Healesville’s connection to Indigenous culture and the natural environment has been immortalised in sculpture seats that were installed across the town earlier this month.
The seats pay special tribute and celebrate ‘Wattarang,’ the platypus, which inhabits local waterways around Healesville and the Yarra Valley.
Yarra Ranges Council’s Communities for Platypus program commissioned Indigenous sculptor Glen Romanis to produce two sculptural seats which have been installed outside The Memo and in Coronation Park in June.
Future plans surrounding the seat in Coronation Park include the seat becoming part of a larger walk.
Ryrie Ward Councillor, Fiona McAllister, said the seats were a beautiful addition to the town and a reminder of the importance of looking after our waterways.
“When people litter, their rubbish can end up in waterways and cause serious harm to platypuses and their habitat,” she said.
“These seats link back to the Indigenous perspective of Caring for Country; we have to care for the environment and our native animals like the platypus by doing our part and avoiding littering.
“This has been a wonderful project and I know the seats will become a well-loved part of our town.”
The seats come under part of the Communities for Platypus program which is funded by the Victorian State Government’s Litter Hotspot Program and hosted by Yarra Ranges Council.
The program aims to improve waterway health by capitalising on community motivation to reduce litter, which can impact platypus habitat.
Also involved in the planning and implementation of seats has been Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association (HICSA), Healesville Environment Watch Incorporated (HEWI) and Plastic Bag Free Healesville.
Council will build on this work with Healesville resident and Wurundjeri woman Brooke Wandin to create Indigenous signage, installed near the seats, with planting to follow.
They’ll be sewing in the street on 1 July.
Members of Plastic Bag Free Healesville have taken to sewing machines over the past weeks to launch the use of re-usable boomerang bags in Healesville.
Over 20 stores around Healesville have taken up the cause to support the use of re-usable bags to help reduce the impact of plastic bags, which enter waterways and impact on wildlife.
Healesville IGA, in conjunction with the Plastic Bag Free Healesville group is launching the movement outside the newly ‘plastic-free’ Healesville IGA on Saturday 1 July, between 11am and 2pm.
David Johnston, Member of Plastic Bag Free Healesville, said it was an important step in the right direction to think about the impact plastic bags and packaging had on the environment.
“It’s a philosophical statement to think about what you’re doing and do you really need to take all those plastic bags home with you?”
“Because what are you going to do with those plastic bags – and where are they going to end up?”
Customers are being encouraged to borrow the boomerang bags available at IGA which they then return on their next visit.
But, Plastic Bag Free Healesville have also created their own unique Healesville-branded re-usable bag that features a platypus and was designed by local artist Ali Griffin.
Both the boomerang bags and the Healesville branded bags were all hand-sewn by members of the group from donated materials, and Catherine Nolan, member of Plastic Bag Free Healesville said they had sewn over 300.
“We’ve sewn between us at least 300 bags,” he said. The launch is a start that David hopes will eventually see Healesville become plastic bag free.
“From 1 July, IGA won’t be giving out plastic bags, so bring baskets or get some boomerang bags,” he said.
“There will be music, a choir will sing send-up songs based around not using plastic bags – there will be people sewing and Badger Creek Primary School is doing a sausage sizzle.”
“It’s more a conscience-raiser for people … making people think about what they’re going to do once they’re finished with that plastic bag.”
“We can make a difference for our children and grandchildren,” Mr Johnston said.
Smart new consulting rooms opened at Upper Yarra Secondary College on Monday 19 June, as the Yarra Junction school became one of the first in the state to participate in the Doctors in Secondary Schools program.
“It’s awesome!” declared school vice-captain Clare. “It creates a safe place for students to go for consultations in complete privacy.”
The college has partnered with Healesville’s Get Well Clinic to offer the program. One day a week a doctor and a nurse from the clinic visit the school for consultations. They provide medical advice and health – including mental health – support to students at no charge.
The students can make appointments through the school’s well-being co-ordinator, or simply drop in to what is a comfortable and welcoming space.
The new program is a step up from a similar health service the local clinic has been offering in partnership with the school for the last 11 years. Clinic doctor Jenny has been involved almost all that time and has developed a good sense of the particular health needs of adolescents.
With the Doctors in Schools program the school gets a brand-new, cheerfully decorated building comprising an office, consulting room, toilets and waiting area, complete with bean bag and bench seating.
The $43.8 million State Government Doctors in Secondary Schools program is being rolled out progressively around the state, starting with 20 secondary schools, including Upper Yarra SC, in the first half of this year. The program will commence in a further 40 schools from term three, and the final 40 schools from term one, 2018.
Half of the schools participating in the program are located in regional Victoria, where families often face barriers to accessing health care due to cost, transport or inconvenient appointment times.
“As many as 85 per cent of our students come to school by bus,” said Upper Yarra SC principal Scott Tully. “It can be difficult for their families to access medical services. This program gives them access and is a wonderful opportunity for our kids.”
Ambassador for Doctors in Secondary Schools, Mary-Anne Thomas MP visited Upper Yarra SC on 16 June and expressed her delight at seeing the school participating in the program.
“Securing an on-site GP for Upper Yarra Secondary College through our Doctors in Secondary Schools program will help young people in the area identify and address their health concerns early, while reducing pressure on working families,” she said.
Representatives of the local primary health network also visited the school. Admiring the new facility, they said they would consider the possibility of supporting the school with other services.
“We have a good space here. Once the program is up and running we will investigate ways in which we can make use of it for other services down the track,” Mr Tully said.
Public assistance is being sought to locate missing Emerald man Nathan Dompietro.
Nathan, 26, was last seen in the Bunyip State Forest at 7.30am on Friday 16 June.
Police and family members hold grave concerns for his welfare.
Before his disappearance, he was seen wearing a pale T-shirt (possibly light blue), a blue flannelette jacket, khaki green pants and cream-coloured work boots.
Nathan has been described as 178cm tall, with a medium build, brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone who has information about Nathan’s whereabouts can contact Emerald Police Station on (03) 5954 0200 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A back-to-basics approach to food preparation has helped one Upwey family to breathe easy again.
After enduring months of worry over the health of their newborn son, Eli, Elizabeth and Josh Burrett are getting their life back after re-thinking their relationship with food.
In his earliest months, Eli, now 18 months, was constantly hospitalised due to severe allergies.
Eli barely slept properly, suffered from persistent vomiting, and there was a constant threat of him going into anaphylactic shock.
Doctors and Eli’s family eventually investigated which foods were making him sick.
They discovered the culprits were milk, eggs and traces of nuts, as well as other items commonly found in processed foods.
Mum Elizabeth said Eli’s battles had left them confused, scared and exhausted.
“Definitely, it’s been scary; there were times when I was afraid to leave the house for fear Eli would consume something that he shouldn’t,” she said.
“Thankfully, my husband is a paramedic and knew what to do when Eli wasn’t well, but it was still a horrible experience to go through.
“Only now he has started sleeping through the night; he used to be always upset and wouldn’t sleep for more than three-hour periods at one time.”
Elizabeth also discovered the allergens Eli had been receiving through her breast milk had been making him sick.
But it wasn’t long before the maternal instinct kicked in and Elizabeth completely ‘re-wrote her own cookbook’ and began preparing the family’s food from scratch.
This led Elizabeth on a path she hadn’t expected, but nonetheless a rewarding one.
“I’ve had to learn how to cook everything from scratch; it’s been a major learning curve but a necessary one,” she said.
“I make pasta from scratch, while Eli now has some favourites such as Singapore noodles.
“I never really liked cooking that much before, but I love it now.
“My daughter, Chloe, 4, also joins in; we cook together all the time.”
The Burrett family now know exactly what goes into their meals and are no longer living in fear they might make Eli sick.
Over the journey, friends Gabby and Sarah encouraged Elizabeth to invest in a Thermomix to help with the cooking.
Elizabeth said this decision had not only made cooking easier, but they also won a major Thermomix competition.
Elizabeth and Josh were recently announced as the winners of a trip to Lake Como, Italy, as a result of hosting a Thermomix Cooking Experience.
After hosting the cooking experience, Liz and Josh won over more than 12,000 other entrants.
The prize is return flights to Lake Como, Italy, seven nights’ accommodation, $3000 spending money, transfers and an invitation to a dining experience at Michelin Star restaurant, Villa Crespi.
Elizabeth said the couple hadn’t enjoyed a holiday since the children were born and couldn’t wait to spend time with Josh in Italy.
Hills locals Adie Bergen and Leon Gailitis have been impressing friends and family with their incredible weight-loss story, while being announced the winners of a major competition.
After participating in the Monbulk Aquatic Centre’s 12-week challenge, Your New Beginning (YNB), the pair has lost a combined 21.3 kilograms.
The Belgravia Leisure program is designed to inspire individuals to become more active through small-group personal training, group fitness classes and access to nutritional and meal-planning expertise.
Leon and Adie said they were proud to have won and were even happier to have transformed their lives, kept off the weight and continued training since the challenge finished.
Adie said her health and well-being had improved significantly.
“This is definitely a lifestyle change that I want to continue,” she said.
“I want to get to the point where I’m running again.
“I also want to lose 10 more kilos and keep it off.”
Leon hopes to run a short triathlon at the end of the year, while saying his weight loss had helped to improve his mental well-being.
“I have more enthusiasm about life and feel like I’ve regained a little of my youthful spirit,” he said.
Meanwhile, Monbulk Aquatic Centre Manager, Dave Florance, said it was a privilege to play a role in helping people to take control of their lives.
“Our health club actively works with the local community to give people the support they need to achieve the health and fitness results they seek,” he said.
“Leon and Adie are great examples of this and we are really proud to have them work out at our health club.”
The YNB program will return at the Monbulk Aquatic Centre in February next year.
For more details, visit www.monbulkaquatic.
AFL YARRA RANGES
Round 9 and it’s halfway through the 2017 season, so everyone can sit back and see how they are tracking and get ready for the remainder of the year.
Division 1 and we have had two draws, Olinda and Wandin share top spot with Woori Yallock and Healesville sharing third. Upwey-Tecoma and Mount Evelyn are battling it out for fifth spot with Monbulk and Emerald chasing them in a share of seventh spot with eyes still on the five.
Division 2 sees Seville and Belgrave sharing top spot, Yarra Glen holds onto third with Powelltown one game behind. Alexandra are in fifth with Yarra Junction now hot on their heels.
Netball: Olinda now has a clean break on Wandin in second, Woori Yallock are in third and Monbulk and Warburton Millgrove even out the top five.
In Division 2, Belgrave have a solid hold in top spot with Yarra Glen and Yarra Junction fighting it out for second.
Powelltown and Kinglake are tied for fourth, with Yea not far behind in sixth with a great percentage.
This week, Upwey-Tecoma celebrates being the first club to reach the 1000 senior match milestone in YVMDFNL/AFL Yarra Ranges history.
As part of the celebrations, all past players/members are asked to join in a large scale commemorative photo, before the senior match.
Division 1 Senior Football
Healesville 17.13(115) d Upwey-Tecoma 8.9(57)
The start of the day you would have thought this game might have been a close one. Upwey held the slimmest of leads at quarter time and it was game on. Not sure what was said to Healesville at the quarter-time break but they came out like a team possessed and kicked 5.8 to 1.2 to take a 29-point lead into the half-time break. The game could have been well and truly over if accuracy was their focus. They tightened that up in the third, kicking four straight to Upwey’s 3.2 and held a match-winning lead of 33 points at three-quarter time. Healesville were never going to let this one slip and finished Upwey off in the last kicking 6.2 to 2.1 to come away with a percentage boosting win of 48 points.
Healesville Best: C. Adams, D. Plozza, A. Davies, J. Nugent (3 goals), J. Shaw (4 goals), M. Jeffery (3 goals).
Upwey-Tecoma Best: H. Stanley (1 goal), J. Tailby, S. Mitchell, K. Grenda, L. Burke (1 goal), C. Hayes.
Warburton-Millgrove 20.13(133) d Gembrook Cockatoo 10.9(69)
Warburton have notched up its first win for the season and did it in emphatic style on Saturday. Warburton got off to a good start, kicking five goals to two in the first and a lead of 18 points was handy at quarter time. A five-goal second quarter saw their lead increase to 40 points at half-time and Warburton’s supporters certainly had something to cheer about. A massive seven-goal burst to two in the third and the game was all but over. Gembrook outscored Warburton in the last, kicking 5.1 to 3.6, but it was all over by then. Andrew White was in rare form, kicking 10 goals, helping Warburton to a very handy four points and now a game clear of Gembrook.
Warburton-Millgrove Best: A. White (10 goals), B. Winzer (1 goal), L. Barnard (2 goals), T. McKail, J. Lee, S. Muir (4 goals).
Gembrook-Cockatoo Best: R. Causer (2 goals), R. Wilson, D. Welsh (1 goal), L. Henzen (1 goal), D. Leversha (1 goal), S. Martin.
Monbulk 16.13(109) d Mount Evelyn 8.20(68)
Monbulk came away with a surprise win on Saturday after a disappointing performance in front of goal by Mount Evelyn. Monbulk kicked 2.3 in the first but Mount Evelyn kicked 1.9 and should have been well and truly in front by quarter time. Monbulk piled on 7.4 in the second, while Mount Evelyn could only manage five behinds and were well and truly behind the eight ball at half-time, with only 1.14 on the scoreboard and a deficit of 41 points. Their accuracy improved in the third and they kicked four straight, but Monbulk also kicked 4.4 and the lead was 45 points at three-quarter time. Mount Evelyn were never going to claw back that lead with Monbulk coming away with a 41-point win at the final siren keeping them in touch of the five at the midway point of the season.
Monbulk Best: M. Langworthy (1 goal), C. Tibb, S. Williams (3 goals), B. Jennings-Allen, B. Emmett, C. Sharpe (3 goals).
Mount Evelyn Best: B. Doyle, J. Fellows, D. Wootton, K. Jones (3 goals), J. Griffiths (1 goal), A. Chalkley (2 goals).
Olinda Ferny Creek 9.13(67) drew with Wandin 10.7(67)
A top-of-the-table clash and it did not disappoint as a game for supporters. Olinda had the early lead of one point at quarter time after a tight contest. Scores were all tied up at half-time with both sides kicking 5.5 and the message at half-time would have been ‘the game starts all over again!’. It was tight as expected again in the third with Olinda getting a minor advantage of three behinds it three-quarter time. The final quarter was relentless and it would all come down to accuracy in the end. Olinda certainly had more opportunities than Wandin with six scoring shots to four, but could not capitalise on them. Wandin also had some great chances late in the game and it was all tied up at the final siren.
Olinda Ferny Creek Best: M. Hottes, D. Rohrmann (2 goals), B. Walter (3 goals), N. Broomhall, S. Horner, J. Wallis.
Wandin Best: B. Harvey, M. Polkinghorne, R. Ross (1 goal), J. Ladner (1 goal), N. Molnar, T. Hinds.
Woori Yallock 24.18(162) d Emerald 5.6(36)
Woori Yallock share third spot with Healesville after a dominating performance over Emerald. Emerald were never really in the game from the first bounce with Woori kicking 5.6 to 1 straight in the first and a handy lead of 30 points at quarter time. Emerald could only manage one behind in the second, while Woori Yallock peppered the goals with a six-goal quarter to have a winning lead at half-time of 63 points. Another consistent quarter with five goals to three and the lead had blown out to 73 points. It was up to Emerald to put some respectability back in the score in the last but Woori Yallock absolutely put on a display in the last kicking 9.6 to 1.1 and a huge percentage-boosting win.
Woori Yallock Best: J. Adams, K. Thompson, J. Matthews (7 goals), B. Arnold, S. Kennedy, B. Monkhorst (5 goals).
Emerald Best: D. Volta, M. Stephens, P. White, D. Karacsonyi, B. Wilson, L. Sheppard.
Division 2 Seniors Football
Seville 19.8(122) d Alexandra 9.9(63)
Seville hold onto top spot by percentage after a solid win over Alexandra on Saturday. They got off to a flyer kicking 6.2 to 2.2 in the first and a 36-point lead at quarter time. Seville held Alexandra to one goal in the second while adding four goals themselves and extended their lead to 50 points at half-time. It was a bit of a goal-kicking display in the third with nine goals being kicked but they were to the advantage of Seville. Alexandra outscored Seville in the last kicking 3.3 to 1.4 but the damage had already been done.
Seville Best: N. O’Keefe (7 goals), M. Cecere (1 goal), S. Senior (1 goal), P. Bailey, B. Penwill, D. Groen.
Alexandra Best: N. Waugh, N. Dundas (1 goal), M. Coombs (1 goal), B. Cooper (1 goal), B. Woollard, R. Norris (2 goals).
Belgrave 23.19(157) d Thornton-Eildon 6.8(44)
Belgrave share top spot with Seville and have won with a dominant performance over Thornton-Eildon. They got out to a 27-point lead at quarter time and were never in doubt of dropping this game. They piled on a huge 8.5 to 2.2 in the second and the game was all over at half-time. Another five goals just added salt to the wounds and a lead of 83 points at three-quarter time was the game sealer. Belgrave finished off as they started, with a five-goal last quarter with James Brown notching up eight for the day.
Belgrave Best: C. Rak, J. Brown (8 goals), P. Gough (3 goals), J. Lowe (1 goal), N. Rowe (1 goal), T. Marks (3 goals).
Thornton-Eildon Best: R. Chapman, Z. King (1 goal), B. Azzopardi, Z. Vujasic (1 goal), J. Dickson, B. Musgrove.
Powelltown 19.11(125) d Yarra Glen 12.11(83)
Powelltown have turned on a last-half blitz to get a morale-boosting win for themselves and a wake-up call for Yarra Glen which were sharing top spot but now sit third on the ladder. Powelltown are now only one game behind them. The game see-sawed in the first, with Yarra Glen holding a slim lead of three points at quarter time. Powelltown came out running in the second and got the jump on Yarra Glen which could only manage three goals to the Demons six, and the game had certainly swung into Powelltown’s favour. Powelltown’s best quarter by far was the third when they held Yarra Glen goalless and kicked 3.4 themselves to hold a commanding lead of 36 points at three-quarter time. No rotations for Yarra Glen in the last half made it tough but they still would have been confident that they could fight back, but Powelltown took full advantage and ran away with a 42-point win at the final siren.
Powelltown Best: P. Matt, R. Johnson (1 goal), D. Roy (1 goal), J. Moore (1 goal), L. Miller (4 goals), W. Dore.
Yarra Glen Best: L. Smith, B. James (4 goals), L. Telford (1 goal), A. Smith, B. Marsh, M. McNeill.
Yarra Junction 14.10(94) d Kinglake 10.12(72)
Yarra Junction have kept themselves in touch with the top five but it is starting to look out of reach of last year’s grand finalists after a 22-point loss on Saturday. Yarra junction had one of their best opening quarters for a long time, kicking 7.3 to 3 straight to take a lead of 27 points into the second quarter. Kinglake outscored Yarra Junction by three points in the second but the momentum was still with The Eagles. Scoring slowed down in the last half with Yarra Junction kicking only 4.7 to 4.9, leaving the final margin at 22 points in Junction’s favour.
Yarra Junction Best: T. Wheeler (6 goals), K. Ousley (1 goal), A. Chnadler (1 goal), P. Cubbin, T. Sword, J. Welch.
Kinglake Best: H. Prest (1 goal), J. Mende, J. Chalmers, R. Mitchell (4 goals), W. Graf, M. McAllister.
Yea – Bye.
Under 18s Football
Healesville 12.8(80) d Upwey Tecoma 0.5(5)
Healesville Best: T. Green, J. George (1 goal), C. Wright, M. Minney (2 goals), E. Muke (2 goals), C. Fulford.
Upwey-Tecoma Best: T. Hauler, S. Gibby, L. Sholer, I. Shineberg, D. Rankin-Hooper, P. Booth.
Gembrook-Cockatoo 9.7(61) d Warburton Millgrove 5.15(45)
Gembrook-Cockatoo Best: Not provided.
Warburton-Millgrove Best: P. Hay (1 goal), N. Andueza, B. MacDonald (1 goal), T. Wappett, L. Winter-Annette, J. Bishop.
Mount Evelyn 19.14(128) d Monbulk 6.5(41)
Mount Evelyn Goals: L. Inaps (5 goals), T. Brill (4 goals), B. Batten (3 goals), M. Gibbons (2 goals), C. Burton (2 goals), T. Barbour (1 goal), X. Price (1 goal).
Monbulk Best: J. Graham, M. Dekker (1 goal), T. Wills (1 goal), N. Wall, S. Nicolaci, H. Emmett (1 goal).
Emerald 16.16(112) d Woori Yallock 1.2(8)
Emerald Best: M. Thomas, D. Edwards (1 goal), T. Rodwell (6 goals), C. Roma, R. Hall, B. Wood (1 goal).
Woori Yallock Best: R. Blackney, D. Wood, M. Cliff, J. Smith, P. Jenkin, F. Cousens.
Wandin 16.17(113) d Yarra Glen 1.2(8)
Wandin Best: D. Wathen, J. Byrne (1 goal), S. Barrand (1 goal), B. Stokes, R. Smith (2 goals), T. Smith.
Yarra Glen Best: J. Hull, M. Kikidopoulos, M. Morton, A. Plummer, L. Evans, Z. Capuano.
Division 1 A Grade Netball
Upwey Tecoma 63 d Healesville 38
Upwey Tecoma Best: Bianca Moffatt, Samantha Silvester (45 goals), Angela Wuttke (18 goals).
Healesville Best: Alexandra Bryan, Kellie Newton, Jennifer Schanssema (22 goals).
Monbulk Hawks 50 d Mount Evelyn 30
Monbulk Hawks Best: Sara Zachariah, Paige Whitworth, Lauren Byrnes (39 goals).
Mount Evelyn Best: Hannah Urquhart, Georgia Marsh (27 goals), Laura Black.
Olinda Ferny Creek 78 d Wandin 61
Olinda Ferny Creek Best: Madison Taylor, Krista Tomlinson, Jane Batey.
Wandin Best: Melissa Martinov (25 goals), Jackie Cullimore (35 goals), Kathleen McMahon.
Warburton Millgrove 73 d Gembrook Cockatoo 24
Warburton Millgrove Best: Chelsea Barnard, Tatum Summers, Bianca Daniels (40 goals).
Gembrook Cockatoo Best: Ashleigh Frost, Jessica Mitchell, Lisa Triandafillou.
Woori Yallock 71 d Emerald 28
Woori Yallock Best: Abby Stranger, Emily Allwell, Jasmine Evans.
Emerald Best: Sally Rush, Kate Griffin, Meagan Baguley (17 goals).
Division 2 A Grade Netball
Alexandra 49 d Seville 33
Alexandra Best: Caitlin Haggis, Lauren Steyger (29 goals).
Seville Best: Olivia Lesiputty, Stevie-Lee Lowe, Samantha Reynolds.
Belgrave 103 d Thornton Eildon 19
Belgrave Best: Lauren Bennett (62 goals), Jennifer Dewhurst, Angela Jeffery.
Thornton-Eildon Best: Alyce Bertola (5 goals), Kayla Bowcher, Karina Kelly.
Yarra Glen 62 d Powelltown 35
Yarra Glen Best: Nicole Moate (27 goals), Alana Stone, Prue Purdey.
Powelltown Best: Shae Berriman, Emily Ough, Jessica Coffey.
Kinglake 38 d Yarra Junction 34
Kinglake Best: Kylie Wyatt, Paige Stanley (4 goals), Tarsha Collette (26 goals).
Yarra Junction Best: Ashley Ula, Jessica Sweet, Indiya Bosen (6 goals).
Yea – Bye.
Saturday represented the start of the cross country championship season with the Victorian All Schools and Open Age Cross Country Championships held at Bundoora Park.
School athletes represented their respective school, while athletes no longer at school competed for the club.
Yarra Ranges Athletics had an excellent turnout of athletes throughout the day with 20 club athletes representing their school.
Stand-out perfromances came from Sam Norton, Georgia Laven and Lily Peacock.
Sam held off a late challenge to win his Under 15s 4km race.
Georgia ran a solid race to finish a close second in the Under 16s 4km, while Lily ran a strong second lap to claim bronze in the Under 16s 4km.
Other top 10 finishes were by Maddie Laven, Indigo Linde and Ruby Dixon.
Under 14 Women 3km – Madeline Laven 4th 11.26, Indigo Linde 8th 11.43, Mia Strudley 25th 12.33.
Under 16 Women 4km – Georgia Laven 2nd 14.22, Ruby Dixon 6th 15.00, Zoe Sibley 16th 15.57, Ella Strudley 55th 18.16.
Under 17 Women 4km – Lily Peacock 3rd 14.42, Grace Muller 13th 15.36. Under 20 Women 6km – Olivia Twining 19th 29.16.
Open Women 10km – Judith May 53rd 43.27, Amanda Laven 102nd 47.20, Alexis Sketchley 146th 52.25, Sue McCall 155th 55.17, Erika Bedyn 158th 55.59, Laura DiGregorio 175th 59.39.
Under 14 Men 3km – Zachariah Clarke 60th 11.55, Angus Norman 83rd 12.26, Alexander Van Duuren 119th 13.56.
Under 16 Men 4km – Harrison Van Duuren 42nd 14.48, Liam Russell 78th 16.22, Camden Hewitson 80th 16.25.
Under 17 Men 8km – Harry Norman 21st 22.12, Jayden Eagleton TBC.
Under 18 Men 8km – James Laven 32nd 21.46.
Under 20 Men 8km – Mitchell Mullens 26th 33.42.
Open Men 10km – Dean Tromp 69th 35.32, Michael Clarke 161st 39.25, Andrew Searles 179th 40.10, James Anderson 214th 41.19, Bryan Ackerly 227th 41.40, Graham Coutts 261st 43.04, Jamie Strudley 275th 43.43, David Laven 317th 46.29, Jordan Brown 334th 47.25, Justin Eagleton 349th 49.06, Craig Hewitson 371st 51.39.
Attention now turns to the next XCR event, Road Relays at Sandown on 8 July.
This event is combined with the Little Athletics Victoria Road Relay Champiosnhsip so the club lookd forward to seeing the entire club available and competing.
Athletes enjoyed sunny conditions for the Saturday morning cross country, this week held at at Margaret Lewis Reserve.
While it was cold early, the effort and enthusiasm of all athletes and supporters was superb making for another excellent morning of cross country.
There is no Saturday morning cross country next week as the little athletics athletes tackle the Eastern Region Cross Country Championships at Ruffey Lake, Doncaster.
See you all there; if not – the next round will be on Saturday 1 July at Margaret Lewis Reserve for the club handicap.
The club welcomes all athletes of any age or ability.
AFL YARRA RANGES
Round 8 had some surprises and drought-breaking wins.
Division 1 Football saw Olinda, Monbulk and Woori Yallock get the wins they would have been expected to get.
Healesville surprised Wandin with a big win, while there was a nail-biting draw between Mount Evelyn and Upwey.
In Division 2, Yarra Glen got home after an injury halted play for 30 minutes.
Belgrave, Seville and Yarra Junction were also expected winners.
Netball saw Olinda, Monbulk and Wandin get the points but it was a bit closer for Mount Evelyn and Woori Yallock in the end.
Division 2 saw Yarra Glen and Belgrave win comfortably, while Yarra Junction was challenged and Thornton-Eildon saluted the judges for the first time since late in the 2015 season with a win over Seville.
After Wandin’s loss, they still share top spot with Olinda.
Healesville and Woori Yallock are one game behind and Upwey-Tecoma shares fifth spot with Mount Evelyn.
Yarra Glen, Seville and Belgrave share top spot in Division 2, with Alexandra and Powelltown making up the five.
In netball, Olinda hold on to top spot with Wandin only half a game behind.
The battle really is on for fourth and fifth spot.
Belgrave are one game clear in top spot in Division 2 and should hold onto that position for the rest of the year.
Yarra Junction and Yarra Glen look comfortable in second and third, but it is also a battle for fourth and fifth.
Division 1 Seniors Football
Olinda Ferny Creek 17.12(114) d Emerald 10.6(66)
Olinda travelled to Emerald and certainly did not have this game in their holding until the last quarter. Olinda held a slim lead of two points at quarter time and were well held by Emerald. Olinda kicked 5.4 to 2.2 in the second to take a comfortable lead of 16 points into the main break. Emerald regrouped over the break and kicked 4.1 to 2.4 to claw back the margin to a gettable seven points at three-quarter time. James Charge was on fire up forward and kicked 11 of Olinda’s final 17 goals. Olinda were impressive in the last holding Emerald goalless and piled on 7.1 to come away with a nice 48-point win.
Olinda Ferny Creek Best: J. Charge (11 goals), L. Hill, M. Bonuda (1 goal), C. Beattie, K. Currie, E. Greenall (1 goal).
Emerald Best: B. Wilson, W. Hansen, P. White, S. Anthony, L. Sheppard (2 goals), D. Volta.
Monbulk 16.23(119) d Gembrook Cockatoo 2.3(15)
Monbulk have their second win for the season after a huge 104-point win over Gembrook who are languishing with Warburton at the bottom of the ladder. The game started at a slow pace but Monbulk still managed to kick four goals to one to have a lead of 22 points at quarter time. Gembrook had a horror second quarter with Michael Langworthy and Shane Williams causing all kinds of trouble for them up forward and they failed to register a major in the second, while Monbulk kicked 7.6 and the lead was now 70 points. Gembrook got on the scoreboard in the third with 1.1 but Monbulk did not relent and they kicked 5.5 to now be in front by 98 points at the final change. To their credit, Gembrook held Monbulk to only seven behinds in the last but the game was already run and won.
Monbulk Best: J. Schille, C. Tibb, S. Van Seters, M. Langworthy (7 goals), S. Williams (5 goals), S. McBride.
Gembrook-Cockatoo Best: R. Wilson, D. Leversha, L. Henzen, B. Jones, M. Wills, G. Hartridge.
Mount Evelyn 12.14(86) drew with Upwey Tecoma 13.8(86)
Mount Evelyn played host to Upwey on Saturday and it was absolutely the game to watch. Mount Evelyn got the early lead with a bit of a goal feast in the first with nine goals being kicked and a 9-point lead at quarter time. Mount Evelyn held Upwey goalless in the second and it looked like it was going to be a win for the Mounters as they took a 22-point lead at half time. Upwey outscored Mount Evelyn in the third, kicking 4.3 to 2.3 and the lead of 10 points was now achievable. Upwey finally got their game going in the last and kicked 5.2 to 3.4 to claw back the lead but ran out of time and had to share the points with Mount Evelyn and still share fifth spot on the ladder.
Mount Evelyn Best: D. Wootton, M. Gibbons, L. Corrin, A. Chalkley, T. Chalkley (1 goal), J. Thompson.
Upwey-Tecoma Best: B. Duncan, L. Burke, K. Grenda (1 goal), S. Dawson, H. Stanley, I. Krijt.
Healesville 21.9(135) d Wandin 7.14(56)
Healesville shares third spot on the ladder and have inflicted the first loss for Wandin this season after a surprise win on Saturday. Wandin were under-manned but you can only beat the side that is on the park and that is just what Healesville did. They got out to an early lead by 10 points in the first and were never headed or even looked in danger of dropping the game. Holding Wandin to one goal in the second is no mean feat while they managed to slot three themselves and take a 21-point lead into the main break. Healesville came out charged in the third and piled on 7.2 to 3.5 and the lead was 42 points at three-quarter time. Healesville answered any critics in the last and totally dominated the quarter kicking 8.3 to 2.2 to show Wandin a clean pair of heels and some food for thought for the rest of the season.
Healesville Best: D. Anderson (1 goal), R. Woodford (8 goals), N. Aldridge, L. Daly, N. Mende, C. Warren (1 goal)
Wandin Best: T. Hinds (1 goal), B. Harvey, M. Polkinghorne (1 goal), J. Del Giudice, R. Ross (2 goals), S. Barnard (1 goal)
Woori Yallock 21.28(154) d Warburton Millgrove 4.3(27)
Woori Yallock denied Warburton any joy on Saturday after outplaying them completely with a big 127-point win. Woori Yallock shot out to a 22-point win at quarter time. They held Warburton goalless in the second and peppered the goals themselves, kicking 5.8. The margin was 59 points at half time but could have been much worse if Woori Yallock were accurate in front of goal. Eleven shots at goal in the third from Woori but they only kicked three majors. The lead had extended to 79 points at the final change. If Woori Yallock hope to be a serious challenger come September, they will need to clean up their efforts in front of goal. They managed to do this in the last kicking nine goals but they also slotted eight behinds. Warburton kicked two goals in the last to give their supporters something to cheer about.
Woori Yallock Best: K. Busoli (1 goal), C. Smedley, B. Arnold, B. Monkhorst (6 goals), H. Smith (1 goal), M. Batten (1 goal).
Warburton Millgrove Best: L. Weir, L. Barnard (1 goal), P. Hay, T. McKail, B. Clinch, S. Andueza.
Division 2 Seniors Football
Yarra Glen 13.12(90) d Alexandra 6.9(45)
Yarra Glen sit atop the Division 2 ladder by percentage after an interrupted game on Saturday. The first quarter was tight with Yarra Glen kicking two goals to one and taking a lead of nine points into the second. The second quarter was much the same as both sides battled for any ascendancy. It was a low scoring affair in the second with another two goals to one in Yarra Glen’s favour and a 15-point lead at the main break. It was anybody’s game but Aussie Smith and Lachlan Telford were causing problems for Alexandra with their attack and run at the footy. The third quarter was stopped for 30 minutes due to a serious injury to an Alexandra player but recommenced with 11 minutes to play in the third and Yarra Glen had a lead of 21 points at three-quarter time. In the final, Yarra Glen kicked 5.4 to 2.4 to come away with a good win at the final siren.
Yarra Glen Best: A. Smith (3 goals), B. Binion (1 goal), J. Clare (1 goal), T. Russell, B. Marsh, C. Tait.
Alexandra Best: J. Goonan, L. Ragg, J. Purcell, B. Woollard, S. Steiner, S. Heveren (1 goal).
Belgrave 18.16(124) d Kinglake 8.16(64)
Belgrave has shown Kinglake a clean pair of heels with a big 60-point win on Saturday. Kinglake are now sitting sixth on the ladder and in real danger of not making finals this year. Belgrave kicked 5.3 to 1.2 and had a commanding lead of 25 points at quarter time. The second quarter was tight with scores reflecting a tough game with Belgrave kicking 2.5 to 1.7. The lead increased to 29 points and was in reach of Kinglake if they could convert. Belgrave jumped to another gear in the third, kicking four goals to one and the game was now out of said reach. It was a goal feast in the last, Belgrave piled on seven goals while Kinglake chimed in with five, but it was all too late in the end.
Belgrave Best: M. Johnson (3 goals), J. McDermott (1 goal), L. Foreman (7 goals), C. Power, P. Gough (1 goal), N. Thompson (1 goal).
Kinglake Best: B. White, H. Prest, J. Butterworth (1 goal), L. White, B. Hamer, W. Graf.
Seville 24.12(156) d Thornton Eildon 5.4(34)
Seville made the trip to Thornton and hand the game in hand from the outset. They stormed to any early lead of 28 points at quarter time, kicking six goals to two in the first. They stalled slightly in the second, only kicking two goals to one and may have spent all their chips early. They lifted again in the third, kicking eight goals to one and the lead was now well out of Thornton’s reach. Mark Cecere and Nathan O’Keefe were a force in the forward line. A seven-goal last quarter left the final margin a big 122 points.
Seville Best: Not provided.
Thornton-Eildon Best: B. Wratten, R. Chapman (2 goals), D. Creed, T. Keating (1 goal), S. Larkman, A. Reddan.
Yarra Junction 25.7(157) d Yea 14.8(92)
Yarra Junction bounced back on the winners’ list on Saturday after a solid win over Yea. The difference was only 10 points in favour of Junction at quarter time but they got a move on in the second, kicking eight goals to two and took a lead of 45 points into the half-time break. Yea had no answers to hold Tyson Wheeler or Daniel Wilson as they scored freely. The lead had grown to 55 points at three-quarter time. The last quarter provided a spectacle for all as combined there were 14 goals kicked for the qtr but Yarra Junction still came out winners by 65 points.
Yarra Junction Best: J. Holmes (1 goal), T. Armstrong (2 goals), K. Ousley, D. Hewitt (4 goals), T. Wheeler (7 goals), D. Wilson (6 goals).
Yea Best: H. Jarvie, T. Kirkham, L. Beattie, S. Pearce (4 goals), J. Ryan (1 goal), D. O’Dwyer (1 goal).
Powelltown – Bye.
Under 18s Football
Emerald 21.13(139) d Yarra Glen 0.1(1)
Emerald Best: L. Webb (3 goals), M. Thomas (4 goals), C. Roma (1 goal), J. Campsell (3 goals), B. Brockwell, J. Zimmerling.
Yarra Glen Best: L. Evans, C. Hindhaugh, L. Smith, A. Plummer, Z. Capuano, D. Whelan.
Monbulk 10.10(70) d Gembrook-Cockatoo 9.3(57)
Monbulk Best: D. Rak (2 goals), T. Wills (1 goal), J. Tilly (3 goals), J. Swanson (2 goals), N. Wall, M. Dekker.
Gembrook Cockatoo Best: M. Frazzetto (1 goal), C. Sweeney, L. McCulloch, D. South (1 goal), O. Joel, D. McKinley (1 goal).
Mount Evelyn 24.8(152) d Upwey-Tecoma 2.0(12)
Mount Evelyn Best: J. Maunder, B. Batten (3 goals), J. Shaw, L. Inaps (6 goals), M. Gibbons (5 goals), T. Cromie.
Upwey Tecoma Best: L. Sholer, A. Grenda, D. Wilson (1 goal), A. Bartils, T. Cairns, I. Shineberg.
Wandin 12.15(87) d Healesville 4.3(27)
Wandin Best: J. Byrne (3 goals), P. Bruzzese (3 goals), B. Stokes, M. Dall (1 goal), S. Barrand, M. Smith.
Healesville Best: L. Chandler, C. Wright, S. Gommers, M. Minney, C. McInnes, J. Neumann.
Warburton-Millgrove 11.11(77) d Woori Yallock 2.9(21)
Warburton-Millgrove Best: J. Bishop, B. Ferguson, B. Thomson, T. Wappett, L. Winter-Annette (1 goal), P. Hay.
Woori Yallock Best: M. Cliff, R. Blackney, P. Jenkin, L. Amarant, W. White, D. Wood.
Division 1 A Grade Netball
Olinda-Ferny Creek 94 d Emerald 33
Olinda-Ferny Creek Best: Krista Tomlinson, Molly O’Bryan, Peri Stewart (65 goals).
Emerald Best: Sally Rush, Nancy Te Whata (10 goals), Morgan Jarrett.
Monbulk Hawks 91 d Gembrook Cockatoo 15
Monbulk Hawks Best: Lauren Byrnes (36 goals), Sophie Stubbs (20 goals), Nicole MacDowell (35 goals).
Gembrook-Cockatoo Best: Kelsey Wilson, Caitlyn Dullard, Jessica Mitchell.
Mount Evelyn 58 d Upwey Tecoma 50
Mount Evelyn Best: Alicia Hughes (37 goals), Jacqui Black, Rachael Hickey (21 goals).
Upwey-Tecoma Best: Bianca Moffatt, Teah Edelmaier, Samantha Silvester (33 goals).
Wandin 80 d Healesville 31
Wandin Best: Jackie Cullimore (42 goals), Tayla Harris, Carly McDonnell (13 goals).
Healesville Best: Chenile Chandler, Abigail Gedge (27 goals), Rebecca Mills (1 goal).
Woori Yallock 47 d Warburton Millgrove 39
Woori Yallock Best: Stacey Fleming (25 goals), Casey Barnes (14 goals), Abby Stranger.
Warburton-Millgrove Best: Karly Wappett (33 goals), Kellie Davidson, Briannon Dodd.
Division 2 A Grade Netball
Yarra Glen 68 d Alexandra 26
Yarra Glen Best: Alana Stone (7 goals), Prue Purdey, Georgia Taylor (31 goals).
Alexandra Best: Caitlin Haggis, Shona Gesler (3 goals), Ellie Hedger (15 goals).
Belgrave 93 d Kinglake 21
Belgrave Best: Jennifer Dewhurst, Kylie Bradshaw, Petra Keogh (41 goals).
Thornton-Eildon 48 d Seville 34
Thornton-Eildon Best: Alyce Bertola, Keely Grant (33 goals), Kayla Bowcher.
Seville Best: Erin Baker, Rebecca Groen (29 goals), Samantha Reynolds.
Yarra Junction 48 d Yea 36
Yarra Junction Best: Jessica Sweet, Amanda Finn (31 goals), Chelsea Neale.
Yea Best: Bridget O’Dwyer, Sophie Stares.
Powelltown – Bye.
Round 7 is done ‘n’ dusted, and there were big winners in Division 1 with the smallest margin being 55 points.
Winners in Division 1 Football Woori Yallock, Healesville, Emerald, Olinda Ferny Creek and Wandin.
Division 2 and the closest game was Belgrave by six points over Powelltown.
Alexandra, Seville and Yarra Glen were also on the winner’s podium.
A Grade netball winners were Woori Yallock, Monbulk Hawks, Olinda Ferny Creek, Wandin and Warburton Millgrove, and in Division 2 Yea, Kinglake, Belgrave and Yarra Junction got the points.
Ladder positions are tight in both divisions of senior football with just two games separating the top four.
Wandin’s win has kept them one game clear on top.
Division 2 and Yarra Glen, Seville and Belgrave are all square on top with Alexandra just one game behind.
Netball in Division 1 sees two wins separating the top three.
Division 2 has Belgrave clear on top by one win, but Yarra Junction and Yarra Glen are knocking on the door.
Division 1 Seniors Football
Woori Yallock 14.14 (104) d Gembrook Cockatoo 3.3 (21)
Woori Yallock travelled to Gembrook, and unfortunately for Gembrook it was not the day they would have hoped for. Woori Yallock got off to a solid start, kicking four goals to one and a lead of 18 points at quarter time. The second quarter was not the prettiest football; Woori Yallock could only manage 1.5 while Gembrook could only add one behind. The lead had grown out to 28 points at half-time, and it was always going to be hard for Gembrook to win from there. Woori Yallock’s third quarter was a bit cleaner, kicking 4.3 to 1 straight and it was now game over. Another five goals to one last quarter and Woori Yallock got the four points. Not as convincing as they would have liked, but they now sit fourth on the ladder, percentage and one game clear from Upwey-Tecoma in 5th.
Woori Yallock Best: H. Smith, B. Monkhorst (4 goals), K. Thompson, C. Smedley (1 goal), C. Cameron, M. Batten (1 goal)
Gembrook-Cockatoo Best: R. Wilson, S. Ponter, R. Causer, S. Gramc, L. Henzen, D. Smith (1 goal)
Healesville 18.17 (125) d Monbulk 8.7 (55)
Healesville played host to Monbulk and came away with a very convincing win. Things were tight in the first, with Healesville only having an eight-point lead at quarter time. Healesville got their game going in the second and piled on 6.4 to 4.3 to extend the lead to 21 points at half-time.
The momentum stayed with the Bloods in the third as they kicked another 5.5 to 2 straight and the game was all done by three-quarter time. Healesville held Monbulk goalless in the last, while kicking four themselves and the final margin was 70 points.
Healesville Best: C. Adams (1 goal), N. Mende, S. Gordon (6 goals), A. Fraraccio, S. Donkin, L. Barclay
Monbulk Best: S. Williams, C. Tibb, J. Major, S. McBride, C. Spooner (2 goals), B. Emmett (1 goal)
Emerald 16.15 (111) d Warburton Millgrove 10.6 (66)
Warburton got off to a good start, kicking 5.2 to 3.2 in the first and had a 12-point lead at quarter time. They continued that form into the second and kicked two goals to three to maintain a lead of six points going into the main break. The key for Warburton was to keep focused and take the first half into the second. Emerald regrouped over half time and got their game going in the third, kicking six goals to one and the momentum had swung into their favour. Another four goal last quarter to two and Emerald had racked up their third win for the season. Disappointment for Warburton as they could only kick three goals in the second half to let this one slip by 55 points.
Emerald Best: M. Pierce (3 goals), S. Buhmann, D. Karacsonyi, D. Volta, L. Sheppard, P. White (1 goal)
Warburton Millgrove Best: B. Winzer (1 goal), A. White, L. Barnard, T. McKail, S. Andueza (1 goal), K. Hall (3 goals)
Olinda-Ferny Creek 17.19 (121) d Mount Evelyn 5.10 (40)
Olinda now hang onto the second spot on the ladder and are one game clear of Healesville after a very big win over a Mount Evelyn side that just could not get it going on Saturday. The scoring was tough in the first as both sides struggled to get a score on the board. Olinda were wasteful, kicking 1.6, and a scrappy Mount Evelyn could only manage one behind. Things swung into motion in the second with Olinda kicking 3.5 to 2.4 and Olinda’s lead had increased to 12 points at half-time. The game was tight and neither side were looking very impressive. Olinda came out in the third, and they must have had their boots on the opposite feet because they could not kick straight to save themselves. They managed to kick 4.6 to the Mounters 1.1 and extend their lead to 35 points. Finally, in the last, they found the big sticks and booted 9.2 to 1.4 and a big win by 81 points.
Olinda-Ferny Creek Best: J. Rankin (4 goals), N. Broomhall, R. Cottam-Starkey, C. Beattie, M. Hottes (3 goals), M. Bonuda (3 goals)
Mt Evelyn Best: T. Chalkley, M. Gibbons, J. Fellows, J. Barden, D. Kift, D. Maynard (1 goal)
Wandin 15.20 (110) d Upwey-Tecoma 4.12 (36)
Wandin are undefeated and clear leaders at the top of the ladder after a polished performance on Saturday against a lacklustre Upwey. Wandin peppered the goals in the first, but could only manage four majors to one but still had a lead of 21 points at quarter time. Another four goals in the second to Upwey’s three behinds, and it was all Wandin’s way at half-time. Wandin continued their methodical way in the third and kicked 4.5 to 2.1 and the game was all over. A score of 3.4 to 1.4 in the last and Wandin came away with a 74-point win at the final siren.
Wandin Best: J. McInnes, B. Harvey (1 goal), R. Ross, J. Ladner, P. Hodgett (5 goals), M. O’Donohue (1 goal).
Division 2 Seniors Football
Alexandra 22.20 (152) d Yea 13.4 (82)
Alexandra have skipped a game clear in four after a big win over Yea on Saturday; the first for the Hedger-Ivey Cup. Alexandra kicked 5.6 to 3.2 in the first to take a lead of 16 points into the second. A huge 7.9 to 2 second quarter and the margin had blown out to 55 points at half-time. Brayden Norris was on fire kicking seven for the day. Patrick Rattray was the spearhead for Yea, kicking seven himself, but it was not going to be enough. Alexandra kicked 5.3 to 4.1 in the third and the quarter was even as was the last with nine goals being kicked but the honours went to Alexandra at the end of the day.
Alexandra Best: B. Cooper (2 goals), B. Norris (7 goals), S. Hill (4 goals), C. Mullins, Z. Heaslip, B. Woollard
Yea Best: H. Jarvie, P. Rattray (7 goals), A. McSpeerin (1 goal), R. Ali, S. Pearce (3 goals), E. Neilson
Seville 15.16 (106) d Kinglake 10.7 (67)
Seville currently sit second on the ladder but share top spot with Yarra Glen and Belgrave after a good win over Kinglake. Seville got the jump on the Lakers, kicking 5.5 to 1.1 in the first, and it was hard to see where Kinglake were going to get their goals from. Kinglake bounced back in the second, outscoring Seville kicking 4.3 to 1.1 and they reduced the lead to eight points at half-time. Seville regrouped and came out kicking 4.5 to 1.2 to extend their lead out to 29 points at three-quarter time. Josh Fraser was on fire, kicking 8 goals for the day. It was goals a plenty in the last with 9 goals being kicked but Seville saluted the crowd at the final siren.
Seville Best: D. Broadway (2 goals), J. Neal (2 goals), J. Fraser (8 goals), A. Mammoliti, A. Wind, J. Nolan
Kinglake Best: W. Graf (1 goal), L. Hannah, R. Mitchell (1 goal), J. Butterworth, J. Crowe (2 goals), J. Mende
Belgrave 16.12 (108) d Powelltown 14.18 (102)
In the closest game for the round, Belgrave travelled to Powelltown and have earned themselves a share of top spot with Yarra Glen and Seville. Powelltown got the early lead by three points at quarter time. Belgrave kicked 5.4 to 4.2 in the second and went into half time with a five-point lead. Things opened up in the third and goal kicking was on display with 10 goals being kicked and the margin was only six points at three-quarter time. Powelltown turned it on in the last, but could not find the big sticks and in the end kicked themselves out of it with a 2.10 to 3.4 last quarter and gave Belgrave a hard-earned win of six points.
Belgrave Best: P. Gough, M. Johnson (2 goals), J. McNamara (2 goals), J. Lowe (3 goals), C. Power, W. Carlyle
Powelltown Best: J. Moore, R. Johnson, G. Newing (4 goals), N. Moody, D. Rees (4 goals), M. McLaughlin (1 goal)
Yarra Glen 25.18 (168) d Yarra Junction 3.9 (27)
Yarra Glen has earned themselves top spot on percentage after a big win by 141 points over a shell-shocked Yarra Junction. Yarra Glen got off to an absolute flyer, kicking 8.1 to 1.2 and a game winning lead of 41 points at quarter time. Another 7.6 to 1.3 in the second quarter and the lead was 80 points at half-time. Eleven goal kickers for Yarra Glen made it hard for Yarra Junction to match up on anybody as they kicked goals at will. A score of 6.3 to 3 behinds in the third and it was now a 116-point lead and Yarra Glen could take their foot off the pedal. That was not the instructions and they kicked another 4.8 to 1.1 in the last to finish Yarra Junction’s day.
Yarra Glen Best: D. Hurley (3 goals), J. Ince (6 goals), R. McDermott (5 goals), S. Wintle (3 goals), B. Marsh, J. Clare (2 goals)
Yarra Junction Best: L. Ward (1 goal), D. Wilson (1 goal), S. Flutter (1 goal)
Thornton Eildon: Bye
Under 18s Football
Woori Yallock 13.8 (86) d Gembrook Cockatoo 8.5 (53)
Woori Yallock Best: D. Wood, J. Aitchison (3 goals), L. Falkingham, J. Smith (3 goals), M. Cliff, S. Burnside (1 goal)
Gembrook-Cockatoo Best: J. Orche, M. Frazzetto, N. Jackson (3 goals), J. Firrito (1 goal), S. Mackrill, M. Templeton (3 goals)
Healesville won by Forfeit by Monbulk
Emerald 18.17 (125) d Warburton-Millgrove 2.4 (16)
Emerald Best: B. Pepi, S. Kapahnke, J. Webb (3 goals), C. Donders (3 goals), K. Jordan-Hill, R. Pack (2 goals)
Warburton-Millgrove Best: T. Wappett, J. Bishop, E. Leeds, N. Andueza, C. Reiffel
Wandin 10.5 (65) d Upwey-Tecoma 6.12 (48)
Wandin Best: J. Byrne, A. Mandl (2 goals), K. Stokes (2 goals), D. Wathen, M. Dall (2 goals), R. Smith (2 goals)
Upwey-Tecoma Best: A. Bartils (2 goals), D. Rankin-Hooper, L. Sholer, S. Capon, H. Greenall (1 goal), I. Shineberg
Mt Evelyn 17.14 (116) d Yarra Glen 3.3 (21)
Mt Evelyn Best: J. Shaw (1 goal), T. Brill, M. Darke, T. Cromie (2 goals), N. Hoskin, X. Price
Yarra Glen Best: A. Beath, A. Plummer, B. Archer, L. Evans, M. Kikidopoulos (1 goal), A. Adamson (1 goal)
Division 1 A Grade Netball
Woori Yallock 78 d Gembrook-Cockatoo 25
Woori Yallock Best: Mia Sudomirski, Sarah Hogan (12 goals), Abby Stranger
Gembrook-Cockatoo Best: Alisha Fitzgerald (10 goals), Caitlyn Dullard, Jessica Mitchell
Monbulk Hawks 62 d Healesville 36
Monbulk Hawks best: Paige Whitworth, Nicole MacDowell, Kaitlyn Seamer
Healesville Best: Jennifer Schanssema (19 goals), Kellie Newton, Hayley Parrott
Olinda-Ferny Creek 58 d Mount Evelyn 29
Olinda-Ferny Creek Best: Peri Stewart (56 goals), Krista Tomlinson, Alice Paget
Mt Evelyn Best: Alicia Hughes (23 goals), Laura Black, Jessica Lowe
Wandin 76 d Upwey Tecoma 39
Wandin Best: Tayissa Coppinger, Carly McDonnell (15 goals), Tayla Harris
Upwey-Tecoma Best: Bianca Moffatt, Teah Edelmaier, Samantha Silvester (32 goals)
Warburton-Millgrove 59 d Emerald 40
Warburton-Millgrove Best: Karly Wappett (36 goals), Selina Fotia (23 goals), Bridget Nix
Emerald Best: Rebecca Sayers, Jodie Terry, Sally Rush
Division 2 A Grade Netball
Yea 33 d Alexandra 20
Yea Best: Chelsea Spagnolo, Bridget O’Dwyer, Meg Sundblom (17 goals)
Alexandra Best: Caitlin Haggis, Lauren Steyger (10 goals), Chelsea Skerritt
Kinglake 76 d Seville 20
Kinglake Best: Tarsha Collette (54 goals), Mandy Bell, Paige Stanley
Seville Best: Not provided.
Belgrave 78 d Powelltown 26
Belgrave Best: Angela Jeffery (35 goals), Donna Marcus, Kylie Bradshaw
Powelltown Best: Emily Ough, Kelly Peers, Jessica Coffey
Yarra Junction 63 d Yarra Glen 37
Yarra Junction Best: Amanda Finn (37 goals), Jessica Sweet, Indiya Bosen (14 goals)
Yarra Glen Best: Prue Purdey, Sharnie Gray, Alana Stone
Thornton Eildon: Bye
AFL YARRA RANGES
AFL Yarra Ranges’ action for Round 5 saw some surprise wins and draws in both football and netball.
The winners in senior football: Olinda Ferny Creek, Monbulk, Mount Evelyn, Upwey-Tecoma, Wandin, Belgrave, Powelltown, Alexandra and Seville.
A Grade Netball winners: Olinda Ferny Creek, Monbulk, Mount Evelyn, Wandin, Belgrave, Alexandra, Yea and – in surprise results – Upwey-Tecoma versus Emerald, and Powelltown versus Kinglake, were draws.
Next week, Healesville take on Woori Yallock in the Valley Dreamtime game, while, in Division 2, the undefeated Yarra Glen make the trip to Belgrave, and Seville and Powelltown will be playing for second spot.
Division 1 Seniors Football
Olinda Ferny Creek 14.16(100) d Gembrook-Cockatoo 4.12(36)
Gembrook had a tough day at the office, taking on one of the contenders for the premiership and were never really in the hunt from the outset. Gembrook, too their credit, held Olinda to only one goal in the first, but could only manage two behinds themselves. Olinda kicked 4.5 to 2.1 in the second and got out to a 23-point lead at half-time. They extended that lead to 30-points at three-quarter time but really put their foot down in the last, kicking 5.7 to Gembrook’s three behinds and a big 64-point win.
Olinda Ferny Creek Best: C. Beattie, D. Noorda, T. Millwood (1 goal), M. Hottes, M. Bonuda (3 goals), B. Owen.
Gembrook-Cockatoo Best: B. Wareham (1 goal), R. Causer, D. Welsh, R. Wilson, M. Wills, D. Leversha.
Monbulk 29.18(192) d Warburton Millgrove 7.7(49)
Warburton Millgrove were still searching for their first win and, unfortunately for them, they came up against a Monbulk side who was also looking for their first win. Monbulk got off to a good start but were inaccurate in front of goal and the margin could have been more than 15-points at quarter time. Monbulk went on the rampage in the second, kicking 11 goals to nil and the lead had blown out to 83-points at half time. Monbulk were on fire and the momentum continued in the third with them kicking eight goals to three and it was now all about Warburton fighting back to make the score not so damaging. Warburton kicked two goals in the last but could not stop Monbulk kicking another six. A big first win for Monbulk and Warburton were left stunned.
Monbulk Best: N. Sargent (6 goals), S. Williams (2 goals), D. McClelland, B. Emmett (3 goals), P. Barge (1 goal), J. Schille.
Warburton-Millgrove Best: L. Barnard (2 goals), P. Hay, M. Lewis, L. Weir, J. Walker, S. Noonan (1 goal).
Mount Evelyn 15.11(101) d Healesville 15.9(99)
Mount Evelyn have had certainly their best win for the season and it was a late come from behind win at that. Healesville got off to a good start and were very economical in front of goal, kicking 5.1 to 4.4 and had a slim lead of three points at quarter time. A five-goal-to-three in the second to Healesville would take them into the main break feeling rather confident with their 16-point lead. They certainly were taken by surprise in the third and had no answers to stop the running play of Mount Evelyn in the third. Mount Evelyn dominated the third term, kicking 5.5 and held Healesville to 1.2 and were within one point at three-quarter time. It was game on and the question was asked, “had Mount Evelyn spent all their chances?”. It was a tough 30 minutes of footy as Mount Evelyn had to wait until the final siren until they could breathe a sigh of relief and sing the song when they came home with a two-point win.
Mount Evelyn Best: D. Maynard, S. Martin, J. Yeomans (3 goals), D. Kift, M. Gibbons, A. Murray.
Healesville Best: D. Plozza, N. Aldridge, R. Skaric-Skewes (1 goal), M. Jeffery (1 goal), A. Davies, C. Adams (1 goal).
Upwey-Tecoma 22.15(147) d Emerald 12.15(87)
Upwey-Tecoma share fourth spot after a good come-from-behind win over Emerald. Emerald got off to a flyer, kicking 7.5 to 3.2 in the first and a 27-point lead. Upwey completely turned it around in the second kicking 8.5 to 2.2 and the lead was now in Upwey’s favour by 12 points. Upwey certainly had the momentum and kept the pressure on in the third, kicking three goals to one and their lead had extended to 26 points at the final change. Another impressive eight-goal last quarter and the win was 60 points and a very handy percentage booster.
Upwey Tecoma Best: L. Beacom, S. Dawson (1 goal), C. Hayes (5 goals), S. Mitchell (1 goal), J. Hackett (1 goal), K. Grenda (1 goal).
Emerald Best: M. Dompietro (2 goals), L. Sheppard (1 goal), D. Karacsonyi, D. Volta, C. Thomsen, B. Wood.
Wandin 17.11(113) d Woori Yallock 14.9(93)
Wandin are now one game clear on top of the ladder after a close win over Woori Yallock. A one-goal lead was all that separated these two at quarter time and supporters were settling in for a tight game. Wandin got the jump on Woori in the second by kicking 5.4 to 2 straight in the second, and it looked like Wandin were going to run away with the win. Woori Yallock regrouped and got their running game going in the third and kicked 5.3 to 2 straight to reduce the lead to seven points at three-quarter time. The last quarter was tightly contested but Woori could not arrest the momentum back that they needed to weigh Wandin down and could only manage 4.3 to Wandin’s 6.4. This win has Wandin undefeated and they are starting to firm as premiership favourites.
Wandin Best: T. Hinds, B. Harvey (1 goal), R. Ross (3 goals), J. Smith, D. Hirst (1 goal), T. Merlino (1 goal).
Woori Yallock Best: S. Ismail, R. Allen (1 goal), A. Marsh (3 goals), B. Monkhorst (3 goals), M. Lowe, C. Smedley.
Division 2 Seniors Football
Belgrave 17.17(101) d Yarra Junction 8.14(62)
Belgrave sit fourth on percentage on the ladder and have bounced back from their loss to Seville last round. Belgrave held a lead of 16-points at quarter time and looked in control of the game. The second quarter went slightly in Yarra Junction’s favour as they outscored Belgrave kicking 2.4 to 2.2. Belgrave were in control in the third and increased their lead to 27-points and were in a winning position going into the last. Yarra Junction peppered the goals in the last but inaccuracy cost them at the end of the day and are starting to lose touch with the top five.
Belgrave Best: Y. Curtis (2 goals), R. Matthews (2 goals), W. Carlyle, J. McDermott (1 goal), D. Bilston, N. Somervaille.
Yarra Junction Best: J. Holmes (1 goal), C. Ozols, S. Flutter (1 goal), K. Ousley, J. Taylor, L. Ward.
Powelltown 15.15(105) d Kinglake 14.11(95)
Powelltown have had a come from behind win to register their fourth win for the season and Kinglake have been left languishing in sixth position with only one win for the season. Powelltown took the early lead with a five-goal-to-three first quarter and a 13-point lead. Kinglake started to play the running game that got them to the grand final last year and piled on 7.3 to 2.3 to take control of this game at half-time and a handy 17-point buffer. Powelltown got their second wind in the third and stunned Kinglake by kicking 5.4 to 3.2 and Kinglake now had a game on their hands with only a three-point lead at three-quarter time. Powelltown were relentless in the last and did not allow Kinglake anywhere near the ball. The final margin was only 10 points in Powelltown’s favour but it has left Kinglake with some work to do if they hope to play finals in 2017.
Powelltown Best: T. Hallmark, L. Walker, B. Tronerud, M. McArthur, S. Sanders, M. Lord (3 goals).
Kinglake Best: M. Fitzclarence (1 goal), Z. White (6 goals), J. Crowe, J. Chalmers, L. Hannah, J. Butterworth.
Alexandra 15.14(104) d Thornton Eildon 7.8(50)
Alexandra have racked up their third win for the season and sit third at the expense of a Thornton-Eildon side that fought it out but were outrun in the last. Scores were all tied up at qtr time and the local rivalry was alive and well. The second quarter was goal for goal and toughly contested with neither side able to get the break they needed. The third quarter and Alexandra came out with a bit more run than Thornton and got away to a 10-point lead at three-quarter time. The game was in the balance but Alexandra had the legs in the last to pile on 7.4 to 2 behinds and come away with a win that has set their season up nicely.
Alexandra Best: J. Steyger, B. Norris (3 goals), W. Goonan (1 goal), J. Goonan, M. Coombs (1 goal), L. Ragg.
Thornton Eildon Best: B. Wratten, T. Keating (1 goal), B. Wallis, T. Carpenter, B. Musgrove, D. Creed.
Seville 28.19(187) d Yea 13.5(83)
Seville sit second on percentage after a big win over Yea on Saturday. Yea were under the pump from the outset and were 19 points adrift at quarter time after Seville peppered the goals kicking eight goals to five. Seville continued in the same vain in the second, kicking seven goals to one and had a game-winning lead at half time by 56-points. The third was much of the same as Seville did not take the foot off the pedal and kicked 8.6 to Yea’s five goals. The entire game was a bit of a goal feast bit Seville were the hungriest and kicked another 5.7 in the last to come away with a 104-point win.
Seville Best: M. Cecere (3 goals), J. Neal (4 goals), B. Penwill, A. Knight (5 goals), D. Broadway (3 goals), D. Toohey (7 goals).
Yea Best: A. Chisholm, H. Jarvie (1 Goal), L. Beattie, E. Neilson, P. Rattray (5 goals), T. Butterworth.
Yarra Glen: Bye.
Under 18s Football
Gembrook Cockatoo 12.10(82) d Yarra Glen 7.8(50)
Gembrook Cockatoo Best: C. Sweeney, B. Diprose, D. South (1 goal), M. Frazzetto (2 goals), C. Downard (1 goal), J. Mazur.
Yarra Glen Best: M. Kikidopoulos (3 goals), M. Mohamed, A. Adamson (2 goals), A. Zarris, A. Beath, D. Whelan.
Warburton Millgrove 11.2(68) d Monbulk 9.9(63)
Warburton Millgrove Best: L. Winter-Annette (2 goals), J. Bishop (1 goal), B. Thomson (1 goal), J. Read (1 goal), E. Leeds, P. Hay (1 goal).
Monbulk Best: H. Dousset (1 goal), N. Wall, A. Banks (2 goals), T. Wills, K. Linde, T. Dixon.
Mount Evelyn 15.12(102) d Healesville 6.6(42)
Mount Evelyn Best: B. Batten (1 goal), M. Darke, M. Brierley (1 goal), T. Cromie, B. Staines, L. Peterson.
Healesville Best: L. Schatz (1 goal), M. Minney, C. Fulford, K. Brown, E. Muke, L. Chandler.
Emerald 11.1(80) d Upwey Tecoma 6.5(41)
Emerald Best: J. Webb (1 goal), A. Stuhldreier, K. Jordan-Hill, T. Thomsen, B. Brockwell, J. Zimmerling.
Upwey Tecoma Best: D. Rankin-Hooper, A. Bartils, T. Johnson, H. Greenall (4 goals), T. Hauler, T. Holland.
Wandin 13.10(88) d Woori Yallock 11.7(73)
Wandin Best: P. Bruzzese (3 goals), J. Byrne (1 goal), A. Mandl (2 goals), S. Barrand, M. Feakes, M. Dall.
Woori Yallock Best: S. Burnside, J. Bourke, R. Blackney, D. Wood, W. White, J. Smith (5 goals).
Division 1 A Grade Netball
Olinda Ferny Creek 105 d Gembrook Cockatoo 10
Olinda Ferny Creek Best: Peri Stewart (83 goals), Krista Tomlinson, Madison Taylor (1 goal).
Gembrook Cockatoo Best: Kelsey Wilson, Mikailey Uren, Jessica Mitchell.
Monbulk Hawks 54 d Warburton Millgrove 34
Monbulk Hawks Best: Nicole MacDowell (28 goals), Sophie Stubbs, Ellie Trezise.
Warburton Millgrove Best: Stephanie Durant (13 goals), Chelsea Barnard, Bianca Daniels (5 goals).
Mount Evelyn 67 d Healesville 39
Mount Evelyn Best: Jacqui Black, Alicia Hughes (48 goals), Cate Garlick.
Healesville Best: Rebecca Mills (26 goals), Kellie Newton, Alexandra Bryan.
Upwey-Tecoma 49 drew with Emerald 49
Upwey Tecoma Best: Kaylea McQuade, Samantha Silvester (34 goals), Angela Wuttke (13 goals).
Emerald Best: Sally Rush, Meagan Baguley (30 goals), Jodie Terry (1 goal).
Wandin 58 d Woori Yallock 43
Wandin Best: Melissa Martinov (32 goals), Ruby Tidd, Jackie Cullimore (26 goals).
Woori Yallock Best: Emily Allwell, Kelsey Eslick, Bess Schnioffsky.
Division 2 A Grade Netball
Belgrave 79 def Yarra Junction 29
Belgrave Best: Petra Keogh (18 goals), Jennifer Dewhurst, Lauren Bennett (42 goals).
Yarra Junction Best: Amanda Finn (23 goals), Emily Barrie.
Powelltown 37 drew with Kinglake 37
Kinglake Best: Kylie Wyatt, Paige Stanley, Kimberley Mason.
Powelltown Best: Kylie Hetherington, Emily Ough, Georgie Haynes (9 goals).
Alexandra 45 def Thornton Eildon 36
Alexandra Best: Zoie Chessor, Lauren Steyger (25 goals), Caitlan Haggis.
Thornton Eildon Best: Keely Grant (14 goals), Alyce Bertola, Ashleigh Creighton.
Yea 62 d Seville 25
Yea Best: Sarah Armstrong, Meg Sundblom (39 goals), Brooke Lloyd.
Seville Best: Erin Baker.
Yarra Glen: Bye.
Only five per cent of artists hanging in permanent galleries worldwide are women.
That’s a statistic that was too challenging to ignore, and which in fact, was inspirational for Warburton writer Lindy Schneider and photographer Angela Rivas.
On 1 June, Lindy and Angela launched a Pozible crowd funding campaign to create a book in words and pictures of 14 unique women artists.
‘From This Place – Inspiring Women Artists of The Upper Yarra Valley’ is a project started more than two years ago in what Lindy describes as a moment of shared inspiration.
“Both of us had an idea; we were curious as to why we lived among so many talented women artists and we wanted to find out why,” she explained.
“We wanted to elevate our fellow artists, to raise their profiles in a world where it is often hard to cut through.”
That was where the five per cent statistic came to light – one of the most telling moments of their research.
They took the fact and decided to do something about it, starting in their own beautiful part of the world.
Their 14 women include painters and poets, potters and scenographers, sculptors and authors. Artists that have so many layers, that Lindy and Angela say it’s difficult to hold them to any one definition.
“These women are important, and their work matters,” Lindy said.
The names of many of the featured artists will be familiar to Yarra Valley residents – Belinda Rogers, Sioux Dollman, Marlee Nebauer, Jena Bedson, Maya Ward, Adrienne Kneebone, Kate Baker, Shlomit Moria, Indigo Perry, Gillian Farrow, Lucy Pierce, Jo Rothwell, Jenny Davis and Jeminah Alli Reidy.
The project which will launch in September is twofold comprising the hardcover From This Place Book of around 128 pages in full colour, and the From This Place Exhibition – The Essence Portraits, featuring 14 large-scale portraits from the ‘essence’ shoot.
The exhibition will run for five weeks at the Upper Yarra Arts Centre in Warburton and at the Yarra Valley Regional Museum in Lilydale in December and January.
The women are pre-selling copies of the book, and seeking support via the Pozible campaign to create a book that matches the quality of the photographs and the stories.
Lindy said with generous support from Yarra Ranges Council and the Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Bank Branches the project had grown beyond their wildest dreams and that they were now reaching out to the wider community.
Visit www.fromthisplace.net for more information on the authors and artists, and https://pozible.com/project/from-this-place-book-exhibition to support the project.
Classical music lovers along the route of cellist Anthony Albrecht’s ‘Bach to Bush’ tour are in for a treat.
The mellifluous tones of a quality cello are hard to beat, especially in the hands of an accomplished musician.
In his two-hour concerts Albrecht performs selections from J.S. Bach’s stunning suites for solo cello, interspersed with other short, early works for the instrument.
He also talks about his life as a musician and why the music he plays is such an invaluable part of our culture.
“I endeavour to play the cello as it would have been played in Baroque times,” says Albrecht, who grew up in Newcastle, NSW, and won a prestigious scholarship to participate in the Julliard School’s Historical Performance program.
He is currently based in London as a Guildhall School of Music and Drama research scholar but returns to Australia regularly for performances with Pinchgut Opera and the Australian Haydn Ensemble.
This talented young musician has recorded for ABC Classics and VIA Records (New York City).
In his busy ‘Bach to Bush’ tour of the east coast he is scheduled to visit nearly 30 different venues, mainly rural and regional, where he finds audiences particularly receptive.
He is especially looking forward to performing in Olinda, where his great-uncle lives, and Healesville, where he has friends. He has a soft spot for the Yarra Valley and Ranges.
On Sunday 2 July at 2pm Albrecht will perform at Cosmediclinic, 59 Healesville-Kooweerup Road, Healesville.
On Tuesday 4 July at 7pm the venue is Olinda Hall, corner of Olinda-Monbulk and The Georgian Road.
There will be another concert just down the road on Wednesday 5 July at 7pm, at the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar, 37A Wellington Park Drive, Warranwood.
Tickets at the door or at www.anthonyalbrecht.com.
A fascinating look at the work of one of Australia’s most important 20th century artists can be enjoyed until mid-August at the TarraWarra Museum of Art outside Healesville.
‘Discovering Dobell’ features the art of William Dobell, whose art famously depicted the lives of everyday people, from the streets of Depression-era London to Sydney’s Kings Cross.
Curated by Christopher Heathcote, the exhibition demonstrates how Dobell developed ideas from sketches to paintings. In some instances previously unknown relationships between drawings, gouaches and important oils are identified.
In association with Wakefield Press, the museum has produced a major new publication to accompany the exhibition, featuring a new insightful analysis and appraisal of Dobell’s achievement by Christopher Heathcote.
The exhibition is on at TarraWarra until 13 August, accompanied in a perfect fit by ‘Dobell’s Circle,’ curated by Christopher Heathcote and Anthony Fitzpatrick.
This is an exhibition of paintings and drawings from the museum’s collection which features significant members of the lively community of artists William Dobell mixed with, highlighting how central he was to the mid-century Sydney scene.
TarraWarra Museum of Art is open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 5pm at 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Tarrawarra.
A forthcoming exhibition at Upwey’s Burrinja Gallery is inspired by the three participating local artists’ shared love of nature and is testament to the diversity of the region’s creative community.
‘Paintbrush, Loom and Hammer: Three variations on a natural history theme’ will open Saturday 24 June, featuring the work of mosaic sculptor Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan, hand weaver Michele Fountain and botanical tattooist Amy Duncan.
It was friendship, the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios and this shared passion for nature that seeded the idea for this exhibition of new work by the artists. They hatched the exhibition concept during their time as Open Studios participants earlier this year and have now been working together and getting to know each other’s practices and processes for six months.
“We are all immersed in and inspired by the beauty of nature … as artists living in the Hills, our shared love of and heightened attention to our environment is reflected in our work,” Journoud-Ryan said.
Each of the artists brings their own experience and perspective on natural history to the exhibition. They explore their ideas through their distinct practices – expressed with a paintbrush, a loom and a hammer. The exhibition is an opportunity for visitors to explore these unique interpretations of the forms that plants and flowers can take.
“It is enriching for us to draw on the similarities within our creative processes, getting to know each other, sharing ideas and working together,” Duncan said.
There will be an opening celebration for the exhibition on Saturday 24 June from 6pm to 9pm. The exhibition will then run until 23 July. Burrinja Gallery and Cultural Centre is open Tuesdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm. Entry is free and the gallery is located at 351 Glenfern Road (corner Matson Drive), Upwey.
Hills-based artist Claude Ciccone will present two oil paintings at the 2017 Camberwell Art Show next month.
The local artist, who has taught oil painting for the past 10 years, said that presenting the two paintings at the Camberwell Art Show is “a good opportunity to showcase my work”.
Ciccone has taught oil painting to a group of students at the Hut in Ferntree Gully for the past three to four years, and previously taught students at the East Ringwood School of Arts for three to four years.
He has been volunteering at the Puffing Billy Cafe in Belgrave for the past two months and said that work has inspired him to produce the paintings.
“I have occasionally visited The Puffing Billy in the past but actually working there really gave me a better sense of the atmosphere and the light at different times of the day,” he said.
Any students who are interested in learning oil painting can contact Claude Ciccone on 0452 064 909.
Space Captain Smith will this month feature at the Gem Community theatre.
The season will run for three weekends from 9 June until 24 June and is recommended for all ages.
Writer and director Ross Housham believes anyone who is into science fiction will enjoy the play.
“Anyone who is familiar with science fiction will recognise a lot of the jokes in Space Captain Smith,” he said.
Housham said that the author of the book series was interested to see how well the play was received.
“This has been a pet project of mine for a while – science fiction sometimes takes itself very seriously,” he said.
Tickets are available at www.gemcoplayers.org.