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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 2 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 3, 2008 45 SPORT www.innerwestweekly.com.au Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas joins club president Colin Fleming and the Vintage Reds at Drummoyne Oval. Drummoyne Reds eclipse the Stars THE Drummoyne Vintage Reds took on the Mosman All Stars in the annual Veterans' Day Golden Oldies soccer match at Drummoyne Oval on Saturday. The Reds retained the Aftom Hema Trophy for another year. The team was led by Captain Doctor David Todd and special mention should go to Anthony Swanson, who showed plenty of pace on the wing. A second half try to centre Ross Pollet sealed the 10-0 win. Drummoyne Firsts scored two quick long range tries to centre Pule Mesa, who showed great soccer skills to toe the ball three times before diving on it to score his second. Mosman responded with a couple of tries themselves, keeping the half time score to 19-17. An early second half scuffle be- tween the teams left Drummoyne without two players and Mosman without one. Drummoyne continued to split the defence at will, with centre Inoke Turuva breaking through three tackles to score the decisive try, setting up a 45-22 win for Drummoyne. Drummoyne Seconds scored a bonus point for scoring four tries before the half-time break with winger Dan Hall and hooker Alex Cruikshank scoring. A penalty try to Mosman before the half-time break briefly let them back into the game but further tries to fullback Peter Whan closed out an entertaining 45-34 victory for Drummoyne. In other matches, Drummoyne Thirds lost 10-9 from penalty on the final whistle. Fourth grade lost 6-5, fifth grade lost 12-10 and Colts lost 22-0. This weekend Drummoyne travel to Barra Brui Oval, St Ives to take on Knox Old Boys, who sit second on the club championship ladder behind Drummoyne. JUNIOR SPORTS STAR Hunt on for outstanding young athletes NOW there is even more reason to enter our Junior Sports Star awards. This year the Inner-West Weekly will offer a second annual award, the Young Achiever Award. As usual, our Junior Sports Star of the year will receive a medal and $1000 prizemoney. The rest of the year's published nominees then will be in the running for the Young Achiever Award. We will select a developing sportsperson for the award, with he or she receiving a medal and $500. It's an opportunity for athletes who may be doing great things in their chosen field but may not have reached the level of competition that would see them take out the major award. All of the Junior Sports Star win- ners from 21 Cumberland and Courier Newspapers publications will be in contention for the Cumberland Medal as overall winner. In the three years of the awards program, we have recognised many outstanding youngsters who are con- tinuing their rise to the top and now we have our first Olympian. Dani Samuels, our inaugural Cumberland Medal winner in 2005, has made Australia's athletics team for Beijing. Previous winners for the Inner-West Weekly are Tyra Calderwood in 2005 for his remarkable feats in tennis; Lachlan Hollis in 2006 for his prowess in water polo and Kenneth To in 2007 for his outstanding swimming achievements. The Junior Sports Star award is open to sportspeople aged between 10 and 16 at the time of nomination who live in the local area. To enter, fill in the coupon on page 46 or go to our website at www.innerwestweekly.com.au and click on the Junior Sports Star tile. Gianluca lives his West Tigers' dream Gianluca Urbani-Carrieri at West Tigers' training at Concord Oval this week. GIANLUCA Urbani-Carrieri will forever remember the day he got the chance to live his dream of becoming a Wests Tigers player. The eight-year-old Tigers fan underwent an operation to remove a tumour on his brain in April last year. The surgery followed his continous complaints about headaches to his concerned mum, Rosemary. ''At first, I put it down to school,'' Rosemary said. ''However, it became ap- parent to me, they were not normal headaches.'' An MRI confirmed Gianluca had a tumour in the passage between the ven- tricles or cavities, deep in his brain. ''We were told by a special- ist if it was left untouched, the tumour could cause a build up of spinal fluid and pressure on the brain, which can lead to sudden death,'' Rosemary said. ''We were referred to Dr Charlie Teo, who told me 'Your son will drop dead, maybe at school or playing football, if left untreated'. ''He also told me how lucky we were to have had an MRI done as it was an accidental finding.'' Gianluca was operated on at Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, in a four-hour pro- cedure. ''After a complication, all went well,'' Rosemary said. ''Gianluca will never be able to play or train with a junior rugby league team. He also has mild autism spectrum disorder which makes certain situations dif- ficult to understand. ''A few weeks ago, Gianluca was watching a Wests Tigers match on television and turned to me and said, 'Mum, when I grow up I want to play football just like Benji Marshall'.'' Upon hearing of Gianluca's battle, Wests Tigers invited Dulwich Hill family to watch the team train and meet the players. It was an experience Gianluca will always remem- ber as the players signed his new jersey and talked footy. ''Gianluca is a good boy. I'd do anything for him as I came so close to losing him,'' Rose- mary said. ''When we left Concord Oval, I had to go and get the photos developed so Gianluca can take them to school tomorrow. There is a lovely one of him and Benji that will go in his room. ''I really appreciate what Wests Tigers did. Wests Tigers are wonderful people with beautiful hearts.'' WAYNE COUSINS Winning the simple plan WESTS Tigers will use this weekend's bye to recover and regroup after Sunday's wretched 28-26 loss to New Zealand Warriors at Leichhardt Oval. Tigers captain Brett Hodgson could have taken the game into golden point extra- time but his after-the-whistle conversion attempt was flagged away, leaving the Warriors to celebrate and the Tigers slipping to 12th place on the NRL ladder. Club chief Steve Noyce said Hodgson was ''down in the dumps'' following the failed conversion Noyce discounted the rel- evance of the NRL ladder, at this stage of the season. ''The importance of that comes at the end of the season,'' he insisted. ''We just need to win games; it's pretty simple.'' Noyce said the weekend bye would give players like Chris Lawrence a chance to recover from niggling injuries as they prepared for their final Campbelltown home game of the season on July 14. 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