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friendly fire Philanthropist Ray Lodder is the driving force behind the formation of Australia’s first bone marrow registry ■ INSIDE STORY, PAGE 11

inside ‘UNHEALTHY’ CUTS Hume’s Dianella Community Health Service lashes out at the Coalition government over mental health funding cuts ■ PAGE 3

SPORT Full details of Whittlesea Ranges’ fate in its opening game as the National Premier Leagues Victoria campaign kicks off ■ PAGE 27

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LIGHTS OUT A number of Victorian Blue Light Discos are expected to fold after Victoria Police takes an axe to the crime prevention initiative ■ PAGE 5

Don’t be alarmed: this fiery scene is a controlled burn-off conducted at Quarry Hills Park in South Morang on Thursday afternoon. It was part of Whittlesea council’s new program of fire-fuel reduction works and ecological regeneration. The burn-off, a joint effort of the council and Epping CFA, involved two CFA trucks, six council staff and five contractors from bushland service providers. ■ STORY, PAGE 12

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from joy to possible bankruptcy . . . in one month Mental health

Only a month after its chief executive spoke about her “sense of joy” when the first sod was turned on the $12 million Hume GP Super Clinic in Broadmeadows, Dianella Community Health faces possible bankruptcy. The state government has dumped Dianella and Merri Community Health Services as mental health care providers. “We are deeply shocked,” chief executive Veronica Jamison said when Dianella’s tender to the government was rejected last week. “This erodes our funding base and our ability to provide other services.”

annual funding, about $1.25 million, and Ms Jamison said Broadmeadows was one will need to keep paying a lease on the of the neediest areas of Australia and chronic building it currently uses for mental health heart disease and mental health issues were services. prevalent. “This is eroding our ability to stay She said Dianella had borrowed viable,” Ms Jamison said, adding heavily to invest in the new super “It erodes that the government also required clinic and now could face more our ability a number of other community than $250,000 in redundancy to stay services to undergo competitive payouts to the 12 welfare workers, viable” tendering in areas that had never team leaders and co-ordinators who been tendered out before, including will lose their jobs as a result of the alcohol and drug counselling. government’s decision. “Mental health in the north is already A further 17 workers will lose their jobs at under-resourced,” she said. “There’s a high Merri CHS and the Salvos in Brunswick will incidence of domestic violence and yet there’s also be affected. not one women’s refuge.” Dianella will lose more than 5 per cent of its

Ms Jamison said Dianella, which has won many awards for the quality of its mental health services, had spent “quite a lot” of money preparing its tender to the government, which is yet to announce which organisation will take over after July. Broadmeadows Labor MP Frank McGuire said it was the worst time for jobs to be axed in Melbourne’s north, an area of greatest need and greatest growth. “I’m calling on the minister [Mary Wooldridge] to give a full account to Parliament and the public as to why these organisations have lost this important service,” he said. \ HELEN GRIMAUX

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redesign and reconstruction, better drainage and clubhouse improvements. Nicholls said the proposal submitted to the council had been costed at about $200,000. “It’s been a four-year battle,” he said. “We were always the last cab off the rank . . . other sports always got the money.” He said mayor Mary Lalios and Cr Norm Kelly had gone into bat for the project late last year. “It’s been neglected for a long period of time,” Cr Lalios said. “It’s getting a well-deserved facelift.” The club has 40 licensed members who race competitively and another 60 who race at club level. \ LEXI COTTEE

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Blue Light discos may be a thing of the past following Victoria Police cuts to the vital 38-year-old crime prevention initiative. Victoria Police will pull staff from working at the drug- and alcohol-free events as of March 31 following a directive from Commander Sue Clark, revealed in a leaked email. The decision pulls on-duty police from the state’s 41 alcohol-free discos to attend to frontline policing. Ms Clark said police must support all community groups, not just Blue Light discos. A Victoria Police spokeswoman told the Weekly it would continue to be up to local police to use their discretion in supporting programs such as Blue Light so that community engagement remained a priority. But it would be up to local police to ensure the engagement didn’t affect frontline operations. As of April 1, police who attend discos will no longer be compensated with four hours’ time off in lieu. They will instead be paid overtime. Two full-time positions – the Blue Light state co-ordinator and the sole police officer at the Maldon Victorian Blue Light Youth Camp – have been axed. Blue Light chief executive Ivan Ray said accountants were appointed last

Switched off: Fun times such as this could be a thing of the past. (KAREN BURNS)

Mr Noonan said the discos were “a week to assess the full extent of the damage cornerstone of a crime prevention strategy to the program from the police decision. He that the police have engaged with for said so far they estimated “Blue Light almost 30 years”. needs about $250,000 to keep going.” “they’re “But I was left in no doubt having “I can’t predict, but I know the now spoken to Ivan Ray that they’re now vast majority of discos will dry operating in operating in crisis mode and are up and go away. I started it and I now looking for a lifeline,” he said. might have the dubious pleasure of crisis mode” The Blue Light program began wrapping it up.” in 1976 and has since evolved into an Mr Ray spoke about his concerns essential part of Victoria Police’s youth to shadow police minister Wade Noonan crime prevention program. In the Hume and last Tuesday, who also fears the new model is Whittlesea area, there are four Blue Light unsustainable.

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The state government’s dob-in-a-hoon hotline has been slammed by Hume councillor Jack Medcraft for being all bark and no bite. “How many prosecutions do we get?” Cr Medcraft asked at last week’s council meeting. “Where’s the bite here?’ “The courts let them off,” he said. “We need to start crunching their cars.” Cr Medcraft said hoon drivers were wasting time, money and energy. “It wrecks people’s way of life,” he contended, citing a number of areas around Sunbury where black rubber (like these pictured) from car tyres had left permanent marks on the bitumen. Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou said Hopetoun Court, off Mickleham Road, in Westmeadows, was another example. “The court is black with tyre marks,” she said. Asked if it was possible to have council vehicles mounted with static cameras to photograph hooning drivers, city infrastructure director Steve Crawley said councils were not responsible for “moving vehicles” and would be “crossing the line” of police responsibility. Cr Medcraft then urged people to film hoon

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Women in Hume and Whittlesea are jeopardising their health, and in some cases losing their lives, by failing to have checks for cervical cancer. Melbourne’s north-west has been identified as the region with the lowest rate of screening for cervical cancer in the state. While the rate of cervical cancer around Australia has dropped since the introduction of screening in 1991, most of those detected with the disease have either never had a pap smear or have not had one regularly in the 10 years leading up to their diagnosis. It is recommended that all women aged 18 to 70 have a pap smear every two years. The most recent Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry Statistical Report shows that just 53.6 per cent of eligible women were screened in Hume in 2011-2012. In Whittlesea, 55.3 per cent had a pap test during the period, well below the state average of 60 per cent. PapScreen Victoria manager Hiranthi Perera said the latest Victorian statistics painted a worrying picture. “We know some women feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about having pap tests,” Ms Perera said. “But a simple test every two years

moving campaign Whittlesea council and community groups have joined forces, launching a campaign called Access Denied which is aimed at getting support for two transport infrastructure projects. A mobile billboard will spread the word among residents and ratepayers to get their support to get access ramps built on the Hume Freeway at O’Herns Road, Epping North, and extend the train line from South Morang to Mernda. \ (SCOTT MCNAUGHTON)

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than non-indigenous women. The rate of diagnosis in Victoria has been dropping by 3.5 per cent on average each year since 1991 when screening became widely available. More recently, the HPV vaccine provided to girls in year 7 protects against 70 per cent of cervical cancers. \ HELEN GRIMAUX and LEXI COTTEE

Time to play National Playgroup Week in Hume (March 24 to 30) promises some great free community events starting next Monday at Craigieburn’s Bicentennial gardens from 11am- 1pm, followed by Sunbury next Tuesday. Details: hume.vic.gov.au \ Dealing with teens A workshop on dealing with teenage behaviour designed especially for parents and carers has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, at the Edge in Mill Park. It will take place between 6.30pm and 9pm at the Edge, Westfield Plenty Valley, Shop MM1, 415 McDonalds Road, Mill Park. Bookings essential. Contact: 9404 8800 or email baseline@whittlesea.vic.gov.au \

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farmers battle on in war of weeds Bulla farmer Paul Fanning walks the talk on weeds, mattock in hand, chipping away at the pest species that grow in abundance across neighbouring blocks abutting Deep Creek. Many of the smaller lots around the cattle farm he manages with his siblings on behalf of their elderly father belong to absentee landowners, most of whom are just waiting to reap the spoils of subdivision as urban sprawl arrives at their back gates. But Mr Fanning (pictured) is a fifth generation guardian of the land beneath his feet and, with neighbour Alan McKenzie, feels farming and farmers deserve protection from invasive species, human and otherwise. The pair has been agitating for years against human activity that threatens agricultural land. “What brought all this to a head was largely a Hume council decision to disband its weed taskforce,” Mr Fanning said. He said weed problems proved “too onerous” and council officers found themselves facing hostile landowners when they tried enforcing bylaws that require properties to be free of weeds. The farmers’ struggle for support and recognition came before the council again last week and there was overwhelming support

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for a rural landowner engagement plan that assures farmers of continuing rate rebates to help with the costs of good land management. It also steers a course for the council to ramp up protections for land and water quality for the large swathes of rural land that still dominate Hume’s geographic profile.

But for farmer Fanning the irony is that, after his long struggle for recognition, in a couple of years the council will no longer be his partner in the war against weeds. “What will happen here when the new [Sunbury] council takes shape?” he asked. \ HELEN GRIMAUX

cash drought kills off youth club The Sunbury Police and Citizens Youth Club held farewell drinks last Friday night to celebrate nine years of service to Sunbury young people and community support. Club leader Stuart Richie and the team posted a long and heartfelt “thank you” message on Facebook on March 7 following news the club would be forced to close its doors this month. Residents took the chance to express their regret and sadness over the club’s closure. The closure follows news the federal government will renege on a $40,000 Labor funding pledge that McEwan MP Rob Mitchell announced in August last year. The $40,000 was to be used to conduct a new martial arts program. Mr Mitchell described the government’s decision as insulting. “Their poor excuse for scrapping the promised funding ... is that they considered this an election promise and apparently the Liberal Party have made it a policy not to follow through on promises,” he said. \ LEXI COTTEE

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mpish Wilson Jackman, 4, is among many who owe their lives to the slim umbilical thread of one man’s hope that he could save his son. Diagnosed with a particularly rare type of auto-immune deficiency at the age of 18 months, Wilson needed a bone marrow or stem cell transplant if he was to survive. With no match to be found among family members, all hopes rested with the Bone Marrow Donor Institute’s (BMDI) Cord Blood Bank. It was six agonising months – every day spent fearing the slightest germ could carry off the little boy – before the call came. In March last year, the Jackman family travelled from their central Victorian home to the Royal

Children’s Hospital for the transplant. A match had been found, but it was far from the end of their ordeal. After the transplant Wilson developed life-threatening complications. “There were times when I thought that Wilson might not make it,” his mum Angie confesses. “I will remember for the rest of my life how, every night, I would beg him to stay with me for just another 24 hours.” The family’s vigil at Wilson’s bedside was made possible by the Fight Cancer Foundation which – in addition to funding vital research into cancer treatments and education support for young patients – provides affordable accommodation close to

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major treating hospitals. The development of this much-needed accommodation service is the latest chapter in a story that began 25 years ago. Robbie Lodder was eight when he became the catalyst for the formation of Australia’s first bone marrow registry from which the Fight Cancer Foundation grew. The plight of the charismatic, dark-eyed boy, who appeared on 60 Minutes, Today Tonight, A Current Affair, in New Idea and on the front page of Melbourne’s Sun News-Pictorial, touched Australians, who signed up to become donors by the tens of thousands. The highly public effort to save Robbie became pivotal to the formation not only of the registry but to the BMDI Cord Blood Bank established in his memory – both of which have given so many, like Wilson, a second chance at life. Today, reflecting on his son’s legacy, Ray Lodder will scarcely allow that he played his own part as a tireless fund-raiser and advocate. The gravel-voiced retired manufacturer still lives in Woodend, surrounded by the community which rallied round Robbie after his diagnosis. Robbie’s short life is celebrated in the Woodend’s Children Park with a walkway and lookout named in his honour. Standing in the park watching children play, Lodder smiles. “It’s a lovely way to be remembered.” He vividly recalls the shock when Robbie was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in March, 1989. “Back then the only cure for a CML patient was a bone marrow transplant. So in my naivety, I said ‘Oh well, we better get him one of those then’. When I was told there was no bone marrow registry in Australia, I was most indignant.” Together with a handful of other Melbourne parents who had children with or lost to leukaemia, Lodder set about establishing the life-giving service. “I was going to turn heaven and earth over to find a cure for Rob,” he says. “Linda [Robbie’s mother] and I went around the world. We went to the Anthony Nolan Register in the UK, we went to specialists in Holland, we went to Seattle to one of the biggest and most successful hospitals for the treatment of leukaemia.” But no match on the fledgling Australian registry or those overseas could be found for Robbie. It was the world’s leading expert, Professor John Goldman, who pioneered bone-marrow transplantation for CML, who confirmed the worst after reviewing results of thousands of tests. “He said, ‘You know, you are not likely to get a match … he’s going to die’ – there weren’t any ifs about it. Then he said: ‘Have you ever considered having more children, because at least one in four siblings is going to be a match’.” The couple’s decision to have another child sparked controversy. “Some people publicly accused us of having babies for spare parts,” Lodder recalls. “It was really quite hurtful, but to some degree what was said touched a nerve because in a way – while we were happy to have another child and had never previously ruled the idea out – Matthew was born with some hope he could also save Robbie. “He wasn’t a match, sadly, but he is such a lovely, lovely boy and we were – and of course always will be – so very glad to have him.” In 1991, Robbie, aged 11, died from complications arising after a bone marrow transplant from his grandmother which was a close but not complete match. Lodder continued his work, driving his considerable energies to establishing, in 1996, the BMDI cord blood bank which is now part of the national AusCord network. Last year there were more than 2000 life-saving bone marrow, cord blood and peripheral stem cell transplants in Australia and New Zealand. But for Ray Lodder and his former wife Linda, it will forever be a story that began with one little boy. \ sharris@mmpgroup.com.au MARCH 18, 2014 \ NORTHERN WEEKLY 11


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Living legends and local heroes will come together for a day of community building and “landscape loving” at Woodlands Historic Park, Greenvale, this Sunday, from 11am-3.30pm. The Live, Grow, Explore community day will be hosted by Landcare Australia, Hume council and energy company Jemena. There will be free entertainment, a barbecue and a

chance to enter a big backyard of Australian bush. There will also be face painting, pony rides and a live Aussie animal display alongside the resident kangaroos. All ages can learn about home-grown sustainability, from smart-energy use and bushfire safety to growing native plants and a vegetable garden. For anyone with extra energy, there’ll be plenty of weeding to be done. \ HG » landcareaustralia.com.au

Whittlesea council has launched a new program of controlled burn-offs as part of its fire fuel reduction works and ecological regeneration plan. A burn-off at Quarry Hills Park in South Morang on Thursday afternoon was a joint effort between the council and Epping CFA. Involved were two CFA trucks, six council staff and five contractors from the council’s bushland service providers. Council bushland works officer Martin Roberts said the council aimed to burn off 10 per cent of the 350 hectares it managed each year. Fifty hectares within conservation reserves have been prepared for burn-offs, now under way at sites in Lalor, South Morang, Epping, Yan Yean, Mernda and Mill Park Recreation Reserve. “This area has evolved with a frequent fire regime. [The sites] generally have a very high tolerance to fire events,” he said. The burns are conducted with the aim of regenerating wildflowers and grasses. Epping CFA is keen to increase its involvement in the council’s burn-off program. Mr Roberts said the burn-offs gave the CFA a chance to train volunteers

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“in a very controlled way” and learn about “fire from a different perspective”. Measures such as fire-retardant foams are used to protect significant native trees. Epping Cemetery recently had a burn-off to help maintain the site’s ecological significance. The cemetery is considered to have one of the best remnants of red gum grassy woodlands, a threatened Victorian species. \ LEXI COTTEE

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It’s a two-way reward as life tips are passed on Remembering adolescence and how it feels is one of the best prerequisites for someone considering becoming a mentor for young people, Jasmine Scibilia believes. “It’s ideal [as a role] for university students who don’t have family commitments,” the Thornbury-based archaeologist said. Passing on tips on budgeting, going for a job, learning to drive and basic car maintenance, house sharing and even how to order what you want at a cafe are some of the basic ways Ms Scibilia has been able to help Luke (both pictured), who she was matched with almost 10 years ago through Kildonan UnitingCare’s youth mentoring program. Luke was only 11 at the time, the youngest of a big, extended family in which older children took care of younger ones and everything was shared. “There were lots of kids and Luke kind of got lost,” Ms Scibilia recalled. “No one was paying attention to him for good reasons; it was always negatively driven attention. I was there just for him, and he’d never had that before.” The duo (pictured) still catch up regularly even though the official mentor program stopped when Luke turned 18.

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based on any formal connection – I’m just there for Luke and I think that kind of attention and investment in a person can be truly rewarding and beneficial for everybody.” Luke, now 20, is well on his way and plans to study building at TAFE. But there is a too-long list of young people deemed to be “at risk” or “high risk” who need a mentor and friend, especially in Melbourne’s northern realms. Kildonan UnitingCare’s chief “i get as executive Stella Avramopolous said much out of the agency faced a critical shortfall of mentors and needed more it as luke” people with flexibility, patience and reliability to help bring positive influences into the lives of young people. “Ninety per cent of young people who have a mentor have a more positive view of the future; 81 per cent increase their school attendance and 78 per cent are less likely to use drugs or alcohol after having gone through the program,” she said. Screening of mentors is vigorous and ongoing. \ HELEN GRIMAUX and chatting. Sometimes we’ll take his dog for a ALANA SCHETZER walk, shoot some hoops at the local basketball ring or even just go for a drive. » Kildonan UnitingCare’s mentor program: “It’s a really beautiful thing to share a 8401 0100 or info@kildonan.org.au friendship with a young person that is not

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Literary lowdown There are, however, many excellent series that booksellers love to recommend. Here are some of our favourites to get you started: READERS 5-7 YEARS OLD …

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oving house is often viewed as transit and delivery. Ensure you are familiar stressful, but thorough planning with variables such as insurance (replacement and a positive attitude can turn it insurance replaces goods regardless of their into an exciting journey. age; indemnity insurance covers goods at On average, people move house every seven their market value), mileage, hourly or job years, so having the right mindset is a good rate, and always ask for the AFRA Removals first step. Contract. Bearing this in mind, work out what you Because it is a legally enforceable want to keep, where it should fit in the new document, agreement can be reached between property’s floor plan and what to do with the two parties as to the time of arrival, the unwanted stock. penalty clauses and any other special Listing those items on Gumtree, arrangements you wish to be get three in a newspaper ad or holding a specified. garage sale before the move can If packing items yourself, label quotes in reduce the expense of moving each box with its destination (such writing and help you avoid overloading. as kitchen, bedroom two) to make Otherwise, you may pay for items you unpacking easier. throw out later. As a general rule, pack lighter items Accounting for the cost of a removalist is in large boxes and heavier ones in small perhaps the most crucial step, but be wary: boxes to limit breakages and make them cheapest isn’t always the best option. easier to lift. Obtain three quotes in writing from Being “ready to go” may sound simple, reputable firms (preferably members of the but many people are caught out not having Australian Furniture Removers Association) dismantled beds or forgetting to defrost the and have company representatives visit fridge. your home to survey all the goods to be Perhaps the most forgotten aspect is that transported. access at both ends will be crucial on moving If there are substantial price differences, ask day, so resolve any potential issues with the why and determine whether your goods are removalist and neighbours well before the covered for damage or loss during packing, truck arrives. \

Big blocks for big homes and a lifestyle as big as yours. Aurora’s newest land release, Stage 23a, boasts big lots of up to 640m2. That’s big…big enough for a big home, a big garage and a big backyard. Situated right on Edgars Creek Reserve, you’ll live amongst wide-open space with walking trails to keep you and the kids active. Not to mention an established school and childcare centre, and the future Aurora Town Centre with its planned Coles supermarket close-by for big convenience. But you’d better be in a big hurry. Land starts from just $162,500*. Call 131 852 or visit myaurora.com.au now or you’ll miss out.

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ast time I looked at Mitsubishi’s neat little ASX it had just one problem; the highly economical diesel engine wasn’t available with an automatic gearbox. Now it is, and the combination of generous torque and economy will win plenty of customers, even if the motor is a bit noisy. The overriding factor is that the ASX is such a sensible package for the price, and prices start at just $24,990 for the base two-wheel-drive petrol model. It’s a compact wagon that offers optional four-wheel-drive and good ground clearance for the occasional bush track or fishing spot, but has none of the traditional hallmarks of big, boofy four-wheel-drives. In other words, it looks and behaves like a regular car. This not only makes it easier to drive and park, it also saves you from the sideways looks from neighbours and friends who fret about the fate of the planet and vote Green. Pretty much the only complaint I have is the temporary spare tyre, a dumb idea on a car that could otherwise be used comfortably for a big round-Australia trip. Bringing an automatic together with a diesel engine is never straightforward and that may be why Mitsubishi took its time doing it, but this combination works well. The changes are smooth and fuss free in normal driving. Only one thing to watch; the gearbox is calibrated for maximum fuel economy and that means it changes down at the earliest

Mitsubishi ASX Aspire diesel auto What is it? A neat little wagon with all-road ability. What’s in it? A 110-kilowatt turbo diesel with a six-speed automatic transmission. Is it thirsty? I used 12 litres per 100km in the city, 8.5 in the country. The official combined figure is 5.8.

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Thumbs up Value, practicality and it doesn’t look like a 4WD

possible opportunity, even when it means it’s grumbling along at 1200rpm, on the verge of labouring. But, given the generous torque available, this mostly works OK and is not something you notice until you floor the accelerator, when it takes a moment to sort itself out and get down to a lower gear. This is something to bear in mind when overtaking on the highway. While the ASX is not a car that enjoys being chucked into corners, its handling is adequate for the bulk of drivers and the ride is pretty good. The tyres can get a bit noisy on coarse

bitumen at freeway speeds, otherwise this is a very comfortable package, and well specified. There’s good cargo space and reasonable rear seat room. The most attractive thing about it is its pricing; it presents top-class value along with excellent economy, and the warranty is among the best in the industry. \ reasdown@theweeklyreview.com.au test drive »

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Thumbs Down Temporary spare wheel and dreadful navigation mapping * These are manufacturer’s list prices.

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Essendon Honda have been servicing Melbourne’s thriving north for over 5 years in the busy Essendon Fields precinct. The dealership has just been awarded a Dealer Excellence Award for outstanding achievement in all aspects of the business. Dealer Principal Yvan Lieutier says it’s the culture, long-standing employees and thanks to his leadership team that Essendon Honda has been so successful. with me for a very long time, and “My Parts and Service Managers have been ding every expectation. With excee is my recently appointed Sales Manager y, new positions have been recent extensions to our state-of-the-art facilit nts. rtme depa created across all join our Dealer Excellence awardWe’re looking for enthusiastic individuals to .” winning team

Essendon Honda are a family and community focused company that really practises what they preach. They’ve been sponsoring the Essendon Doutta Stars Seniors footy club for the last three years and close on Sunday’s to give employees time with their family every weekend. Applications are now being taken for full-time and part-time positions across the Sales, Service and Parts departments.

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Glenroy’s clash with Avondale Heights in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association North B1 grand final was evenly placed at stumps on day one on Saturday. The match continued on Sunday, after the Northern Weekly had gone to print, and continues on both days this weekend. Avondale Heights captain Raheel Hussain won the toss and elected to bat and his side was bowled out for 131 from 44 overs. It was a strange innings – only three batsmen reached double figures and five batsmen were out for ducks. Bhatti Irfan was the first man to go, bowled for three with the score at 10. His opening partner, Will Cunningham, hung around and wore the shine off the ball with a determined nine, before being adjudged leg before wicket. Harpeet Singh hit four boundaries in his 30, but Mohamed Jinan was the only teammate to offer any real resistance. He was the rock in the middle order and finished the day 58 not out, with eight fours. Regular opener Kuldeep Singh (20) was shuffled down to number eight and was the only lower-order batsman to make a run.

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PREMIER FIRSTS QUARTER-FINALS, DAY 1 ESSENDON v RINGWOOD At Windy Hill ESSENDON 1st Innings B MacRAE lbw b Holland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 A SHELLIE b Fotia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 A AYRE c King b Freeman . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 S MIRE lbw b Topp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 J SEYMOUR b King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 B McMINN c Kellar b Holland . . . . . . . . . . 12 C McKAY not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 F STEWART not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Extras (1b 7lb 4nb) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Six wickets for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226 Fall: 6, 44, 157, 158, 200, 200 Bowling: M Topp 15-3-45-1, I Holland 22-7-452, M Fotia 14-3-45-1, J Freeman 15-6-27-1, P Ashton 14-5-35-0, D King 10-2-21-1 Overs: 90 GEELONG v MELBOURNE At Geelong GEELONG 1st Innings K SAWAS c Keath b Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 J CROSTHWAITE c Keath b Quinn . . . . . . . 79 E VINES c Keath b Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 H BUTTERWORTH c Begbie b Smith . . . . . 60 M HARRISON run out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 A CAIRNS c Keath b Quinn . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 C OGLE c Keath b Quinn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 L MULLER not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 J SHEPPARD not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Extras (3lb 5nb). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Seven wickets for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302 Fall: 0, 142, 246, 253, 268, 270, 298 Bowling: P Smith 17-3-67-3, J Paynter 9-3-320, N Quinn 30-9-66-3, M Hill 8-0-42-0, A Keath 10-1-53-0, J Hart 12-1-39-0 Overs: 86

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Glenroy faced 9.1 overs before stumps and would have trudged off the field disappointed to be 3-21. Sathpath Kamburugamuwa snared three quick wickets to put Glenroy on the ropes and give Avondale Heights confidence heading into the second day. Kamburugamuwa’s 3/11, giving him 43 wickets for the season at 12.7, was the key for Avondale Heights’ fightback, although both Jinan and Irfan were economical in their two overs, each finishing with 0/2 at stumps. The North B2 grade grand final was also evenly placed after day one. Jacana, rolled for 150 in its first innings, reduced opponents Merlynston Hadfield to 2/24 by stumps. Vinnie Sundar picked up 4/24, Chris O’Brien 3/45, Peter Gleisner 2/25 and Josh Potter 1/34. Lachlan Vassallo and Ryan Potter had a reasonable start opening the batting for Hadfield, but both batsmen were out leg before to Glenn Groves within minutes of each other. Captain Craig Hodgetts and David Bacon will resume this weekend, both on two not out. For the full weekend’s results, visit northernweekly.com.au \ DANIEL PAPROTH dpaproth@mmpgroup.com.au

FOOTSCRAY EDGEWATER v CARLTON At Merv Hughes Oval, Footscray FOOTSCRAY EDGEWATER 1st Innings D RUSS c Salm b Smyth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 A BARTON c Pilon b Welsford . . . . . . . . . . . 3 T DEAN lbw b Welsford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 D KIGHT c McKenna b Smyth . . . . . . . . . . 66 S DISSANAYAKA c Ross b Smyth . . . . . . . . . 7 S GAUTAM b Salm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 G WALKER c Pilon b Sidebottom . . . . . . . . 10 J HABERFIELD c Pilon b Smyth . . . . . . . . . 17 H WINTER-IRVING not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 L DREDGE not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Extras (2b 3lb 1w 1nb) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Eight wickets for. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240 Fall: 14, 18, 100, 112, 165, 185, 214, 216 Bowling: R Sidebottom 16-1-48-1, T Welsford 20-7-44-2, C Salm 14-3-35-1, N Austin 11-326-0, T Smyth 34-9-82-4 Overs: 95 ST KILDA v PRAHRAN At Melbourne Uni ST KILDA 1st Innings T MOFFAT c Coates b Mascarenhas. . . . . . . 11 P HANDSCOMB lbw b Singh . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 R QUINEY c Coates b Miller. . . . . . . . . . . . 29 M CHASEMORE lbw b Grimwade . . . . . . . . 24 G RUMMANS b Grimwade . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 A MCGUINNESS st Coates b Grimwade. . . . . 8 D FORBES c Coates b McGain . . . . . . . . . . 12 D ROWAN c Hussey b McGain . . . . . . . . . . 65 D MUELLER run out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 B BAXTER not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 C ROSS lbw b Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 Extras (3b 4lb 1nb) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227 Fall: 15, 19, 70, 74, 94, 123, 174, 198, 226, 227 Bowling: S Singh 11-0-40-1, D Mascarenhas 12-4-20-1, J Miller 11.3-3-32-2, S Grimwade 26-5-54-3, B McGain 27-11-59-2, N McNally 9-2-15-0 Overs: 96.3

PREMIER LOWER GRADES 2NDS QUARTER-FINALS, DAY 1 MONASH TIGERS v FITZROY DONCASTER At Central Reserve North MONASH TIGERS 1st Innings S KOOP run out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 L BRODIE lbw b Moore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 T BOXELL c Villani b Rudd . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 A CHALKLEY c Vardi b Rudd . . . . . . . . . . . 43 M BERRYMAN lbw b White . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 D MATARAZZO b Rudd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 C WEEKS lbw b Nayager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 B TORNEY lbw b Nayager . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 S GRIFFIN not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 W AGAR not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Extras 18 Eight wickets for. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 Fall: 1, 61, 104, 139, 145, 145, 185, 194 Bowling: C Moore 21-2-57-1, J White 13-5-131, K Nayager 23-14-23-2, D Motschall 7-1-190, M Bright 18-4-54-0, J Rudd 17-2-54-3 Overs: 99 DANDENONG v ST KILDA At Shepley Oval, Dandenong DANDENONG 1st Innings M DARVELL b Graf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 C COORAY c Manning b Bartlett . . . . . . . . . . 1 P SWEENEY not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 M GLENISTER c Manning b Gribben . . . . . . 6 J WORRELL c Russell b Gribben . . . . . . . . . 0 M SWEENEY c Morris b Mildenhall. . . . . . . 19 C EDGEWORTH c Dowling b Mildenhall . . . . 0 B HOCKING c Morris b Bartlett . . . . . . . . . 14 B FAIRBANKS c Bartlett b Manning . . . . . . 39 M WILLCOCKS c Bartlett b Manning. . . . . . 10 D BULAKOWSKI c Bartlett b Manning . . . . . 5 Extras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 Fall: 4, 10, 25, 27, 58, 58, 99, 158, 188, 209 Bowling: L Graf 18-6-39-1, J Bartlett 15-5-34-2, S Gribben 14-4-36-2, L Mildenhall 8-3-21-2, S Buhagiar 6-0-25-0, J Manning 20.4-5-45-3, J Dowling 2-2-0-0 Overs: 83.4

Keen keeper: Glenroy wicketkeeper Chris Johnstone appeals for leg before wicket against Avondale Heights batsman Major Singh. He was given out. (MARK SMITH)

ST KILDA 1st Innings J COOPER not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 J MANNING not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 No wicket for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Bowling: M Willcocks 1-0-10-0, B Fairbanks 1-02-0, M Sweeney 1-0-1-0 Overs: 3 MELBOURNE v NORTHCOTE At Camberwell NORTHCOTE 1st Innings L HASSETT c Balshaw b Halbish . . . . . . . . 25 N BRANDON-JONES c Thomson b Thompson. 10 D GRANDELL c Balshaw b Halbish. . . . . . . . 2 G WALDRON lbw b Halbish . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 M FULLER c Thomson b Sturrock. . . . . . . . 64 S HARBINSON c Thomson b Sturrock. . . . . 22 N HROVATIN c Edwards b Sturrock. . . . . . . 24 J SUNDBERG c Jackson b Sturrock . . . . . . . 4 M ROGNEDA c Sturrock b Thompson . . . . . 39 K ADAMS b Sturrock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 H SHORT not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Extras (9lb 5w) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222 Fall: 29, 42, 47, 54, 106, 136, 150, 178, 196, 222 Bowling: C Thompson 16.1-4-35-2, P Halbish 27-7-50-3, K Elliott 12-1-39-0, W Ryan 5-1-70, S Sturrock 26-4-82-5. Overs: 86.1 MELBOURNE 1st Innings W RYAN not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 T JACKSON not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 Extras (1nb) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 No wicket for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Bowling: K Adams 1-0-5-0, S Harbinson 1-0-1-0. Overs: 2 CARLTON v GEELONG At Carlton CARLTON 1st Innings T McCORMICK b Di Giacomo . . . . . . . . . . . 26 D PETER-BUDGE c Ford b Williams . . . . . . 54 T BUSZARD c Casey b Williams . . . . . . . . . 11 J BORG c Ibbs b Gunther. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 P McKENNA lbw b Di Giacomo . . . . . . . . . . 4 L PETSINIS c & b Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 C STEVENSON c McDonald b Gunther . . . . 61

H SMYTH lbw b S Condy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 A SWEET b Di Giacomo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 C MILLARD c Casey b Gunther . . . . . . . . . . . 4 D COLACO not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 J GUERCIO not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 Extras (6b 15lb 10w 2nb) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294 Fall: 66, 96, 97, 102, 153, 258, 260, 290, 294, 294 Bowling: A Di Giacomo 20-9-46-3, S Condy 132-42-1, M Gunther 15-6-42-3, C Williams 235-83-3, L Ford 10-0-37-0, L Ibbs 3-0-15-0, M Condy 2-1-8-0. Overs: 86 GEELONG 1st Innings L IBBS not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 T TREBLE not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 Extras (5w) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 No wicket for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Bowling: C Stevenson 1-0-8-0. Overs: 1 3rds: Geel 138 (Rogers 52 Mills 5-34 Gilbert 3-46) v Carl 0-9, Dand 183 (Rowe 39 P Boraston 52 Frith 3-49) v Frank Pen 0-15, St K 224 v Mon Tigers 0-7, Melb 9-178 (Huddart 84 Minato 35 Ryder 4-55) v Ncte. 4ths: Mon Tigers v St K 8 (dec)-225 (Varadajaran 38 Bychkov 56 B Muirhead 32 RI Foulstone 3-25), Haw-Mon Uni 0-16 v Fitz Donc 5 (dec)234 (Smith 47 Korlahalli 39 Joyce 49), Frank Pen v Ring 9-188 (Kilby 46 Newman 35), Ncte 6-265 (Volitakis 59no Maratos 71 Watson 56 Kaluthanthri 3-55) v Dand.

Q BOWLS SATURDAY METROPOLITAN PENNANT GRAND FINALS Div 1: Yarra Glen (1) 81 Kew Hts (1) 82. Div 2: Lalor (2) 70 Altona (2) 78. Div 3: Essendon (3) 88 Glen Eira McKinnon (1) 68. Div 4: Buckley Pk (1) 78 St Kilda (3) 79. Div 5: Hurstbridge (1) 65 Middle Pk (2) 82. Div 6: Moonee Valley (3) 82 Burwood Dist(4) 70. Div 7 North: Williamstown (4) 72 Fairfield (2) 73. South: Camberwell Cent (2) 68 Middle Pk (3) 85. Div 8: Cardinia Waters (2) 49 Flemington & Kensington (3) 31. Div 9: Glen Waverley (7) 39 Doncaster (7) 42.


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rogue sprinklers wash ranges away The result will stand because the 80 per cent of the match required under league rules Faulty sprinklers cost Whittlesea Ranges had been completed. a chance of a come-from-behind, Whittlesea, a youthful team first-up victory over Kingston City not short of spark but lacking in brave in the National Premier League composure and experience, was fightback Victoria on Friday night. jumped at the start of the game. ends in The Ranges had fought back from Velibor Mitrovic was the first to despair a 3-0 deficit to trail 3-2 and were on score for Kingston, getting past the the attack when the pitch sprinklers keeper and hitting the back of the net. at Epping Stadium came on in the 84th Max Etheridge followed up shortly minute. after with the game’s second goal, and on the When they could not be turned off, the strike of half-time Gino Defeo made it 3-0. match was abandoned and awarded to But the Ranges were primed for the second Kingston. half and ready to make a game of their SOCCER

opening NPL1 fixture. Matthew Iuliano got the first one shortly after the players returned to the field, and at the 80-minute mark the deficit was cut to just one when Daniel Peluso scored Whittlesea’s second. And then the drama stepped up another notch. Kingston City’s George Stavridis was given a red card and the Ranges pushed hard for at least a draw, even perhaps a miraculous victory. But the sprinklers decided the match. Whittlesea secretary Sergio Costanzo described it as a heartbreaking way to start the season. “They couldn’t get the sprinklers off with

10 minutes to go. We’d just scored when they went off,” he said. “I’m heartbroken, absolutely heartbroken. We came out all guns blazing in that second half and we were dominating. “It’s such a big letdown for the boys, the first NPL season and the inaugural game . . . the players were devastated. “It was really hard to go into the rooms and tell the boys that it is what it is. “We’re a young side, and we let our guard down early, but we fought back really well and they’re great signs.” \ DANIEL PAPROTH dpaproth@mmpgroup.com.au

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On target: Ben Roughsedge getting one away earlier this season for Plenty Valley’s Second XI. (DARREN HOWE)

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Another superb batting display by Plenty Valley on Saturday put the Bats in a strong position to win its Sub-District quarter-final clash with Balwyn. The match finished after the Northern Weekly went to print, but when play was called off because of bad light on day one, Plenty Valley had reached 6/300 from 75 overs.

The top order did much of the damage as Balwyn’s bowlers struggled to make inroads against the unbeaten might of Plenty Valley. Plenty Valley’s Second XI also had a day out against Brighton. After losing the early wickets of openers Hayden Einsiedel and Pierce Barnes to leave them 2/40, the Bats recovered to 5/291 through a massive 209-run stand between 16-year-old Ben Roughsedge (100) and Daniel Shaw (144).

Apart from one game in the Thirds, Roughsedge has batted in the top order in the Seconds all season, but his previous highest score was 40. Shaw’s 144, from only 111 balls, was his fourth Second XI ton of the season. But there’s such depth at Plenty Valley that Shaw has been unable to get into the Ones. Check northernweekly.com.au for the final results. \ DP

A stubborn century from Eltham opener Mark Minney was all that stood between Bundoora United and total control of the Diamond Valley Cricket Association’s Money Shield grand final. At stumps on day one, Eltham had reached 5/189, with Minney batting throughout the day for 102 not out, including 10 fours and one six. Luke Kennell was next best with 22, while skipper Scott Gibbs and Nathan Crimes both hit 19. Scott Barnett sent down 19 overs and took 3-49, with Grant Flack (1-35) and Ashley Hamilton (1-39) also picking up wickets. But Minney’s stoic innings kept Eltham in the contest. In B-grade, Thomastown United has its work cut out to beat Mill Park. Batting first, the Parkers reached 7/291 at stumps and were led by an unbeaten 122 from first drop Brendan Joseland. Earlier, Justin Lyon (32) and Brett Millane (29) had ensured a tough start for Thomastown United’s bowlers, while 44 from Mark Howard towards the end of the innings kept the scoreboard ticking over. Justin D’Avoine (4/93) and Nathan Brown (2/92) did the bulk of the bowling for Thomastown, sending down a combined 56 overs. \ DP MARCH 18, 2014 \ NORTHERN WEEKLY 27


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