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Highway closed THE Western Port Highway was blocked between Eramosa and Bungower roads on Friday following a high-speed, two-car collision. Police said one car appeared to have crossed double lines and crashed head on into another car 200 metres south of Eramosa Road, 12.45pm. Three people – the driver and passenger in one car and the driver of the other –had to be cut free from the wreckage. First Lieutenant Adam Carrigg, of Somerville CFA, said CFA crews from Langwarrin, Somerville, and Pearcedale, and Frankston SES, helped with the rescue. Sergeant Bob Jung, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said two air ambulance helicopters ferried the drivers to the Alfred and Royal Melbourne hospitals, while the passenger was taken by road ambulance to the Royal Melbourne. The speed limit on the Western Port Highway is 100kph. The weather at the time was fine and the roads were dry. Stephen Taylor
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Mornington Centrelink to close Stephen Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org THE federal government’s shock decision to close the Mornington Centrelink and Medicare offices next month was a “real kick in the guts”, Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Sam Hearn said last week. As from Monday 23 March Centrelink clients will have to travel 24 kilometres to the Rosebud office, 14km to Frankston or 18km to Hastings. “This will be a terrible outcome for the community in terms of the challenges it creates and will make it really hard on families who rely on those services,” Cr Hearn said.
The shire estimates closing Centrelink Mornington will impact up to 3000 low-income households, 11,000 older people, 800 unemployed people, 1700 single-parent families and 12,000 people with a disability (including 3731 with disability parking permits and 1170 NDIS participants). “The shire was not advised or consulted on this matter nor was the local community,” Cr Hearn said. “The intended closure date gives very little time for service users to make other arrangements.” Flinders MP, Health Minister Greg Hunt, was also left out of the loop. “I received a letter on Wednesday 5 February. Within the first five minutes
of receiving the letter I took immediate action and spoke directly with [Government Services] Minister [Stuart] Robert,” he said. “I am profoundly disappointed that neither I nor the community were informed or consulted prior to this decision being made.” Mornington Community Information and Support Centre manager Stuart Davis-Meehan described the closure as “horrendous”. “We have a lot of clients who rely on that service and getting to Frankston or Rosebud will be extremely difficult for them,” he said. “A lot of clients come here asking where Centrelink is [so] this decision will make it a nightmare.
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“It doesn’t make any sense to me. It will just make life more difficult for those doing it tough.” Mr Hunt has told Services Australia that the support centre could “host satellite services ... or a mobile service in their car park”. Peninsula-based journalist Debbie Lee broke the news of the impending closure on Southern Mornington Peninsula Noticeboard saying “the public are being kept in the dark until it is too late for protest.” Statistics supplied by the shire show the peninsula has a much higher aged population than greater Melbourne and the state average; more people with a disability; more unemployed young
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Conti finance ‘close’ - owner Stephen Taylor email@example.com CONTINENTAL Hotel owner Julian Gerner maintained last week that a source of finance for the $100 million hotel redevelopment is “very close”. “It is imminent, but there are number of complexities that we are working through,” he said. “You can say that I intend to start the rebuilding in April.” Mr Gerner has had a seesaw ride since buying the 1875 hotel for about $15 million in March 2016, gaining contentious building permits, buying strategic properties and then unsuccessfully putting the whole thing on the market in November 2017. He described the project then as “too big to handle alone”. This was followed by the signing of a joint ven-
ture with the Stellar Property Group in December 2017, and that partner’s collapse six months later and then the failure of a sale to LBA Capital in September 2019. Now, after all this, he is once again waiting – and hoping – his grand project will get off the ground under his new ownership entity The Ocean Amphitheatre Company. Mr Gerner confirmed that Six Degrees Architects had been appointed to produce documentation with a view to tendering the project – across 0.60 hectares and seven levels. Real estate consultants Point Polaris are managing the project. Mr Gerner said Heritage Victoria and Mornington Peninsula Shire were “supportive” of his plans (“Owner’s DIY plan for ‘Conti’ project” The News 21/10/19). “Required maintenance work is ongoing and an ‘army’ of consultants are working tirelessly, target-
Sub features in Gallipoli Room A MODEL of the World War I submarine the AE2 is the main feature of the exhibition in the Gallipoli Room at the Victorian Maritime Centre on The Esplanade, Crib Point. The room was officially opened on 29 November 2019 by Hastings MP Neale Burgess. The AE2 has a link with HMAS Cerberus and Hastings. Max Bryant and David Hoare built the model and Wayne Gibbs, who has built a successful career producing high quality films which can be seen on Discovery and National Geographic channels, found suitable material to make an informative short film on the submarine. Artist and former Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor Susie Beveridge has brought the diorama alive. During the opening Mr Bryant was presented with the Alf Tallon Community Service Award for 2018 by Scott Kruger, manager of the Hastings branch of the Bendigo Bank. Mr Bryant then launched an appeal to raise $15,000 to buy the ship’s crest from the original HMAS Melbourne. The ship was broken up for scrap in England in 1929, but the crest has somehow survived. Peter McCullough
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Shire wants to get tougher on jet ski hoons MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire councillors hope local laws officers will be able to book hooning jet ski riders in summers to come. The shire officers this year have the power to collect evidence that can lead to prosecutions, but must be content with issuing verbal warnings and not infringement notices. The mayor Cr Sam Hearn said the shire would continue lobbying for its officers to be able to book hooning jet ski riders. The shire will also continue its campaign for safe swimming areas, where jet skis are banned. Cr Hearn told The News that jet skis should be kept closer to launching ramps, away from swimmers. Local laws officers are now restricted to “speaking to and educating the public, surveillance and gathering evidence”. The evidence of jet skis breaking the rules – including photographs and jet ski registration numbers - is handed over to Marine Safety Victoria (MSV), which then decides whether to issue infringement notices. Cr Hearn said the MSV “actually prosecutes and fines” jet ski riders for breaking the rules “so it’s not as though they’re getting off”. “Next summer, I hope we can gather evidence and deliver fines,” he said. “At the moment the system [of gathering evidence and prosecution] is shared between two agencies. “I would still like to see a more simple zoning area to separate swimmers and jet skis.” The shire’s acting manager environment protection Katie McKenzie said officers would enforce compliance within the five-knot zone – usually within 200-metres of shore – or 500-metres from shore along the coastline from Safety Beach to Portsea (“Words of warning for jet ski hoons” The News 28/1/20). These are the areas where jet ski riders come into most contact with swimmers and paddle boarders. “Our officers will focus on hoon behaviour in the five-knot zone, which includes enforcing speed limits, in an effort to protect swimmers and other water users,” she said. “Hoon behaviour outside the five-knot zone can only be enforced by the Water Police.” Ms McKenzie said as well as shire officers “patrolling beaches watching out for speeding and erratic operation of jet skis, they will also be encouraging good behaviour on our heavily used beaches: after all, summer is for everyone”. Keith Platt
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Battle over shire’s near-water loos Keith Platt firstname.lastname@example.org IN what has become a battle of motions, toilets at four Mornington Peninsula Shire-controlled campgrounds may be open all year to the public. Councillors last month agreed to open the toilets exclusively to the family and friends of beach box licence holders at Sorrento, Rye, Rosebud and McCrae instead of closing them from May to September. However, Cr Hugh Fraser last week told The News it was ridiculous to reserve the toilets for a select few people, most of whom did not live in the shire. He said the motion by Cr David Gill adopted by council at its 28 January meeting was “unduly restrictive … our own residents remain shut out of being able to use their own council toilets on their own foreshores”. “This is ridiculous. I’ve already had complaints about this,” Cr Fraser said, when outlining his own motion to free up the toilets. “It’s an absurd situation and can’t be allowed to go on. “My notice of motion, if accepted by council, will open up council-controlled foreshore toilets to year-round use by the general public.” Officers have told councillors opening the toilets at the four campgrounds would cost at least $250,000 and create “inconsistencies” among licensees of the shire’s 824 beach boxes, as only 25 per cent would benefit. The officers said council’s boatshed and bathing box policy was being revised and they would like to further investigate “the risk and unintended consequences, such as supporting
overnight stays”. Cr Fraser said his motion calling for a report within 60 days of the Tuesday 11 February council meeting “will open up council controlled foreshore toilets to year round use by the general public”. “Also, I note in passing, that Cr Gill, whose ward is Red Hill in the green wedge, does not have any bathing boxes in his ward.”
Beach cleaners PILOT Real Estate is urging volunteers to help collect waste from Mornington beaches on Clean Up Australia Day, Sunday 1 March. “We are calling on Australians to step up to clean up and join us on Sunday 1 March to collect as much of this waste as we can before it causes harm,” managing director Luke Woollard said. He said Clean Up Australia Day was “the nation’s largest community-based mobilisation event, and last year more than 680,000 volunteers removed over 15,000 ute loads of rubbish from the 6901 registered locations across the country”. Clean Up Australia Chairman Pip Kiernan said just 12 per cent of Australia’s 2.5 million tonnes of annual plastic waste was recycled, “with the rest ending up in our parks, roadsides, bush, waterways, oceans or in landfill as rubbish”. “For 30 years now we’ve been cleaning up Australia. But Australians are creating more waste than ever, so we need more help. People can step up by donating to help us all year round,” Ms Kiernan said. Volunteers for PILOT’s clean up can meet at Mornington Park’s gazebo on Flinders Drive at 10am on 1 March.
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Walkers out to beat MND A BIG crowd is expected to attend the Mornington Coast Walk, 9am, Saturday 15 February, which raises money for FightMND. The not-for-profit event run by Mornington resident Sarah Quigley came about after her mother, Marie Lewis, was diagnosed with MND in 2017. “I decided to organise a walk to raise money to fight this debilitating disease,” she said. “Every day two people are diagnosed. There is no effective treatment or cure. “It slowly robs you of your speech, movement, ability to eat, breathe and eventually kills you – all in an average 27 months. The first walk in 2018 raised $4500, while last year’s walk, attended by more than 200 people, raised about $17,000. All money raised goes directly to the charity – there is no red tape, she said. Participants meet at Mornington Park and walk to Mt Martha and return – a 10 kilometre
round trip. They can walk as far as they want: from 100 metres to 10 kilometres. Entry is free but donations can be made to FightMND, either through the online page or on the day. Merchandise, including hats and stubby holders, can be bought on the day. “The walk is about raising money and awareness of MND, but perhaps its greatest role is in supporting all those touched by this devastating disease,” Ms Quigley said. “My mum was able to attend the first walk before she died. “Having the community come out and support the fight made such a huge impact on her. As a daughter and carer of someone with the disease, it gave me great strength and the hope that one day we will find a cure.” The walk has been listed as a finalist in the Mornington Peninsula Community Event of 2019. Ms Quigley is planning another walk to support the Heart Foundation in April.
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guests, officers and councillors, during the day.” The mayor Cr Sam Hearn told The News he saw Cr Morris’s move as “testing the appetite of council”. He was “comfortable” with her approach, “a procedural question” that could be further explored. “My overarching concern is the need for bright, qualified people on council,” Cr Hearn said. The “key” to holding briefing times during the day would depend on whether it was easier or harder for councillors – or aspiring councillors who were parents, self-employed or retired. If successful, it will not be the first time Cr Morris has suggested changing meeting times. Soon after being elected in 2016 she managed to have the public council meetings moved from Monday nights to Tuesdays. Cr Hearn said attending Monday night meetings had “definitely been a challenge for her” and switching nights had not been problematic for other councillors.
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Cultural rangers graduate A GRADUATION ceremony at Point Nepean National Park on Thursday 12 December saw 10 students graduate from a land management course designed to support traditional owners to work on country. The graduation follows the first Certificate III of Conservation and Land Management held in 2018 at the Holmesglen Institute, which saw all of the graduates employed in land management roles after graduation.
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Knitters without seasons KNITTERS are at work in all seasons and those helping with the Winter Woollies Appeal would be grateful for donations of wool. Anyone with wool left over from unfinished projects or even never started ones who would like to clear the closet, please do. Donations can be left at the Hastings branch of the Bendigo Bank. Wool suitable for scarves, mittens, beanies and jumpers for school age children is best. And those are the items most in demand for those in need this winter. All knitted goods go to Southern Peninsula Food for All, working with St. Vincent de Paul’s Mornington Peninsula Conferences for the most needy local people on their lists. Last year Food for All president Ken Horwood, helped out with distribution, found a boy who couldn’t decide between two beautifully knitted beanies, so of course he was given both. “We are most grateful for the support of Hastings and Dromana branches of the Bendigo Bank which for many years have acted as collection and distribution points for wool and knitted items,” he said. “And of course to those dedicated knitters who just love to knit to benefit others.”
Scammers on road SCAMMERS pretending to be VicRoads workers are targeting businesses and homes in Frankston and Langwarrin. VicRoads has issued a statement saying that the organisation had been “alerted to six cases of people being scammed across Melbourne with the fake workers targeting businesses and
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Gallery heads into new decade A NEW year, new decade and a new era have begun at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery as it enters its 50th anniversary year. The 2020 program celebrates the development, growth, complexity and richness of the collection, kicking off with three exhibitions from 6 March-26 April and a newly commissioned large scale mural. A Collection of Stranger Things, curated by New Zealand-born, Melbourne–based artist Patrick Pound, reveals a hidden microcosm of objects and artworks that have rarely been displayed before. As an avid collector interested in systems and the ordering of objects, Pound will pair photos from his own collection with rarely seen works of the MPRG collection – placing them into new contexts in order to give them new meaning and uncovering unique visual connections. “To collect is to gather your thoughts through things,” Pound said. “Galleries collect like-minded things – exemplary things that will go well together and add up to a story of sorts. The things themselves, however, are relative strangers. “Stranger things places objects together differently. From a line of things with the wind travelling through them – one way and then the other – to a collection of people who are asleep, the gallery collection has never looked like this and never will again.” With a little help from our Friends has 30 works curated by the Friends of MPRG since 1996. Bought with money raised through memberships and events, the friends group was
MELBOURNE-based artist and illustrator Carla McRae’s mural plays with shapes and colour. Picture: Supplied
able to buy a range of works, including those of artists Gareth Sansom, Fiona McMonagle, Catherine Cassidy and Raymond Arnold. Inspired by the landscapes of the Mornington Peninsula, The Landscape In-Between by peninsula artist Sophie Perez in the foyer gallery is said to encapsulate the changing seasons by highlighting their unique colour, texture and light. “The stunning and variable landscape of the peninsula has given me an evolving subject on which to hang
my painterly obsession,” Perez says. “I see my works as freezing a moment in time, a conversation within the landscape and an attempt to capture the essence of place.” Lastly, the gallery will present a commission featuring the work of Melbourne-based artist and illustrator Carla McRae. Her new large-scale mural, to be completed by Thursday 27 February, plays with geometric forms and bold vibrant colour, activating the space with playfulness and lightness.
A big year for Citizen Jones ONE day, plastic drinking straws may be gone from the Mornington Peninsula. When that day comes, nobody will be happier than outgoing Citizen of the Year Josie Jones. It’s been a busy 12 months for the Rye resident, who helps run the Peninsula’s Last Straw campaign. Since becoming Citizen of the Year, her anti-litter campaigns have gained national attention, including TV coverage and support from National Geographic and the University of Tasmania. The Peninsula’s Last Straw began at a workshop run by Mornington Peninsula Shire and is now in 11 towns. “So far we have started in Sorrento, Dromana, Mount Martha, Blairgowrie and Rye,’ Ms Jones said. “Due to funding from National Geographic, we will now be able to focus on the next phase: Portsea, Crib Point, Hastings, McCrae and Balnarring.” The strategy underpinning the volunteer-driven campaign is to target a key litter item, such as plastic straws, by persuading shop owners to swap them for paper straws. These straws are provided free-of-charge to traders for three months – thanks to funding from National Geographic and support from the Mornington Peninsula Shire. “We ask stores to surrender their plastic straws and replace them with paper, which are only handed out if
asked or in special circumstances,” Ms Jones said. “The goal is to have half of all shops on the peninsula switching to paper straws by the end of 2020.” Ms Jones began her first anti-litter campaign soon after moving to Rye in 2011. It was called the One Tonne Challenge and aimed to inspire residents to join her in collecting litter from the foreshore. Since then she has launched several successful campaigns to inspire peninsula residents and business people to reduce litter and tackle waste. Her Only Butt campaign aimed at reducing the number of cigarette butts ending up in the bay. Being named Citizen of the Year has given her the advantage of a platform from which to engage the broader peninsula community in her mission. It has also led to her being named 2020 Victoria Local Hero, as part of the Australian of the Year awards. Her message to residents is: “Immerse yourself in your community and volunteer. The litter problem can only be solved by the community as a whole – the shire, businesses and residents. “We all need to play a role so I urge everybody to do what they can and take action. As we raise the standard and fill in the gaps, we are seeing positive results.”
INSTYNKT to rock The Waterfront Festival FREE ENTRY
15−16 February, 2020 Pier Promenade Frankston
REVELLERS are in for a treat this weekend with classic rockers, INSTYNKT, tearing up the mainstage at The Waterfront Festival. The break-through band from Melbourne’s South-East includes, singer Charlie Lane, guitarist Michael Uberti, bassist, Shilo Uberti and drummer Mack Nicholson. Michael, Shilo and Mack have been playing together for five years and caught up at the Frankston Waterfront last week to check out the spot for their next big gig. “The stage will be awesome. We can’t wait to get in front of a new crowd,” Michael said. “We’ll be playing crowd favourite, a song called ‘Flowers’, which is a bit of a rock ballad. People really get into it and sing along so it should be a lot of fun.” Shilo said the band was focused on their original music and were looking forward to recording next month. “To make it, you have to do your own stuff and that’s what we’ll be doing at The Waterfront Festival, as well as our cover of Elvis’ ‘A little Less Conversation’.” The band was influenced by the sounds of AC/ DC, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Mötley Crüe and nineties grunge. Twin brothers, Michael and Shilo, said their taste in music probably started with their dad. “Our love of rock probably came from being
forced to listen to it in the car with Dad. He was always playing Queen, INXS and the gunners,” Michael said. Shilo said the boys had been taking their music more seriously since launching INSTYNKT with Charlie almost a year ago. “We have a lot more chemistry and the enjoyment hasn’t stopped,” he said. “I’ve been enjoying it even more,” Mack added. The drummer was feeling a little star-struck at the prospect of playing alongside Kingswood, who will rock the mainstage before the fireworks on Saturday night. “Being up there on stage will be sweet but to tell you the truth, I’m most excited about meeting Kingswood,” he said. After The Waterfront Festival, INSTYNKT are off to Sydney to test their sound on an interstate crowd so be sure to catch them on the mainstage at 12.45 Sunday. For more information about the festival’s music, food trucks, rides, market stalls and fireworks, visit: waterfrontfestival.com.au Date: Saturday 15 February, 11am–10pm and Sunday 16 February, 11am–6pm Cost: FREE entry with costs for rides, market stalls, food and amusements Location: 7N Pier Promenade, Frankston Waterfront L-R: Shilo, Michael and Mack.
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Drive to rid golf courses of rabbits Keith Platt firstname.lastname@example.org AS any good punter knows, it’s par for the course that all winning streaks come to an end. And so it is for the rabbits living in and around the two 18-hole golf courses and gated communities at Peppers Moonah Links Resort, Fingal. Their frisky, brown fur covered bodies and bobbing white tails are readily visible almost all over the property early morning and in the evenings. But the dream run of grazing in the rough alongside manicured fairways and greens is about to end. The rabbits are about to be poisoned. A sign leading into the resort off Truemans Road warns that pindone baited oats will be laid from 10 February to 2 March. Rod Brindley, of Animal Control Technologies Australia, said the bait would be laid in 110 shade cloth-covered hutches to lessen the risk of any animals but rabbits eating the oats. He said two hutches had been already abandoned after poison-free feeds had been taken by other animals, possibly native swamp rats. “There’s no need to have all the hutches activated,” he said. “You just have to be smart about it as we’re trying to protect wildlife.” Mr Brindley said fumigating the rabbits’ burrows was not practical because of the difficulty in locating and sealing them. “This way is successful and does get results. Spreading the oats in trenches [as has been done in the past] is a
On the green: Golfers finish their round on one of the courses at Peppers Moonah Links Resort which are home to a thriving, and growing, population of rabbits. Above: a sign warns that the rabbits will be poisoned with pindonebaited oats between 10 February and 2 March.
cheap and nasty way of doing things.” Sold under the commercial name Rabbait, pindone is just one of many methods used to control rabbits, along with viruses myxomatosis and calicivirus, and 1080 poison. Professor Sharon Beder, of Wollongong University, says pindone has the potential to kill other animals including humans, pets and wildlife. She said it is used in urban-fringe ar-
eas in preference to 1080 “because its slower killing time, and the availability of an antidote, make it less dangerous to use around humans and pets … factors [that] will not prevent the poisoning of wildlife”. Prof Beder, in a 2011 paper “Pindone rabbit baiting – cruel and careless”, said pindone “kills by interfering with blood clotting, causing fatal hemorrhages”.
She quotes scientists from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, estimating it takes 10 to 14 days for rabbits to die after eating pindone. “During that time the animals bleed from the nose, mouth, eyes and anus, and pain from bleeding in internal organs, muscles and joints that lasts for several days before they die.” Prof Beder said pindone was a poison to wallabies, kangaroos, possums,
antechinus, bandicoots, owls and other birds of prey, which ate animal carcasses. Pindone is used in New Zealand for killing rabbits, possums and wallabies. The manufacturers of Rabbait Pindone Oat Bait say it is dyed dark green to make it “less attractive to birds (that are attracted to yellow and red or ‘ripe’ coloured foods)”.
A festival for harvesting HERONSWOOD Harvest Festival will be held at the Diggers Club, Dromana, over the weekend 29 February-1 March. Heronswood is seen as one of Australia’s finest gardens and the country’s first organically certified public garden. It houses a living catalogue of rare plants and heirloom fruits and vegetables. Keen gardeners can get tips at free workshops, join free garden tours with expert gardeners and take part in the harvest taste test. They’ll enjoy lunch on the pool lawn and explore the famous vegetable parterre, the mini-plot – an example of high-density growing – and a kitchen garden which services the award winning Fork to Fork Restaurant. Father and son Dr Pietro Demaio and Dr Sandro Demaio will present their ticketed masterclass – Food & Family: Preserving the Italian Way - which focuses on the health benefits of growing your own food and ways to preserve
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Rezoning of port-related land is required The submission by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to the Department of Environment Lands Planning and water (DELPW) regarding surplus port-zoned land is encouraging (“Shire wants final say” The News 22/1/20). There are more than 2800 hectares of portrelated land north of Hastings and 321 hectares at Crib Point – much of it unused for decades. The vacant land on the former BP oil refinery at Crib Point is a wasteland that needs rezoning and remediation. The 2017 Crib Point Township Plan created by local residents should be considered and supported by the shire. Rezoning surplus port-related land in Crib Point would make it more difficult for heavy industry to return – such as the flawed AGL gas import terminal project. How many more years must those decaying oil tanks be a blight on Crib Point? Dale Stohr, Crib Point
Upgrade delay One of the promises that [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt made during the [May 2019] election was the upgrade of Jetty Road [Rosebud] and the freeway roundabout. Mr Hunt promised to allocate $70 million for stages one and two to upgrade the intersection. I have seen no sign or publicity about what is happening with the funding that he said was allocated and I would be most interested to know what his plans are for honouring that promise. James Anderson, Tootgarook
Road safety It is not often that I will heap praise on a local council, but the initiatives of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council in setting up an 80kph speed limit on peninsula country roads is admirable. (“Peninsula speed limits to be cut” The News 2/12/19). On my frequent trips from Mornington to Hastings, every roundabout (except one), every crossroad, is much safer. The road itself is safer. If a collision should occur, the impact will be half as severe. The trip is more relaxed and pleasant. The time lost because of the slower average speed seems to be about two minutes. The same comments apply to trips to other towns. However, there is another peninsula country road peril that needs to be addressed: falling tree branches. Nearly all of our old country roads have ancient, dangerously overhanging tree limbs, often a couple of tonnes in weight. Many times they crash down and block the road, occasionally they kill. Storms bring them down. So does fate. I always cross my fingers when driving beneath an obviously threatening large overhanging limb. Whoever is responsible for road maintenance needs to have a permanent road crew lopping off these overhangs, starting with the most danger-
ous. It might take years, but it has to be done. I don’t know, but perhaps there is some dollar value in selling these limbs as timber. Or wood. Electricity companies seem to have a permanent crew protecting their wires; perhaps some co-operation and pooling of resources could halve the costs and protect people, too. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington
Decisions ignored So, as predicted, [deputy Nationals leader and former Sports Minister] Bridget McKenzie has resigned after an “exhaustive investigation” by the head of the Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s department reported that she had failed to notify the system of her membership of a gun club to which she gave a sports grant. The investigation did not find, as I understand it, that the minister allegedly did anything untoward in distributing $100 million of our money just prior to the May 2019 federal election, to influence the voters in various marginal electorates. History will record the former but not the latter. [US President] Richard Nixon resigned over his exposed Watergate scandal and that is what history will record, not that he would have been impeached had he not done so. I can hear some folk saying, “But everybody does it’. No, not everybody does it, because there are still some with higher morals and values than we the general populace. However, those who have abided by doing the right thing will not have made headlines. Tighter rules and transparency are being put forward as the solution. But there were correct rules and processes in place. Sports Australia, the relevant body, was there to make the assessments and recommendations. It did in fact do so. It also advised the minister that it believed that her final decisions ignored its assessments and compromised the position of that body. All this was transparent. Why else would all this now not be out in the media? Ken Norris, McCrae
Marginal profit Just got [Nepean MP] Chris Brayne’s newsletter and am amazed at how much money is flowing into the Mornington Peninsula. The results of a marginal seat. Now, let’s make the federal seat [of Flinders] marginal and reap the big bucks from them. I am sure they can fling a few hundred million our way. But we need to start making it marginal now so we can start collecting before the next election. Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach
Creative criticism Graham Griffiths penned an amusing piece of fluff suggesting the letters page needs a holiday
because he apparently doesn’t like his side of politics getting a well deserved pasting from contributors (“Need writers with humour and pearls of wisdom” Letters 5/2/20). He can’t stand reading letters discussing [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison leaving for a secret holiday in Hawaii during the catastrophic bushfires throughout Australia when he should have been here. It wasn’t a good look when Morrison forcibly grabbed the hand of a female fire victim because she didn’t want to shake his hand. He didn’t even acknowledge the deaths of a father and son on Kangaroo Island. Graham mustn’t like it when we mention the smiling, shotgun toting [former Nationals deputy leader] Bridget McKenzie and the “sports rorts” affair. It is also obviously frowned upon if we discuss the federal government’s inadequacies when it comes to climate change. Graham would prefer to read something nice by writers from the conservative, born to rule side where he can read weekly inaccurate misinformation on climate change or the occasional letter of praise of a Liberal pollie. Does Graham want to kill tourism with the suggestion to charge a $100 levy on all day trippers to the Mornington Peninsula? I do agree with a $200 levy on jet skis, though. He should cast his mind back to how Morrison got in and [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt’s siding with Peter Dutton because he saw himself as deputy. Graham, mate, whether you like it or not, you are always going to get perceived “political garbage” on both sides, so get used to it. John Cain, McCrae
Hidden humour Perhaps Graham Griffiths needs to look a bit harder (“Need writers with humour and pearls of wisdom” Letters 5/2/20). Surely he must get a smile from [frequent letter writer] Rupert Steiner being lost for comment now the illegal boat people issue has disappeared along with the Flinders grannies and Marg D’Arcy having to finally come to grips with the fact that the majority of Australians disagree with her. It is pretty funny. But the real belly laugh had to go to John Cain for nominating Tuvalu as his island that had been inundated by rising sea levels (“Greta’s time has come” Letters 17/12/19 ). I think we can all still remember the two rather obese women in native dress along with three small children splashing about in an oversized kids wading pool, among broken palm leaves and bits of wood, to greet the Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his visit to Tuvalu last June. This was, the media told us, a representation of rising sea levels because there wasn’t any actual rise or damage to show. So Graham, the humour is there, but sometimes just a bit hard to find. Michael G Free, Mount Martha
Misguided humour I’m so glad that finally we have someone on the Mornington Peninsula that is prepared to throw humorous pearls of wisdom before swine (“Need writers with humour and pearls of wisdom” Letters 5/2/20). Graham Griffiths and several others have filled
me with mirth with their defence of our present Muppets in Canberra. It is obvious, after hearing [Liberal Senator] Jim Molan on Q&A (ABC TV 3/2/20) declaring his open mind about climate change and insisting that he can form his opinions about anything, without relying on actual evidence. He’s a fearsome joker. Sadly, this little piggy is not amused, and would like to suggest they all work a little harder on their attempts of humour. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring
Right name callers I was intrigued that the support club for [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt has so little creativity that two writers both referred to me and other writers as loony lefties because we dare to disagree with our local member and his government (“Need writers with humour and pearls of wisdom” and “Fired up over GetUp” Letters 4/2/20). I am happy to take on that title if they understand it means I want a community where people care for each other. Where children get a good education regardless of their parents’ pay packet; where people have access to decent health care and housing, regardless of their financial situation and where we achieve the human rights of all to live in a community where they are respected and where diversity is celebrated. Why is it the there is no right wing equivalent of loony leftie? Perhaps we could refer to the writers as cantankerous conservatives, witless wimps or reasonless righties? I wonder what they think of the reality that on the issue of the need for action on climate change I sit alongside such loony lefties as Boris Johnson, Emmanual Macron, the CSIRO or the Liberal Minister for the Environment in NSW who all want action to reduce our carbon emissions. Instead of meaningless name calling we should look at how we engage in a meaningful, bipartisan discussion about how Australia could become a world leader in innovations for renewable energy and advocating for action to reduce emissions throughout the world. Marg D’Arcy, Rye
Police praised While driving through Hastings last Friday minding my own business, in my relatively new ute, I noticed I was being followed by the cops for some time. I told my mate that they were going to book me for eating a dim sim at the wheel. Sure enough, I got pulled over. The police lady says, “G’day Paul, just a courtesy call to let you know your rego expires at four o’clock today.” I was blown away. Thank you, I had no idea, you just saved me $800. My second dim sim tasted so much better than the first. Paul Kerrigan, Mount Martha
Burning protection Everyone should find the time to views the CSIRO’s 1971 film about controlled burning by aircraft and Aborigines. It is called Flight Line One and runs for about 28 minutes and is easily Googled. The film shows how aircraft are used in the widespread burning at regular intervals in the jarrah forests of Western Australia, reducing the amount of combustible litter on the ground. Barry Tate, Mornington
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Gas and electric light at Frankston - improvement imperative Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE Frankston Gas Works (its registered name is longer, more imposing, and includes some reference to electric light) failed to show any sign of animation last Friday night. In the past “The Works” have been afflicted with varied and numerous ailments – some serious, others merely superficial – but all more or less affecting the efficiency of the light supply – particularly the electric light. Whatever may be the deficiencies at “The Works” there is certainly no lack of imagination in framing excuses for their numerous shortcomings. Reckless opossum in sportive mood have been blamed for intercepting electric current while wayward branches of overhanging trees are instanced as the frequent cause of reduced current. A fashionable summer ailment at “The Works” is shortage of water supply, and it must prove awkward when the season does not render this a valid excuse. In the winter, of course, there is a larger variety of “causes” to choose from. Floods, thunderstorms, hurricanes, all serve to explain why the light failed. Last Friday’s stoppage, it is said, was due to the lack of coal. It was not that coal was unprocurable, but simply that supplies had been allowed to run out. “The Works” received its belated consignment of coal on Saturday morning and the shipping strike received all the blame. Fortunately, or unfortunately,
residents have become inured to the discomforting vagaries of “The Works” and it was no unusual task for the people to set forth their kerosene lamps and patiently await developments. Long practice is making the task commonplace. The ever-increasing price of commodities, the shortage of sugar and the machinations of the profiteer arouses the average householder to a display of intense indignation. But, the failure of Frankston’s light! Well, that is an evil to be borne philosophically, like one’s pet corn. It has come to be accepted as a characteristic peculiar to the town – something like the Kananook Creek or the stray dog nuisance. Authority sits calmly by, and if occasion demands will number the gas supply and electric light amongst Frankston’s acquisitions. The presence of gas there is no denying. It pervades the atmosphere in every direction. One advantage connected with the recent stoppage at “The Works” was the welcome freedom from, for one night at least, nauseous gas fumes, which regularly pervade the streets as well as the houses. The existence of the electric light is not so easily proved. It is altogether a Will-o-the-wisp affair and quite as illusive. The uncertainty attaching to its materialisation was demonstrated at the Mechanics’ Hall on Saturday night last, when hanging kerosene lamps burned blithely alongside electric globes. The combination, although ap-
pearing , rather incongruous, was quite necessary, experience having proved that the electric power of the Frankston brand is most eratic and as likely as not would plunge a church concert into inky blackness, just as readily as it would a “Welcome Home” entertainment. When the works remained silent on Friday night the town, as before stated, brought out its reserve forces in the shape of kerosene lamps. It would be incorrect to say that the users of gas as an illuminant suffered no inconvenience thereby. They did. So did the users of the electric light, but the latter have long since learned to expect the light when they see it. At “The Standard” office (where the large printing machine is worked by a gas engine, the publication of the paper was delayed for some hours. “The Works” in addition to a shortage of coal were evidently extra deficient in a supply of common civility. No notice was given to “The Standard” that power could not be supplied as usual, and it was not till Friday afternoon, when the paper was ready for press, that the discovery was made that there was no gas in the pipes. Other people in the town were treated with more consideration. “The Standard”is not a favorite at “The Works”, which perhaps accounts for the discrimination shown. “The Works” may represent a monopoly in its own particular line, but its sphere does not extend to a censorship of “The Standard” columns, and if the price of “The Standard’s” silence is the favor and good will and bad gas of “The Works,” “The
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Standard” elects to do without the favor and the good will, but claims the same rights and privileges as other users to whatever power. “The Works”’ have at their disposal to those who pay for it, be the commodity good, bad or indifferent. How much longer the Shire Council intends tolerating the existing conditions in connection with Frankston’s lighting resources is a matter very largely in the hands of ratepayers themselves. Dire threats have frequently been made at the Council table as to what would eventuate if “The Works” did not make a better showing. Time limits have been fixed and conferences held, but no improvement is as yet discernable. Prolific in excuses as to causes of light failure, “The Works” never refers to their machinery and plant as being the sole cause of inefficiency. Any promise of improvement made to the Council which does not include an improved plant, the additions of refiners to purify the gas and accumulators for the storage of electric power should not be considered. This matter is seriously affecting commercial prosperity of the town. Despite assertions to the contrary, electric power is not available in Frankston, in an accurate sense of the term. Only this year three local business houses intending to install electric motors, found to their dismay that electric current was not available except at night, and even then it was unreliable. The housewife cannot use the electric iron for pressing the family
linen until after 8 o’clock at night, and not later than 11pm., and yet “The Works” are supposed to produce a “continuous current.” People are becoming so heartily sick and tired of the whole thing that many who can afford to do so intend installing air gas plants during the ensuing year; others have shut off their meters and have reverted to kerosene light. Mention has been made of another company being formed to supply electric power in Frankston. It is argued that any contract entered into by the Council in the past is now void, because of the nonfulfillment of conditions, and that the way is open for fresh negotiations to be opened up. The time seems opportune for the ratepayers to exercise their rights, and ask the Shire Council to explain the position. *** A SPLENDID line of preserving jars just arrived at G E Rogers & Son. *** MISS Nicholson, clerk in the employ of Messrs Brody and Mason, met with a painful accident last Wednesday, through getting her fingers caught in the door of the fireproof safe. Fortunately no bones were broken. *** FRANKSTON dairy men announce an increase in the price of milk, on and after the 18th inst. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 6 February 1920
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Final fling: Langwarrin took on Peninsula Old Boys in the grand final of the Jack Peacock Cup, the association’s Twenty-20 competition. Langwarrin took home the chocolates. Picture: Rab Siddhi
Big totals set the scene for tough chases By Brodie Cowburn
A BRILLIANT knock of 86 not out from Simon Dart helped Red Hill to a big total against Moorooduc on Saturday. Choosing to bat first at home, Red Hill were impressive. Opener Matthew Merifield also played a big part for his side, passing his half century. Red Hill finished the day at 266, setting Moorooduc a formidable target to chase down on day two of their match. Tom Shayler was the pick of the bowlers for Moorooduc. He took a five wicket haul, and posted final figures of 5/70. Shayler is in good form, and has taken two 5 wicket hauls in three weeks. At Eric Bell Reserve, Pines set Main Ridge a tough target of 261 to chase down. Pines were in fine form, with all of their top order batsmen performing well. Harley Peace-Stirling and Damien Lawrence were their best, each notching up half centuries. At Ballam Park East, Pearcedale struggled against Long Island.
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Pearcedale were sent in to bat first, and were sent packing for just 72 runs. Long Island came in for their first innings and raced away to 1/128 from just 22 overs. They sensed a chance at an outright win and chose to declare with 17 overs left to play for the day. Pearcedale finished at 1/20 at stumps. Somerville set Heatherhill a huge target of 299 to chase down on the first day of their clash.
HASTINGS batsman Jake Hewitt has fallen just seven runs short of a century in an entertaining display at Roy Dore Reserve. Hewitt’s Hastings side were excellent, and finished the day at 8/267. Carrum have a lot of work ahead of them to get a result on day two. Carrum bowler Jake D’Atri was their best performer, posting career best figures of 6/83. Crib Point had mixed fortunes on day one of their clash against Mt Martha. They were sent in to bat first, and eventually got to a defendable total despite some struggles.
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Mark Cairns and Mitchell Stansborough were excellent for the Magpies, scoring 70 and 83 respectively. They got no support from their teammates though, with the rest of the top order falling for less than 10 runs. Delacombe Park will have to work hard on day two to defend their total of 178 against Dromana. Andrew Christides was a big contributor for his side with bat in hand, scoring 57. Dromana came in for three overs to close the day out, and their run chase got off to a bad start. They lost an early wicket and will restart on day two from 1/0. At Belvedere Park, Seaford Tigers were bowled out for 167 by Rosebud, who will start on day two from 2/21.
A BRILLIANT 111 run opening stand by Chris Jobling and Caolan O’Connor helped Boneo to a massive total of 289 on Saturday. Ballam Park had no answers for Boneo, who dominated the day. After finally breaking up the opening partnership, they faced further troubles
when Jarvis Anderson came to the crease. He scored a quick half century, scoring at better than a run a ball, to move the target even further out of Ballam Park’s reach. A great knock of 75 from opener Levi McLoughlin-Dore helped Frankston YCW set a total of 237 on Saturday. Their Carrum Downs opponents will have to work hard to chase down that target this weekend. David Dervan was their best bowler on day one, taking 2/8 off 13 overs. Balnarring struggled in their clash against Tootgarook, scoring just 163 from their 80 overs.
AN excellent knock of 89 from Mason Mail put Flinders on the right track for a big total against Sorrento. Mail was impressive, and so was his opening partner Kane Hawkins. He scored 68 runs, including five sixes. Flinders ended up at 6/248 at stumps, leaving Sorrento with a lot of work to do this weekend to catch up. At Overport Park, Baden Powell could only manage to put 108 runs on the board against Peninsula OB.
Rhys Elmi put 42 runs on the board and was Baden Powell’s best on the day, but he didn’t get much support from his teammates. Adam Gailitis was the best bowler for the Old Boys, taking an economical 4/24 from 18 overs. Peninsula OB got their run chase started on the right foot. They batted for 21 overs before stumps, finishing at 1/53. A knock of 74 from Daniel Warwick was the highlight of Baxter’s innings on Saturday, as they took on Mornington at Baxter Park. Baxter ended up all out for 160 in just under 60 overs. Mornington finished the day 2/38. Tom Baron ran rampant with ball in hand on Saturday, claiming the wicket of eight Langwarrin batsmen. The Mt Eliza bowler was unstoppable, as he ran through close to the entire Langy side. He finished with figures of 8/76 off 38 overs. Sam Prosser managed to reach his half century before being dismissed. His Langwarrin side ended up all out for 150.
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Seaford United eyes State 4 title SOCCER
By Craig MacKenzie PLAYER-coach Matty Morris-Thomas believes that Seaford United can challenge for the State 4 South championship this season. He already has agreed terms with experienced midfielder Scott Webster and fellow veteran Shane Tagliaferro has trained and played in a practice match for the local club but MorrisThomas has four more player targets in his sights and wants to move on them immediately. “Yeah we know who we want and if you come down to training next Thursday you might even see them there but we won’t make any announcements until they’re over the line,” MorrisThomas said. “Look we had a tough season last year but if we get our structures right this year we think we can make a push for the title.” A club that could throw a spanner in the works is State 2 outfit Peninsula Strikers who continue to show interest in Tagliaferro. It’s believed that “Tags” hasn’t been registered with Seaford and as a non-contracted player has freedom of movement so Morris-Thomas needs to lock-in that deal if he wants to retain the attacking midfielder. In other player news Strikers announced last week that Jonny Guthrie, Alex Whyte and Laban Stringer have signed for the 2020 season. Guthrie, 33, is a midfielder who played in Langwarrin’s 2017 State 1 championship-winning side and in its 2018 NPL debut season before joining Strikers last year. “He brings a wealth of experience to our midfield unit plus a winning mentality, professionalism on and off the pitch and will be a great role model to our up and coming youngsters,” Strikers gaffer Paul Williams said. Whyte, 21, is a former Bentleigh Greens NPL junior who switched from Langwarrin last season despite Frankston Pines making a pitch for the midfielder. Stringer, 24, is a former Strikers defender who also played with Pines. “Laban’s tenacious and no-nonsense defending has impressed his teammates and he’s no stranger to this level after playing State 1 for Pines,” Williams said. Frankston Pines head coach Kevin “Squizzy” Taylor finally has a senior assistant. Former Skye United and Seaford United coach Darren Roberts has filled the role that has been vacant ever since
Title tilt: Seaford United player-coach Matt Morris-Thomas is in control as Baxter’s Nat Daher tries to close him down. Picture: Darryl Kennedy
Taylor’s appointment. Roberts has an impressive playing pedigree having played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Doncaster Rovers, Chesterfield, Darlington and Scarborough over a lengthy playing career in England. Roberts’ son Alex is one of Pines’ recruits for the 2020 season. The club could get news this week of the visa applications for its Fijian recruits. Somerville Eagles fans were buoyed by news late last week that David Greening is staying put this season. The greatest first team goalscorer in Victorian soccer history will also coach the reserves and assist senior coach Billy Rae. “There was a lot of interest from other clubs but ultimately it came down to the fact that I came to Somerville to try and build something and the fact I cared and hurt so much over what happened (in the off-season) just indicated to me how much I want to help them try and put things right,” Greening said. “It’ll be tough no doubt about it but the aim now is to unite the club moving forward and put together two competitive squads for State 4.” The signing saga involving his strike partner Mark Pagliarulo is drawing to a close with the flamboyant veteran knocking back offers from Skye United, Peninsula Strikers, Endeavour United, Frankston Pines and Baxter last week and now deciding whether to stay with Somerville Eagles or join Rosebud or White Star Dandenong. White Star has offered the most lucrative deal which involves a hefty
match payment and a goal bonus. “Pags” misses five games in May this season while holidaying in his native Scotland. “I’ll be honest. I wanted to prove myself at a higher level but missing five games was a massive thing,” he said. “Imagine the state of me after a fourweek break back home on the bevvy.” Baxter will hold the inaugural Steve Driver Memorial Day on Saturday when it hosts State 2 outfit Knox City. Long-serving clubman Driver lost his battle with cancer in September 2017 and around 40 of his friends are playing in a legends match that kicks off at 11am prior to the reserves and senior games against Knox. “He left a big mark on our club, especially the defenders who came through the ranks during the decade that Stevie played for us and we are looking forward to celebrating the life of a great mate, great footballer and an even better person,” Baxter president Bray Hodgkinson said. “We are raising funds for the Cancer Council, the charity chosen by Steve’s daughters Holly and Sophie and his wife Sandra. “I made contact with the girls after we made it a priority to do something for Stevie and they were thrilled to jump on board. “It will be a pretty special day for those of us who were blessed to play with or know Steve and we have a few really amazing surprises in store so we are very excited.” Last weekend’s friendly games saw Langwarrin go down 3-1 away to Eastern Lions with big George Howard
scoring for Langy. Mornington drew 3-3 at home to Clifton Hill thanks to a Josh Hine hattrick. There were three penalties in the match (two to the visitors) and new Mornington central defender Reece Caldecourt was sent off in the second half. Wayne Gordon, Kyron Kerr, Dejan Radojicic and Sam Scott missed through injury while Andrew Goff was unavailable. Peninsula Strikers beat Dandenong South 2-1 at Centenary Park with Sam Luxford and Jason Bradbury scoring for Strikers. Skye United lost 2-0 to Mazenod at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex but Skye was without Michael Rovinson, Daniel Attard, Daniel Walsh and Alex Rojas who were all out injured while Mitch Blake was unavailable. Frankston Pines went down 5-3 to State 1 opponent St Kilda at Monterey Reserve with Joe O’Connor, Lachlan McMinimee and Alex Bevacqua scoring for Pines. McMinimee is a staunch Rangers fan so scoring against a team in green and white hoops was a special moment for him. Somerville Eagles lost 4-3 at home to King’s Domain and goalmeister Greening scored the umpteenth hat-trick of his career. Baxter defeated Pakenham United 2-1 at Baxter Park with Nat Daher and Charlie O’Connell scoring for Baxter. Teenage striker O’Connell is easing back into playing after recovering from a long-term knee injury and only
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played for 38 minutes. Seaford had a change of opponent midweek and defeated Boronia 4-1 at North Seaford Reserve thanks to goals from Dylan Waugh (2), Tagliaferro and Matthias Schwellinger. Baxter striker Liam Kilner trained with Seaford last Thursday night and played in the first half of the Boronia match. Last week new State 5 outfit Mount Martha released details of its pre-season schedule which could change depending on its FFA Cup fortunes this weekend. It will play Somerville Eagles at Somerville Secondary College on Saturday 22 February, 1pm and 3pm; Endeavour Sporting Club at Chalcot Lodge Reserve on Saturday 29 February, 1pm and 3pm; Chelsea at Edithvale Recreation Reserve on Saturday 7 March, 1pm and 3pm; Mount Eliza at either Civic Reserve or Padua College on Saturday 14 March, 1pm and 3pm; and TOPSA at Civic Reserve on Tuesday 17 March, 7pm. Aspendale Stingrays defeated Glen Waverley 2-1 at Knox Regional Football Centre on Sunday thanks to a Sam Timuska-Carr header and a Kieran Hughes tap-in following a superb ball from Ben Garside. Former Dandenong Thunder NPL junior Tom Lonsing and two 17-yearolds, Dylan Guedes and Blake Rosenberg, all played in defence. Meanwhile the Rosebud v Barwon FFA Cup fixture this weekend has been reversed due to council restrictions and will now be played in East Geelong. Here are Saturday’s FFA Cup first qualifying round matches: Barwon v Rosebud, Howard Glover Reserve, 2pm; Mount Martha v Shepparton South, Padua College, 3pm; Aspendale Stingrays v White Star Dandenong, Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, 7.30pm. This weekend’s pre-season friendlies: SATURDAY: Preston Lions v Langwarrin, BT Connor Reserve, 12.30pm & 3pm; Banyule City v Mornington, Yallambie Park Reserve, 1pm & 3pm; Skye Utd v Casey Comets, John Paul College, 2pm & 4pm; Mazenod v Peninsula Strikers, Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, 6pm & 8pm; Frankston Pines v Noble Park Drina, Monterey Reserve, 5pm & 7pm; Baxter v Knox City, Baxter Park, 1pm & 3pm (legends game 11am); Seaford Utd v North Melbourne Athletic, North Seaford Reserve, 1pm & 3pm. SUNDAY: Somerville Eagles v Mount Eliza, Somerville Secondary College, 1pm & 3pm.
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Hanseatic dazzles in Diamond Prelude HORSE RACING
By Ben Triandafillou THE Anthony Freedman-trained Hanseatic has solidified his spot as the clear-cut favourite for the $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield in two weeks’ time. The Godolphin-owned boom colt showed something special to win from an unlikely position in the colts and geldings Prelude on Saturday 8 February. Keeping his unbeaten record intact, the two-year-old son of Street Boss gave ground when turning for home before sweeping past his rivals to nab the current Blue Diamond second-favourite, Rulership, just before the line. Despite running an overall slower time of 1:03.08 seconds compared to the two-year-old fillies Prelude time of 1:02.79, Hanseatic’s electrifying turn of foot saw him run a dazzling 21.87 for his final 400m – the second fastest last 400m for the entire meeting. The way in which Hanseatic scored the victory was most impressive with stable foreman, Sam Freedman, saying the colt still hasn’t quite put it all together. “He’s got something a little bit different going on upstairs, but we wouldn’t change anything,” Freedman said. “His behaviour around the back (parade ring) was 10 times better than last time so he’s going the right way. He obviously had to be very good to win from where he was. He’s got that instant turn of foot.” Freedman added that “we had Lyre last year (win the Blue Diamond Stakes), but I think he’s got a little bit
Blistering finish: The Anthony Freedman-trained Hanseatic storms home to win the Group Three Blue Diamond Prelude for colts and geldings on Saturday 8. Picture: Supplied
more brilliance.” Jockey Luke Currie said Hanseatic would take plenty of benefit for racing over the 1100m before he lines up over 1200 metres in the Blue Diamond in two weeks.
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