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Eleanor looks ahead to Rio

Golden girl: father Mark, left, and mother Helen, right, with Eleanor Patterson, Commonwealth Games gold medal winning high jumper, at their home in Leongatha.

ELEANOR Patterson brought her Commonwealth Games gold medal home to Leongatha on Friday, August 8 and the young high jumper says the medal came about because of a wonderful partnership. Eighteen year old Eleanor says her coach, David Green, is the reason for her success. Eleanor’s world is spinning since she cleared 1.94 metres at […]

August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

Footy first for MDU

Blockbuster: MDU is set to host this year's Alberton Football League grand final on Saturday, September 13.

GRAND final fever has hit Meeniyan with the town set to host its first Alberton Football Netball League (AFNL) grand final on Saturday, September13. AFNL director of special events and publicity Gary Adams said this would be the first time the Meeniyan Dumbalk club would host a grand final since the Alberton and Bass Valley […]

August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

Thomas riding high in Gippstar Awards

Junior cycling star: Tom McFarlane’s award was recognition for an outstanding performance at the Australian Championships in February. He continues to grow in stature as a cyclist.

LEONGATHA’S Commonwealth Games champion Eleanor Patterson and Junior cyclist Thomas McFarlane were among the athletes featured at the Gippstar Awards in Morwell on Wednesday evening, August 6. Eleanor Patterson is now a household name and people constantly remark on how natural and delightful a young girl she is. Thomas McFarlane is one of the Junior […]

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200 game milestones

Milestone: balloons festooned the court to mark the occasion of Louise Bruce’s 200th game for the MDU Football Netball Club on Saturday.

NOT many clubs are fortunate enough to retain the services of players for 200 games but on Saturday, Meeniyan Dumbalk United, in the Alberton League, saw netballer Louise Bruce achieve this milestone. Louise stepped onto the court to play her 200th senior game in the B Grade netball team after a career stretching over 20 […]

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Calling all Nippers

Water smart: Nippers ready to tackle the bigger waves.

INVERLOCH Surf Life Saving Club has now opened bookings for the Summer Nipper Program and is advising families to get in quickly as it is a first come first served basis. Last season the club ran the program for 200 children across the U7 to U14 age groups. The program is designed to improve beach […]

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Racing at Tarwin Lower

Action: from left, Kevin Feely, Morgan Barnes and David Supple working together to chase down the main bunch on the return to Tarwin Lower.

SATURDAY racing saw the early riders at the assembly point at Tarwin Lower waiting for a shower to pass, however, after that the riders had a good break for racing; a light wind but pretty cold conditions. The seniors raced from Tarwin Lower out to Walkerville and returned with riders needing to tackle the hill […]

August 5th, 2014 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

Southern Fusion under 17s bring home the gold

Victorious: from left, Kaitlin Nardino, Kahlia Truman, Brittany Roffey, Zoe Henderson, Ella Henderson, Taylah Roberts, Yvonne Porter (coach), Bridget Monaghan, Kym Diston (vice-captain), Mollie Bloch (captain) took out the Premiership in the Waverly Nights Netball Association.

AS another season has ended at Waverley Netball Centre, Southern Fusion have yet again come away with a premiership, this time with the under 17’s team. The under 17’s won their grand final on Monday, August 28, 37 – 25 against a tough opponent in Mountain Districts. Following a few ups and downs at the […]

August 5th, 2014 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

Need for speed

Big win: Georgie Fillipi from Bass Valley Pony Club was named West Gippsland Zone champion at the Speed to Safety day held at Stony Creek on Saturday.

RIDERS gathered at Stony Creek Racecourse on Saturday for the last Speed to Safety event for the West Gippsland Zone. Speed to Safety is an instructional project with the objective of teaching pony club riders the skills involved with riding to a given pace. The champion for the West Gippsland Zone series was Georgie Fillipi […]

August 5th, 2014 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

On the buck of a bull

Rodeo rider: Toora’s Kelsey Pavlou is a keen bull rider, and one day wants to be riding the bucking beasts in America.

EIGHT seconds. It doesn’t sound like a very long time to most people, but to 12 year old Kelsey Pavlou from Toora, it can seem like a lifetime. Kelsey first became interested in rodeos and bull riding after attending the Stony Creek Rodeo a few years ago. It was there he met one of the […]

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Diamonds deliver gold for Lisa

Golden girl: Lisa Alexander, formerly of Leongatha addresses the Australian netball team that defeated its arch rival New Zealand to  win Commonwealth gold. Photo courtesy The Herald Sun.

AUSTRALIAN netball coach Lisa Alexander, former Leongatha resident and secondary college teacher, is celebrating the Diamonds Commonwealth Games gold medal win destroying the New Zealand Silver Ferns 58 to 40 yesterday. For Alexander the gold winning match against traditional rivals New Zealand was a triumph having scaled the heights to beat the reigning Dehli Commonwealth […]

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