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Dentist in $1.2m tax evasion trates Court. Appearing last week, Balfoort was fined a further $12,000 and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service for failing to comply with another court order last year. Balfoort eventually filed the missing tax returns late last year, which cost him $25,000 in accounting fees. His lawyer, Glenys Jardine, said everything went ‘‘horribly wrong’’ for Balfoort in 1998 when a property development deal went sour. ‘‘The cost of that was bankruptcy and he lost his marriage,’’ she said. ‘‘It was extremely traumatic.’’ She said Balfoort currently had no assets and rented his practice and his Boronia home. Balfoort was discharged from bankruptcy in 2005. Magistrate Max Cashmore questioned

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whether Balfoort had distributed assets elsewhere. ‘‘You have got to have earned a lot of money to have that [tax] liability. It’s got to have gone somewhere,’’ Mr Cashmore said. Mr Micaleff said people earning an income in Australia were duty-bound to lodge the correct paperwork. The Australian people were the real victims of Balfoort’s tax evasion. Mr Micaleff said that despite the unlikelihood of the total debt ever being paid, jailing Balfoort would not recoup any of the money. ‘‘He is very lucky that I am not requesting he is marched out that door [to the holding room].’’ In sentencing, Mr Cashmore said he took into account Balfoort’s guilty pleas. . ‘‘It’s a very sorry situation.’’ Balfoort must complete his community service within 12 months.

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A BORONIA dentist has accumulated more than $1.2 million in debt in what the Australian Tax Office has described as one of the worst cases of tax evasion ever uncovered. Dr Thomas Balfoort failed to fill in a tax return for 15 years from 1998 and was ordered to pay more than $600,000 in back taxes and the same amount in penalties to the ATO. But after he was ordered to file his late returns, the 69-year-old dentist repeatedly failed to meet deadlines set for them and was fined several times. ATO barrister Alf Micaleff said Balfoort’s tax evasion was ‘‘one of the worst I have seen’’. ‘‘He has not paid direct tax for 15 years. That’s $40,000 a year that he hasn’t paid one cent of,’’ Mr Micaleff told Ringwood Magis-

Pupils at Wantirna Primary School are full of great stories after spending the term studying fairytales. A character dress-up day at the school last week was the culmination of the term’s work, junior learning unit leader Luke Van Leuveren said. Cody, Lockie, Natasha, Toby, Sasha and Charlee were some of the pupils who got into the theme. Mr Van Leuveren said there were lots of pupils dressed up as a princess, wicked witch or Prince Charming, but the favourite fairytale for the term was Puss in Boots.

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Re: Tree-felling anger flares again The felling of gum trees in Knox should be mandatory. These trees are renowned for having their branches and limbs fall off, causing damage to cars, people and property. Their root system is such that they uproot footpaths and cause further damage and make walking on the footpath a hazard. Surely Knox Council could replace the gum trees with other native trees that don’t cause so much mess, damage and hazards to the community of Knox. I am not against having trees on nature strips — just have the correct ones. Carol Bayley, Rowville

The wholesale and wanton removal of trees is a bloody-minded act on the part of Knox Council. The streets concerned look like a moonscape and it is incomprehensible that there was not proper consultation and a staggered removal of the trees. Why not remove every second tree or indeed every problem tree and let the new trees form a canopy? We got a survey and a week later the results were announced. No one had a proper chance to reply nor to consider an alternative proposal that was not provided. This is a complete disgrace.

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Can we line the streets with oak trees instead of ornamental pear? Oak trees provide plenty of shade and look good. Tree lover (via web)

How about native flowering gum trees or banksias, the ones designed to grow only four metres high at maturity? I have one such banksia and it is great. My neighbour has a spectacular orange flowering gum tree less than four metres. Common Sense, Ferntree Gully (via web)

Knox Council seems not to have one brain between them. Yes, replace certain trees if they are a danger or nuisance but do not strip entire streets of more than 20 years of growth. Do something constructive. Diane (via web)

Re: PTUA disputes rail option It is interesting to see that in the three major railroute reports that the Melbourne Metro Tunnel is a requirement. However, if you read the reports, buried in them is the minimum requirements for the lines to be built and for the line to operate — the Melbourne Metro Tunnel is not included as part of

the minimum requirements. Upgrades to the Dandenong corridor are, of course, needed for the Rowville rail to be built so that the line can carry more trains, and this does include the removal of railway crossings through grade separations. The Melbourne Metro Tunnel is being talked up more than what is needed, maybe from the transport department as it is one of their planned dreams for a while — it wasn’t in the Liberals’ policy platform going into the election (neither was East-West link). The second phase of the study needs to be started so the planning for the rail lines can go ahead. Anthony Osborne (via web)

Boy, are we sick of all the whingeing about the Rowville train line. Buses are great transport. Trains will only benefit Rowville and Lysterfield and not the rest of Knox, and will suck up $2.9 billion which would be much better spent elsewhere. The mayoress needs to cut out dreams of funding another expensive useless ‘investigation’. What council services to residents will be cut to pay for it? Be happy, at least the Liberal Party has committed to the East-West tunnel and Dandenong rail to move things closer, while Labor’s done nothing. Jeff, Christine, Bob and Stacey (via web)


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Raft of ideas to help youth of Rowville BY TARA McGRATH PERFORMING arts and youth group-style activities could be the answer to getting Rowville youth off the street, a community member says. KC Boey, a member of the Rowville Anglican Church known as RAFT and its former community relations manager, spoke about his ideas at a Rowville community forum. One of his ideas was for church groups and other community groups to offer secular activities that would appeal to young people in the growing suburb. ‘‘Whether it is a church or a temple or mosque or a council building, they all have one thing in common. ‘‘They have facilities for ankle-biters and the aged, but very little for youth and young adults — there is a big void,’’ Mr Boey said. RAFT offers dance lessons, mechanic groups, tutoring and music lessons. ‘‘We are not all about getting people to become Anglican. We as a family at RAFT have the same issues as everybody else,’’ Mr Boey said. ‘‘Our youth and young

people have the same problems. When they get to that age of rebellion, we have to put on our thinking cap to provide activities that are not necessarily to do with the Bible.’’ At the workshop, he told the group that the changing composition of Rowville — with more Malaysian, Sri Lankan and Chinese families moving in — could potentially make Rowville the cultural hub of Knox. ‘‘Rowville is a unique suburb with a higher socio-economic status and the council would not have to inject funds to initiate this objective,’’ Mr Boey said. He would like to a see a partnership created between Rowville Secondary College and Monash University’s Academy of the Arts — ‘‘we need to be more imaginative and proactive, thinking outside the box’’. ‘‘The new arrivals highly value education and see performing arts and culture as an extension of education. If we keep young people occupied [playing music], they will have no reason to look for something else to.’’ Mr Boey said it would be a win for both parties

New solution: KC Boey says the church can help young people in Rowville just by being a venue. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

and called on the council to facilitate meetings between the parties. His comments followed an article in the Weekly about a campaign for a skate park adjacent to Wellington Village because of a lack of facilities for young people in Rowville. Cr Nicole Seymour said she heard ‘‘loud and

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250 food businesses told: ‘Lift your game’ BY TARA McGRATH MORE than a quarter of Knox food businesses inspected by the council last year have been warned about non-compliance with health standards. Two businesses offering body piercing were also found to be in major breach of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act, having failed to demonstrate the environments they were worked in were sterile. The council inspects every fixed food premises annually, as well every business registered under the act. ‘‘Some of the places we inspect include hospitals, nursing homes, childcare centres, supermarkets, caterers, restaurants, takeaway food premises, food manufacturers, home-based businesses, market stalls, sports clubs, lunch trucks, hairdressers, beauticians, body piercers and tattooists,’’ the council’s city development director Angelo Kourambas said. More than 960 food businesses were inspected across the municipality last year and 250 notices

In harmony Rowville library was filled with the sound of music last week as staff and patrons celebrated Harmony Day. A Chinese band, including Kim Tai (pictured), played traditional Chinese folk music at a morning tea. Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for anyone who calls Australia home, from the traditional owners of the land to those who have come from other parts of the world.

were issued for non-compliance. The breaches can include food being stored at the incorrect temperature, cleanliness issues and structural problems. When the council followed up the notices, 28 of the 250 business had failed to deal with their problems, Mr Kourambas said. The council could then consider imposing a fine because the business was posing a potential health risk to the community. Fines can be up to $700 for an individual or $1400 for a company. However, if matters are taken to the magistrates court, businesses can face fines of up to $500,000 or individuals up to two years in jail and a fine of $100,000. Other penalties include adding charges to the business’s registration fee or closing the business. The council also issued 38 notices under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act, two of which were considered major offences. Over the 12 months, 235 businesses were inspected. Mr Kourambas said the council had noticed better compliance at initial inspections in 2012 compared with 2011.

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Richard enamoured with fund-raising BY TARA McGRATH WHAT makes a man want to run up to 10 kilometres in full medieval armour in often sweltering conditions as often as he can in one year? ‘‘I’m just addicted,’’ Richard Bird laughs. That addiction involves donning full steel upper and lower leg armour, mail shirt, steel shoulder guards, leather arm guards and a 10 kilogram steel helmet — all together weighing more than 20 kilograms. The Weekly first spoke to Mr Bird last year when he was training to conquer the 10 kilometre leg of the Melbourne Marathon. He decided to run in full armour because he wanted to raise awareness about autism — Mr Bird hoped people would ask why he was wearing the armour and he could then explain his cause. The concept worked so well he has decided to enter as many fun runs in Melbourne as possible this year. ‘‘It really struck a nerve how much interest I could attract,’’ he said. ‘‘Most people when they line up for a race try to wear as little as possible,

so people can’t help but stop and ask me what it’s all about.’’ Despite an injury that forced him to sit out for a month, Mr Bird has completed six runs this year — sometimes in testing conditions, such as around the Royal Botanic Gardens. ‘‘The toughest run was definitely two laps around the tan in February on a 37-degree night. The hill up Anderson Street was torture.’’ Training comprises full combat at the eastern suburbs medieval sword-fighting club of which Mr Bird is a member, as well as running once a week in the armour and regular jogs without the extra weight. His ultimate goal is to complete in November’s Eureka Climb, which involves walking or running up the 1642 stairs of the CBD’s Eureka Tower. ‘‘Even if I don’t finish it, at least I can say I tried and helped raise awareness’’. The campaign officially supports Amaze (Autism Victoria) and chief executive Murray Dawson-Smith said Mr Bird ‘‘is a wonderful ambassador’’.

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Students from the outer-easter suburbs were given a taste of what to expect during preparations for the Victorian State Schools Spectacular at the first mass dance rehearsal at Bayswater Secondary College last week. They were taken through some dance moves with associate dance director Deon Nuk, who worked on the event last year and has previously co-ordinated dances for Macy Gray and Kylie Minogue. The Schools Spectacular will be at Hisense Area on Saturday, July 27.

Helping them stay home Services helping senior Victorians who want to continue to live at home have received a funding boost from the federal government. La Trobe federal MP Laura Smyth said the $33.4 million boost to home and community care services would make a significant difference to those who use the program. Knox Community Health Service Limited received $289,800 and Interchange Outer East Region, Knox Community Baptist Church and Mountain District Women’s Co-operative also received federal funding.

Residents are being urged by the CFA to change their smoke alarm batteries before Sunday, April 7 as part of the annual Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries campaign. A recent fire safety survey found that 38 per cent of Victorian and Tasmanian homes had only one smoke alarm installed. CFA deputy chief officer Steve Warrington said smoke alarms must be located between each bedroom area and the rest of the house. ‘‘At the end of daylight saving when you change back your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries with long-life alkaline batteries,” he said.

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Sex in the city Illegal brothels are flourishing in Melbourne and the authorities are struggling to stop them. By BEAU DONELLY

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Executive director Kelly Hinton suspects many more women who have come through her doors were also trafficked.“This is trafficking for the purpose of exploitation,” she says, adding that Jessica was tricked into harsh conditions and forced to sign a contract.“She was in debt and wasn’t allowed to use condoms and she could never decline to do a service because once she signed the contract she thought she had no rights.”

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he had signed up to work in a brothel. But when Jessica arrived in Australia from south-east Asia, the young mother didn’t expect that her passport would be confiscated or that she would have to work off a debt to her traffickers. She didn’t know that she would have to live inside the brothel, on-call 24-hours a day, forced to have unprotected sex with countless men. If she had, she says, she would have continued working at the brothel in her home country, where she was barely earning enough to pay off rising medical bills. “They said it would be the same as in my country,” Jessica recalls. “They said it was safe. But I had to do everything. All of this with no condoms.” Jessica had a valid student visa when she arrived. It had been arranged by the traffickers who were well aware of Australian laws that allow international students to earn a living as sex workers. After receiving directions via a payphone at the airport and parting ways with the young women she travelled with, Jessica made her way to a legal innercity brothel. When she arrived she gave $1000 the trafficker had given her to the brothel owner; a transaction she now believes was a finder’s fee payment. She was then forced to sign a contract that would effectively have her working as a sex slave for the next three months. Jessica is now safe, but her story is not uncommon. The federal government’s Support For Trafficked People program has assisted 191 people since 2004, the majority of whom were forced into the sex industry. But due to the nature of sex slavery, the number of women trafficked to Melbourne and Sydney’s inner-city and suburban brothels is likely to be much higher. Melbourne support group for women in the sex industry, Project Respect, has supported 20 trafficked women in the past 12 months.

Two weeks ago, officers from Victoria Police’s newly-formed Sex Industry Co-ordination Unit (SICU) swooped on a business in Melbourne’s south-east.The taskforce was established on February 29 to coincide with legislative changes that made police the lead agency for investigations into the multi-million dollar illegal prostitution industry. They charged a 66-year-old Bentleigh woman and a 64-year-old Ormond woman with forcing a child to have sex for money. The business was one of about 100 licensed brothels in the state. The legal sex industry estimates there are 300-400 unlicensed brothels across Victoria with links to human trafficking, tax evasion and organised crime. Government corruption has also been a problem. City of Yarra planning enforcement co-ordinator

Ken Wolfe last year pleaded guilty to taking more than $130,000 in bribes from illegal brothel operators. It was Wolfe’s job to enforce sex laws and shut down illegal brothels from Fitzroy to Richmond. An enforcement officer from Darebin council was also stood down in 2011 after it was revealed that he was involved in the illegal sex trade. According to a Productivity Commission report released last month, local councils responsible for brothel planning, zoning and workplace health and safety, continue to identify illegal brothels and co-ordinate further enforcement with state and federal government agencies.The job of investigating illegal brothels has traditionally been split between councils, local and federal police, consumer affairs and the tax and immigration departments. Port Phillip council conducted eight investigations into illegal and legal brothels in the 2011-12 financial year.Three legal brothels were found to be breaching their permits and the council pursued two cases at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Echoing the findings in the report, Port Phillip council and the Australian Adult Entertainment Industry, the body that represents Victoria’s legal brothels, want police to take a more active role in the crackdown against illegal brothels. Port Phillip mayor Rachel Powning said council officers continued to investigate illegal brothels before referring them to the police.“Police are better

positioned to investigate and pursue allegations around illegal brothels due to the broader issues such as criminal activity and other related offences,” Cr Powning said. “Any action taken under planning legislation for illegal land use generally results in an operator moving to another premise.” Under local laws, councils have the power to prohibit the use of a premises where an illegal brothel is run for up to three months. But the legal sex industry claims this does nothing to deter illegal brothel operators who easily set up shop somewhere else. AAEI spokesman William Albon commended Port Phillip council on its work against illegal brothels but conceded local laws were too restrictive.“Regrettably, the council can only use planning law and go after the owners of the land where the illegal brothel is sited,” he said. “Rarely is the owner of the land the illegal brothel operator.”

Since it was set up, SICU has investigated three illegal brothels. One of them is located in the City of Port Phillip, where South Melbourne has 10 per cent of Victoria’s licensed brothels. However, the taskforce has failed to identify a new breed of brothel, which began promoting its prostitution racket through website Sweetybabe.net. Sweetybabe clients access photo galleries and descriptions of sex workers “available today”, who are promoted as a mix of students, office ladies and clubbing girls in their late teens and early 20s.The

website details the sex services provided and costs, starting at $350 an hour. Contact with the brothel operator is made via a 24-hour customer service hotline or Chinese social networking website QQ. The illegal brothel employs at least 19 sex workers and was set up the day before SICU launched. Six new sex workers have been promoted online in the past week. The racket, allegedly run by a Chinese syndicate that has spread from the suburbs to inner-city hotels, has recently made inroads across state borders to Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. A mobile phone app to complement the website is under construction. Victoria Police Inspector Trevor Cornwill, who lead SICU until last week, said the taskforce was not investigating any brothels operating out of Melbourne hotels or Sweetybabe.net. “We are investigating one illegal brothel in Melbourne CBD based at a fixed address,” he said.“We haven’t looked at any hotels.” Asked whether he suspected an illegal brothel was running out of Melbourne hotels, Inspector Cornwill said he wouldn’t be surprised.“Yes, it’s possible because these illegal brothels are quite fluid in that they’ll set up in one place and then move to another place. It wouldn’t surprise me at all.” Sweetybabe clients are not told which hotel will be used until the day of the rendezvous; they are typically met by staff in the hotel lobby and given a key pass to access the elevators and hotel room. In some cases the illegal brothel operator uses one hotel room as a reception area, showing clients a line-up of sex workers and providing pre-booked rooms. A customer who attended the mobile brothel operating out of rooms at Crown Towers on four occasions since March said he was offered sex each time and told he could request different women. He was asked to pay $350 an hour or $550 for two hours in return for sexual services. The customer attended West Melbourne’s Flagstaff City hotel last month, where he was introduced to five women who were providing sex services out of two rooms. He was also offered sex at the Grand Chancellor in June. In a members-only forum on Chinese dating website CatchGod, another client of the mobile brothel described his encounter

with a Sweetybabe sex worker at Crown. He wrote that the sex worker charged $350 an hour for sexual services without a condom. “It’s worth the money,” he wrote. “This weekend I’m very satisfied. Thanks to the Sweety girls for providing a high-quality girl.” The hotels have denied any knowledge of brothel activity.

Sex industry sources say they are concerned that the new police taskforce is too focused on illegal brothels operating in the suburbs to shut down the mobile brothel operating in the city.The owner of one of Port Phillip’s 12 legal brothels, who asked not to be named, was doubtful a small team of police officers could effectively crack down on operators.“I’ve heard about the new team, but there are not enough of them,” the owner said.“The problem is so big – illegal brothels are booming.” One former brothel manager said he knew many Chinese sex workers who quit their jobs in legal brothels to work for the mobile syndicate. He said the women earned more money working for the mobile brothel because the customers, mostly young Chinese students, were prepared to pay more to avoid going to street-front brothels. Since 2009 there has been a push to introduce signs in the reception area and all rooms of legal brothels that describe what sex slavery is and provide the phone numbers of local and federal police. However, unless the signs are displayed in languages other than English and unless the state government is on board, critics argue they will be useless. Through an interpreter, Jessica said she was forced to sign a contract when she arrived in Australia. She believed she was not allowed to leave the brothel and with no understanding of local laws, she went to work. “When a customer came in we all came out from the room and line up.” Jessica said she paid a cut of her wage to the brothel owner, the trafficker and the Malaysian agent who recruited her. Along with the Malaysian, Chinese and Korean women she lived with, some who were also trafficked, Jessica was available for sex 24-hours a day, seven days a week before she finally escaped. (Jessica’s name has been changed)

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initiative that focuses on encouraging healthy eating in the community. Eat Smart will reward Knox food premises adhering to food safety standards and providing healthy choices for customers. The initiative will include bakeries, cafes, restaurants, delis and school canteens. Food premises will be awarded with a certificate and the top businesses will be honoured at an awards night in November.

Chocolate warning over pets The Animal Health Alliance is reminding pet owners in Knox not to share chocolate with their animals over Easter. Chief executive Dr Peter Holdsworth said chocolate was toxic to pets. ‘‘Chocolate poisoning is common in dogs because they rapidly consume food, but it may also affect cats and other pets. Don’t leave sweets or chocolate lying around, as they can cause stomach problems for pets — even the smallest amount can become toxic once ingested.’’

Knox firm’s export boost Knoxfield-based company Ecotech has signed a joint venture agreement with Uniphos Envirotronic to monitor air quality in India. The announcement was made by Innovation, Services and Business Minister Louise Asher during the state government’s super trade mission to India. Ecotech expected it would increase its annual exports to India to more than $2 million by 2015.


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Fractured lives, guilty secrets Family violence incidents have increased in Melbourne’s eastern and south-eastern suburbs by more than 40 per cent in the past two years. DAVID SCHOUT asks why and speaks with the people directly. t became second nature — each morning as Pamela McConchie travelled to work, she would get ready to put on her ‘mask’. For more than a decade, slipping on that cool, calm exterior was just part of her daily routine. As the owner of a recruitment company and professional businesswoman, she knew this mask — the competent and savvy one — had to stay on all day. But when she returned home each night, the mask would come off revealing the woman underneath — someone scared, bracing herself for what could happen when she walked through that door. She knew that at any time, her partner may hit her. And during the bad times, he did. ‘‘There’s an incredible amount of shame knowing that you’re a professional person and you’re caught up in this sort of relationship,’’ Ms McConchie says. ‘‘So I kept it hidden. For the whole time I kept it hidden. I knew it was wrong but didn’t know how to change it.’’ Up until five years ago, when she finally mustered the courage to leave the relationship, the Ringwood East mother was one of the many family violence victims in the eastern and south-eastern suburbs. The most recent figures from Victoria Police show the number of reported incidents has risen dramatically in the past few years — up 43.6 per cent. In Monash, the number of reported cases has increased from 592 in 2009-10 to 924 in 2011-12. In Knox, the increase is similar, from 904 in 2009-10 to 1379 for the same period. For those working in the field — such as women’s support groups and police — the numbers show that new approaches to investigating the crime, and raising awareness of the issue are working. Victims are more willing to report cases to police or use the support services available to get out. Ms McConchie was with her partner for 13 years. The relationship became violent ‘‘very early on’’. After each time he hit her, a screaming voice inside her would insist she leave. But Ms McConchie, like most

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Moving on: Domestic violence survivor Pamela McConchie kept her violent relationship hidden from everyone, including her friends and family. Picture: Rob Carew

THE FIGURES Number of reported incidents by local government area 2009-10 Cardinia: 608 Casey: 2264 Dandenong: 1459 Knox: 904 Maroondah: 539 Monash: 592 Yarra Ranges: 675 2011-12 Cardinia: 984 Casey: 3172 Dandenong: 1845 Knox: 1379 Maroondah: 722 Monash: 924 Yarra Ranges: 1068 Source: Victoria Police

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other women caught up in similar situations, found it incredibly difficult to leave the man she fell in love with. Eventually in 2009 after several attempts, she left the relationship for good, but not before there was much emotional damage to both her and her daughter, now 14. Ms McConchie credits the help of her immediate family and then support groups, which she had avoided for years, as the reason why she could finally leave. She now works as a media advocate for Women’s Health East and regularly speaks about her experience to encourage other women to speak up about their problems. She believes the number of incidents is rising primarily because victims are more willing to report an abusive partner. ‘‘It’s become more open, that’s my opinion. There are advocates out there talking about it whereas before there was no one.’’ Dandenong Police family violence liaison officer Sergeant Gary Gladwell says the spike in figures is down to a combination of factors. ‘‘We’re enforcing the reporting of family violence incidents more, and people are more prepared to report matters to the police as a result of better education programs out there.’’ The Dandenong police run a dedicated recidivist family violence unit, which launched as a pilot program in April last year. The unit can receive

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more than 100 call-outs a month — and many of those might be to the same address. Sergeant Gladwell says the Dandenong unit, and similar ones in Casey and Knox, have proved invaluable,

‘I don’t know why they hit the female in their life but they won’t go out and hit their mates...they have the anger, but they don’t actually lash out at others. They only lash out at us.’ — Pamela McConchie but it was now down to the public to ensure intimate partner violence is eradicated. ‘‘We’re pretty much at the limit of what we can do. We need the cooperation of female victims; it’s very hard to prosecute without their help.’’ He says it is not uncommon for a woman to be beaten by her partner, call the police and then back down at the final hurdle. There is a growing base of research

on why men hit the person closest to them in the first place. While unemployment, work stress, upbringing and substance abuse are all cited as contributing factors, research overwhelmingly shows that gender inequality and power imbalances are the prime reason. A 2009 report from the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and Children found that domestic violence stemmed from ‘‘an ongoing pattern of behaviour aimed at controlling one’s partner through fear’’. Ms McConchie’s own attempts to reach into the male psyche lead her to suspect sexism is a big part of it. ‘‘I don’t know, from the male’s point of view. I don’t know why they hit the female in their life but they won’t go out and hit the workmate or their mates or anyone,’’ she says. ‘‘They have the anger, but they don’t actually lash out at others. They only lash out at us. And I don’t know why that is.’’ The children who witness violent acts within their home can also be severely affected. Ms McConchie says her daughter changed from a grade-A, affable student to a quiet and reserved person who took 80 days off school last year and spent much of her time alone. She has no doubt this was because of the violence she witnessed and the fear that her mother may leave.

‘‘It breaks my heart to know that I have inadvertently done this to her and I am doing everything to put into place a solution for her.’’ She says her daughter still loves her father dearly but the violence and uncertainty of the past has changed her. ‘‘She is still the same beautiful child she was but there is a sadness for, and total disconnect from, everything around her. She is lonely and keeps herself hidden.’’ Pakenham mother Lisa Fothergill, a foster carer who looks after children who’ve witnessed severe domestic violence, says it is easy to tell the children who come from this sort of background. ‘‘Some of the boys have been disrespectful to me as a woman and called me names that most likely they’ve heard their mother been called,’’ she says. ‘‘I’ve found that the girls are also quite jumpy. For example, if you touch their hair they coil back and get worried very quickly.’’ The after-effects of domestic violence range from child to child. ‘‘Some are completely traumatised from the past and have nightmares, while others become completely desensitised to it. I see these kids watching TV and when something [violent] happens and you expect them to say ‘woah’, they just sit there.’’ If you are experiencing family violence, contact: ■ Eastern Domestic Violence Service: 9259 4200 ■ Men’s Referral Service: 1800 065 973 or 9428 2899 ■ Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service: 1800 015 188 or 9322 3555 ■ In an emergency, call Triple-O.


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Anything pawsible at the doggie school BY TARA McGRATH WHEN Luke Kenny adopted a husky from the RSPCA several years ago, he was warned it could be impossible to train it because the breed was too smart to obey orders. But after several sessions with the Knox Obedience Dog Club, Yicha was soon sitting when told to do so and rolling over when instructed. The Knox dog club was formed almost 50 years ago when training began in a founding member’s backyard in Boronia. The club now trains weekly and up to 500 dogs and owners converge each Sunday at Knox Park for obedience classes, agility training and exercise. Members will be demonstrating their pets’ skills at the Eastern Region Pet Expo at Knox Park in Knoxfield on Sunday, April 7. Mr Kenny credits the club with transforming Yicha’s behaviour, as well as that of Dakota — the husky he is fostering. When he first gave Dakota a home, she weighed only 13.5 kilograms. ‘‘We would actually take

her to the club in a T-shirt because she was so thin,’’ Mr Kenny said. But like many other abused or displaced dogs that have been trained at the club, within a few months Dakota was again responding positively to other people. And she now weighs 22 kilograms: ‘‘She looks brilliant,’’ Mr Kenny said. The Knox dog club is a not-for-profit organisation and has turned many mischievous pups into champion dogs. ‘‘You train your dog how you want to. Some do it to become champions, some to increase the value of their breed, others to show their dogs. ‘‘The primary objective is for the dog to be a good companion.’’ Mr Kenny said encouraging dogs to socialise was very important because it allowed puppies to understand older dogs and learn to interact with others. The classes are open to all breeds. Among the most popular are collies, staffies, greyhounds and even poodles.

Ready to run: Sara Petrovic and her dog Shadow train at the Knox Obedience Dog Club. ‘‘They’re beautiful, not nippy at all.’’ As well as the Knox Obedience Dog Club’s demonstrations, the pet expo will feature discounted microchipping, a reptile display, pony

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Designs on a career BY TARA McGRATH everal of Knox’s most talented design students have their work displayed at the annual Top Designs exhibition at Melbourne Museum. The exhibition, now in its 13th year, showcases the work of 108 of the state’s best young emerging designers in areas of fashion, graphic design, robotics and more. Like many others his age, Wantirna South resident Samuel Purdie has an unbridled love for video games. Luckily for him, Purdie was able to channel that passion into a VCE subject — visual communication and design. The 18 year old designed a concept for a new video game and matching weapon on a computer using PhotoShop and a steady arm. The completed artwork included an image of the high-tech gun, as well as the game’s presentation case. The idea would be for the gun to shoot a Venus fly trap that would then

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Food on the sea: The main course for Elyse Garrett’s Titanic-inspired meal.

explode with dangerous wasps inside, Purdie said. ‘‘My inspiration was thinking of different things that were aggressive, like animals or ice or plants. ’’ he said. ‘‘I chose a wasp and then I thought of a Venus fly trap, so it was a fusion of the two ideas.’’ The former Waverley Christian College student’s passion and finesse for design led him to study industrial

design at Monash University this year. Boronia’s Elyse Garrett also felt honoured to be chosen out of 1900 applicants to display her year 12 food technology portfolio at the exhibition. She marked the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster by creating a meal that suited the decade and the style of food on board the ship destined for tragedy. Garrett researched the era, designed the menu, cooked the food and photographed the whole process to create a detailed, 30-page folio. The desserts she made were lime sorbet — which was cooked on the Titanic cruise — and a New York cheesecake to mark where to ship was meant to dock before that fateful day on April 15, 1912. Garrett also discovered asparagus was a popular vegetable in that era. ‘‘During the research, I was amazed by the quantity of food on the ship — there was literally tonnes of food and there were 800 bundles of asparagus.’’ The Top Designs exhibition is on at the Melbourne Museum until June 30.


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Be a junior ranger School holidays begin this week and Parks Victoria is offering children who have a keen interest in nature, history or animals the opportunity be a junior ranger. The school holidays program runs from March 29 to April 14 in Dandenong Ranges National Park and children can learn about the natural environment of the tall forest of William Ricketts Sanctuary through a guided tour and a variety of activities. Details: juniorrangers.com.au or 13 19 63.

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Situations Vacant ASSEMBLER/ WELDER

Much hardship and difficulty is caused to job-seekers by misleading advertising placed in employment columns. Our Professional Employment and Situations Vacant columns are reserved for advertisements which carry a SPECIFIC and GENUINE offer of employment. All employment advertisements must state clearly the type of job offered and remuneration offered. (i.e. salary package, retainer plus commission or commission only). "Commission only'' jobs are only accepted in these columns PROVIDED that this is clearly stated in the ad AND the employer is paying Workcover and Superannuation. If not, then these advertisements MUST be placed in an alternate classification such as Self Employment Opportunities. Placing misleading advertisements is an offence against the Competition and Consumer Act and all advertisements are subject to the publisher's approval. For further advice contact the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 9290 1800. Whilst Metro Media Publishing make every attempt to screen job advertisements, WE DO NOT ACCEPT LIABILIT Y FOR ADVERTISERS WHO FAIL TO C O M P LY W I T H T H E S E REGULATIONS.

Phone 9794 7970 Attractive Salary + Super + Car + Bonuses

A well established Aluminium tray body manufacturing co in Dandenong is seeking an experienced Production Planner with previous experience in a manufacturing environment. Responsibilities will include the day to day running of the factory, supervising a small production team, job costing, product design, ability to schedule jobs for production and planning and possess analytical and problem solving skills, AutoCAD is desirable.

Ph: 9793 4122 or Email: jobs@btrecruitment.com.au BT RECRUITMENT PTY LTD

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Full Peri-Operative Experience

Knox Surgicentre is a leading day hospital specialising in Ophthamology, Plastic, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dental Surgery. A permanent, part-time position is now available for a Division 1 Registered Nurse with current clinical experience in Scrub Nurse, Circulation Nurse, Anaesthetic Nurse and Recovery Nurse duties. Benefits Include: ● Flexible working hours ● Onsite undercover parking ● Set working days are available ● Salary sacrifice(superannuation) ● Monday - Friday only, no night, weekends or call shifts This is an excellent opportunity to be a part of a leading Day Surgery Centre, which provides outstanding working conditions for all staff. To confidentially apply for this role or to find our more information, please contact Sharon Woodward (DON) on 9887 0000 or email swoodward@knoxsurgi.com.au

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• Basic prescription procedures • Customer service and sales training • Product training including cough and cold, vitamins, cosmetics, wound care and more... • Attendees are registered on our job database.

Training is held in Hawthorn in our stateof-the-art ‘virtual pharmacy’ environment and is only $595. Registrations close Friday 5th April 2013

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Full time permanent position in Dandenong South for a post forming company. Preferably with: ✧ Beam saw exp. ✧ Edge banding exp. Good wages & conditions apply.

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Dandenong fabrication co is seeking an experienced Assembler/Welder. Duties include fabricate and assembly of aluminium tray bodies, weld steel and aluminium and use of hand tools with the abillity to interpret drawings to work in their predelivery and finishing department. Company offers secure full-time employment. Rate $24.00 p/hr plus super. Ph: 9793 4122 or email: jobs@btrecruitment.com.au BT RECRUITMENT PTY LTD

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Mazda6 grows into role of family car Ewan Kennedy road tests the Japanese marque’s upmarket offering he big new Mazda6 has standout frontal styling, using Mazda’s so-called Kudo design theme with a huge grille that blends into the upper edges of the headlights in swooping curves. In keeping with the stunning exterior, Mazda6’s interior also has a futuristic shape. Even better, it has a quality look and feel that will appeal to buyers looking for an upmarket car that’s relatively affordable. This Mazda6 third generation is being offered only as a four-door sedan and a five-door station wagon. The hatchback has been discontinued, much to the annoyance of some potential buyers. It’s hardly unique in becoming larger with every new generation, but the Mazda6 has now grown to the extent that it’s not much shorter than the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore. However, rather than tackling these big Aussie cars, the Mazda6 is likely to be shopped by buyers looking at the four-cylinder Toyota Camry, perhaps even Camry’s six-cylinder brother the Toyota Aurion.

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The Mazda6 is noticeably narrower than the Ford and Holden. Despite this it still has good interior room, especially in the back seat of the sedan, which can cope with two large adults. Mum, dad and three kids who haven’t got to the teenage stage will find the Mazda6 providing stretch-out room. Power was provided by Mazda’s SkyActiv petrol four-cylinder engines in the car we tested. It has a capacity of 2.5 litres and produces 138 kilowatts of power and 250 Newton metres of torque. Ride comfort is good on all but the roughest of Australian back roads. Handling is competent and the steering has a good amount of feedback, but this Mazda is not exactly aimed at the sporting driver. Looking for a high-quality, fully imported family car that can handle four adults and is something out of the ordinary in its styling? Then the all-new, larger Mazda6 has to have a place on your short list. Prices start at $33,460, not including government or dealer delivery charges.

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Raiders win as Cobras drop ball BY ROY WARD KNOX Raiders men’s season is back on track after a last-second win over arch-rivals Kilsyth Cobras in the South East Australian Basketball League at the State Basketball Centre on Saturday night. The Cobras had the ball and trailed by just a point with 24 seconds left in the match, with Cobras coach Grant Wallace calling time out to sketch out a final play. After a Raiders foul with 10 seconds left, the Cobras had one last chance to find the matchwinning basket but new point guard Tiri Matsunda inexplicably picked up his dribble and passed to centre Brad Bridgewater, who in turn was doubleteamed and passed out to young guard Adam Knott with just a second left, forcing Knott to send up an off-balance three-pointer on the buzzer. It missed the mark, allowing the Raiders to win 76-75. The loss was the Cobras’ second straight to start the season and the Raiders’ first win after losing two matches in the opening round.

With sharpshooting Cobras import E J Kusnyer shooting 26 points and centre Tim Lang adding 15, the final play was expected to go to one of them, but instead they were stranded on the far side of the court. Matsunda was also good with 16 points and five rebounds. Raiders star C J Massingale had a game-high 27 points and John Philip (14 points) and Sean Carroll (13) made key baskets in the final term. Philip’s three-pointer with one minute left proved the decisive basket. Raiders point guard Sean Carroll said his side’s defence clicked into gear when the game was on the line. ‘‘When we are playing Kilsyth we always want to beat them,’’ Carroll said. ‘‘A couple of guys hit back shots at the end but in a game where we seemed to have some lapses defensively, getting those stops at the end was big.’’ Carroll said the Raiders were slowly adjusting to new coach Matt Shanahan, who registered his first

Ariels locked down by Monash Uni defence YARRA Valley Grammar Ariels dropped to their second straight loss as an in-form Monash University Central easily accounted for them in the Victorian Netball League championship division on Wednesday night. Central cut out its errors and reaped the rewards with its best win of the new season while the Ariels couldn’t break through Central’s pressure defence. Central beat the muchimproved Ariels 58-46 at the State Netball and Hockey Centre and in the process took its winloss record into positive territory with a second win in three matches. The Ariels have just one win from three matches. Central coach Leesa Maxfield said her side was beginning to come together. ‘‘Our defensive pressure was again very good and our attack really stepped up. ‘‘Overall, we’re just starting to jell as a team and be disciplined in what we do. ‘‘We’ve cut out our errors and didn’t have the drop in concentration that we had in earlier games. ‘‘That made a big difference.’’ Shooter Steph Tyrell (32 of 38 shooting) had an exceptional game, as did the rest of Central’s goal circle, who made good use

of the turnovers forced further up the court. Sophie O’Shea shot 29 goals from 39 attempts for the Ariels and goal attack Candice Adams shot 14 of 22. ‘‘Steph Tyrell really stepped up,’’ Maxfield said. ‘‘She has come up from division 1 this season and she’s now used to the speed of the game and the players around her. ‘‘Helen Barclay in defence was as consistent as ever and Nat Tommasini at wing defence was on their strongest player and kept her quiet.’’ In division 1, Central and Ariels drew 38-38 and in under19s the Ariels had a 47-31 win over Central. — Roy Ward VNL championship ladder: Southern Saints 12 points, 163.09 per cent; Peninsula Waves 12, 139.65; VU Western Lightning 8, 128.57; City West Falcons 8, 105.40; Monash University Central 8, 101.52; Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels 4, 99.25; Boroondara Genesis 4, 99.18; UB Ballarat Pride 4, 60.43; North East Blaze 0, 93.07; Geelong Cougars 0, 66.25.

Shooting Ariel: Yarra Valley Grammar’s Sophie O’Shea shoots the ball against Monash University Central on Wednesday night.

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regular season win as coach. ‘‘We are a veteran group and we understand not to ride the highs or the lows too much,’’ he said. ‘‘It will take some time but we are moving along well.’’ Carroll also praised Massingale for his performance and added that the Raiders veterans were gaining more and more trust in younger players like Greg Page, Dylan Hare and Ben Waterhouse. ‘‘C J is a gun and he loves getting up against Kilsyth,’’ Carroll said. ‘‘He understands that when he is making his shots the rest of us feed off him. ‘‘He is making plays and showing the trust he has and we all have in the younger guys.’’ The SEABL pauses for the Easter break. The Raiders face a difficult double the following weekend, visiting Mt Gambier on April 5, then hosting reigning SEABL champions AlburyWodonga at the State Basketball Centre on April 7 at 2pm.

New centre of attention fuels Knox KNOX Raiders women rode an impressive debut from new centre Gabrielle Richards to a dominant victory over Kilsyth Cobras at the State Basketball Centre on Saturday night. Richards had 23 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in a 62-51 win, keeping up the Raiders’ undefeated start to the South East Australian Basketball League season. Raiders power forward Emily Fryters pulled down 14 rebounds to go with her four points as the home side dominated the glass 44-35 and also took in 15 offensive rebounds to just 10 from the Cobras. In a scrappy game in which both teams showed they needed plenty of polish offensively, Richards’ ability to make space close to the basket left the Cobras with little chance of winning the game, although Raiders coach Cheryl Chambers wanted Richards to shoot a higher percentage after she missed some shots around the basket. Kelly Wilson had 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Raiders and teamed well with Richards with the pair coming off a WNBL championship with Bendigo Spirit earlier this month. Carley Mijovic had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Cobras but was the only player from her side to reach double figures. ‘‘Gabe was fantastic and gave us that inside presence,’’ Chambers said. ‘‘But we hadn’t played together before tonight and we looked fairly disjointed at times. ‘‘We even went to a big line-up for a little while with Shenae Greaves, Fryters and Richards all on court together. That makes it hard for teams to match up with us.’’ The Raiders did suffer the loss of new signing Rebecca Allen during the week after a nagging shoulder injury led to her having a shoulder reconstruction. Chambers said Allen would miss three or four months although she didn’t rule the athletic forward out of the whole campaign. ‘‘We have players who can step up, we will just have to shape things a bit differently,’’ Chambers said. Cobras coach Peter Gay said his players weren’t game enough to fight Richards for position. ‘‘They pushed us around and we weren’t game enough to push back,’’ Gay said. ‘‘It’s something we have to work on.’’ — Roy Ward There are no SEABL games over Easter. The Raiders women face Albury Wodonga at the State Basketball Centre on April 7 at noon.


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Short and sweet day out for super-confident Ringwood RINGWOOD will go into this weekend’s Premier Cricket grand final against Melbourne with confidence sky-high after a smashing win over Prahran on Sunday. The Rams will play the Demons at Junction Oval this Saturday, Sunday and Monday searching for an unlikely premiership flag. The Rams bowled out the imposing True Blues, featuring David Hussey and Chris Rogers,

for just 185 on Saturday, then had opener David King (108 not out) bat his side to victory early on Sunday at 1-188 with Tom Stray on 64 not out. Rams bowlers Blair Allan (3-37), King (2-37), Michael Topp (2-52) and Ian Holland (2-60) all were prominent with the ball. Rams captain Ben Osborne said his team was feeling confident heading into the grand final. ‘‘We’re feeling fantastic at the moment,’’ he

said. ‘‘It’s always exciting to make a grand final, but I’m more excited with the way we’re playing our cricket at the moment. ‘‘The bowling was exceptional. Topp and Allen set the standard for the day and to get Rogers and Hussey out as quickly as possible was a very, very good effort. ‘‘The partnership between David and Tom was as good as I’ve seen — it was clinical.

‘‘That was a class above. They took it to the bowlers, didn’t allow them to settle and it was a very pleasurable afternoon watching them chase it down quickly and comfortably. ‘‘We’re very confident [against Melbourne], the way we’re playing, building constant pressure with the bowlers. We’re getting a lot of runs out of the top four.’’ — Daniel Paproth

Winning smiles: Wantirna South celebrates its RDCA Lindsay Trollope Shield premiership on Saturday. Picture: Peter Clarke King Devil: Wantirna South captain Matt King hits a boundary against South Croydon in the RDCA Lindsay Trollope Shield final on Saturday. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

Devils’ double a delight BY ROY WARD WANTIRNA South captain Matt King was there when the Devils bowed out of the RDCA Lindsay Trollope Shield finals in straight sets last season and there throughout the off-season convincing his charges to have one more go at the premiership. So when the Devils fell to 1-2 while chasing South Croydon’s modest 117 in the grand final on Saturday, he pledged that he would be at the crease when the premiership was secured. And King did just that, ending play on 58 not out as the Devils won the premiership by eight wickets. King and fellow veteran Andrew Jorgensen (42) put on 103 for the second wicket to all but seal the win, before King and Cam Smith took the side to victory. ‘‘It’s been an up and down season for myself, I hadn’t made the runs I made the previous season,’’ King admitted. ‘‘So definitely being out there at the

end, especially batting with Cam Smith who I’ve played a lot of cricket with, was fantastic.’’ ‘‘When we won the Twenty20 final earlier in the season I went out with five runs to go, so to be there at the end was a goal of mine.’’ The Devils were minor premiers last year but bowed out of the finals in straight sets as Warranwood claimed the premiership. King said the club faced an exodus of players with many horribly disenchanted by the finals exit. But King and club officials sweettalked players into coming back for one more crack at the title and those words paid dividends all season. ‘‘After last season the boys were feeling pretty crushed, I suppose,’’ King said. ‘‘A lot of players weren’t sure if they would play again but we managed to get them back on board. ‘‘Lucky we did because all the guys we got to come back ended up performing extremely well.

‘‘Beating Ainslie Park, South Croydon and North Ringwood in the finals made it even better.’’ King said the premiership was justly deserved for his side which mirrored the efforts of its second XI which won the Newey Plate. The dual premierships were the first ‘Devils Double’ since 1977 and left plenty of proud smiles around the club. The Devils firsts were on the sidelines cheering for the seconds on Sunday as they battled Chirnside Park. ‘‘It was just massive for the club,’’ King said. ‘‘The seconds captain, Sam Barnes, was exceptional and I work closely with him all year to make sure we ran both teams in a similar manner. ‘‘For our second XI to be so strong, it made for a strong first XI, there was no passengers in either side.’’ For more pictures from the RDCA grand finals, visit maroondahweekly.com.au.

Wantirna South celebrates WANTIRNA South claimed its second RDCA Lindsay Trollope Shield in five seasons on Saturday, storming to victory over South Croydon within a day at Walker Reserve. South Croydon won the toss and batted but was soon in trouble, with the Devils’ opening bowlers Drew McKay (5-60) and Joel McGown (4-43) reducing them to 4-38. With star batsman Michael King still at the crease and Travis Degenhardt (59) heading up a solid lower order, the Bulldogs were still capable of posting a score. That soon changed when McGown bowled King, opening the door for the Devils to knock over the rest of the side at a rapid rate. The Bulldogs ended 117 all out from 40 overs, leaving enough time for the Devils to snare the win. Wantirna South lost an early wicket, but a second-wicket partnership of 103 between captain Matthew King (58 not out) and Andrew Jorgensen (42) put the issue beyond doubt, and when the Devils passed the Bulldogs’ score the game was conceded with the Devils on 2-118 from 33 overs. Bulldogs captain Josh Stewart said his side was disappointed but would turn its attentions to next season. ‘‘It was a very poor day, our worst day of the year,’’ he said. ‘‘Full credit to Wantirna South, they were much better on the day. ‘‘Drew [McKay] is a good finals player and always seems to find an

extra yard of pace.’’ Stewart said he wanted to lead the Bulldogs again next season as they again push for the flag. In Wilkins Shield, St Andrews took home the title with an opening partnership of 94 in 28 overs between Cameron Sharpe (55) and Dwayne Paisley (48). It ended up a matchwinning union as the Saints posted 209 against Montrose. The Wolves tried hard in reply with Andy Mirams compiling 51, but they were bowled out for 160. In Newey Plate, the Devils’ second side also saluted, making 131 before bowling out Chirnside Park for 98. The Parkers were 3-13 overnight and never recovered. — Tony White and Roy Ward RDCA grand final results Trollope Shield South Croydon 117 (T Degenhardt 59, D McKay 5-60; J. McGown 4-43) d Wantirna South 2-118 (M King 58no, A Jorgenson 42). Wilkins Cup St Andrews 209 (C Sharpe 55, D Paisley 48; S Vankoll 4-60) d Montrose 160 (A Mirams 51, M Edwards 42; J Cairns 4-14.) Newey Plate Wantirna South 131 (M Jones 53; R Clarke 6-43) d Chirnside Park 98. Pascoe Shield Templeton 5-138 (M Weerden 53no) d East Ringwood 136 (C Richardson 45no; J Hudson 4-18).

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