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Hit the dust: The controversial dirtbike circuit at Mickleham.

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Red flag for dirtbike circuit BY HELEN GRIMAUX A DIRTBIKE circuit at Mickleham failed to get a permit when it came before Hume Council last week. The council deemed the earthworks and soil relocation associated with the creation of the track illegal after the owner sought a retrospective permit for his plans. Craigieburn ward councillor Drew Jessop described the works as ‘‘a grossly excessive change of land use’’ and identified noise, dust and run-off as major problems with the development. Residents also pointed out their tank water supplies were affected by dust associated with motorcyclists

using the track on an almost daily basis, often outside normal curfew times prohibiting excessive noise before 9am and after 5pm. ‘‘I am still surprised someone built such a huge facility without seeking a permit,’’ Cr Jessop said. ‘‘It’s beyond understanding.’’ Councillors heard that the site, at 115 Bardwell Drive, Mickleham, was part of a green wedge zone with an environmental significance overlay. ‘‘Planning rules apply equally in country and urban areas,’’ Cr Jessop said. ‘‘Amenity is important. ‘‘Clearly the message to the rural community is that planning rules apply equally and fairly.’’ Cr Adem Atmaca also expressed

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surprise at the development of what he dubbed ‘‘a professional riding track’’. ‘‘Yes, I’m sorry for people who spend lots of money without a permit,’’ Cr Atmaca said. ‘‘But you can’t just go and illegally do what you want on your land. It’s a shame it got to this stage.’’ The permit drew 14 objections from neighbours, who told the Weekly they had been prepared to take the matter to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal if the council had granted a permit to applicant Marty Craggill, trading as Maz Maintenance. Residents also wanted to know the mitigation works the owner would be expected to carry out. Council’s director city sustainability

Kelvin Walsh said Hume’s natural environment was an important asset. ‘‘The council uses all tools available to it to ensure the environment is properly managed and protected from inappropriate and damaging development and works,’’ Mr Walsh said. ‘‘Where necessary and needed council seeks enforcement orders through VCAT and the courts.’’ ‘‘The council is confident that the decision it took on Monday evening is robust.’’ When the Weekly contacted Mr Craggill he said he had not been told about the meeting and reserved further comment until he heard from the council.

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Population boom or bust for Hume? BY HELEN GRIMAUX

Nature’s dwindling gifts ‘snapped’ in Hume A PICTURE tells a thousand words, and such is the power of photography. Last week, an exhibition of photographs taken by Hume residents began a citywide tour. Starting at Broadmeadows Global Learning Centre, it runs until Friday then moves to Craigieburn library and later the George Evans Museum in Sunbury. ‘Hume In Focus’ had invited entries that capture the municipality in its most natural state, its wildlife, waterways and plants. Beverley Van Praagh, winner of the ‘native

plants in Hume’ category (pictured with daughther Lily), said her inspiration came from her involvement in Hume Walks — photographic assignments organised by the council to familiarise residents with the indigenous plants, animals and insects. Dragging along Lily, 10, paid off at the awards, with her winning the ‘community interaction with the environment’ category for a photo of her mother focusing on the fine detail of grasslands at Sunbury. Details on exhibition times and dates:

BOOM times in Hume may be good for business, but there are real concerns about the ongoing affordability and sustainability of new residential subdivisions. In its submission to the state government’s Melbourne planning strategy discussion paper, Hume Council echoes concerns cited by the government’s own senior ministerial advisor Roz Hansen. ‘‘We know that growing the boundary further and further out has not solved the affordable housing issue,’’ Ms Hansen said last week. ‘‘We have an increase in the number of youth out on the fringe who aren’t participating in the education system, who are becoming unemployed and disillusioned with their lot.’’ Last week, Hume Council sent in its own submission on the government’s discussion paper — prepared by Ms Hansen and her advisory committee — calling for an authority independent of government to be responsible for ‘‘the coordination of land release and infrastructure

delivery to ensure the equitable and timely provision of state infrastructure spending’’. ‘‘Governance surrounding growth areas needs to be improved,’’ Hume’s submission says, calling for a review of the current Growth Area Authority. ‘‘The current regime of authorities, such as the GAA, duplicates council planning processes (and) needs to be reviewed in favour of an authority charged with co-ordinating the planning of growth corridors and leaving the detailed planning and implementation of specific areas to council,’’ it states. The council criticises the government’s discussion paper for failing to properly identify or present solutions to address what it termed ‘‘the growing disparity between the two Melbournes’’. In February, Hume mayor Geoff Porter released One Melbourne or Two? on behalf of Melbourne’s 10 interface councils, including Hume. The report confirmed serious shortfalls in government funding that meant transport, jobs, education, medical, aged care and community facilities were not coping with the population boom.

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Freeing up a logjam BY TARA MURRAY HUME’S northern suburbs are among the winners in a $30 billion state transport plan to cater for Melbourne’s growing population. The Network Development Plan: Metropolitan Rail, released on Wednesday by Public Transport Victoria chief executive Ian Dobbs, details the infrastructure and services needed over the next 20 years. Major projects in Hume included in the plan are the Melbourne airport rail link, upgrading signalling on the Craigieburn and Sunbury lines, upgrading Craigieburn station and extending the Upfield line to cater for Hume’s northern population. Under the plan, it is expected that 21 trains an hour will run on the Craigieburn line by 2038. In off-peak times, six trains an hour are expected from 2016, and it’s predicted to stay at that level. Extending the Craigieburn line was one of the ideas looked at by PTV to cater for suburbs beyond Craigieburn. Instead, it decided to extend the Upfield line. ‘‘The Craigieburn line is not expected to have sufficient capacity to accommodate additional passenger demand arising from a northern extension in the existing rail corridor,’’ the report

said. The plan also looks at reinstating the connection between Somerton and Upfield and taking V/Line trains off the Craigieburn line. ‘‘With train frequencies increasing rapidly on the Craigieburn line, there will be a need to find an alternative route for regional services from Seymour. Related to this is the need to consider how future growth in the Hume corridor will be accommodated. Both issues can be resolved through better utilising the Upfield line.’’ As reported by the Weekly on March 19, the new airport rail link will have trains run from Sunshine to the airport. Hume mayor Geoff Porter said the rail extension was needed to help with new suburbs like Merrifield. ‘‘The additional lines and upgrades are certainly needed and will be beneficial for residents of Hume.’’ Public Transport Users Association president Tony Morton said Sunbury and Craigieburn should benefit from completion of the Regional Rail Link project. ‘‘According to the PTV documents, this should allow additional peak-hour trains to run on these lines and boost the frequency to a train every 10 minutes all day.’’ Out of the loop: page 11

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Beginner drivers step up to the L-plate LEARNING to drive, for Melburnians, is almost a must. With many parts of the city not well served by public transport, cars become indispensable for shopping or dropping children off at school . . . if you can drive. Hume Whittlesea Local Learning and Employment Network (HWLLEN) has identified a gap in driver education services for people aged 21 and above, and especially young parents whose learner-driving has been interrupted. ‘‘Research done by Centrelink also showed many middle-aged migrant women have given up


on ever getting their licence and mainly because of the costs,’’ community action leader Huon Damm told the Weekly. ‘‘Such people in the 30-35-year-old age bracket are quite disconnected.’’ HWLLEN is offering free driving lessons for older learners as an adjunct to its regular L2P driver education courses. The Ignition initiative is open to Hume residents aged 21 and over. And if you are already fully qualified to drive, consider becoming a mentor to others. Details: Nicky Leitch, 9309 5500.

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Step by step, help’s on way Sunbury Girl Guides including Nickieran, 8, and Tahlia, 6 (pictured), have taken an extra step for charity. The 13 girls and two group leaders took part in Care Australia’s Walk in Her Shoes challenge, aimed at helping make life just a little easier for people in developing countries. As part of the challenge, the Sunbury team walked 10,000 steps a day for a week late last month. Group leader Annette Swaffield says the girls, aged five to 11, loved the challenge and learned about the hardships women and children overseas have to go through. ‘‘We spent a month working up to it, teaching them about what women and children go through in developing countries. When we started, we encouraged them to walk as many steps as possible and keep increasing it. We were surprised how many of them reached 10,000 steps on the first day.’’ The group is aiming to raise $600 and is still after donations. To donate: walkinhershoes2013.


Non-voters ordered to pay the price BY HELEN GRIMAUX ABOUT 11,000 Hume residents who failed to vote in last September’s council elections face fines of $70 each. But it’s no good fronting the council to complain because the fine notices have been issued by the Victorian Electoral Commission, which was contracted to run local government elections around the state. A spokeswoman for the VEC said people who did not vote had been sent ‘‘please-explain’’ notices at the end of January, with fines applying only to those who failed to respond or give adequate excuses. Sue Lang told the Weekly that voter turnout in Hume had been on par with the rest of Victoria, with an average 73 per cent of registered voters returning their postal ballot. She said that while usually more people voted in postal ballots than when they were required to go to a polling booth, voter turnout in Hume had decreased by between 3 and 4 per cent compared with the 2008 council election. The election last

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year was entirely by postal ballot. The slightly poorer result was not attributed to growth in English as a foreign language among Hume communities though. ‘‘Language has been an issue in the past in areas with high levels of non-English-speaking people,’’ Ms Lang said. ‘‘However, for the very first time ever, we translated election information into 20 other languages.’’ The fine notices were sent out last week. All revenue from fines goes to the council. Ms Lang said those who received the fine notices still had a chance to give a legitimate reason for not voting, such as travelling overseas or being in hospital. And people who believe they did vote but still received a fine notice are also being urged to get in touch with the VEC. The deadline for taking action on infringement notices is Friday, April 26. All questions about enforcement should be directed to the VEC’s compulsory voting inquiry line on 1300 551 575.


Spring Street gets a $14m question BY TARA MURRAY HUME Council is seeking answers on the elusive $14.7 million allocated by the previous Labor government for a government services building in Broadmeadows . The Coalition government announced in March last year the building would no longer be built. In the 2012-13 state budget, it diverted the money for the ‘central activities areas and strategic sites,’ to be used statewide. On February 6, mayor Geoff Porter wrote to then treasurer Kim Wells, asking for an update on the funding and whether Hume would get any of it. In his email, Cr Porter suggested projects in Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Sunbury that could well use funding. At a council meeting last Monday, Cr Adem Atmaca expressed his disappointment that the council was yet to get a reply. ‘‘This $14.7 million was allocated to Hume Council for its central business district works. However, a change of government saw that we

got neither the building nor the $14.7 million. . . the money was taken back and distributed through all the central business activity areas across the state. ‘‘It’s like the reversal of Robin Hood. They are taking money from the poor and distributing it among the wealthy suburbs.’’ Cr Atmaca said it was not the first time the council had failed to receive a response from the government. ‘‘We are [also] having issues with other departments . . . [from whom] we aren’t getting responses and it’s very disappointing.’’ Cr Jack Ogilvie said two Hume projects — parking at Sunbury and Craigieburn stations — were important. ‘‘They [the government] have brought the money forward to budgets, saying it’s still there for something.’’ Cr Atmaca advocated that the state government commit the funding back to projects in Hume. He said the parking situations in Craigieburn and Sunbury, both major issues, could be solved with less than half the $14.7 million.

A chance to learn Craigieburn Education Expo 3064 drew hundreds of families to the Hume Global Learning Centre last week to explore education opportunities available in the region. Among them was Emma McKenzie, with her eight-month-old son, pictured getting tips from Dawn Gordon of Hume Anglican Grammar. The expo, an initiative of Hume Council under its Craigieburn community renewal program, was organised in partnership with school communities and education providers. Representatives from childcare centres, pre-schools, and primary and secondary schools helped parents make informed decisions about their children’s schooling. The Education 3064 booklet, a take-home reference of all childcare centres, pre-schools, and primary and secondary schools servicing the 3064 community, was distributed free of charge. Picture: Michael Copp

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Haunted jaunts The old homesteads in Melbourne’s north-west make it a favourite site for ghost hunters. Tara Murray joined one tour searching for spectres.


lex Mifsud suddenly stops talking and asks: ‘‘Did anyone else see that?’’ He looks for another moment, then says: “There was a lady just ran across the room. It’s the first time I’ve seen someone run across this room like that.’’ But it wasn’t just any lady. It was a ghost. It isn’t the first time Alex claims to have seen one, nor will it be the last. Misfud is one of the hosts of Lantern Ghost tours. On this occasion he is taking a group through Point Cook Homestead. ‘‘People get pushed, poked, their hair gets lifted,’’ he says. ‘‘Some people hear their names being called and others can smell and hear things. Every night is different. Some nights there’s lots of activity, then other nights we don’t get as much.’’ Jacqui Travaglia started Lantern Ghost Tours Williamstown in 2009. She and her partner Andrew Wishart have expanded the tours to Altona, Point Cook and Eynesbury homesteads, and overnight tours to places like the infamous J-Ward asylum in Ararat. Travaglia has seen ghosts for as long as she can remember. ‘‘I grew up in a haunted house in Williamstown and I used to see a little old woman walking around the house and hear footsteps that were unexplained. A little old woman used to live there with her husband and she liked to cook. ‘‘Then I moved to England and there’s a lot of history and ghost activity there as well. I did every single ghost tour I could do and stayed at every haunted place I could. Then my friends would come along with me and go ghost hunting. Their friends started to join and then I thought, I could get a bit extra for this and cover my costs, and it developed into a business.’’ Travaglia says the Point Cook Homestead is one of the most active places for ghosts, with at least 12 there. They include a little boy who drowned, a stablehand,


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a cat, a couple, an RAAF pilot and the ghosts of the property’s owner Thomas Chirnside, his brother Andrew and his wife Mary. ‘‘Point Cook Homestead has the most activity and we haven’t had a tour without any action. It’s not scary, but a welcoming tour. ‘‘At Eynesbury we believe there’s a lot of spirits there as they use to hold wakes there. When somebody died they would hold a wake and put the body on the lounge-room table and people would come and see the body and they would keep a visual on it in case it woke up. That’s why we believe there’s a lot of bodies trapped. ‘‘The scariest [place] is the J-Ward asylum [in Ararat] which housed the criminally insane. We stay overnight there and it’s quite uncomfortable. We had one guest we believe was possessed and we’ve had people locked in the cells, which is physically impossible.’’ Travaglia says many people who look for ghosts are sceptics, who want to be proved wrong or right. ‘‘We have a lot of sceptics come to our tours. We have a number of different tours catering for those who want to research it more with equipment, and others involving the general public. ‘‘Some walk away more sceptical, but have a good night having enjoyed the stories. The best thing is when they change their minds. Sceptics are more scared than the non-sceptics when they experience something. ‘‘For us it’s about the history, the stories and the ghosts. Some of the stories are more interesting than fiction.’’

‘‘My wife was the believer. But I have since changed my mind. There’s whistling upstairs, unexplained noises, stomping upstairs, glasses break, chairs and cutlery move and you can come in the morning and the stove top is on. We get lots of people taking photos on the stairs and they will send them in and we’ll see a person in the background.’’ Levey isn’t the pub’s first owner to change his mind about ghosts. Frank Nelson and his wife bought the hotel in March 1984. It took only three days for Nelson to experience his first ghost. He was pushed down the stairs resulting in an ankle broken in three spots. The final straw was when Nelson felt a hand between his leg and the plaster cast. He and his wife moved out a short time later. Levey says there are three known ghosts who haunt the pub, including a Chinese man who was found hanging in the stables after a fight over gold, and Irish man Patrick Regan, who was murdered after talking about finding gold. The third is a little girl who was murdered by her father and thrown in the well at the rear of the hotel. The girl, who was intellectually disabled, is often seen around the staircases; a number of children have reported seeing her. Levey says many people come to the pub, just to see if they can see ghosts. ‘‘There’s three types of people who come to the pub to see the ghosts. You have the people who come to take photos, you have the psychics and mediums, and then you have those dressed all in black who come on the full moon at midnight.’’

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The Blackwood Hotel is another which claims it’s the most haunted pub in Australia. ‘‘I’m not a great believer of ghosts, but you get a sixth sense about things,’’ says Heinz Mueller, who took over the hotel three years ago.

when he took over The Coach & Horses Inn in Clarkfield, which many people call Australia’s most haunted pub. ‘‘I thought the stories were sort of not true,’’ he says.




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‘‘When I’m doing my rounds, you get a feeling around the [former] morgue and you feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Staff members, some who have been here for over 20 years, won’t work by themselves, so that says something.’’ He says there are four ghosts at the hotel and describes them as ‘‘friendly.’’ The most famous are Laura Dalton, who was burnt to death in the 1940s, and a miner who sits next to the fire. ‘‘Everyone who comes here, comes to see if they can see the ghosts. We take them on tours of the cellars and downstairs. Unit three has been built into the morgue and people come from far and wide to stay in that room.’’ In 2007, a TV series, Haunted Australia, visited nine locations looking for ghosts, three were in Melbourne’s outer north-west. They visited the Coach & Horses Inn and the Blackwood Hotel, as well as the Melton Equestrian Centre. The old Sunbury University campus, which was originally the Sunbury Lunatic Asylum, is another spot where ghosts have been reported, while there’s reports of a maid being seen at Salesian Bridge also in Sunbury. Travaglia puts this down to the fact that a lot of the old buildings are still in existence. ‘‘I think the reason for that is that we we have a lot of old homesteads like Eynesbury and Point Cook. On the other side of the city, they have lost a lot of that and the history with it.’’ Back at Point Cook, sadly for Misfud, no one else sees the lady running across the room. On this occasion, it was the only ghost to appear on the tour and many people are left disappointed. Opinion will always be divided on whether ghosts are real, but for people like Mifusd believing is only the beginning. 

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Hume sings — every Wednesday — courtesy of Join With One Voice, a program that uses singing to break down barriers. Regardless of age or language, the public is invited to come and sing then meet up again over supper. It’s every Wednesday at the Homestead Community and Learning Centre, 30 Wiltshire Drive, Roxburgh Park, from 6-7.15pm. Call 8679 6088 or visit



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Out of the loop, and not happy BY EUGENE BENSON GREENS leader Greg Barber has launched a stinging attack on Public Transport Victoria for changes made to services on the Craigieburn line. A timetable released last November included a reduced number of city-bound services through the City Loop in the morning peak. And a new timetable coming into affect on April 28 will result in all bar one of the evening services bypassing the loop. Mr Barber said he could not understand why PTV would make things tougher for commuters. ‘‘PTV never ask the passengers what they want. They run the transport system for their own convenience and profit while the Transport Minister [Terry Mulder] just sits mute. ‘‘I predict there will be more of this trend until the Craigieburn line is cut out completely from the City Loop. ‘‘They think they can run a really good rail system — if not for the passengers. You read about these changes when it’s a done deal and in the timetable.’’

Craigieburn line commuter Damien Ash said he regularly complained about the service change. ‘‘It’s a real pain. I would expect 90 per cent of people would much prefer to go through the loop. ‘‘It’s not good enough; you see a lot of people getting off at North Melbourne and having to wait for a City Loop train. ‘‘Train fares are forever on the increase while Metro’s offering seems to be on the decrease; the more you pay the worse the service gets.’’ At present, all trains from Craigieburn run via the loop in the morning, with the exception of three — in the peak period between 8 and 9am; they run to Flinders Street Station via Southern Cross. In the afternoon and evening, services run via the loop, but in the other direction, with nine of the evening services not going through the loop when they terminate at Flinders Street. Under the new timetable, post-April 28, the morning stays the same, but there will be two extra afternoon services that don’t enter the loop

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Kia SUV is versatile and functional Alistair Kennedy road tests the latest version of the Sorento


The choice of two- or four-wheel drive is rapidly becoming the norm in the latest breed of SUVs, something that makes lots of sense because the majority of buyers neither want nor need drive to all four wheels. Kia Sorento comes with a choice of two engines, 3.5-litre V6 petrol and 2.2-litre turbodiesel. Previous criticisms of the Sorento’s ride and handling have been addressed with the use of ultra high-tensile steel contributing to an 18 per cent increase in torsional rigidity improving ride comfort, handling and crash protection. The seats are comfortable and the ergonomics for the driver very good. On the road, both the petrol and diesel versions are surprisingly spirited vehicles and hills and rapid overtaking are dispatched with ease. Kia Sorento is a neat and attractive SUV that offers plenty of options for a large family looking for a single vehicle that can handle a variety of tasks. Prices start at $37,490, not including government or dealer delivery charges.

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ia Sorento is the larger of two SUVs from the ambitious Korean importer. The smaller Sportage is aimed more at the youth and small family market, while the seven-seat Sorento is effectively a crossover people mover with some off-road ability in the AWD variants. The latest version of the Sorento was launched here in September 2012. Although there were external changes, they didn’t change the overall look of the vehicle. In people mover mode the management of Sorento’s interior space is critical and the Kia designers have managed to juggle the various passenger/luggage permutations nicely. As is invariably the case with mid-sized seven-seaters, the third row is best left to pre-teen children. The third row of seats folds flat to provide up to 1047 litres of luggage space with the centre seats in place but drops to 285 litres with all seats occupied. The back row seats are split 50/50 to allow some extra seating flexibility. Folding both rows of rear seats opens the rear up to a van-like capacity of 2052 litres.

Tulla axes fees to draw juniors BY TEO PELLIZZERI TULLAMARINE has taken the drastic step of waiving all junior fees as it attempts to boost its numbers for the coming Essendon District Football League season. A contender for promotion in the second tier of seniors in recent seasons, Tullamarine has had its junior numbers disintegrate. The decline claimed both the under-16s and under-18 grades at the club last year. The absence of teams again this year could have major ramifications for the club, including the possibility of review by the EDFL board and enforced relegation for its senior grades. A promising Auskick program currently has under-10s at decent numbers, but club president Andrew Fischer said every other grade at Tullamarine needed eight to 10 more players for the coming season. Having previously offered registration fees at the lower end of the EDFL scale, Tullamarine has scratched the fee altogether for this campaign.

The club is now pushing its message to schools and even in fast food via a club sponsor, with the slogan ‘‘you won’t miss out on a game at Tulla’’. The Demons are hoping to bring back previous players lost to the game and also provide an option for juniors now being squeezed by the burgeoning junior numbers at other clubs. Fischer said the strategy was a short-term one and some hard work would be needed to recoup as much of the financial hit as possible. ‘‘It has put a whole lot of pressure on the club,’’ Fischer said. ‘‘If we don’t field under-16s and under-18s we could be faced with the seniors being moved to division 2 (third tier). ‘‘We’ve got a strong senior side and some of our players are very loyal, but if we went down a division I’d hate to think how many would walk out of the place.’’ Fischer said the Hume Council was installing lights at Tullamarine and the next item on the infrastructure list was an electronic scoreboard at Leo Dineen Reserve.

‘‘Some clubs have got 76 under-16s; there’s no equality. We’re hoping this might bring some players in,’’ Fischer said. ‘‘If I was a parent paying $450 and a rotation system is causing my kids to miss out on three or four games a year I’d be questioning the value.’’ EDFL general manager Marc Turri said it was imperative that each club show a commitment to a senior and junior structure, and Tullamarine was no exception. He said not fielding grades in under-16s and under-18s could lead to a club being moved by the EDFL board to division 2 with an enforced relegation. But Turri said it was not a ‘‘do this or else’’ situation with Tullamarine. ‘‘The board would need to see an effort in every club that they are committed to a junior pathway. ‘‘Juniors are a cornerstone of the league.’’ Prospective players can check for club contact details


INBRIEF EDFL For a report of the stand-alone season opener for Premier Division between Strathmore and Keilor from Good Friday, go to Off the park, reigning Dick Reynolds medallist Mark Lynch is at the centre of a clearance saga. Essendon Doutta Stars are standing firm on Lynch’s contract for the coming season, with the former Southport Sharks on-baller already twice denied a clearance to join Northern Football League team Heidelberg.

TAC CUP Calder Cannons played their round two match against Oakleigh Chargers at Highgate Reserve on Sunday. For a report on the match, go to

VPL Hume City kicks off in the Victorian Premier League on Sunday night against newly promoted Port Melbourne Sharks. Off-season recruits for Hume City include English striker Sean Canham, previously of Bath but with a stint at Notts County on his resume; former Southern Stars duo Alan Mulcahy and Sait Guler; New Zealand Olympic team member Dakota Lucas; and ex-Townsville player Deejay Firth. Kick-off is 6.30pm at SS Anderson Reserve in Port Melbourne.

SOCCER State leagues return this weekend with Hume United making the short trip to Moomba Park to take on rivals Moreland United in state league 3 north-west. State 4 north starts with the derby between co-tenants Upfield and Northern Roosters at Gibb Reserve in Dallas. Light United opens the season at Progress Reserve in Coolaroo against Oak Park in state 5 north. In state 5 west, Greenvale United makes its bow at home against Melton Phoenix at Barrymore Road Reserve. All games kick off at 3pm on Saturday.


Hard at work: David Jacka and Trevor Wilson race in Henley on the Maribyrnong. For a gallery from the regatta, go to

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Essendon duo win national rowing event ESSENDON Rowing Club’s Cain Saul and Tyron Boorman delivered on club hopes for big things as they won a national championship event at the Sydney international rowing regatta recently. Saul and Boorman won the under-19 men’s double scull as the best Essendon result for the week-long event at Penrith. The Essendon duo completed the 2000m course in 6.58.03, beating Corio Bay duo Nicholas Powers and Joseph Dingle by 2.67, with ANA/Fremantle composite team Willis

Armstrong and Jack Cleary third. Saul and Boorman edged ahead by 2 1⁄ 2 seconds at the 500m split and in a race where first and second were the front runners throughout held the steady advantage from Corio Bay for the middle 1000m before edging ahead in the final 500m. Saul had been on the podium the day before with his secondplaced finish in the under-19 single scull, finishing 3.55 seconds behind Cleary in the final. Saul and Boorman backed up for the under-19 quad-scull final with clubmate Vaughan Wilson and Bendigo’s Scott Balmer, finishing second.

The Essendon-Bendigo combine was 3.66 seconds behind a team of four from Mosman and Sydney University. Essendon’s other finalist was Sabrina Pilla, teamed with Corowa’s Sara Williams in the under-17 women’s double scull. However, the duo did not finish in the final. Last Sunday week, Essendon Rowing Club’s home regatta, Henley on the Maribyrnong, was held with 279 athletes taking on the unique 350m course near The Boulevard in Moonee Ponds.

Greenvale came up short in the senior division grand final, but Craigieburn is celebrating after winning North B1. Greenvale saved its worst batting performances for the final, rolled for 71 and 84 as Old Mentonians (143 & 0-13) won by 10 wickets. Craigieburn’s Michael Bury had a final to remember as his 110 led a 16-run win. Craigieburn successfully defended 203 by bowling out Haig Fawkner for 187. Strathmore won the North Division with a 38-run win against Tullamarine. PEGS was not so fortunate in North A1 however, losing by six wickets to West Coburg.

VWFL The Victorian Women’s Football League will provide much of the talent for a one-off AFL match between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. The game will be the curtain raiser for the AFL home-and-away game between the Demons and Bulldogs at the MCG. It is the first time women’s teams will play as AFL representatives in member club guernseys. The teams will be filled via a draft.

VFL Essendon makes its bow in the VFL on Friday at QEO in Bendigo against the Bendigo Gold. For a full report of the match, grab next week’s Weekly.


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