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INSIDE frankstonweekly.com.au COVER: TV gardener Vasili Kanidiadis is going back to his roots, with his popular show returning to Channel 31. Picture: Michael Copp

Grave matters: Glenn Aitken with pallbearers Paul Whitfield and Rob Thurley lead the placardwielding protesters. Picture: Gary Sissons

ised to deliver $2.5 million to desilt Kananook Creek. After studying council documents Mr Thurley said he believed $2 million of the $2.5 million put aside by the state government to clean up the creek, had been instead transferred to the South East Water project. He called for the project to be recosted. ‘‘Mordialloc has just spent $6 million on a similar job,’’ he said. Frankston mayor Sandra Mayer told the Weekly that council CEO Dennis Hovenden had received verbal confirmation from Water Minister Peter Walsh that $400,000 had been set aside to desilt the creek. She said South East Water was ‘‘in the business of water’’, and had indicated it would contribute to cleaning up the creek. “The Kananook Creek Association has been asking for desilting for decades but it has been put off year after year. Having South East Water down there will mean they start getting the results they have asked for.” A South East Water spokeswoman said it was not the company’s responsibility to desilt the creek. “We are keen to work with the Frankston community to help revitalise the

BY ALECIA PINNER STAFF at the planned South East Water building in Frankston may look over a filthy Kananook Creek as it becomes increasingly murky who will pay to have it desilted. On Saturday, residents held a mock funeral on Kananook Creek Boulevard, the proposed site of the building, for what they called a ‘‘triple fatality’’. The funeral marked the loss ‘‘of a highly valuable community space’’, ‘‘the Frankston town harbour restoration’’ and ‘‘integrity and trust in our local council’’. The mock funeral was inspired by the belief among some residents that there was a lack of community consultation before the public land on Kananook Creek Boulevard was sold to South East Water. Rob Thurley of the Long Island Residents Group spent years advocating for the creek as the president of the Kananook Creek Association until his retirement last year. He helped organise Saturday’s protest. Mr Thurley said that in the lead-up to his election Frankston MP Geoff Shaw had prom-

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Parliament. Nor did I vote for someone who wants to tighten abortion laws. And if he is not happy with the same superannuation bundle as the rest of us, why is he not asking for a better deal for everybody? Unhappy (via web)

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Re: Hospital ambulance wait escalates Frankston is a great hospital and does a great job. The reason it is so busy and the wait time is so long is because way too many people are going there with a non-emergency issue. Go see a GP, stop wasting the hospital’s time. Rhino (via web)

Re: MP won’t shut door on return Of course Geoff Shaw is not ruling out a return to the Liberal Party. He has done what he set out to do — get rid of the premier. PeterEd (via the web)

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Re: South East Water Here we go again. Frankston Council continues to mismanage an area that should have been used by us all. I refer to the site sold to South East Water for a new development. Talk about ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’. Yes, mayor it is a ‘‘bit tired’’. A complete concrete jungle, with little thought of public interaction. It’s about time the council realised Frankston’s potential is in fact due to a lack of high rise along the beach corridor. So why suddenly make this another Gold Coast?

Yes, once the high rise commences it will not stop. People enjoy the lack of commercial surroundings, which could be continued by proper planning and more interactive parks and even coffee shops, not high-rise developments. Glenn Aitken and Brian Cunial appear to be the only councillors who can envisage this travesty. Robyn Pendlebury, Frankston

Re: Peninsula Link I am not impressed with Peninsula Link. I was travelling from Patterson Lakes to Frankston, as I have done a hundred times before. Instead of getting to Frankston, I ended up somewhere between Mornington and Somerville. I found it hard to get off the freeway and find my way back. Completely lost and panicking, it’s a wonder I didn’t have an accident or cause an accident while trying to get off the freeway and find my way back to Frankston. They should have concentrated more on signage that motorists were familiar with and less on artwork, so that you know when and where to turn off. Lynette Campbell, Parkdale


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metro east Cath Anderson said paramedics were on their way to help a woman who had collapsed in Mt Martha. ‘‘Paramedics suffered minor injuries, but got out of the ambulance to treat the other driver,’’ she said. Another ambulance was dispatched to attend the woman in Mt Martha. She was taken to hospital in a stable condition. Acting Senior Sergeant Keighley said investigations into the collision were ongoing and police were appealing for witnesses. Information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Bookings are now open. Progam includes games, activities, excursions, workshops and theme days. Book by Friday, 22 March, 5:00pm, to avoid late booking fees. Details: 9784 1054 or www.frankston.vic.gov.au

IRONMAN: Temporary Local Road Closures Saturday, 24 March, race starts 7:30am, Frankston Waterfront Local road closures during the event. Details: www.ironmanmelbourne.com or 1300 835 411.

Dogs on Beaches

Dog owners are reminded of restrictions prohibiting dogs on Frankston and Seaford foreshore until 31 March between 9:30am and 7:30pm. At other times dogs must be walked on a lead. Penalties are being issued to dog owners on the beach during the restricted times.

Dog and Cat Owners: Pet Renewal Notices

All dog and cat owners will receive their annual registration renewal notices for 2013-2014 in the next few days. Payment must be received on or before 10 April 2013. Payment options are on the notice. Please ensure contact numbers and ownership details are correct and advise Council of any changes. All dogs/cats in Frankston City must be registered from the age of three months and renewed annually. $282 on the spot penalty may apply. Details: www.frankston.vic.gov.au or 1300 322 322.

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Bookings: 9784 1801 or allison.clark@frankston.vic.gov.au

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Community Transport Door to Door Bus Service

Frankston CityÂ’s residents can access Bayside Shopping Centre, Centro Karingal Shopping Centre and Frankston Library and more locations through the Active Ageing and Disability Services Community Transport Service at the cost of a gold coin donation. It is a door to door service operating Monday to Friday on           from this service please contact the Active Ageing and Disability Service      9768 1681 to determine eligibility.

Heatherhill Village Fun Day Saturday, 23 March, 11:00am– 3:00pm, 44-52 Heatherhill Road, Frankston FREE entertainment and activities for the whole family with prizes and giveaways.

Come to ‘Food’ and see our local Masterchef Frankston Arts Centre, Friday 22 March, 8:00pm Michael Demagistris, from Channel 10’s Masterchef the Professionals, will be in the audience to see ‘Food’ this Friday. Be sure to buy your tickets and have your chance to chat with Michael after the show. Bookings at www.thefac.com.au or 9784 1060.

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Hosted by Andrea Louise Thomas, this workshop is open to all ages interested in progressing their poetry, focusing mainly on performance skills. Bookings required on 9784 1020.

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Monday, 25 March, 11:00am, Stella Maris Centre, Gate 7, John Paul College, McMahons Road, Frankston Details: 9770 1042.

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BY ALECIA PINNER FOLLOWING more than a year of fierce debate, Carrum Downs Memorial Hall will be demolished by April 5. The hall was built in 1930 to honour the memory of five young men from Carrum Downs who lost their lives in World War I. In May last year, following public outcry at the prospect that the hall would be torn down, Frankston Council ordered a report from an independent municipal building surveyor exploring whether it could be saved. On March 5 the surveyor served the council with a building notice and building order giving it 30 days to take action at the hall, which had fallen into disrepair. A Frankston council spokeswoman said the report ‘‘provided a very grave picture of the state of the building’s structural integrity and specifically cited the possibility that either the roof or floors could collapse’’. The surveyor found that asbestos, termite damage and a lack of required safety measures

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had made the building unfit for occupation. Frankston mayor Sandra Mayer, who voted against demolishing the hall in February last year, said that like every resident in Frankston, the council was held to account on the state of its buildings. “The council acknowledges the significance of the building and has previously deferred its demolition to seek expert advice on its condition and whether it could be restored or refurbished,” she said. “All advice received was that the hall cannot be salvaged due to its poor structural condition and now that this notice has been served, we see no other way forward. It’s with regret that we made this decision and have done so in the interest of public safety.’’ Cr Glenn Aitken, who has fought to save the building, said councillors didn’t properly consider available options such as corporate sponsorship and volunteers. The council has not decided on the future of the site and is working with Frankston RSL on a way of paying tribute to those recorded on the hall’s honour board.

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Hair today, gone ... Flinders Christian Community College year 12 student Emily said goodbye to her long hair last week to help raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. Emily was one of 16 seniors at the college to get the chop as part of the school’s ‘Bald is Brave’ fund-raiser organised by student Ryan and inspired by a friend who had a long fight leukaemia. “Deciding for myself to lose my hair is much better than having leukaemia come along and take it from me. So I’m just doing my part to help those who don’t have a choice,” said Emily, whose discarded locks will be used to make wigs for chemotherapy patients.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang director Peter Casey celebrated an upcoming performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre with the Seaford Park Primary School choir last Thursday. Madeline, Harry, Nelly, Thomas, Gemma and Eddy met Casey and actor Rachael Beck in the lead-up to the charity performance on Sunday. The school choir was chosen as the opening act for the production, which features stars from the musicals Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, King Kong and Jersey Boys and helped raise money for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation Victoria.

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IT remains unclear if Chisholm will get any of the state government’s $200 million TAFE funding pledged last week. Chisholm Institute of TAFE cut courses, sacked teachers and hiked up course fees last year when the government slashed funding from the TAFE sector. The institute lost $30 million in funding. A number of students from the Frankston campus were forced to re-enrol at other centres when their courses were ended with little notice. Last Tuesday, the state government announced the $200 million would be delivered over four years ‘‘to support structural reform’’ but did not confirm where it would be allocated. “This funding is designed to assist TAFE institutes in securing their presence within the broader vocational education and training industry,’’ Premier Denis Napthine said. A spokeswoman for Chisholm CEO Maria Peters said the state government was yet to announce the criteria for funding and Chisholm

was therefore not in a position to know if it would get any of the cash. ‘‘If you read between the lines their priorities seem to be regional and vulnerable TAFEs, so that may limit our chances.’’ A state government cabinet-in-confidence paper leaked last year stated the Rosebud campus was at risk of closure. But the spokeswoman said: ‘‘All of our campuses are open. That is the way they are staying’’. Asked if enrolments at Frankston and Rosebud had been affected by rising course fees the spokeswoman said: ‘‘Enrolments are good’’. National Tertiary Education Union Victorian Division Secretary Colin Long said the funding was a face-saving measure. “The Baillieu government cut of $290 million a year to the TAFE budget in Victoria has been deeply unpopular, especially in outer suburban Melbourne and regional Victoria,’’ Dr Long said. “However, $200 million over four years does not make up for a budget cut of $290 million a year.’’

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Frankston tops region’s drowning list BY ALECIA PINNER FRANKSTON had the highest number of drownings among local beaches over the past 12 years, Life Saving Victoria figures show. Warrnambool topped the list with eight drownings — including a family of four who died in 2005 — between July 2000 and June 2012. Frankston followed with six fatalities, figures released last week show. Next on the list for local beaches was Seaford with five drownings. Blairgowrie, Carrum, Mt Eliza and Sorrento each had two and there were single drownings at Flinders, Hastings, Somerville, Mornington, Mt Martha, Portsea, Rosebud Rye and Patterson Lakes. Last Tuesday, the body of a 35-yearold Frankston man was found in the water near Seaford pier at 3.30pm last Tuesday . Senior Constable Neil Herbert of Carrum Downs police said bystanders and paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive the man.

Police sent a report to the coroner, who was yet to confirm the cause of death. Police have, however, told the Weekly the death was not considered suspicious. Of the 98 drownings at beaches across Victoria, 28 people lost their lives across Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula. The popularity of the beach seemed to correlate with the number of drownings. Earlier this year Frankston was named Victoria’s most frequented beach. There were five drownings in St Kilda and Lorne, four in Edithvale, three in Lakes Entrance and Port Melbourne. Of the 98 drownings, which happened in summer 54 per cent of the time, 77 per cent were males. During the same timeframe lifesavers rescued more than 8912 people on Victoria’s patrolled beaches. Anyone with information on last week’s death at Seaford can call Senior Constable Herbert on 8770 4100.

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Surveying work rates poorly FRANKSTON Council has rated poorly in the the Association of Consulting Surveyors Victoria’s (ACSV) biennial survey in which members rate the performance of municipal councils. The association represents licensed surveyors who are legally responsible for all subdivisions in Victoria and the first on-site of most building or development projects. The survey assessed councils on their efficiency, response time, understanding of the Subdivision Act and level of co-operation. Excellence awards were presented in four categories: established urban municipalities, growth area municipalities, major regional municipalities and rural municipalities. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council was awarded a high commendation in the established urban municipalities category, but Frankston Council’s performance was considered ‘‘below acceptable’’. ACSV chairman Alan Norman said about 70 per cent of metropolitan councils were rated ‘good’ or better, and more than 80 per cent of rural municipalities were rated ‘acceptable’ or better.

‘However, while Frankston Council’s rating is below unacceptable, it has made a significant improvement on the previous survey.’ Alan Norman Only a small number of councils were considered to be in need of significant improvement with ratings of ‘unacceptable’ or ‘poor’, including Frankston. ‘‘However, while Frankston Council’s rating is below unacceptable, it has made a significant improvement on the previous survey,’’ Mr Norman said. “We hope to work co-operatively with these councils over the next 12 months to assist in improving their systems.’’ Frankston CEO Dennis Hovenden said the council was disappointed the ACSV biannual survey ‘‘continues to only gauge perceptions rather than measuring actual performance’’. ‘‘In recent years, the council has worked with regular applicants, who submit about 90 per cent of all subdivision applications, to significantly improve its planning performance.’’

Mr Hovenden said that so far in the 2012-13 financial year, 81 per cent of subdivision planning applications had been determined within the standard of 60 days, while 75.5 per cent of certification applications had been determined within the standard of 49 days, up from 64 per cent in 2011-12. In the same period, 175 subdivisions and building applications had been approved. Mr Norman said the survey results were valuable in providing a continuous tracking record of councils’ performances and to help identify areas of concern. ‘‘It is important that improvements in response times and co-operation are made as delays can cost the industry substantial amounts of money and disrupt development programs.’’ The best performing council in the state was Melbourne City Council..

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At 90, Eira is still a smash hit BY LEE OPITZ

Acing life: Eira Cozens makes the most of every day.

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SHE’S a great-great-grandmother of two and has been witness to seven generations of her family, so Eira Cozens would be forgiven if she decided to put her feet up and take it easy. But the 90 year old of Carrum has other ideas. The fit and vibrant Mrs Cozens is a regular at the Long Beach Tennis Club where twice a week you’ll find her returning shots over the net and later sharing a cuppa with friends. A sports fanatic, Mrs Cozens has enjoyed playing competitive tennis since she first picked up a racquet in 1945. ‘‘I was 22, and in those days only rich people played tennis. But we knew somebody with a court and I started to play,’’ she said. She was pretty good too, and last competed internationally at the ripe old age of 78.

‘‘I played at the Phoenix Challenge in the United States in 2000 and after I defeated my opponent, [Australian grand slam champion] Fred Stolle came over and congratulated me. He said he couldn’t believe it when he heard how old I was.’’ Her friends at the tennis club aren’t surprised though, and were keen to sing the praises of their club legend during her birthday celebrations on March 11. The key to enjoying life is simple, Mrs Cozens said. ‘‘I don’t dwell on what has happened before. Bad things can happen today, but tomorrow is another day.’’ And being grateful for what you have. ‘‘I grew up in a wonderful family, married the love of my life, have my family and friends and am so grateful. I just wish people could have half of what I have had in my life.’’

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YOUTH BOXING CLASSES Monday & Wednesday, for ages 8-14

BY LEE OPITZ THE next production at the Frankston Arts Centre is a play with a tasty difference. Food tells the story of two sisters who run a takeway place on a lonely stretch of Australian highway, their days filled with Chiko Rolls and memories. As they quietly wage war with the past and wrangle about their future, a charming young traveller turns their world upside down. He inspires them to believe in their dreams of turning their rundown diner into a restaurant of note and audience members become guests as the dream becomes reality. As their story unfolds, the actors serve their guests with samples of Elma’s hearty minestrone soup, bread and local wines. Rosebud chef Michael Demagistris knows what it’s like to aspire to becoming tops in the

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Playing up with a difference field. A finalist in the current series of Masterchef: the Professionals, Demagistris is the executive head chef at the Sorrento Golf Club and will be in the audience for the performance. In a first for Frankston Arts Centre patrons, the production will also include an Auslan interpreter for the deaf. The production has been described by critic Matt D’Silva of ArtsHub as ‘‘. . . a captivating piece of theatre that has you salivating over every scene.’’

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Cold feat, but they’re taking on Kilimanjaro BY ALECIA PINNER A MOTHER-daughter duo from Frankston South has embarked on a brave adventure to climb Africa’s Mt Kilimanjaro. Before the pair left for their trip late last month, Terri Carroll spoke to the Weekly about what inspired her and 19-year-old daughter Molly to join the climb to the top of the 5900-metre peak. ‘‘We were talking about getting fit at the start of last year. We thought this will be great and fun to have a goal. We didn’t know what we were letting ourselves in for,’’ Ms Carroll said, adding that she had become more nervous as the trip grew closer. ‘‘It is a mammoth trek and the walk is just under 6000 metres. You need a good level of fitness. We’ve been training since January last year.’’ Training included walking Frankston streets and the 1000 Steps at Mt Dandenong. The climb also provided a chance for the pair to raise money for Special Olympics Australia.

Ms Carroll is the CEO of Peninsula Access Support and Training in Frankston and said raising money to help people with disabilities achieve their goals was a cause dear to her heart. Before their trek Ms Carroll and Molly visited the Tanzanian Special Olympics headquarters in Dar Es Salaam. ‘‘Because I work in disability it’s nice to do something personal that is going to have a big impact,’’ Ms Carroll said. In the lead-up to the trip the pair raised $20,000. Half the money helped pay for the trip and the rest will help communities that do not take part in the Special Olympics to set up their own clubs. ‘‘Local businesses have been fantastic and given generous donations,’’ Ms Carroll said. The pair is due back in Australia this week.

New heights: Molly and Terri Carroll are soon due home from a trek up Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa.

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INBRIEF Frankston police are hunting vandals who twice targeted a woman’s white Ford Falcon parked outside her James Street home. Police said the 24-year-old’s car was covered in accelerant between midnight and 5am on March 7. Sparklers were then unsuccessfully used to try and ignite the vehicle and property. At the same time the following night a brick was thrown through one of the vehicle’s windows. Information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Frankston crime investigation unit on 9784 5590.

Firey end to the party A 21-year-old woman’s car in Foot Street, Frankston South, was set on fire while she was at a nearby party on January 11. Police said the fire was lit between 9.45pm and midnight and are appealing for witnesses. The woman had moved her silver hatchback earlier in the night and parked across the road from the Foot Street shops as she was fearful of damage by gatecrashers. Information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Frankston crime investigation unit on 9784 5590.

Van driver hurls more than abuse Police want to speak to anyone who saw the driver of a white Mitsubishi van throwing items at another vehicle on Frankston-Cranbourne Road, Frankston, on March 3. Police said the

victim was driving west on FrankstonCranbourne Road, near Beach Street about 4.30pm. The offending driver is described as a Caucasian male in his mid-30s, with short or balding hair and a thin build. Information to Constable Scott Maclean on 9784 5555 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police turning on tap thieves Garden tap thefts continued in Seaford last week with the tops of four taps stolen at night. Since the end of January someone has turned off water at properties around Fortescue and Kananook avenues and Bardia Street, and stolen at least 13 tap tops and water metres. Police believe the items are being sold as scrap metal and ask the public to report any suspicious activity to Frankston crime investigation unit on 9784 9590.

Couple ‘stoked’ by lotto loot A Frankston North couple won $512,531 in Tattslotto last month. The woman, who did want to be identified, said she was “stoked”. “I can’t believe it, I’m in tears now. We’re getting married later this year so we’ll put the money towards our wedding, pay the house off and settle a few bills. We’ll have a clean slate for married life together.” The winning ticket was purchased from Belvedere Lotto and Homewares, Seaford. Another winning ticket in the draw was purchased in Somerville.

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Hop along for Easter hunt egg-stravaganza he Easter bunny will be hop, hop, hopping all the way to the Peninsula Family Easter Picnic on Sunday at the Mornington racecourse. Gates open at 9.30am for the fun-filled family event which finishes at 3pm. The Peninsula Family Easter Picnic will be an egg-stravaganza for families of all ages. Children will be able to hunt for thousands of Easter eggs, and the Easter bunny will take to the stage to perform. Everyone can join in the singing, dancing and interactive games being played and Jimmy Giggle will be joining in the fun and playing host for the event. There will be ABC for Kids shows, and other familiar

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characters will make appearances. Children can create an Easter masterpiece of their own at the free magical craft village, as well as enjoy rides and amusements among the family entertainment. “We are extremely excited to bring the Peninsula Family Easter Picnic to families. It will be a great experience, providing families a great outing, with many activities and entertainment,” said Keith Brown, managing director of Showtime Attractions. ‘‘The event was a sell out last year so be quick with the tickets.’’ The Peninsula Family Easter Picnic is at Mornington racecourse, Racecourse Road, Mornington. Tickets: through Ticketek, and at the door. Cost: $25 children age 3-12, adults free.

Egg-citing stuff: The annual Peninsula Family Easter Picnic includes a giant Easter egg hunt, a crowd-pleaser with children of all ages.

Bright New Outlook for Morning Star Estate. Judy Barrett is no stranger to hard work and has once again taken full control of Morning Star Estate. Having appointed Richard Keane as Head Chef and Michael Hewett as Venue Manager she believes that together with her family and her team she will bring the estate back to its full grandeur. Judy is an ambitious, energetic woman who is at the heart of the creativity and has near singlehandily planted more than 75,000 roses of more than 600 varieties in what were once paddocks rolling into Port Phillip Bay. Years of hard labour have transformed the 20 acres into magnificent garden settings perfect for weddings. The rose garden attracts visitors from afar and private/group tours can be arranged. Since taking back the reigns Judy is positively overwhelmed with the interest in functions and conference enquiries. The restaurant will be open Wednesday through to Sunday for Lunch and Friday & Saturday for Dinner. With 2014 dates already being secured the future has never looked brighter for this 150 year old exquisite estate. The boutique hotel was originally the dormitory wing of the “Morning Star Boys Home” circa 1936. Steeped in history the 20 “dormitory style” rooms all with their own en-suites are filled with character and charm.

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In the coming months Morning Star Estate will be hosting a variety of events: Art Shows, Major Music Events, “The Harvest & Graze Festival” and new to the estate will be The City meets Country Farm Expo in October.

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website baysideshopping.com.au. VIP Saturday will be held this weekend and feature pop-up fashion shows by Melbourne’s leading stylist Franco Schifilliti, one-day-only special retailer offers, prizes and lots more. Come along and check out the fashion from retailers including Forever New, Bardot, Dotti, Mirage, and favourite brands from Myer, and Colette Accessories. Customers who spend $120 in the centre will be rewarded with a stylish free scarf. They will also go into the draw to win ‘The Ultimate Wardrobe Makeover’, a comprehensive styling session for the winner and a friend with Bayside’s in-house stylist, plus $1000 each. For more information, including style session bookings, visit baysideshopping.com.au. On show: Fashion is on display at Bayside shopping centre.

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ayside shopping centre is hosting a wardrobe workout that promises to future-proof your style with the hottest trends of the season. Until this Saturday, customers can learn all about the new autumn/winter fashion trends such as metallic looks, monochromes, leather, lace and winter florals. Stay ahead of the style game and select the most flattering items for your wardrobe this autumn/winter at Bayside shopping centre. Fashion HQ is your one-stop destination offering free fashion and beauty advice and services to suit everyone’s styles and needs. From Wednesday to Saturday, there will be one-on-one style sessions with Anika Walker. These sessions will provide tips and tricks to help you rock the best autumn-winter fashion and help fight the winter blues teaching you how to dress for your shape and the season. Bookings can be made at the centre

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Joint celebration: Belvedere Community Centre, 36 Belvedere Road, Seaford, will have a combined celebration for neighbour day, harmony day and diversity week from 11am-2pm on Saturday. Attractions include a sausage sizzle, music and children’s activities. Details: 9776 8922. Mighty neighbourly: The Sandhurst Club at 600 Thompson Road, Sandhurst, has a ‘good neighbour day’ from 11am on Sunday when

sustainable gardens and professional writing. Details: 9789 7653 or langwarrincc.org.au. Child care: Lyrebird Community Centre, 203 Lyrebird Drive, Carrum Downs, has available spots in occasional childcare from 1-4pm each Thursday. A waiting list applies for morning care. Details: 9782 0133 or lyrebird.org.au. Play time: Mahogany Neighbourhood Centre, 26 Mahogany Avenue, Frankston North, has a tots playgroup from 1-3pm each Tuesday. Cost: $4 each family. Details: 9786 1445. Prep prep: The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is a free, home-based early literacy and numeracy program for residents of Frankston North, Seaford East and Karingal. Details: Louise, 9786 0724.

Bronze glow: Manyung Gallery at 113a Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento, will launch its Sculpture at Sorrento exhibition at 11am on Saturday, March 30. Five international sculptors, working in bronze, will be Bill Ogilvie, Stephen Glassborow, David Mackay Harrison, Eilat Rabin Rein and Larissa Smagarinsky. Details: Irina, 9509 8999 or irina@manyung gallery.com.au.

attractions include a live band, jumping castle, face painting, fire brigade displays, pony rides and a balloon artist. Details: Ian, 9782 0102. Poetry thus: Poet Andrea Louise Thomas will host a free poetry performance workshop from 6pm next Monda in Frankston library’s Long Room. Bookings essential. Details: 9784 1020. Hidden treasure: A trash and treasure sale is from 8am on Saturday at Seaford Uniting Church, Railway Parade, Seaford. Details: Bev, 9785 2692. Boot up: A car boot sale will be held from 9am on Saturday at Frankston Forest Baptist Church, 43 Monterey Boulevard, Frankston North. Car spaces: $10. Details: 9786 9282. Call trumps: A friendly card group plays 500 at Mahogany Neighbourhood Centre, 26 Mahogany Avenue, Frankston North, at 7.30pm each Wednesday. Cost: $3. Details: 9786 1445.

Youth hub: Langwarrin Youth Hub late-night drop-in centre at Langwarrin Community Centre offers various activities for ages 12 to 24. Details: Kellie, 0488 591 421. Music prep: Karingal Primary School has dancing fun, drama, singing and music for prep to grade 4 at 9.30am each Saturday. Details: 9789 3686 or pyms.org. Jack high: Seaford Bowls Club in East Road has barefoot bowls from 5.30pm each Friday. Cost: $4, bowls provided. Details: 9776 8289. Swing in: The Peninsula Youth Askey Swing Band and Orchestra welcome violin, viola, cello, double-bass, brass, woodwind, drums or percussion players to join in rehearsal from 5.45pm each Wednesday at St Peter’s Church Hall, Albert Street, Mornington. Details: 9782 2450 or pyms.org.au. Karingal classes: Karingal Neighbourhood House at 103 Ashleigh Avenue, Frankston, has places in occasional childcare. Classes include sketching and drawing, beading, scrapbooking, playgroup, computers and cupcakes. A free event for families and children is from 3.30pm on March 27. Details: Lisa, 8786 6656 or karingal@satlink.com.au. Carer support: Grow Better Together carer support group helps friends and family of those affected by mental health issues and

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Get Involved Activity: Spread the word about stroke prevention and awareness. Details: The National Stroke Foundation is looking for volunteer StrokeSafe ambassadors to help share life-saving messages about stroke prevention and awareness. Stroke is a blood clot or bleed in the brain that starves cells of oxygen and causes parts of the brain to die. One in six people will have a stroke, and a third of these will die, despite the fact that stroke is largely preventable. The foundation urges people to use the acronym FAST to remember and recognise the signs of stroke: Face (has the person’s mouth drooped?); Arms (can they lift both arms?); Speech (has their speech slurred and do they understand what is being said?); and Time (is critical. If you see any of these signs, call triple zero immediately). Contact: To become an ambassador, email volunteer@strokefoundation.com.au, call 9670 1000 or visit strokefoundation.com.au.

meets regularly in Frankston. Details: 1800 558 268 or grow.net.au. World music: Andrea and Valanga Khoza teach world-music style drums and choirs from 5.30pm each Tuesday at Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre. Details: Andrea, 0423 751 943 or andrea@khozaentertainment.com. Learn Bridge: Frankston Bridge Club has lessons for beginners and intermediate players. Details: Lyn, 8751 3020.


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Salad days, and he’s digging it Vasili Kanidiadis is one of community television’s greatest success stories. The passionate gardener took some rare time out to speak with EUGENE BENSON about his return to where it all began. ardening was always going to rule Vasili Kanidiadis’s life — it’s in his blood. His early exposure to backyard veggie-growing left a lasting impression and, despite stints in engineering and even classical piano, the simple beauty of homegrown produce is where his passion lies. Kanidiadis is something of a household name these days, thanks to his cult television show Vasili’s Garden, which started broadcasting on Channel 31 in 2003 and moved to SBS in 2007. At its height, the show was attracting more than 400,000 viewers a week, almost unheard of for such a low-budget show on a community station. The show returned to its roots on Channel 31 (broadcast on Digital Channel 44) earlier this month. Flamboyant, cheerful and with a piano accordion in-tow, Kanidiadis and his camera crew have a basic formula for Vasili’s Garden: visiting mostly migrant families across Australia who tell the story behind the establishment and success of their veggie garden. The aim is to celebrate homegrown food and show how even the smallest backyard, patio or side garden can be used to grow fresh, healthy produce. By the show’s conclusion the crew and garden owners usually wind up eating and drinking the produce grown in the garden, with Kanidiadis providing the entertainment with his beloved piano accordion. Before you know it cast, crew and gardeners are arm in arm dancing to Zorba as the credits roll. Kanidiadis reckon’s it’s all pretty basic and a lot of fun. ‘‘It’s about simple people who love to garden and, yes, many are migrants with little formal education, but the wealth of knowledge they possess in practical gardening is far greater than any school education can offer you. ‘‘This knowledge has been handed down to them from past generations, from parents and grandparents who in

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their time had to garden to survive with simple methods, using simple equipment and in the end achieving a very healthy and sustainable lifestyle.’’ Exceedingly proud of his own migrant heritage, Kanidiadis believes the show has also struck a chord because it plays an important role at keeping traditions alive. ‘‘A lot of people of my generation actually didn’t stay in touch with the traditional practices. They got on with the new life in Australia,’’ he says. ‘‘But now there is a bit of a resurgence in some younger people, that next generation. So many people we feature on the show are that generation older than me, so I think it’s important to keep these methods and traditions alive.’’ The son of Greek migrants, Kanidiadis was born in Coburg but moved to Keilor Park at the age of six. After not truly embracing a career in engineering, he opened a plant and garden store in 1993 in his old stomping ground of Coburg. Word soon spread about ‘the Greek guy with all the great fruit and veg advice’, and Kanidiadis was approached by a friend who worked at 3XY multicultural radio to take part in a talkback gardening show. The show proved a huge success and profits for the station. It was on the back of the radio show’s high ratings that Kanidiadis was invited to try his luck on television. Still somewhat surprised at his rise to fame, he believes much of his show builds on the adventures he had with his father as a child. ‘‘My earliest memories of gardening were at the age of six or seven,’’ he recalls. ‘‘Each day my father would pick me up from school and drive past the old property in Coburg where we used to live. He had the house demolished and turned it into a huge vegetable garden. ‘‘Every day we would go there and harvest the freshly ripe produce. My dad would always have a couple of

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village-style bread rolls with him and some feta cheese. We would break open the bread and fill it with a bit of everything picked from the garden then go and sit under the old lemon tree to enjoy the afternoon feast.’’ Besides moving to SBS in 2007, Kanidiadis has appeared on the ABC, had a couple of spots on Channel 10 and written a newspaper column. He still has a weekly spot on 3AW and SBS radio. His new series promises to stick to the old formula, albeit with some new additions. ‘‘It will have a whole new line-up of guests and new presenters,’’ Kanidiadis says. ‘‘The show is being grown out to one hour of gardening

and cooking tips and advice, along with crazy guests.’’ Kanidiadis says it’s the people of Melbourne and, of course, the people from all parts of Australia, who continue to inspire him. ‘‘Most importantly, it’s the migrant generation: our parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours who grew up gardening purely to survive. It’s their stories and gardening and cooking secrets that I want to explore and share.’’ It’s not lost on Kanidiadis that while it might be in vogue for inner suburban trendies to be get involved in community gardens or start their own herb patch, for generations many

migrant families have been doing just that without the fuss. ‘‘It’s a way of life that more and more people of today are turning to, and yes we are proud to say that Vasili’s Garden has been a strong influence towards this healthy change. As my father and grandfather would say, ‘It’s about growing it yourself’, knowing where it grew and how it was grown, with nothing short of tender loving care given to every seed germinated, every plant propagated and every tree grafted.’’

Kanidiadis’s new show screens at 7.30pm Wednesdays on Digital 44.

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Working in the kitchen a huge reward Philippe deKraan’s recently completed magnum opus The Gathering, is now on display in Mornington. HAYDN GODNEY spoke to the artist about his epic work. our and a half years of passionate effort began when a three metre by two metre blank canvas was hung in Philippe deKraan’s Mornington kitchen — the only room at his home with a wall big enough to accommodate the work. Line by line and speck by speck, all painted with a 000 brush, the sumptuous, expressionist beach scene was channelled from mind to cloth. “As I created this painting, what I wanted was to leave a legacy of passion. In my life, this is the only large piece I imagine I’ll ever do,” deKraan said. The sunny day beach scene melds a wisp of Van Gough-esque spirit with forms and faces defined by subtle gradients of hue and slurps and slithers of colour.

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Enjoy tranquil living Appealing to tree-changers, this spacious home has stylish features

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73 West Road, Langwarrin South Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Living areas: Formal lounge, open-plan kitchen, family and meals area, rumpus room The rest: Study, timber wood heater, split-system heating and cooling, polished floors, 12x6-metre shed, 1.01 hectares Price: $1,100,000 Private sale Agent: Eview Frankston, 8781 3888

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f you have been searching for a tree change lifestyle in a premium location, this property will delight. The impressive five-bedroom residence is packed with modern conveniences, has a huge shed for all the toys and plenty of room to move around. Landscaped gardens surround the one-hectare property with a portico entrance. Polished floorboards and high ceilings feature throughout the home. The spacious main bedroom boasts a walk-in wardrobe, and full en suite with double vanity, oversized shower and spa bath.

The formal lounge room is perfect for special occasions and the huge open-plan living zone features a kitchen, family room and dining area. The designer kitchen has an island bench, stone benchtops, glass splashback, butler’s pantry and stainless-steel appliances. Year-round comfort is assured with a timber wood heater, as well as split-system heating and cooling. A covered alfresco area is ideal for outdoor entertainment. The property also has assorted fruit trees.


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Cosy unit ticks all boxes his spacious unit is only five years old and has been kept in immaculate condition. Established gardens surround the brick veneer unit which has two good-sized bedrooms. Ducted heating ensures comfort in the cooler months. The open-plan living area comprises the kitchen, lounge and dining area. The kitchen features a stainless-steel gas cook-top, electric oven, dishwasher and bench and cupboard space. A walk-in wardrobe and split-system airconditioner are the highlights of the main bedroom.

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The property has the added bonus of a ducted vacuum system, garage with automatic door, and its own backyard. The unit is close to the shopping centre and transport.

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6/33 Broderick Road, Carrum Downs Price: $289,950 Private sale Agent: Veitch Seaford, 9786 2933

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Ripe for a makeover his two-storey town house represents value for money and is in sought after Seaford. Surrounded by established gardens, the town house has been kept in good condition but could do with some refurbishment and modernising if you prefer. Enter the lounge room which has wall-to-wall carpets and adjoins the kitchen and dining area. Upstairs are two good-sized bedrooms with carpets. The kitchen features an electric stove and dishwasher, and plenty of bench and cupboard space. Outside is a delightful paved courtyard with a

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Only 5 years old this spacious 2 bedroom unit offering gas ducted heating, open plan living, kitchen with S/S gas cooktop, electric bench oven, dishwasher, master bedroom with WIR and split system airconditioner, ducted vacuum system. Lock up garage with remote. Own backyard. Handy to shopping centre and transport.

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Located in quiet court only 700 metres stroll to station and handy to beach, shops and schools, this solid 3 bedroom plus study BV home offering polished floors, lounge, airconditioner, solid fuel heater, kitchen/meals, separate games room, large covered pergola. Carport plus lock up garage. Land 531m2 approx.


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Just what a family wants or the growing family or astute investor, this stylish four-bedroom home has loads of appeal. It is four years old and set in a quiet culde-sac adjoining Kings Creek Bushland Reserve. Tropical gardens and rich merbau decking lead to a private portico. There are three living zones including a formal lounge room, open-plan family room and extra rumpus room. The main bedroom has an en suite plus walkin wardrobe. Two of the remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and the fourth bedroom is being used as a study.

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A contemporary open-plan kitchen has stainless-steel appliances including a 900mm cooker. Additional features include an outdoor entertainment area, double garage with automatic door and ducted heating. ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

39 Elisa Place, Hastings Price: $390,000-$420,000 Private sale Agent: Harcourts Hastings, 5970 7333

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Hastings 5/21 Spring Street Designed with lifestyle in mind these exquisite architecturally designed & luxuriously appointed 3 & 2 bedroom 2 bathroom residences are the perfect opportunity for those looking to downsize in style! Located in this prime waterside location & within this boutique gated community these stunning properties boast a large open plan living area, master bedroom with walk in robe & en-suite, stylish kitchen & contemporary central bathroom. While outside enjoy the spacious private landscaped gardens & custom built pergola. Special features include; GDH, ducted refrigerative cooling, stone bench tops, porcelain tiles, 9ft ceilings, full height doors, security system, quality blinds, fly screens, water tank, remote gates & remote lock up garages with internal access.

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Right mix of space, comfort deal for the first home buyer or investor, this brick-veneer residence has been immaculately maintained. With a warm and inviting feel from the moment you step inside, the home has three good-sized bedrooms and two living areas. The main bedroom features a walk-in wardrobe and en suite and the other two have built-in wardrobes. Extensive tiling flows through the kitchen and meals area, which accesses the covered outdoor entertainment area. It also has a lounge room and formal dining room. The main bathroom has a separate shower and

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bath. Features include a gas wall heater, new carpets and new paintwork. Outside is a covered and paved pergola, and a lock-up carport. The house, on a block of about 648 square metres, is leased at $350 per week. ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

11 Rangeview Drive, Skye Price: Offers over $395,000 Private sale Agent: Eview Frankston, 8781 3888

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Scorpions hold off Dolphins in a thriller CASEY Scorpions recorded a thrilling two-point victory over Frankston in their VFL practice match at Casey Fields on Saturday. The Scorpions started brilliantly but slowly conceded control to the impressive Dolphins before winning 11.12 (78) to 11.10 (76) under new coach Rohan Welsh. ‘‘For us it was pretty much our first hit-out — we’ve only just formalised our list,’’ Welsh said. ‘‘It was about getting to know each other because it’s the first time we’ve had the group together. ‘‘We were happy with a few things. Obviously we went in pretty tall up forward. We tried a few blokes in a few different spots. ‘‘When the rain came in it didn’t suit us but we saw some really good signs.’’ Casey traded early blows with the Dolphins before a greater depth of numbers around the contest began to tell. Melbourne speedster Aaron Davey seemed to have recaptured some of the magic that made him a genuine star at

AFL level. But the hard work of Leigh Kitchin in the clinches and a brilliant snap from Jordy Williams kept the Dolphins in touch. Scorpions youngster Mitch Gent was impressive for the home team and they looked home and hosed when they booted the first two goals of the second half. But the Dolphins showed they were willing to work hard and goals to Chris Irving, Sam Lloyd and Michael Lourey had the visitors within 11 points at the last break. But the Scorpions hung tough after Frankston hit the front courtesy of another goal to Williams as Davey booted a classy soccer goal followed closely by another. Impressive recruit Lloyd booted a goal to close the margin to two points, the Dolphins surging forward again as the siren sounded. Kitchin, Irving and Jason Pongracic were also impressive for the Dolphins. Dolphins coach Simon Goosey said he was happy with the intensity shown by his team but said there will be several changes before the Dolphins’

Handy recruit: Frankston Dolphin Chris Irving marks strongly in their practice match against Casey Scorpions on Saturday. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

round 1 clash against Casey. ‘‘We didn’t play four quarters and it’s a good lesson that we need to play four quarters,’’ he said. ‘‘It was pleasing that we came back and finished full of running. ‘‘I think with the practice matches you tend to experiment a bit and it was probably as much about that for us. ‘‘The forward line functioned pretty

well with Lloyd, Lourey, who kicked four, and Jordy Williams.’’ A positive for the Scorpions was inspirational Kyle Matthews making it through the contest after injuries restricted the livewire last season. Cranbourne recruit Michael Boland also showed he has talent, with Welsh looking forward to his progression. Welsh said Melbourne-listed players

Dromana flexes its muscles BY MORGAN COLE DROMANA showcased its newly acquired talent in a practice match against Wonthaggi on Saturday. The new recruits provided the impetus for the Tigers’ victory and gave Gavin Artico a reason to be optimistic about the upcoming Nepean League season. ‘‘We tried to give all the senior boys a run,’’ Artico said. ‘‘We took down all the new recruits and brought up a couple of under-18s as well.’’ Mt Eliza recruit Dan Gormley fitted into his new club’s structure seamlessly and was among the most impressive for the Tigers. Sorrento had a comfortable victory over

Queenscliff in the battle of the rip cove in their first practice match for the season. Sharks coach Nick Claringbold, who is now solely in charge of the premier, was pleased with the promising display. Queenscliff has seen a similar amount of success as Sorrento over the past few seasons, making the annual battle an interesting duel. Recruit James Hallahan was among the standouts for the Sharks, but it was star forward Ben Schwarze who impressed the most. ‘‘It was the first practice match that he has been able to get through for a while,’’ Claringbold said. ‘‘His [Scwharze] hands were terrific all day and he really gave us a target.’’ Hastings had a surprise victory over Casey Cardinia League premiers Cranbourne in their

practice match at the Blues’ home ground on Saturday. The match has been played between the two clubs for four years with Hastings notching a win for the first time. The Blues had several key players depart, including former Western Bulldogs forward Matthew Robbins and ruckman Adam Jago. Blues coach Glenn Michie highlighted the performance of new recruit and soccer convert Kane Stratton. Stratton was a serious surprise packet after joining his brother Taylor at the club. The defender shadowed Eagles’ great Justin Berry and heavily limited his influence. ‘‘He [Stratton] is a great pick-up,’’ Michie said. ‘‘He reads the play so well and he just goes in really hard.’’

Mornington lets another slip, Carrum does the right ping MORNINGTON has suffered defeat for the second consecutive week, this time at the hands of Carrum Downs, as the MPTTA’s A1 grade moves into the business end of the 10-round summer table tennis competition. While Mornington’s Jarryd Cathcart continued on his merry way with comfortable wins against the Carrum Downs pair of Mark Flavel and Phil Bolitho, both players cruised to 4-1 and 4-2 wins respectively against Cathcart’s partner Geoff Lloyd. A surprisingly comfort-

able doubles win to Flavel and Bolitho was enough to secure victory for Carrum Downs and the top spot with two rounds to play. Frankston’s Sam Palmer has finally returned to form with wins against the respected Somerville pair of Martin Solomons and Shane O’Connor. A thrilling 3-2 win in the doubles to Palmer and partner Greg Price, gave Frankston their third win of the season and a chance of a bronze medal play-off match. Langwarrin’s Luke Bronsema’s had comfortable wins against

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Mt Martha’s Sean O’Meara and Gary Anderson. A win to Greig Whitelaw over Anderson was enough to keep Langwarrin in the hunt for a top two finish after Mt Martha had earlier taken out the doubles rubber. Colin Sim and John Fedmowski led the way in the individual player standings in the club’s A2 grade with 11 wins from 16 matches. In the A3 division, one of the club’s young stars, Mitchell Peacock, continues to impress with 14 wins for the season.

Neville Jetta, Tom Couch and Joel McDonald performed strongly to put their hand up for a round 1 AFL berth. The Dolphins led by eight points at half-time in the Development League match but went down by 31 points. The Dolphins host Sandringham on Saturday while the Scorpions take on Port Melbourne. — Brad McGrath

Heat sense blood in do-or-die clash FRANKSTON Heat were bowling for their Premier Cricket life against Melbourne at the AH Butler Oval on Sunday. When the Weekly went to print the Heat had Melbourne reeling at 5-81 with 22 overs left in the day’s play. Melbourne required a draw to move into the semi-finals while the Heat need victory because of their lower ladder position. Melbourne’s Andrew Kent was playing a captain’s knock to be 13 from 91 balls as he desperately tried to save the match. The Heat lost the toss with Kent having no hesitation sending Matt Chasemore’s outfit into bat on a juicy AH Butler Oval pitch. But the weather gods were not smiling, after the 10 recent 30 degree-plus

days in Melbourne, as rain heavily disrupted both days of action. After Saturday’s play the Heat were 6-98 with Matt Lineker leading a rescue mission after his team had slumped to 3-17 early. Lineker (42 not out) and Kierran Voeli (23) put on 51 for the fourth wicket before the heavens opened, forcing an early close to play. The Heat continued their innings on Sunday to finish with 8-179 declared with Lineker eventually being dismissed for 82. Melbourne’s Pat Smith (3-37), Chris Thompson (2-41), Nick Quinn (2-38) and Brenton McDonald (1-46) took the wickets. Despite Melbourne topping the ladder, the match was played at Frankston Peninsula’s home ground because of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. — Brad McGrath


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Thumbs down for Townsville tactics BY ROY WARD FRANKSTON Blues women were left fuming with WNBL club Townsville Fire after the Queensland team refused to clear point guard Nicole Romeo in time to play for the Blues for the first round of the South East Australian Basketball League season. The Blues lost to Knox Raiders 61-47 at the State Basketball Centre on Saturday night and faced Sandringham Sabres at Frankston Stadium on Sunday. While Blues women’s coach Steve Matthews didn’t blame the loss at Knox on the absence of Romeo, the Blues gave up eight turnovers in a

nervous first quarter and her presence would have made a difference. Romeo was in Melbourne for both matches and sat on the bench with the Blues’ coaching staff. Another Fire player, Kelly Bowen, will join the Blues next week after spending last week in Queensland following the WNBL grand final. The Fire’s decision to ‘‘play games’’ over the clearance has left a particularly bad taste in the mouth of the Blues, who let the Fire train at Frankston Stadium before they beat Dandenong Rangers in the WNBL preliminary final. ‘‘We would have hoped Nicole would have played both matches but Townsville decided to

play games with us on Friday night,’’ Matthews said. ‘‘They won’t clear her until Sunday, so we won’t be able to have her for either game. ‘‘We accommodated them during the WNBL finals, we gave them our facility and teed up St Kilda footy club for them as well. ‘‘So it’s a sore point right now.’’ Matthews said he was pleased with the fight and defence his young side showed against the highly respected Raiders, who only confirmed their win in the final term when forward Rebecca Allen (17 points) scored seven straight points to take the home side’s lead out to 16 points. ‘‘We hung around that nine-point mark all

night and they looked like they were tiring as well,’’ Matthews said. ‘‘We went to a match-up zone but we had a slip on one play and Allen made a three-pointer, then she made a twopointer and we were trying to get a time out. The players should have been able to fix the problem but she got open and made another shot.’’ Rebecca Mercer had 12 points to lead the Blues while Patrice McKenzie had 11 points and 10 rebounds. ‘‘Once we get Nicole and Kelly on the court we will be a pretty exciting side,’’ Matthews said. The Blues women host Ballarat Rush at Frankston Stadium at 5.45pm on Saturday.

Timely sub seals game for Blues FRANKSTON Blues men took a selfless approach to their season opener against Knox Raiders on Saturday night and it paid dividends with a vital away win at the State Basketball Centre. The Blues beat the Raiders 82-76, holding the lead for most of the second half behind stellar play from guards Mitch Chapman (23 points) and new recruit Ben Louis (18 points, six assists and five rebounds). But proof of the Blues’ commitment to excellence came in the final term when veteran forward Matt Witherden took himself out of the game in preference to import Chuck Long (13 points, 12 rebounds), who sank a crucial three-pointer to seal the win. New Blues coach Al McAughtry, who claimed his first win at SEABL level, said his veteran players had taken control of the game in a close final term. ‘‘Down the stretch I took Chuck out of the game and there were a few raised eyebrows but he had no qualms with it,’’ McAughtry said. ‘‘Then Witherden came along and told me that Chuck is the man down the stretch and to take him [Witherden] out. ‘‘Matt called that sub and I was like ‘Chuck, you are in’ and it paid off.’’ McAughtry praised his players for holding strong to their lead in the final term as the Raiders, who lost to Bendigo on Friday night, got within a few baskets of the tying the scores behind six quick points to star guard CJ Massingale (29 points). ‘‘We are over the moon to come out against a veteran group on their home court,’’ he said. ‘‘The cards fell our way a little but I don’t know too many people who wouldn’t take an away win over Knox.’’ The Blues played Sandringham at Frankston Stadium on Sunday with forward Grant Dennis playing his 400th game for the club. McAughtry said that game was all about the highly respected forward. ‘‘It’s his day and after 16 years in the league he deserves it.’’ The Blues also thanked Knox for allowing the Blues to switch their match to Saturday night so Dennis’ 400th could be in Frankston. — Roy Ward

Sorry sight: Sorrento and Peninsula Old Boys players try and sweep water from the Alexandra Park pitch on Saturday. Picture: Gary Sissons

Grand finals in disarray as rain rules RAIN wreaked havoc with the Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association’s grand finals over the weekend. The District League grand final between Somerville and Langwarrin was the only match with a result, with the Kangaroos claiming the premiership. The Roos bowled Somerville, which had sur-

prisingly stormed into the finals, out for 111 before passing their total with the loss of two wickets. The Provincial League decider between Sorrento and Peninsula Old Boys was delicately poised when the Weekly went to print. The Old Boys were 9-189 with Trevor Johnston leading the way with 53.

In the Sub District League Red Hill was bowled out for 197, skipper Simon Dart contributing 50. Seaford Tigers were making a good fist of the run chase to be 1-49. The Provincial and Sub District grand finals are due to resume on Saturday. For up to date scores visit frankstonweekly .com.au.

Grant heads for top grade with medal around his neck MT Eliza star Justin Grant capped a stellar year by tieing with Mornington ace Ben Clements in the Wedgewood Medal vote count on Wednesday night. The young gun, who appears headed for Premier Cricket next season, polled 14 votes in the MPCA Provincial competition best and fairest to finish on the same number of votes as former Frankston Heat star Clements.

Long Island star Paul Hartle finished outright third with 12 votes while Sorrento’s Anthony Blackwell, Heatherhill’s Ben Frith, Mornington’s Rob Hearn and Ballam Park’s Matt Roach all polled 11 votes. Surprisingly Sorrento gun Nick Jewell polled just 10 votes despite making 686 runs at over 60 in his first season in the MPCA after a long career with Frankston Heat.

Hastings’ Scott Phillips took out the EG Betts Medal for the District League’s best and fairest with 19 votes. Langwarrin’s Dwayne Doig (17 votes) was second and Delacombe Park’s Chris Brittain (16 votes) third. In the Sub District’s R Thompson Medal, Seaford Tigers Corey Hand (21 votes) upset precount favourite Simon Dart by four votes. Pearcedale’s Kaine Smith (14 votes) was third.

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