HEALESVILLE RSL now has two members featured in the Victorian RSL Hall of Fame, with commemorations officer Bob Gannaway receiving an award on Saturday, 26 November.
Mr Gannaway was inducted into the hall of fame at the end of November during an event at the Melbourne Convention Centre, to celebrate the centenary of Victoria’s RSLs.
Speaking to the Mail on Wednesday, 30 November, Mr Gannaway said he was “flattened” when his name was called out, and that he didn’t expect to be inducted.
“You hear all the stories over the years, of what people have done, and you think, ‘No way, it’s not going to happen – it’d be nice, but it’s not going to happen’,” he said.
“I nearly fell over.”
After joining the Healesville RSL in 1993, Mr Gannaway worked as secretary and commemorations officer, working to run funerals and to organise events, such as Anzac Day, Remembrance Day, and services for Vietnam veterans.
He also uses his background in computer work to create newsletters, flyers and banners for events, as well as helping with communications.
He said joining came after a long family involvement with RSLs, with his father being the president of the Boronia RSL in 1955.
“He would have been very young at that time, and as a World War II veteran, it was quite an achievement,” Mr Gannaway said.
“We grew up as kids surrounded by the RSL, so there was that history and we were always attending services and we were always attending the march.
“It’s been a bit of a rocky road at times – you have your ups and downs – but it’s been very fulfilling, a very fulfilling role.”
Much of Mr Gannaway’s work at the sanctuary in recent years has been focusing on the centenary of Anzac and the First World War.
Weeks after the Remembrance Day service, he said all eyes were on next year’s Anzac Day, and planning for the centenary of the armistice on Remembrance Day, 2018.
“In 2018, it just so happens that it also falls on a Sunday – as of this year, and most years, it’s a week day, it’s a work day … they can’t attend like they can on Anzac Day, but that’ll change in 2018, so we’re expecting a very big day.”
Mr Gannaway joins Brian Luscombe in the Hall of Fame, with Mr Luscombe being inducted in November 2015.
IN 2015 Lilydale and District Historical Society embarked on what they recognised themselves was an ‘ambitious’ project to commemorate the centenary of World War I.
‘They Answered the Call’ was officially launched by Casey MP Tony Smith on Saturday, 26 November, with descendants of a number of the featured WWI soldiers joining society members and invited guests, including Yarra Ranges Council Mayor Noel Cliff.
Society president Sue Thompson said the project aim was to compile a list of all the men and women who served in WWI from the society’s collections area of Lilydale, Coldstream, Gruyere, Killara, Seville, Silvan, Montrose and Kilsyth, and make them available digitally and in hard copy.
Three members of Lilydale’s Goodall family were among the ‘locals’ who answered the call.
Joseph Francis Goodall used the alias Cyril Fish when he enlisted at 17 years of age in 1917. He was following in the footsteps of his cousins Thomas Henry Goodall, 25, William Henry Goodall, 28, who had enlisted in 1915.
Joseph’s alias didn’t hold up, and he was returned to Australia in 1918, William also returned home in 1918 having served in Egypt and France before being repatriated to England with gunshot wounds.
Sadly, Thomas was killed in action in Belgium, having served in Egypt and France.
It is just one story of 350 that are part of the ‘They Answered the Call’ display and on the website.
Society president Sue Thompson said the story was ongoing.
“We encourage any descendants to contact us if they have any images or information we could add to the website,” she said following the launch.
A book on the 15 people featured in the display is available from the Old Lilydale Court House for $5.
For more information, visit lilydalehistorical.com.au or phone Ms Thompson on 0475 219 884.
YARRA VALLEY CRICKET ASSOCIATION
WHAT a treat spectators of Yarra Valley cricket had on Saturday afternoon.
Brilliant conditions were complemented with a tight battle between bat and ball on the field, in the competition’s premier grade, DJ Strachan Shield, as teams fight for crucial wins as we close in on the Christmas break.
The biggest game of the round is being played at Mount Evelyn, where the Rovers are hosting Warburton-Millgrove in a top-of-the-table clash.
The visitors won the toss and didn’t hesitate in batting on a ground that has seen significant totals posted by the team batting first in recent weeks.
Openers Ben and David Lever made the most of the early going as they managed to not only navigate through a tight spell from the opening bowlers, but ensured the scoreboard was ticking over from the beginning.
Youngster Darcy Fraser was brought into the attack and had immediate success, removing the dangerous David Lever in his first over.
The wicket saw recruit Jason King join Ben Lever at the wicket, and the pair proceeded to put the Burras in a strong position.
With Lever assuming the attacking role, and King playing the supporting role, the pair put together an impressive 54-run partnership in good time to put together the foundations of a good team score.
With King’s dismissal, Tim McKail (25) enjoyed continuing the momentum of the innings.
The Burras were able to hold firm as Kane Jones and Chad Witherdin applied the screws leading up to tea, but at 2/110 at the main break, the visitors had themselves well set for an onslaught.
That’s exactly what transpired, as the next 12 overs saw 68 runs scored as the pressure was heaped on the Rovers’ bowlers.
Lever’s innings continued to grow, and, although impatient, his stroke-play was brilliant.
Brutal drives and thundering pull shots saw the inform opener race to 89, before a mistimed drive saw his departure with the score on 4/177.
With more than 20 overs in the bank and plenty of batting force in the sheds, the visitors were still entitled to believe a score in excess of 300 was on the cards.
Brett Winzer (46) showcased a wide variety of shots on both sides of the wicket, and his contribution was significant in the context of the innings.
Unfortunately his wicket just short of a half century gave the home side an opportunity to work its way back into the contest.
An excellent partnership of bowling between brothers Darcy (4/38) and Gareth (2/77) Fraser ensured that the reins would be kept tight on the batsmen over the closing overs, while Chad Witherdin (3/14) continued to chip in with tight bowling and wickets.
Warburton-Millgrove were able to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
However, with regular wickets, this meant that the innings didn’t quite have the explosive finish to push the score towards 300.
In the end, a score of 255 is an excellent one, and at the start of most games, if you were to tell a team they would post a score beyond 250, they would gladly take it.
The focus is now on the home side’s batting as they have proven their worth over recent rounds.
This will be no easy task against an experienced bowling line up that will ensure runs are hard to come by, so a successful run chase would be a significant feather in the Rovers’ cap.
Seville hosted Woori Yallock, and after posting their first win of the season last round, the Blues were keen to keep themselves in the finals mix.
Woori Yallock on the other hand had their first bitter taste of defeat last round, and their minds were solely on correcting an unusual blip on the radar.
Upon winning the toss, Seville were keen to post a score, and co-captains Matt Hadlum and Jake McInness put their hands up to fight against the competition’s best.
The pair was able to navigate through some brilliant bowling from the Tigers, particularly from Simon Young who began with five successive maiden overs, giving their young line up some confidence that they could absorb anything the visitors threw at them.
Although the bowling was tight, the Tigers searched for a wicket-taker.
That came in the form of Hayden Smith, who was able to break the stubborn partnership, removing Hadlum with the score on 1/33.
With the fall of the first wicket, Young was brought back into the attack and had immediate success removing Harrison Byrne.
The Tigers sensed a shift in momentum, but Liam McGookin (40) joined McInness at the wicket, and the pair continued to take up the fight to the reigning premiers.
With some patience against the skill of Young, interspersed with boundaries from the spinners, the pair was able to navigate their way through the tea interval, to have their team well set at 2/113 after 45 overs.
Tigers captain Ryan Smith took it upon himself to change the course of the innings, with the vital wicket of McInness for a well made 65, followed shortly after by the wicket of McGookin.
In the space of a handful of overs Woori Yallock had their noses back in front.
With a couple of more wickets to Young, the innings began to teeter at 6/128, and the champs could sense a quick kill.
Tom Page (31) and Matthew Johnson put together a useful partnership, with Page adding some enterprising runs.
But once that partnership was broken, so too was the Blues’ resistance as their innings was wrapped up for 169 with some six overs still in the bank.
Simon Young was the pick of the bowlers with amazing figures of 4/30 off 23 overs, while he was ably supported by the rest of the bowlers, in particular the spin of Ryan Smith (3/28).
Seville would’ve been proud of their resistance against an excellent attack, and their ability to put value on their wicket has seen marked improvements in results in recent weeks.
With that said, their bowling will need to be at its absolute best if they are to keep Woori Yallock under the target.
Bowling has been Seville’s strength this season, so they will enter day two with much confidence of regular wickets to take it up to the Tigers.
In the final game of the round, Yarra Glen hosted Healesville in a crucial match where Yarra Glen are searching for their first win of the season, while the visitors are aiming to capitalise on recent form to keep themselves in the finals picture.
As was the trend on this beautiful day, Yarra Glen gladly accepted the opportunity to bat upon winning the toss.
They made the most of this opportunity with a brisk start to the innings.
The opening partnership was eventually broken by Dermott Fry, with the score on 34, but the momentum didn’t wane as Brendan Ricci joined David Brambilla at the crease.
The pair was able to construct an excellent partnership through some useful stroke-play.
Although not littered with boundaries the score continually grew with well placed ones and twos.
The Bloods became increasingly urgent in their search for not only wickets, but someone to stem the runs, as they tried their full repertoire of bowlers.
Nothing was successful as Brambilla and Ricci continued to heap on the pressure leading their team to a commanding position of 1/156 at tea.
After the tea adjournment, the ball was thrown to Matthew Peck and he had immediate success removing Ricci for a well constructed 63 in the first over after the break.
This immediately changed the momentum of the innings.
Peck (4/32) produced an excellent spell of bowling which netted him four wickets and heaped the pressure back on Yarra Glen to capitalise on their entertaining start.
Yarra Glen has proven they have the quality in the top order to establish starts, but they quickly fall away when the resistance is broken.
Unfortunately for the home side, this was again the case.
When Brambilla was dismissed for an excellent 73, with the score on 5/183, the end came fairly quickly from there.
Veteran Richard Ellisdon added some valuable runs, but Bloods’ spinner Scott Hamer (4/46) continued his good form with the ball, and he wrapped up the innings before the total got out of hand.
The final total of 213 will still take some chasing for the Bloods who have their trials and tribulations with the bat this season, but after looking down the barrel of a score beyond 250 they would be relatively pleased with the end result from day one.
If Yarra Glen can expose the flaws Healesville are experiencing with their top order, then they will give themselves a chance of a first win.
Healesville on the other hand will sense this is an excellent opportunity to iron out their problems, and a successful chase beyond 200 will give them some much needed batting confidence.
DJ Strachan Shield
Seville 169 (J. McInnes 65, L. McGookin 40, T. Page 31, S. Young 4/30, R. Smith 3/28) v Woori Yallock; Healesville v Yarra Glen 213 (D. Brambilla 73, B. Ricci 63, M. Peck 4/32, S. Hamer 4/46); Warburton-Millgrove 255 (B. Lever 89, B. Winzer 46, T. McKail 25, D. Fraser 4/38, C. Witherdin 3/14, G. Fraser 2/77) v Mount Evelyn.
RA Finger Trophy
Warburton-Millgrove 170 (A. Nelson 26, T. Walker 24, F. Saurine 22, G. Foster 2/15, J. Berri 2/30) v Seville; Coldstream 1/27 v Woori Yallock 7/83 (P. Broussard 49, D. Mock 23, D. Whelan 5/21); Yarra Junction 235 (M. Kocher 74, M. Scott 43, K. Dark 24, T. Hawkins 26, A. Pearce 5/51, J. Hellary 2/27, L. Chandler 2/34) v Healesville; Gruyere District 6/272 (J. Carroll 72, A. Waixel 60, L. Winter-Annette 2/46) v Launching Place 3/24 (R. Prouse 2/4); Wandin v Hoddles Creek 7/389 (L. Rowe 96, L. Heatherington 78, K. Tarar 2/42).
Yarra Glen 165 (S. Patterson 65, L. Coulson 53, B. Jones 4/32, R. Wilson 2/27) v Mount Evelyn; Healesville v Seville 234 (G. Frankovic 126, P. Smith 33, G. Quilty 30, S. Fawdry 2/37, S. Gebert 2/43); Powelltown v Wandin (no scores).
Coldstream 6/212 (A. Cummins 58, S. Kollchose 50, P. McArdle 44, A. Dalm 5/50) v Seville; Wandin v Yarra Junction 9/209 (R. Turner 58, Rhys Foley 54, D. Alderman 4/22); Mount Evelyn 160 (L. Dunn 72, C. Robertson 45, G. Ferguson 5/27, A. Tauber 2/33) v Launching Place 0/72 (A. McGill 26no, R. Thomas 32no); Hoddles Creek bye.
One Day Grade
Coldstream 5/162 (L. Robertson 41no, G. Moore 28, H. Vassallo 2/24, H. Beers 1/15) d Gruyere District 9/67ao (N. Waixel 19, M. Bluett 10no); Warburton-Millgrove 128 (R. Brown 43no, C. Newell 18, P. Osborne 17, D. Anderl 3/6, B. Green 2/5, G. McRorie 2/12) def by Powelltown 149 (B. Green 40no, G. McRorie 38, B. Simpson 14, A. Doolan 2/16, H. Bray 2/27); Marysville bye.
Warburton-Millgrove 9/145 (N. Anudeza 36, J. Wooley 35, D. Cerveri 30no, T. Reed 4/13, M. Anderson 3/13) d Yarra Junction 9/108 (H. Bansagi 29, M. Anderson 24, J. Wooley 3/8, C. Newell 2/8); Wandin-Coldstream 108 (L. Sinnott 22, M. Pezzimenti 19, H. Keeling 3/0, M. Gamble 1/8) def by Healesville 5/149 (D.HS 48, N. Darkin 41no, D. Hummer 2/27, J. Birnie 1/24); Mount Evelyn bye.
Gruyere District 6/110ao (T. Noar 32no, R. Vassallo 26, R. Gribrock 2/10, B. Olcorn 2/25) def by Warburton-Millgrove 3/210 (J. Sharp 40no, P. Huynh 40no, T. Noar 1/34); Yarra Glen 8/82 (C. Berry 17, M. Sinnott 3/4, M. Bradley 2/11, Courtney Winter-Annette 1/3) def by Launching Place 153 (M. Bradley 49no, M. Sinnott 42, A. Thompson 4/24); Healesville 9/162 (S. Gebert 42no, D. Ebbels 26, S. North 23, D. Potter 3/10, B. Hutchins 2/15, D. Finch 2/20) and 4/62 (D. Ebbels 23no, L. North 11no, D. Finch 2/11, F. Lee 1/7, J. Lee 1/12) d Mount Evelyn 8/52 (B. Jones 9, F. Lee 6, B. Hutchins 5, W. Cooney 2/6, H. Fry 1/0, C. Dennis 1/3); Yarra Junction-Hoddles Creek 30 (L. O’Dea 14, C. Frankovic 2/4, R. Foster 1/1) def by Seville 8/181 (M. Hardy 35, AJ Smith 29no, C. Hrabe 2/14, D. Clarke 2/22) and 8/81 (H. Harvey 24, T. Cumming 20, C. Hrabe 3/2).
Warburton-Millgrove 6/145 (R. Thompson 30no, D. Walker 24, M. Goodluck 15no, J. Thurlow 1/5, X. Richardson 1/7, D. Benson 1/10) d Hoddles Creek 116 (J. Thurlow 26, G. Vukman 13no, J. Fritzlaff 10, M. Goodluck 3/3, D. Walker 2/2, R. Thompson 2/19); Healesville 2/121 (J. Hammond 16no, M. Wallace 15no, C. Anderson 13no, H. Smith 1/9, R. Tanner 1/11) d Seville 9/86 (E. Van Been 31no, H. Smith 10, R. Lever 4/15, C. Kusnezow 2/10); Coldstream bye.
Yarra Junction-Gruyere 5/113 (R. Bomford 15no, L. Theobald 11no, B. Cope 2/6, L. Parker 1/2) def by Launching Place 4/128 (L. Parker 15no, E. Bradley 13no, Riley Adams 2/10); Yarra Glen 9/114 (A. Van Putten 25, B. Scott 15, J. Nicholson 2/10, J. Gleeson 1/9) d Marysville 3/109 (M. Thompson 25no, M. McLean 14no, A. VanPutten 2/3, R. Borthwick 1/15); Healesville 8/148 (J. Handasyde 21no, J. Dossor 16no, H. Birchmore 11no, T. Darvell 2/10, N. Doyle 2/16, C. Missen 1/11) d Mount Evelyn 9/104 (C. Finch 29no, N. Doyle 11no, N. Darvell 11, J. Dossor 2/4, S. Surride 2/15, T. Handasyde 2/1).
Wandin 3/95 (Jack D 15, Bethany 12, Brianna 1/2) d Launching Place Blue 5/76 Lucas 14, Millie 11, Jackson 3/5); Coldstream 5/42 (Jace 11, Callum 2 wickets, Ash 2 wickets) v Launching Place White 3/78 (Riley 10, William 10, Jackson 2 wickets).
RACING at Alexandra Speedway on Saturday, 3 December saw competitive fields in the Sports Sedans and Standard Saloons.
In particular, there was a great night’s racing with the King of the Valley for Sports Sedans won by Matt Nelson, prelude to the title for Standard Saloons won by Russell Hill and the Junior Sedans won by Kasey Garlick all in very close finishes.
The Sports Sedans were competing in a state point’s event with a busy season ahead for them.
Victorian champion Damien Miller and last season’s runner up Andrew Jordan were among the line-up with nine heats preceding the feature race.
Wins went to Damien Miller, Brendan Miller, Jack Van Bremen – brothers Damien Miller and Brendan Miller again – Matt Nelson with two in a row, Samuel Williams and Matt Stampfli.
An intended 25 lap ‘Alexandra and Yea Premix’ supported King of the Valley feature event due to track conditions was reduced down to 20 laps.
Nelson, in his six-cylinder powered Commodore, was determined to get one over the Miller brothers Damien and Brendan.
In early stages Nelson had the wood over Damien Miller who soon slipped back into the Brendan’s clutches and Brendan then set about passing Damien and chasing Nelson.
Nelson was stronger through traffic while the Miller boys were slightly faster on the timing monitor.
When the chequered flag was held aloft due to the dust, Brendan Miller was trying to close in on Nelson, Nelson the winner by one second with Brendan Miller, Damien Miller then Stampfli and Dale Morrison who started way back in the feature field.
With the next race meeting at Alexandra for Standard Saloons being their Victorian State Title in March, many drivers from Gippsland, South East Melbourne, Eastern Suburbs Melbourne, North East Victoria, and Bendigo and Swan Hill, entered the last chance to sort out their car set-ups at the track before the championship.
Numerous racers who had won events this season were in the field with Nick Chrystie the top Alexandra driver this season among the field and the current Victoria two ranked driver Cameron Dike; the number three ranked Bradley Hill and number four ranked Mark Miles were also competing.
Russell Hill started strongly on one of his favourite tracks winning the first heat and his nephew Brad Hill the next.
Russell Hill backed up with another heat win in the second round with Allan Poole also taking a win and Dike then Aaron Marshall rounding out the qualifying with wins also.
Like the Sports Sedans the final was reduced in the Standard Saloon final.
However, the Hill boys, Russell and Brad, were never troubled by any of the others as they gapped the field early.
Out of 18 starters, only two didn’t finish the race and starting from position 14 Chrystie was the driver everybody was watching.
Russell Hill at the fall of the chequered flag was a 0.797 second winner ahead of Bradley Hill and fastest on the time sheets.
Then, almost seven seconds back, Chrystie finished third with Dike and Mark Miles closing out the top five.
The Junior Sedan racing once again was sensational and they too also had a close finish in the final.
Ricky Cornwall, Tyler Barton, Jesse Garlick, Cornwall again twice more and Jeremy Gorski were the six heat race winners.
When the final began, Cornwall got the best start and immediately set about getting away from Kasey Garlick.
Back in the pack there was a sensational battle between Barton, Courtney Meakins and Tim Gorski.
Kasey Garlick then made her move and she went flying past Cornwall down the back end of the race track and assumed the lead with Cornwall from there throwing everything at her to retake the position
Garlick arrived at the finish line 0.673 of a second ahead of Cornwall with Tim Gorski, Barton and Courtney Meakins round out the top five just over nine second further back.
Other racing on the night included the Ladies Open Sedans where Sonia Nelson won the first two heats on a watered down track before McPherson won the last on a dry track and the final by over ten seconds.
Nelson was second then rookie driver Jodie Finnegan finishing in third place with Alex Smith then Tegan Bullard rounding out the top five.
Finally, Street Stocks racing was dominated by Shane Roycroft and Troy Polley.
Polley won two heats and Roycroft the other before they both went at it hammer and tong in the final. Roycroft crossed the feature race finish line 0.468 of a second in front of Polley, Debbie Jones back in third then Belinda McCoubrie and Felicity Roycroft.
The Vern and Jackie Parker Photography best presented Street Stock award went by the way of Belinda McCoubrie while the Vern and Jackie Parker Photography Drive of the final in Sports Sedans went to Matt Stampfli.
Alexandra & District Speedway Club return to racing in March for the Standard Saloon Victorian title.
YARRA RANGES ATHLETICS
YARRA Ranges Athletics had four athletes competing for Victoria at this weekend’s Australian All Schools Championships.
An event that is easily the biggest single event on the Australian sporting calendar, it brings together the best secondary school athletes from around Australia.
The championships are also widely regarded as a stepping stone to further athletics honours, including Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
Yarra Ranges Athletics athletes Lateisha Willis, Tayleb Willis and Georgia Laven competed on the Saturday, day two of the championships, Georgia and Sam Norton also compete on day three.
Lateisha stole the show with a dominant win in her 100m hurdles final, retaining the title she has held for the past two years.
Brother Tayleb was not to be outdone with a hard-fought bronze medal in his 90m hurdles.
Lateisha finished an excellent fifth in her 100m behind sprint sensation Riley Day and Georgia Laven finished tenth in a tough 1500m final.
The weekend before, the club had two athletes, Kiara Flavel and Maddie laven, competing at the Australian Primary School Championships in Sydney.
Both Kiara and Maddie ran personal bests in their 800m heats to qualify for the final.
Kiara ran a brave race to finish second and Maddie not far behind in eighth place.
An awesome effort from two talented athletes.
The club hosted another round of the AV Shield at Morrison Reserve on Saturday afternoon.
Sensational weather, warm and calm, provided perfect conditions for some excellent perfomances from athletes visiting fromthroughout the eastern suburbs of Mebourne.
Full results will be available at athsvic.org.au early in the week.
The little athletes enjoyed great morning conditions for their round of athletics.
Awards were handed out to athletes who had recorded four or more PBs in the previous round.
Congratulations to those athletes and the many more who recorded one or more PBs of the past few weeks.
Great to see all our athletes improving week to week.
There are only two more rounds of Little Athletics before Christmas. Next week is Saturday morning followed by the final round the following Friday night.
See you all on Saturday from 8am for help with set up. If you don’t set up, you need to help pack up!
For information on how to join or trial, photos, results and updated news, visit the all new and improved website at yarrarangesathletics.org.au or check the club out on Facebook.
Run, jump, throw … too easy!
LYSTERFIELD’S Nathan Walsh and The Basin’s number three batsman Jake Best have been selected to represent the Victorian Country Cricket League in the Australian Country Cricket Championships held in Wollongong NSW on 2-11 January.
Forty regional cricketers from all over Victoria attended trials at the MCG, Endeavour Hills and Bendigo, before 14 were selected in the final squad.
The championships will comprise of five one-day games and five Twenty20 matches against WA, SA, NSW, QLD and East Asia Pacific.
Walsh was the standout player in last year’s carnival in Mt Gambier SA, winning the Don Bradman trophy for the most runs in the competition and has been elevated to vice-captain.
The 26-year-old Best will become the first Basin player to represent a Victorian Country X1 after a career with Premier club Casey South Melbourne which included 74 matches and two seasons as skipper.
Last season he was selected to lead the South East Country Region Team of the Year after scoring almost 600 runs.
Knoxfield’s Tom Boxell has been named as an emergency.
Victorian Country Squad
Ben Boyd (Capt) (Warrnambool), Nathan Walsh (VC) (Ferntree Gully), Cam Taylor (Bendigo), Mick Allen (Gisborne), Jake Best (Ferntree Gully), Nathan Fitzpatrick (Bendigo), Tom Mathieson (Geelong), Lee Stockdale (Traralgon), Matthew Combe (Horsham), Lachy Dobson (Mornington Peninsula), Jacob Smith (Geelong), Chris Dew (Mornington Pen), Taylor Beard (Bendigo), and Cole Roscholler (Ballarat).
A DAY after attending his father’s funeral, Dean Palandri marked the occasion by hitting an emotion-filled century for St John’s Tecoma against Johnson Park in DeCoite Shield.
As a sign of respect, the Sharks also wore black armbands for Mike Palandri, who passed away last week.
The Sharks took two early wickets to have the Saints 2/6 when Palandri strode to the crease, joining Andrew Evans (55).
Five partners and 71 overs later, Palandri completed his century in front of his mother and family.
He was dismissed for 105 with the score on 219, before the Saints finished the day on 9/244.
Liyan deSilva (4/33) and Ben Stallworthy (4/66) did the job for the Sharks, while Bryn Gaunt suffered a dental injury when completing a catch.
In other DeCoite games, Lysterfield made 269 against South Belgrave with opposing skippers Nathan Walsh (68) and Aaron Suckling (5/89) imposing themselves on the game.
FTG Footballers were dismissed for 165 by Knoxfield with Luke Scanlan claiming four wickets, while Olinda was bowled out for 178 by Rowville.
In Norm Reeves Shield, Knoxfield hosted Upwey in a top-of-the-table clash.
The Tigers batted the day to finish on 8/272.
Darren Spence (87) and Quenten Wells (74) led the way with Cameron Wheeler (39) scoring some late runs. The Knights will have to bat all day to take the points in this game.
Monbulk made a solid show, setting Knox Gardens 262.
Uzair Alam (85) and Daniel Clarke (77) proved to be the best bats for the Hawks, while Zac Flintoff’s five wickets kept the Falcons in the game.
Feathers will fly next week in pursuit of the six points.
Monto Perera took four wickets as Eildon Park bowled The Basin out for 158.
Jake Best (46) and Josh Lee (30) were the top scorers for the Bears on the day, although Eildon Park did not have it all their own way, finishing on 2/27.
At HV Jones Reserve, Mountain Gate made 160 against Ferntree Gully on the back of Clint Buckland’s 44 and Luke Bowyers 41.
For the Blues, Bryce Galvin had his best return of the season taking 4/37 and Ryan Handley celebrated his return with three wickets. Leading into next week, Ferntree Gully is 0/34.
Doug Oaten (80) stepped up for Belgrave, helping them to 9/244 against Upper Ferntree Gully at Belgrave Recreation Reserve.
Rob Birnie’s four wickets was the best return for the Kings, which will be looking to redeem themselves after last week’s collapse.
Norm Reeves Shield
Upwey 8/272 (Spence 87, Wells 74, Wheeler 39) v Knoxfield; The Basin 158 (Best 46, Lee 30, Corcoran 3/19, Perera 4/41) v Eildon Park 2/27; Mountain Gate 160 (Buckland 44, Bowyer 41, Galvin 4/37, Handley 3/45) v Ferntree Gully 0/34; Monbulk 261 (U. Alam 85, D. Clark 77, B. Martin 30no, Z. Flintoff 5/66) v Knox Gardens; Belgrave 9/244 (Oaten 80, Birnie 4/52) v Upper Ferntree Gully.
St John’s Tecoma 9/244 (Palandri 105, Evans 55, De Silva 4/33, Stallworthy 4/66) v Johnson Park. Footballers 165 (Lakshita 35, L. Scanlan 4/46, Casement 3/35) v Knoxfield; Lysterfield 269 (N. Walsh 68, Tolley 50, Suckling 5/89) v South Belgrave; Olinda 178 v Rowville.
The Basin 126 v Eildon Park 2/41; Mountain Gate 9/258 (Davis 61no, Conboy 44, Wilson 42, DiClaudio 3/14) v Ferntree Gully; Knox Gardens 5/292 (J. Wylde 92, L. Stuckey 46, C. O’Connor 34, J. Curnow 32no, R. Marget 30) v Monbulk; Knox-Boronia Churches 9/255 (Reid 87, R. Walker 64, Hughes 3/42) v Upwey Tecoma; Belgrave 204 (J. Balfour 52, M. Litterbach 54) v Upper Ferntree Gully 0/50.
FTG Footballers 6/420 (B. Dobinson 218no, P. Howe 55, L. Mutyambizi 33, M. Mckeown 32) v Eildon Park; Johnson Park 421 (Gstrein 100, Dunstone 91, Whilesmith 78, O’Neil 43, Dewar 37, Miller 3/67, M. Elder 3/58) v St John’s Tecoma; Lysterfield 4/285 (Moore 138, Morris 85) v South Belgrave; Olinda 224 (Willoughby 132, Neven 3/56) v Rowville 1/69 (Tierney 26no).
Lysterfield 172 (Gwynne 44, Lima 37, Taylo 5/54, Plumridge 3/35) v Knoxfield; Knox-Boronia Churches 145 (M. Whiting 4/16 ) v Eildon Park 2/75; Knox Gardens 145 (Potts 48, Jongen 32, Pugliese 30, Glare 5/38) v Ferntree Gully 1/50; Lysterfield 172 (Gwynne 44, Lima 37, Taylor 5/54, Plumridge 3/35) v Knoxfield.
Monbulk 4/102 (B. Badgery 37) v Upwey-Tecoma 1/145 (R. Chapman 63no, K. Hayward 44 ret. hurt); Johnson Park 5/44 v Upper Ferntree Gully 7/70 (Goodger 52no, Law 5/4); Knox Garden 3/152 (Christiansen 75no, D. Wild 46) v Belgrave 3/210 (J. McNamara 100no, R. Wultz 33); South Belgrave d Eildon Park by forfeit.
Knoxfield 5/83 (Faulkner 52) v Lysterfield 3/83; Rowville 5/122 (Guest 46) v Ferntree Gully 4/158 (J. Hallo 66, Getson 56no); Monbulk won by forfeit v Upper Ferntree Gully; Upwey 9/288 (Wood 61, Dennis 65, Barnard 38, Butterfield 30) v St John’s Tecoma 7/69 (P. Armstrong 37); Knoxfield 4/83 (Gallanger 51no) v Lysterfield 3/83; Olinda 6/88 (M. Riordan 30) v Belgrave 5/119 (D. McNamara 77no).
Monbulk 2/136 (J. Rak 54no, D. Rak 51no) d Ferntree Gully 128 (Black 34, Spooner 3/8); Ferntree Gully Footballers 2/68 (Green 42) d Mountain Gate 63 (Roy 3/9 Bosley 3/33); Knox City (2) 7/139 d Knox Boronia Churches 55 (Fay 6/2); Knox City 3/130 (Perry 33no, Parker 48) def St John’s Tecoma 127 (Van Hoorn 43, Handley 4/23, Hoggett 3/35); Lysterfield 1/53 d Rowville 44.
Upper Ferntree Gully 3/57 v Lysterfield 5/77 (Beyer 3/12); Rowville 5/59 (J. Oakey 38no) v Olinda 1/128 (T. Box 60no, J. Langer 42no).
Knoxfield 8/77 v Eildon Park 5/59; Upper Ferntree Gully Kings 2/79 (Morton 32no) v Bayswater 4/50 (Beyer 2/1).
Monbulk 3/85 (McLean 17no, Davies 12no, Sutton 2/9) v Olinda 1/55 (Hyett 19no, Fraser 7no, Abraham 1/16); St John’s Tecoma 6/39 v Lysterfield 4/64.
LANDSCAPE paintings inspired by scenes in Australia and around the world will hang on the walls of Yering Station’s cellar door until mid-January, after a new exhibition opened last Friday.
On Friday, 2 December, Melbourne artist Karen Hopkins opened her latest exhibition, Impermanence, at Yering Station near Yarra Glen.
Featuring about 50 works, from landscape paintings to small sculptures, Ms Hopkins said the works explored the idea of change being a part of life, and not a concept to be feared.
“I suppose, in thinking about life and how we try to hold onto stability, we try to keep things the same – we’re kind-of afraid of the unknown, and I wanted to make a link between nature and who we are as humans,” she said.
“I was kind-of using the landscape as a metaphor for change, and a constant reminder that life is changing all of the time.”
Impermanence is Ms Hopkins’ 17th exhibition since beginning as a professional painter in 1991 – it is her second at Yering Station, after holding an exhibition there in 2013.
“I’m really thrilled to be invited back,” she said.
She said she had worked primarily in painting landscapes since starting out, after a former life as a teacher – though she said she also painted cityscapes with people, the works in Impermanence are based around nature.
Ms Hopkins said the works were based on areas she had seen in her travels, both around Europe and the world and in Australia, and that she takes photos on her travels that she uses to inspire her paintings.
The works will be accompanied by poetry works, also written by Ms Hopkins.
She said she wanted her works to be “uplifting”, and hoped that visitors to the cellar door would take on the idea of accepting change.
“I suppose, if anyone had a glimpse and was inspired to think, “Yeah, no, I need to embrace impermanence, or not be afraid of the unknown” – if anyone was to come away with that idea, that’d be awesome.”
Impermanence will be on display until 17 January, 2017.
For more information, visit Yering Station at 38 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen, or call 9730 0100.
AFTER seven years of playing to crowds around the valley and in Melbourne, the dukes behind the Dukes of Despair have decided to call it a day, with one final show to finish up.
On Sunday, 11 December, the Dukes of Despair will play their final show at the Yarra Glen Grand Hotel, performing with Luke Austen from 4-7pm.
The band’s drummer, David Johnston, said the decision to wind up was not the result of a feud or falling out among members, but a realisation that they’d done their dash.
“I’m feeling quite philosophical about it – and we all are, really – because we gave it a fly, we did it for seven years, we played a bit down in Melbourne and we sort of hoped we would step up to a higher level, maybe get into some bigger festivals … but that didn’t happen,” he said.
“It’s a pretty competitive world for musos of our age – it’s not easy, so we just accepted, ultimately, that we’d done everything that we really could and it was time to call it a day.”
During their stint, the dukes put out three albums, performed live on radio and performed at numerous venues around the valley.
Mr Johnston said one of his favourite shows with the band was when they performed with popular 70s band Dingoes at Stones of the Yarra Valley winery.
“We were really pleased to be able to support them,” he said.
“Apart from that … we’ve always thoroughly enjoyed festivals.
“We always have a lot of fun when we play, and the way we line up … standing along the front, there’s a lot for people to see when they watch us – it’s very lively and we have a lot of fun and jokes in between songs.”
Each band member has other projects running, with Kim Farrell and Jeff Jenkins performing in DYLANesque and Mr Johnston in the Soulsville choir; bassist Tony McKay will return to playing jazz.
But Mr Johnston said there was a “John Farnham principle” in place, in that he would not rule out a reformation down the track.
“I’ve jokingly said to people, if someone offered us a couple of million to get back together again and tour the Dukes again, we wouldn’t say no,” he said.
“In no way do any of the band members hate each other – we’re all really good friends, we all love each other … we love everything about the Dukes, and when we’re not in the Dukes, we’re all really good friends.
“It’s never say die, basically.”
For more information about the show, call the Yarra Glen Grand Hotel on 9730 1230 or visit at 19 Bell Street, Yarra Glen.
WARBURTON artist Carolyn Vickers freely admits to being “a little bit obsessed”.
But, it’s a beautiful obsession that enriches her life and her art.
“I use my dog Maisy quite a lot in my work … she is a very good muse,” Carolyn said in explanation of the title of her exhibition that officially opened at the Waterwheel Gallery in Warburton on Saturday, 26 November.
The collection of 17 oil and watercolour works makes up the exhibition “A Little Bit Obsessed” in which Carolyn uses a lot of animal imagery to represent feelings, moods or states of being.
Light also features strongly, and in her other life as a nurse, Carolyn is often travelling through the valley in the early morning, capturing on film and in her artist’s mind the colours and textures of light at that special time of day.
“I want to capture a mood, it could be vulnerability … it could be joy, and to get people feeling something from the works which are based in nature and around animals,” Carolyn said as the exhibition came together last week.
Dog dreaming is one of those works that beautifully conveys the joy and amusement that most dog owners will connect with as their own ‘muse’ dreams of whatever dogs dream about.
Carolyn has been passionate about art all her life and says while she has worked through various styles over the years, her current works combine a little bit of abstract to fairly representational.
“A Little Bit Obsessed” is on show, with works for sale, until 14 December at The Waterwheel Gallery, 3400 Warburton Highway, Warburton. Phone 5966 9600.
THE renowned 1812 Theatre is presently holding its last play for the 2016 season, the stage adaption of the BBC TV comedy series, ‘The Vicar of Dibley’.
The stage version of this hilarious, heart-warming BBC TV sitcom features all the eccentric characters many audiences have come to love.
These include Alice, the blonde, dippy verger; Owen, the earthy local farmer and the stuttering Jim who prefaces most remarks with “No-no-no-no-yes!”
Of course, there’s the inimitable vicar herself.
Geraldine Granger is a boisterous, fun-loving female minister who serves the community in an eccentric, conservative small village church, bringing mayhem and comedy at every turn.
The script is by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew Archer, writers of Blackadder and Mr Bean.
Don’t miss this unique chance to see three episodes of ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ live on stage in one show.
The show is directed by Loretta Bishop.
Performance dates will be held until Saturday, 10 December.
For more details, visit www.1812theatre.com.au.
FAVOURITE ska-pop exponents Loonee Tunes are excited to be back on their home turf, right in the middle of a national tour.
In what promises to be another high-energy, irresistibly danceable performance, the ‘Loonees’ are bringing out some special guests for their show on Friday, 16, December.
Front-man Adam Timms said the Sooki crowd was among their favourites.
“We’ve played Sooki a couple of times a year for the past few years and we’re always amazed by the support we get from the audience,” he said.
“Most of them are just there to have a good time and we give them that.”
Timms said interstate audiences had been responding well to their recent shows, with the band in tip-top shape.
“We’re on top of our game right now, with the strongest line-up ever,” he said.
“Our horn section is tight and powerful, while the rest of the band are energetic and focused on the show.”
The band formed in 1982 after being drawn to bands such as The Specials, The Selecter and Madness.
Their list of achievements is quite impressive, supporting a number of high-profile acts on the ska scene.
Their confidence and sound has grown considerably over the years and they have grown a loyal fan base, particularly after their Sooki shows.
Timms said like a fine wine, the band was getting better with age and encouraged old fans and new to check out their progress.
For those lucky enough to have witnessed a previous Loonee at Sooki outing, you know it is one not to be missed.
Either way, there will be a birthday boy in a suit, some very special guests, as well as blasts from the collective Loonee pasts.
The group is expecting big things … the sort that can only happen in Belgrave, the home of Sooki and the Loonees.
For more information, visit www.sookilounge.com.au.
THE enormously popular Cameo Outdoor Cinema returns to the region on Friday, 18 November.
For more than 10 years, the cinema has combined the magic of film and the picturesque region, which has helped to create the ultimate outdoor experience for cinema-goers.
The cinema features a 14-metre widescreen, headphones and picnic style area for deckchair and bean-bag seating.
The outdoor cinema opens one hour before each film, so there is plenty of time to soak up the setting.
All the biggest new release films will be available over the warmer months, along with some old classics.
This year’s program opens with J.K Rowling’s highly anticipated latest adventure, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.
This season, also screening will be ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ and the new sequel ‘Red Dog: True Blue’.
The latter films will be part of the Bring Your Pet events, where patrons can enjoy on-screen animal escapades as they cuddle up with their own beloved pet.
Meanwhile, Valentine’s Day will have wine and ice cream giveaways for a Sweet Treats screening of ‘Fifty Shades Darker’.
The Cameo Outdoor Cinema is fully licensed, with a selection of craft beers and boutique Victorian wines available from the bar.
Patrons can bring their own picnic or feast on gourmet food options.
Tickets are available from the box office or online at www.cameocinemas.com.au.