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Federal MP Darren Cheeseman with local residents at Shell Road Reserve.

Strawberry Sunday TASTES GOOD: Blair Mason and Michael McQuinn enjoying Sunday’s Strawberry Fair. More pictures page 15.

THE now stalled progress of Ocean Grove’s Shell Reserve sports precinct has prompted a renewed call to the State Government to play their part and contribute to previous federal and city inputs. Although the current

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State Government did not meet the pledge of its predecessor, local politicians, community and sports leaders who have worked to bring the project this far have begun to voice their frustration in the politicisation of the

issue. The plan to move Ocean Grove football, netball and cricket to Shell Reserve dates back nearly 40 years. This the closest the project has come to fruition.  Story page 2 and letter page 8.


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Action after near miss JESSICA GRACE CITY of Greater Geelong agrees with one concerned Grover that speeding cars and pedestrians don’t mix. Local resident Julie Rodger contacted Councillor Jan Farrell regarding two near misses she’d experienced while using the Grove pedestrian crossings. “Cars failed to stop twice at the crossing to the rear

of Coles,’’ Ms Rodger said. ‘‘However, I became extremely annoyed when an elderly friend stepped onto the crossing and a speeding car nearly hit her. “In response, Cr Farrell emailed Traffic Technical Officer, David Briggs, and I was surprised to get such a quick response (a phone call) from him.” Ms Rodger said after the initial phone call she

received a letter explaining the actions Traffic Operations City Services were going to take. “In relation to the pedestrian crossing safety concerns at The Parade they’re going to replace the old signs with new ones and relocate some to improve their prominence,” Ms Roger said. “They’re also going to arrange a pedestrian/

vehicle survey at the crossing locations to determine if an upgrade of the crossings is required under the VicRoads guidelines.” Ms Rodger said the pedestrian crossing on Presidents Avenue near Target was also inspected and the City would make amendments there. “The City is going to improve the safety of this crossing by removing a

parking bay on the east side to improve visibility for both pedestrians and drivers,” Ms Rodger said. “I’m thrilled the council will be taking action to hopefully improve the safety of pedestrians at these crossings. ‘‘I’m just so happy that the council listen to concerns and take appropriate action to improve safety on our roads.”

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UNFINISHED business at Shell Road Reserve has prompted a renewed call for the Victorian Government to contribute to the pot. Darren Cheeseman, the Federal Member for Corangamite, met with representatives of the Surfside Waves Soccer Club and members of the Ocean Grove community last week to call for action from the Baillieu Government. “The Federal Government invested $2 million to build Shell Road Reserve. This substantial investment in our community has not been matched by the State Government.” Mr Cheeseman said. “The way funding works these days is that projects need to be funded by multiple levels of

Government. I worked really hard to put Shell Road on the map and got $2 million for the precinct. “The previous State Government promised to put $5 million into Shell Road reserve.” “I am calling on Baillieu to fund the further upgrades to Shell Road reserve and explain to the whole Ocean Grove community why he and the Liberals have deserted the community.” The $2 million of Federal funds was delivered to fund Shell Road Reserve under the Community Infrastructure Grants Program. The Federally funded project includes the upgrade of two soccer fields and realignment of one, the purchase of lighting towers for soccer fields, netball

RALLY TOGETHER: Darren Cheeseman met with locals to call for action from the Baillieu Government to fund further upgrades to Shell Road. courts and the football/ oval and upgraded car of Greater Geelong to make an immediate application cricket oval, the installation park,” he said. “The next stage needs to for State Government of lighting to the soccer fields and the football/ be funded by Ted Baillieu funding to maximise the cricket oval and the upgrade and the Liberals who have prospect of finishing the of the incoming electrical gone to ground on this Shell Reserve project. Last week the Voice wrote supply. project.’’ The total project will not Liberal candidate for to Premier Baillieu with a Sarah view to discussing the Shell be completed until August Corangamite, Henderson, while Reserve issue. No reply had 2013. “I am proud that we now commenting on Surfside been received at the time of have a realigned Soccer Waves’ continued lack of going to press. pitch, new lighting for changing provisions, also soccer, netball and football recently called on the City  Letter page 8


All the seats are taken and there are kids standing and sitting on the floor,” Nicole said. Operations Manager Graham Buckland, of Christians Bus Service, said the bus was currently licensed to seat 61 passengers, with 15 standing. “There should be no one sitting on the floor but we’re not breaking any law by having 15 standing. As we don’t go over a 60km zone they’re not in any danger,” Mr Buckland said. “We became aware

there was a problem with numbers two or three weeks into the school term and we are trying to solve it, our hands are tied though. It’s got to go through the Department of Infrastructure.” Brenda Way, Bellarine Secondary College bus co-ordinator, said she had spoken with Saint Ignatious and Christian Bus services about providing an alternative service. “I met with Public Transport Victoria about the issue and they said

Bus seat shortage worries mum CONCERN over bus loading numbers has one Ocean Grove mother unable to get her sons to school once a week. Nicole, who did not want her surname published, said every Wednesday her boys, who attended Saint Ignatious College in Drysdale, could not get transport from Barwon Heads to Ocean Grove. “They stay at their father’s one night a week as I do night duty and there’s only one bus available.

there are guidelines to adhere to. Nongovernment school students are able to travel subject to spare seating,” Ms Way said. “They said nongovernment students cannot form a case requesting an additional bus service. Funding for the education departments has been cut back severely, getting another bus is like pulling hens teeth.” Michael Exton, principal of Saint Ignatious College, said transport to and from school was the parent’s

responsibility and the college worked with the bus co-ordinator and local bus company. “To support working parents we work alongside the bus co-ordinator and local bus company to facilitate access for our students on the available services,” Mr Exton said. “In relation to this specific case I contacted the parties involved to see what can be done. I am told there is currently no room on the bus and the students will be placed on a waiting list.”


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Second attack on hair salon

JUST CHILLING: Aaron, Lochlan, Daniel and Will cool off in a ute tray while watching Ocean Grove win a fourth Twenty20 title against Newcomb. Story page 54.

Adam digs new TV role JESSICA GRACE DESPITE hosting his own television show, Ocean Grove’s Adam Ford describes himself more squib than star. The British/Australian archaeologist is starring in a second series of ABC1’s Who’s Been Sleeping in My House? and said it has been an extraordinary experience. “I talked to a guy earlier this year who said, ‘do you realise how many people would give their teeth, arms and legs to do what you’ve done and you’ve just dropped into it?,” Mr Ford said. “Tony Robinson came to Australia when I was directing the Ned Kelly excavation and I did some work for his Time Walks series, someone on the

ABC saw it and it went from there.” Mr Ford said the ABC approached him about hosting his own TV series, where they uncover the history of Australian homes. “I loved the concept straight away. Everything is done live on camera and our discoveries have been extraordinary, we changed history books during our first episode,” Mr Ford said. “Official war records show no Japanese spies were ever active on Australian mainland. We discovered a spy had been arrested in a house at Roleystone outside of Perth.” Mr Ford’s journey from humble beginnings in the UK to television, include digs throughout the world, most recently a 10,000 year

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS: Adam Ford stars in a second series of ABC1’s Who’s Been Sleeping in My House? old excavation in Turkey. “I’m from the UK originally, I’ve been here for 18 years. I met my wife Inga in the UK, her visa was running out so it was either get a ticket or say goodbye, so I got a ticket,” Mr Ford said. “Inga’s born and bred in Ocean Grove and that’s why we’re here essentially. Her family’s here and when we had our two daughters we moved from Sydney to be closer.” Mr Ford said his family had been very supportive of his new television role and while on break from shooting accompanied him

to Turkey. “My daughters have been brought up surrounded by archaeology. They understand so much watching as we discover remains from 10,000 years ago,” Mr Ford said. “It’s hard to conceptualise though what life was like back then and that’s why I think our show resonates with viewers. It’s within their timeframe, they can relate to the stories.” As the show readies for a second season, Mr Ford said one thing he’s learnt during his career was to take opportunities as they came. “You have to have self belief and you have to make those around you believe you can do it too. This has definitely taken me outside my comfort zone,” Mr Ford said. “It’s hard enough hearing your voice on tape let alone watching yourself on television, but when something like this presents itself you just have to take it and run with it.”

OCEAN Grove hair stylists at Salon Sojourn are pulling together after their Newtown salon was badly damaged by a break in and fire on Friday morning. Police are treating the fire as intentional after discovering a rock had also been thrown through a window, the second such attack in a year. Salon Sojourn began in Ocean Grove and opened a second shop 15 months ago in Pakington St. Owner Teena Carmichael and nephew Jamie Whelan began the Grove business in early 2008. “We are pretty devastated,” Teena told the Voice just hours after the incident. “It’s just an absolute mess. Jamie is there with the crime squad now. From what I could see there is a lot of damage, mainly from smoke and water and we cannot access files.” In the meantime, the team of eight stylists, many of whom usually alternate between branches, will work out of the busy Ocean Grove salon. Police are hoping CCTV footage will offer clues as to the culprits behind the fire.

First steps for relay THE 2013 Bellarine Relay for Life will be held over the weekend of November 9 and 10. Again it will be held at Collendina Reserve, Ocean Grove. It will commence at midday Saturday and close at midday Sunday. The Bellarine Event last year raised more than $66,000 an amazing increase from $45,000 in 2011. The aim in 2013 is to improve even further. In 2012 25 teams took part and the organisers hope it will top 30 this year. The first committee meeting was held yesterday (Tuesday March 5) where committee roles were due to be discussed and new members are encouraged to be involved. For more details contact 0400 602 561 .



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Farrell signals tower works JESSICA GRACE WORKS on two towers addressing weak signals in Ocean Grove is expected to roll out soon. Councillor for Beangala Ward, Jan Farrell, said one tower would be built in Collendina and the other an upgrade to the existing Montpellier basin tower. “The Collendina tower in Minerva Close will service that area only and the Montpellier basin will improve signal to southern

parts of Ocean Grove and parts of Leopold, Drysdale and Clifton Springs,” Cr Farrell said. “The works will undertaken by TX Australia and were commissioned by the Federal Department of Communications and considerable work was undertaken by TX Australia on choosing a location.” Negotiations between council and TX Australia to install extra lighting on the proposed tower at

Collendina Oval incurred delays. “TX Australia is normally exempt from needing planning permits from council, just like telecommunications companies,” Cr Farrell said. “In this case the installation of more lighting triggered the need for a planning permit from council. Objections from two local residents about the lighting tower took a few months to resolve.”

FEW and far between were how Katie Robinson described her husband’s fishing escapades - until he snagged a 125kg Marlin. Paul Robinson, of Ocean Grove, and his friends went on their annual fishing trip to Eden to catch kingfish, but instead discovered marlin. “They’d never caught one before and it was hard work,” Ms Robinson said. “It took all three of them and they didn’t really have the right equipment. ‘‘They were only in a

five-metre boat and the marlin was three meters long. It was quite a feat to catch it.” Ms Robinson said the guys were in shock and couldn’t believe they’d actually caught something that big, cutting short their trip to get the big fish home. “One of them actually hugged the fish.’’ Paul Robinson said they caught the Striped Marlin 35kms off Eden’s shore and despite a 40-minute battle, it was worth it. “It was bloody tasty,” he said.

GIANT PRIZE: Paul Robinson and his friends with their Marlin, which took 40-minutes to catch.

Mates catch 125kg Marlin

Cr Farrell said the Montpellier basin tower was located on Barwon Water land and subsequently required a lease between TX Australia and Barwon Water. “I’m advised it took a long time to progress to a signed lease for the property which is now in place. TX now has the development application in,” Cr Farrell said. “Once approved, work can commence involving power upgrades,

extending the height of the current tower and installing new digital equipment.” Cr Farrell said while she was unable to provide an exact date, TX Australia was still targeting a result by June. “There are few potential roadblocks in the way, but all works must be completed by the end of 2013. My advice is that local works will be completed sooner,” Cr Farrell said.



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Tributes flow for town character MORE than 250 family and friends packed St Peter’s Anglican Church to farewell one of Ocean Grove’s most colourful characters. Bill Huggins, a navy veteran of 33 years who went on to work for the Port of Melbourne as the head lighthouse keeper at Point Lonsdale Signal Station, passed away on February 13. Many in Ocean Grove would have simply known him as Bill, the sociable, humble and humourous ex-sailor in the faded blue cap. But at the service the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL sub-branch carried out the RSL Ritual and formed a Guard of Honour as he left the church, recognising his outstanding service to country. Bill, who was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1969, was an active communitarian. And local community members say he will be fondly missed. Local trader Sandi Ward

had known Bill for close to 20 years. “He was a good all round guy who had a lot of time for everybody. He was knowledgeable with lots of interesting yarns. He was also a good community person with his voluntary work at the RSL and at the Maritime Museum in Queenscliff.” Anyone who had attended the ANZAC services in Ocean Grove over the last decade would have been familiar with Bill and Sandi’s banter. Bill would often break with the formalities to comment on Sandi’s hair colour. Sandi said: “People would go up to him afterwards and say ‘you can’t say that’, but he would say ‘we are mates, I can say that’. “He will certainly be missed,” said Sandi. The funeral service was carried out by former St Peter’s Anglican Church minister, the Rev John Minotti. John, who had known Bill for 16 years, said: “He really was a unique character, one of those ‘living treasures’, he was that sort of bloke. “He was a very generous

TRIBUTE: A Guard of Honour was formed after the service for Bill Huggins. man who gave of himself to help other people. “He was a great story teller. He was just one of those characters who you would stop to chat with on the street and you would go away feeling better as a result.” RSL sub-branch friend Ron Johnson will miss Bill. “Bill and I were great mates, both having a bit of navy service. “Bill was a great man. He did such a lot for people. “He was a great character in this town.” During the service

REMEMBER: Rev John Minotti spoke at the service. on February 21 Bill’s granddaughters Cassie Tobin and Siobhan Kastan read the eulogy and readings were given by other family members. The RSL tribute was given by Graeme Fisher,

vice president and rituals/ services officer of Ocean Grove Barwon Heads subbranch. After the service, those attending were invited to Ocean Grove Bowling Club for refreshments.


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‘Sports pavilion is being hijacked’ Dear Editor The current debate on the OG Sports Pavilion is being hijacked for political gain. The real facts are: In 2007 the Ocean Grove Community Association got the sporting groups together, which resulted in the Master Plan Study & Capital Works Implementation Report (October 2007). This document was then used to lobby all three levels of government. Then Cr Jan Farrell (to her credit) took the initiative to seek the required funding to implement the project. Cr. Farrell was successful in obtaining funds of $4m from the COGG and Federal Labour Government ($2M each), and a commitment from the previous State Labour Government of $5M

leading up to the last State Election. To date there has been no commitment from the current State Liberal Government. The recent Stage 1 expenditure of the Commonwealth funds on infrastructure upgrades (power, water, car parking, etc) was necessary and logical, as without these upgrades a new sports pavilion could not operate. Due to the lack of State Liberal Government funding the project cannot proceed any further and the debate has now turned to providing temporary facilities, when it should be on forcing the State Liberal Government to fund their $2M contribution. Ocean Grove should not be held to ransom until the next State Election. For Sarah Henderson

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The State Government is being urged to step up to the plate and help build a sports pavilion at Shell Reserve and not wait for the next election.

(Liberal Candidate) to make out it is a Federal issue is totally incorrect. Therefore, when Sarah Henderson writes an open letter demanding that the current State Liberal Government allocates its $2M contribution in its May 2013 budget, then I might take notice of her genuine commitment to Ocean Grove. [Footnote: For every year delayed the project

cost increase is 4%pa compounded (i.e. 4%pa on the $4M, which is the actual remaining building cost). As the project has been delayed by at least two years due to the lack of State Government funding, they should actually now be contributing $2.5M towards the project as of May 2013.] Michael Harbour Ocean Grove

OCEAN Grove Neighbourhood Centre will be holding a Youth Art Show which will be held during National Youth Week. Artists aged between 1118 years of age are invited to submit a piece of art work, showcasing their amazing talent in one or more of the following categories: Sculpture, Photography, Graffiti Art, Graphic Art, Painting and Drawing. Entry is free, there will be prizes awarded in each category and an option to sell your artwork is also available. Entry forms are available from your local Secondary School or from Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre. Entry form will need to be submitted to OGNC by 3rd of April. The Youth Art Show will be held at Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre with an official opening night being held on Friday 12th of April 2013 from 6pm-9pm and the Youth Art Show will be opened for public viewing on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April from 10am-2pm. For details Ph: 5255 4294

Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville MP FESTIVAL OF GLASS I WAS delighted to again be invited to be part of the opening of this year’s Festival of Glass in Drysdale recently. It was the third year of this increasingly well-known and popular event on the Bellarine. This year saw an increase in exhibitors and the skill and creativity on display was wonderful. Congratulations to all the artists, volunteers and supporters. This glass festival is undoubtedly the best in Australia. It is always a great team effort, but I would particularly like to mention Doug Carson, Patrick Hughes and the volunteer committees, as

well as organisations such as the Bendigo Bank and the Springdale Neighbourhood Centre, for their imagination, enthusiasm, financial support and hard work in developing and extending the festival and for the initiatives flowing from its success. READING RECOVERY I RECENTLY asked the Minister for Education in Parliament to restore proper funding to the Reading Recovery program for our state primary schools. This internationally recognised program provides a vital resource for primary school children in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 who have difficulty with their reading.

Without the ongoing training of teachers, skills will be gradually lost and the impact of the program totally undermined and this will affect children at Bellarine schools and throughout the state. SCHOOL CAMPS FUTURE AT RISK IN Parliament recently, I urged the Minister for Education to resolve the dispute with the school teachers that is having serious consequences for students, teachers and local communities throughout Victoria. The current situation has led to three schools cancelling camps at Camp Wyuna in Queenscliff. This means hundreds of students

will miss out on the fantastic learning experience of attending this popular and highly respected school camp program and has a flow on effect for businesses, tourist facilities and ultimately jobs across the Bellarine. I will continue to push for an urgent resolution to the teachers’ dispute, with a fair outcome for our teachers. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact my office if there are any issues I may be able to assist you with. Hon Lisa Neville MP Member for Bellarine 5248 3462


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Apple Fair bake off

Anne Rose and Beulah Evans “I love playing cards for one thing. I use to play cards with people in my home but they’ve all moved on. I love the friendly people,” Beulah Evans says.

Les Jackson and Ron Wheeler “It’s somewhere to go. Ron and I love playing snooker. You meet a lot of people it’s good for the old people to get together now and then,” Les says.

Club celebrates 50th anniversary Pastry chef and judge Laurent Praud with winner Klaas Levelt, Manny and some of the young chefs. THIS Friday is Ocean Grove Primary School’s Twilight Apple Fair. The event, which successfully moved to an evening spot last year, is the school’s major fundraiser and attracts hundreds of families for a night of music, good food, carnival rides and the social atmosphere. Among the live acts appearing at this year’s event will be coastal favourites the Beachniks, as well as the Violet Ivy’s, Ten Cent Chrystal and the Apple Fairies. As part of this year’s preparations the school held the Great Apple Fair Bake Off – to encourage apple fever before the big event the following week. School families were encouraged to bake their favourite apple recipe – and the delicious entries were judged by Laurent Praud – Ocean Grove’s own international pastry chef of the James Street Bakery. The Apple Fair is on from 4pm to 8.30pm this Friday.

Ron and Doreen Fishenden “We’ve been coming here for six years. We love the camaraderie. The committee organises lots of trips and outings. There’s not that many couples, there’s more ladies then men.”

Dianne Sapwell, president Kevin Callihan, Elly Smits and vice president John Rule with the commemorative tree donated by the council.

Meryl Sapwell “I’ve been coming 16 years. Everyone’s so friendly and it’s a nice little outing for me because I don’t go out very much.”

Dorothy McWhinney “I’ve been coming quite a few years. I love the friendly atmosphere and so much is provided for the people. I think the celebration will be great.”

LIVE music, great food and good company were plentiful as Ocean Grove’s senior citizens celebrated their 50th anniversary. President Kevin Callinan said the day was a massive milestone not only for the club but for all members who turned out to celebrate. “It’s 50 years of the club which is probably the biggest milestone that you can have in any club, especially for Ocean Grove. It’s huge for the club and the members,” Mr Callinan said. “A lot of them will think back over the years that they’ve been here and today they can reminisce about the good times at the club.” Vice president John Rule said the council had kindly donated a commemorative tree with a plaque to mark the anniversary, which they’d planted out the front. “The tree’s fantastic, I’ve been here eleven years, president for six of those. A lot of changes have happened over my time, a new kitchen and new offices thanks to the committee,” Mr Rule said. “The club offers people camaraderie and a lot of friendships form and last the duration of members stays here. It really is a friendly club.”



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Locals grab first home JESSICA GRACE THE first house in Ocean Grove’s new Oakdene estate belongs to long-time locals Peter and Irene. Peter Clark, 62, and partner Irene Rose have lived in Ocean Grove for 25 years and said it was time to upgrade. “Retirement is approaching and we wanted something brand new with minimal maintenance. We were quite happy in our house in Fraser Crescent but it’s far too big for us,” Mr Clark said. “We’re meant to be downsizing but it’s still a substantial home. It’s all brand new though that’s the difference. A new home in a new estate

with first class facilities.” Mr Clark said they built their first new home 20 years ago, adding a self-contained unit to the property after inheriting it from Irene’s parents. “Her father was very ill and passed away two years after we moved in and her mother late last year. That’s when we felt it was time to move on and the opportunity in Oakdene came up,” Mr Clark said. “We’re looking at moving in at the end of April. We love the environment around the estate and location. It’s a short trip to Geelong or to Queenscliff. It seems like it’s going to be a nice place to live.”

FIRST CLASS FACILITIES: Peter Clarke and his partner Irene Rose have brought the first house in the new Oakdene estate.

Pelicans galore

Active in Parks

Ocean Grove’s Mick Armstrong snapped this shot of about 80 pelicans on the Barwon Estuary mudflats.

OCEAN Grovers can combine a visit to the beach or park with a chance to win a prize during Parks Weeks. From March 2-8, Grovers simply have to visit a park (or beach) and send a photo, along with 25 words or less telling Active in Parks what the best things to do in the park are? “By entering you go into the draw to win a GoPro wearable video camera, we’ll also upload your photo and caption on the Active in Parks facebook page,” co-ordinator for Active Parks, Jane Mulder said. “The initiative, Active in Parks, aims to connect people to parks and open spaces as a way of enhancing their physical and mental health.” Visit Entries close on March 15.



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Roll up for grant round

OCEAN Grove Community Enterprise is urging community groups to consider applying for its next round of grants, with applications closing on Thursday, March 28. OGCE accepts applications twice a year, so this is a great opportunity to secure support for community

projects taking place over the coming months. Enterprise chair Jon Mamonski said dozens of groups and organisations in Ocean Grove had taken advantage of the funding pool, with almost $100,00 allocated since 2008. “There are so many organisations - schools, sporting clubs and community groups

-providing wonderful services to the community, often relying on volunteer support and little or no government funding. “We urge these groups to utilise the funding available through OGCE,” Mr Mamonski said. “The enterprise gives all of us the power to

make a good idea happen by directing money and resources to worthwhile projects,” he said. One of several enterprises in the Geelong region, OGCE raises money through dividends provided by the Bendigo Bank and its partners. When customers bank with the Bendigo or

partners such as Vicwest Community Telco, they can nominate OGCE as their chosen charity. Owned and operated by the residents of Ocean Grove, the enterprise is managed by a board, which administers the grant allocation process to groups in Ocean Grove, Wallington, Collendina and Marcus Hill.

The Voice travels from Paris to Prague and then conquers the tall ship from Hobart

Karen Cyran, right, spent three months holidaying through Europe and is pictured with her Voice in Rothenburg, Germany. Meanwhile, the Voice’s Alan Barber, above, is pictured with the Voice and his watch on the Leaders for Geelong voyage on the tall ship, Windeward Bound, sailing from Hobart to Geelong.

Damage may for cenotaph to move OCEAN Grove Barwon Heads RSL is taking evasive action to protect the town’s centrally located cenotaph. Public Relations Officer John Dickinson confirmed plans to relocate the cenotaph to Ocean Grove Park were underway after reoccurring damage. “Trucks going to the supermarket continually knock the safety bollards down. We’ve taken it upon ourselves, before massive damage is done to apply for an alternative site,” Mr Dickinson said. “It’s probably a bit early to go into any details as yet but it’s in the throes of being designed and then we’ll send it to council for approval.” Mr Dickinson said while the new site won’t be ready for ANZAC Day, they are hoping works will be complete in time for Remembrance Day.


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our street, our neighbours

Benjamin Court As part of a series aimed at helping us get to know our neighbours, the Voice’s Jessica Grace went to meet some of the residents of Benjamin Court. Let us know if you’d like us to feature your street or area. Contact

Lyn Cole, Retired Catherine Emma-Nnopu, mum, Agnes, Antoniette, Richard

We’ve lived here for about four years, we moved in 2008. We were living in Tasmania. We’re from Nigeria originally. We’ve been in Australia for eight years. Ocean Grove’s a lovely place, we’ve got lovely friends, it’s a good environment and especially in the neighborhood. The kids love to play outside here and it’s safe for them too. My husband got a job here, he was the pioneer doctor at Epic Health here. I hang around with my family and spend time with them. They play basketball so on Sunday after church I have to take them to training because they play Victorian Junior Basketball. I just miss the food from Nigeria, it’s hard to get the food stuff here. Our native food is delicious, I can make the soups, I had a couple of Australian friends try it and they loved it. We’ve been to the Gold Coast, Tasmania and over to America. The Gold Coast was excellent, we went to all the theme parks, I went on the Scooby Doo ride and my husband and the kids went on the Giant Drop.

My husband arrived to set up the first official post office in Ocean Grove and that was in 1956. We were married in ’57 and we’ve lived here ever since. It was just a tiny little village when we arrived but it still retains the village atmosphere I think. I love it. I’ve never thought of living anywhere else, my husband’s been shifted to different post offices. He’s moved but we haven’t, he was moved a long, long away but the kids and I didn’t want to leave here. We just love Ocean Grove. There were about 800 people in Ocean Grove when we first moved. It was all paddocks and farmland and our kids went to parties in the main house. It used to be so expensive when we first married and came down here because there was only one store really. There was a green grocer, fish and chips, electrician and chemist.

Jo McGurk, nurse, Emily, Page

We’ve lived in Ocean Grove for ten years, originally we’re from Queensland. My husband’s work brought him down here. He was driving one day and came across Ocean Grove and just fell in love with it. I loved it too as soon as we got here. The weather hasn’t bothered us, the extreme cold in Victoria is the same as the extreme heat in Queensland. It’s all relative really. You can’t go outside when it’s so hot in Queensland, same in Victoria when it’s freezing. We like to garden, go to the beach. Walking the dog along the beach is probably the most favourite thing of all. We love going to the Dunes for coffee and chocolate brownies. We love to get away, we go everywhere. We’ve got a little caravan so we just take off wherever. We went and stayed at Eden at Christmas, which was pretty special. We’re into The Block big time, the whole family. We love watching My Kitchen Rules as well. We really love The Block the most though, it’s given us a few new ideas for decorating.

Jenny Freebairn, administration


I’ve been living here full time for two years. We had been coming to holiday for the last 12 years. We really love this area so we decided to move down. I love the atmosphere, the ambience of it, the fact you can pack up and go to the beach anytime you want. I used to do ballroom dancing, I’d love to get back into it. My partner used to dance with me. I love live theatre, the last one I went to was with my daughters and grandchildren. We went and saw Mary Poppins, it was wonderful, absolutely gorgeous. Back in 2008 we went to America for three weeks. I’ve got a pen friend that lives in Florida, we’d never met but we’d been writing for 42 years and we caught up. It was wonderful, it was like we’d been seeing each other forever and we’d only ever written by mail.


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STRAWBERRIES TO GO: Linda Edward, Rachel Harris, Sally Harris and Jo Baker worked hard to ensure strawberry demands were met at Sunday’s hugely popular fruit-flavoured Wallington Primary School Fair.

Strawberry Fair forever

The Slimmon family group enjoying the fair.

Above: budding construction worker Hamish with mum Angela Gleeson. Right: the big auction.

Clockwise from the top: Hattie Jackson and Peyton Bainbridge, Tayla Meade, Vivienne Benham of Bellarine Dog Activities Group with Barkley, and Rachael, Marcus and Billy Jones.


Environment meets arts BARWON Heads community is readying themselves for the annual Festival of the Sea - offfering a full program of arts and entertainment attractions. During the week of March 12-17 President Rick Webb said festival goers can expect a diverse collection of events and expos. “This year we’re launching the “plastic bag free” Barwon Heads scheme and have many other environmentally conscious activities and exhibits at the festival,” Mr Webb said. A week of events all culminates in a full day of activities on the foreshore on Sunday March 17. “The Kids Zone will be traffic controlled

once again and this year we’ve included a new Kid’s stage for yoga and dance workshops, hand drumming, puppet shows and sing along activities.” Mr Webb said the famous duck race will take place at 3.15 pm sharp with fantastic prizes to be won. “The ducks will race from the bridge to Ozone Pier Road and sales are going well with lots of people wanting a chance to win their share of the $5,000 prize pool,” Mr Webb said. “We have pre-booked a nice sunny day like last year so we’ll have to wait and see how we go!”



grove news

Sisters hike to tackle poverty JESSICA GRACE

GIVING BACK: Cathie Mahar and her sister Alison will walk 70kms over four days to raise money for a poverty stricken town in East Timor.

CATHIE Mahar and her sister, Alison, will don their hiking boots and walk 70kms over four days for charity. Cathie, St John of God’s International Health Project Officer and nurse, said March 23 to 26 would see the group of nine walk from Apollo Bay to Princetown. “We’re walking as part of the charity, Friendship Health, in particular the Geelong Friends of Viqueque, a town and district in East Timor,” Ms Mahar said. “We’re supported by City of Greater Geelong and provide valuable resources and skills to people living in extreme poverty.” Ms Mahar said she had visited Viqueque as a practising nurse four times and would be going over again in April. “Two things really stand out. The poverty of the country and the need of the people, the need for education and

the need for employment and food,” Ms Mahar said. “Fifty per cent of pregnant women and children under five in my district have malnutrition, 20 per cent of those children have permanent brain damage from not getting enough food.” Ms Mahar said education goes hand in hand when tackling poverty, but malnutrition creates a vicious cycle where children can’t develop properly and learn. “If you go to Timor and look at the way people live it’s quite heart breaking. Of course there’s a part of you that remains professional and clinical,” Ms Mahar said. “But to see the way people are small, without enough to eat or stunted children is sad. The lack of medical care and conditions they live with because there’s no treatment available.” During the past decade Ms Mahar has raised close to $60,000 for various charities and believes there is

responsibility in life to give back. “I think if people saw the comparison between Australians and the East Timorese way of life they would realise how much they have and what they could give,” she said. “If people haven’t been to East Timor but put their energies on getting a local footy field I think they’re still contributing, whether that be to their local community or someone else.” Ms Mahar said there were still spaces available and anyone who would like to participate, either walking or as a support person is welcome. “We’re asking walkers to raise $1,000 each. Accommodation will be at Bimbi Park, Cape Otway in simple rooms with dinner provided,” she said. “Your participation covers transportation, shared accommodation and three dinners. There is a limit of 13 walkers, so book the date and have a great holiday.” For more information contact Cathie on 0409 501 008.

ABOVE: A container being packed with education and health supplies from Geelong Friends of Viqueque to go to Viqueque schools and hospital.

ABOVE: Joy Maddox, St John of God Geelong, teaches villagers how to use an oxygen mask in the Emergency Room at Viqueque hospital.

ABOVE: The present kitchen arrangement for villagers at the hospital. A new outdoor kitchen to be built in 2013 by Rotary Geelong.

Ocean Grove Community Enterprise Ltd

ABOVE: Teaching villagers how to use a steriliser donated by St John of God Geelong.


UPBEAT: Michael Murphy (guitar), Dave Corrin (bass), Billy Bevan (drums), Brendan Dowd (Rubboard), Dave Lodge (accordion), and Jason Nelson (backing vocals) make up the Hog Stompin’ Zydegators.

Michael’s living the muso’s dream JESSICA GRACE MICHAEL Murphy’s more than just a music teacher - he’s also a Hog Stompin’ Zydegator and has been for the past 12 years. Surfside Primary School’s Mr Murphy said he’s part of a Zydeco band, a unique blend of blues, jazz and folk styles originating from New Orleans. “Zydeco came up alongside blues and jazz early last century, it’s got folk influences from the French side of things and the early stuff was what they called Cajun,” Michael said. “A mixture of Irish, South American and French music combined with the local indigenous style that simmered away for a couple of centuries until

jazz came along and it emerged into that.” Michael said the two instruments, which make Zydeco stand out from other genres, is the accordion and scratching board now formally referred to as a frottoir. “The scratching board is like the old washing boards people used to scrub clothes on, it’s made out of steel. You play it with spoons or something metal and it makes a scratching sound,” Michael said. “The easiest way to describe the difference between blues and Zydeco is all of our songs are happy, it’s happy blues. All the songs are about going out to parties and having fun.” Michael said while the lyrics of blues songs were mostly about breaking

up with your girlfriend or your dog dying, Zydeco lyricswere upbeat, even cheeky. “The band likes that aspect of things. It’s dancing music, I’m always dancing during our gigs. I can’t help it. You can take any song and turn it into a Zydeco song which we love,” he said. Michael said the release of the band’s new album was in celebration of a steady band line-up and the decision to take their music further. With only four other Zydeco bands Michael knows of in Australia, he said they had been Port Fairy Festival favourites, having performed nine out of 11 times. “We’re playing again this year. It’s one of our favourite gigs. Festival

director Jamie McKew describes us straight out of the Louisiana swamps with great energy, sound and big crowds,” Michael said. Balancing a band life with running Surfside Primary School’s music program was easy Michael said, due to the calibre of students. “I’m living a muso’s dream. I’ve been teaching here for four years. The principal asked whether I could provide a more contempory music course, something that’s a bit more modern,” Michael said. “I was given all this gear and space and a bunch of kids that are extremely talented and set loose. I’m very lucky I’ve developed that and fitted in with the curriculum where possible.” Michael said the standard of talent

wass phenomenal, with students going on to join the esteemed Matthew Flinders Sweethearts, who recently toured overseas. “One of my past students was touring with them and she was an absolute star. Sometimes they’re so good you forget they are children in that regard,” Michael said. “I love being a teacher because I play music, a lot of things I do here when I teach I carry over into being in a band. You’ve got to be on the ball with kids and constantly come up with new strategies.” Michael said the band is set to play a local gig at Odyssey Tavern for Itchin’ Scratchin’ Zydeco’s pre-launch and the official launch will be at Port Fairy Folk Festival.



Michel’s delights on MICHEL’S Patisserie opened at Marketplace Shopping Centre, Ocean Grove on December 20 last year. It offers award-winning coffee and exclusive tea, a scrumptious array of sweet and savoury foods, wraps, sandwiches and foccacias, as well as large cakes and cheesecakes. If you prefer a cold drink, Michel’s offer milkshakes, chillers, smoothies, spiders and various bottled drinks. There is a great play area where kids of all ages can play while you take the chance to relax and recharge, chat to a friend, read a newspaper or magazine and enjoy some of the delights on offer nowhere else in Marketplace. Michel’s Patisserie coffee

has won numerous prestigious awards and Roy Morgan Research announced on Thursday, February 21, 2013, that Michel’s won coffee shop of the year 2012 for the second year in a row. This speaks for outstanding quality of food, beverages and service that local owner Dave Hay and his team constantly strive to provide their many valued customers. As well as the renowned coffee, great organic tea is also hot on the priority list at Michel’s Ocean Grove, offering a delicious array of loose-leaf options. The tea is sourced from Zee Tea and exclusive in Ocean Grove to Michel’s.


offer at Marketplace Michel’s Patisserie Ocean Grove offer catering for your special occasion including kids birthdays or are happy to provide you with customised service in store, allowing you to enjoy the offerings and hospitality, and walk away at the end with no mess and no work. Dave is there busily making coffee and offering some breakfast options from 6am Monday to Saturday and then 8am on Sunday. His motto is “if the lights are on come on in!’’ So please do.



Rocking for rehearsal rooms LOCAL musicians and music fans rocked out at the GreenMan Rehearsal Studios on Sunday. About ten hours of a live music was put on to support the great local asset at the iGrove, Ocean Grove’s industrial estate.

The venue offers local musicians and developing musicians the chance to rehearse with the volume up a bit and using good quality PA and audio equipment. The studios also offer equipment hire, retail and music lessons.

Devenport Poultry Club.

Andrew Andrews, Melanie Andrews, Deryn Mobbs and Scott Graham.

PICTURED LEFT: Ben Thompson, Jamie Creece and Jayba, Jovi Davinci and Skye. ABOVE: Stefan Richardson, Leigh Wilson and Jai Barker.

Tony Calleja.

music/live events

• 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 - Saturday March 9 Public Nuisance 70s & 80s favourites • Piping Hot Chicken Shop - March 16 The Hornets - March 30 Carus Thompson • Potato Shed Drysdale -March 16 Spud Fest Bellarine’s biggest live music day is back. Crash Course Production is delighted to announce the first of this year’s popular Spud Fests. 20 bands, two stages, free activities,

stalls, food vans and fun and games, alcohol and drug-free event. For more information visit www.geelongaustralia. youth/ccp.aspx

markets & fairs

• Ocean Grove Primary School Twilight Apple Fair, March 8 from 4pm. • Barwon Heads Community Hall March 30 Barwon Heads Community Market 9am -1pm • Parkes Hall Newcombe Street Portarlington Sunday March 31 Portarlington Community Market 9am to 2pm • Kingston Park Ocean Grove April 7 Ocean Grove Craft Market 9am until 1pm • Point Lonsdale Primary School March 10 Point Lonsdale Market 9am - 2pm • Ocean Grove Park March 16 Bellarine Community Farmers’

what’s ON

Market 9am to 1pm • Queenscliff Harbour March 17 Queenscliff Farmers’ Market 9am to 1pm


• Leura Park Estate Sundays 12.30pm – 4.30pm Live music, sensational food and wines available Ph: 52 533 180 • 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: 52 505 760

get active

• Ocean Grove Recreation Hall Ocean Grove Calisthenics classes incorporating dance, song, ballet and gymnastics with strength and creativity Ph: 0438 055 679 • Senior Citizens Hall Ocean Grove

-Monday 9.15am gentle exercises to music for 55+, 10.15am gentle exercises to music for 65+ contact Marg on 52 551 335 • Uniting Church Hall Ocean Grove -Wednesdays 9.00 am Volleyball, 9.30 am exercises to music for all ages contact Marg on 52 551 335 • Queenscliff RSL Hall -Mondays 1.30pm exercises using chairs for all ages contact Marg on 52 55 1335 • Marcus Hill Hall cnr Banks Road and Bellarine Highway -Tuesdays 7.45pm – 10pm Ocean Grove Scottish Country Dance Ph: 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.

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. au

family fun


• Koombahla Equestrian Park Tuesday to Friday After school riding programs special school holiday courses available Ph: 52 562 742. • Bellarine Church of Christ Hall 17 Tareeda Way Ocean Grove Saturdays 10-11am Tuesdays 7.30- 8.30pm Ocean Toy Library Borrow a range of toys for children aged six months to six years, open to all families on the Bellarine www. oceangrovetoylibrary. • 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 Ph: 52 552 801

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 for more information

To have your event included in What’s On phone: 5255 3233 or email: journo@ oceangrovevoice. com

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, 9am to 3pm, 17 Smithton Grove. Phone Ernie 0421 703 368. Jujitsu, 6.30pm – juniors; 7.30pm – adults, Surfside Centre, Phone Steve 0438 019 991. First Monday of every month Bellarine Fly Fishing Association, 7.30pm, Shannon Park, Shannon Avenue, Newtown. Phone Pat on 0414 959248 or Bruce on 0407 361319 or email Legacy Laurel Group of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads, 2pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Draper St. Details 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 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 or 0412 199 467 Second Wednesday of every month Parkinson’s Self Help Support Group, 1.30pm, Grove Centre (next to library), Presidents Avenue. Phone Pam 5255 5152 Third Wednesday of every month Ocean Grove on Barwon Probus Club, 9.45am, St Peter’s Church Hall. Fourth Wednesday of every month Ocean Grove Angling Club, 7.30pm, Minerva Close sporting oval club house. Phone Peter 0419 782629 Last Wednesday of every month Cancer Support Group, 10am, Community Health Centre. Fourth Wednesday of every month Ocean Grove Stamp Club, 10am, Senior Citizens Hall, 101 The Terrace. Phone Dianne 5255 1372. Thursdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 10am to noon at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Phone John 5256 2489 or Chris 5256 1996. First Thursday of every month Ocean Grove Nightlights CWA, 7.30pm, Senior Citizens Hall. Visitors welcome. Phone Faye 5255 4430. Second Thursday of every month Prostate Support Group-Bellarine meets at Ocean Grove Community Health Centre at 1.30pm. Contact John Lee on 5221 8862 for details. Fourth Friday of every month Ocean Grove 4 Villages Mixed Probus Club, 10.30am, Club Grove. Meet new friends, visitors welcome, no waiting list for membership. Phone 5256 1671. Saturdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 3-5pm, Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Phone John 5256 2489 or Chris 5256 1996. Coasters Social group. Social events for people of working age. Dining out, movies, trivia, bands/ trivia nights. or phone 0411 952 598.

old ocean grove


Yesteryear in old THE Ocean Grove landscape is changing its look on an almost daily basis. These handpainted postcards from the Rose Series, circa 1949, take us back to a low density town with unsealed roads and little uniformity. But the coastline, while more accessible, is still easily recognisable and remains as it was then, largely unspoilled.

Above: Looking out to the Bluff from The old Chalet on The Terrace, across what is now the Esplanade and Wynndean Holiday Park. Right; the view of the old Coffee Palace from the Look Out.

old ocean grove

Ocean Grove

A concrete slab is all that remains of Grant’s Lookout above Smith’s Beach.

From the Terrace looking towards the Orton Street junction with Presidents Avenue. At one time a house, seen left partly constructed, blocked continuation of Presidents, but the house was later scrapped and the main north to south street was completed (inset above).



business news

All Stars Dance Academy

What is the business and what does it involve?

I am the artistic director of ‘all stars dance’*, which is a new, exciting dance school for fun and performance. I teach classical ballet, hip hop, jazz, funk and lyrical, contemporary and musical theatre at venues in Ocean Grove, Drysdale and Point Lonsdale.

How long have you done this?

I had two performing arts studios in northern New South Wales for 15 years. Our success stories include former dance student Maia Mitchell, who has the lead role in the upcoming Disney musical, Teen Beach Movie. She has also secured a lead role in, The Fosters, an ABC TV series with Jennifer Lopez as executive producer. In 2008, my school, Dance Energy Studios, won the open national hip hop championships and came second in musical theatre. Many of my dance students are now working in the industry and running their own dance schools including Shar Mitchell’s Dance Central in Sydney.

What did you do before?

I was a professional actor and dancer, working in London for seven years in theatre, film and TV.

How long have you been in Ocean Grove? I began in Ocean Grove on February 5.

Why a business in Ocean Grove?

I chose Ocean Grove because of all the young and established families that have chosen to make it their home. I thought I would have something special to offer them.

What other plans do you have?

To teach classical ballet up to certificate IV in dance performance studies, which is VETAB accredited. I’m also looking forward to examining ballet around Victoria, as a qualified ADV ADI ballet examiner. I want to create a show team to perform at major local events e.g. ‘busking for the kids’ etc.

with Suzanna Bowen

What are your passions away from the business?

I take pleasure riding my horse, Tommy, who is an ex-racehorse from Hong Kong. His ex-racing name was ‘All our Way’ and won $430,000 in prize money, including the Ballina Cup in 2009. I’m excited for his impending arrival down here on the Bellarine Peninsula, where I will

agist him (not sure where yet if anyone has any ideas?) * registered business name; our dance school ‘all stars dance’ is government accredited and our uniform colours are red and black

Voice recognition course can help improve articulation A VOICE Recognition short course will be available this term at the Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre. The ‘Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5’ program, allows users to talk directly into a microphone with their words appearing almost immediately on screen. “The speed of this process will be ten times faster for the slow typist and three times faster for the competent typist. The program

can benefit all computer users,” tutor Alan Cobham said. “If you’re typing stories, lectures, if you’re a slow typist, have problems reading, writing or spelling, have problems with your hands or fingers or people using an interactive whiteboard.” Mr Cobham said other benefits included improvements to articulation, therefore one’s ability to converse with people.

“All ages are welcome, even children over ten. The course is two one-hour lectures, with an additional half hour for people who wish to use the wireless microphone,” Mr Cobham said. Please enroll at the OGNC as soon as possible to ensure your space. The course will start on Monday 25 at 7.30pm. For more information call Julie Long on 52 554 294.

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Quarterly March 2013

Reece back for Hawks

From little things big things grow DRYSDALE Clifton Springs is set to grow in more ways than one. Locals are getting their own community garden, thanks to the Drysdale Community Church and a keen green fingered member. Church member Natalie Nevistic said the idea came to her whilst driving to work as a corrections officer. “I was working as a corrections officer and every day I’d drive past the Drysdale Church where I’m a member. I thought how perfect the grounds would be for a community garden” Ms Nevistic said. “Working as a corrections officer gave

By JESSICA GRACE me great insight to the huge amount of despair that people in our own community are living in.” Ms Nevistic said she found herself becoming overwhelmed with the amount of work that had to be completed in an average day. “I was taking worries of people I work with home. I was good at my job but I love people more than paper work so I shared my vision for the garden with my family and church,” Ms Nevistic. “Pastor Jake and Gayle were all for it. There are a lot of families under

pressure, kids are going hungry and I wanted to do more.” Ms Nevistic says she wants to keep ties with corrections, working on getting community crews to help with labour and construction. “I am working on a programme called plant, grow and eat. I’m hoping mums on correction orders can come and learn new skills and gain confidence to be great mothers,” Ms Nevistic. “Sometimes we take for granted how good we have it on the beautiful Bellarine. It’s nothing for me to go and prepare a delicious, healthy meal for my daughters.” Ms Nevistic said she’d

applied for a City of Greater Geelong grant and attained quotes to have the garden area levelled. “We’re readying the area for the planter, planter boxes, dirt, gazebo, picnic and memorial area. Campbell Doherty, a wonderful local architect, has drawn up plans,” Ms Nevistic said. “He’s done it all for free and the quotes have all been very generous in their costing. Already the response and generosity has been thrilling people asking when they can start.” Ms Nevistic said the garden will also be able to provide fresh seasonal organic produce to the churches Food Bank.

Natalie Nevistic with her supportive daughters Chloe and Charlotte. “It runs out of the Drysdale Community Church every Tuesday and offers assistance to families who are going

through a rough time,” Ms Nevistic said. “With Campbell’s design and expertise we have great plans to work

from. This, combined with all of the green thumbs on the Bellarine, I’m sure the garden will be incredible.”


Hardware triples business IN the space of nine months, Drysdale’s previously dormant hardware store has tripled its business. Owner and manager, Kerry Maher, said last May they joined Home Hardware and the transformations had been dramatic. “We’ve gone from having three full time staff and one casual to ten full time staff and five casual. Our business has literally tripled since May, it’s amazing,” Ms Maher said. “The hardware store’s been here for 40 years, my husband Grant and I took it over a decade ago. I came to work here three years ago and last May we went under the Home Hardware banner.” Ms Maher said when they bought the hardware store ten years ago it was run down and despite restoring it, realised eventually they needed to join a brand. “We did it up pretty flash but times change. Mitre 10 comes along and Bunnings build big superstores so you sort of have to go with branding or go with the times,” Ms Maher said. “We tried to go with Home Hardware or Thrifty Link years ago but because at that time there was already a Thrifty Link in Drysdale, they said there was no real room for it.”

Woolworths’ recent acquisition of the Home Hardware brand saw more opportunities for independent stores. “Woolies wanted more people and suddenly we were able to join the group. It’s good for us because we would’ve had to pull the store down and build factories on here,” Ms Maher said. “It’s important for Drysdale to have a store otherwise you have to go all the way to Wallington Mitre 10. People trust a brand now and that’s what people’s reactions have really indicated to us.” Ms Maher said over the past decade they’ve used the same supplier as Thrifty Links and Home Hardware and as such have always maintained competitive prices. “Customers have been saying how much cheaper we are now when in fact we’ve always been this price. It’s just the perception once you join a banner you have more buying power,” she said. “Overall it is better though, we’ve put in all new shelves, we concreted the driveway, they painted the outside and they put in a nursery. We did spend a fair bit of money on the upgrade.” Ms Maher said business has been flat out and the changes have brought more women into

TRANSFORM: Business at Home Hardware in Drysdale has been flat out and the changes have brought more women into the store.

the store as well as new customers who had no idea the hardware store was there. “We have heaps more women, we used to have hardly any. People love the catalogues, they come out every three weeks and bring a stack of people in,” she said. “We get heaps of people coming in everyday saying they had no idea we were even here. That’s probably been the biggest thing. Now people know we’re here.” Ms Maher said with more customers they’ve been able

to provide more jobs and the staff prides themselves on being friendly. “My main emphasise is that everyone should be greeted when they walk in. You don’t have to follow them around but when they come to a hardware store they’re here for a reason,” she said. “We always ask how we can help, whether they’re renovating or completing the final touches to their new homes we’ve got everything to help them get the job done.”

Vox pop What facility do you wish Drysdale had? Reporter Jessica Grace hit the streets to find out what locals want in their town.

Margaret Freemantle, 73, Clifton Springs

I wish we had less quite frankly, because I like the quiet life. It’s nice to have everything in Geelong and if you want anything you go in there. I suppose I’m old and I’m happy with what we’ve got. I’ve been here 13 years.

Irene Cooke, 50+, Drysdale

Decent hardware stores like Bunnings, especially if you’re doing renovations in your home or extensions. I’ve been here four years and at the moment we’ve got to go back into Geelong. It’s just to have that variety which we haven’t got around here.

Stephanie Bower, 29, Drysdale

I’d wish for a bigger gym with a crèche for children. I’ve got two young kids and would love a good gym with those facilities. I’ve got to go to Ocean Grove or Leopold. It’s too hard to travel that far with kids even though it is 15 20 minutes. It’s a bit much to add on to a workout.

Mitch Scott, 24, Drysdale

I would wish for a bigger road than the main street. When it gets busy it’s chockers. I’d also wish for more fast food. I’ve got to go to Ocean Grove or Leopold for Subway.

Aaron Van-Vledder, 24, Drysdale

I would wish for Maccas. It’s a pain having to go into town all the time. I go in there a bit for my midnight cravings. A lot of people think Mcdonald’s would be awesome down here. The one in Leopold is good but I’d still like it here.


Memorial day to raise money for charities By JESSICA GRACE SHAUN Miller’s heartfelt goodbye became a youtube sensation - ironically it was his heart that gave way. Seventeen-year-old Shaun succumbed to chronic heart rejection and several months later his grandfather ‘Poppy John’ is holding a memorial day at Clifton Springs Bowling Club. “We’re having a tournament day to raise money for two organisations, Heart Kids and Tender Loving Care, two voluntary charities that supported Shaun throughout his journey,” Mr Miller said. “We’ve got close to $5,000 that we’ve raised going around to all the markets with raffle tickets. We hope to present the charities with a cheque each on March 10.” The Memorial Day concept came after fellow member and friend, Alan Nettley, approached John a few months after Shaun’s death with the idea of raising money. “John’s been a good friend of mine who I’ve bowled with and drank with since I became a member here, I think giving back is just something you do,” Mr Nettley said. “I was a Black Saturday victim and I had the most incredible help from people even though I’d only just migrated to Australia. It’s an opportunity to help somebody else who needs it.” Mr Miller said when Alan approached him he thought it was a great idea, not only to raise money but also awareness for other parents of sick kids. “A lot of parents don’t know that Heart Kids or Tender Loving Care exists. They provide excursions and camps for the kids but more importantly advice and support for parents,” Mr Miller said. “A lot of the parents don’t understand why it’s happened to them, other parents just can’t be positive it devastates them.

SUPPORT: Alan Nettley, left, and John Miller have organised a tournament day to raise money for Heart Kids and Tender Loving Care, two voluntary charities that supported John’s grandson, Shaun Miller, throughout his journey, Parents can go and talk to these organisations and get help.” Mr Miller said it was harder for those around Shaun to accept his fate and the impact of his death has been devastating. “My son Cameron’s still very sick. He cared for Shaun for five years, they were more like brothers. When we found out Shaun was dying Cameron started to cry but not Shaun,” Mr Miller said. “Shaun hit Cam and said, ‘don’t cry for me Dad, I’ve had an awesome ride’. That’s what he used to say, that he’d had an awesome ride and just to take it one day at a time.” As an ambassador for Heart Kids, Mr Miller said his grandson would speak to parents and other organisations about staying positive.

“I don’t know where his positivity came from. It’s like he was just born with it. He had one transplant when he was eight and another at 13 and nothing stopped him,” Mr Miller said. “Even though he had hardly any education because he’s missed so much school, he wrote his own book about his life. The heart kids read it at hospital and write and say how much it’s helped them.” Mr Miller said Shaun was a friend and supporter of hundreds of fellow heart disease kids including Ocean Grove’s Aaron Habgood. “Shaun was in the children’s hospital when Aaron had his cardiac arrest and got brought in. They became good friends, Aaron would come and visit Shaun in the hospital,” Mr Miller said.

“Aaron always had his footy under his arm bouncing it wherever he went. I went and watched him play footy against Drysdale when he played for Ocean Grove.” Shaun also made a guest appearance on the AFL Footy Show. Mr Nettley said they were expecting more than 150 people to turn up on March 10, with over a $1000 in prize money kindly donated by their sponsors Geelong Travel and Geelong Constructions. “We couldn’t have done it without our sponsors.’’ Everyone is welcome. The fundraiser starts at 10.30am and bowling will finish by 4pm, followed by the presentation of the raffle prizes and cheques. For more information contact Alan Nettley on 0414 558 706.


Gallery gives artists a go JESSICA GRACE FOR three years local print artist Pip Williams has encouraged and provided space for emerging new artists. Owner of 135 Gallery, Ms Williams says with so many practising artists in the area the industry was extremely competitive. “There’s a lot of practising artists but not a lot of galleries. It’s very difficult for new artists to get a show anywhere,” Ms Williams said. “Some of them are quite closed shops really and it’s hard to get in. I’ve gone through all that with my own print making and thought I’d make it easier for other artists trying to

get a go too.” Ms Williams said she mainly features Bellarine and Geelong artists, most recently self taught husband and wife Barry and Karen Shirley. “Barry and Karen were visiting the gallery and showed me some of their works and I said great let’s have a show. I never go looking for artists they all seem to just walk in the door,” Ms Williams said. “Then it’s up to me whether they’re good enough or not, featuring a new artist every six to eight weeks. ‘‘We had about 60 people at last week’s opening and sold several paintings.”

SUPPORTIVE: Pip Williams and Barry and Karen Shirley are encouraging emerging artists to share their work.


Gillian’s loving her new curves By JESSICA GRACE

BEFORE I’ve lost 12 kilos in the past three months... I look healthy. A lot of weight has come off and I feel much better in myself.


LIKE most women Gillian Bell tried everything when it came to weight loss and three months ago she transformed her life. “I saw an advert in the window for Curves Complete, which was exercise, diet, motivation and one-on-one consultations each week. I thought this might be for me,” Ms Bell said. “I thought about it and at that point committed to their three month program. ‘‘It was mid-November of last year I started, I needed to lose weight - it was as simple as that.” Ms Bell said weight loss was for more than just her physical appearance, it was for health reasons and mobility. “I’ve been overweight all my life, perhaps with a slight hiccup in my late teens, early twenties, where I actually managed to lose a lot of weight by starving myself. I ruined my metabolism,” Ms Bell said.

“Curves Complete is the whole program, the diet is extremely flexible and you can tailor it to yourself, I like a lot of protein so I’m on a higher protein diet, there’s also fast food options.” In the past, Ms Bell said she had joined gyms, taken up pilates, aerobics and tried to exercise as a way of losing weight or keeping weight off to no avail. “This is different, it’s half an hour. I’ve lost 12 kilos in the past three months. ‘‘Deservedly, I’m very proud of doing that and I’m still eating similar things to what I ate before,” she said. “I was actually a very healthy eater and I’m actually eating more now. ‘‘I have three meals and two snacks a day. People say I look fantastic. ‘‘Someone said yesterday, ‘have you always had skinny legs?” Ms Bell said when she told her husband she planned on joining Curves he was skeptical at first but is extremely supportive now. “He probably thought,

‘oh here we go again,’ but now he has seen it work he’s very supportive,’’ she said. ‘‘So are my kids and their partners and my grandchildren. They can get their arms around me. “Nothing’s ever really worked before. Atkins worked very well for me but after a couple of months I thought it wasn’t sustainable and was concerned about the fat level intake.” Ms Bell said over the past few months one of the most encouraging aspects of working out at Curves was that it was a womens only gym. “You’ve got women of all ages, from late teens to eighties,’’ she said. ‘‘There are women of all shape and sizes and everybody is friendly. ‘‘From the ladies that work there to those on the circuit.” “I look healthy. A lot of weight has come off and I feel much better in myself. ‘‘I’m trying not to buy too many new clothes because I’ve just signed up for another three months.”


Lesson in living history THE yearly Medieval Day was on again at the Christian College Bellarine Campus on Tuesday 26th of February. The three Year 8 classes dressed up in Medieval attire as part of their Middle Ages History subject that they study at the College. The day consists of immersing themselves in history to get a reallife experience of what it would’ve been like so many years ago. A feast is held over lunchtime with even the king (Head of Bellarine Campus Scott Ellis)

joining in and sitting at the head of the table. Peasants, knights, lords and other nobility enjoy a catered roast and activities such as chess, juggling and archery that were all a part of Medieval life. All involved in the day had a fantastic time with one of the Year 8 students saying ‘It’s a great day and really enjoyable to be with friends and get an insight into what it would’ve been like in Medieval times’. The ten year Medieval Day tradition is set to continue with it always being a great success.

Amelia Lowe dancing with principal Scott Ellis.

Natasha Miller, Nick Byrne and Jack Lang.

Chloe Severn and Kahlee Weir.


Holwell back at Hawks By MARK HEENAN NEW Drysdale 2013 recruit Reece Holwell can’t wait to pull his Hawks’ guernsey on at his old stomping ground. The 29-year-old arrives back at Drysdale after a playing stint with Trinity Aquinas in the Western Australian Amateur Football League last season and GFL powerhouse club South Barwon in 2011. Holwell, a key component in Drysdale’s back-to-back premierships in 2009 and 2010, returns to the club in a playing assistant coaching role this season. The gun midfielder said excitement was building at the Hawks ahead of the 2013 season after the appointment of GFL Bell Park premiership winning coach John Fitzgerald. “This year it is a bit more exciting down at Drysdale and they respect John Fitzgerald a hell of a lot,” said Holwell, who played in all of the club’s 21 matches and booted 11 goals during their 2010 premiership winning campaign. “Everyone wants to step up and take their football to the next level to impress a new coach.” Holwell, a Drysdale homegrown footballer, joins a star

studded group of new recruits in 2013. New arrivals include Luke Matthews (North Shore), Tom Mullane-Grant (RokewoodCorindhap), Jamie Van Ingen (Bannockburn), Kane Taylor (Bannockburn) and James Chandler (North Shore). Matthews and Holwell are set to have an active match-day role with their playing assistant coaching roles, while Sam Loftus will assist new coach John Fitzgerald in a non-playing assistant coaching capacity. Holwell, who first played with the club at Under 13 level, said Drysdale had a great community atmosphere that made it easier for home-grown juniors to make the transition into senior footballers. “I think the community atmosphere at Drysdale makes it so special,” Holwell said. “You get like a lot of talented kids from Drysdale coming through and that it what we did when we won the flags in 2009 and 2010. “Greg Scott came back as president that year in 2009 at Drysdale, and he really made an emphasis on getting the home grown talent that have come up through the ranks and got a few guys back. “He made sure we had that core Drysdale group, obviously you

HOME-GROWN FOOTBALLER: Reece Holwell will return to Drysdale for 2013. have to go out and get players to fill a couple of positions where you are lacking. “I don’t think I know anyone who has left Drysdale and gone to play for another club in the Bellarine because they weren’t happy at Drysdale.” MEANWHILE Drysdale will warm up for the new 2013 season with a practice match against GFL club St Albans under lights at St Albans on Friday, March 8. The Hawks then fine tune with

a final practice hit out against East Point Football Club, who play in the Ballarat Football League, at Drysdale on Saturday, March 23. Drysdale plays away to Ocean Grove in round one of Bellarine Football League to kick off their 2013 campaign on Saturday, March 30. In their corresponding fixture last season in round one, the Hawks lost to the Grubbers in a thriller by one point at Ocean Grove.


Hawks focus on positives MARK HEENAN DRYSDALE Cricket Club captain-coach, Shane Cutajar, believes there are positives from the 2012/13 season despite the Hawks’ failed attempt to make BPCA A-Grade finals. Cutajar said while it was hard to cover the departure of fast bowler Leigh Allan and the retirement of spinner Brendon Sharpe, it was a great learning curve for Drysdale’s young bowling line-up. The Hawks, who finished fourth last season in the A-Grade, headed into their final two-day season clash against Collendina in sixth position with five wins and four losses. “We lost two of probably the premier bowlers in the competition; one being the premier spinner – Brendon Sharpe, one feisty fast opening bowler in Leigh Allan before the season,” Cutajar said. “We had a fairly young bowling line-up and that has caught up with us at the end of the season. “I’d definitely have to say the shining light is we have now established one of the best opening batting partnerships in the competition – I don’t think there is any doubt about that. “Kane (Taylor) and Jason (Malcolm) have really taken that opening role on and they have

made it their own and they look as solid as anything. “From a bowling point of view again while we are a young group and probably fell away a little bit towards the end of the season, I don’t think you can deny the fact that Luke Malcolm has taken 28 wickets for the season. “Dillon Justice in his first full year of bowling has taken 15 wickets, Shane Gordon in his first A-Grade season has taken 19 wickets and Scott Jervies, our other opening bowler, has claimed 18 wickets.” Cutajar believed there was a glimmer of hope the Hawks could still make the A-Grade finals on the eve of round 11 in the event of a highly unlikely outright victory against Collendina and for Newcomb to defeat Barwon Heads in the final round. Drysdale, who lost to Collendina in last season’s A-Grade semifinals, had the Cobras on the ropes at 6/109 on day one, before Collendina star batsman Corey Walter saved the day with a glorious innings of 109. The Cobras finished in a strong position at the end of day one at 9/273 after their 75 overs. “We obviously understood if we could get an outright against Collendina and Newcomb were able to knock off Barwon Heads we would have snuck into the four by one point,” Cutajar said.

Jason Malcolm for Drysdale A grade v Collendina.

GOOD CAUSE: Drysdale’s A-Grade two-day fixture against Collendina was ‘Pink Stumps’ day for the Hawks in raising awareness for the Jane McGrath Foundation. “If we had won the toss we would have thrown Collendina in simply for the fact we needed the outright win – obviously your best chance to get an outright is to bowl a side out cheaply and get in front and send them back in again. “At tea against Collendina we thought realistically we could bowl them out for under 120 and have the runs on board by day one. “To Corey Walter’s credit from Collendina, he gave no chances, he batted extremely well and thoroughly deserved his hundred.” MEANWHILE it has been a successful season for both the Drysdale B-Grade and C-Grade teams. The Hawks B-Grade and

C-Grade are firmly entrenched in the top-four and will play Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association finals starting this weekend. IN OTHER news, Drysdale’s current A-Grade two-day fixture against Collendina was ‘Pink Stumps’ day for the Hawks in raising awareness for the Jane McGrath Foundation. Jane McGrath, the wife of former Australian Test cricketer Glenn McGrath, lost her battle with breast cancer in 2008. “The club pays $500 towards the Jane McGrath Foundation and they supply us with a kit, which included a pink set of stumps, pink set of wicket-keeping pads, pink hats, some temporary tattoos and badges,” Cutajar said.

Dan Hopgood bowling for Drysdale B grade v Collendina.




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Mellow night THE surf movie night was a great success with many positive comments received about the relaxed atmosphere brought about by the kombi show ‘n’ shine, the choice of movie and also the laid back sounds of Jon Willard and his reggae band.

“We were also extremely lucky with the weather, which rounded off a good evening,” said organiser Michele Mitten. “I’d like to thank the Ocean Grove Park for once again allowing us to hold this annual event, to the Ocean Grove

Community Enterprise and the screen sponsors for supporting us financially, Jon Willard for organising the music and for all the people who turned up.” ‘See you all in 2014.”

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PICTURED: Top left, the Thebes famly, Owen Howell and Jackson Willard, face-painters, and above Chris Canning on saxaphone, top right enjoying the evening and right Jon Willard and friends.




Lifestyle central DURING the summer months Ocean Grove, the Bellarine and Geelong offer everything from relaxation to a hair-raising adrenalin rush. From learning about what lives under the sea and cruising Corio Bay, to skimming the skies in a microlight aircraft. It’s all just around the corner. Alternatively, for a slightly different day for the kids, the Rainbow Riders is a must. Just imagine a day in the country, learning

to saddle up, helping feed and care for the horses. They can look after the demands of everyone - from the beginner to the experienced rider. For more action, why not take a fishing charter? Spot On operate out of Queenscliff, Clifton Springs, St Leonards and Geelong. And if you bring your own bike don’t forget that Sprockt is on hand in Queenscliff to keep you on the road or track.


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Lake alive with birdlife I HAD a day off work last Tuesday and when the sun came out in the afternoon after the thunderstorms had cleared, I decided to venture down to Blue Waters Lake to see if the rain had made a positive difference to the terrible Blue-Green Algae outbreak. I parked the car on Blue Waters Drive and walked in an anti-clockwise direction across the bridge. I soon found myself in birdie heaven. There was a family of Black- Fronted Dotterels playing in the shallows. Then I saw a Sacred Kingfisher- it had been a few months since I had seen one at BWL. Then at the end on the south side of BWL I saw a Black -Winged Stilt. I have never seen a Stilt in BWL before. I thought to myself that this has been a ‘superb day indeed’. Around the corner a bit further along the bank, a Reed Warbler posed for me and I took some lovely photos. Great! I had a chat about the lovely bird life at BWL to a couple who live on the BWL; they were walking their dogs (on the leads). Next thing I saw a long yellow beak in the reeds. My first thought was that it was a Nankeen Night Heron (as I have seen a few

Little Bittern at Blue Waters Lake. of these birds over the years at BWL). The bird turned to look at me, and I put my camera up to my eyes and through the telephoto lens I could see the stripy breast feathers running all the way from the neck to the lower body. OMG was all I could think, and my hands holding the camera were shaking. ‘OMG’ I thought to myself “this is not a Heron, it’s a Bittern!!!!!!!’ and I took some photos hoping against hope that they would be OK as I was in awe of what I was seeing. John Bowman once told me that he had seen

a Bittern while he was canoeing around the Barwon River Estuary and I have always been hoping that I would see one too, and here was one in BWL. OMG! So unexpected but so beautiful. The whole experience lasted a matter of seconds before the ‘Australian Little Bittern’ or ‘Black Backed Bittern’ flew off into the reeds. I hung around, hiding myself behind all sorts of chairs and trees and reeds but it didn’t come back out. Birdie Twitching Nirvana Heaven indeed! Woweee! Little Bitterns are

medium sized birds (2530cm) and they are the smallest members of the Heron family of birds. Males have a black back, tail and wing feathers, a pale chestnut beast, and a darker streak of feathers around the neck. Females are similar but are ‘browner and have more obvious streaks’. Therefore I am guessing that this bird was a female Little Bittern. They are very shy and rarely recorded. Black-backed Bitterns are listed as near threatened nationally in Australia, and as endangered in Victoria. The global population has

been estimated to comprise only about 5000 mature individuals. And to think that one of these 5000 birds found its way to BWL. Threats to Bitterns include various ongoing wetland degradation factors such as salinisation, drainage and the diversion of water for irrigation, as well as the destruction of nesting habitats. Little Bitterns rarely come out onto mudflats or into the open, preferring to remain within or on the edge of wetland vegetation. Little Bitterns occur in diverse freshwater swamp habitats, mainly where tall rushes, reeds, shrub thickets or other dense cover is surrounded by 30cm of water. BWL is very shallow at the moment and the bird was right on the edge of the water. How lucky that Ocean Grove has a place such as BWL right in the middle of our town. This is a further reason why people should consider stopping feeding bread to the quackers at BWL because this only adds to the Blue-Green Algae problem. PLEASE keep dogs on the lead around BWL, so that birds like the Little Bittern keep coming back! Birdie twitching Nirvana Heaven indeed. By Jennifer Carr




grove sport

Maddy’s our newest heptathlon champ MARK HEENAN

WINNER: Maddy Traynor, above middle, accumulated 4260 points across seven disciplines, defeating Emma Ralph from NSW by 70 points.

MADDY Traynor is Ocean Grove’s newest national Heptathlon champion. The 15-year-old won a gold medal at the Under 16 Heptathlon event at the Australian Multi Event Championship in Adelaide on February 15 and 16 last month. The teenager is no stranger to the sport of athletics, having started with the Barwon Heads Ocean Grove Little Athletics Club in the Under 9’s competition. The Athletics Chilwell competitor has represented Victoria seven times.

The heptathlon event has seven disciplines, which includes 90m hurdles, the 200m and 800m running events, high jump, long jump, shot put and javelin. Maddy, who performed exceptionally well in the 37 degree heat in Adelaide, accumulated 4260 points across the seven disciplines, defeating Emma Ralph from NSW by 70 points who ended up in second place. The year 9 Sacred Heart College student who has lived in Ocean Grove since she was born, said her main goal was to win a medal at the Nationals despite the oppressive heat on the day.

“I was hoping to get a medal, but that was from last year because I finished fourth in 2012,” an enthused Maddy told the Voice. “Yes, it was the hottest day I have competed in – it was nice to get some fluids (in between disciplines) and they had a ‘cool room’ so we got to stay in there in between events, so that was good.” Standing at 173cm tall, Maddy’s talents go beyond the athletics track as she plays representative netball for the Geelong Flyers. In 2013, Maddy will play netball with Geelong Football League Netball Club South Barwon.

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grove football and netball pre-season

Good numbers at Grove training THE netball pre-season has been underway 2 nights a week since early January, with numbers in excess of 40 at every session. All girls are very excited for the upcoming season. This week we played host to Whittlesea in some netball practice matches. D Grade/Reserves – had a practice game against each other, with many players unavailable and some under 19 players filling in. The girls had a good match and fought hard, implementing game systems and worked well getting to know each others game style. Well done girls.

C Grade – Confident start for these girls, encouraging signs for the season ahead with a lot of camaraderie and players gelling all across the court. All players worked towards the same goal and came out on top against Whittlesea. Great job girls. A & B Grade – First real hitout for both teams, with new recruits in toe, it was evident that a structured pre-season is paying off for them. The teams are showing a lot of promise and with a few adjustments, that will be refined at training, these girls are looking to have a positive start to the season also. Great job girls.

points in the Under 18’s match. Ocean Grove next plays Strathmore in their annual ‘Red Trevean’ challenge practice match on Saturday

March 16. The Grubbers will commence their BFL season against Drysdale on Saturday March 30 at Ocean Grove.

Grubbs up in first hit out THE Grubbers went to the windy confines of Collendina Caravan Park on Saturday in their first football pre-season practice match for 2013.

In all, three matches were played that included an Under 18’s game, a reserves

game and then the day concluded with the senior match. The senior game saw Ocean Grove win by 11 points against Whittlesea,

who play in the Northern Football League in Melbourne. Final scores Ocean Grove 12.17.89 to Whittlesea 11.12.78.

In the other games, the Grubbers’ reserves 7.8.50 defeated Whittlesea 4.11.35 by 15 points, while the visitors 8.7.55 defeated the home side 3.5.23 by 32


grove surfing

So many volunteers they ran out of rashies

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A Disabled Surfers Association event at Ocean Grove on Sunday pulled in so many volunteers the organisers ran out of rash vests. About 156 volunteers 196 if you include carers - turned out to help at the

event. As a result 41 participants got to enjoy the water in safety. Among those who volunteered was also City of Greater Geelong councillor John Irvine. This year’s events have

been so successful it has prompted the organisers to add an early December event to next year’s calendar, in addition to ones for the first Sundays of February and March. For more details contact Mark on 0431 601760.

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ABOVE: Matti Antonelli having a ball with some of the volunteers.

RIGHT: Ready to hit the water.

As well as running the community market on Sunday, Ocean Grove Rotarians were also cooking up snags for the DSA event.

Regional carnival OCEAN Grove hosted a major regional Life Saving Victoria carnival at the weekend. Teams from across the state were organised into five regions - Western, Metro, Peninsula, Eastern and Surf Coast. So for the Surf Coast region – there are 30 competitors. Made up of kids from

Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove, Bancoora, Torquay, Jan Jac, Anglesea and Fairhaven. The competition was organised into age groups 13 through to 15s. On Saturday competition took place at Main Beach and on Sunday more traditional lifesaving competitions were held at Kardinia Pool.


Ocean Grove junior lifesavers featured in a strong Surf Coast represntative team during a regional carnival at Main Beach and Kardinia Pool.


grove tennis

Fired up for finals action JUNIOR NEWS The Juniors this week are fired up to start some finals action. Last week saw the final round for most of the teams and their semi finals started on Saturday. On Sunday The Junior Committee arranged a tour of the Melbourne Tennis Centre for all Junior players as an end of season excursion. This involved 57 of us coaching down to Melbourne, touring the facilities including the new Institute of Sport, and participating in a 45min coaching session with the Tennis Australia coaches. A brilliant time was had by all. More information and photos of this excursion in our next edition. Saturday March 2 – Junior Semi Finals began. Saturday March 9 Public Holiday – no competition, however there is a local tournament at Geelong Lawn Tennis Club. Sunday March 17th – Senior Club Championships Saturday March 23 – Junior Grand Finals and presentation day at Ocean Grove Tennis Club. All Juniors please attend from 12 noon for pizza and drinks and the

announcement of awards for the season. Also on this date Seniors Presentation Evening & Dinner – see the club noticeboard for details as bookings are essential. Sunday March 24th – Junior Tennis Master Series at Ocean Grove Tennis Club JUNIOR RESULTS With one week for most teams to begin playing finals, Ocean Grove Tennis Club have two Junior teams top of the ladder, Sections 7 Girls and 9 Boys. Home results February 24: 5 Boys played Hamlyn Park and won 4,29 -2,21. This places them 2nd on the ladder leading into finals. 9 Boys hosted Newcomb and won 3,25 – 3,22 in a very close match. Che Durran and Andrew Douglas starred winning their singles and teaming up to win their doubles as well. They are top of the ladder. 14 Mixed had an unfortunate loss to Bannockburn 2,24 – 4,29, however they remain high on the ladder at 3rd place. 17 Boys played All Saints Anglican and lost 2,25 – 4, 29 and this places them 2nd

on the ladder. 19 Girls hosted Hamlyn Park and won 4,27 – 2, 15. They remain 2nd on the ladder and will play finals. 24 Boys won against St Albans due to a forfeit from that team 6,36 – 0,0. They are currently placed 5th on the ladder. Home results for March 3: SEMI FINALS Mixed14 played against St Mary’s at Grovedale in their first final and won 4,27 - 2,25. Riley Heron had a great day winning both singles and doubles sets. 21 Boys played Bannockburn at Clifton Springs and won in a tie break set 3,28 - 4,30. Julian Powell and Scott Campbell played the extra set to win the game. 25 Mixed played Lara at Dysdale and won 2,274,32. Chris McMahon had a great day winning singles and doubles. All of these teams will advance to the next final. Below are the results for teams that do not commence finals for another week: 8 Mixed hosted Drysdale and lost 2,22 - 4,34. Ocean

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Grove won both doubles sets but could not manage to win a singles. 13 Boys played against Grovedale and won 4,25 2,28. Riley James won his singles and teamed up with Jasper Jolley to win his doubles as well. More finals results in a fortnight as there is no competition on the Labour Day long weekend. Good luck to all teams. Results complied by Jen & David Franks. Go to ‘David Franks Tennis Coaching’ facebook page for results, tips and more information.

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ABOVE: Harry James and Caitlyn Thomas. RIGHT: Tom Mazouris.


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National talent at Classic A QUALITY field gathered for the annual Ocean Grove Classic Fours for 2013. Teams from across Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania converged on the Ocean Grove greens for the three day event with the 36 team field all fighting for a slice of the $11,000 prize money on offer. With unfortunate rainfall over the two days leading up to the classic being the only dampener on proceedings all went to plan and the rain gods held off and were kind enough to not cause any delays in play over the three days. Amongst the talented field we were lucky enough to have 3 current and 2 former Australian Reps plus twenty five players that have represented their State at various times. All this said the games were going to be hard fought and closely contested. Fresh from his success at the Australian Open last week Brighton young gun Aaron Wilson made a mark on day one of the event leading his Brighton team mates which included former Australian Rep Lee Schraner to hold the overnight leaders position. Former Commonwealth

Games Gold Medalist Mark Jacobsen and State rep Nick McIntyre teamed with Bundoora’s Luke Aiello and Tony Schivello to also record three wins on day one and hold a spot in the top two on the leaderboard. With three more games on day two there were a few more casualties along the way with the two undefeated sides of Wilson and Jacobsen both suffering losses in game 6. This managed to have no effect on the overall board as both teams still featured in the top three standings after 6 games. Joining these two sides on 5 wins from 6 starts was Australian Open Pairs Champion Dylan Fisher and his Melboune side as well as Moonee Valleys Justin Short along with another former State Rep Phillip Thorn from Echuca. Local hope was in the hands of defending champions Mick Mather, Ryan Tainton, Ken Thomas and Micky West who had earlier accounted for the Ocean Grove Rep side skipped by Matty Flapper by a single shot also on 10 points. Day three kicked off with the top sides looking to capitalize on their overnight standings with two more rounds of play.

Ocean Groves carpet green proved to be the undoing of the Aaron Wilson team suffering losses in both games to fall out of contention while on the other hand it was the Justin Shorts team that adapted to the surface the best and recorded two big wins to slot themselves into the mix. Jacobsen and Flapper proved to be the rose between Thorn’s success and two losses there also had them drop from their perch on the leaderboard. Jacobsen added game 7 as a win and was able to back up in game 8 as well to finish the tournament on 7 wins plus 77 shots up and in first place. Short with his men of Ocean Groves Dale Kett, Altona’s Ben Loughlin and Skip Matt Rennex showed their day on the carpet proved to be very profitable and their rise into second spot delivered them a healthy dividend finishing on 7 wins plus 44. Melbourne Superstar Dylan Fisher led his men of Mick Beeche, Ryan Bevis and Ben Fearn to 7 wins also and only 4 shots between them and Rennex. Playing the last game against Ocean Groves representative side

of Michael Allen, Paul Cameron, Craig Hodges and Matt Flapper who were also in contention for a slice of the prize pool they were able to hang on in what was a thrilling game of bowls to finish off proceedings for another successful classic tournament. Local boys Tommy Warren and Gary Burkett collected some home grown cash along with their partners John Walters and Eric Spence by carding six wins and a tie to sit fourth while another Grover featured with Ron Thorley, John McCaron, Brad Peck and Brett Foley rounding out the top five finishing with the best percentage of the six game winners. Classic Committee Chairman Doug Wignall said this years classic again ran like clockwork. “Everyone works together as one to make the tournament the success it has become, we were tested with a number of teams withdrawing late and Matty was able to get the tournament back to full and have a quality 36 man field” All in all another successful outcome to one of the most prestigious and best fours tournaments in Victoria.

The winning Bundora/Moonee Ponds side with classic committee chairman Doug Wignall.

Ocean Grove’s rep side: Michael Allen, Paul Cameron, Craig Hodges and Matt Flapper.

Grand final bound Saturday Pennant Grand Final Bound Premier Division finished the home and away season second on the ladder and with only two losses for the season both these losses came at the hands of top side Victoria. Earning the right to go head to head again with a final in Ballarat the Grove boys had to turn the table of the previous two outings if they were to advance straight to the Grand Final. Playing on a free running 14-5 second green at Ballarat Bowling Club the Grovers kicked off in fine style taking the early ascendency. Craig Hodges and his men with Gary Burkett, Owen Clark and Ken Thomas setting the tone early to get the better of Victoria’s Jarrod Burt by a handful of shots. Matty Flapper and his side of Rod Swan, Terry Brady and Anthony Donohue also featured early on the scoreboard opening up a handy ten shot buffer against Victoria’s Wes Lennecke. Paul Cameron, Dale Kett, Ron Brown and Andrew Barton were locked in a battle with Vics Shaun Clark with Clarks team a nose in front early. Micky West leading his charges of Michael Allen, Andrew Doyle and Cal Inderberg were head to head with Barry Clark and again scores were neck and neck. At the break the overall

board showed a twenty shot advantage to the Grovers after 53 ends of play. Flappers side had the edge by 15, Hodges up by 16, Cameron ten down and West locked in a close battle. After smoko the ascendency stayed with the Grovers and they were able to maintain the lead throughout the remainder of the afternoon and extend it to approx 30 shots. At the completion of the game the scoreboard reading 106-76 in favour of Ocean Grove and the ticket to a Grand Final on the 17th March. Final rink scores M. West 16-21, P. Cameron, 17-24, C. Hodges 32-14, M. Flapper 41-17. Division 5 played their last game of the home and away season starting in third place, a win against the top side Torquay and the possibility of securing a double chance certainly fired up the boys as they came out with all guns blazing. Securing the points in all 4 rinks and other results falling our way we secured the top spot on the ladder which we held for the majority of the season. This meant our semifinal opponent was Geelong West with the winner going straight to the Grand Final. Playing on the tiff green at Eastern Park with tricky winds blowing Geelong West held the advantage for most of the

afternoon. Never letting go sight of wanting to book their position in the big one it was enough to spur on the Grove boys and rally hard to finish off the game in style. With only a handful of ends to play and the margin still at 10 shots down a big effort was required. Over the last few ends we managed to score a few shots and all of a sudden we had our nose in front. Going into the last end with Ocean Groves Alex Cook the last man standing with his team of John Virtue, John Hughes and Steve Townsend the big board showed a two shot advantage to Ocean Grove. With the last bowl from Geelong West they managed to kill the end and had to replay. On the replayed end Ocean Grove secured the win with one shot and finished the day 82-79 winners and that elusive spot in the GF on March 16th. Final rink scores Macca Mcdonald, Jack Anthony, John Aitken and Dennis Pugh 25-27, Don Chapman, Dale Wilding, Bob Hunt and Keith George 14-20, Nic Marguccio, Neil Wallace, Reg Hungerford and Harold Curwood 25-15 and Virtue, Hughes, Townsend and Cook 18-17. Great result for Ocean Grove Bowls Club which in two weeks will feature in two Grand Finals.


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McLeish hits up at Open By MARK HEENAN OCEAN Grove local Andrew McLeish joined the elite golfing professionals at the Victorian Open Pro-Am event at Thirteenth Beach Golf Club on Wednesday, February 20. The 30-year-old, who recently joined the Ocean Grove Golf Club as a member, took part in the 18-hole competition, a lead-in event to the fourday Victorian Open held at Thirteenth Beach Golf Club in Barwon Heads for the very first time. McLeish, who moved from Melbourne to the coastal

surrounds of Ocean Grove late in 2011, also played his first season of football with the Grubbers last season. McLeish accepted an invitation to play on behalf of his employer Adcell Group, a supporting sponsor of the Victorian Open. He played in a team of four, a group that included South African golf professional, Lee-Anne Pace, CEO of the Australian Masters Games, Ian Fitzpatrick and Northern Football League (Melbourne) CEO, Jeremy Bourke. McLeish, who competed with his three playing partners and finished in a tie for third, said it was great to get some advice

Former pro-golfer and media personality Mark Allen, Richmond AFL footballer Jack Riewoldt and pro-golfer Brad Hughes.

from a golfing professional. “She (Lee-Anne Pace) was outstanding, that is the first time I have been able to play with a professional and she could not have been more accommodating giving tips out and helping us and telling what life is like on the tour,” McLeish said. “We did really well, we tied for third as a team, but we lost on a count back, so we were a bit unlucky, but we played really well.” Along with McLeish, two other Ocean Grove Golf Club members Eric Walsh and David Smith featured in the Pro-Am day. Former Geelong footballer and media identity John ‘Sam’

Newman, Richmond AFL footballer Jack Riewoldt and former Australian Test cricketer Greg Blewett were among the famous names to play in this year’s Victorian Open Pro-Am event. Well-known golfers including 2012 Australian PGA winner Daniel Popovic, Bristish golfer Laura Davies and two-time Australian Masters winner Bradley Hughes also played in the Pro-Am. IN OTHER news Stacey Keating, who hails from the Victorian town of Cressy, took out the Women’s Victorian Open, while Matthew Giles was crowned as Men’s Victorian Open champion.

Geelong Mayor Keith Fagg, media personality Sam Newman, pro-golfer Laura Davies and Federal MP for Corio, Richard Marles.

Andrew McLeish and Eric Walsh

Test cricketer Greg Blewett, pro-golfer Daniel Popovic and SEN’s David Schwarz.


junior cricket

Max Sutton - bowling for Collendina against Bell Post Hill

Young guns bring it on

Ethan Reeves in bat for Cobras versus Bell Post Hill.

Cam Habgood bowlng for Grove u17 versus Newtown Chilwell.

LEFT; Cody Richardson for Ocean Grove u15 against BarwonHeads.

BELOW: Ocean Grove u17s celebrate a Newtown Chilwell wicket. Pictures; LINDSAY KELLEY.

collendina cricket

Corey cracks a century DRYSDALE scored a thrilling one-wicket victory over Collendina in their BPCA A-Grade twoday clash at Drysdale on Saturday. Collendina, who won the toss and elected to bat first on day one, finished the day in a strong position at 9/273 from their 75 overs thanks largely to a great innings from star Collendina all-rounder Corey Walter. Drysdale, who were beaten by Collendina in last season’s A-Grade semifinals, had the Cobras in trouble at 6/109 on day one, before Walter saved the day with a fantastic knock of 109. “At tea against Collendina (on the opening day) we thought realistically we could bowl them out for under 120 and have the runs on board by day one,” said Drysdale captaincoach, Shane Cutajar. “To Corey Walter’s credit from Collendina, he gave no chances, he batted extremely well and thoroughly deserved his hundred.” Walter, who has only played three matches in 2012/13 with a knee injury keeping him out for most of the season, backed up his good efforts with the bat after he claimed 3/82 from 25 overs, while Collendina co-coach Eddie Ellwood took 2/66 from 18 overs. In reply, the home side finished at 9/283 after their 75 overs. A 117-run third wicket partnership between Hawk opener, Jason Malcolm, who scored a brilliant 84, and middle-order batsman, Matt Loughnane, who fell agonisingly one run short of a hundred with a superb 99 were the catalysts in Drysdale’s victory. The win moved Drysdale into the fifth position at season’s end after neighbouring rivals Portarlington fell back to

Jye Hearps bowling for Collendina at Drysdale. sixth after losing to Ocean Grove in the final round. The Cobras looked in a strong position to win after the dismissals of Malcolm and Loughnane as the Hawks still needed a further 19 runs for victory as they fell to 9/255. The Drysdale pairing of Dillon Justice, who remained 19 not out, and Scott Jervies, who was 8 not out, eventually got the home side over the line in a great finish to the game. IN THE B-Grade, Drysdale defeated Collendina on first innings in their two-day game at Collendina on Saturday. Batting first, the Hawks ripped through the Cobras first innings for only 78 in 42.5 overs and in reply Drysdale declared at 0/101 after only 29 overs on day one. Drysdale then bowled out Collendina for 161 in their second dig before the visitors smashed 4/78 from 11 overs in sight of a rare outright victory. The Hawks eventually fell 61 runs short of an outright win. IN THE C-Grade, Drysdale cruised to a comfortable victory over Collendina in their two-

Matt Gibbon in bat for Cobras B grade. day game at St Thomas Primary School on Saturday. Batting first, Collendina were all bowled out for 146 from 53 overs on day one. In reply, Drysdale made 3/153 from 41.2 overs. IN D-Grade, Collendina won their final oneday match of the season defeating Barwon Heads at Barwon Heads on Saturday. Batting first, Barwon Heads were all bowled out for 120 in 40 overs, in reply the Cobras won with 10 overs to spare and finished at 4/124 from their 30 overs.

Byron Taylor bowling Collendina A grade.



twenty20 grand final

Grove bash out fourth title OCEAN Grove are officially the kings of Twenty20 cricket. The Grubbers won their historic fourth Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association A-Grade Twenty20 in a row on Sunday February 24 against Newcomb at Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation Reserve. The Grubbers won with five balls to spare in an enthralling contest after scoring 6/143 from 19.1 overs. Batting first, Newcomb compiled 8/142 from their 20 overs. Newcomb batsman, Greg Matthews, led the way with 50 from only 37 balls, while teammate Darryl Bissett provided good support with 32 from 28 balls. Ocean Grove bowlers Cam Habgood, who took 2/19, and Mick Gill, who claimed 2/33 were the main wicket takers for the home side. It was, however, Grubber Pat Kuipers, who proved the difference with both bat and ball with his figures of 3/29 from four overs and a

Corey Bampfield reels after hitting the winning runs. brilliant innings of 69 from only 52 balls opening the batting. Kuipers shared in an opening partnership stand of 53 runs with teammate Dean Gills, who provided great support with a great cameo innings of 26 from 15 balls. Ocean Grove’s historic Twenty20 title means the club has now increased their winning streak to 16

matches. Ocean Grove coach, Lucas Cameron, said it was a masterful performance from Kuipers. “Patty (Kuipers) batted really well and hit the ball as clean as a whistle,” Cameron said. “His (Kuipers) efforts with bat and ball along with Gillsy (Dean Gills) at the top of the order were the keys to our win.”

Grove celebrate their fourth straight Twenty20 tournament win.

Michael Kenneady played his part in the win.

Pat Kuipers contributed 69 runs and bowled 3/29.


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Set for Couttas Continued from page 56 Ocean Grove will now meet Queenscliff at Queenscliff this Saturday in a knockout semi-final. Resuming at 4/53 on day two after Portarlington were bowled out for 138, the home side held a slight advantage on day one. The visitors made a fist of it on day two and put in a spirited showing claiming the remaining six Grubber wickets for 87 after Ocean Grove were dismissed for 140 in 45.3 overs. However what mattered most for Ocean Grove they were still at the batting crease when they passed Portarlington’s total of 138. In the end, it was Grubber youngster Mitch Hodgson who hit the winning runs. Ocean Grove coach, Lucas Cameron, said the finals like atmosphere on Saturday had made it even more special to play finals. “It was an elimination final for us, if we lost, the opposition (Portarlington) would have taken our spot,” Cameron said. “It has been a long six weeks for us, now the group gets the reward of being able to represent our club in the finals again. “We are all really looking forward to it.” Ocean Grove’s dominance shined on day one and if not for a crucial fifth-wicket partnership

of 54 runs between Portarlington’s Paul and Adam McGrath, the visitors would have been rolled a lot earlier. Demons’ captain Paul McGrath, the fourth leading scorer in the A-Grade competition, top scored with 57 to take his tally to 423 runs at an average of 47 for the season. The home side took wickets at crucial stages with Lucas Cameron, 3/22 from 13 overs, spinner Mick Gill, 2/25 from 14 overs, while Michael Kenneady claimed 3/44, were the main wicket takers for Ocean Grove. Kenneady backed it up with the bat and top scored with 39 batting at number six. “It was a weird game of cricket - the ebbs and flows in it, similar to our week up and down and up and down,” Cameron said. Cameron said it had been a ‘emotional rollercoaster’ week at the Grubbers after they claimed their fourth Twenty20 title in a row on Sunday and during the week it was revealed veteran Ocean Grove batsman Dean Gills’ mother had passed away. All players wore black arm bands in support of Gills. “The past week was just a real rollercoaster, great effort on Sunday with Twenty20, just to come back with a real crash on Tuesday and pick your selves up for today, there was plenty of distraction,”

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Michael Kenneady on his way to 39 for A grade.


Cameron said. “Credit to Dean (Gills) himself – He was there Thursday night and spoke to the group (and) what it would mean for him and for us to go all the way this season. “It has been a really bonding week.” OCEAN Grove claimed a four-wicket victory in their two-day B-Grade clash against Portarlington at Portarlington on Saturday. The Grubbers bowled out the Demons for 141 on day one and then compiled

6/152 on day two. Grubber Brad Fendyk, was the standout with his figures of 4/15 and 34 with the bat. Ladder leader Ocean Grove will now play Portarlington again in a knockout semi-final starting on Saturday. IN the C-Grade, the Grubbers claimed a 130-run victory over Portarlington in their twoday clash at Shell Road Recreation Reserve on Saturday. Batting first, Ocean Grove made 5/275

courtesy of Tim Murphy’s 94 with the bat, and in reply Portarlington were dismissed for 145. The Grubbers C-Grade will now face Jan Juc in a knockout semi-final clash this Saturday. IN the D-Grade, Newcomb, 4/251, defeated Ocean Grove 1, 91, by 160 runs in their one-day clash at Connewarre. M E A N W H I L E Portarlington won on a forfeit against Ocean Grove 2 in their scheduled oneday game at Portarlington on Saturday.

confident of a win especially with a bowling attack that boasts spinner Mick Gill, Dan Roddis, Cameron and veteran paceman Shaun Branniff. “I think our bowling has been really good for the last month and a bit,” Cameron said. “Every side we have played in the last three games we have dismissed for under 140.” Cameron said Queenscliff’s strengths would rest with opening batsman Toby Smith, who scored 78 in their last meeting and the all-round talents of Michael Farrell.

“Toby Smith sets the tone for them as an opening batsman, he has been a prolific run scorer for a long time,” Cameron said. “They have a good understanding of one another in their team and their make-up.” The Grubbers are expected to field a similar eleven that faced Portarlington in round 11, with opening batsman Pat Kuipers expected to come into the selection mix for Ocean Grove. BARWON HEADS V JAN JUC AT BARWON HEADS

GIANT killers the Jan Juc Sharks go into this weekend’s finals clash against Barwon Heads as the big improvers from season 2012/13. Last season, the Sharks finished sixth in the BPCA A-Grade competition. In their only meeting this season, Barwon Heads played a draw against the third-placed Jan Juc in round two after rain intervened during the course of the match. Barwon Heads, BPCA A-Grade premiers in 2010/11, are expected to head into the clash as favourites.

BPCA Finals preview OCEAN Grove Voice’s Mark Heenan previews the BPCA A-Grade semi-finals this weekend. The 2012/13 season has proven to be one of the closest competitions in recent memory with only six points separating first-place Queenscliff and fourthplaced Ocean Grove. Secondplaced Barwon Heads and Jan Juc, who finished in third spot, remain equal on points won, but the Heads earn a home final with a more superior percentage. QUEENSCLIFF V

OCEAN GROVE AT QUEENSCLIFF QUEENSCLIFF heads into their clash with Ocean Grove on a massive high. The Coutas claimed a vital away six-wicket win against BPCA finals contenders, Jan Juc, to claim top spot honours and earn a home final against the Grubbers after their win on Saturday at Jan Juc. The Coutas defeated the Grubbers by 52 runs in their only match up this season in round four at Queenscliff. Ocean Grove coach, Lucas Cameron, still remains



PLAYED HIS PART: Pat Kuipers 69 helped Grove to their fourth Twenty20 championship.

STRAIGHT FOUR IN BIG BASH IT’S been a great week for Ocean Grove Cricket Club. Last week the club collected their fourth Twenty20 premiership with a convincing win over Newccomb and then on Saturday the A grade made the finals with a win over Portarlington. Twenty20 champs page 54.

Dan Roddis nudges Grove on the way to the finals. IT is finals time and if Ocean Grove’s last minute heroics on Saturday are anything to go by against Portarlington, March should be a compelling month of

cricket. The Grubbers scored a memorable one-wicket win over a gallant Portarlington at Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation

Picture: LINDSAY KELLEY Reserve that propelled them into this month’s A-Grade Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association finals. Continued page 55.

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