Australian Punters Install Melbourne Storm as Favourites for NRL Grand Final

The 2009 NRL Grand Final between the Melbourne Storm and the Parramatta Eels is being touted as the showdown of the fullbacks. The teams are represented by two of the competition’s most potent attacking players in Billy Slater and Jarryd Haynes. Billy Slater is in career best form, scoring eight tries in his last four games including a double last Saturday night in Melbourne’s impressive demolition of Brisbane Broncos. Jarryd Haynes has stamped himself one of the brightest stars in rugby league this season culminating in his winning the Dally M Award for NRL Player of the Year.

One of the best players in the competition in Storm centre, Greg Inglis, has been overshadowed by the form of Billy Slater, but will no doubt play an important part if Melbourne Storm is to triumph. Inglis is potentially one of the most dangerous players on the field, while other Storm players like halves combination of Cooper Kronk and Brett Finch can both find the try line. For Parramatta Eels, winger Eric Grothe and the club’s leading point scorer, Luke Burt will test the Melbourne defence.

Melbourne Storm approach this year’s NRL Grand Final with few injury worries. In contrast, Parramatta Eels’ captain, Nathan Cayless looked no chance of making the Grand Final when he limped off during their finals win against the Bulldogs last Friday night. Cayless will have an extensive fitness test on Saturday to decide whether he will take the field against Melbourne. The loss of Cayless would be a big blow to Parramatta as his leadership has been instrumental in their surge to the Grand Final.

Melbourne is a short priced favorite to win the game. “Grand Final Betting has been brisk, and is only going to get more frantic as we approach one of the most exciting finals in recent years,” said Dafydd Lewis, Betfair Australia’s spokesman.

Betfair is offering a special Billy Slater vs Jarryd Haynes match up in their Grand Final betting options.

Dafydd Lewis believes that the Melbourne Storm captain, Cameron Smith is one of the keys to the match. “Cameron Smith was devastated when he missed last year’s Grand Final through suspension. That blow was felt by the Storm who will be desperate to make up for that big loss to Manly,” said Mr Lewis.

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North West entrepreneurs Colin Whitehead and John Woosey are celebrating a year of success following the launch of their unique programme which has now registered over 70,000 members.

The duo based in Gatley, launched the scheme with fellow directors Tom Cowgill and Ian Lancaster last year, and in just over 12 months have already smashed all forecasts for its success.

“We knew it would appeal which is why we launched but we’re delighted by just how successful it has been,” said Commercial Director Colin Whitehead.

“In just one year we have brought on board over 70,000 members from a standing start which just goes to show its popularity amongst golfers who have been spreading the word.

“It’s a simple formula. We just give golfers what they want. From the retailers they like to use to the products they want to redeem their points for.”

Colin, ex CEO of Manchester’s biggest PR agency Staniforth and John Woosey, are both directors of the Gatley-based JRW* Group which has a number of high profile golf brands.

They teamed up with Tom Cowgill and Ian Lancaster from prestigious golf events organisers Sports Masters International (SMI) based in Derbyshire to launch

“We’ve known Tom and Ian for a while on the golf circuit and it made sense for us to join forces when we were looking at the proposition because of our joint contacts,” said Colin.

“It’s unlike any other sporting rewards scheme that we’ve seen because as well as having partners who are specialist golfing companies we’ve got high street retailers on board. That means our members collect points in their everyday life and what’s more their partners can gather points for them as well even if they’re not golfers.”

Members earn points for every pound they spend with some of the UK’s most popular retailers including Tesco, John Lewis, Littlewoods, Currys, Marks & Spencer, Halfords, Superdrug and Amazon.

They can also earn points when spending with golf specialists including Direct Golf UK,, Golf CareGreenFree and The Golfers Club.

It takes just one minute to register a card online and is completely free. Members can earn points by shopping with more than 250 online retailers and around 3000 high street outlets. In addition, they can register more than one card to contribute to their points’ tally, so they can even be rewarded when their partner, friends or family shop.

Anyone can sign up to the scheme at, where they can also browse the huge variety of rewards on offer and see the extensive list of participating retailers.

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All Buckeye Fans!!! Budweiser Presents: THE “Across The Field Bash” Featuring The Danger Brothers!

We are very proud to announce that the New “Across The Field Bash” has been launched with The Danger Brothers, all original management crew, Budweiser, Roosters, 95.5 The Hawk, 107.1 The Wink, The Other Paper, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan and many more! The “Bash” will be held at 2781 Olentangy River Rd. (on the corner of Olentangy and Ackerman) at THE Across the Field Buckeye Store!

The Danger Brothers and D.J. Matt Sexton will provide live entertainment before during and after all home games! There will be plenty of cold beer, soda and great Roosters food to enjoy while you’re watching the Buckeyes on our Jumbo T.V.!

We are located by all 5 hotels on Olentangy River road.

For more information please call the store at 614-261-3680 or email us at

Please visit our Facebook page (Acrossthe FieldStore) for more details and discounts at our Buckeye Store. GO BUCKS!!!!

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Opus Energy To Sponsor One Of Britain’s Most Promising Young Hopes For London 2012, Northamptonshire-Based Gymnast Daniel Keatings

Hailing from Corby, 19 year old Daniel has been in world-beating form this year. With a silver medal in the All Around final at the Senior European Championships, Britain’s first ever All Around medal in a major championship, and a bronze on the Pommel Horse at a World Cup Event.

He set the gymnastics world alight last year when he became Junior All Around Champion at the European Championships, including an amazing four gold medals. His final haul, which also included team gold and another individual bronze, was the first time a British gymnast had ever achieved such a feat.

Daniel’s current focus is the World Championship coming up in October, taking place at the O2 Arena in London. The event will be a glimpse of his ultimate dream of winning a medal on home soil at London 2012. Daniel has already had a taste of the Olympics after representing Great Britain in Beijing.

Opus Energy, whose head offices are in Northampton, will be supporting Daniel all the way up to London 2012. The firm’s sponsorship, which will cover essentials such as coaching, competition fees, equipment and travel, will allow him to dedicate his time solely to achieving success in the sport without having to find alternative ways of generating income.

Currently a Junior Ambassador for Northamptonshire Enterprise, Daniel also promotes sport and exercise in local schools.

Daniel studied at Kingswood School and his potential for stardom was evident from the age of nine when he became part of the Junior British Gymnastics Squad, after winning his first national gold medal. His first major medal came in 2007 when he won silver on the Pommel Horse at the Senior European Championships.

Daniel will be keeping a blog that will provide updates on his progress, which can be found at:

Commenting on Opus Energy’s sponsorship of Daniel, Charlie Crossley Cooke, Managing Director at Opus Energy, said:

“Opus Energy is proud to be sponsoring a local world class athlete. Daniel is showing huge potential and we are delighted to be able to support him in a way that will allow him to focus on his dream of success. He’s had a great year and we wish him every success for the World Championships in October. We will all be following his progress closely.”

Daniel Keatings said:

“I’m delighted to have the backing of a local business like Opus Energy. Their support gives me the peace of mind that I know I can dedicate all my time to training towards my dream of Olympic success.”

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