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54 I GEELONG ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY 23 JANUARY 2008 www.geelonginfo.com Elite New track use DENIS CRAVEN beach games 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 drought. 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 part. 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- geelong.outriggers.com.au. Manchester City on goal Friday, April 11. difference.
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