Home' South Gippsland Sentinel-Times : January 17, 2017 Edition Contents THE SOUTH GIPPSLAND SENTINEL-TIMES, TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2017 - PAGE 63
ON Friday, January 13, the Rotary Club of
Korumburra, through their Robyn Holmes
Foundation, was able to make a grant to Jade
DuVe from Korumburra.
Jade is 12 years old and has been selected
in an elite soccer squad for Victorian Under
13 football players.
After playing a few seasons for the Korum-
burra Soccer Club, she was encouraged to at-
tend a talent identification day in Melbourne.
None other than the then Melbourne City
Football Club’s Head Coach, John van’t Schip,
was the person who picked Jade out as the
She has been invited to play with the Alam-
ein Football Club for the 2017 season and has
been attending training in Melbourne, three
times each week. She is very excited to be able
to start the season in a few weeks time, play-
ing as an attacking midfielder.
Jade will also be commencing her second-
ary education at Korumburra Secondary Col-
lege this year.
The grant for Jade will help offset the con-
siderable costs involved in travelling to Mel-
bourne, as well as the uniforms she is expect-
ed to wear. Congratulations Jade, a wonderful
effort from a very talented young person.
THE Thompson Reserve Lighting Project is
well on track, with the Inverloch Stars Soccer
Club raising a whopping $60,000 towards the
project so far.
The lighting towers are expected to be com-
pleted prior to the upcoming soccer season,
which kicks off in April.
A project contractor is yet to be appointed
and a public tender for the project will be ad-
The $240,000 project has been made possi-
ble thanks to a $100,000 grant from the State
Government and $70,000 provided by the
Bass Coast Shire Council, as well as the pro -
vision of project management by the council.
The remaining $70,000 will be raised by
the soccer club and the Star’s Lighting Project
co-ordinator Gene Parini said it’s been a big
team effort to raise $60,000 .
“We’re a little bit tired but it’s pretty reward-
ing that we’ve got this far and we’re a bit more
relaxed at this point and on the home run,”
“We’ve still got a fair bit of the summer left
and once season starts again we’ll continue
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield said
Council is delighted with the club’s fundrais-
“We’re pleased that the club has provided a
valuable contribution to the project to make
it happen, ” she said.
“Without contributions like this, projects
would not meet community need and in many
cases, not occur.
“The project will be another big step in sup -
port of community sport in Bass Coast. The
growth of soccer has come at a rapid speed
in recent years, with Inverloch, Phillip Island
and Cowes increasing in participation annu-
“Council fully understands the need of
sports such as soccer in providing suitable
playing and training facilities and will contin-
ue to look for ways of meeting the needs of all
clubs across Bass Coast. ”
Keep a look out for Stars players and of-
ficials rattling tins at local events throughout
the summer, and tax deductable donations
can be made by visiting www.inverlochstars.
com.au and clicking the Donate Now link.
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Stars’ lights to shine bright
Travis Christall, Roger Thorrowgood and Eamann Toomey raised funds for the Inverloch
Stars Soccer Club’s lighting project by rattling tins at the recent Inverloch Lions Club Twilight
Farmers’ Market. The club has raised an impressive $60,000 of its $70,000 target so far.
The Robyn Holmes Foundation has just
presented another grant, this time to young
local soccer ace Jade Duve. She is pictured
with her proud parents, Mick and Melissa
DuVe, after receiving her cheque from Pe-
ter Biggins, the Robyn Holmes Foundation
Robyn Holmes Foundation
keeps Jade on the ball
THE Drouin Dragons Soccer Club was last week
accepted into the Football Federation Victoria
State League 5 (South) competition to field both a
Senior Men’s and Men’s Reserves teams in 2017.
The DDSC President, Daniel Brown said that
“the Drouin Dragons Soccer Club is highly appre-
ciative to be accepted into the FFV State League 5
“Our Club was established in 1975 and in re-
cent years been very successful both on and off
the pitch. To continue our growth, the committee,
coaches and players will strive to be successful in
the new direction that our club is taking”.
He went on to say that “it’s a great opportunity
for our players and the future of the Drouin Drag-
ons Soccer Club”.
The club have been successful in recent years of-
ten fielding Senior and Junior Teams in the South
The executive and general committee voted in
favor of this direction in November and appointed
Mark Wood senior coach in late December to lead
the teams into the State League.
The club received endorsement from the South
Gippsland Soccer League and the Baw Baw Shire
recently to field teams in the State League with
games scheduled on a Saturday afternoon.
Daniel Brown also said that “this opportunity
will provide a pathway for our Senior Players and
our next generation of Junior players into Mel-
“Just as importantly, we will continue to field
strong teams into the South Gippsland Soccer
League as we have done in the past.”
With the population of Drouin increasing and
its proximity to the South East corridor of Mel-
bourne, the Club is positioned well and is sure to
attract players from Gippsland that are keen to get
a foot into Melbourne.
Drouin Dragons Soccer Club is also fortunate
Drouin steps up to State League soccer
enough to have the use of 5 Full Size pitches for
training and game days. major pitch works took
place over the last two years with drainage and
irrigation from recycled water which provides a
playing surface to be used year round.
Other club news that was announced just be-
fore Christmas was the major works to upgrade
the Change Rooms being approved and will com-
mence work in 2017.
The new changerooms have been funded by the
State Government with a $100,000 grant, Baw
Baw Shire Grant and by club fundraising. The
changerooms will consist of mens and woman’s
showers, toilets and change areas.
If you’re interested in becoming a DDSC Player,
please contact Mark Wood (Senior Coach) at ddsc.
Training runs are on Tuesday and Thursday
evenings at Bellbird Park in Drouin, with games
played on Saturday afternoons for FFV State
League and Sundays for the South Gippsland
An information night, meet and greet will be
held on Tuesday, January 17 at 6pm at our club-
rooms in Drouin with training to commence the
Bicycle-made smoothies are just one of
the ways Inverloch Stars players like Oscar
Gibson-Goldsmith have helped raise funds
to install lights at Thompson Reserve.
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