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Hobsons Bay will be filled with colour this summer with a series of free music events and outdoor movies over January and February. Inspired by Brazilian carnival traditions, Neda Rahmani (pictured) will be performing as part of the All Colour Project, and is among 10 acts performing in the Summer Sounds series. The free music series kicks off this Saturday at Laverton with Indian drumming group Jana Garjana Dhol Pathak and folk festival favourites Newport Gypsy Djangos. It culminates on February 17 with an event combining a performance from Westside Freeza Battle of the Bands winner Hollow December and a BMX, skate and scooter competition at Altona Meadows. This year’s highlights include multiple ARIA award winner The Audreys, and award-winning Indigenous musician Benny Walker. Movies by the Bay kicks off Friday and runs until February 24, with four films. For details and the full program, visit hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au Goya Dmytryshchak

By Goya Dmytryshchak When Altona’s Derek Wilson heard two people had drowned in Hobsons Bay on Saturday, he was heartbroken for the families. Twenty years ago on Monday, Mr Wilson’s two youngest children – Molly, 4, and Ben, 7 – drowned along with two of their teenage cousins while holidaying at Gunnamatta on the Mornington Peninsula. On Saturday, three men were in the water near Altona boat ramp at Seaholme when they began struggling about 4.30pm. Jet-skiers pulled the men to shore and CPR was carried out on one of them. A 19-year-old from Brooklyn died at the scene. About 90 minutes later, a 41-year-old Footscray man got into trouble in water near the Timeball Tower at Williamstown. His

friend managed to bring him to shore, where members of the community tried to resuscitate him, but he died at the scene. Since Christmas, six people have died after being pulled from the water in Victoria. Mr Wilson said his daughter, Molly, had been hit by a big wave and could not be revived while his son was resuscitated and placed on life support until he died. “Ben had only spoken to me about six weeks earlier about being an organ donor – this was a seven year old,” he said. “He said, ‘I’ll be an organ donor’, and I can remember saying to him, ‘You’re gonna be an old man, mate, and you’ll be all worn out’.” Mr Wilson has since been instrumental in developing internationally-recognised beach signage of symbols to warn people of risks and arrows directing beachgoers to patrolled

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areas. He said the signs were critical, together with water safety education in different languages. “People are coming from overseas from countries that are landlocked, so they don’t have those sort of experiences,” he said. “I feel for the families and friends of these two that

have drowned. They will live with that for the rest of their lives.” Seaholme resident Peter Weaver, who rescued two jet-skiers near Altona boat ramp on Saturday, agreed more education was needed. He said the rescued pair had been wearing ineffective lifejackets. “It was a hell northerly, so you’ve got to watch that you don’t get blown out into the middle of the bay,” he said. “About 100 metres from the boat ramp, we saw a yellow jet-ski with nobody on it and we thought, that’s strange, so we motored across to them. “It was a father and son and they were screaming, ‘Help, help.’ We pulled them into the boat and the son said, ‘Thank God you came – another 10 minutes and he would’ve drowned because I couldn’t hold him up any more’.”


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Happy New Year, I look forward to a very exciting 2018. It is time to join the conversation about what kind of future residents want for our municipality over the next twenty years, which would form the basis of the Maribyrnong 2040 community plan. The community plan will support Council’s planning of infrastructure and services for the future and helping to assist in deciding priorities.

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We are encouraging residents and those who live, work or study in our City to host ‘kitchen table conversations’. To find out other ways to get involved in the project check out www.yourcityyourvoice.com.au We also have some major events taking place in our City this year. We have the ever popular East Meets West Lunar New Year Festival on 21 January, it’s a great family, fun day – which will celebrate the Year of the Dog. The Queen’s Baton Relay is passing through all Commonwealth countries in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games and will pass through Footscray, amid great celebrations on 10 February. We’re also hosting the Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch – Melbourne Food and Wine Festival along the picturesque banks of the Maribyrnong on 16 March. Of course there’s many festivals, events and programs running from January throughout the year and you can find more information at www.maribyrnong. vic.gov.au

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Maribyrnong City Councillors Mia McGregor, Mayor Cuc Lam, Simon Crawford and Catherine Cumming celebrated with about 19,000 people at the NYE fireworks in Footscray Park. 2. Mayor Cr Lam at the Immigration Museum where her appointment as Mayor of Maribyrnong was celebrated and where she spoke about her journey from Vietnam to Footscray as a refugee. To hear her in conversation visit: https://museumsvictoria. com.au/immigrationmuseum 3. Mayor Cr Lam encourages everyone to participate in ‘Growing the future together’ consultation opportunities that will result in a 2040 community vision for our City: For more information and to take the survey visit www.yourcityyourvoice.com.au 4/5. There were record crowds at the NYE fireworks in Footscray Park, it was the second biggest fireworks display in Victoria – second to the City of Melbourne.

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Come on City of Maribyrnong and support the Queen’s Baton Relay when it passes through Footscray on 10 February as part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games celebrations! Cheer on our local batonbearers as they depart Whitten Oval, West Footscray at 4.30pm and travel east along Barkly St to central Footscray, arriving at 5.30pm.

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Line the route to support them or join us for a special Community Celebration of this historic occasion, featuring live music, food stalls and more from 4.30–6.30pm in the Little Saigon Precinct - corner Byron and Leeds streets, Footscray.

COUNCIL MEETINGS Feb Tuesday 20, 6.30pm – Ordinary Council Friday 23, 8am – Inner Melbourne Action Plan Implementation Committee Tuesday 27, 6.30pm – City Development Special Committee Meetings are held at the Maribyrnong Council Offices, corner Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray. Agendas are available via Council’s website the Friday before a meeting at www.maribyrnong.vic.au/meetings.

The Queen’s Baton Relay has travelled from Buckingham Palace in the UK, through the entire Commonwealth stopping at selected Cities such as Footscray, which connects us to an international community of sport, giving us all the opportunity to share the journey and the dream. The Commonwealth Games celebrates sport, community, diversity and peace. Our City is a shining example of these values so let’s cheer on our batonbearers. Cr Catherine Cumming Stony Creek Ward

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Party house daubed with tags By Goya Dmytryshchak Police have confirmed Menace To Society tags were sprayed inside an Altona holiday rental trashed last month and there were “commonalities” with an out-of-control party also involving African youth at Werribee before Christmas. The double-storey house on Altona’s Esplanade, rented out on Booking.com for $473 a night, sustained about $150,000 of damage with walls ripped out, windows broken and fittings smashed.

Detective Sergeant Robert Briz, of the Hobsons Bay crime investigation unit, said the house had been rented for three nights using a Visa card possibly bought on the dark web. “We believe we’ve identified who had made contact with the victim and arranged the hiring of the place,” he said. “It was leased over three nights from Thursday [November 30] through to the Sunday. “With Booking.com, it has been difficult for us to obtain full information from them because … it’s convoluted, but the actual company that owns them is an international company so it’s

a different request process for information, so that often draws things out. A Visa number was given but the name might not necessarily match the number. “Sometimes these Visa card details are obtained via the dark web … I’ve nothing to suggest that that card is recorded as stolen.” Detective Sergeant Briz said there were “a number of commonalities” with a riot at an Airbnb-listed house in Werribee’s Attunga Grove on December 20. “There’s certainly Africans implicated in ours and there’s clearly African persons of

interest related to the others,” he said. “Clearly there has been a push to booking Airbnbs and holding parties there.” He said there were also MTS tags at the Werribee property. “But again, people can tag MTS, but they might not necessarily be part of any particular gang or association,” he said. “I think that a lot of it is drummed up, even with Apex. Whilst there were persons that were referencing being part of that gang, all that crime wasn’t related back to Apex … it’s just that everyone references Apex because that’s what was out in the media.”

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Op shop good deed cops a fine A woman has been fined for parking in a loading zone while donating goods to the Williamstown Hospital Opportunity Shop. Williamstown resident Carol Glavich said she was donating a carload of clothing and bedding left over from a garage sale held to raise funds for her teenage daughter’s trip to Africa. She said an elderly volunteer from the op shop advised her to park in front of the Ferguson Street store and helped her bring the goods inside. Ms Glavich said she was shocked to receive a $159 fine in the mail just before Christmas.

“I had firstly parked in the centre street carparking and went into the op shop asking them if I could drop the load out the back,” she said. “I was told that ‘you can offload goods to the shop out the front if you keep your boot up and it is obvious you are dropping off donations’. An elderly volunteer and I were carrying boxes in together and I was only there for a very short time.” Hobsons Bay corporate services director Tammi Rose said the council often withdrew fines, but the circumstances in this case did not meet the requirements.

“We have reviewed the photographic evidence and the vehicle was parked illegally and the fine will stand,” she said. “Council receives numerous complaints from commercial delivery drivers in relation to the inability to park in loading zone areas due to the loading zones being occupied illegally by private vehicles.” A spokeswoman from Western Health, which runs the op shop, said the council had been asked for clarification of the rules. Goya Dmytryshchak

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Slithering snakes and creepy crawlies will be making an appearance at Hobsons Bay’s libraries this month. Former zookeeper Andrew Wegener, of Australian Wildlife Lectures, will be bringing native animals such as a green tree frog, blue tongue lizard, long-necked turtle and carpet python for people to observe and handle. “The aim is to teach respect and care for all our creatures, from mini-beasts to live reptiles, as well as awareness about the need for care around – and the need to avoid – some animals

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that are in our environment,” Mr Wegener said. Residents are being invited to bring in animals or photos of any creatures they would like identified. The Wildlife Lectures exhibit may also be photographed. It will be at Altona library on January 11 and 12, Altona North library on January 15 and 16, and Altona Meadows library on January 17. Session times are 10am-3pm. No bookings required. Goya Dmytryshchak

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By Goya Dmytryshchak Hobsons Bay residents and the council have welcomed Planning Minister Richard Wynne’s decision to accept major recommendations from an independent review of residential development near major hazard facilities. The advisory committee review made a number of recommendations, including giving greater decision-making power to WorkSafe Victoria. A new ministerial direction will require planning authorities to notify WorkSafe and, where appropriate, the Environment Protection Authority, of any proposal to rezone land near major hazard facilities (MHFs). Mr Wynne has directed the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to work with WorkSafe to review buffer provisions between hazardous sites and proposed residential developments. “Planning has an important role to play getting the balance right to protect communities and ensure industry continues to thrive,” he said. Williamstown MP Wade Noonan said planning certainty was critical because the inner west had the “dual challenge of managing a disproportionately high number of MHFs and a growing population”. Save Williamstown spokeswoman Charmian Gaud said that if the review had come earlier, high-density, high-rise development on the Port Phillip Woollen Mill site – near Mobil’s Point Gellibrand tank farm – would not have been allowed by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. “We feel that the government response vindicates nine years of work by Save Williamstown to bring this issue to the government’s attention,” she said.

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“We are pleased that WorkSafe will now work as the expert adviser to councils for developments near MHFs. This sheds light on what was a blind spot in Victoria’s planning processes. “We note that the mill site (now the Waterline Place development) is flagged as high priority in the report, since it is residential development within 500 metres of a major hazard facility.” Hobsons Bay mayor Angela Altair said the council welcomed the minister’s decision. “Of the 17 recommendations, two thirds have been accepted in full and the other one third in principle,” she said. “This is an important issue for our city as we have eight of Victoria’s 38 MHFs. Council has long been advocating for a

state-led approach to land use planning around MHFs. “Council expects that the recommendations, which will be implemented in the first half of this year, will provide clearer planning policies, better informed land rezoning processes, increased communication with the EPA and WorkSafe, and will provide clear guidelines about the siting of community, residential or educational facilities within the vicinity of an MHF.” Before Christmas, the council deferred making a decision on a proposed eight-storey, 62-dwelling mill site development at 3-39 Nelson Place, pending the minister’s response to the review.

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Maribyrnong council will strengthen its tree protection rules following the destruction of a significant oak tree on a Footscray property. The tree, understood to be more than 120 years old, was completely removed last month despite an urgent plea to the state planning minister for interim protection. An arborist contracted by Maribyrnong council found the tree could have survived an initial heavy lopping, but had little chance of being saved after further chainsaw cuts on the trunk made after the protection order was requested. The Hyde Street property that contained the tree had been bought by a local developer. Maribyrnong planning services director Nigel Higgins told last month’s council meeting the council’s arborist had twice visited the tree, believing it to be in good health on the first visit despite the removal of 40 per cent of the canopy. “However, after the second visit, with the subsequent damage carried out by the owner, the tree was not considered viable for the long-term,” he said. “We are currently reviewing opportunities for tree registers and tree protections, so we will be bringing to council early in the new year a range of options for the council to consider with respect to the latest thinking on tree protection registers.” Benjamin Millar

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Court fines union, officials $242k By Benjamin Millar A union and two of its chief agitators have been slapped with almost $250,000 in fines for “arrogant” industrial action on a Footscray worksite. The Federal Court last month issued a $200,000 penalty to the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), and a further $32,000 fine to official Joe Myles and $10,000 fine to official Drew MacDonald, for disrupting a concrete pour during construction of the Regional Rail Link project.

Justice Richard Tracey found Myles and MacDonald had acted improperly in the 2014 incident. Myles was fined for encouraging workers to stop work for a 10-minute period and for obstructing a concrete pour by standing between a concrete pump and a concrete truck. MacDonald was penalised for standing in the path of a concrete truck to prevent the truck from moving. Justice Tracey did not accept that their conduct was related to health and safety issues relating to manual lifting on the project.

He found Myles has “a deplorable personal history” of offending and MacDonald also had a chequered history. “Their contravening conduct on 27 February 2014 was arrogant and dismissive of warnings given to them that they were acting unlawfully. “While espousing an interest in ensuring safety on the site, they deliberately placed themselves in dangerous positions in order to obstruct the movement of trucks carrying concrete to the site.” He noted the CFMEU has regularly been

found to have contravened the Fair Work Act. “The Commissioner has provided the court with a table which records contraventions by the CFMEU of industrial legislation on more than 100 occasions over the 15 years from 1999 to 2014,” he said. “These contraventions have led to the imposition of pecuniary penalties totalling millions of dollars.” Justice Tracey found the CFMEU did not express any contrition for the offending conduct of its officials or provide assurance such misconduct would not be repeated.

Ringing in the change A theatre fundraiser in Williamstown next month will raise money for a tourist shop to help women in Uganda become self sufficient. Five years ago, local women Jill Bilston and Tricia Salau established a project to help women from the Bwindi region start their own business and generate income to support their families. To date, their Bwindi Community Project has started a sewing business and a hostel and refuge for family violence survivors from communities surrounding the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The next fundraiser, a play titled Mr Bailey’s Minder at Williamstown Little Theatre, aims to raise more than $1000 towards building a tourist shop in Bwindi. Ms Bilston said the shop would increase sales of the women’s fabric items, woven baskets and work on consignment from local artists and crafters.

“Having a tourist shop to showcase the women’s African fabric items and woven baskets will attract tourists and local business people,” she said. “The sales money goes back to support better wages for the women.” Ms Salau said every very dollar raised went straight to the project. “This project is about creating an infrastructure that will continue to support the women and their families,” she said. “Our project is to support a village to grow and be self sufficient.” Mr Bailey’s Minder is on February 6 at 7.30pm at Williamstown Little Theatre, 2/4 Albert Street, Williamstown. There will be champagne and nibbles, raffles and door prizes. Tickets are $20. Email: jillbilston@ hotmail.com or pdsalau@hotmail.com Goya Dmytryshchak

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Altona Meadows fires prompt playground call

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Saturday 10 February 2018 4.30–6.30pm Celebrate the Queen’s Baton Relay coming through Footscray on Saturday 10 February - part of its long journey to Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April.

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Suspected arson attacks at the site of a giant flower sculpture in Altona Meadows have sparked calls for the area to be improved by the installation of a playground. An eight-metre steel sculpture called Grow was installed at the corner of Queen and Merton streets in 2011 at a cost of $150,000 to Hobsons Bay council, including $94,000 for landscaping. The corner site also has a memorial park bench dedicated to Altona Meadows teenager Allem Halkic, who died by suicide in 2009 after being cyber-bullied. The latest fire, on Tuesday last week, was the second in three days. Children were reportedly seen in the vicinity. A previous fire, on the morning of December 31, had firefighters on scene for several hours. Cr Michael Grech said he believed the site could be enhanced by a fenced playground. “I think the site could be utilised a bit better,” he said. “So many people are at Central Square shopping centre (opposite) and there is no open space around.” He said more seating would also help. “Even for someone to grab some food on their break and sit in the park – make it a bit more attractive to walk to,” he said. Hobsons Bay chief executive Chris Eddy said there were currently no plans to install a playground at the site. “However, new landscaping works and plantings will take place later this year when it is more favourable to replant the vegetation damaged by the recent fires,” he said.

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or other criminal matters until his case is finalised. “I do not intend to stand down the magistrate as the charges are untested,” Mr Lauritsen said. “The magistrate is entitled, as is every other member of the community, to the presumption of innocence.” Mr Pithouse is due to appear before Melbourne Magistrates Court on March 28. The former lawyer, who was appointed a magistrate in October, 2008, has sat on the bench at courts in Sunshine, Ballarat and Werribee in recent years. He will hear

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What’s your connection to Hobsons Bay? We’ve been in the Hobsons Bay area for 17 years. I was actually the Uniting Church Minister in Williamstown and then I retired into Altona Meadows. What do you like about Altona Meadows? I love the multicultural aspect to it. I love meeting other people in different cultures. I love being close to the sea and we actually back onto Laverton Creek, so I love that aspect of it. What would you change? I guess, sometimes, the traffic on the freeway. You help provide support to disadvantaged individuals and families through Laverton Community Integrated Services. Do you see an increased need for emergency relief around the New Year period?

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CONSIDER THE SAUCE Kenny Weir uncovers a new chapter in Sudanese cooking Jibrine Akima Magdaline Jok wears a number of hats. She’s a Caroline Springs mother of four children. She’s a successful career woman in the finance sector. She’s a proud member of the South Sudanese community in Melbourne and Australia. And now she’s the author and publisher of a fabulous South Sudanese cookbook. So far as she and I can ascertain, it’s the first South Sudanese cookbook – ever. The book was borne of her love of cooking and, more specifically, through a visit to her mother in Africa that came after more than a decade of separation. She has been inspired, too, by the thought that food traditions can be a profound community glue in fraught times of war, refugees and families scattered to the four winds around the globe. “When I visited my mum, we cooked every day and I heard all the stories,” Jibrine says. “I spent most of my time jotting down notes and practising the dishes that she made on a daily basis. “This advice she shared stays with me: ‘The more time, patience, love and passion you have for cooking meals, the greater the taste’.” I am in awe of Jibrine’s efforts in scrambling up an Everest-like learning curve to bring this project to life. She’s obviously very capable – but until now she had zero experience with writing, editing,

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SPORT Academy swimmers making a splash Young swimming star Noah O’Donnell has been in top form over the holiday period. The Western Aquatic Academy representative backed up from his strong showing at the Pacific School Games to produce some eye-catching performances at the Victorian Age Championships. O’Donnell, from Taylors Hill, has a swag of medals to show for his hard work, collecting medals in six of his seven events at the state age competition, including gold in the 200-metre individual medley, silver in the 100m backstroke and 200m butterfly and bronze in the 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m backstroke. Western Aquatic squad director Paul Taylor was adamant that O’Donnell would have even more gold medals had it not been for a tiring December swimming schedule. “Noah did some massive PBs [at the Pacific School Games] and did quite well, but it can be

hard to stay up for such a long period of time,” Taylor said. “It was still an awesome effort to get medals in six out of seven events.” It was not O’Donnell’s only success in the water over the holidays. The 11-year-old competed in an open water swim at Williamstown and took out the 750 metre event. Western Aquatic president Vince Taylor said O’Donnell’s success was the result of hard work. “He’s doing about seven sessions a week,” Taylor said. “That, as an 11 year old, shows that he’s pretty committed to getting the best out of himself. That’s what they have to do to continue to get better.” O’Donnell’s best placing at the Pacific School Games was second in the 100m butterfly final. He also finished on the podium with a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley.

Altona Swimming Club young gun Charlie Lockley also continues to make waves. Lockley came away with gold medals in the 14-year-old 100m and 200m breaststroke at the Victorian Age Championships. The talented Lockley has even bigger ambitions in 2018. “In the 200m breastroke, he’s the Victorian record holder, he achieved that at the Pacific School Games,” Taylor said. “No one in Victorian history has ever gone as fast as Charlie at 14 years old in the 200m breaststroke. “He got a second and a third at the Australian Age Championships last year, so we’re hoping to really do well at this year’s Australian champs. If he swims like he did at the Pacific School Games, he will get close to taking out the national championship in April.” Lance Jenkinson

IN THE DOGHOUSE Trent Churchill was a star at the Werribee Football club during his 103-game career earning a reputation as a fierce competitor, a great leader and a nice bloke. Nearly one year ago when he was one of the casualties of the Bourke Street attack he needed all those qualities. “Churchy” suffered head injuries which have affected his memory, and his left leg was shattered in several places. One saving grace is the memory loss means he has no recollection of the incident. A work mate walking to lunch with him was killed. He is putting his life back together with a second child due in May and his annual date with the Lorne Pier to Pub swim this weekend. Former teammate Marcus O’Connor said to him: “Life is not a dress rehearsal. You only get one go at it. It’s here to enjoy.” Trent is living by that mantra today and for the rest of his life.

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Football Club’s days are numbered and the club could not be happier. Chief executive Mark Penaluna and the staff are counting down the days until they move into the Avalon Airport Oval following the $11.75 million redevelopment. The challenges of being a stand-alone club will make it a year to remember. The first home game will be on Saturday, April 14 against the Casey Demons. For the first game of the season Werribee travels to Torquay for the annual seaside game against the Cats on Easter Sunday.

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Gators drop Big V team By Lance Jenkinson Altona Gators have been forced to drop their Big V Basketball senior women’s program for the 2018 season. The Gators have been told to regroup before relaunching their senior women’s team. The league’s decision to drop the Gators out of the women’s division 2 competition comes after they finished last season with a shocking 0-20 record. Gators director of coaching Randy Shanklin was disappointed by the decision. “We wanted the women’s program in this season,” he said. “We didn’t fare too well in the past two seasons, so they [Big V Basketball] didn’t feel as though we earned our place in the league. “The plan is to come back next season if they allow us back in. “It’s just disappointing for our players who are too old for youth league who won’t get to play.” It should not be too long before Altona returns to senior women’s basketball.

The Gators have a thriving youth women’s program, which won a premiership two years ago and finished in the finals in a promotion season last year. “We’re doing well, we’re on track,” Shanklin said. “After winning the grand final a couple of years ago, last year we were the first team to make the finals in our first season after moving up. “I like where we’re going and we’re still providing opportunities for our young kids.” What Altona will not do is look for quick fixes with its senior women’s team. The Gators want to continue to promote homegrown youngsters until such time as it competes at the top or near the top of the grades. Some have asked Shanklin about the possibility of bringing in an import, but he will not entertain the thought while the Gators are in division 2. “No,” he said matter-of-factly. “That’s a joke to have imports in division 2 basketball and there’s lot of teams

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that have imports in that division. We won’t ever be using an import until we move up to division 1 or probably even state championship. “I don’t think it’s necessary. We develop our own players and I think good coaches can put good teams on the floor.” It is a case of as you were for Altona’s coaching set-up this season. Shanklin will remain in charge of the Gators youth women’s team, Des Radoslovic is coach of the men’s division 2 and David Nesbitt will lead the men’s youth team. All eyes will be on the Gators men’s division 2 team that was left flat by their 8-14 record last season. They did, however, grab a number of big scalps, suggesting it could quickly rise up the ladder this season. “I thought we competed very well last season and we had some decent wins over good teams, but the games that we should have won, we didn’t win,” Shanklin said. “There’s an opportunity for us to make the finals this season.”

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wishes to 1985 Brownlow Medallist Brad Hardie who is recovering from a mild stroke. Hardie is a Bulldog through and through and maybe a few winners at the races will help his spirits. Werribee Racing Club has its Kids Day Out meeting this Saturday with a range of activities from Kelly Sports to face-painting. Admission is $10 for adults and under 17s free. Kevin Hillier

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second half of the cricket season does not offer much for a few clubs. Werribee and Hoppers Crossing would need a big form reversal to figure in the VSDCA finals. Werribee looks the more likely if it can get it together, it certainly has the talent. The Tigers have three home games out of five while Hoppers has a single home fixture. Yarraville Club Cricket Club is on top of the VTCA ladder with the top batsman and bowler in the competition – Konrad Kurta (407 runs) and James Damjanovski (16 wickets). Spotswood is third, with Seddon just out in fifth position. The VTCA round from last weekend will be played on February 4.

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Eagles thriving on plenty of 20 By Lance Jenkinson Yarraville has underlined its strength in cricket’s shortest format after booking its place in the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association Twenty20 final four for a second consecutive season. The Eagles will be the west group’s representative after a dominant 27-run win over Altona in a quarter-final at Grant Reserve last month. Eagles player-coach Matthew Love said his team was ecstatic to be part of the final four. Both semi-finals and the final will be played on February 11. “It’s a good way, the way they do it,” Love said. “They play the semi-finals and then the grand final soon after, so it makes for a really big day. Last year, we got done in the semis, so we’ll focus on that when it gets a bit closer and hope to go one step better.”

Twenty20 cricket has become a favourite summer pastime for Australians since the arrival of the popular Big Bash League, but opportunities for local cricketers to play the fast-paced game remain limited. The VSDCA’s Twenty20 games are played mainly as twilight mid-week matches, leaving the weekends to be dominated by one-day and two-day cricket. Love admits that preparation for the 20-overs-a-side games is rushed and there is more of an emphasis on the fun aspect, even if the competition is fierce. “It can be hard to prepare properly because a lot of guys are getting there straight after work and it’s a bit of a relaxed scenario,” he said. “Once you walk out onto the field, it’s all go that’s for sure. There’s a lot of Twenty20 cricket on TV these days. It’s all positive cricket – it’s fearless and you really do want to play as much of it as possible.”

Love says the standard of Twenty20 captaincy continues to improve. “We’re getting much of our knowledge strategically from watching it on TV,” Love said. “The captains are definitely very busy.” Yarraville’s quarter-final victory was set up by Joe Billings, who carved out a well constructed 54. The Eagles made 8-153 off their 20 overs, a total Altona never looked likely to chase down. “It was a smart innings from Joe,” Love said. “He utilised the short boundary well.” Altona, restricted to 9-126 off its 20 overs, was stopped in its tracks by superb bowling from Alex Hewet, who made the ball dance en route to claiming with three wickets. “He swings the ball no matter what format he plays,” Love said. “He’s hard to handle, so he was pivotal up the top and getting some early scalps was crucial.”

Joe Billings ignited Yarraville with a half century in its Twenty20 quarter-final against Altona. (Damjan Janevski)

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The Victorian Premier Cricket and the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association seasons will return for the first time in the new year on Saturday. Lance Jenkinson checks out how your team is shaping up entering the home stretch. Footscray (Premier) Story so far: An overwhelmingly positive start to the season has Footscray in the race for not only a finals berth, but a top four finish. The Bulldogs have played out their fair share of dramatic finishes but came out on the right side more often than not. Player to watch: Captain Dylan Kight has blasted 462 runs at an average of 77 and turning in a game-changing score every other week. Kight has been impressive with his wicketkeeping with 11 catches, two stumpings and a run out. The run home: A dream home stretch should see Footscray installed as favourites in each of their five games before finals. They will start with Greenvale Kangaroos (17th) in a two-day game at Merv Hughes Oval starting Saturday, followed by Casey-South Melbourne (18th, away), Melbourne University (eighth, home), Kingston-Hawthorn (16th, away) and Melbourne (13th, home). Altona (Sub-district) Story so far: The A’s sit on the middle rungs of the ladder, but still only a game outside the top six. A lack of consistency is a concern, so, too, is the inability to claim a top six scalp. Player to watch: Altona is ranked dead last for runs made and desperately need a batsman to stand up in the last five matches. Import wicketkeeper-batsman Charlie Best could be that player. After a slow start, Best has produced 56 in each of his past two matches. The run home: Altona probably has the toughest run home of any side in the competition. Four of the A’s last five games will be against top six opposition. The A’s run starts with Brunswick (fourth, away) on Saturday, followed by Preston (11th, home), Melton (first, away), Williamstown (fifth, home) and Plenty Valley (second, away). Williamstown (Sub-district) Story so far: Williamstown was in pole position after six rounds, but a pre-Christmas Whether it has been with the gloves or with the bat, Footscray captain Dylan Kight has been an glitch saw it tumble down the ladder to fifth. unstoppable force this season. (Shawn Smits) It was more likely a blip than a trend for the Seagulls, who are still expected to be in the are undefeated in this season. They start with Joe Billings rarely fails at the crease, making a one-day blockbuster against Plenty Valley 286 runs at 47.7. Billings is one of the leading thick of the action at the pointy end. Player to watch: Player-coach Dale (second, home) on Saturday, followed by wicketkeepers in the league with eight catches, McDonald is one of the hottest bats in the St Bernard’s (ninth, away), Ivanhoe (sixth, two stumpings and three run outs. The run home: In-form Yarraville should competition with five half centuries from seven home), Altona (eighth, away), Hoppers be primed and ready to pounce on a top six innings, including 98 not out against Melton. Crossing (12th, home). position, but it will not be easy. Yarraville (Sub-district) The third-ranked batsman in the league has They start with Kew (third, away) on Story so far: After a slow start, Yarraville 397 runs at 79.4 and has chipped in with a finally built up a head of steam to be knocking Saturday, followed by Plenty Valley (second, handy five wickets at 26. home), Werribee (10th, away), St Bernard’s The run home: The final five rounds will on the door of the top six. Player to watch: Wicketkeeper-batsman (ninth, home) and Taylors Lakes (13th, away). feature three two-day games – a format they

Victorian Turf Cricket Association sides were scheduled to return to the field last Saturday, but with temperatures soaring into the 40s in Melbourne, the league decided to enact its extreme weather policy. The round will be played on a reserve day at a later date. The players will likely return to the field this Saturday. Yarraville Club, nine points clear on top of the ladder, is the team to beat in senior division, while Altona North is the front-runner in north-west.

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The 2018 Victorian under-18 boys and girls state teams are stacked with western suburbs talent. Williamstown’s Brock Gourlay, Shae Moate, Griffin Nicholas, Will Olver and Chinaka Roa-Egbujor; Altona’s Jasper Hanna-Roberts, Joel Kukucka and William McDonald and Footscray’s Blake Watson and Jackson Marsh have been named in the boys’ squad. Footscray’s Allanah Hibbard, Georgia Latch, Isabella Murphy, Nikala Patsolaridis and Bonnie Yu; Newport’s Taylah Comeadow, Molly Dunham and Elisha Walker; and Williamstown’s Ruby Barnes, Ally McVeigh and Abbey O’Mahony have been included in the girls’ squad. The under-18 national championships will take place in Adelaide from March 30 to April 2.

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Western Jets will open the TAC Cup boys season with a rivalry game against Calder Cannons on March 24 at Avalon Airport Oval from 5.30pm. The TAC Cup girls season will begin 21 days earlier, with the Jets visiting Bendigo Pioneers for their season opener.

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Williamstown will begin life in the VFL women’s competition in a clash away with Collingwood at Warrawee Park on May 5. The Seagulls first home game will be against Southern Saints on May 13 at the Williamstown Football Ground. Western Bulldogs will also take to the stage for the first time in the competition when they host Richmond at the Victoria University Whitten Oval on May 5. FOR MORE SPORT, VISIT Web: starweekly.com.au Maribyrnong & Hobsons Bay Star Weekly @starweeklysport @star_weekly

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