After walking away from Adelaide with a 5-2 win in what was a very good performance, Melbourne's newest hockey club now have the chance to produce more results & put some more added pressure on the AIHL organisation, in a bid to be apart of the action for the 2011 season.
The Mustangs will play host to the Newcastle North Stars, the 4-time Goodall Cup champions will visit the newly established Icehouse & come up against a side which is hungry for results, while in the process looking to stamp is credibility on the ice hockey scene.
It is still not known which players the Newcastle team will bring to Melbourne, but with a talented stacked roster, you can rest assured that the Newcastle club will be very competitive.
Melbourne will definitely have their work cut out, Newcastle who finished the 2010 AIHL regular season on top, won't be coming down south for a holiday. Brian Bales, Peter Cartwright & Blair Tassone are just three of the imports which Newcastle recruited for the 2010 AIHL season & it is yet to be determined whether or not they will be apart of the squad, as many have returned to their original clubs after a successful period in Australia.
There is still plenty of talent around the Newcastle club, who has been a force throughout the league, since the league was first established in 2000. With many of the imports already returned home, Casey Minson & Robert Starke, will be almost certainly asked to make the trip to Melbourne.
It is a very important game for the Melbourne club, as it will be the last Mustangs home game for 2010 & the last before the AIHL general meeting, where the clubs fate for 2011 could be decided.
It is no secret that many hockey fans across the country want the Mustangs involved in the AIHL, it will no doubt be a big boost to everyone across the hockey community to have one more team & extra games across the season. Every club across the AIHL has thrown support behind the Mustangs bid, let's just hope the likes of Tim Frampton & Josh Puls also agree, so we can see the Mustangs emblem flying across the ice in 2011.
Tickets will be available online over the next few days, via the Icehouse website www.icehouse.com.au
By Andrew Macdougall
By Andrew Macdougall