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Council under wraps By Laura Michell

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Whittlesea council has been revealed as one of Melbourne’s most secretive councils for the second year in a row, with more than one quarter of its decisions made behind closed doors. Neighbouring Hume council is close behind with one fifth of its decisions made in-confidence. Data published on the state government’s Know Your Council website revealed Melbourne City, Whittlesea and Hume councils as the top three most secretive councils in Melbourne. Whittlesea made 26.95 per cent of decisions in 2016-17 at meetings shut off to the public. At Hume, 20.9 per cent of decisions were closed to the community. Melbourne City Council had 28.85 per cent of its decisions made in secret. The state average was 9.45 per cent – down from 11 per cent in 2015-16. Whittlesea partnerships and engagement director Liana Thompson said the council had recently changed its criteria for determining which contracts would be considered in confidence, resulting in a reduction in closed door decisions. In 2015-16, the council made 38 per cent of its decisions in confidential sections of council meetings. Ms Thompson said the council expected the number of confidential decisions to continue to decrease. “Being a fast-growing municipality, the City of Whittlesea approved many contracts for services and building works. These matters have traditionally been dealt with in the closed part of the council meeting,” she said. “We will continue to refine our policy to ensure a greater number of decisions are made in the section of the council meeting open to the public.” Hume council chief executive Domenic Isola said the council tried to make decisions at open meetings wherever possible, but considered issues such as personal hardship of a resident, legal advice, contractual matters, and matters affecting the security of council property as confidential “The agenda … always describes matters to be considered in the closed meeting and identifies why each matter needs to be considered in the closed meeting,” he said.

Scarecrows have taken up residence at the Carome Homestead in a bid to scare off would-be vandals. Pupils at Mernda Park Primary School recently joined forces with Whittlesea council’s Baseline for Young People, to create the scarecrows and a large mural made from bottle tops to display in the homestead’s community gardens. The collaboration was part of the council’s graffiti prevention program and was funded as part of the justice department’s graffiti prevention grants. The grade five and six pupils created five scarecrows which have been dotted around the garden, as well as the mural. Youth development officer Helen Pollard worked with the pupils over several months to develop concepts and create the works. HANNAH, LUKA AND KYLE

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Fire risk high at recycling plants By Laura Michell Future fires at waste and recycling plants could be difficult to manage, with the sector “ill-prepared and ill-equipped” to manage fire risks, according to a damning new report. An interim report from the Resource Recovery Facilities Audit Taskforce reveals that many of the state’s resource recovery centres would struggle to deal with future fires. The taskforce was set up by the government in the aftermath of a massive fire at the SKM Recycling Plant in Coolaroo in July.

The blaze took 20 days to extinguish and forced many Dallas residents out of their homes. Five people, including a four-year-old girl, were taken to hospital with smoke-induced conditions, while another eight were treated at a community relief centre. The taskforce said the fire highlighted the risk of inappropriately stockpiling combustible materials. The government asked the taskforce to target recycling sites in need of extra management measures to ensure community safety. To date, the taskforce has conducted 88

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inspections of 73 sites, resulting in 37 statutory notices being issued. The interim report said that while no site was as high a fire risk as Coolaroo, the sector needed to be better prepared to manage the risk of fire. Issues identified at recycling sites ranged from minor housekeeping matters to major

failings resulting in significant ongoing risk, the report stated. Inspections will continue until June 2018. Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the government would consider recommendations from the taskforce about how to reduce the fire risk. “This is about improving safety measures and helping to prevent a fire from happening in the first place,” she said. “The taskforce is auditing recycling facilities across the state to identify and prioritise sites that require action.”

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Sarah and Liam Fish, with Roland, Zoe and a photo of Lily. (Supplied)

Special kids help soothe the pain For Doreen’s Zoe Fish, being able to spend time with other children who have lost a sibling is priceless. Three years ago, Zoe’s older sister, Lily died from cancer. Lily was diagnosed with a stage one Wilms Tumor in 2012 at just four-years-old. The cancer, which starts in the kidney, is the most common type of kidney cancer in children. Lily had surgery and chemotherapy and was declared cancer free for six months before she relapsed. In 2014, she died.

In the years since, Zoe, seven, has been partnered with one of the Very Special Kids’ family support practitioners and attending regular events for children who have sick siblings or a brother or sister who has died. Zoe said the events helped her when she was missing Lily. “I love the sibling days because – I get to meet kids just like me who are missing their sister or brother,” she said. Zoe said she enjoyed spending time with Mei, the family support practitioner the charity

assigned to the Fish family. Mei uses art therapy to help Zoe when she is feeling sad. “I especially like talking to Mei about Lily. She is so nice and always listens,” Zoe said. “If I could have one wish, it would be to have Lily back so I could tell her I love her.” The charity is hoping families will donate to its programs ahead of Christmas to allow it to match more children with support workers. Details: vsk.org.au Laura Michell

Motorists are able to drive along Camp Road once again following the removal of the level crossing, but train users are in for another week of commuting pain. Camp Road was closed to motorists on November 15. A team of 300 people worked around the clock for two weeks to remove the level crossing, install foundations and construct a new road bridge deck, allowing the road to reopen last week. Crews excavated more than 85,000 cubic metres of soil to create a new rail trench, while two piling rigs – each weighing 100,000 kilograms – were brought in to prepare the road bridge foundations. The Upfield train line remains partially suspended, with buses to continue transferring passengers between Upfield and Coburg station until 6am on December 18. Public Transport Victoria has warned commuters that the replacement bus services could add up to 30 minutes to some journeys. When the rail line reopens, the tracks will have been lowered under the road. Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the Camp Road level crossing was one of the most congested crossings in Melbourne. “Soon this dangerous level crossing will be history, putting an end to the frustration and delays experienced by the 20,000 drivers that rely on Camp Road every day,” she said. Broadmeadows MP Frank McGuire thanked the community for its patience during the works. “While the biggest disruptions will last a month, the benefits will last forever,” he said. Laura Michell

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Library’s lights to shine Ever wondered what goes on in libraries after dark? You can find out for yourself at Mill Park library, with the doors now staying open until 11pm each Thursday. The extended opening hours are part of the Libraries After Dark program which is aimed at reducing gambling-related harm in the community. The initiative, which is funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, hopes that keeping libraries open later than normal will help create a welcoming and social space for the community. Mayor Kris Pavlidis said that with Whittlesea currently ranked sixth of 70 local government areas for poker machine losses in Victoria, it

was important the council worked to create positive spaces for residents. “We are doing what we can to lobby the state government to make gambling reforms, however in the meantime our community is being impacted by gambling harm every day,” she said. “Libraries After Dark is aimed at counteracting the negative impact that pokies are having on our community with something really positive. “Libraries are wonderful places, full of friendly community members and fun activities, so it’s great to be able to keep them open later into the night.” The library is at 394 Plenty Road. Laura Michell

Police are urging Whittlesea residents to drive with their car doors locked following a spate of carjackings. Police have arrested 17 people allegedly involved in carjackings across Whittlesea, Darebin and Banyule. Eleven people have been remanded in custody. Police said the arrests were a reminder for people to remain vigilant about their safety.

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Saddle up for summer ride A chat with Tour de France winner Cadel Evans at a high school reunion inspired Doreen’s Rachel Jones to give cycling a go. Ms Jones said Evans spoke to her about the Swisse People’s Ride, which forms part of the Great Ocean Road Race, and encouraged her to sign up for this year’s event. “I thought, if someone who’s won the Tour de France tells me I can do it, I can do it,” she said. Ms Jones said she found this year’s 111-kilometre ride tough, with the challenging Challambra Climb section of the course getting the better of her. That hasn’t stopped her from signing up to tackle the ride again next year. She hopes more women will sign up for next year’s ride. “The bonus [of cycling] for me has been the amazing new friends I’ve made within a very supportive women’s cycling community,” Ms Jones said. The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Ride begins in Melbourne on January 25 with the women’s and men’s elite races, before moving to Geelong on January 27 for the Swisse People’s Ride and the Great Ocean Road Race on January 28. To register visit: www.cadelevansgreat oceanroadrace.com.au

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Court shortage hits basketball By Laura Michell More basketball courts are urgently needed in Whittlesea and Hume, according to a new report from Basketball Victoria. The report, which was launched last week, revealed the municipalities were among 12 areas in Victoria most in need of more basketball courts. The report aimed to identify priority locations for basketball facilities and provided information to help organisations develop business cases for new courts. It found that Whittlesea has one of the biggest shortfalls in basketball infrastructure, despite a significant increase in players in the past five years. It stated there was an “urgent and immediate” need for four extra courts in Whittlesea. The municipality is serviced by three basketball associations – Whittlesea City, Kinglake and Whittlesea Junior – all of which have experienced membership growth of at least 20 per cent since 2011. Whittlesea is home to nine basketball courts, and the association also uses two courts outside of the municipality. Basketball Victoria has called on Whittlesea council to proceed with plans for four courts at Mernda, and a further 12 courts at Epping North and Wollert by 2031. Whittlesea mayor Kris Pavlidis said the council agreed there was a need for more courts in the region. “In our 2014 indoor sport stadium feasibility study, council identified a current shortage

of one to seven courts,” she said. “There are currently plans for courts to be included in the Mernda Aquatic and Indoor Sports Centre which we anticipate will be open in approximately five years. “Following that, we plan to build extra courts in the west of the municipality, including in Epping North and Wollert.”

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The report found that Hume needed two additional courts in the Craigieburn region and for one of its three main stadiums to be upgraded to a regional centre. The municipality is home to three associations – Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Sunbury – which play across 27 courts. Hume corporate service director Daryl Whitfort said the council was developing an indoor sports plan for planning and timing of infrastructure. He said basketball was one of 13 indoor sports being reviewed and the recommendations of Basketball Victoria’s report would be considered as part of the review. The council’s indoor sports plan is expected to be released in mid-2018.

Community connection Syrian and Iraqi refugees living in Hume are being encouraged to connect with their new community through the world game. Last week, the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY), Hume council and Football Federation Victoria launched the Welcome Football Project in Broadmeadows to bring together newly-arrived refugees.

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the community. “It doesn’t take long to get a sense of the passion that’s felt for football among many of these young people and it’s another great example of football being a universal language,” she said. Laura Michell

Hume council has received more than $4 million from the state government to help build new sports pavilions, netball courts and an oval. The funding is part of the government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which aims to improve the infrastructure, services and liveability in interface councils. The government will contribute $2.015 million towards the construction of a $3.015 million pavilion at Roxburgh Park’s Arena Recreation Reserve. The 123-square metre pavilion will include a social room, kitchen, toilets, store room, office, four change rooms, two umpires’ rooms and two trainers’ rooms. The council had planned to build the pavilion after 2020, but brought the project forward after securing the funding. Yuroke MP Ros Spence, who announced the funding last week, said the recreation reserve and adjoining pavilion would address the shortfall of soccer facilities in Roxburgh Park, Greenvale and Craigieburn. The government is also spending $2.06 million on the McMahon Reserve redevelopment in Sunbury.

The funding will go towards the $4.120 million redevelopment which includes a second oval and pavilion, new playground, netball courts and fitness stations. Mayor Geoff Porter said the Growing Suburbs Fund was critical to delivering important community infrastructure in Hume. “The total of $4,075,000 in funding is fantastic news for Hume, particularly for local community groups and sporting clubs which form the very backbone of our city,” he said. “These funded projects ensure a more liveable Hume and reflect how vital the fund is for a community that continues to grow.” Ms Spence said the funding ensured new residents had access to facilities that made a difference in the day-to-day lives of communities sooner rather than later. “Our growing communities need these first-rate sporting facilities and we’re getting it done,” she said. “With the local community set to grow by 10 per cent in the next five years, it is essential that we have the infrastructure in place to help them play and thrive.” Laura Michell

Women and girls will be able to pull on the Mernda Demons jumper for free next season, after the club received a $10,000 grant from VicHealth. The Mernda Football Club was one of seven sports clubs to receive a $10,000 grant from the health promotion foundation. The club will use the money to cover registration fees and the cost of jumpers, socks and water bottles for female players. Club junior president Tom Felle said the club was hoping to field an under 10 and under 14 girls side, as well as a women’s team next season.

New Lalor club up and running A running group aimed at improving the health and fitness of Whittlesea residents has launched in Lalor. The Lalor Running Club started last month after receiving a $1000 New and Emerging Group grant from Whittlesea council. Founder Melissa Flentjar said the club will focus on beginners who are hoping to improve their health. The club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, Saturdays at 8am and Sundays at 6.30am at different locations around Lalor. Details: www.lalorrunningclub.com. au

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MY PLACE The Reverend David Peake is about to retire as the parish priest for the Uniting Church in Dallas after 12 years leading the congregation. He says the community always inspired him to “get the job done”. He speaks with Laura Michell.

I have been the Anglican priest here for 12 years, but also I run a not-for-profit business called EQubed, which is a program to address the needs of young people who are disengaged from the normal educational journey. Did you know much about Dallas and Broadmeadows before you came to work in the area? I have only ever worked in challenging spaces. I came here from West Heidelberg and prior to that I was in the western suburbs and the inner city. For over 40 years, I have been involved in challenging environments. I had a sense of what I was coming to, but it never fazed me. You ponder the challenges that will face you and the changes you can encourage the congregation to think about. What do you like about your community? The people are great. They are a whole lot of battlers. There are people who are really passionate about getting on and getting the job done. There are people who are passionate about changing the nature of the community and the status of our postcodes. There are some enthusiastic, energetic, kind, thoughtful people in the community who are great contributors. What, if anything, would you change? Encourage governments to change some of the educational opportunities that might be

available for young people. We need some educational opportunities that are more needs-based to meet the needs of our young residents. We also need new employment opportunities now Ford and the support industries have gone. Are you involved in any other community groups? EQubed has built an curriculum for kids challenged by the normal education system. I started a program in West Heidelberg called the Pavilion Project that taught young people they could work for themselves. When I came to Dallas, I started teaching enterprise education in a number of spaces. I am also the business development manager for indigenous health organisation Malpa. It runs in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and the ACT and works with grade 3 and 4 students to change heath outcomes. This year, we will probably graduate 700 school children as health ambassadors for their communities. What have you enjoyed about your time at the Uniting Church in Dallas? People have gone to great lengths to help with projects such as our community garden and community kitchen. Local businesses have been very generous in the provision of goods and services. Collectively, we have had a vision and walked through the hard times together. There is still lots of work to be done, but I think the future is bright.

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Relax and enjoy a movie outing at Whittlesea library on Friday, December 15, 1.30-3.30pm as part of the seniors movie club. Details at the library, 57 Laurel Street. ■ 9716 3028

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SPORT Eagles’ wings clipped by another forfeit It was another frustrating weekend for Craigieburn’s women’s cricket team. The Eagles started the season in fine form but have had a month between matches because of forfeits, a bye and wet weather. The frustration continued on Sunday when Napoleons-Sebastopol forfeited, meaning the Eagles haven’t played since November 10 in the Women’s Community Cricket Competitions. Speaking before the match, Eagles skipper Litara Va’auli said the were looking forward to the game, the first of the T20 part of the season – the opening round was washed out. The Eagles are playing in a combined T20 competition, which has teams from the shield and north west competitions playing off. Va’auli said despite the Eagles coming from

the lower of the two grades, they were confident of a good showing. “There’s only one team we haven’t played before,” she said. “We know what to expect. We’re really excited about the challenge.” Va’auli said the majority of the playing group had played together for seven years, so had expected to gel early and set the tone for the season. “We have been playing together for seven seasons and we know how each other play. “We’re confident we are putting in the hard work.” Kristy Carbis is one addition to the team this season. Carbis, who usually bats at the top of the order, previously played Premier Cricket

with Melbourne. She provides a massive boost not just with her skills, but also leadership and team spirit. Va’auli said the Eagles are aiming for a finals berth in both the T20 and one-day competition. She said the team was putting in the hard work, making sure they were all training. The Eagles have been boosted this season with the inclusion of two girls teams in the North West Metropolitan Cricket Association’s under-13 David Woodgate Shield competition. Woodgate, who died from illness earlier this year, was the Eagles’ senior women’s coach for a number of years. Va’auli said it was encouraging to have the girls coming through.

Warriors back in top two By Tara Murray Westmeadows returned to the winners’ list and the Victorian Turf Cricket Association north-west A1 top two, with a solid win against Glenroy on Saturday. With both teams expected to be in the top four at season’s end, the match was a preview of what could come later in the season. The two teams entered the match second and third, with one loss between them in the opening five matches. Glenroy batted first and made 161, bowled out with an over remaining. Sathpath Kamburugamuwa took four wickets, while Ryan Blair chipped in with three. Westmeadows captain-coach Tarek Moughanie said it was good to see Kamburugamuwa be rewarded with wickets. The Warriors then shared the runs around on the way to 8-176 from 40 overs. Moughanie said it was an even batting performance. “No one in particular stood out and no one made a 50,” he said. “Glen Lambeth made 40-odd, as did Clayton Campbell. CJ [Chinthaka Jayasinghe] made 35-odd, in a real solid, even contribution. “Aaron Evans made 20-odd and Steve McKay finished the job with a six off Steve Goodwin.” Moughanie said the only disappointing element was that the game was shortened to a one-dayer after day one was washed out. “It can be 50-50 in one-dayers and it would have been nice to play in a full two-day game and test ourselves against them,” he said. “They [Glenroy] are the benchmark, along with St Francis de Sales. The win moved the Warriors back into second spot, ahead of Glenroy. Moughanie said they were slowly starting to get the right mix and hoped to step it up another level after the Christmas break. The Warriors play second bottom Footscray United in a one-dayer to finish the year. “We’ve settled on our batting, but our bowling still isn’t settled,” he said. “There’s still quite a bit of improvement left in us. “Another solid win will hopefully cement our spot in the top two.” In senior division, Greenvale Kangaroos and Tullamarine both suffered losses against Strathmore and Seddon respectively. Strathmore made 8-197 against the Kangaroos, before bowling them out for 94. Seddon made 8-164 against the Demons. The Demons were bowled out for 117. In the north-west division, Craigieburn lost to Airport West St Christophers. Airport West St Christophers made 7-125, Craigieburn fell just short, all out for 113. In north A1, Jacana defeated Mowonee Valley, Roxburgh Park forfeited against Flemington. 14 NORTHERN STAR WEEKLY \ DECEMBER 12, 2017

“There was a big push to get the juniors pushing through,” she said. “We did clinics and put our fliers. A lot of the girls have never played before as they were intimidated by playing with the boys. “They’re the future of the women’s team.” The Eagles are due to play Edinburgh on Sunday. In the north T20 competition, Tullamarine lost to Coburg-Glenroy 2. Gisborne’s 7-94 wasn’t enough against Melbourne University which finished 1-95. Carlton-Brunswick 3’s were smashed by Plenty Valley 3. Carlton-Brunswick managed just 8-45 from its overs, with the Bats making the runs with seven wickets and seven overs in hand. The Bats finished on 3-47. Tara Murray

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Bundoora RSL came away with four points in its loss to Clayton in Bowls Victoria Premier Division. Looking for a win to move up the ladder, RSL lost 78 (14)-61 (4) at home. RSL’s two losing rinks lost by a combined 19 shots. RSL sits ninth with three wins. In division 1 section 2, Whittlesea suffered its first loss of the season, losing to Richmond Union 80 (14)-73 (4). Despite the loss Whittlesea remains on top. RSL’s second side had a big loss in the same division.

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Bundoora made light work of its match against Macleod in Diamond Valley Cricket Association’s Barclay Shield on Saturday. Playing a one-day game after the opening day was washed out the week before, the Bulls got the job done easily, restricting Macleod to 8-140. The Bulls finished 1-142. Epping and Old Paradians both suffered losses.

Cricket

A Diamond Valley Cricket Association team will be crowned the Northern Region T20 champion, with the last of the North Metro Cricket Association teams knocked out of the competition on Tuesday night. Thirteen DVCA teams made it through to the final 16, compared to just three NMCA teams. Riverside, Banyule, Epping, Lalor Stars, Hurstbridge, Diamond Creek, Bundoora United and Old Paradians are the teams through to the semi-finals. The semi-finals will be held on January 30, when Epping hosts Diamond Creek, Old Paradians play Riverside, Lalor Stars and Hurstbridge do battle, while Bundoora United faces Banyule.

Premier Cricket

Greenvale Kangaroos’ tough run continued with a big loss to Melbourne in Victorian Premier Cricket. Melbourne made 9-192 from its overs, with the middle order making the bulk of the runs. Kyle Adams was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-12 off 10 overs. The Kangaroos were bowled out for 129, with almost six overs remaining. Zaheer Hussain top-scored with 39.

Glen Lambeth was one of the contributors with the bat for Westmeadows.

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Lalor looking to blood women’s football next season Female football will be a big focus for Lalor Football Club, with the Bloods looking to introduce both women’s and girl’s sides next year. With a growing interest in females playing football in Melbourne’s north, the Bloods know that introducing female teams will help further develop the club. Lalor president Benjamin Charles said it was the club’s role to open up opportunities for females to play football in the local area. He said they would look at having both senior and junior sides, to ensure that there is a pathway at the club. “We are starting to get a lot of interest in the area,” he said.

“We’ve also got connections through the local primary school who want to get girls playing football in the immediate area. “If we’re going to have a women’s side, we should be trying to have a youth girls side as well. “It’s our responsibility to look at it.” He said they currently had about 15 verbal commitments and would have information sessions before and after Christmas for interested players. The club is also working with the Northern Football League to get the sides up and running. Charles said they were looking to strengthen community relationships as they try and develop the women’s program.

David Angwin has been appointed senior coach and brings plenty of knowledge to the role. This year he coached South Morang’s youth girls side, before the club decided to head in a different direction. It will be a homecoming for Angwin at the Bloods, having been involved with the club for more than 40 years. Men’s senior coach Dean Grainger is another who is returning to the club. The announcement of women’s football is some good news for the club, which has had a tough off season. Several senior players have left and there’s been a lot of talk about the state of the club.

Plenty more to come

Charles said while recent times haven’t been the easiest, the club is focusing on rebuilding so it’s around for a number of years. “Whether it’s male or female we want to be an inclusive club,” he said. “Clubs get lost in the search for scoreboard success and sometimes forget about the culture,” he said. “There’s challenges in front of us and we think these challenges are going to be positives in the long run.” For more information on the female program at Lalor, head to its Facebook page or on the website, or contact Charles on 0408 403 938 Tara Murray

By Tara Murray

Warriors win in a thriller

Plenty Valley inflicted Brunswick’s first loss of the Victorian Turf Cricket Association north-west season. With both teams sitting in the top three entering the match, it was always going to be a premier battle. The Bats batted first and were in a bit of trouble at 3-50, before skipper James Dickinson and Daniel Heatley settled the side. The two put on 94 for the fourth wicket partnership before Heatley fell for 55. Ashur Morrison came in and took over the run scoring. Dickinson got his first 50 of the season before he was out for 54. The Bats pushed on, making 6-235 from 80 overs. Morrison finished 43 not out. The Bats started well with the ball, getting Karl Mayne and Charles Aitken cheaply to have the Wicks in trouble at 2-5. When Liam Murphy went for three, Brunswick was 3-13 with Plenty Valley completely in control. The Wicks steadied, but the loss of two batsmen for just two runs set them back again. A few wickets later the Wicks were 7-99 and struggling. They were bowled out for 118 with nearly 18 overs remaining. Simon Black was the pick of the bowlers for the Bats taking 3-23 off 13 overs. Justin Jaensch and Joe Peatman took two wickets each. Bats’ captain James Dickinson said it was good to get a win against one of the side’s which has been the benchmark so far. “It’s was a good win, a hard fought win,” he said. Dickinson was full of praise for Heatley’s batting during the match. “It was a really patient innings early on, before he started to get going. He’s had a consistent year and has been training really hard.” He said it was nice to pick up a few runs himself. Dickinson said if they could win one if not both of the one-dayers before Christmas it would help set up their season. The win moves the Bats to equal points with the Wicks, who entered the match undefeated. Williamstown is three points clear of the two teams. Brunswick won’t have long to lick its wounds with the two teams facing each other again on Tuesday (the 12th) in the second round of the T20 competition. The Bats then face Preston on Saturday in a one-dayer. Meanwhile, in Victorian Women’s Premier Cricket, the Bats fell short against Box Hill. Sent in, Box Hill made 4-117 from its 20 overs. Jane Riley took two wickets for the Bats, while Kiara Jones and Providence Cowdrill took a wicket apiece. The Bats started slowly and were in trouble at 4-42, before the middle order settled. It wasn’t enough, with the Bats finishing 6-107.

Lalor Warriors’ return to form has continued with a second straight win in the North Metro Cricket Association’s Jika Shield. After losing their first six games, the Warriors have finally shown the form that has had them in the finals mix the past few years. The Warriors backed up a solid win against Northern Socials in the previous round, with a thriller against Keon Park on Saturday. The match, played as a one-dayer after a wash-out last week, went down to the final over of the day. It was a relieved Warriors captain-coach Angelo Pereira after the match. “That’s a couple of games in a row now,” he said. “Hopefully we can get another win before Christmas and make it three in a row. “We’re still realistic that we are a few games outside the top four.” The Warriors made 160 from their 40 overs, bowled out on the final ball. Todd Hughes was the pick of the batsmen with 65 – no other batsman passed 20. It was Hughes’ fifth straight 50. Pereira said Hughes was enjoying being able to concentrate on his own game. “The pressure has been taken off him,” he said. “He can just concentrate on batting and bowling and not having to worry about captaining or coaching. “I think he’s knocking on the door of a 100, but we’ll take a 50 off him every week.” Keon Park looked on track to get the runs after tea, but the Warriors slowed them down in the final 10 overs. In the end, the Warriors restricted them enough to seal a six-run win. Keon Park finished 7-154. “It was a nail biter,” Pereira said. “Early on we pegged them back and got a quicker start than them. “They came out after drinks and played well. The last 10 overs we really consolidated and tied them down. [But] They left their run too late.” Lakmal Keerthirathna and Ben Gorski took two wickets each for the Warriors. The Warriors face Northern Socials in the final game before Christmas. The Warriors defeated them last time they played. Meanwhile, Rivergum suffered a rare loss, this time against Heidelberg West. Tara Murray

Simon Black celebrates. (Shawn Smits) 15 NORTHERN STAR WEEKLY \ DECEMBER 12, 2017


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