Weekend Preview

 

After mixed fortunes last weekend (a heavy defeat against Hull and a good win in Nottingham), Full 9 Yards Sponsored Blackburn Hawks are in action in their only game of this coming weekend on Sunday against Whitley Warriors. Face off will be at the usual time of 1730hrs.

Hull were just too strong for the depleted Hawks team and ran out 15-3 winners. Hawks goals came from Aaron Davies, James Royds and Petr Valusiak.However, a great performance in Nottingham saw the Hawks run riot and a 7-1 victory put some smiles back in the Hawks locker room. Hawks goals came from James Royds(2), Lee Pollitt (2)Luke Boothroyd, Petr Valusiak and a debut goal from young Ronnie Grimes.

Whitley Bay, as always will be a tough game for the Hawks but yet again they will be roared on by a large crowd as it is another school’s night at the nest. Chris Riley and his Community Project team have done another marvelous job and over 500 from various schools and community groups will be attending.

Hawks still have an outside chance of catching the Warriors in the race for a decent play-off place and a win is a must against an uncompromising opponent

THREE WARRIORS TO WATCH

SAM ZAJAC

29 year old local boy, Sam played for his home club at junior level from 2002 till 2005 when he made his debut for the Warriors in the ENL. In 2008 he moved to the Telford Tigers in the EPIHL for a season before picking up his kit bag for the trip further south to Basingstoke to ice for the Bison. After that it was 4 seasons in the Elite League at Newcastle Vipers and Braehead Clan. In 2014-15 he returned back down south to the Tigers for 3 years. He started season 2017-18 with the Swindon Wildcats before the circle was complete by returning to his home club, the Warriors. He was made an assistant captain this season and is on a two way contract with Manchester Storm. All in all, Sam has iced over 650 games at all levels in British hockey.

BEN CAMPBELL

31 year old Durham born forward, Ben played for the Whitley Junior set up from 2001-2003 when he made his Warriors debut. In 2006 he moved up to the Elite League with the Newcastle Vipers. 2010-11 saw Ben move south to the Guildford Flames for the next 8 seasons, culminating in a season in the Elite League with the Flames. He signed for the Warriors this year and has scored an incredible 28 goals in 45 games.

JORDAN BARNES

Another local lad who has played all his career for Whitley Bay teams. Starting in the u-16 Tomahawks side in 2007 he progressed to the Braves u-18s then the senior Warriors team in 2009-10. He is now in his 10th season as a Warrior and has been an assistant captain for the last 2 seasons. He has made over 260 appearances in Warrior’s colours.

With all the usual competitions and draws, a shoot the puck event on the balcony and an after match skate with the players, Sunday’s game is one not to miss.