Anzac Day game for lost teammate Stephen Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org FORMER teammate Jordan Penpraze will be in the thoughts of Mornington and Frankston baseball club players when they contest a memorial game on the Anzac Day weekend. Sapper Jordan Ronald Penpraze played juniors through to seniors at Mornington Baseball Club. In 2012, his dream career with the Australian Army, Jordan was cut short at the School of Military Engineering when he was injured in a vehicle accident. He was left in a critical condition and his family was forced to make the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life support on 11 October 2012. The Jordan Penpraze Memorial Shield will be played between the two clubs at the Mornington Baseball Club, CB Wilson Reserve, Wilson Rd, Mornington on Saturday 22 April. “The club is hoping to secure this fixture as an annual event,” Mornington Pirates Baseball Club Vice President Myles Dowsett said. “As well as honouring Jordan and all other Anzacs this event is about raising awareness and much-needed funds for The Warriors Return – an organisation dedicated to helping veterans return and adjust to civilian life after service. “They are particularly focused on those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.” Jordan went to Mt Martha Primary School and Dromana Secondary College. He played softball at Frankston over the summer and baseball for Cheltenham under-16s helping them
win a premiership. He was happy to give all sports a go, including wakeboarding, waterskiing and dirt-bike riding, and was a qualified scuba diver. Jordan's grandfather was an engineer in the Army. “All he ever wanted was to join the army and be a Sapper,” family friend Elizabeth Tobias said. “He was also interested in joining the Army’s dog squad or de-arming bombs. He was always looking for ways he could help as many people as possible. “While in Sydney, Jordan and a fellow soldier helped resuscitate a member of the public, for which they received an Army Commendation Medal.” On the day an A2-grade game will be played as a curtain raiser from noon followed by a ceremony featuring the national anthem, The Last Post and one minute’s silence. This will be followed by the A1 grade game at 2:30pm. Food and drinks, raffle and special edition baseball caps will be sale on the day. The caps have the Pirates’ logo on a camouflage hat as well as the No. 5 which was Jordan's playing number. Profits from the day will be donated to The Warriors Return. Details: thewarriorsreturn.com
Services and marches FRANKSTON RSL’s Anzac Day services, Tuesday 25 April, will continue to commemorate those who went into battle during World War I. This year’ services will be at the new war memorial and cenotaph at Beauty Park, Frankston. The dawn service will be at 5.45am between the end of Baxter Av and High St. The gunfire breakfast will be after the dawn service, between the war memorial and the lake. The commemorative march will begin at 11am from the corner of Yuille and High streets, Frankston. Organisations marching will muster at 10.30am at the starting point. The march will proceed down High St to Baxter Av and turn into the war memorial. The centenary of Anzac commemorative service and wreath laying will follow the march. Service and affiliate members, marchers and their families have been invited to Frankston RSL for a complimentary lunch from midday.
In their thoughts: Mornington and Frankston baseball clubs will contest the Jordan Penpraze memorial game on the Anzac day weekend.
Commemorations, marches across the peninsula THERE will be 13 Anzac Day marches and services on the Mornington Peninsula. The mayor Cr Bev Colomb said the day is a time for “reflection, thankfulness and remembrance of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli”. “While Anzac Day has always been a huge day of national pride, each year reignites the community’s dedication to remembering the sacrifice so many have made for our country. “We will remember not only the original Anzacs who served at Gallipoli, but commemorate more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and women.” Anzac Day program: Balnarring 9.30am service at Balnarring Village Shopping Centre. Crib Point 10.55am march from
Crib Point RSL for 11am service at the cenotaph in Tingara Place. Dromana 6am dawn service at Peninsula RSL; 9.15am march from O’Donohue St for 9.40am service at the cenotaph at Dromana Hall. Flinders 10am service at Flinders Hall; march leaves hall at 11am for monument at top of Cook St. Hastings 5.30am dawn service at the foreshore; 10.30am march from Hastings RSL for 11am service at the foreshore. Mornington 6am dawn service at Memorial Park in Barkly St; 9.45am march from corner Main and Queen streets for 10am service at Memorial Park. Mt Eliza 1.30pm service at Mt Eliza Community Centre. Red Hill 11am service at Red Hill
Community Park. Rosebud 6am dawn service at Rosebud RSL; 9.30am march from corner Ninth Av and Point Nepean Rd for 9.45am service at cenotaph, corner Jetty and Point Nepean Rds. Rye 6am dawn service at Rye RSL; 12.15pm march from Rye pier for 12.35pm service at Rye RSL. Somerville 6am dawn service at the cenotaph at Fruit Growers Reserve. Sorrento 6am dawn service at Sorrento Foreshore; 11.30am march from opposite flagpole on Ocean Beach Rd for midday service on the foreshore. Tyabb 5.45am dawn service at the cenotaph at Tyabb Recreation Reserve. Full Anzac Day program at mornpen.vic.gov.au/anzacday
Auction and exhibition: Jim Rutherford and artist Terry Avion with the “Sunrise at Gallipoli” painting that will be auctioned on Anzac Day at Peninsula Parklands retirment village, Hastings. Picture: Yanni
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