Cats come to play MARK HEENAN MORE than 100 enthusiastic Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School students in Ocean Grove received a visit from five Geelong Cats footballers last week. Tom Hawkins, Steve Johnson, Mitch Duncan, Mitch Clark and Josh Caddy spoke to students in Ocean Grove. The players answered many questions from students and teachers and spoke about their early football backgrounds, dietary requirements and what it takes to be an AFL footballer. Star forward Tom Hawkins, who spoke to Voice afterwards, recalls the thrill when AFL players played visited him as a youngster at primary school. “The reality is back when I was in grade five and six I had AFL players come and visit me and I still remember the fond memories of them coming to our school whether it
was a 10- or 15-minute talk,” Hawkins said. “For us it is about getting out to the community and doing what we can do to encourage kids to be active and healthy.” The gun quintet also spoke to students from Surfside Primary School earlier in the day as part of Geelong Football Club’s Community Camp initiative last week. “We are in the fortunate position as current day players in a small way to supported the Ocean Grove area and the game of AFL football,” Hawkins said. “We wanted to have strong attendance and we wanted a healthy atmosphere to play football because the sport gives you so many life lessons as well.” Geelong players Jimmy Bartel, Andrew Mackie, Harry Taylor, Rhys Stanley, Lincoln McCarthy, Daniel Menzel and Jake Kolodjashnij visited Ocean Grove Primary School students as part of the club’s Community Camp.
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Geelong AFL players Tom Hawkins, Jed Bews and Nathan Vardy at the Community Camp at Adventure Park. Picture: KATIE GEERINGS AFL BARWON
Surfside Waves mens and womens teams held practice matches on Sunday. Mens Division 1 and 3 sides and the Womens side played at Shell Rd against Trugenena Hornets from Hoppers Crossing.
Gun goalkeeper and all round nice guy Roscoe Holmes (pictured left) has agreed to sign on for another season with the Men's Div 1 side. It's a bonus for the Waves, as anyone who saw Holmsey between the sticks last year will know how important he is to have on the pitch.
Elena breaks Rice's record in 1997. Elena swam the 50m breaststroke in 38.70 seconds, smashing the old record of 44 seconds. James’ efforts saw him break a 27-year-old record (from way back in 1988) in the 50m breaststroke. An outstanding effort James. The day was not all strictly business, the staff and students managed to have some fun with a few novelty relays. The participation in
THE Battle of the Bridge Bellarine Football League rivalry between Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads will take on extra significance when the two sides clash in round three. As part of an AFL Victoria Country initiative called the 2015 WorkSafe Game of the Month, the Grubbers’ home fixture against Seagulls has been shifted from Saturday April 18 to Sunday April 19. The round three April 19 clash at Ocean Grove will now be a stand alone Sunday fixture. Benefits of the day include a high profile guest speaker spending the day at the local footy and increased exposure for the league and clubs through the lead up with promotional activities and media coverage of the match.
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A fantastic day was had by all who attended Bellarine Secondary College's swimming sports last month. The school had many successes on the day with many junior students swimming their first ever competitive race. Two of the major successes of the day was Elena and James Nicholls. Elena set a new record which was held by Stephanie Rice (a former student)
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these events are always very popular and this year was no different. Lead by the enthusiasm of the year 11s and 12s, the year 7s and 8s were keen and showed excellent competitive spirit to gain some extra points for their house. A big congratulations goes to each age group champions from the day: 13yr Taylah Wilson, Andrew Douglas; 14yr Elena Nicholls,
Hudson Everett; 15yr Alice Crawford, Edward Ford; 16yr Monique Beavis, James Nicholls; 17yr Lucinda Green, Lachlan Ford; 20yr Greta Gant, Aaron Ford.Congratulations to Swan House who managed to repeat its winning ways from 2014 and are now back to back house champions for the swimming carnivals.
Family, Grandparent & Carer Memberships available at a fraction of the cost of buying new toys. BELLARINE Bears Baseball Club has encouraged locals to participate in the club’s ‘come and try day’ this month at its home base headquarters in Wallington. The ‘come and try day’ which takes place at Wallington Recreation Reserve on Sunday March 15, is designed for people of all ages to give baseball a go and learn the basics. The day commences with a junior program aimed at ages from five to 15 from 9am to 10:30am. The senior adult program then takes place between noon and 2pm. “It is an open day for everybody,” Bellarine Bears Baseball Club Junior Coordinator David Crotty said. “We are going to run a kids' session in the morning, then a seniors' session in the early afternoon. “It will be pretty much for any club member and any new persons who want to come down. “It gives those an opportunity to come down and try it out without committing to anything.” For more information on junior session contact Bellarine Bears Baseball Club Junior Coordinator David Crotty on 0418-520 259. For more information on senior session please contact Chris Barker on 0434 576 667. In other baseball news, the Bellarine Bears 2015 campaign will kick off in mid-April. The Bears are hoping to field four senior teams this season. Last season, the Bears A grade team made the grand final and lost to Guild in the decider.