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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 4th 2009
40 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 5, 2009 MB SPORT www.innerwestweekly.com.au Tom Barnsley escorts Argentinean star David Nalbandian onto the court. Tom shows tennis star the way SHIREEN KHALIL HABERFIELD junior tennis champion Tom Barnsley brushed shoulders with Argentinean star David Nalbandian at the Medibank International Sydney tennis tournament. Tom was selected to escort Nalbandian onto court for the men's singles semi-final, based on his winning performance in the 10-and-under category at the Medibank Age Championships last year. Apart from his encounter with the international tennis star, Tom was also at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre to compete in the annual Medibank Challenge, with 32 of the most talented girls and boys from metropolitan Sydney and country NSW. Tom was thrilled with the opportunity to walk Nalbandian onto the court. ''I was excited because I get an opportunity to meet some of the world's best tennis players,'' Tom said. Tennis NSW general manager David Eland wants the experience to enthuse kids to continue playing tennis. ''I hope the experience inspires Tom to reach his full potential as a player,'' Mr Eland said. ''I also hope that Tom's experience inspires other kids to get into tennis.'' New name for APIA Tigers club BRAD EARL APIA, one of the most famous club names in Australian soccer, is no more as the resurgent outfit takes on a new title. The NSW Premier League club, which was known as APIA Leichhardt Tigers, has reinvented itself as Sydney Tigers. This year they will play at the home of rugby league's Tigers, Leichhardt Oval -- and while they don't have any official tie-in with Balmain, their major sponsor is Wests Ashfield Leagues. Explaining the name change, long-serving club president Tony Raciti said the Tigers had am- bitions of playing in a mooted A-League second division, dubbed the B-League. ''We're positioning ourselves for the B-League,'' Raciti said. ''We're not hiding the fact.'' Raciti says the club's Italian- Australian members didn't have a big problem with dropping the APIA name. It had been reinstated only in 2002 on the basis that, as initials, it wasn't subject to a ban on ethnic names. The Tigers have had huge growth at junior level to now boast more than 1000 players -- and with the Sydney name reflecting their targeting of a wider area beyond their traditional Leichhardt base, Raciti expects that to continue. They will field women's and girls' teams in Football NSW's Super League for the first time this year and they also participate in futsal. ''There's not one arm of the game we're not involved in,'' Raciti said. With the Premier League season kicking off at the beginning of March, the Tigers will have five rounds under the coaching of former Socceroos captain Paul Okon before he takes up his A-League post as assistant with the new Gold Coast United club. 7201K WK30 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Thai Kickboxing Mixed Martial Arts GIRLS Learn & Train with AC MILAN AC Milan launches NEW Milan Girls programme at Sydney Olympic Park. Girls 7-13 yrs Register online or call Rosie on 0415 903249 www.acmilansoccerschool.com.au EASY STEPS you want to shave or colour y, workmates or friends from ol or club to join you and take ther. The more the merrier. hen and where you 're going between 12-14 March 2009. blic shave venues at .com ipfrom everyone you know. 5. Be brave and shave (or colour). 6. Bank the funds you've raised. SIX E ecide ify our hair. sk family our scho art toget ecide wh to shave, You can check out pub worldsgreatestshave 4. Collect sponsorsh 5Bb dh S 1. Dyo 2. As yo pa 3.D EASY ST EPS Y SIX E S
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