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Who let the dogs out?: Mornington made it look easy with a 62 point win over Pearcedale. Picture: Alan Dillon MPNFL – DIVISION TWO IT was business as usual for Langwarrin last weekend as the Division Two competition got back underway. The Kangaroos have been unstoppable this season, and remain perched atop the ladder. They continued their winning run on Saturday with a comfortable victory over Devon Meadows. Devon Meadows couldn’t get close to the Kangaroos, who ran away with it. The Panthers only scored five goals all afternoon. In just his second senior match of the season, Langwarrin’s Zac…

MPNFL – DIVISION ONE THE stripped-back MPNFL season has restarted. After a three week delay due to COVID-19, players returned to the field last weekend. The sounds of bone crunching tackles, ball on boots, and coaches’ sprays filled the air, but the familiar roar of the crowd was absent. Despite the lack of audience, the competition’s top teams still hit the ground running. Top of the ladder Frankston YCW cemented their spot with a big win over Pines. It was a complete team performance by the Stonecats, who had 13 individual goalkickers. Luca Goonan and Luke Paynter were their best.…

SOCCER BEN Doree has been forced to quit Peninsula Strikers and has signed with Richmond. The leading scorer in State 2 South-East has had a change to his work circumstances and found it too difficult to continue to travel back and forward from his Altona residence. Doree’s goalscoring has been a pivotal part of Strikers’ league campaign so head coach Paul Williams is tasked with covering for his prolific striker’s absence. Last weekend Williams paired youngster Jai Power with Riley Anderton up front but neither had a major impact on what proved to be a dismal day for the local…

HORSE RACING DEAN Krongold has no doubts over Brooklyn Hustle running a strong 1400m in the Group One Tattersall’s Tiara on Saturday 26 June. The inform mare has won her last two starts in the G3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) and G2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1300m) impressively and takes the step up to the seven furlongs for the first time in her career. Krongold, who trains in partnership with Jason Warren, said it’s always been their intentions to get the mare over more ground. “We’ve always thought the more she steps out the better she’ll be provided she settles off…

SOCCER FOOTBALL Victoria aims to restart the 2021 league season this weekend. The state body emailed clubs on Friday with a return to competition update, a link to its updated return to training and playing conditions, information on the competitions calendar, postponed fixtures and a link to its COVID-19 Football Portal providing information on the biosecurity requirements clubs must enforce. FV also urged clubs to register their matches with the state government’s public event framework to ensure COVID-19 safety for attendees, staff and organisers. FV’s email acknowledged the current circumstances faced by clubs coming out of lockdown as well as…

HORSE RACING MATT Laurie’s promising colt Ranveer showed his class with a gutsy win first-up in the heavy conditions at Sandown on Saturday. The Winning Rupert-sired two-year-old had just the one run in the Spring last year where he ran second to the one-time Golden Slipper favourite Profiteer at Flemington before he was sent for a spell. Returning after seven-months off the scene, Mornington-based trainer Matt Laurie queried whether the heavy conditions would take too much of a toll on his colt first-up. “I was a bit worried,” Laurie said post-race. “I felt that we probably hadn’t done enough for…

SOCCER LOCAL soccer is blessed with some excellent sports photographers covering the exploits of clubs throughout the broad peninsula area. They include Darryl Kennedy, Gemma Sliz, Paul Seeley and John Punshon and their photographs have appeared in these pages supporting our coverage of the local game. Kennedy is a former player, coach, team manager and administrator who turns 60 this year and has been involved in the sport since he was 12 years old. Most of his playing career was with Seaford United (including stints with Seaford North and Belvedere, the forerunners of the current club at North Seaford Reserve)…

HORSE RACING MORNINGTON-based trainer Robert Kingston has saddled up his last runner after a decade of competing in the Victorian ranks. Kingston, who claimed his first winner with On Tour in 2011, sent out his two-year-old filly Class Action as his final runner at Wangaratta on Thursday 3 June. Class Action finished at the rear of the field but Kingston can go out on a high after his perennial bridesmaid Art Major broke through for a well-deserved maiden victory at Cranbourne on the Friday night prior. “He’s missed a few times so when he won it really made my mind…

TWO Southern Peninsula Sharks junior basketballers represented Victoria Country against the best athletes at the under-18 Australian Junior Championships at Werribee in late May. Southern Peninsula Basketball Association general manager Ben White said Darcy Jones, in his second stint in the white uniform, came “ready to prove a point from day one as a leader in the young team”. Corey Hastings debuted for Victorian Country in bottom age this year after also being selected in under-16s state team in 2020 when the nationals was cancelled due to COVID-19. “Jones kicked off the week with a stunning 31 points, knocking down…

SOCCER FOOTBALL Victoria CEO Kimon Taliadoros remains hopeful that the state’s seven-day lockdown has no lasting effect on local clubs but acknowledges that 2020 has taken its toll. Last Thursday’s seven-day lockdown announcement forced FV to suspend all football activity during that period. “The unknown for all of us is obviously the extent of the lockdown,” Taliadoros said. “While that impacts on our fixtures if it only lasts for seven days then we face a less complicated scenario than if it is extended for another week or longer. “If the number of games required to be played becomes an issue…

HORSE RACING DAVID Bridoake’s consistent gelding Strategic Phil picked up a “bonus” win at Caulfield on Saturday as he gears up for the $125,000 Swan Hill Cup in a fortnight. Breaking a one-year drought, Strategic Phil relished the solid tempo at Caulfield to win the $125,000 BM84 by one-length over the Chris Waller-trained Relucent. Strategic Phil’s performance (1:35.00) on the firm track (Good 3) was just over half-of-a-second outside the track record which was set by Field Of Omagh (1:34.28) in 2006. Adding further credit to the run, his time was the seventh fastest over the Caulfield mile in the…

DIVISION ONE THE Stonecats remain on top of the MPNFL ladder after another impressive victory on the weekend. Frankston YCW played host to Rosebud at John Coburn Oval. The Stonecats raced out of the blocks in the first quarter. A five goals to one first term put them in the box seat early. Things didn’t get any easier for Rosebud in the second quarter, as YCW continued to put pressure on. A four goals to none second term saw the Stonecats go into half time with a 56 point lead. Rosebud showed some fight after half time, but the damage…

DIVISION TWO A HUGE eleven goal haul from Jackson Calder was the highlight of the day at Alexandra Park on Saturday. Calder’s Mornington thrashed Crib Point. Crib Point couldn’t get close to Mornington. The Bulldogs scored freely, putting 24 goals on the scoreboard throughout the day. Of their 24 goals, 11 came off the boot of Jackson Calder. The star forward hasn’t been at his best in the last couple of games, but put on a show on Saturday to remind everyone what he is capable of. He has now booted 42 goals in eight games this season. Mornington ended…

SEWF PREMIER IT wasn’t easy, but Mt Eliza managed to score a big comeback win over Frankston last weekend. The Dolphins had a good first half, heading into the main break with a 19 point lead. Mt Eliza kicked 0.5 for the half. A four goal third quarter put Mt Eliza back on track for victory. They closed the gap to a goal at the final break. A goalless final quarter from the Dolphins doomed them to defeat. Mt Eliza completed the comeback and scored a two point win 5.10 (40) to 5.8 (38). The win was their first for…

SOCCER BAXTER triumphed in a nine-goal thriller against local rival Somerville Eagles at Tyabb Central Reserve on Saturday. One of the games of the season had spectators spellbound as the visitors recovered from a two-goal deficit to win 5-4 and clinch the inaugural Eagles Cup, which will be contested each time these sides clash in the league. Football Victoria CEO Kimon Taliadoros witnessed the gripping contest and presented the Cup to Baxter captain James Foster along with a trophy struck by FV especially for the occasion. Taliadoros had just watched a battle with wild momentum shifts and stunning goals. Here’s…

HORSE RACING APPRENTICE jockey Lachlan Neindorf has landed his first winner at Flemington in sensational fashion aboard $126-pop Romancer on Saturday 22 May. The Mornington-based apprentice took the Grahame Begg-trained gelding back towards the rear of the field in the 1200m straight race before unleashing his run along the inside. He put a winning break on the field and held on to score by one-length over the fast-finishing Amy and Ash Yargi-trained I’m Telling Ya. The win also provided Neindorf with his second Stakes success. “He was super. That’s my first one [at Flemington] but I’ll take it in a…

DIVISION ONE FRANKSTON Bombers upset Bonbeach in a thriller at Greg Beck Oval on Saturday. The Bombers had to work hard to secure the four points, overcoming a 25 point half-time deficit. They couldn’t afford to let any of their opportunities slip, claiming victory by scoring nine goals in the second half without a behind. Frankston Bombers ended up winning by just two points 12.3 (75) to 10.13 (73). Ryan Marks-Logan was Frankston’s finest with a three goal performance. Joseph Fisscher impressed for Bonbeach with a three goal effort of his own. Edithvale-Aspendale are finally off the mark in 2021.…

DIVISION TWO MORNINGTON’S good start to the 2021 season continued with a win over Chelsea on Saturday. The Seagulls got off to an early lead, taking a 15 point advantage into quarter time. By the half time break, Mornington had grabbed hold of the lead. The Bulldogs led by just two points heading into the final term, but held on to claim a hard-fought win. Mornington defeated Chelsea 7.9 (51) to 9.7 (61). Jackson Calder kicked three goals for the Bulldogs. Matthew Caine was named best-on-ground. Langwarrin’s undefeated run in 2021 remains intact after a big win over Crib Point.…

SEWF PREMIER SEAFORD’S undefeated start to the 2021 SEWF Premier division season has continued. Seaford took on Frankston at Skybus Stadium on Saturday. The Tigers were absolutely dominant throughout the afternoon. The Dolphins couldn’t get near Seaford. They went the whole game without hitting the scoreboard. The final score read Seaford 10.8 (68) to Frankston 0. Lauren Field impressed for Seaford again. She kicked three goals. Tyabb fell short of victory in a hard-fought matchup against Eastern Devils on Friday night. Bunguyan Reserve played host to the two sides. The Devils got out to an early lead, and held on…

SOCCER FRANKSTON Pines staged a stunning comeback on Saturday at Fawkner Park to maintain its push towards the State 3 South-East championship. When South Yarra striker Leo Holmes scored his second goal in the 27th minute the home side was cruising with a 3-0 lead and Pines looked dead and buried. Earlier in the season Pines had been tipped to emulate newly crowned Scottish champions Rangers and go through the season undefeated but now they were staring at successive losses and the chasing pack was closing in. “To be honest we were totally outplayed in the first 30 minutes,” Pines…

HORSE RACING FLASHY mare Brooklyn Hustle has broken through for Stakes class success in Adelaide for training partnership Jason Warren and Dean Krongold on Saturday 15 May. The four-year-old daughter of Starspangledbanner has always promised plenty with her fast-finishing sprints in Group One company but has never quite had the luck go her way to secure the victory. But, the drop back in class to the Group Three Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) on Saturday proved successful as she dashed up the inside rail for jockey Jamie Kah and ran away with the spoils. Despite being slow away from the barriers,…

MPNFL – DIVISION ONE EDITHVALE-ASPENDALE fell just short of a win in a see-sawing thriller against Mt Eliza on Saturday. Edi-Asp were looking to score their first win of the season. The Redlegs raced out of the blocks at Regents Park, taking a 29 point lead into the first break. Momentum swung the other way in the second term. An eight goals to zero blitz saw Edi-Asp muscle their way into a 15 point lead by half time. The Redlegs took advantage of having the scoring end in the third quarter, converting seven goals of their own. Heading into the…

MPNFL – DIVISION TWO RYE have come crashing down after a good start to 2021, losing to Seaford by more than 100 points. Seaford looked sensational all day, applying consistent scoreboard pressure. They scored at least five goals in every quarter of the match. Rye had no answers for Seaford, eventually succumbing to an 8.6 (54) to 23.21 (159) loss. Tim Broomhead’s great form for Seaford continued. He kicked four goals and was named best-on-ground. Two goals from former Richmond star Brett Deledio helped Devon Meadows get a win on Saturday. The Panthers took on Hastings at Glover Reserve. Devon…

SEWF PREMIER TYABB’S dominant start to the SEWF Premier season has come to an end at the hands of the St Kilda Sharks. The Yabbies were dominant in their first two games of the year, but faced a tougher challenge at home against the Sharks. St Kilda piled on the pressure early with a six goals to zero opening term. Tyabb were able to stop the onslaught throughout the second and third quarters, but play opened up again in the final term. A five goals to zero quarter saw St Kilda run out dominant winners over Tyabb 2.6 (18) to…

SOCCER SEAFORD United is the only local club that remains unbeaten after seven rounds of the 2021 league season. Peter Schwellinger’s side prevailed 2-1 against Chelsea in Saturday’s State 4 South local derby at North Seaford Reserve while State 1 leader Mornington and State 3 pacesetter Frankston Pines both lost their unblemished league records. Mornington went down 3-2 away to Boroondara-Carey Eagles on Saturday while Pines lost 2-1 to Hampton East Brighton at Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve on Friday night. Two second-half goals from Wayne Gordon put Mornington 2-1 up but Benjamin Osei-Safo equalised shortly after and Alex Meaney got…

HORSE RACING MORNINGTON-based trainer Brett Scott landed one of the most memorable wins of the Warrnambool May Carnival having taken out the elusive Galleywood Hurdle (3200m) just five weeks after being released from hospital. Scott was immediately flooded with congratulatory cheers following the tenacious win of his promising jumper The Statesman, ridden by another Mornington-based jockey Will Gordon, in one of the carnival’s feature jumps races on Wednesday 5 May. Scott, a four-time Grand Annual Steeplechase-winning jockey, had overcome life-threatening injuries after being kicked in the head by a horse at his Mornington property just two months earlier. Scott said…

DIVISION ONE BONBEACH have claimed top spot on the ladder with a big win over Rosebud. Coming into the clash, Rosebud had established themselves as the inform team in the competition. They started the year 3-0. Bonbeach put Rosebud on the back foot early with a big first term. The Sharks entered quarter-time with a four goal lead, and continued to apply pressure after the break. Three former St Kilda players led from the front for the Sharks. Sam Gilbert and David Armiatge were among the best, and Trent Dennis-Lane scored four goals. A miserable day for Rosebud ended in…

DIVISION TWO MORNINGTON have scored an impressive win on their home turf. The Bulldogs stopped Rye’s undefeated start to 2021 with a hard-fought victory. Mornington got off to a hot start, scoring six goals in the first quarter. They continued to apply scoreboard pressure all afternoon, giving the Demons’ defenders headaches. Rye gave up nearly 40 scoring shots throughout the game. Mornington ended up wrapping up the win 18.20 (128) to 12.9 (81). Jackson Calder was dominant in front of goal again. He finished with seven goals to his name. Langwarrin have continued their winning ways this season, taking the…

SEWF PREMIER TYABB have secured a dominant win for the second week in a row. The Yabbies took on Mornington at Bunguyan Reserve, looking to build off their win last week and go 2-0 to start the season. The Bulldogs struggled to hit the scoreboard all day, scoring their solitary goal in the second quarter. Tyabb eventually wrapped up a comfortable 12.5 (77) to 1.0 (6) victory. Sharna Beazley kicked three goals for the Yabbies. Claire Burgess, Sophie Phillips, and Emma Kesik contributed two goals each – Burgess going on to be named best-on-ground. Skye Nisbet kicked Mornington’s only goal.…

SOCCER MORNINGTON remained on track to achieve its aim of joining Victoria’s elite club competition with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Beaumaris at Dallas Brooks Park on Saturday. Sam Scott snatched the winner for the Seagulls in the 83rd minute when Josh Heaton’s hopeful ball forward wasn’t dealt with by the Beaumaris defence and Scott volleyed home from 20 metres. Mornington’s push to win State 1 and clinch an NPL3 spot next season continued with this sixth straight win that now has Adam Jamieson’s side five points clear in top spot. Despite that Mornington has plenty of improvement to make.…