ISSUE 20 - 26 MARCH 2016
S N O I P M A H C E U G LEA
VS MORALEE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 2014-15 2015-16
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06 COACH’S HUDDLE
HAWKS ARE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS AGAIN. BUDZIE TELLS US WHAT IT MEANS TO US AS A TEAM.
THIS WEEK WE HAVE A FEATURE ON HAWKS LEGEND IAN MCDAID WITH A SHORT Q & A SESSION. THANKS TO PAUL BREEZE’ AND ICE HOCKEY REVIEW
04. ROUND UP
A ROUND UP OF RECENT NEWS FROM PLANET
THE LATEST NEWS REGARDING THE
13. THEO - GO FUND ME
26. ICE HOCKEY REVIEW
THEO JOINED US LAST WEEK WITH HIS FAMILY
ALL THE LATEST NEWS AND RESULTS
FROM AN INVITE FROM CHRIS ARNONE.
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
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 CHAMPIONS 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
Well they did it, Moralee League Champions 2015-16 Back to back league titles and didn’t they do a great job getting there. We had a couple of hiccups on the journey, but all in all the Hawks were never likely to fail us were they? We couldn’t be any prouder of our team this week. We now have a great chance at the treble and just need one more cup win to secure our second piece of silverware this year, then it’s on to the play off’s where it could potentially be anyone’s competition as we all start out afresh. We will face either Solway or Solihull in the semi final depending on results from Solway’s remaining double point match on Saturday. We convincingly beat Solway last weekend at home 7-0 and play Solihull tonight who seem to fear no-one this year having taken points from all opposing teams in our league at some point this year and securing the third playoff slot a couple of weeks ago. The play off trophy is there to be taken of course and if you want the title you will have to take it away from us as there will be no free rides. We would like to thank everyone who helps out behind the scenes to make your evening with the Hawks so enjoyable. There are too many to list but you do know who you are and we thank you for your sacrifices and help to always make the evenings sport as enjoyable as it is. This is the penultimate programme for this season and I hope that you have enjoyed reading them as much as I have enjoyed putting them together for you. Our last match is at home to Billingham and it’s time for us to let our hair down and just enjoy the match - unless you are a Hawk that is, you still have some work to do lads. #shoesoffforthechampions
MORALEE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS, IT HAS A NICE RING TO IT DOESN’T IT? THEY HAVE DONE AN IMMENSE JOB GETTING TO WHERE THEY ARE TONIGHT BUT THERE IS STILL WORK TO BE DONE. WE HAVE THE CUP AND THE PLAY OFF’S AHEAD BUT LETS JUST CELEBRATE WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW THOUGH AS THE TREBLE IS AHEAD OF US. IT WILL NOT BE EASY BUT WE ALL HAVE FAITH. GO GET ‘EM HAWKS!! #COYH #90 #FORALAN Good evening one and all and a warm welcome to tonight’s visitors the Solihull Barons. It wouldn’t be right to start tonight off with anything other than a massive thank you, most of all to the players who have helped us retain our title and secondly to the fans who turn out in their droves week after week.
over the two days. It’s an old cliché but a true one, we just have to keep going and see what happens. I’m not one for making any promises, we’ve had a great season so far but as things stand at the moment we have one piece of Silverware, and there are Three available, so watch this space!
I was more than happy last week for a few reasons, at one stage it was looking like we were going to be going into a very tough match down to the bare bones, but it says so much about the team that so many played when probably they should have rested, and it also appears I could well have found the formula to our line up as we go into the last couple of games and the cup fixture that remains. Hopefully this will set us up nicely for the play offs. I think all four teams that are there are capable of winning it, it’s going to be who performs best
Blackburn Hawks League Position 1
Solihull Barons League Position 3
Played 30 | Won 25 | Drawn 2 | Lost 3 | Points 54
Played 30 | Won 19 | Drawn 0 | Lost 11 | Points 38
Photos from the home Championship match Vs. Solway 20th March 2016. More on page 36-37 (Photos John Milton (eventog.uk)
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LOOKING BACK AT BLACKHAWKS IAN McDADE Ian McDade (Hough) learnt his hockey at Altrincham and made his senior debut for the Trafford Metros at the tender age of 16 during the 1990/91 HBL1 season. After two seasons, he moved to join the Blackburn Hawks under their new player/coach Steve Moria and playing under a new name, having dropped the “black” from their initial Blackhawks title. Ian enjoyed an initial Hawks career spanning 7 seasons (92-93 to 99-00) which covered the various ups and downs under Steve Moria, Rocky Saganiuk, Ryan Kummu , Jim Pennycook and Bobby Haig and he played in almost 200 competitive games in all competitions. After a period away from competitive hockey, he came back to the club for the 2007-08 season as player/coach and more recently was heavily involved with the organising of last year’s 25th anniversary Legends game. Ian McDaid with brother Alan Hough John Dunford before the Manchester Storm v Blackburn (Photo Walter Baylis)season. Hawks HBL1 game in the 1995/96 This game set a then British record for an ice hockey crowd. (Photo: Manchester Evening News)
Here’s what Ian had to say about all of that:
How did you first come to play for Blackburn Hawks? I had just turned 17 at the start of the 1991/92 season and my dream was a reality. I was on the second line for my hometown club getting regular shifts, then I had a shocker away at Fife Flyers and the dream turned sour. Following that game, I went on a streak of 18 games without a single shift and knew I had no future with the club. Ged Smith approached me during the summer asked me if I was interested in signing for Blackburn Hawks. I went for a trial and Steve Moria offered me a spot on the roster for the 1992/93 season. What are your overriding memories of playing for Blackburn? Obviously, training and playing with Steve Moria was surreal, this was a guy who had just led a team to the British Championship and was amongst the best players in the UK, and now we were on the same team. The 20 years on and they haven’t changed a bit! Brothers Arena itself was also the best in the country Ian McDade and Alan Hough before the Legends before Sheffield and Manchester were built. game in 2015. (Photo by Andrea McDade) Also how young the squads were in the early
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days. Blackburn attracted some of the best young players in the country such as Elliott Andrews, Russ Plant, Robin Davison, Lee Cowmeadow, Jon Cotton & Simon Ferry. Which players / coaches made the best impression on you during your time with the Hawks? The most gifted player I ever played with at the Hawks was Oleg Sinkov, he had the silkiest hands I have ever seen. Ged Smith made a good impression, he drew me to the club, we car shared from Manchester to trainings/games, he looked after me and set a great example. As an overall package Steve Moria and Ryan Kummu were great players who brought much more than just that to the table, hugely respected by their squads and got the most out of their players. What was special about the Hawks team in the 95/96 season – and what was it like playing in the big games against Manchester Storm? 1995/96 was the highest finish in the Blackburn Hawks history and much of it was down to having immensely talented first line forwards. Oleg Sinkov, Steve Chartrand and John Haig averaged 13 points per game between them. That’s a huge head start. A personal highlight came that season when we played in my home town at the Manchester Arena in front of 16,000+ fans against Manchester Storm that contained my brother, Alan Hough. I still believe the 1995/96 squad would have been competitive in the British Premier League that season. You were player coach for a time – how did that come about and how did you find the experience? I had not played regularly for 10 years and expressed an interest in returning to the Hawks as a player. Graham Lomax was the manager of the club and asked if I fancied the role of player/ coach. I accepted the opportunity but in hindsight I had taken on too much. It was hard enough just to get the wheels going again for me, never mind worrying about 25 other guys too. On a positive note it was great to be back on the ice and further develop a talented young squad that has gone on to great success. How did you come to be involved with the 25th Anniversary Legends game? In August 2014, I put a post on Facebook with a list of players I considered worthy of a place on the all-time Blackburn Hawks squad. The response was huge, lots of debate but also the mention of a 25 year anniversary game. Next day Graham Lomax phoned to ask if I would like to attend a meeting at the Arena with Mark Halliwell to discuss the idea.
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How hard was it to decide which players to invite to play? That was really tough. Four of us were involved in that process, one representing each part of the club (Arena, Backroom, Players and Fans). We settled on a majority format, if a player got 3 yes votes they went on the list and it worked really well. We ended up with about 50 players on the list. Some could attend, others couldn’t and we had our squad.
Ian McDaid in action at the 25th Anniversary
Legends game (Photo by Peter Sheffield – www.psd-images.) What was it like having all those guys back together on the ice?
It was really great. I hadn’t seen many of them since the 10 year anniversary game so there was plenty to catch up on. It didn’t take long before the dressing room felt like home, when Jon Cotton said to me “ahh… the sh*t Hough brother!”, Russ Plant replied “says the sh*t Cotton brother”, Jon replies “and you’re the sh*t Plant brother”!! It was just like we had never been apart.
13 THEO GOFUNDME
Theo is a new fan of the Blackburn Hawks. He needs our help to get pioneering treatment in America. Please give something towards his treatment if you can.
In July 2015, Theo was Diagnosed with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma. It has spread to his bones, skull, hips and legs. Neuroblastoma is an extremely aggressive form of childhood cancer with survival rates between 35-50%. It is the most common cancer diagnosed in children under 5 years old. In most cases it is only diagnosed when it has already progressed to a late ‘high risk’ stage (stage 4). Even when children are tested and clear of neuroblastoma after initial hospital treatment, a high proportion will relapse and in the case of relapse there is no standard treatment for these children, there is no cure. Now Theo is undergoing initial hospital treatment we need the public to help us raise funds for any treatment available that will increase his chances of survival. If Theo were to relapse, which
is common in children with high risk neuroblastoma, we want him to have access to a wide range of clinical trials, including those not currently available in the UK. We are raising funds for DFMO. It is a drug available I’m America that aims to prevent relapsed neuroblastoma. It is part of a clinical trial and has already shown some promising results. We will hopefully be taking Theo to America as soon as he finishes treatment here in the UK. If you would like to donate to Theo’s treatment it would be very much appreciated. please give if you can via the webpage here. Please share the page. https://www.gofundme.com/ Fight_Like_A_Kid_ Thank you all #hockeyfamily
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. I’ve always been a pessimist and I wasn’t 100% convinced before we played Solway last week that we were going to return the title. Due to it being a rearranged game the missing persons list was getting longer and longer, but credit where it’s due a few of the guys suited up and to be fair I thought that was one hell of a performance from everyone last week. Personally for me I have an affiliation with some of the boy’s Ollie obviously, but Stuey Ashton, Chris Arnone and Rick Bentham are all lads I’ve been around a very long time and I’ve seen their development
from young boys to men and nothing fills me with more pride when I see the club picking up Silverware. It takes me right back to when I was their Coach at Roller Hockey when we spent two summers dominating UK and European Hockey. I’m sure they are days that will remain in their memories for years to come. It’s hard to imagine now that we had to fight tooth and nail to get Roller accepted in the ice community as at certain times we were treated like outcasts, but we stuck at it and look where we are now! It was pointed out last week that when we were short handed killing penalties at
17 CALLMERAY Billingham that at times it was the West Coast Wasps line doing the business and this brought a little smile to my face. It’s something I’ll always cherish, my time coaching a team to European Glory (I have the tattoo to prove it) and with lads that I’m happy to now call my friends. Seeing them
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.
lift Silverware wearing the shirt of the club that means everything to me, I’d like to think I had a part to play in their development not only as Hockey players but as people growing up. Thanks, G.
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Player Chris Butler Matt Viney Aaron Davies James Riddoch Jordan Bannon Andy Dunn Dave Meikle Danny MacKriel Ollie Lomax Chris Arnone Tom King Danny Brittle Adam Brittle Stuart Ashton Max Drakeley Kim Miettinen Ben Simister Lee Pollitt Rick Bentham RJay Berra
Chelsea Carter Steve Mayers Aaron Davies Angela Riddoch Ella Thornton Ella Thornton Joshua Milnes Rita MacKriel Lee Ainsworth John Milton Nana Preston Carol Sharples Julie Latham Stuart Ashton Craig Bevington Miek Harris Hollie Collinge Steve Pollitt Howard Thornton Brian Harrison
Kayleigh Harris David Edwards Gavin Leadbetter Daniel Russell Ginn Chris Calow Christian Carter Eleanor MacKriel Brian Shuttleworth Lucy Elmer Dean Worrall Sarah Martin Graham Hamilton Stuart Ashton Jessica Bevington Nick Riley Keith Preston Stef Harris Matt Addison Carl Everitt
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Sunday 26th February 2016 - Face Off: 5:45
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VS SOLIHULL BARONS League Game - Blackburn Ice Arena
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PLAYOFF UPDATE Solway Sharks join us as the last team to head to the play offs. You should now have your tickets in hand and if you donâ€™t then please contact Miek tonight at the bar after the match. We would like to thank Miek for organising all of the tickets for the supporters this year and hope to see you all there in Sheffield for some lively matches over the two days of competition. There will be a supporters club table at the play offs so get some official Hawks merchandise to make yourselves known to all of the other fans in attendance. May the best team win. Bryan Shuttleworth has compiled the play off programme and after a sneak peek it looks like it will be a fantastic momento of the play offs which you can purchase from Ice Sheffield. The radio will be broadcast on the TuneIn Radio app, available on all devices so there is no lag in the broadcast and it will be easier to follow whether you are sitting at the bar or in the stands.
Teams with their place booked for the playoff finals...
BLACKBURN HAWKS WHITLEY WARRIORS SOLIHULL BARONS SOLWAY SHARKS
Blackburn Hawks secured their second NIHL North 1 Moralee Conference title in a row after a 7-0 shut out of Solway Sharks on Sunday evening. The Hawks needed just 1 point from their last 3 league games to be sure of the title and their cause was helped with second place Whitley Warriors losing 4-1 in the north-east derby at Billingham Stars the same night. 24 hours earlier, Solway Sharks had beaten Telford Tigers in a double points game which confirmed their participation in the end of the play offs – something that looked unlikely earlier for much of the season as they had remained rooted in the bottom half of the table. The Warriors are guaranteed second place as they cannot be overtaken and Solihull Barons are currently in third place and make up the quartet of play off semi-finalists. However, Solway still could overtake Solihull for third place as they have a double point home game against Sutton Sting on Saturday while Solihull travel away to Blackburn.
In the Laidler Conference, Widnes Wild had a four-point weekend with wins away at Coventry - 5-7 on Saturday - and at home to Hull Jets (8-3 on Sunday). Those results mean that they have secured second place in the table and will take on Sheffield Spartans in the twolegged promotion play off. Altrincham Aces also had a 4 point weekend – beating Bradford Bulldogs away and then at home 8-11 and 8-3 respectively. Despite a strong finish to the season, the Aces – playing in the Laidler Conference for the first time this season – will definitely finish in 5th place. The Bulldogs are bottom of the table, one point adrift of second bottom Coventry Blaze. Both teams have one game left to play with Bradford at home to Nottingham and Coventry away at Hull. In the other Laidler game of the weekend, Nottingham Lions won 2-3 away at Blackburn Eagles in a game that was highly significant for the final table positions and, thus, the draw for the play-off semi-finals.
27 ICEHOCKEYREVIEW There is still a slim chance that, with games in hand and Nottingham’s last game going their way, Blackburn could equal them on points in a tie for third place. In that case, it all comes down to results between the two teams and - in this case - the results between the two teams are IDENTICAL. Both teams have 2 wins each and the “goals scored” are 12-12. Should the two teams be level on points at the end of the regular season, they will split by overall goal difference which, on paper, looks as if it would favour Nottingham - unless Blackburn can manage back to back goal frenzies against Hull and Altrincham in their final two games. Chelmsford Warriors were crowned NIHL South Division 2 Eastern Conference Champions at the
Chelmsford Chieftains S1 game on Sunday. They had made sure of the title the week before by winning 2-3 away at second place Peterborough Islanders and now have just one away game left to finish their regular schedule. The Islanders are confirmed second as they are a massive 16 points ahead of 3rd place Haringey Racers, although the teams below them still have games to play. Both Peterborough and Chelmsford qualify for the S2 play offs where they will meet the top two teams in S2 West. These look likely to be Basingstoke Buffalo and Cardiff Fire, although there are still a lot of games to play in that division.
Widnes’ Greg Ruxton (nm) and Danny Bullock fend off a Hull attack in the Wild’s 8-3 win over the Jets on Sunday night. Photo by Geoff White - www.gw-images.co.uk
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
Just some photos that were picked up by the camera from some of our recent matches. You could be in our next programme! #90
Billingham Blackburn Blackburn Senators Blackburn Spartans Blackburn Solway Solway Blackburn Blackburn Blackburn Sutton Whitley Telford Blackburn Blackburn Whitley Solihull Blackburn Spartans Blackburn Solway Blackburn Solihull Telford Blackburn Senators Blackburn Sutton Blackburn Blackburn Widnes Billingham Blackburn Blackburn Blackburn Billingham Blackburn
Blackburn Telford Sutton Blackburn Spartans Blackburn Solway Blackburn Blackburn Senators Solway Solihull Blackburn Blackburn Blackburn Whitley Billingham Blackburn Blackburn Sutton Blackburn Whitley Blackburn Billingham Blackburn Blackburn Spartans Blackburn Senators Blackburn Solway Widnes Blackburn Blackburn Telford Solway Solihull Blackburn Billingham
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WHITE: Denotes a League Match
Published on Mar 22, 2016