifically cruel”. Anyone with information should call Kingston detectives 9556 6111.

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A STOLEN Honda Jazz was driven across Beach Rd, Mentone, and into a tree, possibly seriously injuring the thief, Monday 18 September. Police said the car was speeding south about 4am when the incident occurred. The offenders ran off leaving a trail of blood inside and outside the car. Police searched the area unsuccessfully and then visited the car owner’s Beaumaris house which had been burgled. The extensively damaged car was towed away. Anyone with information is urged to call Kingston detectives, 9556 6111.

Laptops lifted A THIEF ran through the electrical department at Myer Southland and picked up two laptops before running outside, 6.25pm, Thursday 21 September. A staff member followed the man who jumped into the passenger side of a waiting Mitsubishi Lander which drove towards Bay Rd. He is described as Caucasian, mid-20s, wearing a grey tracksuit and cap. The car was driven by a woman. The two Apple Mac Book Pros are valued at $5400.



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A THIEF stole headlight protectors and a bonnet protector, all valued at $200, from a car parked in Chadwell Gv, Chelsea, overnight Sunday 17 September. Detectives ask anyone offered the Holden Cruze parts to call 9556 6111.

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A MENTONE house was broken into and ransacked, 9am-3.30pm, Tuesday 19 September. Offenders entered the Marina Rd house via side gates and forced a back door. Once inside they stole jewellery and a laptop which were possibly carried off in a stolen High Sierra backpack. A silver Subaru station wagon was seen outside the house the day before.

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A MAN told Kingston police he was headbutted by a man in a Hungry Jack’s restaurant, Warrigal Rd, Moorabbin, 2pm, Saturday 23 September. The victim said he was looking around when his attacker asked, “What are you looking at?” The victim said “No-one” but the man walked up and assaulted him, causing his nose to bleed. The offender walked off south along Warrigal Rd with the victim following him and calling 000. Police spoke to both men about the incident. They ask anyone who witnessed the incident to call 9556 6111.

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AN unlicensed driver had her car impounded after being caught driving down the wrong side of Peninsula Link, 4am, Wednesday 20 September. Members of the Frankston Highway Patrol narrowly avoided a collision with the woman who was driving south in the north-bound lane. They chased her for three kilometres and managed to pull her over at the Cranbourne Rd exit. The 48-year-old, of Somerville, claimed she had “swerved to miss a possum” and was unaware she was in the wrong lane. Senior Sergeant Mick Lamb, of Frankston police, said there was “real potential for a catastrophic outcome” in the incident. The woman’s car was impounded for 30 days and she will be summonsed on a range of driving offences, possibly including conduct endangering life.

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A TAXI driver who picked up three young men from Willow Av, Cheltenham and drove them to Gladesville Blvd, Patterson Lakes, got nothing for his trouble, 3am, Friday 22 September. On arrival one of the men said he felt sick and all three took this as a signal and jumped out and ran down the street without paying the fare. The front seat passenger is described as Caucasian, 18-19, wearing a hoodie. The two rear seat passengers were Caucasian. Police are examining the cab’s CCTV footage. Detective Senior Sergeant Shane Cashman, of Kingston CIU, said it would be better for the men to come forward voluntarily “rather than us identifying them”.

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TWO female liquor store attendants struggled with two men who were attempting to steal three cartons of beer in Cheltenham, Saturday 23 September. The men entered the Station Rd store, 12.45pm, and selected two Corona and one Victoria Bitter cartons before attempting to walk out without paying. During the struggle two cartons were dropped, breaking some of the stubbies, and the men fled with only one carton. A witness chased them to Stanley Av but one produced a jemmy bar and raised it in a threatening manner. The men are described as: one Indian or Middle Eastern, 170cm, wearing grey clothing, and one Caucasian, 172cm. Anyone who saw the incident is urged to call Kingston police, 9556 6111.

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Flotilla sets sail to OBITUARY

Anthony (Tony) Muir, 1943-2017 Master mariner, diver By Keith Platt SOMETIME over the next few weeks a flotilla of small boats will sail towards Port Phillip Heads. It will be spring, a time of renewal, regeneration and hope. Those on board the boats will look toward the Polperro, because it will be from the deck of his beloved timber vessel that the ashes of Tony Muir will be consigned to the waters that he loved. Tony Muir died on 4 July, less than one month after celebrating his 74th birthday. He had been diagnosed with cancer a decade earlier. Hundreds attended a funeral service for Muir at Badcoe Hall, Point Nepean, on 23 July. Muir lived his life and earned his living in and around the sea. A diver and sailor, he’d worked and sailed overseas and throughout Australia, most recently with the Sorrento-based family business, Polperro Dolphin Swims. In its earlier days Polperro – built in 1979 by the boat-building Pompei family of Mordialloc – had been a dive boat in Bass Strait, with Muir carrying scientists and workers to the islands dotting the strait between Victoria and Tasmania. Regarded by many as a treacherous stretch of water, Bass Strait was like a second home to Muir and he revelled in its many moods. Tales of the sea and those who sail it are the stuff of legend. Tony Muir wasn’t a legend in the same way that Ulysses is mythologised or the fictional Captain Ahab’s pursuit of a white whale has become legendary, but he was the real thing: a man of the sea. However, with his death Muir is likely to become the stuff of legend. It’s a status he will have earned and have bestowed on him through


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his deeds, devotion and determination. He was born in Richmond and grew up in South Yarra. As a boy he roamed the banks of the Yarra River and sailed at Albert Park. In the words of Judy, his wife of 54 years, Tony Muir was a handsome wild man, an adventurer, a dreamer. But he had an introspective, deeper side that steered him towards reading books and poetry: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and Keats, Masefield, Tennyson and Gordon. He wrote poetry and sketched. He cherished wooden boats and Judy Muir describes how early in their relationship they embarked on a 15-month journey in a 5.3 metre yacht which had a main sail and a jib but no motor. “Well, it truly is now the ghost and Mrs Muir,” began Judy Muir’s the eulogy for her husband. “Tony was a pioneer. He dived deeper, he flew higher and he lived on the edge, always. He stood by in [battled] heaving seas when an oil rig needed to be evacuated,” Judy Muir told the packed Badcoe Hall. “The vessel’s doors had blown in with wave impact, his crew were all down and the seas were of nightmare proportions.” He had rescued others in other desperate situations as well as saving himself after losing his breathing apparatus while underwater “but still had the presence of mind to survive by remaining calm”; he was badly burnt when a vessel capsized, later returning to Singapore with blackened skin. “In an emergency, Tony was wonderfully calm and oh-so capable. He made us safe,” Judy Muir recalled. “Tony’s love and loyalty to family was fierce, his friendships steadfast and he extended care to all those who came into our sphere.” As well as their own three sons – Troy, Ben and Angus - the Muirs “adopted”, or roped in, to make an analogy using one of Tony’s favourite

farewell a mariner things, any number of people into their extended family. As a sailor and diver Muir knew all about the value of ropes and splicing was a favourite pastime. Like his linguistic skills, Muir used rope as medium with which to build friendships and form relationships. It transcended generations and handing out rope to young passengers or using it to tie gift parcels became a trademark. It is also a tradition taken up other families close to the Muirs. Muir was proud of their Blairgowrie home, Cootehill, but also relished its self deprecating nom de plume, Casa del Whacko. “He just rolled with the changes and cooked, cleaned and did what dads do regardless of whether you were kith or kin. People mattered. No one was judged, everyone was well-fed,” Judy Muir said. As his health declined and he was unable to speak, the community within which Tony Muir lived started to give back. Shopkeepers on both sides of Port Phillip (Sorrento and Queenscliff) knew what he wanted without the need for words and those working with him could only imagine the frustration he felt at not being able to chastise a stubborn piece of machinery. “Swear words were etched pages deep as he cursed,” Judy Muir said. Up until two weeks before his death he would still go out in his dinghy – fitted with just one comfortable seat, which gave a big hint that he cherished being alone – and Judy Muir would get calls from ferry skippers assuring her that they’d “seen Tony and he’s all right”. Even when ill, practicality would take over. Long-time friend Will Baillieu tells of Muir being “rushed” to hospital by an ambulance that became bogged in the driveway at home. While the paramedics were scratching their heads, Muir calmly let himself out of the ambulance’s back door, walked up the steep drive and

returned with his own four-wheel drive. After pulling the ambulance free he returned his own vehicle and then let himself back into the ambulance for the trip to hospital. Muir’s linguistic skills (being able to listen to the SBS news in Arabic or speak to ships’ crews in their own language) were mirrored by his ability to master the intricacies of machinery. He seemed to relish getting stuck in the mountains with a broken-down vehicle. As son Troy put it: “It wasn’t so much the adrenaline rush he chased as it was about savouring the aftermath. “He had a mind inclined to understanding moving parts and an acumen honed by necessity as he worked in remote places where there was no one to call if you had a problem.” He was an understanding father and if one or other of his sons wasn’t quite up to fixing a particular problem, he would “encourage other talents like torch-holding, tea-making and recovering dropped bits from the bilge”. “There is an old Viking belief that you live on as long as people speak your name in stories and I reckon we’ll be speaking about Tone for a long time to come,” Troy Muir said. Ben Muir remembered their family life as never having a dull moment, with his father “always tinkering away at some project whether it be boats, ropes or engines”. Their “adventures” included camping in the Olgas (Kata Tjuta), cruising the Murray River in a tinny, and island hopping around Bass Strait. His wife Judy and their sons Troy, Gus and Ben were with Tony Muir the night he died. Troy described his father as having “slipped his mooring for his last great adventure – with bravery and grace”. On a fine day in the coming weeks that mooring will be slipped by his family and friends as they take Tony Muir on one last voyage in the Polperro, towards The Heads.



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Green team: Patterson River Secondary College’s Tyson Greenfield, left, and Parkdale Secondary College’s Spencer Diver planting trees at the Mordialloc Life Saving Club. Picture: Gary Sissons

Planting seeds for heritage THE Kingston Koorie Mob help plant almost 1000 shrubs and trees last week to help prepare for the official launch of the Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place. Students from the Koorie Mob, which is led by Parkdale Secondary College in partnership with other schools, rolled up their sleeves to take part in a community planting day to finalise landscaping at the site. Kingston mayor Cr David Eden said the new Aboriginal Gathering Place “is a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal people to gather, meet and to establish a connection to each other and local culture”.

“This will be a great space where the Kingston Koorie Mob can meet together to learn about and celebrate their cultural heritage,” Cr Eden said. “It will also help the broader Kingston community to learn more about Aboriginal culture and heritage.” The Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place is located in the new Mordialloc Life Saving Club and will be officially opened on Tuesday 10 October, 10.30am-12.30pm. The launch will include arts and craft activities and morning tea for all community members who are welcome to attend.

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Frankston bootmaker John Reynolds dies Compiled by Cameron McCullough IT is with extreme regret we have to record the death of Mr John Reynolds, which took place at St Pancras Hospital, Frankston, on Wednesday morning 1st, after a painful illness, the cause of death being “pernicious anemia.” The deceased, who was only 50 years of age, came to Frankston some 30 years ago, and commenced his trade as boot maker, and followed it up to within a few weeks of his death. The deceased was a great lover of cricket, and as young man took numerous trophies for excellence in the game. He was also connected with the Rangers in which body he attained the rank of Sergeant. He took great interest in the advancement of the church of England and acted as secretary to St Paul’s Church for about 20 years. Of late years he has withdrawn himself from active participation in outdoor sports, and devoted his spare time and attention to the welfare of the gardens in Bay Street, and it is entirely for his care and attention that they have attained the state of perfection to which they have. It was also mainly through his efforts that the Young Men’s Club was established in Frankston, where the evenings can be spent pleasantly, apart from any pernicious influences. He was of a kind and generous disposition, every ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. He leaves a widow, and grown-up family of two, as well as a son by a former marriage, to mourn their loss. The funeral took place yesterday (Friday) afternoon, the remains being

conveyed to the Frankston cemetery, followed by a large number of sorrowing friends. Many beautiful floral tributes were sent from the citizens and local bodies. The Rev. A. P. M’Farlane officiated at the grave. Mr H. Gamble had charge of the funeral arrangements. *** THE Treasurer for the Roll of Honor Fund gratefully acknowledges receipt of ten shillings donation from Mr H. G. Wells. *** A GENERAL meeting of the Somerville Fruitgrowers’ Association will be held on Monday next, Oct 1st at 8pm when the following business will be transacted - Report of conference, Fruit pool, Minimum price, Show. *** THE Jumble Fair in the Frankston Mechanics, in aid of St Paul’s Church funds, will be opened this afternoon, and continued during the evening, when there will be an attractive display of goods to be disposed of and a good programme of amusements carried out during the evening. *** THE Langwarrin Methodist Sunday School Anniversary services will be held tomorrow in the church, when services will be conducted in the afternoon and evening by Mr Austin. On the Monday evening, 1st October a concert and coffee supper will be held, when a good programme will be provided. *** OWING to the Hall being taken on the night of the next regular Wattle Club fortnightly dance, it has been

decided to hold a euchre party and dance on next Thursday night, October 4th. The usual euchre party and dance will also be held on the following Thursday and the Dance will take place on Saturday, October 20th. *** A SALE of gifts will be held in the Agricultural Hall, Somerville, on Friday and Saturday, 5th and 6th October in aid of the Church Funds, under the auspices of the Presbyterian Ladies Guild. The fair will be opened on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. by the Rev N. Webster. Besides the attractive display of goods to be disposed of their will be a shooting gallery, quoit competitions, nail driving, hoopla, and other amusements. *** CHRISTMAS parcels for soldiers. The London Headquarters Staff of the Y M.C A. have been asked to purchase and despatch parcels to Australians in France. They are willing to under take this service buying as the market allows and making each parcel as varied and useful as possible, but requests must reach the National Office at Elizabeth House Melbourne not later than 6th October. Parcels may be ordered at three prices 5s, 10s and 20s. *** MR G S. Slocombe of Tyabb notifies that he his been appointed agent for the Victorian Orchardist Cooperative Association and has in stock fruit cases arsenate of lead, lime, sulphur,copper, soda, nails paper

wood wool and everything likely to be required on the orchard. *** THE Somerville Red Cross Society are holding a social evening on Tuesday, October 2nd, in the Somerville Hill, to show their recognisation and appreciation to the Boys who have returned from the front, both local and surrounding districts. There will be a good musical evening interspersed with dancing, followed by a good supper. These boys have all seen active service and most of them are Gallipoli heroes. All are welcome to give the boys cheer. Red Cross members and their associated workers are to provide supper by bringing a basket and the public will be admitted at one shilling. Mrs White, vice president and the secretary will receive the guests of the evening, and councillor Chas. Murray will act as chairman. Mr Carr has charge of the musical arrangements. Permission has been given for all returned soldiers to wear uniform on this occasion. *** FROM an interview we had with Mr Brierley, manager of the Frankston Gas Works, we understand that the installation of the electric lighting plant in the Shire of Frankston and Hastings is nearing completion. The company has experienced great difficulty, owing to war conditions, in securing the necessary material to go on with the work, but happily this has now been overcome, and most of the plant is now on the ground. The new power house is finished, and the engines and dynamos put in

position. Poles are in course of erection along the Mornington Road, and other roads are being supplied as quickly as they can be delivered, and the manager expects everything to be in order for the trial runs in the course, of a few days. *** DEEP regret was expressed here when the news came through last week of the death of Alma Day, at the age of 14 years, as the result of a railway crossing accident at Noble Park. Mr and Mrs Day had just recently left this district and bought a farm at Noble Park and great sympathy is extended to them. A wreath was sent by the children attending the Somerville State School as a token of the esteem in which they held their late school mate. *** Frankston School. Work will be resumed next Monday, Miss Keane wishes all girls and boys, who have reached the age of 4½ years, and desire to attend to enrol not later than next week. Silva Parsons was the first pupil to donate a book to the school library. Four others have followed her good example. An old plough wheel is wanted as a part for a circular swing. Captain Conder wrote such a very nice letter, to his dear little friends, expressing the warm thanks of the sick soldiers for the welcome fresh eggs, that only a score of dozens can begin to square our obligation to him. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 29 September 1917

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Reflections of a Retired Tree Climber By Stuart McCullough I GUESS you could say I’ve retired. At the top of my game, I decided to give it away, hang it all up and leave it to others to honour the legacy I’d built over a period of years. It’s important to know when your job is well and truly done and just as important to get out of the way let others have a go. I couldn’t go back if I tried. It’s not just a question of passion or commitment but of ability. Fact is, I don’t think I’d trust myself to even attempt to try and climb a tree anymore. I was a climber, devoted to climbing pretty much anything I could. It started simply, as these things do, with my siblings and I launching ourselves all over the furniture as though a three-piece lounge was an item of gym equipment. It drove our parents spare with frustration. We’d be rolling, leaping and cavorting whilst they’d lament, believing such antics were a form of abuse. Not that the furniture ever complained. So far as we were concerned, they were there to be conquered. I grew up in Tyabb. And growing up in Tyabb meant there was an inexhaustible supply of both mud (so it seemed) and trees. It’s difficult (not to mention messy) to try and climb mud, but trees are – quite frankly – begging to be climbed, and I devoted a significant part of my childhood to doing exactly that. Of all the things I scaled, trees were my favourite. What I remember most is the sense of being challenged; it felt as though my life would not be complete until such time as I managed to reach the top and look out into the distance.

Separating the paddocks were rows of huge pine trees. I’m sure they served some purpose but I never asked. Planting a row of trees was, I suspect, probably far more economical than building a fence. Or perhaps the cows liked them. Whatever the reason, these trees

loomed large against the horizon. To climb to the top would take you half way to heaven. Indeed, at such an altitude, your greatest hazard wasn’t falling so much as it was low-flying aircraft. The task of climbing a tree was not

as easy as it looked. It was far more difficult than falling off a bike (which I excelled at) and trickier than herding cats (which I never bothered to try). First, you had to find a point of entry. That is, a part of the tree that would let you get that crucial first foothold. Until both your feet were off the ground, you couldn’t truly say that you’d started. Some trees had their own defence systems that made it tough – a phalanx of spiny branches that poked and pierced and made any attempt at ascent near impossible. Others seemed to be built for the sole purpose of being climbed, their limbs like ladder rungs. Once both feet were off the ground, you had to weave your way through the branches. I always looked up. There seemed to be something that drove me forwards towards the top. Only once there was no more tree to climb would I ever look down. The view from the top was little short of magnificent. Fields of grass rolled in the wind like waves on an ocean. You’d see other people’s houses and yards; home to lives of love and drudgery and drama lived without fuss or fanfare. Depending on where you did your climbing, you might even see the main road. The cars looked like toys. It felt like another world. Getting down always seemed like a far more hazardous affair. It was no further to climb down than it was to climb up, but it felt entirely different. I’ll admit to being anxious. By the time my feet returned to earth, I was grateful to have gotten through unscathed. Perhaps that’s why I gave it up. I couldn’t tell you when I last

climbed a tree, or even what tree it was. I just know that I stopped. Whether it was the wisdom that comes with getting older or the enhanced grip that gravity has on you as you get bigger, I couldn’t really say. My nephew, Tyler, is five. He loves to climb. Given the family history, this really shouldn’t come as any kind of surprise. Last weekend, we stopped in at the National Gallery. Out in the garden on the other side of the Great Hall is a climbing frame and within about three seconds, Tyler was all over it. He was up, down, around and in between every wire strand. I’d be amazed if he hadn’t broken a record of some description in the process. We timed him as he climbed to the top and down again and promised to inform the front desk, in case they wanted to erect a plaque or something. The urge to climb has left me and the urge to be careful has taken over. When I see a tree now, my thoughts don’t go to what it might be like to climb to the top. Even if I were able to reach the top, getting back down is an entirely separate question. There’s nothing more embarrassing, I suspect, than being winched to safety from the top of a pine tree as a result of a middle-aged misadventure. (It probably doesn’t help that, in addition to being afraid of falling from trees, I am also afraid of helicopters.) It’s time to accept that my climbing days are long behind me. But to my nephew, Tyler, I say ‘keep on climbing’. Maybe he can tell what the world looks like from a great height. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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Stonecats aim for five in row PENINSULA LEAGUE

By Toe Punt WITH the 2017 MPNFL Peninsula Division season now behind us, clubs will now turn their attention to the arduous task of locking away coaches and recruiting. Here’s a sneak peek at what clubs should focus their attention on in preparation for 2018. Whilst AFL South East is yet to hand down its decision on the format of the MPNFL next season, it’s expected that Chelsea, Karingal and Langwarrin will play in MPNFL Division Two next season. Frankston YCW: The Stonecats again proved that they are the benchmark of the competition. Once again in the silly season, clubs will go after their stars. However, why would you leave? Four straight premierships says the Stonecave is the place to be. At age 38, even Ash Eames proved that you can be at your best if managed well. There are no obvious deficiencies that need rectifying. Bonbeach: The Sharks desperately need some more leg speed in the middle of the ground and another key forward to help out Trent Dennis-Lane. Owen Hulett said himself he prefers to play in defence and with him down there with Douglas, Sole, Carpenter and co, that area of the ground looks OK. The Sharks have the grunt in the middle but need speed. Another target higher up the ground in attack is required. Edithvale-Aspendale: The Eagles need another key defender to assist Mark Mullins. Brent Bowden being injured didn’t help in attack, however, with Meehan and Bussey, as well as Bowden, offensively they look sound. A few of the young forwards, including the likes of Flavelle, need to take the next step and become midfielders. The likes of Heyes and Tim Mannix need some assistance. Pines: The Pythons will obviously

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get back Aaron Edwards in the second half of the season and they’ll be thereabouts. They also get Saad who signed with them mid this season with a view to playing in 2018. The ruck looks solid with Dylan Smilie continuing to develop. Some genuine leg speed through the middle would be handy with Potts and Scanlon better suit-

ed to do the grunt work. Getting another key defender would allow Guy Hendry to become a very damaging swing player. Mt Eliza: All eyes will be on Mt Eliza. If you believe the rumours, the likes of Grant Goodall and Justin Van Unen are out of there and there are some other players who are a little disgruntled, given

the club has tightened its purse strings. What they will be left with though are the blokes that are committed to the club and buy into what the club stands for and where it wants to go. Perhaps a step back to take a step forward. Seaford: The Tigers will be feeling like they underachieved in 2017 and that an opportunity to play finals went beg-

ging. What they did show though is that their best is good enough against all of the best sides in the competition. A ruckman will be number one on the shopping list, while a key forward capable of booting 65-plus goals would be handy also. The Tigers aren’t far away. Mornington: The Doggies will be buoyed by the fact that Simon Goosey is back at the helm. The club has an abundance of good junior talent who former coach Chris Holcombe gave plenty of opportunities to. Goosey should be able to take that to another level given his elite program experience and ability to teach young players to play his way. You can guarantee that ‘Goose’ will bring in a few new faces also. Karingal: There will be plenty of excitement around the Bulls in 2018, given its new state-of-the-art facility will be unveiled at Ballam Park and they will be in a different, more competitive division for them. New coach Brett Dunne will engage and excite the more experienced players while teaching, guiding and inspiring the young talent. There will be some new faces too, which will see the Bulls be very competitive. Chelsea: The Gulls get to experience a new coach in 2018 under quality onfield performer James Brain. The Gulls made terrific inroads in 2017 and can only improve next season in Division Two. Its best was very competitive this season but the problem was sustainability, both in games and across the season. Langwarrin: Langwarrin needs a coach first and foremost. Someone with a profile to recruit some players and make the club relevant again. Someone who will gain the immediate respect of the senior players and inspire, teach and guide the kids. Clubs are circling the Kangas and they get just one chance of getting the decision right. A wrong decision and the club will trend further south.

Premiership up for grabs NEPEAN LEAGUE

By Toe Punt MPNFL Nepean Division is likely to be renamed Division Two in 2018 and Sorrento, Frankston Bombers and Rosebud will not be part of it. Despite the fact AFL South East is still a couple of weeks away from making a decision on the new structure, it is widely tipped that the reigning premier, runner-up and third-placed Rosebud will head to Division One and that Chelsea, Karingal and Langwarrin will head to Division Two. Let’s take a look at what clubs require heading into 2018. Sorrento: The most important decision Sorrento needs to get right is the appointment of a non-playing coach. The Sharks have the required talent on the field with no real deficiency and will be competitive immediately with the top bracket in Division One. Former Melbourne skipper Jack Trengove has been widely tipped to go to the Sharks. The Sharks can’t afford to lose anyone though – and why would you leave? Chris Dawes owes them another year too.

Frankston Bombers: The Bombers have lost Nathan Lonie from the 2017 grand final side, which hurts the experience on the field. Two grand final losses highlight that the Bombers are off the mark. They need a couple of key forwards, as Zack Longham needs the third best defender and Beau Muston’s best is well past him. They also need to change their game style to be able to defend. They’ll get smashed with the current game plan in Division One. Rosebud: The Buds need to recruit and hopefully, there’s some cash in the bank to get some players. Rumour is Bancroft and Spooner will retire, as will Ben Dwyer, given they don’t believe they’ve got what’s left in Division One. They’re big holes to fill. The Buds also need a key forward and key defender. They need to do everything to keep Matt Baker and get his brother Tom back, who are both being offered plenty at the club next door. Hastings: The Blues goes into the 2018 Division Two season as flag favorites, given the top three are all going up a level. With a new coach in Ricky Ferraro, it’s believed they

are keeping the large majority of the list, while also picking up some handy types, none more so that Matt Boland, who will be a star of the competition, while there’s another ex-Bonbeach forward is looking to go there. Red Hill: The Hillmen have replaced Tony Blackford as coach after he played a major role in rebuilding the club, making it relevant again and giving it a profile. There will be high expectations on new coach Jamie Mollo. Talk already is that the likes of Ben Hughes, who got overlooked for the job, along with close mate Mitch Wallace are looking elsewhere, while Sean Marchetti is also unsettled. Blake McCormack, a popular figure at the Hill, is the front-runner for the Langwarrin job. Dromana: The Tigers need a massive pre-season – buy-in from every player and they need to get the likes of Sam Fowler back for the season. Sam needs to dominate a senior year at local level and then go to the Dolphins with a reputation. They should get back a couple in Jack Fowler and Jackson Quigley too, while promising ruckman Majok Puok from Pines will

be a good get. Coach Rikki Johnston needs to play on and Steve Hamill needs to be his right-hand man. Somerville: The Eagles went through a rebuild of the club in 2017 and it was tough at times. The benefit will come in 2018. Andrejs Everitt is invested in the club and his experience in the AFL system will be a massive bonus for the kids. Being the runner in the U19 Grand Final was superb from him. If the Eagles can keep their list and get a couple back, together with good kids, they’ll be there again. Devon Meadows: The Meadows had a tough season after losing a lot of players this time last season. Word from coach Glenn Michie is that a number of those players who went elsewhere or didn’t play are keen to come back. The Meadows also need to focus on getting a couple of good kids from the Cranbourne system, given there may be limited opportunities in the seniors. Pearcedale: The Panthers can’t afford to lose one player! They showed that with a full list, they were more than competition for anyone. Coach Leigh Stewart needs to ensure they are

the fittest club in the comp. Pour some resource into a fitness guru and make sure the list is cherry ripe. Rye: Watch Rye improve! We don’t often see Rye at the bottom for two years running and with Nick Jewell there as chairman of selectors, he is pretty good at getting recruits. Rye will invest, we know that. . Crib Point: The Magpies need attitudinal changes. The club played in a grand final less than five seasons ago but now sits at the bottom. It needs a positive attitude across the board, especially at the top. There’s some great things going on with the kids and that’s where the focus needs to be. Less negativity of what they don’t have and more focus on what they do have will turn things around quickly. A coach would help too. Tyabb: Hearing that they did not make contact with coach Mark Paganoni for some time after the season is a disgrace. He did so much for that club both on and off the field. Perhaps the Yabbies need to stop looking at AFL South East to prop them up and save them and do something about it themselves.

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Southern v Calder in Grand Final showdown SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie SOUTHERN United’s championshipwinning under-13s have won their way into the NPLW Grand Final after defeating Bayside United 2-0 at Comets Stadium last weekend. The Grand Final takes place at 10am this Sunday at ABD Stadium in Meadow Heights and Southern will come face to face with its 2017 nemesis, Calder United, which finished runner-up in the title race. Calder won the qualifying final 1-0 two weeks ago forcing Southern into last Saturday’s sudden-death preliminary final. But the local club will go into the clash primed by a meticulous preparation arranged by senior coach Emma Bracken and assistant Aaron Myatt. “We’ll train on the same nights – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – but we’ll scale the sessions back from 75 minutes to 60 minutes and we’ll do some hard, sharp, intense stuff,” Bracken said. “It’ll be more about getting the girls into the right headspace because Calder’s been a bit of a psychological barrier for us because of their physicality. “All we need to worry about is playing our game. We’ve scored goals all year and we know that we can beat them.” The sides clashed three times in the league with Southern winning 4-0 and 4-1 but going down 2-1 away from home. “The loss was on a tiny pitch and it was a very physical game and when we lost 1-0 in the qualifying final the pitch was really wet and again it was a physical game,” Bracken added. “We can’t worry too much about what they’re doing because we know what we are capable of and we’ll play our usual way and try and take it to them because that’s how we’ve played all year. “If we get a good sized pitch and a good surface we know that we can play some good football.” Southern is hoping to enlist the help of Frankston-based sports psychologist Sue Lawrence to sit down with the squad and discuss strategies for dealing with the intensity and physical pressures of the looming showdown. “We sometimes forget how young these girls are and this is a pretty big occasion that none of them have experienced before,” Bracken said. “I believe in them and I’m confident if we can get them into the right mindset then we can play to our potential.” The first half of last weekend’s preliminary final was a tight affair with only two shots on target as both sides struggled to carve out clear-cut chances.

Final fling: Southern United’s under-13s in a celebration huddle after winning their way into next weekend’s grand final. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

Southern mainstays Taylah Hennekam and Alex Jones were in their customary central defensive positions with captain Sage Kirby and Alessandra Davis in midfield. Southern’s dynamic duo, Golden Boot winner Rhys McKenna and winger Candy Kilderry, had finished the league campaign with 48 goals between them with McKenna finding the back of the net 28 times but a well organised Bayside defence kept them shackled. The best chance of the half was engineered by Davis in the 21st minute when the pocket rocket cut a swathe through the Bayside midfield and charged into the penalty box. She was fouled but maintained her balance and was only thwarted by a superb smother from Bayside custodian Ruby Dale who had read the danger and charged off her line effectively closing down Davis. A significant positional change in the second half was the switch into a central midfield role of Hennekam with right back Ezel Duyar linking with Jones in central defence. Hennekam can play, that is certain, but she also adds grunt to the engine room and is very effective.

Four minutes into the half the deadlock was broken. Davis engineered a stunning break from inside her defensive half and surged deep into the right of the attacking half before striking a slide-rule pass to McKenna in a central position. The ace predator controlled the ball then spun around and unleashed a low right-foot shot that Dale was helpless to stop from going inside the far upright. It triggered a period of Southern dominance and after Kilderry was tripped just outside the area in the 43rd minute Hennekam’s well-struck free-kick bounced off the top of the crossbar and over. Three minutes later Bayside had a mountain to climb after the ball was played in from the right and was deflected to the far post where the incoming Kilderry made it 2-0 from point blank range. Three times in three minutes McKenna came close to scoring. She shot straight at Dale after good lead-up work by Kilderry in the 49th minute, effected a fine turn and shot that whistled past the far post a minute later then received the ball after a great Hennekam run into the area in the 52nd

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minute but sent her volley wide. With three minutes of normal time remaining Davis and Duyar were rested and came off the pitch to rousing applause from appreciative Southern fans. Two minutes later Kilderry was unlucky when her well-timed volley cannoned off the near post. When the whistle blew for the last time it signalled the end of an impressive second-half display from the champions who played at a tempo and with a cutting edge, they will need to maintain throughout the Grand Final. Meanwhile, Langwarrin import Connor Belger had a big weekend winning both major club awards. On Friday night Belger was named senior players’ player of the year with fellow Liverpudlian Paul Speed runnerup while Nick Simmons won the reserves equivalent and Elliot Clarke was runner-up. Belger repeated the dose at the club’s presentation night on Saturday by winning the senior best and fairest with another UK import, Alex Metcalfe, runner-up. Clarke won the reserves best and fairest and Nevin Velupillay was runner-up. Belger was top scorer in the seniors

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with 12 goals while Jack Thornton’s 17 goals clinched the reserves top scorer award. Simmons was named best upcoming junior while Scott Powell and Chris Jones were joint winners of the club person of the year award. Katherine Webb and Chloe Swannell shared the senior women’s best and fairest award with Webb top scorer with 14 goals. In other news, Paulo Pinheiro has firmed as favourite to retain the senior coaching post at Seaford United, which was relegated from State 2 South-East last season. “I’ve really enjoyed my time here and there’s a strong feeling of unfinished business so I’d welcome the opportunity of getting this team back to winning ways,” said Pinheiro. Seaford president Willie Lynn will recommend to the new committee that Pinheiro be reappointed for a third straight season. This weekend: SUNDAY 10am: Calder Utd v Southern Utd, NPLW under-13 grand final at ABD Stadium (Barry Road, Meadow Heights).


Mitchell punches through the pain By Ben Triandafillou CURRENT WBC world number 13, Jayde ‘J-Mitch’ Mitchell, of Blairgowrie has undergone surgery following his last fight when defending his WBC OPBF title against Aniwaer Yilixiati on Friday 4 August. Mitchell “flared something” in his neck a couple of weeks before his fight against Yilixiati but ignored the pain as he prepared to take on his toughest opponent to date. “Yilixiati was the highest rated contender in my region so I had to ignore the pain as the fight was at the forefront of my mind,” Mitchell said. “I had a bit of pins and needles

and numbness in my left arm but I wanted to push on with the fight and got caught a couple of times on the top of the head. “Because he’s such as powerful puncher, it compressed the vertebrae’s in my neck and ruptured one of the disks which was pinching my nerve cord and digging into my spinal cord.” Mitchell was referred to the head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne, Professor Andrew Kaye, and underwent surgery on Thursday 14 September. “He squeezed me in and just made it happen. He said the “surgery went exactly as planned” which is great

news,” Mitchell said. “I’ve got a good team around me and I have all the faith in the world that they will help me return early next year.” Mitchell won’t be able to throw any punches until December but if all goes to plan he can start running and working on his fitness again in four weeks time. “I’ll be chomping at the bit by the time December comes but hopefully if I pass all the fitness tests I can be back sparring in January. We will be in the hunt for a world rated opponent and continue to pick our way through the ratings,” he said. Steady hands: Jayde ‘J-Mitch’ Mitchell prepares with Professor Andrew Kaye ahead of his neck surgery. Below, after surgery. Pictures: Supplied

Surfing siblings hit the waves in Sydney IT will be an action-packed holiday for surfing siblings, Sara and Lucas Dickson, as they travel between Victoria and New South Wales to compete in several national surfing events on Saturday 23 September. The siblings will compete in two nation-wide Ripcurl GromSearch events as well as the Hurley’s BL Blast Off with their journey starting at Jan Juc, Victoria. Sara, 9 and Lucas, 11 have been surfing since the ages of three and four and these school holidays they will compete in the Ripcurl Grom-

Search under-12 events. Father and keen surfer, Michael Dickson, said that the family has always been into surfing so it was only natural that they’d enjoy it too. “They picked it up at an early age and have more recently competed in the GromSearch events,” Dickson said. “They’re really excited for the trip as they’re hoping for warmer water and warmer weather.” Following the Jan Juc Ripcurl GromSearch, the pair will travel to Palm Beach, NSW to compete

Surfing siblings: Lucas (11) and Sara (9) take to the waves. Picture: Yanni

in the BL Blast Off on Tuesday 26 September. Along with 348 other groms, the local charges will hit the waves of Sydney and receive world-class coaching and performance feedback from surfing greats such as Barton Lynch, Layne Beachley and Tom Carroll. They will then head to Maroubra, NSW to face some of Australia’s most talented young surfers at the second Ripcurl GromSearch event of the season.

Aussie star: Jackson Boyd, 17, competes at the under-18 Baseball World Cup in Canada. Picture: Supplied

Boyd competes against the “world’s best” By Ben Triandafillou BASEBALL pitcher Jackson Boyd, of Langwarrin competed against the “world’s best” at the under-18s Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Canada earlier this month. This was Boyd’s first time representing Australia at the World Cup and he helped the side finish just one win shy of playing for a bronze medal. Boyd, 17, said the tournament was a good challenge to see how his pitching would hold up against baseball players from around the world. “It wasn’t easy but I was able to see how my game goes compared to the best,” he said. “It was something I have never really done before so it was great to have the experience. “The way they go about their baseball is just a whole other level. They’re like robots compared to us, USA just don’t do anything wrong. “I would have thrown over 100 pitches in a match and then have four

days rest but the Japanese and the Koreans would just go out and do it again the next day.” The Australian side was defeated in the opening round by Korea but Boyd said they were still understanding what the World Cup was about and the nerves might have just gotten the best of them. After having his first taste at competing at the top level, Boyd relished his second match and the Australian side went on to win their next three games. They then faced Canada for a chance to play for a bronze medal but their streak came to an end when defeated by the host country. The Australian side then faced world number 1, Japan, in the super rounds of the tournament to have one last crack at making it into the bronze medal play-off. Being highly competitive, the side didn’t go down without a fight but was narrowly defeated by one run.

Blues sign on Harms as head coach THE Frankston Blues basketball club has signed on SEABL point guard Andrew Harms for a further three years as head coach of the Blues senior men’s program. Harms, who has had a junior and senior career at the Blues as well as a SEABL career leading the Dandenong Rangers to multiple conference championships, will continue his role he took on mid-season this year. Harms will head into the 2018 season with greater awareness having spent some of last season working with the playing group. “The interim role was a valuable one for me in many respects,” he said. “It provided a chance to assess the program holistically, from training standards and game preparation, to on-court performance and player depth charts, along with off-court and how committed the club are to building an elite program.” Frankston Blues chairman Chris Beattie said having Harms signed on again for next season is a positive step moving forward for the club. “There was a genuine buzz around the club when Andrew stepped in as interim coach for the club last season and his impact was immediate,” he said. “I have no doubt that he will define our club moving forward.” Upon joining the Blues program mid-season, the Blues increased their team and individual productivity with Harms at the helm. Blues co-captains Jake MacAulay and Bennie Lewis saw first-hand Harms’ way and spoke of how Coach Harms “redirected the groups focus” while creating a sense of “accountability”. Former NBL representative Bennie Lewis whose scoring, rebounds and assists increased under Harms last season said Harms’ “attention to detail”

was clearly evident and that preseason could not come quick enough, with Lewis adding “I can’t wait for season 2018.” MacAulay, who shouldered much of the point guard duties in 2017, feels “its exciting news for the club and most importantly the playing group. Andrew brings SEABL experience along with his knowledge playing under some great coaches during his playing career.” Having been the starting point guard on Frankston’s most recent conference championship winning team (2009), Harms’ immediate focus is to recreate a culture of high performance. “I have had a long history with the Blues program, being my junior club,” Harms said. “I was fortunate enough to be part of a successful period with the SEABL men’s program as a player, so I’m eager to get the club back to being consistently competitive again leading this time as head coach.” With the club intending on entering development teams in Big V, Harms sees the off-season as an opportunity for the senior men’s program to establish the standards which season 2018 will be built on. Harms will be looking to Frankston’s next generation of senior Blues, with “a considerable amount of youth being provided the opportunity and resources to improve their skills and physical attributes” leading into pre-season. With recruitment also being at the top of his mind, Harms believes “finding the right experienced talent and import combination is critical to helping us back towards playing finals again”.

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