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Get ready to dance Whittlesea. Locals are being encouraged to head to a community dance workshop in Epping tomorrow and sign up to be part of one of the biggest celebrations of dance – Big Dance. The large-scale event will be held in Melbourne on April 29 to mark international dance day. Big Dance aims to encourage people of all ages and experience to give dancing a try. Participants are asked to learn a five minute routine which has been adapted for all abilities. The dance will then be performed at Federation Square next month. Budding dancers from Whittlesea can learn the steps at the Epping Memorial Hall at 7pm. Details: bigdance.org.au Laura Michell

Council behaving badly By Laura Michell Whittlesea councillors have been ejected from three of the past four ordinary council meetings amid rising tensions between two groups of councillors. Councillors were removed from the November 21, February 6 and March 6 meetings, by mayor Kris Pavlidis who said they were not following her directions. On November 21, councillors Mary Lalios and Ricky Kirkham were asked to leave. Cr Norm Kelly was removed from the February 6 meeting and Cr Kirkham was removed from

the March 6 meeting. In recent months, two distinct council voting blocs have developed, with Labor-aligned councillors Pavlidis, Sam Alessi, Stevan Kozmevski, Lawrie Cox and Emilia Lisa Sterjova and independent Tom Joseph regularly voting together, while councillors Kirkham, Lalios, Kelly, Caz Monteleone and Alahna Desiato vote together. The tension between the groups appears to have increased this year, with often heated debate over agenda items. In the past, council meetings tended to finish about 8.30pm but more recent meetings are regularly finishing after 11pm.

Cr Lalios this week told Star Weekly she felt some councillors were being treated unfairly during meetings. “I think there is inconsistency in the mayor’s rulings – I do feel I am being targeted,” she said. “Some councillors get away with saying inappropriate things and other councillors who have a difference of opinion are warned consistently. The meetings are there to debate issues and people who have a difference of opinion are being kicked out.” Cr Pavlidis defended her decision to remove councillors from the chamber, saying she would not tolerate “childish” behaviour.

“I am responsible for the conduct of the meetings and I will do as I have to do,” she said. Cr Pavlidis, who has been on council for 13 years, said she could not recall a time when councillors were removed from meetings so often. “Those councillors who are constantly conducting themselves in an unruly manner have been on council long enough to know better,” she said. “If they are trying to undermine me, they are undermining themselves. It sends a poor message to the community.” Council meeting minutes show that no councillors were removed from meetings in the 12 months prior to Cr Pavlidis’ election as mayor.

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Cops laud dip in Hume crime By Laura Michell Crime in Hume is at an eight-year low, driven by a decrease in burglaries and thefts across the municipality. Latest Crime Statistics Agency data reveals a 14.5 per cent drop in the number of offences recorded in Hume between December, 2016, and December last year. At December, 2016, the municipality recorded 23,650 offences for the year, falling to 20,214 last year.

The drop is the first time since December, 2009, that Hume’s offence numbers haven’t increased from the previous 12 months. Inspector Anthony Brown said police had been working hard to identify crime trends and address them as early as possible. “Over the last 12 months, we have been able to put together a divisional taskforce that has enabled us to proactively target areas of concern,” he said. According to the crime data, Hume recorded a 16 per cent drop in thefts, driven by a fall in

thefts of and from motor vehicles. Inspector Brown said while the data was good news, he did not want people to become complacent. “We don’t want people to leave valuables in their cars,” he said. “Tradesmen’s vehicles we would prefer were parked in a locked area or tools removed.” Hume also recorded a drop in burglaries, falling from 2294 at December, 2016, to 2100 at December, 2017. Inspector Brown said police were continuing to focus on burglaries.

In November, police arrested seven people in relation to 30 aggravated burglaries across the north-western suburbs, including Broadmeadows, Roxburgh Park and Craigieburn. In Whittlesea, crime fell 6.5 per cent between December, 2016, and December, 2017. The municipality recorded a significant drop in burglaries – 28 per cent to 1357 offences. Theft of motor vehicles dropped 40 per cent to 706 offences, while theft from motor vehicles fell 25 per cent.

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Appeal to help make it a Good Friday Victoria. Over the years they have raised millions for the Good Friday Appeal and are hopeful their efforts this year will bring them to a $20 million target. Mr Etherington said members jumped at the chance to raise money for the appeal. “Everyone knows someone who has a child in the hospital. People want to give back to the hospital for the great work it does,” he said.

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Land in Mickleham and Wollert will be bought by the state government to house four new schools. The government is set to spend $236.8 million on land for 14 schools which will be built in growth suburbs. The funding will buy land for Merrifield West Primary School in Mickleham, as well as Wollert Central and Wollert East primary schools and Wollert East Secondary School. The government is yet to buy the land but is identifying appropriate sites. The locations of those sites have not been publicly disclosed. The schools were chosen following a government analysis of demographic data and enrolments at existing schools. Education Minister James Merlino said the funding would allow the government to meet the future needs of growth communities. “We’re breaking the cycle of short-term planning for new schools and investing now to meet the needs of the future,” he said. “Right across the state, we’re building new schools to make sure that no matter where they live, every child has the chance to get a great education.” Yuroke MP Ros Spence said Merrifield West Primary School would be a welcome addition to the rapidly-growing Mickleham community. “When it opens, Merrifield West Primary School will be another great local school that the whole community can be proud of,” she said. Community engagement on the new schools will start in the coming weeks. Details: schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au

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Pooling their resources Students and staff at St Monica’s College have been working to make the school environmentally friendly. The school has recently implemented a range of initiatives in a bid to save water and energy and reduce waste, including collecting water run-off, placing compost bins in every classroom and installing solar panels. The hard work recently paid off, with the school achieving a four-star rating from the RescourceSmart Schools program. The program aims to teach students about sustainability and reducing resource use. Schools are routinely reviewed by the

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Hume’s diversity will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 21, with a special multi-faith service to mark World Harmony Day. Organised by the Hume Interfaith Network, the service aims to celebrate Hume’s many different cultures. It will be at the Hume Global Learning Centre, 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows, from 6-7.30pm. FOR BREAKING NEWS, VISIT Web: starweekly.com.au Northern Star Weekly @nstarweekly @star_weekly

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Shopfronts boost police presence By Laura Michell Police officers will set up shop at Craigieburn Central if the Liberal Party wins November’s state election. As part of a $7.2 million election pledge aimed at reducing crime, Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has vowed to open a police “shopfront” in 12 of Victoria’s busiest shopping centres. The shopfronts will be staffed by at least two officers during the centres’ main operating hours.

Other centres to be part of the program include Highpoint, Chadstone and Northland. Opposition police spokesman Edward O’Donohue visited Craigieburn Central and said the centre had been chosen because of the “enormous growth” around Craigieburn. “Craigieburn Central is a general community hub. It is the centre of activity,” Mr O’Donohue said. “We want to be taking the police to where the people are.” Mr O’Donohue said the project aimed to increase the police presence in the community. “Shopping centres are entertainment hubs

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as much as they are shopping destinations and wherever there are millions of people visiting each year, you are going to have anti-social activity,” he said. “We believe police can play a role in crime prevention in the centres, talking to retailers about how to protect their stores and be a quick response when there is an incident.”

Mr O’Donohue said the opposition has consulted with the owners of the 12 participating centres, as well as Victoria Police and the Police Association. A spokesman for Lendlease, which owns Craigieburn Central, said the company was open to working with police to enhance the safety and liveability of Craigieburn. “The safety and wellbeing of our customers, retailers and staff is our number one priority. Craigieburn Central features comprehensive security including round-the-clock patrols to provide a safe and enjoyable environment.”

Ready to Relay Hume Relay for Life organisers are hoping for better weather this year, after last year’s event was rained out. The Cancer Council fundraiser was called off on its second day last year due to torrential rain, preventing teams from completing their laps. Committee member Carly Moore said she was hoping this year would be more successful. “We didn’t have a great year last year so we are hoping this one will be better and want to encourage teams to sign up,” she said. Among those taking part in the fundraiser are Craigieburn’s Beccy Comer and Veronica Cipriani. The pair will be representing Step Into Life personal trainers at the event. Ms Comer, who only signed up two weeks ago, said this would be her first time taking part in Relay For Life. “I usually do the Ride to Conquer Cancer but

that is getting a bit hard to do, so this year, I thought I would sign up for Relay for Life,” she said. “A lot of people I know have been diagnosed with cancer and I have friends who have survived cancer so I wanted to support them. “I want to get behind the Cancer Council and help to one day find a cure.” The Hume Relay For Life will be held from 4pm on April 7 to 10am on April 8 at Sprint Athletics Centre, Aitken Boulevard, Craigieburn. Details: bit.ly/2DvHMyk Laura Michell

Beccy Comer and Veronica Cipriani will participate in the Hume Relay for Life. (Marco De Luca)

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By Laura Michell The wait for Craigieburn Road to be duplicated is set to continue, with planning studies for the proposed project still under way. In November 2016, the state government announced it would develop a business case for the duplication, examining the feasibility of upgrading the road from two lanes to four to improve traffic flow as well as safety and connections for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users. The upgrade, once funded, will result in the arterial road being duplicated between Hanson Road and Aitken Boulevard.

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In a recent letter to Northern Metropolitan Liberal MP Craig Ondarchie, Road Minister Luke Donnellan said VicRoads has recently undertaken traffic modeling investigations and had begun initial cultural, European heritage and environmental investigations. Mr Ondarchie said it was disappointing more work had not been done. “This letter basically tells the community nothing. The comments amount to nothing more than we will maybe look at it and complete it one day,” he said. Campaigner Jim Overend, who has been pushing for the duplication for a number of years, said the community was frustrated by the delays. “We feel like everything was promised isn’t going to happen,” he said. “We believe the road needs to be duplicated.”

Jim Overend has been campaiging for the duplication of Craigieburn Road. (Damjan Janevski)

The letter comes as the RACV included the project on a list of more than 100 infrastructure projects it believes need to be urgently funded to address the growing congestion in the outer suburbs. About 20,000 vehicles use Craigieburn Road daily.

Yuroke MP Ros Spence said she has lobbied for the duplication to be funded in this year’s budget. “The upgrade of these roads is much needed and overdue and I will continue to push for more investment in local road infrastructure,” she said.

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Westfield Plenty Valley will open its new entertainment and dining precinct on Thursday. Some of Whittlesea’s toughest critics have already cast their eyes over the long-awaited expansion, with former AFL star and Mill Park local Brent Harvey recently joining local kids on a tour of the precinct. The $80 million expansion includes Village Cinemas and 13 restaurants. Designed around a red gum tree on the site, it will feature a YMCA wellness studio that will also provide occasional care for up to 30 children, a children’s playground, water fountain and event stage. There will be a range of new retailers, as well as outlets such as the first Italian Street Kitchen in Victoria, TunzaFun, Ena Greek Street Food and Pancake Parlour. Centre manager Craig Tapping said he was thrilled to welcome customers to the new precinct. “It is important that Westfield Plenty Valley continues to evolve as the needs of the community change,” he said. “We asked local residents what they were keen to see at the new Westfield Plenty Valley and we responded by introducing fantastic new dining and entertainment options, including some new names to the area.” Laura Michell

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Kebab king in meaty jobs push By Laura Michell A major kebab manufacturer has called for more businesses to open their doors in the north-western suburbs. Mr Muhittin Tercan, who heads up kebab manufacturer Tek Foods, recently opened a new business centre in Somerton that he hopes will attract more companies to the region. The Cooper Street centre is already home to Tek Foods’ factory, retail outlet and cafe, with space for other businesses keen to call the northern-western suburbs home.

“We want people to know that Broadmeadows, Campbellfield is not the back end of Melbourne,” Mr Tercan said. “We want to change its image. Hopefully, we will be an influence on other businesses. We want to make an impact on the community.” Since moving to the business centre in December, Tek Foods has increased its workforce from about 80 people to 150. Mr Tercan said the company was keen to employ as many locals as possible, including former Ford workers. Latest federal unemployment data shows

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that the unemployment rate in Broadmeadows was 25.4 per cent in December, up from 23.9 per cent 12 months earlier. In Campbellfield, the unemployment rate is 22.3 per cent. Mr Tercan said the centre also featured a training facility. “We want to change people’s perceptions of

the industry and kebabs,” he said. “We want people to know kebabs are not just a drunk food.” Mr Tercan said he was passionate about the area, given the support he had received from the community over the years. His family started out owning Glenroy Kebab, before taking on Broadmeadows Station Kebab House and Coburg Kebab Station. In 2006, it opened Tek Foods in a small factory in Lara Way, Campbellfield. “I have enjoyed the support of the community, so I want to give back if I can,” Mr Tercan said.

A feast for the senses Craigieburn will become a foodie haven this weekend when the Food Truck Carnival rolls into town. Running from Thursday to Sunday, the four-day carnival will feature a variety of food trucks offering a selection of international dishes. There will also be plenty of entertainment throughout the carnival, including live music, prizes, games and children’s activities. Event organiser Danny Grant said the Craigieburn Food Truck Carnival was part of a range of carnivals held across Melbourne during summer. “It’s a great opportunity for locals to experience a range of cuisines that aren’t normally available,” he said. “We are trying to build a breathtaking carnival atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy. People can sit back and enjoy their delicious food with an ice cold beer, jump on

one of the rides or just enjoy a day out with the family.” The carnival will be held at Craigieburn Anzac Park from 5-10pm on Thursday and Friday and noon-10pm Saturday and Sunday. Entry is free. Details: www.ftcco.com.au Laura Michell

The Food Truck Carnival is coming to Craigieburn this weekend. (Supplied).

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Brian Mott has lived and breathed basketball for more than 50 years. The Craigieburn Basketball Association member was this month honoured by Basketball Victoria for 50 years of service to the sport. Mott, whose passion for basketball started in Bendigo as a child, has spent the past five decades as a player, coach, team manager, referee and mentor. “I just love the sport – the way you move up and down the court and the skills involved,” the Craigieburn resident said. “I am quite humbled and excited to have received the recognition.” Over the years, Mott has been involved with basketball at Bendigo, North Fawkner and Coburg. He started coaching at 15 years old, before becoming a referee. He joined the Craigieburn Basketball Association in the late 1970s and has been a member ever since. Mott said he has enjoyed watching the growth of the sport. “I started playing in Bendigo because the YMCA had a basketball program. It was a relatively minor sport in those days,” he said. “It had slow growth for the first 10 to 15 years I was involved in the sport, but since then it has been steady.” Mott’s playing career spanned 50 years before knee injuries led to a focus on administration roles. He believes basketball remains popular because it is an inclusive sport. “It is a sport where everybody has a role and everybody feels part of the team. It is also a sport where people can be fairly creative and develop their own way of doing things,” he said.

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Thirty-three new frontline police officers will hit the streets of Whittlesea and Hume from May, as part of a Victoria Police plan to increase resources in growth areas. Fifteen officers will be added to the Hume Police Service Area (PSA), while eight will be added to the Whittlesea PSA. Family violence units in both municipality’s will also be boosted. An extra two family violence officers will be based at Broadmeadows police station, while two will be added to Epping police station and five at Mernda. Across the state, 825 new officers will be deployed from May. The allocation is the first part of 2729 new officers announced by the state government in December 2016. Whittlesea Inspector Andrew Falconer said the new officers would have the sole aim of improving community safety. “This is great news for our community and will mean more police to detect, deter and disrupt crime in the area.” Hume Inspector Anthony Brown said he did not know where the 15 new officers would be allocated, but hoped they would be spread between the municipality’s three stations at Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Sunbury. He said the allocation would result in more units on the road and would ease the burden on existing officers. Laura Michell

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New rules for child care centres By Laura Michell Child care centres in Whittlesea will be restricted from being built on busy roads and next to service stations under a proposed change to the council’s planning policy. The council has noted a substantial increase in the number of applications for child care centres, leading to an oversupply of places. There are 6702 existing or proposed child care places across Whittlesea, however, only 3408 places are needed.

The council said many of the applications are to build centres in inappropriate locations, such as on main roads or next to service stations, car washes and convenience restaurants. In a bid to address the oversupply, the council will ask Planning Minister Richard Wynne to authorise a change to its planning policy, outlining where centres can be built. Under the proposed changes, applicants will need to demonstrate that there is a need for another centre.

The council will also prioritise applications for centres next to activity centres or in non-residential/community hub locations that are well-serviced by public transport. Applications for centres on roads with “very high traffic volumes” will be discouraged. Cr Emilia Lisa Sterjova welcomed the planned changes, saying there was no need for an oversupply of child care places. “Why should we have an oversupply of child care centres when we could have other essential services?” she said.

The proposal has drawn criticism from some councillors, who fear the new policy will prevent child care operators from investing in the municipality. Cr Norm Kelly said he feared the changes would be too restrictive and would “drive people out of the community”. “I don’t think it is up to council to say how many child care places we need. We don’t determine how many fish and chips shops we have, or how many restaurants we can have up at Uni Hill,” he said.

Very appealing auction The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal charity house will be auctioned in Mickleham this month. The five-bedroom house at 13 Harfield Avenue is part of Villawood’s Waratah estate. The auction will mark house builder Henley’s 25th year of building and donating houses to the appeal and Villawood’s ninth year of donating land. It will be the 10th year that Adrian Butera, managing director of Compton Green at Williamstown, has pulled out the gavel for the appeal. Henley managing director John Harvey said it was satisfying to know every dollar raised would go to sick children in need. “I have personally experienced the care, skill and services of the Royal Children’s Hospital over three long years, with my grandson successfully finishing specialist treatment in 2016,” Mr Harvey said. Villawood executive director Rory Costelloe said one buyer would have the satisfaction of

knowing their successful bid was a significant appeal donation. “Mickleham has always drawn a lot of interest and attention, with the two previous auctions in the area yielding an average of $654,000 for the appeal,” he said. “We would love to smash this result in 2018.” Mr Butera said he was looking forward to auctioning the house for such a worthy cause. “I’ve got three kids now, so I’m happy to commit my time,” he said. “It’s an unreserved auction so the property sells to the highest bidder. This is the first time they’re offering the property fully furnished and styled.” Prospective buyers can view the Mickleham house on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3pm, on Wednesdays from 5-6pm or by appointment. It will go under the hammer on Friday, March 30, at 2pm. Goya Dmytryshchak

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MY PLACE Tony Francis enjoys living in Epping but hates the area’s worsening traffic problems, writes Laura Michell.

I have lived in Epping for just over 10 years in the Aurora estate. I previously lived in Canberra from 1968 to 2006 when I worked in the public service. What brought you to the area? I was looking for an affordable modern, energy-efficient house which eventually drew me to VicUrban’s development of the Aurora estate in 2006. Such a house would have cost much more in Canberra where I had only lived in rented homes. I also wanted to be in closer contact with two brothers who live in Melbourne. What do you like about your suburb? I am drawn to Epping North which mainly comprises new housing estates with modern and attractive housing. The residents are from a variety of national and cultural backgrounds and many are new arrivals to Australia which makes the area quite interesting. What, if anything, would you change? The Epping North and Wollert area has an identity of its own which justifies a much needed new suburb name. I would like it named Aurora. A huge and growing problem in this area is the failure of transport services to keep up with population growth both here and more generally in the western half of the municipality of Whittlesea. This especially applies to public transport and a rail line to

Wollert and it also applies to residents living outside but near to the safe Labor electorate of Thomastown. Expert urban planning is not being considered. It’s all political which makes it too easy for the major political parties to ignore the needs of those living in the Epping North precinct. Are you involved in any groups other than the Aurora Community Association? I am very much involved in a local residents transport campaign group which is working closely with the Aurora Community Association. The main campaign concerns are to improve local roads and build Wollert rail. Why are you so passionate about finding transport solutions for Epping North? The consequences of not finding transport solutions for Epping North are dire. Road congestion is increasingly taking away precious time for families, friends, community, recreation, entertainment, exercising, healthy eating, advocacy and other essentials for good living. Transport neglect will further diminish liveability until no one wants to live here. What is your favourite place to spend time? I spend most of my time at home. I like visiting the local shopping centres – Pacific Epping and Plenty Valley. I am also looking forward to the Aurora Town Centre which has started well with the Aurora village shops. Two community centres serve the area well – Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre and the Galada Community Centre.

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SPORT Hume City scores a point and two red cards in NPL Hume City came from behind three times to finish with a draw against Melbourne Knights in National Premier League soccer on Saturday night. In windy conditions, both teams struggled at times, with the Knights opening the scoring in the 12th minute. The Knights led 2-1 at half-time before both sides scored early in the second half. Hume’s hopes took a hit when Jackson Morgan was sent from the field after receiving a red card but despite being a man down, Hume scored an equaliser in the 83rd minute. Hume finished the game with nine men,

with Mitchell Trajcevski sent from the field in injury time. Coach Nick Hegarty said the club was reasonably happy to come away with one point. Hegarty, Atilla Ofli and Bradley Blumenthal were the goalscorers. “It was tough conditions with the wind,” he said. “We got behind three times and hit back each time. We have got the desire to keep going. The third instance we were a man down. We’d worked so hard to get back into the game and we gave them an opportunity.” Hume has a win and a draw from its first four matches.

“The spirit of the lads has been great and they keep working on things,” Hegarty said. “The start of the season is the hardest thing.” Hume has drawn South Melbourne in the fifth round of the FFA Cup. The match will be played at ABD Stadium on Good Friday. “You want to play in the big ones,” Hegarty said. “I think it’s been named tie of the round so we’ll get plenty of coverage, which is nice. It’ll be a tough game and hopefully a good start to the Easter weekend.” In NPL 2 west, Whittlesea Ranges had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Werribee City. Mario Piraino scored the opening goal for the Ranges

as they took a 1-0 lead into half-time. Werribee City levelled the scored in the 61st minute, before Aydin Mustedanagic gave the Ranges the lead for a second time. A penalty to Werribee in injury time put it level again. Ranges will face Truganina Hornets in the FFA Cup fifth round. State League 2 side Whittlesea United will host Western Suburbs. The FFV state league season starts this weekend.

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Eagles land another flag By Tara Murray Craigieburn is celebrating its second women’s premiership after a dominant display against Hoppers Crossing in the Cricket Victoria Women’s Community Cricket north-west competition grand final. Looking to add to their premiership joy from 2013-14, the Eagles showed why they were one of the most consistent sides all season. It was the bowlers that set up the win at DS Aitken Reserve, not allowing Hoppers Crossing to set a competitive total. Coach Chris Barton said he was a little nervous early on as the players struggled bowling with a tricky wind. “We were bowling first and there was a lot of wind,” he said. “The girls were struggling especially from one end. They got their act into gear and stifled the runs and then picked up some wickets.” The Eagles bowled the Cats out for just 60. Rebecca Lines took four wickets, while Kristy Carbis took three wickets in a tight bowling display, conceding just four runs off 10 overs. Chasing a small total, the Eagles took their time to make sure they got the runs. Barton said the directive was to be patient during the run chase as they had plenty of time. “It might not seem like much,” he said. “But it’s still runs on the board. “We said you don’t have to go hammer and tong straight away. “Hoppers bowled some good lines as well and you could see why Geelong struggled against them last week.” The Eagles finished 2-63 off 27 overs. Lines, who finished 22 not out, was named best on ground by the umpires just ahead of Carbis. Barton said both would have been deserving of the award. Eagles skipper Litara Va’auli dedicated the premiership win to David Woodgate. Woodgate, who died last year after a battle with illness, coached the side for a number of years including their only other premiership. Several players from this season’s team were also part of the first premiership. Barton, in his first season as coach, said the one-day format suited his team more than the T20 format. He said the side had really come together at the right time of the season and could see the work done at training had paid off. “We’ve got a core group of five or six regulars at training,” he said. “Others have work, families or university and can’t always train.” The Eagles men’s fourth XI is halfway through its grand final against Aberfeldie. The Eagles are 4-107 chasing Abefeldie’s 243.

Rebecca Lines was one of the match winners for Craigieburn on Sunday. (Shawn Smits)

Ryan Pearson played a lone hand for Plenty Valley on Sunday. (Mark Wilson)

Bats bow out of the finals Plenty Valley’s season has come to an end in the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association north-west. After pulling off a stunning upset against minor premiers Williamstown last weekend, the Bats didn’t have another miracle up their sleeves, falling short against Kew in their semi-final. Winning the toss, Kew made the decision to bat and early on it looked like the wrong one. Kew lost two quick wickets to slip to 2-14, but then steadied and set about putting together a big total. A 100-run partnership turned things around for Kew and it continued on to make 9-323. Christopher Weeks was the thorn in the Bats’ side, making 109. The Bats started their innings well and looked to be in the game at 1-120. But things started to go wrong – inconsistent batting, which has been an issue for the Bats all season, started to appear. Only one of the Bats’ middle and lower order reached double figures, as they lost their last nine wickets for 68 to be all out for 188. Opener Ryan Pearson scored 84 and skipper James Dickinson chipped in with 30, but there was little other support. Kew will face Williamstown in the grand final, after the Seagulls defeated Melton in the other semi-final. The Bats’ second side also lost their semi-final, but their thirds and fourths had better fortunes, both winning through to the grand final. Tara Murray 17 NORTHERN STAR WEEKLY \ MARCH 20, 2018


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Broncos hurt by slow start in Big V season opener A slow start proved costly for the Hume City Broncos in the opening round of the Big V women’s state championship division. Taking on reigning premiers the Sunbury Jets, the Broncos were all but out of the game at half-time. The Jets led by 13 points at quarter-time and extended that to 24 points at the main break. The Broncos defence stepped up a level in the third quarter, restricting the Jets to just nine points, but they weren’t able to do much damage on the scoreboard. The Broncos won the fourth quarter but it was too little too late as they lost 69-55. Viv Saad top-scored with 14 points, with Nicole Zammit the only other Broncos player to reach double figures. The Broncos men also suffered a first-up loss, but it was a lot closer affair against Hawthorn Magic. Like the women, the men were left to rue a poor start. The Broncos trailed by 18 points at

the first break as the Magic jumped them. The Broncos reduced the margin to 11 points at the main break, before the two teams traded baskets in a low scoring third quarter. It was the Broncos in the last quarter, as they made sure the game went down to the wire. The Broncos hit the front with a minute to go on the back of a three from Lee Jeka, but weren’t able to hold on, losing 80-77. Jeka top-scored with 16 points, as five Broncos players reached double figures. Whittlesea Pacers suffered a first-up loss against Bulleen Boomers in men’s division 1. The Pacers started slowly and found themselves 11 points down at the first break. The Pacers worked into the game and reduced the margin to six points at half-time. It was an even second half, with the Boomers holding on to win 78-75. Bradley Hassal top-scored with 21 points. The Pacers women also started the division 1 season with a loss. A poor third quarter

proved costly, as they lost 72-64. Last-Tear Poa top-scored. In division 2 women’s, Craigieburn Eagles had no trouble against Blackburn Vikings. The Eagles led from start to finish, winning 55-36. Kellie Bailey-Lynn top-scored with 13 points. The Eagles’ men’s side came from behind to beat Maccabi Warriors, 65-57. Import Damon Smith, in his first game for the club, top scored. Tara Murray

Sunbury Jets’ Chelsea Burns makes life hard for Hume City Broncos import Kelly Hardeman. (Shawn Smits)

Grand final on the line By Tara Murray The Victorian Turf Cricket Association north-west A1 grand final between Westmeadows and St Francis de Sales is evenly poised after the first weekend of play. Both sides would like their chances heading into the second weekend, with a first innings lead vital in a game which could end up going into the second innings. The Warriors made 181 and at stumps on day two of the four-day match, St Francis de Sales is 6-113. Warriors captain-coach Tarek Moughanie said he would rather be in their position after the first weekend. “We need four wickets and they need 60 runs, I’d say it’s pretty evenly poised,” he said. “It’s been a good game, an intense game. “They have a couple of guys at the crease who are capable. “I’d prefer to be us, but one partnership for them could win them the game.” Moughanie said they didn’t bat well as a team and would have been happier if they could have scored at least another 20 runs to give them a bit more space. There was a couple of exceptions, mainly Danny Law, who finished 70 not out. “It would have been nice to make 200,” Moughanie said. “Danny was fantastic. It was the most determined innings he has played. “He came in at the eighth over and was there at the end. That’s 96 overs he batted and he was great and helped build the total. “Clay [Campbell] was good support.” The Warriors started well with the ball and had St Francis 3-43, with Chinthaka Jayasinghe having claimed the key wicket of Aaron Maynard for a duck. The Warriors shared the wickets around, with Jayasinghe and Aaron Evans taking two wickets each. In a blow for the Warriors, Jayasinghe hurt his shoulder and probably won’t bowl again in the match after not being able to complete his last over. “We need to get four wickets as quickly as possible and hopefully get first innings points,” he said. “Then we want to try and bat well in the second innings and hopefully consolidate a lead. It will be a tough finish.” In other VTCA grand finals, Doutta Stars and Yarraville Club are also evenly poised in the senior division. The Stars made 222, with the Clubbers 6-155 after day two. In the north-west division, Haig Fawkner spent most of the first weekend of play at the crease, making 8-413. Sunshine United is 0-25. In north A1, Sunshine has already claimed first innings points against Moonee Valley. Sunshine made 178, before bowling Moonee Valley out for 124. Sunshine is 3-65 in its second innings. 18 NORTHERN STAR WEEKLY \ MARCH 20, 2018

Young Knights are the order of the day It’ll be a little bit of an unknown for the Northern Knights this year, with the TAC Cup side taking a young side into the season. The Knights are taking a smaller squad of just 46 players into this year and more than half of them will be bottom-age players. Knights coach Justin Wenke said they had only finalised their playing squad last week, with their season kicking off on Saturday against the Sandringham Dragons. “We were strong last year with a lot of top-age players,” he said. “The 17s didn’t get that much of a look in. “Now as top-age players they are hungry to get the opportunity and we’ve got some new kids in the program. “We’re all waiting in anticipation.” Wenke said there would be some different faces that would get plenty of game-time this season. He said Ryan Gardner and Adam Carafa, who were both injured last year in the under-16s, have trained really well and will be around the mark for round one, along with Lachlan Potter, who played state under-16 football. Of the possible draftees, he said the likes of Tom Mckenzie, Mark Baker and Joel Naylor were the standouts. Mckenzie, who played the most games of the bottom-age players last year, has taken another step this year. He’ll move into the midfield. Baker and Naylor return as 19-year-olds. “They both attended state screening last year and were disappointed not to be picked up [by an AFL club],” Wenke said. Wenke said it had been a bit of a different pre-season this year, with the club putting a bit more focus on individual programs. “It’s been a slower build-up and we gave the boys an extra two weeks over Christmas to spend with their families. “It’s been a different program, with more a weights program. “We’re now based at Parade College where we’ve had access to the ovals and the track and set up a weights room. “The boys have appreciated it.” Facing two of last season’s top three teams to start the season, Wenke said they would know more about where they are as a team after round four.

Danny Law batted for nearly 100 overs at the weekend. (Damian Visentini)

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