In my opinion, this is the best Semi Final line up since The Season which had Nottingham VS Sheffield and Belfast VS Cardiff (Granted that match was a dud but it had the potential to be a corker)
Ever since that year, there has always been an underdog team like Coventry, Hull, Dundee and Fife. Whilst Coventry have caused upsets and teams have made a decent attempt, the teams they were playing were considered favorites. I don't consider Guildford to be heavy underdogs.
I certainly believe that Guildford's success demonstrates that new teams in The League can be successful (Certainly compared to Milton Keynes, talk about complete opposites)
I definitely don't have anything against Guildford and under different circumstances, I would want them to beat Belfast as it would be awesome to have a different team in The Grand Final however, I want Continental Cup action next Season, so I'm rooting for Belfast in that one.
But I think that The Panther fanbase in The Arena might be split.
Putting aside what I would love to happen as a Panthers fan, and in the cold light of day, here are the results of the "Grapes Count" for the weekend.
Belfast v Guildford. 4-2. Giants have the size and speed to upset the Flames. They did it in the Challenge Cup Final and will repeat again. Forward pressure from the Giants and a lack of real physical presence on the Flames roster will prove decisive. Giants to progress with a late clincher to break Flames resolve.
Cardiff v Nottingham. 5-2. I have heard and seen the way we have matched up with the Devils over the regular season but, regretfully think that 'class will tell' in this one. Devils can always get goals when the need arises and look to have a number of players who can dictate the pattern of a game. Panthers do not have a real 'game-changer' in their ranks. So, lots of effort from Nottingham but little end result no matter how well Munson might perform.
The Final. Belfast v Cardiff. 1-2. Devils to edge a 'chess match' type game. Fast and furious with chances to both teams. The Welshmen to blunt Irish hopes of a "Grand Slam".
Which would most likely be of interest to more people?
It was more the dismissive tone of showing women’s hockey that I was reacting to.
FreeSports/Premier have rights rights to the Under 18 six nations rugby which starts on Saturday with 3 live games and take precedence. They get far bigger viewing figures and Premier/FreeSports pay for the rights, therefore that will always take priority.