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Station name derailed By Laura Michell

Greyhounds brighten lives

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The state government is facing a public backlash over its decision to change the name of Marymede station to Middle Gorge, with residents labelling the name “stupid” and “ridiculous”. The government recently announced that the three stations on the Mernda Rail Extension will be known as Mernda, Hawkstowe and Middle Gorge. Until now, Middle Gorge station has been known as Marymede after its proximity to Marymede Catholic College. Residents have taken to Facebook in recent days to protest the decision and to call for the name to be changed. The most popular option put forward by residents is changing South Morang station to Plenty Valley and then renaming Middle Gorge as South Morang. The government is standing by its decision, saying Middle Gorge was chosen because the station is near the “popular” Middle Gorge Park. However, the park is actually several kilometres away in the neighbouring suburb of Yarrambat in Nillumbik shire. A spokeswoman for Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the government had followed the relevant guidelines and adopted station names that reflect local character and landmarks. South Morang and Mernda Rail Alliance spokesman Darren Peters said there was “no logic” to the government’s decision. “[Middle Gorge Park] is kilometres away from Marymede station. If any commuters actually wanted to visit Middle Gorge Park from Marymede, they can’t as there are no footpaths,” he said. “You wouldn’t change the name of Flinders Street station to Fitzroy but that is essentially what they have done.” Mr Peters said the community’s suggestion made the most sense and reflected the history of the area. He called on the council and Mill Park MP Lily D’Ambrosio to campaign for a name change. “Overwhelmingly, the majority of residents don’t like the name Middle Gorge,” Mr Peters said. “Museum station is now known as Melbourne Central, Spencer Street is Southern Cross and Fairfield station was Fairfield Park but they changed the name because it is not near Fairfield Park.” The government also announced the Mernda Rail Extension is six months ahead of schedule, with test trains to be running by the end of September.

Craigieburn’s Ken Pang and Dean Robertson know the joy that an adopted greyhound can bring to your life. They adopted their greyhound, Rocket, in 2015, as part of the Greyhound Adoption Program. Rocket was the 200th greyhound fostered as part of Tarrengower Prison’s prison pet partnership with Greyhound Racing Victoria. The prisoners help prepare the greyhounds for life as a family pet by spending time socialising and exercising the dogs, helping them learn new skills such as climbing stairs, and teaching them basic obedience. Mr Robertson said Rocket had become an important part of the family in the past three years. “Greyhounds are great pets. They are a very easy dog to have, as long as you walk them for about 20 minutes each day. Rocket loves watching TV,” Mr Robertson said. The Greyhound Adoption Program will be hosting a national adoption day at The Meadows on Sunday, April 29, as part of a push to boost awareness of greyhounds as pets. The adoption day will be held at 80 Northcorp Boulevard, Broadmeadows, from 11am-3pm. Details: gap.grv.org.au KEN PANG AND ROCKET

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Council calls for meeting reform By Laura Michell Whittlesea council is set to “tighten” its laws in a bid to ensure meetings run more smoothly. The council is proposing a number of amendments to its Procedural Matter Local Laws number one, which governs conduct at council meetings. Among the changes, chief executive Simon Overland will have the power to reject petitions that are “not well-founded”, and will be able to reject notices of motions raised by councillors which he considers to be invalid.

Councillors will be required to submit their notices of motions 14 days before council meetings, up from seven days, and will need to submit any rescission motions within three business days of a council meeting. Currently, councillors have until the next council meeting to submit a rescission motion. Residents will have until 3pm on the day of a council meeting to submit questions to councillors. Currently, questions can submitted up until the start of a council meeting. Councillor Tom Joseph said he believed the local laws needed to be tightened.

He said he felt that in the five months since he was elected, certain councillors had been making a mockery of the council’s meeting procedures. Councillor Lawrie Cox said the changes would help avoid delays to meetings, which often resulted in finishing after midnight. However, councillor Ricky Kirkham felt the changes had not gone far enough, urging his colleagues to employ a facilitator to review the laws. He said meeting procedures had been used as “weapons” in recent times. “If we look back at how the council has been

administered in recent months, there has been good and bad,” he said. “There will be more division, more dysfunction and more chaos.” Councillor Mary Lalios said she had concerns about the amount of power being given to Mr Overland, believing he should not have the ability to reject petitions. “Petitions are the will of the people. To even consider something like this is quite offending,” she said. Residents can have their say on the changes until May 8.

VCAT says no to primary school

Bec Quigley, Melissa Whitten, Hannah, Abigail, Will, Jye and club president Hayden Whitten. (Joe Mastroianni)

Hockey’s new home a boon for Hume The first Hockey Victoria venue between the Calder and Hume freeways has opened in Craigieburn. Hume Hockey Club recently took over the pavilion at the Hume Hockey and Lacrosse Centre at Newbury Park. The pavilion features player and referee change rooms, a community room, canteen and kitchen. It was built with the help of a $600,000 grant from the state government. Hume Hockey Club president Hayden

Whitten said the new pavilion would help the club build its membership base. “Playing a winter sport, it’s important to have shelter and a warm place for our club members, families and spectators to meet and watch the game. We certainly missed this luxury last year,” he said. “These new facilities put us on par with other hockey clubs around Victoria, and in some cases, ahead, given how new the field and rooms are. We hope this will help build the club’s membership base.”

Mr Whitten said the club would field four teams this year, after winning the men’s league in their inaugural season last year. Yuroke MP Ros Spence said the new facilities put Hume in the box seat to host major competitions. “Clubs like the Hume Hockey Club are the lifeblood of our community – and this new pavilion will give our local players more incentive to be the best they can be,” she said.

Plans for a primary school in the town of Kalkallo have been rejected by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, amid concerns the application was “premature”. Hume council refused an application for the Malcolm Street school in April 2017, saying it had concerns about approving a primary school for the town before a development plan was created. The proposal drew objections from 28 residents, with the council also receiving a petition signed by 44 people. Residents said the school would create more traffic than the town’s one-lane heritage Malcolm Street bridge could handle, and would have a detrimental impact on the environment. The applicant had proposed developing the school over the next seven years, increasing the number of students from 40 in the first year to 280 in the seventh. The development would include 92 car spaces and would be accessed by a new bridge built from Mitchell Street. A three-day VCAT hearing was held in February, with the application appealing for the council’s decision to be overturned. But in her ruling last month, VCAT member Tracey Billston-McGillen said she had concerns about the development. “I am persuaded by council and the objectors that the proposed use is premature having regard to the lack of strategic planning for the location,” she said. “I have concerns with the lack of infrastructure particularly with the traffic and access arrangements and the servicing of the site.” Laura Michell

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Club coach Tom Kennedy, Anthony, teacher Tilacey, Marian, Lisa, Jordan, Ray from club and Yusuf. (Joe Mastroianni)

Bowled over by success A recent game of barefoot bowls at Gladstone Park Bowls Club has helped a group of Kangan Institute students to boost their independence. The group of 20 students with intellectual disabilities recently visited the bowls club as part of their certificate I in transition education. The students were required to research

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Work struggle for Hume’s youth By Laura Michell Hume suburbs including Broadmeadows, Craigieburn, Roxburgh Park and Coolaroo, have been named as hot spots for youth unemployment in a new Brotherhood of St Laurence report. The report, which tracked youth unemployment across the country, found that youth unemployment in Melbourne’s north-west, including parts of Hume, had reached 17.5 per cent in January up from 14.4 per cent in 2016. The report found the north-western suburbs

had one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Victoria, behind the western suburbs, where 18.7 per cent of young people are jobless. The state’s youth unemployment rate is 13.1 per cent. Brotherhood of St Laurence executive director Conny Lenneberg said the report exposed rising youth unemployment rates. “In our prosperous country, it’s very worrying when we have more than a quarter of a million young people in the labour force who are unemployed,” she said. “Youth unemployment hotspots in outer suburbs and rural areas are carrying the heaviest burden.

Disadvantaged young people, in particular, are facing barriers in their effort to secure work. “To meet this challenge, we need action from governments as well as tapping into effort of employers in local communities.” Hume Whittlesea Local Learning and Employment Network’s executive officer for Hume, Nicky Leitch said youth unemployment in the north-west was historically higher than many other areas. Ms Leitch said addressing unemployment issue was one of the “greatest challenges” for organisations working with young people. Two Transition to Work programs that

help young people develop job-ready skills are operating in Hume, while there are also 35 employment providers working to support the municipality’s youth, according to Hume Whittlesea LLEN. “We are very much trying to break the stereotype. We believe postcodes don’t define us,” Ms Leitch said. “We are seeing a number of graduates who are finding it challenging to find work. We want young people to realise their transferable skills … we need our schools to do more to ensure our kids are ready for the future work force.”

Veterans share stories Vietnam veterans Ned Panuzzo and Roger Hurrey hope a new generation will learn about Australia’s time in the Vietnam War, when they speak at the Whittlesea library next week. The Whittlesea RSL sub-branch members will share their experiences of war with the community at a special presentation on Monday, April 16, ahead of Anzac Day. For Mr Panuzzo, who is the sub-branch president, the talk is a chance to educate more people about the war. “There are generations since [the war] who don’t know about it. Then, there are other people who don’t take notice, or had the wrong idea,” he said. “We were just 20-year-olds who were called up to National Service. We were told we had to go. We didn’t volunteer. We just did our job.” Mr Panuzzo served in Vietnam from 1967-1968.

He was initially assigned to the reinforcement wing and was sent to Nui Dat. Soon after, the was called on to join the 1st Australian Logistic Support Group in Vung Tau, serving as a driver. Mr Panuzzo said while it was important to commemorate Australia’s involvement in the war, it was a “dreadful” time. “It was terrible. At the time, we thought we were doing a good job,” he said. “It’s a dreadful thing … war is dreadful.” Mr Panuzzo and Mr Hurrey will speak at the library at 57 Laurel Street, Whittlesea, from 2-3pm. The Whittlesea RSL sub-branch will mark Anzac Day with a service at the Soldier and Arch Memorial and a march from Church Street at 2.30pm. Laura Michell

Ned Panuzzo and Roger Hurrey at the Whittlesea Anzac memorial. (Marco De Luca)

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Thumbs down for traffic, parking By Laura Michell Traffic and parking have been named as the most important issues for Hume residents. The results of the council’s Community Survey 2017-18 reveal that more than a third of residents believe the council could do more to improve traffic and parking across the municipality. In all three wards, the lack of parking in local streets was named as the issue residents

were least satisfied with. Residents were also unhappy with the condition of major roads, the cleanliness and appearance of public areas, and the provision of community services and facilities. Residents were most satisfied with the council’s garbage collection service, followed by libraries and sports fields. Mayor Geoff porter said the survey had alerted the council to areas in need of improvement.

“We’re always looking for ways to do things better and these results give us a clear indication of the areas we can continue to improve on,” he said. “Hume is a fast-growing city, so it’s important that we continue to work hard and keep pace with the needs of our community.” About 600 residents took part in the survey through randomly-selected telephone interview or by completing a paper-based or online survey.

Overall, community satisfaction with the council increased, with the council receiving a mean score of 3.7, up from 3.1 in 2016-17. “It’s encouraging to see increases in satisfaction levels with council’s overall performance in the most recent survey, but we know that there are areas that need more attention and improvement,” Cr Porter said. The survey results will be used to help develop the council’s draft budget, which will be released later this month.

Postcards from Hume Four of Hume’s top cafes and restaurants are set to shine in an upcoming episode of popular travel program, Postcards. The Channel Nine program visited the municipality late last month to film a segment for an upcoming episode. Host Lauren Phillips and the Postcards crew visited Sunbury, where they filmed stories at organic store and cafe, Happy Olive, and quaint cafe, Fork and Cake. They also visited Roxburgh Park’s Corner Store Espresso, and up-and-coming Mickleham winery, Marnong Estate. Hume mayor Geoff Porter said the episode would showcase Hume’s diverse dining options. “It was great to have Lauren Phillips spend time in Hume. I think she was very impressed with all that Hume has to offer,” he said. “These are just some of the many gems that we are fortunate to have here in Hume and we are excited to have them beamed into hundreds of thousands of lounge rooms across Australia.”

Cr Porter said Hume’s tourism industry was booming. “The visitor economy is a vital industry in our city. In 2016, Hume received 1.22 million visitors and generated over $2 billion,” he said. “Over the next few years, Hume will experience significant new investment in the visitor economy – over $100 million worth – providing new tourism experiences and driving local and international visitation and spend. “The visitor economy remains Hume’s fourth largest industry and with the addition of these new attractions, it is only going to continue to grow and grow.” The Postcards episode will air on Sunday, April 22 at 5.30pm. Laura Michell Postcards host Lauren Phillips visited Sunbury. (Channel Nine)

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Homeless centre gets the nod By Laura Michell

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A crisis accommodation centre for homeless youth is a step closer in Whittlesea, with the council set to lease land to youth support service, Hope Street. The council will offer Hope Street a 30-year lease for land at Embling Drive, South Morang, where it can open a 12-bed supported accommodation centre for homeless youth aged between 16-25 and their children. The council is seeking public feedback on the proposal, with the centre set to be built next to an existing respite facility. It is anticipated the centre will cost $4.8 million to build and $2 million per annum to run. The council and Hope Street is advocating for state government, corporate and philanthropic funding for the project. The centre will be based on a similar facility run by Hope Street in Melton. Cr Sam Alessi said the council should be proud to be partnering with Hope Street. “Youth homelessness is very hidden, especially in outer suburbs like Whittlesea,” he said. “We don’t see it in our municipality, although we know it exists. “This is something that is needed in our municipality. It will be good for our community and it will be good for our young people.” Hope Street chief executive Donna Bennett said the demographic most at risk of homelessness in Whittlesea was young people aged 16-25. Ms Bennett said there were not enough affordable private rental properties or social housing in Whittlesea and as a result young people often couch surfed or slept in cars. “Growth areas really lack the infrastructure that is needed to prevent people from becoming homeless,” she said.

For South Morang’s Samantha Dodemaide, slipping on ruby red slippers and following the yellow brick road has been a dream come true. The up-and-coming musical theatre star has been travelling the country for the past five months, playing the part of Dorothy in the London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz. A self-confessed musical theatre geek, Dodemaide said taking on the role of Dorothy was a “once in a lifetime opportunity”, but came with a lot of responsibility. “I feel very lucky,” she said. “The role made Judy Garland famous and she made the role famous. “We didn’t want to create anything that has been done before … I hope I show audiences a different side to Dorothy.” Dodemaide said she can’t pinpoint when her love of musical theatre started, but remembers watching a lot of movie musicals on television as a child. “I attended a musical theatre school a few nights a week and started dancing lessons and it escalated from there,” Dodemaide said. “When I graduated high school, I knew it was what I wanted to do, so I did four years of formal training. “It is really the best job in the world.” Dodemaide said she was looking forward to bringing the show to Melbourne. “This is my first lead role in a commercial musical. My name is up in lights and it is quite overwhelming,” she said. The Wizard of Oz arrives at The Regent Theatre on May 15. Laura Michell

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Local roads a state priority By Laura Michell Preserving land for the Outer Metropolitan Ring Road and E6 has been named as one of Victoria’s top infrastructure priorities by Infrastructure Australia. The independent infrastructure adviser recently released a priority list of projects and initiatives valued at more than $55 billion it says are essential to address worsening congestion in Australia. It listed upgrading three sections of the M80 ring road between Plenty Road and the Greensborough Highway, Sydney and Edgars roads, and the Princes Freeway and Western Highway; increasing capacity on the state’s rail network; and preserving land for the Outer Metropolitan Ring Road and E6 corridor among high-priority projects for Victoria. According to Infrastructure Australia, land for the Outer Metropolitan Ring Road (connecting the outer-south west with the outer north) and the E6 (connecting Thomastown and Beveridge) should be acquired “as it becomes available” over the next five years. Whittlesea city, transport and presentation director Nick Mann said Infrastructure Australia’s recommendation was welcomed by the council. “Infrastructure Australia’s assessment that acquiring land for the E6 is a high priority for the nation recognises the impacts of congestion on our community,” he said. “The lives of our community are impacted daily

by the city’s congested roads, impacting the health of our residents and the ability for families to spend time together. “The development of the E6 corridor, along with the upgrade of the city’s arterial road network, is key to unlocking the city’s road congestion.” The report also recommends the development of alternative transport services for the northern growth corridor, warning that the Hume Freeway will become the

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most congested corridor in Victoria by 2031, with delays costing $172 million each year. It also warns that the Craigieburn train line will be four times above capacity by 2031, making it the most crowded in Melbourne. Other recommendations include the creation of a rail link to Melbourne Airport and the construction of a third runway at the airport. Infrastructure Australia chair Julieanne Alroe said the list was based on more than 500 submissions from governments, stakeholder groups and the community. “These are the strategic investments recommended … to best meet the connectivity needs of Australia’s growing cities, strengthen our global role as an exporter of goods and services and make our infrastructure more resilient,” she said.

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Art scene to be seen Some of Craigieburn’s best artists are putting their work on display at the Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery. The Craigieburn Art Group is displaying the finest works of its members at the exhibition, which opened last week. Group member Mary Herring said it was hoped the exhibition would encourage more locals to give art a try. Herring joined the art group 10 years ago after taking art lessons at Selwyn House.

“This is the sort of thing that is needed in Craigieburn,” she said. “It will be an excellent experience for us and will hopefully encourage art in the community.” The exhibition will run until May 20. The gallery is at the Hume Global Learning Centre, 75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn. Details: hume.vic.gov.au Laura Michell

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Get up close with native reptiles and birds at Mill Park library on Thursday, April 12. Aussie Wildlife Displays will be visiting the library at 394 Plenty Road from 2-3pm as part of the library’s school holiday programs. Bookings essential. ■ 9437 8189 activities. At 75-95 Central Park Avenue. ■ 9356 6980

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SPORT Milestone and memories By Tara Murray There were plenty of celebrations on Saturday night as Kellie Bailey-Lynn became the first Craigieburn Eagles player to play 350 Big V games for the club. Having made her debut as a 14-year-old when the team was short of players, Bailey-Lynn will go down as one of the Eagles greatest ever players. Speaking before the game, Bailey-Lynn said the milestone was not only special to her, but the people around her. Her family has been involved with the club as well, with the Craigieburn Basketball Association becoming her second home. “There’s been some wonderful people who have played and played a lot of games too, so it’s special in that regard that I’m up there with them,” she said. “I just love the place and it’s part of me. I feel like when I’m there, I’m at home and it’s an extension of who I am and what I do, really.” Bailey-Lynn has been part of two Eagles championships, both of which she said are career highlights. She said those two championships, along with the friendships she’s made, will be what she remembers when she retires. “The main part is people enjoying being there,” she said. “Almost all my friends have come through basketball. “Ninety per cent of my friendship group is through basketball. That’s another highlight, having some of the best people in my life I’ve met along the way with basketball.” Having started her Big V career when the competition was still called the Victorian Basketball League, Bailey-Lynn has gone from the baby of the team to the oldest. A mother of two off court, she’s also taken on the mother role within the team. The past few years she has reduced her time on court and taken on an assistant coaching role. “That’s probably the best part about it,” she said. “I love being the mother hen a little bit and at most training someone says ‘OK mum’ as I’m telling them to do something or giving advice. “I’ve got some really good friends today, who did that for me and that’s where I got my passion for the game. “The people I played with really took me under their wings and looked after me.” The 32-year-old says at this stage, this year will be her last season and she is hopeful of finishing on a high. “We’re going for finals and want to take it out if we can.”

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Hume City’s tough start to the National Premier League season continued with a big loss to Bentleigh Greens The Greens entered the match second on the ladder and undefeated, while Hume was looking for its second win of the season. The higher-ranked Bentleigh side was never troubled and went on to win 3-0. The Greens opened the scoring in the 31st minute and added a second on the edge of half-time. They made sure the three points would be heading home with them when Charlie Fry scored their third goal in the 75th minute. The Greens’ defence continued to hold strong and deny Hume. It was better news for Whittlesea Ranges in NPL 2 west. The Ranges had a 4-1 win against Melbourne

Victory on Saturday afternoon. The win is just the second for the season for the Ranges and puts them back in touch with the sides in the middle of the ladder. Both sides remain in the FFA Cup, with the fixture for the fifth round drawn last week. Hume faces Essendon Royals and Ranges will host Yarraville FC. Whittlesea United, one of just two FFV state league 2 sides left in the competition, face Caulfield United Cobras. United had a good weekend in state league 2 north-west winning 5-0 against Altona East Phoenix. Baki Efe scored a hat-trick for United. In other state league 2 north-west matches, Hume United had a 3-1 win against Fitzroy City, while Mill park lost 2-1 to Cairnlea. Tara Murray

Craigieburn Eagles celebrated Robert Toller-Bond’s 200th Big V game in style, upsetting ladder-leaders Coburg Giants. After an up and down start to the season, the Eagles used the Easter break to regroup and on Saturday night led from start to finish against the Giants, winning 89-77. Eagles coach Simon Wilson said the team really wanted to win for Toller-Bond. “The boys were really motivated and play well for him,” Wilson said. “He’s played with a number of these guys for a number of years. They wanted to get up for him.” The Eagles were boosted by the inclusion of Liam Watt who missed the first three games through injury. Wilson said Watt’s inclusion was a big lift for the boys. “He sets the tempo and it filters through to the team.” The Eagles led at every break but had to hold strong several times as the Giants came at them. Five players scored double figures, including the milestone man who scored 12 points in 12 minutes on court. Aaron Carlton top-scored with 18 points, while import Damon Smith had 18 points. Smith has been a standout in the first month of the season averaging nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds a game. Wilson said Smith was playing an important role on and off the court. “He’s a fantastic guy to have around the club,” he said. “He just has a fantastic sense of community.” The win brings the Eagles back to 2-2 with Wilson saying they weren’t looking any further than this weekend. The women’s side had a good win in Kellie Baliey-Lynn’s 350th game. Meanwhile, a big last quarter sealed Hume City Broncos’ win against Werribee Devils on Saturday night in Big V men’s state championship. The Broncos led by three points heading into the final quarter, before a 41-26 last quarter sealed the 113-95 win. Veteran Luke Egan top-scored with 32 points, including five from six from beyond the arc. On Sunday, they made it two for the weekend, defeating Blackburn Vikings 86-78. The women’s side also had a strong last quarter to win against Eltham Wildcats, 73-61. Nicole Zammit top-scored with 25 points. Tara Murray 13 NORTHERN STAR WEEKLY \ APRIL 10, 2018


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Twin wins keep Knights in high-performance territory Northern Knights’ undefeated run has continued with two wins in the space of a week in the TAC Cup girls’ competition. The Knights defeated the Western Jets on Tuesday last week, backing it up on Sunday by defeating Oakleigh Chargers. On Sunday, the Knights overcame a mid-game slump to kick away for a 14.4 (88)-5.7 (37) win. Knights coach Marcus Abney-Hastings said his players were continuing to stand strong when required. “They [Chargers] kicked five unanswered goals in the third quarter,” he said. “We were challenged, like every other week, and came through and kicked seven unanswered goals.

“It was a good performance from the team – they showed a lot of character.” Abney-Hastings attributed the good finishing to a combination of a high-performance program and the girls’ desire to improve. “A lot of it comes down to their drive and personal desire,” he said. “It helps when you have good players and leaders that work hard and persevere – it’s a true reflection of the work the girls have done.” Abney-Hastings said Sarah Sansonetti and Ellie McKenzie (four goals) were the best. McKenzie, who played in the midfield, kicked three of her goals in the final quarter. Tiarne Shell, Jemma McCarthy and Malaya Rodezno made their debuts on Sunday and didn’t look out of place.

Abney-Hastings said the club would continue to give players opportunities and shots at different positions. “It is great to get wins and be competitive, but it’s about developing the players in different positions,” he said. “We’ll continue to take them out of their comfort zones.” Despite his side sitting 5-0, Abney-Hastings said the Knights would not be getting complacent. The Knights are undefeated, as are the Geelong Falcons. “We’ve got some good teams coming up,” Abney-Hastings said. “We play Geelong and the Murray Bushrangers, who are two of the best sides.

“We’re under no illusions where we are at. We are going to continue to develop.” The Calder Cannons’ tough season continued when they suffered a big loss to Sandringham Dragons. The Dragons led 34-0 at quarter-time and eventually won 10.11 (71)-2.4 (16). Zoe Hardiman was named the Cannons’ best. The Cannons have just one win from their first five matches. In the boys TAC Cup, the Knights and Calder Cannons both suffered losses. The Knights lost to Oakleigh Chargers 13.22 (100)-12.3 (75). The Cannons lost to Sandringham Dragons 14.16 (100)-11.11 (77). Tara Murray

Bloods back in the frame By Tara Murray For Lalor, just getting on the field for round one of the Northern Football League season was a win – getting the four points in their division 3 season opener was a bonus. The Bloods had an off season of uncertainty and at times it looked like the club would not field a team. After a lot of hard work and the decision to drop down to division 3, the Bloods were on the park on Saturday for a round one clash against Reservoir. Bloods coach Dean Grainger said the game was about getting the players on the ground and enjoying themselves. He said everyone had been looking forward to the season opener. The Bloods played well to win 11.13 (79)-7.10 (52). Grainger said the match was closer than what the scoreline showed. “We were discussing on the track that we want to be competitive,” he said. “Things we put in place, we put them together on the ground. “The scoreline flattered us as Reservoir kept coming at us. They got within 11 points in the final quarter, but our boys dug deep.” Robert Todd and Nathan Stavridis kicked three goals each for the Bloods. Isaac Edgar and Daniel Moore were named the Bloods best in what Grainger said was a team effort. He said the win would give confidence to the group after a tough off season. “There’s a bit of fresh air,” he said. “There’s good signs that we’re heading in the right direction. We’ve set ourselves goals and broke them into blocks. “We’ll sit down after thee or four weeks and plan again. It’s week by week and the guys are improving and developing and taking things on board.” Grainger said there had been a lot of support for the club since the extent of their struggles had become known and there was good signs for the future. Lalor faces St Mary’s in round two. St Mary’s had a strong win against Heidelberg West. Mernda also started its season on a winning note, defeating Panton Hill, 22.10 (142)-8.11 (59). Daniel Bryant kicked seven goals for the Demons and Matthew Campbell was named best on ground. South Morang lost to an inaccurate Kilmore, 7.19 (61)-8.10 (58). Laurimar had a bye. Division 1 will get under way this weekend, with Bundoora to face Northcote Park under lights on Friday night. Whittlesea plays Heidelberg. Division 2 also kicks off proper, after a standalone match on Good Friday. Epping will face Diamond Creek, while Thomastown will play Fitzroy Stars. Lalor’s Daniel Moore was one of the Bloods best on Saturday. (Damien Visentini) 14 NORTHERN STAR WEEKLY \ APRIL 10, 2018

Jacob Thompson takes a strong mark against Avondale Heights. (Damian Visentini)

Jets take off in final quarter A seven-goal to nil last quarter sealed a round one win for Greenvale against Avondale Heights in the Essendon District Football League’s premier division. No more than three goals separated the two teams at the three breaks, with the Jets leading by 14 points at the last change. The Jets, last year’s runners-up, took their game up a level in the last quarter, kicking 7.4 to one point to come away with the 18.8 (116)-8.9 (57) win. Jacob Thompson kicked four goals for the Jets as 10 players got on the scoreboard. Four other players kicked multiple goals. Chris Farchinone and Fort Caruso (three goals) were named the best for the Jets, who were without Addam Maric and Courtenay Dempsey. In other games, reigning premier Aberfeldie won a thriller against Pascoe Vale, Maribyrnong Park smashed Essendon Doutta Stars and West Coburg just got home against Glenroy. In division 2, Roxburgh Park suffered a first-up loss to Northern Saints. The Magpies trailed early and were down by 54 points at half-time. While they had a better second half, they were unable to close the gap, losing 24.10 (154)-12.17 (89). East Sunbury and Moonee Valley were the other division 2 winners, with Burnside Heights having the bye. The season proper will get under way for division 1 teams this weekend. Craigieburn will face Hillside, Jacana will unveil its flag under lights on Friday night against Westmeadows and Tullamarine faces Oak Park. Tara Murray


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