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Fall-guy Furner takes plunge for charity

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Lee Gaskin

Canberra Raiders coach David Furner drops into the dunk tank.

Canberra Raiders coach David Furner drops into the dunk tank. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

IT'S a situation some fans might have fantasised about for years, dunking Canberra Raiders head coach David Furner in a carnival-style tank. Furner joked this week that ''people have been taking pot shots at him for years'' and plenty of youngsters were more than happy to oblige at Saturday's ''Sportenary'' junior rugby league registration day at Northbourne Oval. ''Furnsey'' took the plunge about 12 times, and raised about $160 for the Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group.

 

Almost identical

Cold water awaits Furner.

Cold water awaits Furner. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

CANBERRA Capitals star Lauren Jackson and West Indies cricketer Kieron Pollard could almost be twins. The sports stars met at the Dickson Tradies before the Prime Minister's XI game last week and discovered they have quite a bit in common. They're the same height (196 centimetres), only one day separates their birthdays and neither of them have played a game for the Caps this WNBL season.

 

Ballpark no ballroom

Sandor Earl sports a new hair colour at Raiders training.

Sandor Earl sports a new hair colour at Raiders training. Photo: Colleen Petch

CANBERRA Cavalry general manager Thom Carter became a YouTube sensation with his now traditional ''rally dance''. But it seems he is getting stage fright ahead of the Cavs hosting their first Australian Baseball League Championship Series at Narrabundah Ballpark next weekend. The game will be televised live into 40 countries and up to 40 million households - enough to make even the outgoing Carter break into a sweat.

 

Tigers on prowl for members

BLEED yellow and black and dream about those glory days of the 1970s? Then the Capital Tigers could be for you. The newly formed official ACT-based supporters group of the Richmond Tigers is chasing members ahead of the AFL season. While they haven't won a flag since 1980, the Tigers boast one of the most passionate supporter bases in the competition and are desperate for success. The Capital Tigers will hold their inaugural meeting on Tuesday, February 12, at the Hellenic Club in Civic at 6.30pm, with former club champion Dale Weightman in attendance. For more information, contact Ben Roberts on 0428 361 676.

 

Laugh along with Kerry

EASTLAKE Cricket Club will celebrate entering the nervous 90s at a gala dinner at the National Press Club on Tuesday night. The club's 90th anniversary has attracted players past and present from around the country for a night of laughs, anecdotes and a look into the future. Former Test spinner and popular commentator Kerry ''Skull'' O'Keeffe will keep the 175 guests in stiches with a light-hearted look at the modern game, along with reliving his colourful career.

 

Play it again, and again, Cam

SPARE a thought for Canberra radio personality Cam Sullings while you're relaxing on Saturday after the end of a long week. Sullings - who now works for ActewAGL - has been asked by Cricket Australia to be the ground announcer for the Australian one-day international team's first visit to Canberra on Wednesday. Officials have asked him to then drive to Sydney on Friday to be the announcer at the SCG for the next one-dayer. If that's not enough, Sullings will drive back to Canberra on Friday night for an early start on the radio for the return of his Saturday morning sports show. He'll definitely enjoy a sleep-in on Sunday.

 

Will the real Sandor Earl please stand up

WALLABIES coach Robbie Deans was on hand at Raiders training on Thursday, but Locker Room initially thought he wasn’t the only celebrity at Raiders HQ when we first saw this photo of winger Sandor Earl. Known for his liking for a ‘‘change-up’’, the part-time model bears a striking resemblance to rapper Eminem with his new  blond do. AFL loudmouth Jason Akermanis could also be his doppelganger, as could peroxide character Spike from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, played by James Marsters.

 

 

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