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IT’S time to get ready for summer by teaching children to be water safe. Helpful Learn to Swim programs are held at Kingston’s leisure centres. See Page 4. Picture: Gary Sissons

DRIVERLESS cars may face an old school hurdle to stay on the road — the clarity of roadside painted lines. Semi-autonomous vehicles have been road tested along Eastlink since late last year and the trial results have found “good quality markings” on both sides of road lanes are needed to keep self-driving cars on the straight and narrow. The trials involving “hands-offthe-wheel” cars were conducted by Eastlink Corp and VicRoads with the Australian Road Research Board, La Trobe University and the RACV. Variable speed signs, increasingly used on freeways around Melbourne, also caused problems for some selfdriving prototypes in the trial. “Vehicles with advanced driverassistance technology are now being released in Australia,” EastLink spokesman Doug Spencer-Roy said. “Within the next few years, once legislative changes are made, we expect vehicle manufacturers will activate hands-off-the-wheel driving capabilities on EastLink and other suitable freeways.

“These EastLink trials are producing practical results that will assist with that transition to hands-off-thewheel driving.” Mr Spencer-Roy said all Eastlink road line markings from Mitcham and Ringwood to Frankston had been repainted, partly as a response to the automated vehicle technology tests. Temporary yellow lines used near construction zones also caused some self-driving cars to lose track and steer out of road lanes. The trial involved “partial automation” vehicles needing at least one of the driver’s hands must be on the steering wheel and “conditional automation” cars where all driving is automated but the driver can take back control at any time or when prompted by in-vehicle safety messages. BMW, Honda, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi and Volvo supplied semiautonomous vehicles for the trials on Eastlink. Lexus and Tesla cars were also tested on Eastlink in recent weeks. Eastlink is calling for other vehicle manufacturers to become involved in the trials with Audi and Toyota committed to providing cars for testing this year.

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LEVEL CROSSING removals have made the Frankston line the talk of several towns this year but one group has quietly got on with the voluntary job of ensuring two stations always look the best they can be. The Chelsea Bonbeach Train Station Group has hosted monthly working bees for the past nine years of its existence to make sure Chelsea and Bonbeach stations “are clean, green, safe and graffiti free”. “The CBTS has a lot to be proud of again this year” Group president Vicki Jans said. “The highlight is no doubt the installation of toilets in the Chelsea Shopping Precinct at Chelsea train station. We

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Booze free October on cards

Get on Q&A bus

MENTONE residents are invited to attend a live broadcast of ABC TV’s Q&A show on Monday 4 September. A free bus service will leave from a central location in Mentone at 7pm to ferry audience members to ABC’s Southbank studios for the show hosted by Tony Jones. A return bus will leave Melbourne at 10.45pm to head back to Mentone. The 4 September edition of Q&A is a Melbourne Writers Festival Special featuring authors Amani Al-Khatahtbeh (Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age), Shashi Tharoor (Inglorious Empire: What the British did in India), Kim Scott (Benang), Laurie Penny (Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent) and Michael Fullilove (A Larger Australia). Audience members can submit questions for the Q&A panel. See abc.net.au and search for ‘Q&A audience booking’ or call 8333 4065 to register for free transport to and from Southbank to attend the show. Quote ‘Bayside News/Mentone bus’ for priority booking.

GIVING up booze for a month will see drinkers raise money — but not a glass of beer, wine or spirits — for an ongoing campaign to teach children in schools about healthy food and drink choices. Ocsober is a fundraiser that encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of October for sponsorship money to support Life Education Australia, the organisation behind the educational mascot Healthy Harold the Giraffe. Kingston mayor Cr David Eden has signed up as an ambassador for Ocsober. “Every child and parent will know the great work Healthy Harold does in our local schools teaching children important lessons about safety, bullying, health and alcohol drug education,” Cr Eden said. “They do a fantastic job providing fun, age-appropriate sessions to help our kids make healthy choices. “We can all help support Life Education while improving our own health by giving up alcohol for Ocsober.” See ocsober.com.au for details.

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Cheers: Mayor David Eden and Harold the Healthy Giraffe toast an alcohol-free October with glasses of water. Picture: Gary Sissons

Bypass feedback sought CONCEPT designs for the Mordialloc Bypass have been released and Kingston residents are being asked by the state government for their say. A nine-kilometre link between the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and the Dingley Bypass will be built at a cost of $300 million. Input from the community will shape the final design, with locals encouraged to view and comment on the plans through an interactive map on the VicRoads site online. Geotechnical investigations were recently undertaken within the Mordialloc Creek wetlands to determine potential bridge pier locations and investigate environmental impacts. The final design of the Bypass will be determined through an extensive

planning and environmental process, which includes a referral to the Planning Minister’s Office to determine if an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) is required. The outcome of the EES referral is expected by September. “Feedback from local residents and businesses will be integral in determining the final design of the project – that’s why it’s important that everyone has their say on this much needed project,” Mordialloc Labor MP Tim Richardson said. “VicRoads will hold pop up information sessions to raise awareness of the project, meet with local community groups, and give the community an opportunity to view plans for the project.”

Mordialloc Community Centre Thursday 31 August, 4-8pm n Mordialloc Plaza - Friday 1 September, 10am-5pm n Keysborough South Shopping Centre - Saturday 2 September, 9am-5pm n Parkmore Shopping Centre – Thursday 7 September, 10am-9pm n Lakeview Shopping Centre (Patterson Lakes) – Saturday 9 September, 9am-5pm n Aspendale Gardens Shopping Centre - Saturday 16 September, 9am-5pm The community will be able to provide feedback until late September. To find out more see engage. vicroads.vic.gov.au/mordiallocbypass online. n

ROUTE 833 bus services are being extended to Carrum train station from 27 August. Buses at Carrum Station in the morning peak will co-ordinate with trains towards the city, and with trains from the city to Carrum in the evening peak. The extended Route 833 service will run via Cadles Road, providing Carrum Downs and Sandhurst residents with a reliable connection to Carrum station. The new extension will go down Wedge and Frankston-Dandenong Rd, before making a U-turn at Knox St to come back up Frankston-Dandenong Rd. The service will then go down Wedge Rd, McCormicks Rd, Thompsons Rd, McLeod Rd and Station St, before terminating at Carrum Station.

The extended route will also provide access to Lakeview Shopping Centre, Patterson Lakes Primary School, Carrum Primary School on its new path. Route 833 will continue to operate at a 30-minute frequency throughout the week and 60 minutes on weekends. The new bus timetable is available at ptv.vic.gov.au online.

Homework club

SCHOOL exams are fast approaching so Kingston Youth Services is bringing back its popular homework and study club at the Aspendale Youth Cove. Volunteer tutors will be available at the club every Tuesday from 3.30pm.5.30pm to help encourage students to hit the books. Kingston mayor Cr David Eden said the Homework Club is a free service giving young people a quiet, supportive place to study in the lead-up to school exams. “In addition to help from the supportive volunteer tutors, students can also use the centre’s computers, internet and printers.” Aspendale Youth Cove is based at the Aspendale Gardens Community Centre, 103-105 Kearney Drive. The Aspendale Youth Cove is open 3.30pm.5.30pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Young people are invited to drop in to access information and support or take part in a range of fun, free programs including social events, sports and recreation programs, art and cooking classes. For more information, see kingstonyouth.org.au or call Kingston Youth Services on 1300 369 436.

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RUBBISH bins will be removed by Parks Victoria alongside Patterson River and at the National Water Sports Centre from 1 September. Visitors will be asked to “carry in carry out” rubbish and are being urged to take rubbish home for recycling or disposal.

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NOMINATIONS are now open for the 2018 Citizen of the Year Awards, which honour outstanding achievements of individuals and community groups in Kingston. Kingston mayor Cr David Eden said there were plenty of people who deserve to be thanked for making a significant contribution to the community. “These awards are a great chance to celebrate and acknowledge the many residents who tirelessly volunteer their time and effort to make Kingston a stronger and more connected community,” Cr Eden said. “They highlight the strong sense of community spirit in Kingston, and show the high calibre of people we are fortunate to have contributing to our great city.” The awards are open to Australian citizens who either live, work or study within the City of Kingston, and are presented in the categories of: n Citizen of the Year n Community Group of the Year Nominations for the Awards close 5pm Friday 10 November. All nominees will be honoured at a community function held later this year. Winners of the awards are announced at the annual Australia Day Breakfast on 26 January next year. Nomination forms and selection criteria are available online at kingston.vic.gov.au/australiaday online.

Pavillion upgrade A TRANSFORMATION of the Cliff Sambell pavilion is set to begin after Kingston Council appointed a local builder to construct a $2.8million

upgrade to Gerry Green Reserve in Parkdale. Kingston mayor Cr David Eden said the upgrades to the 50-yearold pavilion and surrounding site will have long-lasting benefits for the community as well as sporting groups the Parkdale Cricket Club and Parkdale Vultures Amateur Football Club. “Although the site has fared well over the last half-century; the replacement of the ageing infrastructure will reinvigorate the site and encourage better participation in local sport for women and girls,” Cr Eden said. “We are confident the new sporting amenities, upgrades to female and male change rooms, a larger social area, and additional cool rooms, will make it easier for the clubs to retain and attract new members.” Construction is expected to commence in October and be completed over a 12 month period after the contract was awarded to Clayton South-based Dura Constructions Pty Ltd. “Council is committed to providing quality parks and sporting facilities, and these works to the much-loved reserve will enhance the area plus meet the needs of Kingston’s residents,” Cr Eden said. “We are focused on inspiring greater involvement in local sport, and this project will ensure that the city’s sporting infrastructure benefits our growing community for years to come.” The project will be funded by Kingston Council with support from the state government ($595,000) and the Parkdale Cricket Club and Parkdale Vultures Amateur Football Club will also contribute $50,000 each to the upgrades.

Paddle power: Young Sam is in deep with lessons from instructor Lydia Wooley at Don Tatnell Leisure Centre. Picture: Gary Sissons

Swim classes for the masses SUMMER is on its way so it’s time to think about teaching children to be water-safe by the beach or in the pool. Kingston’s leisure centres offer a range of Learn to Swim programs including weekly classes, school holiday intensive or private lessons in well-heated indoor pools. “It’s an Aussie summer tradition to head to the beach for the holidays, so it’s incredibly important that children have the swimming skills and water safety knowledge to stay safe,” Kingston mayor Cr David Eden said. “It can be tempting to skip swimming lessons during the winter

months, but the practice kids get now can ensure they are stronger swimmers this summer.” The state government last week announced $400,000 in funding for the 2018 VICSWIMZ Summer Kidz Program. The program provides low-cost swimming lessons in an affordable five-day program during the January school holidays. VICSWIMZ lessons are available at Parkdale’s Don Tatnell Leisure Centre. “Every child deserves to learn how to swim – and this summer program being run in Parkdale is a great place to start,” Mordialloc Labor

MP Tim Richardson said. “VICSWIM is all about saving young lives. Record enrolments, year after year, mean more kids than ever are learning this vital life skill. “These classes fill up fast. I encourage families to get in quick and sign up their children at their nearest participating pool and open water venue.”  Learn to Swim classes are also run at Waves Leisure Centre in Highett. See kingston.vic.gov.au/leisurecentres or call Kingston Council on 1300 653 356 for more information about Learn to Swim classes.

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Police patrol Man kneed unconscious A RESIDENT of Arrunga Court, Patterson Lakes, was kneed in the face after tackling a possible burglar, 1.35am, Saturday 26 August. Detectives said the man heard a noise and confronted a younger man standing outside. They were struggling on the footpath when another man – possibly a mate of the younger man – ran up and kneed the resident to the head, knocking him unconscious. He was taken by ambulance to Frankston Hospital with a concussion. Police are following up with three witnesses at the scene.

Jewels, cash stolen JEWELLERY valued at $8000 and $1000 in cash was stolen from a house in Dingley Village, early afternoon, Monday 28 August. The offender is believed to have scaled a fence and forced a side window with a screwdriver. The jewellery included items in 30-carat gold.

Heavy handed A BRAESIDE gym member told police he was punched in the face after complaining that a weightlifter was making too much noise while using the weights, late evening, Friday 25 August. Police visited the Boundary Rd gym and spoke to both men who told conflicting stories. They would like anyone with information to contact them on 9556 6111.

Theft, deception

A SOUTHLAND retailer closing the shop’s roller door, 5.40pm, Wednesday 23 August, put down her mobile phone, three credit cards and bag of new clothing and went back into the stock room for 15 minutes. When she returned the items had gone. At 7.30pm, the cards were used to steal $500 from her bank’s Chelsea ATM, while another fraudulent withdrawal was declined. Detectives are following up the bank’s CCTV footage to identify the thief.

Builder robbed

THIEVES used a jemmy bar to steal a $1500 Milwaukie battery pack and other tools from an Edithvale builder, overnight, Wednesday 23 August. The tools were on the second storey of a three-storey apartment block on Clydebank Rd.

Car raided

A PRAM valued at $1000 was stolen from the boot of a car in Yackatoon Aveneue, Aspendale, 9pm, Sunday 27 August. Offenders gained access through the driver’s side door and rifled the glovebox before stealing the pram.

Camera stolen

A DIGITAL camera valued at $760 was stolen from a car parked outside a house in Glenelg Drive, Mentone, 11pm, Friday 25 August. Detective Sergeant Shane Cashman, of Kingston CIU, said anyone offered the camera – model number EOS750D – should call him on 9556 6111.

Car theft foiled

THIEVES used a screwdriver to force the lock of a Holden Rodeo utility in Charman Rd, Mentone, 11.50pm, Saturday 26 August. But they were unsuccessful in their attempts to start the car by forcing the ignition barrel. Detectives are using CCTV footage from neighbouring houses to help identify the offenders.

Hairdresser break-in

BURGLARS stole professional hairdressers’ scissors, almost $600 cash and a mobile phone from a Clarinda salon, 3am, Tuesday 22 August. Two men in a BMW X5 smashed a lower door panel to enter the Centre Rd salon. They are

described as Caucasian, wearing dark coloured track pants, gloves, runners and caps. The first man, with dark facial hair, was also wearing a dark hoodie, orange fluoro top and singlet.

Sexual assault charges

DETECTIVES from the Sexual Crimes Squad last week charged a man over the sexual assault of a Seaford woman in April. A 25-year-old Eumemmerring man has been charged with rape, sexual assault, intentionally causing injury, recklessly causing injury and common assault. He was remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday 25 August and has been further remanded to a later date. The charges follow an incident at Seaford North Reserve on Saturday 1 April in which the 19-year-old woman was sexually assaulted while walking home from the station about 3am. The incident and hunt for her attacker prompted a march in Seaford, Saturday 29 April, in which 150 people braved the cold to make a stand against sexual assault and for their right to feel safe at night. Their path followed that of the woman on the night she was attacked. A key message on the night was to reinforce the right of everyone – man or woman – to be out late at night and to feel safe. Police set up an information caravan outside the community centre on Station St in an attempt to glean information about the incident.

Fire bug hits mail

THE police search is on for a person who has set fire to four letter boxes in Frankston over the past few weeks. The person twice set fire to an Australia Post post box in Heatherhill Rd, Frankston, 10pm, Wednesday 2 August and 8.30pm, Monday 14 August. The same person also set fire to letters at a post box at the corner of Lindrum Rd and Hampden Avenue, Frankston, Monday 7 August, and one on the corner of Hill and Deane streets, Frankston, near Bunnings, Monday 14 August. Detective Senior Constable Bernard Dowling, of Frankston CIU, said the person, of unknown gender, was seen lighting paper and dropping it in the boxes. He or she possibly had a “manbun” hairstyle.

Driver sought

POLICE are seeking the driver of a 2005 Holden utility which drove away from the BP service station at the corner of Klauer St and Frankston-Dandenong Rd, Seaford, and refused to stop when they tried to intercept it, midnight, Tuesday 25 July. The ute was involved in other pursuits and incidents around that date. Somerville Highway Patrol members are seeking public help in identifying the man shown in these pictures. He has a tattoo inside his right forearm and is also believed to have either a permanently injured or prosthetic right leg. Anyone with information is asked to contact Leading Senior Constable Thickens at Somerville Highway Patrol, 5978 1358 or Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.

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Police praised by ‘evicted’ church group Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au POLICE carried out six members of the Love Makes A Way refugee advocacy group out of the Hastings office of Flinders MP Greg Hunt after a four-hour sit-in. No charges were laid against members of the group, which included Uniting Church minister the Rev Alex Sangster and church members Kristen Furneaux and Jake Doleschal, after they refused a police request to leave the reception area about 6pm. They did not resist when being evicted. “The police were fantastic and very respectful and all the relationships were very cordial and polite,” Ms Sangster said after last Tuesday’s protest. The Love Makes a Way group also held a vigil inside Mr Hunt’s office in 2015 which led to charges and an appearance at Frankston Magistrates’ Court. No penalties were recorded and the protesters, although admitting their trespass, were not fined and had no criminal convictions recorded. One of the 2015 protesters, Baptist minister Simon Reeves, refused the offer of a good behaviour bond and was fined $500 after admitting to three previous court appearances for trespass. Last week protesters lay on the ground every half hour to form an SOS sign as a plea to help asylum seekers detained on Manus Island and Nauru. They wanted Mr Hunt to follow the lead of fellow Liberal MP Russell Broadbent by calling for asylum

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seekers detained on Manus Island and Nauru to be brought to Australia. Mr Hunt later said the group could make an appointment to meet with him “at any time”. “I respect their views and their right to a peaceful protest,” he said. “They have not made any attempt to meet with me formally and chose to arrive on a day I wasn’t in the office. I have happily met with other groups who have sought official meetings.” Mr Hunt said the Coalition had closed 17 detention centres “and all children have been removed from de-

tention”. The government had also “struck a resettlement agreement with the United States”. Mr Hunt did not respond when asked by The News for details of the US “resettlement agreement”, including how many and when would the refugees be going to America and what would happen to those left behind. The sit-in coincided with the 22nd day of protests by asylum seekers on Manus Island, who gather at 2pm each day in response to their imminent forced removal to East Lorengau Transit Centre.

In a video made during the Hastings sit-in, Ms Sangster said the Love Makes a Way action was being conducted in solidarity with the men on Manus Island. “Every day they’ve been gathering and making a stand against the cruel and inhumane way they’ve been treated by our government,” Ms Sangster said. “The camp at Manus is about to be shut down and the men are being deprived of food and water and they fear desperately for their safety. “We call upon Mr Hunt [who is also health minister] to look after the health

of these men and bring them here. “And we also recognise there are 42 children still on Nauru – that’s 42 children who should be here.” n The Flinders branch of Grandmothers Against the Detention of Children is holding a rally in support of refugees at 11.30am today (Tuesday 29 August) outside Mr Hunt’s office. The office has been informed of the rally, although Mr Hunt will be in parliament at the time. The group will leave a letter for him at the office.

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HOP aboard Searoad Ferries this September school holidays for the first ever Kids High Tea! Kids can enjoy a children’s version of Searoad Ferries regular High Tea including a tiered platter of sweet and savoury treats, soft drink, juice or hot chocolate, whilst mum and dad or grandparents will receive the usual High Tea offering which includes a glass of sparkling wine, coffee or tea. Sail the bay for a two hour return trip for this special school holiday outing. Kids can look for dolphins, visit the playground and have their face painted. There are two sailing dates - 28 September and 5 October, departing Sorrento at 11am. Children up to 12 years of age are $25 and adults are $45. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Bookings are essential and spaces are limited. Group bookings are available every day, by arrangement. Visit www.searoad.com.au/kids-high-tea/ for more information. More sailings added for Blokes High Tea on Father’s Day

Two more sailings have been added for this inaugural event of boats, beers, meats and sweets – what more could a Dad want this Father’s day! Searoad Ferries is giving you the chance to treat your special Dad to all of these things at its inaugural Blokes High Tea. Taking place on Father’s Day, Sunday 3 September, Head Chef, Brent Love, will be serving up tasty delights with Dad’s in mind – everything from pork sliders and lamb pies, to maple bacon pannacotta and mini donughts. Throw in a paddle of locally produced craft beers and it truly will be a feast fit for a king! Two additional sailings have been added with departures from Sorrento at 3pm or Queenscliff at 12pm, the Blokes High Tea includes food, beer sampler paddle, tea, coffee and a two hour sailing across Port Phillip Bay. High Tea will be served in the nautical surrounds of the brand new, private Lonsdale Lounge onboard the MV Queenscliff. Cost per person is $49 and bookings are essential. To book, or for further information, please visit www.searoad.com.au/dadsday/


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Vanuatu, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Maldives, and New Zealand. International specialists speak on their areas of expertise and updated medical journals keep attendees well versed on advances in the field. “I now go mainly pleasure diving,” Dr Haller said. “I am still involved with underwater medicine but now dive with friends and family, and recently went diving

at the Galapagos and Mexico.” She and her husband Geoff have produced a coffee table book filled with pictures taken while diving among sharks and rays, tropical fish and other colourful sea creatures at Beqa lagoon, Fiji, in the last week of July. In some of the photographs, Dr Haller is seen staring up at and “patting” a five metre tiger shark as it

glides by in all its intimidating glory. “Areas like the lagoon are renowned for their sharks and it is relatively safe, but I was surprised when this humungous tiger came in, possibly looking for a feed,” she said. Other dangerous sharks, such as bull sharks, seem to hover in the distance, waiting to see what’s on the menu. “When tigers are around they are the only ones we feed because, if there is

food available, they are not attracted to us,” Dr Haller said. “In the tropics there is always lots of food, so the sharks are not so aggressive.” That’s a comfort for the diving doctor who has a small regret: “I wish I’d kept a log book of all my dives. There’s no way of knowing exactly how many I’ve done.”

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Beach work: Horses were being trained on Balnarring beach at the crack of dawn yesterday (Monday) just hours before Marg Douglas, Geoff Hall, David Gill and Cheryl McDonald roped off sections of sand dune to provide a safe nesting place for red-capped plovers. Pictures: Gary Sissons

Horses roped in to protect plovers Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE Mornington Peninsula’s plovers seem destined to be both victims and indicators of the pressures of population. The hooded plover has for years been fighting for its very existence, mainly on the peninsula’s ocean beaches. Its plight is so precarious that dogs have now been permanently

banned on the sand with the Mornington Peninsula National Park. Rope barriers were erected along parts of Balnarring beach in Western Port yesterday to protect red-capped plovers, cousins of the hooded plover. Not regarded nationally as being endangered, the red-capped plovers are rapidly losing ground on the peninsula, again to off-leash dogs and foxes, but also to horses. Horse trainers pay to exercise their

horses on the beach at Balnarring and their presence has become something of a tourist attraction, especially when inquisitive dolphins cruise alongside the swimming steeds. The horses are supposed to be kept on the hard sand, close to the water’s edge. Cr David Gill, who joined Monday’s group of plover protectors in roping off the nesting areas, said there were hoof prints in the sand dunes.

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“It’s a problem if the horses go in the wrong area. They’re not as scary [to the birds] as dogs and foxes and the birds fly back when they’re near the water,” he said. “The plovers will start nesting in the next few weeks. Their numbers at Balnarring are down to about eight, although I can remember seeing hundreds when I was in my teens and early 20s.” “This area was a haven for birds. Now it’s the same as is happening

elsewhere on the peninsula. There are more people and they’re succumbing to the pressures of population.” Cr Gill said the number of koalas had also diminished at Balnarring “manly because of dogs and fences”. “We have compliance problems at the beach with dogs being let of the leash and horses being ridden into the soft sand areas. And then there are the kite surfers who go very fast too close to the beach.”

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*** WE desire to draw attention to the advertisement of the Peninsula Motor Garage Company. This progressive Company has now started a motor service each Friday, from Mornington to Frankston and return. The fare is 4s 6d return and 3s single. This is exceptionally low, and enables patrons to take advantage of the excellent Frankston train service. Commercial travellers and others are much benefitted by this service. We learn that the Directors, all of whom are local residents, have under consideration the opening up of similar services from adjacent towns. This means more local employment and increased local investment. The Frankston Motor Garage, lately owned by Mr. A. Taylor, has been taken over by the Peninsula Motor Company and has been staffed by an expert driver, and a first rate mechanic. This Company’s original Garage, near the railway station, will still be kept staffed and run in the usual way. The Peninsula Motor Garage, recently erected at Mornington, is said to be the most modern in the state, outside the city of Melbourne. *** ON Saturday, August 25th, the friends and relatives of Gunner Dean gave him a return evening at “The Grove,” Frankston, and a most enjoyable time was spent in dancing, singing and games. Mr Slater and Mr Dean kept things lively with their comic songs. Mr Cavall provided the music

which was very much appreciated. The decorations were carried out with flags which were kindly lent by Mrs Hay, for the occasion. During the most successful supper, Mr. Slater made a fine speech, and Mr Dean responded. The singing of the National Anthem and “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” brought the evening to a close. *** THE Trustees of the Frankston Cemetery have had an offer to purchase the pine trees round the cemetery. It is thought that if sold the proceeds would go towards building a brick lodge at the main entrance, which is badly needed. They have also had an offer to provide (free) enough pittosporum to plant a good double hedge where the pines would be removed. A meeting is being held in fourteen days from this date and the trustees would be glad if any persons who have an interest in the cemetery desiring to make any objection to the trees being disposed of, to communicate with the secretary at once. *** OUR Letter Box. THAT BALANCE SHEET. TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—It is with fear and trembling that I beg space to protest against the insertion in your valuable columns of such dangerously inflammable matter as the lately published report or balancing sheets of the Australian Club. In these days of strife, I have oft times found relief from flaring headlines re battle fronts, I.W.W’s and strikes, by a quiet interval with my pipe and the local paper for company.

But, alas! All my joy has gone. It was with feeling of horror and amazement that I read a letter in your latest issue, and since then my life has been a continual nightmare. I am a peaceful citizen and have no wish to be prosecuted for treason or any like offence, but owing to your thoughtless action in making public the fact that there is an Australian Club lurking in our midst, (knowledge of which I was perfectly innocent) and inserting such club’s balancing sheets in a prominent place in your journal, I am now under painful necessity of tendering the following apology which I beg you to insert in fairness to one who has suffered untold mental agony because of the afore-mentioned carelessness on your part. To whom it may concern: - I hereby confess that I, not being a member of the Australian Club did dare to allow my eyes to rest on the above mentioned balancing sheets, and, also, dared to ask my neighbour what it was all about. For my unbecoming curiosity and unutterable offence in so doing, I most humbly crave pardon of “Mark Brody” and anyone else whom I have offended. Trusting that “Mark Brody” will accept this most contrite confession as sufficient reparation for my heinous offence, and, that you will study the safety of your readers more carefully in the future. I am a law-abiding citizen, but now, IN FEAR OF THE LAW. *** POINTS On Repatriation. The permanently incapacitated will

require constant care and attention. For them special provision will be made. It is anticipated that from time to time discharged soldiers will need medical attention, as the result of the hardships they endured at the Front, and arrangement will be made with local hospitals to enable this to be given. Factories for the manufacture of artificial limbs will be established. For the sake of Australia, land development must proceed, and every returned soldier who is considered suitable to go on the land will be given every encouragement to do so. In normal circumstances land development would continue and money spent in the settlement of soldiers would probably and very rightly be spent in any case. The Commonwealth Government will advance to the State up to £500 to unable a soldier settler to effect improvements on his selection purchase plants, seeds, stocks etc. It is thought that intense cultivation of small areas will be effective. On his small block the settler’s own labour will, in a short time, convert it into improved property. The same labour would pass unnoticed on a 1.000 acre farm. Smaller holdings in favorable districts and accessible to markets have many advantages over larger and cheaper buildings less favorably situated. Pensions will not be reduced as a man’s earning capacity is increased. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 1 September 1917

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By Toe Punt MT ELIZA ended a frustrating season with an embarrassing 85-point thumping at the hands of Pines in the Peninsula Division Elimination Final at Chelsea on Saturday, 15.5 (105) to 2.8 (20). The Redlegs, who have copped an enormous amount of season-ending injuries to key players this season, including full back Jay Neratzoglou and full forward Justin Van Unen, were restricted to just two goals for the afternoon against a disciplined, wellstructured and hungry Pines outfit. After a couple of tight one-goal results through the home and away season, Mt Eliza was not even competitive against the Pythons. The 85-point drubbing was a mammoth 170-point turnaround from the Preliminary Final last season when

the Redlegs charged into the grand final against Frankston YCW. Mt Eliza coach Troy Shannon said before the game that he believed he was presenting his best available team on the park for the do-or-die final. “We’ve been able to get some games into some players who were a little underdone previously but of the players we have available, this will be the best side we can produce,” Shannon said. Two players have given grief to Pines in the past, Dan Gormley and Rohan Heasley. Pines’ key stopper Corey Ash did the job on Heasley and Aaron Ludewig went to Gormley. Both Mt Eliza prime movers were ineffective. Mt Eliza kicked its first goal at the 14-minute mark of the first quarter through Aaron Dunne and Shaun Knott booted their second at the 2-minute mark of the second quarter.

Mt Eliza did not kick a goal in the second half. In the first quarter, Pines had 15 to four inside 50-metre entries and had 15 to eight in the second quarter kicking against the wind. For the game, the inside 50m count was 56 to 21 – a demolition. The Pythons also had 20-plus more clearances and ball-ups and stoppages. Mt Eliza tried to tag the dangerous Luke Potts with Brenton Lambert but the Pines’ star was able to break the shackles midway through the second half and become an influential player. Shane Tennant was clearly the Redlegs’ best – his courage on a number of occasions was first class. After the game, a proud coach Pat Swayne said, “we played well”. “We got our match-ups right and our plans were well executed most of the time,” Swayne said.

“Our tackle pressure was great and our efforts around the footy was also very pleasing,” Swayne said. Pines will play its second final and third match at Chelsea in a month this Saturday in the First Semi Final. “Chelsea’s become our second home, which isn’t a bad thing at this time of the year,” Swayne joked. There was no joking matter for Pines in the Reserves, who lost its final to Frankston YCW in controversial circumstances. With two minutes remaining in the match, YCW forward Michael Chaplin received a late bump that saw him knocked out. He kicked the goal as he was being bumped. YCW then got a secondary shot on goal which put them in front and saw them ultimately win. Edithvale-Aspendale will play Frankston YCW in the second semifinal this week after beating Bonbeach

convincing at Frankston Park on Sunday. The Eagles had contributors all over the ground with nine individual goal kickers, winning 12.8 (80) to 6.7 (43). Chris Wylie was the best player on the ground. It was Edithvale’s pressure around the football and strong work at stoppages that saw them get the job done against the Sharks. Bonbeach will now play Pines in a do-or-die First Semi Final. This week: Second Semi Final at Frankston Park on Sunday Seniors: Frankston YCW v Edithvale Reserves: Mt Eliza v Seaford Under 19s: Mt Eliza v Frankston YCW First Semi Final at Chelsea on Saturday Seniors: Bonbeach v Pines Reserves:  v Frankston YCW Under 19’s: v Edithvale-Aspendale

Buds’ web holds Bombers off NEPEAN LEAGUE

By Toe Punt ROSEBUD will play Sorrento for the second time in three weeks this Saturday in the second semi-final after beating Frankston comfortably in the Nepean Division Qualifying Final. Despite trailing by 30 points at quarter time, the Buds kicked 13 of the next 19 goals to record a 14.15 (99) to 12.8 (80) victory. There was a significant wind advantage to the Kars St end of Frankston Park, Rosebud kicking three goals against it and Frankston just one. It was Rosebud’s work rate and dare to take a risk that saw it boot two vital goals against the breeze in the third quarter, which ultimately won it the game. Frankston’s inability to break through the Rosebud press against the wind was significant. Kicking with the wind, the Bombers were able to use the likes of Nathan Lonie and Jarryd Amalfi to kick over the lines, however, against the wind, they just couldn’t penetrate. It again highlighted how strong Frankston was offensively, however, also exposed its inability to defend. This played into Rosebud’s hands, using its powerful, structured and disciplined team defence to lock the ball in its attacking half of the ground. Rosebud booted three goals in the first five minutes of the second quarter with accelerating ball movement, which clearly rattled the Bombers. The Buds had contributors and winners all over the ground too. Frankston did not. Dale Sutton was superb for Frankston and worked tirelessly, while Jason Kingsbury had 20-odd touches through the middle too. Ryan Marks-Logan held up in defence. It was an incredibly puzzling move by Frankston to play Allan Williams on Rosebud star Keegan Downie. Downie booted six goals and was one of his team’s best. We know Frankston like to free up the likes of Marks-Logan, Amalfi and Corey Buchan, but this was a coaching move that went incredibly wrong. In anyone’s book, you play your best defender on the opposition’s best forward. It was a move, or lack of one, that con-

tributed greatly to end the result. Rosebud dominated the ruck yet again, Ben Dwyer providing his smalls with first use of the footy, in the centre bounces and around the ground. Sean Downie, despite getting a lot of treatment, including off the ball, was simply exhilarating for the Buds, gathering 24 disposals and booting two goals, both of them sensational. Jake Corrin was superb also, his tackling a feature. He hurt his ankle in the third but should come-up this week. Best on ground was Jackson McRae, who completely dominated Frankston coach Beau Muston. Muston booted three goals, however, all three were lucky ones over the back after McRae attacked the footy. Mind you, two of Beau’s goals were 50m specials. Before the game it was always going to be a case of defence versus attack. The better defence usually wins finals. Frankston’s cause wasn’t helped when Sam Fox copped a cork early in the match and didn’t spend much time on the ground after that and Muston had his left hamstring iced and taped at the end of the game. The Bombers’ said it was precautionary but when the game was in the balance in the last, Muston was sitting on the bench! Hastings has beaten Red Hill in an Elimination Final for the second year in succession. The Hillmen were bundled out of the 2017 premiership race, 12.8 (80) to 5.10 (40). Shaun Foster was significant in the win with three goals while David Hirst kicked a couple. The Blues will tackle Frankston Bombers at Devon Meadows this Sunday. This week: Second Semi Final at Frankston Park on Saturday Seniors: Sorrento v Rosebud Reserves: Rosebud v Sorrento Under 19s: Somerville v Red Hill First Semi Final at Devon Meadows on Sunday Seniors: Frankston Bombers v Hastings Reserves: Red Hill v Frankston Bombers Under 19’s: Frankston Bombers v Sorrento

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Clubs look to break away By Toe Punt A DELEGATION of 10 Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football Clubs has requested that AFL South East call a Special General Meeting (SGM) of the competition after the governing body handed down a new competition structure that included South East Football Netball League (SEFNL) clubs from 2019. Despite unanimous lack of support at two separate MPNFL club president meetings to divisional football involving SEFNL, AFL SE continued its push for divisional football within its region by handing down the new structure. Former Edithvale-Aspendale FC president Ted Turner, longtime MPNFL Director Russell Jacgung and Frankston YCW premiership captain Paul Theobald make up part of the commission that gave the green light to the new structure. Mr Turner and Mr Theobald were at the last president’s meeting to hear first-hand the lack of support from their former clubs and league. MPNFL president on the AFL SE commission, Bryan Payne, resigned his position effective immediately upon hearing of the commission’s direction.

The AFL SE competition review ‘proposed’ that the MPNFL would remain relatively the same in 2018 with ‘three or four’ clubs moving from Peninsula and being replaced from clubs in Nepean. The names of these competitions would become Division One and Division Two. The general theory on this has been that Sorrento, Rosebud and Frankston Bombers go to Division One and Chelsea, Karingal and Langwarrin go to Division Two. SEFNL would remain the same in 2018. In 2019, a three-tier structure would be implemented with a Premier Division being introduced, made-up of ‘three to four’ SENFL teams and ‘six to seven’ Peninsula teams. Division One would be made-up of the balance of Peninsula Teams, the middle teams from SENFL and top four from MPNFL Division Two. Division Two would be made-up of the bottom eight teams from MPNFL Division Two and the bottom three from SENFL. The AFL SE recommendations handed down last Tuesday night prompted a working group of 10 MPNFL clubs to

approach the floor and hand AFL SE General Manager John Anderson the letter requesting a SGM. The remaining MPNFL clubs in the room were not aware that the letter was going to be presented, which did cause some red faces amongst all MPNFL Clubs. There is a third President’s Meeting that has been called this Tuesday night to discuss their next movements further. The objectives of the SGM were: n To remove the AFL South East Commission from having any role or power in relation to the governance and administration of the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League Inc (MPNFL). n Reinstate a Board as the governing body of the MPNFL. n Make all necessary changes to the rules of the MPNFL to reflect the removal of the South-East Commission and the reinstatement of an MPNFL board. n Correct clerical errors in the rules of the MPNFL. n Elect eligible persons to the fill the positions of the MPNFL Board. When the MPNFL Clubs presented the SGM letter, AFL SE Chairman

Roger Hampson told the delegation that he saw “no point of continuing the meeting” Mr Hampson then went on to inform the clubs that the whole process “has been set-up by the templates of AFL Victoria”. Mr Hampson told the clubs that the commission was mindful of the democratic rights of clubs and individuals to request these things (the SGM) but he also wanted to make it clear that “the governing body for all of us is AFL Victoria”. “We believe we have acted in their (the clubs’) best interests,” Mr Hampson said. Reading between the lines, Mr Hampson made it clear to all that setting up regions and enforcing divisional football within these regions, on the back of affiliation with AFL Victoria, is the clear mandate. This “template” is a directive of AFL Victoria, regardless of the consequences and wishes of its member clubs. AFL SE, the commission and AFL Victoria are not acting in the best interests of their football-netball clubs, they are acting in the best interests of them-

selves to bundle-up competitions and make life easier for themselves. AFL Barwon and AFL Goldfields are having the same wars with their member clubs across their regions. The inferred threats of disaffiliation do not deter the MPNFL clubs, that’s not what they are after. They are just after a competition that involves MPNFL clubs, for many reasons, including financial, historical and geographical. To quote the man who led the charge to have Casey Cardinia Division (now SENFL) disaffiliate from the MPNFL, Kahl Heinze, (a former Narre Warren president): “It’s been said before – the answer that’s best for SENFL clubs is an en-masse move to Southern Football League to create a new premier division. “AFL SE has ignored this completely the whole time. Nepean and Peninsula have been steadfast in their stance for three years so divisional football was never going to involve the MPNFL Leagues,” Mr Heinze wrote. Has AFL SE really acted in the best interests of the MPNFL clubs, or have they dictated terms to get the outcome they set out to achieve 18 months ago?

Southern under 13s eye Grand Final glory SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie SOUTHERN United’s under-13s clinched the NPLW championship with a 2-0 win over Geelong Galaxy United at Monterey Reserve on Saturday and are zeroing in on a finals campaign that could end in glory. Southern’s title success with two league games remaining has secured a home final and a win in that match on Saturday 16 September will take Debbie Nichols’ and Emma Bracken’s charges into the 2017 Grand Final on Sunday 1 October. Ace predator and leading league scorer Rhys McKenna missed Saturday’s success due to trials for the State cricket squad and Nichols and Bracken tinkered with their selection playing Talia Palmer in a forward role wide left with Candy Kilderry as central striker. Gun central midfielder Alessandra Davis started on the bench such was the confidence in the Southern camp. Palmer opened the scoring in the 11th minute striking a firm left foot shot from just outside the area that gave Galaxy keeper Elizabeth Kefaloukos no chance. A great turn and a superb right-foot finish by Kilderry in the 20th minute put Southern firmly in control. Southern’s defence was immense with Ezal Duyar and terrier-like Shauna Mitchell controlling the wide areas with Taylah Hennekam and Alex Jones forming a strong central defensive combination. Southern started the second half by making a series of positional switches with Palmer linking with Hennekam who had an outstanding game. Davis was introduced to the contest and immediately her control and precision passing were evident and Southern’s organisation and discipline proved too much for Galaxy to break down. In the under-15s contest on Saturday the visitors from Geelong overturned a 3-1 deficit to record a stunning 5-3 win. Aaron Myatt’s side jumped Galaxy early when central midfielder Anastassia Pusca received the ball from a short corner, skipped past two opponents as she cut inside from the left and from the edge of the area unleashed a shot that sailed past Kefaloukos who like her Southern counterpart Cadence Vakacavu was doubling up after goalkeeping duties in the under-13 contest.

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High flyers: Southern United’s under 13s have clinched the championship with two games to go. Picture: Supplied

A couple of minutes later Galaxy’s Lily Guest burst through but Vakacavu did well to smother and in the 15th minute classy Galaxy striker Katelene Cook broke clear only to shoot wide. Cook’s diminutive frame belies her enormous talent. Her pace and close control combined with her football nous when she bends her diagonal runs as she toys with offside are a constant menace. Galaxy equalised in the 26th minute through a low first-time shot from Coco Cummins but Southern hit back in the 32nd minute when the pacy Monique Lapenta capitalised on a defensive blunder with a low strike that restored the home team’s lead. A cross from Briana Dias on the stroke of half-time slipped out of the grasp of a diving Kefaloukas and MacKenzie Hicks’ tap-in gave Southern a two-goal lead at the break. Eight minutes into the second stanza Guest again burst through but Vakacavu did well to smother then gather. But three goals in nine madcap minutes turned this contest on its head. Galaxy’s Marcella Fierro was given too much room and made Southern pay with a neat finish in the 45th minute to make it 3-2. Four minutes later Cook finished a stunning solo run into the Southern area with a firm low shot that went in off the far post and in the 54th minute the pocket rocket put her side ahead for the first time in the contest with a shot that Vakacavu got both hands to but couldn’t stop.

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The sealer came in the 70th minute when Cook chipped the ball forward to Ashleigh Pickett whose first touch brought the ball down and with her second she half-volleyed it past a helpless Vakacavu and into the roof of the net to complete the scoreline. Southern’s under 18s are fixed firmly to the foot of the league ladder but nonpartisan observers on Saturday could be excused for thinking that George Perpina’s side was challenging for a finals berth. Kallista Zelios broke clear into a oneon-one with Galaxy keeper Samantha Dunstan and finished well to give the home side a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute. Southern’s Charlotte Chard shot wide a few minutes later and Galaxy’s Alexandria Murphy did likewise in the 22nd minute. Southern keeper Celia Kelsall was off her line in a flash to dive down bravely and smother as Galaxy’s Zoe Tizard threatened in the 30th minute and Chard was through three minutes before the interval but couldn’t connect cleanly with her shot. Southern switched keepers during the half-time break with Amelie Delord replacing Kelsall. A significant change for Galaxy at the start of the second period was the appearance of Cook up front fresh from her under-15 exploits. In the 51st minute, Delord couldn’t hold onto a Cook cross from the right and Tess Rhodes levelled from close range. Chard again broke through in the 61st

minute but Dunstan smothered superbly then a minute later Delord spilled Georgia Atkinson’s free kick but reacted in a flash to block a close range shot then gather the rebound. Cook and Tizard exchanged passes in the 75th minute before Cook’s shot bounced off the top of the bar and over. Cook shot wide of the far post in the 82nd minute then when Delord came out of goal three minutes later but couldn’t gather Tizard struck the winner in off the far post. Southern’s seniors staged a thrilling come-from-behind 2-1 win over finalsbound Galaxy in an absorbing contest. Two minutes in and Southern ace Candela Ferreyra Bas shot wide when well positioned and although Southern had hit the ground running it was taken aback when defensive mainstay Mikhaila Bowden gave the ball away in the 19th minute which stranded Southern keeper Christine Fonua and allowed Kariah White to pass the ball into the gaping goal for the opener. Ferreyra Bas shot wide a minute later and in the 26th minute Galaxy’s Whitney Knight broke clear but shot wide. Galaxy keeper Emile Kenshole did well to save a low Ferreyra Bas shot at the near post in the 29th minute and Ferreyra Bas broke through three minutes later only to shoot into the side netting. A brilliant solo run by Southern’s Jessica Au in the 43rd minute went unrewarded when her shot was tipped over by Kenshole. Southern kept pressing in the second half and shots by Ferreyra Bas in the

51st and 52nd minutes were saved by Kenshole. The breakthrough the home side was seeking came in the 57th minute when a Ferreyra Bas cross from the right picked out US import Courtney Heuston who hammered the ball past Kenshole from close range. Heuston turned provider in the 67th minute when her cross from the left was sidefooted first time by the incoming Natasha Dakic who could only look on in dismay as the ball struck the far post and was scrambled clear. But Southern’s persistence paid off with five minutes to go when a long ball by Taylah Evans put Ferreyra Bas clear and she made no mistake with a firm shot from inside the area for the winner. The only senior men’s game in the local area saw Somerville Eagles draw 0-0 with Pakenham United at Somerville Secondary College on Saturday. It was a gutsy effort by Somerville as Pat Acha was red carded in the 24th minute. Somerville now is five points clear of the relegation zone with two games remaining. This weekend promises to deliver a feast of exciting football with the State 1 South-East title race on in earnest while Skye United’s promotion hopes are on the line and Peninsula Strikers have another chance of moving out of the relegation zone. This weekend’s games: SATURDAY 3pm: Heidelberg Utd v Southern Utd (Olympic Village, U13s 10am, U15s 11.30am, U18s 1pm), Langwarrin v Clifton Hill (Lawton Park), Mornington v Malvern City (Dallas Brooks Park), Seaford Utd v Berwick City (North Seaford Reserve), Collingwood City v Skye Utd (Kevin Bartlett Reserve), Monash Uni v Baxter (Monash University Playing Fields), Harrisfield Hurricanes v Rosebud Heart (Alex Nelson Reserve), Rowville Eagles v Somerville Eagles (Rowville Secondary College). SATURDAY 7pm: Heatherton Utd v Frankston Pines (Bosnia & Herzegovina Centre). SUNDAY 3pm: Peninsula Strikers v North Caulfield (Centenary Park).


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Marchesani swings into second

Teeing off: James Marchesani makes his way through the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course in the $1.5 million Fiji International. Picture: PGA of Australia

By Ben Triandafillou ROSEBUD Country Club member James Marchesani has strung four impressive rounds of golf together to finish tied second in the $1.5 million Fiji International on Sunday 20 August. Marchesani finished just four strokes shy of fellow Australian, Jason Norris, closing his final round off with four birdies and not a single blemish on the back nine holes of the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course. Finishing tied third at the Victorian PGA Championship earlier this year, Marchesani was confident that he was building up to this performance. “I felt like my game had been warming up recently. I had played well all year but had probably played three to three and half rounds really well,” he said. “I was waiting all year to get all four rounds together so I could truly get the best result out of myself.” The result moves Marchesani up to seventh place on the Order of Merit with six tournaments left on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia. “I’m pretty stoked with the finish and it guarantees my Australian card for all

of next year,” he said. “If I can finish in the top three of the Autumn Merit it will get me into the world championship events, which are all the big world-wide events where the best in the world compete at.” “It’s a little goal for me and something I really want to achieve.” Not everything went to plan for Marchesani at the Fiji International with the leader board placing him originally in third place at the end of his final round. “It probably wasn’t until the end of the day that I realised I had finished in second instead of third as the leader board hadn’t been updated – it’s obviously pretty good to finish second after thinking otherwise,” he said. Marchesani said that its one of the bigger tournaments he had played in especially as it is now a tri-sanctioned event between Europe, Asia and Australasia. Marchesani is now heading to Darwin this week with fellow Rosebud Country Club professional, Andrew Schonewille, before travelling to the United Kingdom for the first stage of the European Qualifying School.

Bowling trio: Mount Eliza Bowling Club members, Tom Lokys, Wayne Hogan and Mike Kallmeier win the Bowls Premier League Qualifiers. Picture: Supplied

Welcoming hand: Corey Hand (left) is welcomed back to the Carrum Cricket Club by club president, Peter Kirk. Picture: Supplied

Champion player back home FORMER club champion, Corey Hand, has been singed as Carrum Cricket Club’s new playing coach for the 2017/18 season. Playing the past few years for the Seaford Tigers Cricket Club, Hand returned to his first Victorian club two weeks ago. Hand played in the first 11 of Carrum’s last premiership victory in 2004/05 and said he is stoked to be back at the club he first played for when he came to Melbourne. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to assist the club to play higher grades and look forward to the ride ahead with everyone involved,” he said.

Carrum Cricket Club president, Peter Kirk, said the club is looking forward to having Hand back at the club to develop the promising juniors and local talent. “Corey will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of club coach in season 2017/18,” Kirk said. “We are very excited with the appointment and look forward to the leadership that he brings to our club.” Carrum’s senior side have begun training on Monday nights at Saxon Sports, Frankston in preparation for the opening round on Saturday 7 October.

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Bowling team through to state final A MOUNT Eliza Bowling Club triples team has made it through to the Victorian State Final of the Bowls Premier League Cup. The bowling trio, Tom Lokys, Wayne Hogan and Mike Kallmeier, won their way through the BPL Cup Qualifier’s at the City of Frankston Bowling Club on Sunday 20 August. The Mount Eliza bowling team defeated three other sides on their way through the knockoutstyle qualifiers, earning them a spot in the Victorian State Final at the Fitzroy Bowling Club on Sunday 24 September. Bowler, Tom Lokys, said the side quickly caught on to the new fast-paced format but the result could have gone either way. “The final game was very close but it was a team effort and all of us there needed to be play-

ing well which is what happened on the day,” he said. “The quick format made it very touch-and-go. You had to get your game going right away and you had to be accurate very quickly.” The team now have their eyes set on the national finals in Queensland at the end of the year but understand that they still have the state finals in their way. “We know we could go the full way but it depends on the competition and how we go on the day,” Lokys said. “There are so many variables in bowling. A lot of people have the talent but it really depends on how they play on the day and you do need a little bit of luck.” Ben Triandafillou

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