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Monday, 26 February

11:39

Grubbers nail finals place Ocean Grove Voice

By Mark Heenan

Ocean Grove A Grade secured its top four finals spot thanks to a gutsy hundred from Huon Bertino guided the Grubbers to victory against Jan Juc on Saturday.
Bertinos 106 was his first hundred for Ocean Grove since he joined the Grubbers two seasons ago.
The wicket-keeper batsman who hit 11 boundaries laid the foundations after he shared in a 176-run third wicket stand with Grubber gun bat Michael Kenneady (89).
I thought I was getting too old to make a hundred it has been a few years, laughed Bertino, 34.
The number one thing is we needed to win to make finals.
Ocean Grove (42 points) maintained third position after 10 rounds with ladder leader Anglesea (52 points), second-placed Collendina (46 points) and Drysdale (40 points) in fourth spot rounding out the top four.
The Grubbers resumed at 0/11 on day two after Jan Juc set a challenging total of 237 from 63 overs.
The Sharks fought the game out, the Grubbers won in final over to finish at 7/240 from 83.4 overs.
Ocean Grove coach Paul Jubber said wickets in hand allowed the Grubbers to attack the Shark bowlers in the final overs despite the home side losing 5/37 late on day two.
I think anytime you have wickets in a game of cricket you always a chance to play aggressively towards the latter part of your innings, Jubber told the Voice.
Just on Huon (Bertino)his first hundred for the club was certainly well deserved not only been a terrific player for us in the last couple of years but more importantly he has been a fantastic clubman.
Jan Juc playing coach Ben Grinter was the star on 17 February with a brilliant 122, his second century in 2017/18.
Ben Grinter is a very good player credit where credit is due and has been outstanding player in the competition for many years, Jubber said.
Grinter who hit 19 boundaries in his knock of 122, said Ocean Grove were genuine contenders for this seasons A Grade title.
In regards to Ocean Grove they do have that depthI do believe they are a real chance to take it out this year, Grinter said.
The loss ended Jan Jucs hopes of making finals this season after its second-placed finish at the completion of the 2016/17 home and away season.
Jan Juc youngster Josh Norman (3/63) and club stalwart Iva Priest (3/56) each took three wickets.
Normans three-wicket haul from 22 overs with three maidens won high praise from the Grubbers.
Josh is a talent for the future and Jan Juc are lucky to have him, said Jubber.
Ocean Groves Dan Roddis (3/43) and Mick Thornton (3/17) were valuable contributors with the ball on day one.
Ocean Grove will face Barrabool at Barrabool in their final home and away game for the season this Saturday.

In B Grade, Ocean Grove suffered a heart-breaking four-run loss in their top-of-the-table clash against Wallington at Wallington Recreati...

11:39

Rivals clash looms likely in BPCA Ocean Grove Voice

By Mark Heenan

A BPCA A grade semi-final re-match between crosstown rivals Collendina and Ocean Grove looms likely after the Cobras scored a resounding win over Portarlington on 24 February.
Collendina (46 points) consolidated second spot after its 156-run first innings victory over the Demons in Round 10, while ladder leader Anglesea (52 points), third-placed Ocean Grove (46 points) and Drysdale (42 points) round out the top four.
The BPCA A grade semi-finals begin on Saturday 17 March.
Portarlington were all out for 43 in their first innings though the Demons lost only eight wickets after two players did not bat.
It was the Demons lowest total with the bat this season.
Gun Cobra bowler Charlie Lamb snared 4/9 from 13 overs, while Jye Hearps (3/14) and Andy Higgins (1/15) both kept things tight for the opposition.
Lamb praised Hearps efforts bowling in the windy conditions at Portarlington.
He (Hearps) bowled brilliantly into the wind, Lamb told the Voice.
In its second dig Portarlington were 0/61 from 21 overs.
Day one saw Collendina compile 9/199 from 75 overs thanks largely to an inspired performance by the Cobras lower batting order.
Collendina opener Kade Norquay chimed in with 40 at the top of the order.
At one stage Collendina was staring down the barrel of a small total at 6/69.
Enter Cobra Matt Davies batting at number 8, he resurrected his sides innings with an unbeaten 65, while team-mates Dean Britt (22) and Charlie Lamb (28) made handy contributions.
Once we managed to get some runs down the order Matty Davies was leading the way, Lamb said.
Matt Davies helped win us the game.
Meantime Gun Portarlington all-rounder Paul Poudge McGrath become the second ever BPCA player to take 600 A Grade wickets after he finished with 4/60 from 26 overs.
Leading BPCA wicket-taker former Queenscliff bowler Robert Warren is the only other player to take more than 600 wickets.

IN other news Collendina Cricket Club coach Corey Walter did not play against Portarlington.
Walter, the BPCA A Grade most valuable player in 2016/17, was given a red card and two-match ban following his on-field behaviour against Ocean Grove on 10 February after a tribunal hearing.
Walter will serve the second match of his two-game penalty in the Cobras final home and away two-day fixture against bottom-placed Little River at Collendina this Saturday.
Walter remains free to play in this years BPCA A Grade finals.

In B Grade the Cobras defeated Portarlington by 108 runs in their two-day clash at Collendina.
Collendina opener David Worn led the way with 85 in the clubs first day total of 5/243 from 75 overs.
In reply Portarlington were all out for 135 from 47.2 overs.
Cobra bowler Sam Beasley was the chief destroyer with 4/22 from 13 overs, while team-mate Craig Goodger took 3/27 from 14.2 overs.

Portarling...

11:39

Bowlers season set for big finish Ocean Grove Voice

By Matt Flapper

Ocean Grove pennant teams will be faced with the opportunity to capitalise on a terrific home and away season in the coming weeks, which will commence today with midweek divisions one, six and eight all competing in semi-finals.
Division one finished second on the ladder and went head to head with Queenscliff in the match to advance to the grand final at Geelong Cement, while the sixers also completed the 18 rounds in second place and met with St Leonards in the first play off at Torquay.
Although suffering a last round loss to Drysdale in found 18, the division eight side got an early taste of their finals opposition as they held onto fourth position which set up an elimination final against the same side.
The Grove eights met Drysdale again today at Torquay to decide which side is the best to fight another week.
Disappointment was felt for the division three side. Finishing the season with 10 wins and two draws one agonising point short of fourth placed Anglesea, while a similar situation was felt in the fives just one game shy of fourth spot.
In what has been so far a successful home and away campaign for the Saturday pennant teams, there are several opportunities for multiple divisions to have a crack at the finals series.
With three rounds to go the Premier division side has lifted into contention with back-to-back wins against fourth placed Sebastopol and top placed Bareena.
Sebastopol on the road was the spirited performance the Grovers needed to find their mark in this competition.
The match held the status of winner takes all and loser may take the fall was in the balance until the final bowl.
The Grovers stood tall and finished strong and in round seventeen went into the match underdogs but were able to back it up against the current top side Bareena.
Tom Warren, Owen Clark, Michael Allen and Skipper Mick West brilliant in the teams 35 shot overall margin.
The final round will see last years grand finalist go head to head at Queenscliff to determine the team that wins the double chance ahead of the finals series.
Our division one side just keep getting the job done as they continue to slide under the radar in the competition.
Several changes to the line-up in past weeks have not deterred the side from the achieving a top two position ahead of the round eighteen clash with fourth placed Highton 2.
A thriller against Drysdale resulted in a win by three in a tough hard fought contest on the Drysdale surface.
Finals bound are divisions four, six, seven and 10.
Four and seven currently sit in first place with one round to play, while six has the opportunity in the final round to seal the double chance.
The 10s come off a forfeit from Bannockburn and a win in the final match will also secure a finals position.
Congratulations to Kevin Beardsley (4) and Doug Gorwell (6) who both celebrated their 200 games for...

11:39

Fine performances wrap up excellent season for Cobras under-13s Ocean Grove Voice

By Mark Heenan

U13s report
Round 10 v Queenscliff

The Cobras played host to Queenscliff for the last game of the season.
The Cobras put together a solid start for their 26 overs on a slow outfield to reach 1 for 89. Noah Jeffrey (17no) and Oliver Terhorst (19no) ticked over the scoreboard.
Queenscliff then made the most of the better conditions to be 2 for 115 at end of the 1st day.
The Cobras then bowled tightly to rein in queenscliff to 8 for 209 off their 52 overs. James Devine finished up with 0 for 13 off his 6 overs backed by teddy Farrell 1-7 from his 4 overs.
Not to be outshone, George Every wrapped up his terrific season with two excellent solo runouts.
Queenscliff backed up their batting with line and length bowling to restrict the cobras to 7 for 173.
Jack Every batted patiently and with great maturity to finish the day 38 not-out to top off a excellent season.
Well done boys and all the helpers on a terrific season at the Cobras.

The post Fine performances wrap up excellent season for Cobras under-13s appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

11:38

Oceean Grove nippers set for Vic titles Ocean Grove Voice

By Mark Heenan

Ocean Grove based nippers warmed up for next months Victorian Junior Surf Lifesaving Championships at a Life Saving Victoria state qualifying carnival in Lorne on Sunday 25 February.
More than 100 Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club junior competitors took part in the surf-based carnival held in overcast and windy conditions at Lornes main beach.
It was the LSV second junior state qualifying carnival held this summer following the bay based Chelsea carnival in Melbournes south east on 21 January.
There have been seven carnivals this summer five of which have been held in the bay, while there has been two ocean surf competitions at Torquay and Lorne.
Ocean Grove SLSC Junior Activities Manager Darren Ball said local nippers were keen to compete in three foot waves on an outgoing low tide when the forecast was predicted last week.
As soon (as the Nippers) heard about waves (here in Lorne) last Friday night everyone was pumped, Ball told the Voice.
Conditions wise we have had some big sets come through it has knocked some of the younger kids around a fair bit but our girls and our boys particularly in Under 11s area have handled it really well.
We had 110 kids registered which was more than Torquay (Cosy Corner) and more than Chelsea which was at our previous qualifying carnival.
Highlights included James Leahy and Remy Roberts win in the Under 12 Board Rescue, while up to three Ocean Grove SLSC Under 11 Nipper Girls qualified after their Iron finals.
There were some strong performances in the Under 11 Boys with a number of Ocean Grove SLSC competitors qualifying.
Ocean Grove SLSC Nippers will take part in this weekends Junior Club Championships before heading to Warrnambool-based State Surf Lifesaving Championships on 10 March and 11 March.

The post Oceean Grove nippers set for Vic titles appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

11:38

Ocean Grove shapes up for season ahead Ocean Grove Voice

By Mark Heenan

Ocean Grove Football Clubs preparations for the 2018 Bellarine Football League season will take shape over the next month.
The Grubbers will play three practice matches in March before their BFL season opener against Portarlington at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval at Shell Road on 31 March.
All pre-season matches will be played in Ocean Grove though a venue has not been decided due to Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association finals.
The Grubbers will host Essendon and District Football League club Keilor in their first practice match on 10 March.
Keilor is coached by former Collingwood and Carlton AFL player Mick McGuane.
Ocean Grove will play further practice matches at home against Diamond Creek on 17 March and GFL based Geelong West on 24 March to round out their pre-season.
In other developments, Ocean Grove Netball Club play its first pre-season match against Geelong West on Thursday 15 March at 6:30pm and then will back up two days later with another home practice match against Diamond Creek on Saturday 17 March at 1pm.
The Grubber netballers wrap up their netball pre-season with its final practice match against Lara on Thursday 22 March with a 6:30pm start.
All netball practice matches will be played at Shell Road in Ocean Grove.

The post Ocean Grove shapes up for season ahead appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

11:38

Hawks set to play in finals after win over Barwon Heads Ocean Grove Voice

By Justin Flynn

Drysdale has virtually assured itself of playing finals cricket this season with a six-wicket win against Barwon Heads.
The clash was the most important in the context of the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association fixture, with the winner likely to make the top four and the loser confined to missing out.
The Heads batted first but could only muster 149 as left-arm seamer Dylan Justice claimed 4/29 and youngster Bailey Sykes showed he belongs at the top level with an impressive 2/24 from 10 overs.
The Hawks never stumbled during their run chase.
David Hambrook contributed 29 at the of the order and gun batsmen Nick Hallam and Jason Mallett then took the game away from the Seagulls.
Hallam made a sparkling 69 while Mallett played an important knock of 56.
The game was called off when Drysdale reached 4/170.
The victory kept Drysdale in fourth on the ladder, with the Hawks now only to miss the finals if they unexpectedly lose to 11th placed Queenscliff and Barwon Heads beats Inverleigh by a significant margin.

The post Hawks set to play in finals after win over Barwon Heads appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

Saturday, 24 February

13:42

Branching out: a walk along the Moorabool Barwon Blog

Recently I had the opportunity to view a section of the Moorabool River which I had not seen before. At the invitation of Cameron Steele - co-ordinator of the community group People for a Living Moorabool or PALM as they are known - I accompanied a small group of interested walkers along a short section (a little over 3km) of the river heading downstream from Slate Quarry road where it crosses the Moorabool to the north east of Meredith. The bridge of the same name which crosses the river at this point dates, I believe to 1922, and may be the topic of a future post.

Slate Quarry Bridge, February, 2018
Over the course of several hours we made our way along the riverbank, sometimes walking easily, sometimes rock-hopping and scrambling, sometimes climbing up the occasional steep incline.
A small gravel island mid-stream

08:00

February 24 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

1802 - Flinders and his crew fell over Port Lincoln, on the southern end of what later became known as the Eyre Peninsula.

1815 - Rev. Samuel Marsden left NZ for Port Jackson in Oz bringing with him chiefs Te Morenga and Te Pehi.


1817 - The sadly named Barron Field, who masqueraded as a Supreme Court Judge when not penning prose, rocked up to Sydney.

1820 - Governor Macquarie shot off an email but failing to find an NBN connection he scratched out a letter to Earl Bathurst regarding the surveyors Oxley and Meehan at Illawarra.

1828 - Alexander Stewart popped in to Illawarra as a convict, where he was assigned to Edward Corrigan.

1830 - John Oxley was Hanged at Hobart for the murder of Susan Corfield.

1838 -  The 9th Governor of NSW Guv Gipps trotted into office.

1842 - A Native Police Force was established at Narre Warren with 25 Aborigines trained and under the command of Henry Dana, who moved the force to the banks of Meri Creek the following month.

1842 - Muston's Creek Massacre took place; when six big brave white men rode up on horseback and opened fire killing 4 Indigenous women (1 who was pregnant) and a child, with a 5th severely wounded woman dying later.

1859 - Cruising for some sightseeing the paddle steamer Gemini popped up the Darling River to Brewarrina.

1860 -  William Meuct was a convict who was a little less than lavish with his praise towards his prison guard at Geelong Gaol on this day; silly Meuct was charged with being insolent and was given 24 hours in solitary confinement on bread and water.

1875 The SS Gothenburg struck Old Reef off Ayr, Queensland and sank with the loss of 102 lives.

1876 -  A deputation of Coranderrk Aborigines led by (William) Beruk Barak travelled to Melbourne to call on the Colonial Secretary to request Superintendant Green's reinstatement.
They were unsuccessful.

1888 - Louisville, Kentucky, became the first government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms).

1896 - Victoria was all out for 43 vs South Australia, Jones 6-15, Jarvis 4-27,
It's a cricket thing.

1905 - Fanny Cochrane Smith, a Tasmanian Aborigine famous for the recordings of her language and songs, died on this day.

1908 - A confused and troubled soul going by the name of Benjamin Harvey did a bunk from the Ararat Asylum, Victoria, dressed only in his shirt.
Whilst on the run Harvey called at a farm where he asked if he might sharpen some knives on the grindstone. Harvey explained that he had escaped from the Ballarat Gaol, where he had nearly killed a warder by kicking him. He also told them he knew that the police were pursuing him, but that he did not intend to be...

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