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Dollars and sense, says mayor BY TARA McGRATH NEW mayor Karin Orpen has warned that Knox may need to slash spending and services to meet its financial obligations. Cr Orpen said the two biggest challenges facing the council in her term were inappropriate development and a $11.6 million shortfall in council’s employees’ superannuation fund. The Weekly reported earlier this year that the council would be forced to find the money to subsidise the Local Authorities Superannuation Fund gap. Cr Orpen was the sole nominee for the top job last week, despite several other councillors stating their intention to put their hand up for the position, She was nominated by outgoing mayor Adam Gill, who said it was great not to be mayor any more. Cr Gill said it had been a challenging year balancing civic duties with his family — he and his wife Amanda have three children. Cr Orpen said the challenge to top up the superannuation shortfall was unlike anything the council had faced before. ‘‘Where does that [money] come from?’’

She said the council would need to be frugal: ‘‘We need to to look at the musthaves and the nice-to-haves and see what the difference is.’’ Cr Orpen also cited development concerns as an urgent priority. Part of her election platform was to stop the four-storey development in Ferntree Gully Village, but she said over-development wasn’t an isolated issue. ‘‘There’s nothing to stop these [sorts of proposals] springing up in Upper Ferntree Gully, Lysterfield or The Basin.’’ Divisions in the council were evident during the bitter election campaign, but Cr Orpen said she was confident all nine councillors would work together. ‘‘They are a great group of people. That’s the beauty of local government — there’s diversity in expertise and interest.’’ Cr Orpen works as a financial planner and she and her husband Bill have three adult daughters. She said they were thrilled she had been elected mayor. ‘‘When I was mayor with younger children, Bill would cook dinner for himself and the girls. But now he’ll be cooking it just for himself and the dog.’’

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Life lessons: Boronia College students learn some home truths about alcohol and safe celebrations . . . with a surprise warning for mum and dad. See page 4

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Top job: Karin Orpen will serve as mayor of Knox for the next 12 months. Picture: Rob Carew

MP criticised over Ferntree Gully multi-storey plan early December is set to be followed by mediation between the council and developers on January 7. A public hearing is expected in February. The Weekly last week revealed that the developer of the proposed four-storey development at 44 Station Street in Ferntree Gully had taken his application to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Cr Orpen said the community was ‘‘concerned by the rush’’ and

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because it dragged its feet before deciding to request the height controls. ‘‘The council had 18 months to take action but chose not to. It was the state government that made the suggestion. If there was no suggestion, there would have been no application.’’ He said he was surprised by the mayor’s comments because no one had discussed the concerns with him.

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there were worries that interim height controls of 7.5 metres in the village requested by the council would not be approved by the state government in time. Mr Wakeling had previously said he would ensure the planning department would deal with the request in a ‘‘timely manner’’. Cr Orpen said there was now a ‘‘bit of disenchantment’’ over those claims. However, Mr Wakeling said the blame lay with the council

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AS the legal drinking age edges closer and parties become a regular weekend fixture for senior students, schools in Knox are taking a proactive approach to help them avoid risky behaviour. Boronia K-12 College is one of those schools and recently held a Safe Party program for its year 9 students. The party was organised by the school’s adolescent health nurse with Knox police, Ambulance Victoria and Knox Youth Services. Nurse Lyndel Armstrong said year 9 was the ideal age to teach students about the risks and responsibilities involved with adult behaviour. ‘‘They’re at the age where parties are becoming part of the lifestyle. Some would be considering having a 16th birthday party next year,’’ she said. The program includes workshops on legal responsibilities, sexual safety and first aid. Ms Armstrong said they began the

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Good measure: Boronia K-12 student Michael Cafferkey learns how to pour a standard drink. Picture: Wayne Hawkins.

program by watching a DVD about a party that goes dreadfully wrong. One of the activities that caught the students’ attention the most was learning how to measure a standard drink. ‘‘They were surprised by just how small the amount of a standard drink is. One mouthful from a bottle of vodka is all it takes.’’ In the same session, they also try on ‘binge goggles’. Ms Armstrong said that although strapping on the goggles would not completely simulate drunkenness, it gave them a good idea. ‘‘It takes away their sight, their peripheral vision and it makes them unbalanced.’’ Students also had concerns for their parents over new laws on the secondary supply of alcohol. The laws mean that if people under 18 are drinking at a party where parents are supervising, the adults can be fined up to $7000. Ms Armstrong said the school may hold a night-time forum for parents to discuss their responsibilities.

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Hope for future as school closes

Lobbying earns $600,000 grant

BY TARA McGRATH

YEARS of lobbying has paid off for a Bayswater school which has won $600,000 in state funding to build a preschool. Bayswater Primary School had been working on the $1 million-plus project for several years with Knox Council. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early learning centre â&#x20AC;&#x201D; built as part of the Building the Education Revolution â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be modified and extended to include extra parking, toilets and an outdoor area. The council committed more than $400,000 to the project earlier this year, which was a requirement to be eligible for the state funding. Many parents at the school supported establishing a kindergarten at the site, believing it would make the transition to primary school easier. Principal Ian Michelson said the introduction of a compulsory 15 hours of preschool for four year olds from next year also increased the need for another centre in Bayswater. The preschool is expected to open in 2014.

THE principal of a new church school in The Basin that was forced to abandon secondary education because of low enrolments says he is hopeful of the school reopening in 2017. Christadelphian Heritage College was told by the education department last week its secondary classes would be axed next year because there were less than 10 students per year level. The school had received special consideration for the past two years as it tried to establish the secondary school programs. CHC opened in 2010 and was adding a secondary class each year with the aim of filling all year levels by 2016. Principal Bill Lunn said there were 10 enrolments for year 9, three for year 8 and seven for year 7 in 2013. While the school community was disappointed by the closure, he recognised the government had â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no optionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; but to deny it registration. The school website describes its â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;environmental goalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; to be a suburban school with the benefits of a rural location. Mr Lunn said it was never intended the school would have large enrolment numbers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; its total enrolment was capped at 150. He said the school

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would focus on increasing primary school numbers and was confident the secondary college programs would re-commence in 2017 given projected numbers. Mr Lunn was buoyed by the support of surrounding schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both government and private â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which were likely to provide places for the CHC students. He said there had been some â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;very generousâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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offers from schools to take students in groups so that their friendship networks would be maintained. There were also plans for a bus to ferry older students to their new schools, and then take their siblings to Heritage College. Mr Lunn said the departing students were very positive about the future and would celebrate their final days together on school camp.

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Pride before possible fall BY TARA McGRATH THE first Lioness club established in Victoria could soon vanish as membership of the Ferntree Gully group rapidly declines. Club president Pat Dryden told the Weekly that, after 35 years, the foundation club was left with just 10 members — soon to be nine when another departs at the end of the year. ‘‘We won’t be able to go on much longer,’’ she said. The group is part of the Lions Club of Wantirna, but it operates independently, raising and choosing where to donate its funds. Regular sausage sizzles at Bunnings, charity fashion parades and Christmas hamper raffles all play a part in

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generating funds for the charities, both local and national, that it chooses to support. One of its best known charities provides emergency toilet packs for patients at the Angliss Hospital in Upper Ferntree Gully. ‘‘We put a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, that sort of thing in the pack for patients who didn’t realise they were going to be in hospital overnight,’’ Mrs Dryden said. They’ve also supported disaster relief funds, camps for underprivileged children and other local groups. At its peak, the club had about 30 members, but Mrs Dryden blamed a Lions club rule change in 1991 for the beginning of the decline. ‘‘In that year [Lions clubs] decided to accept women. But one of the benefits of our club is that we don’t charge fees.’’ A neighbouring Lioness club in Vermont has just six members, but Mrs Dryden said she took comfort in the fact that country groups were not facing the same decline.

She said that when she first joined the club had members ranging in age from their 20s through to their 70s. ‘‘Now, our youngest members are in their 60s, and we’ve got a couple in their 70s and 80s.’’ Mrs Dryden said sausage sizzles had become particularly difficult because some members could not remain on their feet all day. She said that while new members would have to be willing to work, it was also a great way to socialise. ‘‘There’s a lot of fun to be had and we have plenty of laughs. And many of us have become friends out of the Lioness club as well.’’ Lunches apparently are quite a hit. ‘‘Even though they’re just ordinary like soups and sandwiches and dessert, everyone seems to love them.’’ The group meets at the Lions Den in Bayswater on the first and third Monday of each month from 10am.

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Rail link key priority BY TARA McGRATH

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THE RACV has called for the Rowville Rail Link to be built as part of a sweeping program of improvements to public and private transport in the eastern suburbs. However, the much-discussed — at a council level at least — extension of the tram from Vermont South to Knox shopping centre is not listed as a priority in the RACV transport blueprint, Growing Pains, released this week The report calls on the state government to address transport challenges and suggests a total of $335 million worth of road projects for Knox — not including the Rowville Rail project. Knox’s arterial network is ‘‘at or near capacity and in urgent need of duplication or upgrade to eliminate checkpoints and limitations in the network’’, the report states. The RACV calls for sections of Wellington, Kelletts and Napoleon roads to be duplicated and also suggests widening parts of Ferntree Gully Road and Burwood Highway to six lanes. The biggest single proposal is to widen Ferntree Gully Road to six lanes between Stud Road and Burwood Highway at a cost of $65 million. The Wellington Road duplication is estimated at $60 million. RACV public transport and

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INBRIEF Speedster’s car impounded A 21-YEAR-OLD man caught speeding at more than 50km/h over the limit said he was in a rush to study after travelling at 102km/h in a 50km/h zone in Wyandra Way, Rowville, last week. His car was immediately impounded by police. Sergeant Paul Fisher of Knox highway patrol said police were ‘‘unpleasantly surprised’’ by how many drivers had been caught speeding.

EastLink closes for bike ride mobility manager Thanuja Gunatillake said while the Knox tram would be nice to have, there was not a ‘‘bottomless pit of money — bus services are more viable in the short-term’’. The report notes that the transport system in Knox is ‘‘already struggling to cope’’ and the rapid expansion of Knox Central will only add to the pain. ‘‘There is going to be a real increase in the concentration of jobs, dwellings and retail activity and all that combined means there will be more traffic,’’ Ms Gunatillake said. The report states bus services were introduced to the area ‘‘too late, leading to high rates of car ownership’’. But Ms Gunatillake was confident the high car ownership rates would not affect the popularity of the Rowville Rail Link.

EastLink will be closed in both directions from 5am-1pm on Sunday for the Hanover ConnectEast Ride for Home charity bike ride. The motorway, two EastLink tunnels and the Ringwood Bypass will be closed in the morning and reopen throughout the day. The EastLink section between Springvale and Canterbury roads will be closed in both directions from 8pm on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday and the section between Canterbury Road and Frankston Freeway will be closed in both directions from 5am Sunday and will reopen south of the Monash Freeway at 11am and at 1pm north of the freeway. The Ringwood Bypass will also be closed in both directions from 8pm on Saturday until 3pm on Sunday.

Mammogram screening urged Bayswater MP Heidi Victoria has urged women aged from 50-69 to receive a free breast screen

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Early childhood forum Anyone interested in early childhood learning is encouraged to attend a childcare and preschool forum hosted by Aston MP Alan Tudge this Friday. The forum — for parents, childcare providers and preschool operators — will feature the shadow minister for childcare and early childhood learning Sussan Ley and Childcare Centres Association of Victoria chief executive Frank Cusmana. It’s on from 1.30pm at Orana Neighbourhood House in Wantirna. RSVP: 9887 3890.

Honouring our women Residents are being urged to honour extraordinary women by nominating them for the 2013 Victorian Honour Roll of Women. The roll acknowledges women from across the state who have made a lasting impact on their communities through vision, leadership, commitment and hard work. Twenty women will be inducted next March. Women’s Affairs Minister Mary Wooldridge said nominating someone was a great way to recognise their contributions. Nominations are open until Friday, December 7. Details: dhs.vic.gov.au/ womenshonourroll.

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Good times roll at Caravan It has long been lamented as a cultural desert but Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs has a hidden oasis in Oakleigh. DANIEL TRAN reports.

Musical base: Caravan Club founder Peter Foley tired of the view that nothing musically worthwhile was happening in the south-east. Picture: Lucy Di Paolo

HIS is what an oasis in a cultural desert looks like: a cavernous canteen littered with mismatched chairs and tables under checkered cloths. A stage in front of a graveyard backdrop at one end and a tea station at the other. There’s a disco ball suspended next to an old metallic ceiling fan and hidden behind heavy blinds are old war posters and flags bearing the legend, Lest We Forget. But that is the view during the day. At night the place is transformed into an intimate space, moodily lit by tabletop candles and light spilling from the bar. For the past seven years, the Caravan Music Club in Oakleigh has been a beacon to lovers of roots music in Melbourne’s own Deep South. Founder Peter Foley, who was sick of the perception that there was nothing culturally respectable south of the Yarra, started staging gigs in the loungeroom of his Oakleigh home. Although it was seven years ago, the intimate gig remains clear in the mind of that first performer, now an assistant promoter, Tracey Miller. ‘‘It was beautiful,’’ she says wistfully. ‘‘ It was so great to actually have people wanting to listen to my songs.’’ Word soon spread about Foley’s loungeroom antics and his small group of friends grew into a bustling crowd. With the need for a bigger venue, he packed up his portable music scene and shifted to the Oakleigh Bowling Club. In 2009, the Caravan moved again to the Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL, giving credence to its name. ‘‘We kind of parked it here and it never got moved off the blocks,’’ he says. In effect, the club is now located in a bigger loungeroom, where punters are treated like family and bands are welcomed like out-of-town friends. ‘‘There’s not rock bitches on the door; there’s open and friendly faces,’’ Foley says. Every soul that ambles into the club pays a door charge. The cost is to ensure that the crowd is only made up of the people who really want to be there. ‘‘It’s not an incidental crowd. It’s a very deliberate, committed crowd,’’ Foley says. ‘‘It’s a listening crowd. That’s why performers like it too.’’ The Caravan’s reputation is now so big that the tour circuit once exclusive to inner city venues has grown to include it. While Foley once had to seek out artists, agents representing acts like The Sonics now come to him. Miller says: ‘‘The word has got out that this is a venue worth playing. Cold Chisel’s Don Walker is now a regular and Paul Kelly has rocked up to a gig before. The Caravan has developed a reputation for the respect that the acts are given. Musicians are given food and wine and a place to get ready. When Louisiana’s Lil’ Band o’ Gold performed recently, they took over the kitchen and cooked

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‘It’s not an incidental crowd. It’s a very deliberate, committed crowd. It’s a listening crowd, that’s why performers like it too.’ — Peter Foley everyone Southern-style gumbo. ‘‘They feel at home and we always look after the musicians that come here,’’ says Miller. But that reputation has spread to the crowds as well. ‘‘People from the northern side are coming here too because they’ve heard about this club. They know that they’re going to get a very special show when they come here and it’s worth the journey.’’ On the night, early in November when the Whitetop Mountaineers on tour from Virginia play, the atmosphere is buzzing as punters trickle through the door, and take a handful of mixed lollies as they find their seats. The crowd is November 14, 2012

mixed: there are hipsters just out of their teens drinking Coopers and Bohemian baby boomers sipping on rum. For a moment, it’s as though Greenwich Village has taken over Oakleigh. Foley wanders about finding extra chairs and stools for guests as Eilen Jewell’s Southern drawl warbles out of the speakers. At the beer garden out the back, Robyn Steele, who has travelled from Seymour, is having fish and chips with friends and family in the twilight. She caught the Mountaineers at the Apollo Bay Music Festival and made the 100-kilometre drive to the Caravan to see them again. ‘‘I love the atmosphere,’’ Steele says. ‘‘I’ve had people say to me, ‘Oakleigh? You’re going to Oakleigh?’ ‘‘For me, it’s quite a long way to come. If I lived close, I would come here every few weeks. ‘‘I love coming here.’’ Yarraville’s Jackie Lazzaro brought her family to the gig and said it was the family atmosphere she enjoyed the most. ‘‘It’s nice to know we can enjoy this music together,’’ she says. About 10pm, the band everyone has come to see wanders on stage. Martha Spencer and Jackson Cunningham open their set with an ‘‘old time’’ tune from the mountaintops of Virginia. Spencer’s hand blurs across the banjo while Cunningham accompanies her on the guitar. The cou-

ple change instruments with regularity and Spencer looks as comfortable with a fiddle or a guitar as she does with the banjo. The songs they sing are passed down by their families through the generations and deal with cheating and drinking and dying — the usual country themes. The appreciation from the crowd is palpable. Every eye is drawn to the stage and there’s thunderous applause after every song. When the band finishes at 11pm, they get a standing ovation. ‘‘Another thing which people really like, which seems uncool, is the fact that we run earlier and finish earlier so people can get home on the train,’’ Foley says. ‘‘This whole thing about bands going on at 10.45pm is a crock because no one can get home. ‘‘People in their 20s, it allows them to go out and if they’ve got young kids, they can get a babysitter. If they come home at 2am or 3am, they can’t get a babysitter.’’ One thing now seems certain: the Caravan Club’s nomadic days are over and the oasis in this cultural desert has set down roots. Foley recently committed to another three years at the venue on Drummond Street. ‘‘It’s certainly very valuable in this community, much loved in this community. That’s beyond doubt. ‘‘Every week I get people saying how much it seems like it’s changed their lives.’’


Open day: The Ferntree Gully Village Discovery Day is an annual community event at The Avenue on November 25 featuring street entertainment, art displays, demonstrations, food and market. Details and stall bookings: Bronte, 9758 7859.

Theatre show: The Basin Theatre’s last production this year Over my Dead Body runs until December 1. Cost: $22. Details: 1300 784 668. Junior footy: Registration for 2013 Eastern Lions Junior Football Club 11am-1pm on Sunday at Lewis Park, Lewis Road, Wantirna. Registration $90 for U8-10 and $130 for U11-17. Details: easternlionsjnr@efl.org.au. New classes: Enrolments open for five-week digital photography course at Orana Neighbourhood House, Wantirna South beginning next Tuesday. Cost: $98. Details: 9801 1895.

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Footy day: Bayswater Junior Football Club has its registration day from 10am this Sunday at the senior clubrooms, corner Mountain Highway and Bayswater Road. Details: Bernie, 0418 369 442.

Art exhibition: The Hut Gallery in Ferntree Gully treasure and gifts exhibition runs until December 9 and features jewellery, pottery and mosaics and textiles. The gallery is open Sundays from 11am. Details: 9758 8955 or vicnet.net.au/~thehut

Christmas event: Ferntree Gully Uniting Church hosts ‘De-signs of Christmas’ on Sunday, November 25 as part of the Mountain District Learning Centre Discovery Day. Aussie-themed Christmas art and craft, food and free activities for children. Details: 9753 6522.

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For nine years, Wantirna South mother Caroline Bourke has taken part in the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride. The keen cyclist says she’s seen a lot since first taking part in 2004. ‘‘It’s great just getting outside and seeing Victoria from the seat of a bike.’’ More than 4000 riders are expected to join Ms Bourke on the nine-day trip through Gippsland on one of the biggest cycling holidays in the world. She advises riders to be prepared. ‘‘If you are thinking about doing it for the first time. you need to put some miles into the saddle. Do the training.’’

Meditation expo: Kadampa Meditation Centre’s open day 9am-3pm this Saturday at 25 McCarthy Road (Camp Waterman), Monbulk, includes meditation sessions, market stalls, garage sale, adventure course and vegetarian food. Details: 9752 7203 or meditateinmelbourne.org.

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Topp talent to fore again Victorian second XI, plays matches in the coming weeks. Osborne said he would call selectors to put a word in for his young fast bowler. Rams all-rounder Ian Holland has also played for the futures team, recently making a century. On Saturday, the Rams slow bowlers took their opportunity. Teenage leg spinner Pat Ashton (4-21) made the most of a break from his VCE exams to get his best figures in Premier Cricket. While the Rams need only 77 for victory, Osborne isn’t letting his side get too far ahead of itself following an outright win in its previous match. ‘‘I would be happy to get those six points first before we worry about anything else. ‘‘If there are plenty of overs left we’ll have another crack at them, but a lot would need to go right for us to get anything more from the match.’’

BY ROY WARD RINGWOOD captain Ben Osborne wants to see opening bowler Michael Topp given a chance in the Victorian futures team after another impressive performance from the Rams bowlers on Saturday. Topp took 1-13 from 12 overs in the Rams’ focused first-day performance against Essendon in unhelpful bowling conditions at Jubilee Park, Ringwood. The visitors were bowled out for 142 and the home side was 1-66 at stumps. Although Topp didn’t take as many wickets as other weeks, Osborne said his strike bowler was simply bowling too well for oppositions. ‘‘His early spell was another beauty. Some of those deliveries were just too good for the batsmen,’’ Osborne said. ‘‘He didn’t get the wickets he deserved, but we didn’t let them [Essendon] off the hook. It was always going to flatten out, but we continued to bowl tightly.’’ The Victorian futures team, also known as the

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Home-town boy back to lead BY ROY WARD MATT Shanahan’s appointment as Knox Raiders men’s coach is a home coming, of sorts. The former NBL veteran guard grew up in Boronia, just a few doors along from the old Knox Stadium and while he never played juniors at the club due to family connections with Nunawading, Shanahan spent hour upon hour training at the venue. Shanahan’s Raiders won’t play at Knox Stadium next season with the side now playing at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South but regardless of their home court, the 36 year old is excited to return to the Melbourne basketball scene. ‘‘For me, it feels like I’m coming back to an old stomping ground,’’ he said. Shanahan has spent the past three years as operations and development manager for Coffs Harbour basketball association in New South Wales where he also coached the Coffs Harbour Suns to a championship in the NSW Waratah league championship.

Shanahan was a playing coach with the Suns but confirmed he would be a non-playing coach with the Raiders and would focus fully on leading the side. Shanahan acknowledged he will walk into a club where success was an expectation every season, with departed coach Graham Longstaff making his Raiders’ teams perennial title contenders. ‘‘I’ve got very big shoes to fill, there is no question about that with what Graham had done with the team,’’ Shanahan said. ‘‘They have won championships and made semi-finals. I’m more than ready for it. ‘‘The club is an excellent outfit and with a few minor changes and adjustments I want to take them one step further.’’ Shanahan said his move home to Melbourne was completed within a week as he won a job as a scout and development coach with the Australian college of basketball based at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre along with the Raiders coaching position. ‘‘Everything fell into place for me

Matt Shanahan in seven days. In my career that has never happened before,’’ he said. The Raiders’ side looks likely to remain similar to last season’s unit with Shanahan saying he expected to field imports C J Massingale and Lester Strong once again but would be looking for a forward to replace the retired Stephen Hoare who will be an assistant coach with Sandringham next season. He said he would also be after a reliable back-up point guard to spell Sean Carroll. ‘‘With the role I want Sean to play he won’t be able to play the same high minutes he played this season,’’ Shanahan said.

‘‘C J was the first guy to call me and congratulate me on my appointment and Lester is expected back from America this week. ‘‘I’ve told all the players they have a blank canvas with me, whether you are talking about a C J or a Mick Hill or the youngest kid on the roster. If they do the right thing and work hard they will be rewarded.’’ Shanahan said he looked forward to seeing Massingale return from his stint with Adelaide 36ers in the NBL. ‘‘He is hyped to come back. ‘‘He hasn’t played a lot of minutes this season — he is in similar role to the one I played in the NBL. ‘‘He has to be patient and take his opportunities when they come. ‘‘Having him in the NBL can work both ways. He might come back in a bit late but if he comes back in great physical shape and is hungry and determined to show what he could do ,then he could be in for a big season.’’ Raiders’ pre-season training begins next week.

France coasts to 6-2 win in all-nations cup match THREE second-half goals pushed France to a 6-2 win over Portugal in the opening round of the Knox AllNations Cup at the Knox Regional Football Centre on Sunday. The French got off to a perfect start through Andrew Sava in the sixth minute but Portugal equalised one minute later with a goal from Kenny Athiu. France then gave itself some breathing space when Josh Wood scored twice within three minutes but again Portugal came back and within four minutes scored its second goal through Pedro Sequeira. France however was not deterred, scoring three second-half goals via Kalonzo Kabongo in the 43rd minute, Alexandros Saisanos in the 61st and Andrew Blumgart in the 67th to make a great start to the tournament which opened on Saturday with reigning champions Scotland defeating Romania 1-0. Coached by Frank McGrellis with Stan Webster overseas, Scotland started off intent on going back-to-back by taking the lead in

the 17th minute through Wayne Gordon. However it could not increase the lead despite dominating large periods of the game with no change to the score at full-time. Somalia made its first ever appearance in the tournament and went down 2-1 to Albania. The third game of the day was a South American derby between Chile and Peru, with Chile getting on top early and going on to win 3-0. Another derby completed the program on the first day of competition when Seychelles played Mauritius and got to half-time leading 2-0, before the final whistle had it winning 3-1 after goals from Johnathan Ash (two) and Grant Lane. On Sunday, Australia played Bosnia with the latterunderscoring its dominance with a 4-2 victory. Italy and Cyprus then played a close affair with Italy 2-1 up at the break but Cyprus came roaring back to win 3-2. Last year’s semi-finalist Ireland ran into trouble in its game with Serbia, going down 2-1 after lead-

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Nations time: Somalia’s Bugra Yapar and Albania’s Benji Vahid battle for the ball during the Knox All-Nations Cup on Saturday. Picture: Wayne Hawkins ing through a Mark Leech goal in the ninth minute which it maintained until half-time. Second-half goals from Milos Lujic in the 48th and 61st minute turned the tables on Ireland and it will have to work harder to make finals. The tournament continues next weekend with games on Saturday beginning at 11.30am at the Knox Regional Football Centre near the corner of EastLink and High

Street Road Wantirna South. — Norm Edgar Saturday Australia v Italy, 11.30am Albania v Mauritius, 1pm Somalia v Seychelles, 2.30pm Portugal v Ireland, 4pm Sunday Romania v Peru, 11.30am Scotland v Chile, 1pm Serbia v France, 2.30pm Bosnia v Cyprus, 4pm

Worry over FFV changes KNOX City and Rowville Eagles have voiced their discontent with the structural changes to Football Federation Victoria’s competitions. FFV announced last week it was abolishing metro and provisional leagues, and dividing the competitions into state league 4 and state league 5. Sides will then be divided geographically into north, south, east and west with each of those competitions featuring 14 teams. FFV believes the changes will help lowerdivision teams progress through the ranks easier, although Knox and Rowville are not convinced. Knox City’s president Cor Teeuw has mixed feelings, despite admittedly not having an extensive knowledge of the changes. ‘‘I haven’t really seen it [the league restructure], I have only been made aware of it recently,’’ he said. ‘‘They tinkered with the bottom half of the competition, but haven’t done anything to the top half.’’ However, Teeuw does not believe the changes are advantageous to lower-division sides. ‘‘It doesn’t make it easier, the only thing that’s good for the clubs is the local derbies,’’ he said. Due to the geographic zoning system, Knox will play neighbouring sides like Rowville, which was crowned champions of provisional league 3 south-east in 2012. With the restructure in 2013, Rowville will play in the same division as Knox, in state league 4 east, despite the two clubs being four divisions apart in 2012. Rowville president Daniel Puscasu said he was concerned about how his club would fare against sides who were formerly in higher grades. ‘‘It’s good, but not good for us. We basically skipped one [whole] division,’’ he said. ‘‘We are rapt that we are playing big clubs because we always enjoy playing against the big clubs, but the competition is much harder.’’ Puscasu also refused to buy into the belief that the restructure favours the lower league sides. ‘‘On paper yes, but it’s not easy because of the strength of the competition. The gap between metro league and provisional 1 is huge,’’ he said. Ultimately, because of the changes, sides such as Knox and Waverley Wanderers who were in state league 3 last year, will come up against provisional 2 and 3 clubs like Ashburton United and Rowville in 2013. Puscasu also finds the zoning divisions a dampener, as most Rowville players and officials are in the Dandenong-Hampton Park area, which is better suited to the southern division of state league 4, not eastern. For full information on the structural changes, and leagues for 2013, check the Football Federation Victoria website, footballfedvic.com.au. — Yessar Daou


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Two losses but a win still on the cards BY ROY WARD and IAN HARLEY UPPER Ferntree Gully Kings lost the toss, lost opening bowler Jay Colee to injury but didn’t lose their heads against reigning premiers Upwey Tecoma on Saturday. The Kings recovered from their early misfortune to restrict the Tigers to 146 in their FTGDCA Norm Reeves Shield match at Upwey Recreation Reserve. Kings captain-coach Adam Slack said his bowlers had stuck to their plans allowing them to bowl out the home side. ‘‘We were steady all the way through the day, I can’t complain the results,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s not a large ground and they have a quality batting lineup. ‘‘We knew we would be up for a big challenge and everyone worked hard and did the right things and bowled in the right areas.’’ Tigers captain Sam Taylor (58) made the majority of the home side’s runs as the Kings

quickly moved past the exit of Colee from the bowling attack after four overs with a side strain. ‘‘Jay had a little side strain and I felt we had enough depth in our bowling not to have to risk him,’’ Slack said. ‘‘Hopefully, it’s nothing serious.’’ Returning all-rounder Marc Hardy was the star with the ball, taking three wickets in his return to the side after football season. Slack said his team still had to put in the hard yards against the Tigers bowlers when play resumes this Saturday. ‘‘I don’t want to say we will be doing this or that, we just need to be a team which concentrates on doing what we need to do this week with the bat,’’ he said. ‘‘We are 1-1 [win-loss] and it would make for a good start if we can get to 2-1.’’ Ferntree Gully Blues bundled the Basin out for 49, Ryan Handley the destroyer taking 6-16. The day didn’t improve for the Basin as Ferntree Gully finished the day taking first innings

SCOREBOARD Norm Reeves Shield Belgrave 195 (R Guest 43, D Oaten 41; N Costa 5-48, N Bogar 3-47) v Ferntree Gully Footballers. Ferntree Gully 3-114 (J Bradbury 38, R Joseph 30) v The Basin 49 (R Handley 6-16, J Bradley 3-22). Upwey-Tecoma 146 (S Taylor 58; M Hardy 3-51) v Upper Ferntree Gully. Eildon Park 8-222 (C Morris 62, M Sinclair 44; T. Scholfield 4-60) v Knoxfield. Johnson Park 164 (Bourke 39; A. Wild 4-47) v Knox Gardens.

points at 3-114. Ladder leaders Johnson Park could only post 164 against newcomers Knox Gardens. Adam Wild took four wickets for the Falcons as the Sharks struggled at the Argyll Way ground. A solid batting effort next week, could see the

Confidence in the camp BAYSWATER’S batsmen face a test of their determination when they chase 253 against Kew at Victoria Park, Kew on Saturday. Waters captain Sean Flynn said he was ‘‘quietly confident’’ his side could make the runs but needed a top-order batsman to anchor the innings. ‘‘We made 200 against Coburg in a one-day game a few weeks back and batted out our overs in all our oneday games so I think we bat reasonably deep,’’ he said. ‘‘But it would be nice to see a toporder batsmen get a big score and let the rest of our side bat around him. ‘‘Building partnerships early in the innings will also be a key.’’ Flynn won the toss and bowled, a decision he didn’t regret, even though his bowlers didn’t make the most of early conditions before the change bowlers and spinner Tim Emmett slowed the home side down. Emmett took 4-68 with his leftarm spinners. ‘‘I thought the wicket had a bit in it and we probably didn’t bowl too well early and were much better in the middle of the day,’’ Flynn said. ‘‘Emmett bowled beautifully and contained them from one end. ‘‘They were 3-90 at tea and we let them get away from us a bit after tea but the ground was in great condition and had a fast outfield so hopefully we have the same conditions this week.’’ — Roy Ward

Falcons sitting with two wins from four completed games. At Eildon Park, the home team set a target of 223 for the Knoxfield Knights, losing eight wickets in the days play. Trentin Scholfield now has 13 wickets for the Knights this season while Cody Morris and Mick Sinclair batted well for the Panthers. Play at Pickets Reserve saw Belgrave score 195, with Ryan Guest (43), and Doug Oaten (41) the best for the Magpies. Ferntree Gully Footballers’ new recruit , Nuwan Costa took five wickets and Nick Bogar grabbed three. In Decoite Shield, Mountain Gate made the most of a move to Windemere, with Marshal Bunting top-scoring with 143 not out to set South Belgrave a chase of 285. Monbulk seems to have Lysterfield’s measure dismissing it for 127 with Blake Walter taking five wickets. Rowville has 181 on the board against the Saints.

Bowler makes amends

Wicket-taker: Bayswater spinner Tim Emmett took four wickets against Kew on Saturday. Picture: Sam Stiglec

WANTIRNA South captain Matt King thought he’d blown his side’s chances of beating Bayswater Park on Saturday after dropping Sharks star Marcus Adams on 70. At 2-130 shortly before tea and with Adams in control, Bayswater looked a chance of chasing down Wantirna South’s 234 in their RDCA Lindsay Trollope Shield match. However, Devils fast bowler Drew McKay stepped up to take the crucial wicket of Adams just four runs later. King said the dismissal of the in-form opener Adams (74) was the game changer, the Sharks losing their final eight wickets for 41 to be all out for 177. ‘‘Yeah, his wicket was the difference. I dropped him on 70, but luckily we got him out a few runs later,’’ he said. ‘‘We dropped him twice throughout the game. ‘‘He came out after tea a little bit weary though and thankfully we took advantage.’’ However, McKay (5-46) and David Ryan (3-27) were instrumental with the ball as the Sharks’ middle and tail end imploded. ‘‘It was a very tight game, they were in control until a few overs after tea,’’ he said. ‘‘But we managed to get on top of them, and clean up their tail end with some great bowling.’’ King was adamant it was his side’s bowling attack that won the game, and praised the influence of McKay in particular. ‘‘He was the difference in the end. If he didn’t take the five wickets we wouldn’t have won the game.

‘‘He really turned it around,’’ he said. ‘‘David [Ryan] also was fantastic, cleaning up at the end and getting his three wickets. ‘‘Our bowlers really did the job for us today.’’ It wasn’t the first time that Bayswater Park’s middle order suffered a collapse, which gave Wantirna confidence after the wicket of Andrew McKenzie (34). ‘‘In their first or second game of the season they did the same thing, and after the 30th over or so, they did it again,’ King said. ‘‘We knew once we got their top four, we were going to get them all out.’’ Going into the second day, the Devils are unsure as to whether their efforts a week earlier was enough for the win. ‘‘On a fairly slow ground, we thought the 234 was going to be enough ‘‘But they started to get about four runs an over at the beginning.’’ King admitted he had some anxious moments during the day. ‘‘When they were on 2-130 odd we thought we might be losing this,’’ he said. ‘‘Once we got a few out, we started attacking their batters more, then finally we cleaned up their tail end.’’ — Yessar Daou and Tony White

Lindsay Trollope Shield: South Croydon 24 points, 1.81 per cent; North Ringwood 24, 1.55; Ainslie Park 16, 1.20; Wantirna South 12, 1.19; Mooroolbark 12, 0.61; Bayswater Park 8, 1.08; South Warrandyte Hawks 8, 1.01; Croydon North 8, 0.55; Warranwood 0, 0.87; Norwood 0, 0.55.

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