Sport

How Canberra managed to secure men’s test cricket – the inside story
Sport
Three of the ACT’s leading cricket administrators left the Hilton Hotel in Sydney after completing a presentation to the Cricket Australia Board. The year was 2000 and there was optimism that they had done enough to secure a berth for Canberra in the Sheffield Shield. What followed was a crushing blow. The ACT not only missing out on a place...
Five reasons why the Raiders will make the NRL finals in 2019
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It’s fair to say the Raiders have been under-achievers in the past two seasons. Even the club admits they didn’t capitalise on the success of the 2016 season when they made the preliminary final, only to be beaten in controversial circumstances by the Melbourne Storm. Finishing tenth the following two seasons and missing the finals is unacceptable. They missed out...
What are Nick Kyrgios’ chances at the Australian Open?
Sport
Summer - a perfect time to turn the air conditioning on full blast, head down to the local pool for a swim and spark hopes that an Aussie will win the Australian Open. Every time January rolls around and the summer of tennis swings into gear, local tennis courts become booked out and the air fills with optimism that maybe Australia's...
Three concepts presented for Batemans Bay Aquatic & Arts Centre
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“This is going to be an incredible facility for our community, and if you want to have a say on how you would like it to come together, now is the time,” says Mayor Liz Innes. The layout of the new Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre at Mackay Park is up for discussion, with three options presented...
Why Dan McKellar is the right coach for the Brumbies
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A sign in the Brumbies’ meeting room probably reveals as much about Dan McKellar as anything I am about to tell you. The message informs players that phones are prohibited from the physiotherapy area, the team meeting room, as well as meal times when the team is together. Forty-two-year-old McKellar has worked hard to ensure there is communication within his...
Baseball pitching masterclass with Canberra Cavalry’s Frank Gailey
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For a baseball noob like me who has never thrown a baseball before in my life, I marvel when I sit in the stands of MIT Ballpark watching Frank Gailey, Steve Kent and Shota Imanaga throw a variety of pitches. With an array of fastballs, curveballs, forkballs and sliders, Gailey has me bamboozled, with no clue what delivery is coming next....
Flying horses, huge hats and mud-flecked jockeys – a day at Sapphire Coast Turf Club
Community
January 2nd was humid and overcast; a storm threatened. "Perfect race-day weather," according to Haley Coor of Melbourne, who has gathered a group of female friends and their kids at Sapphire Coast Turf Club in Kalaru. Coor and her friends are not the only ones at the races and partaking in the high-low combination of hot chips drizzled with tomato...
Snowy Monaro cricketers bowled over by funding
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Cricket in the Snowy Monaro has received a boost heading into 2019 as the NSW Government commits to funding the installation of three new cricket pitches in the region. The Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro joined Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor John Rooney to announce $750,000 worth of upgrades to the region’s sporting facilities. New pitches will...
A win for regional league fans with Canberra Raiders to play trial match in Bega
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In a win for regional rugby league, the Canberra Raiders are set to play a trial match outside the nation's capital with a pre-season trial against the Canterbury Bulldogs in Bega next month. It will be the first time the Raiders have taken a match to Bega since more than 6,000 fans watched their pre-season clash against the Melbourne Storm...
Cal Bruton – Living proof that basketball changes lives
Sport
Cal Bruton's childhood in the concrete jungle of Queens, New York was far from easy. His dad was stabbed to death during an armed robbery when he was 7 years old, leaving his mum a single parent, heavily pregnant with his baby sister. His mum, who turned to alcohol, struggled with addiction and one day drank so much that she...
2018 Year in Review – Sport
Sport
About Regional readers have always loved their local sport, and 2018 was no different. From funding injections for grass roots clubs to gender inequality among football refs, and inspirational sportspeople to talented local high achievers, we covered a diverse range of sporting topics this year. Can you guess what the number one sports story in 2018 was about? Cricket? Football? Soccer?...
Merimbula’s role in tragic 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
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As the Sydney to Hobart fleet prepares to race towards Constitution Dock, one race in particular out of the events 73-year history is being remembered. This year marks 20 years since the race of 1998 which claimed six lives, five yachts, saw 55 sailors rescued and the largest peacetime search and rescue mission ever mounted in Australia. And Merimbula Airport...
The man who just won’t give up his dream of becoming a Paralympian
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On 10 October 2009, Toby Lyndon was walking along train tracks in Wollongong on his way to meet a mate when he was hit by a train. The 21-year-old lost both legs, suffered a brain injury, a collapsed lung, and multiple other injuries which left him in a coma for three weeks. He spent the next year in hospital followed by intensive...
Not ‘if’ but ‘when’ for Canberra’s A-league team
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It is hard to move on from heartbreak, but that is what Canberra's A-league bid team must do. Football Federation Australia announced on Thursday afternoon (13 December) the Western Melbourne Group will join the A-League next season and Macarthur-South West Sydney will follow for the 2020-21 season, shattering football fans across the Canberra region. The decision means National Soccer League...
This one hurts the most: Canberra misses out on securing an A-League licence again
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Canberra has missed out on securing an A-league expansion licence again after Western Melbourne Group and Macarthur-South West Sydney were given the two coveted A-league spots. NSL powerhouse South Melbourne, start-up clubs Team 11, Canberra and Sydney’s Southern Expansion have missed out on selection, leaving three teams in Melbourne and three teams in Sydney but none in the nation’s capital....
Merimbula cyclist’s widow calls for tough stance on road rage
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On the third of July this year, Louise Brand lost the man she had loved for nearly 40 years. Seventy-two-year-old David was killed while he rode his bicycle with friends in what looks to be a road rage incident on Mount Darrah Road at Lochiel between Eden and Pambula. David died after being airlifted to Canberra Hospital with serious head...
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