Pandemonium in the Highlands

25/10/2012 § Leave a comment

Andrew Shinnie wheels away in delight after scoring Inverness’s second goal of the evening in the Highland derby

Friday October 5, 2012 was the night that the first ever top-flight Highland derby in Scottish football history would take place. A cold, blustery and wet night, (just the average day in Inverness!) would see a match full of passion, pace, tenacity and intrigue, eventually resulting in a home victory.

Visitors Ross County lined up with four ex-Caley Thistle favourites in their side. Goalkeeper Michael Fraser, midfield playmaker Iain Vigurs, defensive stalwart Grant Munro, and record Inverness appearance-maker and defender Ross Tokely. Still, the sight of Tokely turning out in SPL matches with something other than an ICT shirt around him is difficult to grasp and come to terms with.

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Cometh the hour, cometh the man for Scotland?

08/10/2012 § Leave a comment

Steven Fletcher in action for new club Sunderland

Stuttering would be the best word to describe Craig Levein’s reign as Scotland manager so far. The Kingdom of Fife native walked through the doors of Hampden and took over as national team manager back in 2009 and filled the nation with fresh hope, and a real sense of optimism and belief, following so many let downs from the previous regime under out of sync George Burley. An open goal miss by Chris Iwelumo springs to mind. A memory no doubt members of the Tartan Army will never forget for all the wrong reasons.

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Roles reversal in Edinburgh

01/10/2012 § Leave a comment

Back on Saturday May 19, the two Edinburgh powerhouses of Scottish football descended upon Hampden Park, Glasgow for the Scottish Cup Final. As the referee blew his whistle that day, Heart of Midlothian went on to provide the capacity crowd with a staggering display of attacking football to put lifeless Hibernian to the sword and defeat their rivals by five goals to one. The finish of that game brought the curtain down to end another distinct,  dramatic season of football in Scotland and rubber stamp Hearts’ domination of the Edinburgh derby for the past 10 months.
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The Indian who was there // Olympic Wandering: 2012 Day 3 (July 30)

30/07/2012 § Leave a comment


via the Daily Telegraph

– Did you notice something amiss when the Indian team was walking the track during the Opening Ceremony on Friday?

An Indian student claims she was told to lead out her country’s athletes and was just doing what she’d been told – but that’s where the confusion starts:

Acting chef de mission of the Indian contingent Brig P.K. Muralidharan Raja is understandably agitated that a person who was not part of the delegation was allowed to accompany the team and hog the limelight in the process.

“She had no business to walk in with the Indian contingent and we are taking up the issue with the organisers.

“We were initially told that she would accompany the contingent till the track but she went on to take the entire lap.

– Sean Fitzgerald writes in the National Post that although every country at the Olympics now has competitors of both genders, there’s still plenty of inequality around. Not every sport is open to both men and women, and women are flying economy while their male counterparts fly in business class.

Apparently officials thought about special uniforms in some sports:

Badminton officials considered forcing female players to wear skirts in London, before backing away from the idea. The same idea wafted through boxing, before international attention helped to push it off the table.

“I really didn’t understand that,” boxer Claressa Shields told The Washington Post. “It was to help separate the men from the women. But we got different names! Women got breasts! We got butts! Can’t you tell which one is who?”

– Canadians may be disappointed about Canada’s opening weekend, with just a bronze medal so far, but Aussies aren’t happy either. Though they’ve tallied three medals through two and a half days, the Sydney Morning Herald is calling the down-under performance so far as ‘miserable.’

Australia’s Olympic day ended as it began, with a team hopeful of big things wondering where it all went wrong. There were bright spots late on, but mostly, for the Australians, it was a day that matched the gloomy skies that encroached on England’s capital.

In sports where the result was a straight win-loss, Australian teams or individuals competed in 12 events – and lost 10 of them.

Ouch.

– BBC Sport’s Tim Vickery writes that Olympic football is useful as a scouting venue for future EPL stars as well as getting a sense of where countries like Brazil might be in two years’ time, in the next World Cup.

Johnston

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