4 November 2011Springbok flank Schalk Burger was named South African Rugby Player of the Year for a second time, while Currie Cup champions the MTN Golden Lions picked up a hat-trick of awards, at the 2011 SA Rugby Awards.The awards ceremony took place at Johannesburg’s Gold Reef City on Thursday evening, and the golden locks of Burger matched the award he received for his performances for the Stormers, who made it into the Super Rugby playoffs, and for the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup.Two-time winnerBurger previously won the award in 2004 and becomes only the fifth player to win it more than once, following in the footsteps of Naas Botha (who won it four times), Uli Schmidt, Bryan Habana and Fourie du Preez (who all won it twice).He was voted as Player of the Year by South Africa’s accredited rugby media, ahead of Bismarck du Plessis, Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie and Victor Matfield.Burger’s award was the finale of a star-studded night during which 16 awards were won for rugby excellence across all age groups and competitions in 16 categories.Golden Lions’ successThe Golden Lions scooped three awards after beating The Sharks in the Absa Currie Cup final last weekend to win their first title since 1999. They were named Absa Team of the Year; their coach, John Mitchell, the Absa Coach of the Year; and their captain, Josh Strauss, Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year.Springbok fullback Pat Lambie (21) was named the Absa Young Player of the Year, building on the fine impression he made in his debut season of 2010 by excelling at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.SA under-20 captain Arno Botha was named the SA Under-20 Player of the Year after some sterling performances at the Junior World Championships in Italy earlier this year.Easy decisionCecil Afrika, who was recently named the World Sevens Player of the Year after he topped both the top points and try scoring lists during the 2010/11 HSBC Sevens World Series, walked away with the award for Springbok Sevens Player of the Year in one of the easiest decisions of the night.The South African Rugby Players Association (Sarpa) Players’ Player of the Year Award, voted on by the players themselves, went to Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis.The Supersport Try of the Year was awarded to Springbok Sevens flyer Sibusiso Sithole for his tournament-winning score in the final of the Edinburgh Sevens against Australia.TributeThe South African Rugby Union (Saru) also paid tribute to two retiring Springboks legends: John Smit, who has already left South African to take up a contract with English club Saracens, and Victor Matfield, both played their last tests for the Boks in the quarter-finals at the Rugby World Cup.There were also rewards for Toyota Cheetahs’ scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius (Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year), who will represent Australia’s Waratahs next season, Regent Boland Cavaliers flyhalf Elgar Watts (Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year) and DHL Western Province flyhalf Lionel Cronje (Vodacom Cup Player of the Year).Craig Joubert, who refereed the Rugby World Cup final, and became the first referee to take charge of matches in every single round of a singler World Cup competition unsurprisingly won the Marriot Referee Award.Significant and satisfyingOregan Hoskins, President of Saru, said that the 2011 season was one of the more significant and satisfying seasons in recent years.“On field success of our national and provincial teams will always be of paramount importance, but I believe we have enjoyed a special year in the history of our rugby, perhaps a watershed year,” said Hoskins.“That’s because our Springbok team has been embraced by all South Africans in a way I have never experienced before. 2011 was the year that fans from all backgrounds stood behind the Boks from the moment the squad was announced. In the past, that kind of affection was dependent on the delivery of a trophy.”AWARD WINNERSSaru Rugby Player of the YearSchalk BurgerAbsa Young Player of the YearPat LambieAbsa Team of the YearMTN Golden LionsAbsa Coach of the YearJohn Mitchell (MTN Golden Lions)Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the YearSarel Pretorius (Toyota Cheetahs)Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the YearJosh Strauss (MTN Golden Lions)Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the YearElgar Watts (Regent Boland Cavaliers)Vodacom Cup Player of the YearLionel Cronje (DHL WP)Sarpa Players’ Player of the YearBismarck du PlessisSpringbok Sevens Player of the YearCecil AfrikaSupersport Try of the YearSibusiso Sithole (Springbok Sevens vs Australia in the final of the Edinburgh Sevens)SA Under-20 Player of the YearArno BothaCoca-Cola Craven Week Player of the TournamentJan Serfontein (Free State)Marriott Referee AwardCraig JoubertWomen’s Achiever of the YearCebisa KulaSaru National Club Championship Player of the TournamentJustin Wheeler (University of Johannesburg)SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will launch the party campaign for the Assembly elecions in Gujarat on September 4. Subsequently, he will start a two-day yatra from Dwarka in Saurashtra to north, central and south Gujarat from September 22.“We are launching the campaign with the theme Congress Aave Chhe (‘Congress is coming’) with Rahulji’s dialogues with party workers, businessmen, traders and NGO representatives,” State party president Bharatsinh Solanki told presspersons here on Saturday.The party would focus on issues concerning farmers, unemployment, expensive education due to privatisation, and the collapse of the health sector, he said.Mr. Solanki added that his party was engaging with traders and businessmen on their issues because demonetisation and high GST rates have severely impacted businesses in the State.The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is also set to launch its high-profile campaign from September 10 with national president Amit Shah’s town hall event in which one lakh youth workers will participate.Banking on social mediaMr. Shah will address them and take their questions using social media platforms like WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. “Our national president will hold the event with the theme Adikham Gujarat (‘Resolute Gujarat’). After that, the campaign will formally be rolled out across the State,” said Bhupendra Yadav, BJP general secretary in charge of Gujarat.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — This time, the New York Islanders made a 3-0 lead stick in Buffalo. Barely.Mikhail Grabovski’s snap shot from the slot midway through the second period stood up as the difference for the Islanders, who built a three-goal edge and then hung on for a 3-2 victory Feb. 8.That was a switch from New York’s previous visit on Dec. 27, when the Sabres won 4-3 in a shootout by overcoming a 3-0 third-period deficit.The stinging memories of that last outcome briefly started filtering back after Buffalo rallied for two goals in a 2:24 span late in the second period.“We’ve got a clear-cut 3-on-2 and (Casey) Cizikas walks right down the gut and could’ve made it 4-1, and at that time you’re thinking, ‘Can you bury that one?’” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “We know what happened here last time, but we didn’t give them that much in that period.”Nor all game, for that matter.Playing their third game in four nights and after losing three regulars to injuries in a 2-1 loss at Boston on Feb. 7, the Islanders regrouped by relying on their defense. They limited the Sabres to two shots over the final 25 minutes in a game New York outshot Buffalo 31-10.“I don’t think there was any panic,” Islanders captain John Tavares said. “When you’re faced with a little adversity, you’ve just got to find a way to overcome it.”Rookie Anders Lee and Colin McDonald also scored. Travis Hamonic had two assists in helping New York (34-18-1) earn its second win in six games and vault into first place in the Metropolitan Division.McDonald scored after he and Harry Zolnierczyk were called up from AHL Bridgeport. They filled in after forwards Michael Grabner and Cal Clutterbuck (both upper-body injuries) and defenseman Calvin de Haan (cut to the forehead) were hurt against Boston.Marcus Foligno had a goal and assist in his first game after missing 19 with a hand injury. Drew Stafford also scored for Buffalo (16-35-3), which was also playing its third game in three days. Buffalo was coming off a 3-2 win over Dallas on Feb. 7, and dropped to 2-16 in its past 18.The inability to generate any offensive momentum cost a team that’s averaging a league-worst 1.7 goals per game.“A 2-0 lead would’ve been something that we could’ve battled back from,” Foligno said. “When it gets to three goals, it’s a little bit tougher.”And yet the Sabres were in the game after Foligno scored at the 12:33 mark of the second period by crashing the net after goalie Jaroslav Halak was unable to control a rebound off Nikita Zadorov’s shot from the left wing.Foligno then set up Stafford by chipping the puck at the Islanders blue line to send in Stafford on a breakaway.The Sabres squandered an opportunity to tie the game in the opening minute of the third period, when they failed to get a shot on net during a 33-second two-man advantage.Defenseman Thomas Hickey played a key role on the penalty kill by blocking Tyler Ennis’ one-timer from the right circle, and then breaking up a pass through the middle.The Islanders appeared in full control when Hamonic set up Grabovski alone in the slot 11:22 into the second period.He scored 62 seconds after Lee stuffed in a loose puck into the left side — and after Hamonic missed just wide on tap-in attempt at the right post.McDonald opened the scoring 16:19 into the game by converting Cizikas’ pass through the middle.“I was waiting for my opportunity, and you just never really know when you’re going to get it,” said McDonald, who appeared in just his third NHL game this season after having eight goals and 10 assists in 70 games last year.(JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares