PROGRAMME ISSUE 5
11 OCTOBER 2015
onight our opponents are the SOLWAY SHARKS, our last meeting was way back in February at home and we won that match 8-4. Make no mistake the SHARKS will, despite their recent form of late will be pressing for a win. We will certainly be taking no chances in our match tonight against them.
he Telford match last weekend ended in a very surprising 6 - 3 loss for SOLWAY, they are sitting right down in eighth position second from the bottom of the table with only 1 win and 5 losses to date. Compare this to the BLACKBURN HAWKS who are 5 from 5,with a 100% record so far in all league matches.
lease give our lads a massive cheer tonight and lets get ourselves that sixth straight win. The more you cheer the more they score.
e would like to extend our thanks to all of the fans that travelled last week to Sheffield, It really does make a big difference to the team knowing that you are all there shouting for them. Our next away trip is to SOLWAY and we would like to invite you all along to experience the atmosphere of a match at Dumfries. There are limited spaces available on the team coach and if you are interested in traveling please check availability with Meike Harris via email at email@example.com The Supporters Club will as usual be arranging a car share so if you have space or are looking for a lift please contact them directly. Via firstname.lastname@example.org our Facebook Supporters Club group or via the website.
ome brilliant news was shared with us earlier this week that our captain Chris Arnone and his partner Sammy Spencer are having a baby. Baby Arnone is due to arrive on the 20th April 2016 close to the playoffs which are on the 9th and 10th April so we hope that Baby Arnone will not do a Lydia Barnes and arrive early. We wish them both the very best for their future new family.
veryone at BLACKBURN HAWKS would like to send our thoughts and prayers to David Morrison and his dad William Morrison who is in hospital at the moment. David has previously given up his role at SOLWAY to become a full time carer for his parents. Go mbeannaĂ Dia duit
4 PROGRAMME CONTENTS
A DAY IN THE LIFE
TWO MATCHES TO COVER FROM LAST WEEK, AWAY TO THE SENATORS AND HOME AGAINST THE SPARTANS. TONIGHT WE FACE SOLWAY AND WONDER IF THERE WILL BE ANY SURPRISES IN STORE BUDZ HAS THE ANSWERS ON PAGE 06
JOSEPH MILTON 11 YEARS OLD IS OUR JUNIOR EQUIPMENT MANAGER HE IS OFTEN SEEN HELPING HIS BOSS NICK RILEY DURING MATCHES. HE IS VERY EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO SHARE HIS DAY WITH ALL OF THE HAWKS FANS.
31. MATCH REPORT
A QUICK ROUND UP AND THEN ON TO
STEVE MAYERS WRITES THIS WEEKS
THE SERIOUS BUSINESS OF A MATCH VS
REPORT RELIVE THE MOMENTS OF THE
SOLWAY. THEY ALWAYS PUT IN EXTRA
MATCH ON PAGE 31
EFFORT WHEN PLAYING THE HAWKS.
14. REWIND A LOOK AT THE CAREER OF FORMER HAWKS CAPTAIN AND LEGEND SIMON MILLS
29. ICE HOCKEY REVIEW ROUND UP FROM LAST WEEKS GOINGS ON IN THE NORTHERN LEAGUES
33. RESULTS & FIXTURES BACK PAGE IS WHERE YOU CAN SEE ALL OF OUR RESULTS AND FIXTURES.
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EX. HAWKS CAPTAIN SIMON MILLS A LEGEND OF THE OLD BLACKBURN HAWKS. PAUL BREEZE OF ICE HOCKEY REVIEW TELLS US ALL ABOUT SIMON’S CONTRIBUTION AND CAREER. READ ALL ABOUT SIMON’S STORY 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 ‘Kyle Haslam’ by John Milton (www.eventog.uk) Articles provided by Paul Breeze, Daniel Mackriel, Steve Mayers Joseph Milton and John Milton. Thanks to Ian and Gillian Havelock, Esther Gradwell and Carl Everett for their continuing help and support.
DANIEL MACKRIEL IS ALL SMILES AFTER OUR DOUBLE HEADER LAST WEEKEND. WE ARE FIVE FROM FIVE AND STILL HAVE A FANTASTIC 100% RECORD. WE FACE OFF TONIGHT AGAINST A SOLWAY SHARKS TEAM WHO ARE LOOKING TO TURN THEIR SEASON AROUND. IT’S GOING TO BE A VERY EXCITING AND FAST PACED GAME. HERE ARE BUDZIES WORDS ON THE SHEFFIELD SENATORS AND THE SHEFFIELD SPARTANS MATCHES AND AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SOLWAY MATCH Good Evening and welcome to our game against the SOLWAY SHARKS. Tonight we welcome the SHARKS to BLACKBURN and we hope the team, officials and supporters all have a safe journey. Last weekend saw us take on the SENATORS and SPARTANS in league matches. It was a great team performance from the lads. They deservedly took all four points. In the away game against SENATORS, we had two goals each from both Bentham and Rjay, one each from Riddoch, Butler and Addy, and Kim scored his first league goal of the season.
Sunday saw us face off against the SPARTANS and Arnone started us off as we were to continue with a goal on eight minutes to get us all in the mood and start what would be a great hat trick for him and a strong team performance. The goals kept on coming and we ended with a brace from Bentham and Simister, and goals from Pollitt and Meikle we also ended the game with a well deserved shutout for Dangy, who earned it with some excellent saves throughout the match. That’s now three combined team shutouts for us already this season. Give the lads a massive shout this weekend and enjoy the game.
Kyle Haslam Photo John Milton (eventog.uk) Kyle Haslam aged 17, has now been with the Club for 8 years and has played through all of the Junior age groups. Kyle made his debut last weekend for the Hawks in Sheffield on Saturday, He has been with the Club since the age of 9 and was part of the Under 12’s side that had major success in winning the League. He is the current Captain of our under 18,s side which is coached by Adam Dadswell and assisted by Tom Helm, he is also assistant Captain of our under 20’s team coached by Michael Fletcher and Club Head Coach Iain Hanson.
Kim Miettinen Photo John Milton (eventog.uk) Kyle is a fast, versatile forward with a proven track record at all levels scoring goals. All the Club wish him every success at this next level, and would like to thank the Hawks Coaching Team of Daniel Mackriel and Danny Brittle for this opportunity, Go Kyle! Go Hawks! Kyle is featured on our front cover playing at the Sheffield Senators match last Saturday. Photo front cover Kyle Haslam by John Milton (eventog.uk ) Martin White
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A DAY IN THE LIFE
JOSEPH MILTON: JUNIOR EQUIPMENT MANAGER
JOSEPH MILTON STARTED OUT BY HELPING NICK RILEY PUTTING OUT A FEW PUCKS BEFORE HOME MATCHES. NICK HAS OVER TIME GIVEN JOE MORE RESPONSIBILITY JOE WATCHES THE GAME CLOCK AND DISAPPEARS TO GO AND DO “HIS JOB” JOE WAS HELPING GRAHAM LOMAX IN SHEFFIELD AND WE HAVE ONLY COMPLIMENTS FROM GRAHAM AND NICK OF HIS WORK ETHICS. HERE ARE JOE’S WORDS OF HIS DAY After seeing the match day programme and especially the article on ‘a day in the life’ I wanted to share my day as junior equipment manager working alongside Nick Riley and Graham Lomax as he had stepped in to help me with the kit. So I thought it would be a great opportunity to base it on Saturday with the game against the Senators. So we set off to Sheffield about 1pm and arrived at 3pm we got there early as I was in charge of the gloves. The players come out for their warm up and that’s my Que to get ready to collect all the gloves and dry them before the first period starts. I did the job with Graham while the guys get ready for action. It’s game time! Time to give the gloves out with Graham as the players go out onto the ice for the first period. I have 19 minutes until I have to go back to work and meet the players as they come off of the ice again. First period ends and I collect in all the gloves again. These are dried as quickly as possible before the players once again
Joseph Milton presents MVP to captain Chris Arnone Photo John Milton (eventog.uk) put on their nice warm dry gloves. Same for the next period and we are all exited to win against one of the only teams that took points off us last season. We won 8-2! Time to pack up the shirts and the sticks. Graham said thanks for taking the kit to the van and I got six high fives from Dangy and lot’s from the other players too. I can’t wait to do it all again at the next match and maybe dad will let me travel on the team coach with Nick and the team for the next away game. #COYH
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SHIRT SPONSORS TO EVERYONE THAT HAS PURCHASED A MATCH WORN SHIRT YOU ARE ALL HELPING THE HAWKS AND WE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND OUR GRATITUDE TO YOU ALL BY ADDING YOUR NAMES EACH WEEK INTO THE PROGRAMME.
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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
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THE REWIND SERIES THIS CONTINUES WITH LEGEND GORDON WHYTE Gordon Whyte is another high quality player who came to Blackburn during the Jim Pennycook era and one who had played 7 seasons at the top level in British ice hockey earlier in his career. He had learnt his junior hockey at Dundee – home of the high flying Rockets championship teams of the early 1980s - and made his senior debut for their latter-day incarnation the Dundee Tigers (later Tayside Tigers) in the British League Premier Division. He had a five year spell with Fife Flyers and then 3 more at Dumfries Border Vikings the last of which - 1996/97 - was spent playing against the Hawks in the Northern Premier League following the Brit-
ish League meltdown in the summer of 1996. Gordon joined the Hawks for the EPL season of 1998/99 and then, after a season back with the Solway Sharks in the Scottish National League, returned to Blackburn for three seasons in ENL North 1. Gordon said: “I nearly signed in summer of 1997, I had been down a couple of times for talks with John Neville and Des, I chose Murrayfield that year and I did not enjoy it! I had already told John Neville and Bobby Haig I would sign for 1998 season before that season finished!, I had already played on the same teams with Bobby, Jimmy Pennycook and Colin Downie. I loved my time playing in Blackburn and I also
had the honour of being captain for a while. I loved the big ice with me being a good skater, although doing the ladder in training on a Thursday night I probably wouldn’t say that!! Some of the memories are getting home at Dumfries on a Friday at 3 in the morning after training then back up at 6 to go to work were pretty tough going. To be honest, most of the memories are of travelling up and down the M6, after normally playing the full 60 minutes on the ice! The fans in Blackburn took to the way I played and were very supportive of me, for which I thank them.
I met a lot of people in my time at Blackburn - players and fans that I still keep in touch with. Maybe once or twice a year me, Bobby Haig, Jamie Thomson, Neal Howarth, Scott Barnett, Christian Wareing, Adam Fuller, we still meet up for a few beers - and a sensible conversation!!, It was great being down for the 25th anniversary and seeing friends I had not seen since I left in 2003. Blackburn was probably one of the best times in my career - I always smile when I think of it.” Long term team mate at Fife and Blackburn Bobby Haig said of Whyte: “He is an absolute legend! A great player - very smart with the puck and a great shot. I have known him for years and have never heard anyone say a bad thing about him. He was a firm fans’ favourite when he was at Blackburn.”
Gordon Whyat playing at the Legends match in April earlier this year. Photo John Milton (eventog.uk)
Gordon Whyat in an early programme when he played for the Dumfries Border Vikings
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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..
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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
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NIHL Write Up Weekend of 3rd and 4th October 2015 Whitley Warriors remain top of the Moralee Conference after a 5-3 home win over Sutton Sting. Despite outshooting their visitors 64 to 28, Whitley left it late to snatch both points, after a Sting goal 5 minutes from time saw them draw level. A goal from player coach David Longstaff eased the Warriors back in front on 58.10 and then an empty net goal while the Sting had their netminder pulled in the last minute made certain of the result. Blackburn Hawks extended their 100% start to the season to 5 wins from 5 starts with two victories of the weekend. They won 2-8 away at bottom club Sheffield Senators on Saturday and then shut out Sheffield Spartans 9-0 at home on Sunday night. That was their THIRD shut out of the season already out of just 5 competitive starts and FOURTH overall, having also shut out Widnes Wild in a pre-season challenge match. Billingham Stars had a weekend to forget as they were beaten 6-4 on Saturday by Sheffield Spartans at iceSheffield (Spartans remain in 3rd place as a result) and then lost 2-3 at home to a quickly improving Telford Tigers side who now leapfrog the Stars into 4th place.
In the other Moralee game of the weekend, Solihull Barons lost 4-2 away at Sutton Sting. In the Laidler Conference, title hopefuls Deeside Dragons lost 2-7 at home to Nottingham Lions on Saturday night. The Lions also won 6-3 at home to Altrincham Aces on Sunday and now have a 3 point lead at the top of the Laidler table. In the other Laidler game of the weekend, Coventry Blaze picked up their first win of the season with a 10-2 demolition of Bradford Bulldogs who remain bottom of the table with 6 defeats from their 6 games to date. You can now purchase copies of the new Ice Hockey Review 2015 NIHL Yearbook at the Supporters Club table! The book features team-by-team and league-by-league stats for all NIHL North and South competitions in the 2014/15 league season and, as such, is an excellent souvenir of the Blackburn Hawks’ double winning “Invincibles” campaign. An ideal “early Christmas present” for every NIHL player and fan, every copy sold at Hawks match nights helps generate funds for the Supporters Club.
Billingham Stars score a goal away against Sheffield Spartans at iceSheffield last Saturday. (Photo by Steve Pollitt)
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BLACKBURN HAWKS - 9 SHEFFIELD SPARTANS - 0 A ‘double-header’ against the two Sheffield teams was the prospect facing the Hawks last weekend, and coach, Dan Mackriel knew that nothing less than maximum points would be satisfactory, as his team aimed to keep pace with the early-season pace setters, Whitley Warriors. After securing a comfortable 8-2 victory against the Senators on Saturday, Blackburn returned to The Nest on Sunday evening, to welcome the Spartans - a well drilled and resolute team, who, on their day, were more than capable of causing an upset. Both teams were missing a couple of players from their rosters Jordan Bannon and Andy Dunn for the home side, and Stuart Brittle, the brother of Hawks’ Addy and Danny, for the visitors. The game began with Blackburn straight onto the offensive, pressing the Spartans back into their own zone for long periods. However, the first indiscretion of the evening was an ‘interference’ call against Aaron Davies, and their man-advantage allowed Sheffield to venture forward. Ollie Barron and Chris Wilcox tested Danny ‘Dangy’ Brittle in the Hawks goal, but he made two routine saves, and the Hawks returned to full strength without further cause for concern. With 8 minutes gone, the fans were on their feet, to salute a moment of brilliance by Chris Arnone. He took possession from Lee Pollitt in his own zone, and having avoided the attentions of 3 Spartans players, waited for Brandon Stones to commit himself, and fired a sublime shot beyond the flailing keeper. When Morris took a cross-checking penalty, Blackburn sought to double their lead, but were met with stubborn resistance from Stones, who pulled off two astounding ‘reflex’ saves, firstly to deny Tom King from a yard out, and then a re-directed flick from Ben Simister. The Hawks were beginning to increase the intensity as the opening 20 minutes drew to a close, and it only seemed a matter of time before their dominance was rewarded. The second period was only in it’s infancy when the home side went two goals up. A well-worked opening by RJ Berra created space for Adam Brittle in front of the net, and although he mis-hit his shot, Rick Bentham was on-hand to finish clinically. Sheffield youngster, Cole Shudra, the son of Steelers legend, Ron, chased a puck into the corner, and crashed into the boards. For a moment it looked seri-
31 MATCH REPORT ous, although thankfully, the only thing that was injured was his pride. The Spartans defence was being run ragged, as the Hawks forwards fizzed the puck around the ice - just managing to deflect passes away. However, the signs were there that it was only a matter of time before the flood gates opened. In an attempt to interrupt the flow of the home side, Andrew Turner went after Addy Brittle along the boards, but was shocked to find Arnone a more than willing ‘dance partner’. The ensuing scuffle was decent enough, with both combatants landing several lusty blows - the Blackburn captain more than holding his own, against a much larger guy. The ‘ever-industrious’ 3rd line combination of Tom King, Matt Viney, and Aaron Davies maintained the level of physicality, never giving their opponents a moment’s respite - chasing down every loose puck, and continually turning over possession. On 36 minutes, Arnone took the opportunity to push forward once again, and having driven hard down the right wing, fired across Stones - into the far corner of the net. Dangy, in the Hawks goal, was only called upon periodically, but when Ollie Barron got free of his marker and closed-in on goal, the shot-stopper moved smartly to deny him, and maintain his shutout. A tic-tac-toe passing move resulted in goal number 4 for Blackburn - Brittle tearing along the right side, and dropping the puck off to Berra. He fired a fierce pass across the front of the net, straight onto the stick of the Pollitt, and he re-directed it beyond Stones. Two goals within 10 seconds of each other, at the start of the final period, sealed the 2 points for the reigning champions. Firstly David Miekle gratefully finished off a slick passing move, and then Arnone completed his hat-trick with a cool flick past Stones. To be fair, the 6-0 scoreline did not truly reflect how well the Sheffield keeper had played, as he had kept the Hawks forwards at bay with at least half a dozen fantastic saves. His final act of the evening was to pluck a goal-bound shot from Berra out of the air, after which he allowed his back-up netminder, Matt Croyle some 15 minutes of ice time. A further two-goal salvo saw Bentham score number 7, and then assist Simister to notch from in close. Determined to come away with at least a consolation goal, Barron broke through for a second time. However, with only Dangy to beat and plenty of time to pick his spot, Kim Miettinen came from out of nowhere, to rob him of possession - much to the crowd’s relief. Arnone went in search of his 4th of the evening, but was unfortunate to see his shot ping off the crossbar. With 15 seconds to go, Simister was the beneficiary of some intricate passing play between Miekle and Bentham, and he slotted home from just outside the crease. The 9-0 scoreline was perhaps a little flattering for the home team, but there were clear signs that the unit was beginning to gel, and the fluidity of last season was returning. MVP went deservedly to Chris Arnone, who had lead from the front, throughout.
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Published on Oct 8, 2015