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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 29th 2009
62 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 30, 2009 MB SPORT www.innerwestweekly.com.au Use whatever works best FISHING 'MANGROVE' JACK SCRINE Deputy editor, Modern Fishing magazine WHICH works better, lures or bait? This age-old fishing argument seems to intensify all the time. With modern soft plastic and hard-bodied lures being produced in the variety and with the level of quality that they are today, many converts are being won. In hard-fished areas like Sydney Harbour, too, the latest trinkets are eagerly snatched from tackle store shelves in an attempt to gain an edge over the masses still content to fish with frozen prawns. But is the hubbub and mild snobbery associated with lure fishing warranted? There is a school of thought that dictates that a solid fish caught on a lure is worth five landed on bait. While I will admit there is a case to be made for the excitement involved in watching a ravenous kingfish smashing your popper, as opposed to one that picks up a down-rigged bait, you should never turn your back on what's producing the best results in any given situation. I've fished with blokes who refuse to use bait as a principle, and with blokes who will never put down their block of frozen pilchards in favour of a metal slug, because it's what they've been fishing with for years. No one method works best all the time. A case in point is a report I read a couple of weeks ago. A young angler was fishing on sunrise at Sydney's Clifton Gardens jetty with a throng of other diehards. The bristling rods on the wharf offered down live yellowtail, soft plastics, large hard-bodied lures and frozen pilchards and squid. Soon, a school of large kingfish was swarming around, looking for breakfast. Every rod instantly flung bait and lure in the direction of the fish, which weren't interested. The young angler plopped a couple of balls of moulded bread into the water, trying to berley up and catch a yellowtail to use as a livie. Instantly, the kingfish began smashing the bread pieces. By the time the others clued on, the kingies had gone. Pirates ambush Eastwood RUGBY UNION West Harbour prop Campese Maafu takes on the Eastwood defence last Saturday at Concord Oval. Picture courtesy JB Photography ANZAC Day saw the Shute Shield hold local derbies, with the West Harbour Pirates hosting Eastwood at Concord Oval. Eastwood were looking for their third win in a row against a Pirates outfit yet to taste victory this year, and most tipsters had Eastwood as firm favorites. The Pirates obviously hadn't read the press, however, and after some smart lead-up work, Eastwood conceded a penalty beside the posts to give goalkicker Steve Massey an easy three points. The Pirates were soon back on the attack and classy centre Metui Maile crossed for a converted try after some patient phase play caught the Eastwood defence short. Half-time saw the Pirates go to the sheds with a handy 10-3 lead. The second half was a fierce defensive battle as attack after attack was repelled at both ends. Finally Pirates outside centre Henry Seavulu sealed the game, slicing through a gap to carry two defenders over for a well-taken try. Pirates coach Stu Woodhouse said his young side showed patience in building and converting the pressure, which was needed to seal the 20-9 win. The coach also praised his side's defence in keeping a good attacking side like Eastwood tryless. The Pirates play Penrith away next weekend, looking to go back- to-back with wins. There was lots of cracking footy action at Drummoyne Oval on Sunday when Drummoyne Power Junior AFL Club hosted a gala day. Club recruitment manager Adrian Walton said around 340 kids attended the annual event. ''It was a very family-orientated day,'' he said. Go to www.innerwestweekly.com.au to see a photo gallery of the day. TENNIS SHIREEN KHALIL Next step to the top Multi-talented Nicole Chen will be at the Medibank Junior Development Series event in May. Picture: BRENT McGILVARY ~PP270971 SYDNEY'S youngest and brightest tennis stars will take their talent to court in the Medibank Junior Development Series event in May. Among the 100 statewide competitors will be sporting talent Nicole Chen. The PLC student was an Inner- West Weekly sports star nominee in 2008 and overall swimming champion at the Independent Girls Schools Sports Association swimming carnival earlier this year. But she is delighted by the opportunity to take her tennis skills to the court for the first time in the Medibank series. ''This is my first Medibank series and I am feeling very confident about it,'' Nicole, 12 said. The Medibank Champion of Champions event represents the culmination of the Medibank Junior Development Series, which is a series of round robin tournaments played in all corners of the state throughout the year. Competitors will come from all over the region, including Maroubra, Mount Annan and Maroota. The top three position-holders and one wildcard from each age group will continue to compete at the Medibank State Final in Gosford in November. Tribe does the trick RUGBY LEAGUE VERA BERTOLA Benji Marshall was at it again on Sunday, snatching the game away from the Knights, much to the delight of this young fan. A BUMPER Macarthur-area crowd roared, willed and cheered Wests Tigers to a thrilling 26-24 come- from-behind victory over the Newcastle Knights at Campbell town Sports Stadium on Sunday. Halfback Benji Marshall and his team of stout-hearted men blew the Knights off the paddock to post a five-tries-to-four win and grab a top-eight spot on the NRL table. The ''fan factor'' in Sunday's win and the week before at Leichhardt Oval again raised the question of the value of home-town support in the Tigers' heartlands -- smaller stadiums that have histories of battles won and lost, memories of the club's legends embedded in the field itself, and the strains of thousands of fans chanting in uni- son. So far this season, the Tigers have won their one game at Leichhardt and both at Campbelltown, defying the more fancied odds for their opponents. While the players are diplomatic and generally talk up whatever ground they are playing on in any given week, just quietly they say they prefer the smaller venues with a more closed-in feel, which con- tributes to the atmosphere. Campbelltown Mayor Russell Matheson said the tribal approach to sporting teams in close-knit communities was crucial to a club's success. ''Playing away from Campbelltown and Leichhardt the last couple of years hasn't worked for Wests,'' he said. ''They've missed out on the home-town advantage, the 18- to 20,000-strong crowd supporting them. ''The strength of a team is its links to its local community and that tribal approach.'' Cr Matheson said there was no doubt the huge Campbelltown crowd got the Tigers over the line on Sunday. ''I heard Benji say in one inter- view he wasn't playing that well and the crowd helped lift him.'' Wests Tigers will take on the Bulldogs in round-eight action at ANZ Stadium on Sunday from 3pm. AFL football is in his blood JUNIOR SPORTS STAR 2009 CUMBERLAND COURIER MAJOR SPONSOR From Back Page Considine recently tried out for the state trials at Riverview College and be- lieves he has a good chance of making the team, which will be announced on May 8. ''I played all right and the coach said I had a pretty dominant week and he was looking forward to coaching me next year,'' Considine said. On top of his list of proud moments includes Considine's recent achievement of making it to the Collingwood develop- ment squad. For his achievements, Considine is this week's Inner- West Weekly Junior Sports Star nominee.
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