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Brumbies ready to rip into Super Rugby 2020
Sport
Veteran lock Blake Enever is preparing to tackle his sixth season at the Brumbies next year as he begins his push for a regular starting spot following the departure of Sam Carter and Rory Arnold. The 28-year-old says he is concentrating on putting in the hard yards during pre-season training in December as he tries to muscle his way into...
Batemans Marine Park rules relaxed to allow for more rec fishing
News
New fishing areas are being opened up within the protected waters of the Batemans Marine Park ahead of the school holidays as part of a plan the NSW Government says will give recreational fishers more options to drop a line and snag a fish. Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall was in the Narooma yesterday to announce the five new fishing...
Queanbeyan aces with best tennis club in Australia award
News
Queanbeyan can now lay claim to having the best tennis club in Australia after the Queanbeyan Park Tennis Club won the most outstanding club award at the Australian Tennis Awards held at Crown Palladium in Melbourne on Monday night (2 December). Canberra's Pat Moloney was also named the most outstanding 35+ tennis senior in Australia. Queanbeyan Park Tennis Club president Kathy Sly said it...
Canberra’s Bec Goddard appointed as coach of Hawthorn’s VFLW team for the 2020 season
Sport
Bec Goddard has been a trailblazer for women in a range of sporting pursuits, including as coach of the Adelaide Crows women’s AFL team when they won the flag in the inaugural season. She was also the first female field umpire in the North East Australian Football League, and the first female to be involved in the coaching structure at...
Career-ending injury no match for Nikki Ayers’ Olympic ambitions
Sport
Nikki Ayers still remembers the pain as she writhed in agony after dislocating her knee, tearing multiple ligaments, and severing a major artery and the main nerve in her right knee. It came from a regulation tackle after Nikki made a break playing in a pre-season rugby union game for the Tuggeranong Viqueens against Royals in 2016. Says Nikki, “I...
Canberra locals hold their own in international MMA competition
Sport
Australia has taken out second place at the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA) Championship in Singapore thanks to four fighters from Canberra. The amateur MMA fighters from the Stockade Training Centre in Fyshwick travelled to Singapore to represent Australia against some of the world’s best amateur fighters. Australia came second behind Ukraine, tallying seven medals, including four gold and two silver....
Emotionally connecting fans to sport: Raiders and the Brumbies are on the right track
Sport
Most people know that there is more to gaining emotional support from fans of sport than simply winning. Sure, winning helps, but if other factors aren’t taken care of, winning in the minds of supporters can appear hollow. We have seen it in the past in Canberra. There was a disconnect between fans and the Raiders during the Super League...
New flying fox and cricket facilities open in Jindabyne
Sport
The Jindabyne Tigers Cricket Club will be able to play matches in town for the first time in 30-years with the opening of new training and playing facilities at John Connors Oval. The cricket nets have been named in honour of Blake ‘Tiger’ McGrath, a former Jindabyne cricketer who passed away in 2001. “It was lovely to have the McGrath family...
Absolutely Bleeding Green: David’s labour of love writing the history of the Raiders
Sport
In a Charnwood cafe in Canberra three years ago, Dr David Headon met with former Raiders chairman, John McIntyre. They were there to discuss the writing of a history of the Raiders Club. With over 30 years' involvement with the Raiders as secretary and chairman, John McIntyre was well placed to provide insight. He had been there in the tough...
Moruya’s Bill Woods returns for book signing
Arts & Culture
Author and sports journalist Bill Woods is proud to call Moruya his home town, and he returned over the weekend to sign copies of his latest book, a young adult fiction novel called Trio: The Redemption Code. Woods has spent 36 years in all forms of media. After his schooling at Moruya High School, Woods gained a degree in journalism...
Raiders’ season was one for the record books
Sport
The Canberra Raiders are already cashing in on their stellar 2019 season, with figures released last week showing the team was the most-streamed NRL team and also recorded its highest home crowd average in 25 years. During its first post-season briefing with local media in almost 20 years, Raiders' Chief Operating Officer Jason Mathie said while the club is still...
Howzat! T20 World Cup comes to Canberra as Australia prepares title defence
Sport
The countdown to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia is on, with less than 100 days to go before the first ball is bowled at Manuka Oval in Canberra. While England and Australia are preparing to challenge the world down under, Cockington Green Gardens has downsized both teams on their iconic miniature installations, recreating the epic rivalry in...
Kelsey Barber’s training trajectory catapults her towards more javelin records
Sport
"The big thing for me when I opened my eyes was, I had such clear focus on what I wanted to do, what I needed to do and the belief that I could do it. And I just carried that into the throw." Kelsey Barber’s eyes sparkle and her face glows as she describes the electric moments leading up to...
Argument against rate rise sinks as Bega Valley plans for six pools future
News
The six swimming pools dotted around the inland villages of the Bega Valley are well-loved, but for that same community, the idea of paying extra to maintain and upgrade them has gone down like a Band-Aid floating in the shallow end. Despite the local reaction to an increase in rates, Bega Valley Shire Councillors have voted seven to two to...
ABC draws the curtain on the Olympics in the theatre of the mind
Opinion
If you are like me, you would have grown up listening to the Olympics on the radio. Television reception wasn’t great in the bush, so the radio was our connection to the outside world. It was great when driving as well. The picture could be created with words and your mind does the rest. The impact that it had on...
Mel Breen finds the perfect life balance ahead of her tilt for third Olympics
Sport
Mel Breen says she's feeling comfortable within herself as she prepares to lift her campaign to qualify for next year’s Tokyo Olympics to another level. That feeling's been a long time coming. This mindset is, in part, a reflection of her injury-free status after a horror year in 2019 in which she was hampered by foot, nerve and hamstring injuries....
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