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News UpdatesPublic Interest Litigation Is Not A Pill Or Panacea For All Wrongs And Can’t Be Used For Suspicious Products Of Mischief: HP HC [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay11 Aug 2020 10:16 PMShare This – xThe Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday (05th August) took up a plea seeking the postponement of the ‘HP Subordinate Allied Services (Main) Examination-2019’ to any subsequent dates, post normalization of COVID-19 crisis.[Note: The said examination was conducted on 6th (Thursday) and 7th (Friday) August at various examination centres established in Shimla, Mandi and Dharamshala.]A…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday (05th August) took up a plea seeking the postponement of the ‘HP Subordinate Allied Services (Main) Examination-2019’ to any subsequent dates, post normalization of COVID-19 crisis.[Note: The said examination was conducted on 6th (Thursday) and 7th (Friday) August at various examination centres established in Shimla, Mandi and Dharamshala.]A bench comprising Justices Tarlok Singh Chauhan & Jyotsna Rewal Dua made strong observations against the plea filed by the petitioner (named Himanshu) who claimed to have filed the petition as Pro Bono Publico.While noting that the pleas raised were absolutely fallacious, the bench remarked,”…the attractive brand name of public interest litigation cannot be used for suspicious products of mischief. It has to be aimed at redressal of genuine public wrong or public injury and not publicity-oriented or founded on personal vendetta or private motive. The process of the Court cannot be abused for oblique considerations by masked phantoms who monitor at times from behind.”In the present case, the court while examining the credentials of the petitioner noted that the petitioner was neither a candidate nor had any concern with the examination in question.The court observed that “even as per the averments made in the petition, there are as many as 2331 candidates who would be taking the examination in question and none of such candidates, who are otherwise well educated and qualified, had approached the Court for postponing the examination in question.” (emphasis supplied)Further, it was also made clear by the court that the mere fact that the petitioner claims himself to be the resident of the State of Himachal Pradesh will also not furnish him a cause of action for grant of the reliefs as sought for in the said petition for the simple reason that the petitioner himself claims to have filed this petition on behalf of those candidates, who were to take the examination. The order stated,”The common rule of locus-standi in such cases is relaxed so as to enable the Court to look into the grievances complained of on behalf of the poor, deprive, deprivation, illiterate and the disabled and who cannot vindicate the legal wrong or legal injury caused to them for any violation of any constitutional or legal right. But, then while protecting the rights of the people from being violated in any manner, utmost care has to be taken that the Court does not transgress its jurisdiction nor does it entertain petitions which are motivated.In the present case, as a last ditch effort, the learned Counsel for the petitioner also submitted before the bench that the petition had been filed on behalf of the candidates but their names have intentionally not been disclosed or else the respondent No. 1 (Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission) would be vindictive towards such candidates. However, the court dismissed this argument as well.The Court reiterated the fact that the candidates are well educated and qualified and if aggrieved, they would have themselves approached the court directly and would not have set up the petitioner as their stooge.Further, highlighting the purpose of a PIL, the court remarked”Public interest litigation is not a pill or panacea for all wrongs. It is essentially meant to protect the basic human rights of the weak and disadvantaged. Public interest litigation is a weapon which has to be used with great care and circumspection and the Judiciary has to be extremely careful to see that behind the beautiful veil of public interest, ugly private malice, vested interest and/or public interest seeking is not lurking.” The court also clarified that Public Interest Litigation has to be used as an effective weapon in the armoury of law for delivering justice to the citizens. The courts must do justice by the promotion of good faith and prevent the law from crafty invasions. The bench reminded itself that the court must maintain social balance by interfering for the sake of justice and refuse to entertain where it is against the social justice and the public good. Lastly, the bench noted that the petition is nothing but a publicity oriented petition and not a Public Interest Litigation and the same was accordingly dismissed with costs of Rs.10,000/- to be paid to the ‘H.P. High Court Advocates’ Welfare Association’.Case Details: Case Title: Himanshu v. Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission & Ors.Case No.: CWPIL NO. 6 of 2020Quorum: Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan & Justice Jyotsna Rewal DuaAppearance: Advocate Akshay Agarwal & Advocate Tejasvi Verma (for the Petitioner); Advocate Vikrant Thakur (for the respondent No. 1); Advocate General Ashok Sharma (for respondent No. 2); Deputy Advocate General Seema Sharma (for respondent No. 3).Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Calls for more CCTV in Carndonagh Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook There are calls for more CCTV to be installed in Carndonagh. It follows a recent spate of anti-social activity in the town, the most recent incident last weekend with seating vandalised in the town centre.Earlier in the summer, furniture in a local park was also destroyed.Cllr Martin McDermott believes that having more CCTV would act as a deterrent and a way of trying to bring those responsible to justice:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/madfsdfdsfsdrtincctv.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous article220 take part in 2020 Donegal Virtual Half MarathonNext articleGardaí appeal for smartphone owners to be ’Streetwise’ News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – September 2, 2020 DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook
MEMBERS of the Guyana Jaguars and Barbados Pride cricket teams last Monday afternoon each presented a signed team jersey to well-known cricket commentator Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira, as a memento for his contributions to the game. A veteran cricket commentator, whose career spans decades of sports coverage, Perreira retired from cricket commentary on Monday at the conclusion of the fourth round Day/Night Digicel Regional First-Class match between the two teams.The jerseys were presented to the 77-year-old Perreira by Jaguars skippers Leon Johnson and Kraigg Brathwaite.The message on the Jaguars jersey read: “Thank you ‘Reds’ for your great service to Guyana and West Indies cricket. 50 years of excellence.”The jersey bears the autographs of the Guyana Jaguars players. The Jaguars players also presented Perreira with a cake.Meanwhile, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) presented Perreira with one of the match stumps, while the umpires and match referee handed over one of the match balls.
15 C Football action has Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir up against Kildysart in Monaleen again at 12;30 This evening in Division 2 of the Higher Education Senior Football League Waterford I.T entertain the Garda College at 7:30. In Munster Post Primary SchoolsThurles CBS take on Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick in Nenagh at 1.30 in Round 3 of the Harty Cup.In 18.5 B Hurling Borrisokane and St. Joseph’s, Tulla meet in Smith O’ Brien’s at 12:30.
20 Apr 2016 The R&A boosts nine-hole golf with new championship The R&A is demonstrating its support for nine-hole golf as an ideal way to play golf in less time whilst still doing so competitively and for handicap purposes by introducing a new championship for amateurs at Royal Troon this summer. The announcement comes as England Golf prepares to roll out its Golf Express initiative, which promotes nine-hole golf to busy people and has been described by ambassador Justin Rose as “A great way to play all the game in half the time.” Golf Express is part of England Golf’s strategy to make golf more accessible and attract more club members. It encourages clubs to offer nine-hole green fees and to hold after-work roll-ups for members and non-members. It was trialled in Staffordshire and is soon to be launched nationwide, with a dedicated website which will feature green fee offers and highlight nine-hole golf clubs. The R&A’s new championship will be played on Saturday 9 July at Royal Troon, giving the players the opportunity to play nine holes at the historic Ayrshire links on the eve of The 145TH Open. In 2017, the event will be expanded to cover golf clubs in Great Britain and Ireland with players being given the opportunity to qualify at nine hole events held by The R&A’s affiliated national associations in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Padraig Harrington, two-time Champion Golfer of the Year and R&A Working for Golf Ambassador, welcomed the initiative. “People who want to play golf are increasingly struggling to find the time to play and so positioning nine-hole golf as a legitimate alternative makes a lot of sense,” he said. “I’m really pleased to see The R&A taking the lead in this area. “For regular amateur golfers to be able to play The Open venue in championship condition immediately before the best players in the world is a fantastic initiative and I’m sure this new competitive format will encourage more people to get out on the golf course and play nine-hole golf.” The R&A’s extensive survey on pace of play and the subsequent Time for Golf conference in St Andrews last November highlighted the challenges many people face in finding time to play 18 holes, with 60% of the golfers surveyed expressing the view that they would enjoy golf more if it took less time. The survey also revealed that among 25-44 year-olds who are unhappy with the pace of play, 21% would like to see the playing time reduced by as much as one-and-a-half hours, while 19% said they would welcome the opportunity to play nine holes more often as an alternative format. Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: “One of the messages that came through clearly from the survey and the Time for Golf conference is that people would play more golf if they could do so in significantly less time. Nine hole golf is not new but we feel it is often overlooked as a perfectly valid way to play the sport either with your family and friends or competitively. “We are delighted to introduce a nine-hole championship and will be promoting this format as a way of playing golf in less time which can have wider appeal among people who lead increasingly busy lives today. We are very much looking forward to working with the national associations to promote nine-hole golf and we hope to see more events being played throughout Great Britain and Ireland to cater for this important audience.” This year’s event will see 30 golfers playing a nine-hole championship at Royal Troon. Two players will qualify from events held at each of the 13 Regional Qualifying venues for The Open throughout Great Britain and Ireland with host venues Royal Troon Golf Club and The Ladies’ Golf Club, Troon each providing two players. The handicap event will be open to men, women, boys and girls who are members of the clubs taking part. Image © Leaderboard Photography
TINTON FALLS – The Ranney School Robotics Club has been working hard all year to design, build and drill their robots for multiple competitions. All their hard work paid off recently when one of the Upper School robotics teams, led by Raymond Moser ’15 of Shrewsbury, had the opportunity to travel to Anaheim, Calif., and compete in the VEX World Robotics Championship.Members of the Ranney School Robotics Club.More than 15,000 people, including students, teachers, coaches and industry leaders attended the event, representing 24 countries. Approximately 700 teams competed at the middle school, high school and college level. Simply qualifying for the championship meet meant that the Ranney team ranked in the top 9 percent of all teams worldwide.The event was streamed live and part of it was shown during the April 18 Ranney School Lower School Science Fair on the RSPA Panther Hall and Roberts Stage screen.“The experience was extremely valuable because we learned many different methods of improving our robot’s speed, size and agility for next year,” said Noel Delgado, dean of students, who attended the competition with robotics team coach Raymond Moser. “With a larger robotics space planned for next year, a 2013-2014 robotics class offering, as well as several supporting gifts from families, our team will be larger, more enthusiastic, better equipped and superbly prepared for next year’s tournament. Our goal is to bring two of our teams to next year’s world championship.”
It may be only August, and the Leafs first exhibition game, but after last season anything and everything is a bonus.The Nelson Leafs fired 45 shots at the Rebel net en route to a 10-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Exhibition victory Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.The contest was the first of the pre-season for the Leafs, which host Beaver Valley Nitehawks Wednesday at in Nelson.Game time is 7 p.m.Nelson scored four times in the second period, snapping a 2-2 first period tie.Andy Fitzpatrick and Jack Karran each scored three times while Charlie Wilkie added a pair. Sawyer Hunt and Cleary Ambrose scored singles as Nelson outshot the Rebels 45-12.The Leafs conclude the exhibition season Friday in Fruitvale and Sunday in Castlegar.Nelson opens the regular season Friday, September 9 against Beaver Valley Nitehawks.First home game is Friday, September 16 against Spokane Braves.No to Travel FundArmstrong, home to the North Okanagan Knights, has decided not to partake in a travel fund for teams representing the KIJHL in Junior B tournaments outside the province.Armstrong council recently defeated a motion by District of 100 Mile House.The 100 Mile House Wranglers won the KIJHL title before representing the league at the Cyclone Taylor and Keystone Cup Championships — the latter tournament held outside BC.The motion asked each of the 20 KIJHL communities to donate $500 to the KIJHL travel fund.
“I chose Selkirk College because the strong programs and smaller class sizes,” says Iles, who will either take the Forest Technology Program or the Heavy Mechanical Foundation Program. “I also chose Selkirk College because I love living in the Kootenays and playing for a prestigious team like the Saints is an honour.”Iles is a two-way forward who is known for his ability to win faceoffs, but Heaven says it’s the overall style of play that made the Whistler native stand out.“He has an ability to get under the skin of his opponent while still contributing offensively,” says Heaven, who is heading into his third season as head coach. “His tenacious persistence will be a huge asset to our roster given his record of being a leader on every team over his junior career.”Harding is a six-foot defenceman who played Junior A last season with the Elliot Lake Wildcats in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL).“Connor is an extremely hard working individual with a desire and commitment to physical fitness,” says Heaven. “He competes extremely hard, has a great first pass and plays with edge. Connor should bring another level of excitement to our defensive core.”Harding will enter the Business Administration Program when classes begin this coming September on the Castlegar Campus.“I decided to return to British Columbia and attend Selkirk College for the quality education and championship history of the program,” says Harding, who is originally from West Kelowna.After winning a historic four straight BCIHL championships, the Saints’ drive-for-five was stopped short this past spring when they were defeated in the league semi-final by the Trinity Western University Spartans. The 2017-2018 BCIHL season begins in September. A culture of hard work is what has contributed to the massive success for the Selkirk College Saints over the last few seasons and the team has added a pair of recruits that will help continue the trend.Grant Iles and Connor Harding have committed to play for the Saints in the upcoming British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season, both arriving with a proven record of tenacity and grit during their junior hockey careers.“There are not very many nights over the course of the season where our team gets out-worked,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “Both of these players have shown that they will fit in very well because of their commitment to compete hard every shift.”Iles arrives to Selkirk College after finishing his junior eligibility with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). The 20-year-old forward scored 14 goals and added 18 assists while playing under former Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.
The Sunshine Coast Touch Association, Caboolture Touch Association, and the Banks family combined to conduct a unique 5-aside Mixed Touch Tournament and family fun day designed to commemorate the life of Pat Banks, a long time supporter of Touch Football, who sadly passed away 3 weeks ago of a grade four gliboblastoma multiform brain tumour.This was indeed, a tournament with a difference. The cause itself of course, was worthy enough; to help the family off set the considerable medical costs involved in providing the best quality of life possible for Pat, but it was the spirit, genuine good will, and generosity of the gathered throng that really struck a chord with all who were lucky enough to be present on this very special day.People came together to not only honour an exceptional person’s life, but to reach out and support a family that had ridden a roller coaster of emotions in the 50 day period of Pat’s brave but bowed battle with brain cancer.The wide grins, the warm hugs, the sincere words, and heartfelt outpouring of sympathy blanketed the Banks family all day, but most of all it was the positive and fun loving attitude participants adopted that made the day a real winner and did Pat’s optimistic and cheeky sense of humour proudest. The concept for the tournament was born shortly after Pat was diagnosed in March with the most aggressive brain tumour in existence. The idea was to conduct a fundraising day to help offset some of the considerable costs involved in meeting Pat’s medical expenses and maximizing her quality of life.Unfortunately after her brain surgery (conducted during the 2010 National Touch League) a comparative scan revealed Pat’s condition had worsened with the tumour growing back exponentially and the excessive swelling in her temporal parietal lobe skittling all plans for courses of chemotherapy and radiation to take place.Heartbreakingly, Patty’s life expectancy was reduced to just weeks.Pat accepted this shattering reality better than anyone and remained positive and strong, pushing those around her to get on with making the most of every minute, of every day. Her courage and strength was remarkable.Not once during her illness did she complain, if relatives and friends cried in her presence she was the one handing out the tissues.Her ability to laugh and maintain her sense of humour carried her family and friends through the most difficult time imaginable.She spilt hot tea on her foot during her illness and quipped,“Gee Good child (her nickname for me) I hope hell isn’t this hot when I get there!”The plucky 57 year-old mother of three never wasted a drop of life’s precious nectar, and even staged her own “Awake” Party on Easter Sunday whilst she was still alive and able to share time with those she loved, instead of having a wake when she had passed away. She was staying true to her upbeat attitude to life and her conviction that there was never going to be a party without Pat!She had nicknames for everyone, famously calling her Sri Lankan Doctor “Chucker” because he bore a striking resemblance to Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Murilitheran who has been accused of “throwing” when he bowls. His sidekick nurse was nicknamed “Catcher” – Chucker & Catcher… always Mum’s way to keep everyone laughing!Pat was famous for her down to earth advice and home spun wisdoms she has proudly ingrained in her children.Her sporting gems included messages of humility in victory: “Nobody likes a skite, don’t get too smart there is always someone better than you!” In defeat: “Suck a lemon & try again next week,” In the art of perseverance: “Don’t be a pea heart” and her all time favourite quote to help us face the challenges life throws at us, “Puff out those cheeks and pug on!”Pat sadly passed away on the 22ndApril 2010, but with her brave and courageous life example ringing in our ears, and her wish to bring people together, Adam Stevenson GDO for Sunny Coast, and myself, proceeded with Pat’s vision for this event.Pat was determined that this day was to survive well into the future after the referee called time on her mortal existence… This day was to be a day when families and friends could come together annually to raise funds for a worthy charity and play touch in a social and friendly atmosphere and enjoy the spirit of competition with good food, drink, and family entertainment.Pat had an amazing positivity and courageous approach to life. Her ability to maintain her grace and dignity under the most trying of circumstances was an inspiration to many, and players participated in the tournament on Sunday with Pat’s life example fresh in their hearts and minds. This was never going to be a sombre occasion, despite the deep sea of emotion surrounding Pat’s recent death.There was no minute’s silence or black armbands. Pat would never have allowed that. The “Good child” would have copped a clip around the ear hole for that one. Mum loved a party and this was exactly what the guest of honour smiling down from her vantage point in heaven was treated to. Symbolically, the 17 participating teams, family, and friends opened “Pat’s Party” by releasing yellow balloons skyward (Mum’s favourite colour) on the half way line of the main field with K.D Lang’s beautiful version of “Hallelujah” providing the perfect musical accompaniment. There was some awesome touch with an innovative format played in near perfect weather conditions, outstanding shows of mateship and sportsmanship, sideline interviews, face painting and hair spraying for the kids, plenty of food and drink, music for a carnival atmosphere, a relay race with a difference, a super sports raffle featuring personal and rare items donated by some of the best athletes in Australia, and an atmosphere of pure goodwill that scythed seamlessly through black clouds of gloom to bring bright sunshine and renewed hope to the human spirit of everyone present.Players participated with smiles on their faces all day and whether it was the wall to wall superstars treating the large crowd to some of the finest array of skills and abilities in the game today, or novices just puffing out the cheeks and pugging on, the day held so much value for everyone.The on field action was fast and furious – self officiated, 5 touches, 5 a-side, 15 minute games that provided players with a unique and fun environment in which to showcase their talents.There was some high level Tippy Tap from the 17 teams involved in the Inaugural event who sported some “cracker” names including “WTFs, Boys & Bitches” “The Ron Burgundies”, and “The Whitest Dogs” (as opposed to the Blackest Cats) to name a few.Enterprising play was the order of the day from some of the legends of our sport and some of the brightest young stars in the game, some spirited efforts from beginners, and even a few referees donned the playing gear to show their support for a wonderful cause.Players of the ilk of 4 time Australian Women’s Open World Cup winner, Sharyn Williams, current Australian Men’s Open maestro Nathan Jones, Sunny Coast’s Men’s Open NTL Captain and long time Australian Men’s Open representative Chris Farrow, Lebanon’s 2007 World Cup hero Sebe Ray, Sunshine Coast’s Australian Women’s Open champion Peta Rogerson, new National Women’s Open squad member Kirsty Quince, Australian Mixed Open superstars Amy Hope, Ben Mc Cullen, Damien Moar and Kurt Nowotny, and experienced representative stars Luke Parker and Tom Quinlivan, were some of the big name players who made the trek to “Cabo” in the name of a worthy cause.Some of the sports outstanding young players were also strutting their stuff with National Youth players such as Justin Otto, Ben “Alphabet” Wieczorek, Ryan Jacks, Oscar Sanft, Belinda Hammett, Kate McCarthy, Alyce Hulbert, Vani Pelite, Nick Pelgrave, Hayley Maddick, and Savannah Pratten taking the field to show that respect and compassion is a trait alive and well in the youth ranks of our sport.Some of the sports’ most respected veteran players also took to the field, names like Brent Madders, Nat Wilkinson, Jason Campbell, Graham Whyte, Leasha Thouard, Emma Beattie, Craig Searston and Hayleen Grogan all pulled on the boots to remind us all of their sublime playing abilities.But today was all about participating and having fun and many of the teams featured families and friends coming together. The “Ippy Mixed” team, a social combination featuring many first time players, participated because they wanted to support a worthy cause, and had travelled from Ipswich to Caboolture to play, not knowing a soul. When the Ippy Mixed team were down on numbers, members of the “Whitest Dogs” team showed the way with the sprit that this tournament is built around by helping out and playing with the Ipswich team to support them. The Ippy Mixed team learnt a lot about our sport and made a whole host of new friends into the bargain.Yep, Nathan Jones, Sharyn Williams, and Damian Moar would double as pretty handy substitutions!The play of the day belonged to Sunshine Coast Men’s Open star Ben “Maddog” Maddick of the Ron Burgundies who pulled a backwards somersault in the lead up play to a touchdown in his team’s quarter final plate victory.Players participated in sideline interviews with “The bench” (a series of little chairs lining the sidelines for resting players) becoming the port of call for the relaxed tongue in cheek interviews with a difference.Kate McCarthy’s claim that she had personally home sewed all uniforms for the Magic team and Chris Farrow’s contention that flick pass touchdowns should be worth extra points were hard to beat. WTF’s Graham Hewitt’s commented that his team’s best chance of victory was keeping him off the field, and Alyce Hulbert and boyfriend Ryan Jacks had a running battle to see who could score the most touchdowns for the day, the sight of one the nicest couples in touch pushing each other out of the way to support an acting half runner in the in goal area providing much merriment to all.We asked Ben “Boozer” Mc Cullen from “The Whitest Dogs” (the little big man of touch) to stand up for his interview, then realized he was, and hastily asked for volunteers to lend their shoulders for “Booster” to stand on.Ty Gilchrist, a recently crowned National Boxing champion, pulled on the Bribie Warrigals jersey and showed some impressive form, but gave many kudos to his coaching partner in the Warrigals Women’s Rugby League team, Pete Shefford, also an Australian Youth Assistant Coach who pulled the boots out for this very special occasion. Pete even managed an impressive sidestep, there is no truth to the rumour he was just trying to get to the side of the field that housed the canteen. Quote of the day though went to Belinda “Bindoss” Hammett from QUT…Question: “So Bindoss, are you getting your face painted?”“Sure am, just as long as they don’t make me look like a dragon queen”… Ahhh that would be drag queen, but no problem Bindi!The extended Banks family manned the canteen and kept the troops fed and watered all day, and cousin Raeleigh Goodwin had the face painting and hair colouring booth doing a roaring trade.Alyce ‘The Rat Hulbert” with her tiger face, just shaded Ryan Hartwig, sporting a pretty impressive “Spiderman” for face paint of the day.Lily and Ella Searston (aged 5 and 4) stepped up as face painting artists with the “Uncos” Vani Pelite and Paige Parker following Bindi Hammett’s lead in allowing the “little people” to paint their faces!A dump/scoop 5 a-side team relay over 20 metres was conducted with the Sunshine Coast young guns “Uncos” stealing a close victory over the highly fancied “Neptune” combination.There were many highlights, but players all agreed that the best part of the day was the self officiating.Former National representative Brent Madders from the “Renegades” team claimed self-officiating was a masterstroke.“It’s been a brilliant day. Not having the referees has made the game flow really well. Everyone has entered into the spirit of it all and has had a ball. Lots of fun out there, and the sportsmanship and good will have been fantastic,” Brent said.The four pools progressed during the morning, then after the relay and lunch; teams were divided into Cup and Plate sections for the finals series.In the semi finals of the Pat Banks Memorial Cup “Neptune” and “The Whitest Dogs” battled hard in what was arguably the match of the day, with Neptune winning a cracker 8-6.In the other semi-final “Magic” got up 5-3 over one of our favourite named teams, “Boys & Bitches” who were worthy, if surprise semi-finalists.The Pat Banks Memorial Charity Day Grand Final provided a great platform for many of our superstars to showcase their talents with Sebe Ray, Tommy “fastest kid alive” Quinlivan, and the peerless Peta Rogerson starring, along with Neptune Captain Benny “Alphabet” Wieczorek, the touchdown king, who nabbed 6 touchdowns in his teams 10-5 triumph over a plucky Magic team.The Neptune team incredibly fielded just 6 players all day and were deserved winners of the Inaugural event.Ryan Jacks, Alyce Hulbert, Liam Bauer, and Kate McCarthy gave their all for their team and provided great entertainment for the crowd and proved themselves worthy finalists of the event that will only grow stronger in future years.In the Plate section semi-finals “On the Gas” won through to the Grand Final with a 6-2 victory against “WTFs” who fielded a veteran team that played well all day. Special mention to “WTFs’” Delene Hewitt who “carried” her husband Graham during the day, for some reason he loved to attack in the middle and defend on the wing. Behind every great man, is an even better woman! “PBs” the team featuring Pat’s 3 children, Karley, Sharon, and Todd and son in law Craig Searston, defeated the “Ron Burgundies” 4-3 in a desperately close drop off to progress to the final.Justin Williams, Kirsty Quince, Oscar Sanft and Mel Fainges were the best performed players for “On the Gas” in their 3-2 Plate Final win over “PBs” who were best served by Justin “Blotto” Otto, Joel Keune, Jill Bean, and Sharon Searston. Presentation of trophies, medallions, and prize money were conducted at the conclusion of the final with all Winners and Runners up in both the Open and Social divisions magnanimously donating their prize money back to the charity.Neptune Captain Ben Wieczorek, accepting the beautiful Pat Banks Memorial Cup that was generously donated by the McCarthy family, from Pat’s husband Alec Banks, made a heartfelt acceptance speech.“Today has been a wonderful day. We’re all just really pleased to be here to support you Karls and the rest of the family at this time. You’ve done a lot for so many people mate and never asked for anything in return. The Touch community has a lot of love for you all and it’s a real privilege to be here today to celebrate your Mum’s life with you. We’d also like to donate our prize money back like the rest of the teams and say we’ll be back again next year to defend our title and support your family in such a worthwhile cause, we’re all here for you,” Ben said.Peta Rogerson (female) and Ryan Jacks (Male) received the Player of the Day awards from Pat’s granddaughters Lily and Ella, who to the delight of the crowd, announced the winners over the PA system.“Peta Wogerson” said Lily, and “Wat’s Wyan” said Ella. (“Rat’s Ryan” through the interpreter folks)Both “Jacksy” and “Skeet” were outstanding for their respective teams all day and played the tournament in the best spirit possible, and thoroughly deserved their awards.Deb Hammett, playing in her first ever touch tournament received the Pat Banks “Puff out those cheeks and pug on” Award for the spirit, sportsmanship, and positive way she approached the tournament. Pat would have been proud of Deb’s efforts with the mother of two playing her heart out, and giving her all for her team.Appreciation awards were presented to the Sunshine Coast Touch Association, the Caboolture Touch Association, and Sunshine Coast GDO Adam Stevenson for his hard work, passion for the concept, and assistance in making the tournament the success that it was.The Queensland Touch Association also showed their support for the day with QTA Operations Manager Glen Richardson in attendance and pledging QTA’s support for the Pat Banks Charity Day Super Sports Raffle. Tickets in the super sports raffle will continue to be sold in the lead up and during the QTA Qld Junior State Cup and the winners will be drawn on the final day of the premier event on the Junior calendar conducted at the Caboolture Touch Fields on the 9th, 10th & 11th of July 2010.Among the 10 sensational signed items of memorabilia are: Two fully signed 2010 NRL Kangaroo Jerseys from the recent Test against New Zealand, one from Parramatta superstar Jarryd Hayne, A Newcastle Knights dress shirt owned by Knights icon Robbie O’Davis, and signed by Knights legends O’Davis, Andrew “Joey” Johns, and Kurt Gidley, Andrew Mc McCullough’s #14 Broncos jersey from the Round 6 2010 game against Cronulla (fully signed by the Broncos team), two signed volleyballs from Olympic Gold Medallist Natalie Cook, A signed Australian Team Athletics dress shirt belonging to 2008 World Indoor 800m champion Tamsyn Lewis, a fully signed Gold Coast Titans shirt, and a football signed by Brisbane Lions legends Michael Voss and Jonathan Brown.Many players stayed behind at the end of the day to have a few quiet beers to toast Pat’s day and reflect on a magic day where there were many more smiles than cries.Final fundraising figures for the 2010 Pat Banks Charity Day will be announced after the drawing of the Super Sports Raffle on the 11th July 2010.In exciting news, the Sunshine Coast Touch Association and the Caboolture Touch Association have pledged their support already for next year’s tournament where the Pat Banks Memorial Charity Day will form a community partnership with Cancer Council Queensland to raise money for Brain Tumour Support Services. Next year’s Pat Banks Memorial Charity Day will be conducted on Sunday 12th June 2011 during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.We thank everyone sincerely for their patronage of the 2010 event and the incredible levels of love friendship, and support Pat received during her battle and we, as a family have received during this most difficult and challenging of times.We look forward to your continued support in the years to come of a wonderful initiative commemorating the life of an exceptional person whose courage, commitment, sense of humour, good sportsmanship, generosity, and life example burns brightly in all those who take the field in honour of her name.Pat would be nodding her head appreciatively from her grandstand seat in heaven, and would be urging you all to continue to “Puff out those cheeks and pug on” in the game of life.Written by Karley Banks