Where is the time going? Another double header weekend is upon us again, wow!

I don’t think there is any other place than to start than last Saturdays win up in Whitley Bay. I’ve been there many times and in the same position as they were trying to protect a lead and so many times they’ve pipped us at the post right at the death. Well, it wasn’t to be this time it was us that was doing the chasing. To be honest, we were always in the game and looked dangerous every time we went forward, and with a very short bench, we are suffering at the minute with the suspensions, illness and injury and it’s hurting us, but character was evident in the room.

There was so many memorable things for me. Starting with the leadership group, the coaching team played a blinder. Steve Hirst has joined us for the remainder of the season now as our Level 2 Coach, it was a great experience for him, he really is a great addition and the lads think the world of him. James Riddoch was given the “C” in the absence of Aaron Davies and it elevated his game to a level I’ve never seen before! He really did grab the bull by the horns, well done young man, a Blackburn Boy through and through.

A few things need to go in your favour if you get a “W” up there, one thing was notable, the crowd was very quiet and I think that was down to the performance of our boys. It was also notable there wasn’t that many in, maybe that was because it was a rearranged fixture facing off at 7pm on the Saturday rather than the usual 5pm on a Sunday, who knows?

As soon as I saw the puck drop on Sunday it was clear we didn’t have the legs and we were struggling after the efforts of the previous night, we have no issue with that, they’re human after all. We were very sloppy at both ends and we paid the ultimate price after going two goals up. I’ve always said I have no issue losing, the issue I had was how we were losing, it’s apparent now we are a close knit unit. Character for me is what makes teams tick, everyone has to be on the same hymn sheet, I’ve seen so many teams in the past that don’t possess that characteristic, it’s massive.

A few things on the horizon as we reach the back end of the season. Green Night is now not far away, Sunday 10th April and we are provisionally looking at our end of Season Presentation Evening at Blackburn Golf Club on Friday 20th May.

Once again, last weekend we had another bumper crowd, everyone seems to have the time of their lives it’s so great to see, and the feedback is overwhelming, thank you.

As the business grows we will strive to improve all departments, including the roster, and it’s something we’ve already started planning for. But, for now our depleted group soldier on regardless, their efforts this season have been outstanding, they’ve been hit with massive adversity and stood up to be counted every time. It helps with the support our loyal fan base give them, I think most people understand the plan going forward, we have built very strong foundations now for us to build on, and that’s exactly¬† what we’ll do.

See you all soon G.

Blackburn Hawks