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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 10th 2008
50 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 11, 2008 SPORT www.innerwestweekly.com.au Wests hold off District in thriller WESTS first grade defeated Northern Districts in a close match at Waitara Oval on Sunday. There were also several out- standing performances throughout the club during the last round of matches. John Di Bartolo scored a century (105) in fourth grade, while Will Crocker scored 129 in sixth grade. Lee Maggs in sixth grade took a hat-trick in figures of 4-32. In first grade, Western Sub- urbs (5-243) beat Northern Dis- trict (239). For Western Suburbs D. Smith (82), M. Seymour (54), B. Rasool (52), E. Dix (26), M. Day (4-74), and T. Sallway (3-28) were the standouts. In second grade Western Sub- urbs (205) were beaten by North- ern District (245). Best for Wests were C. Wright (57), J. Hughes (63) and J. Turner (3-50). In third grade Western Sub- urbs (2-211) beat Northern Dis- trict (208). For Wests D. Paterson (52), M. Baden (70), R. Khan (73), W. Sackville (4-53) and R. Khan (2-32) shone. In fourth grade Western Sub- urbs (251) were beaten by North- ern District (261). Best for the losers were S. Thanabalasingam (24), N. Brown (26), K. Bascaran (23), S. Hassan (27), J. DiBartolo (105), G. Dennett (3-87), L. Miner (3-72) and H. Singh (2-32). In fifths Northern Districts (230) beat Wests (190). For Wests S. Singh (45), L. O'Connor (22 and 4-50) and M. Finlay (2-27)stood out. In sixth grade Randwick Petersham (311) beat Wests (241). Best for Wests were Will Crocker (129), Lee Maggs (46no and 4-32), Dinesh Ramanan (2-44) and Sanjay Parasher 3-37. Wests' firsts play Parramatta at Pratten Park next Saturday. Harbour lures kingfish AL McGLASHAN Sydney fishing report THE weather finally has im- proved and so has the fishing. Last week it seemed the jew- fish were the talk of the town but this week it is the kingfish. They are everywhere, from west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and right through Middle Har- bour. Casting small poppers or soft plastic stickbaits around markers has been rewarding, especially for those that do it early in the morning. The kings are blowing up all over the place. In fact a school of solid fish did it right beside Strikezone while we were bait fishing off Middle Head. There are also some reports of big kings turning up for the guys fishing live baits. The key to catching big kings is to fish the tides use live squid. Most of all, be committed to putting in the hard yards. Bream specialist Jorg Van Husen and I fished up the Parramatta River targeting bream, but came away with several thumper whiting on soft plastics, some nice flathead and a couple of solid bream as well. Best spots were Hen and Chicken Bay and Iron Cove. For more tips on fishing, check out Modern Fishing magazine. Good news, gloves are off From Back Page For mum-of-two and possessor of a mean left hook, Mrs Takataka, the lifting of the ban is good news. ''If a woman thinks she can get in the ring and do it, then why not?,'' said Mrs Takataka who is an instructor at Boxing Central in Five Dock. And would she get in the ring herself? ''Yes I'd give it a go of course, with the pads and everything.'' She said boxing was no more dangerous than any other sport. ''What about women's netball?'' she asked. ''Women's netball is nasty, you can cop an elbow in the nose. ''Every sport can be danger- ous. At least with boxing, you're protected (in headgear).'' And Mrs Takataka, whose husband William used to be a boxing promoter, thinks a lot of people would watch a female boxing tournament. ''Boxing is a big thing here,'' she said. For the first time, the laws will regulate other combat sports such as muay thai, cage fighting, extreme fighting and mixed martial arts. Children younger than 14 were banned from competing under the 1986 laws and this ban will remain in place, Mr Greene promised, saying the policy re- flected medical advice on brain development. Tennis legend Ken Rosewall on centre court with promising young Sydney players Jackson Boyan, Gavin Leon and Jacob Solly. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP225995 An arena for Rosewall Video Online Watch it now at www.innerwestweekly.com.au THE man known as ''muscles'' has had the 2000 Olympic tennis site named after him as Ken Rosewall Arena. Eight-time Grand Slam champion Ken Rosewall joined Tennis NSW president Stephen Healy on Tuesday to unveil the new name of the 10,000-seat centre court stadium at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. The new name of the stadium comes a month before the city's biggest annual international sporting event, the Medibank International Sydney, which begins on January 11. Rosewall is one of Australia's sporting legends who is admired and respected for the manner in which he played the game; with fierce passion and commitment. ''While there are many great players from NSW, the choice by Tennis NSW of Ken Rosewall was unanimous and supported and endorsed by other great players includ- ing John Newcombe,'' Mr Healy said. ''Tennis NSW is delighted to have our magnificent stadium forever associated with Ken Rosewall, the tennis player and the person.'' Rosewall had a few hits in the newly- named stadium with young players. ''It truly is an honour to have my name aligned to this first-class tennis facility and I really feel humbled by it,'' Rosewall said. ''When I think of all the amazing tennis professionals that have come out of our great state and all the previous champions both here and at White City, I really feel so proud that I have been chosen to receive this accolade. ''I feel that I am representing all the tennis players from across the state that have come through the system and it is a great honour and privilege.'' During his illustrious career which spanned more than 20 years, the Sydney born and bred star won four Australian titles (1953, 55, 71-72), two French titles (1953, 68) and two US titles (1956, 70) and his list of achievements just keep going. 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