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Introducing the Big Bang Ballers

By 1 May, 2013

Hi Rioters,
It was brought to our attention recently that despite having an office in Canberra, we really haven’t done enough to let Canberrans know who we are and what we’re doing in your backyard.
The Big Bangs are an international not-for-profit, running in 11 countries and based right here, in Canberra.
With a volunteer staff of 80 [...]

Raiders reveal their Centenary jersey

By 1 May, 2013

The Canberra Raiders have unveiled their Centenary of Canberra jersey.
The Canberra Raiders will be joining in on Canberra’s Centenary Celebrations, when they wear a special Centenary Jersey against the Broncos on June 10 (Monday) at Canberra Stadium.
The jersey was officially launched today at the top of the iconic Canberra landmark Telstra Tower, with Raiders [...]

A theory on the Stromlo asbestos

By 1 May, 2013

The asbestos on the Mt Stromlo bike path has been there for over 40 years. It is associated with the ruins of what is locally known as the Magnetic Hut (not to be confused with The Magnetic Hut on ANU Campus).
Back in 1973 it was situated in a pine forest. You could see [...]

Permanent Stromlo trail closures

By 1 May, 2013

The ACT Government is throwing its hands in the air with the big asbestos finds on Mount Stromlo:
Investigations and rehabilitation activities regarding the discovery of asbestos containing material (ACM) found on two sections of the main trunk mountain bike trail at Stromlo Forest Park are continuing.
Testing was conducted earlier this month and the results of [...]

2013 Speedway Titles at ACT Speedway

By 30 April, 2013

[ 5 May, 2013; ] The National Capital Motor Sports Club are presenting the 2013 Speedway Titles this year.

They sent me a very polite and calm email about it:

THE NATIONAL CAPITAL MOTOR SPORTS CLUB ARE HOSTING THE 2013 SPEEDWAY TITLES SUPPORTED BY ACT BRAKES THIS COMING SUNDAY AT ACT SPEEDWAY PIALIGO AVE MAJURA (FAIRBURN PARK).
THER WILL BE SIX SEDAN BASED [...]

RiotACT Rugby Review Podcast 2013, Episode 12

By 29 April, 2013

Rob, Tim, and I mix up the rugby ideas in Duxton, expound on matters rugby.
The beer for review is the Pigs Fly Pale Ale (by The Bowral Brewing Company).
The music is by Old Ace.
You can download it now.
Our tips for this weekend are:
Rob – Blues, Chiefs, Highlanders, Reds, Tahs, Bulls, Brumbies
Tim – Blues, Chiefs, Sharks, [...]

Tuggeranong Masters Swimmers Set National Stage Alight.

By 29 April, 2013

27 Tuggeranong Masters Swimmers competed in the 38th Masters Swimming Australia National Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre from 17 -20 April 2013.
Our club had a fantastic meet with many individual personal best times and truckloads of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals brought back to Canberra. Tuggeranong finished fifth out of 96 [...]

What on earth did we do to deserve the Waratahs?

By 28 April, 2013

In alarming news the Bangkok Post seems to think the Waratahs represent Canberra.
Full-back Israel Folau, substitute prop Paddy Ryan and fly-half Bernard Foley scored a try each for the Canberra outfit and scrum-half Brendan McKibbin kicked two conversions, while missing another and two penalty attempts
One can only pray there’s been some sort of [...]

Gravy free zone at Canberra Stadium

By 28 April, 2013

Many recent posts have queried the poor food and beverage quality and range at Canberra Stadium – and here’s another contribution on this important theme.
Why on earth can I not get gravy put on hot chips while I watch the rugby.
It defies understanding.
I don’t want a port wine jus or anything.
Just [...]

The Hundred Swords clash at the National Library

By 28 April, 2013

Local foam warriors The Hundred Swords held an exhibition match on Saturday behind the National Library.
Sadly I was working all morning, but I did manage to swing by after lunch and spend some time as a spectator.
What I saw was brilliant.
The action was fast and brutal. There were feats of bravery, cunning, and strength.
Feats.
How often [...]

Raiders fizzle against Cowboys. 30 over 12.

By 27 April, 2013

Foxsports has the dispiriting news of the Raiders getting thumped in Townsville.
Two late tries to Michael Morgan and Ashley Graham have given North Queensland their third victory of a slow-starting NRL campaign, a 30-12 win over Canberra.
Halfback Morgan was denied a try by the video referees in the 57th minute on Saturday night but had [...]

Brumbies obliterate the Force. 41 over 7

By 27 April, 2013

Keo has an early report of the brutal demolition of the Perth franchise this evening at the Stadium in Bruce:
The Brumbies forwards dominated the visitors and the back three of Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight and Joseph Tomane would have had greater trouble ordering a drink at a pub than they did in breaking down [...]

Velodrome closed

By 26 April, 2013

The Economic Development Directorate has announced they’ve shut down the Narrabundah Velodrome:
The Territory has received engineering advice that the Narrabundah Velodrome is ‘unsafe for both competition and training purposes,’ this assessment included consultation advice from user groups.
Sport and Recreation Services (SRS) has a duty of care to all cycling stakeholders that currently use the [...]

Scott Sio to start against the Force

By 25 April, 2013

The Brumbies have named the side that really needs to score four tries against the Force this Saturday night in Bruce:
Sio starts into the No. 1 jersey with Ben Alexander moving across the scrum to tight-head prop and Dan Palmer out of the match-day 22. Ruaidhri Murphy makes his second appearance from the bench [...]

Canberra Roller Derby League BOUT 2 Black ‘N’ Blue Belles VS Surly Griffins

By 24 April, 2013

[ 4 May, 2013; ] After an explosive and tense season opener that came down to one final jam and two points, Canberra Roller Derby League’s 2013 season has the makings to be the most exciting yet. This upcoming bout promises all that excitement and more. Veteran spectators will recognise the two teams playing, as they are CRDL’s two original teams the Surly Griffins [...]

RiotACT Rugby Review Podcast 2013, Episode 11

By 22 April, 2013

Rob, and I mix up the rugby ideas in Duxton, expound on matters rugby.
The beer for review is the Minimum Chips Golden Lager (by Matilda Bay).
The music is by The Haunted Attics.
You can download it now.
Our tips for this weekend are:
Rob: Canes, Reds, Chiefs, Brumbies, Bulls, Cheetahs, Crusaders
John: Canes, Reds, Chiefs, Brumbies, Bulls, Cheetahs, Crusaders

Irresistable force meets immovable object as Reds and Brumbies draw 19 all

By 20 April, 2013

It was nail biting and ugly and the more enterprising side was not ours.
But the Brumbies defence to hold out the Reds was staggering.
Two points on the road is never a bad thing though.
We’ll get the Foxsports vision in when it becomes available.

ACTION providing free buses to the ANZAC Test match

By 19 April, 2013

Heading to the League match tonight? Want to be packed into a small confined space with a bunch of drunken football fans? Why not catch the free shuttle bus!
With a crowd expected to exceed 25,000, those going to the historic Anzac Test Match at Canberra Stadium on Friday night are encouraged to catch the free [...]

Big Fotu to start against the Reds

By 18 April, 2013

It’s a terrifyingly exciting week for the Brumbies faithful as we wait to see which Brumbies side turns up to play the Reds in a potentially conference defining clash in Brisbane this Saturday night.
So here’s the side:
The University of Canberra Brumbies have made two changes to their starting side which will face the Reds [...]

George Smith to play out the season for the Brumbies

By 17 April, 2013

The Courier Mail reports that the Brumbies’ legend George Smith has been secured for the rest of the season. Which was just as well considering how little game time Colby Faingaa has been getting.
AN extended clearance to play on for the ACT Brumbies should now make George Smith an irresistible target for a Wallabies [...]

When does a prank become downright criminality?

By 16 April, 2013

Green and Gold Rugby is running a tour diary of Brumbies scrum half Nic White.
And frankly one has to wonder if his “pranks” are going a little far:
I felt it was only fair to take Steve and Byron’s furniture and re- decorate my room. I got a key cut a reception, and took [...]

RiotACT Rugby Review Podcast 2013, Episode 10

By 15 April, 2013

Rob, Tim and I mix up the rugby ideas in Duxton, expound on matters rugby.
The beer for review is the Tiger Lager Beer.
The music is by Super Best Friends.
You can download it now.
Our tips for this weekend are:
Rob – Canes, Chiefs, Crusaders, Brumbies, Sharks, Bulls
John – Canes, Chiefs, Crusaders, Brumbies, Sharks, Bulls
Tim – [...]

Having a flutter on the local soccer?

By 15 April, 2013

The ABC has a story on concerns surrounding betting on Canberra’s football competitions:
Canberra soccer authorities have issued a warning to players and coaches to observe the game’s code of conduct following increased availability of online betting on local matches.
Capital Football says there appears to be a rise in betting on local games.
With such small betting [...]

Tuggeranong Masters Swimmer Reaches a Million Metres.

By 13 April, 2013

David Bale of the Tuggeranong Masters Swimming Club joined the Million Metres Club in August 2012 and was presented with his certificate and t-shirt in March 2013 at the State Long Course Championships.
The million metre award is sponsored by Vorgee and is a Masters Swimming Australia national initiative that acknowledges progress from the “learn to [...]

Raiders get a win over the Warriors, 20 to 16

By 13 April, 2013

Foxsports tell the tale of the Canberra Raiders taking a thriller at the Stadium in Bruce.
Two tries to Edric Lee in a very good effort.

Brumbies get a win in Dunedin! 30 to 19 over the Highlanders

By 13 April, 2013

Foxsports has the happy news that the Brumbies have put the wheels back on the cart and rumbled to a solid win over the Otago Highlanders in Dunedin:
Stalwart flanker George Smith has led the Brumbies to a decisive 30-19 win against the Highlanders after his backs launched a relentless aerial assault against their winless [...]

Get on down to StarTrack Oval Canberra?

By 12 April, 2013

The Canberra Times has the highly irritating news that the GWS Giants have sold the naming rights to Manuka Oval for their games to Star Track:
The historic sports ground may be owned by the ACT government, but the Giants have negotiated a sponsorship deal with logistics company StarTrack that will see the oval renamed StarTrack [...]

Raiders hoodoo to further strike the Dragons?

By 10 April, 2013

News brings word that the Canberra Raiders’ bunny side the Dragons are looking at signing our sacked bad boys Todd Carney and Josh Dugan.
They do sum it all up nicely:
Carney might owe the Sharks, but the ASADA probe into the club clouds everything.
It would be negligent of the Dragons not to pursue him, even if [...]

Moggy returns for Brumbies crunch game against Otago

By 10 April, 2013

The Brumbies have named their side for Friday afternoon’s must win game against the Otago Highlanders in Dunedin.
Jordan Smiler has been selected to make his Super Rugby debut this Friday night against the Highlanders in Dunedin.
The 27 year old joined the University of Canberra Brumbies over the off season having made his way to Australia [...]

Terry Campese comeback

By 10 April, 2013

News have word that the Raiders high priced benchwarmer Terry Campese feels like playing rugby again:
The former NSW State of Origin playmaker was last night chosen in Canberra’s side to play New Zealand on Saturday night at Canberra Stadium.
Campese, who will play his first game in 12 months, has been forced to overcome a horrendous [...]

RiotACT Rugby Review Podcast 2013, Episode 9

By 8 April, 2013

Rob, Tim and I mix up the rugby ideas in Duxton, expound on matters rugby.
The beer for review is the Miller Draft, now reviewed on a cool night.
The music is by Kempsey.
You can download it now.
Our tips for this weekend are:
Rob – Brumbies, Chiefs, Canes, Rebels, Crusaders, Sharks, Cheetahs
John – Brumbies, Chiefs, Blues, Kings, [...]

Medals Galore for Tuggeranong Masters at State LC Championships

By 8 April, 2013

Fifteen swimmers travelled to Blacktown Aquatic Centre in Sydney’s West to the NSW State Long Course Championships on 24 March 2013 for a great day of swimming and camaraderie.
The weather at Blacktown was fine and sunny which was a bit different to the last couple of meets, however this meet was indoors and the last [...]

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