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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.…

SOCCER TEENAGE midfield sensation Ethan Goulding marked his senior debut with a goal in Mornington’s 5-0 rout of Warragul United last weekend. The 16-year-old former Melbourne City junior scored in the 41st minute to give the visitors to Warragul’s Baxter Park a 3-0 half-time lead. Josh Hine opened the scoring in the third minute following a corner which was headed on by Josh Heaton and Hine was at the far post to tuck it away. Milos Lujic increased the lead in the 39th minute after getting on the end of a Hine shot and Ethan Goulding smashed home the third…

HORSE RACING MATT Laurie’s promising three-year-old Five Star Decanter continued his unbeaten record on Sunday 28 March with a strong win at Sale. Bringing up his second win over 1200m, the gelded son of Roc De Cambes came from the rear of the field to reel in his rivals in the final stages of the race to win by half-of-a-head. The Patrick Payne-trained Mccain finished in second with the race-favourite Phillip Stokes-trained Keep On Bopping finishing a length away in third. Mornington-based trainer Matt Laurie was glad to see his promising stayer settle better in his race. “We’ve kept him…

MOUNT Martha Boulodrome is the rather grand sounding for of a 24-lane international standard petanque rink. The rink was built as a result of Mount Martha Petanque Club and Mount Martha Bowls Club joining forces to turn an old bowling green into a world-class rink which, hopefully, will attract players from all over Victoria and Australia. Mornington MP David Morris and Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Despi O’Connor threw the first boules to open the club on Friday 12 March. The following week the petanque players held their first event, The Jennifer Shaw Memorial Tournament, contested by 28 teams from…

HORSE RACING WESTERN Australian jockey William Pike demonstrated his prowess in the saddle on Mornington Cup day on Saturday 20 March claiming four of the nine races on the card. Coming off the back of a dominant victory in the Group One William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night, William ‘The Wizard’ Pike continued on his winning ways at Mornington to win both of the feature races, the Listed Mornington Cup and Listed Hareeba Stakes, among others. Celebrating his birthday on the same day, Pike kicked off the winning run aboard the Andrew Noblet-trained Ginger Jones to lead…

SOCCER AN OUTSTANDING defensive display from Langwarrin underpinned its spirited 2-1 win over Manningham United Blues in their NPL2 clash at Lawton Park on Saturday. The home team had just gone 2-0 up in the first half when left back Jaiden Madafferi was sent off in controversial circumstances. Langy was in rampant mood early on and within three minutes Tom Youngs had sent Sammy Orritt clear on the left. Orritt’s composed finish gave advancing Manningham keeper Stefan Taleski no chance. Straight from the restart Langy keeper Fraser Maclaren was forced to spread himself and block Franc Carafa’s attempt with a…

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…

By Steve Taylor CRICKET PENINSULA Veterans Over 50s Cricket team capped off an exciting first year by defeating Garfield/Tynong in their grand final at Frankston on Sunday 21 March. Batting first the peninsula team scored 3/223 in their 40 overs. Henry Dolphin, Chris Lanting and Al Davie all retired at the compulsory 40 runs. They were backed up by Brendon Gardner, 18, David Martin, 26, John Harrison, 23 not out and Brian Parton, 17 not out. In reply Garfield only managed 97 with all bowlers playing their part backed by some excellent fielding. John Harrison, 1/11, and Craig Burch, 2/25,…

By Brosnan Kelly HASTINGS GIFT SATURDAY 13 March saw the third running of the Hastings Gift carnival. After a tough and trying 2020, not even saturating conditions could deter athletes from around the country from flocking to the Thomas Barclay Oval for a display of competitive professional athletics. “We would like to thank our sponsors Mornington Peninsula Shire, AGL, Port of Hastings Development Authority, Tuckett Tyrepower Hastings, Jack Engineering P/L, Westernport Innate Chiropractic and Peninsula Heating, Cooling & Electrical for their continued support,” said event organiser, Terry Kelly. The Hastings Gift is organised by a local community based group, ‘Peninsula…

SOCCER LANGWARRIN, Mornington, Peninsula Strikers and Frankston Pines are the only local clubs remaining in the 2021 FFA Cup after last Saturday’s matches. Langwarrin had to rely on a Wayne Wallace header in extra time to see off the threat of Brighton at Lawton Park after scores were tied at 1-1 at the end of normal time. Sammy Orritt had scored for Langy in the first half. Last week Langwarrin announced the capture of Shayan Alinejad from Dandenong City. The 31-year-old former Melbourne Knights, Oakleigh Cannons and Bulleen player has been on the radar of Langy head coach Scott Miller…

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…

THE Disabled Surfers Association Mornington Peninsula branch heads back into the water at Point Leo on Saturday. The event, which is expected to see hundreds of volunteers helping surfers enjoy their time in the waves, is the first for this year. The January event was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions and Saturday’s day at the beach will include taking precautions with sanitisers available and equipment being frequently cleaned. The number of people attending the event will fall safely within state government limits and there will be restrictions on crowding around the Point Leo Lifesaving Club. A maximum 140 surfers are…

ANGLERS are gearing up for the 32nd Annual Whiting Challenge to be held next weekend, Saturday and Sunday 13-14 March, at Westernport Angling Club adjacent to the Hastings public boat ramp. The event is approved COVID-19 safe with rule changes to enable safe social distancing. It is open to the public and entries can be lodged up until 2pm on the Saturday. This year, instead of competitors weighing their 10 best King George whiting each day, they will only weigh one heaviest whiting each day so as to avoid queues at the weigh station. Talking Fishing’s David Kramer will present…

SOCCER FRANKSTON Pines overcame the spirited resistance of fellow State 3 outfit Hampton East Brighton in a riveting FFA Cup tie on Saturday. This was a contest from go to whoa and although the final whistle signalled a 2-0 win for Pines their opponents left no-one in doubt about their promotion credentials. In just over 90 minutes a rivalry was born and Hampton East Brighton represents a clear threat to the lofty ambitions of the men from Monterey. Had Pines not prevailed there would have been much discussion around the contest’s most controversial moment. In the 15th minute Pines’ star…

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…

HORSE RACING JOHN McArdle brought up his second two-year-old Stakes winner over consecutive Saturday’s as La Rocque shot clear to comprehensively win the $160,000 Group Three TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Flemington. Ridden by Jamie Mott, La Rocque sat up on the speed before pulling away from her opposition in the final 100m to win by 1.5-lengths over the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Flying Evelyn. The victory kept the Kuroshio-sired filly’s unbeaten record intact having won twice from as many starts. Her stablemate Tycoon Humma scored an impressive victory in the Listed Very Special Kids Plate (1000m) seven days…

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…

SOCCER LANGWARRIN midfielder Callum Goulding joined leading NPL1 club Bentleigh Greens last week. It is the second time the former Melbourne Victory player has left Lawton Park having joined Box Hill United partway through the 2018 season. Goulding rejoined Langy under Scott Miller for the 2019 season and while there was much angst over his initial departure this time he went with the club’s blessing. “Callum has always expressed his desire to test himself at NPL1 level and the opportunity has presented itself at Bentleigh Greens,” was Miller’s matter-of-fact response. “He has been a big part of what we have…

HORSE RACING JOHN McArdle’s promising filly Tycoon Humma has kept her unbeaten record intact with an impressive win at Flemington on Saturday 27 February. The half-sister to McArdle’s Group Three winning sprinter Humma Humma showed a fine turn of foot to win the Listed Very Special Kids Plate at her second start. Mornington-based trainer John McArdle hinted at sending the exciting two-year-old out to the paddock after beginning her career in perfect style. “She’s a nice filly. She’ll probably be looking for the paddock now. She over-raced a bit today and Jamie (Mott) did a great job and just switched…

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…

SOCCER THE 40-day reign of Tommy McShane as senior coach of Rosebud ended abruptly last week. Club president John Grbac confirmed on social media on Friday that McShane had been “stood down”. “I won’t crucify the guy because he’s a good mate of mine,” Grbac said. “We’ve come to an agreement and he understands that. “It was a trial thing really and Tommy was new to it anyway. “He thinks it’s better for the club too because if he’s not getting the respect from the players then it’s time to move on. “Tommy’s a great guy and a top clubman…

HORSE RACING IT was a day to remember for Mornington-based trainer Matt Laurie and the Pinecliff, Mt Eliza-based partnership of Anthony and Sam Freedman as they rose to the fore in two of the three Group One features at Caulfield on Saturday 20 February. Bypassing a winnable Group Three Zeditave Stakes (1200m) on the same day, Matt Laurie masterfully pulled the right string by running his up-and-coming three-year-old colt Portland Sky in the Group One Oakleigh Plate (1100m). Utilising his natural speed and his allocated light-weight of 50kg, apprentice jockey Teodore Nugent shot clear aboard Portland Sky half way down…

ROSEBUD Girl Guides were preparing to mark World Thinking Day with activities on the Rosebud foreshore, last night (Monday 22 February). The special day came about in 1926 when Girl Guides from around the world were attending their 4th World Conference in the US. They set aside an annual day when Girl Guides could express their appreciation of the international movement. The day – which became World Thinking Day – was chosen because it was the birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement, and his wife Olave Baden-Powell, World Chief Guide. Mornington Peninsula Girl Guides District…

THE impact of COVID-19 on both the community and sporting clubs last year reached far and wide. The clubs lost a season of playing football as well as their ability to remain financial. The pandemic hit South Mornington Football Club hard as it was to be its inaugural season in the Southern Football Netball League since transferring from the Victorian Amateur Football Association after 12 years. South Mornington, based at Mount Martha, was looking forward to 2020 with new clubrooms and a new senior coach in Terry Brennan. However, its pre-season was brought to a sudden halt and then, after…

SOCCER TEAM formation, culture change and depth are the key elements of success according to Seaford United senior coach Peter Schwellinger. The former Melbourne Knights, Richmond and Langwarrin goalkeeper has coached at Frankston Pines, Old Carey, Melton Phoenix and Whittlesea United and success has walked hand-in-hand with him in recent years. Schwellinger took Whittlesea United from State 3 to State 1 North-West in successive seasons so he knows what it takes to climb through the leagues. “I want to use a formation that has won promotion for me previously,” he said. “I don’t know that I should talk about it…

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…

SOCCER LANGWARRIN’s pre-season preparations went according to plan last Saturday at Monterey Reserve when it won back-to-back Wallace Cups. As fate would have it Langy’s 1-0 win over Mornington in the final came thanks to Sammy Orritt who was brought here by the Dallas Brooks boys back in 2017. He’d scored a belter earlier in the tournament, a fiercely-struck volley that rocketed into the net and the decider in the final was a deftly curled shot into the far corner from the left of the box. Mornington took a young squad to the annual tournament with most of its high-profile…

HORSE RACING SHANE Nichols’ gutsy galloper Streets of Avalon has dug deep to bring up his second Group One victory in Saturday’s C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. Having claimed the Group One Futurity Stakes over the same track and trip a year ago, Streets of Avalon once again fought hard to fend off the challenges and land a half-length victory over the Chris Waller-trained Imaging in Saturday’s feature race. There was a roar on course as jockey Zac Spain saluted aboard the gelding to ride his first Group One winner and bring up Mornington-based trainer Shane Nichols’ third Group…

FOR the first time in its 120-year history, Sorrento Cricket Club has fielded a girls’ team. Junior coordinator and coach Kane Gordon, along with his 13-year-old daughter Tammy, gathered girls aged 10-17 for the Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association’s 2020/21 season. With only basic cricket knowledge but a thirst to learn, the girls played two games. In the first game against Balnarring the opposition showed exceptional sportsmanship and camaraderie. Team members believe that with assistance from Rob and Will Dunball at training and at matches, success awaits just around the corner. Mr Gordon said: “This year the only goal is enjoyment,…

THIRTEEN young skaters competed in a skateboard competition on Australia Day. These included four in the under-12s, eight in the under-18s and lone girl Holly. Jemison Watkins reports that a skater identified only as Ed won the under-18s with “two solid, trick filled runs that made use of the whole park”. “It was extremely close between first and second, but Ed pulled through with his consistency and skill. “Holly competed with huge enthusiasm, making full use of the park in both her runs. She was especially brave being in a competition full of boys.” He said Rex Wheeler “fully shone”…