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Outstanding run on Eucumbene gets better
Anglers have been lining shoulder-to-
shoulder to fish the Eucumbene River
this week as more rain improves what
was already an excellent run of
spawning brown trout.
The fishing has been top-shelf.
The calibre of brown trout caught is
outstanding, with 4kg fish barely
raising an eyebrow.
Expect huge crowds, though,
especially if you re heading to the
popular spots around Denison on a
Happily, anglers are generally
getting along well and there have been
few disagreements. The fish don t
really seem to mind the crowds either.
Plenty are being taken from even the
most heavily fished pools.
In saying that, you will catch more
fish if you re prepared to walk into
more remote areas.
Weekday fishing has also generally
been more productive than on
Saturdays and Sundays.
The Thredbo River is experiencing a
good run of browns. The fish have
clicked into gear in the wake of the
most recent rainfall and are being
caught throughout the river.
Regardless of which stream you re
fishing, the trusty weighted glo-bug
with trailing nymph has been the killer
rig.This method is equally effective on
fly or spin gear -- just make sure you re
hugging the bottom.
Fishos soaking baits in trout lakes
are experiencing much slower action.
Anglers fishing with worms and
Powerbait are having to put in long
hours for very modest results.
Trolling is more far productive,
especially around the Waste Point end
of Lake Jindabyne and the Providence
Portal end of Eucumbene.
On the coast, beach fishing has been
great for salmon, bream, tailor and
If you've taken a photo of a
whopping big fish you've just
caught send it to news@
chronicle.com.au -- include your
name, where you caught the fish,
its weight, size and type.
National Masters coach Anne Smyth with swimmers Cecelia Kaye, Liz Needham, Leisa Cass, Brenda Day, Caroline Makin and Katrina Burgess.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Smyth lands top coach accolade
Tuggeranong masters swimmers are
flying in the pool under the guidance
of one of Australia s best coaches.
ACT head coach Anne Smyth has
been awarded the 2014 national
masters coach of the year at a
presentation at the Swim Australia s
Coaches and Teachers Association
Conference on the Gold Caost.
Smyth was recognised among
Australia s swim coaching elite in
recognition of her work at the club.
"It was a huge honour to go up to
the Gold Coast," she said.
"It was with all the Olympic
coaches -- and me. It was really
All the Commonwealth Games
coaches were up there getting their
awards so it was pretty exciting to be
up there with all the big-wigs of
Smyth said one of the reasons she
received the award was due to the
growing strength of the Tuggeranong
"We ve increased our numbers and
we are doing really well when we
compete at national and state events,"
"So, from coming from nowhere,
we are now one of the major clubs to
be reckoned with at these events."
At the National Masters Swimming
Championship in Hobart recently, the
club finished sixth out of 94 clubs in
Australia. The women s team placed
fourth and the men were 10th.
"This is a fantastic achievement as
our club has gone from strength to
strength over the past few years and we
are now up there with the major city
clubs," Smyth said.
"Our swimmers bought home over
30 medals and many personal best
times were recorded."
The club has over 90 members
ranging in age from 18 to 80 years.
Meanwhile, Smyth won the 2014
NSW masters coach of the year on her
way to picking up the national award.
She also mentors other coaches and
runs workshops to promote masters
Barr pushes case for more Canberra matches
Chief Minister Andrew Barr has upped
the ante for Canberra to be given a
fairer slice of the rugby league pie
after meeting with NRL boss David
Smith in Sydney last week.
Barr emphasised the perception
rugby league was too Sydney-
centric and has pressed for Canberra
to be considered to host marquee
fixtures including the Anzac Test, the
NRL All-Stars game, City-Country
and World Club Challenge.
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart penned
an open letter to club members last
month urging the NRL to invest more
in promoting matches, and described
Canberra as a footballing
That football turf war could
escalate. A potential Wallabies test
against Argentina in Canberra is
looking more likely after Australian
Rugby Union officials raised it as an
viable option in a meeting with Barr in
Canberra several weeks ago.
After Canberra s success in hosting
Asian Cup matches, Barr is also
rallying for the Socceroos to play a
World Cup qualifier in the capital late
this year, or early 2016.
In his letter, Stuart vented
frustration the NRL wasn t doing more
to promote rugby league and the
Raiders in the nation s capital.
Hat-trick gives Tigers win
A hat-trick of goals from Argentinian
midfielder Jose DeFilippe helped
Cooma Tigers FC defeat White Eagles
4-1 and progress to the semi-finals of
the ACT s FFA Cup qualifying
Gungahlin United advanced after
they upset National Premier League
powerhouse Canberra Olympic 2-1.
The Tigers are trying to win the
Capital Football Federation Cup for
the first time. The Canberra winner
advances to the national draw of 32 in
the FFA Cup.
Tigers coach Gaby Wilk
commended his team s efforts.
Our goal is to get to the final and
we ve never won the Federation Cup,
The players are working hard and
every game we re playing better.
After a scoreless first half-hour, the
game livened up with three goals in as
many minutes, beginning with a
double to DeFilippe. He got his third
in the second half with Lucas Montana
putting the icing on the cake.
He s a very good player and he s
with us for six months. When he has a
chance, he doesn t miss, Wilk said of
The other quarter-finals -- Monaro
Panthers v Tuggeranong United and
ANU FC v Belconnen United -- will be
held on May 26 at Hawker.
Cash to help
on big stage
Canberra distance runner Emily
Brichacek is using a $10,000
scholarship to boost her hopes of
success at the world championships
and Olympic Games.
Brichacek is one of six athletes who
will receive University of Canberra
The 24-year-old 5000-metre and
10,000-metre runner is in the US
trying to press her claims for
Australian selection at the world
championships in Beijing in August.
She ran a personal best time and
beat the world championship
qualifying mark by 0.96 seconds with
a time of 15 minutes, 19.06 seconds to
put her in the box seat for Olympic
selection next year.
The other recipients of the inaugural
Eldon and Anne Foote Trust elite
athlete scholarship are: Jonathan
Goerlach (paratriathlete), Damon
Morton (biathlete), Allison Rice
(cycling), Kathryn Ross (paralympic
rower) and Tristan Thomas (400m
Canberra cyclist Kimberley Wells has
been awarded this year s Amy Gillett
cycling scholarship, which gives a
female road cyclist the opportunity to
live, train and compete in Europe with
the Australian development team.
The reigning national criterium
champion won over the judges with
her cycling achievements and qualities
as a role model in her medical career
and community work.
Wells will also be an ambassador for
the Amy Gillett Foundation to help raise
bike rider safety awareness. Gillett died
in a crash in Germany in 2005.
I will represent the Amy Gillett
Foundation with pride, doing my best
to achieve excellent results for myself
and for my team in Europe, Wells
I also want to help the Amy Gillett
Foundation raise the profile of
vulnerable road users in order to
reduce the number of serious injuries
and deaths of bike riders in Australia.
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