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Jacques Rudolph was probably being excessively colourful when he once referred to Benonis Willowmoore Park as varkpan. Under Armour Australia . Translated from the Afrikaans, varkpan literally means pig tray in English. A generation of young white South African men conscripted during the 1980s knows them well, because varkpans were the compartmentalised stainless steel trays into which your daily meals were slopped. They are symbols of an age, much like lockers and infantry browns. To the male South African mind they say much about the exercise of arbitrary power, meaninglessness and fear. They are anything but neutral.Call me perverse, but contrary to Rudolphs deep love of the place, Ive always liked Willowmoore Park. I like the fact that that if you screw your neck around from the far corner of the ground and look east, you can see Benonis famous mine dump, its yellow sands quietly blowing away in the spring winds.I like the fact that the western grandstand probably dates back from the 1930s, and if you look into the underside of the roof you can see a crazy quilt of supporting girders, many of which look strangely superfluous, and so give an impression of post-Edwardian vanity. Its like looking into another way of seeing the world - or another mind - and its pricelessly and utterly charming.The ground even used to have a beautiful arch at its main entrance, with the words Willowmoore Park suspended over your head in red art-deco letters. Upon visiting the ground last week, when Australia played Ireland in an ODI, I noticed to my disappointment that one couldnt see the letters anymore because they had been blocked out by a massive sign for Sahara computers. Such is the authorities approach to cricket heritage.Built in the 1920s on a drained marsh - or vlei in Afrikaans - the ground is so called because willows used to line one side of the field, and one of Benonis founding fathers was a man called Moore. It hosted pretty much everything in the early days. Athletics was a regular feature, and in 1948, Denis Compton toyed with the North Eastern Transvaal bowling by taking 300 runs off them in just over three hours. Having scored 42 fours and five sixes, his hair was probably perfectly in place when he strode back to the pavilion for a cup of tea and a fag.Comptons Arsenal never played at varkpan, but the following decade saw a variety of visiting English football teams: Newcastle United, Wolves, and Bolton Wanderers. With big Scottish and English immigrant populations working on the mines, football was big in these parts, but as gold yields lessened, so the sport faded.The local club was called Benoni FC, and at one point Denis Lindsay, the South African wicketkeeper-batsman of the 1960s, played as their goalkeeper. Denis was the son of Johnny Lindsay, who toured England with South Africa in 1947. When Johnny retired, he became the unofficial Willowmoore Park groundsman and designed the floodlights that remain today. The concrete pylons on which the lights are supported arent beautiful, but they are solid and durable, much like the stock from which North Eastern Transvaal traditionally drew their players. Benoni tracks have always had a reputation for being sporty, partly because the water table is so close to the grounds surface. The story is told of a match in 1968 when Denis Lindsay was playing alongside Hylton Ackerman, Jackie Botten and Jim Presdee for North Eastern Transvaal against visiting Eastern Province. The men from Port Elizabeth had Peter Pollock, Alan Hector and Sibley McAdam in their midst, and so the hosts were quietly relieved when it started raining.It rained so torrentially that one afternoon both teams took themselves off to the local cinema to watch The Dirty Dozen, with Lee Marvin, Telly Savalas and Charles Bronson. Suddenly this message comes across the bottom of the screen, Peter Barrable, who played for North Eastern Transvaal in the match, once told me. Will the cricketers please return to the ground? Play is about to begin.Despite the reservations of Peter van der Merwe, the EP skipper, the match started, with Province being bowled out for 53 and the hosts cobbling together 41. In the second innings, I remember taking Peter Pollock on the body for an hour - I was black and blue, said Barrable.Although Willowmoore Park is a secondary ground, there is talk in South African cricket circles of the franchise system being expanded in the 2017-18 season. In all likelihood that would mean a team of their own for Easterns, which is good news for one of the largest urban provinces in the country, with an unusually large black cricket-playing population. I cant see the current system going up [from six] to eight teams, said a local administrator, so the logical next step is to shoot it up to 12. That way we can keep some of the kids who are heading to England and New Zealand but also give more opportunities to players of colour. Its a win-win at that level. The only problem is does it dilute our first-class competition too much? Under Armour Clearance Sale . World champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia won the gold medal with 237.71 points, Moore-Towers and Moscovitch followed at 208.45 and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia were third at 187. Curry 2 MVP Shoes . Hargreaves began his career in 2008 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and has played with the Edmonton Eskimos and last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. . A big centre with all the tools to be an elite player, Johansen paced the Blue Jackets with a standout game Saturday night. He had a goal and two assists for a career-high three points as Columbus beat the New York Islanders 5-2 to snap a five-game losing streak. ARLINGTON, Texas -- When Prince Fielder announced Wednesday that a second spinal fusion surgery had ended his career, his wife, Chanel, sat in a section reserved for players, front office and family.Fielders sons -- 11-year-old Jadyn and 10-year-old Haven -- sat with their dad.No one should have been surprised. In a country in which too many kids grow up either not knowing their fathers or not having relationships with them, Prince Fielders kids are the center of his life.During their fathers three injury-plagued years with the Texas Rangers, the Fielder boys spent a lot of days hanging around the Rangers clubhouse, shagging fly balls or playing baseball with the sons of Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo before batting practice.Maybe its because Fielder knew how much fun he had as a kid hanging around clubhouses with his father, former slugger Cecil Fielder, and he wanted his sons to have the same experience. Perhaps its because Fielder had a strained relationship with his father for several years, and he wanted to ensure his family never experienced that.Fielder is reportedly no longer estranged from his father. Its clear his bond with his sons is strong.I want to thank my boys, Fielder said. No matter what, I was the best to them, and that always made me feel good. These are my two homies.My wife, she has really helped me a lot. It has been a struggle this year, and then to hear this news, for her to stay positive -- no matter what -- she wouldnt let me get down on myself at the house. She wouldnt let me mope. She would never let me feel any less about myself than I should.This season has been a struggle for Fielder, as was 2014, his first year with the Rangers. That year, he played just 42 games before he needed surgery. After hitting .305 last season with 23 homers and 98 RBIs, Fielder never found a rhythm this season. He was hitting less than .200 in June. Often, he was asked about his health.Fielder requested a meeting with Dr. Robert Watkins after an 0-for-4 performance July 18 against the Los Angeles Angels.Finally, in Anaheim, he got a few pitches to hit, and he couldnt deliver, said Scott Boras, Fielders agent. He said somethings going on. We expected some DL time, but not this.Watkins examination revealed that Fielder had significant issues.I didnt know they were symptoms, Fielder said. You got a tight shoulder, they say loosen up your biceps. Every now and then, Id go to do something, and Id feel weird.I cant explain it. When I did the test at the doctors office, he asked me to walk a straight line, and I couldnt do it. I did it, but it was too much brain involved to walk a straight line.At the examinations conclusion, Dr. Watkins told Fielder his career was over.I think you need surgery, and I wouldnt advise you to play again, he told Fielder. Under Armour Scorpio. I wouldnt let you play again.Fielder returned home to have what he figured would be one of the most difficult conversations of his life: telling his boys that his baseball career was over.Instead, they buoyed his spirits.I came home and told them what the doctor said, and they never allowed me to feel bad. They said, Its all right, Dad, Fielder said. They didnt even break stride from video games. Im so proud of them for being that strong for me at that time.Fielder spoke for about 20 minutes Wednesday. He never mentioned his 319 home runs -- the same number his father hit. He didnt talk about his six All-Star game appearances or 1,028 RBIs or .887 career OPS. He didnt talk about winning the Home Run Derby as a Brewer in 2009 in St. Louis or in 2012 in Kansas City as a Tiger. He focused on the importance of having his family with him for virtually every important moment on the baseball diamond.All the All-Star Games with them, the Home Run Derbys. Just being able to have my wife and the kids on the field with me for the playoffs, all the celebration stuff, it happened with me, he said. Thats the biggest thing.They never missed a single great moment I had because they were always there. My wife passed out Capri Suns, and my kids passed out the oranges. It was team Fielder. They never missed anything I did that I enjoyed.As his dad spoke, Haven wiped away a tear.When the game is taken away from you like that, its not easy to handle, third baseman Adrian Beltre said. Its easier when you say, Ive had enough. Im going to go home and be with my family. When you go home because you cant do it anymore, its different, but hes not dead. He can enjoy his family and look forward to the next chapter.All of Fielders teammates attended his announcement, as did team owner Ray Davis. Fielder and Beltre have controlled the Rangers clubhouse so manager Jeff Banister didnt have to do it.Fielder was the consummate professional, a player respected by youngsters and veterans. Now, its over, after 12 seasons, five trips to the playoffs, a career batting average of .283 and a lifetime of memories that will never fade.Im going to miss my teammates and my kids getting to come to the field with me. All that stuff I got to enjoy, Fielder said. It kind of sucks because it feels like it was taken away from me a little too early. I can deal with it, but its hard for me to deal with things that hurt my kids.Then Fielder stood up, wrapped his arm around Jadyns shoulder, and walked out of the room as his son used his shirt to wipe away his tears. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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