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March 5-18 2014



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Stalwart Rob calls time on group

Rob Burns is standing down after ten years.

OCEAN GROVE Cancer Support Group will be saying goodbye to their long standing facilitator Rob Burns after 10 years in the job. The hard working Ocean Grover has played a pivotal role in the group's success. He played a big part in initiating the Bellarine Relay for Life and has helped raise along with the group many tens of thousands of dollars for the Cancer Council. “There is only a handful

of members left now, we’ve lost quite a few loved ones over the years, it’s time to start filling up a few chairs,” Rob said. In February 2015, Rob will stand down and hopes that someone will be up for the job. “I hope we can keep the group afloat and continue helping out those who are suffering from cancer, are a carer or a family or friend. The disease is just terrible,” Rob explained.

Rob, not a cancer sufferer himself, lost his wife 11 years ago. “My wife's 12-year-long battle was the reason I took on the role,” Rob explained. On March 26 at 10.30am at the Ocean Grove Community Health Centre, the support group is getting a visit from the person in charge of all sub Cancer Council groups, Kate Hardings. For more information contact Rob on 5255 2367.

Cash grant put to good use SURFSIDE Primary School has thanked state government for cash to help protect its treasured kitchen garden. The school applied for and won more than $6600 towards securing the site after vandals repeatedly targeted the garden over weekends and holiday periods, damaging garden beds, artwork, the hothouse and chicken coop. On Tuesday Minister for Crime Prevention Edward O’Donohue visited the school to see how the cash had been used. He described the school’s kitchen and kitchen garden as “impressive”. “Full marks to the school for taking the initiative in promoting good diet and lifestyle,” he said. Principal Mark Huglin told him that the money for security upgrades was greatly appreciated. “In all honesty, we would not be able to afford to do this otherwise,” adding that the effort put into

WELCOME DONATION: Charlotte Hanson, Sunny Ofthsea, Kivi Clarey and Sam Dreise as well as school captains Zoe Armistead, Aaron McMahon and head teacher Mark Huglin, minister for crime prevention Edward O’Donohue and Rotarians Noel Emselle and Peter Cullen. the garden was not easily this, where there is blood fencing and gates and and businesses helping replicated. sweat and tears put into sensor motion lighting. out in the building of the “When a break-in occurs to it, there is an emotional The kitchen and kitchen and the Rotary and sports equipment is investment.” kitchen garden has been Club of Ocean Grove stolen we find a way of The security measures made possible with wide helping with the chicken replacing it the next week. included upgraded lighting, community involvement coop, raised beds and “But with something like security doors, heightened from parents, local tradies edging projects.

Grove muso plays at White Night festival

MUSIC: Ocean Grove's Tim Neal plays at the White Night festival in Melbourne.

OCEAN GROVE’S very own talented organ player Tim Neal played at the second annual White Night cultural festival last weekend in Melbourne. Tim played alongside Gil Askey, Hetty Kate, Paul Williamson and Michael Jordon, making up Paul Williamson’s Hammond Combo. The group was approached by event organisers and

asked to play on the Jazz and RnB stage along one of Melbourne’s busiest and popular streets. “The opportunity to play the organ at 1am on Bourke Street was fantastic. The whole night was a great cultural event, there was so much to see and do,” Tim explained. The 12-hour all-night event saw more than half a million people attend.


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Bakery wins more awards AN OCEAN GROVE bakery has taken the head of the leader board at a state baking show last weekend. The Rolling Pin Pie & Cake Shop took home 11 awards at the statewide Victorian Baking Show. Among the honors were three apprentice awards, taken out by local Ocean Grove apprentice Jason Schroeter. “I was pretty excited when I heard the news, all my hard work is paying off,” Jason said. Jason, who is

completing the third year of his apprenticeship at the Rolling Pin, hopes to one day own and operate his own bakery. “My favourite pie to make is our Jumbo Chunky Pie which won the Great Aussie Pie competition last year,” Jason added. Mentor and production manager Luke Jacimovic was proud of his apprentice. “It’s great to see him take out an accredited state award, were all very proud,” Jason explained.

AWARDS: Rolling Pin Production Manager Luke Jacimovic with apprentice Jason Schroeter.

More apples A SELECTION of delicious apple dishes is not the only treat that will be on show at this Friday night’s Apple Fair. Families, friends and the Ocean Grove community will also be treated to a star studded music line up. “Our headlining act are the Livingstone Daisies. They’re from Melbourne and feature renowned performers Van Walker and Liz Stringer as well as the former drummer from Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls, Michael Barclay,” Ocean Grove Primary School music coordinator Phil Turnour said. The Ocean Grove Primary School’s headlining band will be supported by well known local teen sensations

APPLES AND MUSIC: Phil Turnour and Heather Gallagher are ready for the festival. The Tiny Giants. The Apple Fairies will also be playing at the Apple Fair, bringing their classic rock and disco hits to the stage.

“The Daisies are a band well known for overdosing on harmony, jangle and fuzz, we're in for a treat,” Mr. Turnour added.

The 2014 Ocean Grove Primary School Apple Fair will commence at the school at 4.30pm on Friday March 7.

Terrace break-in rampage

Security cameras caught this person at one of the shopfronts.

LAST Saturday night shops along The Terrace experienced a spate of breakins. Coastline Tattoo, Beachside Blooms Florist and Ocean Grove Pizza and Pasta were all robbed. “These robberies and those occurring similarly in the Ocean Grove and surrounding areas are occurring in the early hours of the morning. We are urging anyone who sees any suspicious activity at these times to contact us,” Detective Acting Sergeant John Digby

from Geelong’s Crime Investigation Unit said. These recent acts add to a number of vandalism and robberies which have occurred throughout Ocean Grove in past months. No arrests have yet been made. CTV footage from one of the shopfronts caught the offenders. Although wearing a balaclava, anyone who may recognise the jumper worn or has any further information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Pink Petal day for Grove OCEAN GROVE’S first Pink Petal Day event will be held along The Terrace on Saturday March 15 between 9am to 1pm. The day is hoping to raise much needed funds for the Breast Cancer Network Australia. The Ocean Grove Lions Club are putting on a sausage sizzle and pink flowers will be available from Beachside Blooms for purchase in memory of a friend or family member, for someone currently battling or just as a donation to the cause.

Smiles on dials at DSA

MORE than 200 volunteers rocked to join 56 participants for the Grove’s final Disabled Surfer Association event of the summer on Sunday. Among those was local surfer Dave Smith who had been denied a paddle since a recent stroke. However, Dave who has surfed the area for 30 years, said the experience was “emotional” and was good for his confidence that he hoped to work towards get back in the water more often. He said he felt “very comfortable” with the army of helpers out in the water. For more information see www. u r fe r s - A s s o c i a t i o n Ocean-Grove.

Grove Relay for Life dates THE 2014 Bellarine Relay for Life event has been set for Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 of November. Last year the event raised more than $90,000, with over 700 people participating. The first committee meeting for this year's event will be held on Tuesday March 4 at Collendina Recreation Reserve from 7pm. For more information email au or call 1300 65 65 85.


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Boorai's grand opening success New centre to 'change the lives of families'

OCEAN GROVE’S highly anticipated Boorai Centre was officially opened on Saturday. “The Boorai Centre is going to change the lives of families living in Ocean Grove now and for generations to come,” Beangala ward Councillor Jan Farrell said. The new integrated children’s centre took two years to build, with applications for funding first being made back in 2012. The Hon Wendy Lovell, Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development attended and officiated the ceremony along with Councillor Jan Farrell. “It’s an honour to be officially opening the Boorai Centre, this is a monumental day for Ocean Grove. This project has been a team effort with two levels of

government involved as well as many community members of Ocean Grove,” minister Lovell said. Wathaurong Cultural Heritage Officer Uncle David Tournier lead a burning ceremony on the day, with families and guests treated to traditional indigenous dancing from the young ‘Deadly Dancers’. Amongst the political faces that also came along for the opening was Federal member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, Member for Western Province David Koch and Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville. The Boorai Centre combines numerous services to the community including long day-care, kindergarten, maternal and child health, a toy library and playgroups.

TRADITIONAL DANCE: The young Deadly Dancers perform.

Jan Farrell and grandson Harry, Minister Wendy Lovell and David Koch.

Wathaurong Cultural Heritage Officer Uncle David Tournier leads a burning ceremony.


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'Stop the transfer now' MORE than 150 locals have rallied against the transfer of Ocean Grove Park ownership. Residents packed St Peter’s Church Hall on Sunday and demanded the impending transfer of Ocean Grove Park to the Geelong Council be halted immediately so locals can be fully consulted. Many went as far as to say they do not wish the park to be owned by the council and that the Trust for Nature should remain its owners. There are fears that the process is closed to finalisation and that they will have no say. They are mobilising to prevent it going passed the point of no return. The transfer of ownership is tied up with the proposal to build a performance space at the park. According to organisers of the meeting, the Trust for Nature is not in favour of running buildings. Council has agreed to contribute $200,000 towards the fully funded project but

only the basis that it takes ownership of the park. On Sunday, feelings varied from a general distrust of council owning the park to suspicion of an out and out “land grab”. While some are happy with the idea of a performance space, or at least a more modest structure than has been proposed, the overwhelming majority was opposed to council ownership. The meeting was opened by John Bowman, one of the town’s strongest advocates for an arts space, who said he had offered support for the performance space and continued to support the idea – but not under council ownership. “I have written a letter of support for the building of a performance space in the park to help with funding. I wasn’t aware that it would lead to losing the ownership of the park. “The Trust For Nature ownership is a good model. But they are in the nature business not the

entertainment business. I don’t trust council not to ‘Pave paradise and put a parking lot’.” John opened the meeting up to the floor, and one by one, locals raised their objections to the park ownership issue and or using the park for a performance space. One woman argued: “With all the density we increasingly need open space. I want to keep it with the Trust that keeps it as a park.” Local resident Wendy Cover said: “I don’t want a building there”, suggesting Shell Road should be considered for the performance space. Charlie Dixon said: “We have a small area, we need to keep every inch of it. Everything they (the council) touch they stuff up. He said: “I love walking through the park.” Among those attending was Megan Stolz, whose children have grown up, but she described how they are left with so many

happy memories of the park when they were young. She said “memories” were an important thing to think about in the importance of the park. A number of former Ocean Grove Park committee members said they had either resigned because of a lack of consultation or felt their views were not being considered. Among them was lifelong Ocean Grove resident Graham Tribe who insisted that the matter has to be discussed by the wider community before it goes ahead. Mr Tribe said he had resigned from the park committee because the issue has not been properly debated. He said he had supported the initial sound shell idea but not the larger 10m-high building. “It’s disguised as a performance space. It’s really a town hall,” he said. Those attending passed a motion opposing the transfer of ownership and

resolved to form an action committee to fight the proposal. There was some consternation that no one from the committee was in attendance to put their case. However, there was also comment that the committee, led by president Colin Atkins, “Should be thanked for the good work they have done at the park”. The vote against the change of ownership was close to unanimous with a couple of attendees abstaining. No one appeared to support the change of ownership. Those attending were urged to send their feedback to the council and the state government – via www. and The Voice attempted to get a comment from Mr Atkins but did not get a return call before deadline on Sunday. What do you think? Email the Voice at news@ See page 8 for letters to the editor.


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A burning question

Dear editor, I have been driving past the trailer signs saying PLANNED BURN Kingston Park late January early February. No one in their right mind would plan a burn in peak summer high danger period. There is no such thing as a safe planned burn at this time of year. Look what happened at Wilsons prom a few years back. The same thing happened in the Grampians. What a bloody disaster that was. I have personally fought fires in and around Lorne in the '60s and in the Pilbara of Western Australia. I have seen how a fire can jump containment lines; a spark can travel up to ten kilometres and start a new fire. With all the dead leaves around at the moment and in spouting, what a disaster it could be.

Okay, so the excuse may be that we want to regenerate new growth. Well, if this is the case, how about doing the burn in the right time of the year? In winter so the spring rains will regenerate the new growth? Who makes these stupid decisions and to whom are they accountable? They are putting Ocean Grove houses and people at risk. Eric Lovett Ian Beswicke OIC Ocean Grove Fire Station responds: “The CFA takes controlled burning very seriously. There is a full burn plan done prior to the controlled burn. This plan has stringent controls on the conditions of the day that the burn can be conducted. The burn plan covers fuel load, fuel type, wind direction and wind

speed, relative humidity, fuel moisture content, weather conditions for the following few days and the resources required. If any of the conditions does not fall into the prescriptions in the burn plan then the burn is not conducted. The burn is only in a small section of the North East corner of Kingston Park and will be a low intensity burn. The burn will most likely be done late in the day.”

Council responds: City of Greater Geelong together with the CFA will conduct an ecological burn at Kingston Park, Ocean Grove. City of Greater Geelong Manager Environment and Waste Services, Rodney Thomas said planned burns need to take place at this time of year for a number of reasons.

“Burning in summer/ autumn is the right time of year so long as the weather conditions are right,” Mr Thomas said. “The CFA is integrally involved in the burn and make the call in terms of right conditions and resource availability to deal with it,” said Mr Thomas. “The reserve and the burn patch are very small and are simply not big enough to generate a large fire head,” said Mr Thomas. “Burning in winter is both impossible (it won’t ignite and carry), and we are burning in order to favour locally indigenous plants which are of a lower fuel capacity than weed growth which is precisely what a winter / spring burn will favour. Weed growth will result in heavier fuel loads as well as loss of biodiversity,” Mr Thomas said. “The notifications went

out early and state that there is a long window to cope with above average weather conditions. The signs were put on the site following an onsite meeting where the CFA agreed that the period specified onwards was suitable for a controlled burn,” said Mr Thomas. As the weather conditions changed with drier, warmer weather, accordingly, the burn was put back. Burn planning and notifications are set up to respond to variable weather conditions and to ensure best possible communication with the local community,” Mr Thomas said. For residents looking for more information, notifications will be posted on geelongaustralia and www.

Park debate continues to rage Dear editor, The issue of Ocean Grove Park needs clarity and proper consultation. A flyer in the letterbox several years ago about a proposed performance space and an ad in the local paper is not consultation. No one was aware until mid 2013 that council funding would only be provided if council took over the land and, even then, it was a brief mention in the local paper. Those who do know about the proposed transfer are furious but they don’t know how to object. Most people have no idea what is being proposed. Many of the older residents have said they ‘don’t want to make

trouble’. I don’t want to ‘make trouble’ either but honesty, transparency and an open consultation process is clearly needed. To cloud the future ownership of the park is a disgrace. Community ownership and protection of the park was hard fought. The park was nominated as one of the two most precious places in Ocean Grove – the beach was the other – in the recent public planning session. The community must be given the chance to vote on who owns its future. Steph Asher

Dear editor, I am a local citizen who is very concerned about the future of our park. I have seen the proposed changes to the park and don’t believe that they are suitable at this location as they take up too much of the free open space. I also find it very alarming that the title has to be surrendered to the council before any funding can be secured for their proposed building project. I have spoken to some older local residents who donated money to the park and had no idea what was happening. I am a volunteer surf life saver at

Ocean Grove and have been on many sporting club committees and cannot believe that the park committee thinks it can hand over the park to the council and continue the proposed building without putting it to a vote of park members. The committee also feels that council ownership is the best option for the future of the park without even trying to get more new members and volunteers to help and take up committee positions. Give local citizens a chance to help and have a say. Save our park for our kids and the whole local community. Philip Bartlett


Grove RSL

Duplicate medals presented PRESIDENT of the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL, Graham Fisher, presented the duplicate set of medals to the Barwon Heads Hall Committee on Saturday 22 February. Following the amalgamation of the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub Branches, the service medals displayed within

the Barwon Heads RSL hall became a point of discussion as to the ownership, but as the medals were RSL property, it was deemed they remain RSL property. “The RSL Committee decided to have the medals reconditioned, new ribbons fitted and a new display case manufactured, so they can be proudly

OCEAN GROVER Graham Fisher is the new president of the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL. The former Vice President was elected unopposed at the last Annual General Meeting on February 17. “I have very big boots to fill, Keith Hankin was a wonderful president,” Graham exclaimed. “I joined the RSL for the first time in 1968 when I came home from Vietnam. From there, Spotswood Kingsville, I moved to Geelong RSL before I moved to Ocean Grove 12 years ago,”

Graham added. The new President comes as the Ocean Grove cenotaph is relocated to Ocean Grove Park. With the current cenotaph more than 60 years old, the new location will be a safer, more accessible and pleasant space for memorial events such as ANZAC and Remembrance Day. “Cars and trucks regularly knock over the bollards surrounding the cenotaph,” Graham said. The move of the cenotaph will hopefully be completed by midMarch.

displayed above the RSL memorabilia cabinet in the home of the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub Branch,” Graham Fisher explained. As the medals play a part in Barwon Heads history, it was agreed to arrange for a duplicate set of medals and display case be purchased and displayed in the Community Hall.

OGBH RSL President Graham Fisher and Barwon Heads Hall Committee President Kirk McNamara

New RSL president

New OGBH RSL President Graham Fisher.

Representing Grove with honour

Graham Fisher with Mr John Boehm at the ceremony.

OCEAN GROVER John Boehm is one of two surviving prisoner of war members known and registered in the Geelong region. Mr Boehm represented the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL on Saturday February 15 in a wreath laying ceremony. The memorial service was for those who died in prisoner of war

camps. Conducted at the Geelong RSL, John was escorted by OGBH RSL President Graham Fisher. “It was a very successful day. John was a wonderful representative and it was great to remember him, his friends and the relatives of other prisoners of war,” Mr Fisher said.


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New librarian Bec settles into Grove STEPHANIE NAYLOR

BOOKS: Ocean Grove library's new branch manager, Bec Muir.

OCEAN GROVE library has a new branch manager. Bec Muir is taking over the role, making the move across the water from Tasmania to Ocean Grove. “It was a combination of rights. The right time, the right place, the right people, and the right job. I feel very lucky,” Bec explained. The young and vivacious librarian previously worked at the University of Tasmania Library for over three years. Having completing her Masters of Information Studies and becoming a qualified librarian at the same time, it was later last year she asked herself, where to from here? “The branch librarian position was advertised at around the same time I started looking, and it immediately caught my eye. It ticked all the boxes. I didn’t want to look at Melbourne CBD, I wanted somewhere where I could be part of a community and enjoy getting to know people,” Bec said.

So far, Bec has found our library to be large and vibrant. She is very impressed with the great job it does in bringing our community together. “One thing that I’ve really liked about working in the library is meeting new people. Coming from an academic library, it’s especially lovely to meet whole family groups. You have children coming into the library, their parents and their grandparents. There is something for everyone,” Bec said. Impressively talkative, one of Bec’s key plans in her new role is to get to know people. “You can’t provide a service without knowing what people want,” She explained “There’s not been a single moment of living in Ocean Grove that I’ve not enjoyed, but I find I love the weather and the people the most. Having being here for a little while, I couldn’t picture living anywhere else. What more is there to want than living in Ocean Grove?” Bec added.

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Phil vows to shave eyebrows PHIL Boyd has vowed if he can raise over $500 for the World’s Greatest Shave, he’ll not only shave his head, but his eyebrows too. The impending Crazy Hair Night event at the Ocean Grove Neighborhood Centre will see locals, including Phil, shave their heads all in the name of cancer. “My Dad past away from cancer and so have a few of my close mates. It’s a good feeling helping out and raising some money for a good cause,” Phil said. The Crazy Hair Night, a public event, will be filled with activities including a barbecue, live music, graffiti art and a jumping castle for the kids. Money

raised will go towards the care and cure of patients and families living with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders. “We will be offering hair colouring for a cost of $2 per child and $5 per adult, proceeds will go towards the Leukaemia Foundation,” Maddie Hill from the OGNC said. Everybody is welcome to come along to the event on March 14 from 6pm to 9pm held at the centre at 91 The Parade. To support Phil and the Ocean Grove N e i g h b o r h o o d Centre team visit my.leukaemiafoundation.

SNIP: OGNC's Maddie Hill gets ready with the scissors while Phil Boyd waits.

Grove farewells a true gentleman Bob's 62 years of service to fire brigade remembered


THE OCEAN GROVE community farewelled and celebrated the life of long time local Bob Moody on February 20. Bob contributed an extraordinary 62 years of Service to the community through the Ocean Grove Fire Brigade. He was awarded a Life Membership in 1990. He was also one of the first members of the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club and was a proud and respected supporter of our local Scout group. Bob’s friend and fellow Ocean Grover John Wynn felt privileged in being asked to participate in the celebration last Thursday. “On behalf of the

Bellarine Group Brigades and the Ocean Grove Fire Brigade we offer our sincere condolences to Pam, Mary and Bobs’ families,” John said during the celebrations. Within the Ocean Grove Fire Brigade history book, past member and well known late Keith Fisher described Bob at the time of being awarded the National Medal in 1992 as ‘one of the quiet achievers who quietly, competently and diligently goes about the task he is given and every Brigade Member is secure in the knowledge that he is there to back them up in any situation’. Bob’s funeral was held in Newcomb followed

by a wake at the Ocean Grove fire station. “There are many special people who have been or are members of our local CFA and Bob was one of them. He quietly went about his business and did what he could to help in his local community,” Member Su Tayler from the Ocean Grove CFA said. “Bob Moody your legacy to OGFB is not just these incredible contributions but your constantly affable disposition, your blue eyes and your pipe smokers chuckle will remain with those who had the pleasure and privilege to know you,” John added to the celebration.


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ROLL UP: Ticket ladies Megan Dunstan and Lou Eastwood. All the fun of the fair.

BROTHERS IN ARMS: Tynan and Zaidyn Kelly.

German Sheperds Dog Club demonstration.

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Berry fair fun and games BIG crowds lapped up the sunshine and yummy food on offer at Wallington Primary School's Strawberry Fair on Sunday. Visitors enjoyed everything from dog training demos to a bake off, music from Chris Wilson and Sarah Carroll, the Tiny Giants and Tayla Haigh, as well as a live auction and rides. But as usual it was the strawberry and pavlova stalls that were most in demand with plates spinning out the door as quickly as they were being prepared. The event is the school's major fundraiser. FUN: A big crowd enjoyed the Wallington Strawberry Fair on Sunday.

FAMILY FUN: Koby and Matilda Stewart with dad Daryl.

BESTIES: Lucy, Avalee, Tahlia and Emily.

PAV CHICKS: Hilary Bouma, Joanne Leyden, Sally Friend and Kate Malone.

SWEET: Audrey, Emma, Sid and Gavin.


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Once a Grubber

Once A Grubber… In this four-part series, former Ocean Grove resident, Rod McLure, looks back on how Ocean Grove has been a continuous thread throughout his life. Part Four, the final part of this series, Life By the Lake. COME 1976 I was married, living in Melbourne, and working at what was then the city’s top rating radio station, More Music, 3XY. However, feeling restless, (and perhaps in need a bit of adventure) my wife and I did what many Aussies chose to do back then, choofedoff overseas on a working holiday. We based ourselves in London, found

work, bought a Kombi, travelled around Europe and the United States and made some lifelong friends. A great time was had by all and it lasted two years. (The holiday, that is). On our return I landed a job back at 3GL. We lived briefly in Newtown before renting a house in Ocean Grove, next to the bowls club – the house has since been demolished and the land where it sat is now part of

the car park. Before heading overseas we had purchased a block of land in a largely unoccupied part of town, down by Blue Lake – and that’s where we built our new home. An architect friend in Canberra designed the house and a couple of my former Ocean Grove footy teammates Phil Stringer and John Tyrell built it. By this time we had acquired a couple of

Two of the author's nephews "at the rear of the house with assorted ducks and pelican".

Scottish terriers and there was plenty to do around the house and garden. My footy playing days were over but that void was filled by taking up running with the Geelong Cross Country Club. Ocean Grove is a great environment for a runner. There are so many options when heading out for a jog. Some mornings I would run through the camping ground down along the river and across the bridge to Barwon Heads, other days (tide permitting) I would run along the beach, cutting up through the sanddunes at Collendina, which was just starting to be developed. Repetitions up and down the Wallington hill were also on the agenda. It was all part of the preparation for the regular Sunday morning runs with the cross country club and served as a good build-up for the Melbourne Marathon. Life by the lake should have been idyllic. The house was now a home, the dogs were content, the vegie garden

was doing nicely and Ocean Grove was a good place to be. But, as they say, all good things… Without getting into the nitty-gritty, I have to admit, I wasn’t the easiest person to live with. Not surprisingly, the marriage ended, the house was sold and, if that wasn’t tough enough for all concerned – the dogs died! Time has changed some things – I am older and wiser – and trying to be an easier person to live with…a never-ending work in progress. And, while I now reside happily in Waurn Ponds with wife Debbie, 10-year-old son Blake and Monty the cat, there still arise those occasional nostalgic moments when Ocean Grove tugs at me. Those distant days of holidaying at my aunt’s house, camping at “Dandy’s” Beach, playing footy for the Grubbers and walking the dogs around the Lake are part of my DNA. It seems you can take the boy out of Ocean Grove but it’s a darn side harder to take Ocean Grove out of the boy.

Rod McLure and son Blake. Blake is around the same age as his dad when he first started holidaying at Ocean Grove.

Rod McLure and brothers Daryl and Geoff.




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Draft news positive BUSINESS leaders gave a positive but cautious welcome to the first draft of the Ocean Grove Town Centre Urban Design Framework (UBD) last week. About a dozen of the town’s business association member met at Ocean Grove’s new Boorai Centre on Shell Road to hear the consultants’ summary of the UDF just ahead of public exhibition. The UBD was developed from a workshop attended by 90 people at the Surf Lifesaving Club last April. The idea is to offer a vision and design principles for how the future town centre could develop to make the most of the change and new investment that will come with the forecasted population growth. The key recommendations are to: • Consolidate land use within the existing land to promote a compact town centre • Create a town square in The Terrace • Signalise the intersection of Orton Street and Presidents Avenue

• P r o m o t e high quality mixed-use development of the three and four storey buildings that respect the coastal setting of Ocean Grove • U p g r a d e streetscapes in Presidents Avenue, Hodgson Street and The Avenue • Square up the intersection of Hodgson Street and The Parade • Preserve The Terrace, east of Hodgson Street as the long term arterial road through the town centre • I m p r o v e footpath connections to the town centre Among those recommendations, those present offered an open mind to the idea of what the consultants termed as ‘recessed higher level development’. The term means that the front of the buildings are lower level and the rear of the buildings are up to three or four storeys but would be less noticeable because they are recessed. However, as much as there was common agreement for the idea, there was also a consensus that there would be insufficient additional car parking to accompany such intense

PLANNING: Looking up Hodgson St towards The Parade.

development. Some of the plans would require a loss of car parking space. Car parking space that could be sacrificed could be those on the Terrace behind the Zebra Bar and number on the corner of Hodgson Street and The Parade. Paul Drake from Home Hardware opened by saying that he liked a lot of the proposals, in particular describing the idea of connecting the park to the rest of the town as “fantastic”. But he said car parking was already a real concern. He said that his own observations had shown that recent Friday parking had been at

capacity, and that this is supposed to be “a quiet time of the year”. “There are a lot of positives,” he said, but it is “too intense for the car parking we are going to lose,” he said. The draft indicated that the lost car parking could be off set with another space “within proximity to the town centre”. However, the general feeling was that such sites either did not exist inside the CBD grid and that multimillion dollar multilevel or below ground car parks may not be a viable option. Local builder Mark Le Maistre put forward that the chance to link the town centre and

the park was a “pretty good opportunity to do something special,” for the town but added that it “would have to be some thing special.” Locals can get a copy of the draft online at www. au or from the Grove Centre in Presidents Avenue. Comments and submissions close on March 31. Council officers will consider all submissions and present the final UDF to council for adoption in the middle of the year. If adopted, it could then become a 10-year plan for capital works.

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Award winner on show

ARIA recipient to headline Festivus line up

NOT Drowning Waving member David Bridie will headline the Festivus music and arts festival next month. Bridie (pictured left), a seven time ARIA award winning songwriter and composer, has enjoyed a distinguished career as one of Australia's most innovative musicians. With his repertoire as a recording artist, soundtrack composer, producer, lyricist, uniquely Australian songwriter and singer, Bridie has certainly stamped his mark. Joining Bridie, who replaced the original headline Eddie Perfect, will be the reformed legendary Aussie ska band the Strange Tenants and Julien Wilson. The festival on Saturday April 12 will also feature Mark Grunden’s Samba School, the always popular Carus Thompson, Michelle Nicoll, Kite Machine, Murdena, local rising star Alister Turrill and Back Stack featuring

Dave Palmer. The festival committee has benefited from the massive experience and valuable input of musician Tim Neal. Tim who has played at or alongside almost everywhere with everyone notable in Australia, said: "The unique thing about Festivus that sets it apart from other festivals is it's all about collaboration. Seeing musicians perform as they are, is always fun, but to see them playing with other musos, jamming live on stage is something you can only see at our festival.� Ocean Grove’s colourful rainbow piano is already an icon of the festival, and has managed to get everyone talking long before the first artist announcement. The festival will run from 10am to 10pm at Ocean Grove Park. Tickets are available from GPAC Box Office or the Piping Hot Chicken Shop.


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Ride for Tess takes Ocean Grove detour STEPHANIE NAYLOR

R A P H A E L MCGOWAN will be making a pit stop in Ocean Grove on Saturday while he attempts to cycle 1900km from Adelaide to Sydney. Raphael is raising money for melanoma research whilst celebrating the life of his sister, Tess, who died from the disease when she was 30 years old. “Ocean Grove is a special place for our family. It was our family's first holiday location together after Tess passed away. Along with Barwon Heads, both towns have shown much support, with Cadel Evans even donating a signed poster that will be used to raise further money for research,” Raphael explained. A year in the making, Raphael’s Ocean Grove leg will depart from Apollo Bay on the morning of Saturday March 8. He will be

arriving into town at 2pm. He will be met by local family and supporters at Hendry Cycles. "Tess was just 29 years old when diagnosed and passed away 11 months later from melanoma cancer leaving a husband and daughter," Raphael explained. Cycling to March has the full endorsement of the Melanoma Institute Australia and the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. "The aim of my ride is two-fold – to raise at least $100,000 for the charity and to increase melanoma awareness among the youth," Raphael added. Raphael’s focus has been on the mental side of the ride which he’s found to be very challenging, still being mostly a novice on a road bike. "The gift of her incredible voice and spirit will be in my thoughts and in my heart throughout the ride," Raphael said.

LONG TREK: Raphael McGowan.

HAPPY: Raphael with his late sister Tess.




Hays back at chook shop LOOPING, DIY soundmaster Claude Hay is returning to the Piping Hot Chicken Shop next week. The Blue Mountains soloist who blends slide guitar, bass and drums to create music that invokes the best of stomping traditional blues, hard rock and booty-shaking funk, all delivered with chops to burn and a vocal range to match, is back on Friday March 14. His technology meets grunge approach which allows him to create a band vibe without a band leaves his audience mesmerised, as well as building a global following of his three award-winning home-made albums. Taking DIY a step further than most, Claude has built all his own equipment: there’s ‘Betty’, his double-necked guitar which he made out of a kitchen bench top; there’s ‘Stella’, his new

‘Cigar Box’ guitar which started its life as a six dollar baking tin. He’s also built his own dome house and studio from the ground up, and pimped out his tour van with a shower and bar (a great move when you consider how much time he spends on the road). I Love Hate You is Claude Hay’s recent third album which saw him win Male Vocalist of the year (2012) in the Australia Blues Music (Chain) Awards. Initial takes were at Memphis’ legendary Sun Studios to kick off the process and the remaining bulk of the recording and engineering done at Hay’s home built ‘Vader’ Studios (a huge backlit Darth Vader mask overseeing production). The album continues Claude’s move away from traditional blues and back to his love of rock – both alternative and hard – with his childhood love of 80s

cock rock starting to show its influence. The signature slide is still there, along with the four-on-the-floor

rhythms and gut-bucket sensibility, but new to the mix on album number three is an increased focus on

guitar riffage along with a more refined approach to songwriting and production. Tickets 5255 1566.




with Melissa Sandy, 31, from Leopold, at Rolling Pin Pie & Cake Shop •Favourite local building/ architecture? The Dunes. Great location, great views of the ocean and all-round relaxing place. •Most relaxing night out? The Edge at Geelong waterfront. Great atmosphere, food and service. •Your ideal breakfast or lunch spot? Driftwood – great vegetarian selection. •Best Ocean Grove pizza? Ocean Grove Pizza & Pasta – great food and service. •Favourite local shop? Studio Fashion. It has great clothes, great prices and terrific service from Deb. What book/magazine are you reading?

Woman's Day – I love the gossip. Favourite music to play at work? I like a mixed variety of music. What is your own coffee order? Weak latte. I don't like my coffee too strong. What is your favourite coffee to make? Latte. It's always creamy and smooth. Favourite thing about working in Ocean Grove? Great work colleagues and talking to the locals.



European flavours across the bridge CAFE MARITANA has been established in Barwon Heads for over two years now and has a steady following with locals and holidaymakers looking for something a little different to the normal dining experience. Set snugly in a quaint 1930s shop on the corner of Flinders Parade with views across Barwon River to the ocean, Cafe Maritana brings Mediterranean flair and flavour to the Bellarine. The atmosphere here calls to mind an arty, homely Parisian cafe. Vintage European posters and adornments pepper the space, red gingham covers the tables and groovy tunes play in the background, setting the tone for good times and good food. Some even say they feel like they have been transported to a European cafe somewhere but with even better views out the window. Inspired by the Venetian (Italian) tradition of 'Cicchetti' the menu is similar to Spanish tapas but with larger entree sized serves designed to promote socialisation and the joy of sharing food with your friends and family. All items on the menu are made fresh to order in-house using locally sourced produce where available. The average number of dishes shared between two people is around four which works out to be the same as ordering two mains but with the added bonus of trying lots of different flavors. What better way to eliminate food envy?! Cafe Maritana is available to host your next function and it has proven a hit for recent 40th, 50th and even

wedding parties. The whole venue can be booked with catering for stand up functions available from 40 to 100 guests, it’s an affordable and stress free alternative for your next gathering. We can also cater for up to 20 guests seated in our separate Flinders Room for smaller groups. Larger lunch groups can also be catered for by arrangement. Open Microphone night runs regularly on Thursday nights from 7pm and we have been lucky to hear some amazing local talent that turn up each week. Everyone is welcome to join in or just enjoy a wine, a bite to eat and listen to some great local talent. Cafe Maritana is pleased to welcome Freya Croft as the new owner of 2 Bridges Cafe, formerly Little Tuckles, which operates from the rear of the restaurant 7 days a week and serves great tasting treats and Coffee Supreme coffee. Follow 2 Bridges Cafe on Facebook for more details.


music/live events

• Piping Hot Chicken Shop - March 14 Claude Hey - March 21 Soft Gold CD launch Sarah Carroll and Marcel Borrack - March 21Ukulele Carnivale CD launch • 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 - March 7 Spud Dance -March 18 The Grumpy Old Men -March 21 Spud ClubOpen Mic Night • Springdale Community Centre Hall

what’s ON - Making waves music/ poetry arvo every third Sun of every month 2pm - 5.30pm • Ocean Grove Bowling Club - March 8 Soul Sister Swing - April 10 Morning Melodies Chrissy Phillips

markets & fairs

• Parkes Hall Newcombe Street Portarlington - March 30 9am to 2pm • Kingston Park Ocean Grove - April 6 9am-1pm •Bellarine Community Farmers' Market - March 15 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

classes & exhibtions

• Ocean Grove 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

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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Striving for a cleaner country OCEAN Grove Coastcare and Barwon Coast teamed on Sunday to join thousands of Victorians on Clean Up Australia Day. The Ocean Grove main beach, 15W, was the main site of the clean up. “The day promoted environmental stewardship amongst all ages and the event is a great way of doing something positive for our local beach,” Belinda Harding from Coastcare said. “Clean Up Australia Day is a great way to give back to your local environment and community,” Environment and Sustainability Portfolio holder Councillor Andy Richards said. CLEAN UP: Kate Rowland, Maddie Glynn and Belinda Harding (pictured right) help keep Ocean Grove beautiful.


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Ocean celebration

President of the festival Rick Webb, Barwon Heads Community Hall Committee Bonnie Cameron, Hall Committee President Kirk McNamara and Bendigo Community Bank manager and Festival Vice President Kim Ferry. The Community Hall Committee purchased the first duck sold on duck sales launch day in January.

March 14-16

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with a quacking prize BARWON Heads is set to celebrate its fourteenth Festival of the Sea. The festival runs over the whole weekend with the main event being Sunday’s activities on the foreshore where you will find everything from kids activities, craft market, arts displays, environmental activities, food stalls, great music on three stages all day andmuch more. And it’s completely free to join in, thank smainly to money raised by the Bendigo Community Bank Duck Race. Yellow plastic duck race ownerships are on sale in Hitchcock Avenue every weekend this month for $10 or simply call in to the Community Bank or the Pharmacy. You can also get

one over the festival weekend. The Bendigo Community Bank has provided the first prize, a $2,000 Bendigo Bank account, plus several smaller prizes for the 2014 race. “The festival is now a part of this town and we want to see it stay that way.” manager Kim Ferry said. Others to have donated prizes include Seahaven Village, Barwon Coast, Warbird Air Adventures, 13th Beach Golf links, APCO, Hair@the Heads, Jirralinga and At the Heads. With 15 different prizes valued at nearly $5000 to be won, there will be lots of happy racing duck trainers at the end of the day. For more information visit www.

Remember to purchase your very own Duck for the famous

Barwon Heads Community Bank

Duck Race With a prize pool of

Barwon Heads Community Bank®Branch

Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea 14th to 16th March 2014 Program of Events and Entertainment

Barwon Heads Community Bank®Branch


Racing from the Barwon River pedestrian bridge to Ozone Road Jetty at 4.15 pm on Festival Sunday

$10 per Duck

Available from: Barwon Heads Community Bank, Barwon Heads Pharmacy, or the “Duck Tent” on the day All winners contacted by phone

More details are available at and select the festival pages. Barwon Heads Community Bank®Branch

Barwon Heads Community Bank®Branch

Entry to this festival is FREE! This is a bicycle friendly event Ride your own bike to win a prize!



grove schools

Meet and greet fun FAMILY FUN: students and parents enjoyed Surfside Primary School's inaugural meet and mingle.

SURFSIDE PRIMARY has kicked off the new school year with its inaugural ‘Meet and Mingle’ night last Tuesday. The doors to all classrooms were flung open wide for all families with teachers available to meet parents and friends of their students for the year. Loads of parents and students filled the

Leaders announced

SCHOOL LEADERS: Star of the Sea 2014 student leaders Paddy, Millicent, Luke, Eliza, Will. Isabelle, Jolyon and Layne.

hallways and classrooms ensuring a bustling happy atmosphere. The first half of the night was focussed on the classroom – meeting the teacher, showing parents new classrooms and all the plans for learning throughout the year. Everyone then spilled into the courtyard and up onto the oval and basketball courts where families could join together and get active playing a variety of sports. The canteen was open and the barbecue offered sizzling sausages and vegie burgers. Positive feedback from students, staff and parents has flooded in since and ensured a great start for everyone. “What a way to start the year. This night will definitely become a regular part of our school calendar,” principal Mark Huglin said. “The whole night was fantastic. Such a positive atmosphere. Families playing together and all the staff out in the courtyard or play areas joining in or chatting and getting to know each other,” said assistant principal Linda Giggins. “Great to see so many familiar faces but also many new families joining the Surfside community and enjoying themselves,”office staff Robyn Frew added.




Summer rains disappoint THE MUCH anticipated late summer rains did eventuate, but certainly we could have done with a lot more. In the blink of an eye it's autumn and the days are slightly cooler. Lovely bird watching conditions indeed. A few weeks ago there was a report of a sighting of a Bridled Tern at Black Rocks (near 13th Beach). I've been making frequent trips to Black Rocks, hoping that the Bridled Tern would just hang around and pose for me, but alas, it is probably in Hawaii by now! The upside of looking for a Bridled Tern is that there are some lovely birds at Black Rocks, so it's always tremendous to be there. Black Rocks is the location of Barwon Water's Sewage Treatment Plant which 'processes' Geelong's effluent. The sewage plant has been located at Black Rocks since 1912. Apparently raw sewage was pumped into the ocean up until the 1970's which must have been very unpleasant for the Surfers at Thirteenth Beach! That would have been good incentive not to fall off the surf board!

I have spotted a few double-banded plovers at Black Rocks lately. Double-banded plovers are the only shorebirds that visit Australia that breed in New Zealand, so they fly back and forth across the Tasman Sea. These plovers are small (21cm). In Australia the double-banded plover has a non-breeding plumage, where the bands on the chest are a dull grey colour. In flight, the underwings are white, and they have

a dark tail with whitish outer feathers. On Saturday March 8 at 6pm there is a 'moth' discovery activity at the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve, which should be very interesting. It is run by the Geelong Field Naturalist Club. You have to bring a picnic tea, and after tea there will be time for some general nature study and moth-related questions. When it gets dark a light will be set up to attract the moths. The finishing time is

Double-banded plover at Black Rocks.

generally around 11 pm to midnight. If you are interested in attending, you need to BYO picnic tea, drinks, torch for each person, camera, warm clothes (a warm day doesn't guarantee a warm night), sturdy shoes (toes need protection in the crush around the sheet). The event will go ahead in rain or wind, as people can set up under the Information Centre verandah. However it will be cancelled if there's a fire ban. Don't forget to

check out Nature Reserve Activities on facebook at groups/34794023030/. If you are interested in any activities conducted by the Bellarine Birdlife Group, you can check out their calendar of events at www.birdlife. There's been a few more hooded plover chicks that have hatched over the past few weeks on the Bellarine Peninsula. There is a 'miracle'

chick living half way between Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove. The parents of this Chick (CA and NZ) laid three eggs in a scrape in December, and the eggs were washed away by a high tide and storm surge. One egg was saved by the parents

who incubated it until it successfully hatched on the February 16. In a few weeks it will hopefully be flying! Cheers and have a great few weeks. Jen Carr



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Twins have a blast at science forum WITH the support of the Rotary Club of Torquay, Rotary Ocean Grove sent twins Claire and Renee Demeo to the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra during January this year. The selection procedure was rigorous but as you will read the benefits were extraordinary. Claire begins: "I went on the first session of NYSF, session A, which began on the 6th of January this year. It went for 13 days; these were the best 13 days of my life. I was fortunate to meet so many like-minded, friendly students from all states and territories, as well as students from New Zealand, Germany and even Canada. Everyone was so welcoming and positive, and the staff members who ran the event were so motivational and enthusiastic. The 'staffies' as we called them, were only a few years older than us. They kept us motivated to force us to push our boundaries and try new things. Over the thirteen days while I stayed at the Australian National University or ANU, we went to six lab visits with our interest group. I was put into the biology group called 'Florey' after Howard Florey, the Nobel Prize Laureate. With my interest group, I visited pathology labs, hospitals and research facilities at both Canberra University and ANU. My favourite lab visit was to the John Curtain School of Medical Research at ANU where I witnessed post-doctoral researches performing experiments


about how scents affect our emotions and impulses in our brain, as well as the effect of leaky calcium ion channels in our muscle cells. This was a once in a lifetime experience, and has made me more interested in research than ever before. As well as the science part of NYSF, we also had a lot of fun. Myself, and the other 149 students selected for session A, took part in discos, a barn dance, science relay and movie night. The barn dance was so much fun, as most of us had never experienced anything like it. We went to a shearing shed on the outskirts of Canberra, and danced to a live local band." Renee, Claire’s identical twin sister spoke of her experiences at the National Youth Science Forum She attended session C, the physics interest group. “I had the most amazing time of my life and developed both personally as well as academically through participating in a wide range of activities from lab visits to discos," she said. "This program was so amazing and life changing, so it came as no surprise that I had to go through a fairly stringent selection process as a lot of people from around Australia apply. The first stage of this process was approaching the Ocean Grove Rotary club and having an interview to see if I was to be successful in going through to the district rounds. Luckily, Claire and I were both selected by the club to move on to the district round in Ararat. Here, I participated in

SCIENCE FUN: Claire and Renee Demeo. science focussed debates, discussions on science related issues and did another interview with a Rotarian and past NYSF student. I had a great day and it certainly gave me a taste of what NYSF would be like and made me even more excited and hopeful that I would be selected to attend the forum. We were called only days later to say that we were both successful, and before we knew it we were heading off to Canberra. I was selected to be part of the ‘physics’ interest group Einstein, which I was very excited about as my interests are physics and maths. Because of this I was able to go to some amazing places such as Mt Stromlo, where I learnt about astronomy and toured the Australian National University’s Astrophysics centre. This was one of the highlights of my trip, as I am very interested in astronomy and so to be able to learn

about how galaxies collide and see a vacuum chamber in action was fascinating. I loved being able to visit an operational wind farm and look inside a wind turbine! The operator of the site even stopped the turbine to let us see how the blades fold up when they are not in use. We toured the physics facilities at the ANU campus, and did various experiments such as playing with lasers, learning about optical fibres and gravitational waves and playing with sound and light detectors. This was incredible as we were learning from PhD students about their areas of study, and got a true insight into university courses and the work which is involved in physics PhD’s. All of these experiences were not only once in a life time opportunities, but they have already helped me at school. I now see the practical application of physics theories, and

the whole experience has made me even more enthusiastic about physics and learning about how our world works! Along with the science aspect of the forum, we also had the opportunity to get to know the other 150 participants and make life-long friends. Each night there were many social activities which was a great way to get to know the other participants. It wasn’t long before this amazing experience was over, and on the last day there was not a dry eye to be seen. I didn’t realise how much I would miss everyone from session C and how often I would be reminded of the amazing times we shared together." Claire and Renee highly recommend this program. If as a teacher or a parent or student you would like to find out more about this program don’t hesitate to contact Rotary Ocean Grove at PO Box 252, Ocean Grove, 3226.

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Discover the Leura ambience Take to the sky GEELONG HELICOPTERS operates daily from the Geelong Waterfront on the Yarra Street Pier and also by appointment from Barwon Heads Airport, providing a professional, safe and value-for-money helicopter service specialising in scenic flights, private charter, aerial photography and tours. Whether you live in Geelong, travelling down for the day or are passing through, a helicopter ride is a

guaranteed way to make your trip even more memorable. Let Geelong Helicopters show you Corio Bay, Geelong CBD, Barwon River, the famous Bells Beach and Torquay, the Gate way to the Great Ocean Road from a view not seen by all. Once you've experienced vertical flight you'll understand why everyone loves the feeling of flying in a helicopter.

IF YOU haven’t yet been to Leura Park Estate, it’s definitely time to discover what you’re missing out on! With a mighty reputation for award-winning wines as well as a delicious line up of stunning gourmet stone based pizzas and platters, this is the place to be for a lovely, relaxed afternoon with friends and family on the Bellarine. Instant cheer and relaxation is assured as you step into the rustic chic ambience of the cellar door and the recently opened POD (aka Opera House!), with its quirky curved concrete and steel formation, has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most striking buildings on the peninsula. Live music on Sundays from the '60s, '70s and '80s – all year round, a glass or bottle of your favourite Leura Park wine coupled with a signature al fresco platter and your experience is complete. (In addition to the lineup of premium wines to taste, here’s a tip for sparkling lovers – make sure you sample the Sparkling Blanc de Blanc – it’s just taken out the trophy as the best sparkling in the land at the recent Australian Sparkling Wine Show!) Leura Park Estate is located at 1400 Portarlington Rd, Curlewis. Phone 5253 3180. Bookings highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

Treat in store at Ivy Hair WHAT a fun way to spend a day on the Bellarine! Head down to the Queenscliff Wharf, and you will find a great little hairdressing salon, Ivy Creations, that will pamper you and make you feel beautiful! Specialising in ladies, men’s and children’s hair design, Bec and her staff will have you looking great in no time! With a complimentary drinks menu, Ivy Creations' attention to detail will want you coming back for more.


13th beach golf

Volunteers appreciated UP to 15 hard working volunteers from the Ocean Grove Golf Club assisted with last month’s Victorian Open at nearby Thirteenth Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads. Ocean Grove Golf Club president, Colin Stephens, said it was a nice gesture from its members to assist with a major golf event. “It’s a local event for the region and the support is much appreciated from our members,” Stephens said. Last year several members from the

Ocean Grove Golf Club volunteered at the Victorian Open held for the first time at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links. The 2014 Victorian Open took place at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links from February 20 to 23. Ocean Grove Golf Club members to take part at this year’s Victorian Open included Noel Pike, Peter Hoskin, Colin Stevens (president), Leone Clay, Cyril Walsh, Pam Cameron, Paula Clark and Chris Clark.

VOLUNTEERS: Ocean Grove Golf Club volunteers for the Victorian Pro Am.

Local duo fire in Pro Am event

Gary Barnes (centre) with Bay FM's Nathan Quick and pro golfer Daniel Nisbet.

Andrew McLeish and pro golfer Cathryn Bristow.

OCEAN Grove Golf Club pair Andrew McLeish and Gary Barnes hit off at last month’s Victorian Pro Am held at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads. It was the second year running McLeish, representing Adcell Group, had played in the Victorian Pro Am held on Tuesday February 18. At this year’s Pro Am event, McLeish played

alongside professional Cathryn Bristow and fellow golfers Aaron Nunn and 2012 Stawell Gift winner Matthew Wiltshire. The next day McLeish then took part in the second Pro Am event on Wednesday February 19 and played alongside with New Zealand golfer Ryan Fox. MEANWHILE fellow Ocean Grove golfer

Gary Barnes teamed up with professional Daniel Nisbet and 93.9 Bay FM pair Nathan Quick and Zale Thurgood. McLeish and Barnes were joined by former World No 1 golfer Laura Davies, former Geelong VFL footballer and media personality John ‘Sam’ Newman and Geelong mayor Darryn Lyons at the Pro Am event.


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Things still hot for surf lifesavers WITH the summer season almost over, things are still hot around Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving club as both junior and senior members continue to train for the upcoming State Titles competitions. Juniors (nippers) will hit the surf first at Warrnambool on the weekend of March 8 and 9 with over 70 Ocean Grove competitors heading west to battle it out against the other

clubs in the state. The weekend of March 15 and 16 then gives the senior team a go, as an estimated 2000 competitors descend on Ocean Grove main beach. With us hosting the senior titles for the next two years, it’s a great opportunity to come down and see our surf lifesavers in action, especially on the Sunday as we head towards the finals of most events.

Logistically the event is big, with many accommodation providers booked out for the weekend and local cafes and restaurants benefitting from the influx of competitors. With so much going on at the main beach, Ocean Grove SLSC will of course still be providing its normal summer voluntary patrols and for this weekend these will be moved to the western

end of the sand at RAAFs beach. So if you are heading down to the beach for a swim make sure you look out for the flagged swimming area at this end of the beach. Our volunteer patrols then continue on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, as well as public holidays until the end of Easter. A big congratulations to several of our members who returned home with

several medals from the recent masters carnivals at Lorne and also South Australia and also from the coveted Champion Lifesaver Competition. Unlike the more physical aspects of most lifesaving competitions, this event tests the skills of members in core delivery such as patrol and first-aid knowledge. Chris Patterson President Ocean Grove SLSC

Bagley and Cameron Driscoll another 0.173 seconds back. Chris covered the final lap, 35 at 43.443km/h. In B grade, 12 riders put on quite a display over 43 laps. There was lots of attacking, some more judicial than others again with little result as no rider stayed away with eight racers over the line within eight seconds. Kris Hinck won from Sebastian Wild and Lincoln Stolz with Kris covering the final lap at a blistering 49.217km/h. As expected, the A grade race was the race of the night. Along guest riders from Camperdown and Footscray clubs it was

National Road Series stars Oliver Kent-Spark and Nick Squillari who promised to stir up proceedings as the 14 starters prepared for pain. Flat and fast and almost impossible to escape means furious racing although current State Open Time Trial Champion Squillari did his best to leave the crowd only to be retrieved by focused Jarrod Evans and Kent-Sparkes. Caught but not out was eventual winner Mark Kelly who recovered at the back of the bunch for a couple of laps before launching his successful attack at the bell. He caught

CYCLING: Geelong Cycling Club growing junior section at the Ocean Grove meet. the bunch napping and left Camperdown's Jack Bell season where some 100 it wondering who would and Adrian Copeland in individual senior riders lead the chase.Kelly won his first season. have participated. by the slimmest margin The race director Women and girls, keep from Gary 'Hoodoo' and his crew are to be an eye on the GCC Wearmouth 0.011 congratulated for another website for exciting seconds back followed by varied and exciting Crit developments for March.

VOLUNTEERS: Maclaine Lewis and Seamus Spanner.

Crit' series comes to Grove GEELONG Cycling Club's Summer Criterium Series culminated on a cool evening in Ocean Grove last Saturday in what became an aggregate decider as several riders across all grades remained in contention. Good fields are a feature at the fast and flat Marine Parade rectangle in the Ocean Grove Industrial Estate. The strong and growing juniors got under way at 5.30pm with 17 riders, girls and boys over two age groups – under 13 and under 15 – covering up to 20 laps. Jacob Dynes followed Braden Mauer and leader Lachlan Collins over the

line. Lachlan's best lap was 35.968km/h. D grade produced a small field of four including three under 17 riders. Siblings Molly and Kane Bridger lost a lap to the fast pair of Sam Aulsebrook and Dom Van Slageren. Dom finished ahead by 1.3 seconds averaging 42.426km/h on lap 26. In C grade a healthy mixed field of 15 headed off on a fast trip of 35 laps punctuated with attacks as the strong tried their luck off the front. To no avail as less than three seconds covered the first 11 riders. Chris Spinks won by 0.074 seconds from Myles


Groms play hard at Piping Hot event MORE THAN 40 future surfing stars lit up Ocean Grove on Saturday for the Piping Hot Micro Groms surfing event. Ethan Huxtable (Jan Juc) and Sage Goldsbury (Phillip Island) were crowned Victorian under 12 Champions with their respective wins in the windy and difficult conditions at Ocean Grove’s Main Beach. Huxtable was a class above in the under 12 boys final, showing flow and strength beyond his years to take out premier division of the event. Starting with some midrange scores, the grom from Jan Juc was able to nail a 7.50 and 8.07 in the final 10 minutes of the final to take the lead with the highest heat total of the day (15.57 points). Placing in second was Codie Jeffery (Phillip Island), who could not find a solid enough back up ride to his opening wave of a 6.67. Third was Marlon Harrison (Mount Eliza) with Bohdi Williams (Ocean Grove) in fourth. Sage Goldsbury was the

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standout performer in the under 12 girls division claiming two of the top three scoring rides for the day. In the final, she was able to just sneak past local girl Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads) with only .47 of a point separating the two. Placing in third and fourth were Bea Conroy (Point Lonsdale) and Jazz Wylie (Jan Juc). The under 10 boys saw Patrick Hughes regain his crown as top surfer after claiming the same event last year. Hughes took down Willis Droomer (Jan Juc), Jonti Wylie (Jan Juc) and Lucas Hickson (Rye) who placed second, third and fourth respectively. Elise Franzose was the lone under 10 girls competitor and ran her heat alongside the under eight girls. Sian Hughes (Jan Juc) took out the under eight girls followed by Stella Huxtable (Jan Juc) and Sara Hickson (Rye). Point Lonsdale grom, Jay Phipps, narrowly won the under eight boys final over Bohdi Brooks

(Jan Juc). Only .06 of a point separated the two surfers, with Fred Spencer (Ocean Grove) and Asher Anderson (Tarwin Lower) placing in third and fourth. The Piping Hot Micro Groms is supported by Piping Hot, Team Up, Play it Safe by the Water and Surfing Victoria. Finals results Under 12 Boys 1st Ethan Huxtable (Jan Juc) 2nd Codie Jeffery (Phillip Island) 3rd Marlon Harrison (Mt Eliza) 4th Bohdi Williams (Ocean Grove) Under 12 Girls 1st Sage Goldsbury (Phillip Island) 2nd Ellie Harrison

(Barwon Heads) 3rd Bea Conroy (Pt Lonsdale) 4th Jazz Wylie (Jan Juc) Under 10 Boys 1st Patrick Hughes (Jan Juc) 2nd Willis Droomer (Jan Juc) 3rd Jonti Wylie (Jan Juc) 4th Lucas Hickson (Rye) Under 10 Girls 1st Elise Franzose (Pt Lonsdale) Under 8 Boys 1st Jay Phipps (Pt Lonsdale) 2nd Bohdi Brooks (Jan Juc) 3rd Fred Spencer (Ocean Grove) 4th Asher Anderson (Tarwin Lower) Under 8 Girls 1st Sian Hughes (Jan Juc) 2nd Stella Huxtable (Jan Juc) 3rd Sara Hickson (Rye)

Under eight boys Jay Phipps, Fred Spencer, Asher Anderson and Bohdi Brooks.

Under 12 boys Codie Jeffery, Bohdi Williams, Ethan Huxtable and Marlon Harrison.

Under 12 girls Sage Goldsbury, Ellie Harrison, Bea Conroy and Jazz Wylie.

STYLE: Ellie Harrison shows her skill. Pictures: LIAM ROBERTSON

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Grove junior club champs decided IT was a great weekend of tennis at Ocean Grove Tennis Club this week. Firstly most juniors played in their last match before the f inals series begins, and on Sunday the Junior Club Championships were played. Medals will be awarded at the junior presentation day on March 22. The results for the Club Championships are as follows: Section A Boys winner was Sabastian Bouma, runner-up Anthony Wilkens, Plate Winner Zane Beazley. Section A Girls winner was Steph Golightly, runner-up Anna Williams. Section B Boys was Julian Powell, runnerup Ethan Franks, Plate Winner Jake Fry. Section B Girls winner

Claudia Britt, runnerup Emily Kehagias, Plate Winner Jaweria Shah. Section C Boys winner Harry Copperwaite, runner-up Robert Campbell, Plate Winner Jack James. Section C Girls winner Sophie Beale, runner-up Ruby Fry. At the end of the summer season of junior tennis, Ocean Grove had nine out of 15 teams in the top four of their respective ladders. Section 7 Boys and 10 Girls were top of the ladder. Second on the ladder were Sections 5 Boys, 9 Boys, 13 Girls, 14 Red Boys and 20 Boys. A great f inish to the season proper, now the f inals begin. We are now taking names for the winter tennis season for both

juniors and seniors. Sign up sheets can be found at the club. All standards welcome, including new members. Cut off for sign up is March 22 at noon so teams can be submitted. Results for February 22. Section 2 Girls played at Home against Moolap and won 5,35 -1,22. Saira Shah and Lucy Hughes won their singles and doubles. Section 5 Boys hosted Geelong Lawn and won convincingly 6,36 – 0, 4. Anthony Wilkens, Sabastian Bouma, Joel McMahon and Harry James all played well to secure the win. Section 7 Boys had a forfeit from Moolap and therefore got the points for this round. Section 8 Mixed hosted Highton White

and won 4,29 – 2, 20. The girls shone this time with Claudia Britt and Brooke Vigilante winning their singles and doubles. Section 9 Boys travelled to nearby Leopold and won 2, 23 – 4,28. Michael Maertzdorf and Jacob Dynes won both their singles and doubles. Thanks to Jacob for f illing in for this important pre-f inals match. Section 10 Girls were at home versus All Saints Anglican and won 5,34 – 1,11. Mia Holliday and Emily Kehagias won all of their sets. Section 13 Girls played at Grovedale in a very close match but lost by just 2 games 3,28 – 3, 30. Jaweria Shah had a great day winning all of her sets.

Section 14 Boys Red hosted Grovedale at Home and won 6,36 – 0, 8. Julian Powell, Josh Arumets, Jake Fry and Chris McMahon played brilliantly to win this match. Section 14 Boys White hosted Geelong Lawn and lost by one game only in this nail biter before f inals, 3,29 -3,30. Tom Soutar had good wins in both singles and doubles. Section 15 Boys headed to All Saints Anglican and lost 4,26 – 2,24. Robert Campbell won all of his sets on the day. Section 18 Girls Red hosted Geelong Lawn and lost by just 2 games 30,23 – 30, 25. Georgia Asquith won all of her sets. Section 18 Girls White went to Leopold and lost 5,30 – 1, 17. Sof ie

Beale won the only set of the day for Ocean Grove. Section 20 Boys played rivals and neighbours Barwon Heads and won 4, 31 – 2, 20. Josh Miller and Connor Asquith won their singles and then teamed up to win doubles also. Section 22 Girls travelled to Hamlyn Park and lost 6,36 – 0,19. Lucy Teese was the closest to winning her singles 6-5 against these very tough opponents. Section 23 Boys played at Geelong East Uniting and won 1,9 – 5, 35. All boys played brilliantly. Lochie Dwyer, Sam Hines and Thomas Pukepuke won all sets, and Bailey Reese was so close, losing his singles by only 1 game 6-5. Important dates coming up: Saturday 8 March

– No Competition. Labour Day weekend – tournament at Geelong Lawn. Saturday 15 March – semi-f inals Saturday 22 March – grand f inal day followed by junior presentation day at noon at the club. Trophies will be awarded and Club Championship awards also. Pizza and drinks for every Junior Member. Last day for winter sign up. We are looking forward to a successful few weeks of f inals. Results compiled by Jen Franks. Go to ‘David Franks Tennis Coaching’ facebook page for results, tips and more information.


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Squad bolstered MARK HEENAN

RECRUIT: Sam Hedditch goes through his paces.

OCEAN GROVE Football Club has obtained the services of two valuable recruits for the 2014 season. Late last month, the Grubbers signed former Sunshine footballer Sam Hedditch and ex Victorian Amateur Football Association footballer Alex Bottomley. Hedditch, who played in the Western Region Football League in Melbourne, is described as a tall forward who can play in the ruck. “Hedditch is a back up ruckman and centre half-forward and he has trained with us five or six times,” Ocean Grove playing coach Shane Jack said. “Hedditch had a run around in the intra-club in the ruck and he looked quite mobile, he has good

hands and he attacks the footy.” Bottomley is seen as a permanent key forward to help fill the void after the departure of Josh Milnes to Geelong Football League club West Saints. “Alex (Bottomley) will be a stay at home forward – he hasn’t missed a beat, he came pre Christmas to do three or four sessions,” Jack said. “He is a good size, he is a big boy and he leads out and attacks the footy.” Up to 40 footballers took part in an intra-club clash in the windy and warm conditions at Bellarine Secondary College Ocean Grove’s campus on Friday February 21. Grubber midfielder Aaron O’Callaghan, who missed the entire 2013 season with a knee injury, and forward Daniel Moloney who was absent for most of last season after being

overseas, were among those that participated in the practice clash. “I thought the skill level and the way the boys went about it was quite good,” Jack said. “It all went well, no major injuries which was a good thing to come out of it.” IN other news the Grubbers will play three practice matches all at home in the Ocean Grove region before their 2014 season campaign begins. Practice games will be played against Avondale Heights on Saturday March 15, Werribee Centrals on March 22 and final hit out will be against Albion on Saturday March 29. Ocean Grove faces Newcomb in round one to commence its Bellarine Football League season on Saturday April 5.

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MEET AND GREET: Grove netballers meet Melbourne Vixens pair Tegan Caldwell and Geva Mentor.

Grove meet Vixens

ELEVEN Ocean Grove netball players had the experience of a lifetime with a two-hour training session with Melbourne Vixen pair Tegan Caldwell and Geva Mentor on Saturday February 22.

Players from the Grubbers’ junior development squad together with junior and senior coaches took part in a clinic held at Christian College Geelong Highton’s Middle School campus.

The Ocean Grove Netball Club won an auction prize thanks to the Ellen Ladgrove Foundation. The foundation set up by Ellen’s family to assist in the development of grassroots netballers

in the Geelong region provides monetary support and equipment for junior development programs. A big thank you to Ellen’s family, Julia and Greg for organising the morning.

Any people or sponsors who would like more information about the Ellen Ladgrove Foundation can go to their facebook page www.facebook. com/EllenLadgrove Foundation.


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Grove makes it to prelim final OCEAN GROVE Premier Division has booked its place in this week’s preliminary f inal against Queenscliff after making the trip to Ballarat to tackle in form Sebastopol. After completion of the 18 home and away matches the reigning premiers found themselves in fourth position on the ladder and in the elimination f inal. Playing each match from here on in as a grand f inal the Grove boys went to Victoria BC with a mission and accomplished just that. Sebastopol took the early ascendency in the game and went into the half-time break in front by two shots. The Grove boys came out hard after the break and the rink of Will Takurua, Terry Brady, Ken Thomas and Matt Flapper set the scene for the Grovers for the remainder of the afternoon by advancing in their game to record

a win by 17 shots 33-16. This left the remaining three rinks to seal the deal and they managed to do just that to walk away 15-shot winners and book their place in the preliminary f inal. Mick West had a titanic battle with Sebastopol’s captain Rob Baker, which ended up in West’s favour 22-20 while OG skip Paul Cameron led his four to a 25-25 draw. Division Four took on Point Lonsdale at Queenscliff also in the elimination f inal. After winning their round 18 match to get into a f inals position Pt Lonsdale unfortunately proved to be too good on the day and run away winners 93-109. Grove managed to get the points in two out of the four rinks but was not enough to swing the major scoreboard in favor of Ocean Grove. Regardless of the f inal result Division 4 can certainly take a lot of

positives out of this year after being promoted and coming up from Division 5 last season. A great effort to make f inals. No joy for the 11s in the f irst semi-f inal against Drysdale. Playing at Highton in the match between f irst and second on the ladder the Grove side succumbed to Drysdale by a small margin of four shots. One rink win each in the game meant there was not much separating the two teams after the completion of the 50 ends. Ocean Grove will now look to this coming Saturday as they prepare for the preliminary f inal. Four sides from six teams have progressed to Midweek Pennant f inals and this week it will be Division 1 who come up against rivals Queenscliff in the f irst semi-f inal. Finishing well clear at the top of the table

Ocean Grove will be looking to book their spot directly into the grand f inal. Queenscliff will be tough to beat but if the number one side continues its run of good form, it will prove to be too good on the day. Division 2 f inished off the season with an unfortunate loss which slipped it back into third spot and an elimination f inal looming as well. Playing Portarlington the Twos will be looking to hit the form they have held for the majority of this season so they can advance to the second week of f inals. Third side Division 5 will be f ighting for the spot in the big game as well this week when it tackles St Leonards. Playing off after f inishing with the double chance the Grovers will be keen for the week off as the reward they will receive with a win. Top spot

A classic victory for Grove foursome

OCEAN GROVE'S representative side of Anthony Donohue, Paul Cameron, Craig Hodges and Matt Flapper (pictured above) have taken out the 28th Annual RT Edgar Ocean Grove Bowling Club Classic

Fours. R e m a i n i n g u n d e f e a t e d throughout the tournament to finish on seven wins and a draw from eight matches the Grove boys collected the major slice of the

$15,000 prize money on offer. Going into day three of the event Flapper needed to win his final two games to take out the title and was able to overcome Drysdale’s Bull Bennett in game

seven and Terrigal’s Miro Perovic in game eight. The win proved a popular hit for the host club as success in the event had not been reached by the home representative team since 2006.

was the reward and also the double crack at the f inals for Division 6. Matched up with Point Lonsdale the form the side has carried the last few weeks will be good enough for this side to f ind themselves playing off in a grand f inal. GBR Singles Champion Paul Cameron has triumphed too take out the title as Geelong Bowls Region State Singles Champion for 2013/14. Paul played off against former Ocean Grove player and now playing for Drumcondra Adam Bateup in the f inal which was played at Geelong West Bowling Club. In tough conditions the game seesawed throughout but Paul lifted when required to take out the championship. He will now take on the other region champions in Bendigo to try and claim the Victorian Championship.


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Champs WINNERS: Collendina players celebrate winning the T20 tournament.


COLLENDINA produced an almost flawless display to win the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association T20 tournament last Thursday. The Cobras were far too superior for Barwon Heads in the final at the Snake Pit in Collendina, winning by nine wickets with five overs to spare. Dean Britt ensured Collendina only had to chase a small total for victory. The seamer bowled with a clever change of pace to take 5/7 as the Heads were bundled out for 83 in 16 overs. In reply, the Cobras lost just one wicket on their way to 1/87 with opener Cam Kavaliunas unbeaten on 45 and captain Corey Walter on 23. “It’s only 20/20, but it’s still nice to win and it’s a bit of silverware for the club,” Walter said. “It’s very pleasing

for a young side as there were probably three or four blokes who normally don’t play A grade so it was great for them to experience it.” Barwon Heads never got going after losing the toss. Pat Lowery took advantage of a promotion up the batting order to make 21, but Bradley Michell (13) was the only other Seagull to make double figures. Walter and James Rock took two wickets each, but it was Britt’s crafty seamers that proved too good. “Dean’s been pretty good for us the whole year,” Walter said. “We had a lot of slower bowlers who just held the ball back a bit and took the pace off the ball.” The Cobras were also at the top of their game in the fielding department with only one catch being grassed. The Seagulls needed quick wickets, but Kavaliunas and Rock shared a 34-run opening stand and then Walter came in

to steer the side to victory. “It’s tricky chasing a small total,” Walter said. “You need a solid start and he’s (Kavaliunas) been pretty aggressive and he was particularly good with his pull shot.” Barwon Heads captain Sam Schaller said his side paid the price for batting poorly. “Disappointing to lose, but when you make 80 you’re going to struggle,” he said. “They worked it out very quickly and Corey captained really smartly and just took the pace off (the ball). We tried to hit too many big shots and gave easy wickets.” Schaller said his young side was simply outplayed by a better team on the day. “Full credit to them, they beat us in every department,” he said. “They dictated the game and their good players played well whereas we just couldn't manage any kind of momentum.”

OUT: Cam Kavaliunas takes a smart catch behind the stumps to dismiss Simon Seignior to end the Barwon Heads innings. PARTNERSHIP: Corey Walter and Cam Kavaliunas guide Collendina to victory.

FIVE: Dean Britt on his way to 5/7 while Simon Seignior looks on from the nonstriker's end and umpire Gary Renfrey concentrates.

CATCH: James Rock takes a sliding outfield catch for Collendina.

Tom Hobbs c C. Walter b Rock..........................................3 Pat Lowery c Kavaluinas b Rock......................................21 Lewy Hyland c Dickson b Britt...........................................9 Ryan Binder c C. Walter b Britt...... ....................................2 Sam Schaller run out.........................................................7 Bill Pelham c&b Britt..........................................................0 Bradley Michell c Dickson b Britt......................................13 Darcy Hewitt c N. Walter b C. Walter..................................4 Conan Roos c Rock b Walter.............................................8 Teia Miles not out...............................................................5 Simon Seignior c Kavaliunas b Britt...................................0 Sundries............................................................................5 TOTAL (all out).................................................................83 Bowling: Corey Walter 4-0-2-26; Andy Higgins 2-0-0-5; Dwayne Johnston 3-0-0-12; James Rock 3-0-2-23; Dean Britt 3-0-5-7; Dale Dickson 1-0-0-5.

Collendina innings

James Rock b Schaller......................................................8 Cam Kavaliunas not out...................................................45 Corey Walter not out........................................................23 Sundries..........................................................................12 TOTAL (for one wicket)....................................................87 Bowling: Pat Lowery 3.5-0-0-23; Conan Roos 2-0-0-7; Sam Schaller 4-0-1-22; Lewy Hyland 4-0-0-23; Bradley Michell 1-00-10.

Collendina won by nine wickets


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SHOT: Ashley Denneman made 32 during Collendina's B grade loss to Portarlington on Saturday.


Cobras finals bid falls just short Bid for outright points unsuccessful C O L L E N D I N A’ s audacious bid to play A grade finals fell short after a brave attempt to push for an unlikely outright result against Portarlington on Saturday. The Cobras, who needed a 10-point win to finish inside the BPCA’s top-four to leapfrog Queenscliff, scored a first innings victory against Portarlington in their two-day clash at Ron Evans Oval on Saturday. After 11 rounds, the Cobras finished in fifth spot with 34 points, two points adrift of Queenscliff which ended the home and away season in fourth position to make finals. Collendina finished the season in a rich vein of form after its comprehensive outright win against Queenscliff in round 10. The BPCA semifinals will now be played between Barrabool and Barwon Heads at Barrabool, while Drysdale meets Queenscliff at Drysdale in the other semi-final. M E A N T I M E Collendina bowled out Portarlington for 128 and finished their first innings at 1/75 at stumps claiming day one honours. On day two, the Cobras

needed quick runs early and were aided with valuable knocks from Corey Walter (56) and opener James Rock (48). Collendina eventually declared at 5/150 after 34 overs and sent the home side back in to go in search of a rare outright win. In its second innings, Portarlington finished at 5/120 after 52 overs before the game was called off where an outright could not be obtained by the Cobras. Cobra bowlers Jye Hearps, 2/50, and Andy Higgins, 2/51, both took two wickets apiece. IN B grade, Portarlington scored a 143-run victory against Collendina in their twoday clash at Collendina. Batting first, Portarlington was bowled out for a competitive score 326 in 65.4 overs on day one thanks to a brilliant 156 from Sam Chisholm. Cobra bowlers Paul Wursthorn, who took 4/84 from 17.4 overs and teammate Eddie Ellwood, 4/33 who claimed from 16 overs, were the leading the wicket-takers. In reply, Collendina were bowled for 183 with Cobra pair Daniel McManus (34) and Ashley Denneman (32).

The Cobras finished their 2013/14 season in seventh place. IN C Grade, Drysdale scored 164-run win over Collendina 2 in their two-day clash at Bellarine Secondary College’s Ocean Grove campus. Batting first, Drysdale compiled an impressive total of 2/266 declared from 44 overs thanks to a century from Hawk batsman Aaron Eddy (111 not out). In reply, Collendina was dismissed for 103 in 26.3 overs in its first innings and was 8/131 in its second dig to narrowly avoid an outright result. Collendina 2 finished the 2013/14 season in 10th spot. M E A N W H I L E Collendina 1 (9/165) lost to Portarlington (6/168) by four wickets in their two-day game at Portarlington. Collendina 1 finished the 2013/14 season in seventh position on the C grade ladder. IN D grade, Collendina (92) lost to St Leonards (4/100) in their oneday clash at Len Trewin Reserve by four wickets. Collendina D grade managed to finish the season in fourth spot and will play Drysdale in a knockout one-day semifinal this Saturday.

Des Every made 22 for Collendina B grade.

Chris Pitfield is given out lbw for a duck.




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Curtly's rapid rise FORMER Collendina Cricket Club junior Curtly Balshaw is making a rapid rise up through the ranks. The talented teenager who was crowned most valuable player for Geelong-based representative team Barwon Rockets during the Victorian Bushrangers Under 18 Male State Championships in January, is now mixing his cricketing talents with the state’s elite. Curtly who capped off a great State Championships for the

Rockets with an innings of 101 against the Inner East Emus on January 14 was the third highest run scorer of the tournament with 156 runs at 39. Curtly, a right–handed batsman, is currently playing second XI cricket with Victorian Premier Cricket club Melbourne. The current St Joseph’s College student who played junior cricket with Collendina in 2012/13, spent last season playing turf cricket with Geelong Cricket Association club Leopold.

Curtly Balshaw at the MCG.

Combine finishes home and away season with gutsy run chase that falls just short With an under 17s finals spot assured going into this final round clash against Bell Park, Queenscliff/Collendina coach Ash McDonald would have been hoping for a solid, momentumbuilding performance going into the finals. Bell Park won't see any finals action this year but has been a competitive outfit. At Queenscliff, the Combine won the toss but put Bell Park into bat. The bowling didn't quite back up this decision and the visitors made it to 4/231 off 52 overs. Byron Taylor, Tom Caddy, Michael Philp and Corey Pfeifer took one wicket apiece. The run chase set by Bell Park would a great test. The opening partnership of Darcy Pearson and Sam Ridgway would need to be a good one. Pearson departed first for 23 with the score on 48. Ridgway was joined by Taylor (33), their partnership was solid getting the score to 97 when Taylor departed. Ned Stephen (33) and Ridgway then got the score to 3/145 when Stephen was caught. Ridgway departed soon after with the score on 148 for a well made and incredibly patient 42. Thomas Kidd (19) and Nathan McKay (10) also contributed to the final

score of 209 off 52 overs. The under 15 Combine, also with a finals spot assured, travelled into Geelong to take on Newtown & Chillwell Chisholm at Shaw Oval. This game would be important in the way it shaped the final four as both teams were equal on points in third place. Newtown won the toss and put the Combine in. This decision would prove to be a mistake. Conor McNearney and Rohan Jarvie got things off to a great start with a fine opening partnership of 63. Jarvie was dismissed for 21 while McNearney had to retire on a well made 51. Lachlan Stott was solid with 18 and Darcy Conlan was spectacular making 62 not out. Whatever was put in the McNearney's WeetBix on Saturday morning should be put on the black market because Ryan McNearney came in at No 5 and made a great 41. The Cobra/Coutas made it to 6/236 off 52 overs, a very good total. The bowling has been solid for the combine all year and it was about to continue. Darcy Conlan capped off a fine all-round game by taking an amazing 3/5 off six overs. Harry Dodds and Stott took two wickets apiece while Rohan Jarvie took 1/7 off a very tight six

Nathan Taylor plays a shot. overs. The visitors were never in the hunt. They made it to 8/155 off 52 overs. The under 15 Cobras hosted Anglesea at the Snake Pit. The Cobras will be playing finals and could not drop further than second if they lost, but a win would almost ensure they go into the finals in top spot. Anglesea won the toss and elected to bat. The bowling, as always, was consistent and tight. Logan Taylor went wicketless but only conceded eight runs off five overs. Fellow opener Sam Beasley conceded one run per over taking 1/5, Nathan Pearson took 2/17 off six, Ronan Healy took 2/12 but the main destroyer was Riley Kohler taking a fine 4/20 off six overs. Anglesea was dismissed for 79 off 28.3 overs. Small totals can sometimes be very tricky.

Ronan Healy in action. Sam Beasley and Nathan wrong. Cam Egan and Pearson began the run Jake Powe opened in fine chase in fine style. Beasley style with Egan not out on had to be retired on 54 a well made 30 and Powe, while Pearson was very an equally well made 35. good with his 48. Logan Kobe Annand (14) and Taylor also had to be Matt Stanic (11) were retired on 55. Max Sutton both solid but lower order (22), Ronan Healy (19 not batsman Henry Walsh out) were solid, Kohler was great with 26 valuable capped of a fine all-round runs at the end. ASADA performance with 24 but may have to investigate Sam Walsh was incredible the Walsh's and the with a very aggressive McNearney's Weet-Bix 50 retired. The Cobras mix. The Cobras made it finished on 5/358. A very to a fine 163 off 37.1 overs. comprehensive win going The bowling would have into March action. to be solid. It was a bit of There was never any a nailbiter but the Cobras doubting the Collendina got there. Nick Finch, in under 13 team. They his first year of under 13s, have fought and scrapped took 2/17 off four overs, all year and there has Matt Stanic and Rory never been a dropped Monteith took one wicket head for this proud team. each but the destroyer They took on Lara at was Cam Egan, who took the Bellarine Secondary 3/12 off six overs. Lara was College with nothing to halted just short of the lose. Lara won the toss total, making it to 155. and put Collendina in, this decision would prove


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Grubbers were bowled out for 141 in 44 overs. IN C grade, Ocean Grove missed out on a finals berth after losing to Jan Juc Saturday. Batting first, Jan Juc compiled for 7/242 and in reply, the Grubbers were all out for only 78. In the second dig the home side was stuck at 6/108 from 28 overs, but avoided an outright result. Neither of Grove's two D grade sides made the finals. Ocean Grove 1 missed the finals on percentage, while Ocean Grove finished second bottom.




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finished the 2013/14 season in seventh position. IN B grade, Ocean Grove will meet Drysdale in a semi-final clash this weekend. On Saturday, the B grade Grubbers won on the first innings against Jan Juc at Jan Juc Park. Batting first, Ocean Grove was out for 97 in 52 overs in its first innings. In reply, Ocean Grove ripped through the Jan Juc batting line-up for only 54 from 37 overs. Grubber Nick Lewis was the star bowler with 5/22 from 18 overs. In their second dig, the




SMACK: Corey Buxton made 45 for Ocean Grove on Saturday. He shared an 87-run stand with David Bate, but the Grubbers fell five runs short of Jan Juc's total.

a valuable fifth-wicket 87-run partnership to put the home side back in contention for victory. At 4/135, the Grubbers looked more than capable of chasing down 184, but what followed was a steady flow of wickets from the visitors which put Ocean Grove on the back foot again. In the end, Ocean Grove was eventually dismissed for 184 from only 58 overs. Grubber Dan Roddis, was the pick of the bowlers with his figures of 4/45 from 15 overs on day one. Ocean Grove A grade




LEG SIDE: Dan Roddis plays a ball to the leg side.

OCEAN Grove A grade ended its 2013/14 campaign following a narrow five-run loss to Jan Juc in its two-day clash on Saturday at home. The Grubbers, who sent Jan Juc into bat first, were bowled out for 189 on the opening day. However it was the Sharks who had their tails up as the home side was left stranded at 3/17 at stumps on day one. In fact, at one stage the Grubbers were left reeling at 3/1. Enter Ocean Grove’s Dave Bate (63) and Corey Buxton (45) on day two. They shared in


RUNS: Ocean Grove's David Bate top scored with 63 during his side's narrow loss to Jan Juc on Saturday.

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T20 trophy for Cobras Silverware for Collendina

NEW RECRUITS: Ocean Grove netball recruits (not in order) Lucy Hood (returning), Kylie Ferrier (new), Emma Moran (returning), Candice Parker (Bell Park), Alex Lee (St Albans), Claire Barrand (St Albans) and Kirrily Burden (new).

Grubbers and Cobras fail to make finals OCEAN GROVE'S B grade was left to fly the flag for the club after A, C and D grades failed to make the BPCA finals. David Bate (pictured left) top scored for Grove A grade on Saturday. He made 63, but the Grubbers went down to Jan Juc in a thriller, ending their season. Collendina's D grade side will play finals, but the A grade team won't. It made a late and bold bid for a finals spot, but couldn't gain maximum points against Port and fell agonisingly short. See page 51 for Grove cricket and page 49 for Collendina's round-up.

COLLENDINA won the BPCA T20 tournament, defeating Barwon Heads at the Snake Pit last Thursday. Cam Kavaliunas (pictured above left) and Dean Britt (pictured above right) were the stars for the Cobras. Kavaliunas made an unbeaten 45 with the bat while Britt took 5/7 with his medium pacers. Full story and more pictures page 47.

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