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Unusual fish arrive with warm currents
6, caught and
Murray cod in
Griffin. It was
caught on a
deep diver lure.
The warmest ocean currents of the
season are producing spectacular -- and
sometimes bizarre -- catches along the
Striped and black marlin have been
the primary targets and they ve been
on the boil from Nowra in the north to
Eden in the south. Everyone s getting
in on the action, with most boats
venturing over the Shelf managing to
at least raise a fish or two on trolled
skirts. More than 80 were caught
during the recent Blue Water Classic
fishing competition, held out of
Dolphinfish -- or mahi mahi -- have
made an appearance in the past week
and, when the marlin aren t co-
operating, are providing a welcome
distraction. The best fish caught
recently weighed over 20 kilograms
and was taken off Bermagui.
The average size of the kingfish
being caught at Montague Island has
improved, with plenty of legal fish
around of late.
The bizarre catch of the week goes
to the angler who landed a huge
barracuda while chasing kings at
Jervis Bay. Barracuda are a tropical
species and are rarely caught in NSW,
let alone on the south coast.
The Canberra Native Cup fishing
competition gets under way on
Thursday on Lake Burley Griffin.
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Year 6 student Stephanie Brettargh, 11, hones her skills before Waterpolooza takes place at the AIS Aquatic Centre.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Polo extravaganza splashes into capital
The Waterpolooza water polo festival
is on its way to Canberra for the first
time as more juniors in the ACT
continue to take up the sport.
Tournament director Ryan
McDermott said the successful junior
dolphins program by Canberra Water
Polo Academy had made it possible to
host the event.
"We started the [program] a couple
of years ago to strengthen our
grassroots water polo, he said.
"In the past two years it has been
growing quite well.
A few years ago we had mixed
competitions because there wasn t
enough numbers but now we can have
"It is definitely developing into a
pretty strong situation where we ve got
eight different programs running at six
different pools on various nights
during the week.
McDermott estimated the number
of junior players in the ACT was
between 350 and 400 and growing.
The junior dolphins, for children
aged seven to 14, works on skill
development, confidence and social
"We see Waterpolooza as a stepping
stone for them to really push their
water polo, he said.
"It gives them exposure to water
polo outside of Canberra.
Players from across NSW will dive
into the ACT to compete in April.
Interstate clubs expected for the
tournament will be travelling from the
Southern Highlands, Riverina and
"This is the first time the event has
been held outside of Sydney,
"This is great for us.
Waterpolooza is an under-12
tournament and will take place on the
Anzac Day weekend in April.
Sports clubs appreciate renovation
Belwest Soccer Club's Lachlain,
11, and Eli, 6, Georgiou with
Ginninderra Little Athletics Club's
Mitchell Foster, 12, Keishan
Thompson, 11, and Tori Hopkins,
15, at the revamped pavilion.
Sporting clubs have welcomed a
$304,000 upgrade of the Charnwood
Ginninderra Little Athletics
president Phil Henderson said
they were about to host the
Northside Regional Carnival for the
"It is good for our club so that
people that come to our club can see
that this is a nice oval that is well
presented, Mr Henderson said.
"It has made a big difference and it
will be greatly utilised through the
Belwest Foxes Soccer Club coach
Brian Golledge said the new pavilion
looked very nice. "It is a lot cleaner
and a lot tidier.
The pavilion was officially
reopened on Thursday after an
extensive refurbishment by ACT
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Shane Rattenbury. He said the upgrade
was a priority due to its high use by the
many clubs and schools.
Rising star named MVP
Canberra Cavalry coach Michael
Collins says all Jack Murphy needs to
play Major League Baseball is for the
Toronto Blue Jays to give him a
Murphy capped a stellar Australian
Baseball League season -- his third --
by winning the Cavalry Most Valuable
Player Award, just days after meeting
Prime Minister Tony Abbott on
Cavalry fans will be hoping Mr
Abbott skips the knighthoods and
gives the Canberra hero Australian
citizenship so he can play as an
Australian next season.
Murphy not only won the Cavalry s
MVP Award, but also took out the
Players Player and Silver Slugger
The 26-year-old has improved every
season he has spent Down Under,
finishing with a batting average of
.353, the third best in the ABL, and a
league-leading 37 runs batted in.
Shortstop Marcus Lemon won the
Golden Glove, Tim Atherton was
pitcher of the year, Dustin Crenshaw
won the relief pitcher gong and Adam
Silva was the fans choice.
Collins said Murphy had taken his
game to another level this summer.
Murphy has been the back-up
catcher in the Toronto Blue Jays
double-A and triple-A teams.
Future rests on
results of scan
Teenage tennis sensation Nick Kyrgios
is in a race against the clock to be fit
for Australia s first Davis Cup tie of
the year as he battles to overcome a
back injury in the coming weeks.
Kyrgios will return to Canberra on
Thursday after his brave Australian
Open campaign came to a halt when he
was beaten by Andy Murray in the
He will have an MRI scan on his
back on Friday to determine the extent
of the injury which has troubled him
for the past month.
It could torpedo his hopes of being
a part of Australia s Davis Cup tie
against the Czech Republic from
March 6-8, but he is still scheduled to
play in tournaments in Marseilles and
Dubai in the coming weeks.
The results of the scan will
determine Kyrgios immediate playing
future, with coach Todd Larkham
detailing a plan to see the teenager rise
into the world s top 20 by the end of
Kyrgios will rest for the next week,
before using the new Canberra Tennis
Centre as his training base for the
Australian women s sprinting
heavyweights Melissa Breen and Sally
Pearson are preparing to do battle
again at the AIS track on Saturday.
Breen sent shockwaves through the
Australian athletics world when she
broke Melinda Gainsford-Taylor s
20-year 100-metre record to set a new
mark of 11.11 seconds. The now
24-year-old beat Olympic Games gold
medallist Pearson in the final of the
ACT championships later that day.
Pearson won the Australian 100m
title in Melbourne in April.
Five of the world s top-20 women s
javelin throwers will also be
descending on the ACT. Canberra s
Kelsey-Lee Roberts will take on world
silver medallist and Commonwealth
Games champion Kim Mickle and
world championship finalist Kathryn
Mitchell. Lauren Wells will compete
in the 400m hurdles, Jessica Penney in
the long jump and Richard Nicholson
is in the men s wheelchair 400m.
The classic gets under way from
11.30am at the AIS track.
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