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Wet weather boosts trout rivers and lakes
It hasn t been the fiercely hot, dry
summer that many were dreading.
A cooler, wetter-than-average
January has left the mountain lakes
and trout streams in excellent
condition for this time of the year.
The trout fishing itself isn t half
bad, either! The best catches are being
taken from the two big lakes.
As you d expect in mid-summer,
very early mornings and after dark are
far and away the peak fishing periods.
At Jindabyne, you could do a lot
worse than soak a worm from a stretch
of grassy shoreline. Brown trout in the
40-50cm bracket are being caught
Anglers fishing with Powerbait are
also getting rainbows, and trollers are
picking up both, mostly before sunrise.
Anglers walking the banks of the
Thredbo River are spotting plenty of
fish -- including some large browns --
but they re proving rather elusive.
The streams around Canberra,
including the Goodradigbee and upper
Murrumbidgee rivers, are in great nick
and home to some decent trout, too.
February s shaping as another
stellar month on the blue water. The
run of striped marlin is gathering
momentum off the far south coast,
with large numbers of boats trying
their luck off Narooma, Bermagui,
Tathra and Eden.
Most are raising fish. The top boats
report tagging more than 20 fish so far
this season -- that s pretty good going
considering the weather has wiped out
a couple of weekends.
An effective technique lately has
been to drift a lightly weighted live
bait around a likely looking baitball.
The kings around Montagu are up to
their old tricks, biting their heads off
one day and going quiet the next.
The size continues to fluctuate, too.
Rats are dominating, but a few hefty
fish over the metre mark were caught
BIG BASH LEAGUE
Cricket ACT director of coaching Aiden Blizzard says it would be great to have a Sydney Thunder game in Canberra.
Blizzard clamouring for Thunder
Fresh off helping the Sydney Thunder
claim its inaugural Big Bash League
title, Cricket ACT director of coaching
Aiden Blizzard has called for the
champions to bring a game to
Canberra next season.
Blizzard played an important cameo
in the Thunder s triumphant run chase
against the Melbourne Stars at the
MCG in January, smashing 16 off just
seven balls late in the match to help
them get over the line by three wickets.
Cricket Australia is considering
expanding the number of games in the
BBL next season to capitalise on its
enormous success, opening the door
for Manuka Oval to host the Thunder.
I think Canberra is ready to roll on
the BBL front, Blizzard said.
It would be great to have one
Thunder game there at least, so
hopefully Cricket Australia extends
the regular season next year and we
can get a game in Canberra.
There s no question the sporting
fans in Canberra would get behind it.
Blizzard moved to Canberra last
year, playing with the ACT Comets
and ANU to keep himself in good nick
ahead of the BBL.
After Usman Khawaja laid the
platform with a brilliant 70 off 40
balls, Blizzard came to the crease to
join Ben Rohrer with the Thunder at
5-146 in the 17th over, still needing 31
to win off 21 balls.
He smashed two boundaries and
kept the scoreboard ticking over until
being run out by Michael Beer.
Ben and I were very conscious we
didn t want to be chasing too many
runs in the last over, so one of us had
to go and I was lucky enough to pull
the trigger, Blizzard said.
The MCG is quite short straight
so I was looking to target those early,
but it ended up I was targeting the
longest boundary on the ground.
It s surreal considering we lost
four on the trot, but it s pretty special
to be a part of a franchise that was a
long way behind the pack.
It was the fifth domestic Twenty20
title Blizzard has won.
No under-20s team in national championships
Basketball ACT officials are confident
Canberra s absence from the under-20
female national championships will be
a one-off after being forced to
withdraw its team for the first time in
As the Canberra Capitals fight
through their worst season in WNBL
history, a lack of players and not
wanting to make up the numbers
led to the under-20s pulling the pin.
Basketball ACT executive manager
Dan Jackson confirmed the women s
team would not be part of the
tournament in Ipswich next month.
However, it is sending a men s
under-20s and intellectual disability
teams with the view to adding two
female teams to the under-20s
program next year.
We could have sent a team just to
make up numbers, but that s not what
it s really about at a national
championships, Jackson said.
We want to try to represent
ourselves as best as we can. We
thought for this year we ll take one
year off and focus on getting the group
together next year and get them
We re certainly hoping we ll be in
a position next year to send a men s
and women s under-20 and a men s
and women s teams for the Ivor Burge
Back scan for Behrendorff
Perth Scorchers and Western Australia
quick Jason Behrendorff is having
scans on his back this week to
determine if he will bowl again this
Behrendorff has been plagued by
swelling in the area where he had
stress fractures a year ago which
resulted in him missing almost two
months of cricket last November and
It was initially reported Behrendorff
would be out for four months
following the Scorchers Big Bash
League semi-final loss to the
Melbourne Stars last Friday, but a
WACA spokesman said the Canberra
product was having scans this week,
with results to determine how the rest
of his summer would proceed.
Behrendorff modified his action this
summer in an attempt to prevent the
stress fractures from recurring.
WA play their next Sheffield Shield
game against NSW in New Zealand
He did change his action prior to
the Big Bash and there s degrees of
movement that sports science has
determined is the optimal levels for
bowlers to operate within and his new
action is within those levels, the
loss to Flames
The Canberra Velocity women s team
have lost a heartbreaking match to the
Prospect Flames in the battle for fifth
at the Asia-Pacific Tennis League
With the scores locked at 3-3 and
sets level, the Velocity lost the match
by just three games at Melbourne Park
last Tuesday to finish tied for seventh
Things didn t get off to a great start
for Velocity as both Alison Bai and
Ashley Keir dropped their first sets
Bai went down to Jessica Moore in
straight sets while Keir fought back to
beat Olivia Key 4-1 in the third set.
The Velocity went down 2-1 when
Alexandra Nancarrow lost 4-1, 4-0 to
American Jennifer Ellie, but Tyra
Calderwood levelled the tie again,
beating Amber Marshall.
Keir and Calderwood dominated
their doubles match, dropping only
two games to put the Velocity up 3-2.
In the other doubles match, Bai and
Nancarrow won a tight first set 5-3 in
a tiebreak, but lost the second set and
the deciding tiebreak.
More than 1500 Canberra kids are
expected to participate in this year s
Sanitarium Weet-Bix TRYathlon when
it comes to the ACT in a couple of
Now in its 18th year, the event
encourages children to be more active
and healthy in a fun and rewarding
It is designed for kids aged seven to
15 no matter what their abilities and
Aussie swimming champion James
Magnussen will be attending, along
with Brett Lee, Stephanie Gilmore,
Tim Cahill and Joel Selwood.
The event will be held at the
Australian Institute of Sport on
Sunday, February 14, and kids will
swim, cycle and run around a specially
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