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Pokies politics in play

It’s an honour OLYMPIC cyclist and gold medallist Anthony Marchant received an Order of Australia in this week’s Queen’s Birthday honours list. See story Page 5. Picture: Gary Sissons

Neil Walker A PUSH against pokies is being planned in the lead up to next year’s state election by a group trying to enlist councils to the anti-pokies cause. The Alliance for Gambling Reform wants councils to support a campaign calling on both sides of politics in the lead up to next year’s state election to act on pokies reform. Alliance media and communications advisor Stephen Mayne addressed Kingston Council at a public meeting to hear council budget submissions last week. He asked council to get behind the campaign to rein in pokies losses by joining the group as a “tier one” contributor and pitch in $25,000 to the campaign. “The fact that Kingston is in the top ten in the state for pokies losses is disappointing and I know it is a concern for your council,” he said at the meeting. Mr Mayne – founder of the Crikey news site, a former City of Melbourne councillor and shareholder activist – noted $83.4 million was lost to pokies

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across the Kingston municipality in 2015-16. “A very large amount of money. Australia runs the world’s most addictive and dangerous poker machines so you can lose thousands of dollars an hour on our poker machines.” He said Australians “have the lamentable prize” of being the world’s biggest gamblers per capita racking up $23 billion a year in losses including “about half of that” on pokies. Mr Mayne said the alliance effectively wants to run “an auction” and lobby the Liberal and Labor parties to publicly declare their position on gambling reform before the election. “Who can put up the best reform package? That’s everything from maximum $1 bets … [to] increasing the tax which is discounted for some pokies operators, reducing the hours, the marketing to children,” he said. The Alliance for Gambling Reform website states the group is “a collaboration of organisations with a shared concern about the deeply harmful and unfair impacts of gambling and its normalisation in Australian culture. Continued Page 6









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Painting shows purpose on display AN artwork painted by Aboriginal students has taken pride of place at Central Bayside Community Health Service’s Parkdale premises. The artwork, reflecting Aboriginal culture across Melbourne and its surrounds, was commissioned by CBCHS and painted by Patterson River Secondary College and Parkdale Secondary students. The art was officially unveiled on 1 June during National Reconciliation Week.

“We wanted a piece of art to display at our Parkdale site that has meaning to the local Aboriginal community and provides a more culturally welcoming environment to our services,” CBCHS acting CEO George Robinson said. “This initiative is part of a Reconciliation Action Plan CBCHS is developing. Through the plan, we will continue to implement projects that build respectful relationships and create opportunities for Aboriginal people and help ‘close the gap’ to

achieve health equality. “Launching the artwork during National Reconciliation Week gives us the chance to reflect on our shared histories and the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.” CBCHS offers a range of health, wellbeing and social support services including GPs and specialist medical services, dental and allied health, nursing and counselling services as well as aged care and disability programs.

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision in Keysborough, Wednesday 7 June. A silver 1998 Toyota Camry sedan was travelling south on Perry Rd when it lost control on a right-hand bend, 7.50am. The car crossed double lines and hit the passenger side of a northbound Mercedes van. The 42-year-old driver of the van was not injured. The driver of the Toyota received lifethreatening injuries and was taken to hospital. Greater Dandenong Highway Patrol officers are keen to learn of the circumstances surrounding the incident and the movements of the Toyota beforehand. They believe it was coming from Noble Park. Anyone who saw the crash, or the Toyota prior to the crash, should call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or visit online.

A 14-YEAR-OLD Bentleigh youth was arrested in a stolen car with three alleged co-offenders on Tuesday 6 June and charged over burglaries the day before. These included a raid on a house in Joyce St, Carrum, where a garage door was forced open and a motorbike stolen. The offenders were seen driving off in a Toyota Prado stolen from Park Rd, Mt Martha, the same day. Police will allege the offenders used a hammer to gain entry to the Coles Express in Boundary Rd, Mordialloc, overnight Friday 9 June. They were seen driving the stolen Toyota at Baxter, 3.15am. The same offenders allegedly used a hammer to try to enter a Wells Rd, Chelsea Heights, milk bar and then stole items from a car in Hibberd St, Highett. The Toyota was again used as a getaway vehicle.

Pram seller AWOL A BONBEACH woman who arranged to buy a Bugaboo double pram via an online classifieds site received a rude surprise when the seller absconded with her $650 payment. The woman, 30, told Kingston detectives she began communicating with the private seller back in April. After several emails, she arranged a delivery time and then transferred the purchase amount via direct debit. Early in May, the seller promised to provide a consignment or tracking number once the pram had been picked up by the courier. This was the last time the prospective buyer had any contact with her.

Arrest follows search BURGLARIES at a Bonbeach computer equipment retailer and a Parkdale house earlier this month led to a 35-year-old Flemington man facing court this week. Detective Sergeant Nigel Fox, of Kingston Crime Investigation Unit, said items allegedly stolen in the raids at the Nepean Highway store and Rennison St house, as well as a business in Main Rd, Clayton South, included tools, bike, jewellery, iPads and iPhones. Detective Fox said much of the booty was recovered during a search of a Moonee Ponds house on Monday 12 June. Police will allege the man attempted to hijack a car and assault police prior to his arrest.

Whale of a life in ‘wonder’ bays THE Dolphin Research Institute has launched a new online publication Reflections to “celebrate” Port Phillip and Western Ports bays. “Reflections is a magazine that will take you into the lives of some amazing people and marine life that live in and around our bays. The goal is to create a friendly voice to help Melburnians to appreciate and care for our bays,” DRI executive director Jeff Weir said. Launched on World Oceans Day the first edition includes articles on Victoria's commissioner for environmental sustainability who steered the production of our first State of the Bays Report; the institute’s David Donnelly and his "whale of a life"; winter in the bays; and a champion sailor who produces outdoor wear. “Reflections fills a gap in our abil-

ity to engage the wider community about the wonders of our bays,” Mr Weir said. “This provides an exciting new tool to share stories about our living marine treasures to a much wider audience who are not the usual converted ones.” Mr Weir said social research conducted by the institute that showed most Victorians “value Queensland’s marine live above our own”. “This is in spite of the life in our bays being globally significant on many, many fronts.” Mr Weir said about 90 per cent or more of most species were found “only in our region”. He said the bays are healthier than they were 50 years ago and in the past few weeks dolphins had been seen in the Yarra, Maribyrnong and Patterson rivers, and humpback

Life aquatic: Dolphins are often seen in Port Phillip and Western Port bays.

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A NEW database will provide the public with details about sewage being poured into the ocean, estuaries and rivers. The database developed by the Clean Ocean Foundation, which successfully campaigned to clean up sewage being pumped into the ocean at Gunnamatta, has been compiled with a $400,000 federal government grant announced by Flinders MP Greg Hunt in October 2015. Now based at Wonthaggi, the foundation’s head John Gemmill joined Mr Hunt at Gunnamatta on Friday to announce the establishment of the national outfall database, or NOD. Citizen scientists were recruited to monitor and take water samples from many of Australia’s 274 sewage outfalls. It is hoped that the data to be shared by water authorities, the states and the Northern Territory will be used to benefit the marine environment in when plans are drawn up for developing infrastructure. “The NOD provides the crucial first step to cross-institutional data sharing and will be a vital resource for governments and the community alike,” a news release from Mr Hunt’s office states. “This important research will continue to monitor the impact of sewage on Australia’s marine biodiversity and ecosystems.” The work by the Clean Ocean Foundation is part of research being

Where it all began: Clean Ocean Foundation head John Gemmill, right, returned to Gunnamatta with Flinders MP Greg Hunt to release details of a national sewage outfall database. Picture: Yanni

undertaken by the Marine Biodiversity Hub under the National Environmental Science Program (NESP). The research in Australia’s temperate marine waters is aimed at to helping manage and protect coastal and marine environments. When announcing the grant to the foundation in October 2015 Mr Hunt said work on the outfall database would see “fishers and surfers … become citizen scientists”. “The research will form the basis of

a national collaboration between communities, scientists, water authorities and government agencies with the aim of working together to reduce the pollution load on our marine environment,” Mr Hunt said. Mr Gemmill said since forcing changes at Gunnamatta the foundation had been “steadfastly focussing on addressing outfalls from a national approach, because our oceans know no borders”. Keith Platt

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Cyclists join the honours list ‘Dirty’ diner dished up fine

CYCLISTS from Aspendale and Mordialloc have received the Order of Australia for their ‘services to cycling’ as part of this week’s Queen’s Birthday honours list. Olympic gold medallist Anthony Marchant, 79, was rewarded for his achievements in his short but successful career. Becoming interested in cycling around the age of 16, Marchant started out at Chelsea Cycling Club and moved his way through the junior and senior ranks. Then aged 18 years old, Marchant was called up to join the Australian Olympic Cycling team in 1956. Marchant went on to win gold in Melbourne and still recalls the joy of the occasion. “I will never forget the experience,” he said. “It’s hard to express, it was quite a thrill.” “We were the underdogs at the time and even though we had some very good times in training, we didn’t perform very well in the opening rounds but luckily we started to get going.” Marchant then spent a year away from the sport and took up football at Hastings. “I needed some rest for a bit and nothing major was coming up in cycling,” he said. Marchant returned the following year to continue his ventures as a cyclist until he retired in 1961. “I should have probably stayed a bit longer but I decided to continue with my business studies”. David Sanders, of Mordialloc, also

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Wheely honoured: Anthony Marchant is now an OAM. Picture: Gary Sissons

received an Order of Australia in this week’s awards. Sanders has become one of Australia’s most successful cycling coaches and also had an impressive career riding in Australia, Great Britain and Europe. Sanders worked at the Victorian

Institute of Sport for 26 years as the head cycling coach and has worked with some of Australia’s greatest cyclists such as Cadel Evans, Baden Cooke and Simon Gerrans. Last year, Sanders moved to the Australian World Tour cycling team Orica-Scott and has now taken up a coach/mentor role. Ben Triandafillou


A BURGER joint in Frankston has been slapped with a $30,000 fine for multiple food handling offences including failing “to maintain the food premises to a standard of cleanliness”. The America-themed diner’s proprietor was fined in Frankston Magistrates’ Court in February for 44 breaches of the Food Act after Frankston Council health inspectors visited Big Dog Diner on five occasions between August and November last year. Council inspectors were “obstructed” from carrying out food safety inspections in August according to the state government’s Food Convictions Register listing the hygiene offences at Big Dog Diner. Offences included a failure “to store food in such a way that it was protected from the likelihood of contamination”, failure “to maintain the food premises to a standard of cleanliness where there was no accumulation of garbage, food waste, dirt, grease or other visible matter” and a failure “to maintain easily accessible hand washing facilities”. Frankston Council acting CEO Tim Frederico confirmed one of the charges “was in relation to obstruction of council officers when under-

Taken to court: Frankston’s Big Dog Diner has been fined for several food safety breaches.

taking their duties”. “Where incidents such as this occur, council will subsequently deploy additional officers for any future onsite inspections at the known premises to ensure the safety of our staff,” Mr Frederico said in a statement. “Council officers have inspected the property twice since the court hearing to ensure the business has adhered to all food safety standards and regulations and will continue to do so as per council’s normal procedures. “Currently, the premises meet all relevant food safety rules and regulations.” Mr Frederico said council works with more than 850 food outlets across Frankston to ensure compliance with food safety rules and regulations. There is also a Big Dog Diner restaurant in Bendigo.

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Morning Star Estate sold to Chinese buyer THE 63 hectare Morning Star Estate in Mt Eliza has been bought by a Chinese investor for $36.2 million. The Zhongou Capital Corporation outbid five other shortlisted groups to buy the Sunnyside Rd property. The 1867 Tudor-Gothic mansion comes with a restaurant, vineyard, cellar door sales, wedding, function and conference facilities and boutique 20-room hotel. Selling agents CBRE Melbourne offered the estate through an expressions-of-interest campaign in the $30 million-plus range. The property was on the market for just the second time in 30 years with price expectations only two years ago in the low $14 million range.

Bianca Butterworth, of CBRE, said Peninsula Link was having a positive impact on property sales by “efficiently connecting the peninsula with the city”. Sunnyside was built by Francis Albert Gillett, a Londoner who arrived in the colony in the 1860s and played a prominent role in the early life of the district. Most recent owner Judy Barrett renovated the dilapidated buildings and cultivated 75,000 rose bushes – one of the largest collections in Victoria. She also planted a 12 hectare vineyard of pinot, chardonnay and cabernet grapes, orchard, olive grove and grazing pastures. The sale includes a redevelopment permit for a 72-room hotel. Stephen Taylor

Pokies play ahead of state election Continued from Page 1 “We campaign for reforms of the gambling industry that reduce the harm it causes. We are 100 per cent funded by donations from individuals and foundations that do not have any ties with the gambling industry. We are not  affiliated with any political party.” Moreland, Greater Dandenong, Monash, Whittlesea and Melbourne councils are listed as “Alliance leaders” on the alliance site. Frankston Council is listed among several councils as an “Alliance supporter”. Alliance leaders contribute financially to the group’s campaigns. Organisations on the board are the Australian Inter-Church Gambling Taskforce, Gambling Impact Society NSW, Monash Council, The Salvation Army, The Victorian Local Government Association, Uniting Church, Victoria Inter-Church Gambling Taskforce and Whittlesea Interagency Taskforce on Gambling. Activist group GetUp! is listed as a supporter. The Reverend Tim Costello is a spokesman for the Alliance for Gambling Reform. Former state Labor MP Kelvin Thomson joined the alliance as a campaign manager late last year. Kingston councillors will consider joining the alliance campaign and contributing the requested $25,000 later this month.

Gotta have faith ARTISTS can submit works for the annual Kingston Interfaith Network Art Exhibition to celebrate the many faiths and cultures in the community. This year’s exhibition, which explores the theme ‘Oneness’, will be on show at Mordialloc’s St Nicholas Gallery in August. Kingston mayor Cr David Eden invited everyone — from professional artists through to amateur enthusiasts — to contribute their creative talents to the exhibition. “Our annual Interfaith exhibition celebrates the harmony we enjoy in our community and recognises our shared humanity,” Cr Eden said. “This much-loved event is a great chance for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together through a common love of the arts.” Entries close Monday 3 July. The Kingston Interfaith Network Art Exhibition will be on show from 1-25 August (Monday-Thursdays 12-3pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm) at St Nicholas Gallery, 9 Bear St, Mordialloc. See or call 1300 653 356 for more details.

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MOBILE phones and car keys were stolen from a house at Cooinda Crescent, Clarinda, overnight Wednesday 7 June. Detective Sergeant Nigel Fox, of Kingston Crime Investigation Unit, said police would allege the same offenders returned to the house between 1-3am, Friday 9 June, and stole the victim’s BMW. It was seen in Baxter at 3.16am. The victim didn’t notice the keys were missing when he reported the previous burglary. The vehicle is still missing.


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Sammy J brings Phantom show ‘home’ Neil Walker A GARDENER at Mt Eliza’s Peninsula School unwittingly set comedian Sammy J off a planned legal career garden path and into a world of adventure and justice dispensed by The Phantom comic book character. A path leading to an escape from a legal career after ditching law degree studies at university for full-time comedy capers. A path that would ultimately see Sammy J “commit a crime in Canberra” and break the law he previously swore to study. A path that would lead the comedian to become obsessed with “one of the least popular superheroes in the world”. The ghost who walks. The man who cannot die. The Phantom. It’s a tale Sammy J is bringing back “home” to the Frankston Arts Centre this month in a second performance, following a quick sellout of the first slated show, of his nationally toured Hero Complex show. A T-shirt depicting superhero The Phantom worn by the school gardener when Sammy J was a ten-year-old student at Mt Eliza’s Peninsula School triggered a series of life-changing incidents for the comedian, satirist and writer including meeting his wife, having a daughter and Canberra strife and crime. It was, he says, “my ‘Batman Begins’ moment even though it’s the wrong superhero”, and his life would never be the same again. “If he hadn’t been wearing that T-shirt

The Phantom menace: Comedian Sammy J has wrestled with his obsession with the oldest costumed superhero in the world since childhood.

and I hadn’t liked The Phantom then all of those things wouldn’t have happened as a result,” Sammy J told The News. The T-shirt sparked an interest in the purple-clad hero that saw the young Peninsula School schoolboy seeking out comics to read about the exploits of his new hero, the first costumed hero in 1936 who endures to this day against the odds. “He’s objectively one of the least popular superheroes in the world but for some reason, The Phantom spoke to me,” he said. “I couldn’t play sports so had to find another way of fitting in and that became telling jokes and then in my high school years writing songs about my teachers.” Unfortunately, The Phantom wasn’t much help on the winning friends and influencing people front upon first discovery. “Looking back now, maybe The Phantom appealed to me because it was ‘my own’. But on the downside I had no-one to share The Phantom with. I just double-downed and retreated into this world of buying comics and merchandise and really becoming quite obsessed.” The colour purple would burst into Sammy J’s life again after he left a life of law. This time in the form of puppet character and comedy double act partner Randy Feltface. “Maybe it made me think there was something in that,” he said. In 2014, Sammy J shared a stage with another colourful character at The Wheeler Centre -- former Frankston MP Geoff Shaw. Shaw was booked months in advance for Sammy J’s Democratic Party, “a way to have some fun with politicians” that

has now developed into an ABC TV series, and turned up for the show the very week he became the first MP in a century to be suspended from Victoria’s parliament. “Suddenly he was all over the news and was threatening to bring down the government,” Sammy J said last week. “To his great credit, he kept his commitment ... and appeared in a room packed full of journalists.” The comedian likened Mr Shaw to another controversial politician -- US President Donald Trump. “You could almost argue he was a bit of pre-Trump flavour.” Unlike President Trump, Sammy J says Geoff Shaw “took criticism to his face” during the interview at The Wheeler Centre. “It was a lovely exercise in free speech.” Sammy J is looking forward to bringing Hero Complex to Frankston. “It’s a fun story. You don’t have to like The Phantom at all. It’s for anyone who has ever been obsessed by something. “I’ve been telling the story all over Australia and it features a lot of local references and photos. “It’s going to be quite strange standing at ‘the scene of the crime’ and telling it.” Phantom fans have emerged from the shadows along the way though. “Being a Phantom fan is a lonely experience so it’s been great to see a few people in Phantom T-shirts and skull rings on their hands in the audience.” n Tickets for Sammy J’s Hero Complex show on Friday 23 June, 9.30pm, at Frankston Arts Centre are available at or by calling 9784 1060.

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Miss Scarborough recovering after operation Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE friends of Miss W Scarborough will be pleased to know that she is improving after her second operation which she underwent on Wednesday at St Vincent’s Hospital. *** RUMOR has it that the Peninsula Motor Company Proprietary Limited is about to establish a branch at Sorrento. *** MR. A. DOWNWARD, M.L.A., in a communication to Mr. Dalman, secretary of the Frankston Free Library informs him that £20 has been allotted by the Chief Secretary to the institute for the purchase of books, papers, etc. *** IN the last casualty list issued, the following names appear :– C. C. Barber, Somerville, P. O. Nilsson, Moorooduc, wounded, J. M’Lear, Dromana, seriously ill, A. R. Bartram, Frankston, died of wounds, J. R. Brent, Dromana, missing. *** MORNINGTON has started a bowling club, which promises to claim the interest of many local residents, as well as please and amuse visitors. Should not a fast growing town like Frankston take a leaf out of its neighbor’s book. *** THE euchre party and dance conducted by the “Wattle” Club will be made more interesting than usual, on the next occasion, Thursday, June, 21st, as there are two special prizes donated by Mr Jacobs and Mr Dalman, for the winners of that evening’s

tournament. This will not in any way interfere with the continuous tournament counts, as the number of points scored by every player will be recorded and carried on to the final scores. *** ZEPHERON, still the holder of the time record for the Grand National Steeplechase, after many months of spelling, was a starter in the Hopetown Steeplechase (says the Herald) at the last Flemington meeting. Zepheron broke down about six furlongs from home, and was pulled up, and painfully limped back to the enclosure. It is considered that the gelding will not be persevered with further, but probably will be used in Frankstonby-the-Sea as a buggy horse. *** A CORRESPONDENT writes:– It appears certain that there will be a contest for the Council seats locally at the next election. Possibly three candidates will solicit the votes of the Frankston ratepayers. A well known township man is cited as a starter. A number of the Mornington Road ratepayers. who possess the maximum number of votes, are urging a well known business man to contest the seat. The Island ratepayers, which now are legion, speak of running a well known Frankston resident as a competitor. At the forthcoming election a heavy vote is predicted for many Frankston property owners who are not residents

and live a distance from Frankston are already being organised to record their votes at the anticipated Shire Council election. *** REV E. TONKIN will conduct both services at the Frankston Methodist Church on Sunday next. In the morning there will be a special “Responsive Service” prepared by the Conference Sunday School Department. The children of the Sunday School and their parents are specially invited to attend and participate. *** THE numerous friends of the Chief Justice (Sir John Madden) will be pleased to hear that on Tuesday his medical attendant, Dr Stawell, reported a decided improvement in his condition. He is still confined to his bed, and will not be able to do business for some time. Sir Thomas a’Beckett, who has completely recovered from his late serious illness, sat on the Full Court bench on Wednesday. *** MR Henry F. Swords, a member of the firm of Swords Brothers, proprietors, of Dandenong “Advertiser” and uncle of Mrs J. Reynolds, of Frankston, died at Dandenong on Wednesday evening. Mr Swords was born in Melbourne on 27th September, 1846 In 1874 he founded the Dandenong “Advertiser’’ with his brother, Mr F. W. Swords. He was also chairman of directors of the Victorian Country Press Association. ***

A PUBLIC meeting is called for Wednesday evening next at the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall for the purpose of arranging for deputation to proceed to Melbourne on the day following to interview the Minister of Public Works re cleaning out Kananook Creek. As the matter is one of vital importance to the residents it is hoped there will be a good attendance. *** AN old and respected resident, in the person of Mr Twining, passed peacefully away at his home “Hillcrest” Frankston, on Thursday evening at about 10.30 o’clock. Some months ago Mr Twining was stricken with a sudden illness, and although recovering sufficiently to leave his room, he was never really well, and for the past fortnight has been confined to his bed, where he has been attended by his devoted wife and daughters, for whom the deepest sympathy is felt. The only son, Sig. C. Twining, is in France, fighting for King and Country. Mr Twining was sixty nine years old at the time of his death. *** Echoes from the Front. Where are the boys we know? The following interesting letter, received from Private Wilcox, who could not stand the strain of the winter in the trenches and spent some time in the laundry, where a soldier’s clothes are washed and are made ready for further use:– There are vast laundries here, so that the soldiers, when they come out of the trenches, get a change and a bath, two shirts, pair of underpants, 1

pair socks, and 1 towel. The clothes they leave off are put into enclosed boilers with disinfectants and about ten pounds of steam for 30 minutes, and are then sent to various laundries in large motor vans. They are then placed into revolving washing machines in a strong solution of washing soda for 30 minutes, then into large stone vats in clean water where they are rinsed and put into wringers or copper pans which revolve very rapidly It would surprise you the amount of water that comes out of the clothes. They are then taken into the drying room temperature, about 80 degrees where they take about 12 hours to dry (where I am now.) It seemed like going to heaven going in there the first time as had not been warm for, well, say half an hour. This place turns out 60,000 articles every week, counting a pair of socks one article, and will probably turn out about 100,000 in the course of a couple of weeks. The hours are 7 till 12 noon, 9 till 12 night time; day off once a week – very easy hours for the work. There are twelve boilers and a great lot of machinery, which is driven by an engine the size of which I do not know, electricity etc, so have plenty of clean clothing and a hot bath when wanted. The river which supplies the water runs past the building and is mentioned daily in your papers. I am extremely fortunate in being here. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 16 June 1917

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Confessions of a Wannabe Pinball Wizard By Stuart McCullough IT was always embarrassing. We’d be out in public and, as usual, my brothers, sisters and I would be on our best behaviour. In many respects, the inevitable consequence of dressing in matching clothes is that you exude discipline. But when a stranger remarked at how well behaved we were, our parents never allowed the compliment to stand unchallenged. No sooner had the stranger finished saying how great we were, our parents were always ready with a retort to the effect of, ‘you should see them at home!’ Thus, the fragile illusion of civility was shattered. I’m not sure why our parents felt so strongly. You would have thought they’d grab hold of any opportunity to bask in the reflected glory. Frankly, why they weren’t falling over themselves to agree with these kind-hearted strangers is beyond me. When I think about it now, it means that all our good work was for naught. If the end result of good conduct is public shaming, then there’s little point. In retrospect, I wish that I’d misbehaved more outlandishly than I did. It’s odd when you think about it – that your own parents should be so quick to set the record straight is disturbing. I strongly suspect it undermined my confidence. Not that they drew the line with us - they also had very strong views about other people’s children. Often, their disapproval was silent and yet spoke volumes. This mute judgment would then evolve; first into a parental benchmarking exercise in which we were compared


with less well-behaved children before then descending into fully-fledged future casting in which they predicted what would become of other, more undisciplined kids. In extreme circumstances, they’d even invoke the name of poorly behaved classmates as a kind of warning. ‘You don’t want to end up like [insert name here] do you?’ It was a tough question to answer. On the one hand, there would inevitably be something about the other kid that I kind of envied – maybe they were allowed to play pinball machines (we were strictly forbidden) or had a pair of ‘Romes’ (our sneakers tended towards being functional but unfashionable). However, even I could tell that to answer ‘yes’ would likely trigger a range of unfavourable consequences, leaving me no closer to my childhood dream of being a professional pinball player. The world is full of shops but has very few parlours. Local ‘Pinnie Par-

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lours’ were like beacons for listless local youths, whose dragsters and BMX bikes were piled up on the footpath as the owners churned through twentycent pieces. Our parents saw it as their solemn duty to protect us from their nefarious influence. I’m not sure what they were afraid of. Even driving past, we were required to avert our eyes, lest we should be corrupted by what we saw which, at forty kilometers an hour, was unlikely to be much. Secretly, I envied those whose parents allowed them to enter these palaces of pleasure. The advent of the video game changed everything and nothing. Pinball Parlours evolved into Video Arcades but remained off-limits. Even when home computers brought these games into the family home, our parents remained wary. Doubtless, they viewed the Atari as a ‘gateway’ to arcades that would gobble our pocket money as surely as Pac Man would

pac-dots. It goes without saying that I never became a professional pinball player. Nor did I ever own my own pair of ‘Romes’. Instead, the bulk of my teenage years involved casual footwear that favoured Velcro and kick-to-kick in the backyard. I do, however, have a lifetime’s supply of twenty-cent pieces. But now that I’m an adult, there’s no reason why I can’t rectify the shortcomings of my past and be exactly who I always wanted to be. But before I do, I should check and see whether my parents were right. In this world of social media, it’d be easy to follow up on those children nominated by my parents as being ‘no hopers’. I’ll bet that, without exception, they all turned out just fine. It seems that ‘skin to metal’ contact with a pinball machine does not ruin your life after all. Ironically, having forbidden us to ‘waste’ twenty cents on playing pinball when we were growing up, my

father now owns his very own pinball machine. It occupies the former bedroom of one of my sisters, and it’s common for a metamorphosis to occur during family events in which they become pinball tournaments between various cousins. That’s it: I’m getting a wheelbarrow and filling it with every twentycent piece I’ve managed to hang on to. Then, I’m going to wheel that thing down to the local Pinball Parlour / Video Arcade / Den of Iniquity and start shoveling those suckers into a machine, playing game after game, until I become a dead-set champion. Kids will gather round, their mouths open in awe. One child, so impressed with my pinball skills, will go so far as to describe me as ‘awesome’. At which point, one of my parents will appear from behind a vending machine and add, ‘but you should see him at home!’

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By Toe Punt BONBEACH is a better football team than it was in 2016, are more disciplined and have added maturity, according to Chelsea coach Brett Dunne. In the stand-alone Peninsula Division game on Saturday, traditional rivals Chelsea and Bonbeach went toe to toe at Chelsea Reserve. Just six points separated the sides at quarter time and the margin was just 19 points at the long interval, however, the Sharks booted 10 goals to five after the break to win 19.9 (123) to 11.6 (72). Trent Dennis-Lane booted nine goals in the match, including four in the first quarter. Dunne said the Sharks were “really good”. “Jackson Casey and Macca (Shane McDonald) got off the leash in the middle in the second half and really set the scene,” Dunne said. “Dennis Lane kicked four out of their

first five. He was certainly a handful. Four players had a go at him but he was a class above. He’s a really good leadup player and they hit him. You can’t give him too many chances because he kicks straight. I was certainly happier when they pushed him higher up the ground,” he said. Dunne said he was happy with his team’s performance in the first half. “Our guys played a really good first half again. We can take on the opposition’s game style early but we can’t impress our own style enough,” Dunne said. “Bonbeach’s run and receive handball is one of the best and highest in the competition. We took it away from them in the first half but they got it going in the second half. “They were really disciplined. They’ve got some maturity in the group now and are right up there with the best in the competition,” Dunne said. Bonbeach coach Steve Hughes said

he was happy to play the game on Saturday and have a bye ‘in the bank’ later in the year. “We were pretty keen to make that happen. I think a rest later is more valuable,” Hughes said. “We were happy to come away with the four points. “We lost Justin Bennett a couple of weeks ago, we went in without Mark Tyrrell and Gary Carpenter got concussed before half time. Our rotations were down. “However, we were able to throw Lachy Gill and Beau Bailey in the middle and with Greg Vassallo, we were able to maintain our advantage in there.” Hughes said Chelsea had improved greatly from the team it played six weeks ago. “You can’t compare them from where they were then. They controlled the game against Frankston YCW early and did again on Saturday,” Hughes said.

ing as well as Sorrento, you can challenge the defensive side of their game, however, they are so well structured all over the ground,” Moore said. Sorrento booted 26.18 (174) to 9.7 (61), which included eight goals in the third quarter and nine majors in the last. Chris Dawes booted 10 goals in a masterclass performance. Moore said Dawes was “exceptional”. “Dawes is just a wonderful athlete. It didn’t matter who we played on him, he just monstered them. He’s a specimen – he’s quick, strong, athletic – he’s got it all. There’s no one in the competition who will be able to stop him,” Moore said. Rye went into the game with 13 players under the age of 21, including six Under 19s and an Under 17. “There’s no doubt we went in a little too inexperienced for Sorrento but that’s where we are at as a footy club right now,” Moore said. “It’s these kids who have helped us win games of footy in the past month. “Playing sides like Sorrento is a

wonderful experience for them. Take 17-year-old Joel Wills for instance, he’s played on the likes of Colin McVeigh and Keegan Downie. On Saturday he played on Nick Corp. Corp said to me after the game, ‘you’ve got a beauty there’ and I replied, he’s 17, which astounded him. “It’s an exciting time for our club.” Sorrento play Frankston and Hastings in successive weeks after playing Devon Meadows this week. It’s only then will we get a real read on the Sharks. On Sunday, Dromana made it four wins on the trot with an emphatic 61 point win over Red Hill. The Tigers’ win moved them into the top five for the first time, pushing out its opponent Red Hill. The Hillmen have now lost four of its past six games and are as low as they have been in years. Red Hill’s only wins in the past six weeks have been against Tyabb and Pearcedale. It has now lost to Somerville and Dromana, teams it is competing against for a spot in the top five.

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By Toe Punt SORRENTO is one of the best teams that has taken to the footy field in a number of years, according to Rye coach Josh Moore. Moore and his Demon charges were handed their second 100-plus point hiding at the hands of the Sharks on Saturday, prompting Moore to make the call. He said while he rated Frankston Bombers “highly”, he thought that his old team was the side to beat. “We’ve played all of the sides in the top five and Sorrento is the one to beat with Frankston the only team we’ve played that I think can challenge them right now,” Moore said. “We’ve made some steady improvement over the past month since we last played Sorrento but they were again able to beat us convincingly. “If they did have one weakness, it would be in the ruck, however, they excel everywhere else. “With most teams when they are go-

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AFL South East derail footy season By Toe Punt PENINSULA, Nepean and South East Football Netball Clubs (SENFL) seasons are on the brink of being derailed as a result of the senior football competition review handed down by AFL South East last week. The review has taken over discussion at football games, at football clubs and via social media and no one is clear what the future holds. And AFL SE isn’t helping. AFL SE General Manager John Anderson has declared that there would be “no comment” coming from the top office until after the recommendations are pushed down. However, the lack of transparency and communication from AFL SE is confusing clubs and more importantly, the communities who support local football. The two options of the review were:

• A full divisional structure initially comprising three divisions with promotion/relegation between each. • A partial divisional structure also comprising three divisions, with a top division then two divisions below based on geography. Since the review was released, club presidents and heavyweights have been meeting behind closed doors in a bid to determine what their options are “when” the league hands down its verdict. While the SENFL are not fully supportive of divisional football, they are looking for a more competitive option than they currently have, where the likes of Cranbourne, Berwick, Beaconsfield and Narre Warren dominate the competition, while Hampton Park and Tooradin are hardly competitive. A former SENFL president told MP News last week that he believed Cranbourne and Berwick had been in

talks with Eastern Football League, while Hampton Park and Tooradin had spoken to Southern Football League. It was also suggested that Pakenham had been in talks with West Gippsland Football League. In Peninsula and Nepean, all 22 clubs are categoric that they do not support divisional football, despite AFL SE claiming otherwise. Sorrento FC had talked about joining AFL Barwon, although that region squashed that idea last week. However, the president did say that AFL SE needs to be ready for a fight should they push divisional football. The majority of Peninsula and Nepean clubs do support promotion-relegation within the two divisions. SENFL Clubs moved away from the MPNFL two years ago because they wanted power and to have a voice, however, once again they believe they have been stripped of their independ-

ence. AFL SE’s plan seems to be to divide and conquer. They haven’t brought together all 31 clubs, which seems to be the obvious thing to do, they have met only with clubs individually or as a division and in a very recent case, met with SENFL Clubs without the SENFL Board being invited or present. AFL SE seems committed to making clubs accept a proposal it does not support. Here’s a thought. Rather than AFL SE trying to bring together three competitions that clearly don’t support it, how about they look at their own structure? The AFL SE Region is around 60% larger than any other AFL commission in Victoria. Why wouldn’t they look at splitting the region geographically and create an AFL Peninsula Region, bringing in promotion-relegation and looking at options to include other

clubs ‘within’ the region to join. SENFL clubs, or the top ranked clubs, join the Southern Football League, which is having some issues of its own, form the basis of Division One and create AFL Southern region. It’s understood that this very proposal was recommended to the AFL SE commission on a number of occasions in the past, only to be shot down. The reality is that there is no support for division football or the recommendations released in the report. It is not the only option to maintain competitiveness across the divisions. If AFL SE listened, they would have heard them. Clubs are exercising their options to look outside AFL SE and it’s this activity that has consumed Peninsula, Nepean and SENFL football. It’s time AFL SE was transparent, listened, communicated and worked with clubs, not alienated them.

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Langy nine points clear, Strikers do it for Clayton SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie IT’S full steam ahead for league leader Langwarrin which is now nine points clear of its nearest rival and has completed the first half of the State 1 South-East season undefeated. Langy beat Malvern City 3-1 on Saturday at Lawton Park and is expected to maintain its title momentum this weekend against bottom side Mooroolbark. Liam Baxter put Langy ahead in the 2nd minute breaking onto a long throw and neatly finishing past advancing Malvern City keeper Harry Raworth. A Daniel Hilder shot squared the ledger in the 41st minute but three minutes into the second half Alex Metcalfe sent Baxter clear and from the right of the area he hammered the ball past Raworth and inside the far post to make it 2-1. Chris Geils blew a great chance to level in the 60th minute when he shot wide from close range and Langy’s nerves were eased when Baxter’s 78th minute free-kick from the right was headed home by towering midfielder Mat “Yaya” Luak. Mornington was active in the transfer market last week but there was no immediate gain as its shock 2-0 loss to relegation candidate Morwell Pegasus on Saturday was its fourth home defeat this season. The Seagulls signed forward Marinos Panayi from Eastern Lions, attacking midfielder Keegan Ziada from Dandenong City and attacking midfielder Sam Orritt from NZ outfit Coastal Spirit. Orritt, 24, was a junior at English club Rotherham United, had a short spell at Lincoln United then played college football in the US for Limestone College in South Carolina before signing for Scottish club Cowdenbeath in 2015. Orritt flew back to NZ after being officially unveiled as a Mornington player last Thursday and will return to Melbourne this week. He’ll join a side licking its wounds after failing to come back against 10man Pegasus who had Samuel Gatpan red carded in the 54th minute. John Kuol had played a pivotal role in Morwell’s FFA Cup win over Mornington and he returned to the scene of the crime to take advantage of Scott Millar playing in an unfamiliar right-back role. Kuol’s firm low strike in the 34th minute beat Mornington keeper Kris McEvoy for the opener and three minutes later Jack Truelove missed with an attempt to clear Kuol’s cross from the left and the incoming

Mazenod mauled: Tom Hawkins in action for Peninsula Strikers. Picture: John Punshon

Hamied Zamani hammered home a low shot past McEvoy and inside the far post to make it 2-0. Mornington never recovered in what was its most disappointing display of the season. Peninsula Strikers finished all over Mazenod United to record a 3-1 home win in their State 2 South-East fixture last weekend. A Chris McKenna slip of Gerrardlike proportion set up Mazenod’s Adam Neou in the 35th minute and he neatly lobbed the ball over the head of stranded Strikers keeper Colin McCormack. Two minutes from half-time Robert D’Angelo, one of three brothers in Mazenod’s starting line-up, shrugged off the attentions of Conor Keeley only for McCormack to spread himself well and smother D’Angelo at close range. McCormack again had to come to Strikers’ aid when Vicente Vasquez broke through in the 53rd minute but the Irish stopper was off his line in a flash to block superbly. Four minutes later Aziz Bayeh broke onto a long clearance and held off a defender before slotting the ball past helpless Mazenod keeper Nicholas Van Hattum to make it 1-1. A momentum shift was evident in the second half and Bayeh gave Strikers the lead in the 75th minute. Tom Hawkins intercepted the ball

on the right and played it into the path of Bayeh who turned his man inside out before thumping a close-range shot past Van Hattum and inside the near post. In the 86th minute central midfielder Sam Scott chipped the ball down the right for Bayeh whose cutback found Scott charging into the area and his low first-time strike settled the issue. Strikers head coach Craig Lewis was unavailable due to illness so assistant Billy Buchanan and reserves coach Graham Watson stepped into the breach. The win was celebrated with gusto and the players dedicated their success to club legend Clayton Lee whose 70th birthday party was held on Saturday night. Frankston Pines defeated North Caulfield 3-1 at Monterey Reserve on Sunday thanks to a Jack Wrobel hattrick aided by some woeful goalkeeping and comical defending. Wrobel opened his account in the 8th minute with a low shot that squirmed underneath North Caulfield keeper Sam Quinn at his near post and three minutes into the second half Wrobel’s toe poke eluded Quinn again at his near post. North Caulfield’s Daniel Sacks had a tap-in in the 60th minute but a dreadful blunder by a North Caulfield defender with Quinn stranded enabled Wrobel to restore the home team’s

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two-goal cushion in the 65th minute. Wrobel and substitute Ioasa Saemo missed chances to further embarrass North Caulfield’s defence but the win was welcomed by the home side in its bid to move away from the developing relegation dogfight in State 2 South-East. Kevin “Squizzy” Taylor has been appointed assistant coach at Pines and Sunday was his first matchday in that role. Harry McCartney reports that Seaford United remains anchored to the foot of the State 2 South-East ladder after going down 2-0 at home to Beaumaris last weekend. Declan Byrne opened the scoring in the 7th minute when he charged into the penalty area from the left and calmly slotted the ball past Seaford keeper Anthony Madaferri. In the 25th minute Deni Kulas was given time and space to shoot from just outside the area and Madaferri was beaten for the second time. Beaumaris always looked the better side and although it drew a blank in the second half it maintained control of the contest. Seaford lost key midfielder Paul McGuire to a 50/50 tackle in the second period and he could be sidelined for a few weeks with a knee injury. That will hurt the club’s already depleted midfield stocks with Matty Morris-Thomas struggling to overcome a hamstring injury sustained at training last Thursday night. Skye United ended a poor run of results with an important 2-1 away win against Brandon Park in their State 3 South-East clash on Saturday. Brandon Park went close in the 15th minute when Adrian Chilla’s strike hit the underside of the bar but failed to cross the line. It took until the 26th minute for the first clear-cut chance for Skye as Jacob Scotte-Hatherly sent in an inviting cross from the left and Wumjock Jock slid in at the back post to convert and put the visitors ahead. Skye had barely finished celebrating when Maxim Avram’s back post header drew the hosts level. In the 34th minute a long throw by Johnny Andrinopolous was only partially cleared and Skye captain Mark O’Connor’s left foot volley found the top corner to make it 2-1. The second half was a scrappy affair on a deteriorating pitch and Skye had to grind out the final 10 minutes after O’Connor received a second caution and was sent off. Prior to kick-off Skye announced that Billy Rae had been appointed as assistant coach to Billy Armour. Baxter and Rosebud Heart both lost

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as they head towards next weekend’s State 4 South derby shootout at Truemans Road. Baxter went down by the odd goal in nine away to Endeavour United and Heart was humbled 4-0 away to Monash Uni. Baxter was reeling after 30 minutes as goals by Michael Rovinson, Sebastian Goyenechea and Nathan Credlin had the home team well in command. Jake Kidder made it 3-1 in the 37th minute and Mark Pagliarulo scored three minutes into the second half to give Baxter a sniff but a double to Ifelowoa Ogidan in the 62nd and 73rd minutes restored Endeavour’s threegoal cushion. Baxter substitute Matt Owens made it 5-3 in the 77th minute and a Liam Kilner goal in the 83rd minute ensured a frenetic finish but the 5-4 scoreline remained as Baxter suffered its third loss of the league campaign. Heart found itself 1-0 down after six minutes when Seb Barriere broke through and slotted the ball past Heart keeper Sean Skelly. In the 19th minute Miles Rodriguez cut in from the right and hit a welltimed shot that was going wide until Matthew Pearce deflected it into the corner of goal to make it 2-0. Mikey Turner missed a one-on-one with Uni keeper Max Heep in the 30th minute and a Skelly blunder in the 54th minute allowed Alex Certoma to stroll into an open net. A nice sidefoot finish by Luke Cardamone in the 67th minute completed the rout. In State 5 South Somerville Eagles went down 5-2 away to Lyndale United on Saturday. Jarryd Lymer opened the scoring for the Eagles in the 23rd minute but Anthony Rosa levelled in the 35th minute and two penalties in the final four minutes of the half converted by Anthony Fekatz and Greg Nicolopoulos gave the home team a 3-1 lead at the break. Fekatz completed his hat-trick in the second period and Damien Finnegan scored in the 83rd minute for the Eagles. This weekend’s games: SATURDAY 3pm: Mornington v Casey Comets (Dallas Brooks Park), Langwarrin v Mooroolbark (Lawton Park), Frankston Pines v Mazenod Utd (Centenary Park), Seaford Utd v Doncaster Rovers (North Seaford Reserve), Eltham Redbacks v Peninsula Strikers (Eltham North Reserve), Sandringham v Skye Utd (R.J. Sillitoe Reserve), Rosebud Heart v Baxter (Truemans Road Recreation Reserve), Old Mentonians v Somerville Eagles (Mentone Grammar Senior School).


Young umpire to oversee AFL championships

Women’s football side continues string of wins By Ben Triandafillou THE MORNINGTON Football Club’s women’s senior side continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 17-point victory over the Eastern Devils on Sunday 4 June. Mornington (7.8.50) added their fifth win to their 2017 tally defeating the Eastern Devils (5.3.33) away at Mulgrave Reserve, Wheelers Hill. Heading into the final quarter the Eastern Devils were trailing by seven points until Mornington gained momentum and pulled away, kicking two goals and four points to finish off the match. “They’re a great bunch of girls and were able to beat the Eastern Devils in quite a close

By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON Secondary College student, Mitchell Bell, will join a team of 10 umpires from Victoria to officiate at the under-15 National AFL championships in Perth. Bell was selected by School Sport Victoria and will umpire at the championships from the 22-29 July. Bell, 14, is in his second year of umpiring with the Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League (MPJFL) and Southern Umpires Association and has worked his way up to now umpiring Reserves footy on the weekend. “The Southern Umpires recommended Mitch as they thought he’d be a good candidate and saw what he had been doing,” Mitch’s father, Cameron Bell said. “He enjoys the responsibility of managing games and the challenge of meeting new people

and umpiring with different people.” “He’s very much looking forward to the trip and getting the chance in his second year is massive.” Mitchell is also a keen footballer and plays in the under-14’s South Mornington Tigers side and was also chosen as vice-captain for the MPJFL interleague side that has played over the past week. Mitchell is now looking for sponsors to help cover the costs of travelling to Perth to umpire. “There’s no funding through School Sport Victoria which is why they encourage getting support to fundraise the trip,” Cameron Bell said. If you are interested in supporting or donating to help Mitchell with the trip, contact Ailie Coulter from School Sport Victoria at coulter.

game,” Mornington Football Club secretary, Allison Dillon said. It has been a perfect start for Mornington’s second season in the South Eastern Women’s Football league since taking out last year’s premiership in the development league. Currently sitting at the top of the table, the women’s senior side, coached by Gary Sanford, will meet the also unbeaten Endeavour Hills on Saturday 17 June. Playing home at Alexandra Park, Mornington, the women’s development side will kick off at 10.00am against Frankston Dolphins before the seniors clash against Endeavour Hills at 12.00noon to determine who sits at the top of the ladder and remain undefeated.

Running group continues to grow legs

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By Ben Triandafillou IT HAS come a long way since starting out two years ago but Julian Arnold’s Langwarrin running group has continued to gain support and help ordinary people create extraordinary achievements. Created on the 6 June 2015, the running group had a slow start, adding their first member in the third week of training, but this week will be celebrating their two year anniversary. “It wasn’t a great start, but giving up has never been in my nature so I decided to continue to turn up and go for runs myself until someone showed,” running coach and founder, Julian Arnold, said. “I created the running group as I have always enjoyed racing and the way people get around each other and support them throughout their event.” A sportsman his whole life, Arnold has completed four full ironman’s and has also completed studies to become a qualified personal trainer and running coach. Over the years Arnold’s Langwarrin running group has grown bit by bit and now has more than 230 members on their Facebook page and a regular turnout of about 20 people at their training sessions. “We always have new people floating in as

well as the usual core group but everyone feels pretty welcomed at each session,” Arnold said. “We have a good mix of age groups and abilities, from teenagers through to a 70-yearold man who actually completed his first full marathon at the Melbourne Marathon in October last year.” “We’ve had so many runners from the group achieve personal bests with more than 18 people completing a full marathon for the first time.” “While we do help a lot of people with long distance running, we try to help runners improve over all distances, whether it’s short or long.” The Melbourne Marathon in October has started to become an annual race for the group, competing in the event for the past two years with about 15 runners each time. “The main aim for our group is to help individual runners improve their personal bests, whether that’s beating their quickest time or being able to run over longer distances,” Arnold said. The Langwarrin running group trains every Saturday morning, in and around the Langwarrin area, sometimes training in nearby suburbs such as Frankston and Seaford. The running group is also trialing Thursday morning trainings at the moment and welcomes anyone, with any running ability, to come and join.

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