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KORUMBURRA-BENA has bolstered its play-
ing stocks further for 2017 with the signing of
Jake McMillan and Johnny Amaya.
McMillan was a rising star of the Alberton
FNL, rising through the ranks at MDU before
becoming a key player across half forward for
He has switched to the Giants to play with a
couple of mates, and made the decision to com-
mit after a few training sessions.
Amaya joins the club after being coached by
Giants coach Ben McGee at St John’s Old Col-
legians in the VAFA.
He was one of St John’s best players through-
out 2016, with his side reaching the grand final.
Giants’ committee member Andrew Newton
said the club had recruited well for the upcom-
“We’re pretty close to a full complement now
but we certainly welcome more players if any-
one out there shows interest,” he said.
“We had our first training back for the year
on Wednesday night with huge numbers on the
track which was really good.”
The under 16 and under 18 squads also hit
the track on Wednesday, with under 16s start-
ing at 5pm and under 18s at 6pm with the se-
Netballers started fitness training on Thurs-
day night under coach Christie Hillberg.
A NEW-LOOK junior football competition will
be launched in 2017, with the Alberton Junior
Football League rebranded as the Southern
Gippsland Junior Football Competition.
The competition will also feature a youth girls
division and junior development academy for
the first time.
With participation already on the rise in Sun-
day junior football following changes made by
the AFL Gippsland-led review into junior foot-
ball in South Gippsland in 2015, the newly-
formed Committee of Management felt the time
was right to establish a fresh identity.
“The introduction of under 10s and the move
to a more standard age group structure of un-
der 12s and under 14s has made a notable dif-
ference to our participation numbers in one
year,” Committee of Management chair Noel
“With the change in governance that led to our
committee being established it made sense to
adopt a new name and image.
“Given we have clubs and participants from
across two local government areas we wanted
to assume an identity that reflected our com-
petition as a whole which is why we settled on
The AJFL’s participation increased from 839
participants in 2015 to 913 in 2016 and while
Auskick numbers remained steady – three
more participants than 2015 and 10 fewer than
the record of 580 set in 2014 – school engage-
ments increased significantly.
A total of 3818 individual school engage-
ments occurred last year, far ahead of 2015’s
mark of 2714 and more than double the num-
ber made in 2014.
Burrell expected clubs and Auskick pro-
grams to see the benefits of that work as soon
as this season.
“Increasing the number of children exposed
to football at school can only be a positive thing
for our clubs,” Burrell said.
“Getting their first experience of footy in a
school environment is less daunting for many
kids and we’re hopeful it encourages more to
join their local club or Auskick centre.”
The other major development is the introduc-
tion of a youth girls division and a McDonald’s
Six clubs have expressed an interest in field-
ing a youth girls’ team this season and Burrell
said it was a great addition to the competition.
“Female footy is growing faster than any other
area of the sport and with the AFL Women’s
competition starting next year, that interest is
only going to increase,” he said.
“Embracing youth girls and providing an op-
portunity for them to play football will greatly
strengthen our competition.
“The establishment of a development acad-
emy will ensure young players in our compe-
tition have every opportunity to enhance their
skills at a higher level and gain access to expert
coaching and an approach consistent with the
Gippsland Power TAC Cup pathway.”
Hayley Balmer, Seanan Trewin, Jess Gysberts, Charli Ross, Cailin Robinson and Laura
Thompson are looking forward to participating in the inaugural Southern Gippsland Junior
Football Competition’s youth girls division.
Junior footy league’s new identity
Korumburra-Bena coach Ben McGee, centre, welcomed new Giants recruits Jake McMillan
and Johnny Amaya.
Giants grow in numbers
• C Grade Division 1
A CRACKING century by Phillip Island’s
Jackson Sorati has set up a huge score of
4/312 against Nerrena in C Grade Division
One at Nerrena.
Sorati strode to the crease at 1/69 and
confidently belted the Red Cap bowlers to all
parts of the ground, hitting 10 fours and a
six before he was bowled for 108.
He shared a 91-run partnership for the
second wicket with Mark Christopher, who
belted 65 including seven fours.
A five-wicket haul by Inverloch’s Cameron
Butler highlighted a tough battle with bat
and ball against MDU at Inverloch Recre-
Butler finished with impressive figures of
5/16 off 13 overs including six maidens, as
MDU was bowled out for 183 in the 60th
Ben Davey (32), Steve Riley (34) and Con-
nor Brown (29) contributed to the score.
Leongatha Town is in the box seat for a win
over Wonthaggi Club after a strong bowling
and batting performance at Scorpion Park 2.
Club batted first and Mitch Davey hit a
quickfire 52 including 10 fours and a six,
but he had little support as the visitors were
bowled out for 151 in the 48th over.
John Pouw was the pick of the bowlers
with 3/36 off eight overs and Craig McGan-
non nabbed 2/8 off eight overs including
Pouw didn’t mess around in the run chase,
belting five fours to remain 24 not out at
stumps, with Nigel Hodges 10 not out.
The Scorpions will resume at 0/52 after
batting 12 overs.
A consistent bowling display saw Korum-
burra bowl OMK out for 158 in the 59th over
at Korumburra Secondary College.
James Paterson top scored with 45 for the
Diggers, while Peter Churchill grabbed 3/64
off 19 overs for the Cobras.
C1 results: Town 0/52 v Club 151 (M Davey
52 J Pouw 3/36 R Edwards 2/4 C Mcgannon
2/8) at Scorpion Park 2.
Inverloch v MDU 183 (S Riley 34 B Davey
32 C Brown 29 C Bulter 5/16 NJ Bradley
2/42) at Inverloch Recreation Reserve
Nerrena v Phillip Island 4/312 (J Sorarti
108 M Christopher 65 MA Cleary 38* P Fran-
cis 30* C Epifano 29 M Waltom 2/81) at Ner-
rena Recreation Reserve.
OMK 158 (J Paterson 45 P Miller 33 P
Churchill 3/64 EM Allaway 2/12 M Wrigley
2/27 A Brinksma 2/35) v Korumburra at Ko-
rumburra Secondary College.
• C Grade Division 2
KILCUNDA-BASS bowler Zac Crow has nulli-
fied Phillip Island with five wickets in C Grade
Division Two at Rhyll.
Crow was introduced to the attack with great
effect, having the dangerous Ron Young caught
for 39 on his way to 5/33 off eight overs.
Gav Excell (29 including six fours) and Dave
Kenter (27 including five fours) helped the Is-
land reached 162 before they were bowled out
in the 34th over.
Kilcunda-Bass batted 26 overs in reply and
was 0/67 at stumps.
An unbeaten 68 by Vijai Gopal has saved the
day for Korumburra against Leongatha Town at
Gopal came to the crease at 5/54 and rebuilt
the innings with Robert Franics (25).
He hit six fours and two sixes as the Cobras
Cameron Dowling was the pick of the Scor-
pion bowlers with 3/31 off 18 overs including
seven maidens, while Travis Strybosch was
handy with 3/43 off 16 overs.
A half century by Brian Knight has saved
Poowong-Loch from a low total against OMK at
Knight batted patiently as wickets tumbled
around him, sticking around with an important
52 as the home side posted 123.
Paul Green bowled well with 3/19 off 13.3
overs including six maidens, while Michael
Whiteside grabbed 2/28 off 18 overs including
Luke Borne’s 49 not out boosted Wonthaggi
Club’s total to 146 against Glen Alvie at Glen
Club was bowled out in the 46th over, thanks
to the efforts of Jarrod Newsome (3/28 off 10.3
overs) and Jai Lindsay (3/11 off seven overs in-
cluding three maidens).
Glen Alvie will resume at 1/20 after batting
for 15 overs in reply.
C2 results: Glen Alvie 1/20 v Wonthaggi Club
146 (L Borne 49* S Roche 26 J Lindsay 3/11 J
Newsome 3/28 K Hull 2/15) at Glen Alvie Rec-
Poowong-Loch 123 (BA Knight 52 P Green
3/19 M Blackburn 2/16 M Whiteside 2/28) v
OMK at Poowong.
Phillip Island 162 (R Young 39 GR Excell 29
DJ Kenter 27 ZB Crow 5/33) v Kilcunda Bass
(0/67) at Rhyll.
Korumburra 162 (V Gopal 68* R Francis
25 C Dowling 3/31 T Strybosch 3/43 A Hanily
2/24) v Town at Leongatha Velodrome.
Koonwarra L/RSL – Bye
Nerrena Red Caps
Crow keeps Island
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