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Hornets Squad Continues to Grow

The Bracknell Hornets are delighted to announce the signing of another two players for the 2014/15 NIHL campaign, new netminder Mark Duffy and returning forward Matt Ovenden.

26-year old Mark returns to the Hive having enjoyed an extremely successful inline hockey senior career. Mark is a product of the Bracknell junior programme, last wearing a Drones jersey in 2006, before leaving the area to go to university. Mark has never lost touch though with his home club although over the last few years he has spent more time on wheels rather than blades, his highlights include representing Great Britain in the World Championships, appearing in various international club competitions and taking on the role as Head Coach for the GB Junior team with the British Inline Puck Hockey Association.

30-year old Canadian Matt returns to the Hornets for his ninth season in black and gold. He moved to the UK in 2005 from the Summerside Western Capitals in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League on the Canadian Atlantic sea board. He soon became a popular and integral member of the Hornets squad, helping the team win its first ever Play Offs Championships in 2009/10. Matt has scored 34 goals and had 41 assists in 150 Hornets matches and is the franchise's all time penalty minutes leader with 506.

Hornets Head Coach Gareth Cox said; "I'm really pleased to get Mark on board this year. I know him well and coached him while he was a junior here. He has been impressive in our summer trials, is forming a nice partnership with David Wride and definitely settling into the room. I think he will become one of our quiet leaders. 'Ovie' is part of the furniture now and one of the squad's characters. He plays a gritty game and always keeps spirits up. Away from the rink though he has a big job, which means he often finds it tough to make every game. We wanted to get him back though and he will provide valuable import cover for Peter Jasik and Valdemar Pelikovsky when they aren't available. The squad for next year is coming together nicely, bolstered by an outstanding crop of players who were part of last season's all-conquering Under 18s. A number have been really impressive when training with us and they will definitely be regularly called-up along with other promising juniors. They are seamlessly slotting into the great team spirit we've got at the moment. Developing Bracknell's rising stars is right at the heart of our philosophy".

Hornets Add Three

The Bracknell Hornets are delighted to announce the addition of three more players to their 2014/15 NIHL squad - returning forward Cam Barker and new defencemen Jack Baveystock and Simon Griffiths.18-year old Cam returns for his third season in a Hornets jersey.

A product of Bracknell's junior programme, Cam combined last season's Hornets duties with impressive form in the all-conquering Drones Under 18s national champions, scoring 14 goals and picking up 13 assists in 14 games. In 39 NIHL matches for the Hornets, Cam has scored 1 goal and picked up 4 assists.

21-year old Jack returns to Bracknell after three years at university in Nottingham. Jack last played at the Hive in 2011, also for the Drones, but over the last three seasons, he has combined his studies with appearances on the blue line for the Nottingham Lions in the NIHL North. In 71 matches there, Jack picked up 4 goals and 16 assists, helping his side to a league championship title in 2012/13.

31-year old Simon broke into the Guildford Flames in the old British National League in 1998/99. In 2002/03, he moved to Bracknell and joined the Hornets, scoring 5 goals and picking up 2 assists in 23 matches. Work commitments limited his senior appearances over the next few years until he returned to hockey full time in 2012 with the Basingstoke Buffalo. Simon spent last season with the NIHL Slough Jets. In 69 NIHL-level matches, Simon has scored 9 goals and picked up 13 assists.

Hornets Head Coach Gareth Cox said; "Towards the end of last season, injuries, personal commitments and supporting the Bees meant we were often exposed with a lack of squad depth, something I wanted to address this summer. Cam plays with a smile on his face and a carefree spirit, but he really demonstrated his value to the team and versatility by volunteering to provide effective cover in defence when we were short. I've known Jack since he was a junior at the club and am glad he's returned. It'll be interesting to see how he's developed in Nottingham. He has good size, likes to play the body and will be a popular guy in the room. Like Jack, Simon has been really impressive in our summer trials and it's great to have him on board. He plays a very similar game to Michael Plenty, reads things well and calmly does the simple things first."All three players' jerseys are now available in our Own & Loan scheme. If you are interested in reserving one of them, please email enquiries@bracknell-hornets.org

Hornets 2014/15 Fixtures

The Bracknell Hornets are delighted to release our fixture schedule for our 20th Anniversary Season in 2014/15. We kick off our NIHL campaign with an away trip to the London Raiders on Saturday 13th September, before hosting the Invicta Dynamos the following night in our home opener. All home games will face off at 6pm and we will publish away face off times once confirmed. On Saturday 6th September, we welcome the NIHL 2 Bristol Bulldogs to the Hive for a pre-season challenge match, face off at 6pm. Just a reminder that all home challenge, league and hopefully play off fixtures are covered by our fantastic value season tickets, available to buy now - only £95 for adults and £25 for juniors. Please email enquiries@bracknell-hornets.org for further details.

Own & Loan Scheme 2014/2015

Hornets’ fans now have a fantastic opportunity to reserve our beautiful 2014/15 Home or Away game-worn jerseys belonging to their favourite player, at fantastically low prices through our "Own & Loan Scheme”. We have two options - the Home jersey for just £35 or Full Player Sponsor including the Away jersey for only £65! Those who choose the Full Player Sponsor option will receive - Your sponsored player’s unique Away jersey to keep at the end of the season/Your name in the match night programme & Hornets’ website/Your name regularly announced as the player's individual sponsor at every home game. To reserve your Home jersey or Full Player Sponsor Away jersey package, please email enquiries@bracknell-hornets.org or see Carole Fisher in the foyer on match nights. Payment can be by either cash or by cheque payable to “BIHC”.

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