New expanded format for 2017 OFC Champions League

first_imgFor the past two years the competition has been hosted in a single venue but that is set to change in 2017 after the OFC Executive Committee approved a format that will split the competition into four stages.Stage 1 will be the Preliminary Competition for the national league champions of American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga which will open the competition calendar in 2017.For the first time two teams from this competition will progress to Stage 2, the Group Stage of the OFC Champions League, both the preliminary winner and the runner-up.In another first for the competition, Stage 2 will be contested by 16 teams – two each from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu – which will be drawn into four groups, each one hosted in a different venue.A round-robin league system will be adopted to determine the top team in each group, the four teams will progress to Stage 3, or the semi-finals.A draw will be held involving the four qualified teams to determine their respective opponents for the home-and-away semi-final with the winners progressing to the fourth and final stage.The two match home-and-away final will determine the winner of the 2017 OFC Champions League and the OFC representative at the FIFA Club World Cup 2017.Additional Information:The OFC Champions League is the Confederation’s premier international club competition and brings together the top teams from around the Pacific to compete for the crown of regional club champion.The 2017 tournament will be the 15th edition of this prestigious event which offers a much coveted prize – qualification to the FIFA Club World Cup.Defending champions Auckland City FC will be chasing their ninth regional title, in a competition that has largely been dominated by themselves and Waitakere United.Papua New Guinea club Hekari United became the first club outside of New Zealand or Australia to claim the prize with their 2010 victory, while Sydney FC, Wollongong Wolves and South Melbourne also have their place in the history books. Photo:OFClast_img read more

Emirates Awards Top NSW Cargo Agents

first_imgThe Emirates SkyCargo team with this year’s winners (L to R): Justin Campbell & Mike Pattinson – Air Menzies International;  Goran Panovski – Federal Express (FEDEX) Australia;  Scott O’Keeffe – Panalpina World Transport Pty Ltd;  Front row –  John Contos — DHL Global Forwarding;  back row –  Scott Higgins & Wade Bollard – C.T. Freight Pty Ltd;   Terence Yong & Brad Bouch –  DHL Express (Australia) Pty Ltd;   Mark Kari  – Emirates  NSW Cargo Sales Executive; Greg Johnson  –  Emirates Cargo Manager Australia;  Alex Barkway – Emirates  Cargo Manager NSW. Source = Emirates / Emirates SkyCargo Emirates SkyCargo’s top cargo agents in NSW have been recognised in style at the carrier’s annual awards luncheon in Sydney.This year’s event was held at the Sofitel Wentworth in central Sydney at the Captain’s Table, and hosted by Emirates SkyCargo’s National Cargo Manager, Greg Johnson; Cargo Manager NSW, Alex Barkway; and NSW Cargo Sales Executive, Mark Kari.Those agents recognised for their substantial contribution to Emirates SkyCargo’s business in 2011 were John Contos, DHL Global Forwarding; Brad Bouch and Terence Yong, DHL Express; Wade Bollard and Scott Higgins C.T. Freight; Scott O’Keeffe, Panalpina; Justin Campbell and Mike Pattinson, Air Menzies International; and Goran Panovski, Fedex.“These awards recognise those NSW agents who have provided outstanding support to Emirates SkyCargo during the 2010/2011 financial year – it is with their support that we have once again achieved record results in a challenging business climate,” said Greg Johnson, Emirates SkyCargo National Cargo Manager.“We place a huge value on our agent relationships as Emirates SkyCargo continues to grow its available capacity in the market – starting with the re-commencement of the airline’s third-daily Sydney flight in October 2011.  This service, operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, will depart Sydney early morning daily and enable same day travel to 16 destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Africa,” added Mr Johnson.Emirates currently operates 63 flights per week to Dubai from Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, and 28 weekly trans-Tasman services.  The airline’s fleet of 157 wide-bodied aircraft includes nine freighters and is among the youngest in the skies, with an average age of 74 months. last_img read more