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AFTER years of planning, redevelopments
and hard work, recreation reserves across the
Bass Coast Shire are looking better than ever.
Improvements at various grounds have al-
lowed local football clubs to train on grounds
throughout the winter despite heavy rain and
enjoy exceptional surfaces, while cricket clubs
are also benefiting from lush surfaces during
In recent years, the Dalyston and Bass recre-
ation reserves have seen a noticeable improve-
ment since extensive drainage works were com-
pleted at the grounds.
The Bass oval was once renowned as a mud
pit during winter, but is now a totally the oppo-
site, with a pristine surface enjoyed by Kilcun-
da-Bass footballers and visiting teams.
The major drainage works at Dalyston were
completed in October 2015 and while the oval
is managed by the Dalyston Recreation Reserve
committee and caretaker Graeme Pigdon, the
council offers assistance at times.
Dalyston Football Netball Club president Paul
Dunlop said the new drainage system has made
a massive difference.
“Last year was a really wet winter and we
didn’t miss a training run and it didn’t impact
training at all,” he said.
“It was fantastic, especially when you have a
lot of traffic on the ground. We’re talking three
nights a week and generally every second Satur-
day you’re on it and Sundays with the juniors,
so it gets a lot of traffic.
“It’s probably the best I’ve seen it for a long
time. We had over two inches of rain last week
and I was on the ground 24 hours later and
you wouldn’t have known we had that amount
of rain, while in previous years you’d be strug-
gling to train on it.
“Everything just goes straight through it and
runs out the back to the stormwater drain, it’s
amazing. We’re working on a way to catch the
run-off and put it into our dam.”
Bass Coast Shire Council parks and gardens
staff are involved in mowing and detailed line
marking at Wonthaggi, Cowes, Bass and Ne-
whaven Recreation Reserves, fertilising, weed
and pest management at Wonthaggi, Dalyston,
Bass, Newhaven, Cowes and Thompson Re-
serve Inverloch, monthly condition and safety
audits at Wonthaggi, Newhaven and Cowes, an-
nual renovations of council-managed ovals and
reserves such as scarifying, verti-draining, cor-
ing, top dressing and over sowing for continu-
ous improvement of playing surfaces at Won-
thaggi, Dalyston, Bass, Newhaven, Cowes and
Inverloch, as well as management and mainte-
nance of existing irrigation systems.
Recent projects by council include the rede-
velopment of the Newhaven Recreation Reserve
including drainage and resurfacing, and pro-
viding advice on the Thompson Reserve drain-
Drainage projects have been completed at
Bass, Dalyston, Newhaven and Wonthaggi Rec-
reation Reserve Oval No 2 in recent years and
a drainage project at the Cowes Recreation Re-
serve was also completed some years ago.
The Inverloch Recreation Reserve is the re-
sponsibility of the reserve’s committee of man-
agement and council works with the committee
and provides advice.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield said
the attention they’ve been paying to improve
sporting reserves comes from the Council Plan.
“Obviously, this is still something that our
community feels strongly about as ‘recreation’
is one of the themes that emerged from com-
munity feedback for our new draft Council
Plan,” she said.
“So we’ll see a continued commitment to
maintaining and improving our facilities.
“Our parks and gardens staff takes great
pride in our recreation reserves and playing
surfaces. They understand the value these fa-
cilities have for the broader community.”
• Wonthaggi Table Tennis
THE A Reserve table tennis match last week
in Wonthaggi between Mator and Rally Cars
was a fight to the finish with some of the closest
games played this season.
The set between Archie Paxton (Mator) and
Daniel Park (Rally Cars) had to be one of the
best displays in A Reserve we have seen amongst
other close battles over the past few weeks.
Archie finally nailed it 12-10 in the fifth. Both play-
ers had been undefeated until last week’s matches.
In the same match, Charley Donohue (Ma-
tor) went to five with Mitch Stivic (Rally Cars),
Mitch getting over the line 11-8 in the fifth.
Mator finished the night with a very hard won
In another tight A Reserve match, that seemed
to go on forever, the Classics (Brad Scott, Siobhan
Paxton, Leanne Costello) had a 6-3 win over Mer-
cedes (Beau Allamby, Jack Duff, Callum Martin).
The result could have gone either way and ev-
ery set was close. The final doubles (Brad and
Siobhan v Beau and Jack) went down the line
to the fifth with an eventual 11-8 win to Brad
The B Grade semi-finals will be played on
Thursday, May 11 following junior coaching as
follows: Rocket League (Jake Stivic, Leit Rivers)
v Beater Busters (Charley Donohue, Poppy Duff);
TMNT (Bayley Poynton-Jessup, Levi Clarke) v
Butterfly (Mitchell Stivic, Coby Chandler).
Jake Stivic was B Grade leading player for
A Grade ladder: Wollemi Pines 28 25 (106), Wil-
lows 20 20 (99), Camelias 16 17 (82), Blue Gum
12 15 (80), The Oaks 4 13 (75), Wattle 4 9 (73).
Undefeated: Justin Licis
A Reserve ladder: Mator 16 26 (88), The Clas-
sics 12 25 (85), Rally Cars 12 21 (86), Mer-
cedes 8 20 (75), Dodge Challengers 8 19 (73),
Range Rovers 4 20 (77).
Undefeated: Archie Paxton.
The Wonthaggi Table Tennis B Grade Cham-
pionships were held on Thursday night.
Jake Stivic won the Open Singles and Bayley
Poynton-Jessup was runner-up in an exciting
and hard hitting final.
Levi Clarke won the Handicap Singles event and
had some close games along the way, including a
particularly close encounter with Leit Rivers.
Jack Donohue was runner-up and played his
sister Charley in a semi-final.
The other semi-finalist was Callum Martin.
The last event of the night was the popular
Jumbo Ball Handicap and some of the top
players fell by the wayside trying to manage the
Nine-year old Poppy Duff battled through the
draw to reach the final and amidst very noisy
spectator encouragement, she finally got over
the line against Mitch Stivic.
Mitch was very gracious in defeat to the
SMALL BORE RIFLE CLUB
RESULTS from 50m Prone Pennant - Section
C, Round 9.
Leongatha 583.028 defeated Kyabram
574.025, Brunswick 556.015 defeated by Al-
bury A 573.009, Wangaratta 561.011 defeated
by Glenelg B 580.015.
The best shooter for Round 9 was Daniel Cro -
atto (Leongatha) with 200.013 which included
13 perfect 10s.
Round 10: Wangaratta 560.016 defeated by
Leongatha 580.024, Brunswick 559.014 de-
feated by Glenelg B 575.025, Albury A 577.024
defeated Kyabram 567.016.
The best shooter for Round 10 was John
Denton (Albury) with 195.011.
Final ladder: 40 Leongatha, 20 Kyabram, 28 Al-
bury A, 24 Glenelg B, 8 Wangaratta, 0 Brunswick.
Congratulations to Leongatha for winning the
Pennant for 50 metre Prone.
The Leongatha club shoots Wednesday nights
at 8pm at the rifle club on the recreation reserve.
THE South Gippsland Field and
Game Club’s Simulated Clay Tar-
get Shoot on Sunday, May 7 was
held on a cold, overcast day, but
76 shooters still enjoyed a 50 Tgts
Sim Grd event.
The high gun for the day was B
Wilkinson with a score of 44.
The other place getters are as fol-
AA: R Hill 43, A McDonald 37.
A: B Wilkinson 44, J Green 42, B
C: C Hillbrick 32, T Hodgman
32, R Pearson 31.
Vets: A Pattison 34, G Hart 32, K
Ladies: K Matthies 37, M Hogan
30, K Stybosh 30.
Juniors: C Wilkerson 39, H Ham-
The next shoot will be a 50 Tgts
Sim Grd event held on Sunday,
June 4 starting at 11am at the
ground situated at 940 Leongatha–
Yarragon Road, Hallston.
If you are interested in trying
simulated clay target shooting just
come along, you will be made most
Junior winner was C Wilkerson with a very good score
76 shoot at Hallston
Grass is greener in Bass Coast
Kilcunda-Bass footballers are reaping the benefits of an improved playing surface, thanks
to significant drainage works at the Bass Recreation Reserve in recent years. rg091917
ON A blustery Korumburra afternoon at 3pm,
the Senior Men took to the field for the match
between Korumburra City and Wonthaggi Unit-
ed who won the toss and chose to play with the
From the kick-off both teams showed their in-
tentions as they tested each other in what was
a physical, competitive and respectful match.
Wonthaggi’s and Korumburra’s defensive
lines were well organised restricting open
chances on goal. Wonthaggi looked to press
home the wind advantage and they used the
long ball to good effect for their young strike
force to get in behind the Burra defence, how-
ever, Burra Keeper Adam Richards was having
a great game coming off his line to clean up at
The breakthrough came for Burra, at about
the 30 min mark when a great move from the
back was rewarded with an excellent strike at
goal, by midfielder Liam Cull. He connected
well with the ball from the edge of the box and
the shot flew into the back of the net leaving
the Wonthaggi keeper stranded. The goal put
the momentum Burra’s way and Burra looked
confident for the remaining 15min of the half.
In the second half, the wind had dropped and
Wonthaggi came out inspired, they controlled
the middle and Burra defended admirably,
Wonthaggi won a number of free kicks on the
edge of the area as Burra’s defending became
more and more desperate.
On about the 80th min, Burra had a great
chance to double the lead, Jack Millar played in
a great free kick, to Liam Cull, who with a long
outstretched boot just failed to make contact with
the ball, enabling the Wonthaggi Keeper to make
the save and keep his side in the hunt for the final
few minutes. Wonthaggi pressed again, but Burra
held on for a nervy last few minutes to secure the
points for their first win of the season.
A superb game to watch, Burra were unlucky
to have not come away with the win in a closely
fought contest resulting in a 1-2 loss. Burra had
many shots on goal and almost had the equalis-
er but the score was disallowed after the lines-
man called offside. Belinda Nichols managed to
find the net for Burra with their only goal of
the day. Korumburra’s passing was fantastic,
their training sessions paying off. Although they
didn’t get the points, the team was buzzing as
though they had won.
A tough day on the pitch for Korumburra’s
16s with a 2-7 defeat, Aidan Hall and Decota
Decarlo finding the net. Aaron Loper-Freeman
took on 3 defenders during the first half and
looked likely to score when he broke away from
them but it wasn’t to be. Kieran Lewis defend-
ing well in the back line. As always, the reliable
Curtis Gardner played a great game with oppo-
nents almost twice his size.
Under 15 girls
A solid performance from both sides was
highlighted by some great breaks by the Ko-
rumburra forwards. Audrey Lamers opened
the scoring for Burra at the 4-minute mark
of the first term, her first game of the season
kicked off in style. Dakota Decarlo followed up
with 3 and Estelle Rosse booted 2, with Won-
thaggi only managing 1 goal during the term,
they just couldn’t get it past defender’s Jordan
Egan, Alana Lopez-Freeman and Milly Hurst.
In the second term, coach Rose Hurst and
team manager Jess Odgers mixed up the side
to see how far the girls could go. Aaliyah Na-
gel came out of goals and was replaced by Da-
kota Decarlo, while Milly Hurst moved into
an attacking role. These changes paid off with
Aaliyah booting her first goal for Burra at the
8-minute mark then Milly taking on the defend-
ers with her lightning pace and scoring the next
3 goals. Dakota had her work cut out in goals,
Wonthaggi slotting through 3 for the end result
of a 10 to 4 win for the home side. Abbey Nich-
ols, Fern Hurst and Zhi Xia McNeil defending
A fast paced contest between two fast teams.
City coach Graham Beech said “The Under
12s loss of 4-7 didn’t reflect the team’s perfor-
mance. The forwards had many chances and
were stopped by some great goalkeeping by
Wonthaggi. All the players put in another strong
team effort. Liam Thomas played well to score
his first goal for the team & I was particularly
pleased with the efforts of Abbey Nichols and
Alana Lopez-Freeman who both gave strong
performances in the midfield. Patrick Morris in
goal in slippery conditions limited Wonthaggi’s
quick forwards. I was very pleased with our
City hosts United
Fight to the finish line
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