Streatham Redhawks Update – November 2016

By: Jules Cliff

Welcome to the November update from your local ice hockey team the Streatham RedHawks.  With one win, one loss and one draw from our most recent home games, there is still an awful lot to play for as the season hots up.  

As is always the case in ice hockey we have gone through the usual early season changes with David Savage, one of our most experienced and talented defencemen deciding to take the opportunity to play another season in a higher league at Guildford.  Streatham favourite and long standing goal tender Will Sanderson, is taking a couple of weeks out from the game but should be back with us and ready for the challenges ahead as the season really gets underway in the coming weeks.   Adam Mahoney, who took a year out from the game last season, is back in a RedHawks jersey to strengthen our defence and we have signed a new forward, Conor Redmond from rivals Invicta Dynamos.

If you are new to ice hockey here is a quick run down of the league we play in and our opponents this season.

The team plays in NIHLS1 (National Ice Hockey League South Division 1) which is made up of nine teams and is currently composed of:  Streatham RedHawks, Chelmsford Chieftains, Invicta Dynamos, Wightlink Raiders, Milton Keynes Thunder, London Raiders, Oxford City Stars, Solent Devils and Bracknell Hornets.

Over the past few seasons, the league has been dominated by the Chelmsford Chieftains who have a particularly strong junior and youth programme and in winning the league have qualified on several occasions for the Premier league, which is the tier above NIHLS1.  However, the associated running costs of playing ice hockey at a higher level, have kept the Essex club in NIHLS1 in recent years.  This season, our league looks to be very open with a number of teams challenging for the top spot as Chelmsford look to develop some of their younger players.  So no matter which home games you choose to watch you are sure to see an action packed, close match where your Streatham RedHawks will give 100% in trying to secure the win.

Whilst every game at Streatham is exciting and well supported by our own fans, the noisier, more atmospheric games are undoubtedly those where our rivals bring plenty of support to fill the away supporters end of the rink.  The most keenly fought and close games are often those we play against London Raiders and Invicta Dynamos both of which are upcoming fixtures in November.  Ice hockey tends to have a friendly rivalry and passionate supporters although having visited all of the other ice rinks, it has to be said that Streatham Ice Arena is not only one of the best rinks in the league but the noisiest, our chanting and drums being legendary and a core element of what makes being a Streatham fan so special.  

On top of all that is the fact that we really are a family orientated club. Olly Wittenburg is the perfect example.  5 year old Olly (pictured) is the son of former Streatham player Chris Wittenburg.  Olly has recently started training at the club and is hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps.  Club photographer Rick Webb captured Olly’s big moment skating out with the team at a recent home game. 

Don’t forget, you can get all the news, competitions and up to date commentary from the club by following us on Facebook at Streatham Ice Hockey London, you can request to join the Streatham RedHawks Supporters Club page and you can follow us on Twitter via @Streathamhockey.  

We look forward to seeing you all at some of our forthcoming home games.  Tickets are available on line through the website or on the door before each game.

Sat 12/11/16 Invicta Dynamos (5:30)
Sat 19/11/16 Wightlink Raiders (5:30)
Sun 27/11/16 London Raiders (6:45)

Sun 4/12/16 Wightlink Raiders (6:45)
Sun 18/12/16 Solent Devils (6:45)

Image of Streatham Redhawk's young mascot on the ice at the Streatham Ice Arena