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Train’s gone ... next is the 2023 BY DANIEL TRAN THE state government has killed the prospect of a railway station at Monash University for the next decade by declaring that the Rowville rail line can only be built after two major rail projects are completed. The news has drawn mixed reactions from public transport advocacy groups that are pushing for a university station. In a report released last week, engineering firm Sinclair Knight Merz says their feasibility study shows that upgrades to the Dandenong rail line and the completion of the Melbourne Metro tunnel are ‘‘essential’’ for the Rowville Rail to go ahead. ‘‘Without these it would not be possible to run a fully fledged service on the Rowville rail line in any case,’’ the report said. The Public Transport Users Association, however, branded the need for the tunnel to be built as ‘‘nonsense’’.

‘‘It’s vital that we get cracking on eliminating the worst level crossings on the Dandenong line, and start work on new-generation signalling,’’ president Tony Morton said. ‘‘The Melbourne Metro tunnel is a great big distraction.’’ But Samantha Dunn, of the Eastern Transport Coalition, welcomed the report and the state government’s acknowledgement that the Rowville rail was at least feasible. Cr Dunn, who represents the Lyster Ward in the Shire of Yarra Ranges, called for the government to commit to funding so as to secure land and set timelines. ‘‘We urge the government to take the next step and get the railway line built,’’ she said. “The project has already been in the too-hard basket for 40 years. Delaying further will only exacerbate costs, road congestion and land use issues.’’ Under existing plans, in Monash, stations were to be estab-

Trains delayed: Samantha Dunn has welcomed the state government’s final report on Stage 1 of the Rowville rail study. Picture: Ted Kloszynski

lished at the university, Mulgrave and Waverley Park. The line was to connect to the Dandenong line at Huntingdale station. ‘‘It may be possible to stage the construction to provide train services to Monash University or possibly Mulgrave while the rest of the line is completed, but this would need more detailed planning,’’ study author William McDougall states. But he warned that commuters

could face delays if an additional train track between Huntingdale and Caulfield was not built. ‘‘With ever-increasing train services on other lines as well, the capacity of the City Loop will soon be exceeded; the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel (a new twintrack rail tunnel and stations through the CBD, between South Yarra and South Kensington) is intended to address this.’’ Waverley Liberal MP Michael Gidley said the report vindicated the position that the upgrade of the Dandenong rail corridor was critical for Monash. ‘‘The report obviously shows that you can’t build Rowville until you build DRC (Dandenong Rail Corridor) and other rail infrastructure,’’ he said. Opposition leader Daniel Andrews, the local member for Mulgrave, was scathing. ‘‘This is not what people were promised in the south east,’’ he said. ‘‘This thing’s decades off.’’ — with Dan Moss.

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Unarrested growth The state government’s tough-on-crime stance and a promise to Victorians to reduce crime rates is in tatters with the latest statistics showing crime has continued to rise at an alarming rate under this government. [Former Premier] Mr Baillieu and deputy leader and Police Minister Peter Ryan have managed to unravel 10 years of reduced crime rates in only two years while cutting the police budget by $65 million and trimming 350 staff from Victoria Police. The crime statistics reveal an increase of 9.5 per cent. Mr Baillieu and Mr Ryan have been too absorbed in their own leadership and internal office crises and undermining police command rather than dealing with these serious community issues.

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It’s a dog’s life Why don’t the councils across the state do their jobs and find the breeders of these restricted dogs and shut down their operations instead of killing these dogs after they become people’s loving pets? No office is responsible for taking reports of animal cruelty as this is supposedly shared across many offices of government. But the law for restricted

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we have a few rogues here and there. I would hate to be judged for deeds committed by others. Please reconsider. Barbara Mahnke (via web)

This is unfair and racial profiling for dogs. Return this dog to his family. Toni (via web)

breeds is so clear that councils know it is their responsibility to kill these dogs without hesitation. I wish that the responsibility for animal welfare and animal cruelty was as clear as the laws to destroy some breeds of dogs.

Why are councils following this asinine approach? Please tell me why they would want to cruelly take family dogs away, dogs that have never harmed anyone? Pat Wheeldon (via web)

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Our definitions about life have supplanted life itself. We live in a world of definitions, not in a world of living things. Living things feel. Definitions don’t. Safc (via web)

Please, if they must be restricted, sterilise all such unwanted breeds but allow those living to live out their lives with their families. It would be awful to destroy a dog because its relatives have a bad reputation. Think of our own human families: I’m sure

It is like witchhunts of years past. Burnt at the stake and what did that achieve? This is an abuse of power by people who are and will be looked on in the future as utter nuts. I feel sorry for anyone who has to run the gauntlet until someone turfs these people out and gets someone in who actually has a brain. If you know the names of the people behind this law please name them so we can all make sure that they get what they deserve: a place in a hall of fame for the stupid. Christy (via web)

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Bottling up hurt feelings BY DANIEL TRAN DESPITE figures showing sex crime rose by more than a third in Monash last year, experts say the actual number of victims is likely to be far greater. The South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault says that some victims, especially the newly arrived and those from non-English-speaking backgrounds, continue to remain silent. ‘‘If you don’t have English as a first language, if you’re worrying about settlement issues, if you’re scared that you might be deported because of your visa, you’ve got even more reasons to not tell,’’ says SECASA manager Carolyn Worth. ‘‘There probably is a hidden group of people.’’ Crime figures released by Victoria Police show there were an extra 42 cases of sexual assault in Monash last year, bringing the total number to 153 — a rise of almost 38 per cent from the year before. ‘‘It’s the reporting that we know about, not the rate of sexual assault,’’ Ms Worth said. ‘‘If it means 40 people felt comfortable reporting, that’s a very good thing.’’ Most victims the centre saw over sexual assault were women aged between 16 and 28. Some victims were male. Men were the majority of offenders for both groups.

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Ms Worth said it was harder for men to come forward and report sexual assault. ‘‘I think they find it particularly embarrassing. They often say things like, ‘I should have been able to handle myself or fight them off’. ‘‘And they always worry that the guy thought they were gay and that’s why he attacked them. It’s almost like it attacks their sense of what it is to be a male.’’ Ms Worth said the increased publicity on sexual assault through media coverage of the Royal Commission and the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child abuse had encouraged people to come forward. ‘‘In the past it used to be Oprah deciding to talk to a victim of childhood sexual abuse on her show and we’d be inundated the next day with people ringing up to talk. I think there are still pockets of the community, small communities, where it’s an extremely difficult thing to do.’’ South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault can be contacted on 9928 8741

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fund-raising effort by Zesta Kitchens will raise up to $10,000 for people suffering from serious illness. The company’s principal Toby Walker says Zesta will raise the money with help from staff, suppliers and contractors, matching their donations dollar for dollar. The beneficiaries will be the National Breast Cancer Foundation and The Alkira Centre at Box Hill. The centre, which opened 50 years ago, helps special-needs children. Mr Walker’s sister was treated there when she was a child.

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‘‘We’re getting involved to see if we can pull a few people together for two good causes,’’ Mr Walker said. ‘‘For every kitchen we sell we’ll donate $200.’’ Zesta manufactures between 40 and 50 kitchens each month, so the money will add up. ‘‘We hope to raise $10,000 by the end of the month. If we go well, we might extend the timeframe and raise more.’’ Zesta has kitchen centres at Nunawading, Mt Waverley, Richmond and Cheltenham. Details: zesta.com.au


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echnology has become a way for teachers and students to make religious education more relatable in a fast-paced world filled with instant updates and immersive virtual interaction. Tablets or iPads, applications (or apps) such as Glo Bible, notebook laptops and e-book Bibles have become commonplace in many classrooms around the country, with apps and podcasts making faith a current topic without losing its historical roots. For the past three years at Xavier College, the year 9 students have completed a podcast tour of St Patrick’s Cathedral in East Melbourne. They created the tour themselves. “It has been a big success,” says Bernadette Mercieca, Xavier College’s religious education teacher and year 9 RE co-ordinator. “They can work at their own pace and aren’t dependent on the teacher or have to stay in a group. Instead, they can revisit an area they really like at any time.” This type of independence has also helped the college’s year 12 religion and society class make use of a social learning platform called Edmodo to respond to teachers’ comments and

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complete Quizlet quizzes on key vocabulary and concepts. “They find it a fun way to learn, especially for the kids who would not enjoy writing it down in a book. They get to learn it through a game context.” Social impact games called Games for Change also educate students about social and world issues and religion. “They have role-playing games and last year took on the role of a reporter for ways to learn about refugees. They felt they learnt much more from that than from a movie,” says Mercieca. These types of personal stories through internet access has changed the way students view topics, says director of mission at Sacre Couer, Mark Oski. “The internet has personal stories and that can humanise an issue and you can use technology to bring a story to life.” Furthering this is the idea of “global classrooms” and encouraging students and teachers to be knowledgeable of varying faiths and opinions from online sources and use that for critical analysis and reflection. “We have the idea of wise freedom as part of

When it’s right, your heart will know. In 2013, Sacré Coeur celebrates 125 years of educating girls and active community participation at our Burke Road home. Visit us this Open Day to experience our unique school community where every girl feels the warmth of belonging in our supportive extended family, from Joigny Junior School to Year 12.

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our Sacred Heart teachings, so we have to educate the students about how to use the technology using the ‘wise freedom’ in an informed way,’’ Oski says. ‘‘As you can imagine in areas of religious education and faith, there is a lot of diversity and the legitimacy of these recourses is something they can learn to be critical of.’’

EDUCATION DIARY DATES MARCH 12-17: Visual Arts Exhibition, Catholic Leadership Centre, corner Hoddle and Albert streets, East Melbourne, open to the public. Details: ceomelb.catholic.edu.au MARCH 14: St Patrick’s Day Concert, Treasury Gardens, East Melbourne. Details: ceomelb.catholic.edu.au MARCH 14: St Patrick’s Day mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne. Details: ceomelb.catholic.edu.au MARCH 14: Young Speakers Colloquium, Catholic Leadership Centre. Details: ceomelb.catholic.edu.au MARCH 14: Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, school tour, 9.30-10.30am. Details: olprahraneast.catholic.edu.au or call 9510 6688. MARCH 14: Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, parent information session 7-8pm, details: olprahraneast.catholic.edu.au or call 9510 6688. MARCH 17: Sacre´ Cœur, Open Day, 1-4pm. Details: sac.vic.edu.au or call 9835 2700. MARCH 24: Genazzano FCJ College, open day, 2-4pm. Details: genazzano.vic.edu.au or call 8862 1000.

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Salad days, and he’s digging it Vasili Kanidiadis is one of community television’s greatest success stories. The passionate gardener took some rare time out to speak with EUGENE BENSON about his return to where it all began. ardening was always going to rule Vasili Kanidiadis’s life — it’s in his blood. His early exposure to backyard veggie-growing left a lasting impression and, despite stints in engineering and even classical piano, the simple beauty of homegrown produce is where his passion lies. Kanidiadis is something of a household name these days, thanks to his cult television show Vasili’s Garden, which started broadcasting on Channel 31 in 2003 and moved to SBS in 2007. At its height, the show was attracting more than 400,000 viewers a week, almost unheard of for such a low-budget show on a community station. The show returned to its roots on Channel 31 (broadcast on Digital Channel 44) last week. Flamboyant, cheerful and with a piano accordion in-tow, Kanidiadis and his camera crew have a basic formula for Vasili’s Garden: visiting mostly migrant families across Australia who tell the story behind the establishment and success of their veggie garden. The aim is to celebrate homegrown food and show how even the smallest backyard, patio or side garden can be used to grow fresh, healthy produce. By the show’s conclusion the crew and garden owners usually wind up eating and drinking the produce grown in the garden, with Kanidiadis providing the entertainment with his beloved piano accordion. Before you know it cast, crew and gardeners are arm in arm dancing to Zorba as the credits roll. Kanidiadis reckon’s it’s all pretty basic and a lot of fun. ‘‘It’s about simple people who love to garden and, yes, many are migrants with little formal education, but the wealth of knowledge they possess in practical gardening is far greater than any school education can offer you. ‘‘This knowledge has been handed down to them from past generations, from parents and grandparents who in

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their time had to garden to survive with simple methods, using simple equipment and in the end achieving a very healthy and sustainable lifestyle.’’ Exceedingly proud of his own migrant heritage, Kanidiadis believes the show has also struck a chord because it plays an important role at keeping traditions alive. ‘‘A lot of people of my generation actually didn’t stay in touch with the traditional practices. They got on with the new life in Australia,’’ he says. ‘‘But now there is a bit of a resurgence in some younger people, that next generation. So many people we feature on the show are that generation older than me, so I think it’s important to keep these methods and traditions alive.’’ The son of Greek migrants, Kanidiadis was born in Coburg but moved to Keilor Park at the age of six. After not truly embracing a career in engineering, he opened a plant and garden store in 1993 in his old stomping ground of Coburg. Word soon spread about ‘the Greek guy with all the great fruit and veg advice’, and Kanidiadis was approached by a friend who worked at 3XY multicultural radio to take part in a talkback gardening show. The show proved a huge success and profits for the station. It was on the back of the radio show’s high ratings that Kanidiadis was invited to try his luck on television. Still somewhat surprised at his rise to fame, he believes much of his show builds on the adventures he had with his father as a child. ‘‘My earliest memories of gardening were at the age of six or seven,’’ he recalls. ‘‘Each day my father would pick me up from school and drive past the old property in Coburg where we used to live. He had the house demolished and turned it into a huge vegetable garden. ‘‘Every day we would go there and harvest the freshly ripe produce. My dad would always have a couple of

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village-style bread rolls with him and some feta cheese. We would break open the bread and fill it with a bit of everything picked from the garden then go and sit under the old lemon tree to enjoy the afternoon feast.’’ Besides moving to SBS in 2007, Kanidiadis has appeared on the ABC, had a couple of spots on Channel 10 and written a newspaper column. He still has a weekly spot on 3AW and SBS radio. His new series promises to stick to the old formula, albeit with some new additions. ‘‘It will have a whole new line-up of guests and new presenters,’’ Kanidiadis says. ‘‘The show is being grown out to one hour of gardening

and cooking tips and advice, along with crazy guests.’’ Kanidiadis says it’s the people of Melbourne and, of course, the people from all parts of Australia, who continue to inspire him. ‘‘Most importantly, it’s the migrant generation: our parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours who grew up gardening purely to survive. It’s their stories and gardening and cooking secrets that I want to explore and share.’’ It’s not lost on Kanidiadis that while it might be in vogue for inner suburban trendies to be get involved in community gardens or start their own herb patch, for generations many

migrant families have been doing just that without the fuss. ‘‘It’s a way of life that more and more people of today are turning to, and yes we are proud to say that Vasili’s Garden has been a strong influence towards this healthy change. As my father and grandfather would say, ‘It’s about growing it yourself’, knowing where it grew and how it was grown, with nothing short of tender loving care given to every seed germinated, every plant propagated and every tree grafted.’’

Kanidiadis’s new show screens at 7.30pm Wednesdays on Digital 44


NEWS ●

INBRIEF Robbery witnesses sought Detectives are calling for witnesses to a robbery and assault in Huntingdale last December. About 10.40pm on December 5, a 27-year-old woman was approached by two men in Ross Street after leaving the railway station. The men assaulted her and stole her hand bag before fleeing. The robbers are aged between 17 and 19 and Mediterranean in appearance. They are about 175 centimetres, have short dark hair and are of medium build. One was wearing light pants, a grey hooded top with logos, a white scarf and white shoes and the other wore light pants, a grey or navy jumper and light shoes. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Free silent numbers Domestic violence victims now have free access to silent phone numbers after Telstra decided to waive fees. The move was welcomed by the Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service. Chief executive Annette Gillespie said it would help survivors feel safe at home. “We often see that once an abusive relationship has ended, perpetrators use the telephone to stalk their victims. Telstra’s initiative will help victims navigate their options for safety.’’

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The siren call of the arc lights BY DANIEL TRAN EVEN while she soaked in the sun on the beaches of the Canary Islands, Ruby Servinis couldn’t shake the thought that her life was meant to go in another direction. The 24-year-old Mount Waverley resident had always wanted to be an actor. At Caulfield Grammar School in Wheelers Hill, she starred in student productions and fell in love with the stage and the screen. But her parents were unenthusiastic about their daughter’s newfound ambitions. Servinis’ father, a musician, didn’t want his daughter entering the entertainment world. ‘‘It wasn’t an environment that he wanted his daughter to be in. He just thinks that it’s not stable enough,’’ she says. ‘‘He’s an extremely protective dad,’’ she says, laughing. So when high school finished, Servinis enrolled in a psychology degree and acting became something other people did. She was successful in her academic

career, earning a place in an honours program and accepting a job as a statistics tutor. But while she loved teaching, her heart was elsewhere. ‘‘I think by the time I was doing honours, I was just doing it to finish it. [Acting has] always been on my mind. I’m definitely not made for nine to five.’’ It was the people she encountered on the Greek island of San Torini, and on the Canary Islands that inspired her to pursue her dream. The musicians who made up a part of the crowd reminded her of how much she loved performing. Back in Melbourne she enrolled in a short course at the Victorian College of the Arts to be sure the talent she remembered had not disappeared through lack of use. It hadn’t. Her parents accepted her decision with grace. ‘‘They’re just happy that I’m happy,’’ she says. Last month, Servinis was cast in Clique, a new television drama being made by Worthwhile Productions, a novice independent film and television

company. The show revolves around a group of friends finishing high school and dealing with changing relationships, complex friendships, substance abuse and family problems. Servinis will play Laura, a newcomer to the school whom audiences will love to hate. ‘‘I’m going to create a bit of trouble,’’ she says. ‘‘Laura gets in the way of other people’s lives. She doesn’t have too many redeeming qualities about her but she’ll be a really fun character to play.’’ The show’s pilot episode premiered earlier this month at Melbourne’s Loop Bar, which screens independent films.. The show’s producers will soon start pitching to the television networks.

New stage: Aspiring actress and Mount Waverley resident Ruby Servinis has a key role in a new independent production Clique, about relationships among a group of high school students. Picture: Sam Stiglec

SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM Take the fuss out of entertaining the kids these school holidays. Week 1: Tuesday 2nd April – Friday 15th April Week 2: Monday 8th April – Friday 12th April Drop of: 8.00am-8.30am Pick up: 5.00pm-5.30pm

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Scotchmans Creek: Friends of Scotchmans Creek and Valley Reserve is holding a free speakers’ forum on March 21 on ‘What 150 years has done to our native habitat’ concentrating on Melbourne’s urban fringes and waterways. Matt Ruchel, executive director of the Victorian National Parks Association, will speak at 7.30pm at Alvie Hall, 314 High Street Road, Mount Waverley, corner of Alvie and High Street roads (Melway 61:D11). Details: 9802 3481. Hearing help: Free hearing test at Waverley Community Learning Centre, 5 Fleet Street, Mount Waverley, 9.30am-3pm March 15, by appointment. Details: 9807 6011 or email: info@waverleyclc.org.au or visit waverleyclc.org.au. Market day: Early Learning Centre is holding a market day, 10am-1pm March 23, 1 England Road, Glen Waverley. There will be a range of new and preloved items for sale from a range of small businesses and families. Details: 8521 3550 and info@being3.com.au.

Two wheels will do Readying for this year’s Ride2School Day on March 22 are Glen Waverley Primary School pupils Rebecca Cawsey and Arjun Sambare. The Ride2School campaign encourages students to exercise on their daily trip to and from school, whether that be riding, walking, scooting or skating. The idea is that exercise can be incorporated into everyday routines.

African Man: Pastor Jimmy Mutebi ‘The African Man’ will speak at Monash Christian Church, 19 McDonalds Lane, Mulgrave, on March 17, 10am and 6pm. Details: 9562 5599. Gentle exercise: Tai chi and chi kung classes held

Membership available: The Combined Probus Club of Waverley Gardens meets at the Vegas Club, Waverley Gardens shopping centre, 9.45am on the last Tuesday each month. Details: Rick, 9801 4049 or Noela 9560 2528. Hole in one: Oakleigh Veterans Golf Club seeks new members to join them on the green on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Oakleigh Public Golf Course. Prospective members aged 55 or over are welcome to join. Cost: $10 yearly membership. Details: John 9579 5362 or Bill 9807 7715. Indian music: An evening of Indian classical music with a western twist by esteemed North Indian slide guitarist Debasis Chakroborty performing with Sam Evans and Stephen Magnusson at the Music Auditorium, Monash University, Clayton, 7.30pm March 22. Cost: $10-20. Details: 9905 1111 or monash.edu/mapa.

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Heard the one about the token Asian? BY CAMERON LUCADOU-WELLS HE best way to avoid Asian typecasting is to produce your own show, says Springvaleborn actor Diana Nguyen. That said, her latest venture PhiL and Me — appearing at this month’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival — is proudly based on a larger-than-life, identifiably Vietnamese family. Nguyen vividly describes it as ‘‘pantomime on crack’’. She says she’s lucky to get roles on TV even if cast as ‘‘the token Asian’’. ‘‘It’s fantastic to get work but you get typecast as a prostitute or an Asian stereotype. I’d like roles for me as a doctor or just a human being. In reality I can play a white woman or any other role.’’ When in Toronto recently, she was struck by the range of nationalities on TV. ‘‘Presenters and actors were not seen as Asian. They’re just seen as Canadian. Here you don’t see an Asian cooking roast beef on TV — even Po just cooks Asian cuisine.’’ This month’s show is the third instalment of the Phi and Me family-friendly skits ‘‘with a few

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High voltage fun: Diana Nguyen reprises her role as ‘dragon mum’ Kim Huong at this month’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Picture: Gary Sissons rude bits’’, created by Nguyen and long-time friend Fiona Chau. The Phi and Me shows have built a cult following around the repartee between a high-voltage Vietnamese ‘dragon mum’ and her Australian-

born teenage son. The previous two shows at the Melbourne comedy festival were sold out. ‘‘We’re known in the comic community in Melbourne but you want to engage more people,’’ Nguyen says.

‘‘We got about 3000 people at our shows in the past two years, but some comedians do 1000 in a room a night.’’ It’s a big jump since Nguyen and Chau mucked around with their own skits as pupils at St Joseph’s Primary School, Springvale. One of their first co-productions was fronting a Sister Act-like show in year 6. Nguyen loves playing the mum character Kim Huong — ‘‘an adorable mix of wickedness and childishness’’ based on Nguyen and Chau’s mothers. In the upcoming show, Huong writes an instructional book on how to raise teenagers. Her tips include tough love — using a broom, and no boyfriends or girlfriends until university — and revealing to the world Phi’s deepest secrets. Then along comes white guy Phil — played by Nguyen and Chau’s former drama teacher Steve McPhail. ■ PhiL and Me runs at The Upstairs Lounge, 240 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, on March 28-April 7. There’s also a show at Clayton Theatrette on April 17. Details: phiandme.com.au

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One of two an ideal proposition ne of two townhouses on the block, this property has three bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes. The main bedroom, with walk-in wardrobes and an en suite bathroom, is upstairs. Other living quarters are downstairs. There’s a lounge-dining area with gas fireplace and access to a courtyard. There’s also a study room, kitchen-meals area and family room to the other side. The double garage has direct access through a laundry and the private courtyard has a pergola. Features include evaporative cooling.

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Falcons aim to fly high 2013FIXTURE WAVERLEY FALCONS MEN BIG V STATE CHAMPIONSHIP March 17 Waverley Falcons v Corio Bay Stingrays, Waverley Stadium, 2.30pm March 23 Werribee Devils v Waverley Falcons, Werribee Sports Centre, 8.30pm April 6 Ringwood Hawks v Waverley Falcons, Maroondah Stadium, 8.15pm April 14 Waverley Falcons v Diamond Valley Eagles, Waverley Stadium, 2.30pm April 20 Hume City Broncos v Waverley Falcons, Broadmeadows Stadium, 8pm April 28 Waverley Falcons v Bulleen Boomers, Waverley Stadium, 2.30pm May 5 Sherbrooke Suns v Waverley Falcons, Belgrave Heights Christian School, 8pm May 12 Waverley Falcons v Eltham Wildcats, Waverley Stadium, 2pm May 18 Melbourne Tigers v Waverley Falcons at Oakleigh Recreation Centre, 8.30pm May 26 Corio Bay Stingrays v Waverley Falcons, Life Be in it Centre, 2pm June 2 Waverley Falcons v Werribee Devils, Waverley Stadium, 2.30pm June 16 Waverley Falcons v Ringwood Hawks, Waverley Stadium, 2.30pm June 22 Diamond Valley Eagles v Waverley Falcons, Diamond Valley Stadium, 8pm June 30 Falcons v Hume City, Waverley Stadium, 2.30pm July 6 Bulleen Boomers v Waverley Falcons, Templestowe Centre, 8pm July 14 Waverley Falcons v Sherbrooke Suns, Waverley Stadium, 2pm July 20 Eltham Wildcats v Waverley Falcons, Eltham High School, 8pm July 28 Waverley Falcons v Melbourne Tigers, Waverley Stadium, 2.30pm

While Threatt retains his American accent, he has lived the past eight years in Australia and is a permanent resident. He hopes to take his citizenship test in the near future and complete his move, although with a wife and children based in Melbourne, he has considered himself an Aussie for several years. ‘‘I came out here a year after my dad [former NBA player Sedale Threatt] moved here, ’’ Threatt Jr said. ‘‘I had just finished university and was just coming out here for a holiday and to check it all out. ‘‘But I have been playing and living here ever since. ‘‘I have a wife and two kids here, so I’m not going anywhere.’’ Some people would question if players like Threatt, who have won multiple championships, would still have the fire to win the Big V title. Threatt said there was no doubt his side wanted to add to its trophy collection. ‘‘We want to win; it’s something you either have or you don’t. ‘‘There is no sitting in the middle. Most of the guys in this team are extremely competitive. We’ve got that fire, especially with some of the things said by other teams.’’ Off the court, Threatt is part of the Australian Basketball College Academy, which helps young players find places in the US college basketball system. The group also runs clinics and other basketball programs.

BY ROY WARD IF nothing else, Waverley Falcons guard Sedale Threatt Jr wants to make it clear his side is ready to mount a new challenge for the Big V state championship men’s basketball title this season. The Falcons won championships in 2010 and 2011 but fell short last season. With new coach Andrew Sherwell and some exciting additions in Karl Beston (Eltham) along with Matt Bongetti and Chris Arkell (Diamond Valley), Threatt said the Falcons would once again challenge for the title. ‘‘I think the team is looking really, really good. We have new players in, a new coach as well and we have won both our preseason games,’’ he said. ‘‘The new players we have brought in have some skill packages we missed last year. They can all shoot from behind the [three-point] arc, so it opens the key up more for guys like Ivan Platenik and me. ‘‘Last season teams were packing the paint on us. Now we can keep those defences honest.’’ The core of the past Falcons side — Threatt, Platenik, Tom Boyle, Simon Blennerhassett and Marc Goodwin — have all returned and with a greater focus on defence and team chemistry. Threatt said he couldn’t wait to get out on court for the new season. ‘‘We brought in some high-profile guys last year and we had some chemistry problems. ‘‘This season we still have the core of our side there while the new guys have put new life into the team. ‘‘But for this group, if we don’t win it then the season is not a success for us.’’

Title threat: Waverley Falcons guard Sedale Threatt Jr believes his side has enough firepower to win another Big V state championship men’s title this season. Picture: Gary Sissons

Short-handed team to work overtime awaiting US stars WAVERLEY Falcons women will have plenty of playing time in the first half of the Big V state championship women’s basketball season. The undermanned Falcons expect to suit up just eight players for the first 10 runs with three key players expected to return from their US colleges in round 10. While some would ask why a team would play with so few players, two of the three returning students are point guard and last season’s team most valuable player Georgia Stirton and centre Taylor Dickinson. Falcons coach Elias Palioyiannis said his players were supremely fit and ready for a gruelling first half of the season. ‘‘We’ve done the work and are in

BIG V STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN 2013 FIXTURE Waverley Falcons March 16 McKinnon Cougars v Waverley Falcons, Bentleigh College, 6pm March 24 Waverley Falcons v Diamond Valley Eagles, Waverley Stadium, 2.30pm April 6 Ringwood Hawks v Waverley Falcons, Maroondah Stadium, 6.15pm April 7 Sherbooke Suns v Waverley Falcons, Belgrave Heights Christian School, 2pm April 14 Waverley Falcons v Eltham Wildcats, Waverley Stadium, 12.30pm April 20 Hume City Broncos v Waverley

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good shape. Presuming we have no foul trouble then we should be fine,’’ he said. ‘‘We have had an extremely tough preseason and played a lot of practice

matches, so I think we will be ready to go.’’ The Falcons have also signed WNBL forward Brigette Ardossi, who will add toughness and inside scoring

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June 22 Diamond Valley v Waverley Falcons, Diamond Valley Stadium, 6pm June 30 Waverley Falcons v Melbourne Tigers, Waverley Stadium, 12.30pm July 7 Waverley Falcons v Bulleen Boomers, Waverley Stadium, 2.30pm July 13 Eltham Wildcats v Waverley Falcons, Eltham High School, 8pm July 21 Melbourne Tigers v Waverley Falcons, Oakleigh Recreation Centre, 3pm July 28 Waverley Falcons v Hume City Broncos, Waverley Stadium, 12.30pm

to the young Falcons team. Ardossi was a starting forward with Canberra Capitals this past season. ‘‘We have to believe we can go out and win matches. I really believe that

Brigette helps us a lot because we haven’t had that inside presence and scoring in other seasons,’’ Palioyiannis said. ‘‘She is going to be really good for our younger players and we hope she can teach them a few things.’’ Among the returning Falcons are Eva Nicolitsis, Tahlia Higgs, Marley Hayes and Claire Ioannidis. ■ Waverley Falcons have announced they will stream all their Big V matches live over the internet this season after forming partnerships with mindIT systems, Lucky Productions, Smash FM and aVerMedia Video Capture and Streaming Solutions. To find the streaming matches, go to www.mindittv.net/wba — Roy Ward


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Oaks look to bowlers to hold off Preston BY YESSAR DAOU A SLOW start left Oakleigh needing a committed bowling performance during the second day of its Victorian Sub District Cricket Association qualifying final against Preston at Warrawee Park yesterday. The Oaks finished the first day with 212, falling short of their pre-game target of 250, said Oaks captain Jarrod Travaglia. Play finished last night after the Weekly went to print. “We were probably 30 to 40 short of where we wanted to be,” he said.

“If we bowl and field well it’s definitely a defendable total.” Despite finishing first on the table, Oakleigh was left reeling at 4-30 after disappointing outputs from top order batsmen Brendan McGuinnes (3), Jarrad Dowling (13), Samuel Jones (8) and Travaglia (5). However, a middle order partnership between Brett Warren (52) and Ben Pinwill (41) led the home side to a respectable 4-95 at tea. The pair continued on after the break, and were instrumental in leading their side to a respectable finish. Travaglia was particularly pleased

with Pinwill and Warren, but also reserved praise for two other middle order batsmen. “We had a great contribution from Michael Splatt (40), Brent Warren (52), Ben Pinwill (41) and Andrew Splatt (29),” Travaglia said. After turning the innings around, Oakleigh forfeited its last four wickets for nine runs, and Travaglia was upset not to have closed out the day better. “We were a bit disappointed to have been bowled out in the end,” he said. “We wanted to bat out the overs.” “With a lot of our top order batsmen getting out we were hoping for

150 at the time. So 212 is a very good score from the position we were in.” Matthew Grose (4-14) was the pick of the bowlers for Preston, with Alastair Boughton (3-35) also strongly contributing. ■ Mt Waverley Uniting confirmed its position at the top of the Menzies Shield is no aberration as it defeated reigning premiers Cavaliers on the first day of their qualifying final on Saturday. Cavaliers batted first and managed only 111, a score which Mt Waverley Uniting passed while losing six wickets. Benny Dix for Uniting set the

Cavaliers’ collapse in motion, capturing the first four wickets and returning figures of 4-30. The Cavs will now play the winner of the Toorak-Prahran-Glen Waverley clash, while Uniting goes straight into the grand final. Toorak-Prahran batted all day in the competition’s other premier grade match to score 233, which is a respectable score considering the slowness of the ground. Glen Waverley was batting to keep its season alive yesterday. For final scores go to monashweekly.com.au.

Central holds off Blaze rally MONASH University Central got back on the winner’s list — just — in their Victorian Netball League round 2 clash against North East Blaze at the State Netball and Hockey Centre, Parkville on Wednesday night. Central, which lost its opening game of the season, was desperate for a win and broke away to a 26-16 half-time lead. But the Blaze fought their way back into the game in the third term as scores closed to 34-30 at the last change. In a see-sawing final term, either side could have won the match. In the end Central held steady to take the win, with emerging goal shooter Steph Tyrell rebounding her own missed shot with just seconds left and shooting a goal to give her side a 42-41 win. Central coach Leesa Maxfield said her side played an excellent first half before falling away and allowing the Blaze to come back into the match. ‘‘The start was great but the end wasn’t so good,’’ she said. ‘‘In the third quarter we fell apart and lost our way. ‘‘Then we had to play goal for goal in the final

quarter, and we managed to leave it until the final seconds to take the lead. ‘‘The Blaze like to move the ball very fast so we were trying to slow them down, which we did until half time.’’ Central goal shooter Sarah Main shot 19-25 shots while goal shooter Stacey Northey shot 19-34 shots, with Tyrell shooting 4-7 after coming on in the last quarter. After several close losses to the Blaze in past seasons, Maxfield said she was relieved her side managed to win despite their unimpressive second half. Maxfield also challenged her shooters to improve their shooting percentages Main will play for Victoria in the 21 and under state team this week. In division 1, Monash University Central beat the Blaze 37-35 while the Central under-19 side beat the Blaze 64-37. There are no VNL matches this week due to the 21 and under Australian netball championships. Matches will resume on March 20 with Central facing Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels at 7pm. — Roy Ward

White knight: Richmond’s Cameron White drives the ball against Dandenong Panthers. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

Panthers jump to fourth, Tigers foiled BY ROY WARD RICHMOND’S slim finals hopes were cruelly smashed away by Dandenong Panthers import Steven Mullaney in Premier Cricket on Saturday. Mullaney made 65 not out to steer his side to an outright victory over Richmond at Shepley Oval. The result, which looked like it could be a reverse outright when the Panthers fell to 5-45 chasing 107, moved the Panthers from 10th place at the start of the round to fourth position and a home quarter-final this weekend when they host St Kilda at Shep-

ley Oval. Panthers captain Darren Pattinson pulled his hamstring while bowling but believes he will be fit enough to play against the Saints. The Panthers started the day needing just under 50 runs to get first innings points and they scored them with ease. Vicecaptain Tom Donnell got to 88 not out when the home side declared on 1-151. The Tigers, who still held an outside hope of snatching the reverse outright and possibly moving into the top eight, pressed for runs but were soon in trouble in their second innings on 2-22. Then middle-order pair

Andrew Delmont (33) and Daniel Sartori (37) kept the scoreboard moving but Panthers bowlers Justin Butterfield (5-33) and James Nanopoulos (3-20) secured wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 138 from 33 overs, leaving the Panthers just 107 to win. Yet returning Tigers captain Allan Wise (2-20) took two early scalps as the Panthers fell to 5-47 before Mullaney and Nanopoulos (18 not out) made sure their side came out on top. Mullaney hit 14 runs from three balls in what turned out to be the penultimate over of the match.

Pattinson said his side had shown its quality when it mattered most. “Getting the outright is obviously huge for us, especially when it takes us to fourth place,” he said. “We looked a bit shaky there early in the run chase but Steven never got rattled and when wickets fell around him he stayed at the crease and took us to victory. “He is a professional player with Surrey and he has been in these situations before and knows how to play out of them so we were very happy with him and Nano today.” Pattinson also commended Butterfield for his efforts.

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