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COVER: Deposed mayor Stefanie Perri accepted her surprise defeat with good grace. See story Page 15.

BY DANIEL TRAN

Robyn Peck’s artistic impulses were stifled at school by her teachers’ bohemian ‘‘King’s Cross view of art’’. But she rediscovered her creative side in her 50s. Story page 6.

Your council: Five new faces will join Monash council. From left to right: Paul Klisaris, Bill Pontikis, Geoff Lake, mayor Micaela Drieberg, Theo Zographos, Katrina Nolan, Stephen Dimopoulos, Brian Little, Tom Morrissey, deputy mayor Jieh-Yung Lo, Robert Davies.

‘It was the preferencing that ran amok and dealt us the cards that we have now.’ — Micaela Drieberg devastated to see Ms Perri lose. ‘‘Stefanie was a great friend and it’s truly hard to find someone so passionate about the community.’’ Mulgrave’s Paul Klisaris received 7208 firstpreferences and was elected with incumbent

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Micaela Drieberg and first-time councillor Robert Davies. Cr Davies said he was ecstatic with the results. ‘‘I want to make sure the council works better for the residents and ratepayers of Mulgrave and the city of Monash.’’ Cr Drieberg said she was relieved to have retained her seat, but disappointed at the new gender imbalance. ‘‘I’m beyond disappointed for Stefanie. I think she’s a fantastic councillor . . . so to be dealt this card is just unbelievable. ‘‘It’s almost a little unfair that Stefanie and I did well on our primary votes and it was the preferencing that ran amok and dealt us the cards that we have now.’’

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TRIBUTES are flowing for former mayor Stefanie Perri after she was ousted in the Monash Council elections. In news that sent gasps around the Victorian Electoral Commission’s Monash election headquarters, Ms Perri failed to retain a spot on the council after a month of heavy campaigning. Although Ms Perri won 3246 first-preference votes, second only to Stephen Dimopoulos, preferences pushed Liberal Party member Theo Zographos and independent Bill Pontikis over the line. Concerns that the number of women councillors were slashed from five to two were eased when Mulgrave Ward’s Micaela Drieberg was elected, unopposed, as mayor. Mount Waverley’s Jieh-Yung Lo won a second term as deputy mayor. Cr Dimopoulos said it had been a tough race. ‘‘It’s a bit of a double-edged sword for me. I’m happy but it’s a qualified happiness. I’m a bit sad for someone who I reckon is the best mayor we’ve had, and a really excellent colleague,’’ he said, referring to Ms Perri. ‘‘I just thought she would pull through because she has the higher profile, but the other two had a lot of candidates coming their way.’’ Mount Waverley resident Norm Gibbs said Ms Perri had been conscientious and was someone who understood the needs of the community. ‘‘I am sad to see her go. I thought she’d been a good mayor,’’ Mr Gibbs said. Councillors Zographos and Pontikis are experienced campaigners. . Cr Pontikis said planning was the key to his success at this election. ‘‘I’m very excited about what the next four years will bring,’’ he said. Ms Perri was absent from the poll declaration but sent her best wishes to candidates through Cr Dimopoulos. In Glen Waverley ward, the almost unstoppable Geoff Lake, who received 7722 firstpreference votes, was joined by newcomer Katrina Nolan, who pipped candidate Daniel Pan at the post.

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PREFERENCES were crucial in enabling a Liberal Party member to seize a seat on Monash Council, and in the process depose the previous mayor. New councillor for Oakleigh Ward Theo Zographos relied on a disciplined network of preferences to systematically oust former mayor Stefanie Perri from the council. Victorian Electoral Commission figures reveal that Mr Zographos won the lion’s share of preferences from other candidates. Despite receiving 3426 primary votes — placing her second-highest behind re-elected councillor Stephen Dimopoulos — Ms Perri still did not have enough votes to get over the line. It appears Ms Perri, who has one of the highest profiles on the council as mayor, had neglected to consider her position on the tickets of other candidates. The former Oakleigh Ward councillor had only 1,941 votes from preferences, with 338 coming from fellow Labor Party member Nga Hosking. In contrast, Mr Zographos, who got 1522 primary votes, had 4063 preferences directed to him — more than double the number for Ms Perri. Candidates Christian Farinaccio, John Scannell, Matthew Hammon, Catherine Jane Ettery, Ben-

Winners, losers: Preferences key to the election of new Oakleigh councillor Theo Zographos.

jamin Djung and Tony Nalbant helped Mr Zographos over the line. VEC data reveals that besides Mr Farinaccio, who listed Mr Scannell as his third preference, the rest directed their preferences in the same way — Mr Zographos received their second preference, Mr Farinaccio their third and Ms Perri was placed at No. 19. At the end of the race, Mr Zographos’

total was 5585 to Ms Perri’s 5187. Preferences were also key to the newly elected Bill Pontikis. After polling 2664 primary votes, his total was pushed to 5636 with preferences from Argyri Stavridis, Lynn Elder, Amy Tsang and Sankaran Kasynathan. Mr Zographos attributed his win to experience and the need for new blood. ‘‘Certainly I think that you learn on the campaign trail, even from unsuccessful campaigns,’’ he said. ‘‘In hindsight, you always see things you could have done better. I think first and foremost I was just wiser as a candidate and just as a person, generally speaking. ‘‘In the past four years, I’ve been able to get more involved in the community and that benefited me from having those contacts and in effect it actually turns into votes.’’ He also said there was a need for new blood on the council. ‘‘The community did want some change. A lot of the councillors have been there for at least two or three terms.’’ Ms Perri said she was disappointed with the results. ‘‘I was always hopeful of being re-elected,’’ she said. ‘‘The preferences didn’t go my way.’’ Stefanie Perri interview, page 15

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Alarm over lewd behaviour POLICE are alarmed at the number of reports of men in Monash being spotted committing a lewd act in public. Senior officers from Glen Waverley and Oakleigh said they have received at least one report a week and believe that many other episodes were going unreported. And they have warned that it’s an offence not to be trivialised, given that some offenders go on to commit more serious sexual offences. Senior Sergeant Andrew Stamper of the Oakleigh police station said officers had been getting regular reports of offensive and lewd conduct. ‘‘It’s not just Oakleigh. They might be over the road in Bentleigh or Carnegie or Chadstone. ‘‘They might not come to our attention but, quite obviously, if we get them lodged on the system we can link offences,’’ Senior Sergeant Stamper said. ‘‘In certain circumstances, it can lead to more serious offending. A lot of sex offenders start off committing offences of exposure. It’s really important that if people do see people behaving like this that they do let us know.’’ Glen Waverley senior sergeant Diane

Wilson said the crime went largely unreported by the public. ‘‘They think perhaps it’s something of a minor nature or perhaps they’re embarrassed. I’m at a loss why they don’t (report it more often). It’s something that we do need to know,’’ Senior Sergeant Wilson said. ‘‘Even if we don’t catch the person, we certainly keep records of it. It builds up our intelligence on someone and it could be linked in with another incident. ‘‘The more information we get, the more chance we get of catching these people.’’ Two incidents were reported in recent weeks: ■ About 2.45pm on October 22, police received reports of a man committing a lewd act in his car near an Ashwood playground. He’s was described as skinny, dark-haired, Caucasian, and aged in his 20s. ■ About 11.30am on September 18, Glen Waverley police on routine patrol at Jells Park found a Mulgrave man committing a lewd act. Police searched his car and found an imitation firearm. The man, 39, will be charged under summons for behaving in an offensive manner and possessing a prohibited weapon. Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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The Journal welcomes letters no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing and must include a name, address and phone number. Post: The Editor, PO Box 318, Dandenong 3175, or email eastvoice @yourweekly.com.au. Post a web comment to any story at monashweekly.com.au. Re: Chisholm’s up for grabs, says Hockey Chisholm federal Labor MP Anna Burke has done nothing for this area: all she seems to care about is her own career advancement — bills are up, jobless up. I hope John Nguyen gets elected. It’s about time we had someone who put their energies into the area. — Brian Belmont

Re: Stunning upset as new-look Monash Council revealed A bit rich for Labor councillors to get elected on preferences and then complain about preferences. — Tony

Congratulations to the new councillors. You have a big task ahead, in particular to resolve the unfun-

ded superannuation. I hope the councillors new or old can spend more time talking with the ratepayers, including the business operators. The window displays of shops need to be freshened up and not look like some low-class, backalley junk shops. The overemphasis on mall shopping is shortsighted and will lead to the death of the suburbs. The hygiene standards in many food premises, including grocery shops, have declined, and occupational health and safety must be more closely monitored. The council meetings had been really boring: the discussions were substandard, and some councillors should keep to two or three sentences. — Sin Fong Chan

Artistic dreams, retraced BY DANIEL TRAN

Late bloomer: Robyn Peck found expression in pastels. Picture: Rob Carew

AT Moorefield Girls’ High in Kogarah, south of Sydney, in the 1960s, there was only one acceptable type of art — bohemian. Pictures with too many angles and paintings that didn’t flow were frowned upon. It was an unfortunate circumstance for then year 8 student Robyn Peck, who drew giraffes with rulers and liked to draw buildings on her sketchpad. Her mother was an artist, but to Robyn’s teachers it seemed she hadn’t inherited those skills. A chance encounter, much later, would revive Robyn’s interest in art, giving it expression through a Glen Waverley art school. Her high school teachers had a ‘‘King’s Cross view of art’’ and had only dire predictions for her artistic aspirations. ‘‘They thought I had not hope.’’ As a young woman she turned her attentions to languages, earning a doctorate in medieval French and music. It was when her mother became sick

about eight years ago that Robyn went to see her and her life changed. Her uncle Ron was also there and asked Robyn whether she painted. She told him she had repainted the hallway at home in Glen Waverley. ‘‘He said, ‘No, like your mum’. I said, ‘No way. I was always encouraged to do anything other than art.’ He said: ‘You should. You’d love it’.’’ So at 54, Robyn enrolled in a small art course at the Mount Street Neighbourhood House and joined the Waverley Arts Society. ‘‘I just adore it,’’ she says. ‘‘I don’t care whether it’s good or not. I just love doing it.’’ Oil painting proved frustrating. ‘‘I’m from Sydney, where things dry quickly, but here it’s like London.’’ Finally, she settled on pastels, ‘‘a very forgiving medium’’. Robyn will be exhibiting some of her pastel drawings at the Highway Gallery’s Emerge 2012 exhibition with eight other artists. The show runs until November 29. Details: Marita Johnson, 0415 344 756.

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Clue in taxi crash THE man who allegedly stabbed a taxi driver to death in August has finally been identified. Homicide detectives have located the family of a 25-year-old Korean man who was in a stolen taxi cab when it crashed into a pole and burst into flames on Waverley Road, near the Glen Waverley Police Academy. About 2.20am on Wednesday, August 1, taxi driver Stephen Seymour was at the intersection of Little Latrobe and Elizabeth Streets in the city when he was flagged down and picked up a passenger. Police believe he drove towards Mount Waverley and stopped in Pinewood Drive near Waverley Road. He was found about

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Two assailants, who were part of a group of seven people, attacked two people, injuring one. Two people were later arrested in Shepparton and another man was arrested in Noble Park. A 16-year-old male from Dandenong North has been bailed to appear in a children’s court this month.

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For health or just safety, kickstarting a new routine BY DANIEL TRAN

Safety first: Simone’s confidence has soared as she has learnt more of martial arts. Picture: Rob Carew.

FOR the longest time, Simone thought that physical and verbal abuse was merely a job hazard. As a pharmacist who dispensed methadone, she was used to people jumping the counter and demanding drugs. ‘‘There are obviously a lot of drugs on the premises and people who are out of control wanting those drugs,’’ said Simone, who did not want her last name published. ‘‘I never really thought there was much I could do about it.’’ Hoping to test herself, Simone enrolled in martial arts classes at her gym, Challenge Health Fitness in Oakleigh. Since then, things have changed behind the counter. ‘‘After I started training, it completely kicked in,’’ Simone says. ‘‘I’ve had a couple (of difficult incidents) since and it’s completely different. ‘‘Now, not only do I feel I can handle

myself if something goes wrong but I can actually pick up things before it escalates, and I can neutralise the situation before anything really happens. It gives me a lot more confidence.’’ Mary Riley, who also trains at Challenge, says her confidence has soared likewise.‘‘It’s changed me as a person,’’ says Mary. ‘‘My reactions, like my consciousness of what’s around me and who’s around me, I’m more aware of that because of the things they teach us in karate.’’ Challenge Health Fitness centre manager Richard Desouza said the gym had been conducting self-defence and antiabduction classes for about 30 years and would be hosting a free workshop for locals. ‘‘We feel it needs more urgent attendance,’’ Mr Desouza said. ‘‘Our members are getting aspects of it, but the community at large could do with it, even though they’re not doing martial arts.

‘‘We can show them from the basic awareness of how to avoid it (abduction), to the physical confrontation itself.’’ Challenge Health Fitness will hold the 90-minute-long anti-abduction and selfdefence workshop for women at the end of this month. Simone encouraged residents to make time for the event. ‘‘I think everyone could benefit from it,’’ she says. ‘‘There’s more there to learn than you even know. If you go for one reason, you get a whole lot of other stuff out of it that you didn’t even know existed.’’ Challenge Health Fitness is holding women’s anti-abduction and selfdefence workshop at 2.30pm on Saturday, November 24. An anti-bullying seminar for children and teens will follow at 1.30pm. Cost: Free. Bookings essential. Details: 9564 7900.

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who has autism. For autistic children, riding is a chance to shut out the relentless rush of sensations and thoughts and concentrate on one thing: attuning their own body to the movements of the great animal beneath them. Aaron has been riding for a couple of years. As he has become more skilled, his concentration has improved. ‘‘He always says he doesn’t want to come,’’ says his father, Julian Manole, ‘‘but once he’s in the car he gets pretty excited. Every time he’s here, they do something different. He’s made huge improvements.’’ Paige, who generally relies on a wheelchair, is now in her third year of riding. She spent her first few sessions lying across the horse to get used to the action but now she generally manages to sit upright for part of the time. Her mother, Debra Dosser, says she loves it. ‘‘It really helps with strengthening her muscles to keep her walking. Horse-riding is one of the best things for girls with Rett syndrome.’’ The riders don’t use saddles. Dubach says riding bareback or just with a rug makes the rider emulate the rock-and-roll movement of the horse. ‘‘For someone in a wheelchair, it’s very good to get that movement. Once they are able to sit up, we take it further: we try to get them to sit up straight and have a good posture. It’s all improving muscle strength and at the same time improving concentration.’’ Then there is the confidence boost. ‘‘On top of November 5, 2012

the horse they’re up high,’’ Dubach says. ‘‘They can look down on everyone else. For someone who’s usually in a wheelchair or lying down, that’s really a good feeling.’’ And often for the first time in their lives, they’re one up on their ‘‘normal’’ friends and

‘Paige is starting to sit up well – she couldn’t do that at first. And when Aaron gets into a trot, you can see him having — Rob Gwin a giggle.’ siblings — not many urban kids get near a horse, let alone go riding every week. Finding suitable quiet horses is always a challenge for RDA. Dubach says they look for horses or ponies that have gone to pony club and don’t startle easily. If you know of one looking for a good home, give them a call. There is a constant need for volunteers and they now need another person to train as a coach to work with riders with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury and paraplegia, autism, hearing, vision and intellectual impairment and multiple sclerosis. Dubach, who lives at Guys Hill, near Beaconsfield, began as a volunteer at Myuna Farm about 10 years ago, then realised there was a very big

need for coaches. ‘‘I rode horses as a teenager but I’m not really horsey. The important thing is to know about the different disabilities and how to match horses to riders.’’ Some of the volunteers — including Rob Gwin — are ‘‘horsey’’ people but most aren’t. If you are interested, says Dubach, try the training and if you find you’re not comfortable around horses then you can always move on. Gwin, of North Dandenong, says it gives him great pleasure to watch the progress of the young riders. ‘‘Paige is starting to sit up well — she couldn’t do that at first. And when Aaron gets into a trot, you can see him having a giggle.’’ Dubach says the physical aspect of riding — the balance, the muscle development — is important but just as important is the special bond that sometimes develops between horses and humans. For people like Paige and Luke, who do not have the power of words, the touch of a horse can be an exhilarating experience. Perhaps Winston Churchill put it best: ‘‘There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.’’ Riding Develops Abilities: Volunteers are needed to help with weekly horse-riding sessions for children and adults with disabilities at Myuna Farm, Kidds Road, Doveton. Training available. Details: Rick, 0425 777 449, or Coosje, 9707 2301.


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EVEN in defeat, Stefanie Perri is gracious. The 32-year old was at home with her husband and young son when she learned that, even as mayor of Monash, she had been toppled from its council. Details would later emerge that — despite getting the second-highest primary vote behind fellow councillor Stephen Dimopoulos — her campaign faltered due to a lack of preferences. This week, Ms Perri was philosophical about losing her job. ‘‘I’m disappointed, but I accept that we live in a democratic country and we have elections,’’ she said. ‘‘Sometimes they don’t turn out the way we want them to turn out. That’s just the way life is.’’ For the past month, 20 candidates have been furiously battling it out in Oakleigh Ward over three vacant seats. Posters were plastered all over the southwestern quarter of the city, pleading for votes. As mayor since late 2011, Ms Perri has had one of the highest profiles in the city

but still stumbled at the finish line. So what went wrong? ‘‘I don’t know that anything went wrong in particular,’’ she tells the Weekly. ‘‘I was always hopeful of a win. I put myself up for re-election because I wanted to be re-elected, but I just didn’t make it. That’s just how it is.’’ In her time as mayor, Ms Perri led the council on social-reform issues. She lists her work on problem-gambling and the Clayton and Clarinda Strengthening project as some of her proudest moments. But it will be her efforts against domestic violence for which she will be most remembered. In partnership with MonashLink and VicHealth, the council this year announced it would introduce a $1 million program to prevent violence against women. Despite a sharp fall in the number of female councillors in Monash, Ms Perri said she was not worried. ‘‘We have some very progressive men at Monash council who have been re-elected and who I know will continue to support those good causes because they were sup-

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Teen’s selection joy BY ROY WARD DANDENONG resident Jack Taylor got the great news while preparing for his VCE English exam last week. The 18 year old found out he had made the Victorian under-19 cricket extended squad for the national championships in February. The 16-man squad is expected to be cut down to 13 or 14 players to travel to the championships in Adelaide in early January. Cricket Victoria coaches will take the side through fitness sessions and match practice in the coming weeks before naming the final squad in the lead-up to the tournament. The all-rounder, who plays Premier Cricket for Prahran and moved to Dandenong from Chadstone a year ago, said he was excited to make the squad and would press his claims for a berth at the championships. ‘‘I found out on Wednesday night, pretty much the night before the English exam,’’ Taylor said. ‘‘It was pretty good and a bit easier knowing I had finally made the squad.’’

Taylor attends St John’s Regional College in Dandenong and started his career at Washington Park Cricket Club, where he was recruited to Prahran. He lives walking distance from Shepley Oval, home of the Dandenong Panthers, but said he would continue to play at Prahran where the True Blues have made him feel welcome. An all-rounder who bats in the top four and can either open the bowling or bowl first change, Taylor is playing in the True Blues’ first XI. ‘‘Chris Rogers has been helping me a lot recently with my batting and has been very helpful,’’ Taylor said. He said he hoped to fill a similar role with the Victorian side and wanted to give his all for his state. But first he has to complete his year 12 exams, which will finish next Thursday. Taylor said Cricket Victoria was supportive of the members of the side who were completing their VCE. ‘‘I have given up training for the last couple of weeks to prepare for my exams,’’ he said.

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Counting on a new spot BY ROY WARD MELBOURNE Aces utility Scott Wearne is truly a jack of all trades when it comes to baseball. Entering his third season with the Aces in the Australian Baseball League, the 30-year-old has played every position on the field for the side, except pitcher, although he admits he will be lobbying to step up to the pitcher’s mound this season. When the new ABL season opens this weekend at the Aces’ new home, the refurbished Melbourne Ballpark in Laverton, the former Springvale Eagles and Waverley Reds player will take his place in the side, but where that place will be remains a mystery. ‘‘I might squeeze in an innings of pitching this season just so I can become the first guy in the league to play every position,’’ he joked. ‘‘I haven’t spoken much to the coaches about where I’m playing; I’m not too fussed about it. ‘‘I don’t have a primary position and I like it that way. My position in the team is to do whatever makes the team better, fill whichever hole needs filling.’’ Wearne did just that last season, playing most of it as catcher while also playing all three outfield positions

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along with second and third base. Each spot requires specific strengths and positional knowledge, but after being raised in a baseball family Wearne is comfortable on all parts of the field. For much of his professional career, he has split his year between playing in Australia during our summer months and spending the American summer in the United States playing with minor league or independent league sides. But this year Wearne, who turned 30 last month, took a view towards his career after baseball and stayed at home in Melbourne’s south-east, working hard to grow his carpentry business and also rest his body after several years filled with baseball. ‘‘I may have the chance to go overseas again next year but I doubt it — you can only live the dream for so

long,’’ he said. ‘‘I miss playing every day and being over there, but I needed a break. ‘‘My body has taken a pounding over the past few years.’’ Many of the Aces players work in full-time jobs and fit their Aces commitments in after work, with Wearne known to turn up to night games in his overalls and work boots, fresh from the building site. ‘‘I’d turn up to the game in my work clothes while the other teams were out getting batting practice in. ‘‘I’d need to grab some food quickly and then get changed. ‘‘A lot of our young players don’t work or work part-time, but the older guys work full-time and squeeze baseball in around it.’’ Wearne admits such a schedule takes its toll on the older players but with a number of rising young players on the Aces’ roster, the older heads will get a little rest during the team’s matches. ABL teams play four-game series over four days each week. ‘‘The home series aren’t too bad because we usually play from Thursday through to Sunday so by the end of it you are feeling it,’’ Wearne said. ‘‘But it’s the away games which kill

Ace man: Melbourne Aces’ utility Scott Wearne wants his side to go one better this time after finishing second last season. Picture: SMP Images you because you often get back to Melbourne at midnight on Sunday and then go to work the next morning.’’ The Aces finished second last year, losing to Perth Heat in the grand final series. Wearne is confident his side can

No keeping a good jockey down SPRING FEVER by ROY ASPINALL

TWELVE months ago, Cranbourneborn Craig Williams was robbed of the dream of becoming the first jockey to win the spring trifecta of the BMW Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup in one season. Five other jockeys — George Young (1924), Bill Duncan (1928), Scobie Breasley (1944), Harold Badger (1947) and Jim Johnson (1967) — had won the first two, but none could complete the treble. Williams, the son of Cranbourne trainer and former jockey Allan Williams and wife Glenda, was suspended following the Bendigo Cup, and a last-minute appeal to VCAT failed to gain him a reprieve to ride Dunaden in the Melbourne Cup. One year later, he has again won the Caulfield Cup and now has the chance to win tomorrow’s 152nd running of the group 1 $6,200,000 Emirates

Melbourne Cup (3200 metres) at Flemington, again on Dunaden, who he partnered to an impressive win at Caulfield. Williams has ridden Dunaden four times, winning last year’s Geelong Cup and Hong Kong Vase. He went to England to ride the French-trained horse and finished sixth in the King George Stakes at Ascot on July 21 and then at the Caulfield Cup. Williams is not concerned Dunaden will have to carry 59 kilograms, a rise of 4.5 kilograms on last year and what will be the highest weight carried by a winner since metrics were introduced and the most since Rain Lover carried 60.5 kilograms when he won his second cup in 1969. “His form is excellent,” Williams said. “I believe he’s a four lengths better horse than last year. Only bad luck will stop him”. It is an even more intriguing Melbourne Cup than other years with a large percentage of the overseas-raced horses either trained overseas or now members of local stables with some having exposed form and others yet to

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run here. Based on his great Caulfield Cup win, Dunaden is certainly the horse to beat with Americain, the Melbourne Cup winner two years ago and owned by Dandenong businessman Gerry Ryan and his partner Kevin Bamford also a top chance. Americain ran a slashing fourth in the Caulfield Cup after racing wide and losing two front shoes. Connections were not happy with the ride of French jockey Gerard Mosse and he has been replaced by dual winner of the race, Damien Oliver. Last year’s runner-up, Red Cadeaux, has been working well at Werribee and looks better than in 2011. While most interest centres on Tuesday, Thursday sees the running of the $1,005,000 group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) and on Saturday there is the $1,002,500 group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) and the $1,005,000 group 1 Emirates Stakes (1200m) plus the $251,000 group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m). The Spring Racing Carnival concludes on November 17 with Sportingbet Sandown Guineas Day on Sandown’s Hillside track.

go one better this season but knows the Aces will have to fight off staunch opposition from the rest of the ABL to return to the finals. ‘‘We have the list to take us there; if we get on a roll at the right time anything is possible.’’

INBRIEF Shootout all set Pearcedale greyhound trainer Kel Greenough’s Odie For Now has drawn perfectly for the $50,000 Macro Meats Shootout at Sandown Park on Thursday night. Odie For Now drew box 1 for the shootout. Proven Nitro and early favourite Don’t Knocka Him — both trained by Jason Thompson — will start from box 3 and 7 respectively. The Shootout is the highlight of the night. Also on the cards are the 36,000 Group 3 Sir John Dillon and GRV VBIS Maiden series, featuring some of the state’s best young greyhounds. For further details, visit superdogs.com.au.

FFV statement, Rendell said he had enjoyed over five years in the role and had seen many positive changes in the sport. On behalf of the FFV board and the game’s stakeholders, Monteleone thanked Rendell for his work.

Mulgrave sets target Mulgrave has set East Doncaster a tough score after day one of their ECA Dunstan Shield match on Saturday. Mulgrave made 275 in difficult batting conditions, with captain Dean Day (64) and Alex Davies (41) the best batsmen. Former Australian bowler Adam Dale took three wickets for East Doncaster.

CEO leaves FFV Football Federation Victoria is on the hunt for a new chief executive after Mark Rendell resigned last Monday. Rendell is moving to the national level, taking up the chief executive role at Gymnastics Australia. FFV president Nick Monteleone said the FFV was also on the lookout for an interim chief executive to fill Rendell’s shoes while the recruitment of a new boss is finalised. Rendell will leave the role before Christmas. In an

Award for Roly Long-time sports volunteer Roland ‘Roly’ Williams was recognised by the City of Monash with a service award last Saturday. Williams was presented with the Caroline Chisholm Award for outstanding service to sport by Federal member for Chisholm, Anna Burke. Williams has served the Oakleigh Cricket Club for many years along with other sporting clubs.


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Hawks blast 348 but fail to secure win BY ROY WARD HAWTHORN-Monash University put on its highest score in some time but ran out of time to score a much-needed win against Northcote in Premier Cricket on Saturday. The Hawks resumed on 5-296 at Monash University and continued to bat the full 12 overs they were entitled to but in the process robbed themselves of time to attempt to bowl out the visitors. Lachie Inglis (35) and Daniel O’Shea (30) made runs as the Hawks ended their innings on 9-348. Northcote struggled to 4-61 early in its innings before Ben Peake (61 off 159 balls) and Aiden March (70 off 135 balls) put together a 127-run

stand for the fifth wicket, eating up valuable time. The visitors ended play on 6-215 from 75 overs. The young Hawks bowling line-up was unable to get the run of wickets needed to bowl out their opponents. Their six wickets were shared between six bowlers. O’Shea took 1-67 from 19 overs while Grant Westgarth took 1-24 from 13 overs with six maidens. The Hawks visit Melbourne University for a two-day game starting at University Oval this Saturday at noon. In other Premier Cricket matches, Richmond bounced back from having day one of its clash

with Fitzroy-Doncaster at Central Reserve abandoned last Saturday. The Tigers managed to sneak a first-innings win with just three overs left in the match on Saturday. With just 90 overs to get a result, the Tigers put the Lions into bat with skipper Allan Wise (5-14) leading his side as they bowled the Lions out for 170. After a shaky start, the Tigers got into gear, scratching out the needed runs at 4-171. Dom Matarazzo (67) and Daniel Sartori (46) were the high scorers. The Tigers face a tough away clash against Northcote at Bill Lawry Oval starting this Saturday at noon.

Oaks bats stand tall in scramble for runs OAKLEIGH kept its nerve to score a win from its first run chase of the Victorian Sub District Cricket Association season at Warrawee Park on Saturday. The Oaks were forced into the field but kept Kew to 8-207 in its 45 overs before reaching the target at 6-209 from 42 overs. Oaks playing coach Brendan McGuinness led his side with 68, Jarrad Dowling continuing his good form with 46 and Sam Jones making 25. McGuinness, who stood in as captain for Jarrod Travaglia, said his side had done well to win. ‘‘Not having Jarrod put us behind the eight-ball,’’ he said. ‘‘But we felt we still had the team to do the job. ‘‘In the given conditions 190-200 was about par. I knew if we batted out the overs we had the depth and talent to get the runs. ‘‘It was our first run chase of the season so it was a good chance to mix it up and always good for the confidence.’’ McGuinness said Dowling was in fine form. ‘‘He made 50 in the Twenty20 game on Tuesday and then 46 on Saturday. ‘‘He is really enjoying his cricket at the moment and it’s being reflected in his play.’’ The Oaks open their two-day campaign with a visit to Endeavour Hills at Syd Pargeter Reserve this Saturday. McGuinness said Travaglia are to return and the Oaks were looking forward to extended time at the crease. ‘‘We will have to pull a few red balls out of the kitbag and get

used to them again,’’ he said. ‘‘It would be good to get some more time in the middle if we are batting and if we are bowling we will look to take 10 wickets as cheaply as we can.’’ Mt Waverley scored its first win of the VSDCA season, beating Plenty Valley by four wickets on Saturday. Mt Waverley put Valley in to bat and the move paid dividends as the batsmen struggled, being bowled out for 114 from 43.4 overs. Alex Deuchar (4-30) and David Hegarty (4-16) did the damage for the visitors. Dilan Nanayakkara (50) led the visitors’ run chase as they passed the target with 6-115 in 35.4 overs. The VSDCA Legends and Heroes Twenty20 competition began last Tuesday with Endeavour Hills’ 9-121 not enough to beat Oakleigh, which finished on 4-164. Noble Park lost to Mt Waverley, whose 8-116 was deemed the winning total after the Parkers had theirs reduced to 96 due to a slow over rate. The VSDCA moves to two-day matches this Saturday with Mt Waverley hosting Balwyn at Mt Waverley Reserve at 1pm. VSDCA north-east ladder: Oakleigh 18 points, 1.85 percentage; Noble Park 18, 1.76; Brunswick 12, 1.34; Croydon 12, 1.06; Bayswater 12, 1.05; Box Hill 12, 1.00; Endeavour Hills 12, 0.94; Balwyn 6, 1.25; Plenty Valley 6, 0.77; Mt Waverley 6, 0.75; Coburg 6, 0.69; Ivanhoe 3, 0.80; Preston 3, 0.61; Kew 0, 0.60. — Roy Ward

How the teams stand Premier Cricket 1st XI ladder: Melbourne 25 points, 2.03 percentage; Dandenong 23, 1.61; Ringwood 20, 1.50; Richmond 19, 2.01; Prahran 16, 1.25; Carlton 15, 1.15; Camberwell Magpies 13, 1.16; Fitzroy Doncaster 10, 0.99; Geelong 10, 0.78; Frankston Peninsula 10, 0.77; Footscray Edgewater 9, 1.35; St Kilda 9, 0.91; Melbourne University 8, 0.92; North Melbourne 8, 0.56; Northcote 5, 0.69; Casey-South Melbourne 4, 0.47; Hawthorn-Monash University 0, 0.75; Essendon 0, 0.59.

Ladder leaders spend the day chasing leather TOP teams in the Menzies Shield section have a battle on their hands after the first day of round 4. The match of the day between Salesian Old Boys and Mt Waverley Uniting, which are third and fourth respectively, ended with Uniting in a dominant position, amassing 8-357. Three half-centuries, from Luke Hannemann (64), Angelo Dickson (55no) and James Murray (51), were the backbone of Mt Waverley’s innings. Toorak-Prahran, on top of the ladder, chased leather as St James Malvern Valley batted all day to reach 8-258. Matthew Pryor with 84 and Nathaniel Symes with 54 were the major contributors to the Valley’s batting while Hugo Trotter was the best of the combine’s bowlers, returning 5-56. St Pauls Glen Waverley, up from the Mackay Shield, is giving last season’s runner-up Glen Waverley a run for its money, batting all day to score 254. Jacob Attwood (112) was St Pauls’ main contributor, scoring one of the two individual centuries of the day in the league’s premier grade. Scott Ellis of Chadstone Harlequin was the top scorer for the grade, hitting 127 against second-placed Mt Waverley Catholics. Assisted by a half-century from Josh Stanton, Chadstone finished with 298. Matthew Cummings was the best of Mt Waverley’s bowlers with 5-101. Premiers Cavaliers have reversed their earlier form and have already taken first-innings points against Notting Hill Brandon Park. — Bill Weeden

Rising up: Oakleigh’s Jarrad Dowling raises his bat after making 50 in the Oaks win over Endeavour Hills in the VSDCA Twenty20 competition last week. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

Menzies Shield Cavaliers 7-148 (A Ranasinghe 74, D Ferdinands 32) v Notting Hill Brandon Park 69 (S Udumalagala 4-18, J Fernando 3-24) Mt Waverley Catholics 1-5 v Chadstone Harlequin 298 (S Ellis 127, J Stanton 66, L Kennedy 39, M Cummings 5-101, D Pearce 4-75) Glen Waverley v St Pauls Glen Waverley 254 (J Attwood 112, T Caccaviello 39, A Sawas 39, B Mugridge 4-53) Mt Waverley Uniting 8-357 (L Hannemann 64, A Dickson 55no, J Murray 51, C Duke 37, E Maillard 3-101) v Salesian Old Boys St James Malvern Valley 8-258 (M Pryor 84, N Symes 54, C Smith 30, H Trotter 5-56) v Toorak-Prahran For all scores go to monashweekly.com.au.

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