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April 2-15 2014




BLOCKHEADS: Dale and Brad from the TV series The Block were in Wallington on Sunday. More pictures, page 2.

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THE process of relocating Ocean Grove’s cenotaph began on Friday morning. Conservator Paul Hunt, who monitored the space whilst the excavation of the monument was carried out, was positive about the move. “This is all going towards the Centenary of Anzac next year and it’s great this could be done for Anzac Day this year also,” Paul said. Fabricare Engineering detached the cenotaph in one swift movement, luckily with no breakage or problems. The cenotaph will be cleaned and set in its new home in Ocean Grove Park sometime this week. More pictures page 3.


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Fire extinguished at Ocean Grove dentist FIREFIGHTERS quick response managed to contain an electrical fire at one of Ocean Grove’s dental practices last Tuesday afternoon. Four fire trucks from Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads were called to the fire in an electrical box outside the dental practice on the corner of Hodgson Street and The Parade just before 5pm. When crews arrived, smoke was billowing out of the box but crews had to ensure the power was cut before tackling the cause. “Apart from the smoke, the fire was contained. It was a good outcome

in minimalising the damage,” Ocean Grove Fire Brigade Acting Station Officer Greg Abramovitch said. Acting Station Officer Abramovitch said that if the premises had not been occupied at the time and the fire had gone undetected, it could have spread to the roof space and it would have been a different situation. “The fire was caused by a wire in fault. This is a reminder for people to check their wiring from time to time, if (the wiring is) old,” Ocean Grove Fire Brigade Acting Station Officer Greg Abramovitch said.

BRAD Cranfield and Dale Vine from the popular channel 9 TV series The Block were in town on Sunday. The duo visited Faggs Mitre 10 in Wallington where about 300 people were in attendance.

Brad and Dale are appearing in their second series with the current shows being a Fans vs Faves series. The pair are a part of the 'Faves' team. Dale, from Geelong, is a landscaper.

Firefighters contained an electrical fire at an Ocean Grove dental surgery.

Blockheads visit local Mitre 10

PREPARATIONS for ANZAC Day in Ocean Grove are underway. “We are inviting post 1979 soldiers to lead the march this year. We are welcoming everyone, even if they’re not members of the club, to take part,” David Gilroy, secretary of Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL, said. Activities and celebrations for this year’s ANZAC day are all in the lead up to the centenary in 2015. This week, the Cenotaph will be moved to its new location in Ocean Grove Park. “This year we will be having a 10-minute dedication for the cenotaph’s relocation,” David Gilroy explained. The annual ANZAC Church parade will also be held on Sunday April 13 at the Church of Christ in Tareeda Drive. For more information on the Dawn Service and the map of the march route, which will be different from previous years, read the next edition of the Voice. For more information contact John Dickinson on 0409-432 331.

Youth Week

The crowd waits.

Brad and young Will get busy.

Anzac Day is coming

Dale and Cassidy working on their challenge.

NATIONAL Youth Week is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. The Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre will be holding a Youth Expo during Youth Week on April 11 from 1pm to 4pm. This day is to provide information to young people, parents, carers and guardians on what services are available to them for youth support within the Geelong, Bellarine and Surfcoast Regions. “OGNC will be providing jumping castle, karaoke machine, space invaders machine, graffiti art and free food to engage young people’s attendance. The event will be a great opportunity to gather some important information and enjoy a fun filled afternoon of activities,” Maddie Hill from OGNC said. For more information, call the centre on 5255 4294.


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Kids author and illustrator visits Grove

MOVING: Ocean Grove's Cenotaph was in the process of moving last Friday. Workers hooked the monument up to a crane and loaded it onto the back of a waiting truck.

Bun bake-off OCEAN Grove Bakers Delight is joining bakeries across Victoria in the quest to bake over 140,000 hot cross buns on Saturday April 5. The Bundraiser Day aims to raise money to support the Royal Children’s Hospital. “This event is something we look forward to every year, we always like to get behind a good cause,” Ocean Grove Bakers Delight Owner Craig Humphrey said. “We will be donating $1 from every six-pack of Hot Cross Buns sold, so we will be trying to sell as many as possible,” Craig added. The Ocean Grove store will be putting their money towards the $40,000 needed to go towards funding the purchase of a piece of equipment called the

BAKING: Georgia, Heather and Shayna from Ocean Grove Baker's Delight. Haag Streit Slit Lamp. The Grovers are and were day in the lead up to digital imaging device is looking forward to trying Easter. Bakers Delight used by ophthalmologists to making a difference Ocean Grove and Ocean to improve diagnosis and again this Saturday,” Craig Grove Marketplace management of various said. will as always be baking eye conditions in young For 34 years Bakers Traditional, Choc Chip, patients. Delight bakers have been Mocha and Fruitless “Each year has shown baking fresh Hot Cross varieties. how generous Ocean Buns from scratch, each

OCEAN Grover Susan Mathews is set to feature at the Australasian Quilting Convention this month. Taking part in the Living Colour exhibition, not only will the talented quilter’s work be featured at the largest quilting convention in the Southern Hemisphere, Susan’s work will feature across Australia within the travelling exhibition. Susan was one of only five quilters selected from Victoria, with her flora themed quilt entitled ‘Big Red Set’ to be a perennial favourite at the travelling quilt exhibition. “My inspiration stemmed from my fascination with the Australian native plant,

Kangaroo Paw,” Susan explained. Susan uses a unique stitching technique called free motion, allowing her work to appear in a lifelike form. “Free motion stitching requires dedication and patience as it is like drawing with thread. However, it adds a vibrant energy to the piece by echoing and emphasising shapes in the design,” explains Susan. Susan’s art quilt will be displayed at the Australasian Quilt Convention from April 10 to 13 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. For more information visit:

Artist's national exposure Quilt artist Susan Mathews.

S Y D N E Y- b a s e d bestselling children's author Belinda Murrell visited Ocean Grove on Saturday 29 March and was joined by illustrator extraordinaire Serena Geddes. Belinda and Serena, creators of the Lulu Bell series, have spent the week touring schools and bookstores in and around Melbourne, talking to children about the fun they have together writing and illustrating their books about an eight-year-old girl who lives with her family in a vet hospital. They share stories about animals, sometimes silly siblings and loads of funny adventures with family and friends. Their visit to Ocean Grove iswasmade even more special as Geelong schoolgirl, who has been corresponding with Belinda, got to meet her 'favourite author' in person at her 'favourite bookstore!' "I love hearing from the children who love my books," says Belinda. "I always make sure to reply!" Serena Geddes, a Melbourne local, wows kids with a live watercolour demonstration of just how she illustrates the Lulu Bell books. The stories are all about animals, so Serena will always paint an animal with Lulu (owls, tigers, flamingoes among them!).

Body found on beach THE body of an 83-year-old woman was discovered on Ocean Grove beach last week. The woman’s body was found by passers-by at about 7.30pm on Friday evening. Police say the woman was from Leopold and that there are no suspicious circumstances.


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The full City of Greater Geelong council met at the Bellarine Sports and Aquatic Centre on Wednesday last week.

Ocean Grove hosts council ABOUT 45 members of the public took the chance to see the City of Greater Geelong in action in Ocean Grove last week. As part of an occasional appearance in the ‘burbs, the full council met at the Bellarine Sports and Aquatic Centre to get among the community. Roughly separated into a question time from the public and then the full meeting agenda, the bulk of the audience was there to talk or listen to three main issues – Ocean Grove Park, the proposed sale of Ann Nichol House (ANH) in Portarlington

by Bellarine Community Health and the ongoing C300 Planning Scheme Amendment scheme. Council comprised of all the ward representatives minus apologies from Cr Eddy Kontelj and the Mayor Darryn Lyons. The future of Ann Nichol House was raised as an emergency agenda item at the meeting. After matter was raised council voted to write to the Chair of Bellarine Community Health voicing its concern at the proposed sale of the Portarlington aged care facility and calling for the

decision to be reviewed. Coryule Councillor Lindsay Ellis said Council would also write to the Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield, the State Minister for the Environment, Ryan Smith, and the State Minister for the Ageing, David Davis, asking that they intervene in the proposed sale of the facility. Cr Ellis said Council would ask the Federal and State Ministers to convene urgent discussions with concerned Portarlington residents, families, community and key

stakeholders about the future of residential care on the Bellarine Peninsula. He said communities on the Bellarine were extremely concerned at the potential impact of the sale of Ann Nichol House, coming soon after the announcement of the closure of Coorabin, another local facility providing residential aged care. Another significant matter going through council at present is a Disability Action Plan. C o m m u n i t y Development Portfolio

Councillor Kylie Fisher said the draft Disability Action Plan 2014-17 meets state and federal legislation as well as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At the Grove meeting Council took note of the draft plan and recommended a four-week period of community comment. “We’ve been developing and actioning Disability Action Plans since 2002 with the aim of making a practical and positive difference”, said Cr Fisher. “This is our third plan

since 2002 and it builds progressively on previous work” The 45 actions in the plan reduce discrimination across four main areas including the provision of goods and services, employment, community participation as well as attitudes and practices. “Provision of universal access, reduction of barriers and compliance with legal requirements regarding disability is now well embedded in all our planning processes”, said Cr Fisher. “I’m very proud of the work we do to ensure

people with disabilities are included in our community life, but we can always do it better and we will be calling on people to review this draft and provide feedback,” said Cr Fisher. The Disability Action Plan 2014-2017 will be available for public comment online at www. council/yoursay and at all customer service centres. Other items on the agenda included representation on the new Barwon South West Waste Forum and Geelong Gallery funding.

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Nicholas to take his show to Africa OCEAN Grove puppeteer Nicholas Dacomb will travel over a thousand kilometres across the southern tip of Africa by bicycle, to raise awareness of values and sustainability through music and puppetry. The founder of Krazy Koala entertainment will perform free live music puppet shows for children along the way. Through his Didgeridoo Puppet show he will provide unique entertainment for children who would not usually have the opportunity to see such a performance. Nicholas will connect with local children and promote important life values such as Peace, Happiness, Love and Unity- alongside key sustainability issues like recycling and renewable energy. “My inspiration for the project came after reading a book on Gandhi. I decided to experiment with my life, to try a new simpler way of living, as I feel service to others can be very rewarding.” “Also I get a real kick

out of performing for children who have never seen anything like the show before. The amazement and excitement on their faces the first time they hear a Didgeridoo or see Puppets dancing to the music is priceless, this is why I have chosen Africa for this project,” said Nicholas. In 2011 Nicholas Dacomb started his performance career busking on the streets of Cairns playing the didgeridoo. After a month he decided to combine puppetry with his didgeridoo music to create something truly unique. “I purchased Joey a little kangaroo hand puppet who danced to the music I was playing. He was my first work colleague and I didn’t even have to feed him. People got a good laugh out of it and before long I had a whole collection of hand puppets, “said Nicholas. From busking on the streets to travelling across Indonesia,

PUPPETMAN: Nicholas Dacomb. Picture: Erin Pimm Photography

Nicholas has continued to entertain children from all backgrounds with his Didgeridoo

Puppet show. After returning to Australia, Nicholas decided he wanted to make this into

his profession and began offering shows as he travelled nationally.


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Dorothy turns 100 DOROTHY PEARL KING became Ocean Grove’s latest centenarian last week. Dorothy made the milestone last week when she turned 100 years old on Wednesday, March 26. “Dorothy is the first person to turn 100 years old in 2014,” Sea Views Manor’s Glen Chidzey said. Congratulatory letters were read to Dorothy from the Prime Minister Tony Abbott, outgoing Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce and Queen Elizabeth. “It feels no different to be turning 100,” Dorothy explained on the day. Around 50 residents and Sea Views Manor staff attended the morning celebratory tea held for Dorothy, as well as her family. Dorothy has been a resident at the Ocean Grove premises for four years. Her children, Gordon and Janet, live in Ocean Grove and

have together with their partners given Dorothy six grandchildren, followed by eleven great grandchildren. “I moved to Ocean Grove from Sydney with my partner Marian some three years ago and my sister Janet and her husband Martin moved back to Australia from England nine years ago,” Gordon King, Dorothy’s son and president of Ocean Grove Rotary, said. Dorothy was born in 1914 in Ascot Vale, the only child of William and 'Dolly' Way. Her father was born in Carlton and became a well known builder in the Essendon area and built the house in Moonee Ponds where Dorothy grew up. As a child, Dorothy attended Moonee Ponds West State School and then Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School, where she is presently the only living centenarian. “On leaving school,

Mum attended Zercho’s Business College, where she learnt typing and shorthand, before taking employment at W. J. Harpers Real Estate in Ascot Vale,” Gordon explained. It was at Harpers that Dorothy’s life changed when she met a young accountant named Robert King. Dorothy and Bob married just before the Second World War in 1939. Together, they enjoyed 69 happy years before Bob passed away in Drysdale in 2008. Dorothy is a life member of Essendon Historical Society, Aberfeldie Bowls Club, Doutta Galla Probus Club and the Victorian Institute for the Blind. She was the ladies club champion at Aberfeldie Bowls Club on no less than 16 occasions. Ocean Grove’s Michel’s Patisserie donated Dorothy’s birthday cake on the day.


CAKE: Michel's Patisserie Ocean Grove presented Dorothy with a birthday cake.

FAMILY: Dorothy King with David, Danni, Gordon, Martin, Janet and Marian.

GYM: Dorothy as a young gymnast.


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Dogs on lead...please ON TUESDAY March 4 my family went for a walk from the Barwon Heads bridge to Barwon Bluff. From 7pm to 7.30pm on the beach on both sides of the river we saw 13 dogs off lead. Every access point to the beach has a council sign stating that dogs must be on lead on the beach until the end of April. Every dog owner we saw had their dog off lead! That is a 100% failure rate of complying with council regulations. That coupled with the 8 dogs I saw off lead on Ocean Grove's beaches earlier that day at 10.30am. In summary I saw 21 dogs

on beaches that day and every single one was off lead in an on-lead area and this is not a one off occurrence! We need greater enforcement of these laws because a lot of dog owners just don’t seem to care. We have a young family and our sons are scared of dogs. Collendina is a dogs off lead beach and we don’t go there. When are we going to get a section of Ocean Grove beach dog free year round so my family can enjoy the beach without a dog running up to us? Michael, Ocean Grove

PROTECT OCEAN GROVE PARK As the local Member and Shadow Minister for Environment, I have called on the Minister for the Environment in Parliament to urgently intervene to safeguard the future of the Ocean Grove Park. It is vital that the Minister acts to ensure that the ownership of the Park is not transferred away from the Trust for Nature. It is a great community asset, managed by the Ocean Grove Park Committee who are all volunteers giving generously of their time and energy to maintain and care for the

Park. I have also asked the Minister for additional resources to assist the Committee and Trust for Nature to cover the costs involved in the day-to-day Park management. Thanks to Cr Jan Farrell the good news is that Council have now clearly stated that they are not seeking to take over ownership of the Park. Now is the time for the Minister to ensure the Park stays safely in the hands of the Trust for Nature and the local community, and I will continue to push for this outcome. YOUTH OF THE YEAR ZONE FINAL

THE CITY of Greater Geelong has received a high number of complaints concerning dog owners not obeying existing dog control orders on beaches this summer - particularly at Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and 13th Beach. The dog control orders were developed by the Barwon Coast Committee of Management and adopted by Council to ensure a safe, fair and enjoyable access to the beaches by all users and to provide safeguards to protect our flora and fauna. Our officers are given reasons such as ‘don’t worry he won’t bite’, ‘he is only playing’, ‘he needs a free run and is entitled to run along the beach’ as justification for allowing a dog to be unrestrained or uncontrolled on beaches where on leash orders apply. In fact there are many people who simply do not want any attention from

dogs in a public space, whether or not there is a safety concern. Some prefer peace and quiet on the beach and not having their space intruded upon. It is difficult to predict how a dog will react towards another dog or a person in certain circumstances. Most dog attacks that Council investigate involve a dog that has not previously attacked. A medium to large dog is at the face level of a small child and the potential for a bite should be prevented at all times. In addition to dogs needing to be on leash in ‘on leash’ areas, a range of conditions now apply to ‘off leash’ areas following Council’s recent adoption of modified dog control orders for such areas as follows; • W h e n encountering other people or animals using the area, the dog must be recalled and restrained until both parties are at a safe distance.

• The handler must be able to demonstrate audible control of the dog. • Dogs must remain in visual and audible range of their handler to allow it to be effectively recalled at any time • Dogs must not enter water habitats that contain wildlife, beach nesting birds or chase wildlife in these areas. • Dogs that are aggressive to people or other dogs, behave in an anti social manner, or are over excitable should be muzzled when in public and not to be off leash. We appeal to all users of the beach areas to abide by the dog control orders (please observe signs). Council officers will increase the frequency of patrols and fines may apply where breaches of the rules are observed. Steve Sodomaco Manager Health and Local Laws City of Greater Geelong

It was a great pleasure to be invited to the Ocean Grove/Barwon Heads Lions Club Youth of the Year Zone final in Ocean Grove recently. I was so impressed with the calibre of speeches made by the students from various local schools and I congratulate the four amazing young women Liara George, Jayne Fendyk, Lena DeRosso and Rachel Howard who competed. Lena and Rachel went on to represent the zone at the regional finals. BELLARINE AGED CARE – ANN NICHOL HOUSE

Many of you will be aware of the great distress that is being felt by many people over the recent announcement of the sale by Bellarine Community Health of Ann Nichol House (ANH) in Portarlington, to a private provider. ANH is the last of the not-for-profit aged care facilities in Bellarine and is home to many older people from across our region, including Ocean Grove. The sale has come as a shock to residents and their families, doubly so for those who moved to ANH when Coorabin was closed. I have raised the issue

in Parliament and will continue to work with the community, the Council and the Borough of Queenscliffe to fight this decision in the interests of the residents, staff and more broadly for the future of aged care in Bellarine. TWITTER You can follow me on Twitter @LisanevilleMP. 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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our park in focus Ocean Grove Community Association statement APPROXIMATELY three years ago the Ocean Grove Community Association (OCGA) committee was presented the proposal to develop the Performance Space in the south west corner of the site. We voted to support the proposal on the following grounds; • Such a facility has always been proposed in this corner of the site. Hence the existing earth mound. • Ocean Grove needs such a facility and it would be great for enhancing our art culture. • The location, adjoining the town shopping centre, will be great for tourism and Ocean Grove businesses. • It will encourage more people to access and appreciate the park, as a whole. Our committee still supports the Performance Space current proposal. If people are saying that it will take up too much space then why haven’t they also voiced their opposition to the Cenotaph. It is currently being constructed in a far more prominent position within the park and occupying prime open park space. (OGCA supports the new location of the Cenotaph). With respect to OG Park ownership we note the recent advice that Council is not proceeding with the transfer of ownership, at this stage. However, we hope people have considered the following matters; • It was Council who supported the community in acquiring the park for the community, in the first place. • Are all those that opposed the ownership being transferred now prepared to put their names down for and actually participate in the maintenance and fund raising activities over the next 20 years? Then, when they are too tired, pledge to find a replacement for themselves? Michael Harbour OGCA


Park meet works on way forward ABOUT 150 local residents packed the Ocean Grove Primary School Hall last Sunday to further discuss the Ocean Grove Park. The one and a half hour meeting started with the reiteration that the park will be managed and remain under the Trust of Nature Committee. With this issue of ownership put to rest, attention turned to the proposed construction of a performance space in the south west corner of the park. “The aim of this meeting is to provide a forum for information and discussion for the community,” Chair of the meeting Tony Hudson said. Supporting Tony was Stephanie Asher, fronting

locals with answers to the questions and concerns at large. Answers to questions which rose at the meeting included • Anticipated cost? $1 million • How many events per year? Six • Will the toilets be available to use 24/7? No only at events • When was consultation carried out? Six years ago • Estimated construction time? Six months Amongst some of the other questions which will be addressed at the next meeting include: • If the space is built, where are the funds going to come from to maintain, clean and manage it? • Who can use it, and at what cost?

• Why hasn’t the Council delivered on their promise for a community hall? • How many performances per year, both inside the space and out, as noise levels are a concern? • Why change a good thing (the park)? • Why so much landscaping? • Do the people of Ocean Grove want an active park or a passive park? • Is it going to be a licensed venue? Those not in support of the space suggested alternate places in Ocean Grove for the performance space. It was explained why, with the currents plans and funds, this is not possible. It was explained that the findings, permits and the acquiring of external funds

have been made by the Park Committee for this specific location, and that for a new location, this work would need to be done again. ‘ Those in support of the space repeated some of the reasoning for the project. This included the potential to enhance the art culture, tourism and business for Ocean Grove). Another public meeting is being held to specifically discuss the performance space further and to answer the questions which were raised at the meeting. “We want everybody to be as informed as possible,” Tony Hudson said. It will be held at Ocean Grove Primary School Hall at 2pm on Sunday May 4. Everyone is welcome.

Statement from Cr Jan Farrell FIRSTLY, and most importantly, Council has removed itself from any talks about a handover of the Ocean Grove Park from Trust for Nature. Trust for Nature initiated those discussions, firstly with the Ocean Grove Park committee and subsequently with Council. Both the Ocean Grove Park committee and I were always insistent that any transfer of the land to Council (or any other organisation) would need to ensure that the park was protected in perpetuity with a water tight guarantee. I have always maintained that the park is a loved and valued community asset that needs to be protected

for future generations. Lawyers engaged by Trust for Nature and Council have been working together to create a water tight legal document that would provide unambiguous protection. Despite their best efforts over many months, they can’t deliver a legal solution that provides the level of protection that this community needs. Without that protection I can’t be a party to any consideration by Council about the transfer. I am advised that the draft legal documents provide protection via a covenant and a caveat that states that if any future development is proposed by a future Council, that the land is first

to be offered to Trust for Nature. My position is that if Trust for Nature are trying to divest themselves of the land now, how can we be sure that they’ll accept it back in the future? I see that as a risk that neither I nor the Ocean Grove community should accept so Council officers, at my request, withdrew from the negotiations to transfer the land. Some facts about the performance space. Council provided $20,000 to Ocean Grove Park Inc in the 2009/10 budget in response to a request for funding for a scoping study and detailed design for a performance space. In 2010 Ocean Grove Park

Inc applied to Council for a permit for the construction of the performance space. The permit was issued on 10 November 2010. The application included a commitment by Ocean Grove Park Inc. to establish a venue management committee and to develop a user’s manual to address hours of operation and noise management. The Council report noted that any performances at the space would need to comply with State Government noise regulations. A business case and detailed design for the performance space was completed in August 2012 and stated a construction cost of

In reply to cultural heart viewpoint Dear Editor Jon Mamonski supports the performance space proposed for Ocean Grove Park by claiming that the park is the cultural heart of Ocean Grove (Letters, 21 March). If this is true, then our town is virtually a cultural wasteland. We have up to four cultural events in the park each year: Carols in the Park, the Tranquility Fair (which is first and foremost a fair, although it does include performances) and we have one or two Movies in the Park over summer. The Tranquility Fair was established in 1999 as a fundraiser to save the park from development. In my opinion, using the fair to justify putting a building in the park is unacceptable. Mr Mamonski also claims the performance space was included in the park’s strategic plan in the ‘90s. However, the design in this plan was a modest sound shell with removable fabric roof supported on wire strung between bollards. Yet again and again, it’s claimed that the performance space was in the Master Plan. This claim has helped to progress the $1 million dollar overblown project and it has serious ramifications. If the proposed building goes ahead, we will never get the long-awaited community hall to replace the Green Hall demolished by council. We will lose a chunk of our precious little park to a permanent multi-purpose building and council will tell us this venue will have to make do as our community hall – a very sub-standard community hall. Christine Brooks Member – Ocean Grove Park Association $1,002,000. The business case included letters of support from local schools and a variety of community organisations. That document was used as a basis to secure funding for the performance space. Funding commitments to date: • State Government $500,000 via the Putting Locals First program • Ocean Grove Community Enterprise $150,000, • Ocean Grove Park Inc. up to $180,000 • Council $200,000 in the 2013/14 budget, currently conditional on the park being handed over to Council. The removal of that condition will be the subject of a report to

Council in April. Council officers and I will continue to work with State Government, members of Ocean Grove Park Inc, the Ocean Grove Arts Network, Ocean Grove Community Enterprise, local schools and the wider community to deliver a performance space in Ocean Grove Park. In closing, I’d encourage the local community to acknowledge the work of the volunteers that have looked after Ocean Grove Park over so many years. I am disturbed and disappointed by the behaviour towards those volunteers by some in our community. Ocean Grove is better than that. Cr Jan Farrell


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Grovers all set to follow black line OCEAN Grovers will be swimming laps for 24 hours all for fun and for a good cause. The 24 Hour Mega Swim event is a competition with teams receiving one point for every $10 raised and one point for every 500 metres swum. “Everyone is very excited for the Ocean Grove Mega Swim this year. This is the third time Rotary have run the event, raising around $25,000 each time,” Rotarian Trevor McArdle, Mega Swim coordinator for Ocean Grove Rotary Club, said. A goal of $20,000 plus has been set for 2014 to raise money for multiple sclerosis. The Ocean Grove relay competition has become a biannual event which anyone can take part in. “In 2012 the Rotary Club of Ocean Grove not only hosted the event but also swam 52.7km, raising $8620 as a team,” project manager Josie Molloy said. So far, $545 has been raised. Teams of up to 15

MEGA SWIM: Trevor McArdle, Shelley Gross and Ryan Jones are all set for the Mega Swim.

people compete for laps swum and money raised. Each team must have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours. Local resident and swimmer Shelley Gross

was a very instrumental stimulus in getting the event to Ocean Grove with the support of the Ocean Grove Rotary Club. In support of the event also is the City of

Greater Geelong and staff at the Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre. The event will be running at the Bellarine Aquatic Centre from Saturday August 30 until

Sunday August 31. For more information call Trevor McArdle on 0419-895 562. To register to swim or to donate visit: www.megaswim. com.


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A night on the beat 3.31PM: A yellow station wagon is pulled over.

3.55PM: Another vehicle is stopped.

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with Bellarine police Voice reporter STEPHANIE NAYLOR tagged along on an experienced police officer's shift last week. She now has a new appreciation for the work our local police do.

I HAD the pleasure to take a seat in the front of a Bellarine police officer's car last week. I accompanied Sargent Michael Knights, an experienced policeman, who has had many years of experience across the many different areas within the police force. This exercise, after months of convincing, I believe was and is a great opportunity for our local law enforcers to share and showcase the work they do. I am also able to connect you, our readers, to the police and show you how you can help also make our community safer. What you may or may not know is that the Ocean Grove–based Bellarine Police do a lot of investigative work. Sure, they will, and do, catch the speeding driver and deal with other crimes daily, however a large bulk of their work is further investigating. An example of a successful outcome from an ongoing investigation was on Tuesday morning. The Bellarine Police found a wanted

$8000 motorcycle in the possession of an Ocean Grove man and charged him for allegedly handling stolen goods and possessing cannabis. He has been bailed to appear in Geelong Magistrate’s Court at a later date. As well as this, during shifts the Bellarine Police

cover a very large space. "We cover from Leopold, to Ocean Grove, Drysdale, Portarlington, St Leonard's, Armstrong Creek, Barwon Heads and anywhere in between," Sargent Michael Knights expained to me. So off we went. In the font seat at 3.30pm. “We do a lot of follow up work within the community. We may

follow up calls from people ringing up with concerns or suspicions. It’s always different,” Sargent Knights told me. Now having been working for the Bellarine Police for three years, Michael Knights sees the area we live in as positive, lucky to be working within a community that

is generally pretty good. “It has been a refreshing change having come from Werribee where I worked for seven years,” He explained. A big eye opener and lesson I saw for myself, and Sargent Knights explained to me, was the body language of members of the public being a dead giveaway. At 3.31pm, we saw a lady walking out of a house, look at us, and hesitate. This rings alarm bells for police, and Michael stopped, checked the registration of the car the lady was about to get into and what do you know, unregistered. “People misunderstand that it is your responsibility to make sure the car you’re driving is registered. Just because the car isn’t yours, doesn’t mean you won’t get a ticket,” Michael explained. And she did. This fine is around the $600 mark. Did you know the 28 days grace which used to be apparently given for not paying your car registration is no longer around also? You learn

something new everyday. “It really is finding a needle in a haystack a lot of the time, but they’re here. There are criminals everywhere. It’s really good to know the area you’re patrolling well,” Michael said. And the Bellarine Police do know the area. They know the entire Bellarine Peninsula like the back of their hand. And this is how they find the needles in the haystack, even though they have a very large space to cover. At 3.55pm, a car was stopped for showing no number plates. Although in the midst of becoming roadworthy, this woman luckily produced a Vic Roads permit to say so and this was ok. Bellarine Police rely heavily on the local community for information. “People think what they know may not be helpful or extremely small, perhaps irrelevant. But what the public needs to know is that even one slight bit of information, no matter how small, may be the missing piece of a puzzle,” Sargent Knights

said. Throughout the shift, we drove around the vast amount of space the Bellarine Police are responsible for. While driving around Clifton Spings, we see yet another car without registration plates driving around. The person pulled over was, indeed, driving an unregistered car and had no license. They were handed fines for both of these offences. I was dropped back in Ocean Grove at 7.30pm. There were other calls of concerns from the public which were followed up. Other cars were also pulled over. Although maybe not the most buisest of shifts a Bellarine Police Officer endures, it was still great to see the professionalism and dedication shown by our local station. It was impressive to hear and see Michael know a lot of different people across the entire Bellarine Peninsula and it makes me sleep better at night knowing he and other officers are doing their best to keep our town and families safe.





Showtime for MIXING music, dance, food and interactive art, this first event that is hoped will become an annual event at Ocean Grove Park, will begin with an Aboriginal welcome before launching into a feast of sounds, sights and tastes that will jolt the senses. On the music side the organisers have pulled together jazz, ska, folk and blues along with indigenous dance and storytelling. The line-up includes bill-topping jazzman Julien Wilson, Dave Palmer’s Back Stack featuring Michelle Nicholle, the chilled out sounds of Carus Thompson and the tight, riff-driven funk-rock of Kite Machine. Local musicians are also strongly featured. The Bellarine’s Murdena will bring their toe-tapping country dance hall fun combined with urban blues, and there will be shows from slide

JULIEN WILSON For the last two decades Julien has been an exciting and integral member of the Australian Jazz Scene. His tenor saxophone style can cover an incredibly broad stylistic and emotional range and is featured on over 50 CD's. He has received a number of prestigious awards, both personally, and as an integral member of a number of critically acclaimed co-operative bands.

guitar genius Alister Turrill and Tex Miller. Another local Jesse Leaman will be presenting an exciting show from the Theatre Stage, one of three platforms as well as roaming musicians and interactive percussion sessions. Event director Tim Neal said: "The most exciting thing about this festival for me is that our beloved Park will be transformed into a musical, magical village full of excitement for the senses, with something for everyone. "An incredibly eclectic line-up of entertainment enhanced by an array of visual stimulation and interesting food choices will surely leave fond memories in the hearts of all those attending." Festivus - Ocean Grove Park, Saturday April 12 from 11am. Tickets $33. Watch out for specials on the facebook page: www.facebook. com/festivusOG

DAVID BRIDIE David Bridie is a musician from Melbourne, Australia. Bridie first rose to prominence as a member of Not Drowning, Waving, which he started in the early 1980s with guitarist John Phillips. Over the years Bridie has balanced his career as a live musician with the composition of soundtrack music, with credits for over 16 Feature films

including Proof, Bran Nue Dae working with Geoffry Rush, The Man Who Sued God and Gone several of which received International release. His score for In a Savage Land landed Bridie the award for “Best Original Score” at the AFI Awards,“Best Original Soundtrack” by the Film Critics Circle of Australia, and “Best Soundtrack Album” at the 2000 ARIA Awards.



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STRANGE TENANTS Strange Tenants- 32 years on,. As their legendary status has grown, most people are aware that Strange Tenants were the preeminent Australian Ska and Reggae band of the 1980s. What is often overlooked today, however, is that at their peak, they were one of the most popular and successful live bands of any style. In the early 1980s, thousands

of fans - referred to by the music press as "the Tenants' army" - swarmed to their gigs up and down the east coast of Australia. Strange Tenants also did national tours with international acts such as U2, Style Council and UB40. Performing at Sydney's Horden Pavillion in 1985, Paul Weller (The Jam and Style Council) introduced them on stage as

"Australia's hardest working band". . Founded by the 'Ska brothers', Ian and Bruce Hearn, Strange Tenants played their first gig at the Lygon Street Festa in Melbourne on 7 November 1981. They became overnight sensations on the Melbourne inner city live scene and received rave reviews upon the release of their debut album.

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STAND UP: Local comics Paul Simpson and Jackson Hand humour Piping Hot owner Ben Chudoschnik. The local venue is putting on an open mic comedy night encouraging funny locals to try their luck in the spotlight.

Chook shop in on joke WHY did the chicken cross the road?..... To try out his new routine at The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill's first ever Open Mic Comedy Night. Having provided a stage for young and developing musicians for many years now, The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill is now looking for the next Comic Superstar! Local comedian and MC Paul Simpson recently took part in

The Raw Comedy Challenge in Geelong. "It was a great evening, the theatre was a sell out with I think over 300 seats, maybe more. I was blown away by the very high standard of the local comedians." Paul and the other competitors have found there is nowhere outside of Melbourne that comedians could try out their material on an audience....until now! On April 26, The Chicken Shop is proud

to host an "Open Mic" for up and coming comedians. A dozen comics will have 5 mins on stage each, there will be two sets of comedy and a set of music in between. Chicken Shop owner Ben Chudoschnik says "Some will be hilarious, some probably not so much! Anything could happen on the night. That's the beauty of it, nobody knows exactly what to expect!" "The comedy

nights will also give an opportunity for a talented new musician to play a set in front of a full house and maybe sell a few cds". Any comedians wishing to participate should email pipinghotcomedy@ . The first night will feature Geelong percussive acoustic guitarist Jack Wright. Jack has recently played at The Queenscliff Music

Festival, Kennedy's Creek Music Festival and at The Motor City Music Festival. 'Jack Wright is a serious serious player, not only is he a solid technician, his music carries a soul and passion that many lack. Definitely one to watch!' -Mike Dawes Tickets for the night are $10, Doors open 7.30pm, 8pm kick off. Bookings essential, contact: 52551566


a laugh Lehmo is coming to Grove.

Comedy comes to Ocean Grove AN international comedy festival is coming to Ocean Grove on Saturday May 3. Comedians Jeff Green and Lehmo are coming to the Ocean Grove Bowling Club for a Star of the Sea Primary School fundraising event. As well as now being one of Adelaide’s favorite sons, Lehmo is also held in the high realms of Aussie comics. When he’s not appearing on Channel 10's Before the Game or prime time radio he’s in huge demand for stand-up and corporate gigs.

Jeff Green is one of several high profile UK comedians to make Australia their home in recent years. England’s loss has been Australia’s gain with the brilliant Green now based in Melbourne but constantly touring the country with his razor sharp brand of standup. Since arriving in Australia he’s been in huge demand as a corporate entertainer and on TV shows such as Spicks and Specks (ABC), Good News Week (Ch 10) and The Glasshouse (ABC). He’s also one of the

crowd favourites each year at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The night will also be featuring music by Stephen McEwan, one of Ocean Grove's most talented musicians who has featured at Queenscliff, Brunswick and Port Fairy Music Festivals. A show not to be missed, limited tickets available at the early bird price of $35 ends 31 March from the Ocean Grove Bowls Club.




with Kate Henrys, 23, from Connewarre, at Donut King •Favourite local building/ architecture? Oakdene. I love the fairy lights at night it looks beautiful. I like the rustic look of it. •Most relaxing night out? Few drinks and tapas at The Edge with some friends •Your ideal breakfast or lunch spot? Birdie Birdie or Blue Fin along The Terrace. Both have lovely food and a wide selection. •Best Ocean Grove pizza? Hawaiian from Ocean Grove Pizza & Pasta. Simple and yum. •Favourite thing about working in Ocean Grove? The customers. They're so friendly. I will miss them a lot when I become a teacher in a few months and no longer work here. What book/magazine are you reading?

The Book Thief. I saw the movie and loved it so i've started the book. Favourite music to play at work? We don't play music but if we did we would play Beyonce! She would make for a happy and energetic workplace. What is your own coffee order? Hot chocolate, I don't like coffee. The taste doesn't appeal to me. What is your favourite coffee to make? A latte because you can make patterns on top without the chocolate you have on a cappuccino.


Good old-fashioned country pub feel IF you are looking for a country-feel pub meal at its finest, then look no further than the Drysdale Hotel. One of the Bellarine’s most underrated eateries, the Drysdale Hotel has a reputation as a great family dining venue. There is an extensive menu to choose from and the children’s play area is a real winner with parents.

The playroom has been designed so that it is in full view from any part of the bistro, equipped with a variety of games and play equipment and to keep the children further entertained, Foxtel with kid’s channels has been installed to keep them occupied while you sit down with family and friends for a great lunch or dinner. If it is lunch you are

after, then you will be pleasantly surprised by the new offer introduced to keep costs down. The Drysdale Hotel now offers meals in the bistro from just $10. Monday to Friday. With many choices on offer, you can enjoy a quality meal at a bargain price. If you fancy some dinner during the week, then there are specials available for the whole family.

Monday: Kids Eat Free!* Tuesday: Cut Your Bill in Half* Wednesday: Steak Night (from $13.90) Thursday: Parma Night (from $12.90) (*conditions apply) If you just want to eat while watching the footy or the races, then looks no further than ‘The Sportsbar’. The Drysdale offers PUBTAB facilities

together with Sky Channel, Fox Sports, large screen TVs, a pool table and jukebox, with great value meals available from the Bar Menu 7 days a week. For more information, contact the Drysdale Hotel on 5251 2301 or visit www. Drysdale Hotel 2-14 Collins St, Drysdale



music/live events

• Piping Hot Chicken Shop - April 30 Ross Hannaford and the Critters • Barwon Heads Hotel - Wednesday Trivia Night 7:30pm - Thursday Master of Darkness 8.30pm - Friday Happy Hour 5-7pm raffle live music - Open mic for youth show under 21's every second month on a Sunday 3pm-5.30pm. More info contact Jill Meehan 0431 606 476. • Ocean Grove Hotel - Saturday Night Live at The Ocean Grove Hotel Saturday from 9pm. • Pototo Shed, Drysdale - April 8 Totes Ma Goats - April 15 JF Archibald - April 25 A Shadow to the East • Springdale Community Centre Hall - Making waves music/ poetry arvo every third Sun of every month 2pm - 5.30pm

what’s ON • Ocean Grove Bowling Club - April 10 Morning Melodies Chrissy Phillips

markets & fairs

• Parkes Hall Newcombe Street Portarlington - April 27 9am to 2pm • Kingston Park Ocean Grove - April 6 9am-1pm •Bellarine Community Farmers' Market - April 19 Ocean Grove Park • Buy Bellarine Produce Barn - Tuckerberry Farm Saturdays and Sundays 9am-3pm


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

gourmet platters and classic car displays Ph: 5250 5760

get active

• Ocean Grove Recreation Hall, Ocean Grove Calisthenics classes incorporating dance, song, ballet and gymnastics with strength and creativity Ph: 0438 055 679 • Senior Citizens Hall Ocean Grove - Monday 9.15am gentle exercises to music for 55plus, 10.15am gentle exercises to music for 65plus contact Marg on 52 551 335 - Thursday 1pm Craft Group • Uniting Church Hall Ocean Grove - Wednesdays 9am Volleyball, 9.30am exercises to music for all ages contact Marg on 5255 1335 • Queenscliff RSL Hall - Mondays 1.30pm exercises using chairs for all ages contact Marg on 5255 1335

• Marcus Hill Hall cnr Banks Road and Bellarine Highway - Tuesdays 7.45pm – 10pm Ocean Grove Scottish Country Dance Ph: 5251 3393 • Senior Citizens Hall Ocean Grove - Mondays 7-8.30pm and Wednesdays 1-3pm Line Dancing Ph: 0413 690597 • 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 700951 • Yoga classes in Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads: Beginners, Hatha, Vinyas and Svaroopa Yoga Ph: 0413 955 331 or email Kerryn@bluewateryoga.

reading & writing

• Ocean Grove Library – corner Presidents Avenue and The Avenue. - Wednesdays 10.30am – Toddlertime - Thursdays 11.30am Babytime - Nursery Verses - Fridays 10.30am Preschool Storytime. - First Wednesday of the month 4pm-5pm Chatterbooks junior book club for kids aged 8-12 - Third Tuesday of each month 2.30pm-3.30pm Book chat for adults. All welcome.www. au

family fun

• Koombahla Equestrian Park - Tuesday to Friday After school riding programs special school holiday courses available Ph: 52 562 742. • Bellarine Church of Christ Hall 17 Tareeda Way Ocean Grove - Saturdays 10-11am

Tuesdays 7.30- 8.30pm Ocean Grove 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-noon Ocean Grove Play Group Any children 5yrs and under welcome to join a friendly play group large indoor and outdoor area, lots of toys, great craft activities, music and story time contact Chelsea Cole at oceangroveplaygroup@ classes & exhibtions • Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre Program with a range of courses, classes and fun activities Ph: 52 554 294

Neighbourhood Centre Check our program with a range of courses, classes and fun activities Ph: 52 554 294

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). Details Julie Rodger 0435 362 573 or julesrodg@gmail. com.

What’s On phone: 5255 3233 or email: journo@ oceangrovevoice. com

classes & exhibtions • Ocean Grove

Clubs meet Mondays Ocean Grove Bridge Club, 1pm, Marcus Hill Hall, Bellarine Highway end of Banks Road. Also Wednesdays and Fridays 1pm. Phone Marg 5256 2550. Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 7-9pm. (juniors/seniors) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Phone 5255 1641. Ocean Grove & District Men’s Shed - Mon, Tue and Fri: 9am to 3pm, and Wed 9am to 12pm, 17 Smithton Grove. Phone Ted Price 5255 2595. Jujitsu, 6.30pm – juniors; 7.30pm – adults, Surfside Centre, Phone Steve 0438 019 991. First Monday of every month Bellarine Fly Fishing Association, 7.30pm, Shannon Park, Shannon Avenue, Newtown. Phone Pat on 0414 959248 or Bruce on 0407 361319 or email Legacy Laurel Group of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads, 2pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Draper St. Details 5251 2268 or 51542873. Third Monday of every month Ocean Grove RSL, 2.30pm, Club Grove. Committee meets at 1.30pm, The Terrace. Ocean Grove Garden Club, 1.30pm, Uniting Church Hall, Eggleston Street. Phone Margaret 5255 2848. Bellarine Fly Fishing Association, 7.30pm, Shannon Park, Shannon Avenue, Newtown. Phone Pat on 0414 959248 or Bruce on 0407 361319 or email Fourth Monday of every month Combined Probus Club of Ocean Grove, 10am, Ocean Grove Golf Club. Friendship is our theme. Phone Marianne Rogan on 5256 1619. 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., 5.30pm, Uniting Church Hall, Eggleston Street. Phone Doreen on 5255 2856. Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Club, The Terrace Tuesday 1pm. Also Thursday and Friday 1.30pm. Phone Dianne on 5255 2996 Rotary Club of Ocean Grove, 6pm, Club Grove. Phone 0457 315 900. Barwon Heads Chorale 7.30pm at the Anglican Church Barwon Heads. All abilities welcome to come along for a sing and a laugh. Phone Jo 5254 2670. First Tuesday of every month Ocean Grove Men’s Probus, 10am to noon, Ocean Grove Hotel, Collendina. Guest speakers, make friends. Visitors welcome. Phone Terry 5255 5587. First and Third Tuesday of every month Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions Club, 7pm, Moorfield Park, Grubb Road. New Lions most welcome. Phone 0418 524 873.

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



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NJ Grovers visit Grove OUR Ocean Grove got a visit from New Jersey Ocean Grove last week. The Voice’s Alan Barber, a recent visitor to our namesake, caught up with Adrienne Turcotte, Melida Krawitz, Jeff Krawitz and Gilda Linden while they took lunch at the Terrace’s Olive Pit Deli on Thursday afternoon. Interestingly, and perhaps worth our local tourism bodies taking note, they were on the lookout for an iconic Ocean Grove sign to be pictured with. Not the first time we’ve heard that request. Travellers Jeff and Gilda dropped in while visiting daughter Melida and friend Adrienne Turcotte who are living in Maribura near Sydney. Jeff and Gilda are down under for 18 days and also plan to take in the Great Ocean Road along the way. Meanwhile, the couple spoke about the restoration that is still going on in their town following Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Their home, which is a block back from the beach, was in a foot of water at its worst. As if that wasn’t enough, Ocean Grove and whole east coast of the USA has

New Jersey Ocean Grover's Adrienne Turcotte, Melida Krawitz, Jeff Krawitz and Gilda Linden grab lunch at the Olive Pit. just experienced one of its coldest and most prolonged winters in decades. Temperatures plummeting to -14 - or worse. • Do you think we need an iconic sign for the Grove? Tell us at news@

PROUD ENTRANCE: Ocean Grove New Jersey has a bold entrance sign. Perhaps our Ocean Grove could do with a more visible landmark to display our pride in the town?

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Golf Club fundraiser success

Glenys Heritage modelling on the night.

Anne Purcell and Sue Grinter from Kairos.

OCEAN Grove Golf Club held a Girls Night Out last Wednesday night. The event was a fundraiser for the Club and was the first of its kind. “We raised almost $2000 to go towards the Ocean Grove Golf Club. We thought it was time to do some fundraising, especially as water costs around $2000 per week during summer,” The Ocean Grove Golf Club Social Committee Coordinator Leone Clay said. A fashion parade was held on the night, with local Ocean Grove ladies taking part. “Sue Grinter from Kairos generously provided clothes for the fashion parade. Around 115 guests attended. There was champagne, supper and overall it was a fabulous night,” Leone added.

Ladies president Kerry Norton does some modelling.



Haven at treatment plant LAST week I was fortunate to experience Werribee Treatment Plant (WTP) with Tom and Gordon from the Geelong Field Naturalist Club. It was my first trip to WTP and hopefully not the last. I saw over 80 species of birds, including waders, raptors, ducks – you name it, we saw it! I saw a few birds that I had never seen before, including the banded lapwing and marsh sandpiper. Tom and Gordon were wonderful guides and their knowledge of birds and the habitat made it a very memorable day indeed. Thank goodness for sewerage farms, as they make very fine bird habitats, and they are havens for ducks, as people can't go there with guns and shoot them at this time of year. I recently received an email from Susanne, who lives in Wallington. She sent a photo of a pair of wedge-tailed eagles that were eating a rabbit as they perched on a gum tree on her property. I wonder if they were the same pair of wedge-tailed eagles that nested at the back of the Nature Reserve a few months ago. They look like they are doing their best to decrease the rabbit numbers around this area,

however there are still plenty of them around. When driving around the Bellarine it's noticeable that there are many more black kites around this area compared to usual numbers. I first saw black kites in Far North Queensland, and watched them flying around the sugar cane fields during harvesting time, waiting to prey on small animals that were exposed due to the harvesting. Last year in Echuca I saw a large flock of black kites hanging around the abattoir. Personally I didn't know I was at the abattoirs in Echuca, I was just looking for birds and saw them all flocking at a particular site and it was only later that I saw the abattoir sign. As an animal lover and vegetarian I quickly stopped looking at Black Kites and hot footed it away from the abattoir as quickly as I could. Black kites are distinctive birds in that they have a 'forked' tail which in flight looks like it is used to change direction along with the wings, in the same way a rudder steer a yacht. The black kite is dark brown in colour with a light brown head, neck and underparts. I observed two black kites collecting sticks from the ground outside Adventure

Phyllis's tawny frogmouths. Park a few weeks ago, so I assume that they were constructing a nest. Black kites eat lizards, small mammals and insects, especially grasshoppers. They can be scavangers and are seen around rubbish tips (and abattoirs). Tom has a theory that the black kites are around the Bellarine in big numbers this year due to the severe drought in Queensland and NSW. It will be interesting to observe their numbers in the future to determine if they stay in Victoria or make their way back up north when conditions improve. Phyllis's tawny

Black kite. frogmouths look very healthy and happy in her back yard in Ocean Grove. Unfortunately Phyllis hasn't been so well and has had an extended stay in hospital. Get well soon Phyllis. On April 2 the Bellarine Birdlife Group is going to visit Point Addis and

Ironbark Basin. Check the Bellarine Birdlife website for details if you are interested in going on this or any other trip organised by this group ( au/locations/birdlife bellarine-peninsula). Jen Carr


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How to fish like a pro OCEAN GROVE Angling Club recently produced a ‘How to Catch a Fish’ leaf let. Now, students from Barwon Heads Primary School are putting the information to the test. “Currently I’m taking the kids out weekly to the Barwon River and teaching them the basic points of f ishing, along with the information outlined in the leaf let,” Ocean Grove Angling Club Secretary and Activity Co-ordinator Ron Prowd said. Over summer, members of the club handed out the brochures to kids f ishing on piers and jetties. “We want to and will continue to encourage local and visiting kids in their endeavours to catch a f ish,” Ron added. The handy leaf let, which includes what hook size, rig number and what bait to use when looking to catch a particular f ish, was produced in conjunction with Barwon Heads Ocean Grove Lions Club. For more information, contact Ron Prowd on 0419-510 287.

FISH: Ron Prowd with students Reuben High, Zeph Lamperd, Dana Ford, Ginger Amey and principal Mr Darren Roskosch.

Library Anzac Day plans IN the lead up to Anzac Day during the centenary of WWI, the Ocean Grove library will be hosting historian and author Bob Willey on 15 April who will discuss how to research your own family history. Bob will be talking about his own research into

local lads from around the Bellarine who served their King and country. This event kick starts an exhibition of military memories as part of the Queenscliff Sea of Words Festival at Queenscliff Library from April 14 until May 10.

The eagerly awaited What’s On guide for autumn has hit the shelves in libraries across the Geelong region, and Grovers in particular are spoilt for choice with events to tempt all ages. For more information visit:

Ocean Grove Library is located on the corner of Presidents Avenue and The Avenue and is open daily except Sundays with late opening hours on Tuesday evenings. Make a visit to your library part of your regular Grove routine.


HEALTH FITNESS No Excuses Bootcamp Bootcamp, it’s a word that instills fear to even the most spirited of fitness fanatics! However, at No Excuses Bootcamp we break the typical bootcamp mould. We remove that scream in your face and drop and give me 20 attitude and replace it with progressive functional training sessions that cater for all fitness levels. Pre and post bootcamp fitness testing and body composition analysis ensures you stay on track and achieve the results our program has become renowned for. Our structured 5 week bootcamp consist of three 60min sessions per week that are located at various locations around Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove. Training methods are varied and include interval training, kettlebells, beach/ sand sessions, boxing and more! Our Bootcamps run all year round, with winter packages also available. Our clients results and testimonials speak for themselves. “Kate & Flick, I couldn’t thank you both enough for all your sessions the last five weeks. I walked away feeling so happy with the results from your sessions. Prior to No Excuses boot camp I have battled hard to get results, slugging it out for at least the last 18 months and I have achieved nothing even close to what I have today. On reflecting, I must have been using a lot of ‘excuses’ because these are the best results thus far. I set a personal challenge to get my body fat percentage


HEALTH FITNESS down by 5% and beat my previous challenge time by min 1.30min; both challenges I met! I appreciate all your planning for the training and challenges, which I look forward to each session.”. Your trainers Flick Ryan and Kate Barsby both hold Cert 3&4 and Diploma in Fitness, Level 2 First Aid and CPR, Current registration and insurance, Level 1 & Advanced Thump (Flick), Motivate to Train Level 1 & Advanced in Outdoor Training & Bootcamps (Flick) and Level 1&2 Australian Institute of Kettlebells (Kate) For more info please email us at or find us on facebook. .........What’s your excuse?

Preparing For Winter After a long hot summer it is hard to imagine getting the winter woolies out and preparing for the winter months. But as the colder months approach it is the perfect time to prepare your body for winter by boosting your immune system and thus preventing infections. Immune boosting foods include those high in vitamin C and Zinc and you should aim to eat at least 5 serves of these each day. Include red capsicum (bell pepper), oranges, lemons, broccoli, carrot, dark green leafy vegetables like kale and

spinach, papaya, brussel sprouts, legumes, wholegrains (quinoa, brown rice & millet) and fish daily. Don’t forget to drink at least 8 glasses of water (2 litres) each day to flush out bacteria and wastes from your body. Sources of water not only include filtered water but also soups, herbal teas (ginger & lemon is a great winter warmer!) and fresh vegetable and fruit juices (include celery, carrot, beetroot, ginger and apple). Finally, be mindful that stress puts an excess strain on the adrenal glands and overtime this can suppress your immune system. This will lead you to feeling fatigued and more susceptible to infections such as glandular fever, bronchitis, colds and flus. By Sophie Butcher- GO VITA OCEAN GROVE



ACTION: a five-a-side game.

LEARNING: Foddy teaches students some tricks of the trade.

Kick for kids Tom and Jobe enjoy the day.

LAST Thursday grade three and four students at Ocean Grove Primary School took part in a soccer clinic organised by Surfside Waves Soccer Club. Club secretary Gill Black and the under nine’s coach Chris Royle assisted ‘Foddy’ from Football Federation Victoria in teaching the students soccer skills. “I enjoyed kicking goals and being in a smaller team where there was more chance at the ball,” Student Campbell from M3S said. "I liked the way the goalies could throw the ball in and how you got to play with your friends,” Kelsie from M3S added. The Waves are looking for players. Email sursidewaves@hotmail.

Poppy and Ebba have fun with the round-ball game.


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Better health for all LOCAL business owner, Elicia Crook, wants everyone to have access to better health – even when they are at work. So leading the way here in Ocean Grove, Elicia and her team are taking Remedial Massage to the workplace. A recent Medibank Private study found that the healthiest Australian employees are almost three times more productive than their unhealthy colleagues. The survey found that Australian employees with poor health behaviours have up to nine times the annual

sickness absence of healthy individuals (18 days compared to two days per year)* Work Place Massage gives employers a unique opportunity to improve the health and well-being of their staff. Employers who encourage employee health and well-being, not only stand out as an employer of choice, they also have a positive impact on their organisation’s productivity. It can be a challenge for busy full-time employees to maintain the balance in their

health that they may desire. Many people simply don’t always have the time to come into the clinic which is why Elicia, owner of Ocean Grove Remedial Massage, was prompted to take the massage to the local employers. “As the Medibank study showed, people who call themselves healthy are more productive and that is what we aim to provide, a great work place that’s more productive” Elicia said. Loretta Hart of Van Loons Café who has firsthand experience

Elicia Crook of OGRM visiting her business, said “All our staff thoroughly enjoyed the work place visit from The Ocean Grove Remedial Massage Centre. Our staff loved

IT has been announced that Ocean Grove’s Heather Grant will be taking on the role as Chair Manager of the Bellarine Relay for Life Committee. Heather has been a Grover for eight years. A cancer survivor herself, the cause is very close to her heart. “Both my Mum and Dad had cancer so I have been a part of the Relay for Life for many years. Now that I’m also a survivor, it’s very

special. I’m excited for the new role,” Heather explained. Over the past two Tuesday evenings, meetings have been held at the Collendina Recreation Reserve which has seen several new committee members. “I would like to thank and congratulate Sue Berry for her contribution as Chair Manager and leadership of the committee for the past three years.

the special attention during their work day. It was definitely a win win for us. A happy and healthy team makes for a happy and healthy work place.” Launching the Workplace packages in April, OGRM is offering the first visitfor free! *A study commissioned by Medibank Private recruited 3,620 employees from corporate (74%) and small business (26%) Australia. Nov 2005.

Heather takes over as chair Heather Grant will be the new Relay for Life chair.

Sue has done an amazing job and was integral to Relay For Life commencing in Bellarine,” Relay for Life’s Community e n g a g e m e n t coordinator Sarah Mayhew said. Currently there are 13 teams registered for the event which will take place on November 8 and 9 this year. To register, visit www.


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Community bowls winds up The Community Challenge wrapped up after another successful year at Ocean Grove Bowling Club.

LEFT: Overall Community bowls 2014 winners De Atelier: Cameron McIntyre, Dale Lloyd, Leon Eyck and Pouyan Shivaee. RIGHT: Lions Club 2nd team- Pina, Sandra, Robbie, John.

Hardworking organisers and volunteers who put in their time to make the event possible.

Mortgage House team Tom Sampson, Lyndon Belousoff, Manni Blach, Ben McCall.

Bay 13 bowlers; Mark Simpson, Wayne Quilty, John Rogan and Dennis White.

Surfside Tyres Wal, Darren, Mitchell, Lachie.



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Smoke alarm change THE end of daylight savings is around the corner which means it’s also time to change the batteries of your smoke alarm. Ocean Grove Fire Brigade and other Victoria fire services have teamed up with Duracell batteries to urge all householders to change their smoke alarm batteries on Sunday April 6 as part of the annual Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery campaign. “Every year a number of lives are saved by working smoke alarms. The people of Ocean Grove need to understand that just by having a smoke alarm in their house it doesn’t mean it’s working properly,” Ocean Grove Fire Brigade Acting Station Officer Greg Abramovitch said. In 2013 Victoria’s fire services attended more than 3500 house fires. The fires resulted in 13 fatalities and $88 million in property loss. “By checking batteries regularly as well as on the day of changing the time for daylight savings, Ocean Grovers are buying themselves and their families good insurance,” He added. Around 43 per cent of

Victorian parents only changed smoke alarm batteries when prompted by the smoke alarm beep, indicating the battery had gone flat or that the unit had passed its use-by date. “The statistics alone should raise the alarm for all Victorians. Without working smoke alarms you are four times more likely to die in a house fire,” CFA Deputy Chief Officer Steve Warrington said. "It is recommended that you should change battery yearly with a longlasting 9 volt alkaline and regularly testing alarms to ensure year-round protection.” MFB and CFA recommend households: • Monthly: test smoke alarms by pressing the test button with a broom handle • Annually: vacuum around your smoke alarm vents • Annually: replace your 9-volt battery at the end of daylight saving • Every 10 years: replace your smoke alarms For more information on the recommendations for smoke alarm usage and fire escape plans visit .au or

CHECK: Ocean Grove CFA's Angus Rollinson and Roscoe Holmes check a smoke alarm battery.



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Terrace78 a goer The project of Terrace78 is now on another level. The construction of the second story is now visibly evident from along The Terrace. “We are now taking applications for the three shopfronts, so we’re still in the planning process,” RT Edgar Director Ian Friend explained. The complex will include three retail tenancies at ground floor level, rear driveway and car park access and four residential apartments. “Now that the top has gone up you can

see the views the apartments will have. They’re are great,” Ian added. This development is the first approved and

constructed project under the new Ocean Grove Structure Plan, embracing building heights up to 12 metres, giving The

Terrace a development of both retail and apartment living. It’s on track to be finished by September this year.

THERE is plenty in store at the Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Club this year. The club wants existing and new members to come along and join in. The sub committee met last Friday and finalised the various outings for 2014. Set excursions include a trip to the Bayside Entertainment Theatre on May 17, Crown Casino on June 4, Tombstone

Country Music on August 31. Other trips which still need to be finalised will include Lunchtime Seniors Melodies at the Italian Club in Newcomb, a tramboat ferry ride and a mystery trip. “We, as a group, are trying to get members to attend the many functions at the club including of course, the various trips on offer,” President Kevin Callinan said. “The ladies that have

helped putting the excursions in place, and we are very thankful for, are Elly Smits, Gwen Butcher, Dot Lindsay, Peg Benham, Bev Turner and Dorothy Winstanley,” Kevin added. The excursions will be placed on the notice board at the club with plenty of time to register your name. Payment will be required one month in advance. “As the majority of

excursions will be with Drysdale Buslines, it will be acceptable to bring a friend or family member who is not a member of the Club,” Kevin said. All excursions will leave from outside the Clubrooms. As always, the weekly activities on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday include snooker, bingo, indoor bowls and cards. For more information, call Kevin Callinan on 0413 174 840.

Construction of Terrace78 is well underway.

Seniors to be kept busy


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IT is always great to hear what young local people are doing in the world to improve lives and promote world understanding and peace. They are passionate and interesting guest speakers. Narelle Magee, daughter of Alex and Ann Magee of Ocean Grove, has a passion for women's health and the need for educating women in developing countries about contraception and health choices. Between 2009 and 2012 she was Director of Operations for Marie Stopes International in Tanzania. Marie Stopes International is an NGO, which aims to work in partnership within the public and private health systems in the countries in which they operate to strengthen existing services or plug the gaps. At the hospital where Narelle worked they aimed to provide affordable medical care for the local population. Besides the services provided at the hospital, outreach teams would go out to remote areas

for three weeks at a time taking all their equipment with them to reach the marginalised population. Her other passion, providing education to young women, has seen her become involved in a program called One Girl. "One Girl is a nonprofit organisation that gives women and girls access to education. Their aim is to see a world where women and girls are creating and leading change in their communities." This organisation raises money to provide scholarships to girls in Sierra Leone, and also to build and maintain schools, as the facilities there are virtually nonexistent. It was a very interesting talk and it is clear Narelle has a passion for these projects. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings. Tuesday April 1 Mike Randall will be talking about Southbay Eco Tours Tuesday April 8 Rod Medson will discuss the History of International Harvestor and on April 15 Trish Mant will educate

us on 'Falls Awareness'. Meetings are held at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club, 18 The Terrace, Ocean Grove, 6pm for 6.30pm. It is necessary to book in on 0457-315 900 by noon the Monday before the meeting for catering purposes. You are most welcome to come along and enjoy great company, great food and great guest speakers. If you want to find out more about these organisations you can find them at: www. and

Narelle Magee

Narelle with her team in Tanzania.


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Garage sale on

THE annual Wallington Fire Brigade Garage Sale is on Saturday May 3. This is the brigade's largest fundraiser of the year which helps raise much needed funds for the brigade to ensure its ability to respond to any emergency. Donations can be dropped off at the Wallington station on any Sunday morning between 9am and 10am or alternatively donations can be collected by calling Colin on 0438-503 006 or Peter on 0429-999 135. Any donation is greatly received and any garage sale enquiries can be directed to Colin.

GARAGE SALE: Officer Peter Sewell and Captain Craig Warren.


Ocean Grove Cancer Support Group members Rob, Patti, Graeme, Mary, Kath, Kate, from the Cancer Council and Bett.

Surprise visit for group OCEAN Grove Cancer Support Group had a special visitor on Wednesday morning. Kate Harding, the Program Manager of all the cancer support groups across Victoria, visited the group and met its members. “Kate manages over

180 groups, so for her to come down to Ocean Grove to say hello and acknowledge what we do is extraordinary,” Group President Rob Burns said. Kate sat down with the group and together they discussed how to approach people affected

by cancer in the area in order to support them and make them feel welcome in the group. “This group is very open and accepting and have their arms wide open for people who are at any stage of cancer as well as people who are carers,” Kate explained.

The group is over nine years old and regularly enjoy social outings, friendship and friendly, informal meetings. “Our goal is to offer people dealing with cancer, their carers and friends a relaxed spot to come and have a cuppa and a chat,” Rob

explained. The group meets on the last Wednesday of the month at the Ocean Grove Community Health Centre, Presidents Avenue from 10am until noon. For more information call Rob on 5255 2367.


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Fives and Sixes win premiership DIVISION FIVE and Division Six have capped off a remarkable season to take out the Premiership in their respective divisions. The Fives took on Highton at Torquay and got the jump early on the opposition. Ocean Grove took early ascendency in the f inal to lead on the overall scoreboard by seven after the completion of 15 ends. Halfway through the encounter the Grovers had built a reasonable margin to lead by 17 shots after 30 ends. Steph Alsop, Shirley Trimble, Dot Sutcliffe and skip Joyce Fraser were proving too good for their opponents and led 14-5 at the break. Sandi Williams, Judith Jenkins, Peter Crammond and skip Judith Bradley were locked in a battle at the same stage but found themselves 11-8 in the positive. Mary Manifold, Joy Cook, Ian Turner and

skip Sandra O’Keefe were also in control and had the advantage by f ive shots. Highton came out after lunch with renewed venom and started to make their comeback at the Grovers. With two ends remaining on each rink they had reduced the overall lead to the Grovers to establish their own by f ive. Grove had to bounce back and with some exceptional bowls from skip Joyce Fraser and third Peter Crammond they were able to do exactly that. There was last-end brilliance across the board on the f inal end of each rink Ocean Grove outscored Highton 11-0 to steal back the lead and the premiership along with it. Joyce Fraser f inished the day with a 2316 win while Judith Bradley carded a 20-16 win. Sandra O’Keefe came back strong in her

game to keep the losing margin down to two which was signif icant in the overall win. Division Six was also in control of its f inal in the early stages. With play on only two rinks in this division it certainly proves to be more cut throat. Lyn Stone House, Nel Van Deuren, Albert Touwslager and skip Loretta Curwood jumped out of the block to lead 6-1. Just ahead of them on the adjoining rink were John Forde, Maree Quirk, Lorraine Vincent and skip Marlene Ross, who had also established the lead 7-1. At the halfway mark of the scheduled 42end match the Grove side had the lead by six shots and it looked like it was going to come right down to the f inal few ends. That it did and it was left to Loretta Curwood’s team to f inish the job off for

Ocean Grove Division Six premiership side.

Ocean Grove Division Five premiership side.

Ocean Grove. Marlene Ross had f inished and recorded a win of 27-16 which was instrumental in Ocean Grove having the advantage by the barest of margins – one shot with one end to play.

Two shots in favour of the Grovers were enough to get over the line and secure the victory and claim the 2013/14 Division Six premiership.

Val takes out veterans comp OCEAN Grove’s Val Cook has added to her growing collection of silverware by taking out the 2014 Geelong Bowls Region Veteran’s Singles Championship. Playing the semi-finals and final at Clifton Springs, Val earned her spot in the final with a terrific 21-13 win over Faye Weeks from Geelong RSL. Coming up against Shirley Lane from Geelong West in the final, Val was in devastating touch and certainly saved the best until last to come away triumphant and in fine style 21-4.

WINNER: Val Cook added to her already impressive trophy cabinet.

Mary Manifold and Loretta Curwood fly the flag for Ocean Grove.



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Young swim star shines MARK HEENAN IT is fair to say March was a golden month in the pool for talented Ocean Grove swimmer Michaela Caldow. The year 11 Christian College student won the Open Girls 50m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly events at the Geelong Independent Schools Sports Association (GISSA) Swimming Carnival on Wednesday March 12 at Kardinia Pool. Michaela was also a member of the victorious 4 x 50m freestyle and medley relay teams on the day. The 17-year-old, a member of the Geelong Swimming Club, was proud with her individual achievements on March 12 where she won all of her GISSA events. “I am pretty happy what I have done for the school, but I am pretty happy how I have raced on the day as well,” Michaela told the Voice. “Obviously I have expectations of how I wanted to swim on the day and how well my stroke technique and speed and stroke rate performed.”

Michaela Caldow in action.

Michaela Caldow The Ocean Grover, who represented Christian College on the day, competed against local schools in the Geelong region including Geelong Grammar, Geelong College, St Ignatius College, Geelong Lutheran College and Kardinia International College. Michaela, who trains with Geelong Swimming Club six days a week and is coached by John Beckworth, considers backstroke as her most improved swimming discipline. Outside of her swimming achievements, Michaela is keen to study physiotherapy at university once she completes her academic studies at Christian College.


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Alice gets Vixens call-up FORMER Ocean Grove Netball Club netballer Alice Teague-Neeld’s steady rise continues after earning Melbourne Vixens’ cap in the Trans Tasman ANZ Championship League. The talented teenager is seen here on the bench with Australian netball veteran and current Melbourne Vixens’ player Cath Cox following the Vixens’ 48-47 loss to the Queensland Firebirds at

Hisense Arena on Sunday March 16. Teague-Neeld was named as a replacement player for the Firebirds’ clash after an injury to regular Melbourne Vixens player Erin Hoare. Alice is the daughter of former Ocean Grove Football Club coach Mark Neeld, who led the Grubbers to four Bellarine Football League senior premierships from 2000 to 2003.

Alice Teague-Neeld (pictured right) alongside Australian champ Catherine Cox.

Wildcats gallant in summer comp DURING the off season of the normal Ocean Grove FNC Winter f ixture, a team of 13 and under netball players were brought together to form the Ocean Grove Wildcats. The Wildcats (pictured left) competed in the Friday night Summer comp at Kardinia Park and was a great opportunity for the players to continue to improve and develop their netball skills. The season commenced last October and culminated in the grand f inal last Friday night. Every team member

played a key role throughout the season, to go on and achieve a grand f inal spot, but unfortunately went down to undefeated St Joeys. Coach Kim JillardPage said "they all played an amazing and a fantastic game..a very proud coach!" The Ocean Grove Wildcats would like to thank parents, family and friends for supporting them throughout the season. Players interested in representing the Wildcats next season are encouraged to contact the club.


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Bellarine Bears players Lynden Hockey and Troy Snarey with Australian pitcher Shane Lindsay at the MLB season opener between the LA Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney.

The revamped SCG looking a picture for the MLB season opener.


Bears head to season opener in Sydney UP to 30 Bellarine Bears Baseball Club players and members headed to Sydney last month for a sporting trip of a lifetime. Enthusiastic Ocean Grove baseball fans made the journey to the Sydney Cricket Ground, which was turned into a Baseball stadium, for the very first Major League clash on Australian soil between Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday March 22 and Sunday March 23. For the record, the LA Dodgers won both games against the Diamondbacks with a 3-1 victory on the Saturday and a 7-5 win on the Sunday. Bellarine Bears players, Lynden Hockey and Troy

Snarey, met Australian pitcher Shane Lindsay, who played for the Australian All Stars in the curtain raiser games against LA Dodgers and the Diamondbacks. IN other Bellarine Bears Baseball Club news, any players wishing to join the Bears for the 2014 season are encouraged to contact club committee member David Crotty on 0418 520 259 or dcro3325@ Training is on Thursday nights at Wallington Recreation Reserve with juniors commencing at 4.30pm and seniors at 6pm. The Bears’ 2014 season campaign starts this month.


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Ben out for 2014 Premierships

galore for local tennis OCEAN Grove Tennis Club had six junior teams in the grand f inal and one senior team. The juniors had four wins for the season and Section 2 seniors won also. Here are the results from grand f inals last week: Section 5 Boys Played Moolap and won 3,27 -3,30. Anthony Wilkens, Sebastian Bouma, Joel McMahon and Harry James make up this successful team. Due to a last-minute injury Ethan Franks stepped up to play this grand f inal. Section 7 Boys played Grovedale and won 4,30 -2, 23. Che Durran, Nick McMahon and Zane Beazley make up this team who have been playing with a member short for most of the season. Julian Powell has stepped up previously and did for the

grand f inal as well. Section 8 Mixed unfortunately lost against a champion team in Leopold which had not lost a match all season. Claudia Britt, Tom Mazouris, Brooke Vigilante, Riley James all played well but couldn’t pull off a win 5,31 - 1,19. Section 10 Girls played Bannockburn and won 2,21 - 4,31. These girls have had a great season together. They are Jade Murphy, Lily Smith, Emily Kehagias, Liz Lowe and Mia Holliday. Section 13 Girls were up against Geelong Lawn in their grand f inal and won 4,30 - 2,24. Jaweria Shah, Emma Riley, Natasha Miller, Alexandra Caldow and Holly Sharp all played well to seal the win. Section 20 Boys did so well to get to f inals but lost 1,22 - 5,31. Harry

Mullen, Jack James, Josh Miller, Connor Asquith and Oliver Bowers have had a great season together. In the seniors, Section 2 Men had a great win against St Mary’s. Ocean Grove blitzed 5,36 1,19. Nick Vicary, Brad Edwards, James Kerr, David Franks and Jarryd Proctor have dominated for most of the season and are now undefeated Champions. Winter teams have been put forward to the association and we will send an email as soon as they are f inalised. Results compiled by Jen Franks. Go to ‘David Franks Tennis Coaching’ facebook page for results, tips and more information.

OCEAN GROVE Voice sports reporter Mark Heenan (MH) interviews long-time Grubber senior footballer Ben Ricardo (BR) about his decision not to play BFL football in 2014. Ricardo, who turns 29 later this month and debuted for Ocean Grove in 2004, will not play this season due to work commitments. Ricardo speaks about his future goals at the Ocean Grove Football Club, his involvement in a nonplaying role with the Grubbers in 2014, his biggest influences at the club and its finals aspirations in 2014. The slick Ocean Grove midfielder has not ruled out a return to the Grubbers in 2015.

(MH) You are a long-time servant of the Ocean Grove Football Club and you are not playing in 2014. Is it your work commitments or is it injury related? (BR) “It is mainly due to work, but obviously my back over the last couple of years gave me a bit of trouble. This new job I have got, I have got to work weekends and probably could only get every second or third weekend off and with training as well. I have got to work some Tuesdays and some Thursdays. I just can’t commit and I figure me playing I might stop a younger kid from coming through or getting a game. If I am not fully committed, it is better off for a young kid to get a kick.” (MH) Will you have any involvement with the Ocean Grove Football Club in a non playing capacity in 2014? (BR) “I am going to do the running (duties), it is a great way to stay involved and get to know the new guys who come to the club. Hopefully I will be playing with them next year. It is a good way to stay involved and help out the club.” (MH) What has been the career highlight so far for you at the Ocean Grove Football Club?


Favourite food? Mexican Favourite drink? Corona Favourite holiday destination? Bali Favourite nightspot? Room 99 Funniest teammate? Kelly Williams (BR) “I think playing with club legends Damian ‘Bones’ Clark and Jimmy (James) Dalton for the best part of my playing career, learning from them, especially ‘Bones’ such a knowledgeable footballer, a good footballer, someone

I always really looked up to. Coming through the juniors and watching him play and then to be coached by him as well, that was the best time of my career.” (MH) What future playing goals do you have with the Ocean Grove Football Club? (BR) “I would love to come back. Hopefully it works out with my work and play in a premiership because there is a bit of unfinished business. I hope Shane Jack does really well this year, he is a good coach and I would love it if he was still around next year.” (MH) Where is one area that Ocean Grove’s game can improve this year? (BR) “I think our ball use. As we are not a tall side, we shouldn’t bomb away and kick down the line, we have got break games open and take a bit of a risk. Just people we choose to kick the footy. Get the right people out in space; get your James McTaggarts, your Andy Higgins and your Liam Rocks with the ball out in space.” (MH) Where do you think the Grubbers will finish on the ladder this year? (BR) “I think they will finish fifth, Ocean Grove will be fighting out with Barwon Heads for a finals berth.”


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New season awaits Football season is upon us once again.

Departures Bryn Weadon (overseas) Ben Ricardo (work commitments) Josh Milnes (Geelong West) Jess Rapa (not playing) Tyson Doherty (Bell Park) Dave Gray (work commitments) Brayden Sneddon (Melton) Shaun Fankhauser (St Albans) Reuben Vesikuru (St Albans) Jason Turnbull (Beulah)


Sam Hedditch (Sunshine Football Club) Alex Bottomley (VAFA) Marcus Kellett (Western Eagles – Colac and District Football League) Rhys Burke (Geelong West) Aaron O’Callaghan (Returns from injury list) Daniel Maloney (Returns from overseas) Ryan Aylward (Returns to the club) Sam Elford (Kolora-Noorat Football Club – Warrnambool and District Football League) Andrew Higgins (South Barwon)

THE 2014 Bellarine Football League season is almost upon us and there are a few changes at Grubber land. There are more than 10 departures from last year’s team that made the BFL finals with the loss of some key talls, while in return Ocean Grove has consolidated its midfield personnel. Ocean Grove Football Club commences the new season with an away clash against Newcomb, which finished ninth in 2013, at Grinter Reserve on Saturday April 5. The Grubbers though will have some tough matches with home games against last season’s BFL grand finalists Queenscliff (round 2) and Drysdale (round 3).

CHALLENGES The departure of key ruck Brayden Sneddon will be a loss for the Grubbers. Sneddon, who played in the BFL interleague clash in 2014 along with last year's Ocean Grove best and fairest winner Kelly Williams, was a key cog late in the season with the Grubbers' charge to the finals. Young tall Jess Rapa won't play in 2014 and the departure of Josh Milnes have thinned

Ocean Grove's big man stocks. New recruit Sam Hedditch and Tom Lundberg are expected to share the ruck duties for the Grubbers in 2014.

STRENGTHS Any side that boasts a midfield with the likes of proven BFL performers Liam Rock, Kelly Williams and veteran Rowan O'Callaghan will be a match for the top teams in the league including Drysdale and Queenscliff. Add onballer Aaron O'Callaghan into the mix, who arrives back after he missed the entire 2013 season with a knee injury, while Andy Higgins comes home to Ocean Grove after a season with South Barwon in the GFL. The additions of on-ballers Marcus Kellett and Rhys Burke and will help cover for the losses of Ben Ricardo, Tyson Doherty and Bryn Weadon. Mark Heenan spoke to Grubbers coach Shane Jack about his playing list: DEFENDERS “Our back six (defenders) won't change too much to be honest. They have been together for a while I am talking about Mark

Laidler, Kaiden Long, Sam Rankin and it is great to have Paddy Maloney back. We have got Sam Fairway and he is one of our generals as well. Our back six is quite settled.”

MIDFIELDERS “When you still have got the calibre of Liam Rock, Kelly Williams, Rowan O'Callaghan and Aaron O'Callaghan coming back from a knee we are more than happy with what we have got in our midfield. We have got a great mix this year of outside and inside midfielders that are going to complement each other.” FORWARDS “We think we have got a good mix of tall and small forwards. New recruit Alex Bottomley has been playing centre half-forward role and then there is myself and Brayden Warren (Geelong Falcons). We still have two of the better small forwards in the league with Travis Gavin and Daniel Freeman. It is great to have Daniel Maloney back who is going to be a focal point up forward.” RUCKS “We have spoken to a few ruckmen over the

2014 fixture ROUND 1: Newcomb (away)

ROUND 2: Queenscliff (home) ROUND 3: Drysdale (home) ROUND 4: Torquay (away; night game) ROUND 5: Modewarre (home) ROUND 6: Barwon Heads (away) ROUND 7: Portarlington (home) ROUND 8: Geelong Amateur (away) ROUND 9: Anglesea (away) ROUND 10: Newcomb (home) ROUND 11: Drysdale (away) ROUND 12: Torquay (home) ROUND 13: Portarlington (away) ROUND 14: Barwon Heads (home) ROUND 15: Geelong Amateur (home) ROUND 16: Queenscliff (away) ROUND 17: Anglesea (home) ROUND 18: Modewarre (away) off-season. We are going to rely on Sam Hedditch and we have tried Tom Lundberg in there all preseason. Lundberg has not really got an opportunity since I have been at the club, he has played a few games sparingly, he will get his chance and will be starting in the ruck alongside Sam Hedditch. We are going to put all our faith in those two boys.” SHANE JACK’S OUTLOOK ON THE GRUBBERS' CHANCES IN 2014 “Our goal is to make finals and win finals. We

think we have got the list to do that. We have got a lot of young kids coming through. We think we have picked up and replaced the blokes to give it a go now. We have got a core group of blokes that have played 40-50 games now of senior football together and we believe they are ready to take the next step. We are really looking forward to it as a coaching group and we are very happy with the list we have put together now and we are looking forward to the year.”


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Surf grom action FUN: Otis Cotter, Daisy Tiernan and Archie Tiernan have fun in the surf. Pictures and story: GARY STEPHENS

Perfect waves for groms ALMOST perfect conditions greeted the 50 or so amped micro groms and their parents as they arrived for the third 13th Beach Boardriders Expression Session of the season. The sun was beaming down, the tide was up and there were perfect 1 to 2 foot peelers rolling into RAAFs. With the enthusiasm super high there was a rush to get out and rip it up, and rip it up they did. There were hundreds of waves shredded over the afternoon and lots of smiles all the way to the beach. The improvement over the three sessions shown by 13th's next generation of surfers is amazing with everyone getting great rides and

Drew Green rides a wave.

really developing great style. A big thank you to all our water safety officers and all the helpers and parents who help make these days so special. For all pictures from the event and the date for the next Micro Grom Expression Session, head to the 13th Beach Boardriders facebook page. The next 13th Beach Boardriders Open Event to be held on the 5th of April, is the ever popular and super competitive Battle of the Bridge, a team’s event pitting surfers from each town against each other. Get down and have a look. Keep surfin’ and having fun. Gaz

Ted Conroy concentrates hard.

Bee Conroy in action.

Zeph Lamperd shows his style.


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No cricket finals for local clubs in season 2013/14

The 2013/14 cricket season finished abruptly for all three Ocean Grove–based A grade sides. No club had a side in the finals and JUSTIN FLYNN takes a look at where things went right and where they went wrong.

Ocean Grove PUT simply, you can’t lose 530 runs and 33 wickets from your side and expect things to stay as they are. The Grubbers lost Mick Kenneady (530 runs) and Mick Gill (33 wickets) during the off season although Jack Caldow tried hard to fill the shoes left by Gill. Grove relied too heavily on veterans Dean Gills and David Bate to make runs. Gills was in a class of his own during the season. The 44-yearold leftie wound back the clock and piled on 572 runs at 63.56 to be the competition’s best batsman. Bate made 327 runs at 40.88 to pull his weight, but the next highest run scorer was veteran Peter Hart, who came into the A grade side after making 157 in B grade. He was consistent and scored 152 runs in A grade at 30.40. Bowling-wise Lucas Cameron again stood tall and set the right example for the rest of his team. He got himself fit and took 32 wickets at 12.38 while Dan Roddis (22 wickets) also played his part. What went right For a big club, not enough. Missing out on finals would have hurt the Grubbers. An

outright win against Newcomb was probably the high point of the season. Dean Gills showed that age is no barrier when it comes to class and ability. What went wrong Inconsistency. The Grubbers could not string two wins in a row for the entire season. Losing the Battle of the Bridge against Barwon Heads, when they had 274 on the board, hurt. What needs to change Young players need to stand up. It’s all very good for Gills, Bate and Hart to make runs, but sooner rather than later some of the kids need to start demanding their spot. Young seamer Robert Procter shows promise while Pat Kuipers and David Turner showed glimpses in B grade that they could be good A grade batsmen. The verdict A big and proud club such as Ocean Grove should expect to play finals every season. A 6th-placed finish was not what the club would have wanted. Still, the nucleus is there and if the club can land a big signature or two during the winter, it can expect to be back for some March action next season.

CLASS: Dean Gills made 572 runs for the season.


WAS it a successful season for the Cobras or was it a wasted season? On the surface, it’s difficult to tell. ‘Dina had no trouble bowling sides out this season, but lacked consistency making runs. James Rock was the side’s highest run scorer with 367 runs at 36.70, but next best was allrounder Andy Higgins (287 runs) and then Corey Walter (217). Bowling-wise two men carried the side. Higgins took 33 wickets at 15.12 and skipper Jye Hearps grabbed 32 wickets at 14.69. Both bowlers were also miserly, going for less than 2.5 runs per over. What went right An outright victory against the reigning premiers was an outstanding achievement. Young Logan Taylor’s first five-wicket haul in A grade was one of the feel-good stories of the season. The Cobras were also crowned T20

champions. What went wrong A lack of consistency. It took until the final two rounds for the Cobras to string consecutive wins together. By then they’d left their run too late. Had they sneaked into the four, there’s every chance they could have done some damage. What needs to change Depth. We saw how Higgins and Hearps took 65 wickets between them, but next best was a 13-year-old kid in Logan Taylor (10 wickets), who showed tremendous ability. The verdict For a club that was in transition mode, this season was pretty successful. It fielded five sides, A grade finished in 5th spot and B grade was very competitive. D grade won a premiership and the T20 championship was a nice piece of silverware for the club and also well deserved.

SUPPORT ROLE: Dan Roddis did his bit for Ocean Grove this season with 22 wickets.


ON face value, it was the season from hell for the Wallabies. They were winless until the final round when they managed to belt a Newcomb side that was on its last legs. But coach Darren Cameron has restored some pride back to the club and while it didn’t translate into wins, the competitiveness of the side was evident. A two-run loss to Barrabool, a one-run loss to Barwon Heads, a three-run loss to Jan Juc, a 19-run loss to Portarlington, a twowicket loss to Anglesea and a three-run loss to Ocean Grove tells the true tale of just how competitive (and unlucky) the Wallabies were. What went right Not much. So many narrow losses would have normally sapped the confidence of a young side, but the

Wallabies kept their heads up the whole time. Dane Wise-Graham (22 wickets) and Daniel Connoley (21 wickets) were the stand outs while Damien Biemans (19 wickets) only went for 2.25 runs per over the whole season. What went wrong Fielding an ineligible player to prove a point and thus handing Anglesea 10 points was not a good day for the club. Yes, the club wanted to make a statement that it wanted Mick Gill to play, but doing so when it knew he hadn't been cleared from Manifold Heights wasn’t the right way to go about it. Not only did it gift Anglesea 10 points, it threw the entire race for the finals into disarray. Still, if Gill (who should not be blamed for the decision at all) decides to play at Wallington next season, it may end

up being a case of one step backwards and two steps forwards for the club. What needs to change It’s pretty simple – turn the close losses into wins. Do that, and it’s not unreasonable to suggest that this season’s wooden spoon could turn into a finals appearance the next. The side could also do with a few batsmen who can score 400 runs a season. Ben Atkinson, who had a fine season as wicket-keeper, was the top run getter with 277. The verdict Raw stats say 2013/14 was horrible, but the club made massive inroads. It fielded four sides, B and D grade made the grand final and the culture changed dramatically. Darren Cameron has made massive inroads with this club.

STAR: Andy Higgins had a superb season for Collendina.


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New netball season draws close for Ocean Grove A NEW season dawns for the Ocean Grove Netball Club in 2014 after last year where the Grubbers’ netballers christened their new facility at Shell Road. The 2013 season focused on rebuilding the senior netball section and a new coaching group and the introduction of new players will allow the club to move from strength to strength in 2014. Coaching staff Renee Scott, Laura Bell, Famie Needham, Emma Collins and Paula Birch are confident that all senior teams have completed a solid pre-season and are

ready for the challenges that this season will bring. During 2014, the club looks to consolidate its standing in the league with consistent on court performances. Key players will strengthen the A Grade line up and ensure the team has the skills and depth to be competitive. The club will remain committed to the development of its juniors with the expectation that a number of the under 17 players will take to the court in a senior side during the 2014 season. Renee Scott is coach

while her assistant is Laura Bell. Allison Durling is captain. A Grade Team: Alex Lee, Allison Durling, Bec Sykes, Candice Parker, Kelsey Ollis, Krystal Boswell, Lauren Ollis, Laura Bell. Candice Parker returns to the club after a successful stint in the GFL at Bell Park. Her experience and on-court leadership will enhance the teams defensive unit. Alex Lee joins the club from St Albans. Her inclusion in the team is sure to provide a target in attack.

Continued from back page. “His whole package that he brings to the team is a great quality, so we are looking forward to having Matt involved and he is very deserving of the reward.” Flapper, head Ocean Grove Bowls Coach since 2012, was instrumental in helping Club Grove host its first ever international bowling fixture against Malaysia last year in

December. The former Central Wendouree and Essendon player, a clear standout in Australia’s win over Malaysia in the threeday competition at Club Grove, was a trial for this year’s Commonwealth Games. Incidentally, it was Glasson who presented Flapper with his debut international cap a year earlier in 2012 at Club Grove. Flapper, who played for Australia at the eight-

nations event in Wales and Scotland in 2013, a traditional lead-up event for the Commonwealth Games, also won a gold medal for his country in last year’s Trans Tasman series against New Zealand in Auckland. MEANWHILE Flapper guided Victoria to victory in the state based Super 6 series bowls competition at South Burnie in Tasmania on Saturday. Flapper, who teamed

Ocean Grove C grade netballers. Ocean Grove netballers at pre-season training.

Ocean Grove D grade netballers at training.

Flapper set for Games Matt Flapper

up with Peter Loe, won the Men’s Pairs Gold Medal match against the Queensland pairing of Anthony Fantini and Mark Casey. Victoria won three of the six gold medals across the men’s and women’s competition. The Super 6 series is a valuable practice lead in for the four-day Australian Sides Championships held at South Burnie from March 31 to April 3.

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'Murf' to be SOUL No 1 ticket man Darren Murphy alias 'Murf' has been chosen as the number one member’s ticket holder for the SOUL Longboard club. SOUL president Brian Tucker said “that it was

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an easy decision for the committee to make at the last meeting as Murf has been a great supporter of the club over the years.” The club, which is celebrating its 10th year, has decide to introduce

'Murf' (pictured right) receives his No 1 ticket from SOUL president Brian Tucker.

a members card which will entitle the holder to a discount at all the club sponsors and also go into the draw for a Nic McAteer performance Longboard at the end of the year.

As good as it gets for SOUL The SOUL Longboard Club recently held its March Comp in what many have said to be some of the best conditions in the club's 10-year history. With a predicted 1.5 metre swell and north winds the call went out to head to 13th Beach and the Boings break. Competitors were not disappointed when they arrived and all entries were in by 8am and f irst heats drawn up and in the water at about the same time. The wave peaks did move around a bit

during the day with the changing tide and surfer’s had to be in the right spot to get the high scoring waves. Mel Renton-Wright ran the junior groms expression session as part of the development program the club has been running and with some parent assistance they all had a great time. All the divisions are hotly contested these days and some of the competitors are starting their Aussie Title campaigns with some new boards and polishing up some

manoeuvres. The crowd also got some excitement with a collision in the over 50s between Andy Brown and John Mercer. The judges ruled it as paddle interference against Andy and fortunately there was no real damage done to surfer or equipment. Next comp is April 12. Meet Ocean Grove Main Beach 7am. There's a new website being developed at the moment so Facebook is a good way of getting any news, or ring Brian Tucker on 0412 118 662

or Andy Brown on 0419 543 283. Results: Open: Chris McSween 1st, Liam Griggs Kennelly 2nd, Anthony Brown 3rd, Matty Wright 4th. Open Women: Mel Wright, Morgan Griggs Kennelly, Lou McSween, Kylie DeCoster, Cathy Slevin, Georgia Willard. Logger: Matty Robbo, Craig Robbo, Lachie Fletcher. Over 35s: Dunnie, Dave Cassells, Simon Johnston, Steve Messina.

Over 50s: John Mercer, Andy Brown, Larry Hays, Paul Fletcher. Over 60s: Gus Angleton. Junior Boys: Matt McAteer, Baylin Wright, Cody McSween. Junior Girls: Abbie Firns, Courtney Mercer, Morgan GriggsKennelly, Georgia Willard, Shannon Firns, Evelyn DeCosta. Reppa: Mark Westworth, Nev Forster, Paul Chaplin, Andrew Corcoran.


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Easy win for Grove

Ocean Grove enjoyed a 69-point win against Albion on Saturday. Pictures: LINDSAY KELLEY

OCEAN Grove warmed up for its 2014 BFL season campaign to register a 69-point victory over Western Regional Football League opponents Albion on Saturday at home. The Grubbers led at each of the quarter intervals to win 17.10.112 and defeat Albion 6.7.43. March saw the Grubbers play three practice matches on home soil with a loss against strong Essendon District Football League senior premier division club Avondale Heights on March 15 and wins against Werribee Centrals on March 22 and Albion on Saturday. Ocean Grove coach, Shane Jack was pleased with his side’s progress ahead of its season opener against Newcomb on Saturday. “Obviously the first week was tough against a good side (Avondale Heights) up in Melbourne,” Jack told the Voice. “We just had to concentrate on what we need to work on, which was our structures, which are done for five months. “I think in the last two weeks where we could

work on that was the pleasing aspect." “It is the end of practice matches and we can’t wait to get stuck into the season.” Youngster Brayden Warren and Daniel Maloney proved to be potent in attack for the Grubbers, while Mark Laidler relieved well in the ruck after the absence of talls Tom Lundberg and new recruit Sam Hedditch. Gun Grubber recruit Marcus Kellett impressed in his sweeping role across half-back and provided midfielders and forwards with plenty of opportunities. MEANWHILE the Grubbers face Newcomb in an away clash at Grinter Reserve this Saturday to commence its BFL season. Ocean Grove will head into the game without experienced midfield duo Rowan O’Callaghan and Liam Rock, who are both unavailable, but the Grubbers are expected to regain livewire forward Travis Gavin and silky onballer James McTaggart. The game starts at 2.10pm.

Action from the reserves practice match.

Action from the under 18 practice match on Saturday.


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Oz selection MARK HEENAN

Micro groms Max Bassett and Taiyo McEncroe battle for a wave. Full story and more pictures, page 51. Picture: GARY STEPHENS

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CLUB Grove Bowls coach Matt Flapper will adapt well to the heavy and thick greens at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Scotland, according to national coach Steve Glasson. The 35-year-old last week was named in a five-man Australian oufit to complete in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3. Glasson said Flapper, who hails from Bacchus Marsh, would relish the opportunity to compete for Australia in his first ever Commonwealth Games appearance. “Matt’s own game is a strength within itself, he has acclimatised well to the heavy greens scenario which we will strike in Glasgow,” Glasson told the Voice last week. “The story within itself with Matt is a beauty, the fact he has lost so much weight, he has been married and he is kicking goals as far as bowls is concerned. “Matt’s a very effervescent guy, he is a confident sort of character, quite boisterous and being well over six foot he is an intimidating factor albeit in bowls. Continued page 3.

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