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Finals footy heralds warming in weather and on water
Jason Stiller caught this 51cm
rainbow trout on Lemon Twist
Powerbait at Lake Ecumbene on
It happens around this time every year.
I go from scrounging for positive
fishing news to being bombarded with
reports of great catches from around
Let s start locally, where it appears
the first of the season s golden perch
are stirring in urban lakes.
A couple of screamers were taken
from Lake Burley Griffin last week,
including a 60cm monster that ate a
Reports of goldens have also come
from Yerrabi Pond and Gungahlin
Lake. Burrinjuck appears to be
emerging from its winter slumber, too,
with yellowbelly showing up in
AFL grand final weekend tends to
be the time that local fishing for
natives really fires up so these early
signs are very encouraging indeed.
The early spring trout fishing in the
mountains has been great.
At Eucumbene, anglers fishing
around Buckenderra are experiencing
plenty of action from the bank with
some nice rainbows and browns taking
Powerbait and worms.
Trolling the Buckenderra arm has
been just as rewarding. The fish are in
relatively shallow water and happy to
smack flat-lined Tassie Devils and
shallow diving minnows.
Jindabyne is firing, too, with reports
off-shore anglers bagging out on bait,
especially early in the day.
As predicted, clearing conditions
and warmer weather on the coast have
really spiced up the fishing.
The estuaries are finally coming
alive again, with tailor, trevally,
salmon, flathead and bream feeding
around the bait balls.
Wagonga Inlet is looking picture-
perfect and producing excellent
fishing on vibes and soft plastics for all
Bream are active in Tuross Lake and
the Clyde River. They re mostly being
caught around the weed edges on hard-
bodies. Large numbers are showing up
in deeper water but they re proving
hard to tempt with bait or lure.
Jackson Frew in action at the opening round of the Mountain Bike World Cup in Lourdes, France.
Forgetting the comp brings bronze
Canberra rider Jackson Frew won
bronze in the junior division at the
men s downhill event at the mountain
bike world championships in Andorra
In his first year of international
competition, Frew exceeded all
expectations when he finished third in
a time of 4:44.42 -- just over
11 seconds behind gold medallist,
Great Britain s Laurie Greenland.
It wasn t until the last two riders
were on the start gate Frew realised he
had made it on to the podium.
I didn t know where I would end
up until the announcer said that I was
certain of a medal, Frew said.
I thought I could do well, but not
this well. I m pretty stoked.
Frew said the track had been wet
earlier in the week, but had dried out
making it extremely fast for the final.
The next closest first-year junior
Despite finishing 11th in qualifying
after a puncture and a crash, Frew said
it was the fact he was enjoying the
track that gave him the edge in the
I was just enjoying riding so
much I sort of forgot about the
competition, he said.
Haddin would be welcomed with 'open arms'
Brad Haddin would be welcomed to
Canberra with open arms if selected
for the Prime Minister s XI, Cricket
ACT s newly appointed director of
coaching and education Aiden
Blizzard said on Wednesday.
Haddin announced his retirement
from international cricket but the
37-year-old could be picked by
selectors to face New Zealand in the
annual clash on October 23 at
The fixture would serve as thank
you and farewell to the region where
Haddin began his professional career
with the ACT Comets.
We d be grateful to have him
involved with anything, whether it s
Prime Minister s XI, Comets, Meteors
or junior programs. Blizzard said.
Obviously Mike Hussey s captaining
the side, so I m not sure what Brad s
plans are moving forward to get ready
for his Big Bash commitments.
Blizzard, who assumed his new role
on Monday last week, also announced
his first ACT Comets team for three
trial matches in Sydney this weekend
against the University of NSW.
Weston Creek Molonglo brothers
Blake and Jono Dean are the big local
names in the squad, alongside
Queanbeyan s Dean Solway and
wicketkeeper Andrew Harriott, who
represented the Comets last year.
METEORS SIGN UP KIWI
The ACT Meteors have secured New
Zealand internationals Sara
McGlashan and Lea Tahuhu for the
upcoming Women s National Cricket
Top order batter McGlashan returns
for her second year in the Women s
National Cricket League with the
Meteors, while fast bowler Tahuhu
comes across the Tasman and will
make her first appearance for the ACT.
Tahuhu, who is fast earning a
reputation as one of New Zealand s
most dangerous bowlers, will be an
ideal addition to the squad following
the recent loss of fast bowler Rene
Farrell to the NSW Breakers.
The ACT Meteors begin their
Women s National Cricket League
campaign on October 9 against
Tasmania in Brisbane.
Cyclists from all over Australia will
head to the Snowy Mountains to test
their stamina at Lake Crackenback
Resort & Spa s Tame the High
Country Cycling Weekend from
October 30 to November 1, 2015.
The road cycling weekend is
specifically tailored to suit all levels of
fitness so the distance and difficulty of
the rides can be adjusted to suit riders
It is a great opportunity to scope the
course and prepare a training plan for
the inaugural L Etape Australia by Le
Tour de France which will be held in
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
general manager Anthony Cleary said
cyclists will ride at their own pace
through iconic countryside to
challenge themselves to reach their
individual cycling goals.
The event kicks off on Friday,
October 30 with a 40-kilometre ride to
Lake Jindabyne and a welcome dinner.
The Socceroos will be returning to
Canberra for the first time in four years
when they take on Kyrgyzstan in a
World Cup qualifier at Canberra
Stadium on Thursday, November 12.
The deal between the FFA and the
ACT government could also involve a
longer-term commitment and a
Socceroos international friendly next
Canberra young gun Tom Rogic is
expected to be on show in his home
town for the first time.
The 22-year-old midfielder has been
in excellent form for his Scottish club
Celtic after being forced to pull out of
last year s World Cup through injury.
It will be the first time the
Socceroos have played in the national
capital since thumping Malaysia 5-0 in
a friendly in 2011.
Football Federation Australia boss
David Gallop has urged Canberrans to
vote with their feet to prove the city
deserves more international games.
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