Cardiff Fire's Swedish defenceman Viktor Langseth. Pic: James Assinder.

Former Cardiff Players Line-up For Bristol Pitbulls In Edgy Severnside National League Derby At Viola Arena

Cardiff Fire face a Severnside derby shootout when Bristol Pitbulls come to South Wales for a National Ice Hockey League clash at the Viola Arena on Sunday (6pm).

The rivals are level on points, although Fire have four games in hand, and Pitbulls bring a team full of former Cardiff players, a fact which will add a major edge to what will be a fiercely contested, physical match.

Head coach Mark Smith and his Fire players play two fixtures this weekend, travelling to face Romford Raiders on Saturday before welcoming Pitbulls to Cardiff Bay the next evening.

Cardiff-born goalkeeper Ross Miller, a 23-year-old who played for Devils junior and NIHL teams before switching to Bristol a couple of years ago, is likely to one between the pipes for the visitors.

Grant Richardson, the bother of Cardiff Devils- defenceman Mark and former Devils forward Lee is in the Bristol squad.

The Rafaelli brothers, Giacomo and Giovanni, are both in the Pitbulls squad along with Australian-born David Manning, who was in the Fire team last season.

Manning has played in Sweden, North America and represented Australia at junior level.

Welshman Jordan Jefferies, 24, started playing in Cardiff and played for Devils at NIHL level before going to Bristol, while Jamie Newton, Steve Osman, Richard Hargreaves and Josh Galea are other Bristol players with Cardiff experience.

The fact that so many Devils or Fire players are on Bristol’s roster will ensure will ensure plenty of hard-hitting in a match with plenty of personal pride on the line.

Fire include tough Swedish defenceman Viktor Langseth, aged 22, and Cameron Basnett, a 23-year-old smooth skating D-man who came to Cardiff after playing for Guildford Fire Kings.

1f39f.png Cardiff Fire match tickets available on the door or buy online at http://bit.ly/cardiff-fire 

National League Division Two South fixtures this weekend:

Saturday: Solent Devils v Peterborough Phantoms (5pm), Invicta v Lee Valley Lions (5.15pm), Romford Raiders v Cardiff Fire (5.15pm), Guildford v Oxford City Stars (5.30pm), Basingstoke Buffalo v Slough Jets (6.15pm).

Sunday: Haringey Huskies v Romford Raiders (5.30pm), Cardiff Fire v Bristol Pitbulls (6pm), Swindon Wildcats v Bracknell Hornets (6.15pm).

Cardiff-born Giovanni Raffaelli plays for Bristol Pitbulls.

English Ice Hockey Association

NIHL South 2 (Wilkinson) 2018/19

P W OW OL L PIM F A Pts
1black_nochange.png Slough Jets 21 17 2 0 2 339 146 62 38
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2black_nochange.png Chelmsford Chieftains 21 17 0 2 2 621 164 57 36
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3black_nochange.png Solent Devils 19 17 0 0 2 401 136 45 34
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4black_nochange.png Oxford City Stars 18 16 0 0 2 378 132 42 32
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5black_nochange.png Guildford 21 11 1 2 7 333 89 64 26
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6green_up.png Raiders Junior S2 19 10 1 1 7 569 95 79 23
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7red_down.png Peterborough Phantoms 21 6 5 0 10 423 103 91 22
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8black_nochange.png Bracknell Hornets 20 8 1 2 9 590 106 96 20
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9black_nochange.png Cardiff Fire 17 8 1 0 8 644 72 82 18
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10black_nochange.png Bristol Pitbulls 21 7 1 2 11 328 87 97 18
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11black_nochange.png Haringey Huskies 20 6 0 1 13 710 68 107 13
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12black_nochange.png Invicta 20 5 0 1 14 386 64 114 11
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13black_nochange.png Basingstoke Buffalo 17 5 0 0 12 307 56 96 10
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14black_nochange.png Swindon Wildcats 2 22 3 0 1 18 306 50 149 7
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15black_nochange.png Lee Valley Lions 21 1 0 0 20 426 49 236 2
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