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A SWITCH from field player to goal-
keeper has reaped dividends for Won-
thaggi 12-year-old Blake Cornelis, after
he was selected in the Under 13s Skil-
leroos soccer program recently.
The talented player started with Won-
thaggi United at the age of six and quick-
ly developed into a key player under
coaches Adrian and Dietmar Ehmke.
This year he played with the Gippsland
FC Under 13 side and was thrilled to be
named in the Skilleroos squad – the best
31 Under 13 soccer players in Victoria.
The Wonthaggi Secondary College stu-
dent will train three times per week in
Melbourne and play matches on Sun-
days in the Victorian National Premier
Blake said it was a big surprise to be
chosen in the talented squad.
“I’d been trialling for it for a few years
and to finally hear that I’d made it was a
pretty big relief,” he said.
“There was always that doubt that I
wouldn’t make it because of my age, be-
cause that’s what set me back the last
Blake started as a midfielder for Won-
thaggi United and later put his hand
up to be goalkeeper when no one else
The move to defence paid off when he
began playing for Gippsland FC, accord-
ing to coach Taner Tekin.
“I picked Blake as an on-field player
at the time because he trialled as an on-
field player,” he said.
“Then I said ‘look I’ve dropped my
other goalkeeper, I’ve heard you’re pretty
handy as a goalkeeper’. He said ‘Yeah I’ll
play in goals if that’s what it takes to get
in the team.’”
Blake excelled as a goalkeeper for
Gippsland and was eventually chosen in
the Skilleroos as a goalie.
“To get in the Skilleroos is possibly
the hardest thing to do at his age,” Tekin
“The kids nearly six foot and he’s going
to be a big boy when he grows up. But
credit to him, he puts heart into it and
Skill Acquisition Program
The Football Federation Australia Skill
Acquisition Program (SAP) was a step-
ping stone to the higher level for Blake.
The program picks talented young
players and is a pathway to better soccer
through skill training.
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THE 2016 Alberton
Football Netball League
draw has been released,
highlighted by a full open-
ing round of matches
across the Easter week-
end on March 26-27.
Once reserved for one to
two blockbuster clashes,
matches at Easter have
been embraced by clubs
looking to cash in on big
crowds in recent years.
Last season, all clubs ex-
cept Toora and DWWWW
played at Easter, with the
nearby clubs completing
the puzzle with a match at
Alberton West this season.
The match is part of
a bumper first round,
with Phillip Island host-
ing Stony Creek, Da-
lyston facing local rival
Kilcunda-Bass at home,
Tarwin hosting MDU and
ing Korumburra-Bena in
the traditional match at
Foster and Fish Creek
complete the opening
round with a Saturday
night local derby under
lights at Foster.
2015 grand finalists
Dalyston and Fish Creek
will renew hostilities in
Round 3 at Dalyston,
while the growing rivalry
between Dalyston and
Phillip Island will con-
tinue in the Anzac Day
round on April 23 at
The bye structure has
changed to have all clubs
playing each round, with
a bye for the interleague
match on May 21 and a
league-wide bye on July
This year’s finals se-
ries will kick off a week
earlier than previous
seasons on Saturday,
August 13, with the
league’s grand final to be
played on Saturday, Sep-
2015 Alberton FNL Grand Finalists Dalyston and
Fish Creek will renew hostilities in Round 3 at Dalyston
this season, following the release of the 2016 draw.
Blake Cornelis soars for a save as goalkeeper for
Gippsland FC this season.
Cornelis leaps at opportunity
Wonthaggi 12-year-old Blake Cornelis, centre will join 31 of the best Under 13 soccer players in Victoria, after being selected in the
Skilleroos program. He is flanked by his coaches who have helped him along the way, Paul Plenkovich (South Gippsland Skills Ac-
quisition Program Coach), Adrian Ehmke (first coach at Wonthaggi United), Dietmar Ehmke (Under 16s coach at Wonthaggi United)
and Taner Tekin (Gippsland FC Under 13 coach). Rg155215
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