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July 24-Aug 6, 2013




The look on 3-year-old Tahlia’s face says it all. The youngster was among hundreds of families who enjoyed a day of indoor fun at the Bellarine Kids Expo at the Sports and Aquatic Centre on Sunday.


HUNDREDS of visitors took advantage of a day of indoor fun at Bellarine Sports and Aquatic Centre on Sunday. Bellarine Kids Expo featured facepainting, a jumping castle, a bike clinic, martial arts, yoga, dance and massage as well as heaps of party hire and activity advice. More pictures page 7.

THE current owners of Broome Cottage at 1-3 The Avenue have applied for a planning permit for the demolition of their heritage listed house. Council is currently assessing the application for the proposed demolition, with Ocean Grove locals still having the opportunity to object the proposal. “There is very little heritage left in Ocean Grove, is it worth saving what we’ve got?” Local resident Andy Hurst wrote to the Voice. The site is affected by a Heritage Overlay, requiring a permit to demolish the property. A planning report of the property investigated whether Broome Cottage could be realistically and reasonably repaired. Results found an estimated $800,000 would be needed to renovate and modernise the property, taking into account the re-levelling, electric and plumbing upgrades as well as structural work. The report established the heritage integrity, a main reason for local objection, has in fact been

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Broome Cottage in the Avenue.

compromised by an earlier subdivision, causing the original entrance to now be just a sideway. Broome Cottage therefore, according to the report, lacks prominence which would have contributed to its cultural significance. “The City is currently considering all objections that have been received for the demolition of Broome Cottage and a decision is likely to be made on the application in the next month,” Councillor Jan Farrell said.

According to the report, Broome Cottage is almost non habitual, with the current Ocean Grover living there not even using the upper level. It was therefore concluded and recommended to council that they issue a permit for demolition of the existing residential building. “The formal public notification period has finished however objections can still be lodged with Council until a decision has been made,” Cr Farrell added.


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Campaign aims to keep kids safe STEPHANIE NAYLOR

RESEARCH shows that one in five Australian children will be sexually assaulted before their 18th birthday, equating to 59,000 annually. In 85 per cent of cases, the offender is known to the child, being a relative or a trusted friend. Bravehearts annual White Balloon Day on September 6 is hoping to raise further awareness and funds for children in need. Ocean Grove has a direct link with supporting the cause, with founder of Bravehearts, Hetty Johnston and Geelong deputy chair, Jon Mamonski, both from Ocean Grove. “The reason why I’m involved in Bravehearts and

support White Balloon Day is so I can make sure every child has the opportunity to be educated and made aware, whilst being able to grow up in a safe environment,” Jon said. Hetty, known as Australia’s most prominent child abuse campaigner, grew up in Ocean Grove and attended Queenscliff High School. Hetty formed Bravehearts through challenging Geelong and prominent business leaders to become the centre for the organisation. Hetty’s own daughter was molested when she was seven years old by a family member. “Silence, secrecy and shame are the sex offender’s best friends and the child’s worst

Supporting White Balloon Day: Jimmy Barnes

Hetty Johnston with Ditto, the educational character.

enemies.” Hetty said. Jon Mamonski has lived in Ocean Grove for the past 13 years and is involved in Ocean Grove Carols In The Park and Ocean Grove Community Enterprise. “I’m involved in Bravehearts and White Balloon Day because I truly want mine and other children to grow up safe, as any parent would. Light should be shone

on this dreadful behaviour,” Jon said. As well as White Balloon day, Bravehearts run the Ditto program which teaches primary school children, including those on the Bellarine, about protective behaviours in a non-confrontational, fun and engaging fashion. Professional teachers who specialise in child sexual

assault, awareness and education run the classes. “Unless victims come forward, many other children remain targets for sex offenders. We are asking the community to help us raise money to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child. It’s about educating, empowering and protecting our children and their futures,” Hetty said. Bravehearts is calling on everyone around the country to wear white on September 6 to show their support for victims of child sexual assault and to generate awareness about this issue. For more informatin visit: au.

Ocean Grove Lions, Rotary and Bowling Club have joined forces with CFA volunteers to host a trivia night in a bid to raise a final $5,000 needed for a new heavy duty tanker.

Trivia night for new CFA truck IN a typical show of Ocean Grove working together, the local Lions, Rotary and Bowling Club have joined forces with CFA volunteers to host a trivia night in a bid to raise a final $5,000 needed for a new heavy duty tanker. So far, with the help of a VESEP (the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program) grant of $330,000, $60,000 raised by Ocean Grove CFA volunteers in the last

five year, and another $5,000 donated by Rotary, they have $395,000 of the $400,000 needed. The new truck will replace the volunteers existing truck which is now too costly to maintain. It is not used by the new career firefighters. A big part of the brigade’s own contribution has come from the proceeds of supplying Fire Extinguisher Services.

The trivia night will be on Wednesday August 14 from 6.45pm. It will include $5,000 in prizes plus an auction that features a Jimmy Bartell signed Geelong jumper and a Victorian signed cricket bat. Trivia night tables are $10 per person or tables of eight for $80. Book your table with the Bowling Club on 5255 1540.. Details on FE Services provided by the brigage can be gain by contacting 5255 1746.

Local team with business flair THE team at Grove Remedial Massge Centre has been busily flying the flag for the Bellarine at the recent Geelong Business Excellence Awards. The clinic was a finalist in no less than three categories - an incredible effort for a first time

entrant. The categories included: health and wellbeing, regional business and first year entry. Business owner Elicia Crook said: “I would like to congratulate my team on an amazing achievement and thank our incredible

clients for making our job incredible.” Elicia said the process of entering the awards was invaluable in itself and involved a written submission and a 90 min presentation to two judges which was held at the clinic.


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Matt closer to Games MARK HEENAN

OCEAN Grove bowling coach Matt Flapper is one step closer to earning a berth on the Australian Commonwealth Games in 2014. The 34-year-old (pictured right) earlier this month

won selection into the Australian seven-man squad to play at the Eight Nations bowls event held in Glasgow in Scotland from August 26 to 30. The Eight Nations is seen as the final trial for next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Flapper joins fellow lawn bowlers Mark Casey (NSW), Barrie Lester (VIC), Wayne Ruediger (SA), Dylan Fisher (NSW), Brett Wilkie (QLD) and Nathan Rice (QLD) in the seven-man Australian squad.

Submit your best portraits for prize

THE Ocean Grove Portrait Prize closes at 5pm on Monday July 29. The prize is being run to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s. Great prizes are on offer as well as the challenge of entering your best work. Details newyork marathonforparkinsons. site. More on the New York Marathon for Parkinson’s campaign on page 15 and follow on facebook/ newyorkmarathonforparkinsons.

CAKE WALK: Driftwood waiter Keith Purcell has been landing some prestigious acting roles.

Hard work lands roles STEPHANIE NAYLOR STUDENT and Ocean Grove waiter, Keith Purcell, has been busy on the set of Neighbours and shooting Coles commercials alongside Curtis Stone. The 16 year old discovered his love for acting five years ago when he started lessons here in Ocean Grove with Screen Actors Australia. This has led to representation with Melbourne talent agency Derrick Talent Management, exposing him to professional work including a stint playing a hungry teenager as part of a family in a recent Coles

commercial. “I was stuffing my face with a burger made by Curtis Stone, it was a lot of fun,” Keith said. The Clifton Springs teenager worked at Bar Deli for the past year and now works at the new Driftwood Café. Owner Ty Simons happily kept him on. “Keith is a great kid, and very talented, a great asset to Driftwood,” Ty said Driftwood Cafe opened recently along the Terrace, formally Bar Deli. Keith has been extremely busy with auditions, lessons, school and workshops with prominent

casting directors, still finding time to wait tables at the busy cafe. “Driftwood is a really cool and professional place to work at, heaps of fun,” Keith said. Recent workshops with casting director Thea McLeod, from Neighbours, and Andrew Thompson from Winners and Losers has definitely given Keith an edge. “I performed a script for Andrew Thompson and he said if I had originally tried out for the role of character Ollie Masters, I would have been a serious candidate for the part,” Keith said. Keith played a

pickpocketing boy in Underbelly Squizzy last year and is a continuous extra on Neighbours. A regular talent amongst short films for the VCA, Swinburne University and RMIT, Keith has also played lead roles in productions at the Potato Shed, such as Bats, and on programs such as Fergus In Hell, on Channel 31. A Bellarine Secondary College student up until last year, Keith made the move to the VCAL orientated Diversitat program in Geelong, where he now studies three days per week, specialising in hands on and project based subjects.

Chooka marks 20 years at the bowler

BEFORE moving to Ocean Grove Bowling Club Steve Piec, aka Chooka, was a bouncer at the Collendina Pub and Barwon Heads Hotel. He just celebrated 20 Chooka serves it up to some of his regulars, including years at Ocean Grove Michael Beavis who was toasting his 92nd birthday.

Bowling Club. “It’s been fantatastic. “We’ve had a lot of great characters and some really funny experiences. It’s been a really good learning ground.” “We’ve had

some great bowls presidents.” Recalling the old tradies ‘spike bar’, Chooka said they were packed. Chooka’s meat raffles and fundraisers are still legendary.

Culinary mystery OCEAN Grove library held ‘A Culinary Mystery’ for adult fans of the mystery sub-genre of cosy culinary mysteries on Tuesday, July 16. The books within this genre are fun and relaxing reads, which include recipes as an integral part of the story. The event provided a springboard for delicious discussions and readings from short, food-based mystery stories. Attendees actively discussed their favourite reads including authors such as Agatha Christie, Joanne Fluke, Laura Childs and Australia’s own Kerry Greenwood.

Missing ring found THE relieved owner of a mssing eternity ring has been in touch with the Voice to say it has been returned. Tara Maddison handed the ring to the Ocean Grove Police, after her partner Mark, found it in the street in Barwon Heads. Owner Pamela Perry said she was very grateful to them.


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Grovers set to rally behind brave Hillie STEPHANIE NAYLOR FOUR knee replacements, a fractured tibia, leg and wrist, as well as a blood clot on her jugular and lung are just some of the debilitating health complications local Hillie Koerntjes has faced. An active member of the community since moving to Ocean Grove in 1954, Hillie drove the Star of the Sea school bus for 23 years, and most recently the courtesy bus for Ocean Grove Bowling Club, which she has had to retire from since becoming housebound due to a wheelchair. “It’s been a difficult year, I haven’t been able to walk or go outside by myself, but I know so many people are far worse than I am,” Hillie said. The Ocean Grove

community is rallying behind Hillie to raise funds to help her cope with her health complications. “Hillie has the support of her husband Rudy and family and friends, however doesn’t have the financial support to cope with the growing medical bills and therefore we are trying to assist with relieving some of the financial stress for her,’’ local Jennie Nelson explained. ‘‘Having had a total of nine knee operations, four knee replacements and a prosthetic knee which was too large resulting in exasperating her injury further, it is fair to say Hillie has endured years of constant pain and loss of independence,” she said. Despite this, Hillie

remains positive and never wants anyone to feel sorry for her. “I feel so lucky and blessed, I’d be lost without all the special people that have helped me,” Hillie said. Jennie said Hille never complained and always had a smile on her face. ‘‘She is a truly remarkable woman,” she added. Hillie is now waiting for her patella to heal by itself or will alternatively need a patella transplant from a donor. Having suffered from major infections from previous surgeries, the risk of having another knee replacement may result in an amputation. “I feel so humbled and honoured that people are wanting to help. I’m truly so

CITY of Greater Geelong Councillors recently agreed to support a proposed planning scheme amendment in north east Ocean Grove. It is proposed about 45ha of land be rezoned from Rural Living to Residential. The land is located to the west of Banks Rd, north of Shell Rd and immediately

east of The Parks Estate. The subject area was earmarked in 1993 and 2007 Ocean Grove Structure Plans as a future potential residential area. The area is currently divided into 22 properties. It is being proposed all landowners in the area enter into Agreements with Council regarding

developer contribution arrangements. Infrastructure requirements for the proposed development would include the provision of stormwater retarding basins, provision of two local parks, and an upgrade to the Banks Roads intersection with Trethowan Avenue and

POSITIVE: Hillie Koerntjes, pictured with her dog Layla, would be lost without all the special people who have helped her. thankful to everyone,” Hillie said. A community fundraiser is on Saturday, August 17 at the Ocean Grove Bowling

Club. For more info and to buy tickets for Hillie’s fundraiser, contact Sophie Bult on 0433 458 500.

Ocean Grand Drive. The total area is divided into two drainage catchment areas, one draining to the north east and one to the west. At this stage there is active developer interest in the west catchment area only, which is approximately 26 hectares. Residential development

in the north east catchment area will be dependent upon Barwon Water constructing a new sewer pump station, scheduled for 2016/17. The proposed amendment will be sent to the Minister for Planning for authorisation and placed on public exhibition so residents can make comments.

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Kids get all the fun under one big roof The Bellarine Kids Expo was held on Sunday from 10am to 2pm and attracted a good turnout.

Abbey, Elise and Chelsea enjoying colouring at the Pioneer Family Chiropractic stall.

Harriette O’Keefe with Tara and Lucy Sampson Plenty of advice on offer at the expo. at the bouncy castle.

Nature reserve history book to mark 50 years MEMBER for Western Victoria Region, David Koch, presented members of the Friends of Ocean Grove Nature Reserve with a Local History Grant from the Public Records Office on Monday, July 15. The cheque for $2500 is to cover production of a booklet about the fascinating history of the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve and will commemorate 50 years of community involvement in the purchase and management of the Reserve. The Reserve was purchased through

donations and then managed by a Committee of Management made up of representatives from community organisations and government for 26 years. Parks Victoria then took over as managers but community members still played, and continue to play, an active roll by way of a friends group. The writing of the history of the Reserve is to be undertaken by two members of the Bellarine Historic Society, Pam Jennings and Lynette Willey. The Bellarine Historic

WORKING TOGETHER: David Koch MLC presents Fiona Topolcsanyi, President of the Friends of Ocean Grove Nature Reserve, and member Dianne Jones with a certificate for a Local History Grant. Society has already published several local histories. Mr Koch said it was a great example of community groups working together and he wished them every

success for the project. The release of the history booklet in 2015 will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Friends of Ocean Grove Nature

Reserve. It will be a companion to the existing Visitors’ Guide Go Bush by the Beach which was also published by the Friends group.


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False claims spread Dear Editor , OVER recent weeks and months, Corangamite residents have been hit with a range of false and misleading claims by their local MP, Darren Cheeseman. In May for instance, Mr Cheeseman sent a flyer to Geelong residents claiming the Coalition would scrap the tax free threshold of $18,200. This is completely untrue. In his Budget Reply speech in May, Tony Abbott made it clear the Coalition will retain, in full, the personal tax cuts which commenced on July 1 last year, including the increase in the tax-free threshold to $18,200. Despite being asked to correct the record, Mr Cheeseman refused to

apologise. In fact, he proceeded to send exactly the same lies to Colac residents two weeks ago. I can only assume the communication of statements he knows to be untrue is central to his reelection strategy. This conduct is to be condemned and shows, once again, why the people of Corangamite have not been served well by their local federal MP. His constituents would be right to question whether they are being represented by an MP obviously more interested in saving his own job than theirs. Darren Cheeseman has now been responsible for publicly undermining two prime ministers – Kevin Rudd three years ago and

then Julia Gillard. If Labor leaders can’t trust Mr Cheeseman, neither should his constituents. Integrity in politics is everything. If I am elected, I can assure Corangamite voters they will be served by a federal MP who places real value on the importance of conducting oneself with integrity and honesty. For anyone who wishes to know more about the Coalition’s plan to get Australia, and Corangamite, back on track, I welcome your email or telephone call. Sarah Henderson Liberal candidate for Corangamite 5243 1508 sarah.henderson@vic.


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Member for Bellarine - Lisa Neville MP OCEAN GROVE/ BARWON HEADS LIONS CLUB IT was great to be invited to attend the Ocean Grove/ Barwon Heads Lions Club changeover dinner at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club recently. Congratulations to the outgoing President Philip Scambler for his contribution and best wishes to the incoming President John Claringbold. The Ocean Grove/ Barwon Heads Lions Club makes a huge contribution

to the community and I would like to commend all the members on their significant volunteer contribution. OCEAN GROVE FIRE BRIGADE I recently attended the Ocean Grove Fire Brigade’s Annual Dinner and it was fantastic to join with the members to reflect on the great work they do in the community and across the Bellarine. I was pleased to be present for the Brigade Awards and Service Awards and I

congratulate the recipients whose service has been recognised with an award. Congratulations also to brigade volunteer Su Tayler for her amazing work in producing the history of the Ocean Grove Fire Brigade. The book is such an interesting read and a fitting testament to both history of the brigade and the contribution of the CFA members. Well done! Attending the Annual Dinner was an opportunity for me on behalf of the local community to

thank and acknowledge the important work of the CFA in keeping our community safe. Over the last couple of months a new model of service has been introduced to the Ocean Grove Fire Brigade. This has seen for the first time paid CFA staff employed Monday to Friday alongside our volunteer fire fighters right across the Bellarine. The partnership between paid and volunteer fire fighters will be a win for our community with

improved response times. This is a significant milestone for the brigade and hopefully by Christmas the station will be staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, which was the intended outcome when the new station was built in Shell Road several years ago. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact my office if there are any issues I may be able to assist you with. Hon Lisa Neville MP Member for Bellarine 5248 3462


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Captain Steve Gibbs with OIC Ian Beswicke.

Encouragement Award and Competitor of the Year Award recipient Tom Doolan.

Dinner a big turning point for CFA Brigade STEPHANIE NAYLOR THE 2013 Ocean Grove Fire Brigade Annual Dinner was held at the bowling club last week. The night differed from others in the past, with history being made with the integration of paid and voluneer fire fighters now in full effect. This annual dinner was significant, representing a major turning point within the brigade. It was the last time Steve Gibbs would be speaking as Captain and the first time the Brigade’s career staff attended the night. “The coming year will bring challenges as the brigade moves to full integration, however we will now have a huge resource in the permanent staff, adding another level of value to our training,” MC of the night Adam Wakeling, 2nd Lieutenant,

said. Bellarine MP Lisa Neville was in attendance, explaining the importance of the night in coming together and celebrating the Brigade and what it did for the community. “Positive progress has been made with the new model of integration, it’s a win for the whole community,” Ms Neville said. Officer In Charge Ian Beswicke welcomed the new Career Fire Fighters to the Ocean Grove station family, acknowledging how they were just as passionate as he was about making the integration the best the CFA had experienced. “Thank you to the entire Brigade throughout this integration process, it’s a privilege to work in and serve Ocean Grove and the greater community of Victoria,” Mr Beswicke said. While celebrating yet

another eventful year, awards were presented to many Brigade members. Among the awards, Mathew Geerings was presented with a Life Membership of the Ocean Grove Brigade for his outstanding service. John Wynn received a Life Membership of the CFA for his 50 years of involvement with the CFA and Ocean Grove Brigade. Service awards were presented to Adam Wakeling, Jason Greenwood, Cindy Harrison-Roberts, Anne Geerings and Mat Boore. The event also included the highly anticipated launch of Ocean Grove Fire Brigade: Hodgson Street to Shell Road, 1946-2013, a book outlining the past 67-years of the Brigades history. Su Tayler unveiled the book to the Brigade and everyone in attendance.

Fire Fighter of the Year Jason Greaves and Captains award recipient Su Tayler

John Wynn receiving his Life Membership.

Keith Fisher Memorial Full Flush Award recipient Steve Gibbs





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Bosun leads visit A MEMBER of the Sea Shepherd Steve Irwin crew will be in Ocean Grove this Friday. As well as doing a tour of several schools in the Bellarine during the day, Eva Hidalgo, the bosun on the activists’ ship, will be speaking at an event at the Piping Hot Chicken Shop that evening. Eva will be accompanied by the campaign group’s onshore educator. “It’s been really exciting to link the local schools up with the fleets crew just returned from Sea Shepherds 9th Antarctic Whale Defence campaign, said organiser Michele Mitten.

Eva Hidalgo is the bosun of the Steve Irwin. “The children will be learning about marine conservation as well as hearing about the crews first hand experiences.” The free evening presentation at the Chicken Shop by the crew, will be supported with entertainment by local band, Skabang, who have kindly volunteered their time. The band will

also be accompanied by three young musicians, Sue De Bruijn, Holly Perkins and Jodie Mitten, who are excited to be playing their first gig for such a worthy cause. “The evening promises to be great fun, with an interesting talk followed by some lively local music,” said Michele.

GUEST SPOT: Sue de Bruijn, Holly Perkins and Jodie Mitten.

Athletics day at Landy Field On Friday Ocean Grove Primary School held their annual House Athletics day at Landy Field in Geelong. The rain, thankfully, held off, with Bass house winning the overall day.


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PRE-TRAINING: Young Cobras footballers learnt a little about Parkinson’s ahead of their training session last week.

In training for life YOUNG Collendina Cobras footballers enthusiastically took up the chance to learn about Parkinson’s Disease at a recent training session. The football club has always prided itself in giving youngsters more than a chance to kick a footy – although that is important too. In past years the Cobras club has hosted former AFL players who have come to talk to youngsters about life choices as well as regular visits to the police station to meet

officers and learn more about the things they have to deal with – and the consequences of bad life choices. On this occasion the coaches invited locals Richard Grimmett, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and a friend Alan Barber who is raising money and awareness about the disease through running the New York Marathon, to talk to the under 14’s. Alan gave a brief introduction on why he decided to support

Parkinson’s Victoria in his run before Richard spoke a little about what Parkinson’s is and highlighted how common and sometimes misunderstood the disease can be. Richard said: “I was so impressed by the attention the boys gave us, listening to what we had to say and coming up and shaking hands with us afterwards.� Richard’s son William came up through the Cobras as a junior and he commented on the

club’s rounded approach to developing young footballers and young people. “In part Will (William) is the young man that he is now because of the positive coaching of the Cobras.� Following the talk the club made a generous donation of $250 to Parkinson’s Victoria via the New York Marathon for Parkinson’s fundraising page. The donation came as a result of the club’s match day meat pack raffles.

MY impending New York Marathon run for Parkinson’s has got me thinking about shoes. I’ll be probably get through two pairs of Brooks during my training and to be quite honest that discarded pair is pretty gently worn in terms of a shoe even if the experts tell us we should renew our equipment at frequent intervals. Frankly Mrs New York Marathon for Parkinson’s would like me to lose some of my collection. Now that contrasts with an estimated 300 million children and 1.5 billion people worldwide who do not have adequate footwear. That makes the simple task of walking hazardous. That’s where an organisation called Soles4Souls Australia comes in. Through the Voice they will be offering Bellarine residents the chance to change the lives of children, women and men in Africa and Australia - with the simple gift of shoes. Each shoe donor is asked to donate $1 per pair to cover transport and distribution costs. The Voice will also donate $1 for every pair donated. Shoes wanted are sporting specific shoes, thongs, slides, dressier work shoes or sneakers for all ages. Shoes can be dropped off at the Voice office from 9am5pm Monday to Friday. Call 5255 3233 for details. By Alan Barber

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Kids enjoy tales from the bush

ENTHUSIASTIC Ocean Grove kids and their parents joined in on the ‘Bush Tucker Tales’ story time on Friday, July 12 at the Ocean Grove Library, marking the end of the holiday period. Iconic favourites such as Possum Magic and The Three Kangaroos Gruff were read, as well as an interactive telling of Wombat Stew, by children’s and youth

librarian Kat Cain. Children helped stir an imaginary wombat stew and played a game where they made lots of Australian animal noises. The morning session was part of the Geelong Regional Library Corporation’s School Holiday Program.

BACK by popular demand is Ocean Grove’s monthly Morning Melodies at the bowls club. Last week, those in attendance enjoyed a performance by Dave Dorman ‘the blues man’. Having recommenced in May, every second Thursday of each month will see a new performance.

Next month Rory Ellis will be playing some country and western, and in September Chrissy Phillips will be performing. Chrissy is a well-known vocalist in the Geelong and Victorian region. “We like to mix it up a little with covers of the 50s, 60s and 70s along

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RIGHT: Kat Cain with a group of children.

Club mornings to sing about with some tribute shows.” Bowling Club Restaurant and Functions manager Tegan Drever said. A number of the local seniors groups attended last week. “The show went well and the audience enjoyed themselves,” Tegan added. To book tickets, contact reception on 5255 1540


A WEDDING day is something people never forget. This Voice wedding feature will help you with ideas for flowers, gowns, jewellery, transport, entertainment, cakes, venues and honeymoons, just to mention a few. There are crucial things you need to book once you have agreed a date and location. The Bellarine and Geelong have a multitude of venues catering specifically for weddings. That choice can vary from beach and riverside to city, church and vineyard surroundings. The choice of a church minister or celebrant will be personal, but again will make a difference in how your day flows. Ask for referrals and make sure the person is genuinely interested in you as a couple. And last but not least when you select a photographer, make sure you get to know them and their work well before the day, after all they will probably spend more time with you on the day than anyone else.




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Health and wellbeing expo planned for Ocean Grove OCEAN Grove is about to get its own health and wellbeing expo. Penny Tompkinson from Ocean Grove’s Step into Life has initiated the Bellarine Health and Wellbeing expo set to launch on Sunday October

13. Penny, along with Elicia Crook from Ocean Grove Remedial Massage, Adrienne D’Alessandro from Ocean Grove Chinese Medicine and Bettina Wren Naturopath, all members of the Bellarine Business

Women, have teamed up to run the event. “It is an opportunity for local practitioners to showcase their professions and how they can help, and let the Ocean Grove and wider community know what is actually available to

Andy leaves some big shoes to fill STEPHANIE NAYLOR A LOT has changed since the Bellarine Unit of the Victoria State Emergency Service was founded in 1977. One thing, however, has remained constant, long serving volunteer Andrew Cook. The Bellarine SES Unit’s annual awards night was held last week, acknowledging the major milestone of Andy, having volunteered for the past 35 years and recently deciding to retire. Anyone from Ocean Grove who has called upon the assistance of the SES would have most likely spoken to Andy, answering calls constantly to lend a

hand. “Over the years Andy would have literally attended hundreds of fallen trees, leaky roofs and road rescue incidents. He was never ever one to make a fuss,” Andrew Turner from the Bellarine SES Unit said. ‘‘He would get in there and get the job done.’’ Andy is known as being consistently one of the Unit’s most active and dedicated members. The Bellarine SES Unit says it’s now up to the next generation of volunteers to step up as Andy certainly has left big shoes to try and fill. The successful awards nights also acknowledged Paul Finn’s 20 years of service and John Harrison’s 15 years of service.

MILESTONES: From left, John Harrison, Paul Finn and Andrew Cook.

RIGHT: From left, Unit Controller Dion Henderson, Trevor White, Andrew Cook and Matt Maywald.

them,” Penny said. Expressions of interest are currently being taken for local practitioners passionate about sharing their experience with Ocean Grove. “We’ve had a great response to the expo from

the local community. Registrations are rolling in and we have a large number of businesses wishing to present or do a demo!” Penny said. For details contact Penny on 0403896104 or email


Big chance for emerging artists APPLICATIONS are open for the 2013 Queenscliff Music Festival Emerging Artist Grant (funding up to $10,000) and will close at 5pm on Wednesday July 31. The grant is a big leg up for budding artists to get serious about putting themselves out there, using the funding boost as a serious kickstart. 2012 winners Tom Milek and Alister Turrill (pictured left) are still riding on the opportunities that opened up after the grant swung them into action. Tom is racking up shows playing in live bands for the likes of Whitley and Hayden Calnin and with band Sleep Decade as well as working with producers Colin Leadbetter (Whitley, Willow, Dirt Farmer, The Go Set) and Lawrence Greenwood (aka Whitley) to record and produce his own album. Alister recently sold out his CD launch show at Beavs Bar in Geelong on May 31 and is confirmed

for the Echuca & Moama Winter Blues Festival, Bendigo Blues Festival and Blues on the Briars. Both winners also performed at QMF 2012. The Scholarship supports local musicians early in their career, in accord with the festival’s mission of Excellence, Discovery and Community. It is open to any artists who are in their early career and based on artistic merit and potential for sustainability beyond the funding period - there is no age limit. Visit the Emerging Artist Grant page on the QMF website to apply. For further enquiries in regard to the scholarship, contact Andrew Orvis at the QMF Office via andrew@qmf. or 5258 4816. Apply for the grant at the Emerging Artist Grant page on the QMF website emerging-artist-grant See all artist info for the QMF 2013 festival and buy tickets at



Great Food. Great

THE ‘Rough Restaurant, at Barwon Heads Resort, is the latest local business playing their part to help Casey Tutungi, hosting a Special Dinner event and Silent Auction night on August 23. Tutungi, who was tragically diagnosed a quadriplegic earlier this month following an on-field incident playing football for South Barwon, has seen the Geelong community rally to support and help fund his future. The Rough Restaurant’s special event dinner and silent auction for Tutungi will see proceeds going towards the Casey

Tutungi Appeal. The August 23 night consists of a 3-course meal prepared by their gourmet chef, with matched local wines and an opportunity to hear from the winemaker, for only $75. As well as money raised from the Silent Auction, $25 from each ticket goes towards the Casey Tutungi Appeal. The Rough Restaurant is an exciting new addition to the restaurant scene here on the Bellarine Peninsula, offering a dining experience with modern Australian flavours at affordable prices. Situated between two beautiful and

exclusive landmark golf courses, the chefs source local produce to offer an ever- changing delicious, seasonal menu for guests and visitors. The Rough Restaurant is open Fridays and Saturday nights from 6pm til late and caters for those with special dietary restrictions as well as kid’s meals for children. Limited tickets are available for the Casey Tutungi Dinner night, so book now to secure your place. Call 5254 1777 or email info@barwonheadsresort.


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music/live events

• Barwon Heads Hotel Thursday Trivia Night 7:30pm -Thursday Open Mic 8pm -Friday Happy Hour 5-7pm raffle live music -First Sunday of each second month 3pm-6pm. Youth are encouraged to perform their songs as bands/ soloists/ duo’s for more information contact Jill Meehan on 0431 606 476. • Barwon Heads Resort - Friday August 23 Casey Tutungi fundrasing dinner and auction. 5254 1777 • Piping Hot Chicken Shop - Saturday August 3 Scion Pirates. - Friday August 16 Elvis Tribute Night. • Ocean Bowling Club Wednesday August 14 Fundraising trivia night for Ocean Grove CFA. Details 5255 1540. • Pototo Shed, Drysdale - July 26 Ellipsis

markets & fairs

• Barwon Heads Community Hall July 27 Barwon Heads Community Market 9am1pm • Parkes Hall Newcombe Street Portarlington July 28 Portarlington Community Market 9am to 2pm • Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre August 3 Ocean Grove Indoor Community Market 9am-1pm • Ocean Grove Park August 16 Bellarine Community Farmers’ Market 9am to 1pm


• Leura Park Estate Sundays 12.30pm – 4.30pm Live music, sensational food and wines available Ph: 5253 3180 • McGlashan’s Wallington Estate Swan Bay Road Wallington Open weekends and public holiday’s 11am - 5pm new release wines, gourmet

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platters and classic car displays Ph: 5250 5760

get active

• Ocean Grove Recreation Hall Ocean Grove Calisthenics classes incorporating dance, song, ballet and gymnastics with strength and creativity Ph: 0438 055 679 • Senior Citizens Hall Ocean Grove -Monday 9.15am gentle exercises to music for 55+, 10.15am gentle exercises to music for 65+ contact Marg on 52 551 335 • Uniting Church Hall Ocean Grove -Wednesdays 9.00 am Volleyball, 9.30 am exercises to music for all ages contact Marg on 52 551 335 • Queenscliff RSL Hall -Mondays 1.30pm exercises using chairs for all ages contact Marg on 52 55 1335 • Marcus Hill Hall cnr Banks Road and Bellarine Highway -Tuesdays 7.45pm –

10pm Ocean Grove Scottish Country Dance Ph: 5251 3 393 • Senior Citizens Hall Ocean Grove -Mondays 7-8.30pm and Wednesdays 1-3pm Line Dancing Ph: 0413 690 597 • Barwon Heads Community Hall Yoga and dance with Tara Lynch classes for all ages and abilities Ph: 0435 481 920 • Scout Hall, The Avenue Ocean Grove - Wednesday 7pm 1st/2nd Ocean Grove Scout Group Clubs Meet Enquiries Ph: 0422 700 951 • Yoga classes in Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads: Beginners, Hatha, Vinyas & Svaroopa Yoga Ph: 0413 955 331 or email Kerryn@bluewateryoga.

reading & writing

• Ocean Grove Library – corner Presidents Avenue and The Avenue. -Wednesdays 10.30am – Toddlertime

Mondays Ocean Grove Bridge Club, 1pm, Marcus Hill Hall, Bellarine Highway end of Banks Road. Also Wednesdays and Fridays 1pm. Phone Marg 5256 2550. Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 7-9pm. (juniors/seniors) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Phone 5255 1641. Ocean Grove & District Men’s Shed - Mon, Tue and Fri: 9am to 3pm, and Wed 9am to 12pm, 17 Smithton Grove. Phone Ted Price 5255 2595. Jujitsu, 6.30pm – juniors; 7.30pm – adults, Surfside Centre, Phone Steve 0438 019 991. First Monday of every month Bellarine Fly Fishing Association, 7.30pm, Shannon Park, Shannon Avenue, Newtown. Phone Pat on 0414 959248 or Bruce on 0407 361319 or email Legacy Laurel Group of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads, 2pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Draper St. Details 5251 2268 or 51542873. Third Monday of every month Ocean Grove RSL, 2.30pm, Club Grove. Committee meets at 1.30pm, The Terrace. Ocean Grove Garden Club, 1.30pm, Uniting Church Hall, Eggleston Street. Phone Margaret 5255 2848. Bellarine Fly Fishing Association, 7.30pm, Shannon Park, Shannon Avenue, Newtown. Phone Pat on 0414 959248 or Bruce on 0407 361319 or email Fourth Monday of every month Combined Probus Club of Ocean Grove, 10.30am, Ocean Grove Golf Club. Friendship is our theme. Phone Michael Turner on 5255 1572. Tuesdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 10am to noon (adults only) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Phone John 5256 2489 or Chris 5256 1996. Bellarine T.O.W.N., 6pm, Uniting Church Hall, Eggleston Street. Phone Sue on 5255 2068. Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Club, The Terrace Tuesday 1pm. Also Thursday and Friday 1.30pm. Phone Dianne on 5255 2996 Rotary Club of Ocean Grove, 6pm, Club Grove. Phone 0457 315 900. Barwon Heads Chorale 7.30pm at the Anglican Church Barwon Heads. All abilities welcome to come along for a sing and a laugh. Phone Jo 5254 2670. First Tuesday of every month Ocean Grove Men’s Probus, 10am to noon, Ocean Grove Hotel, Collendina. Guest speakers, make friends. Visitors welcome. Phone Terry 5255 5587. First and Third Tuesday of every month Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions Club, 7pm, Moorfield Park, Grubb Road. New Lions most welcome. Phone 0418 524 873.

-Thursdays 11.30am Babytime - Nursery Verses -Friday 10.30am Preschool Storytime. First Wednesday of the month 4pm-5pm Chatterbooks junior book club for kids aged 8-12 Third Tuesday of each month 2.30pm-3.30pm Book chat for adults. All welcome.www. au

family fun

• Koombahla Equestrian Park Tuesday to Friday After school riding programs special school holiday courses available Ph: 52 562 742. • Bellarine Church of Christ Hall 17 Tareeda Way Ocean Grove Saturdays 10-11am Tuesdays 7.30- 8.30pm Ocean Toy Library Borrow a range of toys for children aged six months to six years, open to all families on the Bellarine www. • Uniting Church Ocean

Grove Friday 10am-12pm Ocean Grove Play Group Any children 5yrs and under welcome to join a friendly play group large indoor and outdoor area, lots of toys, great craft activities, music and story time contact Chelsea Cole at oceangroveplaygroup@

classes & exhibtions

• Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre Check out program with a range of courses, classes and fund activities Ph: 52 554 294 • Springdale Neighborhood Centre -Third Sunday of every month ‘Making waves music and poetry arvo’ 2pm-5.30pm. A variety of acts on the day for all ages $5 donation contact Jill Meehan on 0431 606 476. • Queenscliff Uniting Church May 11 10-pm to 2pm ‘Express your dream for equality’ exhibition as part of

the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Join in this free community art project. Lunch provided. Enquiries Heather 52582854 or 0478 611 481.

health & wellbeing

• The Zebra Bar Ocean Grove 1/85 The Terrace Last Friday of every month 1PM-3PM Breast Cancer Support Group (lunch and nibbles available) Phone Julie Rodger on 0435 362 573 or email for more information To have your event included in What’s On phone: 5255 3233 or email: journo@ oceangrovevoice. com

Wednesdays Ocean Grove & District Men’s Shed, 9am to 1pm, 17 Smithton Grove. Phone Ernie 0421 703 368. Jujitsu, 6.30pm – juniors; 7.30pm – adults, Surfside Centre, Phone Steve 0438 019 991. First Wednesday of every month Bellarine Business Women. From 7pm, Suma Park Winery, Bellarine Highway. For details contact or 0412 199 467 Second Wednesday of every month Parkinson’s Self Help Support Group, 1.30pm, Grove Centre (next to library), Presidents Avenue. Phone Pam 5255 5152 Third Wednesday of every month Ocean Grove on Barwon Probus Club, 9.45am, St Peter’s Church Hall. Fourth Wednesday of every month Ocean Grove Angling Club, 7.30pm, Minerva Close sporting oval club house. Phone Peter 0419 782629 Last Wednesday of every month Cancer Support Group, 10am, Community Health Centre. Fourth Wednesday of every month Ocean Grove Stamp Club, 10am, Senior Citizens Hall, 101 The Terrace. Phone Dianne 5255 1372. Thursdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 10am to noon at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Phone John 5256 2489 or Chris 5256 1996. First Thursday of every month Ocean Grove Nightlights CWA, 7.30pm, Senior Citizens Hall. Visitors welcome. Phone Faye 5255 4430. Second Thursday of every month Prostate Support Group-Bellarine meets at Ocean Grove Community Health Centre at 1.30pm. Contact John Lee on 5221 8862 for details. Fourth Friday of every month Ocean Grove 4 Villages Mixed Probus Club, 10.30am, Club Grove. Meet new friends, visitors welcome, no waiting list for membership. Phone 5256 1671. Saturdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 3-5pm, Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Phone John 5256 2489 or Chris 5256 1996. Coasters Social group. Social events for people of working age. Dining out, movies, trivia, bands/ trivia nights. or phone 0411 952 598.


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Rivalry that dishes up the best of contests MARK HEENAN THE Battle of the Bridge contests between the neighbouring towns of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads always live up to one of the region’s best sporting rivalries. On this occasion it was no different after the courageous Ocean Grove team claimed victory over a gallant Barwon Heads in the senior football match by six points in a thrilling contest. Ocean Grove now regains ‘Battle of the Bridge’ supremacy after the Seagulls had won their two previous encounters against the Grubbers. “To win today against Barwon Heads is huge,” Ocean Grove Football Club president Geoff Cunningham said. “Both clubs play to win football, along the way you cross the white line. It does not matter if it is mates on mates.” Fans flocked to the Seagulls’ home ground at Howard Harmer Oval in Barwon Heads, despite the cooler conditions and cold winds. All three football games

and all netball matches were played in a great spirit. The canteen lines were full serving patrons plenty of hot food, while the bar was busier than normal. Both teams consider the Battle of the Bridge home fixture as one of their biggest drawing home games for the season. Barwon Heads coach Peter O’Connor said the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ rivalry was a great day for supporters of both clubs. “I think ‘Battle of the Bridge’ is more for the supporters than the players really,” O’Connor said. “The game is built up, it is an important game when we play Ocean Grove because we are such close neighbours.”

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Above: Steven ‘Chooka’ Piec, who was once the league’s best goalkicker - booting 95 in a season. Left: the combined reunions of the Barwon Heads 1993 premiers and the 1973 premiers.

Back to back reunion LEGENDS of the Barwon Heads footy field were reunited, some after a gap of nearly 20 years, at Saturday’s game against arch rivals Ocean Grove.

It was the 20th anniversary of the 1993 premiership side that was coached by Michael Higgins, as well as the 40th anniversary of the 1973 sides that was coached by Gary

Hamer. Although it was a Barwon Heads side in name, many of the early 1970s players actually came from Ocean Grove.

Players like Steve ‘Chooka’ Piec had been in the combined side that preceded Ocean Grove and had stayed with the club across the bridge.

Gary Hamer, a former Geelong player, took the side to back to back premierhips, also winning the flag in 1972. Ten of the side made the reunion.


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Bellarine Business Women celebrate second birthday BELLARINE Business Women is turning two in August. The group is still the only organisation for women in business on the Bellarine in regards to networking opportunities and business development and support. During the past two years, Bellarine Business Women has tripled in size and raised more than $6000 for local charities. “As business owners and locals it has been our

Darren Taylor of Cobras Football Club, City to Surf director Christian Pritchett and Leigh Norquay of Cobras Cricket Club.

responsibility to give back and contribute to our community,” Director Sarah Valentine said. Results include local business owners meeting other like-minded business owners, resulting in strong business relationships. “Over the last few years I have been thinking about combining my love of travel, especially to Europe with my profession in horticulture and take small

groups on garden tours,’’ Member Helen Melville from Evolving Gardens said. A chance meeting with one of the members at a meeting has lead me in the right direction to commence the process for these garden tours for 2013.” Bellarine Business Women will celebrate its second year milestone at McGlashans Winery on Sunday, August 11.

Club turns to solar power

LEFT: Molly Van Galen and Kim Henshaw.

City to Surf Solar PLUS+ said now was one of the best times to install a solar power system. The City of Greater Geelong have also supported the project by advising on safety and other requirements. The installation also responds positively to community desires and trends for more environmentally friendly features to be incorporated into the design and construction of sport and leisure facilities.

BELOW: Loretta Hart, Erin Coffey and Adrienne D’Alessandro.

COLLENDINA Cobras Cricket Club has taken the lead to power their upcoming 2013-2014 cricket season by installing a solar power system on their club rooms. The system will also assist in reducing the electricity bills for cotenants, the Ocean Grove Collendina Cobras Junior Football Club during the winter months. “We all know the financial benefits of installing solar power in terms of keeping our running costs as low as

possible,’’ Cobras Cricket Club President, Leigh Norquay said ‘‘To know that we will be selling drinks that have been cooled using solar energy will make them taste even better after a long day batting at the crease.’’ The solar power system – which was largely donated and installed by locally owned and operated City to Surf Solar PLUS+ - will mean both clubs who use the club and change rooms could save about $900 per

annum each and every year for the next 25 years. With electricity prices having risen by 84 per cent over the last five years, the predicted savings are only likely to increase with the passage of time. The contribution from City to Surf Solar PLUS+ also included 10 years of regular maintenance and cleaning to ensure the system performs at its best at all times. Christian Pritchett, owner of long established and respected local solar power system installer

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Road to nowhere I HAVE to say I am disgusted by the current state of our roads. Just last week I was travelling along the Portarlinton Highway towards Geelong when suddenly my husband and I hit a pot hole, which actually looked more like a crater. We were travelling at 80km when the impact occurred and we were thrown into the air from our seats. What followed was a popped tire, which is not salvageable, a damaged rim, my suspension is stuffed and my horn no longer works. We are currently debating whether to claim these costs from Vic Roads, but feel the time and effort may just not be worth it in the end. We have spoken to many people about the issue and have received mixed responses. Some said not to bother as we would never win the case, while others have told us to stick to our guns. Vic Roads state on its website that you can only make a claim if you are prepared to follow it up with legal action. Whatever way we decide to go it’s going to cost us, be it our time or money. It just makes me mad that we pay taxes - for who knows what - and the price of vehicle registration constantly rises, yet we are expected to pay for the damage to our cars caused by the negligence of these authorities. Bec Launer

GUESS WHERE? Guess the location and win a delicious $50 meal voucher courtesy of Ocean Grove Pizza & Pasta. Answers to news@ oceangrovevoice. com by Friday August 2.

You’re kidding? One of the more unusual stories in the Grove last week was that of a missing goat. A facebook appeal was posted and a couple of callers reported seeing it following a dog walker towards the beach at Collendina. The good news is the council rounded up the wayward hoofed creature which was due to return on Monday.


What do you do to relax and stress down?

Erin Coffey, Ocean Grove, Osteopath

Maddison McIntyre Drysdale, Student

Renee Ellingsen Ocean Grove, works at the newsagency

Sahara Rodda Bendigo, student

Sandi Ward Ocean Grove, business owner

”Walk along the beach or get a coffee from Elkhorn in Wallington”

“I like to listen to music and talk to my friends and family”

“Have a few quiet drinks or go for a walk”

“I like to lay in the sun and go to the beach with my friends”

“Take a stroll along the river and the beach to cleanse the soul”



Brown Falcons are true locals THIS week I am continuing to try to identify raptors that can be encountered around the Bellarine Peninsula. Before I concentrate on the Brown Falcon, which is another bird of prey commonly seen, I have heard from a very reliable source a ‘Spotted Harrier’ and ‘Marsh Harrier’ were spied at the Ocean Grove beach at 7am last Saturday morning; in fact they can be found there every Saturday morning. When the weather is better I will go down and check them out! I have seen Brown Falcons in many places around the Bellarine, such as Marcus Hill, Wallington, Swan Bay, Barwon Heads and Curlewis. Adult Brown Falcons are small to medium sized raptors, at 50cm long, with the female being larger than the male. They have a variety of brown plumage variations.

Typically they have dark brown to light brown on the feathers above, and the underparts are pale, creamy brown, sometimes streaked. The sides of the head are brown with a characteristic tear-stripe below the eye, similar to the Australian Nankeen Kestrel. They have a brown, barred tail. Younger birds look like dark adults, but have less obvious barring on the tail, and a yellow colour on the face, throat and neck. Their beaks are grey in colour with a yellow cere, and they have brown eyes surrounded by a yellow eye ring. Brown Falcons can be confused with the Australian Nankeen Kestrel (but this bird is smaller and more rusty/rufous in colour) and the Black Flacon (which is darker, has longer legs and does not have a barred tail).

The lesser spotted harriers, the Ocean Grove Harriers. Brown Falcons can be seen in forested areas, but more commonly prefer to live in areas of open grassland, and agricultural regions, where there are trees or telephone poles to perch on. Birds may stay within the same areas throughout the year. Like other raptors, they eat insects, small birds, mice, rabbits and reptiles such as lizards. As with other falcons, the Brown Falcon has a powerful hooked bill that they use to kill their prey. Members of the falcon family have thin, tapered

wings, which enable them to fly at high speed and to change direction rapidly. Brown Falcons are not ‘smooth’ fliers; they often look erratic with their flight style. They can also glide on slightly raised wings and can hover like a kite. So look for Brown Falcons on dead trees and telephone poles as you drive through the agricultural areas of the Bellarine, as they are quite common. I don’t think they are as pretty as other raptors but they are impressive. The photos show a Brown Falcon on a dead tree in Drysdale, and a Brown Falcon unusually sharing a tree with a Whistling Kite (see if you can tell which is which)! On Wednesday, August 7, the Birdlife Bellarine Group is embarking on an outing to Queen’s Park, Geelong. Queen’s Park is a lovely place as there are water

birds and some little bush birds and recently I saw Gang Gang cockatoos there, so this outing will be great! If you are interested in going, email me on and I will give you the details. Don’t forget to visit the Nature Reserve facebook page, which will keep you up to date on sightings and planned activities in the reserve, at https:// w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / groups/34794023030/. It’s a great time also to walk around Begola Wetlands, as there are endangered and beautiful Freckled Ducks and also Pink Eared Ducks there at the moment. I also heard from Christine Weston that the Wood Ducks that nest in the tree in her back yard have made a return visit. I look forward to some spring Wood Duck ducklings! - Jen Carr


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Bolzano again in running OCEAN Grove’s Bolzano Restaurant is again a finalist across a range of Golden Plate Awards. The restaurant came runners up for the Peoples Choice Award in 2012, as well as a finalist in Best Local Foods and Best Coffee.

“Bolzano is a finalist in the Relaxed Contemporary Dining category, Best Chef, Best Run of House and Best Use of Local Foods,” owner Hamish Hames said. This year, the stakes are high, especially with a Garuda Airlines flight

prize for the winner of the Best Chef category. “We’re happy to support the Golden Plate Awards, promoting local produce and Ocean Grove,” Hamish said. The second round of judging is currently underway, with finalists announced in October.

WALLINGTON’S WRG and Piazolla Park combined their efforts to provide an alpaca event for the local community on Saturday. The ‘Meet the Alpaca’ experience provided interested locals with an opportunity to handle alpacas including baby alpacas (called crias) as well as spinning and felting demonstrations provided by Kurrawa’s Ann Clark and Jan Laity from Park View Alpaca Stud. Both the Wallington’s WRG store owner, Jason Corless and local alpaca breeders including Brendan and Cath Lukin from Piazolla Park are eager to provide an opportunity for people to experience alpacas as an ideal pet or potential guard for livestock. The event was also organised so that people could learn about the benefits of owning and breeding alpacas.

The Cann family with Cath Lukin and one of her alpacas at WRG on Saturday morning.

Alpacas up close in Wallington




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Players headline schools visit MARK HEENAN PRIMARY schools in Ocean Grove were in for a treat last week with Geelong AFL Cats players James Kelly and Jesse Stringer conducting numerous footy clinics with enthusiastic students. Kelly and Stringer both visited Ocean Grove’s Star of the Sea Primary School and Ocean Grove Primary School on Tuesday, July 16. The Geelong Football Club pair headed to Ocean Grove Primary School first where Grade Four pupils took part in a one-hour footy clinic. Then it was off to Star of the Sea Primary School for Kelly and Stringer, where Grade 5/6 students participated in a one-hour footy clinic. Kelly and Stringer also visited Clifton Springs and Barwon Heads Primary Schools on the same day. “As part of the schools visits day, players were split up into pairs and groups

James Kelly and Jesse Stringer with pupils.

HAPPY TO HELP: From left, Rotary’s Rob Holt and Peter Callen with Surfside students Lilian, Trinity and Candice with teacher Rachel Ford.

of three and visited four schools each throughout the day,” Geelong Football Club Media/ PR Coordinator Stacey Oates said. “Activities included classroom talks, footy clinics and Q and A sessions.”

The Geelong players with students. Picture EL Photography

Young artists work on show at gallery OCEAN Grove Primary School students exhibited their local landscape paintings at the National Gallery of Victoria recently. This is the sixth year in a row art teacher Robyn Jones has involved her students in this innovative program. “Someone outside our school community saw the exhibition and wanted to purchase the work of one of our students,” Robyn said. Earlier in the year students visited the gallery to study the works of famous Australian


landscape artists, learning how such paintings reflect our history. Students were encouraged to take their own photo of a special place and to use this as a reference for their painting. “The standard keeps getting better each year,” Robyn said. Students worked throughout term two during lunch times, before and after school to complete their artwork. The chosen six students’ paintings are soon to be featured on the NGV website.

Emmi, left, and Evelyn.

Chickens can now roam free thanks to Rotary helpers ROTARY Club of Ocean Grove recently helped Surfside Primary School by installing an orchard fence for their Kitchen Garden. The fence encloses the orchard, enabling the school’s chickens to roam freely. Rotary was contacted by Rachel Ford, Surfside’s Kitchen Garden Specialist, and were happy to help construct the entire orchard fence. “Rotary has helped us with many large projects in the kitchen garden, for example the hothouse and the chicken shed,” Rachel said. A group of Rotary

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volunteers including Peter Callen and Rob Holt, who happens to be a local fencing contractor, built the fence. Peter said: “Bein in the education department for some 40 years, I understand there are priorities in regards classroom education so when the opportunity arises to help fund outdoor activities for the children especially where the environment is involved and sustainability ie. growing plants, vegies looking after chooks etc Rotary are only too happy to help meet some of the costs, and the look of enjoyment on the kids

faces is just reward for our involvement.” The learning space at Surfside Primary School continues to allow students to participate in garden and kitchen classes each fortnight, which includes the growing of seeds in the hothouse, preparing garden beds and cooking with produce they grow. With the fence allowing the chickens to roam free, responsibility is created for senior students on a daily basis. “Our chicken monitors are responsible for collecting eggs, changing water and topping up the chickens feed each day,” Rachel added.

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The Battle of the Bulge in Ocean Grove – Part 2 Remember Sharon? Weighing 107.5kg in October 2012, she lost 12kg in eight weeks! That was summer, now six months on what does she weigh? Well, Sharon has lost a whopping 28kg! “I find it easy to do, I eat a simple diet, if I want to splurge I do, then back to it.” says Sharon. Her goal is another 9kgs, will she manage it? Wait and see.

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grove sport

A swell day for SOUL THE SOUL Longboard club recently held its club comp at the Ocean Grove Main Beach. This comp was not one of the normally scheduled monthly comps, but a make up comp for the two that had been missed earlier in the year due to poor conditions. Things didn’t look too good to start with as the swell wasn’t great but the decision was made to run on the hope that things would improve. And they did. Even though the start of the day was surfing into the low tide, the waves improved in size and direction and

when the incoming tide came in the afternoon there was a consistent 1 to 1.5 metre swell coming through. The later finals also had to contend with a large backwash from the breakwater wall. Fun to watch and surf in. The club continues to draw big numbers of competitors and there were over 50 on this day. First heat was up and running at 8 am sharp and the last final was judged about 5pm. A big day for all. One of the highlights for the day was the number of Junior Girls in the comp.

Ben is an unsung hero

Liam Griggs Kennelly With eight of them Kennelly, Georgia Willard, competing it meant they Kylie DeCoster, and Lou could have heats and finals McSween. The club held its next rather than just a straight final. comp on Saturday July Well done to Abby Firns, 20. This comp was also Kristi Page, Courtney the interclub old mal Mercer, Morgan Griggs challenge. The club also has its Kennelly and Ali for making the final. annual trip to Kennett The Women’s division is River on July 26 and 28.. also getting more numbers Always a good weekend. As usual for any and it was a good final between Mel Renton- more info go to www. Wright, Morgan Griggs

OCEAN Grove Surf Life Saving Club volunteer Ben Sanders is a local unsung hero. Last month, Sanders won a Patrol Service Award from Ocean Grove SLSC after his volunteer work on surf patrol during the 2012/13 period. Sanders clocked up 106.5 hours on patrol during the 2012/13 period, the most of any Ocean Grove SLSC member. The junior member was presented with his honour from Ocean Grove SLSC’s Fontaine Portelli at the club’s Annual Presentation night on Saturday, June 29. This is the second year running Sanders has won the prestigious honour

Ben Sanders and Ocean Grove SLSC’s Fontaine Portelli. after he completed 90 hours on surf patrol during the 2011/12 period. MEANWHILE Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club President Chris Paterson presented the Fred Leiper Memorial Best Patrol Person Award to Alexandra Brown. Fred Leiper was a Life

Member and ex President of the club. Fred was District Supervisor for many years and a long term and dedicated member of the club. IN other news, the Ocean Grove SLSC will host an Open Day on Sunday, August 25.


Lou McSween

OPEN: 1. Anthony Brown 2.Chris Meier 3. Liam Griggs-Kennelly 4. Dean Cook 5. Andy Smith OPEN WOMEN: 1. Mel Wright 2. Georgia Willard 3. Kylie DeCoster 4. Morgan Griggs-Kennelly 5. Lou Mc Sween LOGGER: 1. Ben Considine 2. Matt Hayes 3.Chris McSween 4. Lachie Fletcher OVER 35’s: 1. Chris McSween 2. Jamie Wall 3. Dave Cassells 4. Mick Dwyer OVER 50’S: 1. Larry Hayes 2. Mick Armstrong 3. John Mercer 4. Andy Brown 5. Guy Werner 6. Mark Westworth OVER 60’S: 1. Peter Bushy Bray 2. Bill Kelly 3. Herby Jercher 4. Chris Myers JNR BOYS: 1. Ben Considine 2. Liam Griggs Kennelly JNR GIRLS: 1. Ali 2. Abby Firns 3. Morgan GriggsKennelly 4. Kristi Page 5. Courtney Mercer REPPA: 1. Tama 2. Nev Forster 3. Dave Arter 4. Russ Synnott 5. Shane Firns 6. Angela Kohler

Ben Considine





junior tennis

Marcus Halloran-Lavelle.

Working for finals AFTER a short break for the school holidays, the juniors at Ocean Grove Tennis Club are trying their hardest to qualify for Winter Competition Finals, with some great results this weekend. But first here is some news from the club. Over the school holidays the club had a working bee to organise the recently completed shed, and to prepare some indoor areas for the upcoming renovation. Thanks to everyone who came on the day to lend a hand, the shed is very well set up and leaves room indoors for expansion of the bathroom facilities. Stay tuned for some more improvements

Tom Mazouris.

coming soon. In both weeks of the holidays there was also a chance for juniors to hone their skills by participating in one, or all four, Tennisfanatics Clinics. These sessions were very successful with kids from Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale and even Melbourne attending. The kids had a blast, while improving their game just in time for finals! Look out for another set of clinics in the next school holidays. A few important dates: August 10th – Semi Finals August 17th – Preliminary Finals August 24th – Grand Final

and Club Presentation day for all junior members Please Note: Summer sign up and annual memberships will be collected over this 3 week period. Results from July 13 Section 2 Girls travelled to nearby Clifton Springs and won 2,22 – 4, 32. This places them 4th on the ladder and a good chance of making finals. Section 6 Mixed were at home against Lara and won 5,30 – 1, 15. They are currently 4th on the ladder. Section 7 Boys played just around the corner at Surfside and lost 4,32 – 2,24. This places them 2nd

on the ladder and should send them into finals. Section 8 Girls hosted Western Heights Uniting at home and lost 2,19 – 4, 24 (missing player) They are currently in 4th place on the ladder. Section 9 Boys played at Clifton Springs and lost 4,28 -2,15 (missing player) They are placed 7th on the ladder after a very tough season. Section 12 Boys played at home against Highton Blue and lost 2,19 -4, 27. They are now 7th on the ladder. Section 13 Mixed Red hosted Lethbridge at home and won 6,36 – 0,7. This places them 1st on the ladder.

Jack Hanson.

Section 13 Mixed White ventured to Hamlyn Park and won in a very wet, unfinished match 0,2 – 1, 9. They are 2nd on the ladder under Ocean Grove Red. Both teams will make finals. Section 14 Boys played at home versus Wandana Heights Blue and were just pipped by 5 games and 3,21 – 3,26. They are 5th on the ladder. Section 15 Girls travelled to Drysdale and won 2,17 – 4,31. This leaves them 3rd on the ladder. Results compiled by Jen Franks. Go to ‘David Franks Tennis Coaching’ facebook page for results, tips and more information.


grove soccer

Nick grabs two on return Round 11 Men’s Div 1 Drysdale 0 Surfside Waves 0 Men’s div 3 Bell Park 2 Surfside Waves 2 Ladder leaders Surfside travelled to second-place Bell Park in the top of the table showdown. Surfside controlled the first half and were 2 goals up at half time, both coming from young striker John Black. Surfside started the second half well, but tired during the half on a mud-bath of a pitch that could have seen the game called off. Bell Park finished the game strongly and scored twice in the last 10 minutes to even the scores. Credit should

be given to the under 17s players who had already played 90 minutes on a poor Corio pitch before giving everything for the seniors. Round 12 Men’s Div 1 Surfside Waves 1 Lovely Banks Lions 4 Men’s Div 3 Surfside Waves 4 Barwon Heads 1 Battle of the bridge part two was taken yet again by the Waves with goals from Kai Thieme, a brace from Nick Hargreaves on his return from surgery and a goal from Staffan Hargreaves. A composed performance by the division 3 lads sees them remain as ladder leaders.

Action from Waves Div 1 side against Lovely Banks on Friday night.


grove junior soccer

Quality footballers shining through Round 11 Under 7 Red’s: The Reds got off to another good start with a goal from Max Klinsmann who scored two more later on. The Reds played some smooth football passing to ball around the Rovers team, Aiden and Jack were strong in midfield and Gabe was good in defence. Josh played for the Rovers as they didn’t have enough players and he scored. Under 10 girls: Surfside 6 - Barwon Head Stars 0 New players Bailey and Kiani joined the squad. Halfway through the first half Surfside wrestled dominance back from the plucky Stars following a goal from Matilda with a surging run from defence. Three goals followed from Audrey, Ashleigh and Libby. The highlight of the second half being Penny who ran the full length of the pitch rounding numerous opposition players, unlucky not to score. Surfside added two more goals and finished the last ten minutes of the game in charge with the newcomers Bailey and Kiani unlucky not to score. Under 11’s White: Surfside Waves White vs Surf Coast Blue Well St Leonards really turned on some beautiful weather this morning, real shorts and thongs stuff. All the boys trickled in with their arms crossed and heads down, but Daz and Paul got them running around and warmed up. The game got under way and was a bit of a stalemate early. Bob was running through the midfield looking dangerous linking up with various forwards. Alex was able to score three goals in quick succession. Thomas scored a couple and a few others chipped in with a goal each. Under 11’s Blue: Surfside Waves Blue vs Surf Coast Yellow Surfside controlled the game from the onset, moving the ball around well but were not able to

convert. Some good quick passing saw Jolyon have a 1st time shot on goal which took the keeper by surprise. The 2nd half was much the same with Surfside playing all over Surf Coast but unable to score. Finally Ciera got her game going and scored two quick goals. This seemed to spur Ciera on and a few minutes later she was able to get onto the end of some great passing to score again. Surf Coast got on a breakaway and with their only shot on goal were able to score. Under 13 boys: Corio Bay 5 Surfside Waves 1 We played very good football again. The score board does not show what really happened on the ground. Man of the match: Kain. Goal scorer: Noah Mujica. A tremendous effort by every player. Under 14 girls Surfside Waves 4 Vs Bell Park Blue 0 The girls continued their winning ways with a 4-0 win away to Bell Park. The week off and school holidays didn’t affect the Waves who quickly had Bell Park under pressure. First half goals to Emily and Lucy effectively sealed the points. The second half saw the Waves continue to dominate possession but they could not capitalise. Well done girls on another great result. We need to continue to work hard and improve our skills and passing game particularly against the higher placed teams. Under 17 boys: Corio 1 Surfside Waves 0 On a wet and cold day, Surfside played wonderfully well and despite missing five opportunities in the first half, a defensive mistake saw us punished. one nil down at half time. The lads responded beautifully and in a determined performance we continued to pressure Corio with at least ten chances on goal, their goalkeeper had a terrific game. Despite

dominating the game we were unable to score. That’s football the beautiful game. The lads will use this result as motivation for the final six games as we hope to make the finals. Round 12 Under 11 Surfside Blue started the game full of confidence and attack for the majority of the first half with two great goals to Sam. The second half was much the same but Blue were unable to score until finally Nicky put away a corner pass from Josh. Defence was great with Haydn and Nicky controlling the game. Surfside White were asleep for the first ten minutes against Bellarine Sharks. They had two on the board before White started to play. Bob scored two great goals and Josh M followed with one. The second half was just as tight with the ball following end to end. Sharks scored but White followed up with another. Thanks to Josh and Jolyon for playing for Sharks to make the numbers. Under 7’ Reds Round 10 the Reds played Drysdale United, after some fantastic football by both teams the scores were level at halftime. Max and Josh played like van Persie and Suarez in attack scoring for fun in the second half. Jack and captain Aiden played good defence and Gabe took control of midfield. Well done to both teams. Under 7 White’s: A great return to form today by the Whites. Congratulations to the boys by spreading well on the pitch and working well as a team. Zachary and Konnor added to their goal scoring tally whilst Jayden, Michael, Fletcher and captain Nicholas defended hard and ran all game. The game was good to watch and both teams played well. Under 10 girls: Surfside Waves


themselves immediately in the driving seat scoring a goal within the first few minutes and they never really looked back. Birthday Girl and Captain Ashleigh added a second and the Waves played some excellent passages of play with further goals from Libby and Audrey. Into the second half the girls played very unselfishly passing to set up team mates Zara, Bailey, Penny and Kiana in scoring positions. Matilda had a strong second half scoring four goals and Ashleigh rounding off her birthday match with a further goal for a hattrick. To their credit the Comets never gave up and continued to play with determination which was finally rewarded with a great goal. Under 14 girls: Surfside Waves 1 Kardinia 1 The Waves hosted second placed and undefeated Kardinia at Shell Rd. The Waves quickly moved into rythym and had the Kardinia defence under pressure for much of the first half. 0-0 at half time in a tight contest. Both teams fighting hard to exert their influence.The second half was much the same but it was Kardinia who took the lead in the 35th minute through an unfortunate own goal from the Waves. Undeterred the Waves piled on the pressure and equalised in the 41st minute with a great shot from Lucy. There were some anxious moments for both coaches as both sides went for the three points. In the end a fitting result to a very good game. Under 17’s Surfside Waves 4 Geelong Rangers 3 In an exciting game the Waves played top of the ladder at a fast and frantic pace. A well deserved hat trick for John Black and one from Gerrard Hurley secured the points for the Waves as the team continues to improve under the guidance of Pablo Mujica who is extremely proud of every single player.

Gerard Hurley.

Waves under 13 boys.

WAVES PLAYER PROFILE Name: John Black Teams: Under 17s and Men’s Div 3 Position: Centre Midfield, Striker Soccer background: Been playing since I was six when I used to play after school in England Soccer aspirations: Seniors Golden Boot in a few years time What’s your opinion of Ocean Grove: It’s a great place to live, love the beach and the weather Favorite Player: Steven Gerrard Favorite Team: Liverpool Pre and post match food: Never eat before games but have a big meal the night before and after to make up for it Biggest influence on your sporting life: Probably my Dad Where do you see yourself in 5 years time: Hopefully travelling the world


under 18 battle of the bridge

Grove grab colts bragging rights Barwon Heads 7.11-53 versus Ocean Grove (1) 9.4-58 Barwon Heads Goal Kickers: B. Close 3, T. Hobbs 2, K. Polley , B. Michell Best Players: T. Hobbs, T. Membrey, T. Bonner, B. Close, S. Stanford Ocean Grove 1 Goal Kickers: E. Taylor 3, S. Dedini 2, C. Habgood , R. Procter , P. Dreher , B. Warren Best Players: E. Taylor, P. Dreher, J. Gravener, K. King, D. Moroney, L. Smyth

collendina cobras

Hard graft at Snake Pit

Cobras under 14 (1) versus Lara on Saturday morning.



senior netball

All grades looking strong July 13 Ocean Grove versus Newcomb D Grade - Ocean Grove 31 vs Newcomb 15 Best Players: E Mercer, D Vicary, E Mooney Well done D Grade defeating Newcomb in a competitive game. Erin & Jamie worked well in the ring converting effectively. Kylie took several intercepts making a difference to the scoreboard with Emma showing flair across the centre court together with Dani. Fantastic game girls, keep the passion going and the rewards will come your way. C Grade - Ocean Grove 42 vs Newcomb 18 Best Players: K Carroll, C Nash, K Sykes Newcomb showed plenty of courage throughout the game but was unable to stop the Grove train. Kat provided many intercepts that were converted into goals by Famie, Caily and Kim. Lauren made a difference in defence and teamed well with Sarah. Keep up the intensity girls as the weeks clock down to the finals. B Grade - Ocean Grove 76 vs Newcomb 30 Best Players: Z Woolnough, B Fankhauser, E Whorlow B Grade performed well on the wet courts in a high scoring game. Plenty of

winners right across the court with Emma down the scoring end, Bree through the centre and Zoe in defence. The girls will need to keep their game concentration up for the following weeks to ensure a finals berth. A Grade - Ocean Grove 73 vs Newcomb 28 Best Players: B Taylor, Z Woods, A Durling A Grade took a little while to find their groove in this match but once they settled it was goals aplenty for Zanna and Laura. Bridget made it look effortless through the centre and reliable Allison swinging from centre to defence stemmed the Newcomb flow. With the pointy end of the season approaching, each week from now is going to present a challenge to the girls and they will need to face it head on if they want to be finals contenders. July 20 Ocean Grove versus Barwon Heads D Grade - Ocean Grove 27 vs Barwon Heads 21 Best Players: D Vicary, R Mayor, E Mercer D Grade again have shown they are on the improve with a competitive game against Barwon Heads. Steadiness prevailed from Dani in defence, Rachael through

A grade line up against Barwon Heads. the centre and Erin in goals. C Grade - Ocean Grove 39 vs Barwon Heads 27 Best Players: S DeGenaro, C Nash, B Long Game was fairly even at the start and then Grove’s defensive pressure reigned to help increase the lead and come to a comfortable 13 goal win through Sarah in defence, Britt dominating the centre and Caily with the fever in goals. B Grade - Ocean Grove 61

vs Barwon Heads 21 Best Players: K McIntosh, L Ollis, B Sykes An outstanding win from the B grade side today. Kelly and Lauren played a solid four quarters in defence with Bec doing no wrong on the wing. The girls are seizing the moment to try and get further up the ladder, good luck. A Grade - Ocean Grove 45 vs Barwon Heads 53 Best Players: K Ollis, A Durling,

Picture: LINDSAY KELLEY M Sanders Well this match was full court pressure from the start and didn’t stop till the whistle blew for the last time. Barwon Heads led at every change and cemented their win by eight goals with defence desperate for both sides making scoring a challenge. The girls are going to have a hard run coming into the final weeks so will see if they can lift the intensity on the home run.

B grade’s Tina Birch against Barwon Heads.

A grade action v Barwon Heads.


junior netball

Ocean Grove under 17 line up against Barwon Heads.


Great on court skills on show July 13 Ocean Grove versus Newcomb The skies were starting to drizzle when we welcomed Newcomb to our new courts this week but luckily because of the excellent durable surface there was no need for concern with all teams keeping their feet securely on the ground and obtaining the 4 points. Under 11’s – Well refreshed after their break, the girls had a lot of fun today and were ready to play some great netball U13-2’s - Ocean Grove 44 vs Newcomb 3 Best Players: M Carr, B Abel, P Drinkwater U15-1’s - Ocean Grove 40 vs Newcomb 4 Best Players: A Badrock, K Peatling, K Babb U15-2’s - Ocean Grove 41 vs Newcomb 6 Best Players: A Gannon, B King, M Giblin U17-1’s - Ocean Grove 49 vs Newcomb 5 Best Players: M Babb, C Praud, Z Woods U19’s - Ocean Grove 39 vs Newcomb 15 Best Players: K Beasley, E Bolton, L Barber

July 20 Ocean Grove versus Barwon Heads Today was the Battle of the Bridge against Barwon Heads and luckily the weather stayed dry and calm. Under 11’s – The girls played some great netball today with some excellent skills on display U13-1’s - Ocean Grove 26 vs Barwon Heads 19 Best Players: I Teague, C Britt, A Duhamel U13-2’s - Ocean Grove 17 vs Barwon Heads 12 Best Players: A McElligott, M Caligiuri, B Abel U15-1’s - Ocean Grove 35 vs Barwon Heads 20 Best Players: B McElligott, J El Hage, E Moroney U15-2’s - Ocean Grove 28 vs Barwon Heads 20 Best Players: M Giblin, B Walder, E Walker U17-1’s - Ocean Grove 48 vs Barwon Heads 21 Best Players: Z Woods, C Praud, M Babb U17-2’s - Ocean Grove 36 vs Barwon Heads 9 Best Players: A Digby, M Hodgson, B Wemyss U19’s - Ocean Grove 28 vs Barwon Heads 22 Best Players: B Walter, A O’Keefe, L Barber


grubbers footy

Grubbers hold off gallant Newcomb MARK HEENAN

THE Grubbers fought off a gallant challenge against Newcomb Power on a wet Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation Reserve on Saturday, July 13. Final scores were Ocean Grove 13.18.96 to Newcomb Power 10.8.68. The win gave the Grubbers a 6-7 record for the 2013 season. In slippery conditions at Ocean Grove, the visitors remained competitive for most parts of the game compared to their

round four outing, where the Grubbers thrashed Newcomb by 110 points at Grinter Reserve. Ocean Grove playing coach, Shane Jack, admitted Newcomb adjusted well in the difficult conditions. The eighth-placed Power got within two goals before half time, but the Grubbers got on top in the third term booting six goals to three majors and skipped away to a 36-point lead at the last break. “Obviously the conditions - it had rained most of the day and the ball

was slippery,” Jack said. “It probably suited Newcomb’s game. The wet conditions, the bigger bodies, it is a bit smaller ground, they have got some older blokes. “We got challenged in the first half and (our) boys stood up in the second half.” The Grubbers had nine different goalkickers in the 28-point win, with Daniel Freeman, Shane Jack Kelly Williams and Ben Ricardo all kicking two goals apiece. Despite the win and

the Grubbers’ even goal kicking spread, Jack said his players needed to convert better in front of goal where the home side’s score amounted to six goals and ten behinds in the first half. “Early on, I thought we had a fair few more scoring shots and a lot more inside 50’s and we just didn’t capitalise when we had shots at goal,” Jack said. “We kicked points and probably kept them (Newcomb) in the game and they got their

opportunity and they went up and scored.” Ocean Grove playing assistant coach Rowan O’Callaghan and key forward Josh Milnes, who kicked one goal, were both valuable inclusions after returning from injury and unavailability. “It was good to get the two boys back (O’Callaghan and Milnes) and get some game time back into them because they are both going to be important players coming into the last five games of the season,” Jack said.

FINAL SCORES OCEAN GROVE 13.18-96 DEFEATED NEWCOMB POWER 10.8-68 GOAL KICKERS: D. Freeman 2, S. Jack 2, K. Williams 2, B. Ricardo 2, J. Milnes, T. Doherty , S. Britt , S. Fankhauser, R. O’Callaghan BEST PLAYERS: K. Williams, B. Weadon, M. Laidler, B. Ricardo, M. Cuthbert, R. O’Callaghan


grubbers footy FINAL SCORES OCEAN GROVE 10.17.77 DEFEATED BARWON HEADS 10.11.71 GOAL KICKERS: S. Jack 2, T. Gavin 2, D. Gray 2, H. Foott , M. Laidler , J. Turnbull , R. O’Callaghan BEST PLAYERS: B. Ricardo, T. Doherty, M. Laidler, H. Foott, K. Williams, L. Rock

In with a shout Grove push forward in the clash across the bridge on Saturday.

Continued from page 56 It is the first time the Grubbers have tasted victory over a top five side this season. In the process, the Grubbers also claimed ‘Battle of the Bridge’ honours after Barwon Heads had won their previous two encounters against Ocean Grove. “We just have to keep winning and it gives us a glimmer of hope of making finals, if we were ten points out it doesn’t give you a glimmer,” Jack said after the match. “It is good to respond, we are back within two points of Barwon Heads. “It makes it a bit more interesting. Obviously we had to keep winning and we have to rely on Barwon Heads losing.” Jack described the win as their most important victory in 2013 with the Grubbers, who were goalless in the final quarter, staving off a challenge from the gallant Seagulls in the


second half. “Yes (it is the most rewarding win for the season), obviously it is a big game the way we responded for four quarters, credit to Barwon Heads they played well,” he said. “I thought we matched them, they (matched) us at the start of the third quarter and I thought we responded well. “Today was probably the best four quarter performance of the season and it happened to be in a big game.” On the flipside, Barwon Heads’ coach Peter O’Connor said despite his side’s narrow loss, the interest in the result would be for the betterment of the BFL competition. For the Seagulls, gun forward Daniel Hovey was damaging at times booting four goals, but the home side’s loss was compounded with an

injury to youngster Sam Evans, who left the ground in the first half with a suspected broken jaw. “From the Bellarine’s point of view it is a fantastic result, but from our point of view it is not so great,” O’Connor said. “I agree, it breathes life back into the competition, it breathes light back into their (Ocean Grove’s) season, it is good for footy.” MEANWHILE the Grubbers got off to a bright start in the first quarter with buzzing utility Dave Gray kicking the first of his two goals with a running major in the opening minutes. The visitors led Barwon Heads at the first break by seven points, but were unable to consolidate a substantial lead despite winning clearances and dominating inside 50’s. Ocean Grove prolific midfielder Ben Ricardo played a match winning shut down role on former Grubber and dangerous Seagull Brendon Backwell,

who has booted 53 goals for the season. “Ben (Ricardo) did a great job on Backy (Backwell) and kept him goalless,” O’Connor said. At half time, Barwon Heads clawed their way back into the game with scores level at the main break. The home side made the most of their limited opportunities in the first half, with Hovey looming as a focal point up forward despite tough competition from Grubber backline general Mark Laidler. The intensity lifted in the third quarter with Barwon Heads rising to the challenge with a couple of early goals before tensions boiled over between the neighbouring clubs with an on-field scuffle. The aggressive nature of play helped kick start the Grubbers with defender Laidler awarded a down the ground free that resulted in a goal. Not long after Grubber

dynamite forward Travis Gavin kicked an inspirational snap on goal as Ocean Grove went into the final break with their tails up to secure an eightpoint lead. Ocean Grove key forward Harrison Foott took some towering marks up forward in a low scoring fourth quarter where only one goal was scored by Barwon Heads. An inaccurate Grubber outfit had their chances to put the Seagulls away in the final quarter as they registered nine straight behinds. In the end though, it was Ocean Grove who managed to hold on and secure the four points in a classic ‘Battle of the Bridge’ contest.

Grubbers and Heads twos in action.

BARWON Heads walked away with a 41-point victory in their reserves’ grade against Ocean Grove on Saturday. Despite the Grubbers only trailing by seven points at three-quarter time, a six goal final quarter from the Seagulls compared to Ocean Grove’s one major helped the home side record an easy win. Final scores Barwon Heads 14.12.96 to Ocean

Grove 8.7.55. Grubber Aaron Hapgood booted four goals for the visitors, while Michael Boothey kicked three goals for the home side. Ocean Grove remains in fourth position on the reserves grade ladder with their 8-6 record, while Barwon Heads has moved into third spot with their record of eight wins, five losses and one draw.

Gate takings to go to Casey Tutungi Appeal GATE takings from this Saturday’s clash between Ocean Grove and Anglesea at home will go towards the Casey Tutungi Appeal. Tutungi, a South Barwon footballer and former Geelong VFL footballer, was diagnosed as a quadriplegic as a result of a freak accident in the Swans’ GFL match against St Joseph’s on Saturday June 22. “This is unfortunately a terrible thing that has happened to a person in our local area,” Ocean Grove Football Club president

Geoff Cunningham said. “What our Football Club want to do is to advertise the gate will be $10. “We need to support this particular person because his on-going costs will be horrendous, so we will donate the proceeds from the gate.” The Ocean Grove Netball Club will also be running a separate BBQ and raffle as a fundraiser for the Casey Tutungi appeal. Admission on the day for Saturday’s clash against Anglesea will be $10.


• The Grubbers’ next challenge is against Anglesea. Game starts at 2:10pm at Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

Heads reserves take the honours


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Sport Ocean Grove

IN HER BLOOD: Lifesaving Victoria’s Female Athlete of the Year, Kira Kinsey, 18, started in the nippers at the tender age of eight.

Kira’s our newest queen of the surf MARK HEENAN

THE surf lifesaving career of Ocean Grove’s newest queen of the surf Kira Kinsey continues to rise. Only days after celebrating her 18th birthday, the Year 12 Saint Ignatius College student claimed the prestigious Female Athlete of the year award at Lifesaving Victoria’s annual awards held on Saturday, July 13. The long serving Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club member was one of five nominations for the Female Athlete of the Year award. “I was nominated so I thought I had a bit of a chance obviously, but there was still heaps of really good girls (nominated), so it was like a surprise, it was good,” Kira told the Voice last week. The humble teenager thanked the support from her family, friends and her peers at Saint Ignatius

College in Drysdale. “The school (Saint Ignatius College) is really supportive and proud of my achievements, they always mentioned something in the newsletter,” Kira said. “I just like to thank my family and friends for putting up with me.” Surf Lifesaving has been in Kira’s blood since she could crawl, her parents Paddy and Sonia and their entire family have made an outstanding contribution to the Ocean Grove SLSC over a long period. She may be young, but Kira has now clocked up almost a decade competing with the Ocean Grove SLSC, having started in the nippers at the tender age of eight. Kira recalls her earliest memories as a toddler spending time at Ocean Grove SLSC. “I signed up as soon as I could compete, but even before that I was basically

thrown from person to person getting babysat while Mum went for a surf,” she said. “I was there from a really young age.” In March this year, Kinsey won a staggering 13 medals at the Victorian Surf Lifesaving Championships at Anglesea beach. In fact, she won 10 gold medals and three silver medals. Kira, current sports captain at Saint Ignatius College, aims to further her surf lifesaving career hinting at a possible move to Queensland in 2014. “I am still a little bit undecided what I am studying next year, but I am looking to go north though,” Kira said. Kira is good friends with former Ocean Grove SLSC competitor Harriet Brown, who now resides on the Gold Coast and competes with local club Northcliffe.

Grove and Barwon Heads in action on Saturday.


Back in the chase MARK HEENAN

OCEAN Grove breathed new light into their 2013 season after surviving a thriller against Battle of the Bridge rivals Barwon Heads on Saturday. The visiting Grubbers won by six points in their 10.17.77 victory over Barwon Heads 10.11.71 at Howard

Harmer Oval on July 20. Ocean Grove has another opportunity to stake their finals claims when it faces Anglesea at home on Saturday. The stage is now set for a tantalising final four rounds of the Bellarine Football League season, with only two points separating fifth-placed

Barwon Heads (7-6-1) and sixthplaced Ocean Grove (7-7 record). Ocean Grove coach Shane Jack admitted the win would inject a momentum boost giving his side a glimmer of hope of making finals. • Continued page 55. • Battle of the Bridge Special liftout, pages 27-30

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