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House prices surge By Laura Michell
Country style on show Siblings Oliver, Hunter, Alice and Evelyn are counting down the days to the Whittlesea Show. This year’s show will be held at the Whittlesea Showgrounds on November 4-5. Now in its 158th year, the show highlights the best of country life. Whittlesea Agricultural Society secretary Tracey Goss said there was plenty of family fun planned for this year’s show. She said there were 70 free events as part of the ticket price, including wood chopping, show jumping and vintage tractor displays. There will also be an animal nursery, art pavilion, food expo and performances by local schools. The show is on 9am-5pm both days. Details: www.whittleseashow.org.au
Broadmeadows is fast becoming a property hot spot, with prices soaring by almost 30 per cent since March. Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) figures for the September quarter reveal that the median house price in Broadmeadows is now $595,000. In March, it was just $460,000. The suburb has been named as one of Victoria’s top growth suburbs for the September quarter by the REIV, after prices jumped 9.7 per cent from $540,000 in June. YPA Glenroy senior sales executive and auctioneer David Taylor, who focuses on selling property in Broadmeadows, said he was not surprised by the price rise. “People are realising it is going to be the next hot spot,” he said. “With urban growth, the price had to move at some point.” Mr Taylor said investors were showing strong interest in the suburb, while the first home owners grant and changes to stamp duty were also helping to drive up prices. He said buyers were attracted to Broadmeadows because of its location and infrastructure. “It is 16 kilometres from the city. Other suburbs the same distance from the city are much more expensive,” Mr Taylor said. “There is good infrastructure around Broadmeadows. You have got Broadmeadows shopping centre, easy access to the Tullamarine Freeway and the Western Ring Road.” The REIV also listed Lalor as one of Victoria’s top growth suburbs, after the median house price rose 12.8 per cent between June and September. The median price is now $683,000. Only Mill Park has a higher median price at $688,000. Love Real Estate Thomastown director Ryan Di Natale said prices in Lalor have been steadily climbing for the past three years. “The area was predominantly undervalued before,” he said. “I think it’s affordability is attracting buyers. It is still one of the most affordable areas in the northern corridor.” Mr Di Natale said the majority of buyers were first home owners who had been priced out of suburbs such as Preston, Reservoir and Fawkner by “skyrocketing” median prices.
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Traffic fix raises red flag By Laura Michell Epping Views Primary School is lobbying for Whittlesea council to do more to bring an end to years of parking and traffic chaos around the school. The Mansfield Street school has been plagued by parking and traffic problems in recent years, as the road around the school struggles to cope with the volume of cars being driven to the school every morning and afternoon. The school was built to accommodate about 400 pupils but more than 1400 pupils are presently enrolled. School council president Joanne Gellel said parents were double parking and driving on the wrong side of the road. The school has started a petition asking the council to create more parking bays and a drop-off and pick-up zone. It also wants to restrict the ability to do U-turns in Dunolly and Mansfield streets. The school has the support of Whittlesea’s south-west ward councillors and Thomastown MP Bronwyn Halfpenny but has been unable to secure money for the project. “The problem is there is a lot of development in the area, a lot of children, a lot of families and a lot of cars,” Ms Gellel said. “It’s beyond a joke now. “All we want is to make it safer for the children. It’s a safety issue.” Councillors Lawrie Cox and Stevan Kozmevski asked a recent council meeting to prepare a road safety, parking and traffic management plan for the school and cost estimates for the works requested by the school. They also asked to introduce a three-minute parking zone around the school on a trial basis and painting a centre-line in Dunolly and Mansfield streets to prevent U-turns.
School council president Joanne Gellel gathers signatures for a petition to bring an end to parking and traffic chaos at the school. (Damjan Janevski)
The councillors asked that the plan be provided to Ms Halfpenny to allow her to lobby for the state government for money. Instead, the council voted to prepare parking and traffic management plans for Epping Views Primary School and four others – Mill Park Heights, Laurimar and St Peter’s primary schools and Hazel Glen College – and ask all Whittlesea MPs to seek government funding.
Cr Cox said he feared the move would mean all the schools would miss out on funding. “The officers have said we only have the capacity to do one [school]. It is trial and error as every school will be different,” he said. Mayor Ricky Kirkham said prioritising one school would set a “dangerous precedent”. “This is a systematic issue across every school,” he said.
NBN, phone complaints soar Craigieburn residents are among the nation’s most frustrated internet and mobile phone users, a new report shows. The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman’s (TIO) annual report shows that 739 complaints were made about internet and phone services by Craigieburn residents in 2016-17. Most of the complaints were about the NBN, followed by poor mobile phone reception. Campbelltown in New South Wales had the highest number of complaints (769), followed by Toowoomba in Queensland (768) and Hoppers Crossing (752). The TIO received more than 158,000 complaints in 2016-17 – an increase of 41 per cent from the previous 12 months. The report said complaints about the NBN were up 10,487 from the year before because of network growth. Ombudsman Judi Jones said the report showed that people were “frustrated” by the internet and mobile phone networks. “The picture the complaints show is we are frustrated when we cannot rely on technology to stay connected, to be informed, and to do business,” she said. “Sharing high quality videos immediately, holding an online meeting or watching Netflix on the way home is the norm and part of our daily routine.” McEwen MP Rob Mitchell said: “People are paying for a service that they simply aren’t getting.” Laura Michell
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Police are appealing for help to identify two men following a burglary in Doreen last month. Two men driving a black Toyota Camry attended a house on Orient Drive on September 11 about 3pm. The offenders kicked open the front door and stole items including handbags, a laptop and jewellery. The first offender is described as having an olive complexion with short dark brown hair and a thin build. He was wearing a dark blue Adidas hoodie, a black flexi-fit cap, dark pants and black Nike runners. The second offender is described as having an olive complexion with a solid build and was wearing a grey Adidas hoodie and a long T-shirt with ‘Jay’ on the back, a cap, green cargo pants and runners. Information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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We remember them Veterans and their loved ones will pause for a minute’s silence at Epping RSL on Remembrance Day to honour fallen soldiers. The sub-branch will mark the 99th anniversary of Remembrance Day with a service at its Harvest Home Road base on Saturday, November 11, beginning at 10.30am. The service will include the laying of wreaths and poppies, a minute’s silence at 11am and
the playing of The Last Post by bugler Dennis Hayman. Local students will visit the RSL earlier in the week to lay poppies and white crosses. Craigieburn will mark the day with the first Remembrance Day service at the new war memorial at 11am. Laura Michell
Whittlesea residents are being encouraged to have their say on how buses will connect with the three new stations being built as part of the Mernda Rail Extension. Residents can have their say at community sessions on November 8 at Laurimar Town Centre from 4-9pm, November 9 at South Morang station between 1-3pm and 4-6pm, and Mernda Village Community Activity Centre from 1-3pm, and on November 13 at Westfield Plenty Valley from 11.30am-1.30pm. FOR BREAKING NEWS, VISIT Web: starweekly.com.au Northern Star Weekly @nstarweekly @star_weekly
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Council sticks with Australia Day By Laura Michell Whittlesea council has rejected calls for it to cancel Australia Day celebrations and citizenship ceremonies on January 26, saying it doesn’t believe it is what the majority of residents want. The Whittlesea Reconciliation Group (WRG) tabled a joint letter at a recent council meeting, calling for an end to Australia Day celebrations and urging the council to instead recognise January 26 as ‘Survival Day’. The letter was noted by the council before
it went on to call on the state and federal governments to reaffirm January 26 as Australia Day. Cr Norm Kelly, who is one of the council’s representatives on the WRG, said he believed changing the date of Australia Day would divide the community. He described the decision of other councils to change the date as “rash”, adding that councils needed to be aware of the consequences of such a decision. “At this stage, I don’t think it is the right thing to do as citizenship ceremonies will be lost. On
the other side of the ledger, I totally agree what happened in the past was a disgrace,” Cr Kelly said. “Australia Day is about celebrating what is good about Australia and how far we have come. “I want there to be more education and for the community to know we have done everything properly and not just on a whim.” Mayor Ricky Kirkham said he did not believe there was broad community support for changing the date, but said the topic could be revisited in the future.
However, he said the council would support the WRG in getting the topic on the national agenda. “Without the federal government showing interest in this matter, I don’t think local government can get involved,” Cr Kirkham said. WRG co-chair Andrew Morrison said the group was “bitterly disappointed” by the council’s decision. “Learning and acknowledging the history of our country seems to be a bitter pill for some councillors,” he said.
A pound for every pet The first animals have started arriving at the new Epping pound. The Epping Animal Welfare Facility, which was funded by Whittlesea, Darebin and Moreland councils, and is managed by RSPCA Victoria, opened its doors on October 16. The Companion Place pound is expected to house more than 3000 dogs and 3000 cats during its first year of operations. The centre can accommodate 165 cats, 110 dogs, 20 small animals such as guinea pigs, and multiple livestock at any one time. It will offer shelter, accommodation and an adoption service for domestic animals brought into the facility from the three municipalities. An on-site veterinary service will provide care for any injured or ill animals, as well as providing vaccinations and desexing for unclaimed animals in preparation for adoption. Whittlesea mayor Ricky Kirkham said the centre had been carefully designed to ensure it
can deliver high quality animal welfare services to the community. “No one wants to see animals in the pound, but the reality is that there is a real community need for these types of facilities. “The facility was designed to provide a comfortable environment for animals and to be an inviting place to encourage people to come in and adopt their new best friend,” he said. RSPCA chief executive Liz Walker said the facility was a fantastic investment in domestic animal management. “[The councils] have shown real foresight in partnering to meet the animal welfare needs of their respective communities,” Dr Walker said. Details: 8401 6600 Laura Michell Michael Groenewaldt, Dean Howey and Ashley Herz with terrier Belinda. (Joe Mastroianni)
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‘No rules’ festival knocked back By Serena Seyfort Plans to host a “no rules” music festival with up to 10,000 attendees in Oaklands Junction have been shut down by Hume council. The council unanimously refused to grant a permit for the event after the proposal was met with concerns from Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Melbourne Airport and nearby residents. Event organiser Wonderland Touring Pty Ltd had planned that the 7000-10,000 attendees
would be transported from Melbourne to the “unknown location” – land at Wildwood Winery on St John’s Road in Oaklands Junction – by up to 200 buses. St John’s Road is a one-lane road with no street lighting that comes to a dead end. The event was planned for December 2, from 3pm-1am, and would sell alcohol and permit smoking – on grassland – during fire season. St John’s Road resident of 30 years Kevin O’Sullivan spoke against the event at Hume’s council meeting last week.
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“Be of no doubt that of the 16 residents who live in that road, we are all against the proposal,” Mr O’Sullivan said. Concerns discussed at the meeting included the well-being of the more than 100 horses living on properties in the street, security,
safety and gatecrashing. Prior to the council meeting, emergency services had expressed concern for the volume of traffic on St John’s Road, the site’s accessibility and the risk of grassfire. Councillors were also concerned that more than 4000 tickets had been sold for the event before the permit went before the council. The event’s advertising stated that patrons could “forget noise complaints, silence the neighbours, lynch the lockouts.” It told attendees: “There are no rules anymore.”
Breaking new ground Epping’s Costco store is a step closer to opening, with construction starting last week. The 13,788-square metre store will be the fourth Costco store to open in Victoria, and only the second to include a fuel station. It is expected to create more than 250 jobs. Costco Australia managing director Patrick Noone said the store was set to open in mid-2018. “Costco is very excited to open its fourth warehouse in Victoria and to be a part of this community,” he said. “We feel it is the perfect location for us, offering convenience for our rapidly expanding membership in this area. “We look forward to being an integral part of the growth in Melbourne’s north.” Whittlesea council planning and major projects director Steve O’Brien said the development would also include the extension of Childs Road, through Deveny Road to Edgars Road.
“The concerted effort Pacific Epping, Costco, Quest and the council have made to work in partnership and enable these exciting new developments to take place, is paying off,” he said. “They’ll not only provide even more services in our local area, but both direct jobs in-store and others with local suppliers too. “It has also made some vital road improvements possible.” Laura Michell
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Plea for police station works By Laura Michell A group of Whittlesea residents is calling on the state government to fund a refurbishment of the Whittlesea police station in next year’s budget. The Save our Staff action group – formed last month amid concerns about the future of the station once Mernda police station opens later this year – wants the government to commit to bringing the station “into the 21st century”. In a letter to Yan Yean MP Danielle Green, which has been seen by Star Weekly Weekly, the group said the township deserved better.
“Our local police members deserve to turn up to work in decent conditions and it works two-fold in reassuring the local residents that their policing needs are not going to be overlooked in the near future,” the letter stated. “A commitment to refurbishing the station is seen by the residents as a commitment to keeping a police station in the town for many years to come.” The group also started a petition demanding that the government ensure there are no staff cuts at the station. A public meeting last month, which was attended by more than 400 residents, was told
that two of the four vacancies at the station would be filled immediately. However, the group says that has not happened. “The residents of Whittlesea are not willing, nor should they be expected, to accept a lower level of policing from their station,” the letter stated. Northern Victoria Liberal MP Wendy Lovell has backed the group and recently presented the petition, signed by 855 residents, to Parliament. She said local police were being forced to work in “disgraceful and unsafe” conditions. “Apart from being painted and security fencing installed, the station has received little
refurbishment work since it was constructed in the early 1960s,” Ms Lovell said. “More concerning, the station is riddled with asbestos, forcing the station commander to implement a management plan to protect his staff and the public. “The community are also angry at the terrible conditions their police are forced to work in.” Police Minister Lisa Neville said Ms Green had made her aware of the need for the upgrade. “We are working with police on key priorities for capital upgrades and we are speaking with them about the needs of the Whittlesea community,” she said.
Passing on tradition Five Whittlesea residents and one from Hume have been chosen as baton bearers for next year’s Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay. Craigieburn’s Kevin O’Callaghan, Doreen’s Darren Peters, Mill Park’s Sal Sansonetti and South Morang’s Warren Hollway have been chosen to carry the baton in the Footscray leg of the relay on February 10. Bundoora’s Jian Lay and Sarah Nicholson will carry the baton in St Kilda later the same day. Mr O’Callaghan, who is president of the Craigieburn War Memorial and Remembrance Committee, said he was surprised to find out he had been selected. Mr O’Callaghan was nominated by former Hume councillor Casey Nunn. “I’ve read about it and know people who have carried the baton for the Olympics and
Commonwealth Games,” he said. “You think it would be nice to do , but I never thought it was something I would do. I didn’t even know I was nominated.” Mr O’Callaghan hopes his selection will highlight the work of the war memorial committee, which lobbied for a permanent war monument in the suburb. Until this year, Anzac and Remembrance Day services have been held at the Craigieburn SES, which has also served as temporary custodian of the town’s memorial stone since 2008. The committee is putting the finishing touches to the new memorial, including the construction of four granite columns around it featuring the badges of the army, navy, air force and merchant marine. Laura Michell
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tudents at Kilmore International School achieve remarkable academic results. In 2016, almost half of the graduates attained an ATAR of 95 or higher. The school, in a small and historic township 60 kilometres north of Melbourne, is a purely International Baccalaureate school, with a close-knit learning community and family atmosphere of about 450 local and international students. Established in 1989, the Kilmore International School is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational boarding and day school for academically motivated local and international students. “Parents send their children to Kilmore International School because of its outstanding academic record, and because it has a reputation of enabling students to grow as individuals and as citizens,” principal Andrew Taylor says. Classes are offered from years 3 to 12, with boarding available from year 7. Inspiring, experienced and highly qualified teachers share a commitment to engage and monitor each student and provide a year’s growth in learning for a year’s input of teaching. As an international school, all students are required to study Mandarin from year 3, but may study other languages such as Indonesian and German in later years. In years 11 and 12, students study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, which emphasises inquiry-based and independent learning – exactly the skills needed to succeed at university. “A love of learning accompanied by effective study habits and routines is instilled in children early on,” Mr Taylor says. After-school supervised study is available in the primary and middle schools, with subject tutorials offered from year 10. Student wellbeing focuses on areas such as leadership, resilience, civic engagement, cyber
Kilmore International School principal Andrew Taylor with students. (Supplied)
safety and health, drugs and sex education. All students belong to a homeroom and house. The homeroom teacher monitors student academic progress and emotional wellbeing, liaises with parents when necessary and provides a pastoral report once a semester. Student co-curricular experiences include whole school sport and music house events, a compulsory week-long camp from years 3 to 12, regular excursions and overseas tours, and
workshops conducted by visiting speakers, all aimed at providing a wide range of learning and social interactions to instill confidence, personal and civic responsibility and leadership qualities. Public speaking and debating are strongly encouraged. The student captains lead the weekly assemblies, write for the school newsletter and organise fundraising activities. “We have high expectations of our students
and anti-social behaviour is not tolerated,” Mr Taylor says. “I believe an international education equips students to be world-ready and prepares them for university and successful careers.” Andrew Taylor, principal The Kilmore International School, 40 White Street, Kilmore. Inquiries: 5782 2211 or www.kilmore.vic.edu.au
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are and respect for our students and adherence to family values are critical elements of an education at St Monica’s College, Epping. At this Catholic school we seek always to act with justice and to ensure that the families of the northern suburbs of Melbourne are offered the best education possible. This involves good teachers who are committed to their profession; excellent resources where money is spent wisely and strategically; strong and consistent discipline and well-being procedures whereby each child can feel safe; and an ambience throughout the College of happiness and goodwill. St Monica’s College values co-education as a sensible choice for parents and a valued experience for a holistic education for the boys
and girls of the College. Our school is based on equal opportunity, social justice, and respect for self, others and the environment. Visitors will see classes operating peacefully and with purpose, a rich and varied co-curricular program, and modern, clean, comfortable classrooms surrounded by spacious, attractive grounds. Our esteemed school motto is “pray and persevere”. Brian Edward Hanley, principal St Monica’s College, Epping, 16 Davisson Street, Epping. Inquiries: 9409 8800 or visit www.stmonicas-epping.com
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Celebrate the launch of the CALD women’s art exhibition at Mill Park library on Wednesday, November 8, 1-2pm. The exhibition is the result of 20 weeks of art classes for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD). It is in partnership with Plenty Valley Arts and the Whittlesea CALD family violence project. At 394 Plenty Road until Saturday, November 26. ■ 9437 8189
discover secret trapdoors and hide away in a reading pod. The journey is part of the Story Island – An Adventure in Pictures exhibition. At 75-95 Central Park Avenue. ■ 9356 6980
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Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bulla’s Alister Clark Memorial Rose Garden on Saturday, November 11, from 10am. The garden features Alister Clark roses and is maintained by Hume council with the help of volunteers. At the corner of Green Street and Bulla Road. ■ 9205 2306
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Greenvale Kangaroos remain winless in Victorian Premier Cricket. It’s been a tough start to the season for the Kangaroos and it didn’t get any easier against Geelong on Saturday. Geelong skipper Eamonn Vines dominated early to bring the score to 2-120. Although Geelong lost regular wickets, Vines kept pushing the score along. Helped by the lower order, Geelong made 9-264 from its 50 overs. Vines finished 121 not out off 135 balls. Sunam Gautam was the best of the bowlers for the Kangaroos, taking 2-36 at a respectable 3.6 runs an over. The Kangaroos, missing captain-coach Jarrod Leggett, had a task ahead of them. At 2-71 they were off to a reasonable start, but quickly fell behind the required run rate. A couple of quick wickets set them back, before the middle order had a mini fightback. Most players were able to get starts, but no one was able to go on to make a big impact on the score. The Kangaroos finished 8-188. Jack Rhodes top-scored with 48, while four other players went past 20. The score was the Kangaroos highest for the opening four rounds. They sit second last on the ladder, one of two teams without a win. This week the Kangaroos play Frankston Peninsula in a one-day clash. Greenvale Kangaroos’ Victorian Turf Cricket Association side is also winless. On Saturday it lost to Spotswood in the senior division. Chasing 6-270, the Kangaroos managed just 199. Spotswood made 3-11 in its second innings.
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SPORT Falcons continue thumping to claim outright victory Roxburgh Park played a match to remember, claiming a thumping victory against Barkley Street United in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association’s north A1 competition. Having already claimed first innings points on day one, the Falcons were keen to push for an outright win to kick-start their season. They finished at 5-166 with a lead of 113 on the first day, and decided to continue batting on Saturday. The Falcons made 7-203 before declaring and sending Uniting back in. Skipper Glen Baker made an unbeaten century, while Naythan Lynch made a half century. The Falcons didn’t need long to wrap the
game up, bowling United out for just 60. Speaking before the match, Falcons president Tyson Sinclair said an outright win had been on the agenda. He said it would be a good boost for the side after it lost its first match. Roxburgh Park last season stepped back to the VTCA after being unable to field enough players to maintain four Victorian Sub-district Cricket Association sides. Sinclair said last season was about the players getting to know each other and gelling as a team. This season the club has recruited more local base membership and has some young talent coming up from the juniors.
Sinclair said part of the local focus was ensuring there was a pathway for the juniors coming through. Jaimon MacMullan and Nathan Prouse have come up into the senior program and haven’t looked out of place. Sinclair said the club would this season continue to build on the groundwork laid last season. With the new players coming in, the Falcons are fielding three senior sides, up from two the previous season. “We’ll take it each week at a time and continue to build every week,” he said. “At the end of the year, if we’re in finals then that’s a bonus.
New Bats get job done By Tara Murray It was a relaxing day for most of the Plenty Valley side, with just two batsmen needed to get the job done in Victorian Sub-district Cricket Association’s north-west competition on Saturday. Resuming at 1-39 with Ryan Pearson and skipper James Dickinson at the crease, the Bats needed 134 runs for victory against Coburg. Pearson, with Dickinson as a fine support act, got the job done, with Plenty Valley making 1-178 with almost 14 overs remaining. “It was a pleasing day for us,” coach Matt Hewat said. “To get the runs one down was what we were after. It was a strange day as we didn’t lose a wicket throughout the day. “It’s nice to see some consistency at the top of the order. It is early days though.” Pearson made a massive 135 of the Bats total 178, including 13 fours and a six. Dickinson finished 26 not out. Hewat said it was a fantastic knock for one of the club’s new players. “He wanted to bat out the day and to see the partnership with Dicko was fantastic,” he said. “The rest of us are pretty fresh and were able to enjoy watching them batting.” The performances of both Dickinson and Pearson and that of Joe Peatman (five wickets on day one) are pleasing for the new-look Bats. All three joined the club this season and have settled in well. Hewat said there was a good feel around the club with everyone enjoying their cricket and things were going along nicely. The Bats, who are two from two, turn their attention to the T20 format on Saturday when they face Kew. Last season, the Bats won their T20 match on the back of a hat trick from Luke Robinson and four wickets from Hewat. Hewat said they were looking forward to the challenge on Saturday. “I enjoy the concept of the T20 match as it’s the future of cricket and we will embrace it,” he said. “It’s a different challenge and we’ll prepare for it this week. “Daniel Heatley missed this game and he will be back. It means we’ll have a few selection headaches. We might change and rejig a few things, but we’ll have a similar line-up.” Pearson wasn’t the only standout performer for the Bats at the weekend, with James Baker having a day out in the third XI. Baker took 6-13 to help bowl Coburg out for 107. On the hunt for an outright victory, the Bats sent them back in, and Baker took another three wickets. The Bats got the outright win, with Baker finishing with the figures 9-43. Ryan Pearson, who made 135, celebrates getting his half century. (Mark Wilson) 14 NORTHERN STAR WEEKLY \ OCTOBER 31, 2017
“We want to play good, positive cricket.” In another boost for the club, new facilities are being built at its home ground, Lakeside Oval. Works are expected to be finished in time for next season. In other matches, Jacana lost to Caroline Springs. Needing 124 for victory, the Jaguars were bowled out for 89. Caroline Springs finished 4-197 in its second innings. In north west division, Craigieburn lost to Haig Fawkner, while in north-west A1, Westmeadows had an outright win against St Andrews. Tara Murray
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Tullamarine and PEGS claimed easy wins in the opening round of the Victorian Turf Cricket Association’s T20 competition. Competing in the Mickleham group, it was the bowlers that were the standouts for both sides. Tullamarine made light work of Greenvale Kangaroos, needing just under 22 overs to wrap up the match. The Demons bowled the Kangaroos out for 42 off 12.3 overs. In reply, the Demons made 1-44 in just nine overs. It was a similar result between PEGS and Westmeadows. The Warriors managed just 44. PEGS made the runs without losing a wicket, finishing 0-45.
Hume United has announced several key players have re-signed for next year’s FFV state league 2 north-west season. Captain Enes Gurkan, along with Bernard Cicinho and Faith Turer have re-signed and have been joined by new recruit Aleksandar Mirchevski. Zeljko Popovic has been appointed senior coach, coming across from National Premier League side Spring White Eagles.
Three Calder Cannons and one Northern Knights’ player have been named in the AFL Women’s Academy squad. Cannons gun Madison Prespakis, who was in the level one squad last season, has moved into the level two squad, for top-age players. She’s joined by Molly Warburton. Cannons teammate Georgia Patrikios has been named in the level one squad, along with Northern Knights’ Gabrielle Newton. The squads are made up of the best players from across the country, preparing them for possibly playing AFLW in the future.
Gladstone Park’s massive day one total proved too much for Donnybrook in the North West Metropolitan Cricket Association’s George Luscombe Shield. The Burras made 6-342 on the back of 138 to Matt Nyhus. Donnybrook was bowled out for 227 in reply. Tarundeep Singh top-scored for Donnybrook with 55.
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Talent alone not enough for winless Bats Plenty Valley continues to show off its talent in Women’s Victorian Premier Cricket, but remains winless. It was always going to be a tough season for the young Bats side, but they have shown they won’t be easybeats. Coach Adam Drinkwell said they had been made to pay for not being able to play consistently across the whole game. “We should have beaten Prahran and Melbourne but we couldn’t close the games out,” he said. “It’s about developing habits so we can close out games and finish off teams. “For most of these girls, it’s the first time playing together. It’s going to take time to get to know each other and how they bat and bowl in partnerships with each other.
“We need to see if we can get everyone to click for the full overs. We’re still searching for consistency.” On Sunday, the Bats lost to Box Hill. The Bats were slow off the mark and were bowled out for 123, despite a late fightback from the middle and lower order. Julia Carruthers top-scored with 38, while Jacinta Goodger Chandler made 19. Drinkwell said it was the first time this season that the team’s batting line-up had failed to fire. “We got off to a bad start,” he said. “The middle and lower order did well, but we were still 40 to 50 runs short of setting a target that would have kept us in the game for longer.” Box Hill had a better start. Despite Tayla Vlaeminck taking an early wicket for the Bats,
Box Hill was soon cruising at 2-74. A few late wickets wasn’t enough for Bats to stem the tide and Box Hill made the runs with ease with five wickets in hand. Vlaeminck and Scarlett Cummane were the pick of the bowlers. Drinkwell said Vlaeminck had benefited from the opportunity to play for state team VicSpirit in the Women’s National Cricket League. “She played really well and was terrific in the field,” he said. “Tayla heads away this weekend with VicSpirit and then will play for the Governor General’s XI against England, which is another chance to impress. “Rhiann O’Donnell [the Bats other VicSpirit player] pulled out before the game with an injury she suffered last week.
“We’re yet to have our full team.” The Bats will add import Providence Cowdrill in the coming weeks. The Englishwoman joins the Bats from Hampshire. Drinkwell said Cowdrill would fit in well with the Bats playing group. “She’s an 18-year-old leg spinner and will be here in two week’s time. She’ll be here for the T2Os and back-end of the season. “It’s good to have an extra slow bowler option for the rest of the year. She’ll fit in with the 16-20 year old bracket. “[I’ve] Heard some really good reports about her.” The Bats second side had a good win against Box Hill, bowling them out for 127 chasing 173. Tara Murray
Warriors avoid outright loss
Mill Park batsman Justin Lyon watches as Bundoora United wicketkeeper Corey Cogan catches him out. (Mark Wilson)
Winning comes naturally By Tara Murray Bundoora United’s strong start to the season continued last weekend, with a good win against Mill Park in the Diamond Valley Cricket Association’s Money Shield. Having had a first-up win, United was keen to make it two from two on Saturday. The bowlers did the job on day one, so it was up to the batsmen on the second day of the match. And they didn’t let the team down, making the 112 runs needed in 38 overs for the loss of just two wickets. Opener Corey Cogan, 77 not out, top-scored for United. Bulldogs president Grant Flack said there had been a lot of intent in the side’s two innings this season. They scored 3-307 in the opening round. “It has been a great start,” he said. “Corey has missed the last year and half after going away and living in England. We missed his keeping and he opens the batting as well.
He provides a bit of stability. He had 120 in the first innings and backed it up with 77 not out. “In the first game the boys were 2-9 before making 307.” Flack said captain coach Mathew Ross had played a big part in the batting success by allowing the players to play their natural games. “We went into survival mode last season. We’ve got a quite attacking bunch of batsmen and Matt wants them to play that way - to play with intent, and that was evident in the first two games.” Having made the winning runs, the Bulldogs sent Mill Park back in, a move which surprised Flack and some of the others watching on. But Flack said Ross was looking for an outright victory to show that the side would be positive in everything it did. Mill Park finished 4-87 in its second innings. Shaun Argent top-scored for Mill Park making 28, while United shared the wickets around. Flack said it was all onwards an upwards for the club, which finished eighth last season.
“We lost track last season after being relegated,” he said. “I think there was a bit of anger on how it happened and we went away from the way we wanted to go about things. “Matt has been fantastic and has put things in place. He’s a cricket tragic and he loves cricket. “In the long distance, hopefully there will be finals and we’ll have a crack, but it looks like it’ll be an even competition. “The hashtag around the club is to be better.” United is one of two teams with two wins from the first two rounds. Mill Park is sixth, one of six teams with a 1-1 record. Meanwhile in other results, Lalor Stars avoided an outright defeat against Research Eltham Collegians. Bowled out for 108 chasing 6-204, the Stars were sent back in to bat a second time. They finished 2-81. Mernda’s 164 was enough against Banyule, with Banyule bowled out for 147. Mitch McAuley took six wickets for Mernda.
Lalor Warriors nightmare start to the North Metro Cricket Association’s Jika Shield continued on Saturday. Having lost their first two matches, it went from bad to worse for the Warriors against the Preston Baseballers. Resuming at 0-4 chasing 208, the Warriors were bowled out for just 70. Sent straight back in with the Baseballers searching for an outright win, the Warriors managed to survive 48 overs to avoid the outright loss. They lost eight second innings wickets. Warriors president Themi Tilkeridis said their performances with the bat this season hadn’t been up to scratch. “It was a poor batting performance,” he said. “Batting has been our issue for a long time and that’s not unknown. “Apart from our innings against Keon Park we haven’t batted well.” Tilkeridis said avoiding an outright defeat was a massive thing in the context of their season and the psychological factor on the team. Several players are set to return to the side in the coming weeks which will also give them a boost. Captain-coach Angelo Pereira, who has missed the first three games while overseas, is expected to return this week. Bhatiya Ratnayake, who led the Jika Shield’s batting average last season, is another who hasn’t played a game this season. “We’ve been pretty much undermanned in every game,” Tilkeridis said. “We haven’t been at full strength yet this season, but that’s no excuse for our performances. “Angelo should be back next game and another two to come into the side. Bhatiya was the competition’s leading run-scorer last year, and we’re awaiting his arrival. “Being the leading run-scorer, he’s obviously going to help with our batting.” Despite sitting last, the Warriors aren’t giving up on finals just yet. Tilkeridis said if they find form, they were still with a shot. “We are coming from a long way back,” he said. “We have to continue to be confident we can turn the results around. North Brunswick/Rosebank and Rivergum didn’t start well last season and played off in a grand final. Meanwhile, Rivergum made it three from three with a strong win against Northern Socials. Defending 7-362, the Kookas restricted the Socials to 9-242. Tara Murray 15 NORTHERN STAR WEEKLY \ OCTOBER 31, 2017
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