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May 1-14, 2013



RECORD crowds turned out for Ocean Grove’s ANZAC Day services. Story and pictures pages 16-17

Myki too hard in Grove


Jan 23-Feb 5, 2013




STATE MP Lisa Neville has taken up the ongoing Myki issue. It follows revelelations that Myki has no plans to offer outlets to purchase the new travel cards anywhere on the


Travellers can top up their cards online or travel to Geelong to purchase a card from select 7-Eleven stores, post offices and newsagents - but they have to get there first. “I am concerned that

there are no outlets to purchase or top up MYKI cards on the Bellarine peninsula,” Ms Neville states in her monthly Voice column. “The replacement of short term bus tickets from April 19 means

commuters are required to use MYKI cards only and this makes it very difficult for Bellarine residents using the public transport system.” Ms Neville said she has written to the Minister for Public Transport,

the Hon Terry Mulder, asking him to address this issue as a matter of urgency and advise what steps are being taken to rectify this situation and provide a time frame on when MYKI cards will be available on the Bellarine.

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We’re not taking the myki, yet

IT seems understanding myki is going to be a complicated affair. Just ask their own representatives. After multiple phone calls, emails and exchanges ,the Voice was reassured the smart card system replacing

Metcard will be available to purchase on Ocean Grove buses. “myki has been operating

on buses in Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula since December 2008,”said Ticketing Projects Division Media Relations Manager Adrian Darwent.

“Short term tickets will be phased out during 2013 at

which point passengers will be able to buy and top up myki cards via the bus driver,” Mr Darwent assured. The previous day, after a 30 minute wait, the Voice spoke with Mihir, a myki team leader who was adamant travellers could not purchase

myki onboard. “The information we had was that all regional buses would sell myki, I understand now that McHarry’s is an interstate bus and therefore cannot provide myki cards onboard,” he said. After contacting Adrian with

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How the Voice highlighted the issue back in January.

this information the Voice was informed the myki Team Leader had got it wrong. “Obviously I’m going to email them and make sure we are giving correct information across the board,” he said. Continued page 2.


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Hundred km hike raises $1,600

LOCALS Hugh McEwan and David Proctor have returned, a little weary, after completing an epic 100km walk to raise money for Oxfam. The real estate agent and the osteopath completed the Oxfam Trailwalk in 27.5 hours.

SALON Sojourn has won first place in two divisions during the Gordon’s annual photo shoot competition. Shelley Platt won the qualified hairdresser division for her creative piece and Hayley Parker best first year apprentice. “There were over 60 entrants so we’re really happy to have won first.

It’s a fantastic competition where you get the chance to work with Cricket, a professional photographer,” Shelley said. “You have to pick a model, choose a concept then create a hairstyle with that in mind. I chose modern elegant. You get a photo shoot for next to nothing which is fantastic for your portfolio.”

Welcome road upgrades JESSICA GRACE BIKE Safe has welcomed almost $1million in road improvements between Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale. President Barton Van Laar said VicRoads’ $835,000 project included Shell Road and would see road widening, reduced speed limits and a double application of spray seal for bike lanes. “Last year cyclist admissions to Geelong Hospital went up 30 per cent,’’ Mr Van Laar said. ‘‘Over summer cycling crashes involving cars in and around Ocean Grove also increased. “Any safety improvements and upgrades is good news and welcomed. ‘‘Ocean Grove has a large cycling community and this number would increase if it was safer to ride to facilities.” Mr Van Laar said roads such as Thacker Street urgently needed bike lanes but despite various campaigns nothing had been planned. “There is plenty of room and it would allow so many more locals to shop without having to worry

about a park. We have been campaigning for this for three years,” he said. “Thacker Street leads to key community facilities and is the responsibility of City of Greater Geelong. ‘‘There are still no plans

worse.” Mr Van Laar said Bike Safe had called on the council to urgently identify key routes that required footpaths and bike lanes. “It’s also essential the

How often do we see pedestrians, parents with pushers, children on bikes struggling up the hills, on the road, on Dare Street and the Terrace?

in the works other than Bike Safe’s.” Mr Van Laar said he was worried it would take a major accident before action would be taken and said shoulders on the road would also make it safer for cars. “Lack of footpaths is a real safety issue,’’ he said. ‘‘How often do we see pedestrians, parents with pushers, children on bikes struggling up the hills, on the road, on Dare Street and the Terrace? “They are usually coming from holiday accommodations to get to the shops. ‘‘There is simply no footpath on either side of these main feeder roads and the traffic keeps getting

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immediate residents aren’t made to pay a share of the footpath cost,’’ he said. ‘‘Not if the route is strategic and benefits the whole community. “A real danger point is the bend at the end of Tuckfield Street, leading into the Parade. VicRoads needs to address this as cyclists are at risk here.” Mr Van Laar said there were some great offroad shared bike path opportunities in and around Ocean Grove. “We support the development of a connected, shared pathway from the Shell Road Recreation Reserve, off road, right through to the beach,” he said.

Pictured: Barton Van Laar says Bike Safe is welcoming road improvements but wants to see urgent works to Thacker Street. “This route could “The plan for a bike follow the road reserve path from the Kingston along Tuckfield Street, Housing Estate, along across Emperor Drive, the Ocean Grove Nature through the Begola Reserve to connect to Wetlands to the existing Blue Waters Drive and off-road leisure path eventually the river is also along the dunes.” visionary,” he said. Mr Van Laar said If you have an idea another off-road idea was for a bike path or have for a bike path on crown identified some safety land from Ocean Grove concerns please email to Point Lonsdale.


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Commuity group AGM

Elvis is leaving the building Brett Howard is ready for a change but hopes someone can carry on the Elvis Parsley legacy.

Shop shift over winter

ELVIS Parsley isn’t the only store closing in town, although the reasons are varied say owners. Some are closing their shop fronts because the owners want to have a lifesyle change while others say they are shutting their doors due to a tough economic environment. Most say high or inflexible rents/leases and the impact of internet shopping are the decider. Retail stores closing or closed are Sports Fanatics and Nova Phones in Ocean Plaza, the Bonds Outlet in the Trak Arcade and Daisy and the Duke in the Terrace. However, Sports Fanatics, the Bonds Outlet and Daisy and the Duke all plan to continue selling online. On the postiive side, local Brendan Waites’ Ocean Grove Camera and Photo will be taking over one of the vacated premises at Ocean Plaza, opening its doors on June 1. Bar Deli is also understood to have been sold with the new owner planning to carry out an extensive re-fit.

JESSICA GRACE OCEAN Grove’s longest serving fruit and veg’ shop is packing up this February unless another foodie steps in, free of charge. For 11 years Elvis Parsley and Grapesland has provided Grover’s with the freshest produce and after being unable to sell, have decided if someone buys the equipment, the business comes free. “For 11 years we’ve run a successful shop turning over a million a year and that hasn’t changed. We decided six years ago that we wanted to do something else,” owner Brett Howard said. “So we put the shop on the market. After unsuccessfully negotiating with over 20 people during that time we decided recently when the lease expires in February, it’s time to go.” Brett said he and wife Jules’ journey has been an unforgettable one, and the love and support they’ve received since arriving in Ocean Grove,

overwhelming. “It’s been amazing, the friendships we’ve formed not only with our employees but with regular customers. We’ve employed over 70 staff. Some who came to our weddings and vice versa,” he said. “We’ve been there for marriages, babies and birthdays. Our regular and loyal customers make up 80 per cent of our trade and also our fiercely loyal holidaymakers who love our shop to bits.” Brett said the shop no longer suited plans for their future. “I’m a podiatrist by trade and Jules is a teacher. She’s been doing relief teaching and wants to teach again and after being out of academia for so long, I’m itching to go back to school,” he said. “We would love to see someone come in and do as well from the store as we have. We’re really genuine. If someone pays the plant and equipment and stock in store they can have it.” Brett said they’ve

expanded and grown from importing boutique products from as far as Tanzania, to making the instrumental decision to focus on fruit, veggies and local products. “When other places opened up on the coast and were providing imported goods, we decided five years ago to focus on local produce. We had three little cottage industries and now we’ve got 35 local suppliers,” he said. When Brett looks back on their journey he said it is the social side of the store that he’s loved the most getting to know other vendors and business owners. “It’s made us part of the community. If we had come down ten years ago and worked as professionals we would know one tenth of the people we’ve met through the store,” he said. Brett said they wanted to thank everyone in the Ocean Grove community that has supported them and continues to support local business in town.

Another stack at junction A car accident at The Terrace and Presidents Avenue junction has demonstrated motorist’s confusion according to police. Leading Senior Constable Leon Ridgeway said around 8.30am Monday April 22 a 35-year-old male driving a white Holden 4-wheel drive collided with a red Daihatsu Sirion driven by a 34-yearold female. “Basically a fellow turned in front of lady travelling

north along Presidents. He was turning down towards the Bowling Club, he didn’t see her and just turned straight in front of her,” Snr Cons. Ridgeway said. “It can be awkward because people who want to turn right get a bit jumbled up about whose got right of way. It’s the same as the junction on Presidents Avenue and The Parade.” Snr Const. Ridgeway said the man was issued

OCEAN Grove Community Association will discuss achievements and activity over the past year during their annual general meeting. OGCA Chief Executive John Fendyk said everyone within the Ocean Grove community is welcome to come along to the Ocean Grove Bowling Club at 7.30pm May 1 and contribute to the evening. “We’ll be discussing issues such as the forum when we had the mayor present, The Urban Design Framework, BEAR project, traffic solution updates and seek community feedback on issues,” he said. “Anything the community would like the association to address. We’d really appreciate any support for the night and hope people take us up on the open invitation.”

Going pink for cause THIS month Bakers Delight on The Terrace will turn pink in order to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. As part of the national Pink Bun campaign Bakers Delight will donate 100 per cent of their pink finger bun sales from May 2 to May 22 to Breast Cancer Network Australia. “Last year the campaign raised over $1m nationally for women like me and our families. It makes such a real difference to our experience with breast cancer,” local breast cancer survivor Julie Rodger said. “The support and information available to women diagnosed has improved so much since BCNA began 15 years ago, and that’s possible because of the generosity of Bakers Delight and their customers,” Julie said. Staff will dress in pink and collection tins on the counter are there for one off donations, customers are also encouraged to leave a message on a Pink Lady silhouette available for a gold coin donation.

Garage sale

Emergency services on the scene of last week’s accident. with a penalty notice for by ambulance to The failing to give way and the Geelong Hospital with chest female driver was taken complaints.

WALLINGTON fire brigade is holding its annual garage sale on Saturday (May 4) from 8am to 2pm. This is the brigade’s major fundraiser and will feature trash and treasure and a sausage sizzle. Donations of goods welcome, please contact Colin on 0438 503006.


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Seven Bellarine students are about to embark on an exciting new community engagement initiative.

Open to new experiences A GROUP of Ocean Grove high school students are embarking on an exciting new initiative that could develop them as community leaders of the future. The seven 12 and 13 year old Bellarine Ocean Grove campus students have volunteered to go out of their comfort zone as part of a student

wellbeing program called MAD – Making a Difference. The program will be facilitated by Peter Hobbs from the Salvation Army and student well-being coordinator Nicole Wirth and will open their eyes to issues faced by the Geelong Food Centre, Cottage by the Sea, refugees and the Jirrahlinga Koala &

Wildlife Sanctuary and get them thinking about how people react to their interaction. The program’s focus is on working within a small group and undertaking activities in the community and reflecting on this process. During the first meeting of the group last week Mr Hobbs told them: “You each have the power to

change the world. It’s pretty exciting. “We have the opportunity to do something that is quite unique. “Making a difference is tough. The aim of the program is to enhance personal growth, provide new experiences whilst being involved in the community we live in.

The program promises to provide not only new networks but will broaden and strengthen peer relationships. The year 7 and 8 students taking part in the seven week program are Ethan Newnham, Kody Frazer, Tara Stewart, Lauren Jarvie, Mylie Hamson, Kyle Clutterbuck and Max Sedlins.



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Barwon Heads’ house prices jump 81.2 per cent, while Ocean Grove’s drop 6.6 per cent

Agent warns report is amiss JESSICA GRACE ON the face of it Barwon Heads house prices jumped through the roof last year, while Ocean Grove’s took a dive, state statastics show. The latest Victorian Property Sales Report for the September quarter shows Barwon Heads’ median house prices rose a staggering 81.2 per cent, from $572,000 in April to June, to $1,037,500 in July to September.

During the same period, Ocean Grove’s median house prices experienced a 6.6 per cent decrease, with average prices dropping from $482,000 to $450,000. The report also claims vacant residential land in Ocean Grove increased 30.2 per cent, from $192,000 to $250,000, compared to a 9.9 per cent decline in Barwon Heads, from $471,500 to $425,000. Unit prices in Ocean Grove fell 9.6 per cent, from

$415,000 to $375,000, and Barwon Heads experienced a rapid 54.7 per cent increase, from $513,800 to $795,000. However, local Hayden realtor, Tom Butters, believes median price reports don’t give an accurate month to month indicator for each area. “We find median price reports aren’t really an accurate indication of what’s happening,’’ Mr Butters said. ‘’They can throw

confusing and conflicting facts into home owner’s heads. “The market is forever changing. Trends say the prices were slightly higher two years ago but they also say prices have risen in the past three months. This is not necessarily the case.” Mr Butters said every town was broken up into so many different pockets, so it was impossible to throw a median price blanket over the whole area.

“I can assure people looking to buy, sell or keeping an eye on their investment that the real estate market on the coast is going well,’’ he said. ‘’Prices are strong, houses are being sold. “We’re lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world. ‘’My advice to people who feel in the dark about the price of their property contact a few agents in town and ask for a free appraisal.”

Aaron hopes his story will help save lives JESSICA GRACE WHEN Rotary approached Aaron Habgood to share his inspirational story, he thought it was a once off. But Rotary was so moved by the 21-year-old’s courage, who suffered a heart attack and transplant at just 16 years of age, they asked him to talk to as many clubs as possible. “I’ve been working with Mary Elliot and Peter Hawthorn from the Rotary clubs. The talks have been going really well, hopefully the message is getting across to people,” Aaron said. “I’m not sure how many I’ve done now, I’ve done a few and yeah, I’m more

than happy to do another piece. The last one I did was at the big district Rotary conference.” Aaron said he had been approached by people after he’d shared his story, asking him whether he would think about doing it professionally. “I’m not sure where it will take me at this point. Numerous people had told me to take it up as a career opportunity. At this stage I’m happy just helping out,” Aaron said. “I’m just trying to promote awareness about organ donation. It really is something that saved my life and it’s important for people to understand how many lives they can save.”

Aaron Habgood above as he is now and, inset, after his heart transplant in 2008.


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Bellarine Secondary College held an ANZAC day assembly to honour past and present service men and women. Teacher Barbara Luppino said whilst they’d held assemblies in the past they wanted to make this years a memorable occasion. Campus Captain Nina Denham read the ANZAC Requiem and teacher Mrs. O’Toole played the Last Post.”

I AM a nurse and midwife who works with children and a local sports enthusiast who skates in Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads. I am deeply disturbed and infuriated that a facebook page exploiting young girls who are enjoying the outdoors and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through sport and exercise even exists (Voice 17/4). In contemporary society, where the perceived desirable body image of a girl is the unrealistic uber skinny, seeded into the brains of teen girls by popular fashion brands and magazines, young girls need to be encouraged to participate in maintaining a healthy lifestyle through sport and exercise and not exploited and labelled as “sluts”. STACIE DONOVAN

Member for Bellarine - Lisa Neville MP

ANZAC DAY ON ANZAC Day we stop to remember those who have lost their lives in service to our country and we think about our former and current service men and women and their contribution to our country and the way of life we enjoy. Commemoration services are held in the townships across the Bellarine and this year I was honoured to be invited to attend the dawn service at Queenscliff and the Ocean Grove service to lay a wreath at the epitaph. I was pleased to join these communities on the day and am

always encouraged by the number of people who attend to pay their respects to our former and current service men and women and acknowledge their service and sacrifice. MYKI I am concerned that there are no outlets to purchase or top up MYKI cards on the Bellarine peninsula. The replacement of short term bus tickets from April 19 means commuters are required to use MYKI cards only and this makes it very difficult for Bellarine residents using the public transport system. I have written to the Minister for

Public Transport, the Hon Terry Mulder, asking him to address this issue as a matter of urgency and advise what steps are being taken to rectify this situation and provide a time frame on when MYKI cards will be available on the Bellarine peninsula. ROTARY ART SHOW It was an honour to again be asked to officially open the Rotary Club of Drysdale’s Art Show. This was the 37th exhibition and it was a great success. The show has become a popular annual event on the Bellarine calendar and is highly regarded in the art world.

Well done to all involved! I am proud to sponsor the Highly Commended Award and the Commended Award and would like to congratulate the students from across the Bellarine, including a number from Bellarine Secondary College, who received these awards for their artwork. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact my office if there are any issues I may be able to assist you with. Hon Lisa Neville MP Member for Bellarine 5248 3462

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Abbott rolls into Grove

OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott rolled into the Rolling Pin last week to tackle issues facing small businesses. Mr Abbott spoke with manager Nathan Williams about the increase in operating costs since Labor’s carbon tax was introduced and coalition’s plans to scrap the policy. “The carbon tax has added a fairly significant increase between 10 to 15 per cent on costs,’’ Mr Williams said. ‘‘A business like ours uses lots of power running ovens and refrigerators. There’s a significant difference. “Tony coming was a bit of excitement for us in our otherwise boring lives. ‘‘It gave us a chance to meet the opposition leader and talk with him about the challenges facing small businesses.” Sarah Henderson, Liberal candidate for Corangamite, suggested The Rolling Pin as a small business that was popular on the Bellarine, having won numerous awards for their pies and pasties. “It was a great opportunity for Mr Abbott to see firsthand the important role small businesses play in communities right across Corangamite,” Ms Henderson said. Mr Abbott thanked the work of

Ms Henderson and said she was an outstanding candidate with a strong background and strong local connections. “I’m very proud to have her as one of our really outstanding local grassroots candidates in Victoria,’’ Mr Abbot said. ‘‘I think she is going to be a great contributor in Canberra should she be elected.’’

It gave us a chance to meet the opposition leader and talk with him about the challenges facing small businesses. -Nathan Williams Mr Williams said staff were happy to mingle with Mr Abbott, including long term employee, baker Luke Jacimovic, who showed the coalition leader how to make pies. “We both got our heads on the news and in a few photos,’’ Mr Williams said. ‘‘Luke said he’s just going to sit back now and wait for the offers to come in for future media appearances and such.’’

EXCITEMENT: Tony Abbott, pictured above with Sarah Hensderson, Nathan Williams and Luke Jacimovic, has a go at making pies (left).



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Graeme rides on with life JESSICA GRACE

ISOLATED: Gravel roads in Bolivia.

DIFFICULT LEG: Chris and Graeme crossing Reservoir in Argentina.

SLIPPERY: Graeme in Argentina after it has been snowing.

GRAEME was a healthy, non smoker who drank in moderation - but at the age of 55 he suffered a massive stroke at work. “I was rushed to emergency where I stayed in hospital for three days back in 2009,’’ Graeme said. ‘‘I was admitted to the McKellar Centre where I underwent extensive physiotherapy, “I had to learn how to talk again, my face drooped and balance was affected. Part of rehabilitation was to set a goal and mine was to achieve a long bike ride. I worked hard to gain back my mobility.” Two years later, Graeme was walking and talking again but on one of his regular bike rides he experienced tightness in his chest and throat. “I was back to around 95 per cent at this stage,’’ he said. ‘‘It was December 2011, I went to the doctor who said I had angina. Further tests revealed one of my arteries was 90 per cent blocked. “That’s when I got a stint. I was unable to do anything for 12 weeks and that’s when I remembered the goal I set. A few friends were planning a ride through the Pyrenees and I was going to join them.” While doing research for the Pyrenees, Graeme discovered a fully supported bike ride through South America covering 11,000 kms during five months. “My partner Chris and I decided that this was what we wanted to do,’’ he said. ‘‘I was only able to start training in February 2012 and we began the trip August of that year. “I thought this trip would be a bit more challenging. We were riding at very high altitudes most of the time on some pretty questionable roads. I got altitude sickness one day at 4,800 metres.” Graeme and Chris were averaging about

100kms a day, working their way through Ecuador, Peru, Chili and Argentina. “I found it difficult in some areas of Argentina,’’ he said. ‘‘You’re on one side of the road then the cross wind’s so strong you’re on the other. The stroke affected my reactions and balance, it was really hard.”

You can ask yourself, why me? At the end of the day this happened, it’s time to accept that and get on with the next phase of your life. Graeme said a lot of people had been inspired by his efforts and ability to complete such an arduous adventure. “There were 20 of us in the group and they thought it was an amazing effort by me,’’ he said. ‘‘Me and Chris worked pretty hard to get our aerobic capacity and fitness levels up. “I’d ride with Chris to her work in Torquay then I’d go on to Anglesea. ‘‘Sometimes we’d ride down to Queenscliff and around Portarlington. We only had a couple of minor falls during the actual ride.” Graeme said the most important part of the experience was rediscovering self belief in his own abilities and body. “After a stroke you become far more self conscious,’’ he said. ‘‘You’re aware of your slurred speech or the changes it’s had on your body. After this ride I realised I can do anything. “You can ask yourself, why me? At the end of the day this happened, it’s time to accept that and get on with the next phase of your life. ‘‘In some ways I think I’m lucky - it could’ve been a lot worse.”

INVINCIBLE: Graeme and Chris arrive in Ushuaia at the end of their journey.

CULTURE: Chris with some local village girls in Peru.


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Jongleurs gives creative kids a go YOUNG Ocean Grovers may not have a theatre in the town but that doesn’t mean they can’t get involved in local productions on the Bellarine. The Bellarine Jongleurs, now in their 25th year, was founded by Lorraine Hall who saw a need in the community for a creative outlet for children. Performances have been held in various halls in Drysdale but The Potato Shed has been home for the past 12 years. The company motto is to give everyone a chance to have a go, said current president Vicky Potter, who explained they were a non-profit organisation run by volunteers. “We call for assistance throughout the rehearsal stage and especially during production week from any parents that can help, with things like makeup, costumes, front of house, canteen,” Ms Potter said. The Jongleurs operate term by term or annual fees, which covers insurance, costumes, venue hire and other show related costs. “We work with two age groups of children. The five to 11 year olds are called BJ’s and the 1217 year olds are Jongleurs,’’ Ms Potter said. ‘‘This year we are doing two shows, Holka Polka with the BJ’s and Alice with the Jongleurs. “We have just started back for 2013 and have had a terrific response with more than 60 children attending our info and get to know you night. ‘‘This illustrates that we are

FILLING A VOID: The Bellarine Jongleurs, now in their 25th year, is a non-profit organisation providing a creative outlet for children. Pictured is Meg, Sue, Nathan, Erin, Frances and Molly. filling a slot in our community for children with creative instincts to participate in amateur theatre.” Ms Hall said the older group of children were especially enthusiastic about the production of Alice, which sees the age old story with a new twist. The changes include themes

around mental health, which have been brought about by first time director Sonya Niemann and first time musical director Connor Sheedy, both former members of Jongleurs and another example of giving kids a go. Holka Polka is a story of fairytales and fun, which is

directed by well-known Lee Foyster, storyteller extraordinaire who will be ably assisted by Kate Maloy. Lee nurtures and cajoles and brings out the best in all her charges, while Kate helps with the kids, she also does set design and make-up.


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Pat’s passion steels the show JESSICA GRACE A YEAR-LONG battle with cancer gave self taught sculptor Pat O’Connell the courage to turn a hobby into a profession. And, the decision is paying off for Pat, winning this year’s people’s choice award at the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show. “It’s a fantastic result,’’ Pat said. ‘‘There were over 10,000 odd votes and we’re really proud our steel grass tree series won the sculpture division. ‘‘We were competing against 98 other entrants. “Another one of our pieces came fourth in the same category. We’ve placed in the top four the past three years, which has been really good for us in terms of Melbourne exposure.” Pat said despite not coming from an artistic background, he’d always wanted to purchase a welder and when it arrived, had no idea how to use it. “I just started tacking things together and playing around with it,’’ he said. ‘‘I liked what I was seeing. I make steel birds, which are my favourite and just developed my style over time. “Before I got sick I was working full time as an

electronics technician and when I got cancer I couldn’t work for a year. ‘‘I was getting chemotherapy and had to re-evaluate my life.” Graeme said his sickness brought everything into perspective and he realised he didn’t need to be working as many hours in order to survive. “I cut back on the days I was working,’’ he said. ‘‘I realised I didn’t need to earn as much to live and be happy. It’s taken a while but I’m definitely happier now. “My partner is a painter so we work together on a lot of pieces. We take our works to markets down here. ‘‘It started pretty small, selling a few pieces here and there, to doing large scale exhibitions.” Graeme said he and his partner now had their sights on expanding their business and were looking forward to what the future had in store. “We’re really looking forward to displaying everything on our site at the live Better Homes and Garden show soon at the Melbourne Showgrounds,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re looking for big things from that.”

LIFE CHANGING: Pat O’Connell, pictured with a steel frame grass tree, had to re-evaluate his life after being diagnosed with cancer and is now happy concentrating on his business.




Grovers prove Anzac

Piper Brendan Nichols plays the Call to Arms.

Sacred Heart student Heidi Demeo read the student’s prayer.

Locals turned out out in big numbers and as usual were rewarded with a hot drink and a bacon and egg sandwich thanks to Rotary and the Neighbourhood Centre.



spirit is alive and well MORE than 600 people turned out for both of Ocean Grove’s ANZAC Day services. RSL members thanks those that showed their respect suggesting the crowds were the biggest yet. Glorious sunshine rewarded those that made the effort - a complete contrast to the horizontal rain experienced on last

year’s ANZAC Day. At the Dawn service piper Brendan Nichols plyed the Call to Arms along with the Lament while Sacred Heart pupil Heidi Demeo read the student’s prayer. The day service followed the traditional march through the town. School children joined ex-services, the fire brigade and police, surf lifesavers and scouts as

they made their way to the Cenotaph. At the Cenotaph guest speaker Professor Allan Harman OAM RFD was followed by the reading of the ANZAC Requiem by Bellarine Secondary College students Nina Denham and Nathan Taylor. Will Crowther played The Last Post at both services.

The ANZAC Requiem by Bellarine Secondary College students Nina Denham and Nathan Taylor.



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Weights keep Bailey in game MARK HEENAN INSPIRATIONAL Grubber veteran Shane Bailey has resorted to a rigorous weightlifting and fitness routine to aid his longevity in the game of footy. The enthusiastic 44-year-old Bailey, coach of the Ocean Grove Under 18’s, has already pulled on the boots in three matches for the Grubbers’ reserves in 2013 to assist with the club’s early season injury toll and unavailability list. Bailey, who turns 45 in August, is a two-time premiership coach of the Ocean Grove Reserves grade after their premiership triumphs in 2007 and 2009. “For the last 15 months I have been doing body competition weightlifting with the Geelong Weightlifting Club – You are doing the Clean and Jerk and Snatch,” Bailey said. “So I have been competing in

the Masters and doing that. “I have been doing my own running and pretty much with the Under 18’s – I probably run three times a week and I do the Under 18’s stuff on the Tuesday and Thursday. “At least four days a week I do weightlifting.” His personal best is 90kg in the Clean and Jerk and 73kg in the Snatch. Last month, Bailey, coached by well-known Geelong weightlifting coach Michael Torriero, won the 77kg weight division for his age group at the Victorian Championships in Melbourne. Although the majority of his opponents may only be half his age on the field, Bailey said he had no qualms with the physicality and contest side of football given his disciplined weekly fitness and weightlifting routines.

Shane Bailey, second from left, and right in action. “In general fitness, I don’t think I would be able to cop the knocks and get out there (on the football field) at all if I had no confidence in my body,” Bailey said. Bailey said he is keen to play more Grubbers reserves grade games if required this season.

Church exhibit to celebrate equality

AN exhibition touring Geelong and the Bellarine this month will mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. Queenscliff Uniting Church Community Development Coordinator, Heather Gallagher, said tree branches would form the word equality on Saturday, May 11, at the church. “The Community Arts Open Day ‘Express Your Dream for Equality’ gives community members the opportunity to write colorful messages of support

and tie them to the word,” Ms Gallagher said. “From 10 am to 2pm community members will have the opportunity to create their own work with materials and encouragement supplied by Y WCA arts therapist Ingrid Peterson.” The exhibition is a joint initiative of Queenscliff Uniting Church, Y WCA Geelong, Bellarine Community Health, Geelong Adolescent Sexuality Project and Parents Families and Friends of

Lesbian and Gays. “Everyone is welcome, gay kids questioning their sexuality and also parents with gay and lesbian kids,’’ she said. ‘‘Events like this are so important for everyone involved.’’ “As a church community it’s important for us to support equality within the church but also to let the broader community know it’s something that’s really important.” Ms Gallagher said a lot of depression and suicide among

youth was related to ‘coming out’ in the broader community. “As a church we’ve had a long term commitment to supporting relationships in their various forms,’’ she said. ‘‘We have an annual blessing in January that is open to everyone including gay couples. “This opportunity combines the church’s passion for the arts with their commitment to support and achieve an inclusive community.” For more information contact Heather on 52 582 854.

grove news


our street, our neighbours

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

Jenny McGregor, 68, retired I’ve lived here for 43 years. We moved from Newcomb. My husband decided Ocean Grove was going to be a good place because we had friends down here and he loved the sea. I love the peacefulness of it and the fact you can hop in your car and get to Geelong in 20 minutes without hassle. I love my garden and gardening. I’m a widow now, I lost my husband five years ago. It takes a lot of work to keep the house up to scratch. I’m at a cross roads at the moment as to whether or not I should stay or go. I have six grandchildren, one in Scotland. My son fell in love over there and stayed. They just bought a house. My other son’s in Barwon Heads and I’ve got two girls in Geelong. I used to work as a receptionist with a chiropractor and also in aged care. I like to travel. I’ve been to Scotland four times now. I have a group of five girlfriends that go somewhere every year. They’re also locals. We went to Fiji, Tasmania and the Grampians. We’re working on Daylesford this year.

Bruce Vickers, 62, pilot We’ve lived here in Ocean Grove for 12 years. We moved from Leopold. We chose Ocean Grove because we loved the area. We wanted to move to old Ocean Grove to live. I’ve been a pilot since I was 16. I always had an interest in flying; I love local trips, trips around Australia. We’ve got a sapphire mine up in central Queensland. It’s all hobby stuff. It’s good fun. We produce some good stones. We make jewellery - I’ve got quite a good collection of cut and uncut stones. I got into it through my dad. It was his mine originally. We head up there every year, a couple of times each year. We’ve got two kids. Our daughter lives locally in Ocean Grove and our son’s in Geelong. He’s a professional fireman. I go for the Essendon Bombers; I think the controversy will all blow over. I don’t want James Hird to go. We’re in a lovely court here, with a great lot of people. On my days off I fly aeroplanes, I love flying. I have school planes. I’ve got a flying school it’s flat out and very popular. I work all weekends normally.

Andrea Ward, 34, mother I’ve been living down here for about 22 years. We moved down from Melbourne. I love the lifestyle, the community and the beach for the kids. There’s school opportunity for the kids and just the general atmosphere down here. The boys love to go to the footy, we go fishing, we ride our bikes and do sports. I’ve got three kids, two boys and a girl. There is quite a difference in their ages, one’s ten, one’s four and one nine months. We like to go to the Gold Coast, my parents have a holiday house up there. We’d like to travel all over Australia at one stage, probably when the kids are off our hands but we’ve got a long time to go. We’re a close knit family. My husband and I and both of our parents are in Ocean Grove. Also, our brothers and sisters are all here. It’s really good. We’re all pretty sporty, now I’m taxiing around my ten-yearold to his sporting engagements. We just bought this house and are currently renovating it.

Brian Walker, 59, civil engineer We’ve lived in Ocean Grove for 18 years. We were in Melbourne and when the boys were a bit older we moved down here. It’s a very friendly place, it’s a nice climate. It’s not as bad as Melbourne, you get those nice cool breezes. Good climate, good people. I’m a project manager - I build water treatment and sewage treatment plants all across Australia. At the moment we’re building a house and a plane. It’s a kit I purchased from America. I’m putting it together, it came in five boxes. It took me about two days to inventory the boxes and check everything was there. It’s riveted together and comes in sections. I just bought a motor which came from Canada, I hope to have it flying later this year. I have to work away from home often. I was working at Broken Hill at the time and I was using an air craft to commute back home. I thought it would be easier if I learnt how to fly. Having a flying instructor across the road definitely helped, I’ve always been interested in flying.


Line up for legend Lloyd THIS Friday (May 3), The Piping Hot Chicken Shop presents one of Australia’s greatest guitarists, Lloyd Spiegel. With eight albums, a swag of accolades and 20 years of performing, writing and recording, Lloyd Spiegel has squeezed more into 30 years than many do in a lifetime. It’s that experience and presence well beyond his years. He’s played bills with legendary Blues artists from Buddy Guy and Etta James to Ray Charles, as well as artists from a range of musical genres including Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton and Willie Nelson. Tickets $20, bookings essential. Doors open

Claude Hay gave an intimate performace at the Chicken Shop on Friday night, ahead of Apollo Bay Music Festival, Blues Train and interstate shows.

One man wall of sound GRUNGY one-man band Claude Hay took the breath of the Chicken Shop crowd on Friday night with outrageous skips between guitar, drums, bongos, and bass. The New South Welshman who

tours the country in a van ‘talking to himself’ due to his fellow lack of band members, proved a humble and entertaing personality, who has honed his craft just the way he likes it.

The guitarist who makes his own intruments and took out Best Male Vocalist category at the 2013 Australia Blues Music Chain Awards played two sets at the Grove.



Sit down or quality takeout

LOMBARDY’S On Hesse is a family pizza and pasta restaurant offering vegetarian and gluten free meals and a menu full of fresh salads and weekly specials. Lombardy’s On Hesse provides a comfortable family atmosphere with a kids playroom and menu, don’t forget to check the ever-changing specials board for their Chefs’ specials or indulge in a quality wine from their wine menu to complement your pizza or pasta. BYO wine only is available at $10/bottle corkage. Lombardy’s On Hesse offers a

private function room and endless possibilities for group dining with options being available upon request. No job is too big or to small at either their place or yours. Trading 7 nights per week from 4.30pm till late and lunch on Saturday and Sundays from 12pm til 2.30pm. Lombardy on Hesse also offer restaurant quality take-aways, for time-strapped people who still value a great quality meal. Go down and meet Scott and the team. You won’t be disappointed.

music/live events

• Barwon Heads Hotel -Thursday Open Mic 8pm -Friday Happy Hour 5-7pm raffle live music -First Sunday of each second month beginning March 3 3pm-6pm. Youth are encouraged to perform their songs as bands/ soloists/ duo’s for more information contact Jill Meehan on 0431 606 476. • Piping Hot Chicken Shop -May 3 Lloyd Spiegel -May 11 Carino Son • Ocean Grove Hotel -May 4 Powerade AC/DC Tribute Band -May 11 Big night out Rach Brennan, Jessey Jackson, Amy Ganter, Love & The Sqaulors -May 18 2 Fat 2 Skate • Avanti Plus Bike Shop Ocean Grove -May 4 Work shop about Graeme Hiller’s five month trip around South America after having a stroke and heart stint 3.30pm until 5.30pm more information ph: 52 552 604 • St Peters Church Hall, Draper Street, Ocean Grove

-May 6 1pm Legacy Laurel Group of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads meeting to commence at 1pm followed by Danny Blume Fashion Parade at 2pm. Members please bring a plate. None members $3 entry, all welcome. More information ph: 5254 2873 • Parks Hall, Newcombe Street, Portarlington -May 19 Victoria Police Show band and Pipe Band Concert tickets are $15 including tea/ coffee and biscuits and can be purchased at all Bellarine Community Health Centres or at the door. Proceeds go to Bellarine Police Community Support Register for more information phone 52 553 968

markets & fairs

Ocean Grove Indoor Community Market May 5, Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre 8am-1pm. • Barwon Heads Community Hall May 25 Barwon Heads Community Market 9am -1pm

Clubs meet


what’s ON

• Parkes Hall Newcombe Street Portarlington May 26 Portarlington Community Market 9am to 2pm • Point Lonsdale Primary School May 12 Point Lonsdale Market 9am - 2pm • Ocean Grove Park May 18 Bellarine Community Farmers’ Market 9am to 1pm • Queenscliff Harbour May 19 Queenscliff Farmers’ Market 9am to 1pm • St James’ Church Collins Street Drysdale June 8-9 Huge second hand book sale Saturday 9-5pm Sunday 10-4pm free entry


• Leura Park Estate Sundays 12.30pm – 4.30pm Live music, sensational food and wines available Ph: 5253 3180 • McGlashan’s Wallington Estate Swan Bay Road Wallington Open weekends and public holiday’s 11am - 5pm new release wines, gourmet platters and classic car displays Ph: 5250 5760

get active

• Ocean Grove Recreation Hall Ocean Grove Calisthenics classes incorporating dance, song, ballet and gymnastics with strength and creativity Ph: 0438 055 679 • Senior Citizens Hall Ocean Grove -Monday 9.15am gentle exercises to music for 55+, 10.15am gentle exercises to music for 65+ contact Marg on 52 551 335 • Uniting Church Hall Ocean Grove -Wednesdays 9.00 am Volleyball, 9.30 am exercises to music for all ages contact Marg on 52 551 335 • Queenscliff RSL Hall -Mondays 1.30pm exercises using chairs for all ages contact Marg on 52 55 1335 • Marcus Hill Hall cnr Banks Road and Bellarine Highway -Tuesdays 7.45pm – 10pm Ocean Grove Scottish Country Dance Ph: 52 513 393 • Senior Citizens Hall Ocean Grove -Mondays 7-8.30pm and Wednesdays 1-3pm Line Dancing Ph: 0413 690 597 • Barwon Heads Community

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. Monday May 6 meeting at 1pm followed by Danny Blume Fashion Parade at 2pm. Members please bring a plate. Non-members $3/head. All welcome. Third Monday of every month Ocean Grove RSL, 2.30pm, Club Grove. Committee meets at 1.30pm, The Terrace. Ocean Grove Garden Club, 1.30pm, Uniting Church Hall, Eggleston Street. Phone Margaret 5255 2848. Bellarine Fly Fishing Association, 7.30pm, Shannon Park, Shannon Avenue, Newtown. Phone Pat on 0414 959248 or Bruce on 0407 361319 or email Fourth Monday of every month Combined Probus Club of Ocean Grove, 10.30am, Ocean Grove Golf Club. Friendship is our theme. Phone Michael Turner on 5255 1572. Tuesdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 10am to noon (adults only) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Phone John 5256 2489 or Chris 5256 1996. Bellarine T.O.W.N., 6pm, Uniting Church Hall, Eggleston Street. Phone Sue on 5255 2068. Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Club, The Terrace Tuesday 1pm. Also Thursday and Friday 1.30pm. Phone Dianne on 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

Hall Yoga and dance with Tara Lynch classes for all ages and abilities Ph: 0435 481 920 • Scout Hall, The Avenue Ocean Grove - Wednesday 7pm 1st/2nd Ocean Grove Scout Group Clubs Meet Enquiries Ph: 0422 700 951 • Yoga classes in Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads: Beginners, Hatha, Vinyas & Svaroopa Yoga Ph: 0413 955 331 or email Kerryn@

reading & writing

• Ocean Grove Library – corner Presidents Avenue and The Avenue. -Thursdays 11am BabytimeNursery Verses -Friday’s Preschool Storytime 10.30am Last Wednesdays of the month Chatterbooks junior book club for kids aged 7-12 4-5pm www.

family fun • Koombahla Equestrian Park Tuesday to Friday After school riding programs special school holiday courses available Ph: 52 562 742.

• Bellarine Church of Christ Hall 17 Tareeda Way Ocean Grove Saturdays 10-11am Tuesdays 7.30- 8.30pm Ocean Toy Library Borrow a range of toys for children aged six months to six years, open to all families on the Bellarine www.oceangrovetoylibrary. • Uniting Church Ocean Grove Friday 10am-12pm Ocean Grove Play Group Any children 5yrs and under welcome to join a friendly play group large indoor and outdoor area, lots of toys, great craft activities, music and story time contact Chelsea Cole at oceangroveplaygroup@gmail. com

classes & exhibtions

• Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre Check out program with a range of courses, classes and fund activities Ph: 52 554 294 • Springdale Neighborhood Centre -Third Sunday of every month ‘Making waves music and poetry arvo’ 2pm-5.30pm. A variety of

acts on the day for all ages $5 donation contact Jill Meehan on 0431 606 476. • Queenscliff Uniting Church May 11 10-pm to 2pm ‘Express your dream for equality’ exhibition as part of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Join in this free community art project. Lunch provided. Enquiries Heather 5258-2854 or 0478 611 481.

health & wellbeing

• The Zebra Bar Ocean Grove 1/85 The Terrace Last Friday of every month 1PM-3PM Breast Cancer Support Group (lunch and nibbles available) Phone Julie Rodger on 0435 362 573 or email for more information

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

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.


school news

Track, field and... and a little theatre BELLARINE Secondary College students recently participated in the annual Whole School Athletics Carnival with a combination of enthusiasm, physical skill and creative costumes. Students from years seven-12 enjoyed the opportunity to cheer on their friends who competed in various sporting events, as well as ‘Fashions on the Field’. The day allowed talented athletics students to shine and progress on to more serious competitions at a regional level, while allowed the whole school, which usually operates on two campuses, to come together to share a day of fun and friendship. Colourful banners designed and created by students in their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) classes lined the field. The banners represented the competitive Houses of Swan (Green), Lonsdale (Blue), Nepean (Yellow) and Corio (Red).

Picured above left; alternate track transport. Right: and they’re off.

Above; ‘Race Officials’ Cynthia and Chloe.


school news

See the funny side CLOWN day has been an important and exciting part of the Prep curriculum at Christian College Bellarine for many years now, with the main purpose of the day being to highlight the importance and use of the letter ‘C’ in the alphabet. Leading up to the day the students embark on a journey of discovery, adding many new words beginning with ‘C’ to their

personal vocabulary. On the day, students and staff dress as clowns for the day and immerse themselves in a wide array of literacy and numeracy activities surrounding the topic. This year the experiences of Clown Day were thoroughly enjoyed by all of the students in the Prep classes and once again the day is destined to become a highlight in their year.

Above: Aidan Stuart & Clem Vagg

Far left: Isabella Wilson.

Left: Sahara Stephenson.

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The Voice Business Directory DELICATESSEN


Barwon Grove Holiday Rentals Bells By The Beach Holiday House Bellarine Getaways Bellarine Stayz Bed & Breakfast Broome Mansion Day & Night Spa Portarlington Beach Motel

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Able Antenna Service 5253 1680 Kendall Antennas & Communications 0404 019781 Point Lonsdale Television 0411 490430


Collier and Reid Architects de Atelier Architects Drent Architecture & Interiors

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art’s Kool - kids & teens art classes 0437 582772

The Olive Pit

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Dr Alastair McCallum - dentist

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Brendan MacGeary Dental Prosthetist

DISABILITY EQUIPMENT Geelong Wheelchairs Scoot Mobility Scooters

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Alterations and Repairs

5256 1633


John Ryan Earthworks

0409 553022


Brendon Brice Electrical

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Laker Engineering Ocean Grove Engineering

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OG Chinese Medicine 0432 961910 OG Remedial Massage Centre 5255 3358 Ocean View Massage 0414 893719 Seaside Serenity Massage 0403 956900 The Weight Works - Weight Loss 5250 1015 Waurn Ponds Hearing Clinic 5245 7940


Ocean Grove Hire

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Smartline Mortgage Brokers

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HOMEWARES & GIFTS Moss Grotto Homewares The Red Pidgeon


Barwon Heads Hotel Drysdale Hotel

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INTERNET CAFES Piping Hot Chicken Shop

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IRONING SERVICES AUDIO EQUIPMENT, HIRE, REPAIRS ENGRAVING Ian Pattison Jewellers 5255 2019 Green Steam Bellarine Audio 5256 3732 ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC JEWELLERS AUTOMOTIVE Haze Music Booking Agents Cleo Fine Jewellery Andersons Auto Care 5255 3884 Ian Pattison Jewellers Bellarine Auto Services 5253 1644 FENCING Drysdale Smash Repairs Gardiner Automotive Ocean Grove Automotive (RACV) Parts 4 Automotive Peninsula Collision Repairs Peter Stevens Motor Cycles Sheen Panel Service

BABY AND CHILD Hire for Baby Sandi’s Spot

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ANZ Bendigo Bank NAB Westpac

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Bellarine Timber & Fencing Jim’s Fencing Just Paling Fences Know A Fence Portarlington Fencing

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FINANCIAL SERVICES Coastal Business Services Core Financial Planning Drysdale Bookkeeping Lighthouse Business Services WHK Accountants

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Bellarine Flooring Drysdale Carpet Court Tile Boutique

5255 2044 5253 1855 5255 2212

Sand-It Floor Sanding & Polishing


Beachside Blooms

0409 359667

5255 3030


Ocean Grove Fresh Fruit

5255 3599


0418 358737


Glenn Skipper Bricklaying

0438 442519

Bellarine Memories

5255 5500 Tuckers Funeral & Bereavement Service 5221 4788



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Isabella Design

5255 2034

Michael Higgins Building Design

5255 3355

BUILDERS & NEW HOMES Beechmore Building Solutions Coastyle Building Solutions Duncan Pascoe Builders Geelong Homes Heyward Constructions Homes by Chapman Hotondo Homes Le Maistre

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Benno’s Meating Place Ocean Grove Quality Butchers

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CARPENTRY/MAINTENANCE Dream Maker Constructions Mark Pattison Carpentry Moore Carpentry & Bld Maint

0409 700229 0410 454822 0411 061556

CARPET CLEANING Carpet Cleaners Geelong

0414 408528

Graham Coates Carpet Cleaning Service 0408 526997

Stanley Steamer Carpet Cleaners 0428 520525


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Mazza’s Way-to-Clean Mojo’s Cleaning Services

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SeeCureIT Onsite Repairs

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CONVEYANCING Sargeants Conveyancing Surfside Conveyancing Vines Conveyancing

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Bellarine Black Diamond Garden Service

Creecy’s Excavating Hey Mr Mower Man Jim’s Mowing Ruby’s Mowing Ocean Grove


Fast@Geelong Frenchy’s Coastal Glazing

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Ocean Grove Garden Centre & Landscaping

Outdoor Vision Landscaping Stone Circle Landscapes


Coulter Roache Lawyers Vines Lawyers Whyte, Just & Moor Lawyers

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LEADLIGHTS & REPAIRS Carl Davies Leadlights & Repairs

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MORTGAGES Smartline Mortgage Brokers

0418 384104


Ocean Grove Music School

NURSERIES McOuats Nursery


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Press Here

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Greg Sly Optometrist Ocean Eyes Optometrists

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Peter Tripp Painters & Decorators 0434 048887 Steven Flynn Painting Services 0411 126291 Wallington Painting Services 0438 019991


Surfcoast Dog Grooming


Barefoot Media Photography

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All Gutters Coastal Roofing Dabcon Quik Flash Roofing

SECURITY & LOCKSMITHS Posilock Locksmiths Sectrol Security Sylont Watching Service Turn Key Locksmiths

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SHOE SHOPS Mudge’s Shoes

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SIGNAGE Signs t’ Go

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Tennis Fanatics Coaching

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SPORTS RETAIL Sports Fanatics Trampolines Oz

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Store and More Self Storage Murfs Longboards Surf Shop Cruise Control

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Land Surveying One Tom Freeman

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TATOOISTS Coastline Tattoo

Ocean Grove Plumbing W H Plumbing and Gas


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Peninsula Taxis


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WINDOW CLEANERS Excel Window Cleaning

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Beaton Bros Bells Interior Lining Precision Plastering

13th Beach Public Driving range Lonsdale Golf Club Ocean Grove Golf Club Portarlington Golf Club Smith Attrill Golf Academy

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grove news

Local awrd winner Jesse Leaman with mayor Keith Fagg.

Celebrating local youth LAST month the 2013 Impetus Youth Awards were held to celebrate the contribution of all the young people who live, learn, work and play in Geelong Mayor Keith Fagg and Education and Youth portfolio holder Councillor Jan Farrell congratulated 12 deserving winners at the gala ceremony which was held at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre. Councillor Farrell said that every one of the 112 nominees this year was making a fantastic contribution in our community, in a whole range of ways. “I had the absolute privilege of reading through 112 nominations for the awards and I was impressed yet again by the talented young people who are showing such

energy and initiative and achieving some amazing things across our community,” said Cr Farrell. “Every year we receive a wide range of nominations which is a clear reflection of the diversity of interests, achievements and commitment of the young people in Greater Geelong.” “The Impetus Youth Awards provide an opportunity for the nominees to be acknowledged for their efforts to date and encouraged to pursue their interests into the future.” “On behalf of Council I congratulate all the nominees, and also say thank you to all those who took the time to nominate a young person in their life.”

“I have no doubt that many of these young people will go on to become future leaders in our community.” 2013 Impetus Youth Award Winners: • Active Achievement Award – Michel Condy • Citizenship (Group) Award – Mitch Laughnan & Daniel Gregorio (The Pier Underage Events) • Citizenship (Individual) Award – Hadi Husseini • Corporate Award – Geelong Animal Welfare Society (GAWS) • Cultural/Arts Award – Jesse Leaman • Environment Award – Tegan Whitten • Inspiration Award – Beh Reh • Leadership Award – Katherine Siotos • Positive Image Award – Obaidullah Jamshidi • Volunteer Award – Working with Young

People – Anisha Sorabji • Worker Award – Working with Young People – Adam Bond • Young Carers Award – Tiarna Taylor Cultural/Arts Award: Jesse Leaman. Several individual past and present Bellarine students and school community representatives also received nominations. These included: Jesse Leaman - Positive Image Award & Cultural/ Arts Award • Connor Sheedy Leadership & Cultural/ Arts Award • Liam Way – Leadership & Cultural Arts Award • B.S.C. SRC – Active Achievement & Citizenship Award • Sarah Carroll – Volunteer Award – Working with Young People

• Katherine Siotos – Positive Image & Leadership Award Two members of Bellarine’s school community (both Year 12 students in 2012) were selected from over 100 nominees for special awards. Jesse Leaman was nominated for his extensive work in the performing arts area and for his promotional work with the Disabled Surfer’s Association. Jesse was presented with a trophy for the Cultural/ Arts Award Katherine Siotos (2012 B.S.C. School Captain) received the Leadership Award for her extensive contribution to Leadership activities in the both the local community and Geelong region.



SO what is this Mother’s Day? Australian Mother’s Day traditions stem from observances in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. The

Mother’s Day date in Australia is the same as the date observed in the United States, which is the second Sunday of May each year. However, it is an Australian who is

credited with having started the tradition of giving gifts on Mother’s Day: Janet Heyden, a resident of Leichhardt Sydney, started a campaign in 1924 to collect gifts for lonely aged mothers. Flowers, chocolates, and cards are popular gifts to symbolise one’s love and appreciation for their mother or mother figure. The carnation is a type of flower that is particularly symbolic of Mother’s Day for

some people. Its importance as a Mother’s Day symbol is linked to Anna Jarvis, who is believed to have sent white carnations for a Mother’s Day service in West Virginia, in the United States, on May 10, 1908. Of course Mother’s Day gifts now extend to body and hair pampering, jewellery, a book or gifts and trinkets, bags and scarves. Ocean Grove and the Bellarine have plenty of options for saying thanks to mum.




Whistling Kite’s ‘whistle’ one of beauty JENNIFER CARR NATURE Watch this week is going to be the first in a series of articles about identifying raptors. Anyone who knows me is aware that I am not the best at identifying birds, in fact most of the time I have to take a photo and go home and study the photo on the computer screen to work out which bird I have seen! Sometimes I even get that wrong! So it’s taken me a long time to improve my skills at naming birds, particularly raptors in flight. We are fortunate to live on the Bellarine Peninsula, where there are a great variety of raptors to observe, and therefore there is ample opportunity presented to

improve observation skills! First of all it’s important to know what a raptor is. The word raptor comes from the Latin word “rapere”, which mean to seize or plunder. Today, the word is used to describe a group of birds also known as ‘birds of prey’. Raptors are characterised by having a hooked beak, strong feet, sharp talons, very keen eyesight, and a carnivorous diet. They hunt and prey on smaller creatures including insects. They use their feet and talons to catch their prey and they have very strong beaks for killing and eating their food. They also tend to hunt during the day, as distinct from owls that are active at night. The first raptor I will try and

describe will be the ‘Whistling Kite’, which is very commonly seen around the Nature Reserve, and flying around farming land particularly near Curlewis. The ‘Whistling Kite’ is a medium sized raptor, being around 60 cms in length, with a wingspan of a maximum length of apprximately 1.5 metres. The females tend to be bigger than the males, but the feather colours or plumages are the same with both sexes. Whistling Kites have been described as looking ‘unkempt’ or ‘shaggy’ or dishevelled in appearance (I can relate to that!). The first time I heard Whistling Kites ‘whistle’ I was stunned by the beauty of the call, which is described as a ‘seeooo’ sound, followed by a shrill chatter. If you ever hear their call, you will not forget it, it is so distinctive. Adult ‘Whistling Kites’ are a pale brown-yellow colour, (known as ‘buff ’), on the head, breast and tail. They have brown wings and black flight feathers, with bone coloured legs and talons. Young ‘Whistling Kites’ have darker, brown feathers. They also have a streaked brown body on the underside. The best identifying feature for Whistling Kites that I can describe is the ‘M’ shaped symbol on the underwings that

can be seen in flight. The ‘M’ is formed by the body, the top of the wings and the bilateral streak of lighter wing feathers on the underwings (as seen in the photo). Whistling Kites look very similar to ‘Little Eagles’ in

colouring and size. They differ in flight style and body shape. Also, Little Eagles have feathered legs (they are ‘booted’), where as Whistling Kites do not have feathers on their legs.

It took me a while to be able to differentiate between the two species of raptors, but now I can pick the difference, even before looking at a photo on my computer! Maybe I’m not going senile after all.

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Players hit off to support Parkinson’s cause GOLFERS hit off at 13th Beach Golf Links on Sunday to raise funds for Parkinson’s Victoria. Tim Diamond organised the second annual charity Golf Day competition wtih the hope of raising $10,000 for the cause in honour of his mother Tessie who lives with Parkinson’s. Among those taking part

was three-time premiership player David Wojcinkski. Parkinson’s Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation which provides information to the community about Parkinson’s, co-ordinates a network of peer support groups and promotes the positive aspect of living with Parkinson’s, not coping in silence.

Above: Ocean Grove golfers Jason Franken, Colin Bate, Brody Franken and Dave Bate took part in Tessie’s Day for Parkinson’s Victoria on Sunday. Left: Peter Raymond, president of Parkinson’s Victoria, Tim Diamond and Tessie Diamond.

Jolley win in Grove club championships

CHAMPION: Chris Jolley. OCEAN Grove Golf Club Ladies played their Club Championships over three weeks concluding on April 18. Chris Jolley won the Ladies Championship and the Overall 54 hole nett Championship. B Grade Champion was

won by Di Clifton and C Grade Champion was won by Cynthia Berry. A Grade Nett Champion was won by Faye Lave, B Grade Nett Champion was Liz Gamby and C Grade Nett Champion was won by Joyce Dow.

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS. Grove’s 2013 champions.

Club hosts school holiday golf clinic OCEAN Golf Club staged a school holiday clinic last month. L.P.G.A. Touring Professional Vicky Thomas attended on the day to give instruction to 30 participants. Other Club members, including Tyron Cover, Rod Barfoot and Alex & Lachie Smith assisted in tuition roles.

They gave tuition in swing, chipping, putting and bunker play as well as etiquette. A 6 hole competition and nearest the pin contests were held with presentations of prizes and certificates. The day was a great success due mainly to the assistance of many golf club members and parents



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Keeping fit over winter - a couple of steps from local runner

Andy Sattler (centre) regularly takes fellow Ocean Grove Harriers runners through some warm up exercies aimed at getting the best from your body.

On form O’Keefe shoots 60 break MARK O’Keefe was the stand out at Ocean Grove Snooker Club this week with a 60 break. Pat Wools also pulled out a respectable 43 and Geoff Foster put away a 31. Right now the Bowlers are looking strong at top of the ladder, pretty closely followed by the Pirates and the Cannons. Ocean Grove Snooker Club Championships are this month. The Singles are on May 20 and the doubles are on May 22 with the final on May 29.

AS winter nears, there are some great opportunities to keep fit over the cooler months. The soccer, netball and football seasons are in full swing now, so if you feel like getting involved in these sports, just contact your local club – even the surf is reputed to be better in winter and Grove has one of the safest surf beaches around, so grab that winter wet suit (and maybe some booties!) and get in there! The Ocean Grove Harriers run all winter – the group is really inclusive, welcoming walkers and runners of all ages and abilities, just turn up at the toilet block near The Dunes at 7am on a Saturday for a run and then brekky in the beach cafe with a great

group of locals. Or go for a walk along our lovely beach and enjoy the ever changing scenery. If you want to enhance your fitness and would like to indoors, the Grove has a couple of great gyms for you to use. Make sure you get advice on an exercise plan. Here are some helpful tips to enhance any exercise plan (or even your everyday life) 1. Stretching! I challenge the conventional thought that stretching is a necessary evil of exercise. If you embrace a stretching regime that works for you, then stretching can be meditative, just focussing on the area you wish to stretch and feeling that great response from your body. Stretching is not just for

athletes – the builder who works for 12 hours on a construction site should warm up in the same way as a marathon runner! 2. Hydration – even in the colder months, it is still important to keep up your fluid intake up. To check this out, try weighing yourself before and after a workout – the difference in weight is the amount of water you need to replace. 3. Injuries - there may be niggles along the way – the trick is to recognise them and get treatment early – R-I-CE-R within the first 48 hours, that’s Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, then get treatment if there is still an issue. By Andy Sattler A Touch of Class, massage


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Britt praises Ollis family’s dedication MARK HEENAN IT would be fair to say the Ollis family will do just about anything to see the Ocean Grove Netball Club succeed. Ocean Grove Director of Netball, Jo Britt, said the Ollis family of Greg and wife Judy and daughters Kelsey and Lauren had filled many vital roles within the club. From playing, to player recruitment, coaching appointments, sponsorship, organising equipment on game days, helping run pre-season schedules and overseeing the club’s development of its new netball headquarters at Shell Road. Britt praised Greg, Ocean Grove Netball Club Coaching Co-ordinator, for the enormous amount of work done in helping the Grubbers shift from their existing unsuitable Draper Street base to the state-of-the-art Shell Road complex in time for the 2013 season. “The work he (Greg) has done and he is still working on are the temporary buildings being built at the Gordon TAFE (for Shell Road),” Britt said. “He did all of the planning permits, he did all of the engineering specs done, he has done a phenomenal amount of work – it is just amazing. “At our season opening, I

actually publicly thanked him (Greg) for all the hard work he has done. “I actually acknowledged Greg for the hard work that he has done over the last three-to-six months, Geoff Cunningham (Ocean Grove Football Club president) has also acknowledged him for all the hard work he has done to get us to Shell Road. “The whole club is very much aware of how much

...some of the senior players said they wanted Greg and Judy to adopt them because they were such wonderful people – it is pretty indicative of what wonderful people they are. -Jo Britt work he has done.” Britt said Greg’s wife Judy, Ocean Grove Netball Club Senior Co-ordinator, role should not be overlooked, especially in assembling teams on game days. Judy is also a valued contributor in the Voice with regular fortnightly match reports on Ocean Grove Netball Club games.

Jo-Anne Britt, Helene O’Reilly, Greg Ollis, Judy Ollis, Claire King “Between her and Greg co-ordinating those senior teams, they are probably the ones that we can thank for the development that we have had of the senior teams over the last three years,” Britt said.

Daughters Kelsey and Lauren also help out coaching junior teams in addition to playing senior netball on match days with the Grubbers. “It is a whole family contribution obviously – but

they do it because their girls love their netball,” Britt said. The Grubber senior netballers have even admitted that Greg and Judy Ollis are like family, according to Britt. “It was quite interesting that

some of the senior players said they wanted Greg and Judy to adopt them because they were such wonderful people – it is pretty indicative of what wonderful people they are,” she said.



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First serve of winter IT was a sea of navy and sky blue on Saturday morning as our juniors played the first week of Winter Competition in their brand new uniforms. Thanks to the generosity of the Ocean Grove Community Enterprise over 60 juniors, so far, have new polo shirts this Winter season and they were all subsidised by the club. Ocean Grove Tennis Club has 10 teams playing Winter Competition this year, which is a great effort with so much other sport on offer in the town. We are also welcoming seven new families to the club and eight new faces in the juniors, some siblings playing for the first time. It was the first week back and here are the results: 2 Girls were at Clifton Springs and won 2,21 – 4, 30. Anna Williams and Madison Ketchen won their singles and doubles for the day while Saira Shah and Steph Golightly got the extra games needed, in their singles, to win the match. 8 Girls were at Home versus Grovedale Black and won 5,35 – 1, 23. There were some close sets and Hannah Attard, Jaweria Shah, Natasha Miller

and Adrienne Mithen as a team won 5 out of 6 sets. 15 Girls played at Home versus Geelong East Uniting and won 6,36 – 0, 5. Molly Hanson, Ruby D’Arcy and Saige Campbell are new to the club and did very well with Emily McGurk to win every set. 7 Boys played at Lara and won 1,11 – 5,33 Harry James, Joel McMahon, Ethan Franks and Travis Anderson all played well to secure a great win. 9 Boys had a very close game at Home against Grovedale 3,28 – 3,24 and won. Riley Heron, Edward Ford, Chris Rugge and Callum Strom all pulled together to get the extra games needed. 12 Boys travelled to Highton and unfortunately lost 4, 34 – 2, 24. Welcome to Ryson McHenry & Sonny Levison who are new to the club, and joined Robert & Scott Campbell to form this team. 14 Boys were at Drysdale and won 1,9 – 5,34. This team did exceptionally well with Jack James, Harry Mullen, Oliver Bowers and new player Liam Mullen. 6 Mixed played at Home against Lara and lost 2,25 – 4,

32. The team of Eloise Puiatti, Lachlan Treble, Jacinta Smith and Dylan Marles all pulled together to win 2 sets. Jacinta won her singles and doubles. 13 Mixed Red played against Lethbridge and won 6,36 – 0, 10. A great win with all players winning every set. Mia Holiday, Tom Mazouris, Jade Murphy and Jack Hanson make up this team. 13 Mixed White travelled to Hamlyn Park and won 2,23 – 4,33. Georgie Kottek and Holly Sharp won both their singles and doubles, while Tom Soutar and Jayden Harrison Roberts won their doubles and fought for every game in the singles, but couldn’t pull off a win. It’s been a very successful first week with 8 out of 10 teams winning their matches. More importantly the teams are all getting to know each other and forming friendships. Friday night practice will not be running officially over Winter due to the darkness and coldness after 5.30pm, but Junior members of the club are more than welcome to come and have a hit after school with their own parent/ guardian supervision.

Senior tennis presentations - with karaoke SENIORS RESULTS On Saturday 13th April the Seniors had their presentation evening. It was a fabulous night with a jukebox, karaoke and a delicious dinner catered by Rachel Saunders. There were several trophies and awards given out for highest aggregate and Club Championships held earlier in the year. Highest Team Aggregate Winners : Section 16, including: Bec Dickeson, Liz Baker, Beth Bollard, Tim Hinrichsen, Rachel Saunders, Callum Kirsopp and Ethan Franks. Best Individual Average Aggregate Winner: Tim Hinrichsen. Peter Millis Best Club Person Winner: Phil Grinter for dedication to Men’s Thursday Night tennis. Senior Club Championship Results. Men’s A Grade Singles Winner: Nick Vicary. Runner Up: Nigel Allen. Men’s A Grade Doubles Winners: Nick Vicary and David Franks. Runners Up: Romeo Sala & Nigel Allen.Ladies A Grade Doubles Winner: Rhonda Brown and Kerrie Winton. Runners Up: Pauline Lucas and Dianne Pay. Men’s B Grade Doubles Winners: Chris Dickeson & Adam Fry. Runners Up: Rick Wilkens and Anthony Wilkens. Mixed Doubles Winners: John Norton & Helen Brotherton. Veterans Singles Winner: Peter Walsh. Results complied by Jen Franks. Go to ‘David Franks Tennis Coaching’ facebook page for results, tips and more information.

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Grover’s victorious at championship STATE TRIPLES CHAMPIONS: OCEAN Grove’s Ken Thomas, Craig Hodges and Matt Flapper have reigned supreme and taken out the Victorian Triples Championship during last week’s State Champions week in Bendigo. With Ocean Grove players in five out of the six men’s championships events we were certainly well represented. The trio started their campaign with a ten shot win against a team from Morwell and then faced the local boys headed by former State Representative Aaron Tomkins in a rescheduled night match. A close contest however, the Grove boys prevailed with a 12-9 win. In the Semi Final game against Stewart Trigg from Colac City the boys showed no mercy and booked their spot in the big

one with a 23-14 scoreline. Facing off against the strong Bundoora team of Mario Chippola, Luke Aiello and Nick McIntyre the final was of high standard and it was the Ocean Grove boys that were able to clinch the title and come back as State Champions. The victory had a bit of feeling with it being Ken Thomas’s first State title, hard to believe considering he had represented Victoria on more than 250 occasions and also for Hodges and Flapper after earlier in the day missing out on the State Pairs crown dropping the final to Bob and Chris Watt from Moonee Ponds by two shots. Mick West and his side of Michael Allen, Owen Clark and Dale Kett commenced their fight for a State Fours with a first up win against the Morwell

Victorian Triples Champions 2013

side but unfortunately succumbed to the Bundoora side skipped by Luke Aiello in the quarter final match. Westy also took to the greens the following morning to have a crack in the State Singles and again started strong by accounting for Moonee Ponds Bob Watt in the round of last 16. He then advanced to the quarter final and met Ian Main from Wakool and showed him no mercy in bouncing out of the blocks to lead 15-0 and run away with the win 25-8. This win left him with a showdown with Nick McIntyre in the Semi Final. Unfortunately for Mick he was not able to continue the run of good form and met a red hot McIntyre on the day who proved to be too good. The last event, which Ocean Grove featured in was the State Champion of Champion singles and Matt Flapper advanced to a quarter final showdown with Brighton’s Lee Schraner. In a match that entertained a big crowd they were treated to a game that featured every shot in the book. Schraner holding on in the end to book his spot in the Semi Final with a 25-19 win. EDINBURGH SHIELD: Sixteen players from Ocean Grove/ Barwon Heads RSL converged on the greens at Moama Bowling Club to contest the 59th staging of the Duke of Edinburgh Shield. An event that attracts over 80 teams from across the state played at numerous venues bowls is of course the first priority but closely followed by the social aspect of the trip. Competition was five games of 12 ends and it all started well for the local lads with two wins from two outings. They went into game three trying to

Section Winners – Edinburgh Shield Section Winners – Edinburgh Shield Game 1 (Morwell) – Last 16 – Vs Ian Hilsey, Michael Yacoub, Ian Kirkup (S) Won 20-10 Game 2 (Bendigo East) – Quarter Final - Vs David Morris, Darren Burgess and Aaron Tomkins (S) Won 12-9 Game 3 (City Colac) – Semi Final – Vs Dale Tillack, Trevor Leslie, Stewart Trigg (S) Won 23-14 Game 4 (Bundoora RSL) – Final Vs – Mario Chippola, Luke Aiello, Nick McIntyre (S) Won 17-12 Craig Hodges/Matt Flapper made the final of the Victorian State Pairs but narrowly missed out going down to Moonee Ponds pair Bob and Chris Watt 16-18. Mick West made the Semi Finals of the Victorian State Singles but went down to Nick McIntyre (Bundoora RSL). Michael Allen, Owen Clark, Dale Kett and Mick West were knocked out in the Quarter Finals of the State Fours by the Bundoora team. Matt Flapper lost his Quarter Final in the State Champion of Champions to Lee Schraner (Brighton) 19-25 (Eventual Winner).

remain undefeated after day one and the third game went right down to the wire. Ocean Grove’s Trevor Turnley left out on the green with one end to play had to carry the hopes and did not disappoint, delivering his final bowl to convert the head from one down to four up meant they held on and remained undefeated after day one. Without asking too many questions

there must have been some heavy celebrations that night because their only blemish came the next morning in game four which they dropped but were able to bounce back in the final game which they needed to win. They did secure the final win in game five which also meant they held on to claim Section winners honours. Well done to all players!

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SOUL scores absolute cracker of a day

Mel Wright

SOUL Longboard Club scored an absolute cracker of a day for its third competition. There were constant 2-5ft sets through Ocean Grove main beach all day which were feathered by a sometimes strong north to north west wind. With more than 60 entries there was no time to waste. As per usual, the club members had all the tents up and the PA system running in no time. Due to prior commitments by some, the over 50’s were f irst to hit the water right on 8am. Larry Hayes put his new board to good use and will be happy with the result. Surfers had to be on the ball all day to pick the right take off

spot due to the size of the swell and the amount of water moving around. Some great longboard surf ing was on display in all divisions, with a particular note to open surfers Dean Cook, Ant Brown, Liam Griggs- Kennelly and Ben Considine. Mel Wright put on a great performance in the Woman’s f inal as did Lou Mc Sween, Georgia Willard and Morgan Griggs- Kennelly. The next SOUL Longboard Club’s competition will be the fourth comp on May 18. Meet at the Ocean Grove Main Beach car park at 7am. Further information go to www.

Liam Griggs-Kennelly


OPEN- 1.Dean Cook 2.Ben Considine 3.Anthony Brown 4.Liam Griggs-Kennelly OPEN WOMEN- 1.Mel Wright 2.Morgan Griggs-Kennelly 3.Lou McSween 4.Georgia Willard TRAD- 1.Ben Considine 2.Lachie Fletcher 3.Chris Wiltshire OVER 35’s- 1.Chris McSween 2.Matty Wright 3.Jamie Wall 4.Mark Pattison 5.Simon Johnston OVER 50’s- 1.Larry Hayes 2.Paul Fletcher 3.Firnsy 4.Guy Werner 5.Mark Westworth OVER 60’s- 1.Bill Kelly 2.Chris Myers 3.Chooka 4.Gus Angleton JNR BOYS- 1.Liam Griggs-Kennelly 2.Ben Considine 3.Byron JNR GIRLS- 1.Georgia Willard 2.Morgan Griggs-Kennelly 3.Grace Synnott 4.Natasha 5.Abby Firns REPPA- 1.Mick Armstrong 2.Tama 3.Needo 4.Nev Forster 4.Corky

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Simon Collier.

Hutchins surfs to victory Photos: ELLIOT GRAY

Josh Johnson Baxter.

Henry Hutchins.

ON March 23, the 13th Beach Boardriders Competition number one, presented by Strapper, was run and won! The first competition of the year was run over two days due to the weather/ storm washing all the boardriders out, which meant the other half of the competition was to finish in beautiful 2-3ft surf and off shore conditions at 13th Beach. Stand-out of the event was youngster Henry Hutchins, who won his Cadets division, second in Jnrs and made the semi final in the Open A’s. Cole Rush surfed outstandingly to win the Open B division, while Josh Johnson-Baxter dominated the first event in the Open A to get a hold over all other Open A surfers. Open Women went to Jemima Hutchins surfing her way to victory, while Fergus Willet took his surfing to

another level in the U/14 division. Results are in order from first to fourth. U/14 - Fegus Willet, Ned Cox, Arkie Williams and Isaac Ayres. U/16 - Henry Hutchins, Bronson Field, Kyle Lock, Nick Bazalicki. U/18- Will Dickson, Henry Hutchins, Sam Fitz, Dylan Whitley. Women- Jemima Hutchins, Cassie Vincent, Saphire Maine, Ginny Werner Senior Men- Saul Irwin, Dick Field, Rowan, Damian Robbinson. Masters- Dick Field, Steve Dickson, Rob Petho, Nath Zinn. Open B- Cole Rush, Danny DaleSutton, Jimmy Adams, Robbo. Open A- Josh Johnson-Baxter, Ben Collier, Sim Collier, Gus Harfield. Check out 13th Beach Boardriders facebook page for upcoming events. The next event will be in May, see you all then!

CARVING IT UP: Grant Stringer.


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Openers serve up goal feast

Above, action from Waves first Friday night league match under lights.

Men’s Div 1: Surfside Waves 2-1 Drysdale The very first Friday night match under our new lights was played last weekend. It was a memorable night for all involved with Surfside Waves Soccer Club. The game was played in a tough contest between two good teams both searching for their first win of the season. After a very entertaining first half neither side could find the goal they needed to take the lead so it was 0-0 at half time. The tempo picked up and two superb goals front Alex Ketchen made the difference in the end. All players enjoyed the experience of playing under the lights and Surfside Waves hope to play more games on a Friday night

Lovely Banks Lions v Surfside Waves No details available Men’s Div 3 Surfside Waves 6-5 Bell Park Surfside started well against Bell Park finding themselves three nil up after 20 minutes with well worked goals from veterans Nick Hargreaves, Kai Thieme and Andy Black. Bell Park fought back to level at 3-3 at half time. The Waves improved in the second half with further goals from Nick Hargreaves, John Black and a debut goal for Ben Sleep. Bell Park fought valiantly with late goals to make for an exciting finish for the many spectators watching, final score 6-5 to Surfside. Barwon Heads 1-5 Surfside Waves

In a highly entertaining game at Barwon Heads Cricket Club, the first Battle of the Bridge was won by Surfside Waves convincingly. Three nil up at half time courtesy of Ben Sleep, and a brace by John Black, the Waves added to their tally in the second half through Andy Black, and a third from young gun John Black giving him his first senior hat trick. Well done to the whole team for an outstanding performance, with special mention to new player and goalkeeper Callum Harper between the sticks for another brilliant game. Coach Andy Hedges is absolutely thrilled at the start this team has made this season where the unique blend of youth and experience is certainly paying off.

Left: the Men’s Division 3 side line up, and above Kai Thieme slots home against Bell Park.


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Persistence brings rewards for Waves Under 14 girls: Surfside Waves 1-1 Surfcoast The Surfside Waves Under 14 girls kicked off their season against Surf Coast Yellow at Shell Road Reserve on Saturday April 20. The Waves have had an interrupted start to the season and have only trained together as a team for 2 sessions. This did not hamper the Waves as they jumped out of the blocks with some great passing and teamwork to quickly have Surf Coast under pressure. The first 10 minutes saw the Waves hit the post twice with another few near misses before Cassidy Waugh opened the scoring with a shot from the edge of the box. The first half saw

the Waves continue to pressure but some resolute defending from Surf Coast ensured that the score remained 1-0 to the Waves at half time. The second half resulted in a very even match with both defences holding firm. Surf Coast equalised with an angled shot eluding the Waves keeper. The last 10 minutes provided end to end soccer with both teams creating chances to grab the result. Final score remained at 1-1, a fitting result following an entertaining and enjoyable game. A very good team effort from the Waves with all players making a contribution. Bell Park 0-1 Surfside Waves The under 14 girls travelled to Bell Park for their

second game of the season on Saturday April 27. The Waves took their time to settle in the blustery and windy conditions. Playing into the wind the Waves struggled to break through a tight Bell Park defence. Fifteen minutes into the first half the Waves started to find their strong passing game and began to exert their influence. The mid-field of Emma, Jessica and Sally worked tirelessly to support Cassidy, Audrey and Tiani up forward with wave after wave of attack. If it wasn’t for some excellent goal keeping from the Bell Park goalie the Waves would have gone to the break 3 or 4 goals up. When Bell Park did advance forward it was well covered by the defence of Eloise, Phoebe

and Lily. Madi in goals providing great support to the defence in thwarting the Bell Park forwards. The second half saw the Waves with the wind at their backs and they quickly continued with the constant attacking pressure. Again strong Bell Park defending and great goalkeeping keeping the score locked at 0-0. The Waves persisted and were rewarded with the winning goal in the 43rd minute. Emma Riley slotting past the keeper after a great passing move between Sally and Lily opening up the defence. The Waves thoroughly deserving the win against a very good Bell Park team. Aside from the result the most pleasing aspect was the style of play shown by

both teams. It’s great to see the girls improving their passing, ball skills and team work. Under 13 Boys Corio Bay 6-0 Surfside Waves Corio Bay taught Surfside a hard lesson not to be forgotten. Corio Bay had 8 players against Waves eleven plus two substitutes. They scored three goals in the first five minutes, it was a hard start, like coming from the change room with the game already in their hands. The Waves battled valiantly but couldn’t match the two or three strong and skillful players Corio Bay had. We were surprised and it was very hard to overcome such a difficult start. The second half was more even.

Every one of the surfside players put a much better performance, managing to create three goal chances only to be denied by Corio Bay’s outstanding little goal keeper. Under 17 Boys: Surfside Waves 2-3 Corio The Waves took on some tall timbers as they met Corio on Sunday April 21at home. A great game where the boys created plenty of opportunities, working hard to play the ball rather than kick and run as Corio were. Unlucky not to have gained something out of the game, missing a penalty early on cost them dearly. Coach Pablo Mujica was disappointed with the loss but encouraged by the boys hard work and

determination not to give up. Goals well taken from Julian Powell and John Black. Geelong Rangers 4-2 Surfside Waves A great game of football played at Myers Reserve on Sunday February 28 saw again heaps of opportunity with some magnificent through balls, particularly in the second half, that bode very well for the rest of the season for this group of hard working boys. Led off the field by an inspirational coach in Pablo, the boys never let their heads drop. Superb goals from Robbie Black and Julian Powell coming back from 2 nil down showed immense character. Keep up the hard work boys, keep the faith, the results will come.

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Junior Grubbers find their momentum FOOTY OCEAN GROVE UNDER 16A 20 April 2013 v Geelong Ammos – Grading Game 2 After an easy win against Drysdale the previous week, the young Grubbers went into the game with a bit of momentum and confidence. However, from the outset it was obvious that The Ammos would be a tough proposition. The teams looked evenly matched and the game was tight from the first bounce and neither side could get any real flow in their game in the early morning dewy conditions. Ocean Grove had a slightly better quarter on the scoreboard and held a 1 goal advantage at the first break. Nat Gravener was busy up forward and got on the end of a couple of team efforts from further upfield. Harry Walker and Hamish Hoober were bashing and crashing in the midfield

while Nic Giblin was playing his opponent so tight in the backline that he followed him to The Ammo’s quarter time huddle. The second and third quarters were even in general play and both sides began to run a bit more on the big Ammos ground as the dew dried off and the ball became easier to handle. Lachy Barber was using his pace to great effect through the middle of the ground while Anthony “Buddha” Wilkens and Brod Gist were presenting big targets up forward. Smokin’ Joe Smith was on top in the last line of defence, and with Mitch Lindkvist and Nic Giblin in support, they were making it difficult for The Ammos to get the scoreboard ticking over. At the last break, it was Ocean Grove by 2 goals and the game was up for grabs. The final quarter was a dour affair with both teams giving everything. Riley Maloney

laid the tackle of the day in the centre of the ground to set the standard and his fellow midfielders Byron Taylor and Hamish Hoober were setting up many forward thrusts for The Grubbers. Ned Thorley and Luke Bastiaan got on top in the on-ball battle and were giving the smaller on-ballers first use of the ball. Meanwhile, at the bottom of every pack, Darcy Pearson was dishing out quality handballs with the composure and poise of a veteran. If he wasn’t at the bottom of a pack he was providing a shepherd or smothering a kick – doing all the one percenters that coaches love. The Grubbers wanted this one and eventually did enough in the final quarter to hold on to record a hard fought 2 goal win. Final score: Ocean Grove 7 – 4 : 46 defeated Geelong Ammos 5 – 4 : 34 Goals: Walker 2, Hoober 2, Gravener 2, Wilkens 1

Under 14(1) Round 1 v Torquay OGCC 9.9.63 defeated Torquay 3.5.23 The Cobras kicked off their 2013 campaign with a convincing 40 point win over the Torquay Tigers in their first grading game of the season. Gaining first use of the ball through big man Josh Hirt, the Cobras mosquito fleet of Ollie Monteith, Darcy Copeland, Mini Smith and Spencer Luppino used their pace and skills to pump the ball forward and give their forwards every opportunity. Jesse Caliguiri continued on from last years Grand Final heroics with 2 goals and was backed up by a swag of goal kickers who kept the scoreboard ticking over. A promising start for the Cobra boys who impressed all with their ball movement and skills. Goals: Jesse Caliguiri 2, Oliver Monteith 1, Mitch Thebes 1, Michael Smith 1, Connor Harvey 1, Lachlan McVilly 1, Connor O’Keefe 1, Josh Hirt 1 Best: Michael Smith, Darcy Copeland, Spencer Luppino, Josh Hirt, Oliver Monteith Round 2 v St Josephs(2) OGCC 12.5.77 defeated St Josephs 0.2.2 Another convincing win for the Cobras as they continued their impressive start to the year with a dominant performance against the Joeys who had no answer to the Cobras pace and quick ball movement. Once again it was the onballers who led the way, thanks to the twin towers ruck duo of Josh Hirt and first gamer ‘Razor’ Raymond Emma-Ngopu. Jesse Caliguiri, Connor Harvey and Lachlan McVilly were amongst the goals, and the backline boys deserve a mention for keeping the

opposition goalless. Goals: Jesse Caliguiri 3, Connor Harvey 3, Lachlan McVilly 2, Ben Bennett 1, Mitch Thebes 1, Connor O’Keefe 1, Josh Hirt 1 Best: Michael Smith, Spencer Luppino, Oliver Monteith, Jesse Caliguiri, Josh Hirt Round 3 v Corio OGCC 16.16.112 defeated Corio 1.0.6 The ever improving Cobras notched up their best win of the grading game series with a massive 106 point over the Corio Devils. In their most even team performance of the year, the speed and skills of the Cobras proved too much for their opponents. Connor O’Keefe played the small forwards role to perfection kicking 4 goals, Logan Taylor dominated at centre half forward with 2 goals, and Michael Smith alternated between the mid field and the forward line to kick two. A great team effort that saw every player contribute to the victory. Goals: Connor O’Keefe 4, Logan Taylor 2, Michael Smith 2, Spencer Luppino 1, Joe McDonald 1, Lachlan McVilly 1, Craig Goodger 1, Jesse Caliguiri 1, Max Sutton 1, Raymond Emma-Ngopu 1, Josh Hirt 1 Best: Spencer Luppino, Raymond Emma-Ngopu, Connot O’Keefe, Tom Smith, Lachlan McVilly, Logan Taylor Under 14(2) Round 1 v Drysdale OGCC 2.2.14 defeated by Drysdale 7.12 54 A slow start proved costly for the Cobras in their opening match against the Drysdale Hawks. Scoreless in the first half, a more determined Cobras proved much more competitive in the second half eventually going down by 40 points.

Goals: Jase Franken 1, Jordan Babb 1 Best: Tahj Bellman, Lachy Habgood, Tyler Bryan, Max Fairbrother Round 2 v Winchelsea OGCC 0.0.0 defeated by Winchelsea 23.19.157 Ouch! A big loss for the Cobras against a Winchelsea team who seem to have fielded a team far more qualified than the division they nominated for. To the Cobras credit, they battled hard and played the game in the right spirit against overwhelming odds. Nathan Taylor was the standout in his first game for the year and received great support from Jack Tregenza, Ronan Healy and Tyler Bryan. Well done to all the boys for their efforts. Best: Lachy Habgood, Jase Franken, Tyler Bryan, Nathan Taylor, Ronan Healy, Jack Tregenza Under 12 Blue & White Round 1 Derby OGCC Blue 5.8.38 defeated by OGCC White 8.6.54 A round 1 derby saw a big crowd flock to the Snakepit for the clash between our Under 12 Blue & White teams, and they were treated to a close hard fought tussle. The White team jumped out of the blocks and held a 16 point lead at half time, but were then faced with a courageous comeback from the Blueboys in the third term and found themselves only 2 points up at the final change. The last quarter was a ripper and it was the accuracy of the White team, kicking 6.1 to 3.5, which proved the difference in the end. Goals – White: Louis Beale 2, Lleyton Woolley 2, Will Richardson 2, Archie Bowers 1, Ben Gillians 1 Best – White: Archie Bowers, Louis Beale, Luke Giblin,

Best: Walker, Hoober, Gravener, Pearson, Wilkens, Barber. 27 April v Leopold Grading Game 3 Leopold set the tone early with their “hard at it” style of play and had Ocean Grove on the back foot in the first quarter. With the aid of a strong breeze Leopold piled on 5 goals while The Grubbers struggled to get the ball into their forward fifty and failed to score for the quarter. Ned Thorley was a shining light for The Grubbers in the first quarter and battled hard against the odds but he didn’t have enough support to get anything happening for the home team. Coach Potter spelled out a few home truths at the first break and woke the boys from their first quarter slumber. Ocean Grove hit the ball with greater intensity in the first few minutes of the second

quarter and the game was being played mostly on their terms and in their forward line. When Leopold did go forward, Mitch Lindkvist and James Hodder rebounded the ball back to their team’s advantage. Hamish Hoober finally got the scoreboard ticking over for the home team when he goaled and Buddha Wilkens followed up shortly after thanks to some good team footy along the outer wing involving Isaac Wilkins, Byron Taylor and Lachy Barber. When Wilkins snapped a goal of his own, The Grubbers were suddenly only two goals down and back in the ball game. Harry Walker was trying to lift his team and a bruising tackle on the half back line ended up with the ball being propelled forward where Sam Quigley put the icing on the cake. Leopold steadied late in the quarter with a couple of goals and held sway by 20 points at

half time. Leopold took the early running in the third quarter and had another couple of goals on the board after a few minutes. The Ocean Grove backline was under the pump as Leopold’s running game clicked in and only great defensive footy from the back six prevented a major blow out. James Hodder was resolute across half back and looked comfortable in his first game of the year. Nic Giblin’s desperation prevented a sure goal and not to be outdone, Joltin’ Joe Smith laid a goal saving tackle in a message to his team mates that he and his backline mates were committed to the cause. Despite their efforts, Leopold won the quarter convincingly and went into the final quarter with a match winning lead. The Grubbers gave it their best shot in the final quarter but they were ultimately outpointed by a more

physical, desperate opponent. Byron Taylor and Darcy Pearson showed their class with some clean football and continued to drive the ball forward but Leopold’s backline was on top and Ocean Grove found scoring difficult. Fletcher Sharrock got away and thanks to some nice work from Lachy Barber, scored his team’s only goal for the quarter. Harry Walker’s “never say die” attitude was evident and he gave his all to the final siren as he threw himself at everything. Riley Maloney got on board and ran the game out but in the end Leopold’s commitment won the day. Final score: Leopold 13 - 13 : 91 defeated Ocean Grove 6 – 3 : 39 Goals: Sharrock 2, Wilkins 1, Wilkens 1, Quigley 1, Hoober 1 Best: Walker, Thorley, Hodder, Douglass, Lindkvist, Maloney.

Thomas, Nathan Scarpa, Chelse Closter. Round 2 v Drysdale OGCC 5.9.39 defeated by Drysdale 12.6.78 A sluggish start from the Cobras saw the Hawks jump out of the blocks in the first term and race to a 39 point lead at quarter term. From then on the Cobras matched it with the Hawks on the field and on the scoreboard, eventually going down by the exact same margin they trailed by at quarter time – 39 points. Goals: J. Hargreaves 1, J.Miller 1, C.Ewart 1, N.Cunningham 1, C.Tully 1 Best: Chris Ewart, Chelse Closter, Noah DeBruijn, Shaun Bradley, Mitch Gawley-Price, Josh Miller UNDER 10 Blue & White OCGG White 3.8.26 defeated OCGG Blue 4.1.25 A Derby day thriller at the Snake Pit as our White & Blue Under 10 teams played out a ripper for the big crowd. After an even first quarter, the White team edged ahead and held a 6 point lead at ¾ time, but the Blue boys were not to be denied and fought the

game right out and trailed by the smallest possible margin when the final siren sounded. Both teams followed their coaches instructions and played the game in fantastic spirit. Well done Cobras! Goals White: X.Norman 2, C.Ward 1 Best White: I.Anderson, M.McLachlan, J.Mitchell, X.Norman, C.Ward Goals Blue: L.Donegan 2, J.Bouma 1, W.Lamb 1 Best Blue: J.Bouma, W.Lamb, B.Charles Round 2 Under 10 White v South Barwon OGCC 10.12.72 defeated South Barwon 2.2.14 The Cobras White team cruised to a convincing 58 point in their second game of the year. A great team performance with some great attacking play by Cooper Smith, and Rhys Devlin doing the hard shepherding work to help out his team mates. Saxon Apps and Charlie Every also played their hearts out for their team. Goals: Kirby Reilly 2, Xavier Norman 2, Charlie Every 1, Rhys Devlin 1, Nick Gibbon 1, Max McLachlan 1, Cooper Ward 1, Tahj Wirth 1 Best: Saxon Apps, Charlie Every, Rhys Devlin, Nick Gibbon, Cooper Smith Under 10 Orange Round 1 v St Albans OGCC 4.2.26 defeated by St Albans 5.5.35 The Cobras kicked off their season with a promising performance against St Albans in Round 1. The game was a real see-saw battle and the Saints were just a bit too strong in the final quarter and ran out 9 point winners. A great start to the season by the Orange team – good on ya Cobras! Goals: K.Annand 2, S.Copeland 1, J.Spowart 1 Best: K.Annand, T.Gross, S.Copeland, E.McNolty, J.Spowart.

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Cobras under 12. Mitchell Pope, Lleyton Woolley Goals – Blue: Matthew Stanic 1, Connor Pickett 1, Mitchell Clark 1, Rohan Lock 1, Tyler Walsh Best – White: Jools Bond, Cooper Collett, Mitchell Clark, Rohan Lock, Jonah Wheeler Round 2 v South Barwon OGCC White 11.6.72 defeated South Barwon Blues 2.1.13 The Under 12 White team ran out convincing 59 point winners over the South Barwon Blues in their second grading game of the season. After a slow start, the Cobras kicked into gear in the second term, holding a 26 point lead at the main break and then extending that lead each quarter. Mitchell Taylor jagged 3, while Damian Bykersma, Ezra Cuthell, Flynn Drake and the LeMaistre brothers all stood out in a great team effort. Goals: Mitchell Taylor 3, Mitchell Pope 2, Flynn Hardiman, Cooper Falconer 1, Clay Milich 1, Bailey LeMaistre, Lleyton Woolley Best: Damian Bykersma, Ezra Cuthell, Flynn Drake, Oscar

LeMaistre, Max Thompson, Ben Gillians Under 12 Orange OGCC 8.6.54 defeated by St Albans 12.11.83 Opening their year under the bright lights of Friday night football, the Cobras headed out to St Albans where a slow start probably cost them the game. Trailing by 23 points at the first break, the Cobra boys gradually worked their way back into the match, whittling the deficit back to only 3 points at ¾ time. Unfortunately the boys spent their petrol tickets in the second and third terms, and the Saints ran away in the last, winning by 29 points. Ben Townson snagged two goals up forward, with Kobe Annand, Josh Miller and Chris Ewart amongst the best. A promising start for the Cobras who proved they can play good footy but just need to play out a full four quarter effort. Goals: Ben Townson 2, Kobe Annand 1, Noah Cunningham 1, Chris Ewart 1, Will Harrington 1, Josh Miller 1, Rory Monteith 1 Best: Kobe Annand, Josh Miller, Ben Townson, Jye


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Training paying off for juniors Friday Night Competition – Kardinia Park Friday April 19 Under 11’s The coaches are really happy with the way the girls are playing their best every week and learning more skills every week at training. Keep up the good work. Under 13-3’s Ocean Grove 10 vs Torquay 17 Best Players: Mietta Wilkins, Coco Fraser, Emma Simpson. Under 13-4’s Ocean Grove 8 vs Bell Park 6 Best Players: Olivia Hart, Mia-Sachi Walters, Holly TimmsHonner. Under 13-5’s Ocean Grove 14 vs Bannockburn 4 Best Players: Emily McGurk, Erin Quinn, Claire Townson. Under 15-3’s Ocean Grove 12 vs GWSP 17 Best Players: Indi Bosch, Sofie Beale, Sienna Beasley. Under 15-4’s Ocean Grove 14 vs St Marys 9 Best Players: Skylar Ducket, Niamh Ansell, Alannah McElligott. Under 17-3’s Ocean Grove 22 vs Bell Park 7 Best Players: Elise Trower, Amina King, Naomi

LeMaistre All Abilities Ocean Grove 19 vs St Josephs 5 Fantastic Team Effort This week saw our All Abilities competition start with our Ocean Grove Players very keen to play their best netball. Their coach Vicki changed their positions around during the game showing the teams versatility. Saturday April 20 – Newcomb Ocean Grove had a very successful day with all teams winning by playing some great netball: Under 11’s These girls are improving every week and are already showing some fantastic netball skills. Keep playing your best each week. Under 13-2’s Ocean Grove 35 vs Newcomb 1 Best Players: Maddy Crothers, Alannah McElligott, Maddie Caligiuri. Under 15-1’s Ocean Grove 47 vs Newcomb 4 Best Players: Abbey Badrock, Sami Gravener, Taya Payne. Under 15-2’s Ocean Grove 37 vs Newcomb 6 Best Players: Brielle King, Michaela Giblin, Emma

Action from Ocean Grove’s under 13 and under 17 sides at Newcomb. Walker. great pressure along with involving the girls in all Under 17-1’s Ocean Grove Lauren Barber. Some great aspects of the game. 59 vs Newcomb 6 Best defensive work by Brooke Defensively the girls are Players: Alicia Nolan, Amy Walter at the opposite end getting their hands up over Gibbs, Meg Badrock saw many rebounds come the ball and intercepting Under 19’s Ocean Grove down the court to add to well. The girls will be 37 vs Newcomb 18 Best our score. Well done girls working on playing in front Players: Lauren Barber, on a great netball game. to receive a pass and finding Erin Mercer, Brooke Friday April 26 space to not crowd the Walter. Round 3 court. The Under 19’s fabulous 11U (2) Friday nights have This will be incorporated in first win for the season was come alight!! The girls are their training. Keep up the a great performance by all attacking their games with good work girls - continue the players. Erin Mercer great enthusiasm. to train as you would play was an outstanding target Rotating playing positions listen, enjoy and have fun. in goals who applied some and lots of court time is 11U (3) Maddy is very

proud of the way the girls encourage and support one another. 13U (3) – Ocean Grove 13 v St Joseph’s Gold 5 Goals: E.Bambrook 4, E.Simpson 4, B.Cooper 3, G.Lombardo 1 Best: G.Lombardo, E. Bambrook 13U (5) Ocean Grove 12 v Queenscliff 13 Goals: M.Friee 6, E.Quinn 3, P.awramenko 1 15U (3) Ocean Grove 30 v Grovedale 10

Goals: G.Sager 12, M.Winter 9, S.Beale 8, L.Bruckner 1 Best: K.Hudson, M.Winter 15U (4) Ocean Grove 11 v St Mary’s 14 Goals: H.Simpson 6, H.McDonald 3, J.Smith 2 Best: E.Prendegast, H.McDonald, N.Ansell 17U (3) Ocean Grove 14 v Newtown & Chilwell 17 Goals: N.LeMaistre 11, K.Whyte 3 Best: C.Garrard, K.Whyte, M.Dodd.


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65 vs Newcomb 26 Best Players: Kelly McIntosh, Lauren Ollis, Jess Gorfine. B Grade had a great day today with a convincing win. A very defensive game played by Kelly McIntosh getting her hands on any ball that came her way ably assisted by Lauren Ollis. Gen Scott, Bec Sykes and Jess Gorfine had Newcomb’s mid court in all sorts of bother as they moved through the centre corridor. All players played consistent netball and will need to keep that intensity level up. A Grade Ocean Grove 60 vs Newcomb 29 Best Players: Michelle Sanders, Zanna Woods, Jaimie George. A great performance with fantastic passages of play. Some great drives out of defence by Michelle Sanders was making it easy for the score to keep ticking over. The scorers were also working overtime because of the brilliant goaling from Zanna Woods and there was also some dazzling centre court work from Jaimie George. Overall a confident performance by all players who will also need to bring their best in the coming weeks with some challenging teams to be encountered. Good luck to all teams against Barwon Heads.


GROVE enjoyed a clean sweep when they took the drive up the Bellarine Highway last week. The seniors had a day out against Newcomb with all teams being successful today D Grade Ocean Grove 36 vs Newcomb 19 Best Players: Kirrilee Sing, Rachael Mayor, Emma Mooney. A plethora of goals from Cath Slevin and Jamie Lucas set the scene for fantastic win, but it didn’t end there! Emma Mooney also showed plenty of style in the centre court turning over numerous possessions which made all the difference. Rachael Mayor was showing her typical style in keeping the girls confident throughout the match. C Grade Ocean Grove 29 vs Newcomb 24 Best Players: Sarah DeGenaro, Caily Nash, Amber Binns. The sun came out for the C Grade match with Caily Nash and Famie Needham starting strongly in the ring and kept the pressure on throughout the game. Sarah DeGenaro worked tirelessly getting the ball to the ring for conversion. Amber Binns also showed great courage helping Grove to the victory against a persistent Newcomb encounter. B Grade Ocean Grove

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Last year the Battle of the Bridge ended with a win a piece.

All set for a Battle of the Bridge tester MARK HEENAN


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PRIDE is not only at stake when Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads lock horns in the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ on Saturday, securing the four points will take on greater importance. Fifth-placed Ocean Grove (2-2) and fourthplaced Barwon Heads (2-2) remain equal on wins this season and both teams will be determined to gain a 3-2 advantage. Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads also play for the ‘pisspot’ trophy in arguably one of Bellarine Football League’s longest standing and most traditional rivalries. Grubber playing coach, Shane Jack said aside from claiming local bragging

rights against their archrivals, the lure of winning at Ocean Grove after successive home losses to Drysdale and Geelong Amateur will be critical. “I know it is a big game, it is big for the supporters and the two towns, the game presents itself as a great challenge,” Jack said. “They (Barwon Heads) are a good side, they have picked up some experienced players. “They have got some big bodies around the footy, I think that is where it is going to be won or lost around the footy. “They have got some good forwards (Daniel) Hovey up there and (James) Taylor and these boys. “It is going to be a big game and I am sure they

are going to be up for the challenge.” Barwon Heads also have a point to prove following a poor showing against Geelong Amateur, where the Seagulls were belted to the tune of 71 points at Queens Park in round four. Barwon Heads are the current holders of the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ after they obliterated the Grubbers with a 114-point away win at Ocean Grove in round 14 last season. Prior to their last matchup, the Grubbers have reigned supreme over Barwon Heads in five of their last six attempts. Barwon Heads coach Peter O’Connor said there was more meaning about this year’s first instalment of the ‘Battle

of the Bridge’ contest, despite the Seagulls inflicting a massive win over the Grubbers on July 21 last year and not making finals in 2012. “It is a real test for us to get past them in a game that matters,” O’Connor said. “Last year (the result in the second game) it didn’t matter, Ocean Grove were getting ready for the finals and we could not do anything as in make finals. “It has got a different feel about it this time.” O’Connor said containing Ocean Grove forwards like Shane Jack and Travis Gavin and limiting the Grubbers’ midfield influence present the biggest challenge for the Seagulls.

“Ocean Grove has got a good mix of players up forward that are hard to match up on,” O’Connor said. “Their midfield probably from last year has improved obviously with Bryn Weadon and Kelly Williams coming in as new recruits.” Ocean Grove are expected to be bolstered by the inclusion of Grubber captain Liam Rock (hip flexor) and midfielder Ben Ricardo (lower back) after both players missed their club’s 110-point win over Newcomb in round four. Senior game starts at 2:10pm at Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation Reserve on Saturday.


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Gavin boots eight MARK HEENAN

DANGEROUS FORWARD: Travis Gavin, above takes a brave mark, before booting one of eight majors against Newcomb.

A SPARKLING eightgoal haul from Grubber Travis Gavin guided Ocean Grove to a 110-point victory over Newcomb at Grinter Reserve on Saturday April 20. Final scores were Ocean Grove 26.14.170 to Newcomb 9.6.60. The Power got off to a lightning start kicking the first four goals of the game where the home side led by two points at the first break. Newcomb went into the game high on confidence after only being down by only two goals at threequarter time against last season’s BFL Grand Finalists Torquay at Spring Creek Reserve a week earlier. In the second quarter, the Grubbers’ midfielders got on top and provided their forwards with numerous opportunities in front of goal with an impressive nine-goal second term. The fast running skills of Aaron Bird and some solid ruck work from Brayden Sneddon helped the visitors get back on top. Dangerous forward Travis Gavin capitalised on his teammates’ good work, while Ocean Grove coach Shane Jack, who booted


OCEAN GROVE 26.14.170 DEFEATED NEWCOMB 15.13.103 Ocean Grove Goal Kickers: T. Gavin 8, S. Jack 5, B. Weadon 4, A. Bird 2, L. Sinnott 2, P. West 2, K. Williams , B. Sneddon , J. Rawlings Best Players: T. Gavin, A. Bird, B. Sneddon, J. Milnes, B. Poulter, D. Gray five goals, proved a handful for the Power defence with four majors in the first half. New Grubber recruit Bryn Weadon shined in his debut match with the club kicking four goals. Jack, who spoke to the Voice post match, said Gavin, who has kicked 14 goals in his four senior appearances in 2013, was a great asset up forward. Jack said Gavin had even toyed with the idea of leaving the Grubbers at the end of 2012, after the star forward admitted he had lost enjoyment for the game. Gavin was instrumental in Ocean Grove’s memorable BFL Reserves’ Grand Final win over Torquay last season where he booted eight goals, but only played nine senior games for the Grubbers in 2012. “We sat down with Travy (Travis Gavin) at the end

of last season, obviously he kicked the goals in the BFL Reserves Grand Final,” Jack said. “He was thinking about moving on and playing somewhere else, but I sat down with him and said ‘look you are a senior footballer’. “His life has settled down a lot more, he got married, he seems a lot happier in himself, he knows he is a senior footballer. “I had a talk with him and he pretty much agreed after 10 minutes and he signed on and I get along well with Trav. “He is obviously very quick off the lead – He is a great asset to the side.” After half time, the Grubbers kept the luckless Power to only two goals in the second half, while the visitors piled another 13 goals in the third and fourth quarters to record an easy win.


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COBRAS U12 footballers Bailey Le Maistre and Archie Bowers are ready to lace up for next weekend’s Pink Sports Day. Collendina Cobras are

getting behind Pink Sports Day for Breast Cancer Network Australia events by holding three matches with the teams sporting pink socks and officials wearing pink next

Saturday (May 11) to coincide with Mother’s Day weekend. The club is taking part to pay tribute to local women and their families in our community who have been

affected by breast cancer. The Cobras will hold three junior football matches at the Minerva Road Snakepit ground with all monies raised going to this wonderful fundraiser.

Every day, 40 women will be told they have breast cancer and seven women will sadly be lost to the disease. Cash raised will go towards providing support to women with quality

running it.” Godfrey who finished in 16th position at the corresponding Open Women’s 2km run at the 2012 event, said while her aim was for a top ten finish her second place was overwhelming. “At the end of the race I honestly had not even taken it in yet and everyone is already running up to me and giving me a massive hug and saying congratulations,” Godfrey said. “It was very overwhelming having that many people acknowledged what I have done – even people who I don’t really talk to.”

In some ways Godfrey’s recent running success on the sand is no surprise, she claimed a second place finish in the 18-29 female age group category at last year’s traditional Rip to River 10km run from Point Lonsdale to Ocean Grove. “I set myself a couple of goals of doing a couple of half marathons and a few 10km races like the Rip to River,” Godfrey said. “I do actually prefer a bit more of a distance – I like the challenge of the 2km run because it is more of a sprint for such a long distance.” Outside of representing Ocean Grove SLSC in state and national Surf Life Saving carnivals, Godfrey is studying a double degree in Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Paramedicine at

Australian Catholic University in Ballarat. Immediately after her success on the warmer surrounds of the Gold Coast, Godfrey quickly jetted back to Victoria and was forced to adjust to the cooler temperatures of Ballarat, a running base for her. “To come back from (Queensland) it has been quite difficult, this morning I was out running in the rain and it was seven degrees here – pretty cold,” Godfrey laughed. Despite her commitments in Ballarat, Godfrey says she regularly commutes back to Ocean Grove over the winter months as she plays netball for Queenscliff in the Bellarine Football and Netball League. Her father Merv, who travelled

with Rochelle to North Kirra, is the president of the Queenscliff Football Club. MEANWHILE fellow Ocean Grove SLSC competitor Mark Graham won back-to-back Gold medals in the Ironman 35-39 age group at the Australian Surf Life

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Grovers medal at Aussies

OCEAN Grove local Rochelle Godfrey admits her amazing feats on the sand at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships last month surprised even herself. The 21-year-old Ocean Grove SLSC competitor, claimed a Silver medal in the Open Women’s 2km run event at North Kirra beach on the Gold Coast on Friday April 19. “I wasn’t actually really confident up at North Kirra, this year was supposed to an experimental year,” Godfrey told the Voice. “Last year, I decided just before Aussies that I wanted to start taking that race a bit more seriously. “I’d always sorted of competed in it and I always enjoyed

SILVER: Rochelle Godfrey. Saving Championships. IN other results, former Ocean Grove SLSC competitor Harriet Brown, who now represents Northcliffe SLSC on the Gold Coast, claimed a bronze medal in the Open Iron Women’s event.

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Ocean Grove Voice 1 May 2013  

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