Ice rink melts before Bees’ biggest fixtureBy Lorna Catling
October 16, 2008
The Bracknell Bees have been forced to cancel their money-spinning match against Slough Jets this weekend after a technical fault caused the ice to melt.
In a further blow, the club had secured – and heavily promoted – an appearance at The Hive by Olympic gold medallist Jamie Staff, the cousin of ice hockey forward Danny House.
Yesterday club owner Katie Eleftheriou was trying to secure a spot at the John Nike Leisuresport Centre for fans to meet the cycling ace – despite the match cancellation.
“It’s the worse possible weekend it could happen," she said.
"This was going to be our biggest weekend.”
Katie said a mechanical fault with a compressor at the rink, which is the responsibility of John Nike Leisuresport, happened yesterday contaminating the melting ice definitely ruling out Sunday’s game.
Updates on the situation and on a definite venue to meet Staff, who won gold in the team sprint cycle with Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny in Beijing, will be posted on the team’s website and also on www.getbracknell.co.uk.
He had promised to bring along his prized gold medal and other memorabilia and will sign auto-graphs and meet fans, if a venue is found.
Cousin Danny, 19, said before news of the disaster broke: “I’m hoping he might bring my birthday present as well, it was a few weeks ago.
“He used to give me Oakleys [sunglasses] as he had a contract with them and I have been hinting again so fingers crossed.
“It will be really nice to have him there. Most of the players texted me when they saw him win in the Olympics so there is a bit of anticipation about it.”