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Jade Applebee has failed in a Supreme Court bid to challenge council’s finding that her dog, Kerser, is a pit bull, so the dog is to be euthanased. See page 6.

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THIEVES are increasingly hitting ‘‘soft targets’’ such as milk bars and small businesses, according to new police figures released last week. New crime statistics for Monash show nonresidential burglaries have risen by 132 cases — an increase of about 44 per cent compared to last year. Monash’s Inspector Mick McGinn said the burglaries could be attributed to thieves robbing traders around the city. ‘‘We’ve had an issue around some of our smaller businesses [such as] milk bars,’’ he said. But while traders faced increased crime, the figures show instances of assault, robbery,

Inspector McGinn said the rise could be attributed to greater willingness to report family violence. Reports of domestic violence almost doubled from 148 to 292. ‘‘People have become much more inclined to report domestic violence to us. It gives us a chance to put better interventions in place and make sure that people who have got issues at home have got the right sort of support services around them.’’ He advised residents to remain vigilant. ‘‘It’s up to people to be aware of their surrounds, look after themselves and if they’re out and about and having a drink outside . . . be a little bit sensible in the way that you go about things because they’re always a strong link between alcohol use and assaults.’’

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property damage, and theft from cars fell. There were also 158 fewer car thefts, a fall of 30 per cent. Inspector McGinn said most thefts were preventable. ‘‘A lot of those crimes are opportunistic in nature and if people don’t present offenders with the opportunity then the offences don’t take place. ‘‘If you leave valuable property in clear view in your motor vehicle, well then there’s a fair chance . . . it will be stolen. Likewise, if somebody’s looking around for a house to go into to steal property, if the door’s open or unlocked, it makes it a lot easier for them.’’ The figures revealed a rise in the number of reported assaults, up 22.7 per cent.

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COVER: Mount View Primary School visual arts captain, Jenn, is pictured with a Melbourne streetscape by local artist Geoff Cunningham. See page 14. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

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Sad to see the councillor looking at the negatives without being aware of the positives too. South Australian councils are currently implementing such a scheme, based on a sound business case that demonstrated savings for councils as well as improved services to all communities. Besides the obvious benefits, other questions that need to be asked include: ‘What is the price of a poorly informed community which cannot access all of the resources in the state? ’ and ‘Why should books be sitting on the shelf in one library — unused, when there is a demand for these items elsewhere?’ This is resource underutilisation, or waste. We are all one state and should think about what is in the best interests of all Victorians, not just those in one ward in one council. I am glad that there is some state government leadership to attempt to overcome parochialism. Library Fan

Re: Former refugee stands his ground What Mr Nguyen fails to address is the fact that there is no queue for people seeking asylum. Both the Coalition and Labor have been acting as if there is some kind of ‘take a number’ system

where refugees fleeing persecution can register themselves and wait patiently in safety and security to be resettled. It is farcical to think that indefinitely locking up men, women and children in detention, regularly resulting in major physical and mental health issues, is an act of compassion. The ideas of Mr Nguyen and all his counterparts espousing this policy of contravening the basic human rights of some of our most vulnerable human counterparts should be condemned. Josh Fergeus

Re: Legal pitstop adds to hefty costs I have watched with sadness as Monash Council has prolonged any outcome for Kerser and Jade. This is just another council seeking to destroy family pets that have done nothing wrong. Yes, fine the owner for failing to register and secure their dog, but why seize and impound a dog that has done nothing wrong but looks a certain type? This needs to stop. So many family pets are being seized and killed for fitting a flawed visual standard that does not ensure public safety as they will have you all believe. Sassy Staffy

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Not here: Monash Council is pushing for smoking bans to include all adult sporting events, much like the MCG. Picture: Andrew De La Rue/The Age But Monash mayor Micaela Drieberg said that it was irrelevant whether places were publicly or privately owned. ‘‘It’s all public space. It’s all about people’s health. To me it doesn’t make a difference. If

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SMOKERS should be banned from lighting up near swimming pools in hotels and motels, and at adult sports events, says Monash Council. Monash is calling for the extension of tough new smoking bans as the state health department calls for public submissions on its own proposal to ban smoking in playgrounds, public pools, skate parks and children’s events. The council argues that in addition to the state’s proposed areas, the new bans should include all outdoor dining areas, all sports events and all commercial pools and playgrounds. But there is division among councillors over the move. Mulgrave councillor Robert Davies, a former smoker, said the council’s proposal was excessive. ‘‘This doesn’t make any sense to me,’’ Cr Davies said. ‘‘These are areas private operators have built at their own expense. I think alfresco smoking areas are a positive thing overall — people enjoy them.’’

anything, you would think that private providers, business owners, would have even more of an interest in taking care of their customers,’’ she said. Cr Drieberg said the government’s most recent tobacco legislation banned smoking in cars with minors — also a private space. She accused the government of ‘‘pussyfooting around’’. ‘‘It’s very brave to tell people what they should do, to tell people how to parent. Use that same bravery to actually enhance the health of everyone, so that everyone can enjoy eating and dining.’’ Swinburne University of Technology last week announced that its Australian campuses would ban smoking from August 12. The ban will cover the university’s buildings, spaces, cars and all outdoor areas. At last week’s council meeting, Cr Drieberg, with council colleagues Stephen Dimopoulos and Geoff Lake, condemned the state for lagging behind in smoking legislation. ‘‘Everyone’s health is important, that’s the bottom line. Everyone has the right to fresh air. Victoria once led the country — led the world — in smoking reforms, and now we’re lagging behind. It’s beyond disappointing.’’

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A MOUNT Waverley dog owner has failed in her bid to have the Supreme Court overturn her dog’s death sentence. Justice Zammit last week rejected an appeal by Jade Applebee on legal technicalities. Ms Applebee was seeking to overturn a decision by the Victorian Civil Administratrive Tribunal that classed her dog, Kerser, as an American pit bull terrier. Kerser is expected to be put down by the RSPCA this week. The council last week offered Ms Applebee the chance to see the dog before it is put down. She has until noon today to decide. Monash mayor Micaela Drieberg said the council found no joy in the decision. ‘‘The council has a job to do under the state government’s laws and we are doing that as professionally as possible. ‘‘We are not required to provide Ms Applebee with this opportunity to see her dog, but we are making the offer out of courtesy and compassion.’’ Cr Drieberg reiterated that Kerser would be put down: ‘‘The dog was unregistered, it

No reprieve: Kerser, bought by his owner as an ‘‘American Staffordshire’’ terrier cross, has been declared an American pit bull. was found outside the confines of the owner’s property, and it has now been identified as a pitbull by both council and VCAT. ‘‘Under state government laws that were introduced to protect the community, we are now required to have the dog euthanased.’’

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COUNCIL staff and traders may soon be banned from one of Glen Waverley’s most popular car parks to make way for the public. Monash Council wants feedback for the ambitious plan that will free car spaces in the Bogong Avenue car park. Under the plan, staff and local traders who currently use almost half the Bogong Avenue car spaces will be moved to the new Euneva Avenue car park to create space for customers. The move has been backed by councillors and traders who predict a boost to the local economy if parking availability increases.

Cr Geoff Lake said there were about 200 traders and council staff who parked in Bogong Avenue at any one time. The car park has 431 parking spaces. ‘‘It’s not much of an imposition on our staff to walk an extra 50 metres, but most importantly it’s promoting access to the centre for people who have paid for all of the car parking through their rates.’’ The move is supported by the Glen Waverley Traders Association but only after some negotiation. Initially, the council had proposed that only trader parking should be moved to Euneva

Avenue. But association president Christo Christophidis said the traders argued for council parking also to be moved. ‘‘It’s a big step for some traders to park at such a distance away, no matter where it is. We suggested that council lead by example and do the same thing.’’ The association estimates about 1000 parking permits have been distributed among its members, about 40 per cent of which are being used at any one time. Council officers will consult businesses with trader parking permits and report back to the council in July.


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To use the application, the companies issue their drivers with a unique password. ‘‘So each time he logs on he uses that pin. . .and we authenticate who it is. ‘‘The other apps don’t have that feature. So we can guarantee to the customer that the driver that’s going to pick them up is certified, is trained and is professional.’’ Customers are expected to have access to 500 taxis once the application is launched in July. The application’s release will follow new taxi reforms announced last week. Under the reforms, the Taxi Services Commission will issue new licences with a fixed yearly fee. Taxi fares will be lowered during off-peak times and increased at peak times to encourage drivers to work popular hours. The cost of paying by card will be halved to 5 per cent and drivers will also be guaranteed at least 55 per cent of their takings. Premier Denis Napthine said the reforms would revive the taxi industry. ‘‘They will provide customers with higher quality, more reliable and safer services and ensure drivers are properly remunerated, trained and knowledgeable,’’ he said.

Glen Waverley pair in the dock over petrol bomb POLICE have charged a Glen Waverley couple — a 23-year-old man and a 20-yearold woman — for allegedly making a petrol bomb. They face charges of possessing an item to cause damage or injury. Police also expect to charge them with making an explosive substance. The pair were arrested about 4.30am on May 25 in Greaves

Reserve at the Dandenong Showgrounds. Police were patrolling the area when they noticed a suspicious car with a petrol bomb next to it. Detective Sergeant Dean Hayes of the Greater Dandenong crime investigation unit said the pair would face the Dandenong Magistrates Court on September 26.

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Student puts faith in healing the rifts BY DANIEL TRAN FAR from New York, London, Madrid, Bali or Boston, Muslims in communities around the world are feeling the heat of discrimination in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in these cities. A Monash University student has found that global terrorism has led to a surge in discrimination against Muslims in communities across the world, despite their remoteness from ground zero — the scene of the attacks. PhD student Charlotte Baines found that terrorist attacks had serious ramifications for places like Monash that are subjected to a ‘‘global climate of fear’’. ‘‘Whether we like to admit it or not, I think (terrorist) events create particular perceptions in our mind,’’ she says. Ms Baines points out that racial and religious tensions have flared after every attack. ‘‘There’s been a lot of discrimination particularly against Muslims in the context of not only 9/11 but the Bali and London bombings. As part of her report, written with the assist-

ance of the Municipal Association of Victoria’s Local Government Fellowship, the former Monash mayor travelled to New York and London. Her study emphasises that fighting discrimination needs to start at a grassroots level with the help of councils. She says councils like Monash needed to be aware of the issues affecting minorities. ‘‘Council has such a key role to play in managing that and being aware of the effects that these events can have on local communities. She is calling for councils to be proactive in their approach and pushed for more awareness. ‘‘Just having more education about different faith groups and the positive ways that different faiths can improve community harmony and peace would be just one relatively easy way to start. ‘‘Being aware that we can become the victims of prejudice and stereotypes and being aware of the influence that the media can have in shaping our opinions is really important.’’ She praises the role of groups like the Monash Interfaith Gathering for promoting harmony.

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Firebugs’ night of havoc BY DANIEL TRAN POLICE say a series of fires lit across the cities of Monash and Greater Dandenong last week could have been disastrous. Detective Senior Constable Lara Murray, of the Dandenong crime investigation unit, said the fires, lit in bins in Mulgrave, Noble Park and Noble Park North, were serious. ‘‘They were close to buildings,’’ she said. ‘‘It could have been much worse.’’ Eight fires were started in the suburbs, including one at the Salvation Army store on Princes Highway in Noble Park North that blew out the windows. The first fire was lit at 11.52pm last Monday night at a store on Jackson’s Road in Noble Park North. The firebugs then moved to Police Road in Mulgrave and set two dumpsters ablaze at the Waverley Gardens shopping centre. Between about 2am and 4am, fires were set in bins at the Salvation Army, the Noble Park North McDonald’s, the Noble Park KFC, and a 7-11 service station on the corner of Princes Highway and Corrigan Road. The last fire was started at a residential address. Detective Senior Constable Murray said police believed the fires were linked. She

called for any witnesses to come forward, including four men in a silver VY Holden Commodore.

Trader slashed Police are calling for witnesses to a brutal assault in Oakleigh East last Wednesday that left a man with stab and slash wounds to his chest and back. About 8am the victim, who was opening his businesses on Huntingdale Road, was approached by a man who asked him to change a five-dollar note for the bus. As the victim turned towards the register, he was stabbed in the back with a box cutter. When the he turned around, the man slashed him in the chest. A scuffle ensued and the victim was able to disarm his attacker, who was last seen fleeing north on Huntingdale Road. The man is described as Caucasian and in his early 20s. He was wearing a dark blue hooded top and black tracksuit pants. Detective Senior Constable Chris Price, of the Monash crime investigation unit said the victim’s injuries were serious but not lifethreatening. Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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Creative craze: The Mount View Art Show will be running this year from June 13-16. The show will feature more than 400 works. All works on display will be available for sale. The exhibition will open from 9am to 6pm on the Friday, 10am to 6pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday. Cost: $6. Details: mountviewartshow.org. Volunteers needed: The Waverley Benevolent Society provides food and supermarket vouchers to the needy. Residents interested in volunteering can contact the society. Details: 9807 0698. Seniors help: All seniors are welcome at an information forum for multicultural seniors, June 24, 9.30am-1pm, Clayton Community Centre 9-15 Cooke Street, Clayton. Free, but booking is essential. Topics include how to age well and be active. There will be information

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FEATURESTORY At a time when the government’s new-arrivals policy is a hot topic, CHAD VAN ESTROP explores how school-aged new arrivals are learning English and more.

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n Maryam Wafajo’s former life, school was a place of arbitrary and random violence dispensed by impatient and intolerant instructors. At school in her native Pakistan teachers would routinely pepper student’s knuckles with rulers, sticks or whatever came to hand. The reasons for this violence were trivial enough: for speaking out of turn, or for a lapse in concentration, or for failing to complete homework. Sometimes the reason was not at all clear. Intolerance in the classroom was only half the story. The trip to school was along streets patrolled by radical Taliban on motorbikes warning people not to attend school. They threatened violence and kidnapping against those who defied them. At Noble Park English Language School — where Ms Wafajo is now a pupil — life is very different and truly a world apart. Noble Park is one of four schools in Victoria that offers new arrivals to the country a six-to12-month crash course in English. The school’s population is fluid and as of late last month 512 students — mainly from Afghanistan — were enrolled at four campuses. English language schools offer places to school-aged children who are migrants, refugees or asylum seekers. Eligible students have usually lived in Australia for less than six months. The schools are a pathway to mainstream education. ‘‘We are a place that assists students in their transition into a new country both in terms of cultural awareness and language proficiency,’’ says the principal at Noble Park, Enza Calabro. She says the school’s program is continually tweaked to adjust to the needs of particular groups. During a recent wave of Sudanese arrivals, Ms Calabro says a teacher was used to take students to and from school. “These students had come from a nonindustrialised country and did not know how to use a train or bus.” Born in Pakistan and of Hazara heritage, Ms Wafajo says the workload at her school back home was tiresome, with up to 14 subjects a year forced onto students as young as 14. Ms Wafajo, 18, says the punitive approach to teaching made learning difficult. “In Pakistan the teachers get angry when students ask a lot of questions,’’ she says in haltering and strongly accented English. The fear Ms Wafajo encountered at school was compounded by the anti-education messages of the Taliban. ‘‘Sometimes I would just sit at home because I was scared.’’ The persecution of Hazara people like Ms Wafajo’s family dates back to the 16th century. The Hazaras are targeted by Afghanistan’s major ethnic groups — the Sunni muslims and the Pashtuns — on religious grounds. The plight of the Hazara people in Afghanistan has improved slightly since the ousting of the Taliban government in 2001, according to the

All bases covered: Dawt-Kuu is learning about emotions and emergency services this term. Picture: Rob Carew

Helping hand: Maryam Wafajo is thankful for the opportunities teachers like Seb Gate offer her. United Nations. But they continue to be victimised in neighbouring Pakistan. Amnesty International has recorded 91 separate attacks on Hazaras in Pakistan since January 2012, resulting in more than 500 deaths. Ms Wafajo, who arrived in Australia by boat in late 2011, now has a stable education platform after 11 months at Noble Park. “I feel comfortable to ask teachers questions now. I know they will take time to give me help. ‘‘I’m so thankful to my teachers.’’ At the Blackburn English Language School in Croydon North, student names like Dawt-Kuu, Mawi-Mawi, Suah-Pi, Bawi-Phir dominate. The student population at English language schools is a barometer of world conflict. Once the student body was dominated with Sudanese refugees. Now pupils from Afghanistan and Burma are the mainstay. A teacher at Blackburn, Carly Minett, has witnessed the transformation of many pupils, having taught in English language schools since 2005. “You have the opportunity to help people at a time when they are at their most vulnerable and that’s pleasing,’’ she said. Ms Minett understands the importance of providing support to new arrivals, as her grandparents struggled to adjust when they migrated to Australia from Italy in the 1930s.

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‘‘When my family first came to Australia they didn’t have much support, so it is nice to be able to help people that have chosen Australia as their home.’’ But Ms Minett said her role is not without its challenges: “You always have to decode and understand where somebody has come from and how it affects their perspective.’’ Principal at Blackburn, Robert Colla, said the turnover of students at his school is brisk. As of last month the school had no enrolments for second term next year. Mr Colla said the school focuses on bringing its 340 pupils — currently mostly Burmese — up to mainstream standards in reading, writing and awareness of Australian culture. ‘‘We are the starting point for creating an environment for students so they can go off and learn. ‘‘[English language schools] are a central focal point for newly arrived children, not just for education but for the provision of services as well.” For pupils the schools act as an interconnected support system. At Blackburn nurses specialising in refugee health visit fortnightly, welfare workers monitor student behaviour, interpreters assist with monthly parent-teacher interviews and transition officers help place graduating students into mainstream schools. At classroom level, instructions are delivered

slowly and the lines between English and other lessons are blurred. Reminders of correct tenses and sentence constructions can sporadically interrupt an algebra lesson. Teachers are qualified to teach English to nonnative speakers. Bilingual aides — particularly in the lower grades — provide an important ‘‘link’’ between teachers and students. The importance of the teaching aides is underlined by the fact that about one-third of students have suffered some disruption, or interruption to their schooling at some stage in their lives. Class sizes are deliberately small and simplified classroom activities mimic mainstream schooling. The primary curriculum includes units on emergency services, transport and wildlife with an emphasis on speaking and reading about what is learnt. The secondary curriculum varies dependant on a student’s proficiency. Some have to be taught how to hold a pen while others craft argumentative essays at will. Ms Wafajo says coming to Australia has given her life purpose. Propaganda against education and the fear of the ruler no longer haunt her. She is adjusting to a different culture. “In Afghanistan as soon as girls turn 18 they get married and there isn’t much opportunity to learn — it is so different here.” Ms Wafajo will graduate from Noble Park this month and hopes to study nursing. ‘‘I really like to help people and solve their problems.’’


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Montage of art BY DANIEL TRAN IKE politicians, most artists have to accept criticism as part of the job. Sue Gadler-Hele reckons a thick skin is almost as important as a good work ethic. For artists, however, criticism is a two-edged sword: comments from peers and the public are matched by the artist’s internal criticism. But the process becomes easier with time. Gadler-Hele, an artist with more than 20 years’ experience, says it is about developing resilience. ‘‘The more times they [exhibit], the easier it gets,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s very fulfilling to have your work up there and [have] other people [seeing] it besides just your family and friends.’’ Gadler-Hele is the convener of the Mount View Art Show, which will open on Thursday, June 13. The show, in its 29th year, will feature more than 400 works of art including pieces from veterans such as Malcolm Beattie, Deb Johnston and Vicky Bell. Gadler-Hele said it was important for upand-coming artists to have the opportunity to

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a big drawcard The show began as a way for locals to sell their home-made goods. Over time it has grown into a prominent local exhibition. This year’s show will also feature ‘‘off the wall’’ works including prints, textiles, ceramics and jewellery. Gadler-Hele encouraged residents to attend opening night on Thursday, June 13. ‘‘It’s a great night,’’ she said. ‘‘We’ve got very reasonably priced artwork. ‘‘You’re not just going down to a gallery and [spending] thousands of dollars on an original artwork. You can come here and buy an amazing artwork at a far more reasonable price and it’s still original.’’ The 2013 Mount View Art show is at Mount View Primary School, Shepherd Road, Glen Waverley, June 14-16. The opening night cocktail party is on Thursday, June 13, at 7pm. Cost: $15 for opening night, $6 for regular entry. Details: mountviewartshow.org. Preview: The Mount View Primary School visual arts captain Jenn took a sneak preview of the exhibition hosted by the school. She is pictured with a piece by Ballarat artist Deb Johnston. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

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INBRIEF Special school program continues A Monash Special Developmental School can continue a 15-place outside-school-hours care program with $28,132 of federal funding. The program allows disabled youngsters aged 12-18 to take part in social activities such as cooking, shopping, fishing, dancing and horse riding.

Celebrate refugee week Residents are invited to recognise the contributions of refugees and celebrate refugee week at a Small, New and Emerging Communities Expo, Clayton Theatrette, corner Cooke Street and Centre Road, 10am-1pm on June 19. Refreshments provided. RSVP by Friday, June 14. Details: 9518 3130 or email ReaganH@monash.vic.gov.au.

Mindful of measles Victoria’s chief health officer Dr Rosemary Lester has warned doctors to be on alert for anyone showing signs of measles following two recent confirmed cases. Symptoms include a rash of small, flat red bumps, fever and cough. Concerned residents should see their doctor.

Calling all green thumbs Residents have been encouraged to register for Planet Ark’s National Tree Day on Sunday, July 28, or volunteer as a planting site co-ordinator. . Coordinators will organise public sites at places such as schools, parks or nature reserves. Residents can also organise an activity at home or on their nature strip with friends and family. Details: treeday.planetark.org.

Speak up about a special senior Nominations are open for the 2013 Victorian Senior of the Year award with five categories recognising contributions to Victoria, the community, cultural diversity, health and veterans. To nominate call Seniors Information Victoria on 1300 135 090 or visit seniorsonline.vic.gov.au.

Colourful trams, for art’s sake Monash artists can make a lasting impression with a new project giving people the chance for their work to grace Melbourne’s new trams. Entries are open for professional artists and applications will also be accepted from tertiary art and design students. Expressions of interest close on July 7 with selected artists announced on August 13. Details: melbournefestival.com.au/trams.

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New stomping ground puts spring in step MAZENOD Old Collegians Football Club has hit the ground running since moving grounds at the start of this season. After 18 years of playing at Central Reserve South Oval, the club made the move to the North Oval to share with Richmond Cricket Club in the new, multimillion-dollar facility. Since moving in this February, Mazenod has not looked back, with only one loss so far this Victorian Amateur Football Association section C season. The team has put the disappointment of the 2012 preliminary final loss behind it and is playing winning football. Club president Steve Paolucci said the start to the year was positive for all parts of the club. “The move to the North Oval has really helped unite the club community,” Paolucci said. “Last Saturday we had our annual Founders Day match, and to see hundreds of people packed into the rooms was a great sight. ‘‘Our new rooms provide the players with a great facility and the fans with a terrific spot to watch the game.

‘‘Everyone has really got behind the club following the move and it has flowed down to some great form on field as well.” Mazenod has been boosted by the recruiting of former AFL star Heath Black and Gus Patti and Michael Johnson from Casey Scorpions. “Heath has really brought some fantastic leadership to the club,” Paolucci said. “Having these guys who have played at a higher level, it really sets the standard for the rest of the club.” In addition to the seniors, the rest of the club has also enjoyed a great start to the year. The reserves are entrenched in the top four and the thirds sit on top of their ladder. The under-19 program is also booming, after making the step up to division 2 this season. ‘‘The club has managed to get a really strong squad of 35 players and there is genuine excitement about the under-19s at the moment,’’ Paolucci said. ‘‘We see the future of our club running around each week and we can all feel that there are some exciting times to come.”

Home and hosed: Mazenod players like Michael Johnson are relishing their new home at Central Reserve.

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Cannons look to shore up ranks BY ROY WARD OAKLEIGH Cannons will look to the upcoming transfer window for a lifeline to save its Victorian Premier League season. The Cannons fell to a 4-2 loss to Hume City at a rain-soaked Jack Edwards Reserve on Friday night with unheralded City midfielder Turkhan Sumbul scoring a hat-trick and Nick Hegarty cracking home the fourth goal to confirm the result. Cannons defender Michael Boxall and forward Reece Vittaglia scored the Cannons’ two goals. Cannons holding midfielder Lucas Andersen was shown a red card late in the match after the linesman alleged the Danish star elbowed a Hume City player. New Cannons boss Miron Bleiberg said his team, which had lost the last three matches, needed improvements to its forward and midfield divisions to be competitive in the second half of the season. “All the teams we played so far are better than we are,” Bleiberg said. “I’m new to the league but on observation Dandenong Thunder is better than Oakleigh, Hellas [South Melbourne] was better than Oakleigh and the team today was better than Oakleigh.” Bleiberg said he would sit down with the Cannons board and find out how active he could afford to be in adding to his squad.

State call-up: Monash University Central’s Lauren Tscharke was named in the Victoria Flames team to play in the Australian Netball League in July. Picture: Rob Carew

“There are two ways to approach it. We can say the team is not good enough and we’ll play with younger players and let it go or we can say we are not even halfway through the season, we only have to get to fifth place, so maybe we can invest some money and get there. “We have a good goalkeeper and not a bad central defence, but in the midfield and up front we could always add some quality.” The Cannons could also be without star Ricky Diaco for some time. The striker reinjured his troublesome groin and left the field early in the second half. “Diaco got a groin injury from the first five minutes. If we had the real Ricky Diaco for the whole match and we had Jesse Krncevic, who was away for family reasons, then maybe we could have done much better,” Bleiberg said. Boxall again was impressive in central defence alongside Steven Gray. Boxall pushed the ball forward in the second half leading to his goal. But Bleiberg said he didn’t expect to use the Wellington Phoenix defender further up the field as it would not help his development heading into the next A League season. “Boxall is a good centre back and he will perform well in the coming A League season. The VPL has a bye for the Queen’s Birthday weekend but will return to the field against Richmond at Jack Edwards Reserve at 3pm on June 16.

Sandown jumps meet rained out BY ROY ASPINALL SANDOWN jumps racing meets were abandoned on Saturday after heavy rain made the track unusable. The feature events from Saturday’s meeting, the $101,500 Australian Hurdle (3400 metres) and the $101,500 Australian Steeplechase (3900m) will be run at Sandown as the climax of the 2013 jumps racing season on Wednesday, August 28. Racing Victoria chairman of stewards Terry Bailey walked Sandown on Saturday morning with track manager Tim Bailey and decided there was no choice but to abandon the meeting. “Sandown had 56mm of rain up until 5.30am and it had continued to rain until I left the track at 8am,” Bailey said. “It’s unfortunate for all, but the track was simply too wet and unsafe for racing.” Racing Victoria operations manager Paul Bloodworth explained that there were no suitable options to reschedule the races this week. “We considered a range of options for the conduct of these races and determined that the most suitable one, given the existing program, was to transfer them to the end of the season

where they would remain a focal point,” Bloodworth said. “Sandown was booked out for much of the coming week for use of its car track and had we transferred the races to Mornington on Monday week it would have impacted on either of these races or the feature jumps races programmed for Bendigo six days later.” Bloodworth said an early to mid-August date had not been chosen so as to avoid a clash with the South Australian Grand National Hurdle and Grand National Steeplechase. The $80,000 Australia’s Best Pie Competition 2013 Handicap (1600m) for three year olds and the $80,000 Le Pine Funerals Plate (2100m) will both be run at Moonee Valley this Wednesday with the existing fields and barriers as they stood at final acceptance time. The Le Pine Funerals Plate will now be run over 2040 metres. The $100,000 Sportingbet Handicap (1200m) and the $100,000 Le Pine Funerals Plate (1400m) for mares have both been added to the Flemington program this Saturday. All other races will not be rescheduled, as there are opportunities for those horses to contest meetings in the next week.

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Central trio get shot at top THREE Monash University Central players will get the chance to audition for ANZ championship sides during the coming Australian Netball League competition in July. Helen Barclay, Lauren Tscharke and Johannah Curran, who is currently a reserve player with ANZ championship side Melbourne Vixens, have won selection with the two Victorian sides in the ANL, which sees teams play a series of matches around Australia, with the bestperformed players likely to earn contracts with the nation’s best clubs. Barclay and Curran were picked for the Fury squad while Tscharke will suit up with the Victoria Flames, a new side entered in the Australian Netball League this season to allow more promising Victorian players to get a chance to play in the ANL. Previously Victorian players had often ended up being picked to play for teams in smaller states and territories such as Canberra. Netball Victoria high performance manager

Eloise Southby-Halbish said fielding two ANL teams would help lift the overall standard of netball in the state. “The Victorian Flames gives many of our younger and less experienced players a chance to challenge themselves in Australia’s top netball competition,” she said. “This team enables Netball Victoria to strengthen its depth of athletes within the Victorian high performance pathway, which then filters back to stronger Victorian Leagues like VNL and RSL.” The ANL starts on July 6. In the VNL last week Monash University Central fell short 50-40 to City West Falcons in their round 12 clash. The Falcons led by 11 goals at the first change and held the lead with their shooters making 81 per cent of their shots compared to just 68 per cent from Monash’s shooters. Monash faces UB Ballarat Pride this Wednesday night. — Roy Ward


Young Lions shoulder the load BY ROY WARD MULGRAVE is not in a panic despite falling to the second-last position on the EFL division 2 ladder with a 47-point loss to Mooroolbark on Saturday. The Lions have just two wins so far this season and several close losses but coach Ryan James is keeping faith in his young side. James said the Lions were committed to developing their young players and developing a sustainable senior list that didn’t require big-money recruits each season. ‘‘We’re not too worried about the ladder situation. We’ll just focus on fixing a few problems with our forward entries,’’ James said. ‘‘We’ve shown we can put teams to the sword, but in division 2 if you are off your game just a little bit you can have your pants pulled down. ‘‘We never said it was going to be easy. To be on the outside looking in things might not look the best but we’re confident the destination we are aiming for is right and we will get there.

Oakleigh slides on a wet day OAKLEIGH’S struggles continued in wet and wild conditions against North Old Boys-St Pat’s in the Victorian Amateur Football Association Premier C competition on Saturday. In the bottom-of-the-table clash Oakleigh travelled to Alec Gillon Oval in Brunswick to face NOBS with a good chance of adding to their meagre tally of one win. NOBS, on the other hand, was keen to open its account. The hosts started the better, taking an eight-point advantage into the first break but the most damage was done in the second term when Oakleigh wasted too many opportunities in front of goal. They booted one goal, seven behinds for the quarter as NOBS added three goals, two behinds. While the margin was never great, the Krushers could not make inroads into it as North gradually ground out a 22-point victory. Gary Bennett, Dermot Cleary and Tim Scott each booted two goals for Oakleigh, with Peter Holden, Chris Hogan and Steve Buchanan among the best. The Krushers reserves returned to the winners’ list in the early game, keeping NOBS scoreless in the second quarter as they coasted home after the long break to win by five goals. Tom Golik and Adam Mathiesson kicked two goals each, with Kieren Hogan, Andrew Murray and Simon Way in the best players. The Krushers under-19s played host to Hampton Rovers at Scammell Reserve, flexing their muscles in the second half to finish 38 points clear at the final bell. Andrew Weymouth booted three goals and Jake Lever and Alex Seremelis added two each. Michael Tate, Sam Ciavarella and Andrew Mase were in the best. — Neil Smith

‘‘It just might end up being a bumpy ride, but we understand that and it’s all systems go as far as we are concerned.’’ James said the Lions side featured 15 players aged under 22 and were receiving excellent contributions from players like Seb Henderson, Dean Siakoulis and Robbie Edwards. ‘‘We are happy to keep going to our young players. We are not here to please anyone. ‘‘We are trying to build a sustainable model like Rowville did. We can’t afford to go in the direction clubs like Montrose have.’’ The Lions have also been asked to refine their entries into the forward 50-metre line after missing several opportunities to set up scoring shots in the past few weeks. ‘‘Mooroolbark are a real classy team and their experience showed,’’ James said. ‘‘We won all the stats in two quarters of that match but struggled with our forward 50s. We were winning clearances and moving the ball from coast to coast with ease at some points but kept breaking down at

centre half-forward. It’s something we will keep working on.’’ Waverley Blues fought manfully against Montrose on Saturday but fell short by 68 points as the ladder leaders proved too strong. The Blues’ best were Hamish Leahy, Luke Johnson and Nathan McCulloch, who also added three goals. In division 3 Glen Waverley Hawks couldn’t take a trick in their clash against Chirnside Park. The Panthers came back in the last term to cause an upset win. The Panthers beat the Hawks 14.11 (95) to 14.7 (91). There is only one game in the EFL this Saturday: Noble Park plays Balwyn in their annual Queen’s Birthday weekend game. The rest of the competition will have a bye with matches resuming on June 15. EFL division 2 ladder: Montrose 32 points, 227.77 per cent; North Ringwood 24, 146.08; Croydon 24, 125.94; Mooroolbark 20, 97.42; Donvale 16, 85.34; Doncaster East 12, 71.59; Waverley Blues 12, 70.51; Bayswater 8, 108.46; Mulgrave 8, 82.57; Upper Ferntree Gully 4, 58.56.

Lyndale halts Mt Waverley streak MOUNT Waverley paid dearly for its poor forward play as its undefeated start to the season came to an end against Lyndale on Saturday. Lyndale put the first loss of the Southern Football League division 3 season on the Mountain Lions’ ledger with a 20-point win at Barry Powell Reserve. With the Mountain Lions holding a slight lead at three-quarter time, the Pumas ravaged the visitors, kicking eight goals to one in the final term to storm to a memorable victory. But with his side kicking 11 behinds and disposing of the ball poorly when approaching the attacking 50-metre line, Mountain Lions coach Nick Smith said his side had not made the most of its opportunities. “I think we should have put them away by three-quarter time. They are a good side. If you give them a chance then their home crowd gets behind them and they can play good football. “I thought they played good football forward of the centre. We had the best of the ball in the middle of the ground but couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard. “They killed us going forward.” The Mountain Lions have plenty to work on ahead of a showdown with undefeated Doveton Eagles when the competition resumes on June 15. “The lesson is that we are not a finished product and I’ve been saying that to the boys for weeks now,” Smith said. “Sometimes you need a loss to remind you that you need to improve.”

Leading Lion: Mount Waverley’s Shane Constantino gets a possession against Lyndale on Saturday. Picture: Wayne Hawkins Shane Constantino, Chris Coleman and Josh Richard were the Mountain Lions’ best players and James Gough kicked four goals. Smith said his side needed more battles with top sides and would be better for playing the Pumas. “It had a good feel to it and was a physical, contested game, so that’s why I was disappointed that we lost. “But the beauty is that we have time to make amends for that. ‘‘We’re still 7-1 and we’ll be

better for this match.” The SFL will pause for the Queen’s Birthday weekend and matches will resume on June 15. — Roy Ward SFL division 3 ladder: Doveton Eagles 32 points, 218.95 per cent; Mount Waverley 28, 176.86; Dandenong 24, 128.08; Lyndale 20, 108.54; Carrum Patterson Lakes 20, 106.91; Ashwood 16, 100.28; Sandown 12, 142.66; Black Rock 4, 54.79; Hallam 4, 50.31; Endeavour Hills 0, 44.82.

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FINAL SCORES TAC Cup: North Ballarat Rebels v Oakleigh Chargers played in Horsham yesterday. Southern Football League: Division 1: East Brighton 14.7 (91) d Clayton 1.5 (11); Dingley 14.10 (94) d St Kilda City 9.15 (69). Division 2: Springvale Districts 8.9 (57) d Mordialloc 5.7 (37); Oakleigh District 17.3 (105) d Murrumbeena 12.7 (79). Division 3: Ashwood 12.13 (85) d Black Rock 11.11 (77); Carrum Patterson Lakes 8.9 (57) d Sandown 7.12 (54); Doveton Eagles 16.9 (105) d Hallam 5.9 (39); Lyndale 14.7 (91) d Mount Waverley 10.11 (71); Dandenong 10.11 (71) d Endeavour Hills 6.6 (42). Eastern Football League: Division 1: East Ringwood 17.12 (114) d Blackburn 11.11 (77); Rowville 17.13 (115) d Knox 8.7 (55); Balwyn 10.12 (72) d Norwood 8.2 (50); Lilydale 17.12 (114) d Scoresby 11.7 (73); Noble Park 11.12 (78) d South Croydon 4.9 (33). Division 2: North Ringwood 11.12 (78) d Donvale 9.6 (60); Doncaster East 10.22 (82) d Bayswater 12.9 (81); Mooroolbark 13.15 (93) d Mulgrave 6.10 (46); Croydon 7.10 (52) d Upper Ferntree Gully 1.6 (12); Montrose 15.22 (112) d Waverley Blues 6.8 (44). Division 3: Boronia 10.10 (70) d Templestowe 6.6 (42); Mitcham 26.12 (168) d Warrandyte 6.6 (42); Wantirna South 12.13 (85) d Doncaster 11.10 (76); Chirnside Park 14.11 (95) d Glen Waverley Hawks 14.7 (91); Ringwood 10.15 (75) d Whitehorse Pioneers 9.10 (64); The Basin 19.12 (126) d Heathmont 5.13 (43). Division 4: Kilsyth 14.17 (101) d Coldstream 10.17 (77); Surrey Park 19.17 (131) d Canterbury 12.5 (77); Park Orchards 8.19 (67) d Nunawading 9.10 (64); Forest Hill 11.8 (74) d Eastern Lions 10.10 (70); Ferntree Gully 18.15 (123) d Silvan 8.5 (53). ■ For full results go to monashweekly.com.au/sport THIS WEEK TAC Cup: Queen’s Birthday weekend bye. Southern Football League: League wide bye for Queen’s Birthday weekend. Eastern Football League: Division 1: Noble Park v Balwyn, Pat Wright Senior Oval, 2.10pm; bye for rest of league. All games on Saturday unless otherwise stated.

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