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Fishing improves as weather warms up
There's the faintest hint of spring in
the air, don't you think?
The mercury's certainly climbing
on the south coast, with anglers
enjoying T-shirt weather and steadily
St Georges Basin, south of Nowra,
is fishing pretty well for small snapper
and bream. There may be the
occasional early season flathead about
too.While there are still schools of
bluefin tuna offshore their movements
have become a bit more unpredictable.
Instead of burning fuel to chase these
increasingly elusive fish, some
bluewater anglers are focusing instead
on bread and butter species in the form
of tasty tiger flathead and snapper.
Flatties are abundant over the sand
and gravel patches up and down the
coast, with fishos sometimes catching
their bag limit in a couple of hours.
There's a sprinkling of nice morwong,
leatherjacket and gurnard among
them, especially where the gravel
gives way to hard reef.
Snapper are biting really well on the
reefs off Jervis Bay, with fish to
six kilograms reported. Reds have
been taken off the rocks north and
south of Batemans Bay. The stones are
producing salmon and rock blackfish
in healthy numbers.
Murray cod are getting a bit frisky
ahead of their breeding season. A few
have been plucked from the local lakes
by anglers fishing around dusk with
surface lures. A couple of yellowbelly
have also been reported.
The Canberra Anglers' Association
is holding free fly-casting lessons on
the lawns of Old Parliament House in
The sessions, which are open to all
age groups, will be held from 10am to
noon on September 7, 14 and 21.
It's a great opportunity to hone
those casting skills ahead of the
2014-15 trout season.
for all the details.
Dejected Raiders wait for a conversion during the round 23 NRL match between Canberra and the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium.
Photo: Getty Images
When you're down, the only way is up
Former Canberra Raiders captain Ron
Giteau has urged the current players to
prove coach Ricky Stuart wrong and
show they can compete without big
name stars as they prepare for
Sunday's wooden spoon showdown
After Saturday's 34-16 home loss to
St George Illawarra, a frank Stuart
declared that until he attracts
representative class players the
Raiders' fortunes ain't going to
The current team will be outright
last and favourite to join the unwanted
annals of history, should they lose at
Remondis Stadium on Sunday.
Former Raiders star Ron Giteau has
urged the players to prove Ricky Stuart
Giteau believes the current side can
achieve something similar but it will
[In the '80s] Canberra was the last-
chance saloon, but I wouldn't go back
to Sydney now for the world,'' he said.
When they brought Mal everyone
else followed, they had to shut the door
to keep them out.
I'm sure they can rebuild but in the
professional era it's a bit more serious
and everyone's more accountable.
You never like to see your former
club in this sort of position.''
Canberra 1982 player Peter McGrath
was ACT Brumbies chairman from
1999-2005, a period the Super Rugby
club won both its titles.
He backed the club's move to sack
Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson but
insisted it's not mission impossible to
get back on top.
I feel very strong the Raiders have
made some really hard decisions and,
in time, if people are patient and
support them and are loyal, those
decisions will be proven right.''
Referee hangs up the boots after 7000 games
Touch Football in the ACT has lost one
of its greatest contributors with
refereeing stalwart Les Croft hanging
up the joggers.
After more than 38 years and 7000
games he has had to retire due to a
serious knee injury.
Touch Football ACT referee co-
ordinator Paul Baker said Les had been
a mainstay for touch football officials
in the ACT.
He was a mentor and I cannot
thank him enough for all the
experience and coaching he has
provided me over the years,'' Mr
Baker said. He will be truly missed
by the ACT.''
He said Mr Croft had not only
represented the ACT in touch football
as a referee, but as a player, coach,
manager and even as the bus driver.
His career has also included
national tournaments, state cups,
country championships, school gala
days and a host of carnivals.
Mr Baker said the Touch Football
ACT thanks Les for his great
contribution on and off the field.
Despite his retirement Mr Croft has
offered to continue as a volunteer in
the sport that he loves.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed every
minute of refereeing during all those
years,'' Mr Croft said. I have made a
lot of friends and learned a host of new
skills along the way.''
Tigers sink claws into title
It's an achievement 63 years in the
The Cooma Tigers are league cham-
pions for the first time in the club's
history and have booked themselves a
spot in the Australia-wide National
Premier League finals.
The Tigers defied both the elements
and their closest rivals Belconnen
United to record an emphatic 3-0 win
over the Blue Devils at a rain-affected
Nijong Oval on Sunday.
Their 12th victory from 15 games
this season gives the Tigers an un-
assailable five-point lead in the Capital
Football NPL over the Blue Devils at
the top of the table with one round
remaining. Established in 1952 by the
workforce of the Snowy Mountains
Hydro Scheme, the Tigers won
Premier League grand finals in 2006
and 2012 but the league championship
had eluded them.
Delighted Tigers coach Gaby Wilk
believes his side can not only capture
the league championship-grand final
double but has set his sights on a deep
run in the NPL finals against the best
semi-professional teams in the coun-
I want to win everything,'' Wilk
said. With these players anything is
top six berth
Ainslie coach Chris Rourke is proud
of his club's efforts to make the
NEAFL finals, given the large loss of
key talent at the end of last season.
The Tricolours cemented their spot
in the top six with a hard-fought,
17-point win against rivals
Queanbeyan in the rain and mud at
Dairy Farmers Park on Sunday.
Just a little bit of class separated the
two sides in the final quarter.
Queanbeyan co-coach Josh Bryce
did a great job keeping the usually
damaging Nic Paine quiet.
Tigers onballer Will Griggs, playing
his 100th senior game, made an
impassioned plea to his teammates at
the final break to win their final
NEAFL game against their arch-rivals.
The NEAFL will lose much more
than just two Canberra teams next
season. With Queanbeyan and
Belconnen withdrawing they lose
almost 90 years of rivalry as well.
Searle to lead
The University of Canberra Capitals
have announced Lachlan Searle as the
club's first general manager.
It is a significant step since the
University of Canberra took over the
Capitals' licence in May.
Having just returned from the
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow,
which he attended with Swimming
Australia, Mr Searle said he was
looking forward to the new position
with the WNBL side. He has an
international sports management
background in rugby and swimming.
"The University of Canberra
Capitals are a Canberra institution,
synonymous with success and
performance at the top level, and a
team that leads the way for sport in the
ACT," Mr Searle said.
The University of Canberra
graduate said he will work with head
coach Carrie Graf and the team to
ensure the UC Capitals captivate
Canberra on and off the court.
"This season marks a new era for
the University of Canberra Capitals on
many fronts, and it's an exciting and
challenging time to join one of
Australia's most successful elite
teams," he said.
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