Local Sport (323 Stories)

Social soccer sessions in Canberra on Sundays!

By 6 November 2015

Hiya RiotACT,
I posted a thread over at reddit to see who is interested in having a social soccer session every Sunday. It seems quite a few people are interested so thought to see if anyone here would be as well.
Head over to the /r/canberra thread i started and comment if you are interested in attending!
Source: [...]

Sports sledging – all in fun, or poor form?


No, this is not another post about Nick Kyrgios.
Rather, it’s hopefully another conversation starter about the greater issue of sledging – or, as Urban Dictionary puts it, “mental disintergration”.
Most international teams partake in sledging. Sledging can be merely an opposition player talking constantly to the opposition. It can also often backfire, as Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath [...]

Round 4 of Canberra Roller Derby League’s Home Season

By 11 August 2015

[ 15 August 2015 at 5:00 pm; ]

The derby girls are back on the track, this Saturday 15th August.

It’s CRDL’s two original teams facing off in the fourth round of the 2015 season, with the Black ‘n’ Blue Belles taking on the Surly Griffins at Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium. Both teams are eager to change the direction of this season so far, neither [...]

Local sports club profile – Engarde at MacKillop fencing club

Engarde Group Photo

It might not look it, but when properly supervised, the sport of fencing is only slightly more hazardous than lawn bowls. We spoke to the president of Engarde at MacKillop fencing club to find out more. 
Di Makin has been president of the Engarde at MacKillop fencing club, which started in 2009, for around 18 months. [...]

Would you like to see a new ice rink in Canberra?


Members of Canberra’s ice sports community are petitioning the ACT Government to open a new ice rink in the capital. 
The petition organisers say the Phillip ice skating rink is outdated, in poor condition and too small to accommodate sporting fans of teams such as CBR Brave.
From the petition:

Ice sports (such as figure skating, broom ball [...]

Tuggeranong Bulldogs 40th gala dinner

This is why we do what we do

[ 8 August 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]

Tuggeranong Bulldogs Junior AFL Club turns 40 this year and is hosting a gala dinner to celebrate. All past and present players, members, family and friends of the Bulldogs community are invited.

Tickets are $80 per person, which includes canapés, a three-course meal, drinks on arrival and live music.

When: Saturday 8 August 2015
Time: 7pm
Where: The Hellenic [...]

Quad save the Queen!

By 1 June 2015

[ 6 June 2015 at 9:00 am; 7 June 2015 at 9:00 am; 8 June 2015 at 12:00 am; ] Canberra Roller Derby League presents QUAD SAVE THE QUEEN, an explosive colony-wide roller derby tournament on the June long weekend!

Two tracks, three days, and twelve teams makes this a roller derby spectacular not to be missed! Knock-out structure means there is no predicting who will conquer all and rise to the throne.

Whether you’re a derby [...]

Local sports club profile – Canberra Archery Club

canberra archery club 3

While archery may not have the same high profile as sports like rugby or cricket, it does have a small and active local following – and competitions at Canberra Archery Club regularly attract former Olympic greats.
At over 50 years old, Canberra Archery Club in Lyneham is the city’s oldest. It has around 200 members shooting with [...]

Local sports club profile – Gungahlin Gymnastics

gungahlin gymnastics

If there’s proof that Canberra’s north needed another gymnastics club, it’s the speed at which families have signed up to join Gungahlin Gymnastics, which opened for business just a few weeks ago.
Directors Joel and Megan Moss had hoped to begin their first term with between 50 and 60 gymnasts across the club, which caters to gymnasts [...]

Local sports club profile – Storm MMA


Ever since Storm MMA’s first fighter competed under the club’s name in 2009, founder Storm Oshyer says the club has taken a non-traditional approach to martial arts.
“As far as the club goes, we’re definitely like a family,” he explains.
“It’s not a traditional martial arts club, it’s very low key and easy going. There are no [...]

Future of Canberra’s Equestrian Park cross country course at risk

Horse race

The Yarralumla Woolshed, which is located in the middle of Canberra’s Equestrian Park, has been provisionally heritage listed by the ACT Heritage Council. In principle, this is supported.
What is opposed is the inclusion into the listing of most of the surrounding cross country course, which forms part of the broader Equestrian Park grounds.
Canberra’s Equestrian Park [...]

Local sports club profile – Canberra City Gymnastics Club


As one of the only all-ages gymnastics club in Canberra’s north, places at Belconnen’s Canberra City Gymnastics Club are in hot demand.
It’s only the end of the first week of the new school term, but Canberra City Gymnastics Club office staff member Ann Dawson says classes across all age groups are almost completely booked out.
“We [...]

Local sports club profile – Tuggeranong Bulldogs Junior AFL Club

tuggeranong bulldogs junior afl club

The Tuggeranong Bulldogs Junior AFL Club, which will this year celebrate its 40th season, is almost as old as Tuggeranong itself.
The club was started in 1976 (the result of the South Woden AFL Club moving even further south), just two years after the first families moved into the suburb of Kambah. Its senior teams eventually [...]

Local sports club profile – Central Spears Gridiron

central spears

Here’s a fun piece of local sporting trivia: Canberra is home to Australia’s number one ranked men’s gridiron team – the Central Spears.
The Central Spears men’s and women’s teams are also the current ACT champions, and the men’s team has won the ACT Gridiron men’s competition every year since the club began in 2012.

Club president [...]

Local sports club profile – Molonglo Juggernauts Football Club

molonglo football club

With less than a week until the first game of Canberra’s 2015 AFL season, Molonglo Juggernauts Football Club’s (MFC) three senior teams are ready to build on last season’s success – though president Anthony Cutting says doing so won’t be easy.
“Last year our men’s division two team and our women’s division two team made it [...]

Local sports club profile – Tuggeranong United Football Club

Tuggeranong United junior football

Most suburban football teams would be intimidated by the prospect of playing against one of the country’s top A-League teams, but not Tuggeranong United Football Club (TUFC).
Its top team took on Melbourne Victory’s A-League team last September as part of national football knockout competition, the FFA Cup. While the final score was 6-0 to Melbourne [...]

Club generosity helps disadvantaged kids kick goals


Disadvantaged kids in Canberra’s north will this season have the opportunity to play weekend soccer for free, thanks to a generous offer by Mount Majura Football Club.
The club is the first in Canberra to provide children of families supported by The Smith Family with free registration, boots, socks and shirts for the upcoming Winter soccer season. [...]

Register now for junior soccer camps in April school holidays

By 17 March 2015

Sports Camps Australia soccer camps will run during all four school holidays at Southwell Park and ANU Fellows Oval.
Each player (aged 6 to 16) will be provided the opportunity to reach their greatest potential by being challenged both technically and tactically in a fun and encouraging environment. At soccer camp, boys and girls of all skill [...]

Best local children’s gymnastics clubs?

By 17 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Rioters,
Im looking at enrolling our 2yo daughter in one of the gym clubs around town. There’s a stack of different programs for kids of different ages and skill levels.  My opinion is that gym is one of the better activities on offer for children this age as there are so many positive benefits from [...]

Local leaders – Deborah Hill (Canberra Roller Derby League and Skate Nation)

By 26 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Deborah Hill Skate Nation

By day, Deborah Hill is an exhibitions coordinator at the National Gallery. But after hours, she’s better known as Bambi von Smash’er, one of the capital’s top roller derby skaters and captain of Canberra’s roller derby representative team, the Vice City Rollers, which she has captained since 2010.
“Roller derby is so different to other sports. [...]

Awards for rising school sports stars

By 21 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

An Australian footballer from St Clare’s College, an orienteer from Kaleen Primary School and a golfer from Burgmann College are among 10 ACT school students to receive 2014 School Sport ACT Excellence in Sport Awards today.
Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch presented the students with their awards at a ceremony in the Legislative Assembly [...]

This Saturday – Australian MMA Championship Grand Final

By 21 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

BRACE Australia’s Mixed Martial Arts Event Series is excited to announce details of the upcoming event BRACE 31. This Saturday the 22nd of November BRACE hits Canberra for the 2014 Australian MMA Championship Grand Final live from the AIS Arena.
After a year long elimination tournament of Australia’s best MMA Athletes, the Grand Finale has finally [...]

Whole of football forum in Canberra

By 3 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Football Federation Australia will be in Canberra on Monday 10th November to engage with key stakeholders as part of the Whole of Football Plan consultation process. The meeting will be held in the West Lounge at Canberra Stadium at 6:30pm.
RSVP is essential. Please register your intent to attend at There is no registration fee [...]

Canberra Roller Derby League (Grand Final ticket giveaway)

By 16 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

“This is Roller Derby: everyone eats sh^t.”  Freudian Slit (psych student when she’s not playing derby) is explaining to me that nobody gets on a pair of skates unless they’re willing to fall down.  But nobody lasts in Roller Derby unless they’re also willing to get back up again.  Nearby players are running drills to [...]

University of Canberra Capitals spot their new mascot

By 13 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

The University of Canberra Capitals will play their first home game of the season this Saturday at the AIS Arena. They will be taking on Sydney Uni, having just played their season opener away game against the Melbourne Boomers on Friday.
The iconic Canberra team will be led this season by Lauren Jackson, Abby Bishop, Kristen [...]

Local Sports Wrap 4th and 5th of October

By 6 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

FUTSAL: Futsal Premier League
Any thoughts that Canberra City Prawns would easily defend its Futsal Premier League title in 2014-15 were dispelled last week.
The Prawns, so dominant last season, were held to a 3-all draw by Monaro Panthers Green in the pair’s entertaining round two clash.
Dragan Stegnjaic continued his red hot start to the season by [...]

Local Sports Wrap – 27th and 28th September

By 30 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

FUTSAL: Futsal Premier League
The men’s Futsal Premier League season began Friday week ago, and Monaro Panthers Green and Untouchables began their respective campaigns with wins.
Monaro took on Weston-Molonglo Timberwolves and was made to work hard for its 8-4 victory.
Dragan Stegnjaic grabbed three goals in a star performance, and he was joined on the score card [...]

Local Sports Wrap 20th and 21st of September

By 22 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

FOOTBALL: National Premier League
Cooma Tigers bowed out of the National Premier League finals series after it was dismantled 6-1 by Sydney club Bonnyrigg Eagles at the AIS Track on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers were crowned league champions a little over a month ago after an exceptional regular season campaign, but failed to play with the same [...]

Tigers set for monumental clash

By 18 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 20 September 2014 at 2:30 pm; ] It’s probably the biggest match in the history of the Cooma Tigers. This weekend the National Premier Leagues: Capital Football League Champions lock horns with their New South Wales counterparts in a huge National Premier Leagues Finals match. The first National Premier Leagues Finals match to be played in Canberra is shaping up to be [...]

Motiv8MeFootball Academy Training for players who are wanting to improve their football skills and fitness

By 18 September 2014

Motiv8MeFootball Academy Canberra is a low cost academy that helps any football player of ages 7 up to adults improve their football skills with training sessions designed to help the player develop their dribbling, ball control, fitness, agility and stamina. We train in various locations to suit the player and have commenced training for preseason [...]

Tuggeranong’s FFA Cup journey ends but won’t soon be forgotten

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Tuggeranong United coaching staff and reserve players laughed and smiled as they stood together on the sideline prior to kick-off.
Their relaxed mood told the story well, and was befitting of the special occasion they were playing a part in.
Tuggeranong, buoyed by its remarkable penalty shoot-out victory over South Hobart FC in the round of [...]

FFA Cup clash to be the spectacle fans have been dreaming of

By 16 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

As far as occasions go for Tuggeranong United Football Club, few have been – and will be – as monumental as this evening’s round of 16 FFA Cup match against Melbourne Victory.
It’s a clash that pits a minnow against a titan; a relatively unknown local club side (outside of the ACT) taking on a fully-fledged [...]

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