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At the crossroad By Justin Flynn Concern is growing over the two entrances to the Ocean Grove industrial estate on Grubb Rd. Local business owner Tizzie Hall said the Smithton Grove and Adco Grove turn offs to the industrial estate are a safety hazard. Ms Hall said there was often a bank up of cars wanting to turn right from Grubb Rd into Smithton Grove or Adco Grove and that she personally witnesses "20 near misses per day" on the road. "If I sit there turning right, I will look behind me, not in front," she told the Voice. "At around 5 o'clock you see car after car after car taking risks because there are other cars behind them and they feel pressured." Ms Hall said the problem occurs mainly around 4.45pm when motorists are either picking their cars up from Repco, picking pets up from Bellarine Veterinary Practice, of picking up children from Bellarine Academy of Dance and Apple Seed Education. Vehicles turning right are banked back on Grubb Rd and were forcing drivers who want to continue straight to either wait or drive onto the left side of the gravel. "I will often turn into the gravel road at the Mex," Ms Hall said. "I don't ever have my wheels turned right because I have seen people be hit and pushed right onto the right-hand side of the road. I always have my wheels straight ahead." Ms Hall, who runs Save Our Sleep at Sykes Place in the industrial estate, said her building often vibrates from collisions on Grubb Rd. "Five years ago when I first got this warehouse, the whole area has just grown and grown," she said. "I reckon 30 warehouses and factory spaces have gone up and there are just so many cars. The side streets just can't cope with the traffic." Ms Hall said a set of traffic lights at either Smithton Grove or Adco Grove could alleviate the problem. When there is a collision, police often close the road from the Grubb Rd roundabout, meaning those who live in the industrial estate have to detour to Wallington Rd. "It's closed off from the roundabout and nobody can get to the industrial estate unless they detour via Wallington," Ms Hall said.

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Apples dominated the scene at Ocean Grove Park last Friday. A huge crowd gathered for the annual RT Edgar Bellarine Ocean Grove Primary School Apple Fair. It was the first time the fair was held away from the school grounds, due to renovations. The move was a massive success. The crowd was entertained by musicians, food stalls, rides, plenty of activities for the kids and a special appearance by Pip, the fair mascot.

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Disabled Surfing Association volunteers with Selene, who enjoyed her morning of surfing. (Alex Campbell)

Pharmasave chemist at 76A The Terrace, Ocean Grove, sold for $2.465 million at auction.

Landmark building sells Ocean Grove's Pharmasave chemist was sold for $2.465 million recently. Fitzroy's sold the building at auction at a 4.1% yield in a landmark result. Agency Director Mark Talbot and Associate James Lockwood sold the Pharmasave chemist at 76A The Terrace after receiving more than 100 enquiries, leading to spirited bidding between multiple parties and an interstate investor eventually winning out with the sale price $565,000 above reserve. The property comprises a 327-square-me-

tre single-level building leased to long-term tenant Pharmasave, on a two-year deal with two further four-year terms from July 2017. Mr Talbot said the result showed that tight yields of this nature for retail and commercial strata assets were once only typically seen in Melbourne's inner suburbs. "Strong sales results have been spreading through to the edges of metropolitan Melbourne across the bay recently, but this is a landmark result beyond the suburban boundary, nearly 100 kilometres from the CBD," he said.

Successful DSA event Disabled Surfing Association held its second, and final, event for 2018 on 4 March and has experienced a massive groundswell of support. The event, which runs in February and March each year, attracted 76 participants and 140 volunteers in February, but that number increased to 96 participants and 280 volunteers for the March event. DSA aims to 'Put Smiles on Dials' by provid-

ing a surfing experience for those who might not otherwise be physically able to. On the 4 March event, the last surfer of the day was Selene, a quadriplegic who relies on a ventilator to breathe. "It was a tricky surf to organise, but we got her in the water and she caught a few waves," DSA treasuer Narelle Lorbeer said. "She had an absolute blast and is coming back next year as she loved it so much."


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They've done it again. The team at Rolling Pin Pie & Cake Shop has taken out a host of awards in the recent Victorian Baking Show. The team won 1st place in the Plain Pie, Seafood Pie, Chicken Pie and Small Fruit Flan categories. They also took out 2nd place in the Pastie and 3rd place for another of their chicken pies in the Chicken Pie categories. The iconic Ocean Grove bakery, which also has shops in Leopold and Queenscliff, has consistently been winning awards for its products at a state and national level for years. "We're committed to making a quality product," Rolling Pin's Nathan Williams told the Voice. "Every year it just motivates us to try that bit harder and go that bit better. We just want to make people happy." Mr Williams said all the bakers were on hand to accept the awards. "What was great at this competition was that we had the whole baking team there," he said. "We had everyone there and when the award was announced, they got to go up and accept them in front of their peers." Pastry cook Caitlin Houston said it was a thrill to be at the awards. "It was nice to have that recognition of the hard work that we do," she said. "It is a family business and we all feel part of the family and we're a tight knit group. It's really great to know that all the hard work is not for nothing." 12378406-ACM08-18

When Richelle Olsen left her high paying corporate job and started her group Escaping Your Comfort Zone, she sacrificed a high yearly salary, but gained much more than she ever expected. The Ocean Grover's group has been named as a finalist in the Victorian Outdoor/Active Recreation Initiative of the Year category. It aims at getting plus-sized women outdoors and enjoying life with like-minded people. "It's not about weight loss or fitness, it's about getting outside and meeting friends," Richelle told the Voice. "It started out with plus-sized women, but now it's just about being body positive - you cannot be what you cannot see. All you need is a pair of runners and a water bottle." The group organised 240 hiking events last year, had over 290 women attend, has 15 volunteer leaders and has 60 upcoming hikes in the next three months. The private Facebook pages have more than 900 members. "I gave up my corporate job to run this and knew it was a good idea and that I'd found my purpose," Richelle said. "Being a finalist in the award, it's amazing to be recognised and it means I can get the word out there and touch more lives. "I thought life was about money and experiences and now I realise it's more about the person you are." Richelle emphasised that Escaping Your Comfort Zone is not about weight loss or body image. Nor is it about fitness or looking good in active wear clothing. Escaping Your Comfort Zone is about encouragement for plus-sized women to get outdoors with no judgement or discrimination. Everyone is treated equally. "A lot of plus-sized women suffer from anxiety and providing a welcoming, nonjudgemental environment is a massive help to them," she said. "One of the rules of our group is that there is no diet talk. "As a generation of women we have grown up dieting. When I was six, I was a chubby kid and was put on a diet. It wasn't until two years ago thought I thought I don't have to hate my body. "It's not a process of hate to love, it's a process of hate to acceptance. The outdoors doesn't care about your size, your speed or your fitness, and neither do we." You can find out more by visiting

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Abbie, Alira and Matilda were happy to help Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School on its Clean Up Australia Day program. 178348

Cleaning up Ocean Grove Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School students were keen volunteers to contribute to Clean Up Australia Day. All students from Prep to Grade 6 donned gloves and held rubbish bags to help clean up the area around their school. Students roamed the Shell Rd sporting complex and all the way through to Bellarine Secondary College picking up rubbish and tidying up the area for Clean Up Australia Day. "I'm really interested because we live near the ocean and we don't want rubbish and plastic blowing into our sea," Grade 5 student Ab-

bie said before getting to work. "We'll probably find a lot of KFC and Hungry Jacks rubbish, coffee cups and cans and lots of plastic." Another way the school is promoting a sustainable environment is 'nude food' days, which involves students bringing their packed lunch in containers without the need for plastic wrapping. "We're trying to make nude food day into a day where all students participate," Grade 5 student Matilda said.

Barwon Heads Community Arts Garden will celebrate its 10th birthday with a celebration day. From a grassy patch of land, the community garden has grown into a thriving community space enjoyed by the garden members, many community groups and the general public. The garden is a community based permaculture garden that has communal veggie patches as well as individual allotments. It is also a gathering space, a space for the creation and display of art, and, a living example and experiment in living green. Come along and celebrate 10 years of a community of people working together, having fun, sharing produce and many great times. Wander through the garden and talk to plot holders. Vote for your favourite plot. Listen to live music, eat food made from produce grown in the garden, and bring your 'freaky' vegetables along. A prize will be given to the freakiest, craziest vegetable. The celebration day will be held on Sunday 25 March from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Barwon Heads Community Arts Garden, 38 Geelong Road. For further information, see www. or BarwonHeadsCommunityArtsGarden.

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Ocean Grove Primary School teacher Andy McNeilly is passionate about helping children in more ways than one. Andy loves teaching, but also started Connecting With Your Kids 18 months ago. The program aims at increasing the amount of time families spend together. "Parents are busy and find it hard to spend time with their kids," Mr McNeilly said. "It aims at getting parents and kids together. After following the advice of my own program, I realised how important it is to spend time with my own kids and I'm a better father for it." Connecting With Your Kids builds 'life skills' that kids need to thrive, through fun programs that give parents the tools they need to connect with their children. Andy said putting away the iPad and turning off the TV for a small amount of time each night, can make an enormous impact in bringing families closer together. He has run workshops at Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads Primary School and has been approached by a school in Geelong to do a similar program. "When I got home, I used to open up my laptop or go out into the garage like a lot of parents do," he said. "It's not about doing a blame game on parents - I get it - people are busy. If a child is experiencing anxiety or emotional stress, they are more likely to come to you as a result of spending more time together." Andy said the workshops have been "really positive". "It hit me in the last workshop I did," he said. "A parent came up to me and said it was such a good reminder to them about what's

Council has adopted Amendment C349 which implements the Ocean Grove Significant Tree Project (OGSTP) and aims to better protect the unique landscape character within well-established areas of Ocean Grove. In 2015, the OGSTP identified the number of significant trees on public and private land in two areas of old Ocean Grove. More than 3000 significant trees were noted, including the Bellarine Yellow-gum which is a threatened species in Victoria. Along with the vegetation surveys, a detailed Background Report was prepared to inform the draft planning controls. Public consultation took place in 2016 with a number of changes made in response to submissions. At a Panel Hearing in October 2017, Council officers responded that Amendment C349 is strategically justified and recommendations from the OGSTP are appropriate given the number of significant trees. The Panel recommended rezoning of certain areas to retain building height limits consistent with those recommended by the OGSTP. Guy Dutson, president of the Friends of Yellow Gums (Ocean Grove) commended both Council and the local community for improving the protection for Yellow Gums and other large trees. "Retaining these trees greatly increases the birds and general wildlife in our town, as well as providing shade on summer days," he said. "Local nurseries and Council can help supply and plant Yellow Gum seedlings". The Amendment adopted by Council incorporates the panel's recommendations. "Ocean Grove has a wonderfully unique landscape with its dense pockets of bushland throughout the suburb," City of Greater Geelong mayor Bruce Harwood said.

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More than a Pumpkin Fest Local non-profit Encompass Community Services is hosting the 4th annual Pumpkin Fair: Ecological Footprint Market in partnership with Leopold Community and Learning Centre. Apart from celebrating people of all abilities and backgrounds, the fair also aims to promote sustainable living practices within the community. "We are all about shaping inclusive and sustainable local communities, so we constantly create people-centred activities like the Pumpkin Fair," Pumpkin Fair committee chair Jan Daniels said. "Last year, over 5000 people attended the fair, a proof that people of all abilities and backgrounds, hand in hand with the local community, can put together an event of this scale and make it a huge success."

Encompass' seven-acre farm, The Paddock, has been hosting the fair since 2015. Farm supervisor Chris Evans said: "We deliver life skills support programs and provide venue for training, work placement and employment. We are passionate about promoting the paddock to plate food option; and grow spray-free produce using organic principles." The farm grows and supplies seedlings to local farmers; and provides seasonal produce to local cafes. They run 'Pick Your Own' days during the summer period, allowing the public to pick their own produce straight from the ground. It also operates an apple cider orchard, in partnership with The Flying Brick. "We have 16 varieties of heritage apples and hope to bottle our first batch of cider early next

year," Mr Evans said. "People will get to see the apple orchard when we do the hourly farm tour at the Pumpkin Fair." The fair boasts of fresh produce (including their own herbal teas, oils, pickles, lavender sugar etc), sustainable living workshops (no dig garden, plant propagation, ricotta cheese making, make your own beer bread, aquaponics etc), children's activities (make and take sessions from recycled materials), wildlife show by The Rookepers, live entertainment, sausage sizzle, wood oven pizza and lots of pumpkins. The fair is on Saturday 24 March, 10am to 3pm at The Paddock, 21-29 O’Halloran Rd, Leopold. Enquiries 5222 3377 or www.encompass-cs.

Eveyone is looking forward to the big Pumpkin Fair. Picture: Steve Hanan

Crasher plunders wedding Strawberry delight at fair Police are hunting a brazen wedding thief who stole up to $10,000 from a wishing well box at Jack Rabbit Winery last Saturday. "It was very opportunistic," Ld Sen Const Johnson said. "He's realised he's at the wrong wedding (reception) - I think he was meant to be next door. He's seen the wishing well box and broken into it." The man allegedly stole a "large quantity of cash" from the box between 6pm and 11.15pm. Police estimated up to $10,000 was stolen, Ld Sen Const Johnson said. He believed the man used a tool to break into the box, which was padlocked and in the Bellarine winery's foyer. "It's a clear Perspex box and he's snatched some envelopes from it." Police posted on social media images of the alleged suspect and a white utility they described as "a vehicle of interest". Police urged anyone with information

Strawberries of all shapes and sizes were eagerly devoured at the recent Wallington Strawberry Fair. Strawberry spiders were again among the most popular drink item consumed while the strawberry pavs were gobbled up quickly.

A range of entertainment kept the large crowd enthused while show bags and rides were popular with the young ones. The fair is Wallington Primary School's major fundraiser for the year.

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Riding for the Disabled treasurer Narelle Lorbeer receives a cheque for $1000 from Dove Op Shop joint coordinator Patricia Beesley. 178527

Seachange Quilters members Kim Foote, Ann Bacon, Jan Todd, Helen Carruthers, Bernice Robertson, Libby Rouse and Lynne Bryant are ready for the big quilt show. 178526

Quilt show set for Heads By Justin Flynn Seachange Quilters in Barwon Heads have been busy making quilts for their upcoming show. The group has been meeting at Barwon Heads Senior Citizens Club since February 2004 and has more than 100 members. The Quilt Show is part of the annual Festival of the Sea. "Ours is one of the few groups that is growing," Libby Rouse told the Voice. "We've got members who are anything but seniors."

The show will be held at Barwon Heads Hall on Friday 16 March from 4pm to 7pm, Saturday 17 March from 10am to 4pm and Sunday 18 March from 10am to 4pm. Adults $2, children under 15 free. Around 75 quilts will be on display. There will be a raffle quilt, guessing competitions and quality handmade goods for sale. Refreshments will be available Saturday and Sunday. The group makes quilts for worthwhile charities, and is a not-for-profit organisation. "We help each other and everybody learns from each other," Ms Rouse said.

Dove keeps on helping By Justin Flynn Ocean Grove's Dove Op Shop donated $1000 to local organisation Disabled Surfing Association recently. The popular op shop, based at the Uniting Church, has raised $460,000 for local organisations since 2011. "All profits go back to the community and we have a totally volunteer staff," Dove joint coordinator Patricia Beesley told the Voice. Disabled Surfing Association treasurer Narelle Lorbeer was on hand to receive the

cheque from Ms Beesley at the Dove and was thankful for the donation. Ms Lorbeer said the club plans to buy a new surfboard with the donation. "It's absolutely huge and a massive donation," Ms Lorbeer said. "Thank you to the Dove and we are grateful and appreciative of the donation. "The funds will go a long way to helping us and our participants." The Dove gives out roughly $80,000 each year to local organisations and is a not-forprofit organisation.




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Go get your groove on in Ocean Grove Bellarine Peninsula's picturesque seaside locale gets its 'ocean groove' on this Easter Saturday, with the brand-new Grove Is In The Heart one day music festival set to bring the big sounds against a backdrop of big surf in Ocean Grove. Celebrating the very best of Australian music, this family friendly festival offers a line up sure to 'Deelite' young and old, spanning rock, pop, country, alternative, psychedelic and African music. Grab some quintessential Aussie beach time whilst soaking up the sounds of some of Australia's best loved and hottest emerging talent, with music from The Church, Adalita, Sand Pebbles, Freya Josephine Hollick, Machine Translations, Closet Straights, Hollie Joyce and The Senegambian Jazz Band. Ocean Grove Park will come alive with more than just music. Complementing the awesome tunes are food trucks offering a tempting variety of flavours and cuisines, the Prickly Moses double decker bus bar and local wines courtesy of Scotchman's Hill. With a family friendly parkland setting, and music set to sail from 1pm to 10pm on Saturday 31 March, there's nothing left to do but book your ticket, get your picnic rug ready and be part of this inaugural Bellarine event. Prices: Kids free, 12-17 year olds $50, adults $89 Venue: Ocean Grove Park, Presidents Ave, Ocean Grove Tickets: event?eid=347301& More info: or

Last year's Step Into Life Good Friday Appeal event attracted more than 50 participants and raised $400.

Doing it for the kids Local personal training group, Step into Life Ocean Grove are combining their regular weekly fitness and fun routine with raising money for the 2018 Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal. On Friday 30 March, Step into Life Ocean Grove head personal trainer and business owner Penny Tomkinson will be running a fitness session for all ages and fitness levels with proceeds of all ticket sales being donated to the Good Friday Appeal. "It's such a fantastic cause and something very dear to my heart," Ms Tomkinson said. "Last year we raised over $400 and had over 50 people attend our event. This year our goal is to raise well over $500 to donate to the Good Friday Appeal."

Anne Randall, Good Friday Appeal Director said: "We're grateful to Step into Life Ocean Grove for their generosity and support. The money raised will help make a huge difference to young parents at the Royal Children's Hospital." Ms Tomkinson is no stranger to giving back to the community. She has been a resident on the Bellarine Peninsula for seven years and in that time has raised in excess of $9000 for charities such as Relay for Life, McGrath Foundation and RSPCA. "I love where we live and I think as a local small business owner, I have the means to inspire large groups of people to come together and create a great result for the community," she said. "I think it's important we all aim to do our bit."

The majority of the members at Step into Life Ocean Grove are parents or grandparents so it's a perfect fit for this community to do their bit to help raise funds for vital research at the Royal Children's Hospital. Local residents along with holiday guests are encouraged to come along and participate in a fun and friendly training session with Step into Life Ocean Grove members. Participants can take part in team games, buddy drills, an amazing race, an interactive health quiz and an Easter egg hunt. Bookings are essential. The fundraiser will be held at Ocean Grove Park, Corner of Presidents Ave and The Avenue, Ocean Grove. To book your ticket or for more information, contact Penny Tomkinson on 0403-896 104.

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State View: Lisa Neville RIP TO RIVER 2018 It was with pleasure that this year I participated in the medals ceremony of the annual Rip to River Fun Run, organised by the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club. As we all appreciate, the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club is a great club and on the day I publically congratulated President David Pavia , the club executive and all members for not only organising the run, but also for the ongoing magnificent work they undertake in protecting local beach goers. Like all clubs, Ocean Grove provide a vital service and they do it to a very high standard, proudly and without great fanfare. Currently the club is in the process of having their rooms substantially refurbished and I have been pleased to have worked with them on this important project. The State Government is contributing approximately $3 million dollars to the project, which includes the refurbished rooms and a new observation tower. The rooms when complete will provide modern first class facilities for the club and this in turn makes the beach safer for swimmers. The Rip to River is one of Australia's oldest fun runs and I am sure locals will agree that you would not find a better course than the coast from Point Lonsdale to Ocean Grove to conduct a beach fun run . Each year the event attracts around 1500 entries and is the major fund raiser for the club. So once again to the club, my thanks and congratulations. POWER OUTAGE REIMBURSEMENTS The power outage to the Bellarine on Sunday 28 January was unacceptable and I understand the frustration many people felt at losing power on such a hot day. This situation was not good enough and I welcome the news that several crews worked that night to restore supply. I took your feedback and I discussed the issue with the Office of the Minister for Energy. We have worked with the private power distribution companies to deliver a $5 million heat relief package for thousands of customers affected by this extreme weather event. Ordinarily customers would only be entitled to compensation under the Guaranteed

Services Level if power supply is lost for 12 to 18 hours. However under the arrangement agreed to by the private power distribution companies customers will receive a one off payment of $80 if they were off supply for between three and 20 hours. This compensation will be entirely funded by the private power distribution companies who will not recover the cost of this package from customers. Eligible customers should have been reimbursed by the end of February. If anyone who is eligible for the payment and has not yet received it or is having difficulty with such, please contact my office. MANNERIM AND PORTARLINGTON CFA ANNOUNCEMENTS I know all readers would agree that our Bellarine CFA brigades do a magnificent job in protecting our communities. As local member I am always pleased to assist and support our brigades wherever possible. In recent weeks I had the opportunity to visit both the Mannerim and Portarlington brigades. At Mannerim, it was pleasing to hand over the keys of a new 1400 litre tanker to members. Funding for the tanker came via a $200,000 State Government grant and $36,000 raised by the local brigade through sausage sizzles, garage sales and community donations. At Portarlington, I had the pleasure of turning the sod of the new station, replacing the previous station built in 1959. The new station is thanks to the ongoing hard work and commitment of the local brigade members, together with a $2.1 million grant from the State Government. To both Mannerim and Portarlington brigades I say thank you, as I do to all our brigades and their dedicated members. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me by email or call my office if there are any matters that I may be able to assist you with directly.

Nature at its very finest One Voice reader captured the oddities of nature recently on camera. Firstly they saw the moon glowing like the sun at sunrise in Barwon Heads. The pic was taken looking to the west, in the opposite direction of the sunrise. "The moon was glowing like a mini-sun," the reader said. Then a few hours later the reader captured a double rainbow near Connewarre. "There was actually a triple rainbow, but I wasn't quick enough to catch it before it became just two."

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Improved service A joint initiative between Ambulance Victoria and Bellarine Community Health has helped improve ambulance coverage during the busy summer period on the Bellarine Peninsula. Since December, an Advanced Life Support Paramedic Responder has spent part of their day and afternoon shifts based at the Portarlington Community Health Centre (PCHC) to better meet increased local demand due to the increased tourist population. "We're really pleased to have been able to provide Ambulance Victoria access to our facilities at Portarlington in the past few weeks," said BCH CEO Shane Dawson. "For paramedics it's means having a comfortable space to respond from, but more importantly for the patients on the Bellarine it's meant having timely access to a paramedic for emergency call outs." "It shows how partnerships at a local level can really support the health and wellbeing of our community," Mr Dawson said. Ambulance Victoria Barwon Group Manager Duncan Erwin said AV approached Bellarine Community Health about the initiative and appreciated their support providing some facilities for paramedics over the summer period. "Our performance in the Greater Geelong Local Government Area (LGA) is improving as the latest quarterly response time data published on our website shows,'' Mr Erwin said. "Paramedics responded to 85 per cent of Code 1 patients in the Greater Geelong LGA within 15 minutes during the final three months of 2017 compared with 75.5 per cent during the same period in 2016-17 - a 9.5 per cent improvement. "Our average Code 1 response time improved from 12 minutes and 47 seconds to 11 minutes and three seconds.'' Mr Erwin said a new ambulance station would be built in Swan Bay.

Ambulance Victoria Barwon Group Manager Duncan Erwin and BCH CEO Shane Dawson. "The paramedics based at Portarlington over this summer will be among our resources based at the new station,'' he said. "The deployment of ambulances and paramedics is dynamic to provide the best possible coverage to community. That means the paramedic responder will be highly mobile around the Bellarine Peninsula and Greater Geelong areas dependent on the workload. "Experienced paramedics in our communications centres monitor workload and resourcing and ambulances can be moved around throughout the day to improve our coverage in a particular area.''



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The decision by Bellarine Community Health to collaborate with Ambulance Victoria comes at a critical time on the Bellarine, when the population swells over the holiday period. Police Minister and Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, said with that surge in population, it is vital the emergency services are flexible to ensure response times are maintained and improved. "It is pleasing to note that within the region paramedics responded to 85 percent of Code 1 emergency patients within 15 minutes and that on average Code 1 response times have reduced to now just over 11 minutes," said Ms Neville.

Georgie Demir of Ocean Grove has reached the semi-finals of the Berry Street Create Change Award in the prestigious Victorian Young Achiever Awards. The next round of judging, which determines the finalists will be held on 13 March. Georgie, 14, started her own business, Arkoun, where she makes specially designed soaps herself and 100 per cent of the profits are then handed over to help build wash houses in Cambodia. Georgie makes the soaps from scratch at home and with interesting names such as 'Bee Kind to Others', 'Hello Darkness My Old Friend', 'Don't be Afraid to Sparkle' and 'Cambodian Sunshine', it's clear that Georgie is a young entrepreneur with a big heart and loads of imagination. Winners will be announced at an awards gala presentation dinner on Friday 18 May at Flemington - The Event Centre. All nominees regardless of judging results are invited to attend and will be presented with a framed certificate on stage to honour their achievements and community contribution.

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We may need a rain dance It's been a very dry few weeks, and soon we will have to perform a rain dance, not only for the aid of birds and animals, but for my garden's benefit as well! Despite the dry conditions there's been plenty to see whilst out and about around the Bellarine. There's been some drama with the hooded plovers on the Ocean Grove beach near 16W17W. There were two hooded plover chicks for almost three weeks, but unfortunately one disappeared on Friday 2 March. On the same day the adult male bird was seen to be flying over the Spit to the Barwon River Estuary to feed, which was unusual behaviour when guarding the chicks should have been the number one priority, so I can only guess that the hoodie found the food in the estuary more to his liking. A few days after the hoodie's expedition to the estuary he was noticed to be limping, so staff from the Barwon Coast, Friends of the Bellarine Hooded Plover and Birdlife Australia caught the hoodie and found that he had human hair around his leg. He was also banded, and he now can be recognised as UU. Barry Lingham took some great photos of the 'Hoodie Drama', which he has allowed me to share - so thanks so much Barry. At the time of writing the remaining hoodie chick is still going strong, and will be able to fly in a week or so, all being well, fingers crossed. Speaking of hooded plovers, I had a lovely afternoon tea with Ocean Grove locals John and Lorraine, who wrote to me recently to say that they saw a hooded plover at the Ocean Grove Golf Course. I did say that the bird was likely to be a white-fronted dotterel, another member of the plover family that looks similar to the hooded plover, and sure enough the photo did prove that the bird was indeed a dotterel. Apparently this bird is seen frequently

Kevin's picture of magpie larks at Queenscliff.

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at the golf course, so has made the course its home. Hopefully it will not cop a wayward shot in the head, as there might really be a 'birdie' with a headache on the golf course. I had a lovely day out at the Western Treatment Plant with Tom and Gordon. We saw 76 species of birds, and the highlights were seeing approximately 1000 shelducks fly over the car, and watching nine Pacific golden plover and two ruddy turnstones. Tom and Gordon had a close look at a black falcon, which I unfortunately missed as I was trying to see some parrots at the time. We saw many black-winged stilts at WTP, and Tom informed me that the black-winged stilt is being renamed the whiteheaded stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus), so I must remember this in the future. I went for a quick drive to my favourite spot, Curlewis last week. I saw whistling kites, brown falcons, 10 horsefield bushlarks and four pipits. It's unusual to see so many horsefield bushlarks in the one area, and I can only assume that they were moving through on an autumn migration.

Speaking of autumn migrations, I always look for rufous fantails at the end of summer every year. These beautiful birds have an instinct for moving that is just spot on (like clockwork). On my way home from work I paid a visit to the Geelong Botanical Gardens, and sure enough there were five rufous fantails mingling with grey fantails and eastern spinebills. I was in heaven. According to my 'Australian Geographic Bird Migration Poster', rufous fantails have a migratory journey of up to 3500ks. They nest in forests in south-eastern Australia and move up the coast to North Queensland and New Guinea in the winter months, and return to southern Australia in the same week of October every year. This is amazing for a bird that is 16cm long and weighs 10 grams. I love this bird but it's a heck of a challenge to photograph, as it never stays still, and is always in the darkness in thick scrub, so as much as I try I never have succeeded in achieving a decent photograph. It's totally impossible (for me) to shoot this bird. Speaking about shooting birds, the duck shooting season starts again next week. Vale

Barry Lingham's photo of the hooded plover being banded at Ocean Grove beach.

The team that helped the male Hoodie, Ocean Grove beach. the ducks and whatever else gets in the way of a bullet in our beautiful wetlands. I received an email from Kevin who saw a white-bellied sea eagle fly over the Barwon Heads Road near the golf course (great observation)! and also snapped a pair of magpie larks in Queenscliff. Thanks so much Kevin for your emails. Jen Carr,

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in the Kitchen. On the International front, the National Celtic Festival will give a big winter welcome to the likes of Irish stalwarts Altan (with their appearance doubling as a 30th anniversary celebration), fellow countrymen and banjo and flute pair Maggie Carty & Máirtín Staunton, plus Scotland's own Paul McKenna Band. The full first line-up: Altan (Ireland) Colin Lilli Hat Fitz and Cara

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WHAT’S ON Music/live events Piping Hot Chicken Shop Check upcoming_gigs.html for upcoming gigs. Drysdale Senior Citizens Hall Making waves music/poetry afternoon every fourth Sunday of the month, from 2pm-5.30pm. Maggie's Bar See Maggie's Bar's Facebook site for all upcoming events. Ocean Grove Hotel First Thursday of every month, 10.45am, Morning Melodies. Fishy Tales Queenscliff Maritime Museum, Fishy Tales, Friday 23 March 7.30pm and Saturday 24 March 5pm. Jazz in the boat shed with Steve Murphy & Friends. Further info John Barrett 0417-389 573.

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Third Saturday of month, 9am-1pm, Ocean Grove Park. Barwon Heads Community Hall Monthly market, last Saturday of the month, 9am-1pm.

Get active Ocean Grove Callisthenics, Ocean Grove Recreation Hall Calisthenics classes incorporating dance, song, ballet and gymnastics with strength and creativity. 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove Recreation Hall. Contact Senior Citizens Hall Ocean Grove Monday 9.15am, gentle exercises to music for 55-plus; 10.15am, gentle exercises to music for 65-plus. Phone Marg 5255 1335. Thursday 1pm, Craft Group. Uniting Church Hall Ocean Grove Wednesdays 9am volleyball, 9.30am exercises to music for all ages. Phone Marg 5255 1335.

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Queenscliff RSL Hall Mondays 1.30pm, exercises using chairs for all ages. Phone Marg 5255 1335. Leopold Hall, Bellarine Highway Tuesdays 7.45pm-10pm, Scottish Country Dance (formerly Ocean Grove). Phone 5251 3393. Barwon Heads Community Hall Yoga and dance with Tara Lynch. Classes for all ages and abilities. Phone 0435 481 920. Ocean Grove Scout Hall, The Avenue Ocean Grove Wednesday 7pm, 1st/2nd Ocean Grove Scout Group. Ocean Grove Walkers Tuesdays 9.30am, meet at the shelter in Ocean Grove Park except when taking bus, train or ferry trips. For further information phone Stan 5256 3920 or Helen 0411 534 899.

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Reading and writing Ocean Grove Library, corner Presidents Avenue and The Avenue.

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Wednesdays 10.30am - Toddlertime. Thursdays 11.30am, Babytime - Nursery Verses. Mondays 10.30am - Preschool Storytime. Third Tuesday of month 2.30pm-3.30pm, book chat for adults. Visit Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre Program with a range of courses, classes and fun activities. Phone 5255 4294.


Health and wellbeing Ocean Grove Hotel Last Friday of every month 1pm-3pm, Breast Cancer Support Group (lunch and nibbles). Details Julie Rodger 0435 362 573. Well Women's Clinics at Ocean Grove, Portarlington and Point Lonsdale Staffed by qualified registered nurses: pap tests, breast health advice and checks, menopause and contraception advice. Appointments (free) phone 5258 0812. Tuesday 6.15pm, Wednesday 9.30am, 11am, 6.30pm, Saturday 8am. History

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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, 7pm-9pm, (juniors/ seniors) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Phone Ian 5256 2242 or Peter 0400 093 831. Ocean Grove and District Men's Shed - Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9am to 3pm - and Wednesday, 9am to noon, 17 Smithton Grove. Phone Ted Price 5255 2595. Jujitsu, 6.30pm juniors, 7.30pm adults, Surfside Centre. Phone Steve 0438 019 991. Soft tennis, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, at Memorial Hall. A social soft tennis gathering for women over 55. Phone Jeanette 5256 1633.

Bellarine Peninsula Take off Weight Naturally Club meets Tuesday nights, 5.30pm, at Uniting Church Hall, Eggleston Street, Ocean Grove. Phone 0417 591 182. Rotary Club of Ocean Grove, 6pm, Ocean Grove Bowling Club. Phone 0457 315 900.

First Monday of every month Bellarine Fly Fishing Association, 7.30pm, Shannon Park, Shannon Avenue, Newtown. Phone Pat on 0414 959 248 or Bruce on 0407 361 319 or email Legacy Laurel Group of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads, 1.30pm, at St Peter's Church Hall, Draper Street. Details 5255 2820 or 5154 2873.

Third Monday of every month Ocean Grove RSL, 2.30pm, Ocean Grove Bowling Club. Committee meets at 1.30pm, The Terrace. Ocean Grove Garden Club, 1.30pm, Uniting Church Hall, Eggleston Street. Phone Dianne 0422 134 810. Ocean Grove-Surfside Mixed Probus Club, 10.30am, Ocean Grove Bowling Club. Fun, fellowship, friendship. Visitors welcome, phone 5255 2074, Bellarine Fly Fishing Association, 7.30pm, Shannon Park, Shannon Avenue, Newtown. Phone Pat 0414 959 248 or Bruce 0407 361 319 or

Fourth Monday of every month Combined Probus Club of Ocean Grove, 10am, Shell Road Sports Pavilion. Phone Bryan Olsen 5255 1821.

First Tuesday of every month Springdale Neighbourhood Centre get together for meet and greet the first Tuesday of month, 10.15am, to enjoy a free cuppa and a chat. Further details contact Jackie on 0439 473 244 or just come along. Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 10am to noon (adults only) at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Phone Ian 5256 2242 or Peter 0400 093 831. Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Club, The Terrace, Tuesdays at 1pm. Also Thursdays and Fridays, 1.30pm. Phone Dianne on 5255 2996. Barwon Heads Chorale, 7.30pm, at the Anglican Church Barwon Heads. All abilities welcome for a sing and a laugh. Phone Jo 5254 2670.

Second Tuesday of month National Seniors Bellarine Peninsula Branch meets at St James Church Hall, Collins Street, Drysdale, 2pm-4pm. Guest speaker on varying subjects related to seniors at each meeting. Those who are over 50 and would like to make new friends are welcome to join in. Contact Jackie on 0439 473 244.

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.

Last Tuesday of every month. Bellarine for Refugees, Barwon Heads Community Garden, Barwon Heads, at 3.45pm. New members always welcome. Any inquiries, Margaret 0419 323 166.

1pm, 17 Smithton Grove. Phone 0475 418 377. After hours Bruce Ward 5255 8827. Chord Club - meet to make music: every Wednesday, 4pm, at 101 The Terrace, Ocean Grove. Jujitsu, 6.30pm juniors, 7.30pm adults, Surfside Centre. Phone Steve 0438 019 991.

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Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 10am to noon at the Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue, Ocean Grove. Phone Ian 5256 2242 or Peter 0400 093 831.

First Thursday of every month First Wednesday of every month Bellarine Business Women, from 7pm, Suma Park Winery, Bellarine Highway. For details contact or 0412 199 467. U3A Art Group: Drysdale meets every Wednesday at 1.15pm at Drysdale Tennis Club. Tutor is Dr Ted Reilly who usually gives a short talk on a technical topic such as Fifty Shades of Red or on a lesser-known Australian artist such as Dorrit Black before members follow their own projects for two hours. Enrol by visiting on Wednesday or by contacting the U3A office at Cobbin Farm, Grovedale, on 5244 5114 or

Second Wednesday of every month Bellarine (Ocean Grove) Parkinson's Support Group, Church of Christ Hall, Tareeda Way, 1pm2pm Parkinsong, 2.30pm-4pm Support Group with guest speakers. 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 clubhouse. Phone Peter 0419 782 629. Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club, 6.30pm, Ocean Grove Bowling Club. Phone June Hansen 0422 142 882 for information. Ocean Grove Stamp Club, 10am, Senior Citizens Hall, 101 The Terrace. Phone Dianne 5255 1372.

Ocean Grove Nightlights CWA, 8pm, Ocean Grove Bowling Club. Visitors welcome. Phone Faye 5255 4430.

Last Thursday of every month Ocean Grove Coastcare, 7pm, Ocean Grove Bowling Club. Environmental activities to protect the coastline. Phone Fran 0429 237 661. Ocean Grove Craft and Chat Circle, Thursdays (during school term), 9.30am to 11.30am, $2, The Uniting Church Hall , Eggleston St.

Fridays Barwon Branch of the Association of Independent Retirees, third Friday of each month from 10am to noon (except December and January) at Waurn Ponds Hotel. Lunch afterwards. Visitors welcome. Inquiries to 5258 3435 or 5278 9796. Queenscliff Croquet Club Introduction to Croquet sessions on Fridays,1.30pm-3pm. For bookings, contact Ann 5278 3480 or Gail 5258 2270.

Saturdays Bellarine Table Tennis Club, 3pm-5pm, Memorial Hall, 123 The Avenue. Phone Ian 5256 2242 or Peter 0400 093 831. Coasters Social group. Social events for people of working age. Dining out, movies, trivia, bands/ trivia nights. Details at coasters-social-group or phone 0411 952 598.

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Great gigs and good food Ocean Grove's iconic Piping Hot Chicken Shop & Burger Grill is back as the town's premier entertainment scene. Not only dos the gang serve all your favourite comfort foods, regular gigs are now back. For one night only, The Hornets will play will lift the roof off the Chook Shop. The Hornets will hit Piping Hot on Saturday 24 March with tickets at $25 and available at The gang has hosted ARIA winners, Academy Award Nominees and even the occasional actor. From USA, UK, Germany and more, they all come to play at the quirky little Chook Shop. The Chook Shop still has all your favourite burgers and classics. Check out the breakfast menu and also be tempted by the USA style buffalo wings or the Reuben sandwich. The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill is an Ocean Grove institution. It is the place people flock to for passionately made comfort food and an amazing line up of original live music.

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Relax in style at Napona On a sunny autumnal day, there's nothing better than sitting outside on the deck at Napona, enjoying great food, coffee or wine. Nestled just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of The Terrace, but close enough to walk, Napona overlooks the picturesque Ocean Grove Park. Until the end of March, Napona is offering a dinner special that can't be beaten. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, you can enjoy a five-course meal for $55 or $75 with wine pairings. The regular lunch specials are proving popular. Available every day, you can enjoy two courses and a glass of wine or beer for $45 or three courses and a glass of wine or beer for $55. Napona also has one of the most extensive wine lists on the Bellarine. Napona is open daily for breakfast and lunch and for dinner Tuesday to Saturday. Check out Napona on Facebook for regular updates on any specials that may be happening and take a look at

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Ocean Grove's Greg Sly Optometry is hosting a Face a Face French frame style night on Thursday, March 15. Join the Greg Sly team for a fun-filled night where guests will have access to the entire Face a Face optical and sunglasses range. Face a Face stylists will also be in attendance to help guests choose the perfect frame. Greg Sly Optometry has also teamed up with

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Dress rehearsal for Grove's Nippers By Mark Heenan A light on-shore wind and excellent conditions were on hand for enthusiastic Nippers at the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club Junior Championships on Friday 2 March. The twilight event saw more than 100 juniors take part at Ocean Grove beach, an ideal dress rehearsal prior to this month's Victorian Life Saving Surf Championships in Warrnambool. Ocean Grove SLSC Surf Sport Coordinator Shane Bird said the favourable conditions which included a low tide saw Nippers compete in a range of water-based and beach competitions. "We were extremely fortunate with the conditions," Bird told the Voice. "Traditionally on a Friday night during the season we get down to the beach - it is a howling south wester, choppy and messy and horrible. "So we got down on Friday night to a light on-shore and beautiful conditions." Bird said over a 100 Nippers competed in their final trial warm up before the state titles. "I think was 105 was the final count across all the age groups from Under 8s all the way to Under 13s. "It was a great turnout - we really tried to run it in a true formal carnival conditions - so the rules were the same and courses were all the same." Meantime more than 40 senior Ocean Grove SLSC competitors took part in the Life Saving Victoria Carnival at Point Leo on the

Come and try baseball The Bellarine Bears are once again holding come and try days for anyone interested in joining the club. The days are on Saturday 24 March at Leopold Primary School oval and Sunday 25 March at Bellarine Secondary College oval, Ocean Grove. Both days run from 10am to 11.30am. Equipment is supplied and bring a glove if you have one. The Bears run a Teeball program for five to eight year olds and will be entering junior baseball teams for Under 12s, Under 14s and Under 16s this season. The senior winter competition this year has expanded to include a women's team for the first time for the Bears. New players for all grades are welcome. Get in touch with the club for more information through Facebook or junior coordinator Kylie O'Brien on 0414-724 670.

Murphy Moulton competes in the Under 12 Beach Sprint event. (Nish Photography) 178452

Kimmy Gilling competes in the Under 15 Girls Board event at the Life Saving Victoria Carnival at Point Leo. (Stephanie Asher) 178452

Ryan Tolley (left) and Archie Tolley (right) compete at the Junior Club Championships in the Under 8s Beach Flags event. (Nish Photography) 178452

Mornington Peninsula on Sunday 4 March.

It was the final carnival event before the Senior State Championships will be held at the Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club on Saturday 24 March and Sunday 25 March.

The Point Leo carnival was held in sunny and mild conditions with a brisk wind accompanied by a small shore break.

Bellarine Bears' Under 12 winter team had an enjoyable season.

Josh's massive medal haul Record numbers at tennis Club Championships Local athlete Joshua Payne keeps on winning medals. The Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Little Athletics star won a gold medal in the Under 14 triple jump and silver in the Under 14 90m hurdles at the Victorian Junior Athletics Championship in Melbourne recently. Payne, 12, then backed it up with a silver medal at the Victorian State Under 14 pentathlon. Payne said the pentathlon silver was a thrill. "It was really fulfilling," he said. "The first weekend at the Victorian State Track and Field was stepping into the unknown, as it is my first year at Senior Athletics and I didn't know what to expect. Joshua Payne won gold and silver at the Victorian Junior State Track and Field Championships.

"Mixing it with the best Under 14 athletes in Victoria really gets your competitive side going, and to get a gold in the triple jump and silver in the 90 metre hurdles was unbelievable, especially as I am only just 12." Payne trains four nights a week after school at Landy Field for an hour and a half each session. Payne represents Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Little Athletics and Bellarine Athletics. He was enticed into athletics after his parents took him to watch a number of events at the 2012 London Olympics. His goals are: "To stay fit and injury free, to continue to enjoy athletics, and one day to represent Australia.

Ocean Grove Tennis Club held its Club Championships with record members competing. Many games went to tie breakers and great tennis was played by all who competed The winner of the A Grade Men's Singles was taken out by Jarryd Proctor, a member of the club since juniors. It was a well fought battle by Nigel Allen and was great to be sitting on the sidelines watching. Another great match to watch was the A Grade Men's Doubles with Jarryd partnering up with David Franks. Some superb tennis and commiserations to runners-up Nigel Allen and Adam Larsen. The winner of the A Grade Women's was taken out by Brooke Vigilante, who is one of the club's talented juniors, defeating Nicci Bain, one of the club's great Wednesday Night Ladies players. B Grade Singles went to Brendon Snookes betting Des Gorman in a tough match. Special mention goes to the B Grade Ladies which was ferociously fought out by the Wednesday Night Ladies and congratulations goes to Deb Berry, who played in many sections, for making it to the finals with Chrissie only to be out done by Fran and Mel in a very close game.

Jarryd Proctor, winner of the Ocean Tennis Club Men's Club Championship, with proud mother Marilyn. 178532

Women's Club Champion Brooke Vigilante (left) and runner-up Nicci Bain. 178532 Wednesday, 14 March, 2018




Grove teams in hunt Six Ocean Grove teams will get the opportunity to go for gold in their respective pennant competitions with three of those in the Midweek Pennant competition. The reigning state premiers booked their spot in the final match with a convincing 39 shot win against the minor premiers Queenscliff. Carol Howarth, Marg Carroll, Michael Allen and Faye Richardson took their game to another level recording the match winning margin of 38-14. Queenscliff then found form to advance to another showdown with the Grover's defeating Highton by 37 shots. Reaching the grand final was a little bit more of a challenging pathway for both Division Six and Eight teams. The Sixers were beaten by a rampaging St Leonards side in the first final but were able to respond in the best fashion in the Preliminary last week. Shirley Trimble, Lorraine Oliver, Marene Turnley and Harold Curwood dominated their opposition to win 35-18 to ensure the overall scoreboard was in favour of the Ocean Grove side. The victory in this match set up the rematch in the big dance with St Leonards. Jenni Morrow, Joy Cook, Albert Touwslager and Graeme Constable flexed their muscles in the Division Eight elimination final against Drysdale recording the 37-18 win that earned the side the chance to play in a preliminary final against Queenscliff. On the fast running greens at Eastern Park the challenge was set against a team that had only dropped one match this season. Graeme Constable's team again laid the platform with their eight-shot win whilst Marlene Ross skipped her side to a big score line of 30-30 for the draw. The Eights will line up for their grand final decider against Bell Post Hill.

John Gibcus bowls. 178507 Three teams are confirmed grand finalist of Saturday Pennant with another two chances on offer with two other sides in this week's preliminary finals. Divisions Four, Six and Seven have advanced to the big one with wins against Leopold, Bell Post Hill and Eastern Park respectively. Division Four led the way in its match at Portarlington. Adele Ryan, Andra Kuschert, Val Cook and Lorraine Kirk finished strong winning 25-17 while Jim Rogan skipped his side to a 25-20 result. John Izzard returned to Division Four with a win by three which was enough to cover the three-shot loss to the Ian Turner four. Brian Ryan and Peter Kuschert steered their teams to margins of 11 and 12 respectively to lead the Sixers to a grand final on the greens at Leopold. The Grovers clearly found the carpet to their liking as they took control of the match winning by 18 shots.

Division Seven had to fight a little bit harder in its match against Eastern Park eventually coming out on top by 11 shots overall. Only five shots separated the two teams with about 12 ends to go but the Grovers stood tall in the closing stages to be the third side that will compete on grand final day. Bob Bone, Nancy Quinton, Albert Touwslager and Harold Curwood got off to a great start leading 15-1 and continued to make it count when it mattered most winning 37-15 in a dominant display. Two teams will fight next week to join the three who have already booked their spot in the final showdown. Division One succumbed to the minor premiers Highton 1 on the greens at Geelong Cement. Unable to match the performance of the flag favourites on the day the Grove side will contest next week's preliminary final against Torquay.

Hat-trick feat for duo Chloe Thompson and Abby Richardson achieved every bowler's dream during the same match. The duo both took hat-tricks in their all-Ocean Grove Under 15 girls cricket semi-final. Abby took an amazing 6-12, which included a double hat-trick spread across two overs. The feat wasn't actually realised until the scorebook was looked at in more detail. Chloe took 3/21 and bowled three batters in a row. A lot like a hole-in-one in golf, many cricketers have been trying for decades to achieve the elusive feat, but these young cricketers were able to enjoy the accolade very early in their careers.

Seam bowler Chloe Thompson took a hat-trick in the Under 15s all-Ocean Grove semi-final. (Justin Flynn) 178381

Andy Wirth is aggressive in the field. 178382

Two flags for Grove juniors Ocean Grove and Leopold played a thrilling tie in the Under 15 girls grand final on the weekend. Both teams were declared joint winners and premiership winners. The scores were locked at 139 runs each. Holly Bryan took 2/9, Maggie Schaller grabbed 3/14 and Abby Richardson 3/34. Melanie McClusky made 21 and Chloe Thomson chipped in with 18. Ocean Grove Under 13 boys defeated Drysdale in a highly skilled and competitive grand final against Drysdale. The Grubbers made 7/221, which proved too much for Drysdale's 9/161.

Ocean Grove and Leopold were joint winners of the Under 15 girls cricket premiership after a thrilling tie in the grand final.

Charlotte Teague gets into her delivery stride.

Holly Bryan bowls to Tia Horzitski. 178382




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Jahd Anderson attempts to kick out of a contest. 178658

Picture: Mark Heenan Media

Solid hit-out for Grubbers By Mark Heenan Ocean Grove warmed up for the 2018 season with a practice match played in hot weather at Oakdene Estate Oval on Saturday. Visiting Essendon District Football League Club Keilor played the Grubbers in seniors, reserves and Under 19s in 30-plus temperatures. Keilor won all three matches. Keilor 14.12 (96) defeated Ocean Grove 10.6 (66) in the seniors. Ocean Grove stars James Linton, Jake Carmody and Jahd Anderson all played, while former Keilor gun midfielder Luke Cartelli played against his old side in Grubber colours. The Grubbers jumped out of the blocks and led by 26 points at quarter time. Keilor responded in the second term after its coach gave his players a spray at quarter time. The visitors, who led by one point at half time, slammed home six unanswered majors

in the third term. The Grubbers reduced the deficit in the last term to kick four goals. Ocean Grove Football Netball Club president Tony Potter said the new Oakdene venue had the makings of a viable Bellarine community football option. Ray Menzies Memorial Oval at Shell Road was unavailable due to cricket finals. "The basic set up is a footy oval and that's it - it has the potential to be a very good facility," Potter told the Voice. Ocean Grove's next match is against Diamond Creek at Oakdene this Saturday 17 March, while the club's new women's football team plays a home practice game against Bacchus Marsh this weekend. Ocean Grove Netball Club's first pre-season match is against Geelong West on Thursday 15 March at 6.30pm at Shell Road before it backs up two days later over Diamond Creek at home.


Thrilling win gives hope By Mark Heenan Collendina set up a compelling A Grade home semi-final re-match against rivals Ocean Grove after it survived a narrow one-wicket victory over Little River on Saturday. Cobra tailender Jye Hearps hit the winning runs in a tense finish. The Cobras finished second on the ladder with 52 points. Anglesea claimed the minor premiership with 58 points while third-placed Ocean Grove (51 points) and Drysdale (48 points) rounded out the top four. Chasing 186 against the competitive Little River on day two for victory, the task was made tougher without prolific batting pair Corey Walter (suspended) and Ben Ricardo (back injury). The home side finished at 9/193 from its 75 overs. Collendina coach Corey Walter, who was suspended for two games following his onfield behaviour against Ocean Grove in Round 9, said it had been tough watching from sidelines. "I hate watching - I've been training hard and getting around the boys - so looking forward to next week that is for sure," Walter told the Voice. "I was bloody nervous. I am a shocking watcher I can't watch at the best of times - I did not realise if we had of lost we would have finished in fourth spot. "With about 30 minutes to go I was starting to stress a little bit - we were just rapt to get the win." Collendina's top order, including openers Kade Norquay (28) and Cameron Kavailiunas (20), made starts, while stand in captain Nathan Walter (36) looked ominous before he was dismissed. Walter praised the development of star youngster Max Sutton after his innings of 36 in

Charlie Lamb charges in for Dina. 178509 Pictures: Jamie Cullum the middle order. It was Sutton's highest score with bat in 2017/18 and arguably his most important innings in A Grade. "He was fantastic he obviously gave himself a chance," he said. "I think that is what our top has been lacking at the moment getting frustrated and trying to play a few too many big shots too early. "He sort of put his foot down at the right time." Cobra pair Andy Higgins (4/46) and Charlie Lamb (3/50) were the leading wicket-takers on day one. In C Grade Collendina lost on a team forfeit to Armstrong Creek. Collendina defeated Jan Juc in a D Grade qualifying final. Batting first the Cobras made a competitive 8/174 from 40 overs.  Mark Fletcher retired on 44 not out, while Jacob Gasior (40) provided good support. In reply Jan Juc compiled 6/149 with Dave Treharne the leading wicket taker 2/19 from eight overs. The Cobras will now play its D Grade preliminary final this Saturday against Little River.

Jye Hearps in action for the Cobras. 178509

Dean Britt celebrates a wicket with Max Sutton. 178509

Grubbers ready and willing to face up to Cobras’ bite By Mark Heenan Ocean Grove and Collendina will resume their A Grade rivalry with a compelling semi-final re-match this weekend after the Grubbers disposed of Barrabool on 10 March. Last season the Cobras and Grubbers played an epic A Grade semi-final tied thriller at Collendina which saw the higher ranked Cobras progress through to the decider and win the title. Ocean Grove claimed bragging rights over the Cobras in a spiteful contest at Collendina in Round 9 - which saw Cobra coach Corey Walter red carded and rubbed out for two games. Despite its away semi-final fixture at the Snake Pit, the Grubbers are in hot form and have won their last four games with wins against Winchlesea, Collendina, Jan Juc and Barrabool. The Grubbers have taken more wickets and more runs than any other A Grade club in 2017/18. Ocean Grove coach Paul Jubber confirmed it had been a pleasing 2017/18 season though he admitted the Cobras cannot be underestimated at home. Ocean Grove's victory at Collendina on 10 February was the Cobras first loss at home since the start of 2013/14. "Collendina are a great club and they have had fantastic success in the last shorten period of time," Jubber told the Voice. "We certainly won't be underestimating what they will bring to the table - they have fantastic top end talent and we are aware of their strengths and they are probably aware of our strengths. "We are really confident going into the game against Collendina - we think we are a much better side than this time last year." Meantime Ocean Grove defeated Barrabool by 93 runs in a two-day clash at Barrabool Oval on Saturday. Barrabool was chasing 255 for victory after the Grubbers posted 9/254 on day one. Left-arm fast bowler Dan Roddis was a standout with 3/32 from 10 overs after his handy cameo innings of 24 with the bat on day one.

The Bulls were dismissed for 163 from 65.1 overs on day two. Grubber bowlers Jackson Kent (2/38) and Paul Jubber (2/12) each took two wickets apiece. Ocean Grove wicket-keeper batsman Huon Bertino continued his consistent season with the bat, he top scored with 73 on 3 March. Bertino has scored 386 runs at 48.25 this season - and is the eighth highest leading run scorer in A Grade. Paul Jubber made a valuable 39, while gun bat Mick Kenneady chimed in with 30. The Grubbers finished the 2017/18 season in third place with 51 points with an 8-2 record. Ocean Grove was rewarded with a double chance in B Grade despite going down to Jan Juc in its qualifying. Third-placed Ocean Grove escaped finals elimination after being the highest ranked loser. Batting first Ocean Grove compiled 8/177 with Nathan Taylor (52) leading the way while Adam Spiby contributed 37. In reply Jan Juc, which finished in fourth position at season's end, won with six wickets to spare to finish at 4/181. Ben Hanson hit a brilliant 96 with the bat in C Grade as Ocean Grove smashed Barrabool by 261 runs in their two-day match at Barwon Common. Batting first Ocean Grove posted a massive 5/299 with all-rounder Darren Craig provided good support with an unbeaten 73, while Craig D'Arcy remained 38 not out. In reply Ocean Grove ripped through the Barrabool bats - the Bulls all out for only 38 from 34.5 overs. Craig (3/4) and Craig Byron (3/19) each snared three wickets. The C Grubbers finished in top spot at the end of the regular season and will meet Armstrong Creek in home semi-final this weekend. D Grade minor premier Ocean Grove, who finished on top of the ladder, earned a week's break before this Saturday's preliminary final one-day match.

Callum Docherty faces up for the Grubbers. 178508

David Bate hits out on his way to 87 for Ocean Grove''s D grade side. 178508 Pictures: Jamie Cullum Wednesday, 14 March, 2018




Nippers dominate state By Mark Heenan Shani Paranavitana (right) wins gold ahead of Pippi McIntyre in the Under 12 Beach Flags event. Pictures: Nish Photography

Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club Nippers came away with a swag of gold from the Junior State Championships at Warrnambool over the weekend. The 2017/18 Life Saving Victoria Nipper competitor season drew to a close with the two-day carnival in Victoria’s southwest on 10 and 11 March. Ocean Grove SLSC Nippers dominated in Saturday’s individual competition on the opening day in warm and ideal conditions with many locals winning gold. Ocean Grove SLSC Junior Activities Manager Darren Ball said it was a thrill for the young Nippers to win their first gold and back up two days in a row at the state season finale. Around 94 Ocean Grove Nippers competed at the two-day event. “Results are terrific - so proud of the kids and the little ones get pump out of it,” Ball told the Voice. “It is the first time a lot of these kids have done a two-day carnival - so it is a big two days. “The endurance training that we do helps these kids over the two days and it comes out in the results - it is a very intense two days.” Ball said the competition side was a bonus with the goal to train Nippers as future lifesavers. “We are training our kids to be lifesavers the competition is a byproduct,” he said. Highlights included Under 14 star local Marcus Bird’s three individual gold medals in the Iron, Tube Race and Board Race. Bird took the overall Nipper of the Year honour and Water Competitor award. Local female competitor Jemima Asher won gold in the Under 14 Swim. Jemima’s brother Campbell Asher won Boys Under 12 Surf Board gold. Campbell Asher teamed up with James Leahy and Remy Roberts to win gold in the Under 12 Boys Surf Board Relay. Shani Paranavitana took out overall honours in the Under 12 Beach Flags over club compatriot Pippi McIntyre who claimed silver. McIntrye went one better in the Under 12 Beach Sprint to take out gold. Ocean Grove competitors had strong performances on day two and performed well in team events. The Under 9 quartet of Ned Allan, William Goldstraw, Tobias Hallam and Lucian Joyce won gold in the Boys Surf Team race. Lucian Joyce won the Under 9 Boys Wade Race gold, while Tobias Hallam took silver. Holly Confoy, Chelsea Hanks, Georgie McIntrye and Emma Pounder came away with victory in the Under 9 Girls Wade Relay. Ball thanked parents, family members and club officials for their tireless work and support across the two-day state titles and junior carnivals during the summer. At the time Voice went to print Ocean Grove SLSC was a leading contender to claim overall club honours at the Junior State Championships.

Marcus Bird won the Under 14 Boys Tube race.






Wednesday, 14 March, 2018

Ocean Grove Voice - 14th March 2018  
Ocean Grove Voice - 14th March 2018