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Stormy weather puts dampener on fishing
South coast fishing is still recovering
after the region was smashed by the
East Coast Low, which dropped up to
300mm of rain in a matter of days.
Floodwaters are slowly subsiding
and the estuaries will clear, but for now
at least, most coastal creeks, rivers and
lakes are too discoloured to fish.
With thousands of holidaying
anglers still keen to wet a line, many
have switched their focus to the rocks
Beaches adjacent to swollen creek
and river mouths are fishing well for
salmon, whiting and bream.
Canberra angler Jason Reilly
experienced some terrific action on the
sand near the mouth of Tuross Lake,
catching a swag of lovely whiting and
salmon on beach worms.
The breakwall at Moruya is also
fishing well for big salmon on whole
pilchards and lures.
Before the big wet, the wall had also
yielded a handful of kingfish to 80cm,
which were caught by holidaying
anglers tossing pilchards for salmon
and tailor. Hopefully these fish return
as conditions clear.
Offshore fishing was really firing
before the stormy weather put a
dampener on things. The first marlin
of the season turned up off Batemans
Bay, Naooma, Bermagui and Eden
early in the New Year, with bluewater
fishos reporting a mix of stripes and
blues. Now the seas have flattened out
again, it looks like these fish are still
around in healthy numbers, so it s
shaping as an exciting billfish season.
Kings have also come back on the
bite at Montague after keeping anglers
busy over the Christmas-New Year
period. Live baits are your best bet.
Canberra s local lakes were largely
unaffected by the wet weather and
remain clear enough for productive
lure fishing for golden perch, Murray
cod and redfin. Goldens are being
caught in good numbers from all the
urban waterways and there are plenty
of reddies in Lake Tuggeranong.
Stream fishing for trout in the
mountains is looking up after all the
high country creeks and rivers
received a welcome hit of rain.
Junior Brave players
Alex Tetreault, 17, of
Phillip, and Jordon
Brunt, 16, of Condor, get
in some practice at the
Phillip Swimming and
Ice Skating Centre.
Photo: Melissa Adams
Skater boys chosen for Australia
Mary Lynn Mather
Two members of Canberra s ice
hockey team, the Junior Brave, have
been chosen to represent Australia in
the under-18s world championship in
Bulgaria in March.
Great mates Jordon Brunt, 16, and
Alex Tetreault, 17, both said their joint
selection was really special as they
dreamt of representing their country
together for many years.
Alex is also on the national junior
squad, which faces Romania, Spain,
Belgium, Serbia and China at the
2016 tournament in Novi Sad from
The talented goalie said he started
pretty late and was 13 when he first
took up his position in front of the net.
He enjoys being the backbone of
the team and having the chance to
change a game.
Ahead of his training in the Czech
Republic, he put in some practice with
Jordon and the local players at the rink
in Phillip last Tuesday night.
The teens have known each other
since they were children, although
they only became good friends when
Alex became a shot stopper and they
no longer competed with each other.
Now they share tips, encouragement
and constructive criticism and confess
they love the feeling of being on the
I was born in Montreal, Canada, so
I guess it s in my blood and I watched
it as a kid, Alex said of his favourite
It s something that s always been
Jordon, who captains the Junior
Brave, tried rollerblades soon after he
learnt to walk and turned to hockey at
I ve always been around it because
of my dad, he said.
His father is Andrew Brunt, the man
who coaches the Junior Brave and a
former under-18s player for
Jordon is exactly the same age
he was when he set off with the
national team to take on the challenge
They ve both worked really
hard, Mr Brunt said.
We re really excited and this is a
big achievement for players from
Mr Brunt said Jordon and Alex
showed their natural skill and
ability four or five years ago.
They credited the local hockey
community and their families for their
BIG BASH LEAGUE
Hopes high for Twenty20 action at Manuka
Cricket ACT officials have thrown
open the door to the Big Bash League
revolution, declaring they want to be
a part of the competition s expansion,
and Manuka Oval is ready for
Twenty20 action as early as the end
Cricket Australia is expected to
capitalise on the rapid growth on the
BBL fan base by extending the length
of next season, paving the way for
Canberra, Geelong and the Gold Coast
to become venues.
The ultimate goal remains to have
a Canberra team in the competition,
but Cricket Australia has put
expansion plans on the back-burner
for the coming years to consolidate
Twenty20 s growth.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr
met Cricket Australia in Sydney, as
Canberra edges closer to a first Test.
We spoke to the Sydney Thunder
about having a trial in Canberra [for
the 2015-16 season]. Our long-term
goal is that we want to have a Big Bash
team in the city, Cricket ACT boss
Cameron French said.
We know that the initial expansion
is going to be additional games, and
we d be very keen to talk to the
Thunder about having a BBL round at
Manuka if the expansion goes ahead.
That shows Canberra has a crowd
that could support its own team.
Kyrgios ready for top spot
Nick Kyrgios former coach Josh
Eagle says he is showing signs of
maturing and his breakthrough win
over Andy Murray will give him belief
he s ready to assume Lleyton Hewitt s
mantle as Australia s leading light.
Eagle lauded Hewitt, who has been
mentoring Kyrgios, as the ideal fit
for the 20-year-old, and said being
without a coach had helped him stand
on his own two feet.
Hopes Kyrgios can make another
inspired run at the Australian Open
only magnified after his 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
Hopman Cup win against Murray, his
first over the Brit in five attempts.
The 20-year-old has now beaten
Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael
Nadal, with world no.1 Novak
Djokovic the only member of the big
four he is yet to conquer.
Former Davis Cup coach Eagle,
who coached Kyrgios for much of
2014, including his Wimbledon upset
of Nadal, has noticed an improved
change in his on-court mindset.
He also looks decidedly fitter than a
year ago when back problems ruled
him out of lead-up events to the
Australian Open, where he was beaten
by Murray in the quarter finals. Eagle
was involved in the International
Premier Tennis League over the last
couple of months and said Kyrgios had
shown signs of maturing.
hopes to soar
Big Bash hopeful Michael Spaseski
hopes taking on the ACT Comets
captaincy can help ignite his season as
he searches for the century-scoring
form that put him on the national
Twenty20 radar 12 months ago.
As Canberra officials launch their
bid to host Big Bash games in the
2016-17 season, Spaseski wants to
show he has what it takes to play in the
most popular format of the game.
Runs were coming easy for the
Eastlake star a year ago, smashing five
centuries and finishing the season with
an average of 73 that put him on the
cusp of a Big Bash call-up.
But the runs have dried up so far this
season and he has failed to record a
century in the Cricket ACT
competition and get back into form.
The ultimate goal is to force his way
into a Big Bash squad. If possible,
Canberra s inaugural Big Bash team if
Cricket Australia decides to expand to
The Big Bash is one of my biggest
goals, personally; it s definitely on the
cards, Spaseski said.
You ve got to keep performing and
put your name out there. It s pretty
simple in that regard.
down the line
Australia s greatest female
basketballer, Lauren Jackson, will
work with the AIS and Basketball
Australia to ensure she has a good
quality of life after her career as they
join forces to fight to keep her
Olympic Games bid alive.
Jackson, 34, and the Canberra
Capitals are working to finalise a
release from her WNBL contract after
she suffered a new injury while trying
to make a comeback. It is understood
she tore part of her anterior cruciate
ligament while training with the
Capitals as she pushed to get back on
the court and help the struggling club.
The ACL injury is different to the
knee problems that have hampered her
for the past two seasons and have
limited her to just six games for the
Capitals. It has denied Jackson,
influential in a number of Capitals
championships, the chance to go out
on her terms with the club confirming
last Thursday she had played the last
game of a landmark $1 million deal.
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