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Spring in anglers' step as estuaries pick up
How good is this spring weather? The
fish are loving it, too!
South Coast estuary fishing
continues to improve at a rate of knots,
with the first of the season s seriously
large flathead on the move.
Crocs up to 80cm have been
reported from Wagonga Inlet at
There are also increasing numbers
of plate-sized flatties in the inlet plus
plenty of bream, trevally, tailor,
salmon and flathead.
It s safe to assume that all large
flathead (over 70cm) are females.
In fact, I d say 99 per cent of all
flatties over 60cm are female and
should be released.
Big lizards aren t as good eating as
their smaller counterparts anyway so it
makes sense to take a couple of happy
snaps and let them go to fight another
Interestingly, flathead don t change
gender once they reach a certain size.
All the large ones are females simply
because females grow bigger.
With more 20-plus degree days
forecast for the coast, the estuary
action is only going to get better --
perfect timing ahead of successive
long weekends and school holidays.
Offshore anglers are having a ball
over the reefs. Snapper in the 1-2kg
bracket are abundant off Tuross,
Narooma and Bermagui.
There are morwong about, too, but
the reds are outnumbering them at the
moment, which is a terrific sign.
Try baits such as squid, prawns,
pilchard cubes and strips of tuna.
In the mountains the trout lakes are
rising and the fish are biting.
Lake Eucumbene produced a couple
of whopping browns from the bank --
one of the largest was a beaut 3.5kg
brown taken on worms at Seven Gates.
Jindabyne is fishing equally well.
Scrub worms, tiger worms Powerbait
and wood grubs will all score fish off
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W-LEAGUE TITLE DEFENCE
Mexican midfielder Veronica Perez has been signed up by Canberra United.
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United signs up Mexican midfielder
Canberra United have upped the ante
in their quest to defend their
W-League title by signing Mexican
midfielder Veronica Perez for the
United captain Nicole Begg also
said a stand-off between the Matildas
and Football Federation Australia
won t have an impact on the club s
goal to go back to back.
Perez is one of five additions to the
defending champions squad.
The others are New Zealand
forward Emma Kete, Melbourne
Victory defender Emma Checker,
Adelaide United s Jenna McCormick
and 16-year-old Canberra striker
Perez, 27, was capped 78 times by
her country and was a standout
performer for Mexico at this year s
Women s World Cup in Canada.
She fills the void left by the
retirement of American midfield
general Lori Lindsey, who made a
huge impact in her two seasons in
Lindsey played alongside Perez at
Washington Spirit in the National
Women s Soccer League and gave a
glowing endorsement to United coach
She s a very similar player to Lori
in a lot of respects, Dower said.
She s a very clever player in
playing between the lines as Lori was
with those penetrating passes.
We did a fair bit of due diligence;
we had over 50 players from interstate
and overseas contact Canberra United
to want to be a part of us for this year.
For Lori to give her a
recommendation, not only on the field
but off the field which has been a
secret of Canberra s success over
such a long time, is very important.
Perez will arrive in Australia in
time for United s opening game of the
season, away to the Brisbane Roar on
Injury forces O'Hanlon out of world champs
Five-time Paralympic Games
champion Evan O Hanlon has pulled
out of the IPC athletics world
championships with a stress fracture in
The Canberra athlete would have
been one of the favourites to defend
his T38 cerebral palsy 100m title in
Doha from October 22-31.
O Hanlon has now turned his focus
to preparing for next year s
Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
I m utterly disappointed that I won t
get to defend or add to my world titles
medal collection, O Hanlon said.
In Lyon two years ago, I managed
to get back to compete after four
weeks bed rest with meningitis, but
this time I just won t be able to get the
body ready in time.
I will be back next year stronger,
fitter, bigger and better than ever.
I will push down the track in a
hospital bed to win if need be.
For now though, I ll be getting
back to Canberra as soon as I can to
start the road to recovery.
O Hanlon is one of Australia s most
decorated Para-athletes, having won
gold at the Beijing Games in 2008 and
also at the London Games in 2012.
He also has five individual world
championship gold medals in his
collection and completed the 100m,
200m, 400m treble in Lyon in 2013.
WAITE KEEPING THE FAITH
IN ACT CLUBS' SOLIDARITY
Eastlake coach Ben Waite believes the
lure of playing in the NEAFL will help
overcome the strong rivalries between
Canberra clubs and lead to the
Demons becoming a representative
team filled with ACT playing talent.
Waite wants the other Canberra
clubs to get behind the Demons, who
are now the ACT s sole club in the
NEAFL following Ainslie s
withdrawal from the competition on
Ainslie s decision continues the
rapid withdrawal of Canberra clubs
from the NEAFL, with Tuggeranong,
Belconnen and Queanbeyan also
having left the competition over the
last two years.
for PM's XI
Cricket ACT chief executive Cameron
French is confident crowds for the
Prime Minister s XI game won t be
affected by New Zealand playing a
two-day tour fixture in Canberra.
The Black Caps will face a Cricket
Australia XI at Manuka Oval on
October 24 and 25 -- the day after the
one-day game against the PM s XI
under lights on October 23.
After their two games in Canberra,
the Black Caps will play a four-day
tour match against the CA XI at
Blacktown from October 29 to
November 1 ahead of the first Test at
The Gabba on November 5.
The PM s XI will be captained by
Australian legend Mike Hussey, while
a pink ball will be used to get the
Kiwis ready for the historic day-night
third Test at Adelaide Oval from
The attraction of seeing Hussey in a
50-over game for the final time taking
on the World Cup runners-up has led
to strong ticket sales for the PM s XI
French said the tour match wouldn t
detract from the PM s XI fixture and
provided Canberra cricket fans with
another chance to see an international
We don t think it will take away
from the PM s XI game, especially
since tour games are more of a warm-
up event rather than a high-quality
fixture, French said.
Because it s a tour game, and it s
not a one-dayer, players will retire at
various stages, but still it s a great
opportunity to see the New Zealand
While the CA XI will be a
different team to the PM s XI, it will
be a chance to see some of the next
generation strut their stuff.
The tour match will be used by the
Kiwis as valuable practice ahead of the
three-Test series with Australia.
The Cricket Australia XI will
consist of some of the best up and
coming players in the country along
with players on the fringe of national
Like the PM s XI, it will feature
players who aren t involved in the
finals of the national one-day
competition, the Matador Cup.
The elimination final of the Matador
Cup is on the same day as the PM s XI
v New Zealand game, with the final on
New Zealand have selected an
experienced squad for their three-Test
tour of Australia.
Led by dynamic batsman Brendon
McCullum and featuring Ross Taylor,
Trent Boult and Tim Southee, the
Black Caps will be keen to build on
their World Cup success and take
down a rebuilding Australian Test
The Black Caps were always
going to play an additional warm-up
before the Test at the Gabba and it
made sense to have it in Canberra,
The facilities here are immaculate
in terms of the wicket and the surface.
In terms of the PM s XI game, a
third of the tickets have been pre-sold.
Once the footy finals have finished
and the public s attention turns to
cricket, people will have to get in
pretty quickly to get a ticket.
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