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A truck rollover caused peak hour traffic mayhem in Cardinia.
Ballarto Road, Cardinia, was closed for five hours on 24 October leaving motorists to seek alternative routes after a Volvo tipper truck overturned near the Beazley Road intersection.
Police said a 70-year-old Hallam man was travelling east along Ballarto Road in a Volvo tipper truck with tri-axle trailer carrying dirt.
It is believed the man lost control of the vehicle before it tipped on its side, spilling its load of dirt across the road.
The driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to Dandenong Hospital from where he was released a short time later.
The road was closed until 1pm that afternoon as emergency services worked to clear the site.
Cardinia Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation into the incident.
The driver is expected to be charged on summons to appear at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court at a later date.
Bumper crowds flocked to the streets of Cranbourne to wave-off thousands of motorcyclists that roared into town for Casey’s annual Cranbourne GP Run.
There was a sea of leather and chrome – and even Stormtroopers that lined the streets as bikers assembled for their mass ride to Phillip Island for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Saturday 21 October.
Flag-bearer Casey’s Councillor Wayne Smith said you could feel the electricity in the air.
“The weather didn’t put too many off. It was fantastic. It was overcast but no wind which makes it always easier to go up in the cherry-picker.”
He said it took nearly 30 minutes for the final bike to cross the start line as they headed off to Philip Island along the South Gippsland Highway for the Moto GP.
“Matt Prins sang the national anthem and he nailed it. That was fantastic. He’s been a local performer for a long time and I was happy to recommend him to do it.”
There was plenty of entertainment, stallholders and family activities such as craft, Daytona racing, face painting, workshops and market stalls set up along High Street with significant traffic management in place.
Former Casey councillor Bob Halsall from Casey Radio also helped broadcast a live-to-air coverage of the event.
City of Casey socialite Lady Uppity Crust also handed out flags, adding the event made a statement for Casey and “sets a scene” for the Moto GP.
“I had a ball. It was fantastic to see so many people that had been coming for years. It puts Cranbourne on the map and the City of Casey. It was great for Lady Uppity to chat to the local radio and hand out flags to families,” she said.
“And to have Cr Wayne Smith and Cr Amanda Stapledon doing the flag wave-off was absolutely fantastic. Lady Uppity thanks the City of Casey and the volunteers for supporting this great event.”
Some of the action from the GP Run in Cranbourne:
Dandenong Harley Owners Group held a fund-raising breakfast for charity group Very Special Kids.
“We took nearly $2000 and that money then gets presented in a cheque to the Very Special Kids down at Lord Somers Camp which we go down to twice a year and give them Harley rides.
“We do the barbecue every year. We’ve been doing it since City of Casey created it. We get a heap of our members to go down there,” said Rodney Gadsden, merchandise officer for Dandenong Harley Owners Group.
He said it was a worthy cause each year, with the group raising nearly $50,000 since participating in the GP Run.
“So the money we made from the GP Run will be presented to them during our next visit in February,” he said.
“It’s a very good event. We love it. We ride these big machines that we’ve all dreamt of having and now that we’ve got them we may as well brighten up the kids and give them a smile. They love riding on them. They have a ball.”
Cranbourne CFA First Lieutenant Dennis Latchford said: “We have the truck down there every year. For two reasons, for one publicity – for the kids to climb through it but we’re also down there if something happens in the main street we’ve got a truck ready to go.”
“You quite often pick up a few more volunteers out of it. They start talking and get interested in it.”
Narre Warren SES also had their truck on display, with kids jumping with excitement into the front seat.
“We were there from a community education perspective. We gave out lots of pamphlets, and little soft toy trucks and pens.
“We give some to the kids and talk to the parents for five minutes on what they do and how they can how they can prepare in their home for storm and emergencies,” said Narre Warren SES Controller Clinton Brown.
He said of all the major events they’d attended in the past, the GP Run was the “biggest crowd by far.”
Senior Sergeant Alan Dew of Cranbourne Police said the GP Run went well.
“The public were well behaved and they stayed back from the roads. We didn’t have any issues as far as I’m aware,” he said.
Money raised will go to the Casey-Cardinia Foundation to help community groups across the region.
“We had 14 volunteers assisting the foundation’s tin rattling at the GP Event on Saturday. We raised $907,” said Casey-Cardinia Foundation chairman Paul Thomas.
He said the foundation was grateful to be chosen by the City of Casey as the event’s charity partner this year.
“It was the first time the foundation had been involved in the event. The fund-raising and generosity of the community was appreciated. It was also an opportunity for the foundation to connect with the community and explain the work it does.
“The foundation provides grants to numerous Casey Cardinia not for profit community groups each year and assists older persons, youth, those with a disability and the disadvantaged,” Mr Thomas said.
Dandenong truly showed no mercy against Greenvale on Saturday, with the Panthers racking up a faultless 10-wicket win.
Sending the Kangas in to bat, the Panthers were merciless with their line and length, rolling them for 122 off their 50 overs.
Jak Jowett’s (3/22) brilliant start to life as a Panther continued, Peter Cassidy (3/20) hit immaculate lines, while Justin Butterfield (2/35), James Nanopoulos (2/28) and impressive spinner Akshat Buch (0/16) all bogged down the home side.
In reply, Brett Forsyth (52 not out) and Tom Donnell (66 not out) put the game to bed in just 28.3 overs, dominating a severely lacklustre opposition in a typically dominant opening stand by the pair.
In just over two hours of class batting, Donnell and Forsyth combined for over a dozen boundaries, and continued their legendary partnership with yet another breathtaking performance.
The Panthers now move to 3-0 and in ominous form, and Donnell is certainly excited about what his side is producing at the moment.
“It was a really good performance, set up by the bowlers and the fielding,” he said.
“With a lowish score to chase, it was pretty comfortable, we didn’t really feel under any pressure – the wicket was pretty decent, so we went about our business as per normal, and it was good to just get another win on the board.
“It’s a great position the club’s in, and it’s a hard job for the selectors at the moment picking a team, and the depth is as strong as it’s been for a really long time.”
His partner in crime – Forsyth – certainly agrees, and is ecstatic at how the club is going in all grades.
“We’ve got a lot depth now, we really do value our lower grades, and see that as a feeding system to our top team,” he said.
“The strength has been building, I think, and we’re moving in the right direction.
“It’s definitely the strongest I’ve seen the club on and off field for 13 or 14 years since I’ve been here.”
In the seconds, Comrey Edgeworth (110) and Josh Slater’s (81) brilliant form continued in a dominant win, the third won by ten-wickets after rolling the Roos for 59, and the fourths won by nine wickets after chasing down the Roos’ 6/210.
Edgeworth has now scored 235 at 117.5 in his first three digs, while Slater has scored 218 runs at 109.
In Women’s Premier Cricket, not even a stellar century to Dandenong skipper Sophie Molineux (115) could save the Panthers from notching its first win of the season against Melbourne on Sunday.
Melbourne elected to bat at the Albert Ground, and scored a competitive 189 off 48 overs despite another terrific performance by Panthers’ recruit Kim Garth (4/26) and Chelsea Moscript (3/44).
Molineux then played an epic knock in reply, opening the batting and surviving every blow as wickets tumbled around her, and was the last wicket to fall for the match as the visitors fell three runs short in a tense finish.
Incredibly, all four grades gained bonus points, a rare feat in the competition.
Dandenong will play Casey over the weekend, with Donnell to play his 200th match in the First XI.
For footballers in their mid-30s facing the end of their careers at senior level and looking for a way of staying involved in the game, the Beaconsfield Superules side may have just the solution.
The team, based out of Perc Allison Oval in Beaconsfield, will be coached by former Kooweerup and Hampton Park senior coach Matt Shorey next year, and it’s on the hunt for players aged 35 and over.
Shorey opened up, saying there are so many players currently facing their footy mortality at clubland who haven’t quite accepted it. He knows that feeling all too well.
“I still didn’t really accept it – that I was done,” he said.
“It’s when you actually accept it that you look at your next chapter. Do I take up golf? Do I take up something else? You need that outlet – you just need that if you’ve played footy all your life.”
And then there’s the potential for players who’ve gone through their careers without winning a premiership to rectify that at Beaconsfield.
“I was lucky enough to play in one,” Shorey said.
“At that point, then we probably weren’t favourites to win it but at least you got to play in one – that’s the main thing.
“This is a great opportunity for it to happen – to really get Beacy successful, to recruit some older players who’re in that mid-range from 35 to 45. There are a few guys I’ve played against who still have a bit of talent and some pace there who could definitely come in now if they still have a bit of fitness, themselves.”
Shorey acknowledged it was a commitment for players – and indirectly, their families – to get involved with Superules, but not in the same way as it was in the previous chapters of their careers at clubland.
“The wives and kids have put up with a lot over the past 15 to 20 years of your footy career, and then all of a sudden you say you want to play again,” he said.
“But you do enjoy it out there – it’s kind of hard to explain.
“I never even thought I’d play Superules, but the reason why I took the coaching job on is because I think there’s something there for blokes who’re finishing up their footy and want to have a bit of fun, and take it half seriously too. It’s fun, but when you’re competing and you’ve always been a competitor, it’s hard not to take it seriously when you get to game day.”
Shorey said the doors at Beaconsfield were open to players of all clubs and competitions who’re looking to give Superules a crack.
“There are guys sitting at home who’d think they’re finished, but they’re not really,” he said.
“There’s something still there that says ‘I just want to play’.
“Some of these blokes who were one club players have only known that certain amount of people through footy. It’s a great opportunity – knowing that you may play with some (former opposition) players you didn’t know that well as blokes.
“Once you actually get into the same side, you see a different side of them.”
Anyone looking to get involved with the Beaconsfield Superules side can call coach Matt Shorey on 0438 573 969.
Training starts on Thursday, 16 November from 6pm at Perc Allison Oval.