This week London RHC spoke with London’s No.1 Dan Milne, the Dragon between the sticks for a third consecutive season.
Q: Why did you move to London and why have you stayed for your third consecutive season?
A: I was approached by the club as they were starting to build a team. They explained that they were entering into the national league and asked me if I wanted to be their goalkeeper.
The reason I stayed with the club isn’t just because of the Premier League, but because the players are more than just a team. We all socialise together, have a laugh and generally respect each other. They are like a family and I have never been part of a team like that before.
Q: Describe the pressure you face as London’s no.1?
A: It’s a difficult position as the team rely on me (just as much as I rely on them). There is pressure on me not to concede silly goals and to help guide the team throughout the game. Honestly, I don’t feel much pressure during the games as the team are reliable and rarely cause any problems for me in goal, other than the occasional direct free hit. There is always the pressure of not being the reason the team lose any games, but with the team and the training, I’m sure that will never happen.
Q: What do you make of London’s chances in the Premier League this season?
A: Personally I think we have a big chance of winning the title this year and getting into the CERS Cup or European League in 2018. We have a very strong team who put in 100% every time they have their skates on. We always put up a good fight and can beat anyone on our day. Seeing everyone evolve from the start of last season to the final match, I think it puts us in good stead to be contenders for this year’s trophy.
Q: What are the biggest differences between the club this year and last season?
A: As most people know, we have a new coach. That has made the biggest difference in our club, with training, game play etc. We had a hard pre-season, with lots of training and fitness, more “off the ball” training… which I have also been involved in.
We have also had new players start at the club, with some training and others who have registered for the upcoming season.
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