Wagga gears up to host two major mountain bike events at Pomingalarna
Sport
Wagga's new Multisport Cycling Complex will host two major mountain bike events this year, confirming Mayor Dallas Tout's theory. "Build it and they will come," he says. "We built it, worked together to get this in partnership with other levels of government and now we have two national events in the first year that it's been open." The 'Field of Dreams' moment...
Netballers score new facilities in Karabar
News
Netballers at the Steve Mauger courts in Karabar will have more privacy with a new set of change rooms on the way. Council received a $541,899 grant as part of round four of the NSW Stronger Country Communities Fund, with construction company Ausco Modular the only tenderer for the project which quoted an amount under this threshold. The company was unanimously...
‘Exciting’ new sportsground pavilion opens for Eden’s clubs and community
Community
It has been a long time coming, but a new pavilion has opened in Eden - and the community is enthusiastic about the possibilities the facilities afford. Bega Valley Shire Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick officially opened the Barclay Street Pavilion in late April, surrounded by a crowd of local sports club members, spectators and community members. "The Barclay Street Pavilion is...
League great’s 300 km walk among legends kicks off in central west
Community
Rugby league great Royce “Simmo” Simmons is ditching the footy boots for hiking boots to embark on a 300-km journey that mirrors his life trajectory. The Gooloogong-born and bred former Australian professional rugby league player has announced he will lead an 11-day trek from his Central West hometown to the home ground of his beloved Penrith Panthers to raise awareness...
Is Ricky Stuart’s job under pressure at the Raiders?
Sport
During the 2013 NRL season, in the midst of the Canberra Raiders' worst run of losses in the club’s history, coach David Furner’s position was publicly guaranteed by a board member. Towards the back end of Furner’s tenure, after eight losses in a row and with just six wins for the entire season, it was obvious change was required. His...
Season-defining month ahead for the Raiders and the Brumbies
Sport
It’s pretty much a constant when the Raiders aren’t winning: What’s going wrong? How can it be rectified? Why aren’t key players firing? The Raiders are 13th on the ladder with two wins from five rounds. Against the Melbourne Storm, they were in the game in patches but they struggled for much of the 80 minutes. They appeared to lack...
The Raiders’ focus on the Riverina isn’t just a no-brainer, it’s essential
Opinion
The mid-week rugby league competition started as the Amco Cup in 1974 and continued until 1989 under various sponsor names. It provided a unique opportunity for country players to showcase their wares. In the first year of competition, the Western Division side comprised part-time players, including farmers, rabbit trappers, miners and sleeper cutters. Johnny King was the team's coach. In...
Looking at the life of The Legend: Queanbeyan cricketer Neil Bulger
Sport
Peter Solway has no doubt Neil Bulger had the talent to play for Australia had he taken up the opportunity to play for Queensland in the late 1970s. Instead, Neil focused his attention on leading Queanbeyan to multiple ACT Cricket titles and establishing himself as the region’s premier all-rounder. A left-handed batter and left-arm medium-pace bowler, Bulger's record speaks for...
Crookwell a hotbed of sporting talent as hockey players prepare for Australian championships
Sport
Eleven promising stars from the Upper Lachlan Shire are preparing to represent their state in the 2022 Hockey Australia Championships this month. Aged between 13 and 16 years old, the students will face off with some of the country's best players in Cairns and Newcastle to vie for gold. School principal Vero Joseph said he was "proud" of all the...
Despite the odds, Wighton’s dragging the Raiders to wins with Daley-esque performances
Sport
A couple of years ago I was standing at the base of the stairs leading up to the Mal Meninga Stand. You know the area at Canberra Stadium. It's where the statues of Meninga and Laurie Daley stand on either side. A young boy, decked from head to foot in Raiders colours, asked his father about the Daley sculpture. He...
Is the Raiders’ ‘English experiment’ coming to an end?
Sport
In the 2019 NRL grand final against the Sydney Roosters, half the Canberra Raiders starting forward pack comprised English players: Josh Hodgson was hooker, and John Bateman and Elliott Whitehead were in the second row, while Ryan Sutton was part of the wider squad but didn’t play in the decider. The following season, the number had grown to five with...
Goulburn receives a world-class home for hockey
Sport
Goulburn is set to score goals this weekend when the city's $7 million world-class hockey field opens. The Goulburn Regional Hockey Centre officially opens this Saturday (26 March) with players from Goulburn and Canberra taking to the field for the first match on the new water-based field. A water-based field is considered one of the best for the game, as...
Sink or swim time for new aquatic complex in Crookwell
Community
The plans for the new Crookwell Multipurpose Aquatic and Activities Centre (MAAC) will limit the use of the 25-m pool to five months of the year. Since the Upper Lachlan Shire’s swimming pool was closed in 2020 the town has been left with nowhere to swim leaving residents to travel more than 40 km to their nearest pool. Wheeo resident...
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