scoreboard New-look cricket launches this weekend MORNINGTON NEWS
By IT Gully THE new-look Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association season will launch this Saturday with four divisions set for 2017-18. The MPCA announced its new structure in May this year, however, a Presidents’ extraordinary meeting held a couple of weeks ago saw the names of the new four divisions changed. In May, the launched divisions were Premier, Provincial, District and Sub District. However, they were changed only last week to Provincial, Peninsula, District and Sub-District, in order of division one to division four. Peninsula Old Boys president Adam Jones was behind the name changes, which make sense. Jones branded the names of the new competition “stupid’’ and made moves to protect the history on the association. Jones wrote to the MPCA requesting the special general meeting which resulted in the name changes. He called 27 clubs, 25 of which supported his stance. In the 2017-18 season, cricket will be played on every weekend in October, November, December, January
and March; with the exception of two weeks in December for the Christmas break, as well as a weekend over Easter. Promotion-relegation will remain the same with the premiers being elevated in the following season and wooden-spooners dropping down. The major change to the competition is the number of one-day matches in the fixture. The first three rounds of the season are one-day fixtures and there are four more for the season. This is complemented with seven twoday matches. The grand finals will also be reduced to 80 overs to ensure the match is completed over one weekend. Bowlers will be restricted to eight overs in one-day games. The clubs in each division and some news coming into the first match of the day this Saturday: Provincial Peninsula Old Boys Crib Point Baxter Mornington Pearcedale Sorrento Langwarrin Mt Eliza
At Crib Point, Matt Blake is coaching the club and league legend Brad Glenn has taken the reigns as director of coaching. Sam Weisse has returned to Mornington from Frankston-Peninsula, while Langwarrin has seen the return of Andy Johnson and the recruitment of former Heatherhill and Flinders middle-order bat Simon Parrott. Pearcedale is looking at some improvement from talented youngsters Declan Scully and Riley Bradshaw, while Kaine Smith and Chris Dew remain in charge. Bobby Wilson remains in charge at Sorrento and they have landed Sri Lankan fast bowler and middle order bat Chathupama Gunasinghe (45 first class wickets). Lyle House and Justin Grant are in charge again at Mt Eliza and Baxter has a mate of Chamika Sattambi joining the club who will be a handy acquisition. Peninsula Red Hill Somerville Delacombe Park Flinders Long Island Moorooduc
Pines Main Ridge The recruitment of Jayde Herrick to Somerville is the biggest get in the offseason. Riley Shaw has returned from Mt Martha to Red Hill, which is a handy get, Ricky Ramsdale will be hoping to go one better with Delacombe Park, Aaron Paxton is the club skipper at Long Island and Adrian Mack returns to where it all began at Pines, replacing Craig Entwhistle. Nick Jewell will play and coach at Main Ridge and Shamith Kannangara is the skipper at Moorooduc, which will see a number of Sri Lankans land at the club this season. District Baden Powell Mt Martha Hastings Long Island Seaford Seaford Tigers Heatherhill Rosebud Rye Grant Hanrahan is senior coach at Mt Martha while Riley Shaw returns to Red Hill. Hastings will be without an injured
Luke Hewitt (knee reconstruction), Tommy Baron continues to lead Rye. Rosebud will welcome an opening quick from Sri Lanka and Seaford Tigers’ Corey Hand has returned to Carrum. Sub District Dromana Balnarring Carrum Carrum Downs Skye Tyabb Tootgarook YCW Ballam Park Boneo Jack Fowler and Keiran Voelkl will continue to run the show at Dromana. Mal Coutts has left Langwarrin for a coaching stint at Balnarring, Corey Hand returns to Carrum, Mark Snelling remains in charge at Carrum Downs, and Scott Blaycock is coaching Skye. Tyabb welcomes the return of Brodie Bennett, Ballam Park is looking for improvement from Luke Janssen and Boneo has picked up Corey Peterson from Traralgon, while an English keeper-batsman is expected to land soon.
Final victory: Baxter saw off Mt Eliza's challenge to become final winners of the Provincial premiership last year. They'll noth play Provincial in the new-look competition. Picture: Rab Siddhi
AFLSE moves on stage one of footy restructure By Toe Punt AFL South East has succeeded in executing stage one of its grand plan for divisional football throughout the region, restructuring the Nepean and Peninsula competitions last Friday. As was predicted months ago, all 22 clubs were informed last Friday that Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League divisions will be restructured in 2018. Chelsea, Karingal and Langwarrin drop from Peninsula to Division Two
and Frankston Bombers, Sorrento and Rosebud elevate from Nepean to Division One. In 2019, AFL South East plans to restructure again, introducing a third division, Premier, and bringing in South East Football Netball League clubs, which includes Cranbourne, Berwick, Beaconsfield and others. It is believed that all but five clubs (Edithvale-Aspendale, Langwarrin, Pines, Mornington, Tyabb) do not support a further restructure and will continue its fight against the move.
3 October 2017
In determining which clubs should be selected to compete in Division 1, AFL South East Regional General Manager John Anderson said the following considerations were made: n Recent playing performances n Playing depth n Junior pathway including viability of U19’s and junior club pathways n Club facilities, and n The results of a recent survey conducted by MPNFL Clubs Regardless of the considerations, both Rosebud and Sorrento believe
they will struggle given the Buds have had no Under 17s for the past two seasons and Sorrento has had no Under 16s or 17s. However, there is little question that there is overwhelming support for divisional football between MPNFL clubs. The current salary cap of $150,000 will be applied to both divisions next season with the intention of re-evaluating and working towards a reduction in 2019. The total team points will be reset at 39 points with
further communication to clubs in coming weeks. Mr Anderson said that this announcement heralds an exciting new era for football in the region. “While I look forward to seeing the top 10 clubs competing against each other, I am even more keen to see clubs which have struggled in recent years get the opportunity to be more competitive and potentially participate in finals in 2018,” Mr Anderson said.
Mornington News 3 October 2017