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Cowboys are back in the hunt for title

Sunday, 17 September 2017 8:54:47 PM Australia/Sydney

Greeted like rockstars as they returned to Townsville on Sunday, North Queensland are looking to put on another big show as they seek to become just the second team to make the NRL grand final from eighth spot.
The Cowboys' eight-point semi-final win over Parramatta - who got to the decider from eighth in 2009 - comes after the clutch win over Penrith in week one of the finals.
And that followed the Queenslanders having to rely on Canterbury's upset defeat of St George Illawarra just to even qualify for the post-season.
Paul Green's men have been widely lauded for their fighting abilities over an injury-riddled back end of the year, but the Cowboys proved their premiership credentials against the Eels.
The 2015 premiers now meet the Sydney Roosters in a preliminary final in Sydney on Saturday.
Like they did in finals week one, star duo Michael Morgan and Jason Taumalolo showed they have found another level in the absence of co-captains Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott.
Their back-to-back finals wins now have their fans dreaming of a second title in three years as they welcomed their team back home on Sunday.

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Rotary Engraving

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 6:53:53 AM Australia/Sydney

Rotary Engraving Remains Essential part of our business

With each new media, trend watchers predicted the doom of its predecessor. Television was going to kill radio, mp3s were supposed to destroy compact discs, and the Internet was to end print publications.

The media landscape certainly has changed, but new media doesn’t eliminate its predecessors. In fact, they’ve had to improve to survive, and each one has carved out its own important role in the world of mass communications.

Similarly, the awards and personalization industry also has seen its fair share of change through the years with the introduction of new equipment, processes, and products. Rotary engraving, no longer the go-to process for every job, remains a key tool for retailers and an essential service for their customers. There is a growing demand for rotary engraving in new markets, particularly in industrial marking and gift personalization.

Diamond Drag

The most common type of engraving is diamond drag, which uses a steel shank with a conical pointed diamond embedded in one end. The diamond point drags across the surface without rotating.

“Many customers like the engraving depth that a diamond will produce, like on a watch back or cake knife, for example

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Dan Vickerman passes

Sunday, 19 February 2017 8:04:30 PM Australia/Sydney

DAN Vickerman’s former Wallaby teammate Jeremy Paul is one of many who have paid tribute to the 37-year-old following his death. The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) confirmed Vickerman died at his family home in Sydney overnight. It is understood there were no suspicious circumstances. Born in South Africa, Vickerman moved to Australia at age 21 and went on to play 67 Tests for his adopted nation from 2002-2011. Paul played alongside the second rower at the ACT Brumbies and for the Wallabies, and was in shock after hearing the tragic news. “It’s really shocking to be honest, 37 years of age and he had such a life to live ... all of our hearts and well wishes go to (Vickerman’s wife) Sarah and their two little kids, it’s a big shock,” Paul said on Fox Sports News. “Our hearts are just with Sarah and the two little kids his family, it’s a really shocking time for everyone. “It’s just shocking. It’s pretty hard to take in actually.”


One of Vickerman’s most endearing qualities, according to Paul, was his sense of humour. “He was just one of those really good characters you love having around. His wit was so dry, being South African, and he always made us laugh that’s for sure. It’s just such a shock,” he said. “He was just one of those great characters, you could always count on Vicks saying something really dry with his humour because that’s the sort of guy he was. He’ll be sorely missed.” As an on-field talent, Vickerman will go down as one of Australia’s best locks. He moved to Australia in 2000 and won the Super Rugby title with the Brumbies the following season, before making his international debut in 2002.

Vickerman will be remembered as a class act on and off the field.Source:News Limited “He was just so tenacious, he was one of the biggest competitors. On the field he was just such an angry guy. As a teammate that’s what you wanted, someone who would go into the trenches with you,” Paul said. “He always played consistently well, he was a guy who strived to be as good as he possibly could. “(Former Wallabies coach) Eddie (Jones) used to ride him, God he used to give it to big Dan, but Dan took it on and he turned into a Wallaby and a great Wallaby, and a great Brumby and a great Waratah. “He was so big, he had such a presence on the field.” Plenty will be in mourning the loss of Vickerman, but Paul wanted to make sure the aftermath of his death was also used to remember just what made him such a special person. “It’s an opportunity to talk about how good of a human being he was and how good a rugby player he was. When everyone goes to his funeral later this week it will be spoken about just how great a guy he was and his memory will be passed on forever,” Paul said. “Now it’s time we band together and be there for Sarah and their two kids, helping them get through this period of heartache, (we’re) hurting so much, we want to make sure his memory lives on forever.”


SPORTING COMMUNITY REACTS Rugby players, former rugby league players and cricketers all expressed their sadness at news of Vickerman’s passing. Former Waratahs and Australia teammate Phil Waugh had only positive things to say about his good friend. “We all have huge admiration for the guy that he was,” Waugh said, per Fairfax Media. “He was one of those players when you’re standing next to him in the change room and he’s running out next to you, you had so much confidence. “He’s a guy that necessarily wasn’t the loudest in the team, but had the most respect from everyone playing with him. There’s so many positive memories of him on and off the field.”

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Crows still in touch

Sunday, 19 February 2017 7:58:15 PM Australia/Sydney

A 60-metre bomb from captain Erin Phillips has given Adelaide a three-point, come from behind win over Carlton in Sunday's AFL Women's game. The Crows trailed at every break until Phillips pounced on a loose ball in the final term, kicked long and bounced it through for the 2.5 (17) to 2.2 (14) win at Thebarton Oval. Phillips dominated the final term finishing with 19 possessions to ensure her side remained undefeated. Sally Riley kicked the other goal for the Crows while Darcy Vescio and Sarah Hosking kicked Carlton's two majors. Kicking with the aid of a stiff breeze the Blues kicked the opening goal of the game deep in the first quarter when Vescio marked strongly 30 metres out and kicked truly. She was the dominant forward in the quarter, as the Crows struggled in the blustery conditions, dropping a string of easy marks. Carlton's defence was also a factor with Blues' players too tall and continually first to the contest. Adelaide had its chances in the second term but could not register a major, their best opportunities a couple of wayward set shots, as Brianna Davey constantly thwarted attacks on the way to a game-high 24 disposals. Other major ball winners for Carlton were Danielle Hardiman with 15 possessions and Lauren Arnell with 14. For the Crows, Chelsea Randall had 17 and Ebony Marinoff 15

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Adam Scott's Second Child

Saturday, 18 February 2017 9:03:27 AM Australia/Sydney

Australian golfer Adam Scott has started his 2017 PGA campaign in solid fashion, firing a three-under-par 68 in the first round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in California on Thursday (Friday AEDT). But the talk quickly moved to the 36-year-old's wider calendar, with Scott announcing his wife Marie Kojzar is pregnant with the couple's second child, with a due date of late August. The world No.7 confirmed the birth was likely to coincide with the first round of the FedEx Cup playoff series, the Northern Trust Open, which was formerly named the Barclays Championship. Bahamas-based Scott said he would take that week off. "We have another one on the way, (due in) August (at) the Barclays. "It's likely I shall not be there. Hopefully I can play well enough to afford myself the week off the FedEx." Scott became a father for the first time in February 2015, welcoming daughter Bo Vera to the family.


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Keeper slams Head

Friday, 17 February 2017 9:15:00 AM Australia/Sydney

There’s using your head in football and then there is this effort from Adelaide United goalkeeper John Hall.Read More
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