Havering Hawks ready to take flight

Havering Hawks make their inline hockey debut at Hornchurch Sports Centre next month

Havering Hawks make their inline hockey debut at Hornchurch Sports Centre next month - Credit: Archant

Inline hockey club prepare for season opener

Havering’s inline hockey team, the Hawks, will be making their debut next Sunday (February 8) with an exhibition game against the four-time and reigning National champions Borehamwood Crusaders at Hornchurch Sports Centre.

The team, under the new guise of Hawks following their most successful season in decades as the Liberators last year, are hoping to build on their ninth-placed finish at the National Championships coach and Anthony Laird is optimistic about the new season.

“The best way to see how good you are is to play against the best team in the country! It will be a good game and a good advert for the sport,” said Laird.

“I know the Crusaders well, having played for them for eight years and my brother and some of my close friends play for them.

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“But they won’t take it easy on us and we have to show we are up for the game, as well as the rest of the season.

We’ve built on last year’s team by signing some more defenders, which is where we struggled last year. Adding to that some new younger signings, who our coach had in his Great Britain under-19 squad last year – I think we may surprise some people this year!”

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The team are hoping to attract local support and interest in the coming season, starting with the game on February 8 at Hornchurch Sports Centre. Doors open at 4pm and is free entry for all.

Hawks are sponsored by Hambro Roofing Ltd, GW Commercial, U-Trade Windows & Doors and Everyone Active and can be followed on Twitter @HaveringHawks.

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