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Jetstar launches Melbourne-Tokyo flights, axes Gold Coast-Osaka

Jetstar launches Melbourne-Tokyo flights, axes Gold Coast-Osaka

Jetstar will launch non-stop flights between Melbourne and Tokyo’s Narita airport but axe its Gold Coast-Osaka service in a reshuffle of the low-cost airline’s Japanese network.

The new Melbourne-Tokyo service will see four flights each week on Jetstar’s Airbus A330 beginning from 29 April 2014, with flight schedules and fares expected to be released before Christmas.

This is the first Melbourne-Tokyo service since 2008 and will feed travellers into the Jetstar Japan network for flights to nine other Japanese cities including Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo.

“We know this is one of the largest unserved international markets in Australia and our bookings show that many Victorian customers are travelling to Tokyo via other ports in the network,” said Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall.

However, Jetstar’s thrice-weekly flights between the Gold Coast and Osaka will be dropped as of 8 May 2014, although Gold Coast-Tokyo flights will remain and at some stage be upgraded from the current Airbus A330 to Jetstar’s new Boeing 787.

“Once the 787 is introduced on the Gold Coast-Tokyo route we will be offering an extra 23,000 seats a year more than what is currently offered on our A330 flights,” Hall said.

“While we recognise that the Gold Coast is a major tourism destination for Japanese visitors, demand from Osaka was not as strong as that from Tokyo” Hall explained.

“The suspension of the service is part of our response to the current state of the Australian aviation market and a realignment of Jetstar’s international network.

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Mark Schwarzer makes Champions League history

Thursday, 12 December 2013 9:10 AM

Schwarzer makes Champions League history

Recently retired Australian international goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer added a little piece of history to his illustrious career when he became the oldest debutant in the UEFA Champions League this morning.

Schwarzer was given the nod in goals for Chelsea at the age of 41 years and 66 days, as they defeated Hungarian outfit Steaua Bucuresti 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to top Group E in Europe’s elite competition.

The Chelsea goalkeeper was largely untroubled throughout the contest on the final matchday of the group stage. He was only called upon to make his first meaningful save in injury time, with an early Demba Ba goal enough to give the 2012 Champions maximum points.

Only Marco Ballotta, who featured for Lazio against Real Madrid five years ago to the day when he was 43 years and 252 days old, has appeared in the Champions League at an older age. The result also means Schwarzer is yet to concede a goal in his three appearances for the Blues.

While Jose Mourinho’s men should have won by more after Ba got on the end of a Chelsea corner in the tenth minute, Schwarzer had to be on his game only minutes later to deny Gabriel Iancu. The Chelsea keeper was quickly off his line to force the Romanian to shoot wide from a one-on-one situation.

The result means the Blues topped their group, taking 12 points from their six matches to finish ahead of FC Schalke. They will join English sides Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal in next week’s draw for the knockout phase of the competition.

Schwarzer, who earned a record 109 caps for Australia, joined Chelsea on a free transfer at the end of last season. The Aussie legend reached the UEFA Europa League final with previous club Fulham in 2010 and also played in the final of the UEFA Cup for Middlesbrough in 2006.

 

Football Federation Australia

Rejoicing at the demise of the Raiderettes, all in the name of women’s sports

December 11, 2013 – 5:09PM

Fleta Page

Reporter at The Canberra Times

Fleta Page rejoiced at news of the potential demise of the Raiderettes, because you see, back in 1985, she really wanted to be a Swanette when she grew up.

The Raiderettes.

I used to take red and white streamers to Sydney Swans games and dance around like the cheerleaders of the Geoffrey Edelsten Swans era.

Until cheerleading is just one option of a variety of visible opportunities for women’s involvement in sport, I’d like to see it disappeared from Australian sporting culture.

Sure, I was still a pre-schooler and enjoyed a bit of dancing (I still do when I know I can get away with my favoured cheesy dance moves), but when I got home, I would play footy and cricket with my brothers, attempt to skateboard and shun most girly things.

The Sydney Swanettes provide a little light entertainment.The Sydney Swanettes provide a little light entertainment. Photo: David Johns

I still do that too.

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The fact I wanted to be a Swannette is often met with surprise by those who know me and my sports-loving ways, but when it came to watching sport, they were the only women I saw represented.

There were no girls playing for the Swans, there were no girls playing the curtain raiser, there were no girls playing anything as far as I could see – just me at the park or in the hallway with my wonderfully inclusive big brothers.

Three decades on, and things have only marginally improved. In Aussie Rules, the Swanettes were axed (and I started watching the game instead), there are girls playing Auskick at half time, and this year a representative women’s game was played as the curtain raiser in round 14.

But Rugby League (a sport I followed until the death of the North Sydney Bears), which has had its fair share of issues when it comes to relations with women, still seems to think having dancers on the sideline in skimpy clothing for the perve factor for men is a legitimate way to involve women in their game.

I know the Raiderettes lead other professional lives; they are smart, athletic, talented and probably enjoy their jobs, getting to watch their team from right on the sidelines.

But until cheerleading is just one option of a variety of visible opportunities for women’s involvement in sport, I’d like to see it disappeared from Australian sporting culture.

In the US, cheerleading is huge, and I don’t begrudge that. Cheerleading can earn women – and men – university scholarships as well as jobs.

But those scholarships are also on offer for women playing numerous other sports, thanks to Title IX legislation which requires universities to offer the same athletic opportunities to women as they do for men.

As a result, you have women playing sport in America in nationally televised professional competitions.

They aren’t struggling to pay their rent and put themselves through university at the same time either.

So until women’s sporting leagues are commercially televised as a matter of routine in Australia – wearing athletically appropriate uniforms (looking at you LFL), I say there is no place for the Raiderettes.

The Canberra Times