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Falling temperatures spell a great time for keen anglers
Phil Black's big Eucumbene trout.
If you re into fishing, you simply can t
beat autumn for variety and
Just about every sought-after
species, from trout to marlin, is on the
bite at this time of the year -- and the
weather tends to be fisher-friendly too.
Hordes of Canberra anglers will be
heading to the south coast this coming
long weekend and most should find a
fish or two.
Flathead are on fire in the estuaries,
which have all cleared up after being
on the murky side for months.
Hundreds of excellent flatties were
caught in the recent tournament at
Wagonga Inlet. The largest nudged the
Oddball catches continue with one
angler fishing the inlet landing a small
cobia -- an offshore species which is
normally found north of Coffs
Not quite as odd but just as
impressive was the capture recently of
a mammoth tailor in St Georges Basin.
The huge chopper measured 86cm and
was caught on a soft plastic.
Bream chasers will be angry to hear
that netters have been hard at work in
Coila Lake of late, killing the last of
the big black bream that have been
hiding in the snags.
This once great bream fishery is
now a shadow of its former self. The
bream caught, some of which were
20-30 years old, will be sold for a few
The blue water is still teeming with
marlin. The fish are moving around
and it pays to keep an eagle eye on sea
surface temperatures and bait
Trout are relishing the cooler night
temperatures in the mountains. Evening
and early morning shore-based fishing
with mudeyes is producing fish at
Eucumbene and Jindabyne.
Fly fishing under the cover of
darkness is also yielding fish.
Phil Black landed a superb 4.9kg
brown trout on a Craig s Night Time
fly while fishing the top end of
Eucumbene after sunset.
If you've taken a photo of a
whopping big fish you've just
caught send it to
your name, where you caught the
fish, its weight, size and type.
Bryce Anderson, 18, gets another training
session in before heading to the World
Cross Country Championships in China
later this month. Photo: Mark Sawa
Teen puts in miles for world champs
Three ACT runners are preparing for
the World Cross Country
Championships in China later this
Emily Brichacek qualified in the
senior women s category while
Leanne Pompeani and Bryce
Anderson qualified in the junior
women s and men s categories
For Bryce Anderson, 18, it will be
his first time stepping onto the world
"I m a bit unsure how I ll go,
But he is not leaving anything to
chance. He is running 100 kilometres a
week across some of Canberra s
toughest terrain. The final week before
the championship he will head to
Perisher, in the Snowy Mountains, to
train at altitude.
To be a long distance runner of any
form you need a tough, or at least
somewhat masochistic, mental game.
"I like the mental side of things, just
battling with your body, Anderson
said. "I really like the distance side of
things going out there and smashing
yourself for 30 minutes.
"It sounds a bit weird but the pain
can be enjoyable at the end. And if you
run well there is no better feeling than
running a good race.
The world championship is one of
the toughest events cross country
runners will ever encounter.
Australia has fielded a team at every
edition of the IAAF World Cross
Country Championships since its
inception in 1973, winning one
individual medal (Benita Willis s gold
in 2004) and two team medals (senior
women s bronze in 2008 and senior
women s short course bronze in 2006).
Anderson said all the countries that
took part had strong contingents of
runners but the African nations tended
to dominate the event.
He said there were about 120
runners in every race.
Anderson has set his sights on a top
And with cross country runners not
reaching their peak until their late 20s
to early 30s Anderson will have many
more chances to impress.
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
Basketball ACT puts Belconnen project on hold
Basketball ACT has been forced to put
a multimillion-dollar upgrade of its
Belconnen precinct on hold but
president David Leaney says it hasn t
been scrapped as their courts struggle
to cope with increasing demand.
Leaney said the $7 million project
has been pushed back to 2017, at the
earliest, as the organisation opted to
improve its financial health before
revisiting the plan.
Basketball ACT proposed building
three international courts at
Belconnen, bringing the number of
courts there to seven, as part of a
But Leaney said it simply wasn t
feasible at this stage and Basketball
ACT will now investigate hiring courts
at schools, University of Canberra and
the Australian Institute of Sport.
It was originally hoped work on the
development, which will be known as
the Capital Region Basketball Centre
of Excellence, would have begun by
the end of last year.
A basketball stadium is a
remarkably inflexible budget,
$2 million per court basically, and if
you want some other redevelopment
it s $7 million all up," he said.
It s just been paused, it s still
definitely something we ve got on the
agenda but it won t happen in the next
year or two.
Participation has swelled to almost
7000 players and 574 teams, and more
expected growth will push the demand
for courts to breaking point.
ACTVAC AIS, February 26, 2000m
Race Walk, M70 R Whyte 12:19.57,
W45 K Black 11:52.63, W50 A
Staunton-Jugovic 10:15.75, W70 V
Chesterton 16:24.59; 2000m Fitness
Walk, M65 R Gilchrist 13:40.86, M70
B Thomas 13:28.14, M80 J Thackray
17:58.15, W60 J Gilchrist 14:04.12, R
Baussmann 14:21.97, S Greathead
15:57.81, W65 M McSpadden
15:59.19; 100m, M35 M Rossiter
11.78, M50 M Roden 11.83, M55 D
Massey 15.03, M75 K de Smet 19.77,
W40 R Mansell 14.75, W55 S Bourke
14.75, W65 M Taylor 16.37; 200m,
M35 M Rossiter 23.79, M50 M Roden
24.22, M55 D Massey 32.53; Mile,
M50 C Farlow 5:15.52, M65 R
Costmeyer 6:32.04, G Calcino
6:56.68, M70 B Thomas 8:12.89, W60
M Phillips 6:42.80, R Baussmann
8:33.62, S Greathead 9:12.68, W65 M
McSpadden 9:21.07; 3000m, M50 P
Cullen 13:57.61, M70 B Thomas
16:27.87, W45 K Forestier 12:13.76,
W60 M Phillips 12:59.15, R
Baussmann 16:04.18, J Cockwill
17:39.24, S Greathead 17:41.96, W65
M McSpadden 17:45.18; 5000m, M40
L Purdon 17:05.23, S Hutchison
19:01.55, M45 S Rohan-Jones
17:31.70, M50 B Graham 16:42.62, D
Moore 20:25.19, M55 K Law
18:18.08, W35 V Haverd 18:23.49,
W60 K Sims 22:17.73; Long Jump,
M75 R Bramwell 2.93, W65 M Taylor
3.72, W70 V Chesterton 2.15; High
Jump, M75 R Bramwell 1.05, W45 K
Black 1.22, W65 M Taylor 1.22, W70
V Chesterton 0.85; Javelin M35 M
Rossiter 43.52, M45 A Eddowes
20.63, M50 G Edwards 23.41, M55 C
Bastecky 36.40, M65 B Banens 37.37,
M70 R Whyte 24.76, W55 L England
12.75, W65 D Bramwell 9.00, W70 J
Banens 16.11; Shot Put, M45 A
Eddowes 6.72, M50 G Edwards 13.59,
M65 B Banens 10.50, M70 R Whyte
7.17, W55 L England 6.33, W65 D
Bramwell 4.90, W70 J Banens 6.88 .
on hold to
New individual pursuit world
champion Rebecca Wiasak will devote
the next 18 months to her Olympic
Games dream despite knowing
there s a very real chance I won t
achieve it , admitting she thought a
decade of training would amount to
But after a career of setbacks and
knock downs in long-distance running,
triathlon and road cycling, which
almost forced her to quit her elite
ambitions, Canberra s newest world
champion is refusing to give up on her
track cycling niche.
Still riding high on emotion after
her world title win in Paris last
weekend, Wiasak says she has an
unwavering determination to chase her
Olympic goal after proving she s a
The 30-year-old will put plans to
start a family and buy a house and car
into a future problems basket and
channel all of her energy into being a
part of the team pursuit campaign in
Rio next year.
But it s the dream that was almost
over before it began after Wiasak
conceded she was ready to quit before
making the switch to cycling.
It doesn t matter if you don t have
a house or a car, they re future
problems. You can t buy this, a
beaming Wiasak said as she pointed to
her world champion rainbow jersey.
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