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Summer's coming and the fish are biting
It s finally starting to warm up -- and
I m not just talking about the weather.
Estuary anglers are smiling as a few
early season flathead start to stir on the
far south coast.
A few of the smaller, lesser known
systems around Bermagui and Tathra
are yielding fish. I m talking about the
handful of tiny, shallow systems often
accessible only by kayak or on foot
that are a feature of this part of the
Look them up on Google Earth and
do some exploring. It sounds like it
could be well worth it, with flatties to
55 centimetres eagerly smacking soft
plastic lures. There are a few fat bream
And the action is only going to get
better as the water temperature in the
Quite a few south coast lakes are
very full and close to breaking open to
the sea. When this happens, some
incredible fishing could unfold around
the mouths of these systems.
Interestingly, some south coast
locals couldn t wait for Coila Lake to
open of its own accord, with crude
attempts made recently to dig a
channel, by hand, between the lake
This is highly illegal and authorities
are looking for the person or people
Massive swells and gale-force
winds have made it virtually
impossible for anglers to venture
offshore of late, so there have been few
It s been a similar tale on the rocks
and beaches, with seas of up to eight
metres, powered by an intense cold
front, smashing the coast.
Shore-based fishing at Lake
Eucumbene is slow, although the
quality of fish being taken is a real eye-
The Buckenderra end of the lake is
producing some large browns, with a
couple over 3.5 kilograms caught in
the past week.
Solid rainbow trout in excess of 2kg
have been reported from both
Eucumbene and Jindabyne.
Queanbeyan Blues win the Canberra Raiders Cup first grade grand final at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan.
Photo: Melissa Adams
Blues dig deep for Cup happy ending
Queanbeyan Blues coach Simon
Woolford played 262 NRL games, but
his last premiership as a player was as
It was that pre-match message
which helped his side avenge last
year s grand final heartache with a
24-20 extra-time win over Goulburn in
Sunday s decider at Seiffert Oval.
Woolford could only look on in
despair as his side went down to cross-
town rivals Queanbeyan Roos last
year, also in extra time. He had to sit
through another 10 minutes of extra-
time torture to break his drought.
Unlike last year, this time it had a
Despite being on the end of a lop-
sided penalty count and having three
tries disallowed, the Blues dug deep.
Former Raiders skipper Woolford
implored his side not to let the chance
I played in a grand final [with
Young Cherrypickers] when I was 17
and I didn t ever think that would be
the last one I played in, Woolford
I told them I would have loved to
have gone out and run around with
them today, I haven t been able to do
that [in a grand final] for 21 years.
They understood the importance
of what I was talking about.
Woolford praised his side for
overcoming adversity, particularly
some controversial refereeing calls
which didn t go their way.
We didn t get any favours from
the referees today, he said.
Every obstacle that got thrown in
front of our boys today, they jumped
I played in semi-finals as an NRL
player and had some good wins, but
it s a sense of accomplishment being
St Patrick's move into women's final with 5-0 win
St Patrick s captain Emma Mathieson
says her side will maintain its
flashy style to chase back-to-back
Capital League titles after storming
into the grand final with a thumping
semi-final win on Sunday.
Defending champions St Patrick s
beat minor premiers the Tuggeranong
Vikings 5-0 in a semi-final thrashing at
Lyneham, setting up a chance to repeat
last season s triumph.
It was an ominous warning to its
title contenders. The young Vikings
failed to get any momentum, despite
losing just two games during the
St Patrick s has scored a remarkable
46 goals in its past eight games and is
favourite to win the grand final.
Fifteen-season veteran and former
Canberra Strikers defender Mathieson
said St Patrick s had found its groove
at the right time of the year.
We haven t lost for a long time and
we ve been scoring a lot of goals, so it
feels like it s finally clicked,
A lot of the girls have played a lot
of finals now, so the nerves aren t as
Mathieson has won eight grand
finals and has postponed retirement for
at least one more season.
Cash spur to build sport
Applications are open for more than
$2.8 million in funding as part of the
2015 Sport and Recreation Grants
Program and the Asset Repair and
"The ACT government recognises
not only the health benefits that sport
and physical recreation provides, but
also the important role it plays in
building and enhancing communities,"
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Shane Rattenbury said.
"Canberra is one of the most active
cities in the nation, with some
excellent recreational spaces and
facilities. It is important that we
support organisations and
communities to build and enhance
opportunities for Canberrans to get
engaged in sport and recreational
activities. The grants help
organisations develop programs and
facilities to encourage people to
remain physically active.
Last year the Weston Creek Tennis
Club received $90,000 to replace four
court surfaces. These surfaces had
reached the end of their usable life,
with the synthetic pile badly worn and
deteriorating to a point where they
were no longer considered safe by club
members and casual court users.
For information contact the grants
officer on 6207 2055 or visit
Cup's a time
fun in safety
The Fellowship Cup is a chance for
12-18 year-olds to connect in an
active, safe environment.
Hosted by mpowerdome in
Tuggeranong, the event offers
activities including a giant inflatable
obstacle course, soccer, basketball,
dodgeball, floorball, mini tennis,
ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, European
handball, card games and a movie.
General manager Daniel Fulton said
the event was established to link up
with local youth groups.
"The word fellowship was
selected because it brings with it many
descriptors such as companionship,
camaraderie, friendship, friendliness,
partnership, solidarity, sociability, co-
operativeness. All of these words
apply to what we hope the event will
deliver to all the young people who
attend," said Mr Fulton.
The Fellowship Cup will be held
7-9pm on September 12 and 19 at
56 Coyne Street, Fadden. Entry is
by gold coin donation.
at her future
A stunned Bianca Elmir is considering
her future as an amateur boxer after
suffering a shock defeat in the world
championship qualifiers in Canberra
But the tenacious competitor
admitted it would be hard to walk
away from her Olympic Games goal
just two years out from her dream of
competing at Rio de Janeiro.
Victorian barrister Simone Bailey
beat Elmir on a split points decision
2-1 in the 57 kilogram division at the
AIS in the women s world
championship selection trials.
Elmir was desperate to compete at
the world championships in South
Korea from November 13-25.
The 33-year-old could not hide her
frustration after the bout, thinking she
had done enough to win and book her
ticket to the world titles.
"I m in shock really. It s hard to
judge your own performance because
you re in there, but I honestly don t
think I lost the fight," Elmir said. She
was the only Canberra boxer left after
winning her first two fights.
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