Mornington News 23 November 2021

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MORNINGTON NEWS scoreboard Cricket’s back! Mornington had a win against Somerville in Peninsula 1sts. Picture: Alan Dillon Frankston YCW went down to Carrum in District 2nds. Picture: Craig Barrett

Southern Peninsula ‘super’ stars bowl to the win IN what was most certainly the longest bowls tournament in living history, a composite side from the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula captured the newest blue ribbon event on the national calendar at the Karingal SkyeDome last Friday night. The rich Skyedome SuperLeague event – originally scheduled for a seven-week season when it kicked off mid-May – suffered from two lockdown interruptions – but reached its climax under the Big Top at Karingal when the Men@Work side outgunned Somerville’s Port Pirates in a hard-fought final – 27 weeks later. Rosebud stars Frank Krslovic, John Sykes and Ben Wales were

joined by Joe Turner from Rye in the hi-vis yellow combination that scooped the pool at Karingal, having just scraped into the finals when the tournament was paused for the second time in August. But the 12-week lay-off seemed to energise the boys from downunder as they powered past the host club’s Wanderers in Thursday’s semi final, then outplayed the hotly fancied Port Pirates side of Alan Veitch, Steven Tully, Tex McClelland, Britt Jago and Scott Guymer in the main event. In particular Joe Turner, a renowned fours skipper in peninsula bowls circles, showed his versatility with two cracking singles wins in the final series, while the enigmatic Frank Krslovic was unstoppable in

both triples and pairs. In the play-off for third and fourth places Mt Eliza’s Tom Lockys, Mark Stanaway, Mike Pearce, Laurie Harrington, Mike Kallmeier and Wayne Hogan claimed the cash against the Wanderers John Curtain, Brian Hemley, Scott Bayles and Nev Bradley. The inaugural SuperLeague, a new concept medley competition, attracted high-profile entries from all across the Melbourne metropolitan area and further afield. No fewer than 28,000 viewers tuned in to the live streaming presentation on local community service RPPFM, while spectators scrambled into every vantage point around the magnificent SkyeDome stadium.

Superleague winners: Inaugural SuperLeague champions ‘Men@Work’: John Sykes, Joe Turner, Frank Krslovic and Ben Wales with the imposing winners’ trophy. Picture: Supplied

Laurie lands another winner from glowing family HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou MATT Laurie has produced yet another winner from the offspring of talented broodmare Glowing Tribute. Having already found success with 10-time winner Master Reset (by Reset) and four-time winner La Bella Costa (by Von Costa de Hero), Laurie saddled up their half-brother That Contageous (by Lonhro) at Mornington last Thursday 18 November. After finishing behind Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Artorius on debut, the strapping son of Lonhro made a winning return to the racetrack after spending almost 10 months off the scene. That Contageous, who stands at approximately 17.3hh and required a barrier extension to compete, took up the lead after jumping from barrier 12 and continued to extend to break his maiden by just over a length. Mornington-based trainer Matt

Laurie was thrilled to see the big three-year-old come back well after having a couple of issues earlier in the year. “He’d always been quiet in the early days and then we took him to Sandown and he just turned into a lunatic. It surprised us all,” Laurie said post-race. “He needed to be gelded a long time ago and we managed to get it done but unfortunately he also went in the throat so he had to have some surgery. “He’s a massive horse with obviously a very big action so it was good to see him return well.” Both of his siblings managed to graduate to competing in the city so it’ll be interesting to see what level this lightly-raced three-year-old can reach. His dam Glowing Tribute has had six foals in total with five to race. All of his other four siblings have won at least four races up to 1600m.


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Mornington News 23 November 2021

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