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THE Leongatha Basketball Association’s bid for court hire fees at
SPLASH stadium in Leongatha to be reduced has failed.
Association president Dan Monaghan’s submission to South Gippsland Shire Council’s
proposed 2016-17 budget called for the fees to be reduced from $42 per hour.
He said the high fees were subsiding the operating costs of the pool.
In the 2014-15 financial year, the association paid more than $23,000 in hire fees to run
two seasons of basketball - or $1000 per week.
“In addition to court hire, our members are charged $2 door entry for every game. In real
terms, court hire of $42 plus $2 entry per player, with an average of seven players per team,
equates to SPLASH receiving $60 per hour per court,” he said.
The fees at SPLASH are cheaper than the $50 per hour charged at Foster, but above
Korumburra ($40), Meeniyan and Mirboo North ($20), Poowong ($25), Phillip Island and
Inverloch ($35), and Wonthaggi ($30).
Mr Monaghan asked council to reduce the court hire to $28 per hour and retain the $2 door
entry fee or reduce the hourly hire charge to $33 and remove the $2 door fee.
But last Wednesday, council voted to not change the fees. Cr Jim Fawcett said council
held a contract with the YMCA that made it difficult for council to alter the fees.
ROUND 9 versus Drouin
AN experienced Drouin Dragons
showed all their quality against a young
Leongatha Knights who fought hard but to
Leongatha showed signs of improve-
ment but the difference in ball retention
was the big difference between the sides
with Leongatha going in at half time 4-0
Drouin added more goals with some
classy play in the end winning by 9-0.
This will be a learning experience for
the Knights who were hard done by the
Off the back of a great game last week,
the Lady Knights were ready to take on the
juggernaut that is the Drouin Dragons Soc-
The game started slow with Leongatha
struggling to maintain controlled posses-
Drouin attacked strongly and with the
aid of some powerful boots was able to
ensure the ball rebounded frequently into
The return of Kim Kirkus in defence
made the difference in keeping Drouin
from following through with a score.
A neat cross from Kathy Zacharopou-
los to Karli Blunden in offence saw Karli
sneak a nice goal in before half time.
A confident pep talk from new coach
Peter Milkins saw Leongatha return to the
pitch with renewed enthusiasm and much
more cohesive passing.
Though the Lady Knights made several
attempts at goal they struggled to complete
the play. A number of injuries saw Drouin’s
numbers deplete and Leongatha’s own Jess
Burrows subbed off after a particularly
nasty hit to the face.
Luckily Karli, with the support of a fan-
tastic frontline consisting of Jem Milkins
and Mimmie Ng, was able to score another
goal for the Lady Knights.
However, a confused play in defence
shortly after saw one Leongatha Lady
Knight (who shall remain nameless) acci-
dentally score an own goal to the amuse-
ment of players and spectators.
Leongatha continued to improve upon
their passing and though another few runs
into offence looked promising the game
finished on a 2-1 score Leongatha’s way
(and all goals scored by Leongatha).
Leongatha 2 defeated Drouin 1.
After six weeks of playing away the
Leongatha Knights hosted Drouin Dragons
in a replay of last year’s semi final which
saw Drouin just beat the Knights.
Knights started the match well with
Hayleigh Bashaw, Caleb Chatelier and first
gamer Sean Villasevil in attack.
They were supported by the midfield
of Phil Smith, Sam Bainbridge and Will
The Knights were able to score after
Sean was put through down the line by
Sean took the ball down the Dragons’
wing and once past the last line of defence
was able to beat their keeper; a good result
for his first game for the Knights.
Whilst this may have been the Knight’s
only goal for the match they didn’t stop try-
ing and had numerous attacks on goal that
they couldn’t convert.
Drouin was able to play the passing
game which has become a staple of all their
sides and as such were able to control the
majority of the game.
There were large periods within the
game that the Knights defensive line of
Nicholas Bongers, Malik Phillips, Jordan
Rintoule and Adam Watchorn held up and
were able to thwart the Dragons’ attack.
In the second half Phil went back into
the keeper’s position and this freed up Cur-
tis Rintoule who along with subs Tom Rob-
erts and Rory Hanks was instrumental in
ensuring that the Knights’ team had plenty
of chances on goal.
In the long run Drouin was able to run
out winners 8-1 .
Their passing game is proving to unset-
tle sides not used to a team looking to con-
trol both the tempo and ball on the pitch.
Next week sees the Knights playing
Prom Coast in another home game.
What an entertaining match to watch
with the Knights U12s continuing to grow
hugely in their skills and techniques.
Drouin just snuck in to win 2-1.
There was some great passing play that
stood out from Eddie to Gerard to Mitch
then onto Toby in the forward line.
Another great play up the line from Pat
to Jarrod to Finn onto Charlie then to Ben.
The first half was even at one goal each
with our exciting goal from Ben.
Our defence held their ground well
throughout the day.
In the second half Knights had lots of
opportunities up our end but unfortunately
weren’t able to sneak in another score.
Great team work by all players.
Under 7s played two matches, four
aside and five aside with a couple of subs.
The players who played today were
Tellarah, Heath, Sam, Shayan, Taj, Jarrah,
Noah, Neka, Jake and Mitchel.
The weather was great with no rain or
wind and there were plenty of goals scored
by both teams with Jake helping out by fill-
ing in for the opposition.
Big finish for Juniors
• Meeniyan basketball
Section Three: back from left, Gene VanderZalm (coach) Nelson McMillan,
Aiden Elliott, Astrid Cecil, Zara Jones, Conor Salmons and Lucas VanderZalm.
Front from left, Jen Moss, Kodi Ladiges, Izabelle Grabham Andrews, Beau
Grabham Andrews, Ryan Regester and Dayna Grabham Andrews (coach).
Section Two: back from left, Pete Waldron (coach) Skylah Pedley, Karlie Regester, Lachlan Hibberson,
Kira Waldron, Jack Linke, Kye McMillan, Ava Lord, Farrah Vanderzalm, Brayden Sellings, Jordan Fisher,
Sienna Musilli, Ostin Pedley, Tyler Laing and Darlene Jones(coach). Front from left, Michelle Hibberson
(coach) Jade Cousins, Tim Hibberson, Charlie Robertson, Riley Ladiges, Caitlin Hibberson, Shanae Hicks,
Olivia Pedley, Erik Webster, Sophie Kenney, Teagan Elliott, Angus McInnes, Gary Webster (coach).
Section Four: back from left, Luke Boyle, Ben Martin, Grant Cole, Hugh Collins, Angus Wright and
Rory Harrington (coach). Front from left, Bryce Holwerda (coach), Hughie Elliott, Zac Scholte, Beau
Davey, Matt Darmanin, Elly Jones, Grace Thorson and Ash McDonald (coach).
ball Association fin-
ished its Junior season
on Friday, May 20
with a round robin and
two great games for
the grand finals.
Section Two played a
round robin to show how
the players had progressed
throughout the season, with
many talented youngsters
on the court it was great to
The association had
three new referees learn-
ing throughout the season
who did many of the games,
along with two more pro-
gressed trainee referees.
The association would
like to thank Alfie, Sulli
and Will for their time
along with Matt and Harry
for helping out with their
Section Three played
a wonderful grand final in
front a good crowd.
The crowd was very ex-
cited by the close game be-
tween Maroon and Blue.
The game went down to
the last second with all play-
ers putting in 100 percent
for the whole game.
Maroon was slow to
score in the first half and
Blue got the jump on them.
The second half saw
Maroon put in a fantastic
game to catch up, but Blue
were never looking rattled
and played its own game to
stay in front and win by two
MVP award went to Lu-
cas VanderZalm from Blue.
Final Score: Blue 31
(Conor Salmons 14, Lucas
VanderZalm 13) defeated
Maroon (Beau G-Andrews
14, Izabelle G-Andrews
Section Four grand final
was another talented game
with a close score line to
Red played Dark Blue in
a tight match.
With Blue starting the
game without their tall de-
fender/shooter Red was able
to get a good lead which
made the game look like
it was going to be an easy
But time was on Dark
Blue’s side with its missing
player turning up and being
able to make amends early
in the first half.
The scoreline got closer
and soon it was more of a
Red still played a great
game and stayed focused,
just missing in defence at
Dark Blue was able to
play its game and eventu-
ally edge in front of Red to
become victors by a narrow
MVP award went to Elly
Jones from Red.
Final Score: Dark Blue
39 (Grant Cole 19, Hugh
Collins14) defeated Red 32
(Zac Scholte 16, Elly Jones
8, Matt Darmanin 6).
Thanks to the committee
for all their work and com-
mitment to the sport and our
would like to thank all um-
pires for the season with a
special thanks to Cathy and
Brad for the finals and the
parents who scored, some
nearly every week (a spe-
cial thanks to Tracy for the
Thank you to all those
who took time out to coach
our players and to teach
them not only the rules of
the game but also sports-
manship and to every one
who helped out in any oth-
erway whether it be small or
big, cooking the barbecue or
just supporting the teams.
• Leongatha Knights
Dragon fire too much for Knights
Cheaper fees bid slam dunked City’s day
KORUMBURRA City Soccer Club had a
great day of soccer against Mirboo North on
Sunday, coming away with five wins and three
draws from the eight games.
All the Miniroo teams had great games with lots of open play
and good passes, each team coming away with a win.
The Under 14s won 3-0 in an open and exciting game.
Jacob El Ali put in a great performance in goals and was well
supported by Kieran Lewis and Aaron Lopez-Freeman in defence.
The Under 15 Girls game ended in a two all draw with Norvena
Peterson scoring both goals. In the Reserves game City came from
a goal down at half time to end the game two all.
In another evenly matched game the Senior Men also ended
with a draw, this time three all and they too came back from behind
at half time.
In the highlight of the day the Women’s team came away with
a 12 – 0 win with a total of seven different goal scorers including
four goals to Tara Wallace.
Help fund the Stars
THE Inverloch Stars
Soccer Club needs
your help to light
up its home ground
$100,000 grant from the
State Government and a
contribution of $70,000
from Bass Coast Shire
Council, the Stars now
need to fund an additional
$70,000 to install field
lights at the ground.
The club is already
halfway towards its goal
after holding a number of
fundraisers over the sum-
mer, and hopes to reach
its goal by the next soccer
season in April.
With an online fund-
raiser called ‘Light Up the
Stars’ easily found on the
Stars’ website, the club is
appealing to the commu-
nity to pitch in and make a
tax deductible donation.
All donations over $50
will be acknowledged.
“This will have a ma-
jor impact on not only the
soccer club but the whole
community because we
will have another good
ground for sport,” Inver-
loch Stars Soccer Club’s
Gene Parini said.
“It will benefit the
cricket club and the pri-
mary school, which will
now be able to hold school
soccer at Thompson Re-
serve where in the past
they haven’t been able to.
The ground is now fully
drained, we just need the
The club was first es-
tablished in 2011, but this
is the first year it has been
able to use Thompson
Reserve for a whole sea-
son because of drainage
works. However, the club
is still unable to train later
With 150 players
and 10 junior and senior
teams, soccer is continu-
ing to grow in popularity
and needs full amenities.
At the moment, the
club is using the Inverloch
and Wonthaggi Recreation
Reserve to ensure every-
one gets a full run at train-
“Lighting at Thomp-
son Reserve will also al-
low the club to train twice
a week, as well as give
them the flexibility to run
extra training sessions in
the lead up to finals or be-
fore big games,” mayor Cr
Jordan Crugnale said.
“This will provide a
great boost to the club
morale and strengthen the
club through everyone
being able to train at one
venue. It will also assist
the club to recruit players
and continue to grow as a
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