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Key grand final roles for Leongatha duo

All Australian: Leongatha born and educated, Matt Stevic was named for the 2014 AFL All Australian following a year which culminated in his being named one of the three grand final field umpires.

LIKE everyone else, grand final umpire Matt Stevic was surprised at how Saturday’s big game panned out. “Especially given the way the two teams finished the year.” Going into the match, Stevic said the pressure was incredible and the first ten minutes of the game was intense. “The 2012 grand final was an unbelievable game […]

September 30th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,Sport | Read More »

Tigers win tough grand final

Aiming high: from left, Morwell’s Tom Crosby and Wonthaggi Power’s Earl Shaw vie for the ball in Saturday’s Gippsland League grand final at Morwell Recreation Reserve.

MORWELL captured its ninth premiership and first back-to-back flags since 1952-53 when they defeated a courageous Wonthaggi team in an entertaining, close, low scoring contest that was still in the balance well into the final quarter. Conditions were perfect for the big day at Morwell and a good sized crowd turned out to witness  what […]

September 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Featured,Sport | Read More »

AFNL Grand Final Day


MEENIYAN really turned it on for the staging of the Alberton Football Netball League grand finals on Saturday. The weather was perfect and a bumper crowd of 5000 people paid $32,075 at the gate, just down on last year’s record gate of $33, 350 at Wonthaggi. As the Meeniyan ground filled to capacity with cars, […]

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

Meeniyan ready

Looking good: MDU groundsman Daryl Sinclair said the football ground will be in great shape for the finals this weekend.

THE oval at the Meeniyan Recreation Reserve is “coming up a treat” as the MDU Football/Netball Club prepares to host the AFNL Grand Final on Saturday, September 13. Daryl Sinclair has been the groundsman at MDU for the past eight years. He said they have been cutting the grass every second day for the last three […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

Newhaven College on target

Runners up: the Wonthaggi team, from left, Liam Lawrie, Jayden Mendola, Steve Wallace, Tommy Miller and Jared Waite came in second at the Dart Shield Challenge with 60 points.

POWLETT Darts Association invited schools to the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club for the fifth Gippsland Inter College Dart Shield Challenge last Tuesday. Ten schools were invited to attend. Secondary colleges from Wonthaggi, Leongatha, Newhaven and Korumburra accepted the challenge. Beginning at 9.30am teams of students at least 15 years of age competed for the champion title. […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

Off and running in Inverloch

Coastal air: Inverloch is the latest town to be swept up in the worldwide parkrun craze.

INVERLOCH is the latest town to get swept up by the worldwide parkrun craze; a free five-kilometre timed run every Saturday morning in a local park run by volunteers and open to anyone. Inverloch launches Gippsland’s first parkrun on Saturday, September 13 at 8 am with a briefing at 7:45am. Runners and walkers of all […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

Cycling caravan rolls into town

Setting out: they’re away in Stage Two of the Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland. Stuart Smith is in the foreground.

CYCLISTS in the Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland rolled out of the Leongatha Recreation Reserve for Stage Two of the race on Thursday on a perfect spring morning on what Lakes Oil liaison officer, Bob Thompson described as the highlight of the tour. This stage would take the riders on a 110km route over the […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

Mirboo North netballers triumph

A Grade winners: back row from left, Libby Pratt, Angie Rogers, Ebony Best, Emily Loh, Aleisha Loh and Abbey Nash. Front row from left, Alice Pratt, Jess Holland, Danni Hilliar and Amy Hoghton.

MIRBOO North Tigers A and B Grade netball teams completed an undefeated season by taking out the Mid Gippsland League Premierships. B Grade met Morwell East in a close encounter that kept Mirboo North on its toes right up until the final minutes of the game.  An injury to Steph Mueller in the second quarter […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

A day to remember

MIRBOO North Football Netball Club has achieved a remarkable feat by winning four titles at the Mid Gippsland football and netball grand finals on Saturday.
The Tigers won the Seniors and Thirds football premierships, and the netball A and B grades flags. The Seniors entered the game as underdogs, having lost to Newborough three times this season by margins of 129, 22 and 90 points, but they won by a mere one point in the game that counted.
Celebrating the victory were Seniors players, back, from left, Drew Gardener, Simon Busitil, Jacob Nash, Daniel Taylor, Josh Taylor, Alex Windsor, Tristan Salerno, Dane McGuiness, Liam Nash, Tim Traill and Kallum Nash. Front, from left, Luke Palmer, Matt Holland, Dwayne Gunn, Damien Turner, Shane Peters, Kris Berchtold, Ben Ahmat, Joe Brooks, Dom Pinneri and Jack Robertson.  Photo - markdrury.fotomerchant.com

REIGNING premier, long-priced underdog and crowd favorite, Mirboo North, miraculously defeated Newborough by a point, to claim the Mid Gippsland grand final at Ronald Reserve, Morwell East, on Saturday. The only change to Mirboo North’s winning preliminary final team against Boolarra, was the return of Dane McGennisken, who replaced the injured Brian Waters. Although Mirboo […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

Gold to Leongatha!

Premiers: the Under 14s wearing premiership smiles and gold medals.

LEONGATHA Under 14s are the league 2014 premiers after a convincing six goal win against Trafalgar on Sunday. The coach Rowan Michael and assistant coach Adam Sheedy had the boys focused from the first bounce. After an even first half of the first quarter, Leongatha got a run on and established what was to become […]

September 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Featured,Sport | Read More »

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