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Bulleen Park goes pink for breast cancer

THE YARRALEEN Cricket Club (YCC) in Bulleen recently hosted a successful fundraiser on Ladies’ Day on February 3, raising $2,326 for the McGrath Foundation.
The day included Pink Stumps matches for the 1st and 3rd XI, bottomless drinks and afternoon tea, and a chance to boogie into the night with the iPod shuffle disco.
Each event raised awareness of the dangers of breast cancer and money for the Foundation, which supports Breast Cancer nurses in communities across Australia.
The fundraiser held a special significance for the club members, as it symbolised their ongoing efforts to foster an inclusive and supportive environment within the club.
This means so much to the men and women of the club to continue to create an inclusive and happy environment in which members can promote important causes close to their hearts.
The response from the wider community was overwhelmingly positive, with league officials and friends of the club showing their unwavering support.
From generous donations to spreading the word about the event, the community’s involvement played a crucial role in the fundraiser’s success.
Over 50 women attended the club’s first-ever Ladies’ Day Bottomless Tea and Drinks, and their presence and contributions made a significant difference.
Breast cancer hits close to home for many members of Yarraleen Cricket Club, including the club President, Michael Cromie — with his mother, sister, and wife all being diagnosed with breast cancer — it is a disease and a cause, which has had a profound impact on Michael’s family.
A club representative said that through these fundraising efforts, YCC aims to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation and provide a platform for open discussions about the disease.

“We want to use our platform to raise awareness and support breast cancer research and advocacy.
“By coming together as a community, we can make a meaningful difference in the fight against breast cancer,” they said.

The club stands united in its commitment to supporting those affected by breast cancer and promoting a future free from the disease. In the spirit of camaraderie and compassion, YCC looks forward to continuing this tradition for many years and making a positive difference.

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Community fun (run)

THE WEATHER gods were looking favourably at Warrandyte for the 13th running of the town’s annual fun run, for the weather was — dare I say — perfect.
The format of the event has been pretty stable for the last four years. The predictable course and distance options — ranging from 2.2 kilometres to 21km — are proving attractive to runners both local and from further afield.
While lapped courses are not always popular, the course at Run Warrandyte, with its meandering climb up Everard Drive, which has a great river aspect, to the scenic single trail in the Pound Reserve, makes the idea of “just one more lap” that little bit easier.
With a 7:30am start, it’s all over in time for elevenses or even an early lunch at one of the many cafés in Warrandyte.
But regardless of whether you are a daily jogger, an avid road or trail runner, or if Run Warrandyte is part of your New Year’s resolution to be more active, the feeling that cuts through it all is the sense of community.
Before the first runners were even on the course, the event village was buzzing, with stands by the major sponsors, food vendors, and activities for kids, plus just friends and runners seeking each other out and having a catch-up before the runs got underway, with representation from nearby running clubs such as the Diamond Creek Runners (DCR), and Westerfoldians, and Warrandyte’s very own Warrandyte River Runners.
Even post-run, many stuck around the event village to bask in the glorious warmth of the mid-morning sun, get a massage from PhysioLife, buy new running gear from The Running Company Lilydale, or partake of some fantastic coffee and snacks thanks to Scrumdiddely café.
This event is nothing without the volunteers who were — as always — cheerful and encouraging, with a special shout out to the Warrandyte Netball Club for the imaginative signs which distracted, entertained, and possibly tormented (I’m talking about “It’s just a hill get over it”) runners on course this year.
The result is anticipation for 2025, when the Warrandyte will once again embrace the running community to share just one more lap of the West End and the Pound while raising funds for our local sporting group.
If you ran in this year’s event and want to know your official time, visit www.runwarrandyte.com.


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20 years of fitness and friendship

MEMBERS of Fernwood Fitness Bulleen and the broader community celebrated health and well-being at the end of October with a special event at its home in Bulleen Plaza, marking the women-only gym’s 20th anniversary.
Throughout the day, events unfolded, honouring those with remarkable 20-year continuous memberships who shared their tips for going the distance.
Carmel, an original member, and a testament to the club’s appeal, reminisced about her early days.
Encouraged by her daughter to join, Carmel vividly recalls her first workout.
“It made me feel energised and happy to be working out,” she said.
For Carmel, the consistent commitment stems from understanding exercise’s profound impact on her life, fostering strength and a sense of well-being.
Drawing a parallel, she equates exercise to a daily ritual, stating, “Exercise is like brushing my teeth”.
The true highlight for Carmel lies in the friendships forged within the fitness community.
Penny, another dedicated member, echoes the sentiment of making fitness an integral part of life.
With a mindset of “don’t think about it, just do it,” Penny seamlessly integrates gym sessions into her weekly routine.
Stress relief and improved sleep are her fitness dividends, and she vividly recalls her first step into the world of BodyPump.
Like Carmel, she values the camaraderie and connections formed inside and outside the gym.
Shirley, also a big fan of BodyPump and nearing her 93rd birthday, attests to the dual benefits of exercise — physical mobility and social interaction.

“It’s a club atmosphere.
“It’s like extended family.
“It’s a community — you walk in, and someone always says hello.”

Inspired by her osteopath, Lorraine embarked on her Fernwood Bulleen journey and hasn’t looked back since.
Reflecting on her initial experience of one-on-one training, she emphasises the mental well-being aspect of exercise.

“Exercise makes you feel good, mentally.
“If I don’t come, I feel down. “[Exercise] lifts your spirits.”

Fernwood Bulleen is a family-owned franchise.
The current franchisees, Michelle and Ric Caldwell, have been running Fernwood Bulleen for nine years and offer various programs, including group fitness, small group training, reformer Pilates, and personal training.
Michelle said they love supporting their members to be healthy and strong in a safe women-only environment.

“Today has been a wonderful celebration of our beautiful community of members.
“We’re always keeping up with the latest fitness research and adapting our programs to provide the best fitness advice to our members.”

The anniversary celebration was not just a recognition of years spent in pursuit of fitness but a heartfelt acknowledgment of the enduring bonds and shared accomplishments within the Fernwood Bulleen community.

Run Warrandyte: Running up that hill

RUNNERS from near and far gathered in Warrandyte, once again, in early March for the 2023 edition of Run Warrandyte.
With the course and distances now well and truly bedded down, more than 500 runners took to the now-familiar course taking in West End and The Pound across 2.2km, 5km, 10km, 15km and 21kms.
Women runners made up about a third of the field over the five distances and nearly half of the 21km runners.
In-general numbers were up from 2022, indicating that this running event is becoming increasingly popular.

Run Warrandyte is a five-ish kilometre loop, starting at the Warrandyte Reserve before climbing up Everard Drive for a scenic loop of The Pound before an even longer climb up to Third Street before descending back down to the Reserve via West End Road — simple, right?
For those running the 5km, it is one hot lap, and with the winning male running a 19:40 and the winning female running a 23:20, this slightly hilly, slightly traily course is pretty fast.
For those running longer distances, this means two, three or four laps.
The 2.2km run/walk event is an uphill slog for most, as participants bypass The Pound section.
This was the third running of this event with a 21km option (four laps), and, once again, this writer and runner could not resist the allure of the “furthest distance on offer”.

A runner’s journey

With the day predicted to be warm, the slightly chilly start at 7:30am was very pleasant.
Compared to the other distances on offer, the 15km and 21km events attract significantly fewer runners, so the combined distances on the starting line made the joint field feel slightly bigger.
Of note on the start line was Thomas Martin in the 15km distance, looking to defend (and subsequently smash) his previous record, completing the 15km course in 58:29 — nearly three minutes quicker than last year — while 2022’s defending Women’s 15km winner, Helen O’Hagen, stepped up to the 21km for 2023 and won with a time of 1:52:14.
Achilles Melbourne, a running club for vision-impaired runners, also returned to 3113 and had runners on course.
For myself, not looking to break any records and looking to take advantage of the generous course cut-off, I set the goal of completing in less than two and a half hours.
With the crowd and the cool, crisp morning air, the starting gun prompted a slightly more energetic start than I anticipated but quickly dissolved any doubts about four laps.
While the day warmed, the moderately wet weather over the last couple of years made for a pleasant jaunt through Warrandyte’s bush landscape, with much of the environment still green.
Kangaroos were also a feature of the course this year, with a couple of the mob keeping me on my toes — thus providing an ideal distraction — as I progressed along the tank track.
Kudos go out to the army of volunteers on the course, offering encouragement and direction where needed.
I extend a particular thank-you to the marshal at the intersection of Pound Road and Third Street for their choice of “tunes” my only request is more Kate Bush next year, and please stick around for the fourth and final lap.

These may be trails that many of us run and walk daily or weekly, but sharing the collective goodwill and spirit of runners, walkers, and marshals submerged in our picturesque landscape is a must-do on the Warrandyte list, and I encourage you all to come out for at least 5kms in 2024.


Congratulations to all participants in Run Warrandyte 2023; below are the 1st–3rd in each event, in order of finishing.
21km Men Stephen Dinneen: 1:16:11, Stephen Barter: 1:20:50, Lee Martin: 1:27:36.
21km Women Helen O’hagan: 1:52:14, Colleen Isaacs: 1:53:44, Emma-Rose Maber: 1:54:00.
15km Men Thomas Martin: 58:29:00, David King: 1:02:45, Brad Bardon: 1:07:17.
15km Women Deb Yann: 1:16:27, Brooke Cooper: 1:18:08, Nerissa Stafford: 1:25:58.
10km Men Brendan Choo: 40:16:00, Tristan Marslen: 43:38:00, Shun Kan Fok: 44:46:00.
10km Women Vanessa Alford: 47:31:00, Emily Sharpe: 48:18:00, Ruby Tinker: 52:46:00.
5km Men Lachie Collins: 19:40, Henry Richards: 21:34, Hunter Hodgson: 21:48.
5km Women Juliette Haddow: 23:20, Ingrid Howlett: 24:07:00, Nicole Humphreys: 25:53:00.
2.2km Men Paul Donahoo: 9:33, Yestin Sanchez: 9:52, Liam Knight: 10:43.
2.2km Women Anna Firth: 10:11, Abbey Morgan: 10:13, Mieke Considine: 10:40.
U8 Boys Rafa Johnson: 0:54, Harry Malone: 1:01, Adhrith Paratal: 1:05.
U8 Girls Evie Beal: 1:11.


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Keeping family values at WCC is in the blood

AS ONE OF THE biggest clubs in the Ringwood District Cricket Association (RDCA), with nine senior teams, teams in juniors and veterans in just about every available age group, and over 300 members, you could feel lost and disconnected with so much happening.
At Warrandyte Cricket Club (WCC), that could not be further from the truth.
This is a club that is as much a part of the community as each of its players.
Speaking to Club President Royce Jaksic about the family feel at the club and how Warrandyte are able to achieve it, Royce said the club was lucky we have a lot of dads who love their cricket.

“It’s rare to find a sport you can play with your sons.
“I have played one or two seasons with all three of my sons and won a few flags; they’ll be some of my best memories.”

Warrandyte is an amazing community, but it is less populous than many of the other areas around the RDCA; the fact that so many people want to be around the club is not by accident.
It is a place where you feel welcomed and accepted, regardless of age, even if you have never played cricket before.
Royce says that he wants Warrandyte to feel like a destination club and that as those coming through the ranks now “start to have kids, they think, I want my kids to be down here because it is a safe environment.”
That is not limited to just father and son either; with the women’s team in its second year, not only are there father and son combinations but now mother and daughter combinations.
Getting more girls and women into the sport is important, but it does not mean it is just the younger generations getting in on the act.
One of the families at Warrandyte, the Grocott family, has mother, father, and two sons, all playing for the Bloods.

“That family is just a salt of the earth family, Royce said.
“Di sits on the committee in the welfare space; we are blessed to have someone of her ilk if any players have mental health problems.
“It is the kind of thing you just can’t buy.”

Son Patrick started playing at the club at 10 years old, has played in the Firsts and is the keeper for the Seconds.
His brother Jeremy has also started playing at the club, and his dad Steve started playing in the Over-40s and is the keeper for the 8th XI.
A family of keepers, Di is the keeper of the Women’s team and has been playing for both of the years the team has been around.
Steve Grocott told the Diary he knows: “one of the great things about WCC is how it brings families together, something this club is proud of.”

Netball celebrates glory at end of season

THE WARRANDYTE Dragonflies and the Red Rockets took the flag in their respective categories at the end of the Spring Season and play for the 2022 calendar year.
The U15 Dragonflies dominated the match from the first whistle, playing very relaxed and confidently.
Unyielding in defence and precision shooting gave Ivanhoe Netball Club (INC) Swifts no chance as Warrandyte won 34–19.
Madie Jeffery was named player of the match by Manningham Netball (formerly Doncaster and District Netball Association).
The Open B Red Rockets had a much closer match, and in howling winds, it was even for three quarters.
In the last, Warrandyte was able to get the edge and eventually open up a lead which they held and emerged victorious over East Doncaster Netball Club (EDNC) Astros 27–20.
Madison Brunton was awarded player of the match.

Club honours

With the season wrapped up, all that was left was the off-court presentations and celebrations.
A large turnout at the Warrandyte Sports Complex saw outgoing President Eilish Vaughan officially welcome and hand over the presidency to Jimmy Harris.
Additionally, thanks to Bendigo Bank, some awards were given to members of the Warrandyte Netball Club (WNC) community.
Volunteer of the Year went to WNC Treasurer Kyra Holland.
Club Person of the Year was awarded to Katie Taubert.
The Pauline Dusting Player of the Year award, went to Opens player Lucy Wheeler who has been coaching and playing at Warrandyte for 15 years.
Life Member Award for 2022 was presented to Meredith Thornton, who last year was one of the nominees for the prestigious Teacher of the Year award by Netball Victoria.
A Warrandyte local since 1986 and a thoroughly deserving recipient of this Life Member Award.
The next netball season will begin in February 2023; with more information about this closer to the date, stay tuned to the Warrandyte Netball Facebook page and the Warrandyte Diary and M&N Bulletin for all your netball news.

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Manningham Netball: The home of netball in Manningham


DONCASTER & District Netball Association has transformed into Manningham Netball as the Association develops to upgrade facilities, grow the competition, create athlete pathways, and continue to provide a quality grassroots game and a healthy, enjoyable community culture.
This is an investment in a better future for local netball.
The Manningham Netball launch event and game exhibition day took place on Saturday, November 5, with players and the broader community given the opportunity to see all that netball has to offer.
Opening with a come-and-try session of NetSetGo, a training program for children aged 5–9, to teach the fundamental skills and knowledge of netball in a fun and inclusive setting.
This was followed by a demonstration of Manningham Netball’s All Abilities program and a selection of talented players with an U/17 All-Star Exhibition Match.
Suncorp Super Netball all-star Jacqui Newton (GD, GK), who plays for the Collingwood Magpies, has been an advocate for grassroots netball and was also at the November 5 event.
The day brought back the energy that had been lacking since the onset of the pandemic, reminding the community of what netball is all about.
So much more than just a game, netball enriches physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing and is a great space for the continued promotion of women’s mental and physical health.
A key ambition of this partnership with Manningham Council is to create a better standard of facilities, as a crucial component of our association to achieve more than just compliance.
The competition consists of six clubs; Deep Creek, Doncaster, Donvale, East Doncaster, Eltham Panthers, and Warrandyte, with age groups spanning from NetSetGo/U9s to Open Age divisions and a Representative program with teams right through the age-group categories allowing some of Manningham Netball’s more talented players to compete in high-level competition in the Waverley Netball Association and the State Netball Centre, Parkville.
Thanks to a great partnership with Rob and Lauren Nardelli of Nardelli Netball Academy, there is mentoring for both players and coaches to pave the way to elite netball opportunities while developing the skills and expectations necessary for a shot at success at prominent netball levels.
Manningham Netball is excited to engage with and invites players in the Manningham community to join us and be a part of an exciting year of netball in 2023 and beyond.
For more information, visit:

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World-class table tennis comes to Ringwood

THE ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) OCEANIA Senior and Youth Championships are coming to Ringwood on September 5 with the five-day tournament in Eastland Shopping Centre.
Vying for a spot at the 2023 Table Tennis World Championships in Durban, South Africa — more than a hundred athletes from countries in the Oceania region will eat, breathe, and live table tennis in the first ITTF Oceania tournament in its history to be hosted in an Australian shopping centre.
Greg Balmforth, General Manager at Eastland said his team was honoured to host this tournament.

“We are thrilled to be staging the 2022 Oceania Senior and Youth Championships next month at such a unique location in Eastland Shopping Centre.
“We have a long-standing relationship with many sporting associations and leagues in the east [of Melbourne] and we are thrilled to extend this to Table Tennis.
“It’s our top priority to provide a safe and inclusive place to enable everyone at any age to have a positive experience, and with ITTF manta of ‘Table Tennis For All For Life’, it felt like a natural fit to work together.
“Hosting an international event marks the start of something new, not just for Eastland but Ringwood too.
“Together with the support of our community partners, we hope to make Eastland a true Town Centre,” said Mr Balmforth.

After a two-year hiatus, the return of our Oceania Championship is being welcomed by table tennis federations across the Oceania region with at least eight countries set to compete.
The winners of the Oceania Championships will secure a spot at the ITTF Youth World Championships in Tunisia later this year and the ITTF World Championship Finals in South Africa in 2023 and the competition will be fierce.
Construction has already commenced at Eastland, transforming a 2,000 square metre space on Level 2 into a world-class table tennis championship arena.
The draws for the Team and Individual events are set on September 3, and 5, respectively and the Diary will update this story as the tournament progresses.

Run Warrandyte: the tale of the trail

THAT INTERIM period where the cricket season is winding down and the footy season hasn’t quite started yet means only one thing for our local running community; it is time — once again — to lace up those runners and tackle the Run Warrandyte fun run.
This is the second year of the 21km course option, and the allure of a half-marathon and any excuse to run the picturesque riverside trial in Pound Bend saw me two-for-two with the 21km distance.
For those who do not know, the 5km–21km distances are one to four laps of a course that takes runners up Everard Drive and onto the Tank Track, before a sweeping downhill section to the walking track, then the hard slog up to Third Street, before following West End Road back down to the Sports Pavilion and the start/ finish.
With its placement at the beginning of March, often bushfires, dehydration, and snakes are your biggest worry.
But, the recent, unusual weather and the brief soaking the township received the previous day, the course and conditions were cool and damp, making for some fast single trail through the lush, green forest alongside a flowing Yarra River.
Four laps of this course has you out there for a long time, but starting first and finishing after all the other distances had been completed meant I managed to see most of the other distance runners out on the course.
From 5km to 21km, young kids to seasoned recreational runners, everyone was smiling and just enjoying being out in Warrandyte’s bush environment.
Hats off to the community of volunteers who gave up a sleep-in on a Sunday morning to guide and cheer the runners around the course.
With a little over 100 metres of elevation per lap, the 21km event accumulates between 400 and 450 metres (depending on your smartwatch) of elevation over the four laps, which makes this course fun but challenging at any distance.
The atmosphere around the event village was electric, and kudos to the organisers who have designed a course where the buzz of onlookers and the activities in the event village invigorates and motivates you to go another lap.
I can say with certainty that the Run Warrandyte fun run has matured into an excellent community event, and I am looking forward to taking on its challenging hills and trails in 2023.
I hope they don’t add any more laps; I might not be able to help myself.

For all of this year’s results visit: https://www.runwarrandyte.com/

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Talented sports teacher recognised

MEREDITH THORNTON has been announced as a finalist for Teacher of the Year at the Netball Victoria Community Awards.
A teacher since 1986 and a Warrandytian from 1987, Meredith embodies everything that is community within Warrandyte.
If you can think of a community role, chances are Meredith has at some point held it or worked with those in that role.
Now a PE teacher and at times acting Principal of Anderson’s Creek Primary School, as well as owner of The White Owl café in the Goldfields, and on the Warrandyte Netball Club (WNC) committee helping the club get grants, Meredith says she loves working locally.
“I love being a part of the community,” she said.
Having lived in Warrandyte for almost 35 years Meredith said she feels very connected with the community.
This award nomination from Netball Victoria came as a shock to Meredith, who said she knew nothing about it but was “absolutely stoked, absolutely staggered… just to be a finalist, is a real honour”
The Netball Victoria Community Awards celebrate the significant achievements of individuals and groups who have contributed to the sport of netball in Victoria.
Speaking to the Diary, Meredith said that she has always been passionate about sport and in particular girls and women being involved.

“My mum reminded me the other day that, when I was in year 12, you have those English essays you could do whatever topic you wanted, and mine was that girls should be involved in sport,” she said.

Being a PE teacher, and being heavily involved with WNC, Meredith is pleased her four daughters all played netball at Warrandyte, with Jemma still involved as a player and coach.
Meredith has coached, been responsible for successfully applying for a number grants and as a committee member of the Warrandyte Sporting Group (WSG), helped see the construction of the fantastic facilities now available to the netball club.
Meredith is also a past recipient of WNC’s Club Person of the Year Award. She said this passion has been driven by the fact that netball has “given girls the opportunity to shine.”
Meredith told the Diary that the netball club was a big initiator in setting up the WSG as an inclusive sporting club.

“We just needed the girls to have a home, girls were getting changed for netball training outside or in the bathrooms after school.”

This push has no doubt also been a key factor in breaking the barriers for other sports to include women and girls, with both the cricket, and now football club, looking to field a women’s team.
A move Meredith says is “fantastic” as the different codes “all work together as a combined sports club for the benefit of Warrandyte, and to get the kids and young people as involved as possible.”
One of the challenges of the pandemic has been keeping the kids engaged and especially in sport.
Meredith said that it has been extremely hard on the kids, who have missed out on being part of the team.

“All the PE activities I put up for students to do at home were generally something they could do with a parent, or sibling, or up against a wall.”

The drop off in kids enjoying sport has been an obvious one, but one that “is a concern” according to Meredith, adding that “they just haven’t had that team aspect, when you can grow up learning about working in a team it is really important.”
In addition to the amazing work with the primary school and the netball club, Meredith has also done work for the Warrandyte Business Association (WBA), as a coordinator, a part time role which stemmed from being the manager of the community centre.
Meredith told the Diary that when commonwealth bank was closing in Warrandyte, there was a lot of concern about what they [WBA] were going to do about it.

“We [WBA] needed to set up a different bank, someone said Bendigo Bank they’re really good.”
“We were one of the first, around 2001 and 2002, there weren’t a lot of community banks around but we really liked the concept.”

After the wave of community support, the board of WBA and also Bendigo Bank realised that “what we really wanted to do was to give back to our community.”
To this day it continues to be a big part of Warrandyte, and Meredith continues to do amazing work within the community.
Meredith says that she is pretty driven, in a positive way and that “I really like people and I really like connections.”
“When I look back on all the things I have done, it is all about connections, getting people together with the community and enjoy life and having fun,” she said.
Meredith is a more than deserving finalist for this award, from the Diary team, we say congratulations and thank you for all you have done and continue to do in our community.

Cricket gets set for 2021/22 season

PREPARATION IS WELL underway at the Warrandyte Cricket Club (WCC) for the upcoming season. Despite the disruption and impacts last season due to Coronavirus, the Club heads into 2021/22 in great shape. At the recent AGM, re-appointed President Bill Stubbs detailed how — despite COVID-19 — the club increased participation levels and community involvement last season. For 2020/21, WCC had its highest ever number of members, teams, and sponsors.
“It’s a great reflection of how in uncertain times, that importance of sport and the sense of community is vital.”
He then went on to talk about how the club plans to build on this success and strengthen community bonds.
“WCC is committed to providing a safe and friendly environment where all members can join in and participate, regardless of age, gender, or ability”, said Stubbs.
WCC will provide participation from Junior Blast for the littlest cricketers (5–8 year-old), Juniors from Under 10s to Under 18s, Junior Girls team, Women’s Social program, Senior teams, and Veterans teams including Over 40s, 50s, 60s and for the first time ever an Over 70s team.
The club also announced some key leadership roles for 2021/22. Matt Whitbread has taken on the role of High Performance Coach and will be implementing focused coaching, directed towards the club’s best young cricketers.
Ben Taylor, a mainstay of the 1st XI for many years, has been appointed Firsts’ Captain. He brings a wealth of experience and leadership ability to the role and says he is looking forward to having an impact on the playing group.
“It’s incredibly exciting for me to lead the team.
“With so much young talent, I can’t wait for the season to start, and to work with our younger players in helping them become great first eleven cricketers.”
Martin Rakuscek will again lead the WCC Junior Program supported by a great group of Team Coaches.
Michelle Heffernan will continue to lead the Girls and Women’s Program and build on the great success of last season.
Mick Spence will coordinate all the activity for the Veterans, keeping the spirit of cricket going regardless of age.
Pre-season training has commenced and will run through August/ September at Saxon Sport in Croydon (Juniors, Girls, and Women on Saturday afternoons at 2pm and Seniors on Sunday mornings at 10am) Anyone interested in getting involved and joining the Warrandyte Cricket Club in any way, as a player, social member, volunteer or sponsor, please make contact via the website: www.warrandytecc.com.

Bloods back on top

FOOTY IS BACK following a suspension of play for Rounds 8 and 9 due to lockdown. Following a BYE in Round 10, the Diary were on the sideline for Round 11 on the weekend of June 25–26.

The Seniors had to wait just over a month to run back out on the park. In that time, Ferntree Gully had jumped to top of the ladder with only one loss for the year, setting up a top-of-the-table epic for Round 11 as Warrandyte played host to Ferntree Gully. Right from the start, both teams showed intent and a hunger for the contest, with a fast paced and high pressure opening term. Only accurate kicking spilt the two teams into the first change as the Bloods kicked seven straight to open up a commanding 21-point lead, setting the tone for the rest of the game. What followed was tough, fast paced, and uncompromising football from both sides; yet it was Warrandyte who were able to continue to pull away in the second term, largely due to the clearance work, clean possession, and high tackle pressure in the midfield, with Leo Garrick setting the barometer around the contest. Garrick’s ability to win the contested ball, apply phenomenal tackle pressure and find a teammate on the outside allowed the forward line first look, with skipper Michael Cullum and Key Forward Ryan Phillips looking dangerous every time the ball went into the forward line. However, Ferntree Gully were top for a reason, and the third term saw them even the contest around the ball, giving their forwards an opportunity to wrestle back momentum. Enter Josh Beasley, Kyle Thompson, and the rest of the defensive unit who repelled attack after attack with strong intercept marking and the ability to force Gully wide entering the forward half. Whenever Gully were able to find a way through, the Bloods had the answer, which continued into the final term as Joshua Meyes kicked three last quarter goals, to help hand the bloods a 46-point win. Garrick took out Best on Ground, but this performance was one that highlighted the quality of this team, with strong performances all over the park. Now sitting top with a game in hand, this win puts Warrandyte in a really strong position to attack the second half of the year.

Round 11

Warrandyte 18.7.115

Ferntree Gully 10.9.69

Goal Kickers: M. Cullum 4,
J. Meyers 3, R. Phillips 3, Q. Clark 2,
L. Dunn 2, N. Brooking 2, J. Appleby,
A. Dib

Best Players: L. Garrick, J. Meyers,
M. Cullum, J. Beasley, K. Thompson, O. Hodgson


Like the Seniors, coming off over a month since their last game and facing second-on-the-ladder Ferntree Gully, who were in good form, this was always going to be a tough game. The first half was a tight and low scoring contest as both sides defensive set ups won out. Unfortunately for the Bloods, Gully were able to wrestle control of the game, with goals either side of the final term effectively ending the contest. The Bloods, despite a solid intent, were unable to get first hands on the footy, or spread from the contest as Gully showed cleaner hands and ultimately kicked away to run out 45-point winners. While a disappointing result, the Bloods are still in 4th with a game in hand and will look to learn from this and then reset for next week.

Round 11

Warrandyte 4.5.29

def by

Ferntree Gully 11.11.77

Goal Kickers: G. Hitchman 2, J. Deer,
M. Wilson

Best Players: L. Shelton,
S. Philip-Owen, L. Durran, C. Johnstone, T. Parker, M. Wilson


The U19s started the first half strong, largely due to the great link up and rebounding of the defence, allowing the Bloods to push out to an 18-point lead by halftime. Sadly, after halftime the U19s were out played and despite the defence holding firm, Gully ran out 8-point winners. A disappointing result but plenty of positives, Ben Vermeulen-Brown and Ben Munks had the ball on a string all game, while Sam Martini and Joel Tetlow provided plenty of spark all day. The result leaves the U19s in 6th with a 3–4 record.

Round 11

Warrandyte 6.5.41

def by

Ferntree Gully 7.7.49

Goal Kickers: D. O’Toole 3,
B. Tremayne, A. Humphris, C. Martin

Best Players: B. Vermeulen-Brown,
B. Munks, O. Bell, S. Martini, J. Tetlow, A. Humphris

Going for Gold in Tokyo

WARRANDYTE’S OWN will be going to Tokyo 2020. In December 2020, Rachael Lynch, Federation of International Hockey 2019 goalkeeper of the year, was dropped from the 2021 squad by then coach Paul Guadoin, But in a wonderful turn of events, it has been confirmed that the now- Perth-based nurse will represent Australia in Tokyo, in her second Olympic Games. Lynch’s international debut with the Hockeyroos was in 2006 and since then has chalked up numerous international fixtures, including three Commonwealth Games. Since the decision to drop her in late 2020, major change has occurred throughout the Hockeyroos setup including the appointment of a new coach, two-time Gold medal Hockeyroo, Katrina Powell. Over the past 12 months, Lynch, a registered nurse, has been simultaneously working on the front line of the pandemic, conducting COVID-19 tests for a mining company in Perth, while tirelessly training to fight for her place on the 16-player squad. Lynch told the Diary that this time playing for the Green and Gold felt, “way bigger”, adding that since the brunt of the pandemic the players have a
“new-found gratitude for international travel, for competition, and for being outside without a mask.” While initially focused on her performance and what she needed to do to break back into the squad, Lynch, as an experienced player, focuses as much of her time helping the rest of the girls in the squad, especially the newer players, saying
“I know that it (also) helps me and my training.” Adding that she has been to an Olympics already and that it helps to impart that knowledge and to
“shed some light on some of the things that make the girls nervous”. The Hockeyroos will be chasing medal placing at Tokyo, currently they are ranked 4th in the world, yet Lynch feels that all the teams are on a
“level playing field.” With very few international competitions, most of the nations have not been able to scout other teams, something that, according to Lynch, allows teams to
“have the opportunity to go away and work on things essentially in private.” Most of the scouting and information on other teams — their strategy, and their set-up — will all be done during the Games; Powell and the coaching team will have their work cut out for them, having to apply game plans they have trained, while accommodating for what other teams are doing. Lynch believes that the most important thing will be to
“keep calm” in those high-pressure situations, adding that medal placings
“will come down to who can adapt quickly.” Lynch’s return to the squad is a boost, not just for her work in goal, but for her knowledge and calm demeanour,
“that’s what I bring to the group.
“That will give the girls a lot more confidence.”
Tokyo 2020 will be vastly different to any of the modern Olympics, with no friends, family, or fans in the stadiums, and with players isolating away from most of the other athletes. Lynch believes that there will be less distractions, although socialising in the village, while distracting “is an enjoyable part of the experience”.
An experience athletes will miss out on, but one that will not be too isolating, as most of the time players are with the rest of the squad or in the hotels.
One of the reasons the athletes socialising is important is it allows for time to “switch off when you need to” Lynch said, you need to
“have a bit of fun within the confines of what you can do.”
While the lack of family and friends present may be challenging mentally, a lack of a crowd may provide an advantage to the athletes. On field players rely on hearing communications from coaches and other players which, without needing to shout over thousands, is something Lynch said they
“don’t have to worry about too much.” While the hopes of the nation can weigh heavy and add pressure, Lynch said that
“knowing that there is a couple of million people watching on TV, that goes out of your head soon as you start the game.” So without the screaming fans there is less to distract you as
“when you have a packed house that adds pressure, that can de-rail you.”
Reflecting on the fact that there had been a few moments she thought Tokyo 2020 would not go ahead, along with her axing and reinstatement to the squad, Lynch said that representing Australia at Tokyo will feel special.
“For me personally, given what I have been through, this feels special to do it, and to do so on a world stage will be even better.”
The Hockeyroos campaign for Gold begins with a match against Spain on Sunday, July 25, at 10am Japan Standard time (JST) (11am AEST).

Running into 2021

Photo: Gavid D Andrew Photographer

WARRANDYTE’S celebrated community running event, Run Warrandyte, is toeing the line for a celebration of sport, health, and community as the event committee makes final preparations for its 10th anniversary run.
Preparation for this event is a year-long process and the uncertainty of Coronavirus restrictions has made planning for 2021 trickier than usual, but the Run Warrandyte Committee has sculpted an event to allow walkers, joggers and runners, of all abilities, to celebrate Warrandyte’s bush setting and the spirit of community in a COVID-Safe way.
Run Warrandyte committee representative, Michelle Bean, spoke to WD Bulletin about the challenges and changes to this year’s event.

“COVID created a challenge to our committee this year, as we had to come up with an event that would fit in with restrictions and also be flexible and adjustable to any potential lockdowns we might be back in on the February 28.
“We feel we have created something that fits those requirements,” she said.

Currently set to occur on Sunday, February 28, the event will be capped at 500 participants with an option to switch to a 30-day virtual option if Melbourne or Victoria is forced into another lockdown.
Michelle also notes a number of other, significant changes which will ensure this year’s event remains COVID-Safe:

  • No on the day registrations.
  • Separate start and finish lines.
  • Staggered start times (every 15 minutes).
  • No event village
  • No spectators

COVID-Safe measures such as hand sanitising stations, COVID Marshalls and face masks will also be a feature of the 2021 event, but Michelle says this will not take away from the fun of the day.

“We still plan to create a fun, community event, where our runners can run their favourite distances and receive their free 10-year celebration medal and backpack.
“We will also have spot prizes and goodies provided by some great local businesses and as always appreciate our sponsors: Charlie Bins, Warrandyte Ringwood Osteo’s, IGA, Harding Swift Caravan Services, The Grand Hotel and Project Clothing.
“We are excited to also announce a new 21km event and interest in this has been strong.
“This is alongside the regular 2.2km, 5km, 10km and 15km distances,” she said.

Staying hydrated and COVID-Safe

One of the biggest challenges for event organisers, and event caterers is how to provide food and drink in a convenient but COVID-Safe way.
Staying hydrated while exercising is important, and with high temperatures a distinct possibility for February 28, ensuring participants have access to water is vital.
The simplest method is to provide disposable, sealed containers, like bottled water, but this adds unnecessary waste to the environment and goes against Run Warrandyte’s mission to be as eco-friendly as possible.
Michelle told WD Bulletin Run Warrandyte has secured a partnership deal with a Victorian based company, who will provide water in containers made from plants.

“We are excited to announce our event partnership with the eco-friendly company Just Water.
“Just Water takes Spring Water that is sourced from Mt Warranheip in Ballarat, Victoria and packages it in plant based, eco-friendly cartons, made by Tetra Pak.
“The packaging materials and processes result in 75 per cent less harmful emissions, primarily C02, compared to a standard PET plastic bottle.
“The design of the carton was created to remain flat until it is filled with water, meaning Tetra Pak use only one truck to transport the cartons, compared to the same number of plastic bottles needing 13 trucks.
“Just Water and Tetra Pak will be providing water on course and at the finish line in 2021 to keep our event COVID-Safe for our runners.
“Being an eco-friendly event is super important to us and with this in mind, we feel Just Water and Run Warrandyte are a great fit,” she said.

Visit the Run Warrandyte website for more event details and to enter the 2021 event.

Warrandyte Cricket launches into season 2018/2019

After a productive pre-season at the WCG, the cricket club launched its 2018/19 campaign in style at the local clubrooms.

Club President Ryan Hoiberg addressed the strong crowd in attendance after the final pre-season hit-out of the year, announcing a raft of key changes around the club, including the introduction of a 7th XI side due to a growing number of players.

“From a club perspective, looking back six or seven years ago when we struggled to get three or four teams on the park, to suddenly have seven sides competing just shows the clubs continued growth which is sensational,” said Hoiberg.

Former President Greg Warren was named as Captain of the inaugural side and Treasurer Ben Sproat was announced as Vice-Captain.

New coach Scott Handley delivered his maiden speech to the attendees, outlining the recent reshuffling of the leadership team and his vision for the immediate future of the club.

“I’ve never coached a club this big before, it’s fantastic to see 50 to 60 blokes around the place.

“I’d like to thank Ryan and Greg for giving me the opportunity to come in as coach of the club and I’ve loved the energy so far,” said Handley.

The announcement of club captains was headlined by Ayrton Dehmel retaining the 1st XI role with his deputy and reigning Steve Pascoe medallist Luke Killey named as Vice-Captain for the sides return to the Bill Wilkins Cup.

Campbell Holland will continue as 2nd XI skipper and Brandon Stafford was named as Vice-Captain.

Bill Stubbs will continue to helm the 6th XI side that made it to last season’s Grand Final.

Four new captains were announced to lead the remaining sides.

The 3rd, 4th and 5th XI teams will be helmed by Luke Warren, Shaun Ison and Pete Hanson.

Junior competition

Warrandyte’s prided Juniors program has been identified as a key part of the upsurge of players in recent years and continues to go from strength to strength.

A record 10 teams are set to compete this year, including two new girl’s teams spear-headed by Sophie Day.

Day has worked tirelessly in the off-season to generate interest in the new teams.

“Sophie has been doing some unbelievable work to engage with new cricketers for the upcoming season,” said Hoiberg.


Warrandyte’s community sponsors were also on hand to get the season underway, including The Grand Hotel Warrandyte, Quintons Supa IGA, Bendigo Bank and local member for Warrandyte MP Ryan Smith.

The club also confirmed new sponsors Donvale Rotary Club and Jellis Craig Real Estate.

Spirit of Thommo

Good core values are the key to promoting a positive club culture.

In memory of Andrew Thomas, who passed earlier this year, at the end of the season, the club will bestow the inaugural Spirit of Thommo award for the member who best exemplifies the clubs core values over course of the coming season.

Kicking off the season in style

Mick Spence wasted no time settling in to the 2018/19 cricket season, rewriting the Warrandyte Cricket Club history books with a blistering 200* runs in the opening round.

Spence has become the clubs second double-centurion in the Bloods 163-year history, a mere 12 runs behind club legend Cameron Day and number one on the individual score table (212 2014/15)

Spence walked out to the crease at Stintons Reserve in the 11th over with the Bloods sitting at 2/53.

By the close of his innings he had driven Warrandyte’s score to an imposing 8/370, scoring more than half that total off his own bat.

The runs came early for the number three batsman who picked apart the opposition bowling attack with exceptional technical prowess.

His 61-over stint was chanceless until the later stage of the innings, utilising the cover drive to its full effect.

Spence sent a staggering 28 deliveries to the fence including 27 fours and a six.

Spence was just as instrumental in the bowling attack, sending down a marathon spell of 18 overs the following week to record figures of 1/28 with five maidens to subdue a determined South Croydon batting line-up.

He consistently cramped up the opposition batsman with full, left arm in-swing bowling and did not concede a single extra in his 108-deliveries.

His all-round performance proved to be the deciding factor in the C-Grade contest as the first-innings total proved insurmountable for South Croydon who fell short by 110 runs.

Warrandyte falters at the first hurdle

THE BLOODS failed to find a win in the first round of the 2018 season but showed promising signs across the board in front of a sizeable home crowd.

photo courtesy of Warrandyte Football Club Facebook page

Under 19s

 The 19s kicked off the 2018 season with a tough loss, fielding an inexperienced side with a number of Under 17s filling in and playing with 16 on the ground.

The game began on an even keel, with Warrandyte trailing by just two goals against a fast-starting Basin side.

The young Bloods were eager for the contest and were silky in various passages of play.

Numbers would be telling in the contest however as the Bears pulled away to hold a five-goal lead at half time.

There were promising signs throughout the quarter, often showing quick hands around the contest and hitting targets around the ground.

Jake Trewella and David Wilson continued to battle it out in the midfield but the full-strength Basin side turned on the afterburners in the last half to run out 10-goal winners. The 19s will be better for the run and with players to return this week, they’ll hope to rebound against Donvale this coming weekend.

Callum Padfield presented well up forward for his two goals while Mackenzie Smead was often a strong option down the line.

 Warrandyte 8.3-51 def by The Basin 17.9-111

 Best: Jake Trewella, Mackenzie Smead, Darcy Poole, David Wilson

Goals: Callum Padfield 2, Darcy Poole, Tyson Sproule-Carrol



The Reserves blitzed their opponents early, slotting the first four goals of the game in what would be a bruising encounter against a big bodied Basin side.

An experienced Bloods outfit displayed strong clearance work out of the middle and slick ball movement to take the lead within the first minute with Bailey Campbell opening Warrandyte’s account for 2018.

Goals to Sid Phillip-Owen and debutant Brendan Ludbrook saw them skip out to a 16-point lead at the first change.

The Bears eventually came out of hibernation after the break, trimming the margin with three quick goals to start the second term. The experienced heads of Tim Beasley and Mat Munro toiled away in the midfield and Lochlan Ruck converted a crucial set shot on the siren to hold a slender one-point lead.

Overusing the ball would be the Bloods downfall after half time.

New skipper Trent Parker tried hard as did Drew Corke who tried to inject some controlled ball movement off half back.

Ultimately, sloppy skills set the tone for the rest of the game and Basin eventually ran out 32-point victors.

 Warrandyte 7.5-47 def by The Basin 12.7-79

 Best: Sid Phillip-Owen, Tim Beasley, Lochlan Ruck, Mat Munro, Luke Brewis, Drew Corke.

Goals: Trent Parker 2, Sid Phillip-Owen 2, Brendan Ludbrook, Lochlan Ruck, Bailey Campbell



 The Senior squad were eager to start their season on a positive note and if their first goal was any indicator of their intentions in Division Three, fans could be set for an entertaining year.

The first clearance of the game found its way into the Bloods forward fifty and into the hands of Nikoda Brooking.

Right on fifty and pushed up to the boundary, Brooking converted the difficult chance in front of a strong home crowd and the Seniors were off the mark.

It was a tight tussle in the first quarter as both teams struggled to gain the ascendancy early. New recruit Mitch Buckley was strong early, imposing himself on the contest in tandem with Zach Ballard.

The Bears kicked quick goals however to take a 17-point lead into quarter time.

The Bloods put on a strong performance in the second term as they executed quick passages of play to catch The Basin napping in defence.

Goals to Jordan Powell, Josh Beasley, Michael Cullum and another to Brooking saw a swift turnaround in fortunes and at half-time Anthony McGregor’s men held a one goal advantage.

Max Jaffrey was dealt a cruel blow after he broke his finger in the second quarter.

The promising young player is set for an extended period on the sidelines.

The third quarter was an enthralling one to watch. Lewis Oliver stood tall in defence and Ruckmen Andrew Briffa and Taylor Hayton worked well together.

Brooking continued to find the ball and the goals, adding another to his tally late in the quarter.

Both teams went goal for goal and at the final change it was a one-point game.

With everything to play for leading into the last quarter, McGregor implored his players to banish the demons of 2017 and finish strongly.

Those hopes evaporated when the Bears slammed home seven goals, overrunning the Bloods in the last.

Vice-Captain Michael Cullum scored a late consolation goal but it wasn’t to be on the opening day of Warrandyte’s season, The Basin running out 29-point winners.

Nikoda Brooking was named Warrandyte’s best for his three-goal performance.

Warrandyte 10.4-64 def by The Basin 14.9-93

Best: Nikoda Brooking, Josh Beasley, Lewis Oliver, Andrew Briffa, Scott Ternes, Toby Versteegen

Goals: Nikoda Brooking 3, Michael Cullum 2, Josh Beasley 2, Jordan Powell, Mitch Buckley, Luke Dunn


Warrandyte plays Donvale at Donvale Reserve on April 14.

Warrandyte runs around the Pound

THE FIRST WEEKEND in March was once again a busy one as over 600 people flocked to Warrandyte Reserve for the eighth iteration of the community running event to either run or volunteer.

A little rain overnight kept the morning temperatures down which was a welcome relief to most who would have been training in the weeks leading up to the run where average temperatures were around the high 20s–low 30s.

This year, the run organisers managed to negotiate a tweak to the existing courses which made the run both easier to manage and a more challenging run.

For the 2.2K runners, this meant they only had to run one lap, instead of two as in previous years but saw them climbing all the way up Everard Drive and Pound Road, alongside the 5, 10 and 15K runners.

For the longer distances the course still looped through the Pound but thanks to the cooperation of Parks Victoria and property owner Jan Day, runners passed through her property after exiting the Tank Track and joined the bushland trail which follows the river between the Ranger Station and the Tunnel carpark.

Despite what was viewed by the run committee as a more trail-like and technically challenging course, and the fact that each lap of the longer runs were around 150 metres longer than five kilometres, the feedback on the finish line and around the event village was extremely positive.

David Dyason, chair of the Run Warrandyte committee spoke to the Diary about the success of the event.

“This year’s course was highly acclaimed by all participants, we have received many compliments and no negative feedback… one participant made us promise not to change the course next year ‘it was so good…’ which we have had to do for various reasons in the past,” he said.

Warrandytian Brynton Ashton placed in the top three of the 15K distance since it was introduced in 2016.

Brynton once again dominated the longer distance finishing 1:25 ahead of 2nd place Alex Tracey and despite the tougher course, only 29 seconds slower than the previous year.

After the race, Brynton spoke with guest commentator and Member for Warrandyte, Ryan Smith.

When asked how he was feeling Brynton said his legs were “a bit sore given the new course” but that it was overall an enjoyable run.

The buzz around the event village after the run was great with numerous medal ceremonies taking place, Run Warrandyte also had a number of runners running for charitable causes, both local and afar.

The event’s official fund raising page gave participants the opportunity to raise money for organisations including the Warrandyte Netball Club, Warrandyte Football Club, Warrandyte Junior Football Club, Warrandyte Cricket Club, Warrandyte CFA, STOP One Punch Can Kill, and Rivers Gift(SIDS).

Through the event, runners managed to raise over $2700, cementing Run Warrandyte as a great platform to inspire people to raise money for a good cause.

Mr Dyason went on to talk about the unique opportunity a fun run in Warrandyte presents and praised Parks Victoria for their assistance in making the course run a possibility.

“We think that, for a fun run, our course is truly unique.

“The mix of urban streets, fire trails and State Park single trails, with much of it having Yarra River views we think it’s an awesome treat.

“Parks Victoria are to be commended for working with us and allowing us to use these trails and we feel the responsibility of ensuring this section of Warrandyte bushland is respected and appreciated by our participants — and we think it was.”

If you ran on the day, make sure you visit the event page on GeoSnapShot for official race photographs.

Run Warrandyte will be back in 2019.

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Medals were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in an Under 8, 12-17 and Open categories for most distances, medal winning runners and their official times are listed below.

Spelling of names and official times sourced from Tomato Timing.


Open Male: Brynton Ashton (1:02:50), Alex Tracey (1:04:15), Marcus Boxall (1:06:36)

Open Female: Narelle Cormack (1:08:41), Melissa Hansford (1:11:16), Eloise Thompson (1:13:53)

12–17 Male: Brown Vermeulen (1:18:10), Nicholas Alexander (1:23:22), Brown Vermeulen (1:27:56)

12–17 Female: Alicia Callahan (1:18:46)


Open Male: Aron Class (41:12), Ben McKinnon (44:13), Robert Clark (48:01)

Open Female: Naomi Peters (52:15), Clare Oliveira (52:18), Atsuko Sasaki (52:48)

12–17 Male: Benjamin Reid (43:04), Max Savill-Bentley (43:36), Lucas Todd (1:09:26)

8–11 Male: Cambell Stark (54:33)


Open Male: Nicholas Brooke-Anderson (20:04), Hudson Rostrom (21:42), Michael Cullum (21.49)

Open Female: Sherry Street (22.40), Veronica Bence (24.56), Nicole Lavender (25:35)

12–17 Male: Ben Munks (22:28), Adam Gillard (23:10), Jed Harrowell (23:19)

12–17 Female: Ruby Maher (22:30), Chloe Woollard (24:55), Julia Rooney-Watson (27:43)

8–11 Male: Lenny Reddaway (25:55), Wes Callow (26:36), Michell Harrison (27:23)

8–11 Female: Anni Tatten (27:19), Rose Rostron (29:21), Millie Hurley (30:03)

U8 Male: Hamish Dwyer (28:10), Archie Andrew (28:39), Ethan Sampimon (30:08)

U8 Female: Sophia Marelas (43:51), Jade Trewarn (1:14:29)


Open Male: Luke Brewis (8:18), Charles Johnstone (8:55), Martin Baldock (10:32)

Open Female: Alice Van Rijn (11:44), Yvette Harbinson (12:01), Lynda Madams (13:03)

12–17 Male: Samuel Ferguson (9:34), Odin Harbinson (10:05), Dylan Thompson (11:00)

12–17 Female: Amber Louw (8:21), Cassie May (10:50), Stella Thompson (26:17)

8–11 Male: Jacob Close (9:30), Elliot Butcher (9:37), Reve Pearce (10:26)

8–11 Female: Eva Graham (11:26), Jasmine Knowles (11:41), Zara Veal (12:38)

U8 Male: Taylor Aldenhoven (11:24), Hunter Veal (11:38), Marlon Damcher (11:44)

U8 Female: Chole Baldock (10:31), Millah Townshend (14:05), Greta Fitzgibbon (15:07)

U8s Kids Run

Open: Sophie Linden (18.54), Xavier Forsyth (19.38), Austin Stainer (19.59)

Venom claim women’s basketball premiership flag

WARRANDYTE Venom’s Youth League One Women’s team crowned a terrific season in early September, winning the Grand Final over three thrilling games.

The Venom women defeated Coburg by five points at the Warrandyte Sports Complex in game three to take home the flag, giving co-captains Casey Taylor and Ellie Lock a fitting send off in their final games for the side.

Warrandyte went into the finals series on top of the ladder, after dropping just two games for the season, and had a week off heading into the Grand Final series, played as a best of three.

However, the week off may have done Warrandyte a disservice according to young gun Maddi Taylor, as Coburg were able to seize their chance, defeating them by 11 points.

“We’d beaten Coburg quite easily in both games during the season, and because we went straight to the grand final we had a week off.

“They didn’t, so they had a bit of momentum heading into that first finals game, and that caught us off guard a bit,” Taylor said.

In game two, Venom were a different force, and squared the ledger at 1–1 after a nine point win. Ellie Locke led the way with 22 points and six assists, aided by Maddi Taylor who scored 18 points, and Simone Caruana, who notched 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

In the all-important deciding game, Warrandyte were too strong throughout the contest, surviving a final quarter scare to run out deserving 78–73 winners.

“We had the lead the whole game and we played really well, in the last quarter they came back a little bit, but we kept our composure and sealed the win in the end.

“I think Coburg actually finished fourth so they did really well to come out and have a crack like they did,” Taylor said.

Locke, Taylor and Caruana were again influential, along with Isabel Feller.

Locke threatened to triple double with ten points, seven assists and six rebounds, while Caruana continued her form on the glass, with 14 points and eight more boards.

Taylor and Feller took it upon themselves to carry the scoring load, dropping 17 points each to bolster the offence. Spearheaded by coach Angela Heigh, Warrandyte’s achievement and ultimate success owes a lot to hard work and a lengthy pre-season.

“Our pre-season started in October last year to try and prepare.

“We did a lot of training, won a pre-season tournament and it’s been a good season just from there,” Taylor said.

No season is complete without an awards night, and Warrandyte were the toast of the town on September 23, at the Big V Awards ceremony at Etihad Stadium.

Simone Caruana and Ellie Locke received a prestigious all-star starting five position, while Caruana was also crowned the league’s best defensive player.

All of the Venom players were invited on stage to accept the trophy, capping off a terrific campaign.

Preparation now begins for participation in the State Championship Women’s league, after promotion was earned in the 2017 season, while Warrandyte Basketball will hold their AGM on October 31.

Warrandyte runs again

Saturday Market means the first weekend of the month is always a busy time for Warrandyte, but last Sunday Warrandyte was a-buzz with runners of all shapes, sizes and ages as the Sports Club hosted the annual Run Warrandyte fun run.
A slightly overcast morning made for perfect running conditions, the run organising committee were excited to report their best participant numbers ever with over 600 registered runners.
The run attracted many regular runners, including the Wooten family who had the whole family at the event.
Even the footy players were involved in the action.
“It’s a community event so we get the footy players involved in participation, one club one community,” said Pete Muskat, a member of the Warrandyte Football club.
The weather and the general condition of the participants was particularly good this year with
super-speedy times set in the four endurance distances.
The 15K winner, Brynton Ashton, set a time of 1:02:21 which given the hilly nature of the course is impressive.
But the day was more about families having fun through exercise, as young Henry Bate (pictured left) demonstrated when he took on the 2.2K run with his family.
Henry managed to run the course —with the help of his dad— in 23 minutes.
This year, as well as the marshals and the CFA, runners out on course were entertained with live music on the corner of Pound Bend Road; volunteer marshal Ben Treyford expressed his delight in having the addition of a live band on course.
“They were awesome, we clapped after each song and even the less serious runners had a bit of a dance as they came through,” he said.
Run Warrandyte also featured “The Gift” for its second year.
The 100m handicapped heats were,
once again, a great success and have established themselves as an integral part of the Run Warrandyte experience.
The calculated handicapping by Gift organiser, Peter Sharpe, saw competitors run their hearts out in a thrilling grand final, which saw all seven competitors finish in under 12 seconds.
The winner of the Gift was Nicolas Sharpe who ran the 100 meters in 11.335.

Gift winner Nicolas Sharpe crossing the line in the thrilling final

Commentator Craig Davidson took a few minutes to speak to the Diary and reflect on the event.
“As far as coming down here at 6am on a Sunday morning, I cannot think of any other place to be, it’s sensational.
“My fellow commentator Tim, who has commentated on a number of these events, he was astounded with the times in which the runners were coming through — especially in the 10 and 15K events.”
Our Diary photographers were out and about on the day taking some awesome snaps of the running action, check out our Run Warrandyte page on the Diary website for a selection of pictures from the event.

Full race results for the endurance distances can be found on the Run Warrandyte page of the Warrandyte Sports Club website.

Basketball in full swing

WARRANDYTE Basketball has been busy with all competitions and levels of basketball in full swing as we move through another season and another year of rep ball.

The Redbacks have been hotly contesting matches every Saturday, while the Venom sides are participating in VJBL grading and some additional tournaments, the Sunday night comp is operating full tilt, Wednesday night Greyburn Cup competition is in the finals process, the Venom USA trip has departed, and all four Big V sides are in the middle of an intense pre-season.

A welcome addition has been the offering of skills sessions for Under 12 and 14 Venom players for a four-week period heading into the Christmas break.

These sessions run by director of coaching, Nicole Howard, have been well received and are facilitating young and aspiring Warrandyte basketball players in extending their knowledge and ability.

These four week block sessions will be again offered in the New Year and will include some Redbacks specific sessions.


The 28th Southern Peninsula Junior Basketball Tournament was held on the weekend of November 22 and 23 and Warrandyte was well represented.

Among the many teams competing were Warrandyte Venom’s newly formed 18.1 Girls. It was an extremely productive weekend under the guidance of coach David Blyth, according to club officials, with the girls finishing third in Division 1.


Big V Season 2015 can’t come soon enough for the Venom young guns who have been selected to represent Warrandyte as members of the Youth League 1 Women (YL1W) and Youth League 2 Men (YL2M).

With head coach Beau Bentley at the helm for his second season with the Youth Men’s team, he and his newly appointed coaching staff of Phil Noone and Bill Nicolaidis have put together what they believe will be a squad that can push for a finals birth in 2015.

After a finals finish last season that left the YL1W just short of another shot at the title, Warrandyte Venom has farewelled 2014 coach Damian Clarke. Recently the club welcomed Angela Heigh to the position of head coach and she will be assisted by Kellie Taylor.

Angela, having coached VJBL sides for Warrandyte Venom over the past few years, is very aware of the talent of many of the Venom juniors. She is now witnessing first hand, through tryouts and training, that there is a lot to like about these young developing players.

Although the main goal at Youth League level is to develop our athletes in readiness to move to senior basketball, our coaches will place a big emphasis on developing fundamentals in doing the little things to enable them to adapt to higher levels for the future. These teams will also be hungry to win.

It is an exciting time for the club with so many talented junior players progressing through the ranks and this is backed up by the huge turnout at tryouts, which shows strength within the club and for those not selected this time we have no doubt we will see many faces back pushing for selection in the coming years.