Full 9 Yards weekend preview

Full 9 Yards Sponsored Blackburn Hawks Weekend Preview

You Full 9 Yards Sponsored Blackburn Hawks again have a Cup/League weekend as they take on Telford Tigers in a North Cup Qualifying game on Saturday and follow that with a trip up north to troubled Whitley Warriors.

Telford will prove a stern task for the Hawks as they have a very experienced side and are one of the favourites for the title.

Three to watch for the Tigers:

Jonathan Weaver – Defence – at the veteran stage of his career but still one of the best D men in the league. Started his senior career in Durham in the British Hockey League with the Durham Wasps and has played at the top level of British hockey for many years. A well seasoned Team GB player he has played in many World Championships for his country captaining them until 2011. He has a rocket shot and is very dangerous around the blue line.

Jason Silverthorn – Forward – Again, a very experienced player who played 364 games in the Elite League and 137 in the EPIHL. In these two leagues alone he scored 598 points. 31 games so far in the NIHL has brought him 43 goals and 48 assists. A very dangerous forward who still has a keen eye for goal.

Andrew McKinney – Forward – A tough, take no prisoners power forward, Andrew has plenty of experience since he made his senior debut in 2008 after a year in Canada playing for Squamish Cougars. Lately he has played 2 years in the Elite league for Guilford Flames and Manchester Storm and moved back to his first club last season.

Hawks will have their work cut out against the Tigers but are going into the game full of confidence after a 4 point weekend last time out.

Face off is 1800hrs and don’t forget the band in the bar after the game when Jimmy Tweed and the Roaches will be playing. Come along and watch one of the best bands in the North West.

On Sunday Hawks will travel to Whitley Bay for a league encounter with the Warriors. Warriors are going through a bit of turmoil at the moment with concerns about their budget compared to other team and their ability to compete. Coached by the evergreen David “Lobby” Longstaff they have a good mixture of experience and youth in their side with a very capable net minder in Richard Lawson and tough captain Dean Holland.

Whitley Bay is traditionally a tough place to get any sort of result and again Hawks will have to play for 60 minutes to get a result.

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