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SOUTH Gippsland Miners Baseball
Club held its 2016 club presentation
night at its major sponsor’s venue, The
Wonthaggi Workmens Club on Friday,
The club would like to thank all its numer-
ous sponsors and supporters for helping to cre-
ate a brand new field, promoting the sport and we
look forward to continued support in the years to
The club is very grateful for the community’s
willingness to help the club start up and welcome
a great new sport to the district.
A great night was had by all with entertaining
stories shared of the season that was.
Whilst the A and B Grade sides may not have
scored high in the LVBA league ladder standing
for the season, many players proved their worth
and were delighted with their club awards.
All players expressed their thanks to club
president Tim Katz, secretary Tim McGrath and
treasurer Shane Osborne for organising a fantas-
tic night that was enjoyed by all and a season that
was full of great fun and team spirit.
The club was playing in its second year and
is looking forward to growing its numbers and
invites all interested future baseballers from any-
where in the district to check out the Facebook
page or website southgippslandminers.com.au
and express your interest now for the 2017 season
due to start around April.
Baseball is for everyone, all ages, gender and
AUSTRALIAN MotoGP race winner
and Marc VDS Honda rider Jack Miller,
21, from Townsville stunned the MotoGP
world with his maiden premier class win
in atrocious conditions at Assen in the
Netherlands in June this year.
He has since missed three of the past four races
after suffering back, wrist and hand injuries after a
heavy crash at the Austrian Motorcycle Grand Prix
Miller will tackle the Japanese Motorcycle Grand
Prix at Motegi on October 16, which comes the week
before the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand
Prix at Phillip Island on October 21 to 23.
Speaking to the Australian Grand Prix Corpora-
tion’s official podcast, ‘Keeping Track’, Jack Miller
said being able to compete in his home race was a
priority with just five races remaining this season.
“The hand is the main issue at the moment, but
I’ve still got three broken vertebrae in my back as
well,” Miller said.
“Not riding 100 percent fit with all of the injuries
I’ve got at the moment seems like an unnecessary
“We’re not fighting for the championship – we’re
always fighting to be at the front, but if you’re not
100 percent fit it adds another element of danger into
an already dangerous sport.
“Phillip Island is one of my favourite tracks and
somewhere I believe we can be really good at.”
Miller became the first rider for an independent
team to win a Grand Prix in 10 years when he took
victory at Assen, and said the breakthrough result
in just his second MotoGP season has cemented his
standing in the sport.
THREE Gippsland teams travelled to
Eagle Stadium, Werribee, on the week-
end to contest the Netball Victoria State
Titles. Eagle Stadium is a fabulous new
facility with 12 indoor courts, so the
entire competition was inside, enabling
the very best standard of netball to be
Games were 16 minutes each, with teams
playing up to 18 games over the weekend.
The 15s and 17s arrived on Friday night to
prepare for an early Saturday morning start.
The All Abilities team arrived on Saturday af-
ternoon to watch the last few games of the day,
joining the other teams at the motel and getting to-
gether for dinner, before their matches on Sunday.
The best netballers in Victoria were there rep-
resenting their regions.
This was an important talent identification
opportunity, with Netball Vic scouts doing the
rounds looking to spot the most gifted players
who will then be invited to try out for the Victo-
rian State squad.
Our All Abilities team had a wonderful week-
end and played great netball to make the semi-
final, but unfortunately went down in that game.
Congratulations to this team and its wonderful
coaches Rebecca Arnason and Lisa Kuhne.
We thought we did well getting 35 netballers
trying out at our 15/U selections, but a source re-
ported that some of the metropolitan regions had
over 150 girls trying out for one team.
So this is an indication of the power we were
up against in the junior grades.
Our 17/U girls put in a mighty effort and
strived hard each game against incredibly strong,
physical (and so very tall) competition, with two
wins and a draw for the weekend.
Well done to these talented girls and coach
Our 15/U girls were amazing winning 15 out
of their 17 matches and finishing on top of the
They were the sole country region to make
finals and although they bravely contested the
semi-final they unfortunately lost by just one
To take it to the might of the city like they
did is remarkable for a relatively low populated
region and speaks volumes for their talent, com-
mitment and clever coaching.
Congratulations to these girls and their coach
There’s a lot that goes in to organising teams
to be able to compete at State level.
Thank you very much to Gippsland regional
liaison officer Janine Redpath and her small but
dedicated committee for their months of work in
Thanks to fantastic coaches Bec, Lisa, Ben
and Jenny, umpires Jess Moed, Vicki Riley and
Kerri Besley and bus drivers Graham Birkett and
Thanks to Deb Allott for organising accom-
modation and buses and to Trulli Pizza in Meeni-
yan that sponsored drink bottles for all players.
The teams are self-funded for the tournament,
and all roles are voluntary, so if any business would
like to get on board as a sponsor for next year,
please contact Janine Redpath 0437 093 503.
High hopes: bouncing onto the international
MotoGP stage at 21 years of age this year
with his maiden premier class win, Jack
Miller is looking forward to competing at
Phillip Island, “One of my favourite tracks.”
Miller has hopes
on home track
A winning field: from left, John Long, best junior club person, A Grade winner Col Knox
for fielding and batting with a .351 average, Michael Thomas winning fielding award for B
Grade, Jordy Knox winning most improved player in A Grade, Bart Ruyter taking out the
batting award for B Grade with .419 average and Jane Gardner receiving the award for best
club person. Absent: Stewart Mathieson, A Grade most valuable player; Brodie Cocks, B
Grade most valuable player; and Damon Ginane, B Grade most improved player.
Miners share the love
Taking it up
to the city
All Abilities: back from left, Rebecca Arnason (coach), Damian Midwinter, Eva Ceretti,
Mitchell Harry, Emily Drysdale, Amber Betts, Corran Djuric, Lisa Kuhne (coach) and front,
Brodie James and Mitchell Price, Mycalie James. The team put in a fantastic effort to make
the semi finals.
“I think people understand that my work ethic is
the same as the other guys, that we are working as
hard as any other guy and we do deserve to be there in
the class of MotoGPTM, it’s not because I’m lucky.”
In an extensive interview with ‘Keeping Track’,
Miller spoke about his ‘shoey’ celebration that has
since been emulated by the likes of Daniel Ricciardo
and Valentino Rossi, the influence rival rider Cal
Crutchlow has had on his career, and his hopes ahead
of the Phillip Island round next month.
Best of the crop: Gippsland Coach of the Year Darren Brown from
Wonthaggi Power Football Netball Club with VFL/AFL champion
Robert Walls at the award ceremony on Friday night in Morwell.
scoops top gong
Power Under 14
coach Darren Brown
has been awarded
ing honour at Fri-
day night’s AFL
nity and Coaches
Brown was named
Coach of the Year by
the Gippsland Australian
Football Coaches Asso-
ciation at the presenta-
tion dinner at Morwell’s
Italian Australian Club.
As well as his team’s
on-field success, the 47
year old was recognised
for his role in develop-
ing junior football at a
club that has previously
struggled to do so.
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