Dumas hopes to build momentum in Bees’ opening matchesBy Adam Lee
August 21, 2009
Bracknell Bee coach Claude Dumas believes the EPIHL fixture list has been reasonably kind to the club, and hopes his team can get some early wins under their belt.
Despite the best efforts of the coach to form a competitive team, Bees’ decreased budget means many fans are not expecting Bees to be among the top sides in the EPIHL this year.
Bees face Slough, Milton Keynes and Swindon in their opening five games, and Dumas is still expecting extremely tough encounters with those sides.
However, by avoiding the league’s title favourites – Guildford, Manchester and even Basingstoke among them – early on, Dumas hopes Bees may be able to build some momentum and prove the doubters wrong.
“I think it’s a good start for us and I’m really looking forward to it now,” said Dumas.
“Slough will be a big game and MK always have a good team.
“Obviously we want a good start because it’s good for the fans and the team to get some momentum going. But we have a new group of players and sometimes they can gel straight away and sometimes it takes longer.
“The best scenario is to get a few wins in the first few games.”
The weekend before the season starts, Bees will face a double header of challenge matches against Basingstoke Bison, who are a hotly-fancied side following their drop down from the Elite League. And Dumas believes the games will be the perfect test for his new side and will allow him to assess in greater detail the ability of the players he has signed.
He added: “The games against Basingstoke are going to be very useful because I’ll be able to see the strengths and weaknesses of the team.”