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Bluefin tuna run continues out in the deep
We ve just entered what is arguably
the toughest month for fishing in the
August is synonymous with
freezing weather, cold water, gusty
winds and lethargic fish. Until the end
of it, then, the bulk of the action is
likely to be 100 kilometres out to sea,
as the run of bluefin tuna continues.
Reports of monster blues are
coming from far and wide, from Eden
through to Sydney. These fish are up to
150 kilograms and, when hooked, are
keeping anglers busy for two to three
Bermagui has been a very popular
launching point, due to its proximity to
the continental shelf and favourable
currents. A steady stream of fish from
50kg to 130kg have been weighed in at
Bermi over recent weeks and charter
boats are in high demand as fishos
everywhere try to take advantage of
the superb run of trophy blues.
But success hinges on the fickle
offshore sea surface temperatures. My
advice would be to get out there as
soon as you can. Check your fuel
levels before you head out that far -- at
least one vessel had to be towed back
to shore last week after running out of
petrol, 65 kilometres from shore!
There s not much else happening on
the coast. A couple of Canberra
anglers fished Tuross Lake last week
for some small flathead and a
65 centimetres mulloway on soft
Trout fishing at Eucumbene and
Jindabyne is OK, with browns and
rainbows being caught from the bank.
Trollers at Jindabyne have caught
post-spawn browns to three kilograms.
COACH V DAUGHTER
Brent Clarke and his daughter, Alex, are fierce rivals on the hockey field.
Picture: Mark Sawa
Face-offs fire up fun family rivalry
The local sporting derby often gives
rise to the most intense rivalries.
So when members of the same
family are pitted against each it is a no
holds barred in-house battle for
Brent Clarke, head coach of ANU s
Capital League 1 women s team, says
the mood at home changes on the day
he has to coach against his daughter,
"If we are competing against each
other we don t tend to communicate
that much, he said. "I always tell my
team that we ve got to beat whatever
team Alex is in. Just so I don t have to
listen to the gloating of a 17-year-old
in the car on the way home.
Alex, 17, was playing for Old
Canberrans, where Mr Clarke used to
coach. A couple of years ago he
switched to ANU. That started the
At the moment Alex is playing for
Central and revelling in a recent
victory over her father. "I just rub it in
that we ve won, little sarcastic
remarks, reminder of the score, she
said. "I like the rivalry.
Mr Clarke said it was good-natured
"As a coach, you never like to see
your team get beaten but I ve been
doing this a long time now and I can
admire a good team s performance
even at the cost of my team winning a
game, he said. "Equally I enjoy
watching Alex play good quality
hockey -- maybe not against us -- but
against everyone else. It is a pleasure
But when they re opposing each
other no quarter is given.
"There is no mercy at all, Mr
Clarke said. "I will explain to my
players exactly what I think Alex s
shortfalls are and how they should
exploit them, as I would with any
She gets nothing for free.
TUESDAY D-DAY FOR MAGPIES
Queanbeyan and Belconnen may quit NEAFL
Two of Canberra s best-performing
teams over the past two seasons are on
the verge of withdrawing from next
season s NEAFL after the AFL s push
to have just one club represent the
region caught the clubs off guard.
Queanbeyan look certain to opt out
of the second-tier competition for
financial reasons, despite being only
one year into a three-year contract.
Belconnen are yet to make a final
decision, although withdrawal seems
the most likely option.
Today is the D-Day, with the
Magpies board to make an
announcement to the team at training.
Belconnen made last year s eastern
conference grand final, while
Queanbeyan won it the season before.
The Canberra Times believes both
Eastlake and Ainslie have decided to
remain in the competition and see out
their two remaining years.
Clubs met with the AFL about three
weeks ago for what they thought was
a standard annual review, but the
AFL s desire to cut back to just one
club from Canberra shocked them.
There is disappointment from the
clubs over the AFL s lack of
transparency and direction, as it looks
to swing a scythe through the NEAFL,
as they did last year when they cut the
number of Queensland community
clubs from seven to three and booted
Tuggeranong out as well. It is believed
the preferred model for a Canberra
NEAFL team is to be a new franchise,
funded by Ainslie, Belconnen,
Eastlake and Queanbeyan, with the old
guard returning to play in the AFL
Canberra competition. The NEAFL
said it would honour the three-year
Funding for juniors' club
Young players at the Capital Country
Junior Football Club in Sutton have
been given a $1200 grant from
Telstra s Kids Fund.
The club will use the money for new
equipment for its new junior soccer
team including balls, nets and
Acting Telstra countrywide area
general manager for Southern NSW
and ACT, Larissa Redford, said the
grants would help create a brilliant
future for local kids.
"We are proud to be able to support
local community groups, such as
Capital Country Junior Football Club,
develop the skills and talents of
children," she said.
Grant recipients are nominated by
Telstra employees whose children in
their immediate family are actively
involved with the community
Another recipient in the area is
Murrumbateman Early Childhood
Centre Association, which will
purchase new, child-friendly furniture
with its grant.
Rather than shirk at having to face
Australian Diamonds such as Amy
Steel, Canberra Darters coach Melinda
Clarke sees it as a valuable
developmental tool to get more ACT
netballers pushing to play in the
Trans-Tasman Netball League.
The Darters suffered a heavy 74-31
loss to reigning Australian Netball
League champions Victoria Fury at
AIS Arena on Sunday.
They got off to a terrible start,
trailing 26-6 at quarter-time, before
being more competitive for the rest of
Goal defence Keeley Rodrigo was a
standout for the Darters when she
came off the bench.
When she came on the court she
made a lot of impact and was able to
turn over a lot of ball, Clarke said.
The Darters face a tough weekend in
Adelaide next weekend, playing the
Southern Force and Western Sting for
their final games of the ANL.
The Canberra Gunners have given
themselves a finals lifeline after a
heartstopping 81-79 home win over
Albury on Saturday night.
Daniel Joyce (16 points, five
rebounds) nailed a two-pointer with
four seconds left, snapping a three-
game losing streak for the hosts.
The Gunners (10-13) are just one
win outside the SEABL eastern
conference top four after Frankston
did them a favour by beating fourth-
placed Bendigo (11-12).
US import Garlon Green (26 points,
six rebounds, five assists) had another
strong game, while regular starter
Daniel Jackson was eased back in
from the bench after a few weeks out
The Gunners must win their last
three games to have any chance of the
finals, starting with a tough road
double-header against eastern
conference leaders Mt Gambier and
Ballarat next week.
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