Monday, September 03, 2007

Labour Party Week, Grosvenor Fun Day, Hibs win again and the Rugby World Cup starts this week!!

As the Council machine starts moving again I have a Labour Party dominated week, Labour Group Meeting, GLA Fundraising Dinner with the Mayor, Val, Harriet ,Tessa and Keith Hill, Camberwell Branch meeting and of course the Southwark Labour Party Conference on Saturday.




We were out Campaigning on Saturday and I attended the Grosvenor Terrace Fun day. The weather held up and a lot of local residents came along, Grosvenor events always get good turn outs!!!

I also met for the first time a group of three young people who are involve in a local project called the Youth Task Force and operate out of the Grosvenor T&RA Hall. Jack Wells, the Director of Operations, is pictured left. They all live locally and work closely with young people, the wider community and the police to develop better community relations in the area. They also operate patrols at Community events so they were on duty on Saturday. It is a really positive initiative and I am sure could be developed and extended across the borough!
The other picture is of the task force with our local PCSO's showing off their new bicycles which they really like and which enables them to cover a lot of ground quickly!! Another excellent initiative!!

Dad was at Easter Road to watch Hibs win a fairly tough match against Inverness Caley who clearly planned to fight out a 0-0 draw!! They did not help themselves giving away a second minute penalty dispatched by Fletcher!
Ma-Kalamby made up for last weel's shocker with a second half penalty save, the ball struck straight down the middle and hitting his leg!!



Hibs have also signed another forward, 24 year old Frechman, Mickael Antoiune-Curier from Norwegian club FK Haugeseund on a one year contract. Apparently he scored FOUR goals in a closed match against Livingston!! The transfer window is now closed til January so we have to play with what we have and I still think that we are a bit short in central defence so lets see how things pan out?
Celtic and Rangers have spent lots of money over the summer and both look very strong which really means that there is no chance of catching them and in fact I dont see many clubs get many points of them at all so they will be first and second by a ridiculous margin by the end of the season!! Not something that I think can go on forever and the pressure to leave the league for the Premiership will become more and more compelling! Both clubs clealry strong enough this season to be in the middel of the Premiership!
Other big sporting news is the start this week of the 6th IRB Rugby World Cup in France (apart from the games in Scotland, England, Wales etc!!!) Hard to see anyone rather than the All Blacks pick up the Webb-Ellis trophy again! Starts on Friday with France against Argentina!!

Scotland's form is up and down as ever but a good win against Ireland and a good first half show against South Africa should make them feel fairly optomistic about their chances of finishing second, we wont beat the All-Blacks!!! Cant wait for it to start!!
The Matches are as follows (you can click on links for more info on teams!):

09 Sep
SCO vs POR
St-Etienne

18 Sep
SCO vs ROM
Edinburgh

23 Sep
SCO vs NZL
Edinburgh