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ARE there more sheep in South
Gippsland than ever before?
Will global warming make our win-
ters more kind to sheep?
Do sheep go hand in hand with the
proliferation of small acre farmers?
There’s plenty of sheep about and
the Poowong-Loch Cricket Club did
their bit on Sunday to relieve many of
those sheep of their hot woolly fleece.
Over 200 were either delivered by
their owners to Ray and Sandra Hill’s
shearing shed at Poowong, or col-
lected by teams led by Alex Dixon or
The cricket club is indebted to those
sheep owners who allow the cricket
club to “do the job.”
Nearly $3000 was made on the day
and the wool will be sold later for per-
haps another thousand.
The day is more than a fundraiser
it’s the cricket club out there in the
The goodwill and generosity to-
ward the club is obvious on many
fronts – from the lady who donated
the drench; the shearer who broke a
comb but declined the offer of $50
as compensation; the many sheep
owners who make donations over
and above the going rate; the ‘rusty
cricketer’ who came from San Remo
to spend a hot Sunday handling
sheep at a rate he’d never experi-
enced before; one farmer gave a bale
of wool that had been in his shed for
20 years; a Loch business donated
morning tea for 20 shearers and as-
sorted roustabouts; three shearers
Brad Tobin, Ben Hatch and Bernie
Beadle donated nearly a full Sunday
doing what they do every day of the
In an encouraging sign for the
club... much of the work was done by
its younger players. Aiden Johnson
was last seen drenching big consign-
ments of sheep, a job he had never
done before, while Brad Monson and
Matt Allen were taught by the shearers
how to best catch and handle a sheep.
Brad Hall was the front man wel-
coming sheep owners and collecting
and recording their cash.
Club president, Adam Fisher said
that the 13th annual shearing day was
a great success and thanked everyone
for their good hard work.
It’s a unique fundraiser that attracts
a lot of interest and spectators.
Black sheep, old sheep, woolly
sheep, lambs, rams, crackers and
quality well-bred sheep, Poowong
Loch Cricket Club had ‘em all.
• C Grade, Division 1
LEONGATHA Town’s Matt Davies has
destroyed the Inverloch bowling attack
with a brutal display of batting, hitting
an incredible 20 fours and nine sixes in
C Grade, Division 1 at Scorpion Park 2.
The crash and bash innings saw the
Scorpions post 7/293 off 40 overs, with
Davies finally departing for 180 when he
was bowled by Ian Smith, who took 3/51
off seven overs.
John Pouw was also handy with 65
Inverloch weren’t disgraced in reply
with Paul Johnson (48) and Ian Smith
(45) batting well.
But Town’s Levi Hickey wrapped up
proceedings with 4/8 off three overs to
bowl the Stingrays out for 173 in the
Peter Miller came agonisingly close to
scoring a century when he was caught off
the bowling of James Kelly for 98 against
Nerrena at Korumburra Secondary Col-
The Diggers posted 6/256 with Kelly
grabbing 4/37 off eight overs.
The Red Caps struggled in reply and
were bowled out for 79 in the 28th over,
with Paul Green snaring 5/26 off eight
Peter Francis’ 83 not out wasn’t enough
to give Phillip Island the win and they fell
short at 8/187, chasing Club’s 190.
Earlier, Francis grabbed 3/27 off seven
overs but Club’s 9/190 proved enough in
Peter Churchill’s 3/17 helped Korum-
burra restrict MDU to 9/85 at Dumbalk.
The Cobras cruised to victory, chasing
down the total to finished 4/103 off 20
Davies smashes 180
at Scorpion Park
• C Grade, Division 2
GEORGE Lomagno’s fine innings of 86
was enough to get OMK across the line in a
well-fought contest against Kilcunda-Bass
in C Grade, Division 2 at the Leongatha
His knock, combined with contribu-
tions from Donald Wylie (23), Murray
Gow (29) and Craig Walker (37) set up a
solid score of 5/203.
Blake Egeberg took 2.35 off eight overs
Joe Reilly looked like steering the
Sharks home with attacking batting, fol-
lowing Gary Burchell’s 40 at the top of
But the Diggers proved too strong,
bowling out the Sharks in 39 overs, led
by Mark Blackburn with 3/47 off 7.4
Reilly remained 69 not out including
seven fours and three sixes.
Wonthaggi Club cruised to an easy vic-
tory over Koonwarra Leongatha/RSL at
Wonthaggi Secondary College.
Club restricted the Cougars to 8/140
off 40 overs, with Sam Liddle the best
of the bowlers with 3/35 off eight overs.
The home side had no qualms in re-
ply, chasing down the total in 28 overs.
Jack Sheerin (67no) and Luke Borne
(60no) batted well together for a 104-run
Paris Buckley took the Cougar’s four
wickets and finished with 4/14 off eight
Lomagno’s 86 enough
for Digger’s win
DESPITE losing a few key players
this off- season, the Leongatha Par-
rots are flying into 2016.
The biggest loss of all is Jake
Best, who has been snared by Ver-
mont Football Club in the Eastern
Football League after booting 91
goals for the Parrots in 2015.
Tas Clingan and Nick Nagel are
other notable departures, but
second-year coach Beau Vernon is
confident in the squad he is putting
together for this season.
“We’ve lost a couple of blokes due
to work reasons and picked up a
couple of players around the local
area that want to better their footy
and want to challenge themselves
against best in Gippsland,” Vernon
The greatest coup by the Parrots
is the recruitment of lively forward
Chris Dunne, who returns to Vic-
toria after impressing for Northern
Territory Thunder in the North
East Australian Football League
Dunne kicked 51 goals for the
Thunder in 2015, including a four-
goal performance in the Thunder’s
Grand Final win that saw him
named best on ground.
Originally from Drouin, Dunne
played with Vernon at both
Gippsland Power and Casey Scor-
pions and the pair are great friends.
Making the step up to Gippsland
League footy are a number of ex-Al-
berton youngsters, including Josh
Hopkins from Korumburra-Bena
and Joel Sinclair from MDU, while
Pat McGrath will return to the club
after a stint overseas.
Vernon is also happy with the ju-
niors coming through the ranks,
with Julian Patterson, Kaj Patter-
son, Kyle Cooper, Louis Riseley
and Hudson Kerr training with
He said the club is looking to
continue to build and work on its
2015 grand final berth.
“The aim is to get everyone fit and
add a bit more depth to our team
to really give ourselves another
opportunity of getting the double
chance in finals,” he said.
“You learn a fair bit from losing
a grand final, but we were there
with a chance at it and hopefully
we have the opportunity again this
year and make most of it this time
“The year before I started coach-
ing we didn’t have any footy or net-
ball teams in finals, last year we
had three footy and netball teams
“This year the goal for the club is
to have all footy and netball teams
in the finals.
“We’ll continue to develop the
culture where everyone’s enjoying
it and we’re developing good young
people and good young footballers.
“We’re working at getting locals
to stay around so we don’t have to
recruit from Melbourne, which es-
sentially we’re not doing much of,
as most of our players are Leon-
New faces replace key
departures at Leongatha
THE eagerly-awaited draft
Gippsland’s review of football in
Gippsland are set to be released in
The review will incorporate the
region’s five senior competitions,
as well as junior football, umpir-
ing and netball leagues, clubs and
The aim of the review is to pro-
vide balanced competitions in
Gippsland that promote the sus-
tainability of clubs and increase
The review’s commission sug-
gested the recommendations would
be released in October, but they are
yet to be released to the public.
“ It was hoped (recommenda-
tions) would be released, and
clubs, leagues, etc. would meet pri-
or to Christmas,” A FL Gippsland
Media and Marketing Manager, Da-
mien Francis said.
“ We received feedback from some
leagues and clubs that it was a dif-
ficult time to arrange to have rep -
resentatives at meetings so close to
“ With AFL Victoria and AFL
Gippsland offices closed for two
weeks during the Christmas pe -
riod, it was felt clubs and leagues
would not have as much opportu-
nity to ask any questions after the
release of the draft recommenda-
tions as we would like [and hence
the delay]. ”
Footy review to be released soon
Cricket Club and Wont-
haggi Club Cricket Club
will join forces to re-
member Dave ‘Dutchy’
Dutchman in a tribute
match on Sunday, Feb-
The popular cricketer,
who died last January,
played for both clubs
and was well-respected
in the local cricketing
The 40-over one- day
match will be played be-
tween Wonthaggi Club
and Dutchy’s All-Stars,
comprising of cricketers
from the various teams
he played for.
In its first year, the All-
Stars team will be made
up of Korumburra play-
ers and will be played at
the Korumburra Recre-
ation Reserve, with the
venue to be alternated
each year between Won-
thaggi and Korumburra.
One of the organisers
of the event, Shane Dole,
said the event will raise
money for Dutchy’s sev-
en-year-old son, Blake, to
contribute to a trust fund.
“Because of the contri-
bution Dutchy made to
both clubs we thought it
would be nice gesture to
give something back to
his family,” he said.
Dole spoke fondly of
his former teammate.
“He coached our club
for a long time and no
matter what skill or abil-
ity you had, he had the
same amount of time for
“Young or old, it didn’t
matter, he always gave
you the time which was
a very special trait.
“It would be great if we
could get some support
from the local cricket
clubs as I know that
Dutchy had a really pro -
found effect on a lot of
people in a lot of differ-
“We’ve had a couple
of meetings together
and we’re pretty keen to
make it work well.
“He won two premier-
ships at Wonthaggi Club
so he’s got a good bond
with the guys over there,
and he was at Korum-
burra and I played with
him for 10 years so he
formed good relation-
ships there too.”
Former players will be
flying from interstate to
play in the match and
the memorabilia will
be auctioned after the
The match will start
at 11am and all are wel-
come for a family-friend-
ly day at the cricket.
Cobras and Club join
forces to remember Dutchy
The Korumburra Cricket Club and Wonthaggi
Club Cricket Club will unite on Sunday, February
7 to play for the Dutchy Cup, in honour of Dave
‘Dutchy’ Dutchman, who died in January, 2015.
Dutchy played for both clubs and the match
promises to be a great day to honour his memory.
Ben Hatch and Brad Tobin shear sheep, Grant Humphrey classes the
wool and roustabout Brad Monson were hard at work on Sunday in the
Poowong Loch Cricket Club’s annual fundraiser.
sheep instead of runs
The Poowong Loch Cricket Club sheared around 200 sheep in the club’s biggest fundraiser for the year.
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