How basketballers ended the Paralympic career of a Canberra swimming legend
Sport
Standing atop the podium at the Sydney Paralympics for the sixth time in the space of a week, 17-year-old Canberra student Siobhan Paton was beaming. Surely this was the start of an incredible ride. Siobhan was the queen of the Paralympic pool, winning a then-record six gold medals in events ranging from the 50 freestyle to the 200-metre individual medley,...
Raiders not daunted by flying into the gathering Storm
Sport
If you needed any further proof that the Raiders are as close-knit as any team we have witnessed in the NRL, look no further than today's media session leading into the Friday night preliminary final against Melbourne in Brisbane. The Raiders have been on the road for much of 2020 and are preparing for their 13th away game this year....
Hockeyroos co-captain’s 67-year-old aunt makes history with Central Hockey Club
Sport
At 67 years of age, Catherine Dooley may have set a new record for Australian hockey. The aunt of Hockeyroos co-captain Emily Chalker celebrated her 800th game for Central Hockey Club in Canberra on Sunday, 27 September. And that figure only includes field hockey games – Catherine has played close to double that number when including indoor hockey. She started playing...
Why the Raiders might be erecting a statue of Wighton next to the great Laurie Daley
Opinion
Laurie Daley ran onto the field 244 times for the Raiders and there was always the expectation he would do something out of the ordinary. With the ball, Daley was constantly on the attack, while he was fearless in defence. As a commentator, I remember the sense of anticipation every time he took on the line. His ability to lift...
Australia’s greatest ever sportswoman is still going strong in Queanbeyan
Sport
Such is her long list of sporting accomplishments, Heather McKay concedes that she had to go to a website the other day to remind herself of her achievements in tennis. The website heralds her considerable feats in four sports: squash, tennis, racquetball and hockey. But tennis is her passion these days, playing socially four times a week with the social...
Ranking the Raiders’ most unforgettable home finals of the past 20 years
Sport
The Canberra Raiders’ surge towards the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership title takes flight on Saturday, 3 October, with an elimination final against old foes the Cronulla Sharks at GIO Stadium. To mark the game, here are the seven NRL finals the club has hosted since 2000, ranked from the good to the extraordinary. 7) Qualifying Final, 2003: Melbourne Storm 30...
Yass favourite Youngstar retired from Melbourne Cup
Sport
Greg and Jan Minahan of Yass won’t be among crowds at the race that stops a nation on Tuesday, 3 November after retiring their five-year-old mare, Youngstar. The local favourite won more than $1 million prize money during her career. She placed sixth at the 2018 Melbourne Cup and 20th at the 2019 Melbourne Cup. However, Greg says Youngstar has...
Brumbies win third Super Rugby title in nail biting home final
Sport
In a game befitting the two top sides in Australian Super Rugby, the Brumbies withstood a spirited fightback from the Reds to secure the Super Rugby AU title at Canberra Stadium on Saturday (19 September). A superb performance from 20-year-old Noah Lolesio, including a 49th-minute drop goal, helped give the Brumbies the edge in front of a COVID-19 capacity crowd...
From Brumbies to the bush: Josh Mann-Rea finally gets a grand final win
Sport
They say it’s the game they play in heaven, and on Saturday, 12 September, it must have felt that way for Josh Mann-Rea. The former Waratahs, Brumbies and Wallabies player won his first ever rugby union grand final at 39 years of age, playing for the Harden Red Devils. The Devils overcame Young Yabbies 27-13 in a highly entertaining and...
My most memorable Brumbies Super Rugby final
Sport
Having called all six Super Rugby finals involving the Brumbies, it may surprise you, but the most memorable wasn’t one in which the Canberra team won the title. In fact, it wasn’t even in Australia. In 2002 the Canterbury Crusaders had won all 12 games in the lead up to the final against the Brumbies at Jade Stadium in Christchurch....
New club making waves at Malua Bay
Community
A new generation of grommets is making waves at McKenzies Beach as part of a boardriders' group raising spirits and building competition skills south of Batemans Bay. Malua Boardriders Inc first started back in 1984, when self-confessed waxheads saw a need for talented youngsters to get some tips on surf competitions before being unleashed on the wider world. The small...
Australian Rally Championship 2020 cancelled by Motorsport Australia
Sport
The RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship 2020 has been cancelled by Motorsport Australia. In a statement released on 4 September, the governing body of motorsport in Australia announced the cancellation due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Throughout this year, we’ve made a number of changes to our calendars to try and run events and Championships wherever possible,”...
Council calls for input on Merimbula skatepark site
Community
Bega Valley Shire Council is asking residents where they'd like to put the new Merimbula skatepark, proposing an upgrade to the existing Berrambool skatepark or the establishment of a new park in a different location. Council's recreation and natural assets coordinator John Turville said the council had identified locations at Ford Park and Spencer Park in Merimbula as alternatives to...
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