Rev's Ramblings – From barbel to barbell

From barbel to barbell? What’s a barbel you may be asking? Well a s far as I’m concerned, any excuse to bring angling into the equation. Yes, it’s a fish. For the second column on the bounce, I’ve been able to introduce my favourite hobby into the proceedings. And that, as you can see below, is a barbel.

I'm a passionate angler
I’m a passionate angler

Then of course, the barbell. This week I officially joined the gym at The Venue. I now have my very own swipe card, that gives me access to all manner of machines and equipment. As we often say, TNS is more than just a football club, in fact far more.

Following on from a morning in Oswestry, promoting the gap Connah’s Quay game in the local shops and businesses, I met with Naomi Stocker downstairs in the basement at The Venue. Along with her work with the TNS Foundation, Naomi looks after the gym, and therefore gave me my induction.

Naomi leads the way
Naomi leads the way

On hand was Gilbert Woolley to video it for the TNS Facebook page, and Brian Jones, to get a few photos. I can’t embed the video but you can watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/TheNewSaintsFC/videos/1222143404510672/ I’ve got a good body, if I say so myself.’ Only joking, of course. That’s why I joined the gym.

As you can see, Naomi is very good and she knows her stuff. She’s also produced a programme for me to follow. Yes, I have my own personal trainer. Of course, due to the fact that I live a three-hour round trip from Park Hall, my gym visits will be limited to when I’m there for other things.

Photographed by Brian, filmed by Gilbert
Photographed by Brian, filmed by Gilbert

If you’re in the Oswestry area though, why not get yourself down there? There’s always a surge in gym membership from January 1. Why wait for a date on a calendar to look after yourself. Get in touch with Naomi and beat the New Year rush. (naomi.stocker@gotothevenue.com)

Jog on
Jog on

Hope to see you there. So, if you walk in one day and see this adonis-like figure on a treadmill, then it means I haven’t arrived yet but I’ll be along later. I can’t wait to get started though and I’ll be bringing you updates via this column.

Eat your heart out, Steve Redgrave
Eat your heart out, Steve Redgrave

If you’ve been listening to TNS Radio in recent weeks, then you’ll know that we have had Tom Matthews with us on air. Picking up an injury while playing on-loan at Airbus, he’s been joining us for the duration of the shows.

That was the case last Tuesday as well, as following my gym induction it was straight on the team coach, as we headed north-west to Bangor City. This time round we had double-value, as Tom’s twin sister joined us in the press box. Gina, like her brother, is great and we had another quality show. We’ve already had dad, Steve, on TNS Radio so we just need mom, Dawn, for the complete set.

It was great to have Gina in TNS Radio
It was great to have Gina in TNS Radio

We were forced to improvise at Bangor, so TNS Radio went out via Facebook Live. It was all last-minute stuff, and we didn’t announce it until minutes before we went on air, so to get 400+ listeners by the end of the game was pretty decent. When you consider WPL attendances, it’s actually very good indeed.

I really enjoyed the match itself and the 2-0 scoreline means that the triple-treble dream is still alive. In fact, we can go one better this season with the Irn-Bru Cup in the mix. However, along with everyone else at the club, I’m not getting carried away. It’s definitely a case of the old cliché, ‘a game at a time’, as far as I’m concerned.

I do love my selfies
I do love my selfies

Talking of that though, it’s more of the same this weekend as we head back to Nantporth. This time in the WPL, it will be another cracker I’m sure. Yes, with it being November 5, it’s a dream fixture for the headline writers. Even Bangor is a pun in the making. See you there, if not we look forward to your company on TNS Radio.

Contact me: stewart.bloor@tnsfc.co.uk