Oxford City Stars prepared for new season

Oxford City Stars Head Coach
Simon Anderson said he has taken plenty of positives out of the weekend’s challenge
games.

The Stars played London Raiders
home and away and while both games saw reverse score-lines the matches were always
designed to prepare for the league campaign.

Simon said: “They weren’t the
results we wanted over the weekend but considering we had only practiced
together three times this season I thought that the performance levels were
acceptable.

“We have a lot of new players
trying to get to know one another off the ice as well as on it and that is
going to take time.”

The challenge matches have
Simon the opportunity to develop the team’s lines and systems and get the
players vital match fitness.

“Primarily my focus for the
games were for exactly that and the fitness side of things,” said Simon.

“I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly the players executed the systems put in place.”

“We obviously need to work as hard as we can every week to perfect our game, but with the work this group of players put in it will not take long to come together.”

The Stars’ eagerly awaited league campaign back in Division One starts on Sunday at Oxpens against the Bracknell Hornets.

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