Blackburn Hawks Golf Day – Player Announcement

Sam Warnock – 2019/2020 – present.

What does Sam bring to the club?

Sam came to the club this season as one of the new young fresh faces. He has some but not a lot at senior level, but he’s really settled in well. He’s a sound stay at home defenceman, and with more experience he will really be a solid member of the Hawks for years to come. He has good vision on the ice and has been a great addition to the dressing room. Always ready to give it his all and like Ollie he’s ready to play hurt for the team. He is willing to play hard and leave it all out on the ice. He’s taken his time to find the net but I think that’s down to his love of hitting posts in practice.

My favourite moment of Sam in Hawks shirt?

My favourite moment of Sam is taking the Solihull fans on with a fractured wrist. He showed where his heart is, as he stood up for our fans, his family and his team. That to me shows his passion & instantly earned my respect.

What do I think Sam will be like as a golfer?

Being a Middlesbrough fan I hope he’s better than his football team. Probably start strong then fade before half way round, just like Boro.

Sams a great lad and has a bright future in the game.

Aaron Davies #8

Weekend Round Up

The first match of the weekend saw the Blackburn Hawks take the trip up the M6 to Dumfries to take on the Solway Sharks. Martin Grubb’s Sharks are riding high in the league in second place while the Hawks are looking to climb the table to get to the highest spot possible with a view to the end of season play offs. 

Hawks started the first period showing the Solway Sharks they meant business in Saturday’s NIHL North Moralee League game, scoring an early goal within the first five minutes with an even handed goal from James Riddoch. The Sharks bit back almost immediately though with a goal of their own from Peter Gapa. It remained all square for a good stint with both teams looking dangerous. Break throughs came in the last five minutes of the period with a trio of goals: the first for the home team with Gapa’s second, to get their nose in front before James Neil scored a 4 minute brace to see the Hawks leap frog to lead just before the buzzer sounded 

End of first period: SOLWAY SHARKS 2-3 BLACKBURN HAWKS

The Blackburn Hawks stayed true to first period form as they extended their lead to two goals early in the second 20 minutes of play with a shot from Sean Jones. They were quickly punished by a power play goal for the Sharks who clawed one back through Stuart Kerr. The Hawks had to ensure they didn’t make the same mistake again and scored brace of successful shots to double Solway’s score thanks to Czech import Petr Valusiak and Captain James Royds.

End of second period: SOLWAY SHARKS 3-6 BLACKBURN HAWKS

Just as the Hawks seemed to be in control of the game, having 5 less outskaters than the Solway Sharks took its toll in the final period. All credit to the Sharks who made a strong fight back with a trio of goals from Kyle Horne,  Scott Henderson, and Gapa, squaring up the score line with just over 4 minutes left on the clock. The Hawks clung on but with 27 seconds left they were hit where it hurt as the Sharks scored their seventh goal that was elusive for the Hawks to take the 2 points and sent the Hawks back down the M6 empty handed.

End of game: SOLWAY SHARKS 7-6 BLACKBURN HAWKS

Sunday: BLACKBURN HAWKS V NOTTINGHAM LIONS

On Sunday the Nottingham Lions were in town for Hawks second fixture of the weekend. The Lions are yet to see their first 2 points but one thing is for sure, they consistently give 100% effort and a win against them is never to be taken for granted. 

Hawks looked to bounce back from Saturday’s tough-to-take loss and an early power play goal from James Royds set them up to do just that. Backed up by a second by James Riddoch, Hawks continued on good form before the Lions denied the home side a clean sheet courtesy of Cameron Pywell and halved their lead late in the period 

End of first period: BLACKBURN HAWKS 2-1 NOTTINGHAM LIONS 

Hawks went from strength to strength in the second 20 minutes of play with a steady stream of goals. Petr Valusiak, Royds and Ethan Mayoh beat the last line of Nottingham Lions’ defence and went unanswered to give Hawks a 4 goal lead going into the final period hoping to emulate their solid controlling second period performance to well earn the two points 

End of second period: BLACKBURN HAWKS 5-1 NOTTINGHAM LIONS 

The great team performance continued for the Hawks in the third period as Lee Pollitt had top support to fire home a hat-trick of goals. The Nottingham Lions never gave up and kept Hawks on their toes but the latter’s defence remained unbeaten since the away side’s solo first goal to take the 2 points edging closer to the Billingham Stars in the table.

End of game: BLACKBURN HAWKS 8-1 NOTTINGHAM LIONS

Matchday Information – Hawks v Nottingham Lions

Tonight sees our Blackburn Hawks take on the Nottingham Lions in an NIHL North 1 League game. Last week Hawks travelled to Nottingham for the reverse fixture and were 2 goals down earlier on in the first period but the Hawks tamed the Lions and rode out 6-3 winners. With just 3 points separating Hawks and Billingham Stars, James Neil and co will be looking to clinch the 2 points tonight to hopefully lessen the gap.

We will be welcoming the following schools, joining us to cheer the team on:

St Peters RC Primary – Blackburn
St. John the Baptist – Burnley
Griffin Park Primary – Blackburn
Shadsworth Juniors – Blackburn
Lower Darwen Primary – Blackburn

Here’s all the information you need ahead of the game:

Doors Open: 4:45pm Face-off: 5:30

Ticket prices:

Adults – £10.00 Concessions – £7.50 Children – £5.50 (4 years to 15 years) Family – £26.00 (2 adults and 2 children)

Bar and Café Areas

The rink bars will be open all evening long.

The rink café, hot dog stand and Tea bar will be open serving hot and cold food and beverages.

50/50 Draw

Our regular draw will once again be back, with one lucky winner each week taking home a huge cash prize. Tickets cost just £1 and are available from our roving sellers.   They will be easily identified in their match night uniforms so keep your eye out for them.

Shirt Off the Player’s Back

For just £2 a ticket you could win a game worn jersey, with the bonus that the player who has been wearing it will present it to the winner after the game on the ice. The shirt name will be announced on Social Media before the match. Tickets will be available from the roving seller.

Chuck-a-Puck

Get your pucks next to the hot dog stand, head to the DJ stand after the second period and aim for the centre of the rink to win yourself a great prize!

Weekend Preview

This afternoon sees the Blackburn Hawks take the trip up the M6 to Dumfries to take on the Solway Sharks. Martin Grubb’s Sharks are riding high in the league in second place while the Hawks are looking to climb the table to get to the highest spot possible with a view to the end of season play offs.

Tomorrow we welcome the Nottingham Lions to Planet Ice Blackburn. The Lions are yet to see their first 2 points but one thing is for sure, they consistently give 100% effort and a win against them is never to be taken for granted.

The following schools will be joining us tomorrow night as part of the Hawks in the Community project.:

St Peters – Blackburn

St. John the Baptist – Burnley

Griffin Park – Blackburn

Shadsworth Juniors – Blackburn

Lower Darwen Primary – Blackburn

Many thanks go to Joe Jones and Anthony Kinder for their hard work!

Blackburn Hawks Golf Day – Player Announcement

Craig Lutkevitch 2018/2019 – 2019/2020 (guest appearances from 2014 onwards)

What did Craig bring to the club?

An unwillingness to never give in. Exactly what you look for in a team mate. Luco has been around Blackburn hockey his whole life. I remember him in his Pittsburgh jersey and his brother Adam from way back in the u10’s, so when he became a fully fledged Hawk, I knew it would mean a lot to him. An absolute rock who would go to war every night for all the boys in the dressing room. So much so Neilly made him assistant captain this year. It’s a shame that the time came to call it a day for Craig as I believe he is a type of player that you need in a team.

My favourite memory of Luco in a Hawks shirt?

Well most of my memories involve the removal of the hockey mittens. One sticks out for me, against the Steeldogs last season where Craig had a fight after someone had left a bit on the NM. So on the way to the box I went over to say my piece & we ended up scrapping again with Luco joining in with the headlock. Not forgetting his countless shot blocks, something that I love & the times he came up with some big goals from the point.

What do I think Craig will be like as a golfer?

Like many of the boys already announced, I know Luco plays a bit in the summer months. I’d imagine he’ll be able to hit long and put a good score together. He’ll also be great for giving advice out and helping his team just like he did on the ice. Both me and Aaron are really pleased that Craig is involved.

Ollie Lomax #21

Ask The Players!

Very soon we will be running a series of interviews with the team. With a twist…

We want YOU to write the questions!

It could be something match related like pre game superstitions, post game food, favourite opponent or it could be something completely trivial like ‘What’s Aaron’s favourite football team’ or ‘Where DID Ridz get those Bermuda shorts from?’

Send your questions by private message to our official Facebook page and the best questions will be put into a hat for the players to pick out and answer!

Club Statement – Haris Hussein

The club are saddened to hear that referee Haris Hussein lost his battle with Leukaemia this weekend.

Haris officiated in several of our fixtures over recent seasons.

The Blackburn Hawks organisation would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest condolences to Haris’ family, friends and colleagues.

Weekend Round Up

Saturday – Hawks v Sutton Sting (League)

Again, lots more schools were in attendance at the rink thanks to the club’s Hawks in the Community programme. Massive thanks to Joe Jones and Anthony Kinder.

The Sutton Sting sprang out of the blocks straight from the puck drop and quickly got the upper hand, drawing first blood and claiming the first goal by Charlie Saunders. The Blackburn Hawks soon stepped up though and a fierce battle ensued with the home side equalising through Aaron Davies. They soon after took the lead with a powerplay goal from Petr Valusiak while Sutton Sting import Stanislav Lascek sat out a 2 minute penalty for slashing but Sutton levelled with an even handed goal from Lloyd Gibson. Hawks again took the lead with a cracking goal from head coach James Neil but Sutton just wouldn’t let the home side get away with it and notched up another goal courtesy of Lascek, but it was Blackburn who took the lead into the second period with Valusiak’s second goal of the evening.

End of 1st Period – BLACKBURN HAWKS 4-3 SUTTON STING

The game remained fiercely fought in the second period as both sides were fairly evenly matched. Both teams played attacking hockey keeping both net minders busy but it was only the away side that managed to break through the last line of Hawks’ defence square up the score line with a powerplay goal from Thomas Relf leaving all to play for in the third period.

End of 2nd Period – BLACKBURN HAWKS 4-4 SUTTON STING

In keeping with the first period, the final 20 minutes of play was high scoring seeing another 7 goals. The Sutton Sting pushed on from their second period form and made a trio of successful shots on goal by Adrian Palak (2) and Andrew Hirst with no reply from the Hawks. The Blackburn Hawks pinched one back with Petr Valusiak’s hat-trick goal but the Sting continue to be solid in defence and fast on the break to claim a further brace of goals from Cameron Glasby and Lascek while denying the home side any more.

End of 3rd Period – BLACKBURN HAWKS 6-9 SUTTON STING

Sunday – Nottingham Lions v Hawks (League)

A very short benched Blackburn Hawks side travelled to Nottingham for their next NIHL North 1 (Moralee) game on Sunday looking to pick themselves up from their last 2 results.  

There were some feelings of deja-vu from the last Nottingham Lions vs Blackburn Hawks game as the home side went 2-nil up against the Hawks in just under 4 minutes as Louie Newell scored a brace of goals in quick succession. With only 11 out skaters the Hawks did extremely well to keep composed, and defended a 4 minute penalty kill due to a 2+2 penalty for cross checking. They kept going til the buzzer, pinching two goals back in the last two minutes of the period, thanks to Aaron Davies and Petr Valusiak, to even the score board. The Lions were clearly rattled as a fight ensued resulting in penalties for Hawks’ James Riddoch and Lee Pollitt, and Lions’ Luke Thomas and Thomas Palmer.

End of first period – NOTTINGHAM LIONS 2-2 BLACKBURN HAWKS

There wasn’t much to choose between the two sides in the second period as the home side fought for their first league win of the season and the Hawks put in an incredible showing being so short benched. It was a period of two halves as three goals were scored in the first ten minutes, by Hawks’ Neil and Riddoch and Lions’ Owen Davis, with the second 10 minutes goal-less. The game could still at this point have gone either way with the Hawks having to battle fatigue as well as the Lions in the third period

End of second period – NOTTINGHAM LIONS 3-4 BLACKBURN HAWKS

The final 20 minutes of play made for an entertaining period of hockey to complete an action-packed game with numerous chances at both ends of the ice. The Lions were unable to convert any of their chances though in the face of some great defending and net minding at the back for the Blackburn Hawks. It was a different story at the other goal-line as Hawks crossed it twice with the puck extending their lead and sealing the win thanks to a powerplay goal from Aaron Davies after the Lions went down to 3 men, and an even handed goal from Petr Valusiak, ensuring that the Hawks and their proud faithful fans made the journey back to Lancashire with the 2 points.

NOTTINGHAM LIONS 3-6 BLACKBURN HAWKS

Being just one point behind the Billingham Stars but with 3 games in hand, the Hawks face tough opposition next weekend travelling to Dumfries on Saturday for their league encounter with the Solway Sharks, before being back on home ice on Sunday with a Nottingham side hoping for revenge for their defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.

Matchday Information – Hawks v Sutton Sting

Tonight sees our Blackburn Hawks take on the Sutton Sting in an NIHL North 1 League game. The last time the two sides met was the Midlands Cup semi final and Hawks were on fine form winning both the home and away leg. Will we see a repeat performance tonight? Don’t miss it!

We will be welcoming the following schools joining us to cheer the team on:

Heskin Pemberton – Chorley
Turton Primary – Edgworth
Avondale Primary – Darwen
Meadowhead Primary – Blackburn
Sacred Heart Primary – Blackburn
St Anne’s Catholic Primary – Blackburn
St Antony’s Catholic Primary – Blackburn
St Peter’s Primary – Darwen
Longshaw Primary – Blackburn

Here’s all the information you need ahead of the game:

Doors Open: 5:00pm Face-off: 6:00pm

Ticket prices:

Adults – £10.00 Concessions – £7.50 Children – £5.50 (4 years to 15 years) Family – £26.00 (2 adults and 2 children)

Bar and Café Areas

The rink bars will be open all evening long.

The rink café, hot dog stand and Tea bar will be open serving hot and cold food and beverages.

50/50 Draw

Our regular draw will once again be back, with one lucky winner each week taking home a huge cash prize. Tickets cost just £1 and are available from our roving sellers.   They will be easily identified in their match night uniforms so keep your eye out for them.

Shirt Off the Player’s Back

For just £2 a ticket you could win a game worn jersey, with the bonus that the player who has been wearing it will present it to the winner after the game on the ice. The shirt name will be announced on Social Media before the match. Tickets will be available from the roving seller.

Chuck-a-Puck

Get your pucks next to the hot dog stand, head to the DJ stand after the second period and aim for the centre of the rink to win yourself a great prize!

Hawks In The Community

Joe Jones and Harvey the Hawk have been busy this week visiting schools in the local area. The following schools will be attending our NIHL North 1 League game against the Sutton Sting tomorrow night!

Heskin Pemberton – Chorley
Turton Primary – Edgworth
Avondale Primary – Darwen
Meadowhead Primary – Blackburn
Sacred Heart Primary – Blackburn
St Anne’s Catholic Primary – Blackburn
St Antony’s Catholic Primary – Blackburn
St Peters Primary – Darwen
Longshaw Primary – Blackburn

Let’s make the rink loud and proud tomorrow night and welcome the schools into our Hawks hockey family!