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Feb 25-Mar 10, 2009

An Independent Voice for Ocean Grove


GROVE DIGS DEEP OCEAN Grove has pulled out the stops to help those affected by the bushfire disaster – and the efforts continue.

Wallington Strawberry Fair Sunday March 1.

Ocean Grove Primary Apple Fair Sunday March 8.

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Thousands of dollars in cash has been raised through collections, businesses donating profits, sausage sizzles, raffles, mufti days and more. As well as our own CFA volunteers, locals have driven up to the affected regions to help out. One Ocean Grove massage business has been helping sooth exhausted emergency and relief workers. The coming weeks will see a music festival, donated surfboards and auctions adding to the effort. And it’s not just humans that are being helped. A massive effort is going into rescuing and caring for distressed and injured animals. Among those leading the way is our local wildlife sanctuary, Jirrahlinga. Stories and pictures inside pages 2-4.


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Fight Fire with Fire Rock Fest fundraiser The Barwon Heads Hotel is hosting the Fight Fire with Fire Rock Fest fundraiser event for the victims of the recent Black Saturday bushfires on February 28. The fundraiser will feature 22 musical acts playing throughout the bistro and beer garden of the Barwon Heads Hotel.

Tickets are $30 and all money raised will go towards the victims of the bushfires. Fight Fire with Fire Rock Fest boasts a diverse range of acts, varying from rock, punk, DJs and acoustic artists. The fundraiser starts at 2pm and goes until 3am. More details see advert page 8 Top: The Groove Milk Bar donated its Saturday profits to help Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary. Pictured above left and left: Staff at Coles cooked up a fundraiser on their doorstep.


grove digs deep Ocean Grove Bendigo Bank staff assisted Lions Club members count the cash raised through the Yellow Lion boxes

Pet Accessories & Supplies


Donations of dry pet food, old blankets, collars, leads etc

For wildlife & pets left homeless by the bushfires.

Open 7 Days

Every bit helps ACROSS the board Ocean Grove has rallied to help those affected by the terrible bushfires in our State. Here are just some of the many great things that have been going on. Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions raised and ent $11,000 to the cause. Yellow Lions money boxes in Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads amassed a further $5,650.50. Club Grove say they will be donating “a minimum of $5,000” for the Red Cross relief effort. Coles staff gave up their time to man a sausage sizzle outside the store. Murfs Surf Shop has sold 35 pairs of Havaianas thongs, with $350 to the Red Cross appeal. Havianas themselves then matched this amount by 50% so that was another $125 – so all up $475 was donated from Murfs. Sea View Manor staff, residents and their families donated more than $1,500 to the bushfire fund, boosted by personal care assistant Lyle Zanoni’s willingness to lose his 30 year old beard. The home also collected and dispatched eight boxes of toiletries to Whittlesea. Ocean Grove Primary raised $2,000 for the Red Cross efforts. Bellarine students at the Ocean Grove Campus raised $834 when they staged a mufti day. The Olive Pit donated 50c for every coffee it sold.

SOUL Longboard Club also donated all the money made during their recent Old Mal competition at Main Beach. Fundraisers have also remembered the animals, both wildlife and pets, affected by the disaster. Doggy Dear is collecting donations of food, blankets, leads and collars for pets caught up in the fires. The Groove milk bar in Wallington Road donated the entire Saturday profits to helping Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary. And another group of locals have rallied around to help the sanctuary in other ways. Judith Liston. Judith and Karen Thornton have been helped by the kindness of local pharmacies and vets. Judith said: “A grateful thank you is extended to a number of local businesses that generously and promptly responded to an urgent request for medical supplies and food needed for injured wildlife suffering from dehydration and burns sustained in the recent bush fires.” Judith said that volunteers at Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary will distribute these supplies to various centres where wildlife is being treated and rehabilitated. The list is endless, far from exhaustive and continues to grow. Let the Voice know if you need help publicising your fundraising efforts, email:

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Bellarine students organised a mufti day and raised $834.

Bar helps vet help wildlife

ZEBRA Bar apprentice chef Tracie Harman is also a fully trained vet and has travelled to the bushfire area to help with injured animals - with her bosses paying her while she helps out. Tracie has been involved in organising an emergency clinic as well as searching for wildlife that had survived and required emergency treatment.

Lyle after OCEAN Grove Remedial Massage Centre’s Elicia Crook, Jenni Hunt and Jo-Anne Darker have been in Whittlesea treating emergency crews. Their role was to provide massage support to people who had been working for days on end. “We were treating people that had seen horrific things, or had cooked up to 20,000 meals, or had made tons of cappuccinos, or were counselling the survivors,” said Elicia. “Everyone we saw was playing such a big part and was so humble about what they were doing.”


Strawberry and Apple fairs Strawberry Fair, Wallington Primary Sunday March 1 THIS year’s Strawberry Fair promises to be as action packed as ever. This year the fair will feature music from the Howlin’ Wind Band, The Rusty’s and Sambrose Automobile. There will be Devonshire teas, gourmet food, an animal nursery, face painting, children’s ride and strawberry stalls galore. The fair runs from 10am to 4pm.

Apple Fair, Ocean Grove Primary Sunday March 8 THE Apple Fair on the Labour Day weekend will feature six hours of live entertainment including Los Locos, The Rusty’s, Paul Carrigg, the Unconscious Brothers and the KD Dancers. As well as heaps of homemade food, wine and treats, there will be a skateboard competition (10-3), Harley rides, a trash and treasure and silent auction. Gates open from 10am to 5pm. Admission by gold coin donation.















65 years

CONGRATULATIONS: Patrick and Jesse Reid are celebrating their 65th anniversary.

TIMES have certainly changed since Patrick married his wartime bride Jesse back in Stokeon-Trent, England. Back in February 1945 there was rationing and life couldn’t have been further away from what it is now in Ocean Grove. The couple emigrated to Australia with seven children in tow back in 1963. Now they have 17 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and have another on the way. The key to a long and happy marriage? “Nobody is perfect,” said Jesse, “If you can forgive and forget and say you are sorry now and again, that helps.” Patrick joked: “The best thing is to keep your mouth shut.” But he also added: “I would not be without her, no way. She is a grand woman.” They celebrated their 65th in Ocean Grove.

Kids art on show

YOUNGSTERS that created paintings at the Ocean Grove Summer Festival can now see their work on display. The artwork is currently on display at the Ocean Grove library in Presidents Avenue. So if you would like to see your artwork and everyone else’s, or you would like some of your friends and relatives to see your artwork, pop in and have a look. They are displayed in two areas, one is behind the check-out benches and the other area is the display board in the junior picture book area. It is planned that the display will be on for about two weeks and after that they will go on a roving art exhibition, including the sponsor of this event - The Piping Hot Chicken Shop.


Ferry answer to chair mystery FIRST it was the arrival of a large blue shipping container. Pretty harmless in itself. Then a row of chairs outside the old fire station. Passersby noticed this stacking of chairs and, intrigue getting the better of them, peered inside. Low and behold more chairs. Cast your mind back to last year’s sale of the old fire station and the local disappointment that the old CFA base couldn’t be saved as an arts centre. But the chairs had locals guess-

ing. Could it be a cinema? A theatre? A music venue? No, sorry to disappoint those who had hopes it may herald a more artistic direction. Apparently the chairs have come from the old Qantas lounge in Perth and are being stored on behalf of Peninsula Ferries. The plan, as the Voice understands it, is that the chairs will get refurbished for the new ferries. The fire station owners are planning to convert the old building into offices.

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pride in our town

‘Tidy tatty town’ PEELING paintwork, rusting shop fronts, dripping roofs, mould in windows, cracked roads and weed infested pavements – that’s the picture the local community association is getting increasingly worried about. Ocean Grove town centre, they say, is getting neglected. Neglected by absent landlords, some shopkeepers and the council. “It’s just not good enough,” said Howard Dean who raised the issue at a recent Business Association meeting. It is also due to come before the next Community Association on March 4. “They want people to come to the shopping centre – but what people are getting is second rate. We are getting overtaken by Barwon Heads

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in making itself attractive. We had the ing done but we’ve had nothing done since. 1400 portarlington rd, Curlewis vIC. open sat & sun, 10.30 – 5pm. “If we could just make a concerted effort to phone 03 5253 3180 get a bit of pride back in the place. We would be happy to arrange a working bee. ESTATE “It’s just that in the last six or seven years some landlords have just taken the money and not put anything back. The tenants do not get anywhere as they are told ‘if you don’t like it youLPE014_OGV know Ad 40x60.indd 1 4/2/09 7:40:36 PM what you can do’.” The issue will be discussed at the next Community Association forum on March 4 from 7.30pm at the Grove Centre next to the Library, Presidents Avenue. Views?


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OCEAN Grove Rotary and the Surf Club recently hosted a delegation of Canadian forestry industry managers and consultants on a fact finding mission to Australia. The visiting group, pictured above with Rotarians and surf club president Peter Rankin, was supported by the Vancouver Island region Rotary 5020. Part of the visit included breakfast at Dunes Café

Clubs meet Mondays

Ocean Grove Bridge Club, 7.30pm, Marcus Hill Hall, Bellarine Highway end of Banks Road. Also Wednesdays and Fridays 1pm. Enquiries - Marg Wylie 5256 2550 Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 7.30pm - 9pm. (juniors/seniors) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove Ph.52551641.

First Monday of every month Ocean Grove Ladies Probus, 10am: Ocean Grove Golf Club. Contact Thelma Evans on 5255 1806. Bellarine Fly Fishing Association, 7.30pm: Bellarine Secondary College. Contact Tony on 0409 545929.

Third Monday of every month Ocean Grove RSL. 2.30pm at Club Grove. Committee meets at 1.30pm, The Terrace. Ocean Grove Garden Club. 1.30pm: St Peter’s Church Hall, Draper Street. Enquiries, pls contact June McLellan on 5255 1399

Fourth Monday of every month Combined Probus Club of Ocean Grove, 10.30am to 12..30pm: Surfside Centre, inquiries 5255 5515. Friendship is our theme.

Tuesdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club,10am-12 noon (adults only) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Ph.52551641. Bellarine T.O.W.N, 6pm: Uniting Church Hall, cnr Eggleston Street and The Parade. Contact Glenda 5255 5463.

First Tuesday of every month Ocean Grove Men’s Probus. 10am-12noon at the Ocean Grove Hotel, Collendina. Guest speakers., make friends. Visitors welcome.

First and foremost, the 50 cents donated to the CBA Bushfire Appeal from every coffee amounted to $470, very close to 1,000 coffees. Thanks to all who chose to support and donate. If you don’t know the secret to perfect roast vegetables already, come in and ask us about duck and goose fat. As quoted in The Age Good Weekend, you’ll never have a fried egg any other way. The Rouzaire Jean-Grogne Brie has been so successful we’ve added a Brie De Nangis to the cheese fridge – even creamier and punchier than the JeanGrogne, and a little cheaper to boot! This week we’re having our first delivery of the famous New York Bagels. We’ll be trialling different fillings over the coming weeks and adding them to the regular menu as well as selling them as is. Lastly, for quaffers of average champagne the ever popular Hibiscus flowers are back! See you soon. Michael

For details please contact Geoff on 5255 4355. Second Wednesday of every month Parkinson’s Self Help Support Group, 1.30pm: Grove Centre (next to library), Presidents Ave. For details contact Pam on 5255 5152 Third Wednesday of every month Ocean Grove on Barwon Probus Club, 9.45am, St Peter’s Ch Hall.

Fourth Wednesday of every month Ocean Grove Angling Club. 7.30pm: Minerva Close sporting oval club house. Contact: Jason Bowers 0418 737 808

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. For more details contact Dianne on 5255 1372.

Thursdays Tai Chi - 6.30 pm. Uniting Church Hall, The Parade. All welcome. Christine McKay 5255 1948/0417 508 857. Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 10am-12 noon(adults only) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Ph. 52551641.

First Thursday of every month Ocean Grove Nightlights CWA, 7.30pm at the Senior Citizens Hall, visitors welcome. Enquiries Faye 5255 4430.

Fridays Uniting Church Outreach Coffee Morning, 10.30am, Hibiscus Cafe.

Fourth Friday of every month Ocean Grove 4 Villages Mixed Probus Club, 10.30am, the Surfside Centre. Meet new friends, visitors welcome. Call 5256 2037


Pool pulls in more than 30,000 swimmers OCEAN Grove’s new pool has attracted more than 30,000 swimmers since it was opened in mid December. “This was a community-led initiative so residents have really embraced the new centre,” said local councillor Jan Farrell. “It’s constantly busy with locals and visitors to the Bellarine, and has become a new community hub.” “The centre already has close to 1,000 members, with more than 1,100 people already enrolled in the learn to swim program,” she said. “These numbers are far beyond the projections used in the development of the facility.” “The best part about the centre is that it is used by people of all ages and abilities, including families, the elderly, squad swimmers and young people.” Cr Farrell said the centre provided more jobs than was originally expected. “Since its opening an additional three full-time staff and 20 casual staff have been employed by the City.” She said the council and centre management would work with the Bellarine community to improve the centre’s facilities and services. The pool was a partnership project involving the City and the State Government.



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Dismay at lack of respect or The Editor, Ocean Grove Voice, PO Box 54, Ocean Grove 3226 Editor Alan Barber

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LOCAL RSL members have expressed their dismay and disappointment at the sight of rubbish and a shopping trolley left at the town’s memorial cenotaph. The trolley was parked right up against the Cenotaph. “(We are) pretty upset at the ignorance of people who do this sort of thing,” said member Ron Johnson. After all, the Cenotaph is there to represent all the people who gave their lives in all wars and therefore should be a place where we all show our respect. “It is not a place for some people to dump their cigarette butts and beer and drink cans or to leave their shopping trolleys. “All we ask is for a little respect for this area,” said Mr Johnson.




PHONE: 52554294


Office open hours – Monday to Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am to 2pm Welcome to the first edition of the Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre’s newsletter. Each edition we will profile what’s on at your centre, projects coming up, classes, students, volunteers, staff and sponsors. We hope to see you soon!!. Common questions asked WHAT IS IT? OGNC is a popular meeting place, and an activity centre, that offers a wide range of classes and workshop to suit all ages and interests. OGNC is also a registered training organisation that offers accredited training in Certificates that are recognised nationally. WHERE IS IT? Our address is 91 The Parade Ocean Grove (cnr Hodgson Street). It is best recognised as the ocean blue building across the road from the Cenotaph.

WHATS COMING UP OGNC has a number of projects on the go – 1. New Residents Kits. You’ve made the big move – the wonderful sea change and now where do your start? Where do you go for information? As a new comer to the town myself I found the neighbourhood centres new residents kit useful with its range of information on community organisations, health services, local business and much more, even including bus timetables. Pop in and pick one up. If you are a local business or community organisation and would like to be included into our kit please let us know as we are in the process of a revamp.

2. Drop in – youth program. Hang out on a Friday night with friends and qualified youth workers. Excursions, workshops, art , dance parties and camps are all part of the yearly plan. Ages 1217 years. The drop in goes from 6pm to HOW DID IT BEGIN? 9pm every Friday night. Cost $5.00 for in The centre was founded by 2 local women house activities or $15 for excursions – all who recognised a need for such a commu- welcome. nity facility. They called a community meeting sought minimal funding and started the UPCOMING activities. centre. 20th March – Singstar/Guitar hero 27th March – Night in HOW IS THE CENTRE MANAGED? The 3rd April – Excursion mini golf centre is a community owned organisation. Contact Nicki for a full years plan and OGNC board is made up of 13 nominated further information. community members, 15 volunteers that organise our reception desk, and 3 part 3. Vacation Care – Easter Break time staff. OGNC receives some Govern- OGNC operates a School holiday program ment funding for staffing, classes and for primary aged children every break. Our specific community development projects. centre is accredited with the national regisThe COGG maintain our building within tration body as a high quality centre. Famithe boundaries of our lease. For more inlies receive Child care benefit – contact the formation please contact the Ocean Grove centre for a copy of our upcoming program. Neighbourhood Centre –on 5255 4294. Don’t miss out as places are limited.

VACANCIES STILL AVAILABLE In the following classes for:

Stone Carving for kids Saturday 21st March 10am Stone Carving for Adults Saturday 14th March 10am Asthma/Anaphylaxis Training Wednesday 1st April 7pm Food Supervisors Course Saturday 21st March 9am A Taste of Office 2007 Tuesday 3rd March 6pm Take a hike all leave at 9am Friday 6th March Friday 20th March Firday 3rd April Lino Printing Friday 20th March 1.30pm The Art of Wrapping Friday 6th March 1pm Landlord Info Session Monday 30th March 6.30pm Worm Farming Monday 23rd March 7pm Shopping Trip to Geelong Thursday 12th March 9am DFO Shopping Trip Friday 20th March 9am Cooking for Men Monday 23rd Feb 7.15pm Japanese Cooking Tuesday 24th March 6.30pm Chinese Cooking Tuesday 10th March 6.30pm

For a copy of our full program or for further details on the above courses please contact the Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre –on 5255 4294. Note payment is required at time of enrolment. Course costs are kept to a minimum – therefore from time to time we may have to cancel due to lack of enrolments. We understand that this may be inconvenient – however we are unable to run a course that does not cover the costs.


across the bridge

Barwon Heads

WITH the Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea this month we take our regular look across the bridge at our neighbouring town. Locals share so many more things other than a bridge and a section of the Barwon River. They include Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions Club and Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Little Athletics. Once they even shared the football club. Now they relish the chance to face each other in the Battle of the Bridge. The two towns also share a unique array of small and more personal shops and services that ooze Bellarine coastal friendliness. But above all the two towns share a beautiful natural coastline and an ocean. The Festival of the Sea is a great opportunity for Grove locals to hop across our iconic

bridge and celerate this common bond. The 2009 event kicks off from Friday March 13th-15 for the Seachange Quilters Display at the Uniting Church, Hitchcock Avenue. In between then and the big festival Sunday which features the Sunday Duck Race, there are environmental seminars, public talks, and the Community Arts Garden first birthday. Big Sunday will feature great music, Tai Chi (on the beach), Arts Alfresco featuring a variety of local artists, Barwon Heads Art Group display & sales, Produce and Craft Market, a Kids Zone – includes animal farm and face painting, Events & Activities – camel rides on the beach, etc, Sustainable Living Stalls & Information, Guided environ-

ment walks and tours and lots of Food Stalls and a licensed bar – and the famous Duck Race at 3:30pm. All events are located at the Barwon Heads foreshore area with the first activities starting at 9am. The official welcome is 10am where we recognize the Watharrung as the traditional landowners. This is a free community event made possible by major sponsors such as City of Greater Geelong, Sensis producers of the Yellow Pages and the Echo – plus lots of local businesses and the hard work of many. To reduce traffic and parking problems (plus the pollution that goes with it) please think carefully about how you get to the Festival. For more information see:


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a day in the life - russell fane

Notes from the music man

AN early and vivid memory of music lessons as a child was after three years of banjo mandolin from the age of five when both parents worked full time I had to make my own way on the bike to get there. I can recall cycling two kilometres to the local town hall in winter often headlong into thirty kilometre winds and rain with no gloves and a 20kg piano accordion perched precariously on the rear parcel rack of an old girls bike with no gears. Monos would have been a cinch had they been ‘fashionable’. On arriving, a single teacher massed-processed dozens of eager lambs to the slaughter in the space of a couple of hours on various instruments. The piano accordion was not entirely a status symbol approaching teenage years and then Jimi Hendrix arrived with the question: “Are you experienced?” Well that album changed my life forever. I man-

aged to buy and hide a drum kit in my bedroom in fear of my father’s wrath. That piano accordion was history and I belted my way through the sixties and seventies In future years I was fortunate to be accepted as a student with Harold Ripper (himself a student of the legendary Buddy Rich). Then Percussion with Glen Davis, classical guitar with Brian Brophy and Classical Piano and Singing at the Melba Conservatorium with David Ashton-Smith as well as conducting with Robert Rosen. In the seventies I graduated from Melbourne State College (Melbourne University: Education Faculty) as a Primary teacher majoring in Music and Psychology ready to ‘make a difference’ as a music teacher in schools. During this time I also worked as a freelance drummer and percussionist in various bands, orchestras, musicals and recording studios in Melbourne. In addition I was a percussion tutor for the Melbourne Summer Music Camp and produced and directed and performed in musicals for schools and composed and arranged minor works for ensembles. I was never getting married and settling down! As well as a chorister with the Melbourne Chorale, I performed as a session musician with a variety of people, bands and orchestras. From rehearsal drumming with Barry Veith Big Band at the Professional Musicians Union St.Kilda, Con Gallin (ex Lead Guitar with ‘Marc Bolan T-Rex’), Phil Buckle and Ross Fraser (songwriters for John Farnham); Peter Allen and the Melbourne Chorale and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Hiroyuki Iwaki. Throughout my teaching career I established Band Programs in Primary and Secondary Schools in and around Ocean Grove and down the coast. Since coming to the Bellarine Peninsula in 1983 I played with Geelong Symphony Orchestras; the Deakin University Big Band; tutored at Geelong College and conducted the Geelong City Brass Band as well as founder and Musical Director of the Bellarine Concert Band and the Bellarine Big Band. In about 1998 I helped organise a huge Music Festival in Drysdale on be-

half of (the then) Bellarine Shire Council. It had a budget of around $30,000 and brought together largely local talent (plus a few stars) in three areas of Music: Family entertainment (popular); Jazz and jazz-rock; and Classical. It was hosted by famous TV personalities but was ‘killed’ by a heat wave of 43 degrees for three days one weekend around Easter. On the 10th anniversary of the Ocean Grove Festival in 1995 I organised a semi-trailer stage in the main street which provided the opportunity for students and other amateurs to entertain. One feature of this regular event was a “Red Faces Competition”. It launched the career of Tiffany Eckhart (accompanied by local musician Phil Smurthwaite). They were clear winners. Although composition has always been a great passion I chose to have a great lifestyle in Ocean Grove always putting my family first. I did manage to score for a Television Pilot series (ABC) and, skilled in digital Midi/Audio technology, been a consultant to Geelong Science and Technology in this field but always derived more pleasure from beach cricket with my kids. I’m currently Principal (and founder in 1991) of Ocean Grove Music School (eighteen years!). In establishing the business here I decided to ensure staff have tertiary qualifications with a focus on children in order to ensure young children’s natural love of music is nurtured from an early age. We have received letters over the years saying their son/daughter learnt more with us in a much shorter time than with others. I’m proud to say that generally there is a definite connection between Music and ‘good people’. Parents from our area over these years have been incredibly supportive, friendly and discerning about who teaches their children. It is a great business dealing with such wonderful people and many have become good friends. In fact a few of my past clients have become close life long friends. One in particular (a very scholarly man) suspected an interesting connection because my grandfather was the first cousin to the 13th Earl of Westmoreland. He came back from England with a startling revelation that had me gob-smacked for a week. “The distinction of founding the first school of music in Britain (in 1822) belongs not to a professional musician, or body of professional musicians but to an aristocratic dilettante`, peer of the Realm and successively British Ambassador at Florence and Berlin – John Fane, Lord Berghesh (later the eleventh Earl of Westmoreland). Supported by quite a number of his fellow peers and peeresses, he founded the Royal Academy of Music in 1822 with King George IV as the first Patron.”

Excerpt from “The Royal Academy of Music”, by L. Gurney Parrott © 1945 MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

I enjoy jamming on guitar and keyboard as often as I can with my exceptionally talented daughter Alison and friends in wonderful Ocean Grove when we’re not on the beach breathing the beautiful clean air. You might see us at ‘Open Mic Night’ at Bardeli one day. Life is beautiful and no, I don’t wish to set up a ‘Royal Academy’ of Music in Ocean Grove.



Leading by example

Three-in-a-row: Mitchell House captains Bradley, Jayne and Katie. RESPECTED blues musician Chris Wilson was recently invited to congratulate Ocean Grove Primary School’s newest house captains. Chris who teaches a program called buckets and balls at the school told children at the morning assembly that they were all in effect leaders, in different ways, and he added that the best leaders “led by example”. The two school cap-

tains for this year were announced as Bailey Dixon and Clementine Praud. Of the house captains there is at least one remarkable fact, Katie Fendyk is following in the footsteps of both her brother and her sister. Katie’s brother Bradley was Mitchell House captain in 2007 and Katie was house captain in 2008.

Rani, Ellie, Toby, Connor and the new vacuum cleaner.

CHILDREN at Ocean Grove Preschool will be able to breathe easier this summer thanks to the online votes of Ocean Grove residents. The childcare centre will receive a brand new, HEPA filtered Dyson vacuum cleaner valued at $949 thanks to Harvey Norman Waurn Ponds, Dyson and the local community. The vacuum cleaners support the resource packs sent earlier this month by the Asthma Foundation and Dyson to help the centre gain accreditation as an asthma friendly child care centre. Ocean Grove Preschool Centre Director Susan Trickey is grateful to the local community for showing their support.

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Kiwi Day hailed a success A RECENT Waitangi Day organised by Caron Zillwood at the Zebra Bar has been hailed a success. The event was so successful Kiwi publican Caron plans to hold a similar get together once a month. “Paul and I arrived just after 11am and there were already 11 kiwis waiting. There were kiwis that had lived here 35 years, others who have been in Ocean Grove just 18 months. One lady has a caravan here, she is from Melbourne – she left New Zealand when she was 15 years old, she is now over 50, but is a Kiwi. “We talked and laughed and reminisced about all things Kiwi and Friday night there were 20 of us on the balcony. “Everyone wants to continue meeting so I will be holding a Kiwi night on the fourth Saturday of each month.” More details contact or phone 52555265.


what’s ON

Wednesday February 25 5.30pm: Fun run or walk from Barwon Heads Pub to Ocean Grove Pub, all welcome. Thursday February 26 11am: Beach Babe Beads - Jewellery making

Saturday February 28 8am: Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club - 2009 Victorian Lifesaving Championships 11am: Beach Babe Beads - Jewellery making 2pm–3am: Barwon Heads Hotel - Fight Fire with Rock! Fundraiser event for the victims of the recent Black Saturday bushfires. 22 musical acts, varying from rock, punk, DJs and acoustic artists. CFA sausage sizzle. Tickets $30 and all

Thursday March 5 11am: Beach Babe Beads - Jewellery making

Friday March 6 7pm: Piping Hot Chicken Shop - Sambrose Automobile, Hollie Joyce, Tex Miller. Free entry 9pm: Barwon Heads Hotel – Live music with The Church

Saturday March 14 11am: Beach Babe Beads - Jewellery making 7.30–11.30: Club Grove – Live music with InBetween 9pm: Barwon Heads Hotel – Live music with Baxta Sunday March 15 12-5pm: Leura Park Estate Vineyard - Live Music on the Lawn. Sensational 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 1400 Portarlington Road, Curlewis Monday March 16 10am: Club Grove – Morning Melodies. Rodney Vincent – Music, Memories and Madness. $10 per person, show only. Bookings essential. 6.30pm: Bar Deli – Open Mic night, combined with Curry night. 7pm–8.30pm: Line Dancing at the Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Hall, 101 The Terrace. Elaine 0413 690 597

Saturday March 7 10am: Ocean Grove Stamp Club 5th Annual Stamp Fair, Senior Citizens Hall, The Terrace. Tuesday March 17 11am: Beach Babe Beads - Jewellery making Start of Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea, until 7.30pm: Piping Hot Chicken Shop - Geoff Raglus March 22. Details and the Beachniks. $10 entry Thursday March 19 11am: Beach Babe Beads - Jewellery making Friday March 20 7.30pm: Piping Hot Chicken Shop - The Junes. $10 entry

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money raised will go towards the victims of the bushfires. 7.30–11.30: Club Grove – Live music with The J Band 7.30pm: Piping Hot Chicken Shop – Live music with Sarah Carroll, Alex Burns with Adventures in Paradise 9pm: Barwon Heads Hotel – Live music with Baxta + resident dj Sunday March 1 8am: Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club - 2009 Victorian Lifesaving Championships 10–4pm: Wallington Primary School, Wallington Road. Strawberry Fair featuring Howlin’ Wind, The Rustys, Sambrose Automobile and many stalls. No dogs or pets. 12-5pm: Leura Park Estate Vineyard - Live Music on the Lawn. Sensational 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 1400 Portarlington Road, Curlewis 3pm – 6pm: The Zebra Bar – Live music with Justin Keenan of The Go Set. Solo acoustic Monday March 2 6.30pm: Bar Deli – Open Mic night, combined with Curry night.

Venue: Capri Receptions 55 – 57 Separation Street, North Geelong 3 Course Dinner & Drinks $99 per head (All inclusive) Dress Code - Semi Formal 6:30pm Pre-Dinner Drinks For 7pm Start

7.30–11.30: Club Grove – Live music with Terry Broun Jnr 9pm: Barwon Heads Hotel – Building Better Lives Fundraiser featuring Lincoln MacKinnon and Daniel Brennan Sunday March 8 10am-5pm: Apple Fair, Ocean Grove Primary School. 11.30am: Bellarine Agricultural Show, Portarlington. 12-5pm: Leura Park Estate Vineyard - Live Music on the Lawn. Sensational 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 1400 Portarlington Road, Curlewis 3pm–6pm: The Zebra Bar – Live music with Steve McEwan

Saturday March 21 11am: Beach Babe Beads - Jewellery making 7.30 – 11.30: Club Grove – Live music with Warm Sand 9 pm: Barwon Heads Hotel – Live music with Jon Stevens Sunday March 22 9am –all day: The Big Day, Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea. Details 12-5pm: Leura Park Estate Vineyard - Live Music on the Lawn. Sensational 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 1400 Portarlington Road, Curlewis Monday March 23 6.30 pm: Bar Deli – Open Mic night, combined with Curry night. Thursday March 26 11am: Beach Babe Beads - Jewellery making Saturday March 28 11am: Beach Babe Beads - Jewellery making 7.30pm: Piping Hot Chicken Shop - Kieran Glasgow and Sweet Delores. $10 entry 7.30–11.30: Club Grove – Live music with The J Band 9pm: Barwon Heads Hotel – Live music with In Bed By 9

Monday March 9 6.30pm: Bar Deli – Open Mic night, combined with Curry night.

Sunday March 29 12-5pm: Leura Park Estate Vineyard - Live Music on the Lawn. Sensational 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 1400 Portarlington Road, Curlewis

7.30pm: Piping Hot Chicken Shop - OGAN presents a Case for the Arts to the Ocean Grove Community Association. Great line up, everybody welcome.

Monday March 30 6.30pm: Bar Deli – Open Mic night, combined with Curry night.

Thursday March 12 11am: Beach Babe Beads - Jewellery making

Mondays and Wednesdays 7pm–8.30 pm: Line Dancing at the Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Hall, 101 The Terrace. Elaine 0413 690 597


Do you have a fire plan in place if a fire threatened Ocean Grove?

By Clive Whitworth

Retiree, John Rafferton, 65 of Ocean Grove said: “No, I don’t have a formal fire plan. If there was a fire coming I’d just shut up the house and go to the Safeway Car park.beach.”

Computer administrator, Harry Pieterse, 60 of Ocean Grove said: “No, I don’t have a plan. I think if we were under threat I would just grab my photos and computer and shelter on the beach.”


To advertise here contact Michele on 0431 149020 Retiree, Bill Anderson, 78 of Ocean Grove said: “I don’t have a plan now. I lived 42 years on Belgrave and was scared every summer. I am relieved to be living here where we don’t have to worry so much. If there was a fire coming I would just lock up and piss off!”

Plasterer, Tony Aloi, 24 of Ocean Grove said: “No, I don’t have a formal plan. I think I’d just go to the beach. I used to live in Kyneton and we had a plan there, but not here.”

Nurse, Susan Brearley, 55 of Ocean Grove said: “We used to have a plan when the kids were younger, but now it is just my husband and I would just grab the dog, and him, and run if a fire was threatening.”


Exterior designer PETER Walsh’s newest endeavour is Earth Deco - a company that decorates the earth. The company is about creating captivatingly drought tolerant gardens at an affordable price. Peter Walsh started working in the industry in the mid 1980’s working at places such as Grace McKellar and Dreamworld on the Gold Coast. After further studies and career changes Peter moved into a youth work role at St Augustine’s Geelong planning garden programs and surfing for kids. This was an extremely rewarding time and not only did he see his students excel in the garden, he also got to take them on surf trips around Australia. After 5 years in this fantastic job government cut funding so Peter decided to take up another challenge – Peter Walsh Landscapes. In the mid 1980’s Peter moved to Ocean Grove as a 16 year old and fell in love with the ocean and the alternative music scene that was happening down the coast at the time. Not afraid to travel for some adventure and inspiration, Peter has travelled Australia with his family, as well as destinations such as Morocco, Japan, Indonesia and Tonga. Peter’s time on the coast has been challenging – prevailing southerlies, salt drift and a climate that can be different to that of Geelong 20 minutes away. His 26 years of living here have given him the experience to meet the design needs of his clients. People want gardens of visual interest as

Peter Walsh and his daughter Indigo. well as practicality. An impressionable garden is an investment and will add value to the home. Having a local business gives Peter the freedom and flexibility to do the things he loves, like spending time with his wife and children, surfing, as well as being able to stay in touch with the community. He really enjoys meeting people and sharing his knowledge with new residents of the area. He also enjoys telling them how lucky they are to have found Ocean Grove. His next venture will be to open a gallery nursery. Hopefully this will happen in the near fu-

ture, but it’s all about finding the right space. His wife Suse, who is also a mad surfer and lifestyle junkie, and his two beautiful children, Sunny and Indigo, come first in his life. Surfing, travelling and eating amazing food, as well as going to the Barwon Heads Karate Club with his son are his other great passions! In 2004 he and his family took a year out and travelled Australia in a Landrover Defender, with one box of clothes each and a 3 man tent. The Kimberlies were his favourite destination as he was really inspired by the natural landscape. He has also been inspired by other great places.


New chapter for Stacey

BOOKGROVE is a new retail bookstore in Ocean Grove. It is independently owned and operated by Stacey Moore, a resident for 12 years. Scheduled to open at the end of February, it will stock a variety of new books and recent releases. Genres will include: children’s, junior and young adult fiction, books for the chef, traveller, gardener, musician, interior designer, artist, historian, politician and sportsperson in everyone. Biographies are a favourite as is true crime and Bookgrove will try to cater for all tastes in fiction including fantasy, science fiction, crime, thrillers and Australian fiction is a favourite. “I have loved books all my life and I was notorious for escaping childhood chores to finish a chapter. I grew up in Heathmont and was often found in Mountain Books or the school library helping out and putting books onto shelves or reading. “Whist studying kindergarten/childcare at the Kew Campus of Melbourne College of Advanced Education, I found employment in the library, shelving and issuing books etc. Following that I travelled and lived overseas for 3 years working in kindergartens, childcare and bookshops in London. “Back in Melbourne I completed a degree in Literature and journalism and went on to seek employment as a Children’s Librarian at the Yarra/ Melbourne Libraries.”

In the evenings Stacey was often found roaming the bookstores of Carlton and Kew and on the Ocean Grove on the weekends. “Eventually my partner Tim and I moved here and I secured employment as Drysdale Branch Coordinator with the Geelong Regional Libraries. I continued this role until I had my first daughter Alice and returned to the library in a casual capacity working in a variety of the branches and then went on to have Erica and returned permanently to the Geelong Branch library, but continued the odd Saturday morning shift at Ocean Grove Branch where I loved working in the community. “Since moving here 12 years ago I had always pondered the absence of a bookstore in Ocean Grove and to purchase books I was always trekking back to my favourite bookstores in Carlton or St Kilda and Geelong. I had wondered about the idea and started attending booksellers’ conferences and hoped the opportunity may arise for me to open my own bookstore in Ocean Grove. I really wanted to work again in the community I live in as I think Ocean Grove is a wonderful place to live, work and for children to grow up. Stacey is the face of the business and Tim is doing some of the behind the scenes work. Bookgrove plans to assist bookclubs and school libraries and plans to introduce author talks and other literary style events.

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Probus district champs AN Ocean Grove team skipped by Graham Joseph and ably assisted by Bill Ryan, Terry Tinker and Rob Rodini played oustanding bowls to capture the Harry Kirkland Shield. The annual bowls gala day is hosted by the Werribee Probus club and features 36 teams from around the western district. The shield is named in honor of Mr.Harry Kirkland a foundation member and still an active member of the Werribee Probus club. The Ocean Grove champs won the first of three games by a massive 30 shots winning thirteen of the allocated 15 ends and followed up in

the second game with a 14 shot win thus allowing their opponents to win only 4 ends in the first two games between them. Although the state of play didn’t go exactly as the previous games, they managed to win the third game by only one shot hanging on to win overall by seven shots from the Hoppers Crossing team. Congratulations.

Allen, John Fry, Andrew Gower, Dale Kett, Peter Nixon, Peter Patterson and Ken Thomas. In other club news, several players have reached significant milestone games recently, Ron Thorley has just notched up his 600th game for the club. Trevor Turnley 500, John Izzard 300, Peter Gill, Reg Hungerford, John Hughes, Graham McDonald and George Findlay, Don McLennan, Ian Walker, Lindsay Williams 200, Ian Whitelock, Warren Davis and Peter Kuschert 100. Well done Gentlemen. In the Bellarine Association Ladies Pairs, Pat Virtue and Brenda Anderson played brilliantly to make it into the final but unfortunately fell at the final hurdle against a strong team from Anglesea. Our girls played well in the final on the synthetic surface at Portarlington but the experience of the Anglesea girls who play on the same surface proved to be the difference in the end. Con-

gratulations should also go to Maree Hughes who substituted for Brenda in one game to help get them through to the final. In other matches played recently, Ken Thomas and Gail Meddings took out the mixed pairs championship over John Fry and Lorraine Kirk. Our ladies had a good win in the Leopold Classic with the team comprising of Kim McConville, Andra Kuschert, Elaine Hager and Joan Duckett. On the same day, 3 more of our girls had a good win in a Geelong Triples event, Alison Soutar, Jane Wall and Shirley Crichton came out victors. On Sunday March 1st Ocean Grove are hosting the Junior development squad Geelong Giants against the Victorian Intellectually Disabled side from 11.00am until approximately 4.00pm. Visitors are welcome to come and support.

Pictured left: Rob Rodini, Graham Joseph, Peter Harringon (Organiser) Bill Ryan, Terry Tinker accepting the Shield.

Bowls news Bowls Classic at Ocean Grove ONE of Victoria’s most prestigious bowls tournaments takes place at Ocean Grove over 3 days starting on 25th February. This annual tournament attracts many of the states best bowlers with several teams travelling from interstate to compete for the $10,600 prizemoney. Anyone wishing to witness some great bowls are encouraged to come along and watch some of the nations top bowlers in action this week. The Geelong Bowls Association had a strong representation of 7 Grove players in the 24 man team that competed for the Austin Roberts Shield against strong combinations from the Wimmera, Bendigo and Ballarat Districts. In a day of top class bowls, Geelong won all 3 matches to claim it’s first shield since 2003. Congratulations to Grove’s representatives – Michael

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Geelong City Aquatic Swimming Club is offering junior development training at Ocean Grove’s new pool. The coaching is carried out by Bruce Swain, who has 20 years of experience behind him. Coaching for all ages takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 6am to 7.30am. For more information on junior development and coaching contact Raelene on:

Join up SICK of following that black line swimming by yourself ? Need some extra motivation to push yourself and improve your fitness and technique? Why not come along and join the Boroughcoutas Masters Swimming Club? The Boroughcoutas Masters Swimming Club is commencing training sessions at the Bellarine Aquatic Centre with our qualified coach Sue. Sue makes the sessions fun as well as challenging and is always willing to give us tips on how to improve technique…to swim ‘smarter’. Members join up for a range of reasons. Geoff Ridgeway is one of the original members so has been in the club for 18 years. He likes swimming with the club because of the fitness and social Jock and Anne Bryant. aspects of swimming with a great group of people. He also like the opportunity to try different strokes other than freestyle. Jock and Anne Bryant have been in the club for 13 years. They also like the social aspects of the club and that training with a group helps to relieve the monotony of following that ‘black line’. They both love swimming and say that the club training makes exercising enjoyable. They also like the fact that in our club you can be as competitive or relaxed as you want to be and the club caters well for all abilities from the novice to the ‘super fish’ Club president Margie Heffernan said: “Swimming for me is a lifelong passion. My mother says that I am addicted to chlorine! I have been in the club for 10 years and joined because like the Bryants I love the motivation and social aspects of training with a group. The club is family friendly and when my children were young someone would look out for them in the pram whilst I could do a few laps.” Training sessions are Tuesday nights from 6.45pm to 7.45pm. The cost is normal pool entry plus $2 to help pay for lane hire and coach. Current membership ranges from 30–76. For any enquiries please call Margie Heffernan ‘el presidente’ on 0417 581637 or email margie_

Geoff Ridgeway.


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The Victorian Old Mal Titles brought together local surf pioneers and modern surf club members including Bill Kelly, Chooka, Bob Smith, George Rice, Brian Tucker, Rob Emslie and Wayne Lynch.

On the nose

A MINUTE’S silence was held for the bushfire victims ahead of the 2009 Victorian Old Mal Titles at Ocean Grove earlier this month. The SOUL Longboard Club run event featured over and under 40’s divisions and attracted support from Surfcoast, Maladiction and other Victorian and interstate longboard clubs. First to hit the water were the over 40’s. A lot of these competitors started their surfing careers on these types of boards and the style and skill shown in the small conditions showed that they have lost none of their class. The under 40’s was tightly contested with surfers showing that a bit of youth and suppleness can be useful for manovering the old style boards. Overall the waves were pretty

ordinary but that left more time to admire a museum of old mals - including some dating back to the 50s. SOUL President Brian Tucker said that he could not have been happier with the way the day turned out especially with surfing and shaping legends such as George Rice and Wayne Lynch on hand to talk about the good old days. The club now looks forward to hosting next year’s event, possibly on an even bigger scale. All Proceeds from the day will be donated to the Victorian Bush Fire Appeal. Results: Over 40’s: 1st Scott Wintle, 2nd Lee Considine, 3rd Chooka, 4th John Storm Under 40’s: 1st Jordan Noble, 2nd Rob Emslie, 3rd Ben Considine, 4th Tim Edwards. By Andrew Brown

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Sweet victory for 13th 13TH Beach Boardriders have earned the right to challenge Australia’s strongest Boardriding Clubs after defeating Victorias powerhouse surfing clubs Torquay and Phillip Island at last weekend’s Victorian Round of the Jim Beam Team Challenge in small one to two foot surf at the East coast’s Gunnamatta Beach. The tag team competition in which each of the team’s five surfers must ride two waves in an hour, saw the 13th A Team win straight through to the final with a first place in their heat and faced off against Torquay who also won their heat and Seaford (South Australia) and Phillip Island who progressed through the repechage round. Seaford, last year’s Victorian winners (SA doesn’t have a contest) proved they were the team to beat and got out to an early lead with great surfing by Jarrod Howse and Dion Atkinson and were able to maintain the lead throughout the final. With the waves small and inconsistent the battle for the second qualifying spot was intense, as long lulls between waves meant surfers used up valuable time in the cut throat one hour final. Surfing against quality opposition includ-

ing Torquay’s Tour surfers Nic Muscroft Adam Robertson, the 13th boys held their nerve and surfed consistently. But it was brothers Simon and Ben Collier. who were the clubs saviours, “Sim” scored an outstanding 20points and with only six minutes forty seconds on the clock to the final siren, it was up to Ben to sprint from the tag box, paddle to the line up, catch his two waves and get back to Kye Martin. the beach which he did with ten seconds to spare leaving Phillip Island’s Karl Wright still waiting for his second wave. Final places were, Seaford first with 62.7points, 13th Beach Boardriders second on 55.9, Torquay third 48.2 and Phillip Island fourth on 45.5. The Jim Beam National Surftag Finals are to be held in Sydney on March 13 and 14 and the 13th boys will be competing against 15 other teams including Snapper Rocks Boardriders, Kirra, Margaret River, North Narrabeen and Cronulla as well as the possibility of surfing against some of the country’s best surfers including Mick Fanning, Parko and Taj in a bid to win the title and the $10,000 prize money. Gary Stephens

Cam Renzenbrink.


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JU-JITSU classes have started at the Surfside, offering locals the chance to learn what is believed to be the oldest surviving marshal art of self defence. The first classes which are about building confidence, discipline, improving flexibility and fitness, began about a month ago and are open to all ages from five upwards. The classes are taken by Stephen Cosgrave, black belt 4th Dan and Jonathan Holthershall, black belt 3rd Dan. Classes are on Wednesday nights, juniors 6.30pm-7.30pm and adults 7.30pm-9.30pm. Left: juniors demonstrate some moves, looked on by instructor Jonathan Holtershall.

Grove Junior tennis Junior Tennis Report Sat. 14th Feb AFTER two consecutive extreme heat cancellations it was great to get back on court for the first time since the Christmas break In Section 1 our white team inflicted the first defeat of the year on our red team. With Maddy Carrigg and Michael Douglass combining well to win their doubles set 6-2 and Maddy winning her singles 6-0 and Michael 6-3 white won overall 4-32 to 2-20. With these two teams sitting first and second on the ladder a keen rematch in the finals awaits. Our section 3 girls red team had a great win

over Clifton Springs 5-34 to 1-17 with Rebecca Douglass, Erin Lazarus, Georgia Wyatt and Keiran Keating all dominating in their singles matches. The section 12 boys team of Ryder Woods, Paddy Britt, Callum Herron, Jack Ness and Michael Awramenko had an excellent win and now sit just one point out of finals contention. Good Luck boys. Sunday 1st March will see the junior club championships held with a great day of tennis anticipated. By Patrick West

Surfside volleyball THE Surfside Centre volleyball season has started again and all the teams are performing well. It has been good to see some players coming up from Division 2 to play in Division 1 and this is what we would like to see to improve their skills. This week we saw 6 PACT win over Bandits taking it in 2 sets, scores were 25-22, 25-23 and 11-6 not quite making it to win the last set. We play the best of 5 sets but in a 50 minute game usually only get 3 sets down and you need to be 2 points ahead or in the last set to 12 points. So unfortunately 6 PACT didn’t make

it to 3 sets. It was a good game to watch as it was very close in the first two sets and at times went point for point but eventually 6 PACT won out. Claire Jones did some awesome setting for Bandits and Matt Burns was spiking really well and really improving each game. Good work Matt. In the other game of PHANTOMS vs TEAM WAVE saw PHANTOMS victors in 2 sets and TEAM WAVE winning the last set, so scores were PHANTOMS 25-15, 25-19, and TEAM WAVE 16-12. It is good to see another player coming up from Division 2 to play with TEAM WAVE, Judy McMillan is playing really well and her passes are really accurate, good work Judy. It is good to see PHANTOMS taking on a couple of new players as well, it is great for new players to play with experienced teams as it really helps with their skills and to have the encouragement from more experienced players, does wonders for your confidence. No report for the game played with SURFCOAST GOTIT AND SURFCOAST STINGERS, scores are 2 sets to GOTIT and 1 set to STINGERS, first set 2522, 25-9 STINGERS way and in the third set GOTIT won 18-13.

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Picture: GARY STEPHENS The Surf Coast Round of the SLS Victoria Telstra Schools Surf League was contested at Ocean Grove Beach on Friday the 20th of February and Bellarine Secondary College along with 10 other local secondary schools competed against one another in a wide range of events with a team focus. The events included, the Team Swim, Board Relay, Board Rescue,

Beach Sprints, Beach Flags, Wade Relay and Aqua Relay. The Surf League consists of a number of regional competitions along the coast culminating in the State Final, this year to be held at Point Leo. Although the final scores from Friday’s round have not yet been calculated, Bellarine hope to finish in the top three so they can once again compete at the State Finals.

Boardriders grab victory over old foe

Pictures: GARY STEPHENS - 0400 721185

Ocean Grove Voice 25 February 2009  

Ocean Grove Voice newspaper

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