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Edition No. 144

Date:- 20 March 2004

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TOURISM chiefs are going back to the floor next week (w/c March 22) to find out how they can best promote job opportunities in the tourism industry to local people. 

The “Buddy Day” initiative is part of a national programme, operated across the country by Springboard UK and and sponsored by 3663, to promote careers in tourism as a first choice option. 

Anne Hauger, Curriculum Group Manager Leisure and Tourism of Liverpool Community College is entering into the spirit of Buddy Day. A keen yachtswoman Anne will join Mersey Ferries and experience at first hand what it’s like to work for the most famous ferry service in the world. She will find out what attracted staff to work within tourism and listen to their ideas as to how best to promote tourism careers to Merseysiders.

Local people wanting to find out more about Springboard Merseyside or careers in the tourism industry can visit


IRAKLI LABADZE is the latest proof that the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament 2004 is master of up and coming talent. 

Tonight the 22-year old Georgian - dubbed 'the new Goran Ivanisevic' for his booming left handed serve and fiery temper - is playing in the quarter-finals at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, against James Blake. 

In June he will be playing at the UK's biggest exhibition tournament in Calderstones Park. 

Anders Borg, tournament director of the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament said:- "Once again we see that players we have signed are winning their games. First we had Vince Spadea gaining his first single ATP title at Scotsdale after we announced him last month. Now hopes are up for Irakli Labadze, and we are delighted to see him doing well in California before he comes to Liverpool.''

The 6' 2'' Republic of Georgia native started playing tennis at the age of six, and turned pro in 1998. Before that the son of a Russian footballer enjoyed an outstanding junior career by reaching final at Wimbledon in 1998, where he lost to Federer, and semi finals at European Championships in 1997. Labadze finished as the number 10 junior in the world in 1998 with an immaculate junior Davis Cup record of 8-0. Last year he finished in the Top 100 ATP Entry Rankings for the second straight year.

Irakli Labadze is the fourth ATP player to be announced for this summer's tournament in Liverpool. He will be up against players such as American's Vince Spadea, Robert Kendrick and Paraguayan Ramon Delgado. 

Final Game Relish leaves much to Savour

THE last league game of the season for Southport's Sandstormers were met with relish after their draw in their previous game as they met rivals Cadishead. 

At the opening quarter of this game was very close with both defenses working hard to find chinks in each others amour. 

It was a match that was always going to be very competitive, with Brad Hart and his opposite number getting ten minutes in the sin bin for a difference of opinion. 

The first break came from Cadishead as they created an overlap went down the field to score a try. Southport came back and some fine ball work saw Chris Dresher break down the wing only to forced into touch with a last gap tackle to deny him a try. 

Within two minutes wing man Vinny Roberts was only inches short of the try line again just pushed into touch. Southport piled the pressure on with only some excellent defensive work from Cadishead keeping Southport out. 

A mistake from Southport and Cadishead went in foe an easy try. With the first half whistle only minutes away more good rugby and this time it was Dave Readle’s turn to be hassled into touch only inches short. Southport might feel a little hard done to during this juncture but lack of experience denied their chances leaving Cadishead to capitalise.

The second half showed the same grit as the first with both sides up for it, defenses were tested to the limit on both sides of the field, keeping a stand off but far from banal. Just the slightest opening saw the game set alight.

Again it was inexperience from Southport that led to Cadishead going in for the only try of the second half. With only about ten minutes left and frustration creeping in from both sides a bit of a fight broke and a player from each side was dispatched to the sin bin. At the end of the day Cadishead were just the better side and deserved the points.

Score:- Cadishead 18 Southport 0. Man of the Match Neil Newton.

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