Bees Blog: Hive of activity on and off iceBy Katie Eleftheriou
December 11, 2009
Katie Eleftheriou, fan turned boss of the Bracknell Bees, gives an insight into running a top ice hockey team.
Another week gone and another week closer to the end of the season.
I did warn you that if you blink you will miss it!
What a busy week. In addition to the usual kids’ hockey I also had the great pleasure of meeting up with Maggie Philbin.
Those of you that are old enough to remember Tomorrow’s World will know who I’m talking about. Those of you that aren’t, ask your mum and dad.
BBC Radio Berkshire came down to the rink and did one of their on location broadcasts from the Hive. It was a rather early start for us all as it all kicked off at 7am and continued until 10am.
I hope you all managed to tune in to Maggie. She took us on a magical mystery tour of the Bees changing room, with its very unique stench – likened to a freshly opened jar of coffee by Charlotte!
Some of the boys came down to talk about their game day superstitions too. We also had a number of fans who kindly made the time to come down and talk about supporting the Bees and why they are so great.
Maggie even dressed up in my hockey kit, much less smelly than the boys’ kit, and ventured on the ice to do some of her broadcast.
Fair play to her! She put all the hockey kit on, including skates. She did however nearly take a figure skater out when she decided to try hitting a puck. We may have found a new goal scorer!
I must admit, I didn’t do much talking and there is a very good reason for that. I have unfortunately managed to get laryngitis and, consequently, I sounded like Eartha Kitt gargling with gravel.
Anyway, I should have been writing this blog from NY but because I’m not well and would be useless going on customer visits, I stayed at home. It’s not much fun. I still sound like Eartha first thing in the morning but start to sound more like a Cyberman as the day wears on.
So on to last weekend’s games.
Another Saturday game at the Hive and another visit from the Manchester Phoenix.
Things were looking quite promising when the Bees went up 4-1 but unfortunately Ed Courtenay and Tony Hand had other plans and it was soon 4-3.
The third period saw Phoenix draw even and then put a fifth goal past Rashi. The boys tried so hard but sadly it was not to be. A narrow miss for the Bees and our home winning streak was over.
In fairness, Ryan, Greg and Pinky were all sick. Bless them, the boys felt so bad they decided to share their sickness with Stuart.
Poor Stuart was so sick on Sunday. I had to go with him to pick up the minibus Sunday morning – he was definitely unwell. I thought I would be driving the minibus to Romford!
The Raiders rink is an experience in itself. If you have never been there, you are certainly missing a treat.
Even Bomber’s fairly descriptive command of the English language is no match for the Romford natives.
Romford is always a difficult place to play but we did have a little surprise up our sleeve in the form of Adam Bicknell who was making his 2009/2010 season debut at the game.
Bicks gave us the additional depth we were lacking with so many players suffering from the lurgy. Bicknell made his mark during the game by ramming a Raider into the boards closest to the Bees fans and then a beaming Bicknell skated towards centre ice. A very physical, low scoring game which remained 0-0 and the Bees short-handed for the most part of the first period.
The Bees’ first goal came nearly eight minutes into the second, scored by Pinky with assists from Cesky and Bomber.
The Bees’ second goal, scored by Ryan Watt half way through the third period, caused a huge stir when Ryan celebrated the goal by skating down the centre of the ice with his right hand cupped to his ear. Shortly after, Raiders scored their first and only goal. At least we got two points this weekend and Rashi had a full house with two MOM awards.
Still proud to be a Bee, Katie x