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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.

About BetFair
Betfair Australia provides online sports betting tips with insight and advice from expert tipsters on various sports including horse racing, greyhound racing, harness racing, AFL, NRL, rugby and more. Betfair offers a range of NRL Grand Final betting options including how the first points are scored, margins, the Clive Churchill medallist for best player of the Grand Final, and the special Billy Slater and Jarryd Haynes match up. For more information, visit http://betting.betfair.com.au.

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The Npower Village Cup 2009 Gets Underway This Sunday With A Renewed Mission To Promote And Encourage The True Essence Of Traditional Village Cricket

New competition rules introduced for the first time this season have redefined eligibility criteria for players and clubs. This means that participating teams cannot compete in the premier division of their local league or play in the ECB Knock Out cup. On an individual basis, no players can receive payment or play league cricket for another club in the same season.

“We want to encourage true village teams and players to enter the npower Village Cup and we know that in the past some sides have chosen not to get involved because of the presence of bigger and better resourced clubs,” explained John Stern, editor of The Wisden Cricketer magazine, which organises and administers the competition.

“This is a competition aimed solely at village cricketers so it’s important that we retain the essence of village cricket, which is in danger of being squeezed out by a more professional approach to the recreational game. The spirit of the competition is about local cricketers playing for their local village and the new rules will encourage that to happen,” said Tim Percival of competition sponsor npower.

In response to the new approach, dozens of villages have entered the competition for the first time, joining hundreds of other teams from across England, Wales and Scotland.

Typifying the first time entrants for the 2009 season are clubs from West Tanfield in North Yorkshire, Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, Dyhram & Hinton, Gloucestershire, Damersham in Hampshire and Buckland Monachorum from Devon.

At stake for all clubs is the chance to play at the most famous cricket ground in the world. Lord’s will once again host the final, courtesy of MCC, on Monday 14 September, allowing players the ultimate privilege of experiencing its unique atmosphere and unrivalled sense of occasion.

Supporters and media can follow the progress of the 2009 npower Village Cup online at www.thewisdencricketer.com, while full details of npower’s range of cricket sponsorships can be viewed at www.npower.com/cricket

1. npower, sponsors of the 2009 npower Ashes Series, is one of Britain’s largest electricity suppliers and supplies gas, electricity and related services to 6.6 million customers across the UK. 2. npower sponsors the Test Match Series in England, Women’s Test Series and the Twenty20 Cup.

About npower:
Npower, sponsors of the 2009 npower Ashes Series, is one of Britain’s largest electricity suppliers and supplies gas, electricity and related services to 6.6 million customers across the UK.

RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark from Business in the Community (BITC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The CommunityMark is a new BITC standard which has been created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes.

The npower Active programme, which is run in partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport, has been awarded a prestigious ‘Silver Big Tick’ by Business in the Community.

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Coral to Sponsor Players Darts Championship

Coral are to sponsor the Players Darts Championship, to be held at the Circus Tavern in Essex at the end of the January.

The inaugural coral.co.uk Players Championships will feature the top 32 players from the 2008 Players Championship Order of Merit battling for £200,000 in prize money.

The new sponsorship agreement with leading bookmakers Coral, who also own and run the Gala Bingo franchise, sees the two organisations team up for the first time with the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).

The tournament is set to be screened live on ITV4 from 30th January until 1st February. The tournament sees darts return to the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, Essex – the former home of the PDC’s World Championship.

“We’re delighted to welcome Coral as the headline sponsor for the coral.co.uk Players Championship,” said PDC Chairman Barry Heam.

“We thank them for their support of this new event, and their backing is a reflection of the interest this event has created in the sport.”

Keith Hawkins, Managing Director of Gala Coral Remote Gambling, said: “Everyone at Coral is delighted to be involved with this exciting addition to the darts calender.

“We’re looking forward to three days of exciting, top class action from one of the sport’s most recognisable venues.

“Betting on darts has exploded in recent years, and it’s entirely fitting that coral.co.uk is sponsoring the Players Championship.”

The winner of the coral.co.uk Players Championship will win £50,000, while the runner up will walk away with £25,000. Those who reach the semi finals of the tournament will receive £12,500 while quarter finalists will win £8,500 in prize money. Those who are knocked out in the second round will be awarded £4,000 while those who leave the tournament in the first round will leave with £2000.

Tickets for the coral.co.uk Players Championship are still available from the Circus Tavern Box Office on 01708 863838 or 01708 867271.

About Gala Coral:
Gala Coral operates over 1600 licensed betting offices throughout the UK, as well as offering online sports betting and gaming. The company also owns the Romford, Brighton and Hove greyhound stadia.

Gala Coral also own Gala Bingo, which offers a variety of online bingo games and is part of Gala Coral Group’s Remote Gambling division. This division is responsible for the development, management and operation of the Group’s E-Commerce activities in the UK and worldwide through Coral.co.uk, Eurobet.com, Galacasino.co.uk and online bingo site galabingo.com.

The division also operates Coral Telebet, the telephone betting business and is the UK’s first operator of digital interactive televised bingo by pushing the red button on Gala TV (Sky channel 861).

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The Secrets of Shooting DVD is now available for purchase and is the perfect holiday present for basketball players and coaches alike

Developed by high school basketball coach Bob Fisher, The Secrets of Shooting covers hand placement, wrist action, correct ball release, and the four proven ways to shoot a basketball. It also teaches launch speed, launch angle and how to incorporate these aspects of shooting to perfect a basketball player’s shooter’s touch.

Coach Fisher dispels the notion that one size fits all and repetition is the key to becoming a better basketball shooter. His DVD is the result of years of careful research and incorporates a studied physics approach to aiding players in developing their shooter’s touch.

“I am convinced that different player body types require a different approach to shooting a basketball effectively,” said Fisher.

This is a one of a kind DVD that clearly explains and demonstrates the techniques players need to become better and more accurate shooters. It also includes basketball tips on shooting, dribbling and passing and is perfect for both player and coach of any age or competition level.

The Secrets of Shooting “I wanted to help kids succeed. Specifically helping them to learn how they can make shots,” said Fisher. “I believe that one size does not fit all when it comes to shooting a basketball.”

Fisher’s product was years in the making and included his own attempts as a high school basketball player and then later coach to help all of his players develop an accurate shooting touch.

It takes into account that body types have changed from the tall, thin ectomorph-type of body more commonly seen on the basketball court some 30 years ago.

Fisher believes that a player’s shot is similar to a puzzle with the goal of putting together all the pieces for the puzzle to make sense. For players, if one piece of the shooting puzzle is missing, it causes the player to become inconsistent. When all the pieces are in place, basketball players become consistent shooters and learn to wear out the net.

The Secrets of Shooting was produced by CVP Productions and features easy to follow narration, by 13 year old Jacob Hays of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader fame, as well as the demonstration of each shooting style by the Fisher Sharp Shooters, a group of local high school basketball players.

It’s available online at secretsofshooting.com. Visitors to the website can also read testimonials from players and coaches, watch a short clip of the DVD and learn more about Coach Bob and the physics of shooting.

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SeeMore Putter Company saluted Masters Champion Zach Johnson, who battled number one player Tiger Woods

SeeMore Putter Company of Franklin, Tennessee salutes Masters Champion Zach Johnson, who battled number one player Tiger Woods and the most challenging scoring conditions in the tournament’s history to win his first major championship.

This is the second major win for the SeeMore Putter Company. Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open while playing a SeeMore putter at Pinehurst. Both that Open and this Masters were played under what are considered to be the toughest greens and the most highly contested final rounds in both championships’ storied histories.

Johnson is the first player since 1991 to win the tournament outside the final group. He birdied 13, 14 and 16 in his heroic back nine to shoot a final round 69. Johnson didn’t try to reach any of the par 5s in two during the Masters, yet he played them better than anyone with 11 birdies and no bogeys.

Johnson uses a SeeMore putter, and SeeMore is introducing a new milled version (mFGP) of Johnson’s putter. In the final round, Johnson was paired with his friend Vaughn Taylor who also uses a SeeMore putter and finished in the top 10 in only his second Masters.

This Masters title builds on Johnson’s strong 2006 campaign when he was one of the two youngest players who qualified for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He finished 24th on the 2006 money list, his third consecutive year among the Top 40 money leaders, and had four top 10 finishes. In 2003, he set a Nationwide Tour season record for fewest average putts per green in regulation, an incredible 1.699, using a SeeMore putter.

“This was a remarkable victory for Zach while competing against the world’s premier players and challenging conditions,” says Jim Grundberg, Managing Director of SeeMore Golf. “All of us at SeeMore are proud to be associated with Zach and his courageous performance in winning his first major championship.”


In 1999, Stewart one-putted the last three holes to win the championship by one stroke. He sunk what’s considered to be the longest putt in Open history on the 18th hole to win the tournament.

Under its new ownership, SeeMore has introduced its new mSeries of putters combining the beauty, precision, accuracy, and feel of 100% milled heads with the original proprietary and proven alignment benefits of the SeeMore RifleScope™ Technology (RST) system.

The mSeries comes in four distinctive, finely crafted models to appeal to different player’s putting preferences and styles. The m1 is a classic heel/toe blade with center shaft, the m2 is a classic heel/toe blade with heel shaft and the m3 is a classic mallet with center shaft and the mFGP is a milled version of the original FGP putter used by Johnson to win the Masters and by Payne Stewart to win the U.S. Open.

All models are available in left hand. Custom grip and lie options are available. All mSeries putters are made in the USA at SeeMore’s Franklin TN facility. The putters will have a suggested retail price of $325.

The patented RST alignment system technology allows a golfer to set up the putter perfectly each and every time in relation to the intended target line. This is accomplished by lining up the black bottom portion of the shaft between two white lines and covering a signature red dot on the heel of the top line. The process resembles locking radar onto a target.

SeeMore putters are custom made in Franklin, TN. SeeMore has a newly redesigned website at www.seemore.com

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