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THE Stony Creek Racing Club is back on
track to record a healthy profit from last sea-
son as it sets to launch some new marketing
initiatives ahead of the 2016/2017 race sea-
Club chairman Paul O’Sullivan told The Star the
club had tremendous public support with attendances
of nearly 7,000 for the five meetings of last season. He
was also delighted and thanked the many sponsors who
had backed the club by sponsoring an event.
“Local sporting and community clubs have received
around $16,000 for the year for their help on race days,
as well as raising $600 for Foster SES during our pub-
lican’s race day,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“We’ve been able to provide great family entertain-
ment for locals and holiday makers over our summer
“Due to hard working staff and their families, and
voluntary efforts from the committee we’ve been able
to reduce costs in most areas of the club’s operations to
help generate a profit this year.”
The club is set to launch a new membership drive,
will soon hold a meeting with young racegoers to dis-
cuss ways to improve race day experiences and will
have a special guest speaker at its upcoming annual
Speaking at the AGM to be held at the Meeniyan
Hotel on Tuesday, October 4 will be Racing Victoria’s
Workforce Development Officer, Lisa Coffey.
With over 20 years’ experience as both a competi-
tor and educator in the racing and equestrian industries
on both national and international platforms, Lisa has
had the pleasure of educating thousands of horses and
humans and nurturing their career pathways.
Mr O’Sullivan welcomed as many people as pos-
sible to the annual meeting, extending an invitation to
any members or non-members who have an interest in
racing. RSVP to Paul O’Sullivan 0429 933 240 or osul-
SOUTH Gippsland Miners capped off a per-
fect season by defeating Traralgon 7 - 3 in the
Latrobe Valley Baseball Association Under 13
Mitch McGrath shut down the Redsox in its first in-
nings at bat, registering three of his five strike outs on
Then the Miners struck first blood when Tom Nicho-
las and McGrath scored two on consecutive hits from
Bailey Harvey and Cam Prosser.
The RedSox’ Josh Burgar steadied in a second in-
nings that saw no runs scored.
In the third the Miners’ Bailey Harvey took to the
mound and put down the first three Traralgon batters in
In the bottom half of the innings the Miners added
three to its total scoring Ethan Davis, McGrath and Har-
vey on three hits and a sacrifice out by Will Davies.
In the fourth innings Traralgon got up on Harvey who
struggled with a few batters despite some nice plays in
the field by third baseman Oscar Davis.
An extra base hit by Josh Uhe and a poor throw put
three quick runs on the board for Traralgon.
Harvey settled and struck the next two Redsox out to
end the comeback.
Ethan Davis then took the ball in hand and struck out
two batters and had the last Traralgon hitter fly out to a
waiting Prosser at second base.
Prosser made an easy catch to end the innings.
Time ran out with the Miners adding two more runs
in the last inning.
Ethan Davis was awarded best on the ground for his
play at shortstop, as pitcher and batting.
The Miners had a dominant season scoring 156 runs
in 14 games and allowing only 25 runs against all op-
The club’s presentations were held in the evening
with the Fielding Award going to Callum Buckland for
his steady play at all positions during the season.
Coach’s award went to Cam Prosser for his dedica-
tion and perseverance and improving in all aspects of the
Cam finished the season with a 533 batting average.
Mitch McGrath walked away with the batting hon-
ours leading the team in doubles with eight and ending
the season with 17 hits from 21 at bats with a batting
average of 810, an outstanding performance, challenging
even the American major league average.
Miners’ most valuable player award was given to
Bailey Harvey, whose batting average was 750.
He scored 27 runs and contributed one third of all the
scoring this year.
His pitching and fielding made him a triple threat.
This inaugural year has been an amazing run for the
Miners Under 13 team.
The club would like to recognise all the sponsors,
families and volunteers for making this one for the re-
Bring on 2017.
Stony Creek buoyed
by race season
Guest speaker: Lisa Coffey, Racing Victoria’s Workforce Development Offi-
cer, pictured centre, will be guest speaker at Stony Creek Racing Club’s annual
general meeting in October.
Perfect season victory
Miners are mint: coach John Long and the amazingly talented South Gippsland Miners are number one.
The U13 team is pictured after winning its inaugural Pennant. Miners defeated Traralgon Redsox at the
grand final on Sunday, September 4 at the Sale ground.
INVERLOCH parkrun was a sea
of red on Saturday as a tribute to
Joy McKinnon who would have
been completing her 100th event.
away suddenly on August 15.
The red was in recognition of Joy’s
50th t-shirt which she wore proudly most
Those parkrunners who had 50 shirts
wore them and others simply wore some-
Joy was an inaugural member of Inver-
loch parkrun and rarely missed a week.
She was always supporting and en-
couraging to others of all ages on the
Her personal best time was 45:14 and
this was the target time for many parkrun
walkers on Saturday.
Joy’s husband Allen, their son Geoff
with his wife and three children, their
daughter Janene with her husband and
daughters and Joy’s eldest grandchild
Raymond were in attendance for their
first ever parkrun.
There were many other friends of the
family who turned up to honour Joy and
show support for the family.
Love and respect: Run for Joy was a chance for people to catch up and share
memories and also an opportunity for many to attend their first parkrun event.
Joy’s family was overwhelmed at the number of people who came to show
their respect and admiration for Joy and would like to thank everyone for this
Well run: Joy McKinnon at her 96th parkrun was a great supporter of the
event, wore her red 50th run t-shirt proudly as a badge of honour and was sup-
portive on the course of other runners of all ages.
Parkruns red for Joy
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