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WHAT an incredible turn-
out it was on Saturday for the
Phillip Island National Surf-
ing Reserve Surfing Teams
Eleven teams took part
in the challenge, now in its
fourth year, at Smiths Beach.
Archysurf were the team
challenge winners, followed
by Island Surfboards and
Organisers changed venues
numerous times to get the
best conditions for surfers,
and ultimately decided on the
morning of the event to head
to Smiths Beach.
It began with a Welcome to
Country by Steve Parker, a
descendant of the Boonwur-
Then surfers were off, run-
ning out into the water and
making the best of a day
where wind and rain ham-
mered surfers in the morn-
But many visitors weren’t
phased, knowing they would
be diving into the water soon
Sally O’Neill, who helped
organise the event, said surf-
ers look forward to the event
each year because of its
unique format and large sup-
“The Phillip Island National
Surfing Reserve was declared
in 2013 and it’s really about
protect, preserve and share,”
Ms O’Neill said.
“When we had our first an-
niversary, we thought a great
way to celebrate would be to
have a community surfing
competition, and it was such
a success that we’ve come
back every year.”
It was a day full of fierce
competition, with challenging
conditions for surfers.
One of the event’s organis-
ers, Geoff Owens, said you
can never bank on what the
ocean’s going to throw at you.
“This is probably the worst
conditions we’ve had, unfor-
“But everyone’s still got a
smile on their face and en-
Westernport Water took
home the ‘Team spirit’
award. The ‘Encouragement’
award went to Zach Chi-
aradia from team Penguins.
Other awards were as fol-
Best super grommet – Jake
Best junior – Codie Jeffrey,
Best emerging open surfer
Chad Garrett, Woolamai
Best female – Sage Golds-
bury, Woolamai Hards
Best kneeboarder – Kirk
Irvin, True Team
Best single fin rider – Eli
Curry, Smiths Beach
The organisers would like
to extend their gratitude to
the steering committee, Bass
Coast Shire Council, and
Phillip Island Nature Parks,
the local Lions club and
many more organisations
that helped out along the way
and on Saturday to make it
such a successful day.
Ms O’Neill said they’re al-
ready planning the event for
“Overall, it was a great day
with record numbers despite
Team surfing fun
Full of energy, the first competitors for the day were the under 14s at the Phillip Island
National Surfing Reserve Surfing Teams Challenge. mm431817
Chad Garrett from Woolamai Hards won the award for
best emerging surfer. mm441817
Winner of the best junior award was Codie Jeffrey from
team TMT. mm451817
Many surfers were shivering from the cold and rain, and one marquee nearly flew away
when a huge gust of wind hit the beach. mm471817
THE Australia Country Junior Basketball Cup
(ACJBC) team has returned from New Zealand
and local Nick Prowd, who plays for the Poowong
Basketball Association, is already gearing up for
his next adventure.
The ACJBC team met at Tullamarine Airport
on Wednesday, April 12.
With a mix of both excitement and nerves, they
headed off to New Zealand to play basketball.
Placed in the top division and playing against
teams of top-age boys, the competition was set
to be tough and a great experience for the young
The games were hard and of a high-quality but
the boys stepped up to the challenge.
The first game saw them play Tauranga, being
defeated by only one point. Second game was
against Franklin, this saw the boys come away
with a 25 point win and the third game saw them
matched up with Manawatu.
The boys went away with their second win,
which placed them in the quarter-finals.
The quarters had the boys up against Hibis-
cus, whom the boys defeated confidently, which
gave them a boost going into the semi-final game
where they played Manawatu.
Unfortunately, the boys didn’t win that game
but they still qualified for the bronze medal game
Making the bronze medal game was an amaz-
ing achievement for the young team and although
they were defeated by a strong Tauranga team,
they played hard and finished fourth overall.
Nick said they had an amazing time making
new friends, playing great basketball and seeing a
little bit of New Zealand.
Nick is still surprised that he has had the
chance to play basketball in another country and
is excited to see what the future holds for him.
The boys are now focusing their energy on get-
ting ready for the Australian Junior Champion-
ships, which will see Nick head to Perth in July.
The Australia Country Junior Basketball Cup team enjoyed their trip overseas to play
some great basketball.
Basketball champs return
THE height of the fences at the ends of the
new Wonthaggi Netball Courts is proving to be
too low, with netballs often bouncing over the
fence towards Korumburra Road.
The low fence has not only annoyed net-
ballers retrieving the balls at training and dur-
ing matches, but has also raised concerns that
a ball could find its way onto the road and hit
President of Wonthaggi Power’s netball, Lani
Birkett, said the club will raise the issue with
“We assumed the fence would be the same
height as before and when meeting with the
shire it was said that the fence on the Korum-
burra Road end would be higher and on the
oval end they would be waist height,” she said.
“We assumed the Korumburra Road fence
would remain the same height, so it’s a bit un-
fortunate. We’d ideally want the fence higher.
“I’ve seen balls going over into the bark and
tree area, and we’ve had boys and girls jumping
the fence to go an retrieve them because there
are no gates on that side, because we didn’t
want gates on that side for safety reasons to
stop kids from running onto the road.”
Bass Coast Shire CEO Paul Buckley is well
aware of the situation.
“We’ve had some discussions with the net-
ballers and we appreciate that there’s an issue
there and we’re looking at options,” he said.
“From my own experience going to netball on
the weekend, they often have lower fences on
the sides but certainly not at the ends of courts.
We’ll definitely be looking at it.”
The netballers have also raised concerns
about the slipperiness of the new courts when
wet, but have been ensured that it is due to
chemicals from underneath the court’s surface
that still need to dry and in time it will improve.
The fences along the ends of the new Wonthaggi Netball Courts are too low, especially the
fence along Korumburra Road where netballs have regularly been seen bouncing out onto
the busy road. The netballers say they tried to tell contractors about the problem while they
were erecting the fence, but only managed to get them to raise the height slightly. M201817
fences too low
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