MICHAEL Murphy couldn’t have scripted his final game of competitive cricket any better.
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The 49-year-old, playing alongside old mates Dale Mitchell, Dave Ryan and Gary Stonehouse, took 6-24 off 24 overs, including 14 maidens, as Brierly Christ Church claimed its first premiership in 28 years.

The Bulls, dismissed for just 85 on Saturday, yesterday tore through Russells Creek for 60 to snare the division three flag and spark raucous celebrations.

Murphy, Mitchell and Ryan all played in the Bulls’ 1983-84 A reserve premiership side and they knew they all wouldn’t get a chance to play in another, with Murphy announcing his intention to end his career after more than 370 games with the club.

“It was fantastic,” Murphy said of the win.

“I’m just really happy it was with Mitch, Dave and Stoney, it’s great for them and great for the club.”

Stonehouse, who captained the side, paid tribute to Murphy, who bowled 20 consecutive overs yesterday despite his “buggered” knees.

“It’s a great way to send him into retirement,” Stonehouse said.

He said the victory would give the Bulls impetus for next season.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Stonehouse said of the triumph.

“It’s 28 years. There are a lot of people who have worked hard to get us here. It’s been 28 years of hard work.”

Stonehouse said the Bulls, who struggled to win just one game in division one during the season, had a bright future with a lot of youngsters in the side yesterday.

“There are four older blokes and 12 under 23. It’s a great platform for the future,” he said.

Stonehouse said he feared his side’s effort with the bat on Saturday had left it 20 runs short. But after reducing Creek to 3-26 at stumps on the first day, he said the Bulls were “quitely confident” they could defend the score if they bowled well early.

Despite dismissing Creek for 60, Brierly had to bat out a nervous 90 minutes to ensure victory, making 1-53 with Ryan (15 not out) and Stonehouse (21 not out) sharing an unbeaten 43-run stand for the second wicket.

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Ben Dobson high-fives teammates after West Warrnambool won the WDCA division one grand final.WEST Warrnambool’s first premiership in 22 years brought tears of joy yesterday after the Panthers produced a stunning performance to defeat minor premier Nestles at Merrivale Recreation Reserve.
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An inspired West dismissed the previously undefeated Nestles for 58 to claim a 73-run victory before tea.

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Moments after a Simon Johnson yorker cannoned into James Dalton’s middle stump to end one of the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association’s longest premiership droughts, there was an emotional outpouring from West players.

Captain Andrew Robb, Johnson, wicketkeeper Luke Gannon and paceman Corey McDonald shed tears as they were mobbed by teammates, friends and family.

For 42-year-old Robb, the final wicket was more of relief than excitement as he tried to temper celebrations, thinking Nestles would want to send them back into bat.

But 90 seconds later when Nestles skipper Brett Eldridge walked on to the ground to shake the hands of the umpires, West’s celebrations resumed.

“Then the excitement hit,” Robb said.

While Robb had time away from the Panthers during the drought, he said the victory capped off the careers of veterans Leigh and Simon Johnson, Gannon and McDonald.

“It’s a long time but now the monkey’s off the back,” he said.

“The next time we win a premiership, it (the last one) is not that far away.

“I’ve played in four losing semi-finals and some grand finals, so it’s not like we haven’t been around the mark.”

Robb said he felt his side was owed a premiership after two years being consigned to runner-up after rain washed out the season-decider when his side was on top.

“At the end of the day we deserved to win with what happened a couple of years ago,” he said.

“I thought it was one that got away. But we’ve worked really hard as a group and trained hard.”

Robb said Leigh Johnson’s unbeaten 57, which earnt him man-of-the-match honours, had been crucial.

But he said the turning point came in the shadows of stumps on Saturday night when Simon Johnson and 15-year-old Will Mills each grabbed a wicket to leave Nestles 2-10 entering yesterday’s final day.

“We didn’t bat well. Our good players got out and Leigh held us together. But the best thing was being forced to bowl (Saturday) night. It was better than us batting for another 30 runs,” Robb said.

The Panthers then grabbed three wickets in the first hour yesterday, including joint cricketer of the year Cameron Williams for two, to have Nestles 5-31. Simon Johnson was brilliant, taking 4-16 off 25 overs, including 15 maidens.

Nestles skipper Brett Eldridge, who started his WDCA career with West, acknowledged his former teammates Robb, the Johnsons and Gannon.

“I know what it means to you,” he said at the presentations.

He said he was disappointed with the result, which ended his side’s undefeated season.

“They just bowled better than us,” he said.

“The game was on our terms. If we had batted our overs and batted well we would win the game, but they put us under pressure.”

He said his young group would bounce back.

He said most of his players had committed for next season.

“The ones who were 50-50 would regard it as a job not done,” he said.

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Major Projects Minister Denis Napthine (left) turns the first sod at the site of new overtaking lanes between Port Fairy and Yambuk, with the help of Moyne Shire mayor Jim Doukas, VicRoads regional director William Tieppo and Hazell Bros manager Mario Aiezza. TWO new Princes Highway passing lanes will be built near Yambuk in a $5.17 million project starting this week.
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Each will be 1.2-kilometres long for east and west-bound traffic on the notoriously-dangerous stretch between Goose Lagoon and Fingerboard Road.

In conjunction with two other passing lanes being constructed near Terang and two more later in the year at a yet-to-be-announced section, motorists will be given long-awaited improvements to the busy highway route west of Colac.

South West Coast MP Denis Napthine and VicRoads regional director William Tieppo officially kick-started the Yambuk project on Friday by turning the first sod with a shovel.

Next week earthmoving equipment and contract crews will start work, which is expected to continue to June.

Improvements will also be made to the intersection of the highway and Fingerboard Road.

“This is a very important route and the new lanes will make a significant improvement to safety between Yambuk and Warrnambool,” Dr Napthine told The Standard.

“There is an average of 26,000 vehicles a day through this area.

“The section has many dips and bends and there are no real safe opportunities to pass slow-moving vehicles.

“Indeed there have been a number of serious and fatal accidents in this area over the years.”

Mr Tieppo said the works would be a significant safety improvement for the busy route for freight, tourists and locals.

Moyne Shire Council mayor Cr Jim Doukas said it was good to see government money going to the western part of the state rather than Gippsland, where there seemed to be numerous road improvements.

According to the principal contractor for the Yambuk project, about 30 jobs will be created.

“We will use as many local labourers and businesses as we can,” Hazell Bros manager Mario Aiezza said.

“There will be a minimum of 10 jobs directly on site and 20 jobs off site.

“It’s not just about safety, but also boosting the local jobs market.

“Motorists should expect traffic delays.”

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City Memorial Red celebrates winning its fourth of the past six division one grand finals on Saturday.CITY Memorial Red skipper Tim Jackway revealed the Saturday pennant powerhouse was lacking self belief after an uncharacteristic home-and-away season, but the side clicked when it counted most to clinch back-to-back flags.
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City Red rolled arch-rival Warrnambool Gold 95-86 in the season decider at City Memorial Bowls Club on Saturday, which came after minor premier Warrnambool entered the finals series as favourite.

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“We would’ve been the underdogs going into the finals,” Jackway said.

“Our form’s been really topsy-turvy and they belted us twice during the year, but we turned it around in the two finals.”

Jackway partly attributed the momentum swing to City Red holding a couple of team training sessions late in the season, which helped boost morale.

“I think being able to beat Warrnambool in that first final at Dennington gave us the confidence that we could beat them,” he said.

“We had been struggling with self belief this year, so to beat them in that final, then we thought ‘hang on, we’ve got a real chance here’.”

Jackway’s was the decisive rink on Saturday, defeating Brian “Blacky” Lenehan 32-18, while City’s Ray Hoy triumphed over Paul O’Donnell 27-22.

Warrnambool also had two victorious rinks in Kevin Boyd and Neil Crisp, who defeated Peter Pangrazio (25-20) and Kevin McMahon (21-16) respectively.

“It’s always like that in a final, you hardly ever win all four rinks,” Jackway said.

“It’s always the strength of your 16.”

The skipper said City Memorial and Warrnambool had the advantage of boasting more depth than the smaller clubs, which he believed played an important role in City’s 2011-12 premiership.

The side lost three regular players in Bill Tory, Peter Maddern and Wayne Hall late in the season.

“When we had three really good players become unavailable, us bigger clubs have five, six or seven really strong replacements that can come in,” he said.

“Warrnambool Gold are the same.”

City Red’s replacements were Wayne Gleeson, Les Graham and Ron Grant, with the trio holding their own in Saturday’s grand final.

Graham (second) and Grant (lead) were part of Jackway’s rink along with third David Clements, who returned to pennant after about six years off.

“He was a real acquisition for the club,” the skipper said.

“In our game, we kicked away in the middle.

“It was fairly tight but we got a six and a three on consecutive ends to get a bit of momentum.”

Hoy’s rink managed to get the jump on O’Donnell early and Pangrazio trailed Boyd throughout the afternoon, while Jackway praised McMahon’s competitive performance against Crisp.

Warrnambool Gold players stayed at City Memorial Bowls Club for a drink post-match before the back-to-back champions continued their celebrations into the evening.

“We had a few quiet drinks and shared some food,” Jackway said. “It was a really good vibe.”

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Former Warrnambool firefighter Stan Nicol travelled from Queensland to attend an anniversary celebration at the weekend. IT may have been half a century since Stan Nicol was named the first officer-in-charge at the Warrnambool Fire Brigade but no one can question his loyalty.
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The 88-year-old woke at 4am on Saturday to fly from his new home state of Queensland for the station’s 50th anniversary of the integration of career and volunteer staff.

Mr Nicol was one of about 60 current and former members to attend the event, which marked a delayed 50 years since the beginning of paid firefighters at the south-west station.

He and station officer Ern Bromley were the first two Warrnambool firemen to be affected by the statewide decision in 1961.

Senior station officer David Ferguson and career firefighter Darren Brogden organised an afternoon tea at the Princes Highway station followed by a sit-down meal at the Warrnambool Bowls Club.

“There were a few stories told,” Mr Brogden told The Standard yesterday

Mr Brogden said the group enjoyed catching up and reminiscing but was disappointed more of their co-workers had not been able to show. “Most of the people are still employed as firefighters at other stations,” he said.

“In our line of work, with the shift work, it makes it hard for everyone to attend.

“They might be here (in Warrnambool) for one or two years, or six months or even five years before moving on to another station.”

Mr Ferguson highlighted the strong relationships between past and present staff and volunteers.

He said he was pleased to see Clive Rayner, Michael Corbett and Lance Baillie among the group of firefighters who remained active volunteers for the CFA.

The Warrnambool Fire Brigade will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year. It was officially formed in 1863 following several failed attempts.

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Port Fairy’s Sackville Street.TEMPORARY parking meters should be installed in Port Fairy over the summer school holiday period in a bid to raise funds to beautify the centre part of the town, according to a Moyne Shire councillor.
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Cr Mick Wolfe, who is also the head policeman in Port Fairy, estimated as much as $100,000 could be raised from the meters if they were put in place from mid-December to the end of January.

“I’ll be raising the parking meter issue at the next council meeting for discussion,” Cr Wolfe said. “There are necessary works which need to be done in the central part of Port Fairy like footpaths and roads. I don’t want to see the rates lifted for these type of works but I think if we installed removable parking meters we will raise money which can be used for those works.

“I think there are roughly 300 parking spots in Sackville and Bank streets which could be used for the meters.

“Four parking spots would use the one parking meter. I just think installing the meters would be the ideal way to get the money to pay for the projects which are needed.”

Moyne Shire parking officers have the ability to fine motorists if they break the two-hour parking limit which is in place from December 1 to April 30. “We’ve had the two-hour parking limit from December to the end of April for a few years,” he said. “I think the introduction of parking meters in the centre part of town will mean tourists will help pay for the works, instead of hitting the ratepayers’ pockets.

“We would have the ability to pull the meters out at the end of January.” Cr Wolfe said he would also be looking to target drivers who break the road laws in Sackville Street by crossing double lines. “We (the police) are continually warning or booking drivers for driving over the double lines in Sackville Street,” he said. “It’s time this issue was sorted out at council level.

“As part of our works in the town we should probably look at putting a concrete barrier wall which would be about six inches high down Sackville Street with some breaks in it.”

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OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott has ruled out a centre-right party merger across Australia after the Liberal National Party’s (LNP) historic election victory in Queensland.
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The Coalition leader was in campaign mood when he visited Colac at the weekend, claiming that the relationship between Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Corangamite MP Darren Cheeseman was irreparably damaged.

While Mr Abbott drew comparisons between the public mood in Queensland compared with wider Australia over the carbon tax, he believed a Liberal-National party merger was not on the cards at a federal level.

“The LNP is terrific for Queensland, but what’s good for Queensland is not necessarily workable across the rest of Australia,” Mr Abbott said.

“We have a very effective Coalition in Canberra.”

The Liberal and National Party’s merged in Queensland four years ago after a string of disappointing state election results, despite the opposition of some, including former PM John Howard.

Saturday night’s LNP victory in Queensland represents one of the largest state election victories, reducing the state’s Labor Party to less than a cricket team.

Meanwhile, Mr Abbott claimed the Prime Minister would face further internal party instability after the devastating Queensland Labor loss.

He said Mr Cheeseman’s preselection as Corangamite’s Labor candidate was not guaranteed, or was Ms Gillard’s hold on the party’s top job.

Mr Cheeseman was one of 31 MPs to support former PM Kevin Rudd in his ill-fated quest to return to The Lodge in February.

“Plainly, Darren Cheeseman has a big problem,” Mr Abbott said.

“He was one of the first people to publicly call for Kevin Rudd to return to the prime ministership.

“Darren Cheeseman does not have the trust of the Prime Minister.

“If he does not believe Julia Gillard should be prime minister, then why would any Australian believe it?”

Saturday’s visit is the third time Mr Abbott has campaigned in Colac since the 2010 federal election, one of the major centres of the ultra-marginal Corangamite constituency.

Labor holds the south-west seat on a paper-thin majority after a close contest between Mr Cheeseman and Liberal candidate Sarah Henderson at the last national poll.

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Christopher Clark (left) swings a poi as Allan Clark shows his mastery of flower sticks during a circus skills session.A TWILIGHT volcanic dreaming performance entertained record crowds for the eighth annual Lake Bolac Eel Festival on Saturday.
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More than 1000 people attended the day-long event, which celebrated the environment and indigenous culture, climaxing with a traditional dance on the foreshore.

Former Bangarra Dance Theatre member Rheannan Port and Gunditjmara Karween dancer Adeline McDonald trained students from schools in Warrnambool, Allansford, Heywood and Branxholme-Wallacedale for the performance.

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Festival committee member Nolene Fraser said yesterday the atmosphere was “amazing”.

“It’s going from strength to strength. We’re only a little town,” she said.

“It’s a beautiful setting on the shore of the lake.

“It’s not something you could hold in Melbourne or anywhere else. It’s a festival of place.”

Mrs Fraser said organisers had been concerned about the forecast but patches of rain and drizzle failed to impact on numbers.

She said the event, a brainchild of singer-songwriter Neil Murray, was a “modern day festival” recalling the days after the autumn rains when the eels swam downstream and created a surplus of food for the indigenous tribes.

Aside from the twilight performance, Mrs Fraser said the afternoon’s musical line-up and an art exhibition featuring works from Deakin University’s creative arts department, were highlights.

About 20 people joined the Healing Walk from March 15 to 22. The group walked from the overflow at Lake Bolac, along Salt Creek to the Hopkins River and Hopkins Falls with permission from landholders.

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Darren Mollenoyux (back, fourth from left) with his support crew.WARRNAMBOOL’S Darren Mollenoyux is gunning for a feature race victory at Easter after he capped his most consistent season with overall honours in the Sprintcar Racing Association of Victoria (SRA) series.
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The 29-year-old was crowned the new SRA champion after he finished fifth in Saturday night’s grand final at Allansford’s Premier Speedway.

Mollenoyux, who started the 30-lap feature from fourth on the grid, followed home his nearest rival in the series, Warrnambool’s Jamie Veal, who was fourth. Veal entered the final needing to finish 10 places in front of Mollenoyux to steal the title.

Mollenoyux was beaming at achieving his season’s goal but admitted joy wasn’t his reaction when he crossed the line.

“(It was) just relief,” Mollenoyux said.

“I’ve never been in this position before. It was something new.

“I don’t know if it’s the right word but it was a bit overwhelming with all the heap of people saying ‘best of luck’. I was trying not to focus on the series too much but there were that many people in your face wishing you well.”

Mollenoyux said he was pleased to complete his mission and rated it as one of the biggest achievements in his racing career.

“It’s the best we’ve done in sprintcars,” he said.

“The Australian title in formula 500s, although it’s not sprintcars, I didn’t think much of it at the time. It is something not many people get to do. Not too many people get to win one of these (SRA series). It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”

Mollenoyux, like last year’s winner, Simpson’s John Vogels, claimed the crown without winning a feature race. He had 11 top 10 finishes from 14 rounds and eight top fives.

“I was giving it my best shot,” he said of Saturday night’s result. “I just wanted to finish. I don’t think the car was good enough to run with the others.”

He said now that the series was out of the way, his next aim was to win a feature, having not tasted success for more than 12 months.

Mollenoyux said the SRA series had been high on his wish-list.

“The other two times we have done it we have run second and third. The first year we had motor trouble and last year we had a steering box failure here that cost us,” he said.

“We have had a lot of things go wrong this season but it feels pretty good to get the win. It hasn’t been easy by any means.”

Veal was disappointed to miss his maiden SRA series triumph after turning in some blistering performances.

“I’m happy with that,” he said of second. “You can’t get too down. It’s been one of our best years. We’ve been fast and we’ve won five features.

“I think we had the fastest car. It would have been nice to win but I’m just happy with the direction the team is going.”

Veal said he would head to Sydney this weekend, extending a new arrangement he has to drive for Sydney car owner Dave Doherty.

He too is looking forward to the Easter Trail, before heading to the United States for a six-week racing tour.

Last year’s series winner John Vogels was third in the series ahead of Melbourne-based driver Brett Milburn, while Simpson’s Tim Rankin was fifth.

Rankin, who had set himself to finish third in the series, rolled in turn four after colliding with Quentin Tanner.

“I didn’t even know he was there,” Rankin said.

“He had all four wheels in the air and I nailed him, I was full noise. It’s very disappointing, I can’t believe it.”

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Brian O’Halloran and Co auctioneer Brian Hancock calls for bids on the central business district block during yesterday’s auction at Warrnambool Bowls Club.ONE of Warrnambool’s most prominent CBD locations sold yesterday for more $2.3 million.
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The central business district block on the corner of Lava and Liebig streets, which is home to the 154-year-old Victoria Hotel, was initially passed in at auction.

About 40 people gathered for the anticipated sale, which had been tipped to sell for between $2.5 million to $3 million.

Bidding kicked off at $1.7 million before hitting $2 million.

Auctioneer Brian Hancock, of Brian O’Halloran and Co, took incremental bids of $50,000 before the property was passed in at $2.2 million.

Mr Hancock said it was later sold to a Warrnambool businessman, with the purchase drawing nationwide interest.

“We embarked on a major marketing campaign and it’s pretty much where we thought we’d finish,” he said.

“It’s good to see confidence back in the market.

“It’s a straightforward investment property. There are three good leases.

“It’s prime, high-view area.

“The site has a high level of foot traffic.

“It’s a very prominent site. It’s an excellent result.

“Both the vendor and the purchaser are very happy.”

The sale had been compared with that of the former Wannon Water building on the corner of Fairy and Koroit streets, believed to have sold for $2.5 million.

Mr Hancock said the decision to sell was instigated by the vendor syndicate.

“The hotel has a 20-year lease and all the tenants are on new or existing leases,” he said.

Along with the Vic Hotel, the building houses the Optus store, Pola and Co. Chartered Accountants, Australian Unity Financial Planning and First 4 Finance.

The site, which includes 16 accommodation rooms above the Optus shop and a drive-through bottle shop, provides a rental return of about $208,000 a year.

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