ISSUE 18 - 13 MARCH 2016
VS #NOEXCUSES #COYH
2 PROGRAMME CONTENTS
06 COACH’S HUDDLE
WIDNES AND WIDNES WAS THE ORDER OF THE WEEK ALL IN THE NAME OF THE CUP. BUDZIE HAD A BREAKDOWN SO DIDN’T MAKE TO THE MATCH. HERE ARE HIS COMMENTS AND ANALYSIS.
THIS WEEK WE HAVE BOBBY HAIG FEATURED ON OUR PAGES. HERE IS THE INSIDE INFO ON THIS ACTUAL BLACKHAWKS LEGEND.
04. ROUND UP
26. ICE HOCKEY REVIEW
A ROUND UP OF RECENT NEWS FROM PLANET
ALL THE LATEST NEWS AND RESULTS
FROM OUR LEAGUE AND BEYOND
08. STREETHAWKS UPDATE
30. OFFICIAL SIGNALS
CHRIS RILEY KEEPS US UP TO SPEED WITH THE
SEE WHAT ALL THOSE REFEREE GES-
TURES MEAN WITH OUR PICTORIAL
15. THE FIXER
GRAHAM LOMAX GIVES US AN INSIGHT INTO
31. MERCH UPDATE
HIS THOUGHTS OVER THE PAST WEEK OR SO
ESTHER INTRODUCES TO SOME NEW
REGARDING THE BLACKBURN HAWKS.
ITEMS AVAILABLE ON THE SC TABLE
TEAM SHEETS FOR THE HAWKS & SENATORS.
YOU CAN FILL IN ALL OF THE RESULTS HERE AS
SOME PLAYER AND FAN PHOTOS
22. PLAYOFFS THE LATEST NEWS REGARDING THE PLAYOFFS
40.FIXTURES & RESULTS IT’S THE LAST FEW MATCHES FOR A BRILLIANT WINNING SEASON
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CAPS COLUMN EVERY WEEK CHRIS ARNONE POSTS HIS ANAYSIS AND THOUGHTS ON OUR MOST RECENT MATCHES IN THE LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH. THE PAGE IS UPDATED EVERY TUESDAY SO HEAD ON OVER THERE TO READ UP ON THE MATCH REPORT FROM OUR RECENT CUP MATCHES VS. WIDNES. CHRIS’ ARTICLE IS USUALLY POSTED QUITE QUICKLY ON OUR OFFICIAL WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, SUPPORTERS PAGE AND ON OUR TEAM APP. YOU CAN ALSO BUY THE LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH ON TUESDAY AND READ IT THERE.
Programme design & content by John Milton Cover photo supporters choice MATT VINEY by John Milton (www.eventog.uk) Articles provided by Paul Breeze, Graham Lomax, Esther Gradwell and John Milton. All items are copyright to their respective owners and all rights reserved © 2016
The past two weeks have seen the welcome return of Ollie Lomax. The team decided that he should take the penalty on Sunday at Widnes in our cup match and he made no mistakes. Looks like Ollie never went away and we certainly will appreciate him in our next few vital matches. Matt Viney received MVP with some excellent play during the Widnes match. Two convincing wins in the cup against Widnes sees us points level with the Stars who are our only competition as Sharks and Widnes are both on zero points. In the league we have one game in hand and a points lead against Whitley. Whitley play Solihull today who could make it very difficult for Whitley as Solihull seem certain for the third playoff spot now and want to make their presence felt. If Solihull lose all of their remaining games and Billingham win all of theirs Billingham can still only draw level with Solihull. Solway are still very much in the mix and both of their games against Telford and Sutton will be for double points due to the weather contributing to them missing some key games earlier in the year. Tonight’s match against Telford is very important to us as we can build a gap between ourselves and Whitley who could still on paper, win the title from us depending on our next few results. Everyone please shout for the team and get right behind them. Two points tonight would be a massive boost to the lads and we will be making it harder and harder for the competition to keep up with us. This week I asked that you vote for the player that you, the fans would like to see on the front cover and Matt Viney ran away with it and scored a massive 36 votes. Hope that you like the photo and I will do the same for the remaining players not in the voting this time for our next issue. News reaches us today that Andy Dunn is sadly hanging up his skates with the Hawks to chase a little white ball around a field in his old age playing Golf instead!! We do wish Andy all the best and thank him for his season with us. We will no doubt see him at the arena when he gets bored with the 19th hole and “Golf is a real sport isn’t it?” angle.
SUNDAY WE WERE AT WIDNES AND SAW A GREAT FIRST PERIOD WITH SIX GOALS TO THE GOOD. WIDNES PLAYED OUT OF THEIR SKINS AND DOMINATED THE SECOND SCORING THE ONLY GOAL OF THAT PERIOD. IN THE LAST WE RALLIED AND THE SCORE ENDED AD A RESPECTABLE 7 -1. LETS DO THE LADS PROUD TONIGHT & SCREAM AND CHEER FOR THE HAWKS! #PROUD #ONETEAM #COYH #90
Good Evening one and all, and a very warm welcome to my fellow Shropshirites from Telford. Sadly I missed last weekend’s cup win due to being broken down on the Motorway, so I must say a massive thanks to Widnes Wild Coach Mark Gillingham for stepping in and helping us out on the bench.
home games remaining we are in pole position to finish top of the table, so let’s all knuckle down and focus and get the job done before we head off to Sheffield for the Play Offs.
Apparently, we played very well for twenty minutes and then took our foot off the gas a little, but a games a game I suppose and a few of the lads had a decent work out. We were once again short of bodies due to Mothers Day but still had enough quality to get by in another cup game. Tonight sees us return to league action and it’s vital we get another win under our belts as we go down the final straight. With us not playing for a while it’s given the opposition a chance to close the gap slightly, but it’s still very much in our own hands as to how things finish up, with three
Blackburn Hawks League Position 1
Telford Tigers League Position 6
Played 28 | Won 23 | Drawn 2 | Lost 3 | Points 48
Played 28 | Won 11 | Drawn 4 | Lost 13 | Points 26
Tempers flared last weekend as the Hawks continue their 100% record in the cup (Photo John Milton (eventog.uk)
’ r e n r o C y t i n u ‘Comm
This season we have made great strides in taking Blackburn Ice Hockey out into the community. Our partnership with Blackburn Youth Zone has proved to be a positive and successful one. Every Monday evening I am joined by players, Ollie Lomax, Aaron Davies, Nicole Whittle (Blackburn Thunder) and Graham Lomax as we coach a group of under 12s and introduce them to hockey. Our long term plan is to invite some of these young people onto ‘a learn to skate programme’. As with many things there is a cost to this. We will have buckets next to the bar and at the supporters
table asking for contributions at home games, please give generously. Alongside this we are in discussions with Chorley Council, looking at establishing a STREEHAWKS Inline Roller club there. We have also been delivering school assemblies and giving tickets out to excited young people in local schools. A huge thanks to Kim Mietinnen, Chris Arnone, Graham Smith and Carl Slater (Eagles) for assisting us on this. We have many exciting projects planned. If you would like to know more about our projects or think you can help.
Please contact. Chris Riley on 07740 367425 or chris-riley2011@ hotmail.co.uk.
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LOOKING BACK AT BLACKHAWKS LEGEND BOBBY HAIG
The title “legend” is used a lot these days but in Bobby Haig’s case it is well and truly deserved for the service that he did Blackburn Hawks over many years. He learnt his hockey at Kirkcaldy with Fife Flyers and Chic Cottrell has fond memories of his time there: “Probably one of the most under rated players I ever played with - Bobby was a product of the newly formed Fife Junior development. His father John was team manager of the Fife Flyers when we won Wembley and his brother John was also destined to play for Fife Flyer’s and other teams. When Bobby moved in to the Flyers I was asked by the coach to play in a line with him and Dean Edmiston. What a joy for a player in his senior years [me] getting to play with two young bucks.
Bobby Haig at the Legends match in May (Photo John Milton (eventog.uk)
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Bobby was never classed as a fast skater but his puck control and vision during games was unbelievable. He made space to receive the puck and made passes into space that others could not see that were top drawer. He also possessed a great accurate slapshot that helped him rack up the points. Equally at home on either wing, centre of defence Bobby was an all-round player. Although not a tall player, Bobby never shirked a challenge or check and very rarely got caught in possession. After retiring I used to go and watch some games and loved to watch Bobby playing defence. He never ceased to amaze me with some of the plays he made and his fast accurate passing on breakouts was fantastic to see.â€?
Bobby Haig at the Legends match in May (Photo John Milton (eventog.uk)
Haig played 8 seasons with Flyers in the HBL Premier Division and also had spells with Dundee / Tayside, Humberside, Dumfries and Paisley and Murrayfield before he arrived at Blackburn for the 1996/97 Northern Premier League season. Haig is also a full GB international, having made 6 appearances for Team GB at World Championships Pool C in Copenhagen in 1991. He would probably have made many appearances for his country but, unfortunately, his GB breakthrough came at the wrong time and GB coach Alex Dampier continued to rely on more re-classified imports and dual national players in the squad.
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Ironically, it was a similar set of circumstances that led to the 28 year old Haig joining Blackburn Hawks as the top teams all stuffed their rosters with overseas players at the start of the Superleague period, leaving a lot of highly experienced but “not Canadian enough” Brits without clubs to go to. Bobby explains what made him to decide to drop down to NPL level: “The reason I moved down to Blackburn was Jim Pennycook. I had known him for a long time before our Blackburn days and, when he got the player/coach’ s job, he asked me and Neil Abel if we would like to come and play and that was how it all started.” After a season or two, Jimmy gave up the coaching job and the manager of the rink Des Finlay asked me to take over. As well as becoming the player coach I worked at the arena and oversaw the junior development so that was one of the reasons I stayed so long. But the main reason was because I enjoyed playing and staying in Blackburn!”
Graham Lomax is... R E X I F E TH
raham Lomax is the Media and PR manager for the Hawks. If you broke him in half he would read Blackburn Hawks all the way through the middle. Here are some of his thoughts from the last few weeks. There is a saying that goes when you’re angry you’ll make the best speech you ever could……. I was asked months ago to write in the program, something that I’m quite happy to do, but what do I write about, Results? Other Teams? The world in the eyes of yours truly? Difficult really isn’t it, I’ve always been an honest person and I was always taught and brought up to tell the truth, if you tell the truth then what is there to be afraid of?…So Here Goes. After Twenty years of being in and around this building I
have bags of experience of how things work, all anyone wants in life is for someone to say “thanks”, or “I appreciate that” and they’ll take that as a reward, how hard can that be? People come and people go, they always have they always will and that includes players and fans alike, but one thing remains constant - Blackburn Arena. It’s still here and hopefully it will be for some time to come, but for the first time ever, we now have new owners, are the winds of change about to blow? Let’s be honest here, I see us as the Manchester United of the NIHL we’re massive and the
16 CALLMERAY potential is endless, but yet we amble by week to week with this Sunday League mentality. Someone said to me last week, “we’re only Amateurs”, Yeah, I know that, but what’s wrong with being the best Amateur you can be? There’s nothing wrong with having a professional attitude is there?, Surely that’s got to be constructive, right? I remember the first time I ever came to a game, and you know what made me return? It was the Match night Presentation, Wow, I was blown away, What do we have now?, Nothing!! We can’t even be bothered to turn the lights out, it’s all about attitude and it spreads like wild fire. Good and Bad alike - Monkey See, Monkey Do….. Structure, Discipline and Goals, we have NONE, we get by week to week purely on the ability of our players, that’s it end of. Be proud for Christ sake, show some commitment, and show
If you would like to join the SC team and help out there are several ways that you can get involved. Please either come over to speak to us at the supporters club table for an informal chat. No experience is required, just enthusiasm and drive. Alternatively you can fill in the form on the SC website at http://blackburnhawks.club/contact/ It really is very rewarding to be part of such a great team.
some effort, I applaud anyone who travels to play or watch I really do but sadly as a club we lack foresight and have little or no infrastructure. I look at the job Scott Barnett has done with the Eagles and I’m jealous, I really am. They make us look like Amateurs, (oh I forgot, that’s what we are) we have the potential, we have the personnel in and around the club, and yet day by day, week by week, good people walk away, you need to ask why? We all like an easy life don’t we? But there are times when someone has to say, NO, you’re wrong; you’re out of line. And there are times when someone has to be taken to task over issues that aren’t becoming of a club the size of ours, but who is there to do that? Whose job is it? The MD? The Coach? The Managers? We’re like a massive Oil Tanker with a missing Rudder; anything that works well has a structure and a
17 CALLMERAY framework. What’s the long term plan with the Team? Can we last out for another five or six seasons with the current squad? I doubt it very much, as our fantastic under tens wont quite be ready for a few years yet, so what are we going to do? Two or three seasons ago we started the F5 Group which brought together fans old and new, we had volunteers queuing up to be part of the promising future, excitement levels were at fever pitch. What’s happened to all those people? Were you one? Why have fans stopped being volunteers and started dropping like flies? Serious questions that need investigating. Last Season filled me and lots of others with immense pride, we’d reached the Holy Land and it was a special time to be around the club and I wrote about it and shouted it from the Hilltops. It wasn’t perfect, trust me it wasn’t, but they were surely building blocks to go on and build an Empire. Yes we sit atop the League at the moment, but as I alluded to earlier, have we improved? Personally I believe we are a better team than last year (when everyone is fit and commits) but are we a better club? Do we not set the standards for others to follow, I
think we have in certain departments, and do we not set the bar height? I think so. I’ve always believed that in Sport, if someone pays to watch YOU play, you’re honoured. If someone asks YOU for your autograph you’re privileged, and I’ll take that to my grave, nobody will ever convince me different. Management, Management, Management, Togetherness, Togetherness, Togetherness, Commitment, Commitment, Commitment. I could write a book, and one day I may do, (this is just the tip of the Iceberg) I’m hopeful that Silver Blades will get hold of us as a club, give us a good shake and put us on the right road, and maximise our potential, after all they are Hockey people, this isn’t a criticism of any individual, it’s an observation of where and how I think we can do better, as a Club? YES, as a Team?, YES, as Fans and Volunteers? YES? I urge anyone reading this as a Fan, Player or Owner PLEASE, PLEASE, give this great club the love and attention it so rightly deserves!! At times It feels like someone is mis-treating my pet Cat!! Cheers G………..
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Sunday 13th February 2016 - Face Off: 5:45
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No mascots this weekend as our junior under 11s play Whitley FINAL PERIOD SCORES
VS TELFORD TIGERS League Game - Blackburn Ice Arena
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PLAYOFF UPDATE Itâ€™s all getting exciting now and it looks like we will be in the company of the Solihull Barons for the play-offs. Billingham look like they are out of the running and Solway look to be favourites for the fourth play-off spot. Billingham have had a miserable season and they can only now compete in the cup against the Hawks so expect fireworks there. I will attempt to find out where the Hawks fans will be socialising over the play-off weekend so if you have any recommendations for food or drinking establishments please let me know and I will publish them. The play-offs are just a month away now and itâ€™s all getting a little exciting. Tickets have arrived and can be collected from Miek at the match on Sunday. A block booking was attempted for the reserve list of supporters still looking for tickets and further notice will be given as soon as we receive it. Thanks to everyone for their hard work behind the scenes and we will see you there in Sheffield in May. Teams with their place booked for the playoff finals so far..
BLACKBURN HAWKS WHITLEY WARRIORS ????? ?????
NIHL Round Ups 7th March 2016 Second place Whitley Warriors moved to within a point of leaders Blackburn Hawks with a 6-3 win over play-off contenders Solway Sharks. The Hawks were without a league game at the weekend as they were playing Widnes Wild in the NIHL North Cup. With just 3 games left to play in their Moralee Conference league schedule, the Warriors still have an outside chance of overtaking the Hawks for the title but the defending champions do have a game in hand and 3 of their 4 remaining games are at home. Solihull Barons still look favourites to finish in 3rd place after a 4 point weekend courtesy of wins away at local rivals Telford Tigers and at home to Sheffield Senators. They are 6 points clear of 4th place Billingham Stars with a game in hand and 4 left to play. The Stars are precariously hanging on to the final
play off place by a single point after they drew 4-4 at home to Telford on Sunday. That point moved them above Solway Sharks who beat Sheffield Spartans on Saturday and then lost at Whitley on Sunday. The Sharks have games in hand and will play both Telford and Sutton at home for double points to make up for games cancelled due to the bad weather in December. In the Laidler Conference, Widnes Wild edged closer to securing second place with a 4-7 win away at Hull Jets on Saturday. 3rd place Nottingham Lions lost 2-1 away at Blackburn Eagles on Sunday meaning they are 4 points behind the Wild, having played a game more. With Altrincham Aces losing 3-2 away in Hull on Sunday night, Blackburn Eagles need just one point from their 4 remaining games to guarantee play-off hockey for the first time in their history.
Barons at Telford. (Photo by Keith Davies)
FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY PLEASE KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PUCK AT ALL TIMES
THE PUCK CAN AND WILL LEAVE THE ICE AND FLYING PUCKS CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS
PHOTO GALLERY Just some photos that were picked up by the camera from some of our recent matches. You could be in our next programme! #90
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BLUE: Denotes a cup match WHITE: Denotes a League Match
Published on Mar 10, 2016