Home' Portland Observer : PO-20131202 Contents 12 PORTLAND OBSERVER Monday December 2 2013
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Fleming flies the coop
short stopover with the
Portland Observer, sports
journalist Sam Fleming
has decided to pack his
bags and head off to the
big smoke to cut his teeth
into something new.
Fleming joined the
Portland Observer team
in January this year after
working at the Hamilton
2012 in his first role since
moving back to Victoria
But an opportunity to
write about sport back
where he was born and
raised helped lure Fleming
to take up a job full-time
at the sports desk beside
fellow Observer returnee
“I was pretty lucky when
the opportunity came up to
move back to Portland and
work at the sports desk and
my passion for local sport
meant I jumped straight on
the move,” Fleming said.
fantastic for me in helping
me get a start in journalism,
and if I had known Deano
was going to regularly
make poor jokes at the
sports desk I probably
would have stayed.
“But I can’t thank the
Observer enough for giving
me the chance to report on
my hometown and I’m sad
to leave the office after it
feels like I just got here.”
While the stay at the
sports desk was short, the
memories were aplenty,
with a lot of feel good local
stories along the way.
But it was clear Fleming’s
favourite line of work
came in the Friday edition
throughout autumn and
“Office Talk was probably
my favourite segment to
write about, along with
the sparring partners
Deano and Razor (Tiana
many things I got more
enjoyment out of than
writing things that seemed
so ridiculous I was the only
one who understood it most
of the time.
“Some people liked it, a lot
of people probably didn’t,
great part of putting together
a Friday paper.”
Fleming will now move
to Melbourne with his
take on some new career
He thanked all those
that had been involved in
helping him make the move
back to Portland and spend
time at the famous Observer
“It’s been terrific and
everyone has been great
to me throughout my time
here,” he said.
“Ellen Linke and Deano
were terrific in helping me
with the transition here, the
Spectator crew gave me my
first start in the industry, and
everyone here in the office
has been brilliant to me.
“I’ve met some fantastic
people and Josh Nash and
I’m sorry to leave so soon.”
Fleming added the people
of Portland had been great
in making his job so much
“There are so many
brilliant stories in this place
and I’m lucky to have been
able to write about so many
great locals, many that are
“I’ve enjoyed every minute
working in Portland and
while I’m excited about the
next phase of my career, I’ll
forever be thankful for the
chances I had back at my
Senior preliminary finals
6pm Crt 1 Div 2 Men Shawnee Gold v Westerns, Crt 2
Div 4 Men Tigersharks Red v Mustangs 2.
7pm Crt 1 Div 3 Men Tigersharks Red v Shawnee Gold.
8pm Crt 1 Div 1 Men Beavers Tunesquad v Tigersharks
6pm Crt 1 Div 5 Women Tigersharks Gold v Beavers
7pm Crt 1 Div 4 Women WDEA Tropics v Mustangs 2.
8pm Crt 1 Div 3 Women Tigersharks Red v Shawnee
8pm Crt 1 Div 1 Women Tigersharks Red v Keppel
Junior preliminary finals draws
4:35pm Crt 1 C Girls Clinkers v Jellybeans. Scorers: 1.
Jodie Rethus, 2. Jodi Stevenson.
Crt 2 D Boys Bucks v Nuggets. Scorers: 1. Loren Park.
5:25pm Crt 1 B Girls Fire v Storm. Scorers: 1. Jodi
Stevenson. 2 .
Crt 2 C Boys Bulls v Hornets. Scorers: 1. 2. Mark
6:15pm Crt 1 A Girls Opals v Spirit. Scorers: 1. Jodie
Rethus, 2. Jodi Stevenson.
Crt 2 B Boys Jets v Rockets. Scorers: 1. Marlene
Punton, 2. Mark McIntyre.
7:05pm Crt 1 A Boys Hawks v Breakers. Scorers: 1.
Jodie Rethus, 2.
Tigersharks Gold into decider
TIGERSHARKS Gold became the first side into the
Portland Basketball Association division one men’s
grand final last Wednesday when they upset Beavers
Tunesquad with a 14-point semi final win.
The opening half was tight, with some great shooting
from Beavers Tunesquad’s Nathan Valori helping to keep
his side in touch, however Daniel Jackson and Trenton
Johnston were both in good touch and at the half time
break it was Tigersharks Gold by five points.
Jackson continued to make big shots for Tigersharks
Gold while Kane Spencer continued to work his way into
the game and Beavers Tunesquad simply found it too
hard to keep up, with Tigersharks Gold going on to win
60 to 46.
Jackson finished with 18 points for Tigersharks Gold,
Spencer 16, Johnston 13 and Ben Millard 11 in what was
a good even spread of scorers.
Valori led Beavers Tunesquad with 17 points, while
Jamie Blacksell had 12 and Joel Mirtschin 10.
Beavers Tunesquad will now take on Tigersharks Red
after Tigersharks beat Shawnee Rebels by 21 points in the
The opening half was a low scoring one, with both sides
finding it tough to find the bottom of the net consistently.
Ashley Hill was giving Shawnee Rebels some spark,
but with Rowan Marshall again proving dangerous with
Tigersharks Red it was his team that was out by five
points at half time.
The second half saw the game slip away from Shawnee
Rebels, thanks in no small part to some superb shooting
from Aaron Caldow, who had 13 second half points
to help blow out the margin and see Tigersharks Red
winning 62 to 41.
Marshall finished with 17 points, Caldow 16 and
Matthew Ball 12 for Tigersharks Red, while for Shawnee
Rebels Ashley Hill had 17 and Brad Clark 11.
Catch us if you can say Westerns
WESTERNS will go into the Portland Basketball
Association division one women’s grand final as
firm favourites after progressing straight into the
decider with a nine-point win over Tigersharks Red on
Hannah Bunney was lively early for Westerns, but with
Tigersharks Red doing a good job on containing many of
Westerns’ other dangerous players it was Tigersharks that
held a slender lead at half time.
Julie Caldow stepped up her offensive game in the
second half for Tigersharks Red but unfortunately a
couple of Westerns players were able to find a little space
themselves, with Courtney Preece, Bunney and Brooke
Morrissey all scoring freely to run away to a 57 to 48 win.
Morrissey finished with 16 points, Bunney 15, Preece
10 and Stephanie Pye eight for Westerns, while for
Tigersharks Red Caldow had 18 and Tayla Falconer 12.
In the other women’s semi final Keppel Heat brought
Beavers Old Ducks’ season to an end with a 28-point win.
The opening half was competitive enough, with Beavers
Old Ducks’ Kate Sullivan showing she still knows how to
get it done in big games, however as the game wore on
the young legs of Keppel Heat proved telling.
Eilish Drought, Paige England and Brodie and Maddie
McKinna all made multiple baskets in the second half as
Keppel Heat raced away, outscoring Beavers Old Ducks
by 20 points in the second half to win 56 to 28.
Drought finished with 16, Maddy McKinna 12, Brodie
McKinna 10 and England nine in the win, while Sullivan
and Adele Curran each had eight for Beavers Old Ducks.
Heywood grand final tonight
BOOMERS will take on Waves in the Heywood and
District Basketball Association women’s grand final
tonight after both won through last week’s semi finals.
Both sides secured convincing wins on the night, with
the Boomers outlasting Rangers to win by 21 points,
while Waves produced a defensive shut down on Thunder
to win by 17.
The opening half between Boomers and Rangers was
a real battle, with some finals nerves and solid pressure
contributing to some low scoring basketball.
Kelsey England made a solid start to the game for
Boomers, hitting six points in the opening half and
helping her side to extend its lead to four by the half time
break, 13 to nine.
The second half was a one-sided affair, with England
going on a rampage with 18 second half points, with
Holly England providing some good support.
Zoe Hutchison and Chante Clover did their best to keep
Rangers in touch but they were simply no match for the
onslaught, with Boomers going on to win 44 to 23.
Kelsey England finished with 24 points for the match,
with Holly England the next highest scorer for Boomers
Hutchison and Clover each had eight for Rangers.
Waves went about their win in a different fashion,
holding Thunder at bay with some brillaint defence.
Only Tayarrah Morris was able to score regularly for
Thunder on the night, having all nine of her side’s points
to half time and with Tia Haines matching her output but
getting much better support Waves held a nine-point lead
at the half time break.
Tori Haines matched her younger sister in the second
half and with Morris still the main avenue home Thunder
were simply outgunned, going down 36 to 19.
Tia Haines finished with 17 points and Tori Haines 13,
while for Thunder it was a one-woman show, with Morris
hitting 15 of her side’s 19 points.
The grand final tips off at 7pm tonight.
TIGERSHARKS Red’s Julie Caldow (right) and Westerns Brooke Morrissey (left)
were their sides’ respective top scorers in what was an entertaining division one
semi final last week.
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KEPPEL Heat’s Brodie McKinna.
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