Star Weekly - Hobsons Bay Maribyrnong - 15th February 2023

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Dirk Ottley believes the tree which crushed his van was extensively damaged by termites. (Damjan Janevski) 319089_05

Freedom ride crushed What was Dirk Ottley’s home has become a barely usable shelter after a tree suddenly fell on it earlier this month. The 60-year-old has been living in his 2004 Kia Pregio for the past eight years and can be found at a car park at The Warmies fishing area. However, at about 3.15pm on Friday, February 3, wind caused a part of a tree to fall on Mr Ottley’s van, crushing the windscreen and causing major structural damage. Fire Rescue Victoria, police, State Emergency

Service and ambulance attended the scene, while Hobsons Bay council and an arborist also visited the scene to clean up the damage. Mr Ottley said he believes the tree was extensively damaged due to termites. Altona North resident and Mr Ottley’s friend, Valerian Vincent, said he believes the council should have removed the tree a long time ago. “The council breached their duty of care,” he said. “His home has been destroyed. “He can’t go anywhere.”

Mr Ottley said the incident had taken his freedom away. “It’s absolutely stopped it,” he said. Mr Ottley said he had welcomed donations of food and other goods from about 30 visitors since the incident. A Hobsons Bay council spokesperson said council received an incident notification form on Wednesday, February 8. “We are now following the standard process so the claim can be independently assessed,” the spokesperson said. “Council offered to provide temporary

emergency accommodation, as part of our emergency relief protocol, but Mr Ottley declined the offer.” Mr Ottley said he was seeking clarification on how he could be compensated to replace his van. “Where the van goes, I go,” he said. Mr Vincent has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Mr Ottley, with more than $500 raised towards its $15,000 goal at the time of publication. Details:


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West Gate lane change warning Outbound drivers travelling along the West Gate Freeway are advised to prepare for changes to their journey as the outbound M80 Ring Road and Princes Freeway exits are set to change this week. From 5am on Monday, February 13, the outbound M80 Ring Road and Princes Freeway exits on the West Gate Freeway will change and drivers will need to adjust their usual route, with those travelling from the West Gate Bridge towards Geelong, Werribee or Laverton required to use the left-hand lanes to exit onto the Princes Freeway, while those heading towards Ballarat, Deer Park or Caroline Springs required to stay in the two right-hand

lanes to exit onto the M80 Ring Road using the newly upgraded M80 exit ramp. Drivers are advised to change lanes early, as they approach Grieve Parade. Drivers who miss the Princes Freeway exit can get back on to the Princes Freeway via Boundary Road, Little Boundary Road and Geelong Road, while those wanting to return to the M80 Ring Road can exit and turn right onto Kororoit Creek Road, then return to the Princes Freeway and exit at the M80 Ring Road. WGTP acting chief executive Peter Lellyett said new signs and road markings will highlight the change. “We’re doing everything that we can to

ensure road users are informed, prepared and ready for this permanent change to their journey,” he said. “This step represents a significant and exciting milestone for the West Gate Tunnel Project and will help to cut travel times and reduce congestion for thousands of Victorians travelling to, and from, Melbourne’s west.” As part of the West Gate Tunnel Project, two additional lanes are being added to the West Gate Freeway in each direction between the West Gate Bridge and the M80 Ring Road interchange, cutting travel times by up to 20 minutes. Details:

West Gate Tunnel Project works include adding two additional lanes in each direction between the West Gate Bridge and the M80 Ring Road interchange. (Supplied)

Jump shot for business Footscray’s Nicholson Street Mall will be hosting basketball battles and pitting some of the best local talent against one another as part of the inaugural Westside Slam event. Organised by Yours Truly Barbershop and Maribyrnong council, Westside Slam will host three-a-side or 3x3 tournaments across juniors and open men and women on Saturday, March 4 from 10am to 7pm. Yours Truly Barbershop owner and event co-organiser Chris Tabone said he and his brother Steve wanted to host a basketball event for a number of years. “This is a passion project from my brother and I for the love of basketball, stemming back to playing juniors in our childhood,” he said. Mr Tabone said he is hoping the event can breathe more life back into the area. “There’s a lot of dead space there,” he said. “We’ve got good stuff going down.

“We want to get people down to activate the area.” The event will also feature shooting comps, a NBL player appearance and local DJ’s and entertainment! Mr Tabone said the event will also collaborate with other businesses within the area, including Mr West Bar and Bottleshop, Baby Snakes Bar, Counterweight Vinyl and Espresso and Slice Shop Pizza. Prize money for the open men and women categories will be $2000. Junior winners will win gift cards and other prizes. Junior competitions will run for under-12, under-14 and under-16 groups from 10am to 3.30pm, with open competitions then running until 7pm. Registrations close on Wednesday, March 1. Details:

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Westside Slam organisers George Naylor, Chris Tabone and Barry McBride are excited to welcome the inaugural basketball tournament to the Nicholson Street Mall. (Damjan Janevski) 319050_01

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Hospital reaches half way mark By Matthew Sims The state government has celebrated the new Footscray Hospital project reaching another milestone, with the first three buildings reaching their maximum height and achieving structural completion. Footscray MP Katie Hall joined Premier Daniel Andrews, Health Infrastructure Minister Mary-Anne Thomas and Victoria University representatives at the site on Thursday, February 9, to celebrate the milestone.

The milestone also represented the halfway point on the project, which is being delivered via a $1.5 billion commitment through the state government’s Victoria’s Big Build initiative. Located on the corner of Ballarat Road and Geelong Road, the Western Health hospital’s main 10-storey building would include about 500 beds, with the ability to treat about 15,000 patients and see 20,000 people at the emergency department each year, as well as a five-storey sub-acute-care building scheduled for completion in mid to late 2024. One of the three structurally completed

buildings would house a new five-storey 5000-square-metre education and research centre for nurse training. Victoria University (VU) would occupy the building for health and medicine training, as well as research and learning across a range of areas such as nursing and midwifery, physiotherapy, speech pathology, dietetics, biomedicine and psychology, with the building connected to Victoria University’s Footscray Park campus via a public-use pedestrian footbridge across Ballarat Road. A commercial building on Tiernan Street

will house a health and medical precinct across five storeys, as well as a childcare facility and retail spaces. VU chancellor Steve Bracks said the relationship between VU and the new hospital would be integral to the future growth of Melbourne’s western suburbs. “Through the VU education and research centre … we will equip the next generation workforce and drive research that will shape the future of Melbourne’s west.” Ms Hall said the project was the government’s largest health infrastructure project to date.

Art prize entries open Artists and creatives from across the western suburbs are encouraged to finalise their plans for their entries into this year’s Footscray Art Prize. Entries close at noon on Monday, March 20 ahead of the exhibition opening on July 15. Prize categories include the Footscray Art Prize ($20,000), the Local Acquisition Prize ($10,000), the Residency Artist Prize ($2000) and the Young Artists Prize for primary students ($500) and secondary students ($500). Entries can cover paintings, drawings, photographs, engravings, sculptures and installations, digital and video work and beyond. Footscray Community Arts artistic director Daniel Santangeli said this year will see the value of the major prize doubled. “Independent artists in Australia have been hit hard by COVID-19,” he said. “Many experienced a loss of work and

struggled to access government support schemes. “By doubling the value of the major prize, we wanted to recognise that support for artists is most acute now in this time of recovery.” Maribyrnong mayor Sarah Carter said the council is proud to support the Footscray Art Prize once again. “Footscray is a thriving cultural and creative hub with an enviable reputation as a centre of arts and culture in the inner west, and the success of the Footscray Art Prize since its inception in 2016 reflects and celebrates this artistic vibrancy,” she said. “I encourage creatives from across our city to mark their calendars and apply.” This year’s main prize judges will be Monash University Museum of Art director Charlotte Day, artist and curator Phuong Ngo and National Gallery of Victoria First Nations art curator Shonae Hobson. Details:

Maribyrnong mayor Sarah Carter and Footscray Community Arts artistic director Daniel Santangeli are calling for any interested artists to put forward their works for this year’s Footscray Art Prize. (Supplied)

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Champion for women By Goya Dmytryshchak

Champion for women A Williamstown woman who has received an Australia Day honour for significant service to women with ovarian cancer has recalled her own diagnosis, which brought heartbreak but also gratitude. Paula Benson, who formerly chaired Ovarian Cancer Australia, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.


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“She sent me straight off that morning for a transvaginal ultrasound and she got me in to see a gynaecological oncologist that night and I had the surgery the next week. “No one thought that I would have ovarian cancer because I was young, I was 34 – largely, it’s women in their 50s, 60s, 70s who are diagnosed – and I have no history of ovarian or breast cancer in my family. “So, no one suspected that it could be ovarian cancer; they could see that I had a large cyst attached to one of my ovaries and that the ovary was damaged and that the cyst and the ovary would need to be removed. “When I woke up, my gyne-oncologist told me that she was very sorry but she’d found ovarian cancer and had to undertake a radical hysterectomy. “It was very shocking for a young woman to have that experience but I know my cancer was diagnosed early, it hadn’t spread and I know how lucky I am.” Ms Benson said she knew her story was not typical for most women with ovarian cancer, which prompted her to offer her services to Ovarian Cancer Australia in 2006. The same year, she and spouse Stephen Conroy, a former Labor senator, had baby girl 12459042-CG36-20

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Isabella with the help of a surrogate mother and a separate egg donor. “I do have a beautiful daughter,” Ms Benson said. “She’s 14 now. “I was very fortunate. One of my girlfriends donated eggs and another girlfriend carried her for me, so I’m very lucky to be a mum.” On learning of her Australia Day recognition, Ms Benson said she hoped it would raise more awareness of ovarian cancer. “When I first found out about it I felt quite

emotional really thinking about everything that we at Ovarian Cancer Australia have achieved over the past decade,” she said. “But I was just reflecting today, the same week that I found out about potentially receiving the award, I heard about another friend of mine who’s just been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer and it was very grounding. “We’ve achieved so much, we’ve done so much and I’m so proud of that but there is still so much more to do and we can’t rest until it’s

done.” Ovarian Cancer Australia said under Ms Benson’s stewardship the organisation had achieved significant milestones, including developing and implementing Australia’s first national action plan for ovarian cancer research, securing $3 million federal funding for the Traceback ovarian cancer prevention program and the commitment of $20 million for ovarian cancer research from the federal government’s Medical Research Future Fund.


By Goya Dmytryshchak

A Williamstown woman who has received an Australia Day honour for significant service to women with ovarian cancer has recalled her own diagnosis, which brought heartbreak but also gratitude. Paula Benson, who formerly chaired Ovarian Cancer Australia, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 34 in 2003. “I know I am one of the very lucky ones because my GP did all the right things for me,” Ms Benson said. “When I went to her, I had this unexplained abdominal bloating, changes in my urinary and bowel habits and I felt really full after eating not very much.

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By Cr Cuc Lam Becoming a centenarian is a significant milestone worthy of celebration. Even though average life expectancy continues to increase – with those born in 2019 expected to live 30 years longer than someone born in 1900 – to reach 100 years of age is still a very rare occurrence. When you consider the contribution of that person to our community, it’s a birthday I believe is worthy of recognition which is why, last year, I moved a motion for council to formally acknowledge its centenarians. Maribyrnong is the first metropolitan council, joining Glenelg Shire Council, as the only other local government area to do this. You can therefore imagine how pleased I was to be invited to a special morning tea to celebrate local resident, Ana Hernandez, turning 100. Like many residents in Melbourne’s west, including myself, Ana emigrated from her home country (Chile) when she was in her twenties to start a new life in Australia. She worked hard to build a life for her family – her sons, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren. Ana now lives in a local residential aged care home where she is still an avid participant in group exercise classes, excursions, musical activities, card games and pampering and relaxation sessions. She especially looks forward to visits from Spanish-speaking volunteers, delighting in their company often. It was my honour to present Ana with a letter


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Briefs Stony Creek spill Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria are continuing investigations into a unknown substance spill at Stony Creek in Yarraville last week, which gave the creek a red-orange colour. Despite the water quality improving at the creek over the weekend, residents are advised to avoid contact with the creek downstream of St Leonards Avenue. Details: 1300 372 842


Maribyrnong deputy mayor Cuc Lam formally acknowledged the 100th birthday of Maribyrnong resident Ana Hernandez recently.

Police have appealed for anyone with information on a hit-run collision between a scooter and a cyclist in Altona Meadows on Sunday, February 12 to come forward. The unregistered scooter and a 51-year-old Laverton man collided on Laverton Creek Trail near Victoria Street at about 6.30pm. Police said the two men riding the scooter did not stop at the scene and fled from the crash on foot northbound towards Victoria Street. The Laverton man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.


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Next step in the flood recovery By Matthew Sims Maribyrnong community members will soon come together to provide guidance and support to council on issues and barriers impacting the Maribyrnong flood recovery process towards delivering positive outcomes for the impacted community, as part of a new Maribyrnong River Flood Community Recovery Committee. On Friday, October 14, 2022, significant flooding occurred within the urban catchment of the Maribyrnong River, impacting more than 500 properties across Maribyrnong and causing extensive damage.

During a special meeting on Tuesday, February 7, council passed a motion to approve the establishment of the committee and endorse its terms of reference. Appointed for a period of 18 months across 18 scheduled meetings, the committee would include between six and 10 community members who represent the demographics of the flood-impacted area, one councillor, planning and environment services director Laura Jo-Mellan and recovery leads for social, economic, built and natural environment recovery. Maribyrnong councillor Anthony Tran said

any community member interested in the recovery process and any preparation work for potential future disasters should express their interest in joining the committee. “This is really your opportunity to jump on board, to continue to be a part of the conversation, just as you have been before,” he said. “Now’s the time to start preparing, just in case we do experience something like this again.” “God forbids it happens again.” Prior to supporting the motion, Cr Michael Clarke praised the work of Maribyrnong chief executive Celia Haddock, planning

and environment services director Laura Jo-Mellan, and all council staff in their work during the recovery process. “It really did give me a sense of what a remarkable council we have,” he said. Cr Clarke said the committee would draw on the wisdom of flood-affected residents. “The community down there in Maribyrnong have suffered and suffered badly, but the great thing is that we can draw on their experience,” he said. “They will provide material that will give us a way forward.” Details:

Helping hand for carers Western suburbs Parkinson’s disease support group ParKanDo is gearing up for a new year of providing support to those with Parkinson’s or other neurological diseases, as well as their carers. ParKanDo is hosting an information day and carers’ group launch event at the Newport Community Hub on Saturday, February 25 from 10.30am to 12.30pm. ParKanDo leadership team member Pam West said the information day will include a question and answer session with a diverse range of experts. Guest speakers will include Fight Parkinson’s chief executive Emma Colin, local advocate Carmel Wall, psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist Dr Kirrily Rogers, a representative from Carers Victoria’s community development team and carers’ group co-leader Laura Power-Davies. The event will also include information

booths and a free morning tea. Ms West co-founded the organisation in 2020, which was initially aimed at Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong and Brimbank residents but has since reached out to participants in Canberra and Queensland through Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is estimated that 27,000 Victorians are living with Parkinson’s disease, with 18 per cent of people diagnosed while aged under 65. There is no known cause or cure for the illness, with symptoms ranging from stiffened muscles, slowed movement, tremors, pain, depression, speech changes and loss of facial expression abilities. Ms West said ParKanDo’s services range from dance classes and strength and balance support sessions and a Young and Early Onset (YEO) group. With close to 80 members, the group is continuing to grow throughout its in-person and online program participants.

ParKanDo carers’ group co-leaders Linda Davis and Maureen Szanto joined leadership team members Peter Wall, Mimi Morgan, Pam West (seated) and Carmel Wall to celebrate the group’s upcoming launch of its carers’ group. (Joe Mastroianni) 317921_01



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Life membership for Hardeman By Tara Murray One of the driving forces behind the establishment of elite women’s football league has been awarded AFL life membership. The AFL announced last week that Lisa Hardeman had been awarded life membership for her contribution to the game. Hardeman, who grew up in Melbourne’s west, has been involved with the game for more than 40 years. She began her football career at Fairfield playing 111 games in the Victorian Women’s Football League. She won the Helen Lambert medal in 1989 as

the best player in the premier division. Between 1992 and 1997, she represented Victoria (twice as captain) and played in five premierships. Her strong leadership skills saw her become the captain at the Scorpions (1989, 1993 and 1994) and Darebin Falcons (1996), leading both clubs to premiership success. She then coached the Darebin Falcons (1997-2000) and Melbourne University (2001-2003, 2009) to multiple premierships and led the Victorian representative team as coach from 2001 to 2004. Hardeman served as the VWFL President in 1989 and from 1997 until 2000. Her

football legacies include the Victorian Football League Women’s grand final best on ground award ‘The Lisa Hardeman Medal’ and the ‘Hansen-Hardeman Cup’ for AFLW matches between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. Off field, Hardeman served Victoria Police for 38 years and is currently the Commander in charge of the Priority and Safer Communities Division. Her former roles include North West Metro Region Commander and as superintendent, she covered the Brimbank and Melton, which achieved the highest percentages of women in leadership positions in the North West Metro Region.

Lisa Hardeman made an impact on and off the field. (AAP Image/David Crosling)

Literary festival returns A nirvana for the west’s literary lovers is scheduled for June, with the dates of the 20th anniversary of the Williamstown Literary Festival now confirmed. Held at the Williamstown Town Hall, the annual festival will feature a variety of local writers, as well as international authors. Festival program director Emily Westmoreland said the festival will cover a wide range of genres. “We have celebrated everything from children’s books to local history, historical romance novels to sports memoir, and science fiction to true crime,” she said. “Best-selling international authors have appeared, such as Kate Grenville, John Marsden and the west’s own Andy Griffiths, along with Nobel laureates such as Richard Tanter and Peter Doherty, and Academy Award winners such as Adam Elliott.”

The festival will also host the Ada Cambridge writing awards, which annually attract a number of entries from emerging writers from across the state. Ms Westmoreland said this year’s program will be a special one as the organisers celebrate the festival’s 20th anniversary. “A new addition to the program will be a selection of literary events happening around and about Williamstown on the festival’s Saturday evening,” she said. “Willy Lit Fest has always been a festival for writers and readers, and there will be something for everyone to discover.” Supported by Hobsons Bay council, the program for the festival will be released in early May. The festival organisers are still seeking volunteers and sponsors to support this year’s festival. Details:

ABC journalists Lisa Millar and Ben Knight at the 2022 Willy Lit Fest. (William Hung)



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Brighten your world with viva magenta, the colour of ‘23 This year’s hottest colour has been announced and could be a welcome addition to any home renovations, if you’re bold enough. Dubbed by the Pantone Colour Institute as an “unconventional shade for an unconventional time,” ‘viva magenta’ strongly walks the line between blue and red. After much consideration, the colour institute landed on viva magenta as it boasts a variety of layers, drawing inspiration from the natural world; it’s selection is intended to ignite a new passion in design. Pantone executive director Leatrice Eiseman said Viva Magenta is a red descendant that emanates what is real during our current age of technology, it helps us build an inner strength. “Rooted in the primordial, viva magenta reconnects us to original matter. Invoking the forces of nature,” she said. Recent interior design trends are being influenced by nature, so incorporating organic materials into home design is all the rage right now. According to Pantone these trends are influenced from years of lockdown which has created a shift in behaviour. Intertwining this year’s hottest shade in the home may seem a head scratching task, but Pantone suggests to “harness the full power” of this year’s colour, a velvet couch or feature wall will create an eye-catching ode for individuals and designers alike to make a hefty impact. For a less committal addition, a floral arrangement, striking abstract art piece or table settings make for a dramatic addition on a smaller, less committal scale. The colour of the year was announced

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Pre-school fun Mainly Music provides music, rhymes, morning tea and play on Thursdays from 9.30am to 10.30am at Westgate Baptist Community at 16 High Street in Yarraville during the school term. For pre-schoolers from any age. Cost: $7 per family per week. ■ 0401 651 012

Motoring group The next couple of months will be a busy time for the Hobsons Bay Men’s Shed Motoring Group. The club run to Ballan’s Great Vintage Rally is taking place on Sunday, February 19. The group’s annual Classic Car and Bike Show will be held at Altona’s Apex Park on Sunday, February 26. The group’s monthly Torque meeting will be held at the Men’s Shed at 280 Queen Street, Altona on Sunday, March 5. The club run to the Bostock Reservoir is being held on Sunday, March 19 to raise money for two members who have entered a car in the Mystery Box Rally, which raises money for cancer research. The group will host its container sale on Saturday, March 25, where members will be selling off excess tools at bargain prices. ■, or 0417 531 670

Speedcubing competition Rubik’s Cube masters are encouraged to register to compete in an upcoming Speedcubing Australia competition. March 18 from 9am to 6.30pm and March 19 from 8.30am to 4.45pm. Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown. ■ competitions/SpeedcubingatSeaworks2023

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The Altona Meadows and Newport Heart Foundation Walking Group is a local community of men and women committed to walking together, socialising together with a post-walk coffee and chat and enjoying the natural beauty and birdlife that is to be found throughout Hobsons Bay together. Anyone is welcome to join the group on Mondays 10am at Altona Beach, Wednesdays 10am at Altona Meadows (Jolly Miller Café) or on Fridays 10am, at Newport Lakes. The group walks for 60 minutes and enjoys the physical and psychological benefits of walking together in clean, fresh air rain, hail or shine, at its own pace and according to individual abilities. Members are required to register with the Heart Foundation in order to join. ■ Ian Watson, 0411 566 862 or Whats-On/Altona-Meadows-and-NewportHeart-Foundation-Walking-Groups

Melbourne-based artist Scotty So works across a range of media, using painting, photography, sculptures, site-responsive installation, videos, and drag performance. He is bringing his new exhibition, which explores the relationship between performance and the performer’s body through the mediums of video and objects, to the Footscray Community Arts Centre. The exhibition runs until June 14. ■


Machine Imagining is an arts project inviting the Maribyrnong community to explore the natural world in collaboration with machine intelligence. Through a series of free workshops, community members will be invited to draw creatures from the local area – plants, animals and insects. These drawings and photos will then be used to produce a community database of observations of the local, natural world, and used to train machine learning models to generate new, machine imaginings of the Maribyrnong area. They will finally be arranged into large hanging textiles, and finished with hand embroidery and displayed at Braybrook Community Hub. 10.30am to 12.30pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays until Saturday, February 25. Free. Braybrook Community Hub, 107-139 Churchill Avenue, Braybrook. ■ maribyrnong-events.bookable.!/event-detail/ev_ cab0fb250a664bad8521f34d56bf8b6a

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Would you like to develop confidence in communicating, competence with language and clarity in writing? AeroSpeakers Toastmasters Club would like to invite any and all residents to join them on the first and third Thursday of every month to help develop public speaking, communication and leadership skills. The group meets at the Laverton Community Hub, 95-105 Railway Avenue, Laverton from 7-9.30pm. ■ Vimi, 0411 530 944

Welcome in the new year by taking up an instrument or dusting off that guitar or ukulele or other instrument and joining the Newport Folk and Fiddle Beginning Play Along group. Absolute beginners or those with some experience are welcome at the safe, casual and welcoming environment. Come on down, have some fun, make new friends, have a cuppa and maybe even learn something new. Children are also most welcome. Saturday, February 18 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. 2nd Newport Scouts, 6 Market Street, Newport. ■

Parkinson’s support Does Parkinson’s or other neurological conditions affect you or a loved one? Parkando is hosting an information day and carers group launch event at the Newport Community Hub from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday, February 25. ■, or Pam, 0417 690 335

Musicians wanted Established in 1979, the Westgate Concert Band is seeking new members. Do you play woodwind, brass or percussion and are looking for a welcoming place to play enjoyable and challenging music? Rehearsals held Saturdays during school terms, 9am to noon, at Braybrook College. ■

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Maribyrnong U3A The management committee of University of the Third Age (U3A) Maribyrnong Inc is delighted to announce its launch event on Saturday, February 18 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm at the Yarraville Senior Citizens Centre. Attendees will have an opportunity to listen to a speaker from the Heart Foundation, try out a couple of our activities and have afternoon tea and chat to people about what U3A is all about, and discover what activities it has to offer for members. ■ u3a-maribyrnong-launchtickets-487263306667

Free English conversation class Is English your second language? Do you want to improve your English skills and meet new people? Practice English conversation in informal interactive group sessions. Light refreshments provided. Mondays during school terms from 1pm to 3pm at the Altona Library meeting room at Queen Street, Altona. ■ Joe Pellone, 0431 915 970, or, or Jill Mackenzie, 0439 994 705, or

Willin Wimmin choir Williamstown-based women’s community choir Willin Wimmin is currently welcoming new members to take part in a free no-obligation try out session. The group meets each Wednesday evening in school terms in the Church of Christ hall at the corner of John Street and Douglas Parade in Williamstown from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. There are no auditions and you don’t need to be able to read music. ■

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request a further report on the final McIvor Friends of McIvor Reserve Reserve Master Plan “From the first round spokesperson Miles in March Gilbert has expresse A new six-court indoor 2023. we have been concern of public consultation, citing a preferen d the Yarraville group’s sports centre and ed about the sincerit disappointment in ce to address the recreation and leisure of the council’s engagem y Maribyrnong council Indoor approval of a draft ent process with the Sports Stadium Strategy before looking ’s 31 proposed projects facilities were among commu master plan for the nity. at the McIvor Reserve Master outlined in the approve reserve, McIvor Reserve which includes a new Plan. d “Going forward, we six-court indoor sports Draft Master Plan. “I think we’re sort will look centre. of putting the cart According to council options before and compromises that at alternative the horse a little bit ’s 2018 Indoor Stadium The decision followed here,” better fulfil the Strategy, up to a needs of all users at Maribyrnong mayor he said. months of public dozen new indoor the park and we plan consultation during sports Sarah courts Carter said she need to contribu to community membe which a number of demand across be built to meet growing council te to the ongoing consultation with would dispute Cr Crawford’s stance on rs .” the issue. the municipality. opposition to the stadium expressed their Mr Gilbert said the Councillor Michae due to its impact on “We have followed approval of the draft l Clarke said the green space and the due process,” she said. was an “unfortunate plan master plan draft existing dog park facilities Maribyr and frustrating outcom and During its meeting on . for parkland at e” aimed to encoura its recommended projects commu nong council is hosting five the reserve. nity engagement ge more council passed a motionTuesday, November 15, “It’s disappointing sessions at the social linkages, especial physical activity and McIvor Reserve to note that the the significa majorit ly within the younger hockey pavilion on community interest nt councillors who y of our populat Thursday, in the master plan ion. December 1 (5pm for the that has caused were present believe a plan Yarraville reserve, to “Whether it’s part approve the release such division in the 7.15pm) and Saturda 6pm and 6.15pm to of an indoor of draft master plan for community or outdoor y, December 3 (10am community commen the is worthy of delivering to the public , we need more opportu game... 11am, 11.15am to 12.15pm to t and consultation,” for further commu and 12.30pm to nity for 1.30pm he said. nity interaction,” he ). said. Cr Simon Crawfo rd opposed the motion Details: www.yourcityyourvoice , mcivor

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5. Which US state hosted the 2023 NHL All-Star Game?

15. How many tests will the Australian cricket team play on their tour of India in February and March?

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17. How many NBA teams has LeBron James played for?

8. NBA basketballer Kyrie Irving was born in which Australian state capital?

18. Who will coach St Kilda in the 2023 AFL season?

9. Jason Kelce plays for which NFL team?

19. How many games do teams play during the regular season of Major League Baseball?

10. Cooper Connolly plays for which Big Bash League team? 11. Which WNBL team recently hosted a match that had a league-record attendance of 7,681? 12. Jack Wighton plays for which NRL team?

23. Sandown racecourse is located in which state? 24. Are the World Table Tennis Championship team events held on even or odd numbered years?

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25. What does the position GA in netball stand for?

20. Who will new NRL team Dolphins play in their inaugural match?

26. Played with a ball and net, Sepak Takraw is similar to which other sport?

21. The 2023 NRL season has how many more rounds than the 2022 season?

27. Kyrie Irving has been recently traded to which NBA team?

22. Which two teams will play the first game of the 2023 AFL season?

28. The Sydney Kings basketball team logo is typically what colour?

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Velar oozes comfort and luxury By Chris Riley Wow. It’s been more than four years since we last drove Range Rover’s Velar and not much has changed. Named the most beautiful car in the world in 2018, the name Velar comes from a series of pre-production Range Rovers in 1969. They’ve just updated the range with the addition of a plug-in hybrid that adds 53km of electric-only range -- but other than that it all looks familiar. In terms of size, Velar sits between Evoque and Sport, and shares a platform with cousin the Jaguar F-Pace. Interestingly, although they all come with all-wheel drive, it lacks low range gearing, so any off-road adventures are limited. In fact, it says something about the car, because Velar is a car that’s more about comfort and luxury than getting it dirty. Land Rover sold 4348 vehicles here last year, 319 of them Velars. Not many you might think, but more than the Discovery and Range Rover put together. It’s biggest seller? The Defender (it’s new of course).

Styling Check out the burnished copper-coloured bling. It’s an interesting shape that presents differently from different angles. The downside of the steeply raked windscreen and sloping roof line is a trade off in space for style. The front and rear look the business, but in profile it’s long, skinny and torpedo-like, and not quite in proportion. The door handles sit flush with the body and pop out when the car is unlocked, but it is the old-style system with a small, finger-operated button to initiate the process. Notice I didn’t say ’thumb’ because the button is located on the right-hand side of the handle - I guess it works for left-handed people. You’d think after nigh on six years, it would be time for a makeover? And, as we went to press, JLR revealed pics and details of a new model which made its worldwide entrance on the TikTok social media platform. The redesign is described as minimalist, but frankly the new model looks just like the current one. The big changes can be found in the cabin where twin touchscreens have made way for a single 11.4-inch curved screen that controls everything, in line with other family members. Land Rover is taking orders now, but there is no indication at this stage of when those orders will be filled. The current range kicks off with the four-cylinder R-Dynamic S P250 and SE P250, priced from $96,600 and $98,900 respectively, followed by the six-cylinder SE P400 MHEV ($125,200) and HSE P400 MHEV ($136,700), with the plug-in hybrid P400e PHEV ($138,800) -- all of them petrol-based. One diesel model is offered, the Edition D300 MHEV, priced from $122,900.

Infotainment Infotainment comes courtesy of a 10.0-inch pivoting touchscreen and the Pivo Pro operating system, with Bluetooth, Alexa voice control, built-in navigation, AM/FM/ DAB radio, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, plus a 12-month pre-paid data plan. No mention of wireless phone charging, but there’s 1 x USB-A and 1 x USB-C (Charge and connect) in the first row and 2 x USB-C and a 12-volt power socket in the second row. A 400-watt Meridian audio system with 12 speakers is standard. HSE ups this to 3D surround sound, with 750 watts and 17 speakers.

Safety Five-star safety comprises six airbags, a rear-view camera, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning (LDW) and speed assist

Velar is a mixed bag. (Pictures: Supplied)

systems (SAS). The safety rating is due to expire in September. There’s also blind spot assist, rear traffic monitor, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter, adaptive cruise control with steering assist, driver condition monitor and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Head-up display surprisingly remains a $2420 option. A 360-degree camera is optional but unavailable because of supply problems.

AT A GLANCE MODEL RANGE Velar R-Dynamic S P250, $96,600 Velar R-Dynamic SE P250, $98,900 Velar R-Dynamic SE P400, $125,200 Velar R-Dynamic HSE P400, $136,700 Velar R-Dynamic HSE P400e, $138,800 Velar Edition D300, $122,900 SPECIFICATIONS

Driving With seating for five occupants, some may find the cabin a bit claustrophobic, especially in the back. With high sides and dash, together with narrow windows, you feel like you’re looking over the top. Rear legroom is limited too. The rotary gear selector has been replaced in the latest model by the same low-profile selector that can be found in the Jaguar F-Pace that we drove recently. The usual plethora of knobs and switches have been absorbed by the seriously impressive centre console with its two, double-decker touchscreens. The system is generally easy to use. The top

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Range Rover Velar HSE P400 MHEV, 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder petrol-electric hybrid, five-door wagon. These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact Land Rover for drive-away prices.

screen controls such items as audio, phone and navigation, while the bottom screen adjusts functions like the air suspension and off-road modes. We spent a good five minutes trying to figure out how to switch from miles to kilometres for navigation. In the end, we gave up, just like the last person obviously did. Our test vehicle was fitted with a fully digital

instrument cluster that can be configured the way you like it - two dials, a single dial or wall to wall navigation. The P400 dispatches the dash from 0-100km/h in a rapid 5.5 seconds and has a top speed of 250km/h. It features an electric supercharger supported by a twin scroll turbocharger and Continuous Variable Valve Lift (CVVL). Air suspension is standard along with Adaptive Dynamics damping technology. Ground clearance is normally 205mm, but pumping it up for a bit of farm action takes that figure to 251mm and it is able to safely tackle water up to 580mm in depth.

Summing up For a start there’s the size. It’s bigger than an Evoque but smaller than a Sport. Second, without low range all-wheel drive, it will have limited off road ability, but sand, dirt roads and muddy farm driveways won’t be a problem. And, finally, unless you’re into tech, you’re probably not going to like it much because just about everything is controlled from one of two touchscreens. Is it worth $150K? Some people think so. Only you can be the judge.



A century keeps the Druids’ finals hopes alive A Buddika Hasaranga century has the Druids in a solid position against Sunshine United as it tries to keep its Victorian Turf Cricket Association senior division season alive. Needing wins from their remaining two matches and other results to go their way, the Wizards match with Sunshine United is crucial. After day one, the side is in a strong position, but vice-president Andrew Brennan knows there’s plenty of work to do. After deciding to bat, the Wizards made 9-279 from their overs. Hasaranga made 113 off 130 balls, hitting 14 fours. It’s just the second time this season he has passed 50. Brennan said they would have taken that score at the start of the day. “It was a pretty good start,” he said. “That was the sort of score we were looking for at the start of the day. The pitch was doing a bit and the outfield was slow. “It’s the business end of the season, we need to put our best foot forward.” Brennan said they would need to bowl well

Druids’ Leigh Wilson. (Joe Mastroianni). 319134_08

on day two, with United a strong batting side. Brennan said they hadn’t given up hope of playing finals, despite sitting in ninth spot heading into the round. “There’s a long way to go,” he said. “We need to win both games and we’ll go close to sneaking into finals and we’d be happy with that. “We still need a couple of results to go

our way too. We’re a couple of games off Westmeadows at the bottom and a couple of Sunshine which is second, which shows how close the competition is.” Brennan said things across the club were going well. The second XI sit on top and are aiming for back-to-back premierships for the first time in a long time. He said the thirds were also in the finals

mix. In other matches on Saturday, Yarraville Club is on top against Craigieburn. The Clubbers bowled the Eagles out for 164. Skipper Mitch Johnstone took 3-52 for the Clubbers. They will resume at 0-2 on day two. In division 1. Seddon will need 213 for victory against Tullamarine. Altona North is in a good position against West Coburg. West Coburg was bowled out for 185, with Altona North 2-87 at stumps on day one. In division 2, Newport-Digman is in trouble against Williamstown CYMS. The CYs were bowled out for 200, before having Newport-Digman in trouble at 4-28 at stumps. Kingsville was bowled out for 149 against Royal Park-Brunswick, while Altona Roosters are 4-32 in reply to Keilor Park’s 175. West Newport made 186 against Footscray United, which is 0-13 in reply. Tara Murray

Sports shorts A-League Western United’s women’s side is back on the winners list after two straight losses. United suffered an upset loss on Wednesday to the Newcastle Jets before returning to the field on Saturday against Melbourne City. City got the early lead, before Hannah Keane levelled the scores. Sydney Cummings converted a penalty in the second half to give United the 2-1 win. United’s men’s side lost to Adelaide United, 3-2 on Saturday.

Australia Cup It was a tough day out for the Maribyrnong Greens in the opening round of the Australia Cup. Monash University scored in the opening minute of the game and it was a sign of things to come, with Monash leading 4-0 at half time. It got worse in the second half with Monash winning 10-0. Williamstown is through to the next round after a 2-0 win against Balmoral, Maidstone United lost to Surf Coast 3-0 and Melbourne City beat Craigieburn City. Williamstown’s Fraser Hay (Jacob Pattison)314622_07


Seagulls secure key win By Tara Murray Williamstown boosted its finals chances with a solid win against Endeavour Hills in the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association east-west on the weekend. With 10 teams still in the finals race, every win is vital in the run home. The Seagulls did their hopes no harm on the weekend. Endeavour Hills won the toss and decided to bat, a decision Seagulls’ Jordan Doyle said suited their plan. They were able to bowl Endeavour Hills out for 141. “We were thinking about bowling anyway as we’ve had some good results bowling first this season,” Doyle said. “Fraser Hay started off really well and it was a good performance throughout. Daniel Popa got three really good wickets and our captain Sean Sturrock got a couple as well. “It was a pretty even contribution across the board. “That score was a bit below par on that ground.” Doyle said it was a hard wicket to get in on, but most of their players ended up getting

starts in an even team performance. The Seagulls passed the total three down, before giving some of their other bats some time in the middle. The Seagulls finished 7-197. “Fraser Hay has gone up and opened the batting the last four to five matches and is doing a really good job,” Doyle said. “He was super at the top and then it was a pretty even contribution after that. Once it was done and dusted, a few other players got a bat. Hay top scored with 44 to go with his three wickets. Doyle said the move of Hay to the top of the order wasn’t originally planned for the two-day format. “He batted down the order previously with us and at Footscray,” he said. “His batting has improved a fair bit and we decided to use him as a bit of a pinch hitter role in the one-dayers. “When other wickets fell, he really dug in and showed some technique and looked the part. We’ve stuck with him and he’s made a couple of 70s and a 40 on the weekend.” The win and other results has the Seagulls sitting in second spot with two rounds remaining.

They are one of three teams on 51 points, while Endeavour Hills which is in 10th is still a mathematical chance of making finals. The Seagulls have the best percentage in the competition which could be important. Doyle said getting the win against Endeavour Hills was important. “There’s a lot of sides on similar points,” he said. “We’ve tried to have a strong percentage throughout the season to help us finish as high as possible.” The Seagulls finish their regular season against Taylors Lakes and Melton. Spotswood cemented its spot at the top of the ladder with a big win against Hoppers Crossing. The Woodsmen made 9-298 on the back of a second straight century to Ross Horkings. The Cats were bowled out for 257 in reply. Altona remains a game outside the top six, despite a loss to Donvale. The A’s were bowled out for 155. Donvale made the runs with ease finishing 5-199. Yarraville ended Melton’s winning run with a convincing win. The Eagles made 273. The Lions were bowled out for 182.

It’s season over for the Altona Falcons in the Victorian Men’s and Mixed Netball Association M-League. In their premier men’s semi final, the Falcons lost to City Heat, 58-53, while in the premier mixed semi finals, the Falcons lost to Geelong 50-41.

VTCA Footscray Angliss will be searching for an outright win on day two of its match against Wyndhamvale in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association division 5. Footscray has already claimed first innings points. Wyndhámvale was bowled out for just 67, before Footscray made 8-164 before declaring. Wyndhamvale is 0-40 in its second innings. Meanwhile, Seabrook made a massive 6-307 against Barkly Street Uniting. Melton Centrls made 266 against Sanctuary Lakes, Jacana made 209 against Sunshine YCW, Melton South Royals made 230 against East Coburg. FOR MORE SPORT, VISIT Web: Maribyrnong & Hobsons Bay Star Weekly @starweeklynews @star_weekly

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Ruhs, O’Toole add new talent to Western United Western United has made several changes to its list as the A-League Men’s transfer window closed. Having had three players depart in the last few weeks, it had added three players, while another two had departed. Michael Ruhs and Ramy Najjarine have signed contracts that keep them at the club until the end of the 2024-25 season. Connor O’Toole also joins the club. Ruhs, joins the club from Central Coast Mariners, Ruhs has made 43 A-League appearances for the Mariners and Macarthur FC, with his talent also taking him to the FIFA under-17 World Cup with the Joeys in 2019. Ruhs said he is eager to get to work with his new teammates and contribute straight away. “I’m excited for the new challenge and joining the defending champions,” he told Western United media. “I can’t wait to work with a Socceroos legend in John Aloisi and learn a new exciting style of play. With a front line of talented

players I’m keen to get myself involved.” Aloisi said he sees Ruhs as the perfect addition to United’s options in attack with his speed and dribbling ability. O’Toole joins United having amassed 73 A-League appearances and joins the green and black to add quality and depth into the back four. He said he is delighted to take on a new challenge in his career and is eager to place himself among United’s defensive players. “I’m very excited, obviously the team won the championship last year so it’s exciting to join a successful team. I’m ready to kick on and help the team to try to make the finals,” he said. “John Aloisi was a big drawcard for me. I worked with him for two years, I know what he’s like and what demands in terms of standards. “Hayden Foxe has had success at every club he has gone to, so any chance to work under a coach like that is a great opportunity. The experience in the backline is crazy, so

hopefully I can learn a lot.” Najjarine, an Olyroo, joins the club from the Wanderers. He said he is buoyed by the prospect of pulling on the green and black and is eager to show what he can do. “I am very excited to join Western United and I look forward to meeting everyone,” he said. “I’ve got high motivation to bring something different to the team and to help continue with the ongoing success of the club.” Meanwhile, Luke Duzel and Nicolas Milanovic have departed Western United. United announced that the club and Duzel had come to a mutual agreement to terminate Duzel’s contract. The midfielder departs having made 16 appearances for the club, 13 of which came in the 2020-21 season. Milanovic is returning home to New South Wales for non-footballing reasons. He played 36 games, including 15 this season.

Roosters’ positive vibe There is a buzz at West Footscray ahead of the Western Region Football League division 3 season. After a winless 2022 season which resulted in the side being relegated division 3, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes since. New coach Troy Beamond said there was a real vibe that people wanted to be there and help make the club better. “After the three or four years the club has had, there is excitement,” he said. “Buzz is the key word. “We’re getting more players to training than we were during the season last year. “As a coach when you’re seeing young fellows and old fellows with smiles on their faces, it’s really good.” The Roosters announced a lot of player signings and re-signings last year, but have announced three recruits in recent weeks. Premiership duo Matthew Grubb and Matthew Turcinovich have crossed from Braybrook. Turcinovich kicked 50 goals for the Brookers last season and was named in the division 3 team of the year last year. Ruckman Chris Long crosses from Northern Football League division 1 club Macleod. Long, who was named in Macleod’s team of the decade was part of the side’s division 1 premiership in 2015. “All three are good players, but first and foremost they are three quality people,” Beamond said. “The two Matthews have shown that they are quality footballers at this level and Chris has division one experience. “They’re a good fit culturally.” Beamond said Grubb and Turcinovich were good mates with one of their assistant coaches and the trio play cricket together, which led to them crossing to the Roosters. The signing of Long was one they weren’t expecting with the big man originally planning to stick with Macleod this year,. “Chris is huge for us,” he said. “Before Christmas he came down to training and we weren’t sure what we would get. “He planned to play with Macleod and train with us due to the travel. In the end he enjoyed the club and decided he couldn’t travel to Macleod. “He has outstanding character and even though he didn’t sign until yesterday, throughout pre-season he has been leading the way.” Beamond said while they were talking to one or two more players to possibly join the club, but they had finished with their main recruiting. The Roosters said their season on April 15 against Laverton. Tara Murray

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VFL, VFLW fixtures out The Victorian Football League men’s and women’s seasons will get under way on the weekend of March 24. The fixtures for both competitions were released last week by the AFL. The fixture release includes the full schedule for rounds one to 14 of the VFL season, along with match ups and venues for the remaining eight rounds. Each team will play 18 matches and have four byes across the 22 round season. Williamstown will start its season against the Gold Coast Suns in Queensland, with their first home match of the season on Good Friday against Port Melbourne. The Footscray Bulldogs will start their season against the Casey Demons on March 25. The match will see the Demons unveil their premiership flag. All seven VFL standalone clubs will face each other during the season. The VFLW fixture release includes the full schedule for rounds one to 13, along with match ups and venues for the final round of the season. The competition will again be contested by 12 teams and consist of 14 rounds, with a competition bye scheduled for the King’s Birthday weekend. In its VFLW season opener, Williamstown will face Collingwood at Victoria Park on March 25, while Essendon will kick off its title defence against the Box Hill Hawks the following day. The Western Bulldogs will play the Casey Demons. AFL head of state league competitions Jennie Loughnan said this year shapes as a huge year for both competitions. “There are many great matches scheduled across round one in both the Smithy’s VFL and rebel VFLW and we look forward to the opening round kickstarting fantastic seasons for both competitions.”

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‘Ambitious’ Rams are on the rise Newport Rams women’s program continues to go from strength to strength, with a Baseball Victoria summer league women’s 2 premiership in their sights. The Rams, who first formed a women’s side in 2020, have three female sides this season, two in division 2 and one in division 3 west. While there’s different expectations for each of the three sides, it’s been exciting to see for coach Dean Anglin. “We have been pretty ambitious with our women’s program,” he said. “Our first year in 2020 we thought we would have one team and ended up with two teams straight away. “It’s been a bit of a grind to get a third team. We don’t quite have the numbers and we’ve forfeited a couple of times. “We are sitting at about 30 players, ideally we would like 40 players next year and maintain three teams.”

The club has several junior players coming through into the side, many combining playing in the women’s saides and mixed junior teams. The Rams top side which plays in division 2 sits second on the ladder with two rounds remaining. They will finish the regular season in second spot. Anglin said it was exactly where they wanted to be. “We’re playing in division 2 for a second year in a row, their acquitting themselves well,” he said. “We have two sides in division 2. One is clearly focusing on success and the championship, the other one is more about development. “It’s on par with our expectations. We came in wanting to win the championship.” Anglin said the group was keen to play in division 1, but they need to win the premiership

to be able to do that. He said they were hoping to continue their high level of play into the final couple of rounds. On Saturday, the Rams top side won 19-8 against the Geelong Baycats, while the second side lost to the North Western Titans. Meanwhile, Anglin is back involved in the state program after 12 months off. “I’m the Victoria youth women’s coach, the under-16 team,” he said. “I was the open coach for 13 years and then had a year off. I missed it so much and I wanted to get involved. “I’m the youth coach for the next two years, it’ll be a nice challenge.” The Rams division 2 men’s side had an 18-2 win against St Kilda on Sunday. The Rams sit in fifth spot. Tara Murray

Newport Rams are going from strength to strength. (Supplied)

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Aiman and Aayan Nadeem (Supplied)

Brothers scoring runs By Tara Murray The Chappells, Waughs and Lees have all pulled on the green and gold together, could the Nadeems be next? The Al-Taqwa College brothers recently lived a childhood dream both playing in the same Vic Metro team at the under-17 national championships. Aiman is the oldest of the two brothers with Aayan, 11 months younger. Both have played cricket since they were young and now play for Footscray in Victorian Premier Cricket. Aiman said he had been pretty confident of making the under-17 team this year. Nadeem finished the tournament with 244 at an average of 48, including making a 100. He was named in the team of the tournament, much to his shock. “It was pretty fun,” he said. “I thought I had a good chance to make the state side. “All the hard work in premier cricket and with my coaches, and all the training and fitness sessions paid off.

“I didn’t know I was going to perform that well.” Joining Aiman in the squad was Aayan, despite being a bottom-age player. He played in all six games, including opening the batting alongside his brother in two of those games. He scored 91 in one of those games. Aiman said it didn’t feel any different from normal, with the pair having opened the batting together at Footscray. For Aayan, it’s not something that he thought would have happened. “I got picked as a bowler,” he said. “To get the opportunity to open for Victoria is something I didn’t think would happen. “I’ve been opening in premier cricket for the last two years. I see myself more as a batter and work more on my batting than bowling.” Aayan said being a bottom age player he was just happy to be part of the squad and have the opportunity to learn from the best players in the country. He said he thought he would have more of a chance making the squad next year, when Aiman would be in under-19s. Both brothers said playing for Australia

was their dream with Aayan saying it would be cool to play together like the Waugh twins, Steve and Mark, did. Aiman, who made his premier cricket second XI debut last round, has his eyes focused on representative cricket at the under-19 level. “I want to make the Victorian under-19 team first and play first XI cricket for my local club,” he said. “I want to make the Australian under-19, but I need to make the state team first.” Aayan said, “right now I want to try and help the thirds [at Footscray] as far as we can in finals. “I want to go back and work hard and hopefully have another go at the Victorian under-17s.” Al-Taqwa College principal Omar Hallak said the school couldn’t be prouder of the boys. “We will support them as they pursue their cricketing dreams, and wish them every success as they rise up the representative ladder.”

Spotswood has been knocked out of the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association T20 competition. The Woodsmen, who were the only west team left in the competition, fell short against Brighton in their semi final on Tuesday night. Spotswood won the toss and decided to bowl. Brighton made the most of their innings finishing 3-198 from their 20 overs. Brenton Murphy top scored with 71 at the top of the order. It was all single wicket takers for the Woodsmen. The Woodsmen struggled to get partnerships throughout their innings, with 19 run partnerships achieved three times. They took the innings deep, but never got close and were bowled out for 112 on the second last ball.’ Declan O’Brien top scored with 31 from as many balls. Brighton will face Preston in the grand final. Preston beat Endeavour Hills in its semi final on Tuesday night. Preston made 3-166 from its overs with James Wigginton top scoring with 70 off 53 deliveries including seven fours. It was single wicket takers for Endeavour Hills. Endeavour Hills started well but then started to lose wickets in clumps. It struggled to put partnerships together and was bowled out for 105 with three overs remaining. Thilakarathna Dilshan top scored with 36. Kanishka Boteju and Kyle Walsh took three wickets each for Preston. Meanwhile in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association T20 competition, Yarraville Club will face Haig Fawkner in the next round. Haig won its first knockout match on Tuesday to set up a match up with the fellow senior division side. The two teams were set to face on Tuesday night, after deadline. The Druids were set to face Sunshine on Sunday for a spot in the final four. Maribrynong Park St Marys, Werribee Centrals, Jacana and West Coburg are the other teams still remaining in the competition. Tara Murray

Wednesday, 15 February, 2023 MARIBYRNONG & HOBSONS BAY STAR WEEKLY 19


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