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Cockatoos prove too hard to cage
The 2013 ACT/Canberra Cockatoos orienteering team are defending their national title in Western Australia this week.
Photo: Tom de Jongh
Canberra orienteers have dominated
the sport to such an extent that some
national competition organisers have
changed the rules in a bid to halt their
In 2013 the Canberra Cockatoos
obliterated the other states and
territories to take out the national
championship -- again.
When the National Orienteering
League was a mixed team event,
Canberra won 12 titles in 13 years.
Since a rule change in 2007 split the
men and women into separate teams,
the men won more than half of the
national titles and are hoping to secure
their fourth straight.
The women's team is competing
alongside them in Western Australia,
and are also defending a national title.
Orienteering ACT spokesman
Robert Mouatt said the ACT had
dominated the national league for 20
"They always seem to drag
someone out of the woodwork,'' he
"Because the ACT was winning all
the time, they decided to split the
teams into men's and women's but it
didn't matter,'' Mouatt claimed.
He said the reason that Canberra did
so well was because everyone lived
within a couple of kilometres from a
mapped nature reserve.
This made the federal capital
territory an orienteering paradise.
"It is the weather and the terrain that
people have access to and the fact that
we have a very good junior program
that develops people coming through,''
"You've got a ready-made training
ground anywhere. You've probably
got about 40 maps that people can train
on in the urban area and then you've
got Namadgi [National Park] and other
areas in close proximity.
"It is an ideal environment. In fact
there is probably no other better city in
the world for it.''
Meanwhile the Canberra Cockatoos
are leading the charge in Western
There are nine events under way --
four are part of the National
Orienteering League. The final race,
the Australian Relay Championship, is
set for October 5.
"All good things must come to an
end but each year we seem to find a
new rising star,'' Mouatt said.
Warmer days luring golden perch out
A week or more of temperatures in the
20s has really improved the golden
perch fishing in and around Canberra.
The urban lakes are producing
yellowbelly on a fairly regular basis.
They're mostly small, but good fun on
light spin tackle.
Gungahlin Lake, Molonglo Reach
and Lake Tuggeranong are all worth
Jason Reilly took a break from
beach fishing on the South Coast to try
his luck on Tuggeranong's goldens and
came up trumps with a fat little fish
that took a micro mullet lure close to
the dam wall.
Other lures that are worth having in
your arsenal include stumpjumpers,
boomerangs, poltergeists and a range
Burrinjuck is yielding larger fish,
with a cracking 57-centimetre golden
perch caught recently on a live yabby.
Investigations are continuing into a
fish-kill at Yerrabi Pond in Canberra's
north last week.
Alarming numbers of Murray cod,
including a couple about 70
centimetres long, were found floating
in the lake.
The fish were discovered at
different locations around the
waterway last Wednesday.
At the time of writing, the cause of
the fish deaths remains a mystery.
Trout streams in NSW open this
weekend and all are flowing well,
especially the alpine waterways,
which are carrying a lot of snowmelt.
Whether the rainbows fire or not
remains the big question.
Some pundits are predicting most of
the trout finished their spawning run
and filtered back into the lakes.
I still think it will be worth casting
a nymph and glo-bug combination in
the Thredbo and Eucumbene rivers
over the next couple of weeks as
there's bound to be a few rainbows
lurking in the pools.
On the coast, dusky flathead are
active in Wallaga Lake and Bermagui
A few croc-sized'' flatties have
been caught and released in recent
days in St Georges Basin.
Rogic blow for Asian Cup
Luckless Socceroo Tom Rogic's injury
nightmare has ruined his hopes of
making an international comeback as
he battles to overcome a groin injury
that also shattered his World Cup
Coach Ange Postecoglou revealed
on Thursday that Rogic's hopes of
playing in the Asian Cup were over
after the 21-year-old star midfielder
had more surgery and faced a lengthy
absence'' from the field.
Rogic was left out of the Socceroos'
squad to play friendlies against the
UAE and Qatar next month and his
injury curse was contrasted by fellow
Canberran Nikolai Topor-Stanley's
call-up and Carl Valeri's omission.
It's another blow to an injury-cursed
12 months for the Canberra junior.
Rogic was ruled out of the World
Cup in Brazil 10 days before the
tournament because the pain in his
groin was too much to handle.
Tommy had a little bit of a setback
and I understand he's had to have
another operation,'' Postecoglou said.
That will mean another lengthy
absence that rules him out of Asian
Cup calculations, from what I
understand. He's still got a fair bit of
work to do in rehab.''
Rogic played through pain for
almost 12 months to keep his World
Cup hopes alive.
But the injury took its toll and he
was cut from the Socceroos squad in
June, missing the World Cup.
The little club
in for future
Belconnen Bowling Club
members Glenn Cameron and
Nicole Mengel with the Piston
As small sports clubs in prime
locations across Canberra are
cannibalised by larger counterparts
or sized up by developers, one
independent club is digging in.
The Belconnen Bowling Club
might run on a wafer thin budget and
volunteers' sweat but they're
determined to keep rolling.
A lack of new members has
sparked a drive to find support from
pubs, taverns and workplaces in the
The Piston Broke Cup is billed as
a competition to bring them together
for a day on the greens.
The aim is to get people out for
fun, sun and laughs each fortnight as
they compete for the perpetual cup.
Event organiser and player Glenn
Cameron said the intent was to
introduce the club and bowls to
people and hopefully increase club
We are finding the memberships
aren't going anywhere,'' he said.
We are not getting more. As
someone dies, we are not replacing
them. So our thinking is to jump on
A string of bowling clubs in
Canberra have closed in the past five
While no concerns were raised
about the Belconnen club, members
are conscious of what is happening
elsewhere in the city.
The first Piston Broke Cup took
place last week.
Three teams took part in the
inaugural event with the Page Tavern
winning the day.
Word is starting to spread through
Belconnen bars and workplaces.
The cup takes place on the second
and fourth Sundays of each month.
For more information about the
Piston Broke Cup and how to enter a
team, contact Belconnen Bowling
Club in Hawker on 6254 2157.
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