Sheffield Steelers star targets shock result

Sheffield's Ashley Tait, left, in GB kit
Sheffield's Ashley Tait, left, in GB kit
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ASHLEY TAIT reckons he will be taking part in the biggest game of his 23-season career today.

The veteran Sheffield Steelers winger is in the Great Britain side playing Latvia in a four-team tournament to qualify for the Olympics in Russia in 2014.

“I’ve played in some pretty big games but I’m struggling to think of a bigger one than this one” he said. “The first game in these competitions is always key to how the whole event goes. I liken it to when we went to the Ukraine two years ago, few gave us a chance but we beat them in game one and we carried that momentum through. We won a silver medal then, this time we have a chance of an even bigger prize. The Olympics” said Tait.

“We may be ranked fourth in the group but we are always the underdog. Don’t write us off. We need to play our best game, get great goaltending and then bury our chances. Playing the home team first will be fun. It will be rammed in there and they will all be wanting our blood. That first 10 minutes is crucial. Ride out that opening storm and then go to work. These are once in a life time chances.”

GB will face their Latvia, France and then Kazakhstan in the tournament.