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SOCCER • FISHING • NETBALL • RUGBY • RUGBY LEAGUE • SCHOOL SPORT • SPORTING HEROES
Shoreline anglers report plenty of bites
Large, slow moving high pressure
systems rolling over the southern half
of Australia are creating the perfect
conditions for sight fishing the trout
There s been action from the
shoreline of both Eucumbene and
Jindabyne, with anglers getting fish on
flies and lures.
Jindabyne is 85 per cent full and
browns are cruising the expansive
shallows in search of a meal. These are
hungry fish that have returned from
their spawn run and, when conditions
are right, will gleefully accept a well-
placed fly or lure.
Fish around 2-3kg have been
reported of late. Try around Creel Bay,
Hatchery Bay, Curiosity Rocks and
around the Snowline Caravan Park.
Polaroiding is also reaping rewards
at Eucumbene, with a few solid,
football-shaped browns taken by sight
fishers. Anglers Reach is among the
Bluefin are still grabbing the
headlines on the coast. Again, the
variable weather has made it hard for
anglers to get far from shore at times
but the tuna definitely look like
sticking around for the remainder of
August at least.
Big, barrel-chested fish around
80kg have been reported off Jervis
Bay, Narooma, Bermagui, Tathra,
Merimbula and Eden. A dedicated
band of anglers are targeting these fish
with large surface poppers and
achieving great success. Imagine what
a surface strike from a 80kg bluefin
would do to your heart rate!
At the other end of the sport fishing
spectrum, bream are providing a bit of
joy for anglers chucking lures in the
estuaries. It s very hit and miss, with
some systems turning it on for a few
days, then switching off again.
The smaller, shallower coastal lakes
like Coila, Brou and Corunna are
reportedly fishing OK from time to
time, but the action is far from electric.
For those looking for a tasty feed,
there has been a good late winter run
of snapper over the inshore reefs and
around Montague Island.
Samuel and Aidan Tremethick hang out at their West Macgregor home.
Photo: Mark Sawa
Teen's football request strikes a chord
In the freshly minted suburb of West
Macgregor young Aidan Tremethick,
14, aspires to play in the NRL.
He is already representing the ACT
at the Australian Schoolboy Nationals
tournament in Tamworth and is
making moves toward his NRL goal.
But travelling and training for
representative teams are not without
their cost. "We are not exactly rolling
in the money here, Aidan said.
A recent sporting grant application
to Fraser MP Andrew Leigh caught the
politician s attention.
"While Aidan s athleticism is
impressive, his grant application stood
out from the rest because of his
comments about what sport means to
him and his family, Dr Leigh said.
"Aidan s brother is a footy fanatic too,
but because he s quadriplegic, he and
Aidan have never had the chance to
toss a ball around in their backyard.
"With three little boys of my own,
Aidan s application rocked me back on
my heels, as I thought about how hard
this must be for the Tremethick
The ongoing care needs for Aidan s
brother Samuel can make things
financially tough but the family s
passion for rugby league is
"[Samuel] likes watching the footy
with the family, Aidan said. Samuel
even gets down to the sidelines to
watch some of his games.
Dr Leigh said with so much
passion and commitment it was a
no-brainer to award Aidan one of the
Local Sporting Champions Grants.
The money will go towards gym
membership, sporting equipment and
supporting his Rugby League
"League is a great game to play
with your mates, Aidan said. "I ve
grown up with it. I love it. I read about
it and watch TV shows about it every
day. It s great.
AFL AT MANUKA
ACT crowds, oval impress Melbourne coach
North Melbourne coach Brad Scott is
so impressed with Manuka Oval he
thinks there should be more games in
Greater Western Sydney coach
Leon Cameron, however, was so
embarrassed by the Giants second
half, with North kicking 12 goals to
the Giants one on the way to a
75-point victory on Saturday, he
apologised to the ACT.
He also felt the traditional Saturday
afternoon timeslot could be the answer
for their games in Canberra, after
10,211 fans turned out to Manuka on
a beautiful sunny afternoon.
It s the Giants second-biggest
crowd in the nation s capital since they
started playing three home-and-away
games every season as part of a
$23 million, 10-year deal.
We ve got a lot of support up here,
I think this is our 19th or 20th game up
here at Manuka so there is a lot of
support, Scott said.
The way the stadium was
presented, the way the surface was
presented, AFL footy should be played
up here more often.
Cameron felt he could only
apologise to the big Canberra crowd.
We trained here yesterday and the
surface was outstanding, we ve always
said that, the atmosphere was great,
Partnership plan ditched
Belconnen has dismissed reports it
was considering a move to the
Riverina Football League but
confirmed it investigated forming a
partnership with the University of
Canberra to prolong its stay in the
It would have been a similar set-up
to what the uni has with WNBL team
Canberra Capitals, where scholarships
can be used to help attract recruits.
Belconnen president Scott Reid said
the club was in discussions with UC
about four weeks ago, just before the
league dropped the bombshell they
only wanted one Canberra club in the
competition in the future.
The bombshell has led to both the
Magpies and Queanbeyan
withdrawing from next year s
competition despite having a contract
for the next two years.
Belconnen couldn t get any
guarantees from the AFL and the
discussions with UC were abandoned.
We put a plan forward to the AFL
partner up, Reid said.
When we were all going to be in
[the NEAFL], we looked at that
option, but the AFL weren t keen on
giving any one club any guarantees
going forward in the NEAFL.
SUPPORT FOR CAMPESE
Canberra Raiders halfback Josh
McCrone has backed Terry Campese
to bounce back from recent criticism
and prove his doubters wrong,
admitting it would be sad if he wasn t
with the club next season.
McCrone had one of his best games
of the year in an undermanned
Canberra s 18-10 loss to Parramatta at
Darwin on Saturday, which Campese
missed with an oblique strain.
Raiders boss Don Furner has
reiterated twice this week he expects
skipper Campese to see out the final
year of his five-year deal next season.
The five-eighth has come under fire
from some critics for the perception he
is being targeted by rivals in defence.
There s also a belief McCrone saves
his best for when he s the chief
playmaker, which was strengthened by
his display against the Eels.
McCrone set up Canberra s first two
tries and his kicking game was also
influential in helping the Raiders come
agonisingly close to an upset.
Able wing Pat
in with a shot
ACT Brumbies head coach Stephen
Larkham has backed Pat McCabe for a
starting spot on the Wallabies wing
and believes his versatility makes him
an even more valuable player rather
than hindering his opportunities.
With Brumbies flyer Joe Tomane
returning from Wallabies camp due to
a grade-one hamstring strain, McCabe
is set to start his first game for
Australia in almost two years in the
Bledisloe Cup clash against New
Zealand at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
Tomane hurt his hammy at training
on Friday and has been replaced in the
squad by Melbourne Rebels winger
Rebels prop Laurie Weeks also
suffered a hamstring strain and he ll be
replaced by NSW Waratahs prop
Tomane will miss two to three
weeks and could make the Springboks
test in Perth on September 6.
McCabe has been training on both
wings at Wallabies camp and looks the
likely replacement for Nick Cummins,
who has gone to Japan.
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