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The Wall
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Nothing new or exciting but enjoyed a Streatham Redskins double

Saturday was away to Wight Raiders, probably 5 years since my last visit, however with a Top Division IOW League Game to couple seemed sensible.
First mistake was Driving to Portsmouth Harbour Car Parking £10, then finding the 15 minute Cat ride to Ryde was £20 (reduced by a 1/3 with Senior Rail Card), although only £8 odd after 16.00. Biggest disapointment was to follow, my Game of choice had Ryde Saints hosting, however arriving at the Ground to find the Pitch had passed an inspection, it transpired that not believing it would, Saints had turned up early for a Training session and then found could not raise a full Team, Game Off. Still a few Pubs to visit and a Wetherspoons decent Meal.

NIHL South 1
IOW RAIDERS vs Streatham Redskins @ Planet Ice (on the Prom just a 10 minute walk to the Pier Head and Cat departure)
Adm £9 Prog £2

For the first 30 mins the Game was as good as any seen for a while, Redskins played hard and at this point with Raiders leading 2-1 the Game could have gone either way, however 2 quick Goals for the Hosts effectively finished the Game, although adding a 5th in the Final Period finished at 5-1. A flattering score, did deserve to Win but by two would be a fairer reflection.

Sunday saw NIHL South 1
STREATHAM REDSKINS vs Solent & Gosport Devils @ the High Road (just a 1 1/4 mile walk from Home, but as raining took the Car)
Adm £8 (Con £5) Prog £2

Streatham opened the scoring on 11 secs, Solent equalised on 26 secs, believe must be the quickest 2 Goals that I've ever witnessed !
Solent only have 4 wins all Season but delivered an effective performance, level at 2-2 by end of First. Streatham scored 3 unanswered in the 2nd and winning the 3rd 2-1 finishing at 7-3. Overall a decent Game.


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25th Jan 2014
NIHL 1 North (Moralee Conf)
Solway Sharks 1 Blackburn Hawks 0
Att: 150 (est)
Admission: £7.50
Prog: £1, 24pp, pretty much the perfect prog in both layout and content, well done to those concerned.

Top of the table Solway took on 9 wins in a row Hawks in what turned out to be one of the best games I've seen in some time at this level. It was finally settled by a goal from a rebound in the 55th minute after both sides had thrown everything at eachother in a truly epic contest. Shame the home support is so low in numbers, Hawks must have had at least 50% of the support in the rink whilst the Sharks are a very, very good side who deserve more watching them in what is a very tidy facility.

It's been well described recently so I won't go over it all again other than to say it's smart, clean, modern, bright, the catering is decent and the sight lines for spectators are pretty good.

The rink is right next door to Queen of the South's ground in Dumfries and the Sharks play their home games at 7pm on a Saturday, so plenty of opportunities to double up. I did it with Gala Rugby Union and it made for a cracking day out in the Scottish Borders.


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Sat/Sun 8-9 February 2014
Pond Hockey Cup
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria

We are going to see the 4th annual Pond Hockey Cup which is played on the Riessersee in Garmich-Partenkirchen in the foothills of Germany's highest mountain - the Zugspizte. The fixtures have been released today and include Cardiff Titans. There may be other British entries as there are cerainly some English names but as there are both pro and amateur teams many of them are most certainly 'scratch' teams, and the Germans using English in slang as much as the English!

On the Saturday night we are hoping to visit the Olympia-Eissport-Zentrum, used in the 1936 Winter Olympics, to see SC Riessersee's second string and, on Sunday, we head up to Pfaffenhofen - right back up north of Munich - to see the relegation play-off fixture between Pfaff and Germering before getting back to the airport to fly home.

In between all this we hope to be able to go someway up the Zugspizte but the must-visit Wank, just to the east of the town. You can even go up in it in the Wankbahn and, if you need accomodation, stay at the Wankhaus. Facebook statuses abound...


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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 3 Swindon Wildcats 2

admission £12-50 programme yes, attendance est 1700
2nd v 5th
A very tight game, this, typical of the closeness of the league this year. Bison. more physical than I've seen them, had the majority of the play but the Cats' fast skilful breaks always looked dangerous. In both of the first two periods Bison took and early lead only for Cats to equalise later on in the period. The crucial times came towards the end of the second period; A wonderful individual goal by Cats' Sandvik was disallowed because the net had moved (how?); Cats' Hoog then got a 5 + match penalty for an ugly check from behind on Sheppard; Bison couldn't take advantage of the extra man and instead gave up two penalties of their own; Cats couldn't capitalise on this either. So all square in a very close final period, Greener scrambled the winner for Bison with 6:30 remaining despite some nervy moments. Both netminders, Skinns and Lyle, against their former clubs, were excellent. Bison's Joe Baird celebrated 500 EPL games.



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Following on from my previous post - which I realise wasn't relevant in a 'where did you go thread' before I went, so apologies - the trip to Germany was excellent.

The Pond Hockey Cup had to be moved from the Riessersee to the Olympia-Eissport-Zentrum because of the mild weather which prevented the ice forming thickly enough for hockey. However, the stadium has two indoor rinks and two outdoor rinks, the latter of which were used, so we still got outdoor hockey.

The tournament featured 60 teams in the Amateurs section and 12 in the Professionals section. In the Amateure section was a team called Cardiff Titans who we nominally supported because they were British (or English, according to the organisers...). They did pretty well but after winning comfortably in the last 32 and last 16, went out to the previous season's finalists 'Scorpions Füssen', possibly in part because they (Titans) only had 1 sub - they looked absolutely shagged by the end of it!

The latter appeared to be made up for veteran pros, plus two teams from the SC Garmisch-Partenkirchen women's team. Semi-Final 1 in the 'profis' tournament was an absolute cracker between 'West Berlin Boys' and 'Eisbären Berlin Tradition & Riessersee Resort' (or some such extended, sponsored name). The West Berlin team were made up for former Preussen Berlin players (Preussen having folded in 2005 but) and there was no love lost between the teams. Despite soaking up pressure for most of the first half, Wests managed to score four times and looked home and dry but the Polar Bears managed to tie the game right at the death. After a series of 'gentle' group games on the Saturday the Sunday knock-out games were a completely different story and in this one there was rarely a full quota of players on the ice. Indeed, in sudden-death OT Wests scored the winner were down to 2 players! The referee was 'consulted' at the final whistle over the sin binnings. Wests ended up losing a close final to a team of SC Riessersee Vets.

A review of the competition is available here: http://www.deb-online.de/...pond-hockey-cup.html for those interested (in German).

Aside from the Pond Hockey, we also saw SC Riessersee 1b (reserves) beat Burga 7-5 at the Olympia-Eissport-Zentru. It was great to see the old venue although, as a reserve team game, it didn't attract more than about 50 spectators. On the Sunday afternoon, though, we saw EC Pfaffenhofen (the IceHogs) play Wanderers Germering in the Bayernliga relegation play-offs. We went to Pfaffenhofen because one of the friends I was with used to live there and reported on the team for the local paper. They had begun their relegation play-off group campaign with a surprise shoot-out win away to Buchloe - strong favourites in the group - and looked to be continuing their good form against Germering by taking a 3-0 lead half way through the second period. However, they ended up scrambling a 3-3 draw which resulted in a shoot-out. They won this one as well which means they have 4 pts from 2 games, same as Germering who won their first game outright.

The stadium at Pfaffenhofen is one to see. It is open on three sides (although it does have a roof) and my friend told me that in the past this has led to games being called off because of fog. The crowd was probably a couple of thousand and the atmosphere was great. While my friend went off to say 'hello' to people he knew, some local chap bought my other friend and me an amaretto with whipped cream, said "Cheers!" and promptly walked off. Bizarre, but friendly. The drink itself is typically German - strong and sweet - and not really my sort of thing, but it kept me warm.

For those who are interested, the top 8 (of 16) in the Bayernliga contest the championship play-offs while the rest contest relegation. They all play in groups of 4 and, in the relegation play-offs, the bottom team in each group is relegated while the two 3rd placed teams play-off to determine the final relegatee. It's 3pts for a regulation win, 2 for a shoot-out win, 1 for a shoot-out defeat and 0 for a regulation defeat which is standard in Germany hockey.


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English Premier League
Saturday 15 February, 6pm face-off
Guildford Flames 1 - 4 Telford Tigers
£10 entry, £2 programme (doubled up with next week's Peterborough game)

The weather put paid to what was intended to be a Guildford double when the City v Stratford Town match was called off earlier in the day but the Spectrum was sold out for the hockey with a crowd of 2,027.

Flames were poor for most of the game, sitting very deep until 0-3 behind and managing to concede twice on their own power plays and only scoring their one goal when playing against three Telford skaters.

Guildford remain 3rd in the table but with poor form of late are probably too far behind Manchester to win the League this season but, with such a generous play-off qualification format, they could still win the play-offs if they can get back in the groove before the post-season starts.

Telford have now won 9 in a row although are probably also too far behind to win the regular season. Despite Guildford's poor showing, Telford must take credit for making it so difficult for the home side.


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Mar 1, 2014, 10:21 PM

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English Premier League

Basingstoke Bison 6 Slough Jets 2

admission £12-50 programme yes, attendance est 1800 (full)
Troubled Jets got stuffed last time they were here, but it wasn't as easy for Bison this time. Perhaps they had one eye on the first leg of the cup final next Wed. they Despite 21-4 shots in the first period they only had one goal to show for it. Jets surprisingly equalised at the start of the second, then came a crucial call as netminder Myers, who had just come on to replace Vasiljev so as to allow another import, controversially conceded a penalty shot as his stick fell from his hand as he made a save. Vasiljev was then allowed to go in goal again to face the penalty, but Long scored. At 2-1 at the end of the second it was tight, Slough looking quite dangerous coming forward, but two quick goals in the third clinched it for Bison. Two further goals in the last 30 seconds, one into an empty net, gave the scoreline a flattering look, despite Bison's 66 shots. The return in Slough is tomorrow. Could be quite tasty after officials missed a few things tonight. A few puddles on the ice tonight for some reason, and a hole in the ice next to one of the boards.



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Saturday 1st March 2014
Manchester Minotaurs 1 Sheffield Spartans 4
Moralee Conference
Admission £6
Programme £2 including raffle ticket
Attendance - no more than 50 if that

Strange first period where Manchester dominated but ended up 1-0 down. Tbe game was played at Altrincham and the viewing was really good. There is a small table selling a few souvenirs and programmes. It's a 16 page issue.

Strange atmosphere due to the sparse crowd.


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English Premier League
SHEFFIELD STEELDOGS vs Manchester Phoenix @ Ice Sheffield
Adm £6 (Con) Prog £2

Compact Arena, next door to the big one, a capacity of 1,500 and attracting an audiance of 1,036 including a few hundred with the Visitors, making a good atmosphere. Only my 2nd ever visit and pleased to see a few old faces on view including Andre Payette and Tony Hand and an excellent Game ensured. Steeldogs scored the only Goal of the first, Phoenix equalising early in 2nd before the Dogs scored again to lead 2-1 at end. Phoenix equalised midway thru the Final period and with extra Time and a possible Shoot out looming Phoenix hit the winner on 59.14. Will now be looking out for any further Friday Night Matches next season as eases any long drive North, stayed in the adjacent Ibis Hotel, close to the Wentworth Arms !

Saturday contined North for the Newcastle Footie double, Willington Quay Saints and Heaton Stannington, overnight in Harrogate followed by a visit to Relatives and a 1st vist to Warrington Wolves for the visit of Hull, 18-16 but not a good Game, thereafter onward to

English National Leage North2
WIDNES WILD vs Coventry Blaze @ Silver Blades, Earle Road, Widnes
Adm £5 Prog £1

A nice new Arena built into an out of Town site with the usual other amenities including a Premier Inn, Frankie & Benny and a Bowling Alley, did intend to review what Seagull had posted previously, but failed, just need to say a good viewing Area, a nice place but sadly inadequate if they ever wish to progress.

Blaze looked a Class above, but never actually proved it, nevertheless whilst short on Skaters and Tom Pease receiving a Match Penalty in the 1st they scored in each of the first 2 periods to be comfortable, however Wild managed to pull one back on 36.13 and whilst the result was never in doubt Wild conjured an equaliser on 45.35 which promised an exciting finale, but sadly not to be as Blaze raised their Game and run in 4 unanswered Goals in the last 10 minutes, against a now tired and dispirited Wild.

Bonus driving Home, after 3 hours needed to stop and pulled into the M40 Beconsfield Service to see a Giant Wetherspoons, 23.30 and still open, churlish not to as not touched a drop all day, 6 Staff on, no other Punters and advised open until 01.00 although Kitchen closes at 23.00 !

It got better, Streatham had a 2 legged semi-final with Invicta over the w/e, after a 4-4 draw at Home Saturday, managed a 9-9 draw at Invicta and won the Shoot out with 4 consecutive Shots.


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Tuesday 4th March 1900hrs start
Tipsport Arena, Prague
Admission 260kc (approx. £8.40) Programme 10kc
Att 4624 (approx. 200-250 away fans)
HC Lev Praha v HC Spartak Moscow 2-2 (0-3 penalties)
Shock result on the night as Spartak were next to bottom in the league.
Lev dominated the game but Spartak defence stood firm.
Excellent atmosphere from both sets of fans. My first visit to a ice hockey match which was immensely enjoyed. Pre game hospitality at the Pivovarsky Dum with a superb goulash and a couple of excellent dark beers.


Thursday 6th March 1830hrs start
Tipsport Arena, Prague
Admission 195kc (approx. £6.50) Prog free teams only fold out
Att 4370 - approx. 300 away fans.
HC Sparta Praha v HC CSOB POJISTOVNA Pardubice 0-3
Game brought forward one day due to Lev Praha play off games on Friday and Saturday. Sparta needed to win to create a new league points record.
Neither team dominated the game but Pardubice took their chances well and by the end Sparta were a beaten side for only the 12th time this season.
Didn't know about the game until it was advertised on the jumbotron screen so an unexpected bonus for our last night in Prague.
Pre game refreshments, another great meal and wonderful hospitality at the Pivovar U Bulovky in Liben district. Post match drinks at the Dum concluded a great evening's entertainment.
Atmosphere just as good as the HC Lev game on Tuesday.


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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 2 Invicta Dynamos 2

Admission £8-00 Progamme yes attendance est 100

Great result for the Devils, but it could have been even better...
The match started 20 mins late because one of the Mos cars broke down. Even then they only iced two lines. Both teams attacked fluently all match but some good netminding kept the goal tally relatively light. An even first period, but the visitors sneaked into the lead just before the end of it. Two goals in 30 seconds five minutes into the second period turned the game round for the Devlis and despite great Mos pressure, it stayed at 2-1 at the end of the second. Could a massive upset be on the cards? The equaliser came eight minutes into the third period (shorthanded), but six minutes from the end Leone stupidly got a match penalty for kicking. 5 v 4 rapidly became 5 v 3 with another penalty but Devils couldn't break through and a draw was a fair result. Another point nearer to the title for Chelmsford, and I think Devils can now not finish bottom.



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English National League Division 2 South

Oxford City Stars 10 Cardiff Devils/Satans 1

admission £6-00, programme £2-00 (quite good but overpriced) attendance est 350

A chance to visit Oxford and see how life is in Div 2. It's tight at the top in that division, Stars are one of those teams challenging for the title (they won it last year but didn't take promotion), Satans (now called Devils 2, which is strange, since it's their third team) are very strong at home, beating Stars 5-2 earlier this season, but weak away. And so it proved...
The first period was awful. Much lower standard than the league above, slow, error-prone, Stars taking the lead after 16 mins. After 18:40 the officials saw a problem with the boards in the corner and called the end of the first period so that it could be repaired. We then had a second period of 21:20. Stars scored early in the second and then came a great goal from Clarke to make it 3-0. The atmosphere had been non-existent up until that goal bur suddenly we had a bit of noise, and Stars upped their game too. Two more goals followed to make it five at the end of the second. Stars continued to run riot in the final period, Elliott bagging a hat-trick and playing very well with Clarke and Green. Cardiff had 12 shots on target in the entire match.
Oxpens Ice Rink looks fairly modern but suffers from the usual poor design so that I reckon there is room for 800 seats on the sides and another 200 standing. One end is completely blocked off and the other has a decent café and assorted other things. Most of the seats are small, curved and backless - really uncomfortable. Luckily I found a more comfortable one after the first period.





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English National League Division 1 South

Solent and Gosport Devils 1 Streatham Redskins 4

Admission £8-00 Progamme yes attendance est 170

Another sporting defeat for Gosport today as the Cup finalists arrived in town, expecting a hard game. Redskins had lots of first period possession and shots on goal but it took 14 mins for the first goal to arrive. 21 seconds later it was two and another arrived four minutes later as Devils defended in depth and didn't really look very threatening. Much better from the hosts in the second period, more aggressive, more attacking, although they didn't push home the advantage on the numerous power plays they received. Mitchell Murray did pull a goal back halfway through the period though. Things were starting to get niggly and the officials didn't appear to be controlling it very well. Right at the start of the third period Redskins made it 4-1 which wrapped up the points, after which we got down to a couple of fights - one minor, one when the visitors' Oravec lost it completely after losing his helmet. After this there was one misconduct for each side and frequent discussions between the officials making for a bad-tempered end to the match. Additional entertainment was available as Alex Murray, sitting out a ban from the previous encounter with the Redskins, was standing next to us doing his coaching. and making other assorted comments.



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U18 World Championship Division 2 Group A

Dumfries Ice Bowl

Day 1

Romania 5 Korea 6 (shoot out win after 5-5)
Croatia 0 Lithuania 4
Netherlands 6 Great Britain 4

Crowds of 280, 135 & 450 watch the first days games. First game always has a number of schools turning up with instructions to support one team and it does make for a pleasant atmosphere, the second game suffers crowd wise as its after school but before work finishes so down number wise while the last game sees the attraction of the home team.

First game is a good one going to a shoot out with Korea being the better side but doing their best to throw it away at times. A delay as some of the rink lights went out and then a delay during the shoot out to fix the goals means this a long old game. Lithuania are described by most coaches as the dark horses and they look pretty professional as the give the Croats hardly a sniff of goal winning easily. GB have beaten Korea in a warm up game and are again according to the coaches one of the favs alongside Holland - it all starts well enough but goes wrong in the final period when in discipline sees a regular trail to the sin bin, often two at a time and the Dutch press it home to win.

Good day out though - programmes £5 cover all the basics though are annoyingly big. Food in the upstairs cafe is decently priced and easy to get. Tickets for the games are £4 for the afternoon games, £8 for the GB game only, £10 for a day ticket or £40 for the season pass.


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U18 World Championship Division 2 Group A

Dumfries Ice Bowl

Day 2

Croatia 5 Romania 4
Lithuania 3 Netherlands 1
Korea 6 Great Britain 5

Attendances 310, 175 & 370

Day 2 starts with Croatia v Romania and the arrival of the free schools parties sees the wife bravely bringing along her class of excitable/challenging/jnr psycho 6&7 year olds to have a quiet afternoon supporting Romania - they go home disappointed but apparently impressed by the music accompanying regular visits to the sin bin for players. Again the kids present make an atmosphere of it if nothing else. Romania should have won the game but failed to take numerous chances and got caught on the counter repeatedly to go 4-0 down before almost salvaging it. Wife leaves after the game takes class back to school and then retires to a darkened room to de stress.

Second game sees two unbeaten sides meet - the Dutch taking a first minute lead before the Lithuanians take control and over power the dutch. All much to the delight of the very very excitable parent of one the Lithuanian's who makes more noise than the previously mentioned 6&7 year olds and certainly more noise than the fairly large Dutch contingent. On this showing the Lithuanians look early favs.

Final game and its GB v Korea - the two teams played a warm up game last week with GB winning 6-3 but they dont repeat it tonight losing 6-5 again they pay the penalty of indiscipline losing power play goals in an increasingly tetchy game which nearly comes to blows in the final period on several occasions and sees a couple of 10 min pens to the Koreans, one for over celebrating a goal.

Some of these U18s look enormous out on the ice including a particular huge Romanian, however the final game sees the Romanian team sitting in the section we are in and not padded up they look like normal 17 year olds - all dressed like One direction, wearing big head phones and on the phones all the time


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U18 World Championship Division 2 Group A
Dumfries Ice Bowl
Day 3

Croatia 4 Netherlands 1
Korea 6 Lithuania 5 - shoot out win 2-1 after 5-5 draw
Romania 1 GB 2

Attendances 360, 120 & 408


Day 3 starts with an upset win for Croatia over the Dutch - 2 open net goals in the final minute make it a bigger score than it should have been but the Croats have improved no end from a comprehensive defeat in their first game. The Dutch look gutted by it all and after their second defeat their chance of promotion is pretty much over. Dutch parents seemed delighted by the adoption of their team by local primary kids in attendances and much taking of photos and dishing out flags to the wee ones.

Game 2 is the game of the tournament so far. Lithuania had looked very impressive so far and again are good but the Korean's never give up and catch the Lithuanians repeatedly to build a 4-2 and then 5-3 lead. The Lithuanians throw everything at the Koreans and get it back to 5-4 and in desperation have players binned for various fouls - down a man they pull the keeper and equalise with 21 seconds left to scenes of pandemonium. not least in the section of the stand we are in. The previous game the most excitable man in Vilnius was there as the sole supporter (hes a bit of a double for Buster Bloodvessel as well) but today hes joined by 9 parents who keep up a constant barrage of air horns, singing and leaping about on barriers - fantastic entertainment though the Stewards confiscated the air horns but gave up trying to keep them off the barriers after a while. Ultimately its disappointment for them though as Koreans win a penalty shoot out 2-1 after 5 shoots each. That results puts the Koreans top on 7 points level with Lithuania and 1 ahead of Croatia.

Game 3 and GB beat Romania to climb off the bottom and above Romania. GB play really well in the first period but squander a lot of chances - they repeat this for most of the second period but the Romanians take control towards the end and but for the reserve keeper having a blinder it could have been a disaster. The 3rd period is pretty much all Romania as GB again occupy the sin bin far too often - a break for GB makes it 2-0 and almost at the end the keeper is finally beaten to rob him of a hugely deserved clean sheet.

Another good day out and Day 4 is Saturday


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U18 World Championships Div 2 Group A
Dumfries Ice Bowl
Day 4

Netherlands 4 Korea 2
Lithuania 6 Romania 1
GB 1 Croatia 7

attendances 120, 105 & 437

Day 4 and the Dutch start off beating Korea - you get the impression the dutch have underperformed so far but they hit form today to beat the Koreans although have a wobbly moment as they let a 4-0 lead slip to 4-2. The Koreans again are a bit niggly and its clear they arent the favourites of the other teams - lots of niggly off puck incidents and a few dutch boys looking for Koreans as the players leave the ice. Miss the closing minutes to take the quick walk to Palmerston to see QoS give Morton a pasting before walking back to join the first period of game 2 and......

Lithauania giving Romania a sound thrashing - the lithuanian fans have gone from 1 in the first game to 10 by the 3rd to around 20 now and all very excitable too (also noted a lot more dutch today - still no Koreans though). Lithuania now need a win in their last game v GB to win the tournamnet so GB could do themselves a favour by beating Croatia in the final game...............

If anything went wrong for GB it did tonight - out shot Croatia by 2-1 lost 7-1 - deflections going in all over, players slipping over to let Croats in (you'd think it was an ice rink out there) and just generaly a bad night all round leaves GB hoping the Romanians dont get a win tomorrow or they'll need to something off the Lithuanians


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U18 World Championship Division 2 Group A
Dumfries Ice Bowl
Day 5

Romania 4 Netherlands 0
Korea 4 Croatia 2
GB 4 Lithuania 5 (shoot out win after 4-4)

attendances 111, 106 & 543

Final day and GB really dont need Romania to win the first game - oh dear the Dutch have another off day and go down 4-0 to a Romanian side who suddenly look a good side. That takes Romania to 4 points and with GB on 3 GB need at worst an overtime loss to leaders Lithuania to stay up.

The second game sees Korea take on Croatia and in another bad tempered game the Koreans get up the noses of the Croats from the start - the first punch of the tournament is thrown by a Korean who seems to hit the ref not the croat he was aiming for - he gets 2 mins in the bin yet before that a Croat gets 10 minutes for disputing a decision. When they play the Koreans are good but they arent popular - it is though a good result for GB as it puts Korea on 10 points, Croatia on 9 and Lithuania with 1 game left are on 10 points.

so final game GB v Lithuania - a drawn game will give both sides a minimum point and keeps GB up, relegates Romania and promotes Lithuania - a Lithuanian normal time win relegates GB, saves Romania and wins them the title and a normal time GB win relegates Romania wins the tournament for Korea. The lithuanian sup[port is now about 40 and they are allocated a section of the stand to them selves well away from the bulk of the GB parents/supports - we position ourselves next to the Lithuanians for the entertainment value. The other squads of players go in the seats behind the goal and its a good noisy atmosphere as we start

Any thoughts of nice politic draw are soon ended as the lithuanians start on fire and hit the bar in the first seconds before taking a 2 goal first period lead. GB look down and out at this point but click into gear at the start of the second getting 2 in a couple of minutes to level it and then take the lead to get the place pretty bouncing, especially the Korean players who are now going to win it. Lithuania though level it up and then go 4-3 up to go back top and leave GB looking at relegation but a goal with 10 minutes to go makes it all square, still no signs of either side shutting up shop and theres chances at both ends including a good GB save with 10 seconds left to give each side a point that keeps GB up and gives Lithuania the tile - the Dutch players celebrate that in style more as a get it up ye to the Koreans it seems. Overtime is played out before Lithuania win the shoot out 1-0 and everyone goes home reasonably happy

Final Standings

Lithuania 12 points
Korea 10
Croatia 9
Netherlands 6
GB 4
Romania 4

A good week of games and i dont suppose we'll get the chance again in this area so glad to have taken the chance to see it all.


oftenscore6
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Apr 3, 2014, 12:46 AM

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Tues Apr 1
Qualification to EliteSeries
Hovet: Djurgarden 2-4 Orebro
Admission: 200 SEK (£20)
Attendance: approx 8000 (sell out)

A particularly sombre event, given the death of a Djurgarden fan of both football and ice hockey on Sunday in Helsingborg. 'We are with you always, Stefan' was chanted constantly for the whole of the first period, and the end of the last. This was a revisit for me to Hovet (yards away from the national stadium, Globen), but for a much more competitive game.

We had standing tickets, which meant behind the goals - there were some seats, but we were in the aisle mostly. Opposite end is a VIP bar (300 SEK). Drinks can only be consumed in a designated area outside the rink surrounds - it was 58 SEK (£5.80) for a Norrlunds Gold (bland lager).

Djurgarden scored after 16 seconds and defended well for most of the 1st period, when no-one looked like scoring. However, they switched off, just after surviving a powerplay, to go in 1-1. Orebro far better 2nd period and took advantage of overcommitting defenders and personnel changes to lead 3-1 into the last change. I wouldn't say a 4th goal killed it, but plenty of home support left then, missing Djurgarden finally getting a powerplay result from the 4th opportunity, just 10 seconds into it. 57 minutes play of failing to score took it's toll though, with Orebro easing to a win.

These were the top 2 in the playoff group, but Rogle have now overtaken Djurgarden. The playoffs are between the bottom 2 in the top flight (AIK and Orebro), the 1-3 in the 2nd (Allsvenskan - Malmo, Vasteras and Djurgarden) and the winner of the 2nd division playoff 4-7 (Rogle), so a straight promotion relegation would have much different end results. Orebro, having apparently brought in 6 signings towards the end of the season, are now certain of retaining their place in the top level. Rogle need only to win their remaining 2 home games to claim a return from 7th ahead of all those above in the 2nd level in the regular season.



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Last new football ground (900) Alfredian Park Wantage Town 0-0 Brackley Town saints
With FC United: 132
On the agenda:
18/4 Bourton Rovers v Moreton Rangers @Ciirencester
19/4 Lydney Town, Newent (hellenic hop)

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These were the top 2 in the playoff group, but Rogle have now overtaken Djurgarden. The playoffs are between the bottom 2 in the top flight (AIK and Orebro), the 1-3 in the 2nd (Allsvenskan - Malmo, Vasteras and Djurgarden) and the winner of the 2nd division playoff 4-7 (Rogle), so a straight promotion relegation would have much different end results. Orebro, having apparently brought in 6 signings towards the end of the season, are now certain of retaining their place in the top level. Rogle need only to win their remaining 2 home games to claim a return from 7th ahead of all those above in the 2nd level in the regular season.



Rögle did exactly the same two seasons ago, sneaked into 7th spot late in the season and won promotion.


HantsLondoner
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Sep 14, 2014, 10:34 PM

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English National League Division 1 South Cup

Solent Devils (note the new name) 4 Wightlink Raiders 8

Admission £9-00 inc improved programme attendance est 200

Both teams strengthened in the summer, Raiders to the extent that they will now rival Chelmsford at the top, Devils with a young Canadian import and some players from a higher level. It was also poignant in that it was Christian (Chico) Cole's first return to Gosport in his new role as Raiders no. 1 netminder. With brother Alex still at Solent it was divided loyalties for his watching family. It all started predictably, Raiders looking comfortable. Devils' new netminder Standing let in a soft one then a defensive error made it 0-2 at the end of the first. Another soft one a minute into the second and I was wondering if this was going to be a dull evening. But Raiders seemed to switch off and a great individual goal (short-handed) after 29 mins by Circenis cut the deficit. Suddenly Devils were in business and three more goals in 5 mins (two on power plays) made the comeback complete and an incredible 4-3 at the end of the second. It would have been interesting to have been in the Raiders' locker room at the break. Cornish did his job and a quick equaliser (short-handed) was followed by four more, most, I'm afraid to say, down to errors by Standing, whose confidence must have been shot at the end. He was good at Bison so I hope he gets back on track soon. At least Alex Cole had the satisfaction of scoring against his brother to make it 4-3 - Chico played as well as ever, and if he'd been in nets for Devils they would have won.
Stunning improvement at Gosport Ice Rink as the nets have been replaced by plexiglass (from the old MK rink). Otherwise about the same as ever. But very quiet tonight, except for about 10 mins.



If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.

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John Mills
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Sep 20, 2014, 6:58 PM

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It may be of interest that the Scottish National League now has a proper website for the first time http://thesnl.co.uk/


Jevonswinscoe
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Sep 25, 2014, 2:35 PM

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Been to 5 games so going to do quick reports for each

Friday 23rd August
GMB Nottingham Panthers V Luuko
Ticket £12.33 (Student)

The Panthers were very happy to accept the Invitation to go into the Champions Hockey League after the Belfast Giants rejected the opportunity. What a night it was though as the noise was electric inside but tbe were in high spirits despite the loss of 4 goals to 2.

Both Panthers goals scored by Stevie with both coming from the Blue Line.

Sunday 25th August
GMB Nottingham Panthers V Lulea
Champions Hockey League

The Second game of Panthers big appearence in the Champions Hockey League. This game was still really good despite the large score line which didnt show how Nottingham Actually played.

Brandon Benedict scored the Panthers Goal in the 10-1 Loss.

Saturday 13th September
GMB Nottingham Panthers V Cardiff Devils
Elite Ice Hockey League/Challenge Cup

The Panthers fans were very happy that we had league action returing to the NIC and what a night it was to be. The goals for the Panthers came from returning fans favourite Bruce Graham, and new signings Cody Wild and Max Parent in the 3-1 Win.

Saturday 20th September
GMB Nottingham Panthers V Sheffield Steelers
Challenge Cup

Panthers fans were excited for this Fixture against our rivals and this is the first of many games this season against them. Well the game was lively on the Ice with the Steelers picking up many silly Penalties. Panthers goals came from Chris Lawrence and Greg Jucina scoring.

Tuesday 23rd September
GMB Nottingham Panthers V Hamburg Freezers

Well well well what a night at the NIC and I can say I was there. Hamburg fans were loud throughout and even started the Popular If you all hate the steelers clap your hands which delighted many Panthers Fans.

He first period started well with the Black and Gold side taking the lead through Cody Wild who rebounded after a Stevie Lee shot. It was 1-1 at the end of the first period though as Pettinger scored before the break.

The Second Period saw the noise levels go through the roof as the Panthers fans started to cheer on their team and give them the backing they deserved and this helped as we re-gained the lead through Nathan Robinson after a lovely pass from Robert Lachowichz.

Period 3 though was even better as Netminder Craig Kowalski saved 3 different shots in 5 second which has us up on our feets chanting his name, this wasnt the first time he's made saves this quickly as it happened just the week before. There was still another goal to come and what a worldy it was as Robert Lachowichz was fed by Nathan Robinson and Lacho bamboozled the Netty by doing a 360 degree turn before putting the puck in the net for 3-1.

Next Game
GMB Nottingham Panthers V Hull Stingrays
Saturday 27th September
@National Ice Centre
7pm Face off



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HantsLondoner
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Sep 28, 2014, 10:35 PM

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English National League Division 1 South

Solent Devils 1 Bracknell Hornets 11

Admission £9-00 inc programme attendance est 100

You know it was a bad day at the office when you lose 11-1 at home to Bracknell Hornets. Devils were actually hoping for something from this game after five league and cup defeats to start the season. The first 10 mins were dire, then a shot from the centre line somehow found its way past netminder Calder (first choice NM Standing, who had such a poor game against Wightlink, being benched). Two goals in the last minute of the first period pretty much decided the result. And it got worse.... Hornets played quite well, and there were a couple of good finishes but Devils simply weren't at the races. Two goals in 30 seconds around the 32 minute mark saw Calder taken off and replaced by Standing. Calder had actually played quite well after the first goal and the seventh, that led to his being taken off, was an unstoppable shot into the top corner after a defensive mistake. Standing kept the score down for eight minutes, then the goals continued. The tenth, from the blue line, he may not be happy with. After this, Devils fought back - first literally, with some aggression by Gossett, but then they forced visiting netminder Wride to make some good saves. And just after Bracknell's eleventh goal came a goal for Solent. Hornets' Handyside had time to miss a penalty in embarrassing style, going to one side of the keeper and then missing his shot completely.
Not just on the ice was it depressing - the new plexi-glass steams up easily so has to be wiped clean regularly, whole families have started to stake out their territory by laying blankets across the ever decreasing reasonable vantage points, and the whole place continues to look dilapidated. Today it was very quiet as well.



If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.

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