Monday, 30 March 2015

End of an Era - Part II - The Jaw-dropper

This is where you can relive the whole night of magic that took place in Basingstoke. It was a long journey and, despite those reassurances we spoke about, many of the Faithful travelled with a sense of trepidation and with butterflies in their stomachs.

As the game got underway, some queasy smiles began to appear in the away blocks of the Bison barn.  These were triggered by a Phoenix side who came out looking like they had been rested and were totally up for it and here for the win.

Yes, it was a game with some ups and downs. Yes, the Bison were showing a gritty style and a determination to please the Stampede. Also, let us not forget, another star of the British game (Nicky Chinn) was skating his last before his home crowd.

It was a fierce affair and there were occasions when it looked as if the game might get away from stripey, Tim Pickett, and when Balmer trailed a leg and put his knee out to take down Bakrlik, there was a fire lit on both sides of the ice. Bison fans determined that there was no trip and certainly not one worth a match penalty (though Frankie was injured). Phoenix fans determined that Balmer had gone beyond what was decent and had been dangerous.  Ultimately, the stripes saw it the Manchester way and that ended a period that was rough and ready.

Then came the longest twenty minutes ever. You had to be there.

On this show, we are joined by BOTW and Phoenix Podcast Live regular, Anthony Russell, Jim Piper, Emily Mort, Stuart Kilburn and Jacob Harrison.  Oh, and three full blocks of Phoenix Faithful on Tour!

Enjoy and don't forget to join us on Spreaker from 10.30am on Playoff Saturday and then 1pm of Sunday for the Phoenix Podcast Live shows from the Old Windmill, Spon Street, Coventry.

You can get the link from Twitter just before we go live (by following @pnxpodcast) or you can bookmark us by visiting our Spreaker page here: http://www.spreaker.com/show/the_phoenix_podcast_show 

This year, we'll be playing the quiz, summarising the year in the EPIHL and EIHL as well as some new features including the bound-to-be-controversy-free "Whose Bits Are These?" game!  We are a classy, classy show.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

End of an Era - Part I

Check out this week's first show right here.

It was truly a testing night at the Ice Dome. Tony Hand's last ever game on home ice. The Great One of British hockey skates his last and his shirt is retired. It is truly the end of an era.

Not just him but Adam Walker completes his third tour of duty for Manchester and, in doing so, ends his playing days in league hockey. He will be greatly missed. Sure, he has been elsewhere on and off, but he's sewn into Manchester Phoenix and we will miss him - (I shall miss him as one of my favourite interviewees over the years and a hockey friend too - BK).

Not just that but Andy Dutton of the match night stewarding team has hung up his hi-viz but he'll be back to watch the Phoenix from an actual seat!  Still, one of the huge family of Phoenix staffers.

And finally, Paul Turner, a fixture at Phoenix and one of the rink's most familiar faces, has left the Bench. Years of hard work and he too will be missed.

All of that and there was some hockey too. It was a tetchy game in places and there will be bumps and bruises but Phoenix did make Bison look a mess at times.  Skinns was made to look very sloppy in the first but the pace got to the Phoenix in the end and they will travel to Basingstoke with a goal to recover before they put this to bed.

Joe Graham joins us at the end of the game to talk playoffs, next season and his awesome news - he's going to be a daddy!  Congratulations from all at the podcast.

Now boys, get to Coventry. Stat.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Scholes, Bees and Burlin!

What you'll hear here is the interview with Wayne Scholes from before Thursday night's big game in Telford.  Three big announcements to come, eh?

Then, you will hear Peter Bradbury standing in for Ben at the last Saturday game of the regular season as the Phoenix dismantled the Bees.  Thanks to Steve Merry for talking to us, despite the despair being inflicted upon him by none other than Johan Burlin (Phoenix MOM).

Whilst listening to the show, why not visit our Podcast Live shop and make sure that you are wearing the best t-shirts, hat and even pants (yes, actual pants) of anyone in Coventry.  You can find the store right here and you should order fast to avoid disappointment.

Please note that these items are at cost price. They make no money for the podcast or anyone other than the manufacturer.  They are for fun and not intended to be anything more.

Monday, 16 March 2015

The Bee-Team

Just as the news breaks about Wayne Scholes' injection of cash into the Bees, we come up against them in a late season series starting this weekend.

It was a rollercoaster of a game where, at times, Phoenix looked like they were going to throw it away but, in the end, a sudden surge of power and an ill-disciplined performance by some of the Bees number meant that Phoenix returned to winning ways at home.

It's a grim time at present. Boots and Psurny both out. Joe Graham put out on Saturday. It's wing and a prayer time.

That's what will make Thursday night's glorious victory following a comeback from a two goal deficit all that more amazing though, right?

Fidem very much serva, as they say 'round our way.

Take a listen here.  Sorry about the wind noises too.  I have misplaced my furry bit.  I will obtain a new furry bit when I find one and some money at the same time.  Podcasting is an expensive business.

For those who were asking, there is Podcast Live 2015 news coming soon.  Just as soon as I write any part of it, obtain some tunes, sort some features, perform system checks for a bit of new tech we might be playing with during the shows and sample the new beer from Sperrin.  Then and only then will there be podcast.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Two Behind, Too Behind?

It's the first leg of the historic Cup Final between the Manchester Phoenix and those Tigers.

In a busy hockey week, there's lots to talk about off the ice as well as on it.  And lots not to talk about too.  Very confusing times.

This was recorded before the Bees Bombshell (and any more that drop in the next week or so) but there's no shortage of rumours and chat.

Anyway, you don't want to spend your time reading this. You should, instead, listen to this.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Pointless Episode (repost)

The weekend may not have been quite what we were hoping for on ice but we had a laugh in the car park, at least!

A mixed bag of triumphs (Boots coming back and whispers of Watkins returning) and disasters (running out of change for the coffee machine) this weekend but no such tribulations for the Tigers.

We congratulate the Tigers for finally formalising their EPL League win and look back at the road taken.

Then we watch Phoenix get a bit of a bloody nose from the Phantoms on home ice.

Then we see Johan Burlin getting the MoM award.  Then we see him looking cross at Jim.  There's no pleasing some people!

Apologies for the repost of this.  If you have already heard it, great.  If not, this is to help iTunes pick the episode up. Thanks. BK

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Pointless Episode

The weekend may not have been quite what we were hoping for on ice but we had a laugh in the car park, at least!

A mixed bag of triumphs (Boots coming back and whispers of Watkins returning) and disasters (running out of change for the coffee machine) this weekend but no such tribulations for the Tigers.

We congratulate the Tigers for finally formalising their EPL League win and look back at the road taken.

Then we watch Phoenix get a bit of a bloody nose from the Phantoms on home ice.

Then we see Johan Burlin getting the MoM award.  Then we see him looking cross at Jim.  There's no pleasing some people!