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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 23rd 2009
42 INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 23, 2009 MB SPORT www.innerwestcourier.com.au Marathon man is off NATHAN KLEIN I've always been talented at running and I knew that once I got back into it I would go far if I still had the drive' ' Brendan Davies has moved from fun runs to serious marathon. Picture: NICK BLOUKOS IT'S not everybody's idea of fun, but for Brendan Davies, running a 100km race is just that. Since signing up with running club the Woodstock Runners two years ago, the 32-year-old from Belfield has gone from the 14km City2Surf to a 42km marathon -- and then to a 100km road race. And if running the distance isn't amazing enough, the time he com- pleted it in was enough to qualify him for the Australian team. ''I got to 30 and I was quite overweight,'' Davies said. ''I wanted to drop some kilos and I've always enjoyed running, but had never done it seriously. I found Woodstock and started doing fun runs and marathons with them. ''I just did it for a bit of fun. Now I'm in the Australian team for the Commonwealth Championships in England in September. ''I've always been talented at running and I knew that once I got back into it I would go far if I still had the drive.'' That's certainly the case for the fitness junkie. He runs 15km almost every day after work to keep fit and conditioned specifi- cally for his training -- and then does a 30km run on the weekend. ''The body becomes so con- ditioned to the training,'' he said. ''The recovery is so unbelievably quick, you can wake up the next day feeling so fresh.'' The ultra runner can complete a marathon in just over two-and-a- half hours, which makes him one of the fastest long-distance ath- letes in Australia. But it's the 100km event that Davies wants to excel in. ''I want to do my next 100km in under eight hours. My qualifying time was eight hours and seven minutes in January earlier this year. I beat the others by 20 minutes,'' he said. He will be one of six Aussies flying to England in September to run. Only five will race. ''I'm really looking forward to donning the green and gold,'' Davies said. ''To represent Australia in any- thing is exciting. I can't wait.'' Transplants provide new lease on life Murray Rose is training for the Transplant Games on the Gold Coast. Picture: CRAIG WILSON ~PP299118 PETERSHAM'S Murray Rose bears no blood relation to the Aussie swimmer, yet his drive to succeed makes him as much of a champion as his namesake. Mr Rose, 46, is set to travel to the Gold Coast to compete in golf and rowing at the upcoming World Transplant Games from August 22-30. ''I competed in a lot of different sports before my transplant 14 years ago,'' Mr Rose said. ''As my kidney began to fail I had less energy to play sports, but after my transplant I felt this explosion of energy which has allowed me to begin playing again.'' As well as a sporting compe- tition for all ages, the Games are an awareness event for organ and tissue donation, Transplant Aust- ralia chief executive Chris Thomas said. ''It really is inspiring to witness the humanity and emotion that spans many languages and cul- tures,'' Mr Thomas said. ''It captures the true meaning of courage in overcoming difficulties in life, and the gratitude of receiv- ing the ultimate gift: an organ or tissue transplant.'' With more than 1800 Aust- ralians on the waiting list for a transplant, Mr Rose urged famil- ies to discuss becoming organ donors. ''Although I have many sporting heroes, the people I admire most are donor families,'' he said. ''I wouldnt even be alive now if it weren't for them, and I'm grate- ful.'' More than 2000 organ recipients from 50 countries will compete at the Games next month, with Mr Rose one of 300 Australians wear- ing green and gold. - by work experience student Alison Pels Drummoyne pack returns to form, 62-5 RUGBY David Mew DRUMMOYNE travelled to Woollahra Oval No.2 last Saturday to take on Colleagues, hoping to break a two-week losing streak. The power of the Drummoyne scrum was shown immediately as the pack proceeded to pushover from two 5m scrums, where NSW Suburban representative number eight Trent Tapps scored a try each time. A third try from a pushover attempt was scored by captain Nathan Landrey in the corner. Tries to NSW Suburban rep- resentative winger Josh Maleko and centre Tani Isaia took Drummoyne to a 31-5 half time lead. Drummoyne continued to pile on the points in the second half, as Maleko scored another try, lock John Natandra scored from a pick and drive, while NSW Suburban representative centre Chris Sione crossed for two of his own tries, before setting up NSW Suburban representative captain Scott Monaghan for the final try. The 62-5 final scoreline showed that Drummoyne are starting to return to the form that produced premiership victories in the last three consecutive Kentwell Cup competitions. Drummoyne second grade came back from 12-0 down at half time through tries to flanker Gareth Kelly and prop James Lealesi to level the scores at 12-12, but a late try to Colleagues gave them a 17-12 victory. Drummoyne thirds lost a tight game 12-10, fourths lost 40-10, fifths won 37-14 and colts lost 33-10. Drummoyne hosts Knox Old Boys at Drummoyne Oval this Saturday in a Kentwell Cup top of the table clash. Find a space and don't wreck the party Jack Scrine TROLLING and bait fishing through the harbour, around Rose and Watsons bays and Middle and Dobroyd heads, has proven frus- trating for anglers targeting yellowtail kingfish. The fish have been there, but due to cold water or barometric mysteries, they have been visible but not hungry. This is Sydney Harbour kingfish fishery during winter months. Head offshore to areas like The Peak, Long Reef and 12 Mile, where legal kings are being caught on jigs and livies, and snapper are being taken on soft plastics and bait. If your vessel doesn't have off- shore capabilities, drag yourself out of bed early and drift around the markers of Quarantine and North Head. The advantage of covering these areas early in the morning is that while harbour kingfish are by no means guaran- teed at the moment, the football- field-sized schools of salmon North Head is famous for can pop up at any time, and dawn is your best bet. On good days, the smallest of boats can access this area. I fish from my kayak be- tween the heads and there is good fishing to be had when other methods prove frustrating. Fish baits or plastics near the markers work for kings, but en- sure you have a couple of lightish spin reels with good casting rods locked and loaded with unweighted plastic stickbaits. The salmon can pop up at any time and will only remain at the surface for short periods at a time. You'll likely be competing for best position, with plenty of other boats chasing these feisty sportfish. But don't take this as a sign to charge straight at the salmon schools with your noisy boat, vying for the best cast. Nothing will send the fish back below the surface faster. Jack Scrine is the deputy editor of Modern Fishing magazine. August issue out now.
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