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Battle lines drawn in Deakin Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has visited three times in a bid to raise the party’s profile. The ALP has also had a strong presence in the area. Monash University senior politics lecturer Nick Economou said flooding the electorate was a long-established political tactic, especially in a ‘‘wafer-thin’’ seat like Deakin. ‘‘Marginal seats are where they go to campaign, predominantly. ‘‘As a result of compulsory voting, they won’t go to safe seats and waste time or money on traditional supporters. They’ll focus on traditionally marginal seats. ‘‘If a seat is held by 5 per cent or less, voters can expect lots of pamphlets, candidates to be regularly at public places like railway stations . . . and you won’t be safe on weekends either because political parties will visit shopping centres, often with party leaders.’’ Dr Economou said he expected a ‘‘landslide’’ victory for the Coalition and that Deakin would fall from Labor hands — something Mr Symon couldn’t be blamed for.

BY DAVID SCHOUT VOTERS in the seat of Deakin can expect a flock of federal politicians to land in their midst in the next few months. First among them, next Wednesday, will be Prime Minister Julia Gillard. She will visit Norwood Secondary College as part of the campaign for the September 14 election. With campaigning well under way around the nation, both sides of politics will place a strong focus on the Deakin electorate, one of the most marginal seats. Deakin, which includes all of Ringwood and Croydon as well as Bayswater North and Heathmont, is held by the ALP’s Mike Symon by a mere 1.4 per cent. Mr Symon, a strong Gillard supporter, will face Liberal candidate Michael Sukkar in what is classed an ‘‘ultra-marginal’’ seat. Well aware of the ALP’s tenuous hold on the seat, the Liberals have sent 21 ministers to the electorate in the past nine months.

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‘‘MPs in marginal seats can’t be blamed for losing their seats because there are two major identifiers in a federal election — the party and the leader.’’ He said the election was ‘‘more exciting’’ in seats like Deakin compared with ‘‘safe’’ seats. Mr Symon himself has conceded the seat could go either way. ‘‘It’s a tough seat; it was in 2010 and it will be that way now,’’ he said. ‘‘When things are at a fine balance it doesn’t take much to swing the other way. I’m not going to say I’m confident. I’d rate myself a 50-50 chance.’’ Mr Sukkar, 31, said the prime local concerns were health, education and infrastructure. He said people were concerned about rising day-to-day expenses. ‘‘The cost of living is a massive issue. People are worried about their gas and electricity bills.’’ The Weekly asked community leaders in Deakin to nominate their top federal policy issues. Turn to page 6 to read their responses.

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Re: School sites may be cash cows When the Croydon South Primary School closed in 2008, Maroondah Council should have actively considered and formed a view on the best future use of the buildings and the adjacent sporting oval – and then lobbied the state government hard to achieve what it believes would be the best outcome for the community. But, as far as I can assess, it has taken absolutely no interest in the question nor action at all on the matter, which resulted in the buildings being vandalised and then subsequently demolished, and the now vacant land becoming overgrown. As your article (March 26) suggests, this may well lead to the land being sold for development. What a shameful disgrace! But it may not be too late, so hopefully the council will now initiate action to avoid any possibility of another piece of open space being lost or being used for completely inappropriate development. Brian Robinson, Ringwood East

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economic health of Melbourne and its residents is dependent on a walkable Melbourne. We need a new vision for our suburbs and communities that will enable this to occur. Our suburbs need to be places where the vast majority of us can walk, live, work and play. We need planning that allows most people to live within a 20-minute walk of local destinations relevant to everyday life. These include healthy food options, a primary school, cafes, medical services and high-quality open space. We need greener, better quality streets and public spaces, with calmer traffic. We need all areas connected by convenient, high frequency and direct public transport. We need to create environments that encourage walking to school. Walking as part of everyday life is our best chance of combating the obesity epidemic estimated to cost Victoria at least $14 billion each year. Happily, walkable areas are also more liveable and have higher property values. Let’s make this a priority of the new planning strategy. Dr Ben Rossiter, executive officer, Victoria Walks

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Movin’, groovin’ Students from the outer-eastern suburbs were given a taste of what to expect at the Victorian State Schools Spectacular when they rehearsed for the mass production at Bayswater Secondary College last week. They were taken through dance moves with associate dance director Deon Nuk, who worked on the event last year and has previously choreographed dances for Macy Gray and Kylie Minogue. The Schools Spectacular will be at Hisense Area on Saturday, July 27.


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Shire urged to rethink rate rise

Differential rates may be threatened

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MAROONDAH Council may no longer be able to charge owners of vacant land higher rates as a way to encourage development. The state government has released draft guidelines which will give Local Government Minister Jeanette Powell the power to veto any council decision to set differential rates. Maroondah currently has two differential rates. The first is for residential, commercial and industrial properties, where owners pay 25 cents on the dollar. The second is for vacant properties, where owners pay 37 cents on the dollar. This higher rate is a council move to encourage landowners to build and prevent their land becoming a long-term eyesore. Maroondah Council has written to the state government highlighting its disappointment in the move. The council’s submission notes that the government’s paper ‘‘misses the fundamental aspect of [its] own source revenue consideration’’. Municipal Association of Victoria president Bill McArthur also expressed his frustration with the move, and said while they understood the government’s efforts to provide a more supportive role with councils, this wasn’t the way to go about it. ‘‘The guidelines may be inoperable, and we hold serious concerns that they will undermine the achievement of equity,’’ he said.

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Rate-watcher: Cr Andy Witlox. especially within the Yarra Ranges — and says simple economics suggest the council can’t keep operating as it is now. ‘‘We’re not growing; we have a population growth of zero,’’ he said. ‘‘Right now we have an exponential

[upwards] curve in terms of how much money the council is spending. And that’s usually fine with an expanding population. ‘‘But if you keep spending and the population isn’t rising, that’s when it becomes taxing on the existing population.’’ Between 2009 and 2011, the population of Yarra Ranges rose by just 746 people, from 148,008 to 148,754. Cr Len Cox recently told the Weekly that rate rises were ‘‘just a fact of life’’. ‘‘There always will be rate rises, every year. The council could reduce rates by as much as ratepayers want to, as long as ratepayers want to reduce services. ‘‘Finding which service to scrap is exceedingly difficult and we don’t know how to do it without significantly inconveniencing people in the community.’’ The council is preparing its draft 2013-14 budget.

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YARRA Ranges residents cannot afford to keep copping rate rises, especially as the shire’s population growth plateaus, one councillor says. Cr Andy Witlox said recent rate rises had been ‘‘ridiculous’’ and there was a growing mentality of complacency around increases. Rates in the shire are due to rise by an average of 5.6 per cent each year over the next three years. ‘‘It hurts. Some people say, ‘Oh, it’s only a dollar or two dollars a week’, but it adds up. Generation X or people like me who are putting their kids through school . . . have around $300,000 mortgages. ‘‘I know of a family who — and this might sound silly — but when they sit around the dinner table they have a block of Kit Kat that they split up for everyone, and that’s dessert. There are people out there struggling.’’ Cr Witlox, elected to Chirnside ward in last year’s election after basing his campaign on rates, recently told a council meeting that he needed to ‘‘put ratepayers’ money where his mouth is’’. He has a keen interest in the economy —

Some people say, ‘Oh, it’s only a dollar or two dollars a week’, but it adds up.’’

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OPINION The Weekly asked residents of Deakin — a seat on a 1.4 per cent margin — what they believed were the key issues facing local voters in September’s federal election.

Residents list key issues facing Deakin

Nora Lamont, Maroondah mayor: ‘‘For us at Maroondah Council, the number one priority is to get federal funding for Aquanation, our new aquatic centre in Ringwood. That’s really important for us.’’ [Note: Maroondah Council is relying on a $15 million federal funding grant to ensure plans for the pool stay on track. In February, the council was shortlisted for the grant. It won’t find out until July if it was successful]

Peter Feeney, Maroondah citizen of the year: ‘‘Most of the local issues are things for the state government, like the Ringwood station upgrade. Infrastructure is also very important. We’ve also got some real problems in terms of public transport access issues for seniors. Other national issues like the National Disability Insurance Scheme [DisabilityCare] are important, especially what it’ll mean for people at the local level.’’

Mark Dixon, UnitingCare Harrison: ‘‘People are experiencing renting stress and when they get in arrears they’re coming to us for support. Without it, they can become homeless and from there it’s a long road back. The mean rental price over the last 11 years has risen by 91.4 per cent. Our concern is that those on a fixed income or Centrelink payments haven’t seen a parallel rise in their income.’’

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POLICE nabbed 255 speeding drivers in Maroondah over the Easter holidays. Under Operation Crossroads, police throughout the state cracked down on speeding and drink-drivers over a five-day period. A total of 1527 preliminary breath tests were conducted in Maroondah, with two drivers exceeding the .05 blood-alcohol limit. Acting Sergeant Andrew Willgoose said police were relatively pleased with the result, especially as there were no fatalities. He said police also conducted an alcohol-related operation to clamp down on people drinking in public outside licensed venues, with which they were also satisfied. ‘‘Easter’s traditionally a quiet time around Ringwood and Maroondah.

‘The operation was successful. We’ll continue to hold it throughout the school and uni holidays but, no, there were no incidents or assaults, which was — Andrew Willgoose pleasing.’ It’s like New Year’s Eve; people go away on holidays,’’ he said. ‘‘The operation was successful. We’ll continue to hold it throughout the school and uni holidays but, no, there were no incidents or assaults, which was pleasing.’’ ■ Last Tuesday night a drunk driver from Croydon was clocked at 124km/h in a 60km/h zone along Mount Dandenong Road in Croydon South. He blew a positive reading to a preliminary breath test but refused to accompany police back to the station for a further test.

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A RINGWOOD woman has joined the likes of Cathy Freeman and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch on the Victorian Honour Roll of Women for helping women with disabilities. Tricia Malowney, who contracted polio at the age of four months, has been a strong advocate for women like herself, including pushing for the now-impending National Disability Insurance Scheme. Last month she was among 20 Victorian women to be added to the exclusive list. ‘‘When I found out it was sort of like, wow, I’ve got this just for doing what I love to do,’’ she said. Ms Malowney, the second of 10 children, was forced to wear calipers at a young age. Growing up in Yarraville, she was told she would never be able to take on much activity as a result of her disability. But with the help of her parents, who she describes as ‘‘heroes’’, she eventually threw away the calipers when she was 16. At age 36, she developed post-polio syndrome and eventually became an advocate for women of all disabilities. She says the NDIS needs to change the way people with a disability in Australia are treated.

Advocate: Tricia Malowney taking a well-earned break at home. Picture: Wayne Hawkins ‘‘This is the biggest social revolution Australia has seen since Medicare,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s a massive step forward, but one of the most disappointing things is that people don’t recognise the economic benefits it will bring.’’ Ms Malowney, 59, points to a 2011 study by

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PricewaterhouseCoopers — one of the key NDIS research papers — as an example of why we need change. The study showed Australia ranked 21 out of 29 OECD developed countries in employment participation rates for those with a disability, and about 45 per cent of those with a disability in Australia were living near or below the poverty line. ‘‘At the moment if you need to buy calipers they cost around $6500 and are only funded $2500 by the government. ‘‘So straight away you’re $4000 out of pocket and you’re still required to pay taxes like everyone else. ‘‘And electric wheelchairs, they’re not a fashion accessory and are desperately needed by everyone who uses them; they cost $18,000.’’ She is anticipating that the government will provide better funding for examples like this under the NDIS. Ms Malowney added that she was not happy with the recent renaming of the scheme to DisabilityCare. ‘‘Nobody in the sector likes the name. It assumes we need care. We don’t; we need support.’’ The full scheme is set to be rolled out in 2018.

THE first Federal Court hearing between the National Tertiary Education Union and Swinburne University will take place on May 5. Last month, the NTEU announced it had begun proceedings against Swinburne over its handling of the Lilydale campus closure. NTEU Victorian secretary Colin Long confirmed to the Weekly last week that the case had been adjourned until May. The NTEU has been angered by Swinburne’s decision last year to close the Lilydale campus, which will happen in July this year. The union claims the university’s management failed to consult with it and university staff before the decision. Some Lilydale students have been forced to move to Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus as a result of the restructure, which for some has resulted in significantly longer travel times. The Swinburne student union has stressed that the closure of the campus may deter potential tertiary students in the outer east from attending university altogether. Swinburne has maintained it has adequately consulted with staff and the NTEU over the decision. — David Schout

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INBRIEF New plan for pets Maroondah Council is working on a new domestic animal management plan, to be released in the next few months. The current plan expired in 2011, and includes a restriction of two cats and two dogs per household. The draft document will be placed on public exhibition to give the community a chance to provide feedback.

Women warned on heart disease Women’s Health East chief executive Kristine Olaris has urged women to regularly get their blood pressure checked after World Health Day on Sunday. Heart disease is the leading killer of Australian women and 90 per cent of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease. These can include unusual fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath and weakness in the shoulders. ‘‘High blood pressure and heart disease are still too often thought of as diseases that mostly affect men. This is just not true,’’ Ms Olaris said.

Sign up to meet mayor Maroondah residents wanting to meet with mayor Nora Lamont to discuss their views and ideas can now book a time for Friday, April 19. The ‘meet the mayor’ initiative was started earlier this year and invites anyone to meet with Cr Lamont on the third Friday of each month between 10am and noon. She is keen for the council to become more open and visible.

Photo a shoo-in for expo BY YESSAR DAOU SHE may only take photographs ‘‘for fun’’, but Josephine Ball is still thrilled to have her work showcased as part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2013 Top Arts exhibition. ‘‘To be chosen was amazing; it means I have accomplished something,’’ she says. ‘‘I put in a lot of hard work with VCE studio arts.’’ During years 11 and 12 at Monbulk College, the 18-year-old used photography as her main medium, which led to her images being chosen for Top Arts. ‘‘Firstly, I submitted my work through school. We had to get an A+ on our portfolio to be considered. ‘‘I submitted my work, and they choose three of five of my original photos to have.’’ Top Arts 2013, which opened last month, showcases 43 of Victoria’s most inspiring and upand-coming artists. The annual exhibition has been running for almost 20 years. The teen’s photographs were simple yet quite clearly effective. ‘‘My theme was ‘show time’; it was all around dance,’’ she says. ‘‘The photo is of my shoe, I took it at my local dance studio on a timber floor.’’

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‘‘I’m at Monash Berwick studying primary school teaching, but I want to incorporate arts into my teaching. ‘‘Art is an important way of expressing yourself.’’ Top Arts 2013 is on display at NGV Studio, Flinders Street, Federation Square, until July 7. The show is open daily, 10am-5pm, and admission is free.

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Josephine says she took more than 100 photos before finding the right one. ‘‘There was a lot of experimenting,’’ says the Belgrave resident. ‘‘I took photos of shoes on white paper and used analogue photography, but I decided digital photography on timber was best.’’ Despite her accomplishments, she says her photographic expertise is limited to family gatherings, with her future lying elsewhere.

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Alphabet soup on menu BY YESSAR DAOU BURMESE tradition states that it is the right of the paternal grandfather to name his grandchild. But the influence of Ringwood woman Carole Hadley on refugee Nu Thai Lian has been so significant that the honour was bestowed on her instead. ‘‘When we talked about names for the baby [Nu Thai Lian] decided it should be in English,’’ says Ms Hadley. ‘‘I was a bit hesitant because we spoke about how the father-in-law picks the name of the baby in Burma, but there was no issue there.’’ Nu Thai Lian (her first name) told Ms Hadley that she and her husband wanted her daughter’s name to have special significance. ‘‘They wanted meaning to the name, so I chose Ellie,’’ Ms Hadley says. ‘‘It means light.’’ The pair first met when partnered through the Adult Migrant Education Service, which has an office in Ring-

wood. The service engages volunteers to help migrants learn English, adapt to Australian culture and find work. Ms Hadley has been visiting Nu Thai Lian once a week since she arrived from Burma in August with her husband and two-year-old daughter Monica. ‘‘When we started, her basic need was that she wanted to cook and have a basic knowledge of English,’’ she says. One method Ms Hadley uses to help Nu Thai Lian learn English is through cooking, by making her identify the ingredients for each meal and encouraging her to do her own shopping. ‘‘I’ve given her cookbooks to read as homework as well,’’ she says with a smile. ‘‘She’s cooking and learning English at the same time.’’ Ms Hadley retired from her nursing career in 2011 and grabbed the chance to work with AMES through another group called Eastern Volunteers. ‘‘I was a little daunted at the start, but the reality was that I could make

a difference to someone’s life.’’ A difficult aspect for Ms Hadley was ensuring she didn’t make Nu Thai Lian feel inadequate. ‘‘In Burma she had finished school and done one year of university, ’’ she says. ‘‘I didn’t want to speak down to her because she had good comprehension. ‘‘Seeing what level she was at was most difficult . . . just building up that trust.’’ The duo’s relationship has strengthened with every lesson they spend with each other at Nu Thai Lian’s Croydon home, but Ms Hadley understands her main role is to teach. ‘‘She gets a bit homesick; she’s a twin so she tells me about missing her family,’’ she says. ‘‘But that isn’t our thing. I’m here to help facilitate her learning English.’’ To become a volunteer with AMES Ringwood, visit its website on ames.net.au or phone coordinator Gitta Clayton on 9847 0405.

Part of the family: Refugee Nu Thai Lian with her two daughters and English tutor Carole Hadley. Picture: Rob Carew

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Hey, Mr DJ: a fun spin on the disco floor BY TARA McGRATH

Celebrate: Sarah Jones loves spinning and dancing with her friends at the disco.

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THE brick hall could be any nightclub in Melbourne on a Friday night. The women have indulged in their favourite outfit and the men have sprayed on their finest aftershave. At the door, they pay the usual entry fee and get ready to dance to anything from KISS to Lady Gaga. But it’s not in Melbourne’s club precinct and many of the patrons are in wheelchairs or have a mental disability. They are here for the monthly over-18, allabilities disco at the Bayswater youth hall. Since 2007, the all-abilities disco has attracted people with disabilities from across the eastern suburbs. They might have mental health problems, a physical disability and be wheelchairbound, or have a condition such as autism or Down syndrome.

Kathy Rooke co-ordinated the first disco and is still in charge, along with Gordon Jones, known to the disco crowd as DJ Flash. Both have extensive experience in the disability sector and wanted to create a space where adults with a disability could have the freedom to be themselves, Ms Rooke said. About 55 people attend the disco on the second Friday of each month and many are regulars. Boronia resident Margarita Thomaidis, 34, has volunteered on the door of the disco for five years. She sells tickets and glowsticks and then hits the dance floor with several of the friends she’s made. One of her best mates is Wayne, also known as DJ Wayno, who will play song requests from Margarita. There are three girls she now sees

outside of the disco. ‘‘We like to talk and eat junk food together,’’ she says. Ms Rooke says the discos allowed the patrons to be ‘‘uninhibited’’. ‘‘We’ve even had a love affair come out of it, a couple who would meet every Friday night and rarely miss a disco. At first everyone was shy, Ms Rooke said, but it didn’t take them long to begin socialising. ‘‘We want them to be independent. For example, say the odd rude word, just be themselves.’’ The disco provides an easily accessible venue for people who struggle to be accepted at other clubs or bars. The next all-abilities disco is this Friday, April 12, from 6.30pm at the Bayswater youth hall on the corner of Station and Pine Streets, Bayswater. Details: Kathy Rooke, 0413 812 988

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INBRIEF Pool closes for winter Croydon Memorial Pool will close for winter on Sunday after an extended summer period. The 2012-13 summer season has been one of the pool’s busiest, which led to delaying closure for three weeks. The pool will reopen in November. Croydon Leisure and Aquatic Centre is open year round.

the Warburton Trail, continuing down to Nelson Road. The new link will allow people to enjoy easy access to some of Lilydale’s most popular areas. The $196,000 project is expected to be completed by May and will assist frequent users of the area. The path will also connect Warburton Trail to Main Street Lilydale.

Photo competition open Time to slow down Maroondah drivers are reminded that 40km/h speed limits return when term 2 begins next Monday. Some roads near schools have a 40km/h reduced speed limit during specified time periods before and after school, but there are roads which are permanent 40km/h zones. Details: roadsafety.vic.gov.au.

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Youth Week opens with a splash NATIONAL Youth Week kicked off last Thursday in Maroondah with a pool party at Croydon Leisure and Aquatic Centre. The Maroondah After Dark (M.A.D.) festival was the week’s highlight, with live performances from local bands. The annual Maroondah youth award winners were also announced with more than 30 youngsters taking out categories ranging

from innovation to community leadership. Festivities in Maroondah will conclude with another pool party this Thursday from 1 to 4pm. Yarra Ranges also launched Youth Week celebrations last Friday at the Mooroolbark Community Centre. A host of other activities are on this week. More details: maroondahyouthservices.com or yrys.com

Skate park mural Yarra Ranges Council will unveil a giant mural at Mt Evelyn skate park on Thursday during Youth Week celebrations. The mural is part of stage 2 of the Mt Evelyn Youth Activity Node, which includes playground improvements, a basketball half-court, bike traffic training area and park improvements. The mural is a collaboration of Mt Evelyn Youth Shed, Morrisons and a local artist.

New Warburton Trail link Yarra Ranges Council has announced plans for a new concrete footpath linking Anderson Street to

Entries have opened for the 2013 Maroondah photo competition, and close May 31. There are three age categories with first, second and third prizes available over an open category (18 and over), intermediate (13-17), and juniors (12 and under). All winners will be given gift vouchers from Croydon Camera House, with prizes such as swimming passes at the Croydon Aquatic Centre. For more information or to view past winners, visit maroondah.vic.gov.au

EV’s programs return Maroondah’s popular EV’s Lounge and EV’s Shack drop-in programs are back for term 2. Held at the EV’s Youth Centre, they provide a safe and fun environment for the youth of Maroondah. A new ‘travelling lounge’ will open every Friday of the school term. EV’s Shack reopens next Wednesday for ages 18-25 and EV’s Lounge starts up on Thursday, catering for people aged 12-18. EV’s Youth Centre is at 212 Mount Dandenong Road, Croydon. Contact 9294 5709.

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A lifetime in print At the top of their craft TWO Maroondah students took home accolades at Box Hill Institute’s student of the year awards last month. Ringwood’s Emily Klopfer, who’s studying for a certificate III in hairdressing, won the ‘trainee of the year’ gong, while Brad Spritzer of Croydon Hills was named as ‘second year apprentice of the year’. ‘‘I‘m pretty humbled by it all, I was pretty surprised,’’ says Mr Spritzer. The 29 year old, who is completing a certificate III in electrotechnology, says his focus is to complete his course. Mr Spritzer recently returned to study after working in Canada, and balances his studies while working at Westwood Electrical & Property Services.

A NEW program is finding ‘novel’ ways to help the city’s older residents preserve their memories for generations to come. The Biographers Program was given $10,000 by the State Trustees Foundation to connect volunteer biographers with residents of Mercy Health Montrose and Park Lane Aged Care in Croydon to publish their life stories. Participant Gwenyth Cadwallader said it was a joy to take part. For eight weeks, the 90 year old shared stories with a volunteer biographer, resulting in a 30-page book. ‘‘Being guided to think back over the time, one thing led to another and I kept remembering all these moments I’d forgotten had ever happened,’’ says Ms Cadwallader. She was given one electronic and two hard copies of the book, which has a photo of herself as an 18 year old on the cover. ‘‘I was so happy with the chance to share my story, and to give my kids a gift. They all wanted copies.’’ It’s an honour: Brad Spritzer.

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One more for the team, sport Local football is back but increasingly needs grassroots help to prosper. ROY WARD finds administrators are under pressure to meet the demands of a modern society. t’s local football but not how you imagined it. For many years football club volunteers would set up the club finances, sort out the jumpers and stock the canteen and the bar for a winter of home matches. Along the way there were committee meetings, reports, problem solving and the time-honoured tasks of manning the gate, washing the jumpers and firing up the barbecue. Yet football clubs in 2013 have that and much, much more to do and local football leagues are looking at the best way to help club volunteers run their teams without being so overrun they leave the sport altogether. This is where the south-east’s two leading leagues — the Eastern Football League and Southern Football League — have their work cut out to help club officials keep up with everything required to keep their teams playing. EFL chief executive Rob Sharpe believes leagues like his own have to offer clear guidance on the trickier legal requirements for football clubs. Most importantly, he believes clubs need as many volunteers as they can find so ‘‘many hands make light work’’. ‘‘It’s obvious you need more and more people to run a sports club than ever before. ‘‘The expectations of sports clubs are going up every year — it’s not just about managing everything on Saturday [game day]. ‘‘You need to do more in a regulatory sense. For instance, those who work in the canteen have greater food safety requirements, there are more stringent rules about serving alcohol in the bar and then you have matters around the GST and compliance with the Corporations Act.’’ To add to those demands, drug and alcohol abuse in recent years have caught more media attention, placing pressure on clubs to play a bigger role in fostering responsible behaviour. Awareness of sexism, racism and tolerance of all kinds has also sneaked into this area as the battle to change outdated attitudes continues. AFL Victoria and bodies such as the Australian Drug Foundation ask that clubs sign up to charters like the Good Sports program. Sharpe says all people involved in football have a role to play in the matter, but he is also wary about how many demands such programs place on people who simply want to run their local football club. ‘‘Social expectations are being put on footy clubs now. ‘‘They are expected to educate their players and try to make our society a better place. ‘‘There are matters around illicit drugs, alcohol and respect for women and all those things are terrifically important and clubs are trying to do more. But all that added up together means more jobs that need to be done around a club.’’ Sharpe and his SFL counterpart, chief execut-

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New ball game: Rob Sharpe says a large volunteer group is the answer for sports clubs.

New team: Carrum-Patterson Lakes Lions volunteers and committee members Adam Hamilton, Stephen Barnes, Ryan Parker, Len Riordan, Megan Dalton and Mark Bollen are set for a challenging workload. Picture: Daryl Gordon

ive David Cannizzo, agree the over-burdening of volunteers is a major concern in a sport that has run on the back of volunteer labour. But with regulations, legal and accounting practices so much a part of running a club, it looks more like a paid job than an after-hours pursuit. Sharpe believes dividing the tasks between a large group of volunteers is the best course. Cannizzo thinks some clubs may soon have to budget to pay part-time managers or administrators. ‘‘There’s a great fear from potential volunteers they will become overburdened, so the real challenge is to get large numbers of people taking small jobs. Lots of people putting in a couple of hours each week is better than having a person in a full-time or part-time job,’’ Sharpe says. Cannizzo says a recent meeting between SFL officials and clubs broached the topic of the demands of compliance work. ‘‘It’s getting to the point where clubs may need a paid part-time person to manage these things, so they stop becoming too difficult and scaring away the people involved.’’ Clubs across Melbourne’s south-east are tackling this issue in different ways. Clubs with pokie machines or large social clubs have multimilliondollar turnovers while others are run modestly by small groups of players and volunteers. While every club volunteer has his or her own story, longtime football person Stephen Barnes presides over the SFL’s newest club in CarrumPatterson Lakes, which will play its first game in the league on April 13. After spending a lifetime in football and the past seven years as an SFL director, Barnes threw himself back into ‘‘clubland’’ when he was asked

to join other volunteers like vice-president Mark Bollen and secretary Len Riordan to help bring the Lions’ senior side to life. Barnes says the challenges for any office holder were huge but the rewards were worth the struggle. Barnes speaks with the Weekly while answering a text message about club business and typing up an email about a club event. ‘‘The demands are huge but you get out of it what you put into it. ‘‘As a president you are on call 24/7 and the person everyone goes to. ‘‘In all competitions and at all clubs, there are always a few people who blow you away with their level of commitment. There are people in this league who’ve been president for 30-odd years and been through some monumental struggles — you can only have respect for them.’’ While working with his executive members and club volunteers to start the Lions, Barnes says he has found the demands of a ‘‘lot more politically correct world’’ add to the workload of volunteers but are important. ‘‘You have to do the things that make sure it’s a friendly environment for everybody. ‘‘We have got that with our newly formed netball side. It’s just a different world from when football clubs were the old inner sanctum where the boys would get together after games.’’ He says urging players to get private health insurance and income protection are also a pressing issue for clubs. Asked about whether adding paid staff would reduce the roles of volunteers, Barnes disagrees, saying volunteers would put time into their clubs regardless. ‘‘It would be nice to put someone

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there to run it. Sandown has that model in place and I believe it’s the only club that does it. ‘‘They have Brett Phillips in that sort of role and he’s an absolute ripper. If you could be assured of getting someone like him you would go close to doing it. ‘‘But it wouldn’t matter because people in the executive would still put in the same amount of time because they believe in what they do.’’ The issue of the ‘‘haves’’ and ‘‘have nots’’ dominates discussion at AFL level but Sharpe and Cannizzo both see it as a strength of their competitions that suburban giants such as Noble Park, Vermont or St Kilda City provide a place for the cream of club footballers while smaller clubs in lower divisions like Endeavour Hills or Ferntree Gully Eagles offer players the chance to play without the training demands of division 1 football. Sharpe points to the EFL’s promotionrelegation system, which sends the bottom team down and the premiership team up in each of its four divisions. ‘‘We can offer a game for players of any level. ‘‘Look at a club like Norwood — it wasn’t too long ago that it was in division 4 and now it’s on the level of our best division 1 sides.’’ The EFL and SFL both begin there seasons having more players than ever. While administrators worry all the facets of running a club, Cannizzo is also hoping those new clubs can go from strength to strength beyond their first couple of seasons. ‘‘There is still a lot of work to do. We need to have committees starting to rotate so you don’t have the same people doing everything or being left to do everything week to week.’’


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Unsung no more BY YESSAR DAOU lmost every Australian World War I history lesson will include an insight into how difficult life was as a soldier. Just as likely is that there will be no mention of Australian nurses, who, according to actress Carolyn Bock, were as inspiring as the men on the front line. ‘‘We don’t learn about the 2300 women who served overseas during the war and the appalling conditions they served in,’’ she says. Ms Bock, along with friend and fellow actress Helen Hopkins, utilised her theatrical prowess to co-write The Girls in Grey, a play highlighting the difficulties Australian nurses went through during the war. ‘‘It’s based on real events; only a few of the nurses’ conversations were made up.’’ Bock, who plays one of the production’s three nurses, grew up in Mooroolbark and attended Billanook College. She’s excited to be showcasing the play to an audience at the Mooroolbark Community Centre this Friday. She also believes there are many lessons to be learned by the audience. ‘‘If they know nothing about the nurses’ story they’ll come out of the play with a greater sense of what was achieved.

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‘‘You can’t get away from the story’s sadness, and people will feel a great sense of our communities’ history. The tragedy of war is woven deep into our fabric.’’ The idea of the play came from a letter that Bock read. ‘‘For Anzac Day, Helen Hopkins’ sister wrote a speech for a local member of parliament that discussed nurses who served on the Greek island of Lemnos. ‘‘We looked at the speech around the start of 2010 and decided we wanted to make it into a play. Most of that year was spent researching and drafting.’’ That research included visiting the Australian War Memorial and reading historical letters and books from and about the nurses. ‘‘The information we gathered was in the archives; it’s great to treat it in a theatrical manner,’’ she says. ‘‘Reading amazing personal stories of the nurses . . . it really inspired us.’’ Bock might not be one of Australia’s A-list celebrities, but she boasts an impressive CV including appearances on Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Winners and Losers and City Homicide. In 2009, she and Ms Hopkins formed their

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Salvation: Learn about the Mooroolbark Salvation Army at a free session at Oxley College, 15-49 Old Melbourne Road, Chirnside Park, May 5 and 19, at 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Families welcome. Details: 9725 5473 Hear this: Free hearing checks at Chirnside Terry White Chemists this Friday, 9.30am-3.30pm.

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Scottish dancing: Beginner and experienced dancers welcome for classes at St Margaret’s Uniting Church, Hull Road, Mooroolbark, 8pm, Mondays. Minimal charges. Details: 9876 9206

Popular comedian Akmal is bringing his talents to the Karralyka Theatre on April 27. He has appeared in films, on television and radio, but it’s his stand-up show Akmal Live! that has made him a household name Australia-wide. The show may contain course language and sexual references and is not recommended for people under the age of 15. Tickets for the show must be pre-booked a week in advance and are $39.90 for adults and $36.90 concession. Details, bookings: 9879 2933 or visit karralyka.com.au

Kids’ stuff: Chirnside Park shopping centre has craft workshops inspired by the film Hotel Transylvania. Learn to make your favourite characters until this Friday, 11am-2pm.

noon, at Norwood Park, 125A Warrandyte Road, Ringwood. Cost: $40; also covers entry to any other U3A course. Details: 9879 2677 Ladies’ meeting: Women of all ages are invited to fellowship at Aglow International Australia. Next meeting is Friday, 10am, at Keystone Hall, Croydon, behind Arndale shopping centre. Cost: $10; includes lunch. Details: Irene, 9879 9950

Weighty matters: Maroondah TOWN Club (Take Off Weight Naturally) meets 6.30pm each Thursday at St Margaret’s Uniting Church, Mooroolbark. Details: Jodi, 0425 739 576

Open day: Arrabri Community House in Bayswater North has a free open day with support from Gavin Coaching this Friday, 10am-noon. Activities, giveaways, cardio tennis demonstration and tennis games for all ages. Details: 9294 7530 or arrabri.org Understanding Asia: University of the Third Age has a 16-week course in all aspects of Asia’s history, politics and cultures from April 17. Classes on first and third Wednesday each month, 10am-

Parenting course: Parents of newborns to sixyear-olds can join a ‘toolbox parenting’ course at Mooroolbark Baptist Church, 153 Hull Road, 6-7.30pm, Sunday, from May 19. No babysitting available. Cost: $50 each; $90 a couple. Details: Robyn Bartlett, 0417 132 062, by May 12 Send details by noon the Wednesday before publication: easteditorial@mmpgroup.com.au or See & Do, PO Box 318, Dandenong 3175.

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Top flight shapes up as dogfight SCORESBY Coach: Sean Kavanagh Ins: David Del Papa, Stephen Scott (up from under-19s). Outs: Beau Cosson (Noble Park), Scott Goldsworthy (Ellinbank FL), Jared Goldsack (Balwyn), Jayden Hoegel (Balwyn), Paul Chadwick (Vermont), Chris Hoegel (Balwyn), Kirby McConnon (VFL), Cal McConnon, Wade McConnon (Alberton FNL), Nathan Wale-Buxton (Yarra Valley MDFL), Marc Williams (Boronia). One to watch: Rhys Van Rheenan, the brother of Magpies ruckman Luke Van Rheenan, has trained the house down according to Kavanagh and should be a prominent member of his side this season. Chances: With young players and a new coach, it could be a long year for the Magpies but the beauty of a young side is you never know how good they are until they get on the field.

BALWYN Coach: Daniel Donati Ins: Jared Goldsack (Scoresby), Jayden Hoegel (Scoresby), Chris Hoegel (Scoresby), Taylor Gilchrist (VFL). Outs: Ed McCutchan (Port Melbourne), Nick Smith (VAFA). One to watch: Goldsack is a major signing with his leadership, versatility and premiership experience making a perfect fit with the Tigers. Chances: The reigning premiers will be squarely in the cross-hairs this season but with good signings and the confidence from a memorable grand final win, the Tigers start as the team to beat. BLACKBURN Coach: Peter Banfield Ins: Ben Fraser (WAAFL), Jye Sandiford (Bendigo FL), Leif Stuart (AFL Sydney). Outs: Brendan Rinaldi (Montrose). One to watch: The win column will be the key statistic for the Burners this season as they are desperate to be in the finals race. Chances: The Burners should be improved this season although the question of whether they can match the best in the league will only be answered on the field. EAST BURWOOD Coach: Fabian Carielli Ins: Joel Coombes (Myrtleford). Outs: Kristen Height (Myrtleford), Brad Murray (Myrtleford), Marcus Carroll, Stephen Henshaw, Robert Campbell. One to watch: Joel Coombes was a superstar in the strong Ovens and Murray Football League. He is projected to be just as damaging in the EFL. Chances: The Burs always prove a challenging side to beat but with the influx of quality at other clubs look a step off the pace in 2013. EAST RINGWOOD Coach: Bernie Dinneen Ins: Andrew McGuinness, Scott Dimitriou (Mooroolbark), Jesse Field (YVMDFL). Outs: Luke Vogels (Geelong FL), David Bell (Montrose), Gary Conyers (Rye), Troy Wright (Rye), Aaron Fiora (Doncaster). One to watch: Andrew McGuinness got big wraps from Dinneen last season until injury hit. Now back to 100 per cent, his leadership and smarts will make the Roos much stronger. Chances: The Roos had a horror year in 2012 but with a younger, lower-

Chasing glory: With a new coach and strong list, Norwood will challenge for the EFL division 1 premiership this season. profile side they may well surprise a few teams but the key for the Roos will be consistency and application, two things they have lacked in past seasons. KNOX Coach: Jon Knight Ins: Liam Kidd (South Belgrave), Craig Higgins (Nunawading). Outs: Ryan Jeffrey (Sorrento), Jarrod Clark (Croydon). One to watch: Scott Davis was a major signing before last season then his season ended in round 1 due to injury. A gun midfielder with good smarts, Davis should make an impact this season. Chances: Results have to meet expectations this season when it comes to the Falcons. Injuries and youth have cost them in the past two years but they need to again push for a finals berth, something which will prove difficult in a tough competition. LILYDALE Coach: Simon Rourke Ins: Damien Volta, Josh Plunkett (YVMDFL), Ben Weightman (Port Melbourne VFL). Outs: Nathan O’Keefe, Steve Wright (both YVMDFL), Ryan Breese (boxing). One to watch: Volta was impressive

when in the TAC Cup with the Eastern Ranges. His speed and possessions could give the Falcons some more run. Chances: At their best the Falcons can match it with anyone but this year without spearhead Nathan O’Keefe they will battle. Breese could return mid-year. Don’t rule them out but a few bad performances could see them battling to stay in the league. NOBLE PARK Coach: Mick Fogarty. Ins:Brett Dore (Nar Nar Goon), Luke Smith (Seaford), Dan Keely (Port Melbourne VFL), Dean Cleven (VFL), Beau Cosson (Scoresby), Vergim Faik (Berwick). Outs:Ziggy Alwan (VFL), Tyson Mitchem (VFL), Daniel Rigg (VAFA), Steven Tolongs (VAFA). One to watch: Brett Dore comes to the Bulls with big wraps as a centre half forward which is just the position the Bulls need help in, if Dore’s form meets his reputation, look out. Chances: The Bulls were shattered to fall so short last season but in truth their injury list was horrific. A healthy Bulls side will push right to the last day of the season. NORWOOD Coach: Denis Knight Ins: David Trotter (AFL Canada), Kurt

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Scown, Tony Armstrong (both AFL Queensland), Brad Kelleher, Daniel McConnell, Dale Bull, Rhett Jordan (all Croydon). Outs: David Blackie (VFL), Jon Wynn (break). One to watch: David Trotter is a former AFL player with North Melbourne who joins the EFL after a year in Canada. If his touch returns quickly he could prove an inspired signing. Chances: The Norsemen were the team to beat last season but fell short in the finals. They will go close again, question is whether they are strong enough to beat finals-hardened sides. ROWVILLE Coach: Paul Mynott Ins: Lucas Gibbons (Scoresby), Ryan Baker (Wantirna South). Outs: Damian Garner (VFL), Marc Hardy (Boronia), Luke Scanlan (Glen Waverley Hawks), Aaron Unsworth (Casey Cardinia FL). One to watch: Alex Frawley was one of the Hawks’ leaders last season and will be called upon again this term as the Hawks look to establish themselves in the top division. Chances: There is a big gap between divisions 1 and 2 but the Hawks have a good list and settled game plan so don’t rule out a run at the finals.

SOUTH CROYDON Coach:Damien Franken Ins: Daniel Coghlan (YVFMDL), Brandon Wood (VAFA). Outs: Shayne Kearney (Montrose), Zac Higgins (Croydon), Dylan Troutman (VFL). One to watch: Grattan Stephens remains a key player for the Bulldogs with height and ability to win hit-outs and take marks. The Bulldogs will need a good season from Stephens. Chances: After a couple of inconsistent years it’s hard to know if the Bulldogs will finally break back into the finals this season. It will be tough but they could do it. VERMONT Coach: Kris Barlow Ins: Tom Schnieder (Box Hill Hawks), Paul Chadwick (Scoresby), Justin van Unen (Rye), Kris Bardon (NFL), Ash Froud (Silvan). Outs: Heath Black (VAFA), Todd Daniher (Peninsula FL). One to watch: Tom Schnieder’s transfer from Box Hill Hawks caught plenty of attention. This gun on-baller is expected to quickly become one of the best players in the league. Chances: The Eagles went so close last year and have gone shopping landing some major talents. Schnieder, Bardon and van Unen are all highly regarded. If they settle, Vermont will be hard to beat. One way or the other, the premiership race will run through Vermont this year.

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Hopes and dreams on the line Division 2 of the Eastern Football League has been the closest division in the league and this year looks no different. Weekly sports journalist ROY WARD goes through each team. BAYSWATER Coach: Neil Winterton Ins: Darren Murphy (Eastern Lions). Outs: Brent Jane (Ringwood), Dave Burmeister (Ringwood), Ben Bakker (Ringwood). One to watch: Darren Murphy has come back to the Waters and his speed and class are expected to make all the difference for his club. Chances: It’s not enough for the Waters to just make the finals this season, they need some postseason wins to keep faith after several finals campaigns. Despite the loss of talented players like Jane and Burmeister, they still are good enough to get to the grand final. CROYDON Coach: Paul Newlands Ins: Jarrod Clark, Josh Bolton (both Knox), Hayden Lovat (Ferntree Gully), Ryan Pierce (Ferntree Gully), Shane Thompson (Doncaster East). Outs: Brad Kelleher, Daniel McConnell, Dale Bull, Rhett Jordan (all Norwood). One to watch: Jarrod Clark was a key marking target for Knox and he could fill the same role for the Blues. Chances: While you wouldn’t rule out a quick promotion for the Blues, Croydon may need a season to adjust and reload before challenging for the division 2 title. DONCASTER EAST Coach: Paris Harvie Ins: Bill Morrison, Brendan Ryan (NFL), Luke Dore, Wayne Connolly (VAFA). Outs: Shane Thompson (Croydon). One to watch:Morrison was a member of the strong West-Preston Lakeside team in the NFL last season and comes to his new club with wraps as a goal kicker. Chances: It’s tough to judge if Donny East is good enough to match it with sides like Montrose and Mooroolbark, so expect them to be around the middle of the ladder. DONVALE Coach: Graeme Cuff Ins: Jake Buckingham, Tyler Arrowsmith, Richard Seeger (all Norwood). Outs: Alex Marcello (VAFA). One to watch: Jake Buckingham won the divi[ 22 ] WEEKLY – YOUR COMMUNITY VOICE

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Moving up: North Ringwood and star midfielder Jack Whelan will look to establish themselves in the EFL division 2 competition this season. Picture: Ted Kloszynski pedigree and will need to lead from the front for the young Lions. Chances: The Lions came good at the end of last season and with a young side, who knows just how good they can be in 2013. If they can get near the finals race don’t rule out a late run at the top four but if they lose players or lose interest they could again be battling relegation. NORTH RINGWOOD Coach: Brett Moyle Ins: Tom Hill (Western Bulldogs), Davan Dyer (AFL Queensland), John Cooper (Balwyn), Tim Jones, Nick Tsindos (VAFA). Outs: Grant Aitken (retired). One to watch: Jack Whelan won plenty of supporters with his hardened play in division 3 last season. He is strong enough to make the leap to division 2 and will need a good season if the Saints are to challenge. Chances: In a league like division 2, if the Saints can keep in mid-table they will do very well and a few wins against top sides would do their confidence wonders. UPPER FERNTREE GULLY Coach: Andy Hayman Ins: Daniel Vandenbroek, Daniel Kirby (both

Eastern Lions), Mark Holmes (NFL), Cameron Clayton (AFL Queensland). Outs: Darren Butler (Mulgrave), Jay Sherlock (Kilsyth), Matt Petracca (work), Anthony Lorusso (Ferntree Gully Eagles). One to watch: Vandenbroek and Kirby have been tabbed as players to watch for the Uppers but as always their best players will come from their reserves and under-19s. Chances: The Uppers have a had good junior and reserve sides for the past few seasons. Now it’s time for that depth to turn into senior team victories. WAVERLEY BLUES Coach: Brett Davidson Ins: Nat Martin, Nathan McCulloch (both Tasmania FL), Chris Payne (VAFA). Outs: Charlie Ampt (Alberton FNL), Tom Harley (VAFA), Mitch Hayes (VFL). One to watch: Playing assistant coach Chris McCarty was injured early last season and never saw the field. He is fit again and reportedly ready for a big season in the Blues midfield. Chances: The Blues will be better under Davidson. Injuries have plagued them for too long, and a healthy season would make all the difference to the Blues, as would a few early season wins.


Rays overrun the Ranges BY ROY WARD YOU only get one chance at a first impression and Eastern Ranges failed to impress during their first game at Bayswater Oval in the TAC Cup on Saturday. With a large crowd turning up to support both teams, the Ranges had the chance to show how good they could be in 2013, but after a tight first term the home side fell away, with Dandenong Stingrays going on to score a resounding win. They won 20.14 (134) to 12.14 (86). The result and the effort levels of his players left Ranges coach Darren Bewick disappointed, with the Stingrays midfielders and defenders repeatedly pushing the ball into their forward line and stopping the Ranges from rebounding out of defence. Bewick laid the blame at the feet of his players for not lifting for the occasion. ‘‘I felt we had a lot who just played for themselves today,’’ he said. ‘‘In the first round we were terrific in our work for each other so to go from that to how we played today is very concerning. ‘‘Our players have to be made accountable for that and I’m really disappointed with a lot of our top age boys, our perceived better players, who refused to do that today.’’ Bewick added that some of his older players may have started to look ahead to the Vic Metro trial matches this weekend. ‘‘A few of them have a big few weeks coming up with Vic Metro and things like that,’’ he said. ‘‘But with performances like that they won’t be getting pushed up from our end. ‘‘It’s as disappointing as we have been for a long time.’’ Ranges captain Ben Cavarra was one of the few good players for his side on the

High mark: Eastern Ranges’ Jordan Walker marks against Dandenong Stingrays on Saturday. Picture: Gary Sissons

day along with Michael Apeness (five goals), Adam Miles and Jordan Walker. ‘‘We had four or five good workers, but it’s pretty hard to win matches with only five good players,’’ Bewick said. ‘‘It was in transition which hurt us. I felt like our minds weren’t working hard enough to put pressure on so the ball kept coming into our backline.’’ Despite the poor performance, Bewick said he knew his players had the ‘‘good character’’ to learn from their poor performances. ‘‘I’ve said before we have a group of good characters and this is a chance for them to show it,’’ Bewick said. ‘‘I think they have a lot of pride in their performance and I’m hoping they bounce back pretty quickly.’’

Ranges officials were also happy with the number of people who came to the match. They’re hoping for a similar crowd for their second game at Bayswater Oval later in the season. ‘‘It was a fantastic turnout, but it’s also why I’m so disappointed because we had a chance to showcase the program and for the boys to play in front of friends and family,’’ Bewick said. ‘‘Hopefully, when we do have another game here we can turn that around and show them what our true values are.’’ The Ranges have a bye this weekend as the Vic Metro squad plays trial matches. The Ranges’ next face Northern Knights at Box Hill City Oval on April 20 at 1pm.

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Gritty Hawks lose thriller AN injury-hit Ringwood Hawks almost pulled off an impressive win over Waverley Falcons on Saturday night in the Big V state championship men’s basketball competition but fell short, 100-97 in overtime. With injuries reducing their roster to such a point that assistant coach Damien Smith was required to play, the Hawks still managed to start well with Shaun Clarke (23 points and 14 rebounds) dominating the game. Clarke gave the Hawks a great inside target and allowed import Bryan Dougher (20 points and seven rebounds) some perimeter space to work in. After leading early, the Hawks watched their comfortable lead quickly become a 10-point deficit as they lost the aggression they started the contest with. “We just lost focus and started to do things as individuals instead of thinking about our teammates,” Hawks coach Ken Harrington said. “When you are more concerned about yourself than the team, you are going to lose.” But the Hawks bounced back with a hobbled Luke Egan coming off the bench to nail two shots. The Hawks still enjoyed a sevenpoint edge with only five minutes left in the last quarter. But the Hawks went ice cold with their field shooting and four good scoring opportunities went begging while the Falcons went to scoring machine Ivan Platenik (22 points), who delivered and sent the game into overtime. The challenge of winning in overtime became more difficult as the Hawks started to lose players as Matt Snowball, Clarke and Zac Haig all fouled out, leaving no fit

players on the Hawks’ bench. With an injured Egan on court now being joined by Smith, the unthinkable fairytale nearly became a reality as Smith nailed a big three-pointer to tie the game with a minute remaining. The Falcons executed well and despite all the trials and tribulations, the Hawks had the ball with 15 seconds remaining and a chance to hit a three to send the game to yet another overtime. The Hawks called a time out and diagrammed a play they hoped would free Sam Belt for a game-tying basket. Belt was well covered by the Falcons defenders and his shot was never on target. The Hawks host Werribee at Maroondah Indoor Stadium this Saturday at 8.15pm. ■ Kilsyth Cobras men split their weekend double in the South East Australian Basketball League. The Cobras were thumped by Geelong Supercats 88-52 in Geelong on Friday night but bounced back to beat reigning champions Albury-Wodonga 83-76 at Kilsyth on Saturday night with EJ Kusnyer shooting the lights out with 31 points, including seven three-pointers. The Cobras women won both their matches, beating Geelong 68-61 on Friday night then taking care of Albury-Wodonga 76-59 at Kilsyth on Saturday night. Carley Mijovic scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. — Roy Ward The Cobras women have a bye this weekend, while the Cobras men host Mt Gambier at Kilsyth Sports Centre on Saturday at 7pm.

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