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Lighting up the holidays Homeowners in Aspendale Gardens brightened up the end of 2018 by lining the street with decorations and lights. Nine year old Eloise from Frankston was among the visitors checking out the impressive displays. Picture: Gary Sissons

Crime wave at Chelsea beach Brodie Cowburn A GROUP of youths set off on a crime spree along Chelsea beach on 27 December, committing numerous assaults and robberies across a half hour time period. Kingston Crime Investigation Unit detectives believe that three separate

incidents occurred on the beach at Swansea Road between 9.30 and 10pm. It is alleged that a group of swimmers were in the water when the group approached their unattended belongings. It is believed a male victim attempted to intervene and was assaulted. The group took mobile phones and

purses. Soon afterwards, a group of 3 men, aged between 25 and 30, were assaulted and a mobile phone was stolen. A third incident took place when the group approached a 19-year-old man and struck him in the head with a glass bottle. It is believed the man was then assaulted with a plastic

cricket bat. He was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No arrests have been made. An arrest was made at the beach earlier in the day after an altercation between two groups over a jet ski led to a 20-year-old being arrested for being drunk and criminal damage. That incident was not connected to the later robberies and assaults.

Police are currently appealing for witnesses to come forward to help identify the youths. Investigators would like to speak to any witnesses or anyone who may have footage of the incidents. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 0000 or submit a confidential report at


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Council to explore City Hall improvements Brodie Cowburn A REPORT will be prepared that explores a “stage 2 masterplan” that considers the “structural feasibility” of Kingston City Hall, with potential future investment into the hall for improved arts facilities being considered. The report, to be handed down and considered by councillors in March, was moved by Cr Steve Staikos because “the Kingston City Hall is an important civic function, performance, arts and cultural venue for the south east of Melbourne, and the first master plan for building improvements into Kingston City Hall has been completed.” “We don’t have a lot of expenditure on arts in the city of Kingston and we don’t have a wonderful arts venue in our city. In the last ten years council has methodically invested in improvements at Kingston City Hall,” he said. “We’re really lucky to have a Kingston City Hall. However it’s too big to be a small venue and it’s too small to be a big venue. It’s not fit for purpose and it’s not providing what we need and what the community needs. If we have a performer

who comes and needs tiered seating, we have a beautiful stage, but we cant run any stage productions there. “What we need is an ambitious plan, and it’s going to cost money, it could cost in the vicinity of $5 million to $10 million, maybe more. “We can certainly afford to get a report, scope it out, see what it costs, then when we have our budget adopted in the middle of they year we’ll know if this is possible and when we can fund it.” The “key issues” that will be considered as part of a “stage 2 master plan” include “current usage, unmet community needs, and anticipated future usage.” Some of the changes that may be considered following the handing down of the report could include “restoration of the proscenium, options to implement fit-for-purpose backstage and stage facilities, consideration of a mezzanine balcony, tiered and or retractable seating, and enhancements to the facade to enhance the presence of the hall.” A $575,000 refurbishment of the hall was approved by Kingston Council for early 2016. (“New Year makeover for Kingston City Hall”, The News, 13/1/16)

OBSESSION: DEVIL IN THE DETAIL OBSESSION: Devil in the detail examines our fascination with the meticulous and micro, the real and the hyperreal and brings together a range of historical and contemporary works under three broad themes of still life, portraiture and landscape. The exhibition seduces us with the power of realism and intricate detail and showcases 65 works across sculpture, painting, photography, drawing and video. Long before the onset of photography in the 19th century, painting was the means to realistically capture the world around us, with the technically brilliant artists of the Renaissance set the benchmark for realism. In the late 1960s photorealism emerged as

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a painting style characterised by its precise rendering, painstaking attention to detail, and larger than life replication of everyday objects. Soon after, the term ‘hyper-realism’ was used to describe high fidelity realism in sculpture and painting. There are free guided tours of the Obsession exhibition every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Enjoy a conversation with Obsession artists and the exhibition curator on Valentine’s Day. Visit to find out more about the exhibition and events, including the Gallery’s pre-schooler program Young at Art, and to listen to podcasts with artists from Obsession: Devil in the detail.

Pop Up Bar coming back to Kingston THE Pop Up Bar will return to Kingston City Hall this February, with a lineup of food trucks, drinks, and performances set to be on offer. The Bar will be open every Friday night from 5pm, with entry free. It will be the seventh consecutive time the event has been held. Jimi Hocking’s Blues Machine, Nicki Nicols, Thee Marshmallow Overcoats, and Dirty Laundry are the musical acts that will set the tunes for the event. Jimi Hocking will kick off proceedings on the first night. Artist John Brooks will also be busy on night one, hosting a hands on workshop for kids. The first night will be hosted on 1 February. More information can be found at kingstonarts.

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Bar coming back: The Pop Up Bar outside Kingston City Hall will return in 2019. Pictures: Supplied

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A MOTION for Kingston councillors to note that “refugees and migrants have made a positive contribution to our community” has divided council. The motion, moved by deputy mayor Cr Steve Staikos, read that Kingston Council should note that “we live in a world where people have no option but to flee their homes and countries, and that globally, resettlement places for these people are rare and oversubscribed. All countries, especially the wealthiest like Australia, need to do their fair share by welcoming refugees in any way they can. Refugees and migrants have made a positive contribution to our community and we need to create more opportunities for safe and legal entry into Australia” The motion urged the federal government to “expand the Community Sponsorship Program” to ensure the program “does not take places from others in need, provides adequate support and services, and creates more places for people in need of protection to settle in Australia.” “What this motion seeks to do is to join with 19 other local governments in Australia to ask for [Community Sponsorship Program flaws] to be addressed,” Cr Staikos said at the final council meeting of 2018. “This particular motion came from an email and contact by telephone by the Amnesty International Bayside Action Group, who asked the city of Kingston to show leadership and join

with those other 19 councils to work with the federal government to make sure this program works and works properly.” Cr Ron Brownlees said that “refugees and migrants have made a very positive contribution to our community. I’ve always been one to say that the early immigrants to this country helped to build Australia to what it is today. “I’m not a socialist and I welcome refugees and immigrants, but I question the remark where we talk about showing leadership. The leadership in this particular facet, because it’s a border protection issue that deals with the problem and welcomes refugees, belongs more as a national issue. “They say very nice things about not taking places from other in need and all that, but I can’t support the recommendation.” Cr Ron Brownlees voted against the motion, and Crs George Hua and Geoff Gledhill abstained. Cr Tamsin Bearsley had left the room before the vote took place.

Aspendale beach drowning A MAN has drowned at Aspendale Beach on Monday 7 December. The man, who is believed to be in his 50s, was unresponsive when pulled out of the water at the beach. He was found in the vicinity of Park Lane at about 3.30pm. Police will now prepare a report for the coroner on the man’s death. Police will now wait for the results of a post mortem to determine the circumstances surrounding his death.

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Mordialloc Mitsubishi missing KINGSTON CIU detectives are investigating an alleged car theft in Mordialloc, 29 December. Police were told that two offenders stole a red Mitsubishi Lancer from a driveway on McDonald Street at 12.10am. The sedan, registration ZFS349, was later seen driving erratically on Latrobe Street, Melbourne just before 2pm. A boom gate at a private car park was physically forced up by a man to get the car out of the car park. Investigators have released two images of men who they believe can assist with their enquiries. Anyone with information or who may recognise these men is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at

Eyes on the road A FRANKSTON man who momentarily took his eyes off the road to secure an item behind his head veered off Stumpy Gully Road, Moorooduc, Sunday afternoon 16 December. The 42-year-old, who was driving south in a VW Amarok, ran into a Mazda sedan causing two middle aged women to lose consciousness. They were taken to The Alfred hospital for treatment.

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Long way over SOMERVILLE Highway Patrol have nabbed a 40-year-old woman driving more than 4 times over the legal limit. The woman pulled in behind two highway patrol vehicles on the side of Frankston-Flinders Road at around 11pm, 30 December. Officers performed a breath test on the woman, who posted a blood alcohol reading of .236. Her licence was immediately suspended and her car impounded at a cost of $1042.40.

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Dog move A SEAFORD woman has suffered an unfortunate start to the new year after a visit from a K9 unit and the Frankston Frontline Tactical Unit resulted in her arrest. Overnight on 1 January, police executed a search warrant at a Seaford address. They recovered numerous stolen items, including a motor vehicle, motorcycle, and multiple registration plates. Methylamphetamine was also found at the address. A 31 year-old woman was arrested and charged theft of motor vehicle, theft from motor vehicle, handle stolen goods and traffick methylamphetamine. She had six outstanding warrants for her arrest. The occupant appeared

A MOTORBIKE rider who tried to do a runner from police ended up getting his friend’s bike impounded, Tuesday 18 December. The incident occurred when Somerville Highway Patrol officers in Lyrebird Drive, Carrum Downs, spotted a motorbike with a false plate “RUNA” attached. The rider allegedly failed to stop and was clocked at more than 80kph in a 50kph zone before being pulled over in nearby Quarrion Drive. The rider, 18, of Skye, was found to have never held a licence and the bike was unregistered. He told police it was a friend’s bike, and that he hadn’t initially pulled over because he was “petrified he would be arrested and locked up”. The man will be summonsed to appear at court for speeding, riding an unregistered bike, displaying a false plate and failing to stop for police when directed. The bike was impounded for 30 days with a $1005 release fee. The penalty for failing to stop for police when directed to do so is a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment of up to six months, and disqualification from having any licence for a minimum of six months.



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Plea to fix up ‘grotty’ Kananook Brodie Cowburn FRANKSTON councillors have called for the state government to provide a face lift to the Kananook train station. The station is set to become home to stabling for trains, after stabling was removed from Carrum Station during level crossing removal works. Council resolved to write to transport Minister Jacinta Allan to seek “a meeting to discuss the current changes underway to Kananook Railway Station and surrounds as a result of the Level Crossing Removal Authority projects. In particular to discuss the impacts of these projects and opportunities available to better enhance the public use of the precinct such as improving disability access, landscaping and urban design improvements.” Council will also offer “to work with the relevant State Government Departments to develop a Kananook Railway Station Precinct Plan.” Cr Glenn Aitken said at the final council meeting of the year that Kananook Station had in parts become “smutty” and “grotty”. He noted the “desperate need for better lighting” at the station. “The lighting at the bus stop is appalling, you move around in strange shadows late at night,” he said. “Kananook Station is a dump. It’s an absolute dump. It’s a nasty little station, when it was first built it was a nasty little station.” “It reeks of urine and defecation, because people get off the train from Melbourne, they’re bursting to go, there is no toilet, and where else do you go. You either have a pee on railway station or artfully achieve it from the overhead pedestrian pass down

onto the freeway. Heaven help anyone who happens to be travelling on the freeway, particularly if you’re in a car where the top is down, otherwise you’d think there was a major aberration in the weather and you were getting yellow rain.” On 25 September 2017 council voted in favour of a motion that read “in light of the recent announcement that the Federal and State Government will work jointly on the development of a business case for the electrification of the rail network to Baxter, which may include Langwarrin as the initial stage of works, the Minister for Transport be called upon to delay the Kananook Stabling Project. The request is made on the basis that there is spare capacity within the network to stable trains in the short term and the proposed $187M committed to the Kananook Stabling Project would be better invested in the Baxter Electrification Project. Further that the decision to delay the Kananook Stabling Project would not have a negative impact on the other projects along the Frankston line.” Council had flagged their opposition to Kananook Station being used for stabling. Then mayor Brian Cunial said in late 2017 that “we hope that this will see the Victorian government reconsider moving train stabling facilities to Baxter rather than Kananook, a decision which would save over 200 local jobs.” The Level Crossing Removal Authority said seven commercial premises in Kananook will be compulsorily acquired to build the new stabling for trains. Jayco Page Bros Caravans is one of several businesses impacted by the property acquisitions. (“Rail rises at river”, The News, 8/3/17)

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Get your dancing shoes on and bring your friends for this unique summer event. Book your tickets before December 31 to receive an early bird special price of $99 per person, or purchase a voucher for that special Christmas gift. What: Rock the Boat When: Sail from Queenscliff February 9, or Sorrento February 16. Tickets: Book early bird tickets before December 31 for $99 per person, regular price of $129 per person


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Applications will open soon for Kingston’s annual grants program – with thousands of dollars on offer help local as they Kingston’s Customer Care to centres will community be closed ongroups Christmas work toBoxing build a Day stronger, healthier1 and socially connected Kingston. Day, and Tuesday January 2019. FIND OUT MORE: From 17 December until 14 January, Kingston Libraries and community centres operate on reduced hours. are also invited Charities helping makewill a positive difference in Kingston to FIND apply for the 2019 Kingston Charitable Fund Grants Program – open OUT MORE from 11 February to 11 March. FIND OUT MORE: We offer a free Christmas tree collection service for residents in January. To book, please 1300 653 356. Join us on Australia Day (26call January 2019) for a free brunch to honour those take part in agreen citizenship and help celebrate Yourwho general waste, wasteceremony and recycle collections will our Citizen of theasYear andduring Community Group of the Year. continue usual the festive season. RSVP NOW FIND MORE Pop Up Bar returns to Kingston’s City Hall forecourt every Friday night in February, 5pm, live music, food trucks2019) and interactive Come andfrom join us on with Australia Day (26 January for a free art to breakfast enjoy. event to honour those who take part in a citizenship

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Fence no barrier to The Pillars Keith Platt THE “temporary” fence designed to block access to The Pillars cliff jumping site at Mt Martha has effectively divided the community. Dubbed an eyesore and ineffective, the fence also sits on a narrow track that could be used by pedestrians along the Esplanade between Deakin Drive and Marguerita Avenue. Hot days still draw a crowd to the cliff top, with many either scrambling over the fence or forcing their way along the inside until they reach the track towards the water. The number of boats and jet skis anchored within the 200 metre no go zone declared by Mornington Peninsula Shire has increased since the fence was erected. There are no penalties for going past the fence, jumping off the cliff or having a water craft within 200 metres of the cliffs. However, fines can be applied for drinking alcohol at The Pillars or in nearby streets. These rules apply to both residents and visitors. While police booked more than 50 motorists for illegal parking on roads near The Pillars in the week after the New Year, they have drawn the line at climbing over the fence. Sergeant Daniel Patten, of Mornington police, said there had been “plenty of activity” on roads near the cliff-jumping spot – but no instances of police chasing young people over the temporary fence or preventing them jumping into the wa-

KINGSTON Council will offer a free Christmas tree collection service for residents in January. Bookings can be made by calling 1300 653 356. Collections can be arranged for the same week.

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ter. “The fence is just a barrier to what is still a public place,” he said. “It just discourages young people from going there.” Sergeant Patten said police would monitor safety issues at the site as “these are our number one priority”. He said there had been “no other issues there and no rescues”. The fine for parking in No Stopping areas is $80. In December, the mayor Cr David Gill said he expected police to climb the fence to book people for drinking alcohol (“Police should climb fence to arrest drinkers – mayor” The News 18/12/18).

“Police scramble over fences and walls to arrest offenders and people expect them to do that. We are in trouble if this is an occupational health and safety issue for police.” Cr Gill has since told a tour operator that he was “for a long time” opposed to a fence at The Pillars but wanted action by the state government and saw the fence as bringing “the issue to a head … even though it is costly and ugly”. The tour operator described herself as “a local” and a mother of three who had been to The Pillars twice “and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of people there all having fun”. She saw the fence as an “absurd idea”

that was “unsafe, most likely unlawful and absolutely a waste of $200,000 of hard-earned ratepayers’ money”. “You really need to remove the wall and listen to the majority of people you represent, not just a handful of complaints.” In reply, Cr Gill said he had “no doubt” The Pillars was not a suitable tourist destination. Cr Gill warned that if the state government “does not take further action to close the site I will suggest again that council hand land management control and the financial/legal risk to government not ratepayers”.

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THE Kingston Libraries Summer Music program is set to get underway, with two names booked to perform over the next two weekends. Weeping Willows will kick things off on 13 January from 2.30pm. They are a 4 time winner of the “Golden Guitar” award from the Country Music Awards of Australia. Singer songwriter Shania Mayer will be performing at Chelsea Library on 20 January. Ms Mayer is a passionate advocate against family violence, and also spends her time working as a councillor in Frankston. Library tunes: Weeping Willows will play at Cheltenham Library. Pic: Supplied


Refugee ‘disappointment Ann Renkin wrote a comprehensive letter which sums up the disappointment so many of us feel with the federal government’s treatment of refugees on Nauru and Manus islands (“A positive outcome wanted for refugees” The News 18/12/18). Australia can do better than the last six years in its treatment of detainees. Thanks Ann for such a clear and comprehensive coverage of the issue. Patricia Rayner, Somers

Published information Rupert Steiner seeks to discover how I found out that some 70 of our “desperate” refugees refused to be settled in the US, asking to return to Australia because they must work and there is no welfare available (“Inside running” Letters 11/12/18). If Rupert read a bit more, he would have found articles in several newspapers, including the Herald-Sun, The Australian and The Age. I am not a spook, just a bloke who keeps himself informed. Ken Hailes, Sorrento

Blood pressure is the key risk factor for stroke, but it can be managed. The number of strokes would be practically cut in half (48 per cent) if high blood pressure was eliminated. Manage your cholesterol. High cholesterol contributes to blood vessel disease, which can lead to stroke. Eat a healthy balanced diet, avoid sugary drinks and cut the salt. Exercise regularly. Inactivity causes weight gain and contributes to high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Quit smoking. Smokers have twice the risk of having a stroke than non-smokers. Only drink alcohol in moderation. Drinking large amounts of alcohol increases your stroke risk through increased blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity and irregular heart beat (atrial fibrillation). Remember this list and take your first steps towards reducing your stroke risk in 2019. It could save your life. Associate Professor Seana Gall, Stroke Foundation Clinical Council member

Avoiding stroke In the interests of short attention spans, the below list will be the most important one you will read this year. But be warned, what I am about to say will shock you. One in four people will have their lives turned upside down by a disease that attacks the brain – the vital organ responsible for our thoughts, movements and feelings. Stroke does not discriminate. It can strike anyone, at any age and any time. There will be more than 56,000 strokes in Australia this year. Around 80 per cent of strokes can be prevented, and we can all take simple steps to reduce our risk. Get your blood pressure checked regularly.


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Your Hearing Questions Answered Is it important for patients to see an audiologist if they think they may be having difficulties hearing? Yes, if you are starting to notice difficulties it’s important to have a full hearing test. We don’t just test which sounds you can hear, we also check how clearly you can understand speech, in quiet and in background noise. Some common indications that you may have a hearing loss are: Turning the TV up Frequently asking for repeats Not being able to hear properly on the telephone Difficulty in noisy situations such as restaurants Missing out on important parts of the conversation Often your partner or a close family member may be the first person to notice that you are having difficulty hearing. Is it true that a lot of patients don’t actually need hearing aids? Yes. Probably 25 percent of those that we see do choose to get hearing aids. Some people have a little bit of hearing loss that we just need to talk about, and continue to monitor. Are there steps people who aren’t ready for hearing aids can do to help combat hearing loss? Yes. Pick a seat in a restaurant where

you can see the faces of the people that you are taking to. This can make it easier to follow what they are saying. With the television, if you’re not ready for hearing aids, we can get a set of cordless headphones. These can be one of the best options for hearing the TV clearly. Are there ever very simple solutions to hearing loss? Yes. Sometimes a hearing loss can be caused by ear wax blocking the canal. If someone needs a hearing aid, should they always choose the most expensive, top-of-the-line model? Most people don’t need the most expensive hearing aids, fully loaded with all the bells and whistles. It really is patient specific. You don’t always need the absolute top-of theline hearing aid technology, if the features that you need are available in something less expensive. At Chelsea Hearing, we always offer you a range of options, and it is up to you to choose something that you are comfortable with. You should never feel pressured to proceed with hearing aids that you don’t feel ready for. Are smaller hearing aids more expensive? Generally, the style of the hearing aid does not have very much impact on the price. There are very good, small hearing aids available at all price points. Larger hearing aids are not necessarily less expensive either. The good news

is that the very small, comfortable hearing aids are suitable for most people these days. How much do hearing aids cost? Most people who are on a Centrelink pension (such as an age pension or a disability pension) are eligible for the Office of Hearing Services Voucher program. This enables them to choose from a range of hearing aids that are “free-to-client”. These hearing aids have improved significantly over the past few years, and a lot of people are pleasantly surprised at how natural they sound, and how small and comfortable they can be. Pensioners can also choose to contribute to more expensive hearing aids if they wish. For people who are not eligible for the voucher program, hearing aids typically start at $2,700 for a pair. What brand of hearing aids to you recommend? Chelsea Hearing is an independent clinic. We fit hearing aids from all of the major manufacturers. Our recommendations are made after we have tested your hearing, looked in your ears, and had a discussion about the things that you want to hear well. We also take the time to consider your preference for style and size of the hearing aids, as well as your budget. We will recommend the most appropriate hearing aids for you, and we will always give you a range of options to choose from.

What is your philosophy on health care? If I wouldn’t do it for my Mum or Dad, I don’t do it for a patient. When I’m making recommendations for a patient, I think “if this was my mum or dad, with this hearing loss, and these difficulties, would I be making the same recommendations?”. If the answer is “yes”, then I know I’m doing my best for a patient. What does the relationship you have with your patients mean to you? The patient comes first. The patient is your customer and you want to have the healthiest, happiest patient that you can. That makes me happy as well. To know that we are helping that patient to be happy is just rewarding. What is one thing about your job that really sticks out in a positive way? It’s really nice to be able to make a difference for people. Often the partner of the person with a hearing loss may have been repeating themselves and having to speak louder for years. When we help with a hearing loss (often with hearing aids) it’s often the family members who notice the benefit first. Suddenly they don’t have to repeat everything, and they don’t get so tired from speaking loudly all day. It can make a big difference for the whole family.

the right pace of the individual patient. Some people come in here, and they know they want to get hearing aids and they want to get it all happening as quickly as possible. Other people come in, and they are having some difficulties hearing, but they don’t know if they have a hearing loss. They may need a little bit more time to understand their hearing loss, and the options available. It doesn’t help anyone to push someone in to getting hearing aids before they are ready for them, or to pressure someone to purchase hearing aids that cost more than they are comfortable with. Sometimes the best thing to do is explain what’s causing the problem, and what solutions are available. It can also be helpful to bring your partner or a close family member to your appointment with you.

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A Potted History of Pot Plants By Stuart McCullough MY mission was clear. Although it would it surely test every fibre of my being; straining every sinew until each nerve was as burned out as a light bulb filament, there was no choice. Failure was not an option. Or, if it was an option, it was so desperately unattractive that I was motivated to avoid it at all costs. My wife would demand nothing less. For three entire weeks, I would do everything humanly possible to keep the plants alive. It was going to be tricky. Battling more than a chronic lack of interest, I was up against the awesome weight of history itself. Plants and I have never really got on. I suspect its jealousy on their part. Whenever I’ve owned a plant, I’ve always been sure to respect its independence and left it alone. And, for their part, they’ve responded to the gift of freedom that I’ve so generously bequeathed them by shriveling up and dying. Eventually, I would notice a decaying pile of brown in the corner of my apartment and have to smuggle the remains out to the bin, in a bid to avoid being judged by the neighbours. I bear some of the blame. When leaves started to turn brown, I ought to have seen it as a cry for help. Instead, I regarded it as something of a botanical temper tantrum that was best ignored. The plants, in turn, called my bluff and to the extent that it’s possible with something without feet to do so, they shuffled off this mortal coil, heading to the great greenhouse in the sky. At a certain point, I gave up entirely. Plants and I


simply did not get along. Instead of a green thumb, I was the grim reaper of indoor pot plants. For a long time, the only thing I could successfully grow indoors was mould. If Gardening Australia ever decides to go all ‘tabloid’ and introduces a ‘Shame File’, I will likely be first cab off the rank. My wife is a big fan of plants. This is despite a history that is only marginally less chequered than my own. She is an especially big fan of the indoor plant. They seem to appear around the house without anything by way of explanation. I’ve said nothing to date, but the more numerous they become, the more I suspect them of

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plotting against me. I’ve read ‘The Day of the Triffids’. I know these things can go horribly, horribly wrong. In the last few months, my wife has decided to turn over a new leaf by attempting to grow them. This time, we’re trying to grow things both indoors and out. Then my wife had an opportunity to go overseas for three weeks. As happy as I was for her, it seemed to be not so much tempting fate as teasing it beyond the limits of endurance. Although she said nothing, I knew I had to prevent her from returning to a house that had become little more than a mausoleum for her plants.

If this were a short film instead of a short article, this would be the ‘montage’ moment. There would be clips of me swanning around the house and yard, hose in hand, squirting anything I thought deserved it. Tomato plants, lemon trees and anything else in need of water would get a spray. I’m not sure what my montage music would be. ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ by the Byrds? ‘Nature Boy’ by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds would work both on a song and band name level. Presumably anything from Stevie Wonder’s ‘Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants’ would be suitable. I watered. I tended. I moved things around. All in an attempt to preserve

the life of our plants. I was especially concerned about the tomato plants, but with regular attention, they not only survived but my efforts quite literally began to bear fruit. Which was nifty. The only plant I ignored was the one located next to the television. To be honest, it was kind of in the way and it was a lot let obtrusive when droopy, so I kind of let it go. When my wife finally returned, I could tell she was not so much impressed as flat-out amazed. There’s a tipping point, though. Beyond simply lauding my attention to detail, the survival of our plants was elevated to the status of a not so minor miracle that made it seem mildly insulting. After a full inspection of the premises, she looked closely at one plant, remarking that I had obviously not dusted the leaves. This was, of course, absolutely true. I hadn’t realized that ‘dusting the leaves’ was a thing. I responded to the question much like the plant beside the television and simply drooped. I’m not sure what it says that I have managed to keep plants alive without assistance. Is it a sign of personal as well as botanical growth? Maybe. Since my wife got back, I’ve been happy to resume a supporting role. But I’ve been keeping an eye on the fruit trees and the tomatoes are going strong. Maybe I won’t be featured on Gardening Australia’s ‘Shame File’ after all. Perhaps ‘Most Improved’ would be more appropriate at this point.


Heartbreak as Mr and Mrs Utber lose their four year old son Compiled by Brodie Cowburn A GREAT bereavement has been experienced by Mr and Mrs Utber of Mornington road, Frankston, in the death of their little son, Leonard, Harold, aged 4 years, which sad event took place on the 4th inst. Very general sympathy is extended to the sorrowing parents in the loss of their loved one. The funeral took place on Sunday, the Rev. A P M’Farlane conducting the burial service. *** IT is with regret we chronicle the death of Mrs Wilcox, mother of Mr A. Wilcox of Frankston, and one of the oldest residents of Dandenong which occurred at her late residence, Robinson street, on the 5th inst., after a lengthy illness. The remains were interred, privately, on the 6th inst. in the Church of England portion of the Dandenong cemetery. Deceased was born at Spittalfields (London) in 1843. She was married in All Saints Church, St Kilda, on 14th March, 1864, and was a colonist of upwards of 50 years, most of that time being spent in Dandenong. To the bereaved family we extend our sympathy. *** THANKS for the “Kooyongs” - Mr R H Thompson, Secretary of the local branch of Returned Soldiers and sailors League writes: We wish to convey our sincere thanks to the members of the Kooyong Club, Frankston for their donation kindly collected at their concert on New Year’s Eve, of £7 15 2d handed

over to me on New Year’s Day, which goes to swell the Memorial Hall Fund. *** OWING to ill health Mr Fairbairn who has been in charge of the Mornington branch of the Colonial Bank of Australasia is retiring from the service. His successor, Major McPherson visited Frankston and outlying districts this week. At the monthly meeting of the Frankston and Hastings shire council on Thursday Major McPherson was appointed treasurer vice Mr Fairbairn, resigned. *** CAPTAIN Miers and Mr Hugh Johnston, after spending a nice holiday here left in their car today for Mildura. They go through Bendigo, Swan Hill and Balranald, a distance of over 400 miles. Mr Ernest Thomas and family are staying at Frankston House. They will leave by car for Mildura later on. *** WE have received from Mr John Ditchburn Managing Director of the Frankston and District Gas and Lighting Company Proprietary Limited an illustrated leaflet giving views of Calcium Carbide and Electrode factories near Hobart, Tasmania. Frankston is fortunate in having attracted the attention of Mr Ditchburn’s company which is operating on a large scale in the Island State as the HydroElectric Power and Metallurgical Company Limited. *** MORE than usual interest will attach to the entertainment to be provided at the Frankston Mechanics’ Institute on

Friday evening next when the Mayor of St Kilda will present for the first time in public a wonderful programme of moving pictures of Red Cross activities at home and abroad, including the entertainment of wounded men by Frankston residents. All are invited to go and see themselves in the movies and a crowded house may be expected. *** ON Sunday last a number of invalid soldiers visited Frankston as the guests of the Wattle Club. Arriving in motor cars kindly provided by the Volunteer Ambulance Club they were conveyed to the Mechanics’ Hall where they were cordially welcomed by the President (Miss Dollie Gregory.) About 90 men sat down to lunch which the members of the Club had provided in their very best style. A string band contributed selections, and added materially to the enjoyment of the hour. A further contingent of 30 men arrived later in the afternoon and their welfare was also cared for. Many of the visitors wended their way to the beach and enjoyed themselves swimming - a diversion not to be despised on such a hot day as Sunday proved. Altogether the visit proved a thoroughly happy one and the men were ungrudging in their praise by the handsome way in which they were welcomed and treated by members of the Wattle Club. *** Mr Richard Wells who recently underwent an operation for internal trouble has returned to Frankston.

His many friends will be pleased to learn that he is now on a fair way towards recovering his good health. *** Private Sydney Marsh of the 6th Battalion, arrived at his home, Langwarrin, on Tuesday. He enlisted in 1914 and unfortunately contracted bronchial pneumonia and did not get away from Australia till 1915. He was wounded in Egypt and was in hospital until 1916. He then joined the 3rd Auxiliary of the Australian Army Hospital Corps and served therein for over two years Whilst in England, Private Marsh was married and his wife and infant son came out with him on the Zealandia which arrived in Melbourne last Tuesday. That evening the trio received a hearty, welcome from his many friends at Langwarrin, for “Sid” was always a general favorite. His little son has been christened Joseph Nott Marsh, out of complement to our genial townsman, and is the first war baby to arrive in Frankston. *** PATRIOTIC Gymkhana Monday 27th January promises the finest display of horse flesh Frankston has seen for many years. An enthusiastic committee has arranged an attractive Gymkhana to be held in the Park on the afternoon of that day. They have secured the assistance of Mr Wauchope of Dandenong and Miss Montgomery with her Purple Cross riders. Some 200 horses will be competing in hunting and novelty events.

The whole proceeds of this meeting go to local Repatriation Fund and a record attendance is expected. *** Our Letter Box. To the Editor. SIR, As a visitor to your town during the holidays, I was rather inconvenienced through inability to locate a certain street outside the main thoroughfare, which, I think, is appropriately named Bay Street. By dint of inquiry and a good deal of unnecessary leg exertion, I ultimately arrived at my destination. That’s all right. I am not complaining because I was not met at the railway station by an authorised guide with a Sedan chair or a motor car, and whisked off to my bungalow among the ti-trees. But I do say that the Tourists’ Association or the Shire Council, or some other such body, should incur the small expense of placing nameplates in the various streets or avenues which abound in Frankston. They all have names, I am told. I know two of them, Bay Street and Playne Street. Perhaps, if what your correspondent in last week’s “Standard” said regarding the latter thoroughfare is correct, a nameplate would not be necessary there - one could locate it by the aid of one’s olfactory organ. But all the other pretty little streets certainly should be provided with nameplates. Trusting the powers that be will act in this matter, Yours, etc., BEWILDERED. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 11 January 1919


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Out of the blocks: An opening stand of 86 was enough for Delacombe Park to see off Carrum in District. Picture: Andrew Hurst

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ONE day cricket has returned to MPCA after the Christmas break with a bang, with some big scores bringing in the new year. Long Island kicked things off positively, with opener Aaron Paxton batting brilliantly to put together an innings of 89 runs. Paxton was eventually dismissed, but number 4 batsman Michael Burke followed up with a well taken 65. Long Island finished up at a total of 5/203 at the end of their 40 overs. Crib Point put together a decent total in their run chase, but eventually fell sort. They finished at 7/179 off their 40 overs. Shayne Gillings was Long Island’s best with ball in hand, posting figures of 3/36. At Red Hill’s home ground, they hosted Main Ridge. Red Hill won the toss and chose to bat first, with opener Riley Shaw top scoring with 49 runs. His innings came off 80 deliveries, setting the tone for a slow paced innings for Red Hill. They finished at 7/174. Main Ridge capitalised on the plodding pace of their opponents, getting off the mark quickly and racing to their target within 28 overs. Michael Holmes top scored with 58. At Moorooduc Rec Reserve, Pines were the better side as they took on Moorooduc. Pines chose to bat first and put together a good team performance. Each of their top five batsmen reached double digits and contributed well. They finished at 8/181, setting Moorooduc an achievable total to chase. Losing opener Rashimal Mendis for just 1 set the tone for Moorooduc’s

innings, as they struggled badly and ended up all out for 113. They were left all out with just three overs remaining, with their run rate well below what was required as well. Pines will be proud of how they operated as a team, with each of the six men who bowled for them taking a wicket. Connor Jackson was their best, taking 3/20. Baden Powell recovered from a shaky start to claim a win over Somerville. Rhys Elmi’s innings of 64 not out helped his side to 7/173, which was narrowly defended. Jayde Herrick started brilliantly for Somerville with a half century betting as opener. Once he was dismissed things soon went downhill, as his side lost 4/14 in a short space of time. They finished up running out of batsmen, all out for 150.


AN 86 run opening stand from Delacombe Park has been enough to see off Carrum. Nicholas Christides top scored with 49 as Delacombe Park batted first. After their opening stand was broken, Carrum started to find their feet. Delacombe Park went from 0/86 to 8/115. They finished all out for 154. Cory Foster played brilliantly with ball in hand, claiming a stunning 5/16 off 8 overs. Carrum could not return serve however as all of Delacombe Park’s bowlers performed well. Carrum ended up all out off the last ball of their innings, finishing at 136. At Olympic Park, Mt Martha have struggled against a professional Rosebud outfit, Mt Martha opened and found things

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SKYE have been defeated with ease by Boneo in a one sided one day clash at home on Saturday. Boneo chose to bat first, and kept up a decent pace. In the final over of their innings they saw their final wicket fall, as they ended up all out for 166. That total ended up being more than plenty, as Skye were wiped out in emphatic fashion. Their top run scorer scored just 11, as they ended up all out for 52 runs. Things fared a little better for Tootgarook, as they batted first away from home and posted a total of 163 all out against Carrum Downs. Carrum Downs will have been de-

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BAXTER have batted well to claim a thrilling win over Flinders in the most exciting matchup of the weekend. Flinders chose to bat first at Greg Beck Oval and lost their first wicket for only 9 runs. Both Flinders openers fell without impact but number 3 Blake HoganKeogh steadied things with a well taken 43. Shane Beggs later came in to play a huge part, scoring 57 not out to set his side up very well. They finished up at 4/174.

Baxter’s innings initially looked a little disappointing, before Dale Irving came in and stood his ground for a while. He top scored for his side with 44 to keep them in with a chance, as he batted alongside the tail with wickets falling around him. Irving ended up falling but had done just enough, as the winning runs were hit for Baxter with just one wicket in hand and three deliveries left to face. Shane Beggs was also pick of the bowlers for Flinders, taking three. At Pearcedale’s home ground they were easily defeated by Peninsula Old Boys after setting an average total of 143. Peninsula OB chased down their target without much trouble, claiming the win with 13 overs left to spare and 7 wickets in hand. At David Macfarlane Reserve, Mornington’s big road trip to play Sorrento proved fruitful as they were sent in to bat first and scored an impressive 200. Benjamin Clements and Brad McDonald both passed half centuries for the Bulldogs. Sorrento were respectable but ultimately fell well short, as they finished all out for 164 with their run rate also not where it needed to be. Leigh Poholke was top scorer with 45 runs. A slow scoring game between Mt Eliza and Langwarrin ended up with Langwarrin on top. Lloyd Park played host to the two sides at the Redlegs batted first and ended at 117 off 40 overs. Langwarrin took their time in chasing and eventually claimed the win by reaching their target with a little over 4 overs to play.

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Wallace Cup, pre-season guide SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie THE seventh staging of the Wallace Cup and a glut of pre-season matches are top of the local soccer agenda. The 2019 Wallace Cup will be hosted by Baxter and will take place on Saturday 2 February. The annual event is a celebration of the local game and honours Stephen William Wallace, Langwarrin lifemember and former club president, committeeman, coach, player and Bayside League referee who died on 19 July 2011 at the age of 54. Event organiser and Langwarrin president Tanya Wallace was disappointed recently when Casey Comets told her they would not be competing but NPL2 West outfit Moreland Zebras, who were keen to play a friendly against Peninsula Strikers that weekend, will now take part in the tournament for the first time. “I think Comets have arranged a friendly on the same day,” Wallace said. Comets won the inaugural Wallace Cup (2013) and have featured in every subsequent staging of the tournament. Somerville Eagles would have been a logical replacement for Comets but Dave Greening’s side had already arranged a training camp at Phillip Island for that first weekend in February. The competing teams are Baxter, Frankston Pines, Langwarrin, Moreland Zebras, Mornington, Peninsula Strikers, Seaford United and Skye United. Mornington has bossed the tournament since Comets’ initial success and Adam Jamieson’s men will be attempting to win their sixth straight Wallace Cup. Organ Donation Australia is supporting the event which is a fundraiser for the emergency department at Frankston Hospital and competing clubs pay a $100 team fee with spectators charged $5 entry. The Bayside Football Association will again supply the referees and the round-robin event kicks off at 10am. Group matches will consist of two 15-minute halves and group winners will progress to the final which will kick-off at 2.30pm and consist of two 25-minutes halves. If needed extra time of five minutes each way will be played and if scores are still tied then penalties will decide the outcome. A runner-up play-off will kick-off at 2.15pm and will consist of two 20-minute halves. The draw for the tournament will be

Wallace Cup: Mornington gaffer Adam Jamieson and captain Craig Smart pictured with the trophy their club has won for five successive years. Picture: Gemma Sliz

held live on Langwarrin’s facebook page on Thursday 17 January at 8pm. Langwarrin’s clash at Lawton Park with NPL powerhouse Oakleigh Cannons on Saturday headlines this weekend’s pre-season friendlies with the seniors kicking off at 10.30am and the under-20s at 12.30pm. Langwarrin assistant coach Jamie Skelly was hopeful that key signings Wayne Wallace, David Stirton and Thomas Ahmadzai would all get some game time after missing December’s clash with Beaumaris. “We’d like to get them back but we are likely to be missing Jordan Templin and one or two others who will be away,” Skelly said. “That will probably give some of the younger lads a chance.” Oakleigh Cannons gaffer Chris Taylor plans to use up to 20 players on a rotational basis. “This is our first serious hit-out,” Taylor said. “These games help with fitness and organisation but it’s early days still and you can’t read a lot into them.” Langy is yet to finalise its senior squad and may make a couple more signings prior to the February deadline to submit squads to Football Victoria. Meanwhile Peninsula Strikers take on Essendon Royals at Centenary Park at 3pm and 5pm on Saturday and Knox signings Michael Hoogendyk, Jordan Avraham, Adam Crabb and Ju-

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lian Malander are all expected to play. This is the first match since Strikers announced Danny Verdun’s appointment as head coach and with Michael Curcija and Mick Giacomi again in charge the State 1 North-West visitors are expected to provide first-class opposition. In State 1 South-East news Mornington plans to open the season with a Saturday night home fixture to showcase its new $80,000 floodlights. Thanks to the hard work of Shalee Cameron the club also received a $150,000 grant through the state government’s PickMyProject community grants initiative and a wet-weather verandah will be a welcome addition to the Dallas Brooks Park facilities. In NPLW news Southern United’s under-16s are keen to add two outfield players and a goalkeeper to their 2019 squad. This group is coached by Debbie Nichols and Emma Bracken and has proven to be one of the best underage sides in Victoria with an under-13 championship and Grand Final double in 2017 and a repeat championship triumph last season as under-14s along with a losing Grand Final appearance. Star midfielder Alessandra Davis and striker Candy Kilderry have joined the NTC program, goalkeeper Cadi Vakacavu has stopped playing, Rhianna Cousens is believed to have joined Bayside United, Holly Wak-

ker didn’t attend the pre-season trials while Shanece Dias, Macey Butler and Erica-Derrick Sarfo-Sarpong have remained with the under-14 squad. Midfielders Sydney James and MacKenzie Hicks remain from last season’s under-16s while midfielder or forward Nooria Mohammad Ziaa has joined from South Melbourne. Here is a list of pre-season games: ASPENDALE STINGRAYS v. Endeavour Utd, Reema Reserve, Saturday 19 January, times TBC; v. Dingley Stars, Saturday 2 February, venue & times TBC; v. Seaford Utd, North Seaford Reserve, Sunday 10 February, 1pm & 3pm. BAXTER v. Mooroolbark, Baxter Park, Saturday 16 February, 1pm & 3pm; v. Westside Strikers, Baxter Park, Saturday 9 March, 1pm & 3pm; v. Old Trinity Grammar, Baxter Park, Saturday 16 March, 1pm & 3pm. FRANKSTON PINES v. Dingley Stars, Monterey Reserve, Saturday 19 January, 4pm & 6pm; v. Myrtleford, away, Saturday 26 January times TB; v. Somerville, Monterey Reserve, Tuesday 29 January, 7pm; v. East Bentleigh, Monterey Reserve, Saturday 9 February, 4pm & 6pm; v. Mornington, Dallas Brooks Park, Saturday 16 February times TBC. LANGWARRIN v. Oakleigh Cannons, Lawton Park, Saturday 12 January, seniors 10.30am

& reserves 12.30pm; v. Brunswick City, Lawton Park, Saturday 19 January, 1pm & 3pm; v. Kingston City, Lawton Park, Saturday 26 January, times TBC; v. Doveton, Lawton Park, Thursday 7 February, 7pm. MORNINGTON v. Peninsula Strikers, Dallas Brooks Park, Thursday 14 February, times TBC; v. Frankston Pines, Dallas Brooks Park, Saturday 16 February, times TBC; v. Berwick City, Dallas Brooks Park, Saturday 23 February, times TBC; v. Clifton Hill, Dallas Brooks Park, Saturday 16 March, times TBC. PENINSULA STRIKERS v. Essendon Royals, Centenary Park, Saturday 12 January, 3pm & 5pm; v. Skye Utd, Centenary Park, Sunday 20 January, 3pm & 5pm; v. Oakleigh Cannons, Centenary Park, Tuesday 22 January, 7pm; v. Eastern Lions, Gardiner’s Creek Reserve, Tuesday 5 February, 7pm; v. Collingwood City, Centenary Park, Sunday 10 February, 3pm & 5pm; v. Mornington, Dallas Brooks Park, Thursday 14 February, 7pm; v. South Yarra, Centenary Park, Saturday 16 February, 3pm & 5pm; v. Mazenod Victory, Centenary Park, Saturday 23 February, 4pm & 6pm. SEAFORD UTD v. Aspendale Stingrays, North Seaford Reserve, Sunday 10 February, 1pm & 3pm; v. Elwood, North Seaford Reserve, Saturday 23 February, 1pm & 3pm; v. Westside Strikers, North Seaford Reserve, Saturday 9 March, 1pm & 3pm. SKYE UTD v. Langwarrin U20s, John Paul College, Thursday 17 January, 7pm; v. Peninsula Strikers, Centenary Park, Sunday 20 January, 3pm & 5pm; v. Pakenham Utd, IYU Recreation Reserve, Thursday 24 January, 7pm; v. Endeavour Utd, Reema Reserve, Sunday 10 February, times TBC; v. Old Scotch, John Paul College, Saturday 16 February, times TBC. SOMERVILLE EAGLES v. Frankston Pines, Monterey Reserve, Tuesday 29 January, 7pm; v. Phillip Island, Newhaven Recreation Reserve, Saturday 2 February, 5pm & 7pm; v. Chelsea, Somerville Secondary College, Saturday 9 February, 1pm & 3pm; v. Mount Lilydale, Somerville Secondary College, Saturday 2 March, 1pm & 3pm; v. Albert Park, Somerville Secondary College, Saturday 9 March, 1pm & 3pm; v. Boronia, Somerville Secondary College, Saturday 16 March, 1pm & 3pm.

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Runners race into new year JUNIOR and Senior athletes will be out to kick off the New Year with a bang when they line up in the 44th annual Rye Gift and Rye Junior Gift on Saturday 13 January. The Rye Gift and Athletic Carnival is set to lure over 600 professional runners from across Australia down to the RJ Rowley Reserve, Rye (Rye Football Ground) as they begin to build up towards the lucrative Stawell Gift in April. The Men’s Gift and Women’s Diamond will be worth a total of $5,100 and $3,000, respectively, while the junior competitors will run like the wind in their 100m Dash for the Sash contest in front of an expected crowd of more than 2,000 people. The Bendigo Bank Dash for Cash is also set to be a highlight of the card for local football clubs with Rye, Rosebud, Sorrento, Dromana and Red Hill competing for the $1,000 winner’s prize to take back to their club. Free activities for the kids such as face painting, jumping castles and craft activities throughout the day will also be on offer. The opening event is scheduled to kick off at 10:30am with entry costing $10 for an adult and children under-16 enter for free. For more details contact Rye Gift secretary Robyn Van Lieshout on: 0414 564 531.

New Year’s Gift: Athletes get set to take to the track for the 2019 Rye Gift. Picture: Barry Irving

Grantley’s speedster Sound and firing

Having a ball: : Ball boy and girl, Sam McComb, Sophie Farish and Hope Backx. Picture: Gary Sissons

Mt Eliza juniors roll into Aus Open THREE talented juniors from the Mount Eliza Tennis Club will finally get their chance to assist the world’s best tennis players at the Australian Open on Monday 14 January. Having spent the past nine months undertaking rigorous training and testing, Sam McComb, Hope Backx and Sophie Farish will step out onto the court alongside some of sporting’s greats. It’ll be Sophie’s second time assisting as a ballkid at the Australian Open, while 14-yearolds Sam and Hope will be having their first go at the trade. It’s no mean feat to make it through to the final group of 312 ballkids, with the three juniors being selected out of a starting group of more than 3,500 other juniors who began training in May last year. As well as being ballkids for the Australian Open, the juniors will also help out at qualify-

ing events, junior events and wheelchair tennis competitions in preparation for the main event. Mount Eliza Tennis Club coach David Laird said it’s great to see some of their own talent land such a huge achievement. “It’s always good to see the ones who are really keen, go out and try to get in,” Laird said. “It’s a massive commitment with what they’re doing as they’re there all day but even the tryout process is a big effort. Just to be selected is a massive accomplishment in itself. “I’m sure just witnessing and seeing the professionalism of the players will be good for their own development.” The first couple of days at the Australian Open will determine what courts the ballkids will be allocated to for the remaining days. Of the 312 juniors, 48 will also get chosen to stay on as a ballkid during the finals – an honour which they’ll all be striving for.

MORNINGTON-based racehorse trainer Rod Grantley has his speedy mare Waterford Sound flying this preparation having claimed three of her past four starts in country Victoria. The eight-year-old mare made it back-toback victories at her home track, Mornington, on Thursday 27 December and her trainer Rod Grantley has put the success down to the mare thriving with the addition of beach work. “She’s a lovely mare to train,” Grantley said. “We spent a lot of time down at the beach in Dromana with her and I think that is what has helped her through everything and has really helped with her joints. “Last year we didn’t get to go to the beach much at all but this time around she’s been spending pretty much all week down there and she likes to be nice and fresh so as long as we keep that up with her and keep her recovering as best we can, she just keeps coming out and putting in.” Waterford Sound narrowly scored the victory last start at Mornington and defeated a small yet in-form field which included two last-start winners in Raven’s Blaze and Blues Your Ball. Apprentice jockey Georgina Cartwright again piloted the mare and continued to build upon their formidable partnership. Cartwright has

taken the reins of the mare at three of her past four runs and has finished no worse than second place, with two wins now to their name. “She really clicks with the horse,” Grantley said of Cartwright. “[Waterford Sound] fly’s the gates for her and just runs and settles and she just finds another gear for her so it’s working really well.” Cartwright was also full of enthusiasm following the victory. “Rod’s done a great job with her. She’s just been flying this prep,” Cartwright said. “Obviously it helps that I had a couple of rides on her before and got to know her pretty well so it’s good to get another win with her. “Rod was a little bit worried about the wide gate but she jumped really well and got across really easily. She got a nice run throughout and she’s just such a tough mare.” Following her victory, Grantley said it had earnt the mare her chance in town and would be eyeing off a race at Flemington over 1100m on Saturday 12 January. “It’ll be her first time going to town so it’ll be interesting to see how she measures up,” he said. Grantley said he believes the Flemington straight won’t be a worry for his in-form mare.

GO girl: Waterford Sound continues her flying run for trainer Rod Grantley at Mornington on Thursday 27 December. Picture: Supplied Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 9 January 2019



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Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 9 January 2019

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Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 9 January 2019

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Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 9 January 2019