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COVER: Stamp collector Daryl reveals the worries that surround the world of philatelists — it’s ‘first names only’ to ensure the security of your albums. See page 16.

BY DANIEL TRAN MONASH’S approval of a Clayton mosque last week is believed to be the first time an application for a new place of worship has been put to a vote at the council. In the previous decade, the Church of Christ Fellowship in Clayton, the All Nations Presbyterian Church in Mulgrave and the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Mount Waverley were all given planning permits by council officers. All, like the Beddoe Avenue mosque, are located in residential areas across Monash. Mayor Micaela Drieberg said that normally council officers would decide such an application. ‘‘You would have heard many of the councillors question why it had even come to council,’’ she said. ‘‘The vast majority of planning decisions are made by our staff.’’ The move by Mulgrave councillor Robert Davies to have the application heard before the council follows a furore over comments by local church leaders that a mosque would be a ‘‘training ground for ... religious fanatics’’. Statements linking the mosque to terrorist training by senior members of the Monash Uniting Church were later withdrawn and condemned by the general secretary of the Victoria-Tasmania synod of the Uniting Church, Dr Mark Lawrence. The vote permitting the mosque last Tuesday was followed by a loud expletive from a member of the crowd, who stormed out of the chamber when refused the opportunity to address the council. In an at-times fiery debate that lasted almost an hour, the council moved to extend the mosque’s opening time from 7.30am to 5.30am so that Muslims could take part in morning prayers. Cr Davies was twice rebuked for speaking out of turn and was involved in heated exchanges with Ms Drieberg. He was the only councillor to oppose the application for the mosque. Cr Davies said the location in a ‘‘quiet residential street’’ would cause problems.

Hearty thanks: Heart attack survivor and painter Nelus Oana has donated an artwork to a Monash specialist cardiology service. See page 12 Go ahead: The council has given Monash University approval to build a mosque on Beddoe Avenue in Clayton.

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‘‘This is not in an appropriate location,’’ he said. ‘‘This will help drive out the residents who are there and benefit the big property developers. We’re not looking out for the little guy. I just don’t think this is a good idea for the community.’’ Residents in Beddoe Avenue, where the mosque will be located, are worried about the potential for traffic congestion and noise from calls to prayer five times a day. Representatives from the mosque said the call to prayer would only occur inside the mosque and parking would be provided on the university grounds, where the entrance to the building would be sited.

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Cr Geoff Lake, who moved that the planning application be approved, said the Victorian Charter of Human Rights, as well as planning law, had to be considered. ‘‘I think it’s required that we have a level of respect and cultural understanding. ‘‘The idea that this mosque is not in an appropriate location . . . it is adjoined and accessed from one of the biggest university campuses in the southern hemisphere.’’ Oakleigh Ward’s Stephen Dimopoulos also supported the proposal. ‘‘This place has been a place of worship since 1994. Nineteen years,’’ he said. ‘‘Immediately behind this place, there is a car park with about 200 spaces. We are supporting this because we know 90 per cent will be entering through Monash University. The reality is, most places of worship are in residential streets.’’ Shortly after the vote, Cr Davies used personal explanation time to stress he had nothing against Islam.

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If this were a Christian church, it would been approved. Before any mosque is approved, take the violence out of the Koran. Muslims do not tolerate anything but their own view of God.

The house at 16 Beddoe Avenue is already being used as a Muslim prayer space. Converting this place into a mosque will not interfere with the neighbourhood since its use will remain the same. There are many examples of mosques built near houses and the call for prayers does not disturb the residents in the street. Angela (via web)

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we really could all get along regardless of colour, religion or tradition? Sometimes it doesn’t always work that way, but I know our family tries our best. We don’t object to the mosque but we’re very concerned about the tower and the call to prayers. If the adhan or call to prayer is called out by the muezzin five times a day, as is the custom, and if this is going to become the status quo, then perhaps it might have to be rethought.

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MOUNT Waverley residents have been urged to fight to save the suburb from inappropriate development as Monash Council rejected another multi-storey apartment block last week. Before the council unanimously defeated a $1.4 million proposal for eight apartments in Avondale Grove, veteran Mount Waverley councillor Tom Morrissey called on locals to continue to defend the suburb. ‘‘I want you out there protecting Mount Waverley, protecting the city of Monash,’’ Cr Morrissey said. ‘‘We need to work very hard on this particular issue. It could change the face of Mount Waverley.’’ A & Z Investments International has twice tried to develop apartments at the Avondale Grove site. The council rejected a planning application from the developer in November 2011. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal upheld Monash’s decision in May last year. Last December, residents were shocked to

learn that A & Z Investments International was preparing a revamped bid. ‘‘What’s disappointing is that after the VCAT decision, the applicant has decided to take a very similar application to council again,’’ Mount Waverley councillor Jieh-Yung Lo said. ‘‘They showed no interest in engaging with council. There wasn’t even a pre-application meeting with council.’’ Cr Lo said that the plan would lead to ‘‘overdevelopment’’ of the area and change the suburb’s amenity. Wilf Seelig, who lives next to the development site, was worried that the joy he felt after the meeting would be shortlived. ‘‘I think they’re going to go to VCAT again,’’ he said. ‘‘If it does go to VCAT, we’re going to really have to drum it up . . . otherwise we’re not going to get the same support as last time.’’ Mr Seelig said the proposed complex was a ‘‘gross overdevelopment’’. ‘‘This type of high density development in a quiet residential area would be a threat to the whole of Mount Waverley and other similar areas within Monash.’’

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Monash students are being warned to stay safe when catching public transport this school year. Transport Safety Victoria is calling on young commuters to be vigilant around buses, trams and trains to prevent accidents. Acting director of transport safety Stephen Turner said distraction was a key concern. ‘‘Students who wear headphones, send text messages or play games on their mobiles around buses or trains are putting their lives at risk. Instead, they should focus on getting to and from school safely.’’

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BY DANIEL TRAN ARMED guards will be stationed at Clayton and Oakleigh stations from this month as part of the Baillieu government’s plan to stamp out crime around transport hubs. Acting Senior Sergeant Jill Hermans of the Oakleigh police said protective services officers would patrol the stations from 6pm until the last train. The five PSOs are expected to start work on February 11. The announcement comes as Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder confirmed that PSOs would be deployed at Glen Waverley station in the future. Acting Senior Sergeant Hermans said the arrival of the PSOs could ‘‘only be positive’’. ‘‘I know it’s had some bad press but it will be great for the people who are catching trains late at night and are worried about their safety,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s really going to make an impact here.’’ The officers will be supervised by Victoria

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No slack cut for hoon fans BY DANIEL TRAN NO-stopping zones designed to combat Oakleigh’s Friday night hoons may have to be extended as the problem continues to worsen. In recent weeks, hundreds of spectators descended on Princes Highway between Warrigal Road and Atkinson Road to watch hoon behaviour in the troubled hot spot. The no-stopping zones were initially aimed at preventing crowds from gathering there on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights between 11pm and 5am. But police say spectators, most of whom live outside of Monash, continue to defy the bans. Senior Sergeant Gary Ogden of the Oakleigh police said some spectators took their children and sat on deck chairs to watch the hoons. ‘‘Eventually somebody’s going to die,’’ Senior Sergeant Ogden said. ‘‘[They’ll] get killed by one of these cars doing hoon driving, either along the Princes Highway or where the large crowds spectate around about the Warrigal Road and Princes Highway intersection.’’ ‘‘We’ve just got to get rid of the spectators. If there’s no spectators, there’s no cars.’’

Police often issue fines for speeding, disobeying road rules, failing to wear a seatbelts and using mobile phones when crowds gather for the uncontrolled races. Sergeant Colin Greenland of the Nunawading highway patrol said the presence of a crowd was a major contributor to hoon behaviour. ‘‘It is a fatality waiting to happen,’’ Sergeant Greenland said. Elsewhere last week, a middle-aged driver doing ‘donuts’ died after he lost control of his car. Police point out that such attempts at stunt driving can have tragic results. ‘‘This could easily happen on Warrigal Road, could happen on Princes Highway, could happen anywhere,’’ Sergeant Greenland said. ‘‘Some idiot can be doing a burnout at an intersection or at a U-turn spot along Princes highway and they can be putting on a show for all the onlookers. Then all of a sudden something goes wrong, a tyre blows, a car comes out of a driveway or out of some other area. We could have serious injuries. We could have people dead. ‘‘A lot of times these people just do not think about the consequence of their actions.’’

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Some ifs and butts on smoking ban CAFE owners in Monash have signalled their support for a public smoking ban in the city but only if the state follows suit. In the past traders have argued that the ban, which would make it unlawful to light up in outside dining areas, would hit businesses hard. But some say that if the ban were extended across Victoria, it would provide a ‘‘level playing field’’ that would stop customers flocking to suburbs with no restrictions. Craig Lane, Glen Waverley Traders Association’s vice-president and owner of Shine Cafe, Bar and Lounge, said a ‘‘level playing field’’ was essential for traders. ‘‘We would only support a smoking ban if it were a statewide ban,’’ he said. ‘‘It needs to be thoroughly thought out before it’s done because it will affect a lot of businesses and people.’’ But Clayton councillor Bill Pontikis, who owns Cafe Le Panto, called for a balance to be struck between traders and smoking legislation. ‘‘I believe a lot of restaurants and a lot of cafes

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Last gasp?: Melbourne councillor Richard Foster has started a debate about banning smoking in all outdoor areas in the city. Picture: Joe Armao/The Age dining included in those [smoke-free] areas.’’ She rejected concerns that a public ban would adversely affect traders. ‘‘I would assume that businesses introduced awnings and outdoor dining areas for all their patrons to enjoy, not a select few. And again if we look at interstate experience and international experience, there was either no impact or a posit-

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Cardiac trauma softened with a gentle brushstroke BY DANIEL TRAN HE only said two words and pointed to his chest, but the nurse at Dandenong Hospital instinctively knew what Nelus Oana was saying. Mr Oana, 54, was rushed in to see a doctor who later found a 90 per cent blockage in his coronary artery. He was having a heart attack. The diagnosis was a shock for the construction worker and recreational painter who had exercised regularly and did not smoke or drink. ‘‘I had never had any signs before the actual event,’’ he said. ‘‘I was very fit.’’ But on a Friday in February 2011, he felt an immense pressure on his chest and knew something was wrong. His wife of four years, Andra, went with him to the hospital and doctors put a stent in one of his arteries. His recovery meant taking time off work, but for Mr Oana, who has been

painting for the past 30 years, it was a welcome break that turned into the best few months of his life. Since the heart attack, the Noble Park resident has produced dozens of paintings, one of which he has donated to MonashHeart. ‘‘I wanted to do something, to give something back to my hospital, the staff who looked after me,’’ Oana said. ‘‘What can you do better than what you know best?’’ The artwork, which he has named Heart Attack, depicts two trees on a sunny day being battered by a twister with a giant heart in the middle. He said the twister represented the heart attack that almost tore him and his wife apart. It will be part of the Heart Art 2013 exhibition at MonashHeart in Clayton. The exhibition is a tribute to survivors of heart disease. To date, Mr Oana has painted about

50 artworks, hoping to raise money for the hospital from his art auction — named ‘There is life after heart attack’. ‘‘All the profits from the exhibition will be given to MonashHeart,’’ he said. In the meantime, he encouraged locals to take the time to examine their lifestyles. ‘‘If you don’t change your lifestyle, if you don’t take your medication, and if you don’t keep in touch with your doctor, you’ll run into trouble sooner or later.’’

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Heartfelt: Nelus Oana with one of the paintings to be displayed at this month’s exhibition. Picture: Sam Stiglec.

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Texting drivers: r u crazy? It’s inter-connected oblivion. More and more people are being caught using their mobile phones or texting while driving. It costs them a $282 fine. Sometimes it costs them — and others — their lives. CHAD VAN ESTROP reports. ichard Lee’s job is measuring people for their new wheelchairs. Some of them come to him after diving accidents or falls and others as a result of car crashes. And a few of that last group come to him because the person who caused the crash that crippled them was talking on a mobile phone or texting at the time. Mr Lee can put himself in their place. Ten years ago he was in a line of slow-moving traffic on a curve on Templestowe Road, Bulleen. A four-wheel-drive coming in the other direction failed to take the curve and ploughed into him. Its driver wasn’t looking, too busy chatting on his phone. He turned Mr Lee into a paraplegic. So he can honestly tell those clients he knows exactly how they feel. But recently a man came shopping for a wheelchair and left Mr Lee lost for words. He admitted that he had been driving while using his phone, oblivious and distracted, and it cost him the use of his legs. ‘‘He’s the only one I ever had who admitted to that,’’ says Mr Lee. ‘‘And you have to bite your tongue really. You might pass a comment like ‘Well, that was a bit foolish, wasn’t it’ — huge understatement. But really, what can you say?’’ Mr Lee is not usually so backward in coming forward. When he pulls up beside other drivers and sees them chatting on their mobiles —or, worse, texting — he winds down his window and gives them a spray. If they don’t get the message he points to his wheelchair on the seat beside him. Not that it does much good, he admits. Every week more than 1100 drivers are pulled up by police and charged with illegal phone use. During the most-recent police safety blitz — Summer Stay, which ran from mid-November to January 7 — 6077 motorists were charged with mobile phone offences. They face a $282 fine and loss of three demerit points. And worse. Some face a meeting with someone like Mr Lee, to be measured for a new seat of wheels: ‘‘Unfortunately, it appears mobiles are increasingly going to become a much more common cause of serious injury on our roads,’’ he says. ‘‘And, of course, death.’’ For years, a series of studies have shown the dangers of mixing mobile phones and cars. A British study in 2002 found using a hand-held mobile while driving was more dangerous than driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08. It said reaction time was 30 per cent slower than someone with that level of alcohol and twice as slow as a sober driver. In 2009, a Virginia Tech study in the US showed that dialling a mobile while driving increased the risk of a crash by almost three times. Simply talking on the phone made the risk of a crash 1.3 times as high. In heavy vehicles the risks multiply. A truck driver dialling a phone is six times more likely to

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You’re nicked: Sergeant Allen Inderswisch of the Cardinia highway patrol is on the lookout for phonedistracted drivers.

Campaigner: Richard Lee was turned into a paraplegic after a driver talking on a mobile phone ploughed into his car. Picture: Craig Sillitoe, The Age cause a crash as an undistracted driver and reaching for the phone makes it seven times more likely. Text messaging while driving is far worse. It increases the risk of a crash by 23.2 times, the study found. A simulator study by the Monash University Accident Research Centre found texting drivers spent 400 per cent more driving time with their eyes off the road. ‘‘You cannot read or write an SMS without taking your eyes off the road,’’ Transport Accident Commission road safety manager Samantha Cockfield told The Age in 2011. ‘‘In a 100km/h zone, in four seconds with your eyes off the road you’ve travelled about 200 metres. That’s a long way to travel without actually having anybody in real control of the wheel.’’ Yet today the potential for drivers to be February 4, 2013

distracted by such devices is at an all-time high, with social media, emails, texts and GPS technology all available on smartphones. TAC communications adviser Emily Bogue says increased technology and an “it won’t happen to me’’ mentality was fuelling the problem of driver distraction. The latest available police statistics show that 55,222 drivers — an average of 151 a day — were nabbed for mobile phone offences in 2011. But much of the problem seems to be attitudinal. A TAC survey in 2010 found 43 per cent of drivers said they believed driving with a handheld mobile was ‘‘extremely dangerous’’ and another 42 per cent said it was moderately dangerous — yet, despite knowing the dangers, one in five drivers admitted making calls while driving; 34 per cent said they would take a call; 32 per cent said they would read an SMS; and 18 per cent said they would write one. Inspector David Griffin of Victoria Police highway patrol says drivers have an “automatic reaction’’ to reach for their phones while driving and often disregard the dangers. “There seems to be this preparedness by drivers, particularly younger drivers, to take the risk. “People don’t seem to understand the risks associated with using a mobile while driving — or if they do understand they are willing to take a chance they might not get caught.” And even after being caught and fined many don’t seem to learn. Inspector Griffin says he is

surprised by how many reoffend. “We detect a lot of people who have had tickets for using their phones in the past.” In Cardinia, highway patrol officers booked 446 drivers last year for mobile phone offences. ‘‘People don’t like to be out of communication and as a result they are reluctant to pull over and take calls,’’ says Sergeant Allen Inderwisch of Cardinia police. ‘‘They see every call or text as the most important one they will receive.’’ Sergeant Inderwisch says he regularly sees drivers pulling out of car parks and driveways talking on the phone. ‘‘We can’t understand why people don’t just take that extra few minutes and take the call while stationary.’’ Inspector Griffin says Chief Commissioner Ken Lay has urged all sections of the force to increase the focus on road safety enforcement. “More than ever before we are seeing police from other areas focus on road policing. ‘‘There is an expectation for other police [outside highway patrol] to deal with road policing matters.’’ This meant phone users were more likely to be detected: ‘‘We have hopefully moved from the possibility to the probability of being caught.” While it is illegal in all Australian states and territories to use a hand-held phone while driving, many people don’t realise that in Victoria that extends to using the phone while the vehicle is stationary but not parked, such as at traffic lights, says Inspector Griffin. But he is also cynical about the selfishness and thoughtlessness of many drivers, saying that increasing the $282 fine would not necessarily change driver behaviour. “There is no evidence to suggest that if the penalty was $1000 people would do anything different.” While it is difficult to quantify the contribution of mobile phone use to the road toll, Inspector Griffin suggests that anecdotal evidence shows that distracted drivers might be as responsible for as much as 25 per cent of deaths on the road. Road Trauma Support Services Victoria, a Blackburn-based not for profit organisation, provides support and counselling for bereaved family members, witnesses, drivers and emergency service personnel who attend crashes, and also runs seminars and education for those convicted of traffic offences. General manager Cameron Sinclair has no doubt that there are people on both sides of that client-base because of mobile phones. ‘‘We don’t take a policing role but are concerned at any type of behaviour, whether it’s speed, alcohol or distraction through technology that puts passengers, drivers or anyone else at risk,’’ he says. ‘‘I have a five-year-old son and I’d hate to think that he is being put in danger — not to mention myself — by these people.’’


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Investors welcome: The south-eastern branch of the Association of Independent Retirees meets at 2pm on Monday, February 11, at Alvie Hall, Mount Waverley. Visitors welcome. Afternoon tea provided. Details: 9808 4282.

Volunteers wanted: The Monash/Waverley Community Information and Support Centre is looking for volunteers. Applicants are required to complete an accredited training course. Details: 9807 5996 or 9807 9844.

Inner peace: Free meditation workshop at 1.30pm on Saturday, February 16, at the Wheelers Hill library’s meeting room on 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill. Details: 9584 3904.

Tennis day: The Glen Waverley Tennis Club’s open day is at 11.30am on Sunday at 3 Aquatic Place, Glen Waverley. Free coaching, a sausage sizzle and prizes. All welcome. Details: Paul, 0419 553 827.

Details: Heather, 9576 8790, or Hazel, 9578 1947. Local lessons: Pilates classes are held on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings in the Uniting Church Hall at 482 High Street Road,

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Society is holding its monthly evening meeting in the Waverley Community Centre, 41 Millers Crescent, Mt Waverley, at 7.30pm on February 14, and its monthly daytime meeting at the Mount Waverley Uniting Church from 9.30am on February 15. Details: Daryl, 0404 604 429.

Bushfire relief: The Lions Club of Wheelers Hill will hold a sausage sizzle at 10am on Saturday outside Woolworths at the Wheelers Hill shopping centre on Jells Road. All proceeds will go to people hit by the Victorian bushfires.

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HE theft of stamp collections happens so often that Daryl now prefers to use only his first name when speaking with the media. ‘‘One of the worst things that we’ve found over the years too is vandals getting in. ‘‘They just do all manner of unspeakable bodily functions over them,’’ he says. Daryl, of the Waverley Philatelic Society, has been collecting stamps since 1978. A friend of the family had been sending stamps home to his children and it wasn’t long before Daryl was re-hooked on his childhood hobby. ‘‘You find that most philatelists, if you ask them how much their collections are worth, will probably stare

Going postal: Stamp collector Daryl with his prized collection.

at you blankly and say, ‘I don’t know’,’’ he jokes. ‘‘Most of the collections are like mine. We’ve probably spent more on documenting and cataloguing than what we’ll ever get returned in value.’’ While some people collect stamps with themes like animals, Daryl collects his according to country. But the 64-year-old says this isn’t too great a feat. Sweden started issuing stamps in about 1858. By 1990 the country only had about 1618 stamps. ‘‘Use of the internet’s changed how we collect a lot,’’ Daryl says. ‘‘It has spawned hundreds more websites just simply by collectors advertising to sell their stamps. ‘‘A lot of stamps are bought on eBay and similar websites.’’ But for beginners, the best source of stamps are places such as the Waverley Philatelic Society and other local clubs. The society has more

than 90 members aged from their 50s to their 80s. ‘‘We find a lot of the younger people don’t come in until they’re older,’’ Daryl says. Despite the advent of email and other electronic means of communication, he believes stamp collecting is unlikely to die out. ‘‘In the forseeable future with all the electronic mail and that sort of business, it may make inroads but the post office makes too much money ... to stop issuing stamps.’’

The Waverley Philatelic Society is holding its monthly evening meeting in the Waverley Community Centre, 41 Millers Crescent, Mt Waverley, at 7.30pm on Thursday, February 14, and its monthly daytime meeting at the Mount Waverley Uniting Church from 9.30am on Friday, February 15. Details: Dennis 9898 4102.

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Audi makes a powerful statement New S7 aces the look-at-me test, writes Ewan Kennedy The bold grille, big wheels and added details in the luxurious cabin leave no doubt this is the high-performance version of Audi’s largest sports coupe. The big Audi coupe is not just about show, though. There’s plenty going on under that shapely bonnet that also deserves discussion. Buyers will appreciate the extra urge from the tuned V8 engine and the sporting feel given by dynamic suspension and steering settings. Audi is using an all-new version of its efficient twin-turbo V8 engine to power the S7. The V8 drives through a seven-speed double-clutch automatic transmission. The sleek big four-door sports coupe has plenty of engine power and an abundance of road grip. The new high-performance Audi S7 coupe is an excellent addition to the Audi A7 range and seems sure to attract the attention of those looking for the S7’s clever blend of sporty and elegant motoring. Prices start at $179,900.

tyle was the number one talking point during time with the big Audi S7 four-door coupe. We were able to display it at two totally different venues, and it came as no surprise when the bold shape of the hot version of the Audi A7 passed the look-at-me tests with flying colours. High school formals are major social occasions where showing your ownership of the latest and greatest is important to many people. The new Audi S7 chauffeured by my partner Julie transported her nephew in fine style. Julie’s car, the just launched Audi S7 coupe, appeared near the top of the list of star automotive attractions. The first time around we only had the Audi for that single evening but have just been able to spend a week in it for further evaluation. Again we found it to be a real star in the styling stakes. We took it for an evening cruise to one of our favourite cafes. The number of people who stopped and looked over the Audi coupe would have made its designers extremely pleased.

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INBRIEF Hockey scholarships Hockey Victoria is offering scholarships to promote women in coaching and umpiring. HV is looking to develop the skills and confidence of 10 female coaches aged 16-30 and 10 female umpires aged 14-20 by putting them through several development sessions. The umpire scholarship holders in 2012 attended professional development sessions with elite umpires and also officiated at the junior country championships and junior state championships, receiving one-on-one feedback from coaches. The coaching scholarship holders were given the chance to coach, assistant coach or apprentice coach with leading junior sides in the lead-up to major tournaments while also attending VIS squad training sessions. For more information or to apply, go to hockeyvictoria.org.au

Moving up: Jake Calvert is pictured playing TAC Cup football for Dandenong Stingrays last season. Picture: Gary Sissons

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Stingrays star signs with Clays BY ROY WARD CLAYTON coach Ben McGee believes he has landed one of the recruits of the Southern Football League season, although how many games he gets from former Dandenong Stingrays star Jake Calvert remains an unknown. The Clays have signed Calvert for the coming season but will have use of his services only when he is not selected for Victorian Football League club Frankston Dolphins, where he has also signed. Nonetheless, McGee said signing Calvert, a versatile and strongly built key position player, was a coup for his club, especially after losing reigning SFL division 1 best and fairest winner Aaron Purves to Port Melbourne. Calvert was one of the players considered on the cusp of AFL draft selection last November before being passed over. ‘‘He could be the best recruit in the league this year,’’ McGee said.

‘‘I think he will push into the Dolphins’ VFL side and become a regular player. ‘‘And when we can get him into our side he knows he will be a big part of our game plan.’’ McGee said he also hoped to form a partnership with the Dolphins in which younger Clays players get sent to the VFL club and players looking to come back to suburban football could come to the Clays. Nineteen-year-old Narre Warren North resident Calvert said he decided to make Clayton his second club because of his connection with McGee, who coached him in Hallam Secondary College’s football academy. ‘‘Ben asked me if I wanted to go and get a coffee and we talked about footy and about Clayton,’’ Calvert said. ‘‘Benny has always been there for me and done everything he could for me when he coached me in school footy and the Stingrays under-16 side so I was happy to head to Clayton.’’ After missing out on a list place or rookie list position in the AFL, Calvert wants to spend 2013

working on the areas of his game that didn’t impress recruiters. He impressed in three matches for the Dolphins last year under the VFL ‘‘23rd man rule’’ in which a VFL club can play a TAC Cup player so the player can gain exposure to senior football. Calvert said he was working hard in the Dolphins preseason program and wanted to stake his claim for a highly prized place in the Dolphins senior side, which has helped several players earn AFL places in the past few seasons. ‘‘Hopefully I’m playing at Frankston but they will have a strong side this season, so if not I’ll be happy to go back to Clayton and play there,’’ Calvert said. McGee said he would keep an open mind on how he uses Calvert and would seek out instructions from Dolphins coach Simon Goosey. ‘‘Jake can play ruck, centre half-forward or centre half-back, so where I play him will be decided by which position Simon wants him working on.’’

Former Athletics Victoria chief executive Nick Honey has left the role to become the chief executive of Basketball Victoria. Honey has led AV for the past nine and a half years which included leading Athletics Victoria’s move from the old Olympic Park stadium to its new home at Lakeside Stadium in co-operation with Little Athletics Victoria, Little Athletics Australia and the Victorian Athletics League. Honey will end his time with AV on February 13, with Hamish Beaumont to become acting general manager for AV until Honey’s successor is found. The AV board has begun its search for a new chief executive.

Tennis day Lum Reserve Tennis Club is holding a free tennis day this Sunday. The club, based on Lum Road, Wheelers Hill, will have a range of activities available including free coaching, a serving radar, face painting, a barbecue and use of the tennis courts from 10am to 1pm. A year ago the courts were resurfaced, offering a better playing surface to members. For more information contact club coach Michael Dracos on 0403 131 096.

Prized recruit on board, Central aims to go one better MONASH University Central has the potential and the belief to win the Victorian Netball League title, now it needs the results to match. Central fell a game short of the championship division grand final last season, losing in the preliminary final, but with the majority of its side remaining along with the signature of Victorian 21 and under goal shooter Sarah Main, Central shapes as a contender for the title. Central coach Leesa Maxfield said her side was training three times a week and raring to go for the VNL preseason competition which begins this Wednesday night. She said her players were using their finals exit as motivation for the new season. ‘‘While we were disappointed to lose the preliminary final by a goal, I think we also had to be realistic,’’ she said. [ 22 ] MONASH WEEKLY – YOUR COMMUNITY VOICE

‘‘We didn’t have our starting two goalers for the finals so I was still happy where we finished considering what we had to deal with. ‘‘Now we have picked up a few players and changed a few things. ‘‘We want to rectify our loss and the players have that belief already, now we need to get into the rhythm of the season.’’ Main crosses to Central from Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels and she will take the place of respected shooter Lauren Bennett, who gave birth to a baby girl soon after last season and is not expected to play. ‘‘There is another Monash player for the future,’’ Maxfield said, referring to Bennett’s baby. ‘‘There is no pressure on Lauren to play, she will come down and watch a few games and do February 4, 2013

some coaching but she can come back when she is ready.’’ Centre Tegan Ashmore is also expected to miss the season as she intends to step away from netball for a year. Maxfield said Main, who is also in contention to make the Australian under-21 side, could play either goal shooter or goal attack and was a major recruit for the club. ‘‘Sarah was looking for a new club and she came to our trials,’’ she said. ‘‘We sat down and talked with her and luckily she decided to play with us. ‘‘It’s a big opportunity for Sarah and for us.’’ Central will also have the services of Melbourne Vixens players Karyn Howarth and Jo Curran while Sharelle McMahon is aligned with Central but not expected to play.

VNL preseason matches begin this Wednesday night with the season proper to start on February 27. Monash University Central VNL preseason matches February 6, Peninsula Waves v Monash University, State Netball and Hockey Centre court 4, 8.20pm; Monash University Central v VU Western Lightning, SNHC Court 5, 9pm; February 13, Monash University Central v Boroondara Genesis, SNHC Court 3, 9.40pm, Monash University Central v UB Ballarat Pride, SNHC Court 3, 10.20pm; February 20, Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels v Monash University Central, SNHC Court 2, 7PM, Geelong Cougars v Monash University Central, SNHC Court 2, 7.40pm. — Roy Ward


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Poor batting grounds Hawks BY BRAD McGRATH and ROY WARD CASEY-South Melbourne has claimed firstinnings points but now look set for a dogfight, with Hawthorn-Monash University also a chance of securing an outright victory. The Premier Cricket match is delicately poised after the Swans dismissed Hawthorn-Monash for 79 on a pitch offering the seamers plenty of help at Monash University. The Hawks then destroyed Casey-South Melbourne’s top order to have them six down when they passed their total. The Swans were eventually dismissed for 92, with Nathan Freitag making a valuable lower order 18 to guide them home. Debutant Caleb Grant (3-14), Daniel Rogers (2-30), Simon Black (2-28) and spinner Vinay

Tripathi (2-0) were the pick of the bowlers for the Hawks. Hawthorn-Monash coach Keith Jansz said both teams had batted poorly in conditions that were not overly bad. ‘‘If the bowlers were prepared to bend their backs and bowl in the corridor, maintain consistency — both teams’ bowlers were on top — there was something there,’’ he said. ‘‘But it was not a sub-100 pitch.’’ Seamer Andrew Perrin was the hero for the Swans with 5-18 while Freitag (2-16), Englishman Richard Jones (2-3) and Damien Wright (0-20) were also dangerous and, most importantly, frugal. ‘‘It was a bizarre day. We lost the toss and they decided to bat,’’ Casey-South Melbourne captain Jake Best said.

‘‘It was a hard pitch to score on and our bowlers bowled fantastic. I don’t think the pitch was as bad as the scoreboard suggests.’’ While Hawthorn-Monash’s finals hopes are dashed, Casey-South Melbourne’s strong second half to the season has them on the edges of the top eight. ‘‘We’ll be pushing as hard as we can to get the outright win and be a chance of getting into the finals,’’ Best said. The Hawks will resume at 0-12 in their second innings after surviving 11 overs late in the day without losing a wicket. ■ Richmond fell to a disappointing first-day loss to Melbourne University on Saturday but the Tigers retain a slight chance of a second innings victory when play resumes at Melbourne University Main Oval this Saturday. The Tigers were put in to bat by the Students

and the move proved the right one. The visitors fell to 5-40 before Daniel Sartori (49) and Chris Weeks (28) put on 66 for the sixth wicket. But once their partnership was broken the Tigers lost quick wickets and were bundled out for 132 in 35 overs with spinner Fawad Ahmed (4-49) and Greg Kennedy (4-34) dominating the bowling. In reply, the Tigers had the Students in early trouble at 2-17 before Antony Keely (36) and Ben Fletcher (28) put on 56 for the third wicket. Mark Simpson (52 not out) guided the tail past Richmond’s score with the Students 9-169 at stumps. Will Sheridan (4-40) and Dylan Allsopp (4-40) took the wickets for the Tigers, who will need a wicket and then quick runs when play resumes this Saturday at noon.

Field day on a perfect pitch

Three-way fight for spot in finals

OAKLEIGH’S Warrawee Park pitch was under water on Thursday night but on Saturday it proved a sound base for the Oaks to notch 9-272 against Balwyn. The wicket proved troublesome early but once Oaks openers Brendan McGuinness (73) and Daniel Junkeer (22) batted through the first 20 overs the pitch played true as Oaks captain Jarrod Travaglia (110) made his first century of the season. Travaglia praised both the ground curator and his teammates for their efforts to make the pitch playable. The curator worked through much of Friday before the Oaks players gave the pitch extra rolling on Friday night. ‘‘You couldn’t see a blade of grass on Thursday night. The whole ground was under water,’’ Travaglia said. ‘‘It was an amazing turnaround. The curator did a lot of work on it and we went down on Friday night and worked on it and we got it up into a good, fair wicket. ‘‘With us being one of the top sides and Balwyn being middle of the ladder, the last thing we wanted was to have to rely on the toss on Saturday. ‘‘If we hadn’t done the work it could have been a bad day for us.’’ Travaglia said he was happy with his own innings but praised the efforts of the openers and his middleorder partners for making the innings ‘‘pressure free’’. ‘‘With a great opening partnership it let me come in and find my feet. I batted with BJ [McGuinness] and Matt Naughtin for long stretches. It felt like there was no pressure because the innings was set up early in the day.’’ But Travaglia has warned his team to not take the visiting batsmen lightly, especially if the ground becomes harder this week. ‘‘We thought that at the end of the day we might have been 20 runs short. Maybe 290 would have been a better score.’’ ‘‘We have done our homework on Balwyn and they seem more of a batting side than a bowling side

THE battle is on in Menzies Shield for fourth place on the ladder and a spot in the finals. Toorak-Prahran, Mt Waverley Uniting and Cavaliers all appear safe in their positions in the top three places but the last place in the top quartet is up for grabs. It appears to be a threeway fight between Glen Waverley, St Paul’s Glen Waverley and Chadstone Harlequin. Glen Waverley still occupies fourth position despite suffering an outright loss to table leaders Toorak-Prahran. The Glen holds a six-point lead over St Paul’s Glen Waverley, which seems to have adapted well to the rigors of play in top grade after being promoted from Mackay Shield. Chadstone Harlequin chased down a huge total to claim first innings points over Notting Hill Brandon Park. Matt Goodier top scored for the winners, making 110.

BY BILL WEEDEN

Captain’s knock: Oakleigh captain Jarrod Travaglia made 110 against Balwyn on Saturday. plus Warrawee Park can be a hard ground to defend on, so we will need to bowl and field well and put them under a lot of pressure.’’ Play will resume at Warrawee Park at 1pm this Saturday. The Oaks also had a successful match mid-week, beating Brighton by three wickets to earn a place in the VSDCA Twenty20 grand final. The Oaks will now face Plenty Valley at Coburg City Oval on February 20 in the grand final

Picture: Wayne Hawkins

with play starting at 5.15pm. ■ Mount Waverley has given itself every chance of getting the points over Ivanhoe posting 209 at Ivanhoe Park on Saturday. Mt Waverley wicketkeeper David Grossman made 76 not out while Navin Perera scored 49. Ivanhoe bowled out the visitors in the final overs leaving them to face two overs before stumps, with the home side 0-1 heading into the second day. — Roy Ward

Menzies Shield: St Paul’s Glen Waverley 7-180 dec (J Attwood 88, G Bennett 30, A Rind 4-26) d Salesian Old Boys 173 and 6-175 (G Skandakumar 69, E Maillard 34, B Ganji 34), Cavaliers 5-427 d Mt Waverley Catholics 211 (L Hawkins 61, A Jeffries 30, O Morros 30, L Abeysekera 3-18), Chadstone Harlequin 7-316 (M Goodier 110, L Kennedy 48, S Ellis 30, A Maxworthy 4-72) d Notting Hill Brandon Park 313, Mt Waverley Uniting 222 d St James Malvern Valley 129 (A Frederick 5-17), ToorakPrahran 248 and 0-5 d Glen Waverley 111 and 141 (T Silvester 33, H Trotter 3-48).

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