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Several Ocean Grove pennant teams in both Midweek and Saturday
competition will stake their claims in coming weeks for a
With only four matches remaining in the home and away competition in Midweek, five teams remain in contention.
Last years state champion side has strung two wins together since the break which has been crucial to the teams chances of defending its title. Sitting fifth only three points out of the four, next weeks home match against Lara will be an important one.
Division 3 and 8 sit fourth while Division 6 is fflying along in second spot. The Sevens have an opportunity to reach the big stage in coming weeks and are currently fifth and only one game out of the four.
Round 14 of the home and away season could be one of the biggest for the Ocean Grove Premier Division team.
On the road to compete against Victoria and currently second on the ladder it will be crucial to the chances of consolidating a top two position. Following on from a hard fought home win against Eastern Park in round 13 where the rink of Gary Burkett, Faye Richardson, Rod Brehaut and Tony Joel led the way for the home team with a match winning performance outscoring their opposition 38-17 to ensure the 10 match points got added to this seasons total.
Keith George had 500 reasons to smile on Saturday night after receiving the badge for the milestone of that many matches in the Ocean Grove outfit. George and his team mates made sure it was one to remember as their Division 8 side returned to the scales winners by 16 shots against Eastern Park with the rink George was playing second along with Heather Quilty, Robin Brache and David Harvey stealing the show earning the King of the Rinks drinks 38-13.
George, as part of the celebrations for the day, along with Bob Nicol (300) Barry Hair (100) Bob Poole (100) and Tony Joel (100) all received their milestone badge.
The road to the semi-finals are in full flight and the next few weeks will tell a big story of how many Grovers will taste Saturday pennant finals. Seven sides sit in the top four after 13 games with Division 8 an outside chance with five weeks to go. Garry Redford, Jeff Howarth, Terry Thomas and Rick Webb kept the hopes alive for Division 1 to finish top two with dominating performance on the carpet at Lara. 33-13 the final result.
Tom Bramwell, Col Anderson, Peter Patterson and John Izzard were on a mission from end one in their match against Point Lonsdale in Division 3. Never allowing their opposition to get any feel for the green they powered to victory 39-8.
Top side in Division 4 and another strong performance at Portarlington ensured their stand as top of the table side. Ian Turner plus 12 and Lorraine Kirk also plus 12 led the way following on from last weeks rink win of 51-13 to Adele Rya...
By Mark Heenan
Collendina climbed into second spot on the BPCA A Grade ladder
after a bonus outright victory over Queenscliff on Saturday.
The 10-point result sees Collendina occupy a top-two spot (40 points) after Anglesea (42 points) defeated Drysdale (36 points) by 50 runs in their top-of-the-table clash.
The Cobras had sewn up first innings points on day one after the visitors bowled out the Coutas for 87.
Resuming at 6/143 Collendina declared before the start of play and sent the Coutas back in for a second dig.
Collendina coach Corey Walter (71) led the charge with a fine half-century.
Jye Hearps (5/15) was the chief destroyer and collected a five-wicket haul.
To Queenscliffs credit it made a promising start to its second innings after a 56-run deficit and at one stage was 0/51.
Once star bowler Charlie Lamb broke through the top order, the Queenscliff wickets tumbled.
Lamb took nine wickets and achieved his best figures for 2017/18 in Queenscliffs second innings with 7/38 from 28 overs which added to his 2/34 on day one.
The Coutas lost their last 10 wickets for 52 runs and were all out for 103 from 60 overs, which meant Collendina needed a further 48 runs to claim maximum points.
Cobra coach Corey Walter said it was a hard-fought outright given the hot weather and home sides resilient top order batting.
Collendina achieved the bonus points in the final overs on day two.
It is a fine line because dont know how they (opposition) come out and approach it, Walter told the Voice.
If we had batted 10 overs on day two and were 120 or 130 runs in front are we going to bowl out them out? Have we left ourselves enough overs?
So we thought if we at least declared before the start of play we are only losing three overs with the change over and not six overs.
Their top five bats can all bat really well I think four of their top five batsmen have made A Grade hundreds.
Collendina now faces a crucial two-day clash at home this Saturday against cross-town rivals and fourth-placed Ocean Grove in a game which will shape the A Grade finals mix.
A win for the Cobras would secure a top-four finals berth.
They (Ocean Grove) have got some good quality players we have got to keep putting pressure on them and we have won the last few times we have played them, Walter said.
In B Grade, Queenscliff defeated the Cobras on first innings.
Queenscliff was dismissed for 129 from 52 overs in the first innings and all out for 99 from 46.1 overs in its second dig.
Collendina effectively was all out for 50 from 17.5 overs in its first innings despite only losing eight wickets.
The Cobras were 3/71 from 25 overs in its second innings.
St Leonards won on first innings against Collendina in their C Grade game.
The Cobras we...
By Mark Heenan
Ocean Grove Cricket Club coach Paul Jubber praised young
all-rounder Jackson Kent after he helped bowl the Grubbers to
victory over Winchelsea on Saturday.
Kent claimed his best A Grade figures and finished with 4/11 from 11.2 overs with six maidens.
Ocean Grove A Grade won by 43 runs after they dismissed the visitors for 109.
The Grubbers now sit in fourth position on 33 points after eight rounds.
Jackson was again fantastic with the ball, Jubber told the Voice.
His bowling this season has gone to another level.
Jubber said all bowlers played a role after the Grubbers were defending mediocre score on day one.
Winchelsea gained the upper hand on day one after bowling out Ocean Grove for 152 and was 1/32 in reply at stumps.
Defending 152 is always a tough task, Jubber said.
All of our bowlers this week were disciplined and played to their strengths.
Ocean Grove dominated on day two after the final eight Winchelsea wickets fell for only 47.
Spinner Thomas Kent (2/15) picked up two scalps while Dan Roddis (1/19), Sam Jubber (1/26), Lindon Giuffrida (1/18) and Paul Jubber (1/0) all claimed one each.
Sam Jubber (50) scored a timely half-century on day one, while Winchelsea trio Daniel Johnson (3/39), Dean Hampshire (3/20) and Jamie Doyle (3/21) all took three wickets.
The win set up an enthralling clash with second-placed Collendina this Saturday at the Snake Pit.
Weve been waiting for this opportunity, Jubber said.
They have some outstanding talent.
In B Grade, Ocean Grove scored a big 232-run victory over Winchelsea.
Batting first Ocean Grove finished at 8/425 from 75 overs.
Four Grubber batsmen made half-centuries including opener Dylan Thorley (55), Nathan Taylor (73), Isaac Saunders (77) and unbeaten 70 not out from Jake Taylor.
Ocean Grove opening batsman Nathan Madden contributed 40.
Winchelsea was all out for 193 thanks to a three-wicket haul from Billy Foord Engelsman (3/33) off 14.4 overs.
Ocean Grove had a bye in C Grade and this Saturday will face bottom side Collendina.
The Grubbers won by 10 wickets in their D Grade one-day game against St Leonards.
Batting first St Leonards was all out for 76 from 27.3 overs thanks to a four-wicket haul from Ben Hughes (4/13) while Troy Wiseman took 3/15.
Ocean Grove finished at 0/89 in reply with an unbeaten 54 from Paddy McMahon.
Ocean Grove locals took the ocean water plunge at this summers
popular inaugural Queenscliff180 Family Swim on Saturday.
Warm conditions, blue skies and clear water treated male and female competitors in the 600m and 1km events held at Queenscliff Pier.
Formerly the Queenscliff Blue Water Challenge, the new Queenscliff180 Family swim was the brainchild of co-organisers Liam Petrie-Allbutt and Sam Sheppard, a seven-time winner of the Pier to Pub.
The idea was to bring parents who could normally swim 500m to 800m potentially with the current and have a go at a 1km swim, while their kids have a go at the 500m swim to get more participation happening, said Petrie-Allbutt.
Excellent conditions attracted 400-plus competitors.
Ocean Grove based Stewart Owen said the family-based swim was an enjoyable experience.
The full 180-degree arc makes probably definitely more of a family friendly swim, Owen said.
It is a great course and it was always beautiful swim here the water is always really clear and clean and is terrific.
Owen, who finished in 12:49 in the 50-59 age group 1km swim, competed at the former Queenscliff-based swim organised by the Boroughcoutas Swimming Club in recent years held across the Australia Day weekend.
Ocean Grove local Mark Stone came fourth in 10:02 in the 50-59 age group in the 1km swim.
It was a double celebration for Melbourne-based ocean swimming champion Kelly Stubbins.
Stubbins won the 1km Swim Open age female section in a fast time of 09:10 and also took out victory in 09:19 in the 1km swim 30-39 age category.
Male winner James Mace recorded the fastest race time with 08:36 in the 12-17 age category, while Darius Schultz came second in 08:54.
William Boyton (06:07) won the 600m in the 13-15 age category while Caitlin Matthews was the first female across the finishing line in 06:17.
Queenslander Jay McCarthy became the first Australian to win the
UCI WorldTour Elite Mens Race day on Sunday.
The 25-year-old won the title in 4h04:00 ahead of a first-class line-up including 12 WorldTour teams.
Ive been poking my head out of the hotel window all week looking at the finish line thinking about thisit worked perfectly for us, McCarthy said.
With the help of team mate Daniel Oss, he was able to hold off Italian great Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) who finished second and South African favourite Daryl Impey third.
The hot and humid conditions, which reached 41 degrees out on the 164km course, which included Barwon Heads, suited McCarthy.
Its more humid than normal down here. We get humidity and heat in Queensland and the two together worked well for me, he said.
The race, more commonly known as the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, drew thousands of spectators from across the region. The race passed through Cadel Evans home town of Barwon Heads.
Ocean Grove progressed to the semi-finals of the Bendigo Bank
T20 Big Bash by defeating Little River in the 2nd round.
The Grubbers will play a semi-final on 11 February at Barwon Heads in a bumper weekend of T20 cricket.
The two semi-finals will be played simultaneously on both Barwon Heads ovals with the final to be held immediately after on RT Fuller Oval.
Grove batted first and made 8/156 with Isaac Saunders making 41 and Jackson Kent 22.
In reply, Little River was dismissed in the 20th over for 124 with Dan Roddis and Tom Kent the best of the bowlers.
Ocean Grove will play Portarlington and Barwon Heads will meet Anglesea in the semi-finals.
Collendina was eliminated in the second round of the knockout stage by a rampant Anglesea.
Collendina felt the full wrath of Anglesea skipper and young gun Ned Cooper. Cooper made 90 for the Roos in their total of 3/180.
In reply, only Max Sutton reached double figures with 28 as the Snakes were bundled out for 83.
Rotary Club of Ocean Grove turned back the clock 20 years with a
free sausage sizzle in Ocean Grove, on Australia Day.
The free snags were gleefully snapped up from 9am to 11am on The Terrace.
Busker Isaac Wright entertained the crowd and there were fake tattoos, face transfers and balloons courtesy of Helloworld Travel. People also enjoyed games, soft drinks, and of course, free sausages offset with onions for those who indulged.
Dean Mawby told the Voice he was visiting for a long weekend from Castlemaine and son Alexander Mawby and Jack Saunders were thankful for a free sausage in bread.
The event was sponsored by RTEdgar (Bellarine) Real Estate and is yet another example of Rotary doing good for the community.
Spartacus loves Canadia. Not as much as he loves Australia or the US, but still. Canadia is a wonderful and beautiful land. But this assessment of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is just magnificent. Truly.
Here are some highlights, but Cats must read for themselves.
In a Toronto Sun column, Lorne Gunter wrote everything Trudeau does is done because he is nave. The major problem with the columnists thinking is he is being too kind to the selfie-taking Sock Boy. As far as naivet goes, Trudeau is looking at it in the rear view mirror. The reality is he is simply not bright enough to hold any job requiring more intelligence than his work experience before entering politics required; part time drama teacher, snowboard instructor and bouncer.
It is much easier to label Trudeau as a liar with evil intentions. But like the child he appears to be, his words and actions can simply arise from a person who is not intelligent enough to do the job he has been elected to do.
Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus
1825 - ABSCONDING CONVICTS
We have been favoured with the following extract of a letter from Newcastle.... Six men have recently taken to the bush; indeed every settler is complaining of men absenting themselves without effect. Here on Sunday evening five prisoners and one soldier (the latter being on duty at the wharf) took the Commandants gig and proceeded to sea with the intention of taking the Government cutter Mars but were prevented (the night coming on with hazy weather) and made prisoner at Reids Mistake.
1827 - ChristChurch at Newcastle was in a bit of a state....the church was falling to bits, the churchyard, for want of a fence had been made a thoroughfare and pigs were permitted to root amongst the graves.
The repairs were commenced at long last on this day.
1834 - Ten convicts being transferred from Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on Sarah Island, Tas, seized the brig Frederick and sailed to Chile in it where they lived freely for two years. Four of the convicts were later recaptured and returned to Australia, where they escaped the death sentence for piracy through a legal technicality; as it was never officially launched it wasn't an official ship, and as it was taken from a harbour and not at sea it didn't meet the requirements for piracy.
1834 - Bryant Kyne was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of James Gavarin (Gevan, Gavan, Gavanagh, Govarin) at the Balmain residence of the solicitor-general, John Plunkett.
1851 - Charles FitzRoy got the short straw and became 'Governor-General of all Her Maj's Aussie Possessions'...the title now known as Guv-General.
1853 - Today the South Australian Register published an article titled Journal of A Trip To Kangaroo Island, in which the author mentions Van Dieman Aboriginals living on Kangaroo Island.
1854 - Fire and timber buildings really didn't bode well for prime real estate when sparky flames burnt down 3 stores and 5 houses in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne.
1859 - The Railway line from Geelong to Williamstown (Vic) was extended to Melbourne at Spencer Street Railway Station.
1864 - G.E. Dalrymple had an empty dance card so he led an expedition by sea from Bowen to establish the port of Caldwell, Qld.
1874 - Robert Goswell was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Mary Anne Lloyd at Stapelford, Beverley.
1878 - One of Australia's first telephones was tested between La Perouse and Sydney, NSW. Similar experiments were conducted in Melbourne around that time by the proprietors of McLean Brothers and Rigg.
1879 - The ill-fated Glenelg-Marino steam-powered railway opened today in Crow-Eater country (South Oz) but it was not to last ...it was plagued with sand drifts , 2 fatal accidents, poor patronage and time was called on it in Apr...
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