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Cash for outdoor dining changes FRANKSTON businesses can apply now for $5000 grants to help create outdoor dining spaces. Outdoor dining will be encouraged as part of Melbourne’s exit from stage four lockdown restrictions. Funding through the state government’s Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package business grants program is now available for businesses to help them get ready. Jim Derzekos, owner of Seaford restaurant 38 South, is working on a grant application. The restaurant opened a year ago and he hopes the funding will help it get back on its feet. “The first six months were enjoyable, building up the business and establishing ourselves but obviously the last six have been challenging,” he said. “We’re a family business and we’re surviving though. There are some challenges coming so far as staffing and preparing new menus for summer. It is difficult getting ready to reopen but we’re hopeful.” Contact council about approvals for outdoor dining at businessconcierge@ frankston.vic.gov.au. To apply for a grant visit business.vic.gov.au/ support-for-your-business/grants-andassistance/.

DANIEL, Alena, Alex, Amy, and Jim (L to R) from 38 South in Seaford. Picture: Supplied

Rail extension funding still in the budget Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au THE extension of the Frankston line to Baxter is still included as a “key project” in the federal budget, despite being at a standstill for a year. A business case assessing the electrification and duplication of the Frankston line to Baxter was completed in October last year. Despite

pressure from the opposition and state government, the federal government have not released the finished business case. The state government has also not committed funds to the project, leaving it in limbo. The federal government’s $225 million commitment to the project was first announced more than two years ago by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. After the release of the federal budget last week, urban infra-

structure minister Alan Tudge released a statement confirming that the funding is still in this year’s budget, and has been included in the “National Rail Program”. Dunkley MP Peta Murphy said she has written to Mr Tudge twice to ask for the release of the business case to get the project moving again. “Despite their failure to even release the business case, Minister Tudge said in a letter [that] the next step is a de-

tailed business case in order to further investigate the options available and enable Infrastructure Australia assessment,” Ms Murphy said. “It is clear that the federal government is not committed to extending the line to Baxter given the minister has said he still needs to investigate the options available. If the federal government was genuinely committed to extending the line to Baxter, they would have increased funding for it

like they have with countless other infrastructure projects.” State Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke told The Times that “nothing has changed” in regards to the state government’s position on the project “because the actual cost is still hidden in the business case that has been hidden for almost a year”. Continued Page 3

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Promised project on the road to nowhere IN February 2019, Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited Ballarto Road in Skye to announce that it would receive $30 million in funding for upgrades. Nearly two years has passed since that announcement and contruction has not begun. Dunkley MP Peta Murphy has called on the government to update the community on the project. “For almost 20 months, we haven’t heard a word out of the federal government about this upgrade, our community needs and deserves certainty,” she said. “We know the Morrison government is always there for the photo op, let’s hope they are there for the follow up.” The upgrades were expected to be funded through the federal government’s urban congestion fund, a program which shadow infrastructure minister Catherine King says was

“underspent by $572m last year alone, with only $148m of the promised $720m getting out the door”. The upgrade plans were not finalised when the Prime Minister made the announcement last year, but they were expected to include works at Greenwood Drive, Dion Drive, and Potts Road (“Cash splash on busy Ballarto Road”, The Times, 11/2/19). The 2020/2021 federal budget was announced this week, featuring new funding announcements for a number of local roads. The budget included millions of dollars in taxpayer funds toward works on South Road, Western Port Highway, Hall Road, and Narre Warren North Road. The federal government says that $84.5 million will be spent on Hall Road in Skye and Cranbourne West to increase traffic lanes, bike paths, and safety measures. Narre Warren Road

BALLOT packs were mailed to voters last week ahead of the upcoming local government elections. Any registered voter who does not receive a ballot paper by 16 October should call 8619 1420 to arrange for one. Votes must be mailed by 6pm on 23 October. Electoral commissioner Warwick Gately said “with the election being conducted by post, voters must complete and return their ballot material as soon as possible to make sure their vote counts.” Election results are expected on 13 November. 35 candidates are running for

Frankston Council this year. The Times emailed questions to candidates last week. Their responses can be read online at baysidenews.com.au/category/council-watch/

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was provided a sum of $31 million for additional lanes and safety features. $27.15 million was put aside for the enhancement of Western Port Highway roundabouts at Ballarto Road and Frankston-Cranbourne Road, while $22.5 million was set aside for new turning lanes, traffic lights and safety features at South Road in Moorabbin between Nepean Highway and Warrigal Road. “Commuters in greater south-east Melbourne will benefit from reduced travel times due to improved traffic flow and improvements in road safety due to these road upgrades,” Victorian Senator David Van said. The federal government touted 264 jobs would be created as a result of the works, which are expected to be completed over the next four years. Laura Green

Calls continue to fund rail works Continued from Page 1 “If the federal government was really committed and the business case stacked up, they would release it to our community and fund the project appropriately as promised,” Mr Edbrooke said. Committee for Greater Frankston CEO Ginevra Hosking said her advocacy group was “greatly relieved” that the funding “remains locked in the federal budget”, but called on the state government to come forward with funding of their own. “There was little progress made on the project last year due to the state government delaying and refusing to commit to the project, which will extend the metropolitan electrified train line beyond Frankston to Langwarrin and/or Baxter, at an estimated cost of

$500 million plus.” she said. “Many people in the community thought the project was a done deal after the 2018 federal budget. It is not. If the Victorian government does not back the project, and match the federal commitment, it cannot go ahead. State inaction places our federal funding in jeopardy.” The proposed project would see two new stations at Langwarrin and Frankston East constructed. Earlier this year, a report endorsed by local MPs and council employees suggested that the rail line could be extended with twin tracks to Langwarrin at a cheaper cost. That report estimated that electrifying the track through to Baxter could cost more than $550 million (“Report backs shorter rail extension”, The Times, 22/6/20).

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Nursing home COVID-19 outbreak ‘closed’ Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au BUPA has declared the COVID-19 outbreak at its Edithvale aged care home “closed”. The first COVID-19 case at the site was made public on 19 July. A total of 44 Bupa Edithvale residents ended up contracting the virus and 17 lives were lost, a Department of Health report released on 2 October read. Including staff, the total number of cases linked to the aged care home was 79. On 17 September, Bupa declared the outbreak “officially closed”. Bupa released an online statement on 2 October saying that “no Bupa Edithvale

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on being there for our residents and each other. We’ve mourned for those we’ve lost, but there’s also a common feeling that we’ve made it through this together. “From the bottom of our hearts, I just want to thank everyone near and far who have supported us in any form along the way. We couldn’t have done this alone. To have family support, resident support and the support of the wider Bupa community has been the key to us getting through this.” The Department of Health and Human Services reported one new case linked to the aged care home on 1 October, but noted that “it is likely the staff member was infected some weeks ago, and they are no longer carrying active virus.”

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Former Governor-General booked for library talk FORMER Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove will speak to Frankston library members at a free virtual event next month. Sir Cosgrove served as Australia’s GovernorGeneral for five years, from 2014 to 2019. He will be talking to library members about his new memoir You shouldn’t have joined. Frankston Council CEO Phil Cantillon said “we are absolutely honoured to be welcoming General Sir Peter Cosgrove virtually to our region along-

side Mornington Peninsula Library Service.” “Libraries have taken on a life of their own during the coronavirus pandemic and are proud to provide a platform for Australian authors to promote their works as they continue to support our communities,” he said. The event will take place on Monday 9 November at 6pm on Zoom. Bookings can be made at library.frankston.vic.gov.au or ourlibrary.mornpen. vic.gov.au


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Boy assaulted, robbed A 13-YEAR-old boy has been assaulted and robbed by a group of people at the Frankston Pier. Police say that the boy was approached by a group of 10 to 15 people at around 5pm on 2 October. They say that the group consisted of both men and women aged between 15 and 25. The victim was followed along the foreshore before being assaulted. The victim’s property was stolen and the group fled the scene. Police have provided descriptions of three of the males they are looking for. They describe them as a “20 year old Caucasian, 5 foot 7 or 165cm, wearing a black cap, white shirt and a black satchel, a 15-year-old Maori, short with black hair, and a 15-year-old Caucasian with blonde hair.” Police are encouraging any witnesses to make a report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to crimestoppers.com.au and quote the incident number 200366086.

government agency, do not respond to the request and hang up, call the institution back via a publicly listed phone number, if you have lost money as a result of this type of scam, please report the matter to your local police station.” Scams can be reported at scamwatch.gov.au

Man hits police van A MAN has had his license disqualified for more than a year after crashing into a police van in Carrum Downs. Police officers were stopped at a red light on the Eastlink off ramp at Thompsons Road when a car hit them from behind, around 8.15pm 7 October. Police took the driver to the police station for an evidentiary breath test. The driver blew 0.139. The 46-year-old man’s license was taken off him for 13 months.

Rings lost POLICE are searching for the owner of a lost set of diamond and gold rings. The jewelry was found on the ground at Chelsea Railway Station. It was on the Frankstonbound platform on 24 September. Police say the rings are “obviously very sentimental items and each is engraved with a heartfelt message.” The owner can contact the Chelsea Police property officer on 8773 3200 to claim the rings.

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TWO rings found at the Chelsea railway station last month. Picture: Supplied

Watch out for scam calls TELEPHONE scams have been on the rise lately, police say. Scam victims are told that they have an outstanding tax debt, and are asked for their personal information or bank account details. A statement on the police eyewatch Facebook page read “often the number displayed on the caller identification is that of a local police station or other government agency, such as the ATO. The scammers reportedly ask for personal information or bank details, and in some examples request the victim purchases online music vouchers or similar products to pay supposed fines.” “If you receive a phone call requesting personal information or payment from a person representing themselves from a law enforcement or

Integrity Richard Rendell for Frankston North East Ward Authorised by Richard Rendell 12 Streeton Court Skye 3977

Nominations open to recognise Frankston’s finest NOMINATIONS have opened for the 2021 Frankston citizen of the year awards. The four categories at the annual awards are citizen of the year, young citizen of the year, senior citizen of the year, and community event of the year Frankston Council CEO Phil Cantillon said “we all know those unsung heroes who are always putting others first so let’s make sure they are rewarded and thanked for their efforts.” “Whether it’s fundraising for bushfire affected communities, adapting existing services to support our community during a pandemic, creative ideas helping give a boost during lockdown or any number of ongoing projects, community groups,

community events or activities which bring our community together, we have a wealth of admirable people who deserve to be recognised,” he said. Nominations close 5pm, 30 October. Download a nomination form at frankston.vic.gov.au and email them when completed to councillors.office@frankston.vic.gov.au. Winners announced 26 January, 2021.

2020 FRANKSTON citizen of the year Peter Patterson. Picture: Supplied

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100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...

Protest at Land Sale – Question of Subdivision Compiled by Cameron McCullough LAST Saturday afternoon, the land situate between the Prince of Wales Hotel and Mr Sage’s shop, Frankston, was offered for sale, on the site. The owner, Mr. Short, considers the situation admirably adapted for shop sites, and he subdivided the block into four allotments. The whole block has a frontage of 100 feet to Mornington Road, with a depth of 200 feet to Kananook Creek, where there is a three feet right-ofway along the bank of the stream. Mr Short has cut his block in two, reserving the rear portion – 100 x 100 ft – as a residential area for himself, his frontage being the creek. The front part, which has a rightof-way on both sides, be subdivided into three parts, each having frontage of 30 feet, and a depth of 100 feet. The auctioneer, Mr W. P. Mason, had completed reading the conditions of sale, when Mr J.D. Jennings stepped forwarded, and asked several questions relating to the survey. He received information confirming the fact that the three front allotments ran into a dead end, and that the only frontage possessed by the rear allotment – reserved by Mr Short – was the three feet right-of-way along the creek. Mr Jennings then entered a vigorous protest against the action of the Shire Council in permitting what he termed “the creation of a slum area” in such a favored locality. He contended in connection with the rear block that the granting of a frontage to a 3ft right-of-way was most improper, and he hoped the peo-

ple of Frankston would not be slow to disapprove of the whole thing. Mr Mason drew attention to the fact that the plans of sub-division bore the seal of the Shire Council and proceeded with the sale. The corner block, nearest the hotel, was first offered, the purchaser having the option of taking the other two. Bidding started at £10 per foot and increased by 5s bids to £10 15s, at which it was passed in. It is stated that the vendors reserve was something like £15 per foot. *** Local Soldiers Ignored AT the conclusion of the Soldiers’ Memorial committee meeting, Mr H. Vicars referred to the advertised fact that Lieutenants Parer and McIntosh were to be entertained at Frankston. As president of the local branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association he could say that members deeply resented the manner in which they had been ignored in the matter. They were anxious to co-operate, but had never been consulted by the two or three individuals who had taken upon themselves the responsibility of acting on behalf of the people of Frankston. Cr Oates said the Council had written to Mr Parer senr., over a month ago concerning the matter of giving a public welcome to Lieut. Parer, and the Council was still waiting a reply. He promised that enquiry would be made. Mr Morrison took exception to the high price fixed for admission. In the past ls had been deemed sufficient

charge to welcome home socials to returned soldiers. Mr McMurtrie: Did the Returned Soldiers’ make any move towards organising a welcome? Mr Vicars: We were waiting on the Council. Our branch is nearly 100 strong, and we expect to be consulted. *** “Digger’s” Doings – A Day at the Races and a trip to the seaside THE escapades of three “diggers” named Arthur Hall, Charles Newman and Stanley James (inmates of the Caulfield Military Hospital) occupied the attention of Messrs C, G. V. Williams (chairman), C. W. Grant, and W. J. Oates, J’s.P. at the Frankston Police Court on Monday last, when Newman and James were charged with stealing between £20 and £30 from their comrade, Hall. Detective Ethell, in outlining the case, said that on Saturday, Sept 25th Hall invited Newman to accompany him to the city, where Hall collected £22. They were joined later by James, and proceeded to the Moonee Valley races. They consumed a good deal of drink during the day, and finally found themselves at the Carrum Hotel, where they secured accommodation for the night. When Hall was awakened on Sunday morning, he found his companions of the previous day had taken their departure. He also discovered his empty wallet near the bed, but no trace of the £27 it had contained when he retired to rest. Hall informed the police, with the result that Newman and James were

interviewed at the Caulfield Hospital. At first they denied all knowledge of the money, but after being confronted with the motor driver, whom they engaged on the Sunday to take them to Mordialloc, and the manager of the Mordialloc Hotel, where they changed a £5 note, they made certain admissions to the police. Arthur Hall, a young soldier, with one arm, gave evidence detailing the day’s doings. He said he backed winners. He had 30/- on Pimpara at 7 to 1, and he gave James £1 to put on Earl Simon, and received £3 in return. After the races. He, with Newman and James, engaged a motor car and arrived at the Carrum Hotel at about 10 o’clock at night, where they went to bed. James did not undress. Witness had about £27 in his wallet, which he carried in the pocket of his jacket. The money consisted of four £5 notes and seven. £1 notes. Witness paid all the expenses of the trip. He thought Newman had about £11 on Saturday morning, when they set out for the races. James had no money. They all had drinks during the day, and were just “nice and merry” when they got to Carrum. Newman: You told us you got 7 to 2 Pimpara. Hall: No, 7 to 1. James denied the statement that he went to bed fully dressed. John Crosby, motor driver, and Raymond Broomhall manager Mordialloc Hotel, gave evidence relating to the doings of the accused on Sunday, Sept

26th. Constable McDonald read the statements made by Newman and James. They admitted having taken a couple of £5 notes, which, they said, they found lying on the floor near Hall’s bed at Carrum. The accused pleaded guilty, and asked to be dealt with at once. Newman: This would never have happened had we not been drinking. I had three year’s active service, and was never in trouble before. If you give us a chance, we will make amends, and pay back the money to Hall. James, who was on crutches, also promised amendment. Detective Ethell: It looks like a drunken spree! The Bench said that consideration would be given to what the men had suffered in the war. This trouble seemed to have resulted from their drunken condition. They would be sentenced to three months imprisonment, sentence to be suspended on them entering into a bond of £25 to be of good behavior for 12 months. *** A MEETING of the Peninsula’s Cricket Association was held at Hastings on Saturday last, when delegates were present from Tyabb, Hastings, Crib Point, French Island and the Naval Unit attached to the Flinders Naval Base. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 8 October 1920

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Help! Corona virus Has Infected the Way We Speak By Stuart McCullough VERTICAL consumption. Had you asked me six months ago what ‘vertical consumption’ referred to, I’d have assumed it involved an ointment and a lie down. But, as it turns out, it refers to the act of eating and drinking while standing up. Why they don’t simply refer to it as ‘doing stuff whilst standing’ and went with ‘vertical consumption’ is beyond me. It’s unlikely to be a medical term. Not since the nation was collectively boxed around the ears with the term ‘programmatic specificity’ has something so simple been put in such a mind-bogglingly complex way. The long and short of it is that ‘vertical consumption’ is now permitted in South Australia. Good luck to them, I say. Which means that there are people standing up while eating and drinking as we speak. It’s not something I ever thought I’d be jealous of. Then again, it does strike me as somewhat reckless. Whose to say that, after all this time, people still remember how to eat and drink while standing up? I can see it now – dozens of people falling over as they attempt ‘vertical consumption’ for the first time in six months. People toppling off bar stools as they try to do too much, too soon, as gravity gets the better of them. I suspect when ‘vertical consumption’ is eventually re-introduced in Victoria, it will be gradual and accompanied by a seven-stage ‘vertical consumption’ roadmap that will take us to 2023 to complete. It will be time-limited too, with malingerers who stand too long either given a squirt from the bar-hose or, in less severe circumstances, dragged out by the riot squad and fed to the canine unit. I, however, will be ready. While the rest of you have been foolishly allowing your ‘vertical consumption memory muscle’ to wither, I have been practicing at home. I’d like to say that this has been to ensure that I’m ready to vertically consume at a moment’s notice, but mostly it’s to ensure my dog – who has started bullying me for food – doesn’t jump onto the table and eat my dinner.

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Restrictions have been in force for a long time here in Victoria. What if we forget the things we once took for granted? It’s been ages since I wore a necktie. There’s a chance that I won’t remember how and will have to resort to one of those elastic ones that are normally only worn by substitute teachers. Or, worse still, what if I can’t remember how to tie a tie, but can remember how to do a cravat and, as a result, have to attend work looking like a seventeenth-century Croatian soldier. (Fun fact: the cravat was invented by the Croatian army in the seventeenth century – who says defending sovereign territory and being

fashionable are incompatible!) Dancing was banned in Queensland. For those of us who were lousy dancers to begin with and needed all the practice we could get, such prohibitions really mark the end of any hope we had of turning professional. You may consider that a good thing. But until you’ve seen me crump, you should reserve judgment. From 1 November, people can dance at weddings in the Sunshine State but capped to a maximum of forty people at a time. If this is a glimpse into the future, it means that there will soon be a new job at weddings – dance-floor wrangler.

The job of the dance-floor wrangler will be to ensure that the forty-person cap is complied with at all times and that people don’t get too close to each other. How this is to be enforced in an atmosphere of driving music and heightened spirits is anyone’s guess, but I’m pretty sure it’s likely to involve a cattle prod and a bucket of cold water. DJs across the country will need to revise their playlists; discarding the guaranteed floor fillers they’ve been relying on for years – forget ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson, say good-bye to ‘Superstition’ by Stevie Wonder, so long ‘I Want to Dance with Somebody’ by Whitney Houston – and replace them with songs that will hopefully appeal to no more than forty people at a time. I have a sneaking suspicion that Wang Chung is about to be very popular at weddings. As for me, I think I’m getting used to it. Wearing a mask feels, if not like second nature, then probably third nature. There are some upsides too. Once I worried about whether I’d blown my nose properly. So long as facemasks remain mandatory, I don’t think I’ll have to bother with blowing my nose ever again. Ditto for yawning in public. I’ve become used to treating others with suspicion whenever I set foot outside my house. I marvel at the sheer unpredictability that comes with squirting hand-sanitizer. (Will it come out straight? Or will is shoot out at some unexpected angle and squirt the dog who’s about six feet away. Who can tell?) I’m a little tired of the whole ‘five kilometer radius’ thing, though. Most of the things I need fall within our ‘zone’, but I’m about eight hundred metres short of my preferred butcher. Perhaps we can move to a trading system where meterage can be sold on the free market and I can offset the additional distance with those days that I hardly travel at all. When that day finally comes that I can leave my territory, I’ll be so happy that I might just eat while standing up. Just don’t ask me to dance – I won’t remember how. stuart@stuartmccullough.com


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By Craig MacKenzie FOOTBALL Victoria held secret online meetings two weeks ago with senior and junior licence holders to discuss restructuring the state’s NPL setup. The game’s governing body held a zoom meeting with NPL1 clubs on Monday 28 September, with NPL2 and NPL3 clubs the following evening then met online with junior NPL clubs on Wednesday 30 September. The opening address at the meeting with NPL2 and NPL3 clubs was made by FV director Sezar Jakupi with the federation’s Football Strategy Manager Emilio Amanatidis and NPL Competitions Manager Hakan Dogan participating. At all three meetings clubs were told not to discuss the proposals put forward or the discussion that took place. The rationale behind the federation’s attempts to shroud these meetings in secrecy is unclear. Attendees were always going to report back to club committees who in turn would inform coaching staff so the thread of confidentiality was severely frayed. The meetings canvassed major changes to under-18 and under-20 competitions, the possible axing of the under-16s and allowing clubs to field two under-13s but reducing that age group to small-sided competition. NPL2 and NPL3 clubs were told that if they reached the last 32 of the 2021 FFA Cup they would have to compete under the constraints of the Player Points System despite the PPS not applying during their respective league seasons. It also was confirmed that NPL clubs would retain their respective league status next year and that promotion and relegation would again be in play. Last week NPL senior and junior licence holders voted on these changes and it is expected that the federation will inform clubs of the outcome this week. Proposals put to the vote included replacing the under-18s and under-20s with under-19 and under-21 competitions and introducing a finals series for 19s and 21s. Clubs were told that they would be allowed to include three under-23 players not listed on their senior roster

Meet the convener: Football Victoria director Sezar Jakupi (right) pictured with Oakleigh Cannons stars Joe Guest (far left) and Harry White at last year’s club presentation night. Picture: Peter Psarros

as part of their new under-21 squad. But the most controversial proposal involved how the new under-19 competition would be run. While remaining part of a club’s senior NPL licence FV suggested that it should be run over 33 matches with the first 11 matches amounting to grading games as is the case presently with junior NPL teams. Currently the under-18s are aligned with club seniors and under-20s in terms of fixtures but the FV proposal would regionalise a new under-19s competition during the grading phase. Once grading is completed clubs would be placed in separate under-19 leagues which would not mirror the senior and under-21 setup. One of the youth coaches involved at NPL level thought the under-19 proposal was doomed to failure. “It’s going to be a really, really hard sell,” he said. “The idea that the 18s will simply

move on to the 19s is ridiculous. “These kids will want to play senior football or at least be involved at senior level but this disenfranchises them by cutting them off from the seniors. “They might still come under the senior licence but they won’t feel part of the senior club having a completely different set of fixtures. “It’s a car crash. “I don’t understand how clubs are going to sell that to a player – you’re doing your VCE and you’re going to be playing more games than the seniors and 21s and against different teams. “It won’t work mate. “They restructured then didn’t even give it a season to find out how it turned out. “There was bugger all consultation with clubs no matter what FV might say and none of the clubs I’ve spoken to saw this coming in fact they were completely blindsided by this one.”

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The proposed changes to junior NPL competitions also took clubs by surprise and it’s believed that none of the three local licence holders – Langwarrin, Mornington and Peninsula Strikers – were happy with either of the two options presented by FV. Option 1 was to run under-13, under-14, under-15 and under-17 competitions with the under-13s fielding two teams per club and reverting to smallsided (nine players per team) games with no results recorded and therefore no tables produced. This was how the now extinct NPL under-12s were organised. Option 2 was to scrap the under-13s and run under-14, under-15, under-16 and under-17 competitions. Despite opposition to these options during the junior NPL meeting the options eventually put to clubs were never amended and remained as presented to licence holders from the outset. When told of what took place at the

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By Ben Triandafillou PINECLIFF, Mount Eliza-based trainers Anthony and Sam Freedman remain adamant on bypassing the VRC Derby with promising colt Ain’tnodeeldun despite claiming the Listed Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville on Saturday. Co-trainer Anthony Freedman believes the $2million VRC Derby (2500m) on Saturday 31 October will come up too soon for the improving Dundeel three-year-old. “He still has some maturing to do so I don’t want to give him a gut buster in the Derby,” Anthony Freedman said on the Freedman Racing website. “I think he will be a better horse in the autumn so we will give him a light spring and lift the bar in the autumn with him.” Ain’tnodeeldun broke his maiden status in dominant fashion at Sale (1615m) two starts ago to win by five lengths, before proving too classy for his rivals on Saturday. Ain’tnodeeldun, who jumped as the $1.65 favourite for the race, settled towards the rear of the field before hitting the front with 150m to go and held off the late charge from Victoria Quay to win by three-quarters of a length. Freedman believes the colt will benefit from the experience interstate. “He was well-ridden today, but he was left in front a long way from home which probably isn’t the way to ride him,” Freedman said. “Dom Tourneur was of the opinion he had a lot more left to give, which is what I wanted to hear. He is still learning the game and I believe the trip away would have done him the world of good. He should come back a more mature horse.” With the Derby off the table, Freedman will instead aim Ain’tnodeeldun towards the Listed TCL TV Stakes (1800m) for three-year-olds on Melbourne Cup day.

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