Arab Cup blog: Breaking the ice with team-mates

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 April 2018

The team hit the ice for first practice in Abu Dhabi (pic HC Alger Corsaires)

The team hit the ice for first practice in Abu Dhabi (pic HC Alger Corsaires)


Archant London sports reporter and former London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson is guesting for Algerian side HC Alger Corsaires at the 2018 Arab Cup in Abu Dhabi and writing a blog about the experience.

The team on the ice for first practice (pic HC Alger Corsaires)The team on the ice for first practice (pic HC Alger Corsaires)

Day 2:

The first day was spent relaxing after next to no sleep the night before.

The sun was beaming down as early as 8am so I went to sit round the pool while I was waiting for my room to be prepared.

The funny thing is time seems to be no object here as I was told to head back at 11am.

I wandered back to reception at that time from the pool to find out my room was still not ready.

At 12pm I headed back once again to then realise the booking was all inaccurate and had to sort all of that out before eventually getting into my room.

After unpacking and watching some camel racing on TV I went back down to lay in the sun for a few hours ahead of training.

When 4.30pm came I was ready and down in the lobby to meet the team.

Two buses pulled up and we threw our kit on one and jumped on the other.

I slowly chatted to all of the team throughout the bus ride and in the changing room and it wasn’t very straight forward as most spoke French.

We took to the ice for a light skate, shooting pucks, passing and getting our feet going.

Before working our way into some 3-on-1 and 3-on-2 situations to practice moving up the ice and playing as a team.

The ice rink was really nice, the ice was good and the stands looked lovely, and most importantly it was good to skate out some jet lag and cobwebs.

When we arrived back to the hotel after everyone changed and got back on the bus to arrive a meeting time for dinner.

An 8pm meet for dinner turned into 9pm by the time everyone was downstairs in the lobby.

Lots of French talk flew round the dinner table as I tried finding out teams and countries everyone played in.

Once dinner finished I opted to get some sleep after none the night before so I could get up and set off for Sheikh Zayed this morning.

Latest Romford Sports News

Yesterday, 17:00

Everyone Active Raiders forward Liam Chong was delighted to play his part in helping to secure an overtime victory over National League leaders Bracknell at the weekend.

Yesterday, 16:00

Coasters could have been several goals up before Daggers drew level

Yesterday, 14:00

Harry Redknapp is currently taking part in the latest series of I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

Yesterday, 13:00

St Mary’s Lane club beaten 27-12 by league leaders on Saturday

Yesterday, 10:00

Crow Lane club recorded a 29-17 success on Saturday

Yesterday, 09:00

Everyone Active Raiders coach Sean Easton admitted he was disappointed to have only one fixture at the weekend.

Mon, 17:00

Hornchurch attacking midfielder Bradley Warner has left the club to reportedly re-join Bostik North outfit Bowers & Pitsea.

Mon, 16:00

Midfielder scored winner for Essex club in win over Coasters


From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area


A Romford photographer impressed the judges of a national creative photography competition with a picture of a stunning sunset.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now