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Footy review to target the region
Joel Peterson
After working heavily on junior structures, coaching programs and with schools, the AFL Central Victoria football commission’s focus is moving toward the ever-changing issue of competition structures. AFL CV, led by region general manager Paul Hamilton, has implemented a number of progra..
25-Jul-2014
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A big game for Bendigo's Big V women
Joel Peterson
This Sunday’s game against Sandringham is do-or-die for the Elgas Bendigo Lady Braves. The team has made it through to the Big V finals series, and face the possibility of being knocked out after finishing third in the regular season. The team participates in the Big V Youth Championsh..
25-Jul-2014
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Lavey and Snell earn Opals spots
Joel Peterson
The past two weeks have been possibly the biggest of Tessa Lavey’s young basketball career. A week after re-signing with the Bendigo Spirit for two years, Lavey was this week announced in the Australian Opals team for a tour of Japan that began on Tuesday. Despite struggling to get cour..
25-Jul-2014
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Nine vie for Games gold
Joel Peterson
Nine Bendigo athletes began their Commonwealth Games assaults this week as the 20th edition of the games kicked off on Thursday. The opening ceremony was held in style at the home of the Games in Glasgow, with champion cyclist Anna Meares carrying the Australian flag. Cyclists Peta Mullens an..
25-Jul-2014
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Best to play in Bendigo
Joel Peterson
Australia’s best female basketballers will converge on Bendigo in October when the Bendigo Stadium hosts the Women’s National Basketball League pre-season tournament. The likes of Liz Cambage, Lauren Jackson, Bendigo Spirit recruit and Townsville Fire’s Cayla Francis are all e..
19-Jun-2014
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Lights shine on bowls club
Bendigo Weekly
South Bendigo Bowls Club will switch on new standard lighting for the first time tomorrow night. New lighting was installed over the Sherman green but due to the angling and design of the lighting, the standard of lighting on the second green has also improved. Greater Bendigo council gave $..
22-May-2014
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Doors open at The Schaller Studio
Christine McGinn
Bendigo’s newest hotel, The Schaller Studio, officially opened its doors today. In a first for regional Victoria, the Art Series Hotel Group launched its signature art inspired, 128 room boutique studio hotel. Asian Pacific Group chief executive officer Will Deague said it was a “..
22-May-2014
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Cox misses meet
Christine McGinn
GREATER Bendigo councillor Peter Cox refused to attend this week’s special meeting believing council has become complacent with policy. “I believe council is becoming very complacent with policy and this is why I stood up now. I hope to be a voice to tackle this complacency,” Cr ..
03-May-2014
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Still chasing a win
Joel Peterson
FC Bendigo coach Steve Martin is confident of securing the club’s first win in the coming weeks. The fledgling side has drawn one and lost three of its first four games, but has led in all four contests. Bendigo sits in 12th out of 14 NPL1 teams and is one of three sides yet to regis..
24-Apr-2014
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United on a high
Joel Peterson
Emu Valley Cricket Association president Ron Gray says the 2013-14 season was one of the most competitive in years, and that the league is looking to come back bigger and better next season. The EVCA’s grand finals were held last weekend with United winning both the division one and fo..
28-Mar-2014
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Quench the Fire
Joel Peterson
Bendigo Spirit coach Bernie Harrower believes his team has never been better equipped to stop two-time reigning Women’s National Basketball League Most Valuable Player Suzy Batkovic, ahead of the Spirit’s clash against Townsville on Saturday. Batkovic has been in red-hot form rec..
17-Jan-2014
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Spirit coach still firm
Joel Peterson
After what was the team’s most complete performance of the season, the Bendigo Spirit cannot afford to be complacent heading into a clash with bottom side West Coast on Saturday night, according to coach Bernie Harrower. Bendigo came off a hard fought win over Canberra last Friday night to d..
10-Jan-2014
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Fortuna restoration begins
Bendigo Weekly
The facelift of Fortuna Villa has started. Owner Paul Banks said the conservatory, turret and veranda have been restored. "The villa has begun to receive a long awaited paint job and in conjunction with Haymes Paint, Provincial Constructions and Rapid Powder Coating the works are full ..
30-Dec-2013
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Harrower’s looking for more
Joel Peterson
Half way through every school year teachers hand out mid-year report cards detailing what students have done well to that point, and what can be improved in the second half of the year. Bendigo Spirit coach Bernie Harrower put his teacher’s hat on handed out his mid-season grades for t..
13-Dec-2013
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Wildcat in the ranks
Joel Peterson
The Bendigo Bank Braves sealed the deal on another recruit for the 2014 SEABL season this week, with Perth Wildcats forward Michael Vigor committing to the club. Vigor, who stands at 205cm, is currently playing with the Wildcats in the National Basketball League after a stellar Southern Basket..
29-Nov-2013
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Tennis funding stalls
Joel Peterson
The Federal Government is “unlikely” to fund the $5.2 million redevelopment of the Bendigo Tennis Centre. In the past few weeks there has been speculation the government might not fund costed and budgeted Regional Development Australia Fund programs announced by the previous Labor ..
22-Nov-2013
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Dig deep for the SES
Bendigo Weekly
SES Bendigo volunteers will be out in force tomorrow rattling tins to passing motorists and pedestrians to raise much needed funds. Between 8am and 4pm will be time to dig deep for coins at Charing Cross. Money raised will go towards upgrading their rescue four wheel drive. The SES..
15-Nov-2013
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Best of the juniors
Bendigo Weekly
Neangar Park Golf Club junior Jarrod Berry was presented with the Frank and Lois Burrows Perpetual Trophy at Sunday’s junior season final at the Averys Road course. The juniors played an Ambrose pairs competition over the short nine-hole course followed by a barbecue lunch and awards presen..
01-Nov-2013
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Favourite wins the cup
Bendigo Weekly
Race favourite Sertorius has won the 2013 Jayco Bendigo Cup. Jockey Ryan Moloney rode brilliantly to take the win, with Massiyn second and Kesampour third. Tuscan Fire led most of the 2400 metre journey, but Moloney positioned the favourite perfectly and took the outside running, which w..
30-Oct-2013
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Spirit players head for records
Bendigo Weekly
By JOEL PETERSON Bendigo Spirit’s Chelsea Aubry and Kristi Harrower almost never made it to the remarkable milestone achievements the Spirit will celebrate in the next week. Aubry announced her effective retirement after the championship win, but decided to come back for the 2013-14 seaso..
25-Oct-2013
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