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NEWS DESK Mitchell’s big test RYE boxer Jayde Mitchell will fight Les Sherrington in the first defence of his World Boxing Association Super Middleweight Oceania title at the Melbourne Park function centre on Saturday 18 March. The defence follows Mitchell’s title win against Japan’s Shintaro Matsumoto – at the same venue as Lionel Rose claimed his world bantamweight belt against “Fighting� Harada in 1968. Mitchell regards his upcoming fight as his “biggest test to date�. He said Sherrington, with a 35-9 win-loss record, was an “extremely experienced campaigner at middle and super middleweight holding minor world titles in both�. “I’ve been a fan of Les for some time as he’s been one of Australia’s best over his career. “I’m honoured to get the chance to test my metal against Les in this next big step.� Stephen Taylor

Call for volunteers MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s is this week holding four volunteering information workshops. Participants will learn about the rights and responsibilities of volunteers, where to find volunteering roles and how to apply to volunteer. There will also be representatives from organisations looking for volunteers. The workshops will be at Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House tonight (21 February), 10am-12pm; Crib Point Community House on 22 February, 10am-12pm Dromana Community House on 23 February, 1-3pm; and Rye Beach Community Centre on 24 February, 1-3pm. Details: vmp@mornpen.vic. gov.au or 5950 1638.

Choppy styling: Ben Pitts, above, and Tina Balland, show their longboard skills in choppy surf during the February Maladiction club contest. Pictures: Oceanblue photography

Positive reaction to poor conditions IT was a weak, inconsistent beach break, and the wind wasn’t favourable, but the Maladiction surfers were not about to be wiped out when it came to their February contest. Club president Greg Lloyd described the conditions at St Andrews Beach (near Rye) as “challenging�. Formed 20 years ago this October, the club’s riders favour long, Malibu surfboards and the stylist surfing made possible with a large deck area, although there is a contest division for “retro� short boards. Any former members who would like to be involved in Maladiction’s 20th celebrations can contact club president Greg Lloyd through the

Facebook site or by emailing greg@ surfstoked.com.au or maladictionlongboarders@gmail.com Results: Open First Division - Rhys Collins, 1; Tomy Bellisai, 2; Ben Pitts, 3. Open Second Division - Joe Bonato, 1; Dean Campbell, 2; Tina Balland, 3. Open Third Division - Steve Jones, 1; Andrew Sematas, 2; Brendan McCafferty, 3.

DSA at Inverloch THE Disabled Surfers Association Mornington Peninsula branch held its first event at Inverloch on Saturday 11 February with more than 50 surfers

and 100 volunteers. “It was epic. Absolutely epic,� DSAMP secretary Bill Hallett said. The large turnout at Inverloch followed the cancellation of surfing at Pt Leo on Saturday 14 January, although participants and volunteers were made welcome with a barbecue at the Point Leo lifesaving club. The next DSAMP surf day is scheduled to be held at Point Leo on Saturday 4 March, with registrations open from 10am. On 1 April (April Fools’ Day) the DSAMP and Maladiction will hold a teams’ surf day at The Pines beach (Atlas) Shoreham. “This is not about being a good

surfer - you could lose points for that - it's about leaving your dignity on the beach and having a giggle,� Mr Hallett said. Entry is $200 for each four-person team and surfers will ride the “soft� surfboards used at the annual events run by the DSAMP. As well as surfing ability, points will be awarded for surfers’ costumes. Prizes for the DSA Champs Surf Competition include $2000 in Jetstar travel vouchers; a Trigger Brothers surf pack; and dinner for four at Stillwater, Crittenden Estate from Peninsula Speech Pathology Services. Details and team registration at firstreef.weebly.com Keith Platt

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