Port Melbourne News

From the Port Melbourne FC website

The Port Melbourne Football Club wishes to advise that club legend Bob Bonnett has been battling ill health for some time.

Recently, Bob was admitted to St. Vincent’s Private Hospital and at this stage, is unlikely to return home.

Our prayers and thoughts are with his wife June, and the family.

We will also endeavour to provide further updates as they come to hand over the coming days and weeks.




Fred Cook Tribute Night


Come along to the Sandridge Events Centre after the Borough's Round 17 home game against Coburg for a formal tribute to arguably our club's most decorated player, Fred Cook!

- Saturday 12th August 2017 (Following Coburg Round 17 Game)
- Sandridge Function and Events Centre @ North Port Oval
- 6:00pm - 9:00pm (approximately).
- Panel includes: Sam Newman, Norm Brown, Gary Brice, Sam Holt and Phil Cleary.
- Ticket prices: $50 per Adult (+ fees + GST), $20 for Pensioners (+ fees + GST). Includes finger food and drinks at bar prices.


From The Sunday Age
Reported by John Pierick
Full article - click here

Carlton midfielder Nick Graham enhanced his hopes of a senior recall with an impressive performance in Saturday's VFL season opener against Port Melbourne.

While the Northern Blues were beaten by 29 points at North Port Oval, Graham finished with 37 disposals. His work at the stoppages was strong and he provided plenty of drive on a wet afternoon when the Borough faithful rallied around their club on a "Call to Arms" day.


Shane Valenti at full stretch for Port Melbourne.Shane Valenti at full stretch for Port Melbourne.

From localfooty.com.au and the Port Phillip Leader
Reported by Paul Amy
GARY Ayres often refers to Shane Valenti as “the little champ’’.

“I love him,’’ the Port Melbourne mentor has said more than once in the past few months, reflecting an affection that coaches reserve for players who won them premierships.

But Ayres has applied some “tough love’’ to Valenti as the two-time JJ Liston Trophy winner embarks on a comeback to the VFL at the age of 30.

Valenti left Port at the end of the end of the 2014 season after a 149-game career that earned him a string of accolades.

He joined Noble Park in 2015, only to suffer a serious injury to his left knee.

After a reconstruction, Valenti resumed playing last season at Old Haileybury in the VAFA. But as early as last September’s Liston count he was making noises about rejoining the Borough.

He signed a few days ago after a pre-season in which he admits he had some “touchy’’ talks with his 2011 premiership coach.

Valenti said Ayres presented him with “what if’’ scenarios that he sometimes didn’t want to hear.

What if you’ve lost a bit of your nip?

What if the knee doesn’t hold up?

Sandringham too strong for Port Melbourne

From The Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
Full article - Click here

Sandringham had the answers when it mattered most against Port Melbourne to win an intense elimination final by 45 points at North Port Oval on Sunday.
Dylan Weickhardt of Sandringham handballs during the VFL elimination final match between Port Melbourne and Sandringham.


Dylan Weickhardt of Sandringham handballs during the VFL elimination final match between Port Melbourne and Sandringham. Photo: Graham Denholm/AFL Media


The Zebras, who meet reigning premier Williamstown in next Saturday's semi-final at North Port Oval, appeared galvanised after a turbulent finish to the home and away season, in which they lost six of their last seven matches.

North Port Oval not up to standard

From the Port Phillip Leader

This article appeared during the week detailing the continuing problems facing North Port Oval that have plagued the playing surface in recent weeks.

Hopefully  the ground conditions improve and we have some drier weather in the lead up to September action or the VFL may consider moving games away from the ground.