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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 3rd 2009
42 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 4, 2009 MB SPORT www.innerwestweekly.com.au Skater eyes national title From Back Page They'll be doing the 14 Step for their compulsory routine and they're dancing to Call Me Irres- ponsible for their original dance. The couple are trained by for- mer Australian Winter Olympian, Monica MacDonald, who rep- resented Australia in ice dance in 1998, and former assistant Russian Olympic coach, Andrei Filippov -- who believes in the power of practise, Patrick says. ''He says practise, practise, practise and if you're not on the ice -- get on and practise.'' The Hollins Trophy runs from June 5 to 8 at Canterbury Ice Rink. Entry is free. Lia's breathtaking finish at big swim meet A SWIMMER from Bethlehem Col- lege has achieved some personal best times at the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Swimming Car- nival. Year 9 student Lia Oliver rep- resented the Catholic Girl's Secondary Schools Sporting As- sociation. ''I'm so proud of Lia -- she set herself a goal and she has worked extremely hard to achieve this outstanding result,'' sports teacher Lenore Dew said. ''Lia was second in a breathtak- ing finish at the CGSSA finals where she took a massive 42 seconds off her best time last year. ''At NSW CCC Lia achieved a further one and a half seconds off her 200m individual medley and a massive 8 seconds off her 200m freestyle.'' Lia trains every morning before school and has joined a surf club to improve her swimming and stamina. Bethlehem College principal Anna Dickinson was also very proud of Lia. Tigers need quick turnaround VERA BERTOLA RUGBY LEAGUE Join the blog, Thoughts of a Former Halfback, online www.innerwestweekly.com.au WESTS Tigers coach Tim Sheens will urgently go back to the draw- ing board this week after the NRL club lost its fourth game on the trot and are on the back foot to make the play-offs this season. The Tigers suffered an embar- rassing 14-0 loss to the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday, and all players are on notice that their positions this weekend are not guaranteed. But the quick turnaround -- the Tigers will match blows with the Panthers on Friday -- and a mount- ing injury list will prove a chal- lenge even for an experienced coach like Sheens. Centre Peni Tagive is expected to be out for six weeks after injuring a shoulder against the Warriors and he joins Keith Gallo- way (knee), Chris Lawrence (ankle) and Dean Collis (forearm) on the sidelines. Wests Tigers have slipped to 12th place on the competition table after 12 rounds with a disappoint- ing four wins and seven losses for just 10 points. It will take all of their resolve to get their 2009 campaign back on track as they head into the back end of the season. The team missed the creativity and workload of captain Robbie Farah on Sunday, who is unlikely to play this Friday either. The 25-year-old will make his State of Origin debut tomorrow night in Melbourne, a stellar achievement after missing the start of the season with a back injury then suffering concussion two weeks ago. Friday's match kicks off at Leichhardt Oval at 7.35pm. Stars mobbed at Pirate's victory GARY JONES RUGBY UNION Lote Tuquiri had the star quality. WALLABY stars Lote Tuquiri and Timana Tahu turned out for the Pirates last weekend at Forshaw Rugby Park and didn't let anyone down with a dominant display against a plucky Southern Dis- tricts side. The best crowd in three years, according to Souths' Craig Hawkins, turned out to stand in the rain in what were at times atrocious conditions to watch Premier Club Rugby all because of the Lote factor. Some seven Wallabies and Super 14 players were back for the game with both sides coming off a series of back-to-back wins. With light rain falling at kick off the crowd began to build to watch what turned out to be a thoroughly entertaining game as both sides attacked as if the conditions were dry and although the rain con- tinued for most of the game the large crowd stayed until the end with the result only decided in the last minute of play. The Pirates scored five tries all through the backs with prolific try scorer John Sinisa's touchdown breaking a 27-all deadlock in the closing stages. A second half try to Tuquiri set up by his Wallaby partner Tahu had the crowd on their feet with Tuquiri proudly announcing after the game that he had never played in a losing game with the Pirates. The Rebels scored four tries of their own and picked up two bonus points in the loss which breaks their two-game winning streak. Tuquiri and Tahu were mobbed after the game signing autographs and posing for photos for fans in the rain long after the game ended. The win moves the Pirates to equal second on the Premiership ladder and they have won their past six games. They take on Northern Suburbs on Saturday, June 13, at Concord Oval and hope to have their stars available for their home game. West Harbour 32 (Steve Massey, Jai Ayoub, Tito Mua, Lote Tuqiri, John Sinisa tries; Steve Massey 2 cons, pen) def Southern Districts 27. Weather is rough, snappers are biting 'MANGROVE' JACK SCRINE Deputy editor, Modern Fishing Snapper is on the bite. ROUGH weather and cooler water temperatures are a recurring theme of winter fishing reports, but they also equate to something special -- Sydney snapper. Sydney's offshore reefs have been producing some good reds for those able to brave the wind and washes, with Dan Burgess of the Modern Fishing team snaring sev- eral nice-sized specimens this week at an offshore Sydney mark that will remain unnamed. Turn on the sounder and look for patterns on the bottom that indicate structure or kelp to target this demersal species. Fishing for snapper up against the rocky washes is also pro- ductive when the water is churn- ing, as the added protection of milky foam and churning seas give inshore reds the security they need to feed in comfort and safety, as well as stirring up plenty of food. Aggressive on the take and punishing on the gear as they are, big snapper are finicky feeders. Rough conditions suit their sus- picious temperament well. Fish 5-7in soft plastic shads to snare the big ones. If you're fishing with bait, ensure it is of good quality. Luderick (blackfish) and black drummer (pigs) are other ten- acious winter targets that are available when conditions aren't exactly favourable. Remember though, when target- ing luderick, that catching them from the rocks and catching them from estuaries are two separate styles that require different tac- tics, float weightings, and bait positioning. Generally though, oceanic weed and cabbage collected from rocks at low tide will be the best bait. Small soft plastic lures and hard-bodies will occasionally catch luderick, but this is rare. St Patrick's Rugby Club battle it out with Woollahra Colleagues in trying conditions. Side shines in the wet RUGBY UNION ON Saturday St Patrick's Rugby Club Strathfield braved the rain to play host to Woollahra Colleagues at Hudson Park, Strathfield. In testing conditions which made handling difficult, St Pat's showed it will be a force in this year's Kentwell competition by easily disposing of Colleagues with a five tries to one, 35-8 victory. Standouts for St Pat's were lock Barry Chapman and No 8 Milo Mekaio who both dominated Col- league defenders. Special mentions must go to fullback Nick Brady (two tries) and stand in halfback Andrew Katoa who were outstanding in the miserable conditions. Second grade went down 5-7 to a determined Colleagues outfit. Third grade scored a memorable victory over its more fancied rivals. Fourth and fifth grades suffered narrow defeats. Colts scored a remarkable vic- tory over the previously unde- feated Colleague side. St Pat's scored early to go to a 5-0 lead. Colleagues edged closer late in the match with a penalty goal. Ten minutes from time a Dan Jones kick saw a flying Matt Garden score in the corner. Dan Jones's sideline conversion sealed the 12-3 victory. This makes it four on the hop for the under-21s. This weekend St Pat's travel to Drummoyne.
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