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Eggs-ellent fundraiser Volunteers from Mernda CFA will be hiding eggs in the grounds of Mernda Primary School for the brigade’s annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31. Mernda CFA’s Troy Steans said the hunt is the brigade’s main fundraiser for the year, and proceeds will be used to help buy equipment. “We are aiming to use the funds raised to purchase a thermal imaging camera, which the brigade will be able to use at fires in both search and rescue and for checking of hot spots in walls etc,” he said. “Also, we will be hopefully using money to purchase additional items for the use of the new brigade rehab vehicle which came online late last year. This specialist vehicle was made possible from funds raised by the East Egg Hunt. Mr Steans said the brigade hopes the community will get behind the Easter egg hunt. “This event is a fantastic opportunity to get to know your local emergency service volunteers,” he said. Tickets to the hunt are $5 and are available from bit.ly/2FQ5zyE LUKE (FRONT), ALLY, ZALI, MISA, CRUZ, JAYLA AND BRITTANY

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Ice scourge escalates By Laura Michell Ice-related ambulance call-outs in Hume have surged in recent years, with paramedics attending to more than 100 patients in 2016-17. Latest ambulance alcohol and drug related call-out data from Turning Point and Ambulance Victoria reveals that in 2009-10, there were five ice-related ambulance attendances in Hume. By 2016-17, ice-related call-outs had surged to 112. The municipality had one of the highest surges in ice-related ambulance attendances in Melbourne, behind the City of Melbourne and Dandenong. Melbourne had 25 incidents in 2009-10, that surged to 217 in 2016-17 and

Dandenong jumped from nine in 2009-10 to 119 in 2016-17. In Whittlesea, there were 63 call-outs in 2016-17. Uniting ReGen evaluation and advocation team leader Paul Aitken said the drug and alcohol treatment agency had noticed a spike in ice use between 2011 and 2013, with use remaining stable since then. He said users were typically in their 20s and early 30s. “Overall, we’ve seen an increase in demand for methamphetamine treatment over the past five years to the point where it is now level with alcohol as the most common drug of concern at around 30 per cent each,” he said.

Mr Aitken said ice had gained popularity because it made people feel more confident, gave them more energy, helped them perform at work and was readily available. “Many people use it recreationally without experiencing significant problems, but those who do tend to experience a broad range of harm more quickly than is usually the case with other drugs,” he said. In a bid to address the growing problem, Independent drug research, training and education organisation, the Penington Institute, has launched a website detailing the effects of ice, where to get help and how to assist a family member or friend who is using the drug.

The site, called Understand Ice, provides advice and steps for young people aged 19-24 at risk of using ice or who are experimenting with ice. Penington Institute chief executive John Ryan said ice is causing increasing problems across Melbourne’s north, and is tearing many families apart. “Understand Ice fills the wide gap between shock campaigns about ice and advertisements for expensive rehab services,” he said. “The site’s information is easy to understand and highlights practical actions including links to health services. It aims to reduce the fear and anxiety for families and friends.” Details: www.understandice.org.au Your Volkswagen Partner

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Homelessness a growing problem By Laura Michell Homelessness is on the rise in Whittlesea and Hume, with more than 1500 people reporting being homeless in the 2016 Census. New Census data released earlier this month revealed there are 630 people living in Whittlesea who are homeless, up from 455 people at the previous Census in 2011. In Hume, 916 reported being homeless, up from 861 in 2011. The data also shows that more than a third of homeless people in Whittlesea are living in

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severely crowded accommodation. About 100 people are living in temporary accommodation, 19 live in boarding houses and 232 live in supported accommodation. Hope Street Youth and Family Services chief executive Donna Bennett said young people were most at risk of homelessness in the northern growth corridor. Ms Bennett said she feared the data was not completely accurate. “It is very hard to capture a lot of data on young people who are homeless because they tend to couch surf or sleep in cars or parks,” she said.

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“They don’t tend to present to mainstream services and agencies. I would say the numbers are far higher.” Ms Bennett said homelessness had become a growing concern as people struggle with the cost of living, jobs losses and family violence. She said the area did not have enough

affordable private rental properties and social housing. There are just 10 transitional accommodation beds in Whittlesea, which Ms Bennett said was “absolutely inadequate”. Hope Street has been working with Whittlesea council to address the problem by developing a proposal for supported accommodation in the municipality. It is also running a pilot program which works with real estate agents to improve access to private rental properties for young people and young families.

Council votes for eligibility Hume council wants a “discriminatory” clause preventing ministerial and electorate officers from standing for council to be left out of the new Local Government Bill. In its submission to the state government’s Local Government Bill exposure draft, the council said it did not support the proposal to continue preventing ministerial and electorate officers and parliamentary advisors from being councillors. The restriction divided councillors, with Jack Medcraft, Jodi Jackson, Leigh Johnson and Naim Kurt wanting the restriction to remain. But Cr Drew Jessop said it was discriminatory because it excluded a certain class of employment from being councillors. “Any citizen and resident should be able to nominate for council unless there is a very, very good reason they should not,” he said. Cr Jackson said the clause had been introduced to make councils more transparent. She warned that removing it would impact on residents’ ability to trust councils. Cr Jackson asked her fellow councillors to also consider restricting real estate agents and property developers from standing for council, but the proposal failed to gain support. In December, the state government released the exposure draft of the Local Government Bill 2018, following the 2015 review of the Local Government Act 1989, which the bill is slated to replace. If passed by Parliament, the bill will come into operation over four stages.

Pets win a lifetime of registration Hume pet owners will no longer need to change their animal’s registration tag each year, with the council switching to lifetime tags. Pet owners will begin receiving registration renewal notices in April with their pet’s new lifetime tag attached. Mayor Geoff Porter said the move to lifetime tags meant there would be a delay in residents receiving their renewal notices this year. “We expect to send them out in April with an amended due date. Until then, all animals registered from April 2017 will remain registered until further notice,” he said. “Residents will no longer receive a new registration tag each year with their renewal notice; they will just need to pay the annual fee by the due date to renew their pet’s registration.” Cr Porter said it was important residents checked their details were correct on the registration renewal notice when it arrives. He said pet registrations were the best way to ensure lost pets were returned to their owner. “Cats and dogs that are registered and microchipped are more likely to be reunited with their owner if they become lost or go missing,” he said. By law, all cats and dogs aged three months and older must be registered with the council. Laura Michell 4 DAY SALE ONLY

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Get ready to go on safari. To mark the school holidays, Whittlesea’s libraries are celebrating African culture and all things safari from Tuesday, April 3 to Sunday, April 15. The fun begins with a safari crafts session at Mill Park library on April 3, where children can let their imagination run wild. They can also make a mini safari scene, with Whittlesea and Mill Park libraries hosting

diorama workshops on April 5 from 11am-noon and April 9 from 2-3pm respectively. The rhythms of Africa will take over Lalor library on April 6, with a drumming workshop between 11am-12.30pm. On April 12, kids can get up close with some native wildlife at Mill Park, from 2-3pm. Details: www.yprl.vic.gov.au Laura Michell

Foodies can snap and share photos of their favourite Whittlesea dining spots as part of the council’s Instagram competition. The council has teamed up with Discover Your Backyard to promote the municipality’s foodie hot spots. Residents can share in more than $800 of prizes by sharing their photos on Instagram with #whittleseafoodie in the caption and by following @dyomelbourne and @citywhittlesea. Enter as often as you like before April 27. FOR BREAKING NEWS, VISIT Web: starweekly.com.au Northern Star Weekly @nstarweekly @star_weekly

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Police issue Easter road warning By Laura Michell Hume police will be out in force over Easter amid concerns about driver behaviour on the municipality’s roads. A statewide road safety blitz will be running over the Easter long weekend and Hume police plan to saturate local roads during the operation. Inspector Anthony Brown said Hume police would be making a “big commitment” to the

road safety operation in a bid to change driver behaviour. “We are concerned by the number of recent fatalities on our roads,” he said. “Last year, we had one fatality on our roads, which is still one too many, but we have already had two this year. “We have had big success in recent years with our road policing. “We don’t want to get back to the time where there were 10-12 fatalities on our roads each

year. Every life lost on our roads is one too many.” Two pedestrians were killed on Hume roads in the past four weeks, with a man hit by a car on Mickleham Road at Yuroke on February 26 after his own car was involved in a collision with another vehicle. On March 3, a man was struck by a car on Mickleham Road at Tullamarine. The man was crossing a service lane near the airport when he was hit.

Inspector Brown said police would have dangerous drivers in their sights, including those speeding and drink and drug affected. “We want to make sure people are behaving themselves on the roads. Driver behaviour needs to be adjusted. There will be extra people on the roads, so make sure you allow extra time,” he said. “People need to make sure their car is roadworthy, and of course, no drink and drug driving.”

A small slice of life in Australia Exchange students from Japan are getting a taste for the Australian way of life at Epping’s St Monica’s College. Sixteen students from Takada High School in the north west of Japan arrived at St Monica’s last week as part of a 10-day exchange program. The students stay with local families and attend classes at the school, as well as visiting iconic tourist spots around Victoria. In September, a group of St Monica’s students will travel to Takada High School to experience Japanese life. St Monica’s principal Brian Hanley said the exchange program between the two schools had been running for 25 years. “Global citizenship is a very important part of life and this program aims to give our students rich experience interacting with students from Japan. Many friendships have been borne out of this program,” he said. Laura Michell

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Residents want road upgrades By Laura Michell Epping north residents are calling on the state government and the Opposition to commit to improving roads and transport in the area. Close to 250 people living in Epping North and Wollert have signed an Aurora Community Association petition, calling for a transport solution. The petition has been started as part of the association’s Connect Communities campaign. It calls for Labor and the Coalition to commit to funding to extend the rail line to Wollert

and duplicating Epping and Edgars roads and Craigieburn Road East. The projects have been identified as priorities by Whittlesea council, while Infrastructure Victoria believes the rail link will be needed in 15 to 30 years. Group member Tony Francis said transport services had failed to keep pace with growth, severely impacting on residents’ lives. He said congestion was robbing families of precious time together and making it harder for residents to be part of the community. “It hugely disadvantages local residents

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who are in a worsening liveability situation as the result of substantial and increasing traffic congestion,” he said. Residents have posted comments on the petition saying the duplications and rail extension are long overdue, and that it was time to get Epping moving.

The petition follows a council submission to the government calling for funding to duplicate key roads including Edgars, Epping and Craigieburn roads. Mayor Kris Pavlidis said existing infrastructure in Whittlesea was not coping with the significant residential and industrial growth, creating costly delays. “Urgent upgrades and duplications will ensure the safety of road users, increase liveability for our residents and secure Victoria’s economic viability,” she said. The petition can be signed at bit.ly/2pp96ZS

A whey with cheeses Whittlesea residents can learn to cook with cheese, watch a Greek theatre performance or try out Macedonian dancing as part of the council’s cultural heritage program. The council will run 13 events from March-May as part of the program, which will be headlined by a cooking with cheese demonstrations at That’s Amore Cheese on April 14. The award-winning Thomastown cheese manufacturer will host two demonstrations led by chef Dario Di Clerico, who will show participants how to use artisan cheeses to take their dishes to the next level. Mayor Kris Pavlidis said the council was proud of Whittlesea’s cultural diversity. ‘We have one of the largest culturally diverse populations in Victoria and are steeped in a rich, vibrant history,” she said. “These events, demonstrations and activities provide an opportunity to share traditions and

heritage and learn about our culturally diverse community. “The program allows the community to tell their stories and recognise the many cultures that shape Victoria and our region today.” Details: www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au Laura Michell

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Call to keep school site open By Laura Michell

Top role a big deal for Zane Ten-year-old Zane Ciarma is a celebrity to his friends. The youngster from Epping is staring in new ABC comedy/drama series Sando, which premiered last Wednesday. Zane plays Vic jnr, the 10-year-old son of lead character Victoria “Sando” Sandringham. He stars alongside Sacha Horler (The Dressmaker) and Firass Dirani (House Dressmaker Husbands). Zane says Vic jnr is an easy character to portray. “My character is like me – he is a really big talker,” he said. “He is more like me than any of the other characters I have played. “He is my favourite character out of all my roles.” Zane has been acting for about six years and has had roles in historical drama The Legend of Ben Hall and romantic drama Holding the Man. He said working alongside well-known actors on Sando had helped him learn more about the industry. He hopes to make a career out of acting, as long as he can combine it with his other passion – soccer. “I would like to make a career out of playing soccer in movies – I’d like to be a half soccer player, half actor,” he said.

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Broadmeadows residents want the state government to stop plans to sell the site of the former Broadmeadows Primary School for housing. The state government in November announced plans to sell the 2.16-hectare site at 2-16 Nicholas Street which has been deemed surplus to requirements and earmarked for rezoning and development as part of the Inclusionary Housing Pilot. Private and social housing will be built on the land, which will be developed by a private builder in conjunction with community housing providers. But residents want the site to be kept as public open space and used as a future school site. Broadmeadows Progress Association secretary Sonja Rutherford said the site was the only public open space in Broadmeadows and was regularly used by residents. She said residents were concerned that more housing would exacerbate traffic problems. “We have enormous logistic problems that haven’t been addressed. We don’t need more development. We need to have existing dwellings serviced,” Mrs Rutherford said. “Every morning, there is a static line of traffic along Blair Street from Camp Road.” Mrs Rutherford said residents would like the site placed in the care of Hume council. Hume council has called for the development to comprise a mix of one- and two-bedroom social housing properties and a neighbourhood park. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is expected to make a recommendation on how the site should be developed to Planning Minister Richard Wynne in the coming weeks.

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Melbourne-based band Santa Taranta will bring the sounds of southern Italy to Lalor library on Wednesday, March 28. Santa Taranta plays music from diverse origins including pizzica and polkas. At 2A May Road from 6-8pm. ■ 9465 2353

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Sports clubs can learn more about reducing the impact of drugs in their communities at an Alcohol and Drug Foundation forum at Mill Park Lakes pavilion on Monday, April 9. The forum, part of the foundation’s Good Sports Program, is aimed at helping clubs better understand the role they can play in reducing drug use. At 170 The Lakes Boulevard, South Morang, 7-9pm. Bookings required. ■ bit.ly/2HzrA16

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Join in the pirate party at Craigieburn library on Wednesday, April 11, 2-3.30pm. There will be pirate stories, songs and craft activities, as well as a treasure hunt. At 75-95 Central Park Avenue. ■ 9356 6980

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Celebrate Easter with stories, songs and an Easter egg hunt at The Age Library, 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows, on Thursday, March 29, from 4-5pm. ■ 9356 6900

Foster care information night

Anglicare Victoria is urgently seeking foster carers who can care for a child through a difficult time. Find out more about becoming a foster carer at an information night on Monday, April 16, at 32 Railway Crescent, Broadmeadows, from 6.30pm. ■ 9301 5200

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Help the Alister Clark Memorial Rose Garden bloom by taking part in a working bee on Friday, April 6, from 9am. Bring your own gloves, boots and morning tea to share. At the corner of Green Street and Bulla Road, Bulla. ■ 9205 2306

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SPORT Epping City strikes early in bid for promotion Epping City is hoping a more attacking line-up will propel the side to the top of the FFV state league 3 north-west ladder. City finished fifth last season and was competitive against most sides, but was hurt by an inability to produce winning scores, finishing the season with 10 wins and nine draws. President Mark Tavolaro said the club had retained all players from last season and added some strike power. “We were the best defence in the league, but couldn’t score,” he said.

“We’ve added two or three strikers and will be pushing to be promoted. We don’t concede many goals. We need to turn five or six of those draws into wins and we should be in the mix.” On Saturday, City defeated Williamstown 2-1 in its season opener. At one stage, the game didn’t look like going ahead because of a wet pitch. “It was a tough one to start off with, so it was good to get the win,” Tavolaro said. “We had a few players missing. The first half was even, with both sides having few chances. In the 10th minute of the second half, they got on a break

and scored. We made a few changes midway through the second half and got two goals.” It was a couple of recruits coming off the bench that made the difference. Michael Disasi and Leon Osei, who signed with the club during the week, came on and helped seal the win, with Osei scoring the winner. Tavolaro said promotion was the clear aim for coach Joe Montagnese in his third year in charge. Montagnese led the side to promotion in 2016 when it won state league 4 north. In other state league 3 north-west results, Upfield defeated Heidelberg Stars 3-0 and La

Trobe University lost to Point Cook 2-1. In state league 2 north-west Mill Park lost to Brimbank Stallions 3-1 and Hume United lost 1-0 to Cairnlea. In state league 4 north, Greenvale United defeated Northern Falcons 5-3 and Lalor United lost to RMIT 2-1, while Plenty Valley Lions and Craigieburn City’s match was washed out. In state league 5 north, Bundoora United defeated Meadow Park 1-0 and Uni Hill Eagles lost 10-0 to Glenroy Lions. Tara Murray

Kookas come out on top By Tara Murray Rivergum has returned to the top of the North Metro Cricket Association, with their fourth Jika Shield premiership in five years. After losing last year’s decider to North Brunswick Rosebank, the Kookas were keen to come out on top this time round. It was the same two sides doing battle, as they had the previous five grand finals, and it again lived up to expectations. Despite the Kookas looking on top for most of the game, the result was no way an easy one. Kookas captain-coach Gary Bell said they hadn’t expected anything less from their long-time rivals. “Some of the other teams we play in the competition don’t fight as hard as we do. “They roll over and especially when we’re 1-70, they’ll think it’s too hard and throw the ball around. “They [the Eagles] backed their best bowlers and they got that first wicket with what was an absolute screamer of a catch and got themselves back into it.” Rain halted things for a while on day one, with play not getting under way until just before 4pm. The Eagles elected to bat and the Kookas soon had them on the back foot, with Matthew Perri taking three quick wickets, to have them in trouble at 3-25. The Eagles were still three down at stumps and were on the hunt for quick runs on day two. They declared at 9-120, leaving the Kookas 80 overs to make the runs. Perri finished with 5-52 and set up a run-out. Bell said Perri was a big time performer, having previously claimed two grand final man of the match awards. “He’s a quality bowler and he probably had a disappointing grand final last year. “He knew … you didn’t have to tell him … he knew that he had to perform.” The Kookas lost James Bonnici early, but looked to be cruising at 1-70. Then the Eagles fought back, and it was game-on as the Kookas were 6-96. Bell said while there were a few nerves, they knew they could get the job done. They finished on 7-124 to seal the win. “Full credit to our guys and believing in ourselves,’ he said. “We’ve got full confidence in all our guys and Kasey May is coming in at number nine. “It wasn’t the greatest shot towards the end, but we got the win.” The premiership is the Kookas fourth in six years, all against the Eagles, handing the side the title of the best team in the competition over that period. “Full credit to them last year,” Bell said. “We thought we were the best team throughout the season last year and they played a great grand final. “I didn’t want that to happen again this year. “Even though they finished on top of the ladder, they got a couple of outrights, I thought we were the better team.”

Alex Jesensek celebrates a stumping. (Shawn Smits)

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Rivergum’s Alex Jesensek, Daniel Young and Matthew Perri celebrate a wicket.

Rivergum celebrates its fourth premiership in six years.

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When North Brunswick Rosebank coach Tony Tenuta was asked what they needed to do to beat Rivergum in the North Metro Cricket Association Jika Shield grand final, it was simple. They needed to get out veteran batsman Alex Jesensek. Jesensek was the Kookas’ in-form batsman heading into the grand final on the back of knocks of 54 not out, 157 and 82 not out. The Eagles couldn’t manage to get his wicket – a dropped chance proved costly – and the veteran guided his side to their fourth premiership in six years. Coming in when the score was on two, Jesensek made 56 not out as the Kookas made 7-124 in reply to the Eagles 9-120. The knock earned the 49-year-old man of the match honours. “I love it and the premierships are the things that count and hopefully they keep going and I’ll keep going for as long as I can,” he said. “I wanted to bat for as long as possible and I definitely didn’t want to go out. “I wanted to make them play and bat the whole day out.” Kookas captain-coach Gary Bell said that Jesensek is a champion “who makes the rest of us look good”. Jesensek said after last year’s grand final loss they were keen for redemption. “Last year hurt a lot, we were going for four in a row and were in the box seat batting on the second day when we came out and lost. “We wanted another crack at them, Rosebank are a great team, we were hoping they would win [the semi-final] and have another dip.” Jesensek averaged 65.30 with the bat, to be the highest run scorer of the season. Tara Murray

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Craigieburn Eagles look to build a winning culture Craigieburn Eagles are putting a big focus on what’s happening off the court this Big V season. While looking for wins from all four of its sides, the playing group has turned its attention to helping change the culture at the club. Eagles division 2 women’s coach Ben Carroll said this season was the closest he had seen the four teams in his time at the club. “It’s a really united group,” he said. “For us, it’s not all about wins and losses, it’s about recreating a culture. “Our junior girls program has taken a hit and we are creating a culture so players want to come and play with us. “We want to be a destination club for both junior and senior players.” Carroll said his team had been getting out to junior games and doing what they can to help the next generation of players.

On court, the Eagles have started off in fine fashion with two wins from as many matches. On Saturday night, the Eagles accounted for Melton Thoroughbreds 64-46. The Eagles led 14-2 at quarter-time and maintained a 10-point lead for the next two quarters, before running away with the win in the final quarter. Allanna Procak top-scored with 13 points, as all but one player hit the scoreboard. Carroll said they had a really good off season without too many dramas. He said they had been able to keep the majority of last year’s playing group. “Having retained players does help build the culture,” he said. “It helps with developing our younger players. I’m happy with our inclusions too.” Nicole Cameron returns to the Eagles after a stint with Whittlesea Pacers.

Stacey Procak and Allanna Procak have come across, while Shona Brooks has stepped up from the Eagles youth league side, and will play with both teams at times during the season as a development player. Carroll, in his first season as a head coach, said he was enjoying the transition from assistant coach. “I’ve enjoyed all parts of the role. “The off court parts like dealing with the major sponsor and things like that have been real eye openers. “It has been fun.” Tara Murray

Nicole Cameron shoots over Molly Young. (Shawn Smits)

Warriors flag an exciting future By Tara Murray When Tarek Moughanie talked with Westmeadows in April last year about taking on the coaching role, he thought the club had a good list with a number of younger players and some experienced heads. Moughanie agreed to take on the job. Add in Chinthaka Jayasinghe, who had played with Moughanie at Greenvale Kangaroos, and the Warriors looked to have covered off season departures. On Sunday, they showed Moughanie was on the money by winning the Victorian Turf Cricket Association north-west A1 premiership. “I’m obviously rapt,” Moughanie said. “The main focus for me was getting the first XI squad caring about each other and being really tight. “You win big games with that and you can work through setbacks. It’s pretty rewarding.” Against St Francis de Sales, the Warriors had to fight all the way, with play going until late on day four. The Warriors had made 181 on day one of the match, with the Saints resuming at 6-122. Rain washed out most of day three, but the teams got on to the field about 4pm. It didn’t take long for the Warriors to wrap up first-innings points, bowling the Saints out for 154. Sathpath Kamburugamuwa took all four wickets on day three. “He bowled fantastic and finished off the tail,” Moughanie said. With a lead of only 27 runs, the Warriors were sent back in as the Saints went looking for a reverse outright win. They made 8-159 off 85 overs, with the game finally called with about an hour left to play. “St Francis was brilliant all match and we have a lot of respect for the way they play the game,” Moughanie said. “They dropped three or four chances and that could have been the difference.” Aaron Evans posted a half century in a mature innings. Moughanie said it was good to see the younger guys getting the job done. He and Jayasinghe barely contributed with the bat in the grand final and the side still got up, which speaks a lot about depth at Westmeadows. Danny Law’s efforts, particularly in the first innings, saw him awarded man of the match by the umpires. For Law, both his innings went against his natural instincts to attack first. “It’s not my natural game, but we had to get a total on the board,” he said. “At 4-40 off to get 180 was a good result and in finals that’s a good score. “In the second innings, they bowled differently and bowled more at the stumps. I’m rapt [to win man of the match].” He made 70 not out in the first and a 30-odd in the second. 14 NORTHERN STAR WEEKLY \ MARCH 27, 2018

Above: Danny Law was named man of the match. (Damian Visentini) Left: The Warriors are VTCA north-west A1 premiers. (Supplied)

Moughanie admitted after the game he had been critical of how slow Law’s innings had been on the first weekend. For Law the premiership is special, having been coach of the side when it struggled and was relegated after the 2014-15 season. He’s thrilled to have helped the Warriors get

back up to the north-west division and excited about the future. “I’ve been at the club five years and there’s been a lot of sweat and tears during that time,” he said. “There’s a group of young guys coming through and some good young players coming through the seconds. “The way Aaron [Evans] batted, he carried us in the second innings. The future is bright with someone like him at the club.” Warriors president Jeff Hubbard was a bundle of nerves on day four, but was ecstatic come the end of the match. “It was a hard slog and that’s what they should be,” he said. “It’s our third senior premiership ever and they’re not easy to get. It’s been 13 years since the last one, so it’s obviously a historic moment for the club. It’s taken a lot of hard work.” Hubbard was full of praise for the leadership

and spirit of unity Moughanie had brought to the Warriors. “It’s because of him that everyone is on the same page,” he said. “We lost Tarique Jeffrey, Praneeth Jayasundara, Chanaka Welegedara, but we had young guys coming up. “It wasn’t the stars that won us the final, it was the local boys like Clayton [Campbell] and Aaron, and Danny … it’s been a team effort.” The flag was a second for Glen Lambeth, who is the only player in the club’s history to play in two first XI premierships. The win means the Warriors will be promoted to VTCA north-west next season – a challenge Hubbard is relishing. “We think we deserve to be in that grade,” he said. “We lost a semi-final last year and we weren’t happy about that. “People have always said that we look nice on paper – today we looked nice on the field.”


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Was $899 $ Stan’s Stan’ Price

$450

NEW

2.5kW Air Conditioner (COOLING ONLY) Automatic Louvre Human Sensor Auto Restart

Was $798 Stan’s Price

Was $3030 Stan’s Price

$1799

$573 NEW

FACTORY SECOND

END OF LINE es t. 1978

EX DISPLAY STOCK

CARTON DAMAGE ONLY*

*Box has been damaged however no issue with product.

Shop 3 / 60 Keilor Park Drive, Keilor East Vic 3033 Ph: 03 9336 1700 www.stancash.com.au

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