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FUND raising has reached $50,000 of
the $70,000 The Inverloch Stars Soccer
Club needs to finance its Stars Light Up
The $50,000 milestone was reached with a
donation of $300 from Inverloch Walkie Talkies,
a dynamic, social walking group that meet at the
Inverloch Community House.
The project will result in Thompson Reserve
being fitted with sports floodlighting and will al-
low the club to train during the winter months.
The Walkie Talkies presented the cheque at
Junior training with many Junior players very
pleased with the contribution.
“Every little bit helps and it’s also just great
to connect with the Walkie Talkies down here at
Thompson Reserve,” said Gene Parini, the club’s
“It’s also great for our children to see another
group within our community assisting,” he said.
SOUTH Gippsland Miners Under 13s
had no game this weekend due to the
South Gippsland Miners meeting the
Traralgon Redsox in this Sunday’s grand
finals from 11 am at the Sale field.
With the Miners topping the ladder undefeated
for its first season playing and Traralgon with four
wins, one loss and two draws it should be a good
game. Go Miners, your club is so proud of you.
Good luck to our amazing young up and coming
baseball stars, give it your best shot.
THE Leongatha Lady Knights soccer
team took on the ladder leaders Wont-
haggi during Sunday’s sunny weather.
Leongatha was eager to continue its solid run in
the lead up to the finals.
Wonthaggi proved its spot was well earned, as
it took possession of the ball at the beginning of the
It took Leongatha a little time to settle into the
A quick played goal from Wonthaggi saw it first
on the score sheet and a challenge issued to the Lady
Knights to pick up pace.
Leongatha’s Jem Milkins and Bree Ross kept pace
in the wings forcing Wonthaggi’s defence to stay on
Jordan Rintoule and Karlie Blunden’s substitu-
tion into the game gave some fresh legs to Leongatha
and a great play from the midfield resulted in wonder-
ful goal from Blunden’s reliable boot.
Leongatha’s goalkeeper Reen O’Connor played a
stand out game with some stellar saves as Wonthaggi
relentlessly challenged Leongatha’s defence.
O’Connor was supported by some excellent de-
fensive work from Pauline Graewe and Kim Kirkus
in centre defence.
Half time saw Leongatha up one goal thanks to
the magic boot of Kathy Zacharopoulos but the bright
sun seemed to steal some of the energy of both sides
as the second half continued.
Zachy managed to slip another goal in but as a
result of a penalty and some sharp passing Wonthaggi
put two goals through the net resulting in a draw be-
tween the two teams.
IN the last home game for the season, the young
Leongatha Knights U16 team was looking to finish on
a high and get a reward for its team bonding over its
break and the work completed on the training track.
The match against Wonthaggi started well with
the Knights able to drive forward and hold the ball in
the Wonthaggi half. Whilst they struggled to get that
final shot on goal, it set the tone of the day as Wont-
haggi was made to battle deep in defence.
It took a fair way through the first half for the
Wonthaggi defence to break when a deep cross saw
the keeper miss a clearing punch and the ball fall to
Caleb Chatelier at the back post, who was able to
score the first goal for the day.
This seemed to spur the Wonthaggi side on and
very quickly it was able to even the score when Andy
Hrvatin received a long throw and beat the Knights’
With Hayleigh Bashaw pushing forward and Sean
Villasevil making some dashing runs down the wing
it seemed that the Knights wouldn’t be kept at bay
for too long.
When Caleb kicked a long ball into the box it was
Ali Lacanaria who used his body to shield the keeper
from the ball and on the turn goaled.
Sam Bainbridge, Will Barker and Tom Roberts in
midfield ensured the Wonthaggi team couldn’t clear
the ball into the Knights’ defence and when Will
found Caleb open in the box it resulted in the Knights’
third for the half.
At half time score was three to one Knights way.
The second half started well for Wonthaggi when
April Hoo made a run through the defence and scored
against the keeper. This goal against the run of play
helped Wonthaggi and it started to move the ball
April was causing headaches for the defence unit
of Nicholas Bongers, Curtis Rintoule, Adam Wa-
tchorn and Jordan Rintoule.
It was the defence that had a strong hand in the
Knights’ goal when Malik Phillips passed a ball back
to Nicholas who sent the ball deep into the Wonthaggi
goal square. Caleb was able to volley the ball after
one bounce over the keepers’ head for his third.
The second half seemed to have only just started
and both sides had quick goals.
This required the Knights team to settle down and
playing a more passing game as Wonthaggi was look-
ing to release April every chance it could get.
Will was able to have some time and he weighted
a pass through to Sean who competed with the keeper
and finished getting a touch to Caleb for his fourth.
Not to be outdone, April had Wonthaggi’s third
when he won a ball off a Knights’ defender and beat
The Knights’ sixth and Caleb’s fifth goal for
the day was the result of some great passing up the
ground and hard running from Caleb.
The ball was passed around the defence and when
Tom’s shot was blocked by a defender, Caleb was
able to latch onto the free ball and put it in the back
of the net.
The final notable moments came from April as he
again pressured a Knights defender and got clear to
score his third and Wonthaggi’s fourth.
Pressure’s on: Leongatha’s defender Pauline Graewe chased down her Wonthaggi opponent
during Sunday’s game.
Knights battle to a draw
ON Sunday, the Under 12 team had a challenging
tussle against Wonthaggi at its home ground.
Tension rose in the first half as both teams battled
it out to get a score on the board.
It was really rewarding to watch the team merging
together, working well as a team and looking out for
At least five of the team have only started play-
ing in the competition this year; each week they are
showing more and more confidence trying out differ-
ent passes and team play.
Brayden was notably the key defender this week
and Samuel was pretty impressive diverting several
balls heading towards the goal.
Hamish was a gun goalie in the first half; he saved
several great attempts by Wonthaggi.
His one on one goal keeping was impressive to
Pat put on the gloves in the second half and was
kept on his toes and displayed some great saves with
a spectacular dive across goal to save the fast mov-
The final score ended up being three to one to
The Knights’ goal was put on the board in the sec-
Toby got hold of the ball in the back line and dis-
played a great assist by passing the ball to Eddie, who
was in the middle with a clear opening, whilst being
chased by three fast Wonthaggi defenders hot on his
Eddie needed to accurately strike the ball to finish
off the team plan.
To the delight of his teammates he managed to do
so, getting the Knights score on the board.
Thanks to several of the Under 11s crew who
stepped up to help build our numbers up this week.
Great effort to all members of the team.
THE U7’s played their Mini Roo’s game against
Wonthaggi on a fine Sunday morning with plenty of
spirit, goals and lots of passing.
These young players are getting better at looking
for each other during the game.
With Jake hopefully coming back next week from
his broken leg and now with Heath suffering a bro-
ken arm, thankfully both not football related, it has
allowed other team mates the opportunity to star.
This week the team had Neka, Taj, Logan, Mitch-
ell, Tallarah, Sam, Jacoa and Shayan who all enjoyed
their last home game. Next week they will travel to
Drouin for the last game of the season.
They will be travelling to Phillip Island for the
Mini Roo’s Gala day on Saturday, September 10.
This day has proven to be a great opportunity to
get in that last couple of games with a round robin
Walk the talk: everyone at the Inverloch Soccer Club is grateful for any donation towards the
Stars Light Up project. The Juniors were training when the Inverloch Walkie Talkies presented a
cheque for $300 and the young Stars were particularly happy because the lights will extend the
amount of time available for training; more teams will get a run on the pitch on a winter’s night.
soccer with cash
Four first pitch strikes: Geoff Birnie in ac-
tion proving you’re never too old to deliver
a few good lessons and enjoy time on the
mound for the Miners at Sunday’s game.
Miners Under 13s ready for grand final
Moe Newborough Dodges def. Miners plays
With what was always going to be a tough day
on the mound against one of the league leaders Moe-
Newborough Dodgers, it was up to club vice president
Tim Katz to take the mound for the B Grade team.
With a long season this year and many players
out due to playing Dandenong league finals and
injury, the South Gippsland Miners was down to
one team this week in numbers, but again came out
swinging giving its all with great club spirit and a
great match was played and enjoyed by both sides.
The game started off well in the first innings
then trailed off from there as Moe showed why it
will be playing in the finals this year.
Trent Job pitched a 6.0 innings with six strike-
outs for the Dodgers and Tim Katz for the Miners
also doing well with 18 first pitch strikes and six
strike outs overall. It was shaping up for a show-
down however, during the second and third innings
unfortunately the Miners gave up 18 runs which
was enough to see the Dodgers take it home eas-
ily. Tim Katz coming up with four hits helped the
Miners score and Shane Osborne hitting several
outstanding foul balls kept the team hopeful. Hits
by Bart Riyter, Damon Ginnane, Glenn Gardner
and Stewie McKinley kept it interesting!
Damon Ginnane and Geoff Birnie also took
their turn on the mound for the Miners with Geoff
Birnie pitching for the first time this season and
doing well to deliver for the Miners four first pitch
strikes, it just wasn’t enough today with the final
score ending at 23 – 3 the Dodgers way.
This Sunday, September 4 the club plans to
travel to Sale to support its fantastic Under 13
boys in their pursuit for glory in taking out the
finals in their first year playing the sport. With an
eye to next year we invite all interested in trying
baseball to check out our facebook page and drop
us a message. The Miners are planning on a big-
ger and better season next year.
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