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Youth and experience guide Panthers home

Youth and experience guide Panthers home

10/12/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 25124593

By Nick Creely

For Dandenong, Saturday’s comfortable win was a glimpse into the future, but also an intimidating warning of the depth the Panthers possess in the present.
While the Panthers sit second on the ladder after a six wicket victory over Monash Tigers at Central Reserve, the match had spurts of momentum with each side during the final white ball match of the season.
The decision was quickly vindicated after the visitors elected to bowl when Adam McMaster found Adam Amin’s (0) edge to give skipper Tom Donnell a catch off the third ball of the match.
Experienced pair Dan Sartori (20) and Andrew Chalkey (28) weathered the storm and poked the ball around to put on 48 runs, but impressive seamer Peter Cassidy got through the gate of Sartori to swing the momentum back.
The Tigers lost Chalkey not long after, and scrambled their way to 6/110 despite some impressive spells by James Nanopoulos (2/18), Akshat Buch (1/35) and Cassidy (1/28) towards the final leg of the innings.
Some late, lusty hitting by Tigers’ pair Sam Mills (51 not out) and Andrew Humphries (34 not out) saw the home side rack up another 85 runs in quick time – including 28 of the final two overs – to finish on 6/195 off their 50 overs.
Before anyone could blink an eye, the Panthers lost prized opening batsman Brett Forysth (5) early in the piece after some clever bowling by Sean Griffin (2/35), before the promoted Buch (0) spoon-fed a catch to mid-off to gift the Tigers a perfect start.
At 2/11, prominent young seconds batsman Comrey Edgeworth strode to the crease to greet his champion captain Tom Donnell in his second first XI appearance for the season, and first and foremost, consolidate after an underwhelming start.
The pair started slowly, with Donnell more of the aggressor, but Edgeworth showed composure beyond his years to stave off the new ball.
Edgeworth and Donnell found their touch after the drinks break, and began to methodically carve up the Tigers’ bowling attack.
The pair put on 136 runs, with Donnell contributing 84 off 126 balls and Edgeworth knocking up 55 – his maiden first XI half century.
And the Tigers couldn’t force their way back in the game, with Lincoln Edwards (29 not out) guiding the visitors home with six wickets left to spare.
But it was a glimpse into the power of the Panthers, and the excitement that awaits in the future with players such as Edgeworth at their disposal.
Edgeworth has now scored a combined total of 621 runs this season in the firsts and seconds, with three centuries and two half centuries next to his name.
The Panthers also won in the seconds and fourths, in another successful day for the club.
Tom Donnell’s in form side will return to Shepley Oval on Saturday, with the first two dayer of the season against Camberwell Magpies.



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Saints give Bears a wake-up call

Saints give Bears a wake-up call

10/12/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 25124430

By Nick Creely

DANDENONG DISTRICT
TURF 1
REVIEW – ROUND 5
Surprise packet ST MARY’S provided the shock of the round, with a ripping upset victory over premiership favourites BERWICK at Carroll Reserve, in a match that could shake up the tight tussle for finals spots.
The Saints were brilliant in an important game for both clubs, with the Cam McDonnell Trophy being contested for the first time, an event named after the DDCA Hall of Fame champion, who enjoyed a stunning career with both clubs.
After being sent in to bat, the Bears didn’t find their usual mojo and aggressiveness with the blade, instead scratching out a modest total of 9/149 off their 40 overs.
Champion players Matt Chasemore (38) and Nathan Pilon (49) were the only two to make significant runs for the Bears, as the Saints’ versatile bowling line up of Wendyl Pires (2/24), Ashan Anthony (3/28) and Trevor Heldt (2/28) kept things tight and forced the visitors into false strokes.
The Saints kept the runs flowing as they looked to gain a major scalp in their return year to Turf 1 cricket, and brilliantly chased the runs seven wickets down.
Ruwantha Kellepotha (38 not out) top scored for the Saints, while Bears skipper Jarrod Goodes (4/37) did all he could to save the game for his side.
Down at Casey Fields, HALLAM KALORA PARK crushed a disappointing CRANBOURNE, with the Hawks continuing on with their winning ways.
The Hawks were untroubled after Leigh Booth (44) helped the visitors to a decent total of 6/157, rolling the Eagles for just 81 in 38.1 overs.
Booth (4/15) was once again the star to continue on with his electric Turf 1 season to date.
MORDIALLOC also scored a convincing home victory over winless NARRE WARREN, with the Bloodhounds finding some of their premiership touch.
Recovering from the early wicket of Ian Daniel (5), the Bloodhounds were clinical with the bat, reaching 4/205 off 40 overs off the back of a cracking 78 not out to Peter McDermott and an equally impressive half century to Damith Mapa Ralage (51).
Together, the pair put an unbeaten 120 run partnership, with the Magpies unable to restrict the free flowing reigning premiers.
Janaka Liyanabadalge (36) once again proved a difficult wicket to dislodge, but eventually the Magpies succumbed to pressure from Tim Wighton (3/22), Lochlan Davies (3/12) and Stuart Squires (2/26) to be all bowled out for just 133.
Steve Spoljaric put the foot down and delivered a knockout victory to SPRINGVALE SOUTH over DINGLEY at Alex Nelson Reserve.
The veteran all-rounder sliced his way to an unbeaten 62 off 48 balls – a knock which included four sixes – to chase down the Dingoes’ 115 in just 17.2 overs and with nine wickets left in the shed.
Spoljaric also snared a wicket in the heavy win, while spin twins Malinga Bandara (3/14) and Jarryd Straker (3/17) were border-line unplayable and Tim Ford (2/19) controlled proceedings with the new ball.
NORTH DANDENONG were simply stunned by BUCKLEY RIDGES’ utter class down at Lois Twohig Reserve, with the Bucks on fire from the outset.
New ball jets Jurgen Andersen (3/20) and Daniel Watson (2/24) snared five wickets between them to disrupt an in-form Maroons side looking for a big scalp, with the home team crawling to 8/110 after losing 6/33 in the middle to late order.
Watson (48) and fellow in form batsman Greg Todd (41 not out) wasted little time in capturing yet another win, finding the runs in 18 overs and with nine wickets left.
And HEINZ SOUTHERN DISTRICTS easily accounted for DANDENONG WEST at Greaves Reserve, with the Westers still winless in 2017/18.
The Cobras racked up 5/212 off the back of skipper Matthew Cox (70), Michael Davies (55 not out) and Kaushyla Weeraratne (40), before bowling the home side out for 110.



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10/12/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 25124431

By Nick Creely

The Dandenong Rangers are only a slender chance of appearing in the 2017/18 WNBL finals, with last year’s grand finalists dropping both of its matches last week.
With a trip across the Nullabor to play Perth Lynx last Thursday night, the Rangers required a lot to go their way, and started in electric fashion by skipping out to a 24-11 quarter time lead.
A strong focus on defence, and holding the Lynx at bay with their shooting, kept the visitors in control of the second, with the Rangers still holding a 13-point advantage at the main break.
With a strong home crowd of over 1000 people, the Lynx clawed their way back in the third – mainly through the efforts of Courtney Williams (27 points, eight rebounds) – to slash 10 points off the deficit and hold a crucial momentum advantage ahead of a potentially season defining final term.
Both sides held their own during different stages of the final term, but class overshone in the end, with the Lynx pipping the Rangers late to win 78-73.
On Saturday night, in a must win clash against the Canberra Capitals at Dandenong Stadium – a side on a 13 game losing streak – it proved to be yet another painful thriller.
Early in the piece, Capitals and Opals star Rachel Jarry was seriously injured in a knock to head, with the game pausing while the stretcher was called on the court.
Once play recommenced, the Capitals were outstanding, with a hot shooting quarter seeing them surge to a 26-18 lead.
Despite the brilliance of captain Steph Blicavs (29 points, seven rebounds and four assists) in the second quarter where the Rangers bit back to draw the game level at half time, the Capitals did just enough to hold the home side at bay to hang on to a 78-81 victory.
The loss sees the Rangers almost three matches outside the top four and, with only five games left, are a long shot to appear in the finals.
But the Rangers went back to the past on Saturday night, with returning veteran Sam Richards playing her first WNBL game in five years, as the Rangers battle some injuries.
“It was good – I just wanted to help the team any bit I could, we’re a bit down on numbers at the moment,” she said on Rangers TV post-match.
“It was nice to be out there; the girls are a great bunch of girls.”
The Rangers will play Sydney Uni Flames on Thursday night at home, before an away clash with Townsville Fire on Saturday night.



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Finals hopes fading fast

Finals hopes fading fast

10/12/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 25124594

By Nick Creely

The Dandenong Rangers are only a slender chance of appearing in the 2017/18 WNBL finals, with last year’s grand finalists dropping both of its matches last week.
With a trip across the Nullabor to play Perth Lynx last Thursday night, the Rangers required a lot to go their way, and started in electric fashion by skipping out to a 24-11 quarter time lead.
A strong focus on defence, and holding the Lynx at bay with their shooting, kept the visitors in control of the second, with the Rangers still holding a 13-point advantage at the main break.
With a strong home crowd of over 1000 people, the Lynx clawed their way back in the third – mainly through the efforts of Courtney Williams (27 points, eight rebounds) – to slash 10 points off the deficit and hold a crucial momentum advantage ahead of a potentially season defining final term.
Both sides held their own during different stages of the final term, but class overshone in the end, with the Lynx pipping the Rangers late to win 78-73.
On Saturday night, in a must win clash against the Canberra Capitals at Dandenong Stadium – a side on a 13 game losing streak – it proved to be yet another painful thriller.
Early in the piece, Capitals and Opals star Rachel Jarry was seriously injured in a knock to head, with the game pausing while the stretcher was called on the court.
Once play recommenced, the Capitals were outstanding, with a hot shooting quarter seeing them surge to a 26-18 lead.
Despite the brilliance of captain Steph Blicavs (29 points, seven rebounds and four assists) in the second quarter where the Rangers bit back to draw the game level at half time, the Capitals did just enough to hold the home side at bay to hang on to a 78-81 victory.
The loss sees the Rangers almost three matches outside the top four and, with only five games left, are a long shot to appear in the finals.
But the Rangers went back to the past on Saturday night, with returning veteran Sam Richards playing her first WNBL game in five years, as the Rangers battle some injuries.
“It was good – I just wanted to help the team any bit I could, we’re a bit down on numbers at the moment,” she said on Rangers TV post-match.
“It was nice to be out there; the girls are a great bunch of girls.”
The Rangers will play Sydney Uni Flames on Thursday night at home, before an away clash with Townsville Fire on Saturday night.



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So-close Burras aim for another crack at premiership

So-close Burras aim for another crack at premiership

08/12/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 25103545

By Nick Creely

Keysborough is well and truly eyeing another chance to claim its maiden Southern Football League premiership in 2018 and is compiling an impressive Division 2 list.
Under senior coach Matt Ferguson, the Burras went down by 20-points to Murrumbeena in a preliminary final after finishing second on the ladder after the home-and-away season.
But Ferguson said the group is raring to get stuck into the season, and is performing on the track as well as he’s seen in his time at the club.
“When your ultimately so close but so far, everyone’s very much driven to take two extra steps in getting to a grand final, then winning it, so that’s what we are focused on (this pre-season),” he said.
“We’ve stepped up in our fitness levels in a big way, so we will see a big difference in that area – last year, we probably had eight guys come in, and that’ll be similar next year.”
The Burras have been steadfast in improving their list but were focused on retaining their most prized players first.
“We pretty much locked in our entire list early on, so we lost two of what I’d say is our best 22, so I’m really happy with that,” Ferguson said.
“We’ve also got some brilliant returns, in terms of our captain Michael Downie returning from shoulder surgery, and Dylan Carlsson, who played interleague at Under 18s, so they are part of our leadership group.”
Joining the Burras in 2018 will be forward Bailey Wardle and Adam Machnikowski (Narre Warren), star Mt Eliza pair James Anwyl and Aaron Mcllroy, goalkicking machine Matthew Carnelley (Forest Hill), Alex Millard (Doveton), Shaun Dekkers (Hampton Park) and Troy Curtis (Hallam).
And with those players now in their arsenal, as well as an Under 19s side, Ferguson believes his group is well placed.
“We’ve had an Under 19s for the first time in a few years, so that’s exciting, and our recruits are fantastic and have fitted in really well,” he said.
“They’ve all been leaders at their former clubs, so they’ve brought some great off-field qualities as well as on-field qualities.”
Adding to the club’s new recruits, key lynch pins Chris Bryan, Cam Dalton, Jack McKinney, Luke Damato, Joff Humphreys have all put pen to paper.
“We’ll be a different side again,there’s no doubt about it – we’ll play different and change a few things up, and be hard to play against.”
The Burras will also compete once again for the Ian McLean Memorial Shield, a practice match against Officer on 17 March, in honour of Ian McLean, who passed away in September 2008 after a short battle with cancer.
Ferguson expects Ian’s son Toby – a current AFL player with the Western Bulldogs – to be present on the day.



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Memorial trophy to keep hero’s memory alive

Memorial trophy to keep hero’s memory alive

08/12/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 25103546

By Nick Creely

Both Keysborough and Springvale Districts are doing everything in their power to keep Shaun Oliver’s heroic legacy alive.
The two football clubs have agreed to compete for a memorial trophy named in Shaun’s honour, with the two sides’ Under 19s clash next year to be earmarked for a special event, however the date and venue is yet to be locked in until the fixture comes out early next year.
Mr Oliver, 32, drowned on Sunday 10 September while trying to rescue a stranger’s child who was caught in a rip on a NSW beach, a heroic act that captured headlines around the country.
The two clubs – which Shaun played at during his promising football career – will fundraise at the game for Shaun’s young family, his wife Carla and three children.
The best-on-ground, or the player that best displays qualities of Shaun on the day, is likely to be awarded some sort of medal presented by a member of his family.
Springvale Districts president Sean Francis said that while there is still a look of the finer details to be sorted out with Keysy, it is an honour to be able to pay tribute to a man he believes is a ‘true hero’.
“We only really started discussing it a couple of weeks ago (with Keysborough), and there’s always been a thought that’d something would be produced in his honour,” he explained.
“It’s probably doesn’t do it justice considering what he did, but it’s the least we can do as a football club, to show support and get behind the family and the community.
“We will definitely play each other at least once, and if we play twice, we could make it into a potential trophy.”
Francis urged the community to become involved, and called on young footballers to live a life of selflessness like Shaun did.
“We want to try and promote the sacrifice he made, and it’s fitting it’s the under 19s as well.
“We’ve got a lot of young men in the community and in both footy clubs, and if we can promote Shaun and the life he lived, it’ll go a long way in helping them turn into decent young men.”
Keysborough vice-president Steve McLean couldn’t agree more, and hopes the event will shed a light on the kind of person that impacted on the community.
“I knew Shaun, I’ve been around the club for years, and it was a tragedy for all of us – knowing the kind of guy he was, and how he helped others all the time, it kind of proved in the end with what happened,” he said.
A GoFundMe page, set up by Mr Oliver’s cousin Nathanael, aims to raise money to support his young family, with over $375,000 already raised.
To donate to the cause, visit https://www.gofundme.com/shaun-oliver-died-saving-others



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Playing with the big boys

Playing with the big boys

08/12/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 25103547

By Nick Creely

St Kilda draftee and former Dandenong Stingray Oscar Clavarino has only been an AFL player for a few weeks, but is already relishing the challenge of bumping shoulders with the big names in the game.
The tall defender – drafted with pick 35 by the Saints in November’s draft – is one of five new players at the club, and can’t speak highly enough of how the coaches, players and administrative staff have welcomed him to the elite level.
“It’s been awesome, and been a pretty surreal experience so far, and it’s now starting to become real, I guess,” he said.
“I still get that feeling of surrealism, but running around with guys like Josh Bruce, Seb Ross and Jack Newnes – guys you see so often on the TV – is really exciting.”
With the Saints well and truly in the hunt for a finals spot in 2018, Clavarino understands there is pressure, but said it’s not coming from inside the four walls.
“It’s probably a time where the club will get a bit of pressure externally from the media, but inside the club there’s not that feeling at all, it’s more excitement,” he said.
“Guys like (Nick) Riewoldt and (Leigh) Montagna would have been great for the club this year because they have been there for so long, but without them it’s just a different feeling of youth and talent, and it’s exciting.
“I haven’t been there for that long, but from all reports, the club is in a really good space with how the boys are feeling on and off the field.
“We’re all looking forward to what’s to come for the club.”
And while Clavarino looks to learn his defensive craft from senior players such as Jake Carlisle, Nathan Brown and Sam Gilbert, he has leant on some of the club’s emerging talent, such as the defender with a famous name at the club.
“There is a still a bit of a pecking order, and I’ve sort of hung on to guys like Hugh Goddard, who is still a young player and gone through the same kind of thing – I’ve really gone to people like him for advice, or to ask a question,” he said.
“He’s probably someone that’s consistently helped me so far.”
While Clavarino settles into his life as a Saint, the draft is likely to be a night he never forgets.
“I’ve said this to a few people, I’d heard West Coast were very keen on me, they liked me a fair bit, and they had four picks in the range I thought I might go,” he said.
“I sort of got my head around the possibility of moving there, so I went into the night just excited as to where I might go.
“When St Kilda called my name out, it was almost a sense of relief, but an overwhelming feeling of excitement – I can’t really explain how I felt, and I burst into tears with pure joy, and to have the family around me was incredible.
“It was a nervous time coming into it (the draft), not knowing where I’d be and where I’d go – to come to St Kilda, where mum’s been a supporter for so long, it’s probably the perfect situation to be honest.”
And it’s all about respect and hard work, as Clavarino looks to make a name for himself at the club.
“To be honest, I haven’t looked too far ahead to next year, I’ve just been working on getting into the club first, and earning the respect of the players I hope to be playing with for a very long time,” he said.
“I’m incredibly lucky.”



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Grayhound chief to slow down

Grayhound chief to slow down

08/12/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 25103548

By Mick Floyd

Geoff Dawson has been named the inaugural Patron of the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club following last Thursday night’s meeting of the Board at Sandown.
The decision was made following Mr Dawson’s announcement at the recently successful TAB Melbourne Cup that he was retiring from the SGRC Board, signalling the end of his 30-year tenure as Chairman.
“I feel it’s time to slow the pace a little,” said Mr Dawson, who celebrated his 81st birthday in July.
“In my time on the Board I’ve had the pleasure of working with many people with a deep love of greyhounds and greyhound racing, and I’m proud to call many of them my friends.”
Mr Dawson joined the SGRC Board in 1979 and became Chairman in 1987 upon the retirement of his father in law, the late Henry Harrison.
During Mr Dawson’s chairmanship, a number of major developments and initiatives have been implemented including the opening of Greyhound Entertainment, the construction of the kennel block, rebuild of the track and redevelopment of the Henry Harrison Grandstand.
In addition to continued improvement in infrastructure at the track, Mr Dawson has overseen the development of Sandown’s racing calendar which now features some of the sport’s most exciting and innovative racing events, including the Launching Pad, the Speed Star, and the world’s richest greyhound race, the TAB Melbourne Cup.
“The Melbourne Cup has become a real showcase of everything that is great about our sport, and I couldn’t be prouder of it. We take our responsibility for promoting the sport and the greyhound seriously, and we’ve been able to achieve some really remarkable things on and off the track,” Mr Dawson said.
“To be named Patron of the club is a real honour, and I look forward to continuing to serve the club.”
Incoming Chairman Mr Neil Brown was effusive in his praise for his predecessor.
“Geoff Dawson is synonymous with Sandown,” said Mr Brown.
“‘Smokey’ has an unwavering enthusiasm for the club and the sport, and much of the reason the club is in such a strong position today is due to his commitment and passion.”



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Stars align for Endeavour Hills to host match

Stars align for Endeavour Hills to host match

08/12/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 25103549

By Nick Creely

The Endeavour Hills Cricket Club will be the official host of a Melbourne Stars Away Game Live Site, with the club’s recent application to host the event a success.
The match against Adelaide Strikers – which will occur on Tuesday 9 January at the club’s home base at Sydney Pargeter Reserve – is the perfect opportunity to connect with the local community, and create a partnership with the Big Bash league franchise, according to club president Jay Stent.
“This partnership between the Melbourne Stars and Endeavour Hills is a great opportunity to expose the club to the local community, to show them they have a senior and junior cricket club and an excellent cricket facility,” he said.
“We want to show our community that we are an inclusive club that reflects the many cultures of the district we represent.
“Hopefully, it was also allow us the opportunity to recruit new junior and senior players, as well as gauging interest in the possibility of forming a women’s cricket team.”
On the evening of the match, the Melbourne Stars will send out a team to the club bringing with them a huge LED screen for the Stars fans to watch the match, as well as bringing the Stars Truck and the club’s mascot, Starman. There will also be plenty of activities for the kids as well as giveaways, food and drink.
And Stent is hopeful the local community get behind the Stars and there is a big turn out.
“The event allows the Melbourne Stars to further connect with local communities and to give local children and adults a ‘big’ team to identify with and support in what is an exciting and entertaining competition,” Stent said.
On field this season, the Eagles are slowly rebuilding their list after some tough years in the first XI, but have shown some promising signs across the grades under coach Richard Saniga and captain Brad Baptist.
“We have demonstrated encouraging performances against strong sides highlighted by the efforts of our younger players,” Stent said.
“English import, Harry Johnson, has scored nearly 300 runs including a wonderful 160 against Box Hill, Nilo Perera has been consistent with both bat and ball, while Alistair Reed, Durrant Murrian, Blaize Bainbridge, Kumbu Jayasundera and Ben Law have all show they have the skills to play at this level.
“In the lower grades we have seen some great performances from young players David Charman, Daniel Cameron, Tyrell and Kusal Panditharatne and Sach Weerasingha.
“These players will no doubt get their opportunity in the firsts before the year is over.”



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