REEVES captain Brad Hunt has described his side’s back-to-back Warrnambool Volleyball Association (WVA) triumphs as the end of an era.

The team made it consecutive premierships on Tuesday night with a convincing 3-0 victory over Pirates in the division one grand final at Warrnambool Stadium.

Hunt expected Reeves to field a new-look line-up next season.

“There might be a bit of a mix-up next season and it won’t be the same team,” he said.

“We’ll probably start from scratch and bring up a few juniors. It’s a bit of an end of an era for the team, so it’s good to go out with a win.”

Minor premier Reeves rolled Pirates in three sets (25-17, 25-17, 25-18) on Tuesday night after entering the season decider as favourite.

“We didn’t really like that tag but I think we used it to our advantage,” Hunt said.

“They were thinking we were favourite, so we got on top early and they dropped their heads.”

After its victory in the opening set, Hunt believed Reeves had a mental edge over Pirates, which found it difficult to build momentum.

“We stopped them getting run-ons,” he said.

“They’ve got a couple of big hitters that we cut out.

“That really helped us get up.”

The skipper was full of praise for Reeves’ outside hitter Neville Hadley, who played an incredible match.

“He just played out of his skin and no one expected him to play like that,” he said.

“We knew he could but he really stepped up when it counted most.” Hunt, a centre blocker, said Reeves was focused on maintaining its intensity throughout the match.

“We pretty much kept the momentum going and were able to keep going at the level we were playing,” he said.

“They got a lead in the second set and were in front at one stage, but then we picked up and we kept the ball in play.

“We put the pressure on them.”

While Hadley received MVP honours, his teammate, setter Greg Best, took out the division one best and fairest award.

In the division two WVA final on Tuesday night, Pirates triumphed with a hard-fought 3-2 (14-25, 25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 15-6) victory over Buccaneers.

The MVP award went to Pam Lenehan, while Bec Cain claimed the best and fairest.

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Warrnambool Athletic Club president John Keats times junior runners Alistair Artz, 9, and Magen Keats, 9, ahead of the Winter Series. 120326DW34 Picture: DAMIAN WHITEFAMILIES, tie your shoelaces.

The 2012 Warrnambool Athletic Club (WAC) Winter Series will cater for all ages, with the committee introducing junior races into this year’s program.

Club president John Keats hopes the schedule will appeal to youngsters.

“We’re adding a junior component to our program where we’re having four junior races spread throughout the year,” he said. “They’ll be three-kilometre runs, which are free for anyone who is under 16.”

The president said the junior races were part of a broader initiative to attract families to the club.

“We had great numbers over the Summer Series and we had quite a lot of kids in that,” he said.

“What we’re trying to do is make the club more family-oriented, so mum and dad can come along and have a run, then we’re catering for the kids too.”

The WAC Winter Series will start on Saturday with a five-kilometre race from the Jetty Flat clubrooms.

Keats urged newcomers to participate in the series.

“It’s not just for the seasoned runner, it’s for all types,” he said.

“We really want to encourage beginners, novices and the social runner.

“With our handicap system, it means that anyone can get up and win and that’s the beauty of it.”

The president believes there is a running boom, not only in Warrnambool but across the world.

“Our membership has been growing, which is fantastic,” he said.

“We’ve got around 80 and it would be great to get over 100.

“Given we had over 200 people in each individual race for our Summer Series, we would love to increase our membership.”

Families can join the club for $140, while an individual membership costs $80.

It includes entry to races and being eligible for prizemoney, plus other benefits.

Keats encouraged anyone who was interested to look at the club’s website.

The headline events of the Winter Series are the 5km Flaggy on June 24, which is a charity run, and the Crater2Coast Marathon Challenge.

The latter, on August 26, features the Koroit to Warrnambool Half-Marathon (21km), a marathon (42km) and an ultra marathon (50km).

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POLICE urgently want to speak to a Good Samaritan who saved an intellectually disabled Warrnambool youth who was robbed and twice stabbed by four attackers.

The brazen daylight knifing happened on Sunday afternoon at a Merri River reserve off Tarhook Road and Manuka Drive.

The victim was slashed down his left forearm and suffered a cut to his right wrist. Two boys held him while the other two wielded knives.

They also took the 14-year-old’s MP3 player before a young girl screamed after witnessing the attack. That prompted her father to intervene and he saved the boy from further injuries.

Police now want to speak to that man who was described by the victim as having dark skin. The Good Samaritan is believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s and his daughter is understood to be aged between about 11 and 13 years.

Detective Senior Constable Richard Hughes, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said that between 1.30pm and 2pm on Sunday the victim went for a walk by himself with his football and MP3 player.

He walked along Tarhook Road and reached the Merri River reserve when he was approached by four youths believed to be aged between 15 and 17 years.

Detective Senior Constable Hughes said one of the youths had a small pocket knife and slashed the victim’s forearm.

He said the youths held the victim by the arms while he was repeatedly kicked and punched.

“Another youth had a kitchen type knife and made a small cut to the victim’s right wrist,” he said.

“The attackers also took the boy’s football and threw it into the nearby river. They also stole the victim’s MP3 player from his jeans pocket.

“This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim. Two youths have held him while the other two have stabbed him.”

Detective Senior Constable Hughes said the victim returned to his home about 4pm and used a towel to stop the bleeding.

“We are very keen to speak to the dark-skinned Good Samaritan who intervened after his daughter screamed,” he said.

“He came to the victim’s aid and the youths ran off. We would like any witnesses or anyone with information to contact the Warrnambool police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” he said.

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Launching the South West Healthcare aged persons’ mental health service online training program into delirium yesterday are (from left) Robyn Bamberg, Jodie Bateman, Russell Porter, Janet Punch and Tracey Gould.SOUTH West Healthcare’s (SWH) aged persons’ mental health service launched an online training program on delirium at South West TAFE yesterday.

A Western Education and Training Cluster grant was awarded to the Warrnambool provider about 15 months ago to establish a staff development initiative.

The E-learning program is designed to help health professionals in western Victoria better identify people who have developed a mental state of confusion after contracting a physical illness or disorder.

SWH aged persons’ mental health service manager of 14 years, Russell Porter, said the program would benefit clinicians, triage staff and people working in acute health and residential aged care.

“We’re happy to share it with all groups in the Western cluster,” he said.

Mr Porter said common causes of delirium included infection, substance interaction and surgery and it could be contracted at any age but was most often seen in people over 65.

“It is common amongst the elderly everywhere,” he said.

“But it is under-recognised, therefore it is under-treated.

“What many people don’t know is it’s not a psychiatric disorder, it’s actually physical.

“It needs to be dealt with in hospital.”

Delirium can lead to increased hospital stays and fatalities if it is misdiagnosed, which is a burden on health services, Mr Porter said.

Symptoms can include disorientation, hallucinations, sleepiness, inattentiveness and short-term memory loss.

The program will be part of the South West Alliance of Rural Health’s online learning environment.

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Gareth Higgins is gaining experience working full-time at Logos A-Head in Warrnambool, as well as having his VCE design work (below) chosen for an exhibition at Melbourne Museum. IT’S not often a south-west student finds their work showcased in the same place as exhibition greats Tutankhamun, Phar Lap and the Titanic.

But Warrnambool’s Gareth Higgins, 18, has contributed to annual VCE display Top Designs, which was launched at the Melbourne Museum on Saturday.

Top Designs is in its 12th year of collating a diverse range of works completed by Victorian year 11 and 12 students.

After submitting an assignment from unit four (year 12) visual communication and design at Brauer College last year, Mr Higgins was advised of his success in January.

He said were it not for encouragement from his teacher Glenda Stokes and parents, he would not have submitted his work.

“It’s pretty exciting,” he said.

“I wasn’t expecting it at all. I think mum was more excited than I was.”

Mr Higgins’ successful entry is a printed T-shirt, modelled on traditional surf brand wear and complete with a logo and tags.

It was one of 32 visual communication and design pieces that made the final selection after 88 were short-listed from 794 original applications.

Entries were also selected from other subjects, including media, food and technology and systems engineering, with each student’s folio and design plans a part of the exhibition.

Mr Higgins said he was unsure whether a career in design awaited him but he was gaining experience from working full-time at local business Logos A-Head.

“I might go to uni next year and do the Swinburne graphics design and commerce (course), a double degree,” he said. “I wanted to do chiropractic but I missed out by one I think.”

Mr Higgins attended a photo shoot and preview of the exhibition with his parents at the museum on Friday.

Top Designs runs until July 15.

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