April 3-16, 2013
OCEAN GROVE’S NUMBER ONE NEWSPAPER
GENEROUS GROVE GIVES $47,000
Ocean Grovers and Ocean Grove holidaymakers have helped boost the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday appeal by more than 47,000. Pictured above, youngsters enjoying the evening at Ocean Grove Bowling Club. Fundraising events were also held at the Mex, Collendina Caravan Park and CFA volunteers were out shaking tins. More pictures page 13.
Covenant can be removed
NEW legal advice will allow council to effectively remove an Ocean Grove liquor covenant dating back to the 1800s. The covenant, put in place by the Methodist Church, covers the area of ‘old Ocean Grove’ and has caused havoc for businesses seeking liquor licenses. “While the covenant has been in effect since the 1880s, there are
properties in the affected area where liquor can be legally served and sold. This is due to several factors,” Beangala ward Councillor Jan Farrell said. “The covenant does not apply to Crown land and before a state-wide planning scheme in 2000, operators could apply for a liquor license without a planning permit. Operator’s could also apply to the Supreme Court to have the covenant removed.” Cr Farrell said prior to the introduction of the Planning and
Environment Act 2000, council could issue a planning permit for liquor sales without having to take the covenant into account. “From December 2000 onwards the City of Greater Geelong was bound to consider the covenant even though the covenant was actually a private arrangement,” Cr Farrell said. “Given the confusion surrounding the covenant and several changes to statutory planning framework over time Council was proactive in seeking
legal advice about the covenant.” Cr Farrell said advice received on February 6 indicated council were now in the position to consider the removal of the covenant and consider merits of a liquor permit. “Ocean Grove operators can apply for a liquor licence with no more, or less, restrictions placed upon them than any other suburb or town in the municipality,” said Cr Farrell. “Any operator seeking a liquor licence is still required to apply to Council
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for a Planning Permit and then to the Victorian Commission for Gaming and Liquor Regulation for a liquor licence.” Cr Farrell said this allowed an even playing field, making it fairer for an Ocean Grove business, given the appropriate street and place, to enhance their business with a liquor license. “You’re still as protected in a residential area because council wouldn’t give a permit to someone operating in a residential street. It’s all about the business zone.”
Rotary ready to host district
District governor Helen Trigg.
Bellarine students proudly show off the banner they created for the Geelong Relay for Life event.
Students earn relay award BELLARINE students have earned a special award for their on-going and positive participation in the Geelong Relay for Life event. The team was awarded with the Mick Ryan memorial Award and received an impressive trophy which was presented by Anne Miller, coordinator of the Geelong Committee. Alison Murphy, the Principal of Bellarine Secondary College commented on how proud she was of the school community and its involvement in this event. Mrs Murphy went on to say that the schools’ ongoing commitment to the Relay for Life demonstrated a real depth of character of those involved and an understanding by them of
what can be achieved when the community works together to volunteer for such worthy causes. Cheryl Linford, a teacher at the school, said: “Bellarine Secondary College has entered the Geelong Relay for Life with a large school team of parents, students and teachers each year since 2007. “Our involvement originally came about as a response to the need to support students who were being directly affected by a cancer diagnosis of themselves or of family members. “Those who were involved in this first year were so inspired by this event that they have continued to participate and contribute to the fundraising efforts each
OCEAN Grove CFA responded to a busy hour in town on Thursday night. Just after 6.15pm they were called to what turned out to be an electrical fire in the eaves of the Green Room surf and skate shop in the Terrace. Thanks to quickthinking fellow trader, Ben Chudoschnik, of the Piping Hot Chicken Shop, the fire was stopped from spreading before it took hold. Fire fighters used heatseeking equipment to locate the hidden seat of the fire and ensure it was safe.
About an hour later, crews and police were called to a single car accident at the junction of Presidents Avenue and Thacker Street. Due to wet weather the small Holden hatchback slipped on the corner and ended up embedded in the bus shelter. Thanks partly to airbags, the local female driver escaped relatively unscathed in the accident.
Amina King and Maddy Goodger both covered 65km in the Geelong Relay for Life. year since.” designed and created In the lead up to the Relay banners to decorate their event for this year students tent site.
Fire and crash keep CFA busy
Top: Ben Chudoschnik with a fire extinguisher and below a car crash in Presidents Avenue.
OCEAN Grove Rotarians have been busy making final preparations to host the prestigious district conference this month. The three day conference will bring together about 400 rotarians with the theme Dare to Dream on the Bellarine and will showcase the many ways that Rotarians are contributing to world peace and how it will pursue its international objective this year – Peace Through Service. Ocean Grove has the opportunity to host the event because its member Helen Trigg is the current district governor. “Conference is a wonderful opportunity to re-focus on why we are Rotarians, to hear some insightful speakers and to learn more about the many ways that Rotarians are making a difference, both in their communities and throughout the world,” said Helen. “It is also a great time to catch up with Rotary friends old and new.” This year’s speakers will include Gen Y specialist Michael McQueen, a keynote speaker at the New Orleans Convention, Cate Steains, advisor for the UN, Hetty Johnson, CEO and Founder of Bravehearts, The Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC and Emmett Dunn, Assistant Police Commissioner. A Youth Peace Forum will also be running on Saturday and will present their outcomes and recommendations to the Conference later on Saturday afternoon. Delegates will also get the chance to ride the Blues Train or take the Queenscliff ferry and enjoy a dinner and dance on the dockside. The 2013 District 9780 Conference will be held over the weekend of April 12 to 14 April.
Police hunt after daylight assault POLICE hope a computer generated image will help find the man responsible for a daylight assault in Barwon Heads. On March 25 at around 2.40pm a 29-year-old woman was pushed to the ground by an unknown male while walking her dog through Village Park. “The victim was walking along the trek listening to music when an unknown male has come up behind her and pushed her in
the back,” said Detective Senior Constable Dave Tregenza of Geelong Sexual Offences and Child Abuse investigation team. “She’s fallen to the ground and it’s caused her dog to run off, as the victim turned to face her attacker he’s exposed himself. The victims called out to her dog which returned causing the attacker to run off.” The offender is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 30-40 years old,
180cm, slim build, ruddy complexion, unshaven, wearing a red hoodie, black Prada sunglasses, dark track pants and dirty white thongs. “He’s possibly had a broken nose in the past as it was crooked across the bridge. We’re appealing to the public for any information that will assist us in identifying this male,” Snr Const Tregenza said. Any information contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000.
A computer generated image of a man being sought by police.
PASSIONATE: Fred, 74, won first place in a division of the Victorian State Championships for model aircraft.
Fred wings it yet again JESSICA GRACE FRED Roberts dreamt of flying, a luxury he could not afford - so for 64 years he’s built model aircraft instead. Last week, 74-year-old Fred won first place in a division of the Victorian State Championships for model aircraft. “I won the duration competition. You have a certain type of engine and you’re only allowed to run it for ten seconds. In that time the aeroplane has to get as high as it possibly can,” Mr Roberts said. “Then the craft glides and keeps gliding. The maximum score you can get is 120 seconds. My first flight was 200 seconds. My second flight was over 240 seconds, I got the perfect score.” Mr Roberts will head
off to NSW this Easter to compete for first prize in the National Titles, an accolade he’s already accomplished. “I’ve won both the national and state championships on several occasions. I’ve had seven firsts at national and state, five seconds and a dozen third places,” Mr Roberts said. “I work on the theory that if it looks right it will be right and it usually seems to work. The model that won this championship took me about three weeks and over 60 hours to complete.” Mr Roberts said his love for model aircraft began at the age of ten when his grandma gave him a model kit as a gift. “It was a little 10-inch span tiger moth so I built that and had fun. Then I built a little 24-inch span model that was powered by rubber
bands and it just went from there,” he said. “I love it because it keeps your brain alive. It’s far better than PlayStation or any of that stuff. You’re doing everything you’re an engineer, a plumber, a carpenter and then after you build it you fly it.” Mr Roberts said it was also a wonderful way to keep fit and active as he didn’t use radio control, it was free float, which meant he could walk several kilometres to find it. “You let it go and it flies in circles, gradually it drifts down wind. You can walk anywhere from 100m to 2km to get it back. My grandkids aren’t interested, they prefer PlayStation,” he said. “I build all the models myself. It’s just the cost of material, they are a lot dearer then they use to be
but you can still build a model capable of winning state championships for $50.” “Modern day kits you don’t really build anything. You open the box and the body and tail and wings are all done you just have to put them together. You buy it Friday night and fly it the next morning.” Mr Roberts said the first time he ever competed was back in 1955 before he discovered girls, got married and had a family. “About 20 years ago I got back into it. My daughter bought me a book on the history of aero modeling and I realised how much I loved and missed it,” he said. “I’ve been back into it ever since. I’ve probably built over 100 models in my time and will keep competing until they put me in a box.”
Youth art going on show Bellarine’s best local talent will be on display during Ocean Grove Neighborhood Centres Youth Art Show. The fourth annual event opening on April 12 will showcase artists in five categories of painting and drawing, graffiti, sculpture, photography and graphic art. “We’ve already got over 100 entries at the moment from local young people. We’re still accepting entries at this point and hoping to have over 200 by opening night,” Centre Manager Nicki Dunne said. “The entrants must be between the ages of 11 and 18. The first prize in each category will win$150, second prize is $100 and third prize will be an array of vouchers.” Ms Dunne said whilst the opening night is invite only with contestants and their families welcome, the show will be open to the public from April 13 to April 14. “The winners will be announced opening night and prizes awarded. There’s also a $150 prize for best in show. On the night we’re providing finger food and slushies,” Ms Dunne said. “We’ve invited dignitaries as well as local community members. It’s so important to give young people the opportunity to showcase their talent and should be a wonderful evening.”
Correction THE March 20-April 2 edition of the Ocean Grove Voice the Prostate Support Group incorrectly stated that blood tests indicate cancer. According to the Prostate Foundation of Australia the PSA blood test looks for the presence in the blood of a protein that is produced specifically by prostate cells called Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). The presence of an elevated PSA does not necessarily mean prostate cancer is present as there are other medical conditions that can lead to a PSA result outside the normal range. Elevated levels are a good indicator though and further testing is required.
New bowling club general manager MORE entertainment, gaming upgrades and an injection of fun are just some of the changes promised by Ocean Grove Bowling Club’s new general manager. Tim Fookes brings a wealth of knowledge gained from a decade of running London hotels and most recently the Moama Bowling Club, Echucha.
“I’m looking forward to getting my head around how everything runs here and injecting more entertainment back into the club. I think that’s been lost a bit since the refurbishments,” Mr Fookes said. “I come from a very strong gaming back ground and I’m looking forward to the new gaming regime in Victoria. We’ve got our first full
year coming up and I’ve really been pushing for some changes.” Mr Fookes said he has already spoken with TGS a gaming service provider about being one of the first venues in Australia to get new games. “There are new games coming into the state shortly so I’ve really been pushing for those. I’ve had really positive feedback so
far,” Mr Fookes said. “People will see me a hell of a lot out on the floor. Everyone seems pretty excited to have a young person behind the reigns. “I’m planning on staying a long time. Ocean Grove really is a beautiful place.” Mr Fookes replaces Mike Lewis who has moved to the Hoppers Club at Hoppers Crossing.
Tom’s deal lands big win
LOCAL realtor Tom Butters walked away with $27,100 in prize money after appearing on Channel Seven’s Deal or no Deal. Tom and his good friend Alex Boyle arrived at the studio last November hoping for a chance at winning the $200,000 jackpot. “It was filmed in November, hence the handle bar moustache,’’ Tom said. ‘‘We applied online then we went up and met the producers. ‘‘We had a chat and then you have no idea if you’ll get on. “We arrived there at about 8am and we were just sitting in the crowd. You can watch for the whole day and not even hold a case or anything but we were lucky enough to get on.” Tom said it was a nerveracking experience and despite being caught up in the moment played a relatively safe game, splitting the winnings with Alex 50/50. “I had six cases and still had the $200,000 in play. I couldn’t risk knocking it out so I took the deal. I’m not a gambling man and it would’ve killed me if I
WINNERS: Tom Butters and his friend Alex split the $27,100 winnings between them. knocked it out,” Tom said. “You’re chatting away, you forget about it then you remember there’s a lot of money. I came across ok I think, Mum and Dad taped it and watched it again with friends the other day.” At the end of the show, Tom discovered he only had $4000 in his case, while Alex was in possecian of the $200,000. Tom said he decided to
enter after falling in love with a Canadian girl on holidays and decided to try and earn some money to visit her. “I met a girl when I was on holiday in Bali and we had a romance,’’ he said. ‘‘She was a Canadian working in Paris so I wanted to get some money together so I could go over and visit her. “I took the money, went over, after three hours
together we couldn’t stand each other. After three days we despised one another so I left for London. It’s a holiday romance that should’ve stayed in Bali.” Tom said he had watched the episode a couple of times now and agreed with host Andrew O’Keefe that he was a little aggressive. “My friends think I bullied the audience.
Upon reflection I got a little too into the whole deal or no deal action,’’ he said. I was a bit animated, I didn’t stand in front of the mirror to practice or anything like that. “I have been carrying a pen around though in case anyone wants an autograph, I’m joking. I had some good calls during the show too. I always think I’m funny though.”
Healthy new collaboration
Jacinta Crawley and Jason Trethowan CEO of Barwon Medicare Local. LOCAL businesses came out to help toast the start of a collaborative new medical venture in Ocean Grove. Bellarine Osteopathic Clinic has moved location and evolved to become Bellarine Allied Health Group which features four osteopaths, a dietitian, a psychologist and a massage therapist, at a new site in Wallington Road. Bellarine Allied Health Group has been set up by Jacinta Crawley in what was the Jehovas Witness Kingdom Hall on the corner of Gutheridge Street. “I have long had a vision to create an allied health, multi-disciplinary centre in this region which would enable health professionals to work together with a collaborative approach to
patient care. While this is commonplace in the public sector I believe there is no such private clinic on the Bellarine Peninsula.” The site has taken six months to convert and will feature four consulting rooms and large space for exercise, rehabilitation and clinical pilates. Barwon Medicare CEO Jason Trethowan spoke of his support for the new initiative at the launch of the new group. • Bellarine Allied Health Group is holding an open morning on Saturday 6 April 2013 from 9.30 am - 12pm. We welcome new and existing clients to come along and meet our team of practitioners and see our new facilities at 27 Guthridge St Ocean Grove.
Sarah Cass, Jaana Lollo, Jack Williams, Ailsa Stevenson and Lydall McNeil.
Tony Pickles, Kylie Pickles and Terry Demeo.
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Exciting year for garden THIS year looks to be an exciting one for the Ocean Grove Community Garden, with a new Management Group and developments underway to complete most of the planned garden infrastructure. A member’s meeting in February elected the new ‘Ocean Grove Community Garden Management Group,’ of Andrew Scott (Chair), Alice King (Deputy Chair), Justin Teague, Kerryn King and Pearl McNally. The meeting also acknowledged the outstanding contributions of founding and outgoing committee members. For their service in establishing and developing the garden, Peter Gumley, Vivian Kershaw, Russell Neville, Carlo Missio, Clare Missio, and Bridget Ure. The Garden has been successful in obtaining two major grants last year, which will be used to build the next stages of the Garden. A $16,200 grant from the Victorian Government Department of Planning and Community Development will see construction of the remaining plots and boxes, some community plots, a herb garden, pathways, a disabled person car park, purchase of tools, equipment and safety gear. Also a wood fired pizza oven, park seats, tables and chairs, a lockable garden shed a green house and other garden-related items. A City of Greater Geelong Council Community Grant for $20,000.00,
obtained with the valuable assistance of Cr Jan Farrell, will see the construction of a shelter building to the rear of the site, with additional storage facilities. In addition, the garden is looking to obtain further funding with the assistance of Cr Jan Farrell to include a toilet on the site. These developments provide not only a thriving community garden, but also a functional community space, which we hope will provide the location for many community gatherings during the year. And not forgetting the current plotholders, who have had a productive summer, despite the dry weather. They and other garden members and friends have managed to provide ‘spare’ produce for Hats of all shapes, sizes and colours were on show the Garden to sell at its stall at the Bellarine during Ocean Grove Primary School’s Easter Bonnet Parade. Students from grade prep to grade two Community Farmers’ Markets. The next stage of development will build designed their hats at home as part of a home learning the final plots – for which there is already task then made them during class time. a waiting list. So, if you are interested in having a plot make sure your membership is up-to-date and your plot application is in. Don’t forget Garden Working Bees are held from 10am on the last Sunday of each month at the Garden (108 The Parade). Everyone is welcome, you can keep in touch with Garden activities on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ OGCommunityGarden or contact the Garden for more information via email: email@example.com Alice King Vice-Chair of the new Garden Management Group
Member for Bellarine: Lisa Neville MP SHELL ROAD PRECINCT In Parliament, I have again urged the Minister for Sport and Recreation to provide funding for the next stage of the Shell Road Reserve sporting precinct in Ocean Grove. This will involve building a pavilion to provide all the sporting clubs with appropriate facilities, including change rooms. As you know, the Commonwealth government and the City of Greater Geelong have already provided funding for this important local redevelopment project, including funding netball courts, a cricket pitch, lighting and car parking facilities. It is now up to the current State government to support this project and build on the first part of the redevelopment which occurred under the previous government and saw the aquatic centre built. I will continue to push to see this project
go ahead and finally become the significant community asset it was designed to be. OCEAN GROVE MOBILE OFFICE My mobile office meetings are a great way for community members to discuss local issues and I thank all the Ocean Grove residents who made appointments to meet with me on the day. SHORT TERM MYKI TICKETS TO BE SCRAPPED As the Member for Bellarine, I have called on the State government not to punish Geelong and Bellarine commuters by scrapping short term Myki tickets in favour of commuters purchasing $6 Myki cards if they want to use the local buses. I am concerned for Bellarine residents that this decision to phase out short term tickets will make life
very difficult and will ultimately discourage the use of public transport. I have raised this issue with the Minister and he continues to fail to acknowledge that this is going to have a big impact, so I urge you to make your views known by contacting the Minister for Public Transport, the Hon Terry Mulder MP. PREMIER’S SPIRIT OF ANZAC PRIZE With ANZAC Day commemorations being held on April 25, now is a timely reminder about the 2013-2014 Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize schools competition. The Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize encourages students in Year 9 and 10 students at all Victorian secondary schools to enter research essays, artworks, musical
compositions or audio, video or web-based presentations. Students are required to answer: -To what extent is the ANZAC spirit relevant to life in Australia today? -What can it teach us about the Australia we want for the future? Twelve students will be given the opportunity to travel on an overseas study tour to sites of military and cultural significance to Australian servicemen and women. The competition closes on Friday, October 18, 2013 and entries can be lodged throughout the year. For more information visit www. veterans.vic .gov.au 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
Sickness restores Mel’s faith JESSICA GRACE MEL Hines believed a year of exhaustion and changes to her breasts were the result of a new baby. So it was a great shock to Mel when twelve months ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer. But she said despite feeling terrified at times, the experience had restored her faith in humanity. “I was extremely exhausted for a year but because I’d just had a baby I thought it was that I had two children. I literally had to lay down all of the time so I decided to get a few check-ups,” Mel said. “I thought I just had a lumpy breast because my daughter didn’t take to that side. I probably had cancer for the whole year looking back. As soon as they looked at my breast they could tell.” Mel said because the cancer went undetected for so long it spread through her bones into her pelvis, neck and shoulder. “I’ve lost all that cancer now, it’s healed. There’s a spot on my chest and middle of my back so I’m on more treatment but they’re healing. It’s just my breasts that are stubborn,” Mel said. “I was pretty petrified when I was diagnosed. I didn’t know anything about cancer let alone what an oncologist was. I was just thinking how am I going to do this, as I’ve got two young girls as well.” Mel said she had always
been someone who had given to others, and was at a stage in her life where she was losing faith in others. “I felt I was giving and giving and then I got sick. A good girlfriend of mine organised the school community to start cooking for me and then all of this food was being dropped off,” Mel said. “The same friend heard about ASK a local group that provides a helping hand to women and their families experiencing breast cancer. They’ve been amazing to me throughout this experience.”
It’s made me realise people are willing to donate their time for others. You need to know you’ve got support, to take some weight off Mel said ASK provided fresh fruit and vegetables and a juice card when they heard Mel was preparing juices every day. “They heard along the grapevine that I was buying a juice when I was going in to get my blood tests. They organised a juice card, making juices involves a lot of energy and was exhausting,” she said. “I was a yoga teacher and when I got sick I lost
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BELIEVER: The support Mel received following her cancer diagnosis restored her faith in humanity. confidence in my body. I wanted to get back into exercise and they paid for me to do two classes at Step into Life every week for three months.” Alecia Elbelli, one of three founding members of ASK, said the organisation was established in 2010 after noting a lack of support services available to women on a local level. “Myself, alongside Sasha Roos and Kylie Gorski, all grew up on the Bellarine and originally held a background breakfast to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation,” Alicia said. “We raised $600 and continued to support the NBCF. Whilst our fundraising efforts had been successful we wanted to help make a difference so registered ASK in 2011.” She said they supported women and families residing on the Bellarine Peninsula through a helping hand program, which enabled individuals to select services from a
range of packages. “This includes meal services for the entire family, taxi vouchers to and from treatment, coffee vouchers for a support person and therapeutic massages,” Alicia said. Mel said despite her symptoms she believed she had a bright future and was deeply moved by the kindness shown by others. “Pretty much everything I needed was on my door step. It was really overwhelming at first but I had to learn how to accept it because I needed it, so I could focus on getting better,” Mel said. “It’s made me realise people are willing to donate their time for others. You need to know you’ve got support, to take some weight off or just to nurture you when you’re having down time.” Applications are open for ASK’s 2013 Helping Hand program. For more information visit http:// www.askushow.org/askhelping-hand/
GROVER’S will get up close and personal with Mayor Cr Keith Fagg as guest speaker during an upcoming community forum. John Fendyk Chairperson of Ocean Grove Community Association said the event at Ocean Grove Bowling Club on April 3 was a fantastic opportunity for locals. “It starts at 7.30pm and it really is a wonderful opportunity for the Ocean Grove community to meet the mayor. To have the mayor in attendance, it’s a great get for us in that respect,” Mr Fendyk said. “Grover’s can come along and put questions and concerns to him as mayor. He’s indicated a strong passion to ensure the Bellarine is engaged so it’s fantastic that he’s in attendance.” Mayor Cr Keith Fagg will discuss where Ocean Grove sits within the context of the City of Greater Geelong, how communication can be improved and council rates for 2013/14. “He’ll discuss the specific role of the Coastal Communities Portfolio Councillor, the cultural meeting place for Ocean Grove and the future in terms of infrastructure, development and employment etc,” Mr Fendyk said. “In addition Jessica Hurse, Strategic Planner for COGG will also be speaking about the Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the towns centre.” Mr Fendyk said the community will be able have input and gain better understanding about an enquiry by design workshop that’s coming up in late April. “I’m encouraging all residents to come along, listen, ask questions and participate in the future of Ocean Grove.” Any inquiries contact John Fendyk on 0407 422 155.
Alice Casey, 7, Keira Murray, 7, and Alexie Murray, 5.
Signing delights kids EAGER young readers sat enthralled when childrenâ€™s author Jacqueline Harvey visited Bookgrove to talk and sign copies of the latest in her popular Alice Miranda series. The Sydney-based author talked about how she became a writer and then took questions from youngsters about how she developed her colourful characters. Alice Miranda in Paris is number seven in the series about a bubbly eight-year-old girl.
Budding author Keira Murray, above, was spot on with the answer to one of author Jacqueline Harveyâ€™s questions.
good friday appeal
Top pictures, Collendina Caravan Park getting in the swing of their annual hole in one fundraising competition. Right: joining the appeal at Ocean Grove Bowling Club.
$47k ...and more to come OCEAN Grove continues to dig deeper for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. By Sunday this year’s efforts had ammassed $47,114 though auctions and fundraising efforts at the Mex, Ocean Grove Bowling Club, Collendina Caravan Park and CFA street collections. This time last year the total stood at nearly $35,000.
Regional coordinator Alistair Drayton said that every one of those fundraisers was on the on previous year. Highlights also included Channel 7’s Amy Parks delivering a live broadcast from Collendina Caravan Park. Voluntary auctioneers at the Mex and the bowling club were Mark Hyland and Hugh McEwan.
Ocean Grove Fire Brigade volunteers collecting in the Terrace.
Lance Irwin enjoys some banter with auctioneer Mark Hyland at the Mex.
Susie Thatcher celebrates an auction win for a friend.
The Brown family doing their bit at Ocean Grove Bowling Club.
Duck shooting ‘a way of life’ JESSICA GRACE FOR 39 years, Dale Berryman has been shooting ducks and says he’s no stranger to protesters. “I started shooting when I was 16 years old with friends. People protest about shooters but the human race has hunted or caught fish for hundreds of years,” Mr Berryman said. “It’s sad to hear negative feedback all of the time. There have always been protests but it’s definitely increasing now as it’s getting more and more publicity.” Mr Berryman said high profile personalities like Laurie Levy, having access to media, accelerated the negative comments around the community. “We’re not weirdo’s or anything like that, we’re all family men who like the taste of wild game and fish. We collect it ourselves and its organic, no pesticides or anything,” Mr Berry man said. “I can understand people’s
concerns about cruelty but if you’re a regular shooter you become quite proficient in what you do. One of the cruelest things though is the introduction of steel shot.” Mr Berryman said lead bullets were outlawed after it was discovered the ducks were ingesting lead from the swamps and steel shots were introduced. “We’re not allowed to use lead shots anymore, which used to collapse on impact and the bird would die instantly. The steel shots now can go straight through the bird,” he said. “They can fly another kilometre before they fall from the sky in those instances. They die a miserable death which worries me, but you can’t change politicians’ minds.” Mr Berryman said people might ask him then why he continued to shoot ducks, but believed putting a hook in a fish’s mouth was no different.
Dale Berryman “It’s a matter of my lifestyle, the way I’ve been brought up and the way I’ve brought my son up and my grandsons. I love the bush, I like being in the bush,” he said. “It will be disappointing when the time comes for it to be banned. The fact they’ve already banned it in New South Wales and Queensland shows it probably won’t be in the not too distant future.” Mr Berryman said as a member of the Geelong Field and Game Association, he couldn’t speak on behalf of them, but believed they
did amazing work in regards to conservation. “All I can do is point out the GFGA do a fantastic job at encouraging bird life. Yes, we take birds for our table, but GFGA ensures ducks breed far more prolifically then what’s taken,’’ he said. “In relation to gun safety there’s laws surrounding owning and keeping a gun. It’s all under lock and key with ammunition kept separately. I don’t think there’s an issue with that at all.” Mr Berryman said despite reports the sport was dying, there were new shooters coming through every season. “Just last week at the opening when I was shooting with my son a lad came up and asked if he could shoot near us. He informed us that he’d just had his license for a week,” he said. “There’s still quite a strong culture and I don’t believe the sport’s dying out at all.”
Activists won’t stop until killings end OCEAN Grove’s John Bowman has called on fellow activists to help call an end to duck shooting. On Saturday, March 16, John and fellow protesters gathered at Hospital Swamps, Lake Connewarre for the opening of duck season. “I, alongside Greg Barber, leader of the Victorian Greens, gathered for the opening. There was a fair bit of shooting at dawn and the
birds took to the air,” Mr Bowman said. “They didn’t know which way to turn, which was stressful to listen to and watch. A few birds were shot down but we didn’t see any being brought back to camp.” Mr Bowman said the protesters, including Natalie Houghton, CEO of Jane Goodall Institute of Australia, outnumbered the shooters.
“Along with the RSPCA and other environmentalists, the Bellarine Anti Duck Shooting Group will continue to oppose duck shooting until it has been banned,” Mr Bowman said. “Lake Connewarre has great potential to attract Twitchers from all around the world if the birds weren’t killed, injured, stressed and frightened away for 12 weeks every year.”
John Bowman and Greg Barber
Jack’s ‘just like us’
MP calls for funding
THOMAS Sainty loves his brother Jack and stood in front of his peers at Ocean Grove Primary School asking them to do the same. Eight-year-old Tom asked for understanding and explained while his five-year-old brother Jack, who has autism, may speak differently, he’s just the same as you or me. “As part of his orange belt grading in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu he was asked to do a community service and he decided to raise awareness about autism and aspergers,” mother Sue Sainty said. “At first he wanted to buy all the poor people houses or Ipads and when I said that wasn’t possible he decided to help Jack. I had no idea about what he was going to say as he has done it all himself.” Ms Sainty said Jack was diagnosed with autism over a year ago, when as a four-year-old he was only able to say about five words. “At first they thought it was his hearing but when that was all cleared up they knew it was something else. It’s a lengthy process to get
LOCAL state MP Lisa Neville has called on the Minister for Sport and Recreation to urgently provide funding for the next stage of the Shell Road Reserve sporting precinct in Ocean Grove. “The next stage of the project involves building a pavilion so that all the sporting clubs will have proper facilities, including change rooms,” Ms Neville, the member for Bellarine said. “At the moment the clubs only have access to temporary, shared change rooms which is totally unsatisfactory. “The Commonwealth Government and Council have already provided funding for the netball courts, cricket pitch, lighting and car parking facilities. “Under the former Labor Government the aquatic centre and soccer fields were built. “And we made an election commitment to provide funding for the next stage. She called on the current State Government to provide the funding for the pavilion. “Ocean Grove is a fast growing area and participation in netball, cricket, soccer and football, including junior teams, is continuing to expand. “The people of Ocean Grove and the region are waiting for the State Government to make its contribution,” Ms Neville said.
AWARENESS: Thomas Sainty spoke about his fundraising at Ocean Grove Primary School assembly last week. diagnosed and now he has speech and occupational therapy,” Ms Sainty said. “It’s difficult to explain to the kids that are always around him why he speaks differently. Tom says to them he’s the same as us he just thinks a little differently.” Ms Sainty said children with Autism Spectrum
Disorder had difficulty in the three areas of social skills, communication and imagination and flexibility of thought. “Tom wanted to let the other children know about autism and how to treat kids with autism. So he addressed the assembly, we’re also doing the Walk for
Autism at Eastern Beach on April 14,” Ms Sainty said. “Tom also contacted Autism Victoria and OGPS is going to have a casual dress day with a gold coin donation next term to raise funds. It’s quiet amazing for an eight-year-old to be able to do what he’s done.”
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Fouad Yacoub, 85, retired I’ve lived in Ocean Grove for 21 years. Before that I lived in Melbourne and originally I’m from Alexandria in Egypt. I came here for better opportunities. I love it here, it’s one of the best countries of the world. It’s beautiful here in Ocean Grove. We always had summer holidays in Ocean Grove before we came to live here. I was a computer specialist satellite communications system analysis computer programmer. I was an executive at BMW Australia. We love to travel, we’ve been all throughout Europe but now we’re taking it easy. I make beautiful things I’ve made pens, bowls and furniture. In my spare time that’s what I like to do. I also do a bit of gardening and like to walk. I love bowling and I love reading the Voice, all of the results are always in there.
Gayee Minotti, 63, retired My husband John was the minister for Ocean Grove. We’ve been in Ocean Grove for 17 years. Before we were in Melbourne, we’ve also lived in Ballarat, Adelaide and we originated from Maryborough originally. We moved because of John’s teaching job and then he became a minister. We loved it when we first came here, we love country towns and it was a country town with the beach. We love being able to walk to the sea and of course the people. I teach CRE at the local Ocean Grove Primary school one day a week and I help with the church playgroup. I walk with friends and I love people and catching up with them. I love cooking. My lemon slice and caramel slice are always the most popular. I’ve cooked for cafes, biscuits, slices and cakes.
Lyn Heslop, 64, retired We’ve lived here for about seven and a half years. We moved down from Bendigo. We retired and we were going to move from the house we were in and we just liked the beach so we thought we’d come down here and give it a try and we love it. We’ve made lots of great friends since we’ve came here, we just found it a really friendly place. I get to exercise groups a couple of times a week and walk on the beach. We socialise a lot and love to travel. We went to Italy last year. My son and his family are over there. for a 12-month break from work, him and his wife and two little boys. The boys go to school there as well and are getting good at speaking Italian. I’m really just enjoying life and loving it here. I’m really enjoying being retired, it’s everything everyone says.
Ann Bacon, 53, designer We’ve lived here for 23 years now. Originally from Melbourne, my husband was from the southern suburbs and I was from the western suburbs. The weekends are weekends here. When you live in Melbourne you never really feel like it’s a weekend. You’re always running around, you still run around here but it’s a bit more relaxed and casual. Our son’s in a band and we quite often go and see him play. They play a lot in Geelong but they have played in Melbourne too. I’ve got two kids. Our daughter’s just moved to Melbourne and our son is going in the navy in May. We’re going to be empty nesters soon. We’ll probably end up having to put the house on the market when we have a big house and no children.
John Syndenham, 64, retired I’ve lived in Ocean Grove for 13 years. We came from the Latrobe Valley. I changed jobs and we’d been in the valley for about 28 years and thought it was time for a change. I love the ocean for a start. We think it’s a good place to retire we’re both members of the bowling club. We love Ocean Grove’s proximity to Geelong and ease of access to places north. I’m a bowler. I’m currently men’s president of the Bowling Club. We’ve also got a caravan out the front. We love to travel, we went to Italy and France last year. That was wonderful and in Australia anywhere up north where it’s warm. The important thing is to keep busy in retirement. The Bowling Club’s been great for that. It’s also a great way to meet people.
Roesy leads Irish themed night SINGER song-writer Roesy will lead a Irish themed night at the Piping Hot Chicken Shop on Sunday April 14. Singer-songwriter and artist Roesy may now live in
Melbourne, but his journey began in Birr, Ireland, singing along to his fatherâ€™s records as a boy. From an early age his notebooks of sketches and words documented a fertile
imagination and a sensitivity to the images, sights and sounds that surrounded him. Roesy, who moved to Australia last year, has shared the bill with international figures
such as Billy Bragg, Joan Armatrading, Donovan, Shane MacGowan and Paul Kelly. His afternoon show at the Chicken Shop will also feature local musicians.
Tasty pizza and pasta D E L I C A T E S S E N
in the heart of Grove OCEAN Grove Pizza and Pasta Restaurant is a family owned business located in the heart of Ocean Grove at 80 The Terrace. A fully licensed restaurant open 7 nights a week for dinner and also for lunch on Saturday and Sunday from 12 midday. The menu has a large variety of traditional pizzas, gourmet pizzas and also gluten free pizzas. Homemade pastas, risotto, seafood, steak and parmis are on the menu as well as a wide range of local and interstate wine. The kids are well looked after with their own menu. The restaurant is also available to be privately booked for any special occasion with a seating capacity of 70. With its big screen
projector it is a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy your meal, wine and perhaps a bit of football. Two other TV screens are in the restaurant to ensure you donâ€™t miss any of the action from any position you are sitting in. In the warmer months dining alfresco is a pleasant way to dine. There is also a take away shop situated at Market Place which is open from 4.30pm every Wednesday night through to Sunday night. They deliver from both locations to Barwon Heads, Queenscliff, Wallington and Point Lonsdale. They also have online ordering which so far has proven an easy and efficient way of ordering deliveries or pickups. You can order at: www. oceangrovepizza.com.au
• Barwon Heads Hotel -Thursday Open Mic 8pm -Friday Happy Hour 5-7pm, raffle, live music -First Sunday of each second month beginning March 3, 3pm-6pm. Youth are encouraged to perform their songs as bands/ soloists/ duo’s for more information contact Jill Meehan on 0431 606 476. • Ocean Grove Hotel -April 6 Kyle Taylor, Lani Schwaiger, David Anderson -April 13 Powerage ACDC tribute band -April 20 2 Fat 2 Skate • Piping Hot Chicken Shop - April 14 Roesy • Potato Shed Drysdale Various dates from April 2 to 6 Roger’s Jolly Pirate Adventure Tickets $8 come along and enjoy watching Rodger and his dog scruff play pirates for the day. For more information contact Rob MacLeod on 52 511 998
• Barwon Heads Bowling Club May 13 departure for the Snowy Mountains Cooma area, five day bus trip, no bowls but a great trip assured. Contact Sandra on 52 541 480
markets, fairs & fundraisers
• Barwon Heads Community Hall April 27 Barwon Heads Community Market 9am -1pm • Parkes Hall Newcombe Street Portarlington April 28 Portarlington Community Market 9am to 2pm • Kingston Park Ocean Grove April 7 Ocean Grove Craft Market 9am until 1pm • Point Lonsdale Primary School April 14 Point Lonsdale Market 9am - 2pm • Ocean Grove Park April 20 Bellarine Community Farmers’ Market 9am to 1pm • Queenscliff Harbour April 21 Queenscliff
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 platters and classic car displays Ph: 5250 5760
• 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: 52 513 393 • 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. org.au
reading & writing
• Ocean Grove Library – corner Presidents Avenue and The Avenue. -Thursdays 11am Babytime- Nursery Verses -Friday’s Preschool Storytime 10.30am Last Wednesdays of the month Chatterbooks junior book club for kids aged 7-12 4-5pm www. geelonglibraries.vic.gov.au
• 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. oceangrovetoylibrary. org.au • 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@ gmail.com
classes & exhibtions
• Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre Check out our 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 great variety of acts on the day for all ages, $5 donation, contact Jill Meehan on 0431 606 476.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Breast Cancer Support Group (lunch and nibbles available) Phone Julie Rodger on 0435 362 573 or email email@example.com for more information
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Clubs meet 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, Fri 9am to 3pm, and Wed 9am - 1pm, 17 Smithton Grove. Phone 52552595. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Legacy Laurel Group of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads, 2pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Draper St. Details 5256 1863. 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 email@example.com. 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 52 552996 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. www.groupspaces.com/coasters-social-group or phone 0411 952 598.
Runners battle it out DESPITE windy conditions, Ocean Grove Primary School students battled it out for a chance to represent their school. Teacher Kerryn Skuza said the first 10 children went on to run against other schools at zone cross country, held at Eastern Gardens. “We hold our in-house cross country down the beach every year. It’s a bit windy today but we’ve definitely had worse conditions then this,” Ms Skuza said.
Students tee up MORE than 50 junior golf enthusiasts from the local region took part in a qualifier for the Victorian Primary School Golf Championships at Ocean Grove Golf Club last week. The Ocean Grove region had four schools who represented in the nine-hole event held on Wednesday, March 27. Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School had the biggest field assembled with a total of 26 students, while there were 16 participants from Surfside Primary School and nine representatives from Wallington Primary School. Ocean Grove Primary School had two representatives. Golf Victoria Development Officer, Tony Collier, who was the event organiser on the day, said the event was the first of its kind held at the Ocean Grove Golf Club. “It is the first one held at Ocean Grove Golf Club – I am hoping it is the first of many for Ocean Grove,” Collier said. Collier said most of the students that participated were in Grades five and six. Collier said the top 10-12 qualifiers on the day would go through to the next qualifying stage held at Curlewis Golf Club in Term 3.
“The kids really enjoy it. We start off with the girls U8/9s followed by the boys and go right through to U12/13s. The younger kids run 2kms and the older grades cover a 3km distance. Ms Skuza said in the past students had gone on to represent the school in the state competition. “They’ve done really well in the past and I’m sure this will be no different. They love coming down and cheering each other on,” Ms Skuza said.
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The juggling act: balancing the needs of work, home and ageing parents THERE is a new recognition of an old juggling act that women have always done. It’s called “what to do with the folks?” Women have most often been the decision-makers when it comes time to
think about caring for their elder parents or inlaws. Now many women are still in the middle years of intensive parenting or career demands while their parents are living longer or suddenly
DO’S • Be clear about your own needs and capacity • Listen to the needs of others, starting with your parents • Respect their right to state their wishes and try to facilitate those where possible • Ask for help, utilising the many resources that exist • Recognise the impact of this time on relationships with your partner, children, siblings and workplace • Share tasks, time and resources – co-operate, communicate and collaborate
requiring more care. Having early conversations and taking time to think and talk to your parents, extended family and others about planning for this stage can help clarify the wishes and needs of all.
DONT’S • Don’t fall into blame patterns – blaming your partner, parents, siblings or boss because they don’t see it your way • Don’t take over the decision-making from the elder without consultation • Don’t try to do everything – nobody likes a martyr at work or home • Don’t deny the ageing or dying process - it can be a rich time for learning and growth • Don’t make big decisions quickly or alone – have conversations in the family about ageing and the future long before decisions are needed
By Frances McAloon
Margie McLean working with one of her groups of ladies.
Stay fit and active FOR over 30 years Ocean Grove’s Margie McLean has been helping older adults stay fit and active. “It’s so important for older adults, particularly those over 75 to stay active. I run a class with functional exercises to music once a week with fantastic results,” Margie said. “There’s a misconception about getting back into exercise if you haven’t done it for ages. The truth is anyone can start exercising at any time, we just take it slow and gradually build up.” Margie said benefits
for older adults include improvements in coordination, balance, strength and overall fitness. “They feel like they can do normal day to day activities better then they use to before. The more exercise they do they’re much freer in their movements,” Margie said. “They’re happy within themselves and they also make some great friends. That’s another really positive, the social aspect of the classes.” Margie said the exercises incorporate chairs, hand
weights, chi ball and scarves for variety. “We ask everyone to bring a mat along so we can work the core, tummy muscles and back and for stretches and relaxation at the end,” Margie said. “There’s not that much out there for this particular age group, most of the ladies in this group and 75 and over. They want to keep active for as long as they possibly can.” Classes are held at the Senior Citizen’s Hall every Monday at 10.15am for more information contact Margi McLean on 0407 244 767.
Architects scoop awards
Briony Darcy and Leon Eyck of DE atelier Architects.
OCEAN Grove architects Leon Eyck and Briony Darcy were winners at the Built Environment Awards 2013. DE atelier won first place for the Single House Project category and they were also runners up in the Sustainable Development category. The awards, held bi-annually by the City of Whitehorse, recognise quality design, sustainable building and
the architects’ endeavour. The DE atelier’s winning project, located at 1 Sydenham Lane, Surrey Hills, is an infill development of a subdivided block. The architects said: “Working on a compact site, just over 300sqm, it was important to maximize the sense of space and light and integrate both indoor and outdoor areas. Walls are located on the boundary
as per a site appropriate response and partially retained to minimise height and visual impact on the neighbours.” The design of this dwelling has been undertaken to reduce the demand on natural resources as well as on urban infrastructure. DE atelier created a sensitive, functional design that comfortably accommodates the growing needs of a family
on a 300sqm lot. The passive design principals employed will reduce energy bills, limit excess waste and conserve storm water runoff. In the future the owners will be exporting their excess power back into the grid and profiting from a sustainable lifestyle that will benefit both them and the community. DE atelier Architects is a boutique practice based out Ocean Grove.
business works and the benefits of employing a buyer’s agent to find and secure the right property.” “When MRPA commenced business in Melbourne there were two buyers agents and now there are close to 40. “We plan to be involved with the community and sponsor those associations that we believe could well use financial assistance and together with our expertise if they need it. My family has long been associated with meals on wheels, and Cottage by the Sea (my sister lives in Wallington with her husband and two children) and so I would
THE NEGOTIATOR: Michael Ramsay. very much like to help Michael is also a member those in need as well as a of the Barwon Heads Golf sporting association. Club.
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Negotiating a new home MICHAEL Ramsay Property Advocate is a Property Buyers business. “We source properties for home owners and investors.” explained MD Michael Ramsay. “We search for residential and commercial properties and are committed to finding and securing the most ideal property for our clients for the lowest price, in the shortest time frame and on the most favourable terms.” Bidding at auction and negotiating a private sale is all part of the process offered by Barwon Heads local Michael. “Some clients are happy to find their own property
but employ us purely to secure it,” he said. MRPA was established in 1998 and has offices in South Yarra, Melbourne and Belmont in Geelong. “There is one staff member in Melbourne and two in Geelong as well as myself in between. MRPA have been active in the Geelong area for two years but only in November opened a local office. Prior to establishing MRPA Michael was a selling agent in Melbourne as a partner at RT Edgar. “Due to having grown up in the area on a farm at Birregurra and parents living in Ocean Grove for
over 30 years it seemed only logical to extend the business to the area.” The business is currently concentrating on Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and Geelong and will progress to servicing the ten remaining towns that make up the peninsula. “As the only Buyers Agent agency with an office in Melbourne and Geelong we hope to not only assist Ocean Grove residents in buying property locally but also offering advice on buying property in Melbourne. “The business is going from strength to strength as people get a better understanding of how the
Nature-lovers on the hunt JESSICA GRACE
A GROUP of nature enthusiasts were on the hunt recently for an extinct Small Ant-Blue butterfly. Friends of Ocean Grove Nature Reserve president, Fiona Topolcsanyi, said 60 people turned up to the reserve last weekend for a butterfly walk and talk. “Valda Dedman from Geelong Field Naturalists explained the history of the Small AntBlue butterfly. It was originally discovered and described here at the reserve in the 1900’s,” Ms Topolcsanyi said. “It had a symbiotic relationship with an ant. The butterfly died out and the ant disappeared. The ant was rediscovered here in 2005 and we’re hoping it means the butterfly could be too.” Ms Topolcsanyi said a wonderful mix of people turned out to enjoy the day, including retired couples, conservation students and young families. “It was a real cross section of ages, which was really good. We sent out information for the event via email to local networks,” Ms Topolcsanyi said. “I’ve been involved with the park now for eight years and this is my second term as president. We’re making ourselves a lot more visible in the coming months and organising a range of activities.” Ms Topolcsanyi said her current role involved overseeing the running of FOGNR and ensuring the reserve continued in the right direction. “We have to make sure we have
enough volunteers and enthusiasm to have activities running. We also have to keep an eye on and liaise with parks,” she said. “This ensures the reserve is being managed in a sustainable and valid way. Our main source of funding is park grants. We’ve actually just gone for a grant with the Bellarine Historical Society.” Ms Topolcsanyi said the grant would enable the two organisations to record the history of the reserve and hoped it would generate more awareness. “The lovely ladies at Bellarine Historical Society are going through all of the archive records we gave them. They’re slowly reading through that and writing it all out,” she said. “There’s a difference between knowing something is there and using it. People may know about it or may have come a long time ago but it’s getting coverage to get people coming more often.” Ms Topolcsanyi said the reserve consisted of a diverse array of habitats and urged people to be aware of the regulations when enjoying the reserve. “You’ve got the grass trees, you’ve got the yellow gum forest, you’ve got our water area and the open fire pits. There are actually not many places you can go these days and have a real fire and BBQ,” she said. “There’s great running and walking tracks. Despite the tracks though bikes aren’t allowed and we’re really asking people to adhere to this to stop any damage to the surrounding environment.”
An eye on the eagles THERE are three types of Eagles found in Australia, namely the Wedge Tailed Eagle, the White-Bellied Sea Eagle and the Little Eagle. Eagles belong to the ‘Birds of Prey’ family of Accipitridae, which also includes kites,hawks, and ospreys. Eagles are large birds of prey with a massive hooked bills and long broad wings, and are known for their keen sight and powerful soaring flight. Some species of Eagles have feathered legs and feet, and are known as ‘booted’ Eagles.
I was walking in Edsall Reserve in Wallington last week because I’d come across a lovely little bird there a few days earlier known as the Rufous Fantail. The Fantail was not at all cooperative in allowing me to take a decent photo, so I was hoping that it would still be hanging around (a vain hope I might add). Anyway I managed to disturb a Little Eagle eating a newly deceased rabbit at Edsall Reserve, and after it saw me it flew into one of the willow trees around the creek bed, so I was able to get a quick image before it disappeared from view.
It was the closest I’ve ever been to a Little Eagle, so I was pretty happy to get this close to one, even though I felt sorry that I had disturbed it’s lunch break. Little Eagles are around 50 cms long with a wingspan of 1.2 metres (roughly half the size of the massive WedgeTailed Eagle). There are only two ‘booted’ eagles in Australia, the WedgeTailed Eagle and the Little Eagle, and both can be readily seen around the Bellarine Peninsula. I’ve seen White-Bellied Sea Eagles along the New South Wales coast, but
have never seen them around here, but they have been recorded as living in this area of Victoria (I hope I do see one around here one day). The Little Eagle is a small, powerful Eagle, with a short but broad head and a long square shaped tail. The legs are heavily feathered as you can see in the photo. When perched, the Little Eagle also has a short crest. There are variations in plumage from light to dark brown, with a pale broken ‘M’ across the upper parts. The wings have dark tips. You can also see in the
photo above that the Little Eagle has very powerful talons and beak, as I’m sure the rabbit it was eating could attest to if it were able. Like other Eagles, the Little Eagle soars in circles and glides using flat wings. The female is larger than the male. The Little Eagle is widespread in mainland Australia, central and eastern New Guinea. They are not found in Tasmania. I hope that everyone had a lovely Easter! I hope that the Easter Bunny avoided the Little Eagle. By Jennifer Carr
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LOCAL surfing pioneers joined other surf coast legends for a paddle out to celebrate 50 years of Surfing Victoria at Bells Beach last month. Pictured are: Mick Pearce, Phillip Island, Terry Wall, Torquay, Phil Trigger, East East, Rod Brooks, Torquay, Robin Plum, Torquay, Adam Robertson, Torquay, Bob Smith Torquay, Nikki Van Dijk (representing Bells champ Gail Couper), Bill Kelly, Ocean Grove, Steve ‘Chooka’ Piec, Ocean Grove, Warren Evans, Point Lonsdale, Barrie Sutherland, surf photographer, Torquay, and other East Coast surfers.
Praise for up and coming local surf talent THE Metricon Surf with the Boys Tour Presented by Play it Safe by the Water took over 13th Beach for a night last month with 12 of the brightest surfing stars getting high performance coaching from Adam Robertson. Robertson, who is the
highest placing Victorian at the Rip Curl Pro (2nd in 2009), took the participants for a warm up session and some water safety skills before getting in the water. The aim of the Metricon Surf with the Boys Tour is to use positive male role models and professional
surf coaches from Surfing Victoria to pass on their skills and knowledge to the next generation of male surfers. Robertson was impressed with the talent coming out of the Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove region. “We always get a great response here at 13th Beach,
the groms love getting in the water at any opportunity.” “There is some seriously good talent coming through from 13th Beach.” The tour stopped over the Easter for the Rip Curl Pro, and will resume for the final session on the Mornington Peninsula, April 10.
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Fanning set for ‘firing’ Bells OCEAN Grove Voice’s sports reporter and SEN radio 1116 surfing correspondent, Mark Heenan, spoke to two-time world surfing champion Mick Fanning on the eve of the 2013 Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach. Fanning, 31, A Rip Curl team rider, won the prestigious Bells Beach event in 2012 and also in 2001 as a wildcard. The Rip Curl Pro, which runs from March 27 to April 7, is the second stop on the ASP World Tour. The Rip Curl Pro waiting period started on March 27. When do you arrive before this year’s event? What sort of training will you do in the lead up to the event? “It depends on the waves. If I see I great swell before the event kicks off, I’ll try and pounce on it. I always like to get down there at least a few days before the event, so I can adjust to the water temp and get really comfortable surfing in a steamer.” You won the Rip Curl Pro in 2012 and also in 2001 as a wildcard, how hard will it be to defend this year’s title at Bells Beach? “Winning events on tour is so difficult and I feel like it gets event more challenging when you’re the defending champ. People really come after you if you took the event out the previous year.” Where does winning and ringing the prestigious Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach trophy rank in your distinguished career in surfing? “My Bells titles are definitely close to my heart.
In 2001, it was my first World Tour win and I surfed the final against Danny Wills who was my favourite surfer growing up. Most importantly I was able to dedicate the win to my late brother, Sean. ‘‘The 2012 win is one of my most memorable because it was such a good final with Kelly Slater. We both had huge scores and it was incredibly close. Michael Peterson had past away just before the event. He was a legend where I grew up, he won Bells three-times and he was a family friend. To have one-minute applause and celebration for his life before we surfed the final made that day extra special.” Have you surfed much at nearby Thirteenth Beach in Barwon Heads or in the Ocean Grove region? What are your thoughts on those waves? “I’ve surfed most of the waves along the coast plenty of times of the years. I love Thirteenth Beach and I’ve had some magic days out there.”
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A few years ago some heats of the Rip Curl Pro took place at Beacon at Thirteenth Beach were you able to surf competitively at that location or able to watch any of the heats? “The event’s been moved to a couple of different spots over the years. Thirteenth Beach has been such a reliable back up and sometimes in the past when the event has been on I have raced down there for a surf. I always feel competitive surfing heats in Victoria, there is just something about the whole coast I love. Ultimately though the waves will be firing for Bells.” The Ocean Grove Voice would like to thank Rip Curl’s Arna Campbell for assisting with this article.
Josh finishes third at trials
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OCEAN Grove’s Josh Johnson-Baxter took on some of the best surfers in the state at last week’s Rip Curl Pro Wingman Trials at Bells Beach. Johnson-Baxter competed in the first of the Round one four-man heats on Tuesday March 26 and finished in third place with his combined wave score of 12:10. Unfortunately, it was not enough for JohnsonBaxter to progress through to semi-finals with the first and second placegetters in the four-
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AN historic win in the Geelong/Ballarat Premier Division this season has capped off a remarkable season for Ocean Grove Bowling Club. With numerous individual accolades throughout the year by some players, this stood above the rest as the one Ocean Grove wanted badly. Falling short on occasions in past years they were able to come up trumps in a Grand Final win against Minor Premiers Victoria from Ballarat. This victory will now see the side head to Barham on May 3-5 to contest the Champion of State Pennant Sides Titles. All Pennant Champions from across Victoria will come together to form two sections of six in a round robin format to determine who will be crowned the Champion Pennant Team of Victoria. With the Premier Division success came the disappointment the Division 5 side had to encounter. Finishing the season as Minor Premiers in their division they were able to advance straight to the Grand Final with a win over Geelong West in the semi final. In a thrilling finish to the game they managed to hold and book that spot and await their opponent in the ‘big one’. Facing off again against Geelong West, on what would be described as an ordinary day for a game of bowls at Belmont, the Grove boys just could not hold on long enough and succumbed to the Geelong West team by 20 shots. With their backs to the wall with a handful of rounds to go they found themselves struggling for consistent form, but to their credit they bounced back and worked together as a team and regained that winning feeling going into the finals series. These two sides flew the flag as far as pennant goes this year for the Grove. Some mixed fortunes with
remaining divisions in the Saturday Pennant ranks and also in the Midweek competition. Division Two will look to next year to earn that promotion to Division One as well as the midweek teams will learn from the events of this season and try and turn the narrow losses into narrow wins and come out swinging and ready to make amends in 2013/14. Worthy mentions of some awards presented were 300 game players, Keith Hankin and John Hoult, while Keith George and Steve Townsend reached 400 games. All players are endeavouring to catch Norm Thomas, who in the last game of pennant this season etched his tally to 762 Pennant games for Ocean Grove. A remarkable feat. Away from the Pennant competition, what a year for Ocean Grove. Mick West GBR singles Champion, Craig Hodges and Matt Flapper GBR Pairs Champions, Ken Thomas, Craig Hodges and Matt Flapper GBR Triples Champions and Michael Allen, Owen Clark, Dale Kett and Mick West GBR Fours Champions, Club Champion Matt Flapper took out the GBR Champion of Champions title. All these players will make their way to Bendigo from April 11-17 to hopefully bring back a number of state titles to Ocean Grove. Dale Kett, Paul Cameron, Anthony Donohue, Matt Flapper, Craig Hodges, Michael Allen, Mick West, Cal Inderberg, Owen Clark, Kim McConville and Faye Richardson all represented their respective Regions in the representative sides championships with the men’s region finishing runners up in the state. Ladies success came in the hands of capturing both the Over 60’s Singles Championship, with Val Cook adding to her Club Championship title and Pairs Pat Virtue and Faye Richardson who defeated another Ocean Grove pairing of Adele Ryan and
Terri Toye. Karla Turner made her way through to the Region Novice singles final in which she finished runner up whilst Margaret Meagher, Sandra O’Keefe, Kerri Simpson and Faye Richardson went so close to winning the region fours just missing out by three shots which was also a great effort. Michael Allen represented the Big V in the Over 60’s Interstate series as well as Matt Flapper continuing to represent Victoria in the upcoming Australian Sides Championships in Bendigo from April 26 – May 2. Ocean Grove Bowling Club have put together an amazing list of achievements this season and this certainly paves the way for more success in the coming years. Trans Tasman Series Winners: Ocean Groves Matt Flapper has made a successful debut in the Australian Men’s side which travelled to New Zealand to take on the Kiwis in the 2013 Trans Tasman Series. The five a side Men’s team played singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours with 6 games constituting a Test Match. The series was best of three tests. Matt played third in the men’s fours along with South Australian Wayne Ruediger, Queenslands Brett Wilkie ans New South Wales Aaron Sherriff. In the triples he played second alongside Ruediger and Queenslands Mark Casey. First Test was Round 1 Pairs (Win 16-12) and Triples (Loss 10 -13), Round 2 Singles (Loss 19-21) and Fours (Win 18-8), Round 3 Pairs (Loss 10-15) and Triples (Win 12-11). Both Australia and NZ had 3 wins each but Australia had better shots up to take out the first test. Second test was Round 4 Singles (Loss 15-21) and Fours (Loss 11-22), Round 5Pairs (Draw 10-10) and Triples (Loss 12-15), and Round 6 Singles (Win 2119) and Fours (Win 14-13). NZ won the second test
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Above left; Val Cook winner Club Championship and Over 60’s Singles.
Winners and Runners Up Over 60”s Pairs Adele Ryan, Terri Toye, Pat Virtue and Faye Richardson.
Australian Men’s Trans Tasman Winners 2013 Mark Casey, Matt Flapper, Aaron Sherriff, Wayne Ruediger and Brett Wilkie.
with 3.5 wins – 2.5 wins Third test was Round 7 Pairs (Win 16-11) and Triples (Draw 12-12), Round 8 Singles (Win 2120) and Fours (Win 16-7) and Round 9 Pairs (Loss 1417) and Triples (Win 20-11). Third test won by Australia and also claimed the series
win. Overall, Australia was in six team events for the Trans Tasman and walked away winners in five. Mens Open, Ladies Open, Development Boys, Development Girls and Under 18 Girls, with the only ones to miss out the U18 Boys.
LEFT: Surfside Waves two senior men’s sides lined up against each other in the Bellarine Cup last month.
Light at end of tunnel
Surfside Waves recently played a practice match under lights.
SURFSIDE Waves soccer coach Stan Nagle remains hopeful his club can play up to six night matches under the new lighting facilities at Shell Road this season. Nagle said while the club had not been issued with their Football Federation Victoria Geelong region fixtures, he mentioned the Waves would have a preference in playing Friday night games. “We actually put in a request to have at least six games (at night) at home this year,” said Nagle, who has also taken on the Vice-president role of the Surfside Waves. “We are open to have both teams; as in the Division three team will play at 6:30pm and Division one
team will play at 8:30pm on a Friday night.” Nagle said the prospect of playing night games under the lights would hopefully grow the sport at a grassroots level again and encourage an influx of youth to take up soccer in the local region. The club is still pressing to get changing facilities at the club and they believe this will help in recruiting more players. The installation of the lights is already proving a benefit. “The lights are brilliant at the moment, it is so exciting just to see the young kids as well and just to train (under
the lights) is even better. “It is such a big step forward for the club – The lights are a massive benefit to the club which is great.” Ocean Grove based councillor, Jan Farrell, said the new lighting facilities would be a great initiative for soccer in the local region. “It is really exciting to see Council’s investment in lights at Ocean Grove being put to great use,” Cr Farrell said. Nagle, 34, who originally hails from Ireland, moved to Australia in 2007 and immediately fell in love with the Ocean Grove region and commenced playing with the Surfside Waves upon his arrival six years ago. “I have played ever since I
arrived here in Ocean Grove with Surfside Waves,” Nagle said. “This is my second attempt at coaching.” The Waves will kick off their season on the weekend of April 13 and 14. MEANWHILE the Surfside Waves had two teams that competed in the Bellarine Cup at Shell Road Recreation Reserve on the weekend of March 24 and 25. Nagle said the youngsters in the Surfside teams had gained some valuable experience as they move into the new season. St Leonards-based team, Bellarine Sharks, defeated the Surfside Waves in the final to claim their first Bellarine Cup.
Late surge but just short A BUMPER-sized Easter long weekend crowd saw Drysdale claim a valuable 20-point win over the fast finishing Grubbers on Saturday to kick off the BFL season at Ocean Grove. Despite the Hawks leading the home side by 40 points at three-quarter time, Ocean Grove’s spirited run and fourth quarter momentum saw them get within 14 points of the visitors during a thrilling last quarter. Final scores were Drysdale 17.8.110 to Ocean Grove 13.12.90. New Ocean Grove playing coach, Shane Jack, said lapses in concentration in the second and third quarters proved costly in the final outcome. Drysdale outscored Ocean Grove with 11 goals to the home side’s five majors in the second and third terms. Jack was the main shining light up forward for the Grubbers kicking five goals. “You don’t like to lose games and it is highly
disappointing, I felt we competed well, we just had a couple of 10-15 minute lapses which cost us, and they (Drysdale) piled on a few goals,” Jack told the Voice after the match. Jack remained confident the Grubbers could claw their way back into the match, despite the sizeable deficit at the final break. “I said to the group at half-time we have done a big pre-season and never thought we would roll over, I always knew in my mind with a committed group we would get back into it,” Jack said. Jack paid respect to Drysdale’s game structure, their bigger bodies and new Hawks coach John Fitzgerald, who led Bell Park to multiple premierships in the GFL in previous seasons. “I give credit to Fitzy (John Fitzgerald), they played well, they structured up well with a couple of big bodies,” Jack said. Fitzgerald said it was a great way for Drysdale to commence the new season after they suffered narrow losses to Ocean Grove in
both their encounters in 2012. “I know Ocean Grove beat Drysdale in two really tight games last season,” Fitzgerald said. “Absolutely we take four points every day of the week from here at Ocean Grove, they are a good team (The Grubbers), they weren’t going to roll over and give us the first game of the year.” Ocean Grove’s defeat was compounded with concussion to Grubber playing assistant coach, Rowan O’Callaghan, in the first half and he did not take any further part in the match. In an enthralling final term, young Grubber Dylan Moroney left the ground on a stretcher was knocked out after a spiteful incident with a Drysdale player. It led to Grove ball magnet Tyson Doherty being yellow carded for an indiscretion and sent from the ground in the final minutes of play. The Grubbers were without some of their big guns including new prized recruits Max Rooke,
Tyson Doherty kicks forward for Grove. Bryn Weadon, while Riley against Modewarre, who Koops and Jason Turnbull eliminated the Grubbers all missed Saturday’s from last year’s BFL finals game through injury and series. “Modda at Modewarre it unavailability. Gun Grubber defender does not get easy again, then Tom Roberts, James we front up against Ammos McTaggart and Sam (Geelong Amateur),” Jack Fairway who all played in said. “It is a tough start, but last year’s finals series with that is what you want.” The Grubbers’ senior Ocean Grove were injured game against Modewarre at and did not play. Ocean Grove’s Mount Moriac Recreation attention now turns to Reserve starts at 2.10pm on their Round two clash Saturday.
Ben Riccardo tackles a Hawks player in Saturday’s opener.
Action from Ocean Grove A grade against Drysdale.
Seniors take four from four Well what a special historical day for Ocean Grove Netball Club! The new courts at Shell Reserve are a credit to all the hard work of the committees and all associated parties and contractors, they are fantastic. The morning started off with the Juniors against Drysdale: Under 11’s had a great game and played in the true spirit of the game and had a lot of fun. Under 13-1’s Ocean Grove 29 vs Drysdale 12 Best Players: Lilia Praud, Isabella Jones, Isabel Hackett Under 13-2’s Ocean Grove 32 vs Drysdale 1 B e s t Players: Paige Drinkwater, Meghar Carr, Bree Abel Under 15-1’s Ocean Grove 29 vs Drysdale 13 Best Players: Bridey McElligott, Abbey Badrock, Sami Gravener Under 15-2’s Ocean Grove 25 vs Drysdale19
Best Players: Georgia Holloway, Shayneisha Page, Beth Walder Under 17-1’s Ocean Grove 49 vs Drysdale19 Best Players: Zanna Woods, Clementine Praud, Maddy Goodger Under 17-2’s Ocean Grove 34 vs Drysdale 14 Best Players: Briony Wemys, Meg Hodgson, Greta Gant Under 19’s Ocean Grove 13 vs Drysdale 37 Best Players: Erin Mercer, Bianca O’Callaghan, Brooke Walter The Seniors had a fantastic start with wins all round D Grade Ocean Grove 28 vs Drysdale 17 Best Players: Amber Binns, Kirrilee Sing, Jamie Lucas. The girls made a flying start with a first quarter win. Rachael Mayor and Jamie Lucas made a great team in the ring setting the scene for a Round one
win. Amber rang rings around her opponent in the centre applying pressure. Kirrilee Sing showed great courage at the defensive end really making Drysdale work hard for their goals. C Grade Ocean Grove 23 vs Drysdale 20 Best Players: Caily Nash, Paula Birch, Britt Long C Grade had something to prove this year and certainly game up with the goods. Famie Needham and Caily Nash made a convincing partnership coming out firing. Paula Birch was invaluable in defence with Britt Long damaging the centre court. A physical game and a win well earned. B Grade Ocean Grove 53 vs Drysdale 33 B e s t Players: Bec Sykes, Emma Doolan, Bree Fankhauser. Super effort from the B Grade girls. Every player gave 100 per cent and worked as a team all the way through the game. There was great
Ocean Grove A grade versus Drysdale.
defensive pressure from Kelly McIntosh all game. Tina Birch and Emma Doolan stole the show with their fantastic shooting. A great start to the season from our B Graders. Well done girls. A Grade Ocean Grove 48 vs Drysdale 42 Best Players: Zanna Woods, Kelsey Ollis, Sarah Breed A Grade was a very hotly contested game with some good play for the first game Action from Ocean Grove A grade against Drysdale. of the season. Pre-season fitness had certainly paid off after half time with the girls being able to contest every ball. Very defensive work by Michelle Sanders and Kelsey Ollis down the defensive end. Some fantastic centre court work by Sarah Breed, Renee Scott and Grace Caldow. The goalers Laura Bell and Zanna Woods played a tight game usually goaling under pressure. Great start by the girls. Action from Ocean Grove B grade versus Drysdale.
Left: action from Ocean Grove under 13(1) and above and right Ocean Grove under 11s versus Drysdale.
Grubbers cricket 2012/13 review OCEAN Grove Cricket Club coach, Lucas Cameron, reflects back on the 2012/13 season after the Grubbers’ A-Grade team were knocked out by eventual BPCA premiers Queenscliff in the semi-finals. Queenscliff, who defeated Jan Juc in the A-Grade season decider by 16 runs, claimed a 64-run victory over Ocean Grove in the BPCA A-Grade semi-finals. MARK HEENAN reports. GRUBBERS LEADING BOWLERS Lucas Cameron – 19 wickets at 12.21. The coach is the main stay of the Ocean Grove fast bowling attack. Nursed his lateral meniscus injury in his knee well at important breaks during the season. Mick Gill – 33 wickets at 13.82. The playing assistant coach was arguably the most dominant spinner in the competition, he was the league’s second leading wicket-taker. He averaged three wickets a game. Claimed a sevenwicket haul against Wallington and took six wickets against Anglesea.
GRUBBER LEADING BATSMAN Michael Kenneady – Scored 530 runs at 53 in A-Grade. Scored two centuries against Barrabool and Drysdale. Won the league A-Grade batting average and was the second highest run scorer in the competition. Dean Gills – Scored 333 runs at 33.30 in A-Grade. Resilent opener. Scored three 50’s during the season. Inspirational figure at the club and overcame some personal adversity late in the season. Lucas Cameron on Grubbers’ batting: “Unfortunately we probably relied on Michael Kenneady and Dean Gills to do the majority of the large scores, probably did not have enough of your second-string batsman of turning their scores of 30’s into 70 scores. Obviously Kenneady was a clear stand-out for us. We just need our B-Grade batsman to have the belief to transfer their form from B-Grade to A-Grade.” Rating out of 10: 6.5 out of 10
Lucas Cameron on Grubbers’ bowling: “Probably on paper we clearly would have the best bowling line-up on paper. Fast bowler Stephen Carlile had to leave and moved to Perth for work. I virtually had 10 weeks without bowling. Mick Gill had an enormous season for us. We had a good variety.” Rating out of 10: 7.5 out of 10
FIELDING Lucas Cameron on Grubbers’ fielding: “Towards the end of the season, when we made a clear decision that we were going to pick people that could field and it basically started with the Barwon Heads and the Portarlington game. ‘‘Some of the catches we took, were absolutely incredible, and just the ground fielding and the pressure we were able to build, the bowlers benefited really well at the end of the season when we had six or seven of our best fielders representing the A-Grade.” Rating out of 10: 8 out of 10.
BIG HITS: Corey Buxton and Peter Hart during the B-Grade grand final.
Sharks take key wickets from Bs JAN Juc defeated Ocean Grove in their B-Grade Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association Grand Final match on Saturday March 23 at Drysdale Recreation Reserve. Ocean Grove resumed at 0/48 after Jan Juc were all bowled out for 190 a week earlier, the Grubbers lost key wickets on the f inal day in pursuit of their victory target of 191.
Ocean Grove lost their last 10 wickets for only 88 on the f inal day to be dismissed for only 136 after 37 overs. Jan Juc bowlers Callum Binyon, who claimed 3/40 from 12 overs, and Darcy Thornton, who took 3/13 from only four overs, were the main wicket-takers to help the Sharks claim premiership victory by 54 runs.
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OCEAN Grove Cricket Club C-Grade captain Alan Bate had a game to savour after his allround efforts went a long way to ensure Grubbers premiership glory on Saturday March 23. The 31-year-old nicknamed Elmo - claimed the match winning figures of 6/33 from 14 overs and was the main catalyst in the Grubbers defeating Drysdale by 167 runs at Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation Reserve. On day two, chasing Ocean Grove’s competitive total of 9/278 from their 60 overs, Drysdale fell well short and were bowled out for 111 in 34 overs. A week earlier, on day one Bate blitzed his way to a sparkling 73 with the bat.
Grove C grade celebate as Alan Bate clean bowls a Hawks batsman on his way to 6/33. Bate earned man of the match honours for his brilliant all-round performances and was awarded with the Craig D’Arcy Medal. “It was an absolute
honour, for me one of the biggest things was to actually win the Craig D’Arcy Medal,” Bate told the Voice last week. “When I was first arrived at the club Craig (D’Arcy)
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Grove’s C grade side won its premiership with good balance of experience and youth. Pictured are Jake Taylor, Isaac Wilkins, Craig Darcy and Harry Walker.
was my junior coach for five or six years, and then to have him by my side for the last five years as captain was a bit a touching really and I got a bit emotional after the game.”
D’Arcy who opened the C-Grade batting and made 13 on day one of the C-Grade Grand Final, is a long-time servant of the Ocean Grove Cricket Club.
Ocean Grove NIGHT GAMES
GROVE GRAB GLORY
Ocean Grove put in a thrilling last last quarter in front of a bumper Easter Saturday crowd. In the end they fell short, but not without trying. Story page 43
New courts spring to life
Colin and Alan Bate celebrate Ocean Groveâ€™s C Grade Premiership.
Ocean Grove netballers took to their new courts at Shell Road on Saturday. First round wrap page 44.
OCEAN Grove Cricket Club C-Grade captain Alan Bate had a game to savour after his all-round efforts went a long way to ensure Grubbers premiership glory on Saturday March 23. The 31-year-old claimed the match winning figures of 6/33 from 14 overs and was the main catalyst in the Grubbers defeating Drysdale by 167 runs at Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation Reserve. Story and pictures pages 46-47.
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