Camperdown’s Leigh van den Berghe flies high for the mark in front of Panmure’s Brandon Cole in Saturday’s HFNL pre-season competition. Winning South Warrnambool coach Matthew Peake with the pre-season competition trophy.
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Panmure’s Shamus O’Beirne tackles Camperdown’s Hayden Mitchell.

SOUTH Warrnambool may have won its second consecutive Hampden league football pre-season competition last Saturday but rivals expect a tight season.

Warrnambool coach Scott Carter said he left Saturday’s lightning premiership of matches at Port Fairy’s Gardens Oval with one key point.

“A very even competition,” he said.

“At this early stage it is a very even competition and it will probably come down to who brings their A-grade game on the day and who has a bit of luck with injuries.” He said the Blues had emerged without injuries from their two matches and he was pleased with the form of West Gambier recruit Kayne O’Brien in defence and Sale midfielder Harry Cross.

Koroit coach Chris McLaren said his Saints had turned in pleasing performances in winning both preliminary games.

He was a little disappointed they had missed qualifying for the final.

“It would have been nice to play in it but may be not after such a big break,” he said.

Camperdown coach Bernard Moloney, who had warmed up his team for the final only to miss out after South Colac kicked a goal in the last 60 seconds of the final game, said he was thrilled with the Magpies’ undefeated showing.

“I was happy with how we went and our intensity was really good,” he said.

“You always want to play in a final and it would have been good to test ourselves against South Warrnambool. South are reinventing themselves with a new list and it would have been good to get a good look at them.”

Moloney said the Magpies had taken a lot of positives out of their two matches and expected a tight race for the top five this season.

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BUSINESSES looking to turn social media traffic into shop customer traffic can attend a free seminar in Warrnambool tonight.
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SmartSaver Deals, a business using smartphone apps to advertise special promotions, is hosting the free introduction to social and mobile media marketing for small businesses at The Loft.

At least 70 people from a range of Warrnambool businesses are attending, from pharmacies and accountants to clothing retailers.

Warrnambool Smart Mobile Media consultant Catherine Williams said the seminar would teach tips and tricks on engaging more with consumers.

“We want to get other businesses involved in utilising Facebook and social media to complement their other advertising, so they’re engaging with potential customers in more relaxed way,” she said.

“It’s not always about sell, sell, sell.

“This event is for people who haven’t used social media at all, or for people using it and already doing well.

“There’s always more to learn.”

Rather than shifting their business online, she said Warrnambool shop owners could use social media to bring customers through the door.

“When searching for products, it’s a way to have an active presence online and direct customers through their doors,” she said.

“Facebook is a good way to do that without spending a fortune on a static website where you can’t interact with people.

“Opportunity is where the eyes are and the eyes are either on Facebook or on the mobile phone.”

Further seminars targeting Portland and Hamilton businesses will follow in late May.

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A CONTENTIOUS proposal for more parking bays on Warrnambool’s Raglan Parade centre median strips has been raised again by city councillors Jennifer Lowe and Peter Hulin, who claim the CBD is disadvantaged by parking constraints.
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With council elections seven months away they have revived the concept, which has been raised before by councillors and business groups without being adopted.

They have also suggested hundreds of new parking bays could be created using residential nature strips near the city centre.

“We want a can-do attitude within council,” they said.

“Parking is the most commonly-raised complaint among residents we speak with.

“We believe there should be more free parking spaces on the CBD fringe, which would get workers’ cars out of the centre streets and free up these areas for shoppers.

“With appropriate landscaping, Raglan Parade can still retain its green look without being turned into concrete pads.”

VicRoads has again indicated it would probably not be in favour of the proposal because of safety concerns and the city council said the issue would be covered in its soon-to-be-released city structure plan draft.

However, councillors Lowe and Hulin believe the parade median strips can be changed without increasing safety risks or adding big cost burdens onto ratepayers.

“If Raglan Parade traffic between Banyan and Henna streets is slowed down, more people will go into the CBD,” they said.

“It will also give somewhere for tourists to park on their way through.

“The design could steer pedestrians to cross the road at traffic lights rather than mid-block.”

The councillors claim there would be minimal cost in redesigning Raglan Parade and residential nature strips for parking.

“It’s a very cost-effective way of handling the problem and frees up council finances for bigger projects,” they said.

“There would need to be time limits outside businesses and permits for residents in those areas.” Council indicated the structure plan would be released within weeks and address parking issues.

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A WARRNAMBOOL man who allegedly grabbed his 87-year-old grandmother around the throat after she warned him he would head back to jail has had his case adjourned for a contested hearing.
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Matthew Phillip Andrews, 31, previously of Ardlie Street, yesterday appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court from prison via video link.

His case was adjourned until a contested hearing on May 11.

Police alleged that on December 28 Mr Andrews was living at his grandmother’s home of 44 years.

His grandmother warned her grandson he would go back to jail if he continued to associate with undesirable people.

Andrews became enraged despite his mother trying to calm him down, police alleged.

He is alleged to have grabbed his grandmother around the throat.

The elderly woman later told police she almost passed out.

Mr Andrews’ mother intervened.

The man’s grandmother’s neck was left raw and bleeding.

Andrews then got hold of a knife and waved it, allegedly causing a defensive wound to the back of his grandmother’s hand.

He also allegedly threatened to kill his mother and grandmother if they called police.

Police were called and used capsicum spray to arrest the defendant.

Police searched his bedroom and found seven bottles of animal medication.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Kevin Mullins presented photos of the grandmother’s injuries to the court.

Magistrate Ron Saines told defence solicitor Matthew Senia his client would be best served by negotiating the charges.

He said police had to use force to arrest him and Andrews’ mother had to intervene.

Mr Senia said Andrews had been in custody since December 28.

His parole had been cancelled and he still owed the parole board about 12 months of a four-year sentence that was imposed in 2008.

He said the mother and grandmother were in court and they had made statements of no complaint in relation to the police charges, while Andrews maintained the police allegations were grossly inaccurate.

Solicitor Carolyn Howe said her clients, Andrews’ mother and grandmother, would give evidence that he did not make threats to kill, used his thumbnail, not the knife, to cause an injury and the neck wound bled so much because the elder woman was on blood thinning medication.

Andrews was charged with recklessly causing serious injury, resisting police, possessing the proceeds of crime and two counts of making threats to kill, assault with a weapon and unlawful assault.

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Year 11 Camperdown Mercy Regional College student Joseph Kingston, 17, shows off the new insulin pump and iPad which have streamlined the testing and treatment of his Type-1 diabetes. Behind are nutrition and dietetics manager with South West Healthcare Susan Baudinette, left, his parents Jane and Paul Kingston, and diabetes nurse educator Maree Boyle.A NEW South West Healthcare (SWH) service is set to help Type 1 diabetes patients monitor their carbohydrate intake while on insulin pump therapy.
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The pre-admission clinic offers intensive education and advice on food types and carbohydrate counting with assistance from an iPad application, prior to patients starting the therapy, known as IPT.

Seventeen-year-old Joseph Kingston, who recently attended the second of three pre-admission sessions and will start therapy at the end of April, is the first to try the combination.

Like many other boys his age, Joseph enjoys cycling and playing football for his home town Camperdown and recently took part in a debutante ball with the rest of his year 11 class at Mercy Regional College.

Unlike them, however, Joseph’s everyday activities have been punctuated with multiple insulin injections and finger pricks since he was six years old to monitor the auto-immune disease.

Joseph said he was hoping IPT combined with the SWH program would improve his day-to-day life.

“I’d heard a lot of good things about it,” he said. “It will give me better everyday control.”

IPT involves wearing a small device underneath clothing that delivers a steady amount of insulin through a tube inserted just under the skin.

Joseph will go from injecting himself with the glucose-regulating substance four times per day, plus several finger pricks to obtain his blood sugar level, to one tube insertion every three days.

He said IPT would come as a welcome relief as he got further into his VCE studies.

“It affects you at school. You get pulled out of class to have needles,” he said.

“People walking past sometimes give you funny looks.

“Giving (myself) needles is a bit embarrassing sometimes.”

Joseph’s parents Paul and Jane were confident IPT would improve their son’s quality of life after meeting others who were already on it. It should minimise complications later on in life as well,” Mrs Kingston said.

“This will be more discreet.”

T1 patients considering SWH’s new program will have the support of nutrition and dietetics manager Susan Baudinette, senior diabetes educator Maree Boyle and the IPT team.

“It improves people’s choices about managing their diabetes, it gives them another alternative,” Mrs Boyle said.

“It can give a bit more freedom and flexibility.”

Ms Baudinette said the purpose of the pre-admission clinic was to help patients become more familiar with the ingredients in their meals and understand food labels.

“I teach healthy eating and carbohydrate counting starting with which foods contain carbohydrates,” she said.

“After the three sessions, they’re ready to have the pump put in place.”

The experts said carbohydrate counters were particularly helpful when patients were away from home, spending time at friends’ houses or eating out.

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PANMURE recruit James Keane is facing a delayed start to the season for his new club after being reported by two umpires in a practice match last weekend.
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The ruckman was reported for striking South Colac’s Justin Mooney in the final quarter of a match at Joiner Reserve, Elliminyt. Colac and District Football Netball League operations manager Michael Limb said that under Victorian Country Football League rules, the matter had to be dealt with by the host club’s league.

He said that while set penalties were available in the CDFNL, “it was decided it should go to the tribunal”.

Limb said it was rare for players to be reported in practice matches.

“To be honest I can’t remember any and I’ve been here eight years,” Limb said.

Keane’s case is expected to be heard next Tuesday night in Colac, just four days before Panmure’s opening round showdown with Dennington.

“Because it is the host league and the umpires involved are from Colac, they try and avoid too many people travelling,” Limb said of the arrangements.

Warrnambool and District Football Netball League president Justin Balmer said his competition did not get involved in the matter because the match was played at Colac.

It is understood Keane had been impressive in the match.

Keane was a dominant big man for Warrnambool and District Football Netball League runner-up Old Collegians last season but a six-week suspension and arm injury mid-season derailed his 2011 campaign, which ended with him missing selection for key matches, including the grand final.

Keane is one of many recruits Panmure wants to unveil in next week’s season-opener, including coach Simon O’Keefe, his midfielder brother Adam — both from Koroit — assistant coach Shaun Griffin (South Warrnambool), key forward Xavier McKinnon and returning full-forward Chris Bant, both from Terang Mortlake.

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WARRNAMBOOL Swimming Club’s (WSC) junior competitors have stolen the spotlight from the club’s seasoned swimmers.
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Just days after WSC’s more senior members wrapped up an exceptional national titles campaign in Adelaide, the club’s juniors sparkled at a competition in Melbourne.

The club had 34 youngsters qualify for the 2012 Victorian Country All Junior Competition, which is a sprint program for swimmers aged six to 14.

Competitors had to perform well at regional level to earn a spot on the blocks in the finals at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre last weekend.

WSC president Peter Logan was pleased with Warrnambool’s representation at the All Juniors.

“Certainly it’s the most we’ve had in the last five or six years but it was more the impact that those 34 had over the weekend,” he said.

“It was very impressive and we weren’t expecting them to do so well.

“In the space of a month, they had gone through regional qualifiers and some of them had improved out of sight, especially when you’re talking over 50 metres.”

Overall, it was the club’s best result in seven years with 34 contesting semi-finals and 13 making it through to finals. Those 13 brought home two gold, five silver and two bronze medals.

Laura Riordan, 12, won gold in the 50-metre breaststroke after cutting her personal best by almost six seconds in the past month.

Blake Turner, also 12, won three silver medals in the 50-metre butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke while 14-year-old Kirra Umbers won gold in the butterfly. Sean Darcy, 13, picked up silver in the 50-metre backstroke and bronze in the 50-metre butterfly. Tayte Lang, 12, won silver in the 50-metre backstroke and 14-year-old Grace Tanner won bronze in the 50-metre breaststroke.

Alex Jones, Thomas Buckley, Jason Pritchard, Billy McPhee, Lainey Miller, Georgina Vallence and Emily Bartlett all qualified for finals.

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2009 Great Eastern Steeplechase winner Pentacolo, pictured here with Brad McLean on board, will start in today’s $30,000 hurdle at Sandown for Ciaron MaherWINSLOW trainer Ciaron Maher today ramps up preparations for next month’s Oakbank Easter carnival when the Victorian jumps racing season opens at Sandown.
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He opens his 2012 campaign with comeback jumper Art Success in the $30,000 steeplechase (3300m) and former Great Eastern Steeplechase winner Pentacolo in the $30,000 hurdle (3300m).

The return of Art Success to the track is a victory in patience for Maher.

The 10-year-old won the 2010 Yalumba Hurdle at Oakbank and suffered a tendon injury while preparing for a return to the famous course in the Adelaide Hills last year.

Today will be Art Success’ first jumps race in a year.

Maher said Art Success’ last run on the flat when he was fifth in a 3000-metre race at Moonee Valley earlier this month had been his best since returning from injury.

He trialled at Sandown last week and “was quite good”, Maher said.

“That was his first step over them and he seemed to take to them pretty well.”

Maher said after the gelding suffered the injury, he had left Art Success to enjoy the spelling paddock.

“I think the break has done him good,” he said.

“He wasn’t the easiest horse to ride but he seems to have settled down a bit.”

Maher said he was aiming Art Success at both the Von Doussa Steeplechase (3250m) on Easter Saturday at Oakbank and the longer Greater Eastern Steeplechase (4950m) two days later.

His preferences for firmer tracks meant he had already had three runs on the flat and two trials over obstacles this preparation.

The country’s leading jumps jockey Steven Pateman will ride the veteran today in what is shaping as a wide-open race.

The 11-runner field includes quality jumpers like the Darren Weir-trained Pay The Aces, the Eric Musgrove-prepared Rabbuka and Gravitas, trained by Fran Houlahan and Brian Johnston. Warrnambool jumper Megapixel from the Bill and Symon Wilde stables is also expected to put in a good performance after an impressive 50-length trial win at Warrnambool on March 13.

Maher is also charting a course towards the Oakbank double for 2009 Great Eastern winner Pentacolo.

“Pentacolo gets back in his races and rolls home. It’s just a run for him leading into Oakbank,” he said of today’s hurdle start.

The seven-runner hurdle field is full of class with the Eric Musgrove-trained Our Aristocrat a likely favourite.

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HAMILTON is set to become a one-team football city, according to former Hamilton Imperials playing coach Brent Forsyth.
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Forsyth, who was the senior coach of the club from 2009 until the end of last season, made the explosive prediction after a practice match at Port Fairy on the weekend.

He predicted that the joint Victorian Country Football League and South Australian Community Football League review into the structure of leagues in south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia getting under way this month would look at Hamilton’s inability to sustain two major league clubs.

“It’s all a shame but Hamilton can only sustain one senior football side now,” Forsyth said.

“I’m confident that Hamilton and Hamilton Imperials will amalgamate in the near future to form one side which will play in the Hampden Football Netball League.

“I think it will be better for everyone in the town (Hamilton) when there is only one senior side.

“It should make it easier on sponsorship and attracting and retaining players.”

Forsyth, who started his career playing juniors with Hamilton Imperials before stints at Lake Wendouree in the Ballarat Football League and Palmerston in Darwin, said both Hamilton Western Border league clubs would struggle for depth during the season.

“When I was growing up there was an abundance of players wanting to play footy in Hamilton. That’s all changed now.

“I would love to see both clubs survive but it’s impossible to see them doing that.

“Both clubs struggle to keep players in the 22 to 27-year age range as they go out to the country leagues for a quid.

“I’m sure the restructure of local footy will tick off one side from Hamilton to play in the Hampden league.”

Forsyth said he was confident that Portland would join the Hampden Football Netball League under the restructure.

“I would say the other Western Border clubs which are from over at Mount Gambier will join either the Mid South East League or the Kowree Naracoorte League.”

Forsyth has decided to stay on as a player at Imperials this year after the club appointed former Sturt midfielder Jake Myles for the senior role.

“We’ve had a good pre-season.

“We’ve got good numbers at training and a few of the young lads have put their hands up,” Forsyth told The Standard.

“Jake is doing a good job.

“If we stay injury-free, I reckon we might sneak into the finals and then you never know what might happen.”

Hamilton Football Netball Club president Paul Block declined to speak about the issue.

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WARRNAMBOOL-trained mare Spirit Song has her name etched onto the 2011-2012 South Western District racehorse of the year award after she won the group 2 $200,000 Sunline Stakes (1600 metres) at Moonee Valley on a protest on Friday night.
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Spirit Song has won six of her eight starts and two second placings since she joined the stables of Aaron Purcell.

Purcell said he was surprised that the four-year-old mare had won so many races for him during this preparation.

“She’s done a great job. I thought she might win a couple of moderate races but every time I’ve lifted the bar she has performed. I only got her because she’s had leg issues,” Purcell said. “She does not see the track during the week. I only take her down to the beach. She does all her work down there. She had won a restricted fillies race in Adelaide when I got her.”

Purcell said Spirit Song was in the spelling paddock after Friday’s win.

“She deserves a break. We’ll now set her for the Myer Classic which is run on Derby Day in November at Flemington. She deserves a crack at a good race like that,” Purcell said. “We’ll run her in a couple of black type mares’ races over the spring before the Myer Classic. The more black type she earns the better for her breeding options.”

Spirit Song has won more than $400,000 in prizemoney from her 19 starts.

Wilson gets positive medical report

CAMPERDOWN-based jockey Neville Wilson has received a positive medical report from his specialist. Wilson has been out of the saddle since he suffered neck and shoulder injuries and a broken thumb after a race fall at Geelong last April. He has been back riding trackwork at Camperdown for the past few weeks.

“The specialist is pleased with the progress I’ve made since the fall. He believes I’m about where I should be at this stage,” Wilson said. “We’ll just keep on riding work and doing extra rehabilitation before deciding on my riding future.”

The veteran hoop has ridden more than 2000 winners in his career.

Beriman penalised for careless riding

PROMISING Warrnambool apprentice jockey Jackie Beriman has been outed by South Australian stewards after riding at Mount Gambier last Thursday.

Beriman, who has ridden 39 winners since she started riding in late October last year, copped a five-meeting penalty for careless riding. South Australia only races twice a week so her suspension in Victoria is for 16 days. She was allowed to ride at Terang on Saturday to fulfill her riding engagements. Beriman will be back riding on Easter Saturday after she was booked by her master Jarrod McLean to ride Youbolt at Oakbank on the first day of the two-day Easter carnival.

McLean said it was disappointing that Beriman had to serve a 16-day suspension in Victoria when the careless riding charge was in the lower range.

Meanwhile, McLean said he’s aiming his speedy gelding Waltzes at an 1100-metre race at Caulfield on April 21 after he ran second in a 955-metre sprint race at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

“Waltzes has won over 1100 metres before but that was a fair while ago. He has been running well over the shorter distance of 955 metres at his last couple of outings,” McLean said. “I’m confident the horse will run out 1100 metres now as he’s a lot stronger.”

Waltzes has amassed six wins and five minor placings from 20 starts.

Centuron to race at May carnival

TERANG trainer David “Raddish” Drever will freshen up Centuron for a race at the Warrnambool May carnival after he won a restricted race at Terang on Saturday.

Drever said Centuron had originally been trained by his former Terang neighbour, top Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan as a two-year-old and it was Ryan who gave the former star apprentice jockey a few clues on training Centuron.

“Gerald used to live across the road from us as kids. I think the horse had about three trainers after he had been with Gerald. I had a chat with Gerald and he said the horse had shown a bit of ability as a young horse,” Drever said. “We’ll just try and keep him fresh. His best efforts are in races between 1200 to 1400 metres. We would love to win a race at the Warrnambool carnival with him.”

Centuron had not won a race for more than three years when he joined Drever’s stables. The six-year-old has now won two starts for the colourful trainer.

Dennis Beriman tastes success

FORMER Seymour trainer Dennis Beriman is making every post a winner since he moved his training operation to Warrnambool a few months ago. Beriman, who trained Bundoor’s Best to win the 1992 Warrnambool Cup, has six horses in work with his stable star Clanga’s Glory winning his fourth race from six starts at Terang on Saturday.

“He’s just an honest horse. I think he’s got a big heart. I think he will run a solid mile-and-a-quarter once he matures,” Beriman said. “He’s been lightly raced. I might run him at the Hamilton Cup Carnival next month but I will not rush him. The horse will tell me when he’s ready to run again.”

Saturday’s win in the restricted race over 1600 metres takes Clanga’s Glory’s prizemoney to more than $30,000 from six starts.

May Racing Carnival launch

WARRNAMBOOL Racing Club launches its 2012 May Racing Carnival on Sunday night in the Matilda Room at the racecourse. Among the guests will be Dennis O’Keeffe who will make a presentation about his soon-to-be-released book Waltzing Matilda, the secret history of Australia’s favourite song.

Tickets can be obtained by contacting the club on 55622211.

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The view from Cannon Hill.AN ampitheatre at Cannon Hill has been suggested by Warrnambool’s mayor Cr Jacinta Ermacora as a way of revitalising the iconic natural landmark.
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The scenic hill overlooking Lake Pertobe and the foreshore is a popular vantage spot for locals and visitors only two blocks away from the central business district.

Its potential was recognised in the new city centre revitalisation structure plan officially released by the city council this week for public comment.

The plan recommended upgrading Cannon Hill to become “a key parkland attractor and southern anchor to the city centre as well as a more inviting place for daily city users”.

It suggested reconfiguring car parking to provide parkland/seating areas with elevated views over the lake and foreshore, improving park furniture and landscaping, plus improving pedestrian and cycling links.

Cr Ermacora said consultants who prepared the extensive plan recognised the area’s value from an outsider’s point of view.

“It’s a great expression of potential linking our city centre to the Cannon Hill area,” she said.

Cr Ermacora suggested a stone ampitheatre could be built into the natural slope on the southern side of the hill providing a great venue for concerts, festivals and relaxation.

“I want to stimulate community thinking on this and get people’s ideas,” she said.

The structure plan, which had its origins in a community workshop more than three years ago, will be out for public comment for six weeks.

It sets a vision for the next 25 years covering a diverse range of issues including parking, traffic, street revitalisation and heritage.

Cr Ermacora said one of the main themes was to make the CBD safer for pedestrians and cyclists while still allowing traffic through.

Concern was raised by councillors Rob Askew and John Harris who said good vehicle access to the central shopping area must be maintained, particularly for country residents.

“If we make it too hard for people to get into the CBD parking areas they will desert the area,” Cr Harris said.

Cr Askew also cautioned about allowing “minimal heritage value structures impede good developments in the city centre”.

He said the plan could also prompt some owners to improve their properties.

Cr Jennifer Lowe said parking would be the most contentious issue within the plan and consideration must be made for future needs in an expanded city.

She called for a marketing campaign to urge as many residents as possible to lodge their comments.

City growth director Bill Millard said the plan would be critical in assisting the council gain government funding for improvements.

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PIRATES has already written itself into the Warrnambool Volleyball Association history books by progressing to tonight’s grand final, but the side hopes there is another history-making feat to come — a premiership.
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Captain David McConnell will lead his side in the division one grand final against reigning premier Reeves at Warrnambool stadium tonight.

McConnell and a friend formed the Pirates about four years ago.

“We’ve been developing young players and for the first time we’ve made it through to the grand final,” he said.

“We’re really stoked to make it after losing a few (preliminary finals) in previous seasons.”

The team’s focus on developing up-and-coming players is highlighted through the improvement of teenage outside hitter Jimmy Holland.

“He’s really stepped up over the last season and has become a genuine division one squad player,” McConnell said.

“Everyone else in our team has been fairly solid.”

The captain described the Pirates’ season as patchy.

“Our star player Rob Bright missed a few games through injury and unavailability, so definitely without him we struggled,” he said.

“But he’s back and played all the finals. We’ve got our full seven players so we’re at full strength (tonight).”

McConnell said his team would start firm underdog in the season decider.

“Reeves is definitely the favourite, there’s no argument there, but we reckon we can match it with them,” he said.

He believed his side’s defensive work would be crucial in creating an upset.

“They’re so good with their attack so if we can hold them with our defence and then get a chance to attack, it will go a long way to winning,” he said. Pirates has also progressed to the division two decider and will take on the young Buccaneers outfit. Action starts from 7pm.

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Alan Bryant.HE may have entered the Victorian Masters Track and Field Championships with light expectations, but Alan Bryant left with a heavy load.
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The Warrnambool competitor snared three gold medals and a silver after approaching the competition with a positive and relaxed attitude.

“I was hoping I’d do well in triple jump and probably the long jump but I really just wanted to go and enjoy it,” he said.

“I don’t take a bag of ambitions or expectations because if you do that, I don’t think you enjoy yourself as much.”

Bryant ticked off his goal of enjoying himself, with his medals a bonus.

Competing in the 65 to 69-year-old category, he claimed gold in the 200 metres (31.95 seconds), long jump (3.96m) and triple jump (8.35m), while he was second in the 100m (15.49 seconds).

His medal haul marked his best performance at the state titles, which were held at Doncaster.

The 65-year-old said he believed training at Brauerander Park had been a huge benefit.

“It’s a first-class facility so it makes a big difference,” he said.

“I train four to five times a week which ranges from general running to jumping technique, sprint work and plyometrics.

“I also do core exercises.”

Bryant was surprised to win the 200m, in which he came up against friendly rival Myer Vorchheimer. “We both got a good start and I ran the bend really well,” he said.

“We were shoulder-to-shoulder with 90 metres to go.

“I slowly got in front and got away in the last 30 metres.”

He was consistent in the triple jump while in the long jump, he clinched gold with his last jump.

It was just four centimetres off four metres, which is considered the “holy grail” in his age group.

Two other south-west competitors took part in the state championships on the weekend, with Warrnambool’s John Reynolds collecting three silver and two bronze. He finished second in the hammer throw (33.44m), weight throw (12.96m) and weight pentathlon (2888 points) while he was third in the discus (32.65m) and shot put (8.78m)

Port Campbell’s Colin Silcock-Delaney picked up silver in the 5000m and 2000m steeplechase and bronze in the 1500m and 1500m walk.

Reynolds, Silcock-Delaney and Bryant are all competing in the Australian Masters Athletics Championships at Melbourne’s Lakeside Stadium over Easter.

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