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Brumbies keep their noses clean in the slaughter of the Wallabies

By 18 November 2013

Rugby Heaven has the astonishing news of mass sackings of the Wallabies for breaking team rules in Dublin.
Considering how well they played against Ireland it’s a hell of a turnaround.
Most pleasing for Brumbies fans only two of our players have received so much as a verbal reprimand as the stand downs and written warnings have [...]

Canberra Cavalry into the finals of the Asia Series

By 18 November 2013

The Australian Baseball League has the rather exciting news that despite a loss to the Japanese Champions (!) Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles our own Canberra Cavalry are through to the semi finals of the 2013 Asia Series:
The Cavalry now advance to the semi-finals of the 2013 Asia Series. They are the first ABL team [...]

Tricky Ricky moves into the Rudd Palazzo

By 17 November 2013

Perth Now is taking an interest in new Raiders’ Coach Ricky Stuart’s move into Kevin Rudd’s old Yarralumla house:
RICKY Stuart loves a celebrity mansion. When he started coaching at the Cronulla Sharks he bought Ian Thorpe’s waterfront home on Burraneer Bay in the shire.
Now he has moved to Canberra and is living in former prime [...]

Diesel or white paint for our sportsgrounds?

By 17 November 2013

It can’t be a Sunday if the Liberals aren’t worrying about sports it seems.
Today’s offering is from Steve Doszpot who prefers white paint for marking fields, rather than the black lines of diesel death:
“The practice of using diesel to mark out grounds is causing dangerous furrows onscores of local fields across the ACT, and it’s [...]

Canberra Roller Derby League presents “Moulin Bruise” GRAND FINAL 2013

By 13 November 2013
Canberra Roller Derby League presents

[ 30 November 2013; ]

The Moulin Bruise: 100 years of Can-baret; A Roller Derby Double Header Sporting Event featuring Canberra Roller Derby Leagues’ Black n Blue Belles, Brindabelters, Red Bellied Black Hearts and Surly Griffins.

Like the Moulin Rouge itself, Canberra is a city of intrigue, where glittering facades belie a seething underbelly of politics, creativity and raw sensual power. [...]

Grounds closed

By 12 November 2013

The Economic Development Directorate has closed all the parks due to rain:
All ACT Government sportsgrounds will be closed today Tuesday 12th November due to wet weather and the forecast of further showers and possible thunderstorms.
The decision has been taken in order to minimise damage to the turf surfaces and in the interests of player [...]

David Pocock wants you to get down to Garema Place for Climate Change change

By 12 November 2013
David Pocock wants you to get down to Garema Place for Climate Change change

[ 17 November 2013; 11:00 am; ]

Talk radio listening wing nuts are both enraged and confused today as one of their beloved sports people has strayed from their blinkered delusional orthodoxy, in this case the Brumbies expensive bench warmer and long ago Wallabies flanker David Pockock who’s made the above video for GetUp!’s Canberra Day of Climate Action:

On 17th November, tens [...]

And now a word from Matt Toomua

By 11 November 2013
And now a word from Matt Toomua

Brumbies star Matt Toomua has been roped in for #AskAWallaby for the ARU and it’s nice to hear the man talk:
In the second episode of #AskAWallaby, ARU TV speak to Qantas Wallabies Inside Centre Matt Toomua

Correct use of an apostrophe

By 11 November 2013
Correct use of an apostrophe

For all the grammar Nazis on RiotACT (myself included on occasion), this photo from Bateman’s Bay illustrates the correct use of the apostrophe…
[ED - Got an image of Canberra (or surounds) you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com ]

Tuggeranong Masters Swimmers Win NSW Short Course Championships

By 10 November 2013

The NSW Short Course Championships were held at CISAC on the 19/20 October 2013 and Tuggeranong Masters Swimming ACT proved again to be a powerful force in NSW Masters Swimming and showed they can mix it with the big Sydney Clubs gaining first place in the overall Pointscore and also taking out the Relay trophy.
It [...]

My Team Is Strong – Photo Exhibition

By 8 November 2013
My Team Is Strong - Photo Exhibition

Established in 2008, the Big Bang Ballers have taken the simple act of playing basketball and used it as a tool for change in 12 countries, serving over 41,000 boys and girls across social and cultural divides.
Using the game to fight social disadvantage and youth poverty, and having built schools, sponsored and supported orphanages and [...]

Put down the controller and develop your rugby talent!

By 7 November 2013

If you’re still in school and love rugby then get into the Brumbies rugby talent development program: (I don’t work for Tones, I can spell it how I like)
The University of Canberra Brumbies are calling on applications for the Brumbies Talent Development Camp which aims to improve the skills of ACT rugby players between the [...]

Spend a fortune to play golf with footballers

By 6 November 2013

Ok, so here’s a press release I just received that caused me some confusion.
They’re auctioning off a chance to play a game of golf with a professional golfer and two footballers. The bidding is already up to $2,020 and there’s still 41 days left to go. This looks like it’ll raise some serious cash. I [...]

Hang gliding lessons with Limp Jimmy

By 5 November 2013
Hang gliding lessons with Limp Jimmy

Local men about town Limp Jimmy and Nancy Porker have taken to giving hang gliding lessons via YouTube off the Lake George escarpment. Enjoy:
Your complete guide to learning hang gliding. Watch this video and you’ll know everything there is to know about free flight.

Two Tuggeranong Masters Swimmers Reach a Million Metres.

By 3 November 2013

Two members of Tuggeranong Masters Swimming ACT were presented with their Million Metre Awards at the recent Masters Swimming NSW Short Course Championships at the Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre.
Cecelia Kaye and Caroline Makin both became a members of the Million Metres Club in May 2013. The Vorgee Million Metre Awards acknowledge progress from [...]

Spineless Brumbies squib the coaching decision

By 1 November 2013

The Canberra Times reports on abject gutlessness from the Brumbies management.
The ACT Brumbies will break tradition to unveil a two-pronged coaching combination, backing club great Stephen Larkham as head coach and promoting Laurie Fisher to director of rugby to guide them glory.
The Brumbies will announce on Friday that Larkham and Fisher will team up to [...]

Charity basketball match score $900 for Lifeline

By 30 October 2013
Charity basketball match score $900 for Lifeline

A collection of media personalities took on the ActewAGL All Stars in a charity match to raise money for Lifeline Canberra.
A charity basketball match between ActewAGL All Stars and a Media team has netted $900 for crisis support and suicide prevention charity Lifeline Canberra.
The All Stars dominated the match as 12 baskets were scored, with [...]

For God’s sake Raiders, spend the money on players who want to be here

By 30 October 2013

The Herald Sun brings word of the Canberra Raiders’ desperate efforts to retain the services of Anthony Milford who obviously doesn’t want to be here:
CANBERRA are set to make a staggering $1 million a season bid to prevent rising teenage superstar Anthony Milford joining the Brisbane Broncos.
The deal will skyrocket the talented Milford into [...]

FIT Women and Girls Canberra Centenary Triathlon

By 30 October 2013

[ 1 December 2013; ] December 1 2013 is the date to put in your diary for the FIT Women and Girls Canberra Centenary triathlon.

There is something for everyone, with a choice of a full or half course, and to celebrate the 100th birthday of Canberra every participant in this year’s race will receive a specially minted FIT Canberra Centenary triathlon medal! The barrel draw this year includes winning a road bike donated by the Bike Shed. Register at www.fitact.org.au

Canberra Roller Derby League presents Bout 6 “Day of the Shred”

By 28 October 2013
Canberra Roller Derby League presents Bout 6

[ 2 November 2013; 5:00 pm; ] ‘

Bout 6: Red Bellied Black Hearts vs Surly Griffins

THIS Saturday November 2nd!

Canberra Roller Derby League are starting November off right by having their second-last event of the 2013 season, an epic bout between the Surly Griffins and the Red Bellied Black Hearts.

The Surly Griffins have been laying out hits and biff on the flat track [...]

Tuggeranong Swimmers do well in Australian Masters Games

By 28 October 2013

Three Tuggeranong Vikings swimmers teamed up with participants from other NSW clubs and had a fantastic time at the 14th Australian Masters Games in Geelong, Victoria.
The Games has over 50 sports and over 8000 people participating with the highlight being attending the opening ceremony with participants from all sports represented. But despite [...]

Fishing Blitz! Operation White Cod!

By 26 October 2013

The Environment Directorate is celebrating some talking tos delivered as part of their “blitz” on illegal fishing:
The ‘White Cod’ operation was in response to a number of reports of illegal fishing activities in and around Canberra’s lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. The illegal activities reported range from people fishing with more than two rods to [...]

Part Payments for Raiders memberships

By 25 October 2013

The Canberra Raiders are offering an intriguing array of payment options for 2014 memberships.
The Canberra Raiders are excited to announce that Part Payment options are now available for Memberships for the upcoming 2014 season.
The Part Payment options enable Raiders fans greater flexibility and convenience to support their team in the best possible way, by [...]

Get used to GIO Stadium

By 24 October 2013

Canberra Stadium has tweeted that GIO have bought the rights to name the Stadium in Bruce.
Very excited to announce GIO as our new naming rights sponsor! #canberra #GIOstadiumcanberra
— Canberra Stadium (@CanberraStadium) October 24, 2013

Because you wanted to be that little more confused.
According to rumour a knock down price has been negotiated.
UPDATE: Andrew Barr’s statement is [...]

Red Dress Run for Pegasus – 22nd November

By 24 October 2013

[ 22 November 2013; 6:15 pm; ] The Hash House Harriers have been mentioned on this site previously. I received the below from a friend – please pass it on and attend!

Attention Hashers, Harriettes and Muggles,

It’s the Wednesday ACT (WACT) Hash, on a Friday. It’s the 1300th run, out of sequence. It’s starting at 6:30pm, which is later than [...]

Roller Derby on Oct 26! A Good Day to Skate Hard

By 24 October 2013
Roller Derby on Oct 26! A Good Day to Skate Hard

[ 26 October 2013; ]

There will be plenty of fast skating, big hits and knockout roller derby action when Varsity Derby League’s all-star team, the DisHonour Rollers, take to the track this Saturday 26 October for their third roller derby home bout for 2013. They will be playing against the (Sydney) South Side Derby Dolls’ The Force at Southern [...]

Capitals’ bus wrap 2013/14. This time they’re a team!

By 23 October 2013
Capitals' bus wrap 2013/14. This time they're a team!

The Canberra Capitals have unveiled their bus wrap for this season:
The bus livery is part of ACTION’s sponsorship of the benchmark female sporting team along with game day promotions and appearances by Capitals players at ACTION events throughout the year.
Yvette Berry the ACT Government member for Ginninderra was on hand at the launch along [...]

Watch a guy break his tooth playing on the Canberra Centre Cube

By 23 October 2013
Watch a guy break his tooth playing on the Canberra Centre Cube

Sydney pakour crew For20 recently took a road trip to Canberra and filmed their adventures.
After a boring minute or so of road trip we get to the good stuff, and it all seems like a fairly normal trick video until one of the crew tries to take on the Canberra Centre cube and doesn’t quite [...]

Jake White still not making any sense

By 18 October 2013

The Canberra Times has a lengthy article devoted to shock departure Jake White’s reasons for quitting the Brumbies halfway through his contract and taking up with another team in the same competition.
‘‘The bottom line is I just wanted to move on. Families allow family members to move on. It happens. A lot of the guys [...]

Fancy being a Raiders member?

By 18 October 2013
Fancy being a Raiders member?

2014 Raiders memberships are on sale now, and you can buy one if you like.
Just head to www.weareraiders.com.au and do the thing.
The Canberra Raiders have launched their most exciting range of membership packages in recent memory, with a host of exciting and affordable new options and features available for fans looking to pledge their support [...]

Check out your local bowlo this weekend

By 16 October 2013

The humble sport of bowls is quietly undergoing a renaissance, and this weekend, your local “bowlo” is inviting you to take a fresh look during their Open Day, Barefoot style!

Manuka endorsed for more cricket

By 16 October 2013

The ABC has the reassuring news that the Cricket World Cup boss John Harnden likes what he’s seen at Manuka Oval as it transforms into a serious cricket ground:
Organising Committee CEO John Harnden says he expects all three world cup matches in Canberra to sell out when Australia hosts the world championship.
Mr Harnden says [...]

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