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Oct 1, 2019

Blast from the past - Ed Koral

In the latest of a series of interviews with ex-players, we focus on former blueliner Ed Koral, who played for the team between 2003 and 2012. Ed was made Captain in 2009 and is Streatham through and through. 

When was your first game playing Streatham and what are your memories of it?

The first Redskins game at home. I was 17. I think it was against oxford. I remember standing behind the dj booth with the crowd lights off and skating out to “the boys are back in town” to a huge the roar of the crowd. It was then I truly realised how important being a part of that team really was.

What would you say was the biggest highlight of your time at Streatham?

Too many highlights to choose from. A big stand out was when we first beat Invicta away 2-1. I was on the ice for the last two minutes and when the buzzer finally went it felt like a championship win.

What was the lowest point during your time at the club?

My last season.

If you could pick a line of players to ice alongside again from Streatham, who would it be and why?
Goalie: Will Sanderson
Defence: Me (obvs)
Defence: Fred Carnegy
Forward: Joe Johnston
Forward: Rob Blazowski or Peter Molnar
Forward: Wayne Truncheon

This was the line we used to play under Dean Birrell (other than Will) for two years and it was when I really started to progress as a player. Me and Fred went over half a season without letting a goal in. It was the best line. And Will is just a legend and super funny.
What was the funniest moment you had with Streatham?

In one of our really struggling seasons we lost to invicta away but we didn’t care. Instead we went to their bar and started a dance off by the bar door entrance so everyone who came through the door had to dance. Fan/player/enemy, didn’t matter.
What are you doing these days?

Living in Cornwall. Surfing, making music, playing in bands and building houses for rich people.

What do you miss most about playing at Streatham?

All my brothers who I’ve lost contact with over the years. I love them all and they’re never too far from my thoughts. And of course the fans. Eat em raw xx