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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 9th 2009
42 INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 9, 2009 MB SPORT www.innerwestcourier.com.au 200cm and jumping From Back Page After the competition, selections were made for the Combined NSW basketball team. Luke was chosen from among some of the best schoolboy basketballers to represent the state at the Australian champion- ships. Luke, who has been playing since he was in Year 6, said he had a good chance of making the team. ''I'm really happy with it. I thought I was in a good position to make the team again this year because I made it last year,'' he said. Newington College headmaster David Mulford said he was ''in- credibly proud'' of Luke. Luke is also a key member of the Newington firsts team that won the GPS basketball competition, going through the 14 rounds of the competition undefeated. Luke and the Newington firsts will now compete at the state championships in September. Two losses on the trot shock Reds RUGBY The Dirty Reds go up for the lineout against Mosman. DRUMMOYNE hosted Mosman at Drummoyne Oval on Saturday and immediately found them- selves under pressure. A lineout won against the throw resulted in a favourable bounce into the arms of a Mosman player who scored. Drummoyne fought back to score a try by centre Pule Mesa to take a 7-5 lead at half-time. Poor ball security by the Dirty Reds and good counter attack by Mosman helped the visitors post two tries against the run of play. Some ill-discipline cost Drummoyne further penalties and, despite dominating pos- session, they lost the game 26-7. The team still sits on top of the Kentwell Cup ladder but has now lost two games in a row for the first time since 2005. The annual Veteran's day clash provided great entertainment and tries to Travis Hall and Alan Colgan allowed Drummoyne to win the clash 15-0 and retain the trophy for another year. Drummoyne second grade al- lowed Mosman to score a con- verted try and a penalty before clicking into gear and scoring a try of their own to fullback Nick Bull. Poor defence allowed further tries and a half-time score of 7-24. Lock John Natandra scored two tries in the second half, but the home team could not contain Mosman as they completed a 50-19 thumping. There are no games scheduled for this weekend. Vic Darchinyan works out at his Marrickville gym. Photo: MARK EVANS ~nn589163 Vic eyes a new title Angus Street BOXING CHISWICK boxer Vic Darchinyan will attempt to win a world title in his third weight class this Sunday. The Armenian-born boxer will move up a division to challenge IBF bantamweight world cham- pion Joseph ''King Kong'' Agbeko. ''I can't spend my career just defending, defending, defending. I have to move up in weight and go after more titles,'' Darchinyan said. ''I have the power to demol- ish anyone, and I'm going to keep moving up." Raging Bull Darchinyan has previously won world titles in the flyweight and super flyweight div- isions. Fighting Agbeko he will be attempting to emulate the feat of Australia's first three-division world champion Jeff Fenech. Darchinyan and Agbeko are rec- ognised as two of the hardest- hitting boxers in the world and possess eye-popping knockout per- centages. Agbeko of Accra, Ghana, cur- rently fighting out of the Bronx in New York, has knocked out more than 81 per cent of his opponents while Darchinyan is right behind him on 76 percent. While there's an age gap of four years, Darchinyan believes his younger opponent shouldn't take him lightly. ''I hope he's working hard and training extra hard for this fight,'' he said, ''I don't want it to be an easy fight. ''I've seen Agbeko's fights and they don't impress me. You will see. Nothing compares to my power and I will knock him out with my power. I can open my jaw and let him punch it and he still won't hurt me.'' The fleet-footed Agbeko is also ready for what he is calling the fight of his life. ''In boxing you have to fight the best to be the best and I just want Vic to know that this is the fight of my life,'' Agbeko said. ''I know Vic Darchinyan picked to fight me because he thinks he can have his way with me but I just want him to know that this is the biggest mistake he has ever made in his career because he's going to get the worst beating of his career.'' The fight will be televised in Australia from 11am this Sunday. Leichhardt a step on Cole's comeback trail Angus Street SOCCER Sydney FC player Shannon Cole in action against the Mariners. Photo: PHIL BLATCH ~PP294458 SYDNEY FC right fullback Shannon Cole, of Concord West, returned to the Inner West on Monday night for a friendly game against the Central Coast Mariners. Played at Leichhardt Oval, it was the first time an A-League side had ventured onto the pitch, which is the home ground of NSW Premier League side the Sydney Tigers. The former Sydney Olympic midfielder, who debuted for Sydney in 2008 against Melbourne Victory, started the year on a high with a selection in the 21-man Australian squad for the Asian Cup qualifier against Indonesia. Cole had picked himself up after being dumped from the Socceroos' 35-man squad, which was to play a World Cup qualifier against Qatar, late last year. The 24-year-old has since continued his success cementing himself has a key component of Sydney FC's A-League campaign. Cole will be in action again this Sunday, July 12, against the Newcastle Jets in Port Macquarie.
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