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ARSON BID Ocean Grove cabinet maker apprentice crowned best in the country

HISTORIC: Ocean Grove's Uniting Church building.

Anica the best OCEAN Grove’s apprentice cabinet maker Anica Costa has measured up as the best in the country – taking out a top industry award. The 24-year-old Fusion

Cabinets employee won the National Furnishing Industry Training Awards Apprentice of the Year. “It is daunting going up against all of Australia.You don’t know what others have

been taught. It’s really, really cool, as soon as I heard I was nominated I was nervous but as soon as I was there I had great night. Now I have to be good all the time.”

It was based on Anica’s third year final project, which was a kitchen. It was judged on finish, difficulty and the apprentice’s folio. Anica was presented with the winning certificate at

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the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton. She is a final year student at the Gordon and also creates her own furniture, see Instagram/theardenvale.

AN arsonist came within minutes of burning down one of Ocean Grove’s most significant heritage buildings last week. A deliberately lit fire caused about $10,000 worth of damage to the 125 year old weatherboard Uniting Church building just before 11pm on Wednesday night. Fortunately a local driver spotted the flames at the front of the church on the corner of the Parade and Eggleston St and alerted fire crews from Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads. They had the fire under control in about half an hour. Continued page 2.


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Equipment grant for Grove SLSC OCEAN GROVE Surf Life Saving Club has received $5,186 for rescue equipment. The state government recently provided local emergency services with grants totalling almost $280,000. “We’ve been fortunate

enough to receive grants similar to this on several occasions. This time around we will be primarily using the funding for a new engine for one of the inflatable rescue boats as well as new rescue boards which will be specifically

allocated for our nipper program over summer,” Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club president Chris Paterson told the Voice. “The Napthine government is committed to providing our emergency services with the resources

and equipment they need to keep Victorians safe and support stronger local communities,” Member for Western Victoria David Koch said. Life Saving Victoria was among other recipients of grants including the Wallington CFA.

Fire attack shock Continued from page 1 Even with the quick response from the CFA, weather board panels were burnt through and flames were already licking the inside of the back church door, just millimetres from carpet and catastrophic consequences. Church secretary Dianne Sapwell said the local community had shared in the shock at the attack, which was the first of any kind of vandalism she could recall happening at the church. "We’ve been really surprised at how many people have been amazed that something like this could happen to a church that has always been open to the community, especially since we’ve had the opportunity shop. “We had the church open all last week for people to come in and reflect on the MH17 (aircraft crash) tragedy. We do a lot of things for social justice issues and everything like that, we don’t tend to class ourselves a closed church. “People have been offering condolences – but

CLOSE CALL: Church secretary Dianne Sapwell shows how close the fire came to taking hold of the historic building, and inset, the damage outside.

also thanks -giving that it was able to be saved when it was. Because a lot of people, I think, really relate to this church as being one icon left of old Ocean Grove." Fortunately the church was insured and assessors were due to inspect the damage on Monday. “We are totally aware - because of it being weatherboard – that we have to have insurance. But we’d never replace that (pointing to the inside of the authentic 19th century church hall). We’d have to end up with something that

was modern. “I think (this building) has great importance. But this is still here. Thankfully.” To add to the luck of the save, Dianne said the man who alerted the fire brigade normally goes home another route. She said he had initially spotted what he thought were a lot of lights on late in the evening before realising that it was in fact flames. Dianne said that the church had subsequently presented the man with a bottle of wine and a card to say thank you for “saving

what they had”. Police attended the scene and Geelong’s Criminal Investigations Unit is handling the matter. THE arson attack at the Uniting Church on Wednesday night was the second of two separate incidents that hit Ocean Grove last week. On the Monday night before the Uniting Church incident an unoccupied holiday rental along Marlin Drive in Ocean Grove was also deliberately set alight. Geelong CIU Senior Detective Bruce Dunlop said flames were seen by neighbours on the front door of the property just after 10pm. “We were lucky to extinguish the fire just before the whole house set alight,” Ocean Grove CFA Officer in Charge Ian Beswicke explained. Police are seeking any information from people who may have witnessed either of the incidents. Contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or Bruce Dunlop at Geelong Police on 5225 3100.

Student sponsorship

Faye Innes Irons (Hayden Real Estate), club president Janice Nation, Robyn Grumley (Hayden Real Estate) and Faye Batiste. OCEAN Grove Evening View Club raises funds for disadvantaged children through The Smith Family. The club recently decided to sponsor another student using a donation of $500, the outcome of an initiative between the Club, Hayden Real Estate and agents Faye Innes-Irons and Robyn Grumley. Faye Batiste, a member of Ocean Grove Evening View Club recently sold her home in Ocean Grove through Hayden Real Estate. Hayden Real Estate and their sales team will donate $500 each time any member of the OG Evening View Club or a referral to Hayden Real Estate from a member successfully sell their property.

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Mega Swim less than a month away OCEAN Grove Rotary’s MS Mega Swim is gaining momentum with more than 75 swimmers and seven teams already registered for the 24 hour event. The swim will take place at Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre on the weekend of Saturday August 30 and Sunday August 31 starting at 12noon and finishing at the same time the next day. A highlight of the event will be the ‘Bellarine Bullet’ at 7pm on Saturday night, a

100m pool sprint featuring the fastest swimmers of each team. However, participants are being encouraged to raise more than a sweat over the weekend by getting friends and family to support them with financial sponsorship with funds going towards Go for Gold scholarships to support more than 20,000 Australians living with MS. More information from Trevor McArdle at Ocean Grove Rotary 0419-895 562. LEFT: Rotary Engines prepare for the swim.

LAST month Ocean Grove’s Angelina Prountzos completed a gruelling 14,600 step work out as part of the MCG Stadium Stomp. Unfortunately the Voice was supplied with the wrong image to accompany the story. To make up for that, here is a picture of the real Angelina in action. Angelina completed the course in 67 minutes.


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Taking expressions of interest CITY of Greater Geelong will call for expressions of interest from not-for-profit providers of supported accommodation for people with disabilities to take ownership of two blocks of land at a disused netball court site in Ocean Grove. At last week’s Council meeting, it was decided that the land at 77 and 79 Draper St in Ocean Grove would be transferred to a provider, without financial consideration. Beangala Ward Councillor Jan Farrell, who moved the

motion in council, said her initiative was in response to a chronic shortage of supported housing for young adults with disabilities in Ocean Grove. “There are many people with disabilities living in Ocean Grove and surrounding areas who currently rely on their ageing parents for day-today support. Their families are extremely concerned about the future of these young adults, as there is no long-term supported housing available on The

Bellarine,” Cr Farrell said. Jan told the Voice that she believes the Draper St site was an ideal location on flat land within walking distance of the town centre, public transport and services. Under the resolution adopted by Council a Section 173 Agreement would be attached to the title of the land to be transferred, specifying that the owner would construct a building on the land for the intended purpose. The new owner would have to

commence development of the land for the intended purpose within 12 months of the issuing of a planning permit. Under the terms of the resolution, if the land ceases to be used for the intended purpose Council would have the option to buy back the land by paying the appropriate compensation for the owner’s improvements, or allow the land to be sold by the owner subject to the unimproved land value being paid back to Council.

FLYING BRICK: mayor Darryn Lyons (middle) with tourism volunteers Fred Riper and Barbara Jackson of Clifton Springs.

Support for Rory Wilson

Glyn from Blue Fin Cafe. MANY coffee shops around the Bellarine Peninsula are collecting donations for the Rory Wilson Appeal. Rory, from Drysdale, was badly injured in a cycling accident last month, leaving him a paraplegic. Good friend and fellow cyclist Glyn Thomason, owner of the Blue Fin Cafe, will be donating 10 cents from every coffee purchased to the appeal. “This can mount up significantly so we urge everyone to have a coffee for Rory,” president of Bike Safe Geelong Barton van Laar said. To donate to the appeal or for more information, visit www. rorywilson.com.au or any Bendigo Bank branch.

Fire positions all filled

A fruitful partnership VISITORS to the new Flying Brick Cider House in Wallington will be able to eat, drink and plan the next stop on their Bellarine itinerary with an accredited Visitor Information Centre to be established onsite within the facility. Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine staff and volunteers will maintain the Visitor Information Centre with staff on site daily to assist travellers. Under construction, the site will include a casual dining facility open for lunch daily and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. The menu will specialise in

fresh regional food. Cider will be made on site in short runs with specialty flavour varieties. Studies show visitor information centres have a positive influence on the local economy. When visitors have access to information they know more about the destination, therefore they’ll stay longer and spend more. Roger Grant, Executive Director of Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine, is excited about the new venture. “This is a great opportunity for us to establish a visitor

information service for the whole of the Bellarine within an exciting new gourmet destination. We look forward to a long and ‘fruitful’ partnership with Flying Brick Cider House”, Mr Grant said. Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons said locating the new visitor information centre with the Flying Brick Cider House was a perfect fit. "It will be the first port of call for tourists keen to explore the Bellarine's picturesque wineries and our beautiful coastal townships. An added bonus is that they'll be able to enjoy a local cider and

local produce at the same time." "The Bellarine Peninsula is quickly earning a reputation up there with tourist icons like the Barossa and Margaret River as a great wine/dine/ stay tourism destination." Flying Brick Cider House and the Visitor Information Centre within it will open in December 2014. It is on the corner of Swan Bay Road and Bellarine Highway. Applications for Volunteer Visitor Information Centre Officers are welcome, contact Elizabeth Curtain on 0417 375 826.

ALL 15 full-time positions for firefighters at Ocean Grove have officially been filled. The station is aiming to implement the 10/14 shift schedule, or 24 hour roster, with the new recruits by October, just in time for the busy, fireprone summer season. The first of its kind, the first of the fully paid career staff joined our local CFA in July last year, which has seen them and local volunteers integrated gradually. The 10/14 shift system consists of a rotating cycle of four days on, four days off. On duty shifts involve two 10 hour day shifts, followed by two 14 hour night shifts. Full time firefighters will ensure calls made will be responded to within 90 seconds.


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One door shuts, another opens OCEAN Grove workers who have faced or are facing retrenchment are being urged to tap into some of the strong local community clubs and use the down time to draw up a bucket list of plans. The town is home to hundreds of Alcoa workers, many of who served their last shift at Point Henry last Friday. Scores of those workers have spent the best part of their working life at the plant and leaving that job could cut ties and leave some feeling isolated and despondent. But rather than seeing this as the end of a working life, workers are encouraged to see this as an opportunity to do things they may not have had the chance to do before. Beyond Blue ambassador Tony McManus said: “Don’t treat it as if you have been put out to pasture. “Rather than evolving a feeling of doom and gloom, it is an opportunity to work out what you have always wanted to do. Now is the perfect time to do that. I’m a great believer in bucket lists, this is a great time to make up your bucket list. Fill your head with positive things you can do. It’s a proactive rather than reactive approach.” Tony highlighted the positive force generated

Brian Mason, Don Russell and Roy Porter at Ocean Grove Men's Shed. by being involved in community organisations, such as Rotary, Men’s Sheds and the impending reborn Ford Discovery Centre – The Geelong Museum of Motoring and Industry in Mackey Street, North Geelong. It is due to open in September or October. The new centre is likely to become home for Alcoan history as well as that of previous industries such as International Harvester. But it will be more than a museum, offering ex-employees the chance to volunteer time in maintaining, installing and managing the collection, while networking with

others in a similar situation as themselves. “It’s shaping up to be a big men’s shed, a social man cave,” he said. Tony also suggested retrenched workers look at Rotary as a possibility as there are morning, lunch and evening clubs in the region, all offering companionship and the chance to do things in the community while they work out what they want to do next. Ocean Grove Rotarian Peter Cullen had experience at International Harvester and took redundancy from Ford 21 years ago. He saw it as an

opportunity to start something new – launching his own landscaping business. He’s also hugely involved himself in the local community in tennis, footy and surf lifesaving clubs, as well as Rotary. “One of the things I have always believed in is that volunteering in community life will often come back to help you when things go wrong in your own life, someone to talk to if things don’t go quite right. “In some respects (the manufacturing closures) are sad. The other side of it is you can do something you have always wanted. People in Alcoa and the

other big companies don’t know what they are capable of until this happens. One door closes and another opens. It’s amazing what you can achieve when the chips are down.” Ocean Grove Men’s Shed has been running for five years and is based at 17 Smithton Grove. Co-ordinator Bruce Ward has made two visits to speak to workers at Alcoa as they prepared for the smelter shutdown. Men’s Shed founder member Brian Mason said the shed provides companionship, a place to stay social, with no barriers on age – the youngest is 13 and the oldest 89. Its 51 members come from backgrounds as teachers, tradies and metal workers – and already include a few former Alcoa and Ford employees. Men’s Shed also offers a chance to learn welding, woodwork and metal and wood lathe work. For more information on Ocean Grove Men’s Shed contact: 5255 2827, ogmenshedward@live. com.au or see the website www.theshedonline.org. au/ogadms. For more information on the new Geelong Museum of Motoring and Industry go to www.gmom.com.au.


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Goodbye Gail

Joy Pugh, Lesley Judd of Helloworld Ocean Grove and Denis Pugh having a roll on the coach.

Mobile bowls bus pulls into town

Stephen Smith and Gail Huggard OCEAN Grove Holiday Park cleaner Gail Huggard has been farewelled after 22 years of loyal service. Joining the familyrun holiday park in the early 1990s, Gail has seen plenty of change as the park became more established. The park, off Wallington Road, is run by Stephen and Joan Smith and is one of the longest established

businesses in the town, originally starting up in the mid-40s. Joan, who is planning a holiday in Queensland, said: “They have been incredible bosses and great to work for. I have enjoyed all the years I have been here.” Her employers thanked Joan with a presentation of flowers and an appreciative meal out.

BOWLING club member Denis Pugh has had a roll on lawns, artificial greens, on carpets and ships. But having a roll on a converted coach was a different experience. The world’s first mobile indoor lawn bowls green rolled into Ocean Grove Bowling Club car park last week and welcomed players on board to have a try. “This is alright,” said Denis. “It was fairly quick.” “It would be good for teaching people indoor

bowls.” The brains behind the concept is Anthony Hayes who led Tourism Queensland’s ‘Best Jobs’ campaign who is now MD at AAT Kings. The idea is AAT Kings helping put a smile back on people’s faces during the winter months by bringing the world’s first mobile indoor lawn bowls green to their town. The company stripped the interior of one of its luxury vehicles, removing almost all seats

and replaced it with a state-of-the-art lawn bowls green. AAT Kings joined forces with Helloworld Ocean Grove as well as Bowls Australia, Grassman and Scania, to put on a free afternoon tea at Ocean Grove Bowling Club. After a six-week period of touring Australia, the mobile indoor lawn bowls green will return to Sydney in late August where it will attempt a Guinness World Record for the 'longest marathon playing indoor bowls'.


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Coast Watch members tested during early morning chill OCEAN GROVE Coast Watch carried out a successful launch and search exercise on a chilly July morning recently. An early morning boat drill was called by the Coast Watch Radio and Marine Rescue Squad to test its members on their response to a call out. President Barry Joyce said that the club had recently taken on some new members, while some of the older ones needed some fresh boat time to ensure they were up to the task on real call outs. The exercise featured a SMS page for a captain and crew and the last GPS coordinates of a jammed crayfish pot. The pot, marked by a small 25cm float, was easily located but was unable to be freed. However, Barry said he was pleased with the crew’s performance and was satisfied that the club would continue with the high standard required on emergency response calls. Crew members that attended were Bruce Pollard, Robert Paolett, Robert Uebergang, Ron Prowd, Tony Vickery, Ken Wilkens as well as Barry Joyce.

The Ocean Grove Coast Watch braved the morning chill to conduct a drill to test its members.


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Appalled by childish behaviour

Dear editor, I was embarrassed to be present at Saturday's (July 19) Ocean Grove Park Association meeting. As a nonmember and an 'outsider' I attended

to find out more. The dissenters were rude, nitpicky and bullies. Their gang mentality was shameful; bringing up small personal gripes without looking once at the big picture.

VICTORIA State Emergency Service’s (SES) Bellarine Unit is recruiting for new members to assist them in keeping the community safe. SES is the control agency for f loods, storms, earthquakes and tsunamis and also undertakes road crash rescue. Volunteers receive accredited, recognised training as part of their role, which may include rescue skills, chainsaw operations or securing a roof in a storm. SES units also assist other emergency services at incidents such as searches and rescues. As well as emergency response, SES volunteers engage with the community to help them prepare for disasters. Bellarine SES Controller Dion Henderson said volunteering was a

rewarding way of helping and giving back to the community. “The SES is a great place to meet new and exciting people and the unit always welcomes newcomers,” he said. “We are always on the lookout for more members. Especially people who are available for day time response as it can often be diff icult as many people work outside of the area during the day, but we also need night time responders as well.” The Bellarine unit trains each Thursday evening. The Bellarine Unit is located at 702 Grubb Road, Drysdale. If you would like to learn more about becoming a SES volunteer, please contact the Bellarine Unit on 0427 074 029 or at bellarine@ ses.vic.gov.au or visit the website at www. bellarineses.org.au.

The entire conduct of these people was generally disgraceful. Not one person suggested a way forward, or a solution to the problem, just personal insults and wholesale

nastiness with a selfish overtone. Why do I want to stay anonymous? These are the sort of vindictive people that make a small town community retain its 'Hickville' attitude.

All applause to Colin and crew for their attempt to stand up and present their case under complete duress. Name withheld at reader's request

SES is on This weather the lookout is snow joke for more members

Freezing rain, sleet and even snow put a chill through the Grove last week. It may not have lasted long but it was enough for Bohiti's Noom Chowhous to be able to make a snowball. Have you ever heard of snow in Ocean Grove? news@oceangrovevoice.com


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Grovers throw all the stress away OCEAN GROVE Neighbourhood Centre was a place for calm and relaxation last week. The National Stress Down Day event proved an overwhelming success, with well over 50 locals attending on the day to have some down time. “I enjoyed it, learnt a lot, relaxed, laughed and had some 'me' quality time. The lunch was great too and the whole day was a credit to the centre’s caring tutors. It was better than I expected. When is the next one?” local community member Bec

said. The event was aimed at including a day of fun and easy initiatives to reduce stress and raise awareness for Lifeline and mental health issues. A highlight for many was having the opportunity to plant their very own mini herb garden. “All the workshops, massages and lunch was booked out. It was a great day,” Nicki Dunne, Manager of the Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre, told the Voice. Adding to the event, this week the centre received

some exciting news that they were successful in their application to add accredited courses to their scope of registration. Nationally recognised training up to Diploma level will be on offer soon. Courses such as the Diploma of Youth Work and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care are examples of new qualifications available. Contact the OGNC on 5255 4294 for more information.

Stress Down laughter workshop.

Fun in the herb garden.

Voice reporter Stephanie Naylor visited the Foundation students at Ocean Grove Primary School on their 100th day of school and asked 'what has been your favourite thing about prep so far?'.

Six-year-old Toby from Ocean Grove said: "Doing free drawing because we get to draw whatever we want. I like to draw pictures of my mum Nikki and I holding hands. I also have liked answering Miss Klein’s questions from the whiteboard."

Five-year-old Sonny from Ocean Grove said: "I have liked being a good learner in the classroom and playing footy at every lunchtime and snack time and getting better at it. I have liked making new friends and playing with them too."

Five-year-old Harper from Ocean Grove said: "I love playing on the playground at lunch time and building models out of blocks in the classroom. I have also really liked making new friends since I started prep."

Six-year-old Jensen from Ocean Grove said: "Just being a foundation student has been good because we learn heaps of new stuff. I really like maths, listening to my teacher and building models."

Six-year-old Sienna from Ocean Grove said: "I have enjoyed making new friends, having a teacher I had never met before and learning how to spell words and write numbers the right way."


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Harriers relay for life PHIL Emery has lived in Ocean Grove since the late 1980s and has been involved in the Bellarine Relay for Life since its initiation in Ocean Grove in 2011, writes Stephanie Naylor. “A friend of mine and former Ocean Grove Harrier, Leigh Norquay, asked me if I would be interested in attending an information evening about the possibility of starting a Relay for Life event here in Ocean Grove. It all sounded like such a worthwhile cause and the event itself would encourage wide community involvement. At our next Saturday morning run, I asked the Harriers if they would like to enter a team and they were immediately right behind the idea, but sadly we could only enter our ‘B’ team as our ‘A’ team has commitments elsewhere at this time of year,” Phil told the Voice. Like most people, Phil has experienced the many sufferings of family, friends and work colleagues battling cancer. “So far I have been lucky, but no one knows when it might strike and you can’t always expect that just being fit and healthy will protect you, look at Tommy Hafey for example. Some of our team members have suffered from cancer themselves, whilst all of our team have direct experience

with family or close friends who have had cancer,” Phil explained. Ocean Grove Harriers make up this Relay for Life team, with family members also joining in. “Mostly our relay team are well known to each other through their involvement with the Harriers, which have been active for 30 years this year.” In 2011 and 2012, the Ocean Grove Harriers ‘B’ Team raised well over the $5000 amount necessary to be able to choose which cancer research they wished to support. “We are not as well organised as some of the best fundraising teams but we are always there each year and it all helps. Outside of this event, money plays no part in the Harriers, we don’t even have any membership fees or accounts, nor do we have a premise to operate from apart from our ‘clubrooms’ at the foreshore toilets and change rooms,” Phil said. Each year, the relay team has around 26 Harriers in the ‘B’ team so they can run nonstop for the 24 hours. “We also have additional team members who walk, but our baton is always with the running Harriers, after all, that’s what Harriers do, they run, even 60-years-oldplus, quite slow Harriers like me. We absolutely

appreciate that the Relay for Life is not about running fast or winning the most laps prize, but we do set ourselves to complete as many laps as we can in the 24 hours as a team goal. We certainly acknowledge and support the primary aim of fundraising for cancer research and the many other community benefits that this event generates. It would be great to have our ‘A’ team though,” Phil explained. This year, the team hopes to have 25 to 30 members again and traise well over $5000 so they can choose their preferred cancer research. “In the past we have chosen to direct our funds to the very deadly yet less publicly supported cancers like liver and pancreatic cancer,” Phil said. “It’s great to see so many people from different parts of our community getting involved with more teams and more money being raised each year for cancer research. Individually and collectively, life is much more meaningful and rewarding when people get involved in things that are genuinely worthwhile like Relay for Life,” Phil added. The Relay for Life will be held at Collendina Recreation Reserve on November 8 and 9.

Harrier Andy Sattler with junior Harrier Josh Hunt in the Harriers 'B' team tent.

The team from Jumpt.

Phil Emery and Ann Sing take refuge in the Harriers 'B' team tent.


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IVAN LEE IVAN Lee was presented with the 65 year medal by Craig Lapsley – in recognition of service he has given at Ocean Grove and previously Myrtleford and Nyah West. He first joined the Myrtleford Brigade in 1948, aged 16 where he was a serious runner and member of the competition team. Ivan completed six months national service in the air force in 1953 and then moved to Nyah West in 1959 to work in the family

JOHN WYNN

bakery and subsequently joined the local brigade. In 1965, after serving in most positions, he was elected captain, a position he held for 13 years. Ivan and his wife Margaret moved to Ocean Grove in 1983 and he joined the brigade in 1984. Margaret has herself completed 50 years in the Ladies Auxiliary. Between them they have service in the order of 30,000 voluntary hours.

JOHN Wynn received a National Emergency Medal for his service during the 2009 Black Saturday fires. John, who was first registered with the Ocean Grove Brigade in March 1962, was presented with a National Medal in 2004 and a Life Membership of the Brigade in 2006 and Life Membership of the CFA in 2013. He has held the position of Group Manager of the Bellarine Fire Brigades Group since 2006.

A lifetime of service

LAST month’s Ocean Grove Fire Brigade annual dinner highlighted a year of achievements for the town’s firefighters. This edition the Voice is focussing on a number of award recipients who have stacked up a lifetime of voluntary service with the CFA. MORRIE Barry originally joined the Ocean Grove Rural Brigade in January 1963 as a student. He joined the Geelong West Brigade in April 1965, before transferring back to Ocean Grove in July 1979. Morrie was 1st Lieutenant 1989–92 and 2nd Lieutenant 1994–96. Morrie was awarded the National Medal in 1992 and was made a Life Member of the Brigade in 2007. Morrie was elected coach of the Brigade Competition Team in 2012. At last month’s annual dinner he was presented with the 50-year medal. Operations manager Mick McGuines presented the award to Morrie.

DOUG PEARCE

DOUG joined Geelong West Fire Brigade in 1968. His brother-in-laws Bill and Morrie Barry were members, with his wife Sylvia and mother-in-law members of the Ladies Auxiliary. He joined the competition team eventually becoming coach and in 1984 as part of a four-man team became a state champion. Over the years he represented the brigade on many district and state

MORRIE BARRY committees becoming president and/or secretary/ treasurer. He moved to Ocean Grove in 1987, transferred to Ocean Grove Fire Brigade and became involved with group and district committees and team competing. He is Currently Secretary of District 7 Staging Unit with Ivan and other mature members who still want to be involved with the CFA. He was presented with the 45 Year Medal.


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RSL to stage Vietnam vets day

OCEAN Grove and Barwon Heads RSL are staging a Vietnam Veterans Day as part of an initiative to encourage more members from the 19 and a half year IndoChina War. Australia was involved in the conflict between 1962 and 1975. A total of 521 Australian servicemen died as a result of the war and over 3000 were wounded. The war was the cause of the greatest social and political dissent in Australia since the conscription referendums of the First World War. Many draft resisters, conscientious objectors, and protesters were fined or jailed, while soldiers met a hostile reception on their return home. Even RSL clubs were initially resistant to accepting those returning from the conflict. Vietnam Veterans formed their own association at the end of the war because of a lot of them were dissatisfied with what they thought was the support given to them by the RSL. However, views within the membership have shifted, with the exservice organisation now welcoming the returnees, most of whom are well into their 60s. In recognition of how times have changed, the current Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL president Graham Fisher is a Vietnam veteran, as is the secretary David Gilroy and previous president Ron Johnson. Other Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL members include Kerrin Black who served in the Royal Australian Navy and Bernie McCartney, a draftee in the Army. Being drafted into the service meant he had no choice but to go to war. Now 66, Bernie said the RSL has proven a good way to get to know others who had served and experienced some of what he had. “You get to meeting all sorts of people that served. I served at the same base as David Gilroy but I didn’t know him until I got back

Kerrin Black, Ron Johnson, Graham Fisher, David Gilroy and Bernie McCartney in front of the Ocean Grove Bowling Club memorial. here. He was an officer and I was a regular.” He said it was a good time for Vietnam Veterans to ‘step up to plate’ to help out or take over from the older members. Kerrin, who served 216 days on HMAS Derwent and HMAS Perth, said he recommended the RSL as place to meet “likeminded people”. “We all understand where we have been and what we have done,” he said. “It’s comradeship.” David Gilroy, who had four tours of duty as a major in the army, urged Vietnam Veterans to get involved, even if it just means coming along and attending the memorial day. “We need a group of veterans to start taking responsibility from the Second World War fellas. They are diminishing in the ranks,” he said. The Vietnam Veterans Day will take place at the Ocean Grove Cenotaph at Ocean Grove Park from 4pm on August 18. This coincides with what

used to be called Long Tan Day in recognition of the battle of Long Tan in 1966. On that day, 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought a pitched battle against over 2000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation not far from the small village of Long Tan. Although they prevailed, 18 Australians lost their lives and 24 were wounded.

Bernie McCartney (pictured above), David Gilroy (right) and Ron Johnson (far right).


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Movie for fight against plastic OCEAN GROVE Coast Care held a movie night to continue the fight against single use plastic bags in our town. The event, held last Thursday, filled the Piping Hot Chicken Shop on The Terrace, where the movie Chasing Ice was shown. “It was a good turn out given the cold weather. Chasing Ice is an award-winning film about environmental

photographer James Balong's journey to document the melting of glaciers in the North Pole. It is a visually spectacular film that draws attention to the Earth's changing climate,” Coast Care member Jackie Scally told the Voice. The group always tries to show a film that provides a message about the environment, being local or the global environment. In an

ongoing bid to push for the Plastic Bag Free Ocean Grove campaign, the project Ocean Grove Coast care has launched is a funding campaign through Pozible, raising funds to purchase reusable jute bags. “The idea is that the funds will enable the purchase of an initial 1000 bags and through the sale of these bags, at $5 a bag, we will be able to sustain an ongoing supply

of reusable bags for the community. This also means less plastic bags in the sea,” president John O'Reilly explained. “Ben and his team at the chicken shop donated a dollar from every local Southern Bay beer that was sold. A big thank you to them for supporting us as always,” Jackie added. The group is hoping to raise more than $4500 over the next two months to go towards

the campaign and the reusable bags. For more information on the campaign, visit w w w. p o z i b l e . c o m / project/181907. Ocean Grove Coast Care’s next working bee will be on Sunday August 17 at 7W, Collendina, to remove the Polygala weed from the dunes, from 10am to noon. For more information email oceangrovecoastcare@ gmail.com.

Margot Busch addresses the audience about the environmental impact of plastic.

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Rotary help for Bangladeshi kids

Craig and Helen Salmon, teachers from the International School in Dhaka, visited the Rotary Club of Ocean Grove to show how funds provided have been used to feed pupils at the Solmaid School. All it takes is 17 cents a day to provide a nutritious meal of rice, lentils and fresh produce for children attending Solmaid Community School in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Rotary Ocean Grove is currently supporting this school. Craig and Helen were approached by three Bangladeshi teachers dissatisfied with their school and urged them to open a school for the very poorest of the poor children in the

Dick Clay, Craig Salmon, Helen Salmon and John Paton. community. supply. It was difficult to find Fans move the air an appropriate building as in the hot weather as land is scarce but a small the electricity supply building was eventually could not cope with sourced that had water, a air conditioning that toilet, a small kitchen and one company was kind even an erratic electricity enough to offer.

Solmaid Community School was opened in 2013 after three years planning and its pupils are drawn from the slums. The teachers at this school also grew up in the slums and were

lucky enough to have had an education. In the first year, 350 children were listed but financial supply for only 100 was available. This has now risen to 144 in 2014 with the support of families in Dhaka who can afford to be philanthropic. Children at Solmaid graduate at grade five and their teachers try to find places for them through scholarships to keep the children in education. The number of girls being educated and going on to further education has a profound effect on reducing poverty within a family. With the help of Rotary funds, a talented student was allowed to stay at school to finish her education and help

Ben's voice on show at market Ben Lyons is only 12-years-old but he has a lot of experience behind him. Ben lives with his parents in Melbourne where he is a member of the National Boys Choir. During the school holidays and on some weekends he and his family spend time at their holiday house in Ocean Grove. Ben is a regular singer at the Ocean Grove Market, this year he intends to do as many winter markets as possible. “I got a taste for singing in public by performing in all three of the Kids Busking for Kids which raised money for the Royal Children’s Hospital, it was a great experience and the close contact with the audience was great” said Ben. “The market is a similar experience and I like the fact that my site money goes towards helping people less fortunate then myself ”. Ben and his beautiful voice can be heard at Rotary Ocean Grove’s Winter Market at BASC. Shell Road Ocean Grove, our next Winter Market will be held on Sunday, August 3 in air conditioned comfort at the Bellarine Aquatic Centre, Shell Road, Ocean Grove.

Ben Lyons (pictured right), 12, enjoys performing and helping those less fortunate.

support her family. Solmaid School has only three rooms with teachers having an average of 40 pupils. The International School pupils also work together with Somaid when possible and recently painted a

mural in the school. The International School, where Craig and Helen Salmon teach, has 32 nationalities attending, drawn from diplomatic staff and international companies, as well as Bangladeshi nationals.


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Icons to play at ukulele fest THE Bellarine’s Ukulele Carnivale will perform with Australian icons Tex Perkins, Charlie Owen and Chris Wilson – while raising funds for local causes. On Friday August 15 Ocean Grove/Barwon Heads singer/songwriter duo Narelle Jolley and Susan Russell will perform with Tex Perkins and Charlie Owen at 13th Beach Golf Links, to raise funds for Karingal’s ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) Club House. And then on Saturday August 30, they will team up with with Chris Wilson and Sarah Carroll as part of the Queenscliff Uniting Church Winter Warmer Concert Series – which is raising funds for the Church building program. "Narelle and Susan (Ukulele Carnivale) are a very special pair of women; the most beautiful music pours from them as easily as the ingenuous banter between them at shows,” said Sarah. “We’ve seen them hush crowded rooms and win over hard men and

Narelle Jolley and Susan Russell of the Ukulele Carnivale.

women.” Narelle and Susan Russell (aka Sweet Delores) formed Ukulele Carnivale in mid 2013. Their signature harmonies

and musicianship are a feature of their live performances which take you on a carnival ride of stories about cads, gamblers, circus folk,

longing, lost love, country miles and musings of beauty and wonder. In a short time they have wowed audiences at the 2014 Melbourne

Ukulele Festival and the 2013 Deniliquin Ukulele Festival and they have shared the bill with some of Australia’s finest including Shane Howard, Dog Trumpet, Chris Wilson, Sarah Carroll and the JVG Guitar Method. Susan and Narelle's music story is a remarkable one. From humble beginnings they are now impressing some of the best in the industry. Don’t miss Ukulele Carnivale performing with Tex Perkins and Charlie Owen on 15 August and Chris Wilson on 30 August. Their EP Brightbird, launched in March 2014, is available at the gigs and is full of heartfelt songs. For further information on Ukulele Carnivale visit www.facebook.com/ ukuluelecarnivale or call Susan on 0448-370 871. Tickets on sale now for the 13th Beach Golf Links show at www.13thbeach. net. Tickets for the Uniting Church show $20 at the door, from 7pm.


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Blues band at chook shop

ONE of Melbourne’s best blues bands The Hornets are releasing their new EP Dangerous Dancing at the Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill this Friday. The CD was given a four-star rating by Garry Williams in the Herald Sun, July 13 and praised as "....earthy

blues played by a pedigree of outstanding musicians" by Warwick McFadyen in The Age, June 20. The Hornets feature some of the country’s well known and respected musicians. Singer songwriter Craig Horne together with guitarist Jeff Burstin

from Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons and the Black Sorrows, is joined by guitarist Wayne Burt also from Jo Jo Zep and the Black Sorrows, Wayne Duncan from Daddy Cool on bass, Chris Tabone from the Bad Loves on drums and Bruce Haymes on keyboards from the

Paul Kelly and Renee Geyer bands. They have released four CDs , to rave reviews and have gained a regular following of devoted fans as a result of their many incendiary live performances. Derek Guille – Drive Time 774, calls them

“one of the greatest bands in the country, if not the world…" Rhythm Mag says: "The Hornets have the sting in their tails that their name suggest." Tickets always sell quickly – $20. Doors open 7.30pm.


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A little bit of everything

A place to call in at any time

THE Kingston was born from a need for somewhere to call in at any time, daytime or evening. Formally The Mex, the Kingston now offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also serves snacks, cakes and coffee – or even beer and wine. The Mex was an institution in Ocean Grove and it was always going to be a difficult decision to close, however the Mex as it was didn't lend itself to all day trade. Therefore it was decided that it needed to change the format and style of the site as it is on one of the busiest corners in Ocean Grove. It’s kept the popular Mex items and are continually introducing them back in, but it is important to note that there is now a far wider variety of food available. The name The Kingston was chosen because the operators wanted it to be seen to be local. The style of the Kingston is that of relaxed and comfy. It has both indoor and outdoor seating. It's also dog friendly – going as far

as featuring a gate that the four-legged friends can enter through. Meals start at around $10 such as the saltand-pepper calamari and crispy Mexican chicken. A wide variety of sharing plates are on the menu, including the sticky barbecue pork ribs. Fajitas, parmas and a chargrilled eye fillet are also on offer and the menu features several sharing plates so diners can try several dishes. Mothers' groups and play groups are welcome as The Kingston has a separate area for the children to play. Drop in for a quick coffee and cake or stay for a while around the warm open fireplace. There are three varieties of parmas available on Monday and Tuesday for $18 and fajitas on Wednesdays for $18. The venue is also keen to get feedback on local needs, as well as creating a hub, where anyone can call in at any time. For more information see www.thekingston. net.au.

OPEN 7 DAYS Weekdays from 9am Weekends from 8am Breakfast Lunch Dinner Grazing menu from 11:30am

FUNCTION ROOM Catering for 45 people seated or 60 people standing

HAPPY 2 HOURS Every Friday from 5 - 7pm

CONTACT BeachHouse Barwon Heads 48 Hitchcock Avenue Barwon Heads 03 5254 3376 info@beachhousebarwonheads.com.au www.beachhousebarwonheads.com.au


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Grovers contribute to Heads film festival TWO Ocean Grove short films and their directors were celebrated at the Barwon Heads Film Festival late last month. Drawing a large crowd for all the sessions of the festival over the weekend, Academy Award winning director and guest speaker, Adam Elliot, delighted

audiences, making it a perfect occasion to help showcase Ocean Grove’s Sarah Vassilas' short film Primo Bacio, dedicated to her grandparents from Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove filmmakers Craig and Jarrod Boord and their short film Little Ripper.

“The Boord's short film was a favourite at Saturday morning's collection of short films. The documentary interviews colourful individuals involved in the dying sport of pigeon racing. Other short films included the winner and runner up from 2013 Tropfest Short Film

Festival,” film festival organiser Alex said. “The festival demonstrated the diverse and excellent talent we have among not only Melbourne but local filmmakers also,” Alex added. For more info email barwonheadsfilm society@hotmail.com.

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what’s ON music/live events

• Piping Hot Chicken Shop - August 8 The Hornets - August 30 Pugsley Buzzard - October 4 Stephen Cummings - October 18 Fiona Boyes Hammond Trio - November 1 Carus Thompson • Barwon Heads Hotel - Wednesday Trivia Night 7:30pm - Thursday Master of Darkness 8.30pm - Friday Happy Hour 5-7pm raffle live music - Open mic for youth show under 21's every second month on a Sunday 3pm-5.30pm. More info contact Jill Meehan 0431 606 476. • Ocean Grove Hotel - Saturday Night Live at The Ocean Grove Hotel Saturday from 9pm. • Pototo Shed, Drysdale - August 8 Spud Dance - August 12 Highway of Lost Hearts- Morning Showtime - August 13 Highway of Lost Hearts - August 20 Just the Ticket

- August 28 Sweeney Todd: School edition

• Springdale Community Centre Hall - Making waves music/ poetry arvo every third Sun of every month 2pm - 5.30pm • Ocean Grove Bowling Club - August 14 Morning Melodies Alvis Alive - October 9 Morning Melodies Andy Pobjoy - December 11 Morning Melodies Don Fisher

markets & fairs

• Parkes Hall Newcombe Street Portarlington - August 24 9am to 2pm •Bellarine Community Farmers Market - August 16 Ocean Grove Park • Rotary Club of Ocean Grove Winter Market at Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre - Sunday September 7 • Buy Bellarine Produce Barn - Tuckerberry Farm Saturdays and Sundays 9am-3pm • Barwon Heads Market - August 30 Barwon

Heads Hall Hitchcock Ave

food/wine • Leura Park Estate

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

get active

• Ocean Grove Recreation Hall, Ocean Grove Calisthenics classes incorporating dance, song, ballet and gymnastics with strength and creativity Ph: 0438 055 679 • Senior Citizens Hall Ocean Grove - Monday 9.15am gentle exercises to music for 55plus, 10.15am gentle exercises to music for 65plus contact Marg on 52 551 335 - Thursday 1pm Craft Group

• Uniting Church Hall Ocean Grove - Wednesdays 9am Volleyball, 9.30am exercises to music for all ages contact Marg on 5255 1335 • Queenscliff RSL Hall - Mondays 1.30pm exercises using chairs for all ages contact Marg on 5255 1335 • Marcus Hill Hall cnr Banks Road and Bellarine Highway - Tuesdays 7.45pm – 10pm Ocean Grove Scottish Country Dance Ph: 5251 3393 • Senior Citizens Hall Ocean Grove - Mondays 7-8.30pm and Wednesdays 1-3pm Line Dancing Ph: 0413 690597 • Barwon Heads Community Hall Yoga and dance with Tara Lynch classes for all ages and abilities Ph: 0435 481 920 • Scout Hall, The Avenue Ocean Grove - Wednesday 7pm 1st/2nd Ocean Grove Scout Group Clubs Meet Enquiries Ph: 0422 700951 • Yoga classes in Ocean

Grove and Barwon Heads: Beginners, Hatha, Vinyas and Svaroopa Yoga Ph: 0413 955 331 or email Kerryn@bluewateryoga. org.au

reading & writing

• Ocean Grove Library – corner Presidents Avenue and The Avenue. - Wednesdays 10.30am – Toddlertime - Thursdays 11.30am Babytime - Nursery Verses - Fridays 10.30am Preschool Storytime. - First Wednesday of the month 4pm-5pm Chatterbooks junior book club for kids aged 8-12 - Third Tuesday of each month 2.30pm-3.30pm Book chat for adults. All welcome.www. geelonglibraries.vic.gov. au

family fun

• Koombahla Equestrian Park - Tuesday to Friday After school riding programs special school holiday courses available Ph: 52

562 742. • Bellarine Church of Christ Hall 17 Tareeda Way Ocean Grove - Saturdays 10-11am Tuesdays 7.30- 8.30pm Ocean Grove Toy Library Borrow a range of toys for children aged six months to six years, open to all families on the Bellarine www. oceangrovetoylibrary. org.au • Uniting Church Ocean Grove - Friday 10am-noon Ocean Grove Play Group Any children 5yrs and under welcome to join a friendly play group large indoor and outdoor area, lots of toys, great craft activities, music and story time contact Chelsea Cole at oceangroveplaygroup@ gmail.com classes & exhibtions • Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre Program with a range of courses, classes and fun activities Ph: 5255 4294

Neighbourhood Centre Check our program with a range of courses, classes and fun activities Ph: 52 554 294

health & wellbeing

•Bellarine Community Health Diabetes Awareness Day July 25 Ph: 5256 1311 for more information • The Zebra Bar Ocean Grove 1/85 The Terrace Last Friday of every month 1pm-3pm Breast Cancer Support Group (lunch and nibbles). Details Julie Rodger 0435 362 573 or julesrodg@gmail. com. What’s On phone: 5255 3233 or email: journo@ oceangrovevoice. com

classes & exhibtions • Ocean Grove

Clubs meet

Mondays Ocean Grove Bridge Club, 1pm, Marcus Hill Hall, Bellarine Highway end of Banks Road. Also Wednesdays and Fridays 1pm. Phone Marg 5256 2550. Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 7-9pm. (juniors/seniors) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Phone 5255 1641. Ocean Grove & District Men’s Shed - Mon, Tue and Fri: 9am to 3pm, and Wed 9am to 12pm, 17 Smithton Grove. Phone Ted Price 5255 2595. Jujitsu, 6.30pm – juniors; 7.30pm – adults, Surfside Centre, Phone Steve 0438 019 991. First Monday of every month Bellarine Fly Fishing Association, 7.30pm, Shannon Park, Shannon Avenue, Newtown. Phone Pat on 0414 959248 or Bruce on 0407 361319 or email bffa@hotmail.com. Legacy Laurel Group of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads, 2pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Draper St. Details 5251 2268 or 51542873. Third Monday of every month Ocean Grove RSL, 2.30pm, Club Grove. Committee meets at 1.30pm, The Terrace. Ocean Grove Garden Club, 1.30pm, Uniting Church Hall, Eggleston Street. Phone Margaret 5255 2848. Bellarine Fly Fishing Association, 7.30pm, Shannon Park, Shannon Avenue, Newtown. Phone Pat on 0414 959248 or Bruce on 0407

361319 or email bffa@hotmail.com. Fourth Monday of every month Combined Probus Club of Ocean Grove, 10am, Ocean Grove Golf Club. Friendship is our theme. Phone John Grant on 5256 1940 Tuesdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 10am to noon (adults only) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Phone John 5256 2489 or Chris 5256 1996. Bellarine T.O.W.N., 5.30pm, Uniting Church Hall, Eggleston Street. Phone Doreen on 5255 2856. Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Club, The Terrace Tuesday 1pm. Also Thursday and Friday 1.30pm. Phone Dianne on 5255 2996 Rotary Club of Ocean Grove, 6pm, Club Grove. Phone 0457 315 900. Barwon Heads Chorale 7.30pm at the Anglican Church Barwon Heads. All abilities welcome to come along for a sing and a laugh. Phone Jo 5254 2670. First Tuesday of every month Ocean Grove Men’s Probus, 10am to noon, Ocean Grove Hotel, Collendina. Guest speakers, make friends. Visitors welcome. Phone Terry 5255 5587. First and Third Tuesday of every month Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions Club, 7pm, Moorfield Park, Grubb Road. New Lions most welcome. Phone 0418 524 873. Wednesdays

Ocean Grove & District Men’s Shed, 9am to 1pm, 17 Smithton Grove. Phone Ernie 0421 703 368. Jujitsu, 6.30pm – juniors; 7.30pm – adults, Surfside Centre, Phone Steve 0438 019 991. First Wednesday of every month Bellarine Business Women. From 7pm, Suma Park Winery, Bellarine Highway. For details contact info@ bellarinebusinesswomen.com.au 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. Last Thursday of every month Ocean Grove Coastcare, 7pm, Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club. Practical environmental activities to help protect our coastline. Ph: John 04399 30399 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. www.groupspaces.com/coasters-social-group or phone 0411 952 598.


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Food, glorious food OCEAN GROVE and the Bellarine Peninsula hold a treasure trove of wonderful wineries, cafes and eateries. The ideal setting by the coast, the cooling sea breezes in summer and the cosy warmth of indoors in winter, whet the appetite for locals, tourists and daytrippers alike. Whether it's a cold glass of riesling in summer, a warming microbrew or a smooth locally produced pinot noir in winter, or a coffee to give you that extra kick, Ocean Grove and the towns around the peninsula have it all. And it's not all about the liquid wonders, either. Fresh seafood, organically grown veggies, tender meats and great pizzas and pastas are a hallmark of the region. Eating and drinking in our wonderful region really is a highlight of a visit to the beautiful Bellarine.


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Helen joins tourism board

OCEAN Grove business leader Helen Butteriss has been appointed to the board of Geelong Otway Tourism. Helen, who is president of the town’s business association and a director of Ocean Grove Connected Communities, said she had been encouraged to apply for the board position, so that she could help showcase Ocean Grove and the Bellarine. “I’m passionate about the Bellarine region and see the great strength and benefits that tourism provides to it,” she said. “In the past twelve months I have been treasurer of Bellarine Tourism and have learnt so much about our area through this association. Whilst I have been living in the region for so long I had no idea of some of the fabulous places on the Bellarine, in particular the ‘Bellarine Taste Trail’ with wines, local produce, cafés, restaurants and wonderful unique accommodation places” she said “I have also joined as a member of Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine Inc for the sake of our firm and on behalf of the OGBA. I have enjoyed the benefits of the social media, web site, events and education provided by the membership. Now being an elected board member, I can ensure that Ocean Grove and The Bellarine are at the forefront of strategic planning and direction with Tourism

Aim is to showcase Ocean Grove and the Bellarine

Helen Butteriss

Greater Geelong and The Bellarine Inc.” The 2013-2014 has been a year of transition in the tourism industry

landscape of Greater Geelong and The Bellarine. At the end of 2013 the Geelong Otway Tourism (GOT) with

the Great Ocean Road Regions of Surfcoast and Otways ceased. The City of Greater Geelong, Borough of

Queenscliff and Golden Plains Shire committed to establishing a Regional Tourism Board for Greater Geelong and The

Bellarine to ensure that tourism received greater profiling in the specific regions. The previous board had focused on the Geelong to South Australian Border region which was far wider. From the Bellarine perspective all tourism was focused on the Great Ocean Road which isn’t where we are located. At the end of the 2014 financial year, Geelong Otway Tourism Inc. changed its name to Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine Inc. At the July AGM the inaugural Board was elected. Along with representatives from the municipalities of the City of Greater Geelong (Councillor Ron Nelson), Borough of Queenscliff (Councillor Graham Christie) and Golden Plains (Mike Barrow), the inaugural Board includes two representatives from the Geelong region, two from the Bellarine and three skilled based representatives in the areas of marketing, finance and business events. It's a fair, balanced and multiskilled board structure.

The Bellarine region representatives are Sean Blackwood of Queenscliff Harbour and David Littleton of Sea haven Village Barwon Heads. Helen Butteriss, a principal at Crowe Horwath Ocean Grove, was elected for the finance position. Helen has been an Ocean Grove resident for over 20 years and has passionately worked in the local accounting practice for this time advising local SMEs, individuals and investors. While her practice has changed its name over this period, Helen has been the consistent figure head of the practice and her skills in accounting and business management were the qualities needed for the finance based position on this new Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine Inc. board. Helen is also president of the Ocean Grove Business Association (OGBA) and director of Ocean Grove Connected Communities and has recently begun the nationally renowned Committee for Geelong run Leaders for Geelong program.

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East-west trip is one of a kind LAST week I had a lovely morning with Tom Fletcher and Hugo Phillipps at Minya Winery, near Breamlea, and we helped Tom with his monthly bird count at the winery. Spring must be in the air as we heard a fantailed cuckoo calling, and this heralds the onset of spring (even though it doesn't feel like spring at all yet). On the way to the winery we stopped at Point Impossible to observe the doublebanded plovers. These plovers f ly between Australia and New Zealand, and arrive here for the winter, returning to New Zealand to breed in the spring. They are the only east–west bird migrants that are known, and it's great to see them on our doorstep. The male doublebanded plovers have two bands across the chest: a black upper band and a wider chestnut lower band. It

was great to see a few male birds in breeding plumage on the beach at Point Impossible. We also saw an impressive f lock of blue-winged parrots roosting on the fences at Breamlea Nature Reserve, which was a lovely sight. The highlight of the trip to Minya was the sight of a rose robin searching for insects around the vines. Rose robins are known as 'seasonal migrants', in that they move south into wetter habitats during the spring and summer breeding season, and move north during the colder months. They have been also known to move down from higher altitudes in autumn and winter. I also saw a rose robin at Phillip Island during the school holidays, and at the Geelong Botanical Gardens over winter. I received a message from Christine Weston, an Ocean Grove

resident, that the Australian wood ducks have been back to the roof of the Anglican Church in Draper Street. I've seen plenty of wood ducks looking for nesting sites lately, including a few on the roof of the Drysdale Hotel. The AGM for the Friends of the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve will be held on Saturday August 30 from 9am until 10am. Anyone interested about the Nature Reserve is encouraged to attend this event and to consider taking up a position on the Friends Group Committee, and you can obtain further information and a nomination form for committee positions by emailing to the following email address: friends.oceangrove. naturereser ve@gmail. com. I had a lovely wander last week around the Nature Reserve last week, and was able to

photograph a brown goshawk in f light. I think it was the f irst time ever that I managed to see a brown goshawk before it saw me, as they are so wary and quick and secretive and disappear as soon as they are seen (or that's my experience anyway). I also saw a few f lame robins, golden whistlers, many male fairy wrens in breeding plumage, and I heard another fan-tailed cuckoo calling. Spring is just around the corner for sure. If you are interested in any activities of the Birdlife Bellarine Group, you can check out the calendar of events on the website at www.birdlife.org. au/locations/birdlife bellarine-peninsula. If you see anything that you may want to share, you can also email me on jencarr@ y7mail.com. Jen Carr

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Students get a firey surprise PRACTICE was put into play at the Ocean Grove Fire Brigade recently. During week four of Bellarine Secondary College’s regular visit to the station, a real emergency call came in from a fire in Barwon Heads. “We were learning about the breathing apparatus needed to be able to breathe properly when there is a lot of smoke and chemicals in the air that the fire has given off. While local firefighter Lee was informing us about the apparatus, the call came in. So the firemen took off and were out of the station dressed and ready in less than 90 seconds, which was really

impressive,” student Amatullah Thomas explained to the Voice. Ocean Grove firefighters told the group how they had 90 seconds to get ready be on their way. Volunteers have four minutes to get to the station, get ready and go and help the firemen already at the scene. “When they came back from Barwon Heads we all went and looked at the fire truck's equipment. We then went back inside and watched some YouTube videos on how quickly a fire can spread when given oxygen. It was a great learning experience,” Amatullah added.

OCEAN GROVE Primary School students were treated to a performance from indigenous artist Lucas Proudfoot last Thursday. “Lucas came to the school and performed a one-man show which was highly interactive. His show featured a guitar, stomp box, didgeridoo and other indigenous

instruments including clap sticks and a boomerang,” Kerryn Skuza from OGPS said. Lucas spoke about his heritage and about Aboriginal history and culture. The students who attended the performance thought Lucas was very entertaining and funny. “I thought Lucas Proudfoot was very

The Youth Advance group check out specialised equipment stored in the fire truck.

Charles Baker tests out the breathing equipment assisted by Lee Bickley from Ocean Grove CFA.

Indigenous learning for Grovers funny and very interesting. He was great at playing the didgeridoo. He pretended to be a Prep student and that made me laugh a lot,” student Jorja told the Voice. “I thought Lucas was interesting because he explained a lot about his culture and I learnt that the YIDAKI is a traditional didgeridoo,” student Milla added.

Taylor, Erica and Paige play the clap sticks and boomerangs.

Billy plays the didgeridoo as Daniel watches on.


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The Voice Business Directory COMPUTER SALES & REPAIRS

ACCOMMODATION

Barwon Grove Holiday Rentals Bellarine Getaways Portarlington Beach Motel

0412 102145 5255 3130 5259 3801

ACCOUNTING SERVICES Lighthouse Business Services Ocean Grove Accounting Podium Cloud Solutions

5221 6507 5256 2815 0421 343918

Roche Accounting

AGED CARE

Seaviews Manor

5256 2764 5256 2866

Bellarine Academy of Dance

0418 404543

ARCHITECTS

5255 1811 5255 3378 5256 3670

ART CLASSES & GALLERIES

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

AUDIO EQUIPMENT, HIRE, REPAIRS 5256 3732

AUTOMOTIVE

Hire for Baby Sandi’s Spot

BEAUTY SALONS

Mermaids Unisex Beauty Salon 5255 5844 Salon Grove 0408 172062 The Smooth Spot 0431 196007 0438 442519 0418 578934

BRIDAL WEAR DESIGNER Isabella Design

5255 2034

BUILDING DESIGNERS Michael Higgins Building Design

5255 3355

BUILDERS & NEW HOMES

5250 4638 0417 524143 5222 5522 0412 121906 0414 752159 5255 3556 5255 1309

BUTCHERS

5254 1828 5255 1471

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

CARPET CLEANING/REPAIRS Kim Brasier’s Carpet Services

0418 376820

CELEBRANTS

Christine Middleton 0419 526 550 Leslie Ridgeway www.lesliecelebrant.com.au Pauline Skeen 0411 286698

CHIMNEY SWEEPS CLEANING SERVICES Mazza’s Way-to-Clean

0426 897479

Coastal Dentures Dr Alastair McCallum - dentist

DISABILITY EQUIPMENT Geelong Wheelchairs Scoot Mobility Scooters

DRESSMAKING Alterations and Repairs

DRIVING LESSONS Dalmatian Driving School

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Candidates to square off CANDIDATES vying for the Bellarine seat in the state parliament are set to face off at Ocean Grove Bowling Club early in November. The State Government election is on November 29 this year and analysts predict a close fight

Tahlia the new face

TAHLIA Sinnott (pictured above) is the Ocean Grove face of a new finance, accounting, tax and business advisory team on the Bellarine and Geelong. The team at Advisory Partners offers an integrated financial, accounting, tax and business advisory service tailored to individuals, small, medium and large business. Their values are independence and service with an understanding and connection to their clients’ needs. “We embrace technology, understanding new tools offer unique opportunities when used wisely and in combination with strong fundamental business planning,” said Tahlia. “Most importantly, we seek local relationships and a meaningful long term contribution to our community.” Tahlia, who moved to the town with her husband Luke from Camperdown four years ago, said they had settled in well. Luke plays football for Ocean Grove and runs his own plumbing business.

generated by revised boundary changes. The current MP for the Bellarine is Lisa Neville (Labor) is standing for re-election. Also declared are Ron Nelson (Liberal) and Brenton Peake (Greens). With the redistribution

of the boundaries, Barwon Heads is now part of the Bellarine District electorate. The Community Forum provides the opportunity for the candidates to present themselves and their policies, not only at

the State level, but more importantly at a local Bellarine level. It will also enable the community to ask the candidates questions and seek clarifications. All of which will assist you – the voter – to make informed decisions on

who you think will best represent the Bellarine for the next FOUR years. The event has been organised by Ocean Grove Community Association and the Barwon Heads Association. The Labor, Liberal and

Greens candidates have already accepted and others will be invited as they become known. The Community Forum will be held at

7pm on Wednesday November 5 at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club.

Vue Grand bar staff Aaron Pollard, Jesse Hughes and Caleb Fleet.

Cheers and beers to the Vue

IT started with a simple Bellarine Brew Co. Queenscliff Honeywheat Ale a number of years ago, and has grown into the Best Beer List in Australia. Late last month, Gourmet Traveller Wine and premium wine distributor Fine Wine Partners announced the winners of the most prestigious national awards for wine lists, Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards 2014, with the Vue Grand in Queenscliff taking out one of the top awards, Best Beer List 2014. Established in 1994, Australian Wine List of the Year Awards has an impressive local and international panel of 30 industry figures, headed by leading wine commentator Peter Forrestal. Australian Wine List of the Year Award judge Ken Gargett calls the beer list “a sensational collection of beers and a worthy winner.’’ The review sites the beer list as a cleverly constructed collection of cracking, well-priced beers with an eye very much on the craft beer scene. “It is such an honour to be recognised by the judges for what we do, and to be considered

Queenscliff's Vue Grand.

amongst undoubtedly the best restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars in Australia,” says creator of the list, passionate beer advocate and Vue Grand Food & Beverage Manager, Caleb Fleet. “It’s still sinking in a little,” he says, “It’s such a huge win, and a huge compliment for the hotel.” “We decided about five years ago to start to showcase some of the local Bellarine beers on our wine list. We pride ourselves on using the best local produce on the menu and showcasing the wonderful wines of the region, so it made sense to show off

these great beers. It has now turned into somewhat of an obsession.” “We essentially buy the beers that we like and are excited by, and ultimately that we want to drink. The staff are passionate and excited about the beers too.” With more than 370 restaurants, clubs, pubs, hotels and brasseries entering the awards this year, the Vue Grand triumphed over finalists The Botanical in Melbourne and Precinct in Perth. The awards recognise various categories from Best Wine List, Best Beer

List, Best Food & Wine Matching List, Best Listing of a Region’s Wine to Best Aperitif List, giving 27 awards. Each list is assessed by two judges and given a score and a rating: three glasses (90 – 100 points); two glasses (80 -90 points); one glass (70 – 79 points). Those scoring less than 70 points don’t receive a rating. From the results came 27 award winners. Not only taking out Best Beer List, the Vue Grand was also awarded a one glass rating for their wine list, one of only three listed for the Greater Geelong Region.

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Cobras learning curve

Ocean Grove can can be proud of its under 18 footballers for their community spirit. Pictures: SHANE BAILEY

Colts helping out THE goodwill spirit continues to grow off the f ield for the Ocean Grove under 18 Colts. In June, the elite junior Grubbers swapped their footy boots for work overalls to help long time Ocean Grove Football Club scoreboard attendant Alice Davis in the garden. The proud footballers have since came to the aid of World War II veteran and Grove local Ross Smith to put their gardening skills to the test on Sunday July 20.

Ocean Grove Under 18 coach Shane Bailey said his players felt privileged to assist a respected member of the local community. “There was about 15 young fellas there from the under 18s and (they) had a great time and really got something out of it,” Bailey told the Voice. “Ross (Smith) is a great fella and the boys had a ball. “They mowed his lawns, weeded his gardens, cut his hedges and did whatever (he) needed done in the

garden. “He (Ross) was just overwhelmed, it was a fantastic day on Sunday July 20. “We went down to the Piping Hot Chicken Shop in Ocean Grove afterwards and we had coffee and chips and sat around and talked and got together.” Mr Smith, a long-time Ocean Grove resident, had worked locally as a real estate agent for many years.

Action from the Cobras vs Barwon Heads under 14 division two game. Pictures: LINDSAY KELLEY OGCC under 10 White St Albans White 5.3.33 vs OGCC White 5.8.38 A cold blustery Friday night saw some outstanding work from both sides terrific leadership from captain Ayden Dunnell and vice captain Oscar KopecTeague saw the Cobras coming home strong in the last term. Fancy fast footwork from Xavier Eales and Max McLachlan saw Conner Asquith kick a bag. Standout ruck work from Hazza Rolfs and James Splatt cemented the win. St Albans Black 6.6.42 vs OGCC White 3.2.20 Round 13 saw an evenly matched OGCC White side tackle an in form S. Albans Black which managed to sneak through with the win. Great leadership from senior players B. Charles and T. Wirth, and excellent display from midfielders A. Prendergast, E. Hamilton and N. Collins. Both Aiden Dunell and Z. Poynder gave their best and racked up plenty of possessions. OGCC Under 10 Orange OGCC White 7.10.52 vs Anakie 4.4.28 The boys had a good win against Anakie in very wet and windy conditions. Goals: S. Copeland 2, J. Lange 2, J. Dean, L. Ewart, D. Freeman. Best: D. Freeman, S. Copeland, A. Mantzaris, J. Barry, T. Bowers, L. Duckett, J. Ward, J. Lange. OGCC3 under 14 OGCC3 6.5.41 vs St Albans2 2.4.16 Goals: K. Murphy 3, L. Gibb , N. Warner , H. Tregenza Best: W. Richardson, K. Murphy, L. Gibb, H. Tregenza, M. Gawley-Price, Bryce Dunell The Cobras led all day with the strong left-footer Will Richardson showing the way all day and 2nd gamer Kai Murphy once again snagged goals for his team. The old man in the team Nicholas Warner got himself a six pointer and really showed coach Wal the improvement he has made over the season with four solid quarters. It was great to see Lachie Gibb and Mitch Gawley-Price grow in confidence as the game went on. OGCC3 9.8.62 vs Drysdale3 2.5.17 Goals: J. Penny 2, K. Murphy 2, W. Richardson 2, M. Clark, H. Tregenza , W. Lumsden Best: J. Penny, L. McEvoy, L. Conquit, L. King, B. Walder, E. Cuthell What a magnificent victory to these hard working boys who snuck their noses into the top four after the last round. The victory has given the side a chance with the great percentage winning game. A wonderful team effort by all with Lucy back in the

fold and now running into form. OGCC2 under 14 Bannockburn 5.8.38 vs OGCC2 2.4.16 Goals: J. Powe, B. Payne Best: L. Giblin, J. Lange, A. Benson, H. McManus, R. Symonds, J. Powe Matt’s young group of mainly bottom-age boys were up against it all day with Bannockburn getting out of the blocks early. It was in the last quarter where his young men got the run-and-carry into action out scoring their opposition. Luke Giblin continued his strong season and Joshua Lange got back into the thick of things this game with the more experience Gus Benson and Hamish McManus showing strength right through all four quarters. OGCC2 4.4.28 vs Corio 6.7.43 Goals: J. Powe, B. Payne, T. Ness, F. Long Best: A. Benson, T. Ness, L. Habgood, M. Pope, B. Payne, K. Annand Up against a team higher on the ladder and once again the team loaded with bottom-age boys, took it right up to Corio this week lead by old Stages Angus and Lochie and support so well again by Tom, Mitch, hard as nails Bailey and the ever reliable Kobe. OGCC1 under 14 OGCC1 2.9.21 vs Drysdale1 4.5.29 Goals: J. Hargreaves, N. Pearson Best: L. Taylor, C. McEvoy, C. Pickett, N. Pearson, N. deBruijn, J. Hargreaves Drysdale showed relentless pressure from start to finish and for the majority of the game this showed on the scoreboard. The Cobras did however get off to a good start with Nathan Pearson once again in the goals putting a long bomb through in the first but just one more major from Jake Hargreaves and inaccurate kicking was not enough to get the Cobras over the line. Logan Taylor lead the way with cocaptain Pearson. OGCC1 6.2.38 vs Geelong West 7.5.47 Goals: H. Dixon-Jennings, J. Hargreaves, M. Fairbrother, H. Goodier, L. McVilly, L. Taylor Best: M. Sutton, L. Taylor, L. McVilly, C. Pickett, M. Taylor The goals were once again spread through the team and this aided the Cobras being in front at the main break. The boys were overran in the end and putting their finals hopes on hold for another week in this extremely even competition. Great to see Max in the thick of things having a magnificent last half when his team needed him but in the end the Cobras were kept goalless in the last quarter.


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Bold showing not enough Round 14 Ocean Grove (1) 6.6.42 def by Modewarre 8.9.57 AFTER being on the receiving end of an oldfashioned belting by a Geelong Amateur team stacked with Geelong College boys, the under 16 Grubbers made the trek to Modewarre, determined to restore some respect in a clash against the top of the table Warriors. Brod Gist controlled the ruck contests and was supported by his midfielders Riley Maloney, Nick Giblin and Darcy Pearson. The turning point came in the third term where the Grubbers could not capitalise on a strong breeze, kicking four points. Trailing by a point at the final break and kicking

Ocean Grove Colts met Leopold in a tough encounter.

into an increasingly strong breeze, the Grubbers fought hard to stay in the game. Maloney was dominating the clearances and a strong mark and goal to Josh Hirt restored the lead, but two late goals to Modewarre earned a hard fought two-goal win. Goals: Flynn Kelly 2, Byron Taylor 2, Josh Hirt, Riley Maloney Best: Riley Maloney, Nick Giblin, Ryan Symonds, Brod Gist, Darcy Pearson Round 15 Ocean Grove (1) 7.9.51 def by St Albans 8.5.53 After conceding the first to goals to the home team, the Grubbers stepped up in the last part of the first quarter to square the ledger at the first break. The good form continued through the second quarter as the

Pictures: LINDSAY KELLEY

Two close losses for Colts Round 10 St Mary's 8.10.58 def Ocean Grove(1) 5.8.38 Round 11 Leopold 7.7.49 def Ocean Grove(1) 5.10.40 WITH the finals now out of reach, the Ocean Grove Colts’ division 1 team is playing for pride for the remainder of the season and generally, they are making a reasonable fist of it. Unfortunately, they haven’t quite learned yet how to deliver the killer blow when they are in winning positions in games. Not many expected the Grubbers to be competitive against undefeated ladder leaders St Mary's, but they served it up to their more fancied opposition and probably held sway in general play over the four quarters. But often this season their Achilles heel has been getting reward for effort on the scoreboard. Notwithstanding that, Ocean Grove found itself within a kick of the Saints late in the third quarter and had chances during the final quarter which went begging. St Mary's scored the final two goals of the game to blow the final margin out a bit and the 20 point buffer didn’t reflect the battle they had to overcome the Grubbers. While the effort

was there, the ability to capatalise on their chances has continued to frustrate the coaching staff this year. And it was more of the same against Leopold a week later. The Grubbers started the game impressively and had the lead at every change. However, with a solitary behind in the final quarter, they couldn’t hold off the fast finishing Leopold. In the end it was another disappointing loss in a game which they looked to have in control for most of the day. Round 11 Ocean Grove(2) 15.9.99 def Leopold 9.2.56 Round 12 Ocean Grove 15.22.112 def St Josephs 2.1.13 WITH a sniff at a finals appearance on offer, the Colts’ Bs have been up and about over the last few weeks and have won their past three games to take a firm grip on fourth spot. Coach Ryan has the boys playing great team footy and the results have looked after themselves. The must-win game against Leopold was a close, hard-fought encounter up until the final change and the Grubbers only held sway by four points. But they put it all on the line in the final quarter and Cam Habgood

was the recipient of the constant bombardment into the forward line. He booted five goals for the quarter and ensured that the Grubbers ran away with the game. With their confidence and enthusiasm up, the Grubbers were looking forward to test themselves against the third placed St Joeys. They were primed and ready for action and had a few quality inclusions back from injury including Tommy Beasley and Alec Hernan. They added a bit of class and grunt to a team who were already on a roll. St Joeys were somewhat undermanned but you can only beat what the opposition put out there on the paddock and Ocean Grove did it in style. They had the game won at the main break after an inspired first half of quality footy where they ran and hunted in packs and looked like a team on a mission. The game turned a bit messy after the interval in the wintery conditions and seven goals 15 behinds for the second half reflected a lessdisciplined effort, but the first half was a tough act to follow. This team is playing some good footy and if they keep their place in the final four, they could do a bit of damage come finals time.

senior boys in Maloney, Featherby and Taylor led the way, winning the clearances and moving the ball quickly into the forward line. Kelly was proving a handful for the Saints defenders notching up his fifth goal, and in their first appearances

since the grading games, Harry Morris and Spencer Luppino made contributions. Goals: Flynn Kelly 5, Byron Taylor, Corey Pfeiffer Best: Riley Maloney, Brod Gist, Nick Giblin, Darcy Pearson, Riley Featherby


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Emily McGurk reaches high. Pictures: LINDSAY KELLEY

Tommy Pukepuhe in action.

Sonny Levinson serves.

Eyes on the ball


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Buzz in the air at tennis club

THERE is a buzz is in the air at Ocean Grove Tennis Club, as each team ramps up for finals commencing on August 16. There are currently five junior teams and three senior teams with a chance to make the finals. With the current cold snap of weather lately, members could be forgiven for not thinking about summer competition, but it is just around the corner. In the next couple of weeks sign up sheets will be placed in the clubhouse and interested juniors and seniors should make sure their names are down for team consideration. The club welcomes new members of all ages and abilities to join the family friendly club. Tennis is a game you can play all through your life and is a fun and social way of staying active. Come to the club Saturday morning before 11am, or evenings for ladies Wednesday and men’s Thursday to enquire about joining. On Friday August 22 the midweek ladies group is running a fundraiser fashion parade with all money raised going to the Bouma family. You may remember that Josh Bouma is battling aplastic anemia and this wonderful tennis family can use some support during this

difficult time. Please get your girlfriends together and come down to the club, $10 entry, with raffles, bar open and beautiful fashions from Kairos in Ocean Grove. Some of the midweek ladies will be modelling. That alone will be lots of fun. Here are some more important dates: August 9 – beginning phase of membership renewal and summer team sign up begins for seniors and juniors. Add your name to the sign up sheets from today August 16 and 23 – semifinals commence for eight, and six team sections respectively. August 30 – grand final day and junior club presentation at the clubhouse. All winter playing juniors welcome for pizza lunch and award presentation. Annual membership and official sign-up for summer teams commences. Here are the results for Saturday July 19. Section 3 Mixed hosted Moolap Yellow and won 4,26 -2,27. Anna Williams and Zane Beazley won all of their sets. Section 4 Boys travelled to All Saints Anglican and won 2,25 – 4,25. Michael Maertzdorf and Julian Powel won their singles and teamed up to win their

Left-hander Sonny Levinson won his singles match against Geelong Lawn. Picture: LINDSAY KELLEY

doubles. Section 5 Girls Red hosted All Saints Anglican and lost 2,27 - 4,28. Jade Murphy and Liz Lowe won their singles. Section 5 Girls White played Torquay but the match was called off so it was a draw. Section 7 Boys hosted Grovedale Black and won 4,28 -2,21. Tom Soutar and Jayden Harrison Roberts won all of their sets. Section 9 Boys travelled to Centre Court and lost 4,29 -2,22. George Wheeldon and Harry

Copperwaite won the only two sets for the day. Section 12 Girls played at Geelong Lawn and won 1,19 -5,35. Ruby D’Arcy and Alice Crawford had a great day winning their singles and doubles. Section 13 Boys hosted Torquay and won 6,36 -0,12. Jack James, Liam Mullen, Thomas Grundell and Matthew Stanic all played very well to win. Section 15 Boys played arch rivals Barwon Heads at their home courts and won 0,5 – 6,36. This team of boys fired to win every

set – Daniel Townsend, sam Hines, Lachie Dwyer and Drew Honey. Section 16 Girls hosted Wandana Heights and won 4,33 – 2, 28. Ruby Fry and Kiana Harrison Roberts had a successful day winning all sets. Here are the results for Saturday July 26. Section 3 Mixed played at Wandana Heights and won 1,14 – 5,34. Saira Shah and Zane Beazley made a great team to add a win in the doubles to their singles wins. This team is now second on the ladder.

Section 4 Boys played at home against Geelong Lawn, with a missing player, and lost 0,14 -6,36. They are currently eighth on the ladder. Section 5 Girls Red played Girls White in an all–Ocean Grove match. The score was 0,17 – 6,36 the Red team's way. These teams are respectively third and fifth on the ladder. Section 7 Boys played at Geelong Lawn and lost 5,33 – 1,24. Edward Ford and Tom Soutar won their doubles. This team is sixth on the ladder.

Section 9 Boys hosted Geelong Lawn and lost 1,16 -5,34. Sonny Levison put the one on the scoreboard by winning his singles. They are eighth on the ladder. Section 12 Girls hosted Wandana Heights and won, in this very close match, 3,31 – 3,24. Saige Campbell won her singles and doubles to help secure the win. This team is currently fourth on the ladder. Section 13 Boys had a bye this week. They are still top of the ladder. Section 15 Boys played at home against Geelong Lawn and won 4,27 – 2,25. Lochie Dwyer and Drew Honey both won all of their sets. They are second on the ladder. Section 16 Girls travelled to Bellbrae and lost 6,36 -0,8. This was a tough match for the girls, they are now placed sixth on the ladder. Seniors standings are as follows: Section 4 – 6th on the ladder Section 5 – 7th Section 6 – 1st Section 7 – 3rd Section 9 – 2nd Section 11 – 6th Results compiled by Jen Franks. Go to ‘David Franks Tennis Coaching’ facebook page for results, tips and more information.


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Huge win over visiting Giants WEEK 14 of the Geelong Baseball Association winter season saw home games for all three of Wallington’s Bellarine Bears sides. In the A grade game it was a big 12-0 win to the Bellarine Bears over the visiting Werribee Giants. Two run homers to each of Simon Murry (two hits) and Josh Crotty (two hits) were highlights for the Bears outf it that dominated the afternoon. Two hits also to each of Wayne Visser (two RBIs) and Brad McKentish, along with hits to Jonathan Lowe (one RBI) and Chris Barker, completed the Bears' demolition job. Starting pitcher Murry went the f irst four innings then handed over to reliever Crotty to complete the shut of the Giants after seven innings backed up by some miserly defence. In the earlier Saturday game, the A Reserves Bellarine Bears never quite got into the contest, going down

to Guild Cubs 2-11. Pitcher Brad Hockey started the game with Matt Price coming on in relief later in the game. Alex Hockey came through with the only hit for the Bears for the game. In the Sunday game, the B Reserve side had a 13-4 win over East Belmont Saints Red. The Bears were able to get ahead early then continue to produce runs to put the game out of reach of the visitors. The run production was kept rolling with two hits to Mark Freijah (one double, three RBIs), along with hits to Lachlan Stott, Bill Connors (three RBIs), Ashley Lomas (one double) and Danny Nichols (one double). Six strike outs to starting pitcher Nichols kept a lid on the Saints Red hitters. Interested in f inding out more about the Bellarine Bears Baseball Club? Pay them a visit online at www.bellarinebears. org.au.

Brad Hockey was the starting pitcher for the Bears' A Reserve side. Picture: SHANE BAILEY

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McInnes scores five of the best Division 2 July 20 Waves 3 vs Barwon Red 0 July 27 Waves 3 vs Bellarine Sharks 0 Division 3 July 20 Waves 7 vs Deakin Ducks Black 0 Following last week’s narrow loss to Lara the squad was nonetheless buoyed by their performance and trained well. Focusing on attacking and defending in the final third as well as corners the squad approached the game confident of another good performance. As in recent weeks the Waves started brightly in 4,4,1,1 formation, with the only change from last week being Wayne Hogan starting in place of Jack Ryan. The first real chance of the game fell to Johnny Black as Liam ‘Beany’ McInnes played a lobbed ball for Johnny to run on to. His pace moments later earned him another opportunity which flashed across goal as the Deakin defenders were left floundering in his wake. This helped raise the tempo of the game with the Surfside midfield brilliantly closing down the ball early and forcing Deakin Black into gifting possession back. Hogan and Robbie Black were impressive on the wings, surging forward down the flanks. Isaiah Mujica and Andy Black used their excellent vision to play in both wingers with neat passing. The Waves attacking pace was worrying Deakin, with several late challenges bringing an air of anxiety over the Surfside coach. On 15 minutes though, McInnes dismissed those fears as he scored from a goalkeeping mistake. Deakin Black although not gifted with the balance of play still offered a threat as Jacob Van Eggelen found in goal as he tipped a corner onto the bar. The Waves back four were neat and tidy in dealing with the Deakin attack but the Achilles heal this season has come at corners and successive attempts raised the level of concentration as the Waves worked hard not to concede. Gaston Mujica had kindly offered to referee the game and produced some stern words for several players when they became frustrated with late challenges. To relieve some of the pressure the coach had made some tactical changes and introduced Chris Royle and Daniel Cuff into the fray. Their involvement brought forth a second goal for McInnes as this time he rifled a right foot shot passed the diving keeper into the corner of the net on the half-hour. Any attempt to break the defensive line was denied by the quartet of Sattler, Powell, Mujica and Swanborough. The coach brought on Langdon and Stephanides to freshen the side and keep the pressure on Deakin. That pressure resulted in McInnes's hat-trick on 39 minutes. Great play involving Black and Royle, presented the unplayable McInnes with

the chance with turned out to be the last of the half. Mujica and Hogan were re-introduced for the 2nd half and instantly the game's tempo lifted a notch. Stephanides went close with an audacious effort, as the inspired Hogan chased down everything across midfield. Everyone was playing with confidence, firstly Royle had a shot just a whisker off target then Hogan went close and then was desperately unlucky as his fine effort rebounded off the bar, with the keeper stranded Cuff couldn’t manage to connect and send the ball goal bound. Sattler and Swanborough were brought back with everyone wanting to get in on the chance to score. The team played with freedom and a swagger of a side enjoying their football. The Waves' fifth goal bore all the hallmarks of a confident side. The ball was won in midfield and pressed to work a chance to play the ball up to the colossal McInnes and Sattler. With Deakin Black sitting deep trying to stop the bleeding, Isaiah Mujica received the ball 35 yards out and with a sublime effort, beat the keeper with a gorgeous chip. The assembled crowd whooped with delight as Mujica milked the applause. The Waves had yet to score five this season and could have been guilty of taking their foot of the pedal and conceding a consolation goal for Deakin. But the Waves were in unstoppable form and the pairing of Adam and Beany added to the Ducks woes. Sattler was unlucky not to score and relishing a rare run up forward, he combined with McInnes well and assisted in his 5th goal, a relative tap in to round of a great performance. The defence had been miserly all day and took the chance to get a goal for themselves by sending Julian forward, Pablo unusually had resisted the urge to stray upfield his younger lookalike Mick had tried a shot from distance but it was a day for forwards. Deakin refreshed their side with substitutions in an effort to jag a late goal as the Waves swept forward. Black did finally get on the score sheet but unfortunately it wasn’t Deakin – it was Andy. He raced through on goal and was taken down by the ‘keeper. Andy duly dispatched the penalty passed the Deakin goalie to post a fantastic scoreline of 7-0. When Gaston blew the final whistle the sense of accomplishment was etched across the Waves players’ faces, they had come a long way from some of the heavy defeats they had suffered this season by playing with confidence and belief. July 27 Waves 0 vs Barwon White 0 Under 15 July 20 Waves 3 vs Barwon Blue 2 Waves started with Wade in goal as it was his turn to be the custodian in the first half, in the second half Perry

Action from the Waves vs Bell Park under 13s. Pictures: LINDSAY KELLEY took charge of this important position. From the beginning it was an even contest. In the 7th minute of the game Noah scored the first goal when he got the ball after a rebound near the goal line and his shot found the net. The defense responded well together with midfielders and attackers, keeping BB's attack to shots from outside the area and always pressured their forwards. The second half started with Barwon coming out on the attack but the Waves' defense was well in control. Adrian scored in the 40th minute second goal when he received the ball from a corner kick following relentless attacks. In the 47th minute Barwon reduced the advantage. In the 58th minute a great goal from Jamie when his wellpositioned shot finally beat the goalkeeper who saved several earlier shots. Barwon never ceased chasing another goal to reduce the deficit which came when one of their midfielders scored with a long range shot. In the last 12 minutes of the game, the pressure was on but the Waves held on. July 27 Waves 2 vs Barwon White 0 Under 13 July 19 Waves 1 vs Barwon FC 1 Waves gave it everything, but Barwon was too hard to beat. In the first half Waves pushed hard, but the Barwon defence had a lot of big defenders. Barwon scored first, but Waves created a penalty chance and Isaac Ayres stepped-up to the mark and smashed it in the top left. Player of the match was G. Blismas Player of the match G. Blismas and J. Bromley put in a great effort. July 26 Waves 2 vs Bell Park 2 Under 12 July 20 Waves 0 vs Surf Coast 0 July 27 Waves 0 vs Geelong 4 Under 11 July 20 Up against a Surf coast side Waves started well with Alex Anastassiou unusually up front hoping to get on the end of one. Bob Green got us into our first real chance of the game sending a corner in, which pinballed around to no avail, the Coaster goalkeeper was looking sharp as a tack. Will Lamb then had a chance to score, while laying down! Another corner to the Waves just saw

a shot from Rory Hamilton go over the crossbar. Waves were playing the ball predominantly down the left-hand side through Elias Hodson, Ciera Major and Josh Kuipers, having all the play, but finding it hard to break down a very disciplined coaster defence. The Coasters then had a couple of nice attacking moves, but Haydn Woolfson, with Sam Sacchetta’s help managed to keep a clean sheet. The second half started out with Louie donning the gloves and Haydn Woolfson thrown up front by Pat, which nearly had immediate success – 'H' having a good chance saved. Surf Coast controlled the next few minutes, resulting in a great strike going into the top right-hand corner. They continued to attack, Will Lamb was going in hard with some great challenges and Sam Sacchetta was also proving hard to get past, Matt Tormey was also giving his all after a couple of weeks off. Waves then had a foray forward, gaining a corner, which Josh Kuipers just put over the bar off. July 27 Surfside Waves White v Surfside Waves Blue Another sunny day greeted the Waves for the drive across the bridge to Barwon Heads for the Whites vs Blues clash, the kids were keen to show their skills against each other, with a sense of rivalry, but both teams showed wonderful sportsmanship, which was a credit to both teams. The White started well with a couple of attacking moves, Matty Lane was causing a few problems in attack, but Sam Sacchetta and Haydn Woolfson were up to the task. From here the Whites were able to get on top and dominate possession. Under 14 Girls July 19 Waves 1 vs Kardinia 4

The Waves started brightly against Kardinia who sit in second place on the ladder. Some good passing and pressure on the ball had Kardinia on the back foot until two quick goals (6th and 7th minutes) took the wind out of the Waves' sails. From here Kardinia dominated the first half with their slick passing and strong tackling getting the better of the Waves. The second half saw the Waves find their determination to win the ball and come back into the game. Playing the better of the two sides and having the greater share of the ball, the Waves couldn't break through a strong Kardinia defence. In the 50th min Grace Kotter managed to pull a goal back after out acing the defenders. The goal was fitting reward for the Waves hard work in the second half. Under 14 Girls 26 July Waves 0 vs Surf Coast Blue 4 The Waves girls faced another top team in Surf Coast Blue at Torquay. The cold, wet and windy conditions affected the Waves who struggled to gain any momentum. Surf Coast ran out easy winners with the Waves left to ponder what might have been. Under 9 White Round 9 was a home game against Surfcoast Yellow. The first half was well thought out and even with captain Michael Ahearn, Fletcher Anderson and super sub Jack Royle in defence. Monty Mason played fantastic in goals saving everything that came his way. Jayden Pickett and Nicholas Wilde played well in midfield and Max Huennekens and Josh Royale linked up well in attack. Great game boys well done. In round 10, Surfside Whites played Barwon Heads. Surfside started strong with Josh scoring from

a corner but Barwon Heads came back with two quick goals. Monty Mason had another storming game in goals in the first half, backed up well by Michael Ahearn and Fletcher Anderson in defence. In the second half Max Huennekens, Nicholas Wilde and Sam took charge of midfield and Cathal the man mountain bossed the defence. Jayden Pickett played well up front scoring a well worked goal. Josh Royle played well in goals in the second half and Campbell played well in his first game. July 20 under 7 The Surfside Waves under 7 Red played their best game of the year. The boys' ball sharing with great passes to set up many goals was a highlight of their play. Jack and Dane both scored multiple times, while Max also hit the back of the net. Harrison ran onto some good passes, and Finn had some good runs from defence, whilst Lucas did his usual super kicks to clear his area. On July 27 Surfside Reds under 7s played an attacking game against Barwon Heads Cosmos. Through strong running and excellent passing the boys shared the scoring of goals. Jack Royle continued his multiple scoring in front of goal and was well supported by Dayne Greaves who nailed another long range bomb and Harrison Wilde who slotted a brace Much of the scoring was set up by Finn Page whose dancing feet launched many

forward attacks. On July 20 it was another nailbiter for the Surfside under 7 White with all five boys putting in a big effort even when some found themselves playing for Drysdale to make up numbers. Campbell Whittaker and Jordan Paraskevas continued to show lots of commitment to win the ball and Ted Conroy made some great tackles. Henry Wynn and Angus O’Keefe showed dedication and were in the middle of everything. Full time score was 5-5. Surfside Blues under 7s enjoyed the surroundings of home to play an entertaining game against Barwon Heads Cosmos. After a few missed attempts early in the first half the boys got their running and passing game together to score a number of fast break goals. The Blues solid defence limited the Cosmos to only one goal for the game. Liam, Mitchell, Morgan, Spencer, Hamish and Fraser were each rewarded with Sungold chocolate milk. On July 27 the Blues came up against a determined and strong Barwon Heads Rhinos who did not give the Blue boys the room to attack and score like they have done so well across the season. Mitchell Charleston and Liam Staehr worked very hard under pressure in defence, Morgan Holt and Spencer Gillan moved well around the ground to set up play and Hamish Stow and Fraser Stow tried their best to find the goals.


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WINNERS: The Barwon Heads 1974 premiership team.

Ocean Grove's reserves team lost to Geelong Amateur by 78 points.

Five to Matt FIVE goals from Grubber forward Matt McCartney helped Ocean Grove to a massive 102-point victory against Queenscliff in the BFL reserves on Saturday. Final scores were Ocean Grove 21.6.132 to Queenscliff 4.6.30. McCartney who has kicked 17 majors in 2014, was one of five multiple goal kickers for Ocean Grove on Saturday. Along with McCartney, James Stapleton booted four goals, while Luke Sinnott, Elliott Taylor and Ben Ricardo all kicked three goals.

The Grubbers took control early despite the home side’s two goals in the first term where the visitors led by 16 points at the quarter-time break. At half-time, Ocean Grove led by 34 points against the Coutas. Ocean Grove asserted its dominance in the second half where it scored 11 goals to Queenscliff's none. In round 15 the previous Saturday, the Grubbers lost to Geelong Amateur, 5.4.34 to 17.10.112. The Grubbers are fourth spot with a 10-6 record.

Pictures: LINDSAY KELLEY

Heads to celebrate premiership glory BARWON Heads may be Ocean Grove’s closest footy rival but it’s still the choice team for a lot of players based on the east side of the river. That’s less surprising considering both clubs were once the same club. Later this month Barwon Heads' great era – premiership winners in 1972, 1973 and 1974 – will be staging a mammoth 40-year reunion.

Among the Ocean Grove–based Barwon Heads players of the day were Jimmy Saarinen, Russell Grant, Phil Stringer, Luke Dennamon – and Steve ‘Chooka’ Piec. Full forward Chooka kicked f ive, f ive and four goals respectively against Ocean Grove, Winchelsea and again Grove, in those grand f inals at Leopold and Torquay. All past players,

supporters and committee members are being encouraged to attend the reunion which starts at noon during the home game against Drysdale on August 16. After the Seagulls' huge win against previously undefeated Geelong Amateur on Saturday, the game against Drysdale will be a virtual elimination f inal and a large crowd is expected.


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Young Ocean Grove cricketers Jake Taylor, James Teague, Tom Beasley, Jacob Le Maistre and Harry Walker.

Youngsters start preseason THE Grubbers’ future cricketers were on show last week at an indoor net session in Ocean Grove. Five young enthusiastic cricketers got some early

practice ahead of the 2014/15 season under the watchful eye of new Ocean Grove coach Ron Hanson and club senior cricketer Dan Roddis.

The junior cricketers to take part included Jake Taylor, James Teague, Tom Beasely, Jacob Le Maistre and Harry Walker. Hanson said he was

impressed with the club’s juniors efforts to improve their skills at the 75-minute indoor net session on Monday July 28.

“It was a good hit out,” Hanson said. “They are good kids and they are really keen to learn, so it was well worth the exercise.”

Cobras to kick off training COLLENDINA will commence its pre-season cricket campaign on Sunday August 17. Incoming Cobra cocoach Corey Walter said the club would conduct up to four Sunday sessions in the lead up to the 2014/15 season. The Cobras made a late charge for the A grade f inals last season, but just missed out. The D grade side won the premiership. “We will be training every Sunday until we start our normal Tuesday and Thursday training (in September),” Walter told the Voice. “We will probably start Tuesday and Thursday sessions after

the BFL grand f inal in mid-September.” Walter who will be joined by Ben Ricardo as the new co-coach of Collendina this season, has encouraged new recruits and existing cricketers to attend the Sunday training sessions. “Anyone new that has moved down to the area that might want to come down and are keen to have a hit are welcome,” Walter said. “It will be a good chance to meet everyone.” The f irst onehour pre-season training takes place at Collendina Recreation Reserve at 11am on Sunday August 17 with a club barbecue to follow.

WICKET: Collendina A graders celebrate a wicket against Ocean Grove last season.


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Ammos' goal accuracy proves too good for Grubbers' A grade OCEAN Grove knew it was going to be a battle against the undefeated Geelong Amateur side. Amateur was far too strong all over the court and took control of the game and led at every change. A grade - Ocean Grove 26 vs Geelong Amateur 47 Best: K. Ollis, C. Parker, A. Durling Grove girls tried to challenge top of the table Ammos through defenders Kelsey Ollis and Candice Parker, but their goaling accuracy was one key to their win in a pressure game and pushed Grove to the limit. B grade - Ocean Grove 32 vs Geelong Amateur 36 Best: T. Sinnott, T. Birch, V. Rischitelli B grade came out giving everything they had thanks to Tahlia Sinnott and Tina Birch attacking on every occasion. Ammos had other ideas in the second half and put their foot down to take the points in another close one. C grade – Ocean Grove 17 vs Geelong Amateur 29 Best: B. Long, S. Degenaro, K. Carroll A hotly contested game with Britt Gavin and Sarah Degenaro trying to put the breaks on Ammos, scoring at every chance but they couldn’t stop the Ammos train this week. D grade – Ocean Grove 9 vs Geelong Amateur 19 Best: K. Ferrier, E. Moran, K. Burden A physical game with Ocean Grove leaving nothing in the tank against the top team. Kylie Ferrier and Emma Moran teamed up strongly in defence trying to keep the Ammos' score in check. 13U-1 – Ocean Grove 18 vs Geelong Amateur 18

Best: K. Hart, S. Thebes, M. Smith 13U-2 – Ocean Grove 24 vs Geelong Amateur 3 Best: G. Asquith, G. Lombardo, K. Reid 15U-1 – Ocean Grove 29 vs Geelong Amateur 3 Best: I. Hackett, E. Mullaly, B. King 15U-2 – Ocean Grove 33 vs Geelong Amateur 7 Best: E. Bambrook, M. Giblin, A. Duhamel 17U-1 – Ocean Grove 48 vs Geelong Amateur 2 Best: A. King, C. Abel, A. Gunn 17U-2 – Ocean Grove 27 vs Geelong Amateur 10 Best: K. Peatling, L. Conquit, J. Fendyk 19U – Ocean Grove 20 vs Geelong Amateur 26 Best: A. Gibbs, D. Neal, I. Wilkens Kardinia Park July 25 13U-4 – Ocean Grove 11 vs Barwon Heads 18 Best: B. Broughton, P. Awramenko, T. Jeffrey 13U-5 – Ocean Grove 4 vs St Mary's 31 Best: C. Harris, E. Vallelonga, M. Maroulis 15U-3 – Ocean Grove 26 vs St Mary's 20 Best: M. Wilkins, E. McGurk, S. Bastiaan

Geelong Amateur proved too strong for Ocean Grove in the A grade match. Pictures: LINDSAY KELLEY


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Clare Barrand coming on in defence but just couldn’t hang on to secure the victory. C grade Ocean Grove 24 vs Queenscliff 29 Best: A. Binns, K. Collett, E. Bolton Another close one for C grade with Amber Binns having the upper hand through the centre court teaming with Kylie Collett and Eden Bolton in the goal circle. D grade Ocean Grove 34 vs Queenscliff 32 Best: A. Gibbs, B. Walter, R. Mayor Great to see D grade back on track with a narrow win over Queenscliff thanks to younger players Amy Gibbs and Brooke Walter ably assisted by Rachael Mayor. 13U-1 Ocean Grove 19 vs Queenscliff 10

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OCEAN GROVE'S A grade side got back on the winner's list after its weekend win over Queenscliff, but a finals spot is still not assured. The Grubbers have two tough weeks ahead against Anglesea and Modewarre. A grade Ocean Grove 53 vs Queenscliff 38 Best: C. Parker, K. Ollis, B. Friend Grove had the upper hand against Queenscliff with defenders Candice Parker and Kelsey Ollis playing their role and Bec Friend helping out in attack. B grade Ocean Grove 35 vs Queenscliff 36 Best: T. Sinnott, C. Barrand, G. Scott B grade again had another close encounter with Tahlia Sinnott and Gen Scott tag-teaming it through the centre and

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Action from the Grubbers' brilliant performance against the unbeaten Geelong Amateur.

Pictures: LINDSAY KELLEY

Brave fight falls just short

MARK HEENAN

THE gap between BFL ladder leaders Geelong Amateur and the league’s top teams is closer than ever according to Ocean Grove coach Shane Jack. The undefeated Amateur scored a stirring come from behind victory against a brave Ocean Grove to win by 14 points on July 26. The Grubbers, who led Amateur at each change, jumped their highly fancied opponents at the first bounce with a sixgoal opening term blitz in the slippery conditions at Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation Reserve. Tall forwards Daniel Maloney, who booted four majors, and Brayden Warren, who kicked two goals, were sublime in the wet early.

Flag race no longer a forgone conclusion

Despite the loss against the all-conquering Amateur, Jack felt there were a lot of positive signs for his players to work on with BFL finals commencing later this month. “I think so (the gap is closing), we showed with that first half especially that we really controlled the game,” Jack told the Voice after the match. “We knew they were coming and they are a good side and they were going to keep coming and they got us in the end. “I was really proud the way we fought the game out. “I think if we can produce our best footy it is going to

test any side with the way we played in the first half.” Likewise Geelong Amateur co-coach Cory Bauer agreed, and said any of the top five BFL teams were capable of victory on their day. The 14-point win against Ocean Grove was Amateur’s smallest victory margin since it defeated Drysdale by 13 points in round six. “You look at a performance like that and I would not like to think there is a gap,” Bauer said. “I think anyone in the top five on their given day can beat anyone.” Prior to the game, both sides had valuable key personnel missing from

SCOREBOARD OCEAN GROVE 14.8.92 def by GEELONG AMATEUR 16.10.106

GOALS: D. Maloney 4, J. McTaggart 2, D. Freeman 2, S. Jack, B. Warren, L. Rock, L. Sinnott, J. Rawlings, A. O'Callaghan BEST: D. Maloney, S. Jack, J. Rawlings, B. Poulter, C. Walter, M. Laidler the match. For Ocean Grove, exAFL star Max Rooke did not play after being a late withdrawal, while star onballer Andy Higgins (calf) was rested and dynamite forward Travis Gavin (shoulder) continues to be sidelined. Jack Rawlings made a sparkling return for the Grubbers with a couple of impressive running bursts through the midfield, one which resulted in one of

the goals of the year. Equally, Amateur fielded a youthful team in the absence of experienced quartet Andrew Lovick, Baden Dodd, Ben Lavars and Tom Balding, while goalkicking ace Rowan McSparron and veteran swooping defender Travis Robertson did not play. Amateur midfielder Tim Clark, who booted three goals, and key position player Marc O'Donoghue showed class in the win.


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Down but not out

Ocean Grove senior players (pictured left) trudge from the ground after their disappointing 53-point loss to a resurgent reigning premier Queenscliff on Saturday. The Grubbers have now dropped two games in a row, but still cling to third spot on the ladder, and the vital double chance come finals time, by one game from the Coutas. The Grubbers face Anglesea and Modewarre in the final two rounds. Neither side is still in the race for the finals. Queenscliff faces an easy assignment against the winless Newcomb this week followed by a tough game against Torquay in the final round. The Grubbers are still in the box seat to finish in the top three.

SCOREBOARD OCEAN GROVE 6.13.49 def by QUEENSCLIFF 14.18.102

GOALS: K. Williams 2, S. Jack 2, J. Rawlings, D. Freeman BEST: S. Fairway, P. Maloney, J. Rawlings, B. Poulter, C. Walter, R. O'Callaghan

Destiny in own hands MARK HEENAN

QUEENSCLIFF sent an ominous warning to its BFL rivals that it is not a spent force after crushing Ocean Grove by 53 points on Saturday. The triple BFL premiers gave the Grubbers a timely reminder that it meant business heading into finals courtesy of its 53-point lead at halftime in their clash at Queenscliff, however Grove's destiny is still in its own control and will finish with the double chance if it wins its final two games. The home side set up the win after a goalless first half from Ocean Grove. It was the first time this season third-placed Ocean Grove had failed to score a goal in a half. Ocean Grove coach Shane Jack labelled his side’s performance, especially their first and second quarter efforts, as its worst of 2014. “I thought today (Saturday) wasn’t the

A mood of dejection swamped the Ocean Grove rooms after the game.

result we were after, the first half was probably the worst brand of footy we have played this season,” Jack told the Voice. Jack though praised Queenscliff after the match and said they had timed its run into finals. The fourth-placed Coutas who claimed

senior BFL premierships from 2010-12, recent purple patch continued with seven wins from their last eight starts. “They (Queenscliff) played well, they were out on their feet in the second half, their attack on the football in that first half was what you

expect really,” Jack said. “They’re coming good at the right time of the year.” Despite a poor first half, the Grubbers clawed the deficit back to 34 points at the three quartertime break and went into the final term with momentum. The visitors bombarded their inside 50 count early in the final quarter but failed to deliver on the scoreboard as Queenscliff steadied and kicked four late goals to win easily in the end. For Queenscliff, leading forward Daniel Degois booted five majors against the Grubbers and is the leading BFL goal kicker with 76 goals from 16 games in 2014. The home side regained star personnel including champion defender Steve Owen and key ruckman Nic Orvis who missed their clash against Ocean Grove in round two where the Coutas lost by 61 points. On the flip side for the Grubbers, silky

ball winner James McTaggart was rested with hamstring tightness, while Max Rooke was unavailable and dynamite forward Travis Gavin continues to be sidelined with a shoulder injury. Ocean Grove who are 11-5 after 16 rounds, need to win its last two remaining games against Anglesea (home) and Modewarre (away) to ensure a top-three finish. “We have got to fight now for a top-three spot, it is going to be on us we have to win our last two games to cement that spot,” Jack said. The Coutas meanwhile face Newcomb (away) and Torquay (home) in the road to the finals and have bridged the gap on the Grubbers to one game with their 10-6 record. The Grubbers will now meet Anglesea in their home fixture of the season this Saturday. The game starts at 2.10pm at Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation Reserve.


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Games bronze for Flapper

Matt Flapper (pictured far left) with teammates Nathan Rice, Brett Wilkie and Wayne Ruediger. Picture courtesy of ABC

OCEAN GROVE Bowling Club coach Matt Flapper won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on the weekend. Flapper, Nathan Rice, Brett Wilkie and Wayne Ruediger won the bronze-medal playoff against India in the men's fours event. The Aussies won by one shot against a gallant Indian team. "It was intense. We had to rebound after yesterday. India played exceptionally well but we scratched our way through,” skip Flapper said after the match, which Australia won 15 to 14. "The support we get is amazing, almost as loud as the Scots – we won the medal for us, but we won it for them as well.” Host team Scotland won the gold medal when it defeated England 16 to eight in the playoff for first place on the dias.

Coach hunt is on MARK HEENAN

THE search for a new Ocean Grove senior coach is on after Grubber Shane Jack resigned from the role last week. Jack, 34, who had been contemplating his coaching future throughout July for next season, informed the playing group after

Ocean Grove’s 53-point loss to Queenscliff on Saturday August 2. The former Werribee Tigers and Geelong West GFL-listed player, said the increased demands of his coaching role, full-time work and raising a young family were the reasons behind the move. Jack will continue to coach Ocean Grove for

Jack calls it a day, but will see out the season

the remainder of the 2014 season. “I had thought about it for the last two or three weeks and came to the decision with the family and the wife to inform the club (last) Friday

that I won’t be going on next season,” Jack told the Voice on Saturday. “The job of coaching a club has gone out to (a) 10 to 11 month (process) of the year just to coach and I was unsure about

coaching next year. “If I am not 100 per cent committed I did not think it was right by me to continue on. Hopefully we can get someone straight into the club to carry on for

next year.” Jack who turns 35 in October and has coached Ocean Grove for the last two seasons, is unsure if he will play on in 2015. Jack has coached Ocean Grove to its f irst senior f inals win since 2008 after last season’s elimination f inal where the Grubbers defeated Torquay in a thriller

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by three points at Portarlington. The Grubbers remain in third spot on the ladder this season with two rounds left to play in the home and away season and are assured of a f inals berth, but need to win their remaining two games to guarantee the double chance.

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