Pre-season challenge

streatfansStreatham Redskins will warm up for the 2013/14 season with two challenge games against the returning Haringey London Racers who will be competing in the NIHL South 2 this year.

The first game will take place on the 7th September at the iconic Alexandra Palace Ice Rink and then on the 8th the two teams will face each other again in Brixton with an 18.45 face-off.

The last time Streatham faced Haringey the Redskins effectively ended the North London outfit’s hopes of relegation survival in 2009/10 with a one sided victory at the old High Road rink.

Haringey have now returned to league action at last and have picked up some solid additions to their roster already with ex Romford Raider Tom Davis and Cardiff defenceman Alastair Band grabbing the headlines over the summer.

Coached by former Billingham , Blackburn and Romford defenceman Simon Kears, Haringey will offer Streatham a tough test ahead of the season and both sides will be looking to gel their players together in a competitive environment.

“Haringey have made some good signings so far this summer and they will announce more quality additions no doubt in the next few weeks” said Redskins defenceman David Carr, who iced with the Alexandra Palace based outfit in 2000/01, 2002/03, 2005/06 and 2008/09.

“It is great news that they have a team again and it suits both parties to have a pre-season challenge before starting our respective campaigns. Alexandra Palace is a great venue and it was a real shame that no league hockey has been played there for a few years”

Carr in Racers colours

Carr in Racers colours

“I have seen a number of their players at trials and I think they will be full of enthusiasm and no doubt raring to go, ready to prove a point or two to their new coach. They have some real quality in the roster”

“We know how useful these warm up games can be, given the games against Bracknell last year and Lee Valley the year prior”

“It is always difficult to get players together early during the summer, especially as we all need a break after eight solid months of hockey, but no matter how much you train, the game situation is always a good preparation tool for the rest of the year”

The face-off time for the Saturday game will be announced shortly along with ticketing details and any further information.

For the full fixtures of 2013/14 visit:

http://www.streatham-redskins.co.uk/fixtures-temp/

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