Frankston Times 9 June 2020

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Rawiller lands maiden metro victory HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON-based apprentice jockey Campbell Rawiller landed his first metropolitan winner at Sandown on Wednesday 3 June. Rawiller partnered the Matthew Williamstrained Brilliant Concept to take out the seventh race on the card and made it back-to-back victories for the combination. Having scored a dominant benchmark 64 victory at Ballarat at their prior start, Rawiller took the four-year-old gelding to the rear of the field before slowly creeping forward in the run. By the top of the straight Rawiller had Brilliant Concept within two lengths of the leader and pounced in the straight to land a half-of-alength victory in the benchmark 70 contest. Rawiller said it was a big achievement to land his maiden metro win after riding close to 600 horses so far in his career. “It felt like a big milestone for me, and something I had really been working hard towards,” Rawiller said. “It’s a great feeling to have ticked off that box, and I was lucky enough to get the right horse to come along to pull it off. “I have built up a good relationship with the horse and it’s nice to be given the opportunity by the owners and trainer to be able to get the win for them.” Rawiller backed up his success at Sandown with a winning double at Casterton on Saturday for his boss Logan McGill. Rawiller piloted the speedy mare, Can Star, to a dominant three length victory in the fifth race before breaking a long run of placings with the consistent Rockin’ Sonny to score a narrow win in the sixth. The inform apprentice said the winning double made the five-hour drive from Mornington well worth the trip.

“It was great to get the double for the boss,” he said. “Things are really starting to come together now and it’s a credit to the great mentors that I’ve got around me to get me here.” The victory aboard Rockin’ Sonny brought up Rawiller’s 60th winner since kicking off his career in September last year.

Metro winner: Apprentice jockey Campbell Rawiller scores his first metropolitan victory at Sandown aboard Brilliant Concept. Picture: Supplied

Sports seasons in limbo THE 2020 MPNFL season hangs in the balance, with its future set to be evaluated later this month. AFL South East head Richard Black, AFL South East CEO Shaun Connell, and officials from each of the 22 MPNFL clubs all met on 3 June to discuss the 2020 season. It was decided that a further evaluation would be held after an update from Premier Daniel Andrews, expected on 21 June. Senior leagues across Victoria have begun cancelling their seasons in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Northern Football Netball League and Southern Football Netball League will both not proceed this season, it was announced last week. A statement from AFL South East read “the regions club’s approach to a return to training over the past few weeks has seen strong numbers across junior, senior football and netball and is the first step to returning to competitive sport across the region.” “Our consistent approach during these unique and challenging times has been to take advice from the federal and state government, our sporting bodies AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria, and to work collaboratively with our clubs to ensure the best path forward,” the statement read. “This will remain our approach, and we are fully aware of the importance of a safe environment for all participants involved and the ongoing sustainability of our clubs. “We thank all member clubs and the community for their patience, and we take a positive approach to see football and netball being played under the AFLSE banner in 2020.” It is understood that plans are in place to recommence the Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League on 12 July, unless the state government intervenes. The junior season is expected to run for nine weeks with a three week finals period. Games may be played on Wednesday nights. MPJFL Grand Finals are expected to be scheduled for Sunday, 20 September. Brodie Cowburn

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