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Bargain art hunt MENTONE Mordialloc Art Group’s annual art bargain sale will be held at Mentone Activity Hub, 29 Venice St, Mentone from Saturday 2 December until Saturday 9 December, 10am-4pm. Original framed and unframed work, such as the painting Venice by Julie McDonald, left, will be available for sale for between $10-$250. Handpainted cards will be $4.50 each. See mentone-mordiallocartgroup. or call 9584 6376 for more information.

Hotel drinks plan shot down Neil Walker COUNCILLORS have rolled the development dice in an effort to ensure a “substantial” food and drinks service is offered at the Mentone Hotel after any conversion to apartments. A 5-4 majority of councillors at a public planning meeting last Wednesday evening (22 November) voted to reject a “compromise” proposal by Central ward councillor Geoff Gledhill that would

have seen the developer agree to install a 250 square metre “licenced facility” in the ground floor of the hotel building. The planning application will now likely head to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) with council set to hire a special counsel to legally argue council’s case that a pub of more than 250 square metres should be included in any redevelopment of the hotel, known locally as The Edgy. There was extensive debate among councillors about a scaled-back planning application to build 16 townhouses and

13 apartments over two storeys at the Mentone Hotel site. Developer Paul Huggins, of Momentum Developments, had initially proposed building a four-storey “layer cake” apartment block on the hotel’s car park but council stood firm on a maximum two-storey height limit in the area. Mr Huggins said no food and drinks venue would be included in any two-storey development but Cr Gledhill said the developer had subsequently agreed inprinciple to a 250-square metre licenced facility.

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Save The Edgy representative James Shannon addressed councillors on behalf of objectors to the planning application. “This intense development proposal is not within the accepted walking distance of an activity centre — not even close,” Mr Shannon said at the meeting. “Right throughout metropolitan Melbourne, the community is sick and tired of these historic venues being gutted to suit the short-term wealth needs of property developers.” A council officers report tabled at the council planning meeting recommended

the planning application be approved subject to conditions. Property consultant Jamie Govenlock, of Urbis consultants, addressed councillors on behalf of the applicant, listed as Mentone Bayside Corporation Pty Ltd in the planning application, before debate at the meeting. “All of council’s specialists — in terms of urban designers, heritage personnel, traffic and drainage people — support the proposal as do the town planners,” Mr Govenlock said. Continued Page 4



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New station is on line Neil Walker A NEW train station on the Frankston line is open for business, commuters and shoppers. Southland Station, located between Cheltenham and Highett stations, near Southland Shopping Centre will see trains running through its new precinct every ten minutes when Metro Trains services are running on time. The state government said 600 tonnes of earth were moved and more than 60,000 hours worked to build the new Southland Station.

It is estimated that 4400 passengers a day will use the new stop on the Frankston line. Commuters previously had to catch a bus or walk from Highett and Cheltenham stations to the shopping centre and cinemas. Labor Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan, Bentleigh MP Nick Staikos and Mordialloc MP Tim Richardson officially opened Southland Station on Sunday (26 November). “The Andrews Labor government is improving public transport in Melbourne’s south east – building more trains, removing level crossings and building new and improved stations,”

Mr Richardson said. While the new train station is a boon for shoppers, shopping centre workers have been less fortunate. Retail workers at Southland Shopping Centre, owned by Westfield, are being slugged for parking while at work if rostered on for more than three hours a shift. The shopping centre introduced paid parking in October for shoppers who stay more than three hours to dissuade commuters from parking all day at the centre’s car park. On yer bike: Commuters can cycle to a new train station at Southland. Picture: Gary Sissons

Charity gears up for Christmas A CHARITY that recently celebrated its fifth birthday is gearing up to help disadvantaged families around Christmas time. Mums Supporting Families In Need takes donations at its Seaford warehouse and distributes nursery essentials, clothing, linen, toys, toiletries and food to families across Frankston, the Mornington Peninsula and Kingston. “We’re all volunteers and we assist about 130 families every month,” Supervisor Donna Cartwright said. “I got involved when my youngest son was born and he outgrew some of his clothes four-and-a-half years ago so I thought it was a chance to do something to help,” she said. “We’re in full swing with our Christmas appeal, where we estimate we’ll provide over 2000 toys, 300 toiletry hampers and 500 food hampers to struggling families and those experiencing a circumstantial crisis.” Ms Cartwright said non-perishable food for hampers and toys for children can be donated New volunteers are always welcome, she said. “There’s no major commitment required and people can pop in and out as they can — there’s always something to do,” Ms Cartwright said. Dandenong Hyundai and Mitsubishi contributes $500 a month to the group and donated a van to Mums Supporting Families In Need to enable deliveries of bulky items such as cots, car seats and high chairs to families. See for a list of items that can be donated and drop-off points in addition to the Seaford warehouse. Neil Walker

Future draws close: Cornish College principal Vicki Steer, Victorian Education Minister James Merlino and Mordialloc MP Tim Richardson with plans for a new education centre.

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Festive spirit: Mums Supporting Families In Need volunteers Lois, left, Jodie, Donna and Jen pack hampers ahead of Christmas. Picture: Gary Sissons

EDUCATION for all was the catch cry last week when Premier Daniel Andrews visited Aspendale’s Yarrabah School to announce a statewide investment of $61 million in programs and equipment for pupils with disabilities. The Premier said he had headed several roundtable talks with families of students with disabilities to find out what more can be done to strengthen inclusivity. Yarrabah School, a special needs school with the motto “A Little School with a Big Heart”, will directly benefit from a $7.5 million push to run after school hours care and school holiday demonstrations. The school will also receive specialised equipment such as braille translation software, e-book and e-text readers, talking and accessibility software. The state government also earmarked $6.5 million for teaching scholarships at Monash University for the Master of Education (Applied Behaviour Analysis) qualification. Mordialloc Labor MP Tim Richardson said: “This will mean so much to parents, students and teachers here at Yar-

rabah School, and will make sure every child has the same opportunity to a great education.” The funding boost for schools came a week after the state government announced a $50 million upgrade to nongovernment schools including $2 million to build new classrooms at a seniors studies centre at Bangholme’s Cornish College. The independent coeducational school is also pitching in $2 million to the construction of the new centre, designed by McGlashan Everist Architects and slated to be open for the 2019 academic year. “The new centre will provide spaces for formal and small group teaching. We recognise that learning is not confined to classrooms though and the large, open plan areas will support incidental learning too,” Cornish College principal Vicki Steer said. “Importantly, the space will provide opportunities for independent study, collaboration, coaching and mentoring, informal interactions and relaxation, to support students’ rounded development into successful young people.”

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Hotel eatery plan sunk Continued from Page 1 Crs Tamara Barth, David Eden, Georgina Oxley, Rosemary West and the mayor Cr Steve Staikos voted down Cr Gledhill’s suggestion that a 250 square metre food and drinks venue would be acceptable. The same five also voted to reject the planning application and hire a lawyer and heritage expert to represent council at any VCAT hearing. Crs Tamsin Bearsley, Ron Brownlees, Gledhill and George Hua voted to accept the Gledhill proposed compromise and also voted against rejecting the planning application. Cr Bearsley said she was disappointed Cr Gledhill’s suggestion was



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not accepted by a majority of councillors. “It was achievable, practical and pragmatic,” she said. “I feel that we’ve done a disservice to Mentone and to the hotel however I am hopeful that in mediation we get a successful outcome that looks something like what Cr Gledhill proposed.” Cr Brownlees criticised the spending of ratepayers’ money on hiring a special counsel and heritage expert to argue council’s case at VCAT. Cr Eden said council should be willing to “step up” on behalf of residents who objected to the planning application.

“One of the most disappointing outcomes we have with planning applications is when we [council] refuse it and residents are left to go to VCAT by themselves and very rarely are residents able to get expert witnesses and it’s not reasonable to expect them to come up with five or ten thousand [dollars] to run a VCAT case,” he said. Cr Gledhill, the preselected Liberal Party candidate for Mordialloc for next year’s state election, said it is concerning that the vacant Mentone Hotel building will sit empty for “six months or more” while the planning application potentially heads to a VCAT hearing.


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Police patrol FOUR males aged 17-20 pointed what looked like a handgun at two 13-year-old boys walking along Railway Parade, Highett, before stealing their computers, 5pm, Saturday 25 November. The men, described as Caucasian and driving a stolen 1999 Nissan Maxima sedan, approached the boys as they walked south towards the station. The driver pointed the black weapon directly at the boys and demanded they hand over their Apple iPads and iPhones. The driver and a second man then got out and again demanded the boys hand over the items. One boy did so while the second said he did not have anything on him. The offenders took the two items and sped off towards Highett shopping centre. Five minutes later a 40-year-old Highett man was crossing Tweed St when the same silver sedan speeding north nearly ran him over. When he gesticulated the car stopped and one of the men pointed what looked like a handgun at him before speeding off. On Monday 27 November the silver car, registration JURMLA, was recovered in Warrigal Rd, Moorabbin. An imitation firearm matching the description provided by the pedestrian and the boys was found inside. Police are calling for witnesses to the incidents, or anyone who may have seen the car, to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or Detective Senior Constable Phillip Wilkinson, of Kingston CIU, 9556 6111.

Sports club robbed BURGLARS forced their way into the Carrum-Patterson Lakes Sports Club and stole petty cash, 2.50am, Sunday 26 November. They climbed over the balcony of the Graham Rd building and removed CCTV cameras before forcing a window.

The offenders jemmied a latch into the bar area before searching cupboards and stealing petty cash and running off across nearby ovals.

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TWO cars were stolen from an Edithvale house and one later used in an attempted factory robbery, overnight Sunday 26 November. The owners said keys to two Subarus – one a black 2004 Imprezza (registration SVC537) and the other a black 2016 sedan (1HO7AV) – were kept in a bowl in the kitchen. The cars were at the Nepean Highway house at 2am but reportedly taken by 9am. C CTV footage at a factory in Teton Court, Highett, later in the morning shows a man standing behind the 2016 Subaru. Police said he was unsuccessful in jemmying open to the door to the premises and to a nearby shipping container. Anyone with information on any of these incidents is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Cash register taken MORDIALLOC HQ Indoor Sports Club was broken into overnight, Thursday 16 November. Police said three offenders cut a hole in a wire fence and smashed a rear glass door before entering the office. CCTV shows them stealing the cash register. When an alarm activated the men, aged in their 20s and wearing caps, hoodies and gloves, ran off along an open drain behind the Haymer Court premises. They got away with petty cash.


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BAYSIDE Shoes want to offer a sincere thank you to all their valued customers, for without you they would not be here today celebrating our 30th year in serving the community. As part of their birthday celebration they are giving customers the opportunity to win a $200 Gift Voucher to be drawn on Wednesday 22 December, 2017. Bayside Shoes started over 30 years ago initially as Bayside Discount Shoes, then Bayside Shoe Warehouse and today it is simply Bayside Shoes. The front of the store does not look that large but it becomes an extensive Aladdin’s Cave of quality shoes for women, men and children with eye catching leather handbags, elegant clothing and costume jewelry. They have changed a lot over 30 years but have always endeavored to offer customers a relaxing and enjoyable shopping experience where they can browse at their leisure or if they need assistance ask the staff for shoe style and fitting advice. Bayside Shoes offers a large range of European, South American and Asian manufactured shoe brands to select from, whether you need small or large size shoes or something special to suit problematic feet or an orthotic friendly shoe fitting. Whatever your need for work, play or that special occasion, Bayside Shoes will endeavor to find a solution that suits your feet and your budget. The friendly team brings a wide range of experience from their prior occupations that are more than simply selling shoes. The owner Lorraine, initially started work as a15 year old in an accountant’s office learning about balance sheets &tax returns which has helped her in both managing the financial affairs of Bayside Shoes over the past 30 years but also growing a successful business that serves the community. Lorraine has also been greatly engaged in the community through sport as a Victorian Junior & Senior State basketball player and later took up coaching of the Bayside Blues Frankston basketball team at representative level. She has been a prominent fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Research, the Frankston Hospital Auxiliary and local sports clubs.

Lorraine has continuously evolved Bayside Shoes to reflect the changing needs of the community whether for problem feet, difficult sizes or protecting young feet as they grow, that is why Bayside is different to your traditional shoe shop. Dianne brings extensive design and layout experience from her prior senior roles in packaging and media that has greatly contributed to the eye catching layout of Bayside Shoes as you browse at your leisure or wish to be fitted. She has brought an artists eye for the shops design layout creating stunning displays of bright shoe, bag and clothing colours that enhance your shopping experience and ease of finding that special shoe that you are looking for. Sue and her late husband ran a very successful auto electrical business for several decades before coming to work with Lorraine and helped restructure the inventory management and enable the shop to transition to what it is today. She simplified the stock control to make it easier for customers to find the right shoe. Sue is a local tennis identity who has been a significant force as a committee member and player to support the tennis community on the Peninsula grow the local competitions. Bridget is the newest member to the team who brings extensive retail experience in shoes and clothing having been trained in professionally fitting shoes in the UK before coming to Australia. She has also trained and worked as a professional carer bringing that special level of understanding, patience and humour to her work place. She and her family have recently moved to Seaford and are enjoying the fantastic beachfront and the welcoming community through their local school and the growing number of coffee shops and cafes springing up in the area. Bayside Shoes are located at 103 Railway Parade, Seaford or phone 9785 1887.


Rays still suffer despite ban Keith Platt EARLY morning walkers at Safety Beach on Friday were horrified and saddened to see the white underbelly of a large dead stingray lying in the shallows. Several passersby they thought it was one they had often admired from the beach. Regulations to protect stingrays, skates and guitar fish came into force on 7 November making it illegal to catch the fish from or within 400 metres of any man made structure. Fisheries officer Rod Barber, who on Friday was checking boats at the Safety Beach launching ramp, found a round wound behind the dead stingray’s head. “If they’re not going to eat the ray it should be returned unharmed to the water,” Mr Barber said. “This one looks like it’s been stabbed and thrown back.” He said the new regulations were also intended to increase people’s respect for the fish “as everything has its place in the environment”. The community group Project Banjo which earlier this year launched a public campaign to protect fish commonly identified as rays or banjo sharks, sees the new regulations as “a huge step forward”. Members of the group photographed parts of the seabed around piers on the Mornington Peninsula littered with the corpses of dead rays, often mutilated by knife wounds. On 1 November the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) announced a ban on the taking of rays more than 1.5 metres across; reduced the bag limit for all skates, guitar fish and all other rays from five to one a day; made it mandatory for the entire fish to be brought back to land so its size could be checked; and banned rays, skates and guitar fish being taken from or within 400 metres of any man made structure. The regulations were introduced in the face of a media campaign which attracted international attention and included a 33,000-signature petition. Project Banjo predicted the changes “are set to lead the way both nationally and internationally in recognising the

need for better treatment of these marine animals that play a vital role in the heath of marine ecosystems” (“Bay rays win protection” The News 7/11/17). Project Banjo coordinator P T Hirschfield, a keen scuba diver and underwater photographer who lives at Safety Beach, said the new regulations “are a massive win in direct response to the senseless slaughter of rays, in particular smooth rays and fiddler rays” publicised by the group. She said the VFA’s “comprehensive solutions package” included the new rules being added to the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide and signs on piers and jetties around Port Phillip. “Rays are generally not considered to be desirable catch, and the Project Banjo action group has collated significant photograph and video evidence of unwanted rays that have been systematically been either slaughtered or mutilated and returned live into the water,” Ms Hirschfield said. “Too often, the smaller rays have been considered as pests that compete for fish or who repeatedly take bait. “Some anglers have killed them to avoid the inconvenience of catching the same ray twice. Many have been mutilated to retrieve inexpensive fishing hooks. Others have been dealt knife wounds and deep cranial splits and had flaps removed or been cut in half while still alive before being discarded into the water, which is blatant animal cruelty.” Ms Hirschfield said stingrays had been portrayed as “malicious man-killers” following the death of Steve Irwin while filming a documentary in 2006. She said the death of the zookeeper, conservationist and television personality was just the third ray-related death in Australian history. “In reality, rays do not attack humans but have been known to act in self-defence when they feel themselves to be in any way threatened,” Ms Hirschfield said. “Typically, these rays are much loved by locals and tourists alike in the waterways and around the man-made structures they frequent.” The deliberate harming of non-target fish species – including rays, toadfish and native sea stars – can be reported to Fisheries Victoria on 13 3474 (13FISH).

Discarded catch: Fisheries officer Rod Barber with a stingray found dead at Safety Beach on Friday. The fish had a stab wound behind its head. Picture: Keith Platt

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Telephone for police station under consideration Compiled by Brodie Cowburn CR MASON drew attention to the disturbance that had occurred at Frankston on the previous Saturday, and the necessity that existed for additional police protection and also the installing of telephone service at the police station. It was false economy not to have the telephone at police station. The lack of it allowed men to get 50 miles away before the police could be informed, and cost the country pounds to effect their capture. He moved that the Council feel they have implicit confidence in the Officer in Charge, that he is tactful and one of the most efficient officers ever in Frankston. Cr Clements seconded the motion, and it was carried unanimously. *** MRS E. Henderson and family desire to thank their many friends for kind expressions of sympathy, letters and cards received during their recent sad bereavement in the death of their beloved son and brother Pte D. Henderson, killed in action somewhere in France, 20th September 1917. *** MRS Dent and family desire to thank their many friends for visits of sympathy and cards received during their recent sad bereavement in the death of their dearly beloved son and brother, Pte Alfred James Dent killed in action some where in France on the 16th Oct 1917 *** Vast Plans of Y.M.C.A. AN indication of the vast projects of the Y.M.C.A is given in a message just received by the National Com

mitte if that organisation in Australia from Dr John R Nott, General Secretary of the International Committee of Y.M.C.A.’s at New York. “We have been deeply impressed, writes Dr Mott, by the remarkable service you have rendered in Australia to your troops overseas. The example of what you have done has not been without its influence on our plans. At the recent meeting of our National War Council where we reported your work, it, was decided that we raise and spend before July 1st, 1918, a fund of about £7,296,000. This will be used in furthering the Association work in the American Army, in the armies of Russia, France, Italy, and other allies and in the prisoner of war camps.” *** THE Wattle Club Committee most heartily thank all those who assisted in every possible way to give the visiting French soldiers a good time on Tuesday last. It was a huge undertaking to prepare luncheon and afternoon tea for 1.000 people, but the undoubted success proves once more, the splendid unity and sympathy which exists in the Frankston people. *** DURING shunting operations at Seaford on Thursday afternoon two empty trucks attached to the 9 a.m. Melbourne train to Frankston were derailed. Passenger traffic was in no way interfered with, however, and practically no damage was done to either rolling stock or permanent way. The train was delayed at Seaford

for about two hours, consequent upon the mishap. *** THE Royal Life Saving Club will visit Frankston next Sunday afternoon to give a demonstration of life saving with the object of opening a club at Frankston. *** MR L R N. Utber has been appointed a Commissioner of the Supreme Court of the State of Victoria for taking affidavits. *** A PUBLIC meeting is called by the President of the Shire at the Frankston Mechanics Institute on Friday evening next to consider the preservation of the late ‘Hermits” place of residence. *** A CORDIAL invitation is extended to all who are interested in Red Cross work, to attend a “Snowball Tea” at Mrs Moloney’s Pier Hotel, on Wednesday afternoon next. *** VERY necessary improvements have been made recently at Langwarrin Camp. A fine gateway now marks the entrance, which gives to the camp an appearance of stability and permanence. The carriage way has been greatly improved, fresh beds and lawns have been added to the gardens. The addition of a fish pond and fountain gives pleasure to sightseers, while a greenhouse will be much appreciated this summer. *** Shire news FOR the position of ranger at Somer-

ville the application of C.E Gumm was accepted, duties to start from 1st December, on the motion of Cr Murray, seconded by Cr Longmuir. Cr Clements reported that he has made inquiries with regard to vacancies in the Benevolent Asylum, and was informed that there were not at present but there would he one in a few days: - It was decided that Cr Longmuir interview the old man Holman, who is a Crimean veteran and see if he is willing to go to the asylum. F. H. Wells, ranger at Frankston, complaining that a young man named Smith rescued two horses from him which he was taking to the pound on 15th November—Cr Clements moved and Cr Mason seconded that the Secretary take proceedings against Smith for rescuing the horses. Carried. Cr Murray complained of the damage done to roads and brides by the pine carters. He estimated it would cost £200 or £300 to repair them and he moved that an inspection be made and damages assessed wit a view to some action being taken. Seconded by Cr Unthank and carried. *** A CONCERT in aid of the proposed Methodist Church building, to be erected on a central site given by Mrs Goodson, was held in the School, on Friday evening, November 23rd. Rev E. Tonkin of Frankston was chairman. The programme was contributed to by visiting and local performers, all the items of which appeared to be appreciated by an audience which,

considering the threatened weather, was highly satisfactory. *** THE Social Club held another Novelty Night on Saturday, which was well attended. \ The lady’s prize was won by Miss J Ross and Mr Sullivan was the successful gentleman. Next Wednesday, 5th December, Brigadier General Williams will unveil the School Honor Roll and name the avenue where the trees are planted in honor of our brave soldiers. A good attendance is expected. We hope that all the friends of the soldiers will come along and make this day a success. *** WANTED Horse, suitable for orchard and General work. Trial required. Apply J. SMITH, Mt. Eliza. *** WANTED to buy Large pine trees, cut or standing, highest prices. E. MACPHERSON, Warburton St., East Brunswick. Phone Bwk. 795. *** ALEX Scott & Co. Pty. Ltd. will hold a special stock sale in the Corporation Yard adjoining the Tanti Hotel. when they will offer:—300 head store and dairy cattle 300 x br ewes 2 tooth to full mouth 250 xbr wethers 2 and 4 tooth 200 Merino wethers 4 to 6 tooth. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 1 December1917


A Story You Couldn’t Makeup By Stuart McCullough I AM somewhat plain looking. Don’t bother trying to convince me I’m wrong – I know it’s true. I could try and deny it but my features have never quite hung properly on my face. They’re like a painting after an earth tremor. I’m more your character actor than leading man. Not that I always knew it. For years I thought every camera I ever came across was defective in that they all consistently failed to render what I regarded as an appropriate likeness. Until the somewhat appropriately titled ‘ugly truth’ dawned on me – these cameras aren’t broken, this is what I really look like. The only thing worse than being kind of plain looking is the tyranny of acne. It is something of a cosmic joke that just at the moment you become interested in others is the moment your facial pores stage a full-blown insurrection. Like most teenagers, I despaired at the dermatological mutiny to which I was subjected and prayed daily for some kind of miracle. Every potential cure was worth trying. From old-wives tales to potion-spruiking carnival huckster; I was up for just about anything. I slept with the window open, even in winter, because someone told me it would be good for my complexion. I’m not sure it made my face any fresher but it certainly gave me a healthy respect for frostbite. I drank a tall glass of water every morning having heard that this would help cleanse my system. My father suggested drinking the water that had been used to boil the silverbeet, but forgot to tell


me that I should let it cool down first. I’ll say this much – you’re unlikely to be worried about blemishes when you’ve got third-degree burns on your chin. They would arrive, unwelcome and uninvited. There was nothing worse than waking up on a school day and sensing that a pimple that, much like the Great Wall of China and Chadstone Shopping Centre, could be seen

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from space now possessed your face. If my brothers and sisters avoided eye contact and kept as far away as possible as we passed in the hallway, I knew it was going to be an absolute whopper. The moment of truth would ultimately arrive when I had to look at myself in the mirror and ask, just as Hamlet did in his ubiquitous soliloquy; ‘To squeeze or not to squeeze.

That is the question.’ I guess I became accustomed to it, never thinking that it would one day end. And then, without warning, I got a glimpse of a world that was completely blemishfree. I discovered makeup. I did what any self-respecting teenager with low levels of confidence would do under the circumstances – I entered a public speaking competition because my teacher suggested it might be a good idea and I didn’t want to upset anyone. I was, naturally, terrified. But although the speaking bit seemed like an out of body experience, the writing part of it was kind of enjoyable. I even managed to win a prize. Which, in turn, led to an offer to perform my speech on ‘Behind the News’, an educational news program for school kids. It was my first and, frankly, last time in a television studio. I was a bundle of nerves – making me easy to transport – and before I really knew what was happening, I was sitting in a chair having makeup applied to my face. I could scarcely believe the transformation I was witnessing. Teenage acne disappeared as my pale complexion was replaced by something very close to ‘swarthy’. I looked like one of George Hamilton’s nephews. The filming took an hour or so and as I stepped away from the bright lights of the studio I was intercepted by the makeup artist who offered to remove the brown, gunky veneer that had been so expertly applied to my face. Having glimpsed the art of the possible, there was no way I was

going to give up my new blemishfree existence. I felt confident, I felt self-assured. I even felt a little bit handsome. Instead of having my face cleaned up, I waved the make-up artist away and headed back to school. My classmates were impressed. Or, at least, I think they were. As I strolled around the schoolyard, they laughed and pointed at me while singing songs in my honour before eventually burning me in effigy on the oval. It was the first time I’d ever felt the admiration of my peers. For the rest of the day, I sat up straight in the classroom. I feared nothing, not even Maths B, which was incredible because I really wasn’t very good at Maths A, much less the rest of the alphabet. But it was too good to last. I went to bed that night without the window open, having not drunk the water that the silverbeet had just been boiled in and felt like the King of the World. It wasn’t to last. As I awoke from my slumber the following morning, I lifted my face from the pillow only to discover that the pillowcase looked as if it had been caked in mud. On this occasion, not only did my siblings avoid eye contact, a couple of them shrieked in horror as I made my way towards the bathroom. The mirror confirmed the worst. I was back to my pale, plain self. Perhaps it was for the best – I’d already ruined a pillowcase. I had to face up to the truth.


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Foon ton saves the Dogs PROVINCIAL

By IT Gully MORNINGTON star Matt Foon single-handedly has Sorrento in all sorts of bother after the opening day of round six in Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association Provincial cricket. The Doggies batted first in ideal conditions after winning the toss but the top order collapsed and the visi-

tors were quickly on the back foot at 3/17. However, with his side in deep trouble, Foon strode to the crease and with the early support of keeper Charlie Parker, regained the ascendancy for their team. Whilst Parker only contributed 36, he did help the score beyond 100 before departing. Foon, however, took complete control, blasted 11 fours and a six and

finished unbeaten on 116. Nick Johnson was able to hang around long enough to help his teammate to the magical three figures, as the Dogs posted a competitive score of 206. With plenty of overs left in the day (21), it was important for Sorrento to survive and try and gain the upper hand for day two. That didn’t happen. The Sharks lost Kane Gordon (1), Tom Clarke (6) and Jedd Falck (0) to

be 3/30 at stumps. Mt Eliza has given Langwarrin some work to do on day two of their clash after scoring 207. The Mounties batted first and a number of players got starts. Justin Grant top scored with 58, Tim Clarke hit 38 and Ben Tracy was run out for 35. Matt Prosser was again the chief wicket-taker for the Kangas with 3/50 from 18 overs and Travis Campbell

snared 2/33 from 13 overs. Peninsula Old Boys have set Pearcedale a total of 217 for victory in their match at Tractor Park. The Old Boys hit 8/216 in their 80 overs, Tom LaBrooy top scoring with 60, Dylan O’Malley hitting 39 and Hugh Peacock 38. Pearcedale’s Chris Dew was the best of the Dales’ bowlers with 3/64 from 19.2 overs, while Shayne Gillings picked up 2/19 from nine overs.

Ridge dominate Eagles PENINSULA

By IT Gully MAIN Ridge is just six runs away from victory in its MPCA Peninsula clash against Somerville. The Eagles have been a major disappointment this season and that continued on Saturday at the magnificent Ditterich Reserve in Main Ridge. Winning the toss and batting first, the Eagles were bundled out for just 172 on the small deck. Had it not been for a wagging tail, the Eagles would have been lucky to push past 120. Jayde Herrick scored 31 at the top of the innings, Bailey White scored 25, Matt Eager 24 and Sean Parker 21. Sam Lyons was superb with the ball again for the Ridge with 3/34 from 16 overs while Jack Banks snared 2/10 and Luke Collins 2/53. Red Hill has left Long Island with some tough work with the bat after scoring 5/221 on Saturday. Riley Shaw and Simon Dart each scored 91 to help the Hillmen to a more than competitive total in a shortened day of 66.5 overs. Skipper Dart faced 160 balls for his

91 with 11 fours, while Shaw faced 147, went to the rope 10 times and over it on one occasion. Andrew Tweddle picked-up three of the five wickets, snaring 3/41 from 12 overs, while Stu Swift picked-up 2/34. Pines has the upper hand against Flinders heading into day two of their match at Eric Bell Reserve. The Pythons batted first and thanks to a glorious unbeaten century from Nick Wilcox (104), were able to post a strong total of 6/259. Jack Pearce-Stirling was a wonderful support for Wilcox with 51 while Chris Bartczak opened with 32. The evergreen Shark Dwayne Field bowled 28 overs for Flinders for a return of 4/67, while Neil Barfuss bowled 22 overs for a return of 2/77. Delacombe Park is in the box seat against Moorooduc after openers Jon Guthrie and Nick Christides set-up the monster total of 7/324. Christides smacked eight fours and two sixes as he hit 70 of the opening stand total of 96. Guthrie went on to make 77 while Ricky Ramsdale played his best innings in a while with 76.

Wickets fall at Hastings DISTRICT

By IT Gully ROSEBUD and Hastings are locked in an intriguing MPCA District battle after 11 wickets fell on the opening day of their clash at Thomas Barclay Reserve. The Buds batted first after winning the toss but other than skipper Billy Quigley, there was little resistance in the order. Quigley scored 48 at the top of the innings while Janaka Kumarage debuted with 27 for the Buds and showed signs that he is only going to get better. Ryan McNamara was on fire for the Blues, bowling 11.1 over and finishing with 5/34, while Isuru Dias sent down 27 overs and collected 4/36 in a sensational performance which also came with 12 maidens. Chasing 155 for victory, Hastings had to face the final nine overs of the day. It lost Rob Hearn for five, courtesy of Pat Nagel rattling his stumps. The Blues will resume at 1/20 this Saturday, however, given Hearn is in the sheds and the batting has been brittle at best this season, 154 should be enough for the Buds to defend. Seaford Tigers has challenged


Rye to score 201 runs for victory in their match at RJ Rowley Reserve. The Tigers made 8/200 from their 80 overs, Anthony Joel top scoring with 42, Dave Roach hitting 39, David James 31 and Luke Chevalier 24. Whilst the Tigers batted well, Rye’s Zac Stephenson was outstanding with the ball, claiming 7/72 from 26 overs. Matt Whelan bowled 34 overs for a return of 0/78. The Demons’ bowling was tight and it has given them every opportunity to challenge for the victory. Seaford has already begun its chase against Heatherhill after rolling the visitors for 190 in 63.3 overs. The Tigers will resume on 0/12 after rain cut day one short, facing just four of an available 16 overs at the end of the day. Once again the tail wagged for the Hills, Declan Albert top scoring with a well-timed 53, while Steven O’Donnell hit 35 at the top of the order. In the final match, Baden Powell has set Mt Martha a total of 265 for victory after being bowled out for 264.

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Howzat? An appeal to the umpire during the District match between Seaford and Heatherhill. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Cougars are on top SUB-DISTRICT

By IT Gully CARRUM Downs has given Ballam Park a challenge in its Sub District clash at Ballam Park. The Cougars batted the entire day before the rains came after 69.4 overs had been bowled, finishing the day at 8/204. Ryan Lynch top scored for the visitors with 56, Leon McConnell hit 33, Nathan Lynch 27 and Joel Williams finished unbeaten on 40 when rain interrupted play. Marc Blume was the pick of the bowlers for Ballam Park with 3/39 from 17 overs, Justin Moore claimed 2/54 from 19

overs and Daniel Edwards-Fisk snared 2/33 from 15 overs. Balnarring limped to 175 in 70 overs against Tootgarrok. The Saints got away to a shaky start before Lachlan Barton steadied the ship with 52 in the middle order, while skipper Mal Coutts hit 31. Ben King, who has been dominant with the ball all season for Balnarring, came to the crease with the bat and hit a very timely 25. In reply, Tootgarook is 0/7. In other Sub District matches, Carrum was bowled out for 215 against Dromana and Tyabb has set Boneo 280 for victory after scoring 6/279..


Elliott signs up for fourth straight season SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie LUCAS Elliott is just a fortnight old but Mornington fans owe the infant a debt of gratitude for the part he played in his father re-signing with the club last week. Stevie Elliott is a class act, one of the finest central defenders outside NPL ranks and for the past two months the word was that his switch to Langwarrin was all but done and dusted. Until last Thursday when the 29-year-old Englishman ended a 45-minute meeting with Mornington gaffer Adam Jamieson and assistant coach Dale White by re-committing to the club for a fourth straight season. “At the back end of last season I was out of the team and we needed to clear the air,” Elliott said. “I was honest with ‘Jamo’ and he was honest with me and in the end all I’ve known is Mornington and I didn’t know whether it would be a bit weird me playing elsewhere. “Langwarrin never actually put an offer down but there was a lot of conversation. “I was almost in limbo there for a while because although I believed that I could make the step up (to NPL) I didn’t think I could commit to the three or four times a week that they’d want you in. “I felt it was unfair to my partner (Sarah) and my new son to not be around for that length of time.” Season 2017 was far from plain

Staying put: Defender Stevie Elliott in action for Mornington. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

sailing for Elliott who struggled to overcome a medial ligament strain incurred in a round 13 clash at Elwood Park against St Kilda. “I went to run the ball out of play in the last few minutes when one of their players came in to the side of my hip and pushed my knee out and strained the medial,” Elliott said. “It was frustrating and it sort of epitomised the season for me. “We’d started off with a whole bunch of new players and it was pretty

unsettling when players were injured and Simon Webster retired. “When I did come back the boys were doing well and you don’t expect to walk back into a winning side but I was very frustrated. “Coming off the bench against Caulfield and scoring the winner was pretty good but missing out on the derby against Langwarrin the following week was the low point. “I had to question whether or not my heart was in it and I’ll admit that I

started wondering whether Mornington was for me.” If Elliott had any lingering doubts they were erased at last week’s meeting when Jamieson and White outlined their plans for 2018. “They ran through a list of players they’ve spoken to and it sounds exciting. “If we give it a good crack I don’t see why we can’t go all the way next year.” Elliott became the 13th player to sign on for next season following in the footsteps of English import Max Etheridge, Sam Scott, Sammy Orritt, Kris McEvoy, Jack Truelove, Josh Valadon, Keegan Ziada, Jamie Cumming, Craig Smart, Charlie Parker, Aaron Root and Stefan Soler. “We needed to have a chat and lay everything on the table and make sure we go after some unfinished business,” Jamieson said. “Stevie said Mornington soccer club is his home and that’s why he wanted to stay with us. “A fit Stevie Elliott is just about the best defender in the league.” Elliott has won two championships in his three seasons with Mornington. Hailing from Brighton on England’s south coast he played with clubs in Lewes and Hastings before joining Eastbourne Town. He arrived in Melbourne in November 2014 and rode his bicycle down to Dallas Brooks Park to check out the local club.

He was given the thumbs up to train and offered terms after just two sessions. His impact was immediate. He won the players’ player of the year and best and fairest awards in his first season as Mornington captured the first of backto-back titles in State 1 South-East. “I pretty much hit the ground running when I first came out here and that’s what I need to do again,” said Elliott. “I need to have a good pre-season and if I’m fit I’ve got no doubts that Mornington will see that same Steve Elliott again.” Mornington could make another key signing this week with a leading NPL player among the club’s targets. Last week the club announced the appointment of Serhat Ozenir as technical director. Ozenir has an AFC A licence and has been involved with both men’s and women’s soccer at junior and senior levels and has had stints at Monash Uni, Sandringham, Dingley Stars, Brighton, Beaumaris and Eltham. Meanwhile, new Baxter senior coach Francis Beck continues to oversee an influx of newcomers with Langwarrin striker Jack Thornton and Mornington pair, striker Mick Richardson and midfielder Jack Dempsey, training at Baxter Park last week. Beck expects some players from Seaford at Baxter training this week as his rebuilding program with the senior squad gains momentum.

Langwarrin’s under-age NPL squads for 2018 SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie LANGWARRIN has finalised its underage squads for its inaugural season in the second tier of Victoria’s National Premier League competition. The Lawton Park outfit attracted triallists from such distant climes as far north Queensland with three Cairns teenagers from Leichhardt Lions FC getting the nod to join Kevin “Squizzy” Taylor’s under-20 squad. Taylor is a former Seaford United senior coach who was appointed coach of Bentleigh Greens’ under-20s in late 2014 and guided the youngsters to the 2015 NPL reserves championship. “I’m very happy with the squad we have put together at Langy. They are a very talented group, all technically sound,” Taylor said. “We have a good spread of ages, the youngest player being 15 while the oldest turns 20 next year. “I think the Greens’ squad was a little more experienced at this level, but player for player we aren’t far behind. “I think we’ll be very competitive and I expect several of them to be pushing to play senior football in 2018.” The club best represented among the successful triallists throughout the age groups is Mornington with 22 players. Morwell-based Gippsland FC is well represented with six successful triallists, five in Michael Vanderzvet’s under-16 squad. The season kicks-off in February. Here are the squads with previous club in brackets (note that the under-12s will field two teams): UNDER 12s GOALKEEPERS: Caleb Gray (Langwarrin), Angus Morrison (Mt Eliza). DEFENDERS: Charlie Allen (Mornington), Lucas Hodgson (Mornington), Joshua Hubble (Langwarrin), Darcy Whild (East Bentleigh), Jack Duckett

Bentleigh), Vincent Giampa (Bentleigh Greens), Dave Petty (Springvale White Eagles), Charlie Jeffs (Springvale White Eagles). MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Eichenberger (Springvale White Eagles), Manuel Sibly (Dandenong City), Sam Delaney (Springvale White Eagles), Tyler Sharpe (Bentleigh Greens), Jett Collins (Bentleigh Greens), Jack Bradbury (Springvale White Eagles). FORWARDS: Billy Owen (Springvale White Eagles), Altan Cevik (Springvale White Eagles), Tobey deJong (Springvale White Eagles), Kyle Marambio (Dandenong Thunder). COACH: Donn Delaney.

NPL-bound: Former Baxter striker Travis Ernsdoerfer has joined Langwarrin. Picture: John Punshon

(East Bentleigh). MIDFIELDERS: Thomas Gabriel (Langwarrin), Daniel Bennett (Mt Martha), Jimmy Hay (East Bentleigh), Lochlan Millar (Langwarrin), Nelson Niddrie (Langwarrin), Flynn O’Reilly (Mt Martha), Tom Oswell (Langwarrin), Nave Yoresh (Mornington), Harper Frankeni (Baxter), Sean Murphy (Casey Comets), Hugo Rosseto (Mornington). FORWARDS: Dominic FoldiFried (Mt Eliza), Bryn Martin (East Bentleigh), Juan Marchan (Mornington), Zachary Petratos (Springvale White Eagles), Alasdair Muir-Simpson (East Bentleigh), Jett Walles (Peninsula Strikers). COACHES: Mitchell Ball, Andy Duckett. UNDER 13s GOALKEEPER: Kohen Beaumont (Bentleigh Greens).

DEFENDERS: Jordy May (Rosebud Heart), Zac McEwing (Mornington), Nelson Powell (Mt Eliza), Jack Geddes (Springvale White Eagles), William Turner (Gippsland FC). MIDFIELDERS: Cooper Brisbane (Dandenong Thunder), Cooper Leopold (Oakleigh Cannons), Cain Vickery (Mornington), Hunter Vanderzwet (Bentleigh Greens), Arman Hasikic (Peninsula Strikers), Sam Ruddy (Mt Martha). FORWARDS: Lucas Chihotski (Bentleigh Greens), Kyle Parrott (Dandenong Thunder), Raman Aryal (Dandenong Thunder), Brodie Bennett (Peninsula Strikers). COACH: Gary Brisbane. UNDER 14s GOALKEEPER: Jess McManus (Peninsula Strikers). DEFENDERS: Tom Duckett (East

UNDER 15s GOALKEEPER: Nathan Lynders (Mornington). DEFENDERS: Jack Allen (Mornington), Matthew Hodgson (Mornington), Joshua Newland (Kingston City), Isaiah Liberman (Mornington), Ben Schmidt (Mornington). MIDFIELDERS: Brodie Jones (Springvale White Eagles), Gavin O’Reilly (Mornington), Dylan Fisher (Dandenong City), Maximus Brancatisano (Mornington), Charlie Gunning (Mornington). FORWARDS: Declan Jackson (Mornington), Owen Murphy (Springvale White Eagles), Tom Wood (Mornington), Brodie McMinimee (Springvale White Eagles), Sam Maggs (Springvale White Eagles). COACH: Doug Hodgson. UNDER 16s GOALKEEPER: Branten Kindler (Peninsula Strikers). DEFENDERS: Adam Ford (Frankston Pines), Oscar Plenkovitch (Gippsland FC), Nick Wright (Peninsula Strikers), Ben Nicholson (Mornington), Zoran Winkelman (Gippsland FC). MIDFIELDERS: Howie Anderson (Mornington), Logan Wilson (Lang-

warrin), Luca Sibly (Dandenong City), Tristan Donohue (Gippsland FC), Kiaren Keith (Peninsula Strikers), Mitchell Baker (Mornington). FORWARDS: Adi Page (Gippsland FC), Oscar Vanderzvet (Bentleigh Greens), Lachlan Jackson (Mornington), Adam Semple (Gippsland FC). COACH: Michael Vanderzvet. UNDER 18s GOALKEEPER: Colby Jones (Langwarrin). DEFENDERS: Aiden McKenna (Peninsula Strikers), Josh Millar (Springvale White Eagles), Rayyan Siddiqui (Springvale White Eagles), Tommy Soeun (Bentleigh Greens). MIDFIELDERS: Calvin Delaney (Springvale White Eagles), Noah Green (Mt Eliza), Cameron Boulton (Casey Comets), Coby Templin (Glen Eira), Jonathan Hardy (Keysborough). FORWARDS: Matthew Evans (Springvale White Eagles), Zachary Korolidis (Rosebud Heart), Angus Vanderzvet (Bentleigh Greens), Akieva Barlow (Dandenong Thunder). COACH: Colin Noble. UNDER 20s GOALKEEPER: Ben Caballero (Dandenong Thunder). DEFENDERS: Joshua Mulla (Leichhardt Lions FC), Cedric Benza (Springvale White Eagles), Akbar Assadi (Bentleigh Greens), Tim Millar (Springvale White Eagle), Max Boulton (Phillip Island). MIDFIELDERS: Nicholas Simmons (Langwarrin), Cassius Delaney (Springvale White Eagles), Maziad Chazbek (Dandenong Thunder), Ayden Eszes (Leichhardt Lions FC), Alexander Whyte (Bentleigh Greens). FORWARDS: Cole Ryan (Kingston City), Travis Ernsdoerfer (Baxter), Cody Eszes (Leichhardt Lions FC), Keegan Guy (Bentleigh Greens), Nat Daher (Mornington). COACH: Kevin Taylor.

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