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November 2016


NEW MEMBERS | NOVEMBER 2016

Julia Broad Jason Lawrence Lorraine McCrohan Amanda Wong Wui-Kiat Wong

LOOKING AHEAD | December 2016 These dates may be subject to change MONDAY

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NOVEMBER 2016 CONTENTS New Members

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Looking Ahead (December 2016)

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Regular Events

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Who’s Who

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President’s Message

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Thank you to our contributors

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Charity News

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From Your Consul-General

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Association Announcements

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Out & About

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Past Events: Explore Hong Kong, The Club Lunch, Roast At The Residence

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Calendar: November 2016

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Upcoming Events

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Wanted Event Coordinators

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DEADLINE | NOVEMBER 2016 Advertising Booking Deadline

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Advertising Material Deadline

19 November Newsletter Material Deadline

Classifieds 27 Property 31 Sports Report

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Sports Report: Dragons

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The Valley Vet

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15 November EDITOR E: editor@ozhongkong.com DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Dean Williams E: projects@ozhongkong.com PHOTOGRAPHY Simon Fuller E: simon@eightfivetwo.net

Australian Association of Hong Kong Ltd. 11A, Shelley Court, 21 Shelley Street Midlevels Escalator, Central, HKSAR T: +852 2530 4461 F: +852 3020 0194 E: office@ozhongkong.com W: www.ozhongkong.com

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REGULAR EVENTS | NOVEMBER 2016 BOOK CLUB First Wednesday of the month. If interested, please Contact: Connie Albracht | conniealbracht@me.com CHARITY WORK The Fred Hollows Foundation. For information, visit www. hollows.org.hk or email Sally Hasler at shasler@hollows.org. COOEE COFFEE Fridays 10:00 –11:30 am Oolaa Petite, Shop 2 Tower 2 Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

LADIES GOLF First Monday of the month at Kau Sai Chau. Mondays and Thursdays (handicap required) at Deepwater Bay. Contact Ella Van Westendorp | ella@ellarik.com MAHJONG Mondays 10am – 1pm Dynasty Court Function Room Mid-Levels $80 members $130 non-members Contact: events@ozhongkong.com NETBALL For all enquiries please email sports@ozhongkong.com

Contact: Nikki Wilson | events@ozhongkong.com DRAGON BOAT For all enquiries please email sports@ozhongkong.com

TENNIS Tuesdays 9 – 11 am Wong Nai Chung Tennis Centre $40 members $60 non-members Contact: sports@ozhongkong.com

SMB LUNCH Second Tuesday of the month Contact: Michael Madigan | madiganm@ bigpond.com SUNDOWNERS Contact: Adrian Ryan | sundowners@ozhongkong.com MUMS & BUB's Monday mornings. Contact: Julie Forte | info@ kindermusikwithcrisel.com @Lunch Monthly lunch at a different private members club each month. Held second Wednesday of the Month Contact: LJ Ferrara | events@ ozhongkong.com

Would you like to join the Australian Association? Members, have you renewed your membership? Corporate family membership is now available for any corportate organisations in Hong Kong. For more information, please contact: Adrian Ryan | membership@ozhongkong.com

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NOVEMBER 2016 | WHO'S WHO

GENERAL COMMITTEE

SOCIAL COMMITTEE

PRESIDENT Gavin McDougall | president@ozhongkong.com

SOCIAL COMMITTEE CHAIR Jess Mizzi | sc@ozhongkong.com

VICE-PRESIDENT Ivy Wong Stephens | vp@ozhongkong.com

VICE CHAIR LJ Ferrara | ljferrara@mac.com

TREASURER John Rasheed | treasurer@ozhongkong.com

TREASURER Michael Madigan | madiganm@bigpond.com

SECRETARY Eleanor Coleman | executivesecretary@ozhongkong.com

SECRETARY

GENERAL COMMITTEE Joan Leong Dean Williams Bruce Andrews Veronica Dang Lauren Cain Tony Crowhurst Jess Mizzi

Manuela Guthrie | angusguthrie@netvigator.com MEMBER BENEFITS COORDINATOR Nikki Wilson | nikkiwilson77@yahoo.com

MEMBERSHIP & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Adrian Ryan PAST PRESIDENT EX-OFFICIO Jennifer Ferris

AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION OFFICE Unit 11A, Shelley Court, 21, Shelley St, Midlevels, Hong Kong T: 2530 4461 | F: 2530 4497 | E: office@ozhongkong.com www.ozhongkong.com | Office Hours: 9am-5pm (Mon, Wed, Fri) Office: T: 2530 4461 | E: office@ozhongkong.com Membership Manager, Adrian Ryan: E: membership@ozhongkong.com Marketing Manager, Adrian Ryan: E: marketing@ozhongkong.com KangaNews Editorial, Bruce Andrews: E: editor@ozhongkong.com

The Australian Association office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday. However, if no-one is there please leave a message which will be answered as soon as possible. The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the committee. Images are the property of the Association and may be used on our website and for promotional purposes. This includes images of children from our events. If you do not want your children to be featured please contact the office.

Advertising Manager, Adrian Ryan: E: advertising@ozhongkong.com

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NOVEMBER 2016 | PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Hello, I had cause in late October to take one of my, now rare, Star Ferry journeys. I’m sad that they’re rare. Boarding and then riding one of these great green lumbering vessels is still, with doubt, one of the greatest commutes available anywhere. I’m a lower deck traveller. Not for me is joining the tourist masses, sometimes jostling for a space in the air-conditioned cabin. No. I like being close to the harbour surface, ducking (as I’m tall) past the beams holding up the tourist floor, stepping around the air funnels, feeling the occasional spray of salt water, pretending that the diesel fumes don’t worry me as we slowly meander across Hong Kong’s ultimate marine asset. It’s a trip that at both extremes is romantic and geeky. It affords, at this just above sea level position, some of the best views of Hong Kong’s ever-amazing skyline. On this journey it also gave me the first glimpse of this season’s Christmas decorations. The East Tsim Sha Tsui collective of shops, cafes, bars and hotels had already determined that there were so few, lets call them around sixty, shopping days left that the yuletide was ready to be yelled across the waters in bright sparkling lights. As people muse that Christmas seems to arrive earlier every year, here was proof. In a way, calling it early makes sense. We all now lead such busy, connected lives that these two, short months will be barely enough for us to fill our own family Santa sacks. Far be it from us to miss the message. Easing the Christmas function pressures, this year we’re calling it early too. Exactly one month early. So this year, it’s not our normal Christmas Lunch; it’s our “Countdown to Christmas” lunch. Thanks to sponsor Crown Relocations and our hardworking social team, the 25th of November is when we’ll be kicking-off our, well, countdown to the big day. Details are in this month’s Kanga News and we hope to see you there. We’ll also be celebrating Christmas in the more traditional month of December but mark your diary now for the first of you Christmas-related lunches! There’s plenty else to keep you entertained this month as well, so check the calendar and join us along the way as we countdown towards the end of a busy year. I hope to see you somewhere along this seasonal journey.

Gavin McDougall

Thank you to our contributors There is a team of diligent members and friends who prepare the regular articles in Kanga News. We would like to acknowledge them (in alphabetical order): Sam Agars Sports Report: Dragons | Bruce Andrews Dragon Boating | Greg Bax Sports Report | Karen Buckley Expat Corner | Philip Hargrave Property | Dr Lloyd Kenda The Valley Vet | Gavin McDougall Presidents Message | Paul Tighe Australian Consul General | Jess Mizzi Out & About | Members of the General and Social Committees for the photos and event updates.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT | THE FRED HOLLOWS FOUNDATION

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NOVEMBER 2016 | AUSTRALIAN CONSUL GENERAL Hello… Last month we sadly bid farewell to Paul Tighe, and saluted his fine achievements during five years as Australia’s Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macau. We also applauded the background work that Diane did to help promote Australia in Hong Kong. Happily, Hong Kong won’t quite let go of them. Both have promised to return to the city which, like with many of us, has captured their hearts. That said, we do all from time to time like to escape this fast-paced life for a relaxing getaway. The Christmas holiday period is clearly one of those times. It’s also a time when our visa and passports offices kick-up a gear. It’s human nature that we often don't think about some travel necessities until we’re about to board the plane. With our passports, that could be a costly mistake. Please keep in mind that many countries, and even airlines, require at least six months validity in your passport or you’ll be prevented from either boarding the plane or entering the country. Check yours now as it can take up to 15 days to get a new or replacement passport processed. Often we’re asked if we can simply add new pages to passport. The answer is no! Also, if you have travel plans that involve heading to Australia, keep in mind that anyone NOT travelling on an Australian passport will need a visa. As it’s one of the busiest times of the year for visitors to Australia, our immigration team warns that late applications could lead to unexpected delays. As with your passports, please plan well ahead to ensure that you get all of the travel documentation that you need. Please also consider registering any travel at www. smartraveller.gov.au. We always hope that your travel will be safe and event free but we're also ready to help if ever that’s needed. Finally, it’s my thoughts you’ll be reading in this column until a new Consul-General arrives. We’ll let you know when that will be. For now, have a great November. If you like a flutter, good luck on the Cup!

Janaline Oh, Acting Consul-General.

Australian Consulate-General 23rd Floor, Harbour Centre 25 Harbour Road, Wanchai Tel: 2827 8881 Fax: 2585 4457 Email: enquiries.hongkong@dfat.gov.au www.hongkong.china.embassy.gov.au Consular & Passports Office Mon to Fri: 9am – 4pm to lodge, until 5pm for passport collection. Tel: 2827 8881 Email: consular.hkng@dfat.gov.au www.passports.gov.au Notarial Acts Wed only: 9am – 1pm Certified copies, witnessing signatures, document authentication. Fees apply, check the website. Visas & Citizenship Australian Visa Application Centre Unit 10-11, Floor 27, Prosperity Millennia Plaza 663 King’s Road, Quarry Bay Email: info.auhk@vfshelpline.com Tel: +852 2185 6326 www.vfsglobal.com/Australia/HongKong/ Austrade 24th Floor, Harbour Centre Mon to Fri: 8:45am – 5pm Tel: 2588 5300 Fax: 2827 4145 Email: hongkong@austrade.gov.au www.austrade.hk Education Section Email: hongkong@studyinaustralia.gov.au www.studyinaustralia.gov.au Travel Advice www.smartraveller.gov.au Don’t forget: - Check our website for the list of services available for Australians - Also available from our website are: - Passport, Australian visa and documentation authentication fees - Details of when passport officers will visit Macau - Public holidays observed by Consulate staff - Remember, passports take 15 working days to process - Australians living in or visiting Hong Kong and Macau are encouraged to register at www.smartraveller.gov.au. The information is used only in cases of emergency.

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ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCEMENTS | NOVEMBER 2016

Member Benefits Make the most of your Aussie Association membership. Check out the Member Benefits

listings on the Australian Association website. You can save hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars on discounted goods and services such as travel services, dentist bills, beauty care, home decorations, hotels and restaurants, and much, much more. Take advantage of the great savings ‌ all just by carrying your Australian Association membership card. Please click here to see the latest benefits available for our members.

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Out & About

NOVEMBER 2016

I want to star t this Out & About with a big thank yo u . T h a n k yo u to all you who got behind the Aussie Pink Morning Tea on October 12th. Apart from being an excuse to dress-up and drink wine at 10am, we also raised over $16,000 for the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation. A fantastic effort! You can see all the photos right here in Kanga News. By the time you read this we will have celebrated another huge event on the Aussie calendar Melbourne Cup. The finishing touches are being put together as I write this and I’m sure that a fantastic day will be had by all. Keep your eye out on Facebook for all the pictures from this great day out. With the end of the year fast approaching, the Social Committee has decided to kick off the endof-year celebrations early. Our annual Christmas lunch this year is being held on Friday, 25th November, exactly one month before Christmas and before everyone starts disappearing for the holidays. Countdown to Christmas is being held at Oolaa in Soho and promises to be a great day out. Traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings, free-flow sparkling, beer and wine, good company and, as always, some great raffle prizes. Tickets on sale now!

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and even better company. The boys can join Michael for the monthly SMB at the Devil’s Advocate on Tuesday, 8th November. After being rained-out for another Explore Hong Kong, I’m not taking any chances for November! This month we’ll be staying indoors with a traditional dim sum lunch at one of Hong Kong’s oldest restaurants. It’ll be followed by a stroll through the streets of Sheung Wan to see what is actually for sale in all those dried seafood and traditional Chinese medicine shops. Join us on Wednesday, 16th November. Rounding out the month is Ladies Night, a week earlier than normal on Thursday, 17th November (so you will be fresh and ready for Countdown to Christmas of course!). Join us at Oolaa in Soho for a Happy Hour champers (or three) and take advantage of the free tapas bar. If you can’t make it to any of those, remember we are always around 10am every Friday morning at Oolaa Petite on Star Street, Wan Chai for a coffee and a good catch up. There’s a lot going on in November so come along, get involved and catch up with friends old and new.

Hugs, Jess Mizzi Chair, Social Committee

LJ is hosting @Lunch, this month at the lovely Hong Kong Yacht Club. You can join her on Wednesday 9th November for some great food

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COOEE COFFEE | PAST EVENTS

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NOVEMBER 2016 | CALENDAR MONDAY

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Mahjong Mondays Did you know that a winning hand in mahjong actually contains 14 (or 17) tiles? And that the goal is to make four or five melds (also depending on the variation) and one pair, or “head”? It may sound complicated, but it isn’t and we will have you playing like a pro in no time. Beginners are welcome. Come and join in the fun. Time: 10 am – 1 pm Where: Dynasty Court Function Room, 23 Old Peak Road, Mid-levels Cost: Members: $80 / Non-Members: $130 Contact: events@ozhongkong.com

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Mums and Bubs Mondays The Mums and Bubs group is an informal catch up for parents and their children of all ages, allowing kids to stretch their legs and parents to socialise. From June 2016, the Mums and Bubs group will meet at Baumhaus in Wan Chai. Cost: $40 Venue: “Baumhaus,”1/F, 36 Queens Road East, Wanchai (near Star Street, just opposite the entrance to Pacific Place 3). Please note: Socks are required for all adults and non-slip socks are advisable for children over the age of four years. For all class bookings and enquiries, please email: info@kindermusikwithcrisel.com

Morning Tennis Tuesdays Come for a hit and giggle or if you want a “work out” we can do that too. We are looking for anyone that can hit a ball, preferably over the net. You need to be available on Tuesday mornings from 9am until 11am. We are the tennis group for you if you: • don’t want to commit to competition but want a hit of tennis • enjoy a little chat. We have two courts booked every week. If this interests you, please come along to the tennis. When: 9am–11am Cost: Members: $40 / Non-members: $60 Contact: sports@ozhongkong.com Weather: Please contact the HK Tennis Centre on 2574 9122 if the weather is doubtful. Rachel has stepped down as the coordinator of Morning Tennis and so we are looking for a replacement. Please contact Adrian | hkaussietennis@gmail.com if you would like to help.

Book Club

1st Wednesday of the month Time: Venue: Cost: Booking:

10:00am to 1:00pm Oolaa Petite, Shop 12 & 14, Regal Court, Star St., Wan Chai Pay for food and drinks on the day Not required, just show up

For any questions email Connie Albracht | events@ozhongkong.com

Cooee Coffee Fridays Cooee Coffee is our casual coffee morning get together, perfect for both newcomers to Hong Kong and also to catch up with old friends. No need to book, just turn up and enjoy some great coffee, maybe a treat and a chat. Each session is hosted by a member of the Social Committee so there will be someone to meet and greet you and introduce you to others if it’s your first visit. If you have particular questions about life in Hong Kong, we’ll be able to help answer them or at least point you in the right direction. For any questions email Nikki Wilson | events@ozhongkong.com 23 KANGANEWS | NOVEMBER 2016


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Secret Men’s Business Lunch Tuesday, 8 November October’s lunch will be on Tuesday the 11th. Whether you are a regular or have never been to one of our lunches before, come and enjoy the company in a relaxed setting. This month we are again at Devil’s Advocate in Wanchai. Time: 12:15pm to whenever you need to leave Venue: Devil’s Advocate, 48 Lockhart Road, Wanchai Cost: Pay for food and drinks on the day Booking: Not required, just show up For more information on SMB events, contact Michael Madigan on 9384 2407.

Ladies Night Thursday, 17th November Ladies Night is back again! Calling all the Ladies! (and the not so lady like) to come and join us for drinks and nibbles! Drinks at happy hour prices and free tapas bar until 7pm. Can't wait to see you there!! Time: Location: Cost:

from 5:00pm Oolaa, Bridges Street, Soho Will be at your own for drinks consumed

Explore Hong Kong Wednesday, 16 November Hong Kong is an amazing place to live, so every couple of months we will explore the ares where most of us don’t normally venture! This month come and stroll the streets of Sheung Wan. We will look in the dried seafood and traditional Chinese medicine shops that line the streets. We will finish up with a traditional dim sum lunch at Lin Heung Kui. Meeting point: Time: Cost:

In front of the Western Market 11.30am to 1pm Members $100 (pays for lunch). Non-members: $150 will be collected on the day. For more information, contact Jess Mizzi at events@ozhongkong.com.

Countdown to Christmas Lunch Friday, 25 November Come and kick-start the festive season with friends and a Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings at Oolaa in Soho. This is a chance to celebrate Christmas before we all leave for the holidays and Oolaa have created a delicious three course roast turkey lunch with free flow prosecco, wine, beer and soft drinks. We hope to see you there! Time: Venue: Cost: Booking:

12:30m to 3:30pm Oolaa Centre Stage, Bridges Street, Soho Members $668 Non Members $868 Tickets can be purchased online at www.ozhongkong.com Enquires to events@ozhongkong.com

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WANTED: EVENT COORDINATORS

Tennis Coordinator

Our Tuesday Tennis Coordinator is leaving Hong Kong and we require someone to pick up the ball so to speak. The requirements are enthusiasm, a tennis racquet, workout clothes and the WANT to hit a ball...preferably over the net. You need to be available Tuesday morning from 9am until 11am. This is a great way to get to know more people, especially if you are new to Hong Kong! When: 9.00 - 11.00am, Tuesdays Where: Wong Nai Chung Tennis Centre Email membership@ozhongkong.com for more information. 

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Want to advertise your business in our Classifieds area? Not only will your classified feature in the 12 month subscription of Kanga News, it will be listed on our Classified Page on our website. For more information regarding the advertising opportunities and costs please contact Adrian at advertising@ozhongkong.com

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PROPERTY | NOVEMBER 2016

Why is there a lack of properties for sale? With the spring auction season now in full swing in Sydney and Melbourne, it is somewhat of an anticlimax as the number of properties for sale is well down compared to the same time last year. Vendors, on the other hand, have enjoyed the best October on record. In Melbourne the clearance rate for the middle weekend of October was 79%, which was just below the 79.8% achieved the previous weekend, and well above the 73% clearance recorded for

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the same weekend in 2015. In the last auction weekend before the Melbourne Cup long weekend, the clearance rate was 81%. The number of auctions listed that weekend was 1083, which is significantly lower than the 1483 listed for the same weekend in 2015, where the clearance rate was 69%. In Sydney the results are similar, with the clearance rate constantly over 80% during the month of October and, like Melbourne, the number of list-


NOVEMBER 2016 | PROPERTY ings has been significantly down. The question which needs to be asked is why is there a lack of properties for sale? Across the board it appears that listings are down 20%, and if you speak to agents they are concerned as spring is traditionally the busiest time of the year in the real estate calendar. The problem seems to be potential vendors who want to upgrade, holding-off selling their properties until there is more stock on the market, and thus more choice. This has has a knock-on effect as people hold-off doing anything, or are waiting until they have purchased before they sell. From what I can observe, the current market is largely being supported by the three D’s – Death, Divorce and Debt. With a reduced number of houses for sale, there appears to be an increase in the number of bidders at individual auctions. This phenomena was well illustrated in the following recent Melbourne auctions: Charnwood Street, St Kilda; a modern but compact 2 bedroom two-storey townhouse sold for $690,000, while quoted at $560,000 - $620,000.

Kooyongkoot Road, Hawthorn; an architect designed town residence on a battle axe block, which sold for $4,030,000 had three bidders. Hawthorn Grove, Hawthorn; an original double fronted Victorian villa, which required renovating, sold for $5,020,000, some $720,000 over the reserve. There were three serious bidders. Hawksburn Road, South Yarra; a stylish recently renovated two- storey town residence, which had five bidders, sold for $5,400,000, some $900,000 over the reserve. Albany Road, Toorak; a 1980’s mock Georgian town house, sold for $6,250,000, which was $825,000 over the reserve. In Sydney, it is a similar situation with the majority of houses selling well above the reserve price. Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills; a 4 bedroom 1970’s home sold for $1,710,000. Beattie Street, Balmain; a two-storey renovated terrace with 3 bedrooms and off street parking, sold for $2,300,000.

Dow Street, Port Melbourne; an unrenovated double fronted house, sitting on approximately 350 square metres of land, had four serious bidders, and sold for $2, 385,000.

Bulkira Road, Epping; a 3 bedroom 1940’s brick house sold for $2,700,000

Argyle Road, Kew; a 1970’s family home, which sold for $2,286,000 had four bidders.

Raglan Street, Mosman; a 5 bedroom family home sold for $3,600,000, and finally, a superior six bedroom family home on the water in Champion Road, Tennyson Point, sold for $8,300,000.

Barrett Street, Albert Park; a renovated and extended single fronted timber cottage, which sold for $2,575,000 had five serious bidders.

Philip Hargrave philip@mbadvocate.com

The Esplanade, Clifton Hill; a renovated 4 bedroom timber Californian bungalow, which sold for $3,020,000 was on the market at $2,870,000.

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SPORTS REPORT | NOVEMBER 2016 teams were resting players. As with all things new, it will take some time to sort out and the rest provided by the bye helps ensure the teams can put their best players on the field in some sort of fitness. The concept should not be dismissed on the basis of one year’s evidence. And in breaking news the AFL has confirmed this bye will be maintained next year.

AFL The Western Bulldogs (Footscray) won their first title in over sixty years by beating the regular season dominant team Sydney. It was a close match until the last half of the final quarter when the Bulldogs kicked clear. Sydney arguably had their worst game of the year with injuries happening at key points in the game. The virtual loss of Buddy Franklin, due to rolling an ankle, was a definite turning point. The impact of the extra bye between the end of the regular rounds and the commencement of the finals will be ferociously debated as both teams that won the qualifying final, and therefore did not have to play the second week, lost their games in the preliminary final. Both losing teams looked rusty in the first quarters of their matches and these quarters were largely the deciding factors in the outcomes of the games. It could also be said the bye helped the Bulldogs to become the first team to come from seventh place to win the competition outright, by allowing that week’s rest and resetting the finals into a new playoff series.

Patrick Dangerfield cappedoff a great season with a Brownlow medal with a record count of 35 votes. Unfortunately his team fell at the final hurdle and did not compete in the Grand Final. Josh Kennedy playing with the West Coast made it back to back Coleman Medals with 80 goals for the year.

NRL It is often said the Grand Final does not produce the best game of the final series and this year was no exception. The extreme brutality and ball skills shown in the Cowboys v Broncos clash, was clearly the game of the series. With the win by Cronulla, their first premiership in fifty years of being in the top tier of the competition, the captain Paul Gallen managed to hold aloft a trophy in front of Cameron Smith for only the 2nd time in his career. Smith has managed it four times in the State of Origin. Luke Lewis won the Clive Churchill medal for best on ground over Andrew Fifita. Andrew also was omitted from the Test squad over support for a one-punch killer.

The extra bye was to encourage teams to play

For only the second time there was a tie for the Dally M Medal (Best and Fairest) this year. The joint winners were Cooper Cronk (Melbourne) and

their full sides after years where already qualified

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Pointing’s 164. It also means that he scored more than half of the runs made by Australia in the series.

The test match between Australia and New Zealand was tight up to the last twenty minutes when the locals put the foot down and eventually won 26-6. The game was played in front of a sellout crowd in Perth. The league also announced an expansion plan to grow the game outside the NSW, QLD heartland.

The summer Test season is about to start with a three Test series against South Africa. The other Test playing team for this year is Pakistan. The last matches in both series will be Day/Night affairs with pink balls in an effort to attract larger crowds. After the success of last years one-off match, at least crowed-wise, it may be something that will not only stay but also grow.

Motor Racing

The test season continues with the four nations

Daniel Ricciardo won the Malaysian GP after Lewis Hamilton’s engine exploded while he was otherwise on his way to an easy win. Daniel, as in recent podiums, drank from his racing boot and encouraged other place getters to do the same.

starting in England on 28 October with the final on 20 November.

Mark Webber, expecting the same, tossed the shoe to the crowd before having a sip.

Cricket The Australian team was thrashed 5 – 0 by South Africa in a One Day Series. South Africa managed a couple of record run chases, helped in a large part by inept bowling by the largely unknown and untried attack. Australia has now tried 22 different bowlers in the past 18 months and unfortunately the depth is not there for this amount of experimentation. With the exception of David Warner and occasionally Steve Smith, the batting was also not up to scratch. David Warner in the last match scored 173 and set a new record for runs in a match for an Australian - beating Ricky NOVEMBER 2016 | KANGANEWS 36


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Jonathon Webb won Bathurst from Shane Van Gisberg and Nick Percat. The race was not without controversy as Jamie Wincup incurred a 15 second penalty late in the race over an incident involving Scott McLaughin (Volvo) and Garth Tander (Holden). Jamie appealed the penalty which had he been successful would have been installed as winner. The first attempt was unsuccessful and is considering a second appeal to FIA international Court of Appeal. 888 locks the top three places in the Championship with Shane van Gisberg from Jamie Wincup and Craig Lowndes.

Zealand. With the closeness and the high profile of both of the sides, playing a four match series seems a bit strange.

Other notable achievements? The A League has kicked-off for the year. There have been large crowds for the games and record breaking regular attendances. Sydney F.C. are early leaders and Tim Cahill has already set the bar for goal of the season with a stunning shot from just inside the opposition half.

Nick Kyrgios won his third ATP tournament of his career in Japan and then promptly disgraced himself at the Shanghai Open. Kyrgios was suspended from the ATP tour for eight weeks. It was the first suspension for behavioral issues since McEnroe in 1987. In an ironic turn, McEnroe has offered to be a coach and mentor for Kyrgios.

Quotes: “Waiting for Cronulla to win a premiership is like leaving the porch light on for Harold Holt” - Jack Gibson, also Cronulla joined the top tier competition the same year Harold Holt went missing. “Did the doggies win” - Rob McCarthy who suffered a heart attack at the MCG during the final quarter of the Grand Final. Keen eyed fans noticed he was given CPR in time with the team song after the game. Tyler Wright won the Women’s World Surfing Title. She became the seventh Australian female to win “Call time so I can go home” - Nick Kyrios to chair the title since it was inaugurated in 1977. Australian umpire during the now notorious Shanghai match. women have now won the title 19 times out of the It gives a small insight into where he is at the 39 times it has been held. moment. The Australian netball team won the Constellation Cup with a hard fought 3-1 series result over New

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So close but yet so far for the Dragons It was a case of so close but yet so far for the Dragons at the Asian Champs on October 15, with the reigning champs unable to back up their title. The Dragons day in Ho Chi Minh City ended with a 10-point semi-final loss to the Philippines in a ripping game that could have been anyone’s. In the end the Philippines proved too strong through the midfield and up forward and went on to also win the grand final. “We have all seen times when we had the team to win and didn’t,” Dragons coach Gary Wines said. “This was one of those and, although the disappointment still sits with us, we can be proud of what we have done this season. Runners-up to the hosts in the Philippine 12s in May and then taking it all the way up to the ultimate winners in the Champs, it has been, by most standards, a great season.” Pool play got off to a positive start for Hong Kong with a win over the eventual premiers on the back of a stand-out display by Chris Burke up forward and some strong work in the ruck from James Carlile. From there the Dragons found themselves on the end of a loss at the hands of a rampaging Malaysia team that looked the goods during the preliminary rounds but ran out of steam when it counted. Needing to win their last pool game against Jakarta to be assured of a spot in the semi-finals, the Dragons really hit their straps in every aspect except in front of goal. Despite booting a raft of points, Hong Kong still did enough to get the required win but it amounted to nothing in the end, with the semi-final loss acting as a timely wake-up call to the rigours of the toughest day on the Asian footy calendar. Burkey and James Eastoe were by far the two most impressive Dragons across the day and were rewarded with selection in the All Asian team, while Justin Bentley, Christian Cook and Tom Butlin also performed well. The future looks bright for the Dragons, with a heap of promising new players getting their first taste of Asian footy at Champs. 2016 is certainly not over for the Dragons, with a tour to Bangkok to celebrate their 20th anniversary on the cards for November and the annual best and fairest count in December sure to be a cracking day as always. For updates, head to www.hk-dragons.com and subscribe to our weekly mailer.

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What type of Dog is good for Hong Kong? We all appreciate that in Hong Kong our living space is generally small, usually without a yard, we are all busy and many people travel a lot. So what is the best type of pet for a Hong Kong lifestyle? When choosing a pet, it is all too often done on the spur of the moment and commonly based only on the appearance of the animal. Different breeds of cats and especially dogs have a varied requirement for care, diet, exercise and training. As a vet dealing with pets every day, I see an enormous variety of pet breeds with an enormous variety of owners, with just as big a variety of lifestyles! When thinking about getting a pet many things must be considered. You must realise that most of the time the pet will be indoors, with no back yard, which means toilet training is very important and there is the concept of litter trays that need some getting used to! There is nothing wrong with pets living indoors as long as the owner makes some compensation for the possible lack of stimuli in the pet’s life. Dogs may need more regular outdoor walking; indoor cats may need a bigger variety of amusing “toys”. Remember, a bored pet can turn its

frustration into destruction or aggression. You must consider your time constraints. Your pet requires your attention! What will happen when you travel? Are you prepared to board your pets? If not, who will take care of them when you go away? Very importantly, what if you leave Hong Kong? You must be prepared to take your pets with you, which may involve quarantine depending on the country you are relocated to. However, the benefits of having a pet here in Hong Kong greatly outweigh any of the aforementioned disadvantages. Having a dog might even encourage you to get out and walk in the country parks on the weekends! There is nothing like having a contented, purring cat sitting on your lap…..one of the best stress relievers available! When considering to “take the plunge” and get a pet, don’t rely on tidbits of information from varied sources. Speak to experts in the field of animal care, not just someone who is trying to sell you the pet or persuade you to adopt a pet. Speak to a vet. Vets will much rather discuss pet selection with NOVEMBER 2016 | KANGANEWS 42


NOVEMBER 2016 | potential owners before the purchase or adoption is made, to avoid making a wrong decision that will be regretted later. It is difficult to advise what breeds of dogs are suitable for Hong Kong, as it depends entirely on the individual case. Two Great Danes would be fine in a Sai Kung backyard, but not so good in a Mong Kok flat. Vets can advise on which breeds are predisposed to particular medical and behavioural problems and can give advice on feeding, vaccinations, general health requirements, your legal responsibility of owning a dog in Hong Kong, training and maintenance such as grooming. These matters are general after-sales costs, which the pet shop owner maybe reluctant to discuss with you. In general, pet shops in Hong Kong don’t enjoy a good reputation. Like anything some are good and some are very bad. If you see a potential pet for you in a pet shop, get it checked by a vet before you buy. If you are not comfortable with buying a pet in Hong Kong, then purchase one from oversees and import it here. Compared to the cost of animals in Hong Kong pet shops, bringing a pet from overseas such as Australia, UK or USA is not as

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expensive as you may first think, plus you get the peace of mind knowing it has come from a reliable breeder. Import into Hong Kong from Australia, UK and the USA does not involve any quarantine on arrival here. The better option than buying a pet is obviously adopting a pet! There are so many pets looking for good homes that your choice is limitless. However, discuss your potential adoptee with a vet- someone who can give you an honest answer as to whether the adoptee is suitable for you and your lifestyle. Getting a pet is not a decision to make lightly, but if you do it properly it will be a wonderful way to enhance your life here in Hong Kong. Research has shown that stroking a pet lowers the blood pressure, children growing up with pets suffer less allergies later in life, and having something giving unconditional love to you after a busy day – what more can you ask for? Dr Lloyd Kenda BSc(Psych) BSc(VetBiol) BVMS(Hons) MRCVS MACVSc(SASurgery) Valley Veterinary Centre www.valleyvetcentre.com.hk info@valleyvetcentre.com.hk



KangaNews November 2016