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RAIN in the morning and thunder clouds just
before the start of the first race at Stony Creek
last Sunday cleared away for a highly success-
ful running of the Ladbrokes Stony Creek Cup.
Jockey Ben Allen, who secured a running
double with wins in the second and third races
on the card, with Just Hifalutin and Dunge-
ness, declared the ‘Soft 5’ track good for rac-
ing, noting however that it was favouring the
“on pace runners”.
Jockey of the eventual winner of Race Seven,
the $75,000 Stony Creek Cup, Jye McNeil,
may well have heard those remarks because
he hugged the running rail, saving distance, all
the way around the 2100 metre circuit, only
coming out in the straight to claim the lucra-
tive prize in fine style from the fast-finishing
favourite Adirondack, with Unique Assassin in
While the action on the track was the feature
of the day, there was plenty to keep the patrons
interested as the weather heated up throughout
Hospitality marquees were full to overflow-
ing with cup day cheer, the ‘Influence On Dusk’
Fashions on the Field was well supported, band
music played throughout and canny racegoers
enjoyed the shade and a gentle breeze behind
the bar on what was an ideal day for racing.
More pics on page 59
Thunder clouds clear for
sparkling day at Stony Creek
Superbly ridden by Jye McNeil, Youl Dash For Cash saved energy all the way around the 2100 metre Stony Creek Cup distance and came on
strong in the finish to claim the lion’s share of the $75,000 prize money. M321117
Connections of the Stony Creek Cup winning horse, Youl Dash For Cash, including jockey Jye
McNeil and trainer Peter Gelagotis of Moe, receive the trophies from race club president Paul
THE Alberton FNL has con-
firmed it will not have a fourths
competition this season.
Clubs met with the board recent-
ly and were asked to present num-
bers for their thirds and fourths
Only two clubs had the mini-
mum numbers required to field a
fourths side, so the clubs agreed
to disband the fourths competition
The thirds is looking good, with
all clubs expected to field sides.
Alberton FNL president Barry
Stride said the board is very disap-
pointed in the outcome.
“We can understand the predica-
ment that a lot of these clubs are
in with the small population they
have in their towns,” he said.
“Unfortunately it’s a growing
trend and it’s not just Alberton go-
ing through it, and it’s not just coun-
try footy going through it either.
“There are metro clubs strug-
gling for junior numbers as well.
It’s a trend that is worrying, and
the AFL needs to address it.
“The thing that concerns us the
most is once you stop something
it’s very hard to get it back.”
Mr Stride said the league was
looking at fielding a combined
team in the under 14s division of
the Southern Gippsland Junior
“We’ve had talks with chair Noel
Burrell and Noel suggested we play
it out of Tarwin, but it’s a matter of
organising and seeing if we can put
it together,” he said.
“We understand hardships on
parents but at the end of the day,
we’re trying to give the kids that
want to play footy an opportunity.
“We’ve thought of every possible
angle to keep it happening but
if you haven’t got numbers you
haven’t got numbers.
“You can’t run a league with two
or three clubs because it means the
youngsters are only playing every
five weeks, and kids want to play
footy every week.
“We haven’t given up hope of res-
urrecting it in 2018 and each club
is committed to trying and make it
happen next year.
“At the meeting each club pledged
their commitment to have a work-
ing committee to try and make
sure we can resurrect it next year
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