2009 AFL Grand Final

The 2009 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the St Kilda Football Club and the Geelong Football Club at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 26 September 2009. It was the 113th annual grand final of the Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 2009 AFL season; the match, attended by 99,251 spectators, was won by Geelong by a margin of 12 points, marking the club's eighth VFL/AFL premiership victory. It is remembered as one of the great grand finals in recent memory, due to the closeness of the scoreline, the physical nature of the game and the sheer brilliance of individual efforts from some of its participants. Geelong's Paul Chapman was awarded the Norm Smith Medal as the best player on the ground. St Kilda entered the 2009 premiership season after having lost its preliminary final in 2008 against eventual premiers Hawthorn; the Saints' home-and-away season was outstanding and they won their first 19 games before losing consecutive close games in Rounds 20 and 21 against Essendon and North Melbourne.

They won their final game and earned the McClelland Trophy for the first time since 1997. Their record of 20-2 is the equal-third most wins of all time, behind the 2008 Cats and the 2000 Bombers, they accounted for fourth-placed Collingwood by 28 points in their qualifying final and won a hard-fought and low scoring preliminary final against the Western Bulldogs by seven points to earn their place in the grand final. Geelong entered the 2009 season after two consecutive minor premierships and two consecutive grand final appearances: a victory against Port Adelaide in the 2007 AFL Grand Final and a loss against Hawthorn in the 2008 AFL Grand Final, they won their four pre-season games to win their first 13 home-and-away games. Their first loss came in Round 14 against St Kilda by six points, with Michael Gardiner kicking the winning goal in the dying minutes for the Saints. Following that loss the Cats entered a form slump, caused in part by several key injuries. Geelong won their final game comfortably to finish with a record of 18-4.

They defeated a fast-finishing Bulldogs team by 14 points in their qualifying final and comfortably beat Collingwood by 73 points in their preliminary final to advance to the grand final. In the week leading up to the grand final, Geelong's Gary Ablett was awarded the Brownlow Medal; this grand final appearance was the sixteenth in Geelong's history and the third in succession, with the club attempting to win its eighth premiership and second in three years. It was sixth grand final appearance in St Kilda's history and the first since the 1997 Grand Final, with the club attempting to win its second premiership, its only flag to date was won 43 years earlier in the 1966 Grand Final. This was the first time that St Geelong had met in a grand final. In spite of their respective ladder positions, Geelong entered the game as the favourite team to win amongst most bookmakers, it was the first grand final to be played since the death of cartoonist William Ellis Green, drawing victory posters after VFL/AFL grand finals since 1954.

The posters had been sold after each Grand Final with the proceeds going to the Royal Children's Hospital. Beginning in 2009, the posters were drawn by cartoonist Mark Knight of the Herald Sun. Coverage telecast live and in HD on Channel Ten and One HD with commentators Stephen Quartermain, Tim Lane, Robert Walls, Luke Darcy, Mark Howard and Andrew Maher. Geelong's K-Rock provided local coverage with commentary from Ian Cohen. Mark Seymour from Australian rock band Hunters and Collectors performed "Holy Grail" on stage, followed by Jimmy Barnes singing "No Second Prize". John Farnham sang "You're the Voice", joined by Seymour and Barnes; the premiership cup was brought onto the field twice: once by captains and administrators from football clubs affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires later via zip-line by Adelaide Crows champion Mark Ricciuto. The Qantas choir performed "I Still Call Australia Home", the national anthem was performed a cappella by the cast of Jersey Boys; the grand final was played in wet conditions.

It had rained the previous night in Melbourne such that the ground was wet around the boundary, there were several heavy showers during the game. The highest ambient temperature for the game was only 11.3 °C, the coldest on record for a grand final. Geelong started earning a two-goal advantage after eight minutes, with Max Rooke scoring the opening goal of the game after catching an unaware Raphael Clarke holding the ball. St Kilda gained the ascendancy in the middle part of the quarter, asserting an advantage in the midfield and stopping Geelong's rebound. St Kilda failed to convert on the scoreboard due to inaccurate kicking: despite entering the forward 50-metres arc on 14 occasions to Geelong's two during a sustained period of midfield dominance, they had only registered 2.2-14, with Andrew McQualter, Adam Schneider and Stephen Milne all missing easy shots at goal before Schneider marked and goaled on a 45 degree angle 15 meters out minutes before the first break. St Kilda opened the second quarter better, but again missed easy shots at goal from Schneider

Catherine Howard, Countess of Suffolk

Catherine Howard, Countess of Suffolk, was an English court office holder. She served as lady-in-waiting to the queen consort of Anne of Denmark, she was born in Charlton Park, the oldest child of Sir Henry Knyvet and his wife Elizabeth Stumpe. Her uncle was Sir Thomas Knyvet. Early in her life, she married Richard Rich, son of Robert Rich, 2nd Baron Rich, grandson of Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich. After his death in 1580 she married Sir Thomas Howard, who twenty years was named the Earl of Suffolk. On the death of her father in 1598 she inherited Charlton Park, which thereafter became the seat of the Earls of Suffolk. Howard gained a place in Queen Elizabeth's bedchamber and the title of Keeper of the Jewels in 1599; this honour went further as she was granted authority over the lodgings where Queen Anne gave birth to the princess. In fact, she was in such a position of high esteem within the court, she would have been given the honour of godmother to Princess Sophia born of Queen Anne if the child had not perished.

She danced in two of the queen's masques, one of, written by Ben Jonson, titled The Masque of Blackness. King James wanted the actors to look African. In 1611, the poet Emilia Lanier chose to dedicate her poem Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum to her. Howard proved to be corrupt, she served as a liaison between Spain and Salisbury, demanded bribes for doing so. Sir Thomas Howard was appointed Lord Treasurer, which allowed her more opportunity for financial gain. Howard was known to be beautiful in her younger years, during her time at court had many suitors and a string of alleged love affairs, using the position her husband achieved in the government to extort kickbacks from her lovers. However, in 1619, at the age of 55, she was the victim of an attack of smallpox "which spoiled that good face of hers, which had brought to other much misery and to herself greatness which ended with much unhappiness." Many of the details of her corruption came out in the Suffolk's trial in the same year, where Sir John Finet alleged "to be spared a bond of £500, a citizen gave £83 and a sable muff to the countess".

The Countess was caught and, as a result of her treachery and her family were banned from court. Peers sympathised with Sir Thomas for being caught in her web of corruption, she endured the brunt of the blame for the Howards' fall from grace. After being expelled from court, she continued to write letters on behalf of others seeking court positions. Howard had fourteen children

Milestone (Gideon album)

Milestone is the second studio album from Gideon. Facedown Records released the album on 3 July 2012. Gideon worked with Brian Hood in the production of this album. Awarding this album three stars from HM Magazine, Tim Hallila states, "A refreshingly tight sound". Gareth Hills, rating the album an eight out of ten for Cross Rhythms, writes, "an album which doesn't give up in its passion and rawness, an example of a Christian metal band doing it right." Giving the album four stars at Jesus Freak Hideout, Scott Fryberger describes, "Milestone shows that Facedown Records still has game."Steven Cosand, awarding the album five stars from Indie Vision Music, says, "There is something so youthful and refreshing about this band. Milestone stands out lyrically and musically in comparison to recent releases from both secular and Christian bands. Listening to Milestone is like a breath of fresh air. Gideon is hands down the band that has renewed my faith in Christian hardcore." Rating the album an eight out of ten by The Christian Music Review Blog, Jonathan Kemp writes, "It shows great maturity by the band, is impeccably well done for a sophomore album."

All tracks are written by Gideon