Battle of the Brittles awaits HAWKS
Blackburn HAWKS are braced for a â€˜battle of the Brittlesâ€™ this weekend.
Tomorrowâ€™s trip to Sheffield Spartans promises to be a family affair as Hawks duo Daniel and Adam set to go head to head with their brother Stuart.
Player-coach Jared Owen admitted the banter had been flying between the siblings, but no squad secrets would be traded.
Owen insists he knows what to expect from the South Yorkshire club anyway, though, with revenge high on the agenda for the home team.
Hawks dominated their Moralee Conference clash with Sheffield last month, with a 6-0 success included in their four-game winning start to the 2013/14 campaign.
â€œSpartans have had a couple of good results since we played them so we know weâ€™ve got to play at the top of our game,â€ said Owen.
â€œI think we caught them at the right time last time.
â€œIt will be a little bit different tomorrow with it being in their rink, and their confidence will be up after beating Sutton and Whitley, who are one of the favourites.
â€œWe know what we are going to get with Sheffield.
â€œTheir players have grown up together and they play a set way, but weâ€™ve got to stick to our own game.
â€œIf we get caught trying to play their game they will beat us.â€
They beat Hawks to Stuartâ€™s signature too, with Owen admitting he would have liked a trio of Brittle brothers on board.
â€œStuartâ€™s the older one,â€ he said.
â€œHe dropped down from the EPL and took a break for a while.Â Iâ€™d have liked him to sign for us too but he lives in Sheffield.Â He scored two goals in his first game so heâ€™s one to watch.
â€œIâ€™ve been trying to ask his brothers which one is going to fight him!
â€œItâ€™s a shame their youngest brother, Luke, is on a year placement in Luton and playing for Chelmsford otherwise we might have had four in one game.
â€œItâ€™s nice for their grandad as he has to choose which game to go to but this one satisfies them all.â€
Hawks follow up tomorrowâ€™s trip with a long journey to face Billingham Stars (face-off 6.30pm) in the return leg of their cup clash, after winning the first 2-1.
Owen, who will be without David Meikle and Ivo Dimitrijevs this weekend and is trying to free up Scott Robson from Hull Stingrays, is hoping to use the trip for some team bonding.
â€œFor us Telford lads itâ€™s the only coach trip we go on,â€ said the coach, who expects the Stars to be smarting.
â€œThey will come out with a point to prove.
â€œThey had a good result last week, beating Solway quite comfortably, so they will want to prove they are better than us.
â€œBut we want to win the cup as much as anything so we need to go in with the right attitude and impose ourselves.
â€œWeâ€™ll still be going there with as full a squad as weâ€™ve had for a while.â€