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Posts Tagged ‘ Aberdeen ’

King’s U21s Ready For Norwegian Challenge

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REPUBLIC of Ireland U21 head coach Noel King is looking for his young side to build on their recent impressive performances when they meet Norway in a friendly in Drammen tomorrow (6.00pm Irish).

King’s side drew with Qatar’s Olympic side in May then produced a disciplined display against Germany last month.

With a view towards next year’s qualifying campaign, the Irish boss is getting to know this new crop of U21 players and believes this fixture will be very beneficial in that process.

“We had a long day travelling to Norway and naturally everybody was tired after that but we trained last night to loosen ourselves out and now everybody is fresher and ready for the game,” said King. Continue reading

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The Ballance Sheet #9: Mid Term Report

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Hope 2014’s been good to you, folks. My own is going pretty well, all told. Here’s a few bits and pieces on the last six months.

WEDDING CRASHERS
Well, technically we were invited, and it was actually at the very end of 2013, but I’ll include it here, anyway. My blog, after all… I wrestled at a wedding reception just after Christmas last year in the Radisson in Galway, working a singles match with Bam Katraz, and a tag match against him and Omen, where I teamed with Tucker. An interesting experience, and certainly the best-dressed audience I’ve ever worked for! The crowd- mostly non-wrestling fans (muggles)- were appreciative, though probably a little perplexed at the same time. It was after dinner, though, so I’d say a bit of the ol’ gargle helped matters. No hiptoss into the wedding cake or superkicking the father of the bride mid-speech, unfortunately, but it was a grand evening nonetheless. Continue reading

McGinn Double Adds To Hibs’ Misery

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Two wonder goals from Northern Ireland star Niall McGinn secured the three points for Aberdeen in a hard fought encounter at Easter Road this evening.

Hibs’ run of bad luck continued before kick-off when striker Paul Heffernan suffered an injury during the warm-up and his place in the starting XI was taken by James Collins.

A loud speaker appeal for Jason Cummings to report to the dressing rooms soon followed and the youngster took an unexpected seat on the bench alongside experienced midfielders Kevin Thomson and Owain Tudur Jones. Continue reading

Late Willo Flood Goal Ends Hibs’ Five Match Unbeaten Run

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A late strike from Dubliner Willo Flood ended Hibs’ five match unbeaten run in a hard fought encounter last night at Pittodrie.

Terry Butcher retained the same starting XI following last weekend’s draw away to Dundee United, but there was a boost for the travelling support with teenage winger Alex Harris named amongst the substitutes. Continue reading

The Ballance Sheet #7 : A Year In Review (2013)

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Wrapping up the year soon, folks, so I think a few words are in order about what’s gone down in 2013…

FAVOURITE MATCHES

Had two favourites this year: with ‘Fabulous’ Nicky at CCW Revolution, back in May, and with Stevie Xavier, at WrestleZone’s Aberdeen Anarchy show in June. Two great guys, two incredibly enjoyable matches, and two amazing crowds. Definitely hope I get the chance to work with both guys again, down the line.

My other more enjoyable matches this year were with Jordan Devlin, Bam Katraz, and BT Gunn, amongst others. It’s been a good year, and I’ve had the opportunity to work with some superb talent, and in front of some great audiences. Continue reading

The Ballance Sheet #6 : The Training Factor

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On Sunday, November 3rd, Main Stage Wrestling will very kindly be hosting a seminar with myself, in their school in Inchicore, and I’m looking forward to it, I have to say.

I love training. Oftentimes, to be honest, I actually prefer it to doing shows, as mad as that sounds. I just love the simplicity of it; the chance to try stuff out, and the lack of waiting around. The latter is a maddening and frustrating aspect of doing shows, in all honesty. If you’re on first, or early on the card, it’s grand; if, however, you’re working the main event, or second half of the show, the wait, frankly, can grow rather wearisome. Training basically allows you a bit more ring time than you’d be afforded on a show, and in a more relaxed setting. From a creative standpoint, I tend to find it more fulfilling.  Continue reading

Hibs Lose Out To Two Late Goals From Aberdeen

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Hibs missed the chance to climb the table after two late goals from Aberdeen saw the three points head north following a hard fought encounter at Easter Road yesterday.

Pat Fenlon made just one change to the side that drew with Celtic last week; skipper James McPake returned at centre half with Michael Nelson missing out through injury.

Aberdeen started strongly and Ben Williams was called into action early on to produce a fine save from a Mark Reynolds effort then the dangerous Niall McGinn skipped beat three Hibs defenders before shooting just over from the edge of the box. Continue reading

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