Photo: Rick Webb
We’re well past the hallway point in our season previews and now it’s time to take a look at Streatham IHC through the words of forward Jacob Ranson.
It’s a new coach, new beginnings and new challenges for Streatham this season.
Last season was full of ins and outs and upheaval for the South London club, with the arrival of Jeremy Cornish and plenty of players coming with him from the Island. This summer was no different, but coach Cornish has now built a hard working squad that suits his style of play.
Ins and Outs
This summer’s departures caused a lot of uproar around the club and the league, but sometimes things have to change to move forward. It’s sad to see the blood of Streatham move on and they’ll be missed. Leaving the club was the likes of Joe Johnston, Liam Rasmussen and Ryan Giles, who all retired from the sport at the end of the season, also fans’ favourite Jack Tarczycki, as well as Callum Best, Steve Fisher, long-serving Casmir Madren-Britton, George Norcliffe and Sean Scarborough.
For me one of the biggest losses will be the captain and club legend Joe Johnston, not only does he live and breathe the club, he’s a massive character and will be missed in the room. I was lucky enough to sit next to Joe for the last few months after I joined and his character definitely rubs off on everyone.
Looking past the departures the summer dealings have been extremely positive, with the club hanging onto a lot of the new recruits from last season, while adding nine new faces, many of whom have EPL experience. Keeping figures like speedster Joe Allen, Adam Wood and James Warman has kept some of the club’s history, while the core of Webby, Matty C, Cookie, Sampy, Rosey and I are all back on board from last season.
New faces we have to start with guys like Adam Carr, Michael Farn and Ryan Watt. All three have played in the EPL for years and have won plenty of championships and titles between them. The experience they have will prove to be crucial, that’s before even talking about what talented players they are.
Carrsy and Farn have been important figures for MK Lightning for years, while Watty has moved around a lot, but his character will be massive as he’s a bold one and I feel his bubbly ways were vital to Basingstoke winning the league when I was there on a two-way in 2016.
More familiar to the Cornish regime, both Ben Paytner and Brendan Baird have joined the club from Oxford City Stars. The pair has spent a few seasons under Jeremy and will now exactly what he wants which will make them slot straight into the fold.
Two more familiar faces to the coach are in the form of the Gregory brothers Jordan and Nathan, who both spent some time at the Isle of Wight, so they’ll be walking in a room with known surroundings.
Not forgetting NIHL all-star Aidan Doughty who joins from the Solent Devils, having spent time under Cornish and out in the states in the past, his presence and scoring will be huge for us.
The club has also brought in Brandon Miles from rivals London Raiders. Brandon is a tough kid who fears absolutely no one and he’s not only that he can play gritty and find the net as well.
Ones to watch
There could have been plenty of players to pick as ones to watch but I’ve gone more rogue than most would expect. Yes, guys like Carrsy, Farn and Watty are all going to be vital for us this season, but I feel it’s down to the guys who have been playing NIHL to step-up and support them.
One player in particular being free-scoring Aidan Doughty, I personally think he proved to everyone last year he was one of the best players in the NIHL, not only putting up big numbers, but grinding it out when times got tough at Solent. Aidan will be called upon for his production this season and I think he will prove his worth against every team.
Most NIHL teams are being realistic and know the EPL sides are all the favourites, after keeping hold of the core of their teams this off-season. That being said, I don’t think it will stop the determination of our team.
Jeremy has built a gritty, hard-working, passionate team that will be determined every shift to beat whoever we may face. This team will have a lot of heart and we will try break teams down by out working them and staying disciplined.
I’m confident we can cause some upsets this season.
Streatham started their season last Sunday with a comfortable 12-0 home win against Lee Valley Lions. Their competitive season starts on Saturday 16th September when they will travel to London Raiders for a cup game before hosting newly promoted Cardiff Fire on Sunday 17th September
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