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Left, Nice lunch: from left, Barry Rogers
from Cranbourne and Vince Campisi from
Leongatha enjoyed the peacekeepers and
peacemakers lunch at the Wonthaggi RSL
following the battle of the Long Tan 50th
year commemoration service.
Above, Veterans: from left, Leongatha’s Colin James, Leongatha’s Bob Birrell, Al-
lambee South’s Daryl Kerslake, Leongatha’s Tony Kamphuis, Philip Island’s Kevin
Patterson and Anzac House Melbourne’s Peter Smith gathered at the Wonthaggi ceno-
taph to commemorate 50 years since the battle of Long Tan last Wednesday.
Vietnam veterans honoured
SOME 40 Vietnam War veterans and their
families attended the 50th anniversary of
the battle of Long Tan commemoration
service on Wednesday morning.
Held at the Wonthaggi cenotaph, those presented
reflected on past events and remembered their com-
rades who fought alongside them.
The service was led by Wonthaggi RSL secretary
Rod Gallagher, and Reverend Graeme Peters was wel-
comed to do a bible reading and read a poem written
by Vietnam veteran Lachlan Irvine.
“It’s hard to believe it has been 50 years since
Long Tan which left so many Australian casualties,”
Reverend Peters said.
“Today we honoured those men who served our
The service also included a wreath laying in re-
spect of those who served in the war.
Mr Gallagher said the service held great signifi-
cance for the community and the turnout on the day
The service was followed with a peacekeepers and
peacemakers lunch held at the Wonthaggi RSL.
The RSL hosts three of these lunches each year and
all Vietnam veterans and veterans who have served in
recent conflicts are most welcome.
The service was held last Wednesday so as not to
conflict with the Vietnam Veterans Day celebrations
which will be held in Melbourne this Thursday, Au-
Continued from page 1.
Korumburra-Bena had AFL Gippsland over a
barrel when its appeal was heard by AFL Victoria.
First it was named in the new league, and then
it was out. While there was something of a senior
players’ crisis, the Giants were thriving on the
netball courts and at junior level.
Then AFL Victoria upheld the club’s appeal to
join West Gippsland.
Alberton was prepared to accept a reduction
from 12 to eight clubs if that was in the best inter-
ests of the future of Australian Rules Football in
Gippsland, but seven teams was an insult.
Mr Park said, “We never caused this to hap-
pen and now we’re told to find another team.
“Fish Creek, Foster, Allies and Toora are all
clubs that have celebrated 125 years of history
“AFL Gippsland has ruined and wrecked the
Mr Stride is not a happy president.
“Alberton has been left high and dry,” he
“It is an absolute disgrace the way a league that
is 125 years old has been decimated in this way.
“AFL Gippsland is sitting on its hands and do-
The president of MDU Andrew Mackie said,
“It’s a tough situation.”
In respect of Alberton finding another club
to come on board and become an eighth club he
said, “There hasn’t been a wave of clubs wanting
to jump on board.”
Toora co-president Craig Jenkins said, “As
far as Toora is concerned, we would like to
see another side come in and make an eight team
competition, but if they don’t then we have to
suck it up and get on with it, be positive and make
“We believe having all local sides will see
bigger crowds and a closer competition.
“Last week when Toora played Allies we had
a massive crowd.
“The fact is we can jump up and down, but
it won’t change the decisions that have already
been handed down so we just have to get on with
it if we still want to play netball and football.”
Allies president Doug Kay agreed.
“We could work with seven teams but we are
looking at every aspect of the AFL Gippsland
and AFL Victoria decision to leave Alberton with
seven teams when you consider this league is 125
years old,” he said.
The decision to be made will be clear at the
end of a meeting on Monday, August 22 when
the Alberton Football Netball League president
and seven club presidents meet with the review
commission, AFL Gippsland and the AFL Vic
Country, which heard and upheld Korumburra-
Alberton won’t just roll over
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