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THE joys of horse riding are shared at the Riding for the Disabled centre in Heatherton. The centre will have new toilets installed thanks to a council grant. See story Page 5. Pic: Yanni

Partners saddle up Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au A NEW era of “cooperation” between the state government and councils across Melbourne’s suburbs has been heralded with the formation of six metropolitan partnerships by the government. The groups are “a new platform

for cooperative engagement between governments, business and communities” according to Labor Suburban Development Minister Lily D’Ambrosio. A Southern Partnership representing Kingston, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Casey, Dandenong and Greater Dandenong councils appointed Dr Elizabeth Deveny as

chair this month. Dr Deveny is CEO of the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network. South East Local Learning and Employment Network CEO Andrew Simmons has been appointed deputy chair. Kingston Council mayor Cr David Eden welcomed the establishment of the Southern Partnership.

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infrastructure they need”. “Working together can only mean more opportunities for local economies and the jobs that come with them,” Ms D’Ambrosio said. The six metropolitan partnership groups are gathered under the umbrella of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Continued Page 5

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Calls for comment on ferry plans SEAROAD Ferries CEO Matt McDonald wants “local input” into the company’s plans for a new ferry terminal and “significant local infrastructure upgrades” at Sorrento. Searoad announced the project in April and Mornington Peninsula Shire has since started a planning scheme amendment process with the state government. The amendment was sought after shire officers told councillors that under present zonings the transport terminal at Sorrento pier should be run by Parks Victoria. The shire wants the state to agree to amend the planning scheme and override the prohibition. The proposed terminal will be 9.5 metres high and include a cafe, shop, souvenir shop, “Museum at the Bay” and offices for the ferry operator.

The plan also includes a new ticketing building and a larger staff car park. The terminal will have a retractable boarding gantry for passengers to board the ferry directly from the building. “The Searoad Ferries proposal provides for a modern facility that is capable of servicing the local and tourist passenger numbers between Sorrento and Queenscliff.,” Mr McDonald said. “The terminal will have increased accessibility for older people and those with a disability. We also plan to offer more car parking spaces, sheltered waiting areas, bathrooms and a retail area that serves refreshments. “With support from the local community and government, the proposal also includes plans for upgrades for local transport infrastructure along the

Esplanade and the foreshore.” Mr McDonald said the route across the bay is “the busiest passenger and car ferry service in Australia”. He said the public, businesses and local organisations can comment on the plans “in person at our community information centre or at Mornington Peninsula Shire, online or via a letter to our office”. Searoad Ferries community information centre is in the former helipad building, 4 Hotham Rd, Sorrento. Details: searoad.com.au/sorrentoterminal. Plans are also available at Mornington Peninsula shire offices and correspondence can be emailed to sorrentoterminal@searoad.com.au or mailed to PO Box 214, Queenscliff 3225.

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‘Ment’ to be one? Stella Chivers does not want part of the sign at the former Mentone Tenpin Bowl Club to be split further. Pic: Gary Sissons

Sign of times up for grabs Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au A COLLECTOR of vintage memorabilia hopes a place can be found in Mentone for part of a huge sign bought online that turned out to be too big to handle. Self-described “minimalist hoarder” Stella Chivers snapped up part of the sign displayed at the former Mentone Tenpin Bowl Club before its demolition in 2013 to make way for a controversial towering apartment block at Mentone Junction.

The only problem? The vintage enthusiast does not have enough room to display the sign. A restaurant in Port Melbourne bought the words ‘Tenpin’ and ‘Bowl’ at auction alongside a large bowling bowl that used to have pride of place at the former tenpin bowls club. The restaurant sold the ‘Mentone’ part of the sign on eBay last month and Ms Chivers ended up being the owner of the suburb name sign. “The main reason I bought it is because I love old vintage signage. That stuff really speaks to me,” she

said. “The photo didn’t really show its scale. I knew it was big but thought ‘how big can it be?’. I had to hire a truck to get it home. “My husband shakes his head at my eBay antics.” Now the Brighton East resident, who also owns property in Mentone, hopes the ‘Mentone’ part of the sign can be displayed to the public as a reminder of the area’s past. “Because it’s a one-off I don’t want to divide it up. I feel guilty because it’s a piece of history. “I’d like it to be somewhere where

people can see it and know the story behind it.” Kingston Council has knocked back a proposal to have the sign installed as part of the Mentone Renaissance project to revamp the suburb. Ms Chivers hopes a historical society, restaurant or business may want to buy the sign to recover her costs otherwise the sign could be split up further. n Contact Stella Chivers at stellachivers@optusnet.com.au to enquire about providing a home or business for the ‘Mentone’ sign.

POLICE detected more than 8300 traffic offences and more than 800 crime offences during the four days of Operation Regal over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. More than 3150 motorists were caught speeding and 418 motorists fined for using their mobile phones, an increase of 23 and 28 per cent respectively on last year. One in every 15 drivers tested furnished a positive result for drugs while 245 drink drivers were caught after more than 147,200 drivers were tested. Road Policing Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Debra Robertson said the number of people found to be speeding as well as using their phones was a risk to the community that could be easily avoided. “I’m not sure what it will take for motorists to heed the warnings,” Ms Robertson said. “Does it have to be the loss of a loved one for the message to get through?” Two people were killed over the weekend, a 62-year-old male motorcyclist in Baxter and a 25-year-old man off-road after the mini-bike he was riding collided head-on with another bike at Holly Plains State Park. Other infringements issued across the weekend, include: 195 disqualified/suspended drivers; 354 unlicensed drivers; 808 unregistered vehicles; 418 mobile phone offences; 549 disobey signs/signals; 70 vehicle impounds; and, 218 seat belt offences.

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Burglaries linked A SERIES of thefts in Patterson Lakes overnight Sunday and Monday morning, 18-19 June, led to three houses being broken into, a luxury car’s window being smashed and another car burgled. The dog squad and police air wing were called in to help in the hunt for the offenders. Sergeant Nigel Fox, of Kingston CIU, said detectives were investigating possible links between the break-ins as they occurred around the same time and in neighbouring streets: Inner Harbour Drive, North Shore Drive, Gladesville Blvd and Illawong Court. Police said the offenders may have scaled fences in the gated community, which borders Patterson River. The side window of a MercedesBenz, parked in the garage of an Inner Harbour Drive property, was smashed overnight Sunday 18 June. House keys may have been stolen as the offender allegedly entered the house and stole cameras and an iPad. When the owner went to investigate the $70,000 vehicle was missing. The garage door of a property in Gladesville Blvd was forced open, 5-6am Monday, and a Dell laptop, three cameras, projector, cordless drill, $100 in coins and garden implements stolen. A North Shore Drive resident in bed upstairs awoke to the sound of a sliding door downstairs being jemmied open, 6.15am Monday. She turned on the lights and heard someone running off. Nothing was

stolen. Two cars in Illawong Ct was broken into a pair of sunglasses stolen around the same time. Late on Monday, a 25-year-old Highett man was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, three counts of theft from motor vehicles, possessing a controlled weapon, two counts of possessing drugs of dependence, trafficking drugs of dependence, handling stolen goods, benefitting from the proceeds of crime and driving while disqualified. He appeared at Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (19 June) and was remanded to appear at the same court on 17 July.

Cash order refused A MAN held up a kitchen knife and demanded money at an Edithvale service station but the attendant refused to hand anything over, 8.30pm, Saturday 17 June. The attendant, 25, was outside the Station Rd premises moving bins when he saw the man lurking around the corner. He went back inside just as the man entered. When his demand was refused the offender turned and ran out of the store. The offender is described as Caucasian, 30s, 162cm, with his face and head covered by a hoodie. He has some facial hair. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stopper 1800 333 000.

Good vibes: Ross Woodward has brought his life-long love of popular music – and his massive collection of CDs and vinyl – to the peninsula’s radio station RPP-FM. Picture: Gary Sissons

More music a near-impossible mission Mike Hast team@baysidenews.com.au ROSS Woodward remembers the first record he bought as an 11-year-old in 1974 – Abba’s first UK hit single Waterloo. He bought the band’s second UK hit, too – Mamma Mia, which topped the charts in early 1976. Another early buy was Slade Alive just to show the preteen was also into raucous sounds. For the British boy these early purchases were the start of a magnificent obsession with popular music that has lead to a massive collection of vinyl records, then CDs and now back to vinyl again – and a show on the peninsula’s radio station RPP-FM on Friday evenings at 6 o’clock. Woodward is perhaps best known in

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the region as the founder and owner of public relations company Media Key, based in Frankston, which started in 1991. He lives in Mt Eliza with his family – and many thousands of CDs and records. Woodward came to Australia for a holiday in 1987 and never left. He scored a job as a journalist with the ABC in Melbourne and later worked for the Herald Sun and The Age before becoming a public relations officer at Mount Royal Hospital in Melbourne and then on the Victorian government’s “Life. Be in it.” fitness campaign, which became a national campaign in 1977. It starred “Norm”, a middle-aged man with a prominent beer belly. Woodward walked into the office of RPP-FM in Mornington earlier this year and presented his radio show idea to sta-

tion manager Brendon Telfer, himself a former ABC employee. Telfer was looking to revamp the drive-time slot on Fridays, 6-8pm, and Woodward’s show, Mission Impossible, was accepted. The name? “It’s impossible to fit all the songs I want to play into a two-hour slot,” Woodward said with a laugh. The radio presenter said his musical tastes are eclectic. Woodward said he wanted to “share my love of amazing tunes with others and inspire people to make their record collections even bigger”. He said his kids are into electronica music. “They think pop is dead. I don’t. But one thing is that they educate me about what’s being created today.” Mission Impossible is on Friday nights 6-8pm on 98.7 FM or streaming online at rppfm.com.au

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chair and deputy chair positions after the roles were advertised late last year. “The members offer a breadth of experience across a number of social, community and business sectors including health, education, social services, multicultural affairs, industry, small business and manufacturing.” Mordialloc Labor MP Tim Richardson believed communities will benefit from the partnerships. “I look forward to working with the Southern Metropolitan Partnership to help engage communities in determining regionally significant priorities and delivering services and infrastructure the communities of the southern region have asked for.”

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NEWS DESK Bright ideas banked RESIDENTS and community and notfor-profit groups in Kingston’s South ward can have their say on what’s important to them, and what ideas they have to make their hometown an even better place to live, work and play, at a forum next month. It is being organised by the Bendigo Bank Aspendale Gardens-Edithvale Community Bank, 7pm, Tuesday 11 July, at the Bert Thomas Pavilion (Chelsea FC Rooms) 88-120 Edithvale Rd, Edithvale. Branch manager Susan Tresidder said the aim of the forum was to help the branch “identify community needs, deepen community relationships and identify ways to strengthen our local community”. “Under the community bank model we can direct our branch profits to help community projects, events and organisations,” she said. “By joining together we can identify and support projects that will benefit everyone and help build a sustainable community into the future.” Project ideas could be big or small, one-off or ongoing. Especially welcome are ideas that tie in with other community groups or any level of government. “To encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, we will have representatives from federal, state and local governments supporting the evening, Ms Tresidder said. “We encourage local residents, schools, traders, businesses, councillors, not-for-profits and community groups to all come along to the forum and share their thoughts on the community’s needs and how we can make our local area great.” For details or to RSVP drop into the branch or call Ms Tresidder, 9588 0610.

‘High-risk’ sisters urge genetic cancer check By Cheryl Anne Brodie TWO sisters are trying to increase awareness of the need for genetic testing among members of cancer-prone families. Tyabb nurse Julie Gaspero and her sister Michelle May of Traralgon, say that without the test they would not have known they have up to 80 per cent chance of developing breast or ovarian cancer. The test looks for BRAC1 and BRAC2 genes in both males and females. The sisters were tested at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne after discussing their family’s history, specifically cancer, with their parents. The high risk for the women has been linked back to their father and aunt, who were both diagnosed with cancer. The genetic test for the sisters was free because they had a family history of breast cancer. Ms Gaspero said it was a mystery why doctors had not asked about their family’s medical history. The sisters believe it may be an area for improvement into the prevention of disease, especially one as prevalent as cancer and they want to make others aware that the onus was on them to follow up investigation into the risk shown by their family history. “Genetic testing, specifically for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene, is highly recommended where a family history of breast and or ovarian cancer is present in first or second degree relatives below the ages of 50,” oncoplastic

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Author’s gloomy view as ‘angels’ leave our skies Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au WATCHING as a pair of lightweight, sharp-eyed swallows built a mud nest under the eaves of a house in Seaford has, decades later, led to Geoffrey Maslen writing two books warning of the dangers facing “angels of the air” in Australia and overseas. Editor and author Maslen was inspired by the swallows. “They were the trigger for my interest in birds,” he said on Thursday. After years of writing books and articles for newspapers and magazines, three years ago the former lecturer in education decided it was time to “write the bird book – something more important than articles for The Age”. But early research for the book he envisaged as “a celebration of birds to be called something like Angels of the Air”, soon revealed 22 species had become extinct since the arrival of Europeans in Australia and the ongoing threat birds were facing as a result of climate change. “The change from writing about how wonderful they are to how threatened they are came when I discovered how many species are near to extinction, and climate change is just getting more serious,” Maslen says. “Both books are a result of my realisation about the threat to birds – a further 150 in Australia alone are endangered – and how little humans are doing to stop the extinction process.” The books, An Uncertain Future: Australian Birdlife in Danger and Too Late: How We Lost the Battle with

Birds of a feather: The beach stone curlew, top, and eastern curlew are included among photographs in an exhibition by Rohan Clarke at Coolart Homestead and Wetlands. They also illustrate a book about the demise of birds by author Geoffrey Maslen, right. Picture: Gary Sissons

Climate Change will be launched by Sean Dooley at Coolart Homestead and Wetlands, Somers, on 1 July. Former Greens leader and senator and environmentalist Dr Bob Brown states in his introduction to An Uncertain Future that the book is a “clarion call for Australia’s brilliant but disappearing birds”. Maslen is a less optimistic, telling The News that “we’ve probably reached the point where it’s too late … cataclysms will wipe out most of life on earth, including us”. “I hold fairly gloomy prospects for the future of life on earth,” he says, adding that governments around the world cannot be relied on to lead the way.

Research for the bird book took about three years and the 128-page companion book on climate change was written during the editing of An Uncertain Future: Australian Birdlife in Danger, which is illustrated with photos by Dr Rohan Clarke. Book launch guest Sean Dooley, who is also known as Birdman and is editor of Australian Birdlife magazine, holds the record for spotting the most species of Australian birds in one year. Regarded as Australia’s most famous twitcher, Dooley has also written for TV comedies like Full Frontal, Hamish and Andy and Spicks and Specks, and is author of books The Big Twitch and Cooking with Baz. Maslen’s backyard in Seaford is

designed to attract native birds, although he says some species have become too dominant, sometimes at their own peril. Noisy miners, a honeyeater that lives in colonies, drive out other birds, including the once-common yellow and red wattlebird. “We created ideal conditions for the noisy miners, which, in the long run, self-destruct by driving away the smaller birds that eat the insects that destroy trees.” Maslen’s rather ineffective solution is to throw stones at noisy miners. The equally noisy but more appreciated lorikeet has also “invaded” suburban Melbourne, but Maslen says their occupation is more of a return than colonisation.

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“The lorikeets were migratory but now stay here all year because of the flowering trees we’ve planted.” Although claiming it’s all too late to save the birds, Maslen hopes he is proved wrong, and that his two books will lead to better results. Geoffrey Maslen’s books An Uncertain Future: Australian Birdlife in Danger and Too Late: How We Lost the Battle with Climate Change will be launched by Sean Dooley at Coolart’s Observatory at 2pm on 1 July followed by a book signing at the homestead. Dr Rohan Clarke’s photographs from the book are now on display at Coolart Homestead and will be auctioned at 3.30pm.

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Car park rent claim ‘nonsense’ – MP Wheelie busy: Another typical traffic day outside Mt Eliza Primary School, which will benefit when VicRoads and the shire council finally agree on terms for the rent of a nearby parking area. Picture: Gary Sissons

Mike Hast team@baysidenews.com.au STATE road authority VicRoads wants to charge Mornington Peninsula Shire annual rent of almost $22,000 for an unmade car park used by people dropping off and picking up children from schools in Mt Eliza. The rent claim was described by Mornington MP David Morris as “nonsense” after he called on Roads Minister Luke Donnellan to direct VicRoads to charge a much smaller amount for the land. “What VicRoads is asking for is unfair and unsustainable,” Mr Morris said. The car park is on the road reserve at the south corner of Nepean Hwy and Canadian Bay Rd. It has been used for more than a decade as an informal drop-off and pick-up place by parents wanting to avoid traffic chaos near Mt Eliza Primary School and Mt Eliza Secondary College. Mr Morris, a Liberal, has called on Labor minister Donnellan to “facilitate a low-value, non-commercial lease”. “Providing free and short-term parking for parents is not a commercial activity,” he said. “Improving the car park is vital for the safety of drivers, parents and students of the schools in Mt Eliza, which urgently require more safe parking spaces.” Gravel and wooden bollards were placed on the land about 10 years ago but it was used before that by enterprising parents who parked and

walked along a track to the primary school to collect their children. The primary school has strict guidelines about car parking after years of traffic congestion creating safety hazards. The topic was covered in The News last October (“Parking woes lead to traffic chaos”) after complaints about parents double- and triple-parking outside the school in mornings and afternoons. Anecdotal evidence suggests some parents arrive up to one hour before school is dismissed so they can find a park and wait for their children. The school advises parents not to park in certain places including the car park of a veterinary clinic on Mt Eliza Way.

Others who miss out parking in the service road outside the school collect their children from nearby spots including streets off Mt Eliza Way, St James the Less Church’s car park – and the VicRoads-owned corner at Canadian Bay Rd. Last October primary school principal Brett Bell said the school had battled parking congestion “since the 1970s”. “We have worked with the council, the police and the school community, and implemented lots of strategies to improve the safety of pick-up and drop-off times.” The school has almost 650 pupils this year.

Speaking in Parliament recently, Mr Morris called on Mr Donnellan to ensure the safety of drivers and particularly of young students by getting VicRoads to reduce its rent for the land. “There has been a long-standing issue with parking in Mt Eliza for the primary school but also Peninsula Grammar, which is adjacent, Mt Eliza Secondary College and, to a lesser extent, St Thomas More Primary School,” he said. Mr Morris said the federal government had given Mornington Peninsula Shire $280,000 to improve the car park. It would be expanded, more gravel added and parking bays more clearly defined but nothing could be done until

the rent matter was resolved. He said Mr Donnellan had “the authority to lease the property on the basis of a peppercorn price; the minister must do so for the safety of the Mt Eliza community”. Before last year’s federal election, Liberal Dunkley candidate Chris Crewther (who was subsequently elected to replace the retiring Bruce Billson) and Paul Fletcher, the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government, promised the money and issued a statement saying the money was “in response to concerns raised by members of the ‘Room to Move’ community group and parents, which led to the former Member for Dunkley Bruce Billson convening a roundtable in September 2015”. Late last Friday, a spokesman for Mr Donnellan said: “VicRoads is working with Mornington Peninsula Shire to reach a mutually beneficial arrangement that adheres to the Victorian Government Land Transaction Policy. “VicRoads has provided an estimated value for the site. The shire has been invited to provide its own evidence for comparable sites for negotiation purposes. “VicRoads manages a large amount of car park agreements across a number of government agencies. Car parks do not automatically qualify for an exemption under the Land Transaction Policy relating to public use. “VicRoads has sought more information from the shire about the need for car parking and enforcement, and is waiting on this information.”

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Deputation lobbies for Kananook Creek work Compiled by Cameron McCullough A DEPUTATION from the residents of Frankston waited on Mr Adamson, Minister of Public Works on Thursday morning. The deputation was introduced by Mr Downward M.L.A. and Crs Oates and Plowman, Dr Maxwell and Mr Mason spoke on the necessity of taking some steps to have Kananook. Creek cleared out, and asked if the Government would be willing to grant £2 for £1 in the event of the residents raising £100 locally towards that object. The Minister, whilst sympathising with the deputation in their efforts, said it would be no use spending money if the work had to be done over again in a year or two. Money should be spent on works that would be a permanent good. He promised that Mr Kermode would pay a visit of inspection at an early date, and if possible he would accompany him, and see if some scheme could be devised that would be of a permanent character. The deputation thanked the Minister and withdrew. *** Letter to the Editor Sir,–Can you tell me what has become of the local officer of the Law? Is he always asleep, or only drowsy? Does he not see motor cars tearing through the town at the rate of 20 or 30 miles an hour when there is a by-law restricting speed of such to 15 miles per hour? Why isn’t Rip Van Winkle up and doing? Could he not raise sufficient energy once a month, say, to prowl around at night and see all the vehicles which go by without any light at all, and are thus

a menace to the public in general and to motorists in particular. If all this is too strenuous for him, surely he could take action against the geese which daily adorn our main street. Yours etc, TANK. *** Letter to the Editor Sir,–Last week there appeared in your paper a very long letter anent the above, signed by “Local Schoolboy,” in which he starts off with a turn on the “billiard nursery for the youth of the village.” Not being a night visitor to your little town, I made inquiries, and find that the frequenters of the above nursery are usually men of mature age, and only one youth of under 21 years attends, debarred from enlisting by want of parents consent, or so I was informed. As to the duty of the men (“unable to go abroad”) uniting to develop the brains of the uprising generation, I am in full accord with. Is ‘”Local Schoolboy” under the age when men go abroad ? I quite agree that training and culture are of more account, much more, than billiards at any time, only you can’t put old heads on young shoulders, unfortunately, and make them see so. Your “Local- Schoolboy” then goes on to say that he thinks that “most of us are born with the same amount of brain power.” We may be born with the same amount by weight, but I venture to say not by quality, and your Schoolboy knows so from cold experience. We will always have drawers of water and hewers of wood, and no amount of example or precept would make them otherwise. What would be the

use of the older men trying to make a Prime Minister out of the above ? The Prime Minister will step out for himself from the beginning, and most men recognise him at the start. “Local Schoolboy” then suggests a local debating society, and asks if there is not a “public man in Frankston with enough go to call a public meeting, etc.” I think you will find many such, quite, capable men, but the men in that position are usually men who have been stepping out on their own all their lives, and when they come to read the letter from “Local Schoolboy” they ask themselves, why they should go out into the by-ways to sift the corn from the husks? Start a debating society and then practically BE the debating society. I do not know anything about the previous one, or the choral society, but think I know enough of this world’s ways to say that they both died out from the same cause - the withdrawal of the one person who was the mainspring. As to Sir John Madden (whom everyone admires) and the other gentlemen mentioned, would “ Schoolboy “ say they started in a debating society? I don’t think so, Everyone kicked out for himself, or those of them who have made any mark in the world. I just fancy I hear the Dr, after doing his long round of lectures at the University, saying to one of the bright boys of the class, “Now Johnny, will you propound to the class the difference between a boathouse on the beach having the doors on the main road and another having the doors on the sea end ?” Mr Utber could assist the propounder and no doubt a very excellent debate

would ensue, whilst some of the other gentlemen mentioned could hold the scales with equal poise to see which side won the debate. Now, Mr Editor, I take it that “Local Schoolboy” is a strong financial supporter of Frankston in its many local channels, and IS the public man who will call a public meeting and start the ball rolling. If so I’ll be as good as my word, and subscribe my HALF GUINEA. *** Frankston Court of Petty Sessions. Monday 18th June 1917. (Before Mr Cohen, P.M., and Messrs Oates, and Grant, Js.P.) DISPUTED OWNERSHIP OF GOODS, Constable Ryan made application to the Court under Section 61 of the Police Regulation Act for an order directing to whom he would deliver certain goods seized by the police, to wit, 20 lengths of spouting, 18 sheets of corrugated iron and an iron dust bin suspected of being stolen. The property was claimed by George Coates, timber merchant of Chelsea and also by George Davies, timber merchant of Frankston. Mr Backhouse, who appeared for claimant Coates stated that in April last, the property in dispute was stolen from Mr Coats’ yard at Chelsea by his son, a lad of a coat 18 years of age and that Davies had purchased the goods from the lad at about half their value. When afterwards questioned by Coates Davies had denied all knowledge of the goods and had at first made a similar denial to Const Ryan on 1st May last. On 21st May last Davies was charged by the police with being found in pos-

session of property suspected of being stolen, but the prosecuting sergeant had withdrawn the charge. George Coates gave evidence bearing out Counsel’s statement and described the steps taken by Consts Ryan and Cole to recover the stolen property. Const Ryan also gave similar evidence and detailed a conversation he had with Davies when he found the stolen property on Davies’ premises on 1st May last. George Davies gave evidence that he bought the goods from young Coates believing that he (Coates) was working for his father. He met the lad in Frankston and ordered certain timber from him. The property in question was afterwards brought down by young Coates. Witness produced a receipt showing that he had paid £9 for the goods. Mr Backhouse contended that this was not a fair price as the goods were worth more than £13 The police magistrate stated that under the Sale of Goods Act, unless goods were sold in the open market, the seller could give the buyer no better title than he himself possessed. In this case the seller having stolen the goods had no title to them. Davies the buyer had no title either. The Bench therefore ordered that the property be delivered to the owner, George Coates. The P.M. informed claimant Davies that he could sue young Coates for the money he had paid for the stolen iron. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 23 June 1917

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old-fashioned, I did this by walking purposefully into a shop. The last time I’d done it, there were shelves of product. This time, my request resulted in a quizzical raising of a pierced eyebrow before an offer to ‘check out the back’. It was like trying to shop for chocolate eggs at midday on Easter Sunday, hours after the prices have been dropped. Eventually, I was handed a small, cardboard box and sent on my way. At this point I felt relieved. With the exception of upgrading my operating system, this was my first mistake. Just as dogs have an innate ability to sense evil, so too do computers sense relief and then set about punishing anyone foolish enough to think they know

what they’re doing. To the extent I felt even vaguely pleased with myself for finding the updated software, this sense of wellbeing quickly vanished as soon as I succeeded in opening the box. The instructions weren’t so much step-by-step guide to installation as they were a major psychedelic experience. I should assure you that the instructions were in English, but I feel an overwhelming urge to add the word ‘allegedly’. Through trial and error (although I suspect more of the latter than the former) as well as an emergency visit to my tech-savvy brother in law, we succeeded in getting the thing to work. For a time, at least. Unlike the earlier version, it seems that technol-

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By Toe Punt JUST when everyone thought that the 2017 Peninsula Division premiership race was wide open, Frankston YCW came out on Saturday and once again highlighted that it is still the team to beat. The Stonecats haven’t been playing the greatest of football in 2017 despite winning games of footy and being equal top of the ladder. However, on Saturday, with an armoury of VFL, yet local talent, the Stonecats were able to put the new kids on the block in Seaford to the sword. Just two weeks early, the Tigers were right in the game against Pines, however, on Saturday, they were no match for the more experienced Stonecats. The general feeling amongst the YCW camp was that they would continue to make improvements throughout

the year under new coach Wayne Capp, who has brought some new styles and tactics to the game plan in 2017. On Saturday, with VFL talent including Anthony Barry, Anthony Bruhn, Matt LaFontaine, Jake Lovett, Lachy Wallace and Jake Di Pasquale, the Stonecats were at their very best. One thing that does mean a lot to Frankston YCW Football Club is their people and milestone games – they always find something extra. On Saturday, the incredibly underrated Jai Coghlan played his 200th game. It wasn’t just the ‘stars’ that shone for the Stonecats though. Josh Butland booted five majors, Matt Debenham is back to his best, Luke Paynter is a star and Macklan Raine is quickly becoming a dominant force in this competition. The Tigers just couldn’t match the visitors, despite the efforts of Aaron Walton and Dean Rayson with three majors each and the fine performances of Ben

and Dylan Howlett. The Stonecats should have won by a lot more, considering it had 38 scoring shots to 16, 17.21 (123) to 11.5 (71). MT ELIZA also put its hand up and announced that it is not a spent force in the premiership race, leading for most of the afternoon to beat PINES 11.11 (77) to 10.9 (69) at Eric Bell Reserve. The Redlegs have been whacked with the unlucky stick this season, copping bad injuries to some of its best young talent, as well as injuries to its key players. Before the match, Mt Eliza coach Troy Shannon said there were a number of reasons that his side was playing inconsistent footy. “If I could tell you what the single issue is, we’d be able to work our way out of it,” Shannon said. “The reality is that there are a combination of things not going quite right at the minute and we need to work through

and around it. “We were in a similar position last year though and came through it all right, so I’m confident we can do the same again,” Shannon said. Well, it may have started on Saturday with James Anwyl dominating, Aaron Dunne dominating with two goals and Karl Lombardozzi at his best. Aaron Edwards kicked six for the Pythons and Tim Bongetti three, however, there was very little additional contribution. In Beau Hendry’s 200th game, Pines coach Pat Swayne said after the match “the best team on the day won the game”. LANGWARRIN has lost nine straight games, belted by EDITHVALE-ASPENDALE to the tune of eight goals, 17.12 (114) to 9.11 (65). Mark Meehan booted four for the winners and Aaron Macguire and Timmy Mannix were superb.

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By Toe Punt FRANKSTON Bombers will need to improve considerably if it is to go one step better in 2017, despite getting over the line against Rosebud at Greg Beck Oval on Saturday. The Bombers were beaten all over the ground for the large majority of the afternoon, however, in a really tight contest, a couple of dubious umpiring decisions early in the last quarter swung momentum Frankston’s way and it was able to record a 10.9.69 to 7.14 (56) victory. Rosebud led at every change and by as much as nine points late in the third quarter, however, it did cost itself dearly also with inaccuracy in front of goal. For a 20-minute period in the second quarter, Rosebud completely dominated the contest, however, four behinds, two out of bounds on the full and one that trickled over the boundary line cost them a match-winning lead at the major interval. Matters weren’t helped for Rosebud when star forward Keegan Downie went down with what appeared to be a broken ankle in the first quarter.

Frankston often have a ‘targeted’ player for the opposition each week and clearly, on Saturday it was Sean Downie – he received a lot of attention, not all of it within the spirit of the game. He was wrapped in ice from head to toe after the game. Rosebud has been inaccurate in front of goal all season and it was only a matter of time before it caught up with them. On Saturday, even if they converted three of those seven second-quarter chances, it would have been enough to win them the game. It was a tight contest and a four-goal break was always going to be enough to win. Frankston just wasn’t playing good enough footy to come back from that and frustrations flared as a result. Frankston was unaccountable in defence and the forward lacked firepower. The only player that looked dangerous at any time was Sam Fox, however, he managed just one goal. In Frankston’s defence though, it did go into the game without Michael Maiorino, Scott Foster, James Degenhardt, Allan Williams and Josh Chapman. Bombers coach Beau Muston conceded on the RPP Footy Show on Satur-

day morning that his forward structure was a concern. It looked at sea again on Saturday. Their goals came from midfielders. Matt Harris booted three and was good all over the ground, and Jason Kingsbury (two), was the best player on the ground. Along with Harris and Kingsbury, Dale Sutton was the only other consistent contributor. Ben Dwyer again proved that he was the best ruckman in the competition, beating Ryan Kitchen comfortably, while Matt Baker was one of Rosebud’s best given his ruck work, help in defence and three goals when he went forward. Greg Bentley was outstanding also, however, was a catalyst in the inaccuracy in front of goal. In saying that though, he kicked one of the goals of the year with a left foot snap from 45 metres. At the end of the day, Muston would be happy to take away the four points in a game I’m sure he would concede that his team was outplayed – it’s a sign of a good side that wins games when they’re not playing well. However, if it is to match Sorrento, and we get to see it first-hand this Saturday, there’s a lot of improvement that needs to come. Alex Harnett will return,

which is important. For Rosebud, I suggest goal kicking practice, both from set shots and running at goal. It’s been threatening to hurt them and on Saturday it cost them the match. Reigning premiers HASTINGS is another team that is far from playing its best footy but still manages to win games. The Blues were lucky to escape on Saturday though, coming from behind to beat a gallant SOMERVILLE. Whilst the Blues have been a little lucky at times this season, the Eagles have been the opposite – it led all afternoon only to be pipped on the line. Paul Rogasch proved to be the difference between the teams, the MPNFL star booting five goals for the Blues. Adrian Speedy continued his dominant season for the Eagles. SORRENTO trailed DEVON MEADOWS by three goals midway through the last quarter and only led by 22 points at half-time, however, a 15 goal to four second half saw the Sharks win by almost 100 points, 23.13 (151) to 9.5 (59). Chris Dawes and Nick Corp booted five each for the Sharks and Luke Tap-

scott was best afield with four goals while a further eight players contributed on the scoreboard. Jesse Bowe was once again the Meadows’ best, dominating the ruck work. CRIB POINT overcame a sluggish start to get the job done against PEARCEDALE, winning comfortably in the end 13.12 (90) to 9.12 (66). Dean Warry booted four goals for the Pies and coach Brad Arnold was again sensational with a best on ground performance. Luke Murray and Matt Cottrell were the best of the Dales. RYE trailed TYABB early in the match but the visitors got their noses in front late in the second quarter and went on to record a 18.6 (114) to 8.8 (56) victory. The Demons are now just a game and percentage off fifth place, along with Somerville and Red Hill, while Dromana is four points clear in fifth after playing an extra game. Tim Churchin and Adam Kirkwood each booted three for the Demons while Oscar Whitty and Ben Trivett were again outstanding. Darcy Underwood was very good for the Yabbies and Jake Anderson was amongst the best in his 100th game.

By Toe Punt ONE of the most respected people in local football, MPNFL Life Member Mark Hustwaite has pleaded with AFL South East to work together with clubs and not to make decisions for the benefit of the minority. Hustwaite, who is willing to assist the league to help improve clubs, has been involved in the MPNFL for more than 30 years, is a life member at Rosebud and Pines football clubs, is a premiership player and coach, interleague coach and currently the football manager at Rosebud. There’s not much ‘Hussy’ hasn’t achieved in our game. Without question, Hustwaite is well qualified to comment on the health of the competition and the proposed AFL South East changes. In the past week, Hustwaite has received unexpected calls from AFL South East general manager John Anderson and football manager Cam Roberts to

discuss his club’s stance on the proposal. Hustwaite made it clear to both of them that his club and surrounding clubs were united in their thoughts on the proposal. Hustwaite, who agreed that it looked as though AFL South East was trying to ‘divide and conquer’, said it appeared that AFL South East has a template on how our local competition should be structured. “However, they are not taking into account the unique features of our competition and its geography,” Hustwaite said. “It is well known that divisional football and promotion/relegation work in other regions and metro competitions. This template does not suit our region. Nepean Division has been in a very healthy state since becoming more geographical in 2006,” Hustwaite said. “In this region over the past 30 years, several alterations have been made to

the competition that have not served the clubs well. Generally, clubs who have been ‘promoted’ have struggled in the higher division – it has hurt the club by breaking up local rivalries, reducing their ability to raise funds through lower gate takings/canteen and other sales. The pressure to perform also demands that the clubs spend more to remain competitive, however, they are restricted in their ability to raise as much. Hustwaite said if Rosebud was placed in ‘Division One’ and lost rivalries against Rye, Dromana and Red Hill, it could cost the club as much as $40,000 in revenue each year. “AFL South East is attempting to legislate for the small number of clubs who are struggling. The clubs in our region who are ‘struggling’ are in this position for one or a combination of reasons. “We need to address club issues in changing demographics, financial position, links between junior and senior

clubs and the retention of youth/teenage footballers. Junior boys’ football in this area (in the smaller townships) has been in a sad decline for quite some time. Right now, I would say it’s almost at its weakest in 10 years.” One questions how that would compete against Cranbourne, Narre Warren, Berwick and Beaconsfield. Hustwaite said altering the structure of football in this region may only create a ‘quick fix’. “Rather than have the options presented to us as the ‘only’ choices, we need to use the AFL resources and professionals within our region to work with the clubs who are struggling and address their individual needs,” Hustwaite said. “If we can achieve the aim of improving the ‘health’ of every club that would like assistance, this would make for a sustainable local football environment. There may be some clubs who need to investigate alterations to the competition

they are in, but wholesale change is not required. “What we need right now is to get the AFL South East right behind us and work together for the best results in local football,” Hustwaite said. Watching it all unfold with a keen eye is Southern Football Netball League (SFNL), who may also be impacted with the AFL South East recommendations, given region divisional football may also impact their member clubs including Cerberus, South Mornington, Skye, Lyndhurst, Carrum and Chelsea Heights. However, SFNL General Manager David Canizzio would not be drawn into making comment. “I respect the process that AFL SE is going through and I’m sure there will come a time when it will be appropriate to make comment,” Canizzio said.

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Langy licks its wounds as Somerville soars SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie CELLAR dweller Mooroolbark ended Langwarrin’s unbeaten run last weekend while Somerville Eagles recorded the second win of their inaugural State League season. While the Barkers were surprising the football world with a 3-2 win against the league leader in State 1 South-East, Somerville Eagles were soaring to a 3-0 win over Old Mentonians in their State 5 South encounter at Mentone Grammar. A Ciaran McConville corner in the 31st minute gave the Eagles the lead and a McConville cross in the 56th minute found Liam Morgan sliding in to volley home from close range. Pat Acha cut in from the left and completed the rout in the 73rd minute. Bailey Henderson came off the Eagles’ bench and won a penalty following a superb through ball by Alex Colville but when Henderson blew the conversion he was subbed. “We have definitely turned the corner and we are really starting to gel as a group,” said delighted Eagles president Felix Arena. It was a different scene at Lawton Park as four goals in the final eight minutes found Langy players trudging towards the dressing room with glum faces after unexpectedly losing their unbeaten record. Aaran Currie and Kieron Kenny went closest for Langy in the first half but a superb turn by Mooroolbark’s Ross Clark in the 78th minute and a firm low shot inside the far post broke the deadlock. An excellent interpassing move in the 85th minute involving Liam Baxter, sub Caleb Nicholes and Connor Belger ended with Belger drilling a low right-foot strike past Barkers keeper Rob Havercroft to make it 1-1. Within a minute Mat Luak had tucked away the rebound following a blocked Nicholes shot and Langy had an unlikely lead. A couple of minutes later and it was 2-2 after Mooroolbark striker Sam Klepac had been bodychecked and converted the resultant penalty with ease. Three minutes into injury time a draw seemed certain until a George Whiteoak howler gifted possession to Klepac and he made no mistake from close range for a dramatic decider. Langy’s State 1 rival Mornington fared no better slumping to its fifth league defeat at home this season. Its defensive woes continued when it went down 3-2 to Casey Comets on Saturday. Aaron Root partnered Steve Elliott in central defence for the home team

Somerville success: Eagles defender Kevin McCormick. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

and recent signing Sam Orritt debuted in a wide left role. But it was another new signing, Comets’ capture Delfin Mosebe from Springvale White Eagles, who caught the eye. The winger from Equatorial Guinea was making his first start for his new club and had a hand in two of Comets’ goals. Mornington started on the front foot and star striker Ryan Paczkowski forced Comets keeper Faraz Zenoozi into a save low down at his near post after just three minutes. One minute later Mornington was in front after Chris Reid sent Paczkowski clear and he pinpointed his left foot strike inside the far post. Simon Mur should have extended Mornington’s lead when he broke through in the 26th minute but shot straight at Zenoozi and Comets levelled in the 27th minute after Mosebe crossed from the left and a defensive mix-up between Mornington keeper Kris McEvoy and left back Jack Truelove allowed Comets midfielder Ray Markley to nip in and poke the ball home from close range. Allando Matheson had the chance to capitalise on more poor defending in the 33rd minute but took too long to shoot and the sides went in level pegging at the break. Mornington went back in front in the 60th minute via an Elliott Capel own

goal after the Comets defender and Mur both attacked an inviting Paczkowski cross swung in from the right. Another own goal, this time from Mornington’s Elliott in the 73rd minute, made it 2-2 after Markley’s shot was blocked and Elliott was trying to cut out a shot on the rebound from substitute Andy Stubley but only succeeded in deflecting the ball past McEvoy. A slick move and fine finish by Matheson sealed Mornington’s fate in the 78th minute. Mosebe and Jesse Martindale combined wide on the left before the latter cut the ball back to Matheson who shielded well then turned and smacked a firm low strike inside the far post. Mur went close in the 80th minute and in the 90th minute Matheson chipped the stranded McEvoy but the ball struck the bar and was cleared. Comets are playing a friendly against Doveton at Comets Stadium on Tuesday at 7.30pm and the match will feature a Chilean striker that the club has signed pending the processing of his international clearance. Peninsula Strikers drew 1-1 away to State 2 South-East leader Eltham on Saturday and earned praise from gaffer Craig Lewis. “It was a strong performance and we were unfortunate not to take all three points having hit the post and having one cleared off the line,” said Lewis.

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“Young Aiden McKenna is just 16 and he had an excellent game at left back.” Strikers were without defensive linchpin Chris McKenna, who was working in Sydney, and Tom Hawkins who was suspended after accumulating five yellow cards. And gun striker Aziz Bayeh was forced off with a hamstring injury after 22 minutes and was replaced by Trevor Johnston. An own goal in the 59th minute gave Strikers the lead but Eltham substitute Peter Koskos equalised in the 81st minute. Frankston Pines lost big Ioasa Saemo to a straight red card in the 22nd minute of its State 2 South-East home game against Mazenod on Saturday but the 10 men stood tall to record a stirring 1-0 victory. The pivotal moment came in the 57th minute when Francois Armansin broke down the left then cut inside and squared the ball to Jack Wrobel whose lay-off was slotted home by Matt Davis. “It was a huge team performance and to hold our shape, stay organised and persevere was outstanding. No wonder the boys were spent at the end of the match,” said Pines head coach Paul Williams. A huge plus for Pines was the return of CJ Hodgson from Comets and don’t be surprised if there is more good news on the playing front this week. Seaford United might be down but it’s not yet out judging by Saturday’s crucial 1-0 home win over fellow struggler Doncaster Rovers. Harry McCartney reports that Seaford welcomed the return of former captain Marcus Brownlie to shore up the defence. Brownlie and former Berwick City player James Ashby were among a number of changes made by senior coach Paulo Pinheiro in an attempt to drag his side off the bottom of the State 2 South-East ladder. Ace Seaford striker Dylan Waugh settled the issue just before half-time when he ran onto a long punt downfield from Seaford keeper Harrison Burgess and tapped the bouncing ball over the head of Rovers custodian Daniel Ciric into the unguarded goal. Burgess turned in a man-of-thematch performance making a series of top-quality saves. Doncaster came close in the 76th minute but Chris Pascal-Therios watched in dismay as his shot was cleared off the line by Seaford defender Admir Music. Skye United maintained its promotion push in State 3 South-East with a thumping 7-0 away win over strug-

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gling Sandringham on Saturday. Stand in skipper Marcus Collier, deputising for suspended Mark O’Connor, kicked off proceedings in the first minute lashing home a loose ball in the box to put the visitors ahead. From there it was all one-way traffic, as Daniel Attard tapped in a Michael Putson cut back in the 29th minute and Wumjock Jock got on the end of a Jason Nowakowski cross with the last kick of the half to make it 3-0. Attard continued Skye’s dominance in the second half and his finish from a one-on-one triggered another barrage of goals. A red card for a handball on the line to Sandringham’s Ben Harris in the 55th minute worsened matters for the host but Nowakowski put the resulting spot kick wide. But Nowakowski made amends in the 68th minute when his cross found Attard whose diving header completed his hat trick. Jock notched his own hat trick in the 75th and 81st minutes and the hiding was complete. Baxter won bragging rights for 2017 when it defeated bitter rival Rosebud Heart 1-0 on Saturday in their State 4 South derby battle at Truemans Road. To rub salt into Heart’s wounds the winner came from the man Heart fans love to hate, controversial Scottish striker Mark Pagliarulo. Former Heart midfielder Alan Lipsett forced a superb save from Heart keeper Sean Skelly in the 55th minute. Lipsett gathered the rebound then cut the ball back to Pagliarulo who drilled it home with his left foot from close range. Baxter custodian Francis Beck won his personal battle with Heart hitman Dave Greening which had a major bearing on the outcome. Beck was well supported by excellent defensive displays by Owen Kilner, Frank Ntim and Heath Goss. This weekend’s games: SATURDAY 3pm: Morwell Pegasus v Langwarrin (Ronald Reserve), St Kilda v Mornington (Elwood Park), Seaford Utd v Heatherton Utd (North Seaford Reserve), Eltham Redbacks v Frankston Pines (Eltham North Reserve), Berwick City v Peninsula Strikers (Jack Thomas Reserve), Skye Utd v Dingley Stars (Skye Recreation Reserve), Rosebud Heart v Endeavour Utd (Truemans Road Recreation Reserve), Noble Park v Baxter (Norman Luth Reserve), Somerville Eagles v Drouin Dragons (Barber Reserve).


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Begg scores first city winner from new set-up By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON trainer, Grahame Begg, scored his first metropolitan winner since re-launching his training career on the peninsula last year. Begg saddled up the grey mare Phoenix Park for her seventh start with the trainer in the $40,000 The Cove Hotel Handicap (1400m) at Sandown on Wednesday 14 June. Phoenix Park ($31) was sent out as an outsider but travelled into the race from sitting three wide to score by a short neck from Diapason ($4), with the Peter Morgan-trained Whirlpool ($9) finishing a further length and a half away in third. With seven unplaced starts in New South Wales, Begg has turned Phoe-

nix Park’s form around to now having four wins from her past seven starts. “We were absolutely delighted with the win,” Begg said. “Hopefully its onwards and upwards from here.” The victory gave jockey, Jamie Mott, his 100th win for the season and bought up Begg’s 14th winner since setting up his training operations at Pinecliff, Mt Eliza. The win is likely to be Phoenix Park’s last start for the trainer as it heads to the Inglis Great Southern sale next week. “Unfortunately, she is heading to the sales but it was great to get a city win with her,” Begg said.

City Win: Jamie Mott rides 100 th winner for the season aboard the Grahame Begg-trained Phoenix Park. Photo: Racing Photos

Unbeaten women’s teams can’t be separated By Ben Triandafillou THE Mornington Football Club’s senior women’s side have kept their unbeaten status with a draw against Endeavour Hills on Saturday. Both teams came into the match with a perfect record and were looking to take the top spot in the Division

Flying high: Endeavour Hills and Mornington clash for the top spot in division two. Photo: Supplied

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Two South Eastern Women’s Football League. Endeavour Hills came out firing, having the first five scoring chances of the match and finished the first quarter to lead by two goals. Mornington started to fight back in the second quarter but couldn’t make much ground. However, the third quarter was dominated by Mornington with most of the ball in their forward half and ended the quarter to lead by eight points. It came down to the final minute in the fourth quarter where Mornington led by seven points. Endeavour Hills were able to kick

a behind before booting a goal in the dying seconds to tie up the game, bringing the final score to 5.8.38. Mornington football club coach, Gary Sanford says the match fittingly ended with a draw with nothing to separate the sides. “It was a bit disappointing to get a draw but it was good to see the two top teams battle it out,” Sanford said. “It was perfect conditions for footy with the teams still unable to be seperated.” Sanford says the team played well with special mentions to Imani Francis and Rebecca Waymouth who led the charge from the centre against Endeavour Hills.

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