The Definitive TCW 2012 #POFW Preview

The Cat’s Whiskers once again proudly presents the definitive play-off preview, looking at the party on Friday, the games on Saturday and all weather, parking and travel information for the weekend. How much do I look after you guys?


After taking a year off last season Keefe is back with his famous Official Unofficial Friday Night Play-Off Party at Alea Casino, Upper Parliament Street from 8pm till 6am (which will give you exactly 4 hours & 30 minutes to recover before The Castle opens!)

Full details from Keefe below:

Sign up as a member on the night for free and get 10% off food and drink.
Over 18’s only, I’m really sorry about this, but it’s out of my hands.

Free Buffet for everyone, served at about 10pm-ish
Drinks offers – Fosters £2.50, Single Vodka and Mixer £3
2 Party Cocktails for £5 and all other cocktails 2 for £8
So this makes it one of the cheapest places to drink in town.

2 DJs and Steve McGill performing live (anyone that’s been to Tantra knows that Steve is the best of the best).

Hockey on the TV and a quiz throughout the night with the winner getting a bottle of posh bubbly for Sunday afternoon!

Also, all hockey fans will receive a free £5 bet to play on the tables.
Hockey shirts are more than welcome to wear.

The main part of the night is in the Hidden Bar which is a bar sectioned away from the main casino, but all are welcome to enjoy all the casino facilities.
Also we will have learn to play tables open where anyone can have a play for fun and for free to scratch up their skills.
If there is a desire for it we could also open up a poker table and have a representative from each team compete against each other.


For those travelling to Nottingham on Saturday, the car parks near the NIC are the NCP at Stoney Street (if you’ve got deep pockets!) and the Council Car Park at Fletcher Gate. Do not use the street parking meters this weekend as the maximum you can park is 2 hours up to 8pm on both days since the council stupidly changed the rules! If you plan on parking all weekend the best offer once again is at the Metro Car Park which is approximately a 10 minute walk from the NIC, £20 for the weekend, that’s arriving at anytime on Friday and leaving by Midnight on Sunday. If you plan on using the tram, there are five park and ride sites around Nottingham, a day ticket costs £3.20. You need to leave the tram at the Lace Market stop, which is a five minute walk from the NIC. If you are planning on leaving your car in any of the park and ride sites overnight you do so at your own risk. There are CCTV camera’s but to be perfectly honest I wouldn’t advise it!

The weather forecast for the weekend looks to be dry but cool so I’d bring a jumper. BBC 5 day forecast for Nottingham.

If you’re peckish and looking for a bite to eat, the Pizza Express on Hockley will be offering a 2 for 1 deal on all pizza’s with production of your play-off ticket. Not bad at all.

Finally on to the games themselves, which will be interrupting the drinking time!

The first semi-final is a repeat of last season’s second semi-final as the champions take on the Devils. On paper this looks like a Giants win and the noises coming out of their camp this week suggest they are here to win. However, the Devils have made the play-off finals weekend every season since the inception of the EIHL, they will be no pushovers.
Devils best hope will be to keep it tight at the back and allow as few shots on Stevie Lyle as possible. They have forwards in Pierce, Macrae & Matzka who can hurt the Giants but Belfast do not have any weakness in their roster. That said I have a feeling that there may be a shock in this game. I can’t explain it, just a hunch.

Hull pulled off the shock of the quarter-finals by beating the Steelers so their confidence will be high going into the semi-final, if they’ve put out the number two seeds then they can certainly put out the number three seeds.
Obviously Panthers will be huge favourites and hold a 7-0 win record over the Rays in the regular season. However if Panthers take the Rays lightly they could be punished and will have to be 100% focused to get through to the final.
That said I cannot see the Panthers being beaten, the 3-0 loss in Braehead gave them a wake up call and they produced an incredible performance to make the weekend. Panthers to win, but it will be tough.


2 Responses to “The Definitive TCW 2012 #POFW Preview”

  1. 1 Susan Mason (@skmason3) April 6, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Is there any coverage of tomorrow’s game on the internet for those of us in the US? Thanks.

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