MUM'S THE WORD AS KYRGIOS FIGHTS TO OVERCOME INJURY
Canberra tennis ace Nick Kyrgios is fighting to overcome a bone stress injury in his left arm to ensure he can play at the US Open this week. Kyrgios has been forced to cut short some hitting sessions and he trained with Lleyton Hewitt on Saturday morning. Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has been keeping a close eye on Kyrgios' progress to ensure his body doesn't break down before the tournament starts. Mum will be the word when Kyrgios starts his US Open campaign against Russian Mikhail Youzhny. It was Kyrgios' mum, Nill, who got him fired up at Wimbledon last month. When asked if Kyrgios could beat world No.1 Rafael Nadal, Nill was honest 'no'. Kyrgios used that as motivation and made sure his mum knew about it. "I'm not a yes person, I'm going to say what I think when people ask how I think he'll go," Nill said. "I told him not to get angry about it though." So does Nill think Kyrgios can beat Youzhny? "I certainly do." Kyrgios said: "I just got a bit angry that she thought I couldn't win [against Nadal], but it's all fine now." Meanwhile, Tennis ACT boss Ross Triffitt will get his "Kyrgios cut" zig-zag hairdo on Monday. Triffitt has raised $3000 for Canberra's junior players after making a bet that he would cut his hair like Kyrgios if the teenager beat Nadal at Wimbledon.
WHITE TIPS POCOCK OR MOORE TO CAPTAIN BRUMBIES
The ACT Brumbies will announce a captain this week, coach Stephen Larkham ready to reveal Ben Mowen's successor. The frontrunners are Wallabies skippers Stephen Moore and David Pocock, with Nic White, Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano also strong contenders. White is backing Moore or Pocock to take the reins. White's only captaincy stint lasted four minutes in a clash against the British and Irish Lions last year before he got injured. "We have an embarrassment of riches down there for captains," White said. "Between those two I think they'd do an unbelievable job - big shoes to fill with Mowen [leaving], but they've got big feet too." The greatest Brumbies scrumhalf, George Gregan, will be inducted into the ACT Sport Hall of Fame on Friday. Gregan will be joined by Raiders great Jason Croker, rally driver Neal Bates, softball and ice hockey's Mike Harrow and soccer's Amy Wilson. Harry Marr, Meg Pereira and Chris Timpson will be made associate Hall of Fame members.
U12 SOCCER GAME CANCELLED AFTER LOCKOUT
Capital Football had ruled a lockout of parents, but in the end the kids didn't show up either as the U12 soccer game between Canberra FC and Canberra Olympic was cancelled on Saturday. Officials from Canberra Olympic contacted Capital Football on Friday to inform they would be forfeiting the match, which was going to be played behind closed doors at Deakin Stadium in response to alleged violent incidents involving parents in their first encounter, in June. The father of an Olympic player ran on to the field and allegedly grabbed a Canberra FC player by the throat in retaliation for an incident involving his son. Capital Football chief executive Heather Reid wanted to close the book on the issue. "There were a range of reasons put forward by Canberra Olympic why they didn't want the game to go ahead and Capital Football accepted those," Reid said. "We will now put the matter behind us and move on and hopefully people can learn from it."
SCHOOLGIRL TAKES AFL TO KENYA
A 16-year-old Canberra schoolgirl has has spread the word of Aussie Rules to Kenya. Eastlake's Jessie Glassock used a two-week trip to Kenya with her Canberra Girls Grammar classmates to teach kids how to handball and nail a drop punt. Glassock, who has been playing for the Eastlake Youth girls' team for the past two seasons, said the kids from the Canberra Sunshine Academy in southern Kenya, a sister-school of Canberra Girls Grammar, picked up the skills remarkably quickly. "They were really enthusiastic and they learned really fast," Glassock said. "They really got into it." Eastlake Football Club lent a hand too, sending over 10 footballs. Glassock, who was the second highest goalkicker on her team this season, said that she had grown up around the sport of Aussie Rules. "My whole family is into AFL so there has been AFL around me ... I like doing something a bit different. Not many girls really play."
DEAN BROTHERS BOLSTER CREEK'S CHANCES
Weston Creek Molonglo is sure to give the Cricket ACT first-grade premiership a shake, recruiting ACT Comets stars Jono and Blake Dean from Queanbeyan. Jono Dean's involvement will depend on his commitments with the Adelaide Strikers in the Twenty20 Big Bash League, while Blake is still chasing a contract after playing for the Sydney Thunder last summer. Weston Creek has retained Cade Brown and Michael Delaney for plenty of experience and will start pre-season training at Stirling Oval on Sunday. Queanbeyan will be banking on its young talent, with Comets duo Vele Dukoski and Josh Bennett defecting to Eastlake.
SMALL POPULATION RULES CANBERRA OUT OF A-LEAGUE
Football Federation Australia has delivered another kick in the teeth to Canberra's ambitions for an A-League team. After being strung along previously in the bidding process, the FFA has made it clear it doesn't believe the ACT has the population to sustain a side in the men's professional soccer competition. In response to a question about Wollongong's chances for an A-League team after almost 6000 fans watched the Central Coast Mariners beat the South Coast Wolves 1-0 in the FFA Cup during the week, an FFA spokesperson told a Sydney newspaper, "Any possible expansion of the A-League will not be considered until after the next broadcast deal in 2017. Football Federation Australia has said repeatedly that new markets would need to have significant population bases in the millions, not just in hundreds of thousands."
SPEIGHT RUGBY'S NICE GUY
There are plenty of reason's why Henry Speight is the nicest guy in Australian rugby, here's another. The Fijian flyer heard his old primary school, Veiuto Primary, was visiting Australia this week. He organised for the party to stop off in Canberra and he gave them a tour of the ACT Brumbies facilities at the University of Canberra. He spent a few hours with the teachers and students. When the tour finished, Speight went into the Brumbies gift shop, gave his credit card to the office staff and paid for a swag of balls, caps and jerseys. A sign of how much respect people have for Speight, he was named the Gungahlin Eagles' clubman of the year despite playing one one game for the team all season.
MAJOR GOLF BACK IN CANBERRA?
Will Canberra get another chance to host a major golf tournament? Almost two years after the capital saw a successful women's Australian Open at Royal Canberra, Golf Australia boss Stephen Pitt will be back on Monday to test out the Federal Golf Club. Pitt is in Canberra as part of National Hearing Awareness Week and will tee off with some federal politicians and world deaf golf champion Jack McLeod.