Bracknell Hornets set to face off in charity match
Published: 23 Aug 2013 16:300 comments
PAST and present Bracknell Hornets players will return to the ice next week in a charity match in memory of Larry Lee.
Former Hornets manager Lee passed away towards the end of 2012 after five hugely influential years with the club.
His enthusiasm and passion inspired the team to win the English National League South Play-Off Trophy, and also laid the foundations for the success seen at the club today.
"He brought a new level of professionalism to the Hornets, one that has continued and prospered since he stepped down," said former Hornet James Galazzi, who now plays for the Bees in the English Premier League.
"All of the foundations were laid by Larry Lee. Be it negotiating deals with hotel chains to get cheap XL towels, bath mats for the players to stand on, shampoo, shower gel, water bottles, face towels, visor tissue and getting guys equipment when they needed it.
"Larry was determined that all the players needed to do was turn up and concentrate on playing as he would literally take care of the rest."
The match at The Hive will be played on Saturday, August 24 and although entrance will be free, there will be charity buckets to raise money for research into prostate cancer.
The two teams will be led by former Hornet Chris Beauclerk and Trevor Petch and the match will get underway at 6pm.
"Larry was universally liked by everyone on the team and a constant in the changing room as other players came and went," said current Hornets defenceman Mike Plenty.
"A striking feature was his infectious, hearty laugh that was often affectionately imitated round the changing room, although no one could ever quite match the man himself.
"I think that he brought the team together more than he probably realised, and for me one of the highlights of winning the play-offs in 2010 was the privilege of having Larry lead us round the ice at the end of his final game with us."
To donate online visit www.justgiving.com/teams/LarrysBoys.
Larry Lee Memorial Game line-ups
Home team: Jon Anderson, Tony Barclay, Chris Beauclerk, Steve Cameron, Lachlan Coombe, Daniel Davies, Ben Duggan, James Galazzi, Lee Hardy, Dominic Hopkins, Matt Jordan, Adam Marashi, Matt Ovenden, Mark Petch, Tom Smith, Craig Tribe, Brad Watchorn, Chris Wiggins.
Away team: Tom Avery, Alex Barker, Graham Bellamy, Graeme Bird, Brett Candon, Dave Collins, Tom Fisher, Olli Foxley, Mark Galazzi, Richard Hardy, Danny House, Danny Hughes, Dan Marashi, Gareth O'Flaherty, Luke Reynolds, Grant Rounding, Lewis Turner, Vaughn Williams, David Wride.