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USDA Stocks Report Provides Market Support

first_imgUSDA Previous Year1.9071.2320.092 Lowest Trade Estimate1.9871.6470.165 billions of bushels “Wednesday’s report was not bullish, but it was supportive, feeding the narrative that the market has already priced in the most bearish scenario,” said Suderman. “Keep in mind that USDA was projecting 2014-15 soybean ending stocks to be 475 million bushels a year ago. We found out that they were actually 191 million bushels. The agency currently projects 2015-16 soybean ending stocks at 450 million bushels. It’s September ending stocks estimate proved to be too high in 13 of the past 19 years by an average of 101 million bushels.” USDA Stocks Report Provides Market Support The report was psychologically positive for soybeans and wheat, according to Arlan Suderman with Waterstreet solutions.  “We saw the hard red winter wheat crop come in at 827 million bushels, down 29 million from expectations, while soft red winter came in at 359 million, down 24 million from expectations. Hard red spring wheat production came in at 599 million bushels, down 26 million from trade expectations.”Soybean futures rallied after the release of the number that confirmed that the USDA had under estimated the size of last year’s soybean crop revising 2014 production to 3.93 billion bushels, down 41.7 million from the previous estimate. USDA dropped last year’s planted area by 425K acres, while cutting the harvested area by 470K acres. It also cut its 2014 soybean yield estimate by 0.3 bushel to 47.5 bushels per acre.USDA pegged September 1 corn stocks at 1.731 billion bushels, up 499 million bushels from the previous year, but down 8 million from the average pre-report trade estimate. The data showed that off-farm supplies of corn stood at 65.7% of available stocks, up from 62.5% previously. “This should support firmer basis tendencies in some of the production deficit states like Illinois, Indiana and Ohio,” noted Suderman.  December corn rallied within a half-cent of the September high of $3.95, before pulling back following the USDA stocks data release. “Traders were not willing to push prices above that level without stronger support from the yield data. Unfortunately, that leaves a double-top on the charts, which needs to be overcome to avoid rebuilding bearish sentiment,” Suderman said. SHARE Facebook Twitter Water Street Solutions2.1451.7430.209 USDA September 302.0891.7310.191 SHARE Highest Trade Estimate2.2851.8500.250 Facebook Twitter U.S. Quarterly Stocks2015-16 Home Market USDA Stocks Report Provides Market Support By Gary Truitt – Sep 30, 2015 Average Trade Estimate2.1491.7390.205 WheatCorn Soybeans Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articlePropane Inventories at All-Time Highs Gary Truittlast_img read more

Top styles set for Shannon Airport ‘Fashion on the Runway’ show

first_imgNewsCommunityTop styles set for Shannon Airport ‘Fashion on the Runway’ showBy Staff Reporter – November 16, 2016 963 Email Advertisement Facebook WhatsApp SHANNON AIRPORT will have a very stylish best foot forward on Tuesday December 6, when some of the region’s top fashion houses will present their best wares for the upcoming Christmas season at the airport.In a throw-back to the famous fashion shows of yesteryear at Shannon, the ‘Fashion on the Runway’ event will be the region’s ultimate and biggest Christmas sartorial shopping guide for both sexes, with items from leading houses from Clare, Limerick and Tipperary all set for the runway. Proceeds from the event will go to the airport’s designated charities.Special guest and presenter on the night, Aisling O’Loughlin, is one of Ireland’s best loved fashion experts, Shannon native, TV presenter, journalist and founder/editor of Exquisite.ie.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up There’s a fantastic prize on the night of return flights to Stockholm on the recently announced SAS flight operating from Shannon in 2017, while there will also be a special draw for a range of other attractive prizes, including an overnight stay and breakfast at the 5-star Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg. There will also be a best dressed lady and gentleman prize – kindly sponsored by Gleeson Goldsmith, Ballycasey, Shannon – on the night.Shannon Airport Operations Director Niall Maloney, who will turn fashion model for the event, said:  “It should be great fun but modelling novices like myself will probably treat it less like a fashion runway and more like an airport one – the quicker we get up and away the better,” he joked.“There’s a very meaningful side to it in that the proceeds from the night will go towards our designated charities for 2016, Galway’s Ábalta Special School for children with autism and complex needs and the Irish Children’s Arthritis Network (iCAN).  Christmas is a really great time to support these charities and we are delighted that the airport community has come together and really got behind this worthwhile event, we’re really looking forward to the night.”Follow the event on Facebook for updates https://www.facebook.com/Shannon.Airport.Official/center_img Twitter Linkedin Previous articleCamogie – Tuohy names provisional Limerick panelNext articleRugby – Ireland Women’s XV named to face Canada Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Printlast_img read more

Costa releases rainbow cups to celebrate Pride

first_imgCosta Coffee is celebrating Pride across the UK with the release of its first-ever rainbow-coloured coffee cups.The cups will be available in selected outlets across the UK – Edinburgh, Essex, London, Glasgow, Brighton, Leeds, Manchester and Cardiff – a week ahead of and on the day of the Pride marches in each location. The cups help to spread the messages of celebration and inclusivity, according to Costa.“Our all-new rainbow cups are a fun way to celebrate Pride and reflect Costa Coffee’s values of equality and diversity,” said Jason Cotta, Costa Coffee’s MD UK & Ireland.The coffee specialist said the activity has strong support from staff as Costa is a founding partner of the Gay Lesbian Out at Whitbread (GLOW) initiative. GLOW is a group of over 1,000 members that champions equality and inclusion in the workplace.“We are passionate about championing team members’ rights to work in an inclusive, supportive environment,” added Cotta. “We’re so proud of the achievements of the GLOW team and look forward to seeing them marching at the many of the Pride Parades across the UK.”In 2017 Costa rebranded for Pride with stores in London getting rainbow logos in honour of the London Pride Parade. It has also previously created rainbow lattes in celebration.last_img read more

Fairhurst Brace Leads Oly Town Artesians To 3-2 Win Over Alliance

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansJason Fairhurst scored twice including what proved to be the game winner in the 51st minute and the Oly Town Artesians knocked off the Tri-Cities Alliance 3-2 on Saturday night at Black Hills High School. Christian Segovia also scored for the Artesians and Sawyer Price picked up his second win of the season in goal.After being shutout by the Artesians 3-0 in Pasco earlier this season, Tri-Cities jumped out to an early lead when Daniel Sinchuk got behind the Oly defense and scored on a one versus one opportunity giving the Alliance a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute.But Oly responded with two goals in less than three minutes. The first was Fairhurst’s first of the game in the 34th minute, getting a second chance on his own shot that Alliance goalkeeper Andres Mendoza couldn’t handle. Then just a couple minutes later, Segovia gave the Artesians a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish when Manny Nicasio’s shot hit the post and landed right at his feet and he punched it home.After halftime, Fairhust scored his second goal of the game when Nate Boatright lifted a pass over the top and he got a step behind the defense. Mendoza came out to meet him, but he got to the ball first and popped it over the top and in to give Oly a 3-1 lead in the 51st minute. Tri-Cities got back in the game with a goal by Israel Gonzalez in the 74th and kept the pressure up over the final 15 minutes, but Price made three good saves to keep TCA off the board and secure the 3-2 win.With the win, the Artesians improved to 3-6-0 with one regular season Evergreen Premier League game left to play. They will face PacNW SC next Saturday in the home and season finale at 6:00 PM at Black Hills High School.The Artesians will play for a cup on Friday night when they face Nido Aguila Club America Seattle at the Washington Premier Complex in Puyallup in the final of the Washington State Super Cup.Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Bombers Fieldhockey

first_imgThe Bombers include, back row, L-R, Ava Strautman, Sam Garbula, Chiara Chirico, Jesse Cooper, Sydney Ednie, Rochelle Pearson, Lauren Walgren, Ema Borhi, Carina Petrat, Anna Goeppner, Chelsea Chirico, coach Bruce Walgren, Coach- Claire Hewson and Jena Wheeldon.Front, coach Val Gibson, Naomi Perkins, Allie Zondervan, Sarah Wade, Noelle Wang, Kyra Burkart, Sarah Rolleman and keepers Tara Yowek and Abbie Bourchier-Willans. The L.V. Rogers Bombers Fieldhockey squad is eager to get the playoffs started after posting a defeat over Stanley Humphries Rockers to close out the West Kootenay High School Girl’s Fieldhockey regular season.The Bombers face the Rockers in the semi final. The winner meets Rossland for all the marbles, and the Zone title along with a trip to provincials in November.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to jump start the playoff run with Team of the Week honours.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Team Main Jet

first_imgHowever, the squad lost out in the A final to finish second overall in the Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championships.Main Jet, which lost to Total Chaos in the Playoff Final, was the best team during the regular season, winning the overall title.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute Main Jet with Team of the Week honours.Team Main Jet includes, Art Westerhaug, Charlie Hartland, Adam Banilevic, Dane Jones, Terry Kidd, Marie Founier-Beck, Brad Carson, Disa Westerhaug, Brian Jones, Ken Haynes, Kidd, Tiffany Markin, Christie Jones, LeeAnn Fournier-Beck, Sloan Westerhaug, Brendan Marsh, Nick Davis, Joel Laurette, Jimmy Ellis and Claire Hewson. Team Main Jet came within a whisker of completing a season for the record books.last_img read more

New law to curb ‘reckless lending’

first_img27 July 2006South Africa’s Ombudsman for Banking Services is experiencing an increase in complaints from consumers who have run into financial trouble after taking up unsolicited offers of credit from the country’s major banks.This is according to the Ombudsmans’ complaints investigation manager, Advocate John Simpson.Simpson told the SA Press Association (Sapa) on Wednesday that once people started falling behind with their repayments, the interest and legal costs snowballed, often leaving the borrower with a lifelong financial burden.“We suspect, from what we have heard, that the banks are engaging in an all-out drive to gather as many clients as they can ahead of the National Credit Act coming into force in June 2007,” Simpson told Sapa.The new law aims to stamp out “reckless lending”, which includes entering into a credit agreement likely to leave the consumer over-indebted.The Act will also prevent credit providers from increasing borrowers’ credit limits without first complying with prescribed formalities.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Brand South Africa CEO: ‘Successful brands should be authentic’

first_imgMelissa JavanA brand should behave and uphold the message it communicated, said Kingsley Makubela, chief executive officer of Brand South Africa, ahead of the South African Top 50 Brands announcement.The leading brands will be announced by Brand South Africa and Brand Finance Africa on Thursday, 15 September at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg. This will be the fourth annual survey released on South Africa’s Top 50 BrandsHow the top brands are valuedThe Brand Finance approach to brand valuation involves valuing brands on three different levels, each reflecting the different definitions of brand commonly used in the marketplace, reads Brand South Africa’s site. “The levels include: brand business value, brand contribution and brand value.”South African commercial brands are a key component of a strong nation brand and how this is experienced by domestic and international audiences, it adds. “As such, commercial brands are key messengers in positioning the country competitively.”Brand Finance defines brand as the “trademark and associated IP (intellectual property) including the word mark and trademark iconography”.Last year, the five Most Valuable Brands in the country were MTN, Vodacom, Sasol, Standard Bank and First National Bank. Retail group Woolworths and First National Bank were the strongest brands in South Africa in 2014-15. The cellphone network MTN was the Top Valuable Brand in the country.The top 50 corporate brands in South Africa last year were valued at approximately R1.5-trillion, reported Media Club South Africa.News portal Business Tech reported that the Top 50 Brands survey was conducted by Brand Finance, which calculated brand value using the Royalty Relief approach. This approach involves estimating the likely future sales that are attributable to a brand and calculating a royalty rate that would be charged for the use of the brand.Characteristics of top brandsLast year, Thebe Ikalafeng, chief executive officer of Brand Finance Africa, said the key pillars of a brand’s success were its performance, its relationship with its customers, and the money it spent on equity.This week, Makhubela narrowed the characteristics of a successful brand down to authenticity. “This is an especially important principle in positioning the Nation Brand positively.”Authenticity, honesty, reliability and credibility are crucial to how a brand is able to weather crises that may impact on its reputation.”It was very important for a brand to be able to generate positive emotions to help it to enable the conversion of attention into loyalty, according to Makhubela.Why celebrate top brands?Commercial brands were important carriers of the South African brand and message, he said. “It conveys the story of a South Africa that is innovative, caring and entrepreneurial.”Commercial brands can also carry a message of a country that is grounded in the principles of good governance,” he said. “Behaviour to the contrary impacts negatively on the corporate entity as well as the nation brand.”In international markets, the corporate entity is sometimes a consumer’s first experience of a country. South Africa’s corporates are therefore very important in our work to position South Africa positively.”South Africa’s Most Valuable Brands of 2014 and 2015 are listed here.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

2007 VAWDON CUP ROUND SEVEN WRAP

first_imgRound Seven of the 32nd Annual Vawdon Cup was played at the Bankstown and Tempe venues on Friday 31 August 2007.The action in the Men’s and Women’s Premier League Divisions was fast and furious with a number of teams flexing their muscles and producing cohesive efforts that will stand them in good stead for the crunch split rounds ahead in the lead-up to the 2007 Vawdon Cup Finals series.Teams in the Men’s and Women’s Premier Division have now been split into two groups for the final three rounds of the ten-week regular season. The groups have been defined by finishing order after seven completed rounds. These groups consist of teams 1, 4, 5, and 8 in one pool, and teams 2, 3, 6, and 7 in the other pool.Teams played with the Pool groupings in the back of their minds, aware of the need to finish as high up on the ladder as possible to position themselves for their tilt at the finals.In Round seven action in the Men’s Premier Division, Wests Magpies put together their most convincing display of the season to dispose of a disappointing Penrith Pathers 7-3 at Bankstown at 7.50pm.Wests dominated proceedings from the outset not allowing Penrith a chance to find any rhythm with Jason “The postman” Stanton delivering on cue for the Magpies to race to a 4-1 lead at half time.Penrith Coach Dave Collins implored his troops to “believe” and the 2006 Vawdon Cup Premiers came out after the break more pumped than “Sony Bill’s” biceps to get back into the contest.The Panthers kept their supporters from heading for the turnstiles early by scoring first in the second stanza to bridge the gap to 4-2.Hopes of a Panthers revival however, were a bit like your grand ma, short and sweet, as the Magpies lifted a notch to post the next three touchdowns without a reply from the shell shocked Panthers who despite their best efforts to lift, found that when it rains it floods, and it was a night that was destined to be black and white.At 7-2 to the Magpies, and with the scoreboard attendant in need of an aspirin and a lie down after his hectic night at the office, Penrith grabbed a late consolation touchdown to finish 7-3 the poorer.West’s Young guns Cameron Nicholls and Ben Nercessian were standout performers and were well supported by the inform Robert Nakhla, Steve Takchi, and king pin Stanton, who ran the show with aplomb.Penrith’s Scott “Jack ”Buckley, veteran Chris ‘Rowdy” Benfield, and the skillful Dean Springfield were Penrith’s best in a defeat that has now plunged the Panthers into a desperate backs to the wall campaign to win two of their last three games to make the semi-final roster.At Tempe in the 7.50pm timeslot The Eastern Suburbs Roosters secured their first victory of the season in style with a 10-2 canning of a depleted Manly Sea Eagles who struggled with limited and wounded troops from the outset.The Roosters clicked into gear with the super consistent Christian Frost and Chris Jonson leading the way, with 2007 Australian World Cup Mixed 30s playmaker Manu Wakely and the ever-present scoring machine Elijah Van Der Kwast chiming in with solid performances that helped framework the confidence boosting victory for the Tri-colours.Manly fielded a 9 man team including coach Brett Gillard 53, who wound back the clock with an inspired performance in a battling effort to be one of his side’s best.At the opposite end of the age spectrum for Manly was Sam Brisby, who at just 15 years of age, performed admirably in the pressure cooker middle of the park exchanges.The Rooster victory is a timely tonic for the Bondi boys as they prepare for Friday night’s battle with West’s at Tempe.Manly will be hitting up Jerry Maguire and Bob Sugar to secure some late season signings for them to bolster numbers for Friday’s Mount Everest challenge against the Dogs.In the pajama party clash at 9.30pm at Bankstown, the Cronulla Sharks defeated Parramatta 5-3 to claim the vital 3 points and a spot in the four coming into the split group stage of the season.Both teams were hunting the win more eagerly than Sam and Frodo chased “The Ring,” and the intensity of the opening exchanges reflected the high stakes mentality of the encounter.The Sharkies got away best, racing to a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Steve Sopher special down the right hand edge.The Eels were fighting to secure a coveted berth in the top four, and showed they would dig in with a strong hit back touchdown to level the contest at 1-1.The rival camps went to the break all locked up at a touchdown apiece in an even money contest that was there for the taking for both teams.Sharkies came out more focused after half time and scored first then went back to back in the scoring stakes for a 3-1 advantage.Parramatta have been a thorn in all team’s sides in 2007, and were never going to go quietly into the cool Sydney night without leaving it all out on the park.Given their quality, it did not surprise anyone to see the Eels pull one back to trail just 3-2 mid way through the second stanza.Just as the contest looked like it was heading towards a ruck and defend slug fest, the game was turned on its head by a couple of inspired plays from one of the competition’s most potent attacking players.In the blink of an eye, 2007 Australian Mixed Open World Cup star Brad “BJ” Holden produced the magic on cue for the Shire boys.Holden weighed in with two slashing pieces of individual brilliance to take his team out to a 5-2 lead with little time left on the clock.Troy Malcolm, who never stopped trying for the Eels, got a late touchdown for Parramatta, but it was to no avail as the Sharkies took a huge bite out of the Eels semi-final aspirations for 2007 with the 5-3 victory.The Sharks will take a lot of confidence from securing back to back victories in the competition and will now set their sights on a season defining clash with 2006 Vawdon Cup premiers Penrith who will be fighting for their life in Friday night’s intriguing battle.The Eels will front up to the Hornsby Lions at Bankstown on Friday night and will throw caution to the wind and go for broke against their more fancied opponents to keep their finals chances flickering in 2007.The Canterbury Bulldogs continued on their winning way with a 6-4 victory over a game Hornsby Lions at Tempe at 9.30pm.The Dogs produced another controlled performance to maintain their undefeated season in 2007. Canterbury’s effort to defeat the classy Lions was an impressive one, considering the absence of Australian Men’s Open World Cup star Joel Willoughby, the inform Matt Prowse, and the whole hearted Stuart Brierty.Canterbury scored first, but the Young Lions responded brilliantly by notching back-to-back touchdowns for a 2-1 lead.On the stroke of half time the Doggies conjured a touchdown to even the ledger at 2-2.The second half was a disjointed one for Hornsby, with three players being given periods of tine for various indiscretions, cruelling their chances of winning the game.The experience and guile of the Dogs made the Lions pay a heavy price for their ill discipline, when on every occasion a Lion was in the bin; the savvy Dogs exploited the extra man advantage for touchdowns.At 5-3 to the Dogs with two minutes to go the teams traded touchdowns to finish the game with a flurry.Hornsby struck first to peg the deficit back to 5-4.Not to be outdone, the Dogs gave their supporters a further reason to cheer when they scored to finish the Lions off with the full time hooter reverberating in the background for a 6-4 decision to the premiership favourites.For Hornsby, season superstar Dylan Hennessey kept the Dogs guessing all night with his superior footwork, and wonder twins John and Maurice Kennedy were at their scheming best. Heath Cooper and Charbel Maroun defended stoutly, and the talented Lions will be keen to get back in the winners circle against the Eels at Bankstown Friday night.2006 Boland Medallist Steve Roberts was again the star turn for Canterbury ably assisted by Daniel Walsh, and “Top Dog” Garry Sonda, who steered the blue and whites around the park admirably.In the 2007 Women’s Premier League division of the Vawdon Cup, Wests completed a 10-4 victory over the Penrith Panthers in the 7.00pm game at Bankstown.The “Pink Panthers” all wore Pink headbands to raise awareness and funds for the National Breast Cancer Initiative.The community conscious Panthers were in need of a little charity themselves when they found themselves down by 3 touchdowns after only 12 minutes of play.The Panthers stopped the rot through their Captain Vicky Wheatley to peg the score back to 3-1.The Wests machine, welcoming back Australian Women’s Open superstar Bo De la Cruz and the experienced Sara Hamilton, clicked into high gear snaffling another 2 touchdowns in smart time to register a 5-1 lead at the interval.The Panthers, inspired by the commitment to their cause that would see them collect more money for their charity with each touchdown they scored, came out full of running.The Pink Panthers were fuelled by the efforts of Katrina Howely and Mel Harrison, who managed to conjure 3second half touchdowns to raise spirits and funds for the battling club and the worthy cause.The Panthers never took a backward step against a tough West’s combination that added five second half touchdowns to their tally, and are starting to look a lot like the real deal in 2007.Newcomer Bojana Mali was a revelation in her first outing on the wing for Wests and looks to have a bright future at the Magpies. The game was played in great spirit and post match the Penrith girls sold headbands, collected donations, and proudly raised $2000 for the National Breast Cancer Initiative.In the 7.00pm game at Tempe, the Easts Roosters bounced back to top form with an emphatic 10-3 walloping of Manly.Easts are looking to build form into the finals and created some momentum Friday with four-touchdown hero Megan “Champo” Campbell leading the way.The exceptional ball playing of Australian World Cup legend Kristy Judd, and fellow Aussie Women’s team fixture and East’s Captain Melissa Pitfield, paved the way for a much more cohesive performance from the defending Vawdon Cup premiers.Manly tried hard and provided a few problems for the Roosters with some short kiwi style 5 metre attack on the scoreline, and drove aggressively for the duration. But the class of the Roosters prevailed, and coach Jason Hunt will now look to his troops to consolidate the momentum in the marquee clash with the white hot Western Suburbs who will provide a sterner test for the defending champions this Friday night.The Wollongong Devils cemented fourth spot on the competition ladder with a comfortable 6-3 defeat of Cronulla in the 8.40pm clash at Bankstown.The “Young Divas” welcomed back a number of injured stars including National Youth squad member Nicole “Captain Serro” Beck who made up for lost playing time in recent weeks to carve through the Cronulla defence to claim the early ascendancy 1-0.Fellow National 20 Years Women’s Youth Squad member Amy Regal gift-wrapped a touchdown with a pinpoint long ball for Rachel Beck to dot down for a 2-0 lead.Cronulla hit back to make the score 2-1 before Kylie Evans scored to take the Divas out to a 3-1 lead at half time.After the break, Wollongong continued on their merry way with Nicole Beck using her “Captain Sero” powers for good and not evil to dismantle the Sharkies defence at will, and in the process snare a hat trick of touchdowns to give her team the decisive edge.The gifted Jess Mc Call pulled the trigger on a humming long ball for Kylie Evans to dot down out wide to wrap up a double to complete a busy night at the office for the Young Divas, whose only real trouble for the night was the “ID” checks on route to the scoreline.Cronulla never stopped running and kept trying to get back into the game, despite lacking their usual cohesiveness.The absence of Brandi Elliot, Jenna Cell, Dom Maher, and Skye Rolley took its toll on a depleted Sharkies line-up, but the consistent Jess Howe and National 18 Years Youth Squad member Laura Chivers gave their all for the Sharks who will be keen to make amends this week against Penrith.National 20 Years squad member Steph Jackson showed her undeniable class, whilst Amy Regal and Nicole Beck were in everything for the Devils, who week by week are proving their mettle in the big time.Competition “Queen Bees” Canterbury produced the goods once more with an emphatic 6-1 triumph to sting an under strength Central Coast Dolphins combination at Tempe at 8.40pm.The Doggies were always in control of the contest and went to oranges 4-1 the better.Louise ‘Squeeze” Winchester was scoring more freely than Matthew Hayden against the Poms on a flat deck at the Gabba, nabbing four touchdowns in dynamic fashion to dominate the contest.Belinda Grech provided the defensive starch as the Dogs went right on with the job in the second stanza to wrap up a comfortable 6-1 victory and secure the number one position for the split rounds.The Dolphins missed Kylie Hilder and Liz Penny, but welcomed back newlywed Karina Haddin who made a great return to the game after an extended absence following a lengthy stint on the sidelines with a debilitating collarbone injury that foiled her World Cup Mixed Open campaign in November of last year.This weeks Round 8 Games will be played at Bankstown and Tempe as teams are split into the two pool playing groups.In the Men’s Premier League, Canterbury (1), Cronulla (4), Penrith (5), and Manly (8) are group 1, whilst Wests (2), Hornsby (3), Parramatta (6), and Easts (7) are in group two. In the Men’s Premier League Sharkies and Penrith clash at Bankstown at 7.00pm in a battle that will be pivotal to both team’s semi-final aspirations.The Hornsby Lions will take on a desperate Parramatta in the 8.40pm battle at Bankstown, whilst top seeds Canterbury will be looking to bring the hurt to a depleted Manly side that will need to dig deep in the 8.40pm clash at Tempe.Wests Magpies are warm favourites, but will face a rejuvenated Easts Roosters line-up in the late game at 9.30pm at Tempe to round out the Round Eight fixtures in the Men’s Premier League division.In the Women’s Premier League, playing group one consists of Canterbury (1), Wollongong (4), Cronulla (5), and Penrith (8), whilst Easts (2), Wests (3), Manly (6), and Central Coast (7) make up playing group two.In Round 8 of the Women’s Premier League, Touch Football fans will be spoilt with a sensational clash at Tempe at 7.00pm featuring 2006 State Cup finalists Wests Magpies and 2006 Vawdon Cup premiers Easts Roosters.The last time these two sides met there was no love lost and the passion and skill from both sides will ensure the high quality touch and spirited banter will framework a classic encounter for the crowd.The Sharks and Penrith will meet at 7.50pm at Bankstown, whilst Canterbury will need to be wary of an improving Wollongong Devils side in the 7.50pm clash at Tempe.In the “sleepy time” game at 9.30pm, Manly Sea Eagles will confront the Central Coast Dolphins in a contest that is an even money danger game for punters to complete Round 8 of the 2007 Vawdon Cup season.This week’s “Blackest Cat” award for the Player of the Round in the Men’s Premier Division goes to Manly Coach Brett “The Guardian” Gillard who strapped on the boots to help out his beloved Sea Eagles in their hour of need.With his team down on playing numbers Gillard 47, donned the red cape, well the Manly jersey, the tube socks, and the Westmont footy shorts to wind back the clock, patrol the wing, and save the day on numerous occasions for his team when he was most needed…The guardian made good on his promise to “not let go” and helped steer his team through a tough night at Tempe…This week’s “Go to Girl” award for the Player of the Round in the Women’s Premier division goes to Wollongong’s Amy “Tank Girl” Regal who was more involved than a season’s worth of “Lost” episodes, and threw several Zoolander style “ridiculously good looking” long balls to set up her team’s crucial victory over the Sharks.This week’s “That’s Mud” award goes to Wollongong’s National 20 Years Youth Squad member Ash Dobbins for her superior face planting skills. The “Dobbie,” throwing out seven different types of smoke with her air snaps against Cronulla on Friday night, managed to trip over her own feet with not a defender in sight and the scoreline beckoning.The associated laughter from her own team mates and the Cronulla defence who were on the ground in stitches created a gap that sadly, she was unable to hit, due to the severity of the face trip. She remains in doubt for Friday’s big clash with the Dog’s nursing a bruised ego.“That’s mud!”And that’s the Vawdon Cup wrap for this week…Many thanks to all players and coaches for their input in compiling this information.Good luck to all teams for Friday night.last_img read more