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SOCCER | SPORT
SOCCER | SPORT
LEONGATHA would host the
first dedicated soccer pitch in
South Gippsland Shire under
a proposal by the Leongatha
Knights Soccer Club.
The club has planned an $180,000
project to reinvigorate its ground at Mary
MacKillop College to resurface the pitch,
upgrade lighting and install new competi-
Project coordinator Lorcan Heneghan
told South Gippsland Shire Council of the
plan last Wednesday.
“Our club and the community want
to have facilities that reflect the growth
and talent in the sport at a local level,”
The club’s training pitch is in poor
condition and lighting is below par.
“We think this is slowing down the
growth of our club, and the league does
not like playing there and having coach-
ing coaching courses there because of the
ground condition,” Mr Heneghan said.
“Our club has the second highest num-
ber of players in the league but is rated
about number nine in terms of the condi-
tions of the ground.”
Council will support the Knights’ ap-
plication for a $100,000 grant from the
State Government through its Sport and
Recreation Victoria agency, via the Com-
munity Sports Infrastructure funding pro-
The club is hoping council will con-
tribute $40,000, and the club and Mary
MacKillop have pledged $20,000 each.
Of that $180,000, $100,000 will be
allocated to upgrading lighting, $60,000
to ground improvements and expansion,
and $20,000 to project management and
Work could start in the 2017-18 finan-
Council has earmarked $3.5 million
for a soccer pitch in the 2025-26 budget,
but that is nearly a decade away.
Mayor Cr Bob Newton was support-
“It’s great for the young people to get
involved in sport and to get them a start
in life,” he said.
The club was established in 2004 and
now has 134 players across nine teams,
ranging from ages five to 45.
Player registrations have increased by
30 percent in the last two years.
“We like to think we are a friendly
and supportive club, and get the coaches
trained so they can offer specific training
to the children when they turn up and the
parents see their children improve,” Mr
Last year, the Knights hosted three
coaching courses for all league clubs and
the Knights’ women’s team was premiers
in the Gippsland Soccer League in 2015.
IT was a quiet weekend for Korumburra City
with only three teams having games against
Prom Coast, with most of the teams enjoying
a well earned week off.
The Under 12s played out a good 6 – 3 win with four
players scoring the goals, two each for Will Roberts and
Charlie Rollo plus one each for Curtis Gardner and Liam
City controlled the game well scoring three in each half.
In a close and entertaining game, the Under 16s played
out a 2 -2 draw with goals to Aidan Hall and Peter Veltri.
Prom Coast had several taller players in a solid defensive
line which made the going hard for City forwards.
The final game of the day was a close match for the
Prom Coast played very well showing they are no longer
the easy beats of the league.
The teams were only separated by an Aidan Richards
goal at half time.
The second half was more open and higher scoring with
two more goals to Aidan Richards and two to Adam Rich-
Prom Coast replied with three goals which could have
been more after a great penalty save from keeper Ross Old-
Prom Coast hit the woodwork a couple of times but City
was able to hold on for a 5 -3 win in sunny conditions.
The teams at Korumburra now have a week to prepare for
an away trip to Drouin.
A WEAKENED Leongatha
was taken apart by a clinical
Mirboo North took a 2-0 lead be-
fore Ethan Bath pulled one back for
Leongatha with a curling short from
just out of the box to make the score
Soon after, Mirboo North was
controversially awarded a penalty
kick which was converted.
By half time Mirboo North had
added another goal to give it a 4-1
lead at the break.
Things went from bad to worse
after the break with Mirboo North
scoring goals quick succession and
claiming a landslide win.
Although a tough day for the
Knights there were some good ef-
forts by PJ and Sam Bainbridge who
made his debut for the Seniors.
Mirboo North 11 - Leongatha 1
On an unusually sunny May day
the Knights travelled to neighbour-
ing Mirboo North for round seven.
Though several players down
with injuries, Leongatha was still
quietly confident it could bring an
edge to the game.
Expert midfield control from
both Mimmie Ng and Annemieke
Enter saw Leongatha maintain solid
ball possession in its offensive half.
Mirboo North played bravely but
was out matched by Leongatha’s
forward line of Kathy Zacharopou-
los and Karli Blunden.
Half time saw Leongatha up four
goals to nil.
Leongatha’s defence held strong
against Mirboo North’s fast attempts
to get on the scoresheet but unfor-
tunately it was unable to pierce the
solid defensive backline of Kaitlyn
Hermann, Jess Burrows, Pauline
Graewe and Jordan Rintoule.
The game finished Leongatha’s
Tellarah, Heath, Sam, Shayan,
Taj, Jacoa, Ella, Jarrah, Noah and
Neka played and scored plenty of
goals with their skills improving
Hopefully the weather will im-
prove this week and we get to con-
tinue our training.
THE Inverloch Stars
Senior Mens team
came up against an-
other unbeaten side
this year in Drouin.
The Drouin ground is a
big one with lots of space and
this allowed both teams to
play some good football.
In a very even game
chances were hard to come by
but Oscar Price and San Oo
were always looking danger-
ous up front for the Stars.
It was the Stars keeper
Owen Saul who showed the
first bit of class pulling off a
fine acrobatic save to tip a
Dragons shot over the bar.
Soccer Club has just
received a set of
water bottles from
Gippsport and South
Pictured are some of
the young players from the
Under 9s and Under 11s.
Coach Jodie Olden
Under 7: the page boys are im-
proving their skills each week
and quickly growing into their
uniforms. Before too long they’ll
be squires and well on their way
to being fully fledged Knights
going into battle for Leongatha.
Knights women keep face
Ready to play: Leongatha Knights members are hoping for significant im-
provements to the club’s facilities at Mary MacKillop College and have South
Gippsland Shire Council’s support. Front, from left, Nick Meadows, secre-
tary Beth Milkins, Emily Cotterill and David Barker. Back, from left, Peter
Milkins, Cr Don Hill, Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, project coordinator Lor-
can Heneghan and president John Wilson.
Water not sugar: young City players received their water bottles from South
Gippsland Water and Gippsport and a talk about the benefits of drinking sugar
free water rather than soft drinks on the sports field from coach, Jodie Olden.
Water bottles deliver
took time to explain to
the Juniors the benefits of
drinking water rather than
sugary soft drinks while
Gene Parini from
Gippsport arranged for
the water bottles to be de-
liver to the club and said,
“South Gippsland Water in
partnership with Gippsport
is offering sporting clubs
in their catchment, free
team drink bottles to pro-
mote water consumption
at community grassroots
He invited teams to
contact Gippsport to ob-
tain their sets.
Draw keeps Stars unbeaten
Inverloch looked strong
after the break and had a few
more half chances on goal but
as the Dragons pressed for a
goal they looked very tight at
The centre back pairing of
Gene Parini and Denis Lan-
dron marshalled the defence
well and Andrew Ellis had a
great game playing at right
The game ended with no
goals but the Stars will be
happy to keep up their un-
Final score 0-0.
Under 15 Girls
TODAY the U15 girls had
a challenge on their hands.
Drouin always brings its A
Game as well as 15 players to
play our nine.
Thanks to Drouin for
matching our nine and eve-
ning up the game - it was
much appreciated. Unfortu-
nately we had a player unwell
during the match and she had
to leave mid game.
Then the hard work really
began and although down a
player the girls defended re-
ally well and kept Drouin at
The final result Drouin
4, Leongatha 1 with Orana
Lynch getting one on the
board for the Stars. Win or
lose the girls had a great time
and are looking forward to
their next match.
What a day at Drouin for
The game started slowly
but when the goals came, they
came with a rush, Inverloch
going in at the break 5-1 up.
The second half was more
of a tussle with Drouin de-
fending stoutly anmd the final
result Inverloch 7, Drouin 1.
The Inverloch effort was
really underpinned by the U11
players who came up to help
out with a few absences on
In the left and right back
positions were Taj Murdoch
and Rex Parini who both per-
formed admirably. Taj bravely
thwarted a number of the Dr-
ouin’s forays into the Stars’
half and probably made the
biggest header of the day.
Rex coolly and calmly
used his skills to control and
distribute the ball with great
He had a great duel with
the Drouin number two.
In his U/12 debut and
in the lucky number 12 top,
Jack Farmer playing up front
stunned us all with four well
Jack showed terrific nous
around the goals slotting two
in each half.
Other goal scorers includ-
ed Oscar Ward, Toby Chal-
linor and Luca Gleeson.
It was really pleasing to
see the Star’s passing game
developing; they should re-
ally trouble some opposition
teams in the second half of the
season as this take shape.
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