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WARRNAMBOOL Lawn Tennis Club will trial a new format as part of a four-week program.

FAST4 tennis — a shortened game launched with an exhibition match between 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer and Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt in Sydney in January — will be played at the Lake Pertobe courts from tomorrow night.

Club vice-president Kim Tobin said it was an opportunity for players of all abilities and experience to take part in a fast-paced concept.

“It is a pilot program Tennis Victoria are running in five tennis centres throughout the state and we were lucky enough to be chosen,” she said.

“There will be music on throughout the matches, prizes and it’s flexible and fun.

“We hope if it’s successful after the four weeks that we will include it in our schedule of club activities.”

Fast4 tennis competitors will spend one hour on the court playing three 20-minute doubles matches.

The format does not use the advantage rule and tie-breaks come into play at three games apiece.

Tobin said the club would run barbecues after each round.

It kicks off tomorrow from 6pm and runs each Thursday evening in March. Registrations can be made online or on the night.

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Son denies father’s involvement in William Tyrrell disapearance Police search bushland near Bonny Hills for the body of missing boy William Tyrrell. Photo Peter Gleeson.

TweetFacebook The search for William TyrrellTHE son of tradesman Bill Spedding says his father had nothing to do with the disappearance of three-year-old William Tyrrell as police scour bushland for evidence, including the toddler’s red and blue Spider-Man suit.

Rodney Spedding said his father had been unfairly harassed by the media, even though a number of other homes and properties had been searched by police – some up to three times, he believed.

‘‘He’s got the biggest heart, he’s very generous. Bill has our full support, and [has] no link to the disappearance,’’ Mr Spedding told Fairfax Media on Tuesday afternoon.

‘‘I feel very upset, it’s upsetting. The media attention has killed his business, and it’s affected his livelihood.’’

Police divers are expected to search a murky creek in bushland between Bonny Hills and Lake Cathie on Wednesday morning.

A search involving 30 officers began on Monday but a police source has told Fairfax Media that only a few soft drink cans and a number of logging markers had been found so far.

The source also said police were on the look out for William’s favourite Spider-Man suit and any other items of interest.

Mr Spedding’s Bonny Hills home and Laurieton office was raided by police in January, following William’s disappearance from his grandmother’s home in September.

The 63-year-old became a focus of investigations after police learned he was due to fix a washing machine at William’s grandmother’s house about the time the toddler disappeared.

Searchers have not been directly told to look for a body but the homicide detective in charge of the investigation said it was always a possibility.

‘‘Of course when we are looking for evidence that would also include a body,’’ Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin said at the search site.

‘‘Clearly the fact and the resources that we dedicated to the search we thought it was worthwhile information to follow up,’’ he said.

Police have repeatedly said Mr Spedding was not a suspect but a person of interest but he has been the subject of intense media scrutiny in the past several weeks.

Mr Spedding’s son said he wished police would publicly rule his father out of the investigation but understood they had a job to do.

‘‘He doesn’t need the attention he is getting it just seems media have singled him out for some bizarre reason.’’

‘‘I was hoping by now they [the police] would come out and say there is no link.’’

He said most of the community on the mid-north coast had been very supportive of his father but that it had taken a hard toll.

‘‘It’s been terrible. When it all started [the first police search of his home], they took his phone off him and we weren’t able to contact him and find out what was going on,’’ he said.

‘‘It was very, very hard and it’s been very hard on Bill and Margaret.’’

Mr Spedding said he and one of his sisters would continue to support their father and hoped police would soon find William.

‘‘I’d like to see him found alive and well. I’d love to see them find him — it would be really, really good.’’

The current search of bushland is six kilometres from Mr Spedding’s Bonny Hills home and 21 kilometres from the town of Kendall where William was last seen.

Detetective Inspector Jubelin has said the search was initiated after ‘‘fresh information’’ was received in recent weeks and was expected to wrap up on Wednesday afternoon.

‘‘There will be further searches, when and where that will be I’m not prepared to say.’’

Anyone with information was urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

BEFORE they hit the books, new Deakin University students got into the groove of tertiary study yesterday with orientation week.

First-year students (from left) Samantha Campbell, Stephanie Coverdale, Abbey Heggen, Kristen Warren and Tom Egan (front) enjoy O Week at Deakin University in Warrnambool. 150303DW02 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Hundreds of fresh faces entered the doors of the Warrnambool Sherwood Park campus for the first time this week — many facing three to four years of assignments, exams and late-night study sessions.

A relaxed lunch was provided by the Deakin University Students Association (DUSA) at the Sherwood Park quadrangle yesterday with pizza slices and sweet treats popular with new undergraduates.

Nursing student Abbey Heggen said she was enjoying her first week at Deakin and several information sessions had helped set her up for the year ahead.

“It’s been good so far — different to high school and people have been really friendly,” the former Warrnambool College student said.

Journalism student Tom Egan said he had already met plenty of new people in his first few days on campus and was excited about the year ahead.

“It looks like a really dynamic campus,” the former Emmanuel College student said. “People have been easy to talk to and really helpful.”

An outdoor movie evening was held last night on campus and DUSA will stage a mystery glow party tonight with a recovery sausage sizzle and golf match on Friday.

DUSA president Stuart Lasker said the organisation aimed to make new undergraduates feel welcome.

“O Week is about fun and getting your head around what’s involved at uni,” he said.

“We have sessions focusing on how to reference in assignments, setting a study schedule, things along those lines.”

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WARRNAMBOOL could play host to a winter wonderland these school holidays — but it’s hinged on an appropriate sized undercover space being found.

Winter Magic Ice Skating and Tobogganing, a New South Wales-based company, is planning to bring a temporary ice rink and toboggan slide to the city over the school term break, starting March 27 — if it can find the right venue.

The company’s owners expect it to be a major tourism drawcard and would help fill a gap in its Victorian schedule.

But so far the hunt for an appropriately sized space has been fruitless. An undercover space of about 600 square metres with a three-phase power connection of at least 160 amps is required and owner Lorraine Malone has put the call out for anyone with that type of space to get in contact.

“We have had a bit of a look around but there hasn’t been anything suitable so far,” Ms Malone said.

“We’ve had a quick chat with some real estate agents and the council. But we decided to put the call out to locals because often someone has a space they aren’t using that’s appropriate.”

Ms Malone said the idea was to give children and adults something to do in the school holidays and an experience many had never had before.

The business has previously set up in Mount Gambier and Ms Malone said many Warrnambool and district people made the trip across the border.

“I’d estimate that wherever we set up, about 50 per cent of the people who come are from outside the immediate area,” she said.

“We were in Mount Gambier about 10 years ago and we were so surprised to see how many people showed up …”

Anyone who thinks they may have an appropriate space can contact Ms Malone on 0421 788 605 or visit wintermagiciceskating苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au

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