Havering Hawks hoping to build
PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 December 2015
Club pleased with sixth place finish
Havering Hawks are hoping to build on an excellent display at the BISHA National Finals in Bisley.
Hawks hoped to improve on their ninth-place finish from 2014 and exceeded expectations to end up sixth.
Coach Tony Knock said “I was delighted to underline our progression as a team and improve once again on our National ranking.
“We now need to start planning for the 2016 Nationals and slowly begin to introduce a more attractive style of play.
“We are committed to develop the team further to increase our ranking and also intend to compete in Europe, introduce younger teams, play a more active part in the community and bring more local matches back to Hornchurch Sports Centre!”
Hawks got off to a great start on Saturday, beating Sprint Raiders 5-2, before losing to eventual runners-up Hallamshire Hornets 4-0.
Their hard-working display earned plaudits form spectators, but with little time to recover they were beaten by London Street Warriors in the quarter-finals.
That left Hawks to play for fifth to eighth place and they came back from 2-0 down to beat Swindon Spitfires, who had beaten them during the regular season, by a 4-2 margin.
They could not find a way past an in-form Cardiff Panthers goalie and slipped to a 6-0 loss to finish sixth.
But assistant captain Anthony Laird said: “I was buzzing to come sixth, as silly as it may sound!
“From the start of the year, our aim was to better last year, and we did that in the league and at the finals.
“The boys gave it their all and that’s all you can ask for. Now we just need to make sure we continue to work hard next season and try to get the club into Europe.”
The team are looking to kick off the 2016 season in March, with more games at Hornchurch Sports Centre.
Laird added: “We had an exhibition game and one league day at the centre this year and we just need to sort out a few bits with the centre and the league to try to hold games there regularly and attract more people to the sport.
“We would like to thank Hambro Roofing for sponsoring the 2015 season and Hornchurch Sports Centre for their hospitality.”