PROGRAMME ISSUE 6
01 NOVEMBER 2015
Z D U B K C A B E WELCOM
irst off we would all like to welcome Budzey back to the helm after recovering from his recent Appendix removal. He was straight back out on the ice coaching last Thursday at training despite obviously being a little tender. Our front cover photo was taken just before the training session and as you can see he is in great spirits.
e have all had a nice rest up for the last few weeks and had lots of time for our game against the Solway Sharks to really sink in. We took only 10+2 players away with us and despite the odds being stacked up against us and a lively Sharks team with their 18+2 men craving a win against the Hawks with nearly double the players that we had. The lads as usual played out of their skins to win on the Sharks own ice by 2 goals to 7. We had some impressive team and individual play going on and even though we could have easily seen the Hawks succumb to the pressure from a constantly resting Sharks team the lads just battled on and took the spoils. Getting this into perspective the Hawks had two lines of players and had only very short breaks to recover. The Sharks on the other hand had nearly four full lines so could rest and pick and chose who they could play during the match. Discipline played a very important part as we could not afford the extra pressure of men in the penalty box, Chris Arnone did a great job of keeping everyone in check on this account. The away support as usual was excellent and everyone really enjoyed the match and got right behind the team. It was touted afterwards by some in attendance as one of the best and most gutsy games seen in modern history. We had some great goals from.. Rick Bentham (2) RJay (2) Kim (1) Addy (1) and Ben (1) #proud90
e played away against tonightâ€™s visiting team the Sheffield Senators around a month ago and the Hawks won by 2 goals to 8. We welcome them today and wonder what changes have been put in place as they languish on the bottom of the table struggling with 7 losses from 7 games. As usual the Hawks will put in 100% during the match as all matches are treated completely with the same respect and professionalism. #noexcuses
awks ave a few injuries right now Jordan Bannon, Chris Butler and Max Drakely. We wish them all a speedy recovery.
ur two mascots for this evening are Jordan Oâ€™brien and our newest player in the Junior Hawks Liam Hine. Please give them both a big cheer
4 PROGRAMME CONTENTS
A DAY IN THE LIFE
THE HAWKS EXCELLED AGAINST SOLWAY WITH HALF THE PLAYERS BUDZIE GIVES HIS VERDICT ON THE MATCH AND AN INTRODUACTION TO THE SENATORS WHO ARE OUR GUESTS THIS AFTERNOON GET THE LOW DOWN ON
IAN HAVELOCK IS OUR FRIENDLY SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER AND IS COMPLETELY PASSIONATE ABOUT THE HAWKS. HE IS OFTEN SEEN ARRANGING THE MEDIA TEAM AT MATCHES AND DIVING IN TO HELP WHEREVER IT’S NEEDED. BUT JUST WHAT IS IT THAT IAN REALLY GETS UP TO? FIND OUT PAGE 10
03. ROUND UP
30. MR FIXIT IS BACK
ROUND UP FROM PREVIOUS WEEKS AT
THE EVER POPULAR GRAHAM LOMAX.
06. COACHES HUDDLE THE SENATORS MAKE THEIR FIRST VISIT
32. MATCH STATS STATS FROM THE SOLWAY MATCH
OF THE SEASON TO BLACKBURN. STILL
36. RESULTS & FIXTURES
WITHOUT A SINGLE WIN SO FAR, COULD
THE BACK PAGE IS WHERE YOU CAN SEE
THEY POSSIBLY BE ANY THREAT TO OUR
ALL OF OUR RESULTS AND FIXTURES.
NOW WITH OUR CUP GAMES ADDED TOO.
10. A DAY IN THE LIFE 14. REWIND 28. ICE HOCKEY REVIEW ROUND UP FROM LAST WEEKS GOINGS ON IN THE NORTHERN LEAGUES
BUSY TIMES AHEAD.
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PETE MURRAY IS THE SUBJECT OF THIS WEEKS REWIND SERIES OF ARTICLES. PETE WAS THE FIRST EVER SIGNING FOR THE HAWKS BUT WITH A TWIST HE WAS ACTUALLY... WELL HEAD OVER AND READ IT IN FULL ON PAGE 14
STATS AND INFO
LIKE ANALYSING SCORES TABLES AND INFORMATION ABOUT OUR TEAM AND PLAYERS THEN THIS IS THE PAGE FOR YOU.
CAPS COLUMN EVERY WEEK CHRIS ARNONE POSTS HIS ANALYSIS 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 FIRST LEAGUE MATCH AT BILLINGHAM. CHRIS’S 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 (www.eventog.uk) Cover photo ‘Budzie’ by John Milton (www.eventog.uk) Articles provided by Paul Breeze, Graham Lomax, Ian Havelock and John Milton. Thanks to Ian and Gillian Havelock, Esther Gradwell and Carl Everett for their continuing help and support.
WHAT A GREAT START TO OUR SEASON. WE ARE 8 FOR 8 AND DON’T LOOK LIKE WE ARE TAKING THE FOOT OFF OF THE GAS ANY TIME SOON. BLACKBURN ARE THE TEAM TO BEAT RIGHT NOW AND AFTER THE FANTASTIC WINNING PERFORMANCE AT SOLWAY WITH ONLY TEN MEN AND 2 NET MINDERS WE SEEM TO BE UNSTOPPABLE. WE ARE NOW TWO POINTS CLEAR OF THE CHASING BUNCH WITH A GAME IN HAND. Good evening everyone and a warm welcome to our visitors from across the Pennines, The Sheffield Senators. It wouldn’t be fair to start off in any other way that to say a massive Thank You for all the goodwill messages I received whilst having my appendix removed I really do appreciate it, and it shows what a great set of supporters we have, but while I was incapacitated just how well did the Boy’s do, I have never been so pleased in all my life with the effort and commitment that was shown up in Solway, to go with just the ten skaters and come away with a result like that speaks volumes for the team spirit we have, I truly believe that a dressing room where every single individual is on the same page is worth a couple of goals at least. Hopefully going forward we can get a few banged up bodies back out on the ice, yes it was nice to get a result like we did, and yes we have some real quality in the side, but we can’t be doing that too often going that far so short, so here’s to a healthier future in the coming weeks. This week also saw the launch on a new initiative headed up by Chris Riley and ably supported by Aaron Davies, Hawks in the Community is a fantastic concept to try and raise the profile of the club and with a long term objective of getting more people playing the game we all love, thanks must also go to our two Imports Rjay and Kim for supporting the project and also Ollie who gave up a day last week to spend some time with some less privileged individuals, it’s still early day’s and very much work in progress, we hope to spend some time with Chris in the near future and plot a way forward that will have some more involvement from the Hawks Boy’s. Tonight we have a league game against a team who have come up from the Laidler Conference, and looking at results they don’t seem to have had the best of starts, but to be honest I was very impressed with them a few weeks back when we played them at Ice Sheffield and they caused us a few problems, but I’m confident that at Home and the current form we are in we can come away with another two points, looking at the League Table it appears to be a case of anyone can beat anyone, as was proved last weekend, we had the break but everyone did the job for us, which we don’t mind one little bit, as long as we keep picking up points I’m sure we’ll be in the mix come March. Ok, That’s about it for now guy’s, some exciting projects coming up soon within the Club, but I’ll let the Off Ice guy’s explain that for you…..
Kim Miettinen’s Goal Photo John Milton (eventog.uk)
#INVINCIBLES Awaiting the MVP presentation after the match (Photo John Milton (eventog.uk)
10 DAYIN THE LIFE
A DAY IN THE LIFE
IAN HAVELOCK: SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
IAN HAVELOCK HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN THE SUCCESS OF THE NEW HAWKS SUPPORTERS CLUB AND MEDIA. HE IS ON THE COMMITTEE OF THE SUPPORTERS CLUB AND HE MAINTAINS THE HAWKS WEBSITE, POSTING TO OUR TEAM APP AND SOCIAL MEDIA SITES. HE HAS PREVIOUSLY CREATED THE EXCELLENT VIDEO BEHIND THE SCENES. HE IS ALWAYS THERE IN THE BACKGROUND ARRANGING PEOPLE TO MAKE YOUR EVENINGS THAT MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE. HERE IS HIS STORY For me, a day in the life doesn’t really get very far as most of my involvement is spread across the entire week. Monday: Usually involves speaking to the media team about what is being released and when. This includes match highlight videos, interviews, and giving general feedback to the team on what was good, and what we need to work on. This is also the day when I update the league table on the website as all game results will have been submitted to the EIHA. Tuesday: Is when we release player interviews, so it’s always interesting to not only watch the videos if I wasn’t there when they were recorded, but also to gauge the supporters reactions to what the players have to say. A lot of people don’t know what the players
are like off the ice, so it’s always interesting to get a new perspective! As well as that, Tuesdays after a home-game is when we put the match reports online, so that usually involves proof-reading and editing during work! In addition to that, Tuesdays are when we proof the match highlight videos and Jonny Comber records his commentary/voiceover.
Wednesday: Always busy. We release match highlight videos, but more importantly this is also the final day for proof-reading of the next weekends programme! This is usually carried out by Gillian and myself. Thursday: The longest day of the week, going straight to the rink from work and not getting home until gone midnight. Thursday is training night for the team, and that makes it the ideal time to record the player interviews. Jonny and Jess are responsible for choosing the next victim/player to gives us an insight into their world that week. They will coordinate with Budzie a few days in advance to ensure that they player gets there with enough time to conduct the interview without causing delays to the all-important training! Friday: A relatively quiet day - if I’m not updating the websites, Facebook or twitter then I’m usually just chilling, trying not to think of ice hockey. Saturday and Sunday: On match days I’m usually at the rink around 4pm, ensuring that everything is ready - GoPro’s are charged and working, camera team are ready, photographers are set. There is also an element of assisting with the setup of the merchandise tables and the ban-
ners. Following on from last seasons behind the scenes video, we are trying to put something similar together for this year. At the moment neither I nor Budzie want the players to be distracted, so whilst it is early days I’m staying clear of the dressing room for now! In-between periods I’m talking to the photographers and the video team, ensuring everything is going OK, i.e. Jonny hasn’t broken another GoPro mount! During the game I’m sometimes doing score updates on the app (particularly at away games), but at home games I tend to have assistance from other supporters club members. As the match ends, I update the website score directly from my phone, so the website is never usually more than a minute or 2 out of date for scores. Post-match you can usually find me in the bar, sat around a table, laptop out sorting all of the video files out with the team you would be amazed how much space is required to store the video we generate - around 50gb per match! This account doesn’t even factor in away games, getting on the coach with the team, working enroute at times - the work just never stops, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
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Chris Butler Chelsea Carter Kayleigh Harris Matt Viney Steve Mayers David Edwards Aaron Davies Aaron Davies Gavin Leadbetter James Riddoch Angela Riddoch Daniel Jordan Bannon Ella Thornton Russ Ginn Andy Dunn Ella Thornton Chris Calow Dave Meikle Joshua Milnes Christian Carter Danny MacKriel Rita MacKriel Eleanor Mackriel Ollie Lomax Lee Ainsworth Brian Shuttleworth Chris Arnone John Milton Lucy Elmer Tom King Nana Preston Dean Worrall Danny Brittle Carol Sharples Sarah Martin Adam Brittle Julie Latham Graham Hamilton Stuart Ashton Staurt Ashton Stuart Ashton MaxDrakeley Craig Bevington Jessica Bevington Kim Miettinen Miek Harris Nick Riley Ben Simister Hollie Collinge Keith Preston Lee Pollitt Steve Pollitt Stef Harris Rick Bentham Howard Thornton Matt Addison RJay Berra Brian Harrison Carl Everitt
If you would like to join the SC team and help out there are several ways that you can get involved. If you are in a position to, please come over to see us at the supporters club table for a little chat, no experience is required just enthusiasm, 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
14 REWIND OLDSCHOOL
THE REWIND SERIES THIS CONTINUES WITH LEGEND PETE MURRAY The very first ice hockey player to sign up for the new Blackburn project before the ice rink was even built - was Pete Murray. In fact he didn’t initially join up as a player but as Project Manager to oversee the planning, development and manage-
ment of the new arena. However, with his background and wide experience in ice hockey – starting off as a junior at Southampton back in the 1950s, with Wembley Lions and then playing abroad with European Champions Liege in the 1960s, with Bristol
Redwings and back at Southampton in the 70s and then as player coach with Bournemouth Stags in the 1980s - there was always a chance that the old campaigner would find his way back onto the ice at some point! Pete explains how the Blackburn Arena first came about:“Colin Bennett and I have been friends from when we both started playing ice hockey together in Southampton in 1952/53. Colin went on to own a nightclub in Bournemouth and also had his own building company and, all the time I had known him, he had said he would like to build an ice rink. When Southampton closed, we all went to play in Bristol as Bristol Redwings and later we went back to Bournemouth as Bournemouth Stags. Colin had been trying to get a plot of land in Southampton to build on but had no joy. In the end, he found out that Blackburn was knocking down lots of houses around the railway station and that there were four plots of land for sale. He got one, put in a plan for an ice rink and that was the start. After a few months, he asked me to go to Blackburn with him as he drove up there each week and Colin knew my ice hockey
Blackburn and played several competitive matches for the Blackhawks in their debut season in ED1.After 4 years’ involvement with Blackburn, Pete returned to the south coast as a coach - and later Chairman - at the Gosport rink. Two of his sons - Alex and Mitch - currently play for the Solent Devils in NIHL South Division One where Alex Murray is the player / coach. credentials. I then stayed in Blackburn and got a flat there. We knew Keith Purvis and Graham Horlock who were with the Trafford Metros Ice Hockey Team in Altrincham. We asked them if they would like to join us and that’s how the team started – with Keith as team manager and Graham as player coach. Paul Fleury and Ged Smith came with them and Keith worked very hard to get other players from around the North West to come and play for us. When the rink was ready to open, Colin was the first person to skate on it. He went back to Bournemouth and I stayed in Blackburn for five years.” And so it happened that, at the grand old age of 51 Pete Murray – an England and GB international captain with numerous international caps and a veteran of 2 World Championships - turned out for
Photos: Pete Murray on the Blackburn Blackhawks match programme cover in 1991 Pete as a Southampton Viking in the late 1970s Rink builder Colin Bennett with Pete Pete with son Alex Murray at Solent & Gosport Devils (photo by Chris Blaney)
Blackburn Hawks V Sunday 1st November - Face Off: 5:45 No. Name
SCORING Time Type
Rjay Berra Jordan Bannon
TONIGHT’S Jordan O’brien & PERIOD SCORES HAWKS SENS
Sheffield Senators League Game - Blackburn Ice Arena No. Name
Oliver Peter Simms
Lewis Jon Otley
Jordan Lee Martin
Benjamin Evan Jones
Matthew Thomas Pigott
SCORING Time Type
MASCOTâ€™S Liam Hine SCORE
20 REMAIN CALM Ice Hockey can be a passionate sport to watch. Sometimes supporters can be taken over by the moment and can let their feelings be expressed loudly to all those around them. At the Arena we have supporters of all ages who come to our matches including many young children and we would ask that you please consider this before shouting out any vulgar language in front of supporters who really do not wish to hear this. Please just enjoy the match and..
21 BE ALERT
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
Chris Hocking has kindly allowed us to share some of his excellent artwork Left Ollie Lomax, Bottom Left Stuart Ashton and right it is of course Aaron Davies. More to come in next weeks programme.
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NIHL Round Ups - 26th October 2015
move up into 3rd placed in the table.
Unfortunately, the biggest talking point of the weekend in the Moralee Conference wasn’t Whitley Warriors’ first defeat of the season at the hands of Solway Sharks nor was it the rough and tumble of a closely contested North East derby with Billingham the night after. Most attention was focused on the game between Sheffield Spartans and Solihull Barons on Saturday which was abandoned at the end of the second period after what has been described as an “incident between a Spartans player and a match official”. We don’t have all the details but our “man on the spot” Phil Holden has reported that both sets of players state that the incident was not intentional and was certainly not worth the fuss that it appears to have caused. But, following this, the match officials appear to have lost control of the situation and called the game off after 40 minutes - with the Barons leading 3-7 at the time. Following this premature curtailment of the match, Spartans netminder Andrew Bagshaw decided to entertain the crowd with a comic striptease in the middle of the ice – somewhat reminiscent of the scene from the iconic 1970’s hockey film “Slapshot”. The result of this game seems to have stood as a 3-7 win for the Barons as it was entered as such on the EIHA website and the Barons went on to beat the Spartans again on Sunday night – by 10 goals to 3 on home ice – this time over the full 60 minutes. This result sees the Barons
Had that incident not happened, the main weekend news would have been Whitley Warriors - who had previously been unbeaten – coming away with just 1 point from their two weekend games. In a spectacular dip in form they lost 4-2 away at Solway Sharks on the Saturday night and then drew 4-4 with Billingham Stars on Sunday. In the other Moralee game of the weekend, Telford Tigers beat Sutton Sting 7-4 to keep themselves in the mid-table mix at this early stage of the season. Blackburn Hawks remain unbeaten at the top of the table with 16 points from 8 games, having not played at the weekend. In the Laidler Conference, Nottingham Lions’ lead at the top of the table was cut to just 3 points after they were sensationally beaten 1-4 at home by Widnes Wild on Sunday. The Wild led throughout and the Lions’ only goal of the game came in the 57th minute. The Lions outshot their visitors 57 to 44 but got into penalty trouble in the latter stages once it was obvious that the game was slipping away from them. Second place Deeside Dragons took full advantage to close the gap on the leaders with a 4-6 win away at Altrincham Aces. In the only other Laidler game of the weekend, Blackburn Eagles beat bottom club Bradford Bulldogs 7-4 on Saturday to give them a record of 6 wins from their first 9 games.
Photo: A curious shot from the Solihull Barons home game against Sheffield Spartans on Sunday night â€“ completely unrelated to the abandonment incident. Billingham Stars score a goal away against Sheffield Spartans at iceSheffield last Saturday. (Photo by Keith & Jenny Davies)
THE FIXER It’s been a very busy couple of weeks in the Hawks back office even though we haven’t played there has still been lots of activity behind the scenes, most notably the introduction of Chris Riley as the Clubs new Community Liaison Officer, supported by none other than Hawks No8 Aaron Davies, it’s a very exciting project going forward, but I’ll let Chris fill everyone in on that one. One thing that I’ve picked up on over the past few weeks is that there seems to be a constant tirade of abuse on the Social Media side and these comments are aimed at the guy’s in Black and White, of course it’s frustrating at times but please bear in mind these are human beings, they are going to make mistakes, but if we constantly get on their case then as has been the case they will walk away from the sport (you can’t blame them) then were would that leave us all? In my opinion YES Three is better that Two, YES Two is better than ONE, and YES, One is better than none at all, I wish people would understand the logistical challenges officials face week in and week out get Refs and Linos to a game, it can’t be easy, they are becoming an endangered species, whilst we’re on the subject when was the last time anyone can remember a poacher turned gamekeeper?, just think about that for a second? Anyway, let’s talk about our trip to Solway last time out, it was like being in a time warp and setting off to Dumfries with just the “hard core” but the difference being, we had quality over quantity, I have to say I was worried prior to face off that we’d struggle, Wow, how wrong could I be, you could argue that performance was up there with a few over the past few seasons, Hat’s off to those that gave their all for the cause, Very well played indeed chaps!! I’m going to let you all into a very little secret, should everything go to plan this week, (bear in mind when I write this it’s only Tuesday, and anything can and usually does happen) we should have a very important announcement due out Monday morning, the evidence should be there for you all to see from last nights pictures, and I’m going to leave it at that…………..sorry to be so vague, hope you all work it out?
HAWKS Vs SOLWAY
SOLWAY Vs HAWKS
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Published on Oct 28, 2015