Noisy crowd adds to Bees' games thrillBy Katie Eleftheriou
February 05, 2010
Katie Eleftheriou, fan turned boss of the Bracknell Bees, gives an insight into running a top ice hockey team.
I hope you are all doing well. It’s great that the snow has gone although it’s still cold outside.
I hope the cold didn’t put you off coming to the game on Sunday – our only fixture last weekend.
It was great to see the Phoenix brought a huge crowd with them, and such a noisy bunch too.
It certainly made for an electric atmosphere at the Hive with rival drums and voices competing.
Thanks as always go to our fabulous drummer boys, Stu the Red, Phil, Mark and Matt. They certainly know how to “bring the noise”.
What a game! Wow! So close but no cigar but thoroughly entertaining.
However, despite the fact we lost one of our star imports, the Bees certainly kept momentum to ensure the Phoenix had a battle on their hands.
Does anyone else think that it helped mixing up the lines once Tottman ejected Pinky from the game?
I’m no coach but I feel it certainly confused the Phoenix enough for us to score two goals back to back and in less than two minutes after Pinky took an early bath.
We have played more or less the same lines since the season started and the opposition have the measure of it by now. I certainly would.
Close down the imports and keep us on the defensive for the rest of the game.
A point for discussion I feel.
Well we all know the score. We lost 4-5 but the Bees played so fabulously well and still gave 150 per cent.
It could quite have easily been a hell of a lot worse, particularly with a team such as Manchester.
As well as the fab Bees game last weekend, I went to Cardiff to watch my son play an under 10s league game against the little devils!
The legendary Mr Moria even has a retired shirt there.
The Cardiff rink is almost identical to the Manchester Phoenix rink in design and structure and, as an added bonus, it’s not cold.
I am pleased to say the Bracknell Buzzers won 10-5. Nice result and makes the return journey home that much more satisfying.
Massive weekend for the Bees.
We go away on Saturday to Rom Valley, the home of the Romford Raiders.
It’s unwise to underestimate the Raiders, particularly in their own barn.
Their DJ is also notoriously controversial and we always get called some interesting names when we visit.
None that can be translated to print unfortunately but at least it’s our last trip to Rom Valley this season.
Sunday sees the return of the Scims at the Hive.
This time, however, they will be minus Stephen Wallace who joined Phoenix a week or so ago.
Again, another team not to be underestimated but let’s hope that we have luck on our side,particularly as we are in our own barn, The Hive.
Don’t forget to purchase your Coventry tickets, Coventry is looming ever closer!
Still proud to be a Bee, Katie