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Family fun at the cricket By Brendan Rees There were smiles all-round at Devon Meadows Cricket Club on Sunday 12 January. The club held their annual Family Day, which was presented by Paint Place Cranbourne, included face painting, raffles, a jumping castle, a colouring-in competition with winning vouchers from SportsPower Cranbourne, a fire truck display from Devon Meadows Fire Brigade, a cricket clinic, and a guest appearance from the Melbourne Stars' mascot Starman as well as the club's own Tibbs. First National Real Estate Finning also offered $100 cash to the first person in the crowd to catch a six during a one-day clash between Devon Meadows and Tooradin.

Planning retreat By Brendan Rees Casey councillors will no longer determine planning matters as they give up their rights to vote on planning applications in the wake of the IBAC corruption investigation. At an extraordinary special meeting on New Year's Eve, seven of the 11 elected councillors in attendance voted to establish a new Special Planning Committee and relinquish their planning decision rights. It comes as the IBAC Operation Sandon inquiry alleged dirty deals at Casey Council in relation to planning and property development decisions. The Special Committee, established under the Local Government Act 1989, will have delegated decision-making authority under the

Planning and Environment Act. It will include two independent members whose appointments will be considered at council's meeting on 21 January. Councillors voted Cr Rex Flannery as the only councillor to act as council's delegate on the committee. "It will not replace our role as councillors or take away the community's voice," Casey mayor Susan Serey said. "This enables council to fulfil its obligations as a responsible authority in a timely fashion, protects applicant and objector rights and protects the integrity of decisions being made whilst the IBAC investigations are underway," she added. It is anticipated that the Special Committee will meet monthly, starting in February 2020 which will be open to the public.

Casey Residents and Ratepayers Association spokesman Brendan Browne said the Special Committee was a "poor substitute for a properly functioning council" and called for the council's dismissal. "We now have an absurd situation where public confidence is so low, that council is voting to remove 10 Councillors from planning decisions," he said. A spokeswoman of the Save the Casey Foothills Association, Rosalie Counsell, said: "The blatancy of this suspect move serves only to illustrate the urgency of government intervention." Meanwhile, Casey Council confirmed an incident whereby faeces had been mailed to one councillor. Cr Sam Aziz's whereabouts is also still un-

known. He flew to Egypt late last year prior to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission hearings being held which alleged he pocketed $900,000 from property developers. Casey's manager of governance Holly De Kretser said Cr Aziz and Cr Geoff Ablett currently remain elected councillors and continued to receive a councillor allowance - which is the case for all councillors. Cr Aziz and Cr Ablett's leave of absence ended on 31 December and the next opportunity for them to apply for further leave will be at council's meeting on 21 January. IBAC public hearings into allegations of serious corrupt conduct in relation to planning and property development decisions at the City of Casey council will resume on 2 March.

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Community News Register now for the MFC’s AFLW Junior Clinic at Casey Fields in February.

Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, installation view: Home/Land: Project Another Country 2019, Bunjil Place Gallery, 2019, Courtesy of the artists, Photography: Christian Capurro.

Heading: Bunjil Place Gallery FREE workshop Attend a FREE Assemblage Workshop and see your creation become part of Bunjil Place’s major art installation! For months the community have been creating miniature homes from recycled cardboard boxes to assist international artists, Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, with their latest major installation Home/ Land: Project Another Country. Throughout the exhibition anyone can participate in a workshop and create their own miniature homes to either take home or add to the exhibition. Exhibition and workshops open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm, until Sunday 8 March 2020. Discover more on Bunjil Place’s website.

FREE footy fun at Casey Fields this Summer!

The Melbourne Football Club (MFC), in partnership with the City of Casey, are set to provide another bumper line up of events this Summer when women’s footy returns. Casey Fields will host three of the MFC’s AFLW matches, as well as a massive junior clinic for local kids aged ive – 12 years. An open training session with the Dee’s women’s team will be held before the clinic, just in time for their irst game of the season the following week against North Melbourne.

The MFC AFLW side will play three of their games at Casey Fields this season, while the men’s team will also come up against Adelaide at Casey Fields in late February, as part of the 2020 AFL Marsh Series. To ind out more about the local games and other activities stay tuned to the City of Casey’s Facebook page or website.

Clinic and traning details: When: Saturday 1 February, open training: 9.30 am – 10.30 am, clinic: 11.00 am – 12.00 pm Where: Casey Fields, 160 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East Registrations: visit the City of Casey website and search for ‘MFC’

Kid’s cricket clinic comes to Max Pawsey Reserve

Celebrate Australia Day in Casey Embrace the company of your community this Australia Day, with events in Berwick, Cranbourne East, Hampton Park and Tooradin on Sunday 26 January. Enjoy the FREE family activities on offer as we celebrate what it means to be Australian. For more details visit the City of Casey’s website.

Cricket Victoria and the Melbourne Stars are coming together on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 January to present two big days for cricket fanatics. Whether your child is new to cricket or the next Glenn Maxwell, this $50 clinic at Max Pawsey Reserve in Narre Warren will help build their existing skills, plus teach them plenty of new ones. Register your child now before places run out at

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’Roo left for dead By Brendan Rees Disturbing photos have emerged of a severely injured kangaroo after it was struck by an arrow in Lysterfield Park and left for dead. Wildlife rescuers found the kangaroo, nicknamed Frank, with a wound under his chin and an arrow pierced through his leg near the Lysterfield Lake yacht club after a passer-by raised the alarm. Local wildlife rescuer Sue Johnston, who was part of a team that came to the roo's aid about 1pm on Saturday 11 January, said she immediately gave a prescribed sedative to the marsupial. "Seeing his neck it was like something from a horror movie, it was terrible," she said. Ms Johnston and two other rescuers Paul Jones and Sarah Cooke rushed Frank to Woofpurnay Veterinary Hospital in Narre Warren North where the arrow was removed. "The vet thinks he might have sustained a knife injury on the neck ... which is very concerning," Ms Johnston said, adding the wound was about 8cm long and 2cm deep. "I see many bad things with kangaroo injuries but this at a whole other level," she said. "The vet actually sedated him more and gave him gas ... he was in a lot of pain; wringling and rising in pain on the table, it was very sad to see. "Luckily the wound is quite clean where the arrow went in," she said. "He's got a chance hopefully." Ms Johnston reported the incident to police and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. "Seeing something like this ... it's premeditated and an aggressive sort of attack; very concerning for me being a wildlife shelter and especially in my backyard," she said. Ms Johnston said another arrow had been found in Lysterfield South about a week earlier which had been passed onto police. Frank is now recovering in the last available enclosure at the Five Freedoms Animal Rescue shelter in the Macedon Ranges. Five Freedoms Animal Rescue Facebook page posted shocking images of Frank and described the incident as "disgusting and unnecessary acts of cruelty." "While our wildlife are suffering horrendously through the devastating fires in Victoria, some sick and cruel bastard has added to the pain," the rescue group wrote.

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In hot water Frank was left with shocking injuries after being hit with an arrow.

Frank undergoes surgery at the Woofpurnay Veterinary Hospital in Narre Warren North.

"Unfortunately, our animals continue to suffer in many ways and not just from the fires, and our work continues, and this beautiful big boy needs our help" it added. The group also called for tighter controls over weapons as illegal shooting of kangaroos with arrows was not uncommon. In a Facebook post, Federal MP for La Trobe Jason Wood said he was shocked by the inci-

dent and had called for stronger penalties for those that committed animal cruelty. "This shouldn't be happening to our wildlife, I have been able to put on the COAG (Council of Australian Governments) agenda meeting of Environmental Ministers to have nationally stronger penalties for those who inflict cruelty on our wildlife, we are now just waiting for final agreement," Mr Wood posted.

Tractors set to pull in the crowds By Brendan Rees Big rigs will tear up the track at Tooradin's popular Tooradin Tractor Pull and Truck Show on Saturday 18 January. Held at Rutter Reserve, organisers hope the event will draw more than 5000 people. The day will packed with thrilling activities including modified tractor pulling as well as vintage tractors, junior mower pulling, burnout car displays and more.

Police are appealing for any witnesses or dashcam footage following a collision in Lynbrook on Saturday 11 January. Police believe a Nissan X- Trail with Western Australian plates had been travelling south along South Gippsland Highway from the Dandenong Bypass when it collided with a blue Toyota Corolla about 7.15am on the South Gippsland Highway and Lynbrook Boulevard. "It is believed the vehicle was being driven erratically and possibly at speed when it collided," a Victoria Police spokesperson said. An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said a man in his thirties was treated for pelvic and foot injuries and taken to The Aflred hospital in a stable condition while a woman in her forties was treated for upper body injuries and taken to The Alfred hospital in a stable condition. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or the Casey Police Service Area Eyewatch Facebook page with reference LSC/ 26036.

"If the weather's good we've got a couple of new attractions," Tooradin Tractor Pull president Allyn Reeve said. "With a bit of luck it should be a bigger and better show," he said, adding "it certainly is a great family-fun day." "There are 38 tractors and we hope to have a bit over a 100 trucks. We hope to have about 70 to 80 cars," he added. The event will be held from 10am to 10pm. Tickets available at .

A 21-year-old Narre Warren man is among four people to be interviewed by Victoria Police for lighting fires during recent periods of total fire bans. The man was interviewed for lighting a fire in a campsite to cook a meal during a period of total fire ban in Paradise Beach and interviewed by police on Saturday 4 January. On Friday 10 January, a 70-year-old Longford woman was also interviewed for lighting a fire in a paddock to burn rubbish during a period of total fire ban in Longford. A 37-year-old Dromana man was interviewed for lighting a fire in a camp area to cook a meal during a period of total fire ban in Clydebank. A 50-year-old Golden Beach man was interviewed for lighting a fire in a fire pit during a period of total fire ban in Golden Beach. It's alleged the man became abusive towards CFA members when they attended to extinguish the fire. All four were released and are expected to be charged at a later date. Police wish to remind the public that no fires can be lit on a total fire ban day without a Section 40 permit from the CFA. Under the CFA Act 1958, it is an offence to light a fire during a total fire ban day without a permit. Penalties for lighting a fire on a total fire ban include maximum two years jail or a large fine.

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Man dies in head-on crash A man has died and two others are in hospital after a truck and car collided in Pearcedale on Tuesday 14 January. Emergency Services were called to the scene at Baxter-Tooradin Road about 12.30pm. Police say an SUV was travelling along Baxter-Tooradin Road at 12.20pm when it attempted to overtake two cars and collided head-on with a semi-trailer. "Emergency services arrived on scene but were not able to revive the male driver of the

SUV," Victoria Police spokesman Glenn Manison said. The driver of the truck has been transferred to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. An ambulance Victoria spokesperson said a man in his 50s was treated for minor injuries and taken to Dandenong Hospital in a stable condition while a man in his 60s was treated for upper body injuries and taken to the Alfred Hospital in a serious but stable condition. Baxter-Tooradin Road was closed in both

directions while police investigated the circumstances surrounding the incident. Pearcedale CFA firefighters were also on scene. The crash has brought the state's road toll to 10 this year. Anyone who witnessed the crash or with further information or dash cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www. A man died following a car and truck collision in Pearcedale. 203168

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Faith committee - Casey Council has no designated climate change committee. Why? Last year Casey council lobbied the State Government for more infrastructure funding and recycling and public transport capacity but council has had little to say about what State and Federal Governments should be funding to protect Casey residents- living in a designated high risk zone from a far bigger threat to our quality of life climate change. Why? Is it because Casey council is in denial about climate change or does council believe that faith is more important than science? I call on the mayor and deputy mayor of Casey to now take a stand a set up a climate change committee ASAP. John Glazebrook Endeavour Hills

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SOCIALLY SPEAKING On Tuesday 14 January, a story was shared to the Berwick Star News Facebook page about a mother who waited for seven hours at Casey Hospital after experiencing a miscarriage, only to be told to go home. Here's how our readers responded online: Jodie Maree: By far the worst hospital I've ever been too!! The wait times are bs, and the doctors brush you off! I won't go there now, I'll drive and hour to go to west gippy. Tracy Anne Johnson: It's disgusting, there should be more support, more concern for baby and parents. What a horrible experience. If a mother to be presents herself in emergency with pains in stomach then action should be made asap a separate room for them to sit. It's a very upsetting time. Marianne Mez: This happens at nearly ever hospital to be honest. Private and public. Carlos Mauricio Senel Moreno: That happened to my wife at the dandy hospital 2 years ago. Waited for two hours sitting in plastic chair pretty much baby was lost waiting until a bed become available apparently. It was the most painful experience by far. Disappointed how they treat women there and nothing I could do about it, Melissa Rana: Better to go by ambulance if in a lot pain. Abbi Mae: Not just Casey hospital! It happened to me twice at the William Angliss hospital in Ferntree Gully with my 1st pregnancy and 5th. Nicole Hamilton: It happens in a lot of hospitals I myself had in happen in a Sydney hospital. Sue Baldizoni: What kind of hospitals are we paying for?! Kylie Bremner: They were amazing with me. Kay Bbk: How horrible for the woman...


Casey crime rate jumps By Brendan Rees Crime in Casey has jumped with theft, breaches of orders and assaults topping the list of offences, latest crime statistics have revealed. The number of recorded offences in City of Casey was up 10.8 per cent compared to the previous year, according to new figures released by the Crime Statistics Agency. On the rise were robberies (up 41 per cent), deceptions (43.5 per cent), and drug use and possession (20.5 per cent). There were just over 21 thefts that occurred per day on average for the year ending 30 September. However there was a drop in burglaries (down 4.7 per cent). Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said the rates of youth crime was "very concerning" with a spike in robbery offences involving "low key gang groups" in the southern metropolitan area including Casey and Cardinia. "It's a range of things - there are some small gangs, small groups of youth who we actively target and we know who they are in terms of persons of interest," he said. "We are finding that the youth of today are being more brazen and are doing things that we hadn't seen 10 years ago," DC Patton said. "In addition to that there's a lot of random offending occurs where we couldn't possibly anticipate who they are but it's just youth on youth. "We know that during periods of holidays that we see youth out and about and making bad decisions.

"I think it's really important to be aware of your surroundings when you're using your phone so that people can't take those opportunities to snatch them and things like that," DC Patton said. Gembrook state Liberal MP Brad Battin said: "Since Daniel Andrews has been in Government crime has continued to soar in Casey with a shocking 10.8 per cent increase in just 12 months. "The community have called for a new Police Station in Clyde, and Labor has failed to provide $1 towards the construction of this new needed police station," he said. Across the state the number of criminal incidents increased by 3.7 per cent with Police Minister Lisa Neville saying youth crime had "gone up slightly". "Overall our young people are fantastic but those who committing crimes area are escalating quickly and they're doing a lot of crime; a lot of recidivism that is in this group," she said. Ms Neville said the State Government had recruited the "biggest increase in Victoria Police numbers in its history" which were supported by an additional 120 youth specialist officers. Crime Statistics Agency chief statistician Fiona Dowsley said that "the number of alleged offenders processed by Victoria Police has been increasing over the last several years. Since the year ending September 2015 the number of alleged offender incidents recorded has increased 14.5 per cent."

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Furry friends look for home By Brendan Rees They're cute, fluffy and in need of lots of cuddles. Furry friends will be looking for a new home as Cranbourne PETstock takes part in PETstock Assist's national pet adoption day on 15 February. Olympian, television personality and animal rescue advocate Giaan Rooney is also supporting the initiative this year, encouraging Australians to adopt not shop for pets. Giaan, who grew up raising rescues, is urging Australians to adopt different in 2020; to adopt a new way of thinking when it comes to animal adoption and consider a pet they haven't before. "It was love at first sight with my most re-

cent rescue, Lester," she says. "Despite being one leg short, Lester was the perfect dog: obedient, easy to train, loving and grateful. He gave me so much and wanted so little in return. His passing last year still makes me tear up today. "Our family will certainly be rescuing again when we're ready for a new pet and I encourage all would-be owners looking for a pet to consider adoption." PETstock Assist charity and events coordinator, Jess Guilfoyle, says: "We want people to be open to different types of animals and breeds, to make considered and sustainable choices, and to give rescue pets a chance at a better life." The event will run from 10am to 2pm at 202 Sladen Street, Cranbourne.

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A road safety program will be delivered directly to schools in the Casey community.

When seven-year-old Chanelle of Cranbourne saw the devastation of the bushfires on TV she knew she wanted to make a difference. So she went to her bedroom and began making rainbow lume bracelets to help raise money to support families involved in the fires as well as wildlife shelters. "Chanelle was in her room last Thursday making looms bands and my husband asked what she was doing," proud mum Danielle Frazer said. "Chanelle said 'I'm making loom bands to help the people who have lost their houses.' "As her parents we just had to support this act of kindness. We posted on Facebook and with support from family and friends she has raised $450." Ms Frazer said their minds were blown by the generosity of people. Chanelle will donate half of the funds to FoodBank and World Wide Fund for Nature. This season's bushfires have been unprecedented in scale and is having a devastating impact on native wildlife and biodiversity. Mobile Wildlife Triage Units are now in place at Bairnsdale, Mallacoota and Corryong along with Wildlife Assessment Teams working on fire grounds based out of Bairnsdale, Orbost and the Budj Bim fire complex. The State Government is providing immediate support for wildlife shelters and foster carers to help cover the costs of food, transport, medicine and enclosures as animals are rescued from bushfire affected areas. Grants of up to $1,000 are now available

Casey Safety Village to close From the 2021 school year, the children's road safety program currently delivered at the Casey Safety Village will become an outreach program going directly into local schools. Following a service review of the program, Council resolved at the meeting on 3 December to close the Casey Safety Village, which has operated from its location in the Casey Complex since 2006. The program will continue from the current location for the next 12 months as it transitions to a new delivery model which will service Casey's 79 schools with about 5,000 prep students. The new program will be tailored to each school and include: production of a local Walk to School/Active Travel map and information Prep class Walk and Talk sessions on being a safe pedestrian around schools Prep/parent education sessions with the school crossing supervisor and Lottie (the school crossing Mascot) review of parking signage and school crossings. Casey mayor Susan Serey said the Casey Safety Village currently contains the Casey Road Safety Education Centre (CRSEC) and the CFA Learning Centre, which have delivered combined road and fire safety educational

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to shelters and foster carers assisting with the care and rehabilitation of native wildlife impacted by the fires. This is in addition to $200,000 already made available to wildlife rehabilitators this financial year to support their operations Donations to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal can be made online at Community Enterprise Foundation or at any Bendigo Bank branch.


programs to the community, primarily kindergartens and schools. "While the program attracts around 10,000 children each year, around 60 per cent of users are from outside the City of Casey. As the facility receives no other government funding, the cost of the service is being born by Casey ratepayers," Cr Serey said. In order to remain financially viable into the future, Cr Serey said significant expansion of the facility would need to occur. However, its location in the Casey Sports Complex, which is also the site for the proposed East Cranbourne railway station, meant this will not be possible. "The decision has therefore been taken to close the facility and transition to a schoolbased model that will be delivered directly to local schools. "Council remains committed to improving road safety for children, and resources will be redirected to developing the program during 2020 for commencement in first term 2021. We are in the process of contact all our local schools to inform them of this change and to inform them of the new opportunities that will be available for their students," she said. The CFA was engaged in the service review process and council will work with them to determine their future plans for the relocatable buildings they currently have at the site.

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The Centre of Multicultural Youth, in partnership with Reclink and the City of Casey, has initiated a community sports program at Cranbourne Secondary College. The program includes a women's volleyball program as well as a multisport program open to both male and female participants. Participation is free of charge and is open to all ages. This is a great opportunity for the family to get fit together! Cranbourne East Secondary College Gym on Mondays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Free of charge, all skill levels can participate. Contact Engela 0436 620 187 ( au) or Sarah 0401 568 503 (sarah.hume@


Narre Warren Seniors Narre Warren Seniors will re-open on 15th January. All activities will resume as usual till the end of January. From February 1st, for about six months, the centre will be closed for building renovations. However most of our activities will continue at other seniors club venues in the locality. The Wednesday Club Day and table tennis will be held at Hampton Park Seniors, Indoor Bowls will be at Hallam Seniors, Line Dancing and Sing-along will be at Berwick Seniors while Cards will continue at Fiddlers Green. The Garden Club will make their own arrangements month by month, while the Gentle Exercise and Darts Group will be inactive for this period. Our grateful thanks to all those who have opened their doors to accommodate us. Our mobile phone number will continue to be 0426 736 467.


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Burnouts and super charged engines are set to hit Tooradin in the annual Tooradin Tractor Pull and Truck ‘N’ Car Show. The show will include big rugs, burnout car displays, show FX fire jets, jet car display, a vintage track pull, live band Silverstring Outlaws from 10:30am-1pm, free face painting and balloon artist and more. All proceeds going back into the local community. Saturday, 18 January 2020 from 10am-10pm. Rutter Reserve Tooradin. Aged Pension Card Holders $15, Adults $35, Kids $10, Family $65.

Al-Anon Family Groups. This group offers help and support to family and friends of problem drinkers at weekly meetings. Seminar room 4 at Dandenong Hospital, David Street, Wednesdays 8.15pm.St Gerard's Community Centre, 71 Gladstone Road, Dandenong North, Saturdays 2pm. Springvale Church of Christ, corner Buckingham and Windsor avenues. Fridays 10.30am. Details: 1300 252 666 or visit


Al-Anon Family Groups, Endeavour Hills This group offers help and support to family and friends of problem drinkers.Meetings on Mondays from 10.00am at the Andrews Centre, corner Hanna Drive and Heatherton Road. Endeavour Hills. Details: 1300 252 666. Website :


Berwick dog walking group Residents are invited to join a morning dog walking group anytime time between 9am and 10am daily at Akoonah Park, Berwick. The group is a great way to make friends, stay healthy and be part of your local community. People with or

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without dog are welcome and also enjoy a coffee with Barry who set ups his coffee van from 6am-1pm every day. There is an afternoon group which usually walks about 4pm until 6pm. 'Off the lead' walking in the park is offered as well.

Coffee 'n' Conversation Are you feeling lonely and want to get out a bit more? Come and join our 'Coffee 'n' Conversation' Group at Narre Warren North Uniting Church, 1 Main St. Narre Warren North on Wednesday mornings at 10am. Everybody is welcome. For further information contact Rev. Bruce Crowle on 0425 738 481 or bruce.crowle@


Mosaic Class Cranbourne Community House will be running our mosaic course in 2020. Please contact us to put your name down for our class enrolments. Get in quick as spaces are filling fast. 5996



Probus Endeavour Hills Club The Endeavour Hills Probus Club is seeking retirees and semi - retirees to join an active and friendly group. Activities include a walking group, coffee mornings, ten-pin bowling, excursions and trivia nights. Meet third Monday of each month (except December) at 10am at the Dandenong Club, corner of Heatherton Rd and Stud Rd, Dandenong North. Contact Chris 0423432878 or email:


Berwick Senior Citizens Berwick Senior Citizens has currently closed for the festive break. Activities will resume from the 4 February. The club would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 9707 2017 or, 112 High Street.


We play every Wednesday from 7pm at the Albion Hotel in Dandenong. Call Paul for more information - 0406786242.


U3A Cranbourne There's plenty to keep seniors busy and warm with a variety of classes. Try line dancing, singing for fun or table tennis. Take ukulele and guitar lessons or learn to play the keyboard. There's also calligraphy, card making and paper craft, patchwork, sewing and knitting groups - all willing to teach you something new. There are several classes held to assist beginners to more advanced students in computers. The French and Italian language classes and art classes have room for more students. We also have movies, bridge, mahjong, chess and card games groups. For more details our web site is u3acranbourne. or call Marge 0410 304 308.

Seniors activities Hallam Senior Citizens Centre is inviting anyone over the age of 55 to join their sociable and friendly over 55s Club. They participate in many in-house activities each week including carpet bowls, bingo, games, raffles, lunches, afternoon teas as well as various day tours: Casino visit, tram and boat trips, country excursions, hotel lunches etc. Contact: 9703 1165 or Dorothy 0409 231 190. Hallam Senior Citizens Centre, corner of Princes Hwy and Princes Domain Drive Halla


We’re building big in the south east and there will be disruptions The Metro Tunnel will free up space in the City Loop to run more trains to and from the suburbs, by taking our busiest train lines through a new tunnel under the city.

Gippsland Line

2 – 30 Jan

For the entire journey

Frankston and Stony Point lines

2 Jan – 16 Feb 13 – 30 Jan 2 – 16 Feb

Frankston to Stony Point Flinders Street to Caulfield Moorabbin to Frankston

Cranbourne and Pakenham lines

13 – 30 Jan

Flinders Street to Caulfield

Sandringham Line

20 – 23 Jan 27 – 30 Jan

Flinders Street to Elsternwick (after 8:15 pm) Flinders Street to Elsternwick (after 8:15 pm)

Keep in mind, there are other disruptions on the public transport and road networks over summer.

Road disruptions: Closed roads, lanes and ramps Hallam Road, Lynbrook

6 – 25 Jan 12 – 25 Jan

Northbound closed Roads closed overnight between South Gippsland Highway and Ormond Road

Thompsons Road, Lyndhurst

13 Jan – 10 Feb Lanes closed between Marriott Boulevard and South Gippsland Highway

Toorak Road

15 – 29 Jan

Single lanes closed in both directions at Kooyong level crossing

Monash Freeway

From late Jan

Lanes and ramps closed overnight between Warrigal Road and Princes Highway

Charman Road, Cheltenham

1 Feb – 7 Mar

Road closed between Blagdon and Station streets

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Shine and grow at Lind-Elle Do you have a child who loves to dance? Are you invited to watch amazing performances in your lounge room? At Lind-Elle School of Dance staff love to provide children opportunities to shine and grow. Lind-Elle is an all-inclusive dance school for boys and girls, young and old, because everyone deserves the chance to dance. Qualified teachers provide quality dance education in a welcoming and professional dance studio. Styles include ballet, lyrical, contemporary, acrobatics, jazz, tap and hip hop, for 2 year olds to mature adults. Staff proudly facilitate students who dance recreationally for fun, those in elite competition teams, and those striving to achieve higher standards. The school has a Dream Team that provides dancers a pathway from recreational to competition level, supported along the way to make their dreams come true. At Lind-Elle School of Dance teachers are all about the journey. The support provided to students and their families is something of which they are all proud. Lind-Elle is a Child Safe Dance School. Staff are trained in child safe dance practice and first aid and there is an on-site defibrillator. The 3 studios are fully equipped with mirrors, barres and acrobatic equipment. Dancers and their families are welcomed and made to feel at home. Parents are welcome in the spacious waiting areas and invited to enjoy tea and coffee if waiting during dance classes. The fenced outdoor area also provides a space where children can play. You will find ample parking onsite as well as safe drop off zones. Dance at Lind-Elle extends beyond the studio. Students perform at fetes, festivals, competitions, floorshows and concerts at Bunjil Place.

Since 1991, Cathy-Lea has been training students in performing arts including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary Dance, Hip Hop, Drama, Singing, Musical Theatre and Instrumental Music. The studio is renowned for its high standards, disciplined classes, and extensive performing arts curriculum. Cathy-Lea training has propelled scores of graduates to careers in performing arts and thousands more have gained confidence, coordination, fitness and friendships from their experience at Cathy-Lea. Graduates have studied at the Australian Ballet School, the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Patrick Studios Australia, Melbourne City Ballet Company, Ministry of Dance, Kelly Aykers Studios and Dance Spectrum, and many now perform professionally in Australia and overseas. Staff are excited to announce that in 2020 the school will be adding 'Ready Set Ballet' to the pre-school program at Cathy-Lea Studios. This will complement the existing 'Ready Set Dance' program which teaches children confidence, co-ordination and creativity and is featured on television on Nick Jnr. From the age of 5, technical dance classes

are offered in Cecchetti International Classical Ballet and ATOD Jazz and Tap. Students have optional exams and 2 concerts per year. For motivated and talented students, Cathy-Lea offer an Elite Training Program which features tuition by professional performing artists, highly qualified coaches and master teachers. Over a hundred young dancers and performers engage in this program each year, experiencing the highest standards of conditioning, technique and performance training, producing outstanding dancers who are well-equipped to pursue careers in a range of dance and performance genres. Recreational classes are offered in all styles including Hip Hop, Contemporary Dance, Acrobatics, Drama, Singing and Musical Theatre for those seeking confidence, fun and fitness. Students of all ages and abilities are welcome and special discounted fee packages are available for students taking multiple classes. With close to 150 classes per week on offer in Dance, Music and Drama Cathy-Lea is sure to have a class that meets your needs. To find out more, contact Cathy on or 9704-7324 or visit the website www.

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The Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD) syllabus provides an incredible framework for exam training. There are also enjoyable social events where parents, adult students and teachers get together such as trivia nights. Whether you are looking for a beginner class or something more advanced, Lind-Elle is sure to have something to suit. Contact the studio to arrange a suitable time to come in and see the facilities first hand, have a chat and discuss how Lind-Elle can assist your child to shine. Enrolments for 2020 are now open, don’t miss out on securing your spot!


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30 ACRE LANG LANG HOBBY FARM LOCATED close to the end of a no through road and surrounded by other large acreage properties is this great hobby farm set on approx. 30 acres. With quality undulating pastures the property offers loads of feed. The property was originally set up for running cattle, but with the great paddock arrangement that is currently in place it would also well suit

someone with horses. The quality built 3 bedroom family home has views from every window. The master has a full ensuite and walk-in robe, while bedrooms 2 and 3 have built-in robes. There is an open plan kitchen and dining area adjacent to the family room. Wide front and rear verandas offer a

main workshop has electricity and concrete floor. Live only 5minutes from the Lang Lang town centre and a little over 1 hour from Melbourne. With so much on offer and with genuine sellers, an inspection is a must as this one won't last long! For all enquiries and inspections please call Jason Brown direct. ●

space to sit and relax and appreciate the rural views. The property also features a 3.4kw solar power system with great payback, 6 large fenced paddocks, all with water and also a stock ramp and yards. There is ample water supply from tanks, 3 dams and a bore. There is also various shedding and the

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 200 Milners Road, LANG LANG, VIC 3984 Description: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 4 garage Price: $1,150,000 Inspect: By appointment Contact: Jason Brown 0423 768 424, FINNING FIRST NATIONAL REAL ESTATE

ENJOY THE TRANQUILITY OF ’OAKBANK’ PEACEFUL, private and convenient is what makes ‘Oakbank’ the perfect lifestyle property. Set on 59.5 acres, the property is a combination of native vegetation and cleared pasture. A long, sweeping driveway leads to the pristine homestead. The brick home has four bedrooms, including a master with ensuite. Spacious and light filled open plan living areas including formal dining and a well planned kitchen with hotplates, oven and plenty of cupboard space. Wide verandahs offer plenty of shade and outdoor entertaining options.

Outside is the original homestead dating back to the early 1900s. The property also boasts a four bay machinery shed, 20’X30’ steel shed with workshop, hay shed, dog pens and yards. There are also manicured lawns, established trees and 6 paddocks, all within convenient reach of the Pakenham CBD. Mains water is a massive plus, while the property also has a dam. With Dore Road soon to be sealed, this will be the premier location in the area. The privacy and tranquility will make you never want to leave. ●

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 350 Dore Road, Nar Nar Goon North, VIC 3812 Description: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 garage Price: $1,450,000 - $1,550,000 Contact: Steven Hobson 0418 897 411, GERARD COLLINS REAL ESTATE PTY LTD 5941 1255


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66 ACRES PANORAMIC BAY VIEWS WITH PERMIT Offering Uninterrupted Beautiful Views of Westernport Bay, this parcel of land is situated in the rolling hills of Glen Forbes and is a true investment. It features established tree runs between paddocks with one boundary that abuts the State Forest.



Looking for space? This might just be the one. No close neighbours & views in all directions! 5 bdrms, 3 bths, formal living & dining plus rumpus. Kitchen with gas cooking & further dining/family space. Ample heating/cooling via a mixture of Gas heating, wood fire, R/C split systems & ceiling fans. Further features incl dam, shedding & 7.5kw Solar system. The property is currently a licensed breeding kennel permitted for up to 14 dogs transferable to new owner or bring along the ponies, sheep, pet cow etc & start enjoying the country surrounds!

A stroll from the School, community pool, rec reserve, Bakery & Thorpdale hotel. 66mg water license, large scale commercial shedding allows many options - Cropping, grazing or simply clean country lifestyle for the family. The solid brick home contains 3BRs, 2bthrm, 2 living rooms, a spacious updated kitchen perfectly blending old & new with open plan dining area adjacent. The home gardens a perfect balance of shade, light, views & space for the children to play. Genuine sellers. Inspections welcome by appointment.

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The current owner has done the work for you and successfully appropriated the necessary building permit for your future home. Town water is available at the road for the astute purchaser (STCA). (Contact Westernport Water and Bass Coast Shire Council for details.) Currently used for fattening cattle, this 66 acre parcel of land includes water troughs in each paddock and has access to a large dam located at the entry to the property. Power is located nearby for connection, or be bold and go off-grid! Build your dream home here, run horses, cattle, sheep or cut hay... the options are endless! AUCTION SUN 26TH JAN @ NOON - ONSITE Contact the friendly team at Alex Scott & Staff Bass Valley today to discuss this marvellous piece of real estate!


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Talent runs deep for Jono By Nick Creely Now that Jonathan D'Rozario has had a taste of wearing the Victorian colours against the very best young talent Australia has to offer, all he wants is more. More improvement with his batting and bowling, more camaraderie with his teammates, and more opportunity to showcase exactly what he's capable of at the elite level. The 18-year-old Monash Tigers all-rounder and Buckley Ridges product has plenty of tricks up his sleeve, and after a successful Under 19 National Championships carnival with Vic Country just prior to the Christmas break, D'Rozario is hoping that can translate into club cricket and beyond for the remainder of the season. "It (the National Championships) was an amazing experience, I couldn't have asked for it to be any better, or any worse," he said. "Getting to play on the WACA in the end, and being able to learn and play against great players, the facilities, the coaches, it was all second to none. "The coaches were always talking to me about improving my game, just those little things that I can take and bring back to club cricket and hopefully it can help me progress my game." D'Rozario's carnival was strong, notching up scores of 38 and 40 throughout, before a sparkling 50 on the WACA in the final against NSW Metro almost helped Vic Country clinch the title. "I wanted to just go out there and enjoy the experience, and play hard cricket - that's the way I play, and I felt like I played my role," he said. "There were some limited opportunities at times, but as soon as I got the ball in my hand, or had the stick in the middle-order I was trying to get us over the line, and that's what I based myself off. "I felt like I played a big role in a few of those games, but if you looked through a few of the players coming through the ranks, I like to look at myself like a Michael Bevan, he was able to finish off through the middle, which I unfortunately wasn't able to do, but I still felt I played a role while it would have been nice to help us over the line on a few occasions." With the ball, the youngster was just as vital, snaring six wickets at 23.3 and providing excellent spin coverage through the middle overs. "We had a very strong spin attack, so I knew it'd be competitive getting overs in, but when I did get the chance it was about getting wickets, and if not, being economical, which I think as a spin group we did really well," he said. "It was terrific being involved with the spin group." At club land for the Tigers in the Victorian Premier Cricket competition, D'Rozario has shown glimpses of his glittering talent in the first portion of the season with scores of 44, 79 and 60 in the middle-overs, while also contributing some handy wickets. But, the ambitious talent wants more. He wants to hopefully break in for a first XI debut for the end of the season, and help the team -

Jonathan D'Rozario (left), with Monash Tigers teammate and fellow Dandenong District product, Yash Pednekar. and club - win games of cricket. "Hopefully I can carry on some momentum from the first half of the season, I got a few scores here and there, but I want more consistency with the bat and to take more wickets with the ball, and I just want to try and con-

tribute the best I can for the team," he said. "If I'm contributing to winning games for Richmond, I feel like I'm doing my part." The Tigers have enjoyed a stellar 2019/20 in terms of development, with teenager Jake

Fraser-McGurk making his Shield debut for Victoria, quick Mitch Perry making his oneday debut for Victoria, while in total, seven youngsters represented the club at the Under 19 National Championships, including fellow Dandenong District prodigy Yash Pednekar. "There's no luck about that - the way Youngy (coach Shannon Young) is bringing us all through, his coaching program and the way he goes about it is unbelievable," he said. "From the first day we walked through the door at TNF cricket in Oakleigh, we all got to know each other and we could feel something special brewing." But home is where the heart is. D'Rozario moved to Buckley Ridges - the little club on Pultney Street that is a powerhouse in the DDCA - from Lynbrook when he was 14, finishing off his junior career at the Bucks, a place where his dad, Shane is revered as one of the club's greatest cricketers, and one of four to have won a Wookey Medal as the champion player in Turf 1. And what was even more memorable, the father and son even starred together in a Turf 3 flag for the club in 2016, with Shane belting 74, and Jono snaring 5/56. They even put on a vital 50-run stand that helped sway the game into Buckley's hands. Those memories of his dad's glory days at the Bucks are ones he'll never forget, and always hold dear to him. "Huge. Absolutely huge," he said of his dad's influence. "We watch cricket every day around the house, and I think Mum and my sister probably get fed up with it, but we're all the time talking about it, in the car on the way home from training, it's like having another coach 24/7. "And I was there at every Turf 1 game, always in the nets - he'd always bat down the order. I love hearing the stories about how he and Paul Rudd would come in at seven and eight and somehow save a Turf 1 game, it's brilliant. "He bowled offies, and I'm always asking about how he used to work out batsmen, but I remember him to be one of the better DDCA players going around. "The old man is very special." And as for the club itself, D'Rozario couldn't have higher praise for the current Turf 1 champions, who have got a blend of star players, both home grown and from overseas. "I'm around the club as much as I can, and every person around the club, whether it's in the ones with DJ Watson, has been brilliant in trying to build great cricketers and help other people," he said. "That's the most important part of the club. "Even all the imports that have come through, Luke Fletcher, Dave White at the moment, and getting a chance to talk to those people, give you a chance to keep learning, and it's brilliant they're able to help me out, and help all the cricketers at different levels coming through the ranks. "The more time I get to spend there the better - they're just awesome people."

Swans are undone by Russ brilliance By Nick Creely Casey-South Melbourne suffered an untimely loss to Footscray on Saturday in Victorian Premier Cricket as it looks to keep pace with the top-eight. In a 32-per over match reduced off the back of rain the previous day, the Dogs had a bat first after play finally got underway at 1.30pm, and it was spearhead and milestone man Nathan Lambden (2/37) who broke through off the first ball of the game. Lambden - playing his 100th first XI match at Premier level - removed dangerous opener Dan Sartori, but the Dogs, one of the most potent batting groups in the competition, quickly went on the rebuild through stars Dean Russ and Travis Dean. Combining rock-solid defense with still a mind firmly fixed on keeping the scoreboard

ticking along, the pair added 87 before Jordan Hammond (1/33) managed to snare Dean for 38, another prized scalp in a promising start to his career at the level. Despite the Swans - largely through the spin of Luke Wells (3/26) who continued his strong form with the ball in hand - finding regular wickets, the Dogs got itself into a strong position for the win, finishing 7/171 with Russ' 67 providing plenty of headaches for the visitors. Needing close to a run-a-ball in the chase, the Swans got off to a bright start through Luke Wells (23) and Nathan Freitag (36), but the required run rate and the strangling effort with the ball provided by Russ (4/24) - who backed up his starring effort with the bat - saw the Swans rolled for 153 with seven balls to spare. Despite the Swans managing to string together some small partnerships, with Joel Mitchell (22), Chris Benedek (22) and Jordan

Wyatt (13) looking threatening before getting out, the Dogs just had the answers and the momentum on their side. With 11 points separating the Swans from eighth position, the group will be needing a victory against the struggling Monash Tigers on Saturday to stay in touch with the finals race. But there could be plenty of reinforcements if the Swans elect to shake up the side ahead of Saturday, with the seconds enjoying a dominant win against the Dogs at Casey Fields. In particular, important all-rounder Lachie Sperling (50 and 2/11) could be finally set to make his return after a slower than anticipated return from injury, talented opener Ash Chandrasinghe is banging down the door for a debut after notching up 44 not out, while spinners Jonah Serong and Ashvin Adihetty could help bolster the spin department if needed.

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SPORT Berwick star Ruwantha Kellepotha provided plenty with both bat and ball in the win against Narre South. 203008 Picture: GARY SISSONS

Crunch time is looming By Nick Creely DDCA TURF 1 AND 2 REVIEW - ROUND 9 While there's still so much cricket left to play, and so many twists and turns inevitable, it appears as if the Turf 1 premiership race is now down to four clubs following the returning

round after the Christmas break. Reigning premiers Buckley Ridges, Springvale South, Berwick and Turf 1 newcomers Narre South sit comfortably inside the topfour, with the Lions sitting two games clear of Hallam Kalora Park in fifth with five games to play.

QUIZ NUMBER 1693 1. WHO won 2019’s baseball World Series? 2. WHICH Australian tennis star reached three consecutive Wimbledon finals, losing on each occasion? 3. WHICH English soccer club lost eight star players in an air crash in 1958? 4. WHAT is ‘The Aulde Mug’ better known as? 5. WHICH country won the most gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games? 6. HOW many gold medals did Lisa Curry win in her comeback to swimming at the 1990 Commonwealth Games? 7. WHAT sport features the terms ‘bunt’, ‘double play’ and ‘dugout’? 8. WHAT was tennis star Pancho Gonzales’ real first name? 9. WHO was the first Australian boxer to win Commonwealth titles in two divisions? 10. WHAT country is the home of Gaelic football? 11. WHICH Indian has hit the most career sixes in T20 cricket? 12. WHAT was the name of the American yacht which lost the America’s Cup to Australia in 1983? 13. WHO captained the English team in cricket’s 1977 Centenary Test? 14. WHAT was tennis star Ken Rosewall’s nickname? 15. WHICH jockey never won a Melbourne Cup, but rode the Caulfield Cup winner five times? 16. WHICH Aussie golfer finished in second spot in the 2012 British Open? 18. HOW many Sydney jockey’s premierships did Ron Quinton win? 19. WHO was the last Australian to take a hat-trick in Test cricket? 20. WHO won the Australian Mens Open tennis title in 2014? ANSWERS: 1. Washington 2. Fred Stolle 3. Manchester United 4. The America‘s Cup 5. Australia 6. Four (two individual and two relay) 7. Baseball 8. Richard 9. Tony Mundine 10. Ireland 11. Rohit Sharma 12. Liberty 13. Tony Greig 14. ‘Muscles’ 15. Arthur Breasley 16. Adam Scott 17. The chequered flag 18. Eight 19. Peter Siddle 20. Stan Wawrinka 18 STAR NEWS


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Down at Lois Twohig Reserve, Buckley Ridges dominated its clash with North Dandenong. Batting first, the champs lost veteran batsman Paul Rudd in the opening over, caught behind off impressive seamer Nimesh Kariyawasam (2/43). But it brought together the might of Daniel Watson, returning from a hamstring strain, and skipper David White, who continues to dispatch DDCA bowlers at every turn. Pairing up for a brutal 154-run stand, the Maroons finally brought an end to the dominance, with Watson - on 93 - looking to clear the mid-wicket boundary but instead finding Syed Shah who held on to an outstanding catch in the ring. The skipper White - who made scores of 80 and 99 prior to Christmas to continue another golden season in Australia - held his nerve to build a partnership with Susa Pradeep, who immediately got busy to push the ball into the gaps. White looked an almost certainty to register his first century of the season, skipping through the 80s with two enormous sixes off consecutive balls down the ground, and with just six left for the three figures, the South African looked to bring up the milestone in style. But instead, White holed out to the longoff boundary to continue a rare run without a ton despite another dominant season, with a 1000-run season well and truly in the cards after skipping past 600 for the year. The Maroons rallied late to hold the Bucks back somewhat, with the visitors still reaching an incredibly imposing 7/270 off its 40 overs. It appeared that the Maroons' batting innings would be over swiftly after the Bucks teared through the top-order to leave them 5/46, but the home side showed fight through the talented Clay McCartney, who belted 69 as the home side crawled to 164. At Arch Brown Reserve, Berwick and Narre South played out an utterly fascinating lastover thriller, but Matt Chasemore's Bears got the points in the end. It was an even battle between bat and ball with the Bears winning the toss and electing to bat, registering 7/176 off its 40 overs, with allrounder Ruwantha Kellepotha (46) and Matt Robertson (48) combining beautifully through the middle to set up the total. In reply, in-form opener Morteza Ali threatened to take the game away in one foul swoop to race to 36 off 39 balls, but his wicket - courtesy of James Wilcock (2/33) - got the Bears going. With the game in the balance, Ashan Wijayakumara held firm on one end with the blade, but the Bears managed a steady flow of wickets, with the scalps of dangerous duo Jonty Jenner and Scott Phillips putting the home side into the box seat. Bringing the game down to the final over,

with 11 runs needed and with the ball in the hands of Jarrod Goodes (3/27), the veteran managed to snare the final two wickets and deliver a thrilling eight-run win to the home side. Springvale South was another side that escaped with a last-over win, holding off a brave Heinz Southern Districts at Reedy Recreation Reserve. Skipper Ateeq Javid (65) once again led the way to compile yet another half-century as the Bloods recovered from a middle-order collapse to post 7/176, a strong total on the pitch. While the great Craig Slocombe (2/32) did some fine work early to help put the Cobras in a tough position at 4/84, the home side managed to scramble a vital partnership through skipper Kaushalaya Weeraratne (43) and Chandima Abeykoon (36). With just 15 runs needed from the final three overs, the Bloods dug deep, somehow restricting the Cobras to 8/171, just five runs shy of victory. In the remaining match, Hallam Kalora Park (4/175) managed to keep itself within touch of a finals position after a comfortable win against St Marys (7/174) at Carroll Reserve. In Turf 2, Dingley are continuing to show it's a class above with bat, ball and in the field after completely dismantling Cranbourne and moving 12 points clear on top of the table. The Dingoes showed little mercy to the Eagles at Souter Oval on Saturday in the first round after Christmas, winning by a whopping 144 runs in a 40-over match. The home side didn't have it all their own with the bat after winning the toss, and were at one stage 2/13 before recovering nicely to finish 8/183 off its 40 overs, with the impressive Flynn McGaw scoring a vital 34 in the middle-order. The momentum carried through from a terrific late surge with the bat for the Dingoes, who were merciless as they rolled the Eagles for a meek 29 in just over an hour. And the dominance came through Milan Rathnayaka (7/18), who bowled magically in one of the great spells of the season, and partnered with Calvin Barlow (3/8), gave the visitors little chance of mounting a case for victory. Down at Perc Allison Oval, Beaconsfield banked a vital win in its finals aspirations against Narre North. The Tigers showed great intent with the ball to roll the Rams for just 99, with Jason Dodd (3/17) and skipper Jack Benbow (3/21) doing some great work through the middle period to cause plenty of problems for the visitors. A strong 65-run opening stand from Brendan Johnson (52 not out) and Callan Tout (25) stole the game away from the Rams, with the home side getting the job done with eight wickets still left in the shed.


Panthers fall short again By Tyler Lewis and Nick Creely VICTORIAN PREMIER CRICKET ROUND 10 It was another painful defeat for Dandenong as it fell millimetres from victory in its first encounter after Christmas on the weekend. In its match on Saturday against FitzroyDoncaster, the Panthers were sent in on a slow green track in overcast conditions. After losing openers Brett Forsyth (10) caught behind and skipper Tom Donnell (7) leg before, the Panthers were in need of a rebuild. Ed Newman and Cam Forsyth slowly but surely resurrected the innings before Newman was victim of the sensational arm of Victorian Premier Cricket champion Peter Dickson. With a consistent fall of wickets inside the first 15 overs, Forsyth combined with James Nanopoulos to build a competitive total. When Nanopoulos rocked back and pumped a short ball to the fence only metres off the ground; the games trajectory, as it has seemed all season, was in his hands. After the slow start, the Panthers had clawed back into the contest through Forsyth (25) and Nanopoulos (30) who pushed the total to 3/89 without risk at the half-way point. Shortly after the drinks break was the passage of 10 overs that cost the Panthers dearly, losing the set Forsyth and Nanopoulos before the reliable Comrey Edgeworth also found himself in the shed, as Dandenong lost 3/4. A fighting performance with the bat from Jacques Augustin against his old side and Pete Cassidy nudged the Panthers to 144, short of the mark the Panthers would have wanted at drinks, but something for the bowlers to work with. The Christmas break proved to have no impact on Nanopoulos as he continued on his merry way with the ball, claiming three of the first four wickets to equal the Dandenong Cricket Club record of 313 victims. The Lions coasted along ticking over the run rate until Pete Cassidy gave his side a sniff, snagging two wickets in one over to inject some life into the Panthers. Unfortunately for Dandenong, the season of heartbreaking losses continues into the New Year as the Lions hung on to a two-wicket victory - the third defeat of the season by two wickets or less. Close losses have seemed to be the story of the Panther's season, skipper Tom Donnell said his side has often been on the good side of the close matches and understands they need to be better if they want to win games in tight moments. "It is frustrating, there have been a few games we thought could have gone either way," he said. "We just haven't been good enough, or haven't had luck, we just haven't been able to win.

Endeavour Hills batsman Manav Malik on the drive during his 25 against Melton on Saturday. 203007 "This year it seems we haven't had our luck but that is the way cricket goes, when games are close you need a bit of luck and we haven't had that this year but we haven't played well enough to be honest. "We just need to improve and play the key moments a bit better." Dandenong will face Ringwood at Shepley Oval this weekend in another one day match. VICTORIAN SUB-DISTRICT - NORTH/WEST ROUND 9 Endeavour Hills battled hard on Saturday, but ultimately fell fighting to Melton at Syd Pargeter Reserve. Batting first after being sent in, the Eagles scrambled to 170 off 44.3 overs, with keeper batsman Manav Malik (25) top-scoring as the home side struggled to cash in on a series of starts through the middle order. The home side looked the goods early with the ball to snare a wicket, but the visitors - off the back of an unbeaten 52 to skipper Nathan Taylor and a strong hand from Matthew Stead

(40) - found the runs with four wickets and overs still in the bank. Vinu Mohotty was the pick of the bowlers for the Eagles to snare 2/20 and continue his brilliant season. MORNINGTON PENINSULA - PENINSULA DIVISION ROUND 9 (DAY ONE) The struggling Pearcedale faces an uphill battle to avoid another tough loss, this time to Heatherhill at home on Saturday. The Hills were sent in, and despite the early wicket of the dangerous Steven O'Donnell, belted its way to 5/250 off 65 overs before declaring, with skipper Sam Mullavey smashing his way to a maiden century for the club. Kristian Miller also struck 52 to be a menace for the home side. With just an hour to survive, the Panthers lost three wickets to be 3/26 and will need to do a lot right to stay in the contest when play resumes on Saturday.


Despite even more struggles with the bat, Suraj Randiv and the Dandenong bowling outfit turned in a strong performance on the weekend. 199128 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

Champion Cranbourne bowler makes it six in a row Lynne Wood won her first singles club championship in 2015 and since then she just kept on winning. In fact, her husband Graeme will have to build on an extra room to hold all her trophies. This year in the final Lynne was up against a talented new bowler, Liz Doidge who will gain a lot of experience playing against the region's best ladies bowler, but the game was one sided from beginning to end with Lynne crowned ladies club champion for the sixth time in a row, after the success of 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and now 2020. Lynne also continues her great form playing in the number one open side on both Saturday and mid-week competitions for Cranbourne as well as playing in State competition events and surely is one of the best female athletes in the greater Casey region. Meanwhile as club members return from the holiday break, club chief John McKenna and his committee have arranged a special bowls day to be held on Saturday 18 January to support bowls clubs that have been affected by the recent bushfires with all proceeds to be raised on the day to be presented to these clubs.

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Lynne Wood has been crowned the Cranbourne ladies club champion for the sixth time in a row. Thursday, 16 January, 2020




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