Bees Blog: Don't give up, it's time to turn the cornerBy Katie Eleftheriou
November 24, 2010
Katie Eleftheriou, fan turned boss of the Bracknell Bees, gives an insight into running a top ice hockey team.
Hello Bee Army,
I am sure that you are as disappointed as I am, in fact disappointed as the whole management team are, that this week’s results did not go in our favour.
Playing Telford home and away is a great barometer showing us how well or indeed how poorly we are playing at the moment.
The fact that many of you left before the final buzzer in the third after losing to let’s be honest, an inexperienced Telford team shows that the Bees are not playing the way that we all believe we can and the way that the team should be bearing in mind our strengths and our positives.
This was a weekend that we had all expected to use as a springboard for the rest of the season and give the team a huge and welcome boost.
It is clear that all the paper talk and all the expectation weighed heavily on the guys shoulders and you could see that in the first period, they were all desperate to do the right thing.
So much so, that they were terrified of making a mistake. These things, these tiny moments, should bond the team together. A room full of team mates, each looking another in the eye and all striving for the same thing.A win.
So Okay, it didn’t happen this weekend neither home or away, where the performance I can assure you was much better than the one you may have seen at home.
It is such a shame that so few fans saw it. Understandable I guess bearing in mind where we are at the moment. Let us cast our mind back a week when the same team were going into the third period 4-4 with Guildford, the league leaders, where all the crowd were whispering quietly to themselves, “Can they do it? Can they hold on for a win?”
It is the same team, that’s the same group of players that you saw fall under the weight of expectation against Telford at home on Saturday.
I know this is a contentious point and may of the supporters have expressed their views on this subject. However, due to the poor performance of the team as a whole on Saturday, I decided that a MOM award was inappropriate.
The team stands or falls on its merits and shortcomings of its display and output.
The fact that the on ice product was let’s be honest, poor, combined with the fact that many of you as already stated, left before the award would have been given, the team should recognise that the supporters, sponsors and those giving up their hard earned time, deserve more. If any one would like to discuss this further, you know who and where I am and would be happy to hear your views.
Now, we have a very tough weekend with an away match against the Lightning and home match against the Slow Jets at the Hive.
We all want to see a performance and something that we can collectively be proud of.
The spotlight is very definitely on all of us and if we do not want to stand in the bright light, we shouldn’t make that first step towards it.
Should the team not turn the corner and the performances do not improve like we want them to, difficult decisions will need to be made. Please stay with us, trust in the team and the couch and we will do our very best to ensure that your faith in us is not misguided. In Coxy we trust.
Both Stuart and I will be running in the Thames Hospice Care Santa Dash this weekend and hopefully we will be surrounded by a few of them at the game.
In addition, we are delighted to welcome Fiona and Dmitri who are professional ice dancers. They will be putting on what is sure to be a spectacular performance during the period break. I hope you will all join us to marvel at their skill, precision and performance.
Keep following the Bee Army,