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Radio Confidential: Op shop radio history ...... Page 70 Veritas: Media reforms promised by Minister ........ Page 71 The Spoiler: Neighbours, Home And Away ............... Page 71 Jim and Aaron: Favourite movies, DVDs ...................... Page 72 Cheryl Threadgold: Local theatre latest .......................... Page 73 PLUS THE LOVATT”S MEGA CROSSWORD


● A scene from the Melbourne Passion Play, depicting the crucifixion scene with the Centurion Quintus Cassius (Gino Gammaldi), Jesus (Dirk de Kauwe) and Roman Legionnaires, Simon Costa and John Smith. ■ The 17th Annual Melbourne Passion Play will be presented this year on Palm Sunday, March 24 at 1.30pm and on Good Friday, March 29 at 10am at Ruffey Lake Park, Doncaster (entry from King St, via Church Rd). For further details visit or contact the secretary on 0411 957 164.

Surprise inside

● What was the ‘surprise inisde’ when radio man Craig Huggins discovered this record at a Diamond Creek op shop this week? See Page 70.


● The cast of Eurobeat, from left, are Ang Cuy, Tony Burge, Zachary Alaimo, Andrew Amos, Gemma Considine, Lauren Cox, Janette Diab, Sheona Gregg, Thomas Kitt-Thompson, Robbie Medica, Colin Morley, Shannon Pendrey and Sarah Somers. Photo: Karl McNamara ■ Fab Nobs Theatre opened last week with a terrific version of Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision, which runs until March 23 at 33 Industry Place, Bayswater. Based on the Eurovision Song Contest, the show is set in Sarajevo. Contestants from 12 countries, Russia, Ukraine, Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Greece, UK, Germany, Morocco, Norway, Iceland and Hungary, present their varied and entertaining items. The audience decides the winning entry by completing voting slips at interval, and the winning country returns later to reprise their act. Director Patt Ryan has assembled a top notch cast of fourteen talented musical theatre all-rounders, whose strong vocal and dance abilities are showcased in the items. Ryan’s creative interpretation and vibrant choreography, Kendrie Coonon’s specialised choreography, Jason Lord’s superb lighting, and Vicki Quinn’s musical direction and vocal harmonies, combine to give a ‘wow’ factor to this production. Ang Cuy and Tony Burge are great as hosts Boyka and Sergei. Their contrasting personalities never fail to entertain - Cuy with her commanding presence and stunning outfits, and Burge as her stylish, delightful comedy foil. The sensational array of costumes has been coordinated by Kerryn Puckey and Leane Gooding, with Boyka and Sergei’s costume changes throughout the show cleverly creating additional visual interest. It was warm in the theatre last week, but the audience did not mind. This is a most enjoyable show and wonderful to watch enthusiastic, polished performers in a wellstaged production. Congratulations to Fab Nobs Theatre Inc. Do try to see it before it finishes on March 23. Bookings: 0401 018 846 - Cheryl Threadgold

Verto supports Jackie Trent honour ■ Melbourne radio man John Vertigan believes musician Jackie Trent is being denied a musical honour whilst her husband Tony Hatch is being saluted. “Jackie Trent, together with her writing partner Tony Hatch, became two of the biggest songwriters of the 60s and 70s,” says Veritgan. “Their jointly written tracks for many artists in-

cluding Petula Clark and Scott Walker saw worldwide success. “They also penned the TV theme for the global hit Neighbours. The US Songwriters Hall of Fame plans to induct Tony Hatch this June into its ranks but there is no mention of Jackie's inclusion. “They should be inducted together, as they

● Jackie Trent

were a partnership in their professional career and personal life too. “We must make the US Songwriters Hall of Fame aware of our feelings and ensure they induct the partnership Hatch-Trent when the ceremony takes place later this year.” Veritgan had more than 50 years experience with stations including 3UZ and 3DB.

Robyn Nevin in Other Desert Cities

● Robyn Nevin with Sue Jones ■ Having two such major Australian theatrical talents as actors Robyn Nevin and John Gaden on stage together is a good reason to head to the Melbourne Theatre Company's latest production at the Sumner Theatre in Southbank. The play that has drawn them together is Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, and which has been nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Play and Pulitzer Prize for drama. Former Republican Senator Lyman Wyeth and his Hollywood screenwriter wife Polly were the ultimate Republican power couple before a family incident made them withdraw from public life. Fast forward to Christmas, when the whole family gathers together in the quiet desert town of Palm Springs. But as happens when extended families get together tensions soon arise when novelist daughter Brooke announces she has written about the awkward incident from the family archives. Dealing with this will either split the family apart or draw them together, and it's ripe for dramatic possibilities. If the name of author Jon Robin Baitz may seem familiar, you will have seen it in the credits of the highly successful TV drama Brothers And Sisters, as that is his creation. Family tensions are always great theatrical fodder, and Nevin and Gaden will no doubt bring them to the surface with great flair. Joining them on stage are Sacha Horler, Sue Jones and Ian Meadows, and it's directed by MTC Associate Director Sam Strong. Other Desert Places is running until April 17 or 8688 0800 - Julie Houghton ■ Friday’s EG (Entertainment Guide) in The Age has been reduced to several pages, and been incorporated into a new Shortlist feature that also runs in The Sydney Morning Herald. ■ Street press mag Beat has introduced a new Eat guide on Melbourne’s better restaurants. ■ Gold 104.3 is sponsoring the Time Of My Life concert next month featuring Daryl Braithwaite.

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Observer Showbiz

Radio Confidential News from stations from around Victoria


Country Crossroads


info@country ● Big Breakfast Show. Southern FM 88.3. Tues. 6am-9am. ● Country Crossroads. Casey Radio 97.7. Wed. 10pm-12 Midnight

Rob Foenander


■ British country and folk artist Charlie Landsborough commences his Australian tour on May 2. His visit to Victoria will include performances at the Frankston Arts Centre, Warragul West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warrnambool, Geelong and Kyabram. Charlie’s hits include What Colour Is The Wind, I Will Love You All My Life, My Forever Friend, Part Of Me and many others. More info:


■ The Healesville Music Festival will take place on March 22 and 23 at a number of venues around the town. Artists include Hugh McDonald, Nick Charles, The Stetson Family and local duo The Hannafords, plus a broad range of music genres. The event also includes workshops, buskers and a poets’ breakfast. More info


■ American country music star Alan Jackson will release his new album on March 26. Titled Precious Memories Vol 2, the collection of songs are traditional hymns and is the follow-up to his 2006 album of the same title which topped the American Billboard charts.


■ The Royal Exchange Hotel, Traralgon, will host the annual Royal Childrens Hospital fundraiser in their Flanagans Bar on Sunday, March 24. The event will feature live music all afternoon and include artists Harry Hookey, Darcy Fox, Evan Platschinda, The Hammond Family, The Ayres Family and more. An auction, plus raffles, will also be part of the fundraising effort. More info: contact Dawn O'Connell, 5174 9227. - Rob Foenander

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Wednesday, March 13 ■ US singer-song-writer Neil Sedaka was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1939 (74). George Negus was born in Brisbane in 1942 (71). L ady Phyllis Cilento, mother of the late Diane, was born in 1894, died in 1987. Boxing champ Joe Bugner was born 1950.

● Craig Huggins ■ Gold 104.3 morning presenters Craig Huggins found a 3UZ blast-from-the past when he was rifling through merchandise at an opportunity shop in suburban Diamond Creek. ‘Huggy’ tells the story: “I was in an op shop in Diamond Creek, and noticed a 45 called Susan Jones. “It was released in 1967 and is basically an extended version of the Ansett-ANA radio commercial. “Whilst he's not credited, the singer is John Farnham. I love finding novelty radio related stuff so I bought it. “What was intersting was that when I got it home to play it, I pulled the record out of the sleeve, and there was a little surprise stuck on the inside; a name tag that I assume was worn at a party on the night the record was probably released, in 1967. “I like to think that Ken Sparkes got his 'freebie' copy, left the party, tore the name-tag off his lapel and stuck it inside the cover. “I ended up more thrilled with the sticker than the record!” ■ Ken Sparkes, host of Jukebox Saturday Night, is an Observer reader.

● Ken Sparkes

Publicity Director Jane Elliott announced Ed Sheeran last week joined the ranks of Lionel Richie, Seal, Barry Gibb and Michael Bublé in hosting his own Saturday program. He joins high profile announcers Ronan Keating, Cameron Daddo, Richard Wilkins, David Campbell and Jason Donovan on Smooth 91.5.

Community radio news ● The ‘Ken Sparkes; name tag found by ‘Huggy’ and Perth. Without action this shortfall means all of ■ The Australian Radio Net- the community digital radio work has a role available for services will have to be a Campaign Manager work- switched off in at least two ing with Mix 101.1 in of the five capital cities curMelbourne. Applications rently broadcasting. close March 25.

Job on offer

Commit to Community Radio

Day of action

■ The nine Melbourne digital stations taking part in the Day Of Action today are 3RRR, 3KND, 3MBS, PBS, Light FM, 3CR, Syn, Vision Australia Radio and ZZZ ethnic radio.

Ed on Smooth ■ Melbourne radio stations broadcasting on digital radio join today (Wed.) to promote their Commit To Community Radio campaign. Community digital radio services across Australia are at risk. The Gillard Federal Government committed $2.2 million to fund digital community services for four years, but $3.6 million is required to maintain these services in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane

■ Brooklyn-based community station Stereo 974 has established a Facebook page, advises General Manager Rod Boyd. Kim Grech has joined the station as its Sales and Marketing Manager. ■ Golden Days Radio 95.7 Manager Alex Hehr tells of a complimentary note received from a farway listener: “Love Golden Days Radio! I'm so glad I found you in iTunes. It's my new favourite radio station, even though I'm not a senior! I'm a 30-year-old Finnish girl, currently living in Paris, France. Love nostalgic, romantic old music. Keep up the good work and thank you!”

● Ed Sheeran ■ Smooth 91.5 FM continues to enhance its line-up of celebrity presenters, especially on weekends.

● Rod Boyd Melbourne


On This Day Thursday, March 14

Friday, March 15

Saturday, March 16

Sunday, March 17

Monday, March 18

Tuesday, March 19

■ Physicist and humanist Albert Eilnstein was born in Ulm, Germany, in 1879. He died aged 76 in 1955. Actor Sir Michael Caine was born as Michael Micklewhite in London in 1933 (80). Actor and comedian Billy Crystal was born in New York City in 1948. The late Aussie actor John McCallum born 1918

■ American actor MacDonald Carey was born in 1913. The Days Of Our Lives star (Dr Horton) died aged 81. US television Jimmy Swaggart was born in 1935 (78). Singer Christine Anu was born in Cairns in 1970 (43). US singer Sly Stone is 69 (1944).

■ US comedian and actor Jerry Lewis was born as Joseph Levitch in New Jersey in 1926 (87). Actor Erik Esstrada was born in New York in 1949 (64). Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens were established in this day in 1846. They are amongst the world’s best. The late actor, Leo McKern, was born in 1920

■ St Patrick’s Day. US singer and jazz pianist Nat ‘King’ Cole was born in 1917. He died aged 47 in 1965. Little Pattie (Amphlett) was born in Sydney in 1949 (64). Actor Patrick Duffy (Dallas) is 64 today. US actor Kurt Russell was born in Massachusetts in 1951.

■ Black country singer Charley Pride is 75. Soul singer Wilson Pickett was born in 1941. He died aged 64 in 2006. Australian racing driver Larry Perkins was born in Cowangie (Vic.) in 1950 (63). Singer Queen Latifah is 43 (1970). Electronics whiz Dick Smith was born in 1944

■ ■ Welsh comedian Tommy Cooper was born in Wales in 1921. He died aged 63. Actor Patrick McGoohan was born in New York in 1928. He died aged 80 in 2009. US actress Glenn Close is 66 (1947). Actress Karen Robson was born in Malaysia in 1957 (56).

Thanks to GREG NEWMAN of the Birthday Bulletin for assistance with birthday and anniversary dates. Find out more at

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Observer TV, Radio, Theatre Showbiz Latest Melbourne show business news - without fear or favour The Spoiler READ YOUR PAPER ‘Not enough’


For Those Who Have Lost The Plot

Neighbours ■ 6.30pm. Weeknights. Eleven. ■ Monday, March 18. Horrified to learn that Amber has been keeping relationship with Robbo a secret, Bailey urges Mason to tell her the truth about the break-in. Toadie's wedding fears are confirmed. ■ Tuesday, March 19. Tragically a gas bottle explodes at Toadie and Sonya’s wedding reception collapsing the marquee and trapping Rhys and Priya inside. ■ Wednesday, March 20. Lives hang in the balance as the injured are raced to hospital. Toadie tries to convince Callum that Sonya is going to pull through but by the end of the day, a life will be lost. ■ Thursday, March 21. Rani sits by Priya’s bed waiting for her to wake from her coma so she can apologise for the fight they had before Priya was injured, but will she get the chance? ■ Friday, March 22. Scotty suggests to Georgia they elope and leave town for good. Sonya struggles with her memory loss as a result of the explosion.

Home and Away ■ 7.00pm. Weeknights. Channel 7. ■ Monday, March 18. Rosie misconstrues Natalie's advice and insults Sasha in an attempt to reconcile their friendship, Casey doesn't have to go back to prison, and by aiding Casey's release, Zac loses his job. Tamara decides to go back to school. ■ Tuesday, March 19. Romeo hires Heath full time. Gina is impressed with Sasha's efforts towards the petition and Tamara agrees to let Kyle tutor her. Gina and John tell Jett that they want to adopt him. ■ Wednesday, March 20. Brax lays down the law in the Braxton household, and defines some boundaries of his own. After spending time with Harvey and Spencer, Jett realises that adoption may be a good idea. A down and out Liam is supported by Romeo. ■ Thursday, March 21. With her relationship under pressure, Natalie finally cuts ties with the Braxtons. After conflicting advice from Roo and Harvey, Maddy and Spencer develop opposing views on sex. April struggles with her OCD, but Sid warns that she and Dex should spend time apart.


■ A TV version of The Australian Financial Review newspaper is to be broadcast on Channel 9. Fairfax Media, publishers of The AFR, is developing the television version of the paper which will be broadcast on Sunday mornings on the Nine Network. Executive producer will be former Nine news director Mark Calvert, who resigned from a year ago. Four years ago, the same newspaper announced an online TV platform powered by a company called Switch Media.

Hello Mum

Media Briefs ■ Stacey Williams has been named to be the Junior Curator at Courthouse Arts, to work under the guiding hand of Lisa Sullivan, Curator of the Geelong Gallery. ■ Comedian Lawrence Mooney presented the first hour of Lindy Burns’s evening program on 774 ABC on Monday. ■ Pre-sale tickets are being organised for Little Orphan trAshley to play at the Comedy Theatre from July 4-14. Trevor Ashley’s show was originally planned to be called trAnnie.


Melbourne’s Best TV-Radio Critic

■ Veritas felt a bit sorry for the Sky News reporter who was giving the story of the gunman in the Queen St Mall in Brisbane. The reporter put his phone up to the camera to show pictures of dramas and his mum called.

Well done LJ

Vacancies available at Warrandyte 55 Plus ■ The Warrandyte 55 Plus Variety Group is looking for additional members for their 2013 productions. Variety, that is singing, music, dancing and comedy, is the group’s forte, and they would warmly welcome enquiries. Experienced members in the group are happy to pass on their skills, if required, to any interested new members, either for onstage or backstage involvement. All that is needed is enthusiasm to “give it a go”. For enquiries, please phone Allan on 9844 2437 on Mondays between 11.30am – 3pm or 9877 1077 at any other time.

● Mark Calvert

● Loretta Johns ■ Whilst we are talking about the Sky News team, here is a word of congratulations for reporters Loretta Johns (now Smith) and Ahron Young on their coverage of Premier Ted Baillieu’s resignation. The story reached absurd levels on Seven’s Sunrise next morning when a number of split screens were used to show co-host Melissa Doyle, political reporter Brendan Donahoe, and commentator Derryn Hinch. They were all actually standing within metres of each other.

Helen’s FAQ ■ Veritas does not need much of an excuse to publish a photo story

● The Brisbane gunman, as seen by the Seven News chopper about Helen Kapalos, mance is always more host of Seven’s Today prescient. Tonight. She is a genu“You feel more ‘coninely nice person. nected’ to the story and Helen has established content you are introher own website, and ducing because you are answers ‘frequently in the moment.” asked questions’, including if TT is broadcast ‘live’. “Yes the show is live. Occasionally some components have to be ■ What was it with all pre-recorded, for ex- the vacuum cleaner TV ample if an interview commercials over the subject is only available Labor Day weekend? earlier in the day ... or Do the retailers think if some segments need viewers have extra to be slotted into a tight spare time, and might have house-cleaning on slot. “However, as a pre- their mind? Easter is senter its always pref- just around the corner? ■ Speaking of saturaerable to go ‘live’. “I can’t really ex- tion campaigns ... what plain it any other way, about the endless cambut to say a live perfor- paign Seven ran for My Kitchen Rules contestants Mick and Matt. Last Friday the fatherson combination also appeared on Better Homes and Gardens. ■ Seven News extended its news bulletin to 60 minutes last week to cover the Victorian Premier story. In Sydney, Ten extended its bulletin to 90 minutes for the Rugby League yarn. ● Helen Kapalos

Various Veritas Vitriol

■ Usually when one goes to the theatre to see a production one expects a story line, character development, dialogue that is comprehensible to most. If that is what you as a theatregoer are expecting, Until Then, Then, presented at La Mama Theatre last week, is not for you. Nicholas Coghlan and Ming-Zhu Hii (The Public Studio) have created this work after a threeyear break from theatre, and have used it to explore aspects of theatre in which they are interested. There is a statement in the program – “We aren’t certain that it’s theatre”. In this writer’s opinion it is much more performance art than theatre, if theatre is defined as above. It is certainly a clever collaboration between Coghlan, Hii, Russell Goldsmith (sound design), Damien Mclean (lighting design) and Matthew Angel (projections and graphic design) to produce 40 minutes of a visual and auditory experience. Nicholas Coghlan portrays the fool king and sits most of the production seated in dim lighting, centre stage. On either side of the stage area are large screens. The stage left screen is projected with visual images, the stage right with text passages from four classics. Sound plays an important part in the piece, recorded and interspersed with some live lines from Coghlan. A great deal of work has gone into this production. Timing is very important, with the whole piece well-choreographed. It was not possible to gauge the response of the other audience members, but unfortunately for this writer, this was not enough. The director’s notes did give an idea of what the piece was trying to achieve - “The creation of this piece for us had to be a study into the purpose – the merit of theatre”. I was unable to grasp that merit in any way. In the main it was incomprehensible, and sorry, but the word self-indulgent often came to mind while watching. However, there will be those who appreciate a totally different style of theatre - or performance art! - for whom this is recommended. – Reviewed by Janine Chugg

Star Bursts ★

Michael Bublé and Birdy will perform at the Logies on Sunday, April 7 at Crown Melbourne. The current TV Week magazine contains this year’s nominations.

Channel 9's entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins, 58, is enjoying bachelorhood again following news he and long-time fiancee Rebecca Naso have split.

Former 3AW ‘Drive’ presenter Steve Price’s evening show on Sydney station 2GB has taken another dive in the ratings. He rated 10,2 per cent in the survey announced on Tuesday last week, down from 12.8 per cent.

John Blackman’s website was one of the first to include radio ratings from all over Australia. The second ratings results for the year are due to be released on Tuesday, April 9.

Eddie McGuire, who triples as Channel 9 host (Hot Seat), Triple M breakfast host, and Collingwood President, is angry that The Footy Show paid $25,000 to Dane Swan for his interview. The Magpies imposed a $5000 fine on Swan for the unauthorised TV chat.

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Observer Showbiz What’s Hot and What’s Not in Blu-Rays and DVDs

● Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty in the epic 12 time Oscar nominated REDS, a thrilling and powerful political drama and love story based on true events in which Academy award winner Diane Keaton gives the most powerful and memorable performance of her career. FILM: REDS: Genre: Drama Cast: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Gene Hackman. Year: 1981. Rating: M. Running Time: 195 Minutes. Format: DVD and BLU-RAY. Stars: ****1/2 Verdict: Epic Oscar winning political drama based on the true story of American journalist John Reed who chronicled the Russian Revolution with his classic book Ten Days That Shook The World is now on Blu-ray for the first time. Compelling every step of the way. Diane Keaton's powerhouse Oscar nominated performance as Reed's partner, Louise Bryant, is the best of her career. Outstanding all star cast all shine brilliantly, as well as breathtaking Oscar winning cinematography. Star Warren Beatty also co-wrote, produced and directed, winning an Oscar for Best Director, as well as Best Supporting Actress Oscar win to Maureen Stapleton. Unmissable! FILM: ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ: Genre: Drama/Thriller. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Fred Ward. Year: 1979. Rating: M. Running Time: 112 Minutes. Format: DVD and BLU-RAY. Stars: **** Verdict: Clint Eastwood stars in this thrilling dramatization of what is possibly the only successful escape from the notorious Alcatraz prison in 1962. Meticulously detailed and directed by Don Siegel (Dirty Harry). Filmed on Alcatraz Island in and around where it all actually happened. Tense and captivating from beginning to end, with well placed touches of humour that balance it out superbly. Patrick McGoohan is a standout as the prison warden, and watch quickly for Danny Glover in his big screen film debut role. A ripper! Now on Blu-ray for the first time. FILM: TAKEN 2: Genre: Action/Thriller. Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen. Year: 2012. Rating: M. Running Time: 92 Minutes. Format: DVD and BLU-RAY. Stars: **1/2 Verdict: Disappointing follow up to the 2008 action hit Taken this time has retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and his wife (Famke Janssen) in Istanbul where they are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter from the original story, and the daughter is now their only hope for survival. The original Taken was a genuine adrenaline pumping rollercoaster ride filled vividly with action, thrills and humour all in the right places, making Liam Neeson a new big screen action star in the process. But even though there's much of the same action and gunplay as before, here we have an absurd plot and a tired rehash of material we've seen far too many times before. FILM: END OF WATCH: Genre: Action/Drama. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pea. Year: 2012. Rating: MA15+. Running Time: 109 Minutes. Format: DVD and BLU-RAY. Stars: **1/2 Verdict: Uninspiring and fairly tedious shaky-cam documentary style film that follows the daily grind of two young police officers in Los Angeles. Obviously inspired by the TV series COPS, which is far more compelling because it is real. Production values and performances are all in top form, but the novelty of its style and execution wears off pretty quick. This would have worked out much better as a straight drama, and even though the basic elements are all there, it misses the mark.

Movies, DVDs With Jim Sherlock and Aaron Rourke

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALFIE ■ Iconic British actor Sir Michael Caine celebrates his 80th birthday on tomorrow (Thurs., March 14, born 1933), and film buffs in Australia certainly hope it is a day filled with joy and nostalgia, looking at a life and career that has entertained millions of people all around the world for nearly six decades. Let's raise a glass hoping that this unique star continues to shine for many years to come, and that it's great that he still hasn't blown out - you know, poncified. To mark the occasion, here is a list of recommendations, nearly all of which are readily available on DVD. A Hill In Korea (PG) (1956). 80 minutes. ***. Does screen on GEM TV. Mr Caine's first credited role is a lean war drama that co-stars Stanley Baker and Robert Shaw. Zulu (PG) (1964). 138 minutes. *****. Available on UK RB BluRay. Superb action epic put Mr Caine on the map, and is a true big-screen masterpiece. The Ipcress File (PG) (1965). 108 minutes. *****. Available on DVD and Blu-Ray. The first and still the best of the Harry Palmer films. Tense, humourous, and brilliantly shot. Alfie (M) (1966). 114 minutes. *****. Available on DVD. The film that shot Mr Caine to super stardom is still potent, funny, and provocative. The Wrong Box (PG) (1966). 105 minutes. ***½. Available on UK R2 DVD. Very funny comedy-of-errors features an outstanding cast, who are all in classic form. Gambit (PG) (1966). 109 minutes. ****. Available on UK R2 DVD. Stylish caper film features great chemistry between Mr Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Funeral In Berlin (M) (1966). 102 minutes. ***. Available on DVD. Despite workman-like direction, this is still an entertaining ride, with first-rate location work. Billion Dollar Brain (M) (1967). 108 minutes. ****½. Available on US R1 DVD. Third Harry Palmer film improves with every viewing. Wildly inventive with again stunning location filming. Play Dirty (M) (1969). 117 minutes. ****. Available on US R1 DVD. UK's answer to The Dirty Dozen, this top-notch action/adventure has an identity all its own. The Italian Job (PG) (1969). 98 minutes. *****. Available on DVD. Quintessential caper film is as much fun now as it was when first released. Too Late The Hero (M) (1970). 133 minutes. ****. Available on DVD. Typically tough Robert Aldrich war film, blending action, drama, and humour to great effect. The Last Valley (M) (1971). 125 minutes. ***. Available on DVD. Though not a complete success, this thoughtful adventure deserves

to be seen. Beware local DVD, which is pan-and-scan. The US R1 DVD is in correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Get Carter (M) (1971). 112 minutes. *****. Available on DVD. One of the best British crime films ever made, and one of Mr Caine's best films. Sleuth (PG) (1972). 138 minutes. *****. Available on UK R2 DVD. Brilliantly written, directed, and acted, this is film-making at its finest. The Black Windmill (M) (1974). 103 minutes. ***. Available on DVD. From the director of Dirty Harry, this is a tough, generally taut thriller. The Man Who Would Be King (PG) (1975). 129 minutes. *****. Available on DVD. Grand Kipling-based adventure is first-rate, large-scale entertainment, and Mr Caine and Sean Connery are absolutely perfect. Peeper (PG) (1975). 89 minutes. **½. Available on DVD. Very mild but quite watchable parody of 1940s noir films. A Bridge Too Far (M) (1977). 175 minutes. ***. Available on DVD. Elaborate WWII epic with AList cast proves to be solid viewing. Silver Bears (PG) (1978). 113 minutes. ***1/2. Available on UK R2 DVD. Very entertaining caper flick, with a terrific performance from Mr Caine. Ashanti (M) (1979). 117 minutes. **½. Available on US R1 DVD. An OK time-filler that never reaches its full potential. Again, beware local DVD, which is not only in pan-and-scan, but is also a modified-for-TV version. Dressed To Kill (R) (1980). 105 minutes. *****. Available on DVD. Brian DePalma's Hitchcockstyle thriller is edge-of-the-seat stuff. Educating Rita (PG) (1983). 111 minutes. ***½. Available on DVD. Absorbing comedy/drama, with Oscar-nominated work from Mr Caine and Julie Waters. Mona Lisa (M) (1986). 104 minutes. ****. Available on DVD. Moving blend of crime and romance, with emotionally affecting performances from Bob Hoskins and Cathy Tyson. The Whistle Blower (M) (1986). 100 minutes. ****. Available on DVD. Engrossing spy thriller whose subject matter still resonates today. Hannah And Her Sisters (M) (1986). 107 minutes. Available on DVD. One of Woody Allen's New York efforts that actually displays some warmth and heart. Mr Caine won an Oscar for his work here. Without A Clue (PG) (1988). 106 minutes. ***½. Available on DVD. Pleasant farce which cleverly plays on the Sherlock Holmes legend. Turn To Page 77

Top 10 Lists THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE TOP TEN: 1. I GIVE IT A YEAR. 2. THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. 3. SIDE EFFECTS. 4. HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS. 5. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. 6. LINCOLN. 7. SAFE HAVEN. 8. DJANGO UNCHAINED. 9. THE LAST STAND. 10. CLOUD ATLAS. NEW RELEASES AND COMING SOON TO CINEMAS AROUND AUSTRALIA: MARCH 7: 21 AND OVER, BARBARA, BROKEN CITY, GREAT EXPECTATIONS, OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. MARCH 14: GODDESS, HARAKIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI, IN THE FOG, MAMA, MT. ZION, PERFORMANCE, REBELLE, THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN. THE DVD TOP RENTAL & SELLERS: 1. ARGO [Thriller/Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman]. 2. THE INTOUCHABLES [Comedy/ Drama/Omar Sy, Franois Cluzet]. 3. TAKEN 2: Extended Harder Cut [Action/Thriller/Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen]. 4. LAWLESS [Drama/Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce]. 5. FRANKENWEENIE [Comedy/Animated/Martin Landau, Martin Short, Winona Ryder]. 6. END OF WATCH [Action/Drama/ Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pea]. 7. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD [Drama/Dwight Henry, Quvenzhane Wallis]. 8. TO ROME WITH LOVE [Comedy/ Romance/Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Alec Baldwin]. 9. ON THE ROAD [Drama/Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart]. 10. KILLING THEM SOFTLY [Crime/ Drama/Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini]. Also: LOOPER, THE EXPENDABLES 2, TED, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTIAL DRIFT, THE WORDS, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, BRAVE, LOCKOUT, MOONRISE KINGDOM. NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS ON DVD THIS WEEK: THE MASTER [Drama/Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix]. SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS [Comedy/ Drama/Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken]. BACHELOTETTE [Comedy/Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher]. THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE [Comedy/Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen]. BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO [Horror/Toby Jones]. HAMILTON: IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE NATION [Thriller/Jason Flemyng]. JOCK [Animated/Family/Donald Sutherland, Ted Danson, Helen Hunt]. SAVAGES [Crime/Thriller/ Blake Lively, John Travolta, Salma Hayek]. ROBOT & FRANK [drama/Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon]. A DARK TRUTH [Thriller/Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Deborah Kara Unger]. ● Turn To Page 77

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Local Theatre With Cheryl Threadgold


● Matthew Whitty, James Wardlaw and Lyall Brooks in the tragicomedy Penelope, opening at Theatre Works on March 22. Photo: Andrew Bott ■ Red Stitch, in association with Theatre Works, presents the Australian premiere of Enda Walsh’s Penelope, a surreal, pitch-black comedy, inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. Directed by Alister Smith, the story tells of a sunscorched island off the coast of Greece, where the beautiful Queen Penelope awaits the return of her husband from war. Beneath her window, four men - the last in a long line of suitors – hatch a plan to win her love and escape a grisly fate. This outrageous tragicomedy is about masculinity, human endeavour and the futility of conquest. The cast includes Red Stitch ensemble members Dion Mills and Matthew Whitty, with special guest actors James Wardlaw, Dion Mills, Lyall Brooks and Rosie Lockhart. Performance Season: March 22-April 12 Times: Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 6.30pm, Sat at 4pm Venue: Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda Tickets: $39-$27. Bookings: 9533 8083 or

AUDITIONS ■ Peridot Theatre Inc: One Act Play Season - Play 1, Leap Year, (by Allan Curtis) March 15 at 7.00pm at the Unicorn Theatre, Mt Waverley Secondary College, Lechte Street, Mt Waverley. Director: Robyn Kelly. Audition bookings: 9898 6316. ■ Eltham Little Theatre: Aladdin Jr., March 15, 7.00pm9.00pm; March 16, 9.00am-12noon; March 17, 9.00am12.00noon at the Eltham Performing Arts Centre, 1603 Main Road, Research. Director: John Leahy; Musical Director: Emily Crawford; Choreographer: Sarah Lemcke; Assistant Director: Maxine Lemcke. For all enquiries and an audition form, please email Maxine on

■ The sell-out cabaret show performed by an all Melbourne cast, Suitcases, Baggage & Other Synonyms, will be making its official debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April. Described as inappropriately funny, this original musical comedy follows five friends as they embark on the dubious task of organising an overseas trip. In an exchange of comical banter, Broadway-inspired hits, and stories from the realm of GRINDR, the five comrades-turned-housemates



■ The 1812 Theatre: The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery Until March 23 at 3-5 Rose Street, Upper Ferntree Gully. Tickets: $25. Bookings: 9758 3964 ■ The Mount Players: Stones in His Pockets (by Marie Jones) Until March 23 at 8.00pm, Sunday 2.00pm matinee on March 17 at the Mountview Theatre, 56 Smith Street, Macedon. Director: Richard Keown. Bookings: 1300 463 224. ■ Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre: Steel Magnolias (by Robert Harling) Until March 23 at 8.15pm, Sunday matinees at 2.30pm, at 39-41 Castella Street, Lilydale. Director: Lyn Carr. Tickets: $25/$20. Bookings: 9735 1777. http:// ■ Beaumaris Theatre: The Odd Couple (by Neil Simon) March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8.00pm and March 17 at 5.00pm at Beaumaris Theatre, 82 Wells Road, Beaumaris. Director: Peter Newling. Tickets: $25/$22. Bookings: or 9583 6896. ■ Encore Theatre: Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (by Ray Lawler), March 15, 16 (Gala), 21, 22 and 23 at 8.00pm and March 17, 23 at 2.15pm. Director: Kevin Trask. Tickets: $20/$18; Gala $24/$22. Bookings: 1300 739099 (between 9.00am and 9.00pm). ■ Mornington CEF Players: Steel Magnolias (by Robert Harling) March 15 - 24 at 8.00pm, 2.00pm matinees on March 17, 24, at Bellamy Hall, Albert Street, Mornington. Directors: Andrew and rosemary Pollock. Bookings: 5975 5904 ■ SLAMS Theatre Company: Five Guys Named Moe, March 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8.00pm at the Knox Community Arts Centre, Corner Scoresby Road and Mountain Highway, Bayswater. Tickets: $32/$28. Bookings: 9720 3205 or ■ Warrandyte Theatre Company: The Warrandyte Festival Follies March 21 - April 13 at corner Yarra Street and Mitchell Avenue, Warrandyte. Directors: Caroline Shaw and Lisa Upson. Tickets: $22/$20. Bookings: or 0488 333 575.

AUDITIONS ■ Williamstown Musical Theatre Company: (in collaboration with Fab Nobs Theatre) title of show, March 24, 25 at 33 Industry Place, Bayswater. Director: Ang Cuy, Musical Director: Simon D'Aquino. Audition bookings: 1300 801545. ■ BATS Theatre Company: 12 Angry Men April 7 from 7.30pm at The Factory, New Holland Drive, Cranbourne. Please contact ■ Dionysus Theatre: Lysistrata (by Aristophanes) April 20, 21 at McLelland College Performing Arts Centre, Belar Avenue, Karingal. Director: Emma Sproule. Enquiries: 9786 8839. ■ Altona City Theatre: Spring Awakening March 18, 19, 20. More information on

COMEDY FESTIVAL must learn the art of compromise if they are to overcome their travelling woes. Having headlined at previous festivals, including the 2011 Melbourne Short and Sweet Cabaret Gala and the 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Suitcases, Baggage & Other Synonyms is hoped to be a highlight at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. “We had a sell-out season last year so we’re all very excited to be

showcased at this year’s Comedy Festival,” said Casey Dolcetta, a member of the cast. The show is written, directed, and performed by local Melbourne talent: Hannah Daniel, Casey Dolcetta, Sarah Jackson, Melissa Kahraman, and musical composer, Barnaby Reiter. Suitcases, Baggage & Other Synonyms will be showing from Wednesday-Saturday, April 17-20 at Theatreworks as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. - Contributed

The Joy Of Text

● Colin Craig is Year 12 student Danny Cooper in Robert Reid’s The Joy Of Text, playing at La Mama Courthouse until March 24. ■ La Mama opened to a full house last week with Robert Reid’s engaging play, The Joy Of Text, a reworked version of the production presented last year by the Melbourne Theatre Company. Director Peita Collard’s production at La Mama uses a hybrid of texts, including film, technology, theatre and the written word, to skilfully integrate with Reid’s topic of institutionalised duty of care within schools, satire, hypocrisy and the scary way text can be interpreted to manipulate the truth to suit personal agendas and ruin reputations. We are also reminded to avoid judging others until being certain of facts. Colin Craig as Year 12 student Danny Cooper, and Jason Cavanagh, Elizabeth Thomson and Kasia Kaczmerek as the secondary college teachers, are all well-cast and deliver naturalistic, believable performances. Unfortunately on opening night, the witty, sometimes riveting dialogue in Reid’s script was not always audible. While a conversational style suits the narrative, it is a shame if words are lost. It would also be helpful to the audience (particularly reviewers!) and a nice acknowledgement to the hard-working cast, if individual roles or a photo could be attributed next to the actors’ names in the program, rather than just the anonymity of ‘actor’. Designer Rob Sowinski’s set is terrific, and the interaction between stage performers and students in the film sequences, designed by Isaac Mitchell-Frey, cleverly creates the genuine atmosphere of a secondary school environment. The show could have finished a little earlier, but Reid’s top script, well-staged and performed in the air-conditioned, friendly environment of La Mama Courthouse, makes for a memorable theatre experience. Performance Season: Until March 24 Venue: La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond St., Carlton Times: Wed/ Sun 6.30pm. Thu, Fri, Sat at 7.30pm; Extra show on Tue March 19 at 6.30pm Tickets: $25 full | $15 concession Bookings: 9347 6142 or - Review by Cheryl Threadgold

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Observer Victorian Sport Racing Briefs

Party like it’s 1999 ■ Nanneella trainer/driver Greg Albert made a welcome return to the winners list after guiding 5-Y-0 Village Jasper/Macray Purple mare Purple Diva to victory in the Katunga Lucerne Mill Pace for C0 class over 1670 metres. Spearing straight to the front from gate three, Purple Diva was never headed, accounting for Dash Board Lights which followed and Jasmin Art which raced in the open in a mile rate of 158.6. Greg's previous winner had been Dusky Star on July 20, 1999.

Delight for partners ■ Melton Produce proprietor Peter Earl and partners would have been delighted when their home bred Mach Three/Triliner gelding Supaliner greeted the judge in the Ultrasigns 3Y-0 Pace over 2080 metres at Cranbourne on Tuesday. Trained at Coimadai by Adam Kelly and driven on this occasion by Rod Petroff, Supaliner led throughout from gate three to register his thirrd victory in 15 outings, defeating Im A Peregrine (three wide last lap from near last) and Local Vicka Lombo which trailed the winner last lap. The mile rate 2-03.2.

Trebles and doubles ■ Kerryn Manning and David Drury took the honours for the day, Kerryn providing a training treble and a driving double, while Drury drove one winner and trained another. Kerryn's winners were: Whata Finale (Elsu/ Whata Style) in the Stawell Drycleaners Pace for C0 class over 1780 metres, leading throughout from the pole to score from Merofromelle (three wide from bell) and In The Frame Lombo which trailed the winner. The mile rate 1-59.8. Five-year-old Ifihadyourluck/Cohesion gelding Princeofthieves was a tough winner of the Stawell Florist Lillies & Lattes Restaurant Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2175 metres. Unable to cross the pole marker Hellovanite from gate three, Princeofthieves raced in the open, before surging to the front in the last lap and holding a margin to the wire, defeating Hellovaparty and Radical Impact in a rate of 202.1. The third winner came up in the Wilky's Fencing Pace for C1 class over 2175 metres when Kiwi bred former Sydneysider Run Ripalong first up since December 2011, saluted the judge in a rate of 2-01.3. Taking a concession for Ellen Tormey, Run Ripalong was sent forward from outside the front row to obtain the front running from roughie Magical Bazz with Rod Barker content to take a trail. Always travelling, Run Ripalong (Washington Vc/Premium Gold) kicked clear on straightening to score from Magical Bazz who struck to his guns in a rate of 2-01.3, with Thewaytolive a long way back in third place after following the pair.

This Week’s Meetings ■ Wednesday - Maryborough/Ararat, ■ Thursday - Bacchus Marsh @ Melton/ Mildura, ■ Friday - Melton, ■ Saturday - Shepparton, ■ Sunday - Boort (Cup), ■ Monday - Warragul, ■ Tuesday - Geelong.

Horses To Follow ■ Popeye Village, Metrofrmelle, Russell Galleon, Magical Bazz, Rubon Brown, Tabanan, Major Landscape.

CHAMPION BACK IN WINNER’S STALL ■ Outstanding three year old colt Blitzthemcalder returned to the winners list against his older rivals at Cranbourne on Tuesday March 5, when successful in the Decron Horse Care Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2080 metres. Trained at Lara by Ross Payne and driven by Chris Alford, Blitzthemcalder a prohibitive $1.10 having his second outing since August was far from impressive after being taken back off the gate from position four to settle at the tail of the field with Samaras Dream (gate three) leading. Making a swift move mid-race, the speedy Mister Gunsen assumed control with trainer/ driver Paul Grech allowing him to bowl along. Eased three wide in the final circuit, Blitzthemcalder was inclined to hang and race greenly and at one stage appeared to be struggling. Nursed around the home turn, Alford gave the son of Metropolitan and Like A Calder full rein on straightening, taking an eternity to catch Mister Gunsen in the shadows of the post to score by 2.8 metres with Cloher Road third. The mile rate 2-03. Alford was to finish the night with a quartet of winners, the others being Mister Clooney, Fake Lace and Captain Scott all for Jayne Davies and Noel Alexander.

Tough win ■ Honest 5-Y-0 Village Jasper/Saxony Style mare Stylish Jasper was a tough victor of the ADE Turf Equipment Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2080 metres. Trained on the Cranbourne track by Vivian Tomren, Stylish Jasper taking a concession for Josh Duggan settled four back in the running line from gate three on the second row before commencing a forward move three wide uncovered racing for the bell. Sustaining a long run, Stylish Jasper proved too strong at the finish for the heavily supported pacemaker We Never Say Die first up since August, scoring by a head in a rate of 202. Gumdrops was a further 5 metres away in third place after following the winner home.

Baker’s Delight

Harness Racing

10th win for Alta Antonio




with Len Baker

In memory ■ Smart McArdle/ Nuclearaccelerator gelding Almost El Eagle who showed outstanding potential in his two-yearold year has returned to form in fine fettle, making it two from two this time in by taking the 1st Heat of the George Croxford Tribute over 2170 metres at Cobram on Monday. Trained at Orrvale (Goulburn Valley) by Steven Duffy and driven by Chris Alford, Almost El Eagle from gate two trailed the pacemaker Rustys Reject which flew away from gate six before handing over the front running to Patchitupbaby mid-race which had been racing in the open. This placed Almost El Eagle a $1.50 favourite buried in a tight pocket three back the markers leaving his supporters gasping for air. As fortune would have it, Almost El Eagle sprouted wings along the sprint lane to register a half neck victory in advance of Rustys Reject which also used the sprint lane, with Patchitupbaby holding down third a further 2.4 metres away. The mile rate 1-59.5. Further heats will be held at Wangaratta on March 10 and Shepparton on March 16 with the $20,000 Final at Echuca on March 22. The George Croxford Tribute is a feature three year old event held each year in memory of a former President of the Wangaratta HRC.

Good double ■ Norong (North East Victoria) trainer Mark Buckingham snared a double at Cobram with two 5-Y-0 geldings, Rajah Wealth (Jet Laag/ Zoe Wealth) in the Jim

Cox Pace for C2 class over 2170 metres and Final Flutter (Blissful Hall/Miss North) in the 1st Heat of the Vicbred Platinum Country Series M for C1 class over 1670 metres. Rajah Wealth with Mark in the sulky possied three back in the moving line from outside the front line, before letting rip three wide solo in the last lap to join the leader Jordie Louise on the home turn. Finishing best, Rajah Wealth defeated Jordie Louise by 3.8 metres in 1-56.7, with Secret Ruby (three back the markers) third. Final Flutter taking a concession for Bendigo's Haydon Gray from gate three spent most of the race trailing the pacemaker Hoppy Joe outside him, before dashing away along the sprint lane to register a 1.9 metre margin in 1-59.6 over the leader and a deathseating Dobop.

WD winners ■ Wednesday's Stawell fixture belonged to the Western District with no less than seven of the eight winners coming from the area including regular Mount Gambier visitors Alta Antonio and Bobby Maravu. Camperdown trainer Tony Chisholm's lightly raced 6-Y-0 Village Jasper/Dianne Valerie gelding Gnotuk opened the day's proceedings with an all of the way victory from the pole in the Choices Flooring By Westside Pace for C0 class over 1780 metres. With Terang reinsman Matt Craven in the sulky, Gnotuk kicked away at the straight entrance with the race safely in his keeping, but got very tired over the concluding stages to last by a neck from Another Elsu (three wide from last at the bell) in a rate of 2-00.7.

■ David Drury's double came about with Alta Antonio and Tim McLean taking the James McLeod Memorial Pace for C1 class over 1780 metres and Bobby Maravu the Sertori & Co Pace for C2 & C3 class over the same distance. Alta Antonio (Grinfromeartoear/Sand Skipper) chalked up his 10th victory in 27 outings by racing parked from gate three outside the Hamilton trained Amajorfrost. Taking over on the final bend, Alta Antonio scored by 3.4 metres from Shalackin (one/ three) and Amajorfrost in a rate of 1-59.1. Bobby Maravu (P Forty Seven/Nice Bromac) brought up his eighth success in 20 race appearances when leading throughout from the pole to easily account for Ben Cartwright from last and Kurt Angle in a rate of 1-59.9.

Consistent performer ■ Parwan trainer Philip Chircop's 6-Y-0 Western Terror/Scotties Princess gelding Dodge The Bullet was a deserved winner of the 2nd Heat of the Eastern Challenge for pacers C3 & C4 class over 2180 metres at Kilmore on Wednesday. With regular reinswoman Jodi Quinlan in the sulky, Dodge The Bullet began with a wing on every foot from gate four to lead and despite being eye-balled for most of the trip by Daylight Dan, kicked away on the final bend to score by 5.6 metres in a rate of 2-00.8 from Mario Fenech (one/one at bell), with Daylight Dan weakening to finish third. A most consistent performer, It was Dodge The Bullet's seventh victory in 55 outings which include 16 placings.

Victorious at Kilmore ■ Toolern Vale trainer John Justice on a high after winner the NSW Derby aboard Lennytheshark at Menangle on Sunday, was victorious at Kilmore with tough 5-Y-0 Falcon Seelster/Touche Franco gelding Tyler Bromac in the 1st Heat of the Eastern Challenge with Greg Sugars in the sulky. Lobbing one/one from a solo second line draw, Tyler Bromac moved to face the breeze racing for the bell where Sugars controlled the tempo of the race outside the last start Birchip Cup winner Kurahaupo Quin. Asked for an effort on straightening, Tyler Bromac responded to register a 1.8 metre victory in a rate of 1-59.7 over Brigadier Scott which followed him home after being in the open for the first lap, with Madam Pom Pom (three back the markers) running on late for third.

When you’re hot ... ■ When you're hot you're hot and Phil Chircop's luck has certainly taken a change for the better after winning a double at Geelong on Thursday with Johnny Armbros in the Bartlett's Enviromental Pace for C1 class over 2100 metres and Reign Of Pain in the Next Trials 3Y-0 Pace over the same distance. Johnny Armbros, a 5-Y-0 gelding by Armbro Operative from Hanover Chic, led throughout from the pole with Craig Demmler in the sulky, defeating The Binder which trailed by 2.3 metres, with Dillon Daphne running home out wide to finish third. The mile rate 2-01.5. Raced by Phil and wife Cathy along with close friend John Lorensini, Johnny Armbros has fronted the starter on 27 occasions for five wins. Reign Of Pain also by Armbro Operative from Shower Of Roses broke his maiden status when making his third appearance at the races, much to the delight of Rodney Hehir and partners. Coming off two placings, Reign Of Pain was driven a treat by Rod Petroff, spending most of the race one/one from gate two on the second line. - Len Baker

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Observer Victorian Sport

Showbiz Extra ■ From Page 72

RIPPER SLIPPER ■ With the world's richest two year-old race only weeks away, the Gai Waterhouse-trained filly, Overreach, heads the markets and is definitely the one to beat. Her form reads spot on for the classic, and Gai is hoping to add yet another Golden Slipper to her several trophy rooms. Overeach spreadeagled a good field earlier on her return, and has done everything right since then and will start at short odds. The second favourite,Ville Verde, is very smart and its trainer, Victorian Shaun Dwyer, is rapt the way she has been working and is undefeated so far. She has all the necessary attributes to win the rich race with both early speed and courage among her fortes. I mentioned a few weeks ago about a two yearold, by the name of Charlie Boy, and to keep your eye on him. He recently had his second run in a race after winning first up, and I thought he was impressive in finishing a strong third coming form a long way back on a very heavy 9 track behind another of Gai Waterhouse's, Sweet Idea. That race was the Silver Slipper over 1100 metres so the extra 900 metres will suit him down to the ground. Charlie Boy is by the imported sire, Myboycharlie, an Irish-bred stallion, now standing at the Vinery Stud here in Victoria. Conor from Vinery, tipped me off when I met him on Futurity Stakes day at Caulfield, where their star All Too Hard won the big event. He said trainer Gerald Ryan, who has won many a classic, has a very big opinion of him, and expects him to be hard to beat come Slipper time next month. Don't leave him out of your multiples.

Ted Ryan

Of the others in the Golden Slipper, the Snowden pair, Safeguard and Guelph, could be right in it. Guelph, who was well backed to win the recent Blue Diamond, was beaten by her wide barrier, and will be a different filly racing on her home turf. You naturally have got to put Sweet Idea in as a chance as she was impressive.

Doncaster Handicap ■ The Doncaster over 1600 metres could see the clash of the titans again. Gai Waterhouse has set her champion Pierro for the ‘Mile’, while the Hawkes camp is still not certain that they will accept with their top galloper, All Too Hard. As we all know at their last two meetings, All Too Hard, has finished ahead of Pierro, defeating him in the Caulfield

Guineas, and then running second to Ocean Park in the Cox Plate, where Pierro ran a gallant third. The two colts appear too have a bit on the rest of the acceptors in the Doncaster, with the exception of three runners, in Pierro's stablemate, Proisir, the talented Rebel Dane, and the mighty mare More Joyous a previous winner. In behind them is the very talented Moody trainer galloper, Moment of Change. Owned by the Sale Bloodstock Group under manager Rob Slade, Moment of Change is a very good galloper, and Peter Moody has often stated that he is the second best horse in his stables after the great mare, Black Caviar. The runner-up in the Hobartville at Rosehill, Rebel Dane, is very smart, a three year-old by California Dane, he

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flashed home along the rails to lose by only a head to Pierro. Rebel Dane, prepared by Gary Portelli, at Warwick Farm, has strung together four in a row and went in undefeated, but was glorious in defeat. The way that he finished, the 1600 metres of the Doncaster will be right up his alley. He is beautifully bred out of a More Than Ready mare.

Bendigo Golden Mile ■ The Bendigo Jockey Club is gearing up for their big ‘Golden Mile’ day this Saturday, the main race meeting in Victoria, with no races being conducted at any of the metropolitan tracks. The day has really developed and the Club has big plans for the day. Referred to as the Yalumba Raceday Golden Mile, the Club has organised great activities through CEO Ian Hart and his hard working team.

● Pierro Photo by SLICKPIX, phone 9354 5754 There will be on February 17, with Fashions On The those attending ravField with fabulous ing about the condiprizes, live music, tions of the track. with the Jacqui Over the years the Walker Band, a food Club has had many and wine precinct in- problems with cluding cooking drainage due to the demonstrations. track down low and On top of all this flat. there will be a paThis has now rade of yearlings been rectified and it from First Light is all systems go. Racing, while the This Sunday the children will be well Club is really turncatered for with ac- ing on for the emertivities and Kids ald green with many Zone. Irish activities Bendigo is one of planned like fashthe most beautiful ions, Irish dancing racecourses you will and an Irish band. ever see with its old There will be style grandstands plenty of activities and other old world for the children, charm buildings. conducted by Camp Interested in Australia, as well as coming along? Ring all the popular marthe Club on 5448 quees at the back of 4209. the main grandLove to see you stand. there; come and say These will feahello. ture wineries, food and other merchandise available. Buses will run from and to the Lilydale station be■ The Yarra Valley fore and after the Racing Club is gear- last. ing up for their St. It's always a great Patrick's race day family day and only this Sunday (March an hour from the 17) at their pictur- city. esque racetrack with I will be working some of the best on the day for the views in Victoria. Club and look forAfter a lot of ward all the action work had been com- that will take place. pleted on the popuThere are plenty lar track, they re- of refreshment areas turned to the gallops and bars.

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Footy injury rate drops

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■ The injury rate for AFL footballers dropped last year, with the games missed per club during the 2012 season at its lowest level since 2008. The League’s annual injury survey reveals that quad and groin strains were at lower levels than 2011, but players were suffering more calf strains and concussions. The AFL Medical Officers’ Association would not comment on whether a proposed cap on interchanges – set to be introduced next season – would have any definable impact on injuries.

- Harry Beitzel

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THEY COULD DO A ‘CRONULLA’ ON ESSENDON ■ I devote this editorial to two events which occurred last Friday. First I again go into bat for the NRL, its proud club Cronulla, its coach Shane Flanagan, and players, who are being torn asunder by bewildering decisions, to us outsiders, who are also confused at the lack of due process and fair play by the public funded bureaucrats and Government Ministers controlling ASADA and ACC decisions. If you are a true Australian ‘sports lover’ then accept we are ALL in this fight together to preserve our sports’ image. Be proud to stand-up and be counted. These bodies appear to have set out to destroy and tarnish the Cronulla NRL Club, and as a consequence the great game of Rugby League. In what seems to be a ‘kneejerk’ reaction to ASADA and ACC veiled threats, the Cronulla Board has stood down indefinitely its coach, General Manager Darren Mooney, Head Trainer Mark Noakes, physio Konrad Schultz and respected veteran medico Dr David Givney who is alleged to have dismissed the ‘science qualified’ physio, Steve Danks. These people’s lives and reputations are now in tatters without any produced transparent evidence. Danks according to media reports intends taking out $10 mill defamation actions. Has the Cronulla Board of Directors and Chairman Damien Irvine with his ‘horse drugs’ claim panicked with these surprise ‘sackings’ and accusations, as they could face legal actions in their attempts to distance themselves from the “good Samaritan’ Doctor Givney and his co-condemned as all five accused are adamant about their innocence to any wrong doing. If they decide to have their day in court it will be a vastly different scenario to the current ASADA and ACC situation who believe their system of justice is “if we charge your players, staff or Club the onus is on YOU to prove your innocence NOT up to us to prove your guilt.” Strange view of justice but we exist at this time in a strange democracy. It is based on “all for one – NOT one for all.” In an amazing twist Cronulla players have been advised by a former ASADA operative, hired by the Cronulla Board, to advise the Club and its players on how best to handle the current threats and innuendo. It appears an ASADA ex-legal operative has advised the players to “plead guilty to taking performance enhancing drugs, cop the six months ban on full pay after which they could return to their NRL careers. But branded as drug cheats “guilty of drug taking, cheating and criminal activity.” How would you like to be employed by such caring bosses or advised by their ASADA appointee? The players don’t know what they would be pleading guilty to. What if these supplements could be proved to be injurious to

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Harry Beitzel their health? What sort of damaged bill would everybody involved be up for? My understanding is that ASADA approved some of these supplements in 2011 and changed their minds in 2012. We are told our country is broke and we owe billions of dollars but if ASSADA and the ACC don’t or can’t produce proof of their threats the defamation claims will be horrendous. Again the sports loving public will be taxed to pay the bills. The long time readers of my columns well know of my respect of certain journalists, one of whom is Rebecca Wilson and another is Phil Rothfield. I shall quote from her Daily Telegraph column of last Saturday as she is much better qualified and knowledgeable than me on the Rugby codes. In fact her son plays Union. Quote: “While drug testing officials staged a dramatic swoop on the Cronulla FC this week they did so under instructions from the ACC (Australian Crime Commission – Minister Justin Blair’s portfolio) to bring home scalps.” (Who is protecting or trashing Australia’s sporting image? HB) Quote: “Cronulla in the ridiculous absence of a chief executive or chairman, hired a former ASADA lawyer to offer players’ advice that they enter early guilty pleas.” (Would you as an innocent pawn accept this advice? HB) Quote: “While new NRL boss Dave Smith waits obediently for directives from the ACC and ASADA, he has been advised to keep his mouth shut by a team of internal advisers running scared from rampant threats of legal action from the ACC.” (Like all the major sports CEOs he has signed a ‘confidentiality agreement’ to ACC and ASADA to shut-up or these groups funded by sports-lovers tax payments will deliver more threats about your sports, HB) Quote: “The ACC has done the AFL and the NRL a great disservice with its conduct of an investigation so full of holes it beggars belief. They have left little doubt that the federal government is in this up to its eyeballs.” (Well done Bec. They’re not fairdinkum Aussie sports lovers! HB)

Quote: “Smith spent an hour with Prime Minister Julia Gillard earlier this week. He is not talking about the conversation but made it perfectly clear he is furious with her government and the shambolic way they have handled the crisis.” The Cronulla Board has stood down its coach Shane Flanagan indefinitely. In The Sunday Telegraph, Phil Rothfield filled the front page with his sensational, exclusive interview with Cronulla’s Chairman Damien Irvine who claimed he sacked his top five staff members because they did not reveal allegations some of the 2011 players were injected with drugs used on horses. (Presumably this came from the ASADA informer – it had better be 100 per cent right or there will be a Melbourne Cup field of defamation claims to hurdle – as the five accused have all said ‘ney’ to the starter’s calls to go into the stalls! HB) Andrew D, I repeat as the top CEO in Australian sport you must take the lead role and stand tall against ASADA and the ACC. They will, in desperation take on Essendon and do a ‘Cronulla’ job on them and try to drag down our game and the AFL. THE biggest problem sport faces is gambling. It can never be totally controlled as greed for the easy dollar will always be lurking in the shadows to trap the weak and suck them into fixing results. We can see how the bookies now dominate sport with all the free and generous betting give-aways to attract the punters’ dollars. Unfortunately most major sports need the “bookies sponsor dollars” to survive. Corruption and cheating are the

■ Sydney Swans coach John Longmire has announced that Kieren Jack and Jarrad McVeigh will co-captain the club in 2013. Jack’s elevation to co-captain follows Adam Goodes’ decision to stand down after four seasons in the role. Goodes – who became a cocaptain in 2009 alongside Leo Barry and Brett Kirk - will remain in the club leadership group, while it was also announced he had come to terms with the club to extend his playing contract to the end of the 2014 season. Both Jack and McVeigh were born and raised in New South Wales, supporting the Swans and playing their junior football with the Pennant Hills Demons. Along with the co-captaincy announcement also came news that Jack has agreed to a new three-year deal with Swans. John Longmire said he was happy to see Jack take the next step and become co-captain. “Kieren is a pretty unique story and it is a great credit to him and just how hard he has worked that he now gets the opportunity to lead the club,” Longmire said. “He has come off the rookie twin relatives to gambling. ★★★ Up at the top I said I had a second topic. It concerns GWS, my mate Sheeds and the NAB Cup match last Friday night against Essendon at Manuka in the ACT which drew a crowd of 8054 spectators. For once I’m being critical of Sheeds and his co-selectors and perhaps ‘dynamic Dave’ Matthews. I cannot believe these marketing experts snubbed their Canberra clients. GWS was coming off two tremendous performances against Carlton and Brisbane, the inform Grand Finalists of this pre-season NAB Cup. GWS lost both games by less than one straight kick! They could have won both games which in turn would have set up a top clash against Essendon. Sheeds and James Hird boosted the pre-match publicity and a good crowd responded not knowing GWS elected NOT to play six of their best players. I don’t know the membership mix but with the ACT host to four GWS Toyota 2013 Premiership games it was vital for GWS to turn up last Friday night and show the ACT Giants fans you appreciate their support. GWS boasts 10,058 members of which I estimate 2000 are from Canberra. The players rested were key forwards, Jonathon Patton (No.1 Draft 2011) and Jeremy Cameron both 19 years, both of whom

list and joins Jarrad McVeigh as co-captain of the club he barracked for as a kid. “Over the past few years we have seen Kieren develop enormously as player, but also as a leader. “I’m sure he will continue to grow into the captaincy role but I’m really confident he and Jarrad will be a fantastic combination to guide our group,” he said. Longmire said he wished to pay tribute to outgoing co-captain Adam Goodes. “Adam has been a tremendous leader of our club for a long time and while he won’t be a captain, he will still play an important role in our leadership group. “The club fully supports Adam’s decision to stand down after four years as co-captain and think it is a great show of faith from him in our younger leaders,” Longmire said. Jack joined the Swans via the 2006 Rookie Draft (selection 58). A year later he was elevated to the senior list and has since played 114 matches. He won 2010 Bob Skilton Medal as the Swans Club Champion. would have learned plenty from veteran defender Justin Fletcher. Last year’s No1 Draft Lachie Whitfield missed out playing on Brent Stanton. Worse, ruckman Jonathon Giles, in my view Giants best player, was out as too was 29 yrs Stephen Gilham, ex-Hawk defender The performance was pathetic losing in the end by 91 points. I’m NOT buying all these players were rested because of severe injuries or to save them for the opening round match against reigning premiers Sydney Swans. Sheeds, like every AFL club you have a bevy of assistant coaches and two of football’s most savvy brains in Graeme ‘Gubby’ Allan and ‘SOS’ Stephen Silvagni. This is your last year as a fulltime head coach. The young kids want to learn from you. They look up to you. They want to remember and boast they were coached by the legendary Kevin Sheedy. At the moment they are probably overwhelmed and over coached by all the assistants. They want game time. They need to learn about the “rat cunning” that turned a Richmond back pocket player into one of the game’s most feared midfield Finals performer. Sheeds, let them learn. I’ve been impressed with the improved attitude and standard of competition in this season’s NAB Cup. - Harry Beitzel

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