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Balls & Whistles
Highland News and Media
A Highland News and Media podcast looking at the latest sport news from across Inverness, Ross-shire, Caithness and Sutherland.
22 hours ago
Will and Andrew are back looking at a bumper week of sport in the Highlands! It started off with the sad news that Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Robertson would be temporarily stepping away from the club on compassionate grounds, with former Rangers, Hearts and Dundee player Neil McCann coming in as interim boss. Ross County also defeated Celtic, with the guys discussing who stood out in that match, as well as talking about ICT's draw against Alloa on Tuesday and previewing the weekend's matches. Teenage rugby sensation Jamie Dobie was named in the senior Scotland squad for the first time ahead of their Six Nations fixture against France - only to see the match postponed due to positive Covid-19 cases in the French camp, while there is also an update on a Athletics Inverness' first virtual events, Nairn County's thoughts on a potential switch to summer football and more! As always, thanks go to Forest Fires for use of their song Scared of the Dark as our theme, and you can get in touch with the podcast on Twitter at Balls_Whistles, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 days ago
Mark Ridgers speaks after Caley Thistle beat Ayr United 2-0 at Somerset Park.
Goalkeeper Mark Ridgers praises Caley Thistle's reaction to losing at home to Queen of the South during midweek with a superb win at Ayr United.
Feb 18, 2021
Episode 6 - Will is all on his own as Hendo takes an undeserved holiday. He looks at the biggest stories in Highland sport this week in a compact round up.
Feb 11, 2021
It's a bumper week of news in football with the headline being... there isn't really any. At least not for League One, League Two, the Highland League, women's football and beyond. Will and Andrew are joined by Chris Saunderson from the Northern Scot to discuss the latest delay to all of those levels returning to action, as well as Anthony McDonald returning to Inverness Caledonian Thistle and previewing Ross County's game against Hibernian. Also on the agenda is an update on the status of the Inverness Half Marathon, and a temporary name change for Ross Sutherland in light of Scotland's Calcutta Cup victory last weekend. Get in touch with questions or comments on Twitter @Balls_Whistles, or by emailing us directly at email@example.com. Thanks too, as always, goes to Forest Fires for use of their song Scared of the Dark as our theme.
Feb 4, 2021
It has been a busy week for Highland sport with Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Ross County both on the road during the week. Will and Andrew discuss those games as well as looking forward to the weekend, asking whether Ross County should be looking up or down, if Jordan White should start against Dundee United, as well as just how bad the weather really was in Arbroath on Wednesday night. Also on the agenda this week is the news that the Highland Cross will once again not take place in 2021, new co-captains at reigning Highlands and Islands League champions Clachnacuddin, and a new face on the coaching team at Highland Boxing Academy. Get in touch with the guys with comments or questions on Twitter @Balls_Whistles, and as always thanks to Forest Fires for use of their song Scared of the Dark as our theme.
Jan 28, 2021
It has been a busy week for Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, with three matches between the teams as well as a few comings and goings in Dingwall. Will and Andrew discuss both teams throwing away leads as well as Staggies' signings Joe Hilton and Jordan White, as well as Inverness boxer Jake MacDonald turning professional and the postponement of the Etape Loch Ness. Let us know what you think of the podcast, and get in touch with questions or topics for discussion on Twitter @balls_whistles! And as always, #BuyAPaper, and thanks to Forest Fires for our theme - their song Scared of the Dark.
Jan 21, 2021
Will and Andrew return for episode two of Balls & Whistles! This week Ross County's fantastic win over Aberdeen is on the agenda, as well as looking forward to their game against Rangers at Ibrox, and Caley Thistle's home match against Alloa Athletic - if it goes ahead. There's also talk of two Highland distance runners being added to Scottish Athletics' Marathon Project with an eye on the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year, as well as the Invernessian rugby sensation that will be training with the Scotland Six Nations squad. Let us know what you think of the podcast so far, and remember to listen to yesterday's bonus episode with very special guest Stuart Kettlewell, who chatted about his career, coaching and his departure from Ross County last month. Thanks are also in order, as always, to Forest Fires for use of their song Scared of the Dark as our theme.
Jan 20, 2021
Bonus: Stuart Kettlewell
On top of the weekly shows we do looking at the latest news and the weekend's matches, every now and then Balls & Whistles will bring you a special episode where we look in depth at one topic, or at one person's career. This is the first of those special episodes, featuring former Queen's Park, Clyde and Ross County player - and ex-Staggies manager - Stuart Kettlewell. He takes us through his football philosophy, what made Ross County so special in his time there as a player, all the way through to his sacking last month and what the future might have in store for him. Huge thanks must go out to Stuart for giving up his time to talk to us and being so candid at times, and also as always to Forest Fires for the theme music, their song Scared of the Dark. Check back here on Friday as Andrew and Will catch up on the week's news, and in the meantime #BuyAPaper
Jan 14, 2021
It's the first fully-fledged episode of Balls and Whistles! Here Andrew and Will are joined by Jonny Clark to talk about the shutdown of all football outwith the Scottish Premiership and Championship, and how that might impact on Highland League clubs. Then there's some Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Ross County chat, before rounding things off with some shinty and American Football - is there a SuperBowl in an Invernessian's future? Thanks once again to Jonny Clark for being our first guest, and to Forest Fires for our opening and closing theme, Scared of the Dark.
Jan 10, 2021
Balls and Whistles will be launching later this month, so in the meantime here’s what to expect.