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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 20 2008
62 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 21, 2008 SPORT www.innerwestweekly.com.au Cliffhanger finish in pool Stephen Stewart (far left) with team mates after the men's eight final in Beijing (above) and Nikita Cuffe in the water polo pool (below). MARIE SANSOM and JESSICA CAMPION THE Australian women's water polo team play for the bronze medal today (Thursday) after los- ing 9-8 to the USA in a nailbiting encounter on Tuesday afternoon. Nikita Cuffe, of Five Dock, and The Stingers were even with the Americans on 8-8 until the final minutes of the match when the US captain slammed a goal through the Aussie defensives. The Aust- ralians fought tenaciously to the bell but couldn't convert. The two teams have a recent history of Olympic rivalry. They met in the Olympic debut for women's water polo, the 2000 Sydney Olympics, when Australia snatched the gold from under American noses. In Athens, the US won their bronze medal game against the Stingers. Men's Water Polo Things haven't gone so well for the other Inner West Olympic medal hopeful Gavin Woods. The men are out of the medals and fourth in their group after unluckily losing two games by one goal. The Sharks held European champions Montenegro to a 5-5 draw on Monday but this wasn't enough for Woods' team to escape the 7-12 play offs. Men's Rowing It was bad news too for UTS- Haberfield rowers Stephen Stewart and James Chapman and the rest of the Australian men's eight rowing crew after they missed out on capping off their Olympic effort with a medal. The Australian coxed eight placed last in the six crew final at the Shunyi Rowing Park regatta on Sunday. The final was won by the world champion Canadian team, followed in second place by Great Britain and the US in third. It was a disappointing loss for the crew, especially after the rowers' exceptional medal haul the day before with gold medals going to the Australian men's pair crew and men's double sculls, and silver to the men's four. Women's Rowing The women's eight, featuring Strathfield's Liz Kell, also placed sixth in the final, won by the United States, on Sunday. The Netherlands came second and Romania, third. Reds take tough win DRUMMOYNE Dirty Reds found it difficult to hold out St Ignatius Old Boys in the first half of the match at Drummoyne Oval on Saturday. Hooker Tim Cruickshank was the only try scorer for Drummoyne as Iggies raced to a 23-7 lead. The speech by co-coach Nathan Wicks at half time appeared to work as the team started to pile on the points. Replacement scrum-half Jesse Milford offloaded for winger Ezekiel Fuimaono to score under the posts, then centre Pule Mesa scored two tries as he broke through the defence, flanker Scott Monaghan also carved up the defence, helping to set up a try and score one of his own. Further tries to scrum-half Ben Leaupepe, prop Elissi Laeo and lock Liam Harnett completed a 59-30 victory, secur- ing the Kentwell Cup Minor Premiership for 2008. Drummoyne second grade com- mitted a huge amount of errors throughout the first half, going into the break 12-0 down. A try to hooker Joe Laeo after a build up of forward pressure brought them into the game, but poor ball hand- ling and security at the break- down cost them the game 17-5. Drummoyne third grade con- tinued their form of winning tight matches, winning 5-3. Fourth and fifth grade both lost 24-14 and 19-7 respectively, while Colts were un- lucky to lose 15-10. 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