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THE CENTENARY OF CANBERRA 2013
ONE VERy bIg YEAR in SPORT HERE’S A GLIMPSE OF THINGS TO COME
UNITED COMMUNITY MIXED TOUCH COMPETITION
CENTENARY RUGBY LEAGUE MATCH Canberra Raiders V Brisbane Broncos
SAT 2 Boomanulla touch football competition fuses sport, music and Indigenous culture into one amazing event
MON 10 Help cheer on the Green Machine when they take on the Brisbane Broncos in a Monday night Centenary showdown at Canberra Stadium.
CENTENARY RUGBY MATCH Brumbies V Waratahs
SAT 22 Come watch our Brumbies take on oneD Oof UTthe world’s most iconic teams SOL
SAT 9 See the Brumbies tackle the Waratahs in this annual grudge match. Join the Centenary army and remember to wear yellow to the game!
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BRUMBIES V BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS
KANGA CUP SUN 7 – FRI 12 The 2013 Kanga Cup is a celebration of culture, football, fun and friendship. The Kanga Cup is the largest International Youth Football Tournament in the Southern Hemisphere with teams from across Australia and overseas participating in the event
SUN 10 The biggest race day in Canberra has gotten even bigger this year with over $766,000 in prize money. Over $20,000 in cash and prizes for Myers Fashion on the Field, as well live music performed by the one and only EVERMORE.
SUN 7 Come watch as the States of Australia battle it out to become the nation’s bet in each of the six age divisions.
APRIL & MAY
August & SEPTEMBER
CENTENARY AFL MATCH GIANTS V ST KILDA SAT 13 Not only will this match be the first Giant’s Premiership game to be played in Canberra in 2013, it will also be kicking off at a special twilight timeslot
AUSTRALIAN RUNNING FESTIVAL SAT 13 - SUN 14 Runners can test their stamina against many of the nation’s best distance runners on a spectacular course, taking in many of Canberra’s best sights. The fun run includes the marathon, half marathon and the grueling ultra marathon in a two-day event which attracts thousands of participants.
RUGBY LEAGUE TEST AUSTRALIA V NEW ZEALAND FRI 19 The only currently scheduled international rugby league match in Australia 2013
Australian Institute of Sport Open Day SUN 28 Find out what it takes to become an elite athlete with a behind-the-scenes tour of the AIS facilities and services. Normally out of bounds to the public, the AIS cutting-edge sports science department will be showcased to the public for this one day only.
Australian Junior Volleyball Championships
CENTENARY NETBALL MATCH Canberra Darters V (TBA)
FESTIVAL OF SQUASH AUG 1 – OCT 31 The festival of Squash celebrates 100 years of Australian Squash, bringing all levels of squash players from junior, masters and the worlds’ best professional men and women
october & NOVEMBER Centenary Baseball Match Come watch our own reigning Australian Baseball League Champions begin their assault on the 2013-14 season in the standalone season opener.
INTERNATIONAL NETBALL TEST AUSTRALIA V NEW ZEALAND SUN 13 This will be the first time Canberra has hosted a Trans -Tasman netball test match
CENTENARY FOOTBALL MATCH Canberra United V (TBA)
DECEMBER THE BURLEY GRIFFIN REGATTA SAT 8 The Burley Griffin Regatta takes place on the picturesque banks of the Parliamentary Triangle, with events which include kayaking, rowing and dragon boating, this is surely a day not to miss
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Cover: Reece Robinson. Image: Nudgepix Photography.
ConTents 4. AFL - Split Round Sours The Spectacle 5. PARKRUN - Celebrating Birthday 6. AFL - Giants Packed With Talent 7. NEAFL - The Magpies Nest 8. CENTENARY -Sportenary 9. CENTENARY - Club of the Month 10. LEague -2013 CRC preveiw 12. Feature -Reece Robinson 14. Football - Rogic’s Rise 16. UNION - Brumbies Bolt To Lead Super Rugby 17. Cricket - Wests-UC Claim Premiership 18. Social - Brumbies and DB Robin Awards 19. ACTEWAGL - April Calendar of Events 20. union - 2013 John I Dent preview 22. Cycling - 2013 Jayco-AIS Academy Named 23. Cycling - Civic Loop Opens 24. Hockey - ACT Under 21 Teams In Action 25. Football - A-League4Canberra Boosts Youth football 28. Basketball - Gunners Start the Season on a High
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & COLLABORATORS: Antony Perry Josh Matic Brett McKay Todd Davey Shaun Ebert Joshua Mercer Adam Phelan Lyndall Parker Brendan Parnell Chris Cairns Russ Gibbs Jessica Munoz PHOTOGRAPHERS: Andrew Finch: www.edgelightphotography.com.au Ben Southall: www.bensouthall.com.au
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ANZAC Test comes to Canberra
Be part of history with the Trans-Tasman Rugby League Test Match Charity Dinner. The Canberra Raiders in conjunction with the National Rugby League and Soldier On, are offering a once in a lifetime experience to celebrate the first rugby league test match between the Kangaroos and Kiwis in Canberra, with a special dinner on Wednesday April 17 at Parliament House in Canberra.
“We also have the chance to help raise some money for Solider On, which is a wonderful organisation which supports Australian servicemen and women who have been wounded, physically or psychologically in contemporary conflicts, so I encourage people to make sure they get a ticket to this event and be a part of it.”
The dinner will not only feature both the Kangaroo and Kiwi teams, it will also have six very special guests, with Victoria Cross recipients Keith Payne, Ben RobertsSmith, Daniel Keighran, Mark Donaldson, Willie Apiata and George Cross recipient Michael Pratt all attending.
Lieutenant General Peter Leahy AC, the current Chairman of Soldier On, said the dinner was a chance to celebrate the camaraderie between Australia and New Zealand, while also raising money for a wonderful charitable organisation in Soldier On.
“To have the six Victoria and George Cross winners in attendance is a huge honour and all people attending the night will part of something special”. - Don Furner This once in a lifetime event will be the highlight of a week-long celebration of rugby league in the national capital, with Soldier On set to receive some proceeds from this event and other fund raising initiatives during the week. Canberra Raiders CEO Don Furner said the dinner would be one of the biggest events on the calendar for rugby league in 2013 and said having the Victoria and George Cross winners would be an honour. “This charity dinner will be one of the biggest we’ve seen in Canberra and it’s a great way to embrace the test match in Canberra on April 19 between Australia and New Zealand,” Furner said. “To have the six Victoria and George Cross winners in attendance is a huge honour and all people attending the night will part of something special.
“Soldier On is about Australians coming together to show their support for our physically and psychologically wounded soldiers, sailors and airmen to assure them that we will always have their backs,” General Leahy said. “Our aim is to enhance their recovery, inspire all Australians and empower our wounded to continue contributing to the Australian nation just as they did when in service. We encourage all Australians to give those who have been wounded the dignity they deserve and the chance to do and be whatever they choose.” Tickets for the Trans-Tasman Rugby League Test Match Charity Dinner are selling fast and can be purchased through the Canberra Raiders by calling (02) 6253 3515 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org Tables of 10 are $2800 or individual seats can be purchased for $299. playcanberra.com.au
of their off-season from hell, would the majority of the AFL world care about this game? Probably not. Move on to Saturday, where the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles clashed in Derby 37. It is a match that unveils the most divisive impassioned and frenzied Western Australian fans the state has to offer; a fact that we are constantly reminded of by the AFL fans of the West. Both matches were entertaining, but for AFL fans, two games was never going to be enough. The round one schedule for the AFL is spread out over two weeks due to the unavailability of the MCG, SCG and the GABBA due to cricket commitments, but after close to six months of no football action, surely the AFL public are willing to wait one extra week with the promise of seeing all 18 clubs in action. Not to mention the teams kicking off round one. With no disrespect to Adelaide and Essendon fans, the clash of the Crows and Bombers in South Australia is not exactly the blockbuster contest that has every AFL fan salivating coming off a six month wait. This is two years in a row the AFL has made the mistake of thinking they know what the fans want rather than actually listening to them.
Split round sours the spectacle
After the 2012 Grand Final that was heralded as one of the best ever, compounded with the AFL’s unprecedented advertising and propagating build up one could be excused for getting excited for the return of Australia’s game. By Todd Davey @ToddJDavey Yet, the AFL’s “opening round” is more of a bastardised version of what it should be – two interstate games across two days, with the remainder of the matches to be played the week after.
However, in a display of dumb luck rather than astute planning, Essendon’s off-field scandal spiked interest in the game tenfold. If not for curiosity of how the Bombers’ players would respond in the wake
Last year it was the Sydney Swans embarrassing the GWS Giants in their first regular season game ever. The result was inevitable, and by the time the allure of seeing the new kids in town wore off it left a bad taste in the fans’ mouths knowing this was the stand-alone feature in a split opening round. What happened to the AFL kicking off the season with the grand final re-match where the two best teams from 2012 squaring off in a bone-jarring contest that has the capacity to establish the AFL pecking order for season 2013? No, we have to wait until round 7 to see that. With all the talk of the inequities in the draw and how imperative it is we sort that out, it’s time the spectacle and the theatre returned to the opening round. Enough of the interstate contests, split rounds and two week spasmodic starts - kick the season off at the MCG - where football belongs.
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level. It’s just you against the clock, any week you want to turn up.
The past 12 months has witnessed a running phenomenon that has been gaining momentum in Canberra, as hundreds of runners of all abilities take part in a free, weekly, timed, 5km run or walk. Started in April 2012 by expat husband and wife duo Russ and Jessica Jefferys, the free weekly runs have taken off in Canberra, held at Lake Ginninderra in Belconnen and more recently at Lake Tuggeranong in the City’s South under the guidance of Gareth and Kelly Candy. The concept is simple. Register once at parkrun.com. au, print out the unique barcode and bring that to any parkrun worldwide. Each parkrun is held in a local park or open space at the same time, at the same place, every Saturday, is entirely organized by volunteers and is completely free. The event in Canberra has attracted a wide range of participants of all abilities, from those who have never run before and are building up to running the 5km, to those who have enjoyed success in major city marathons, and even Olympic Games, in the case of Ginninderra parkrun regular Marty Dent. As of 29 March, Ginninderra parkrun had been held on 48 consecutive weeks, attracting 751 different runners who have completed 3,097 runs, covering 15,485km and achieving 949 personal best times. And as the run at Lake Ginninderra in Belconnen gets set to celebrate its first birthday later this month, founder and Event Director Russ Jefferys was in a
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Ginninderra parkrun celebrates its first Birthday on Saturday 27 April. There are big plans afoot to ensure this is the best-attended Ginninderra parkrun to date buoyant mood about how Canberra had taken to parkrun in such a short space of time. “I’m delighted with how things are going. The response from the Canberra community to parkrun has been completely overwhelming. “Every week we see new people join us, many of whom can’t believe they haven’t found us earlier. And there are a huge number of regulars who have become familiar faces at our parkruns, helping with the volunteer roles and running regularly: runners of all abilities, some who run with prams, children and the family dog, and others who are pushing themselves to better and better times. “I think the secret of parkrun’s success in Canberra and globally is the simplicity of the concept. It’s inclusive: it really doesn’t matter if you’re an Olympian or if you’ve never run before, everyone is welcome. And because it isn’t a race, there’s no pressure to perform at a certain
Russ is driven by the positive outcomes parkrun delivers not only at an individual level, but also for the wider community. “It’s been an absolute pleasure witnessing the joy so many people have got from parkrun. Each Saturday morning the buzz and atmosphere at parkrun events is infectious: no wonder so many people are choosing to start their weekends the parkrun way! “But beyond that, the positive benefits to the wider community are beginning to reveal themselves. The volunteer culture that parkrun fosters, whereby those that enjoy the runs voluntarily step in to manage one of the volunteer positions each week has been a huge success. The use and celebration of our beautiful parks and open spaces is a particularly special element of parkrun. But it is the wider health and social benefits of providing free access to regular running and exercise that is perhaps what I am most motivated by. If just one person finds a joy for running and a healthier lifestyle through parkrun I’ll consider parkrun in Canberra to be a success.” Ginninderra parkrun celebrates its first Birthday on Saturday 27 April. There are big plans afoot to ensure this is the best-attended Ginninderra parkrun to date, with special guests, music, party food and drink for all after the run. To register for Ginninderra or Tuggeranong parkrun go to www.parkrun.com.au or www.facebook.com/ginninderraparkrun or www.facebook.com/tuggeranongparkrun
The GWS Giants packed with talent
The Giants have been given access to the number one pick in the AFL draft for the last two years, picking up gun junior forward Jonathon Patton in 2012 and classy midfielder Lachie Whitfield in 2013. Both are keys to the Giant’s success in the years to come, but how are they shaping up for 2013? If the Giants have their way, 197cm forward Jonathon Patton will play most of, if not the full season. After an interrupted 2012 which only saw him play seven matches due to a patella tendon injury, the second year Giant has finished his first full pre-season in Sydney, and showed some very promising form in the NAB Cup. Able to present hard and lead into space in the forward fifty, his fitness and ability to run looked greatly improved compared to 2012. He now looks more like a big key forward should, so look for him to hit packs in the forward hard and give smaller players every opportunity to win the ball at ground level.
Comparisons have been made between himself and Hawthorn’s Lance Franklin, and Giants forward coach Alan McConnell has said that he is developing the fitness to be able to compete at that level.
if he has to, and quick enough to lose and opponent on a break-away. He has boasted impressive form in under-18s in the previous few years, and had a strong outing against St. Kilda earlier this year, booting a goal in an encouraging 16 point win. Now that the likes of James McDonald and Luke Power have retired, Kevin Sheedy will be looking to Whitfield and co. to keep improving. Whitfield has made a strong case for round one selection against the Swans, impressing many with his pre-season form, both on and off-field. If he can get through the year uninjured and play as many games as possible, he’ll be a formidable prospect as a second year player.
It’ll be interesting to see how he matches up against the league’s premier backmen, the likes of Essendon’s Dustin Fletcher and Sydney’s Heath Grundy. If he is able to get on top, he’s a scary thought for opposition sides.
While the pressure of being a number one draft pick can certainly weigh down on some players, Giants fans can expect the young and largely untested nature of their side to be of benefit to Patton and Whitfield.
The other number one draft pick was Lachie Whitfield, a medium sized midfielder from Dandenong.
It’ll be up to them to lead the Giants when their senior players eventually leave the club. If they can have a big 2013 season, the future looks bright for the Giants.
Whitfield is the prototype for the modern midfielder, big enough to be able to win his own ball in a stoppage
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The partnerships between the Magpies Sports Club, Belconnen Magpies FC, Ginninderra Cricket Club, the ACT Government, AFL NSW/ACT and Cricket ACT have yielded a three-million dollar facility that has been years in the making. Sponsorship drives saw the Belconnen Football Club raise over $140,000 for the redevelopment alone, with the AFL contributing $100,000, and Belconnen Sports Club $200,000. The ACT Government also got in on the act, granting an incredible $2.5 million for the project to go ahead. Numerous working bees were held by the Magpies Football Club in the months before the first game to ensure all the facilities were painted and primed to go before the venues debut on the 9th of March.
Magpies nesting at new venue The 2013 NEAFL Eastern Conference season started with a bang as the Belconnen Magpies opened their brand new facility. Although the result wasn’t what the Magpies had hoped for, going to down to Eastlake by 46 points, their were a multitude of positives to come from the day.
Fans who attended the first Round clash at the nest would struggle not to be impressed by the new pavilion, player’s rooms and resurfaced ground.
The new Kippax facility, nicknamed “The Nest”, has turned from what was once was a run of the mill footy and cricket ground into one of the premier sporting venues in the ACT.
None of it would have been possible without a strong commitment by the community building power of the ground from various clubs and organisations.
When you combine this development with the installation of the lights at Manuka oval, the new town centre oval in Gungahlin and other major projects that are happening around the nations capital, we are now seeing an abundance of elite level facilities being more readily available for NEAFL games. The magpies will host all their NEAFL and AFL Canberra home games at the new facility and we expect their brand new venue to become a fortress in future years. A big congratulations must go out to all people involved in this project.
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Will you take on the challenge?
This year, for Canberra’s Centenary, Mount McDonald and the Three Sisters have been added to the list of usual suspects (Mount Stromlo, Mount Ainslie, Black Mountain, Red Hill and Mount Pleasant). As always you can climb as many or as few as you please. Choose the ride that suits you, either the 105km Centenary Challenge or the 66km traditional route. Tackle all the peaks and climb 100m higher than Alpe D’Huez. You also have the choice to pick your peaks, any of the traditional peaks can be bypassed. There will be refreshment stops along the course and you will finish on top of Mt Stromlo. So why not enjoy the scenic route around Canberra.
Stromlo Observatory. The road up to the observatory will be closed to cars and at the top will be an event village with drinks, food and entertainment for finishers. Come join the fun and raise money for Rotary’s Charity partners.
The Five Peaks chalLenge + Centenary seven Challenge
WHEN: Sunday 21st April. 8.00am start WHERE: Stromlo Forrest Park. COST: $60 before 16/4 & $75 After 16/4
To commemorate Canberra’s Centenary and the 10th Anniversary of the Canberra Bush Fires, this year’s event will start at Stromlo Forest Park and finish at the Mount
100 SPORTING EVENTS, 100 DAYS, 1 CENTENARY YEAR
Over 50 weeks of the Centenary year, there will be 100 community events showcasing a diversity of sport and recreation activities, facilities and local attractions throughout the ACT that get Canberrans off the bench and participating in Sportenary! Further information can be found at www.canberra100.com.au/sportenary
MFS Heritage Bush Dance
Monaro Folk Society
Saturday 20 April 2013
8pm to 11.30pm
All Saints Church. 9 Cowper St, Ainslie
Canberra Walking Festival
5 Peaks Centenary 7 Challenge
Canberra Walking Festival
Saturday 6 April 2013
Sunday 21 April 2013
8am to 4pm
8am to 3pm
Cnr Kings Ave & Blackall St, Barton
Stromlo Forest Park
Try Sailing with Sailability!
ANZAC Parade Memorial Walk
National Capital Authority
Sunday 7 April 2013
Saturday 27 April 2013
1.30pm to 4pm
10am to 3pm
Sailability ACT Clubhouse - Mortimer Lewis Dr, Tuggeranong
Hellenic Memorial. cnr Limestone Ave & Anzac Parade
The Australian Running Festival
Kick Up Your Heels: Swing into the Second World War
Australian Running Festival
13 & 14th April 2013
Saturday 27 April 2013
13 APRIL 8.30am start. 14th April 7am start
3pm to 11.30pm
Telopea Park West, Barton
Free Family Fun at the AIS Open Day
Sunday 14 April 2013
Sunday 28 April 2013
2pm to 4pm
9am to 3pm
Tuggeranong Town Park, Tuggeranong Town Centre
Australian Institute of Sport. Leverrier Cres, Bruce
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Working around the motto “we can” the Broulee Capitals Surf Boat Rowers are taking the centenary message to a place few expected to see it - on the Surf Boat Tour around the coastline of Australia. The team is set to take the message to the biggest national stage when they compete in the Australian Surf Life Saving Titles in Queensland on the 20 -21st of April. Luckily the team has a supportive local sponsor - IT service provider Dataflex - who don’t mind sharing the signage spots to help spread the message of Canberra’s centenary to the surf boat community. Team spokesperson Pip Butt is hoping the team can have a positive impact spreading the word “we are hoping to raise Canberra’s profile whilst up in Queensland and show that you can live here (in Canberra) AND still be involved with surf life saving” she recently told PLAY. The team is hoping to better their Quarter finals efforts at last November’s World titles and have enlisted the help of Canberra sporting elite as Pip explains “two other Canberran sports ambassadors, Brumby Clyde Rathbone and Cricketer Cade Brown, have been assisting our crew with sports leadership and high performance. They’re helping us to build the toughness, resilience and
teamwork required for this sport so we can take a mental edge into each race and instill the belief that we can do it.” “A lot of what we are trying to achieve at the Aussies is about believing in ourselves and we use the motto “we can” for all aspects of our race plan. We’re really lucky to have Dataflex on board as our sponsor as they believe in our abilities and are supportive every step of the way. Brian Evans (Dataflex founder) was thrilled we even went to the World Titles last November let alone made the quarter finals. They support local sports and charities and believe that we are good ambassadors for Canberra and Dataflex”. Being surfboat rowers from Canberra gives the Broulee Capitals Surf Boat Rowers the underdog status at events and the girls are proud to identify as the “Canberra Dataflex Broulee surf boat crew” so promoting Canberra and its centenary at the events they attend comes naturally to the crew.
CENTENARY CLUB OF THE MONTH
‘Centenary Club of the Month’ will be awarded to the sporting team, club or organisation who celebrates the Centenary of Canberra throughout their own networks. There will be one winner each month (February to November), with the final ten winners having the opportunity to win the Centenary Club of the Year.
SIMPLE STEPS TO BE IN THE RUNNING 1. Sign up to our social media sites: twitter.com/CentenaryofCanb
2. ‘Like’ our event page: facebook.com/CentenaryofCanberra and visit our event ‘Centenary Club of the Month’. 3. Once you have an idea locked in, look to select a date and make sure you tell club officials and let players, supporters and volunteers know. 4. On game day take lots photos! The more photos the better and be creative. 5. Upload your five best photos and videos to our event page facebook.com/CentenaryofCanberra. Issue #21 #22 MARCH APRIL 2013 2013
To get to the level they are at now has seen many hours, both on and off the water, put in by the crew and supporters. The Broulee Capitals Surf Boat Rowers Club was started in 2002 when current sweep Gary Pettigrove moved to Canberra for work. He’d previously been involved with lifesaving in Victoria (Torquay) and wanted to continue it in Canberra. Gary found a club close to Canberra (Broulee) and arranged for a boat to come up to Canberra and soon found 2 crews (guys and girls) who were interested in giving it a go. Most rivals are impressed by the crews dedication, apart from the cold mornings on the lake and the travel involved to compete, the crew is also required to patrol the beach for 25 hours each year in order to compete, so its a big commitment to travel to the beach for patrols. Pip said the team was happy to win the March Centenary Club of the Month and has told PLAY they will continue the centenary theme of “one big year” as they continue on their big year of competition. “We want to have one very BIG year as well this year, We started by competing at Worlds, then we’ll be heading to the Aussies and our year will culminate with a 7-day long distance event - the George Bass Marathon. Since our big year happens to be in conjunction with Canberra’s we thought why not promote the town we love to live in and showcase it as a place where you can still do beach sports. We intend to do something each month, even whilst we train through winter to keep raising the profile of our club, surf boat racing and Canberra”.
6. Each month a winner will be awarded a framed certificate and promoted through various channels, including social media, newsletters, online and local print media (PLAY Magazine & Canberra Times).
What do you win?
The ten ‘Centenary Club of the Month’ winners will each receive a grant of $500 to assist with the purchase of sporting equipment. Plus an exclusive article in PLAY magazine. The ten ‘Centenary Club of the Month’ winners will then go into the final to take home the ‘Centenary Club of the Year’ award at the annual Sport and Recreation ‘Thanks Awards’ night. The following prizes will be up for grabs: 1. Centenary Club of Year = $1000 Sportsmans Warehouse voucher 2. Second = $750 Sportsmans Warehouse voucher 3. Third = $500 Sportsmans Warehouse voucher
Further information please contact
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Queanbeyan Kangaroos were still the competition bench mark. At the opposite end of the scale, the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs suffered enormous losses to their playing roster, but have somewhat compensated with some handy recruitments. A total of 30 years playing experience and 58 NRL caps were lost when 2012 joint Les McIntyre medallist powerhouse Mick Dodson, play maker Luke Gray, and fullback Nathan Williams all defected, while coach and former Sydney Rooster James Aubusson decided to hang up the playing boots top focus on coaching. The club has managed the signings of former Raiders NYC hooker Ben Picker, former Penrith Panthers back rower Jeff Ryan, the 2012 winger of the year Junior Vatakani and fellow Yass teammates Victor Teofilo and Dave Rimoni. These signings would have come as much relief for Aubusson, who is confident he still has the right men to challenge the competition.
Canberra Raiders Cup 2013 Preview
The off season in local footy is now officially over, with each of the eight Canberra Raiders Cup teams having completed preparation for what is set to be a tight 2013 season in the Canberra Region Rugby League. By Joshua Matic
With each club having lost and gained players of all calibres, the competition is very much evenly poised with most coaches agreeing their sides need to take all opposition sides seriously. Both Woden-Weston Rams and Queanbeyan Blues coaches, Cameron Hardy and former Raiders hooker Simon Woolford, said that at the moment setting team tactics is difficult. “Hard question to answer [what current tactics are] with all the teams sporting new recruits,” said Hardy. “The team to beat will be the team we play each week.”
expectations, he shrugged off the favourite tag and said the Belconnen Scholars and cross-town rivals
2012 cellar-dwellers West Belconnen Warriors and Tuggeranong Bushrangers made some much needed recruitments themselves, as they attempt to rectify the haunting memories of last season, which proved the worst in both clubs’ histories. Tuggeranong, who finished second last in 2012, secured a great signing in former player Michael Brophy, who will return home after a stint with the Burleigh Bears in the Queensland Cup. The club has also added power forward Sam Coyte from Orange in a much needed boost to their struggling forward pack of last season. “Michael was sorely missed last year both on and off the field but has returned better off with the wisdom and experience from another year in the Queensland Cup,” said Tuggeranong head coach and captain Jarrad Teka. “Sam has trained well since arriving this year, he has a great attitude and will add some punch to our forward pack.” The worst thing that could have happened to 2012 wooden spooners West Belconnen was losing inspirational captain Freeman, but although this did happen, the club has solidified its forwards by recruiting Chris Salway, Kane Nathan and Tino Sionne.
There is little doubt though that the club most successful with recruiting was the Queanbeyan Blues.
In 2012 players at West Belconnen were concerned about the culture at the club, with some saying attitudes had to be adjusted from lazy to seeking victory.
In securing Woolford as their new coach in place of Adam Doyle, plus signing former Canberra Raiders first graders Trevor Thurling and Marc Herbert, along with Country Rugby League representative Levi Freeman, all coaches rated the Blues a threat when speaking exclusively with PLAY.
Head coach Alan Jones said he had implemented a new structure better suited to adaption for his men this season, and will be looking for more wins in 2013, implicating each opponent will be taken by their own merits every week.
While Woolford may be the coach facing the highest 10
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back star head coach/captain Aaron Gorrell from a season-ending knee injury last year. They are again tipped to be another benchmark setter by the majority of head coaches. Defending premiers the Belconnen United Scholars have retained superstar back Brent Crisp, who was the other joint Les McIntyre medallist in 2012. Head coach John Hawke said the club was focussed on retaining and developing its juniors through the ranks, after the U18â€™s side also took top honours last year. He told PLAY Channon McKaskill will remain captain, and Crisp will play five-eighth, maintaining their premiership-winning structure. Most of the clubs began their pre-season in December last year, with the Rams starting as early as October. Head coach Cameron Hardy will be looking for further development in his men after a lean few seasons which has seen the Rams in the middle of the competition. The same could be said for the Gungahlin Bulls, with head coach/captain Josh Ayres starting his men in November. Former Raiders veteran Jason Croker will continue assisting Ayres at the Bulls, and Ayres is focussed on fixing their defensive structure for 2013. Both sides have their sights set on the top three of last season - the Scholars, Kangaroos, and Blues -
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and after glimpses of hope in recent years, there is no reason why they cannot reach those heights.
even out the competition and make for an exciting 2013.
While the Scholars, Kangaroos and Blues have been the top three in recent memory, threats are tipped to come from all clubs this season. Key signings and shifts in personnel are bound to
The 14 round competition kicks off April 13. (Note: The Yass Magpies have been relegated this season due to the loss of players).
team man, who commits his all each and every day. Teammate Jarrod Croker told PLAY he is one of the best trainers in the squad, and said he is a great man to be around with. “He’s good for the club. He’s probably one of our best trainers – one of the fittest, fastest, strongest – so he’s fairly gifted,” said Croker. “But it doesn’t come easy.” “He trains pretty hard as well, and he’s great to get along with, so he’s got all the attributes there.” There is no doubting Robinson is in fine form off the field, and this has certainly translated into fine form on the field as well. One of the most consistent players at the club in the past two seasons, Robinson has rarely been out of form. But to be the shining light in a so far tumultuous 2013 campaign by the Raiders surely has not been the easiest thing to do. The most publicized drama for the Canberra Raiders so far this season has, of course, been the sacking of now former fullback Josh Dugan.
Reece robinson The player’s player
Reece Robinson is undoubtedly enduring the most exciting time of his NRL career, but despite replacing sacked fullback Josh Dugan and being in remarkable form, the quiet character is not getting too buoyant. By Joshua Matic
It is not very often that Robinson fronts the media and discusses his own personal game or the current status of the team.
season, the Lebanon national representative made his way down to Sydney to play for the North Sydney Bears in the NSW Cup.
In fact, when agreeing to speak at a Canberra Raiders press conference for the first time since the start of the 2013 season in the last week of March, he seemed uneasy, and was unsure whether the first question asked of him was for real or not.
After being spotted by NRL coaching legend Wayne Bennett and getting recommendations, the Raiders signed him for the 2010 season.
But it is this quiet, humble nature that he has about him which makes him the ultimate clubman. “I’ve just grown up like that,” said Robinson when speaking with PLAY last week.
He made his debut for the club in round one of that season, a 34-16 loss to Penrith in Penrith, but after losing his spot in the first grade side, he came back in round 25 to score four tries against the Cowboys at home in a 48-4 thrashing, sparking his career in the NRL.
“The family’s never been ahead of themselves. I’ve always been pretty humble, and I just try not to get too big-headed like some people might do.”
After playing 14 games in 2011, he made himself a first grade regular in 2012- playing a remarkable 24 games including two finals matches, and missing just rounds two and three to injury.
The 25 year olds 56 game career has come without putting a single foot wrong.
He was the top try scorer for the Raiders with 16 tries.
He made his NRL debut in 2008 playing for the Brisbane Broncos, and played 13 games that season, scoring four tries. After failing to obtain a contract renewal for the 2009 12
So far this season he has played two games, after missing the round one loss to Penrith through a precautionary injury rest. Speaking with other players around the Raiders squad, it is very clear that Robinson is a much loved
The one-time NSW Origin representative breached club alcohol policy by consuming alcohol whilst injured. He posted a photo of himself and teammate Blake Fergusson drinking on a rooftop to his Instagram account. In the image, he also had his middle finger raised in a seemingly deliberate manner. Raider’s management showed no hesitation in tearing up his contract, which left the fullback position up to Robinson. But that was not the only drama. There was also media speculation on forward Josh Papalii signing with the Parramatta Eels, which was eventually put to bed when the 20 year old announced he had re-signed with the Raiders. Then there was the suspension of centre Fergusson for his involvement in the Dugan incident. In light of all the drama though, Robinson has committed himself on the field. In the 36-0 thrashing at the hands of the Gold Coast Titans in round two, he still made 11 runs for 103 metres, made four tackle busts, and chased down opposing fullback and former Raider William Zillman 35 metres out from scoring, when the side was already 30-0 down. In the 30-17 round three win against the St George Illawarra Dragons, he scored two tries to continue his own purple patch against the Red V’s which started with a hat trick of tries in the corresponding game last season. When asked of his current form, however, he remained critical of his own game, and refused to talk himself up too much. “I was at the right place at the right time, and Issue #22 APRIL 2013
whenever I was there, there was a couple easy tries,” he told a press conference last week following the win over the Dragons. He is also refusing to admit he has already secured the fullback position as his own. He already has much experience in the position – playing ten games there last season, and has shown great ability in adapting to the extra pressures fullback provides in comparison his former wing position. But, being the humble character he is, he certainly is not getting too ahead of himself. “There’s a lot more I need to work on, and try to build on, so hopefully just each game at a time I can just keep on improving,” he said. “There’s a bit of pressure no matter what playing fullback, but I just focus on my game, and do what I need to, to help the boys come out with a win.” “I’m pretty happy [about being selected at fullback], but it’s not my own position just yet. I’ve just got to keep practicing footy and make it my own.” He said personal confidence has a lot to do with his current form, and that it is important to build on that confidence each week and keep the desire to improve. “Fullback is a lot tougher than the wing. You get a lot more involved and you’ve got to be around the play so wherever you go hopefully the ball goes,” he said. Croker could hardly give Robinson any more raps when asked of his chances of retaining the fullback position.
“He’s a class player, and he deserves it – the way he trains on the field and in the gym,” said Croker. “He obviously had a good start [against the Dragons]. I think he showed he can nail that spot down.” “He’s always going to put in for you on the field. When you go on the field, you want to have Reecey next to you.” Robinson had the dream start to the year when selected for his first representative game in Australia, playing wing for the Indigenous All Stars against the NRL All Stars in Brisbane in February. In the shadow of 2012 Dally M Medallist Ben Barba’s outstanding performance, he scored a hat trick of tries in the side’s biggest win in the fixture. “It was probably one of the proudest moments I’ve had playing. I really enjoyed it,” he said.
Despite the confidence-boosting win over the Dragons, they find themselves in 14th position on the ladder after round three. A flawless pre-season was followed by a 32-10 flogging in Penrith, followed by the Gold Coast disaster. Defence and errors have undoubtedly been the main issue so far, with veteran utility Shaun Berrigan admitting there was a lot of work to be done. “A lot of first up contact was really poor, and we did a lot of extra defence as well, and that always takes its toll,” he said after the round two loss to the Titans. The first two games were played in 30 plus degree heat, and coach David Furner said his men were “like an ice-cream that melted”.
“He’s always going to put in for you on the field. When you go on the field, you want to have Reecey next to you.” - Jarrod Croker “I had a good feeling, and lucky to come away with three tries.” While he said he is far from focussing on further representative honours at the moment, there is no doubting that Robinson will be under the spotlight again. A great man on the field and off, he is certainly one the Raiders must look to keep in the long term, and a great role model for aspiring young players.
MEANWHILE... it has not been the ideal start to the season for the Raiders team as a whole.
“The first two games…they were horrendous conditions, that we certainly didn’t handle, especially at the start, in those conditions,” he said. After the side’s first win, halfback Sam Williams said the mood was a lot more positive, and said that they now needed to work on consistency. “To have that win on the weekend really gave us a boost and hopefully it’ll get our season started,” he said after the Dragons game. Although the win over the Dragons was far from perfect, there were vast improvements in possession and error counts - two horror areas in rounds one and two. 45% possession and a grand total of just 1042 metres gained in round one was followed by just 47% possession and just 1129 metres in round two. Errors [13 in round one and 17 in round two] and missed tackles [26 in both rounds] took their toll, and literally made victory impossible. Round three saw a huge turn-around, with a much more committed side having 57% possession and running around half a kilometre more for 1632 metres. Although missed tackles still totalled 24, and errors totalled nine, their field position was much improved, and they gave themselves far more scoring chances with ball in hand. It is now up to the team to continue improving in key statistical areas and start scoring points as they did in 2012.
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“The systems we have in place from youth development through to the first team under the astute guidance of Graham Arnold – who did a tremendous job with Tommy – provide the best opportunity in Australia for young players to take the next step in their careers. Fundamentally, this is why we are the club of choice for many of Australia’s best young players, and we are confident our production line, and subsequently our first team, will continue to prosper.” The initial interest came from Reading, who had attempted to sign Rogic after his time with Nike, before several other clubs joined the chase. The playmaker had been unable to sign for the Royals previously after failing to secure a work permit, but this time decided joining the club mid-relegation battle might not be the best start to a Premier League career. Other clubs soon followed, and Rogic quickly became the most sought after player in the A-League. Queens Park Rangers and Fulham were both reportedly interested, and when the 20-year-old jetted to Spain for a training camp with Celtic, Rayo Vallecano and Celta Vigo jumped aboard the bandwagon.
Talented midfielder and Australia’s newest wonder kid Tom Rogic has gone from Canberra school fields to Celtic Park in just over two years, a rapid ascent by anyone’s standards. By Kieran Pender @KieranPender Just over 12 months ago, Tom Rogic made his debut for A-League side Central Coast Mariners. In a modest start, the young playmaker struggled to get involved and was subbed after 67 minutes, despite showing some touches of potential. Although starting in his first professional game was a huge achievement, no one watching the Mariners’ clash with Adelaide that day would possibly have predicted the trajectory Rogic was about to take. Like so many football careers, it all began back in school. While still completing his studies in Canberra, Rogic starred in the 2010 Asian Football Confederation Futsal Championship, where he earned plaudits for his skill on the ball and finished fourth highest goalscorer. Following his impressive performances in Tashkent for the Futsalroos, Rogic entered and ultimately won the Nike Chance competition, beating over 75,000 hopefuls and 100 finalists to secure a contract at the sportswear giant’s academy. The prize – a spot at the Nike program based at Loughborough University – would be a great learning opportunity for the Australian. However at the completion of his time in England, unable to gain a British work permit, Rogic returned home to the Mariners, whom he’d trained with prior to the competition. Quickly snapped up on a professional contract, the young star finally had the opportunity to live up to his hype. 14
Success at the Central Coast side quickly followed, with a series of appearances allowing Rogic to showcase his impressive technical abilities. A regular first team place was swiftly cemented, while the goals and mazy runs through opposition defences increased in regularity. A national team call up was next, with appearances for the U23 side and Socceroos in quick succession, as the attacking midfielder impressed honchos Aurelio Vidmar and Holger Osieck. From playing school yard football at Radford College only two years earlier, Rogic’s Australian debut capped off a truly remarkable rise.
Finally though, after a week training with the Hoops and as other clubs lurked, the Scottish giants sealed the deal in a move believed to be worth 400,000 pounds. Regardless of whether Rogic immediately stars for their first team or instead spends some time on the substitute bench, his transfer has already made several things clear. He has demonstrated the importance of futsal in the technical development of young players, a fact acknowledged in many other countries yet still undervalued in Australia. Furthermore, the incredible story provides hope for young footballers around the world – that a relatively unknown player can go from zero to hero in such a short space of time. And if he can impress on the world stage with Celtic, Rogic may just become the creative lynchpin so desired by the Australian national team – at Brazil 2014 and beyond.
He has demonstrated the importance of futsal in the technical development of young players, a fact acknowledged in many other countries yet still undervalued in Australia. A notable success story of the A-League, Rogic’s former club Central Coast has invested heavily in their youth development centre, despite well publicised financial troubles. Speaking after the transfer, club chairman Peter Turnbull highlighted the fact, bullishly claiming that this emphasis would see the Mariners continue to prosper, despite losing several of their key players to overseas clubs.
This article was first published on the Football Ramble, a leading British football website and highly entertaining podcast. For more information see www.thefootballramble.com. Kieran Pender is a local journalist and regular on the Far Post – a local radio show covering football both in the Capital and around the world. Check it out every Sunday from 3-5pm on 2XX 98.3FM. Issue #22 APRIL 2013
community - getting into schools, community organisations and other areas to increase our membership and ensure that football lovers have a home the moment that they move in,” Mr Brown said. The Club retains its 42 years of proud history, with the now famous magpie and football emblem remaining in the revised logo.
The Club retains its 42 years of proud history, with the now famous magpie and football emblem remaining in the revised logo.
WESTON MOLONGLO FOOTBALL CLUB The club previously known as Weston Creek Soccer Club has unanimously voted at its Annual General Meeting to rename itself Weston Molonglo Football Club. By Ben Sakker Kelly “This is a huge step forward for the Club,” Club President Chris Brown said.
$11 million Molonglo sporting facility our home ground when it is built.”
“It signifies our expansion to cater for the new Molonglo region, which will include 55,000 new residents. At last year’s Senior Presentation Night, we were also heartened to hear Minister Andrew Barr indicate that we will be able to call the new
The change of name is one of the Club’s first steps in reaching out to the growing Molonglo community, some residents of which have already registered as players. “We will now be pro-actively engaging with the
“There is a lot of history at the Club – we’re one of Canberra’s oldest. It’s great that through consultation with our members, we have agreed on a name that reflects the past and future. It’s also good that our logo is relatively unchanged, as some members actually have club tattoos!” Mr Brown said. The Club will once again field a strong Women’s Premier League side this year, as well as providing Under 12 and 14 Men’s Premier League teams in a joint venture with Cooma Tigers FC.
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The recruitment of David Pocock played a major role in this becoming a weapon, but the Brumbies have been no less served in Pocock’s absence by the seemingly immortal George Smith and Colby Fainga’a. The second major improvement has been the use of support runners backing up the ball carrier, and coming from depth. When the Brumbies are really on, and getting quick ball, these support runners into the ruck or taking second-phase ball can be brutal in their effectiveness. When combined with clever offloads and big Fotu Auelua leads the way here - the metres made in next to no time is incredibly hard to defend. Thirdly, the Brumbies haven’t been afraid to use their strike power out wide, and have been only too happy to get the ball into the hands of the speed men. More than two thirds of the Brumbies’ tries this season have come from the likes of Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight, Robbie Coleman, Joe Tomane, and Clyde Rathbone.
Brumbies bolt ahead to lead Super Rugby field
These guys represent some of the very best finishers in the game, capable of converting half-chances and slight windows of opportunity into five pointers. Coleman’s length-of-the-field chip-and-chase try that had its origins in Mogg returning a speculative Waratahs kick will already take some beating as Try of the Year.
The Brumbies have surged to the top of the Australian Conference, and the overall Super Rugby standings, thanks to some impressive form and some clinical rugby over the last month. By Brett McKay @BMcSport
The African tour could well go down as the making of the Brumbies in 2013. The clinical nature of the bonuspoint win over the Sharks in Durban made it one of the best performances in the club’s history, and it was comfortably the best opening forty minutes from the Brumbies since the 2004 Final against the Crusaders at Canberra Stadium.
The Brumbies unbeaten start to the season came undone in Cape Town, where they were beaten 35-22 by a very handy Stormers side who will undoubtedly feature at the pointy end of the season.
Conversely, the loss in Cape Town to the resurgent Stormers will similarly provide the necessary perspective on what is required to run with the very top teams, both in terms of physicality and attacking requirements.
Prior to that, the Brumbies set a new Super Rugby record for the number of consecutive wins away from home, with their completely dominant 29-10 win over the Sharks in Durban marking their seventh straight win on the road, stretching back to April last year. The Crusaders had previously held the record, having twice recorded six consecutive away wins between 1998 and 2000, while the Brumbies had never previously won more than three away games in a row. Prior to heading off on their South African tour, the Brumbies confirmed their status as the Australian Conference benchmark with a thumping 35-6 bonuspoint win over archrivals, the NSW Waratahs, in front of more than 20,000 people at Canberra Stadium.
under assistant coaches Stephen Larkham and Laurie Fisher, respectively, and the for way in which the entire playing roster has ‘bought in’ to the master plan. Credit must also go to CEO Andrew Fagan and the Brumbies board, for entrusting White to return the club to former glories. Nearly two years ago, Fagan told me that he looked forward to the day where on-field performance replaced his own name in the headlines and reader commentary, and he should rightly be proud of the way the club has emerged from the dark days of the recent past. On the field, the team of 2013 is having success on the back of three major improvements from their 2012 methods.
Head Coach Jake White stated from the moment that he arrived in Canberra that his desire, his entire purpose of taking on the task of rebuilding the twotime Championship-winning club was to win a Super Rugby title.
Firstly, the Brumbies are playing with an increased breakdown physicality due simply to a greater weight of numbers. There can’t be any better example of this than the first half of the Sharks game, where the Sharks had no chance of competing against waves of Brumbies players flooding the breakdown. The numbers into the breakdown is also lifting the number of steals made, allowing defence to be used as a method of attack.
That the Brumbies look to be well on the way toward achieving this goal speaks volumes for the program that White has created within the club, the specific performance improvements of backs and forwards
The signs were there before the Sharks game, of course, but the Brumbies have confirmed themselves as one of the more dominant breakdown contesters in the competition.
There’s no doubt that loss will lead to renewed focus at the breakdown and the collision, and the Brumbies will need to recapture their gain line effectiveness with some tough games ahead. The real sign of improvement, though, comes in the shape of a total squad involvement. Before the Waratahs match, Jake White was thrilled to have the selection headache that a full roster of fit players brings. And this complete contribution from the playing group is what has lifted the Brumbies, and what is creating the expectations within fans not felt since the mid-2000s. Where the Brumbies have had only a sprinkling of national representation in recent seasons, suddenly the likes of Palmer, Fardy, Kimlin, Mowen, White, Lealiifano, Tomane and Mogg are being spoken of in Wallaby terms. Alexander, Moore, and McCabe will almost certainly feature. But behind these guys, it’s the Carters, the Aueluas, the Sios, Priors, and Kuridranis who are producing the performances of quality that push the Brumbies into ‘contender’ chat. When the lesser names are playing well, then the squad performances can only lift. Issue #22 APRIL 2013
Wests-UC claim Cricket ACT 1st Grade Premiership
Western Districts-University of Canberra are the Cricket ACT RSM Bird Cameron 1st Grade Premiers for season 2012/2013, after a comprehensive display against Tuggeranong. By Brett McKay @BMcSport Batting first at Manuka Oval in somewhat difficult conditions, after overnight rain delayed the start of the match, Tuggeranong made a reasonable start having been sent in by Wests-UC, with openers Justin Haywood and Dave Griffith putting on 53 for the first wicket. But the story of the Tuggeranong innings became the loss of regular wickets, and only Blake Dean and Vinesh Bennett, who added 48 for the sixth wicket, could mount a partnership to match that of the openers. Ethan Bartlett was the main destroyer for Wests-UC, and claimed the Greg Irvine Medal as player of the final for taking 7/41 as Tuggeranong went to stumps on Day 1 at 8/185.
Tuggeranong were always going to need early wickets to be any chance of taking a first innings lead, and when Wests-UC had slumped to 3/34, confidence wouldâ€™ve been high.
From there though, it became the Matt Condon and Adam Hewitt show, with the two putting on a very well timed 172-run partnership to bat Tuggeranong out of the game. Opener Condon was out for 94, just six shy of a premiership century, but with Wests-UC already building a lead. Hewitt was unbeaten on 154* an hour after Tea, and with Wests-UC well in command at 5/289, Tuggeranong Captain Michael Wescombe conceded defeat. It was Wests-UCâ€™s first two-day premiership since 2007/2008, and made up for defeat to Eastlake in the One-Day Final back in February.
DB Robin & SJ Moore Medal Ben Oakley capped off a successful season by being named as the DB Robin Medal winner as the 1st Grade Player of the Year for 2012/2013, and was also named Captain of the 1st Grade Team of the Year at the recent Cricket ACT awards night.
Team of the Year: Matt Condon (Wests-UC), Jono Dean (Queanbeyan), Friday Kristeni (ANU), Michael Spaseski (Tuggeranong), Aaron Ayre (Queanbeyan), Harry Medhurst (Weston Creek), Ben Oakley (Capt - Wests-UC), Shane Devoy (Tuggeranong), Danushka Wijesundara (Eastlake), Ethan Bartlett (Wests-US), Chris Prescott (Tuggeranong).
Wests-UC Captain Ben Oakley took the final two Tuggeranong wickets to start the second day, with Tuggeranong all out 195.
DB Robin Medal: Ben Oakley (28 votes), from Harry Medhurst (22) and Chris Prescott (20). SJ Moore Medal: Shannon Webb (Tuggeranong, 38 votes), from Peta Guy (ANU, 34 votes) and Anne Lawson (Wests) and Ingrid Svilans (Eastlake), both on 24 votes.
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ACTEWAGL APRIL EVENTS CALENDAR Week 1: 01-07 March Friday 05/04
SUPER RUGBY - BRUMBIES V KINGS 7.40pm Canberra staduim
NEAFL - Ainslie V Morningside 11.45am Ainslie Oval NEAFL - Belconnen V Tuggeranong 2.00pm Kippax Prem League - Cooma V Belco Utd 3pm Nijong Oval JOHN I DENT - Royals V Gungahlin 3.05pm Phillip Oval JOHN I DENT - Uni-North V Easts 3.05pm ANU North SEABL - Gunners V Ballarat 7.30pm Belco BBall Stadium
Week 4: 22-28 April Friday 26/04
Prem League - Canb City V Canb FC 7pm Deakin Oval
NEAFL - GWS V Eastlakes 9.30am Manuka Oval CRC - Belco Utd Scholars V QBN Blues 3pm Northbourne CRC - Goulburn Bulldogs V West Belco 3pm Workers Arena CRC - Gungahlin Bulls V QBN Roos 3pm WBLC CRC - Tugg Bushrangers V Woden Rams 3pm Greenway Prem League - Woden V Monaro 3pm Woden Park JOHN I DENT - Easts V West 3.05pm Griffith Oval JOHN I DENT - QBN V Vikings 3.05pm Campese Field JOHN I DENT - Royals V Uni-Norths 3.05pm Phillip Oval SUPER RUGBY - BRUMBIES V Western force 7.40pm Canberra staduim
NEAFL - QBN Tigers V Tuggeranong 2.00pm Dairy Farmers SEABL - Gunners V Frankston 2.00pm Belco BBall Stadium Prem League - Cooma V AIS 3pm Nijong Oval Prem League - Canb Olympic V Belco Utd 3pm O’Connor
NEAFL - QBN Tigers V Eastlakes 11.45am Ainslie Oval Prem League - Canb FC V Woden 3pm Deakin Oval Prem League - Canb Olympic V Canb City 3pm O’Connor Prem League - Monaro V Tugg Utd. 3pm Riverside NRL - RAIDERS V ROOSTERS 6.30pm Canberra staduim
Week 2: 08-14 April Saturday 13/04
Prem League - Tugg Utd V Cooma 3pm Kambah 2 JOHN I DENT - Easts V QBN 3.05pm Griffith Oval JOHN I DENT - Wests V Royals 3.05pm Jamison Oval JOHN I DENT - Gungahlin V Vikings 3.05pm Nicholls Oval NRL - RAIDERS V Warriors 7.30pm Canberra staduim
NEAFL - Tuggeranong V Swans 11.45am Greenway Oval Prem League - Canb FC V AIS 3pm Deakin Oval Prem League - Belco Utd V Canb City 3pm Mckellar Prem League - Canb Olympic V Woden 3pm O’Connor
Week 3: 15-21 April Friday 19/04
SEABL - Gunners V Hobart 8.00pm Belco BBall Stadium
NEAFL - QBN Tigers V Aspley 11.45am Dairy Farmers CRC - Belco Utd Scholars V QBN Roos 3pm Northbourne CRC - QBN Blues V Goulburn Bulldogs 3pm Seiffert Oval CRC - Woden Rams V Gungahlin Bulls 3pm Phillip Oval Prem League - Tugg Utd V Monaro 3pm Kambah 2 JOHN I DENT - Gungahlin V East 3.05pm Nicholls Oval JOHN I DENT - UNI-North V QBN 3.05pm ANU North JOHN I DENT - Vikings V Wests 3.05pm Viking Park
NEAFL - Belconnen V GWS 11.45am Kippax Prem League - Belco Utd V Canb FC 3pm McKellar Prem League - Cooma V Woden 3pm Nijong Oval Prem League - AIS V Canb Olympic 3pm AIS
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ActewAGL is proud to support Canberra's local sport stars. We congratulate ACT junior cricketers on their 2012/13 season. We wish all local sporting teams the best of luck in their upcoming season.
Coach: Adam Fahey Home Ground: David Campese Fields, Yass Rd. 2012 Finish: 3rd Key Players: Dan Penca, Sam Windsor, Chris Barbaro & Rob Beath. New Players: Marco Kotze, GP Pretorius, Paul Howe, Sam Taseni, Jake Gordon & Neori Nadruku. Brumbies Contracted Players: Leon Power, Robbie Coleman, Tevita Kuridrani & Nic White. Website: www.whitesrugby.org.au Coaches Comments: The 2013 season is shaping up as an exciting one for the club. The club has a new group of coaches and management staff which has provided a fresh new approach during pre-season. The players are once again excited by the Brumbies player’s involvement within the club and competition.
John I Dent Cup Primed For an action packed 2013. With the Super Rugby Competition full in swing, Canberra local competition, The John I Dent Cup, kicks off on Saturday 6th April and what a season it is shaping up to be. All of the 7 Premier Clubs have been putting in the hard work all off season since November and with pre-season wrapping up clubs are looking to start off in the best shape possible. The return of the contracted Brumbies Players to all Premier Clubs is again very exciting and will continue to strengthen the depth and standard of Canberra Club Rugby. Last year the Viking’s set the standard early and from there were unstoppable losing only one game on their way to securing back to back Premierships. However this year, with all clubs focusing on strong recruitment and retention, the competition will be extremely competitive.
Coach: Jeremy Osbourne Home Ground: Griffith Oval, Captain Cook Cres. 2012 Finish: 7th Players to Watch: Rhyne Bowden, Matt Giugni, Chris Cocca & Mitch Lewis. New Players: Fabian Tago, Leti Tago, Rhyne Bowden, Jack Vanderglas, Adam Taylor & Luke Judd. Brumbies Contracted Players: Stephen Moore, Etienne Oosthuizen, Clyde Rathbone, Jordan Smiler, Andrew Smith, Ruan Smith & Stephen Van Der Walt. Website: www.eastsrugbyact.rugbynet.com.au Coaches Comments: The preseason has focussed largely on recruitment. Training started in November and numbers across all grades are slowly increasing. Probably a bit behind the pack in terms of trials but will be ready to go round one. Easts will look to regain a 20
competitive team in 2013 and give players in the local area the opportunity to play rugby at their highest level in an enjoyable environment.
Coach: Owen Finegan & Adam Connolly Home Ground: Nicholls Enclosed, Gungahlin Drive. 2012 Finish: 4th Players to Watch: Rutikha Ilolahia, Xavier Duffy, Tim Donnellan, Ben McGee, Andrew Barrell, Mitchell Connolly & Matt Hawke. New Players: Seva Rokotavaga, Patricio Noriega, Cathal Breslin, Mark Bertholuet & Robert McCarthy. Brumbies Contracted Players: Ruaidhri Murphy, Dan Palmer, Ita Vaea, Henry Speight & Josh Man-Rea. Website: www.eaglesrugby.com.au Coaches Comments: The 2013 competition pre-season began for a number of the Eagles back in November last year with eight of our first grade squad training with the Brumbies Academy over the Summer period and a number participating in trial matches against the Brumbies and Samoa earlier this year. We competed well at the Queanbeyan 7’s tournament making the Semi Finals with a number of players getting valuable fitness game time. A great hit out against Uni-Norths for first grade, second grade, colts and thirds has given us some good match practice and we are looking to improve on our finals appearance results of recent years. We will be looking to get off to a good start with five home games from the first six, and building on that momentum throughout the season.
Coach: Russell Ingram Home Ground: Phillip Enclosed Oval, Ainsworth St. 2012 Finish: 5th Players to Watch: Robbie Abel, Soakai Tai, Craig McMahon, Tim Cornoforth & Jack Sutton. New Players: Tom Staniforth, Jordan Rapana, Liam Richardson & Pedro Rolando. Brumbies Contracted Players: Sam Carter, Siliva Silva, Matt Toomua & Mark Swanepol. Website: www.royalsrugby.com Coaches Comments: Following on from 2012 with three teams competing on Grand Final day, the club is hoping for a strong showing in 2013. A good off-season has seen the senior player group build size and strength through the Royals REPS program. The club has seen good numbers at pre-season training and is hoping to have depth and success throughout all grades. The club has been strengthened by the return of Robbie Able, Tim Cornforth and Ben Johnston from overseas, plus the recruitment of Australian Schoolboy lock, Tom Staniforth, Argentinean halfback, Pedro Rolando and former Force player Jordan Rapina. Veteran Flyhalf Craig McMahon will again be instrumental in organising the team around the park each Saturday.
Coach: Brad Harris Home Ground: Viking Park, Amsinick St, Wanniassa 2012 Finish: Premiers Players to Watch: Rodney Iona, Tim Cree, Paula Kaho & Eneliko Lealiifano. New Players: James Foster & James Proctor. Brumbies Contracted Players: Colby Faingaa, Ben Mowen, Scott Sio, Zack Holmes & Christian Lealiifano. Website: www.vikingsrugby.com.au Coaches Comments: Preseason has been solid and the players have worked hard, we continue to have a big focus on strength, power & conditioning. With a change in coach comes new structures and styles and it takes time to get those embedded not just in 1st Grade but across the club, having lost a large number of players from last year’s team we have a focus on developing and providing opportunity for the players Issue #22 APRIL 2013
that have come through our Academy and Wider Training Group systems and the performance of these players at training and in our matches to date have been pleasing. Looking ahead to the John I Dent in 2013, we expect the competition to be very tight this year and with that comes a clear understanding that good performances will be required consistently week to week in order to be successful.
Coach: Joe Hedger Home Ground: North Oval, McCaughey St, O’Connor. 2012 Finish: 6th Players to Watch: David Bennett, Bhiamie Williamson, Tom Mulquiney, Edan Campbell & Sam Irwin. New Players: Andrew Cullen, Harry Ellis & Corey Hammond. Brumbies Contracted Players: Ben Alexander, David Pocock, Tom Cox, Ian Prior & Joe Tomane. Website: www.owlsrugby.com Coaches Comments: With a blend of youth and experience in our ranks, 2013 is shaping up to be an exciting season for the Uni Norths Owls. New coaches have been brought in to contribute to a rebuilding phase for the club and, along with a tenacious and determined fighting spirit among the playing ranks, opposing teams should expect a battle each and every time they take the field against the Owls. Loyalty and courage will define the Owl’s season for 2013.
WESTERN DISTRICT LIONS
Coaches Comments: Pre-season has been building nicely – trials against Illawarra, Easts and Royals. We have been able to get through that will no major injuries and our game plan has started taking shape. We have retained all of 1st grade and only lost 3 players out of 2nd grade and have some promising colts coming through so there is plenty of pressure on for spots and as a result training has been very competitive. The boys and coaching staff are now looking forward to the start of the John I Dent Cup.
Coach: Craig Robberds Home Ground: Jamison Oval, Catchpole St, Macquarie 2012 Finish: Runners Up Players to Watch: Aaron McInnes, Ben Coutts, Gus McKercher, Michael Smith & Peter Rains. New Players: Tim Small, Montana O’Neil & Gareth Watts. Brumbies Contracted Players: Fotu Auelua, Peter Kimlin, Pat McCabe, Jesse Mogg & Scott Fardy. Website: www.westslions.com.au
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2013 Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy riders unveiled
Cycling Australia (CA), the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and JAYCO heralded a new era for Australian cycling in Canberra this month at the official launch of the 2013 Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy. The Squad includes Canberra rider (and PLAY contributor) Adam Phelan (second from left).
“We have great expectations that both track and road cycling will make a significant contribution to achieving the goals set out when we launched Australia’s Winning Edge last year,” Mr Favier said. “Supporting our best young talent is critical to long term international sporting success, which is why we are happy to continue partnering with Cycling Australia and its sponsors to provide the best environment for athletes to achieve their full potential.” Jayco Managing Director Gerry Ryan is eager to see support from Jayco transfer into international results.
A reshaping of the successful Jayco-AIS Continental team, the new-look Academy will provide the pathway for Australia’s most talented Under 23 riders into the World Championship, Olympic Games and professional ranks.
“Additionally, this structure will help ensure that athletes stay motivated, professional and challenged throughout the long season. There will be great upward pressure, with riders on the fringes challenging for spots,” Mr Tabotta said.
“The Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy is an exciting concept and Jayco is pleased to be continuing to work with Cycling Australia and the AIS to support a pathway for Australia’s most talented young riders,” said Mr Ryan.
CA’s Performance Director Kevin Tabotta said that the Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy team will be presented as the Australian national team in all European races.
AIS Director Matt Favier said partnerships between the sport sector and private enterprise were important in an increasingly competitive global sporting environment.
Members of the men’s team have completed a training camp at the AIS ahead of their the team’s first event in the European road season at the Giro del Belvedere in Italy on April 1.
“We are always keen to implement new methodology and structure to our programs to ensure we are growing the high performance environments, and evolving to handle the current international scene,” said Mr Tabotta. “The Academy will provide increased international racing opportunities for our emerging talent and will also provide room for Australian UCI continental and NRS teams to have a greater involvement in the development of these young athletes. 22
2013 Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy riders · Alex CLEMENTS (TAS)
· Brad LINFIELD (WA)
· Alex EDMONDSON (SA)
· Alex MORGAN (VIC)
· Caleb EWAN (NSW)
· Mitch MULHERN (QLD)
· Campbell FLAKEMORE (TAS)
· Adam PHELAN (ACT)
· Damien HOWSON (SA)
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Civic Cycle Loop officially Opens
After four years lobbying the Civic Cycling Loop has been officially opened by Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury. The Civic Cycle Loop incorporates European-style physically separated cycle lanes. The physical separation will encourage people who feel uncomfortable cycling in traffic to leave their car at home and cycle. Whilst some sections are still under construction, the finished Civic Cycle Loop will connect East and West Civic and connect the two most popular cycle paths in Canberra together - the Sullivan’s Creek cycle path and the Lake Burley Griffin cycle path via the footbridge near the Acton Ferry Terminal. The Eastern arm of the Loop will start at the footbridge near the Civic Swimming Pool and go along Allara, Bunda and Rudd Sts to connect with Marcus Clarke St. Pedal Power Executive Officer John Armstrong commented: “We applaud the Government’s efforts in getting sections of the loop built. We think this is a fantastic Centenary legacy for Canberra’s bike riders. Separated cycle lanes already operate in cities such as Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide and a higher percentage of Canberrans cycle than residents
of any of those cities. This is a timely and appropriate investment in getting even more Canberrans riding their bikes.”
“Separated cycle lanes already operate in cities such as Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide and a higher percentage of Canberrans cycle than residents of any of those cities” He continued “We thank the Labor Ministers Gallagher, Corbell and the ex-Chief Minister for taking this up, current TAMS Minister Shane Rattenbury for carrying through on the project and officials, Tony Gill and Ben McHugh, for implementing it. We look forward to giving more praise in 2014 – the Loop’s stated deadline for completion.”
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Armstrong concluded “The completed sections along Marcus Clarke and Rudd Streets already allow bikes to move freely and safely. They are fun to ride and a very pleasant way to access our city. They connect the busy paths coming in from the Lake and Sullivan’s Creek to the center of Civic. This will allow riders from both the north and south side to reach the shops or their place of work without having to ride amongst fast moving or congested road traffic. I hope it will encourage more people to travel by bicycle, and help the government reach their target of 6% of journeys to work being completed by bicycle by 2016. There are more sections still to be built, on Bunda and Allara Street for example. We want to see the whole loop finished as soon as possible, to encourage more Canberrans to cycle
more often and make our city a better place to live, work and play.” The Civic Cycle Loop was proposed by Pedal Power in 2009. It is one of Pedal Power’s three priority projects along with the Kingston Foreshore path and the completion of the Lake Burley Griffin path.
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ACT Under 21 hockey Teams ready for Nationals The ACT Under21 teams are entering their final days preparation before they depart for the Under21 National Championships. The Men’s Championships will be held in Brisbane and the Women’s Championships will be held in Darwin. Both Championships will be held concurrently commencing Tuesday 2nd April, with finals to be held on Saturday 13th April. The Under 21 National
Championships will be one of the final selection tools for the Australia Junior World Cup teams who will be competing later in the year. The women’s team will be highly competitive as they come to the end of their five month training program. The team will be led by current Junior World Cup (JWC) squad member Kate Gilmore, who is also captain of last year’s women’s Capital League 1 premiership winning OCHC. Gilmore will be looking the secure her place in the Junior World Cup team through a strong performance with the team
at the Championships. Other key athletes in the team include Naomi Evans, also a member of the Junior National Squad, and Jenna Cartwright who are also valuable members of the Canberra Strikers. The 2013 ACT under 21’s Women’s team is considered one of the strongest line-up the ACT has ever produced. With a strong mix of experience and fresh faces, the disappointing performance of last year will provide increased motivation for improvement among the men’s team. The team diverged from traditional training programs, utilising a shorter intense training program over the past month to replicate the conditions of a National Championship. Coach Brent Deans is happy with the team’s preparation and believes they are in a much better position both physically and mental compared with the 2012 campaign. “Co-Captains James Jewell and Simon Kragh have developed strong team cohesion which will be an important factor in success this year.” Newly appointed NTC Coach and Under 21 Women’s head coach Steph Andrews believes both teams have had excellent preparation leading into these championships, and is looking forward to positive results.
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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT BOOST FROM A-LEAGUE4CANBERRA BID TEAM Capital Football today received a cheque for $150,000 from the A-League4Canberra bid team to help assist in the development of youth men’s football in Canberra. The presentation of the cheque by the former chair of the A-League4Canberra bid team, Mr. Ivan Slavich, was conducted in a short hand-over ceremony at Hawker Football Centre.
The money, which is the unclaimed surplus funds from the unsuccessful A-League4Canberra bid, will now be used to sponsor a Youth United program as well as help fund games against National Youth League and Hyundai A-League clubs throughout the year. Mr. Slavich (pictured left with Capital Football CEO Heather Reid) made the presentation on behalf of the A-League4Canberra team to Australian Institute of Sport defender, and graduate of the ACT Academy of Sport and Capital Football representative teams, George Timotheou. Timotheou, who made his debut in the National Youth League this season for the AIS, was joined by current NTC Graduate players Antonio Barbaro, Nikolas Popovich, Rowan Blake and Alex Gelonesi as well as Acting Chair of Capital Football, James Selby. “This is welcome funding from the A-League4Canberra team,” Capital Football CEO Heather Reid commented. “Capital Football appreciates the need to continue building a pathway to assist in the development of talented young players, to enable them to progress to the National Youth League and beyond, and this funding will certainly help towards obtaining that goal. Whilst we are sad that the A-League bid was not successful we are grateful that the corporate partners and the football community of Canberra have agreed to pass on these funds for the future development of male players.” The Youth United and Senior Rockets teams can look forward to representative action later in the year with additional support from the ALeague4Canberra bid consortium including iiNet, Project Coordination, Bearcage and SmartFix.
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Andrew Leigh encourages children to get active On Wednesday 27 March, Andrew Leigh, Member of Parliament for Fraser visited the Australian Government’s Active After-school Communities (AASC) program at Kingsford Smith School. More than 70 children took part in a Tennis Hot Shots session, in a fun, safe and inclusive environment with trained community coaches. “The Tennis Hot Shots event provided children with the opportunity to participate in tennis activities with the aim of encouraging them to develop a lifelong love of sport through club, community or school teams,” AASC Regional Coordinator Liz Chester said. This initiative demonstrated the important links between Kingsford Smith School, YWCA Hawker School Age Care and Tennis ACT by providing quality sporting experiences for children. “It is great to watch children participate in the AASC program under the ‘Playing for Life’ approach. This is based on the game sense approach to coaching that uses games, rather than drills, to introduce the principles of a particular sport or other structured physical activity in a fun, safe and inclusive environment. “Playing sport is also about encouraging children to have fun, make new friends, learn new skills and most importantly get active and develop a
lifelong love of sport,” Chester said. Kingsford Smith Coordinator, Ian Bottomley said, “The AASC program is free for all our participating students and encourages them to participate in sports and other structured physical activities during the after school time slot. The children, parents, teachers and community coaches all enjoy being part of this national initiative that encourages children to get active.” An Australian Government initiative, delivered by the Australian Sports Commission, the AASC program is run in more than 3,200 schools and after school care centres in all states and territories with approximately 190,000 children participating each semester. The AASC program provides children with the opportunity to try a wide variety of sports and other structured physical activities through a positive and fun experience. In doing so, the program aims to encourage children to develop a love of sport that motivates them to join a local sporting club and get participants and their families active for life.
Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic Pink will definitely be the colour of choice at this year’s Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic on May 12, but look out for the yellow shirts amid the Canberra runners. As a special Canberra Centenary initiative, the Mother’s Day Classic organising committee invited the first 100 people to register for the annual event and fund raise more than $100 for breast cancer research to be part of the MDC Canberra 100. MDC Canberra 100 team members have not only been feverishly participating in a pre-event training program with Fernwood Fitness instructor and marathon running specialist Kim Wilmshurst and
ultra marathon runner Keli Vaughan, they have raised $16,000 within weeks of registering. Mother’s Day Classic Canberra Chair and National Chair of Women in Super, Catherine Wood said the enthusiasm of the MDC Canberra 100 team was a fabulous start to what promises to be another special event which includes a 5km walk/run and a 10km run. “Canberran’s have always been great supporters of the Mother’s Day Classic and what it represents and we continue to be delighted at their response and fundraising efforts,” said Wood. “We want as many Canberrans as possible to make Mother’s Day a memorable and meaningful day by registering and start fund raising now. Anyone who has experienced a Mother’s Day Classic event knows what a special vibe there is to the morning,” she said. More than a quarter of a million Australians have participated in past Mother’s Day Classic events, making the
For more information about the AASC program visit ausport.gov.au/aasc
Mother’s Day Classic Australia’s largest funder of the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s research programs. Since Women in Super initiated the event in 1998, five year survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer have been increasing, and now stand at 89 per cent of those diagnosed. The 2013 Mother’s Day Classic will be Kirsty Brook’s fourth as a breast cancer survivor. The young mother of two has reached out to friends, family teachers and local businesses for donations she desperately hopes will one day mean a future without breast cancer. “Fundraising to me is raising money to find a cure. I am healthy and cancer free but I have to trust that my treatment has worked and I will live to a ripe old age. But living my life would be so much sweeter if I knew that soon there was a cure,” she said. An addition to this year’s already fun filled Mother’s Day Classic program is a ‘shoe drive’ to support Robert deCastella’s Indigenous Marathon Project. Runners and walkers are asked to bring along any used or unwanted running/sports shoes and the IMP will take them to indigenous communities who will find plenty of extra wear in them. For further information or to register go to www.mothersdayclassic.com.au
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that all of us, no matter how strong, how famous, how successful, we’ve all had these troubles in our life.” “And what happened next was absolutely magic,” Fisk goes on. “We didn’t predict this, but one of the young guys around the fire said, ‘You know what I reckon we should do? We should all just talk about something bad that happened in our life, and something good that happened in our life’ and I’ve got to tell you, a few of us adults were tearing up at some the stories these young guys were sharing.” “And Clyde opened that conversation.” Brumbies Business Development Manager, Simon Chester, says it was only natural that the club would be involved in the great work of Menslink.
Menslink and the Brumbies team up for young men’s mental health Canberra-based men’s mental health charity, Menslink, have teamed up with the Brumbies to help spread the message to young men and their families that help is always close at hand. By Brett McKay @BMcSport “The Brumbies have been really supportive of Menslink, in getting the word out there to the general community about what we do, and the programs we run,” Menslink CEO Martin Fisk told PLAY recently.
The story of Rathbone’s battle with depression and ballooning weight once he departed the constant of professional rugby in 2009 is well-documented and doesn’t require re-telling. But Rathbone’s determination to return to the Brumbies and Super Rugby is something that resonates in circles much larger than what is cheering him onto Canberra Stadium again in 2013.
“We run a monthly session called the ‘Menslink Midweeker’ at Gryphons Caffe Bar up in Griffith, and it’s sponsored by the Brumbies, and myself and a famous speaker will come and talk about issues that are relevant to guys and young blokes in particular.”
“I’ll give you a specific example of what Clyde’s done for the young guys,” Fisk begins.
“The last session we did, Clyde Rathbone and I spoke about the impact of depression on blokes, why four out of five suicides are males, and some of the challenges that guys face, and also some of the things we can do about it,” Fisk explains.
“Clyde came out to one of our [bi-annual] camps, and spoke to the young guys around the fire. He just came right out and said, ‘I struggled with depression, here’s how it happened, it caught me a bit by surprise, here’s how I dealt with it’ and again giving that message
“You always hear stories about depression, and you might be one or two touch points away from it, and you read the stories and you hear of someone’s friend, or someone who knows someone who suffered from depression,” Chester says. “But obviously, with Clyde being such an integral part of the club a few years ago, and now coming back and hearing his story, he’s really put a face to [men’s mental health] for us, and now everyone in the organisation players and staff alike - are more aware that this can happen to anyone. So for us, it was natural fit for us to work with Menslink, and to bring this issue to the forefront, not just with Clyde, but with all the players.” “We’re behind the scenes promoting our games, and helping Menslink to get people along [to sessions], but to get them there might be the first step in their recovery, and that’s really important for us.” “Depression and suicide aren’t dirty words,” Fisk says, to finish, “but silence is. That’s just some of the messages we want to get across.” “And the Brumbies have just been fantastic in being those role models who’ve got the ‘kahunas’ to get up and talk about it.” The Wednesday night ‘Menslink Midweeker’ sessions are held every four weeks at Gryphons Caffe Bar in Griffith, and the Brumbies will be running promotions in the lead-up to the match against the Southern Kings at Canberra Stadium on Friday, April 5. Menslink encourage anyone in need of support to contact them on 6239 4699, or to email them at info@ menslink.org.au.
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Griffin Buzzer beater raises the roof
The Gunners had a packed out Belconnen Basketball Centre standing on their feet by the final minute giving fans a taste of what is to come for the rest of their 2013 SEABL campaign.
In a dramatic final minute of play the Canberra Gunners snatched victory from the Bendigo Braves after Comontae Griffin banked a three pointer on the final buzzer to seal an 83-81 triumph for his side. By Sian McGrouther. From tipoff the game was full of drama with neither side giving their opponent room for error. While the visitors lead by as much as 10 points early in the third term the game was always set for a final quarter showdown.
game. The Gunners American recruit scored just four points across the opening two terms. But the eventual hero of the game came out attacking in the third settling the Canberra side into an accelerated rhythm by taking 25 points in the final two terms.
“We didn’t give up, it got out to ten points and we fought back. In the first half the shots weren’t dropping but then in the second half we started to make our shot and we got a rhythm going that we carried through until the head,” Gunners head coach Cameron Barnes said after the game.
“He really stepped up the second half, he took the team on his shoulders all the way to the end when he shot the game winner for us,” Barnes said.
The highly anticipated match up between Griffin (29 points) and Bendigo’s Jazzmarr Ferguson (25 points, 9 rebounds) was a fizzer in the first half with the Gunners marquee player having little impact on the
While the Gunners put on an entertaining show for fans with the dramatic win, Barnes knows they have a long season ahead and is not getting ahead of himself.
Alex Gynes was another key playmaker for the home side scoring 25 points and taking 10 rebounds continuing his impressive form from last weekend.
“It’s early days, it is only two wins… in training we will keep working on our transitions on the court and our ball carry as well as our defence. Ivan McFarlin took 26 rebounds tonight so we need to work on boxing those big guys out.”
Braves surge to Victory over Caps Academy An impressive Bendigo Braves defeated the Canberra Capitals Academy 97-55 in round 2 of the SEABL. The opening minutes of the game looked promising for the Capitals who’s shooting accuracy appeared to have improved significantly from their loss against Brisbane the weekend before but a strong defensive game from the visitors quickly put a stop to that. Spearheaded by an unstoppable shooting performance from WNBL forward Renae Camino (35 points), the Braves lead from the start capitalizing on every mistake the Caps made. Madeline Garrick (24 points) also supplied valuable points for the Bendigo side who ran away with the game in the second term. While the score line may not suggest it, the Academy put together some impressive plays and continued to attack every ball despite having surrendered a 20 point lead by half time. Caps forward Lauren Jansen kept the home side in the fight scoring 12 points and taking 11 rebounds. Backing up their solid partnership from the weekend before, Caps WNBL players Sam Norwood and Alex Bunton scored 27 points and took 15 rebounds between them providing a reliable backbone for the Academy side who are still finding their feet this season.
Canberra gunners & Caps Academy APRIL GAMES Belconnen Basketball and Sports Centre Saturday 6/4/13: tip-off 7.30pm* V Ballarat Friday 19/4/13: tip-off 8.00pm* V Hobart Sunday 28/4/12: tip-off 2.00pm* V Frankston *Caps Academy tip-off 2 hours before
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13 Home of the Masters (7)
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Jason Lancsar COERVER® Coaching Asia Pacific Director We hope you enjoy our Coerver Coaching Play Magazine homework designed to improve your game but above all have fun while practicing. Coerver Coaching has been a global leader in 1v1, this month we look at the Outside Cut.
1. For the most effective outside cut, try to make sure the ball is well ahead of you. 2. Try to stay low and cut the ball with your ankle, rather than a stiff straight leg, so you have a soft and flexible touch and can accelerate out of the move strongly. 3. As soon as you complete the move, look up to see where your opponents and teammates are. 4. Use this move when going across your opponent’s goal and when your opponent is in front of you.
“The most talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside”.
Topic: The Outside Cut
Crossword #16 solutions
Using the outside of your foot, stop the ball.
As you do this, turn with the ball and push the ball in the opposite direction, accelerate away from your opponent.
Now you have shielded the ball, you can go in another direction.
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Published on Apr 10, 2013