Writer: Ryan Kalisz
Date:Friday September 9 2011
You`ll no doubt have seen that Vital is involved with the < b>The Great Football Experiment so be sure to check that out for a unique and insightful series following Ivory FC, and their preparations before matches.
If you have been following the series, you`ll have been acquainted with the large and bold character that is Brad Ayling, aka 'The Bear`. In this video below, he gets one-on-one training with Liverpool and England legend Ray Clemence. Not only that, but due to the training, he`s lost 2 stone in weight, so it`s smiles all round, expect for in backrooms of the local Wrights pies shop. Congratulations to the lad, well done and keep up the good work! So if you don the gloves and wish you could park the mini-bus behind you, or want to be more of a 'pucker up` than a Pukka Pie, then this would be worth paying attention to...
Superb advice there Ray, but I think I`ll add one of my own as well. Not that I`m an expert or anything, just ask my mates and they`ll say I`m a bit of a Scott 'Whoops` Carson at times. I always seem to jinx myself by touching woodwork that I`ll have a good game, but it turns out that apparently the old wives` tale doesn`t cover the frame of the goal. Perhaps the fact that it`s made out of PVC tubing could be the key thing I missed out there, despite it being called the 'woodwork`. Anyway, imagine there is semi-circle on your goal-line and stretching across whole goal. When the opposition is possession just inside your penalty area, use your imaginary semi-circle as a guideline to where you must position your feet in order cover the goal as much as possible. If to say they are facing head on at goal, then you must position yourself at the highest point of the semi-circle. If to say they then move the ball to the far right of the area, then you must follow the imaginary line of the semi-circle round to the right, making sure you are facing them at all times. This allows you make the angle of where they are potentially shooting at more acute, therefore making it difficult for them to take a shot by themselves. Does that make sense? I really need a mock-up drawing on paint or something to go with this. Alright let`s stick to the more simpler stuff; keep your wits about you!!! Best advice you can ever have. Otherwise, you`ll look a right numpty in front of everyone, just like this guy...
So now you`re on your way to an Asmir Begovic, a Thomas Sorensen, or even a Carlo Nash! Well actually, more realistically you`re edging towards a Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton (if you`re anything like me). But the choice is yours; who would you rather be? Who is the best out of them, excluding Danzelle as he`s moved on to Darlington on a non-contract basis after we realised him. Banter it out below in the comments, and we`ll see who the favourite is!
Back to 'The Bear`... did he take full advantage of all his training? Well, in episode six you can see that he was a naughty Bear..... a few drinks the night before training?! Tut tut, we`d never have done anything like that eh!? Now then, IF Bear turns up hung-over for a game or training again, we think he should get another forfeit. He`s already had to suffer Red-Ass, but what would be the next forfeit? Any good ideas folks? The best one can be put to the Ivory boys to vote on... so suggest away! ... How to beat the Bear... Click Here
Date:Friday September 9 2011
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