Flyers ace ‘ecstatic’ with benchmark performance

Ned Lukacevic. Fife Flyers v Braehead Clan. Saturday, September 27, 2014. Pic: Steve Gunn
Ned Lukacevic. Fife Flyers v Braehead Clan. Saturday, September 27, 2014. Pic: Steve Gunn

Ned Lukacevic revealed that Fife Flyers’ best weekend of the season came after a week of looking in the mirror.

The skilled forward was in scintillating form as Flyers demolished both Braehead Clan and Belfast Giants in a stunning six-point weekend.

Speaking after his man of the match performance against Braehead on Saturday, Lukacevic praised his team mates for a benchmark performance.

“It was just a great team performance - I’m ecstatic about that kind of effort,” he told the Press.

“I’m so proud of everyone. It’s such a gratifying feeling to have everyone step up like that and play for each other.

“We’re missing Reber, Horne and Wands but guys stepped up. A guy like Scoony doesn’t play often but he’s getting on the scoresheet and playing real hard, which is what a team is all about.

“We maybe came into this season a little bit too comfortable. We had the same team and after getting to Nottingham we thought it was just going to fall into place for us.

“But that wasn’t the case. We had a great week of practice, looked at ourselves in the mirror, and it’s a great step in the right direction.

“Last year we found a way to win night in, night out. We were having fun but working really hard.

“We just need to work extremely hard for each other and be consistent.

“We’re not good enough to beat teams out of the park with our skill. We have skill but we need to work hard and be a full 20-man roster every night.

“If we do that we might not win every game, but we’ll give ourselves a chance to do well in the standings.”

Lukacevic’s weekend stats - 1+1 on Saturday and 0+1 on Sunday - didn’t reflect his contribution to the team’s offensive play.

“That’s the way it’s going to go sometimes,” he explained. “Some nights last year I played really bad but had three or four points, and vice-versa.

“I’m just happy when we win- it doesn’t matter if I get goals or assists. Don’t get me wrong it’s a pat on the back - but to have the kind of effort for full 60 minutes is more important.”

Lukacevic hopes that he can become a team leader this season by becoming a more consistent contributor.

“I like to consider myself a leader but, looking in the mirror, I’ve been inconsistent this year,” he said.

“That’s not really a leader quality. I’m not saying that I’m not, but for me to be considered a leader night in, night out I need to play consistently.

“You look at guys like Fulton, Bobby or Haines and see them working hard and playing well every night.

“It would be nice for guys to look at me like that, and I know they will.

“I know what I’m capable of but talk is cheap so I’m going to try and stick to my word and be more conistent.”