Day: March 12, 2019

PENINSULA CRIB Point have fallen agonisingly short of Pines in the final match of the home and away season for 2019/19 MPCA Cricket. Batting first Pines were impressive in the one day match, putting 191 runs on the board off their 40 overs. Harley Peace-Stirling was pick of the batsmen, scoring 71 runs to help put his side in pole position for a win. In response Crib Point did not take the loss lying down, keeping touch with Pines and taking the match to the final over. With just two balls left to bowl and 4 runs left to chase…

SOCCER Winners are grinners: It’s 2-0 to Langwarrin and Jordan Templin celebrates his goal along with teammates Damir Stoilovic, Johnny Kuol (left) and Callum Goulding (right). Picture: John Punshon THE blue wave of Langwarrin engulfed much fancied opponent Bulleen at Lawton Park on Saturday and gave home fans a taste of things to come. Langy gaffer Scott Miller hasn’t hidden his ambition for the club he played for as a junior and his pre-season mantra of an up-tempo, slick, interpassing style of soccer rang true last weekend. Bulleen succumbed to the blue tsunami 4-1 in Langwarrin’s most impressive performance yet…

MORNINGTON Pirates Baseball Club has been part of the Mornington sporting scene since 1975. Based at C B Wilson Reserve on Wilsons Road, they fielded eight teams last year across mens, womens and juniors. With the 2019 season just around the corner, they are having two ‘come and try’ days to attract new participants to the sport. “We are hoping to grow the number of teams we field this year, so are calling for anybody out there who’d like to come and see what we are about”, said Jo Schutt from Mornington Pirates. Mornington Pirates pride themselves on being a…

THE newly re-branded Southern Peninsula Sharks could be in for a big year if their pre-season matches are anything to go by. The Sharks’ men’s Big V team have won all three of their pre-season games with their most recent victory coming over Mornington on Saturday 23 February while their women’s team is going just as well having won all bar two of their matches. Those two games were a draw against Frankston and a loss against Waverly who are both NBL 1 league teams. Despite losing several key players at the end of last season, Southern Peninsula Sharks basketball…

Swift finish: Swift Sis relaxes after her barnstorming victory at Flemington on Saturday 2 March. Picture: Supplied THE Pat Carey-trained mare, Swift Sis, broke through for her first victory in Victoria on Saturday 2 March. After making the move from Western Australia, the now eight-time winner stepped out for her second start in Victoria and stormed past her rivals to record a narrow victory down the Flemington straight (1100m). Donning the iconic Makybe Farm silks, worn by three-time Melbourne Cup champion Makybe Diva, Swift Sis lifted in the final 100m to nab the Jason Warren-trained mare Miss Toorak Flyer who…

ITALIAN Opera is filled with popular and well loved highlights which have stood the test of time and remain the most beloved items in the classical repertoire. In this rousing afternoon, the acclaimed 40 piece Melbourne Opera Orchestra conducted by and introduced by Greg Hocking AM will perform the most popular operatic arias, duets and ensembles. Featuring stars from the opera, this concert will transport you to eras gone by and famous characters of the best known Italian operas. Highlights of the programme include from Verdi’s La Traviata the famous Drinking Song (Libiamo) and of course many of the most…

BY advertisement in another column Mrs J. H. Fielder announces that she is opening a school of graceful dancing for children, and will be pleased to interview parents of prospective pupils at “Erinville”, Playne Street, Frankston. Mrs Fielder, with her five years’ experience under J. C. Williamson’s former pupil, Miss Brennan, comes to the district with the highest credentials, and her advent will no doubt be welcomed by parents anxious for improvement in the general department of their children. Classes will commence on Tuesday, 25th March. *** ON Sunday next in the Frankston Methodist Church Harvest Festival Services will be…

In the water: Kayaker Andrew Jones helps clean Balcombe Creek. Clean-Up Australia Day volunteers at Mt Martha are happy to report “significantly less rubbish” being found than in previous years. Registrar Jan Jones, a member of Mt Martha Yacht Club and Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group, said: “Let’s hope that future years of Clean-Up Australia continue to see a reduced need for this event. “We also hope this [less rubbish] is due to greater awareness of the environmental impact of careless rubbish disposal alongside the impact of the clean team funded by Mornington Peninsula Shire over the past few summers.” Volunteers…

THE proposal by German-based Kaufland for a super store at Mornington remains up in the air despite the company being given the go ahead for stores at Dandenong, Chirnside Park and Epping. The state government was last week boasting about attracting “one of the world’s largest retailers to Victoria in a move that will create more than 1500 jobs and inject almost half a billion dollars into the state’s economy”. Mornington Peninsula Shire and a growing number of residents are objecting to Kaufland being allowed to build on the Bata shoe factory in Nepean Highway. Economic development minister Tim Pallas…

Women in politics: Headline speakers at this month’s inaugural Louisa Dunkley Women in Politics Forum are, left, former Liberal now independent federal MP Julia Banks and Victorian Liberal Party deputy leader Cindy McLeish. The forum takes its name from gender equality campaigner, Louisa Dunkley, below. REBEL Liberal-turned-independent MP Julia Banks and Victorian Liberal Party deputy leader Cindy McLeish headline a forum at Langwarrin this month designed to encourage more women to enter politics. The inaugural Louisa Dunkley Women in Politics Forum – organised by the Committee for Greater Frankston – is a 12-2pm lunch on Thursday 28 March at McClelland…

WITH no end in sight to the recycling crisis Mornington Peninsula Shire has backed the Municipal Association of Victoria’s plan for a “well-designed container deposit scheme”. This would go part way to preventing recyclable rubbish going to the tip. (“Recyclables go to landfill” The News 27/2/19). The shire’s executive manager infrastructure services Jessica Wingad said the move would “increase recycling rates and reduce litter by providing a financial incentive to consumers to return their cans and bottles”. Ms Wingad said councils were “stepping up to identify local solutions” in the row, which included more investment and greater regulation of the…

Fluid alliance: Calling on politicians to make better use of treated wastewater being pumped into the sea near Gunnamatta are, from left, Main Ridge avocado grower Steve Marshall, Russell Joseph, Chris Brayne and David Gill. Picture: Supplied Politicians are being asked to forget their differences and adopt a bipartisan approach to provide the Mornington Peninsula’s “hinterland” with secure water supplies for agriculture and fire fighting. The authors of the Hinterland Environmental Water Scheme (HEWS), Steve Marshall and Russell Joseph, say political posturing should be replaced with election promises to finance feasibility studies and design of a system to use treated…

Slow ahead: The Safety Beach Coast Guard tows the stricken boat back to calmer waters out from the Rosebud Motor Boat Squadron, above; the rescued fisherman was hooked by his own line, top left, while his boat was left to sink off Rosebud with a marker buoy attached. Pictures: Supplied SHARP eyes at Rosebud Motor Boat Squadron helped save the life of a fisherman whose boat sank in rough seas last week. Member Mitch Delic saw the boat being swamped and raised the alarm with the Safety Beach Coast Guard and police before heading out himself, Wednesday 6 March. Gale-force…

Nathan Lesslie, pictured, has been named as the Australian Greens candidate for the seat of Flinders in the May federal election. Mr Lesslie stood for the seat of Hastings in last November’s state election which was won by Liberal Neale Burgess. In his bid to become a federal MP Mr Lesslie is standing against long time Flinders MP, Liberal Greg Hunt, Labor’s Josh Sinclair and former Liberal and now independent Julia banks. Mr Lesslie, 32, married with two children, has been working as a social worker for the past 10 years. He says seeing the barriers faced by the families…

A SWORD was thrust through the security door of a Mornington house during a dispute, 10.10pm, Wednesday 6 March. Detective Acting Sergeant Peter Drake, of Somerville CIU, said a resident of the house in Coimadai Close, aged 30, heard a noise outside. He opened the front door to investigate – leaving the security door locked. On the porch a man, carrying a sword, and a woman, demanded he hand over “property”. The resident refused. As the man tried to force open the security door the sword was thrust through the wire mesh. Two women, aged 30 and 48, were also…

A HASTINGS man was severely injured in a dispute with another man while riding his bike in Hastings, 11.20am, Tuesday 5 March. The details are unclear, but Detective Acting Sergeant Peter Drake, of Somerville CIU, said the 19-year-old victim went to a Hastings house where he was involved in an argument with the occupant. When the teenager fled on his bike the other man allegedly drove after him and may have struck him from behind at the entrance to the walkway between Mary Grove and High Street. Detective Drake said the silver coloured VW Jetta got stuck in a barrier…

PLANS by a Mt Eliza couple for a lifestyle change have been shattered by the finding of a woman’s body found floating in the water at Martha Cove marina, 9.30am, Thursday 7 March. Senior Sergeant Kirby Tonkin, of Rosebud police, said the woman, 60, who was fully dressed, may have fallen and hit her head before toppling overboard from the boat overnight. Her husband raised the alarm after noticing she was missing in the morning. He found her body in the water near Martha Cove Boulevard with their pug dog nearby. It was taken to the vet suffering hypothermia. It…

Blasts from the past: Care manager Kylie Knoble, centre, with community support workers Kellie Paydon and Vivien Lougoon, and items used to trigger patient’s memories. Picture: Yanni MANY people living with dementia, as well as their carers, are reluctant to use in-home support services even when they find out how easy it is to get them. And that’s placing a strain on those looking after family members and friends affected by the disease responsible for the second highest number of deaths in Australia after heart disease. “There are a number of reasons for their reluctance,” said Kylie Knoble, a care…

Time well spent: Organisers and performers on the 25-hour plus stage show by Southern Peninsula Players and Rosebud Astral Theatre Society are, from left, Tony Staunton, Tatiana Croft, Judy Cooper, Brendan Croft, Harrison Croft, Antonella Celi and Gabe Noonan. Picture: Yanni A 25-hour theatrical performance at Rosebud has proved that absurd ideas can have rewarding outcomes. In November, cast and crew from the Southern Peninsula Players (SPP) and Rosebud Astral Theatre Society performed the “classic absurdist play”, The bald Soprano. Their efforts raised more than $1000 for housing and support service, SalvoCare Eastern Rosebud, and have led to the merging…

Opening for men: Veronica Whittaker, centre, and Channel 7 newsreader Peter Mitchell at the opening of the expanded Clothes4U men’s store, which now caters for men and women. Picture: Yanni WHAT’S been good for women should also be good for men, right? That rationale has led to the creation of a purpose-designed “much-more-than-just-clothing” outlet at Rosebud Central opened last week. Not-for-profit group Clothes4U, which has been providing quality clothing, accessories and toiletries to disadvantaged women on the Mornington Peninsula for five years, will now do the same for men in similar circumstances. The service is free and clients get to…

Back to the nursery: Charlie Micallef about to release a female gummy shark off Sorrento. The charter fishing boat operator says gummy sharks can be safely returned to the water even after time is taken for them to be photographed. Picture: Supplied Fishing charter boat operator Charlie Micallef, who knows a thing or two about catching gummy sharks, believes their numbers are dropping in Port Phillip. The Victorian Fisheries Authority oversees regulations that set bag limits at two sharks (minimum 48 centimetres long) a person for recreational anglers and total commercial operations at 1700 tonnes a year. The authority rates…

Taking to the stage for When the Birds Come In are Jemma Cuff-Jones, Jane Bayly, Brian Garnot, Anthea Mackenzie, Finley Stapleton-Hamleton, Octavia Stapleton, Pixie Jones, Carole Patullo. Picture: Yanni WHEN the Birds Come In is a multimedia retrospective of stories shared by women living on the Mornington Peninsula. Curated and crafted by Carole Patullo, Jane Bayly and Melanie Beddie, audiences will travel through several created environments and spaces. Performers from three generations, including young actors from Dreamhouse Theatre Company, Rosebud Secondary College, SPARK Productions and The Music Industry will work alongside professional actors to reimagine stories and songs collected through…