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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 24th 2008
18 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Monday, December 22, 2008 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Sydney FC W-League player Kelly Golebiowski in action recently. Picture: ARMEN DEUSHIAN W-League surprises as crowds begin to swell BRAD EARL THE new W-League has brought plenty of innovations for Aust- ralia's women's footballers. They are representing A-League clubs, have a big- name competition sponsor in Westfield and are getting live TV coverage. The latest new experience for them is playing straight after Christmas. In the 10th and last round of the W-League, Parramatta Stadium will host a double- header on Saturday. Central Coast Mariners, whose W-League team is based in Sydney under an arrange- ment with Football NSW, play Melbourne Victory at 4pm. That will be followed by Sydney FC against Adelaide United at 6pm. Entry is free. Given that women's sport generally struggles for support, Sydney FC coach Alen Stajcic says the inaugural season's crowds have been better than he expected. ''There's been a few under 500 but most of them have been between 500 and 1000, and a couple over 1000,'' Stajcic said. ''So higher than I expected, but I just think we could have even got more. ''I think we need to set our goals a little bit higher to try and get those people in through the gates, and try and build the publicity from there and then build the TV audience as well, so that it can be sustainable for a long time.'' A famous Matildas name re- cently appeared in Sydney FC's line-up -- Kele (Kelly) Golebiowski. Originally from the Blacktown area, Golebiowski had dropped off the Australian radar. That's because the attacker spends part of each year playing and coaching in the US, where she was one of the few Aussies to play in the first American women's professional league -- and she's still only 27. In the hope of making the semi-finals, Stajcic also has been banking on the long- awaited return of Matildas striker Sarah Walsh from a broken leg. ''She might play a little bit of the last game and then we've got two weeks to the semi-finals after that, so hopefully in that time she'll be right to go for a good period of the game,'' he said. As head of the NSW Institute of Sport women's football program, Stajcic's charges are split between Sydney FC and the Mariners. Both squads have had their depth tested at times with players away on represen- tative duties or injured. Big tides bring in the little kings to harbour AL McGLASHAN fishing report THE big tides and the rain stirred up the water this week, but it didn't do anything to slow down the hordes of undersized kingfish in Sydney Harbour. Some boats are reporting catching dozens of fish around the navigation markers, es- pecially the yellow buoy inside North Head. Casts of plastics, Halco Twisties and even flies have been producing non-stop action. The biggest problem is the crowds, which are really stack- ing up around any productive buoy. We took Strikezone out this week and were amazed to count more than 20 boats crammed in next to one buoy. While the Harbour is home to the undersized kings, Botany Bay has been plagued by some larger fish that seem to be winning more battles than they are losing. Live baits, especially squid, are doing the damage, although from most reports, the squid are harder to find than the kings. The big tides have brought the jew fish on in the Georges River and the keen anglers casting at night have been pro- ducing some nice fish in the 4kg to 8kg range. The boats anchoring and soaking livies on the tide change under Tom Uglys Bridge after dark are also reporting some nice fish. Out the front, the crew on Strikezone were filming kingfish but ended up bumping into some mako sharks over the inshore reefs. Visit www.strikezonemedia. com.au to buy the latest Strikezone DVD -- Tuna Time 2. Doubles crown as future stars meet Simon Ede AFTER five days of exciting and action-packed tennis, Concord's Simon Ede came out a winner at the 2008 Medibank Cup Cham- pionship. The tennis player of 11 years and his partner Fortunato Foti, of Penrith, managed to beat their opponents after three long sets in the under-16 doubles final (6-3;3-6;10-2). Tournament director Tom McDowell from Tennis NSW said he was impressed with the level of talent. ''This year's Medibank Cup produced some incredible ten- nis and all players displayed great sportsmanship,'' McDowell said. The Medibank Cup, held last month, attracted more than 500 players from Australia and New Zealand, who were all eager to gain valuable Australian rank- ing points. The event included eight div- isions in singles and doubles for boys and girls. Own the moment Buy pictures from this newspaper www.newsphotos.com.au Concord 29A Majors Bay Rd Call 8765 8526 now to change your life Established 2001 You will learn one of the most dynamic martial arts styles from quali ed instructors in a world class facility.
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