March 12th – Slough Jets programme

A warm welcome to Jets and Bees fans to the Hangar for tonight’s local derby clash.

Up until last week the Jets were on an eight game winning streak but had played a huge amount of tough games against quality opposition over a short period of time. Last Wednesday was a massive high pressure game against the Guildford Flames and despite that four goal lead the final place was by no means guaranteed until the game was done. As it turned out the Flames broke the winning streak but despite being on the night the losing team we still by virtue of being the better team over the course of the two legs booked our place in the final against the Bison.

Speaking of that cup final it’s underway having seen the opening leg played at Bisonland on Wednesday night. I was gutted not to be able to go on the Wednesday to the semi-final when my heating broke down on Wednesday early evening so as I write this piece I’m sitting with fingers crossed that nothing drastic goes wrong this week to stop me getting to the opening leg of the final.

We have drawn the second leg of the final and therefore have the potential to win the trophy on our own ice, in our own building in front of our own home fans. That would be the perfect end to the 2010/11 Cup final and what would make it even better is to see that game played out in front of a full Hangar. Last weekend we had a great crowd against the Guildford Flames but there’s still room to squeeze in another 382 to get us up to capacity. The Bison will be bringing a decent support for sure so let’s ensure that the Hangar is jam-packed with Jets fans.

How can you help? There’s the Facebook event set up which you can invite your friends to. It doesn’t take long to tick the invite boxes and press send and it’s a great free way of getting the word out and about regarding the game. There’s also the game flyer which you can download from the website to print out and display. If everyone could download a flyer and display it in their place of work, school or college, shop, take-away etc (check first for permission so you don’t end up in trouble) that again would be a great way of getting the word out and about.

Back to tonight and now we face our nearest neighbours, the Bracknell Bees. The Bees are fighting hard to salvage a play-off position from what’s been a tough season which means they’ll be tough opponents. It’s our last meeting with them tonight and looks to be our penultimate local derby home game this season.

Time is running out now, we play at home tonight and then again next Saturday against the Phantoms ahead of the second leg of the cup final with the Bison. That’s just three regular season home games left and one in the play-offs so let’s get the word spread so we can rock the Hangar for the final few home games of 2010/11

Enjoy tonight’s game

My team, your team, OUR TEAM