Stories from around the Star Weekly network this week that may have passed you by


Hero’s family touched by surprise new car

Helen Bertocci was speechless and numb when she got the surprise of her life on Wednesday morning. The Altona North mother-of-two, who lost her husband last December, was overwhelmed after receiving a gift of a new car.

Bendan Fevola played a one-off game for Woodend in the RDFL last year. Picture: Kristian Scott

Deer Park signs up Brendan Fevola

Western Region Football League premiers Deer Park has landed arguably the biggest recruiting coup in suburban football, with Brendan Fevola to join the club.


Thieves rip out Coimadai avenue of honour trees

Locals are reeling after vandals ripped out Avenue of Honour saplings dedicated to fallen Coimadai soldiers.


The future is bright

There’s often doom and gloom surrounding the reporting of young people in the north west, so here’s some kids who’ve done great things.


Young firefighter’s burning desire to achieve

Aaron Savory, 14, will be one of 18 junior firefighters representing the CFA at the championships at Myuna Bay in New South Wales from Monday until October 1.


CRC vENTURES Kris, Zac, Austin, Shannon, Crystal, Patrick, Christian, Tommy and Nathan

A lot ventured, much gained at CRC Sydenham

Nine Catholic Regional College Sydenham students received Queen’s Scout awards last Friday from Victoria’s Governor, Linda Dessau, at Government House.


bayside college debating team

Try arguing with this Bayside College trio

Bayside P-12 College is the only public school to have made it to the state debating semi-finals after beating private schools with paid coaches from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.


Eliza Geraghty

Don’t argue with Eliza

Softly spoken Eliza Geraghty also knows how to craft an argument and deliver it with panache.The 16-year-old St Monica’s College student has won the Debaters Association of Victoria’s Swannie Award as ‘best debater’ in Melbourne’s northern region.


James Chapman with his winning design. Picture: Mathew Lynn

St Anne’s pupil’s ‘good work going statewide

A colourful poster, hand-drawn by a grade 2 pupil at St Anne’s Primary School at Sunbury, is raising awareness about some of the reasons people find themselves disadvantaged.


War stories land Carranballic pupils a big win

Carranballac P-9 College pupils are still coming down from the high of a win in a statewide performing arts competition last week.


Winners are grinners


Devils in heaven as drought ends

Darley capped off a thrilling season with a fairytale finish in the Ballarat Football League grand final on Saturday.


19/09/2015. WEST. Sunbury/Macedon Star Weekly. Rdflseniorgf. Issue Date 22/09. RDFNL Senior Grand Final Diggers Rest v Romsey. Romsey's Cameron Dawson celebrates a goal. Picture Shawn Smits.

Redbacks pin up another flag

Romsey has been written off many times this season by many keen observers of the Riddell District Football League.


20/09/2015. WEST. Sunbury/Macedon Star Weekly. Rdnlcgradegf. Issue Date 22/09. RDFNL C Grade Netball Grand Final Melton Centrals v Riddell. Picture Shawn Smits.

Bombers fly to a turn at the top

After being the dominant team in the past two seasons, Riddell finally has a Riddell District Netball League A-grade premiership to show for it.


Hume City through to FFA Cup final four

Hume City’s FFA Cup fairy tale run continues with the NPL side through to the final four of the Australia wide tournament.


Rupertswood's Lashae Hogan. Picture Shawn Smits.

Sharks take out back-to-back flags as Tigers flounder 

Rupertswood entered the premiership match after losing only one game all year, and had the week off leading into Sunday’s grand final.



Roos beat injury curse

It was a real team effort that carried Sunbury Kangaroos reserves to a second successive Riddell District Football League premiership.