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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 22nd 2009
54 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 23, 2009 MB SPORT www.innerwestweekly.com.au Kings depart, but trevally's tops FISHING 'MANGROVE' JACK SCRINE Deputy editor, Modern Fishing magazine AS THE cool winds of autumn change continue to blow, the time has come to look ahead at the fishing we can expect over the next month or so. Most will already be aware that the kingfish hordes are on their way out. This is both a good and a bad thing for kingfish chasers. As the numbers decrease, the fish that remain will be the hoodlums. You will land fewer fish, but if you put in the hours, they will be of a higher quality. Fish big baits, heavy gear, and fish early in the morning. Other autumn delights on their way to Sydney shores in numbers will be the always-welcome schools of Australian salmon that can be found working bait schools all day, but especially very early in the morning, around Sydney's heads. Unweighted stickbait soft plastic patterns on worm-style hooks cast and twitched through the schools will be irresistible. Silver trevally have already started to turn up in big sizes and numbers. Learn how to catch them regularly and you'll have easy access to one of the best sashimi fish on offer in Sydney. They have notoriously soft membranes in their mouths, making it very easy to pull hooks and lose fish. Counter this by using soft baits like peeled prawns on small, light-gauge hooks, and rods with soft actions. Play the fish firmly, but without any erratic tugging, and remember that most fish lost due to angler error are lost by pressure being released from a taught fishing line, causing it to go slack. This applies doubly to silver trevally, as your hook will wear a wider and wider hole in the fish's mouth as the fight continues. The slightest release of pressure will see the hook fall straight out. Use a light berley trail to bring silver trevally around. Soft plastics can also prove productive, if bait's not your thing. JUNIOR SPORTS STAR 2009 CUMBERLAND COURIER MAJOR SPONSOR BE IN THE RUNNING TWO AWARDS: Our Junior Sports Star of the year will receive a medal and $1000, and the Young Achiever will receive a medal and $500 ELIGIBILITY: Sportspeople aged between 10 and 16 at the time of nomination who live in the local area TO ENTER: Fill in the nomination form in our sports section or go to www.innerwestweekly.com.au Matildas spot is her dream Claudia Cummins has her eyes on the round ball. Pictures: PHIL BLATCH From Back Page ''I was ecstatic because it means a lot to me and shows your achievement and how hard you have worked for it.'' Claudia, who trains twice a week for two hours, said the key to being a good soccer player is hard work and also enjoying yourself. ''You just have to practise, especially with developing tricks like juggling the ball and learning how to use those tricks on the field,'' Claudia said. While boys seem to dominate the sport, Claudia said girls have proved to be just as good. ''I was the only girl who played in an all-boys squad last year for my school and I was chosen over some of the boys who tried out. ''Boys really appreciate that girls like it so much and are often surprised about how good we are.'' Claudia's short-term goal is to make it into a junior representatives team. ''Unfortunately I didn't get into the NSW team last year, but I am definitely going to try out for it again . . . I will be better prepared and more experienced,'' she said. To in awesome medal haul SWIMMING SHIREEN KHALIL and SHANNON ANDREUCCI KENNETH'S MEDAL HAUL Gold 50m freestyle 100m breastroke 200m breaststroke 200m individual medely 400m indiviual medely Silver 100m freestyle Bronze 100m backstroke 100m butterfly Kenneth To competing in the 2009 National Age Championships at Sydney Olympic Park last week. SWIMMING sensation and two- time Inner-West Weekly Junior Sports Star winner Kenneth To clocked up an impressive medal tally of eight medals at the 2009 National Age Swimming Cham- pionships last week. The 16-year-old Ashbury swimmer claimed five gold medals, one silver and two bronze in a variety of races at the annual competition at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. His most noteworthy achieve- ment during the six-day cham- pionship competition was with- out a doubt the gold he won in the 200m individual medley. ''It was the last race and I was really tired after such a heavy program, but I did my second- fastest time, which I thought was a good effort,'' To said. At last year's Age Champion- ships in Brisbane, To cleaned up three gold and two silver medals. ''I definitely think I went better this time around in many aspects,'' he said. ''I performed better than ex- pectations because, last year, I was ranked higher in a few of my events, but wasn't as suc- cessful in performing.'' To, who smashed Ian Thorpe's 10-year-old record in the 200m individual medley at the State Age Championships by 1.95 seconds in January, will be having a two-week break. ''I'm going to the Australian individual medley event camp in early May, which is for the top individual medleyers from Australia, who get to train in Adelaide,'' To said. ''It's my first-ever camp of this kind and I think it would be good to train with the older guys.'' Woods gunning for Pirates RUGBY UNION NSW Waratahs coach Chris Hickey and Eastwood captain Hugh Perrett present the 2008 Western Rams Trophy to Pirates captain Ben Martin. Photo courtesy JB Photography CONCORD Oval will be the venue for the local derby between the West Harbour Pirates and Eastwood on Saturday. The Anzac Day clash should be a beauty, as it is the first game for the Pirates in defence of the Western Rams Trophy they won in 2008 when they defeated Eastwood 42-29 in the last game of the season, sealing the trophy -- and a finals spot for the Pirates. The Western Rams Trophy is an annual contest between the west- ern Sydney clubs of West Harbour, Eastwood, Penrith and Parramatta. With last year's defeat still in their thoughts, Eastwood, who cur- rently stand three spots higher on the Shute Shield ladder than the Pirates, will be desperate to take the four points for a win and grab the lead in the race for the Rams Trophy. The Pirates will be equally des- perate to record their first win of the season after some close games against the top sides. Last time they met the Pirates were sensational in scoring six tries, with a hat-trick going to their wing speedster John Sinisa. The Pirates will again be looking to give Sinisa and their other try- scoring machine, Tito Mua, as much opportunity as possible to showcase their skills and pace. The day is set for a great atmos- phere, coinciding with the annual Back to Wests Day, where all past players and supporters are invited to attend. The main game will be preceded by a golden oldies game between the West Harbour Black Knights and the Eastwood Charcoals, which should be highly entertain- ing boasting at least four former representative players donning their club colours again. The Pirates, with major sponsor Burwood RSL, will observe a min- ute's silence prior to the main game in respect of Anzac Day. Wests Tigers' Dean Collis tries to evade Melbourne's Greg Inglis in the home side's gritty 16-6 NRL win at Leichhardt Oval on Monday night. Picture: GREGG PORTEOUS ~nN667117
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