PROGRAMME ISSUE 10
19 DECEMBER 2015
VS #NOEXCUSES #COYH
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06 COACHES’ HUDDLE BUDZIE’S COMMENTS ON OUR MATCHES AT TELFORD AND AT HOME TO WHITLEY BAY. IT WAS A FOUR POINT WINNING WEEKEND FOR US. WE ARE BACK ON TRACK AND HERE IS BUDZIE’S VIEWS ON BOTH MATCHES
THIS ISSUE WE HAVE A BUMPER FOUR PAGES ABOUT PLAYING AWAY. WE TOOK LONGER THAN EXPECTED TO GET THE ARENA OPEN FOR BUSINESS HERE’S HOW WE MANAGED TO STILL PLAY OUR MATCHES. READ IT ALL ABOUT IT STARTING FROM PAGE 10
04. ROUND UP
20. TEAM SHEETS
A ROUND UP OF RECENT NEWS FROM
TEAM SHEETS FOR THE HAWKS AND
WHITLEY. YOU CAN FILL IN THE RESULTS
16. OFFICIALS SIGNALS
HERE AS THEY HAPPEN
FIND OUT WHAT ALL OF THOSE REFEREE
28. VIP PHOTOGRAPHER
MARTIN HENFIELD SWAPS ROLES AND
17. OFFICIAL RULES
GOED ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LENS
NEW TO ICE HOCKEY HERE ARE THE
RULES WITH AN EXPLANATION. BUILDING
WE MET UP WITH THE TEAM AS THEY
WEEK BY WEEK.
WORKED WITH KIM TO INCREASE HIS ALL ROUND ABILLITY. THEY TELL US HOW
18. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
34. IHR ROUNDUP
WE LOOK AT LEE POLLITT THIS WEEK
ALL THE ACTION FROM OUR LEAGUE AND
AND HOW HIS SEASON IS GOING FROM
STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
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ARE YOU NEW TO ICE HOCKEY? WE HAVE A PAGE ESPECIALLY FOR YOU. IT WILL HELP TO BUILD YOUR KNOWLEDGE EACH WEEK SO YOU CAN UNDERSTAND JUST WHAT’S GOING ON, ON THE ICE.
38 MATCH ANALYSIS
DAVID LONGSTAFF SHARES HIS THOUGHTS ON LAST WEEKS MATCH. INTERVIEW BY IAN HAVELOCK
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 RECENT LEAGUE MATCH AT WHITLEY BAY. 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 & Gillian Havelock Cover photo ‘Richard Bentham by John Milton (www.eventog.uk) Articles provided by Paul Breeze, Daniel Mackriel, Martin Henfield Ian Havelock, and John Milton. Finally Special thanks go to Gillian Havelock & Carl Everitt for their massive help in finding extra content for the programme and weeding out all of those little missed errors. All items are copyright to their respective owners and all rights reserved © 2015
his past weekend has been a great one for the Hawks fans. Winning away at Telford and then facing a determined Whitley side in our much anticipated rematch. There had previously been an incident at the Whitley Ice Arena where a minority of Whitley fans had made a scene and we have to credit the Whitley arena for sorting it out very quickly. Then over to Blackburn where one of our own fans threw a cup of coffee towards the Whitley bench in which thankfully no one was hurt. If you see someone acting anti-socially please inform a steward immediately so that the appropriate action can be taken. We do not need to tolerate this element of supporter in our game.
iverside Garden Centre one of the Hawks biggest sponsors owner Graham Smith and his wife Joanna had some fantastic news to share this week with the birth of their baby girl Lola Rose. Born on the 9th December weighing in at 9lb 1oz. We would like to wish them all the very best from the Hawks family for the latest addition to their family.
his is the last ‘home’ match of the year and we would all like to send you all our best wishes for Christmas and we hope you have a prosperous New Year. From all the Players, Arena staff, and the Blackburn Hawks Supporters Club.
e are collecting presents for the Blackburn Royal Hospital so if you have any toys or presents please leave them at the Supporters Club table so that a Hawks representative player can take them in.
his is it! The day that Bryan Shuttleworth is getting his hair cut for the first time in 14 years. Please give generously as all proceeds are being donated to charity both here and in Canada in the memory of Jon Adams our friend and brother who was lost to us on the 9th July 2015. Donations can be made directly on the link as posted on page 12 of our programme or taken to the Supporters Club table where there is a sponsor sheet available. The largest contributor will have the job of cutting off Bryan’s hair at centre ice. Please give something if you can #10JA
TONIGHT WE WELCOME BILLINGHAM TO THE ARENA, THEY WILL BE TRYING TO GET BACK INTO THE PLAYOFF PLACES AT THE TOP OF THE LEAGUE TABLE. THIS IS GOING TO BE A MASSIVE GAME FOR THE HAWKS WHO CAN DEPENDING ON OUR SCORE TONIGHT AND TOMORROW GO ABOVE WHITLEY TO THE NUMBER ONE SPOT. LETS GIVE THEM ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT WE CAN LETS RAISE THE ROOF FOR THE HAWKS! #COYH #FOURPOINTS #WINNINGWEEKEND
Good evening everyone and welcome to our last home game before Christmas. Tonight we welcome the Billingham Stars players, officials and supporters and we hope they have a safe journey all round. Last week was a good 4 point weekend for ourselves in what was a big weekend of hockey. The game in Telford saw us dominate for three periods and personally I thought we played some great hockey. All three lines were working smart, hard and productive. Sunday night at home saw the return fixture against the league leaders from Whitley. I was pleased with the first two periods but thought we let them back in the game in the third. Whitley are probably the strongest team we’ve faced so far this season and have really turned it around compared to last season.
I was a little disappointed in the way we executed our game plan in the third but all in all it’s pleasing to take the points and it’s what we wanted as a team off the back of our first loss. Billingham look like they’ve found some form as late and should never be underestimated. Solid D and goal scoring forwards is what they bring and on their day they can be a top side. Games against Billingham are normally fast, intense and thrilling and I’m thinking tonight will be the same!! Lastly may I take this opportunity on behalf of the Blackburn Hawks to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and see you in the new year (if you can’t make the Solihull away game that is!). Be loud and proud and enjoy the game!
Billingham Stars have it all to do today, they are sitting in 5th position in the league on 15 points with fourth place Barons on 18 points as it stands right now. They need to get their act together quickly if they wish to move up to fourth position and into a playoff place, even admitting themselves that they have had a very poor start to the season. The Barons play second from bottom Sting and a win tomorrow would send them 5 points clear of the Stars providing Blackburn win today. The Stars are riding on a high from their last game against the Sheffield Senators who languish on the bottom of the table with a convincing 11-4 win. The Sens have now conceded 124 goals in only 15 matches.
Richie Thornton (Photo John Milton (eventog.uk)
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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
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THE REWIND SERIES CONTINUES WITH PLAYING AWAY
While all the other teams in the league were getting settled in for the new season, playing 12 games each in the ED1 Autumn Trophy, the Blackhawks hadn’t yet been able to hit a puck in anger so, eventually, an ad-hoc friendly game was arranged to enable them to get some proper match practice. Thus – the Blackhawks’ first ever game was played on Sunday 28th October 1990 away at Oxford City Stars. Neither team iced any imported players – basically because the Blackburn side still didn’t actually have any at that time! Gary Shearman played in that first ever game and recalls that the team’s new kit hadn’t arrived and had to be delivered straight to the Oxford rink on the day so they could wear it. “When we arrived we had to sort through all this brand new gear. All of us in brand new kit – we could hardly move!” The new kit must have been lucky, however, as the Blackhawks won the game 3-6. Paul Fleury scored a hat-trick but who the other goalscorers were seems to have got lost in the mists of time and, as such, Gary is convinced that he must
have scored a few of them! Ged Smith picked up a major misconduct penalty and as a consequence would miss the first league game away at Milton Keynes Kings the following week. The Blackhawks’ league fixtures had been arranged assuming the original 1st November opening date for the Blackburn Arena but, as the completion of the venue dragged on longer than expected, the club was eventually forced to take drastic steps to ensure they could manage to start playing their home games before serious fixture congestion ensued. The first home game – against Chelmsford Chieftains, which had been schedule for 11th November - was switched to be played in Essex on that date instead with the return fixture being played on the original away date of 2nd December. But then, with no opening date in sight, the Blackhawks were forced to hire other rinks around the country to be able to fulfil their playing commitments. They played one home game at Deeside and
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then played two more home games at the Crowtree Leisure Centre rink in Sunderland! But at least while home games were being disrupted, away games were going ahead as scheduled, so the Blackburn Blackhawks made their competitive debut in British Ice Hockey on Saturday 3rd November 1990 away at Milton Keynes Kings and the team travelled down to Bedfordshire in a mini bus driven by Coaching Director Pete Murray. A crowd of around 800 witnessed the historic event in which the new team lost out 9-1. Import Dan Holden scored the Blackhawks’ first ever competitive goal in the first period but that was the only Blackburn strike of the game. An overnight stay in a local hotel down south must have aided recovery, however, as 24 hours later, in a much closer game (SOG 45-43) the Blackhawks notched up their first ever league points with a 5-6 road win over Oxford City Stars. Although it didn’t start off at all well... Oxford romped into a 4-1 lead after 30 minutes and then Blackburn netminder John Dunford was awarded a gross misconduct for abuse of a match official. But then, Ged Smith - who had been suspended for the Milton Keynes game - scored twice as Blackhawks hit three goals in a dramatic 58-second spell to draw level at 31.52. Brasseur scored his second of the game at 38.12 to give Blackhawks a 4-5 lead at the end of the second period. Paul Fleury netted a 6th to make sure of the win at 45.18 The home game scheduled for 11th Nov was switched to be played away at Chelmsford and, despite a Ged Smith hat trick and equal SOG of 51-51, the Blackhawks were soundly beaten 9-4. Then came a novelty – two successive “home” games were played at Sunderland’s Crowtree rink – some 150 miles away from Blackburn. These were cleverly arranged
to coincide with the same visiting teams playing against the Sunderland Indians the night before and then staying over in the North East to play Blackburn the following night. The first of these games, on 18th November, saw Milton Keyes Kings notch up their second win of the season over the Blackhawks with a 4-11 victory. The game was played in front of 100 hardy souls who witnessed Blackburn outshoot their visitors by 50 to 44. The following week saw the Blackhawks pick up their second win of the season – this time in front of a “home” crowd of 62 against Richmond Flyers - again at Sunderland. This encounter saw the Blackhawks dominate a match for the first time with SOG of 52-30. Andre Brassard top scored with 4+2, Dan Holden hit 3+4 and Paul Fleury contributed 2+4. With the much hoped-for Arena completion dates in December also falling by the wayside, more tinkering was needed with the playing schedule. The night after a 10-6 defeat away at Alexandra Palace against Haringey Racers, the Blackhawks faced Chelmsford Chieftains on 2nd December in a “home” game staged at Deeside in North Wales. A snip at only 65 miles from Blackburn this game was watched by 160 spectators and despite scoring the first goal at 0.48 and drawing 2-2 at the first break, the home side still ended up losing 5-9 with a 0-4 second period making all the difference. The home game that had been pencilled in against Sheffield Sabres for 9th December was postponed as no ice was available for hire anywhere. Then back-to-back games with Sunderland Indians produced two more defeats for the Blackhawks with a huge aggregate score of 28-17. Exciting new import Fred Perlini made his Hawks debut away at Sunderland on 15th December and scored 3+4 but, unfortunately, only 250
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fans were there to see it! Away games at Sheffield, Richmond (twice), Haringey and Milton Keynes followed with Blackburn winning 3 out of 5 and then came the news that everybody had been hoping for. The Arena was finally ready to use – albeit almost three months behind schedule - and the Blackburn Blackhawks’ first ever home game would take place against Oxford City Stars on Saturday 26th January 1991.
Blackhawks in their away kit away at Sheffield Sabres (Photo by Stephen M Kershaw)
Blackhawks netminder John Dunford away at Sheffield Sabres (Photo by Stephen M Kershaw)
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ICE HOCKEY RULES Following some of the calls made at last weeks game, this week we will look at the penalties of boarding and cross-checking. Boarding in ice hockey is a penalty called when an offending player pushes, trips or checks an opposing player violently into the boards of the hockey rink. The boarding call is quite often a major penalty due to the likelihood of injury sustained by the player who was boarded, and officials have the discretion to call a game misconduct or a match penalty (if they feel the offence was a deliberate attempt to injure) on the offending player. However, in the NHL, if the boarded player sustains a head or facial injury, the offending player receives an automatic game misconduct. If no injury is sustained, then a minor penalty will be called. Boarding is usually assessed against a player when the opposing player is hit 4–5 feet away from the boards and hits one’s head against the boards on the way down. Cross-checking is an infraction in the sport of ice hockey where a player checks an opponent by using the shaft of his or her stick with both hands. While body checking is allowed, the use of the stick increases the risk of injury to an opponent. The most common penalty is a two-minute minor, served by the offender. However under certain circumstances the referee may assess a major penalty (plus automatic Game Misconduct) or a Match Penalty if the action is judged to be an attempt to injure the player. Usually, if the crosscheck causes an injury the league itself may look into whether or not extra punishment is required for the player that delivered the check. A cross-check is defined by The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) as “a forward motion of the arms with both hands clenched, extending from the chest”. IIHF states that the referees have the responsibility within the game to determine whether or not penalties shall be assessed and their decision is final. The IIHF states that a major or a minor cross-checking penalty is to be assessed by the referee, and a major or a game misconduct will be assessed if the cross-check leads to an injury. Text reproduced under the Creative Commons ShareAlike License Image courtesy of John Milton (eventog.uk)
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT LEE POLLITT #70 Fans favorite Lee Pollitt joined the Hawks at the start of this season and has settled in very quickly with both team and fans alike. He is definitely one to watch this season and has already amassed 4 goals and 10 assists. He is very quick off the mark and a great team player. Here are Leeâ€™s thoughts on joining the Hawks and on his previous clubs where he has built on his experience. My time so far at the Hawks has been great. I am learning, my game is developing and I am excited to see what the rest of the season has in store. Making the step back up from the second division was difficult at first with the quicker speed and shaking a couple of bad habits that I had picked up but having re-adjusted Iâ€™m enjoying contributing to my line and to the team. Playing in between Addy and Rjay has been good for me as I am still a young and fairly inexperienced player, so their experience and guidance is something I am making the most of here at the Hawks. Not to mention that if I manage to touch the puck before them that most the time I'll get a point. As some of you will know I started playing hockey in Manchester. I signed for the Phoenix U16s team when I was 15. Since then, I have played for the U18s team, the Trafford Metros in their last
year, and the Manchester Minotaurs. Over the last two seasons I also played for the Widnes Wild on a two way. I moved to play for Widnes full time last season to develop my offensive game, as at that point in time that was the area I felt needed improving the most. Playing at Widnes was great for me, I really enjoyed it and it was great to start winning games and scoring goals. We made the playoffs both years which was a new experience for me and it lead to two hard fought games against the Barons. I have a lot of people to thank at both Manchester and Widnes for getting me to this point in hockey. On to the rest of the season... Keep coming, there is plenty of exciting hockey yet to come, we're all very grateful for your support and..
LETS GO HAWKS!!
Blackburn Hawks V
Sunday 19th December - Face Off: 5:45
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TONIGHTâ€™S Joshua Holmes PERIOD SCORES HAWKS STARS
Billingham Stars League Game - Blackburn Ice Arena No. Name
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GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER Martin Henfield AS A PRESENTER, NEWSREADER AND REPORTER ON BBC’S NORTH WEST TONIGHT MARTIN HENFIELD SPENT MANY YEARS IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. IT WAS ONLY WHEN HE RETIRED THAT HE MOVED BEHIND THE LENS AND TOOK A SERIOUS INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY Martin has specialised in sport- anything from Superbikes, water polo and top level table tennis but had never photographed ice hockey before he took these pictures at last week’s match against Whitley Warriors. “It was ironic, really” says Martin. “ My wife’s Canadian cousin, Peter Bender coached the warriors for two seasons in the 90’s.” Ice hockey is one of the most difficult sports he has covered. It’s very fast and played in relatively low light. Even spotting the puck can be difficult..as for the rules, well he says he was beginning to get the hang of it by the end of the game and has asked to come again.
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
33 FIT4LESS We asked Preston’s Fit4Less Tom and Will to tell us how they are helping the Hawks in raising their fitness levels. I went along to a Thursday session and caught up with them both in the middle of working with Kim Miettinen. Here’s an insight into what they are aiming to achieve to bring out the very best from team Blackburn Hawks.
Fit4Less Preston are a proud supporter of the Blackburn Hawks.This season we are happy to be helping the team with fitness training off ice and pre game stretching.
Who Are Fit4Less Preston? We are a locally owned gym in Preston, Walton-Le-Dale. With membership from £15.99 and no contract, but we pride ourselves on our customer service with qualified staff that are always on hand through the day. We have won awards in member retention. The gym has been open since February 2015 and even though we are a low cost gym, we have high quality, new equipment as well as virtual and instructor led classes that run through the day, from morning till night. We have two studios (Spin And Fitness), free weights, cardio equipment, functional training rig, changing room facilities and friendly, helpful staff. In addition to that we have over 40 classes a week all included in the price. How Did You Get Involved? Our sales manager, Tom, contacted the Hawks, through Graham Lomax, and then spoke to Budzie. Through speaking to Budzie and Dean Worral we realised that we were able to set up a great working relationship in which we could both help each other. With the Hawks looking to repeat last season’s league results,
and the players always striving to progress themselves, we were happy to work alongside Budzie and his team. About Our Team Tom recently moved to Preston from Staffordshire where he frequently watched Telford Tigers in the EPL. Since he first set foot into the rink to watch a hockey game, his love for the fast paced sport has been growing every year. With Tom’s background in sports coaching and personal training he has always wanted to work with a hockey team. Will is a qualified personal trainer and his background is sports coaching orientated. He has always enjoyed sport and especially contact sports. He currently plays rugby for semi pro club Fylde RFC in their (2nd team), and is working hard to gain a place in the National League One standard 1st team. Will is new to hockey but is already a big fan due to the physicality and explosiveness of the game. He is keen to keep working with the team in the gym and helping them develop. What Do We Do? We work with the team on Thursday nights before their on ice training session, where we work with a couple of the lads in the ice rink gym. We work with them on their speed, agility and power to help their performance on the ice. We use a range of equipment to keep it interesting as well as basing it around functional movement that will represent the type of movement on the ice. We are also there before games doing some pre game stretch work with the team before their on ice warm up. This is to ensure that the chance of muscle injuries on the ice is lower, getting them warmed up and ready to go. Thank you for taking the time to read this small article on who we are and we do. Feel free to come over to our table today by the skate hire before the game or during the end of the 1st period and talk to us. We have a special discounted membership rate at £15.99 for all Blackburn Hawks supporters instead of the usual £17.99 or grab yourself a free day pass to come and try the gym. Thanks Tom Collins, Fit4Less Preston, Sales Manager
Blackburn Hawks edged closer to league leaders Whitley Warriors with a hard fought 4-point weekend. On Saturday night they won 1-8 away at third placed Telford Tigers and then on Sunday they beat the Warriors 5-4 in a game that wasnâ€™t decided until the very last seconds. The Hawks are now just 1 point behind the Warriors with two games in hand. The two teams meet again both home and away over the next couple of weeks and, with a 6 point gap between the top two and the chasing pack, it already looks as if it will be a two-horse race to the finish. Should the two teams finish level on points at the end of the season, it will be results in matches between them that decide who finishes top. Whitley currently have the upper hand by virtue of their two goal winning margin in the game at Hillheads on 6th December. The other Moralee game of the weekend saw Solway Sharksâ€™ home match called off for the second week running. Visitors Sutton Sting were unable to get to Dumfries due to adverse weather and travelling conditions. In the Laidler Conference, league
leaders Deeside Dragons won 1-7 away at previous table toppers Nottingham Lions. The Lions scored first but were already 1-3 down by the first break and seemed unable to make any impression against the marauding Dragons, despite outshooting the visitors overall 40 to 38. The other game on Sunday night saw second place Widnes Wild come from 2 goals down to pick up an important 2-5 win away at ever improving Altrincham Aces. In an incredibly closely fought game, Widnes player coach Scott McKenzie appeared to be the big difference ash he hits 1+4 and had a hand in every Wild goal. Deeside Dragons lead the Laidler Conference with 25 points from 14 games. Widnes are second with 23 points from 15 games and Nottingham are third with 21 points from 15 games. The top three are pulling away from the chasing pack as 4th place Blackburn Eagles have 16 points from 13 games. In the other Laidler game of the weekend, Hull Jets put an end to their 9 game losing streak stretching back to the end of September with a 5-7 win away at Bradford Bulldogs.
Photo: goal action from the Altrincham Aces v Widnes Wild Laidler Conference match. Photo by Geoff White ( www.gw-images.com)
In the EPL, Peterborough Phantoms returned to top spot, courtesy of a 4 point weekend with wins away at then leaders Basingstoke and then at home to bottom club Hull Pirates. The Phantoms beat the top side 2-3 with the winning goal coming from local lad and Captain James Ferrara in game that saw them outshot 47 to 26. On Sunday night they shut out Hull Pirates 4-0. Hull remain rock bottom of the table with just 1 regular win from their 25 games.
MATCH ANALYSIS David’s thoughts on last week’s game “We’re still building, we’re still getting used to (or I’m still getting used to) the league, and I’m still trying to find out who the best teams are and obviously after playing Blackburn twice I know now that they’re the best team. That’s something we have to strive for - to only get beaten 5 - 4 after being 4 - 1 down after 20 minutes I’m pretty pleased. I’m learning a lot, and I think my players are learning as well and it shows that if you want to compete with a team like Blackburn you really have to take those chances and I think that’s what they did last week.” After the second period it would’ve been easy to just throw the towel in and say you know what? We’re getting beat 4 - 1 against the best team in the league, we beat them last week so it doesn’t matter what happens tonight. It would have been easy to throw the towel in and they didn’t do that, so I was thrilled after the game! In the third period I think that’s one of the best periods of hockey we’ve played all year, and if it had been against another team we might’ve managed the comeback but we just couldn’t finish it off. Blackburn have got a great setup, and as a coach I get nervous overtime they attack and I don’t feel like that with a lot of teams. This is the best team we’ve played and we’ve split two games with them and I’m really happy with that.”
David Longstaff, Whitley Warriors player coach. Thanks to David Longstaff for giving Ian Havelock this impromptu interview after last Sunday’s match. For the complete interview please either scan the QR code or visit the Blackburn Hawks Official Website at the link as below. http://blackburnhawks.club/?p=1222
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Published on Dec 16, 2015