ISSUE 19 - 20 MARCH 2016
VS #COYH #BELIEVE #HAWKS
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06 COACH’S HUDDLE
HAWKS LEAD IN BOTH THE LEAGUE AND CUP COMPETITIONS AND TODAY WE COULD TAKE THE SPOILS. ONLY ONE POINT REQUIRED TONIGHT FOR US TO TAKE BACK TO BACK TITLES. HERE IS BUDZIES VIEWS ON LAST WEEKS CUP MATCH AND TONIGHTS BIG PUSH
THIS WEEK WE HAVE A FEATURE ON HAWKS NETMINDER LEGENDS WITH THE ORIGINAL POST FROM THE PREVIOUSLY CANCELED MATCH VS SOLWAY.
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
16. THE FIXER
30. OFFICIAL SIGNALS
GRAHAM LOMAX GIVES US AN INSIGHT INTO
SEE WHAT ALL THOSE REFEREE GES-
HIS THOUGHTS OVER THE PAST WEEK OR SO
TURES MEAN WITH OUR PICTORIAL
REGARDING THE BLACKBURN HAWKS.
TEAM SHEETS FOR THE HAWKS & SENATORS.
SOME PLAYER AND FAN PHOTOS
YOU CAN FILL IN ALL OF THE RESULTS HERE AS THEY HAPPEN
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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Programme design & content by John Milton Cover photo supporters choice JAMES RIDDOCH by John Milton (www.eventog.uk) Articles provided by Paul Breeze, Graham Lomax, and John Milton. All items are copyright to their respective owners and all rights reserved ÂŠ 2016
The Hawks were away last weekend in their cup match with the Billingham Stars and then home again for the league match vs. Telford on Sunday. The Billingham match started off with a well executed Billingham goal at 43:06 minutes which was very quickly countered by Richard Bentham in under a minute with an assist from Adam Brittle. No more goals during normal time meant we were in store for a sudden death extra time with only four outfielders available per team to open up the scoring opportunities. Richard Bentham didnâ€™t disappoint us and skated the whole length of the rink to slot in the winning goal sending our fans and the team wild. Matt Viney sustained an injury at Billingham and did not play on Sunday as a result so we send him our best wishes and hope for a speedy recovery before the playoffs arrive. Last Sunday we hosted the Telford Tigers and this was understandably an important match for the Hawks. Both net minders were on top form with Daniel Brittle battling hard to achieve a massive shut out for us. Telford NM Denis Bell played outstandingly saving an impressive 57 of 61 shots fired at him throughout the match winning the MVP convincingly. Tonight we welcome the Solway Sharks and we will all remember just a couple of short seasons ago when we had to stand to one side as we watched the Sharks celebrate their title win on their ice right in front of us. Tonight it may be our turn. Solway would like nothing more than to stop that from happening tonight so scream and shout for the Hawks and give the lads the support they richly deserve. Many of the players will have their thoughts firmly with Alan Amos tonight, Alan was instrumental in setting the foundation stones for the Hawks recent successes and sadly passed away before realising his dream of seeing the Hawks winning the title. This is the second time now so lets do this for Alan tonight #COYH #ForAlan
IT WAS A GREAT WINNING WEEKEND FOR THE HAWKS AGAINST BOTH BILLINGHAM AND TELFORD AHEAD OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT MATCH OF THE YEAR SO FAR TONIGHT WHERE WE REQUIRE A SINGLE POINT TO WIN OUR LEAGUE. THE LADS HAVE NEVER WAVERED AND GIVEN EVERYTHING THEY HAVE BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY FOR THIS MOMENT TO ARRIVE - SO CHEER FOR THE HAWKS! BE LOUD BE PROUD #COYH #90 #FORALAN Good evening everyone and a warm welcome to our visitors this evening The Solway Sharks. As the season comes to a close I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for getting behind the team the way they have, the support home and away has once again been outstanding. I’d like to say special thank you to all the volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes and whose work goes un-noticed and receive little or no gratitude, and in many a case they receive criticism. Without people like this we wouldn’t have a club, so from me and the Team, thank you very much indeed. I thought last weekend’s effort from the guys was outstanding the win in Billingham was a fantastic effort and was right up there with anything we’ve done this season and in the grand scheme of things gives us a great opportunity to lift some silverware. I’m a half empty glass sort of person,
as things stand at the moment we haven’t won anything this season, I’m happy to just take each game as it comes and see how things pan out. As Richie Bentham once quoted (and we’ve never let him forget it) “It’s a marathon, not a sprint!”
Blackburn Hawks League Position 1
Solway Sharks League Position 4
Played 28 | Won 23 | Drawn 2 | Lost 3 | Points 48
Played 27 | Won 14 | Drawn 2 | Lost 11 | Points 30
Photos from the home Telford match Sunday 13th March. More on page 36-37 (Photo John Milton (eventog.uk)
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LOOKING BACK AT BLACKHAWKS NETMINDERS John Dunford began his hockey with the Blackpool Seagulls in the Southern League Midland Division and was part of the team that won two English League North title in a row in 1980/81 and 81/82. He was in the Seagulls team that played in the first ever British Championship weekend at Streatham in April 1982 where they lost in the semi-final to eventual overall champions Dundee Rockets 16-4. Dunford arrived at Blackburn for the Blackhawks’ first season via Trafford Metros where he had been top choice netminder for 4 seasons in HBL1. Team manager Keith Purvis explains how that came about:
John Dunford (Photo Walter Baylis)
“John was a good, reliable Netminder, which were in fairly short supply in the North West at that time. I’d known him from his time at Blackpool and had already managed to get him to come to play at Altrincham, so cutting his travelling time dramatically to ice at Blackburn was no problem at all.”
Darryl Kenyon played with Dunford at Blackpool “Johnno was often mentioned as one of the best Britgoalies in the country - totally committed to the game and the position. My dad (Bob Kenyon) said of him once: “he’s an amateur player with a professional attitude to the game”. The last line of defence but you’d be confident as a team with him there. He was and still is a great goalie, great to watch and learn from. He taught me the position when I first started and owe him for that. A genuine, nice, guy too and very funny in the dressing room. Not very loud, but when he talks you listen.” Dunford played in the Blackhawks’ first ever game and made 64 competitive starts over two seasons. He made just one appearance in the 92/93 season as the Steve Moria regime brought in new blood and Paul Hannant took over as first choice netminder.
John Dunford (Poses for photos with fans at the 25
Anniversary Legends game in April 2015 (Photo by Keith Preston)
John stepped down from first class hockey but has remained closely involved in the game ever since. He is the father of former Hawk and current Blackburn Eagle Sam Dunford.
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Paul Hannant learnt his hockey at Whitley Bay but only made his first senior appearances when he moved to Peterborough Pirates in 1987 where he played 5 games in the Norwich Union Cup and HBLP. After spells mainly as back-up netminder with Telford Tigers and Trafford Metros in HBL1 and Solihull Barons (HBLP), Paul was brought to Blackburn by new player coach Steve Moria for the 92/93 season and it was here that he finally made a niche for himself. He was first choice keeper for the ED1 season and played in 34 league and Autumn Trophy games. The Hawks finished 4th in Conference A of the English League, missing out on the promotion play offs but were then handed promotion anyway when HBL1 was restructured for the following season. Here again, Hannant remained Moria’s first choice netminder and played in 39 league games in HBL1 North – helping the team achieve a 3rd place finish. This time they did qualify for the promotion playoffs however, they failed to win promotion to the Premier Division, finishing 3rd in the group of 4. The following season Steve Moria left to join Division 1 rivals Swindon Wildcats and the Hawks underwent a season of upheaval. High profile coach Rocky Saganiuk came in mid-season and a lot of money was thrown at boosting the struggling squad. One of the newcomers was netminder Ian Young who had had a wealth of experience at HBLP level and who became first choice netminder for the latter part of the season. Of Hannant, Ian McDade said: “Paul lived up to the reputation of a goal tender. He would have fit in to the Charlestown Chiefs on Slap Shot and was at the centre of most things in the changing room. He has plenty of talent but you sensed his Hockey career was destined to be short”
With teammate Wayne Dunn (Photo by Stephen M Kershaw)
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By the time he arrived at Blackburn, Ian Young had already notched up 14 seasons of top level hockey with home team Cleveland/Billingham, and spells with Telford, Solihull and Humberside – much of that time in the HBL Premier Division. He had first hit the national headlines when, as a 17 year old in his first full senior season, he recorded the Heineken League Premier Division’s first ever shut out in a 0-11 win away at Nottingham Panthers on 22nd December 1984.
Paul Hannant at the Legends game
(Photo by Tony Greenwood - www.kipax.com)
Phil Lee also started off at Billingham and he said of Young: “I played with Ian at Billingham and Solihull. On his day he was one of the best British tenders I played with.”
Having initially started the season back with Billingham, Ian was one of the players drafted in mid-season during the 94/95 when big name coach Rocky Saganiuk was brought in to salvage the Hawks season after a series of disasters and sackings. Young played 17 league games, sharing netminding duties with Paul Hannant and remained in place for the 95/96 season under new player coach Ryan Kummu where he alternated with hitherto unknown Canadian Horatio Schlinger.
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Ian McDade said of Young: “I only spent a short period of time with Ian but he had a professionalism that came from playing at the top level in the British game. A very nice fella who was consistent between the pipes. It’s no coincidence that he was goal tender the year the Hawks finished in their highest position in British Hockey”. After leading the Division One table early in the season, the Hawks eventually finished 2nd to Manchester Storm. The summer of 1996 saw the British League dissolve, the Superleague emerge and the bigger teams become awash with overseas players. The rest of the teams across the country had to reassess their financial capabilities and join lower level competitions to match their budgets. This mean that many experienced players who had played at the highest level during the British League period were squeezed out of the game and decided to hang up their skates as a consequence.
Ian Young Netminder presents his Legends
shirt to Eddie Brigdale (Photo by John Milton – www.eventog.uk)
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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. When you look back in the history books about all things hockey, here in little old Blackburn - yeah, little old Blackburn, what will you see? You’ll see names like Perlini, Damphouse, Durdle, Moria, Sinkov and Haig and you’ll say ‘they were the good times’. Really? What did they win? We knocked it down and we built it back up again, we had to, we had no choice - but what we did have was a vision of how good and how great this team could become with the quality that we had at our disposal, but it wasn’t going to happen over night, so we planned for the
future and look at us now on the cusp of our second league title in succession. Several years ago myself, Mark Ward and Bobby Haig identified we had quality within our own ranks and we had to take a few steps back to go forward, and personally I feel that’s where Billingham are right at this moment, their U20’s are a top side and are League Champions but the management seem reluctant to go out with the old and in with the new. Well how can you at £10 a pop? There’s going to be a lot more defeats than victories for a while, but it will come to fruition.
17 CALLMERAY Anyway I digress, luckily our crowds stayed with us and we had to endure a tough few seasons even being relegated, but having a lifeline thrown to us, but it was all part of the building for the future. Look closely at the team now, and yes you will see players from outside the club, but you will also see players from within, Ashton, Lomax, Arnone, Drakeley, Bentham, Miekle, and if you look a little deeper, players that no longer play in the Hawks squad like Rogers and Dunford. The list actually goes on and on, and still littered in the Eagles squad are players from within. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Bobby for laying the foundations, I’d like to thank Jared for building on them and I’d like to thank Budzie leading the team into the next era, it’s not an easy job and can be quite challenging at times, and everyone’s a critic, myself included. Let’s hope tonight is a celebration
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.
of the season’s achievements. You know what drives me on, a certain individual who will remain nameless that stood outside our 100 seater Bus when we lost our first ever final up in Billingham, he was stood outside staring at me as I sat seated and dejected. He was dancing and singing and gesturing with two fingers. Patience my son, play the long game, how did that work out for you? Karma has a habit of biting people like that right in the backside, that was 21 games ago, the last time they beat us, see you at the play offs. Oh no, Sorry, I won’t you’re right, you didn’t make it, oh well, no hard feelings, better luck next year. Cheers Graham, Gratz, Ray…………..pretty sure I’m called allsorts?
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PLAYOFF UPDATE Solihull Barons now join us and Whitley with a guaranteed playoff spot so well done to them. After only one season in the Moralee league they have taken points from every team at some point in their season. Solway are the favourites to take the other slot still remaining with their outstanding games all to play for with double points available. We will be keeping a close eye on Matt Viney on the run up to the playoffs after his injury from Saturdayâ€™s game and keeping you up to date here and on social media. We would like to say a massive well done to the Eagles team who have confirmed their own place in the playoffs in the Laidler conference. I am sure many, if not all Hawks fans attending for the Hawks matches will be there to offer support for our Blackburn brothers. Scott and his team have done a fantastic job making the Eagles a force to be reckoned with this season and who knows where they will stop? Next season will be interesting.
Tickets have been handed out to those who have paid, and to think that after all the worrying, EVERYONE who wanted a ticket got one in the end. Watch this space for more updates on the road to Sheffield... Teams with their place booked for the playoff finals so far...
BLACKBURN HAWKS WHITLEY WARRIORS SOLIHULL BARONS ?????
Solihull Barons had the best of the weekend Moralee action with a 4 point weekend that guarantees their place in the play offs and also went some way to settle other issues at the top of the league table. On Saturday night they beat bottom team Sheffield Senators 4-7 away – making it 28 defeats out of 28 starts for the team who already relegated. On Sunday night they beat title challengers Whitley Warriors 6-4, inflicting the north east team’s first defeat in 10 games and effectively ending their championship ambitions. With league leaders Blackburn Hawks shutting out Telford Tigers 4-0 on Sunday, it means that the Hawks only need one point from their 3 remaining league games to win their second league title in a row. Solway Sharks picked up three points out of a possible 4 with a 4-6 win over Sheffield Spartans on Saturday and a 3-3 draw back at iceSheffield again on Sunday against Sutton Sting. Those results mean that the three iceSheffield teams currently occupy all three bottom places in the table and that the Spartans will now definitely finish second from bottom and take part in the
relegation play-off against the team that finishes second in the Laidler Conference. 5th place Billingham Stars won 1-9 away at Sheffield Senators on Sunday night and are level on points with 4th place Solway, although the Sharks have games in hand and look most likely to take the last play-off spot. In the Laidler Conference, champions Deeside Dragons beat a short benched Bradford Bulldogs 9-1 on Saturday and the Bradford side had an even harder night on Sunday when they were shout out 13-0 by second place Widnes Wild. Player coach Scott McKenzie scored an impressive 6+2 for the Wild and was involved in Widnes’ first 8 goals. He sat out the second half of the game once it was obvious the contest was won and Slovakian Michal Fico weighed in with 0+4 in a game that saw the hosts outshoot their opponents 71 to 30. Wild are now guaranteed their place in the play offs and, if they finish second in in the table - as looks likely – they will play Sheffield Spartans home and away in the promotion / relegation playoff. The other two playoff places have gone to Nottingham Lions and Blackburn Eagles. Both teams beat Coventry Blaze
27 ICEHOCKEYREVIEW over the weekend and they are now involved in a fascinating tussle to decided which team will finish 3rd and who will finish 4th. As well as the pride of finishing in a higher position, that will also decide who they play in the play-off semi-finals. A rare delves into the EPL now to announce that Basingstoke Bison have secured their first title for 23 years after a 4-point weekend. They won 2-5 away at Telford Tigers on Saturday and then narrowly beat Swindon Wildcats 5-4 on Sunday. Those
wins put them seven points clear of second place Peterborough Phantoms, who only have 3 games left, and whose tussle for the runners-up spot with Guildford Flames will be settled when the two sides meet this weekend.
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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
Rescheduled league match - Championship edition.