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Raiders ‘can really surprise teams’

PUBLISHED: 16:09 07 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:09 07 February 2015

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson tries to force the puck home against Streatham (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson tries to force the puck home against Streatham (pic: John Scott)

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London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson is writing a blog during the 2014/15 season

London Raiders duo Bailey Wootton and Jacob Ranson during their junior hockey daysLondon Raiders duo Bailey Wootton and Jacob Ranson during their junior hockey days

I can’t wait to get back on the ice this Sunday, one weekend off feels like a while to me.

Instead of icing last weekend, I found myself digging through some old pictures on the computer and in some of my dad’s old scrapbooks to bring back some memories.

London Raiders duo Jack Cooper and Jacob Ranson during their junior hockey daysLondon Raiders duo Jack Cooper and Jacob Ranson during their junior hockey days

I found some great pictures of me and some of my current Raiders team-mates from when I played with them in my younger days.

There was a great one of me and Bailey winning a tournament abroad, when I was a ringer brought in by Invicta for the Dunkirk weekend!

A Romford Raptors team sheet from several years agoA Romford Raptors team sheet from several years ago

I was also playing alongside the two younger Woottons in the French tournament, so it’s funny having all three of them back in the same team as myself this year.

I also found an old Romford Raptors (U12s) programme with some current Raiders on the teamsheet, along with plenty of other familiar faces that are playing for some good teams now.

Looking back at these pictures and programmes has made me very thankful that work has now started on the new ice rink in Western Road as we had such a strong junior system at Rom Valley Way which would be great to get back to.

Hopefully we will start seeing some more players come through the ranks and into the Raiders side in future.

Geoff Taylor was one of the dedicated coaches we had at Romford. I’ve now been fortunate enough to become his assistant at Lee Valley, where I’m really enjoying helping him out. Geoff is often on the Raiders bench too, helping out when he is not coaching his Lee Valley junior side.

But enough of looking back, I want to look forward to tomorrow and putting another two points on the board for the Raiders, making another step towards the play-offs.

I think we now have enough to really surprise some teams and from the way the results have been going recently anyway, I feel we have the potential to go all the way now.

That would be amazing after our poor start to the season, to give that back to all those that have supported us, like the management and the supporters.

But we’re not getting ahead of ourselves and first we must look for a result from this gruellingly long series of games we’ve had with Streatham.


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