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SOCCER • FISHING • NETBALL • RUGBY • RUGBY LEAGUE • SCHOOL SPORT • SPORTING HEROES
Fresh bait turns into tasty haul on the coast
Anglers taking the time to source fresh
bait are catching the lion's share of fish
on the south coast this winter.
Surf fishos in particular are reaping
the rewards, with many finding it
pretty easy to turn a handful of fresh
beachworms into a tasty feed of
bream, whiting, tailor and salmon.
Beaches around Tuross, Potato
Point, Narooma, Cuttagee and
Barragoot are fishing well. Just find a
gutter on the rising tide and fish your
fresh or live bait on relatively light
If you can't get worms or pipis,
pilchard pieces are catching bream and
whole pilchards are working on
salmon and tailor, with fish over
50 centimetres on the cards.
Canberra angler Jason Reilly had a
ball over the school holidays, catching
lots of salmon to 55cm as well as a few
nice bream and whiting on worms on
the beaches around Potato Point.
Strangely, tailor were a no-show,
despite reports of late that a few
choppers were about in the surf.
Estuary fishing is still slow as the
water temperature drops to about
12 degrees in some systems. Tuross
Lake is probably the pick of the local
estuaries and is producing bream and
plenty of small flathead.
Further south, there are bream about
in the Bega River, mainly in the middle
Meanwhile, the bream run is
gathering steam at Mallacoota Inlet,
over the Victorian border.
The major news offshore is the
arrival of the bluefin tuna, with fish to
50 kilograms taken off Narooma and
Bermagui in the past week. The fish
are spread far and wide, but reports
from fisheries further south suggest
larger schools of tuna are on their way.
ACHIEVER OF THE WEEK
Tristan stays on his feet to win gold
National judo champion Tristan Eldridge with sensei Stephanos Georgiadis.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Olympia Judo Club has thrown its weight
around at the Australian National
Championships and returned as the only
ACT team to bring home gold.
Tristan Eldridge, 13, came first at the
championships, held in Wollongong in
June in the under 50-kilogram boys'
His trainer and founder of the club,
sensei Stephanos Georgiadis, is a former
Australian and Greek national champion
and won the masters division in
Pleased to see a promising fighter like
Tristan win his first gold, he said the
tournament was also a testament to the
growth of the club.
"I am proud of Tristan, who trained
hard to make sure he could compete with
the best," he said.
"This year Tristan has been undefeated
in two international, two state, the NSW
and ACT, and the national competitions."
Sensei Georgiadis credited the success
of the club in part to one of his leading
instructors, Fermin Hernandez Sollet who
used to coach him, but has a long history
of coaching at the elite level and preparing
athletes for Olympic selection.
Sensei Hernandez Sollet began judo as
a teenager in Cuba. He said teaching twice
a week at Gilmore Primary school
enabled him to pass on his passion for the
sport to students, and to pass on more than
45 years of coaching knowledge to his
former student and protege.
"Tristan is a gifted boy and with work
on his technique will reach great heights
with judo," he said.
"What we are doing with Stephanos is
building up the level of support for the
sport, as well as developing local talent."
With a gold medal now hanging
proudly in his living room, Tristan has his
heart set on competing at the Youth
Olympics in 2016 -- confident his coaches
have all the credentials to help him get
"I do want to ... get to the Youth
Olympics," he said. "It takes a lot of
discipline. But my coaches both have a lot
of knowledge that most other coaches in
Canberra don't have, after working with
some of the best in the world."
Battered Blues slog it out to beat Belconnen in closely contested battle
Queanbeyan Blues coach Simon
Woolford praised his injury-battered
side after it came from behind to beat
West Belconnen 30-28 in the top-of-
the-table clash on Sunday.
With past Warriors players in the
crowd for old boys' day, West
Belconnen looked set to grab outright
top spot on the competition ladder
after racing to a 16-point lead in the
first half. But a brain explosion from
West Belconnen fullback Dwayne
Ewing, a former Blues player, swung
The Warriors had just scored to lead
22-6 and looked set to take that buffer
into the break before Ewing offloaded
a pass close to his own line with just
It was swooped on by Blues prop
Scott Rutland, who scored the first of
his two tries to get his side back into
Rutland scored again early in the
second half, but West Belconnen
restored its 10-point lead when a chip
and chase from halfback Bobby
Roberts in his own danger zone
created a try for Ricky Fulivai.
However, late tries to rugby union
converts Aaron McInnes and Tom
Ruediger ensured the Blues took a
giant step towards a top-two finish,
and a double chance in the finals.
It was sweet revenge for the Blues,
who were motivated by recent
comments from Roberts that they
They overcame the loss of former
Raiders player Marc Herbert early
after he copped a knock to an eye in his
first game back from a hand injury.
Fullback Adam Misios also went to
hospital for a possible jaw injury.
Meanwhile, the Blues had no
replacements for hooker Zac Woolford
in the final minutes when he came off
The Warriors have a tough run in the
three weeks left before finals.
Queanbeyan Kangaroos leapt to
second on the table with an 18-10 win
over Goulburn. Woden Valley Rams
beat Gungahlin 22-18 .
Clubman hits milestone
ACT Hockey player Luke MacKinnon
played his 400th Capital League 1
game last weekend for the United
MacKinnon has been playing
hockey for United Hockey Club since
he was a young boy, making his first
grade debut as a 15-year-old.
During his career, spanning 22
seasons, he has been part of five
premiership winning sides, played 59
games for the Canberra Lakers,
represented the Australian Indoor
squad and was named in the United
Hockey Club's 50th anniversary
United Hockey Club player and
coach Aaron Hopkins said
MacKinnon was a great clubman who
played with passion and heart.
"He is one of those people you
really want to have in your team,'' he
said. "He has made a lifelong
contribution to the sport, as has his
"He is a person that is always going
to be there for you and you would
never question his desire.''
and out after
Tuggeranong United coach Steve
Forshaw has put his squad on notice
after its comprehensive 4-1 loss to
Canberra Olympic on Sunday.
It was United's fourth-straight
defeat, leaving a Canberra National
Premier League campaign that
promised the chance of a place in the
finals in disarray.
Olympic consolidated fourth spot
on the table courtesy of a Mark Shields
hat-trick and a goal from Daniel Barac
in his second game, back after a stint
in the NSW Premier League and with
the Western Sydney Wanderers
National Youth League team.
The game was killed off in the
opening 45 minutes, although United
salvaged a late consolation goal with
20 minutes to go.
United have conceded 15 goals in
their past four defeats and Forshaw
knows they must improve in all areas
if they are to take anything out of the
We have to have a serious look at
ourselves and wonder if we want to be
a Premier League team, because the
performance today just wasn't
acceptable,'' he said.
In the second half there were some
positives ... which was encouraging.
But if we're not going to be playing
when the game's on the line and only
playing when the game's all over, then
we've got some serious problems.''
After an up-and-down start to the
season, Olympic are finally starting to
hit their stride.
Barac's addition to a three-pronged
strike force alongside Shields and
Callum Smith has given coach Frank
Cachia plenty of enjoyable headaches.
Our first half was outstanding and
it was a continuation of how we've
been training,'' he said.
We're starting to get a few boys
back from injuries and other
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