Author: Brodie Cowburn

MPNFL – DIVISION ONE SORRENTO have scored their first win for the season after an epic matchup against Pines. The Sharks made the long road trip to Eric Bell Reserve to take on the Pythons on Saturday. Pines got off to a good start early and took a lead into the first break. The Sharks didn’t let the Pythons get too far ahead though, and had drawn level by three-quarter-time. Nine goals were kicked in a pulsating final term. Sorrento managed to get themselves five points in front, and held on for a hard-fought win 12.12 (84) to 13.11 (89).…

MPNFL – DIVISION TWO LANGWARRIN have gone 3-0 to start the 2021 season. The Kangaroos took on Karingal at Ballam Park Reserve on Saturday. Both sides wrestled for control throughout the day in a scrappy affair. Karingal went into half-time with a one point advantage. By three-quarter-time, Langwarrin had put themselves three points ahead. Both sides only managed to put one goal each on the scoreboard in the final quarter. Langwarrin held on to win 8.4 (52) to 7.16 (58). Blake Peach and Zach Andrewartha were Langwarrin’s best. Rye also scored a third consecutive win to start their season. They…

MPNFL – DIVISION ONE MT ELIZA have started the year on the right foot with a big win over the Frankston Bombers. The Redlegs signalled their intent early with a big first quarter. A four goals to one opening term put the Bombers on the back foot. The Redlegs continued to apply pressure throughout the match, and ended up running out 55 point winners. The final score read 5.5 (35) to 13.12 (90). Sam Gill, Lachlan Williams, Sam Webster, Zach Rouse, and Nicholas McKinnon kicked two goals each for the winning side. Under the new lights at Frankston Park, the…

MPNFL – DIVISION TWO RYE have opened their season with a strong win over Devon Meadows. Both sides had to contend with difficult weather conditions at RJ Rowley Reserve. After a scrappy opening half, Rye opened up a two goal lead. Devon Meadows wrestled back control in the third quarter, and took a one point lead into the final term. The Demons piled on the pressure in the final quarter, scoring five goals to zero. They sprinted over the finish line to an impressive 9.9 (63) to 4.8 (32) win. Crib Point scored a huge win to start their 2021…

A DEDICATED rheumatology clinic has opened at Frankston Hospital for people suffering from musculoskeletal conditions. The clinic can treat arthritis and 150 other types of musculoskeletal issues. As well as providing rheumatology services in the outpatient clinic, Frankston Hospital’s upgraded service aims to improve care for patients who are being treated in other areas of the hospital by allowing them to be referred for a rheumatology consult. Peninsula Health rheumatology consultant Dr Bita Omidvar says the clinic is “the first of its kind at Peninsula Health.” “Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula has not had local access to a publicly funded…

MPNFL – DIVISION ONE IN a split round to kick off the 2021 season, Red Hill have held off Dromana for a one point win. Red Hill were 20 points up at three quarter time, but Dromana made a last quarter charge and nearly clinched it. Dromana kicked four goals to one in the last to fall just short. Sam Fowler slotted three goals for Dromana, while Jonathon Ross and Christopher Irving scored two each for Red Hill. It was a bad day for Edithvale-Aspendale as they were smashed by Bonbeach by over 100 points. Playing away from home, they…

MPNFL – DIVISION TWO DEVON Meadows and Pearcedale kicked off 2021 last week with the opening match of the season. There was not much in it all day, but Devon Meadows held the lead all day and ended up with a 14 point win. It was a Good Friday for Mornington at home as they started their 2021 campaign with a bang against Karingal. Karingal never got close all day and Mornington’s relentless pressure saw the lead get larger over the four quarters. Jackson Calder was a stand out for Mornington slotting nine goals and one point for the day.…

VFL THE Frankston Dolphins scored a come-from-behind win in their first game under lights at home. The match was the first played under the new lights at Skybus Stadium. The Dolphins played host to the Northern Bullants on Thursday night. Despite being down by two points at three-quarter-time, the Dolphins were able to claw their way back to secure a gritty 13 point win. The Northern Bullants are recovering from a rocky period in their history. Carlton Football Club ended its affiliation with the side in 2020, which looked like it could be a death blow for the 139-year-old club.…

MPNFL PINES coach Paddy Swayn is on the mend after a medical scare. Swayn was taken to Frankston Hospital for emergency pacemaker surgery after suffering from a “cardiac episode at home”, Peninsula Health says. Swayn said “on behalf of my family and I, we would like to thank the Ambulance Victoria staff, and all the nurses and doctors at Peninsula Health for their professionalism and level of care.” “Everyone ensured I was safe and quickly on that road to recovery, all the while keeping my wife informed during some difficult hours. I feel extremely fortunate to live in a state…

A CLAIM against Peninsula Health has been filed in the Federal Court – the first in a series of claims expected to be lodged against hospitals statewide alleging the underpayment of junior doctors. A statement from the Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation union’s website read that “doctors-in-training across Victoria have come together to file class actions against the state’s health services for systemic and widespread underpayment of wages.” “The first claim, against Peninsula Health, has been filed in the Federal Court of Australia. Further actions against the state’s more than 30 health services are expected to be lodged over the…

CRICKET PROVINCIAL SORRENTO have won the Provincial Grand Final by just two wickets. Baden Powell was sent in to bat first on Saturday in wet conditions. Opener Beau Anthony made a good contribution of 32 runs, but he didn’t get much support from his teammates. A late showing from the tail end helped Baden Powell reach a final total of 125. Sorrento’s run chase got off to a steady start. Opener Corey Harris and first drop Robert Wilson combined for a 68 run partnership. After that partnership fell, Sorrento started to struggle. Wickets fell quickly, and the side went from…

CRICKET PROVINCIAL BADEN Powell have locked in a Grand Final spot with an upset win over Old Peninsula. The Old Peninsula Pirates were the team to beat all season, finishing with just one loss on their record after 14 games. Baden Powell secured their finals spot with a fourth place finish. They would have to be at their best to move on to the season decider. Baden Powell chose to bat first. A patient partnership between Craig Entwhistle and Rhys Elmi proved crucial for the batting side. The duo combined for 102 runs. Baden Powell’s middle order wasn’t able to…

CRICKET PENINSULA PINES have closed out an undefeated season with a win over Heatherhill. After being sent in to bat first, Pines put 168 runs on the scoreboard. Pines had multiple players make good starts, but none of them could go on to make big scores. Jack Peace-Stirling top scored with 38. Heatherhill’s run chase got off to a shaky start. The top order fell without making an impact, and at 4/43 the side was in big trouble. Middle order batsmen Brett Maxwell and Jake Theobald got things back on track, both recording scores in the forties. The game went…

CRICKET PENINSULA PINES have thumped Somerville to take home the Peninsula Jack Peacock Cup. Somerville were sent in to bat first in the twenty over competition decider. They only scored 83 runs, leaving the door wide open for Pines to grab the win. Harley Parker was Pines’ best bowler, taking 4/16 off his four overs. Pines made quick work of their run chase. Openers Damien Lawrence and Ricky Ramsdale combined for 48 runs to put victory within reach. Pines eventually hit the winning runs and claimed the trophy with seven overs to spare. DISTRICT A SUPER over decided the winner…

CRICKET PENINSULA SOMERVILLE and Pines finished all square after an epic encounter on Saturday. After losing the toss, Somerville were sent in to bat first. Good knocks from opener Craig Black and number four Bradley McDonald helped guide the side to a final total of 143. Pines’ run chase started poorly, with usually reliable openers Damien Lawrence and Ricky Ramsdale dismissed for scores of 11 and zero respectively. Harley Peace-Stirling came in after the openers and got things back on track. After a duck in his innings last week against Flinders, Peace-Stirling was out to make amends. The first drop…

CRICKET PENINSULA A TAIL order collapse cost Moorooduc a chance at victory on Saturday. Moorooduc played host to Long Island. The visitors were sent in to bat first and put a good total on the scoreboard. Brad Bailey was Long Island’s best with the bat with a well-earned half century. His side finished their innings at 6/198. Moorooduc’s run chase didn’t start as planned. Three of their top order batsmen were dismissed early to leave them struggling at 3/23. A brave middle order showing from Pathum De Mel, including four sixes, put Moorooduc back in the hunt. They recovered to…

CRICKET PENINSULA A GREAT performance by Somerville’s batsmen got them a win over Flinders on Saturday. Somerville looked comfortable out in the middle, and set a huge total. Opener Brenton Alp and number four Bradley McDonald top scored with scores of 83 and 85 not out respectively. Flinders worked hard to get within reach of a target of 282, but fell short. A middle order collapse proved costly, and they ended up all out for 229. Flinders opener Kane Hawkins can hold his head high after scoring a half century. Long Island’s bowlers were in fine form on Saturday, helping…

CRICKET PENINSULA SEAFORD Tigers have fallen agonisingly short of victory against Pines. Damien Lawrence was brilliant for Pines. He scored 99 not out as an opening batsman, bringing his team to a total of 4/178. The knock was his best of the season. Seaford Tigers’ run chase got off to a good start, with Brayden Roscoe and Tim Hayes combining for a 75 run opening stand. From there the side fell to 4/88, putting the result in doubt. The Tigers middle order wasn’t able to capitalise on a strong start. They brought the game down to the final over, but…

FRANKSTON Council overcharged all properties while collecting rates this year. Council estimates that each property was overcharged by an average of 53 cents. Around $30,000 worth of overcharged rates will be refunded to Frankston residents. A statement on council’s website read that “there was a minor calculation error in the number of properties assessed. Council officers discovered the error while preparing annual compliance documents for the Essential Services Commission – which administers the rate-capping system for local government. The compliance documents are a requirement for all Victorian local government areas.” “As a ratepayer, you don’t need to do anything. The…

CRICKET PENINSULA MOOROODUC have started the year on the right foot with a hard-fought win over Somerville. Choosing to bat first, Moorooduc set their opponents a difficult target of 222 to chase down. Opener Brenton Alp got the run chase off to a good start, scoring 60 runs. Number four batsman Bradley McDonald also contributed some runs to the scoreboard with a knock of 42. Somerville took the game right down to the wire, but couldn’t get over the line. At the end of their forty overs they were at 9/215, seven runs short of a result and one wicket…

PENINSULA TWO centuries were scored on an entertaining afternoon of cricket at BA Cairns Reserve on Saturday. Flinders hosted Heatherhill and chose to bat first. Opener Kane Hawkins put on an unbelievable performance, smashing 17 boundaries on his way to a mammoth score of 120 off 83 balls. Number four batsman Matthew Gale also joined in on the party, scoring 98 runs before being unfortunately dismissed just short of his century. Flinders’ innings expired with the side at 5/288. Heatherhill would have to climb a huge mountain to get a result. Heatherhill’s run chase got off to a dream start,…

CRICKET PENINSULA A BIG score from Damien Lawrence got Pines over the line in their clash against Long Island. Long Island chose to bat first and got off to a horror start, losing both openers for a combined total of just one run. Losing star batsman Nick Jewell for one proved a huge blow. Jewell’s output this season has been down compared to his usual lofty standards. Long Island ended up all out for 144. Pines’ run chase was a little shaky to start off with, as they fell to 2/11. Opener Damien Lawrence held his ground though, and ended…

THE state government is still not onboard the Frankston rail extension project. There was no funding for the proposed project in the state budget handed down last week. The business case assessing the cost of the extension was finally released last month. The cost given for duplicating and electrifying the Frankston line to Baxter was quoted at an eye-watering $1.3 – $1.5 billion. The federal government has committed $225 million to the extension. CEO of advocacy group Committee For Greater Frankston Ginevra Hosking said “the extension is vitally important so Frankston and Mornington Peninsula residents can board trains at stations…

PENINSULA A TOP order collapse saw Somerville fall short of victory in their clash against Heatherhill on Saturday. Heatherhill chose to bat first, and opener Don Pulukkuttiarachchi was in impressive form. He scored a half century, with his side making 185 before their innings came to a close. Somerville struggled, with five of their top six batsmen dismissed for scores of less than ten. Three of those batsmen went out for just one run. Number four batsman Bradley McDonald tried his best to drag his side over the line, but his knock of 57 wasn’t enough. Somerville ended up losing…

MONEY to start the $562 million Frankston Hospital redevelopment has been made available in the state budget. The budget was handed down by the state government last week. A total of $16.2 million in taxpayer funding was allocated in the 2020/2021 financial year for the hospital expansion. The budget papers showed that $27.2 million will become available for the project in 2021/2022, $124.6 million in 2022/2023, and $191.1 million in 2023/2024. The budget read that the total estimated investment of $562 million “includes funding beyond 2023-24”. The money is welcome news for supporters of the project. Just $6 million was…

CRICKET PENINSULA LONG Island got the better of Seaford Tigers in a competitive clash at Belvedere Reserve on Sunday. Choosing to bat first, Long Island got off to a good start. Despite star batsman Nick Jewell being dismissed for a relatively low score, they managed to put 179 runs on the board. Zachery Wilson top scored with 42. The Tigers showed plenty of fight at the crease, and at 2/91 were in a good position to go on to get the win. Their first drop batsman Ashley Mills hit eight boundaries on his way to a big score of 69.…

PENINSULA AFTER a long off-season of uncertainty, MPCA cricket finally got underway last weekend. The season will look different, consisting entirely of one-day games, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of local cricketers who returned to the pitch on Saturday. In the first week of Peninsula cricket’s return, Long Island took on Heatherhill. Heatherhill chose to bat first and put 132 runs on the board, giving Long Island an attainable target to chase down. Long Island had little trouble reaching the target and claiming the win. Nick Jewell top scored for the side, scoring 45 runs. Long Island ended up…

A BUSINESS case assessing the proposed electrification of the Frankston line to Baxter has suggested that a different option be taken instead. The business case was publicly released last week, more than one year after it was handed to the federal government. One of five options assessed in the study only provides improvements to bus services. Two options see no electrification of the railway and add passing loops to the Stony Point line, while the other two see the track duplicated and electrified to Langwarrin and Baxter. The study identifies the “Stony Point Uplift” as the “indicative preferred option”, rather…

FORMER Governor-General  Sir Peter Cosgrove has urged holidaymakers to visit the Mornington Peninsula to help restart the regional tourism industry. Sir Peter estimates that he attended more than 4000 events during his five years in the job. His life’s work took him all across the globe, but this year the overseas flights have come to a sudden stop. Sir Peter says Australians should take this as a chance to explore some of the best locations the country has to offer, once it is safe to do so. “For beautiful places like the Mornington Peninsula, this year has been a great…

ELLIE Cole was just 16 years old when she waved goodbye to her Frankston High School classmates and jetted off for the Beijing Paralympics. By the time she returned her whole life had changed, and she was a three-time Paralympic medal winner. Cole was treated like a star by her classmates, a time she recalls with both fondness and a hint of embarrassment. “I still remember the pride the school had,” the star swimmer told The Times. “There were posters all over the place, and I’m a bit modest so I didn’t handle the attention that well. I asked them…