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AN APPEAL to clamp down on unsocial comments on social media sites such as Facebook will be sent to federal Attorney-General George Brandis by Frankston Council. Councillors at the 25 September public council meeting voted to write to the federal Coalition government minister to urge “greater controls” be put in place around “statements made through Facebook and social media” since “there is currently limited or little accountability or penalty to the writer”. The push to urge the federal government to clamp down on social media “cowardly attacks” by people “under false or assumed identities” is being led by Cr Glenn Aitken who admitted he is not a digital native. “I don’t have Facebook, thank goodness, and social media. I’m actually much blessed that I haven’t engaged in it,” Cr Aitken said at the meeting. “However, I do get reliably informed about many of the comments that are made on Facebook. “I don’t give a stuff what people say about me … it doesn’t worry me but some people are impacted heavily by what is said on social media.” Councillors did not mention any specific Facebook pages during the lengthy debate about social media comments.

Several pages focused on politics at federal, state and council levels have sprung up on Facebook in recent months. Most councillors backed Cr Aitken’s notice of motion at the September meeting but some acknowledged council’s call is likely to have little impact on the rising online worldwide problem of people making abusive and false comments using fake names. “It is the responsibility of Facebook to take it down,” Cr Michael O’Reilly said. “People have been saying nasty things about each other since the dawn of time … and in politics, it’s even worse. “People seem to think that anyone, whether they’re local councillors or the Prime Minister, is just fair game.” Deputy mayor Cr Steve Toms, who was accused by Frankston Labor MP Paul Edbrooke last month of condoning alleged defamatory comments on Facebook, slammed people who bully others online. “It is the most depraved person who gets behind a fake profile on social media and tries to drag down another human being. This is happening a lot out there in social media land,” Cr Toms said. “There are people who are being led to suicide as a result of cyberbullying. “It is a real serious issue going on in modern society today.” Continued Page 5

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A STREET fair or night market at ratepayers’ expense could be hosted to “encourage shoppers back to Young St” after a $13 million refurbishment of the area. Frankston deputy mayor Cr Steve Toms won the backing of most councillors at the 25 September public council meeting to investigate using a $50,000 Trader’s Assistance Package previously agreed by council to fund an event in Young St. Council previously invited traders who could prove they have suffered a 30 per cent drop in trade during construction works to apply for a ratepayer-funded $750 payment despite the Young St works being a state government project managed by VicRoads and contractor Seymour Whyte.

Traders have until 1 November to apply for the payment. Cr Toms suggested that any remainder of the $50,000 package be spent on a street fair or night market after Young St is “fully reopened”. “It is strongly rumoured that it is not going to be finished on October 27 as has been rumoured among workmen on the site,” Cr Toms said at the meeting. “So, there’s a newsflash right there.” Crs Glenn Aitken, Kris Bolam, Brian Cunial, Quinn McCormack and Toms backed investigating the possibility of a council-backed event to encourage shoppers to visit Young St. Crs Colin Hampton and Michael O’Reilly opposed the move. Council officers will report back to councillors at council’s public council meeting about the possibility of hosting a street fair or night market after it is known how much money has been

allocated to traders as one-off $750 payments. VicRoads and Seymour White wrote to Young St traders last week to advise “the majority of works will be complete by the end of October 2017”. “We are currently planning activation events for the re-introduction of buses and two-way traffic to Young St,” the letter stated. “These events will encourage people to visit the area and shop in Frankston.” Frankston Labor MP Paul Edbrooke said the Young St revamp will encourage more people to spend money in local shops. “Next month, Young St finishes and then next stop is a brand new train station for Frankston.” The $13 million Young St revamp is the first stage of a major redevelopment of the train station and its surrounds.

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The right stuff: Vinko Simic, left, Ann Simic, Bill Diver, Bill Graham, Beverley Allen and Alma Portman got together under the Franskton Writers and Poets Society at Camp Manyung last week. Picture: Gary Sissons

Paging all writers and poets BOTH budding and experienced writers interested in fiction, poetry or memoir writing can meet up with like-minded scribes every fortnight at Frankston Library. The Frankston Writers and Poets Society hosts informal meetings every second Saturday, 10.30am-1pm in the library’s Long Room. The group will have guest speakers and writing workshops throughout the year. “Don’t allow your perception of inexperi-

ence to stop you, the more you write the better your writing practice becomes,” organiser Beverley Allen said. “We all have a story inside us to write.” The Frankston Writers and Poets Society’s next meeting will be held at Frankston Library, 60 Playne St, Frankston on Saturday 14 October. Email Beverley Allen at beverley@megatechmedia.com or call 0400 044 880 for more details.

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HOW much does it cost to not build a bridge? About $54,000, if the bridge is not built over Kananook Creek. That’s how much money Frankston Council spent on bridge designs and legal advice before deciding not to replace a bridge at Beckwith Grove in Seaford. Councillors in the previous four-year council term initially decided not to rebuild the bridge, demolished in early 2016 amid safety concerns, then bowed to pressure from nearby residents who wanted the Beckwith Grove bridge built to push ahead with the reinstatement of the bridge. Councillors at the 25 September public council meeting unanimously voted to axe plans to rebuild the bridge when it became apparent it would cost between $400,000-$700,000 to rebuild the bridge against an initial estimate of $180,000. North-West ward councillor Kris Bolam, elected to council last November, said at the meeting that disability access requirements and modern public safety provisions made the bridge rebuild too costly. Cr Bolam revealed initial design works did not take wheelchair access into account when budgeting the project at $180,000. “Design works at a substantial cost were done but we later found out that disability access hadn’t been included on those design works,” he said. “There was an unfortunate misspend of ratepayers’ money in terms of those costs.” Deputy mayor Cr Steve Toms praised NorthWest ward councillors Bolam, Lillian O’Connor and Glenn Aitken for taking all Frankston ratepayers into consideration when making “the difficult decision” not to rebuild the bridge. “The three North-West ward councillors are, of

course, apologetic — this is a hangover from the last council but I think they are being very responsible with ratepayers’ money.” Cr Aitken said it was “a regrettable outcome” but he said the previous council “in good faith” made a decision “based on the information we were given” about the bridge cost about $180,000. In addition to the disability access needs, Cr Aitken said he has been informed Melbourne Water has “some very particular requirements regarding water flow in the creek”. He noted the original bridge was was “narrow” but “time has moved on”. A council officers’ report tabled at the council meeting noted council could be hit with a “case for ‘unjustifiable hardship’ should the council resolve the bridge be constructed without access for people with disabilities and a complaint of discrimination be lodged”. Cr O’Connor said she supported the bridge being rebuilt at a cost of about $180,000. “I’m really sad it’s come to this way but unfortunately this is in the best interests of the community … this is the best decision.” Councillors backed a Cr Bolam notice of motion to instruct council CEO Dennis Hovenden to “install a checks-and-balances process to prevent the expenditure of public monies on conceptual designs that do not take into account the full scope of required works (i.e. disability access, public safety, statutory specifications etc)”. “I think this should be a cautionary tale moving ahead,” Cr Bolam said. “The spectre of disability and public safety additions on bridges are only going to further inflate costs into the future. “In this case it really has been a case of ‘a bridge to nowhere’ and while it’s disappointing the financial management of the city is tantamount.”

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Police patrol Hop, hop to charges A CARRUM Downs man was interviewed by Frankston police after using cable ties to restrain an allegedly drunk driver who crashed into the man’s car and tried to flee, early Saturday 30 September. Police said the man awoke to the sound of the collision at 4.10am in Trafford Rd and ran outside to see the driver about to run off. He grappled with the driver, 60, and forced him back to his house where he tied up him up while his wife rang 000. At one stage the driver tried to hop away with his feet tied together, but fell head first onto the roadway and was knocked unconscious. He was later taken by ambulance to The Alfred hospital. Detective Leading Senior Constable Bernard Dowling, of Frankston CIU, said the driver would likely be charged on summons with a range of traffic matters, including exceeding 0.05 per cent blood alcohol.

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THREE monkey-bike riders had their bikes confiscated on-the-spot by Frankston police and now face charges after reports of illegal riding in the Seaford wetlands, Sunday 1 October. Monkey bike riding in Frankston is illegal, with the mayor Cr Brian Cunial saying almost 300 impounded monkey bikes had been crushed since they were banned in 2007. Neighbours called the council officers and police when they saw and heard “hoon monkey bike riders tearing through the Seaford Wetlands”. “They are mostly ridden by children who are not in a position to fully understand the road rules and pose a genuine risk to themselves and the community,” Cr Cunial said. “We encourage people to report monkey bike users and hoon driving to Crime Stoppers and directly to council so we can eliminate this danger from our streets and natural reserves.”

Monkey bike riders in public spaces such as footpaths, roads, parks and reserves will have their bikes impounded and face fines. The bikes can also be crushed.

Charges after fatal crash MAJOR Collision Investigation Unit detectives charged a man last week in the wake of a fatal crash in Seaford, Sunday 1 October. Police had attempted to intercept a blue Mitsubishi on Overton Rd about 1am but it did not stop and was later found crashed into a pole. A 23-year-old Seaford man was found dead in the back seat. The police dog squad was called in and the alleged driver, a 28-year-old Carrum Downs man, was later allegedly found hiding in a boat at a Seaford property. He was charged with culpable driving, dangerous driving causing death and failing to remain at the scene of an accident. He appeared at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday 2 October and was further remanded to a later date. A 24-year-old Frankston woman was released pending further inquiries. Police media officer Belinda Batty said investigations into the incident would be overseen by Professional Standards Command.

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AN irate neighbour hurled a tyre iron through the rear window of a getaway car in Bragge St, Frankston, 7.40am, Sunday 1 October. The incident occurred after two offenders, one armed with a cricket bat, smashed their way into a neighbouring unit and tried to steal a laptop computer. In a struggle, one of the two occupants of the unit was cut by glass from the damaged door. The offenders attempted to flee but were chased by the neighbour who came out when he heard the struggle. Police said the tyre iron smashed the rear window but the offenders got away.

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Police patrol Body found at beach POLICE will prepare a report for the coroner after a man’s body was found on the beach at The Strand, Chelsea, Monday 2 October. Walkers spotted the body about 40 metres from the pier, 6.30am. Police who arrived on the scene were unable to resuscitate the man, whose death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Car under truck on Link AN elderly man was lucky to escape serious injury when his car ran into the back of a truck under the Skye Rd bridge on Peninsula Link, Frankston, Thursday 5 October. Roadworks up ahead had slowed traffic at the accident site and only one lane was getting through. Leading Senior Constable Greg Wolfe, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said the 83-year-old, of Carrum, passed out before running into the truck. He was alone in the car. His 1993 Toyota

Corolla was extensively damaged and he was taken to Frankston Hospital for observation. Leading Senior Constable Wolfe said drivers aged over 80 “should be discussing with their GPs their fitness to drive”. “Age was definitely a factor in two previous accidents in which drivers aged over 80 passed away after making errors,” he said. “Older drivers who feel they have issues with their cognitive functions should be having discussions with their GPs.”

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Continued from Page 1 Cr Quinn McCormack said cyberbullying “is a very real problem”. “Social media, unfortunately has a dark side and that has unleashed an avalanche of invective and abuse,” she said. “One has to ask as well, why would anyone go into politics if they, and by association, their loved ones, were subjected to systematic opportunistic and gratuitous abuse? It’s intimidation. Do as we say or we will target you. “There is no justification for political commentary that’s vile and harassing. “Passionate political discourse is not an excuse for abusing people.” Cr Kris Bolam said anonymous abuse online is “a very sad reflection of society in general”. “Pseudonyms and fake profiles are becoming unfortunately, in my opinion, the norm on Facebook,” he said. “The reality is there are losers who sit behind their keyboards and type out malicious comments and hide behind fake profiles.” Cr Colin Hampton was the sole councillor who voted against the notice of motion to write to Mr Brandis. Cr Hampton said existing defamation laws mean people can take legal action. “There are already laws in place to stop this … I can’t see what further controls you can have.” He said people who administer and manage Facebook group pages should quickly take down abusive comments made by other people and apologise to avoid the possibility of being sued for defamation. For crisis support and counselling call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the suicide call back service on 1300 659 467.

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A MAN was found with multiple stab wounds and facial fractures on the grounds of St Thomas More Primary School, Mt Eliza, Thursday 5 October. Tradies working on the Canadian Bay Rd site found the man, 52, on the oval and called emergency services early morning. He was later airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with wounds to his lower abdomen, right leg and hand, as well as several facial injuries. They were described as non-life threatening. Sergeant Dennis Ramsay, of Mornington police, said the circumstances were unclear, but that the incident “may have happened elsewhere and he was later dumped by unknown male offenders”. SES crews were reportedly brought in to scour the site before an anticipated change in weather conditions destroyed possible evidence. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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Frankston’s ‘most wanted’ sought FRANKSTON detectives have released a list of their “10 most wanted” to The Times so readers can be on the look out for alleged offenders wanted for questioning by police. The “most wanted” have 46 warrants and 181 charges outstanding against them and have all, at some point, lived in the Frankston area. Several are known to still frequent the area and are said to be “actively avoiding police”. Two of the 10 have been charged with stating false names to police to avoid detection. Three have violent offence charges pending against them and another two are known to have been violent in the past. Police urge members of the public

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not to approach them but, instead, to try and remember any relevant details and pass them on to police by calling Crime Stoppers o 1800 333 000. Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Paul Busuttil said previous public appeals had led to four out of five wanted people being found within 48 hours. “We want to thank the community for this, and ask again for their assistance,” he said. “Frankston CIU are concentrating resources on a number of people in our local area that have missed court or who are actively avoiding apprehension. If you have an outstanding warrant, you should attend your nearest police station immediately.” Stephen Taylor

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James Roff, 30, six warrants, including contravening CCO, failing to answer bail, handling stolen goods, criminal damage and resisting police.

Jenna Sherrin, 28, five warrants,, contravening CCO, handling stolen goods, drugs possession, driving offences, motor vehicle theft, failure to appear on bail.

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Laura Jones, 27, seven outstanding warrants, including theft, contravening CCO, possessing drugs, handling stolen goods, and failing to answer bail.

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RATEPAYERS could pay another $25,000 for a second audit of the revamp of Wells St last year that went at least $1.7 million over its original budget. A 5-3 majority of councillors at the 25 September public council meeting backed a notice of motion by Cr Colin Hampton for council to allocate up to $25,000 for “a full forensic audit” of the Wells St redevelopment originally budgeted at $3.5 million. Cr Hampton described an audit of five major construction projects in Frankston, ordered in June last year by councillors during the previous four-year council term, as “scathing” at the September council meeting. That internal council audit, at a cost of $29,000 to ratepayers, was carried out by Pitcher Partners and analysed the upgrade to Wells St, the construction of a new war memorial at Beauty Park, the refurbishment of the Frankston Yacht Club, the building of the Frankston Football Club Function Centre and a clubhouse extension for the Frankston Bombers at Baxter Reserve. The Pitcher Partners audit also analysed council’s management of capital works projects. The Wells St project was mired in controversy after The Times first reported 11 bench seats cost $13,830 each, four circular seats cost $12,820 each and 18 planters were $8670 each (“Street spending under scrutiny”, The Times 14/6/16). It later emerged that 17 street lights cost $19,000 each taking the total spending on furniture and lights to just over $833,000. “We have just recently received a scathing report on several of council’s projects — this is one of them,” Cr Hampton said. “We are here to manage the affairs and the budgets of this council. Now, when we get a re-

port from Pitcher Partners which have showed in many projects we have gone over budget there are two things we can do. We can sit on our hands and let it keep happening or find some answers as to why it’s been happening and fix it. “Once we’ve got the report back on this, I believe that we could put the recommendations from this into a report on the yacht club, on the war memorial and the football club [function centre].” Cr Hampton was one of five councillors —

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Street strife: Spending on the Wells St revamp is set to be audited for a second time after Frankston councillors voted to put the project under the microscope again. Picture: Gary Sissons

including present councillors Cr Glenn Aitken, Brian Cunial and Sandra Mayer — who voted 5-4 to expand the scope of the Pitcher Partners audit last year to include four other projects and not just the Wells St upgrade as proposed by Cr

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Darrel Taylor at the time. At the latest meeting Crs Hampton, Cunial, Mayer plus Michael O’Reilly and Lillian O’Connor voted to now order a forensic audit of the Wells St project. Crs Aitken, Quinn McCormack and Steve Toms voted against the additional audit while Cr Kris Bolam abstained from voting. Cr Aitken was part of a council working party that oversaw the Wells St upgrade. “I believe that there’s been a thorough audit already conducted on Wells St along with the other projects that were audited,” Cr Aitken said at the latest meeting. “As far as the street furnishings go — the chairs, the planters and the lights — all of those things came before this council. The scope in so far as that was concerned, bearing in mind that is, in fact, a minor part of the overall budget, the changes that took place there were, in fact, changed or approved of by full council including you, Colin Hampton.” Cr Bolam believed council should not be digging up the Wells St controversy again. “If councillors felt there were issues in terms of councillor involvement or council interference, those issues should have been identified when the audit was being put together, not when $26,000 has been spent,” he said at the meeting. “We shouldn’t be going backwards as far as I’m concerned. Wells St was a disgrace in terms of how it was rolled out. The public consultation was minimal but we move on.” Cr Hampton disagreed. “We need to know why we overspent millions of dollars on this project and then we can do something to stop it. As a council, we need to take responsibility.” The forensic audit will be available to councillors in January next year.

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Bayside councils are anti-fishing and boating Frankston, Mornington Peninsula and other bayside councils charge exorbitant fees to use boat ramps and car parks even though most were constructed with funds from boat and trailer registration fees. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is probably the worst and has demonstrated it is against boaties and fisherman. In other areas tourist boaties and fisherman are welcomed and ramps and car parks are free and well maintained. The shire procrastinated when the Westernport Angling Club applied for a permit to build clubrooms on the foreshore but gave permission to the Coast Guard whose application was in first. The council eventually granted permission for a small building with public toilets attached. The council then proposed a tourist attraction (the Otama submarine) and wanted more than a third of the car parking spaces and the removal of the angling club building and toilets. The club was forced to go to arbitration to save the building from being removed and, thankfully, the decision went in the club’s favour and the [VCAT] member commented that it was a proper use of the foreshore precinct. The council has now put forward a draft Hasting Foreshore Precinct Plan which includes removing the club’s building and altering launching ramp accessibility and parking. At the height of the fishing season there can be in excess of 500 boats and associated cars and trailers on any day over the weekend. There has been no consultation with the angling club whose members have alternative ideas to improve the area. Some of the council’s ideas could create dangerous situations for both the users of the facilities and the public. It seems the council is using the precinct plan

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to rid the foreshore of the club’s building. There are alternatives which would add more car parking places and be more user friendly. Chris Garnar, Hastings

Safety backlash Is this an exercise in futility or what? Or is it bureaucratic “witchery” at it’s best? VicRoads is conducting its “road safety project” on the Mornington Peninsula freeway, ripping out existing native vegetation which will be replaced with a cable barrier. All very fine for cars, not so fine for motorcyclists who will probably be sliced open should they be unfortunate enough to slide into the barrier. Now, on top of this, VicRoads will remove the trees enabling oncoming cars to temporarily blind oncoming motorists. This to me is more like a “road unsafety program”. But wait, there’s more. After they ripping the trees out, VicRoads intend to start a replanting program in autumn. No thought was given to the devastation it was going to inflict on the wildlife inhabiting these trees. The machine being used apparently has the capability of ripping out the trees and mulching them in one swift movement, giving the possums and birdlife very little chance of survival. It was reported to me that because of the mayhem it has caused, the machine has been halted. This, presumably, was to give the wildlife a chance to be relocated. These projects all look very fine on paper but then all common sense and reality gets discarded. John Cain, McCrae

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It really makes my blood boil when anti-choice, anti-euthanasia people, who don’t state clearly their religious associations, would put a poor darling animal out of its needless misery and suffering and yet would still totally deny a non-religious, needlessly suffering person the voluntary legal rights to voluntary euthanasia, thereby giving the needless sufferer the right to die peacefully with dignity (“Survival a priority” Letters 26/9/17). It is mercy killing only, not murder. Sharon Bayer, Frankston

Just a short note to let you know how much I enjoy the “100 Years Ago This Week” column. How things change and yet still stay the same. Overseas news from soldiers serving in France, local accidents and scandals; Frankston people were also fundraising but on a smaller scale, even information about changes to train timetables sounds familiar. Thank you for such an enjoyable section of the paper. Jean Grey, Frankston

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dancing. The old scholars club came forward and “did their bit� with others and thus one of the most enjoyable evenings yet held resulted. During the evening two presentations were made to Pte Frank O’Neill, a money belt from the farewell committee and a soldiers wallet from the ‘old scholars’ club’ both suitably inscribed. The programme was as follows: National Anthem, Overture, Miss Violet Cole; chorus, “Here’s to the day� old scholars club, song, W. Geo. Slocombe, chorus. “The song the Kettle is singing� Club; song, Mrs Woodhouse; song, Miss Freda Denham; recitation, Mr Ben King; Messrs Gibson and Chalwell provided music for the dance. A progressive euchre tournament will be held on Saturday. *** TO Our Subscribers. OWING to the abnormal rise in the price of Paper since the War we are compelled to raise the price of the STANDARD on and after 4th August, 1917, the price for single copy will be 3d ; per quarter 3s. *** FRENCH SOLDIERS AT FRANKSTON. The Wattle Club was again put to the test on Tuesday last and proved itself quite equal to the occasion. At midday on Monday the secretary was notified that 300 French soldiers were being brought to Frankston and it was desired that they should be provided with luncheon and afternoon tea. Small difficulties presented themselves but were speedily overcome. Thanks to a hearty and splendid

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Brittain ‘goes whack’ in season opener PROVINCIAL

By IT Gully REIGNING MPCA champion Baxter has started its defence in the new MPCA Provincial competition with an emphatic 34-run win against Langwarrin. And defending cricketer of the year and league medallist Chris Brittain has taken off where he left us all last season, spellbound by his brilliance. Brittain opened the innings with Joe

Rule (44) and belted eight sixes and six fours on his way to 106 before he was eventually run-out with the score on 173. Baxter went on to score 8/200. Matt Prosser (2/37) and coach Jake Prosser (2/33) were the pick of the Langwarrin bowlers. The Kangas were never in with a shout to win the match, despite 50 from skipper Travis Campbell and a wagging tail, which included Simon McEvoy with 16. Ben Brittain was the pick of the Bax-

ter bowlers with 3/36 from six overs. Sorrento has started its season as well as it could have, scoring a comfortable victory against Crib Point. The Sharks won the toss and sent the home side into bat, where Luke Herrington top scored with 46 and skipper Jacob Cook hit 18. Sorrento skipper Bobby Wilson was superb with ball in hand for his side, snaring 3/17 from eight overs, while new Sri Lankan recruit Chathupama Gunasinghe was wicketless on debut.

In reply, Liam O’Connor hit 49, Wilson 31 and CJ King 33 to guide the visitors to victory in the 39th over, 6/158 to 6/155. Mt Eliza has put the heartbreak of 2016-17 behind it and started the season in great fashion against Pearcedale, winning with five overs to spare. Pearcedale batted first and made 8/133 from 40 overs, Shayne Gillings top scoring with 35 and Matt Cousland scoring 33. A returning Chris McDonough was

superb with the ball for the Mounties, picking-up 2/28, while Nick Baron (2/35) and skipper Justin Grant (2/22) also had an impact on the match. In reply, it’s fair to say that there were a number of contributors without a stand-out in the Mt Eliza chase. Tim Clarke top scored at the top of the order with 27, Grant hit 22, Keith Biggs 20 and Josh Goudge 19. Will Kennedy was the best of the Pearcedale bowlers with 2/15 from eight overs.

Eagles off to a flying start PENINSULA

On front foot: Pines go its season off to a winning start against Delacome Park. Picture: Andrew Hurst

By IT Gully BOOM Somerville recruit Jayde Herrick guided his side to a round one victory against reigning premier Red Hill in MPCA Peninsula cricket. The former Victorian Bushrangers paceman opened the batting and scored 41 at the top of the innings, helping the Eagles to 156 after winning the toss and batting first. Andrew West provided some middle order support with 22 while Jay Parker came in at the end and added a valuable 18 runs. The Colletts were reunited at the Hill with Tom opening the bowling after returning from Kingston-Hawthorn for a return of 3/27, while his brother Glenn bowled eight overs for 0/29. Jimmy McCall claimed 3/11 from eight overs to be the pick of the bowlers while Simon Dart snared a couple. Herrick then came out with the oneday white ball and was sensational, snaring 3/12 from eight overs to highlight how dominant he is going to be this season. Sean Parker and Cameron Mills both picked-up two wickets as the home side ripped through the Hillmen, bowling them out for just 56. Matt Merifield top scored with 15, while Simon Dart was stumped first ball by Craig Black off the bowling Mills. Main Ridge got its season away to a flying start but it came on the back of no contribution from former Victorian opener Nick Jewell. Whilst Jewell was removed for two

and Shaun Foster didn’t take part, the Ridge was still able to get the job done against Flinders by 13 runs, 7/193 to 5/180. It was the work of Travis Barker (62) and league legend Gareth Wyatt (67) who steered the Ridge to victory in the middle order. In reply, the Sharks started well with Mason Mail opening with 32 and Tom Clements scoring 76 from 82 balls. However, the home team’s bowling was tight, led by James Abbott with 3/28 from eight overs. Long Island chased down the 135 needed to beat Moorooduc, scoring 4/136 with nine overs to spare. Skipper Aaron Paxton top scored with 43, Brad Baily scored 22 and Michael Burke was unbeaten on 28 when the winning runs were scored. Earlier, Jake Middleton picked-up 4/27 from his eight allotted overs, while Lachy Dobson did not pick up a wicket on debut for the Islanders. Pines got its season away to a positive start under new coach Adrian Mack, winning comfortably against Delacombe Park. After being sent into bat, the Piners made 7/183, Ash Hupe top scoring with 52, Harley Peace-Stirling hitting 40 and Chris Bartczac helping himself to 37. In reply, the Parkers were never in the hunt, Pat Jackson opening the bowling for Pines with a return of 3/26, while Nick Wilcox snared 2/13 from 5.2 overs. Harley Parker and Connor Jackson picked up two wickets each.

Braves smash Tigers first up DISTRICT

By IT Gully BADEN Powell has launched its 2017-18 District season in the best way possible, beating Seaford Tigers with ease. Whilst the Braves didn’t set the world on fire after being sent into bat first, it still managed to score a defendable 141 from 39.2 overs. Elia Carter top-scored for the Braves with 26 from 36 balls, Ryan Barnett hit 20 at the top of the order

while Charlie Collopy hit 20 at the bottom of the order. Matty Roach snared 2/37 on debut for the Tigers, while Jack Brooking picked-up 2/18 from eight overs. In reply, the Tigers were never a chance. Ash Mills scored 26 opening the innings and Anthony Joel hit 15 runs. The Tigers were bowled out for just 78. Nathan Rice was sensational for the Braves, taking 5/14 from eight overs, while Julian Pharaoh pickedup 2/1 off 2.2 overs.

Heatherhill made light work of Mt Martha, winning by almost 60 runs. The Hills batted first after being sent in and the top order delivered, Sam Mullavey scoring 50, Steven O’Donnell 42 and Kristian Miller 22, while star Matty Meagher came in and scored 44 to help lift his side to a strong target of 6/192. Heatherhill’s bowlers then got to work, restricting the Reds to just 7/134 from 40 overs. Kade Bendle top-scored for the

home side with 27 while Jarred Wolsgrove scored 24 and Steve O’Neill 21. Jake Theobald and Luke Whitmore were the pick of the bowlers for Heatherhill with 2/8 from eight and 2/29 from eight overs respectively. Hastings started the season in the worst possible fashion, belted by almost 100 runs by Seaford. Seaford batted first and recorded 9/176, Dean Polson top scoring with 55, skipper Ryan McQueen opening with 32 and Chris Cleef 25.

Blues coach Rob Hearn snared 3/39 and Tom Finn helped himself to 3/30. In reply, the Blues top order failed. Sean Hewitt and Finn top scored with 15 runs each. In the battle of the neighbours, between Rye and Rosebud, the Demons may have recruited well in the off-season but it made little difference to the Demons’ start to the season. Rye was smashed by Rosebud on Saturday by 76 runs.

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Knights win a thriller SUB-DISTRICT

By IT Gully BALLAM Park has walked away from a thrilling match against Frankston YCW with a victory in MPCA Sub District. The Knights batted first after being sent into bat and David Cross got his side going with 56, while Jake Williams opened with 21 and Zac Clements hit 17. Levi McLoughlin-Dore and Brett Hudgson did everything they could for the Stonecats to get their side over the line but they fell short, bowled out for 139, chasing the Knights 7/151. Justin Moore was the pick of the

bowlers for the home side, picking-up 4/23 from 7.4 overs, while Cross was also impressive with 2/14 from eight overs. Dromana got the win against Tyabb in a one-sided affair. After bowling the Yabbies out for just 96, the Hoppers then took just 23 overs to pick-up the runs required for victory. Jack Fowler took 3/33 with the ball for the Hoppers and skipper Kieren Voelkl snared 3/15 from eight overs. With the bat, it was Fowler and Voelkl who did the damage also, scoring 38 and 33 respectively. Balnarring started in fantastic fashion against Skye, picking up a 75-run win to hand new coach Mal

Coutts his first victory. Mark Walles and Jackson Hannah each scored 39 for the Saints while Coutts scored 33 on debut to set the opposition 188 for victory (7/187). Justin Brown was then the pick of the bowlers for the Saints, snaring three wickets. Carrum chased down the 5/177 required for victory against Carrum Downs. Dale O’Neil scored 54 and Corey Hand 50 as the Lions chased down the runs with two overs and seven wickets in hand. Adam Mikkelsen top-scored for the Cougars with 39 and Jayden Barker and Leon McConnell put on a 49-run opening partnership.

Stumped: Seaford Tigers had no answers to an aggressive Baden Powell bowling attack in its District match. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Can Heart hold on to ‘The Green Machine’? SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie THE greatest goalscorer in Victorian senior ranks and a founder member of Rosebud Heart may be on the move. English ace David Greening won his eighth straight Golden Boot award this year, a record that may never be matched, but the goals king may have worn Heart’s colours for the last time. “It’s all up in the air really,” said Greening. Heart has to find a replacement for senior coach Scott Morrison who stood down at season’s end and it also has to find a new home ground. “I don’t think they quite realise just how big a loss Scott is and playing at Truemans Rd is not an option anymore. The surface is horrendous,” Greening added. “Being part of Rosebud Heart when we set it up and being close to Scott are big things for me but at this stage, I don’t know who they’re going to get in and where they’ll be playing. “Usually at this time of year I know where I’ll be playing but I think there are a lot of players (at Heart) at the moment waiting to see what happens before they commit to anything.” There’s talk that Heart could move to Olympic Park Reserve in Besgrove St but Bayside club Rosebud uses the facility and it’s understood there is resistance to a soccer co-tenancy. “It makes sense all round to play at Besgrove St because you have an existing facility with everything you need. “I believe that the club is in touch with the council but Mornington council is not pro-soccer judging from my dealings with them.” A Greening move to another club would be a seismic event in local soccer circles and the man dubbed “The Green Machine” reckons he has two more seasons of senior soccer remaining. “Yes I think I’ve two more good seasons in me and I want to enjoy them.” Two more seasons may mean 10 straight Golden Boot awards as league leading scorer but Greening expects to miss at least three games next season while on his honeymoon. “I’ve not had anyone contact me about next year yet so I guess they simply assume that I’ll be staying at Heart but I want to see what happens first. “I’d like to try and get another promotion before I stop playing and I’d like to play for a coach I know.”

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Heart trouble: Star striker David Greening is yet to commit to playing for a fourth straight season with Rosebud Heart. Picture: John Punshon

Greening and goals go hand in hand. It has been so ever since he started honing his skills as a teenager at Newport FC and Brading Town on the Isle of Wight, having two spells with the latter. He also spent time with Eastleigh on the English mainland, a club that currently competes in the Vanarama National League. That background allowed Greening to hit the ground running as soon as he landed on our shores. He was joint top scorer in State 3 North-West in 2010 with 22 goals but he only played 16 games for La Trobe University due to the demands of a graduate diploma in teaching. The following year he took up a posting at Boneo Primary School and has been the physical education teacher there ever since. “When I first came to the peninsula I had a training session with Mornington but I didn’t feel like I was going to play every week. “I was 28 at the time and didn’t fancy sitting on the bench so the coach Adam Jamieson got in touch

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with ‘Squizzy’ Taylor who was at Seaford and I went down there and played in a friendly against Baxter and got on really well with the lads.” Apart from a two-match cameo with Casey Comets, Greening spent four seasons at Seaford rewriting the scoring charts. He made 17 appearances for Seaford in 2011 scoring 27 goals (five in Cup matches), 21 appearances in 2012 scoring 26 goals, 22 appearances in 2013 scoring 43 goals (1 Cup goal), and 16 appearances in 2014 scoring 25 goals (two Cup goals). He has just completed his third season with Heart and his thirst for goals shows no sign of being quenched. In 2015 he made 18 appearances scoring 47 goals (three Cup goals), in 2016 he made 18 appearances scoring 29 goals (five Cup goals) and this year he made 21 appearances scoring 32 goals (five Cup goals). In all Greening has played 151 matches in Victoria and scored 251 goals.

“It’s not been a great season for the club or for me as it’s been a bit stop-start. “We started off the pre-season with a decent squad but serious injuries to ‘Pooley’ (Adam Poole) and ‘Sodda’ (Simon O’Donnell) set us back because they were really big losses. “I suppose though if someone had said at the start of the year that you’d stay in State 4 comfortably you’d probably have taken it.” No doubt Skye United is among a group of prospective Greening suitors as it is keen to go one better than its 2017 effort which saw it just miss out on promotion from State 3 South-East. The Billy Armour-led outfit already has been linked with Baxter striker Liam Kilner. Skye seems certain to lose defender Dan Utting and attacking midfielder Wumjock Jock who are moving to Bairnsdale and Traralgon respectively. Another player likely to move is Rosebud Heart goalkeeper Sean Skelly. Heart is keen to hold on to its star

custodian but Casey Comets and Baxter have shown interest. Skelly is believed to be undecided about his playing future and he may choose to become more involved in an off-field role with former club Langwarrin. Skelly currently serves on the Langy committee. Recent rumours about a coaching change at Mornington were well off the mark when the club reappointed senior coach Adam Jamieson and assistant Dale White last week. Jamieson has spoken to some senior players and some prospective signings and offers are on the table for key players Ryan Paczkowski and Sammy Orritt. But Paczkowski’s future at Dallas Brooks Park is uncertain and NPL outfit Oakleigh Cannons has made a huge play for the former Bentleigh Greens star. Meanwhile, Langwarrin is holding trials at Lawton Park this week for under-12s, under-13s, under-14s and under-16s. Trials for the under-18s and under-20s will also be at Lawton Park and will start on Monday 23 October at 7pm. Triallists should go to the club’s website or Facebook page and register online and triallists are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of each session. Late last week Langy completed its coaching roster with the announcement that Mitchell Ball would be in charge of one of its two under-12 squads. Ball holds an AFC level C coaching licence and was assistant coach of Bulleen’s under-16s this year. Southern United has been rocked with news that award-winning senior co-coaches Rob Giabardo and Bill Mihaloudis have joined local rival Bayside United. Southern’s board of management was only made aware of the move last Friday night. Under-18s coach George Perpina has moved to Springvale White Eagles while Debbie Nichols, Emma Bracken and Aaron Myatt seem certain to remain on the coaching staff. The structure of teams for the women’s NPL has changed and next year Southern will field teams at under-12, under-14, under-16, under-19 and senior levels. The club expects to start trials on Monday 16 October at Monterey Reserve and triallists can register at southernunitedfc.com.au online.


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Young basketballer ‘gives back’ to juniors By Ben Triandafillou IT is not uncommon to see players take up the clipboard once their careers are well and truly over but 15-yearold country basketballer Liam Porter has a foot in both camps following a successful first foray into elite country coaching. After earning his place in the Victoria Country under-16 team which headed to Perth in July for the national championships, Porter, of Dromana, has continued to add to his basketball resume. He traded his Southern Peninsula Sharks and Vic Country gear for a clipboard as the Sundowners boys head coach at the Basketball Victoria Country Jamboree, held in Echuca on 23-26 September. While most teenagers are keen on fixing their own game, especially when they’re already at the elite state representative level, it gave Porter a great deal of excitement to give back to the country pathways that have and are doing so much for him. It’s a fair bit on one basketball plate to juggle, but Porter wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s been really good - I’m used to being on court myself but it’s really good to give back a little bit to the kids

and share my knowledge as a player,” Porter said. “I love the experience, I love Country Vic and love what they do and the friendships that are made are awesome and I love being able to learn something every time I’m on the floor so I wanted to give back.” It’s all about education and insight for the young guard, who has an eye on the future with starting his coaching credentials early. “I reckon so – I thought I’d give it a crack and I’d give the more experienced a bit of a run for their money and I’m definitely learning every time I’m on the floor and I’m ready to see how far it takes me,” he said. “It has shown me a lot of different ways of learning and different ways to communicate my knowledge to the boys; everyone learns in different ways and I’ve learned ways to communicate that.” Not only did he put the Sundowners through their paces across the four-day high performance camp, but he kept up his own elite training with high performance country coach Justin Schueller on hand at the Jamboree to put him and other Country Vic junior stars through their paces across the week.

Giving back: Fifteenyear-old basketballer, Liam Porter, shares his knowledge of the game with the juniors. Picture: Basketball Victoria Country

Soccer star secures national championship By Ben Triandafillou IT HAS been a massive year for up and coming 14-year-old soccer player, Patrick Hogan, whose endless hours of training has taken him to the peak of junior soccer in Australia. The Padua College student returned from Coffs Harbour on Sunday 1 October after taking out the National Youth Championships title with the Victorian under-14s side. Starting the trials in January with 200 other young soccer players, Hogan made his way through to the final cut for the Victorian side and was picked to represent the state in the final squad of 16. Hogan, who played this season with the Mornington Soccer Club, came out firing with the Victorian team to defeat Canberra in the opening round 8-1. The side then suffered their first and only loss in their second round to NSW, going down 3-0. Following their loss, the Victorian side regained momentum and went on a scoring frenzy to defeat Queensland 3-1, South Australia 4-1, Western Australia 3-1 and Northern NSW 1-0 to take home the national title. Hogan said all the hard-work throughout the year had definitely paid off when Victoria was awarded the title. “It was pretty amazing. You spend the whole year with a bit of stress and then you finally get the email telling you that you’ve made it,” he said. “It’s a pretty good feeling.” “Playing on the International Stadium and walking out through the tunnels was amazing and the grass was perfect.” During the trials, Hogan was scouted by Melbourne Victory’s Academy Director, Paulo Cardoso, who offered him the chance to join

Cricket club’s “Drive for 25”

MT Eliza Cricket Club will run a “Drive for 25” fundraiser on Friday afternoon to raise money for practice nets at Emil Madsen Reserve. The fundraiser will be from midday to 3pm upstairs at Canadian Bay Hotel and will feature four performers – former Test cricketer and Mornington resident Bryce McGain, singer Tiana Martel with her accompanist, guitarist Kieran Ryan-Colton, and sports writer and commentator Geoff Poulter of Voices of Sport fame. One of the club’s assistant coaches, Ken

Piesse, who is also a sports writer and sporting books author, will MC the event. The club, which has 13 teams and more than 200 members, is aiming to raise $25,000 to build some new practice nets. Silent auction items will include sporting memorabilia and a sunset cruise in a couta boat from Blairgowrie to Point Nepean and return. Tickets cost $75 and include a two-course meal. For further information contact club president, Tristan McDougal, on 0412 025 080 or email tristanmcdougal@gmail.com

Mt Eliza ‘well represented’ in Stingrays sides

Victory’s under-15s side next year. “The Coffs Harbour team still hadn’t been chosen and after one of the training sessions he ran after me when I left the change rooms to tell me that Victory wanted to offer me a spot,” Hogan said. “It’s pretty amazing to be asked. They’ll be a really strong side to play with.” Hogan went to AAMI Park on Monday for a meeting and will likely start pre-season training with the team in the next few weeks. Hogan was also scouted by Melbourne City at the Youth Championships to join their under-18s side but has chosen to sign a scholarship with Victory, his favourite A-League team.

THE Mt Eliza Football Club had 13 representatives at the V/Line Regional Football Championships two weeks ago which were played in Morwell and Moe. The club had three players, James Thomas, Saige Bayne and Darcy Fennell who were selected for the V/Line carnival team of the year with some standout performances as well as Keeley Byrne awarded with the best on ground against Gippsland Power. Lucy Cripps, an ex-Mt Eliza footballer who now plays for the Frankston Dolphins, was also selected for the team of the year. The ‘redlegs’ filled more than a quarter of the under-16 girls Peninsula Stingrays side with seven players from the club joining the team as well as Eloise Allen-Burns and Saige Bayne chosen as vice-captains. The Stingrays girls’ side was narrowly beaten

by two points in the opening round against Geelong Falcons but then went on to defeat Gippsland Power by 30 points in the second round. Mt Eliza Junior Football Club vice president/ football operations, Brett Macpherson, said the number of Mt Eliza girls making the V/Line side this year is a great reflection of the women’s football development at the club. “We have been well represented this year and having seven girls make the side is a great achievement considering we had two female players make it last year,” he said. Mt Eliza was also represented by six boys in the under-15s Peninsula Stingrays team. Bayleigh Welsh captained the side but suffered a 122-point defeat in the opening round to the Geelong Falcons. The Stingrays then went on to be narrowly defeated by five points to the Western Bulldogs NGA.

Redleg reps: Back Row (L to R): Sylvie Repellin, Eloise Allen-Burns, Keely Byrne, Darcy Fennell, Rose ClancyDillon. Front Row (L to R): Saige Bayne, Taylah Hedge.

Peninsula Cup enters its second round SOME of Victoria’s top boxers will square up in the second annual Peninsula Boxing Cup this Saturday at the Mt Eliza Community Hall. There will be 26 fights on the stacked card, including five from Peninsula Boxing. Victorian champion and six time Australian champion, Jack Gipp, will face Jamie Bott in his final fight before heading into the Commonwealth Games trials in NSW in the first week of November. Two other Victorian champs will also hit the ring, with 2016 Rio Olympian Jason Whateley from Peninsula Boxing going up against the Super Heavyweight champion Toese Siuto. This will also be a lead-up fight for Whateley as he heads to the Commonwealth Games trials. Father and daughter, Scott and Tyla McDonald, from Peninsula Boxing, will fight on the same

card for the second time this year. Tyla who earlier this year was crowned an Australian champion will face Charlie Mirtschin while Scott will face Andrew Young for the Masters over-40 Victorian Heavyweight title. Having been inspired by his brother’s recent success, Rueben “Hurricane” Higgins, brother of the undefeated professional boxer, Lochie Higgins, will make his debut against Charlie Edney. Peninsula Boxing head coach Marcos Amado said the event should be a good showcase for the boxing talent on the Peninsula. Doors will open at 12-noon ahead of the opening fight at 12:30pm. Tickets are available at the door for $25 for adults and $15 for children and pensioners. Frankston Times 9 October 2017

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The rise, fall, and rise of the Frankston Football Club By Brodie Cowburn FOR most football fans, 30 September 2016 was a day of excitement and anticipation. With the AFL Grand Final one day away many were stocking up on frozen sausage rolls and cheap grocery store meats for their Grand Final barbecues. No matter if you spent the day buying beer, drinking beer, or making room in your fridge for even more beer, the chances are that whatever you were doing as a football fan on Grand Final eve 2016, you were doing it quite happily. But for fans of the Frankston Dolphins, the day was far from happy. It was the darkest day in their team’s history. After five decades of competing in the VFL, the club’s licence was revoked by the league and its followers faced their first day backing a club without a competition to play in. The Dolphins had operated for 130 years, and on 30 September 2016, all they had to show for it was a massive debt and a group of despondent supporters. “We were sort of a bit devastated,” Frankston Football Club president and club champion Peter Geddes said of that fateful day. “I guess we were a bit lost because people didn’t quite know what to do.” “We had heard rumours that they were looking at taking our licence, and so we went in there actually full of hope because we just thought that we would be able to save it. We went there with a presentation to submit to AFL Victoria to say that we can continue the club, but they were of a different view.” Despite the efforts of people like Geddes to save the side, the club found its future shattered. Despite meetings with the AFL to plead their case, the debt at the Dolphins was too large to ignore and the decision was made to pull the plug. The decision to deny the Dolphins a place in the 2017 VFL season should have been enough to see them become nothing more than a relic of footballing history. It would have been easy to roll over and let the club die but the team at Frankston wasn’t going down without a fight. To ensure its survival, the club had a lot of work to do. To have any chance of impressing AFL Victoria and being readmitted, it would have to review its entire operation. To help with the daunting process back to VFL football, the club appointed former Hawthorn premiership player Gary Buckenara as

Bouncing back: Gary Buckenara (general manager) and Peter Geddes (president) from the Frankston Dolphins Football Club. Picture: Gary Sissons

general manager. “AFL Victoria had a list of things we had to make sure we were compliant with [to get back in the league],” Buckenara said. This included a business plan “that could prove we could not only survive, but sustain into the future”. In order to avoid the demise the club faced at the end of 2016, it would have to make changes over the next 12 months, with one in particular being a seemingly impossible mission. In a bid to display its passionate fan base to the league, the club set out to raise membership to more than 1000. Despite the need to lift the club’s membership almost 10 times the Dolphins managed to surpass this target. “It was so satisfying; the fact that we went from a club with 100 members with a side, to having 1200 plus without a side. We had all those people believing in us that we were a great club to build and an elite en-

vironment for young players to come through,” Buckenara said. The membership drive was a shining example of the community effort that took place to ensure the Frankston Dolphins had a future with the VFL. “It is so important to have a VFL team here on the peninsula, because it inspires young people right across the Frankston and peninsula region to potentially get involved,” Dunkley MP Chris Crewther said. “There were a lot of fundraising efforts, events, and so forth that ensured through multiple avenues that the club was able to show the backing of the community, which I think was important to show the AFL in terms of getting their licence back.” On 4 August 2017 the Frankston Dolphins were handed a lifeline; AFL Victoria granted them a licence readmitting them to the VFL competition in 2018. For the Dolphins it was a chance to make things right and put their best foot forward for the future.

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“We’ve made sure we’ve got a complete board of management, and that we’re working as we go into the future to make sure we have succession planning in place, so that we’ve always got the leadership required,” club president Peter Geddes said. “We’re very visible about where we’re going financially. We now target having thousands of members at some point in the future, and that gives you a really sustainable base.” The Dolphins downfall would have seen a club with a great history of breeding AFL talent disappear, as the side has formerly provided a home for retiring Bulldog great Matthew Boyd, All Australian Demon Michael Hibberd, and premiership coach Luke Beveridge. The club’s success is also a win for independent clubs that remain free of AFL affiliation, an issue which has risen again this year as the North Ballarat Roosters had their licence revoked for 2018. With their readmission, the Dolphins have chosen to

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remain an independent side with the aim of making finals in the next five years. Following years of heartbreak and uncertainty, the future of the Frankston Football Club is looking up. The small team working at the club is working hard at returning the side to VFL football in 2018. With the appointment of a new coach expected in the next week, followed soon after by a playing list, the side will be looking to make the most of every opportunity when it appears on a VFL oval next season. “People are just busting for the first game at the ground. We’re hoping to get thousands of people there, and I’m sure we will,” Geddes said. “Just to see the team back out on the field again, it’ll be just really exciting.” Regardless of the outcome of that first game, the survival of the Dolphins is the ultimate underdog story. An independent club winning against seemingly impossible odds.


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