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A Cranbourne East man has told of his shock after intruders allegedly climbed through his roof and ransacked his home. Adam Messina said he was left devastated when he came home from work on Tuesday 9 April to find his home "turned upside down." According to Mr Messina, the intruders avoided his "massive dog" in the backyard by climbing onto his roof before forcing their way through the manhole. During the raid, he says the bandits stole items of sentimental value including his grandfather's 24 carat gold necklace, rings and watches he had kept from his 21st birthday, as well as jewellery passed down from family generations. "That's the main stuff I'm worried about; other stuff can be replaced," he said. "They went through the whole house, every room, every cupboard, every draw. "(They) flipped up my couch, even took TV remote controls; left the TV hanging on the wall, took a lot of jewellery, lap tops, iPads, Nikon camera with portrait lenses, a lot of power tools." His beloved blue and white Honda motorbike worth about $13,000 was also taken from his garage during the raid. Police spokeswoman Natalie Butler said it's believed two men travelling in a small white hatchback broke into the property about 7.30am. They allegedly stole the motorbike with registration HRC11 which has yet to be located before leaving about 9.10am. According to Mr Messina, CCTV footage from his neighbours captured men in the area walking towards his home between 7.45am and 9am. "They came in through the roof and opened the roller door and the car's been reversed (into the garage) on the footage," Mr Messina said. "They've taken the garage remote with them as well."

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At school I... Was always a bit daggy. Not interested in sport, more dancing and singing. Wasn't one of the 'cool kids'. What's your favourite book? Anything by Stephen King. If you were PM for a day what would you do? Put our gun laws back to the where they were after Port Arthur Massacre. What's your favourite theatre production? Rocky Horror! What is your most memorable moment? Birth of my kids. What is it you love about the City of Casey? Community. so many great community groups. People working together. And the Arts is very healthy in Casey! So much talent. Where is your favourite holiday spot in Australia? The Victorian High country (breathtaking). Best music concert you have been to see? Robbie Williams

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‘Send me an angel’ Barbara considers herself a strong woman, someone who’s worked in business and office management for years. Yet when she was admitted as a compulsory patient into a hospital psychiatric ward, she was left isolated, terrified and bewildered. The South East single mum in her 40s says medical staff didn’t explain to her why this happened, what her rights were nor did they notify her children of her admission. At times she sat in the ward for four days before she was seen by a doctor, she said. “Patients were saying to me: don’t buck up, don’t ask questions or they’ll keep you in here longer or give you medication.” She felt lost, without support, but for the help of an advocate working for Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA). In the role, an advocate visits hospitals and is a voice of support for patients. Barbara described his intervention as like an “angel”. Unfortunately it seems there are not enough of these angels in our mental health system. According to a recent independent review, there needs to be twice as many IMHA advocates to reach every compulsory patient. The horrors started for Barbara when, stalked and threatened by a violent ex-partner, she had “a bit of a breakdown”.

She sought help at Casey Hospital in January where she had an epileptic seizure. She was told paramedics were transferring her to The Alfred hospital for a CAT scan. Then to her bewilderment, she was admitted as a compulsory patient into a psychiatric ward. “I don’t know if there was some sort of mistake Weeks later, she visited Narre Warren police station to apply for an intervention order. Upon checking her details, police officers grabbed her, patted her down in the car park and carted her back to Casey Hospital. There, medical staff started to shackle her to a bed and demanded she swallow psychiatric medication. She was told she had been avoiding her medication since released in the community. “’I’m not on any medication,’ I said. “It’s a very weird situation when your whole person and whole mind is being judged incorrectly. “I would rather be in a police cell.” A recent RMIT University review released this month found the IMHA service was doing a sterling job, but underresourced. The review is calling for a funding boost to expand the service to an opt-out model for all involuntary mental health patients. IMHA manager Helen Makregiorgos said

the service was a “safeguard”. “You can be held in a locked ward and forced to receive medications, as well as other restrictions like limiting your communication with the world outside. “It’s a daunting prospect to face by yourself. “We support people to learn about their rights and have as much of a say as possible, so they don’t have to undergo unnecessary or unwanted treatment.” Dr Chris Maylea, who led the RMIT review, said several inpatients in Dandenong told how frightening the system could be, and how few the supports. “We identified that services often breached the Mental Health Act and that IMHA helps services to comply with the Act.” The IMHA was introduced by the State Government in 2015 at an annual cost of $2.3 million. Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said the Royal Commission into mental health would give answers to a system that needs repairing. “In the meantime, we will continue to support the Independent Mental Health Advocacy to make sure the views and voices of mental health patients are heard.” Meanwhile, Barbara is lodging a complaint with the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner. She is also submitting to the Royal Commission.

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Police are appealing for help following the theft of a campervan in Berwick on Saturday 23 March. Police say the vehicle was locked but the keys were located and used to allegedly steal the vehicle. The vehicle has a manual transmission and solar panels on the roof with a beige interior. Police were only supplied an image showing only the front of the vehicle. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestoppersvic.gov. auand quote the incident number 190108989.

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CFA crews tackle a burn off fire in Devon Meadows. but to try and get into the seed of it, you need to pull it apart." Devon Meadows brigade were also called to burn-offs on the South Gippsland Highway in Cranbourne and Browns Road in Devon Meadows on the same evening. Despite being April and cooler temperatures, Mr Swain reminded everyone that burnoffs were illegal during fire restrictions. "That's the trouble; you go to these places

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and the first thing they say is 'well I didn't know it was still on.'" According to the Casey Council website, CFA declared the fire danger period would run until 1 May: "During this period, they restrict the use of fire in the community to stop bush fires from starting," it said. Anyone wishing to burn on their property during this period must apply for a fire permit with the CFA.

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Casey Crime Investigation detectives are investigating a burglary at an automotive workshop in Cranbourne West on Sunday 7 April. Investigators have been told at least three men broke into the Universal Way premises about 6am and allegedly stole two vehicles, including a silver Ford Falcon sedan with registration 1OV8JZ, which is yet to be located. The second vehicle was a black Nissan Skyline, which was recovered on Monday 8 April. Police say no arrests have been made at this stage and are investigating. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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Police are appealing for help following the theft of four bottles of liquor from a store in Fountain Gate, Narre Warren on Saturday 13 April. Narre Warren police say the thieves entered First choice Liquor before selecting a litre bottle of Jim Beam and three one-litre bottles of Johnny Walker and leaving the store without paying. Police have released images of people believed to be aged in their twenties and of African appearance who may be able to assist their enquiries. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestoppersvic.gov.auand quote the incident number 190133991.

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By Brendan Rees Firefighters responded to an-authorised burn off in Devon Meadows on Wednesday 10 April. CFA firefighters were called to the blaze, which covered an area of about 15 metres by 10 metres in size at the North Road property just after 5pm. Six trucks from Pearcedale, Devon Meadows, and Cranbourne battled the fire which was contained about 6.45pm. Devon Meadows fire brigade Captain Andrew Swain said the fire, believed to have been a pile of timber, was well alight when crews arrived at the rear of the property. "When we turned into North Road we could actually see the flames over the top of the building," he said. "He must be on a few acres. It wasn't going to go anywhere; a couple of his workers had hoses keeping a few things damp," he said. Mr Swain said the fire had been lit while fire restrictions were still in place. "He must have some sort of demolition business. He brings a lot of his wood and all that home, and decided to light it up thinking the (fire) restrictions were off," he said. "Unfortunately we have been to this place before. He's a bit of known one to us to burn off without really checking restrictions." Mr Swain said crews pulled apart the rubble to tackle the fire with the help of the owner's tractor. "You can put as much water on it as you like

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Sex pest jailed for years By Cam Lucadou-Wells A predator in his 30s who pursued underage girls online for sexualised chats and explicit photos and videos has been jailed. Richard Kelly, 35, was a registered sex offender and on a community corrections order for similar offences when he was arrested by police at his mother's house in Cranbourne in July. In sentencing on 11 April, County Court of Victoria judge Scott Johns noted that Kelly had often used a false name and pretended he was 17 during the seduction of the six victims aged between 12 and 15.

He had contacted them on private messaging on either Facebook or Instagram, mostly for up to eight days. However, a 15-year-old victim was groomed by Kelly for nearly 13 months. At one point, he'd arranged to meet her at a shopping centre, telling her they would smoke ice, go to the cinema and have sex in his car. Judge Johns accepted that Kelly cancelled the meeting and made no physical contact. On seizing Kelly's phone, police discovered Kelly contacted a total of 15 children - who he had failed to disclose to authorities.

Kelly had a 20-year history of drug abuse. He was under the effects of 'ice' during most of his offending, as well as socially isolated and depressed by the death of his father a decade ago, the court heard. Judge Johns said Kelly's high moral culpability was amplified by the breach of a corrections order issued by Dandenong Magistrates Court for similar offences. They included soliciting a child under 16 for sex, inducing a child to provide child abuse material, and possessing child pornography. The corrections order did not deter Kelly from further offending, the judge noted.

Kelly had not advanced any remorse and showed limited insight into the impact of his actions, the court heard. Judge Johns said "with some reservation" that Kelly had rehabilitation prospects given Kelly had not yet completed a sexual offender program. It was largely dependent on Kelly overcoming his drug addiction, the court heard. Kelly was jailed for up to three years and three months, with a minimum non-parole period of two years. He will be a registered sexual offender for life.

Pain continues at bowser as Easter holidays loom By Brendan Rees With Easter just around the corner, Casey motorists are set to face high petrol prices as they head off on road trips for the long weekend. The average unleaded price in Melbourne over the past week was up 14.8 cents to $153.8c a litre, according to CommSec senior economist Ryan Felsman. "Unleaded petrol prices are set to remain around $1.50 a litre in the near term," he said. Mr Felsman said a jump in international crude oil, continued Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries - Russian production cuts and supply disruptions in Venezuela, Libya and Sudan, had pushed up prices by 40 per cent this year. "The school holidays are underway with the Easter-Anzac Day block of public holidays encouraging most Aussies to take some extended time off," he said. "Those who have hit the road would've noticed that petrol prices have lifted." Feeling the pinch at the bowser has been Berwick furniture removal truck driver Mark Johnson who uses about 600 to 700 litres of premium diesel fuel a week. "Of my turnover fuel would be around

about 24 to 27 per cent," he said. Mr Johnson said he would pay as much as $640 to fill his 400-litre tank. "Because I'm using it predominately for highway and removal work I can claim for the diesel excise but it would probably be 16 cents a litre, not much. "On road costs, daily road costs, fuel and maintenance is ridiculous," he said. According to Petrolspy.com on Monday 15 April BP Cranbourne South on FrankstonCranbourne Road and 7-Eleven in Cranbourne East on Ballarto Road had unleaded fuel priced at $152.9c a litre, while Woolworths Caltex Berwick on Clyde Road was $153.3c a litre, and Coles Express Narre Warren on Princes Highway, a $156.9c a litre. RACV manager of vehicle engineering Michael Case advised motorists to top up rather than fill up where possible. "The price cycle is a function of competition, driven by competing fuel stations attempting to undercut each other in order to sell more petrol," he said. "When this discounting reaches an unsustainable level where profit margins are very low or even running at a loss, the fuel price gets driven back up again by some of the retailers."

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Shorten pledges millions for Casey mental health ward By Danielle Kutchel Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has continued his pitch to voters with a major health funding announcement at Casey Hospital this week. He was held to account by a Berwick patient, Rob Gibbs, who said he had heard it all before. Joined by Labor candidate for La Trobe Simon Curtis and Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare Catherine King, Mr Shorten announced an investment of $22.4 million for a mental health inpatients ward at Casey Hospital. The Opposition says this will take pressure off the hospital’s emergency department and will ensure people in the region can access improved care in acute and high dependency beds. “There are tragedies in these communities.

There are clusters of young people who are self-harming and worse. There are clusters of behaviour here that we need to help people with,” Mr Shorten said at the announcement. The funding will come from Labor’s $2.8 billion Better Hospitals Fund. Mr Shorten also announced an additional $250 million in funding to help reduce waiting lists for elective surgery across the country. “If you want to be Prime Minister of Australia, the pain which ordinary Aussies are going through should be a priority,” Mr Shorten said. “If we can help alleviate the pain ... then that is actually the right thing to do.” Cowwarr resident Rob Gibbs, who is battling cancer, attended the press conference with a question for the Prime Ministerial hopeful around why voters should trust Mr Shorten

to follow through on his promises. Having spent almost $20,000 on his cancer treatment in the past year, Mr Gibbs said he was sceptical of the Federal Labor leader’s pledges of cheaper cancer scans and specialist visits, announced during Mr Shorten’s budget reply speech. “You’re always hearing them promise things. As soon as they get elected they forget about it,“ Mr Gibbs said to reporters. “My daughter’s worried, is her dad ever going to come home?” “I was promised by Daniel Andrews, the Labor premier, in 2015 that he would look after me...” Mr Shorten responded directly to Mr Gibbs, telling him he would pass on his concerns to the premier and wanted to “do better” for Mr

Gibbs and others like him. “I haven’t been Prime Minister in the last four years, but if I am Prime Minister, I do want to reduce your out of pocket costs. I want to do better. You’re in the battle of your life. We’re going to fund six million extra scans... three million extra visits to the specialists... we’re going to fund cancer research, an extra $125 million in that. “To me, what you’re talking about is the exact reason why I’m running for Prime Minister. You matter to me.” Following his chat with Mr Shorten, Mr Gibbs said he was reserving his judgement on the Opposition Leader’s pledges. “We’ll see what happens. Like I said, I had the premier promise me in front of Neil Mitchell in 2015 and here we are in 2019. Hopefully something will happen.”

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Shocked by shooting By Brendan Rees The tragic death of a Narre Warren South man who was allegedly gunned down outside a Prahran nightclub has left the community heartbroken. Tribute messages have been posted on social media for 37-year-old security guard Aaron Khalid Osmani who died in hospital on Sunday 14 April following a drive-by shooting outside Love Machine Nightclub on Malvern Road. Police are investigating if a black Porsche SUV seen leaving the area was related to the incident - which was later found burnt out in Wollert. The sudden death of Mr Osami has shocked friends and family who described him as a "kind, funny and easy going guy." Borche Kajmakoski, who described himself as the co-owner and director of multiple nightclubs in Melbourne on Facebook, said: "No words can explain the pain the families of the victims are suffering right now." "You were always welcoming, always polite and always had a smile on your face every time myself and all other patrons came to the venue," he posted. "You are a man like no other and my condolences go out to your family and friends." Friend Kelly Mills posted: "You were everything to me. I'm broken that you are gone. The last nine years we shared will be cherished." "I'll always love you and you'll always have my heart. I wish your family condolences. You'll always be remembered," she said. Ritchie Vongsykeo posted "As someone who works in the industry, I am saddened to hear about this senseless violence. Sending thoughts and prayers to everyone who was innocently caught up in this." A GoFundMe Page has been set up in memory of Mr Osami which has already raised $8,325.

Aaron Khalid Osmani died following a shooting in Prahran. The incident also left a 28-year-old fighting for his life in hospital, while a 50-year-old man and a 29-year-old man both sustained non-life threatening injuries. A 20-year-old woman was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police be-

lieved she may have fallen at the scene of the shooting and hit her head on the ground. Four other people were injured including a 26-year-old man who presented himself to hospital on Sunday 14 April with non-life threatening injuries believed to have been sustained at the shooting, police say.

An investigation is underway and the exact circumstances are still being established. Police are asking anyone with information or footage of the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or alternatively make a confidential report online at www. crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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Glenn Patterson remains secret about his salary Casey council's 2019/20 budget will not be transparent to ratepayers and residents. Casey Council CEO Glenn Patterson recently agreed to meet with me at Casey following Casey Council's refusal to allow me to know how much our CEO is being paid even though Glenn Patterson is paid by ratepayers as are all senior managers and staff at Casey, and even though the employment contracts of most Victorian municipal CEOs are transparent to local ratepayers and residents. Mr Patterson was made aware by email of my items of interest for discussion. He informed me that under the legislation he doesn't have to tell me his salary or contract. When asked how then Casey's 2019/20 budget will then be transparent Mr Patterson seemed to just shrug his shoulders with indifference. He did claim, however, that his salary is less than his predecessor Mike Tyler. Well then why does it have to be kept secret Mr Patterson? Mr Patterson did also state that his salary will be revealed in Casey's annual report which will not be available until the end of September this year; well after Casey's 2019/20 budget is released. Annual reports are not necessarily transparent because they may not itemise the salary and financial incentives paid to staff and CEOs. Rather annual reports can disguise pay-

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SOCIALLY SPEAKING On April 16 a story was shared to the Star News Facebook page about the son of an elderly Narre Warren South resident who has declared war with Casey Council over their failure to pick up a hefty bill after a nature strip tree caused damage to her sewer pipeline. Here is how our readers reacted: Suzi Grbesa: The council need to remove the gum trees as well! Their leaves kill lawns and make a mess!!! And the roots lift foundations. It's absolutely ridiculous. You would think after so many years and heaps of complaints that they would do something about this and plant something else instead! Ruth Rickard: This council hasn’t a clue that gum trees belong in the bush not nature strips! Rupinder J Gill: Similar thing happened to the lady next door, the tree roots went through her water supply and water was leaking out. cranbournenews.starcommunity.com.au


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A total of 895 parking sensors have been installed at Bunjil Place.

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using the Smart Parking App while driving, adding "this is not the way the app is intended to be used." "Visitors are encouraged to use the app prior to departure to the precinct to help determine available parking and parking restrictions," she said. "Upon arrival, wayfinding signage has been installed to further assist drivers, indicating the number of available parking bays nearby, including for the disabled." Casey Highway Patrol Sergeant Pat McGavigan said drivers must concentrate while behind the wheel as mobile phone distraction was one the biggest contributors to road trauma.

"Drivers must be aware that it is an offence to use a mobile phone while driving and it will be enforced," he said. "If you take your eyes off the road especially in the vicinity of a car park who's to say pedestrians are not going to step out between cars," Sgt McGavigan said. "We'll take appropriate action where we detect people doing the wrong thing." The penalty for using a phone while driving is a $484 fine and four demerit points. More than 85 additional carparks have been made available within the new carpark, bringing the total capacity of this space to 259, incorporating 181 parks with a two/three-hour limit and 58 all day car parks.

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Casey Council has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on parking sensors in the Bunjil Place precinct which will help visitors to find a carpark using their mobile phones. Council installed the final batch of parking sensors at a cost of about $300,000, providing real time information on parking through a cloud-based service, collected by sensors located in the ground. The sensors send data to smart phone apps and traffic signs to help guide visitors to an available parking space. It comes after the completion of the new carpark late last year with a total of 895 sensors

having been installed. Casey Mayor Cr Amanda Stapledon said since the installation of the parking sensors the benefits had been significant. "This has included the ability to manage parking demand, to ensure fair access to short-stay parking spaces is prioritised and a reduction in traffic congestion often caused by cars circling for a park," she said. "Visitors are able to identify available parking spaces at just the touch of a button with Bunjil Place, Casey ARC and part of Fountain Gate's parking all integrated within the Smart Parking App. Casey manager of safer communities Caroline Bell said council did not condone anyone

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corridor of Devon Meadows, Clyde, Clyde North, Cranbourne South and Pearcedale, provides children with a safe place to learn and develop person skills thru camping, activities and learning, Ms Cooper added. She said more than $100,000 in repair works was achieved thanks to the efforts of the community. Devon Meadows Primary School Principal Brendan McDonough also attended the reopening and was presented a scouts scarf by young scout Drew Dickenson. The club welcomes anyone interested in seeing what the group is about to contact: dmscoutgroup@gmail.com

Cranbourne Gardens has a new look thanks to working bees who volunteered their time to plant hundreds of flowers on Friday 5 April. Staff got together with a group of wonderful volunteers and students from Chisholm TAFE to plant 600 pots of Variegated Coastal Rosemary in the Red Sand Garden. Team leader Warren Worboys said the project wouldn't have been possible without the help of volunteers and students. "The Cranbourne Gardens team are incredibly grateful for the amazing work from the volunteers on this project, as well as many other projects at the Cranbourne Gardens," he said. The plants are hardy and produce a scattering of small white flowers in spring, which bees love, Mr Worboys said. "The variegated leaves of this variety make the plants look grey in colour when viewed from a distance, giving the appearance of circles of spinifex grass which are native to the central Australian deserts."

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"I'd never spoken to an audience of that size before, or for that long," she added. "A few people in the audience were feverously taking notes and at the end, several of them asked questions pertaining to my books, my methods and the overall writing process." Born in former Yugoslavia, Violeta migrated to Australia in 1996 and published her very first paid piece at the age of 11. She began writing Ace of Hart, the first book in the Hart of Darkness saga a little more than four years ago. To date, she has two international best sellers to her name with many more to come, and has signed on a new publisher, Elephant Tree Publishing, for her young adult trilogy, The Ceoran Chronicles. Violeta says her editor, Louise Tull of Paken-

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Peace vigil By Brendan Rees Members of the Hazara community have gathered for a candlelight vigil in Lynbrook to honour the lives of those who died in a terrorist attack in Pakistan last week. Twenty people reportedly died and several were injured following a suicide bomb blast at an outdoor market in the city of Quetta on Friday 12 April. A peaceful protest was held at Banjo Paterson Park which saw more than 60 people attend to spread awareness that terrorism "did not have any religion, cast, language or country." Speakers included those from the Hossaini Society of Victoria, Hazara Shamama Association, and Hossaini Sunday School, and members of the Sikh community who provided a dinner. "We are all connected to each other as community. We share the same pain as every Hazara anywhere in the world," United Cultural Support president Sadia Ali said. "We are like a body, if there's a pain in one

part of the body, it is felt in the entire body. "Most of the Hazaras who have been targeted were the only bread earner of their family. We seek Justice, We are appealing for protection, we want Peace," Ms Ali added. The vigil included a recitation from the Holy Quran of Muslims by community member Qaari Haji Mehdi. Ms Ali said most Hazaras did not step outside of their areas or loiter around Quetta because their "distinct facial features make them easily recognisable targets." "Hazara, who follow the tenets of Shia Islam, have a longstanding history of being subjected to sectarian violence by the Taliban and many other groups. "It takes apart humanities and leave dark scars in the history. "We are thankful to the Sikh Community who stood with us in solidarity and shared our grief and sorrow in this hard time which is a true example of unity, humanity and strength as community and diversity," she said.

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By Brendan Rees A Cranbourne East elderly woman has expressed her concern over "odd" hand-written letters she received in her mail purporting to be from Jehovah's Witness. Chris McPhail received two letters on Monday 4 March from the same Cranbourne address but with two different names "to share some important information" and if she had "wondered about the Kingdom of God." Upon a closer look, Ms McPhail said the name 'Tom' had been whited-out initially at the top of one of the letter's. The other letter from 'Louisa' which included a scripture verse from the Bible stated "someday soon I will be able to talk to you personally so I have decided to write to you a personal letter." Ms McPhail of Blue Hills Residences said both letters were "virtually the same letter word-for-word" and arrived in the same mail delivery. She was concerned other residents would fall vulnerable to potential scammers. "There is no asking for payment but it is so easy to suck money, medals, memorabilia and the like from our elderly," she said. "I am concerned as I feel that old and lonely people are going to be sucked in big time by these people. "A lot of people that don't have extended family and no longer have contact with their family." Ms McPhail added: "How they picked me

Easter Bunny visits village for charity The Easter bunny arrived early, greeting dozens of residents at the Lynbrook Village Easter Evening Market on Thursday 11 April. The event, which attracted foodies, artists, designers and musicians, raised money for the Royal Children's Hospital Appeal. There was also 20 market stalls, a petting zoo, face painters, a jumping castle, live music, kids craft activities and more. The balmy evening also featured a range of heavenly, autumn-style dishes, refreshing beverages and plenty of backyard style games like table tennis and hopscotch. Councillor Damien Rosario said: "It's always a great gathering of people for a nice evening out, terrific relaxed atmosphere, and showcases the best of our local Lynbrook retail options."

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FOCUS ON … MEDICALLY SPEAKING

Cardiac care close to home Heart disease claims the lives of thousands of Australians each year and that’s why the Heart Foundation is focusing on the importance of physical activity in reducing the prevalence and impact of the disease during its annual Heart Week being held from April 28-May 4. According to the Heart Foundation, cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death, killing one person every 12 minutes and accounting for nearly 30 per cent of all deaths in this country. Largely preventable, heart disease affects one in six Australians with more than one million people aged 30-65 at a high risk of having a heart attack or stroke-many of whom may not even know it.

Knowing your individual risks is the first step in avoiding a heart attack or stroke and the best way to find out your overall risk is to see your doctor or health practitioner for a heart health check. While there are some risks that can’t be changed - for example increasing age, being male, ethnic background (Indian sub-continent and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) and family history - there are plenty of risk factors that can be mitigated: smoking,high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, being inactive, being overweight, unhealthy diet or depression/isolation. Fortunately for the people of Berwick and surrounding communities, St John of God

Berwick Hospital offers a range of cardiac services and specialises in the management of patients who are experiencing symptoms associated with heart failure. Along with a cardiovascular interventional laboratory, which allows cardiologists to look inside a heart and enables them to diagnose and treat heart conditions, the hospital offers cardiac/high dependency care to patients who have experienced a cardiac event such as a heart attack. The 10-bed high acuity cardiac unit is part of the hospital’s Critical Care Unit which caters to patients who may need to be monitored very closely following major surgery, require the insertion of a stent, pacemaker or

internal cardiac defibrillator, or for those who have unexpectedly become very ill. The hospital also provides in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation services which enables it to provide a holistic approach to cardiac care in this region. The hospital has also recently launched a rapid access Chest Pain Clinic which allows quick access to a cardiologist for patients suffering from non-active cardiac symptoms, within 1-2 weeks. A GP referral is required. For emergencies and active chest pain, please call 000. For more information on cardiac care, please contact St John of God Berwick Hospital on 8784 5000.

New services at Doveton Doveton Medical Centre proudly welcomes two new members to the team, counsellor and psycho-educator Johny Mattom and practice nurse Claudine Celis. Johny is an accredited mental health social worker with extensive experience and will be attending Doveton on Mondays for one hour sessions with patients. He will bulk bill all patients referred under a Mental Health Treatment Plan, which can be arranged prior to appointments with one of the centre’s friendly doctors. Claudine is a registered division one nurse and along with senior practice nurse Kylie Griffiths, can assist in the preparation of care plans, health assessments and immunisation. Kylie also has experience with weight management and programs for patients who are in

need of some diet and exercise advice. The centre also has podiatrist Elmo from Tasman Podiatry who attends the practice fortnightly on a Saturday. Patients are bulk billed under a care plan for his services. Doveton Medical Centre has been part of the community since 1963 and continues to support patients with expert care from a team of experienced doctors, nurses and support staff. The centre prides itself on providing a warm and friendly environment and personlised care. Call 9792 4060 to book an appointment with Dr Ravi or Dr Priyanthi. Alternatively, book online by going to wwwdovetonmedicalcentre.com.au. New patients and walk-ins are most welcome.

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WHAT’S ON Warren. Details: 8679 6088 or withonevoice@creativityaustralia.org.au.

Growing with Autism Conference Growing with Autism Conference is hosting its first Autism expo in Cranbourne focused on children, youth and young adults. This one day event will bring together exhibitors, NDIS, Guest speakers and entertainers Chloe Hayden- Princess Aspien and Tim Ellis Magician. The Lions Club will be providing sizzling sausages and vegie burgers as well. This event will cover people in the southeast, Peninsula and Gippsland. Saturday 11 May from 10am-4pm at the Cranbourne Public Hall. Corner of Clarendon and High Streets, Cranbourne. Tickets $15 adults and under 16 free.

Biggest morning tea It is on again! Get your friends, colleagues or community together over tea, treats and games. Help raise funds for much needed cancer research. Bring along your small change for our great raffles. Guest speaker: City of Casey Mayor, Cr Amanda Stapledon Book early to avoid disappointment. $10 per person. Thursday 23 May from 10am – 12pm at Balla Balla Community Centre, 65 BerwickCranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East. Ph. 5990 0900.

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Conductor wanted The conductor of The Fenix Chorale Inc. is looking at retirement in the not so distant future and is seeking a deputy to start to assist at the moment and eventually take over.The choir sings four part works; anything from light opera to modern songs. The 30 members are senior citizens and practices are held at Woodlands Retirement Village, 72 Kangan Drive, Berwick in the auditorium, on the first, second and third Wednesday afternoons of the month from 2.30 - 3.45pm. Several concerts are held during the year at villages and churches in the local area. Please contact the Secretary, Margaret Haywood 9700 3973 or mhaywood.celebrant@ gmail.com if interested in the position which is unpaid or indeed to join the choir.

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Cranbourne Italian Seniors Club Meet every Monday at Cranbourne Public Hall to enjoy a morning playing cards, bingo and botchy and a cooked meal provided by the women of the Italian seniors club. Every third Monday of the month a meal is prepared by an authentic Italian chef and a dance is organised. On Monday April 29 the club will be celebrating its 2nd year anniversary with a hearty Italian feast. If you would like to attend please call Val Motta on 041466663 for more information.

Mother's Day choral concert Voices of Casey and Play it Forward choirs present Songs My Mother Taught Me - a trip down memory lane, with great songs from the 20th century. Conducted by Dr Jonathon Welch AM and accompanied by Jodie Lockyer. Includes afternoon tea. Saturday May 11 3pm at The Amazing Grace, 150-156 South Gippsland Highway Cranbourne. $30 adult/ $25 concession/ $20 under-18s / $85 family. Bookings: Paulien 0412 741 195 or maritimes.1@hotmail.com

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Join St Andrew's Berwick Uniting Church for this Easter season Easter services Tennebrae Service (Service of the Shadow) Holy Thursday, 18 April at 7.30pm at St Andrew's Berwick 105 High St, Berwick. Good Friday 19 April, combined service at 10am. Easter Sunday 21 April, worship at 9am - all ages. Blended Traditional Service at 10:30am.

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Casey Choir Turns 21 We are looking for past members of the choir to share the celebrations with us. If you have ever been a member, please contact Tracey on 0449 132 616 to learn about the opportunity for past member to participate in our concert. Two big events, a 'Celebration In Song' Concert & a Gala Dinner. 31 August -Both events at Bunjil Place

·Cranbourne Day View Club

New members welcome. Would you like to have fun and make new friends whilst raising funds to support a Learning For Life student through the Smith Family, if so come along and join us at Trios on the first Wednesday of the month at 11am for a meeting lunch and hear a guest speaker. For further information please ring Trish Ransom ph 5995 7037

Virtual reality and Game design for teens Does your teenager like games, designing or coding? At this program teenagers aged 1217yrs can come along and learn the basics of game design software Unreal Engine to create a simple virtual reality game, which they can then play using state of the art Mixed Reality headsets. They can learn how to use visual coding in their game to make boxes explode, collect coins, turn lights on and more! Saturday 11 May for 7 weeks from 1.30pm 2.30pm at Balla Balla Community Centre, 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East. Ph. 5990 0900

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ries and novels. Even if you are a regular writer with some core background knowledge, you will gain new insights about yourself as a writer. Monday 29 April for 8 weeks from 1pm - 3pm at Balla Balla Community Centre, 65 BerwickCranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East. Ph. 5990 0900

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‘Tax in Australia’ - What you need to know Free session - Provided by the Australian Taxation Office. We want to make tax and super easy, learn more at this community information session. Tuesday 14 May from 7pm—8pm at Balla Balla Community Centre, 65 BerwickCranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East. Ph. 5990 0900

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Casey Choir Casey Choir is performing at Choral@Montsalvat. This event is a full afternoon of music, from 12noon until 5pm with 13 choirs performing in 3 different venues, next door to each other. Move in and out of each venue as you please, to find the choir and the music that you most enjoy. Take the family, take a picnic or buy food there and if you have ever wanted to visit Monsalvat, then this is the day to do it. Casey Choir is performing at 1.00pm, please get there in time to support us. Tickets at the venue ticket-box or on-line at www.trybooking.com/BAOUK -Venue: Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Ave, Eltham. www.caseychoir.com.au Sunday 5 May from 1pm.

·Narre Warren Seniors Club

If you are over 55, live in Casey, and don't go to the footy on Saturdays, then here's something you can do - come and play cards or darts with a friendly group of people at Narre Warren Seniors. Cards and darts are played on alternate Saturdays from 1pm to 3pm. 192-196 Centre Road, near the Narre Warren Railway Station. Phone 9704 0015 or 0426 736 467 for more information.

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Bounce into fitness with instructor Nidia at Brentwood Park Neighbourhood House. Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm at Brentwood Park Neighbourhood House, 21a Bemersyde Drive, Berwick. $10 per session. Bookings 9702 1218 or admin@bpnh.org.au.

Tuesday playgroup Your child can socialise and make great friends at a small and fun Tuesday playgroup. The group is supervised and facilitated by an experienced playgroup leader, with craft activities, songs, story-time and outdoor play. For children up to four years old. Oakgrove Community Centre, 89-101 Oakgrove Drive, Narre Warren South, Tuesdays, 9.30-11.30am. Bookings on 9704 2781.

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Free Yoga sessions with the whole family Enjoy Yoga in the park every Sunday for the month of April. Does your family need a little more Zen in their life? Our Family Yoga sessions are just what the doctor ordered! 9-10am every Sunday at Bunjil Place.

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Voices of Casey are currently recruiting for new members to sing with them for 2019. They practice each Monday, excepting school holidays at Fiddlers Green Retirement village, 57 Gloucester Ave, Berwick from 7-9.30pm. This is a non-audition choir, attracting enthusiastic amateurs as well as seasoned singers. Our repertoire includes well known classics, pop songs and contemporary compositions. For further information please contact Paulien on 0412 741 195 or maritimes.1@hotmail. com.

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New Vogue, Ballroom, and Latin Dancing Always yearned to dance? Then step it out this year in easy-to learn New Vogue, Ballroom and Latin dances. Have good fun in a relaxed environment at Balla Balla Community Centre East Cranbourne. All welcome and there is no age limit.

For all enquiries call Diane Marsh on 0408343202 or email difen69@bigpond.net. au. Two sessions every Monday from 5pm6pm and 6.30pm-7.30pm at 65 BerwickCranbourne Road, Cranbourne East.

New members welcome Cranbourne Senior Citizens Club is invites new members to join them for bowls, bingo, line dancing, ballroom dancing, barbecues, table tennis, board games, cards, pool, and day trips. Also, pleasant Sunday afternoons - entertainment and afternoon tea. Located at 1 Codrington St., Cranbourne. For detail contact: Thelma: 5996 4554 Isobel: 0429 301 947

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Men talking OM:NI holds a discussion group for blokes over 50 in a warm, friendly environment. They meet over coffee and discuss issues of interest, with plenty of laughs. New members welcome. Tea and coffee provided. First Wednesday of the month, 9am-12pm at Brentwood Park Neighbourhood House, 21A Bemersyde Drive, Berwick. Details: Brian Regan, 0408 545 984.

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Children's Fitness The Happy Feet fitness and entertainment program delivers educational content, creativity and social skills. Suitable for 18 months-5 years. Costs $9.50 per session. 12-12.30pm Tuesdays at Oakgrove Community Centre, 89-101 Oakgrove Drive, Narre Warren South. Bookings: 9704 2781 or Cathy Lord, 0402 146 629 andcathy@happyfeetadmin.com.au.

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Cranbourne and District Garden Club Come along, meet people and maybe learn a thing or two. All are welcome. Contact 5995 1420. Every second Thursday of the month at 1.15pm at the Cranbourne Public Hall.

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Just Harmony Choir of Berwick Just Harmony Choir has vacancies for singers to be part of our exciting new year program of friendly fun and performances. Singers will be warmly welcomed for choir practices. Choir practices are held every Monday at 7pm to 9pm in the Old Cheese Factory, Homestead Road Berwick. For further details call 0427 643 221.

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Choirs members wanted Fenix Chorale Inc.is a choir consisting of thirty plus sings beautiful four part harmonies to a variety of popular songs and performs several times during the year at local retirement villages and other venues. New members are always welcome. Please phone the Secretary, Margaret Haywood 9700 3973 or email: mhaywood.celebrant@ gmail.com for further information.

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Casey U3A Casey U3A classes for retirees will be held in Berwick at a range of locations and also at Selandra Community Hub, Clyde North. Only $35 to join for year. 40 plus classes. Visit the website at http://casey.u3anet.org. au for details or John 9707 2301 or 0409 515465.

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Seniors activities Berwick Seniors welcome new members who would like to join their club and enjoy good company and activities such as indoor croquet, billiards, table tennis, darts, board games and bingo. The club days are Fridays, 9.30am-1.30pm, with line-dancing on Tuesdays 10.30am12pm.112 High Street, Berwick. Details: 9707 2017.

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Time for tennis Cranbourne Tennis Club holds social tennis on Thursday mornings from 9.30am to 11.30am. Competitions are open to singles and doubles of all ages including beginners and advanced players. Cost is $2 including tea and coffee. Casey Fields at 160 Berwick-Cranbourne Rd (Melways 134 E7). Details: 0419 382 049 or 0432 535 575.

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Learn to play the bagpipes The Berwick Pipers INC is interested in attracting new members to its group, particularly experienced bagpipe players. The group play B Flat chanters in our bagpipes as it gives them the greatest chance of helping concert bands and orchestras. Email berwickpipers16@gmail.com or visit the website at www.berwickpipers.info. The group's secretary Steve Everett and tutor can be contacted on 03 97296219 or 0425 826 990.

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Community choir With One Voice Casey choir welcomes singers of all backgrounds and abilities. There are no auditions. No singing experience is necessary. Rehearsals run each Monday, starting from 28 May. Supper included. 6.15-7.30pm, Mondays at Narre Warren Seniors Centre, 192-1096 Centre Road, Narre

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Park Uniting Church, 1 Coral Drive Hampton Park Ph: 9799 7994. Every Thursday (during school term) at 12 noon. Activity based interactive gathering for families. Free dinner included. Hampton Park Uniting Church, 1 Coral Drive Hampton Park. Every Fortnight (Saturdays) from 4.30pm - 6.30pm. Contact Jo 0401 191 650.

Carpet bowls Hampton Park Senior Citizens club welcomes the community to join in a carpet bowls every Saturday from 1pm-3pm at 2 Narellan Dr, Hampton Park. For more information please contact the club on 97992588 or kcj@iinet.net.au.

Berwick Bushwalking Club Berwick and District Bushwalking Club hold weekday and Sunday walks. If you enjoy keeping fit and like the outdoors with the added bonus of meeting new friends, come and join our group for a walk. Walks vary between 10 and 16 kilometres. Visitor walk fee is $3. For information on future walks please contact Grazie: 97001158 or 0427455459; or email: secretary@berwickbwc.org.au Visit the webpage: berwickbwc.org.au.

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Exercise classes The Hallam Community Learning Centre are up and running again with their Hallam Sensational Movers exercise classes in Gunns Road, Hallam. Every Monday at 11.15am or Wednesdays from 11am. The cost per session is $5 per person plus a small 2018 membership fee of $5. Ph. 9703-1688 for further inquiries.

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Community lunch Australian Plants Society APS encourages and educates the love of Australian plants. Meetings include talks by people engaged in the cultivation of plants and preservation of the environment. Meetings held every second Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm at Visitors' Centre, Wilson Botanic Gardens. Website - www.apswilsonparkberwick.org.au.

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Book club The Readers Corner book club are looking for new members to join. Meetings are every second Wednesday of the month at the Cranbourne Library, 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Road. Contact Lillian: 5995 7790.

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Narre Warren Seniors If you are over 55, live in Casey, and don't go to the footy on Saturdays, then here's something you can do - come and play cards or darts with a friendly group of people at Narre Warren Seniors. Cards and darts are played on alternate Saturdays from 1pm to 3pm. 192-196 Centre Road, near the Narre Warren Railway Station. Phone 9704 0015 or 0426 736 467 for more information.

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Zumba class Bounce into fitness with instructor Nidia at Brentwood Park Neighbourhood House. Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm at Brentwood Park Neighbourhood House, 21a Bemersyde Drive, Berwick. $10 per session. Bookings 9702 1218 or admin@bpnh.org.au.

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AVIVA REINVENTS RETIREMENT IN OFFICER AVIVA Communities has commenced work on what will be a ground breaking residential community for people over 50 at Officer. Managing Director of Aviva Communities Todd Strathdee said the $55million project is all about reinventing retirement and creating a community that is more suited to a young-spirited retiree. “The innovative design of the community and what we are able to offer our homeowners is very different to other options in the market,“ Todd said. Designed by award winning Wolveridge Architects, the homes and clubhouse reflect modern housing styles that are based on the history Officer and embody design practices that optimise liveability for homeowners.

“All living spaces are oriented to the north and achieve a minimum six star energy rating,“ said Todd. “Genuine master-planning means that every home has private open spaces that are achieved without tracts of imposing fences.“ All homes at Aviva Officer come with access to a stunning clubhouse known as The Lodge. The Lodge design reflects the brick kilns and timber mills that were the foundations of enterprise in Officer. With statuesque brick chimneys punctuating stunning timber facades, The Lodge will be home to a range of amenities that support an active social and physical life. Whilst the community is outstanding in

its design credentials, affordability was one of the most important considerations in its creation. “People living in retirement have fixed incomes and worry about how far their money will go. We have invested a lot of time in developing ways to provide our homeowners with financial certainty and a greater level of control over their cost of living,“ explained Todd. “At Aviva Communities Officer we are able to offer our homeowners financial peace of mind by rethinking the traditional way these communities work. One example of this is managing electricity costs through a marketleading energy system. We didn’t want out residents to be scrimping on the heater

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in winter and A/C in summer, so we did something about that. We are able to offer our residents energy in a way that provides certainty and protects them against the everincreasing electricity price hikes.“ Located on McMullen Road, Aviva Communities Officer is within walking distance of the future planned Officer Town Centre and has the added benefit of being adjacent to the Gum Scrub Creek Nature Reserve. Aviva Officer will be launched in mid 2019. To register your interest and to take advantage of pre-release purchase benefits call 1800 961 585 or register on www. avivacommunities.com.au ●

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(217409) 4 bedroom plus study home, comprising three living areas, rumpus, home theatre room + family & dining areas. Great kitchen with 5 burner cooker, DW & WIP. Large master bedroom zoned away from other bedrooms. Evap cooling & Coonara. 6 square garage with internal house access, outdoor you have a gazebo heated spa area, 9.5 mtr X 6 mtr barn shed with 3 phase power, a fantastic ornamental lake with slipway & a circular driveway for easy access.

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(1P2804) This 3 bedroom family home will appeal to families, investors and downsizers. Features include 3 spacious bedrooms, central family two-way bathroom plus separate laundry facilities, open plan kitchen plus good size lounge/living, gas ducted heating. Outside offers private courtyard with pergola, also a new single remote controlled lock up garage. $369,950

(1P2765) Approx. 1138m² on an elevated block with only a short stroll to the water. Updated kitchen & bathroom, 3 generous bedrooms with a FE and WIR to master. 2 separate living areas, new carpets, 2 A/C, wood heater plus rumpus room overlooking the sparkling in-ground pool and covered entertaining/BBQ area. There is also double garage plus workshop and a double carport. $620,000-$650,000

- Master bedroom complete with WIR and full ensuite. Bedrooms 2, 3 & 4 with BIRs. - Modern kitchen with S/S appliances. - Two living zones comprising of a formal lounge/home theatre, open plan living room. - Ducted gas heating and evaporative cooling. - Double remote garage with rear access. $499,950 - $505,000

Cranbourne

Cranbourne

Cranbourne

- Theater room - 4 Spacious bedrooms - Ducted heating plus R/C A/C - Double garage (remote) - Alarm System - Low Maintenance gardens - Approx 25 sqs $600,000-$650,000

- Master with full ensuite & WIR. - Bedrooms 2 & 3 are both very generous in size and have BIR’s. - 4 zoned living areas comprising of front lounge, family/ dining room, rumpus & upstairs lounge/kids retreat. - Open plan kitchen looking out into the back yard and adjacent to family & dining area. $789,950

4 bedrooms, master with WIR & ensuite. A terriic open plan kitchen with granite benchtops, s/steel d/washer & modern wall oven. The separate formal dining & lounge room is adorned with a limestone ireplace. 9ft ceilings, A/C in rumpus room & ducted heating. Outside spa & an outside patio area complete with wood ired pizza oven. Double lock up garage & set on 682m² approx. $729,000

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Junction Village

Junction Village

(1P2813) Opportunity to get into the market. Suit 1st home buyer, or astute investor. 3 Bedroom property, formal a/c and gas heated lounge, functional kitchen/ meals area, covered outdoor entertaining area. Single carport and ample backyard for the kids. Located in a quiet court, walking distance to school and shops. Must be sold! $419,950

Tucked away in a lovely pocket, in the tightly held area of Junction Village/Cranbourne this immaculately presented 8 year old unit includes 3 bedroom, WIR & Ensuite to master, large kitchen with plenty of bench space, adjoining family room + alfresco area as a bonus. Only minutes from Cranbourne shops, Racecourse & Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens. $450,000-$480,000

(1P2845) Property features are as below; 5 bedroom two storey home. Master with FE & WIR. Bedrooms 2, 3 & 4 with BIR’s, bedroom 5 with a WIR. Kitchen/dining area looking out to the rumpus room & backyard. Family room & separate lounge/sitting area upstairs. Rumpus/sun room. In-ground pool & spa. Double inline car garage/large single car carport. $499,950

Cranbourne West

Cranbourne

Cranbourne West

- 3 good sized bedrooms on a 490m² block - Master with full ensuite & WIR. - Open plan kitchen/dining area. - Ducted heating & split system cooling. - Outdoor entertaining. - Double car garage with rear access. - Approx. 850m walk to St Peters SC & 950m to Coles $499,000

* 720m² approx. consisting of one separate title with dwelling. * Endless scope for future development potential (STCA). * Situated in one of Melbourne’s fastest expanding growth corridors.

- 3 bedroom brick veneer home. - Master with full ensuite & BIR. - Bedrooms 2 & 3 with BIR’s. - Quality timber kitchen. - Large pergola, great for all year round. - Double car garage & boat/caravan carport.

$510,000

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Cranbourne

Cranbourne East

(1P2737) Located at the top end of a quiet serene Road is this great 1.312 acres approx. property. 3 bedroom home plus bungalow. Bedrooms 1, 2 & 3 with BIR’s. Huge family room. Wood ired coonara. Wrap around veranda & larger carport/entertaining area. Fenced paddock. 13x8x3 shed, workshop bay & shed. 18,000L Tank & town water. $679,950

(1P2624) Great opportunity to purchase a large piece of land of approx. 1846m² in the heart of Cranbourne. Situated in a lovely court location amongst quality built homes, your chance to build your dream home is here! All reasonable offers will be considered. Be quick for this once in a lifetime opportunity!

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TOWNHOUSE ON ITS OWN TITLE LOCATED in the Eve Estate is this beautiful townhouse. Complete with its own title - no owner’s corporation - this property offers easy and convenient living. Facing parkland, the new owner will have plenty of space for loved ones. There are three bedrooms, the master with two built-in robes and full ensuite. The second and third bedrooms both have built-in robes. There is a central bathroom and laundry while the open plan living has gas ducted heating and overlooks a private courtyard. The kitchen has gas cooking, oven and pantry. There is a double lock-up garage with remote plus side access. Only seven years old, the home has 2.7 metre ceilings and is close to schools, shops and the M1. ●

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PERFECT FOR THE GROWING FAMILY THIS is certainly one of the finest properties in the area. Comprising four bedrooms (including a master with WIR and ensuite) and a terrific family lounge and open plan kitchen (with granite benchtops, stainless steel dishwasher and modern wall oven), this is the perfect home for the growing family. The separate formal dining and lounge room is adorned with a limestone fireplace and 9-foot ceilings provide grandeur throughout. The air-conditioning in the rumpus room and ducted heating provide comfort all year round. Entertaining is easy here with a large rumpus room, outside spa and an outside patio area complete with wood-fired pizza oven. Also featured is a double lock-up garage and beautifully landscaped gardens. Set on 682m² approx., this property is in the catchment area for the sought after Barton Primary school. A must inspect! For all enquiries call Jason Brown. ●

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 7 Fernhill Avenue, CRANBOURNE, VIC 3977 Description: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 garage Price: $729,000 Inspect: By appointment Contact: Jason Brown 0423 768 424, FINNING FIRST NATIONAL REAL ESTATE

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run as Brandon Polk (14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists), Raheem Lemons (17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists) and Matt Donlan (21 points and 7 rebounds) caught fire. The win sees Casey (5-1) sit second on the ladder. The Championship women, meanwhile, were a class above Bulleen as they pressured the Boomers into 27 turnovers, which resulted in 25 points for the Cavs. Tanarly Hood (23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals) continued her fine form, while Sarah Halejian (14 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals) almost posted a triple-

double in a terrific performance as Casey ran out massive 35-point winners, 90-55. The Cavs boast a 4-1 record and sit third on the ladder. The Youth League 1 men chalked up another win, this time defeating Bendigo at home on Saturday night. The Cavs were sloppy with the ball, committing 28 turnovers, but by out-rebounding their opponents by 15, were able to gain control of the game and post a win, 77-62. Blake Taylor (15 points and 10 rebounds) and Jordan Gooiker (14 points) led the way for Casey, who now sit second the ladder with a

6-1 record. The Youth League 1 women made light work of Geelong on the road on Saturday night, claiming a commanding 86-61 win. Bec Peacock (20 points and 5 rebounds) top-scored for Casey, while Lauren Tuplin (14 points and 5 assists), Tess Young (11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists) and Kim Shankland (12 points and 5 rebounds) shared the load on both ends of the court. The Cavs (4-2) sit second on the ladder. There is no Big V action this weekend, with all four teams returning to the court the following week.

Doves draw level with City as FFV race heats right up By Nick Creely FFV STATE LEAGUE SOCCER REVIEW - ROUND 4 STATE LEAGUE 1 - SOUTH-EAST The Casey Comets have been unable to keep their momentum going, going down 0-1 to Eltham Redbacks FC at Comets Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Redbacks were the better side from the outset, but the Comets fought hard - particularly in their defensive half to stay in the match.

Doveton SC drew 3-3 with Malvern City at Waratah Reserve, despite being down at halftime. Disappointingly for the Doves, they couldn't capitalise after scoring a goal in the opening minutes, going into the main break with a 2-1 deficit. A penalty gave City the best possible start to the second half and a 3-1 lead to go with it, but the Doves found the back of the net only minutes later before Josh Frame found the equaliser in the 89th minute.

STATE LEAGUE 2 - SOUTH-EAST Berwick City suffered its first loss of the 2019 season, going down 1-2 to Brandon Park at home on Saturday afternoon. Both sides were even at half time 1-1, but the visitors found the match-winning goal in the second half to hold on and claim the points. STATE LEAGUE 5 - SOUTH Pakenham United would be rueing missed opportunities after going down 0-2 at home to

Somerville on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles found goals in the first half and the second, with United unable to find any real momentum on their home pitch. In other matches, Old Mentonians gave Hampton Park United a hiding, with a 7-1 win in Keysborough, Tullamarine and White Star Dandenong drew 1-1, Aspendale defeated Rosebud 3-1, Knox United were a class above Bunyip 7-2, while Endeavour Hills Fire had a good weekend with a 5-2 win against Casey Panthers.

‘Team 11’ is still committed to local professional team Team 11 has confirmed its intention to keep alive its ambition of delivering a professional men’s and women’s football club to the southeast of Victoria. The alliance of Team 11 Pty Ltd, the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and Cardinia Shire councils - supported by nine surrounding municipalities and more than 50 grassroots football clubs - remains 100 per cent committed to the A-League/W-League bid that commenced in May 2017. This commitment includes: The retention of Team 11 Pty Ltd, with the ongoing support of shareholders Gerry Ryan, Ghadir Razuki, cranbournenews.starcommunity.com.au

RMBL Investments, Intrapac Property, Pellicano Group and a local consortium; the City of Greater Dandenong continuing its planning and advocacy for the development of a rectangular sports and entertainment stadium next to Dandenong train station; the City of Casey continuing its planning and advocacy for the development of a football centre of excellence at Casey Fields, which would complement the community football facility currently being built; and Matt Windley continuing in his role as Team 11 Project Officer, working alongside fellow Project Team members Paul Kearsley and Emma Michie.

Team 11 has informed members of the New Leagues Working Group and the National Second Division Working Group of its intention to continue to lobby for an A-League/W-League licence and learn more about plans for the creation of a National Second Division. All involved with the Team 11 bid were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and disappointment from members of the southeast Victorian community in the wake of Football Federation Australia’s decision to award A-League licences elsewhere in December. This support - coupled with the bid’s unwavering belief that this booming, multicul-

tural population of more than 1.7 million is capable of growing what could become Australia’s biggest football club - was crucial in convincing all involved to keep the bid going. Team 11 will also continue to be an unashamed advocate for infrastructure development and activity in the south-east as the region continues to be overlooked in favour of others by key decision-makers. Further announcements, including the undertaking of a community-led rebranding process, will be made in due course. Thursday, 18 April, 2019

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Oskar Baker celebrates after an impressive goal late in the first half against North Melbourne on Saturday. 192540 A six-goal to one term for the Kangaroos saw the Demons run out 54-point winners, 18.11 (119) to 10.5 (65).

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Despite North Melbourne trimming the deficit significantly in the final term, it was a commanding response from Casey as they rediscovered their pressure and defensive tenacity that led them to last year's grand final. There's no doubt that when the Demons are able to play their brand of footy, they are an incredibly tough team to beat and this performance should be the benchmark going forward. It was a strong team performance from the Demons, with an array of terrific players across the ground. The forward line was led by Jeff Garlett (18 disposals and three goals), who was involved in everything, along with Mitch White and Jaxon Briggs (three goals each). Harrison Petty, Mitch Gent (21 disposals) and Declan Keilty were also impressive as the Demons bounced back from a 62-point defeat at the hands of the Hawks last week. For North Melbourne, Tom Campbell, Kyron Hayden and Nicholas Rippon were best in a tough day at the office. Casey has a bye in Round 3 and will return to action in Round 4 in what should be a great contest when they take on Richmond at Casey Fields from 2pm on Saturday, 27 April.

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Casey's Declan Keilty and North Melbourne's Mitch Rodd battle for the mark. 192540

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After a poor VFL Round 1 performance against Box Hill, the Casey Demons responded emphatically on Saturday afternoon, demolishing North Melbourne by 54 points at Casey Fields. The win was set up by a dominant first quarter as the Demons slammed on six goals and kept the Kangaroos scoreless. Tim Smith booted the first two goals of the game, before Jeff Garlett soccered through another to have Casey leading 3.3 (21) to 0.0 (0) halfway through the quarter. With Garlett applying intense pressure in the forward half, the Kangaroos were turning the ball over and the Casey forwards feasted on those mistakes. The second quarter was more of the same as Casey continued to put goals on the scoreboard and after Oskar Baker slotted the last two majors of the half, Casey entered the main break with a massive lead, 10.9 (69) to 2.3 (15). Clearly not content, the Demons were even more dangerous around goal in the third term as they put the contest to bed with a sevengoal to two quarter. The likes of Garlett, Baker, skipper Mitch White and Jaxon Briggs were impressive in the forward fifty as the Kangaroos defence just couldn't contain the direct and free-flowing entries that were coming in thick and fast. With a quarter to play, Casey held an 83-point lead, 17.10 (112) to 4.5 (29). While the forward line was operating superbly, the work down back from Harrison Petty and Declan Keilty was just as important, ensuring North Melbourne's forwards were never able to get into the game. With the game all but over, Casey took the foot off the gas in the final term and North Melbourne was able to put some respectability on the scoreboard.

The battle for finals positioning in the NAB League girls competition is well and truly on the line as the business end of the season rolls around, and the Dandenong Stingrays were unable to score what would've been a vital win over the Bendigo Pioneers on Sunday afternoon. Heading into Round 6 with three wins and sitting fourth on the ladder, Dandenong faced a Bendigo team also on three wins. Shaneece Stratton got the Rays on the board 10 minutes into the first quarter and at the first break, Dandenong trailed by just one goal. Despite their best efforts, Dandenong couldn't convert multiple chances in the third quarter and their fine work up the ground went unrewarded. Still, with a quarter to play, the Rays were just 10 points adrift and well within striking distance. Unfortunately for the Rays, they were unable to make the most of their forays forward as the Pioneers' defence stood tall all day and held the Rays to just one goal for the day.

Eventually, the Pioneers recorded an 18-point win, 4.4 (28) to 1.4 (10). Zoe Hill, Grace Hodder and Jemma Radford were best for the Rays, who fell to seventh position on the ladder and face an uphill battle to make finals with three rounds remaining. Meanwhile, the Gippsland Power were unable to register their first win of the 2019 NAB League girls season. Taking on the Northern Knights, who sit second on the ladder, the Power put up a strong fight but couldn't find their way through the stifling defence that the Knights put up. The likes of Grace McRae, Chandra Abrahams and Megan Fitzsimon battled hard for Gippsland, but it wasn't enough as the Knights ran out 45-point winners, 10.7 (67) to 3.4 (22). The Power will be looking to record their maiden win of the season against the Greater Western Victoria Rebels (1-5) in Round 7 on Saturday 27 April at Shepley Oval from 1:45pm. The Rays will also be in action at Shepley Oval on April 27, taking on the Sandringham Dragons from 1pm. cranbournenews.starcommunity.com.au


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Revitalised Eagles soar By Nick Creely OUTER EAST FOOTBALL REVIEW - ROUND 1 PREMIER DIVISION One thing that's certain in a season of genuine unknowns is that Cranbourne's energy and flair from its young list will make any opposition quiver. They run hard, take the game on, and never flinch in the contest, and while it's likely there will be fluctuations throughout 2019, it really is the dawning of a new era down at Casey Fields. With the ball living in Beacy's front half in the opening 15 minutes, new recruit Jack Harmes made an almighty statement early, reeling in a contested mark before his rapid pressure brought about the first two goals of the match, and while Cranbourne were under the pump and looking for a way to spring off half-back, crucially, the visitors couldn't quite make them pay. Despite Beaconsfield's dominance around the ball and methodical movement of the footy, their ascendancy wasn't rubber stamped, and a late fightback sparked by some class from Ryan Jones and a willingness to take the game on saw them cut the margin to a manageable 23-points at quarter time. But that's where the visitors' dominance truly ended - in fact, they looked largely flat from thereafter. From what posed as a potential blowout against a youthful looking Cranbourne side had quickly become an excellent showing, particularly from its younger brigade. Run and spread across the vast wings had the home side up and about in the second term, with a couple of quick majors pegging the margin back to within touching distance, and when young gun Kyle Nunn kicked an absolute cracker from the pocket, it became obvious that they were running them off their feet. At the major break, they had reeled in the deficit and snared the lead. But it was their third term that was the most impressive of the day. Once again, the willingness of the likes of Nunn, Bailey Buntine, Luca Bellinvia, Dylan Cavalot, and the usual suspects in Ryan Jones, Anthony Vella and Luke Bee-Hugo, came to the fore, halting Beaconsfield's run and creating havoc around the ground. Running out eventual 21-point winners, 13.10 (88) to 9.13 (67), Cranbourne coach Stephen O'Brien was really pleased with the side's ability to respond after a poor first quarter. "We had a few concerns there early, they really did come out firing," he said. "They're a pretty quick team, and if you allow them to be able to run the ball like that, they're going to hurt you. "We had to address that pretty quickly, which we did, and credit to the guys and we got it back on even terms after that." Despite conceding 10 scoring shots in the first term, O'Brien praised his defensive group for holding firm, with Glenn Osborne, Brandon Osborne, Dillan Bass and Jordan Bertrand all putting in mature performances down back. "They're a good back six, the majority of them where from last year and a couple of new inclusions, but we've got some wonderful players down there, and they held up under a heap of pressure," he said. "That was pretty pleasing." With youngsters such as Bailey Buntine, Luca Bellinvia, Cameron Angus, and a number of others showing some tremendous signs, O'Brien heaped praise on both Kyle Nunn and Corey Ellison, who stood up and really got their side going with some dynamic moments. "Both are young kids, and have a lot of potential - last year was kind of the beginning of the plan, we knew we had to start blooding some of these guys who probably weren't getting opportunities previous to that because there's been a lot of guys that have done it for the club for so long," he said. "We started last year, and we did lose a lot of those guys that we blooded, but those two guys stuck around, and we're hoping to see more of them throughout the year." Wandin, and Berwick, meanwhile, the two premiers of their respective leagues in 2018, put on an absolute show, combining for an astonishing 41 goals on the way to a combined 272-point match. cranbournenews.starcommunity.com.au

Jordan Bertrand looks to shake off a Beaconsfield tackler. 192491 Dubbed by several as one of the 'great games of local football in memory' the Dogs and Wickers were virtually neck-and-neck in a seesawing shootout where both wanted to show who's really the new big boss of the competition, but in the end, the men from the Kennel emerged victorious in a statement that simply can't be ignored. Obvious right from the opening bounce, the Doggies and Wickers both looked to relish the contest. In an opening quarter where little separated the two clubs, the home side held a slender five-point lead, before the Wickers - largely sparked by the brilliance of Harry Money (five goals) once again - wrestled back the momentum at half-time to snatch back the lead. What it meant to secure the vital opening round points was evident, with a passionate melee at the half time siren after big man and best afield Daniel Gorringe slotted his third in what loomed as a match-winning debut for the club. The smaller dimensions of the ground seemed to really play to the advantage of the Dogs, with Nick Adam's side playing the ground perfectly, not allowing the Wickers' usual spring and space off half-back to have any real impact, with the loss of Bryce Rutherford and Luke Sheppard to long-term injuries causing some concern. Another dominant quarter from the former Gold Coast and Carlton ruckman Gorringe saw the Dogs surge ahead in the third, grabbing a 14-point lead heading into the final term, with the speed and class of some of their prime movers starting to take real toll with the deft touches in the ruck by the big man and his marking prowess in attack a real highlight. Despite the Wickers surging hard in a stunning, combined 12-goal term, the Doggies held firm in the vital moments to record the brilliant victory, 22.9 (141) to 19.17 (131). The home side were superbly served by Gorringe, who slotted six in a dynamic display playing both ruck and forward to be the clear best afield, while the speed of Patrick Bruzzese and Harry Byrne, as well as great supporting roles from Justin Van Unen (two goals), John Ladner and Clinton Johnston (three goals) caused headaches for Rhys Nisbet's side. In the other Premier matches, a youthful Olinda Ferny Creek were blown away by Narre Warren in the first term at home to go down by 57-points, 10.10 (70) to 19.13 (127), while Upwey Tecoma were just far too strong for Healesville, 5.13 (43) to 14.18 (102), with the Tigers getting their season off to a brilliant start. Woori Yallock had the bye.

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A pumped up Cooper Sheppard celebrates a goal for Pakenham. 192494 DIVISION 1 It's always a sign that things are going well when a club acknowledges after a 79-point win that there's still so much work to be done and improvement to come. While Pakenham's thrashing of Emerald under lights at Toomuc Reserve on Saturday night to kick start their new beginning in AFL Outer East was by no means flawless, it was a sign that the Lions are going to be a side hard to stop if they can put all the pieces together and gel cohesively with their extremely youthful looking side. The Lions ran rampant over the Bombers to register 26 scoring shots to just seven, holding the Bombers to just a goal in each half and once again showcasing their stingiest in defence in the eventual win, 14.12 (96) to 2.5 (17). "Over the last two years, we've really struggled to kick a winning score basically, or around the 100 points," Pakenham coach Ash Green said of the performance. "Ultimately, if you can get around 100 points, it puts you in a strong position to win games of footy. "So I was really pleased with our effort - we had multiple scoring opportunities and multiple goal kickers which is good, but we've got some serious work to do. "The positives are, it was our first win in Round 1 in three years, and obviously a lot of people are interested in the new league with

the new clubs, so it certainly builds some excitement and expectation. "But we're under no illusions, it's a work in progress with a young team, and we've got to keep working and making sure we're improving every week. "We'll improve as the year goes on, and we just have to be ahead of the curve." Green said that despite picking up the massive win, there are still so many unknowns with the new league, and won't read too much into the result, just yet. "We're still understanding the league as well, and when we start to play these new teams week-to-week, the main players, and strengths and weaknesses, it will just continue to be a work in progress," he said. The Lions were well served in attack by James Harrison, Jake Thompson and Joe Baker-Thomas, who combined for seven goals, but pleasingly had 10 individual goal kickers, with Jack Kowarzik, Tyler Guan and Jarrod Theisz also extremely impressive. In other matches across the weekend, Monbulk got its season off to a strong start with a 33-point win against Belgrave, 6.6 (42) to 10.15 (75), while Mt Evelyn spanked Warburton Millgrove at home on Sunday, 17.21 (123) to 5.9 (39). Doveton and Officer will cap off the opening round with a Good Friday blockbuster at AJ Robinson Reserve. Thursday, 18 April, 2019

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Brutal win for the Burras By Hayley Wildes MORNINGTON PENINSULA NEPEAN DIVISION 2 - ROUND 2 Devon Meadows moved to 2-1 on the season after a hard-fought win over Crib Point at Glover Reserve, 9.14 (68) to 9.3 (57). Inaccurate kicking almost cost the Panthers, but Michael Theodoridis (three goals) and Leigh Craig (two goals) kept the scoreboard ticking over, while Joel Hillis and Simon Hallsworth were impressive across the ground. Pearcedale was absolutely slaughtered by Red Hill as the Panthers were held scoreless in the first half to trail by 71 points at the main break. It didn't get any better after half-time either as Harry Wynn-Pope and Jonathon Ross (five goals) led Red Hill to a massive 154-point win, 24.25 (169) to 2.3 (15). The Panthers didn't have many winners across the ground in a disastrous day. SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 2 - ROUND 2 Keysborough showed no mercy against a hapless Heatherton outfit to remain undefeated. The Burras kept Heatherton goalless in the first half and a nine-goal to zero final quarter saw Keysborough storm home to a massive 127-point win, 23.18 (156) to 4.5 (29). Chris Bryan and Matthew Carnelley (five goals each) were superb up forward, while Bryce Sutton and Tamas Siposs were unstoppable across the ground. Doveton was a class above Caulfield as the Eagles took control of that contest after quarter time. Doveton's seven-goal to three third term saw them jump out to a convincing lead and with Nicholas Beer and Nick Battle roaming freely, the Eagles ran out 19.20 (134) to 10.4 (64) winners. DIVISION 3 - ROUND 2

Joel Hillis has been in blistering early season form for Devon Meadows. 192338 Hampton Park made it two wins from two games to kick off season 2019, taking care of Endeavour Hills at Barry Simon Reserve. In a tight and see-sawing battle, the lead changed hands often, but when it mattered most, the Redbacks were able to get the job done to score a win, 12.13 (85) to 11.8 (74). Peter Dye (four goals) was a massive presence up forward, while Phillip Nanfra and Cameron Williamson were impressive for Hampton Park. Jarrod Marolla and Alexander Cann were best for Endeavour Hills. DIVISION 4 - ROUND 2 After breaking their 595-day losing streak in Round 1, Hallam continued on their merry

way against Lyndale at Barry Powell Reserve. Clearly loving life in Division 4, the Hawks demolished the Pumas as they got off to rampaging start with an 11-goal to zero first half. Leading by 72 points at the main break, Hallam wasn't content as Jack Sharlassian (six goals) and Rory McIvor (five goals) continued to pile on the pain up forward. Eventually, the Hawks ran out 130-point winners, 25.16 (166) to 5.6 (36). Dion Cavallo and Joel Danilo were also impressive for the Hawks, while Lyndale was led by Kenneth Smart and Hayden Laszlo. Lyndhurst fell agonisingly short of Moorabbin at home. The Lightning almost got over the line, but the Kangaroos hung on for a thrilling

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