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Inaugural music fest born FESTIVUS was born in Ocean Grove on Saturday and delivered a sensational jazz, blues and ska feast for a small but dedicated audience. Numbers were disappointingly lower than hoped for, but

the organisers say that the festival is a work in progress and they are more than happy that the inaugural event was hitch-free, earning big praise from attendees and performers alike. The event ran from

11.30am to around 10pm and featured the likes of internationally recognised jazz performers like Julien Wilson, Dave Palmer, Michelle Nicholle. Other treats included mellow appearances by Aria winning Australia singer-


Strange Tenants thrilled the crowd.

song writer David Bridie, stomping dance from the country’s most famous ska band the Strange Tenants and an engaging – sometimes unpluggedshow from Carus Thompson and band. Continued pages 16 & 17.

Dig deep Grove

OCEAN Grovers are being asked to dig deep for the annual Royal Children's Hospital Appeal. Local organisations will be rattling tins for the worthy cause which raises much needed funds for Melbourne's kids hospital. Last year a record $16,405,534.65 was raised. To donate, head to www.goodfridayappeal., or phone 9292 1166, send a cheque/ money order to Good Friday Appeal PO Box 14744 Melbourne Vic 8001 or at any NAB branch. See page 3 for the full story. Members of the Ocean Grove CFA, Collendina Caravan Park and Ocean Grove Bowling Club (pictured left) outside The Mex restaurant.

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Grove bag ban call BUSINESS leaders have backed calls for Ocean Grove to dump plastic bags in favour of an environmentally friendly alternative. Members of Ocean Grove Coastcare took their campaign to change shopping habits to this month’s Business Association meeting and were given a positive reception from those attending. Among them was Mark Edmonds of Faggs Mitre 10 who has already been doing his

own research into corn starch biodegradable bags for their Wallington store. Coastcare is following in the footsteps of Barwon Heads traders who adopted the measure a couple of years ago. It has produced its own branded jute bags. They hope to obtain funding so that they can produce an Ocean Grove branded version. Led by Barwon Heads Sustainability Group, a collaboration of traders, the primary school,

Barwon Coast and IGA, they surveyed residents and businesses and managed a 60 per cent reduction of plastic bags in use at IGA. Coastcare has recommended a survey of local businesses in Ocean Grove, a policy where traders routinely check whether the customer wants a bag. OGBA president Helen Butteriss told the speakers they would have the full support of the association. Four years ago a small

group of Ocean Grove traders set their own precedent in the town by banning plastic carriers. Murfs Surf Shop, Ocean Grove Newsagency and Elvis Parsley fruit and veg store all made the move. At the time newsagency owner Clinton said he would like to see the whole town go plastic bag free. Point Lonsdale and Torquay are also plastic bag free towns.

Acacia Court blaze

THE Rotary Club of Ocean Grove’s Easter Market at Kingston Park will be held on Monday April 21. Coffee, cake and breakfast is being put on by the CFA. Entertainment for children will be on show for the day, including three mega jumping castles, train rides and camel rides. The market, as always, will offer an outlet for local artisans and growers, providing good value and good produce for the community.

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Ocean Grove firefighters were called to a blaze in a garage-cum-office at a house in Acacia Court on Sunday night last week. Neighbours spotted the fire at the house at around 9.40pm and alerted the fire brigade who managed to save the property. The owners of the affected property are understood to have been away at the time.

Park build go ahead CITY hall has paved the way for work to start on building a performance space at Ocean Grove Park. On Wednesday last week full council voted almost unanimously in favour of granting the project the last $200,000 of $1million needed to go ahead. The decision was to approve the money minus a previous requirement for it to be transferred to council ownership first. Well before the vote, a lively question time was dominated by the Ocean Grove issue with a number of opponents and supporters keen to give their views. Among them was objector Christine Brooks who

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said: “The membership of Ocean Grove Park have not voted for this building.” Another was Peter Field who drew the council’s attention the park’s precious remnant vegetation and called for a site meeting. In reply local councillor Jan Farrell stated: “The performance space takes up less than one per cent of the park.” She added that the council arborist had visited the site along with numerous other officers. Jon Mamonski, chairman of Ocean Grove Connected Communities (previously Ocean Grove Community Enterprise) said: “Is the council aware that the project is now fully funded and ready to go?

“Is the council also aware that the vast majority are in favour (of the performance space). I applaud the zeal of those who are here (but) the vast majority of Ocean Grovers are sitting comfortably at home as we speak and looking forward to the performance space.” Another speaker pointed out that young musicians had put in time busking to help towards the community contribution for the performance space. There was comment from a protestor that the plans had not been widely advertised. Cr Jan Farrell replied that anyone who hadn’t heard about the proposal “would have had to have had a bucket on

their head.” The only councillor to vote against the funding was Cr Andy Richards, who raised a number of concerns about governance. He was told that there would be ‘key milestones’ along the way and that the money could be withheld or refunded but still felt that there were too many unanswered questions and would vote accordingly. Councillors agreed with the recommendation to; continue to support the development of the Ocean Grove Performance Space at Ocean Grove Park without any transfer of land ownership and would release the $200,000 to Ocean Grove Park Inc.

BOOKGROVE is hosting author Rosie Borella for the launch of her new book on the eve of Anzac Day, Thursday April 24. The launch will unveil her debut novel for young adults The One and Only Jack Chant at 7pm. Special guest Isobelle Carmody will do the launch for Rosie. Rosie Borella lives on a farm on the Bellarine and has worked as a journalist, a sub-editor, an editor, and in public relations, science writing and marketing. Her story Eternity in the Tales from the Tower collection has garnered rave reviews. The One and Only Jack Chant is her first novel.

Car boot sale A Car Boot Sale will be held in Ocean Grove Park on Saturday May 3 from 8.30am to 12.30pm. Pre-loved bargains and a sausage sizzle will feature on the day. Sites are available now for $15. Call 5255 2302 for more information.

Youth awards celebration GEELONG’S biggest celebration of youth was held last week at the Impetus Youth Awards on Thursday night. Amongst the award recipients was Stacey Sedlins, from Ocean Grove, who won an Inspiration Award. For more details read the next edition of the Voice.


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Good Friday appeal generosity OCEAN Grove is gearing up for the annual Good Friday Appeal being held this week. Raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Ocean Grove Bowling Club, The Mex and Collendina Caravan Park will be holding events, with the

CFA collecting donations throughout the day. “Because of how big our town has become, we will be focusing on shaking our tins in main areas such as shopping centres and main intersections. We will then be taking donations back to The Mex to count, where we

will be doing a live cross with Channel Seven,” Fourth Lieutenant Peter Baxter said. Collendina Caravan Park will be holding their 20th inhouse raffle and be holding children’s events for their clients. The Mex will be holding their last auction ever

this Thursday night. The popular event has been running for 13 years and has raised over $142,000 for the appeal. Call 5255 1959 for more information. Ocean Grove Bowling Club will be holding their annual auction at 7:00PM with proceeds going to the

Dog killed on Grove beach

Good Friday Appeal. Beforehand from 5.30PM a two course meal and dessert will be on offer. For tickets, visit reception during office hours or call 52551540 Last year, a combined effort of $47,000 was raised by Ocean Grove.

Plastic bag success

OCEAN Grove artist Laine Hogarty and over 150 volunteers filled 1300 bags with sand for a temporary art installation as part of the Sculpturescape for the Lorne Sculpture Prize. The project was inspired by the need for Ocean Grove to become plastic-bag free. The sand-filled bags were assembled to draw a line in the sand, literally. “A special thanks to Ocean Grove Volunteers John O’Reilly from Ocean Grove Coastal Care and Scott Andrews from Rockbird who contributed hours to help me realise the artwork on behalf of the town,” Laine said.

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SHAKEN: Jocelyn and Russell Young with their surviving dog Schilling, and Sixpence (inset) who was mauled to death. Sixpence, your dog, anywhere in being attacked by a larger attacking STEPHANIE NAYLOR dog,” Jocelyn explained. the unknown owner Ocean Grove except for Jocelyn has an injured eventually restrained it on designated areas, should OCEAN Grove residents leg and Russell has a a lead and said “oh, your be on a leash, full stop. Jocelyn and Russell It’s council law,” General Young were sitting along fractured back so they dog is sleeping now”. “You automatically Manager Bob Jordan the Ocean Grove main found it difficult to move beach foreshore when quickly to help their dogs. expect owners to be able from Barwon Coast said. You are allowed to have their seven year old They said the offending to control their dogs. Maltese shitzu, Sixpence, dog was not on a lead at Seeing this dog off its your dog off a lead east was attacked and killed by the time of the attack. “It lead and go for Sixpence’s of Hodgson St, 31W. just happened so quickly. face, I just hope this never The off-leash zone is another dog. “One second we were We froze. We were lucky happens to anybody else,” effective year-round as just sitting down with to be uninjured, but we Russell said. “There is long as canines are under Sixpence and her mum, are absolutely devastated no doubt that any dog effective control, i.e. your Schilling, who were on at the loss of Sixpence," on the coastal reserve up dog must respond to your from the beach should call. For information or their leads, and before we Jocelyn said. always be on the lead. to report an incident, call Jocelyn said as the knew it they had scattered dog was At this time of year 5272 4410. behind our legs and were unleashed

THE annual Barwon Heads Easter fun run is back on again this Easter Saturday at 9am. This is an event run by the local school as a major fundraiser for the school and a great way to promote healthy outdoor activity for all. It's a fun run or walk of 8km or 4km for all the family along the beaches, bridges and coastal paths of Barwon Heads. Even though it is a run for fun there are great prizes and serious runners competing. Online registration is until Wednesday 16 April at a u / s e c u re / Re g i s te r. aspx?E=11981 or on the day from 7am outside the rotunda next to the two bridges. The runners leave from outside the At The Heads restaurant.


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Cenotaph finds its new home THE relocation of Ocean Grove’s cenotaph was completed last Friday. The move to Ocean Grove Park came just in time for Anzac Day. “The park is a wonderful setting and a much safer place for the local community to gather on special occasions like Remembrance Day and Anzac Day,” Beangala

Ward Councillor Jan Farrell said. Thankfully, the move went well with minimal disruption. “A special thanks to Council's Brendan Lloyd who managed the relocation and local RSL members for their support,” Councillor Farrell added.


learn about the Anzac history. At the moment, they see a couple of coloured ribbons, but they’ll learn one day,” Mr Mowat explained. The annual dawn service will assemble in the Ocean Grove Park at 5.50am, with the Piper Call to Arms commencing at 6am. As always, breakfast will follow the service. The main march service will assemble at 9.45am at Coles Supermarket on The Terrace and will step off at 10am. The route of the march will be different from previous years, walking down the Terrace towards Presidents Avenue, up and right at The Avenue

Anzac spirit lives on OCEAN Grover Graham Mowat is 89 years old and served as a motor mechanic for the Air Force in World War II. A member of the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL, Anzac Day is a highlight for him. “It’s a good opportunity to not only remember but to meet up with old war friends and so forth,” Mr Mowat explained. Although still quite young, Graham believes it’s important to keep the Anzac spirit alive for generations to come, which includes his great grand children, Ruby and Charlotte. “It’s good to know as they get older they will

Graham Mowat and great granddaughter Ruby Potton. to the new site of the cenotaph in Ocean Grove Park. A luncheon and refreshments will follow at the Ocean Grove Bowling

“This year we will be having a 10 minute dedication for the cenotaph’s relocation,” David Gilroy, secretary of Ocean Grove Barwon

The new route. Heads RSL, said. “We are inviting post 1979 soldiers to lead the march this year. We are welcoming everyone, even if they’re not members of the club, to take part,” he added. For more information on the coming ANZAC Day events, contact John Dickinson on 0409-432 331.


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Local cellar door awarded WALLINGTON’S iconic Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant & Cellar Door has earned a Star Cellar Door award in the Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine’s ‘Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards’. A team of experts crisscrossed the country visiting hundreds of cellar doors to determine the standouts in every region, with the best large and small operations, wines to try, delicious food offerings and other must-

do activities awarded in the April/May issue of Gourmet Traveller Wine. Oakdene’s cellar door, the ‘upside-down house’ opened to the public in November 2011 following an extensive design and build process. Designed by owner Elizabeth Hooley, the cellar door appears to be an A frame timber house that has been blown over in the wind, with the roof line on the ground and timber stumps

exposed. Recycled and reclaimed timbers feature extensively throughout the interior, coupled with contemporary design and facilities to complete a spectacular, unique and very functional tasting room capable for catering for both small and larger groups. Jeni Port wrote in the magazine: “It’s hard to decide what is more outrageous, the upsidedown house that operates as a cellar door or the

interpretative sculpture junk tree in the driveway fused together with vineyard flotsam and jetsam. Oakdene is definitely unique in its decorating, courtesy of coowner Elizabeth Hooley, but the quirky décor is proving to be a huge draw card for the Bellarine Peninsula winery. The wines, however, deserve equal attention.” Oakdene was recognised for the Geelong region. The cellar door team,

led by Steven Paul, has been working extremely hard since opening three summers ago, to meet and exceed the expectations of visitors to the cellar door and has become a drawcard to the Bellarine

Peninsula. The popularity of the cellar door has allowed Oakdene to continue trading seven days a week through the quieter winter period, offering friendly and informative tastings and

sales of the entire range of estate grown wines. The Oakdene Cellar Door is open daily from 10am to 4pm, and is located at 255 Grubb Road, Wallington.

AWARDED: Oakdene cellar door.

CHEERS: Kylie Dalton and Kelly Oudendyk toast the award.

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OUTBACK: Coober Pedy in South Australia.

STATELY: Leland in the USA.

Should we sign up? DO you think Ocean Grove needs an iconic sign that shouts about the pride in our town? If so, what should it look like? If not, what could the money be better spent on? After running a story on the continual ‘where’s

Ocean Grove in New Jersey. MAYBE NOT: the famous (defaced) sign from the Jaws movie.

the Ocean Grove sign?’ question from visitors, feedback has been unanimously in favour of a sign, even if the location is sketchy. Nor are locals agreed on what it could look like. There are many examples

of standout signs that get photographed by travellers – usually become of their novelty. A sign can take anything from a piece of local art, to an archway or stately wall. The Voice is keen to get more feedback on the idea, particularly your thoughts about what would best represent our ‘country town by the sea’. Send in your own examples taken on your travels. Or alternatively, if artists out there have an idea we’d like to see it. Please email your images to news@ If the response is strong we will seek the support of the council and our local business association in making this happen. • See letters page 8

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Dogs on lead debate Voice on Dear Editor, I have lived Barwon Heads my whole life (over 30 years) and I clearly remember dogs roaming the streets, coming to the Primary school and running around with us kids, running free on the beaches etc. No one

would bat an eyelid. Sure you would get the odd bad one chase you on your bike doing the paper round but all in all no problem. I understand concerns over dangerous dogs attacking people and everyone should be

allowed to enjoy the beaches, but seriously a dog running free under a responsible owners supervision is no reason to complain or fine people. Maybe the cotton wool club should stay in the cities. Nick, Barwon Heads

Dear Editor, In response to the opinion of Michael from Ocean Grove title 'Dogs on lead... please'. In his opinion there should be MORE restrictions regarding dog times and zones. He states that his children are scared of dogs ,so, do I have a say when my dog gets scared of kids? When they come bustling up, whilst dog on lead, and pull their tail or literally scream in their face? If he is so concerned

there is a nice section of 13th Beach near Black Rock that doesn’t have dogs or there are many dog free zones in kids play grounds, which might actually be more amusing for his children rather than doing current stats on how many dogs were running around on the beach for a day. We are moving into a world where we are going to see many more four legged friends as people are increasingly choosing not

to have children coupled with factual data relating to the impact of owning a four legged companion has on the quality and longevity of people’s lives. To keep suggesting that we be ostracised to more and more distant places and time constraints is no solution. Maybe just some discipline on both child minding and dog minding in harmony is all that is needed. Nat Towers, Barwon Heads

Call for dog park in New Jersey Ocean Grove By Moe Demby of Ocean Grove and Blogfinger staff Winter time in the Grove is very quiet and peaceful. The streets are mostly empty and the only sound heard throughout the town is the chime of the church bells. If you travel east, the scenery changes, and despite cold wind, snow, and rain, life fills the beach. It’s the sub-community of Ocean Grove dog owners. The winter allows residents to let their four legged friends stretch their legs, run in the sand, dive in the

waves and socialise with their doggy neighbours. It’s a unique social scene where Grovers meet everyday to share laughs, while their dogs wrestle and play in the sand. As May approaches, this little puppy paradise will come to an end; the beach and boardwalk will be closed to all our furry friends. So dog owners in the Grove are left asking the question: with so many dogs in this town and so many little parkswhy isn’t there one area in town that’s fenced off and designated for our four-

legged friends? A dog park serves a unique purpose for both dog owners and those who don’t own dogs. Having a dog park in town will drastically cut down on dog traffic in the towns other parks - Dog owners police themselves and will always say something if another dog owner doesn’t pick up. A dog park is a special place which allows locals to socialise and exercise their pets. There are plenty of grassy spots in town which could serve this purpose- so why don’t we have one? Courtesy

holiday in NZ Peter Snell introduced the Voice to a fearsome looking character at Auckland airport.

Sign language Dear Editor, I absolutely agree with the Ocean Grovers from New Jersey regarding the absence of an Ocean Grove iconic sign. I work in tourism here and that query comes up many times, it's quite interesting actually. I deal with tourists from overseas on a regular

basis and of course many people from all over Australia who are perhaps just exploring the different areas in Victoria. Yes we do need a "Welcome to Ocean Grove "sign in this beautiful town. Dianne Wallace

Dear Editor, I agree we need a big Ocean Grove sign but agreeing on what it should look like could be a little harder. Perhaps something celebrating our

indigenous and early history would be appropriate? The town lacks a centre of attention. I’m all for creating one. Mrs Julie Tyers, Ocean Grove

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Successful burn at park FIREFIGHTERS teamed up with Geelong council and volunteers to complete a successful ecological burn at Kingston Park last Sunday. The small northerly test area measuring less than a sixth of the park, was burned in stages while cordon CFA and city workers ensured it was limited to the planned area. The burn was led by the Ocean Grove CFA Brigade with support from Queenscliff and St Leonards CFA Brigades and Council. “The weather was ideal with dry conditions and a light breeze. Enough heat was generated by the fire to achieve the aims of a reduced fire risk from leaves and branches and improved biodiversity outcomes,” City of Greater Geelong

Environment and Waste Services Manager Rodney Thomas said. The burn was started at approximately 1.30pm and took around two hours to complete. Each stage of the burn involved using torches to light a ten metre section and then progressively retreating in the direction the wind was coming from. That way the section was always burning into the previously burned area and control was maintained. The workers had to deal with four wind changes during the burn and small alterations were made in the process to accommodate each change. At its height dense wattle, which crackles and burns intensely, sent flames shooting up eight metres.

Hoses were used to douse trees to ensure that the burn stayed at a relatively low level and did not take hold of timber that would take time to be extinguished later. It was followed by a post burn damping down or blacking out of the site. The acting operations manager visited the site some hours after this was completed to ensure there was no flare up. The site was signposted and the public were excluded during the burn. “The City of Greater Geelong would like to commend the work of the CFA and the 20 or so volunteers for supporting Council to manage this significant conservation area,” Mr. Thomas added. Based on the success of this operation other burns are expected to be planned for the park.

Now Avalon has the potential for flights to China, Stephanie Naylor asked: where in the world would you like to fly to from Avalon?

Student Caitlyn Murphy, 13, from Ocean Grove said: I’d love to go over to Cairo in Egypt and learn about the history of the pyramids. Seeing the camels and the hot weather would also be fun.

Student Emily Murphy, 18, from Ocean Grove said: I’d love to go to Ireland. I’ve always wanted to travel there to visit my family living there and also to experience and learn about the culture.

Student Hamish Hoober, 17 from Ocean Grove said: I’d like to go anywhere in America to watch the college basketball and the NBA. I play local basketball in Ocean Grove and follow the Miami Heat.

Retiree Robert Cole, 72, from Ocean Grove said: I’d visit Austin in Texas with my wife. We have family there, my wife’s godson, so it would be great to be able to travel such a little distance to Avalon to get there.

Recent university graduate Sarah Bland, 22, from Fitzroy said: I’d like to visit Italy. I have been to France and England, and I would love to go back there, but I’d like to go somewhere different.







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Festivus is born Michelle Nicholle (pictured left) and Strange Tenants (pictured right) did a great job entertaining the crowd.

Thomas and Andrew Staehr. Tim Neal, Pete McKenzie, Cate Steains, Wilbur Wilde and Mark Grunden.

Samba school. Dave Palmer and Back Stack.

David Tournier gives a Welcome to Country.

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in Ocean Grove Continued from front page. The festival is a community based, non-commercial, event aimed at giving the Ocean Grove and wider community a unique music and arts festival. It has been organised by a group of unpaid locals brought together by their love of music and the arts. The organising committee is lucky enough to have highly respected jazz musician Tim Neal among its number. His connections helped bring some of Australia’s foremost musical talent, the likes of Julien Wilson, to the Bellarine. The event also featured sterling performances from more local acts Kite Machine, Murdena, Alister Turrill and Tex Miller. Tim said: “We’ve got it up and running. The lack of numbers is irrelevant, this is a long-term project.” Tim’s words were backed up by artists and others who have experience of festivals and have seen the most successful blossom from their own modest starts. Tim, who closed the

show with the words “see you next year”, said the organisers would take away many positives from the first show. He praised the work of those that helped put it together. "Firstly a very big thank you to the volunteer committee and all the volunteers for their dedication and time that went into putting on Ocean Groves' first Festivus. It looked fantastic, like walking into a different world where the first thing you see is a giant sign that reads 'YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL". That put a smile on everyone’s face as they wandered around our beautiful park, discovering interactive art, the wall of sound, the bicycle with wings, and so much more. “Then there was the entertainment. An eclectic array of bands and artists complimented by Indigenous dance and story-telling and an improvised theatre performance gave the Festivus goer a complete experience. Nothing but good things were said about the day, and next year we hope to incorporate our brand new performance space." As well as the music,

local artists worked hard on creating interactive workshops for children, Bellarine Improvisation Group put on a theatre experience that has never been seen in the park before. A sound wall kept youngsters entertained and a drum workshop educated even more buddying musicians. The event was given a Welcome to Land by David Tournier from the Wathaurong Community.

Carus Thompson.

Graham and Gloria Burton.

Bellarine Improvisation Group.





Grove now a hub for the arts THE arts are now on the rise in Ocean Grove. On the April 5 I attended an art exhibition at 'The Studio', located at 54 Grubb Rd Ocean Grove. The exhibition featured the art works of Kerrie Bedson and Patsy Bush. The works were the result of dialogue between the two artists over an 18-month period. The exhibition is called 'The Art of Conversation' and is open over the next two weekends. The process was based on surrealistic concept called exquisite corpse (also known as exquisite cadaver) (from the original French termcadavre exquis), and is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Patsy and Kerrie

picked a word at the beginning of their project, and the first word they decided on was 'tree'. They brought 20 canvases the same size, then they both produced a canvas at the end of each month. Then they would meet up, look each others' art work and then write about it, talk about it and create paintings in response to the other person's art work. As a result all of the paintings were linked by words and the conversations between the two artists. After painting 10 small canvases each the two artists painted one large canvas in response to the whole conversation and experience. Kerrie and her husband Ray purchased 'The Studio' a few months ago. The building used to be the

sculpture workshop of Noel Essex. In the future the building will house Ray Bedson Safety Management (RBSM), Bellarine Audio, and an art space for workshops. The hallway will continue to be a gallery space for local and guest artists. There will be an official opening of 'The Studio' when renovations are completed. The opening exhibition was a great success. One of the highlights was saxophone player Robert Calvert and Flautist Andy Richardson (Howling Wind), who had never met before, playing their instruments like they had been jamming together forever. Jen Carr

Kerrie Bedson and Patsy Bush. Picture: JEN CARR

Robert Calvert and Andy Richardson (Howling Wind). Picture: CAROL MILTON




with Janelle McCarthy, 33, from Drysdale, at Van Loons Nursery Cafe •Favourite local building/ architecture? I love the original old Drysdale Post Office. I remember as a little kid I would drive past it on my way to school. •Most relaxing night out? Dinner at Parkers Steak House in Drysdale without the kids. •Your ideal breakfast or lunch spot? Apart from Van Loons, Driftwood Cafe along The Terrace as they have a large gluten free range. •Best Ocean Grove take away? Fish and chips from along The Terrace eaten down at Ocean Grove main beach. •Favourite local food store? Elvis Parsley & Grapesland. They have a great range and their produce is always so fresh, you can smell it. •Favourite thing about working locally? The laid back and calm atmosphere. Customers are always happy and polite. What book/magazine are you reading? Pete Evans' new cook book. It's great for learning about the Paleo lifestyle. •Favourite music to play at work? Current music which is easy listening for our customers. Whatever is socially acceptable. •What is your own coffee order? Soy latte as I'm lactose intolerant, so I don't have much choice. •What is your favourite coffee to make? I'm really enjoying making hot chocolates at the moment as we have just changed the presentation from a mug to a tall glass. They look very appealing and yummy and are fun to make.


Terindah gearing up for Easter family roast TERINDAH Estate is home to The Shed @ Terindah, which in 2013 was rated as one of the top five Victorian regional restaurants to visit by Tourism Victoria. This Easter will see The Shed open for weekend breakfast from 9am as well as à la carte lunch daily. A first for Terindah, The Event Venue which usually hosts special occasions and corporate events will open its doors for the Easter Sunday Family Roast, commencing at 12noon. Open seven days a week, Terindah is the ideal venue for a relaxed gathering of friends and family. Guests can watch the mussel farmers in the local waters, soak in the water views and admire the stunning architectural buildings all while dining on beautifully-crafted, award winning food and wine. The plaudits for Terindah are many, recently named the Cellar Door with the Best Food in the Geelong Wine region by Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine Apr/May 2014 issue. If it’s a fine drop you are after, the Terindah Estate 2012 Shiraz won the Shiraz Trophy at the National Wine Show of Australia 2013. Visit Terindah Estate today, there is no doubt you will be charmed by its beauty. For bookings phone 5251 5536. TERINDAH ESTATE: 90 McAdams Lane, Bellarine

Local winery looking forward to entertaining Easter crowd



music/live events

• Piping Hot Chicken Shop - May 30 Ross Hannaford and the Critters - August 8 The Hornets • Barwon Heads Hotel - Wednesday Trivia Night 7:30pm - Thursday Master of Darkness 8.30pm - Friday Happy Hour 5-7pm raffle live music - Open mic for youth show under 21's every second month on a Sunday 3pm-5.30pm. More info contact Jill Meehan 0431 606 476. • Ocean Grove Hotel - Saturday Night Live at The Ocean Grove Hotel Saturday from 9pm. • Pototo Shed, Drysdale - April 25 A Shadow to the East - May 1 The Feast of La Gypsy Argentina - May 6 The Folk Years • Springdale Community Centre Hall - Making waves music/ poetry arvo every third Sun of every month 2pm - 5.30pm

• The Sandbar - Solo artist Tim Hulsman playing Sunday April 20 at 5pm • Ocean Grove Bowling Club - April 18 Good Friday Appeal dinner 5.30 start auction following booking required. Entertainment with Matt and Tessa - April 19 Don and Chrissy April 26 Rachael Brennan

markets & fairs

• Parkes Hall Newcombe Street Portarlington - April 27 9am to 2pm •Bellarine Community Farmers' Market - April 19 Ocean Grove Park • Rotary Club of Ocean Grove’s Easter Market at Kingston Park - Monday April 21 • Rotary club of Ocean Grove Winter Market - Sunday May 5 • Buy Bellarine Produce Barn - Tuckerberry Farm Saturdays and Sundays 9am-3pm

what’s ON

• Car boot sale Ocean Grove Park - Saturday May 3


• 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@

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@

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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Coles celebrates 100

CELEBRATE: Belinda Davies, Sam Pighin, Danielle Grundell, Erin Carpenter and Nicole Curtis help celebrate Coles' century.

CAKE: Michael Hogan, Christine Lomas, David Learmonth, Sarah Learmonth and Pam Learmonth.

OCEAN Grove Coles supermarket staff and customers came face to face with family members related to the store’s original founders last week. The meeting came about as the Ocean Grove store, which has 119 team members, joined the national celebration marking 100 years of the food and haberdashery supplier. Among those who attended was Pam Learmonth, a Wallington resident, who is the niece of the founder GJ Coles. She was accompanied by her family members David Learmonth (great nephew of GJ), Sarah Learmonth (great niece), and great, great nieces Laura Brodie and Georgie Wood. During the celebration, store manager Michael Hogan welcomed the special guests and gave

a potted history of the business and the Ocean Grove store. The building opened as a Tuckerbag in 1980 and then became a Coles in 1995. Over the summer months it is the best performing store in Victoria. After the speeches were done Mrs Learmonth cut a 100th anniversary birthday cake which was shared among shoppers and staff. The store was lucky to get Mrs Learmonth who had been in hospital for three weeks after a fall. However, she said she was very proud to be at the celebration. “Absolutely (proud). It would take a lot to keep me away,” she said. “There aren’t many (of the original family) still working in the business. But the company has stayed the same, with the same principles.”

JOINING IN: Caitlin, Joshua and Deb Maud.



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Dragon boats for fitness LINDA Mathews has taken up dragon boat racing at the age of 64. Having become one of the newest participants for the Juggernaughts Dragon Boat team, the resilient Ocean Grover has learned just how important fitness is and how it contributes to a happy and healthy attitude. “You think by this age you know what you like, but trying something new like rowing has proven to be very exciting,” Linda said. Linda, who has lived in Ocean Grove for 20 years, was first diagnosed with breast cancer when she first moved here and then again in 2011. Altogether she has endured 45

rounds of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Now in remission, she is trying to live life as best she can, despite recent damage to her left lung and vocal chord, which has forced her into retirement. “Through being a member at the Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads Breast Cancer Support Group, I had heard about the Juggernaughts paddling in Geelong. I decided to attend one Saturday afternoon, and found the reception so inviting, so I quickly became passionate about the sport and support. I hope to be around long enough to share the fun activities of two very special support groups,” Linda said.

Dragon boat teammates training. A part of the Dragons regattas. Linda competed Abreast Australia in her first competition in group, the team brings Bendigo two weeks ago, together cancer sufferers, where the Juggernaughts survivors and people who won. want to provide a face and “Much to my spread the message of amazement after four breast cancer awareness races, our team won the through competing in gold medal,” Linda said.

Linda Mathews “You think by this age you know what you like, but trying something new has proven to be very exciting,” Linda added. Linda will be competing in her next regatta on Sunday in Ballarat.

Relay for life takes a tennis twist AN Ocean Grove business served up an afternoon of tennis as a way to kick off their Relay for Life fundraising. Bellarine Memories first fundraising event for the 2014 Cancer Council, Relay for Life was held at the Ocean Grove Tennis Club on Sunday last week with 21 players registered with many others offering support. A total of $765 dollars was raised on the day. Organiser Niki Hines said: “A great afternoon of social tennis where all abilities were welcomed, followed by dinner at the clubrooms. Our fundraising effort is off to a flying start.” The event received support from Ocean Grove Pharmacy, Ocean Grove Quality Meats, Coles Ocean Grove and Rebel Sport as well as Bellarine Memories and Ocean Grove Tennis Club which provided the use of the facility. Bellarine Relay for Life will be held at Collendina Reserve on November 8 and 9. To register for Relay for Life go to or at Collendina Recreation Reserve on the first Tuesday of each month. Registration is $20 per person.

Richard Grimmett

GROUP: Competitors in the Relay for Life tennis day.

ACTION: the Relay for Life event attracted 21 players. Donna Christian





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Former principals Ray Peters and Leigh McLaren.

Paul Zajac, Margaret Maronian, Louise Zajac, Jo Bowers and Ivan Maronian.

Sheena Green, Lynne Burgess, Dennis Green, John Dunstan and Anna Portelli.

Strawberry festival's 30 years THE celebration of the 30th Wallington Strawberry Fair, held earlier this year, continued last Thursday with a special get together. The occasion was hosted by Wallington Primary School at the Driftwood Cafe in Ocean Grove, bringing together volunteers of the annual fair from the last 30 years. “The event was held for those very hard working Wallington people who, year after year, put in a lot of hours in the months leading up to the fair. The school wanted to say a special thank you to past Strawberry Fair committee members and other active Fair supporters,” Wallington Primary School Principal Leigh McLaren said. With over 60 people in attendance, the evening provided the perfect opportunity for everyone to reminisce and pay

tribute to everyone involved over the last three decades. “We were thrilled with the response, it was a very special evening with old and new faces coming together to share their stories and a lot of laughs,” organiser and Parents & Friends President Penny Bailey said. The Driftwood premise swas decorated with photo boards and memorabilia from past Strawberry Fairs and speeches were given by the three principals who have overseen the event since it began. Ray Peters, Julie Burley and Leigh McLaren all spoke fondly of their time at the helm and locals Dennis Green and Ken Drysdale also shared a few stories that reflected on the community spirit behind the fair. “Many stories were

reminisced, particularly those about the incredible generosity of the community to support the Fair. In particular, it was spoken about when the fair was held on a much grander scale at Lings Road. Special mention was made of the local plumber, would take annual leave to work on the fair. That spirit continues today,” Strawberry Fair Committee member Kerri Wrench said. The speeches concluded with a traditional ‘three cheers for the best little primary school in the world’ lead by Ken Drysdale, from Elders Real Estate, a long term supporter, past family member and fair auctioneer. The next Wallington Strawberry Fair will be held on the first Sunday in March, 2015.

Kym Tyzack, Louise Zajac, Paul Zajac, Rhonda Rotherham and Paul Tyzack.

Michelle Hughes, Kerri Wrench, Tracey Frigo and Linda Di-Giusto.

Michelle Hughes, Lynne Burgess, Jo Leydon, Julie Burley, Kerstin Willey and Penny Bailey.

Neale Lomas, Lindy Nash, David Nash, Margot Kleindienst and Peter Kleindienst.



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Ranger reunion OCEAN Grove was the chosen destination for a reunion of the former members of the Geelong Ranger Company, at Mirrabooka Brownie Cottage. The group, having formed as part of the Girl Guide Movement in 1954, met at Mirrabooka, with many members travelling interstate for the get together. The original Ranger leaders, Dorothy Mitchell and Joyce Cummings, were also able to attend. “We chose Ocean Grove for the weekendlong reunion as we have many happy memories and had a lot of great times camping here,” original member and current Barwon Trefoil Guild member Judy Lyall, said. During the 1950’s, the group did a lot of camping at the Girl Guide Camp in Ocean Grove, Bungarra, along The Parade. “Camping in those days was in heavy canvas ridge

tents, with many guy ropes, and no floor. We slept on the ground, digging a hole for the shoulder and one for the hip, and there we lay all night waking up very cold and stiff,” Judy remembered. “Gradually the group grew and we became a very close knit company,” she added. In 1958, when the black and white photo was taken, the group spent 10 days hiking around Tasmania, sleeping in small hiking tents in various locations. “We sailed across on the SS Taroona and flew home on TAA. This was one of the group's highlights during our time in Rangers,” Judy said. After leaving the Rangers when they were 22, it was just three years ago when the group met up, staying in touch regularly. “We are hoping for many more catch ups and weekends away in Marrabooka,” Judy said.

TODAY: Margaret Faulkner, Judy Lyall, Jan Davey, Joy Taylor, Pat Betteridge, Bernie Walker front Joy Cartlett, Ranger Captain Dorothy Mitchell, Liutenant Joyce Cummings, Pam Hill and Ruth Preston. RANGERS 1958: (pictured left) Joy Taylor, Pat Betteridge, Joyce Cummins, Leslie McKay (dec), Judy Lyall and Marion McCauley. RIGHT: Margaret Faulkner, Judy Lyall and leaders Dorothy Mitchell and Joyce Cummings. LEFT: Janice Davey, Yvonne Allan (dec), Marion Macauley, Leslie Brown (dec), Judy Lyall, Pat Betteridge, Joy Taylor.



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Students excel at beach cross country THE younger generations of Ocean Grove got the chance to show off their running skills along the sand recently. Ocean Grove Primary School students from grade three through to six participated in the school's annual cross country event at the

Main Beach last Friday, coinciding with the last day of term one. “We were fortunate to have great weather and a fantastic day was had by all. The children were supported cheered on by our school community,” Junior Physical Education Coordinator Renee

Forward said. There were four age groups where students got to compete in, with a winner of both the boy and girl section announced. For the eight- and nine-year-old group students Sabine and Campbell came first. For the 10-year-old group

there was Zoe and Josh, for the 11-year-old group Mila and Jordan and for the 12- and 13-year-old group, Maya and Charlie. “These students along with others will compete at the District Level early next term. Well done to all who participated,” Renee Forward added.


Enjoying the day.

Cross country beach style.

Beach runners.




Graceful cattle egrets I SAW a flock of cattle egrets when I was driving to Point Lonsdale the other day. The egrets were hanging around the Galloway cattle in the lovely paddocks that slope down the hill coming out of Ocean Grove. Egrets are very graceful birds and I love watching them fly in a flock, as they remind me of ballet dancers. Egrets are closely related to herons, in fact they are white herons. The word 'egret' apparently comes from the French word 'aigrette' , which means brush, and refers to the long breeding plumage feathers that egrets develop. Cattle egrets are pretty easy to spot as they generally hang around the hooves of cattle, as they dig in the disturbed soil for bugs. The identification of the all-white egrets causes problems for some people at times, in particular, eastern great and intermediate egrets in nonbreeding plumage. I realised how very bad I was at picking different species of egrets when I went on a birdwatching tour of Far North Queensland a few years ago. The guide saw an intermediate egret wading through a pond,

Some cattle egrets looking for food.

and knew what type of egret it was as soon as he saw it. I usually have to take a photo and study it at home to identify and distinguish birds. Cattle egrets are very similar in size to little egrets so sometimes it's hard to differentiate between the two. It's pretty easy to identify a great egret, as it is so big, standing about one metre tall, with a neck which is about one

and a half times as long as the body, but if you see an intermediate egret it looks very similar to a great egret. Intermediate egrets are not as commonly seen as great egrets. Anyway enough of my ramblings about the similarities and differences between different egret breeds. I have been hanging around the Point Lonsdale Road hoping

to get a photo of a cattle egret standing on top of a cow, which would go down as an iconic cattle egret pose, but they have not posed for me as they have been too busy eating at the cow's feet. I did see a cattle egret in Curlewis a few weeks ago that was still in breeding plumage, where the feathers are orange in colour. I wonder if they are nesting somewhere

around this area. The next outing for the local bird group, Bellarine Birdlife, will be held on April 27, and involves a trip to Truganina and Newport Lakes. If you are interested in going you can access the details via the Birdlife Website at http://www.birdlife. Jen Carr

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38 LEFT: Samuel shows some of the workers at the orphanage how to do origami to teach the children.

RIGHT: Olivia and Samuel with their Vietnamese friends.

Olivia, Donna, Samuel and Vince on their last trip.

Occhipintis embark on Thai trip with a difference The experience, described by the Occhipinti family as amazing and humbling, has helped Olivia and Samuel understand the challenges that some children deal with and just how fortunate they are. “The children there were so excited to see my kids as not a lot of people bring young kids to these centres. We did not speak Vietnamese and they did not speak English but we soon realised that you don't need to speak the same language to play. The decision to go to another orphanage and this time for four full

days was an easy one,” Donna said. Samuel, a grade five student at Our Lady Star of the Sea, recently spoke at a school assembly telling his classmates about where he is going and why and so many families have donated goods making this experience a real community effort. “Often orphanages have large projects happening such as building wells or new class rooms and other times you are just required to help out with daily life, washing, cleaning, gardening or painting a fence, sometimes you just get to

THE Occhipinti family from Ocean Grove are about to embark on a trip to Thailand, but not any ordinary kind of trip. Vince and Donna along with their children Olivia and Samuel are visiting an orphanage in Khao Lak, about 100km from Phuket. After the family visited an orphanage in Ho Chi Mihn City, Christina Noble Children's Foundation, while visiting Vietnam last year, they couldn’t wait until they could again incorporate a helping hand during a family holiday. “The orphanage we

are visiting is called Baan Tharn Namchai and was built after the 2006 Tsunami, to house Thai children that were orphaned,” Donna Occhipinti explained. While in Vietnam, the family dedicated only one day to the orphanage as they were not sure how confronting it might be, especially as the orphanage they went to care for sick children with a disability that are not adopted. “We needn't have been worried, my kids adored the Vietnamese kids and wanted to bring them all home with us,” Donna explained.

THE first of many free breakfasts is being organised in Ocean Grove and it is targeted at those less fortunate. “Everyone is welcome to come along. People from other churches and people within the community who may want some breakfast. We are targeting people who are struggling and may be homeless though we just want them to know that there are people who care about them and their situation,” breakfast organiser Sonja Woolhouse from The Wave Baptist Church said. Chris Hallan, a youth worker who is currently holidaying in Ocean Grove, expressed the importance of such an initiative. “Any support that homeless people, for example, can get is really valuable. There is a lot of need for it,” Chris explained. People of any age and circumstance are invited to come along to the breakfast. Sonja, a member of the Wave Church for more than

BREAKFAST: Chris Hallan, Phil Fenton, Sonja Woolhouse and Val Crole. 10 years, is funding the these problems,” Sonja really. People want a level of companionship and the initiative herself with the explained. The Ocean Grover opportunity to feel a level help of the church and its has spent some time at of respect they may not members. “It’s just always a the Christ Church in usually get. The breakfasts passion I have had. I’ve Geelong, to see how the will provide that,” Ocean worked at the op shop in daily breakfasts there are Grover Phil Fenton, Wave Church member and Ocean Grove and have run. “The food side of the Uniting Care interviewer, had the opportunity to meet people who have breakfast is secondary said.

play with the kids or help with their schooling. Either way knowing you have rolled up your sleaves and made a tiny difference some how, and seeing the smiles on the kids faces is the just the greatest reward,” Donna said. Olivia, a student at Saint Ignatius, also gave a talk to her classmates. Students at both Saint Ignatius and Our Lady Star of the Sea have donated small items such as soap and colouring pencils for the Occhipinti family to take on the trip.

Grovers only too happy to lend a helping hand

The Wave Church’s free breakfast will be running for the first time from 8am to 10am on Wednesday April 30 at the church on the corner of Wallington Road and Lake Avenue.


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Grove a source of inspiration JO REITZE has been coming to Ocean Grove since she was six months old in the 1950s. Since she could pick up a brush, Jo has loved to paint here, creating images of the town. Today, Jo will open her f irst art exhibition here in Ocean Grove. “The invigorating and restorative qualities of the beautiful coastal environment of Ocean Grove have been an ongoing source of inspiration for me,” Jo said. This exhibition presents atmospheric impressions in gouache and oils of specif ic locations in Ocean Grove. “My paintings feature the river f lats at the bottom of Thacker Street, views across the Barwon from the back of Riverview Camping ground and the gnarled windswept trees from the car park at the beach. All of these works have been completed on location,” Jo said. Although living in Surrey Hills in Melbourne, Jo insists Ocean Grove has always been a place for her to relax and wind down. “I am so excited to be

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ARTIST: Jo Reitze with her oil painting Windswept Trees.

showing my paintings in Ocean Grove for the f irst time. The beautifully designed light and bright Ocean Grove Uniting Church Hall is a fantastic venue too." Ray Reardon, a practicing artist, writer and former lecturer at Deakin University will open Jo’s show. Proceeds of the event, a donated painting, 50 per card sale and Fairtrade

coffee sales will be donated to provide scholarships supporting the education of the families of coffee growers in East Timor. The Fellow of Victorian Artist’s Society and President of Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors has won more than 30 awards, receiving The Gordon Moffatt Award last year. In 2012 she was

awarded Best Work at the Ocean Grove Rotary Art Show. To attend Jo Reitze’s Ocean Grove Impressions, visit the exhibition between April 16 and 21 at the Ocean Grove Uniting Church Hall on the corner of The Parade and Eggleston Street, Ocean Grove. For more information, call 5255 2638.

OCEAN Grove Scout Group is introducing a Joey Scout Mob for sixand seven-year-old kids. “As the number of younger families in Ocean Grove has increased, so have the demands to bring the Scouting experience to a younger audience,” organiser and leader Kim Connell said. The need for a group which caters for kids this young came as Ocean Grover Kim Connell’s youngest son wanted to join scouts. Being too young, with the starting age for the Scout Group in Ocean Grove being eight years old, Kim felt a need for a Joey group. “I’ve been an Assistant Joey Scout Leader at Belmont Scouts, which is where I had to take my son, so now I want to take on the challenge of running a Joey Mob here in my home town,” Kim said. From July, the Joey Scout Mob will be up and running and give local kids the chance to start their scout journey. “The group will help kids develop an understanding of the impact of our modern world, and themselves, on the environment. They are encouraged to express themselves creatively,

Heather and Toni in training on the water.

Heather on the bike, gearing up for the trip to Costa Rica. BIG TRIP: The Chicas Intrepidas.

Surf trip of a lifetime STEPHANIE NAYLOR

A LOCAL group dubbed ‘Chicas Intrepidas’ are gearing up for a surf trip to Costa Rica. Leaving on April 30, the countdown is on for the adventurous group made up of four women from Ocean Grove and four from Drysdale, Point Lonsdale, Leopold, Meredith and Melbourne. For two members, it will be their first time overseas. “We will be joined by two women who learnt to surf in Ocean Grove, and are now living in America and the United Kingdom,” Ocean Grove resident and fellow Chica Jill Rush said.

The itinerary in Costa Rica is a mix of tourist activities and a weeklong stay at Pura Vida Adventures, a surf camp and yoga retreat for women. Each member of the group is connected with the Ocean Grove women-who-surf network, and has been coached by local instructor Heather Peck, who is leading the trip. “We’re all so different. We’ve been drawn together through an interest in surfing and a sense of adventure. The trip has been an excellent reason to get fit, try a range of local activities and be consistent with

our surfing practice,” Jill added. The Chicas Intrepidas have been preparing for the trip with a 100 day fitness challenge, which concluded last Sunday with a mini triathlon around Barwon Heads. “The event included a 1.5km stand up paddle, a 5km run and a 6km bike ride. Most women have never competed in a triathlon. This was just another first in the pretrip adventures that have evolved as part of the journey to Costa Rica,” Jill explained. The group has also surfed under a full moon to raise money for breast

cancer, entered, and won, a standup paddleboard fundraiser and joined Febfast to reduce coffee, alcohol and chocolate intake. Karen Goudge, from Travel with A Difference, has been coordinating travel arrangements. “These women are amazing. They’re a diverse bunch and they’re just on fire. You never know what they’re going to come up with. Someone makes a suggestion, and they just get in there, do it and have fun,” She said. Each member of the group has a story. Angie Perdrisat, who lives on a farm near Meredith,

drives an hour each way to surf at least twice a week at Ocean Grove. “My motivation for joining the Chicas was to recover from two hip replacements. The trip would be reward for effort, and without effort, I’d have to watch from the beach.” Angie explained. “She’s determined. She’ll be with us on the warm green waves of the Pacific Ocean, Central America very soon,” Jill added. For more information, contact Heather Peck at Switchfoot Surf Coaching on 0428-195 646 or through womenwhosurf. com.

Scout leaders and helpers Libby Hatton, Nicole Coghlan, Fiona Boreham and Kim Connell with Hamish Connell, Trey Boreham, Oliver Connell and Noah Coghlan.

through games, stories and craft activities,” Kim said. For over three decades, Ocean Grove Scout Group has been providing programs for young people in Ocean Grove aged eightto 12-years-old. “Along with me will be Fiona Boreham and Nicole Coghlan. Together we will provide a safe and fun learning environment for

young boys and girls,” Kim said. There will be a parent information evening on May 1 at 7pm at the Ocean Grove Scout Hall, 123 The Avenue. Other leaders of Ocean Grove will attend to provide information about Cubs and Scouts. For more information email oceangrovejoeyscouts@


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A passion for the outdoors MIKE Randall grew up in Ocean Grove with a passion for boats, the sea and the environment. A qualif ied shipwright he has worked in shipbuilding on cruise boats, f ishing boats, boats for the pearl industry and on the oil rigs. Since settling back in Ocean Grove, Mike has established an award winning ecotourism company based

on his passion for boating, the sea and the environment. Mike designed and built his purpose built ecoboat in his shed on the industrial estate in Ocean Grove. Specially designed, his boat offers exceptional visibility for everyone on board with a design that ensures a smooth, stable and comfortable ride. Powered by two 250hp Yamaha 4 stroke motors

the boat is licensed to go through the spectacular Rip, follow the pilot boat so you can witness the transferring of pilots at sea as well as discover the wildlife including dolphins, seals, whales, penguins and sea birds that call Port Phillip Bay home. Mike has a wealth of knowledge of the area. He has a number of tours available from 1½ hours to six hours.

He highlights the unique history, wildlife and coastal landscape of southern Port Phillip Bay, the dangers of the Rip and the number of shipwrecks in the area, the importance of the lighthouses and how they operate, the work of the pilot boats and the history of the military fortif ications, which protected Melbourne during the World Wars. In their f irst year of

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Sabastian Bouma and Zane Beazely.

Anna Williams and Steph Golightly.

Jake Fry, Ethan Franks and Julian Powell.

Emily Kehagias, Claudia Britt and Jaweira Shah.

Harry Copperwaite and Jack James.

Sophie Beale and Ruby Fry.

PREMIERS: Section 2 mens went through the season undefeated. From left, Jarryd Proctor, Nick Vickary, James Kerr, David Franks, Brad Edwards.

Tennis break THERE is a break in the tennis competition at the moment due to school holidays, and the Winter season will commence the first weekend in May. Club News Last week at the club we ran a very successful school holiday clinic where many children learnt some new skills and had a lot of fun. Look out for the next clinic in the June school holidays. Many Ocean Grove members are heading down to Echuca over Easter for the Country Week Tournament there. We have a record number entering from Ocean Grove including some new junior entrants.

We look forward to seeing you all at the club on Saturday 3 May for the first match of the winter competition. Please remember to bring ball money and any updated details. Uniforms will also be available for sale. This is the last week to register for Tennisfanatics Tennis Coaching for next term. Please get your forms back to David or Julie as sokn as possible. The juniors have had a brilliant summer season and as we look back we have had some amazing results. Here are some of those. The results for the Club Championships were 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

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Search begins for new cricket leaders MARK HEENAN

OCEAN Grove and Collendina Cricket Clubs are on the search for new leaders. The Grubbers will be looking to replace captain/coach Lucas Cameron while Collendina must fill the shoes of captain Jye Hearps and co-coaches Eddie Ellwood and Richie Peters. Cameron stood down from the role last month. Cameron, 34, is expected to play on next season at the Grubbers, but is unable to commit to a coaching role in 2014/15 due to work and family commitments. Cameron has coached the Ocean Grove Cricket Club for the last four seasons after shifting from Geelong Cricket Association Club Highton Heat. Ocean Grove president Colin Bate,said Cameron’s impact at the Club had been enormous

over the last four seasons. “Lucas Cameron has been a great servant to the club and we are happy that he is staying to play on anyway,” Bate said. Cameron was a standout with the ball in 2013/14, he claimed the BPCA A grade league bowling average with 32 wickets at 12.38. The 2013/14 season saw Cameron claim two fivewicket hauls, his best performance was 6/26 against Newcomb in round nine. Any interested applicants in the new senior coaching role at Ocean Grove Cricket Club for the 2014/15 season can contact president Colin Bate on 0438-554 691 or email him at bdcmonty@ AVAILABLE positions exist for a senior coaching and A grade captain at Collendina in 2014/15 after Eddie Ellwood and Richie Peters and skipper

Jye Hearps all stood down. Ellwood, who has been co-coach along with Peters for the last four years, said he is keen to stay involved at the Cobras for the 2014/15 season. “Richie and I spent four years in the job and enjoyed it, but we just thought it was time for a change and for us as well,” Ellwood told the Voice last week. “Towards the end of the season Richie and I spoke and we'd had enough and put a fair bit of time into the club and we have got our own lives to get on with.” MEANWHILE Hearps who guided the A grade Cobras to a premiership in 2011/12, has spent the last three seasons as senior captain at Collendina. A new work role for Hearps has made it harder for him to commit to his A grade captaincy role on Saturdays.

Star Cobra batsman Corey Walter, who shared the captaincy role in Hearps’ absence in 2013/14, looms as a likely contender for the vacant A grade skipper role. Any interested applicants in the coaching and captaincy roles at the Cobras next season can contact Collendina Cricket Club president, Wayne Blyth, on 0418580 951.

Jye Hearps has handed over the reigns of the Collendina captaincy.

Eddie Ellwood will not coach Collendina Cricket Club next season.

Lucas Cameron will stay on as a player for Ocean Grove, but won't be captaining the side.



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Josh prepares for Bells Beach surf VOICE sports reporter and SEN 1116 Radio ASP World Tour surfing correspondent, Mark Heenan (MH), interviews Ocean Grove–based surfer Josh Johnson-Baxter (JJB) ahead of this week’s Rip Curl Pro event at Bells Beach.

JOSH Johnson-Baxter is a semi-professional surfer and he talks about his experiences surfing at Bells Beach, the prestige of the event and the year he was a runner-up to Adam Robertson, who hails from Victoria, in the Rip Curl Pro trials and how he almost won a spot into the main draw. Robertson went on to place second at the 2009 Rip Curl Pro main event and lost to 2012 ASP World Tour champion Joel Parkinson in the final. Johnson-Baxter, 25, who competed in the Rip Curl Pro pre trials on Sunday April 12, aims to progress into the event’s trials the next day, with the ultimate goal to earn a wildcard berth into the main 2014 Rip Curl Pro event. Johnson-Baxter, who is also completing a carpentry apprenticeship, aims to become the first ever Ocean Grove local to compete in arguably the world’s most prestigious surfing event. He currently competes for Thirteenth Beach Boardriders Club. The Rip Curl Pro, stop No 3 on the ASP World Tour, waiting period commences on Wednesday April 16 and ends on Sunday April 27 at the iconic Bells Beach. (MH) So tell me about surfing the wave at Bells Beach, it is one of the most iconic waves on the planet and the Rip Curl Pro event is steeped in prestige and history. What is it like surfing at Bells Beach? (JJB) “When the event is all set up, it is a pretty cool experience. When it is on and you can drive

Josh Johnson-Baxter in action.

over the hill and see the lines as it is six-to-eight foot. Looking back at all the grandstands and you imagine all the people out there. I have watched the event for the past 10 years and it is awesome when the event is on. It is sort of like a dream if I could get in (and compete) and that’s why I keep pursuing to try and make it.” (MH) What do you like most about the Rip Curl Pro? Is it surfing the ‘Bells Bowl’? Or the options surfing at nearby good spots like Winkipop or going south to Johanna Beach? Is Bells what it's all about or is the Rip Curl Pro more than that? (JJB) “Definitely Bells (Beach) is sort of what it is about. It is a cool experience, just coming over the hill knowing you are going to watch some crazy surfing. In

QUICK TIME OUT WITH JOSH JOHNSON-BAXTER Favourite surfer? Joel Parkinson Favourite wave? Beacon at Thirteenth Beach Favourite holiday destination? Mexico Favourite drink? Corona What do you like most about Ocean Grove? It has a cruisey vibe. It's pretty friendly. the Rip Curl Pro trials I have had that same feeling when you are coming over the hill and see those lines. The ‘Bells Bowl’ is where it is at, and when you see the professional surfers on the wave, you realise what you can actually do, because it is not often you surf with the best in the world, even it is just free surfing it.” (MH) Do you have a favourite memory of the

Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach? (JJB) “The year Adam Robertson (in 2009) made it the whole way through to the final that was pretty crazy, just watching a local from Victoria and all the support behind him. It was a pretty big week following Robertson through the heats and how many people were there to support him and the vibe, it was real cool. I have never made the

Rip Curl Pro before, but I came close that year in 2009 and came second in the Rip Curl Pro trials and was a runner-up to Adam Robertson.” (MH) In the lead up to the Rip Curl Pro trials how often do you surf at Bells Beach? (JJB) “As much as I can, depends on the waves at Bells Beach. I try my best to get there after work (with my carpentry apprenticeship) to do as much as I can to improve out there and get used to the wave.” (MH) Who do you think will win this year’s Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach? (JJB) “It is really hard to predict who will win it. Joel Parkinson maybe. He is pretty good out there. It is a hard one, there are so many good surfers out there.”


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Grovers head north

Ocean Grove bowlers went north to contest the Duke of Edinburgh Shield. Loe. During the section down to eventual winner successive award in this play they went through Queensland by four category. “I was extremely undefeated knocking over shots and NSW. Flapper honoured to be nominated Western Australia, ACT steered his side of Dylan in the category for this and Northern Territory Fisher, Adam Galloway award, the award is voted which booked them a spot and Nick McIntyre to on by your teammates. in the gold medal playoff four wins, one draw and It’s a great feeling to be against Queensland. two losses by a single recognised for consistent Facing off against fellow shot out of the seven performances in the green Australian squad member games played. During and gold. I certainly had Mark Casey the Vics the event the Bowls no expectations that I gained the upper hand Australia Awards were would win it though, early and never let it held for which Flapper Aron is one of the best go to come away gold had been nominated for players in the world and medallists. Victoria International Bowler thoroughly deserves this clean sweeped all three of the Year. No joy for award,” Flapper said. disciplines to take gold Matt on this occasion as Five Ocean Grove in the singles and triples. New South Wales and ladies ventured to Swan Third place was all the Vics Australian teammate Hill recently to form part could manage in the Sides Aron Sherriff took the of the Geelong Bowls Championships going honours to claim his third Region ladies Sides

Peter Loe and Matt Flapper.

Sally wins club champs

I was three shots behind the leader and then I won by six shots after the third week,” Schaller said. She placed second in last year’s Championships where current Ocean Grove Golf Club Ladies' captain Chris Jolley won the 2013 event. Schaller, a member of the Ocean Grove Golf Club since 2004, has secured Championship wins in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and now 2014. Schaller who plays off a handicap of 12, is also a member of the South Western District Ladies' Golf Association and the Portarlington Golf Club.





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GOLFER Sally Schaller is having a purple patch on the fairways. The 47-year-old local took out the Ocean Grove Golf Club Women’s Championships for the fifth time earlier this month. In fact, the Ocean Grove resident has won the event in five of the last six years after her win on Thursday April 3. Schaller secured the win by six shots with her consistent rounds of 86, 85 and 84 after the Championships were played over three weeks. “The first week I was four shots behind the leader, the second week



Sally Schaller won her fifth Ocean Grove Golf Club championship in six years.

Championships. The event which is made up of a selected representative team from each region across Victoria is played round robin format in sections and then section winners play off for the overall winner. Pat Virtue, Joan Tennant, Faye Richardson, Gail Meddings and Kim McConville flew the flag for the Grove and were able to come back Silver medalists after narrowly going down to the strong Northern Gateway Region in the tournament decider. Bowls Victoria’s State Championships were underway in Bendigo at the time of print and Ocean Grove Bowlers were well represented. Paul Cameron featured in two disciplines contesting the State Singles and then teaming up with Dale Kett and Larry Donohue to hopefully make it back to back State triples crowns for the Grove. Kim McConville and Kerri Simpson had the chance to bring back a State Pairs crown and Club Pairs Champions Flapper and Craig Hodges were vying for honours in the Champion of Champion Pairs title.


COBRAM Bowls Club was the host venue for this year’s Section play in the Duke of Edinburgh Shield. Ocean Grove’s RSL bowls team which was made up of 13 Ocean Grove Pennant players out of the 16-man team contested the event with five games against RSL sides from across Victoria. Unfortunately the Grove boys came up against a red hot side full of Premier Division players from Bundoora. Bundoora got the better of the OG team on the day and managed to go through the section undefeated. Grove finished the event in third place, winning three of their five section matches. Ocean Grove’s Matt Flapper travelled to Tasmania to contest the annual Australian Super Six and Australian Sides Championships which were held in Burnie. The super six series is played prior to the side’s championships and features six of the best players from each state and territory. Competition is competed in singles, pairs and triples. Skipping the pairs Flapper was teamed up with former Essendon teammate Peter

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Colts emerge triumphant

Tough day for 18B Grubbers AN undermanned Ocean Grove under 18B had a tough day out against East Geelong in the first grading game of the season. With a playing list of 14 – half of whom hadn’t seen the training track this year – plus three on loan from Easts, the Grubbers battled hard against a stronger, fitter, more organised opponent to lose 19.15.129 to 6.5.41. Ocean Grove played one man short which allowed East Geelong the luxury of having a loose man in the backline. Despite this, the Grubbers started the game reasonably well and matched East Geelong for the first quarter and a half. East Geelong seemed to always have an extra man or two at the clearances but this didn’t stop the likes of James McGarry and Luke Smyth from

throwing everything they had at them. Ned Thorley was up against it in the ruck but he battled bravely and had an impact around the ground. East Geelong completely took over the clearances in the second half and gave their forward line ample supply which was reflected on the scoreboard. Alex Shiels and Isaac Wilkins ran themselves into the ground and picked up plenty of touches while Mark Benness held his own on the wing. Though they didn’t stop trying, the Grubbers understandably ran out of steam in the second half but coach Ryan was pleased with his team’s efforts against the odds. Best: Luke Smyth, Alex Shiels, Isaac Wilkins, Ned Thorley, Mark Benness, James McGarry

Under 18 action.

Gutsy victory against Ammos THE under 16 (1) Grubbers kicked off their 2014 season in style with a comfortable 34 point win over Geelong Amateurs, 11.8.74 to 6.4.40. Coming up against their conquerors in last year’s grand final, the Grubbers quickly exorcised any potential demons with a first quarter blitz that kept the Ammos scoreless. Captain Darcy Pearson led the way kicking two goals and had great support from fellow midfielders Riley Maloney and Nick Giblin. Up forward Fletcher Sharrock and Kyle Ewart created havoc with their marking power, and anything they missed was snapped up by the mosquito fleet of Jesse

Caligiuri, Hamish Drake and Spencer Luppino. The Grubbers’ slick ball movement proved a headache for the Ammos as they pressed home their advantage in the second and third terms. The goals kept ticking over and the backline repelled most Ammos forays into their forward line. Flynn Kelly impressed in a new role at centre half back, and Corey Pfeiffer stood out for his calm work under pressure. Tom Smith and Ryan Symonds both made noticeable contributions. Goals: Pearson 3, Drake 2, Maloney 2, McDonald Caliguiri, Luppino, Attard 1. Best: Pearson, Giblin, Gist, Kelly, Smith.

THE Grubbers’ colts (1) took on Drysdale in their first hit-out of the season and after a sluggish start, they eventually came up trumps, 10.11.71 to 7.4.46. With a couple of key players on seniors’ duty, their depth was tested but the boys showed that they will be a competitive outfit this season. Ocean Grove had the upper hand in general play in the first quarter but squandered their opportunities in front of goal and finished the quarter with only one major from six scoring attempts.

Drysdale capitalised on the Grubbers’ wasted chances and by half time held a two point lead with limited opportunities. Coach Bailey revved up his charges at half time and they responded with a dominant four goals to one third quarter. Ocean Grove had plenty of targets up forward with Rob Procter, Cam Habgood and Ben Potter all hitting the scoreboard throughout the game. The imposing Buddha Wilkens was also creating havoc for the Drysdale defenders. The Grubbers finished

Under 16 action, Ocean Grove vs Barwon Heads.

Under 18 action during Ocean Grove's win.

Soccer all set for kick off THE Geelong soccer season kicks off on the weekend of April 26 and April 27. Surfside Waves Soccer Club goes into the new season with two men's senior teams and eight junior teams. The juniors will start from under 7 level up to under 15s and have two girls’ teams under the age groups of under 11 and 14. Surfside Waves has almost doubled junior registrations this year, which shows interest is growing in soccer in the Ocean Grove community. The seniors will be in Division two and three this year. Luis McClelland will take charge of the division 2 side, which has had much change in the off season. But the blend of experience and youth in the team will hold them in good stead for the season. Kevin Bowers will head the Division three

side this year. Bowers will have a very young team due to no under 17 team this year. Division three is expected to be very competitive this season and the Waves hope to repeat the league success from last year. Surf isde Waves are hoping to have as many night games over all age groups as possible this year. Surfside Waves would love the support of all the Ocean Grove community on these nights. Anybody who would still like to play or wants more information on the club can contact the club by email at surfsidewaves@ Coach: Luis McClelland Players in: Troy McClelland (Surfcoast) Cha Ozay (Bell Park) Trent Budzynski (Corio Bay) Players out:

Chris Puddyfoot (work commitments) Jake Armstrong (Lara) Alex Romaniw (overseas) Adrian Hawkin (retired) A tough f inish to their campaign in 2013 saw the Waves start their preseason early in preparation for the 2014 season. The squad has undergone some changes over the summer, and the coach has worked hard to add some more quality and depth to the ranks, with a particular coup being the recapture of former player Troy McClelland after a lengthy layoff from injury. The Waves are looking to play an attractive style of football based on discipline, structure and passing. Surfside Waves would like to acknowlege the sponsors and support it has received heading into the new season.

The Surfside Waves will kick off a new season later this month.

the game off by winning the final quarter thanks largely to the continued good work of Gerrard Hurley and Che Durran. The underrated Sam Pfeiffer also impressed with a solid display. There is still some rough edges to iron out but a 25-point win was a promising start to the season. Goals: Rob Procter 3, Ben Potter, Cam Habgood 2, Che Durran, Harry Walker, Nat Gravener 1. Best: G. Hurley, C. Durran, B. Potter, S. Pfeiffer, R. BakerHutchinson, A. Wilkens.



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Grove wins bridge battle SURFING’S annual Battle of the Bridge was won by Ocean Grove at Thirteenth Beach on Saturday. The Thirteenth Beach Boardriders gathered at the club’s prime wave Beacon to enjoy the large swell and light winds on offer as Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads geared up to do battle. Featuring each town’s top ranked surfer and kicking off proceedings was the power heat. In the blue and representing Barwon Heads was Shawn Todd whose powerful attack proved too good for Ocean Grove surfer Josh Johnson-Baxter. Barwon Heads duo Bronson Field and Will Dickson were quick to consolidate on the Headers' early lead, accounting for Ocean Grove’s Elliot Gray and Declan Bradley with ease in the first heat of the pairs division. In the second pairs heat Ocean Grove’s Kyle Barr combined with onfire goofy footer Danny Dales-Sutton to earn back some lost ground with a victory over Billy Harrison and Sam Harris.

As Ocean Grove moved within striking distance, the points up for grabs in the club’s infamous milk run became vital with just the tag team left to play. Competitors in the event are required to run 100 metres, skoll a litre of milk before a 100 metre return sprint to the finish line. Club president Elliot Gray turned on some impressive drinking skills to clinch victory form an equally gallant Will Bowers. With scores locked up heading into the tag team it was well and truly any town’s game. The OG Royals, consisting of Simon Collier, Ben Collier, Gus Harfield, Greg Basset, Elise Renzenbrink, Rob Petho and Cameron Drake proved far too classy for the inexperienced Barwon Heads team of Dick Field, Mark Hutson, Henry Hutchins, Tom Harrison, Tom Carrol, Ash Wall and Mac Taylor. The boardriders schedule remains active throughout autumn with the last aggregate comp of the season on May 3.

Danny Dales-Sutton

RIGHT: The winning Grove team chair their president and captain Elliott Gray. BELOW LEFT: Barwon Heads boys Tom, Robbo and Mac. BELOW RIGHT: Elise Renzenbrink. Pictures: GARY STEPHENS

James Jacobi

Expression session for young groms

TOP: Meka Renton-Wright. LEFT: Matt and Archie Tribe. BOTTOM LEFT: Mikala Martin. BOTTOM RIGHT: Luca Vella. Pictures: GARY STEPHENS

ONCE again Huey smiled down on the 13th Beach Boardriders Micro Groms, sending sunny skies and perfect 1 to 2 foot full tide waves into Little Raafs Beach for the fourth Expression Session of the season. As a result there were heaps of waves ridden and lots of fun had by all participants who revelled in the perfect conditions. With a non competitive emphasis and a focus on having fun with likeminded youngsters, as well as developing surfing skills and surf awareness each session has a learning focus. The focus for this

Expression Session was surf etiquette and covered where to paddle out to have the least impact on other surfers, wave riding rules and who has right of way in the surf. With this probably being the last session before the winter break, it was a timely lesson especially for the older groms who are starting to venture into the surf by them selves A big thank you to all the parents, helpers and water patrol volunteers for your work during our sessions as we look forward to next seasons waves and loads more fun. Gaz


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Action from Ocean Grove's under 18 win against Colac.

WINNERS: Ocean Grove won the under 16 Battle of the Bridge against Barwon Heads on Saturday.


Young Grovers win big THERE’S something about clashes with traditional rivals that stirs the emotions of sports lovers. Carlton v Collingwood, Man U v Man City, Hulk Hogan v Ric Flair…. and it’s the same when the Grubbers clash with the Seagulls of Barwon Heads. The most recent version of the Battle of the Bridge took place in greasy conditions at Ocean Grove and it was Ocean Grove that previaled in the under 16 game, 12.7.79 to 4.7.31. A week of soaking rain ensured the first quarter was a slippery, slogging affair. Barwon Heads adapted quicker to the conditions and had a couple of early goals on the board and it was only some smart forward work by Fletcher Sharrock with two goals that kept the Grubbers in touch at quarter time. With the conditions

improving and instructions from coach Featherby to get their hands on the ball, the Grubbers came out charging in the second term. Nick Giblin relished the conditions and used his strength to great benefit, and ruckman Brod Gist dominated around the ground. When Flynn Kelly moved forward half through the term and snagged three majors, the Grubbers found themselves with a healthy five goal lead at the main break. The good work continued into the wind in the third quarter, with the Seagulls held goalless and the Grubbers piling on another four goals. Kelly added another two to his name, Sharrock jagged a third and Tom Smith posted an early entry for goal of the year with a fantastic snap in the forward pocket. Down back his big brother Joe Smith stood tall and

together with Harry Morris, combined to repel the Seagulls attack. Just like last week a couple of late last quarter goals to the opposition made the scoreline a bit more respectable for the Seagulls, but the Grubbers were well and truly the better team on the day. Special congratulations to Jesse Caligiuri who looked like he had broken every bone in his body after a nasty sling tackle, but made a Lazarus-like comeback to sing the song with his team mates after the game. An eight-goal win continues the promising form shown so far this year and the boys can head into the Easter break happy with their efforts. Goals: Flynn Kelly 5, Fletcher Sharrock 3, Tom Smith 1, Brod Gist 1, Kyle Ewart 1, Nik Giblin 1 Best: Nick Giblin, Brod Gist, Joe Smith, Harry Morris, Tom Smith, Flynn Kelly

RUCK: Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads ruckmen contest a ball-up.

Grubbers prevail in tense contest

OCEAN Grove won the last quarter and the game against Colac on Saturday after scores were level at the final break. Final scores in the under 18 grading game were Ocean Grove 8.7.55 to Colac 6.8.44. In a scrappy affair, both backlines were on top for much of the game and goals were hard to come by. Hamish Hoober and Gerrard Hurley did some great work for the Grubbers down back and ensured that Colac didn’t hit the scoreboard too hard. Along with Harry Walker, they frustrated the Colac forwards and didn’t let them get any momentum at any stage. Even though the

skill level was down, commitment wasn’t and Ocean Grove did enough in the first half to hold a seven point at the main break. The arm wrestle continued after halftime and the scoreboard remained tight for the duration of the game. Nat Gravener used his superior fitness to great effect and his hard gutrunning set up many forward forays for his teammates. The scores were locked together at the final change and the game was there to be won. Hoober was switched on to Colac’s key player to play a blanketing role and the job he did was

instrumental in getting the Grubbers home. Midfielder Che Durran took control around the packs in the second half and his class and composure was the difference between the two sides. Durran also lead the scoring for Ocean Grove with three goals. Two goals to nil in the final term was enough to get the job done for the Grubbers. It wasn’t pretty but it was a good, hard fought win. Goals: C. Durran 3, S. Pfeiffer, B. Potter, R. Procter, A. Wilkens, C. West 1 Best: H. Hoober, N. Gravener, G, Hurley, C. Durran, J. Evans, H. Walker


grove netball

Netball results Kardinia Park 1/4/14 11U-2 – Hot balmy night for their start to the season but the girls had a great time under coach Tanya, keep smiling girls! Kardinia Park 4/4/14 13U-3 – Ocean Grove 9 vs St Josephs 19 Best Players: Team Effort 13U-4 – Ocean Grove lost to St Marys Best Players: T McVilly, J Wilding, M Casey 13U-5 – Ocean Grove 4 vs St Josephs 30 Best Players: E Vallelonga, A Wilkens, M Breen 15U-3 – Ocean Grove 36 vs Grovedale 3 Best Players: S Bastiaan, C Fraser, L Doyle 15U-4 – Ocean Grove 17 vs St Josephs 10 Best Players: M Caligiuri, O Hart, N Ansell All Abilities – Ocean Grove 6 vs St Josephs 20 Great Team effort under new coach Rachael! OG Netball 05/04/14 – Newcomb Great start to the Saturday season with the sunny skies shining brightly for Ocean Grove at Newcomb today 11U-1 – The team had some great fun under coach Maddy and the smiles on their faces said it all! 13U-1 – Ocean Grove 51 vs Newcomb 1 Best Players: M Dodds, J Connellan, M Smith 13U-2 - Ocean Grove 41 vs Newcomb 4 Best

Players: G Asquith, M Smith, K Reid 15U-1 - Ocean Grove 37 vs Newcomb 12 Best Players: I Jones, I Bosch, A Badrock 17U-1 - Ocean Grove 70 vs Newcomb 2 Best Players: B Taylor, J Sutton, C Abel 19U - Ocean Grove 31 vs Newcomb 6 Best Players: I Wilkins, D Neal, J Anderson D Grade - Ocean Grove 43 vs Newcomb 8 Best Players: K Sing, K Burden, A O’Keefe Well done D grade defeating Newcomb in a competitive game. The girls gelled together well for the first game with goalers, Ashleigh and Rachael working competently in the ring and defenders Kirrilee and Kylie stopping Newcomb scoring. Centre courters Alyse, Emma, Kirrilee and Emma kept the ball moving down the court. Fantastic game girls, keep the passion going and the rewards will come your way. C Grade - Ocean Grove 47 vs Newcomb 17 Best Players: K Sykes, B Gavin, E Bolton Newcomb showed plenty of courage throughout the game but was unable to stop the Grove train. Kat, Britt, Jess and Amber controlled the centre court and provided many intercepts that were

converted into goals by Famie, Eden and Kim. Tamara and Kylie teamed well in defence with Sarah. Keep up the intensity girls. B Grade - Ocean Grove 84 vs Newcomb 16 Best Players: T Birch, T Sinnott, Z Woolnough B Grade performed well in a high scoring game. Plenty of winners right across the court with Tina and Emma down the scoring end, Maddy, Lucy and experienced Tahlia through the centre and great defensive work by Zoe, Claire and Paula. Great work girls, each week will bring further challenges. A Grade - Ocean Grove 89 vs Newcomb 17 Best Players: A Lee, C Parker, L Bell Impressive team performance for a first round hit out. The girls were able to put together four quarters of consistent netball. A dominant goaling partnership between Alex and Laura lead the attack end who capitalised on the strong defensive pressure provided by Candice and Lauren. Allison, Bec and Krystal were central to the win with young U17 player Clem making her A grade debut with a strong approach.

A grade action from the weekend. Pictures: LINDSAY KELLEY

B grade action between Ocean Grove and Queenscliff.

C grade

D grade

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Results Kardinia Park 11/4/14 13U-3 – Ocean Grove 14 vs St Marys 1 Best Players: J Allen, M Taylor, S Chanter 13U-4 – Ocean Grove 0 vs Sth Barwon 12 Best Players: T Jeffrey, B Broughton, C Doran 13U-5 – Ocean Grove 3 vs Bannockburn 23 Best Players: T Horzitski, M Stapleton, J Hay 15U-3 – Ocean Grove

Action from the under 15 (pictured above), under 13 (pictured below left) and under 11 (pictured below right) games from the weekend. Pictures: LINDSAY KELLEY. 30 vs Bannockburn 2 Best Players: M Carr, M Wilkins, L Doyle 15U-4 – Ocean Grove 14 vs Torquay 10 Best Players: E Quinn, J Muscat, H Grasso All Abilities – Ocean Grove 2 vs Bell Post Hill 12 The team has a new lineup and is settling into their new positions with some new faces, keep that determination up.



SCOREBOARD OCEAN GROVE 32.18.210 DEFEATED NEWCOMB 5.7.37 OCEAN GROVE GOAL KICKERS: T. Gavin 10, D. Maloney 6, K. Williams 4, D. Freeman 2, A. Bottomley 2, M. Kellett 2, B. Warren 2, M. Laidler, C. West, J. McTaggart, D. West. BEST PLAYERS: K. Williams, T. Gavin, A. Higgins, J. McTaggart, S. Fairway, D. Maloney.

grove footy

Massive win first up

OCEAN Grove kicked off its 2014 BFL season in style by thrashing Newcomb by 173 points at Grinter Reserve on Saturday April 5. Final scores were Ocean Grove 32.18.210 to Newcomb 5.7.37. The win skyrocketed the Grubbers to the top of the BFL senior ladder. Dynamic forward Travis Gavin led the charge for the Grubbers after he

booted 10 goals, while fellow forward Daniel Maloney, who returns to Ocean Grove this season, also shined with six majors. Ocean Grove 2014 senior best and fairest winner, Kelly Williams, played a starring role in the midfield and kicked four goals. The Grubbers went into the game without the services of skipper Liam

Rock and fellow on-baller Rowan O’Callaghan, who were both unavailable. New recruits Alex Bottomley and Marcus Kellett both kicked two goals apiece, while forwards Brayden Warren and Daniel Freeman also booted two majors. In all, Grubbers had 11 different goal kickers in total. The visitors set up the win in the first quarter

Action from the reserves match between Ocean Grove and Queenscliff.

with eight goals to one major opening term against Newcomb, which had made ‘wholesale changes’ to its playing list over the summer under new coach Chris Carlon. Ocean Grove had serviceable contributions from Andy Higgins, who returns from his stint with GFL club South Barwon, and Grubber senior regulars James McTaggart and Sam Fairway.

IN the Reserves, Ocean Grove defeated by Newcomb Power by 140 points in the earlier match. Final scores were Ocean Grove 21.22.148 to Newcomb Power 1.2.8. Best players were Jade Rawlings and veteran Wayde Piec, who booted seven goals for the Grubbers.


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Undefeated MARK HEENAN

GUN: Max Rooke was a dominant force for Ocean Grove in its superb win against Queenscliff. Pictures: LINDSAY KELLEY

OCEAN GROVE'S momentous win over triple BFL premiers Queenscliff on Saturday was one for the ages. The 61-point landmark victory against the Coutas entrenched the Grubbers at the top of the ladder with a 2-0 record in 2014. Final scores were Ocean Grove 19.12.126 to Queenscliff 9.11.65. The Grubbers face another huge challenge against Drysdale, last season’s BFL grand finalists, at Ocean Grove this Saturday. Ocean Grove coach Shane Jack rated the 61-point triumph against Queenscliff as one of the best wins in his time at the Grubbers. It was the first time Ocean Grove had toppled the Coutas since round 18, 2011. Queenscliff had several stars missing from the team that defeated Drysdale in last year’s BFL grand final including star defender Steve Owen and key tall Nic Orvis. “It was good to win, we had a couple of good wins towards the end of the last year,” Jack told the Voice. “Obviously Barwon Heads at Barwon Heads,

Torquay under lights (at Torquay) and last season’s finals’ win against Torquay. “That is the benchmark we want to stay at for the rest of the season, it is going to be hard, but we have got a couple of young kids.” Midfielder Aaron O’Callaghan had a good knack at finding the ball in the first quarter, while livewire forward Daniel Freeman proved dangerous in front of goal. Key Ocean Grove tall Daniel Maloney sealed the win for the home side in the final term as he played as a deep forward and finished with four goals. “We stood up in a big game which is good, they (Queenscliff) came at us at in the last 10 minutes of the third quarter we got challenged, but the way we responded in the last quarter was really good,” Jack said. It was an excellent day for the Grubbers after the reserves defeated Queenscliff by one point in a thriller. Final scores were 5.11.41 to 6.4.40. Kaiden Long and Jack Rawlings were among the home side’s best players.


OCEAN GROVE GOAL KICKERS: D. Maloney 4, T. Gavin 3, B. Warren 3, D. Freeman 3, S. Jack 2, S. Rankin, K. Williams, M. Rooke, A. O'Callaghan. BEST PLAYERS: D. Maloney, M. Caldow, J. McTaggart, S. Jack, K. Williams, D. Moroney.


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Rooke stars Grubbers defeat reigning premiers


Old Cat, new tricks Former Geelong star Max Rooke helped Ocean Grove to a stunning win against reigning premiers Queenscliff on Saturday. Rooke was obviously not afraid to get his knees dirty during the stirring victory. Picture: LINDSAY KELLEY

FORMER Geelong AFL star Max Rooke made a sparkling comeback to local footy as Ocean Grove scored a landmark victory against reigning BFL premiers Queenscliff on Saturday. The 32-year-old dual Cats premiership player finished with one goal and played a significant hand in numerous Grubber majors with his excellent football nous in the 61-point demolition over Queenscliff. One of Rooke’s highlights was a leftfoot torpedo kick on his nonpreferred side to dynamic forward Travis Gavin that resulted in a goal in the final term. Rooke, who wore the No 38 guernsey, played a deep forward role in the first quarter, but moved up the ground as the game progressed and had a stint in the backline. Ocean Grove coach, Shane Jack, praised Rooke’s work to win the contested ball and his ability to palm off goals to his teammates.

“What he (Rooke) does is he provides a contest at the contest,” Jack told the Voice after the match. "If it hits the ground you know he is coming and know he is going to tackle. “Just in that last ten to fifteen minutes (in the last quarter) he probably set up three or four goals on his left foot. “I am sure he enjoyed this win. The boys obviously loved playing with him. “It is good for him to come down and train and help the young kids out. Even at half time he had a talk to a couple of the boys.” Rooke played one match for the Grubbers against Modewarre in round two last season where he kicked five goals at Modewarre. The former AFL Cats defender is expected to play eight to 10 matches for Ocean Grove in 2014, when he is free of VFL and AFL coaching commitments with Geelong. Rooke played 135 AFL games with Geelong from 2002 to 2010.

Ocean Grove Voice 16 Aprill 2014  

Ocean Grove Voice newspaper

Ocean Grove Voice 16 Aprill 2014  

Ocean Grove Voice newspaper