ISSUE 13 - 23 JANUARY 2016
VS #NOEXCUSES #COYH
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06 COACHES’ HUDDLE
OUR GUESTS TONIGHT ARE BILLINGHAM STARS. THIS IS A GOING TO BE AN ALL OUT ATTACK FROM THE FACE OFF AS BILLINGHAM WILL BE LOOKING TO GAIN VALUABLE POINTS TOWARDS WINNING THEIR PLACE IN THE PLAYOFFS IN MAY.
IN THIS ISSUE WE HAVE THE DETAILS OF THE FIRST BLACKHAWKS COMPETITIVE MATCH AT THE NEWLY BUILT ARENA. DESPITE TEETHING PROBLEMS IT WAS FULL STEAM AHEAD AND WE JUST HAVEN’T LOOKED BACK.
04. ROUND UP
32. ELLA THORNTON
A ROUND UP OF RECENT NEWS FROM PLANET
ELLA THORNTON TOOK UP HER CAMERA
FOR THE HAWKS AND HASN’T LOOKED
16. BILLINGHAM BANTER
BACK. NOW AN OFFICIAL HAWKS PHOTOGRAPHER SHE TELLS US HOW SHE
WE HAVE AN INTRODUCTION FROM
IS TURNING HER HOBBY INTO HER
BILLINGHAM FAN JONATHAN JONO LANGSTAFF
BUSINESS AND WHY IT IS ALL SO
IMPORTANT TO HER.
TEAM SHEETS FOR THE HAWKS & BILLINGHAM.
34. IHR ROUND UP
YOU CAN FILL IN ALL OF THE RESULTS HERE AS
A REVIEW OF OUR LEAGUE & OTHERS
COMPLIMENTS OF PAUL BREEZE .
28. MAX DRAKELEYMAX TALKS US
36. THE FIXER
THROUGH ALL THE FRUSTRATIONS WHILE ON
GRAHAM LOMAX GIVES US AN INSIGHT
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY FROM AN ICE HOCKEY
INTO HIS THOUGHTS OVER THE PAST
WEEK OR SO REGARDING THE BLACKBURN HAWKS. HE WORKS VERY HARD IN THE BACKGROUND STEERING THE HAWKS EVER ONWARDS
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V 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 SOLIHULL. 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 Tom King by John Milton (www.eventog.uk) Articles provided by Paul Breeze, Graham Lomax, Max Drakeley, Esther Gradwell and John Milton. All items are copyright to their respective owners and all rights reserved © 2016
t’s been a topsy turvy week just behind us with the Solway Sharks pulling out all of the stops and beating us on their own ice by 5 goals to 3. The lads were frustrated, and although putting in some great effort it was just not to be this time. Solway put on a display reminiscent of their previous winning ways and will be looking to now turn their season around and aim for a playoff place. We hope to see them there.
oals were compliments of Adam Brittle #26, Max Drakeley #44 and RJay Berra #96. MVP for the Hawks was awarded to a well deserved Max Drakeley.
here is no better time to help to support your Hawks team by joining our Supporters Club. We have now just over 60 members from a weekly gate of up to 1100 spectators. The Supporters Club help fund essential physio sessions and equipment for the players, but we could really do with your help and contribution right now. We merged the two old supporters clubs at the beginning of the season but it appears that many of you have lost your way since then. It is the easiest and most efficient way to help out your team for not a lot of outlay. The fee is just £6.00 for adults and a very reasonable £1.00 for juniors. It takes only a couple of minutes for you to join at the arena who will take your details and give you your photo membership ID card immediately. Yes there are some benefits to you for joining but the biggest one is ultimately helping out our Hawks.
ou can also sponsor various pieces of equipment directly from a pair of socks right up to a pair of skates or even a stick maybe. These items all make our players more comfortable and as such could have a very real effect on their performance. To help us to help ourselves please ask at the Supporters table, go to the supporters club website www.blackburnhawks.club or even just ask us directly. Thank you all.
ONWARD WE GO, AND DESPITE A UNEXPECTED LOSS AT SOLWAY LAST WEEKEND AND FRUSTRATING AS IT WAS TO OUR TEAM AND SUPPORTERS ALIKE, WE ARE SAT 7 POINTS CLEAR AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE RIGHT NOW. BILLINGHAM OUR VISITORS TONIGHT ARE FEELING THE PRESSURE AS THEY FIGHT FOR A PLAYOFF PLACE WHERE ANY OF SEVERAL TEAMS COULD BE REPRESENTED. BILLINGHAM WILL TAKE NO PRISONERS TONIGHT. SO LETS LIFT THE ROOF FOR THE HAWKS. #ONETEAM #COYH #90
Good evening everyone and a warm Blackburn welcome to our friends from Teeside, the Billingham Stars. Looking back over the last week it’s still frustrating and disappointing that we dropped a couple of points up in Solway. Both Dangy and I were not best pleased it has to be said with our performance, but then again we have set ourselves standards and we expect to meet those every weekend. The fact that we just didn’t seem to get going at all was particularly annoying, but hey that’s now in the history books as we dust ourselves down and move on. I suppose sometimes you have to take your hat off to the opposition and say “well played”. I’m going to stick my neck out and say that if Solway keep that up they will make the play offs but at whose expense I’m not quite sure yet. What it does do is keep everyone in the mix which is exciting for the league and the fans for the rest of the season.
Our visitors tonight seem to have had a bit of a topsy turvy season so far. Some strange results by all accounts, but I do believe they will have a say in who finishes where come the end of the season. I know Terry (Ward) will have them on their toes and they’ll want to finish as high as they can to book themselves a place at Sheffield come play off weekend. I suppose the same can be said of our opposition tomorrow night, the Solihull Barons. So it just remains for me to say thanks once again for your support, it really is appreciated. Please, get right behind us as it does give us a lift. The crowd at the last home game against Whitley was the loudest I have heard in this building for a long time, the fact we had 1100 in speaks volumes for us as a club, so on behalf of the boys I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge “THANK YOU!”
Blackburn Hawks League Position 1
Solway Sharks League Position 7
Played 21 | Won 17 | Drawn 2 | Lost 2 | Points 36
Played 16 | Won 8 | Drawn 0 | Lost 8 | Points 16
Face Off (Photo John Milton (eventog.uk)
Rick Bentham (Photo John Milton (eventog.uk)
Daniel MacKriel (Photo John Milton (eventog.uk)
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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
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REWIND CONTINUES WITH THE BLACKHAWKS FIRST HOME GAME
BLACKHAWKS FIRST LINEUP
(Photo by Stephen M Kershaw) (Edited by John Milton)
The Blackburn Arena had originally been scheduled to open on 1st November 1990 but numerous technical problems – and spells of atrocious weather – had caused building works to be delayed and the opening date was put back on more than one occasion. However, by the middle of January, enough progress had been made to start laying the ice pad and the date for the first ever ice hockey match to be played in Blackburn was finally fixed for Saturday 26th January 1991 – almost three months late! The opponents for that first ever match would be – interestingly enough - Oxford City Stars who the Blackhawks had already beaten twice in away games – 3-6 in a challenge game at the start of the season and then 5-6 in their first ever English League Division One win at the start of November.
Since the season had started, Blackhawks had played 15 competitive games away from home – including 5 “home” games played at different venues – of which they had won 6. However, the last three games had all produced wins – 8-9 away at Haringey, 12-14 away at Milton Keynes and 4-11 away at Richmond - so morale in the camp was good. But, just because the Arena was ready to stage its first game, it didn’t mean that there was time to sit back and relax. In order to get used to their new home ice, the Blackhawks team trained 5 days in a row and there were still lots of finishing touches needed around the rink. Don Jamieson had played for 2 seasons as an import at Trafford Metros and was player coach at Oxford for the 1990/91 season. Interestingly enough, he would actually go on to make one appearance as a guest import for the Blackhawks in an end
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match referee Les Heighway who, incidentally, also refereed the recent 25th anniversary Legends game - it turned out to be good night for the Blackhawks who were cheered on by around 1500 spectators. Canadian import Fred Perlini had already scored 31 goals despite only having joined the Blackburn club in the middle of December – including a whopping 11 away at Milton Keynes – so it was no great surprise when he scored the first ever goal at Blackburn Arena.
Don Jamieson – visiting Oxford City Stars player/coach who later played one game for the Blackhawks as a guest import. (Photo by Walter Bayliss)
of season challenge match but he had mixed views about his first visit to the new rink: “It is definitely the type of thing we do need in British hockey,” he told Ice Hockey News Review back in 1991, “but it looked as if the place had opened a couple of weeks too early. There were still loads of little teething problems. The ice surface was terrible and the heating didn’t work in either dressing room. Plus the game started late because they couldn’t get the barriers to fit in properly!” Once the game did finally get underway - with the puck being dropped by
That historic first strike came with just 3.22 on the clock and Perlini then notched up a first period hat trick with further goals at 8.13 and 12.13. Neil Fulton (8.34) and Dan Prachar (12.41) hit back for Oxford to keep the match closely poised but Ged Smith scored the Blackhawks’ 4th at 17.39 to give the home side a 4-2 first period lead. A fourth goal for Perlini and then a strike from Paul Fleury made it 6-2 to the Blackhawks by the mid-way point of the game and a late Dan Prachar goal in the final period was as good as it got for the visitors. Despite the scoreline, it wasn’t a stroll for the Blackhawks who were outshot 35 to 47 but netminder John Dunford did a good job in keeping all by 3 of those shots out. The penalty count was 8 to the Blackhawks and 14 to the Stars.
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The full list of scorers for this first ever game was as follows: Fred Perlini 4+1, Paul Fleury 1+3, Ged Smith 1+0, Dan Holden 0+3, George Powell 0+2 The following night, the Blackhawks played host to the Chelmsford Chieftains and this time, the script was entirely different.
Despite a 3+2 performance from Perlini, Blackburn were humbled by a 6-15 home defeat (period scores 1-4,2-7,34). There was still a lot of work to be done â€“ but at least ice hockey had finally arrived in Blackburn!
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This is a huge weekend for the Stars with Hawks tonight then back at the Forum to face a confident Sharks team who got themselves a huge win last weekend. The Stars know they need to be on their game tonight and will take a lot of confidence from our last visit to the freezer although we were on the wrong side of a 5-2 score line, there was plenty we could take from the game and if it were not for a few key injuries, we may have got a result. The start of the New Year we had two massive fixtures against the Barons, two games we had to win to have any chance of making the playoffs, so to get the two wins and put us right back in the hunt for the playoffs was a huge confidence boost to the team and the fans. For some reason the turn of the New Year always seems to be when the Stars turn it on. In between the Barons fixtures we played the Wild in what I see as a pointless competition. I’m all for extra fixtures but the format has to be right and this isn’t - 3 teams who see each other plenty through the season and a division 2 side who will struggle against all teams in our division except for maybe the Sens. So last weekend was another great chance for Stars to grab 4 points and a possible jump up to 3rd in the standings. Most would agree looking at the fixtures against Sting and Sens on paper yeah you’re thinking that’s an easy 4 point weekend but as we all know no game is played on paper and Stars certainly don’t like to do things easy. The task was made harder with the news that Flav wasn’t available, I have no doubt in my mind that Flav
is the best NM in the league, he is literally a league above anyone in the division and were it not for work commitments he’d be a starter in the EPL, maybe even pushing for starters job in the Elite League. Thankfully his work commitments is Stars gain. When he plays it’s like we play without fear knowing he is there as our last line of defense, but it wasn’t to be for the Sting game and in stepped Watson who had nothing to do versus the Sting. He was not at fault for the loss but you can’t help but think if Flav played he keeps us in the game on the scoreboard. As for the game itself thinking back I’m still not sure how we lost, I really don’t - the game was one-sided from start to finish and was constant pressure which I feel was our downfall as the D-men were so committed to attacking and controlling the offensive zone they forgot all about the defensive duties. I know the official stats say we out-shot Sting 50/29 but I’d be amazed if they got into double figures. Again the following night vs Sens it was more of the same, heavily out shooting the opposition but came up against a full strength Sens and a netminder having one of those games - you know the ones, the ones where you pepper him with everything you have and when you finally do beat him you hear PING off the post and you know all the luck you need is with the netminder. The scoreline suggested we struggled and to a certain point you could say we did but the result was never in doubt in my mind. I just think the performance or lack of was down to having nothing left in the tank. We gave Sting everything we had, however big or small the result, good or bad the result we got the 2 points. We can forget about last weekend and work hard in training and be ready for this weekend. My head says not a chance tonight, my heart however is a different story. We have one of the best shooters in
the NIHL in the form of Dennis Boström. The big Swede has been a huge hit on Teesside finishing his checks, good speed and his eye for a top shelf snipe. His line mate James Moss has been the stand-out this season, causing all teams trouble with his dazzling hands and trickery and will expect him to be a handful tonight. The best news for the Stars faithful is the return to form of Davies, Sykes and Elder, they have been a steady line since being put together but it seems the three of them are really starting to click. If at full strength this weekend I believe we can get some valuable points in our pursuit of a top four finish - hey who knows we might just take all four. Thanks for reading (if you haven’t turned the page already) St Jono of Billog ;-)
SUPORTERS CLUB UPDATE The Supporters Club committee are delighted to let you all know that thanks to you guys supporting the merchandise table, last week alone we were able to contribute towards 3 hockey sticks and pay for 2 physio sessions so on behalf of the committee, and I’m sure the players, I’d like to say a massive thank you to you guys! While we are on the subject of the supporters table, if any of you have received more Lynx gift sets than you know what to do with, or too much chocolate etc (is that ever possible?) you could always donate your unwanted Christmas gifts to the Supporters Club for use as tombola prizes - don’t forget the profits of the Merchandise table, shirt card and tombola go towards helping the players. Thank you Esther Gradwell (Merchandise)
Blackburn Hawks V
Saturday 23th January 2016 - Face Off: 5:45
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PERIOD SCORES HAWKS STARS
Billingham Stars League Game - Blackburn Ice Arena No. Name
William Matthew Robson
Billy Isaac Nicholson
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MAX DRAKELEY - FIGHTING FIT MAX HAS JUST RETURNED FROM MAJOR INJURY RECENTLY. IT WAS A VERY FRUSTRATING TIME FOR HIM AFTER SELFLESSLY RETURNING TO A SHORT BENCH TOO EARLY AND CAUSING EVEN MORE DAMAGE TO HIMSELF IN THE PROCESS. HERE IS HIS STORY OF HOW HE AND THE TEAM COPE WHEN LOSING KEY PLAYERS AND HIS OWN WELCOME RETURN TO FITNESS AND HIS TEAM PLACE. All hockey fans will know that injuries are part of the game, as they are in almost every sport. Understandably, ice hockey is one sport where they occur more frequently and often with more severity than most others. You are unlikely to break bones or tear ligaments playing snooker… Followers of the Hawks will appreciate we have been pretty unlucky so far this year, but things seem to be looking up in 2016. Currently only Ollie Lomax remains unfit, after putting his body on the line and blocking a slapshot in Whitley Bay. His broken wrist was the last in a string of injuries, particularly affecting our defence, that have posed problems for the team this year. I dislocated my shoulder in training, Butler has knackered knees, Dunny is perpetually broken one way or another, and Kim has recently damaged his back. It doesn’t make for good reading. Thankfully Chris, Dangy and Stu have stayed fit, Reece returned to the team and Aaron dropped back to defence to keep the ship tight at the back. Most of us are now back to practically full fitness, allowing us to put a fuller squad out for each game, but the road to recovery is largely dependent on efforts off the ice and away from what the supporters usually see. Firstly, directly leading on from injury comes medical treatment and/or physiotherapy. This can range from putting a cast on Ollie’s wrist to mend in time, to getting a sports massage to loosen off any niggles from the training or games before. Thankfully we have Gus, from Performance Fitness who comes down on Thursday evenings before training, or at the weekend before games to help with any physical issues. It’s a love hate relationship between physios and players, since ultimately physios help fix sore muscles or bad backs, but the process isn’t necessarily an enjoyable one. Ask Jordan, Ben or Rick whether Gus’ massages are the ‘relaxing’ kind and I’m sure they would be happy to moan about the torture. Thanks also need to go to the supporters club, who are supportive of this relationship and have financially helped Kim to receive treatment on his back over the past few weeks.
29 MAXDRAKELEYREPORTS Secondly, after initial physiotherapy, off-ice strength and conditioning is required to prepare a player to get back to playing. This is arguably the most important stage of recovery but it can be a long, laborious and tedious(?) process. After any injury there is a period of rest in order for the body to repair itself, so muscle wastage is common, especially when the damage is severe. Take shoulders, for example. After dislocating a shoulder you should spend 2-3 weeks (recommended) in a sling, to allow any tears to repair before trying to move the joint. During this time the muscles in your chest, shoulder and upper back weaken, as they have little to no role in supporting the arm. Over as little as two weeks of inactivity you lose a third to three quarters of your muscle strength. Lifting any heavy weight or load-bearing then becomes pretty difficult when you’re “recovered”, but these tasks are essential if you play a sport requiring you to throw people around. So weeks are spent in the gym doing sometimes very monotonous exercises, such as pulling on elastic bands or catching tennis balls, before you can get back on the ice. This is the most frustrating time for injured players as the team may be short benched and watching matches from the side-lines is not nearly as enjoyable as getting stuck in. Coming back too soon is pretty common in hockey, as is playing through the pain barrier, but it’s only done because players want to get back to helping out the team. Finally, preventative measures are undertaken to limit the chances of an injury reoccurring. There are a variety of things you can do to help your chances of staying fit as well as improving performance when back from injury. Some players find strapping helps, such as shoulder supports or knee braces. Viney, for example, wears a Forest Gump-esque knee support under his leg pads after sustaining injuries in previous seasons. Again the supporters club have offered to pay for specialist equipment like this but thankfully not many are required. In terms of game day, good warm-ups are key. Playing a contact sport ‘cold’ is a very bad idea. If you’re down at the rink early you will therefore see us running around in our sweat-gear, playing football outside, or hitting the gym we have on site at the rink. Tom and Will from Fit4less come down before games to take a session of stretching before we get kitted up, and we carrying on with stretching when we get on the ice. On-ice warmups, while probably quite boring for spectators, are the last time to get physically and mentally prepared, and are essential for preventing injuries from occurring during the game. Unfortunately, despite all this preparation and prevention, injuries will still occur, it’s the nature of the sport. Ultimately it’s a combination of all the above factors that keep the Hawks fit and healthy, or on the path to recovery. Access to team physios and trainers, as well as an on site gym, is hugely beneficial in maintaining a high standard of hockey while on the ice. I believe that the involvement of backroom staff, improved facilities and support from the fans are very important ingredients in the success we’ve had so far this year, and no doubt the Hawk’s rise to dominance that’s happened over the past few. It’s great to play for a team with such a professional set up and a dedicated set of off-ice supporters. Long may it continue. Max Drakeley
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
32 ELLAHAWKSPHOTOGRAPHY ELLA THORNTON IS ONE OF OUR OFFICIAL HAWKS PHOTOGRAPHERS AT THE ARENA SHE HAS A GREAT EYE FOR A GOOD PHOTO AS YOU CAN SEE IN HER MANY POSTS IN THE SUPPORTERS CLUB PAGES AND ON HER OWN WEBSITE. Coming to watch the Hawks was the starting point in my photography. I’ve been watching them since the 2012-13 season, but in 2014 I decided I wanted to get more involved with the club, and photography had always been something I wanted to try. So I saved up my wages and money from birthdays etc to buy myself a camera, and that’s where my love for it all started. At first it was just a hobby, but I started to take it more and more seriously, and before I knew it I was asked to join John in becoming an official club photographer. Since then, there’s been so many special moments for me, and it’s hard to choose a favourite, but I think it has to be the moment we won the league last season. It was amazing to be out on the ice with the team celebrating something that meant so much, and to see the crowds going wild through my teary eyes was something I’ll never forget! I’ve never felt so much pride! I’m known for getting very emotional during the tense times, such as the playoff finals and semi finals, but I’ve got to admit the cider didn’t help there.. Haha.. It’s hard for me to choose a favourite player from the team too, as so many of them have helped me with my photography, but I think I’d have to say Aaron Davies is my all time favourite, and has been from the start! Although I do appreciate all of the players for different things! They’ve seen me in some embarrassing states though, such as recently being flung from the seat I was sleeping on when the driver put the brakes on, on the coach on the way home from Telford, and waking up completely unaware of what had just happened. That trip was eventful, I was told that the industrial estate next door to the rink was an airport, and for some reason I fully believed it. I don’t think I’ll ever be allowed to forget it! Since starting photography for the Hawks, I’ve done several more events in different areas. Equestrian events are another big thing I’m involved in, with cricket being another. I’ve also got my first wedding shoot coming up in June, which I’m so excited about!! Hawk Photography has done better than I ever thought it could, and I hope it continues to grow and progress like it is now. Fingers crossed the future will hold good things for my business. Visit Ella’s website on the link here. http://www.hawk-photography.com/
Solway Sharks picked up a morale boosting first win of the season over league leaders Blackburn Hawks on Saturday night with a 5-3 home victory. In what was described by Dumfries fans as their best performance of the season, the Sharks outshot the Hawks and kept their visitors goalless for the last 30 minutes of the game. The Sharks have had an up and down season so far with two games being cancelled due to bad weather / travelling conditions so they will be looking to build on this performance for a more successful second half to the season. Second place Whitley Warriors thumped third place Telford Tigers 9-1, with captain Shaun Kippin scoring a hat trick. They outshot the Tigers throughout and were already 8-0 ahead before the visitors hit their consolation strike on 50 minutes. The Warriors are now 7 points ahead of the Tigers with a game in hand so the title race looks to be pretty much now between the top two. However the Hawks have a 7 point cushion at the top but have played one game more
than Whitley. It was a bad weekend all round for Telford who also lost 7-5 away at Sheffield Spartans on Saturday night. They remain locked on the same number of points – 22 – as 4th place Solihull Barons who didn’t play at the weekend and now have a game in hand. Billingham Stars had a mixed weekend losing 5-2 away at second bottom Sutton Sting and then winning 5-3 at home to bottom team Sheffield Senators who remain without a single point from their 19 games to date. In the Laidler Conference, Deeside Dragons once again demonstrated their title winning credentials with a 4 point weekend They shut out local rivals Altrincham Aces 8-0 on Saturday night and then won 3-8 away at Hull Jets in a game where the hosts only managed 17 shots on goal all game. The Dragons are now 13 points ahead of second place Widnes Wild but have played 4 games more.
Photo: (photo by Peter Sheffield) The Dragons have just 6 games left to play in the current campaign and could possibly secure the title with a win in the game away at Widnes on 14th February, depending on results elsewhere. The Wild had to come from 2 goals down to beat bottom team Coventry Blaze on Sunday night. They ended up, however, comfortable 10-3 winners with player coach Scott McKenzie hitting 3+2.
In the other Laidler game of the weekend, Blackburn Eagles beat Bradford Bulldogs 9-2. James Riddoch top scored with 3+2 and import Tomas Mitrik chipped in with 1+4. The Eagles are enjoying their best ever season and are comfortable in 4th place in the table, 8 points ahead of 5th placed Altrincham.
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 don’t know about anyone else but when we lose I don’t really worry about it too much or dwell on it, what I tend to do is look at the league table and think “well, you know what, we are doing ok here aren’t we?”. I’m still not sure who’s going to finish where yet as it’s still wide open, but I believe that anyone from seven teams can still make it to Sheffield for the Play Offs. I was very impressed with Solway, and they are down in seventh place on sixteen points but do have games in hand over all the teams above them. The one that sticks out at the moment is Telford. I said at the start of the season I was impressed, but it all depends on who turns out for them on any given day, and by that I mean who goes up to play for the Tigers, now that Red Hockey seem to be slowly distancing themselves from all of the clubs. I fear not only for the NIHL Telford Team, but also for the EPL Tigers and the other clubs that could be affected by this. I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see how this one pans out. I’d be interested to know what everyone else thinks about the final places for the play off’s, who do you think will make it? And more to the point, who won’t? Someone IS going to miss out!!
Now, I’m going to be controversial here (not like me) so here we go... We have, behind the scenes, some of the most dedicated people you could ever wish to meet. We have players and staff giving up their time on a Monday evening to coach kids with disabilities. We have people spending hours putting a programme together for no reward. We have volunteers editing video most weeks. We have staff coming down on a Thursday night to interview the players for the benefit of our supporters. Our Supporters Club has volunteers sourcing and buying goods for our fans to proudly wear... I could go on!! So, my question is, when we have the busiest social media fans page in all of British Ice Hockey, why do a select few persist in undermining those who are dedicated to making us bigger and better... WHY? There is no need at all. We are ONE club with ONE common goal, which is wanting to be the best we can and to continue to provide support for our players. Can I please ask, on behalf of the Club, STOP!!! It’s tiresome it’s boring, and it’s not funny. You might think it’s a bit of fun, and it’s only a joke, but please stop and think that the damage one off the cuff comment can do. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, volunteers are the lifeblood of any sport, and without them we don’t have a club, and at the moment the club is the most buoyant it has ever been. If you feel that you can offer something, please say so. There are lots of people who you can contact to offer your services, and help move us forward. There, it’s said, onward we go………. Cheers, G…
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.
Billingham Blackburn 06-Sep Blackburn Telford 13-Spt Blackburn Sutton 20-Sep Senators Blackburn 03-Oct Blackburn Spartans 04-Oct Spartans Blackburn 10-Oct Blackburn Solway 11-Oct Solway Blackburn 17-Oct Solway Blackburn 31-Oct Blackburn Senators 01-Nov Blackburn Solway 08-Nov Blackburn Solihull 22-Nov Sutton Blackburn 29-Nov Whitley Blackburn 06-Dec Telford Blackburn 12-Dec Blackburn Whitley 13-Dec Blackburn Billingham 19-Dec Whitley Blackburn 20-Dec Solihull Blackburn 27-Dec Blackburn Sutton 03-Jan Spartans Blackburn 09-Jan Blackburn Whitley 10-Jan Solway Blackburn 16-Jan Blackburn Billingham 23-Jan Solihull Blackburn 24-Jan Telford Blackburn 30-Jan Blackburn Spartans 31-Jan Senators Blackburn 06-Feb Blackburn Senators 07-Feb Sutton Blackburn 14-Feb Blackburn Solway 21-Feb Blackburn Widnes 27-Feb Widnes Blackburn 06-Mar Billingham Blackburn 12-Mar Blackburn Telford 13-Mar Blackburn Solihull 26-Mar Billingham Blackburn 27-Mar Blackburn Billingham 02-Apr
Face Off Score
18:30 0-4 17:45 5-3 17:45 5-0 16:30 2-8 17:45 9-0 13:30 4 - 12 17:45 5-1 19:00 2 - 7 17-45 3-8 17:45 12 - 3 17:45 4-2 17:45 8 - 2 16:15 2-2 17:00 4-2 17:30 1-8 17:45 5-4 17:45 5-2 17:00 4-4 18:00 2-5 17:45 13 - 1 15:45 2 - 15 17:45 4-3 19:00 5-3 17:45 18:00 17:30 17:45 18:30 17:45 16:15 17:45 17:45 17:30 18:30 17:45 17:45 18:30 17:45
BLUE: Denotes a cup match WHITE: Denotes a League Match
Published on Jan 21, 2016