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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 14th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 15, 2009 45 SPORT www.innerwestweekly.com.au Wests wicketkeeper Kaliban Bascaran (right) appeals for a stumping in the under-16 Green Shield match against Campbelltown-Camden. Picture: JOE MURPHY PP233469 Magpies in red-hot form after the break WESTERN Suburbs Cricket Club took to the field after the Christmas break, recording a de- cent win in the A.W. Green Shield under-16s match against Campbelltown-Camden. Wests cruised home in the round six clash at Raby on Sunday, posting 1-156 in response to their opponents' modest 154 . The side have also recorded some satisfying results against Sydney and Hawkesbury in December and January. Outstanding batting has come from captain Nathan Brown, scor- ing 63, 57 and 96, Domenic Chalker (59) and Suffan Hassan (64). There has been good bowling from Brad Whitfield with 3/35, Lee Maggs (2/18), Lachlan O'Connor (4/28), and Brenton Wright (3/20). After the weekend, all senior teams are in good positions for day two next Saturday. In first grade, Jason Hughes scored 93 and Matt Day 83 to be 9 (dec)-315 against Fairfield- Liverpool at Pratten Park. Daniel Smith scored 23 and Brad Rasool 56 to help Hughes, Day and the rest of the boys post a good result. Fairfield-Liverpool finished the day at 0-3. In second grade, Western Sub- urbs scored 143 in the first innings against Fairfield-Liverpool, who replied with 72 without loss. Ash Squire scored 39 runs in the Magpies innings. Keegan Luiters scored 96 for third grade, backed up by James Winder, who made 49 as Western Suburbs made 247 against Fairfield-Liverpool. Tom O'Neill took 2/15 as Fairfield-Liverpool got the wobbles to finish the day at 5/47. In fourths, Fairfield-Liverpool declared at 6-111 and Western Suburbs are 85 in reply. Outstanding performances came from Nick Ashley with 42 runs, Sachin Singh, who took 3/14 runs, and Geoff Ashmore (2/31). Fifth grade made 166 against Fairfield-Liverpool, who replied with 0-34. Suffan Hassan made 49 and David Brock 29. In sixth grade, Wests scored 225 against UNSW, who were 1/16 at stumps. Jai Shanker top-scored with 90, followed by Joel Willis (53) and Lee Maggs (33). PB boosts youngster's ambition NATHAN KLEIN Christopher Ashwood in action. LOCAL boy Christopher Ashwood slashed an unbelievable 16 seconds off his personal best at the 2009 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Guam last week. Christopher, who attends St Patrick's College, Strathfield, and is a member of the SOPAC Swim Club, said he was delighted with his time -- despite coming second in the thrilling 1500m final. ''It would have been nice to win but I'm just so pleased to swim a big personal-best time,'' the 17-year-old said. ''I really couldn't be happier.'' Christopher chased Japan's Jumpei Higashi for 30 laps as light rain fell over the the outdoor venue. But despite his determination and effort in the final 100m, Higashi made his move and took the gold with a time of 15min 24.34sec. Christopher finished with a time of 15:25.89 -- ahead of American Ryan Feeley. ''I saw him [Higashi] get away on me on the second last lap and I kicked as hard as I possibly could down that final lap but just couldn't get him,'' he said. Head coach Alan Thompson, who steered Australia to a 20-medal haul at last year's Beijing Olympics, said some of the swim- mers at the championships could break into the open team as early as this year for the World Cham- pionships. ''The Junior Pan Pac meets from 2005 and 2007 have seen 13 swim- mers, including 2008 Olympic gold medallists Stephanie Rice, Bronte Barratt and Angie Bainbridge, graduate to the Olympic team. So you can see it is the breeding ground for the future,'' he said. The 191cm-tall Ashwood will be full of confidence when he com- petes at the Telstra Australian Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre Club in March. Turks win a thriller LOUD cheers and roars erupted from Turkish spectators when touring water polo team, Galatasaray scored in the last 45 seconds, beating the Drummoyne Devils 12-10 last Thursday. During the week, the Drummoyne Devils were dominating the practice matches, however for the official match the Turkish team jumped out to a commanding 6-0 lead at quarter time and remained in control throughout the first half, leading 10-4 at the break. Galatasaray captain Oytun Okman led by example with five goals, with goalkeeper Attilla Sezer saving many 2m shots as well as a 5m penalty. Drummoyne, with their tra- ditional fighting spirit, began to play some high-class water polo after a chance to draw the match arose when a Galatasaray player was excluded for 30 seconds. But the Turks held their ground to come out on top. Galatasaray head coach Pedrag Mihailovic said the visit to Aust- ralia was an invaluable experi- ence for their players in prep- aration for continued European commitments. ''All the players and coaching staff have thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Australia with the hospitality by Drummoyne now memories forever,'' Mihailovic said. ''The standard in Australia is quite high, especially within the younger players." For future match details visit www.drummoynewaterpolo.com.au See the cream of young athletes in action on the field BRAD EARL SUPPORTED BY INNER-WEST WEEKLY THIS week's Australian Youth Olympic Festival is a great school holiday activity. They will be able to see leading teenage athletes from Australia and overseas at some of Sydney's best sporting venues -- all for free. Here are our daily highlights: THURSDAY Competition gets under way at most venues across Sydney, from Maroubra Beach (beach volley- ball) to the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith. Foot- ball attracted large crowds at Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood, two years ago and while there is only a men's tournament this time, the double-headers are sure to be popular, kicking off with Australia against China at 5pm. FRIDAY The first of only two sessions of athletics will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre (3.30-7pm). Bankstown's Dunc Gray Velodrome has several cyc- ling finals, including in the excit- ing forms of sprint and scratch racing (6-9.30pm). In football, the Aussies play Chile at Valentine Park at 5pm. SATURDAY ''Super Saturday'' at Sydney Olympic Park starts at the hockey centre with morning men's and women's games between Australia and Great Britain. If it's hot, head to the diving at the aquatic centre (11.10am-4pm), trampolining at the sports centre (10am, 12.30pm and 3pm sessions) or fencing at the sports hall (all day, with finals from 5pm). The afternoon and evening includes athletics (3.30-7pm), swimming finals (6-7.30pm) and gymnastics at the sports centre (6-9pm). SUNDAY With plenty of finals on the last day, hockey has gold medal matches at Sydney Olympic Park, with the women at 10.30am and the men at 12.30pm. While the football is a round-robin tournament, the last double-header at Valentine Park culminates with Australia v USA at 6pm.
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