Home' InDaily : December 18th 2009 Contents www.independentweekly.com.au
The Independent Weekly sportsbeat
Sportsbeat magazine available in hotels and clubs every Friday
December 18 - January 7, 2010
1. Who has claimed his
second world surfing title?
2. Where is the Basin
3. Who played his final first-
class innings last Sunday
against the Redbacks?
4. Which Redback last week
scored a double hundred
against his home state?
5. How many times has Robert
Allenby now won the PGA
6. Which WNBL team did
Lauren Jackson rejoin last
7. Who broke Adelaide
United's losing streak with the
only goal of the game against
8. India and Pakistan have
played 59 Test matches
against each other. Which
country has won more?
9. For whom does Steve
10. Is Robert Allenby older or
younger than 35?
11. What was unusual about
Wigan defender Maynor
Figueroa's goal in the EPL last
12. At which NBL team were
Adam Ballinger and Cortez
Groves previously team-mates?
13. On which AFL club's board
does Jane Jefferys now sit?
14. In which country does the
football (soccer) team Newell's
Old Boys play?
15. In what year was Wisden
first published? 1833, 1864
16. What two numbers adorn
the singlets hanging from
the ceiling at the Distinctive
17. What is the fewest number
of wins the Crows have had
in any one AFL Premiership
18. Who has played for
Sheffield Wednesday, Reading,
Brentford, Yeovil Town and
19. At which Grand Prix was
Formula One great Ayrton
Senna killed in 1994?
20. Makhaya Ntini is set
to become only the sixth
specialist fast bowler to play
100 Tests. Name the other
five. (They were not considered
genuine all-rounders and
made no more than three Test
0-10 Sporting dunce.
11-20 Need more work.
21-30 Strong showing.
31-40 Bright spark.
41-45 Borderline genius.
46+ Sporting guru!
HOME DELIVERY 8224 1600
ONE-POINTERS: 1 - Mick Fanning.
2 - Wellington, New Zealand.
3 - Brad Hodge. 4 - Michael
Klinger. 5 - Four. TWO-POINTERS:
6 - Canberra Capitals. 7 - Fabian
Barbiero. 8 - Pakistan 12-9.
9 - Tiger Woods. 10 - Older. He
is 38. THREE-POINTERS: 11 - He
scored from inside his own half.
12 - Wollongong Hawks. 13 - Port
Adelaide's. 14 - Argentina. 15 -
1864. FOUR-POINTERS: 16 - 5
and 33. 17 - Eight. 18 - Lloyd
Owusu. 19 - San Marino. FIVE-
POINTER: 20 - Courtney Walsh,
Glenn McGrath, Chaminda Vaas,
Shaun Pollock, Wasim Akram.
By Harry Thring
Worried about the weight you'll
put on over the Christmas
break? Imagine what all that
beer, pudding and ham is going to do
to your waistline. Well, at least you're
not Geoff Boettcher, skipper of Secret
Men's Business 3.5 -- one of South
Australia's best chances in this year's
Sydney to Hobart.
On Christmas Day Geoff will be
thinking about the start of the race,
which begins on Boxing Day. He'll be
concerned less about weight gain and
more about encountering weather
conditions similar to those that left six
sailors dead in 1998.
Mind you, he could just as easily
encounter perfect winds and low swell
and power through the Bass Strait to
Hobart in record time. But that's why
the Sydney to Hobart is the country's
most prestigious sailing race -- it's
the unpredictability that intrigues
so many of us and that has so many
sailors coming back for more.
"It's the challenge of the unknown,"
said Traci Ayris, a reporter with
Channel 7 and a racing executive with
the Cruising Yacht Club of South
"When you cross the Strait, or
paddock as it's called, you run into
a convergence of a lot of things. You
cross your fingers for a dream run, but
there is a real possibility you can get
slapped in the face.
"It's just such a mixed bag, but that's
why the race is so iconic -- not just in
this country, but around the world,"
CYCSA will enter three boats in this
year's race, Shining Sea, Too True and
Secret Men's Business 3.5, which will be
skippered by Andrew Corletto, Andrew
Saies and Geoff Boettcher respectively.
Boettcher, a veteran of 20 Sydney
to Hobart's, has never finished on
the podium but said the reworking
of Secret Men's Business 3 has put his
crew in the best position it's been in.
"I'm looking forward to it," he said.
"We've resurrected the hull that we
built last year, we found it had a few
deficiencies so the whole boat went
back into the factory and we created a
"Last year we did quite well, the
conditions were good for us but our
timing coming around Tasman Island
left us a few hours behind where we
should have been. But this year, with
a new boat we'll be a bit faster and we
think we've got a very good chance,"
Ayris, who will follow the race the
entire way, said the time was right for
Boettcher to succeed.
"He's certainly going to give it a big
crack. He's gone really close in the past
and you'd think that if he was ever
going to finish on the podium this is the
one," she said.
"He's gone back to the drawing
board to produce SMB 3.5 -- it's faster
and lighter than it's been, but you just
never know. You never know what the
elements are going to throw at you --
there are so many variables."
Ayris also said the battle between
two of the South Australian boats is
shaping into an absorbing one.
"It's going to be really interesting,"
she said. "Too True has been racing
well in twilight events and I think
it will give SMB 3.5 a real run for its
CYCSA executive officer Craig Evans
said participation in the prestigious
race is not only exciting, but very
important to the club.
"It creates a real buzz around the
club," Evans said.
"It's obviously the most widely
covered sailing event in this country
and to be sending the only South
Australian entrants it's great publicity
for the club," he said.
Evans is no stranger to the Sydney to
Hobart. He competed in the race eight
times, and won in 2000 as the navigator
aboard South Australian entrant
Ausmaid. Evans was also a part of
the infamous 1998 race, when hellish
conditions took the lives of six sailors.
"The 1998 race was certainly a
bitter-sweet race for us. We finished
second overall that year, but certainly
got hammered in some very atrocious
conditions," Evans admitted.
"Winds consistently in the order of
60 to 70 knots together with mountain-
ous seas certainly made this a very
hard race. Around two thirds of the
fleet did not make it that year."
Secret Men's Business 3.5 is a top hope for this year's Sydney-Hobart yacht race.
Don't let her be
held back another year.
She's not a bad kid. But she is disadvantaged.
Being held back in life is nothing new to her. Held back by a lack of money for her education. Held back from
reaching her potential. It's not her fault, or her family's, but it is her reality, and the reality of over 680,000
disadvantaged Australian kids*
This year, through our Christmas Appeal we urgently need to raise $4.5 million to provide educational support
for as many of these kids as possible. Please donate what you can today and help give disadvantaged kids the
opportunities they deserve.
*ABS data available upon request.
Survey of Income and Housing 2005--2006.
To donate, please call 1800 024 069
or visit thesmithfamily.com.au
Links Archive December 17th 2009 December 21st 2009 Navigation Previous Page