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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : November 19th 2008
54 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, November 20, 2008 MB SPORT www.innerwestweekly.com.au Jack Slater and Monique Rae are swimmers in the upcoming Pan Pac event. Picture: DANNY AARONS ~PP217217. Young swimmers sizzle in the pool MARIE SANSOM TWO young Inner-West swimmers have made it to the Pan Pacific Games on November 30 after winning medals at the NSW All Schools Championships. Jack Slater, 14, of Drummoyne, qualified by winning gold in the 100m breaststroke and Monique Rae, 10, of Leichhardt, won bronze in the 50m freestyle in the Schools Championships. The Inner-West Weekly interrupted the swimmers' training at Leichhardt Aquatic Centre last week and discovered they were two cool customers in the pool. Jack, a master over short distance, is pretty chilled about the race he has ahead of him. ''I'm not really that fussed about how I go anymore. I kind of just rock up, swim my race and see how I go,'' Jack said. ''The more carnivals you go to, the more relaxed you get. I'm not fanatic about it.'' His personal best over 50m is 32 seconds, which he swam in a school carnival this year. He came 12th in his age group nationally at an April carnival. Despite all this talk, he seems untroubled by such targets. Instead his aim is ''not to come last'', which seems an unlikely outcome. Recently Jack's first love moved else- where. ''I'm basically crossing over to water polo because it's a team sport. Swimming can get really boring if you're just by yourself swimming up and down.'' Monique, whose personal best is 31 seconds in 50m freestyle, will swim 50m freestyle and the 4X50m relay at the games. ''It will be fun meeting all different kids from different countries. That's going to be really cool,'' she said. But the pressure will be on, right? ''All the other girls are like, 'oh, I'm so nervous, I'm not!' '' ''I just try my best and don't mind not winning.'' Monique is a Bondi Nipper and has to be dragged off the beach at sundown. Mum Michelle cheerfully interjects that it's impossible to keep her daughter out of the water. ''Yup, you could say that,'' she says. Leichhardt Swimming Club coach Danae Pantehis knows she has some serious talent on her hands, but keeps the discipline lane- tight at all times. ''They're both fantastic racers who really love racing. They tend not to get worried,'' Ms Pantehis said. ''Jack is quite an outstanding water polo player and trains a lot. He's a talented athlete.'' Jack is now in the State water polo squad. Blues' rookie on winning streak SPEED-BLITZ Blues' rookie Mitchell Starc has Western Suburbs first grade cricket team in a strong position in the first innings against Blacktown at Joe McAleer Oval. Defending 246, Starc has figures of 3/3 from four overs to leave Blacktown in a world of trouble at 5/37. Standouts for Wests are M Seymour (22), J Hughes (36), M Singh (48) and B Rasool (77). Second grade played at Pratten Park sees Western Suburbs at 2 for 33 and Blacktown at 195 (J Turner 3-41, A Panucci 3-19, A Squire 2-54). There was no play in all other grades due to wet weather. In the Poideven-Gray Shield (under-21), Penrith with 3/157 beat Western Suburbs 9/155. Best efforts were by W Sackville (25), E Parmakellis (21), and J Winder (48). Hat-trick puts Briars in game ADAM PALMER BRIARS' first-grade side played Georges River last Saturday and again lost the toss on a hard Rothwell Park wicket. Briars were behind for most of the first session, with Georges River in a good position at 1/66 -- that was until Derek Welsh started his spell. What came next was an over Welsh will never forget. Taking two catches off his first two deliveries, then on the hat-trick ball Welsh produced the perfect in-swinger which took out off-stump. Welsh went on a crazed lap around Rothwell Park with teammates on the chase. Two balls later he took another wicket with an easy LBW decision for the umpire. Welsh finished with figures of 6/27 and dismissing Georges River for only 110. In reply, Briars had a wonderful start to their innings with Darren Robertson dis- patching anything short and wide to the fence in ruthless fashion. With some great running between Robertson and Andrew Jalalaty (78), Briars quickly passed Georges River's total in the 16th over. After drinks, Briars opening stand came to an end on 147. Closing in on the end of play, Max Squire (37no) and Tom Daipice (20no) kept the runs flowing. Briars were in command at stumps at 6/221. Briars' second grade travelled to Bexley Park to play Georges River last Saturday, full of confidence after winning their last three games. Briars were asked to bowl after losing the toss, and some early dropped catches denied them the start they wanted. Briars' Steve Harvey was constantly beating the bat but it was last week's hero Paul Panutti who took the first wicket at 1/48. A strong partnership was looming until Briars' Tom Liversedge put them firmly back in the game with two vital wickets before tea. After the break Harvey clinically re- moved the tail with pace and precision to finish with 5 for 41 off 17 overs, Georges River setting Briars a target of 171 with 20 overs remaining in the day. Briars had a shocking start to their reply, losing five wickets for only 38 runs with captain Can Beames (20) the only batsman to reach double figures. Third grade is also up against it next weekend after being set a target of 268 to chase. Fish start to take the bait Al McGlashan's Sydney fishing report WITH the water warming up, things are really starting to kick into gear. There has been some good flathead taken in the Lane Cove River recently with plastics doing most of the damage. The trick has been to jig the soft plastics through the deeper holes with a slow up- and-down action. Alternatively, casting around the sand flats -- especially up around the Burns Bay Bridge -- has also been well worth the effort, especially with small plugs like the ever popular Halco RMGs. Further downstream there have been consistent reports of kingfish from around the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Shark Island and Middle Harbour. Just remember that you are no longer allowed to stop or drift under the Bridge, which can be frustrating when the kings are smashing up in the no-go area. To find out the latest fishing reports go to www.almcglashan.com RYDE-PARRAMATTA GOLF CLUB Enjoy the beauty and the challenge of playing on one of Sydney's best Group One golf courses. 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