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SOCCER • FISHING • NETBALL • RUGBY • RUGBY LEAGUE • SCHOOL SPORT • SPORTING HEROES
Head out to the big blue for bluefin tuna
It s a bluefin bonanza on the South
Coast, with these prized tuna turning
up in increasing numbers over the
The schools are still a mighty long
way from land -- up to 100 kilometres
-- but the rewards for travelling that far
can be incredible.
Bluefin well over 100 kilograms are
being caught wide of Bermagui. The
best of these weighed 113 kilograms --
a pending Australian record.
Anglers heading out should know
where to start fishing -- there will be
another 50 or so boats on the magic
spot! Best methods are trolling and
Rock hopping for drummer and
salmon is arguably the most reliable
form of inshore fishing right now. The
stones around Malua Bay are
reportedly fishing pretty consistently
for drummer, particularly on days
where there s a bit of wash.
Most headlands should have a few
salmon in the vicinity. I like fishing the
first stages of the making tide with a
small chrome lure or whole pilchard
on a ganged hook.
It s mostly slim picking in the
estuaries, which are all very clear and
cold. Most of the brown trout have
finished their spawning run and are
returning to the mountain lakes in a
hungry mood. Anglers fishing close to
the river mouths at Lake Jindabyne are
catching browns on bait and lures
fished from the shore. Try a
scrubworm on a light rig or spin with
a Tassie Devil, hard-bodied diver or
soft plastic lure.
There are a few rainbow trout
around too, with the best fish taken on
Powerbait fished from the bank.
Creel Bay, Hatchery Bay and
Curiosity Rocks are good locations to
start, but anywhere close to the
Thredbo River arm or along the
western side of the lake is probably
worth a cast.
WORLD MOUNTAIN RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP
Australian Mountain Running Team members Reuben Caley and Alan Craigie are off to Italy in September.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
ACT runners prepare to take on world
Running up and down a freezing
mountain peak might not be
everybody s cup of tea but for four
Canberrans it is the perfect preparation
for the World Mountain Running
Championship in Italy.
Michael Chapman, Bryce
Anderson, Reuben Caley and Alan
Craigie are the ACT s finest mountain
They will be part of the Australian
contingent heading to Tuscany, Italy,
in September to take on the world s
At 30 years of age, Craigie is the
eldest of the Canberra quartet.
"You need to have that ability to
relax, not get carried away early, and
challenge yourself to keep going up,
"Training up at Mt Tennent this
year, and being able to go over the
course a couple of times, just allowed
you to grit your teeth and go over it.
It is an event as psychologically
gruelling as it is physically and the
ACT is disproportionately represented
in the Australian team.
Canberra has two of the five in the
open men s squad and virtually makes
up the entire junior men s squad.
"It is a great achievement for us and
for the ACT to have four people
selected, Craigie said.
One reason for this success could be
Canberra s mountainous terrain.
"One of the great things about
living in Canberra is that we ve got
great access to such great places to
train and run up, Craigie said.
"There were a lot of mornings out at
Mt Tennent. It has a 6km trail that
goes from about 800m to about
He said the peak was similar to
what the group would confront when
they arrive at Tuscany.
COMMONWEALTH GAMES MARATHON
Dent calls it a day from international competition
Martin Dent will retire from the
international track after he finished
19th from 24 finishers in Sunday s
Commonwealth Games marathon.
The 35-year-old Canberran bowed
out as one of Australia s longest
serving track athletes on the same day
compatriot Michael Shelley landed
marathon gold, one better than the
silver he won four years ago in Delhi.
In his first marathon in almost 12
months, Dent clocked 2:19.22 in
Scotland, more than eight minutes
slower than Shelley s effort.
Going into the race he had
harboured ambitions of contesting the
Gold Coast Games as a 39-year-old in
2018 but an hour into the Glasgow
circuit Dent realised his time was up.
"I retired halfway around the race,
It s really hard when you ve got
that long to go and you know you re
not feeling good enough to really push
for a challenge.
"You re fading, you ve got three
guys coming past you that are not
running that fast anyway.
"I went out conservative then died
so it s not a real great performance. It s
a shame because the pace probably
wasn t too bad for me but I think I just
wasn t quite in as good enough
marathon shape as a I thought I was.
"It s hard to bury yourself to for the
last 30 seconds when you re running
2:19 or whatever it was.
"I ll keep running around, I ll
probably hit some local races but I
don t think I ll be spending three
weeks overseas preparing for a big
meet like this again.
I ll go home and get back to the
family and get back to work."
Dent ran his first marathon in 2002
after making his senior Australian
debut in cross country 15 years back.
COMMONWEALTH GAMES CYCLING
Medals by any other colour
Brandie O Connor can t quite make
out the colour of the two treasures she
picked up in Glasgow but that doesn t
bother her one bit.
She ll return to Canberra with a pair
of bronze medals from a career-
defining maiden Commonwealth
The vision-impaired Canberra para-
cyclist backed up her opening day
Sprint B2 Tandem third placing with
bronze in the 1000m time trial B
tandem event on Sunday in front of a
pulsating Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
O Connor and cycling partner
Breanna Hargrave stopped the clock at
1:10.543 in the penultimate ride of the
final, before English youngster Sophie
Thornhill and Helen Scott sizzled to
The 40-year-old was born with rod
monochromatism, and has spent her
life overly sensitive to daylight.
"We don t see colour; we see shades
of grey and it s always very light
sensitive, O Connor said.
"These lights here are very bright
which is the reason why I need to wear
sunglasses under my already tinted
visor so that I can actually see what s
Canberra FC defender Aiden Brunskill
has notched up 200 Premier League
In reaching the milestone he joins a
select group of players in the Capital
Canberra FC secretary Martin Radic
said Brunskill had been with the club
throughout his junior years.
"He has been with the club a long
time, Mr Radic said.
"He is a true club person who is
loyal with no thoughts of ever leaving
the club. He was captain of the club as
well for many years and he is a very
"He doesn t just play in one
position. He is extremely versatile.
Mr Radic, who has been at Canberra
FC since the 1980s, said it was highly
unusual for a player to remain loyal to
just one club for such a long period.
"He is one of only a few I d reckon
in Canberra that has done that, he
Canberra FC has a game against the
Western Sydney Wanderers on
Wednesday, July 30. A presentation
will be made to Brunskill to recognise
the achievement and his contribution
to the club.
The ACT Brumbies have vowed to use
three heartbreaking years to make
them a better team.
Coach Stephen Larkham is adamant
they can evolve despite losing more
than 12 players and staff after their
semi-final exit on Saturday night.
The NSW Waratahs beat the
Brumbies for a grand final berth in a
26-8 Australian derby in Sydney.
The loss was compounded by the
departure of players and staff, includ-
ing inspirational leaders Laurie Fisher
and Ben Mowen, who will leave
Canberra within a week for Gloucester
and Montpellier respectively.
Halfback Nic White said the
Brumbies must regard their season as
a failure because of their expectations
to win a championship.
It s a pretty sour feeling, pretty
empty. But we threw absolutely every-
thing at the Waratahs; it just wasn t
good enough, he said.
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