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PRE MIX CONCRETE
A HIGHLIGHT of season 2016 for the Phillip
Island Football Netball Club (PIFNC) is the 70th
anniversary of the football club.
This important event is a focus for the club
and will be celebrated with a series of functions
during the coming season including in a gala
night for all concerned.
It is high on the agenda for the committee and
planning is already well underway with a spe-
cially formed working group collecting and col-
lating memorabilia and records from the past
A special request is being issued for anyone
in the community who has something to offer
in the way of personal memorabilia or where-
abouts of past players to please contact the club
(phone 5952 2523).
Alongside this event is the final planning stag-
es for the building of new changerooms and fa-
cilities for home and away players, umpires and
the netball club.
This development is the culmination of a lot of
planning and organising over recent years and
will be an extension and vast improvement on
the dated facilities that currently exist.
As usual, the committee has been hard at
work over the preseason in all aspects of the
running of this club which plays a large part in
providing sporting opportunities for families
across the island.
Club president Lex Munro is back at the helm
for his fourth year of office, and with netball rep-
resentative Bree Rutherford as vice president,
and Casey Cleeland as netball operations.
The senior committee also sees a band of
new faces who are willing to give of their time
and interest to making this season as success
as possible. These include Ray Mattock, Owen
Robinson, Clint Wilson, Craig Bennett and the
welcome return of Kristian Formosa.
Their efforts are being supported by others
in the community in the form of sponsorship
from individuals as well as local traders and
businesses. This financial backing is instru-
mental in ensuring that the football/netball club
remains in a position to continue operating and
to be competitive in the AFNL.
With the start of the season only a matter of
weeks away, the social rooms will again be a
hub of activity during training nights and home
match days. Much of this is generated through
the kitchen, canteen and bar areas.
While much is happening behind the scenes
at committee level, the players are making their
mark on field as they count down to their first
game to be held on Easter Saturday March 26,
against Stony Creek.
Training is in full swing for all sides, from
seniors to juniors. With the close of the cricket
season in the coming weeks, training nights for
the senior squad and U18 will return to Tuesday
and Thursday nights.
The appointment of coaches for season 2016
sees Brendan Kimber leading the Seniors for his
third season and last year’s premiership coach
Scott Huther back with the Reserves.
Lucas Piera will again take charge of the U18s,
while the new junior format sees Zac Wagner
stay with the U16s, Clint Wilson in the U14s,
and with Brendan Cashman and Andy Walton
with the Bulldog Pups in the U12s and U10s re-
This new age group format is a directive of the
AFL and is a drive to bring uniformity to junior
grading across the state.
It means that the U14s, 12s and 10s, as well
as the new girls’ competition, will all be played
on a Sunday.
Recruitment during the off-season sees some
new faces being added to the senior squad, to
replace a number of last year’s players as well as
to add depth and strength to the line up.
Among those who have recently signed up are
midfielder Simon Seddon who hails from north-
ern Victoria as well as centre half forward, Co-
rey Batt from Gippsland. The list will also be
bolstered by some of last season’s U18 players
who have earned their place in the senior squad,
and to bring speed and youth to the side.
“Our aim this season is to go deep into the fi-
nals, and hopefully to bring home another flag,”
said coach Brendan Kimber.
Lining up to lead the Bulldogs once again are (L-R) Reserves coach Scott Huther, PIFNC
president Lex Munro and Seniors’ coach Brendan Kimber. Scott and Brendan now share the
honour of being premiership coaches in the Alberton Football Netball League (AFNL).
Celebratory year for the Bulldogs
THE return of three premiership
players is bolstering the ranks of the
Panthers for season 2016.
Key forward Ryan Fitzgerald, league
goalkicker Kael Burgles and wingman
Danny Wells are returning to the fold
to play under former team mate and
newly-appointed Kilcunda Bass coach,
They are among a few of the names
that are being added to this year’s se -
nior list with others joining the Panther
camp, Taylor Gibson and Daniel Mock
from Woori Yallock.
Chris has accepted the challenge to
lift the Panthers up the ladder and to
inspire them to achieve a more suc-
The new coach is a highly rated play-
er in winning the AFNL best and fairest
in 2014 and runner-up last year.
Along with these new players, Chris’s
on-field skills and leadership qualities
will add strength and depth to the side.
Chris heads a new squad of coaches
for this season with Bradley Drew being
appointed in the Reserves, Steve Pipi-
celli will again take on the U18s, local
player Jack McGrath comes in as the
new U16 coach. In the Sunday junior
competition Steve Nicol is in charge of
the new U14 division and with Daryl
Cartnel in the U12s and Scott Shelton
with the young U10 team.
Now in its second year as an amal-
gamated club, the Kilcunda Bass Foot-
ball Netball Club (KBFNL) has a hard
working committee which is headed by
newly appointed president Ash Carl-
son. Ash is stepping up this year after
being vice president last year, and with
Sam Williams representing the netball
The start of the season also sees the
opening of the club’s new gymnasium.
This facility has been kindly donated
by club trainer Michael Jesse. The old
scout hall, situated within the foot-
ball grounds, has been transformed
into a fully equipped gym and is open
throughout the week for all players and
It is becoming a popular centre and
is sure to add interest and incentive to
the routine of training nights.
One of last year’s improvements, the
new electronic scoreboard will be well
used throughout the season and is a
feature of the club’s recent upgrades.
As with all other country sporting
clubs, KBFNC relies heavily on spon-
sorship and fundraising. The com-
mittee has been out and about of late
and was in the public eye at the recent
Channel Challenge in San Remo with
its popular seafood platter raffle.
Fundraising plays an important role
in the development and continuity of
this club. A band of dedicated volun-
teers works tirelessly during the year,
none more so than in the canteen and
in the social rooms on match days.
Training nights for the Panther foot-
ball club will be held on Tuesdays and
Thursdays as from the end of the crick-
et season for the senior teams, and on
Wednesday nights for the juniors.
As they look ahead to taking the field
at Dalyston on March 26, the Panthers
are confident of having a successful
season both on and off the field.
“We’re hoping for a successful and
competitive year ahead on the field for
all teams, and for the club to enjoy an-
other year of supporting the Panthers, ”
said club president Ash Carlson.
The Kilcunda Bass footy club is looking forward to the coming footy season,
which starts with a match against Dalyston on Easter Saturday.
Pictured after training last week are from left Kael Bergles, returning full for-
ward and season 2014 league goal kicker, Chris Endres, coach; Club Best and
Fairest 2014 and 2015; and League Best and Fairest 2014; and Ash Carlson
Panthers bolster their ranks
Preliminary finals results:
Pennant/1: Inverloch White
45 d Inverloch Blue 26.
Section 2: Westernport Is-
landers 37 d Grantville 30.
Section 4: Grantville 43 d
Phillip Island 25.
Section 5: Inverloch Yel-
low 22 d Wonthaggi 21.
Grand finals: Pennant/1
and Section 2 matches are
played at Inverloch.
TC v Inverloch White; Sec-
tion 2: Westernport Main-
landers v Westernport Is-
Section 4 and Section 5
are playing at Wonthaggi.
Section 4: Inverloch v
Grantville; Section 5: Inver-
loch Red v Inverloch Yellow.
THE last round of the Feb-
ruary aggregate for the Bu-
nyip River Meats vouchers
was played last Thursday.
In two extremely tight fin-
ishes, Lyn Gay 22 and Pe-
ter Dawes 21, took out the
aggregates narrowly from
John Monk, Marj Beaton
and Margaret Dean.
The winners on the night
were John Monk and Lyn
Gay, with six wins each.
The group farewelled
Joy Adams who is moving
to Moama. To join in, ring
Midge on 5952 5945.
Phillip Island croquet players enjoyed a special twilight fundraising event at
the Blum Gum Reserve lawns last week.
MEMBERS of the Phillip Island Cro -
quet Club attended a special twilight
event to raise funds for the repair and
maintenance of the club’s outdoor seat-
ing facilities last week.
The late afternoon croquet games
were keenly contested with lots of high
fives and laughter and good-natured
sledging could be heard around the
With the setting sun, members then
retired to the clubhouse where they
enjoyed pizza and dessert with tall
tales being told by some members of
their fantastic croquet hoops “almost”
A big thank you to Jenni Wills for or-
ganising this very successful event and
to those members who enthusiastically
Croquet twilight fundraising event
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