Live Outside and Play Van: A Tour of Our Crib 2

first_imgAnd we’re off for another round! This year bigger and better. We’ve secured a whole new adventuremobile, and it’s got all the tricks. Take a look at this year’s “Van Cribs 2” and see what’s new.If you want a view of last years van to see how much has changed (it’s a new vehicle, for starters!) take a look here: Live Outside and Play Van: A Tour of Our Crib.There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors like Crazy Creek, National Geographic, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Old Town, Leki, HydraPak, UCO Gear and Wenzel. If you like the gear that keeps us groovin’ click here to enter for a chance to win our Grand Gear Giveaway!last_img read more

AFL star’s speedy offload

first_imgJack Redden’s Brisbane property at 27 Wright St, Balmoral sold after the first inspection.FORMER Brisbane Lions midfielder Jack Redden took no time at all to offload his Brisbane base.The investment property at 27 Wright St, Balmoral sold after the first inspection to a young family from Bulimba for $1.225 million.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago27 Wright St, BalmoralRedden, who now plays for West Coast, purchased the home in 2013 before renting it out when he and partner Aymee relocated to Perth at the end of 2015.The couple added value to the four-bedroom, two-bathroom house with the addition of an in-ground swimming pool and the extension of a deck. 27 Wright St, BalmoralRay White New Farm’s Karla Lynch said she had expected a lot of interest in the listing.“I’m still getting phone calls from buyers asking if it’s available because there’s nothing like that,” she said.“Jack was just over the moon with the sale.”last_img read more

Ramage’s hit illustrates mounting safety concerns

first_imgUW Defenseman John Rammage was ejected from Friday night’s game due to a crushing hit that, to the referee, appeared to be a hit to the head. Head coach Mike Eaves and forward Ryan Little both said a year ago, the same hit would not have drawn a penalty.[/media-credit]Friday night’s Wisconsin men’s hockey game was a prime example of players having to walk, or in this case skate, a fine line when it comes to rules that protect their own safety.And in a sport that features as much constant contact as football and at times embraces fighting as much as boxing, calls can be controversial depending on whom the referee decides is responsible.Hosting St. Cloud State at the Kohl Center, just over 15 minutes into the first period, UW junior defenseman John Ramage put what appeared to be a shoulder-to-shoulder (legal) but devastating hit on SCSU freshman forward Nick Oliver, who had intercepted the puck a fraction of a second before the collision. Ramage’s explosive strike left Oliver, teammate Jefferson Dahl and himself spinning to the ice, Oliver unable to get to his feet.Pandemonium erupted throughout the Kohl Center as fans came to their feet and all the players to the ice. Save Oliver and the goalies, the teams erupted in a brawl. Multiple SCSU skaters were making their way toward Ramage in an attempt to defend their own, but one skater in particular was impeded by junior forward Ryan Little.“I was just looking for somebody to grab onto so they wouldn’t go after Rammer [Ramage],” Little said. The SCSU player that Little happened to grab a hold of was 6-foot-4 defenseman Kevin Gravel. Little is 5-foot-9.“I lucked out and happened to find somebody that didn’t have a lot of fight in him, so he went down pretty easy. You’re just basically trying not to look like an idiot out there,” Little said.It seemed players would just go to the penalty box for the fight, but the referee’s hand extended and Ramage was charged with a five minute major penalty for a hit to the head and was ejected from the contest for game misconduct.“I want to say it was a clean hit and a good hit, but with the rule changes now, it was kind of borderline,” Little said. “A year or two ago, that would have been completely clean. I think just the fact that he came east to west on the guy; [Oliver] was kind of unsuspecting. That is the only thing that is really wrong with it. Given the same situation I’d do the same thing.”That may be the most difficult thing surrounding the ejection of Ramage. He missed more than 45 minutes of the game for a hit deemed illegal.“In the new day and age of hockey, they are trying to protect the hockey player more and prevent head injuries,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “I think with John, it was a shoulder-to-shoulder check. … I understand the [WCHA] looked at [the hit] and thought about giving John an additional game, but the fact is he got DQ’d from that game, so they just left it alone. In today’s age, when it’s an east and west hit, coming from the side, when the player is in a vulnerable position, they don’t want those type of hits.”Hits that lead to fights on the ice can be one of the most exciting parts of a hockey game from the crowd’s perspective, and some players relish the opportunity to be physical, but as evidenced by the referee’s call, collegiate hockey isn’t going to tolerate it.“[Big hits and fights] are really starting to die out unfortunately, I love it,” Little said. “I am all for it as long as you’re not hitting a guy in the head or cheap-shotting someone, I think it’s great. But with the amount of concussions and the way the game is kind of evolving, you don’t see it as much anymore. It’s kind of unfortunate but at the same time, safety is a concern as well.”Ramage understands how the referees could make that crucial of a call against him. But at the same time, the defenseman says he was just trying to make a clean play to give the rest of the team and fans at the Kohl Center something to cheer about. Instead, he got an early shower and a view of the game from the stands.“I never intend to injure anyone, but if the time comes to step up and make a good hit then I am going to look for it,” Ramage said. “It’s a tough hit, I mean it could go both ways. For me I could see how it’s a clean hit, but also now with the new rules you just don’t know anymore. I think … maybe better educating the players would be a good idea.”Eaves knows a thing or two about how rough a hockey game can be; he was forced to retire from the NHL after eight seasons due to concussions. Now he must help his players adjust to a new set of rules.“There has been such an underlining of concussions, and we are trying to address those issues to protect players,” Eaves said. “I don’t want to see contact taken out of the game at all. In the college level, they have learned not to hit guys from behind [from prior rule changes]. We have to continue to educate our guys that these kind of east-west hits, blindside things … to learn that this is not going to be in the game right now.”last_img read more

Clonmel manager happy with standard of Tipp club football

first_imgThe manager of the reigning Munster Club football champions says he’s very impressed by the standard of club football in Tipperary at the moment.Clonmel Commercials boss Charlie McGeever believes most sides in the county have adopted a more positive approach to the game in recent years.The South Tipp club became the first from the Premier to win the provincial title when they beat Nemo Rangers last November. McGeever says he’s pleased to see coaches and players putting the emphasis on attacking play.last_img read more