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SOCCER • FISHING • NETBALL • RUGBY • RUGBY LEAGUE • SCHOOL SPORT • SPORTING HEROES
Put in the hours and you will find the fish
Trolling and bait fishing have been the
best techniques in the mountain lakes
as rain and melting snow start to top up
Capacity at Jindabyne is 82 per
cent, while Eucumbene is 43 per cent
full, but both should rise a little as we
head into spring.
Bait fishing with worms and
yabbies has yielded brown trout to
3.5 kilograms at Eucumbene, with
action improving around the
Middlingbank and Seven Gates areas.
Trolling is proving effective on
browns and rainbows at Jindabyne; the
key is to put in the hours on the water
and you ll find fish.
The fishing at Burrinjuck is
improving, albeit slowly.
There has been a mini flurry of cod
activity on the lake, with quite a few
fish picked up on spinnerbaits, lipless
crankbaits and trolled lures.
The fish aren t large, but a healthy
percentage are over the legal size.
There are a few golden perch being
caught as well by anglers targeting
Remember, the Murray cod season
closes on 1 September and doesn t
open again until 1 December.
On the coast, up to 150 millimetres
of rain and five-metre seas have stirred
up the estuaries and beaches, which
should result in better fishing once
conditions clear and the weather
It was pleasing to see the NSW
government s decision to keep in place
commercial netting bans in a number
of estuaries across the state, including
a handful on the far south coast.
Anglers everywhere reacted with
alarm at news back in April that the
State Government was looking at
options to water down restrictions
placed on commercial operators,
which would have given them
permission to net in creeks and lakes
where this practice had been
Thankfully, this won t happen and
the ban on professional netting in
systems like Merimbula Lake and
Bournda Lagoon will remain in place.
NATIONAL ROAD CYCLING SERIES
Rebecca Wiasak is preparing for the National Capital Tour.
Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Lead rider sets course for Olympics
Canberra cyclist Rebecca Wiasak led
from start to finish in the latest round
of the National Road Series, but may
miss the remaining races including her
home event to chase her Olympic
Wiasak capitalised on a significant
lead in the opening stage s time trial to
take out the general classification title
at the King Valley Tour in Wangaratta
The 30-year-old will now put her
road bike in the garage to resume her
commitments on the track as part of
the national high performance squad.
Wiasak will fly to Adelaide on
Tuesday for a six-week training block
in preparation for the Oceania
championships in November.
Her long-term goal is to represent
Australia at the 2016 Olympics in Rio
de Janeiro, using her omission from
this year s world championships and
Commonwealth Games as motivation.
Rio is still my big goal, and I m
going to do everything I can to prove
myself on the track and cement my
place in the teams pursuit, Wiasak
Last year I was taken to all three
World Cups, and didn t get selected
for the world champs and
unfortunately missed Commonwealth
Games selection in the individual
All of those disappointments are
fuelling my fire to continue and really
cement myself on the track.
These results on the road help
give me another option if things don t
work out for me, she said.
Those ambitions could force
Wiasak to bypass the National Capital
Tour from September 19 to 21 after
winning two stages at last year s
The ACT round of the National
Road Series clashes with a track
competition in New Zealand.
There s a chance I won t be doing
any road racing for the rest of the
year, she said.
RUGBY LEAGUE VICTORY SONGS
CRL takes stand on 'foul and derogatory' songs
Canberra rugby league clubs face
more fines, and match bans, if they
continue to sing expletive-laden
victory songs, after a directive issued
by the Country Rugby League this
The Queanbeyan Kangaroos were
fined $1000 after their reserve grade
team sang an offensive victory song in
front of spectators at Goulburn last
weekend. Captain-coach Peter Hunt
was suspended for the rest of the finals
for leading the chant.
The Roos have submitted lyrics to a
new G-rated victory song to the
CRL for approval before Sunday s
major semi-final against cross-town
rivals the Queanbeyan Blues. The
Blues, who had been using an almost
identical song to the Roos, have
warned their players not to sing at all
if they win.
The CRL sent an email this week to
all competitions under its jurisdiction,
warning that severe penalties would
be imposed for offensive songs.
If teams wish to sing a team song
post-match, it must not contain foul
and derogatory language, and must be
sung in the change rooms, CRL boss
Terry Quinn said. We take this
opportunity to remind all clubs of the
code of conduct -- and that the CRL
expects women and all supporters to
be respected across the game.
The Brave's valued players
He s made history as the Canberra
Brave s inaugural most valuable
player, but goalkeeper Petri Pitkanen
has been overlooked for the premier
individual honour in the Australian Ice
The Finnish stopper was honoured
for his sensational season in taking out
the top prize at the Brave s end of
season presentation night at the Woden
Tradies on Sunday night.
Pitkanen has been a force defending
the net, conceding just 2.93 goals per
game and having a 90.6 per cent save
percentage, good enough for second-
and third-best in the competition
But while he s been shortlisted
among three finalists as the AIHL s
goalkeeper of the year, Pitkanen didn t
make the cut in the competition s
His Brave teammate Mathieu
Ouellette is in the running for the
AIHL s MVP award when it is
announced after the second semi-final
in Melbourne on Saturday night.
Ouellette is the Brave s best two-way
player, meaning he works hard on both
offensive and defensive ends of the ice.
He finished fourth overall in scoring
in the AIHL, contributing 17 goals to
go with his 40 assists in 22 games to
play a crucial role in the Brave s
charge to the playoffs.
Come see if
you want to
Young people with a disability from
the Canberra community are encour-
aged to take part in para rowing.
The rowing will take place at
Kingston and aims to attract future
Paralympians to come try out the
It is one of a series of Get Involved
events created by the Australian Para-
lympic Committee to help establish a
new generation of para sport
Australian Paralympic Committee
chief executive Jason Hellwig said the
event gave Canberrans with a disabil-
ity a chance to try a new sport and find
out where it can take them.
It may lead to a new passion, a
way to meet new friends, to help keep
fit, and it may even lead to future
sporting success at a higher level, he
Get Involved makes its way to
Kingston s Capital Lakes Rowing
Club on Sunday, August 31.
Visit www.rowingact.org.au/clrc/ or
call Charlie on 0406 377 599 for more
Canberra tennis sensation Nick
Kyrgios has targeted a seeding for next
year s Australian Open as his next big
goal as he attempts to repeat his
Wimbledon heroics at this week s US
Co-coach Todd Larkham has
warned the 19-year-old to forget about
sports cars and nightclubs as he deals
with heightened expectations after
shocking world No.1 Rafael Nadal in
The US Open is the first time the
world No.58 has directly qualified for
a grand slam draw through his seeding,
having required wildcards in the past.
He has set his sights on a seeding at
Melbourne Park by getting through a
potentially tough draw at Flushing
Kyrgios takes on Russian 21st seed
Mikhail Youzhny in the first round on
Tuesday morning and potentially
could face evergreen Spaniard Tommy
Robredo in the third round, then
Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth.
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