Giants need flying form to face Fife

Published Friday, 04 April 2014
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The Belfast Giants have a big weekend ahead of them, but the team are looking no further than Saturday's clash with the Fife Flyers in the semi-final of the Playoffs.

Giants need flying form to face Fife
Belfast Giants star Colin Shields talks to UTV ahead of the Playoffs weekend. (© UTV)

While the Belfast side will certainly be aiming to make it into Sunday's final, they aren't getting ahead of themselves and are keeping the focus firmly on their Scottish opponents.

"We've got to take care of business in the first game to give ourselves a chance," forward Colin Shields told UTV Sport.

He was captain last time the Giants won the Playoffs in 2010 and hopes the side can emulate that success, capping off the run of top form that saw them win the Elite league with 10 games to go.

"We were disappointed that we didn't take down the Challenge Cup as well," Shields admitted.

"This is obviously our last chance to win a trophy this year and we want to finish this season on a high. I think it would be disappointing if we didn't win the Playoffs after the season we've had."

The Belfast Giants have won four of their five games against the Fife Flyers this season, racking up 21 goals - but last time the two sides met, it was Fife who secured the 6-2 home win.

Fife are pretty aggressive offensively - they've got guys who can score ...

Paul Adey, Belfast Giants

On Saturday, the two sides will meet on neutral ground in Nottingham - where anything could happen under that playoff pressure.

But the Giants will be missing the services of injured forward Craig Peacock, while captain Adam Keefe has been a doubt.

"In a one-off game, you never know what the opposition are going to be doing, so we need to be ready for every possibility," Giants Head Coach Paul Adey said.

"They (Fife) haven't lost many games and it will be a tough match."

A win over the Flyers would secure Belfast's place in Sunday's final, where they would go head-to-head with the winner of the second semi-final between the Sheffield Steelers and Braehead Clan.

But the team aren't thinking that far ahead.

"We have a game to play on Saturday and that's the only place my focus is," Adey added.

"Everybody wants to win - that's why every team is there. Every team is just like us and the most important thing for us is our focus on Fife."

However, excitement will be building among fans conscious that this could be the 2013/14 roster's chance to make team history and become the first Belfast side secure a league and Playoffs double.

With a big home fight for Carl Frampton, Ulster Rugby set to face Saracens in their Heineken Cup clash at Ravenhill and the Giants in Playoffs action, it marks a massive weekend for Belfast sport.

© UTV News
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