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Trout season's wintry reception
THE inclement weather that has
dogged the school holidays so far
seems to have cleared and finally
anglers can get out and have a serious
If you're after natives there are some
reasonable catches of golden perch at
Burrinjuck. Small yabbies fished from
the bank are scoring the best bags.
Redfin are also plentiful throughout
the lake and can be caught on baits and
lures fished from a boat or the
Redfin are also the mainstay at
Blowering Dam, where they are biting
on soft plastics, blades and jigs fished
Golden perch are around in
reasonable numbers and will often
follow a lure meant for a reddie.
Remember to release any cod caught
incidentally as the closed season
remains in force until December 1.
The trout season kicked-off last
weekend in cold, wet fashion, but a
few fish were caught in the rivers in the
The Tumut River is running swiftly
but is producing plenty of small to
medium-sized rainbows on weighted
nymphs. Water temperatures off the
south coast remain very chilly but
there are still plenty of fish to be
caught. Salmon are still around in
massive numbers, with most south
coast beaches producing. Tailor are
amongst them but it's hard to get a bait
past the sambos.
Estuaries have quietened down a bit
thanks to the cold weather. A few croc-
sized flathead have been pulled from
St George's Basin, including a
mammoth 7kg fish caught on 4lb line.
A fatal capsize at Batemans Bay and
the drowning of a rock-fisherman near
Wollongong over the school holidays
serve as stark reminders of the dangers
of fishing and boating.
Whatever you're up to over the
break, play it safe, take all the
necessary precautions and keep an
eagle eye on the weather and sea
conditions. If in doubt, don't go out.
Future bright for Canberra cricket
Queanbeyan's Aaron Ayre and Sam Thorton of Tuggeranong with their silverware from last season with Mark Bennett of ANU, Adam Tett of Eastlake, Josh Kentwell of Ginninderra, Chris
Cairns of North Canberra Gungahlin, Matt McGann of Wests and Luke Behrendorff of Weston Creek at the Cricket ACT season launch.
Picture: Elesa Lee
THIS summer of cricket will be one of
the biggest held in the ACT, according
to Cricket ACT chairman Ian McNa-
Speaking after the launch of the
cricket season last week, McNamee
said the amount and quality of the first-
class matches being played in the
nation's capital was the best he could
Two Indian tour matches and Shef-
field Shield and one-day domestic
matches between NSW and Tasmania
will be played in the ACT .
''We've got 11 days of first-class
cricket this summer in Canberra,''
''A feature of that will be Sachin
Tendulkar, the world-record run-
scorer, playing up to five days just
before the Boxing Day Test in Mel-
bourne. We're expecting the Indian
matches to draw a lot of people to
Canberra, and it will be a great
opportunity to show people in Cricket
Australia the potential of the ACT.''
With the ACT Comets about to
begin their defence of the Futures
League title and the ACT Meteors
expected to challenge traditional
heavyweights NSW and Victoria in the
Women's National League, McNamee
said the future was looking bright for
cricket in the region.
''We are attracting a lot of players to
our competition who are looking to
push for a state contract,'' he said.
''The structure that Andrew Daw-
son has in place and the reputation of
Mark Higgs are attracting a lot of good
players and making the ACT a strong
force nationally. ''We've got two
players in the Australian Test team
[Brad Haddin and Nathan Lyon] and
11 state-contracted players who have
played in Canberra.'' He said securing
lighting for Manuka Oval would be
necessary if the ACT was going to
push for inclusion in the male national
McNamee, a patron and past presi-
dent of the Queanbeyan Cricket Club,
said he expected his old team to be
among the top contenders again this
year after claiming the one and two-
day premierships last season.
''There is a shortage of fast bowlers,
as Dean Southwell looks like he'll be
missing the first few matches, but they
have some very good spin bowlers and
a very strong batting line-up. Aaron
Ayre is taking over the captaincy this
year which will be a great experience
for a 19-year-old,'' he said.
''North Canberra, with Chris Cairns
on board, should also be very strong
Tuggeranong start with wins
TUGGERANONG Valley are the
early pace setters of the Cricket ACT
first grade premiership after two wins
on the opening weekend of the
Tuggeranong defeated Ginninderra
by two runs in a thriller on Saturday
and the team then backed that up on
Sunday with a comfortable seven
wicket victory over Wests/UC.
The only other undefeated team
after the first two games is Eastlake,
with a win over Queanbeyan after its
opening match against Wests/UC was
Ginninderra and Wests/UC are
winless, while all other teams are on
one win and one loss.
The undoubted highlight of the
weekend was a whirlwind knock of
141 from 66 balls from former New
Zealand international Chris Cairns.
Cairns blasted 13 sixes in his knock
against ANU and helped his side reach
5-319 off its 50 overs. ANU managed
124 in reply.
Cairns managed 46 in Norths
second game of the weekend against
Weston Creek, however, the rest of the
batting line-up failed to fire and the
team was bowled out for 183. Weston
Creek got the runs for the loss of three
wickets, with Jon Nicoll making an
Defending champions Queanbeyan
Bluebags started their season with a
strong win against Weston Creek
before its loss to Eastlake.
Aaron Ayre, Blake Dean and Dean
Solway all posted half centuries in the
rain affected win.
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Let's enjoy the party.
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dogs, 9 ears, 10 Vienna.
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-- Ambrose Bierce.
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22 managers, 23 unit, 24 stye, 25
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Intense 24-hour challenge
More than 200 cyclists headed to Stromlo Forest Park on Saturday for
the Australian 24 Hours Mountain Bike Championships. The overall
winner was Port Macquarie's Jason English (pictured above), who
finished ahead of local riders Ed McDonald and Andrew Hall. Courtney
Shinn, from Marlo in Victoria, won the women's division.
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