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Little lifeguard Will Bourke was recognised by Victoria Police for his quick thinking when he and his cousin helped save a boy who nearly drowned at PARC. See story page 5. Picture: Supplied

Crewther accused of jumping gun on grants Brodie Cowburn DUNKLEY MP Chris Crewther has backtracked after he and environment minister Melissa Price announced grants to four community groups under a program that has not yet opened. Mr Crewther said on 17 March that he and Ms Price visited four groups in the Dunkley electorate to “announce the first grants of the federal government’s communities environment program”. During Senate estimates on 4 April, officials from the

Department of the Environment and Energy confirmed applications for that program were not open and funding for it had not been appropriated. Mr Crewther played down the original announcement last week, telling The Times “if I am re-elected as the member for Dunkley, these are some of the projects I identified that I would want to nominate under the communities environment program once it opens.” After a redistribution of the Dunkley electorate, Mr Crewther would need a swing towards the Liberal

Party on past voting figures to keep his seat. Mr Crewther visited Animalia Wildlife Shelter in Frankston on 17 March to “announce” a $10,000 grant under the “community environments program”. A further $7500 was promised to Friends of Langwarrin Outdoors and Waterways, as well as $10,000 to Downs Estate and $20,000 for the South Eastern Centre for Sustainability. A media release from Mr Crewther said that “this funding is a part of $22 million in 2019-20 to deliver a wide

range of on ground projects that conserve, protect and sustainably manage our environment”. However Kylie Jonasson, from the Department of the Environment and Energy, confirmed during Senate estimates that the department had not met with any of the groups listed in Mr Crewther’s original announcement. “In this case, we’ve not awarded any funding to these projects,” Ms Jonasson said. “The guidelines are yet to be written and the funds are yet to be appro-

priated.” Department of the Environment and Energy official Steve Costello said during Senate estimates that “there is no successful grant under that program because the money is not appropriated.” He said “the program is not open for applications. It will open in the next financial year subject to budget appropriations.” Labor senator Kristina Keneally asked if it was possible that “any of these grants be awarded early”. Mr Costello said that was not possible. Continued Page 5




























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Council comes to blows over Oliver’s Hill Brodie Cowburn FRANKSTON councillors have again traded verbal blows in a heated debate over the construction of a “safe boat refuge” at Oliver’s Hill. The 1 April council meeting saw the issue of constructing a boat refuge and facility to home the Coast Guard come back to the forefront, with 11 people making public submissions and the public gallery full to capacity. Councillors were asked to vote at the meeting on a motion to “notes the outcome of the community consultation for the proposed Coast Guard facility and boat refuge at Olivers Hill, supports council officers to continue to investigate the feasibility of alternate options such as at the mouth of Kananook Creek, Frankston Pier, and potential alternative designs for Olivers Hill, and notes that a further report will be brought back to council outlining the initial assessment on alternate options at October 2019 ordinary meeting.” The motion eventually passed with Crs Glenn Aitken, Steve Toms, and Quinn McCormack voting against it. Council has previously approved the allocation of $8 million to the project, asking for matching contributions from the state and federal governments. Consultation sessions on the project were attended by over 100 people in total. An online survey with over 500 responses ended up with divided results. In response to the statement “Frankston needs a safe boat refuge

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adjacent to the Olivers Hill boat ramp for small boats, Water Police and the Coast Guard Vessel”, 53 per cent of respondents agreed and 42 per cent disagreed. 77 per cent of respondents agreed that “additional technical and environmental assessments should be undertaken as part of the environment

and planning approvals process.” Council officers reported as part of the 1 April meeting agenda that “consider an alternative solution” was the idea raised the most as part of the consultation process. A number of public submitters opposed to the Oliver’s Hill project suggested Kananook Creek be

explored as an alternative option. Kevin English of the Frankston Coast Guard said that the impact of a similar project at Kananook Creek would be “far too great.” He said that the Oliver’s Hill facility would serve as a “marine education benchmark.” Cr Glenn Aitken spoke in opposition

to the project, calling it “out of scale”. “This has split the community,” he said. “Frankston beach is a major drawcard. The public interest is to preserve the beach.” Cr Toms said that “the division has to stop.” Cr McCormack said she “had difficulty committing any council money to the project.” “$8 million could be better spent”, she said. Crs Colin Hampton and Brian Cunial were in support of the motion but noted that the future of the project was unclear without funding from other levels of government. “If there’s no state government funding, the project is finished,” Cr Cunial said. Cr Hampton said “if the money’s not there, we won’t build it.” The re-elected state government have made no commitment to the project. A report on the project undertaken by KBR was released last November. The report said that “sediment transport volumes indicate that sand movement at the site is predominantly towards the north-east or away from the site. The presence of little or no sand and the inclusion of rock protection works in front of the seawall support this finding”. It also said “the lack of beach material at the Olivers Hill headland indicates that currently there is not a significant amount of sand being transported westwards. What sediment currently reaches the area will be further reduced by the breakwater. (“Breakwater for boats passes another hurdle”, The News, 26/11/18).”

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MP grilled after going early giving grants Continued from Page 1 During question time last week, environment minister Melissa Price and Prime Minister Scott Morrison were asked about the funding. Ms Price said “once the program opens in mid 2019, each member of parliament will have the opportunity to put forward their projects. Ahead of the program opening I encourage all local members to engage with their community.” She said she had visited “four very good environmental projects that [Mr Crewther] proposes to be able to put forward for expressions of interest,

Praise for pool safety: Will Bourke is thanked by Inspector Paul Cripps, Superintendent Adrian White, and Senior Sergeant Phil Hulley for his work helping to save a drowning boy at the PARC swimming pool. Picture: Supplied

nothing more nothing less”. Liberal frontbencher Simon Birmingham, during the 4 April Senate estimates hearing, described Mr Crewther as a “very active and engaged local MP in his community”. “Local members of parliament advocate for local projects all of the time, clearly Mr Crewther is indicating projects he is committed to supporting in terms of getting grant applications,” Mr Birmingham said. Ms Price said the $22 million grant program was announced last March.

Young hero awarded for brave save Brodie Cowburn A YOUNG boy has been recognised by Victoria Police for his initiative and bravery after he helped alert lifeguards at the PARC swimming pool that a child was drowning. Will Bourke was presented with a citizen commendation on 1 April in front of his schoolmates at Cheltenham primary. His father Steve said that he was “really proud” of his eight-year-old son. “Will was with my father at PARC last school holidays having a swim with his cousin Henry. They walked

over to the pool and looked in when they saw a young boy who looked to be in trouble under the water,” Mr Bourke said. “Will went over to his grandad and told him what was happening. My dad walked over and knew something was wrong and he alerted the lifeguards. I was absolutely proud of him. Reviewing the CCTV it’s hard to realise the kid was underwater. Will’s only eight so for him to realise something was up and to have the confidence to speak up, we’re really proud and rapt.” Mr Bourke said Will was stoked to be given recognition by the police. “He was given the award in front of his whole school and all his peers.

My wife’s father and my parents were there,” he said. “He felt really good, he was very excited in the lead up. He thought it was exciting to have three big police officers speak so highly of him, but he’s kept pretty modest.” Mr Bourke said that his son’s efforts should remind all parents to “keep an eye on your kids. It’s fortunate Will and Henry were there or it could have been a different situation. This should be a message in water safety.” The young boy was taken to hospital and recovered. Will’s cousin Henry attends St Augustine’s in Frankston.

Price to pay?: Environment minister Melissa Price and Dunkley MP Chris Crewther copped criticism for announcing grants under a program that has not yet opened. Picture: Supplied

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Cyclist killed in alleged hit and run A WOMAN has died after an alleged hit and run incident in Chelsea on 28 March. 50-year-old Chelsea triathlete Michelle Ruitenbeek was riding her bike along the Nepean Highway at around 5.40am when she was allegedly struck by a ute. She was taken to hospital but died two days later. Police allege that the driver of the ute fled the scene. Ms Ruitenbeek was a member of

the Mornington Peninsula Triathlon Club. MPTC president Kirrily Guinan took to social media to pay tribute to a “beautiful human being”. “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we acknowledge the tragic passing of Michelle Ruitenbeek. Those blessed to know Michelle will be heartbroken as they reflect on the passing of a dear friend known for her energy, tenacity, enthusiasm and unwavering support of others within

our community. Those not so close to Michelle will equally be devastated to learn of the passing of one of our own and the grief so many close to Michelle are feeling right now,” she said. “Today, on behalf of the MPTC Committee, the MPTC membership group and the triathlon community more widely, we offer our heartfelt love to Michelle, her family and those closest to her. We cannot

change the awful circumstances of Michelle’s death, but we can take this moment and amplify her life and her passing by supporting Michelle’s family in the days ahead, by supporting each other as we grieve, and by ensuring that this tragic accident informs the decisions we collectively make to safeguard ourselves and others on the road.” A 28-year-old Parkdale man was arrested in Broadmeadows in rela-

tion to the alleged incident. His car was located in Seaford a little after 8am. He was charged with dangerous driving causing serious injury and failing to render assistance. Those charges are expected to be upgraded. The Parkdale man appeared in an out of session’s court hearing on 28 March. He was bailed to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 1 August.

Driver wanted CARRUM Downs police are “hoping to speak” to a man who was caught driving with a cancelled registration plate. The man pulled into a service station on Frankston-Dandenong Road at around 10.45am on 27 March in a white Holden Commodore, registration OUG134. Police allege they approached the man, but he ran back to his car and accelerated heavily, causing the car to “fishtail” and narrowly miss police members. Police have released an image (below) of a man who they believe “may be able to assist with their inquiries.”

Dangerous rider arrest A MOTORCYCLIST was allegedly speeding at 225kph on Peninsula Link before his rear tyre blew out and he was arrested, 4.30pm, Sunday 31 March. Police said the 30-year-old Cranbourne man was lucky to escape death during the display of dangerous riding at Moorooduc. Witnesses reported seeing several motorcyclists riding erratically at Rosebud, Safety Beach and on the Monash Freeway at Glen Waverley and Blackburn at the same time. Police said the man’s unregistered green Kawasaki had false plates. It was only after the tyre blew out that they were able to catch up and charge him with conduct endangering life, failing to stop on direction, driving at a dangerous speed, riding while disqualified and numerous other traffic offences.

Car stolen POLICE are investigating the theft of a distinctive red 1975 Ford Falcon GS sedan from outside a Langwarrin house between 17-21 March. Anyone with information is asked to call Senior Constable Smith, at Frankston police station, 9784 5555, or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or visit and quote incident number 190102714. Sedan stolen: An eye catching red Ford Falcon was stolen outside a Langwarrin home. Anybody who has seen it is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers. Picture: Supplied

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She is settling in at Somerville CIU, the first unit in the state to participate. “The program gives young people insights into the organisation and an opportunity to learn and work at a local police station before they can find an employment pathway for themselves,” Detective Senior Sergeant Miro Majstorovic said. Ashcka describes herself as a “caring person”. “Since growing up I have always wanted to help people,” she said. “Working as a police officer would suit me because it is not just working in an office behind a desk – there are many different roles in which I could make a difference to other people’s lives. “The program offers so many avenues and specialties which I am sure I would find interesting, especially

detective work.” Ashcka hopes to become a uniformed officer before deciding on a specific pathway as her career develops. She said she was “settling in and getting comfortable” at Somerville with small tasks and computer work that align with her course. Her main goal is to finish school and complete a business diploma before becoming an officer and “sticking with it”. Ashcka said she was looking forward to working with another trainee at Frankston police station soon and, in July, doing a three-day live-in component at the Police Academy with 40 other trainees. Frankston police station currently hosts two people enrolled in the program. Anyone interested in applying for the program can visit the Skills Invest website.

Roll up to the greatest show on earth DROMANA College is putting on the Greatest Show on Earth – quite literally! The hit musical ‘Barnum’, which tells the story of infamous circus and museum owner PT Barnum, will be coming to the Frankston Arts Centre in May with iconic tunes such as ‘Come Follow the Band’ and ‘Join the Circus’. Following the success of the college’s production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in 2017, the Dromana College production team and Performing Arts teachers (Michelle Day, Jacqui Rodden and Sarah Cossey) have come together yet again to provide the students at Dromana College with an exciting opportunity to be involved in another spectacular theatrical experience. Throughout 2018, the College began its first Music Theatre Enhancement Program which provided students with the opportunity to refine their stagecraft and performance skills. The focus of the program was to develop students’ vocal, dance and acting abilities as they learnt a variety of musical numbers as an ensemble. Students worked with industry professionals to develop their own performance abilities, and performed in a variety of settings. Due to the success of the Music Theatre Enhancement Program, the production team saw a professional level audition season. There were over 100 applicants from all year levels and in all styles including singing, dancing, acting and circus. They also saw an influx of students wanting to be involved in other capacities including students playing in the orchestra, design, media and backstage. These students have been working hard since then making props and set pieces for the show, designing artwork and recording the rehearsal process. Rehearsals for ‘Barnum’ began at the end of 2018 with the cast and crew attending a 3-day

intensive camp on Phillip Island where they began staging one of the shows biggest numbers and started learning some basic circus skills. Since the return of the school year, rehearsals have increased, seeing the inclusion of some of the new Year 7 students. Most recently, the production has welcomed the assistance of Bronwyn Falagan from Soul Circus to choreograph and stage the circus elements of the show. Audiences can expect to see jugglers, acrobatics, contortionists and more. ‘Barnum: The Greatest Show on Earth’ will be performed at the Frankston Arts Centre, May 10th at 7pm and May 11th at 1pm and 7pm. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from the Frankston Arts Centre website. https://

‘Dangerous’ dog seized after attack A “DANGEROUS” dog has been seized by Frankston Council after an attack on a smaller dog and its owner that left both in need of medical treatment. The female dog was seized from a Langwarrin property and declared a dangerous dog. Council are also looking for a male dog in relation to the attack. The accused owner of the “dangerous” dogs was fined $5000 and ordered to pay costs to council and to the attacked owner to pay for medical and vet expenses. Frankston mayor Cr Michael O’Reilly said “it was due to the great work of council officers that this dangerous dog was seized and the

owners charged.” “It’s not ok to be walking your dog, minding your own business and then next thing you know your pet and yourself are being attacked by an uncontrolled dog. It’s imperative for all dog owners to practice responsible ownership, this includes making sure your dog is secured within your property or is in your control when out in public,” he said. “It is also important to remind all residents of the importance of cooperating with Council officers when they are required to take lawful action to protect the community.” The female dog has not been put down.

Food scraps saved LEFTOVERS and food scraps will have a new home from October onwards, with Frankston Council voting to introduce a food waste kerbside collection. Frankston mayor Michael O’Reilly said “the collection will take place as part of the garden organics kerbside collection service, already in place.” “Many Frankston City residents have already opted to have a garden organics kerbside collection each fortnight. This new food waste collection means those with a green waste bin

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DESPITE missing out on an A-League license late last year, the push for a professional football side based in Victoria’s south-east has gone into extra time. Members of the “Team 11” bid confirmed last week that they would continue fighting for a future spot in the A-League despite Football Federation Australia’s decision in December 2018 to deny them a license. A statement from Team 11 said that it “wishes to confirm its intention to keep alive its ambition of delivering a professional men’s and women’s football club to the south-east of Victoria.” “All involved with the Team 11 bid were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and disappointment from members of the south-east Victorian community in the wake of Football Federation Australia’s decision to award A-League licences elsewhere in December,” the statement said. “This support, coupled with the bid’s unwavering belief that this booming, multicultural population of more than 1.7 million is capable of growing what could become Australia’s biggest football club, was crucial in convincing all involved to keep the bid going.” The bid centred around the construction of a rectangular stadium on council-owned land in Dandenong. The construction of that facility depended on a state government investment of over $100 million. The statement put out by Team 11 outlined that their shareholders would continue to support of the venture, that Dandenong Council would continue advocating for the construction of a stadium in the municipality, and that Casey Council would continue planning for football facilities at Casey Fields. Construction of football facilities at the Casey Fields sports precinct in Cranbourne are already underway. In late 2018, the FFA made the decision to overlook Team 11 in their A-League expansion process, instead choosing a team to be based out of Tarneit. Brodie Cowburn

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DELUXE COUNTRY LIVING LIVE the tranquil country life in fine style from this spectacular weatherboard residence peacefully set on a splendid 1.36 hectares bursting with colour and lifestyle features to please the whole family. Seemingly a world away, yet shops and schools are literally minutes down the road, this property comes complete with a dam, towering gums and landscaped gardens, all hidden from street view. Set amongst an expanse of lush lawn, the main home is delightful with a handsome full length verandah welcoming you into the beautiful interior zones that boast floating timber floors and a pleasant neutral tone. An open plan family room receives plenty of natural light and front and centre is the striking island bench to the kitchen which has gleaming black counter tops, gas hotplates and a stainless-steel range hood. The kitchen also features a dishwasher and a pantry. The adjoining lounge and dining area is kept comfortable with a wood heater and airconditioning, and extending from the lounge is a fantastic bar and sitting room that opens out to the undercover timber deck. Four excellent bedrooms include the enormous master bedroom with office space, a walk-in robe and stunning ensuite with frameless walk-in shower. The nearby guest bedroom is equally well-appointed also with a walk-in robe and ensuite, whilst two more bedrooms both have built-in robes and share the lovely main bathroom. Adding that extra dimension to the property is the detached, fully self-contained bungalow complete with a spacious lounge and enormous bedroom. This extra dwelling provides plenty of options for any extended family needs. Other impressive external features include the superb in-ground salt chlorinated and solar heated pool, there is a charming rotunda that overlooks the large dam and towards the rear of the property is an extensive machinery shed with mezzanine that houses a workshop and parking bays for a boat and trailer. The care and attention to detail in the creation of this magnificent country property is evident from the first moments; new owners will have little to do here but move in and enjoy what is a well-loved family home, ready for its next chapter.n



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Confessions of an April Fool By Stuart McCullough I’M sorry. To anyone who was misled, confused or even just a little put out, I humbly apologize. Now that the heat of the moment has given way to the cool light of day, a tepid sense of remorse has emerged. Upon reflection, I didn’t get so much carried away as I did sever any remaining thread of decorum. It’s obvious I went too far but I simply couldn’t resist. After all, who doesn’t love April Fool’s Day? As with so many things in life, let me begin by saying that it’s entirely my brother’s fault. He alone bears the mighty yolk of responsibility for unleashing something savage within me. Or, to put it in somewhat more direct terms, he started it. In saying that, I’m mindful that as the erstwhile proprietor of this publication, he has the awesome power to take something I write and do as he pleases with it, like some kind of omnipotent super sibling whose mighty editorial foot can step down and squash me like the bug I am without warning. But the fact is, he suggested we write an April Fool’s Day story. Cam kicked things off in fine style by writing a story about Arthur’s Seat. Not about it’s history or the lovely kiosk or even the time we spent a windswept afternoon pulling out some noxious weed as part of a scouting excursion that could just as easily have been a condition of parole. No. He wrote about the chairlift and a proposal to build it. Underground. To complete the story he used Google to find an image that perfectly conveyed the despair and misery you associate

with the words ‘underground chairlift’. People complained. My brother was delighted. Inspired by this, I felt duty bound as the older brother outdo him. The following year I wrote a story about French Island. The story claimed that, just as Hong Kong returned to Chinese control, French Island would soon return to French Government control. Worse still, the fate of both Easter and Christmas Islands was uncertain. There was little reaction. Except that French Island cut diplomatic ties with the mainland. Not that I’ve tried in the years since, but I strongly suspect that I will be turned back at the border should I ever try and visit. It was the following year that my

brother first crossed a line. He wrote a story alleging Mount Eliza would be absorbed into the City of Frankston and renamed ‘Frankston South West’. Worse still, he put my name on it. True, I helped with the editing but the idea and, I feel, much of the hate mail that followed, belonged to him. People in Mount Eliza hated the story. Everybody else thought it was hilarious. At the time, my wife worked for an organization that owned property in Mount Eliza. She was mortified when, at a meeting, someone proposed to add a potential name change and resulting drop in property values to the company’s risk register. She said nothing. Naturally, we felt an urge to up the ante. The next year, we wrote a

story about the development of the Port of Hastings. So far, so good. We then claimed that to facilitate traffic between the Port of Hastings and the Port of Melbourne, they’d dig a shipping channel. It’d start in Mornington and end at Hastings. It would (so we asserted) mean more waterfront properties on the peninsula. Additional bridges were a small price to pay. Happy with our work, the story was sent out. To say we underestimated the potential response is like saying a hurricane is good for drying the sheets. Things were made worse when an activist group sent our story to all of its supporters. Concerned that the peninsula was in danger of being carved in two, it immediately

began to mobilize the resistance. There was correspondence. Quite a lot of it. Such was the response, we had to check that the story had, in fact, been issued on the first of April. Clearly, we’d overstepped the mark. Ironically, it was at that moment that stepping on to a large ship heading to the Port of Hastings seemed like a pretty good idea. Then there are the ideas that were so outlandish they never made it to print. These heroic little stories deserved a wider audience but, frankly, we were concerned for their safety. Wireless electricity. The story would claim that the peninsula had been selected as the test site for wireless power. It’d work just like the Internet, although residents had to be ready for a significant increase in static electricity. Those with metal fillings were to avoid touching door handles. Then there was abolishing Naplan to replace it with the ‘Pub Test’. And the less said about story suggesting people hold their breath to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the better. This year, my brother’s story concerned a late night visit to the Tyabb Airport by one D. Trump. He was, as it turns out, interested in viewing the recently erected ‘wall’ down by The Pillars. The photo was amazing. I can’t say for sure if anyone was taken in but I, for one, like that there’s a day devoted to taking things a little less seriously. A little levity is good for us all. After all, things can get a little too serious. Happy first of April. I only wish that every day could be April Fool’s Day. Frankston Times

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Go karts open over the Supercars weekend FOR the first time the Go Karts will be open to the general public over the Supercars SuperSpirnt 12 -14 April. Just drive to the Visitor Centre as usual and register. If you haven’t tried the exhilarating Go Karts then you need strap yourself into the state-of-the-art Sodi Go Karts for a session on the 750-metre replica of the circuit. MotoGP Motorcycle Collection at the Circuit The circuit has secured a superb private collection of 25 grand prix winning motorcycles from the famous Italian marques, Aprilia and Cagiva, with the two-wheel treasures permanently installed as the star exhibit in the History of Motorsport Display. Simulator Race Centre Test your skills or challenge your mates to a simulated race on the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Go flat out down Gardner Straight, through ultra-fast Doohan Corner, slide through Stoner, thread your way through Siberia and slip


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stream up the back straight. Watch out for the hairpin at the bottom of Lukey heights. Cycle the Circuit The ever-popular push bike ride days at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit are back again for the Easter Holidays. So, get your bike, helmet, family and friends and head straight to the track. Saturday 20th April. 10.00am – 1.00pm. Adults $20.00 Child (5-15 years) $10.00 Family (2A + 3C) $50.00 Champions Licenced Cafe After all the excitement, Champion’s Bar & Cafe delivers with its fresh menu with plenty of choices. Fantastic coffee and delicious scones, cakes, slices, muffins, pastries, sausage rolls and pies hit the spot. The gift shop at the Visitor Centre has a wide selection of stylish apparel, merchandise and souvenirs to choose from. Ph: 59 529 400 or visit: www.phillipislandcircuit.

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Nasty motor car accident in Frankston Compiled by Cameron McCullough A PARTY from Frankston House had an unpleasant experience whilst out motoring one day last week. In endeavoring to pass a vehicle, which claimed a monopoly of the road, the motor car was overturned. The occupants were all more or less injured, and the driver (Mr Goulding) was severely cut with the glass from the broken wind screen. The members of the party consisted of Mrs Fossitt, of Melbourne, and her son, Private Fossitt, (who has just returned from active service in France), Miss Hay, Miss Box Miss Matters, and Miss Doughty. Fortunately Mrs Fossitt and Miss Doughty were not in the car at the time of the accident. The members of the party speak in the highest terms of praise of the coolness and skill displayed by Mr Goulding in handling a very difficult position. Miss Hay, we are sorry to learn has not quite recovered from the effects of the accident. *** PRESBYTERIAN Church – Owing to illness the Rev. N. Webster, of Mornington, will not be able to conduct services at Frankston next Sunday morning as arranged. The Sacrament of the Lords Supper will be postponed till a future date. *** SOMERVILLE Fruitgrowers Association. The usual monthly meeting of the above association will be held on Monday evening next when the business to be brought forward is the coolstores extension (for which 4000

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Sharks win clash of the titans DIVISION ONE

By Brodie Cowburn SORRENTO have taken their first steps towards retribution for last year’s devastating grand final loss, as they defeated the Stonecats to kick start their 2019 campaign. Frankston YCW looked electrifying in the first quarter, as they shocked Sorrento with a seven goals to one start. Staring at a 40 point deficit in the face, the Sharks had a mountain to climb to get back into the contest. The Sharks chipped away and by three quarter time they held an 11 point lead. The clash between the two MPNFL heavyweights was a tough one, but in the end Sorrento ran out winners 13.18 (96) to 17.7 (109). Leigh Poholke kicked four majors while Luke Tapscott chipped in with three. At Emil Madsen Reserve, Pines got their premiership defence started in impressive fashion, as they fought off Mt Eliza. The Redlegs were the more impressive side early and went into quarter time with the lead, but the Pythons quickly bit back. Mt Eliza put up a tough fight, and were three points up heading into the final term. In the end Pines were just too good, as they claimed victory 10/8 (68) to 12.12 (84). Guy Hendry scored four goals for the winning outfit.

Dromana’s first hit out in the first division went brilliantly, as they claimed all four points against Rosebud away from home. Rosebud were on top early with a first quarter where they had eight scoring shots to three. Rosebud could only convert one goal from that though, and went in level at the first break. Dromana made Rosebud pay for their inaccuracy, and in the final term ran away with it to secure their first top flight win 5.11 (41) to 11.8 (74). At Greg Beck Oval, Jarrad Grant ran rampant to help his Frankston Bombers side claim a narrow victory over Bonbeach. Grant, a former AFL level player with the Western Bulldogs and Gold Coast, showed the form that made him a top level player with a best on ground performance. The contest was tight all day long, with less than two goals separating the sides at every break. Heading into the final term down by 10 points, the Bombers kept their chins up and ended up 15.11 (101) to 15.4 (94) winners. Inaccuracy plagued EdithvaleAspendale in their matchup against Mornington, but they still did enough to secure the win. Edi-Asp led the Bulldogs all day, and eventually secured the win in front of their home crowd 12.25 (97) to 7.10 (52).

Shark attack: After a slow start, and with a 40 point deficit at quarter time, Sorrento stormed back to run out 13 point winners. Picture: Andrew Hurst

New Bull Holt takes game by the horns DIVISION TWO

By Brodie Cowburn A ONE point thriller between Somerville and Seaford was the highlight of the weekend as MPNFL football returned for round one. After dropping down from the first division last year, Seaford were looking to make amends and stamp their influence on the league early. They kicked seven goals in the first term and held a comfortable 31 point lead at the main break. Somerville chipped the Tigers back a bit before the final term, with the margin standing at 13 at three-quarter time. Despite a nine goals to four second half, Seaford were able to hold on by the skin of their teeth to claim victory in their opening game for the year. When the final siren sounded the Tigers were ahead by a whisker. They defeated Somerville 14.11 (95) to 14.12 (96). At Ballam Park, Red Hill travelled to take on Karingal. The Hillmen were defeated in last year’s grand final, and with a young and exciting list will be looking to do one better in 2019. Karingal showed that they were not to be taken lightly, and fans were treated to Marc Holt. The new signee backed up a big debut last week by scoring a bag of seven to help the Bulls to victory. The full forward was unstoppable, proving himself to be a star after crossing into the MPNFL from Cranbourne. Karingal led at every break, and although Red Hill fought hard they couldn’t quite get their noses ahead. The Bulls took the game by the horns and won 11.7 (73) to 9.10 (64).


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Langwarrin enjoyed a good day at home against Chelsea, as they ran out 27 point winners. The contest was tight all day, with Chelsea going into the first break in front. Langwarrin got back ahead, but the margin stood at less than two goals going into the last term. Langwarrin proved to have the legs after a big pre season, as they kicked away and scored a 13.9 (87) to 8.12 (60) win. Crib Point were looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2018 with a new coach at the helm. They took on Rye at home to start off their year. Rye got off to a hot start but kicked 1.9 in the first term to keep Crib Point in the game. The Magpies fought back but Rye were able to get out to a comfortable enough lead to secure victory. The Demons won 10.11 (71) to 16.17 (113). At Thomas Barclay Oval, Hastings got their season started over Tyabb. Hastings were without their star recruit Brendan Fevola, but still had little trouble seeing off the Yabbies. The Blues showed their intent by kicking five straight in the first term. The final score read Hasting 12.8 (80) to Tyabb 5.9 (39). Michael Theodoridis showed he will once again be a force to be reckoned with up forward in 2019, as he kicked six major to help his Devon Meadows side to a big win over Pearcedale. Pearcedale didn’t get close all day, and eventually succumbed to a 45 point loss 10.10 (70) to 18.7 (115).

Determination: Hastings, on their own turf, made short work of Tyabb to get their 2019 campaign off to a solid start. Picture: Andrew Hurst


It’s mayhem at Mornington SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie MORNINGTON head coach Adam Jamieson expects Casey Comets midfielder Brodie Paterson to receive a lengthy ban after a violent contest at Dallas Brooks Park on Friday night. Comets came from behind to win this State 1 battle 2-1 and send the home side to a third consecutive defeat which casts major doubt over its stated ambition of winning promotion to the 2020 NPL. But it was the controversial finish to this clash which stole the limelight. The club video appears to show substitute Paterson pushing opponent Sam Catherine to the ground late in the match then falling on top of his opponent and striking him with a righthanded punch. Channel Nine used the footage in a national news broadcast on Saturday. When the dust settled from the ensuing melee referee Bill Kostadakopoulos sent off Paterson and Mornington defender Josh Valadon for violent conduct. When asked if Paterson could receive a long suspension Jamieson’s response was blunt. “Yes. That sort of behaviour isn’t acceptable in our society let alone a football field.” Scans on Saturday morning cleared Catherine of any facial or neck damage but doubts remained as to whether or not his sight had been affected by the incident. Mornington players have certainly been in the wars early in the season. There are claims that English import Andre Bennett was racially vilified during the club’s round one clash with Malvern City. Football Victoria was made aware of an alleged racist slur directed at Bennett during the match after receiving complaints from two spectators. One of the spectators is believed to be a Football Victoria employee and the other is Bennett’s partner. Mornington and Malvern have discussed the issue and Mornington has been told that veteran striker and Malvern captain Arthur Papadopoulos has been suspended by his club for eight consecutive matches plus the reverse fixture against Mornington later in the season. Football Victoria continues to investigate the matter. Friday’s 2-1 loss to Comets and the Catherine incident cast a sombre mood over Dallas Brooks Park. Things were so much different when Mornington took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute thanks to a low driven corner

Racism and violence: Mornington’s Andre Bennett (left) is at the centre of a racial vilification issue while teammate Sam Catherine was taken to hospital after Friday night’s match. Pictures: John Punshon and Mornington Soccer Club.

from Craig Smart and a superb glancing header by Catherine. This was the Mornington of old and Comets keeper Faraz Zenoozi had the woodwork to thank when a superb curling effort from new Mornington signing Kane Bentley in the 33rd minute smacked off the bar and was cleared. But Comets worked their way back into the contest and three minutes from the interval a long ball to the far post was headed back by Dejan Radojicic and Vojislav Milojevic hammered home a low shot to make it 1-1. Comets had chances to hit the front in the second half but they had to wait until the 78th minute to gain reward for their efforts. Mornington’s defence failed to clear following a long throw-in on the left and Deakan Napier slammed the ball home from close range in what was to be the decisive moment of the match. The home team huffed and puffed but didn’t put Zanoozi under much pressure and at the other end of the pitch Mornington’s lack of pace remained a major talking point. Deep into injury time Mornington substitute Amir Osmancevic’s spectacular bicycle kick was headed clear by the impressive Rogan McGeorge and Comets ran out a deserved victor. In NPL2 news Langwarrin was in sparkling form in the first half against Goulburn Valley Suns with goals from Wayne Wallace and Roddy Covarrubias and although the home side had a better second half a late Damir Stoilovic strike gave Langy an impressive 3-0 victory in Shepparton on Saturday evening. Scott Miller’s side is now just one point behind league leader Eastern Lions. On the down side Wallace was red carded in the 84th minute while Goulburn’s Matt Lelliott was dismissed in the 63rd minute. In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers slumped to a 6-2 defeat away to Mon-

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bulk Rangers on Friday night. Strikers were down 3-0 at half-time but scored twice in the second half through Antun Vulic and Adam Crabb in what was a dismal display by the local club. In State 3 news both Skye United and Frankston Pines lost 2-1 in away fixtures last weekend against Ashburton United and Whitehorse United respectively. Skye goalkeeper Jonathan Crook made a great point-blank save to keep Ashburton at bay just before half-time and Skye hit the front early in the second half thanks to Mikey Turner after good lead-up play from debutant Nic Miliaresis. Skye peppered the home team’s goal for the next 20 minutes but a superb strike from outside the area by Arsenos Zervides made it 1-1 in the 68th minute. In the 75th minute Ashburton headed to the spot after Saj Sugrim handled inside the area and Thomas Falconer made no mistake to give the hosts all three points. Pines created enough chances to win comfortably hitting the bar four times and the post twice. Pines went behind in the 38th minute after an excellent finish by Daniel Eksiyan. The equaliser came in the 80th minute from a rehearsed set piece when a Serge Yanez corner was headed home by CJ Hodgson. Three minutes later a disputed penalty decision allowed Liam Coulter to convert from the spot to round off the scoreline. In State 4 news things went from bad to worse for Baxter after a humiliating 12-0 capitulation at the hands of ladder leader Rowville Eagles at Park Ridge Reserve last weekend. Baxter senior coach George Hughes and assistant Rob Mathieson endured a difficult time during the off-season trying to bolster their squad but they

recently completed the signings of defender Matt McCormack (ex-Comets and Morwell), attacking midfielder Nat Daher (from Dingley Stars) and winger Aaryn Rix (Frankston Pines). This weekend Baxter is at home to fellow struggler Dingley Stars in a must-win encounter. Stuart McKenzie and Nathan Yole are available and are expected to play. Harry McCartney reports that Seaford’s 2-1 away win over Dingley Stars last weekend was mired in controversy. Two Pines recruits combined to open the scoring for Seaford in the 8th minute. Naseer Mohammad played a welltimed ball into the path of Mitch Lander who hit it first time across Dingley keeper Yağız Atok Ersoy for the opener. In the 16th minute Conor Mcfall’s attempted cross to the far post eluded everyone and ended up in the back of the net to give the visitors a two-goal cushion. A minute before the break a handling error from Seaford keeper Anthony Madafferi gifted a goal to Dingley when he failed to collect a high ball and was credited with an own goal. Dingley’s Stephen Nygen was walking a tightrope for much of this contest and referee Neil Byrne had no option but to book him in the 59th minute. Shortly after Seaford star Dylan Waugh was involved in a clash of heads and was still protesting his innocence when shown a red card for violent conduct. Nygen then received a straight red for abusive language. Dingley had a chance to snatch a point deep into injury time after Madafferi handled outside the area but redeemed himself by saving the resultant free-kick. In State 5 news Rosebud continued its fine start to the season with a 3-2 home win over Casey Panthers on Saturday. Two wins and a draw have taken the league newcomer to third on the ladder and last weekend’s success was thanks to goals from Chris Parry (2) and Billy Gowans. The news wasn’t as positive for Somerville Eagles as it lost 2-1 at home to Old Mentonians last weekend. The visitors deserved their success as Somerville struggled to create chances and was forced to play star striker Dave Greening despite being nowhere near peak fitness. Greening played due to the absence of Mark Pagliarulo who was holidaying with his family on the Gold Coast and his presence up front was sorely missed.

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Cameron Parsons took over in goal as usual number one Francis Beck was at a coaching course. Somerville’s best chance fell to Greening in the 31st minute after he latched onto a poor back pass. He looked certain to score after rounding Old Mentonians keeper Mustafa Zahir but couldn’t strike the ball firmly enough allowing a defender to recover and clear. Five minutes later Old Mentonians took the lead. The ball was played into the box after a quick break down the right and Somerville failed to clear enabling Tyler Pollard to lay the ball into the path of Max Vulcan who slid in and struck a left-foot drive past Parsons from close range. Parsons was by far the busier of the two keepers. Somerville somehow hit back in the 53rd minute when Damien Garcia got a touch in a packed penalty area and claimed the equaliser. But an excellent run from Cameron Ironside in the 60th minute was rewarded when he neatly lobbed the ball over the advancing Parsons and into the unguarded goal for the winner. Aspendale slumped to its third straight loss going down 2-0 at home to Tullamarine on Saturday. Aspendale’s best were Sam Timuska Carr, Kieran Hughes and Peter Dimopoulos. IN NPLW news Southern United lost 6-1 to Senior NTC at Monterey Reserve last Saturday. Southern’s under-19s lost 4-0 while the under-16s were involved in an entertaining 3-3 draw against Junior NTC with Southern’s goals coming from Rhys McKenna, Ezel Duyar and Rhiannon Kelleher. This week’s games: WEDNESDAY, 8.30pm: Upfield v Skye Utd (Aston Fields), FFA Cup round 5. FRIDAY, 8.30pm: Mornington v Mazenod Victory (Dallas Brooks Park), Frankston Pines v Collingwood City (Monterey Reserve). SATURDAY, 3pm: Southern Utd v Box Hill Utd (Monterey Reserve; under-12s 9am, under-14s 10.10am, under-16s 11.30am, under-19s 1pm), Langwarrin v Manningham Utd Blues (Lawton Park), Peninsula Strikers v Boroondara-Carey Eagles (Centenary Park), Elwood City v Skye Utd (Elwood Park), Baxter v Dingley Stars (Baxter Park), Seaford Utd v Endeavour Utd (North Seaford Reserve), Rosebud v Aspendale Stingrays (Olympic Park), Pakenham Utd v Somerville Eagles (IYU Reserve).


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Blind golf successful to a tee ROSEBUD Country Club proudly hosted the Victorian Blind Golf Championships on Monday 25 - Tuesday 26 March. Rosebud Country Club has supported the Victorian Blind Golf Championships since 1990 and with the partnership of Blind Golf Victoria, the championship has grown significantly with 17 golfers taking part in this year’s event. Blind Golf Victoria president, Doug Sloan, said the event wouldn’t be what it is today without the help of the Rosebud Country Club. “They’re just phenomenal. They assist us with finding caddies and help us throughout the day. The course is very user friendly and they really make us feel welcome. It’s not just the matter of golf; it’s the matter of socializing and sitting down, talking about your game. We’ve achieved a lot since we have been down at Rosebud Country Club,” Sloan said. Blind golf is divided into three categories,

B1, B2 and B3 depending on the player’s vision capabilities, with B1 players being totally blind. The golfers get assistance from their coaches and caddies to line up the ball and are given a guide on where they should be hitting. “It is always amazing watching the Blind Golf participants in action and displaying such positivity. We are very honoured to host such an inspiring event at our wonderful club”. Danny McGrath – GM, RCC Results: Vic Open Champion – Glenn Niciejewski with 85pts | Caddie Peter Harrington. B1 Winner – Doug Sloan with 50pts | Caddie Jo Delaney B2 Winner – Stephen Mitchell with 68pts | Caddie Di Ludlow B3 Winner – Brad Carver with 71pts| Caddie David McMillan. Number one: RCC general Manager Danny McGrath, Glenn Niciejewski, Peter Harrington and RCC President John Sladdin. Picture: Supplied

Rye turns on the challenge in bowling invitational ON Sunday 31 March Rye Bowling greens were a flood of colour as 96 bowlers from the Mornington Peninsula, Metropolitan and Country regions formed teams to compete in the Annual Invitation Fours event. Jointly sponsored by the Community Bank Bendigo Bank and the Lamattina Group, teams were competing for $3,000 in prize money. Rye’s bowling greens provided a very competitive surface for play despite a number of heavy showers in the morning. The afternoon saw a change in the weather with

light wind and sunshine with the greens responding and challenging the bowlers looking to win their three game matches. Bowling skills were to the fore with many tightly contested games going down to the wire. Eventual winners on the day was a composite team of bowlers from Mornington Civic and Mt.Eliza skippered by Laurie Harrington. Runners up a local team from Rye skippered by Joe Turner. Photo and text by Barry Irving

Santa gives all: Anthony Freedman’s Santa Ana Lane wins the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes at Randwick. Picture: Supplied

Santa, the gift that keeps on giving By Ben Triandafillou MOUNT ELIZA-based racehorse trainer Anthony Freedman came to the fore in yet another Australian Group 1 sprint on Saturday 6 April. Ridden patiently by Mark Zahra, Freedman’s star sprinter Santa Ana Lane pounced down the straight to overrun his rivals in the $2.5 milllion T. J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick to claim his fifth Group 1 race. Santa, as he’s affectionately known, defeated a star-studded field of sprinters by 3.5 lengths and further enhanced his profile as one of Australia’s best sprinters. Freedman said he has felt that the six-year-old gelding has been a top-quality animal for some time. “I knew he was really good,” Freedman said. “I was worried about the track, but I knew that the horse was as good as I have had him and when he is like that, he can do that so it’s exciting going forward.” Jockey, Mark Zahra, described Santa Ana Lane’s run as an ‘amazing victory’. “He was a bit cranky in the gates,” said Zahra,

who was replacing injured regular rider Ben Melham. “He was a bit slow away but I got him on the back of Champagne Cuddles. Just down the side I gave him a click to track up and just had to wait and wait and I got around the bend. I had them covered 300 metres out.” The victory brought up Freedman’s 10th Group 1 from 37 starters since 2017. Freedman said the stable was now considering taking Santa Ana Lane to Hong Kong for the Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) at Sha Tin on 28 April with Royal Ascot during June also a long-term option. “We will obviously give Hong Kong serious thought and if things are still good, we will head on to Europe,” he said. “He’s clearly gone to a huge level now. I’ve sort of worked him out. I know how to train him and that is the key with horses, the trainer works out how to train them and you get the best out of them. “Keep him fresh, big gaps between runs and he just keeps stepping up to the mark.”

Division One Premiers: The City of Frankston Bowling Club defeated Somerville on 16 March’s pennant final to claim their first Division One premiership in 17 years. The club also won divsions one, two and four in midweek pennant topping off a successful year for the club.

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