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Feast of snapper for school holiday anglers
The fishing was kind to the thousands
of Canberra anglers who hit the south
coast over the school holidays.
I had a sticky beak around the boat
ramps and fish cleaning tables over the
holidays, and can rarely recall so many
boats returning from offshore with so
Virtually every boat fishing off
Tomakin, Broulee, Moruya and Tuross
had bagged out. The snapper were of
good average size, too, with a few
topping three kilograms.
Other tasty reef species, including
flathead and morwong, also featured in
The best action is occurring in
about 50 metres of water over the
gravel beds. Soft plastics and baits
such as striped tuna and squid are
proving very effective.
Estuaries continue to wake up, but
the fishing is still probably a month
away from peaking.
Wallaga Lake, Corunna Lake,
Wagonga Inlet, Tuross Lake and the
Moruya River are fishing steadily
rather than spectacularly for dusky
Big crocs over 80cm have been
scarce so far but there have been quite
a few around the 60cm mark, which is
a nice flattie in anyone's book.
You can't go past a well-worked soft
plastic for spring flathead. Bounce
your offering along the bottom in
water 1-4 metres deep and you will
Locally, golden perch and redfin are
as active as they have been all spring.
Canberra's two largest lakes, Burley
Griffin and Ginninderra, have been the
standouts, producing goldens to 60cm
and heaps of small to medium-sized
The best areas have been Black
Mountain Peninsular and Scrivener
Dam (at Burley Griffin), and the dam
wall and police jetty (at Ginninderra).
The big yellowbelly appear to be
feeding adjacent to the schools of
redfin and can be caught on lipless
crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft
ONE HOME GAME
ACT Meteors' Sara McGlashan, left and bowler Lea Tahuhu, were at the Manuka Oval nets ahead of their first games of the season on the weekend.
Photo: Graham Tidy
Absence from WBBL pains Dawson
ACT Meteors coach Andrew Dawson
has criticised Cricket Australia for not
understanding the strength of women's
sport in Canberra after the ACT
missed out on a team in the inaugural
Women's Big Bash League.
The Meteors will play just one game
in Canberra this summer after the
format of the Women's National
Cricket League was changed to
accommodate the WBBL.
Dawson hopes the Meteors are still
in finals contention by the time they
host the all-conquering NSW Breakers
at Manuka Oval on November 21.
The Meteors started their WNCL
campaign against Tasmania at the
Gabba last Friday and continued with
games against Queensland on
Saturday and Victoria Spirit on
Monday; all three were in Brisbane.
In previous years, the Meteors
would play Twenty20 games on a
Friday under lights at Manuka Oval
and on a Sunday, as well as a 50-over
game on the Saturday.
But this year the WNCL was
changed with all eight of the men's
BBL teams now fielding women's
sides in the new Twenty20
Sadly, we've lost a real advantage
of women's sport in Canberra and
Cricket Australia made a genuine
mistake there with the ACT,'' Dawson
We gained a massive product here
in Canberra playing the T20s at night.
I think with the playing group that
we've got, they will play some really
Hopefully, on the 21st of
November, we are in a really nice
position to gain some good support
locally for the girls and we'll be
heading into finals at that stage,''
We would love to have more
content here at Manuka but decisions
and strategic alignment have been
made by people far higher up the food
Canberra wanted to have a stand-
alone team in the WBBL.
That idea has worked in women's
soccer with Canberra United thriving
in the W-League despite not being
linked to an A-League team.
Canberra United is the reigning
W-League champion and draws the
biggest crowds in the competition.
It's a similar story in women's
basketball, with the Canberra Capitals
the most successful club in the history
of the WNBL.
I think CA need to assess it; this
area is very supportive of women's
sport,'' Dawson said.
You would like to give your local
players and the playing group the
opportunity to demonstrate that.
Winning the WNCL and
producing Australian players is our
target and showing it's worthwhile
having a team based in Canberra.''
Cricket Australia's head of cricket
operations, Sean Cary, said there were
no plans for a Canberra WBBL team.
The new WBBL is aligned to the
existing men's competition,'' he said.
We understand that there may be
some disappointment from local fans
in Canberra that there is not a
dedicated ACT side.
However, the Sydney Thunder
considers the ACT an important part
of its zone for its men's and women's
Canberra is very important to
We have shown in recent years
that we are committed to bringing
elite cricket to the city, which will
continue this summer with the annual
Prime Minister's XI match as well as
one-day international matches
featuring our Australian men's and
Cary said Cricket Australia aimed
for each state and territory to play the
same number of home games in the
WNCL in future seasons.
The structure of the WNCL has
changed this year to complement the
introduction of the Women's Big
Bash League, which is an important
development for cricket in Australia
and the ongoing professionalisation
of women's cricket,'' he said.
DAVIS CUP BID
Grass court expert called in
One of Australia's leading grass court
experts will look at converting lawn
bowls greens into tennis courts as
Tennis ACT leaves no blade of grass
unturned in their bid to bring the Davis
Cup to Canberra.
Tennis ACT chief executive Ross
Triffitt will bring Albury curator
Shayne Ried to Canberra this weekend
to help with their bid for Australia's
Davis Cup tie against the USA in
While he was focussed on a bid to
use their brand new plexipave show
court, Triffitt said they'd also examine
the possibility of putting a drop-in
court on top of that hardcourt.
But a grasscourt bid would also
require about four practice courts.
Triffitt said they would tap into
Ried's expertise to look at potentially
turning a lawn bowls green, as well as
other existing grass surfaces, into
Ried was brought in by Tennis
Australia to build the grass courts used
for Australia's last home Davis Cup tie
in Darwin in July.
He's one of the leading consultants
in grasscourt tennis and somebody
Tennis Australia would be using for
any of the grasscourt constructions,''
Triffitt said last week. There's a lot of
considerations around coming up with
a proposition for practice courts.''
new name to
What's in a name? The Eastlake
Demons are considering that question
as they look to convince Canberra to
get behind the ACT's only remaining
While the Demons consider
whether they'll change their name for
the second-tier competition, the AFL
is looking to extend the club's NEAFL
licence for three to five years''.
After Ainslie's withdrawal from the
NEAFL last month, Eastlake could
change their name to entice players to
sign up and to get the Canberra
football community behind them.
They would still retain control of the
licence, largely fund the operation and
would continue to play as Eastlake in
the lower grades.
But a change to a generic name such
as the Canberra Demons, for example,
could help convince players and the
football public to put the rivalries
between the ACT clubs behind them.
The Demons have struggled in
recent seasons after a mass exodus of
players to bush footy, winning just
four games in two years.
Eastlake playing-coach Ben Waite
will continue next season.
If it's going to be the case [that we
change name], it'll be the NEAFL
team and that will be the new brand or
Eastlake, and the remaining AFL
Canberra [teams] will just be Eastlake
as per normal,'' Waite said.
We're all about meeting with every
club and developing a pathway so they
can promote their players to a NEAFL
Waite was linked to VFL coaching
jobs, including at North Ballarat, but
he said he would see out his two-year
contract with the Demons after he
joined ahead of the 2015 season.
I'm contracted here. I'm really
looking forward to the year; I think it's
going to be super exciting,'' he said.
I haven't applied for any roles.
With the uncertainty of what was
going on [in the NEAFL], I was seeing
what was out there but didn't apply for
With Eastlake the last club standing
from the five foundation NEAFL
Canberra clubs, the AFL is looking to
extend the club's licence to help give
them certainty'' going forward.
The Demons' licence expires at the
end of 2016 and any uncertainty about
their future could hinder their chances
of recruiting and retaining players.
AFL Canberra manager Steven
Mahar said discussions were ongoing
but the AFL was keen to lock
something longer term in.
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