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The Edinburgh – Glasgow co-op on Homeless World Cup

Photo Above: Book Signing at Event © Philip Wegmann

By Ian McNally and Philip Wegmann

An Edinburgh church was transformed into a football sanctuary yesterday, as it played host to the launch of a new book about the Homeless World Cup.

“Home Game” by Mel Young and Peter Barr was unveiled in Augustine United Church on George IV Bridge and featured a Q&A with the authors followed by a book sale and signing session.

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Financial gulf increases in Scottish football as wages are revealed

Photo Above: Celtic Football Club © Alasdair Middleton on Wikipedia

Celtic players earn eight times more than those playing for Hibernian and Hearts as the gulf widens in Scottish football.

The Global Sports Salaries Survey published by Sporting Intelligence revealed the huge financial gap separating Celtic – the upper echelon of Scottish football – and the rest of the division. Continue reading Financial gulf increases in Scottish football as wages are revealed

Hibernian Ladies’ head coach Kevin Milne has had a “massive impact” since his appointment last month.

Photo Above: Football © derJani on Pixabay

Hibernian FCs head coach Kevin Milne has made the perfect start to his tenure at Ainslie Park, with midfielder Lisa Robertson stating that he’s had a “massive impact” since stepping in.  

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Capitals aim to end 2-year wait

Photo Above: Edinburgh Capitals © Ian Coyle 

Edinburgh Capitals host defending league champion Cardiff Devils tonight at Murrayfield in hope of ending a two-year losing streak.

The Capitals last win against the Devils was 725 days ago in a 4-3 home win and Capitals captain Mike D’Orazio believes “now is the ideal time” to win against an out of form Devils team.

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BT Shield round up

The first round of the BT Edinburgh Shield took place this weekend across a capital caught up in international fever. While Samoa pushed Scotland to the edge at Murrayfield the teams of the BT East Region Division one and two went head to head.

The weekend’s fixtures started with a match-up beneath the lights as Ross High hosted Division 1 Forresters. This match set the tone for the weekend as the underdogs Ross High RFC came out 29-15 and put together a complete performance holding off a strong forward pack from Forresters who will no doubt be disappointed after putting together a cup run last season.

On Saturday, the upsets kept flowing as many of the second division teams took down the higher ranked opposition. Penicuik RFC caused, arguably, the biggest upset of the season as they picked up only their fourth win of the season in a tight 17-12 win over Livingston RFC.

Penicuik trailed for the majority of the game but stuck with their game plan eventually scoring a vital try (?) to edge the game.

Division Two “top dogs” Barnton RFC continued their season success by easing past Portobello FP 85-12 after a dominant first half dispelled any underdog tag. Trinity Academicals piled the misery on RHC Cougars turning around a game which they trailed by 12 points by scoring 64 of their own.

Division Two tie Edinburgh University Medics who easily moved into the next round with a 31-5 win over basement club Liberton.  It was not all bad news for Liberton, as the result was a marked improvement over the 57-0 defeat they suffered in the same fixture last month.

Elsewhere in the round the highest placed team, North Berwick eased passed Leith Rugby Club 81-14 thanks to a hat-trick of tries from Nick Hammond and Dunbar RFC broke the hundred point barrier as they trounced in a game that will leave scars on the Inverleith psyche, winning 106-3.

The Second round draw took place Tuesday the 14th of November with some great fixtures being drawn.  In an all Division one match up North Berwick RFC host bottom club Dunbar RFC and the only match that offers a chance of a major upset is Division Two high-flyers Ross High RFC hosting Division One Linlithgow. All ties are set to take place Saturday 6th of January.

 

 BT Edinburgh Shield Rd 2.

Trinity Academicals v Barnton FC

Edinburgh University Academicals v Penicuick RFC

North Berwick RFC v Dunbar RFC

Ross High RFC v Linlithgow RFC

Sports Desk Round-Up

A round-up of  today’s developing Sports stories:

  1. A survey conducted by players’ union FIFPro into the working conditions of players found more than one third of footballers surveyed in Scotland say they received threats from the stands on a match day.
  2. The FA chairman, Greg Clarke, says he’s not ruling out a cover-up in the football child abuse scandal.
  3. Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson will reportedly hold talks with League One side MK Dons later this week.
  4. England’s cricketers have been beaten by eight wickets in the third Test with India.
  5. Gareth Southgate is expected to be confirmed as England’s permanent manager tomorrow.
  6. Forthcoming Scottish Football fixtures.

 

eSports – Game or sport?

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Reports are questioning whether eSports can be considered real sports. Source: publicdomain.ne

The trade body for the UK’s games and interactive entertainment, Ukie, has released an eSports whitepaper today calling for the education of policymakers about the opportunities eSports presents to the UK.

The report estimated global eSports revenue is around $493 million and by 2019 is predicted to become a billion-dollar industry. 

The report made Government recommendations, including suggesting they: “integrate eSports opportunities into the government’s trade and investment work […] and proactively encourage major eSports business and tournaments to be established.”

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The Murray Effect: Securing his legacy

Andy Murra. Source: Ian Dick
Men’s Tennis No.1 Andy Murray. Source: Ian Dick

It’s been little under a month since Andy Murray made history by securing his position as the world number one in men’s singles tennis.

Claiming the title from his rival Novak Djokovic, he became the first British player to reach the top-spot since computerised rankings began in 1973.

On November 6th he celebrated the achievement by winning the Paris Masters  for the first time in his career.

Murray has brought much attention to Scottish Tennis and has had a considerable effect on the uptake in the sport.

Tennis Scotland said:

“Since Andy broke into the top 10 of world rankings in 2007, the number of people playing tennis in venues and clubs across Scotland has risen from around 30,000 to almost 54,000.”

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Auld Reekie Roller Girls face Scottish Derby Battle

by Stephanie Abbot

Photograph taken by Sara Marsden
Photograph taken by Sara Marsden

When you flick, click or switch to the sport section of a newspaper or website, you don’t often see Roller Derby in the headlines.

However, here in Edinburgh, the Auld Reekie Roller girls are preparing for an all Scottish tournament coming up on Saturday 26th November . The local team, put together in 2008, was the first Scottish members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and now has over 100 members.

Named after ‘Old Smoky’ , an affectionate Scottish term given to Edinburgh, The team prides itself on its inclusiveness, welcoming women of all backgrounds, this also means trans-women. The team require players be at least 18 or over. Continue reading Auld Reekie Roller Girls face Scottish Derby Battle

Andy Murray Says “I’m Too Young for a Knighthood”

by Andy Grozier

 

It may be only a matter of time but as of right now Andy Murray has said he is still too young for a knighthood.

The 29 year old ensured that he ends 2016 as World Number One in the tennis rankings on Sunday after beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets. His win has had some calling for the man from Dunblane to be invited to Buckingham Palace for the highest honour in the land.

Following the match on Sunday, Murray was dismissive of the calls, saying he doesn’t focus much on these things;

“I don’t think much about that stuff really. When I win any award or am presented with anything it is nice because it is recognition for what you have given your life up to – up to now anyway.

“I am just trying to keep doing what I’m doing, working hard and achieving stuff.”

A number of celebrities have lined up in support of a Sir Andy with Alan Sugar and Chris Evans calling for the Knighthood. Even former World Number One Roger Federer made hints in his tweet congratulating Murray on reaching top spot:

Murray, who already has an OBE to his name, is also the bookies favourite to win the BBC’s sports personality of the year award. If the Scot does win he would become the first British athlete to win the award three times.

Andy though doesn’t expect to even make it to the ceremony on the 18th of December, with a busy month ahead;

“I’ve got my father’s stag do next weekend, then he is getting married the following weekend. So I will go up to Scotland on Saturday, come back down to London for four or five days then come back up to Scotland. Then I go to Miami the day after my dad’s wedding.”

Murray will have some stiff competition for the prize, with Olympic athletes Alistair Brownlee, Mo Farah and Laura Trott all in competition.

Hearts and Hamilton Share the Points in 6 Goal Thriller

by Andy Grozier

 

Photo credit: Hearts Press Office
Photo credit: Ron MacNeill

 

Hearts managed to rescue a point last night against Hamilton in a six goal thriller at New Douglas Park.

Jamie Walker had put the Edinburgh side ahead in the 8th minute with a brilliant half-volley only to see the Accies draw equal before powering ahead after half-time.

The home side’s come back started with a stunning free-kick from Ali Crawford. The 25 year old midfielder drifted the ball into the bottom corner of Jack Hamilton’s net from 20 yards. The strike was a touch of class in what was a mostly scrappy first half.

Rakish Bingham extended the Accies lead with a calm finish just moments into the second-half after a smooth passing move sent the striker through on goal. Bingham then got his brace in the 68th minute, beating the Hearts keeper with a shot fired into the bottom corner.

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In-form Spartans look forward to cup final

 

by Iain Jones

Edinburgh’s Spartans FC will take on fellow Scottish Lowland Football League side East Kilbride FC in the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup final this Sunday in West Lothian.

The winners will face SPFL League Two club Berwick Rangers in the East of Scotland Cup Final on Tuesday 12th April.

Spartans are unbeaten in all competitions since 2nd January this year and currently sit 2nd in the Lowland League table, 13 points behind fellow capital side Edinburgh City FC.

Spartans midfielder Jack Beesley said: “We’ve obviously had quite a lot of matches quite thick and fast so certainly our match fitness will be good. We’ve got training on Thursday and then the match on Sunday so, yeah, everything’s looking good.”

The Spartans have played the South Lanarkshire side twice in the league already this season, drawing one match and winning the other.

“Over the past few years they’ve probably been our toughest opponents,” said Beesley. “They’re probably as tough a final as you could have at our level so it will certainly be a tough game.”

The East of Scotland Qualifying Cup final kicks off on Sunday 20th March at 3.30pm at Albyn Park in Broxburn.