Game plan pays off for netballers at Broulee’s Captain Oldrey Park
Sport
Work is almost complete on more than $1.5 million worth of improvements to one of the Eurobodalla Shire’s busiest sports precincts, Broulee’s Captain Oldrey Park. During the past three years, Eurobodalla Shire Council has expanded and upgraded the park’s netball facilities, revamped the amenities building, resurfaced the soccer field and added new equipment to the playground. A nature trail through...
Seven’s Olympics coverage worthy of a gold medal
Sport
With the Tokyo Olympics in a comparable time zone to Australia, and with so many in COVID-19 lockdown, more people appear to be engrossed in the Olympic Games than ever. The larger television audience is aided by Channel 7’s app function, allowing the viewer to have considerable choice in event selection. With plenty of eyeballs on Seven’s coverage, there has...
Deepest natural snow in years but high-country businesses crying out for visitors
Business
Despite the deepest natural snow cover in more than 20 years, Snowy Mountains businesses are crying out for visitors as lockdowns and travel restrictions take their toll. Measurements taken by Snowy Hydro at Spencer’s Creek on 29 July show a natural snow depth of 186.3 cm - the highest level recorded since the bumper snow year of 2000. The resorts of...
Canberra runner Martin Dent fulfilled a childhood dream at London Olympics
Sport
Martin Dent was barely a teenager growing up on the NSW Central Coast in 1993 when Sydney was awarded the 2000 Olympic Games. It ignited a dream to one day be part of the biggest show on earth. Four years later, by the time he turned 18 years in 1997, he was off to Canberra to train under the guidance...
Goulburn’s hockey future is up in lights
Sport
The future of hockey in Goulburn and the wider region is looking bright, following the completion of hockey field light upgrades this month. New LED lighting systems have been installed for both fields at Goulburn Hockey Complex, with a maximum light level of 500 lux – a standard that will enable Goulburn to host national grade competitions. Goulburn Mulwaree Council awarded...
Moruya dragon boaters put out the call for new members
Sport
Moruya's Nature Coast Dragon Boat Club has put out the call for interested locals to give the 2500-year-old sport of dragon boating a go. The club, which was established in 2006, is encouraging anyone above the age of 12 to participate in a free five-week program. New members will get to experience paddling, learn some techniques both on and off...
Queanbeyan Whites stalwart Grant Jones paving the way for former players to become referees
Sport
As a Queanbeyan Whites rugby union player, Grant Jones concedes he had little time for referees and was often quick to offer advice. So it was much to the surprise of many of his former teammates when Grant became a referee. He is currently in the midst of his fourth season with the whistle. However, his route to becoming a...
Work begins on new pavilion at Eden’s Barclay Street Sporting Complex
Community
Work is underway on a new pavilion building at Eden’s Barclay Street Sporting Complex. The new building will include change rooms, a kiosk, public toilets, storage facilities and all-abilities access, and has been kicked along with help from the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund. Situated in the northeast corner of the sporting precinct, the new facility will service local cricket,...
The Brumbies must play in an expanded Super Rugby competition in 2022
Sport
Within the first 10 minutes of the Brumbies-Hurricanes game on Saturday night, it was obvious what had been missing from Super Rugby matches at Canberra Stadium. And while the game only featured three tries, the scoreline of 12-10 does little to reflect the high entertainment level of the game for which we can thank the Kiwis. New Zealand teams play...
Sword fighting wields friendship and wellbeing in Gunning
Community
Step inside Gunning Scout Hall on the right night and you may think you've been transported back in time to the middle of a Napoleonic battle. Meet Daniel Wise, Gunning's constable who trains the local sword fighter club. The group's six active members and three casuals are part of the Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) community and learn from a...
History repeating as Canberra Raiders facing another painful rebuild
Sport
Here we go again, Raiders fans. The 2021 NRL season started with so much expectation for the Green Machine, but it has spiralled out of control. On the back of a grand final appearance in 2019 and a preliminary final in 2020, the Green Machine was touted as a contender this year. But after winning three of their first four...
Do we really learn anything from post-match media conferences?
Opinion
Having participated as a journalist in thousands of post-match press conferences, I can testify the experience can be incredibly uncomfortable for all involved. In the NRL, there is a rule that both head coaches front the media while players are made available where possible. An obvious exception is when players are being treated for an injury. The losing coach's press...
Greyhound racing activists call to close Goulburn’s oval track
News
A group committed to banning greyhound racing is calling on the NSW Government to end racing on the oval track in Goulburn when the city's new straight track opens in 2022. The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (GPG) advocacy is calling for action ahead of the Greyhound Welfare Integrity Commission (GWIC) hearing in Goulburn on Thursday, 3 June. CPG president...
The Raiders need to grow a ‘spine’ to be premiership contenders
Sport
Rugby League people talk a lot about the importance of 'the spine' - the spine being the combined talents of the hooker, halfback and fullback. In the Raiders glory years of 1989, 90 and 94, the spine was virtually unchanged and had an enormous influence on the team’s success. In 1989/90, Steve Walters was the best hooker in rugby league....
Canberra tennis umpire John Blom now ranked among the world elite
Sport
John Blom lasted around a year in the public service in Canberra before deciding that there was another world to be conquered. It was a world he had become familiar with while studying International Relations and Politics at the ANU. John worked his way through university as a global tennis umpire, effectively travelling the world while completing his degree from...
Robin Duff guides Brumbies off the field in player wellbeing and development manager role
Sport
At 16 years of age, Robin Duff became a dual international. She was still at Canberra Girls Grammar School when she was called into the Australian women’s hockey squad, comprising 26 members. She had already been selected in the Australian women’s softball team as a pitcher, in 1977. These were heady times unlikely to be repeated too often these days...
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