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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 1st 2009
38 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 2, 2009 MB SPORT www.innerwestweekly.com.au Old Boys defence holds firm RUGBY UNION DAVID MEW DRUMMOYNE travelled to Parra- matta to take on Kings Old Boys on Saturday and first grade were on the front foot early with full- back Dwight Shepherd placing kicks accurately into the oppo- sition's corner. Tries to NSW Suburban Rep- resentative flanker Scott Monaghan and centre Pule Mesa gave Drummoyne a 12-10 lead at half-time. The effects of washed-out train- ing sessions over the past four weeks started to show as the visitors struggled to break through Kings' tight defence in the second half and too many misguided kicks gave Kings enough possession to score two tries. Drummoyne fought back to score a try by NSW Suburban representative winger Josh Maleko and were hard on attack in the dying stages of the match, only for prop Tuainafua Veiru to be held up over the line. This gave Kings a 23-17 win, only their second win of the year and Drummoyne's second loss. Drummoyne maintains first position on the Kentwell Cup despite the loss. Second grade started well, with the forward pack keeping the ball tight on a very slippery surface. A try to Kings against the run of play and another through poor defence by the outside backs put the visitors on the back foot, but a brilliant try by winger Wise Qalulu who ran 40m before kick- ing to the midfield for winger Martin Tevaga to touch down under the posts gave Drummoyne confidence going into the second half. The half-time score of 10-7 did not change as Drummoyne prop Gavan Hassett injured his neck in a lineout and an ambulance had to be called, cutting the game short by 20 minutes. Thankfully Gavan is out of hospital and feeling OK. Third grade continued their good form by beating Kings 17-0, with two tries to centre Sean Bearkery and another to winger Matt Grice. Fourth grade and fifth grade both won 14-0 and 28-0 respectively, while colts went down fighting 27-7. Drummoyne hosts Mosman at Drummoyne Oval this weekend, with Veteran's Day celebrated with a Golden Oldies match. Magpies magic AFL David Clout in full flight for the Wests Magpies. WESTERN Suburbs travelled to Gore Hill Oval on Saturday to take on traditional enemy North Shore. As the Bombers were celebrat- ing to 30th anniversary of their 1979 premiership side, North Shore rose to the occasion in front of their faithful and kept Wests goalless in the first quarter. A stern talking to at quarter time propelled Wests out of their slumber and the side piled on 18 goals in the next the quarters to eventually subdue a brave Bombers outfit. The Magpie faithful enjoyed the debut of Joel Minichielo in the ruck and his feeding of Dwain Watkins after quarter time was a highlight. Watto is having a fan- tastic year. Matty Withers put in another magnificent performance and Dane Williams and Gavan King kicked four goals each. The side next travels to North Dalton Oval in Wollongong to take on a rejuvenated Lions side in what will be a final tune-up before East Coast Eagles come calling at Picken Oval. Score: Western Suburbs 0.4, 7.5, 11.9, 18.13 121 def North Shore 2.4, 4.6, 8.8, 12.8 80 Goalkickers: D Williams G King 4, M Eurell M Withers 3, A Eurell B Absolum S Hudson J Minichielo 1 Best players: D Watkins, M Withers, D Clout, E Kassem, J Minichielo, C Noordhof Tuna elusive, kings save day FISHING JACK SCRINE Deputy editor, Modern Fishing magazine LAST weekend many anglers took to the water to take advantage of the calmish conditions and fine weather. Those who headed out on Saturday, like my mates Nick Wood and James Yerbury, missed out on the tuna at Browns Mountain by no more than 24 hours. Hours of trolling and cubing didn't produce more than a couple of missed hook- ups, with the tuna definitely keeping their heads down and staying out of sight. Nick headed to 12 Mile Reef to jig for kingfish, and apparently half the popu- lation of Sydney had the same idea. The place was an absolute car park! That didn't stop the big kings coming out to play, though, with consistent action on knife jigs producing triple hook-ups for Nick and his crew on more than one occasion. A nice consolation prize when the tuna aren't obliging out wide! I've since heard expletives flooding from the mouths and fingers of both anglers as reports came flooding in to Sydney's online fishing forums and from an exuberant Al McGlashan on Sunday that big bluefin, yellowfin and bigeye tuna had appeared in droves out wide. A day is a long time in fishing, and this is a case in point. Bluefin to 100kg have come aboard and 50kg-plus yellowfin are also making an appearance. Since Sunday I've received further texts from Al, simply reading, ''two tuna to 70kg already, fighting another one right now, wish you were here!'' I'll admit, I joined my mates James and Nick in donating a few dollars to the swear jar. The time of year is right, and it looks like Browns is starting to fire. There have been on-and-off reports of good tuna this year so far, but if, as the reports suggest, the tuna have finally turned up in numbers, there's going to be a lot of boats out there trying for a piece of the action. Baxter battles for state in Auckland WATER POLO Morgan Baxter will represent NSW in water polo. SANTA Sabina student Morgan Baxter will represent her home state in water polo at the Under-18 Open International Invitational Tournament in Auckland over the school holidays. The Year 10 student plays for Water Polo NSW's under-16 A team. An avid water polo player from just nine years old, Baxter got her start after some encouragement from her older brothers. ''They suggested I try out for the development team at the Drummoyne Devils, which I did,'' she said. ''I loved it and have been play- ing ever since.'' As a left-hand wing driver, Baxter must watch the ball and feed it where it is needed. She is also a member of the NSW All Schools team and plays for the Santa Sabina water polo team. ''Santa has been very supportive and having their own teams, they understand the demands of the game,'' Baxter said. The Year 10 student also enjoys netball, gymnastics, swimming and cross-country. Tuqiri rattles sabre RUGBY UNION GARY JONES Lote Tuqiri impresses at Concord on Saturday. Picture: JB PHOTOGRAPHY WALLABY coach Robbie Deans would have been smiling after seeing the performance of Lote Tuqiri for the Pirates last week- end. Tuqiri set up an early try and was a constant threat to the Gordon defence every time he handled the ball. In a game that highlighted brutal defence each side scored two tries, however five successful kicks from the boot of Dave Harvey delivered Gordon a 23-12 victory over the Pirates at Con- cord Oval. The Pirates showed their attack- ing intentions early when they swung the ball wide to Tuqiri, with the HSBC Waratahs flyer drawing the defence to set up Henry Seavula who palmed away Western Force wing Dane Haylett- Petty before crossing. Steve Massey converted, how- ever two penalties to Dave Harvey reduced the lead to one. The Highlanders then hit the front with a runaway try to Mark Preston after a length of the field try after a turnover on their own line. West Harbour continued to dominate field position, and eventually Tito Mua crossed near the right touchline to leave the home side trailing 13-12. The narrow margin didn't last long, however, with Matt McDougall showing some great footwork and a flashy turn of speed to score under the posts. Harvey's fourth successful kick added the extras and extended the lead to eight, leaving the Pirates down 20-12 at half time. While both sides continued to attack in the second half, neither could add a try. One of the closest occasions came when Tuqiri chipped-and-chased successfully before kicking into the in-goal but the opportunity was defused. The only points of the half came from a Gordon penalty as the Highlanders maintained third place with a 23-12 victory. The loss was West Harbour's third in a row and they now sit one point outside the top six. Gordon 23 (Mark Preston, Matt McDougall tries; Dave Harvey 3 penalties, 2 conversions) def West Harbour 12 (Henry Seavula, Tito Mua tries; Steve Massey conver- sion) at Concord Oval. Not much hope for season RUGBY LEAGUE VERA BERTOLA Benji Marshall makes a break. WHILE coach Tim Sheens continues to search for a positive spin on the Wests Tigers' inconsistency this year, NRL watchers are advising him to start planning for 2010. The Tigers dipped to their sixth loss in seven outings with a 21-10 loss to the Dragons on Friday night, and are precariously clinging to second last on the competition table. Sheens is hanging on to the very long odds Wests Tigers will hit a purple patch and storm home, but it seems unlikely. His critics hit internet forums on the weekend with ''Sack Sheens now. Let's do it''. ''Sack him now, even if we go broke, at least we go broke with dignity,'' one user wrote, voicing the concerns of many others. Wests Tigers have won only five of their 15 matches this year, and supporters are finding the jubilation of the 2005 premier- ship win is getting thin. After seven seasons at the helm of the joint venture club, the fans have every right to expect more of Sheens and their team. Wests Tigers meet the Rabbitohs in round 17 at 5.30pm on Saturday at ANZ Stadium.
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