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BY DANIEL TRAN MONASH ratepayers will be slugged an extra charge in a move by the Victorian government that will have councils collect a new fire services levy on behalf of the state. Next year’s rate notices will carry the charge. Last week, the Baillieu government handed councils the responsibility of collecting the levy. The extra charge means insurance premiums will fall for homeowners. The fire services property levy will be used to fund the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the Country Fire Authority. At present, the MFB and CFA are funded by contributions from the insurance industry, which passes the cost on to customers through premiums. From next July the levy will replace the insurance model. It comprises: ■ A $100 charge for homes or $200 for commercial and industrial properties. ■ A variable rate on the property’s capital improved value. The shake-up will shift responsibility from insurance companies to local governments. “Property owners can pay the new levy in the same manner as their rates,’’ Treasurer Kim Wells said. But the policy has upset Monash councillors and blindsided the state’s peak local government body. At a Monash council meeting last week, Cr Geoff Lake accused the state government of forcing councils to be its tax collectors. ‘‘It should keep its own tax to itself,’’ Cr Lake said. He labelled the move as ‘‘unwise and impractical’’ and said the levy could mean annual rates were doubled. ‘‘This is not a reform. This is a tax hike. This is something that increases the cost of living.’’ He said it was unfair to the council and residents. ‘‘This is not the most efficient way to fund our fire services.’’ Cr Tom Morrissey condemned the decision by the state government.

Put to rest: Body clock is where sleep begins. Page 4. Hot issue: Councils like Monash will be responsible for collecting the fire services levy on behalf of the state government from July next year. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

IN the lead-up to this month’s council elections the Weekly requires all letters and comments on municipal issues submitted for publication, whether online or in print, to carry the author’s or commentator’s full address and telephone number, for purposes of verification only. The Weekly reserves the right to exclude material that is not fully identified. The editor’s decisions on these matters will be final.

‘‘Fair is fair. Play the game right. I don’t see any sense in what they’re doing,’’ he said. Bill McArthur, of the Municipal Association of Victoria, said the organisation found out on Twitter that councils would be collecting the levy. ‘‘The media and others knew about the levy and that we were the collector before we were informed.’’ The MAV made a submission to the Baillieu government last October suggesting that the

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states should be responsible for collecting the levy but wasn’t informed of any developments until now. ‘‘We are concerned that local government will cop the blame for what is a new state tax. If the government was so sure it had a fair and equitable tax, they would’ve collected it with their own state revenue office rather than hide behind the rate notice of local government.’’ Cr McArthur said there was no modelling available, making it impossible to tell how homeowners would be affected. ‘‘The government is charging ahead with their legislation but can’t answer some simple questions.’’ He raised concerns over the variable rate and whether there would be maximum or minimum charges. Shadow treasurer Tim Holding said it came as no surprise that the government had failed to notify councils on its plan to collect the levy through them. “Victorians are entitled to know the answer to the fundamental question, ‘how much will they have to pay?’’

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IT all began with a deep-seated fascination with animals. ‘‘I’ve always loved animals and the outdoors,’’ Gerard Kennedy says. ‘‘I wanted to combine my interest in the behavioural aspects of animals and humans with the biological aspects.’’ Soon he was a third-year behavioural science student, working as an assistant to one of Australia’s first chronobiologists, Professor Stuart Armstrong. Now a Victoria University associate professor in St Albans, the 57 year old has completed landmark studies on human and animal body clocks and sleep disorders. He also runs a weekly sleep clinic at the Monash Medical Centre. In 2011 he and fellow researcher Dr Greg Willis discovered that bright light therapy can slow or halt the progress of Parkinson’s disease by decreasing or blocking the hormone melatonin activity in the brain. At the Australasian Sleep Conference in 2010, he received global recognition for a report that delved into the bizarre act of having sex while asleep. At the moment Kennedy is one of the chief investigators in the Sleep Health in Quadriplegia Research Program at the Austin Hospital. Funded

by a $5 million grant from the Transport Accident Commission, it is a collaborative research project between the hospital respiratory and sleep medicine unit and the Victorian Spinal Cord Service that aims to reduce disturbed sleep patterns endured by quadriplegics. ‘‘Helping them with their sleep patterns is only a small thing compared with the large cross they already have to bear,’’ he says. ‘‘But it is rewarding and exciting to improve their lives in some little way.’’ But he says it’s his role as an lecturer and mentor to hundreds of students is his greatest achievement. ‘‘It’s almost like being a father and watching all your children leave the nest because you’ve watch them grow in their chosen field. ‘‘Some keep in contact and you hear all about what they are up to and others you run into along the way . . . or you end up working on research projects with them and they become your colleagues.’’

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Split over parking break THE campaign has already started for this year’s coming council elections with a promise by Mulgrave ward councillor Paul Klisaris last week to take the council’s new senior citizens’ parking initiative one step further. The council passed a motion to improve senior citizen access to halls by: ■ Reconfiguring parking spaces around Clayton Hall to give users unrestricted parking. ■ Changing restrictions in the northern car park of Fregon Hall so users have unrestricted parking. ■ Changing signs in the north-east offstreet car park near the Mount Waverley Community and Youth centres to three hours, with hall users being excepted. ■ Changing signs on parking spots in front of Oakleigh Hall in Drummond Street to two hours, with hall users being excepted. Monash mayor Stefanie Perri stressed the changes were not a com-

plete solution but would ‘‘vastly improve’’ parking concerns around the areas. But Cr Klisaris called for a more farreaching solution. ‘‘I think we need to do better. I think we can,’’ he said. ‘‘What was tabled on Tuesday, while I supported it and welcomed something, I still think falls well short of the mark.’’ He said that if he were re-elected, he would propose that local senior citizens over 70 get stickers that they can fix to windscreens to allow them to park for an extra hour. ‘‘They should be given the luxury and afforded the extra time they require to get their groceries, to have their coffee, to meet and greet with loved ones without fear of being booked. That’s what I’m saying. It’s not about hogging spaces, it’s not about them sitting at tables and chairs all day. It’s about respect, it’s about making their life a little bit easier.’’ But the radical plan drew criticism from Glen Waverley ward councillor

Geoff Lake, who condemned the move and announced his intention to run again. Cr Lake said such a plan would strongly affect traders who relied on the parking restrictions and that he’d not be voting for the proposal if he were elected. ‘‘What you’re proposing will have dramatic effects on everyone in Monash,’’ he said. But Cr Klisaris said Cr Lake’s arguments ‘‘made no sense’’. ‘‘The community’s not upset. The community hasn’t got an issue. Traders have never said to me it’s an unfair proposal. Geoff Lake seems to think it is but I think he’s got it wrong. ‘‘I don’t believe the traders are concerned that their car parking spots are going to be absorbed by senior citizens who sit there all day.’’ Oakleigh Senior Citizens Club president Lee O’Brien, 94, said some of her club members had been using public transport because they couldn’t find enough parking around the hall they used.

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ON her wage, Jane Carter can’t afford to buy a home in the suburb she works. Ms Carter, an English teacher at Mount Waverley Secondary College, says the money she’s been paid for the past decade has left her struggling financially and unable to buy a home. ‘‘They’ve got no idea how hard we work,’’ Ms Carter says. ‘‘I don’t know how they expect us to be these quality teachers that they keep on talking about but they’re not willing to support us in any way. I work in substandard conditions with a substandard wage but they want quality teaching.’’ So on Wednesday, instead of going to school, she’ll be taking part in what’s expected to be the largest stop work the Victorian education industry has seen. At least 35,000 people are expected to pile into to Hisense Arena to fight for better pay and conditions. But it’s not only teachers and principals who will be taking part. For the first time in Victoria, support staff including including business managers, technicians, librarians and

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Scientist has living down to a fine art BY DANIEL TRAN BEFORE she was a zoology tutor at Monash University and a parasitologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Patricia Plunket was a 20-something in Chicago and in love with art. She had a degree from the University of Sydney in two branches of science when she enrolled in the Chicago Art Institute to learn how to draw. As she turned 90 on Saturday, the memories of her formative years flowed. ‘‘That was a lovely part of my life,’’ she says. She found herself in Chicago as World War II ravaged Europe. She had a room on the south side of the city near a beach where no one swam. Like any good Australian, she jumped into the water. The fisherman who found her sitting on a rocky reef after she was caught by an icy current lectured her all the way back to the mainland. She never swam in the lake again, but in winter she would go ice skating at the local rink. ‘‘I had a stunning outfit. Leopard-skin shorts,

white tight-fit jumper, fairly long hair that flew around and pure white skates. That was one of the highlights of my life.’’ She spent six years in the Windy City and fell in love but never got married. ‘‘I was interested in someone but the family were very wealthy. ‘‘He was quite interested in getting married and I was quite interested but his family didn’t like the idea.’’ Then there was Dieter, the Dane, whom she loved but who met another woman on a train and fell in love. ‘‘He absolutely fell for her and he came back and he said, ‘Look, I’ve found someone, exactly what I want.’ ‘‘And I said, ‘I’m terribly glad, Dieter’.’’ Just before she left Chicago, she was horse riding in a park when a nearby motorbike revved and scared her horse, which threw her, then kicked her twice in the head. ‘‘The next thing I remember was lying in the park with the police, ambulance and a lot of people looking and I thought, ‘Oh that’s it, I’m finished.’ ’’

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Happy birthday: Patricia Plunket turned 90 last Saturday and celebrated with a party at the Monash Science Centre. Picture: Gary Sissons She made a full recovery but could never shake the migraines that followed. When she got back to Australia, she was offered a parasitology job at the Royal Melbourne Hospital before taking a part-time job at Monash University. ‘‘I was going to do medicine and was accepted. My mother rather talked me out of that. She said, ‘You get terrible headaches — I don’t think it’s

such a good idea.’ But it’s nice to know they would’ve let me in.’’ She’s lived in Mount Waverley for the past 30 years since deciding that Melbourne suited her. In her spare time, she continues to use the art skills she learned in Chicago to capture her surroundings. ‘‘I had a lovely life, terrific, a great variety and lots of interest.’’

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Teachers’ pay deal is a tough subject BY DANIEL TRAN UNLIKE most graduates, when Upkar Bains finishes her teaching degree, she’ll have a mortgage and four mouths to feed. So despite not yet being qualified, Mrs Bains, a student ambassador at Monash University and mother of four, is paying close attention to the pay negotiations between the state government and the Victorian teachers. In an effort to get some answers about the industry she’ll be entering, Mrs Bains and several other students last week organised an open forum to discuss the state of teaching in Victoria. Students from Monash campuses in Clayton, Peninsula and Berwick attended the event, which featured John Handley from the Australian Education Union and Simran Paul from Hampton Primary School. The forum came as a bitter dispute between the teachers and the government reaches a climax. Like many young teachers, Mrs Bains is unsatisfied with the lack of funding and the low pay

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educators are saddled with. ‘‘Some of the younger teachers who have been in the industry for less than 10 years feel like if we don’t voice our opinion and speak up now, it will just continue on like this and there won’t be any changes made.’’ The forum also threw out any misconceptions students had about the industry. ‘‘A lot of people think being a teacher’s about playing with kids and having holidays,’’ she says. ‘‘If you want to get into this industry, you’ve got to have a real passion for doing it.’’ While she’s yet to decide whether she’ll be going to the strike at Rod Laver Arena this week, Mrs Bains says she won’t be reconsidering her career choice. ‘‘I’ve worked in childcare before coming to uni. I have a bit more experience. ‘‘It’s just something I’m passionate about. The course is definitely something I want to do.’’

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Going into bat for forgotten retirees WHEN people talk about self-funded retirees, they often think of the wealthy, Geoff Hammond says. But more often than not, it’s quite the opposite. Mr Hammond, from the Association of Independent Retirees, says there’s an ‘‘amazing’’ number of people who have trouble making ends meet but are unable to make the pension threshold. ‘‘They’re struggling,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s very difficult for them because their income has dropped considerably. For some, their income has dropped to such an extent that they’re classed as partially funded because they’ve been able to get a part pension. ‘‘We look after their interests.’’ The Association of Independent Retirees, South Eastern Branch, was established in the 1990s and was originally known as the Waverley branch but has since expanded. It’s one of 14 metropolitan and rural branches across the state.

Mr Hammond joined the group about 14 years ago and can sum up its mission in a sentence. ‘‘We represent the interest of people who are self-funded or partially self-funded. ‘‘We find that the people you would class as being wealthy just don’t take an interest in our organisation. In their situation, they don’t have to worry so much.’’ Every year, the group puts through a prebudget submission to the federal and state governments. At present, it is lobbying on issues such as healthcare card eligibility. The group holds monthly meetings and investment discussion groups. Speakers are regularly invited to talk about topics, from Centrelink and retirement villages to estate planning. The South East Branch of the Association of Independent Retirees will meet at the Mount Waverley Youth Centre on Miller Crescent at 2pm on Monday, September 10. Visitors welcome. Afternoon tea provided. Details: 9807 7663.

Years of experience: Geoff Hammond says the Association of Independent Retirees looks out for people who have been unable to make the pension threshold. Picture: Rob Carew

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Check mate: Ranges Chess Club secretary Paul Bearup says chess clubs are the best places to play. Picture: Ted Kloszynski

It’s back to square one t’s been a particularly cold winter in Melbourne this year. Most nights, the mercury dips below 10 degrees. But despite the bracing cold, every Thursday Richard Goldsmith makes his way to Croydon from Wonga Park to play at the local chess club. Those of us partial to warmth would ask why he braves the cold when he could log onto a chess website and play with someone who lived in an equally cold climate. There’s simply nothing like facing an opponent in real life, Goldsmith declares. ‘‘The human emotion of a successful win or of a stressful situation under time can only be thoroughly enjoyed when you’re face to face and get to see the wonder and enjoyment of your opponent winning or the look of an anxiety and pleasure when they’re crushed.’’ And in winter, the promise of a heater is also very comforting. ‘‘We’re probably the best sport in town — we’ve got climate control,’’ he chuckles. Goldsmith is the president of the Croydon Chess Club, which has about 40 members, both

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Do chess clubs in the community still make sense in a world where a new opponent can be found with the click of a mouse? DANIEL TRAN investigates. juniors and seniors. For hundreds of chess players across Melbourne’s south and south-east, chess is more than a game. But the advent of the internet and its effect on their beloved sport have the chess community polarised. Goldsmith, 39, believes chess should be played face to face. ‘‘You don’t get that through a computer.’’ He started playing chess in primary school. When he took the game home, much to his surprise, his father knew how to play. A rivalry was born. ‘‘I could never beat dad as a child and an adolescent — not until I joined a chess club and someone showed me how to really wrestle this game and get hold of it. I beat my dad once and that was it.’’ David Cordover, from the Waverley Chess Club, thinks the advent of the internet is a blessSeptember 3, 2012

ing. ‘‘If you come to a chess club, the challenges are that there are either people who are much better than you or much weaker than you. Finding somebody who’s at your own level to get a good game with is hard,’’ he says. Cordover, 34, says playing chess online means finding the right opponent is easier. ‘‘You don’t have to go to a chess club and meet someone once a week to get your game. You can play on your phone, on the internet, and at work.’’ Cordover, who started playing chess when he was about 10, won the Australian junior chess championship in 1996. He says chess has now become a younger person’s game. ‘‘Most of the best players in the country are kids. ‘‘I taught my kids how to play chess as soon as

they were old enough to work it all out. It just gives a sense of structure to your thought process and the ability to analyse and think about your consequences and actions. ‘‘Everyone should know how to ride a bike, everyone should be exposed to music at some point in their life, everyone should see art, everyone should hear another language spoken, everyone should play a game of chess in their life — it’s just one of those givens.’’ Paul Bearup, the secretary of the Ranges Chess Club in Ferntree Gully, also learned chess as a young man. He agrees that learning chess has a plethora of benefits for children. ‘‘It helps concentration, it helps them scholastically, it helps with problem solving,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s an excellent tool. That’s why schools often recognise its value and have the children coached.’’ Unlike Cordover, Bearup believes chess clubs are more than relevant today. ‘‘You hear people say they’re tired of just playing on the internet and part of it is the enjoyment of across-the-table play.’’


Grandstand renamed Monash council has renamed the Warrawee Park grandstand grandstand to honour the contribution of Oakleigh Cricket Club stalwart Rowland ‘Roly’ Cedric Williams. Mr Williams, 79, is a wellloved member of the Oakleigh community and has been a club volunteer for the past 57 years. After a petition from the Oakleigh Cricket Club, the council last week moved that the stand be renamed to honour Mr Williams’ work and remember the deeds of Bill Wilkinson, a regimental sergeant major in World War I and a well-known Oakleigh resident. The grandstand will be known as the Wilkinson Williams grandstand.

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White Balloon volunteers Child protection advocacy group Bravehearts is urgently seeking residents in Monash to volunteer for White Balloon Day this Friday. Volunteers are needed at Centro The Glen to help raise $500,000 that will go towards education, prevention and counselling for children who have been sexually assaulted. Details: whiteballoonday.com.au.

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Quiz masters: National Seniors Australia will be holding a trivia event and afternoon tea at the Mount Waverley Community Centre at 1.30pm this Wednesday. Details: Des Harty, 9808 1838. Playgroup open: Kerrie Neighbourhood House is holding playgroup sessions throughout the school term for mothers and preschool children. Cost: $35 per term, per family. Details: Libby, 9887 6226. Membership available: The Combined Probus Club of Waverley Gardens meets at 9.45am on the last Tuesday of every month at the Vegas Club, Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre. Details: 9801 4049 or 9560 2528. Shedding pounds: Low-cost weight-loss group Take Off Weight Naturally meets 6.30-8pm Wednesdays at Glen Waverley Community Centre. Open to men, women and people with disabilities. Details: Helen Steele, 9562 0191. Bargains galore: A garage sale will be held at the Monash Uniting Church on the Princes Highway in Clayton North at 10am on Saturday. Cakes, plants and tea on sale. Details: monashunitingchurch .org.au. All welcome: Friends of Dandenong Valley Parklands will hold an open day and Father’s Day plant sale at 10am on Sunday at Parks Victoria,

95 Shepherds Road, Glen Waverley. All welcome. Experts will be on hand and native plants will be on sale. Details: Wendy, 9561 5172. Online shopping: Learn how to buy and sell things on the internet with an eBay account, at 6.30pm this Thursday, at the Clayton Library Theatrette on 9-15 Cooke Street, Clayton. Cost: Free. Details: monlib.vic.gov.au or call 9541 3120. English lessons: Mount Street Neighbourhood House in Glen Waverley is holding conversational English classes for Chinese locals at 10am from tomorrow. Cost: $3. Details: 9803 8706. New courses: The Mulgrave Neighbourhood House’s new short courses include horticulture, hospitality and small business. Details: 9548 3311. Support group: Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7.30pm every Wednesday at the Kerrie Road Neighbourhood House on 36 Kerrie Road, Glen Waverley. Details: 1300 222 222.

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The adventures of Hairy Maclary BY CAMERON LUCADOU-WELLS ats and dogs reign in a stage adaptation of the long-running children’s book series Hairy Maclary at the Drum Theatre next month. The book’s author Lynley Dodd had no hand in writing and staging the adaptation Hairy Maclary and Friends but retains the right to correct any straying from the book’s intentions. The New Zealand writer told the Weekly there was a special pleasure in seeing her books played out in front of an audience of children. ‘‘It’s tremendous fun. It’s the best thing being in an audience with children. There’s plenty of audience involvement. They love to shout out and give answers.’’ The show, which has sold out at the Sydney Opera House and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is produced by Scottish company Nonsense Room Productions. Dodd says the main difficulty for the company

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How do you do: A scene from Hairy Maclary and Friends, visiting Drum Theatre next month.

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More goals: Ricky Diaco, middle, celebrates a goal earlier this season with Rasmus Festersen, left, and Ari Dracos. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

ship with a 0-0 draw against the Cannons on August 25. Cannons defender Ari Dracos has found an unexpected scoring streak in the past two months and hit the bar with a free kick in the draw with the Thunder, so he could provide more surprise scoring chances. The VPL and other FFV leagues had a league-wide bye this past weekend to make way for the State Knockout Cup final played last night between the Thunder and Port Melbourne at Lakeside Stadium, South Melbourne. The State Knockout Cup winner was decided after the Weekly went to print yesterday evening. The Cannons host Northcote City at Jack Edwards Reserve, Oakleigh at 8.30pm Friday.

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SFL aims to expand netball competition BY ROY WARD SOUTHERN Football League expects to expand its netball competition to two divisions next year. The SFL netball league completed its inaugural season last Saturday with Heatherton beating Dingley to win the premiership. The inaugural season involved seven teams, with all matches played at the Springvale District Netball Association courts in Dingley Village. SFL operations manager Matthew Duck said the league had already received expressions of interest from several other clubs for 2013 while

some existing sides plan to field a second team. He said Dingley and Bentleigh both planned to field second teams while Heatherton had two teams in this year’s competition. ‘‘Next year we want to have two divisions and make them two even competitions of six or eight teams,’’ he said. ‘‘But the sky is the limit if we have more entries.’’ Duck said the netball competition was a ‘‘fantastic’’ addition to the league, with other clubs encouraged to get involved. The SFL introduced the competition to mirror country football clubs who field both football

and netball teams, mostly based at the same ground. He said the services of the SDNA had made running the competition much easier and the league planned to continue to play its matches there, although other clubs had expressed an interest in hosting games closer to their home suburbs in future years. ‘‘The SDNA have been really professional in how they have run things,’’ Duck said. ‘‘They have taken care of a lot of the administrative things like getting umpires, handling the fixtures and doing the game day work.’’ He said

the SDNA’s involvement had solved the metropolitan problem of netball courts not being attached to football grounds by providing a central venue for all matches. Duck said the growth of the netball competition had proven a ‘‘pleasant surprise’’ and the league was encouraging all clubs to consider entering a team. ‘‘It has helped build the clubs involved,’’ he said. Duck said clubs who wished to enter teams would have until early March 2013 to enter the 2013 competition.

Oaks’ ranks bolstered OAKLEIGH has added class to its line-up ahead of the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association season, signing several former Premier Cricket players. New Oaks coach Brendan McGuiness said batsman Jarrod Dowling (Camberwell and St Kilda), batsman Tom O’Sullivan (Carlton) and leg-spinner Joe Roberts (Camberwell) had all joined the club, which finished second in the VSDCA firsts competition last season. McGuiness said the trio would provide plenty of experience to the Oaks’ playing ranks. ‘‘They all have Premier Cricket experience and will create more competition at the club,’’ he said. McGuiness commended the work of players across all the Oaks senior teams during the winter and early spring. He said the club’s young players were getting a stern test from veterans such as captain Jarrod Travaglia, Brent Warren and Ben Pinwill. ‘‘Everything has been going really well,’’ he said. ‘‘We’ve been doing two sessions a week indoors at Clayton indoor centre and doing an optional running session for those players not playing footy. ‘‘We have set a really high standard through August. ‘‘The energy of our older players has all been impressive and we’ve had a lot of younger guys attend all the sessions.’’ The Oaks have also scheduled their first practice matches with a game against Kew at Shepparton on September 15 for the seniors and a similar clash for the seconds against Kew in Melbourne the same day. The Oaks will then face Dandenong District Cricket Association side HSD on the weekend of September 22-23. ‘‘Heading to the country for a game is always fun and it will be a good weekend away for the boys,’’ McGuiness said. ‘‘The HSD game will be a good one to get miles into the legs as we will be playing on turf.’’ — Roy Ward

Warrior title: Monash Warriors celebrate their 2012 VicBowl division 1 title last Sunday week.

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Miracle propels Warriors to VicBowl title IT took a miracle last-second play for Monash Warriors to claim the Gridiron Victoria division 1 VicBowl title last Sunday week. With scores tied 14-all with just two seconds remaining, Bay City Buccaneers lined up an easy field goal attempt which would have won them the game. But Warriors special-teamer Iric Bressler managed to find a hole in the Buccaneers’ offensive line and blocked the field goal attempt, sending the game into overtime. In the extra period the Warriors scored in their second offensive drive via a running touchdown from Heath Decker to take a 22-14 lead. Then the Warriors kept the Buccaneers from scoring, with Scott Truesdale sacking the Buccaneers quarterback on fourth down to confirm the win.

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Warriors coach Mark Levin was in his first year as Warriors coach after moving back to Melbourne from New South Wales. He said his side achieved a win when the game appeared over. ‘‘I thought we were done,’’ Levin said. ‘‘I don’t think the Buccaneers had missed a field goal all year, and that block was the only one we have done in any game this season. ‘‘Once that happened I knew we would win.’’ Levin praised the efforts of first-year running back Decker during the season. ‘‘At our club and at league level he will be in the discussion for most valuable player,’’ Levin said. ‘‘In our first game he was the third-choice running back and by week three he was our starter. I don’t think he has gone under 100 yards in any match this season.

‘‘He has the ability to make people miss [their tackles] and that is rare.’’ Both the Warriors and their division 2 side, known as the Barbarians, made their respective grand finals, although the Barbarians lost to the highly fancied Melbourne Uni Royals 16-6 in the division 2 grand final. Levin said the inclusion of the Barbarians had given the club a much-needed pathway for new players. The Warriors’ junior teams are already in training ahead of their season which starts in October. The Warriors have teams from under-14s to under-18s and would welcome any new players. — Roy Ward For more information visit the club website warriorsgridiron.com.au.


Tenacious Saints Hold off Hawks GLEN Waverley Hawks will have to make the grand final the long way. The Hawks missed out on the chance to claim the early berth in the Eastern Football League division 3 grand final, losing their semi-final clash to minor premiers North Ringwood by 31 points on Saturday. The Hawks will play Boronia or Ringwood in the preliminary final at East Burwood Reserve this Saturday at 2.10pm. The division 3 elimination final was still playing when the Weekly went to print yesterday. After rising from division 4 into the division 3 finals this season, the Hawks faced a tenacious and speedy Saints side and found themselves outmatched for much of the game as the Saints built a match-winning lead. With the lead moving pas 40 points in the third term the Hawks summoned some consecutive goals to get within 27 points at the final change. Hawks midfielder Brad Riddle had a running shot at goal in the opening minutes of final term but missed, followed shortly by a Saints goal which all but ended the Hawks’ chances. The Hawks also had problems with undisciplined acts, with two players drawing yellow cards during the game. Hawks coach Mick Gaul talked to his players behind closed doors post game, then declined to comment about his side’s performance went approached by the Weekly. Tim Cook, David Lang and Andrew Azzopardi were named best players for the Hawks while Darren Gray, Azzopardi and Josh Gray kicked two goals apiece. The Hawks will play Boronia or Ringwood in the EFL division 3 preliminary final at East Burwood Reserve this Saturday at 2.10pm. — Roy Ward

OAKLEIGH District got a rocket after Saturday’s game. Now it needs to shoot for the moon in the Southern Football League division 2 elimination semi-final this Sunday. District suffered a bewildering last-quarter fadeout against Skye in the qualifying final, leading by 21 points at three-quarter time only to lose by 10 points. Skye will get the chance to face minor premier East Malvern for the early berth in the grand final on Saturday.

OAKLEIGH Krushers earned a place in the VAFA Premier B under-18s grand final on Saturday. In the second semi-final at St Bernard’s College, the Krushers had to lift in the final term to overcome Werribee in a tight encounter that had Werribee hold a narrow lead at each change. The Krushers trailed by a point at

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Kicking Hawk: Glen Waverley Hawks forward Josh Gray gets a kick away against North Ringwood on Saturday. Picture: Sam Stiglec

District coach Stephen Wright said his side lost the match around the contests in the final term. ‘‘I had to kick a bit of butt post game. ‘‘Now we need to get our confidence back up for next match. ‘‘It was a disappointing end. ‘‘We were beaten by a side who played better than us in the last term. We were up by 21 points, then they got us at the end. ‘‘We played three pretty good quarters and then one bad one and it cost us the game.’’ Wright said his side couldn’t afford to let the

opposition find momentum in the game as they did against Skye. He was pleased with his defence led by Dan Kiellerup and Dylan Mounsey, and Elvis Almovski (three goals) was dangerous as always in the forward line. Wright also said the hard bounce of Jack Barker Oval had surprised both sides after several weeks of wet weather football. ‘‘It caught both sides out. We haven’t seen the ball bounce that high for a few weeks now. ‘‘But the good thing was everyone got through the game OK and we now look to this week.’’

Young Krushers storm home to seal grand final berth BY NEIL SMITH

TAC Cup: Elimination final, Oakleigh Chargers 18.11 (119) d Calder Cannons 14.14 (98). Southern Football League: Division 1: Qualifying final, Chelsea Heights 15.15 (105) d St Paul’s 7.8 (50); Reserves, St Paul’s 10.9 (69) d Chelsea Heights 7.5 (47); Elimination final, Dingley v Cheltenham, played yesterday; Reserves, Cheltenham 11.13 (79) d Clayton 10.9 (69). Division 2: Qualifying final, Skye 12.8 (80) d Oakleigh District 10.10 (70); Reserves, Oakleigh District 14.11 (95) d Skye 5.10 (40); Elimination final, Bentleigh v Murrumbeena played yesterday; Reserves, Hampton 17.12 (114) d Murrumbeena 1.4 (10). Division 3: Qualifying final, Moorabbin 9.10 (64) d Sandown 8.5 (53); Reserves, Mount Waverley 13.10 (88) d Ashwood 3.2 (20); Elimination final, Ashwood 8.10 (58) d Mount Waverley 6.11 (47); Reserves, Moorabbin 11.12 (78) d Doveton Eagles 8.11 (59). Eastern Football League: Division 1: Qualifying final, Vermont 16.7 (103) d Scoresby 8.15 (63); Reserves; Qualifying final, Noble Park 8.6 (54) d Knox 6.7 (43); Elimination final, Noble Park v Balwyn played yesterday; Reserves, East Ringwood 6.10 (46) d Norwood 5.6 (36). Division 2: Preliminary final, Rowville 14.16 (100) d Mooroolbark 4.6 (30); Reserves, Preliminary final, Upper Ferntree Gully 13.12 (90) d Mooroolbark 6.5 (41). Division 3: Semi-final 2, North Ringwood 16.12 (108) d Glen Waverley Hawks 11.11 (77); Reserves, Semi-final 2, Boronia 11.11 (77) d Wantirna South 6.7 (43); elimination semi final, Boronia v Ringwood played yesterday; Reserves, North Ringwood 12.12 (84) d Ringwood 5.6 (36) played yesterday. Division 4: Elimination semi-final, Silvan 12.24 (96) d Ferntree Gully 10.7 (67); Reserves, Reserves, The Basin 18.8 (116) d Nunawading 10.5 (65); Semi-final 2, The Basin v South Belgrave played yesterday; Reserves, South Belgrave v Forest Hill played yesterday.

District squanders lead BY ROY WARD

the first break as both sides traded goals and but for some wayward kicking in front of goal may well have held the advantage at the main change rather than being three points down. Honours were split in the third term and the margin stayed at three points. The last quarter, however, was a different story with Oakleigh opening up and piling on four goals, seven behinds to just four points from Werribee

to seal an impressive win. The seniors finished a disappointing season on an equally disappointing note as injuries again hobbled the team. Facing finals contender Old Melburnians at the Junction Oval, the Krushers needed a miracle to get over the line but as the injury count grew it became obvious it wasn’t going to be the Krushers’ day.

The home side cruised to a 81-point win. ■ Oakleigh Chargers kept their TAC Cup season alive with a 21-point win over Calder Cannons in an elimination semi-final at Visy Park, Carlton yesterday. The Chargers won 18.11 (119) to Calder Cannons 14.14 (98). They face Dandenong Stingrays in an elimination semi-final at Visy Park at 1.45pm this Sunday.

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YOUR FRIENDLY COMMUNITY SPORTING CLUB. OFFERING BOWLS, SQUASH, TENNIS, CRICKET, SNOOKER, DARTS AND SOCIAL GOLF.

MULGRAVE MELODIES

BINGO

STILL ONLY $9 PER PERSON: • Morning tea at 10.30am • Show starts at 11am Includes give-away and lucky prizes and a $2 discount voucher on Seniors Meals after the show. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Every Wednesday Eyes Down at 7.45pm $6 for 30 games

SHOWS Thursday 20th September CLIFF RICHARD AND THE SHADOWS TRIBUTE $25 per head show only Shows start at 8.30pm Bookings Essential Friday 28th September THAT’S GOOD FOR FOOTY GRAND FINAL SPECIAL SHOW FREE EVENT From 12noon – 2.00pm Bookings essential Bistro Meals Available

FREE BINGO MONDAY MORNINGS Starts10am

FREE POKER MONDAY EVENINGS No Limit Texas Hold Em Register at 6.30pm for 7.30pm start

FREE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT 5 NIGHTS A WEEK BISTRO OPEN LUNCH & DINNER 7 DAYS A WEEK

Cnr Wellington & Jells Road, Wheelers Hill, phone: 9582 4600 www.mulgravecc.com.au | NEW MEMBERS WELCOME G5210205AC-dp3Sep©FCNVIC

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September 3, 2012


Monash Weekly