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Crazy weather may bring bonus catches
Wild and woolly weather on the coast
is clearing and should give way to
greatly improved spring fishing.
Messy seas, flash flooding, mini-
tornadoes and even the occasional
waterspout have featured on the south
coast in the past week, but anglers are
hoping the unstable conditions will stir
up the fish.
Brou Lake, near Narooma, has
recently opened to the sea and there is
some lively beach fishing on offer
around the newly-created lake mouth.
The bad news for recreational
anglers is that the professional netters
have moved into this tiny lake en
masse and are reportedly filling their
fish boxes with loads of slow-growing
black bream, which have congregated
around the entrance.
They ll sell these fish for as little as
$7 a kilo, which is a disgrace given
what they d be worth to the local
economy if left to be targeted by rec
Elsewhere, estuaries such the
Moruya and Clyde rivers and Tuross
Lake are a shade of brown thanks to
the wettest August on record on the
coast. The fresh has driven baitfish,
prawns and predatory fish towards the
river, creek and lake mouths, where
some good fishing should unfold over
Before the wet weather the signs at
Tuross were encouraging, with dusky
flathead, bream and tailor being
caught on lures.
Locally, the natives are beginning to
stir in the urban lakes, although we re
probably at least a month away from
seeing consistent fishing for golden
perch. Murray cod are off limits until
December because of closed season.
As the local freshwater fishing
improves, plenty of anglers will have
their sights set on the annual
Burrinjuck Convention, to be held
from 31 October to 2 November.
Burrinjuck has been fishing
reasonably well of late for golden
perch on bait, and should be firing on
all cylinders by late October.
The eyes of the tennis world are on 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios of Canberra after he proved his win over world No.1 Rafael Nadal was not a fluke.
Young gun wows crowd at US Open
Australian tennis sensation Nick
Kyrgios showed he s the real deal
and will use his show-stopping US
Open performance to play a leading
role in Australia s upcoming Davis
That s the opinion of Kyrgios s
Canberra-based coach Todd Larkham
after the 19-year-old bowed out to
world No 18 Tommy Robredo in the
third round in New York on Sunday.
Kyrgios claimed the first set and
held a break in the second before wily
veteran Robredo wore down the
teenager to win 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Kyrgios will return to Canberra
before he heads to Perth to begin
preparations to partner Lleyton Hewitt
in Australia s Davis Cup tie against
Uzbekistan from September 12-14.
He is expected to climb into the top
50 in the world rankings and it builds
on his superb effort at Wimbledon
where he eliminated world No 1
Rafael Nadal on his way to the
quarter-finals. Wimbledon was great,
but this tournament was really
positive, Larkham said.
It just showed in his own mind and
everyone s that he s the real deal and
that Wimbledon wasn t a fluke and
he s right there with those top guys.
He s only a few points away from
winning today against a top 20 player
and this was very encouraging for
Kyrgios raced to a 5-0 lead in the
first set and was up 2-0 and had three
break points in the second. He was
also up 4-3 in third set tie-break on his
serve before losing four straight
Robredo showed all of his
experience, taking pace off his returns
to negate Kyrgios massive ground
strokes and running his opponent
around the court to put his fitness to
the ultimate test.
I didn t take opportunities when I
had them, Kyrgios said.
Stuart starts culling his superfluous players
Reece Robinson and Tom Learoyd-
Lahrs head a number of players who
will leave the Canberra Raiders next
season as coach Ricky Stuart begins a
clean-out similar to the one he
orchestrated at Parramatta.
Robinson s manager Sam Ayoub
confirmed the outside back would join
a Sydney club after falling out of
favour with the Raiders.
Off-contract Learoyd-Lahrs has
been plagued by injury and hasn t
played a single NRL game this year.
He has been overtaken in the pecking
order by Country representative Paul
Vaughan and young giant Shannon
Boyd. The second-to-last Raiders host
Stuart s former side Parramatta in their
final game of the year on Saturday.
Parramatta need to win and hope
other results go their way to squeeze
into eighth spot after they were upset
by Newcastle on Saturday.
Stuart told a number of Eels players
their services were no longer required
last year, and helped sign the likes of
five-eighth Corey Norman and hooker
A similar process is about to begin
at the Raiders.
The players that we know won t be
at the club next year, that are either
retiring or moving on, will be
farewelled, Stuart said.
Carnivale of community
As part of Tennis Australia s
Australian Open Blitz, the Canberra
School of Tennis and the Weston
Creek Tennis Club will launch a one-
day Tennis Carnivale.
The event will showcase exciting
new programs while offering free
tennis clinics and court hire to the local
Canberra School of Tennis founder
Mark Walton said the Tennis Carnivale
was a way for the club to celebrate its
involvement with the local tennis
Canberra School of Tennis has
been a big part of the Canberra tennis
community for the last 20 years and
we have taught over 15,000 people in
that time, Mr Walton said.
Together with Tennis Australia we
are delivering programs which are fun,
engaging, and encourage a life-long
love of tennis.
There will be free clinics, giant
slides, face painting for children,
jumping castles as well as speed guns,
elite player demonstrations and music.
Tennis Carnivale 2014 runs
from 1pm to 4pm at the Weston
Creek Tennis Centre on Saturday,
For more information visit
Canberra FC ended Canberra
Olympic s season, but saved the
ultimate insult for after the full-time
Raucous chants of O-lym-pic,
O-lym-pic, O-lym-pic echoed out of
the jubilant Canberra FC dressing
room after the team won 3-2 in extra
time in Sunday s fiery elimination
semi-final at Deakin Stadium.
Olympic led 2-1 with eight minutes
left in normal time, before Alex
Oloriegbe equalised and Domenic
Giampaolo struck the winner in the
Canberra FC now move on to a
preliminary final showdown with
league champions the Cooma Tigers
next Saturday at McKellar Park, with
the winner to face Belconnen United
in the decider.
Emotions ran close to boiling point
between the bitter rivals for the entire
do it: Coach
St Pat s secured the all-important
double chance in the women s Capital
League 1 semi-finals, but Central
coach Robert Apps believes his side is
capable of regrouping and challenging
for the title.
Central dropped back to third on the
table after St Pat s leapfrogged it
courtesy of a 6-3 win at the National
Hockey Centre on Sunday.
St Pat s will now face minor
premiers the Tuggeranong Vikings in
next weekend s qualifying final, while
Central will take on ANU in the
Central and St Pat s finished on the
same number of points, but St Pat s
had a superior goal difference. Apps
said his team s defensive effort failed
in what was a crucial game.
We had been playing pretty well
all year, but we fall away at the end of
games in the last 20 minutes, Apps
With the team I ve got we can
make the grand final; it s just about
having the confidence we can do it and
sticking to our game plan.
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