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Raiders NIHL 2 captain Roberts excited for home opener against Bristol Pitbulls

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 September 2018

Sam Roberts fires goalwards (pic John Scott)

Sam Roberts fires goalwards (pic John Scott)

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Everyone Active Raiders NIHL 2 captain Sam Roberts is excited for the new-look side’s home opener at the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre against Bristol Pitbulls.

The new Romford-based side got off to a winning start in the league with a 6-3 away win at Invicta last weekend and they will now be keen to build on that when they welcome the Pitbulls on Saturday.

“I’m super excited to play on Saturday. A new season, new rink and a new team, you can’t ask for more can you?” said the 29-year-old.

“Everyone’s excited to show the home fans what we are about and prove how much talent is in the team.”

The former Division One forward expected Bristol to be a tough challenge due to the vast amount of experience they have in their squad.

“Bristol is going to be tough as they have a few experienced guys and some young hard-hitting guys,” he added. “But the group we have is far better and I don’t think we will come out Saturday the losing side.”

The energetic winger admitted he has not set any targets for his side yet as he wants them to just enjoy playing for now.

“I haven’t set any goals as such just yet as I just want everyone to enjoy their hocke,y have fun and win games. That’s the most important goal from me,” said Roberts.

“I’m just here to help and guide and hopefully glide and let the youngsters do the skating!”

Roberts also revealed being named captain came as a total shock to him, but he is happy to take on the challenge.

“Honestly it was a big shock to me but it feels great to be picked as captain,” he said.

“I’ll take the role on and hopefully I can help and guide a lot of the players through the season.”

Roberts praised his side for their victory against Invicta Mustangs last weekend after missing the match due to family commitments.

“It was a great first game from the boys and girls and brilliant way to start the season. Hopefully we will just build from that and bring it into the next game,” he said.

“Sadly I had to miss the first game, bad captain, as it was my daughter’s first birthday party!”

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Big defenceman Tari Suwari wore the number 14 as a fan favourite in the late 1980s and ealry 1990s and supporters can now bid online to own his shirt.

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