League’s best offer a hand to Jets

Jets players Jack Maher and Matt Renshaw got the chance to train with O and M stars Adam Prior and Brayden O’Hara. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSON
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STARS of the Ovens and Murray Interleague squad are the latest footballers to throw their support behind the Wodonga Jets.

Only weeks after training at Collingwood’s Melbourne base, the all abilities football team found themselves at Martin Park last week at the same time as the interleague squad.

Coach Matt Deegan said some of the stars of the Ovens and Murray competition were only too happy to help out.

“Brayden O’Hara and Adam Prior were keen to get involved and not only worked on their football ability but at the same time provided a thrill for the Jets,” he said.

“In association with Volunteer Friends Wodonga and the Wodonga Bulldogs Football Club, over the past five years the Jets have gone from playing one game a year to participating in four home and away games, three round-robin carnivals and of course, culminating in what the players see as the pinnacle, their half-time game at the O and M grand final.”

The Jets’ next game will be after the Wodonga Bulldogs v Wangaratta Magpies OandM clash on June 6.

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Melba makes name return

ABOVE: The original Wodonga Shire Hall.LEFT: The former Melba Theatre.Pictures:WODONGAHISTORICALSOCIETY Dame Nellie Melba biographer Ann Blainey says the name Melba Square could be a great choice for Wodonga’s new city square. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL
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COULD a dark horse be making a last-minute dash across the finish line in the race to name Wodonga’s urban square?

Well, perhaps not so much dark horse as divine diva — a Border Mail poll suggests Melba Square is leading the people’s choice as a name for the new public space at the corner of High Street and Elgin Boulevard.

The unofficial online poll showed 51per cent of people chose Melba Square, 35per cent Junction Square, 6per cent Drover’s Rest, and 4per cent each for Aurora and Harmony squares.

The Melba square name is not in fact direct reference to opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, but to the theatre named for her that once stood opposite the square, where the Woolworths supermarket now stands.

Either way, historian Ann Blainey reckons it’s an excellent choice, and one the dame would approve.

Mrs Blainey — wife of historian Geoffrey Blainey — was on the Border yesterday for a talk about Melba, coinciding with the singer’s birthday.

As a Melba biographer, Mrs Blainey said she’d found Melba actually had several links to the area, with several performances on the Border in the early 1900s.

Her father owned Bethanga Park for many years, meaning as a child she would have spent time here, although her formative years were spent in Melbourne.

“She was the first person to sing at the Albury Mechanics Institute … and at that concert for those who couldn’t get seats she made sure they opened all the doors so everyone could hear,” she said.

Wodonga Council had previously stated its preference for a name reflecting the precinct’s railway heritage, but Mrs Blainey thinks the Melba name can almost encompass that too.

Melba did after all travel regularly on the line from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and, upon her death in 1931, a procession was held at Albury station as her coffin was moved from one platform to the other for the journey from Sydney to Melbourne.

Wodonga Historical Society members have agreed the Melba name could be perfect, but pointed out one key factor: the council has stipulated it does not want to name the square after a person, living or dead, in order to ensure it is inclusive.

Society member Uta Wiltshire said that the name wouldn’t, however, necessarily be commemorating a person, but a place.

“To have Melba square would be fine, as long as in 20 years time people do remember there was a theatre of that name was once stood by that site,” she said.

The Melba Theatre was in use for 60 years which was of significance to Wodonga.

The council is taking feedback on the five names until May 28.

A report will go to next month council’s meeting, where councillors will choose a name to put forward to the Registrar of Geographic Names.

The council has stressed it will consider the public response.

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4000 nappies to help mums in need

Albury Wodonga Regional Foodshare manager Peter Matthews, The Nappy Collective Albury-Wodonga team leader Sophie Richards and volunteer Penny Collis boxed nappies donated to help mums in need. Picture: KYLIE ESLERMORE than 4000 nappies have been packed for mums in need.
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The Nappy Collective group has been collecting the baby essential for the past two weeks to donate to families who can’t afford them.

It was the second time a nappy drive has been held on the Border, the first was in October and only 500 nappies were donated.

A volunteer with The Nappy Collective group in Albury, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she could see the benefits of the nappy donations after once being in need herself after escaping domestic violence.

“I was left with nothing and it’s the first thing you notice,” she said.

Nappies were collected at drop off points at the Lavington library and the Albury Library Museum, set up by Halve Waste, and the Wodonga library and Target.

The Nappy Collective Albury-Wodonga team leader Sophie Richards said she was overwhelmed by the generosity.

“I’m thrilled with the response and hopefully it’s enough to meet the demand so we don’t have to get any from Melbourne,” she said.

“A woman who was 33 weeks pregnant with twins was even keen to help.”

Ms Richards said nappies were not always affordable and she often heard of them going to waste due to babies growing out of them.

They boxed the nappies according to size at Albury Wodonga Regional Foodshare and manager Peter Matthews said often people were asking for those types of products.

“People who need emergency food have an income that’s under stress,” he said.

“They won’t just go to people with a low income but also those with sick children or other issues.”

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Cycling road race doubt

THE LONG-term future of one of Australia’s oldest one-day road races is in doubt.
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Increased financial costs in relation to police escorting has seen Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club elect not to organise this year’s Melbourne to Ballarat roadrace.

Instead, Cycling Victoria and Ballarat Regional Tourism will join forces to ensure the 105th edition, scheduled for July 18, will continue as planned.

The cost of the event will almost double this year after new anti-terrorism laws dictate that police must not work alone.

The change in rules mean that numbers needed for escorting duties will be doubled, resulting in a cost increase from $8000 to around $14,000.

Cycling Victoria CEO Kipp Kaufmann hopes to confirm the running of the 2015 Melbourne to Ballarat by next week, before turning his attention towards the race’s long-term viability.

“It’s our intention that it will take place (this year),” Kaufmann said.

“We should have something over the next week that we can go forward with.

“We want to find the short term solution and then to ensure the long term viability of the race.

“The police are a criticalfactor.”

Kaufmann said that efforts would be made to lower the cost of the event, but reducing the number of escort cars from 10 (one per bunch) wasn’t a likely solution for the 100-kilometre handicap.

“Even reducing escort cars from 10 to nine would be pushing the boundary,” he said.

“Another option would be to reduce the numbers, but then you can start to compromise the integrity of the race.”

Ballarat Sebastopol board member and past Melbourne to Ballarat race director Don Stewart says the race has become “financially unviable” for the club, with traffic management also an issue.

“The Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club has been running it for the last five or six years,” he said.

“We have looked at various alternative routes but the club will definitely not be running it this year.”

The Melbourne to Ballarat is older than the prestigious Melbourne to Warrnambool, and even has cycling’s three grand tours in the Tour de France (101 editions), Giro d’Italia (98) and Vuelta a Espana (69) covered for age.

“Not a lot of events get to 100 years and it certainly sits in the most historic of the grand races in Australia,” Kaufmann said.

Kaufman said discussions hadn’t been opened in regards to the finishing point of this year’s race.

The race has finished at Kryal Castle since 2013.

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BFNL netball squad boost

Georgia Cann, captain.VERSATILE state league netballer Laura McDonald has been added to Ballarat’s interleague campaign.
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McDonald played for Lake Wendouree at the weekend, making her eligible for Ballarat Football Netball League selection ahead of its AFL Victorian Country Championship battle with Bendigo at Eastern Oval on Saturday.

The Sovereigns championship division player has experience alongside fellow Sovereign Jordyn Bibby (North Ballarat City) in goals, Erin Riley (Redan) in defence and with Sovereigns Kara Hart (Lake Wendouree) and Lauren Atkinson (East Point) through the centre-court.

McDonald’s inclusion boosts Ballarat’s VNL championship division player count to four to complement a string of Regional State League and former VNL players.

Bendigo was yet to confirm its squad at the time of print, but Ballarat coach Kate McMahon had confidence her players had the depth to adapt to anything thrown at them on court.

“We’ve focused on combinations and our ability to transition from defence to offence. We have a chance to do that really well,” McMahon said.

“We’ve got a lot of versatility.

“There are good netball players in this netball team.”

Ballarat used last week’s interleague training sessions to share ideas on combinations and work on movement and patterns.

Players are moving into more intense scratch matches to test their game this week.

OPEN TEAM: Georgia Cann, captain (Sebastopol), Lauren Atkinson, Lauren Jew (East Point), Melanie Allen, Molly Boyle, Kara Hart, Laura McDonald (Lake Wendouree), Jordyn Bibby, Stacey McCartin (North Ballarat City), Emma Henry, Erin Riley (Redan)

Coach: Kate McMahon

Assistant coach: Kirsty Walsh

Team manager: Narelle Perkins

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Rooster swingman sidelined with shoulder injury

Bryce Curnow MOBILE tall Bryce Curnow will be sidelined indefinitely for a shoulder injury that cut short his five-goal display at Etihad Stadium.
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The North Ballarat Roosters’ swingman will meet with a surgeon in Melbourne on Wednesday to further determine the extent of the injury.

It is a tough blow for the Selkirk Roosters ahead of their Victorian Football League road-trip to meet reigning premier Footscray at the Bulldogs notorious Whitten Oval fortress this Sunday morning.

Roosters coach Gerard FitzGerald said Curnow’s height and mobility was hard for opposition to match – especially when firing like he was against Northern Blues at the weekend.

“It was nice to have a target like that. We don’t have a lot of big goalkickers at the club, let alone five goals like he did,” FitzGerald said.

Curnow’s haul included three goals in a third-quarter rampage before he was injured in a contest, midway through the final term.

The Roosters will keep watch on forward James Keeble (hamstring) and key midfield leader Lachie George (calf) this week but remain hopeful both would be cleared to face the Bulldogs.

Roosters selections this week will be shaped on country interleague this week, as well as North Melbourne’s Perth-bound squad.

FitzGerald, who mentors Ballarat Football League coach Shane Skontra, said the Roosters were actively promoting interleague duty for players in contention.

There is a strong Roosters contingent in the BFL training squad with Nick Weightman (Bungaree) and Jacobs Werts (Learmonth) pushing for selection in the Central Highlands.

Cobden onballer Brody Mahoney is a likely selection for Hampden – Mahoney was one of the Bottle Greens’ best in last year’s AFL Victoria Country Championships.

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Cannes Film Festival’s ‘high-heels only’ red carpet policy draws ire from stars

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Cannes, France: After years of rumbling discontent, a rebellion against the Cannes Film Festival’s insistence that female guests must totter up the red carpet on high heels may finally be about to erupt.

Palais du Cinema door guards’ rejection of several middle-aged women invited to Sunday night’s premiere of Carol, the lesbian drama starring Cate Blanchett, created a ruckus that by Tuesday morning found even Benicio del Toro – possibly the most unequivocally masculine star on the screen – joking that he would wear high heels to his own premiere in protest.

At a press conference for Sicario, an action drama about CIA covert operations against Mexican drug cartels starring Emily Blunt as a tough, door-kicking cop, director Denis Villeneuve joked that he, along with the film’s male stars Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin, should wear high heels instead of the plain black shoes required by the male dress code.

Emily Blunt, a self-confessed tomboy, was aghast when asked about the compulsory heel rule. “That’s very disappointing, just when you kind of think there are these new waves of equality,” she said. “I think that everyone should wear flats, to be honest.”

The festival’s rule on high heels has been in force since anyone can remember. I have been turned away from a screening on these grounds myself, after being openly jeered by a couple of security guards for my temerity in wearing strappy gold flats.

This year, however, the festival has made a belated run to appear more female-friendly. There are more films by women directors in the official selection than ever before; for only the second time in its history, the festival opened with a film by a woman, Emmanuelle Bercot’s Standing Tall, instead of the usual big-budget costume spectacular along the lines of Grace of Monaco or The Great Gatsby.

Men and women are in roughly equal numbers on the various juries. There are daily high-powered seminars on women and the film industry featuring speakers such as Jane Fonda, Isabelle Huppert and producers Christine Vachon and Megan Ellison.

Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, who would have been 100 this year, is the face of the festival; her fresh, make-up free smile beams from posters on every second wall in Cannes. Of course, the great irony was that the issue should come to a head at a film about closeted lesbians in the 1950s. Sixty years later, a woman still isn’t allowed to wear comfortable shoes.

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How CEOs can use Twitter like Barack Obama and Bill Clinton

With a few taps of his iPhone’s keyboard – 140 to be exact – US president Barack Obama burst on to Twitter, attracting 5 million followers in five hours.
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But the world’s most powerful man isn’t the only leader to harness the power of the social media platform.

Company chief executives have started using Twitter in droves, despite the service being launched almost a decade ago.

Late bloomers include ANZ’s Mike Smith, who joined Twitter last month, and Westpac’s Brian Hartzer, who created an account while still serving his apprenticeship as Gail Kelly’s deputy in 2012.

The proportion of chief executives from Fortune’s top 50 global companies has risen to 10 per cent in 2014 from 2 per cent the previous year, according to analysis from Australian PR agency Weber Shandwick. Good question, @billclinton. The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interested in @FLOTUS?— President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015

This compares with the number of chief executives using Facebook crashing from 10 per cent to nil over the same period.

It is difficult to determine if chief executives are deserting Facebook in favour of Twitter because of the fluid nature of the Fortune list. But social media and PR expert Catriona Pollard says Twitter is regarded as a more professional platform that delivers a greater audience than Facebook.

“Facebook has never really moved out of that very personal realm. We mostly use Facebook to connect and share with our personal contacts,” Ms Pollard said.

“But Twitter has always been one those platforms where your contacts from your friends right through to your colleagues.”

At the same time, Ms Pollard said Twitter can been personally engaging, citing an exchange between Mr Obama and former US president Bill Clinton as an example.

Mr Clinton welcomed Mr Obama to Twitter, tweeting: “One question: Does that username stay with the office? #askingforafriend”, referring to the @POTUS (President of the United States) handle.

Mr Obama replied: “Good question @billclinton. The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interesting in @FLOTUS”, referring to First Lady of the United States.

“That was the perfect example of two leaders who have used social media effectively,” said Ms Pollard.

“Those two tweets highlight their personal brands and show their human intelligence and the strong leaders that they are.”

So how can company chief executives emulate the past and present leaders of the free world.

Ms Pollard gives the following advice:

Know your personal brand and voice

Ms Pollard said social media works best for chief executives, who have adopted a specific strategy and embraced the platform.

“I’ve had concerns when there isn’t any strategy in place or they haven’t really thought about what their personal brand stands for and are not actually thinking about the impact that their tweets have on their readers,” she said.

“What made [Mr Obama and Mr Clinton’s tweets] this morning so powerful was that it was very personal, very funny and witty. The more you can nurture it and use social media with your own voice, the more powerful it is going to be.”

Leave out emotion when responding to criticism

Leaders who use social media can develop emotional connections with their followers, Ms Pollard said. But it can also attract criticism and chief executives need to think carefully about how they respond to fiery tweets, she said.

“There are lots of examples of business owners that have responded in an emotional way.

“Bullying does occur on social media and criticism does occur. Whether that’s to a leader or to a business owner or an everyday person, you do need to remove the emotion when responding on social media.

“If you are getting criticism, it’s becoming a place where it’s not appropriate, then there is always the option of not responding or closing down your Twitter account.”

Know the positives outweigh the negatives

Although revealing more of yourself to the public sounds risky, Ms Pollard said chief executives who use social media effectively can neutralise criticism.

“If you are embracing change and social media, and your strategy is about having a voice, sharing your voice and using it to create two-way dialogue with people who matter to your organisation, then you can absolutely see the difference,” she said.

“You can see that people are engaged. It also stops the criticism.

“If you are a CEO in a crisis, you might choose to stay away from social media. But if you have built up a great brand voice and following on Twitter, you can use the social media platform in those situations very effectively because you have already done the ground work.”

Maintain your social profile

Ms Pollard says in past years chief executives have often told her they didn’t have the time to create a social media account. But consumer and employee needs are changing and are expecting company leaders to be more available on social media.

“They have almost been forced to recognise that they have a place, a very important place, as a leader on social media,” Ms Pollard said.

“But every social media needs to be maintained. It’s like the old fashioned thing of starting a newsletter, doing one or two and then forgetting about it.

“If you are going to do social media, particularly if you are a leader because it’s going to be a reflection on who you are and why people should follow you.

“You need to fully engage with your communications team, social media consultant or whoever is helping you, so you have that personal touch.”

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Skinner takes out Ballarat District championship

Victory: Ballarat District Golf Incorporated women’s champions Gai Skinner (A-grade), Heather Davidson (B-grade) and Faye Butcher (C-grade). GAI Skinner is the 2015 Ballarat District Golf Incorporated open women’s scratch champion.
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Skinner carded a round of 82 at her home track at Midlands Golf Club on Monday for a two-shot victory over Buninyong’s Helen Pascoe.

The result caps off a big fortnight for Skinner, who was also part of Midlands’ victorious division one pennant championship over Hepburn Springs.

In other results, Heather Davidson (also Midlands) shot 92 for the B-grade scratch title over Skipton’s Glenis Keilar, while Faye Butcher beat Ballarat counterpart Heather Brauman by two shots for the C-grade


The event was well received by golfers around the district, who contested the titles in perfect conditions.



Scratch: G Skinner 82, H Pascoe 84

Handicap: A Leeson 72, P Bandy 73

Veteran’s: G Skinner 82

Champion of champions: H Pascoe 84

Putting: B Huntley 28

Teams: H Pascoe, H McSparron, V Lund (Buninyong) 239


Scratch: H Davidson 92, G Keilar 94

Handicap: J Carpenter 71, V Bennett 73, J Guest 74 on countback, A Cunnington

Veteran’s: J Carpenter 71

Putting: B Oliver 30 on countback, K Buckland

Teams: G Keilar, M Ellis, H Mason (Skipton) 229


Scratch: F Butcher 103, H Brauman 105

Handicap: P Hodge 72, B Krunic 74

Veteran’s: P Hodge 72 on countback, F Butcher

Putting: L Smyth 31

Teams: J Fairhurst, V Cole, V Hackett (Midlands) 241

Nearest the pin: A grade 16th, B Smith; B grade 11th, V Bennett; C grade 3rd, F Butcher

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Sovereigns’ last chance

ONE more chance – this is all Sovereigns have left in Victorian Netball League’s championship division this season.
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Final round action against Southern Saints will cap off a whirlwind eight months since the club was formed and plans are already well under way to bolster the squad in the off-season.

ACU Sovereigns will play 19/under finals in their inaugural season but for championship division, this is the final round.

Sovereigns assistant coach Kate McMahon said the team was particularly driven to sign off strong against what will be a championship division finals contender.

“We haven’t quite reached our own expectations for what we can achieve this season,” McMahon said.

“We want to win this last match of our season and have smiles on faces of all the girls as we exit the stadium.

“…We know we’re better than the results and generally need to prove to ourselves we can do it.”

Preparations have been interrupted with an ankle injury to goal defence Sanonu Robertson early in the week.

McMahon said while Robertson was unlikely to line up, Sovereigns were confident they had the depth in the versatile Laura McDonald and Ash Bradley to fill that role.

Sovereigns captain Cynna Kydd is expected to play a full game after training strong this week.

Kydd was a late withdrawal with general soreness in the warm-up last round.

The experienced goaler will be a welcome inclusion with Sovereigns yet to receive word if they will have access to Melbourne Vixens shooter for this match.

This year’s VNL season was particularly condensed to fit in clear ahead of the Netball World Cup in August.

For Sovereigns, this has meant blooding a band of new players to state league level while trying to gel combinations and build a completely new club.

McMahon said the increased speed and intensity of the VNL had taken a toll on most bodies – but they were ready for one final match.

In the 19/unders, Sovereigns will meet Saints on court two as a lead-in to their first final, also against Saints and on court two next week.

This is a chance for Sovereigns to really finetune their combinations and test plays before meeting the Saints again.

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Tough clash for weakened Rush

Trouble: Rush’s Bronte Clark aggravated a knee injury on Saturday night. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE
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YOUTH League Miners and Rush have returned to the drawing board this week after both failed to collect a win in Big V Basketball.

For the Rush, the highly anticipated match-up against Knox was always going to be a challenge, but with a less than full-strength roster it was going to be a tough ask.

While the MARS Minerdome scoreboard recorded an eight-point loss, further bad news came for the Rush camp when talented young tall Claire Blower aggravated a knee injury and failed to finish Saturday night’s game.

Without one of their key players, Rush was undersized but didn’t go down without a fight, hustling to lead the rebound count for the game.

The girls headed off on Sunday to face the red hot Dandenong Rangers in a clash that showed true Ballarat character.

Severely under-manned against a strong Rangers team, younger members of the squad such as Jessica Tempany and Izzy Fraser supported Bronte Clark, who finished with a team-high 17 points to keep the margin to 21.

Youth League Miners also experienced a tough double-header falling to Blackburn on Saturday night in a high-scoring affair.

Giving up 116 points is always going to be a tough ask to outscore and the Miners simply didn’t have enough firepower to chase the monster total down.

Tristan Fisher and Leo Viitala starred for the next generation of Miners having combined for 48 while Sam Short picked up game most valuable player honours for a solid all round performance.

The Miners also gave up 100 points on the defensive end when they were comprehensively beaten by Sunbury, 100-52 on Sunday.

They will hit the road this weekend to face Altona, before returning to the Minerdome on May 30 when they face Keysborough at 8pm.

Youth League Rush will also scramble in the bus as they take on Bullen before also returning on May 30 when Kilsyth makes its way to town.

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KNOX 14 33 42 61

BALLARAT 11 22 34 53

Ballarat points: Eliza Roughead 15, Bronte Clark 13 (2 three-pointers), Claire Constable 10 (2), Isabel Fraser 6 (1), Taylah Wynne 5, Margaret Baker 2, Claire Blower 2.

REBOUNDS – Knox 31, Ballarat 39 (Roughead 15, Constable 7)

ASSISTS – Knox 8, Ballarat 5

STEALS – Knox 22, Ballarat 5

TURNOVERS – Knox 11, Ballarat 35

BLOCKS – Knox 4, Ballarat 2

SHOOTING – field goals, Knox 23/73 (31.5%), Ballarat 16/50 (32.0%); three-pointers, Knox 5/20 (25.0%), Ballarat 5/17 (29.4%); free throws, Knox 10/21 (47.6%), Ballarat 16/18 (88.9%).

DANDENONG 18 37 60 78

BALLARAT 7 31 43 57

Ballarat points: Bronte Clark 17 (2 three-pointers), Jessica Tempany 15 (3), Claire Constable 9 (3), Eliza Roughead 9, Isabel Fraser 7 (1).

REBOUNDS – Dandenong 55, Ballarat 39 (Rougfhead 11, Clark 7)

ASSISTS – Dandenong 16, Ballarat 8

STEALS – Dandenong 7, Ballarat 8

TURNOVERS – Dandenong 16, Ballarat 12

BLOCKS – Dandenong 5, Ballarat 4

SHOOTING – field goals, Dandenong 32/75 (42.7%), Ballarat 20/75 (26.7%); three-pointers, Dandenong 5/19 (26.3%), Ballarat 9/28 (32.1%); free throws, Dandenong 9/15 (60.0%), Ballarat 8/17 (47.1%).

CONFERENCE LADDER: Melbourne 142.28 percentage points, 100.00 winning percentage; Dandenong 134.45, 100.00; Ballarat 101.96, 58.33; Eltham 100.13, 46.15; Ringwood 89.43, 36.36; Waverley 74.44, 28.57; Kilsyth 79.86, 27.27; Bendigo 87.82, 25.00.

NEXT GAME: Bulleen v Ballarat, Saturday 7pm


BLACKBURN 25 54 88 116

BALLARAT 22 48 65 90

Ballarat points: Leo Viitala 26 (4 three-pointers), Tristan Fisher 22 (4), Sam Short 16 (2), Damon Tilley 8 (2), James Reeves 8 (2), Ross Weightman 4, James Hallett 2, James West 2, Zachary Pell 2.

REBOUNDS – Blackburn 51, Ballarat 38 (Viitala 8, Short 6, Weightman 6)

ASSISTS – Blackburn 26, Ballarat 18 (Short 5)

STEALS – Blackburn 6, Ballarat 7

TURNOVERS – Blackburn 13, Ballarat 16

BLOCKS – Blackburn 4, Ballarat 5

SHOOTING – field goals, Blackburn 47/88 (53.4%), Ballarat 36/84 (42.9%); three-pointers, Blackburn 10/25 (40.0%), Ballarat 14/28 (50.0%); free throws, Blackburn 12/23 (52.2%), Ballarat 4/6 (66.7%).

SUNBURY 32 58 83 100

BALLARAT 13 28 41 52

Ballarat points: James Reeves 21 (3 three-pointers), Anthony Bedggood 10, Leo Viitala 7, Malachi Harvey 5, Zachary Pell 3, Damon Tilley 2, James West 2, Ross Weightman 2.

REBOUNDS – Sunbury 48, Ballarat 45 (Weightman 10, Viitala 7, Harvey 7)

ASSISTS – Sunbury 26, Ballarat 9

STEALS – Sunbury 18, Ballarat 6

TURNOVERS – 10, Ballarat 22

BLOCKS – Sunbury 8, Ballarat 1

SHOOTING – field goals, Sunbury 39/79 (49.4%), Ballarat 20/71 (28.2%); three-pointers, Sunbury 6/19 (31.6%), Ballarat 3/16 (18.8%); free throws, Sunbury 16/28 (57.1%), Ballarat 9/19 (47.4%).

LADDER: Blackburn 121.39 percentage points, 83.33 winning percentage; Sunbury 115.95 , 75.00; Whittlesea 113.79 72.73; Coburg 101.56 66.67; Altona 102.89, 58.33; Bendigo 99.87, 50.00; Hume City 94.59, 50.00; Werribee 94.92, 46.15; Camberwell 99.36, 36.36; Geelong 90.75, 23.08; Ballarat 83.72, 23.08; Keysborough 91.10, 11.11.

NEXT GAME: Altona v Ballarat, Sunday 3pm

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Buninyong Senior Citizens Club celebrates 40th anniversary

Celebration: Buninyong Senior Citizens Club vice-president Jan Antosiewicz and life member Vic Bradley celebrate the club’s 40th anniversary.PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORDABOUT 50 senior citizens gathered to celebrate a 40th anniversary on Tuesday.
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Like any other party the event had a cake, food and musician to provide entertainment.

However, the celebrations focused not on a person, but the anniversary of the Buninyong Senior Citizens Club.

The club’s vice-president Jan Antosiewicz said the event provided an outing for members from a number of senior citizens clubs across Ballarat.

“It is a great way of making friendships, a lot of these people have been together for a very long time and they look forward to catching up every Tuesday, they have weekly lunches every Tuesday,” she said.

Ballarat MP Catherine King was also present for the celebrations.

Ms Antosiewicz said the group meets at the Buninyong Town Hall once a week but often participates in other events such as bingo or carpet bowls.

“This year there has been a number of younger people come in and help with the executive positions because some of the other people have been getting older,” she said.

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Cannabis  laws  under  review

Seeking feedback: Victorian Law Reform Commissioner Dr Ian Freckelton. PICTURE: KATE HEALYOVER the counter access to cannabis was one of many topics discussed at Ballarat’s first public consultation to review medicinal cannabis laws.
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The Victorian Law Reform Commission held its second of eight regional public consultations on Monday.

Commissioner Dr Ian Freckelton QC led the discussions at Ballarat Town Hall, with about 20 locals providing feedback.

The public consultations follow the government’s recommendation for VLRC to review and report on options for legislative change to allow people to be treated with medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances.

An issues paper was released in March, with the public asked to respond by April 20.

More than 70 submissions were received by the commission.

Issues surrounding the sale of medicinal cannabis over the counter were also discussed.

One participant, who cannot be named for confidentiality reasons, said the laws needed to consider those who used medicinal cannabis for pain relief. “Do we leave them in that excruciating pain … if we have a method of treating them?” he asked.

The commission will travel across the state seeking feedback on the laws.

It will visit Bendigo, Mildura, Wodonga, Shepparton, Bairnsdale and Morwell between May 19 and June 23.

The state government recently announced medicinal cannabis trials in Victoria, asking the Victorian Law Reform Commission to advise on legalising medicinal cannabis.

The commission has been asked to report to the Attorney General by August 3.

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