Captainâ€™s Coventry cup plan
Tigers captain Jason Silverthorn will lead a charge to finally prove his sideâ€™s critics wrong at this weekendâ€™s Coventry play-off finals tournament.
Telford have been installed as favourites to complete a triple crown of major trophies, following success in winning both the league and British Challenge Cup.
The Skydome will provide a cauldron atmosphere for Saturdayâ€™s semi-final against Peterborough Phantoms, as opposing fans adopt an â€˜anyone but Telfordâ€™ mantra.
Silverthorn believes a repeat of his sideâ€™s season-long work ethic couldÂ prove crucial, if they are to emerge with a third major honour.
He said: â€œAll the guys have worked extremely hard this season to get the team to where it is. I believe there are a lot of naysayers, who have said weâ€™ve bought this and that. But theyâ€™ve not been involved in the long games on the road, when weâ€™ve come back and taken points.
â€œThe boys have made a massive effort to win two trophies so far this year. There is nothing that will stop us from doing it again in Coventry.â€
Telfordâ€™s preparations this week have followed a similar pattern to the regular season, with daily training sessions and tactical analysis.
Silverthorn added: â€œYou have to take it day by day and make sure you peak at the right time. Weâ€™ve been using the same routine as the rest of the season, because it is still potentially a two-game weekend.
â€œYouâ€™ve got to get through the first game, of course, so it is still one game at a time. It doesnâ€™t change much of the mentality of the preparation. There is a lot to play for and this is a really exciting time of the year.â€
The Tigers skipper admitted his teamâ€™s â€˜one game at a timeâ€™ approach may seem repetitive to outsiders â€“ but if it leads to that coveted treble, he will be a happy man.
â€œThe weekend is set up as an elimination competition, but like the rest of the year,Â Tom has got us playing one period at a time,â€ he said.
â€œThat is the way you have to look at it, even down to one shift at a time. It is a clichÃ© and people might see it as monotonous, but that is what you have to do. Thatâ€™s what makes you successful.
â€œYou can come in and win a period, then another period, and then another. If you do that, then youâ€™ve won the game.
â€œItâ€™s baby steps, in order to reach the final goal.â€
The winner of Saturdayâ€™s game will face either Milton Keynes Lightning or Manchester Phoenix in Sundayâ€™s final.