Plews believes Falcons’ team first ethic is the key to their success

Fife Falcons’ coach Scott Plews says his players’ unselfish attitude has been the key to their success this season.

The Falcons travel to iceSheffield this weekend aiming to win the Ice Hockey UK U20 Championship for the second year in a row.

The Scottish side will face English champions Coventry Blaze on Saturday in a repeat of last year’s final.

The game, which is part of the EIHA’s National Finals Weekend, will be screened live on FreeSports from 2.30pm.

Fife have already claimed the U20 league and cup double in Scotland and Plews is eager to add another trophy to their haul.

“I was a little apprehensive about this year’s Falcons,” said Plews. “We had lost ten players and our two goalies from last season’s Championship winning side, giving us a mountain to climb regarding building another team capable of winning the league, never mind back-to-back British titles.

“I personally missed the first few months of the season due to personal commitments where Lynchy (Steven Lynch) stepped in to look after the team. When I returned I knew that they were not only gelling together, but they had kept the winning mentality that playing for the Falcons requires.

“We are not a team of great skill, huge size or speed, but every game meant something at the business end of this season. They showed the will to win and play collectively and put all personal goals to one side for the betterment of the team.

“We are definitely up against it this weekend against an unbeaten Coventry team who have skilful players and are well coached. If we play to our strengths and never quit and every one of them gives 100 percent we will be in for a good game.

“Whoever wins will deserve it and I hope both teams put on a good display for all hockey fans.”

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