Wash up from Round 6 of the SFNL

Netball – With illness running through the camp, our netballers were playing in grades and positions they may not have been accustomed to, with mixed results for the day. Mildura are always strong and this showed again on Saturday. We had good wins by B Grade, C Res, 15 d2 and 13 d2, with C Res now sitting top of the ladder undefeated. All our teams are in the top 4, so this is a great achievement so far. Keep up the hard work girls you are all doing an amazing job.

Football – Well what a day out, with the SMSC nearly having a clean sweep in football. The senior team with a late flourish of goals nearly pinched a game that was not ours all day. The boys when they play well look great but need to do this for four quarters. We had great wins in all other grades with the Under 14s group coming from behind to win against a strong opposition. They played great team football, which makes for great viewing

Our under 16s undermanned but undeterred showed amazing heart resulting in a great win, and our Under 18s who were also undermanned with six players up in senior grade, fought hard all day and eventually came home with the four points.

A big shout out to all the coaches, team managers, and volunteers for navigating teams through illness and unavailability, you are all doing a fantastic job.

Also a huge shout out to our timekeepers in football who had to sit in the grandstand at No 1 in cold weather, the club cannot thank you enough.

2022 Season launch event tickets now on sale

The 2022 season is fast approaching and so is our season launch evening – the first offical event at our new home.

The event will be held in our social rooms overlooking our new football oval, where you will have the opportunity to listen to our special guest David Schwarz (past champion footballer for the Melbourne Demons and current sport presenter & motivational speaker). We will also be interviewing our senior football & netball coaches, Ben Dalton and Georgia Chase.

There will also be various goods & services available for auction throughout the night.

Tickets available through our website: https://southmildurasc.com.au/online-store/

2022 Season Launch Ticket – Includes:

* Date: Saturday the 02nd April 2022
* Time: 6pm till late
* Food: Cocktail food provided
* Drinks: At bar prices
* Guest Speaker: David Schwarz
* Interviews: Ben Dalton and Georgia Chase
* Silent Auction: Various Goods & Services up for Auction

First hit out of the year

The seniors, reserves, and under 18’s footballers had their first practice match hit out for 2022 on Monday night against the Mildura Demons at Aero Ovals.

In a hit out that featured new big man recruit Matthew Lutze and the return of Domenic Scullino from a long injury layoff, a young Bulldogs squad without the likes of Tyler Curtis, Kevin McDonald, and coach Ben Dalton, showed glimpse of what they are capable of this season.

In warm conditions, the boys were slow out of the blocks with Mildura kicking the first couple of goals, however our strong midfielders including Jackson Mcewen, Nathan Nolan, and Declan Loveridge started to show why they are A Graders of the competitions, by taking control of the midfield battle.

After an even first half, plenty of changes were made for the remainder of the game from both sides with there being plenty of positive passages of play. There were glimpses of the positive game plan being implemented by coach Ben Dalton, which was evident to the supporters in attendance.

There is now only a short turnaround to the next practice match this Saturday against Balranald.

Mildura Netball Association Grand Finals

In exciting news, the South Mildura Sporting Club will be represented by a number of teams in the Grand Finals of the Mildura Netball Association 2021/2022 Summer Competition.

South will have the following four teams in their respective Grand Finals this Thursday the 17th of March:

SM5 – 15d1 – Court 1 – 6pm

South Mildura Vs Invincibles

SM8 – 13d1 – Court 3 – 6pm

South Mildura Vs Wenty Roos Red

SM10 – 13d2 – Court 4 – 6pm

South Mildura Vs Merbein Magpies

SM3 – C Grade – Court 3 – 7:15pm

South Mildura Vs Merbein North

On behalf of the club, we wish all of the participant’s good luck this Thursday.

Go Doggies!!!

Building the future of community sport in Mildura

When it comes to community sport success stories, you’d be hard-pressed to find a club with a more interesting history than South Mildura Bulldogs Sporting Club (SMSC Bulldogs).

With a lineage that stretches back to 1945, the early members of the club relied on the ladies committee to get the through the initial hard times.

“The ladies committee were stealing footballs from a rival football club,” Club President Kevin Burke said.

“We had players that would go and train with an opposing football club, kick the footy over the shed, and the ladies would be waiting out in the street to collect footys so we had something to train with.”

“Not ideal,” he laughs, “but you did what you could to get by”.

Those humble beginnings are well behind the club now, as they as they close-out a 76-year tenure at Sarah Oval in central Mildura and prepare to move into the Mildura Sporting Precinct.

With stage one works recently completed and the much-anticipated stage two works on the horizon, Burke sees a bright future ahead for grassroots sport in Mildura.

“What the facility means for the club and sport in general in the community is fantastic.”

Until recently the club has been in the unenviable position of having to split junior football games across two locations, stretching resources and volunteers. Burke anticipates that having a centralised location will not only make life easier for current members but will also help the SMSC Bulldogs attract new talent.

Increasing participation in sport is a key priority for the Victorian Government, which has contributed $13.75 million towards stages one and two of the Mildura Sporting Precinct.

With works including indoor and outdoor facilities for a range of sports, the stage is set for the precinct to become the premier sporting hub for the Mallee, capable of hosting a range of regional sports as well as major sports competition including AFL and NBL preseason fixtures.

Importantly, the new multi-sport precinct ensures that local clubs like SMSC Bulldogs can expand their teams and take on more players. This means more opportunities for athletes and easier access to games for multi-sport families who will no longer be split between venues.

“All in all, the precinct is a huge benefit to grassroots sport in general.” Burke said.

“We can’t wait, it’s exciting times.”

Stage Two works at the Mildura Sporting Precinct are due for completion in 2023.

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Football award winners announced

Football award winners announced

With season 2021 now in our rear-view mirror, we have now set our sights on moving to our new home, the Mildura Sporting Precinct. Before we can do so, we want to announce a range of end of season awards that have recently been handed out.

Due to COVID19 we have had to postpone our award ceremonies on multiple occasions, however over the past few weeks we have been able to host our teams for their respective awards. We would like to thank Dennis and the team down at Mildura Cruises for hosting our teams. Without these guys, we couldn’t have been able to facilitate these events given the indoor restrictions in Victoria.

So to the important part…Who won our awards such as the Ken Mansell Trophy, Johns Family Shield, Daniel Cleary Memorial Trophy, and Dod Judd Memorial Trophy?



Ken Mansell Trophy (Best & Fairest) – Tyler Curtis, took out his second Ken Mansell Trophy in season 2021. The number 1 big man in the game and our 2019 B&F winner, Tyler once again had an outstanding season in 2021 where he asserted his dominance in the ruck and was also an SFNL interleague representative.

Johns Family Shield (Runner Up Best & Fairest) – Jackson Mcewen

Des O’Connor Memorial Trophy (Most Consistent) – Jayden Cogan

Vic Berriman Memorial Trophy (Most Determined) – Liam Wood

John Taylor Memorial Trophy (Most Improved) – Taj Stevens

Best Team Man – Nathan Nolan

Coaches Award – Kevin McDonald



Daniel Cleary Memorial Trophy (Best & Fairest) – Brayden Collicoat, our ultimate clubman and reserves premiership coach in season 2018, took out his first best & fairest award for the club after an outstanding season 2021 on the field. This award is well deserved.

Runner Up Best & Fairest – Jarrod Lay

Most Consistent – Fletcher Doddridge

Most Determined – Steven Sellens

Most Improved – Will Spain

Best Team Man – Reece Merlin

Coaches Award – Lachlan Fisher



Dot Judd Memorial Trophy (Best & Fairest) – Brayth Munn, is an outstanding talent who not only showcased his talents in our Under 18 program, he also experienced senior football in the second half of our season where he was able to display some of the skills that earned him a call-up. This guy has the football world at his feet and we hope to see him play many more games for the club over the next decade.

Runner Up Best & Fairest – Joseph Ryan

Most Consistent – Robert Andriske

Most Determined – Flynn Tiley

Most Improved – Tanner Clancy

Best Team Man – Angus Pound

Coaches Award – Zane Hunt

Bulldog Brother – Jedd Anderson



Best & Fairest – Liano Scullino

Runner Up Best & Fairest – Milan Scullino

Most Consistent – Archer Wooton

Most Determined – Kai Andriske

Most Improved – Isiah Bettess

Best Team Man – Cameron Lay

Coaches Award – Angus Bobstchinski



Best & Fairest – Hunter Strong

Runner Up Best & Fairest – Darby Fitzgerald

Most Consistent – A.J. Scullino

Most Determined – Mitch McClure

Most Improved – Bailey McLaughlin

Best Team Man – Flynn Bobstchinski

Coaches Award – Jarvas Munn


The club would like to congratulate everyone who took out an award, all were thoroughly deserved. Our attention now turns to season 2022 where after 76 years, we will move homes from Sarah Oval to the Mildura Sporting Precinct. This facility will provide a central home for a number of sporting user groups in the district, with our club being the sole representative of the Sunraysia Football & Netball League. The facility aims to be a venue for major events including concerts and regional and national sporting events whilst also accommodating the need for community open space and passive leisure activities in the Mildura South area – one of our region’s main residential growth corridors.

Reflections of the 1998 Premiership

With the Sunraysia Football and Netball League finals series having been cancelled, Sunraysia Daily has taken the opportunity to look back at some memorable grand finals in recent history. Today, we start with South Mildura’s 1998 flag, the most recent premiership won by the Bulldogs, breaking a 28-year drought, as PATHI RAJ reports.

FORMER South Mildura captain Denny Fox still remembers the joy and jubilation of South Mildura fans after the club’s grand final victory in 1998.

Fox, who was ruckman on that famous day 23 years ago, admitted the lure of trying to recapture that moment was what prolonged his footy career.

“The feeling of walking in – as you walk to the club room and walk inside, the feeling you got, I honestly would say that the reason that I played for so long … (was) to try and win a premiership and have that feeling again – of walking into the club rooms,” Fox reflected.

On the eve of the ’98 Sunraysia Football League grand final, South Mildura held the unenviable title of the longest premiership drought in the league’s history.

Having won three in a row from 1968 to 1970, the club endured 28 lean years before finally breaking the drought.

The tide began to turn for the Bulldogs in 1993 as they built a team that began regularly playing finals footy.

Alongside a couple of preliminary final losses, South Mildura also lost the 1994 and 1995 grand finals, both to Imperials, who they would again meet in the ’98 decider.

“The South Mildura people, because they had been so starved of success, were up and about. They were all there,” Fox reflected.

“But Imperials … had such a successful history. We didn’t know with them. So people were not sure.”

For Peter Hahn, just being on the ground that day was pure luck. He had been called into the side after Mathew Addinsall’s
suspension, something the club had fought to overturn before the grand final.

“Sometimes the opportunities arise at others’ misfortune – that (suspension) made my opening and I was lucky enough to play,” Hahn said.

Hahn, who ran on in the second quarter when Ross Pointon hurt his ankle, remembered the sight of South supporters around the ground.

“I just remember a lot of blue and white around the oval … we had plenty of support,” he said.

Hahn said South had a strong focus on starting well.

“(We thought) if we were close to them at quarter time, we had a pretty big chance,” he recalled.

But Imperials’ captain Tony Hickey won the toss. Quickly, the Bulldogs faced an

Imperials side with a three or four goal breeze behind them.

It should have made for a tough start.

“If they had kicked goals, (say) four goals, two points. It would have been game on. They would have had some momentum – would have had their tails up. And it would have been a different story,” Fox said.

But in a tense opening quarter, Imperials were inaccurate, kicking six behinds for the term.

“I remember going into the huddle and the conversation was, ‘We’ve got it’ … We took over from there,” Fox said.

South Mildura went on to kick six goals to one in the second quarter, going into half-time with a 35-point lead.

From that moment on, the result was never in doubt, as the Dogs ran away to a 15.12 (102) to 6.18 (54).

South Mildura forward Michael Bilucaglia was described as “near unstoppable” in a report in the Sunraysia Daily, booting seven goals.

He unofficially kicked 98 for the season (finals goals did not count in the season tally). Sunraysia Daily also described the performances by Scott Lawton and a 16-year-old Leigh Gathercole in the backline as “supreme”. Defender Luke Pumpa was voted as best on ground.

Looking back on the day, Fox said despite the 48-point margin, judging from the scoring shots – 27 for South opposed to 24 for Imperials – the result could have been

Nevertheless, Fox said South Mildura came out confident after half-time because things would have to go “horribly wrong to lose it from there”.

“It’s that go harder mentality…(We thought) we’ve got it now. But we need to do everything right. Go harder … Things don’t just happen, you stand up and take it.”

Perhaps the foundation for South’s victory came in the hardship, and the growing sense that something good had to happen, and soon. For Peter Hahn that began at the start of the season when

South Mildura brought in Lawton, Addinsall and Rick Brennan.

“The club really only picked up a couple of players and they were fairly instrumental in bolstering us,” he said.

“I see some photos from time to time different people have and I remember running out on the ground at the start and seeing all the people who were there – all the older South Mildura people.

“I’d been there since 1982, and seeing all these people who’d been there all that time and finally found some success. That was quite exciting,” Hahn said.

Shane Loveridge, who was a runner for South Mildura on grand final day, echoed the sense of relief and happiness in seeing other people’s joy, especially the supporters who “never thought they’d see another premiership”.

Loveridge took special pride watching from the sidelines as a young man he had coached in ’93 and ’94, Darren O’Brien, played until a heavy clash took him off the ground.

“It was a great feeling to see him out there,” he said.

Loveridge, who had played in 400 games for the club, including a grand final loss in 1983, said the win had been “pretty pleasing” and admitted that he had cried on the day.

For him, the highlight was “to see the joy on the younger players’ and recruits’ faces” as well as the payoff for club members who had “put in work over the years to get to that (moment)”.

Next week, Wentworth’s 2012 triumph.

Story and photos courtesy of Sunraysia Daily

Round 11 – Dogs show bite against Tigers

THE big dark cloud that came over Sarah Oval as the third quarter started was a good metaphor for the rest of Red Cliffs’ day.

The young Tigers has taken a one-point lead into the main break as they attacked the footy hard and showed good ball movement.

But they took their foot off the pedal in the second stanza in what is becoming a familiar story for Vas Tuifao’s side.

They allowed South Mildura to pile on seven goals to their solitary major in the third quarter before the hosts went on post a decisive 48-point victory.

“That’s the story of our year so far,” said playing coach Tuifao, who came off late in the game after copping a head knock.

“We play patches of really good footy, but we’re not keeping it up for four quarters.”

For the Bulldogs, it was a day of righting the ship after being hammered in their two previous clashes against the competition’s heavyweights, Irymple and Imperials.

Playing coach Ben Dalton, who was one of his side’s best, said his troops showed “a lot more intent and positivity in the way we attacked the footy”.

However, it didn’t start well as the Tigers led by eight points at quarter-time and by as much as three goals late in the second term.

The turning point came in the five minutes before half-time when the Bulldogs’ midfield and forward line, led by Matt Min and Kevin McDonald, took control.

“By that point, we’d settled into the game after making some mistakes early on,” Dalton said.

“We’re a confidence-based team and we started playing our style of football again.

“With Min, we haven’t helped him out the past few weeks – but today, we moved the football the way he wants it: coming in with a bit of pace so he’s able to have some space to do his thing.

“He and Kevie Mac worked really well together.”

Min took his season tally to 32 goals after booting seven, while McDonald chimed in with three majors.

Dalton also praised the performances of Jackson McEwen and Liam Wood.

“Liam was very good today on Vas,” Dalton said.

“He’s generally a defender and went to the half-forward flank and found plenty of the footy while doing a defensive job on Vas.”

The Bulldogs consolidated fourth spot and the next month will be critical to whether they play in the finals this year.

“We now have a good stretch of games where we play sides that we need to beat to play finals,” Dalton said.

“We’re really excited about this block of games and they will really determine how far we go this season.”

For Tuifao, whose bottom-placed side has won only one of eight games, it’s a case of trying to keep his young players motivated for the second half of the season.

“It’s hard to keep turning up when you’re losing – but I want the boys to be enjoying themselves,” he said.

“It’s not easy, but success doesn’t come easily.”


TICKER: The young Bulldogs have plenty of it. After two maulings at the hands of Imperials and Irymple in their previous two matches, the clash against Red Cliffs was a test of their mettle, as much as their skills. Ben Dalton’s youngsters had a steely look in their eyes as they regained their confidence and put in a polished display.

DYNAMIC DUO: Matt Min (seven) and Kevin McDonald (three) kicked 10 goals between them in a dominant forward-line display for South Mildura at the weekend. The pair work well together and present a big danger to any defensive line-up.

MARVELLOUS MULLET: Young Tiger Ty Baudewyns is sporting one of the best mullets going around in the SFNL’s playing ranks. It seems to be an increasing trend among teenagers and 20-somethings, but there’s still work to do for Baudewyns to match the mullet of young Western Bulldogs AFL star Bailey Smith.


SOUTH MILDURA 18.9 (117) d RED CLIFFS 10.9 (69)

GOALS: South Mildura: M. Min 7, K. McDonald 3, T. Curtis, B. Dalton 2, A. Gauci, T. Giles, J. McEwen, N. Fitzgerald. Red Cliffs: L. Thornton, J. McManus 3, B. Kelly, J. Reed, L. Marciano, J. Parker.

BEST: South Mildura: J. McEwen, M. Min, L. Wood, T. Curtis, J. Cogan, B. Dalton. Red Cliffs: J. Turlan, L. McGlashan, L. Thornton, W. Hand, V. Tuifao, J. Parker.

Mid Year Ball


This has come around quickly!

19th of June at the Social Club.

great entertainment and great food supplied in your ticket purchase.

Dust off your partners and bring them and your mates down to the club for a fantastic evening.

Tickets available from tables captains or let me know and we will see you right.

120 seated tickets available so get in quick.


Round 3 – Dogs finish full of run

SOUTH Mildura’s fitness again proved telling as they produced a five goal to one last term to run over the top of Robinvale Euston and grab their second consecutive win of the SFNL season.

After a second half blitz over Red Cliffs the previous week, the Bulldogs again had the legs late after Robinvale had drawn within three points at the last change.

The eventual 28-point win followed a rigorous back-and-forth contest where the visiting Eagles, who were again crippled by injuries, refused to go away at Sarah Oval.

The Bulldogs looked in control early and shot out to an early lead, before a focused Andrew Richardson and some cool kicking from Liua Polata brought the visitors within six points late in the first quarter.

It became a pattern for the day, with South seemingly in control for large patches, only for Robinvale to keep on coming at them.

Key recruit Matthew Min made his presence known once again as he kicked the Bulldogs toward their first telling lead in the second term on his way to three majors for the day, while Matthew Spencely also capitalised on an Eagles’ high tackle with a goal of his own.

But South let Robinvale back in with some costly turnovers, and the margin at the main break was just seven points.

The Bulldogs signature defence was on full display once more with notable work from Taj Stevens, Haydn Kiel and Ben Dalton across half-back and the wings.

The Eagles produced some highlights of their own, with great ball work between Michael Zappia and Justin Neyland, while Dante Brigante was dangerous up forward and kicked three for the day.

But the dam wall eventually broke open in the last term, as the Bulldogs surged away in front of their home fans to record a well-deserved win and lift their win-loss record for the season to 2-1.

It sets up a big clash against neighbouring Mildura at Brian Weightman Oval next Saturday, while it doesn’t get any easier for the injury-riddled Robinvale Euston, who take on the unbeaten Imperials at Euston.

A BETTER VERSION TO COME: Despite the Bulldogs early success this season, there appears to still be plenty room for improvement. Reflecting on the match, coach Dalton remained critical of their performance over Robinvale Euston. “A couple of our skill errors cost us a turnover at bad times, we probably kept them in the game until about half-time or so where really could’ve had some scoreboard pressure on at that point.”

EARLY SIGNS OF SUCCESS: Round 3 marked two consecutive wins for South Mildura, which the club hadn’t seen in some time. Bulldogs’ playing coach Ben Dalton was quick to state the significance of this week’s win. “It’s the first time since 2015 or 2016 we’ve had two in a row and 2-1 to start the year. So it’s really positive for the club. We had another great week where we had contributors across the whole field, which is great to see we’re starting to put forward full quarters together group.”



GOALS: South Mildura: M. Min 3, H. Kiel 2, C. Sellens 2, A. Gauci, T. Dowell, D. Loveridge, R. Fitzgerald. Robinvale Euston: D. Brigante 3, L. Polata 2, A. Richardson, J. Mezzatesta.

BEST: South Mildura: J. McEwen, H. Kiel, B. Dalton, T. Curtis, D. Loveridge, J. Cogan. Robinvale Euston: C. Mannix, A. Richardson, P. Kuma, F. Chirchiglia, L. Polata, J. Neyland.

Story and photos courtesy of Sunraysia Daily