Paul Adey â€“ â€˜We Are Ready For Nottingham And Hullâ€
This weekend the Stena Line Belfast Giants travel to England for two vital Elite League games against the Nottingham Panthers and Hull Stingrays. First up on Saturday, the Giants visit the National Ice Centre in Nottingham for the first time since the devastating 2013 Playoff Grand Final defeat in overtime against the Panthers followed by a trip to Hull on Sunday to face the Stingrays.
Head Coach Paul Adey knows both teams have taken points from the Giants previously and can do so again should the Giants not be ready for the games this weekend:
“We know the Nottingham game is going to be a difficult and intense game. There will be a lively crowd as always and the occasion will be a big challenge for us but we’re ready and looking forward to it. I know that our team is going to enjoy the atmosphere, the game and will play a fun and intense game.”
“I think it’g going to be a great hockey game as it’s two good teams battling it out trying to pick up two points. Nottingham’s style hasn’t changed from last season. They wanted to keep that toughness from last year which they felt helped them to win the league and they have some tough/physical players there.”
“For Hull – we’ll have to see how the game goes in Nottingham before adapting our tactics to face the Stingrays. I know that Hull have some top scoring forwards and seem to have performed well so far. Some of the games that Hull have played this season against teams that are supposedly ‘stronger’ than them have been very close. Both the Nottingham game and the Hull game this weekend will be tough games.”
Listen to the full interview with Paul Adey as he shares his thoughts on returning to Nottingham this weekend and how he plans to prepare his side that is missing Captain Adam Keefe: