Long-serving Muir eyeing play-off success with Fife Flyers

Tommy Muir is hoping to get to the EIHL play-off finals in his 14th season with Fife Flyers. Pic: Steve Gunn
Tommy Muir is hoping to get to the EIHL play-off finals in his 14th season with Fife Flyers. Pic: Steve Gunn

Tommy Muir has been to the Elite League play-offs finals once already with Fife Flyers - and would love to do so again by beating arch rivals Brahead Clan in this weekend’s quarter-final.

The long-serving defenceman has been a virtual ever present in his 14th season with the Kirkcaldy club, his fifth in the Elite League, helping Flyers to qualify for the play-offs as sixth seeds.

The season has produced Flyers highest EIHL points tally to date,while they also just missed out on the Gardiner Conference title on regulation wins after finishing tied at the top with Braehead

Flyers also enjoyed their best ever season against Clan - winning six of the eight league meetings - but Muir insisted that previous encounters will count for little come this weekend.

“Arguably this is the best Elite team we’ve ever had,” he said. “But in these short series it’s down to whatever team shows up on the night.

“We’ve got the better of Braehead so far in the head to head, but over a two-game weekend, especially on aggregate score, past form and past results don’t really matter.

“At the end of the day we’re playing a team that finished above us in the standings so we just need to up our game and make sure we’re at our top level.”

While Clan look like the perfect opponent for Fife on paper, Muir stressed that the tie is no easier than facing a Sheffield or Belfast.

“I wouldn’t have bothered who we got,” he said. “We know that if we play our game on the night, there’s no team we need to be scared of.

“Braehead have been on a winning streak and their tails are up, so it’s not an easier tie at all. We can’t be too confident going in. We know both games will be a battle and will come down to who makes the least mistakes. We’re fighting for our season. It’s done after the weekend if we don’t produce the goods.

“We know what we have to do, and we know the team we’re playing - that’s true on the other side of camp as well.

“We just need to make sure we give more than they do.”

Flyers finished the regular season with four straight defeats but having already qualified for the play-offs, Muir is confident that the team can turn it on this weekend.

“We knew that these last few games wouldn’t really affect our league position but you don’t want to go into play-offs losing games,” he said.

“It’s much easier to continue a winning streak than to break a losing one.

“But these were really tune up games against the type of teams we’re going to have to beat to win the play-offs.

“We know we can play with all these teams, now we just need to go to work this week, prepare for Braehead and prove we can beat them.”

After just missing out on the Gardiner Conference trophy, Muir is more determined than ever to lift silverware with Flyers in the play-offs.

“That’s why you play - you want to win things,” he said.

“We came close with the conference and guys are proud of the effort. It would’ve been nice to win it, but we were tied on points, so we can’t be too disheartened about that.

“Confidence is in the room, nobody is down. We have a tough job to get to Nottingham but it’s a team we know and we just need to make sure we’re at our best.”