SEQ Stars Shine In Season-Opening Win

The SEQ Dealer Trade Stars have started their inaugural WNBL season in grand style with an impressive 80-63 win over last year’s finalists Bendigo Spirit at Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre on Friday night.

A delighted Stars coach Shane Heal said, “I was really happy for the team as they’d put in so much hard work to get us to this point, so it was nice to be rewarded early.

“Considering the challenges in not having two of our best players available through injury this shows the depth in our squad and augers well for the season ahead.”

The team’s two US imports were outstanding. Ify Ibekwe (19 points, 9 rebounds) and Denesha Stallworth (24 points, 10 rebounds) were an exciting combination and very athletic up against Bendigo’s taller players.

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SEQ Stars’ US import Ify Ibekwe drives to the hoop against Bendigo.

Guard Amy Lewis’ defensive effort and intensity was outstanding for the Stars with Rachel Jarry (14 points, 5 rebounds) providing great leadership in her first game back in the WNBL for a while.

Lauren Mansfield with 8 assists and only one turnover stepping up from the SEABL was a big addition and lead the team like a veteran.

“I couldn’t have been prouder of their desperation and the way they played together, showing intense defence but also playing with a high scoring style,” Heal said.

“The team withstood two challenges from Bendigo in the second and last quarters which was very pleasing.”

The Stars next game is this Friday against Dandenong in Melbourne.

Shane Heal said about the task against Dandenong, “The two teams are very even and it will be a big test for us to replicate our great first-up effort.

“Dandenong are used to being in the playoffs so this will be a tough battle for us.”

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Coach Shane Heal addresses his players at the break

 


Daydream Island Summer Getaways Sale On Now


Daydreaming of a tropical island getaway this summer? Now is the best time to book your next holiday at Daydream Island Resort and Spa in the Whitsundays with Daydream’s Getaway sale.

The Resort is offering a three-day package priced from $372* per person, twin share in a Garden Balcony Room – an amazing 20 per cent saving.

The package includes three nights accommodation, a scrumptious full buffet breakfast daily, a bonus $50 food and beverage voucher per room, per stay (children stay and eat breakfast free of charge), free shell necklace and mocktails on arrival, free Wi-Fi and a free holiday portrait during your stay.

Guests will also enjoy over 20 free guest activities including kayaks, catamarans, stand-up paddle boards, stingray and shark feeding show, open air cinema, rainforest walk, gym and much more.

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Guests can also upgrade to an Ocean Balcony Room from only $462* per person twin share (a 20 per cent saving) or a Coral Ocean Balcony Room from only $522* per person twin share (a 20 per cent saving).

The special is on sale until 30 November, 2015 and valid for travel from now until 23 May 2016 (block out dates apply).

Daydream Island Resort and Spa is located in Queensland’s stunning Whitsunday Islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.

The multi award-winning resort is home to one of the world’s largest man-made living reef lagoons known as The Living Reef, a great selection of restaurants and bars, a fringing coral reef and Rejuvenation Spa offering a selection of health and beauty treatments.

For bookings free call reservations on 1800 075 040, contact your local travel agent or visit www.daydreamisland.com

*Conditions apply: Subject to availability. On sale until 30 November 2015. For travel until 23 May 2016 (Blockout dates apply). Children 0-14 years inclusive stay and eat breakfast free of charge when sharing a room with parents/adults and utilising existing bedding. Max capacity of 4 people per hotel room/suite. Max capacity of 8 people per family room. Cots can be provided free of charge. Launch transfers are not included and must be booked at time of booking accommodation. Free Wi-Fi in atrium and all room types 24 hours per day. Prices quoted in Australian dollars.
 

AirAsia’s Network-wide Megasale Is Here!

Leading low-cost carrier AirAsia has brought back its highly anticipated Megasale with sale fares to Asia from Australia from as low as $99* one-way for a limited time.

Travellers can fly to Kuala Lumpur from Perth from $129* per person one-way; Gold Coast from $169*; and Melbourne and Sydney from $169*.

Some onwards one-way fares from Kuala Lumpur are as little as $4* one-way.

A330-300 AirAsia X_1Fares are available to Bali one-way from Darwin from $99*; Melbourne and Sydney from $169* and from Perth from $119*.

The Megasale fares are available for booking from now until 13 September 2015 with the fares valid for travel from 1 March 2016 to 29 October 2016. Bookings to www.airasia.com

AirAsia Commercial Head of Australia & New Zealand Stuart Myerscough said the Megasale was an excellent opportunity for travellers who were planning their forward travel next year and wanted to get some advance fares at a very good discount.

“AirAsia’s fly-through connectivity is proving very popular, ensuring that passengers have a smoother travelling experience right through to their final destination,” he said.

“With new direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to a favourite destination like Bali proving popular the expansive AirAsia network also offers a range of alternative destinations which are becoming more popular including Sri Lanka and Indochina.”

AirAsia passengers are now able to fly into the brand new klia2 terminal in Kuala Lumpur, the carrier’s main hub, which provides an even better experience for travellers, particularly those transiting through to other destinations.

Some of the more than 100 destinations on sale include:

From the Gold Coast or Melbourne, fly one-way to Siem Reap or Ho Chi Minh City from $199*; Langkawi, Phuket or Bangkok from $209*; or Hong Kong from $229*.

From Sydney, one-way economy flights to Ho Chi Minh City are from $199*; Phuket from $209*; Hong Kong from $229*; Colombo from $259* and Osaka from $289*.

From Perth, grab some great one-way fares to Penang or Siem Reap from $159*; Phuket from $169*; Hong Kong from $189*; Seoul from $229*; and Osaka from $249*.

AirAsia X, together with AirAsia, provides Australians with low cost fares and access to over 100 destinations across 23 countries.

AirAsia X was just named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat for their business class flatbed and the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin titles at the 2015 Skytrax World Airline Awards. The AirAsia Group also received its seventh consecutive year title as the World’s Best and Asia’s Best Low Cost Airline at the awards.

For bookings or further information visit www.airasia.com Flights and fares are subject to availability.

Travellers can also log onto AirAsia’s one-stop travel portal at AirAsiaGo.com which offers a range of more than 80,000 three-star, five-star and boutique hotels to choose from.

*Flights and fares are subject to availability. Availability of connecting flights are subject to timings of the individual flights. Seats are limited and not available on all flights/days or at peak periods. Fares include airport taxes & surcharges. Processing fee is applicable for online bookings made by credit, debit or charge card. Processing fee does not apply to Australian customers paying with PayPal. Fees apply for checked baggage except on Business Class Flat Bed fares. Other terms and conditions apply. Booking period 7-13 September 2015 or until sold out. Travel period 1 March 2016 to 29 October 2016. Lowest possible sale fares are one-way online at airasia.com. Next best possible fare available via phone with additional $25 service fee. All amounts are in Australian dollars unless stated otherwise.

SEQ Basketball Team Named: SEQ Stars

South East Queensland Basketball’s inaugural team in the Women’s National Basketball League has appropriately been named, SEQ Stars.

The name is the result of public nominations from fans in online feedback to name the team that will represent South East Queensland and compete from its Logan base in the 2015/16 Wattle Valley WNBL Championship.

Coach Shane Heal made the team announcement today and unveiled the final roster for the team.

“We’re delighted with the team name and think it’s very appropriate given the level of talent we’ve been able to attract,” Heal said.

“To have three Australian Opals on the team and a deep roster gives us great reason to expect to compete for the finals in our first year.”

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SEQ Stars roster for the season is Erin Phillips, Rachel Jarry, Rebecca Allen, Amy Lewis, Nadeen Payne, Bree Fraley, Stephanie Bairstow, Denesha Stallworth, Ify Ibekwe, Aja Parham, Lauren Mansfield and Emma McKenzie.

Heal also revealed the full draw for season 2015/16 for the WNBL which will see nine teams compete for the championship.

The team’s first game will be against last year’s WNBL finalists, Bendigo Spirit, at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre at 7.30 pm on Friday, 9th October 2015.

Indonesia AirAsia X Launches Sydney to Bali Sales

Indonesia AirAsia X has launched sales for its second route into Australia to Sydney from Bali (Denpasar) with the first flight from Sydney taking off on 17th October, 2015.

This new route for the popular low cost carrier goes on sale today (12.00 noon Sydney time 12th August) until Sunday 16th August 2015, or until sold out, with an incredible low fare available for a limited time only from $119* one-way to Bali. Bookings can be made at www.airasia.com. Travel period is 17 October 2015 – 31 August 2016.

AirAsia X’s popular Premium flatbed seats will also be on sale from $399* one-way.

Indonesia AirAsia X will commence services with five weekly flights between Sydney and the popular Indonesian island getaway, a favourite destination for Australian visitors.

Flights will depart Sydney to Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The flights have been granted approval by Australian and Indonesian authorities.

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Indonesia AirAsia X CEO Dendy Kurniawan is in Sydney today to launch the route along with representatives from Sydney Airport.

“We’re really pleased to launch this service and connect with Australia’s largest city,” Mr Kurniawan said.

“Bali has long been a favoured holiday destination for Australians and it continues to grow in popularity.

“Our Melbourne to Bali route has been well received and seen strong load factors so we’re delighted to expand connectivity with the east coast of Australia.

“The special introductory sale fare from Sydney of $119* is a great offer for Sydneysiders to enjoy a tropical Bali escape on our direct flights.”

An Airbus A330-300 aircraft will operate the route with a seating capacity of 377. The configuration will be AirAsia X’s standard configuration of 365 economy seats and 12 Premium flatbed seats.

AirAsia X commercial manager Australia and New Zealand Stuart Myerscough said, “Bali is fast becoming an important hub for AirAsia with Australians also able to connect on to 16 direct AirAsia flights from Bali to destinations such as Jakarta, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and many more.

“This important connectivity will increase over time and provide a range of travel choices to Bali and beyond.”

Sydney Airport managing director and chief executive officer Kerrie Mather said, “We’re looking forward to welcoming Indonesia AirAsia X to Sydney Airport, offering Bali-bound passengers greater choice and convenience.

“Bali remains a favourite destination for Sydneysiders, with around 276,000 passengers departing Sydney over the past 12 months.

“Indonesia AirAsia X also provides a welcome boost in low cost capacity servicing rapidly growing Asian markets, with considerable inbound potential for Sydney and Australia.”

AirAsia X currently flies between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast.

Indonesia AirAsia serves Bali from Perth and Darwin, whilst Indonesia AirAsia X commenced flights between Melbourne and Bali in March this year.

AirAsia X was the first low cost carrier in the world to introduce flatbed seats, which have standard business class specifications of 20” width, 60” pitch and stretch out to 77” in full recline position.

They feature universal power sockets, adjustable headrests and built-in personal utilities such as tray table, drink holder, reading light and privacy screen.

Business Class guests also enjoy complimentary products and services including Pick A Seat, Priority Check-in, Priority Boarding, Priority Baggage, Baggage Allowance, Flight Change, Combo Meal and Premium Pillow & Duvet.

AirAsia X, together with AirAsia, provides Australians with low fares and connectivity to over 100 destinations across 22 countries.

AirAsia X was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat and the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin titles at the 2015 Skytrax World Airline Awards. The AirAsia Group also received its seventh consecutive year title as the World’s Best and Asia’s Best Low Cost Airline at the awards.

For bookings or further information visit www.airasia.com  Flights and fares are subject to availability.

Travellers can also log onto AirAsia’s one-stop travel portal at AirAsiaGo.com which offers more than 80,000 three-star, five-star and boutique hotels to choose from.

*Flights from Sydney to Bali will commence on 17 October 2015. Flights and fares are subject to availability. Booking period 12 August 2015 from 12PM AEST – 16 August 2015, or until sold out. Travel period 17 October 2015 – 31 August 2016. Seats are limited and not available on all flights/days or at peak periods. Fares are for one way travel, hand luggage only and fully inclusive of all taxes and charges. Fees apply for checked baggage. Business Class fares come with complimentary services as advertised on airasia.com. Lowest fares available online at airasia.com. No processing fees are applicable for online bookings made with PayPal. Next best possible fare available via phone with additional $25 service fee. All amounts are in Australian dollars unless stated otherwise. See airasia.com for full details and Conditions of Carriage.

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One Key Resources expands with NSW acquisition of Pegasus Employment

Mining and infrastructure labour hire and workforce services specialist One Key Resources has made a strategic acquisition by purchasing the labour hire business Pegasus Employment from Hunter Valley-based integrated services firm Pegasus.

Pegasus provide labour hire, training and induction and log-in systems and through expansion in other parts of their business have decided to exit labour hire.

One Key Resources managing director Grant Wechsel said Pegasus Employment was a good fit with One Key’s existing services and the business would be fully integrated under the One Key Resources brand.

“We’ve had experience ourselves in the region with our own operation based at Singleton,” Mr Wechsel said.

“One Key Resources is committed to the coal industry and this acquisition provides us with great long term opportunities in the Hunter Valley as well as other regions in NSW.

“We are excited to build on the great reputation that Pegasus has in the local area and believe our commitment to exceptional service combined with our strong industry background will make for a successful business in the long term.”

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Approximately 170 field staff have transitioned across to One Key Resources with three permanent Pegasus local staff also joining the One Key office in Singleton. One Key Resources regional manager for NSW Todd Geddes will be overseeing the local operation.

Pegasus chief executive officer Adam Boyle said, “As Pegasus moves to focus on our contractor engagement and workforce management services, we are confident that One Key Resources will service our employees and clients with the same professionalism and care as we were proud to do as Pegasus Employment for the past 25 years.

“We wish One Key Resources and its people all the best and trust the Hunter Valley mining sector will welcome them as they did us.”

Rugby league legend Darren Lockyer is a director of One Key Resources and plays a key role in business development and client and community relations. He will be visiting the region for an event and site visits in the coming months.

One Key has extensive operations throughout Queensland, Western Australia and in the Northern Territory servicing the mining, gas and infrastructure sectors. Earlier this year One Key Resources formed a majority indigenous owned joint venture in the Northern Territory with Wedgetail Larrakia Corporation to provide much needed innovative labour hire solutions to the Northern Territory. This acquisition in New South Wales continues the company’s national expansion.

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