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‘Bad’ neighbour in court the street wanted the case heard immediately so that they could return. The court was told Foster had breached good behaviour orders first made against him in May 2011. Under the Magistrates Courts Act, he could be jailed for up to 12 months for failing to abide by the orders. ‘‘This is a unique case,’’ Mr Sherwell said. ‘‘It’s preventative justice. This is a longrunning matter that has significance in this particular part of the municipality. ‘‘[In court are] three witnesses who are no longer living in [their] premises but who are looking to move back.’’ Foster said he no longer lived at the property and it was was now rented.

BY DANIEL TRAN AN Oakleigh South man is facing up to 12 months in jail for repeatedly upsetting his Devoy Street neighbours and disturbing the peace. Monash Council is prosecuting Greg Foster for a series of incidents allegedly involving lighting fires outdoors, abuse, bad language and threats against property. Moorabbin Magistrates Court heard last week that Foster had already been given a suspended sentence over ‘‘violent behaviour towards police’’. Mathew Sherwell, for the City of Monash, said several witnesses who had moved out of

He objected to court records that he said wrongly accused him of cultivating a marijuana plant. A plant found at the property was not his. ‘‘I don’t take drugs,’’ Foster said. He asked for an adjournment, saying he wanted to call up to five witnesses in his defence, including his tenant and a neighbour. Mr Sherwell opposed the adjournment. He said Foster was aware of the case against him. Magistrate Thomas Barrett said that because Foster may be jailed, the case should be adjourned so he could be represented by a lawyer. ‘‘He’s entitled to more time,’’ Mr Barrett said. He set a hearing date of May 3.

Shops caught selling cigarettes to minors MONASH Council has nabbed eight businesses that have been selling cigarettes to minors. But in a move that has disappointed anti-smoking campaigners, the council will only fine two of the stores, which have a history or complaints against them for selling tobacco to the underage. ‘‘There are so many smokers out there who wish they had never started their addiction when they were young,’’ Monash mayor Micaela Drieberg said. QUIT Victoria’s acting chief executive Luke Atkin said: ‘‘One of the best things we can do to prevent teenagers from being in this situation is to refuse to sell them cigarettes.’’

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I want to strongly voice my anger and outrage — and that of many, many people in the City of Monash and Mount Waverley community — over the vast and inappropriate developments of highdensity and multi-storey developments coming up in our residential suburb. These huge developments are a total eyesore and should be disallowed within residential areas. I’m forever trying to comprehend the council statement: ‘‘This particular development is out of character with the area and inconsistent with the city’s planning scheme’’. Well, which high density or multi-residential development monstrosity is? Aren’t they all out of character? They only belong in the city (CBD) — that is, ‘same neighbourhood character’, —not the City of Monash and Mount Waverley. I know the council’s real focus is the rates income from these developments — greed and bottom lines look more attractive than inconsistent and inappropriate neighbourhood character. Residential housing is the one with one or two dwellings per site, the way it was always intended to be from day one. High density and multi-storey developments are sabotaging our neighbourhood

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character. When or where will it stop? In time, we will regret what our neighbourhood landscape and character has sadly become. I bet this goes nowhere, but at least it’s off my chest! Peter, Mount Waverley

Re: Glen Waverley station to get PSOs It makes me happy to have security guards there. I’m also a PSO security guard. I work for national protective services but we don’t carry guns. I wish the government would hire more security guards with guns for other places. Putting PSO security guards at shopping centres and chemists will be a big step forward. The PSOs are the first security guards to have police powers. I hope that eventually all security guards will have police powers.

dismayed that someone in his position, supposedly speaking on behalf of a congregation that I would have hoped embraced tolerance and compassion towards others, could express such a narrowsighted opinion. If Richard Farrell is concerned about religious extremists, he need only look at some of the atrocities perpetrated in the name of the Christian faith over the years. MareeR

Re: ‘Flying rats’ no myna matter All I can say is a big ‘‘well done’’. There is a lady in our neighbourhood who feeds them twice a day. There are about 50 to 100 and getting bigger. I need help, and now she is talking to the ravens! What can be done?

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Re: Clayton mosque: Disquiet over plan While I wholeheartedly support the due process that applications such as these should go through, giving affected residents an opportunity to express any concerns so they can be considered and, hopefully, addressed, views such as those expressed by Monash Uniting Church chairman Richard Farrell have no place being voiced in our society. I am

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Five names bring honour to Monash FIVE Monash identities have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours, including 84 year-old former chef and advisor to a generation of expatriate Indian home cooks, Krishna Arora. Glen Waverley’s Professor Marilyn Renfree was named an officer in the general division of the Order of Australia for her work in biology and contributions to the scientific community. Monash University’s Gary Bouma was named a member in the general division of the Order of Australia and Mount Waverley’s John Adnams and Oakleigh South’s Brian Twite were presented with a Medal of the Order of Australia in the general division. Mr Adnams was recognised for his service towards the community, business and commerce. Since retiring after almost 40 years as a banker, Mr Adnams has used his financial expertise to advise small-business owners. He has worked as a business mentor for the Victorian Bushfire Recovery Program and the Monash Business

Incubator Program in addition to being on the financial committee of the Girl Guides and acting as treasurer for Inner East Mental Health Service Association. ‘‘It’s a matter of giving back to the community,’’ he said. ‘‘The community gave me some good opportunities when I was in full-time work and I was only too happy to share those experiences with other people down the line.’’ Glen Waverley’s Krishna Arora was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the Indian community. During the crisis of confidence in the Indian community over a series of attacks on its students she was the deputy director of community services at the Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria. In that role she provided support for a steady stream of students who found themselves distraught and scared. ‘‘I was so worried and I was so upset,’’ she said. ‘‘I was thinking of all the parents over there in India. It was the most difficult time of my life. I went to four funerals.’’ She makes regular cooking appearances at the

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Masters Builders Australia is warning DIY renovators to beware of asbestos while working on their homes this summer. The organisation says that about one third of houses in Australia have asbestos. Acting chief executive Richard Calver said: ‘‘In good condition, asbestos in a home does not pose a serious health risk. However, issues arise when asbestos containing materials are disturbed during home renovations or DIY projects. It is crucial to seek professional advice before starting your next home project.’’

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Man of the cloth fights the good fight BY DANIEL TRAN FOR the past 45 years, the clerical collar has been a part of Reverend Gary Bouma’s daily wardrobe. On the streets of Harlem, New York, throughout the 1960s, it was a lifesaver during one of the city’s most turbulent periods. ‘‘In the civil rights movement era, at its high point, clergy were seen to be on the side of civil rights,’’ Mr Bouma recalls. ‘‘Blacks in Harlem knew that you were likely to be on their side and so there was this sort of respect.’’ But in recent years things have changed. ‘‘When I wear my collar in public now, people look twice. That whole priest abuse thing gets washed down all of us now. That really angers me and disappoints me, but I understand it. It’s almost like you can see people sort of pulling their kids a little closer to them [because] there’s a priest over there.’’ Despite this, Mr Bouma says it’s easier to be a man of religion in this day and age. In his work as a professor of sociology at Monash University, he

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has studied how religion has changed with society. ‘‘Religion has come back into the public sphere. From about 1970 to 2000, it was much harder and I really had to stand up against secularist pressure.’’ It is this work and his efforts towards interfaith dialogue that have brought him recognition as a member in the general division of the Order of Australia in this year’s Australia Day celebrations. Mr Bouma’s work in academia and religion spans three continents and more than four decades. His field of speciality is the management of religious diversity and how it functions in society. ‘‘My calling as a priest and my calling as a sociologist both are directed towards making this place a better place than it was when I entered it.’’ At 71, Mr Bouma still works up to 70 hours a week and shows no signs of slowing down. He will be going to Paris later this year as the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural relations, a position he’s held since 2004. He says: ‘‘Boredom is not on the agenda.’’

Recognised: Professor Gary Bouma has been named a member in the general division of the Order of Australia.

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THE only time Brian Twite put golf on hold was during World War II when he lied about his age to join the British Royal Navy. It was a feat for Mr Twite, who had lived on a golf course in Norfolk, England, and had been playing the game since he was five years old. By 14, he was already on scratch — a handicap of zero. But he said his decision to join the armed forces at 16 ‘‘just made sense’’. ‘‘I had three brothers and sisters in the forces,’’ Mr Twite said. ‘‘There was one in the army, one in the air force and one in the ATS [Auxiliary Territorial Service], which is the ladies’ army. So I thought I’d better join the navy, make it a clean sweep.’’ For four years, his golf clubs gathered dust until he returned home. At 22, he started teaching the game he loved. That was more than 60 years ago. ‘‘I’ve never lost a love for the game,’’ Mr Twite said. ‘‘My life was on teaching rather than play-

ing golf. I was a far better teacher than I was a putter. I wasn’t a very good putter in those days.’’ It is for his services to golf as a mentor and administrator that Mr Twite has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the general division. ‘‘All my love is spent teaching,’’ he said. The 86 year old has lived in Australia since 1955. He was the principal club professional at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Oakleigh South for close to 40 years. He said his biggest joy was teaching a 72-year-old woman who had never attempted any sport at all to play golf. ‘‘I get more fun out of that than teaching scratch golfers,’’ he said. ‘‘Scratch golfers don’t need much teaching because they’re already there. But the old people, like the 72 year old who never played in her life and she’s still playing, I get more love out of that than anything else. ‘‘What it really comes back to is helping people to enjoy the game.’’

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A $66 SLUG on motorbike riders to pay for safety schemes would be abolished under a recommendation from the parliamentary Road Safety Committee. And if it is not abolished, the committee recommended closer scrutiny of the way the Motorcycle Safety Levy is used. From May 2002 to July 2012 the levy has raised $45 million through mandatory rider contributions to the Transport Accident Commission, paid at the same time as motorbike registrations. Riders are levied $66 with the annual registration of their first motorbike with an engine capacity above 126cc. Subsequent motorbike registrations in the same year are exempt from the levy, as are farm bikes and other speciality types. Riders are the only group of road users levied for safety. Education and research projects used

$15.7 million of the collected levy and $27 million was spent on infrastructure such as installing anti-skid surfaces and clearing vegetation for better visibility. The committee was told that the outcomes of the levy needed better auditing. Of the committee’s 64 recommendations, 12 focused on the levy. The inquiry also found allowing riders to move to the front of traffic when cars are queuing at traffic lights, known as ‘filtering’, could “benefit” motorcyclist safety, and recommended investigation into the idea. It is legal to filter in New South Wales and overseas. New technologies and countermeasures have been suggested for road users to increase safety. The committee found there was no star rating system for motorbike safety gear, despite a 1998 recommendation that VicRoads look into starting one. It recommended star ratings that conform to European standards should be brought in within two years and fully operational in three years.

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ducting compliance testing, but it would be even better if that testing was backed up by financial penalties for all retailers who do the wrong thing,’’ he said. Monash Council has also asked the federal government to investigate the Glen Waverley store for selling cigarettes in breach of plain-

‘... it would be even better if that testing was backed up by financial penalties for all retailers who do the —Luke Atkin wrong thing.’ packaging laws. The council said the cigarettes sold at the Glen Waverley store came in a regular pack with ‘‘Asian writing’’. It appeared to be imported. Monash mayor Micaela Drieberg said a similar exercise in 2012 found no retailers willing to sell cigarettes to minors. “We’ve got to do

Smoke and mirrors: Businesses in Monash have been caught selling cigarettes to minors. Picture: Angela Wylie/The Age what we can to uphold the law and stop the supply of cigarettes to young people,” Cr Drieberg said. ‘‘We can’t allow a retailer to bypass laws that are in place to discourage smoking. ‘‘We don’t want our young people to go on and join the ranks of the 15,000 Australians who die each year from smoking related diseases.’’

Mr Atkin said that despite teenage smoking being at an all-time low, a survey in 2011 showed that one in five teenage smokers in 2011 bought their previous cigarette themselves. ‘‘Hopefully, this latest round of compliance testing will serve as a reminder to retailers of the important part they play in our community-wide effort to reduce tobacco’s toll.’’

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Hooked on the heat Victoria volunteer firefighters are facing one of the most dangerous fire seasons in years. What motivates people to put their lives on the line to protect strangers? CATHERINE WATSON reports. hursday, January 3 . . . a lazy morning. The first call didn’t come in until after midday — an airconditioner in a Cranbourne house had caught fire. On their way back to the station, the crew saw smoke: a classroom was on fire near the Sikh temple in Evans Road, Lyndhurst. The next call came in while they were still there: a large grass fire was threatening a new housing estate in Cranbourne East. It took a couple of hours to extinguish, then they stayed until 8pm blacking out every ember because the next day was a day of total fire ban. That same day there were also two false alarms, a call to rescue a toddler locked in a rapidly heating car and a couple of other incidents Lee Bostock, first lieutenant of the Cranbourne CFA, can’t recall. ‘‘Nine calls in all. The pager didn’t stop all day.’’ By the following Tuesday he and five colleagues — Dave Prowse, Craig Dunlop, Alecia Black, Christine Burns and Peter Quill — were in Portland, along with hundreds of CFA volunteers from around the state, fighting a large grass fire that had been burning out of control for several days. They spent four days — a large chunk of annual leave for most of them — back-burning scrub country, surrounded by smoke and haze, enduring temperatures in the mid-30s. At night they slept in a dormitory in a Hamilton boarding school. Before you start feeling too sorry for Bostock and the others, consider this: they regret none of it. As Dave Prowse, second lieutenant at Cranbourne, puts it: ‘‘All the training we do pays off in those situations on the fireground. We are doing things that the general Joe Blow from off the street doesn’t know how to do. I really enjoy it.’’ The 55,000 CFA volunteers throughout Victoria all have their own reasons for joining — for some it’s a desire for excitement; others seek a closer connection with their community. Interestingly, all the volunteers the Weekly spoke to insisted they got at least as much out of belonging to the CFA as they put in. The thought of fighting fires in 40-degree temperatures is enough to make most of us turn on the airconditioner and take a cold shower. Lee Bostock says they build up stamina during the training so they don’t really notice how hot it is while they’re fighting the fires. ‘‘You’re OK as long as you keep the fluids up. Afterwards you might say – ‘Geez, it’s hot’, but you don’t notice while you’re focused on what you’re doing.’’ As first lieutenant, he’s the brigade’s strike team leader, in charge of all the volunteer crews. “I take them away and I make sure they come

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Cranbourne firefighters David Prowse, Christine Burns, Alisha Black and Lee Bostock. home again. I’ve never lost anyone and I intend to keep it that way.’’ Spoken just a couple of days after the death of a Victorian firefighter in Tasmania — the second death of a volunteer firey so far this summer — the words hold extra import. “It’s a reminder that what we do is dangerous,’’ Bostock says. ‘‘You’ve got to watch what you’re doing and be very aware.” He says this year’s conditions are horrendous. “The grass is 100 per cent cured all over the state. If you drove up to the Dandenongs now you would be in horror. It’s the environment they live in. It’s the same every time — Ash Wednesday, Black Saturday — you can tell people but it’s the same old, same old: ‘We’ll be right. We won’t get burnt out.’ “We won’t be putting our lives at risk to go in and save houses. If it’s not safe, we won’t be there. Our crew is the first priority.” Even caution and the best preparation provide no absolute guarantees. In 2004, Bostock and a strike team largely made up of Casey crews were fighting the Sydney fires when they were caught in a firestorm. ‘‘It was 19 degrees and no wind — and then we could hear the fire rumbling through the valley like a jumbo jet. It came up the hill very fast. One of our members thought he’d lost a couple of crew but they were sheltering behind a building. It was a pretty hectic two hours. We were very lucky to get out alive. We put away a few that night. January 28, 2013

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‘‘We talked about how it crept up on us. It certainly brought the crew together. It was the best strike team I’ve been involved with. A lot of them stepped up to become strike team leaders of other brigades — Langwarrin, Narre Warren, Hastings. I still see a lot of them.’’ Talk to firefighters and it’s the camaraderie they mention most: the team effort, the trust, the exhilaration of going into battle together and the sense of satisfaction afterwards. Shane Miller joined the Scoresby brigade in the early 1980s and went to his first major fire — at Wannop Chemicals in Knox — soon afterwards: “It was so big and so exciting. I was hooked.” But it’s the friendship that’s most important for him. He met his best man in the brigade and they both met their wives through it. Mind you, it wasn’t all sunshine and light. After he’d been in there four or five years, his wife, Deborah, gave him an ultimatum: “It’s me or the brigade”. Wisely, he chose her but in 1997, following the big fires that hit the Dandenongs, he rejoined at Clematis. Now captain there, he runs a security business with his son Jarryd, who is also a member of the Clematis brigade. When big fires are on, they take turns at doing fire brigade stuff and taking care of business. “I’m lucky I can bear the cost. It’s a choice — I don’t have to do it,’’ Miller says. Ask CFA volunteers if they would like to be paid for the time they spend fighting fires and the answer is unanimous: no. Miller says it would destroy the vibe. “You would just be a paid

employee.” Dave Prowse says: ‘‘I think pay would ruin it.’’ Every time he goes away on firefighting duties, he spends the next few days catching up in his windscreen business. He also loses jobs, but he’s prepared to wear the cost. “It’s something I love doing. Lee Bostock agrees: ‘‘I don’t do it for money.I wouldn’t take it. I feel I want to put something back into the community.’’ The manager of Berbec, a manufacturing company in Carrum Downs, Bostock says he’s very fortunate with his employers, who pay him when he is away firefighting. “They realise we’re needed to fight fires. Employers don’t get the recognition they deserve for letting their employees go.’’ Berbec owner Chris Beattie has a different take on it. ‘‘Lee is my second in command. He basically runs the place for me. He runs it like clockwork and I have no doubt this is at least partly due to skills he’s learned with the CFA. They are brilliant teachers.’’ Beattie only wishes more employers could see the value in their employees volunteering. ‘‘I know there are a lot of volunteers in the CFA who don’t get paid by their employers. There have even been cases of termination over the years, which is disgraceful.’’ John Schauble joined the CFA in 1982 when volunteers had to buy their own overalls and boots, unless they could scrounge hand-medowns from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. He says the days of the 20-30-year veterans like himself are almost finished. “If you get five years out of someone now, that’s good.’’ Now captain of the Sassafrass brigade, he likens it to running a small business in your spare time. ‘‘You’ve got the same issues — human resources, the cost of members you lose, the training costs. It’s very much about what you can give the volunteers: transferable job skills such as vehicle driving, chainsaw operation, how to run a meeting effectively.” Cranbourne is now a semi-urban brigade, with some professional staff, but it is still part of a rural movement. Christine Burns joined the brigade about four years ago but the Portland fire was her first time in a strike team. They were some way from the fire front so it was not dangerous work; rather hard and monotonous – but important. There is one image she will never forget. “You go through the country towns and there are people clapping,’’ she says, still in awe. ‘‘They stand and count the trucks as they go past.”


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Tennis day: The Glen Waverley Tennis Club is holding an open day at 11.30am on Sunday, February 10, at 3 Aquatic Place, Glen Waverley. Free coaching, a sausage sizzle and prizes. All welcome. Details: Paul, 0419 553 827.

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

BY SOPHIE BOUSTEAD NEW exhibition reflecting on the complex subject of ‘peace’ will open next month at the Monash Gallery of Art . The exhibition, from the Australian photography collective Degree South, will feature images from Australian photojournalists Tim Page, Ashley Gilbertson, Stephen Dupont, Ben Bohane, Michael Coyne, Jack Picone and the late Sean Flynn, the US-born son of Errol Flynn. The photographs tackle the topic of peace in the face of conflict, with scenes from the Vietnam war, the war in Afghanistan and Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. ‘‘A lot of the photos refer to conflict,’’ said gallery director Shaune Lakin, ‘‘But for the photographers they reveal moments of peace or tranquillity in the face of war. After decades of covering war they were tired of conflict.’’ Actor Jack Thompson, famous for his roles in films such as Sunday Too Far Away, will open the exhibition on February 16. ‘‘Jack himself has a commitment to peace,’’ Lakin said, citing the actor’s role in establishing an orphanage for Khmer children and a documentary he made about the effects of war upon Cambodian children. ‘‘A generation of incredible conflict strangely hasn’t affected us much here. Maybe we need to think about what it means.’’ There are also communities in the City of Monash who have been

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Peace: An Occupy Wall Street protester is photographed by Ashley Gilbertson during the protests of 2011. affected by conflict and the exhibition is equally as important for them, Lakin said. ‘‘It’s not very contentious, it’s not a political exhibition. It tends to be more personal. When I look at some of the photos I do feel hope . . . a possibility for people to find happiness.’’ Details: mga.org.au

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Plotting an action-packed season BY DANIEL TRAN HAT do a cleaning lady, an order of nuns, a well-to-do English family and Bette Davis have in common? Not much, except the stage they will be sharing this year. The Peridot theatre has announced four major productions and a range of one-act plays for its 2013 season. Artistic director Robyn Kelly says this year’s line-up is diverse. ‘‘We have quite a full program,’’ she says. From February 8, residents can visit Peridot Theatre in Mount Waverley to see Busybody, a comedy about an office cleaning lady who finds a dead body on her rounds. ‘‘When she rings the police and the police arrive, the body is missing. There’s lots of twist and turns. It’s got suspense as well as humour.’’ In May, the theatre will take on Nunsense, a musical comedy about the Little Sisters of Hoboken who raise money to bury their colleagues by putting on a talent show. ‘‘It’s not very often that we take on musicals but Nunsense is hilarious. It requires five very

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Blues unearth wealth of talent BY ROY WARD FORTUNE looks to be in Waverley Blues’ favour ahead of the 2013 Eastern Football League season. Three former Blues senior players have returned from overseas travel — two-time bestand-fairest winner John Hindson and premiership players Beau Rawlyk and Jacob Bailey — while former Tasmanian State League players Nat Martin and Nathan McCulloch from North Hobart have come to study in Melbourne. After missing all of last season due to injury, playing assistant coach Chris McCarty is also training well and is rated as the fittest player on the club’s list. New Blues coach Brett Davidson said his side had also attracted Luke Williams from South Warrnambool and a few recruits from Pearcedale. He said the Blues had received a few lucky breaks over the off-season. ‘‘The two Tassie boys contacted us because they were looking for a football club close to their university,’’ he said. ‘‘Both played senior footy for North Hobart and look like they can play. ‘‘Ryan Tily is looking fit and keen after coming back from Ashwood halfway through last season while several players are doing full preseasons after being injured.’’ Reigning Blues best and fairest Mitch Hayes may not play with the Blues this season after being invited to train with VFL club Port Melbourne, while Charlie Ampt is training with VFL club Box Hill. Key forward Thomas Harley is expected to join VAFA club Old Carey. Davidson said Hayes and Ampt deserved their chance to progress to the VFL and he was confident both would return to the Blues if they missed out on a VFL place. ‘‘They have both gone into good training regimes and they will come back if they don’t make the lists,’’ he said. ‘‘If we do lose them then we think we have covered them with the recruits we have got in.’’ Davidson said the club had booked practice matches against VAFA club St Mary’s Salesian, SFL club East Brighton and EFL division 3 club Glen Waverley Hawks. The Blues v Hawks

New Falcon: Forward Brigitte Ardossi. Picture: Colleen Petch

Falcons recruit WNBL stalwart WAVERLEY Falcons have added much-needed size and strength to the women’s team before the Big V state championship season begins. The Falcons have signed WNBL star Brigitte Ardossi, who plays with the Canberra Capitals. The Falcons featured a team of players from its youth league side last season and pushed several leading teams under the direction of coach Elias Palioyiannis. Ardossi is averaging about 12 points and six rebounds this WNBL season. Falcons general manager Mike Bullock said he was ecstatic to secure a player of Ardossi’s standard to mentor her young teammates. “We are thrilled to recruit Brigitte as she has been outstanding for Canberra Capitals in the WNBL this season, ’’ Bullock said. “Her experience will assist our young team and in particular the young talls.” Ardossi played for the Altona Gators in division 1 last Big V season, averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds. Hayes maybe: Waverley Blues’ 2012 best and fairest winner Mitch Hayes is training with VFL club Port Melbourne but may return to the Blues. Picture: Wayne Hawkins match will be played as a night or twilight match on April 4, most likely at Mount Waverley Reserve. Blues preseason training continues with

55-60 players regularly at training. ‘‘We have been back for two weeks now, the numbers are good, the enthusiasm is great,’’ Davidson said.

Positive vibes greet District’s new coach NEW Oakleigh District playing coach Scott Chalwell believes his side will once again challenge for the Southern Football League division 2 premiership. Oakleigh District lost last year’s grand final in the final minutes and then lost former Sydney Swans star and respected coach Steven Wright late in the year after a dispute with a group of senior players. Wright had led the side to the grand final and won the AFL Victoria coaches association senior coach of the year award. The 27-year-old Chalwell, a former Bright [ 22 ] MONASH WEEKLY – YOUR COMMUNITY VOICE

assistant coach, will fill a role in Oakleigh District’s forward line as well as coaching the team for the next two seasons. He said he looked forward to the challenge of leading the side and had seen nothing but positive things since coming to the club. He said the majority of his senior players had remained at the club and he hoped several friends from Bright and other clubs in the Ovens and Murray Football League would join him. ‘‘The direction the club is going in looks great; they really look steady,’’ he said. ‘‘The core group is there and from the January 28, 2013

vibe around the club things look really good.’’ Chalwell, who works in Melbourne as a physical education teacher, said he had made the move to the club after good mates Jake and Dylan Amalfi told him about the role. ‘‘We had always wanted to play together and when the coaching job came up I managed to get an interview and then got the job. ‘‘A few boys who I used to coach in under-18s might be coming as well, as they study in Melbourne, but they won’t be back in town for a couple of weeks.’’ — Roy Ward

INBRIEF Soccer fixtures Football Federation Victoria fixtures for all senior grades have been released. The FFV restructured the leagues below the Victorian Premier League late last year to simplify its competitions and reduce the length of travel for most teams. The newly structured State League competitions now have all fixtures released and available for viewing at the FFV website.

Tennis fun Glen Waverley Tennis Club will host its annual club open day on Sunday, February 10, starting at 11.30am. The club will provide free tennis coaching, a free sausage sizzle, prizes and giveaways. The day will have activities for all ages and demonstrations of workout program Cardio Tennis. Glen Waverley Tennis Club is located at 3 Aquatic Place, Glen Waverley, at the rear of the Monash Aquatic Centre. For more information phone Paul Bowman on 0419 553 827.


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No let-up for Hawks as Tigers hit the pedal RICHMOND took full advantage of its big first-day total to defeat Hawthorn-Monash University outright at Central Reserve on Saturday. After compiling 3-356 on the first day, then getting a late wicket, the Tigers maintained the rage when play resumed on Saturday. They dismantled the Hawks innings with Steve Garrett taking a wicket with the first ball of the day. The Tigers bowled the visitors out for 68, then sent them back to follow on. The Hawks proved more resilient in their second innings making 105 from 37.5 overs as the Tigers took an outright win by an innings and 189 runs. The Tigers earned the result without captain Allan Wise or stand-in captain Cameron White. Wise was injured and White was chosen for the Victorian side. Tigers seamer Dylan Allsopp (2-16 and 3-26) proved difficult to handle all match as did Garrett (4-17 and 1-6). It was an important match for Garrett, who moved to the Tigers in the off-season after several years of success in the Ringwood District Cricket Association with South Warrandyte. He made 47 not out in the first innings, partnering with White (229

not out) to make an unbeaten 169-run partnership, then took wickets in both innings. Rob Keogh had 34 in the second innings for the Hawks. Richmond next visits Melbourne University while Hawthorn-Monash University hosts Casey-South Melbourne at Monash University. Both matches start this Saturday at noon. PREMIER CRICKET LADDER: Melbourne 67 points, 1.67 per cent; Prahran 60, 1.41; Ringwood 53, 1.25; Richmond 51, 1.86; St Kilda 51, 1.40; Carlton 49, 1.08; Dandenong 41, 1.38; Melbourne Uni 41, 1.07; Fitzroy Doncaster 38, 1.12; Frankston Peninsula 38, 0.94; Geelong 37, 0.88; Casey-South Melbourne 31, 0.74; Footscray Edgewater 27, 0.92; Camberwell Magpies 27, 0.78; North Melbourne 26, 0.72; Essendon 12, 0.65; Haw-Monash Uni 12, 0.65; Northcote 9, 0.52. — Roy Ward

Happy Tigers: Richmond players celebrate a wicket against HawthornMonash University during a 4th XI match on Saturday. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

Oaks have a little hiccup BY ROY WARD SOME people believe an undefeated team needs a loss heading into a finals campaign. Don’t count Oakleigh players among them — the Oaks were disappointed with their efforts in their first loss of the season on Saturday. The Oaks lost to Plenty Valley by 76 runs at AK Line Reserve, Bundoora snapping their undefeated run, which had stretched from the start of the Victorian Sub District Cricket Association season. The Oaks fell to 3-14 in the early overs and never recovered, with the middle and lower order largely unable to form the partnerships needed to chase down Plenty’s first innings score of 210. Oaks captain Jarrod Travaglia (34) and Matthew Naughtin (14) looked a chance to form a game-changing partnership after making 39 for the fifth wicket before Naughtin’s dismissal. Justin Jaensch (4-31) and John Malkin (3-5) were the best bowlers for Plenty Valley.

Oaks coach Brendan McGuinness said his side was disappointed to lose and had some things to work on before the finals series. ‘‘A lot of people say it’s good to get a loss out of the way but I don’t necessarily agree,’’ he said. ‘‘Winning form is just as important heading into the finals, so we need to get back to it when we face Balwyn this round.’’ McGuinness said he was confident his side could chase down the total at the start of the day. ‘‘We knew we had to get off to a positive start and keep wickets in the shed. ‘‘Unfortunately, a combination of poor shot selection and some good bowling put us on the back foot and when you’re seven or eight wickets down at tea it’s impossible to continue on and get the momentum needed to get that total.’’ McGuinness said the Oaks would go back to the drawing board this week and improve on the areas that let them down against Plenty Valley. ‘‘We will take a lot of lessons out of

this game and make sure the players know what they have to work on heading into the next few weeks.’’ In other matches, Mount Waverley lost to Endeavour Hills by 18 runs at Mount Waverley Reserve on Saturday. Chasing the Eagles’ 284, Mount Waverley’s Navin Perera (94) looked capable of taking his side to victory but his dismissal and four run-outs, three from tail-enders, left the home side short as they were bowled out for 266. The Oaks host Balwyn at Warrawee Park starting at 1pm this Saturday while Mount Waverley visits Ivanhoe at Ivanhoe Park.

VSDCA LADDER: Oakleigh 51 points, 1.54 per cent; Plenty Valley 45, 1.28; Brunswick 39, 1.09; Box Hill 33, 1.19; Noble Park 33, 1.04; Bayswater 31, 1.07; Preston 30, 1.01; Endeavour Hills 30, 0.81; Coburg 28, 0.76; Balwyn 27, 1.14; Kew CC 27, 1.07; Ivanhoe 24, 0.93; Mt Waverley 15, 0.75; Croydon 15, 0.70.

Cavs find the sweet spot REIGNING premiers Cavaliers went on a run feast against Mt Waverley Catholics on the first day of round 9 in the SCL Menzies Shield. Losing only five wickets, the thirdplaced Cavaliers amassed a mammoth 5-427 with Matthew Chelvararatnam top-scoring with 128 and Angelo Fonseka contributing 126 not out. Mt Waverley Catholics, fifth on the ladder, could find its finals hopes all but all dissipated. Perennial finalists Glen Waverley suffered a rare batting collapse with its opponent and competition leader Toorak-Prahran having already taken first innings points. The Glen had no answer to Tim Gobbo’s bowling as he finished with 5-43. Notting Hill Brandon Park’s batsmen had a rare day out, scoring 313 against Chadstone Harlequin. A victory to the combine will go a long way to ensuring it remains in the Menzies Shield section following its less than successful 2012-2013 campaign. Menzies Shield: Salesian Old Boys

173 (C Herft 62, E Maillard 43, S Rind 39, B Waas 4-29, T Talbot 3-42) v St Paul’s Glen Waverley 2-61 (Bennett 30), Mt Waverley Catholics v Cavaliers 5-427 (M Chelvaratnam 128, A Fonseka 126no, D Ferdinands 62, N Warnakula 31) Chadstone Harlequin 0-2 v Notting Hill Brandon Park 313 (C Baldwin 104, P Gurr 86, J Stanton 5-71), Mt Waverley Uniting 222 (G Woodhead 64, M O’Donoghue 53, B. Dix 35no) v St James Malvern Valley 0-4, Toorak-Prahran 5-122 (N Gumley 33, D Richards 32no) v Glen Waverley 111 (M Day 57, T Gobbo 5-43). Mackay Shield: St John’s Elsternwick 210 (D O’Connor 54, A Mithaiwala 37, S Sharma 33, B Dussanaya 3-7) v CUCC Kings, Monash v Glen Waverley Cougars 316 (Henderson 96, Baird 65, MacGregor 54, A Celle 32, R Sliwinski 4-77, K Benjamin 3-46), Glen Waverley 247 v Oakleigh District Footballers 0-10, Notting Hill Brandon Park 106 v ToorakPrahran 7-125, St James Malvern Valley 0-8 v East Oakleigh 232 (R Ekanayake 58, A Mamalis 41, A Stoddart 4-39). — Bill Weeden

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