Fishos heating up: Anglers enjoying bounty of large cod and perch

WHILE the weather might be cooling down it has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of those who like to wet a line.
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In fact, the fishing has been very good at many locations not least of all our own local waters.

Over the past few weeks there have been numerous reports of both Murray cod and golden perch on the chew.

Anglers fishing with lures above and below Mildura in the pool water along the Murray River have been catching good numbers of cod up to and 1m in length.

Visiting angler Leigh Steers tried his hand and managed to troll up two very nice cod in as many days, both fish were more than 80cm and were released to fight again.

Some good sized golden perch have also been keen to strike the larger cod lures so it’s an each-way bet on what you might end up catching.

Many of these perch have been up too 55cm and easily more than a couple of kilos­ in weight. Fort Courage on the old Wentworth Road has also been another popular and productive location for both cod and perch, with one fish landed on a lure measuring in at a whopping 120cm.

Several other good sized cod have also been caught as have some very respectable perch on both bait and lures.

The Darling River upstream of Wentworth has produced cod on bait with the biggest of these also around 120cm.

Cheese, grubs and large yabbies have been the best baits so far.

A little further away, the Menindee Lakes have been producing good numbers of golden perch on bait with anglers easily accounting for their bag limits during most outings.

The perch have almost queued to chow down on baits of either shrimp or small yabbies.

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On the bite: The cooler weather has not stopped anglers from catching Murray cod and golden perch in local waterways.

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Mother’s Day races to feature jumps events

THREE jumps events will head up a nine-race program at Ballarat races on Sunday.
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The QLS Logistics Steeplechase, 3200m, has attracted 10 acceptors to open the Mother’s Day program.

Seasoned jumpers from the Eric Musgrove stable, Honour The Force and End Of Time, are at the top of the weights.

Honour The Force has done most of his jumping in South Australia, with head of his two hurdle wins at Morphetville

End Of Time has also done plenty of jumping across the border, with his three wins over the obstacles including a hurdle at Gawler and most significantly a steeple at Casterton.

The QLS Logistics Maiden Hurdle, 3200m, has a capacity field of 12 plus four emergencies and the QLS Logistics 0-120 Hurdle, 3200m, has a line-up of six.

The latter has three of the state’s most promising hurdlers in Beer Garden and Jungle Fighter from the Ballarat stable of Dan O’Sullivan and Stoneblack for Robert Smerdon.

Ciaron Maher also has last-start Warrnambool May Carnival winner Viking Tiger.

The expanded program starts at the earlier time of 11.55am.

MEANWHILE, jockey Ben Melham is chasing a third group 1 win of the Adelaide Autumn Carnival.

He began the carnival with just one group 1 victory to his name – Black Caviar in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington.

Melham, who grew up in Ballarat and began his riding career with Darren Weir, combined with the Weir-trained Platelet to claim the $400,000 Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville.

If that was not enough, he then took the Matt Laurie-trained Escado to victory in the group 1 $500,000 SA Derby, 2500m.

Now Melham can complete a group 1 treble on Platelet in the group 1 $500,000 Goodwood Handicap, 1200m, at Morphettville tomorrow.

While the mare has been in super form, it is big ask with 56.5kg.

Platelet is rated a $12 chance on the fourth line of betting with tab南京夜网.au.

Topweight Moment Of Change is $2.05 favourite ahead of Yosei ($7) and Facile Tigre ($8.50).

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THREE jumps events will head up a nine-race program at Ballarat races on Sunday.

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Netballers turning pink

TEAMS of the Mount Gambier Netball Association will turn pink tomorrow participating in the annual Breast Cancer Network Australia Pink Sports Day.
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This will be the association’s second Pink Sports Day after raising around $4000 for the BCNA at last year’s event.

The MGNA seeks to raise awareness of breast cancer among local women and allow junior players to understand the severity of the illness.

With a total of 83 netball teams within the association there are a number of people and families that have been affected by breast cancer.

MGNA’s publicity officer Donna Fleming said it is a good opportunity to use the numbers within the association to raise money and promote awareness of the illness.

“We have such a huge association, with 83 teams, plus family, friends, volunteers and coaching staff, it all adds up on the day,” she said.

“It is such a great opportunity to get the entire association involved for this event and raise some money to help women everywhere.”

Newcomers to the association, Amazons, have a bright pink uniform and look to wear it with pride tomorrow as Pink Day kicks off.

Amazons president – and coach – Jodie Cook said the junior players at the club are very excited about the event.

“We are a very junior focused club, we look to educate our players not only about netball but get them to understand what the Pink Day is about and our seniors are right behind them,” she said.

“It’s pink day everyday for Amazons, but tomorrow is special.

“The senior players have a further understanding about what the money will go towards and we try to get our kids to grow up aware, so hopefully when they get older there will be a cure,” Fleming added.

“So I guess we’re really doing it for our children and the future of the association.”

The Pink Day will host a wide range of activities and Mothers Day celebrations.

“There will be decorations, a couple of stalls, food and plenty of pink,” Fleming said.

“Last year the players loved it and we saw pink ribbons, face paint and flashes of pink all over the court.”

The BCNA annual Pink Day will commence tomorrow at Olympic Park’s with the first series of MGNA matches starting at 9am.

“It is an exciting opportunity for the community to get involved because it’s not just about netball,” Fleming said.

“We expect it will be another successful Pink Day, it should be a really good family event.”

PINK DAY READY: Amazons 11 and under netballers Charlotte Hann, Makaylah Sanders, Kyrah Buttonsander and Hayley Barnes are excited to show off their uniforms at tomorrow’s BCNA Pink Sports Day. Picture: KYRA SYKES

PRETTY IN PINK: Amazons’ Georgia Thompson, Bailee Dawe and Monique Hill have been training hard for their 11 and under Pink Day netball match

Prized partnership offers an automotive dream come true

THE unlimited use of a brand new Mercedes-Benz for a three-day weekend or a high speed ride in a racing car around the lake may sound like a dream to many, but for a few lucky winners it will become a reality at next weekend’s Scott Group of Companies Mount Gambier Gold Cup.
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Koonara Wines has partnered with Garlin and Gazzard to offer the auction prize of a thrilling ride in Peter Gazzard’s racing car and the use of a luxury vehicle.

The prizes – and other giveaways, including a relaxing night at The Barn with dinner, a winter getaway in a secluded Coonawarra boutique cottage, jewellery and race packages – will be given away to people who book a spot in the Koonara Wines marquee at the cup.

The prizes will be given away during a marquee auction, with all proceeds going to the Stand Like Stone foundation.

Meanwhile, $5 will be donated to the charity from each ticket sold to the marquee.

The fundraiser ties in with the upcoming glamorous Swinging with the Stars event, which will be held at The Barn on June 22.

The dance competition is Stand Like Stone’s biggest annual fundraising event and brings well-known people in the community together to swing to the music with experienced dancers for the night.

This year, Grant High School teacher Laura Mancuso, Bellum Hotel owner Simon Livingstone and speech pathologist Rosanna Barson will be among the “stars” competing to raise the most money for Stand Like Stone.

Peter Gazzard said he was keen to offer prizes at the auction to help raise money for the charity.

“We have been big supporters of Stand Like Stone since my wife Carolyn was one of the stars at the Swinging with the Stars ball event, so it is great to be able to help support Koonara with raising money for this good cause,” he said.

The Koonara wines marquee will also present a snapshot of dancing showcased by Swinging with the Stars dancers who are being trained by Kate English of Envy Dance Studio for the event.

In the next week, the Koonara emblazoned Mercedes will be parked around town and people have been encouraged to take photographs of themselves next to the vehicle to stand a chance to win wine at the cup day.

For bookings for the Koonara Wines marquee contact 8737 3222.

FOR CHARITY: Peter Gazzard (right) from Carlin and Gazzard has partnered with Koonara Wines to give away unforgettable prizes at next weekend’s Scott Group of Companies Mount Gambier Gold Cup at Glenburnie and raise money for the Stand Like Stone Foundation. The charity organisation will also benefit from the Swinging with the Stars event in June. Callum Unger and Tayla Kovaleff are pictured

Positive rub for new hub

SUNRAYSIA’S new-look football administration hub is on track to be up and running by later this year.
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AFL Country Victoria’s proposals for regional football leagues to acquire the new administration hub has been agreed on by local football groups and should come to fruition by October 1.

Following an investigation into what was then known as the VCFL in 2011, AFL-appointed­ investigator Peter Jackson believed that dividing the state into 13 administrative hubs, rather than all leagues keeping their own administration, was the way forward.­

The new administration hub will:

COMBINE the administrative duties of the Sunraysia Football and Netball League (SFNL), Sunraysia Junior Football and Netball League (SJFNL), Millewa Football League (MFL) and Sunraysia Football Umpires Association (SFUA);

APPOINT a general manager and a possible trainee administration officer to open the office between 9am-5pm weekdays;

INCLUDE the Sunraysia AFL development officer;

BE overseen by a regional board likely to have five members;

CREATE a cost-efficient administration environment; and

MAKE it easier to apply for grants to help develop football in the Sunraysia region.

SFNL president Trevor Heaft said all parties had agreed to proceed with the new hub.

“We’ve spoken to the AFL and they are happy for us to move forward,” he said. “At this stage, it looks like the office will be at the SFNL headquarters.

“The hub will be overseen by the regional board. This is the part we’re working through, but we’re considering that the board will consist of five members; one representative each from the SFNL, SJFNL and the Millewa, and two other board members.

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Trevor Heaft

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