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GOLD Coast ironman
Alastair Day will be a star at-
traction as he ventures down
to Venus Bay on Saturday,
Ali will be offering a surf clin-
ic for Venus Bay, Inverloch and
surrounding surf lifesaving
competitors to help hone their
skills for the upcoming junior
and senior competition series
which lead up to the state and
Ali himself is the current
and four times Coolangatta
Gold winner, which is the most
gruelling surf lifesaving endur-
ance event in Australia.
He is also the winner of the
prestigious Nutri Grain Iron-
man Series and has won nu-
merous state and Australian
In the sport of surf lifesaving
there is no better role model
for our athletes to learn and
enhance their skills.
The two hour clinic will take
place at 11am on Venus Bay
number 1 Beach on Saturday,
This is for competent com-
petitors from all age groups,
from any Surf Club, so don’t
miss out on this amazing op-
portunity to train alongside
the absolute best.
However the Saturday spec-
tacular doesn’t end there with
Ali the special guest at the Ve-
nus Bay Surf Lifesaving Club
at 8.30pm that night for a very
special sports night.
Ali will share with the audi-
ence what it takes to become
an elite athlete and be success-
ful in your chosen sport.
He will share the highlights
and the challenges of his
amazing career in the profes-
sional sport of ironman racing
and surf lifesaving.
Endurance training, moti-
vation and nutrition amongst
many other topics will be cov-
ered by Ali as he explains what
it takes to be at the top and
how to stay there.
This evening is perfect for
any athlete in any sport to
understand true commitment
and the pathway to success.
Venus Bay Surf Lifesaving
Club is hoping to attract fami-
lies, athletes and people from
all over our region to attend
this spectacular evening.
Tickets for these great
events are on sale now by
contacting Dave Cumming of
Venus bay SLSC on 0438 831
The club also has a pasta
night preceding the sports
night from 6pm so book a
meal and tickets to the sports
night and enjoy an evening at
Venus Bay SLSC.
ST KILDA Football Club will
once again visit Gippsland
as part of the 2017 Australia
Post AFL Community Camp
After spending two days in
Morwell, Moe and Traralgon
in 2016, the Saints will jour-
ney to South Gippsland in
The final schedule is still
to be confirmed, but the club
will participate in various
community activities, visit
schools, hospitals and care
facilities, as well as conduct a
Super Clinic for local primary
Up to 14 players are expect-
ed to make the trip for Febru-
ary 17 and 18, with plans for
an official function on the Fri-
day night also underway.
Last year’s camp was a great
success and with plenty of
past and present local talent
on their list - including cur-
rent stars Tim Membrey (Tra-
ralgon), Sean Dempster (Mal-
lacoota) and Koby Stevens
(Lucknow) - the Saints have
plenty of fans in Gippsland.
More information, including
details about how the South
Gippsland community can
rub shoulders with the visit-
ing AFL stars, will be made
available in the lead up to the
THE Korumburra-Bena Football Netball Club
has been named as one of the Gippsland clubs
to share in more than $42,000 worth of grants
to encourage more women to get into sport.
Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet
Shing MP, announced on Monday, December
12, the 14 recipients of VicHealth’s Active Club
The program is all about boosting access to
grassroots sport and recreation so even more
people can enjoy the benefits of a healthier and
The grants will help clubs establish new activi-
ties, competitions and programs that encourage
more women and girls to get out on the pitch, and
assist clubs that are starting up a social or modi-
fied sport program.
Some 145 clubs across the state have shared
in $400,000 to buy vital sports equipment, uni-
forms and safety gear that will encourage more
people to participate in sport and recreation.
Korumburra-Bena Football and Netball Club will
receive $2,960 to be used for jumpers and shorts.
Ms Shing said that it is important for grassroots
sporting clubs to be supported, and to encourage
more women to participate in sport.
“We want everyone in Gippsland to get active and
embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age or
ability,” Ms Shing said.
“Congratulations to grassroots clubs in
Gippsland who have won this grant to get more
people moving and involved in new and fun social
ways of playing sport.
“For too long female sport participation rates
have been lower than males. We’re fixing that, cre-
ating more opportunities for women and girls to
play sport and building the world-class facilities
Giants gets grants for women in sport
football team Gippsland Gal-
axy will have a new permanent
home in 2017.
After two hugely successful
seasons under the administra-
tion of the Gippsland League,
the Galaxy will become part of
the Traralgon Football Netball
With an open women’s foot-
ball competition expected to
be introduced in Gippsland as
soon as next year, Gippsland
League chair Greg Maidment
said it was important for the
Galaxy to be in a position to
offer local players an opportu-
nity to play at a higher level.
“When we first agreed to
support the concept of a
Gippsland women’s team we
never dreamed it would be as
successful as quickly as it has
been,” he said.
“Given the way the Galaxy
has developed over the past
two years and the potential for
even further growth we felt it
was time the team had a per-
manent home within an exist-
ing club that can commit more
time, energy and financial re-
sources to it than our board
formed in 2015 and enjoyed
immediate success, winning
the Victoria Women’s Football
League Division Five East pre-
miership in its first season.
That success continued in
2016 when the team was pro-
moted to Division Three, when
it completed the season unde-
feated on the way to another
AFL Victoria’s recent deci-
sion to establish community
league competitions in place
of the current VWFL structure
means the Galaxy is expected
to be part of a newly-formed
AFL South Eastern Women’s
Division One competition in
The Gippsland League board
called for expressions of inter-
est in October and informed
the applicants of its final deci-
sion last week.
Maidment cited factors such
as the current team’s existing
player base, facilities, financial
strength, recruiting potential
and female sports administra-
tion experience of the parent
club, as key considerations in
the decision-making process.
“It was important that the
nominated club was in a po-
sition to build on the founda-
tions we put in place and of
the expressions of interest we
received, Traralgon was the
club that best fit our criteria,”
“Our only conditions were
that the team continue to be
referred to as ‘Gippsland’ and
that it continue to act as a rep-
resentative team for our region
in the new women’s league
Traralgon president Andrew
Livingstone said his club was
extremely excited by the de-
velopment and revealed the
team’s identity would change
to align with its parent club.
“Our club is very commit-
ted to ensuring we provide a
professional club environment
for our newest team enabling
them to be competitive in the
newly structured women’s
state league,” Livingstone said.
“We look forward to welcom-
ing the best female talent from
the greater Gippsland region
into our friendly club and
guarantee we will do our ut-
most to support this regional
team that will be known as the
Gippsland Women’s footy
to call Traralgon home
Saints march to South Gippsland
Ironman Ali Day on
his way to Venus Bay
Ironman Alastair Day is the current Coolangatta Gold
champion, and will be in Venus Bay on January 14 for two
THIS Saturday, January 7 and the follow-
ing Saturday, January 14, you’ll get double
the interest if you visit the Christmas Carni-
val on Phillip Island.
Not only will you be able to enjoy the popu-
lar rides and sideshows, but you’ll also be
able to experience a great Monster Truck
Show and fireworks display.
The gates for the Monster Truck Show
open at 3pm with the Monster Trucks and
Freestyle motocross show starting at 6pm.
“The show goes through from 6pm to dark,
with an intermission, and then we have the
fireworks display to finish,” said organiser
“It’s a great show and never mind the
weather. Even if there’s a bit of rain we go
ahead. In fact it can be a lot more fun when
the trucks are sliding around the bit.”
That was the problem on Boxing Day, at
Logan Park in Warragul, when the crowds
stayed away despite the great show they put
So, it’s Phillip Island this Saturday eve-
ning, and the following Saturday, for some
great piston-thumping action.
off to the Island
Heading out of Korumburra last weekend, bound for two Monster Truck Shows at Phil-
lip Island this weekend and the following one were ‘Bushranger’ driven by Simon O’Neill
of Korumburra and another truck, ‘Old School’. M310117
IN AN Australian first, pipis are being tagged
to better understand their short and long term
movement patterns in a project funded by rec-
reational fishing licence fees.
Acting Executive Director of Fisheries Victo-
ria, Dallas D’Silva, said scientists from the Uni-
versity of Melbourne have tagged 2000 pipis at
“Every one of the 2000 pipis has been individ-
ually numbered with a small plastic tag glued to
their shell,” Mr D’Silva said.
“Scientists have recorded release locations of
the tagged pipis so their relative movement can
be tracked over time.
“To help with the project, volunteers are being
encouraged to join ‘The Great Pipi Hunt’ later
this week on Friday, January 6.
“We want lots of people collecting pipis and
helping to find the tagged ones. There are even
prizes up for grabs.”
This will be held at 10.30am till 1pm at the
Venus Bay Lifesaving Club, Beach No 1. Regis-
ter online via summerbythesea.vic.gov.au
Bring a hat, sunscreen, water, bucket and
freshwater to drink.
Phone 0429 842 142 for more details.
Mr D’Silva said people that couldn’t make it
along on the day, but did find tagged pipis over
the summer holidays, could report them to pi-
“We’d like anyone who finds a tagged pipi to
record the tag colour and number, along with
the location, date and time of capture.
“That information will help scientists map
movement patterns and understand much
more about this little bivalve shellfish, which is
valued by anglers for bait and by multicultural
communities for eating.”
In conjunction with ‘The Great Pipi Hunt’,
project leader Dr John Morrongiello will pres-
ent on Victoria’s unique marine life at the Life
Saving Club at 6pm, the night before on Thurs-
day, January 5. Everyone is welcome.
Fisheries Victoria has tagged 2000 pipis
Pipis tagged in research first
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