Bears out of Hibernation
BEARS OUT OF HIBERNATION FOR 2019
There hasn’t been any snow yet, but Coventry Bears’ Head Coach Tom Tsang says his squad is already shaping up well and looking to be in good form as the new season approaches.
‘We have had a good first run out against the Prison Service, and it was great to see so many Midlander's in both sides- proof that the game is really taking root around here’ said Tom.
‘But bigger challenges await and the lads are really looking forward to another visit of Super League Leeds Rhinos’ he added.
Friday night floodlit action returns to the Butts Park Arena on January 18th for the fixture against Leeds which saw attendance records tumble last year, and tickets and hospitality packages are already selling fast, so a great atmosphere is guaranteed.
‘Then, our League 1 campaign will soon be underway, and it all looks very even this year’ was Tom’s initial verdict.
‘League 1 has eleven teams for the 2019 season, and of the ten teams we face, we’ve already beaten five of them and given another two a good run for their money in previous seasons’.
In the last few years, there have been big overseas clubs in League 1 working their way up [Toulouse and Toronto] and in 2018 former Super League Bradford were certainties to go up, but things look far more even for 2019.
And six teams will be contesting the play-offs at season’s end so everything’s to play for.
The Bears notched up two victories last year over their first home league opponents West Wales Raiders and they will be looking to start with a win on February 17th.
But then, they face stiffer opposition the week after when Newcastle Thunder, [one side the Bears haven’t yet beaten], are the visitors and that should provide a good measure of how the team are progressing.
Other home highlights include the visit of Southern rivals London Skolars on Good Friday and Doncaster’s visit on 30th June.
And of course, there’s the Challenge Cup again starting at the end of March.
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