INTERVIEW: Kestrels coach staying calm amidst possible title joy

INTERVIEW: Kestrels coach staying calm amidst possible title joy
Kirkcaldy Kestrels coach Davie Smith has told his players not to take anything for granted (Photo courtesy of Kirkcaldy Kestrels)

Kirkcaldy Kestrels coach Davie Smith has told his players not to take anything for granted (Photo courtesy of Kirkcaldy Kestrels)

KIRKCALDY KESTRELS coach Davie Smith is expecting Moray Typhoons to come at them on Saturday – but has vowed to not underestimate them.

The Kestrels stand a point away from retaking the SNL title and could wrap it up when they host the team from Elgin in their final regular season game on Saturday.

Smith is taking nothing for granted although admits to being excited by what may happen at the end of the game if the result goes their way.

He said: “Of course I’m excited for Saturday, but we’re certainly not taking anything for granted as we look ahead to the game.

“Since I took over the Kestrels a few seasons back, I have always pushed the point that you have to take each game as it comes and never to underestimate the opposition.

“You should never get above your station and I’ll tell the players that again ahead of the match on Saturday.

“I’m expecting Elgin to come out all guns blazing though and that’s something we have to prepare for. As I said, we’re taking nothing for granted.”

Smith also looked at the possibility of his team taking the title afterwards if – and it’s a big if – the result goes their way.

He admitted it’s been a harder campaign than last year when they took the title from Edinburgh Capitals in an end of season showdown with the Caps.

But he believes it would be a better achievement because of the players he’s had at his disposal this season.

Smith added: “After winning the league last year we knew there would be more competition as teams has to up their game.

“We lost a few key players and added a few to the roster, the main change being our goalie – Andrew Little.

“It took a few weeks for us to click into gear as the new players took their time to settle into the team and that’s the case anywhere.

“But it has been harder for us as we have a younger team and it would make it more special IF we win as this is what we have been aiming for in developing our younger players.

“Like we’ve done all season and particularly in the last few weeks, we’ll take each period as it comes. Our main objective is to get points on the board and it’s no different this week.”

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