Postal Address: PO Box 486, Ocean Grove 3226
Clubhouse: Surf Beach Road, Ocean Grove 3226
Phone: 03 5255 1382
Email for general enquiries
Message from the President
Hello all and greetings from the other side of the world! I’m somewhere in North
America as you read this, but looking forward to coming home and being back on the
beach in a couple of weeks. December is already upon us and the Club is gearing up
to its busiest time. Many thanks to all members who have already put their hand up to
assist with the many upcoming events. There are plenty of tasks that still need
allocating, so if you are willing to help out, please contact our Club Secretary Robyn
Schaeche-Priestley at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get you
connected with the right event team.
Best of luck to all our competitors who are gearing up for their first carnivals for the
season this month. We all love to do well, but remember it’s not just about winning. Let’s
show Ocean Grove’s great sportsmanship and team spirit. Go your hardest and make
Ocean Grove SLSC proud! Also much congratulations to our Surf Boat team who had
some great results recently in Mollimook. After many years of absence its wonderful to
see OG back competing in an area we once dominated.
My thanks to our VP Cathy Tisdale and the rest of the Committee for keeping things
running smoothly in my absence. Please give Cathy and the team your support where
December is a very busy month so please make note of the following dates; and look
ahead to January – the calendar is filling up fast! I look forward to seeing you on the
beach very soon.
Wishing all our members and their families, and all friends of the Ocean Grove Surf Life
Saving Club a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas, and a wonderful New Year!
Calendar of Events
Sat 10 Senior Carnival Anglesea
Sun 11 Junior Carnival Williamstown
Mon 12 – Sat 17 Bronze Week OGSLSC
Sat 17 Boat and Craft Carnival Torquay
Fri 23 Club Christmas Party Club Lounge
Tues 27 Rip to River Fun Run OGSLSC
Thurs 29 Surf Ed Session 1 OGSLSC
Fri 30 Surf Ed Session 2 OGSLSC
Thurs 5 Surf Ed Session 3 OGSLSC
Fri 6 Junior Carnival from 9.00am Cosy Corner
Fri 6 Surf Ed Session 4 OGSLSC
Sat 7 Navy Surf Boat Carnival Lorne
Sat 7 Door Knock Fundraiser OGSLSC
Sunday 8 Senior Carnival Anglesea
Sun 15 Senior Carnival OGSLSC
Thurs 26 Navy Surf Boat Carnival St Kilda
Sat 28 Junior Carnival Warrnambool
Sat 28 Navy Surf Boat Carnival Torquay
Sun 29 Senior Carnival Jan Juc
Rip to River
Our Club’s big fundraiser is coming up fast - the Geelong Advertiser Rip to River Fun Run.
The date is Tuesday 27th December and work has already begun to organise this
This is our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year and we look forward to ALL members lending a
hand. We really do need all hands on deck to make this huge event work. If you can
help please talk to Peter Rankin, Phill Bartlett, Fontaine Portelli or Tim Price to register
your interest. Most tasks just require people on the day, so it’s not a big ask.
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Our annual Bronze week is planned for the 12th to the 17th of December and is a
fantastic opportunity for some of our younger members to gain valuable experience
and awards as well as make some new mates.
$195 (Includes Surf Lifesaving Training Manual 34th Edition)
$165 (If you already hold a copy of the Surf Lifesaving Training Manual - 33rd or 34th
Course fees include breakfast and lunch for the entire week, patrol uniform and cap,
Bronze/SRC Camp T-shirt, pool entry, trip to the movies and Surf Lifesaving Training
Manual (where applicable).
Early Bronze and SRC has been completed. Congratulation to the 3 SRC graduates,
Shannon Schaeche – Priestley, Jacob Cuthill and Lachie Graauwmans.
on the OGSLSC website for Bronze Week details
Welcome to summer! We are back patrolling on the beach and I would personally like
to thank Sam Rankin, Guy Kinsey and crew from patrol 3 for kick starting the season on
what was a very cold and windy weekend! Well done guys!
Just a friendly reminder that all rostered patrolling members are required to find a
substitute if you are unable to attend a rostered patrol. Should anyone miss a patrol
and fail to organise a substitute you will need to make those hours up on another patrol.
Remember myself and your captains are here to help you, so please ask early if you
require help. Text messages will once again be used this season to remind members
when their patrols are on so PLEASE make sure that the mobile phone number on the
roster is correct!
A copy of the patrol roster and calendar will be put up in the patrol section of the club
website and constantly updated. Along with the roster will be any other relevant patrol
and training information. To access this area select 'Members Only' under club activities,
the username and password are ogclubbie and groper. I encourage all members to
check this area regularly.
You may notice a few changes on the beach this season, with the introduction of new
beach flags. Life Saving Victoria are coming into line with national standards and the
red and yellow patrol flags will now be accompanied by a red and yellow feather to
increase visibility. Furthermore, the traditional blue flag used to designate the board
riding area will now be a black and white quartered flag.
The club recently passed our state gear audit and the place is looking really tidy, so lets
try to keep it that way all summer! If you do happen to come across any equipment
that is faulty or broken, please report this to myself or a senior member of the club.
It's nice to see the red and yellow back on the beach again and I look forward to
seeing you all soon!
Life Saving Operations Manager
Senior Carnival at Ocean Grove
An early reminder that a Senior Carnival will be held at Ocean Grove beach on Sunday
15th January, and hosted by our club. This is a great opportunity to compete on home
turf and also to showcase our great club.
We will be looking for helpers on the day – again register your interest with Club
Secretary Robyn Schaeche- Priestly at email@example.com
SURF SPORT NIPPER NEWS
The first carnival of the season is just about upon us! The Nipper team have been
training hard and are looking forward to competing and doing our best at the first
carnival at Williamstown on Sunday December 11th, with a record more than 60 kids
registered to take part this weekend!
Don’t forget to book your accommodation for both the Warrnambool Junior carnival
(Warrnambool Big 4 Ph: 5561 1514) and Junior State Titles at Lorne (Lorne Foreshore
Caravan Park Ph: 5289 1382)
Every junior competitor needs to pay their $15 competition registration fee before each
carnival. Please pay at the uniform shop or put your payment with your name and
details in the red box in the Club Lounge.
A big congratulations to Keely Peatling U14 and Isabella Rowlands U 15 for selection in
the State Development Squad! This year the Southern States Challenge will be held at
Bancoora 12 – 15 January, so come along and support Keely and Izzy! Also to Caitlyn
Sampson U14 and India Kinsey U19 for selection in the 2012 Victorian State Pool team.
Fantastic effort girls!
Surf Sports Training
Friday nights 5.15 for 5.30 start until 6.30pm
Sunday mornings 9.45 for 10.00 start until 11.30am
Under 12, 13 and 14 March Past training 2pm Saturdays.
NO 9.00am Sunday board training session with Bruce Sampson on December 11th due
to Williamstown Carnival
SURF ED NIPPERS NEWS
Surf Ed dates
Thursday night Dec 29th + Friday Dec 30th
Thursday night Jan 5th + Friday Jan 6th
Thursday night Jan 12th + Friday Jan13th
U8, 9, 10 will be from 5.30 pm til 7 pm U11, 12, 13 will be from 6pm til 7.30pm
Volunteers are required for Age Group Manager, Assistant and Water Safety roles.
Please contact Robyn Schaeche- Priestly at firstname.lastname@example.org
For those wanting to register for the Summer NIPPERS program, some age groups are
FULL! Get your membership and registration in asap to avoid missing out. Include your
Working with Children Check with your membership forms to ensure your registration is
See you on the beach :)
Leisha Riddington Fiona Smith / Robyn Schaeche-Priestley
Junior Activities Manager Surf Ed Co-ordinators
Message from our Nipper Gear Steward
It’s fantastic to see the Nippers sharing so well with the limited numbers of boards we
have, and looking after our Nipper gear responsibly.
As we head in to the competition season, just a quick note about the care and
management of our Nipper boards.
Be careful putting you board back in the storage shed.
Return your board to the correct spot.
Do not drag your board
Only sit on the nose of your board to avoid fin damage
When transporting foam boards, don’t tie to tightly as straps can dig in
Bring some wax to each carnival for fibreglass boards
John Greer – Nipper Gear Steward, hard at work with son Tom.
The senior competition team is also well into training with the first carnival coming up
fast on Saturday 10th December at Bancoora.
There will be NO 9.00am Sunday board training session with Bruce Sampson on
December 11th due to Williamstown Carnival
Visit the OGSLSC website for training details www.oceangroveslsc.asn.au
The Masters Season Opener was held in the Club lounge at the end of November with
a great turn out of the older, wiser and more good looking competitors! We will try for
another Masters update and get together in mid January. Stay tuned and check the
January Ogland for details.
Several of our Masters Competitors competed in the annual Anaconda race last
weekend. Johnny, Matt, John, Dave, Scott and Rob (apologies if I’ve missed anyone! I
had scant details! Ed) all finished the course with not much left in the tank but a great
sense of achievement!
Anyone interested in getting involved with Masters competition please speak to John
Fitzgerald or drop him a line at email@example.com. It’s a great opportunity to
get involved in Club life and catch up with some old mates or make new ones! You’re
never too old to get involved!
Surf Boat News
On the last weekend in November the under 23 girl boaties went to the annual
Mollymook Surfboat carnival. The crew made the trip up there in various ways, three of
the girls left on Wednesday and travelled the coast road camping along the way, Olly
and Merv left Ocean Grove on Thursday afternoon and drove to Currumbin, Qld to pick
up our newish Meranne Homes boat and arrived at Mollymook at 2am Saturday
morning. A huge effort, thanks guys. Whilst myself and Tara left at 4am Friday for the 10
When we arrived on Friday afternoon everyone was in good spirits, the sun and the tide
were out, surf was small and the cans were set for a short race, so the girls decided to
swim to the gate cans for fun!
Saturday up at 6am for a 7am report, first look at the boat and trying to rig it for the
girls. It was heavy rain and big surf and the tide was in. Some crews tried their luck at
getting out and back whilst some just froze in the tent like us. After some long
negotiations as to whether to stay or move the carnival we ended up staying. During
the days racing many crews got smashed going out or returning home on the waves.
After what seemed like all day we were in the u/23 final, we got off to a slower than
expected start but it was probably a godsend as we followed the leaders out and had
a dry boat. The crew on our left tried to match it with us but got hit by many waves and
we didn’t see them again till we were on the way home and they were still heading to
sea. On the way out we were fourth but a bad bouy turn left us in fifth, we tried to
make up ground but our fitness let us down. Needless to say we crossed the line in fifth
place. This was a great effort considering some of the crews that finished ahead of us
have been together for four years and do the professional Ocean Thunder series.
After packing up the boat the sun decided to come out and warmed up to about 26
degrees. Britt found some new friends in the Cronulla girls crew who drove her back to
Sydney to fly home, whilst the others got ready and went to the presentation at the
Mollymook Golfclub where many new friends were met and some old one caught up
with. Overall a great weekend and next year will be better for sure.
Sunday morning and set off for the ten hour trip home, by the end of it we were glad to
be back at Ocean Grove and be having a feed at the Chicken Shop.
Thanks to Merv and Olly for going up to get the boat, Darren at Surfside Tyres for fixing
up the trailer, Hoges and the guys at Currumbin for their help.
Helpers are needed for the Uniform Shop. Please see Sally at training to put your name
on the Uniform Shop roster.
We are looking forward to delivery of this season’s stock order. As soon as it arrives we
will let members know.
The new Club broad brim sun hats have arrived and are selling like hot cakes! Grab
yours while you can!
OPENING HOURS 9.30 – 10.00 each Sunday except Carnival days
Uniform Shop closed Sunday December 11th
Clubbie’s Café and Bar News
Clubbies Café and Bar has had a great start to the 2011/2012 season. We kicked off
the season with a raucous Mexican Night which had us wrapping burritos like there was
no tomorrow! A great night was had by all.
We’ve had some terrific Friday nights so far, with the lounge fairly jumping with Clubbies
celebrating the end of the week and the start of the weekend! If you’ve yet to join us
for a drink and something to eat on a Friday night, get along to the club this week.
Meet some new people or catch up with some old faces. Some low club prices as last
year and members guests are welcome too.
If you haven’t joined us yet for a Friday night or Sunday morning in the lounge you don’t
know what you’re missing! Come down for the best view in town, less waiting, no
crowds and the best prices in Ocean Grove.
Don’t miss the Club Christmas Party on Friday 23rd December from 6.30pm in the Club
Lounge. We’ll have dinner to purchase and Santa will visit with some treats for the kids!
Clubbies Café will be closed on Sunday December 11th due to the Junior Carnival in
Thank you to the tin rattlers who donated their time to shake a can at the Rotary market
on Sunday 4th December.
A huge thanks to the staff and students of Ocean Grove Primary School who raised
$320 for our Surf Club by taking part in National Boardies Day. The funds were handed
over to Club Secretary Robyn Schaeche-Priestley at the school’s assembly on Friday 2nd
Our annual Door Knock is coming up on Saturday 7th January. The funds raised keep our
club facities going for all members to enjoy, and keep a strong patrol presence on the
beach. You can be available for as little as an hour to help out, so let’s all get out there
to rattle the tins for the Surf Club!
IT’S A GIRL!
Congratulations to Jacqui Matthews who welcomed baby Charli on November 22nd. A
sister for big brother Floyd. It was great to see our newest member down at the club
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Do you have and great photos, stories or news to share with the members? Drop us a
line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include in the next Ogland.
See you on the beach! And a merry Christmas to all!