South of the South – A review of 2010/11 hockey in the south…in rhymePosted: 20/07/2011
Last weekend was UK Forum All Stars weekend at Ice Sheffield which has, at time of writing, raised close to £12,000 for 5 charities. How awesome is that?
Every year since it started, Big Dave Grant has asked me to write a review of hockey in the south of the British Isles. The last few years I’ve done it in a very formulaic way. This year I decided to try something a bit different and, as the weekend has passed us by, Dave has been kind enough to allow me to post it here. Enjoy!
Song of the South
By Anthony Russell
People say that some people in British hockey live in a fairytale world. Well, how about a fairytale?
Once again Big Dave has asked
That I go about a simple task,
To talk on hockey in the South
So time to open my great big mouth
In the Elite League where the big bucks are spent
You have the Cardiff Devils in their big blue tent
And under Paul Ragan’s ownership
They chased after the championship
They picked up a former NHL’er
In the form of the talented Craig Weller
Though the rest of us still scorn and scoff
At the goonish antics of Brad Voth
A 22 game winning streak
T’was the Devils at their peak
But Cardiff fell at the final fence
Sheffield took the crown, regulation wins the difference.
After dispatching Hull quite easily
Cardiff headed to the NIC
The Giants could not the Devils pause
But they got scratched by the Panthers’ claws
In the EPL for those who care
The South is well represented there
Bees, Flames, Jets, Wildcats and on
To the mighty Basingstoke Bison
Manchester, league champions, Slough Jets won the cup
But my Bison looked quite promising, a franchise on the up.
And as much as we taunted them and called them childish names
The hoodoo finally broken, playoff winners Guildford Flames
ENL1 South brought delight
To our friends on the Isle of Wight
And in terms of league titles won?
Corey Neilson zero, Jeremy Cornish one.
The playoffs proved a sterner test
Both Wightlink and Chelmsford gave their best
But 120 minutes gained
A trophy for the Chieftains
ENL South 2 was a 3 horse race
The Buffalo of Basingstoke, Slough and Solent in the race
Zoran Kozic tore the league apart
ENL Jets champions, breaking Solent hearts
Another season now is gone
But All Stars helps us carry on
The charities are delighted for the money you gave
And if anyone asks, the drinks are on Dave!