Posts Tagged ‘ Aberdeen ’

The Ballance Sheet #5 : Grappling In The Granite City

bbLast Saturday, I had the privilege of being part of a terrific show in Aberdeen, Scotland, and wrestling in front of the biggest crowd I’ve ever worked in front of; an astounding 1,103 people packed out the Beach Ballroom, and were loud and lively all evening long, celebrating the fifth anniversary of Wrestlezone.

I’ve done shows in front of big audiences before, but this one felt that little bit more special. Knowing the Wrestlezone crew as I have for the past four years- and the hard work they put into growing their promotion- I was delighted to witness the fruits of their labour for myself, up close and personal, and the phenomenal success of their big night.  Continue reading

No Goals at Easter Road Despite Hibs’ Domination

Hibs-Bottle-Green-Strip-2012-13 Two superb saves from Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield denied Hibs a winning start to the post-split fixtures in a hard fought encounter at Easter Road last night.

Pat Fenlon made four changes to the team who started at Hampden last weekend, with Lewis Stevenson, Danny Handling, Eoin Doyle and Tom Taiwo replacing Ryan McGivern, Scott Robertson, Paul Cairney and Jorge Claros.

The game kicked off in front of a poor crowd, considering that the club had reached their second successive cup finals and that an incentive of being allowed to buy two tickets was on offer for supports who paid at the gate Continue reading

Danny Handling Keen To Catch Fenlon’s Eye Before Final

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Hibs teenage star Danny Handling has spoken of his delight to have played his part in helping Hibs comeback from a three goal deficit to beat Falkirk and reach the Scottish Cup Final for the second year in succession. The youngster has featured in fourteen first team games this season although he has only started one, and he is keen to catch the manager’s eye in the remaining fixtures, starting with Aberdeen on Monday night. Continue reading

Paul Hanlon’s Relief After Injury Nightmare

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Hibs’ defender Paul Hanlon has expressed his relief that the injury sustained against Aberdeen a few weeks ago isn’t as serious as first thought and he hopes to line up against Falkirk in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Life-long Hibs fan Paul knows only too well about the dismal record the club have in the competition, but a victory on Saturday will ensureHibs first back to back finals since the 1920s. Continue reading

Fenlon Praises Trap’s World Cup Strategy

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Pat Fenlon believes that blooding youngsters is the way ahead for international teams, and cites Ireland under Giovanni Trapattoni as an example for Scotland to follow.

As Scotland suffered the shame of being the first country to be eliminated from the World Cup, Ireland are still fighting it out with Sweden and Austria for a play-off spot.

Although he concedes that the Scots had the tougher group, Germany apart, Fenlon insists that introducing the youngsters into the squad at the right time is the reason why they are still challenging for a place in Rio next year. Continue reading

Hibs to face Falkirk in Scottish Cup Semi-Final

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Hibs will face Falkirk at Hampden Park in the semi-final of the William Hill Scottish Cup, with the game taking place on either Saturday 13 or Sunday 14 April.

The draw was made live on Sky Sports News by former Nottingham Forest and Scotland winger and Celtic assistant manager John Robertson and Lucy Carter, Head of Branch at William Hill with SFA President Campbell Ogilvie presiding.

This will be Pat Fenlon’s second consecutive semi-final in the tournament which Hibs haven’t won since Dan McMichael’s side beat Celtic 1-0 at Parkhead.

Since then, Hibs have appeared in nine finals, losing them all, although two went to replays; in 1914 they lost 4-1 to Celtic after drawing 0-0 in the first game and in 1979, they lost 3-2 to Rangers after two goalless draws.

Their last appearance was of course the disastrous 5-1 defeat to near neighbours Hearts on 19 May and everyone at Easter Road is determined to wipe away that memory.

The Easter Road men have earned their place, defeating three SPL teams en route. Cup holders Hearts were first to fall thanks to a David Wotherspoon goal in front of a packed Easter Road in December.

Aberdeen were next after a wonder goal by Dubliner Gary Deegan, which won the Sky Sports goal of the week competition, saw them through to the quarter final, although it took a Ben Williams’ penalty save to prevent a replay.

Yesterday at Rugby Park, Leigh Griffiths scored his first ever professional hat-trick and made another for Matt Done, as Hibs saw off Kilmarnock 4-2.

The other semi-final will feature Dundee United v Celtic.

The final will take place on Sunday 26 May.

Hibs in Quarter Final Thanks to Deegan Wonder Goal

deegan A second half wonder goal from Gary Deegan gave Hibs a 1-0 victory over Aberdeen at Easter Road today, but once again, Pat Fenlon’s men had keeper Ben Williams to thank for reaching the William Hill’s Scottish Cup quarter final. Continue reading

Hibs’ Dismal Highland Record Continues With Defeat to Ross County

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A first half goal from former Hibs star Ivan Sproule ensured that Hibs dismal run of results against Ross County continued with no wins in five competitive games. Continue reading

Hibs Pittodrie trip ends in stalemate

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An early Ben Williams penalty save secured a share of the points against Aberdeen at Pittodrie today, keeping Hibs one point clear of the Dons in fourth place. Continue reading

McPake: Working Hard To Bring Club Back To The Top

james-mcpake-image-1-290356226The season so far has been a massive improvement from last season both in terms of results and performances which everyone can see are night and day from last season. Last season was a huge disappointment for the football club, escaping relegation with a game to go isn’t good enough or a club like ours. So the main thing this season was improving on that, we didn’t start great at Dundee United but that’s still the only game that we have been battered, and that was without maybe four or five of the players who have came in and have done so well.

In terms of highlights the ones people will look at are the wins against Hearts and Celtic which were great for the club but for me the highlights have been the way we’ve bounced back from defeats and a series of bad runs that have crept in. Last season if that happened then we struggled and never looked like turning the corner after a bad run of results.

At the start of season the aim was to finish top 6 but in my opinion if we finish 5th or 6th then we as players and as a club are underachieving, top 6 should be a given for a club like Hibernian. So far we are achieving what people said was our aim but we want to push on and finish as high as second. Second is a realistic target in my opinion but it’s going to take a lot of hard work from now until the end of the season. I say second because I believe Celtic will comfortably win the league with the quality and the size of squad they have. That’s not lack of ambition from me I just think its common sense! We also have the Scottish cup to come and a tough test against a good Aberdeen side but we’re at home so we’re confident going into that and we’re all desperate to get back to Hampden after last year.

Last week’s announcement from the club that Leigh Griffiths and Ryan McGivern are going to be with us until the end of the season has given everyone a massive boost. Both players have been excellent so far this season and we were all desperate for the club to keep them. We’re also hoping a deal can be done that allows Jorge Claros to stay.

All in all it’s been a good turnaround and we feel we are starting to win the fans back after the disappointing couple of seasons they’ve had. However we realise there is still a lot of work and improvement that can be done and we are working hard to improve more and push on further and finish as high as we can in order to make the fans proud of the Hibernian team again.