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Kingston’s seniors festival underway THE seniors festival has kicked off for 2019, with over 100 free and low cost activities on offer around the municipality. Live performances, exercise classes, workshops, markets, and tours are just a few of the things which are available to do this year. The mayor Georgina Oxley said “the Victorian Seniors Festival theme for 2019 is get into it and there’s no better way to do that than to get involved in the many activities Kingston has on offer this October for you to enjoy and feel part of your local community.” “The city will come alive with a huge range of free and low cost events and workshops especially for seniors. We hope to see you expand your horizons and enrich your lives by making new connections and exploring new opportunities,” she said. Locals Geoff McKinley and Anna Wang (pictured in Mordialloc) have been involved with the festival for a number of years, and are long time volunteers in the community. They are looking forward to the festival again this year. The full calendar of local events can be seen at kingston.vic.gov. au or from Kingston libraries and customer care centres. Picture: Supplied

Police investigate brawl and stabbing Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au AN 18-year-old man has escaped with non life-threatening injuries after being stabbed multiple times on Fifth Avenue, Aspendale.

Police were told that the man had been in a “verbal altercation with a youth” at around 1am, Friday 4 October. A brawl later broke out with up to ten youths involved in the alleged incident.

Police allege that an unidentified youth stabbed the victim multiple times before fleeing the scene. The victim, from Langwarrin, was taken to the hospital by his friends. The friends helping the injured teenager flagged down paramedics to

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A HEALTHY crowd came out to enjoy the opening of the Nairm Marr Djambana group’s new garden and playground last week. Kirrup’s Garden was officially opened on 3 October with a smoking ceremony and ribbon cutting. Chairperson Deb Miller, children, elders, and local politicians came down on the day to celebrate. Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke told followers on social media that it was “a pleasure” to help open the new garden and playground. The Nairm Marr Djambana group’s mission statement is to “build and strengthen cultural understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Indigenous peoples through delivering strength based programs, events and activities.” The garden and playground can be found at 32 Nursery Avenue, Frankston.

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Hockney’s brother – who has written a revealing book about the Hockney clan titled ‘The Hockneys: Never Worry What the Neighbours Think’. Dates: 5 October – 1 December 2019 Venue: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, exclusive Victorian venue Visit mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au to find out more about exhibitions and programs. MORNINGTON PENINSULA REGIONAL GALLERY Location: Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–5pm Exhibition admission fees: $4 adults / $2 concession General information: 5950 1580 mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au David Hockney works on a preparatory sketch for ‘An image of Gregory in the Tyler Graphics studio’, October 1984. Digital file from black and white photographic negative. National Gallery of Australia Collection


Posters paint picture of climate issue CHILDREN’S artwork shining a light on climate change and the importance of environmental sustainability will be showcased at Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkdale this month. The exhibition is curated by the Kingston For Human Rights group. The group is volunteer run and aims to raise awareness about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The group holds an annual children’s poster competition for local schools, with the theme this year “Help Clean

Up the Planet”. The theme was chosen as it aligns with article three of the Declaration of Human Rights, “everyone has the right to life”. The posters went up on display at the theatre at the end of last month, and will be shown until 26 October. On 23 October, guest speaker Tracie Armstrong will attend the exhibition to host a talk. Ms Armstrong is director of Cities Power Partnership, a group which unites councils and advocates for them to work on solutions

to climate change. She will speak from 7.30pm. Shirley Burke Theatre is at 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale. Entry to the exhibition is free.

A PAINTING of fishes on display at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale as part of the Help Clean Up the Planet exhibition. Picture: Supplied

Workshops hope to stop family violence A PROJECT designed to help prevent family violence in Kingston will host a workshop next week. The Courage to Change project was set up in response to the approximately 1500 incidents of family violence in Kingston reported to police each year. The project involves partnering leaders in the field from Westall, Clayton South, and Clarinda to discuss ways to make an impact. The mayor Georgina Oxley said “council is committed to creating safe and respectful communities where family violence and gender inequality is not tolerated.” “It’s believed that most cases of family violence go unreported, so it’s likely that this kind of abuse is a lot more widespread in our community than we think,” she said. “Preventing family violence is everyone’s responsibility and we are proud to partner with key community leaders to make a positive difference in our neighbourhoods.” The second round of workshops as part of the project started on 23 September, with the final session to be held on 14 October. “Participants in the workshops discuss ways gender inequality contributes to harmful attitudes, behaviours and beliefs, and how safely challenging these can reduce the prevalence of family violence,” Cr Oxley said. “The project is part of Kingston’s prevention of family violence action Plan 2019-2021, and is supported by the Victorian government’s free from violence local government grant.”

MP quashes resignation speculation ISAACS MP Mark Dreyfus has poured cold water on reports that he is thinking of resigning before the next federal election. In response to a report that he was considering calling time, Mr Dreyfus tweeted “despite reheating of baseless rumours this morning, as I said in August I’ll be staying and fighting the next election.” Mr Dreyfus has been member for Isaacs since the 2007 election. The shadow attorney general comfortably retained his seat at the last election, with a 3.45 per cent swing towards him recorded despite the Labor Party’s failure to win government. LABOR MP Mark Dreyfus. Picture: Supplied

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Green light for Jubilee Park expansion Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au

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Jubilant: Young netballers and athletes celebrate the announcement of a near $35 million expansion of the

Jubilee Park sporting facility. Picture: Supplied rising sports stars in Frankston City and I’m delighted we can achieve this with all three levels of government working together.” Council allocated just over $20 million in ratepayer funding to the project, while the state government provided $10 million and the federal government provided just over

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A NEAR $35 million redevelopment of Jubilee Park is set to proceed after Frankston Council agreed to put an additional $9.74 million into the project. The works on the facility are set to include six multi-purpose indoor courts, including a 1,000 seat show court. It will also include four indoor cricket training nets, women’s change rooms, a creche, a cafe, and meeting and function rooms. Council had been lobbying for extra funding from the federal government, but eventually made the call to finish financing the project through Frankston ratepayers. The mayor Michael O’Reilly said “while it’s disappointing this important project didn’t receive the full federal funding it needed and deserved, council is excited to get the ball rolling on what will be an exceptional sporting facility for locals and the region.” “With netball and basketball such popular sports in Frankston City, particularly for young girls and women, this important project will deliver a regional facility suitable for everyone wanting to play as well as pathways for elite training and competitions,” he said. “Our $20.34 million contribution to build appropriate facilities at Jubilee Park demonstrates council’s commitment to increasing activity and health across the community generally as well as supporting our

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$4.5 million. Frankston District Netball Association member Kelly Andrews said “this investment finally gives us a home for elite netball in the area after 15 years of searching as far as Cheltenham for a suitable facility.” Netball Victoria’s Amanda Basue said “we’re delighted to see this

investment from council, state and federal governments to deliver a new home for the Peninsula Waves and netball across the region”. Construction is expected to start in early 2021 and be finished by 2023. More information at frankston.vic.gov.au/JubileeParkIndoorStadium

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is being urged to be a “small business friendly council” by joining 18 municipalities that have signed a charter with the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC). Agreeing to sign the charter and would see the shire partner with the VSBC to “provide small businesses with the support they need to run their businesses”. The suggestion for the shire to sign up comes from the business-backed Committee for Mornington Peninsula (C4MP), which is also lobbying for the shire to be recognised by governments as “regional” rather than “metropolitan”. "Small businesses are the heartbeat of the peninsula economy and deserve the support of the local council in their work providing jobs, services and a crucial economic contribution to our community," C4MP president Bruce Billson said. The former MP for Dunkley and federal small business minister, said signing the charter would commit the shire to “create a more positive and encouraging enterprise environment for local businesses”. Municipalities to have already signed the charter include Frankston, Casey and Kingston. Signing the charter, will see the shire pledge to: n Pay small businesses within 30 days; n Support local businesses in managing the impacts of infrastructure projects; n Streamline the approval process when starting a business; and n Help set up and support local business networks.


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Supermarket stealers sought A BURGLARY from a Dingley Village supermarket is being investigated. Kingston CIU detectives were told that three unknown offenders broke into the Centre Dandenong Road shop at around 12.15am, 2 October. Police believe that the offenders forced entry through a door and stole cigarettes and cash. Images have been released of the

Boys light blaze POLICE are investigating a fire they believe was deliberately lit in Keysborough. Greater Dandenong Crime Investigation Unit detectives believe that three young boys used fence palings to ignite a small blaze on 3 October. The alleged incident took place on a walking track between Solsbury Crescent and Sunflower Street at around 2.30pm. A police spokesperson said “the three boys are perceived to be of middle eastern appearance, aged between 11 to 15 years and wearing dark shorts and t-shirts.” Information to Crime Stoppers.

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Car robbery investigated KINGSTON CIU detectives are investigating an aggravated burglary that occured in Chelsea last month. Police believe that a person entered a home on Swan Walk and stole car keys and a vehicle sometime between 11pm on 13 September and 3pm on 14 September. The stolen car was a red Holden commodore sedan. A woman was home asleep at the time, but was not injured and was not

aware that the burglary had happened until she woke up. An image of the allegedly stolen car, with false registration plates, and a man police wish to speak to have been released. The man has distinct tattoos and was seen on 19 September at a car wash in Casey. Police are appealing for assistance to help with their investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Hard line taken with the Frankston Gas and Electric Supply Co Compiled by Cameron McCullough AT the Council meeting last week particulars in connection with the Frankston Gas and Electric Supply Coy were laid on the table. The Order-in-Council granting the Company its concessions was made on the 18th April 1916. Under the provision of the order the electric light was to be extended throughout the Frankston Riding 18 month after the date named, and 12 months after that was to be available in Somerville and Hastings. Cr Mason – It should have been in Hastings long ago. Cr Murray said the war probably was partly responsible for the delay. Cr Mason said the company now asked that they be given an extension of time in which to electrify the street lamps in Frankston. The Council was paying £6 per lamp for gas whereas the electric light would be only £4. He would move that the Company be informed that it must take immediate steps to effect the electrification of the street lamps in Frankston, to be completed by the 1st January 1920, and that the Council be notified in a month’s time as to what progress had been made with the work. Cr Oates seconded the motion which was carried. Cr Howell said he saw no mention of Seaford in the Order-in-Council. In a recent letter to the Seaford Progress Association the Company said it held rights over Seaford. From a casual glance through the conditions embodied in the Order-inCouncil he noticed that Section 24 required the Company to maintain a

continuous service. Section 27 provided for a penalty of £2 per day if the Company failed in that respect and Section 29 also required that constant power should be maintained. In every instance it seemed under the order that the company was compelled to supply constant power. He knew and every one else knew that they did not supply constant power or anything like it. Cr Mason said that Seaford was included in the area to be supplied with electric power within 18 months from the granting of the area. Cr Howell said the company should be compelled to carry out its agreement and extend to Seaford at once, where there were four business places waiting to install the light. These also would pay interest and sinking fund. Cr Armstrong agreed that steps should be taken to insist on the company carrying out its agreement and extend to Seaford at once. Cr Latham moved, that the Company be informed that if the terms of the agreement are not carried out the full penalties would be enforced. Cr Unthank seconded. He thought there had been enough fooling about. The motion was carried. *** THE Cornopia in connection with the Frankston State School has been postponed. *** MR F. N. Fairs dentist will visit Somerville on Tuesday October 14th and October 28th. See advt. ***

OWING to a printers error the names “Cameron and McCulloch” were omitted from our par, “Veterans praised” in the last week’s issue. We are well aware that these players need no bouquets from us, and in all probability 99 per cent of our readers will have read the names where they should have appeared, however, this explanation is for the benefit of the one hundredth. *** HASTINGS Social Club – The Hastings Hall social will celebrate its opening night on Saturday (to-night.) An attractive programme of singing, dancing and games will be provided and a refreshment bar will be available for patrons. The gathering will also witness the installation of the new light which is sure to be appreciated. Particulars appear in advertisement. *** IT will be seen by reference to our advertising columns that Messrs Sherlock and Hay intend entering into business in Frankston as timber merchants, builders and contractors etc. The new firm are erecting premises on a commanding site in Young Street, abutting on the Station yards and in this commanding position they intend opening out in a large way and on progressive lines. The members of the firm are both well and favorably known throughout the district. Mr R. Sherlock recently returned home after several years abroad (incidentally serving several years at the battle front.) Prior to the war he spent a long period in South Africa where he gained a

wide and varied experience in matters relating to modern building requirements. Mr A. Hay has been established in Frankston for some years and is a thoroughly practical man. *** THE dinner tendered to the Frankston football team on Saturday 4th inst. proved a great social success. The tables were beautifully decorated with red and black drapings, red ixias and palms and simply groaned under the burden of good things to eat and drink. A huge doll dressed as a Frankston footballer occupied the centre of the top table until commandeered by “Smitho.” The ladies who acted as hostesses have already gained a reputation for doing this sort of thing in regal fashion and this their last effort adds another laurel to the wreath. Among the fifty odd guests were Messrs Floyd (capt.) and Moffat (Hastings) and Messrs Firth (capt.) Benson and Webb (Somerville). After the sumptuous repast had been partaken of Lieut. Turner as chairman rose and proposed the toast of The King which was drunk with musical honors. “The Premiers” proposed by Cr Oates was then drunk and Mr W. Cain, Frankston’s captain suitably responded. Mr McCulloch followed with “The visiting teams” thanking the Hastings and Somerville representatives for their presence, he (the speaker) thought their attendance was consistent with their sportsman like conduct throughout the season.

Messrs Floyd (Hastings) and Firth (Somerville) responded. The next toast was the Frankston Committee which was proposed by Mr Dalman and replied to by Mr E. K. McComb who made reference to the assistance rendered by the Ladies Committee. “The Trainer” was honored and after Mr Humphries in reply had hoped to do the same thing next year “Smitho” was called upon to propose The Goal and Boundary umpires to which Messrs Clipperton, and Keith Tait replied. “The Ladies present” proposed by Mr Wall who said that although he had played with several teams he had never met such fine supporters as the Frankston ladies. Pte. Bolger also spoke eulogistically of the hostesses. Sgt. Thompson responding. Miss McLean then favored the company with a recitation and, later “The President” was proposed by Mr E. McComb. “The Beef Tea” ladies and Mr Coxall by Mr Humphries, Mr Reg. Coxall responding, and Mrs Maloney (who has given sherry every match) by Mr Murphy. When the tables had been removed dancing was started and continued until midnight. Messrs Brierly (piano) and Buller (violin) providing delightful music. Mr H. Garrood took a flash light photo during the evening. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 11 October 1919

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Boris Johnson – My Part in his Downfall By Stuart McCullough IT happened again last night. There I was, fast asleep at two o’clock in the morning when I was awakened by the sound of a small stone tapping against the window. I was, of course, suspicious. Small stones don’t tend to tap themselves against windows. They require assistance. I turned on my bedside lamp, put on my slippers and picked up the emergency cricket bat I always keep on hand in case of intruders, before walking to the front door. I gripped the handle. I gritted my teeth. I flung open the door and was confronted by the unholy sight of Boris Johnson. Without hesitation, I used my cricket bat to give him an absolute thrashing. As he whimpered, “It’s me! Boris!” over and over and over again; it never dawned on him that he was being beaten precisely because he was Boris Johnson and not as a result of mistaken identity. After tiring, I threw the cricket bat to one side and let him come in. He thanked me profusely and scurried inside before perching on the couch, at which point he started rocking back and forth. There’s no point denying it – for some time now I’ve been giving Boris Johnson advice. It is not going well. He emailed me after seeing my ad in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News, offering strategic guidance on geo-political matters and basic grooming. We skyped each other shortly afterwards and, after catching sight of the man, I’ll admit I viewed it as something of a personal challenge. However, I’ve begun to regret ever agreeing to help, as he seems determined to turn even the sagest of advice into an unmitigated disaster that makes the Hindenberg look like a minor fender bender. Gripping his knees and rolling back and forth, he began to mumble. “It’s breakfast”, he whispered. Not again, I thought. “Look, I’m happy to walk you through the toaster once more but this is the last time….” His head snapped up, his red, tear-stained cheeks began to puff. “No, no, no!” he wailed. “Not breakfast. Brexit!” I’ll

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admit that made more sense. Boris and I had agreed weeks earlier to abandon the toaster in favour of an ‘Up and Go’ to avoid confusion. He explained to me that he’d just been required to return to work against his will. I suspected it was not the first time this has happened to him. “I’m having an absolutely beastly time”, he explained. “I tried to prorogue Parliament, just like you suggested, but the Supreme Court said it was blooming well out of order!” My heart sank. I asked him which imbecile had been so mentally bankrupt so as to suggest cancelling Parliament before he looked at me from beneath his blonde mop and said, “It was your

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idea”’ Incensed, I looked around for my cricket bat before the penny dropped. “I never said prorogue. Not in a million years would I suggest something so totally stupid”. He looked hurt and began shaking his head. I realized then that, when last we spoke, I had cleared my throat in such a way that, to a dimwitted mature-age Etonian, it may have sounded something like the word ‘prorogue’. Then again, it would also have sounded a little like ‘Poroit’, but I don’t see him growing a little moustache and speaking in a Belgian accent – after all, not speaking in a Belgian accent is kind of what the whole Brexit thing is about. Besides,

the only mystery that needs solving right now is how a giant cabbage patch kid managed to take something that was broken and bust it up beyond recognition. In the same way that someone might decide to fix a flat tyre by setting fire to the entire car, so too has Boris managed to louse things up; in spite of my excellent advice. “What should I do now?” he whimpered, a hangdog expression sitting on his face like a wet towel. Desperately keen to move beyond the reach of those European overlords who, according to Boris, were being “quite beastly about the whole thing”, the answer was obvious – tow Britain out to sea. Forget negotiating an exit deal; those bureaucratic thanatoids will struggle to find the UK much less cut a deal with it. I could see he was thinking it over because his lips were moving. “But what about Ireland?” he eventually asked, probably for the first time ever in his entire adult life. I leaned in. “Exactly”, I answered. Granted, towing the old island out to sea might seem a bit like running away, but I told Boris he should think of it more like doing a runner at a restaurant after being served a lousy meal. But as he mulled things over – which he did by rolling his eyes around and groaning, I told him to think about the consequences of leaving. Indeed, leaving the European Union might be the single biggest over-reaction to getting rolled at Eurovision since Dustin the Turkey got trounced in 2008. But Boris seems determined. It’s just that he doesn’t seem to be much else other than determined. It’s probably not enough. To say nothing of re-imposing an Irish border without any consideration of the consequences. By now, I’d had enough of Boris. Using a muffin to lure him outside, I then shooed him away with a broom handle. Last I saw, he was galloping away on all fours, chasing random cars and barking at the moon. Hopefully, that’s the last I’ll see of him. stuart@stuartmccullough.com


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Shark attack: Sorrento bowled out Mornington to cement a 13 run win. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Red Hill snare last wicket win By Brodie Cowburn

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RED Hill have started their 2019/2020 season with a bang after a thrilling win over Long Island. Long Island chose to bat first and set a tough target of 175 runs for Red Hill to chase down. Opener Nick Jewell impressed for Long Island with 59 runs before he was caught and bowled. In response, Red Hill looked shaky and found themselves struggling at 2/22. A stunning 97 run third wicket partnership got their run chase back on track, but after their middle order were removed the tail began to struggle. With just one wicket in hand, Red Hill managed to scrape themselves over the line with no time left to spare. Andrew Tweddle put in a big effort with ball in hand, posting figures of 4/26. Moorooduc had a tough time at home against Main Ridge, failing to defend their total of 143. Oliver McEnroe did most of the damage to Moorooduc, taking 5/11 from his eight overs. Main Ridge opener Michael Holmes got things started on the right foot, posting 75 runs. His side reached their target with six overs to spare.

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Pines had a good weekend, defeating Somerville with 13 overs to spare thanks to a 71 run innings from opener Damien Lawrence. At Bruce Park it was happy days for Heatherhill, who defended their total of 158 against Pearcedale. Pearcedale were bowled out for just 90.

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NOTHING separated Rosebud and Crib Point at the end of a thrilling opening game of the season on Saturday. Crib Point batted first and set an attainable target of 126 runs to win. Patrick Nagel helped to restrict Crib Point’s total by bowling three maiden overs. In response Rosebud also struggled to score at a quick rate, and eventually found themselves running out of time. At the end of their 40 overs Rosebud ended up with 125 runs, tied with Crib Point. There was a more definitive result at Belvedere Reserve as Seaford Tigers started their campaign with a win over Carrum. Carrum batted first and scored 8/156. They struggled to deal with Mitch White, who took career best figures of 4/18. Seaford Tigers had to work hard to

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get to their target, and were helped by a half century from opener Brayden Roscoe. The Tigers ended up wrapping up the win with two wickets and five balls to spare. Dromana had a bad day at home, bowled out for just 87 runs. Their Hastings opponents got the win with four wickets in hand and 12 overs left to play. Delacombe Park started the year well with a six wicket win over Mr Martha.

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A TAIL end collapse has prevented Rye from chasing down Seaford in their opening game of the year. Seaford batted first and did well, setting Rye a tough target of 179 to chase down. Rye’s run chase started off well thanks to a big innings of 67 from opener Jordan Blades. Unfortunately for Rye, Blades didn’t get much support. Rye looked in a good position at 4/136, but soon collapsed. They ended up all out for 147, losing 6/11. At Peninsula Reserve, Frankston YCW secured a dominant victory over Skye to get their season off to a perfect start. The Stonecats opened the batting,

and set an impressive total of 217. Skye had a terrible time trying to chase down YCW, and ended up all out for just 70 runs. Stonecats bowler Stuart Plunkett posted figures of 3/12 and Neil Barfuss took 4/21. Carrum Downs also scored a big win, as they destroyed Ballam Park. Opener Nathan Harford played an exquisite innings for Carrum Downs, carrying his bat with a score of 140 not out. Harford’s century helped Carrum Downs post a huge total of 232. Ballam Park offered nothing in return, and were bowled out for just 69. Boneo did things comfortably in front of their home crowd on Saturday, getting the better of Balnarring. Balnarring set a small total of 109 to chase down, which Boneo did with ease. Boneo’s openers flexed their muscle and helped their side claim an emphatic 10 wicket win. At Bunguyan Reserve, Tyabb were able to hold on to defend their total of 3/174 against Tootgarook. The Yabbies won by 54 runs.

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SORRENTO have secured a narrow win over Mornington to get their

2019/2020 season off to a good start. Making the big road trip down to Alexandra Park in Mornington, Sorrento chose to bat first and ended up making 9/152. Chad Harris top scored for the Sharks with a score of 61. Mornington started their chase badly and looked in huge trouble at 6/57. A strong late effort by their tail put them back in contention, but the task was too great. They ended up bowled out for 140, 13 runs short of victory. Langwarrin also had a good start to their campaign, securing a hard fought win over Peninsula OB. Travis Campbell’s score of 66 helped put Langwarrin in a good position to win. They set a target of 203 for Old Boys to chase. William Crowder’s innings of 69 was big for Peninsula OB, but after he was dismissed he got little help from his team mates. Peninsula Old Boys ended up bowled out for 175 runs. Baxter had a tough day at home in their season opener, falling 35 runs short of a win against Mt Eliza. Baden Powell’s season started well as they comfortably defended their total of 224 against Flinders. They ended up winning by 122 runs.


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By Craig MacKenzie KEVIN “Squizzy” Taylor and Doug Hodgson are locked in a battle to win the services of well-respected technical director Stephen Fisher. They were joined in the contest to lure Fisher by Bentleigh Greens but this was always going to be between Pines and the Doves. Fisher’s son Dylan, a promising teenage player, is at the centre of a tug of war between Taylor and Hodgson who reasoned that the winner would also secure the services of his father, who recently stepped down as Langwarrin TD. Taylor is senior coach at Frankston Pines and Hodgson is the new under18s coach at recently promoted NPL club Doveton. Taylor gave the youngster his first chance at NPL under-20 level in 2018 and Hodgson coached him this year in the Langwarrin under-16s. “Dylan could stay at Langwarrin but that’s unlikely,” Fisher said. “It will probably be either Doveton or Pines which gives me and my son the opportunity to work with people we both like and respect.” Fisher’s departure from Langwarrin as its inaugural NPL technical director had been announced before the end of the season. He wanted to stay at Langy as assistant to Hodgson believing that they would work together with the under18s but that possibility vanished when Langy and Hodgson parted company. The jewel in Langy’s NPL underage program was its championshipwinning under-15s but once its coach Donn Delaney left the club to pursue an interest in senior coaching that squad was under threat of being decimated by departures. “Donn wanted to get involved in senior football and I think his decision (to leave) is a good one,” Fisher said. “A lot of the boys in the under-15s had been working with him since the under-8s at Strikers so the journey was pretty much done. “A lot of those boys want to challenge themselves and play 18s NPL and I expect plenty of NPL teams will attempt to lure them.” Some may end up switching to Strikers who now have a junior NPL licence and will field under-13s, 14s, 15s and under-16s next season. Strikers also recently announced a junior NPL fee that took rival clubs by surprise and Fisher expects that to have a major impact. “The fee that Strikers are offering

Coaching changes: Stephen Fisher (left) and Donn Delaney are expected to join new clubs shortly.

is appealing and looking at what they are giving people for half the price will definitely have an effect. “But whether that fee is sustainable is another matter. “Every team they field costs them $5000 to Football Victoria before they even kick a ball so you are up for around $350 a player before you start talking about other costs.” Sustainability is a recurring theme with Fisher when he discusses the NPL. “It’s turned into an arms race and Langwarrin is a case in point. “Dylan Kilner is the only player in the senior squad to have come through the club’s junior ranks and not having kids coming in is a serious problem. “Your budget just keeps going up and that’s not sustainable. “You have to ask the question: Are we dealing with what we’ve got and improving them to a level that meets our needs or do we keep throwing money at expensive players and say ‘go out there and play’? “I have so much admiration for (NPL2 champions) Eastern Lions and what they achieved this year. “They are a great example of what can be done with a very small budget against teams like Bulleen who spend massive money to try and win the league.

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“I think what Lions have done is as good an effort as we’ve seen in a long, long time.” Langwarrin’s budget is believed to be double that of Eastern Lions but a key to Lions’ success is home-grown talent with six players in its senior squad coming through the club’s junior program. “In Langwarrin’s defence Eastern Lions have had four years’ head start with their NPL junior program and I’m hopeful that in a few years’ time we will see those sort of numbers of Langwarrin juniors in the senior squad.” Fisher has a firm view on the structure of the junior NPL system and was stunned in August when FV announced that 12 new junior licences had been granted bringing the number of clubs competing in the junior NPL to 48. “It’s ridiculous. They went and reviewed something as if it was broken. It wasn’t. “We’ve now got 48 clubs which is great and I’m really glad we’ve picked up the 600 elite kids we missed last time we issued licences,” Fisher said tongue-in-cheek. “Seriously it’s far too many clubs and I have no confidence in this model. “It’s fundamentally flawed and from the outside looking in it looks simply like revenue raising. “All they’ve done is to dilute the

product.” Wherever Fisher ends up next season he’ll carry an impressive CV with glowing references from an NPL career that has taken him from Springvale White Eagles to Dandenong City then Lawton Park. And he has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to succeed as a technical director. “The most important thing is to be honest because you are going to have to tell people (mainly parents) what they don’t want to hear so you have to be strong in your convictions. “You also need a really good team around you and you have to clearly define what you want to achieve and set realistic targets. “And remember that people are paying a lot of money to your club and they want to see something for their outlay. “You need to give them improvement (in their child) and if you spend all your time in the complaints department then your coaches will be distracted and your whole set-up will fall down.” Meanwhile the man he could end up working alongside next season returned on the weekend from a successful tour of England with Langwarrin’s under-16s. Hodgson and his youngsters opened their tour in style defeating West Bromwich Albion 10-0 with goals from

Keegan Myatt (4), Sam Maggs (2), Logan Crouch (2), Tom Duckett and Brodie McMinimee. They prevailed in another goalfest against Sheffield United winning 5-4 with goals from Allen Dzemidzic (2), Maggs (2) and Myatt then followed up with a 4-2 victory over Leicester City with Brodie Jones, Maggs, Duckett and Owen Murphy the scorers. Langy then twice came from behind to defeat Nottingham Forest 5-3 in the next match with a Crouch hat-trick and goals from Maggs and Duckett. The only loss Langy suffered was a 5-1 defeat by Coventry City (with Myatt scoring). Another Crouch hat-trick, another Myatt goal and an own goal resulted in a 5-5 draw with Warwick Academy in the final tour match. In other news Mornington has finalised its coaching appointments for its inaugural NPL junior season. Adam Jamieson will combine his role as senior coach with head coach of the under-13s. Mitchell Ball will be in charge of the under-14s. Ball has a C licence and has worked in the NPL junior area with Bulleen and Langwarrin and was assistant coach of Mornington’s reserves last season. The under-15s will be under the guidance of Jim Constantinou who has worked with the club’s community juniors for the past five seasons. He has a C licence and plans to complete his B licence next year. Constantinou worked with the under14s this year winning the league and finishing runner-up in the state final. Kyriakos Matziartis will take charge of the under-16s and he holds a B licence. He has coached at NPL junior level with Dandenong Thunder and Box Hill United. In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers look set to finalise their senior and reserves coaching appointments by the end of the week. Paul Williams and Donn Delaney are expected to be among the appointments. In State 3 news Frankston Pines has reappointed Paulo Pinheiro as reserves coach. “We are delighted to retain Paulo for the upcoming season,” club president Lee Davies said. “After a difficult start (last season) Paulo assembled an exciting, talented young squad that put together a great run of games in the second half of the season and we are confident he will continue to develop the next generation of Frankston Pines senior players.”

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