Facebook258Tweet0Pin1Submitted by City of OlympiaIn early February, a new tiny house village for 40 homeless individuals will open its doors in Olympia. The public is invited to learn more about Plum Street Village at an information meeting on Thursday, January 17, at 6:00 p.m., in Room A of the Olympia Center, located at 222 Columbia St. NW. Following a presentation by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), there will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions about the project.An additional opportunity to learn about Plum Street Village will be an open house at the village on Thursday, January 31, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. The village is located at 830 Union Ave SE, which is the City’s former plant nursery behind the Yashiro Japanese Garden. Come see the facility before residents move in and learn more about the operation and the volunteer builders who made it happen.About Plum Street VillageThe City of Olympia is leasing property and providing funding to the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) for the operation of this village. The village will include about 30 tiny houses for individuals and couples without children. Each unit is 8′ x 12′, is insulated, has electricity and heat, a window and a lockable door. The facility will also include a security house, a communal kitchen, meeting space, bathrooms, showers, laundry, a case management office and 24/7 staffing.This facility will allow some of Olympia’s most vulnerable unhoused residents to have a safe and secure place while transitioning to permanent housing. The Plum Street Tiny House Village will be an integral aspect of the housing continuum and connect residents to necessary services. LIHI Case Managers work with village residents to help them obtain housing, employment, health care, treatment, education, and other services.About LIHILIHI is a nonprofit developer and operator of over 2,200 units of affordable housing in the Puget Sound region, including Olympia and Lacey in Thurston County. They own and manage four buildings in the county including: Billy Frank Jr Place, Fleetwood Apartments, Magnolia Villa and Arbor House. LIHI has developed 10 Tiny House Villages in Seattle and has consulted on the development and operation of others across the state and country. The Seattle program has helped over 400 people transition into long-term housing, assisted over 200 in gaining employment, and has served and supported over 2,000 people.Learn MoreYou are can learn more about the City’s homeless response at our website: olympiawa.gov/homelessness. In a few weeks, the City of Olympia will launch a community-led planning process to determine how we, along with regional partners, will respond long-term to homelessness and its impacts. To receive updates about this and other homeless response actions, please sign up for email updates at olympiawa.gov/subscribe.
All the dance partners have now been confirmed for the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup starting Thursday in the Hertiage City at the NDCC Arena.Beaver Valley was the last team to book its ticket to the BC Hockey Junior B Final Four after the Nitehawks disposed of the Kamloops Storm in six games in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Final Friday in Fruitvale.The other two dance partners are the Victoria Cougars of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and Aldergrove Kodiaks of the Pacific Junior Hockey League.The winner of Cyclone Taylor Cup advances as the provincial champions to the Keystone Cup for the Western Canadian championships.The Abbotsford Pilots host the tournament April 17-20, featuring the top teams from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario, along with the host Pilots.The Nelson Daily has a capsule look at the four teams vying for BC Junior B Hockey supremacy:Nelson Leafs — Cyclone Taylor Host TeamThe Green and White took the shortest route to the Junior B tournament.However, it’s not the way the host team wanted to advance to the four-team affair.Nelson was knocked out by Beaver Valley in the Murdoch Final in six games.The Leafs were a battered and bruised team and paid the price of not having their two goalies — Brad Rebagliati and Adam Maida — as well as a healthy leading scorer — Jamie Vlanich on the roster against the Hawks.However, after being unceremoniously eliminated during the KIJHL playoffs, the Leafs have had a month off to rest those weary bones.Leaf coach Frank Maida gave the Leafs two full weeks away from the rink before resuming training April 1.When Nelson opens the tournament Thursday at 7 p.m. against Victoria, Nelson should be ready and rested for the Cougars.Nelson will rely heavily on Vlanich and linemate Travis Wellman to power the Leafs offence. But don’t be alarmed if Nelson Minor Hockey products Carsen Willans and Linden Horswill, playing their final games for the Green and White, doesn’t continue his goal scoring in the Cyclone Taylor Tournament.On defence, the Leafs will be bolstered by the return of smooth skating Robson Cramer who sat out the final games of the Murdoch Final due to a suspension. Joining Cramer is hard-hitting captain Darnel St. Pierre, Patrick Crome, Austin Seaman and Nick Trefry.In goal, Rebagliati is slated to man the nets after recovering from injury.Nelson will be looking to win its first Junior B title since Fritz Koehle coached the Leafs to the provincial crown in 1968.The last time the Leafs played in the Cyclone Taylor Cup was in 2009 when the squad, coached by Simon Wheeldon, lost in the final to Richmond Sockeyes. Beaver Valley Nitehawks — KIJHL ChampionsBeaver Valley won its second KIJHL title in three seasons.The Hawks may have won three straight had the Castlegar Rebels not eliminated Beaver Valley in the seventh game of the Murdoch Final last season.Castlegar went on to win the 2013 KIJHL crown.dThe Hawks are loaded with talent. But the driving force of the team is the two-headed monster in Dallas Calvin and Ryan Edwards.The two Trail natives combined for 82 points in 41 games.However, if Calvin and Edwards are not scoring the Hawks can look down the line up to see Riley Brandt, Dan Holand or Braden Fuller fill the void.On defence, Fraser Stang anchors a blueline that batters and beats up opposing forwards.And in goal, all-world Brett Clark, sporting a 14-5 playoff mark with a 2.38 goals against average — and two playoff shutouts — is there to keep Beaver Valley in the game.Beaver Valley, winners of the BC title in 1997 and 2001, begins play Thursday at 3 p.m. in the NDCC Arena against PJHL chanpion, Aldergrove Kodiaks.Aldergrove Kodiaks — PJHL ChampsThe Kodiaks did the unthinkable in the Pacific Junior Hockey League Final.Trailing 3-1 to Junior B powerhouse, Richmond Sockeyes, Aldergrove rang off three straight wins — including a 5-1 road win — to dethrone the reigning PJHL champs.Aldergrove is led by 20-year-old McHaffie twins — Spencer and Scott — who combined for 19 goals while adding 20 assists to lead the Kodiaks in the playoffs.On the blueline is rookie Jeremy Lagler who finished the PJHL playoffs tied for third in team scoring with 13 points.In goal, 20-year-old Jordan Liem backstopped Aldergrove to the amazing comeback in the final against Richmond.Victoria Cougars — VIJHL ChampionsVictoria made it look easy en route to capturing its third Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League title.The Cougs dumped Peninsula Panthers in six games to clinch the Island title.Victoria is led by Snohomish, Washington sniper Michael Fretz who led the Cougars in playoff scoring with 10 goals and 15 assists in 15 games.Alberta native Blake Roney was right behind Fretz with 12 goals and 10 assists with 19-year-old Sam McMullen also scoring a dozen goals.In goal Nathan Hargrave etched out a skinny 1.71 goals against average to lead the Cougs.Check out the Cylcone Taylor website for full schedule and ticket information.
Martin Pedroza9612181713%49%$540,903 (Current Through Saturday, March 4, 2017 Inclusive) SUPERSTAR UNIQUE BELLA HEADED TO SANTA ANITA OAKS Jerry Hollendorfer’s newest superstar, 3-year-old filly Unique Bella, overcame a good dose of adversity in winning Saturday’s Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, winning her third consecutive graded stakes and her fourth race in a row under Mike Smith.Slower into stride than is her custom, the Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Tapit was quickly into contention while third at the rail into the Club House turn. At that point, Smith made the tactical decision to split horses at the seven furlong pole and Unique Bella then took command, but had to repel a serious challenge a furlong out from runner-up Abel Tasman, who was ridden by Joe Talamo.“Hats off to the winner, what a special filly she is, because like I said, I really had a lot of horse and we had a beautiful trip,” said Talamo, currently fifth in the rider standings with 18 wins. “The winner broke a little slow, which I was happy to see. I was so proud of my filly. I think she’s definitely going to move forward.”Despite repeated media queries regarding the possibility of her stepping onto the Santa Anita and Kentucky Derby trail, Hollendorfer was again steadfast in his resolve to get Unique Bella to the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 8, with the next objective the Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 5.“We’re just trying to do our best and she’s rewarding us,” said Hollendorfer following yesterday’s Santa Ysabel. “I don’t have any thoughts about running her against the boys, but some other folks do I guess. When I saw her coming into the lane, I felt that she was waiting on horses a little bit. Mike had to wave the stick at her a little but she responded right away. I wasn’t too worried.”So the stage is nearly set for Hollendorfer, who won last year’s Santa Anita Oaks with two-time Eclipse Champion Songbird, to pursue his second consecutive victory in the race originally known as the Santa Susana. Bob Baffert4696920%52%$902,111 ANSWER: At the bottom of today’s Finish Lines. BIG ‘CAP TRIVIA ANSWER: Seven horses have carried 130 pounds to victory in the Big ‘Cap; John Henry and Bill Shoemaker (1982), Spectacular Bid & Bill Shoemaker (1980), Ack Ack and Bill Shoemaker (1971), Round Table and Bill Shoemaker (1958), Mark-Ye-Well and Eddie Arcaro (1953), Thumbs Up and Johnny Longden (1945) and Seabiscuit with “Red” Pollard (1940). JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Corey Nakatani62117618%39%$601,056 Rafael Bejarano10519161718%50%$1,042,143 Peter Miller872621830%63%$1,289,220 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.87178820%38%$748,565 Trainer Standings John W. Sadler468101017%61%$503,524 Kent Desormeaux11422151219%43%$1,359,649 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Doug F. O’Neill11615231913%49%$1,162,186 UNIQUE BELLA HEADED TO SANTA ANITA OAKSSTORMY LIBERAL MARCHES ON FOR MILLERMASTERY WORKS FOR SAN FELIPEMIDNIGHT STORM DRILLS FIVE FURLONGS FOR BIG ‘CAP Joseph Talamo12518111814%38%$597,168 STORMY LIBERAL TAKES NO PRISONERS IN JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES Winning at an astounding 30 percent clip, San Luis Rey Downs-based Peter Miller continued his winning ways in Saturday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes, as his Stormy Liberal was up to win by nose under Norberto Arroyo, Jr. while getting 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:11.89.Claimed four starts back on Oct. 16 for $40,000, Stormy Liberal, who got a career best 102 Beyer Speed figure in the Hernandez, is now two for four racing for Miller out of San Luis Rey, having won the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes down the hill on Jan. 29.Through 37 days of racing, Miller now holds a 26-19 edge over Jerry Hollendorfer, and, in the all-important stakes won category, Miller leads “The Dorf” nine to five. Santiago Gonzalez10612151311%38%$542,427 Mike Smith421431233%69%$1,337,167 J. Keith Desormeaux3573520%43%$447,105 Tyler Baze19634392317%49%$1,588,881 Mark Glatt62911915%47%$417,870 William Spawr26103338%62%$292,051 Jockey Standings Kristin Mulhall3176323%52%$213,230 Steven Miyadi54714613%50%$340,733 Vladimir Cerin42810619%57%$312,619 Jerry Hollendorfer10119122119%51%$1,418,064 Richard Baltas10218191518%51%$974,962 Stewart Elliott12714141711%35%$681,748 FINISH LINES: Notable Santa Anita works this morning: Kobe’s Back, Peter Eurton, 49.20, Accelerate, John Sadler, 1:01.80, Battle of Midway, Jerry Hollendorfer, (bullet) 1:00.20, Midnight Storm, Phil D’Amato, 1:01.20, Mastery, Bob Baffert, (bullet) 1:12.60 and Arrogate, Bob Baffert, 1:24.00…Additionally, Kaleem Shah’s Dortmund, prepping for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) worked seven furlongs this morning at Los Alamitos in 1:25.80. Trainer Art Sherman had the 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner galloping out a mile in 1:38.40…All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day, Saturday, March 11, will will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick Six. First post time will be 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m…. …On Saturday, March 18, Santa Anita offers the St. Paddy’s Day Pitch, with the person who tosses a ringer winning $1 million! It’s free to enter. Just get on track, fill out a contest entry card and you could be one of four entries selected to participate, or sign up online at santaanita.com/events before March 18, as one online entry will also be chosen. Peter Eurton48105621%44%$531,807 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tiago Pereira9211111212%37%$371,170 Edwin Maldonado60107917%43%$319,840 (Current Through Saturday, March 4, 2017 Inclusive) Flavien Prat18239293521%57%$2,647,969 Philip D’Amato711591321%52%$890,285 BIG ‘CAP TRIVIA: The Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, to be contested at a mile and a quarter on Saturday, will be run for the 80th time, dating back to Azucar’s win with George Woolf aboard in 1935. In its 79 previous running’s, how many horses have carried 130 pounds to victory? Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537
22 June 2010 First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. The plant was ranked highest among South African automotive plants in initial quality in the 2007 and 2008 South Africa IQS studies. In 2009, the plant was awarded the IQS gold quality award for manufacturing vehicles which had the fewest defects and malfunctions of any plant in Europe and Africa that serves the US market. S-Class in the Large Premium Car category “To receive such an award despite the relentless pressure and stresses of the global recession over the past two years, points to the brilliant quality of our people and processes,” said MBSA president and CEO Hansgeorg Niefer. The South African division of global vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has won a platinum award for producing vehicles with the fewest defects and malfunctions of any plant in the world supplying the US market. MediaClubSouthAfrica The study was conducted between February and May 2010. Based on responses from 82 000 US users of the 2010 model-year vehicles surveyed after 90 days of use, MBSA’s East London plant had only 28 defects per 100 vehicles, putting it at the top of all global plants serving the US market. The IQS study looked at problems experienced by owners and lessees of the C-Class in two categories: design-related problems, and defects and malfunctions. Plants are rewarded based on their limited defects and malfunction. GL-Class in the Large Premium Crossover/SUV category. E-Class Coupe in the Compact Premium Sporty Car category The East London plant has also come out tops in the JD Power and Associates South Africa IQS, based on responses from South African users. “Daimler’s East London plant has been a top performing plant and its achievement in 2010 is particularly impressive,” said Brian Walters, vice-president of Europe, Middle East and Africa operations at JD Power and Associates. MBSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Germany’s Daimler AG. The C-Class was also rated highest in the Entry Premium Car segment, with the A-Class also managing a repeat award ranking top of the upper small car segment in quality. This is the second consecutive year in which Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA) plant in the Eastern Cape, which produces the C-Class Mercedes model for the local and US market, has been given a quality award by the JD Power and Associates US Initial Quality Study (IQS). Free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Best in South Africa Four other Mercedes models have won second place in the JD Power and Associates 2010 US IQS study. They are: E-Class in the Midsize Premium Car category “Daimler’s rigorous quality management processes are a key reason for why the brand has been able to assemble consistently high-quality vehicles in different regions of the world.”
Over one lakh people from 20,000 families have been moved to safety as local residents, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and the Armed forces are pulling out all the stops to rescue those stuck in waterlogged areas in Kolhapur and Sangli districts. The districts are experiencing the worst deluge since 2005.Sixteen people in five districts — Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli and Solapur — in western Maharashtra have lost their lives over the past week, while 1.32 lakh people from these districts were evacuated till Wednesday, Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said. “As many as 51,785 people were moved to safe areas in Kolhapur, while 53,228 were shifted in Sangli district. In addition, 13,336 from Pune, 7,749 from Solapur district, and 6,262 from Satara district have been evacuated,” Mr. Mhaisekar said. A total of 201 medical teams are working in the three most-afflicted districts of Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli.Chairing an emergency meeting in Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said rescuing women, children and patients is the priority, and directed the administration of the flood-hit districts to make alternative arrangements for food, essential items, and drinking water.“I have directed for an immediate survey of crop damage. We will expand relief operations as and when required. At present, we are trying to mobilise maximum number of NDRF teams and those from the Armed forces. We have brought in NDRF teams from Gujarat and Odisha to focus on Kolhapur district where the situation is critical, while the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard teams are doing their best to rescue those stranded,” Mr. Fadnavis said.Mr. Mhaisekar said four teams of the Territorial Army are engaged in rescue operations in Kolhapur and one team has reached Sangli. While six NDRF teams are already in action in Kolhapur, six more are on their way by road. One Navy team is in operation in Kolhapur.“Air connectivity has been established over Kolhapur since Wednesday morning with five more Navy teams to be dispatched via air over the district. In addition, three NDRF teams have reached Sangli while three more are en route. As of now, 29 boats in Kolhapur, 43 in Sangli, and 17 in Satara have been pressed into service to evacuate people,” he said, adding Pune divisional officials are in touch with the administration of the afflicted districts and the neighbouring Karnataka.The deluge has completely thrown State Transport bus services in Kolhapur and Sangli out of gear. With 89 roads in Kolhapur under water, the district is completely cut off from the rest of Maharashtra. “We have had to shut down traffic along the Pune-Bengaluru Highway owing to excess flooding in at least three places between Pune and Kolhapur. Likewise, we have lost contact with the Belagavi side owing to the deluge. Bus services to Kolhapur and Sangli have been suspended due to flooding with the bus stand in Sangli submerged,” Mr. Mhaisekar said.With the Panchganga river touching 54 feet mark and the Krishna waters wreaking havoc in Sangli, residential and government buildings, including commissionerates, collectors’ residences, and jails, are half-submerged.Rescue operations are under way in urban and the backwater areas of Kolhapur and Sangli. Video clips of a courageous ambulance driver wading through the floodwater in Kolhapur to rescue a man in need of medical attention went viral, as did one of a boat ferrying some women which capsized near the Venus Corner roundabout in Kolhapur city. There were no casualties in either case.While Satara district got temporary relief from the rain, the discharge from the Koyna dam was lowered by around 20,000 cusecs. The discharge from the Radhanagari dam in Kolhapur was briefly stopped.Dairy business in the region is severely hit while a number of poultry farms have gone under water in some places. With major dairy operators like Gokul, Warana and Chitale being compelled to shut operations, western Maharashtra is expected to face a severe milk shortage in the coming days.The condition of the livestock is appalling with no fodder for those stranded. However, authorities said a number of farmers, anticipating the crisis and anxious to prevent a repeat of the massive loss of livestock in the 2005 floods, had already begun to shift animals before Kolhapur and Sangli being flooded.“As per data, 16,633 livestock in Sangli have been moved to safe zones,” Abhijeet Chaudhari , Collector, Sangli, said.Authorities said more people started coming out of their houses as water levels began rising dangerously after Tuesday evening, even exceeding 10 feet in a number of places near the Krishna riverbank in Sangli.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rain for Kolhapur in the next 48 hours. “From Wednesday night till forenoon of August 9, we expect heavy to very heavy showers to hit the ghat areas, including Kolhapur. The rain over Sangli has relaxed in contrast, with light to moderate rain expected on Thursday,” Anupam Kashyapi, head, weather and air pollution monitoring unit, IMD, said.Warning for PuneHowever, Mr. Kashyapi said Pune district will again witness heavy rain in some parts, especially in the ghat areas from August, and that a high alert has been issued in this regard.“We expect extremely heavy, record breaking rainfall of 20.5 cm a day, in the ghat areas of Pune district over the next 48 hours. This may prompt a discharge from the dams yet again,” he said, adding the situation will improve from August 11.
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The 32nd Annual New South Wales Touch Association Vawdon Cup commenced Friday night 20 July 2007 at the Tempe and Bankstown venues across 10 highly competitive divisions.The action in the Men’s and Women’s Premier League was fast and furious with some high quality clashes punctuating opening night in Sydney’s elite affiliate based competition.In the Men’s Premier League, Easts Roosters and the Parramatta Eels played out a gritty 1-1 draw at Bankstown at 7.00pm.Both teams were understandably rusty with the combatants trading blows without being able to land the knockout punch to swing the game in their favour.The return of Troy Malcolm was a big boost to the Eels and the gifted playmaker was Paramatta’s best along with Daniel Barton.Chris Hill gave his all for Easts who settled for a share of the competition points with a promise of better things to come.In the 7.50pm clash, 2006 Vawdon Cup Grand finalists the Canterbury Bulldogs flexed their muscles in a 6-3 victory over a committed Manly Sea Eagles combination that never stopped trying.The Doggies raced to a 2-0 lead at half time and kicked on to go 4-0 up midway through the second half before Manly got on the board.Harry Berryman and veteran Brett Gillard were best for a Manly side that found some late combination to breath respectability back into the scoreline.2007 Australian World Cup Men’s Open star Joel Willoughby was in cracking form for the Dogs having a hand in four touchdowns, whilst winger Nick Athas, and debutant Michael Petrie set a great foundation for Canterbury’s victory.In the match-up of the round at 8.40pm, new kids on the block the Hornsby Lions, got their season off to the best possible start with a 6-4 win, shocking 2006 Vawdon Cup premiers Penrith Panthers at Bankstown.The experienced Dave Roberts guided the Lions around the park and the mercurial Dylan Hennessey provided the knockout blows, terrorizing the Panthers’ defence close to the line. In the nightcap game at 9.30pm, 2006 NSWTA State Cup champions Wests Magpies got home with a hard fought 6-4 triumph over a very willing Cronulla Sharks outfit at Tempe.The two clubs battle annually for the Mc Donald-Russell Shield and there was a lot of emotion surrounding the season opener. The game was preceded by a minute’s silence for former Lebanon, Mets, and Wests Manager Matthew Essey who lost a brave battle with cancer in May 2007. The inspired Magpies came out on fire, crossing for a touchdown after only 35 seconds for a 1-0 lead.Both sides struggled to find rhythm, but settled down to business and traded touchdowns without either team really consolidating decisively.Cronulla hit the front 4-3 midway through the second half, courtesy of some great work from Australian Mixed Open general Matt Tope who was leaving it all out on the park for the Sharkies. With an upset looming, Wests’ Australian Men’s Open World Cup aces Daniel Rushworth and Jason Stanton stepped up their game and combined to put on 3 unanswered touchdowns, providing Wests with a 6-4 victory, the McDonald-Russell shield, and a fitting tribute to Matthew Essey.In opening round action in the Women’s Premier League, perennial big guns the Canterbury Bulldogs sent an ominous warning out to the rest of the competition with a 9-1 pasting of Manly Sea Eagles at 7.00pm at Tempe.Bulldogs Australian Women’s Open star Kelly Woods began the Vawdon Cup season with three slashing touchdowns for the 2006 State Cup champions.Louise Winchester showed the sort of form that swept her to the 2006 NSWTA Women’s Player of the Year at the Blues Dinner on Saturday night, and kid sister Clare and Kate Fitzsimmons chimed in to help engineer the 9-1 demolition.2006 Premiers Easts Roosters opened their title defence with a comfortable 5-2 win over competition newcomers, the Wollongong Devils.Easts were wary of the worthy challenge that the speedy Wollongong young guns would provide and were on their game to avert the potential threat.The Tri-colours produced a solid team effort punctuated by some star turns from 4-time World Cup winners Amanda and Kristy Judd who controlled the game as only they can.2007 Australian Mixed Open gun Stephanie Sorrensen and Nadina Teskera also performed well for Easts, whilst Mel Mc Call and Rachael Beck showed the way for the Devils. The young pups from Wollongong had their opportunities and acquitted themselves well against the benchmark team of the competition and will give the competition a real nudge when they find their feet and adjust to the step up of speed and standard as the season unfolds.In the 8.40pm clash at Tempe, Wests Magpies got their season off to a flyer with a comfortable 6-1 win over Cronulla Sharks.Jess Howe tried hard to lift a rusty Cronulla, but Wests had too much fire power with standout Australian 20 Years Women’s squad member Nicky Albery carving up the Sharkies to spearhead her team to a comfortable victory.In the 9.30pm battle at Bankstown, the Central Coast Dolphins had a tidy 3-0 win over Penrith Panthers to complete the first round of games in season 2007.This week in the Men’s Premier League, Cronulla will take on a chastened defending premiers Penrith at 7.50pm at Bankstown, whilst Easts Roosters will battle with Wests Magpies at 7.50pm at Tempe.Hornsby Lions will look to continue on their winning way against the Manly Sea Eagles at Bankstown at 8.40pm, and the Canterbury Bulldogs will square off against the Parramatta Eels at Tempe at 9.30pm.In Women’s Premier League games Cronulla, looking for a better second up performance meet Penrith at 7.00pm at Bankstown. Premiers Easts Roosters will clash with Wests Magpies at Tempe at 7.00pm.The red hot Canterbury Bulldogs will have a tougher time against the young Wollongong Devils line-up at Tempe at 8.40pm, and the Central Coast Dolphins will test their mettle against the Manly Sea Eagles at Bankstown at 9.30pm.Second round action in Division 1 and 2 Men’s and Women’s, Mixed 1 and 2, and Men’s Seniors and Masters will continue as teams look to shake off opening night jitters and settle into the ten week competition which promises to increase in quality right across the board as the season progresses.TFA will bring you all the news and views from Round Two of the 2007 Vawdon Cup.
Juventus to offer Benatia to Arsenal for Ramseyby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are ready to setup a swap deal with Juventus for Aaron Ramsey.The Wales midfielder has already agreed Bosman terms with the Bianconeri, though could move to Juve immediately for the right deal.La Stampa says that could include Morocco defender Medhi Benatia.Benatia has not travelled with Juve to Jeddah for the Supercoppa and is keen on leaving this month.And with Arsenal in the market for a new centre-half, he is being offered to the Gunners in a straight swap for Ramsey. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuableby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuis Suarez was delighted with Barcelona’s fight-back for their Champions League win over Inter Milan.Suarez struck twice in the 2-1 victory.”It’s a very valuable victory against a direct rival,” Suarez said afterwards.”We reacted, in some ways, to correct the errors of the first half. We knew that if we kept playing that way then we could lose.”We were patient, and this is important because we created chances.”Suarez credited Ernesto Valverde with Barcelona’s stronger second half performance and the alterations the coach made at half-time.”He told us to be more organised when pressing,” Suarez said about his boss’s half-time team talk.”That’s why we have a coach, to correct these mistakes.”It’s also a compliment to the opponent because they have very quick players and they took advantage of the space we left.”