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St Edmund's after record 15th Waratah Shield

It's the competition that launched the rugby careers of Ricky Stuart, Matt Giteau, David Furner and George Gregan. St Edmund's College will look to take another step to a record 15th Waratah Shield when it takes on Baulkham Hills Sport High School in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Erindale College is also involved in the semi-finals of the second-tier Waratah Cup, where they will face Epping Boys High School. 

Erindale College captain 
Sione Fualalo and Levi Goodwin Shaw of St Edmund's College ready to square off in the school's ...
Erindale College captain Sione Fualalo and Levi Goodwin Shaw of St Edmund's College ready to square off in the school's rugby union final.  Photo: Jay Cronan

St Edmund's will be looking to continue its wonderful record in the Waratah Shield. They are the most successful school in the competition's history, having won it 14 times since it was first held in 1963.

The Waratah Shield is a knock-out competition for high school teams from NSW and the ACT, and attracts around 100 entries annually. This is the first year St Edmund's has returned to the competition after they were omitted in 2004 after winning eight straight times. 

Current Raiders coach Ricky Stuart led St Edmund's to victory in 1984 before he went on to represent the Wallabies on their 1987 tour to Argentina. Stuart then switched codes, winning three premierships with the Raiders and representing NSW and Australia. Other St Edmund's products to star in the Waratah Shield include Giteau, Furner and Gregan.

St Edmund's captain Levi Shaw said his side won't be taking Baulkham Hills lightly. 


"At the moment we are not sure what to expect," Shaw said. "I know they are a big, physical team and that will make it a tough game for the forwards."

Meanwhile, Erindale College captain Sione Fualalo knows his team will be up against a huge challenge against a quality Epping outfit. 

"Last year they had a pretty good team," Fualalo said. "I think they had two Australian Schoolboys so they will be strong in the forwards and fast in the backs, but I think we have them covered. We have been training hard for this all year." 

Liam Burton

Liam Burton was crowned under-18 champion at Falls Creek last weekend. Photo: Supplied

Burton on track for Olympics

Canberra cross country skier Liam Burton is in a two-way fight with Finlay Clarke for next year's Winter Youth Olympic Games. Burton won the Open Junior Men 7.5km freestyle race and was then crowned the under-18 champion at the Australian Junior Championships at Falls Creek last weekend, setting himself up for a tilt at the Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway next February. Burton wasn't the only Canberra skier to enjoy success over the weekend, with 12-year-old Heli Laajoki taking out the under-12s classic sprint category. She backed that up with victory in the under-12s 1.5km freestyle race too. Nelle Forster-Berguis was on the podium in the U18 5km Freestyle.

Jackie Fairweather.

Jackie Fairweather was one of Australia's most talented endurance athletes. 

Fairweather remembered

One of Canberra's most decorated triathlon competitors will be remembered at the first annual Jackie Fairweather Memorial Triathlon and Retro Run. The event will be held on November 7-8. The triathlon will be over the sprint distance of a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run, while the 5km Retro Run will take in many of Canberra's iconic buildings around Lake Burley Griffin. A fundraising dinner will be held on November 7 with funds raised being dedicated to research on depression and mental illness on sport. Fairweather sadly passed away in November last year after a long battle with depression and mental illness. Fairweather was one of Australia's most talented endurance athletes winning three world championships in triathlon and duathlon, No 1 in the 1999 ITU World Cup standings and a bronze medal in the marathon at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. For more information, visit

Remi Wilton and Sammy Maxwell with coach Daniel Hooper at the Brumbies HQ for an emerging talent clinic.

Sammy Maxwell is going for Commonwealth Youth Games gold. Photo: Jay Cronan

Maxwell in sevens bid for gold

While ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight will bolster the Australian men's sevens team's chances of winning Olympic gold next year, Cootamundra's Sammy Maxwell is part of the Aussie girls sevens bid for gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa next month. Maxwell was part of the 12-girl squad that was announced on Friday. She was part of the ACT women's side that finished runner-up at the national championships held in Sydney in June.

Gracie Elvin.

Gracie Elvin is in the running for Aussie cycling athlete for July.  Photo: Con Chronis

Elvin, Buchanan fight for award

Canberra cyclist Gracie Elvin and BMX queen Caroline Buchanan will duke it out for this month's #aussiecycling athlete of July after the pair had standout months. Orica-AIS rider Elvin had her first European win when she took out stage three at the Thuringen Rundfahrt. Buchanan claimed silver at the BMX world championships, where the first bend on the Belgium track was named after her. Meanwhile in other cycling news, club cyclists have the chance to brush shoulders with some of the country's top cyclists at next month's National Capital Tour – Canberra's event in the National Road Series. Events have been added to the NCT for graded club cyclists as well. Plus there are two mountain bike events on at Stromlo this month with the final event of the Rollercoaster Enduro series on Sunday and the fourth round of the MTB grand prix series on Saturday.

Seniors show how it's done

While the Australian cricket team have disgraced themselves at Edgbaston, three Canberra cricketers have just returned to Australia as Ashes winners. Murray HarrisonJim Martin and John Dedman were members of the Australian over-60s team which created history by beating England to win the over-60s Ashes series 2-1. 

The team, comprising 18 players from around Australia, played 18 games over four weeks on their tour of the UK. It is the first time since the inception of the Australia v England over-60s 'test' series in 2011, that an Australian team has beaten the old foe. 

Seniors Cricket Australia president Ron Axelby said: "The success of the team is an important ingredient in the continued development of seniors cricket in Australia". 

The ACT team travels to Hobart in November to compete at the Australian over-60s cricket championships.

Erindale into quarter-finals

The Erindale College rugby league team will head to Kogarah Oval to contest the national quarter-finals of the GIO Schoolboy Cup. Erindale will take on another school with a proud rugby league history, St Gregory's College of Campbelltown, on August 18. This is the second year in a row that Erindale has made it to the quarter-finals. They have cruised through their three pool games, beating All Saints College (Maitland), Endeavour Sports High School (Caringbah) and Illawarra Sports High School (Wollongong), scoring 104 points while conceding 46. 

Budding stars in training

Four Canberrans are part of Bowls Australia's state-based national training centres, which are designed to develop the the next batch of stars below the Australian squads. Weston Creek young gun Jessica Hogan and clubmate Mac Maclean were the two members from ACT clubs, while Andrew Howie and Damon Jeffery both play for Sydney club Mount Lewis.