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BEACONSFIELD is good enough to play in this year’s grand final according to coach Amy Heath, who was impressed with her side’s 43-37 victory over Berwick at Edwin Flack Reserve.
And don’t for one minute think that she’s just shooting from the hip, because Amy has some real substance to her argument.
“I don’t like excuses but we have been injury stricken this year, hence our form hasn’t been great,” Amy said of her team, which broke a three-game losing streak on the weekend.
“But we’re building and we’ll have a full team on the court by the time finals come around. Narre (Warren) looks to be the team to beat but a grand final spot is what we’re playing for, and who knows what can happen from there.”
Beacy took control of the contest against Berwick in the second quarter, with Andi Dickson and Bianca Sanzaro combining beautifully in a 15-goal-to-eight onslaught. The Eagles then maintained their composure, and their lead, to bank a crucial four points.
Kylie Baker in wing defence was also terrific for the Eagles on Saturday, while Olivia Macente and Jodie Cranston had good games for Berwick.
Cranbourne coach Simon O’Shanassy was very proud of his side after its come-from-behind eight-goal victory 42-34 over ROC at Starling Road.
The Eagles went in without Amy-Grace Paulsen, and lost fellow goal-shooter Monalisa Groom to injury in the second quarter, but still found a way to grab the four points. The Eagles were down at half time, but the move of regular wing-attack Natalie Sparks into the goal ring made all the difference after the break.
“We still had Jess (O’Hanlon) in there, but for Nat to come in and shoot 11 goals in the third quarter was huge for us,” O’Shanassy said.
Tara Cecil and Alanah Hardy were once again fantastic in defence for the Eagles.
Pakenham has basically assured itself of a double-chance in September after a gritty and determined three-goal victory 45-42 over Doveton at Toomuc Reserve.
Two of the league’s most potent goal-shooters, Pakenham’s Rachel Priestly and Doveton’s Rahni Samason, settled down into a shootout in the first quarter, their skills admirable in the windy conditions.
But ironically it was Pakenham’s defence that made the difference in the end, with Michelle Briggs, Olivia Hunt and Taylor Beck keeping the Doves to their lowest score since round seven.
Premiership-favourite Narre Warren has continued its unbeaten run this season with a comprehensive 39-goal victory over Tooradin at Westernport. The Magpies are really looking strong at the moment; Tayla Shannon (88 percent) and Chloe Phillips (85 percent) shot the ball beautifully while Tracey Dell and Kara Hargreaves were impenetrable down back.
WHEN she’s not fixing cars Laura Wouters is shaping eyebrows, painting lips and blushing cheeks.
The 19-year-old mechanic from Maryknoll says even though she took a slightly indirect route to the garage, she is now where her heart lies – in among the grease and the oil, and she loves it.
The Kooweerup Secondary College student left school in Year 11 to start a four-year beauty therapy course which was ‘just a back-up’ career, she asserts.
“I never actually wanted to be a beauty therapist, I always wanted to be a mechanic, it was just a back-up but I regret waiting so long before pursuing my hobby,” she said.
An apprentice mechanic at Rapid Tune Pakenham, Laura told Star News she was initially scared about pursuing an automotive career.
“I was worried because it was a male dominated industry – everyone doubted me.
“My mum was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to stick to it because it was so different and it was the same with my friends, they would say ‘yeah right’ and thought it was a joke,” Laura said.
But sticking with her gut feeling, Laura quit beauty therapy after her first work placement.
“I couldn’t handle being in a salon.
“I knew then it wasn’t for me, I didn’t like it whatsoever – beauty therapy was just too girly, prissy and bitchy for me, but I still enjoy doing it at home,” she said.
With a set-up at home Laura offers waxing, massage and eyelash and eyebrow tinting for those close to her.
“I’ve gone from one extreme to the other really, but I think it’s good – I go home and I can pamper myself,” she said.
Completing a certificate three in automotive at the Chisholm Institute, Laura would cop a wolf whistle here and there as she walked by the classrooms but said the boys backed off by the end of the 10 weeks.
“It was tormenting but it’s entertaining for them because you’re a female, you’ve got make-up on and you’re walking around – you look like a joke,” she said.
After three months’ work experience at Rapid Tune Pakenham Laura was offered an apprenticeship and has been training as a mechanic for six months.
“It is definitely a man’s world but I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.
“I’m always treated with respect at Rapid Tune and they’re always willing to help me and Michael, John and staff here are always asking me if I’m okay,” she said.
Having met just one other girl studying automotive at Chisholm Institute (who has since dropped out) Laura said she would love to be her own boss one day.
“My aim is to open my own garage and I would love to have a workshop full of girls, it’d be awesome.”
Laura wears big sparkly earrings and long fake acrylic nails to work and said she was constantly surprising customers.
“When I go to drop customers off I take my gloves off so I don’t look like I’ve been working and they say ‘So you’re the receptionist’ and I say ‘No, no I’m a mechanic’ and they’re always surprised and shocked, it’s hilarious,” Laura explained.
With another three years to go as an apprentice mechanic, Laura said she never hesitated and got straight into the greasy work.
“A lot of people had a lot of doubt but I have turned a hobby into a career and I just love cars in general, I won’t change my mind again – I love it and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” she said.
FAMILY side-projects earned two Yarra Valley winemakers Australia-wide acclaim last night, when they took out two of the top awards at the annual James Halliday Wine Companion Awards.
Yarra Glen’s Serrat winery took out the Wine of the Year award at the event on Tuesday 28 July at the Melbourne Museum for its 2014 Shiraz Viognier, which earned a score of 99.
The Best New Winery award was handed out to Gladysdale’s Bicknell FC, giving the Yarra Valley two of the six top awards on the night.
Serrat winemaker Tom Carson said he was “astounded” when he heard he had won the award for his winery, which he described as “micro”.
“We’ve been very honoured,” he said.
“I never imagined our place could produce something like that.”
The Shiraz Viognier, he explained, is 95 per cent red wine grapes, with a small amount of white wine fermented in it.
“It’s a wine that I’ve always loved, always thought was well suited to the valley,” Mr Carson said.
The winery itself is based on seven acres, but has a high density of vines – four times as many as regular vineyards, a typical layout of vineyards in France.
Mr Carson and Nadege Sune, a fifth generation French winemaker, first planted vines on the property in 2001, and hand-make the wines on-site, with the help of Kate Thurgood.
“It’s called ‘close planted’ in Australia – in France, it’s just normal,” Mr Carson said.
“The vines are much smaller, the crop load per vine is smaller, it’s more labour intensive … but we think it produces the best out of the site.
“Each vine produces less than a bottle of wine – it’s a concentration of the fruit, and less fruit on each plant means you get more flavour, more concentration in the wine.”
Bicknell FC’s winemaker David Bicknell said that he and Mr Carson ran similar operations, in that they both work for wineries full-time, and run their own smaller vineyards in their spare time.
“It’s a labour of love on weekends, the small vineyard we look after up at Gladysdale,” he said.
He said he felt “smug” about winning the Best New Winery award, and attributed the winery’s success to patience – and good wine.
“I guess, perhaps the reason it’s come to the attention of the big man is that we haven’t hurried to put the wines out on the market,” Mr Bicknell said.
“When we first made the wines, they were fairly obtuse, difficult to understand for a lot of people.
“We haven’t rushed at it – we’ve been making wine under the Bicknell FC label for about four years, but it wasn’t until last year that we put any wine into the market.”
Mr Bicknell said the adage of ‘find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life’ rang true when it came to making wines, most of the time at least.
“Well, it’s a product that people love – they truly, deeply love it – which is why you get people stupid enough to spend their entire weekends doing what they do for the rest of the week,” he said.
“There are days you’re out working in the vineyard, where you just love the solitude of working by yourself, and thinking about other stuff – it’s pretty nourishing, but not when it’s raining and not when it’s minus four degrees.”
Mr Carson said that, while winemaking had artistic and creative flair, calling the job an art was “hyperbole”.
“People describe it like that, but I don’t know if it’s really art, because we don’t really create anything,” he said.
“It’s sort of created by nature itself – it’s more the crafting of it … there’s an artistic element to it, but I think that’s hyperbole-ing it a little bit.”
The Best Pinot Noir varietal award at the awards night was given to the 2013 Mount Mary Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, which achieved 98 points, while the Shiraz award went to Serrat’s 2014 Shiraz Viognier.
For the awards and the associated Halliday Wine Companion 2016, 8863 bottles of wine were tasted – some 398,835 millilitres or 6.5 bathtubs full of wine.
For more information on the awards, and a full list of winners, visit www.winecompanion.com.au/awards
ALBURYCITY is aiming to reduce the volume of traffic on George Street following concerns from the street’s residents.
AlburyCity will be launching a three-month trial to reduce traffic volume and speed on George Street by installing a median strip in Kiewa Street to stop motorists from turning right near Albury High School.
The strip will prevent right-hand turns from Kiewa Street into George Street, and right hand turns from George Street into Kiewa Street.
Two speed cushions will also be installed in George Street to slow traffic.
On-street parking and driveway access is not expected to be affected.
The chairman of AlburyCity’s local traffic committee Cr Graham Docksey said the council was responding to the concerns of residents and had been monitoring traffic flow and speed in George Street, which some drivers are using to avoid Guinea Street.
“This is a three-month trial and we want feedback from the community,” Cr Docksey said.
“We’ll continue to monitor traffic volume and speed in George Street so we can see how effective these changes are.”
Works will begin in August.
People can have their say during the traffic trial by writing to AlburyCity at 553 Kiewa Street, Albury, 2640, or emailing email@example.com
OLINDA pool committee members braved the cold on Monday 27 July to celebrate the confirmation of an agreement to commence repair works on the pool.
Yarra Rangers mayor Maria McCarthy and Monbulk MP and Deputy Premier James Merlino were also in attendance to mark the occasion and show their support for the project.
Yarra Ranges Council facility operations manager Ron Pearce said they were hoping to have the pool ready to open for public use at the beginning of the swimming season.
“We’re hoping to have the project finished by the end of November, if the weather is kind to us,” he said.
The Olinda pool was closed two years ago due to cracks appearing in the ageing structure, among other reasons.
Yarra Ranges Council voted in favour in a council meeting in November last year to allocate a budget of $770,000 to repair the pool and upgrade facilities.
Monbulk MP James Merlino last year pledged $500,000 to assist with the pool repairs and construction of a precinct playground.
While the State Government has pledged money toward the rejuvenation the pool, only half of that will go towards the pool itself.
The remaining $250,000 will be put towards a playground that will link the pool area with the developing recreation precinct on the former Olinda Golf Course.
“It’s a once in a generation opportunity to give the community use of the recreation area 12 months a year,” Mr Merlino said.
Upgrades to the pool will include installation of a liner to the swimming pool to eliminate leaks, renewal of existing infrastructure, refurbishment of existing toilet and bathroom facilities and construction of a new accessible toilet for people with disabilities.
“We’re really happy with this commitment,” Pool Committee member Duncan Brown said.
The management of the pool after the upgrades will be transferred to community volunteers with council support.
STANTHORPE local Carol Power from Carol Power Hats, Clothing and Crafts will be holding a fund-raiser for the Brain Cancer Foundation at her store on Saturday.
She will be holding a beanie and scarf stall at her store at 35 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe this Saturday 1 August from 9am to 1pm.
All proceeds will go towards the Brain Cancer Foundation.
Ms Power’s nephew was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and she would like to raise all the awareness she can to help.
Her nephew Brad is 33 years old. He and his wife have three kids and the youngest is 10 months old.
“I just want to show my nephew how much I care about him,” Ms Powers said.
“My nephew has brain cancer, and it’s the least funded cancer there is of all the cancers. I just want to make people aware that this is out there.”
Ms Powers said the donations had already flooded in with beanies donated from Rockhampton, Mackay, Bribie Island, Coochiemudlo Island, Sydney, Newcastle and of course the loyal local residents of Stanthorpe and Warwick.
“People have been donating from all over, it’s wonderful,” she said.
Ms Powers said that there were no set prices for the items with her main goal being to raise awareness.
“Beanies and scarves will be sold for donations for whatever people can afford to pay. I don’t want to put any prices, because there are people who can’t afford anything,” she said.
Please get down to Carol Power Hats, Clothing and Crafts at Stanthorpe this Saturday and show your support.
HEAD chef Lozz and owner and manager Nols, now known as ‘Australia’s fussiest eater’ from Wings & Fins Seafood Restaurant in Tooradin were a big hit when the show premiered on Tuesday 28 July. With $100,000 up for grabs, Nols and Lozz are waiting in anticipation for the final result after months of hard work in front of the camera. 142360 Picture: Channel Nine
A MAN involved in a series of drunken, violent assaults including a wild brawl outside a Dandenong pub has been jailed for 20 months.
Masi Ayiik, 23, was also charged over punching a bystander who admonished him for urinating in public in Noble Park and for attacking a train passenger who told off the accused’s girlfriend for littering.
During the brawl at the Nu Hotel in the early hours of 9 August 2014, the hotel’s security guard was attacked by Ayiik when the accused and a group of associates were denied entry because they were intoxicated.
An “angry” and “unsteady” Ayiik accused the guard of being racist, and was pushed by the guard in self-defence, the court was told.
In the ensuing fight, belts were swung as well as a glass and some bricks were hurled inaccurately at the guard by other patrons.
When interviewed by police that day, Ayiik said no-one landed a punch but the guard was “lucky none of us got our hands on him”.
“As soon as he came out charging at us, we came charging at him.”
In the early hours of 6 July 2014, a “rowdy” Ayiik and his girlfriend were swearing loudly and drinking alcohol on a train that was departing from Southern Cross station, police told the court.
Ayiik’s girlfriend threw a bottle on a seat. It fell off and rolled through the carriage, leading to a passenger to admonish her for littering.
Ayiik slapped the passenger with the back of his hand, causing the victim’s spectacles to break. In an ensuing struggle, Ayiik ripped the victim’s jacket.
A Good Samaritan, who pulled Ayiik off the victim, was attacked by Ayiik’s girlfriend who put him a headlock and scratched at one of his eyes.
Ayiik later told police he felt bad about the assaults.
On a February afternoon this year, Ayiik punched a bystander in the head after the victim admonished the accused for urinating in public.
The accused also stole the victim’s $200 Ray-Ban sunglasses, which had been knocked from the victim’s head.
At the time, Ayiik was serving a rehabilitative community corrections order which he had substantially failed to comply with.
Ayiik’s defence lawyer said the accused was a Sudanese-born refugee whose family had investigated moving out of Melbourne with the accused to separate him from negative peers.
“Really his offending is motivated by his alcohol abuse, which makes his failure to comply with the corrections order all the more disappointing,” the lawyer said.
“Mr Ayiik is not a man that lacks insight,” the lawyer said.
“He’s aware that alcohol is his issue.”
Magistrate Julie O’Donnell said she took into account Ayiik’s primarily violent criminal history which had attracted prison and community-based orders in the past.
She said the two train victims had suffered “serious emotional impact”.
“They are afraid to use public transport and rightly so (given the assaults).”
She sentenced him to 20-months’ jail – including a 12-month and two three-month concurrent sentences.
His sentence included the 168 days he had spent remanded in custody.