Pete Seeger, Folk Legend, Dies at 94

first_imgAnyone who is remotely connected to folk music is undoubtedly familiar with Pete Seeger, an iconic singer/songwriter who passed away yesterday at the age of 94. Seeger was an icon from the beginning, rallying against McCarthyism and inspiring musicians like Bob Dylan to create music with a message of social change.Mr. Seeger began his career as a member of The Weavers, a successful group that scored hits with a cover of Lead Belly’s “Goodnight Irene” and the band’s original, “If I Had A Hammer.” The music spurred an American folk revival, as Seeger championed the causes of the labor movement in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Unfortunately, pressure from the US government ended the tenure of The Weavers, as Seeger had previously registered as a member of the Communist party. Never feeling comfortable in the spotlight, Seeger spent several years recording albums while mostly staying out of the public eye, appearing infrequently to promote various causes.Eventually, Seeger found ways to instill his positive values to the community. In 1959, he was a founding member of the Newport Folk Festival – a tradition still running to this day! He continued to rally against the Vietnam War throughout the 60’s and 70’s, writing the song “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy.” He also campaigned for environmental causes throughout his career.In the end, Seeger recorded well over 100 albums. His music, like the folk interpretation of the spiritual “We Shall Overcome,” has slowly seeped into the fabric of American culture. In fact, in 2006, Bruce Springsteen recorded a Pete Seeger-tribute album entitled We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger even performed together as recently as 2009, playing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” at President Obama’s inauguration. About the performance, Seeger stated that his “job is to show folks there’s a lot of good music in this world, and if used right it may help to save the planet.”All in all, Pete Seeger has left this world with a legacy of social justice and optimism. To quote the singer: “The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.” -David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

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They robbed Liverpool’s ace while celebrating the title

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho’s home was looted as the player and the team celebrated the Premiership title, Liverpool Echo reported.Earlier this week, Liverpool beat Chelsea 5-3 at Anfield Road and a festive ceremony was held after the match. The Brazilian midfielder’s home was robbed when no one was in it and the thieves are believed to have broken in between 3pm on Wednesday and 4am on Thursday, but most likely this happened during the match with Chelsea or after.Several pieces of jewelry were stolen, as well as an Audi RS6, which was later found in an area in Wigan. Fabinho is another Liverpool player whose home has been looted while playing a match. This has already happened to Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren, Roberto Firmino, Pepe Reina, Daniel Ager and Jerzy Dudek. / BGNESlast_img read more

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Andy Blackwell – A man of many sports—but a Hall-of-Famer in baseball

first_imgPittsburgh native Andy Blackwell—a man who, at first, was known as the “only Black guy on the team”—turned out to be the best guy on the team, and a Hall-of-Famer.Gone are the days when 20 percent of the Major Leagues were filled with Black baseball players. And nowadays, it’s hard to find a baseball team of any level that’s even 10 percent Black.But the baseball bug bit Blackwell as a kid, and it took him to his highest levels in the world of athletics.“I found that I had the most success as a child in baseball,” Blackwell told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview. “Baseball was bigger in Black communities back then.”Blackwell played in the late 1980s and early 1990s for in the Uptown Little League, winning championships in tournaments held in Brookline. “I had a lot of fun, winning, playing as a child in baseball.”Blackwell remembers having a parade through the middle of the old Martin Luther King Jr. Field in the Hill District. It was there that he played for the Cardinals. “I was 8 years old…my first little league game I hit a home run, and I felt confident from there,” Blackwell recalled. “When I became 10, 11, 12 years old, teams didn’t want to pitch to me. I was just ahead, above kids at 10 years old when they were 12.”Blackwell went on to star at quarterback for Westinghouse High School, while also starring in baseball and basketball. He graduated in 1997. Blackwell then spent time playing baseball for Garrett Community College (Md.), the Canton, Ohio Crocodiles, semi-pro team North Pittsburgh, and then for St. Johns Lefty’s Saints. With the St. Johns team, Blackwell won multiple local championships, made multiple trips to the semi-pro baseball World Series and won the National Amateur Baseball Federation (semi-pro) World Series in 2013 in Battle Creek, Michigan.But Blackwell’s on-field successes didn’t come without some direct—and indirect—backlash.“When I went to play professional baseball, it was like, ‘who are you?’ I was the only Black guy on the team, I had braids in my hair, other racist stuff I had to deal with,” Blackwell said about his time with some of the teams. “They were calling me Snoop Dogg, the coach didn’t think I could play, didn’t even put me in the game for three or four months. He had no conversation for me, but one day I got in the game and went 3-for-3, and I told him I could really play.”Blackwell said he still didn’t get into the starting lineup, and he “was getting no fun out of sitting on the bench, and I knew the guys playing weren’t better than me.”Better late than never, Blackwell eventually got his chance, and the rest is history.“I was a center fielder, batted .400, and for 10 years of the league I led in runs scored and stolen bases. No hitting the ball to center field, everything was caught,” Blackwell said about his time with St. Johns, where he never experienced direct or indirect discrimination.ANDY BLACKWELL, left, was a standout quarterback for Westinghouse in the mid-1990s.Blackwell was inducted into the semi-pro baseball Hall of Fame in Evansville, Indiana in 2014. He was among the youngest players ever selected to that Hall.“It was a feeling of joy,” Blackwell told the Courier about his Hall of Fame selection. “When you play semi-pro, you feel like you’re playing for the love, and to actually get something out of it was pure joy. I made history and I was proud of myself.”When you play semi-pro ball, said Blackwell’s coach, Tom McCarthy, “you love playing baseball. It’s not the easiest commitment, but the guys who have played for us, they still continue to be highly-dedicated to playing. They are the kids that are going to be there every night, and Andy was like that. You knew he would be there.”McCarthy said Blackwell’s biggest talents were his “speed, hitting, defense…he had everything and every tool you would expect or want out of a player.”Though Blackwell retired in 2015, McCarthy told the Courier he has been in talks with Blackwell about returning to the field if an age 28-and-up league is formed.But for now, Blackwell is focused on getting today’s Black kids hip to the games they love—baseball, basketball, or football. Blackwell currently is a football coach for the Homewood Bulldogs (ages 13-14). “I think I have the skills, and I know what to teach the kids,” he said. “Teach them the proper skills and techniques and (make sure they) stick with it.“Whatever you’re into, you do it all year long, and you’ll be the best. I want to just put the excitement back into our younger kids.” PITTSBURGH’S OWN ANDY BLACKWELL was a three-sport athlete at Westinghouse High School, then became a Hall-of-Fame baseball player in the semi-pro leagues. The photos show Blackwell as a baseball player in Homewood, then as a World Series winner in the semi-pro leagues.last_img read more

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2018 Feile Fixtures

first_imgFinal________v________15-Apr1.00pmKenny ParkBrian Keown 3CraughwellvCastlegar14-Apr11.00amCraughwellGordon Duane 2Meelick EyrecourtvAhascragh Fohenagh13-Apr6.30pmClonfertDara Kelly Final________v________15-Apr12.00pmKenny ParkNoel Quinn 1. Kilnadeema Leitrim1Kilnadeema LeitrimvKillimordaly11-Apr6.30pmKilnadeemaPeter Murphy 2Mountbellew MoyloughvKinvara13-Apr6.30pmMountbellewJohn Cahill Round 4.Tynagh/Abbey/DuniryRound DateTimeVenueReferee DateTimeVenueReferee 2AbbeyknockmoyvMícheál Breathnach13-Apr6.30pmAbbeyknockmoyTom Lally Round 2KillimordalyvArdrahan13-Apr6.30pmKillimordalyJohn Cahill DateTimeVenueReferee DateTimeVenueReferee 3KilconeironvMullagh/Kiltormer14-Apr11.00amKilconeironJames Lundon 1. Sylane1SylanevTurloughmore11-Apr6.30pmSylaneDavid Staunton 3Mountbellew MoyloughvMeelick Eyrecourt14-Apr12.00pmKinvaraKarol Collins Group B – Coordinator: T LarkinRound 5Padraig PearsesvBallygar14-Apr1.50pmBallymacwardD. Moloney DateTimeVenueReferee Group C – Coordinator: M KellyRound Round 2Tommy LarkinsvSarsfields13-Apr6.30pmWoodfordDavid Cunningham Group ARound 3Kilnadeema LeitrimvArdrahan14-Apr11.00amKilnadeemaLiam Gordon 4SkehanavBallygar14-Apr12.30pmBallymacwardJohn Donovan DateTimeVenueReferee Round 4. Oranmore MareeRound Group A – Coordinator: J BurkeRound DateTimeVenueReferee DateTimeVenueReferee 3 LoughreavTurloughmore14-Apr12.00pmSylaneSean Byrne 2Oranmore MareevBallinasloe13-Apr6.30pmOranmorePat Brennan DateTimeVenueReferee 2. Turloughmore1Michael Cusacksv Loughrea11-Apr6.30pmKilbeacantyNoel Quinn Round DateTimeVenueReferee TODDIE BYRNE CUP 2. Tuam1AnnaghdownvAbbeyknockmoy11-Apr6.30pmCreggStephen Doyle Group D – Coordinator: M DonoghueRound 2. Moycullen1Mullagh/KiltormervSt Thomas11-Apr6.30pmMullaghShane Curley 2AthenryvCraughwell13-Apr6.30pmAthenryKevin Egan 3Mícheál BreathnachvAnnaghdown14-Apr12.10pmIndreabhánDavid Earls 3CarnmorevBallindereen14-Apr11.00amCarnmorePaul Fahy DateTimeVenueReferee 4. LoughreaRound DateTimeVenueReferee 3. Ahascragh Fohenagh DateTimeVenueReferee 3Tynagh/Abbey/DuniryvKillimordaly14-Apr12.00pmKilnadeemaLiam Gordon Semi Final_______AvD_______14-Apr6.30pmKenny ParkDerek Kelly 3KinvaravAhascragh Fohenagh14-Apr11.00amKinvaraKarol Collins 1. Carnmore1CarnmorevCappataggle11-Apr6.30pmCarnmoreMike Tarpey 3Cois FharraigevLiam Mellows14-Apr11.00amAn SpidéalJohn Keane DateTimeVenueReferee TODDIE BYRNE CUP (Team 1 “HOST” team on Saturday 14th April 2018) 2. Meelick Eyrecourt1Ahascragh FohenaghvMountbellew Moylough11-Apr6.30pmAhascraghVincent Burke 3BallinasloevSarsfields14-Apr11.00amBallinasloeTrevor Lohan DateTimeVenueReferee DateTimeVenueReferee 2SkehanavKillimor13-Apr6.30pmKillimorJ. Rosney Semi Final_______CvB_______14-Apr5.30pmKenny ParkShane Hynes 3. Liam Mellows TODDIE BYRNE CUP Round 5. KillimorRound Round DateTimeVenueReferee 5KillimorvPortumna14-Apr1.10pmBallymacwardVincent Earls 3AthenryvClarinbridge14-Apr12.00pmCraughwellGordon Duane 2. Tommy Larkins1SarsfieldsvOranmore Maree11-Apr6.30pmNew InnGerry Hurley DateTimeVenueReferee 4. Rahoon NewcastleRound DateTimeVenueReferee Group B – Coordinator: D EarlsRound 4PortumnaBye 2ClarinbridgevCastlegar12-Apr6.30pmClarinbridgeJohn Mcdonagh DateTimeVenueReferee Group B – Coordinator: P. KellyRound 2GortvCois Fharraige13-Apr6.30pmGortPascal Sheehancenter_img 2CappatagglevBallindereen13-Apr6.30pmCappataggleSeamus Canning 3KillimorBye 3St ThomasvMoycullen14-Apr12.00pmKilconeironJames Lundon 2TurloughmorevMichael Cusacks13-Apr6.30pmLackaghR. Mc Nicholas 4. GortRound 2 LoughreavSylane13-Apr6.30pm LoughreaChristy Brown Round 4. St ThomasRound 3AbbeyknockmoyvTuam14-Apr1.00pmIndreabhánDavid Earls DateTimeVenueReferee 3. Annaghdown 1. Padraig Pearses1PortumnavSkehana11-Apr6.30pmSkehanaMichael Malone Group D. T Lambert & M. BrennanRound DateTimeVenueReferee 1. Cois Fharraige1Cois FharraigevSalthill Knocknacarra11-Apr6.30pmAn SpidéalRonan McNulty 5SkehanaBye DateTimeVenueReferee Round 2TuamvAnnaghdown13-Apr6.30pmTuamJames Hoade 3. Ardrahan 3. Ballindereen DateTimeVenueReferee 4. Mountbellew MoyloughRound 2Salthill KnocknacarravLiam Mellows13-Apr6.30pmThe PrairieAlan Kelly 3. Mullagh/Kiltormer DateTimeVenueReferee 3. AthenryRound DateTimeVenueReferee 4KillimorvPadraig Pearses14-Apr11.50amBallymacwardVincent Earls 2. Portumna1BallygarvKillimor11-Apr6.30pmBallygarCharlie Warde Group A – Coordinator: K EganRound 4. Skehana 2. Salthill Knocknacarra1Liam MellowsvGort11-Apr6.30pmBallyloughaneMichael Connolly DateTimeVenueReferee 1. Kinvara1KinvaravMeelick Eyrecourt11-Apr6.30pmKinvaraFergal Bermingham print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email 2Padraig PearsesvPortumna13-Apr6.30pmPortumnaMichael Kelly Semi Final_______AvC_______14-Apr6.30pmCraughwellSeamus Golderick DateTimeVenueReferee JUSTIN CHEEVERS CUP (Team 1 “HOST” team on Saturday 14th April 2018) 3Padraig PearsesvSkehana14-Apr11.10amBallymacwardD. Moloney 2Tynagh/Abbey/DuniryvKilnadeema Leitrim13-Apr6.30pmTynaghJoe Larkin Round 4. AbbeyknockmoyRound 2BallygarBye 3Rahoon NewcastlevCappataggle14-Apr12.00pmCarnmorePaul Fahy 3GortvSalthill Knocknacarra14-Apr12.00pmAn SpidéalJohn Keane Cordinator P. Lohan 086 1737467 2St ThomasvKilconeiron13-Apr6.30pmCastledalyDavid Corbett Final________v________15-Apr2.00pmKenny ParkJohn McDonagh Round TODDIE BYRNE SHIELD 1. Ballinasloe1BallinasloevTommy Larkins11-Apr6.30pmBallinasloePeter Cambell 1. Kilconeiron1KilconeironvMoycullen11-Apr6.30pmKilconeironKevin Quirke 1. Mícheál Breathnach1Mícheál BreathnachvTuam11-Apr6.30pmIndreabhánDavid Earls Group C – Coordinator: J Mc DonaghRound 3SylanevMichael Cusacks14-Apr11.00amSylaneSean Byrne DateTimeVenueReferee DateTimeVenueReferee 3Oranmore MareevTommy Larkins14-Apr12.00pmBallinasloeTrevor Lohan 3. Ballygar1Padraig PearsesBye Round DateTimeVenueReferee DateTimeVenueReferee DateTimeVenueReferee TODDIE BYRNE SHIELD (Team 1 “HOST” team on Saturday 14th April 2018) 2. Cappataggle1BallindereenvRahoon Newcastle11-Apr6.30pmBallindereenTom Mc Nicholas DateTimeVenueReferee 3. Michael Cusacks JUSTIN CHEEVERS CUP 2. Clarinbridge1CastlegarvAthenry11-Apr6.30pmCastlegarTom Lally 3. Castlegar Semi Final_______BvD_______14-Apr5.30pmCraughwellRonan Stankard 2Rahoon NewcastlevCarnmore13-Apr6.30pmTonabruckyKatie Kilbane. 2. Killimordaly1ArdrahanvTynagh/Abbey/Duniry11-Apr6.30pmArdrahanGer o Connor JUSTIN CHEEVERS CUP 2MoycullenvMullagh/Kiltormer13-Apr6.30pmMoycullenJoeseph Mc Namara 3. Sarsfields 1. Craughwell1CraughwellvClarinbridge11-Apr6.30pmCraughwellOllie Flanagan 3PortumnavBallygar14-Apr10.30amBallymacwardJohn Donovanlast_img read more

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St Thomas’ v Liam Mellows – Galway SHC Final COMMENTARY

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/ujdzsv/2018_County_SHC_Final.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume..print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Listen back to the Galway Bay fm commentary of the 2018 County Senior Hurling Final between St Thomas and Liam Mellows in Pearse Stadium, with Sean Walsh and Conor Hayes…last_img

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Procedural Errors Hurt County Meet

first_imgThe success of the recent county sports meet was hurt by protests and counter protests, procedural errors and poor lighting that alienated at least two counties and resulted in the refusal of Bong County to play against Lofa County for the 3rd place.In an interview with the Daily Observer last Saturday in Monrovia, Coach Kasumu Sillah of Bong County said it was the first time for a County Meet to suffer multiple problems that he blamed on the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the Liberia Football Association.“How can anyone be happy about the conclusion of the County Meet when Nimba and Bong were unhappy with procedural errors by officials?” Sillah said.He said Bong County players received some of the worst treatment during the tournament.“The players slept at a school auditorium in Soul Clinic,” he said. “This affected the team’s moral.” He indicated that promises made to the players were not fulfilled, which gave room for discontentment.“How can 25 players sleep in one room like what happened to Bong County? And in fact, the food was not that good,” he said.“With all due respect to everyone, it was the worst County Meet that I can remember.”Sillah, who played three seasons for Bong County before moving on to the national scene, said the Ministry of Youth & Sports must coordinate properly with the Liberia Football Association to ensure that glaring mistakes in the just ended meet would not be repeated in the future.He recalled that not too long ago, a County Meet edition was held with professional groups that provided and made available the rules of the games to all counties.Sillah said rules about players’ eligibility must be made available ahead of the tournament and the LFA must show more than a passing interest to check and weed out its registered players to avoid unnecessary protests.He said players’ welfare should also claim the attention of county officials so that they are not left frustrated due to poor handling of finances by team officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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A Non-Veteran’s View of Veteran’s Day and How I Almost Became One

first_imgPhoto by Jno. P. Trlica circa 1932I started college at age 17 in 1969 in the midst of the Vietnam War. I turned 18 my first semester and signed up for the draft as required by law. I don’t recall when the draft lottery was held but certainly recall my birthday drawn at number 33. Because I was married and in college, I was deferred until finishing school.Fast forward to the spring of my senior year 1973, I received my notice to report on a particular Monday in April. I went home that weekend prior to visit my parents. As was our habit, my Dad and I were sitting in front of the TV watching Saturday afternoon baseball when a news bulletin interrupted the game. It was President Nixon who told the nation, “I am immediately ending the draft.” I’m sure he said much more, but that’s all I recall.Monday morning I reported to the federal courthouse in Austin at 6:00 a.m. as instructed to find a hand-written note on the door that simply said, “By Presidential Order You Do Not Have to Report.”- Sponsor – Between 1969 and 1973 I had changed tremendously in my politics and view of the war. The tragedy at Kent State was a watershed event for me. I left Texas A&M and its ROTC culture to finish my degree at the University of Texas at Austin.Had that Presidential Order been delayed a week, I would have been inducted. I’m not sure what kind of soldier I would have been, but my personality likely would have made me follow orders and do my best. Had I gone to Vietnam, I don’t know if I would have been one of those second lieutenants who didn’t survive the jungle or pushed paper in an office behind the lines. It is interesting to reflect these 46 years later.Armistice Day was first celebrated on November 11, 1919, to honor the terrible sacrifice of soldiers in WWI. Officially renamed Veteran’s Day in 1954, when this day comes around each year, I often think about my near miss. But mostly I think about the family and friends who did go to war or are currently in the military.My father’s youngest brother Raymond who was a medic in the Pacific during WWII.My father-in-law Sam Holder who was a Marine also in the Pacific theater.Jim Lee’s brother and stepfather both in the Army in Vietnam.One of my best friends in the loss prevention industry Jim “Mac” MacKenzie who was a Marine in Vietnam.Another LP friend Melissa Mitchell who served—and sang—in the Air Force.Our close Charlotte friends’ son Evan who grew up playing army with our kids and is now a major in the US Army Special Forces.I could list many more friends from high school and the LP industry, but that’s not the point. Here’s my point on this day:No matter whether you are a veteran or not. No matter your politics or what you think about war. One thing we all should be able to do at least one day a year is feel gratitude and pride for those who served in the military in whatever capacity to support our democracy and take up arms to protect our country. Without individuals willing to put their lives on the line for the greater good, the United States and free countries everywhere would not enjoy the freedoms and liberties we are blessed with today.Enjoy this Veteran’s Day, but please take a minute to think about someone you know who served in the military. You don’t need to wave a tiny flag to show your appreciation. Simply note it in your heart and mind while you take a deep breath of freedom. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Sarri: ‘Juve couldn’t be beautiful’

first_imgMaurizio Sarri maintains Juventus always planned to take the sting out of Torino before winning late on. “This was not a game where we could try to be beautiful.” The Bianconeri were again far from convincing, but scraped a 1-0 win thanks to Matthijs de Ligt volleying in a Gonzalo Higuain knockdown on a corner. It allowed Juve to stay top of the table, despite Inter beating Bologna 2-1 in stoppages earlier this evening. “This was a very difficult game and it was clear Torino would be extremely determined from the start, so the first phase of the plan was just to contain them and take control of the match later on, then close it towards the end,” the coach told DAZN. “It was a tough game, full of intensity, physicality and tough tackling. It’s not really suited to our characteristics, but we managed to get it done. “This was not the game where we could try to be beautiful. The opposition’s characteristics, current form and the state of the pitch all meant we were forced to play with elements that aren’t our usual approach, so it’s reassuring that we were able to win anyway. Sarri was asked about some of the squad rotation this evening, just days before the Champions League trip to Lokomotiv Moscow. “Bernardeschi has more dynamism and forward runs, whereas Ramsey is better at passing. Ramsey was out injured for a month, but I don’t feel he still has 90 minutes in his legs. It is good to have players who can come off the bench and change gears. “Alex Sandro seemed a little tired and it was only right to give him some rest. Mattia De Sciglio had been out for a while, so he was a little rusty, but once he too got into the rhythm, he did better.” Former Ajax defender De Ligt was at the centre of attention, as he risked giving away another penalty for handball, then scored the winner. “De Ligt struggled in the first 20 minutes, but then got into the game and had a very good second half. He is 19 years old, comes from a much more open and less tactical league than ours, the kind where errors happen and nobody notices. “It’s only natural he’ll need a period of apprenticeship and he is improving.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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A SET OF SIX VOLUME TWENTY-TWO

first_img“Craig Pierce Memorial Golf Day”. A great hit out for Sydney teams prior to NSWTA State Cup All TFA affiliated players/teams welcome Enquiries to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or [email protected] ACT Touch Association Website: www.acttouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play: # 4After an absence of more than 10 years, Cottesloe Touch has returned to the affiliated fold and will be running a summer competition on Thursday nights. It would be tough to find a more picturesque affiliate in all of Australia. Harvey Field overlooks the Indian Ocean and is less than a Matt Giteau torpedo from the famous Cottesloe Beach.TouchWest is excited about the prospect of the revamped Cottesloe Touch affiliate. It is fantastic to witness growth in the organisation. Cottesloe has been a successful club in the past, being the Women’s Open State Champions in both 1992 and 1993. Who knows if they will return to dominance in the not-to-distant future?Team and Individual Nominations are currently being sought. Forms are due by Thursday the 18th October 2007. Juniors, Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions are available.Some information including registration forms can be located from the Cottesloe website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=4295&pID=14Other events:With a busy summer of Touch Football coming up, TouchWest is inviting administrators and volunteers from clubs around the metro area to ‘Chew the Fat’ over pre-season drinks and nibbles. TouchWest will be trialling the Touch Football Australia concept as part of the recognition program that sits within the TFA Strategic Plan. It will be an opportunity for key personnel to meet, greet, and share ideas in order to improve the sport. Drinks and light refreshments will be available this Friday, 5th October 2007, at Kings Park.For further information or to RSVP, please contact TouchWest.The Western Australia website: www.touchwest.comSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 5City Touch 2007 Winter Season Grand Final ResultsMonday NightMen’s A Grade – The Drought (3) def AUTC Crème Brulee (1) Men’s B/C Grade – Phantoms (9) def No Idea B (6) Men’s D Grade – Total Touch (3) def Steak (0)Men’s E Grade – WDTA (7) def Nupolar (3)Women’s A Grade – CSTA Touch n Stuff (3) def Dodgers (2)Wednesday Night MixedMixed A/B Grade – UNISA 1 (5) def Where’s the Kentish (4)Mixed C Grade – Raw Talent (7) def Pop n Ma Cherry (5) Mixed D Grade – Dragons (6) def The Charlatans (4)Mixed E Grade – Get Duffed (7) def Drug Runners (3)Mixed F Grade – Alleygators (4) def Touch Me (1)Mixed G Grade – Spank (3) def The Misfits (2)Thursday Night MixedMixed A Grade – AUTC Hot Chocolates (6) def Henry’s Driver’s (3) Mixed B Grade –  Off The Leash (8) def Red Hot Chillies (3) Mixed C Grade – Henry’s Drivers (7) def Tagara Kaos (5)Mixed D Grade – WDTA Warrigal (4) def Touching Rampant (2)Mixed E Grade – Kelly & Co (9) def Team Pelican (4)Mixed F Grade – Yoda (4) def Sister Morphine (2) Mixed G Grade – Roy Basch All-Stars (5) def Wallaby Wannabies (3)Mixed H Grade – Leila’s Lab Rat’s (4) def Who (3)  Mixed I Grade – Touch The Meat (5) def Giver (0)  Other events:South Australia’s Under-15s players had a nutritional lecture on Tuesday 2nd October ahead of the 2007 School Sports Australia Touch Tournament in Melbourne, 22nd – 26th of October 2007. The presenter was a dietician from the Wakefield Sports Clinic. Ruphert Satwell organised the talk. Satwell has previously worked with the Adelaide 36er’s and Wakefield Sports Clinic.The Australasian Masters Games draw is also now available.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)Play # 6X-Blades 21st Queensland Touch State Regional Championships this weekendThe X Blades Queensland Touch Association 21st State Regional Championships will be contested at the Toowoomba Touch Association’s Kearney Springs Complex from Friday 5 – Sunday 7 October 2007.Over 1500 players, coaches, referees, officials, and spectators are expected to attend the showcase event on the Queensland calendar.The Six Queensland Regions of North Queensland, Central Queensland, South West Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane City, and South Queensland & Border District will compete across 13 age divisions for bragging rights as the top region in the State.Hosts South West Queensland and South Queensland & Border District are the only competing regions fielding sides in every division in the first State Championships since 2004.24 strong State of Origin Squads will be named in the days after the tournament across all divisions, and with many of the sport’s superstars on show, the action is sure to be of a very high standard.The Player of the Series Trophies in the Premier Men’s and Women’s Open Divisions are named in honour of two of Queensland’s best ever players.The Player of the Series in the Men’s Open Division is awarded the Craig Pierce Memorial Medal, in honour of the late great Hall of Famer Craig Pierce, and the Player of the Series in the Women’s Open Division will receive the Donna Jacks Medal in honour of former Queensland and Australian Women’s Open Captain, Donna Jacks.You can keep up with all the latest news, views, and results over the weekend by visiting the x Blades Queensland State Championships website at: State Championships website. Other news: Touch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks and TFA’s Media Intern Henry Holland bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s a Set of Six – Volume Twenty Two.NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: # 1New Game Development Officer Commences in the NTMark Tibbits, the new Touch Football Northern Territory Game Development Officer, has commenced duties at the NT Office.  Mark is not new to the Northern Territory, having started his Touch career in Darwin in the junior competition 12 years ago. Mark progressed through the ranks to become one of the most regular representatives in the NT and Barbarians Men’s Open teams over the past nine years.  He moved away from the Territory for four years firstly to Albury in New South Wales, then to Canberra for a few years, but has returned home to commence his new position.  Other events:Gove Touch will be conducting a Level 1 referees course on Sunday 9th October 2007. The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auVICTORIA (VIC)Play: # 2October packed with exciting competitions for juniors in Victoria Junior Touch Football is booming in Victoria. The 2007-2008 Senior Association of Co-Educational Schools (ACS) Touch Football Competition will begin with the start of the new school term next week. The schools involved are Loyola, Overnewton, Westborne, Thomas Carr, St Michael’s, Eltham, and St Leonard’s.The first round of ACS matches is scheduled for Wednesday 10th October 2007. The competition will run until Term 2, 2008. Meanwhile youngsters around the country are gearing up for the 2007 School Sports Australia Touch Tournament, to be held in Melbourne from 22nd – 26th of October 2007.Touch Football Victoria would like to invite everyone to come and check out the next generation of talent on offer at one of junior Touch Football’s showcase events. Other events:Over 80 team representatives attended the delegates meeting for Albert Park Touch Association last week at Middle Park Bowls Club. Two weeks of grading games have now commenced to sort teams for the competition proper. Fields have been allocated and are ready to use for TFA Victoria’s two new metro competitions in Melton and Hume City. Michael Rawlings has been named the administrator of Melton Touch while David Diack will be looking after Hume City. For more information call Touch Football Victoria on (03) 9206 6755. It’s great to see the sport of Touch Football expanding into new areas and getting new and enthusiastic people on board who want to contribute to the growth of the game.The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 3Competition Growth ContinuesThe ACT Touch summer season commenced on Tuesday 2nd October with a staggering 270 teams registered. “We are really pleased with the continued growth in nominations in the domestic competitions,” ACT State Manager Matt McKerrow said. “It goes to show that Canberrans love their Touch Football, especially in summer when it’s a bit warmer!”ACT Touch new recruit Tim Arnold has been kept on his toes administering the nominations and preparing for the new season. A series of Team Delegate Meetings last week were very well attended by domestic team managers. ACT Touch Referees Association President Michael Camplin was on hand to address the teams and provided information about the referees, as well as encouraging any interested players to pick up a whistle.For more info visit www.acttouch.com.au or phone (02) 6212 2880Other events:Why not bring your team to the CANBERRA CUP?November 2-4 2007 Deakin Fields – Canberra ACT Divisions: Men’s, Women’s and Mixed (Both Social and Competitive) Nomination Fee: $350/team including GST Prize money in the competitive divisions A two person Ambrose Golf event over 9 holes is being held at the Borneo Barracks, Cabarlah at 2.00pm on Saturday 20th October in memory of the late great Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame member, Craig Pierce.  “Piercey’s” family and friends are gathering to remember the little “Zip Zip Man” and celebrate the irrepressible spirit of the cheeky number 7 who was loved and revered by so many.The cost of the day is $ 20 and includes the golf, a beer, and a steak burger. Places are limited this year, so please RSVP to Brian Pierce by 13th October 2007 on 0408783867.The Queensland Touch web site is: www.qldtouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “A Set of Six.”Please be sure to visit each State’s website to keep up to date on all the news and views in Touch Football from around the nation..last_img read more

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