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Frogs leap to the top after victory SUB-DISTRICT

By IT Gully TOOTGAROOK will spend the MPCA Sub District Christmas break on top of the ladder after recording a solid victory against Carrum Downs on Saturday. It was a tough task for the Frogs, chasing down 198 for victory on the second day of a match. However, they did it emphatically with a wicket and a massive 25 overs to spare. Travis French was again superb at the top of the innings for the Frogs, however, the match winner was Scott Stirling, who blasted 84 to get his side over the line. Stirling went out when his side was already four runs ahead. Jayden Barker was the pick of the bowlers for the Cougars with 3/29 from

13 overs. Tyabb pulled off one of the wins of the season, coming from nowhere to beat Frankston YCW. When play ended last week, the Stonecats had 153 on the board and had Tyabb reeling at 7/44. Yabbies’ skipper Joel Whylie was unbeaten on three and Jarrod White was unbeaten on seven. Whylie finished with 78 and Kyle Martin (11 from 51 balls) hung around long enough at 11 to see the Yabbies score 165 and steal victory. Andrew Kitson finished with and amazing 9/62 from 32.2 overs for the Stonecats. Boneo had a fair crack at victory against Carrum but finished 50 runs short. Chasing Carrum’s 8/246, the Pandas gave themselves every chance with Jack Beale scoring 58, Mitch Smith 35, Alex Petrovic 32 and Corey Peterson

23. One of them need to go on and make a much bigger score. Jake D’Atri was the best of Carrum’s bowlers with 4/50 from 27 overs while Rory Brown snagged 3/31. Dromana made light work of Balnarring, winning by 70-plus runs. Defending 234, Dromana rolled the Saints for 154. Nathan Kleinig top scored for the Saints with 68 while Jack Fowler claimed 5/44 from 16.2 overs and Zac Klan picked-up 3/27 from 16 overs for the Hoppers. Ballam Park went within 30 runs of victory against Skye after resuming in trouble at 5/46. Chasing 156 for victory, the Knights finished 30 runs shy, bowled out for 125. Spin is in: Langwarrin and Mornington faced off in a Provincial match. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Greening new gaffer of Eagles


By Craig MacKenzie SOMERVILLE Eagles are flying high after last Friday’s announcement that goalscoring legend David Greening will be the club’s new playercoach for 2018. Greening is the second founding member of Rosebud Heart senior club to switch to Somerville after Neil Herd moved there at the end of the 2016 season. The switch leaves Heart firmly on the back foot without a coach, still searching for a suitable ground and now without the man who in three seasons delivered 108 goals from 57 league and cup appearances. Greening had been mentioned as a possible Heart player-coach, Baxter offered him a player-coaching role as an assistant to Francis Beck while Skye United was keen to pair him with Daniel Attard up front. In the end, it was State 5 South newcomer Somerville which won the battle for the services of “The Green Machine” from England’s Isle of Wight. “This is a really exciting challenge for me – a new challenge – and we’ll just see how we go,” Greening said. “I worked under ‘Squizzy’ (Kevin Taylor) for four years and Scott (Morrison) for two years and I learned so much from them. “I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it and I’m in the process of putting together a pre-season schedule at the moment. “They finished 10th last year and I’d certainly be looking to improve on that. “We’ve got a very young squad and hopefully we can get some older heads in there to bring them along.” Greening’s first season in Australia was in 2010 and he was joint top scorer in State 3 North-West with 22 goals but he only played 16 games for Latrobe 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. He has chalked up the remarkable statistic of winning eight straight Golden Boot awards, four with Seaford United and three with Heart to go with his 2010 success. Meanwhile, there is a rift between the senior and junior wings of Peninsula Strikers and it may be irreparable. It centres on the development pathway of the under-16s and under-18s and it is understood that Strikers junior club and Frankston Pines have struck a deal which will see the youngsters go to Pines rather than progress into Strikers’ senior club. “The language at the Strikers senior club is a massive issue for us,” Junior club president Steve Schreck said. “The mouths on some of the coaches they had last season doesn’t suit where we’re


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Eagles soar: Football operations manager Zach Peddersen, left, and new Somerville Eagles playercoach David Greening.

headed and what we’re trying to promote. “We’ve had a lot of people who have been to their games and have come back disheartened and disappointed. “Officially we are an independent junior club but we’re pushing to have an alliance with a club to give our juniors the best possible opportunity to continue into senior football in the local neighbourhood. “We looked at Pines and (senior coach) Paul Williams and that is much more appealing to our people.” Strikers senior club president Trevor Johnston was left gutted by the decision and the reluctance of the junior club to enter into discussion on the issue. He was due to hold talks with the junior club at 6.30pm on Thursday 2 November but received an email at 2.49pm that afternoon informing him that the meeting would not go ahead as the juniors had decided to cut all ties with the seniors. “My response was to ask if this was a decision of a minority or a decision of the majority because my view is that a decision like this should go out to all members not just be made by their committee,” Johnston said.

“I had a meeting with a member of their executive who wasn’t overly impressed with the email sent to me and told me that this was not the majority view of the junior club. “I had sent them a proposal outlining the future of our club and our wish to strengthen the affiliation between us. “I wasn’t asking them for money as our club can survive without their input, in fact, our finances have improved considerably since I’ve taken over. “The email they sent was a really poor response and I felt it was a knee-jerk reaction. “But if they’re not going to be part of it then we need to start our own juniors and that’s where we’re at. “It’s pretty ordinary to have such a big junior club with no senior club attached and it’s pretty ordinary that they won’t even give us a chance.” Pines expects to field a young team in the Metropolitan Leagues to accommodate Strikers juniors that don’t make its senior or reserves squads. Right now though the buzz around Monterey Reserve concerns news of a major overhaul of the facility due to take place in 2019 and 2020.

“We’ve already had $600,000 approved by SRV (Sport and Recreation Victoria) but council has to come and talk to us and find out specifically how we want to use it,” Pines president Gary Hodgson said. “Then I find out last week that the whole place is getting ripped down and redeveloped in 2019/20 because of council building codes. “What we need to go for now with the $600,000 is a disabled toilet and four changerooms down the back so that the changerooms are there when the rest of the building is pulled down and rebuilt.” Mornington has appointed Danny Black to the role of assistant playing coach of the reserves and the club is hoping to reach agreement with veteran striker Wayne Gordon shortly. The ambitious Dallas Brooks Park outfit has signed an English attacking midfielder who is due to arrive in January and looks likely to complete the senior squad for the 2018 season. Langwarrin’s last pre-season hitout for 2017 saw it lose 3-2 to NPL giant South Melbourne at Lawton Park on Sunday. A Nick Epifano free-kick opened the scoring for South Melbourne, Aaran Curie equalised then the home team took the lead through a superbly constructed interpassing move finished in style by Darcy Pawlik’s clever chip over Nikola Roganovic. Milos Lujic converted from the penalty spot and the sides went in locked at 2-2 at the interval. The winner came from South triallist Amir Osmancevic midway through the second half. In the earlier match, Langy’s under-20s beat Skye United 1-0 thanks to a Keegan Guy goal in the second half. Skye featured a number of triallists including Matthew Wilson (Melbourne Uni), Ivan Colo (Peninsula Strikers), Brett Neville (Traralgon City), Jordan Redburn (Langwarrin), Gerard Lawler (Langwarrin), Jack Gallagher (Baxter) and Nicholas Yott (Ringwood City). Niko Matad and Caleb Vaughan also trialled with Skye. Brian Murphy has joined Southern United’s senior coaching group with primary responsibility for the club’s under-19 squad. Murphy holds an Oceania Football Confederation B licence, Football Association of Ireland Youth Coaching level 1 accreditation and other FAI coaching badges. His playing career includes spells with Port Vale, Hayes FC, Dublin City, Kilkenny City, Kildare County, Monaghan Utd and Shamrock Rovers, DPMM FC (Brunei Premier League), Springvale White Eagles (VPL), Eastern Suburbs AFC (New Zealand) and Berwick City. He has been an assistant coach at Fencibles United AFC and Eastern Suburbs AFC in New Zealand and has been head coach at Denham United women’s team in England.

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Mornington News 19 December 2017

19 December 2017  

Mornington News 19 December 2017