Was at the Clan game tonight as was in the area. BONUS......Nae Drummer only around 1500 people there for a £10 game. The rink emptied in two minutes at the end of the game......nae Q and drove straight out the car park.
On the game Tripp pulled NIE with 5 mins to go in the first period when it looked like Panthers could kill the game pretty quick but they reminded me of a few Flyers seasons by doing way to many passes to get the perfect goal. It wasn't a classic to watch with no incidents of note to mention. Game finished 5/3 Panthers with our purple friends looking a poor shadow of squads of the past. I thought Nottingham's defense looked pretty slow and could see some of Fife's forwards giving them a tough time, goalie is not their usual standard on tonight's showing and as already mentioned the forwards were giving way to many passes at times. Given the crowd the 50/50 was excellent at just over £700 but was not won by any of the dozen travelling supporters, fair play to them attending a mid-week Challenge Cup match, i believe somebody has already said CLAN are OOT of this competition now.
I think that the home game would make the team protect Marr plus the home advantage helps to gain the win, psychologically it would make more sense to have Iles in against the league leaders I would have thought.
I think the rivalry will keep the legs going. Will we see Marr in goal on Friday night v MK a good possibility I would think, save Isles for the other 2 games. I think Liam Heelis will need to keep his head up on Sunday after all the broo ha ha at the last handshake between the 2 clubs but I can see him laying a hit on somebody himself, he is pretty good at it, a bit of a find actually along with Young who will be on a few peoples radar by the end of the season and Mosey who's work rate is tremendous.
Perhaps a community club like Fife Flyers would like to promote their wares in any positive form but no lets keep them Kirkcaldy's greatest secret ......even Caps were on the TV the other night, maybe publicity works hence Ayr Bruins / Paisley Pirates / Glasgow fans of old have morphed into.....Braehead Clan who's attendances FAR SURPASS THE PREVIOUS CLUBS MENTIONED fan base combined ......pity aboot thon DRUMMER.
Paul Berrington was another talent that left Fife, he played over the pond before returning to play in the British Leagues again where he may still be playing yet over the West, I'm sure I saw him recently at Edinburgh warming up against the SNL Caps after a Flyers game.
On the subject of the DJ He was brutal on Sunday night yet again, his emotions get the better of him especially when he goes into cheerleader mode ....... would help if he got the simple announcements correct.....if that sounds like a moan.....TOUGH.... this is my opinion based on what I/We are subjected to on game nights.
They will be in line behind most other players that retired / left who will tell you how rank rotten the club can be, I'm not surprised how some second generation and other prospects do not aspire to play for their local team.
Dutes knows more about hockey than all the moaner-groaners added together.
It took him 4 years to quit the Dump and Chase plan that NEVER worked, we are now into the second year of playing Isaacs up front with year on year forward injuries and burnt out teams. 2 Bench coaches.....neither of whom capable of wearing a shirt in injury crisis situations operating with a budget cut. No Brit pack as such that gets plenty ice time. He has openly admitted to UNDER ESTIMATING THE EIHL. Having no control over the players ......they do their own thing and desert the systems. Has no charisma or contact with the fans. 6 years of drinking culture on his watch. Falling attendances and supposed cut budget due to that fact.
YES....... A superb job.................er NO. Very lucky he has a less than ambitious club owner to contend with.
How many of those players stayed at Fife, most of them were sickened and left. Nowadays the few that have / are coming through leave before they get a ride on the Flyers Pine. The junior supply line under Todds reign is diabolical due to the treatment they get, why would you want to aspire to those conditions UNLESS you are J Scoon
It's ridiculous the treatment British players get at Fife, Todd likes to remind us that he has been in Kirkcaldy for many years and quite honestly all he has done is held the club back in my opinion, No Direction , No charisma, no clue the results are clear ......nothing to show and complete decimation of the best production line British Hockey had.......doesn't cut it for me obviously.