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Mudeyes might snare trout in warm lakes
Getting your hands on the right bait is
the key to success in the mountain
Summer heat is back with a
vengeance and water levels in both
lakes are falling.
This has made the fishing tough at
times, but if you can secure some
mudeyes, you re in with a fair chance
of a trout or two.
Browns are the major prize, with
some solid one and two-kilo-plus fish
being reported from Eucumbene and
Conversely, anglers soaking
Powerbait for rainbow trout report
fairly slow fishing.
Best areas for browns are around
Seven Gates and Middlingbank at
Eucumbene, and Creel Bay and
Hatchery Bay at Jindabyne.
You can tell the water s warm
offshore, with a wahoo caught off
Batemans Bay last week.
Wahoo are one of the fastest fish in
the sea and are almost exclusively
found in tropical waters. This fish,
which was speared by a skindiver, had
obviously travelled south with the very
warm (24-degree) water.
Early autumn is often the time for
weird and wonderful catches off the
coast so watch this space for reports of
more wayward species.
It s shaping as a good autumn for
bream and estuary perch, with both
species on the bite in many of the
south coast systems.
Surface action for bream has been
particularly exciting, with some hefty
fish caught on poppers and surface
walkers in lakes like Tuross and
There are plenty of bass in the upper
reaches of the Clyde, Tuross, Moruya
and Shoalhaven rivers.
Murray cod continue to bite in
Canberra s lakes, mainly on dusk and
Yerrabi Pond, Lake Burley Griffin
and even Gordon Pond are worth a
flick for cod after sunset. You ll get
them on both bait and lures.
Amit Sharma grew up with some of India's finest cricketers, and is transferring that form to the ACT Premier
Learning from the very best
Yograj Singh was more than just a
coach in the eyes of Canberra batsman
The former Indian fast bowler and
father of swashbuckling Indian all-
rounder Yuvraj Singh coached Sharma
during his teenage years in Chandigarh
in northern India.
He was like a father figure for
me, Sharma said. In my view, he is
one of the toughest coaches in India.
To do the training and everything, we
would be at the ground at six o clock
in the morning.
It s tough, because most of the
[cricket] season is in winter, so our
college starts in July and goes until
April, so we will be playing in the heat
Yograj became famous for helping
his son Yuvraj develop into a world-
A veteran of 293 one-day
internationals and 40 Tests with India,
Yuvraj famously hit English bowler
Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over
during the 2007 World Twenty20. He
was also named man of the tournament
at the 2011 World Cup.
Sharma recalls meeting Yuvraj
when he was only beginning to make
an impact in international cricket, both
attending DAV College -- an Indian
sporting institution which is famous
for producing high quality cricketers.
I met Yuvraj a long, long time ago
when I was in college. So Yuvraj
Singh, Kapil Dev, Yuvraj s father . . .
they come from the same college.
Sharma represented a Chandigarh
under-19 side before moving to
Australia a decade ago chasing a better
way of life.
He expected to see people playing
cricket in the streets, and said he
struggled to find a way into cricket.
It s a lot more professional. You
start as a young boy in India playing
street cricket and everything, but over
here you get to play proper club
cricket. Although over there is club
cricket as well, you don t get proper
grounds and umpires and everything.
I was really surprised when I came
over here -- back in Sydney -- I didn t
find anyone playing cricket for a few
months. I thought, like in India, it s
mad over there, I thought it would be
mad over here as well.
He s now set up a life in Canberra
with his family, and his cricket is
starting to blossom. He was picked to
play in an ACT Comets selection
match in January, and has the second
highest batting average across the
ACT Premier cricket two-day
competition this season.
I learnt quite a lot, like how
professional they are, he said.
I was a bit disappointed not to
score runs, but that was the only sad
part, that s all right. I ll try to do it next
Now I am an Australian citizen,
half of my family is here, my family
and my younger brother s family, so
we all live together. Now life is great
Sharma will join Tuggeranong
Valley when they look to redeem their
season against Ginninderra this
weekend at Kippax. Across town,
Wests-UC will aim to continue their
dominant form against ANU at ANU
North, North Canberra Gungahlin play
Queanbeyan District at Harrison, and
Weston Creek play Eastlake at Stirling
Oval for a position in the top two.
TRAINING TAKES TOLL
Sykes recalled to Matildas after injury hits team
Ashleigh Sykes will join the
Matildas squad in Japan.
Photo: Graham Tidy
Canberra United midfielder Ashleigh
Sykes has earned a late call-up to the
Matildas qualifying tournament in
Japan as a replacement for Larissa
Crummer, who has withdrawn with a
Despite ruling out a Matildas return
just a week ago, Sykes will take the
Melbourne City forward s place.
Sykes, who has played for Australia
16 times and was part of last year s
World Cup squad, is already in Japan
as she prepares for a stint with AS
Larissa [Crummer] suffered a
knock to her knee going for a header
during the first half of our training
game last night and after scans this
morning and consultation with the
medical staff, unfortunately she won t
be available for the qualifying
tournament, Matildas head coach
Alen Stajcic said.
It s really disappointing news for
Larissa because she had a great
W-League season and has been
looking really good at training leading
up to this tournament.
Ash Sykes will come in and with
the great form she showed in the
W-League, we re confident she will
add another dimension to our attack.
The Matildas will play five games in
10 days starting on February 29 and
must finish top two to qualify for Rio.
Hunt for coach ramps up
The Canberra Capitals will ramp up
their search for a new coach after
ending an era at their post-season
celebration on Wednesday night, with
officials hoping to have Carrie Graf s
replacement finalised within a month.
The Capitals also revealed their
intention to shift away from their AIS
Arena base and to instead use the
Convention Centre in Civic for home
matches, with some WNBL games to
be played at Tuggeranong and
Star forward Abby Bishop claimed
her third consecutive most valuable
player award at the end-of-season
function while departing veteran Jess
Bibby went out on a high by claiming
the players player prize.
The awards signalled the end of a
golden generation, with Bibby, Graf
and Lauren Jackson all farewelled
after helping the club to seven titles in
the past 17 years.
The Capitals have almost finished a
wide-ranging review into their
basketball operations, conducted by
former general manager Lachlan
Searle, as they plot a path to rebuild.
And with just two players locked in
to return next season -- Alice
Coddington and Abbey Wehrung -- the
Capitals will start with a new coach
and a clean slate for the 2016-17
Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod
Croker will be sent to Goulburn
training this season -- but it is not what
Every Raiders player has been
allocated a junior club as part of a
strategy, in partnership with the
Canberra Region Rugby League,
designed to form closer links between
the elite level and grass roots.
Increasing the affordability of
playing the game and female
participation are two of the major
goals, as well as reaching a target of
5000 participants playing rugby
league in the region this year.
Raiders players spent the week
leading up to Saturday s trial with
Newcastle in Orange visiting Central
General manager of Canberra
region and community rugby league
Mark Vergano said he hoped the move
would target youngsters of both sexes.
We also want to increase the
participation of female players and
we re looking at a significant program
which will make rugby league more
affordable, he said.
The CRRL has also committed
$30,000 to improving equipment, with
$2000 to be donated to each of the
15 junior clubs.
Every participant in ACT junior and
senior rugby league competitions who
registers before April 1, will receive a
four-game membership to Canberra
Raiders home matches.
This is an added extra for junior
participants who already receive one
ticket a week to the match of their
choice through the Play NRL rewards
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