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									54 I GEELONG ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY 23 JANUARY 2008                                                                                                                     

New track use
                                                                                                                                                                           SKANDIA Geelong
                                                                                                                                                                           Week will be boosted this
                                                                                                                                                                           year with the Virgin Blue
DROUGHT-stricken Geelong                                                                                                                                                   Beach Volleyball series
Racing Club could be racing                                                                                                                                                joining the program.
on its all-weather track much                                                                                                                                                Elite beach volleyball
sooner than expected this                                                                                                                                                  athletes will battle it out
year.                                                                                                                                                                      next Monday, with Vir-
   The club has enough fresh                                                                                                                                               gin Blues number one
water to race on its turf track                                                                                                                                            male Damien Schumann
at the United Way race day on                                                                                                                                              and number one female
Thursday, January 31.                                                                                                                                                      pairing of Cristy Mace
   But if a heat wave struck,                                                                                                                                              and Linda Hamilton in
without any further rain, the                                                                                                                                              action.
St Patrick’s Race Club day on                                                                                                                                                The event will be a
Saturday, February 16 could                                                                                                                                                precursor to the opening
be switched to the new $3.7                                                                                                                                                of the Geelong Indoor
million            synthetic                                                                                                                                               Beach Volleyball centre
Thoroughtrack.                                                                                                                                                             early this year.
   Only 3mm of rain has fallen
                                                                                                                                                                             The beach volleyball
on the Geelong track this year,
                                                                                                                                                                           action will kick off on the
placing the club in a similar
                                                                                                                                                                           Geelong foreshore on
position to last year when the
                                                                                                                                                                           Australia Day when the
club was unable to race on the
                                                                                                                                                                           Virgin Blue community
course proper because of the
                                                                                                                                                                           tournament takes place
                                                                                                                                                                           from 11am-6pm, with lo-
   Geelong missed the heavy
                                                                                                                                                                           cal council, police, fire,
rain which fell throughout Vic-
                                                                                                                                                                           ambulance and surf life
toria last weekend. One track,
                                                                                                                                                                           saving teams taking
Kilmore, had its meeting
abandoned after 100mm of
rain fell.                                                                                                                                                                   Geelong Week yacht
   Geelong Racing Club presi-                                                                                                                                              crews       and      local
dent Michael Jennings said                                                                                                                                                 celebrities will do battle
heavy rain was needed for the                                                                                                                                              in the Celebrity Beach
club’s dams which were below                                                                                                                                               Volleyball challenge be-
quarter-full and salt-affected.                                                                                                                                            tween 11am and noon on
   Barwon Water had given the                                                                                                                                              Sunday, while local foot-
Geelong club a lifeline of five                                                                                                                                            ball and netball clubs
megalitres of fresh water, he                                                                                                                                              will get their chance to
said.                                                                                                                                                                      take to the sand between
   ‘‘We’ve been able to get that                                                                                                                                           noon and 6pm.
from Barwon Water because
the water management sys-
tems we have introduced have
significantly reduced the
amount we use on the tracks,’’
                                                                                                                                                                           Reds go
Jennings said.
   The club had also been told
it could race on the synthetic
                                                                                                                                                                           to wire
track during summer despite a                                                                                                                                              PETER Crouch grabbed
previous belief that the bind-                                                                                                                                             a late equaliser yester-
ing wax would melt and make                                                                                                                                                day to earn Liverpool a
the track too hard, he said.                                                                                                                                               2-2 draw with Aston Villa
   ‘‘We had an experiment on a                                                                                                                                             in a Premier League
scorching 35-degree afternoon                                                                                                                                              game at Anfield played
with horses from the Jamie                                                                                                                                                 out against a backdrop
Edwards-Bruce Elkington                                                                                                                                                    of anger and protest.
stable a fortnight ago,’’ Jen-     REGATTA TIME: Outrigger and board paddlers Bruce Dunlop, Darryn Murphy and Wade Vautier train at Eastern Beach. Photo: PHILLIP STUBBS      The England striker’s
nings said.                                                                                                                                                                88th-minute goal res-

                                   Paddlers pop into Corio Bay
   The gallops took place be-                                                                                                                                              cued the troubled home
fore Racing Victoria’s tracks                                                                                                                                              side after Villa had
and facilities manager Steve                                                                                                                                               scored twice in three
Torney, the trainers and club                                                                                                                                              minutes against the run
representatives.                                                                                                                                                           of play.
   ‘‘One part of the track was     DENIS CRAVEN                         It will include both individ-     Saturday afternoon’s           feated in seven years over the       Villa substitute Marlon
rolled and the other was                                             ual and team events for out-       program includes the im-         gruelling course.                 Harewood cancelled out
power-harrowed. The jockeys,                                         riggers.                           pressive 15-metre 6-man out-       The event settles the best      Israeli Yossi Benayoun’s
                                   THE Geelong Outrigger                For the first time the                                           performing club for the
Ricky Debono and Joe Cun-                                                                               rigger canoes in sprint                                            first-half strike with an
                                   Canoe Regatta will be held        regatta will include surf/                                          regatta and the Glen Noonan
ningham, a track rider, re-                                                                             events over 250m and 1000m,                                        acrobatic scissors kick,
                                   over the Australia Day week-      ocean ski and stand-up pad-                                         Memorial Cup.
ported there were no problems                                                                           the latter with three turns.                                       his first touch of the
                                   end as part of Skandia Gee-       dler competitions.                                                    The public have the oppor-
and both preferred the power-                                                                             These events will be in                                          game, in the 69th minute
                                   long Week.                           The first day of compe-                                          tunity to get close to the
harrowed part of the track.                                                                             front of the swimming en-                                          before the visitors made
   ‘‘Everyone seemed happy           The regatta has attracted       tition on Saturday includes                                         canoes with a massed paddle       it 2-1 with an own goal
                                   clubs from South Australia        an open invitation to OC1,         closure at Eastern Beach,        from Eastern Beach along
and it was very encouraging                                                                                                                                                from Fabio Aurelio.
                                   and Tasmania and more             OC2 and surf/ocean ski pad-        allowing spectators an excel-    the Geelong Waterfront be-
that the synthetic track could                                                                                                                                                Liverpool, who had
                                   than 130 individuals from six     dlers for endurance and            lent vantage point.              fore presentation of med-
be used in hot weather,’’ Jen-                                                                                                                                             hoped to leapfrog city
nings said.                        clubs.                            sprint events.                       Sunday morning is the tra-     allions, prizemoney and           rivals Everton, edged up
   The first scheduled race          The regatta will be based          Prizemoney is offered in        ditional OC6 marathon over       trophies.                         to fifth on 40 points and
meeting           for       the    at Eastern Beach and use          men’s and women’s endur-           16km on Corio Bay. The             Further information:            ahead of Villa and
Thoroughtrack this year is         the expanses of Corio Bay.        ance events.                       Geelong men’s boat is unde-        Manchester City on goal
Friday, April 11.                                                                                                                                                          difference.

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