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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 13th 2009
46 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 14, 2009 MB SPORT www.innerwestweekly.com.au Jack's a stunner in the pool From Back Page Despite hardly having any training under his belt, there's been no stopping this swimming bullet. In March this year Jack collected six gold medals in the Sydney East Zone champion- ships in backstroke, freestyle and butterfly. He was then off to a flying start in the NSW Combined High Schools State Cham- pionships which earned him a spot in the finals, collecting silver in the 100m butter- fly. Jack, who will be attending Homebush Boys High School next term, works part- time at a catering company to pay off his coaching fees, but this swimming talent doesn't complain. ''I really enjoy it and one day I hope to represent Australia,'' he said. Two young future stars in top form TENNIS Nicole Chen TWO of the Inner West's brightest tennis stars have reached the top three in the Medibank Junior Development Series. More than 80 players took part in the round robin tournament at Parramatta last Saturday, vying to represent the Metropolitan re- gion in the Medibank State Final in November. With a stunning swing and a total determination, it's easy to see why Ashfield's Nicole Chen came second in the girls under-12 singles event. She was beaten by Cherrybrook's Pamela Boyanov, who Nicole said was a tough opponent. ''She was a strong player and rallied consistently,'' Nicole said. The PLC student, who is also a swimming star, hopes she will be holding the main trophy next year. ''It's something I'll be looking forward to,'' she said. Concord's Nikolina Paulic, 10, kept opponent Monique Burton on her toes in the girls under-10 singles semi-finals. The Drummoyne Public School student, who has been playing tennis for seven years, said she did her best and was proud of her achievement. ''I was just a bit tired from all the matches I played and all the hard work I put into it,'' Nikolina said. She is now focusing on the State hardcourt finals in Cessnock this November. Danger on the rocks FISHING 'Mangrove' Jack Scrine Deputy editor, Modern Fishing THE coastline to the north and south of Sydney and rock ledges inside the harbour, are seen by many as ideal fishing platforms. Throughout the year many exciting species can be targeted from these plat- forms, including but not limited to longtail tuna, snapper, ocean-dwelling bream, drummer, luderick, and even marlin. However it must also be noted that rock fishing is our most deadly pastime. To an inexperienced angler in an unfamiliar environment, rock fishing carries inherent risk of serious injury or death. There are ways of reducing the risks, which might prompt your significant other to let you head down to the slippery stones a bit more often. Be aware of tides and rain, wind and swell conditions, and never go rock fishing alone. Thoroughly investigate any rock ledge you are considering fishing at various stages of the tide cycle to ensure you are aware of conditions and threats that might not be immediately apparent. Wear appropriate footwear, such as reef- walking shoes with solid grip for walking on slippery surfaces. Ensure you are a competent enough swimmer to reach land should the worst happen and you are washed from the rocks. Even if you consider yourself to be a strong swimmer, it is strongly advised you wear a buoyancy vest. Blows to the head and pounding waves against the rocks kill more people than anything in rock fishing. A buoyancy vest will keep you afloat should you be uncon- scious, dazed, or unable to swim to safety. Fish with someone who is a confident rock-fishing angler if you are inexperi- enced. Children never step on to the stones without a responsible confident adult. And always respect the power of the sea. Pirates repel Two Blues challenge Pirates captain Isaiah Pine lays down the law to his team. Picture: JB PHOTOGRAPHY RUGBY UNION GARY JONES Find more sport reports at www.innerwestweekly.com.au SATURDAY saw the Pirates host- ing the Parramatta Two Blues at Concord Oval. Coming off back-to-back wins, the Pirates were warm favourites to beat a Parramatta side which had only registered one win for the season. This loomed as a danger game for the West Harbour boys and one they needed to win to move into finals contention. In brilliant sunshine some good Parramatta pressure led to an early try to the visitors, which was duly converted to draw first blood. But the Pirates hit back quickly with two quick tries wide out to Kuki Maafu and Henry Seavulu to snatch back the lead, only to see the Two Blues respond with a charge-down try off a clearance. A Jai Ayoub try converted by Steve Massey had the lead chang- ing again, but the Two Blues weren't about to lay down and scored a good try under the posts after a bad misread in the Pirates defence. Pirates No.13 Seavulu posted his second try just before half-time to give the Pirates back the lead 22-19 and assure them of a bonus point. Parramatta were playing an unstructured type of game which was unsettling the Pirates, who didn't seem to be able to find any rhythm to their game. Coach Stu Woodhouse must have given them a good rev-up during the break as two tries in quick time to Seavulu (his third of the day) and Pelea Afu and an- other Massey conversion had the Pirates out to a 34-19 lead. The Two Blues weren't finished though, scoring again before young Pirates fly half Ayoub, in his debut game on Concord Oval, scoring his second try of the day to snuff out any chance of a win for the plucky Parramatta side. West Harbour 41 (Henry Seavulu 3, Jai Ayoub 2, Pelea Afu, Kuki Maafu tries, Steve Massey 3 goals) beat Parramatta 26. Stars back and Farah fires VERA BERTOLA See a Tigers legend and join the blog, Thoughts of a Former Halfback, online at www.innerwestweekly.com.au RUGBY LEAGUE WESTS Tigers pick up their 2009 NRL campaign, after a week off due to the representative split round, against the resurgent Rabbitohs at Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday from 3pm. With both teams locked on four wins and four losses, a solid effort will be essential to secure the two premiership points. The Tigers will have captain Robbie Farah, Chris Heighington and Keith Gallo- way coming back from City v Country duties, while Benji Marshall and Dene Halatau are returning from their New Zealand call-up. All acquitted themselves exceptionally well in their respective teams, none more so than Robbie Farah, whose outstanding performance for City, with the added responsibility of the captaincy, won wide- spread praise and calls for his inclusion in the NSW State of Origin team. The Wests Tigers captain notched up 39 tackles and two try assists in City's 40-18 win over Country in Orange on Friday night. Rugby league supporters believe Farah's creativity will be a winner with Blues coach Craig Bellamy, who may prefer the Tiger over chief rival Michael Ennis of the Bulldogs. St Pat's put Beecroft to the sword Barry Chapman on the charge. RUGBY UNION ST PATRICK'S Rugby Club Strathfield (SPRC) played host to Kentwell Cup front-runners and last year's grand finalists Beecroft on Saturday. It was another victorious day for SPRC with first grade, colts, and third, fourth and fifth grades all notching up victories, extend- ing the club's lead in this year's Club Championship. First grade won 24-23 despite having poor field position for the match. The win pushes St Pat's into second place in the Kentwell com- petition behind Drummoyne. Best for the home team were Moape Vosinabola, Barry Chap- man and man-of-the-match Simon Walsh. Colts registered their second straight victory and take plenty of confidence into next week's road trip to Campbelltown. First grade: SPRC 24-23 (McLeod, Chapman, Traill tries, Bohl 2 goals, 1 penalty goal). Second grade: SPRC 18-28 (Vereti, Evans, Chang tries, Tia 1 penalty goal). Colts: SPRC 12-7 (Younan, Bathfield tries, James 1 conv). Third grade: SPRC 29-0 (Pauu, O'Neill, Matea, Fisher tries, O'Neill 3 conv, 1 penalty goal). Fourth grade: SPRC 17-7 (Buckley, Rokobatini, Rolls tries, Norton 1 conv). Fifth grade: SPRC 22-0 (Herbert, Rokobatini, Fisher, Castley tries, Norton 1 conv). Devils spear Uni's finals spot THE Drummoyne Devils had a stunning finish in the Women's National League finals. The Devils drew 8-8 against the 2008 minor premiers, Sydney Univer- sity Lions. The score was enough for the red-horned team to join the men's team qualifying for the National League fi- nals which start this week at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. The Devils shocked their opposition to jump out to a 3-1 lead midway through the first quarter. Needing a win to qualify for the finals, Sydney Uni managed to level the ledger with two goals late in the session. They pushed out to lead 7-6 at half time, but the Devils scored the equaliser midway through the final quarter. It was the cour- ageous defence of the Devils that upset the Lions. With less than two min- utes remaining a midfield steal gave the Devils a two- on-one opportunity with Ashleigh Southern scoring her fifth goal of the game to put the team in front 8-7. Sydney Uni tied in their next possession but the Devils defence stood tall.
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