Selly looking forward to Whitley game !!!

Ryan Selwood makes his views known (Steve Crampton)
Ryan Selwood makes his views known (Steve Crampton)

TC Cars Solihull Barons D-man Ryan Selwood has missed a couple of games recently with work commitments but is determined to get back on the ice and put on a good show this weekend against Whitley Warriors.

“It’ll be a tough one !!! Really going to be a battle – Whitley always bring a good physical game ! They have got some skilled forwards who know how to look after the puck and they bring that physical edge. Always hard checking. They’ve had a decent season so far so should be a good game.

With an eye on keeping the Barons own end clear Selwood has eyes on Whitley’s top forwards.

“They have lots of good players – there is their new import Phillip Edgar and then you have got the the likes of Shaun Kippin and David Longstaff who bring so much experience.

Selwood was also keen to emphasise the confidence in the dressing room.

”We want to keep the momentum going. Dangie has us playing well and all the guys respect him. We are looking forward to the Whitley game and come Sunday night we want to put on a good show for the fans and come away with the 2 points.

The atmosphere is building nicely so make sure you make it along to the game on Sunday, Face-off 6:00pm.


Rink Special Offers

If you fancy a drink with your game the rink bar has a number of promotions on offer this weekend including “Beer Bingo” and “Double Up” on spirits.

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Back to where we should be !

We caught up with TC Cars Solihull Barons coach and goalie Dangie Brittle at training Tuesday night to look back at the squad’s recent run of success and to look ahead to Sunday’s big game against the Whitley Warriors.

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(J&K Davies)

” We are just back to where we should be. We are not necessarily playing a lot better than we were at the start of the season but we are just being more clinical. We were in a lot of close games earlier in the season but just lacked the clinical edge to see them through. We were lucky though, the team stuck together and didn’t get demoralised – we knew and showed we could compete with some good teams and just had to just be that bit more focussed to make the move up the table. The Blackburn game showed that.

How did he feel about putting in such a strong personal performance between the pipes against Blackburn ?

” About time ! I always feel though that it is all tied into the defence. Going back to earlier in the season we were a bit more relaxed in the D and perhaps allowed too many shots from dangerous areas but being a bit tighter has helped cut down those shots and made things easier.

And what about the Whitley game, any thoughts ?

” We just want to keep the momentum going forward. There is a good atmosphere, we are lucky to have lots of options, no injuries and all the guys want to be on the ice. There is a really good spirit and they players will do what is needed for the team.

” We tend to play our own game. We might make a few tweaks to how we start out playing or preparing for a game for things like Blackburns big ice last weekend but we have got a lot of guys who have played at a higher level and if we need to make changes in a game they are quick to implement and they are well drilled.

To see how Dangie and the Barons get on this weekend make sure you get down to the rink for the much anticipated first meeting of the season with the Whitley Warriors. Face-off : 6:00pm.

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Barons support Bliss !!!

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This year the TC Cars Solihull Barons chosen charity is Bliss. Bliss is the UK’s leading charity for the 95,000 babies born premature or sick every year. Every day 260 babies are admitted for neonatal care across the UK with 1 in 4 of those babies needing lifesaving intensive care.

Bliss are only too aware of what this can mean for babies and their families, which is why they want to raise awareness of the impact of having a premature or sick baby. The Bliss vision is that every baby born in the UK has the best chance of survival and quality of life, they champion this right by empowering families, supporting healthcare professionals, influencing policy and practice and enabling life changing research. To do this they need vital funding. The current appeal is #PrematurityIs. They need more people to know about the hurdles babies, parents and families face and overcome, every single day.

#PrematurityIs … More common than you think, more then 1 in 10 babies worldwide are born premature, that’s 15million babies worldwide.

#PrematurityIs … Is costing lives. It is the leading cause of death in children under 5 in the UK and worldwide.

#PrematurityIs … Often unpredictable and in most cases unexplained. For babies it can mean the biggest fight of their lives leaving family and friends asking, Why?

#PrematurityIs … Not what parents expect when they are having a baby. The emotional and financial burden of having a baby in neonatal care can be devastating.

All the information for this appeal can be found on their website www.bliss.org.uk

To help increase this awareness and to make a difference to premature babies @blisscharity is a member of the world prematurity network with partners around the world. Every year on November the 17th is World Prematurity Day, a global day to raise awareness of premature birth.

This is where you can help, Bliss and its partners are once again aiming to turn the world purple for a day to raise awareness for these babies who have no voice. The aim again is to light as many famous landmarks purple and by people wearing purple and sharing #PrematurityIs and what it means to you on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and turning your Facebook purple for the day.

This year we have a home games on the 12th and 19th November, at these games the supporters club table will have information on Bliss, Bliss ribbons and donation tins. We would also love to see as many of you in purple as possibles on the 19th.

The donations we receive will help to ensure more vulnerable babies survive and thrive.

£10 will provide vital emotional support for parents when they need it the most.
£15 helps Bliss deliver specialist training to Doctors and Nurses which ensures babies have the best chance of a healthy future
£50 helps support vital research, transforming the future for premature babies everywhere
This is a charity that is very close to me after working as a neonatal nurse for a number of years, I see first hand the work and the difference that this charity makes to the babies and families I care for. I am proud to be a champion for Bliss and I am also very grateful that the Barons have allowed me to give them a spotlight for the season.

Sasha Smith
Barons Supporters Club & Merchandise Table