Mitchell Johnson Visits 'Cold' Capital

Former Australian Test fast bowler Mitchell Johnson visited several shopping centres in Canberra on Sunday November 6 to sign copies of his new autobiography, "Resilient". The Queensland-born star - now residing in Western Australia - began the day at QBD Bookstore

Second ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Netball Tournament

More than 25 teams will be playing in the second ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Netball Tournament, held in Canberra on Saturday [29 October]. Teams have come from regional Victoria, NSW and the ACT to play in the women’s, mixed and junior division comp

Alison Bai

Canberra International Draws Some Big Names

Three of Australia’s top 10 men will headline the field at the Apis Canberra International $50,000 ATP Challenger event at Canberra Tennis Centre next week, with more than half Australian players. Australia’s Jordan Thompson (NSW), James Duckworth (NSW) and Matt

Class Shows in Premier Squash Semi-Finals

The semi-finals in the ACT Premier Squash Competition were held this week at the Woden Squash Centre. Line 1 As predicted, Corey Bedingfield and Peter Nuttall will play the Line 1 Grand Final on Saturday. Hayden Ross was competitive throughout the match with Core

Further Big Re-signings for Canberra Demons

The Canberra Demons are pleased to further announce the key re-signings of 2016 Best & Fairest Runner Up and 2015 AFL Canberra Mulrooney Medallist Isaac Taylor, defenders Nick Collins and Luke McKay along with utilities Jack Baker and Lachlan Harper who have all

Mitchell Johnson Visits ‘Cold’ Capital

Mitchell Johnson Visits ‘Cold’ Capital

Former Australian Test fast bowler Mitchell Johnson visited several shopping centres in Canberra on Sunday November 6 to sign copies of his new autobiography, “Resilient”. The Queensland-born star – now residing in Western Australia – began the...

Canberra International Draws Some Big Names

Three of Australia’s top 10 men will headline the field at the Apis Canberra International $50,000 ATP Challenger event at Canberra Tennis Centre next week, with more than half Australian players.

Australia’s Jordan Thompson (NSW), James Duckworth (NSW) and Matthew Barton (NSW) will join some of the world’s best players in the nation’s capital, where US $50,000 and world ranking points will be on the line.

Thompson is the top world ranked player, currently ranked 99 in the world. The Aussie trio will be joined by ten other top 25 Australian players, including 2015 Canberra International singles final runner-up Luke Saville (SA), and fellow Aussies John Patrick Smith (QLD), Matthew Ebden (WA), Blake Mott (NSW), Marc Polmans (VIC), Christopher O’Connell (NSW), Max Purcell (NSW), Omar Jasika (VIC), Dayne Kelly (VIC), and Maverick Banes (OLD) in the main draw.

The international charge will be led by Argentinian talent Marco Trungelliti (ARG) and Slovakia’s Grega Zemlja (SLO), as well as challengers from India, Italy, Korea, Japan, New Zealand and the USA.

A strong women’s draw will provide a masterful week of tennis, with 32 of the world’s top female tennis players to battle it out on court in the ITF event, with an additional US $50,000 and world rankings points up for grabs. Both from Japan, world No.117 Risa Ozaki and world No.161 Hiroko Kuwata will start as early favourites for the title, but will be forced to overcome top ranked Australian Arina Rodionova (VIC) (184) who will be looking to add to her successful 2016 campaign which has included a doubles quarter final berth in the Australian Open 2016 with sister Anastasia, Federation Cup, Rio Olympics and runner up in Lexington USA.

Former junior Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty (QLD) will make a return to singles tennis in Canberra, after time off playing cricket, currently ranked 328 in the world.

And during an impressive year with wins over former top 50 players Laura Robson and Melanie Oudin, Canberra’s Alison Bai will have the support of her home crowd.

Lizette Cabrera (QLD), Storm Sanders (WA), Olivia Rogowska (VIC) round out to total 6 Australians to play in the women’s field.

Slovakian Dalila Jakupovic leads the International contingent, alongside 2015 Canberra International singles champion, Asia Muhammad (USA) who is fresh from a doubles quarter final berth at the 2016 US Open.

The men’s and women’s Apis Canberra International events form part of the Australian Pro Tour, which provides local and international players the ideal lead-in to the domestic summer of tennis.

Tennis Australia Pro Tour Manager Fiona Luscombe, said the events will bring world class tennis to Canberra.
“We are really pleased with the fields assembled for both tournaments and are excited to welcome more than 100 of the world’s top tennis players to the Territory.

“The outstanding new Canberra Tennis Centre in Lyneham is an ideal venue to host elite-level tournaments, and I encourage all local tennis fans to come along and experience international tennis right in their own backyard.”

About the event

Men’s qualifying begins on Saturday 29 October and women’s qualifying commencing Sunday 30 October with play commencing from 9am each day. Main draw action is scheduled to commence on Monday 1 November.

The Apis Canberra International is part of the Australian Pro Tour, a series of professional tennis events that bridge junior events and the ATP/WTA Tour, providing an opportunity for players to earn world ranking points.

The tournaments were announced in September as part of the Tennis ACT calendar of Pro Tour events secured through the redevelopment of the Canberra Tennis Centre. The redeveloped centre features 28 tennis courts – including synthetic grass, Italian clay and hardcourt surfaces – as well as four ANZ Tennis Hot Shots courts.

Finals weekend will be Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 November, with doubles scheduled on Saturday and singles on Sunday. The weekend will be filled with activities and fun for the whole family, including face painting, jumping castle and speed serve.

Entry to the Canberra Tennis Centre is free for all five Pro-Tour 2016/2017 events, with a gold coin donation upon entry on finals days.

The main draw for the Apis Canberra International Men’s and Women’s events are subject to change until Monday 1 November 2016.


Class Shows in Premier Squash Semi-Finals

The semi-finals in the ACT Premier Squash Competition were held this week at the Woden Squash Centre.

Line 1

As predicted, Corey Bedingfield and Peter Nuttall will play the Line 1 Grand Final on Saturday.

Hayden Ross was competitive throughout the match with Corey, however some unforced errors by Hayden during some crucial parts of each game allowed Corey to sneak in front and hold the lead to win 3-0.

Charan Walia was out to push Peter Nuttall as far as he could. While he was able to win 1 game, Peter was able to move Charan around the court which caught up with Charan towards the end.

Line 1 Semi Final Results
Corey Bedingfield (SCSC) defeated Hayden Ross (DSC) 11-9, 14-12, 11-6
Peter Nuttall (SCSC) defeated Charan Walia (SCSC) 11-7, 7-11, 11-3, 11-9

Line 2

The semi Finals saw a couple of match ups for the history books.

First up Alex Lock v Corey Markham. Historically these two have had some cracker matches but of late, Alex has been on top. Alex started off well, dominating from the front, winning the first game 11-7. Corey came out in the 2nd fighting hard, however Alex was able to hang on in a close one, winning the 2nd 13-11. Corey stuck to his guns once again in the 3rd, pushing Alex all the way, once again though, Alex refused to respect his elders, also winning the 3rd in a close one, 12-10.

Next on court was Ben Phillips and Graham Mackay. With both players representing the Dickson Squash Club, Dickson was guaranteed a player in the Grand Final for Line 2. The first game could have gone either way, however some unforced errors towards the end of the first by Ben allowed Graham to get on top, winning 11-7. Ben certainly wasn’t himself in the second game, Graham winning comfortably 11-4. The crowd upstairs waited with anticipation for Ben to get those fist pumps out in the 3rd to make a match of it. With that said, Ben found some form and won the 3rd 11-9. To Graham’s credit though, he wasn’t going to let Ben sneak back into the match, going on to win the 4th 11-6.

The scene has been set for Alex Lock v Graham Mackay in the Grand Final this Saturday.

Line 2 Semi Final Results
Alex Lock (SCSC) defeated Corey Markham (QSC) 11-7, 13-11, 12-10
Graham Mackay (DSC) defeated Ben Phillips (DSC) 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6

Line 3

First up was the hard hitting, cork screwing, Jamie Latham up against the never give up Lachy Watt. Jamie got stuck in early, getting on top, winning the first two games. Lachy showed touches of brilliance during the second however, which continued into the 3rd game, with Lachy going on to win the 3rd game and looking to take it to a five games match. Jamie stuck to his game plan however and Lachy wasn’t able to get in front during the 4th, with Jamie eventually winning 3-1.

With Jamie securing the first spot in the Line 3 Grand Final, it was then up to the young gun Zac Morris up against the experienced Russell Hyde to see who would join Jamie on Saturday. It was basically point for point the entire match, with both players having their opportunities to get on top. In a very close one, Zac snuck in to win the 1st game 12-10. The next 2 games were also close, however Zac was able to keep in front just enough to win 3-0 in the end, however Russell certainly pushed him all the way.

So with the semi finals completed, the Line 3 Grand Final will be Jamie Latham v Zac Morris.

Line 3 Semi Final Results
Jamie Latham (VSC) defeated Lachy Watt (SCSC) 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8
Zac Morris (SCSC) defeated Russell Hyde (DSC) 12-10, 11-8, 11-9


Further Big Re-signings for Canberra Demons

The Canberra Demons are pleased to further announce the key re-signings of 2016 Best & Fairest Runner Up and 2015 AFL Canberra Mulrooney Medallist Isaac Taylor, defenders Nick Collins and Luke McKay along with utilities Jack Baker and Lachlan Harper who have all recommitted for the 2017 season.

Taylor, who returned to the NEAFL fold in 2016 following his debut in 2012, had a stellar 2016 finishing runner up in the Demons Best and Fairest behind Belconnen teammate Jordan Harper. Taylor will look to continue to work hard over the pre-season to further enhance his effectiveness around the stoppages which is a valuable assist to the Demons midfield group.

“Personally I was really happy with coming back into NEAFL in 2016 having played at Belconnen in 2015, and I felt that I adjusted well throughout the season. My second half of the season was an improvement on the first half of the year and I am looking forward to pre-season and working hard on fitness levels” said Taylor.

Former NSW / ACT Rams member Luke McKay is coming off one of his best seasons of footy having being awarded the Round 4 NEAFL Rising Star Nomination and was seen as one of the Demons most improved performers in 2016.

“I felt in 2015 I was a bit anxious when playing but this season I’ve felt really comfortable in my role in defence and felt as though I belonged at NEAFL level. There is a really good base we have built to take us into 2017” said McKay.

“Isaac, Nick and Jack are really valuable assets to our side and it’s great to see them continue at NEAFL level in 2017. They bring a lot to the group both on and off the field and I would expect them to take their game to another level next season” said Coach Kade Klemke.

“Luke is only 19 and had a break out season in 2016. He’s a fantastic young man and always wants to improve his game which shows the pride he has in his performances and his maturity is beyond his years. Lachie will continue to develop given his injury concerns over the past few seasons, similar to Luke, he has a hard work ethic and is always keen to improve his output” Klemke added.

Lord’s Taverners Honours for Local Rising Stars

Two emerging talented young local cricketers have each received a prestigious honour from the Lord’s Taverners.

Ginninderra Cricket Club fast bowler, Jessica Howard and Australian National University Cricket Club batsman, Daniel Leerdam have received Graham Wilkinson Memorial Junior Taverners Awards.


Jessica Howard. // Photo supplied by Lord’s Taverners

“On behalf of the Lord’s Taverners, I would like to congratulate Jessica and Daniel for being recognised with junior Taverners awards,” said the President of the Lord’s Taverners ACT, Ric Smith. “The awards are for up-and-coming local stars and are designed to encourage them to go on to achieve even more in their cricket careers. Awards like these are an integral part of the support the Lord’s Taverners provides to local young cricketers and other athletes.”

Jessica and Daniel have each received $1500 and a Kookaburra cricket kit. The awards, which carry the name of the foundation President of the Lord’s Taverners ACT, are for cricketers aged between 14 and 18 who show outstanding qualities of ability, sportsmanship and general attitude to the game – both on and off the field.

The awards were announced at the 2016 Lord’s Taverners ACT Annual Dinner.

Jessica said: “It’s a small boost in the right direction.”

Daniel said: “It’s great to be recognised in this way and it will support my cricket career.”


Daniel batting against Eastlake. // Photo by Yabba

Past recipients of these awards include Michael Bevan (1989), Jason Behrendorff (2007) and Jason Floros (2008). More detailed information about Jessica and Daniel follows.

Profiles – 2016 Graham Wilkinson Memorial Junior Taverners Award Winners

Jessica Howard

Jessica is a specialist fast bowler who plays for the Ginninderra Cricket Club. She is also a member of the ACT/NSW under 18 team. Her best bowling was 7/8 against St Edmund’s in the boys under 18 division 1 colts competition. She usually bats at number 11 where her best innings is 15.

Daniel Leerdam

Daniel is a top or middle-order batsman who is also a leg-spinner. He plays for the Australian National University Cricket Club. He is captain of the ACT/NSW under 17 side and captained the winning ACT/Southern side in the Bradman Cup. His best betting performance was 109 against Whangarei Cricket Club. His best bowling was 6/8 playing for Radford College against Canberra Grammar School.

Barr Goes Number One at Inaugural AFL Women’s Draft

New South Wales’ Nicola Barr has created history by being the first player selected in the inaugural AFL Women’s Draft, taken with the number one pick by the GIANTS today.

On a pivotal day for Australian Football and for women’s football in New South Wales, the local Sydney University midfielder was the first name called at the AFL Women’s Draft in Melbourne.

After taking Barr as part of the New South Wales draft, the GIANTS finalised the majority of the club’s playing list for the upcoming NAB AFL Women’s competition via talent predominantly from New South Wales and the ACT.

GIANTS AFL Women’s coach Tim Schmidt said securing Barr was a significant moment for the club and the game more broadly in New South Wales.

“We’re delighted to have secured Nicola with the first pick today,” Schmidt said.

“I’ve got to know Nicola well in recent years through her involvement in the academy system and we believe she’ll be an extremely valuable addition to our playing list.

“Nicola only took up Australian Football a few years ago and she’s a great example of the terrific young talent coming out of New South Wales that we’ll see playing for the GIANTS in the years to come.”

The GIANTS received pick number one in the first ever draft lottery, with the day following a snake format, meaning the GIANTS had picks number one and number 16 while Melbourne, who held the last pick in the first round – number eight – took it’s next selection at number nine, the first pick of the second round.

With its next two picks, the GIANTS selected two interstate talents who had nominated for the NSW draft in a bid to play for the club.

Versatile Victorian Ashleigh Guest was selected at pick 16 while West Australian forward/ruck Aimee Schmidt was taken at pick 17.

The GIANTS’ AFL Women’s inaugural coach welcomed the interstate duo to the GIANTS.

“We think both Ashleigh and Amy will compliment the players we’ve signed in recent months and the local talent we selected today,” Schmidt said.

“Both players are excited about the opportunity of joining the GIANTS and helping grow the game in New South Wales and we’re thrilled to add them to our squad.”

The remainder of the GIANTS’ 15 selections were made up of local talent from NSW and the ACT with the best of the best from the two states to run out in orange and charcoal in 2017.

“We’re delighted to have the majority of our list made up of local players,” Schmidt added.

“There’s so much AFL talent in NSW and the ACT and it’s growing year on year. Seeing local players represent their local team at the elite level will only help grow Australian Football.

“Not only is it great for the game but these players have a wealth of talent that will be on show in the competition next year.”

GIANTS CEO David Matthews congratulated Barr and all the players selected by the GIANTS on Wednesday.

“This is a landmark day for these players and we’re so proud to have them as GIANTS for the inaugural AFL Women’s competition,” Mr Matthews said.

“We congratulate all the players on their selections and look forward to seeing them on the field representing the GIANTS in 2017.”

The remaining three places on the club lists of 27 will be filled via ‘free agency’. Free agents are those players who have nominated for the Draft but were not selected and may now consider options to play interstate. Free agents must be selected prior to October 31.

GIANTS’ AFL Women’s Draft Selections:

Pick 1

Nicola Barr – Midfielder

From: NSW – Sydney University

D.O.B: 13/06/1996

Height: 168cm

An elite runner with energy and speed to burn. Has a penetrating kick. Has developed significantly since starting the game only four years ago. Won the 2016 Mostyn Medal as the best player in AFL Sydney’s Division One women’s competition.

Pick 16

Ashleigh Guest – Utility

From: Victoria – VU Western Spurs

D.O.B: 10/4/1990

Height: 165cm

Equipped with great running ability, Guest’s repeated running efforts, combined with her hardness at the contest, ensure that she impacts the contest regularly. Able to play in all zones across the ground, Guest’s versatility is a critical component of her game. Guest played for Melbourne in two AFL Women’s Exhibition series matches in 2016.

Pick 17
Amiee Schmidt – Forward/Ruck

From: WA – Coastal Titans

D.O.B: 16/4/1993

Height: 171.5cm

A quick forward runner who can kick long on the run, Schmidt played for West Coast against Fremantle earlier this year. Can get to any contest and take a high mark with a good leap. Schmidt has also represented Western Australia.

Pick 32 

Rebecca Beeson – Forward

From: NSW – UNSW-ES Stingrays

D.O.B: 20/2/1997

Height: 167cm

Known for her smarts, Beeson is a half-forward whose skills stand out under pressure. Still very young at only 19, she stepped up her game again in the last half of 2016. A great football brain, good skills and can take a great overhead mark. One to watch in 2017.

Pick 33

Kate Stanton – Forward

From: NSW – Wollongong Saints

An exceptionally naturally gifted player, Stanton is a real danger for opposition defences in the forward 50 as highlighted by her twelve-goal National Youth Girl Championship tally which led her team to Grand Final victory and individual selection in the All Star team.

Pick 48

Erin McKinnon – Ruck

From: NSW – Sydney University

Height: 189cm

Another player out of the Youth Girls competition this year. Standing at 189cm, she dominated in the ruck and made the All Australian side. Moves very well around the ground too.

Pick 49

Mai Nguyen – Midfielder

From: NSW – UNSW-ES Stingrays

D.O.B: 16/6/1990

Height: 164cm

Great athlete and finds plenty of the football. Normally plays through the midfield but can also come off half back. Very fit and extremely tough, Nguyen is in the prime of her career and never takes a backward step.

Pick 64

Amanda Farrugia – Midfielder/Defender

From: NSW – Macquarie University Warriors

D.O.B: 24/1/1985

Height: 165cm

Farrugia is very hard at the ball and is not one to take a back seat. Can play midfield or back. Farrugia has been one of the top AFL Sydney players for some time, winning the 2015 Mostyn Medal as the best player in AFL Sydney’s Division 1 women’s competition.

Pick 65

Jacinda Barclay – Utility
From: NSW – UNSW-ES Stingrays

D.O.B: 18/02/1991

Height: 170cm

Very explosive and can play both ends of the ground. Also a former baseball player who represented Australia in the 2008 World Cup before turning her hand to gridiron and playing in the Legends Football League.

Pick 80

Britt Tully – Midfielder

From: ACT – Gungahlin Jets

D.O.B 3/05/1993

Height: 168cm

Tough, in and under midfielder who never gives up and finds plenty of football. She was recently crowned AFL Canberra Women’s Best and Fairest winner.

Pick 81 

Kristy De Pellegrini – Defender

From: NSW – Southern Power
D.O.B: 8/05/1990


Injury interrupted her 2016 season, but De Pellegrini is a good size defender that can play on players much bigger in size. Very tough, no nonsense defender who played for Sydney in their exhibition match against the GIANTS earlier this year.

Pick 96
Renee Tomkins – Defender

From: NSW – Penrith Rammettes

D.O.B: 17/4/86

Height: 173cm

Tall defender with great athleticism and a huge kick on both sides of the body. Tomkins moves well and can kick with both feet. Uses height and athleticism to outreach and outrun her opponents.

Pick 97 

Clare Lawton – Ruck/Forward/Defender
From: ACT

A tall athletic player who can play ruck, forward or back. Moves around the ground with ease and is a pretty good user of the football.

Pick 112

Ella Ross – Midfielder

From: ACT – Queanbeyan Tigers

D.O.B: 1/7/1992


Similar to Britt Tully, an in and under player who finds plenty of the ball. Puts great pressure on the opposition and loves to tackle.

Pick 113 

Stephanie Walker – Midfielder

From: NSW – Sydney Uni Bombers
D.O.B: 28/02/1984

Height 161cm

Dynamic, exciting midfielder/small forward. Always looking to attack the footy, create opportunity and score. Has had an injury troubled 2016, but when up and going, is a very dangerous forward.

Marquee Players:

Renee Forth (WA)

Emma Swanson (WA)

Priority Player Selections:

Maddy Collier (NSW)

Phoebe McWilliams (VIC)

Jessica Dal Pos (VIC)
Louise Stephenson (VIC)

Alex Williams (WA)

Rookie Players:

Jess Bibby (ACT)

Ellie Brush (ACT)

Canberra Demons Re-sign Key Players

The Canberra Demons are pleased announce the key re-signings of experienced forward Aaron Bruce, midfielder Nick Pleming and key defender Ben Halse for the 2017 season. Youngsters Sam De Sousa and Don Roberts have also recommitted for the 2017 season also.

Bruce, who became just second player from the ACT region to play 100 NEAFL matches, was the Demons leading goal kicker in 2016 and will now be well assisted by recruit Josh Bennett in the forward line.

“Despite the losses this season, realistically we are not that far off the pack in terms of next season. I am really happy with the way things are heading and was keen to continue on at NEAFL level. With the guys such as Bennett, Milne and Swan coming on board along with Kade, personally I feel our goal should be finals in 2017” said Bruce.

Pleming enjoyed another consistent season through the midfield whilst also working forward at times throughout the 2016 season will be looking to take the next step in 2017 after three seasons at NEAFL level.

“Having grown up in the Riverina, I am really enjoying my time in Canberra and I feel I am getting that confidence in my game to take it to another level now having had the time to build my consistency. The Canberra Demons looked after me with work last season as I completed my uni degree. I am pretty happy with how everything is going on and off the field and looking forward to 2017” said Pleming.

Former Eastlake Junior Ben Halse enjoyed yet another consistent season down in defence with a preference to take on the tall forwards in the competition following his debut in the NEAFL back in 2013.

“To get the opportunity to play at the NEAFL level is something I really value and enjoy coming up against the quality forwards in the competition. No doubt it is challenging, but over the past couple of seasons I feel as though I have really benefited from the challenges week in, week out” said Halse.

“To have guys such as Aaron, Nick and Ben re-sign with us is a credit to them. They have played in the competition for past couple of season and could have been easy for them to return to the local AFL Canberra league” said Coach Kade Klemke.


Left – Ben Halse, Top Right – Nick Plemming, Bottom Right – Aaron Bruce. // Photo supplied by Stephen Soulsby

“Don Roberts is only 18 and has already played 31 matches of NEAFL which shows he has some talent to take him forward. He won’t have Giants Academy next season so we are looking forward to having him back full time with us. Sam got some opportunities late in the season so he can only get better with another pre-season under his belt” Klemke added.

Northside clubs rule again at ACT & District Premier Teams Championships

Northside netball clubs have again dominated the 2016 ACT & District Premier Team Championships, winning five out of seven divisions, including the prestitigious Seniors Division 1 title.

South Gungahlin Raiders, representing the North Canberra Netball Competition (NCNC) run jointly by Belconnen and Canberra Netball Associations, defeated the Valley Thunder from Tuggeranong Netball Association 36 to 31.


Rebel Rebels’ goal shooter, Grace Buckmaster, left, and centre Grace Unwin, hold the ACT & District Premier Teams Intermediates Division 1 trophy after winning the final on Sunday October 9. // Photo supplied by TNA

All six teams from NCNC who qualified for the tournament, held yesterday (Sunday October 9) at the Tuggeranong Netball Centre in Calwell, qualified for their division’s final.


The Killer Katz shooter takes on the Jetsetters in the Seniors Division 2 of the 2016 ACT & District Premier Teams Championship. // Photo supplied by TNA

In addition to the Raiders, Inner North Lynnx, Merici Macarons, Ginninderra Jade and JPC Stars won Seniors Division 3, Intermediates Division 2 and Intermediates Division 4 respectively.

This is an improvement from the tournament last year, where NCNC teams won three of the seven divisions, including Seniors Division 1 won by Ginninderra Black Pearls.


Winners are grinners – South Gungahlin Raiders are the best club netball team in the region, after winning the Seniors Division 1 title at the 2016 ACT & District Premier Teams Championship. // Photo supplied by TNA

‘Congratulations to Belconnen and Canberra Netball Associations for putting the NCNC together – the results at this year’s tournament demonstrate the strength of the clubs from the Northside,’ tournament organiser, Tuggeranong Netball’s president Jonathan Toze, said yesterday.

‘The tournament is continuing to grow into becoming the must-win event for our region’s netball clubs. South Gunghalin are a very competitive club and it was an honour to host them today and see such high-quality netball against our best.’

Tuggeranong Netball Association was the next best performed with four teams in finals, but only winning the Intermediates Division 1 title through the Rebel Rebels.


The Rebel Rebels, in white and aqua, swept all before them in Intermediates Division 1 of the 2016 ACT & District Premier Teams Championship. // Photo supplied by TNA

This team overwhelmingly dominated their opposition in the pool games, scoring 150 goals while conceding only 20.  They defeated the Merici Mustangs from NCNC, 38 to 11.


Merici Mustang goal attack contests against the Rebel Rebels circle defenders. // Photo supplied by TNA.

Arawang Netball Association recorded one victory through the Jetsetters T-Birds who defeated the Killer Katz from Tuggeranong, 39 to 24 in the Seniors Division 2 final.


Team White: the umpires from across the region, who were selected for each grand final in the 2016 ACT & District Premier Teams Championship, were awarded medals. // Photo supplied by TNA

South Canberra Netball Association had two finalists in the Intermediate divisions, but the Canberra Girls Grammar School Diamonds and the St Clare’s College Fizzers lost to their NCNC opponents.


Valley Thunder centre Breanna Toze in action against the South Gungahlin Raiders in the Seniors Division 1 final at the 2016 ACT and District Premier Teams Championship. // Photo supplied by TNA

Mr Toze said that while the Queanbeyan and Goulburn Netball Associations teams did not make the finals this year, their teams had shown that netball in the region was continuing to thrive.

‘I’d like to especially thank the teams from Goulburn and Bungendore who participated – while results didn’t go their way, their spirit and play to the final whistle was wonderful to see. I really hope we can continue to grow the tournament with clubs from regional associations from inland and the south coast wanting to test their mettle against teams from the ACT and district,’ he said.


Contact call between Ginninderra Jade, in purple and white, and St Clare’s College Fizzers in Intermediates Division 3 of the 2016 ACT & District Premier Teams Championship. // Photo supplied by TNA


Open Divisions   Div 1: South Gunghalin Raiders Netball Club Roadrunners (NCNC) 37 defeated Valley Thunder (TNA), 37 to 31

Div 2: Jetsetters T-Birds (ANA) defeated Killer Katz (TNA), 39 to 24

Div 3: Inner North Netball Club Lynx  (NCNC) defeated Saints Yeezy (ANA), 36 to 23

Intermediate Divisions

Div 1: Rebel Rebels (TNA) defeated Merici Mustangs (NCNC), 38 to 11

Div 2: Merici Macarons (NCNC) 25 defeated CGGS Diamonds (SCNA), 25 to 22

Div 3: GNC Jade (NCNC) defeated  SCC Fizzers (SCNA), 26 to 12.

Div 4: JPC Stars (NCNC) defeated Royal Rebels 12 (TNA), 26 to 12


Canberra Demons Sign Key Trio

The Canberra Demons are pleased announce the key signings of Frankston Dolphin Josh Bennett and Queanbeyan duo Cameron Milne and Andrew Swan for the 2017 NEAFL season following the recent appointment of new Head Coach Kade Klemke.

Bennett who formally played with Ainslie in 2015 along with 2012 and 2013, returns to Canberra once again in 2017 following an injury plagued 2016 campaign with the Frankston in the VFL managing just nine matches for the Dolphins.

The former Ainslie forward and NEAFL representative is key boost for the Demons as they seek to climb ladder with Bennett likely to play as the key forward whilst also providing guidance for the younger players coming through.

“Coming back to Canberra for work purposes, I still wanted to play a high level of footy which the Demons allows me to do. The Canberra Demons is young group but it’s really exciting for me coming in to assist the young guys on the list whilst looking to help the team move up the ladder” said Bennett.

Queanbeyan Captain Andrew Swan returns to the NEAFL fold since 2014 having captained Queanbeyan to successive grand final appearances in the AFL Canberra First Grade competition in which he led them to the 2015 grand final win.

Swan will give the Demons plenty of versatility given he can play through the midfield along with the ability to go back or forward as required. The 24 year olds leadership will also play a vital cog in the Demons line up given his experience as captain of Queanbeyan at a young age.

“With Kade (Klemke) as Coach I see it (NEAFL) as a great opportunity to play at NEAFL level again. As captain of Queanbeyan it was a tough decision but in the end having Canberra Demons in place I felt it was the right time to get back to NEAFL level” said Swan.


Kade Klemke after the 2015 Grand Final.

Ruckman Cameron Milne will also join his Queanbeyan teammate at the Demons after landing in Canberra at the start of the 2016 season for work purposes. Milne is a former Lauderdale and Central Districts player whose abilities in the ruck will greatly assist the Demons through the midfield and stoppages.

A draft prospect in 2009 with the Tasmanian State Academy, Milne moved to Adelaide in 2010 to play with the SANFL powerhouse but couldn’t crack into the senior team and moved out into the SAAFL in 2015 before moving to Canberra at the start of the 2016 season for work.

“I’m looking forward to get back into the State League fold having been out for the past couple of seasons. I really enjoyed my season at Queanbeyan this year and I cannot fault them enough for way they conduct themselves as a Club. The lure of playing at NEAFL level is something that really excites me and cannot wait for round 1 to come round” said Milne.


Top left: Cameron Milne playing for Central Districts; Top Right: Andrew Swan; Bottom: Josh Bennett. // Photo supplied by Eastlake Football Club

“To have three quality players join the group is fantastic for the team as we head into preseason starting in a few weeks. Josh will give us a key target up forward whilst Swanny will gives plenty of grit through the midfield and his versatility is a key for us also. Cam will hopefully give us first use through the clearances and can also play forward when needed” said new coach Kade Klemke.

Over 40? Be a Master of the [Dragon Boat] Universe!

Dragon Flyers welcome new starters at Come and Try Day

Canberra’s only dragon boat club for over 40 year olds, the Dragon Flyers will welcome new recruits at their annual Come and Try Day at Lotus Bay, Lake Burley Griffin this Saturday 24 September at 11am.

The day will include paddling basics, stories of guts and glory at their many tours away and getting-to-know-you fun.

‘Come and Try Days are a great way to connect with people and attract them to our sport.

‘While the Flyers still love our local and community regattas, we offer Masters age dragon boaters the chance to paddle with their peers at national and international competitions – and be Masters of the Universe!’ Dragon Flyers President, Bronwen North said.

‘It’s never too late!  It doesn’t matter if you’ve been fit, you’re returning to sport, or you’re picking up a paddle for the first time. 

‘Have a go!  You’ll see how our sport is the key to being fit, healthy and happy at over 40,’ Bronwen added.

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