The UC Capitals are chasing back-to-back titles but will first need to overcome the Melbourne Boomers in a best of three semi-final series. The Caps have only lost one game at home this season and will host game one and three (if required) in Canberra. The first semi-final is on Sunday 16 February 5.30pm at the AIS Arena, Bruce.
Brumbies notch two in a row
The Brumbies have made it two from two to kick off the Super Rugby season, defeating the Melbourne Rebels 39-26 at GIO Stadium Canberra on Friday 7 February. The Brumbies led 24-7 at the break and managed to hold off the Rebels for the win. The Brumbies will take on the Highlanders in round three at GIO Stadium on Saturday 15 February 7.15pm. The Brumbies Super W side will kick off their campaign on Saturday against Rugby WA Women as part of a double header beginning at 4.35pm. In other club news, the Brumbies have announced that Irae Simone has signed a two-year contract extension, committing his future to the club until the end of 2022.
Cavs in Aussie squad
Four Canberra Cavalry players – Robbie Perkins, Cam Warner, Steve Kent and Josh Warner – have been selected in Team Australia’s 24-strong baseball squad for the two-game series against KBO champions Doosan Bears in Geelong on 16 and 18 February. The games will serve as an important step ahead of April’s last-chance Olympic qualifier in Taiwan.
United hunt for new coach
Capital Football has opted not to renew the contract of Canberra United head coach Heather Garriock beyond the 2019/20 Westfield W-League season. Garriock has been the head coach of United for the past three seasons. Canberra United plays their final home game of the season at McKellar Park on Sunday 16 February 4pm against Adelaide United.
A 48-year-old Forde man was scheduled to face the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday 6 February charged with obtaining property by deception. In early 2019, ACT Policing received a complaint from the Gungahlin United Football Club (GUFC) in relation to the alleged theft of funds from the club’s bank account. Over the past 18 months, club officials have assisted police with their investigations. On 5 February, police executed search warrants and arrested the man who was formerly associated with GUFC. The man will face court on 109 counts of obtaining property by deception exceeding $112,000. Police believe the man acted alone. Further charges are expected to be laid.
Two-day race carnival
The Canberra Racing Club is introducing a two-day carnival from 2020 over the Canberra Day long weekend in March. The carnival will feature Black Opal Stakes Day on Sunday 8 March followed by Canberra Cup Day on the Canberra Day public holiday, Monday 9 March.