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‘My favourite time of year’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 April 2015

Jacob Ranson in action for London Raiders at Lee Valley (pic: Danny Oxley)

Jacob Ranson in action for London Raiders at Lee Valley (pic: Danny Oxley)

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London Raiders are ready for play-off action

Jacob Ranson shoots the puck against Cardiff (pic: Danny Oxley)Jacob Ranson shoots the puck against Cardiff (pic: Danny Oxley)

It is that time of year again, the post-season, always the best hockey to play or watch as everyone goes all out as every game could be your last.

I’m yet to play in the National league play-offs, so I’m looking forward to it and all pressure that comes with it. I love play-offs, it is my favourite time of year.

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson has been growing his flow for the play-offs (pic: Danny Oxley)London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson has been growing his flow for the play-offs (pic: Danny Oxley)

I’ve watched plenty of Raiders play-offs in my time considering I’ve been going since I was five years old.

The atmosphere and games always seem a step up from the regular season which I cannot wait for this weekend.

I’m sure it will live up to all the play-off games I watched growing up at Rom Valley Way and playing in my own as a junior for Romford and in Canada.

I loved the pressure of wearing the gold and blue in the under-12 and under-14s national finals in Sheffield. Now I cannot wait to play in these two massive games in the gold and blue for Raiders.

And what bigger tie could you get than the old Essex rivalry? I’m sure it will be noisy at both rinks this weekend, which will be amazing to play with.

Hopefully we can play for the crowd like we did a few weeks back at the Islae of Wight and rediscover the form we were starting to come into.

I personally feel like the few weeks we had against Streatham and on the island, if we play that well as a team with that much intensity, we can shake the odds this weekend.

Don’t get me wrong, though, it will be our toughest test of the season, as Chelmsford have a solid amount of depth and play some good hockey, but so can we.

We had better play well and stay in the post-season as I shaved this week and started to grow my play-off beard!

It is more like fluff, but it would be nice to be able to at least attempt to grow it for three weeks. I might be able to have a decent little beard by April 19, if we play our hearts out to get that far. I’m sure most players will be attempting the same thing.

I’m personally doing the double. Like most NHL players, some grow beards and some grow their flow out for the play-offs.

I will be doing both, but I have had a head start on the flow considering the last time I cut it was just before the season started.


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