The Local Paper. Regional Edition. Wed., Mar., 16, 2022

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Regional Round-Up David Lowe returns

■ David Lowe will fill the extraordinary vacancy in Mitchell Shire’s South Ward. The vacancy occurred due to the resignation of Cr Christine Banks last month. The vacancy was filled through a countback of the formal ballot papers cast at the general election in October 2020. Votes were redistributed to candidates who were unsuccessful at that general election, and who remained eligible to participate in the countback, to fill the extraordinary vacancy. The Victorian Electoral Commission declared the results on Thursday (Mar. 10), and David Lowe was to have been be officially sworn in yesterday (Tue., Mar. 15).

Fruit fly at Y. Glen

■ The Queensland Fruit Fly regional coordinator has confirmed larvae in Yarra Glen on March 2, according to the Steel’s Creek Grapevine. “There has also been a report of QFF in Kinglake.” An extract from the email notification is reported to say: “It is essential that everyone is baiting (repeatedly each week), trapping, and actively treating and dealing with waste fruit to prevent this pest from establishing in the region. “In this case there is a significant volume of self sown peaches which have been allowed to grow and fruit in the resident’s front and back yard. “This is a typical residential garden block, with one of everything growing (citrus, apples, stone fruits, tomatoes, feijoas). “In this case – netting is added to the list of advice due to the residential nature of the detection site. “Residents are encouraged to harvest what they can now and net the rest of the fruit coming on, to save them, as well as implement baiting and trapping”

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Local News

Green light for Yea FNC ■ Yea Football Netball Club President Duncan Newcomen has confirmed that the Tigers will compete in the Outer East Football and Netball Division Two competition startring on April 2. The Tigers will focus on fielding a Seniors football team in 2022, and will not list a Reserves side this year. Four netball teams will play, and it is also hoped that an Under 17 netball team will compete. The Club’s direction for 2022 is to concentrate on re-building after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financially, the club is strong, and there will be a drive for affordable family membership fees, and a boost in insurance-accident fund coverage for players. A successful intra-club practice match was held under lights at the Yea Recreation Reserve on Friday night (Mar. 11), with 35 players on the field, and about 100 spectators watching. A practice match is scheduled against Avenel this coming Saturday (Mar. 19). Outer East Football and Netball officials are understanding of the difficulties being faced by a number of clubs this year. There will be no percentages. Yea has recruited well, and there is about six players returning from the past two years.

Energy audits

■ Three Starthbogie Shire community facilities will receive energy audits thanks to funding under Stream 1 of the Sustainability Victoria’s Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program. The Tablelands Community Centre in Ruffy, Strathbogie Memorial Hall and Euroa Historical and Genealogical Society Inc. will receive the audits with the aim to reduce energy bill cost, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions This project is funded through a $797 million package.

■ Indi MHR Helen Haines has made reference in a media statement about her career working as a nurse in small rural hospitals. “For the last few years, as the Member for Indi, I have fought for increased funding for local mental health programs, for investment in our local aged care facilities, and for more access to specialist health care in our region,” Dr Haines said. “And over the next three years, as we recover from the pandemic, our region needs an advocate who knows what needs to be done to fix our healthcare system. “That’s why I have developed a strong and effective plan to bring better health care to Indi.”

Cruise Night in Yea

■ Another successful was held in High St, Yea, on Saturday evening (Mar. 12). Superbly maintained vehicles were on display, as proud owners circled the High St plantation. It was a busy Labor Day Long Weekend with local traders reporting encouraging levels of business.

Women’s Circle

● Duncan Newcomen

■ Women's Circle Workshops will be held from 1pm-3pm tomorrow (Thu., Mar. 17) at Greater Beveridge Community Centre. Thesse are part of a series of free weekly workshops that are designed to help women gain confidence, practise self-care and support each other.

Peri Urban moves

■ Peri Urban Councils Victoria have welcomed new government funding for vital community infrastructure and are calling on the state government to provide certainty about future funding rounds. PUCV member councils have secured $13.5 million in government funding under the latest round of the Growing Suburbs Fund for infrastructure that supports a better-balanced lifestyle for their communities. Peri Urban Councils Victoria represent those council shires that are immediately adjacent to metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong. Geographically these council areas cover in excess of 11,000 square kilometres and represent a population of over 180,000 Victorians.

Rail Trail Art

■ Artists from across Australia are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for The Great ARTdoors Project which will see outdoor art installed at various locations along the Great Victorian Rail Trail between Tallarook and Mansfield. Following community consultation about the scope of the Project in November last year, organisers are now looking for artists to be involved in the creation and delivery of the installations. The Great Victorian Rail Trail is one of the premier rail trail experiences in Victoria, and a stand-out visitor attraction for the north central region. The Trail attracts over 130,000 users per year, including cyclists, walkers and horse riders. The art installations will attract more visitors to the Trail and support communities along the Trail by building on its reputation as a tourist attraction and recreational space. Artists and creatives are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to be involved in the tender process. Expressions of Interest from First Nation artists, particularly those with a connection to Taungurung are encouraged. Installations of differing scales will be commissioned. The $1.2 million Great Victorian Rail Trail Art Installation and Signage Project is funded by the Victorian Government Regional Tourism Investment Fund Stimulus Round, as part of the COVID-19 tourism stimulus package through Regional Development Victoria.

Local Briefs Haines message

Tennis at Steel’s Ck

● Ian Sichlau and Glenn Milliken were on duty outside Yea Newsagency on Saturday, selling tickets for a Rotary Club of Yea fundraiser. The next big event foir the club is the Cycle Dindi event on Saturday, April 2. Proceeds will go towards youth projects.

QC to speak at Alex. ■ Julian Burnside QC , Australian barrister, human rights and refugee advocate will speakat this event at Alexandra Town Hall about Australia’s policy towards people seeking political asylum. Rural Australians for Refugees (Alexandra branch) is hosting the free, 'Myths about Refugees' event from 7pm on Friday 25 March. Following the talk there will be a Q & A session and a light supper. This is a free COVIDSafe event with limited seating so reservations are essential. Murrindindi Shire Council will reinforce its commitment to embrace diversity, encourage the participation of all and welcome new residents by signing the Refugee Welcome Zone Declaration at a ceremony at the Jack Shiels Gardens in Alexandra from 3pm on Wednesday, March 23. The ‘Refugee Welcome Zone’ is an initiative sponsored by the Refugee Council of Australia and supported by Rural Australians for Refugees, an association of 90 local groups working to improve the situation of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. Lizzy Kuoth will share her own refugee story of fleeing war-torn South Sudan.

■ Thursday night tennis at Steel’s Creek is on from 7.30pm tomorrow (Thu., Mar. 17). For updates and detailed information about Tennis Club activities, please contact Graham Lloyd 0430 243 442, Lindy Montell 5965 2202. Membership fees are due for the membership year starting July 1. Family memberships will be $90, Senior memberships will be $35, Junior memberships $20 and Social memberships still $10. To play on the courts, you must be a Family, Senior, or Junior member, except for Open Days. To have a court key, you must be a Family or Senior member.

Lilydale launch

■ The Bikes on Buses Launch took place at the bus stop at Quarry Rd and Nelson Rd on Friday (Mar. 11). The Bus Association of Victoria organised the event. The Bikes on Buses Program is an extension of the program occurring in Bendigo Region. Brad Sanders of McKenzie’s called for the program to be available in Yarra Ranges and was successful, hence the launch.

Men’s Shed home

● Julian Burnside QC

■ The Hurstbridge Men’s Shed is set to get a permanent home of its own with the Victorian Government and Nillumbik Shire Council to jointly fund the construction of a new workshop and meeting place. The Council will contribute $300,000.

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Where to pick up your free copy of The Local Paper ■ ALEXANDRA. Alexandra Newsagency. 82-84 Grant St. ■ ALEXANDRA. Corner Hotel. 65 Grant St. ■ ALEXANDRA. Endeavour Alexandra (BP). 10 Downey St. ■ ALEXANDRA. Foodworks. 102 Grant St. ■ ALEXANDRA. Mount Pleasant Hotel. 90 Grant St. ■ ALEXANDRA. Nutrien Harcourts. 56 Grant St. ■ ALEXANDRA. Shamrock Hotel. 80 Grant St. ■ ALEXANDRA. Simpson’s Fuel (Caltex). 25 Aitken St. ■ ALEXANDRA. Totally Trout. 42 Downey St. ■ BUXTON. Blue Igloo Roadhouse. 2200 Maroondah Hwy. ■ BUXTON. Buxton Hotel. 2192 Maroondah Hwy. ■ BUXTON. Shell Buxton. 2093 Maroondah Hwy. ■ DIAMOND CREEK. Diamond Creek Newsagency. Shop 62a Main Rd, Diamond Creek Plaza. ■ DOREEN. Doreen General Store. 920 Yan Yean Rd. ■ EILDON. Foodworks. 18 Main St. ■ ELTHAM. Eltham Newsagency. 2/963 Main Rd. ■ EPPING. APCO Service Station. Cnr McDonalds Rd and High St. ■ EPPING. Epping RSL. Harvest Home Rd. ■ FLOWERDALE. Flowerdale Community House. 36 Silver Creek Rd. ■ FLOWERDALE. Flowerdale Hotel. 3325 Whittlesea-Yea Rd. ■ FLOWERDALE. Hazeldene General Store. 6 Curlings Rd. ■ GLENBURN. Glenburn Roadhouse. 3883 Melba Hwy. ■ HURSTBRIDGE. Hurstbridge Newsagency. 900 Main Hustbridge Rd. ■ KANGAROO GROUND. Kangaroo Ground General Store. 280 Eltham-Yarra Glen Rd. ■ KINGLAKE. Cafe. WhittleseaKinglake Rd. ■ KINGLAKE. Foodworks. 12 Whittlesea-Kinglake Rd. ■ KINGLAKE. Kinglake Pub. 28 Whittlesea-Kinglake Rd. ■ KINGLAKE. United Service Station. 2 Glenburn-Kinglake Rd. ■ LAURIMAR. Laurimar Newsagency. 95 Hazel Glen Dr. ■ MANSFIELD. Foodworks. 119 High St. ■ MARYSVILLE. Foodworks. 40A Darwin St. ■ MERNDA. Mernda Villages Post Office. 50 Mernda Village Dr. ■ MOLESWORTH. Molesworth Store. 4353 Goulburn Valley Hwy. ■ NARBETHONG. Black Spur Inn. 436 Maroondah Hwy. ■ NARBETHONG. Black Spur Roadhouse. 264 Maroondah Hwy. ■ PANTON HILL. Panton Hill General Store. 586 Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Rd. ■ PANTON HILL. Panton Hill Hotel. 633 Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Rd. ■ PHEASANT CREEK. Flying Tarts Cafe. 888 WhittleseaKinglake Rd. ■ PHEASANT CREEK. Pheasant Creek Store. 884 Whittlesea-Kinglake Rd. ■ RESEARCH. Research Post Office. 1546 Main Rd. ■ SMITHS GULLY. Smiths Gully General Store. 914 Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Rd. ■ SOUTH MORANG. Milk Bar. 15 Gorge Rd. ■ ST ANDREWS. St Andrews General Store. 10 Caledonia St. ■ ST ANDREWS. St Andrews Hotel. 79 Burns St. ■ STRATH CREEK. Strath Creek Post Office. 8 Glover Rd. ■ TAGGERTY. Taggerty General Store. 26 Taggerty-Thornton Rd. ■ THORNTON. 4 Ways Diner. 1369 Taggerty-Thornton Rd. ■ THORNTON. Rubicon Hotel. 1362 Taggerty-Thornton Rd.

■ THORNTON. Thornton General Store. 1365 TaggertyThornton Rd. ■ WATTLE GLEN. Peppers Paddock General Store. 13 Kangaroo Ground-Wattle Glen Rd. ■ WHITTLESEA. Champions IGA Supermarket. 2/16 Church St. ■ WHITTLESEA. El Azar Milk Bar. 13 Church St. ■ WHITTLESEA. Royal Mail Hotel. 29 Beech St. ■ WHITTLESEA. Whittlesea Bowls Club. 101 Church St. ■ WHITTLESEA. Whittlesea Court House. 74 Church St. ■ WHITTLESEA. Whittlesea NewsXpress. 45 Church St. ■ WOLLERT. Wollert General Store. 491 Epping Rd. ■ YARCK. Buck’s Country Bakehouse. 6585 Maroondah Hwy. ■ YARCK. Giddy Goat Cafe. 6606 Maroondah Hwy. ■ YARCK. Yarck Hotel. Maroondah Hwy. ■ YEA. Amble Inn Cafe. 24 High St. ■ YEA. Country Club Hotel. 18 High St. ■ YEA. Endeavour Petroleum (BP). 31 High St. ■ YEA. Foodworks. 10 High St. ■ YEA. Giddy Coat Cafe. 94 High St. ■ YEA. Grand Central Hotel. 64 High St. ■ YEA. Marmalades. 20 High St. ■ YEA. Mint and Jam. 46 High St. ■ YEA. Nutrien Harcourts. 52 High St. ■ YEA. Peppercorn Hotel. 21 Station St. ■ YEA. Provender Bakery. 56 High St. ■ YEA. Rendezvous In Yea. 10 High St. ■ YEA. Royal Mail Hotel. 88 High St. ■ YEA. Yea Bakery. 44 High St. ■ YEA. Yea Newsagency. 74 High St. ■ YEA. Yea Take-Away. 68 High St.

Lilydale and Yarra Valley Express Edition

■ COLDSTREAM. Coldstream Post Office/Newsagency. The Lodge Shopping Centre. 670-672 Maroondah Hwy. ■ CROYDON NORTH. Croydon North Newsagency. 5 Exeter Rd. ■ HEALESVILLE. BP. 66 Maroondah Hwy. ■ HEALESVILLE. Coles Express. 123 Maroondah Hwy. ■ HEALESVILLE. Grand Hotel. 270 Maroondah Hwy. ■ HEALESVILLE. Healesville Newsagency. 195 Maroondah Hwy. ■ HEALESVILLE. Tobacco Station/Tatts. Shop 11, Healesville Walk. ■ LAUNCHING PLACE. Launching Place General Store. 2200 Warburton Hwy. ■ LAUNCHING PLACE. Home Hotel. 2170 Warburton Hwy. ■ LILYDALE. Lilydale Newsagency. 237 Main St. ■ MILLGROVE. Licensed Grocery. 3043 Warburton Hwy. ■ MOUNT EVELYN. Mount Evelyn Newsagency. 1A Wray Cres. ■ RINGWOOD. Burnt Bridge Newsagency. 434 Maroondah Hwy. ■ SEVILLE. Wooworths Seville. 568 Warburton Hwy. ■ WANDIN. Wandin Newsagency. 18/2 Union Rd. ■ WARBURTON. Bakery. 3415 Warburton Hwy. ■ WARRANDYTE. Grand Hotel. 140 Yarra St. ■ WARRANDYTE. Quinton’s Supa IGA Supermarket. 1/402 Warrandyte Rd.

■ WARRANDYTE. Warrandyte Newsagency/Post Office. 100 Melbourne Hill Rd. ■ WESBURN. Hotel. 2882 Warburton Hwy. ■ WONGA PARK. IGA Xpress. 70 Jumping Creek Rd. ■ WOORI YALLOCK. Hillcrest Little Store. 1745 Warburton Hwy. ■ WOORI YALLOCK. Woori Yallock Newsagency. Shop 4,1585 Warburton Hwy. ■ YARRA GLEN. IGA Supermarket. 1/38 Bell St. ■ YARRA GLEN. Yarra Glen Newsagency. 32 Bell St. ■ YARRA JUNCTION. Yarra Junction Newsagency. 2454 Warburton Hwy.

Mitchell Shire Edition

■ BEVERIDGE. Beveridge Post Office. Lot 1 Old Hume Hwy. ■ BROADFORD. Broadford Corner Store. 89 High St. ■ BROADFORD. Broadford Hotel. 100 High St. ■ BROADFORD. Broadford Newsagency. 67 High St. ■ BROADFORD. Broadford Post Office. 123 High St. ■ BROADFORD. Broadford Service Station. 165 High St. ■ BROADFORD. Commercial Hotel. 31 High St. ■ BROADFORD. High Street Bakery. 67A High St. ■ BROADFORD. IGA Supermarket. 65 High St. ■ BROADFORD. Stuty’s Bakehouse. 91-93 High St. ■ DONNYBROOK. Donnybrook Hotel. 825 Donnybrook Rd. ■ DONNYBROOK. Donnybrook Post Office. 810 Donnybrook Rd. ■ KILMORE. BP. 102 Sydney St. ■ KILMORE. Kemp’s Bakery. 65 Sydney St. ■ KILMORE. Kilmore Bakery. 54 Sydney St. ■ KILMORE. Kilmore Newsagency. 41 Sydney St. ■ KILMORE. Red Lion Hotel. 29-31 Sydney St. ■ KILMORE. Royal Oak Hotel. 29-31 Sydney St. ■ KILMORE. United Service Station. 127-145 Powlett St. ■ SEYMOUR. IGA O’Keefe’s. 10/115 Anzac Ave. ■ SEYMOUR. Liberty Seymour. 37-39 Emily St. ■ SEYMOUR. Seymour NewsXpress. 66 Station St. ■ SEYMOUR. Seymour South Post and Lotto. 75 Anzac Ave. ■ SEYMOUR. Prince of Wales Hotel. 48 Emily St. ■ SEYMOUR. Royal Hotel. 26 Emily St. ■ SEYMOUR. Terminus Hotel. 26 Station St. ■ SEYMOUR. Top Shop. Cnr Anzac Ave and Delatite Rd. ■ TALLAROOK. Tallarook General Store. 36 Main Rd. ■ TALLAROOK. Tallarook Hotel. 15 Main Rd. ■ TRAWOOL. Trawool Estate/ Hotel. 8150 Goulburn Valley Hwy. ■ WALLAN. United Service Station. 11-14 High St. ■ WALLAN. Wallan News and Lotto. Shop 6, 55 High St. ■ WALLAN EAST. New Rattlers Inn. Station St. ■ WANDONG. Caltex Star Mart. 3272 Epping-Kilmore Rd. ■ WANDONG. Dundee’s Fish and Cips. 3272 Epping-Kilmore Rd. ■ WANDONG. IGA Supermarket. 3272 Epping-Kilmore Rd. ■ WANDONG. Wandong Post News and Tatts. 3272 EppingKilmore Rd. ■ WANDONG. Kemp’s Wandong Bakery. 372 EppingKilmore Rd. ■ WANDONG. Magpie and Stump Hotel. 3313 EppingKilmore Rd.

Dindi Arts Trail help

■ The Dindi Arts Trail Historical Society mural at Kinglake West (next to Kinglake West Primary School) has been completed by Tim Bowtell and Tim Honey. The Dindi Arts Trail project is seeking a support artist for the Flowerdale site. If you live in Flowerdale and would like to work alongside a mural artist, please contact the Project Manager, Barbara Joyce. Volunteers are welcome to contact Barbara at

The Whip Our Spy in Parliament

Shock sudden death

Court Lists Seymour Magistrates’ Court Plaintiff / Informant / Applicant vs Defendant / Accused / Respondent. Information Division. Criminal Case Listings Wednesday, March 16 Murray, Xavier Quattrocchi, Taylah Thursday, March 17 Anderson, Benjamin Austin, Daniel Bahnan, John Bishop, Timothy Arnold Brooks, Kristy Burns, Nathan Kevin Burrows, Darren Curtis, Aaron Dickinson, Daniel Doherty, Glen Ennis, Daniel Ferris, Jacob Bian Fisher, Jackson Garrett, Liam Griffiths, Lynda Gurd, Jay Hadfield, Andrew Phillip Harris, Nathan Hatfield, Peter Henne, Jessica Monica Higgins, Scott John Howell, Raymond Jackson, Peter Johnstone, Krissy Kokalis, Nicholas Mallia, Daniel Martino, Robert Matthew Matthews, Dwayne Mcdonald, Jake Mcmillin, Kerin Joy Merkel, Carly Nasra, Rojer Porco, Frank Robertson, Natasha Robl, Knoner Rodney Vapp & Associates Pty Ltd Roman Ardiles, Christian Russell, Robert Saunders, Allan Shanahan, Kevin Torney, Shane Adrian Walshaw-Plieger, Ashlee Jade Warren, Clifton Webster, Peter Bruce Wright, Stephen Zuzek, Anton Mansfield Magistrates’ Court Wednesday, March 16 Adams, Stephanie Albers, Benjamin Allen, Thomas Anthony Armstrong, Anthony Joel Burgess, Rayce Justin Carrideo, Vincenzo Clark, Zachary Joseph Craggan Farms Pty Ltd Donohue, Martin James Dovigi, John Flynn, Brendan Gardiner, Justin Goss, Joshua Raymond Gregory, Matthew Joshua Hawthorn, Chris Loukides, Damian Mahon, Trevor David Mason, Corey Mcnie, Keith Richard Nicol, Shane Reeve, Bradley Rennie, Gregory Gerard Rodriguez, Luis Russell, Brad Shannon, Christopher Suter, Jarrod Tiangco, Troven Waite, Keiran Walsh, Michael Wandin, Mark Allan Williams, Kevin


● Senator Kimberley Kitching ■ Former Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten rushed to a Strathmore street to provide comfort to Andrew Landeryou, husband of Senator Kimberley Kitching, who died on Thursday (Mar. 10) at the age of 52. Senator Kitching had been under considerable political stress in recent months, with Labor officials delaying an announcement of whether she would get the Party’s nod for re-election, probably in May, just two months away. It is believed that she died of a heart attack. She had been driving between two appointments, and phoned her husband after feeling unwell. Andrew Landeryou is the former publisher of the controversial Vex News, and son of the late Labor heavyweight Bill Landeryou. It will be fascinating politics to see who and how - Labor announces Senator Kitching’s replacement. Politics is a cold, ruthless business.

$19.5bn deficit

■ Daniel Andrews’s Labor State Government used a late Friday afternoon media release on a holiday weekend to announce that “Victoria’s full-year deficit is forecast to be $19.5 billion, equal to 4.1 per cent of Gross State Product.” By contrast, the Commonwealth deficit is forecast to hit $99.2 billion, or 4.5 cent of Gross Domestic Product, said the State spokesman. “Victoria’s choices through the pandemic have placed us in a frontline position for a sustained statewide recovery,” said the spin from Treasurer Tim Pallas.

Timber costs up

■ Eildon MLA Cindy McLeish told State Parliament last week about rising costs of timber because of Andrews Labor Government rules. “Small communities are often based around the smaller hardware stores such as Mitre 10—and Yenckens in my electorate. “The cost of housing, the raw materials, has increased by 60 per cent. Included in this is timber. And you can talk to the builders; they will tell you about this critical supply,” Ms McLeish said. “Now, we must balance conserving biodiversity and meeting the needs of the industry.”

Triple Zero crisis

■ State Opposition Leader Matthew Guy actually landed a blow last week in statements about the Triple Zero crisis putting Victorian lives at risk.

Adem’s prediction

■ Labor nemesis Adem Somyurek had an unpleasant prediction for Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews in a Twitter post last week. Mr Somyurek has plenty up his sleeve in the lead-up to the November State Election.

Ticks & Crosses

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Local News

W’sea City spoils 91st birthday ✔

‘AFL’ has been dropped from the name of the Outer East Football and Netball League. Division Two this year comprises seven teams: Alexandra, Broadford, Kinglake, Powelltown, Warburton-Millgrove, Yarra Junction and Yea. First round for the season is in 2½-weeks’ tim - Saturday, April 2. Yarra Junction v Powelltown, Warburton-Millgrove v Alexnadra, Broadford v Yea, Kinglake: Bye. Thornton-Eildon will have some netball and women’s football involvements.

A good word for Murrindindi Shire Council who are trying to find a solution to fix one of the new light towers at the Yea Recreation Reserve. A successful practice match was held last Friday night, with three of the four towers in action.

Firefighter Mick Wearne this month marked his retriement day, 44 years since he began his Country Fire Authority recruitment course at Fiskeville. In July it will be 55 years total combined service with volunteer and staff employment. Pictured at the Yea Fire Station (from ledt) are Mark and Melissa Moran, Pam Wearne, Casey Moran, Mick Wearne, Kathryn Wearne, Sara Wearne, Lily Wearne and Nathan Wearne. In front are Max Wearne and Jordan Moran wearing original jackets and helmets.

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Hoon drivers performing late night burnouts at the Koriella in tersection must believe that noone is watching. They could not be more mistaken.

■ Whittlesea City Council refuses to back down over a parking ticket issued to a driver picking up a disabled passenger from her 91st birthday celebration at Bundoora Hotel. Doreen resident Ken Peak wrote to Craig Lloyd, Whittlesea City Council CEO, to explain that the car was booked by a Whittlesea by-laws officer, even though the car was displaying a disabled sticker, and had its hazard lights illuminated. “Had he or she been looking, the officer would have seen that I was parked with the engine on and hazard lights flashing for between three and five minutes in order to pick Mum up and take her home,” Mr Peak wrote. “I got out of the car to assist Mum as she walked out of the Hotel foyer as any son would do. Parking where I did was the only way we were going to get Mum in and out of the Hotel. “I have seen taxis doing this all the time when they are assisting the elderly from the same spot. As the photographs showed, and the parking officer would also have seen, there were no other cars on that part of the road for the entire time I was stopped and there were no pedestrians around either. It was a quiet mid-week day.” Mr Peak said the Council’s reply refused to withdraw the ticket. He seeks an apology.

■ Murrindindi Council is conducting a Parking Needs Study in Yea to review current parking requirements. The study will cover areas within the boundary of Station and High Sts, Miller St, Whatton Place and Hood St, Snodgrass St and Nolan St. This area includes Anne St, High St, Loan St, Mary St, Pechell St The Crescent and Giffard St. As part of the Study, the Council would like to hear from the community about the current parking arrangements in Yea, and how they can be improved. To submit your feedback, residents can email or write to Murrindindi Shire Council, P.O. Box 138 Alexandra 3714. Address your submissions to Council’s Co-Ordinator Asset Management. The Council will consider all community feedback as part of the Study and will consult the community aboutany proposed changes. Submissions must be received by March 30.

Festival at S. Morang

● Craig Lloyd, Whittlesea CEO

Platypus celebrated ■ Nillumbik Council is celebrating the much-loved platypus with a free family fun day at Edendale Community Environment Farm on Saturday, March 26. The Council, in conjunction with Melbourne Water, will present a range of things to do, including walk-and-talks; a water bug discovery activity; children’s entertainment and craft activities; environmental stallholders; live music; food vendors; face painting; farm tours, and more. The Connies – a collective of tram conductors, performers, educators, ecologists and nature lovers – will be on hand to entertain, educate and inform visitors. Mayor Cr Frances Eyre said the event will offer an opportunity for children and adults to discover more about the platypus, which is a threatened species.

Local Briefs Yea parking study

■ The City of Whittlesea Community Festival returns to South Morang on March 2526, with Rebel, a live circus rock tribute to David Bowie, kicking off a weekend of entertainment. Plenty RangesArts and Convention Centre will come alive from 7pm on Frdiay, March 25, wi with a night of live music, glittering glam rock, phenomenal acrobatics, breathtaking aerials and a spectacular heart stopping sideshow. Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Child/Concession Book now at From 11am-9pm on Saturday, March 26, the City of Whittlesea hosts free entertainment and activities on the Civic Centre Lawns in South Morang. There will be free live music, theatre and community performances, delicious food, kids activities, craft workshops, visual art, and more! Visit

At Godfreys Creek

● Platypus. File Image.

■ Murrindindi Council is replacing McDonalds Bridge over Godfreys Creek in Gobur (8km north of Yarck on Yarck-Euroa Rd). Works are scheduled to commence from March 28 and will involve the construction of a new two-lane concrete bridge, followed by demolition and removal of the existing singlelane bridge. Construction is expected to take eight weeks and the existing bridge will remain open with reduced speed limits until works are complete. Traffic delays for vehicles will be minimal.

New T’town lights

Did the earth move for you on Saturday? Only a small number of people reported the small earthquake near Lake Eildon. It registered a 2.6 measure, and was said to be at a depth of one kilometre. A quiet word of encouragement for Yea Football Netball Club stalwart Brian Phillips, seen working solo at the weekend, volunteering some maintenance time at the Recreation Reserve.

■ New pedestrian operated traffic lights have been installed at High St, Thomastown, near Central Ave. The traffic lights have been put in place to improve pedestrian safety in the area and provide better access to and from the shops, train station and future residential apartments. The installation of the traffic lights marks the completion of the Thomastown streetscape upgrade, which included new social spaces, improved footpaths and paving, updated lighting and fresh landscaping. The Thomastown streetscape upgrades were delivered by the City of Whittlesea with the support of the Victorian Government.

Local election jobs

Yea’s Beaufort Manor is on the market for about $2.5 million. Agent Sharon Manning (Stockdale and Leggo Lilydale) and owner Lisa Cornwall gained 3AW publicity on the Dianne ‘Dee Dee’ Dunleavy afternoon program. The story of a Beaufort Manor ghost (said to be a woman who died in a small bedroom fire) was told.

● Andrea Teasdale of Kerang sold Bardi Grubs at Alexandra Railway Market.

■ The Australian Electoral Commission needs around 100,000 workers in metro, regional and remote areas across Australia for the 2022 Federal Election. All jobs are paid and experience isn’t required. Most jobs will require you to work on Election Day, and some require work before and after the election for several weeks. Jobs include working at polling locations,counting votes and helping with administration.

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MP praises young women ■ Etham MLA Vicki Ward last spoke in State Parliament about International Women’s Day, naming some special women in her electorate. “In particular [I] congratulate Shahla Paynter from Eltham High School for being awarded my Pauline Toner Prize for 2022,” Ms Ward said. “Named in honour of Victoria’s first female cabinet minister and the first woman to represent our community, this prize celebrates young women activists in the areas of social justice, the environment and gender equality. “Shahla is passionate about jazz and is working to break the bias that women do not play jazz, including by being very active in the Girls Do Jazzseries with the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival. “This terrific young woman is also active in fighting for social justice through her work with Eltham High’s LGBTQIA+ Stand Out group and the EHS harmony team. “We had an incredibly strong group of nominees this year: wonderful young women like Indi, a member of Nillumbik Shire’s youth council as well as an active participant and leader in her school community; like Cassie, an active member of the scouting community who stood up to be a jamboree unit leader and who has helped drive Eltham High’s Do it in a Dress campaign; like Jeorgia, who has found incredible inner strength to be an advocate for others, channelling her energy

● Vicki Ward, Eltham MLA

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Farm crime

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■ Eildon MLA Cindy McLeish spoke last week about farm crime. “We have had a lot of farm crime in Yea. We have had to have farm crime specialists go to the saleyards and talk to people about how they can better protect themselves, because tractors go missing. We have a lot of things like chainsaws, but you have farm vehicles, which are what people need to do their jobs. “There were thefts from the Kinglake Football Netball Club and we had an extraordinary drug bust in Alexandra in 2013. It was some while ago, but it was a clandestine lab as well.”

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Local Briefs Tribute for Trish

■ Evelyn MLA Bridget Vallence has spoken in Parliament to pay tribute to and congratulate Trish Enzinger, principal at Birmingham Primary School in Mount Evelyn, who has notched up an incredible 50 years of service in education, with the last 18 years locally at Birmingham Primary. “Her passion for educating and supporting local children is inspiring, and I want to particularly point to the successful global studies program that she has implemented at the school. You are an inspiration, Trish,” Ms Vallence said.

Bush hospitals

■ Euroa MLA Stephanie Ryan last week spoke in State Parliament about bush nursing hospitals. “I rise again today to ask the government to urgently review support to bush nursing hospitals. I have two bush nursing hospitals in my electorate - Nagambie and Euroa - but the future of these services is at risk because the Andrews Government refuses to provide them with adequate support. “We once had 60 bush nursing hospitals in Victoria, but they are being treated as private providers by the government, which means essential services in my communities are being placed at risk. “This situation needs to be resolved or regional Victorians’ health will be placed at risk. These hospitals cannot be left to collapse,” Ms Ryan said.

Ranges congrats.

■ Evelyn MLA Bridget Vallence has spoken in the Legislative Assembly about Australia Day awardees from six weeks ago. “I wish to take this opportunity to pay tribute to and congratulate a number of incredible people from my local community in the Evelyn electorate who received Yarra Ranges Council Australia Day awards. “Keren Greenwood, Citizen of the Year, was instrumental in establishing a food bank in the Yarra Ranges, which in particular played a vital role over the last two years of the pandemic supporting families in need. “David Ferrier was recognised for his extremely valuable input after the devastation of the cyclonic storms in June last year, developing a data base of high-value timber locally. “Caladenia Dementia Care and Sarah Yeates, as Community Group of the Year, were nimble in delivering an innovative program to ensure high-quality support for families and clients with dementia throughout the pandemic. “And of course Mount Evelyn RSL were recognised for their ongoing work supporting ex-service people and showcasing the rich history in our region. Congratulations to all award recipients,” Ms Vallence said.

Colbinabbin concern

■ Euroa MLA Steph Ryan spoke last week in the Legislative Assembly about Colbinabbin Primary School being in real need of new flashing 40-kilometre speed reduction signs to warn motorists of school times and protective barriers to separate students and motorists. “The Colbo primary school is located on the main road between Shepparton and Bendigo, which has a constant flow of traffic going through the school zone, and every day parents and teachers are seeing speeding cars and heavy trucks within one metre of where students walk to and from school. “About four months ago a concerned parent contacted VicRoads directly to voice her concerns, as she was told this issue would be marked as urgent to fix. “Since then she has been given no indication of when the work will take place or what will be done to fix the safety issue. The principal there is very concerned for the safety of his students. He has started using a line-marking machine to guide students away from the edge of the road and says he cannot believe something has not been done sooner. So will the government make this an urgent priority to ensure students at Colbo are safe?”

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Your Stars with Kerry Kulkens ARIES: (March 21- April 20) Lucky Colour: Blue Lucky Day: Friday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: You could be too trusting with some people it would be a good idea to investigate matters before you decide on anything important like business or money matters. Sometimes it is wiser to keep your affairs away from the public. TAURUS: (April 21- May 20) Lucky Colour: White Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: If you believe that you are absolutely right then you must do things your way even if it could conflict with other people’s ideas. Using tact will of course help your cause much more. Someone will surprise you in some way. GEMINI: (May 21- June 21) Lucky Colour: Green Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: Its time to take stock of what you really want to do in life. Many opportunities could be missed if you do not make up your mind. Give yourself time to relax and enjoy social life also a relationship could turn into much more. CANCER: (June 22- July 22) Lucky Colour: Fawn Lucky Day: Tuesday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: It would be a good idea to let your partners know about your decisions before starting anything important in business or personal relationships. You could be in a position to save money very soon. LEO: (July 23- August 22) Lucky Colour: Orange Lucky Day: Wednesday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: Very exciting period in which you have a chance to try something completely different and maybe join people who have new ideas. Travel could also be on the agenda and visitors from far away will make your life happy. VIRGO: (August 23- September 23) Lucky Colour: Blue Lucky Day: Wednesday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: A period in which you should feel energetic, happy and full of enthusiasm for life. Some luck is indicated and some born under the same sign could be lucky with you. Look after your health during this period. LIBRA: (September 24- October 23) Lucky Colour: Cream Lucky Day: Thursday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: The beauty of your surroundings will be very important to your moods so make sure you have something colourful near you or on you. You will be feeling much happier then and more satisfied with results of your efforts. SCORPIO: (October 24- November 22) Lucky Colour: Peach Lucky Day: Tuesday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: Do not rush into anything important during this period and your loved ones will need your support very much. Not a good time to confide in people, keep your secrets to yourself. SAGITTARIUS: (November 23- December 20) Lucky Colour: Cream Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: People will be ready to hand out advice but their expertise might not be up to par, seek professional help for important matters. Take your health problems seriously and get help before things get worse. Good period for romance. CAPRICORN: (December 21- January 19) Lucky Colour: Pink Lucky Day: Sunday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: You must take care of yourself now and let other worry about their problems, sympathy is all very well but you can over do it and some people can use your interest for their own ends. You could find a new way to earn some extra money. AQUARIUS: (January 20- February 19) Lucky Colour: Purple Lucky Day: Sunday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: This is a very vulnerable period in many ways there is possibilities of some deceit around you so make sure no one will be able to steal from you. Also, in personal matters do not take people on face value. PISCES: (February 20- March 20) Lucky Colour: White Lucky Day: Wednesday Racing Numbers: Lotto Numbers: Special people could help you to achieve something you have been hoping for, for some time. Show a little affection to loved ones who could feel left out in your own busy life. Some luck with Libra people.


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Rebels to host Tarneit

■ Alexandra Football Netball Club is hosting the Western Region Football League’s Tarneit Football Club on Saturtday, March 26, for football practice matches at Rebel Park. Times are to to be confirmed. There will be free entry with canteen and bar facilities available. The Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Brad Miljkovic as coach of the Under 18 football team to compete on Saturday mornings in the Outer East Football and Netball League. Brad is a former senior footballer at the Club. His career was cut short by injury; he has coached juniors at the Club and is a good communicator. We All players are invited to get involved at training on Tuesdays and Thursdays, everyone is welcome. The Outer East season for senior football and netball commences the following week on Saturday, April 2, when the Rebels travel to Warburton Millgrove. In Round 2 (April 9) the Club has a bye, with the following week (April 16) a general League bye for Easter. Alexandra then resumes on Saturday, April 23, with a home game against Broadford for the ANZAC weekend. The Seymour District Junior Football Netball League is due to commence on Sunday, April 24, with Alexandra travelling to Euroa for football and netball games. A scheduled meeting of the Junior League at Seymour for this week has been postponed as the Under 15 football competition is currently the main subject of conversation between administrators at the Goulburn Murray Hub and the Outer East Hub with Clubs, as to options for the season ahead. Junior football training has started: Under 15s and Under 13s Tuesday and Thursdays at 4.30 pm. Under 11s and Under 9s are on Friday nights at 4.30 pm, starting March 25. Junior netball training has also started, Under 15s on Fridays at 5.15 pm, with Under 13s on Thursdays at 4.45pm to 6pm. Under 11s are to be confirmed. Everyone is welcome.

● Lachlan Nankervis Photo: Michelle Jack Another new player to the Club this year is Lachlan Nankervis who played football at St Kevins from 2012-2019 inclusive before a season at Ouyen United Football Club in the Sunraysia Football League in 2021. Lachlan is 28 years of age, 6’6” in height and plays as a key forward and second ruck option. He runs his father’s electronic security business in Melbourne and is in a long-term relationship with girlfriend Meg who hopes to play a game or two of netball subject to her work as a lawyer. Lachlan is yet to win a senior premiership so hoping season 2022 delivers that with Alexandra. - Ray Steyger

Ladies medal at Yea Golf ■ Congratulations to Bill Dredge and Phil Armstrong on winning the multiply stableford with 82 points (if you scored 18×4=72) so a great score. Second were Peter Johnston and Michael Spagnolo with 74, Ken Whitfort and Mick Willis had 62 third. Individual winner was Bill Dredge with 38 points from second on CB Peter Johnston on 37 from third Mick Sheather. NTP on the 11th was Alan Pell,Club Award went to Steve Rumney, and Golf Cart Gary Pollard. - Alan Pell ★ Ladies First Official Competition The Ladies Season first official competition was up and running. Although a small field participating it still was a great day, any having other engagements to attend. Nine ladies competed for the first Monthly Medal and Putting. The day startede a little cool, soon warming up with the only hinderance being the wind. It became a tad gusty taking the little white ball to places that no one was wanting them to go. Scores indicated it was a smidgen hard. Deep down no one really minded as all were out there playing golf. Christine Simmons took out the putting comp having 28 putts. TThe Medal up for grabs was won by Di Holdsworth (26) with a 67 nett. Di also tells us that this was her first Monthly Medal at Yea. Runner up was Cindy Armstrong (35) having a 70 Nett. In the absence of our Captain we would like to thank Cheryl Roberts for stepping up, taking the reins and doing a great job. - Karen Sangster ★ Tony Rules Stableford Thirty players played golf on Saturday at

News Briefs Shire backs artists

■ Yarra Ranges Council is supporting a host of talented artists from Kapi Arts Inc in their latest exhibition, aptly called Still Standing, which focuses on building resilience and wellbeing following the June storm and COVID pandemic. The Kalorama-based not-for-profit arts organisation is holding the exhibition at Kapi Art Space and includes 32 artists who have worked through their trauma from the past two years to create over 53 pieces of art. Kapi Inc member, Gail Koehler experienced the storms first-hand and said that art has been a powerful tool for herself and Kapi Inc members to facilitate their recovery process. “For me, I live in Sassafras and after the storms the trees in my backyard, which I’ve lived with for over 20 years, became a threat rather than something of beauty, but when I started painting them they transformed back into what I appreciated them for and put me in the right headspace,” she said. Unlike previous exhibitions that Kapi Arts Inc have held, which focus on individual recovery experience, Gail said this exhibition speaks to many residents lives and is a testimony and legacy of the work of the people, that, despite the challenges still stand tall, create, and overcome. “The creative and artistic works showcased in this exhibition will play a significant role for both artists and audience; it will make them share a common connection with the experience of lockdown and devastation, we do still stand in this together, everyone in our own way, but we are all connected.” “We’ve all experienced the same things, and some have dealt with it in different ways, but we really hope this exhibition creates a shared space where people can talk and for people who aren’t necessarily artists to connect on common ground, so even though the art might not be their avenue the shared experience will be,” she said. “That’s also where having the support of the Council has been really important as we can help some people connect with support agencies through the Council’s contact sheets and recovery documents.” Yarra Ranges Mayor, Jim Child opened the event on Sunday, March 6, and said that art programs such as the exhibition at Kapi Art Space highlight the many benefits of the arts to personal and community wellbeing, particularly after a time of upheaval such as the June storm and COVID Pandemic. “These creative projects in particular have been instrumental in allowing people within our communities to work through and deal with their trauma in a creative manner,” Cr Child said. “From something so traumatic people have been able to develop new skills, build networks and connections while sharing their stories.” This is one of several art projects supported by Yarra Ranges Council. The exhibition is running from March 413 at Kapi Art Space, 1282 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Kalorama.

Bonnie Doon boost

● Di Holdsworth pictured with her playing partner Penny Britton. Yea. In wonderful golfing conditions 21 men contested a stableford competition with Tony Rule (21) on 40 points winning. Second was the in form Michael Sheather (31) with 38 from third Jonathan Fisher (15) 37, Anthony Coleman(7) fourth on CB from Peter Johnston (15) and Neil Ross (34) on 34. NTP on the 11th was Anthony Coleman and Sam Wright won the Club Award. In the ladies competition Judi Newman (45) won the day with 37 points from Penny Britton (41) with 35. Third on CB was Margie Wright (26) from Jan Wealands (29) on 33 points. There were nine ladies entered. - Alan Pell

■ Mansfield Shire Council has spent $22,594 on the Bonnie Doon Community Centre. The building has been restumped with concrete stumps and the old wooden structures that had been causing uneven floors in the centre for a long time have been replaced. Council’s General Manager Infrastructure and Planning, Kirsten Alexander, said Council was pleased with the efforts of the contractor, Mr Stumpy, on completing the project within quick turnaround times. “The Bonnie Doon Community Centre is an important asset, and we want to make sure it’s maintained safely so the community can continue to enjoy the centre long into the future,” said Ms Alexander. The restumping process involved placing jacks to support the floor as the worn out red gum stumps were dug out and removed. Once the old stumps were removed from the base, new concrete stumps were inserted in their place. ”We are very appreciative of the support from Council on this project,” said Graham Peck, Secretary of the Community Centre.

Local Sport Seymour District Cricket Association A-Grade. Broadford 8/178(cc) AWood 70 EW Mills 27 MJ Collier 25 N Mckeown 4/32 def Kilmore 143 D Tassone 51 K Craddock 30 JC Martin 6/22. Harley Hammond Reserve Eastern Hill 4/157(cc) D Bergowicz 79* S Feery 49 M Steiner 2/25 J Christie 2/37 def Yea Tigers 133 N Dundon 3/37 T RuddSchmidt 2/15 J Sutherland 2/29 B-Grade. Pyalong v Puckapunyal. Kilmore Cricket Ground Broadford 100 D Teohaere 25 W Ellis 4/ 26 J Geldart 3/19 J Southam 3/37 def by Alexandra 8/102 S Parker 32 J Reynolds 28 M Mirabella 3/22 C Ball 2/15 J Hibbens 2/17. Tallarook Recreation Reserve C-Grade. Broadford 155 B Holman 79 CJ Still 26 M Wittig 3/18 A Hiscock 2/6 def Pyalong 10/35 M Egan 5/16 I Gardener 5/19. Broadford Secondary College Eastern Hill 115 M Brown 26 def Kilmore Blue 90 M Brown 3/14 S Tang 3/29 RJ Graham 2/21. Kings Park Reserve. Under 14. Kilmore 5/143(cc) M Archibald 32* D McNicholas 30* O Fulton 3/11d e f Eastern Hill 7/72(cc) R Kennedy 25 R Ferraro 3/10 B Stute 2/8. L.B Davern Reserve

Ringwood District Lindsay Trollope Shield. Lilydale 1st XI 7/203(cc) D Thompson 64 MA Ebeyer 46 S Muthalif 31 GJ McInerney 3/39 L Barber 2/ 42 def Norwood 1st XI 166 NM Lester 42 S Storey 29 D Thompson 2/21 S Muthalif 2/35 AA Adamson 2/46. Bill Wilkins Cup. Templeton 1st XI 163 L Wong 68 C Mitrevski 50 MD Adams 7/14 T Gstrein 2/15 def by Bayswater Park 1st XI 2/166 JP Court 75* T Cordwell 65. Stuart Newey Plate. South Warrandyte 1st XI 8/155(cc) T Peter-Budge 71* J Exley 40 K Jones 3/20 D Lever 3/45 drew Seville 1st XI 155 B Woods 40 J Exley 4/47 D Gibbs 2/ 29 Steve Pascoe Shield. Ainslie Park 2nd XI 7/179(cc) ML Moss 41 C Eustice 27 A Davis 3/31 T Nightingale 2/33 def Yarra Junction 1st XI 10/79 R Carter 27 M Delahunty 5/20 A Butler 2/12. Pat Meehan Shield. North Ringwood 2nd XI 6/197(cc) N I'Anson 83 L O'Donnell 45 A Simmons 34 J Stubbs 2/25 def Warrandyte 2nd XI 10/194 J Stubbs 41 P Grocott 40 I Tua 39 T Jaksic 25* L Sweeney 3/22 L O'Donnell 3/35 S Ridgwell 2/34 D Tucker 2/45. Ian Spencer Shield. Croydon Ranges 2nd XI 7/177(cc) M Low 48 C Irvine 2/14 C Lawson 2/26 def Norwood 2nd XI 7/158(cc) M Schauer 42 M Cestnik 34 H Sheers 26 N Balthasar 2/29 T Noonan 2/30. A-Grade. Montrose 3rd XI 9/160(cc) J Bromiley 57 M Gardner 32* J LindemanCollins 29 S Musavi 3/23 V Premaratne 2/31 S Milton 2/44 v St Andrews 2nd XI 8/163(cc) S Wong 49 R Trowsdale 47 J Bromiley 4/17 T Sonsini 2/13 B Harvey 2/42. B-Grade. Ainslie Park 3rd XI 9/145(cc) SM Minetti 47 S Arbuckle 29 C Dikschei 3/ 27 D Whelan 2/19 M Pezzementi 2/24 def Coldstream 1st XI 10/89 R Willmott 4/8 JJ Johnstone 3/26. C-Grade. North Ringwood 4th XI 10/105 D Whitty 28 L Rigby 27 J MacCartney 3/9 N Graham 2/17 R MacCartney 2/22 def by Heathwood 2nd XI 8/128(cc) A MacCartney 33 C Noske 27 S Darmody 25 D Whitty 3/29 D-Grade. South Warrandyte 3rd XI 81 J Childs 3/15 M Wells 2/6 RJ Coppens 2/9 def by Kilsyth 3rd XI 3/83 S Downie 31 J Childs 28* E-Grade. Seville 3rd XI 10/121 M Hardy 34 J Bain 2/14 J Woods 2/16 def by Yarra Glen 1st XI 9/146(cc) L Crawford 44 M Coghlan 33 M Beri 3/29 C Frankovic 2/22 F De Varga 2/32 F-Grade. Kilsyth 4th XI 9/178(cc) M Sfiligoj 59 R Mehra 30 N Hodges 2/23 CS Clune 2/24 JG Osborn 2/31 def Norwood 4th XI 8/146(cc) SJ Gruchy 33 D Sherlock 28 D Smith 3/26 R Mehra 2/15 T Potter 2/20 G-Grade. Wandin 2nd XI 8/165(cc) r smith 42 R Sood 3/25 J Willoughby 2/25 def Wantirna 1st XI 10/42 DB Trembath 5/11 H Lamont 2/9 H-Grade. Ainslie Park 4th XI 4/187 def Montrose 5th XI 7/186(cc) J Smith 59.

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Local Sport Premier Cricket


● Yea in action against Eastern Hill at Kings Park on Saturday. Photo: Ross Malcolm.

Diamond Valley scores SATURDAYRESULTS Barclay Shield. Epping 3/114 NJ Gardiner 44* M Keenan 2/14 def Diamond Creek 9/ 113(cc) DR Gilbert 30 J Henkel 5/19. Riverside 5/206 S Villani 51* N Chrimes 42 D Pote 35 S Money 30 C Gogerly 3/33 A Fotinopoulos 2/41 def Heidelberg 9/202(cc) J Gedye 66 J Smith 36 LA Money 4/32. Money Shield. Bundoora United 9/168(cc) J Thompson 64 L Joyce 43 DD Wickramarathna 4/24 A Perera 3/31 def by Rosebank 4/172 F Tomaras 72 B Piraina 35 R Sharma 28 DD Wickramarathna 27* L Solar 2/47. Montmorency 7/144(cc) R Shaman 43 M O'Brien 38 J Taylor 27 B Healy 3/20 R Singh-Dhillon 3/27 def by Bundoora Park 2/148(cc) J Bennett 61* KJ Doddato 59. Mash Shield. Panton Hill 156 J Barton 43 G Motschall 34 MK McAuley 4/30 A Mangrolia 2/20 J Marshall 2/28 def by Mill Park 209 M Chaffey 32 B Van Driel 32 AC McLaughlin 31 N Andrews 30 J Barton 2/24 SM Fitzgerald 2/ 27 J Mill 2/37. Hurstbridge 112 K Edussooriya 27 AR Crook 3/11 AJ Drinkwell 3/21 JD DeansDraper 2/15 def by Laurimar 207 J Zerella 77 L Richardson 57* AR Crook 31 T Sanjeewa 3/ 40 A Ward 2/32. B-Grade. Rosanna v Banyule. C-Grade. Mernda v Lower Plenty. D-Grade. Plenty v Rosebank. E-Grade. Riverside v Panton Hill.

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North Metro Jika Shield. Preston Baseballers6/165(cc) J Walker 51 F Nielsen 35* M Sortino 32 C Altis 4/29 DK Young 2/24 def Rivergum106 J Walker 4/27 I Brincat 2/10. Jack Quick Shield. Old Ivanhoe7/133 M McLean 37 T Lenaz 30 JC Sparrow 3/12 A Pilbrow 2/25 def Dennis9/129(cc) JC Sparrow 26 CF Bath 25 J Shepherd 5/19 L Boreham 2/24. Jack Kelly Shield. Lalor Warriors162 def Darebin Northern Riders 66. John Adams Shield - B-Grade. Holy Trinity 2nd Xi6/100 J Papadopoulos 29 M Parremore 3/13 C Sims 2/19 def Camrea 2nd XI99 A Sims 38 J Dempsey 25 B Rickard ACC 3/14 JB Murphy 2/1 M Hudson-Jumeau 2/18 R Cossens 2/32. Les Horne Shield - C-Grade. West Preston 2nd XI8/142 K Ravi 39 K Maharabooshanam 27 J Hopkins 3/19 T Sedgwick 2/31 def Donath 2nd XI8/141(cc) M Cowen 37* JL Ladiges-Tucker 28 N Subeerkumar 2/18 K Ravi 2/26. Bob Herman Shield - D-Grade. Rivergum 3rd XI6/142(cc) L O'FIynn 47 P Ellis 44 C Spaliaras 26 S Adhikari 4/28 def Lalor Warriors 2nd XI140 S Pati 28 P Ellis 2/13 D Ewart 2/17 C Spaliaras 2/27. Les Kemp Shield - E-Grade. Reservoir Cobras 3rd XI104 R Kondru 38 A Krishna 3/ 12 R Chowdary 3/29 VV Para 2/25 def by Fiji Victorian 3rd XI9/111(cc) S Donthireddy 26 V Sunkari 3/30. Syd Sault Shield - F-Grade. Kinglake drew Holy Trinity 4th XI.

EASTERN CRICKET ASSOCIATION RESULTS Dunstan Shield. Old Carey 9/145(cc) T Atkins 37 SP Seymour 3/17 A Mills 2/16 def Canterbury 8/133(cc) SP Seymour 57 T Merry 4/16 C Still 2/25. North Balwyn 7/ 155(cc) M Tomkinson 71 JT O'Connell 36* M Vaiano 3/26 R Sayer 2/31 def by East Doncaster 3/159 M Chappell 66 R Sayer 55*. Wright Shield. Deepdene Bears 3/225 L Gunasinhage 102* MA Perera 78 def Ashburton Willows 7/223(cc) AH Powell 54* SP Karunanayake 53 MG Quamil 49 J Lawler 2/27 H Salathiel 2/42. Bulleen 149 J King 34 NC Andrews 27 C Hope 3/17 def Mulgrave 132 D Bisinella 5/ 23 L Fernando 2/41 A Turf (Sturgess Shield). Burwood 9/137(cc) H Swift 33* T Sheehan 33 TL Wright 2/17 GJ Cull 2/22 drew M o n t Albert 8/137(cc) RW Cooper 41 JE Guley 41 AT Fernando

3/22. Boronia 150 B Mann 35 S Bowen 25 T Burton 3/23 T Riley 2/17 HI Paulas 2/29 def by Mazenod OC 6/151 T Burton 54* T Driscoll 52 T Raymond 27 C McEwan 2/11. B Turf (Armstrong Shield). Canterbury 8/216(cc) H Crothers 46 RT Arians 43 O Lloyd 39 T Sanguinetti 39 S Kingston 4/33 D Jones 2/47 def Richmond Union 82 I Reljic 26 AE Hume 4/4 O Lloyd 3/32. Burwood 7/153(cc) JJ Miller 48 TI Jayatillaka 36* MM McColl 2/15 J Dinneen 2/29 def by Marcellin OC 5/154 MM McColl 39* J Dinneen 36 K Krolikowski 25* S Perera 2/ 20. C Turf (Thomson Shield). East Doncaster 6/170(cc) J Vaiano 60 P Summerton 45 W McIlroy 2/19 TM Barel 2/39 def Hawthorn 140 S Patel 45 MW Yole 27 MG Thompson 3/25 J Bourke 2/9 D Goodwin 2/26. Old Carey 4/145(cc) A

Dowling 54 J Ciuro 36* D Chesney Jnr 3/16 def Bulleen 140 C Jolly 38 C Friend 2/17 DJ Smith 2/24. D Turf (Mair Shield). Mulgrave 10/120 V Kulasinghe 34 M Maiolo 29 LP Biddau 3/ 18 I Ware 3/23 JM Dobeli 2/13 def by Mazenod OC 6/159(cc) M D'Angelo 74* R Jayaweera 29 N Costa 3/46. Old Carey 8/ 199 R Hexter 60 J Nitz 40 D Wolters 25 T Jones 25* LA Gatehouse 3/37 Z Macdermid 2/55 def Glen Iris 5/197(cc) M Saunders 37* J Gough 34 D Cohen 34 M Ciardulli 29. E Turf (Cohen Shield). St Kevins OC 7/194(cc) C Stafford 79 S Steinwall 43 LD Clancey 27 AH Leach 3/40 Z Maillard 2/39 def E a s t Malvern Tooronga 171 C Glynn 68 L Stonehouse 38 B Cudlipp 4/20 A Fernon 3/41 LD Clancey 2/23. Hawthorn 2/161 N Grover 83* D Kallro 66 def Edinburgh 9/159(cc) .

Men’s Premier Firsts. Greenvale Kangaroos117 MM Harrison 38 MN Wilson 3/19 JL Pattinson 3/24 BJ Taeuber 3/25 def by Dandenong6/282(cc) JL Pattinson 81 T Donnell 68 BS Forsyth 66 MN Wilson 25* SG McNicholl 2/40 DS Bell 2/49. orthcote184 J Sundberg 50 JC Rushton 34 A Crispe 25 AJ Armstrong 4/32 T Hughes 2/32 J Vine 2/39 def by Footscray5/190 DJ Russ 76* TJ Dean 34 DJ Sartori 33 MD Topp 2/ 36. Ringwood9/182 IG Holland 35 TF Rogers 33 BA Gibson 29 TR Murphy 2/28 SG O'Brien 2/30 def by St Kilda6/207(cc) AJ Crosthwaite 72 JA Merlo 45 JM Bowen 2/31 IG Holland 2/52. CaseySouth Melbourne5/253(cc) MT Wallace 77 A Chandrasinghe 63 L Manders 54 HA Kannan 47 Z Parr 3/31 def Fitzroy Doncaster225 L Banthorpe 74* N Fletcher 56 JN Fry 3/37 RP Kellepotha 3/ 43 N Lambden 2/52. Camberwell Magpies9/ 177(cc) SJ Wood 42 KA Prior 41* CM Thewlis 35 KJ Elliott 4/19 KR Williamson 2/20 def by Melbourne5/179 WJ Pucovski 73 CD Anderson 50 RF Jamieson 2/32. Carlton8/176 NJ Ross 45 TJ Smyth 29 C Rutland 26 M Perry 5/28 def Richmond172 J Fraser-McGurk 31 W Parker 31 EC O'Sullivan 3/51 EP Gulbis 2/19 CA Stevenson 2/ 23 C Rutland 2/40. Essendon8/193(cc) MW Hill 64 F Chowna 29 I Willett 25 M Stafford 3/36 S Mackin 2/32 J Prakash 2/45 def Melbourne University116 M Domann 30 S Mackin 27 T O'Donnell 4/19 CL McClure 4/20. Geelong9/ 243(cc) LS Blackford 97* HW Butterworth 41 TA Jackson 39 D Mehta 34 JA Nanopoulos 3/34 JL Conroy 2/36 def Frankston Peninsula208 S Patel 62 RM Hammel 41 B Clarke 29 BL Couch 3/31 HW Butterworth 2/26 JF Garner 2/27 TL O'Connell 2/38. Kingston Hawthorn8/246(cc) T Attanayake 85 A Jain 49 S Chopra 38 M Wilcox 2/ 26 L Bangs 2/30 J Boyce 2/40 def by Prahran9/247 L Bangs 115* ND Blaich 58 A Mathew 4/53 P Patil 2/28 ZV Richardson 2/55. Men’s Premier Seconds. Melbourne221 MJ Cheesman 58 N Pastras 37 HJ Brown 31 OJ Jenkins 3/51 BL Jowett 2/41 HJ Burrill 2/43 def by Camberwell Magpies7/238(cc) JT Di Stefano 78 A Pawha 41 JW Wiseman 29 KW Walford 28 AJ Boyle 2/29 H Bajwa 2/40. Prahran2/136 J Agar 68* MO Delaney 39* TR Pearson 2/22 def Kingston Hawthorn135 PD Parsons 39 D Harrison-Smith 4/29 C Giles 3/17. Richmond188 C Hinds 50 K Viccars 39 K Thavarajah 3/32 NE Hurley 3/32 N Pottabathini 2/13 def by Carlton6/189 N Pottabathini 62* I Shaikh 46 LJ McKenna 38 BA Rose 4/40 J D'Rozario 2/37. St Kilda7/210(cc) MR Hennig 48* DT Meddings 37 ML Stevenson 36 TJ Deighton 31 BS Davies 25 TM Freeman 2/29 SP Howell 2/50 def Ringwood169 ZE Flintoff 55 TJ Wynne 34 OG Horlock 32 MR Hennig 3/12 ML Sellenger 2/29 S Gribben 2/35. Dandenong7/ 206(cc) DA Vanderwert 52* A Athiththan 41 DI Malik 34 J Sawrey 26* JG Taylor 2/19 H KremerSlevin 2/51 def by Greenvale Kangaroos7/207 TC Campbell 52* JJ Kosteas 40 A Athiththan 2/27 J Sawrey 2/3. Fitzroy Doncaster2/128 L Smith 73* M Jephcott 37 def Casey-South Melbourne127 LE O'Connor 32 CJ McIlveen 3/22 HS Goad 3/30 LJ Myott 2/16 SF Morris 2/26. Footscray4/299(cc) J Doherty 81* MJ Underwood 75 M Cooray 71* S Mihelakos-James 33 ND Caulfield 31 def Northcote194 M Mikedis 58 EJ Brandon-Jones 34 F Hay 3/44 A Beniwal 2/16 DA McDonald 2/25. Frankston Peninsula2/189 NB Mann 83* AG Kodoth 64 def Geelong8/186(cc) JB Larkin 56 LG Field 56 R Aikman 28 T Gandhi 3/31 JR Elcock 2/ 19. Melbourne University6/170 J Peacock 42* I Borgas 36 def Essendon169 JP Ryan 67 EE White 53 J Peacock 3/17 JM Barron-Toop 3/33. Men’s Premier Thirds. Camberwell Magpies7/219(cc) TM Donaldson 60 SJ Mazza 59* JJ Ash 3/27 AM Cesarios 2/23 def by Melbourne7/ 224 KA Parrott 104* BI Reddell 31 JJ Ash 29* A Vidajic 2/34 HK Smith 2/51 BK Watkins 2/52. Carlton7/167 SJ Connop 43* O Rashid 38 H Jamieson 35 C Kapukotuwa 3/19 J Hinds 2/15 def Richmond9/166(cc) A Bauer 44 MJ Annear 38 HD Trenwith 4/32 JB Pettitt 2/19 SB Morrow 2/39. Essendon171 V Malhotra 60 J Chapple 25 B Mulheran 25 S Fernando 25 NW Ritchie 3/27 L Bienvenu 3/45 J McLaughlan 2/14 def by Melbourne University6/214(cc) E Durrant 92* L Bienvenu 27 S Hope 2/21. Geelong126 JJ Mastin 39* R Jain 4/22 TK Kuruwita 2/22 LJ Klauer 2/25 def by Frankston Peninsula5/129 LJ Klauer 48*. Kingston Hawthorn80 C Graham 4/15 HR Nicholls 3/10 EP Wright 2/14 def by Prahran1/81 WG Pike 51*. Greenvale Kangaroos148 KP Spaull 46* LJ Sheehan 4/21 B Bhatia 2/18 def by Dandenong8/197(cc) J Murray 54 R Bostan 39 A Bhardwaj 30* M Ali 2/17 E Withington 2/37. Northcote204 HE Tyler 38* CADineen 36 AFaiyaz 3/36 V Chaudhari 3/39 D Raniolo 2/35 A Sehrawat 2/41 def by Footscray7/214(cc) N Markovski 44 S McCaskill 34 R Nand 31 HE Tyler 2/23 Z Mills 2/ 36 N Pereara 2/49. Ringwood179 MR Mountain 37 ZW Grech 25 S Kapoor 3/33 JT Banks 2/28 JD Gray 2/37 def St Kilda106 LR Saultry 3/11 T Humphries 2/14. Casey-South Melbourne6/ 257(cc) B Lambden 71 D Gamage 58 J Long 52 N Guinea 25 KA Turner 3/47 def by Fitzroy Doncaster6/261 JW Arandt 89 ML Thomas 79 LD Ingram 37 J Long 3/34 S Hulangamuwa 2/57.

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Open class speed test at Geelong ■ Geelong’s Friday night fixture was highlighted by the $24,000 Flying Brick Cider Co. Geelong Rocket, a speed test for open class horses over 1600 metres – the victor being Andy and Kate Kath’s unbeaten in OZ 7Y0 Betterthancheddar-Howfarnow gelding Vintage Cheddar in a mile rate of 1-54.5 2.6 seconds outside Honolua Bay’s record set in 2021. Beginning a lot quicker than most expected from gate five, Vintage Cheddar lobbed one/ one as roughie Ozzie Battler led from gate three leaving the heavily supported Bettor Robyn (gate four) exposed. When Bettor Robyn crossed the leader within a lap leaving Vintage Cheddar in the open for final circuit, the race seemed to be at his mercy. Racing to the front on turning, Vintage Cheddar len-baker@ scored by 3.2 metres from Its Back In The Day along the sprint lane from three back the markwith Len Baker ers, with Bulletproof Boy the run of the race third a nose away after racing three wide for the last lap. Driven by ‘magic hands’ James Herbertson, The final half mile being run in 55.4 – quarter Forever A Day raced uncovered outside lo27.4, with Vintage Chedder making it four from cal hopeAnd Argy Bargy mid-race after easing away four since crossing the Tasman. from gate two on the second line with the lead changing several times. Pushed wider on the final bend as Goodlookin Rooster on the back of the pacemaker came way ■ Stawell, in the western part of the state, was the venue to commence the week on Monday from the inside, Forever And A Day showed great March 7 and what a day it was for Hamilton’s intestinal fortitude by refusing to give in and gain Chris Walsh (36) a grandson of Hamilton octo- the decision by 5.4 metres over Goodlookin genarian Jim Barker (87) who was responsible Rooster, with Righteously third 1.2 metres back for a huge upset in the 1785 metre David O from mid-field. On what was a profitable night Jones Mitre 10 Pace when cleverly named Mis- for the pair, stablemate Forever A Star finished ter Big-Out Of Sight 8Y0 gelding Crime Boss at second in the Alice Laidlaw Pace. start number 90 greeted the judge at tote odds of ■ Tatura trainer Craig Turnbull and daughter Abbey landed the Roma Pocock Pace over 2190 $126. Raced by and driven by Chris who has as- metres with Hiranya, a Bettors Delight-Holme sisted at the stable for years and has driven the Fire gelding first up in Oz. Having his first outing since December, team on the odd occasion, Crime Boss led from gate two and rated to perfection, never looked Hiranya (gate six) raced exposed for the majorlike stopping, kicking clear on straightening to ity of the race, proving too strong for the leader register a 7.9 metre margin in a rate of 1-59.2 Repelling by 5.2 metres. Rockandance (three from Captain Bling which trailed making no im- wide last lap from the rear) was third 2.1 metres away. The mile rate 1-57.7. pression over the concluding stages. The heavily supported favourite Zwick (three ■ Local Bunbartha trainer/driver John back the markers from inside the second row) Newberry’s team always race well at Shepparton was a disappointing third 3 metres away. It was and 5Y0 Mr Feelgood-Energetic gelding FeelCrime Boss’ first victory since Mildura in Sep- ing Energetic snared the Elizabeth Clarke Vicbred Pace over 2190 metres in a rate of 2-01. tember last year and seventh overall. Raced by John and wife Maree, Feeling EnTo make the victory even sweeter, it was ergetic enjoyed the run of the race one/one from Chris’ first success in the sulky when having gate two as Oktolove led from the pole after bedrive number 118. ■ Allendale owner/trainer Adam Stephens ing crossed by Argh Me Hearty which galloped snared the quinella in the Gift Hotel Pace over on the first turn allowing Oktolove to retain the 2180 metres with Iamawingate defeating Silver front running. Although four wide in the straight, Feeling Domino in a mile rate of 2-00.8. Driven by Energetic ran home stoutly to prevail by a half Connor Clarke, Iamawingate flew away from gate four to lead before surrendering to the more head from Cheeky Philtra out very wide, with fancied stablemate Silver Dominate (gate two) Argh Me Harty (one/two – three wide last lap) a when driver Michael Bellman angled away from nose away third in a blanket finish. three back the markers to obtain the lead entering the straight on the first occasion. Enjoying a cosy trip, Iamawingate a lightly Bendigo was Wednesday’s venue and raced 9Y0 gelded son of I Am The Way and ■ Parwan trainer Craig Demmler was victorious Alberts Belle used the sprint lane to prevail by with 4Y0 Rock N Roll Heaven-Mach Robyn 1.1 metres, with She Will Wantano third a head mare Heavenly Gypsy in the Sheahan Plumbing away after racing exposed from gate four. Pace over 2150 metres. ■ Terang trainer Marg Lee also provided the Narrowly beaten at Ballarat two weeks earquinella in the Stawell Newsagency 3Y0 Maiden lier when trailing the leader Kekoa when first up Pace over 2180 metres with a pair of Keayangs for 11 months, Heavenly Gipsy driven by Jodi - Froggy and Crippa. Driven by son Jason, Quinlan led throughout from gate two, accountKeayang Froggy starting outside the front line ing for Shaq (one/one) by 1.3 metres in a mile possied one/one as Ashford Shark (gate four) rate of 1-57.5. Treacherous Rock (one/three- four led. wide home turn) was third 4 metres away. When reinsman Lochie Cook took off three ■ The finish to the Worlds Best Hoof Oil Trotwide from mid-field aboard Keayang Crippa ters Handicap over 2150 metres taken out by from the extreme draw to race in the open prior Longlea trainer/driver Matty Gath’s 7Y0 Majesto the bell giving the stablemate one/one cover tic Son-Hold That Grin mare Bella Lucy will be for the last lap, Keayang Froggy was switched talked about for ages. to the back of the leader approaching the final Beginning fast from the centre of the track bend and using the sprint lane finished best to being a lone front marker. Bella Lucy didn’t lead score by 1.9 metres over Keayang Crippa in a but ran into the sprint lane before being taken mile rate of 2-01.1. Ashford Shark after leading back to the rear as the rule applies, but this didn’t held third 1.2 metres back. eventuate with the mare shifting into the race eight back the markers ahead of three other runners. Moving forward a spot mid-race but still a ■ Shepparton raced on Tuesday and long way off the running leader Dublin Chubb. Lancefield owners Leon Conway and partner Bella Lucy was eased three wide approaching Lesia Horton’s unhoppled 10Y0 Dawn Ofa New the final bend and had the audacity to surge clear Day-Rumbleon gelding Forever And A Day was over the concluding stages to score by 3.7 metres a tough victor of the Helen Head Pace over 1690 in what was an unbelievable performance. metres. Easy Pickings (20m) gained inside runs from

Harness Racing

Great day for Chris

Midweek magic

Tough victory

six back the markers for second, with honest mare Aldebaran Belle (10m) third 4.9 metres away after doing plenty of chasing trailing Dublin Chubb. The mile rate 2-02.9. ■ Heathcote trainer Jim O’Sullivan combined with daughter Shannon to land the 1650 metre Pryde’s Easifeeds Pace with 8Y0 Live Or DieArt Bubble gelding Neander Guy much to the delight of wife Terresa who raced him. Given the run of the race from the pole trailing Polly Peacham after leading out, Neander Guy used the sprint lane to perfection gaining the day by 1.7 metres over a game Polly Peacham which worked hard from outside the front line in the early stages, with Loyola Golf third 1.8 metres back after going forward from the extreme draw to race exposed. The mile rate 1-57.2.

8 events at S. Hill

■ Swan Hill was Thursday’s fixture with a most entertaining eight event program. Bendigo’s Alex Ashwood and partner Tayla French snared the quinella in the opening event – the Ultima Hotel 3Y0 Maiden Pace over 1750 metres with Riverina owned Sunshine BeachKitty Maguire gelding Impulze. Enjoying a lovely one/one trip on the back of Lollipop (gate two) which raced exposed before dashing clear on turning, Impulze trained and driven by Alex gave chase on straightening to gain the day by a nose in a thrilling finish. First starter Gamer (one/four) from gate two on the second line was third 8.3 metres away. The mile rate 1-57.5. ■ Stawell based Jason Ainsworth combined with James Herbertson to land the Battlers In The Bush Maiden Pace over 1750 metres with cleverly named 4Y0 Roll With Joe-The Dreamtime mare Story To Tell. Settling one/ one from a solo second line draw, Story To Tell was given the run of the race trailing Sargeant Major (gate four) as Caught Out led from gate three. Swopping spots mid-race, Story To Tell raced away approaching the final bend to win by 7 metres from Follow The Eclipse (four wide last lap) from the rear, with Rocking Wroxton third a neck away after trailing the weakening pacemaker. The mile rate 1-59.7. ■ The Ultima Hotel Trotters Handicap over 2240 metres saw Lemnos trainer Russell Jack successful with 4Y0 Love You-Con Grazia gelding Celebration Stride one of a large team raced by millionaire Emilio Rosatti and wife Mary. Driven by Bailey McDonough, Celebration Stride from 10 metres had little trouble in crossing Nickys Son (10m) shortly after the start and allowed to bowl along, scored effortlessly over Marengo Bay (20m) which raced uncovered from the tail for the final circuit after a slow beginning. Thirty metre backmarker Patriot Stride Patriot Stride was third after trailing the runner up home. The margins 2.2 by 1.9 metres in a rate of 2-05.8. ■ James Herbertson showed why he is one of the best in the business after piloting Merbein 6Y0 Kiwi bred Somebeachsomewhere-Winter Rose gelding Neds Beach to victory in the 1750 metre Murray River Pace. Trained by Reece Moore who does a fine job with his team, Neds Beach began fast from gate four to lead, before surrendering to the inform Tiger Band Wagon which had been trapped three wide from outside the front line before Ryan Sanderson put the foot to the floor and assumed control entering the straight for the bell. Using the sprint lane, Neds Beach ($18.00) bloused Tiger Band Wagon by a half head in the last stride to give James three for the night, with Goodtime Maddie another Sunraysia hope third 6.8 metres away third after racing exposed from gate five. The mile rate 1-58. ■ The fast class race of the night – the F & S Bennett Pace went to Barham owner/breeder John Morris and trainer Dennis Stevens’ 7Y0 Artistic Fella- Millenium gelding Pirates Of Zanzibar who chalked up his 11th victory in 85 outings and in doing so caused a major upset. Driven by Tayla French giving her a double for the evening, Pirates Of Zanzibar coming off a tough second at Boort the previous Sunday began best to lead from gate five before being

Sulky Snippets This Week

■ Wednesday – Maryborough/Mildura, Thursday – Ballarat, Friday – Shepparton, Saturday – Melton, Sunday – Charlton (Cup), Monday – Stawell, Tuesday – Mildura.

restrained to allow Magic Feeling to take over from outside the front line. There was drama in the first lap when the raging hot favourite National News ($1.18) one/ two at the time galloped wildly and was tailed off out of contention. Still in front on turning, Magic Feeling was grabbed by Pirates Of Zanzibar along the sprint lane in the last couple of strides to gain a half neck margin in a mile rate of 1-59.4. Roll With Ron was third a neck away after racing in the open. ■ Another runner who was most unlucky at Boort was Echuca trainer Ros Rolfe’s partowned 6Y0 Somebeachsomewhere-Karamea Toastime mare Beach Time who made amends by winning the 5th Heat of The Ultima Hotel Pace over 2240 metres. Driven once again by Olivia Weidenbach, Beach Time pounced on the lead from gate two and was never headed, scoring by a half head only from South Australian Von Art (one/two – one/one home turn) from gate three, with local hope and polemarker Star Shine using the sprint lane off the back of the pacemaker for third 1.5 metres back. The mile rate 1-59. - Len Baker

Sport Extra Western Suburbs Churches and Community Cricket Division 1. Tarneit Central CC73 d e f by Williams Landing SC3/77(cc). Division 2. Tarneit Central Blue CC98 def by Williams Landing SC137. Division 3. Footscray United7/186(cc) BR Patel 75 DU Patel 37 JP Patel 32* YR Weerasinghe 2/27 N Sharma 2/36 J Mangat 2/39 def United Tarneit SC10/104 P Jayasingha 31 BR Patel 2/8 A Hossain 2/10 R Shah 2/23. Division 4. Altona Sports Club v Forsyth Utd Chargers CC Division 5. One Melbourne SC9/156(cc) L Dominic 2/14 SS Kadookkunnan 2/28 def by Brimbank Strikers6/158 SG Mathew 41 N Nandagopan 41* A Nair 29. Division 6. Vic Bangladeshi SC153 M Yusuf 38 S Rahman 36* SH Mahmud 26 def Western Eagles SC84 F Islam 5/18 S Rahman 2/30 Division 7. United Tarneit SC v One Melbourne SC. Division 8. Altona Sports Club9/121(cc) D Mulcahy 28 J Hennayake 3/25 S Luketic 2/17 MJ Nolton 2/21 def Williamstown Congs112 M Longhurst 33 R Giraddi 2/15 A Arora 2/19 J Dimech 2/2 Division 9. Altona Sports Club v Footscray Angliss. Division 10. AA Tarneit CC6/205(cc) K Gamanayake 2/48 def Point Cook CC76. Division 11. Manor Lakes CC4/165 H Sharma 3/26 def Western Eagles SC55. Division 12. Sanctuary Lakes CC8/102 def by Royal Bengal SC7/103. Division 13. Altona Sports Club v Footscray Angliss.

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Local History

Count revealed 23 players ■ Newly-discovered press files show the Yea was active in football prior to the commonly accepted 1893 formation date. Contemporary reports offer match descriptions from; ■ 1887 and 1889: against Alexandra and Tallarook; ■ 1890: against Alexandra and Muddy Creek. The first match appears to have been on June 4, 1887, against visitors, Alexandra (see below, right). Other games that year were also played against Tallarook (see match description on next page). No press reports can be found for local football for 1888, but the following year sees fixtures also organised at Muddy Creek (Glenmore). The 1889 report of the Tallarook match was published on September 13:“The football match, Yea v Tallarook, played on Saturday last, ended in the defeat of the former by 5 goals 5 behinds to 2 behinds. “It is only fair to the Yea team to state that several of their best players did not put in an appearance, and that their opponents played with 23 men against 16 up to three-quarter time, when the men were ranged up and counted. “Tallarook then gave Yea three men, and with this assistance Yea pressed their antagonists very hard indeed, just missing a goal or two.” The Seymour Express newspaper (June 28, 1889) had previewed the Yea-Tallarook match: “The recently formed football club are practising regularly in anticipation of a challenge from Seymour or Tallarook. If either event comes off 'our boys' will not be far behind.” A report in the Alexandra & Yea Standard from April 4, 1890, suggests that Yea had a football heritage going back much earlier. “The annual meeting of the football club was held at Davey's Hotel, on Mon day, when it was ultimately and unanimously decided to reform the club thoroughly, go regularly to practice, and endeavour to reachieve the honors the club used to possess some time ago.” In the previous year, the Club had been active socially. The press scribe noted in the Standard’s ‘Yea Jottings’: “I hear it is the intention of the football club to close the season with a ball, to be held in the shire hall.” Teams in the region also included combinations from Yarck, Gobur, Ruffy, Thornton, Tallarook. Seymour Mansfield and Darlingford. There was certainly a ‘Yea Football Club’ in existence in 1889. It wrote a letter to the Yea Shire Council seeking a refund. The Seymour Express (Sept. 17, 1889) reported: “From Yea Football Club, requesting that a portion of rent paid by them for use of Sliire Hall be refunded. — Cr Purcell was of opinion that no refund should be made. “It cost the council 7s 6d each time the hall was used, and he thought when it was used for the purpose of holding an entertainment, those using it ought to be able to pay for it. No action taken.” On July 4, 1890. The Yea correspondent wrote: “A football match was played here on Saturday between a scratch team fron.Glenmore and the local men. The game was very very unequal, Yea having the

1889 grudge match between Yea-Alexandra councillors ■ “An unexpected visit from the Alex andra Rangers quite took our young men by surprise on Saturday last, as it was understood the football match was off,” reported the Yea correspondent to the Alexandra and Yea Standard on August 30, 1889. “However not to disappoint the visitors the local men mustered 20 strong, the game coimmencing about 2.30. p.m. “It was evident from the start that the Rangers were not on a par with a team of a partly somewhat similar name hailing from Alexandra, their play being at times anything hut good, with exceptions of course. “Yea, I must say, played remarkably well, and although the team was not a strong one, shared good form. “A lad named Clarke, from Tasmania, played an excellent game as did McCann who kicked an almost impossible goal, also Anthony, Develin, Toohey, M' Leish and several others. “For the .Rangers - Watt, (1 goal), Stillman, Vining, Asling, McMartin, (2), Tossol, (2), showed very fair form. “The game resulted as follows :-Yea, 2 goals 12 behinds ; Rangers, 1 goal 4 behinds. I must mention in all fairness to the losers that they played with only 18 men, while their opponents had their full complement and declined although asked to play with equal numbers. “Mr Stillman mentioned this fact in replying (as captain) for his club. Mr J. Robinson made a very fair and impartial umpire. “The football match of the season is about to take place shortly, and intense interest is being evinced as to the probable result of the match, viz, that between the Alexandra and Yea Shire Councillors. “Money is changing hands in this, the greatest event of the year in sporting circles. Several councillors are privately taking lessons and tuition in the rules of the game. “I suppose all the officers will be allowed to take part in this game , poundkeepers included. “It seems to me that the man who will desire most sympathy at the end of the game will be the central umpire. ● A football match between Yea Shire and Alexandra Shire councillors was organised in 1889, reported The Standard. game in their own hands kicking 7 goals 4 behinds to one behind. It is only fair to state Glen more did not play with anything like their best team but they expect to turn the tables when Yea visits Glenmore.” In 1893, the Alexandra and Yea Standard quoted The Yea Chronicle: “Commenting on the recent football match betweeda Alexandra and Yea, the Chronicle says:-" The Yea players would have shone much more brilliantly had they remembered the golden rule of football, i.e., Stick to your places and not rove all

over the ground. “They meed practice in the “May they profit by the lesson. So meantime, and the men must keep far as the records go, Saturday’s beat- to their positions in the field just as ing was the worst the Yea boys ever had, and Giles and his team are to be complimented on the effective way in which they did their work. “I hope to see Yea, in the return match, retrieve the disaster, if they do not actually turn the tables on their victorious opponents “One thing must be mentioned to their credit, viz.. they took their gruel, though given with a pot-stick lnstead of a spoon, like genuine footballers.

good cricketers always do. “The Geelong and Carlton clubs ● Turn To Next Page

Yea and Homewood combine for match against Alexandra ■ “On Saturday afternoon last a return football match between the (Alexandra and Yea-Homwood Combined teams) was played at Johnson's Creek, opposite the Belle Vue Hotel, in a paddock kindly lent for the occasion by Dr E. W. Sampsson, it was reported on September 30, 1892. There was a fairly large gathering of spectators, amongst them being Dr Jee, Messrs Doberty, Munckton, Graham, Jackson, J. Murphy, J. McMinn, McNicol, H. Maubey, E. W. Sampson, A. Stillman, A. Baker, Oates (Yea), and Elliott (Miller's Ponds). Amongst the ladies on the ground were Mrs.Hutchinson. Miss Thom, Miss Barras, Miss N. McMinn, Misses Johnson, Miss Robinson (Thornton), and Mrs Parsons. Mr W. Parsons was central umpire, the goal umpires being A. Hall (Alexandra) and Pettigrew (Yea). The play all through the match was not up to much. In fact, it was very unlike football. At quarter time the score stood Yea’s goal 1 behind, Alexandra nil. Half time: Alexandra 1 goal 2 behinds, Yea.1 goal 1 behind. In the third quarter Yea added a behind and in the fourth Alexandra scored two, the final result being Alexandra 1 goal 4 behinds, Yea 1 goal 2 behinds. Alexandra's goal was kicked by Kenny, and Yea's by M. McLelsh. The former's behinds were scored by Kellock, Peck (2), and Lee, the latter's by McPherson and Drysdale. For Alexandra, Kellam, Kenny, Lee, Maddeford, and H. Robinson played best; and for the visitors Maynard (captain), M'Pherson, Antony, M'Leieh, Robinson, W. Williamson, Burns, and Mitchell well.

● A press report of what is believed to be Yea’s first football match, against Alexandra, printed in the Alexandra and Yea Standard on June 10, 1887.

First game may have been played on June 4, 1887 ■ Old newspaper clippings indicate that Yea’s first football match may have been held locally on Saturday, June 4, 1887, against Alexandra. Reports in both the Seymour Express and Alexandra and Yea Standard newspaper point to a match at Yea, manned by the “recently formed” club. The June 10 Standard says the match ended with Alexandra scoring 2 goals, 5 behind; with Yea restricted to 2 behinds.

Yea’s best players were named as Lees, Lang, Dods and Davis. It was reported that because of bad weather the ‘Yeaites’ did not expect Alexandra to make the journey for the match. The 2pm match did not start until almost an hour later. The visitors were entertained that night at Rankin’s Hotel. A return match, with Yea visitors travelling to Alexandra, was staged on July 23. A game against Tallarook was played on July 9.

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Local History First match FOOTALL. ALEXANDRAV.YEA. “On Saturday last fifteen members of the Alexandra football club journeyed to Yea to "battle" with a like number of the club recently formed at the latter place. “Real football weather greeted the players, for when the Alexandra contingent left it was raining in torrents and continued until Yea was reached. “At noon the rain ceased and made the game somewhat more agreeable than otherwise would have been the case, footballers heeding not the mud and slosh. so long as there was an absence of rain ... “The following is the team that represented Alexandra: E. Hall. W. Hubbard, A. McKay, T. Mensforth, G. Milroy, R Empoy W. Dobson (captain), J. Davies (vice-captain), H. Dobson, W. Cocking, J. Tossel, A. McMartin, E. Lipsconmbe, W. Hemmings, and C. Fooks. “It was arranged that the match should commence at two o'clock sharp, but owing to the bad weather the Yeaites did not expect that Alexandra would venture the journey “This caused a considerable amount of delay, as not only did the Alexandra team arrive early, but were on the ground in all readiness a quarter of an hour before the appointed time, and spent three quarters of an hour in practice. “The game was started shortly before three o'clock and Captain Dobson, of Alexandra, winnirg the toss took choice of goals. “Captain Lang, of Yea, kicked off and for the first part of the game the play was very even. “Shortly before the first change Alexandra forced the ball down and secured first goal, kicked by Milroy. “Upon changing positions it was seen that Alexandra had the game in their own hands, and at call of time the result was Alexandra 2 goals 5 behinds; Yea 2 behinds. “Mensforth registered the second goal for Alexandra. Those deserving of mention for Alexandra are-Mensforth, Dobson's (2), Lipscombe, E. Hall, G. Milroy, and Cocking; and for Yea - Lees, Lang, Dods, and Davis. “The visitors were entertained in the evening at an excellent supper at Rankin's hotel, and all seemed highly pleased with the associations that had been formed that day. “Mr. E. Hall, the energetic secretary, deserves the thanks of the club for the arranging of tlis match, and has proved himself most worthy of the office recerntly vacated by his brother, Mr Fred Hall. “The club is certainly to be complimented upon gaining the first victory in this district this season, and we hope that it will not be the last. “It is expected that matches will be played with Doon, Tallarook, Kilmore, Mansfield, Jamieson, and probably a team from Melbourne, selected by Mr. W. O'Connor. “This gentleman is particularly anxious that Alexandra should meet a junior teaml from the mntropolis, and no doubt thei Alexandra Football Club will willingly consent to such if the arrangements are officially conveyed.” - Alexandra & Yea Standard June 10, 1887

● From Previous Page took the premier position for years by systematic passing and kicking, and Essendon achieved distinction in the same way last season,” the Yea scribe penned. In 1891, the Seymour Express noted: “Seven acres of land at northern side of Snodgrass-street, Yea, have been reserved for a recreation ground.”

Meeting to form club

■ It was on April 19, 1893, that a meeting was held at the Royal Mail Hotel, Yea, “for the formation of a Yea Football Club”. The meeting was convened by Chas. Carr. A July press report said a match with Alexandra did not go ahead because the visitors had an outbreak of measles. “Tne Yea Footballers were deemed to disappointment through the Alexandra team not being able to put in an appearance last Saturday owing to the prevalence of measles. “The match will, however, be played on some future date. “On Saturday next the Yea team meet Homewood on the ground of the latter. “The Yea team will be chosen from the following :- Barratt, Anderson, Blackburn, Burns, Borrie, Cleeland, Corlhue (Corlass?), Carr, Dean, W. Drysdale, R. Dryslale, J. Hume, Lloyd, M'Asey, McManus, McLeish, A. Smith, E. Smith, Snodgrass, Thompson, Wilson, Withers.” On September 21, 1893, local paper readers were told: “On Saturday next the Yea footbhallers travel to Flowerdale. “The Yea team will be chosen from the following players :- Burns, Barrett, Blackburn, Baird, Borrie, Corlass, Carr, Cleeland, Drysdale (3), Hume, McAsey, Snodgrass, Dean, Thompson, Sandilands, E. Smith, A. Smith, McManus, MnLeish, Maynard, Lloyd, Sheard, and Dillon. “As this is the last match to be played from home, the Yea boys are expected to turn up in full force. The Chronicle reported that a football match between the Seymour and Yea Shire Councils would probably take place on Saturday week (Sept. 30), and ‘Lonehand' in the , tought that some really good fun may be expected. " Cr Condon says he will grass the entire Seymour team before the day is over, but the president and Cr. Donaldson have already been appointed to shadow him, so that the boot may be on the other foot before the game is over. “A prominent Seymour council-

● Australian Rules football spread widely across Victoria in the late 19th Century. In 1886, a crowd of 34,000 people was attracted in Melbourne. Yea’s first games appear to have been played in 1887. This sketch, provided by the State Library, shows play at Yarra Park.

Yea struggles in its first season

■ The Yea footballers battled to find success in the first matches reported by local newspapers. ■ June 3, 1887. Alexandra 2.5, d. Yea, 0.2. At Yea. ■ July 9, 1887. Tallarook, 2.9 d Yea, 2.8. At Yea. ■ July 23, 1887. Alexandra, 7.12, d Yea, 0.1. At Alexandra.

● The Yea correspondent of the Seymour Express (July 9, 1889) documented a football match against Muddy Creek. lor is also anxious to meet the presi- arrival the game was started. Barrett dent of the Yea Council, but believ- captained Yea boys, and Giles acted ing discretion to be the better part of in a similar capacity for the valor, that far-seeing gentleman has Alexandrians, while Stillman underdecided that his position will be in took the arduous duties of central close proximity to the goal umpire." umpire. Also in Septembver 1893, the Yea “Almost as soon as ball was newspaper reported: “TheYea bounced the home team scored by a footballers journed to Alexandra on kick out of a scrimmage; after the Saturday last to try conclusions with second bounce ball was taken to Yea the local team there. goal, and by a lucky kick put through “With the exception of two or again. three good players, notably Gray and “The Alexandra players seemed Antony, they had a good team, quite at home, while at the Yea boys “Arrangements were made to play on the Alexandra football were all at sea, but they last woke up ground, so that the cabs drove right to their responsibilities, and managed on to the " scene of battle," and in to keep the other side busier, “The first quarter ended with 3 less than a quarter of an hour after goals 3 behinds to 'Xandra, and 1 behind to Yea. “The last quarter was all in favor of Alexandra, who put on 3 more goals, making the final scores: Alexandra, 9 goals 9 behinds; Yea, 1 goal 4 behinds. For the winners Croughey was the best, well seconded by Rance, Herring, Dobson, Robinson, and Giles. For Yea, in addition to those previously mentioned, were Carr, Smith, and Maynard. “The game throughout was played in a most friendly spirit and temper, and Still man carried out his duties to everyone's satisfaction.” A letter writer, ‘H.B.’, suggested that the Yea players don fancy dress ● An advertisement in The Yea Chronicle on April 13, 1893, to generate funds for “the terrible called for people to attend a meeting at the Royal Mail Hotel distress existing in Melbourne.” HB suggested a silver coin donation. to form a football club.

Early days

■ Formed in 1859, Melbourne and Geelong are among the world’s oldest football clubs. They were soon followed by Carlton (1864) and North Melbourne (1869). More teams were created in the 1870s; including Essendon (1871), St Kilda (1873), and Hawthorn (1873). By this stage, football clubs had also formed in other parts of Victoria Huge crowds soon attended games in Melbourne. In 1880, big matches might attract crowds of 15,000. In 1886 a South Melbourne v Geelong game attracted 34,000, “possibly the largest football crowd in the world up to that point” according to Prof. Geoffrey Blainey.

Tallarook in 1887 game Tallarook v. Yea. (Held over from last week) “A well contested match was played at Yea on Saturday, 9th inst., between the abovenamed clubs, Tallarook playing 12 men, and the locals 15. “Winnell captained the visitors, and Laing the local club. “At half-time the game stood Tallarook 1 goal, 4 behinds; Yea, 1 goal 2 behind. “Shortly before half-time was called one of the Talla rook team kicked the ball, it striking another of his team, and went through the posts, the umpire giving it as a goal to Yea, which they (Tallarook) disputed, but the umpire allowed it to Yea. “The final result was Tallarook, 2 goals 9 behinds; Yea, 2 goals 8 behiuds. “Roberts, J. Howe, Winnell, Maddigan, Ryan, and Woods played a good game for Tallarook, as did Lee, Home, Laing, Mullens and Toohey for Yea. “At the conclusion of the match the Club entertained the visitors at Rankin's Hotel, where an excellent luncheon was laid. “After the usual toasts were proposed and responded to the visitors left by the 6.30 train after one of the most enjoyable matches played this year.” - Seymour Express, July 22, 1887

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Alexandra’s first-ever football match ■ Alexandra’s first official match is recorded as being at Mr Barnewall’s property, Upper Thornton, on Saturday, September 20, 1884. The local press report, authored by ‘Onlooker’, was published on Friday, September 26, 1884: “The long looked for match, Alexandra v. Darlingford did not come off on Saturday last, although a scratch Alexandra team journeyed to Mr Bnarnewall's, at Upper Thornton, to play. “My reasons for saying that it was a scratch team are, that not until the players had reached the ground could a team be selected, several who had promised to play leaving the captain in the lurch at the last moment. “Upon mustering the men only eleven could be found, including Asling who was picked up on the road, after having walked 12 miles, and young Hubbard, who is certainly too small io play in a match. “This did not dishearten "our boys." for sooner than disappointment they decided to make up the fifteen from outsiders. “But, oh what a change came o'er the scene when the Alexandra captain had a look round, and heard it whispered that a " big licking" was in store for the Alexandrians. “Nothing daunted, an inspection was made of the ground, which was very rough, but the best to be procured for the occasion. “Before proceeding to business the Alexandra captain enquired of the Darlingford (or rather Jamieson) captain for a list of his team, and received an answer that he would furnish same at 3 o'clock, as only three or four of his men were present. “This did not suit our players, and somethmng more explicit was required before that hour arrived, I mean, that our secretary not having been furnished with the names that were to represent Darlingford (or as their captain innocently designated them a scratch Darlingford fifteen), another question was asked, if there were any "foreigners" (Jamieson men) in the team? “This was met with an ejaculation that the "best Jamieson men" were going to play “This took the members of the Alexandra team by surprise, and was objected to by Fox, on behalf of his team, and very wisely too, for it was per fectly well understood long before the match came off that our men would not play any but Darlingford men; anyhow preparations for the match were pushed on, during which Kelly tried hard to show that it was Fox's fault that no match could be arranged. “Fox and his team were willing to play a scratch match, but not a representative one seeing that he was four men short, and that the odds were greatly against him, the opposing team being a conglomeration of Eildon, Thornton, Darlingford, Enoch's Point, Gaffncey's Creek and Jamieson. “This Kelly objected to, and after being told by Fox that he would call a meeting of the team, and see what could be done, “Kelly informed him that he would wait till three, that being the hour of appointment. “Here the Alexandra team adjourned to the house where it was proposed, seconded, and carried that a representative match should not be played, only two hands being held up in favor of playing-Wright and

Attempts to form club in 1883

● The first advertisement seeking the formation of a football club in Alexandra was published on April 6, 1883 in the Alexandra and Yea Standard, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express newspaper. Lawrence. The members then stripped, and went back to the paddock and indulged in nearly an hour's play; I forgot to say that it was raining steadily from the time of our arrival up to the time when the supposed match (only in the ideas of the Darlingford scratch 15), commenced. “Twenty minutes past three ariived; when could he seen the Alexandrians taking shelter under a tree from the rain, with their captain waiting for the list of the Darlingford men. “Upon the same being ianded to Fox the names were read out, but his men had already decided not to play, and again informed Kelly of the fact. “Fox here left the ground. After some time had been lost Ke lly asked the Alexandra men to play them. “To make matters short they did not want to have anything.todo with him, but it was out of sheer consideration of Mr. Harnewell's kindness in providing such an excellent spread, clearing the ground, etc., that our club played. “This the members of our team wish me most particularly to make known so that no misunderstanding may arise. “The members of the Alexandra team look upon the affair as a very mean action on the part of Kelly, and I fully concur in their unaninmous opinion, for a greater swindle could not have been connived, when it is understood that Kelly was perfectly aware that our club would not play other than a Darlingford team, inasmuch its our secretary wrote to Kelly informing him that our club was but a junior. “Furthermore, a special message was forwarded him for the names of his players. “This, for some reason best known to himself, he withheld. “Had such a list of players been sent as was handed to Fox on Saturday last, our team would have certainly preferred staying at home, they having no particular desire (just yet) to play the best part or portion of any recognised established football club, such as Kelly choose to pick to form his scratch fifteen. “If tile team he brought together on Saturday was a scratch Darlingford one, wliat must "the fifteen” be like? The following is a list furnished

by Mr. T. Knowles to Fox, from which the men would be selected, at the same time expressing himself to the effect that no Jamieson men were to be picked : Kelly, Hughes, Barnewall, Tossol, Coller (2), Waterson (3), McClure, Garrett, Nichol (2), Knowles, Hard, Fry, Adam, and Garthwaite. “It is pretty well known by this time that Fox did not take part in the match, and very wise of him, after his team decided not to. “Now to give a siort suimuary of the game as played. “The following is the Alexandra team that stripped to play:- Wilson, Wright, Long, Harker, Watt, O'Connor, Hall, Hubbard, and Asling. “These nine players faced the big 15 of the combined including Kelly (Enoch's Point), Gnmmow, Peterson, and Ware (Jamieson), Hard (Gaffney’s Creek), and several other first class players. “Wilson captained "our boys," and added three more to the field viz.- G. Robinson, of Thornton, who intended to play with Kelly; W. Dobson (Acheron), and A. Hardy (Alexandra), Empey, Fox, and O’Coughlan would not play. “This weakened the tea m considerably, but at half-timte Empey was persuaded to play. “It will thus be seen that Alexandra played three imen short the first half, and two the second half of the game. “The play now commenced. Wilson possessed the lucky coin, and elected to kick towards the river. “Read Murphy noted as central umpire, and was very fair indeed. “Owing to the narrowness of the ground thie ball was frequently kicked out. “Of the play, very little can be said, with the exception of the admirable way in which the Alexandra team defended their citadel. “The efforts on two or three occasions put forth to score were soro strongly thwarted, the sphere being speedily down again, the result being- Combined, 2 goals, 12 behinds; Alexandra, 3 behinds. “Fivweor six free kicks were given against the combined for infringement of rules, and had on objection been raised when Gummow kicked the first goal it would not have been allowued, I'm sure, for

he rtan nearly 12 yards before ho kicked. A challenge has been sent for a return match.” ★ There had been earlier instances of some football in the district. Football was one of the games along with “two and threes” and swinging - at “that part of Spring Creek near the new Mechanics Institute” in November 1882. The Standard of April 6, 1883, noted moves to form a football club at Alexandra: “By reference to our advertising columns it will be seen that a meeting is called for Friday evening, 13th inst., for the purpose of forming a football club in this town. “Other football clubs, both in the metropolis and the country. are now on the move, and Alexandra should not be backward considering the number of smart young men that we have in our midst. “It is requested that all admirers of the game will attend the meeting.” A reminder appeared in the April 13, 1883 issue: “To-night at 8 o'clock, a mecting will be held at Edwards' hotel for the purpose of forming a football club. The meeting is open to all, and a good attendane is requested, so that an early start may be made in this lively pastime.” A report of the meeting was published on April 20: “On Saturday evening last a meeting was held at Edwards' Miner's Exchange Hotel, 'for the purpose of forming a football club. “There was a moderate attendance, and 17 names were receivyed as members. The subscription was fixed at 2s. 6d. “Mr. T. A. Fox was appointed secretary and treasurer, and was instructed to purchase a ball, which has beenreceived, and already put to a good test. “It is intended to select a flat portion of the reserve at the rear of the police camp, where it is proposed to fix four uprights as goal posts. “Messrs. Elley and Fox were appointed to. canvass for imembers, after which another meeting will be called for tile purpose of selecting acaptain, etc. “The meeting closed with a vote of thanks. to the chairman, Mr. Brierly.” On June 8, 1883, The Standard

included a notice: “The secretary of the Alexandra football club, informs us that it is the intention of the Jamieson club to send a challenge for a friendly game of football, and to make a good appearance it is necessary to have plenty of practice. “We have the making of a first class team in our midst; and all that would like to take part are requested to attend practice on Saturday afternoon, at rear of Police camp, or send names to secretary, Mr Fox, "Standard" office.” One week later (June 15), this item appeared in print: “The secretary of the Alexandra Football Club yesterday received a letter from Mr Richards, secretary of the Jamieson Club, asking to mieet them in a friendly contest. “It is now six or sevenI weeks since the club was formed, when there ws every means of putting a good 20 in the, field. but only3 or 4 have put in attendance at practice since, and unless the members can find time for practice it is useless trying to muster a team. “At any rate the secretary will do all in his plower to bring them together and if a hearty response is given, we are quite surr the prowess of our young men will not be disgraced in the football field, for, with a few weeks good practice we are confident a first-claes team could be got toigether. “The Jamieson Club are only able to muster 15 men, and wish to play a like number from this town.” The 1883 match was never played. The October 5 edition of the local newspaper carried this report: “The following report has been furnished us by the secretary of the above club, Mr. T. A. Fox, and although plenty of practice has been indulged in, no matches were played, but judging from the synopsis given below, much may be expected from the club next year : "Gentlemen,—in submitting the following, I have to report very slow progress since forming the club (11th April last), but towards the close of the season a lively interest sprang up among the young men of the town, and a goodly number turned out for practice. “Those attending most regularly, being C. Wilson, O. Coghlan, E. Lipscombe, W. O'Connor, W. Empey, and W. Hubbard, all of whom now show every sign of being first class players next season. “A challenge was received from the Jamieson Club, to play a friendly game at Darlingford (15 aside), but I found it impossible to get that number together, and answered to that effect. I am proud to say that what few members have attended practice, that they are quite capable of taking part in any team that might be selected for a match next season, should they take up the game with the same spirit, and with the help of our townsmen in establish ing a halfholiday every week, I am sure the efforts of the club will be crowned with success. “The number of members joined during the season was twenty-two, including honorary members, and a few youths who were privileged to play on payment of a small fee. The expenditure of the club amounted to £2 1s. 10d., and the receipts to £2 11s.; thus leaving a credit balance of 9s. 2d. On commencing the season, little or nothing was known of the laws of the game, but what coaching was done by the secretary, was received with every attention.”

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■ The well-appointed West Gippsland Arts Centre was the venue for the rescheduled 10th (now 12th) anniversary celebration of Gippsland-based Off the Leash Theatre, under the direction of Jeannie Haughton. Patrons were greeted on arrival by an exhibition of beautiful costumes from various shows presented by Gippsland theatre companies, followed by a promenade of exotically attired actors gliding through the foyer. Inside the theatre, the audience enjoyed an entertaining, thought-provoking 90 minute performance of Ek-spo-zia, written by Jeannie Haughton and Amy Moss and performed by talented company members. The Theatre Forum moderated by ABC Gippsland's Rachael Lucas, commenced with guest speaker Dr Cheryl Threadgold presenting her talk titled 'In the Name of Theatre'. Panel members Phillip A. Maher, Jennifer Paragreen and Rob Robson shared interesting stories about their lives and work in Gippsland theatre, and the event concluded with Rachael leading the panel and audience in an enlightening discussion about the future of live theatre in Gippsland. Congratulations to all involved with creating and presenting the Gippsland Theatre Forum a terrific concept for sharing and discussing issues from different perspectives. - Special Writer ● Photo feature inside

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Local Theatre Variety at MSO

■ The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presents a varied program for the month of March: Song and Dance, March 17 at 7.30pm at the Melbourne Town Hall; March 18 at 7.30pm at Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University. Australian conductor Peter Luff takes the Orchestra through an eclectic, colourful program of classical music including Bonis Legendary Women, Kodály Dances of Galánta, Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol and MSO Associate Principal Cello Rachael Tobin performing Haydn Cello Concerto No.1. Free organ recital performed by Calvin Bowman on the mighty Grand Organ from 6.30pm. ★ Jams for Juniors Geelong: Swan Lake, March 19 at 10am, 11.30am and 1pm at Studio 4, Geelong Arts Centre Presenter Karen Kyriakou will introduce Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake to children aged 0-5 and their adults, who can explore, play and join in at these popular 30-minute musical workshops. ★ An Afternoon with the MSO: Bendigo, March 19 at 3pm at the Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo. Australian conductor Peter Luff takes the Orchestra through an eclectic, colourful, and adrenaline rushing program of classical music including Bonis Legendary Women, Kodály Dances of Galánta, Haydn Cello Concerto No.1 and Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol. ★ Bach and Beamish: March 23, 6.30pm at Melbourne Recital Centre; March 24 at 7.30pm; at Melbourne Recital Centre, March 25 at 7.30pm at Costa Hall, Deakin University, Geelong MSO Concertmaster Sophie Rowell leads the Orchestra through a unique pairing of the incomparable J.S. Bach and esteemed composer Sally Beamish, with soloist Scottish classical accordion virtuoso James Crabb. ★ An abbreviated and lower-priced Quick Fix at Half Six program (60 mins) will be performed on Wednesday, March 23. ★ Jam for Juniors: Romeo and Juliet, March 26 at 10am, 11a,, 12pm and 1pm at Iwaki Auditorium Presenter Karen Kyriakou will introduce the music of Romeo and Juliet to children aged 0-5 and their adults, who can explore, play and join in at these popular 30-minute musical workshops. ★ Faure's Requiem and Other Works, March 26 at 8pm at St Patrick's Cathedral Under the baton of celebrated Chorus Master Warren Trevelyan-Jones, the 120voice MSO Chorus will take centre stage for an inspiring and uplifting program of choral music featuring baritone Stephen Marsh, special guest soprano Chloe Lankshear, and a small group of chamber musicians from the MSO. ★ MSO Chamber: Convicts, Contrasts and Klezmer, March 27 at 11am at Deakin Edge An eclectic program of European folk traditions from Seletsky, Rautavaara and Bartók, alongside traditional Australian folk songs arranged by and featuring Jenny M. Thomas, fiddle-singer, pianist. Curated by MSO Principal Viola, Christopher Moore. ★ MSO at Hamer Hall: Brahms and Korngold , March 31 and April 2 at 7.30pm at Hamer Hall Joined by acclaimed Australian pianist Daniel de Borah, the MSO presents a dramafilled program of epic proportions conducted by Benjamin Northey. Featuring Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 and Korngold Symphony in F-sharp. - Cheryl Threadgold

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Happiest Refugee ■ Multi-talented Anh Do presents The Happiest Refugee Live at Frankston Arts Centre on Wednesday, March 23 at 8pm Anh's bestselling book The Happiest Refugee was described by Russell Crowe as "the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years." His stage show takes it a step further, combining stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell his story. Regarded as "one of Australia's most talented comedians", Anh delves deep into his own life's joys and sorrows. Performance: Wednesday, March 23 at 8pm Venue: Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey St., Frankston Show Duration: 90 minutes Bookings: - Cheryl Threadgold

The Return of Shafar

■ Melbourne comedian Michael Shafar brings his new show The Return of Shafar to this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival from March 30 - April 24 at Campari House, 25 Hardware Lane, Melbourne. Michael says the show explores his new perspectives on life as an immunocompromised cancer survivor living through a pandemic, the anti-vax trolls he has attracted from his viral Tik Tok videos (which have attracted 10+ million views in recent months) and how he even became the victim of a fake news scandal in China. Double-dosed with AstraZeneca (because he’s not a coward) and boosted twice with Pfizer (because he’s not brand loyal), the testicular cancer surviving Michael Shafar returns to the stage to solve all of the world’s problems with a new show. How do we get everyone vaccinated? How do we solve racism? How do we save the world from climate disaster? Michael promises to offer pragmatic solutions to all of these problems (and more) in less than 55 minutes. Since leaving a career in law, Michael has been busy justifying that decision to his Jewish mother. He has (somewhat) achieved that having sold out shows around the country and appeared on Network 10’s The Project and Studio 10, ABC’s Comedy Bites, Triple J’s Good Az Friday, SBS’s RAW Comedy and pretty much every other TV and radio network in the country. Despite racking up rave reviews everywhere he performs, Michael’s favourite review ever has been from his oncologist who sent him an email after catching Michael’s show at last year’s Festival, which simply read: “Great show, Michael! You were well worth the chemo!” True story. Michael says: "This is a show that everyone will enjoy, unless you’re an anti-vaxxer." Performance Season: March 30 - April 24 at 7.30pm Venue: Campari House, 23-25 Hardware lane, Melbourne Show Duration: 50 Minutes Bookings: - Cheryl Threadgold

Mamma Mia

■ Premiering in the West End in 1999, Mamma Mia by Catherine Johnson has since been seen by millions in more than 460 cities throughout the world. Mamma Mia is a carriage in which to bring to the stage ABBA’s grandest hits and this is the case with Kyneton Theatre Company’s production, in the tight confines of their local Bluestone Theatre. Director Olivia Kelly assembled a talented local cast to bring many renditions to a very enthusiastic audience who on numerous occasions took to foot stamping and clapping to the beat. There is a story intertwined with the vocals of Sophie Sheridan (Fallon Adam), wanting to

● Anh Do find her biological father. Mother Donna Sheridan (Freya Egberts) is unsure who it might be out of three possible fathers. Architect Sam Carmichael (Iain Grant), Dorky Banker Harry Bright (Nicholas Illif) or writer Bill Austin (Jerem Watts). There were many excellent individual performances from the large cast, notably from Iain Grant and Freya Egberts with their vocals. Tom Luke, Rexine Atkinson, Jerem Watts and Bill Austin added much exuberance and physical presence with their roles. Choreographer Melanie Burlak devised many routines that were all delivered by the cast and ensemble with strength and passion, to music under the baton of Music Director Caroline Schmidt and her five well credentialed musicians. Special mention must be made of young Abi Sankey, as an ensemble member she stood out with confidence and a maturity in her performance. Watch out for her in the future. While some distance from Melbourne, city theatre goers should make it their business to catch future productions of Kyneton Theatre Company who would easily mix with the cream of Melbourne community theatres. - Review by Graeme McCoubrie

What’s On Anything Goes

■ The hit musical Anything Goes, starring Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, and directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall will sail onto Australian cinema screens for two days only on Sunday March 27 and Wednesday March 30 in a live recording filmed at London’s Barbican Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at Filmed live during the show's 15-week residency at the Barbican Theatre, London during the summer of 2021, this major new five star production of the classic musical comedy features an all-star cast led by Broadway 'royalty' Sutton Foster reprising her Tony Award-winning performance as Reno Sweeney alongside three-time Olivier Award and Tony Award winner Robert Lindsay (My Family) as Moonface Martin, Evening Standard Theatre Award winner Felicity Kendal (The Good Life) as Evangeline Harcourt and West End legend Gary Wilmot (Chicago) as Elisha Whitney. The production also stars two Australian performers, WAAPA graduate and experienced West End performer Vivien Carter who was the understudy to Sutton Foster’s Reno and Robbie McMillan originally from Queensland, as one of the multi-talented ensemble members. Producer Howard Panter says: “The multi-Tony Award winning glorious production of Anything Goes, directed by Kathleen Marshall, is not to be missed. “The UK cinema success demonstrated a real appetite for musicals on the big screen. From outstanding leading actors to the spectacular supporting company, the glorious set design, the breathtaking choreography and stage direction, and of course the wonderful score - it really is ‘the show of the year’. “I am thrilled that the show can be enjoyed by an even wider audience with this special two-day Australian cinema release." Featuring a 50-strong cast and ensemble from the London stage, this stunning production includes tap dancing sailors, a full-sized live orchestra, a heart-warming romance with spectacular dance routines and some of theatre’s most memorable songs. Anything Goes was released in UK cinemas in November and achieved instant box office success as the highest grossing Event Cinema release in the theatre space for 2021. Anything Goes will be showcased in cinemas around the world on March 27 and 30. This film is produced by special arrangement with Universal Theatrical Group. Lists for participating cinemas and booking details: www.anythinggoesmusical - Cheryl Threadgold


■ Before entering Theatre Works for the world premiere of Phantasmagoria the scene was set outside, under the trees on a balmy night at twilight. Once inside we’re transported to steamy Ceylon. Writer-performer Bernadette TrenchThiedeman’s performance stands out as Briony, the tormented daughter of a Sri Lankan father (Yuchen Wang). After her father’s death, and before forging a life and home for herself in Australian suburbia, Briony is driven to unearth and tussle with his demons of service in brutal WWII Burma, migration, alcoholism and her family’s escape from him. A large screen backdrop of shadow puppetry and projections complements the characters as they travel back and forth in time. Briony employs mediums to find the spirits of her unknown past and younger dreamlike visions of herself (Meg Dunn, Elnaz Sheshgelani) to decipher hazy childhood memories and dreams. Each cast member, playing multiple roles, presents multifarious emotional aspects of this deeply psychological piece when they appear as out-sized, anthropomorphic puppetry sea urchins, a gigantic crab-like creature, a straw man, talking pot plant and lamp. This magic realism device draws on non-human forms to interpret human life. While at times a little confusing, it added a haunting unease to the play. We see an artful and humorous twenty-first century take on the ouija board, when Briony’s father channels his mother’s spirit through his computer to reflect on the past and explore whether the future is predetermined. Bernadette is well-supported by the other actors, puppeteers, sound and lighting designers and Cathy Hunt’s direction. Congratulations to the company for persevering, despite Covid postponements, to bring to the stage, this a dense but important piece of thought-provoking theatre to which families of immigrants will relate. Dates: Until March 12. Auslan March 11 at 7.30pm Cost: $20-$35. Duration: 90 minutes no interval Venue: Theatre Works 14 Acland St StKilda Tickets: (15+) Adult Themes, Coarse Language - Review by Sherryn Danaher

Local Theatre Shows

■ Geelong Repertory Theatre: The Weekend (by Michael Palin) Until March 19 at the Woodbin theatre, 15 Coronation St., Geelong West. Director: Ben Crowley. Bookings: ■ The 1812 Theatre: Dracula, The Bloody Truth (by John Nicholson) Until March 19 at The 1812 Theatre, 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully. Director: Dexter Bourke. Bookings: ■ Cactus Musicals: First Date (a musical comedy) (book by Austin Winsberg, Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner) March 24 – 27 at the Temperance Hall, South Melbourne. Bookings: https:// ■ Kyneton Theatre Company: Mamma Mia! Until March 27 at The Bluestone Theatre, Kyneton. Bookings: https:// ■ Heidelberg Theatre Company: Present Laughter (by Noel Coward) March 25 – April 9 at Heidelberg Theatre, 36 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna. Director: Karen Wakeham. Bookings: 9457 4117, ■ Encore Theatre Company (co-produced with Hartwell Players Inc): Tribes (by Nina Raine) Until April 3 at the Clayton Theatrette, Clayton Community Centre, Cooke St., Clayton. Director: Paul Wanis. Bookings: ■ Essendon Theatre Company: Rumors (by Neil Simon) March 17-20 and March 2426 at the Bradshaw Street Community Hall, Bradshaw St. (off Buckley St.), West Essendon. Director: Dawn Hinrichson. Cabaret seating, BYO refreshments. Bookings: 0406 448 368 or www.essendontheatre ■ SLAMS Musical Theatre Company: Tick, Tick … Boom! March 18 – 26 at the Knox Community Arts Centre, Cnr Mountain Hwy and Scoresby Rd., Bayswater. Director: Joel Batalha; Musical Director: Ben Franklin. Bookings: 0412 605182 or http:// ■ Warrandyte Theatre Company: A Suite of Five One Act Plays March 18 – 26 at the Warrandyte Mechanics’ Institute Hall, Yarra St., Warrandyte. Authors: Emma Wood, Michael Fiddian, Damian Vuleta, Suzy Wilds. Director: Arian Rice, Susan Rundle, Emma Wood. Bookings: https:// ■ Skin of Our Teeth Productions: My Brilliant Career (Christine Davey) March 18 – 27 at Waurn Ponds Hall, 225 Waurn Ponds Drive, Waurn Ponds, Geelong. Director: Christine Davey. Bookings: BWLVT ■ Eltham Little Theatre: The Long Road (by Shelagh Stephenson) March 18 – 26 at the Eltham Performing Arts Centre, 1603 Main Rd., Research. Director: George Benca. Bookings: https:// ■ Geelong Repertory Theatre: The Weekend (by Michael Palin) March 18 – 26 at the Woodbin Theatre, Coronation St., Geelong. Director: Ben Crowley. Bookings: Geelong Arts Centre 1300251200 ■ Frankston Theatre Group: Blithe Spirit (by Noel Coward) March 25 – April 3 at the Mt Eliza Community Hall. www.frankstontheatre ■ Peridot Theatre: I Ought To Be In Pictures (by Neil Simon) March 25 – April 9 at The Unicorn Theatre, Mount Waverley Secondary College, Lechte Rd., Mt. Waverley. Director: Michelle Swann. Bookings: ■ The 1812 Theatre: Mr Bailey’s Minder (by Debra Oswald) March 31 – April 30 at The 1812 Theatre, 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully. Director: John Mills. Bookings: ■ Diamond Valley Singers: Shrek the Musical Jr. April 1 – 9 at the Warrandyte High School Theatre, Alexander Rd., Warrandyte. Director: Lexi Patman. Bookings: ■ Beaumaris Theatre: Jack and the Beanstalk (a pantomime by Georgy Charles, Lorraine Ellis, Debbie Keyt and Stephen White) May 6 – 22 at Beaumaris Theatre, 82 Wells Rd., Beaumaris. Director: Debbie Keyt; Musical Director: Rhonda Vaughan; Choreographer: Camilla Klesman. Bookings: Continued at column at right

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Present Laughter

■ Heidelberg Theatre Company celebrates its 70th year, opening with Noel Coward's comic play Present Laughter from March 25 - April 9 at Heidelberg Theatre, 36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna. In 1939, Noel Coward is said to have felt the need to 'write a bravura part for myself', resulting in creating the role of Garry Essendine. The story tells of Garry Essendine, a highly successful, popular actor (similar to Coward himself) who has a tendency to keep acting when off stage, and whose matinee idol charms prove irresistible to all around him. He eludes the efforts of his long-suffering wife Liz, and Monica his secretary, who try to make him behave less foolishly with star-struck young women, but he meets his match in Joanna, a sophisticated beauty who refuses to be inconvenienced by the fact she is married to Garry's friend and theatrical producer, Henry. Predictable and also unpredictable complications ensue. Present Laughter with its slim and thematically simple plot, is directed by Karen Wakeham. Performance Season: March 25 - April 9 Venue: Heidelberg Theatre, 36 Turnham Ave., Rosanna. Bookings: 9457 4117 - Cheryl Threadgold

The Duke

■ If you need to see an uplifting film in 2022, go to see The Duke. Starring Jim Broadbent, as 60-year-old taxi driver, Kempton Bunton, and Helen Mirren, his wife Dorothy. Their long and endearing relationship is continually tested by Kempton’s strong sense of morality for the greater good of mankind and accompanying distortions of the truth. Their son, Jackie (Fionn Whitehead), plays another key role. The film is based on a true story set in working class Newcastle, UK, in 1961, when Kempton is tried for the theft of a Goya portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. Offended by the portrait’s public display on account of the Duke’s 19th century opposition to suffrage, he decides to remove the Goya. He holds the government to ransom for the value of the portrait with the proceeds to be distributed to the elderly and low income earners, and also, to aid his own campaign to abolish payment of television licenses for these groups. Woven through the foibles, hidden tragedies, twists and loyalties of family life, the film radiates drama and humour. A witty portrayal of the embarrassment of the English establishment is discernible when the impish idealist, Kempton is crossed examined. Broadbent’s depiction of Kempton delights with his inimitable penchant to inject his unique philosophical tenets couched in a literary turn of phrase. Being a would-be playwright, he can at least engage with his barrister, Jeremy Hutchinson (Matthew Goode), on a literary level, even though the outcome his case appears dire and his guilt inevitable. The photography of street and domestic settings are remarkable for their time and place; grimy streets, subdued lighting in hues of brown and beige and subtle nuances all juxtaposed to more prosperous London life. Dates: from Friday, March 18 Venues: Palace. Other local cinemas. Tickets: Other cinema’s websites Running time: 1hour 35 minutes - Review by Sherryn Danaher

You Could Have Had It All

■ Popular YouTube artist, Cassidy La Crème, is performing her show at the Butterfly Club. You Could Have Had It All, is touted as a group therapy sing-a-long session using Adele songs. Cassidy lights up the stage with her vivacious presence and clearly loves performing for an audience. Her strong vocals can carry Adele songs beau-

● Ian McGregor and Wayne Gleeson rehearse Present Laughter. Photo: David Belton tifully. She tells the stories of her past dating dalliances interwoven with the appropriate Adele songs which saw her realise the positive and negative aspects of her emotional upheavals at the time. It was a family affair with a few members of her family attending on the night. Having performed in Malaysia prior to COVID, Cassidy was happy to perform Hello in both English and Malay. Any sing-a-long needs words for the audience, and this worked well as even up the back the writing was large enough for all to see. A vocal warm-up for the audience preceded the sing-a-long, and the addition of pianist John Thorn added to Cassidy’s repartee. The Bad Date Bingo cards for all audience members were a bit of fun, although the routine needed to have better pace with story-telling to maintain interest. She clearly loves and relates to Adele and included the visual of the Carpool Karaoke segment of James Corden’s show when Adele starred. Picking a friend from the audience was a bit contrived but worked well for the show. The car set was simple and effective. It would be good to consolidate this show with better direction of pace for stories and clear segues into each section. Also, a cheat sheet clearly on display, for a one hour show wasn’t a good look. Cassidy’s costume was elegant and her general demeanour one of happiness. I wish her well in her Australian career. - Review by Lyn Hurst

Kit Kat Prov

■ Impro Melbourne presents Kit Kat Prov: an Improvised Cabaret from March 30 to April 23 at the Melbourne Town Hall, Backstage Room. Audiences are invited to step inside the Kit Kat Prov where the atmosphere is "decadent", the music is playing and the performers will be waiting to entertain. The Impro Melbourne ensemble will embrace the gin-soaked aesthetic of a pre-war Berlin nightclub to lure the audience into a Fosse-esque night of completely improvised stories and songs. Suitable for audiences 16+ (the show contains occasional coarse language) Performance Season: March 30-April 23. Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, Backstage Room Bookings: - Cheryl Threadgold

Mr Bailey’s Minder

■ Leo Bailey is one of Australia’s greatest living artists, whose genius battles to survive the effects of alcohol, cynicism and self-loathing. Only one of his many children, his daughter Margo, is prepared to help, but she does so at arm’s length. Margo finds a live-in-mender, Theresa, who is fresh out of prison and disparate for a home. Then along comes Karl, an handyman who has the job of removing a valuable mural but who keeps coming returning with offers of practical friendship. A funny and deeply moving play about friendship, ego, art and the secret longing for a better life. Season: March 31 – April 30. Venue: The Bakery at 1812. - Peter Kemp

Observations Boxed

■ Conventional wisdom dictates that authors do well when they write about what they know. That’s certainly true for author Stephen Johnson, whose latest crime novel, Boxed, draws on his 40-year career as a journalist, and sports expert, which included two years producing a greyhound racing program in New Zealand. Boxed follows the story of three women whose fates are aligned by a killer obsessed with retribution. Melbourne Spotlight journalist Kim Prescott is promoted to the TV reporting staff after the program’s exposé of the Tugga’s Mob murders in Australia and New Zealand. The story, a ratings bonanza, raised the TV show’s profile, and generated new story ideas and leads from the public. But one tip-off, if true, will horrify the nation all over again. Despite the scandal that nearly closed the industry, this anonymous lead suggests that live baiting in greyhound racing is still going on. The story trail leads Kim and her camera crew to the Victorian gold-mining ghost town of Steiglitz. They find horrific scenes at a trainer’s starting boxes, but not at all what they expect. Meanwhile, production assistant Jo becomes the pawn of an activist with a vendetta, testing whether her loyalty lies with the current affairs team or her lover. Most desperate of all, hope finally flickers for a woman who scratches the record of her captivity into a cellar wall. Stephen’s first novel, Tugga’s Mob, was short listed for the 2020 Ngaio Marsh award for Best First Novel, and Boxed is gathering excellent reviews, meaning Stephen can continue to swap the daily grind of journalism for the more creative field of contemporary fiction. So if you fancy a gripping saga of crime and racing, Boxed sounds just the ticket. Boxed is published by Clan Destine Press – find out all about it at Julie Houghton

More Shows

Continued from column at left ■ Williamstown Musical Theatre Company: Mamma Mia! May 13 – June 4 at Centenary Theatre, 71 Railway Place, Williamstown. Bookings: or phone 1300 881 545. ■ CLOC Musical Theatre: Jersey Boys: the Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. May 13 – 28 at the National Theatre, St Kilda. Director/Set Designer: Richard Perdriau; Musical Director: Malcom Huddle: Choreographer: Kirra Sibel. Bookings: - Cheryl Threadgold


■ Mordialloc Theatre Company: Ladies in Retirement (by Edward Percy and Reginald Denham) March 20 at 2.00pm and March 22 at 7.30pm at Factory 8, 417-419 Warrigal Rd, Cheltenham (opposite Hungry Jacks). Director: Martin Gibbs. Audition bookings and enquiries: 0411 645 003 or ■ Eltham Little Theatre: The Wind in the Willows March 26 and 27 at the Eltham Performing Arts Centre, Main Road, Research. Performances in June/July school holidays. For more information visit https:// ■ Warrandyte Theatre Company: A View From the Bridge (by Arthur Miller) March 31 at 7.20pm, April 3 at 2.20pm at Warrandyte Mechanics’ Institute, Yarra St., Warrandyte. Director: Grant Purdy. Audition bookings: 0412 121 631 or ■ Malvern Theatre Company: Nobody’s Perfect (by Simon Williams) April 24 at 2.00pm and April 25 at 7.30pm at 29 Burke Rd., Malvern. Director: Lisa McNiven. Audition booking::; Mobile: 0410 567 834 - Cheryl Threadgold

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Stateside with Gavin Wood in West Hollywood

Top talk radio station turns 90 ■ Hi everyone, remotely from my suite at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites in West Hollywood comes this week’s news

3AW still number one

■ Congratulations to the former and present staff of one of Australia’s most successful radio stations 3AW in Melbourne. The Denis Walter radio show celebrated the magnificent achievement with old recordings of past presenters and shows. Weekend presenter Darren James also celebrated the milestone by playing some excerpts of his father’s shows. Peter James was at the microphone for 17 years. His son Darren has passed his father’s time at the microphone and remains number one at the weekends for the station. A huge thank you must go to Simon Owens, the station’s historian, for getting the best nostalgic radio pieces to air. It was a pleasure to work with Simon on his Saturday night show. The Gavin Wood Music Hour was well received by the huge radio audience. I enjoyed every minute and was so grateful for the opportunity. Darren James and I literally ran into each other outside the Wells Fargo Bank alongside Alan Johnson’s Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites, 8585 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Middle-class worst hit

■ The middle class is having an increasingly difficult time buying homes in the current market, potentially worsening the prospects of millennials and young families to make such an investment. A study from the National Association of Realtors was released, as The Wall Street Journal reported, showing how the rise in the cost of homes and a steep drop in the number of houses being sold have had an effect on many Americans when it comes to buying houses. The study showed that at the end of 2021, there were around 411,000 fewer houses on the market that were thought to be affordable for households making between $75,000 and $100,000 than prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. “At the end of 2019, there was one available listing that was affordable for every 24 households in this income bracket. By December 2021, the figure was one listing for every 65 households,” the Journal noted. The NAR study didn’t just look at the regular methods of accounting for “housing affordability,” but it also considered the supply of houses for sale at different costs. It discovered that “housing affordability” got worse over the past two years for everyone except for Americans at the top of the income bracket. Every income group suffered, however, as the number of homes being sold went down.

Busted for hand-out money

■ An Oregon man who lied his way into getting $3.4 million in Federal COVID relief funds, before pouring it into Tesla stock, has been sent to prison for four years. Andrew Aaron Lloyd, 51, was granted forgivable pay check Protection Program loans when he falsely said he employed hundreds of people in various home care, shopping, and construction businesses. Through “sheer dumb luck,” he transferred $1.8 million of the windfall to a brokerage account that purchased Tesla stock that soared in value to $13 million, prosecutors said. Along the way, he purchased 25 rental properties in Oregon and California valued at $5 million. However, his nine loan applications included identical employee information for different businesses, raising the suspicion of the IRS, FBI, and Small Business Administration. The feds have since seized $18 million in securities and cash from Lloyd’s accounts and, in addition to his prison sentence, he has been ordered to pay $4 million in restitution. SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER ■ If you are considering coming over for a holiday in 2022, then I have got a special deal for you. We would love to see you at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites, 8585 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood. I have secured a terrific holiday deal for readers of the Melbourne Observer and The Local Paper. Please mention ‘Melbourne Observer’ when you book to receive the ‘Special Rate of the Day’ for your advance bookings. Please contact: Jennifer at Happy Holidays, Gavin Wood.

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Out and About Tops for pornography

■ A Global sex report has revealed the most Pornhub-obsessed cities in the world and you may be surprised at which location is on top. The research was conducted by Look Fantastic with the aim of finding out how the world's view of sex is changing in 2022. Although the report labels the US as "the most sexually aware country," it wasn't an American city that was spotted searching for Porn Hub the most. London came in joint first place with Paris. London is said to be the location of 4,090,000 Porn Hub searches a month. Paris was also found to have the same number of Porn Hub searches per month. New York took second place on the list with a monthly Porn Hub search volume of 3,350,000. The US city was joint second with Los Angeles.

California not dreaming


From my Suite at the Ramada Plaza Complex on Santa Monica Blvd

Shoplifting will get worse

■ Retail crime has been rising throughout the U.S. for the past five years, with organized criminal rings targeting stores everywhere from Woonsocket (Rhode Island) to Greensboro (North Carolina) to Grafton (Wisconsin). The National Retail Federation reported that store losses mounted from $453,940 per $1 billion in sales in 2015 to $719,458 in 2020. The biggest increase over that period happened not during the pandemic but in 2019, when total losses from shoplifting surged to $61 billion, up from $50 billion the previous year. The COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020 and early 2021 moderated losses, largely because stores were closed or had curtailed operating hours. Now that retailing has resumed, crime has spiked again. Shoplifting no longer fits its traditional mould as a non-violent crime perpetrated mostly by teens or substance-abusing adults. Nearly two-thirds of the retailers surveyed by the National Retail Federation said that violence associated with store thefts has risen, led by organised gangs that resell the goods they steal. Like retailers, top law-enforcement officials place some of the blame for the crime surge on a widespread lessening of penalties for shoplifting. “Without deterrents and accountability, communities will be victimised, and businesses terrorised,” said Laura Cooper, head of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

■ According to the California Policy Lab, which is affiliated with the University of California, the number of people leaving the state is up 12 per cent since before COVID-19. In fact, there are more people heading out than coming in. Even before the pandemic, a survey from Edelman Intelligence found that more than half of residents in California said they wanted to high-tail it to another state. Among millennial residents, it was almost two-thirds. Chalk it up to cost of living, the 13.3 per cent max income tax rate is the country’s highest as well as safety and other quality of life issues. And then there are the housing prices: The median home value in San Francisco is almost $1.4 million. Ali Wolf told The New York Post she left San Francisco for Nashville, Tenn. Wolf, 32, grew up in California and had spent the bulk of her career working there as a TV anchor and reporter, most recently in San Francisco. Fed up with quality-of-life issues there, she – along with her husband and one-year-old daughter – now live in Nashville, where Wolf hosts the Mom’s Calling podcast. “Growing up in Del Mar, Calif., my best California memories are by the ocean. I’ve always cherished taking leisurely morning beach walks with the perfect weather. I started thinking about moving away shortly after moving to San Francisco for a job at one of the major Bay Area stations. “That was in 2019. I covered issues as a news reporter: affordability, housing, homelessness and safety. I also experienced the effects of those same issues on my quality of life daily. My husband and I lived in a very expensive, very small onebedroom apartment in the Nob Hill neighbourhood. On the streets surrounding our home, it wasn’t uncommon to see people passed out in tents or on the sidewalk, using orange needles to shoot up. “Several of my friends were mugged, attacked or assaulted on city streets. And traffic: I remember it once took me 45 minutes to drive two miles home from a simple errand in Palo Alto. I wanted to live somewhere where daily errands weren’t a hassle. My rose-coloured glasses came off.”

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Photos by Malcolm Threadgold

Theatre Forum at Gippsland

● Production Manager Off the Leash Theatre Leane Gooding with Joanne Watt, Victorian Drama League Youth Program Co-Ordinator.

● Rachael Lucas, ABC Gippsland, and retired Manager of the West Gippsland Arts Centre, Rob Robson

● Jennifer Paragreen (Foster Arts Music and Drama Association) and Kellie Bray (Off the Leash Theatre)

● Chloe McGill and Conor Quain.

● Georgia Neicho with Suzanne Neicho

● Phillip A Maher (Here, There and Everywhere Theatre Company)

● Off the Leash Theatre Assistant Director Jasmine O'Shea with performer Julia Lambert. Photo: Off the Leash Theatre.

● Maggie and Lincoln Judd

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Movies, DVDs with Jim Sherlock, Aaron Rourke What’s Hot and What’s Not

FILM: HALLOWEEN KILLS: (DVD, Blu-ray & Streaming Google Play, Apple TV, Prime Video): Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, Judy Greer, Anthony Michael Hall. Genre: Horror. Year: 2020. Rating:MA15+ Length: 106 Minutes. Stars: *** Review: A direct sequel to 2018's "Halloween," unstoppable killer Michael Myers escapes from Laurie Strode's trap in to continue his ritualistic bloodbath, so Laurie Strode inspires residents of Haddonfield to rise up against Myers, so taking matters into their own hands, the town residents and other survivors from Michael's past form a vigilante mob to hunt down Myers and end his reign of terror once and for all. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as the tormented Laurie Strode with her usual flair as the "Badass Grandma" with a 40+ year old beef, along with Nick Castle from the original as the unrelenting knife-wielding maniac Michael Myers ... and aided by a solid supporting cast that includes characters from the original, this is ultimately a worthy addition to the series with plenty of chills and spills as Michael Myers goes on his slicing, dicing, chopping, grating and bone-crunching rampage through the town, a nightmarish horror opus and diabolically over-the-top gore-fest that endlessly cuts deeper and deeper this time around to ensure more than enough ghoulish crowd-pleasing results for the most hardened of horror fans. Though primarily limited to the confines of a hospital, neither Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers have lost none of their bite since the original 1978 low budget B-Grade classic that became a game-changing benchmark of horror by the legendary John Carpenter, and director David Gordon Green has for the most part has retained the leanness, meanness and '70s atmosphere of the previous 2018 outing, along with some touches of devilish humour and cynicism, and even though there are very few surprises, in doing so he continues to solidify "Halloween" as the quintessential generational suburban nightmare of both nostalgic and current relevance. Footnote: Beginning with the John Carpenter classic "Halloween" in 1978, there are a total of 12 "Halloween" films to date, this includes the 2007 remake "Halloween" and 2009 "Halloween II" remake directed by Rob Zombie, and the upcoming October 2022 release of "Halloween Ends" brings the total to 13 films. FILM: THE MISFITS (DVD, Blu-ray & Streaming on NETFLIX): Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Tim Roth, Jamie Chung, Hermione Corfield. Genre: Action/Crime/Thriller. Year: 2021. Rating: MA15+ Length: 94 Minutes. Stars: *“½ Review: After being recruited by a group of unconventional thieves, a renowned criminal finds himself caught up in an elaborate gold heist that promises to have far-reaching implications on his life and the lives of countless others. The Heist/Crime genre, comedy, drama or both, has been one of the most popular since film began with "The Great Train Robbery" (1903) and "The Story of the Kelly Gang" (1906), and has gone to produce such classics as Jules Dassin's "Rififi" (1955), "The Ladykillers" (1955), "Topkapi" (1964), "Goldfinger" (1964), "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1968/1999), "The Italian Job" (1969), "Kelly's Heroes" (1970), "The Sting" (1974) and "Inside Man" (2006), to name a few, sadly, this latest offering to the genre fails to make the list, by a long shot. Directed by Renny Harlin, whose previous credits include "Die Hard 2" (1990), "Cliffhanger" (1993), the box office disaster "Cutthroat Island" (1995), "The Long Kiss Goodnight" (1996) and "Deep Blue Sea" (1999), has delivered a bland, cliché ridden and ultimately tiresome effort that comes across like a tourist commercial for Dubai, and even though star Pierce Brosnan has (all too few) moments of spark throughout, ultimately, this potboiler of paper thin characters, monotonous dialogue, lacklustre action and an implausible, unimaginative and unexciting heist, all reveals nothing more than an airless and cartoonish misfire. - James Sherlock

Rourke’s Reviews Escape From Mogadishu

■ (MA). 121 minutes. Opens in selected cinemas March 17. Though artistic licence has been taken with some of the story’s finer details, and the film-makers not being allowed to film in the title city prevents the film from utilising Somali locations and actors, Escape From Mogadishu still makes for involving and exciting viewing. After some explanatory crawl detailing why they are there, the film opens in 1990, where South Korean ambassador Han Shinsung (Kim Yoon-seok) and his diplomatic colleagues, including Jeong Man-sik (Gong Soo-cheol), are trying to persuade African members to vote in favour of South Korea joining the U.N. Newly arriving on the scene is agent-turned-councillor Kang Daejin (Zo In-sung), unimpressed of being demoted to such a position. Also in Mogadishu is the North Korean delegation, lead by Rim Yong-soo (Heo Jun-ho), who will stop at nothing to try and prevent their southern enemies from successfully joining the U.N. Matters suddenly take a turn for the worse when civil war breaks out, as rebels try to oust the country’s corrupt dictator, President Barre. With the situation becoming more and more dangerous and violent, the South and North Koreans will have to team up if they want to have any chance of escaping the growing conflict. Despite the story changes (the way the two sides end up sheltering together has been considerably altered, to name one example), and the inability to shoot in the country of origin (the production was completed in Morocco, just in time before worldwide restrictions were put in place due to the pandemic), writer/director Ryoo Seung-wan (City Of Violence, The Berlin File, Veteran) manages to tell a riveting tale, combining drama, thrills, action, even humour, to masterful effect. Ryoo cleverly uses the civil unrest in Mogadishu to criticise the long-running hostilities between North and South Korea, and some of the best moments come from when people who have been taught to hate each other all their lives, suddenly feeling awkward when confronted by the real human faces behind the propaganda. Ryoo again is blessed with a great cast, and everyone delivers very strong work. The director is renowned for his well-staged action sequences, and this is no exception, with a number of brutal street scenes involving government forces and the enraged rebels.

The highlight however is an incredible car chase late in proceedings, which is brilliantly executed and absolutely heart pounding. RATING - ****


■ (M). 101 minutes. Opens in cinemas March 17. Despite holding no surprises whatsoever, Dog proves to be more entertaining than expected, thanks mainly to a more measured, lowkey approach. Channing Tatum (who also co-directs) plays Jackson Briggs, a returned Army Ranger who, due to a brain injury suffered in battle, is denied the ability to serve again, much to his displeasure. Briggs can become a Ranger once more if he delivers Lulu, a military dog, to the funeral of his soldier master, who died after deliberately driving his car into a tree. The problem facing Briggs is that Lulu has been severely traumatised by the war, and is now so aggressive, she is permanently muzzled and drugged, and is scheduled to be euthanised once the funeral is over. Unhappy about the mission, Briggs begins his journey (by car) from Oregon to Arizona, and as expected, the two don’t get along at first, but as the trip continues, a bond starts to form. The subject of animal PTSD has rarely been shown on film, and writer/codirector Reid Carolin touches on this, along with other topical issues such as returned soldiers receiving poor support from their government, veterans trying to cope psychologically (with too many sadly committing suicide), and racial profiling, where dogs are trained to attack certain kinds of people (a subject which was covered in Sam Fuller’s unfairly maligned White Dog). There is meaty, fascinating material to be explored here, but Carolin pushes much of this to the side, in favour of a cute dog-buddy scenario in the vein of 80’s films such as K9 and Turner & Hooch. The seemingly doomed journey reminded me of Hal Ashby’s superb The Last Detail, but we know early on that this film won’t have the 1973 classic’s downbeat ending. Tatum and Carolin direct proceedings without too much sentiment or obvious humour (thankfully there are no gags involving Lulu urinating or biting people’s privates), and keep things moving at a good clip. Tatum is likeable, but the film is stolen by the star canine (or canines, three in total, named Britta, Lana and Zuza), who plays the part to perfection. Dog could have been something far more substantial and moving, but considering the lighter path the film-makers have decided to take, it’s an entertaining effort worth a look. RATING - ***


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■ When television first began in Melbourne, Channel 9 screened the series The Adventures of Superman starring George Reeves, Noel Neil, Jack Larson and John Hamilton. I loved this show even though it was a children's program. I had grown up reading Superman comics, listening to Leonard Teale on radio, and watching the Superman serials at the Saturday afternoon matinees. Jack Larson was perfectly cast as Jimmy Olsen, the ‘cub reporter’ for The Daily Planet. He looked great and underplayed the role perfectly. Jack Larson was born in 1928 in Los Angeles, California, but grew up in Pasadena. He graduated from Montebello High School in 1945 at the age of 17. He was spotted in a stage production and after auditioning for Warner Brothers Studios, Jack made his debut in the film Fighter Squadron. The pilot for The Adventures of Superman was filmed in 1952. Jack accepted the role of Jimmy Olsen because work was hard to find. His agent said, 'Kid, nobody will ever see this show. It's like doing a Saturday morning serial. Just take the money and run’." They worked with one camera and filmed at the old RKO Studios. Jack was working on Broadway show when The Adventures of Superman went to air in 1953 and it became a hit television show.

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Whatever Happened To ... Jack Larson

By Kevin Trask of 3AW and 96.5 Inner FM

Overnight his life changed and he couldn't walk down the street without being recognised as Jimmy Olsen. The younger viewers related to him and as the series developed he enjoyed introducing more comedy into the character. But Jack did not enjoy the fame and being typecast as Jimmy Olsen. He remembered sitting on the set with George Reeves when George recalled if things had gone differently in his career he wouldn't be sitting there in a "monkey suit”. It was the only time George said anything negative about the show. Jack stayed with the Superman series till 1958. He was in Italy when he heard the news that George Reeves was dead.

● Jack Larson

Over the years Jack remained great friends with Noel Neill who played Lois Lane. In 1991, Jack appeared in an episode of the television series Superboy, although he did not play Jimmy Olsen. He finally returned to the part several years later, as an older Jimmy Olsen in an episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. In 2006 Jack was in Australia to film a cameo role in the film Superman Returns as a bartender. He really enjoyed his time in Sydney, he enjoyed the people, the cast and crew. After retiring from full time acting he wrote plays, opera librettos and produced films. I had the great pleasure of recording a radio interview with him and he was just wonderful to chat with. Sadly, Jack Larson passed away at his home in September , 2015 at the age of 87. He will be remembered for the great lines like "Golly, Mr Kent" and "Jeepers". Kevin Trask Kevin can be heard on 3AW The Time Tunnel - Remember When Sundays at 10.10pm with Philip Brady and Simon Owens. And on 96.5 FM That's Entertainment - Sundays at 12 Noon.

From Shakespeare to Winehouse

■ More than 80 treasurers from London’s National Portrait Gallery have landed in Canberra for this once in a life-time exhibition. Shakespeare to Winehouse is a major international exhibition featuring iconic works from the world’s first and foremost portrait gallery and includes portraits of people who have shaped British history, identity and culture over the past 500 years. The faces of some of the bestknown and most-loved Britons – Queen Elizabeth II, the Beatles, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Mick Jagger and Princess Diana, to name a few – are situated alongside historical luminaries including the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens, Queen Elizabeth I, Lord Nelson and Sir Isaac Newton. Modern-day icons like Ed Sheeran, Darcey Bussell, Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai feature too. Rather than a chronological display, the exhibition is focused on six interrelated themes of Fame, Power, Love and Loss, Identity, Innovation and Self, demonstrating how defining characteristics of portraiture have been interpretated and reimagined by artists across time, and showing how portraits can share the same language despite being created centuries apart. The exhibition closes July 17. National Portrait Gallery Canberra King Edward Terraced Parkes ACT

Ring Cycle

Melbourne Opera The Ring Cycle Australia’s first Regional Arts Event, The Ring Cycle comes to Bendigo. One of the biggest productions in all the performing arts, Richard Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle will be staged in Bendigo by Melbourne Opera. The $5 million production will employ over 250 Australian singers, musicians, creatives and technicians. Exclusively staged in the regional Australian destination, the production is expected to drive major tourism to the region with three full Ring Cycles performed over six weeks at the Ulumbarra Theatre. The production also marks

The Arts

buy artworks from $100 to $10,000 and have their prized pieces wrapped onsite ready to take home the same day. Exhibition opens March 17 and closes March 20. - Peter Kemp

OK. With John O’Keefe Neighbours souvenir hunters

Walk and Talk

with Peter Kemp Bendigo’s inaugural annual Easter opera festival, presented by Melbourne Opera. Each Ring Cycle will be performed over two weekends, from Friday-Sunday, encouraging longer stays in the booming Bendigo region, which has hosted a number of international arts and cultural exhibitions and events in recent years. Season opens March 24 and closes May 1.

Affordable Art Fair

■ After much anticipation. Affordable Art Fair will officially return to its new home, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The globally recognised Fair will showcase 40 Australian galleries boasting a mixture of emerging and established artists, as well as a suite of interactive workshops and live demonstrations. From contemporary oil paintings to life-size sculptures, there will be something to suit every style, space and spend. Uniting trusted galleries with avid aesthetics the AffordableArt Fair aims to help people to discover new artists and galleries and demystify the conventional art buying experience with highly visible pricing. Visitors will be able to browse and

■ Art104 in collaboration with Art Everywhere is pleased to present a 'Walk and Talk' with eminent Forensic Egyptologist Dr Janet Davey. Join for a glass of prosecco on arrival, and a wander through the beautifully restored 19th century bank building on Canterbury Rd, Middle Park. This will be the only viewing of Damon Kowarsky’s work at this site. Registration is free, with bookings available online.

Taste of Ireland

■ Having already played several key dates in Victoria A Taste of Ireland: The Irish Music & Dance Sensation is on its way to towns across Victoria. An all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza, this energetic, feelgood Irish music and dance feast will feature a company of over 20 with some of the world’s leading Irish Dancers and musicians, including many world champions and stars of other well-known shows, such as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. "The Irish are known for having the 'craic', which is an Irish word for fun, and A Taste of Ireland is no different. You'll laugh, dance and sing along with the performers celebrating all things Irish. There's something in it for everyone, and you're guaranteed to walk away feeling good. A night with A Taste of Ireland is truly one to remember and we cannot wait to share this with Victorian audiences," said producer Ceili Moore.

● Pin Oak Court, Vermont ■ Residents of Ramsay Street, where Neighbours is produced, are thrilled the Aussie soapie is soon to close. Tourists have driven residents bonkers pinching all sorts of things from letterboxes to garden ornaments forcing home owners to employ security guards.

Beckham birthday boy

■ Cruz Beckham, son of THAT couple, turned 17 the other day by posing shirtless wearing white boxers with his jeans down to his ankles. 'Weird' was the word when fans noticed it on Instagram, not to mention his pink hair. Mummy and Dad thought the shots were 'lubbly'.

Wheely enthusiastic TJ

■ Channel 9 sports broadcaster Tony Jones has become an advocate for riding a bike. Most days he rides to work and catches cabs when he has to go on assignment.

Matt Doran is back

■ Welcome back to Weekend Sunrise presenter Matt Doran following time-off following his spat with super singer Adele. Matt is a talented newsman with the ability to ask the hard questions in a tense interview.

Casting call

■ My Mum, Your Dad is the name of a new show on Nine planned for release in the second half of this year. The show is based on a US success where single parents are locked in a house together hoping to spark love, egged on by their adult aged kids. If you want to be considered as talent, contact Nine. - John O’Keefe

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By Rob Foenander info@countrycrossroads

Pressure drop

■ Melbourne urban home-grown Reggaedub band Pressure Drop will release their nine track album Crosstown Sessions later this month. The recording features all original compositions and is dedicated to dear friends, drummer Matt Berg, who sadly passed away in October 2021 and PD’s second ever drummer Des McKenna (Animal from Hey Hey it’s Saturday fame) who also sadly left this world a week later. It will be available on digital platforms and on vinyl. More info

Grand occasion

■ Grand Receptions on Cathies Lane, Wantirna, presents Sri Lanka Combined School dinner dance on April 9. Melbourne’s hottest dance bands - featuring Replay 6, B Sharp, Come Together, a brass section - plus guest performers with dancers will keep the black tie event moving along from 6.30pm-12.30am. Tickets $80 inc buffet, and drinks. Eric 0447 782 410. Maryse 0419 926 523.

Magic Melodies

■ Magic Melodies is back at Springvale RSL. April 13 will feature Col Perkins, Jennifer Lee and Rob Foenander in Save The Last Dance For Me. Morning Tea from 10.30am and show commences at The songs of John Denver, Cliff Richard, Everly Bros and more are sure to take the audience on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Bookings: 9548 4155.


Rapid tour through Shakespeare

■ I start this review by reminding us of the vital importance of the Australian Shakespeare Company {and other outdoor theatre companies, for example, Melbourne Shakespeare Company) for the Australian Shakespeare Company is a gift to Melbourne audiences that just keeps on giving. ■ It's mostly Shakespeare and Shakespeare is the perfect gift for all of us on all occasions. ■ It's Australian and made me aware again when I was enjoying last month's production of A Comedy of Errors and.Thursday's 'test audience' night, including media, of The Mechanicals, that the company's interpretation and presentation of Shakespeare concedes to no-one its excellence. ■ The company continues, as it has now for 35 years to gift us each year with outdoor theatre (or as it called itself originally Shakespeare Under The Stars) Outdoor theatre that most importantly includes children of all ages , their annual Wind In The Willows. But to work. The premise of The Mechanicals is simple enough: the production is actually entitled Peter Quince Presents A Midsummer Mechanicals Dream'. The Athenian tradies,his actors, Nick Bottom, Robin Starveling, Snug, Francis Flute and Tom Snout, all have had enough of Peter Quince's adaptations. Smith's Uncle Will is of Shakespeare, so these enterprising

tradies have consumed all his plays and by flattery and appealing to the actor in Quince who aches for the immediate gratification of loud audience plaudits,get their way. We get a rapid tour through quite a few, including Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Lear, Anthony and Cleopatra,Julius Caesar et al. High point early in the mashup,a bare-arsed Banquo from Kevin Hopkin's Peter Quince that had me hysterical with laughter,the combination of something Glaswegian and the Hopkins buttocks too much. But performance honours were evenly shared, Hugh Sexton's Robin Starving a would-be Dior for Athen's,Scott Jackson's Tom Snout who 'just gotta move',an interpretive dance tragic. This production played until Saturday March 12. - Review by Peter Green

Talent pipeline

■ MSO Managing Director, Sophie Galaise has announced the launch of two new initiatives that will create a diverse talent pipeline for Australian orchestral music. In addition to its current suite of young and emerging talent development programs, the MSO has established the MSO Academy for young instrumentalists and a new collaborative development partner-


ship with Australian NationalAcademy of Music. Galaise said the new initiatives and industry collaborations will offer fresh pathways and exciting professional development opportunities for the future stars of the MSO and the broader Australian orchestral music sector. “As a cultural pillar of Australian orchestral music, the MSO recognises its essential role in developing the next generation of instrumentalists and composers,” said Galaise. “The new MSO Academy and our partnership with ANAM will ensure diversity, depth and excellence for future orchestras, ensembles and arts organisations”. The MSO Academy has been established to provide young instrumentalists with a vital final bridge to a successful professional career. Each year, aspiring young musicians will be selected through a two-step audition process and interview. Academy members will receive a stipend, perform with the MSO, undertake chamber music projects and receive mentoring from established MSO musicians. Expressions of interest for the inaugural 2022 intake are open until March 25. Director of Programming John Nolan said he was extremely pleased with the high level of interest to date. “We have already received interest from all over Australia and

across the ditch in New Zealand,” he said. “This confirms just how vital the MSO Academy program will be for the MSO and the sector more broadly. There is clearly a huge appetite from emerging musicians to join industry-leading development programs. The future is bright.” Platinum Patron and MSO CoDeputy Chair, Di Jameson, has pledged a multi-year donation to support the launch and development of the MSO Academy over the next three years. The MSO is grateful to Ms Jameson for this generous lead gift. Ms Jameson said the MSO Academy is a welcome addition to the organisation’s suite of artist development programs. “The MSO Academy will provide a much-needed link for aspiring young musicians to make the transition to a successful professional career,” said Ms Jameson. “As a long-standing supporter of the MSO and lover of classical music, it’s particularly satisfying for me to provide launch funding for an initiative that will have genuine positive impacts on the next generation of musicians and future audiences”. President of the MSO Players Committee, Ann Blackburn applauded the new initiative. “The MSO Academy program will be essential in assuring a bright future for our Australian orchestras,” Ms Blackburn said.


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Big chance in the All Star Mile

■ Brilliant young up and coming stayer Hitotsu, a winner of both the Victoria Derby last year, and more recently home in the Australian Guineas, looks the one to beat come the All Star Mile. The coveted event will be run this Saturday (Mar. 19) at Flemington. The trainers of Hitotsu, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, are onfident of victory and could be heading to the Melbourne Cup this year with him. He is by the outstanding Japanese sire, Maurice, and has already pocketed $2 million in stakemoney. His main danger is a talented horse in Zaaki, who I felt was a bit disappointing in not being able to hold out the good mare, Inspirational Girl, in the Blamey Stakes, although he was first up since racing last on November 21. On that occasion he won the McKinnon Stakes in good style. It would pay to forget that run. The Victorian youngster, I’m Thunderstruck, has loads of potential, and ran fifth behind Sierra Sue in the Futurity Stakes over 1400 metres back on February 26. That was only his second run after a spell, and the distance of 1600 metres will suit him better here. An interesting runner is the Peter Moody trained Lightsaber, who has a ton of ablity, and after a couple mishaps at the barrier on two occasions he stepped smartly last time out. So much he was only narrowly defeated by Hitotsu, seemingly having the race won, before Hitotsu flashed home along the rails. A big chance at odds, and in the right camp with Peter Moody, he is a good each way chance. One of the unlucky runners in the Australian Guineas was Pinstriped, trained by Enver Jusofvic at Cranbourne; he was a bit stiff having no chance to get a run in the final 200 metres, and ran a good fifth. You have put him in your multiples as before that he had won his only three starts. A definite chance especially over the 1600 metres here. Of the others you have Sierra Queen, who won in good style in taking out the Futurity Stakes in good style, for the Busuttin and young team at Cranbourne. She beat some good horses such as I’m Thunderstruck, Tofane, and Mo’unga. Then you have the good Sydneysider, Icebath, Mr Brightside, King Magnus, Cascadian and Regalo Di Gaetano. I like Hitotsu, Zaaki and I’m Thunderstruck.

● Home Affairs in the Lightning Stakes. Racing Photos. This brings his record to three wins from his first four starts. Another good run was that of the Hawkes trained Magic, who was sold for $2.5 million as a yearling, being by top sire, Snitzel, and in a strong camp. It was only his inexperience at his first start when second to the smart, Best of Bordeaux. One to keep your eye on, if not here follow up. Russian Conquest is one to watch, being with the Peter and Paul Snowden team. She was a it unlucky when third to Seven Veils in the Reisling Stakes at Randwick on March 3, got into a bit of trouble there, but finished well. Coming up we have the highly promising, Best Of Bordeaux, prepared by young Queensland trainer, Kacey Fogen, at Canungra. He has now won his first won two starts, an-

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■ Prior to nominations being taken for the Golden Slipper in early markets bookies have the Magic Millions winner, Coolangatta on top. The Ciaron Maher-David Eustace trained filly an outstanding winner of her all her starts was a brilliant winner of the Millions and will behard to beat in the Slipper if she starts. At present she is on top, with in second spot the Gary Portelli trained Sejarden, a brilliant

other of the Snitzel group. The Anthony and Sam Freedman trained Daumier, showed his class winning the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield, and if he can handle the reverse way of going has to be a chance. He was won two out of his three starts and the Freedman camp have a high opinion of him. He is raced in the same interest as the Caulfield Cup winner, Incentivise and Spanish Mission, and the Melbourne Cup winner, Verry Elleegant. Fireburn is an interesting runner, having won the Sweet Embrace Stakes for the fillies at Randwick on Australia Day. Fireburn is another of the strong Gary Portelli team in Sydney beating a smart field, which included the smart Xtravagant Star, who was beaten by the heavy conditions. One to keep your peepers on, she was most impressive, especially on the wet tracks. One of the unluckiest runners who ran in the Blue Diamond, Jacquinot, may run in the Golden Slipper, and with his style of racing he will be right in it. He flashed home behind Daumier to ran a great third in the Diamond. In the strong camp of Mick Rice and Michael Kent Junior, the son of a previous winner, of the Blue Diamond, Rubick, will be hard to toss. However, like all Victorian runners, if they have a go at The Golden Slipper, they have to handle the reverse way. If he gets over that hiccup, I feel he is a strong chance for the ‘big bikkies’. Another who is racing well is the Peter and Paul Snowden trained filly, Revolutionary Miss, a great second going down narrowly to Daumier in the Blue Diamond. She is consistent and has a lot of heart and will right in this, as she is trained in Sydney, the reverse way of going to Victoria, which will suit her right down to the ground. - Ted Ryan

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