This week is the last round before the semi finals next week. Most positions in the top 4 are still up for grabs across all three lines. We should see some awesome matches, with players looking for a good result to secure a top 4 spot.
Line 1 – Points table with 1 round to go
Corey Bedingfield 37
Peter Nuttall 25
Charan Walia 19
Adam Gauntlet 16
Hayden Ross 13
Finian Kennedy 12
This week Corey and Peter will battle out, with Corey already having locked away the no.1 spot for the semi final. Corey will play the person finishing 4th after Round 10 which is still undecided until this week’s matches. Adam Gauntlet and Hayden Ross will battle it out, with the winner likely to finish 4th. They will have booked a spot in the semi finals next week against Corey Bedingfield. Peter Nuttall should keep his no. 2 spot, and likely to play Charan Walia next week in the semi, but nothings set in stone at this stage.
Round 10 – Matches
Corey Bedingfield (SCSC) v Peter Nuttall (SCSC)
Charan Walia (SCSC) v Finian Kennedy (DSC)
Adam Gauntlet (VSC) v Hayden Ross (DSC)
With the unfortunate injury to Leigh Bishop’s hand a couple of weeks ago, none of the final positions for Line 2 are set. Depending on results, there are four players who could finish on top after Round 10.
Leigh Bishop (out injured) 25
Alex Lock (SCSC) 25
Graham Mackay 24
Ben Phillips 24
Corey Markham 20
Sean Rogers 14
With Alex Lock playing two matches this week, two wins could certainly have him finishing on top after Round 10. His opponents will be Graham Mackay and Ben Phillips. Corey Markham is up against a reserve, who is in for Leigh Bishop, the relentless Ian Kildea. Corey will be keen for points to potentially finish in second or third position, however I’m sure Ian will be doing his best to spoil Corey’s celebrations.
Round 10 Matches
Alex Lock (SCSC) v Graham MacKay (DSC)
Alex Lock (SCSC) v Ben Phillips (DSC)
Corey Markham (QSC) v Ian Kildea (reserve) (QSC)
After a very strong start to the Line 3 competition, Russell Hyde has found himself fighting for a top 4 spot after being away for three weeks. If Russell can win and win well against Dirk Phillips, he’ll finish with 22 points, which should be enough to finish in the top 4. However, if Lachy Watt can win against Jamie Latham, Russell could find himself just missing out. The top spot will be between the young gun Zac Morris and the old head Jamie Latham.
Zac Morris 25
Jamie Latham 24
James Rusk 20
Lachlan Watt 18
Russell Hyde 17
Dirk Phillips 14
Round 10 Matches
Zac Morris (SCSC) v James Rusk (QSC)
Jamie Latham (VSC) v Lachy Watt (SCSC)
Russell Hyde (DSC) v Dirk Phillips (SCSC)
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.
“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.”
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 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 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.
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:
Nicola Barr – Midfielder
From: NSW – Sydney University
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.
Ashleigh Guest – Utility
From: Victoria – VU Western Spurs
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.
Amiee Schmidt – Forward/Ruck
From: WA – Coastal Titans
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.
Rebecca Beeson – Forward
From: NSW – UNSW-ES Stingrays
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.
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.
Erin McKinnon – Ruck
From: NSW – Sydney University
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.
Mai Nguyen – Midfielder
From: NSW – UNSW-ES Stingrays
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.
Amanda Farrugia – Midfielder/Defender
From: NSW – Macquarie University Warriors
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.
Jacinda Barclay – Utility
From: NSW – UNSW-ES Stingrays
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.
Britt Tully – Midfielder
From: ACT – Gungahlin Jets
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.
Kristy De Pellegrini – Defender
From: NSW – Southern Power
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.
Renee Tomkins – Defender
From: NSW – Penrith Rammettes
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.
Clare Lawton – Ruck/Forward/Defender
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.
Ella Ross – Midfielder
From: ACT – Queanbeyan Tigers
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.
Stephanie Walker – Midfielder
From: NSW – Sydney Uni Bombers
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.
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)
Jess Bibby (ACT)
Ellie Brush (ACT)
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.
“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 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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
For more information about the Dragon Flyers, go to www.dragonflyers.net.au.
This week saw the very experienced Howie Johns fill in for Finian Kennedy against youngster Peter Nuttall. Howie may have a little less hair these days, but judging by the way he was moving he’s fresh as a daisy after returning from altitude training up in the mountains. The match was close all the way, with Howie sneaking in 11-9, 14-12 in the first 2 games. Pete then fought back to win the third 11-9. The old dog Howie was up to the old tricks, making out he was getting tired. The fourth could’ve gone either way, but in the end Howie was able to battle through the pain and the lack of oxygen to win 12-10.
Corey Bedingfield and Hayden Ross also had a very close match. Hayden started well, winning the first 11-7. Corey then won the second game and the third was an absolute nail biter with Hayden scraping up 13-11. The 4th and 5th games saw Corey go up a gear however, eventually winning the last 2 games, 11-4, 11-6.
Charan Walia (SCSC) defeated Adam Gauntlet (VSC) 11-8, 13-11, 11-8
Corey Bedingfield (SCSC) defeated Hayden Ross (DSC) 7-11, 11-6, 11-13, 11-4, 11-6
Howie Johns (reserve) (DSC) defeated Peter Nuttall (SCSC) 11-9, 14-12, 9-11, 12-10
First up this week was Alex Lock and Sean Rogers. These two had a pretty close match first round and this week was no exception, with the difference once again being the frame of Alex’s racquet…… not really, Alex was able to win the points that counted in the end, winning 15-13, 11-9,11-6.
Graham and Corey also had a close match, Graham winning the first game 13-11. Corey fought back in the 3rd game after being down 2-0, to win the third 11-8, however Graham stuck to his guns and finished the match in 4 games, winning 11-7 in the fourth.
Alex Lock (SCSC) defeated Sean Rogers (SCSC) 15-13, 11-9, 11-6
Graham McKay (DSC) defeated Corey Markham (QSC) 13-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7
Ben Phillips (DSC) defeated Michelle Steele (reserve) (DSC) 11-4, 11-7, 11-6
This week saw the return of Russell Hyde, who’d been off playing Squash in the World Masters Games. Perhaps still a little jet lagged or just squashed out, Russell was up against James rusk. James was able to win 3-0, however, all games were close with James just doing enough in each to keep Russell in check.
The battle of the young guns saw Zac Morris and Lachy Watt take to the court. The first 2 games saw both players be very inconsistent, with the first 2 games at 1 each. The last 3 games though were absolute cracker, with both players putting in their all to try and secure the win. Lachy eventually winning the 5th game 11-9.
Jamie Latham (VSC) defeated Dirk Phillips (SCSC) 11-9, 8-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-9
Lachy Watt (SCSC) defeated Zac Morris (SCSC) 11-6, 2-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-9
James Rusk (QSC) defeated Russell Hyde (DSC) 11-9, 13-11, 11-7
The following is the Sports and Recreation Policy of the ACT Greens. Yabba will publish the policy of the other parties when these are made available to us. Editor.
The ACT Greens will put the community first by investing in sporting facilities, grassroots sporting events and sports promotion to keep Canberrans healthy and active.
“Sport encourages people to lead active and healthy lives as well as fostering a sense of community,” said ACT Greens spokesperson for recreation and sports, Shane Rattenbury.
“The Greens want to ensure that every Canberran can participate in community sports. That’s why we will provide $30,000 per annum in sporting fee and costs subsidies for low-income families.
“We will also improve and expand our sporting facilities by investing $2 million for upgrades and new facilities in growing areas such as Molonglo, West Belconnen and Gungahlin.
“The ACT Greens will fund a multi-courts facility for the Woden and Gungahlin regions and seek expressions of interest from the private sector to construct an ice rink.
“Canberra has become a choice destination for many large sporting competitions.The ACT Greens want to ensure that Canberra can continue to play host to events such as the Mont 24 hour mountain bike race, the ever popular Kanga Cup, and many more.
“The ACT Greens believe that everyone should be able to enjoy our incredible natural environment, sporting facilities and community sports events. That’s why we’re committed to making sure that sports and recreation activities are accessible for everyone.”