Facing Man City a sh*t way to start – West Ham’s Haller

first_imgSebastien Haller​ may be new to the Premier League, but the former Eintracht Frankfurt forward knows enough about his new home to understand that facing Manchester City just isn’t much fun most of the time. West Ham splashed the cash to land the 25-year-old in a club-record deal worth £40 million ($50m) plus add-ons in hopes of boosting their attack. Having scored 14 times in 27 Bundesliga matches last season, Haller has a track-record of bringing goals at the club level, but with his side set to open Premier League campaign against Pep Guardiola’s league champions, he’s hoping he can just get a touch on the ball.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “What a sh*t game to start with!” he joked to the Mirror. “I go there for a lot of money, now first game City! Why?“There are better games to build your confidence! Hopefully I will touch the ball! We will see.”City finished 46 points clear of West Ham in the Premier League last season – winning both games between the two sidesGuardiola’s side have netted 17 times in their last four visits to London Stadium, and Haller is under no illusions over what his new club will have to do to find a win in their opener. “What can I say?” he added. “Everyone needs to be prepared. They are the Champions from the League, the Cup, from even the Cup that I don’t know the name of.“So yes, it will be difficult. We will need to make a crazy game. It is probably best for the team to get a game like that because we will need to be focused 100 per cent.”West Ham finished 10th in the Premier League last season and will be looking to make a push for a European place this time out, while City are defending a title they won by just one point over Liverpool.  The Manchester outfit also claimed both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, sweeping England’s domestic trophies in historic fashion. Following Saturday’s showdown the two sides won’t face each other again in the league until February of next year.last_img read more

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Grads learn about Niagara wines from the best

Richie Roberts (BSc ’06), Fielding Estate Winery Winemaker, pours a glass of Fielding Estate 2010 Chardonnay for alumniWhether you grew up in Niagara, or spent a few short years here while attending Brock, you doubtless came in contact with the one of the region’s greatest prides — Niagara wine. Nestled right in the middle of a wine country that boasts close to 100 wineries of varying size, Brock University and many graduates are proud supporters of Niagara’s burgeoning wine industry.So what better way to reunite graduates in Toronto and Burlington than through wine-tasting events designed to highlight, celebrate and discern the nuances of Niagara wines?Burlington wine tasting features two grads More than 30 alumni were treated to a tasting flight of six Fielding Estate wines at Appleby College on Nov. 10. Despite the fact that he was right in the middle of his harvest, Richie Roberts (BSc ’06) guided the group through wines — from Pinot Gris to a Meritage to a Vidal Icewine — while explaining the growing practices, the Beamsville Bench terroir (soil types), and challenges of this year’s harvest. With the scientific background, Kevin Kerr (PhD ’10) nicely accompanied Richie’s presentation with commentary on the exceptional 2010 growing season and its impact on the wines, the effect of weather conditions, and some insight into the cult-like following of Pinot Noir (hint: this thin-skinned grape is elusive and hard to cultivate, but in the right conditions can be exceptional).Congratulations to the Burlington Brock Alumni Network Committee for organizing the event at this unique location, highlighting our alumni. The next Burlington Network event will be in the spring at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre — stay tuned in the new year for more info.If you’re interested in being part of the Burlington Alumni Network Committee, the group that organizes these alumni events, please contact Lynne Irion at lirion@brocku.caToronto Gourmet Food and Wine Expo — Vintner’s Barrel TastingOn Nov. 19, Toronto’s Brock alumni had the opportunity to taste wines specially extracted from their barrels for that day. With eight wines from four different wineries (Tawse, Lailey, Thirty Bench, Southbrook), this alumni event allowed graduates to participate in a Tutored Tasting organized through the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. According to Christopher Waters, Certified Wine Instructor at Brock’s CCOVI (Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute), and the moderator of the tasting, he had never seen so many people attend a Niagara wine-centric session. Knowing the room was full of alumni, Waters received an especially loud applause when introducing CCOVI grad Emma Garner (BSc ’04), winemaker at Thirty Bench winery.The focus of this Tutored Tasting was to school the group on the exceptional growing season of 2010 in Niagara. With the perfect amount of dry sunny weather, and the right doses of rain, the 2010 Vintage is being lauded as a vintage to watch.Emma Garner (BSc ’04), Thirty Bench Winemaker, poses for a photo with her 2010 barrel sample of Meritage (a Bordeaux blend) after the Tutored TastingToronto Committee Member, Andrea Hazard (BA ’91) mentioned her favourite part of the event: “Especially of interest for me is that we are in the process of choosing wines for our wedding reception next year and we definitely wanted to include wines from the Niagara region.  The tasting was incredibly informative and we definitely have some favourites picked out to serve on the big day!”Some takeaways from the event included a new-found appreciation for Cabernet Franc, an understanding of the process of blending barrels to create blended wines (like Thirty Bench’s Meritage), and a general consensus throughout the attendees to take more ownership in promoting local Niagara wines among our circles of friends.Congratulations to the Toronto Brock Alumni Network Committee on this new style of Brock alumni event format. The next Toronto Alumni event will be in the spring, so stay tuned for details in the new year.If you’re interested in being part of the Toronto Alumni Network Committee, the group that organizes these alumni events, please contact Lynne Irion at lirion@brocku.ca read more

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