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SHUN THE POKIES Whittlesea groups challenge people to take a month off gambling and help Australia discard the world’s biggest losers title ■ PAGE 17 SPORT The full details of the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association battle between undefeated Plenty Valley and Kew ■ PAGE 31
motor sparks blaze A grassfire near the O’Herns Road intersection with the Hume Highway in Epping last Wednesday is believed to have been started by sparks from machinery. Firefighters manning more than 20 CFA trucks brought the fast-moving fire under control within about an hour of it being reported about 12.30pm. A CFA spokeswoman told the Weekly the motors of any machinery in use for some time could become hot enough to ignite dry grass. A series of spot fires along the Hume Highway last month were allegedly started by a truck carting hay, which was pushed up against the exhaust outlet alongside the truck’s cabin. All vehicle exhausts should be fitted with fire-protective shields. ■ MORE PICTURES: northernweekly.com.au
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ford speeds up departure Broadmeadows
Ford workers at Broadmeadows and Geelong will be offered voluntary redundancies as the car giant moves to accelerate its shutdown of manufacturing in Victoria. The company is shedding 300 positions by June but hopes workers will take up redundancy offers rather than be forced out. The company announced in May last year it would stop making cars at both Victorian plants in October 2016, with the loss of about 1150 jobs. But it would continue to design models in Australia to be made overseas. A spokesman for the company told the Weekly last week the decision to bring forward job redundancies at Broadmeadows and Geelong was attributable, in part, to the end of Australia’s love affair with bigger cars. “We need to match our production to demand,” Ford’s communication director, Wes Sherwood, said. He said a shift in demand to smaller vehicles had seen sales of these models jump by 10 per cent in January alone. That, coupled
with aggressive new-year sales by small-car importers, left homegrown larger vehicles on the shelf. “It’s happening globally, even in North America,” Mr Sherwood said. He said the US-owned giant remained committed to helping its Australian workforce retrain for life after Ford. The state and federal governments put a $40 million transition package on the table last year, along with $10 million from Ford, to underwrite new opportunities for redundant workers. Mr Sherwood said the company remained committed to a long future Down Under, despite a widely held public view it was packing up and heading home. “Ford will continue to be the largest employer of high-skilled engineering and design jobs in this country,” he said. “We are partnering with local universities and are committed to being here and being the major auto employer offering highly-coveted jobs.” “If people think we’re gone, that’ll hurt our future.” \ HELEN GRIMAUX
Way out: Ford workers at the Broadmeadows plant leave after their shift. Earlier, they were told of further job cuts. (WAYNE TAYLOR)
‘money smarts’ would help ease our traffic problems, says report Growth plans
New and smarter ways of raising money are needed to finance infrastructure projects that would make life easier for Melbourne’s northern commuters, according to a new report. In a pre-budget submission to the federal government, the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), of which Whittlesea and Hume councils are members, notes Melbourne is Australia’s fastest-growing metropolis – putting the north at the centre of the city’s crisis in growth areas infrastructure. The submission, Realising Population Growth’s Potential, urges the Abbott government to consider introducing an urban infrastructure investment fund, offering
public transport networks are creating lower-risk, credit-enhanced returns that barriers to people’s mobility, including appeal to both institutional and mum and access to critical services, education and dad investors. employment opportunities. “The deficiencies Funds would be raised via a special are increasing car dependence, pollution statutory investment vehicle – the and exacerbating traffic congestion Urban Infrastructure Fund – which “funding at significant community cost,” the would then provide seed finance for Auditor-General’s report found. infrastructure projects that meet transport In its submission, the NGAA calls criteria set by COAG, the coalition can take a for alternative financing options of federal, state and territory generation” and strategies to address the growing governments. backlog and unlock the potential of “Funding to address the transport urban growth areas to contribute fully to needs of growth areas can take more the Australian economy. than a generation to materialise,” the NGAA NGAA proposes that government and local submission said. councils co-operate on priority infrastructure Citing a report last year by Victoria’s projects. It puts Whittlesea’s O’Herns Road Auditor-General, the NGAA submission interchange with the Hume Highway on top says deficiencies in Melbourne’s road and
of the list and asks that $71.7 million be put aside in the 2014-15 federal budget. A further $4.4 million is asked for the new Hume regional aquatic and sports complex. \ HELEN GRIMAUX » Infrastructure strategy endorsed: page 7
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Residents in the northern suburbs of Oak Park, Hadfield and Reservoir are among the most vulnerable in Melbourne heatwaves, new research has found. People who live in Broadmeadows, Campbellfield, Thomastown and Bundoora aren’t far behind in suffering the effects of heat stress and dehydration. Ambulance callouts during heatwaves have enabled Professor Nigel Tapper and his research team at Monash University to pinpoint, by postcode, where residents are most affected. Professor Tapper said there was a clear association between suburbs with extreme heat vulnerability and the number of emergency callouts on extremely hot days. Melbourne’s inner north and west, as well as some south-eastern suburbs, show up red on a heat vulnerability map produced by the university’s Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Water Sensitive Cities. Professor Tapper said heatwaves were a major cause of death in Australia, with 374 associated with Melbourne’s heatwave in January 2009 – the build-up to Black Saturday – and there have been further heat-related deaths in the recent January heatwave. He said street trees and shady parks, rain gardens and better building design were crucial to surviving heatwaves. “If we don’t do other things, we’re just cooking ourselves,” Professor Tapper warned. “We found key factors that raised the risk of sickness or death in heatwaves included older people living alone, ethnicity, and the proportion of land covered by buildings that leads to excess urban warmth. “In areas that are covered by buildings, urban warming occurs that can increase local temperatures by around four degree Celsius. “This can take the temperature over the threshold where human health is threatened.” Professor Tapper said heatwaves would be more and more frequent in the next 20 years. “We will save lives by putting in place appropriate urban adaptation measures,” he said.
Show on show Artists are invited to submit expressions of interest in a public art commission for the Whittlesea showgrounds to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Whittlesea Agricultural Society Show. It’s anticipated artworks will establish a link between the past and present and depict history, the local environment, farming and agricultural practices, and the show itself. Expressions of interest are open until 2pm, Wednesday, March 5. Documents, including the artist’s brief and project specifications, are available on Whittlesea council’s eTendering website page. Phone 9217 2316 \
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Professor Tapper said language barriers were a big impediment in areas of diverse ethnic communities, combined with a lack of understanding of the nature of Australian heat. And poorer socio-economic circumstances meant people were unable to afford air-conditioning and the energy required to run cooling equipment. The chief executive of CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Professor Tony Wong, said councils and urban planners needed to place greater importance on urban design and building construction to ensure more liveable suburbs. “City planning and urban design should
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classes for grasses Trust for Nature and Whittlesea council will hold a free field day on Saturday for landowners wanting to know more about the native grasslands and woodlands at Lakes Nature Reserve. The workshop will run from 9.30-11.30am at the Gordons Road Reserve, near the Jardier Terrace intersection, in South Morang. Contact Lauren Fraser by today on 0419 354 853 or email laurenf@ tfn.org.au. www.trustfornature.org.au \
Women’s Day Former Queensland premier Anna Bligh will be guest speaker at this year’s International Women’s Day dinner on Wednesday, March 5. Inspiring change is this year’s theme and Ms Bligh will recall her time in politics, winning her fight against cancer and the courage she found to stand up and say: “This is what chemotherapy looks like and it’s OK, you can get through it.” The dinner will be at Northcote’s Regal Ballroom, 216 High Street. Book online, calling 8668 8120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org \ Cameras back on Motorists using the Western Ring Road beware. Fixed speed cameras west of Sydney Road are on again and focused on speeding motorists in both the east and west-bound lanes. Deactivated during recent freeway works, the cameras have been upgraded. During testing over the past four weeks, they detected almost 11,000 offences. \
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no strategy for hiring volunteers: report recruitment practices.” Mr Doyle said neither agency could be certain it had Support for Victoria’s volunteer the capacity to respond appropriately to firefighters and emergency service incidents because they overestimated the personnel has been described as emergency response capabilities of their “piecemeal” and “flawed” by the state’s volunteer workforces. auditor-general. Addressing these issues was critical On the eve of memorials to the 173 to the long-term sustainability of lives lost in the 2009 Black Saturday these emergency service agencies, the bushfires, John Doyle last week handed auditor-general said. down a report into how the Country Fire The CFA has about 57,500 volunteers Authority and State Emergency Service around the state, including 38,000 manage their large volunteer workforces. operational and 19,500 non-operational “The CFA does not know how many personnel. The state’s 5000 SES volunteers it needs and SES does not volunteers undertake both operational accurately know how many it has,” and non-operational roles. Volunteers Mr Doyle noted. “Further, also provide a workforce “surge both agencies’ procedures for capacity” during protracted analysing their volunteers’ major incidents, such as Black the cfa has skills and qualifications are Saturday. about 57,500 flawed, which hinders their The report found the CFA volunteers ability to identify workforce identifies only the number of skills gaps.” volunteers with specific skills Mr Doyle found neither that it needs, rather than the agency has a coherent, documented minimum number of volunteers strategy for volunteer recruitment that needed to perform its functions. identifies the volunteers needed and the “The SES identifies the number of approaches required to address that need. volunteers it needs, and with what skills. “Consequently, volunteer recruitment However, SES’s volunteer data is not happens in an ad hoc way at the local robust enough to be confident about brigade and unit levels, with differing the actual number of volunteers it has,” approaches to when and how volunteers the report stated. “Without an accurate are recruited.” baseline, it is not possible for SES to know Mr Doyle also found the effectiveness what the gap is, and, therefore, what of the CFA and SES recruitment practices more is needed.” was “unclear”. The auditor-general found both “Given the disconnect between agencies had responded positively to his the locally identified needs and the report. recruitment practices, it is not possible to “CFA is in the process of implementing know whether, and to what extent, this programs that aim to address concerns need is being met. raised, and SES has provided an “There is also no framework in place undertaking to establish an action plan that informs management in CFA and to address all recommendations.” \ HELEN GRIMAUX SES about the performance of volunteer
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As Melbourne Airport celebrates 50 years of jet aviation, the Australia Air League is looking for young people interested in the learning and leadership opportunities available through being part of a local squadron. Wing Captain Jim Humphrey, a Commander of the Order of St John, will hold an information session at the Whittlesea scout hall in Fir Street on Friday to judge local interest in a new squadron for people aged from 8-18. Wing Captain Humphrey (pictured) said there were still about 15 such squadrons left around the state.
“There used to be a lot more; now we’re on the rebuild,” he told the Weekly. The league has been operating in Victoria since 1939 and offers basic aviation drill instruction and training, as well as covering subjects such as civics and community service. It also offers a number of activities, including flying and camps. “Many of the subjects taught enhance school learning; they help [youngsters] understand school lessons,” he said. \ HG » For more information, head to the scout hall at 7.30pm, Friday, or contact Wing Captain Humphrey at jimhumphrey@ bigpond.com
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whittlesea in an infrastructure hurry
public park may be leased to village
Whittlesea council has endorsed an infrastructure strategy that makes the O’Herns Road-Hume Highway interchange its No.1 priority. The strategy has been released by a partnership of seven northern councils in concert with NORTH Link, La Trobe University, Northern Melbourne Regional Development Australia and Mitchell shire council. But at their meeting last week, councillors called for shorter timelines for desperately needed infrastructure upgrades given priority in Northern Horizons – 50 Year Infrastructure Strategy for Melbourne’s North. The council specifically wants the extensions of rail services to Mernda and tram route 86 past Bundoora to South Morang brought forward. “Being a growth area, our community is in need of infrastructure and services now, such as train services to Mernda, the route 86 tram extension and many of our urgent social needs,” mayor Mary Lalios said. Projects the council wants brought forward include: ■ The Mernda rail and tram route 86
A public reserve in South Morang will not be accessible to the public if a proposal before Whittlesea council goes ahead. The plan would see the 0.6-hectare space leased to Arilla Retirement Village for the next 30 years. The park is set aside as open space but is currently enclosed in Stockland’s almost-completed development of 155 homes and a community centre at 65 Gordons Road. At last Tuesday’s meeting, the council resolved to call for submissions from residents living between Vincent Drive, Songbird Court and Pipit Court on the proposed 30-year lease, with no provision of a further term. Residents recently expressed safety concerns as the reserve is unfenced and is an access point into the village. Cr Rex Griffin said he was disappointed that the public hadn’t been able to access the reserve. “That land belongs to the community,” he said. “It’s a public reserve, but the public can’t get there. We must make sure we never allow this to happen again.” \ LEXI COTTEE
Hear our plea: Cr Mary Lalios (right) and Aurora Transport Group president Kathleen Ager at Whittlesea’s O’Herns Road and Hume Highway overpass, which the council has made its top priority, urging a full interchange to alleviate gridlock during rush hours. (SUPPLIED)
The Northern Horizons report defines the major projects needed to ensure the long-term sustainability and liveability of Melbourne’s fastest-growing urban population centres, describing existing infrastructure as “a mixed bag” that includes congested roads, poor public transport links and a dearth of doctors, secondary schools and recreational opportunities. \ HELEN GRIMAUX
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new life from wake-up call Ghana he excelled at classes, and he dreamed of being able to help his mother’s family Ghana-born Eric Agyeman was the only members who were poor and illiterate. African pupil at Ringwood Primary School in “Something just hit me. I had this desire to the late 1990s. provide for my mum and change my family’s He was bullied by his peers and now refers situation,” Agyeman says. to his primary school days as “challenging”. The goal later widened to helping other “It was a learning time for me to poor people. understand who I am,” says Agyeman who In 2009, two years after coming back is now 26 and lives in South Morang. to Australia, he set up PVBS, short But rather than becoming for Proverbs, a social enterprise he withdrawn, he rebelled. He began uses as a vehicle to donate profits to “I have seen smoking, mixing with the wrong charities in developing countries. poverty crowd and chalking up school His latest campaign, “When first-hand” suspensions. “I was an all-round You Finish, They Start”, involves troublesome teenager.” manufacturing and selling His dad saw where things were customised year 12 student jackets. For heading, so he framed a three-week every jacket sold, $15 goes towards a child’s “holiday” trip back to Ghana to visit his education in Cambodia or Ghana. sick mother, who Agyeman hadn’t seen for “In 2012, I decided to focus all of our eight years. It was in fact a ploy to give the [PVBS] energy on one thing that was dear to then-13-year-old a wake-up call. my heart and critical in fighting poverty, and What he was told would be a three-week that is education,” he says. holiday eventually lasted seven years. “In the words of Nelson Mandela, “He [his dad] said I was going to be there ‘education is the most powerful weapon you until he saw a change,” Agyeman says. can use to change the world’.” When he realised his holiday was anything PVBS has so far helped 900 children. but, he became depressed and attempted Students from Northside Christian College suicide a number of times. But in the end he in Bundoora have put in their order for PVBS did change. Midway through high school in school leaver jackets. The school is one of six SOUTH MORANG
The way to help: Eric Agyeman with students from Northside Christian College. (MICHAEL COPP)
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Criminals are scouting Melbourne suburbs for pets to steal and use in illegal dog fights, according to social media. A Facebook post, which has been shared more than 5000 times in just over a week, displays a picture of a piece of plastic nailed to a tree and claims it is a “dog fight marker” placed on Settlement Road, Bundoora. Liana Horn, who posted the image on January 27, said the markers “indicate a dog to be either used for bait or for a dog fight”. “Please look out for these and keep your eyes peeled,” she wrote. “Police have been alerted ... be on the look out on fences, trees and power lines as I didn’t think that these things would happen to me. “Please share as much as you can with all dog owners.” Ms Horn, who owns a staghound crossbreed, had previously been told by three people that dog fight markers exist. “I knew it was dog tagging because I was warned by my vet, the adoption place I got my dog from and one of my friends who had researched into it,” she said. “And one of my work friends has two pitbulls and this has been happening to him for four years now.
On alert: The Facebook post which claims markers are being used to identify houses with dogs as a precursor to stealing them for dog fights. (FACEBOOK)
“He said the tag was the same as the ones they used on his property.” Ms Horn said she had installed security cameras on her property out of fear her dog may be taken. Victoria Police said it had no information on dog fight markers and could, therefore, not verify the accuracy of Ms Horn’s claims. “I can’t confirm if it is a hoax or not as we know nothing about them as far as I can
determine,” Inspector Ian Geddes said. The post has evoked impassioned responses from dog lovers and continues to be shared at a rapid rate. “You know that’s the third status about this exact thing I’ve seen tonight? I wonder if they do it in waves or something,” one comment states. “They are doing it in Melton and Bacchus Marsh as well,” states another comment. RSPCA Victoria inspectorate manager Allie
Jalbert could not confirm if markers were being used to identify homes with dogs. “We do hear anecdotally of dog fights occurring in Victoria, but the activity is very difficult to detect,” Mr Jalbert said. In July last year, a Melton woman claimed her dog was stolen and used as a “bait dog” for illegal dog fighting. \ TIM DOUTRE email@example.com
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A lot on his plate A private property in Mount Macedon hosts a jaw-dropping collection of antiques, as Sarah Harris discovers.
he work looks familiar. “That’s Tiepolo’s Banquet of Cleopatra – you’ve probably seen it in the National Gallery. That’s the original,” Cyril Stokes says with a twinkle in his eye. “The gallery has a copy.” It takes a second for the penny to drop and realise he’s joking. There is so much that is priceless in this suburban house hidden in one of the great private gardens of Victoria – not the least being Stokes himself. This is no mansion by the standard of some of its Mount Macedon neighbours, but it contains the best private collection of 18th and 19th century porcelain in the southern hemisphere. A collection that’s said to be equal to some of the best in Europe is housed in an unprepossessing brick bunker on Melbourne’s own back doorstep. On account of the 80-year-old having just climbed out of his Rolls Royce, our unofficial tour begins in the garage. It contains a stack of stained glass windows purchased from Hearst Castle, the landmark Californian mansion of the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst which is now a state historic park. “Some of them date from the Middle Ages,” Stokes explains. “Lit up with lights behind them they will be magnificent – although we might have to build another room.” Through the side door of the utilitarian concrete space it’s the visual equivalent of entering an air-conditioned room on a 42-degree day. It’s the anteroom to Versailles – the beginning of an expedition through room after room filled with Sevres, Meissen, Minton and KPM porcelain. One whole room is filled with Royal Worcester, another room is Oriental-themed with display cabinets filled with Japanese Kutani porcelain, antique ivories, a double-sided silk signed embroidery so fine it looks like a painting, and giant cloisonne urns. It’s eye-popping and the personal running commentary is way more entertaining than reading endless explanatory cards. “That over there is mother of pearl and we found it in a pawn shop in southern California, way up in the mountains in a preserved mining town.” Stopping in front of a vast elaborately carved piece of furniture, Stokes gleefully pops open several secret drawers. “Now this won the gold medal at the 1897 Crystal Palace Exhibition. How it ever got to Australia I just don’t know. “This Sevres table I had to be talked into buying. Pro Hart owned it and he had been mixing his paints on it. So we had to restore the whole damn thing. It took forever. “Now this piece of Meissen – how the hell does an 18th Century piece of porcelain like that survive intact? And when you think it was made by candlelight! “I’m not going to tell you how much this damn cabinet cost, but it was perfect for this tea set which in the photo looked so much bigger and I was surprised when it arrived. “This dates from the 1700s when Sevres was owned by the King of France and it was at the time the French developed the hot air balloon ....” On and on it goes, past the laundry where a small mountain of Sevres sits on the bench because there is nowhere to put it. Past the fabulous French Boulle furniture inlaid with tortoiseshell, the walls of 18th Century Aubusson tapestries, the stunning 1910 Tiffany glass window. Opposite the Tiffany, Stokes points out the small oil painting of trees and sheep that started it all in 1954 when he bought it for two pounds ($4). It was in so many ways a turning point in his life. A would-be Wesleyan minister, he’d not long “been kicked out of theological college for having gay tendencies” and went to work for antiques dealer Godfrey Hayes. But, ultimately, it was in aged-care homes where Stokes made his money. “I finished up with eight of them,” he recalls. “I worked seven years without a day or night off and as I sold them off I made a lot of money out of real estate and that’s how I got going.” It also transpired the church elders had deduced correctly. At age 30 Stokes met life-partner Trevor Bell who, assisted by two full-time and two part-time gardeners, is largely responsible for the magnificent 5.6 hectares of themed gardens surrounding their house. At 45, Stokes founded Steamworks – Melbourne’s first and most famous gay bathhouse – which he owned for 30 years. In
2010, the LaTrobe Street property was sold for $6.35 million and since then the Cyril Stokes Collection has grown considerably. He spends many evenings online, bidding at auctions in Europe and America and it is not unusual for him to drop $200,000 on a single auction. His office is filled with marked catalogues, and the bidding can get quite fraught. You get the sense he is racing against the clock. “I think I almost qualify for an antique myself,” he laughs. Several years ago he took the extraordinary step of establishing a trust to ensure The Stokes Collection will
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car crash victims need ‘millions, lifetime support’ This reflects how much care is needed to help people lead full and independent lives.” Nine people in the metro northern region In March last year, the TAC announced received a severe spinal cord injury resulting a new partnership with Independence from transport accidents in the five years Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that to June 2013, according to the Transport supports people with disability to regain Accident Commission’s claims data independence and aims to increase released last week. awareness of spinal cord injuries people The TAC’s Road Safety Statistical among young people. aged 15-24 Summary was prepared in January People aged 15 to 24 are classified are most and details claims involving “acute the most at risk of acquiring hospitalisation”. spinal cord injury. The TAC’s at risk Data is broken down into 11 new SpinChat program will tour regions, with the metro northern secondary schools across the state to region taking in the local government give students a chance to hear an open and areas of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, honest account of a traumatic accident and Nillumbik and Whittlesea. what it’s like living with a spinal cord injury. The region’s nine incidents of severe spinal Lalor resident Anthony Gray was left a cord injury sustained from road accidents is quadriplegic after an accident on his BMX just above the state average. bike when he was 19. TAC chief executive officer Janet Dore Mr Gray is among the speakers who will said people who sustained severe spinal cord be touring schools in Melbourne’s north in injuries in car crashes would need lifetime a bid to try and prevent accidents like his care from the TAC. own. “Those who receive severe spinal injuries “My message might not get to the kids in transport accidents will need lifetime straight away, but if it saves one kid my job support from the TAC of up to $10 million. is done,” he said.
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Nazim Erdem says his daredevil streak led him to dive off a pier into shallow water. The dive almost killed the former amateur boxer and Richmond Reserves AFL footballer and left him a quadriplegic. He was just 20 years old. The Roxburgh Park man said he made a decision that his accident wouldn’t stop him from living life to the full. Two years after becoming a quadriplegic he started playing wheelchair rugby and in 1998 was named in the Australian team to play at the world championships. He has since represented Australia at four Paralympic Games and won gold in London. On Australia Day, Mr Erdem, 45, was one of 25 Victorian sporting identities to receive a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). He recognises he is a role model on and off the field for young people who have sustained a spinal cord injury. “The biggest struggle is not knowing what your future is going to look like,” he said. “I know it’s tough, but the future is bright.” \ LC
Mr Gray had fallen backwards off his BMX bike countless times before, so he wasn’t immediately concerned when he took a tumble on a small track in Adelaide in 2004. This time, however, he wasn’t wearing a helmet, and he had fallen upside down. “I came off the bike and landed like a handstand,” Mr Gray said last week. “The doctor told me I was lucky no one sat me up or I would have been killed outright.” Mr Gray had broken his neck. Fortunately for him the two men who came to his aid that day on the track knew a thing or two about the risk of spinal injury. Mr Gray had been trying to carve out a career as a BMX rider. The fall rendered him temporarily immobile and he was forced to return home to Lalor to try and rebuild his life. “It was tough at the start. There was a lot of anger, frustration and tears,” he said. After a long battle Mr Gray is testament to the possibilities of living life to the full despite limited physical mobility. He volunteers for the Country Fire Authority part-time, helping Epping CFA’s captain and lieutenant with their paperwork, and works part-time for Independence Australia, speaking to secondary school students about the realities of living with a severe spinal cord injury. “I was a shy kid at school,” he said. “It [public speaking] was a job I never thought I’d be able to do.” \ LEXI COTTEE
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Belinda Patterson found it difficult to enjoy comedian Carl Barron’s show at the Palais Theatre two years ago. Her experience wasn’t marred by his observational humour, which she says she finds particularly funny, but was due to her profound discomfort. “I had to wedge myself into the seat and I couldn’t move,” the Doreen resident says. The 1927-built St Kilda concert venue has standard-size seats, but for Ms Patterson, who at the time weighed 135 kilograms, they contributed to what she refers to as “the worst experience of my life”. Not long after that show the mother of three was asked to be a maid of honour at a friend’s wedding. That proved the final straw. In the two years since, Ms Patterson, now 35, has lost more than 65 kilograms and now weighs less than she did when she started high school. “I had lost weight in the past, but this was the first time I was serious about it,” she says. She downloaded an app that counts calories and tracks diet, began walking half an hour each day, and started following The Biggest Loser trainer Michelle Bridges’ online program.
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Fredy Gonzalez has no personal experience of cancer and his family’s relatively good health is something he feels particularly grateful for. But Mr Gonzalez (pictured) will set out on a 1576-kilometre bike ride on March 28 as part of Tour de Cure’s annual cycling event in a bid to raise $12,000 for cancer research. “Most of the other riders have been touched by cancer,” Mr Gonzalez said. “In my case, I’m just grateful my family is free of disease.” The week-long event will see the Kingsbury resident and 99 other riders cycle from Sydney to Hobart in the name of charity. Each rider must commit to raising $11,000, contribute a personal donation of $1000 and ensure their fitness is up to scratch to complete the demanding route. Mr Gonzalez has so far raised $1551 and hopes to get sponsors on board. He works for Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, a partner of Tour de Cure. Mr Gonzalez has been riding more than 100 kilometres on weekends and about 40 kilometres around the Brunswick velodrome before work as part of his preparation . “This ride is important to me,” he says. “I want people with cancer to have relief and a real option to overcome their sickness.” \ LC
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Whittlesea’s welcome is guided by the council’s multicultural plan and driven by Asylum seekers and refugees are made to feel direct engagement with ethnic services and welcome when they move into Melbourne’s groups in the municipality. north, according to a new report. These include a job-readiness program, A research paper commissioned by the language services and social support services Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) finds that help newly arrived families through the that councils and their local networks are bureaucracy of daily life. promoting people-to-people links that “The research found that some councils support the increasing diversity of with large numbers of humanitarian their communities. arrivals have developed extensive Whittlesea and Hume are services and activities,” Mr Power “they make among almost 90 Australian said. their mark councils which have signed on “[These] include partnerships on our to the Refugee Welcome Zone with community groups and lives” initiative, Building a culture of service providers, Refugee Week and welcome for refugees. Harmony Week events, public forums, RCOA chief executive Paul Power said living libraries and community-based proactive leadership by councils reflected the projects.” valuable contributions refugees continued to Mr Power encouraged more councils to make in their adopted communities. consider becoming ‘refugee welcome zones’. “Since Federation, Australia has welcomed “Becoming a welcome zone is a way to more than 800,000 refugees ... who go on to continue this strong tradition in supporting make their mark in our economic, cultural the settlement of refugees as well as and social life,” Mr Power said. promoting harmony, social cohesion and “While the national debate about refugee respect for human rights,” he said. \ HELEN GRIMAUX policy can be quite toxic, many councils are getting on with the job of welcoming new » Information on refugee welcome zones is arrivals, promoting people-to-people links available at refugeecouncil.org.au and building social harmony.” asylum seekers
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Crafty works Craigieburn’s Highlands Retirement Village is holding its second art and craft exhibition. All items were produced by the village’s residents and include painting, photography and woodwork. Some items are for sale. The exhibition at 236-238 Waterview Boulevard, Craigieburn, is open 10am-2pm, Saturday and Sunday. Free entry. The village open day is also on Saturday. ■ Call 8364 0500 or 8364 0781 In the net Netball Victoria’s NetSetGo program is a great way for youngsters aged
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FEEL FREE AT MERRIFIELD WITH UP TO $23,000* Lot 403 – Freeman 2800
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Choose from a selection of 6 quality Burbank homes at Merriﬁeld and enjoy the following value-packed luxury inclusions: Tailesin Façade 3
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*Copyright conditions. All photos and illustrations are representative only. This home has not been constructed. This proposed home and land package is subject to engineering plans and developer’s approval (if required) and may need to be altered to comply with estate covenants. All associated additional costs required to meet developer approval will be added to the price, as unavailable at time of advertising. Alternate facade and ﬂoor plan options are available. Floor plans and speciﬁcations may be varied and Burbank reserves the right to change prices or expire the current promotion without notice. For more information on this home design visit www.burbank.com.au This offer is only applicable to houses selected from the Ideal, Future or Genesis collections and is not applicable to houses from any other collections. ^The upgrade value will vary depending on the type of house and payment option selected from the Ideal, Future or Genesis collections only. *The full $23,000 upgrade offer is only applicable to the double storey houses from the Future Collection. This offer cannot be redeemed as cash and any monies from this offer not exhausted shall be deemed forfeited. All upgrades must be selected from the Burbank ‘Feel Free’ list from the items. Burbank reserves the right to alter or terminate this promotion at any time without notice.
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SPACIOUS FAMILY HOME IN THE RIGHT LOCATON! Ideally located and with room to move is this spacious family home that ticks all the boxes. Comprising 3 generous size bedrooms, spacious separate lounge room, functional kitchen with adjoining meals area, central bathroom and separate laundry. Features include polished floors, ducted heating, air conditioning, gas appliances, landscaped gardens and spacious yard. Located in the heart of Epping, within close proximity to train station, schools, Epping Plaza, shops and parklands.
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This Impressive Four (4) Bedroom house comprises of Main Bedroom with Floorboards, WIR, Full Ensuite with Spa Bath & A Balcony Enjoy sweeping views off greeneries, Three (3) Common Bedrooms with BIR& carpeted. A Large & Spacious Retreat Area, A central Bathroom, 2 Living Rooms, A Theatre Room, A Formal Dining Room, Powder Room. A brightly Lighted Kitchen with Stainless steel appliances & spacious Pantry, family dining with access to a covered Outdoor Entertainment area with decking, Double Remote Garage with internal access and a drive through. Floorboards & tiles in all wet areas. Lots of Storage space. Above ground swimming pool, a shed, Refrigerated Cooling & ducted heating. All within walking Additional appointments included throughout the residence include, 3 phase refrigerated... In a coveted pocket of Mount Cooper, enjoy easy access to Golf Course, Parkland, Playgrounds & BBQ, Primary Schools, secondary college, La Trobe University, with a bus stop and Tram nearby. Open Saturday 12 pm to 12:30 pm. Agent Hanna Omar 0404 646 666
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Embracing the quality and modern luxury of this immaculately presented home perfectly positioned and built with meticulous attention to detail and design .This double story residence with the finest finishes starts of with double front doors which invite you into a formal lounge and study area with 19 mm solid oak timber boards. Delivering a comprehensive array of well proportioned, multi-zoned living areas with an adjacent alfresco BBQ entertaining area, which makes this home perfect for a flexible family lifestyle. Compromising of 4 bedrooms with BIR, ensuit and WIR in the master bedroom, and central bathroom with corner spa. Spanning over two levels, this home includes Complete kitchen with quality appliances, including dishwasher, 900mm OMEGA oven cook top and will even throw in a western house double sided fridge, 2 pantries and ample storage space throughout this house. Also featuring 6 split systems and remote control double garage 2 drive ways. Close by to schools, new South Morang train station and Westfield shopping center. If you are looking for the best then look no further because this is it!
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First Class Living, Packed With Features Immaculate presentation, generous proportions, and clever design entice in a home that introduces a multitude of features to make living easy and enjoyable. A huge walk in pantry attached to the stone and stainless steel kitchen. A full bathroom in the oversize garage. A second secure undercover parking area for trade vehicles, boats or the cars and a walk through ensuite connecting the main and second bedrooms combine with a long list of inclusions to give this delightful home unquestionable appeal.
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Look long before you leap HOME BUYERS \ Knowing your limits is key to a successful first home purchase. By MARK BUNKER
here’s plenty to think about for buyers purchasing their first home, and the process can often prove arduous and stressful. But there are ways for first-time buyers to avoid becoming overwhelmed and making decisions later regretted. It comes down to doing your research and asking yourself some fundamental questions: What do you need? Know exactly the type of property you need to purchase, and weigh up the reasons for buying it, considering things such as investment, location, price, floor plan, room to extend, etc. Knowing your needs allows you to streamline your property search, shortening the time spent. Buyers can also tell agencies what they need and have the latter do some searching around – buyers’ agents/advocates, for example. Be realistic. A growing family can’t live in a small apartment forever. A single person generally doesn’t need a high-maintenance block of land. Figure out the style of property that best suits your lifestyle. Bigger or newer is not always better. What about the area? Is the property handy to work or lifestyle perks such as a beach, or walking tracks? Is there a railway station nearby? Is the council planning for services upgrades? Are things like crime and pollution driving residents away? Understand the demographics of the area and spend time inspecting changing traffic conditions at different times of the day on the street you intend to buy on.
First-home dreams: Research can avert a nightmare. (SUPPLIED)
Know the supply-to-demand ratio of the area: is it easier to buy in it than sell? Investigate property cycles. What’s your personal situation? While we can’t see into the future, it’s important to plan
for hurdles along the way, especially financial. Have a buffer account for unexpected costs, such as increases in council and strata fees and interest rates. There are always maintenance costs to consider. Knowing your limits is key to a successful first home purchase. \
The perfect home in the perfect spot. The Stage 22b land release at Aurora is a big opportunity to secure the perfect home close to a neighbourhood park with sheltered barbecue facilities and the future Aurora Town Centre. Also on your doorstep is an established primary school, a childcare centre and a living and learning centre. With blocks ranging from 375m2 to 611m2, this new release accommodates a variety of home designs. So whether you choose a house and land package, or have your own builder, your perfect home awaits at Aurora.
To secure your future, call 131 852 or visit myaurora.com.au today. *Subject to availability. 134497/0214 22 NORTHERN WEEKLY \ FEBRUARY 11, 2014
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Motoring \ rod easdown tries out the name game
survey to publicise a touchy feely approach it is taking in its phone room, where operators will have the car’s name on their screen when the client calls in. So they get “Hullo Mrs Smith, how’s ‘The Diet Coke Man’ today?” Of course, there’s complementary advertising as well, one featuring a 10-year-old sedan named Lola driving beautifully along a country road while the soundtrack is a cover of the gutsy old Kinks standard, Lola. I didn’t get it. For all of those uncaring folk who haven’t named their cars, the insurance company has introduced a website nickname generator that makes suggestions after quizzing car owners about their hobbies and the car’s model, colour and odometer reading. The odometer reading was the bit that got me so I asked the company. It seems that the older a car gets, the more emotionally attached (read silly) its owner becomes. Nor is it a money thing; people are generally more fond of faithful old bangers than new, highfalutin’ plushmobiles. I gave the nickname generator a go, feeding in the details of the road test car I was in at the time and some stuff about myself. It suggested Barbie. So that’s something I’ll never do again in my life. \ firstname.lastname@example.org
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ow many Volkswagens are called Herbie? Being a big, boofy insensitive bloke, I don’t really hold with naming my car, and I must admit to becoming quite impatient with people who call their Volkswagen Herbie. But some people do get it right. The guy over the road has twin BMWs that he calls Donner and Blitzen. And my favourite is the Mercedes with the personalised plate “Was his”. Then there was a mate of mine “about a who bought a 15-year-old jet-black quarter of Cadillac in San Francisco and drove owners name it to New York, where he sold it for $200 more than he paid for it. He their car” called it Darth Vader because it spent much of its time revealing his dark side. A survey by the Auto Alliance, an organisation of 12 car companies in the US, found that about a quarter of owners name their vehicle, largely based on its appearance. The under-35s are more likely to name their car, and women are more likely to do it than men. But men are more emotionally attached to their cars and those who do choose a name usually go for one that’s famous, such as a historical or movie character. The name tends to be female, be it complimentary (Sweet Sue) or not (Black Betty). Now an insurance company has used the
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taipans make the most of a season without legs DVCA
Camrea Taipans president Shane Parsons says there are still positives to be taken from the 2014 season even though the club will miss the finals. All weekend matches in the Diamond Valley Cricket Association were called off on Saturday because of the heat policy, meaning all round 10 matches will be one-day fixtures this Saturday. The Taipans sit sixth on the Money Shield ladder, 16 points adrift of fourth-placed Bundoora United. Barring a miracle they will miss the finals one season on from demotion from the Barclay Shield, the association’s top grade. The Taipans won just two games in the 2012-13 season and dropped into the Money Shield after finishing bottom of the ladder. This season Camrea has won four and lost five, including one outright loss. A one-day game against Hurstbridge this weekend and a two-day match against flag hopefuls Lalor Stars is all that remains of the season for the Thomastown-based club. But the Taipans can reflect on season 2013-14 with some pride and in the past three games have passed 200 in every innings. The Taipans have been led this season by captain-coach and wicketkeeper Dhushanta Ranatunga, who has scored 552 runs at 61,
PREMIER FIRST GRADE ROUND 16 – Day 1, Saturday 8th February GREENVALE KANGAROOS v FITZ. DONCASTER At Greenvale Recreation Reserve GREENVALE KANGAROOS 1st Innings E GHASPERIDIS c Banthorpe b Dickson . 5 J MARTIN c Vardi b Maxwell . . . . . . . . . 25 J LIDGETT b Maxwell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 D SALPIETRO b Maxwell . . . . . . . . . . . 10 R COLLINS c Vardi b Maxwell . . . . . . . . 17 J KNIGHT c Dickson b Alavi . . . . . . . . . 16 D REED c & b Alavi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 C SANDRI c Mash b Alavi. . . . . . . . . . . 45 R DHINDSA c Maxwell b Alavi . . . . . . . . 0 C MARANTELLI c Mash b Alavi. . . . . . . . 3 T O’BRIEN not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Fall: 15, 32, 52, 55, 74, 123, 124, 140, 166, 177 Bowling: C Moore 4-0-13-0, P Dickson 125-14-1, G Maxwell 20-2-64-4, S Duckworth 14-5-43-0, E Alavi 10.4-1-43-5 Overs: 60.4 FITZROY DONCASTER 1st Innings P DICKSON c Martin b Salpietro . . . . . . 33 N VARDI c Martin b Marantelli . . . . . . . . 9 T SHEEHAN not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 G MAXWELL not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Extras (3lb 3nb). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Two wickets for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Fall: 20, 63 Bowling: D Reed 10-2-46-0, C Marantelli 3-0-20-1, C Sandri 4-1-12-0, T O’Brien 2-15-0, D Salpietro 9-2-17-1, R Dhindsa 2-012-0, J Lidgett 1-0-3-0 Overs: 31.
BRIEFS NFL Bundoora’s Cameron Cloke has been recognised as the sole winner of the 2013 Frank Rosbrook Trophy. An administrative error had incorrectly jointly awarded the Trophy to Cloke and Heidelberg’s Mark Lynch. Lynch was given three votes in round one of last season, and tied with Cloke on 17 at season’s end. But the league stripped Lynch of the round one votes, placing him fourth in the vote count with 14. \
with two centuries and four fifties. Only twice has he not reached 20. Youngster Lukas Fellows has also been impressive, with 14 wickets for the season at 23.79. Chamdin Perera has led the attack well, taking 22 wickets at 22. “Coming down into the Money Shield this season has been a bit of a downer,” Parsons says. “But I think the guys have really gelled and tried to string wins together. “Ranatunga has just been sensational for the club, on and off the field. We will definitely be looking to secure him for next season, as well as injecting more youth into the club. “Unfortunately, we just haven’t quite had the depth we needed this season.” In the Barclay Shield, Bundoora needs to beat Macleod in a one-day game this Saturday to have any chance of making the finals. Bundoora sits six points outside and must leapfrog Research/Eltham Collegians and Rosanna. \ DANIEL PAPROTH firstname.lastname@example.org
NFL Lower Plenty is one of a number of NFL clubs to lose players during the league’s transfer window. Josh Turner has left for the VFL, Michael Saldaneri has moved to Hurstbridge, as has Dylan Atkins. William Barden has moved to the Northern Territory. \ VSDCA Plenty Valley has an uphill battle in the North/South Second XI after day one of its clash against Kew. Plenty Valley spent 64.5 overs in the field, eventually dismissing Kew for 244. Opener David Bratby (51) and number nine James Wilkinson (52) were the top scorers. All third XI and fourth XI matches were called off because of the heat. All matches have been reverted to one-day fixtures to be played onSaturday. \ BOWLS All Saturday metropolitan pennant matches were called off under Bowls Victoria’s heat policy. \
HOW’S THAT: Chamdin Perera appeals for a wicket for Camrea earlier this season. (DARREN HOWE)
Haw-Mon Uni 3-20 (J Muirhead 2-9) v St Kilda 8(dec)-287 (P Handscomb 115 G Rummans 51 R Ninan 4-56) Melb 7-354 (M Begbie 98 M Hill 50 J McPhee 2-32) v Geel Carl v Ring 9-219 (G Kellar 68 D Rawson 44 CM Salm 3-50 R Sidebottom 2-22) Frank Pen 195 (S Wiese 68 D Nankervis 35 A Wise 4-33 S Griffin 3-28) v Mon Tigers 2-91 (C White 47no) Prah v Casey-Sth Melb 9-266 (L Sperling 66 J Holden 49 N Schlittler 2-3 J Miller 2-45) Ess 8(dec)-303 (A Ayre 72 C McKay 48 L Scammell 3-46) v Northcote 1-10 Melb Uni v Camb Mag 3-345 (S Hill 169no T Russ 64 J Lampard 40no F Ahmed 3-120) Foots Edge 7-328 (T Dean 119 J Hastings 87 T Donnell 3-11) v Dand.
PREMIER LOWER GRADES SECONDS: Haw-Mon Uni v St Kilda 4-316 (Mildenhall 132no Drummond 89no Cooper 33 Manning 31), Melb v Geel 9-287 (Condy 85 McDonald 73 Cairns 35 Ford 33no Ryan 4-40 Paynter 3-71), Carl 4-72 v Ring 104 (Walsh 33 Sweet 4-14 Culvenor 4-26), Green Kang 149 (Said 45 Baker 3-34) v Fitz Donc 1-51, Frank Pen v Mon Tigers 8-301 (Delmont 81 Matarazzo 115no), Prah 3-46 (Diston 3-10) v Casey-SM 248 (Wilson 74 R Wakefield 60 Hadfield 58 Pike 4-46), Ess 178 (Rhodes 49 Hunichen 40 Green 37 Rogneda 4-26) v Ncte 2-36, Melb Uni 0-37 v Camb Mag 232 (Prior 44 Rowles 43 Mahon 38no Bhatt 34 Gaur 3-45), Foot Edge 2-9 v Dand 216 (M Sweeney 55 Allen 51 Gautam 3-34 Embleton 3-46). THIRDS: Haw-Mon Uni v St Kilda 7-256 (Maxwell 44 Davies 84 Varadajaran 42 Meddings 34no), Melb 226 (Tomkinson 72 Huddart 62 Williams 6-49) v Geel, Carl v
Ring 8-247 (Dineen 104 Ludgater 59), Green Kang 124 (Grixti 69no Cattanach 3-31 Parr 3-29) v Fitz Donc 5-65, Frank Pen 1-45 (Vela 32no) v Mon Tigers 108 (Sazenis 30 Hogan-Keogh 3-13 McIlroy 3-15), Prah 6-147 (Nyary 68 Doyle 3-31) v Casey-SM, Ess 121 (Dimattina 56 Ford 32 Lucas 4-17 Grose 3-5) v Ncte 4-54, Melb Uni 1-22 v Camb Mag 234 (Brown 37 Dulip 42 Suriaratchie 99 Stevenson 4-40 McLaughlin 4-54), Foot Edge 98 v Dand 0-50. FOURTHS: Haw-Mon Uni v St Kilda 234 (Chamberlain 64 Pearson 51 Muirhead 48 Jhala 4-65 Cannon 4-82), Melb v Geel 9-259 (J Collins 121 Walker 5-84), Carl 9-264 (Rinaldi 98 Line 52 Pettit 43 Curley 6-48) v Ring, Green Kang 115 (Argoon 3-23 Blyth 3-21) v Fitz Donc 3-95 (Smith 38), Frank Pen 1-27 v Mon Tigers 299 (Krelle 69 Parker 35 Holst 81no Bardwell 3-54), Prah 7-243 (Wiener 84no Bauer 57 Lidstrom 35 BraidBall 3-51) v Casey-SM, Ess 7-187 (King 58 D’Souza 3-16) v Ncte, Melb Uni v Camb Mag 262 (Vanderslik 69 Bhargrave 61 Gunaratne 49 McKenna 40 Athale 3-26 Latham 3-28), Foot Edge 1-25 v Dand 213 (Kaluthanthri 76 Cooray 37 McSweeney 4-38).
WOMEN FIRSTS: EMP 171 (Binch 50 Croft 4-17) d Dand 143 (Applebee 53 Croft 33 Binch 4-18 McIntyre 3-25). SECONDS: Bruns Pk 1-181 (Marsh 118 Calvert 45no) d Ring 8-151 (Hickman 50) Calvert 3-8).
VSDCA NORTH SOUTH 1ST XI: Kew 151 (Westland 63) v Plenty Valley 0-0, Ivanhoe 177 (Buszard 52) v Malvern 0-38, Moorabbin 173 (Pradeep
77no) v Brighton, Ormond 192 (Wild 59) v Caulfield, Brunswick 201 (Hanif 7-33) v Preston, Balwyn 5-245 (Hailey 101no Baum 59) v Coburg, Elsternwick 151 (O’Neill 64) v Kingston Saints 0-10. 2ND XI: Brunswick 134 v Preston 0-2, Kew 244 (Wilkinson 52no Bratby 51) v Plenty Valley, Brighton 164 (Graham 60) v Moorabbin, Balwyn 7-310 (Kiely 87) v Coburg, Caulfield 6-270 (Shipperd 79 O’Donnell 63no) v Ormond, Ivanhoe 9-181 (Cheetham 56no) v Malvern, Elsternwick 123 (Chisholm 70) v Kingston Saints 0-7.
BOWLS PREMIER DIVISION Saturday’s Metropolitan Pennant was cancelled due to the heat W L D Up Dn Pts Brighton 12 3 - 189 - 191 Clayton 11 4 - 158 - 185 Moonee Ponds 9 6 - 144 - 163 Melbourne 9 6 - 96 - 157 Essendon 9 6 - 75 - 153 Altona 7 8 - 35 - 136 Bundoora RSL 7 8 - 37 130 Mentone 6 9 - 62 111 Burwood District 3 12 -370 65 Yarra/Footscray 2 13 -228 59
AGSV BOYS BADMINTON: Ivanhoe 6-10-230 bt Trinity 0-0-180, Camberwell 5-8-218 bt Peninsula 1-2-134, Mentone 4-7-236 bt PEGS 2-5249. BASKETBALL: Ivanhoe 57 bt PEGS 38, Marcellin 60 bt Assumption 47, Yarra Valley 39 bt Mentone 38, Trinity 62 bt Camberwell 40.
CRICKET: PEGS 5-217 (Venables 85no Collinson 69) drew Ivanhoe 1-50, Yarra Valley 2-129 (Kudage Don 76) bt Mentone 8-126, Trinity 1-66 bt Camberwell 62. SQUASH: St Kevin’s Gold 16-32-480 bt Marcellin 0-0-115, Scotch 16-32-480 bt Camberwell 0-0-191, St Kevin’s Green 1531-516 bt Trinity 1-4-323. TABLE TENNIS: Trinity 9-34 bt Ivanhoe 6-27, Camberwell 14-42 bt Peninsula 1-6, PEGS 15-45 bt Mentone 0-5. TENNIS: Ivanhoe 10-111 bt PEGS 6-84, Assumption 10-109 bt Marcellin 6-75, Yarra Valley 9-99 bt Mentone 7-83, Trinity 8-97 bt Camberwell 8-87. VOLLEYBALL: Mentone 3 bt Peninsula 2 (1925 25-19 25-12 22-25 16-14), Marcellin 3 bt Camberwell 1 (25-17 24-26 25-19 25-20), Yarra Valley 3 bt Ivanhoe 1 (25-18 20-25 25-21 25-14), Trinity 3 bt PEGS 0 (25-16 25-20 26-24).
AGSV/APS GIRLS BADMINTON: PEGS 6-12-198 bt Carey 1-2121, Geelong Gram 7-14-241 bt Caulfield 2-5-185, Wesley 8-17-295 bt Haileybury 1-4-221. SOFTBALL: Yarra Valley 26 bt Geelong Gram 10, Carey 20 bt Wesley 8, Ivanhoe 22 bt PEGS 13, Haileybury 15 bt ACK 1. TENNIS: PEGS 10-101 bt ACK 6-86, Wesley 16-128 bt Carey 0-21, Haileybury 14-123 bt Yarra Valley 2-47, Geelong Coll 13-113 bt Ivanhoe 3-66. VOLLEYBALL: Wesley 3 bt Carey 0 (25-8 2516 28-26), Yarra Valley 3 bt Mentone 0 (25-8 25-3 25-9), Haileybury 3 bt Peninsula 1 (257 24-26 25-9 25-18), PEGS 3 bt Ivanhoe 1 (25-14 24-26 25-12 25-8). FEBRUARY 11, 2014 \ NORTHERN WEEKLY 29
finals beckon for confident coach NWMCA
Gladstone Park captain-coach Matt Nyhus says he will be mortified if his team fails to make the finals in the North West Metro Cricket Association’s George Luscombe Shield. All NWMCA matches were abandoned at the weekend because of the league’s extreme heat policy and have been reduced to one-day fixtures this coming Saturday. Not that it will bother Nyhus in his first year coaching the club . . . Gladstone Park’s opponent this weekend is Strathmore Heights, a team it beat comfortably in a one-day game just two rounds ago. On that day, Gladstone Park posted 5/205 from its 40 overs and bowled the Heights out for 187 in reply. “I’d be pretty disappointed if we didn’t make the finals to be honest,” Nyhus told the Weekly with his team sitting fourth on the table but just two points ahead of fifth. “And I definitely believe we can win the flag. “Since Christmas we’ve been playing much more consistent cricket after being a bit up and down earlier in the season. “In our game against Pascoe Vale, who will be right up there in finals, we reached 4/217 chasing almost 300 and lost 6/22 and that really cost us.” Gladstone Park will also be buoyed by the return of several players, with weddings having played havoc with their line-up in recent weeks. John Kulikowski will play his fi rst game since Christmas against Strathmore Heights and will be a handy addition to the top order with scores of 41, 60, 59 and 38 in his past four innings. In other George Luscombe Shield matches, Pascoe Vale Central and Buckley Park, second and third on the ladder, will do battle in a one-day game this Saturday. Pascoe Vale is a chance to take top spot
LAID BACK: Gladstone Park players relax in the clubroom on Saturday after the match was called off because of extreme heat. (DARREN HOWE))
from Kealba/Green Gully, which has a bye, while a win for Buckley Park will assure it of fi nals. Sydenham/Hillside plays bottom side Clarkefield Brumbies and a win could mean a top-four place if other results in the
bats take a battering WoMEN’S CRICKET
Plenty Valley’s Second XI sank to its 14th loss of the Victorian Women’s Cricket Association season on Saturday, utterly destroyed by Brighton District. The Bats began in promising fashion against a Brighton side that has lost only once this season, with Alissa Sharp and Julia Carruthers negotiating the opening overs and taking the score to 19 before Carruthers was caught behind for one. Unfortunately for Plenty Valley it was largely a procession from there and the Bats lost all 10 wickets for the addition of another 49 runs to be all out for 68 from 22.3 overs. Sharp (21) and Shelly-Louise Chattin (18 off 30 NORTHERN WEEKLY \ FEBRUARY 11, 2014
12) were the only batters to provide any real resistance. Brighton’s Ashlea Wilson snared 5/11, her best figures this season. Plenty Valley picked up two wickets, openers Kate Henderson (24) and Wilson (4), as Brighton cruised to victory in just 13 overs. Captain Leanne Leggieri was 24 not out and Lucy Uncles four not out. Four matches were played on Sunday, after the Weekly went to print. Dandenong played Napoleons/Sebastopol and in the unlikely event of a Dandenong victory, Plenty Valley would have dropped to the bottom of the ladder. Plenty Valley is also last on the table in the first XI. \ DP
competition fall its way. The Vic Kyte Shield will see a top-of-the-table one-day clash this Saturday, with Craigieburn hosting the Northern Lions. Craigieburn has lost only once
this season and wrapped up the minor premiership several weeks ago. Westmeadows will look for a home final when it chases victory over County West. \ DANIEL PAPROTH email@example.com
HEAt is the only winner VICTORIAN TURF CRICKET
The extreme heat wreaked havoc on the Victorian Turf Cricket Association on Saturday, with some games called off during play and others abandoned. In a crucial top-of-the-table clash between Greenvale and South Caulfield in the Senior Division only 45 overs of play were possible because of the heat policy. Greenvale won the toss and batted and reached 4/176 before play was called off. Openers Ed Wilson (35) and Matt Innes took advantage of the bowling early on, putting on 84 for the first wicket. Innes was out first, caught for 55, but
Greenvale remained in control, with Jeremy Brown (40) and Chinthaka Jayasinghe (30) both getting starts. The match is now evenly poised, with captain Jon Kent (8) and Tarek Moughanie (0) at the crease. In the North Division West Coburg managed 7/140 from 42 overs in its clash against Royal Park/Brunswick, led by Harsha De Silva’s fine 54. Westmeadows dismissed Altona North for 183 but were 2/6 at stumps. And Tullamarine had a field day against Footscray United, bowling out their opponents for 64 and making 0/29 in reply by stumps. \ DP
30 teams granted licences in new npl Soccer
Hume City, Whittlesea Ranges and Moreland Zebras will all take part in the National Premier Leagues Victoria (NPL) after the governing body awarded licences to 30 teams on Friday. After months of talks between Football
Federation Victoria (FFV) and the clubs — which eventually resulted in Supreme Court action and intervention by Football Federation Australia (FFA) — the model was agreed on and clubs applied for licences. The NPL Victoria, part of a reform of the top league in each state, will replace the Victorian Premier League, won by Northcote
City last season. Clubs offered licences must confirm their participation by February 19 but are still in the dark on how the competition will be structured. Fixtures are due to be released on February 26 and the Rules of Competition on March 4. Whether the clubs are grouped into
divisions remains to be seen. FFV president Nick Monteleone said the announcement was a watershed moment for Victorian soccer. “The NPL will have a positive impact on players, coaches and club development across Victoria,” he said. Liam Bentley has been appointed Head of NPL Victoria. \ DP
finals bid goes down to the wire sub-district cricket
STAY COOL: Sean Ayres of Plenty Valley relieves the heat for teammates during a drinks break. (WAYNE HAWKINS)
There was a buzz in the air at stumps at Lakeside Drive Reserve on Saturday as Roxburgh Park/Broadmeadows launched a last-ditch effort for finals. Currently ninth in the East/West First XI of Sub-District – and seven points adrift of sixth-placed Endeavour Hills – Roxburgh Park closed out day one against Box Hill just 58 short of victory but with four wickets down. In stifling heat Box Hill captain Paul Gloury won the toss and elected to bat but saw his side reduced to 3/14. Gloury, fresh from a commanding century against Altona in the previous round, went about restoring order with Aaron Walter. The pair added 51 before Mitch Johnstone broke the partnership by having Gloury caught for 33. Walter (26) didn’t last much longer and neither did Box Hill’s resistance, dismissed for 109. Mitch Streiff was best with 5/21. Needing to face 17 overs to finish the day Roxburgh Park managed an even worse start than Box Hill, at one stage losing four wickets withour making a run to crash to 4/10. But Streiff (32) and Johnstone (9) held onto their wickets and ensured Roxburgh Park reached 4/52 by stumps. \ DP
bats’ bowlers take control on kew Sub-district cricket
A strong start and a big finish with the ball gave Plenty Valley the advantage on the opening day of the Sub-District match at Kew on Saturday. The Bats, unbeaten and on top of the North/South First XI ladder, struck hard and early in the heat, reducing Kew to 4/28 after losing the toss before bowling out the home side for 171. Ben Dennett was on fire in the opening overs, bowling Kew wicketkeeper and opener Simon Sorockyj for a duck and then having
the dangerous Matt Bernet caught behind for just two. But Kew captain Michael Westland (63) and Nathan Bernet (41) restored the innings with a 77-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Then Dennett again made the breakthrough for the Bats, having Bernet caught to expose the tail. Some handy lower-order runs from Tim Stewart (25) helped push the score along and gave Kew a total to defend, but Sean Ayres ensured his side would stay under 200 by taking the wicket of Westland and then two more.
He finished with 3-55 from 24.4 tireless overs, and was well supported by Dennett (3-23), Adrian Wilson (2-42) and Justin Jaensch (1-31). The Bats faced two overs to close out play, and will resume at 0/0 this Saturday, with Ayres and Dylan Forster the not out batsmen. President Darren Callahan said the club was very pleased to restrict Kew to 171 on a flat wicket at Victoria Park. “We were quite happy to keep them to that on a flat wicket on a hot day with a quick outfield,” he said. “Our opening bowlers have been bowling well so to split the game open
at the start after they won the toss and batted was very good. They did have a really good partnership but we were able to get a wicket on the stroke of tea and then we were able to get through the tail after the break. “If all goes to plan on Saturday we certainly have the side to chase it down. We just need to keep doing the right things.” Plenty Valley also were in the Legends and Heroes Twenty20 finals, meeting Melton in a semi-final on Sunday after the Weekly had gone to print. \ DANIEL PAPROTH firstname.lastname@example.org FEBRUARY 11, 2014 \ NORTHERN WEEKLY 31
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On sale 11/02/14 to 17/02/14. Personal purchases only and not available in conjunction with any other offer. Our 120% 30 day price guarantee applies on all newly boxed, currently available stock of the identical model, advertised by a local competitor. *Delivery and Installation: See in-store for full terms and conditions. ^Bonus Samsung Cashback Promotion: Promotion is via online redemption and available on selected Samsung fridges and washing machines only. Applies for purchases completed between 24/01/14-31/03/14 inclusive. Visit www.samsung.com.au/promotions for full details.
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