Saviour steps in at last minute to rescue local sports club

A LOCAL “white knight” has rescued the Hanwood Sports Club from the brink of collapse just days after one of the city’s oldest clubs fell into voluntary administration.
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Pittari Transport owner Louis Pittari has purchased the Yarran Street building for an undisclosed sum and will lease it back to the club in a deal finalised on Friday.

The move follows last week’s shock announcement the Catholic Club Yoogali (CCY), one of the city’s most popular wedding venues, had entered into voluntary administration and would close on Monday.

The Hanwood Sports Club has had a high-profile battle with the banks and the tax office, carrying debts of almost $800,000 this time last year.

But the sale of the building to the Pittari family has all but wiped those debts and given the club a fresh chance at survival.

“It would have been a grim situation if Louis hadn’t come in; the bank would have closed us down in the next few months,” Hanwood Sports Club treasurer Chint Quarisa said.

“We are just so grateful to Louis. This means we can turn the corner and enter a new chapter in our history.”

Mr Pittari said the opportunity to support the Hanwood community and ensure the survival of the Hanwood Football Club was “worth the money”.

“The community of Hanwood has been good to me and this is a way we can repay them,” Mr Pittari said.

The club, which had a receiver appointed in November 2011 before an 11th hour rescue by members, has abandoned plans to subdivide a parcel of adjoining land to raise capital.

It has been given a five-year lease by the Pittaris with a further five-year option.

A new board and a series of successful recent events, including a bumper Australia Day crowd, has reignited hopes the club will return to its glory days.

“It’s difficult; the big clubs are getting bigger and the small clubs are struggling,” Mr Quarisa said.

“Not only is patronage dropping off but our fixed costs like electricity, rates, insurance, maintenance and workers compensation are going up.

“The club just needs patronage but we’re confident we have the right board and right energy to get them here now.”

Meanwhile, Yenda Diggers Club appears to be trading its way out of the financial quicksand.

The small club’s $96,000 debt to the Australian Taxation Office has been cut to $36,000 in the past 12 months and president Dave Black was confident things were looking up.

“We’re rolling again to the point we’re making a little bit each week but you can’t take it for granted,” Mr Black said.

“We really need the community to continue to support the club.”

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Accidental arrest: Corowa kidnap thwarted

1.20PM: TWO men and a woman have been arrested over a knife-point kidnap at Corowa.
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The kidnappers were caught when police stopped a driver caught using his mobile phone.

While police spoke to the Ford Falcon driver, a 41-year-old man sprang from the back seat, ran to the police car and jumped inside.

There, he told officers he had been abducted from his Corowa home.

He also claimed his car had been stolen and he had been forced to withdraw cash from an ATM.

The Ford’s driver, a 29-year-old Lavington man, and a woman, 31, were arrested by police and taken to Albury police station where they were charged with several offences, including take or detain person in company with intent to obtain advantage.

Shortly after midnight, another man, 36, was arrested by police in the Albury area.

He was charged subsequently charged with aggravated break and enter in relation to an incident in the early hours of Sunday 20 January in which a man and his pregnant girlfriend were threatened by two armed intruders at their Albury home.

The man was also refused bail to appear in Albury Local Court today.

Inquiries into the incident are ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Albury Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Hodge’s late Ashes bid comes to an end

BRAD Hodge’s late bid for an Ashes comeback has failed, with Victoria turning down the veteran batsman’s offer to come out of retirement to play in the Sheffield Shield.
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The Bushrangers have informed Hodge he won’t be selected at first-class level for three reasons.

First, Hodge left his run until too late in the season, then took off to play in the Bangladesh Premier League, from which he is not due to return until February 15. He would only have been available for Victoria’s last two shield games.

Second, Victoria is determined to plan for the future in an effort to produce a regular Test batsman. To bring back Hodge, 38, would have been perceived as a backward step.

And, third, the Victorian hierachy received a cool response from the national selection panel when gauging Hodge’s prospects of breaking back into the national team almost five years after his last Test.

“If the race was going to be run it’s run out of time because he has taken himself off [to Bangladesh],” said Victoria’s chairman of selectors, Andrew Lynch.

“We would have had to have got going in South Australia which couldn’t have occurred because he’d left.

“That, combined with the fact we’re going in a different direction … We’re looking forward rather than back and while it was nice to think it might have been a fairytale selection for the Ashes, the bottom line is they told us they would be unlikely to pick him. Never say never, but highly unlikely.

“We add all those pieces up; not being here, our situation where we want to look to the future and the highly unlikely possibility of it and it would have been all too rushed. So we’re not going forward with that.”

Hodge floated the idea of returning to first-class cricket and making himself available for Ashes selection after Mike Hussey’s retirement left a gaping hole in the middle order and a void in experience.

His offer accentuated the lack of depth in Australian batting, but Victoria’s decision to look to the future signals an encouraging willingness to provide opportunities for the likes of Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and Michael Hill.

Though Hodge played six Tests and Rob Quiney was promoted for a series against South Africa this summer, the Bushrangers have not had a regular Test batsman since Matthew Elliott, who played the last of his 21 Tests in 2004.

Given the strong domestic form of opening batsman Chris Rogers, the state selectors were not prepared to deprive a young batsman of a spot by picking a second veteran in the top order.

“[Glenn] Maxwell is on the verge as an all-rounder but we want to get a batsman into the Test side.

“It would have been a very short term focus and we’re not going to go down that road,” Lynch said.

Hodge is still expected to play club cricket for Melbourne late in the season to keep his eye in ahead of the Indian Premier League season, in which he will represent Rajasthan.

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RDCA: Sharks find bite to bowl out Knights

BAYSWATER Park looked on shaky ground after the first day of its RDCA Lindsay Trollope Shield clash against Croydon North.
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The Sharks were all out for 172 and couldn’t lay a hand on the Knights openers who got their side to 0-40 when play ended.

Wicket-taker: Bayswater Park’s Justin McConchie bowls against Croydon North on Saturday. Picture: Sam Stiglec

But soon after the start of the second day, openers Ryan Heyres and Jade Boyd were out with just one run added and their teammates followed with the Knights found short of the total, bowled out for 158 with only Chris Noy (54) threatening the Sharks.

Josh Temple took 4-36 and Justin McConchie 3-33 for the Sharks who batted out the day finishing on 1-85 with Marcus Adams (48 not out) showing some form.

Wantirna South had to work to keep hold of its mammoth first day total of 8-295 against a cagey Mooroolbark. Brendan Ricci’s 109 was the backbone of a dogged Barkers chase which looked threatening at 5-226 before Ricci was run out. The Barkers fought on but were bowled out for 279 in 78.1. Star paceman Drew McKay (6-70) took some telling late wickets.

LINDSAY TROLLOPE SHIELD: North Ringwood 64 points, 1.42 per cent; South Croydon 48, 1.38; Wantirna South 44, 1.34; Ainslie Park 40, 1.03; Mooroolbark 36, 0.86; Bayswater Park 32, 0.97; Warranwood 24, 1.07; Norwood 24, 0.81; Croydon North 24, 0.74; South Warrandyte Hawks 16, 0.71.

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Camilleri wins monthly shoot

CLOSE to 30 shooters attended the Moss Vale Small Bore and Rifle Club’s monthly shoot on Saturday, January 26, to contest the program of 20 pair Double Rise (cash divide) followed by 50T Double Barrel (trophy event).
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The weather was rather warm with some strong breezes throughout the day, however, as can be seen by the results, this didn’t affect the shooting too much.

The highlight of the day was to have four possibles shot in the Double Barrel event, with the shoot-off resulting in two shooters achieving 100 target breaks, the biggest break shot to date on the new grounds.

The club congratulated all shooters for providing the level of competition which produced these results.

They thanked everyone who assisted on the day, especially to Elaine (and Barry) in the caravan, and Chef Don in the kitchen.

In the 50T event, the overall winner was Lawrence Doyle from Taree shooting 105 out of 105 following a 55 target shoot-off with Noel (Nick) Nichols (86 years) from Crookwell.

Moss Vale club captain Barry Kable will be investigating whether Nick has set an ACTA record for his age group.

In AA Grade, Joe Camilleri finished first with 78/79 and was followed by Leon Cuzner with 61/62.

Noel Nicholson took out A Grade with 104/105 and Brendan Walsh was second with 49/50.

B Grade was won by Lee Webb with 48/50 and Mick O’Dowd finished second with 43/50.

In C Grade Patrick Haynes was the winner with 46/50 and Ryan Webb took out second place with 45/50.

The next shoot will be on February 9, which will be a practice shoot (DTL and Skeet) at 12pm.

On Saturday, February 23 the monthly shoot will be held starting at 10am (gates open at 9am for set-up, assistance requested).

The program will be 25Pr Southern Zone Double Rise Championship and 20 Pr Southern Zone Deauville Double Championship with catering provided.

Noel Nicholson, Barry Kable and Lee Webb

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Going potty over plants

THE finer points of plant potting were highlighted during a recent workshop initiative by the Southern Highland Botanic Garden committee.
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It attracted the support of 30 gardening enthusiasts from the Friends of the SHBG alleager to gain hands-on experience through demonstrations and education in the techniques of plant propogation.

The event was held to kick-start the propogation of plants to be sold at the Town and Country Gardens weekend, involving seven open gardens, to be held over weekend April 27 and 28.

The weekend is a major annual fundraiser for the Botanic Gardens.

Donation for the ongoing work to establish the gardens can also be sent to PO Box 707, Moss Vale, 2577.

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Close call for kids as mother crosses against lights

Police have blasted the behaviour of a young mother who tried to cross a major intersection with her children despite a pedestrian light flashing red.
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The mother and her two children – one in a pram – were left with three lanes to cross when the traffic lights at the corner of the Princes Highway and Wellington Road in Clayton turned to green.

They narrowly avoided being hit by traffic taking off and just made it to the median strip.

Tow-truck driver Chris Kandelaars, who filmed the incident, told radio station 3AW the woman and her children were lucky not to have been killed.

“The woman was almost hit by the first car (that took off). It could have ended up with three deaths then and there,” he said. “It was amazing to watch. There’s nothing you can do about it … just to watch her, it was terrifying to see.”

Mr Kandelaars said the child who was not in the pram – a boy of about eight – was lagging behind his mother and came particularly close to being hit.

“The woman had left her child behind,” he said.

“He also came pretty close (to being hit). The cars that took off would have got a fright to see him there.”

Inspector David Griffin of the State Highway Patrol told 3AW the incident was “astounding” and “horrifying” and said the three were lucky they were not injured or killed.

He said the incident warranted charges of jaywalking but there was little prospect of identifying the woman.

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FTGDCA: Panthers claw back against Tigers

EILDON Park Panthers and Upwey-Tecoma will fight it out for the tag of premiership favourites when the two sides resume play at Upwey Recreation Reserve in the FTGDCA Norm Reeves Shield this Saturday.
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The Tigers looked to have taken ascendancy on the first day as returning bowler David Bell (3-13) and captain Sam Taylor led their side as they bowled out the Panthers for 139.

But the Panthers didn’t lay down and instead went about the job of dismissing the reigning premiers.

That tactic proved a raging success with the Tigers reduced to 4-73 at stumps with star batsmen Matt Mulcahy, Taylor and Michael Hewitt all dismissed as Mick Sinclair (3-24) powered the Panthers attack.

The flood of wickets has set the stage for a devilish opening hour on Saturday as the Panthers need six wickets and the Tigers 66 runs.

Panthers captain Cameron Cosstick said both sides would be disappointed in their batting performances although he believed the synthetic pitch provided inconsistent bounce making it hard to bat on.

“We went out and had a go and now we are in a position to come back this Saturday and have a go at winning the game of cricket.”

Cosstick said the intensity of play went up when the two sides met, whether their batsmen were on song or not. “We have played Upwey two times already this season. In our one-dayer, there was clearly more feeling in that game — it felt like we went up another level and our Twenty20 game was like that as well.

“The pressure is higher for these matches and it always seems like there is more intensity out on the pitch.”

Laughlin Storey produced his maiden century (113) for Ferntree Gully Footballers who were dismissed for 244 at Knoxfield, with Nick Bogar continuing his good season with 71.

Knoxfield skipper Scott McKenzie and spinner Jayson Scanlan claimed four wickets apiece. Ferntree Gully is looking to consolidate its position in the four after knocking over Knox Gardens for 155.

The young Falcons batsmen, who were in form prior to Christmas, have fallen off the face of the earth, and it was left to experienced Travis Mulder leading the way with 39.

Patrick Lee (3-33) produced the best figures for the Blues.

In-form Johnson Park opener Bryn Gaunt became the first player to pass 500 runs this season, contributing 68 in his team’s 186 against The Basin at Batterham Park.

The Bears were 1-11 at the end of play and not out of the game. Johnson Park (fifth place) must win to stay in touch with the four.

Hard-hitting Upper Gully batsman Paul Henry belted 88 at Kings Park against Belgrave, giving his team some breathing space with 268. The Kings are sitting third on the table and have the runs on the board to retain that position.

Decoite Shield action was dominated by former association representative Todd Burley who took 7-56 for South Belgrave against leaders Monbulk in its total of 195.

Burley was well supported by spinner Daniel Maxwell (3-34) taking some media off his brother Glenn. Blake Walter continues to dominate with the bat scoring 84.

Rowville (1-27) is in the box seat chasing Mt Gate’s 153, notably due to the return of Darren Hill with 5-51 and Lysterfield posted a winning score of 275 over St Johns Tecoma on the back of Tyden Latty’s 66.

Reeves Shield

Eildon Park 139 (B Morris 30; Taylor 3-21, Bell 3-13) v Upwey Tecoma 4-73 (Sinclair 3-34).

Knox Gardens 155 (Mulder 39; Lee 3-33) v Ferntree Gully 0-6.

Upper Gully 268 (Henry 88, McDonald 35, Colee 32, Slack 30) v Belgrave

FTG Footballers 244 (Storey 113, Bogar 71; McKenzie 4-42, Scanlan 4-76) v Knoxfield.

Johnson Park 186 (Gaunt 68, S Devenish 46; Heskes 3-66) v The Basin 1-11.

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SEABL: Raiders’ Lester Strong returns after surgery

NEVER fear, Lester Strong is still here – the veteran Knox Raiders import has confirmed he will return for his sixth South East Australian Basketball League season at the club after some pre-Christmas uncertainty about a troublesome knee injury.
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Strong has played in the Raiders’ 2009 SEABL championship team along with the conference championship teams in 2008 and 2009.

Although the recovery from his surgery means Strong has yet to take the pre-season practice court with the Raiders, the popular import said he hoped to soon be back at work with his side.

It’s feeling good,” Strong told Raiders media. “I’m in the process of straight line running, and adding weight to the leg machines so it’s going well.

“I’ve been pushing myself just a little bit harder as well this year in terms of getting my body right and having my knee cleaned out.

“I think this year will be one of those years just like 2011, at least that is what my goal is anyway, to get back to that level.”

Strong said fears he had a more serious knee problem proved not to be the case and he looked forward to the start of the SEABL season on March 15.

“There was no tear, but there were quite a few cartilages floating around in there from an old injury, but other than that it was just a clean out,” he said.

Strong and long-time Raiders’ favourite CJ Massingale will fill the import slots for the Raiders this season. Long-time NBL player Matt Shanahan will coach the team.

Raiders season membersships are now on sale with more information at the Knox Raiders website.

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Aussie shaving gel takes Dutch market by storm

Oscar de Vries spent years developing his natural shaving products business OSCAR Natural Skincare and getting a toehold in the Australian market. Then last year he cracked the export market almost by chance.
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He’s used a form of financing called factoring to underpin the business.

What’s the story behind OSCAR Natural Skincare?

I had previously imported a shaving oil from the UK and was able to grow sales through airports, in Priceline and in Woolworths. But the packaging was too wide for supermarket shelves, and I couldn’t get the manufacturer to change it. I was also starting to get frustrated working on a brand I didn’t own and wanted to create my own.

First I launched an all-natural shaving oil with the lessons I had learned from the imported brand. Next I developed a shaving gel made out of natural ingredients.

I spent three years developing the product until I felt it was better than anything else on the market. Then I gave it to some friends to try who all said it was seriously good. You might think the product is great but until other people tell you it’s good you don’t know if you’re kidding yourself.

How have you addressed your major business challenges?

‘Natural’ is still relatively niche. Guys don’t understand the benefits of natural ingredients. Plus most will have bought a product like Gillette since they were 18 because their dads used it. So it’s tough changing people’s mindset.

My approach is to focus on the product’s two unique selling points – its natural ingredients and the special CFC-free, non-flammable bottles, all under a $10 price point.

How did you secure distribution through Woolworths?

Getting into Woolworths was relatively easy. In June last year I sent a sample to a Woolworths buyer, who described it as ‘a great product’. But it took until November to get it on shelves. Now it’s in 730 stores. I’m also due to make a presentation to Coles and Priceline.

You have used factoring to fund the business – how does this work?

I used factoring from day one. Without factoring stockists pay your invoice on 60 or 90 days. A factoring firm will advance you between 70 per cent and 85 per cent of the value of the invoice as soon as it’s issued so you can keep in sync with your cash flow. The more successful you are the more you need it because you need the funds to order stock.

It’s more expensive than an overdraft, but you’re not offering bricks and mortar security, nor do you give up equity at onerous terms, especially in the beginning. One crucial challenge with factoring is the concentration principle. Factoring companies limit your funding if one client makes up more than 50 per cent of debtors. No matter how strong your customer is they are worried about their exposure.

How did you start exporting?

Exporting actually happened by accident. I’m Dutch and before my mother recently passed away I had to go back three or four times a year. I thought if I’m spending this much time in Holland I should start generating business over there. So I started making appointments in early 2012 and secured a meeting with ETOS, a subsidiary of Ahold, the biggest supermarket chain in Holland. The Dutch are fascinated with Australia and the buyer liked our packaging. We produce two varieties of both shaving gel and shaving oil and they took all four. It’s generally tough in Australia getting in major retailers so it took me by surprise when it all happened so quickly in Holland. We’re now in 430 stores.

The lesson to me was that you can spend all your time planning and making forecasts when it’s better to get off your backside and take a punt. We’re not yet profitable there, so I can’t afford an extensive advertising campaign. Instead we’re going to use public relations to raise awareness and next month I’m going over to get the ball rolling to create some consumer awareness.

– Interviewed by Alexandra Cain

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Memorial marker to slain Cameron stolen

A Pakenham park bench in honour of teenager Cameron Lowe – killed in an unprovoked attack in 2010 – has been stolen.
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Police believe that the bench was stolen from the front of Lilypond House Community Centre in Duncan Drive, Pakenham, between Saturday, 19 January and Thursday, 31 January.

The wooden bench, which has steel arms, bears a plaque affixed in memory of Cameron, who was 17 when he was killed.

Cameron went out to buy takeaway food with friends on November 6, 2010 when he crossed paths with a drunk 18-year-old man who punched him in an unprovoked attack.

Cameron was knocked unconscious but seemingly recovered and was helped home. However he suffered severe headaches and later died in hospital.

His killer was found guilty of manslaughter and will be released from juvenile detention in 2014.

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the theft to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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