Bees 2017/18 End of Season awards

posted 13 Apr 2018, 00:57 by john slater

The Bracknell Bees Supporters Club held their annual End Of Season Presentation Evening on Tuesday 10th April at Blues Smokehouse, Bracknell.  The event was, as usual, well attended & supported and everyone had a great time!

The Supporters Club Annual player awards were handed out on the evening too – the first set of awards were voted for by the fans through an open ballot and were awarded by the members of the Supporters Club Committee.

[b]The 2017/18 awards were awarded (in no particular order) to the following players:[/b]

Player of the Season:  Shaun Thompson
Best Forward:  Shaun Thompson
Best Defenceman:  Jan Bendik
       Most Improved Player: Danny Ingoldsby
The Colin White Memorial Trophy for Best British Player: Shaun Thompson

The team also awarded their Players Player award to young forward Josh Martin.

Scott Spearing went on to award his Coaches Player of the Year award, which also went to Josh Martin.

The Supporters Club committee also awarded the Supporters Club Unsung Hero award and this year they chose to award it to Jason Notaro.

Finally the Supporters Club committee also awarded the Club Ambassador of the Season award to Supporters Club volunteer Katrina Clark.

Congratulations to all the award winners and thank-you to all those that took the time to vote!

Black & Gold jersey collection details announced

posted 19 Mar 2018, 13:33 by john slater

The Bracknell Bees are pleased to announce the details of the collection of this season’s Own & Loan Black jerseys and Gold raffle jerseys for those who have purchased them this season.

The successful participants for the Black Own and Loan jerseys and Gold Jersey raffle winners will be able to collect their jerseys at the rink on the evening of Tuesday 20th March at 7.30pm. 

The players will also be available for a short time (from 8pm-8.15pm) for those wishing to grab a photo or signature.

Please drop us an email as soon as possible to if you need to arrange alternative collection.The Bracknell Bees would like to thank all of those that have participated in this seasons Own & Loan scheme – be it for White, Black, Passchendaele commemorative or Gold jerseys!   Your support this season has been truly amazing with all jerseys sold again this season!  

Match Report: Playoff Quarter Final, 2nd Leg - London Raiders 4 - 2 Bracknell Bees

posted 19 Mar 2018, 01:02 by john slater   [ updated 19 Mar 2018, 01:13 ]

Match report by Ashley Willit

With just one goal in the play-off tie, it was still all to play for as the Bees headed round the M25 to the beautiful new arena that is home to the London Raiders.

In goal for the Bees was Alex Mettam and for the Raiders Micheal Gray

Once again it was Stephen Mathews in charge of the game, this time his linesmen were Phil O'Neil and Pawel Olczak.

With the home crowd behind them and clearly buoyed by the previous night’s performance, the London Raiders came out much the stronger team in the first period. Mettam having to be alert at every opportunity the Raiders got. It was a relatively open period, with the Raiders having the better chances and the Bees unable to get any serious offence going out-shooting Bracknell 16 to 4. After weathering a few power-plays for the Raiders, the Bees held on to a 0-0 scoreline into the second period.

Just nine seconds in and the Raiders got the first goal of the night. Mathew Turner getting the final touch after a quick pass from John Connolly. Bracknell were in no mood to back down and despite the fine form of Gray, found a way through him with yet another scrappy goal, this time James Galazzi getting the final touch. Mettam was putting on a great performance himself, with several fine saves, most notably from Juraj Huska. The Bees definitely had the speed advantage as George Norcliffe burst through the Raiders defence and brought a huge glove save out of Gray, flashing the leather to deny the young forward. With another power-play for the Bees they managed to scramble the puck over the line, following a series of passes with very little movement in front of goal. A shot in from Bendik on the blue line was finally touched in by Josh Martin, giving the Bees a 2-1 lead. Just over three minutes later the Raiders drew level as a shot from the right by Jake Sylvester was deflected off Josh Tetlows stick and knuckled through Mettam.

Into the third and it was London who had the upper hand. Although the Bees had found their shooting, which had been lacking in the first period, London regained the lead on 48 minutes through Marek Nahlik on a breakaway, sweeping through the Bees defence. Straight from the re-start and Brandon Ayliffe was through on goal but Mettam came out big and denied him with the glove. It was definite end-to-end hockey, with both goalies being made to work as the clock counted down. With just under three minutes to go and a two goal deficit to make up, Mettam went off for an extra attacker. The tactic didn't work as Sylvester got his second of the evening, shooting from way inside his own blue line for the Raiders fourth.

So it ended 4-2 on the night and 10-7 on aggregate for the London Raiders. To be fair, they were the better team over both legs and proved their worth in the competition. The Bees will have to take stock of this season, re-evaluate and look to build on what was a year of ups and downs and come out fighting in 2018-19!

Match stats
Period Scores: 0-0; 2-2; 2-0
Raiders scorers: Sylvester 2+0; Nahlik & Turner 1+0; Connolly 0+2; Wells & Lascenko 0+1
Bees scorers: Galazzi & Martin 1+0; Best, Bendik, Spearing & Ingoldsby 0+1
Raiders PIMS: 10 (Pitchley 4; Smith, Barry & Huska 2)
Bees PIMS: 38 (Best, Bendik & Stead 10; Norcliffe, Spearing, Ingoldsby & Bench 2)
Shots on Raiders (Gray): 29 (4, 13, 12)
Shots on Bees (Mettam & Empty Net): 42 (16, 14, 12) & 1 (0, 0, 1)

Match report: Playoff Quarter Final 1st leg - Bracknell Bees 5 - 6 London Raiders

posted 19 Mar 2018, 01:00 by john slater

Match report by Ashley Willit

On Saturday the Bees played host to the London Raiders in the first of a two legged play-off quarter-final tie, where the winner on aggregate would go through to the semi-final round.
Referring the game was Stephen Mathews and alongside him was the excellent paring of Justin Lalonde and Flynn Sitch-Cunningham.

With Alex Mettam in goal for the Bees and Michael Gray for the Raiders, the two teams faced off looking to get a head start in this two-legged play-off game.

It was a stronger start from Bracknell in the first period with Shaun Thompson bringing out a big save early on from Gray. But it was the Raiders who took the lead and on eight minutes. Juraj Huska stick handled beautifully around Tom Avery and blasted a shot high over Mettam. Just seconds later and the Raiders doubled their lead as Harvey Stead was out-manoeuvred and lost his man coming into the zone with pace. J.J Pitchley finishing off the move to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead, much against the run of play. With Gray stopping everything coming near him it was something of a scrappy goal that got the Bees back in the game. He scrambled to reach back to a puck that was bouncing through the crease, however it was deemed that it had crossed the line before it was scooped out, much to the displeasure of the Raiders goalie.

The second period saw good work from Bees third line. Danny Ingoldsby and Ben Ealey-Newman looking hungry at every opportunity. But not to be out done, the line with Best and Martin combined well with the former setting up the latter with a no-look pass which was saved by the pad of Gray. Mettam was not as busy as Gray but had to be alert from a big shot from Jake Sylvester, which he confidently turned aside. Five minutes into the period and George Norcliffe drew the sides level with a lovely solo effort, holding off the defenceman and back-handing the puck past Gray who didn't look like he was expecting it. The Bees went 3-2 up after almost 34 minutes with Ingoldsby tearing up the ice with Norcliffe. The two passed between each other with Ingoldsby receiving the puck back in front of goal and flicked it deftly over the glove of Gray with perhaps the goal of the night. Just moments later and the Raiders were back level with a goal that looked like it struck the post and came back out, but a goal was given leaving fans and players perplexed. A fourth goal for the Raiders was just minutes behind after the Bees were caught out again with just Jan Bendik left covering two forwards. Sylvester this time, getting his name on the scoresheet. Four quickly became five as an awful miscommunication between Bendik and Matt Foord left the puck unattended, to which Marek Nahlik snapped it up, rounded Mettam and popped it home to give the visitors a two goal lead.

With five minutes on the clock for the final period, the Bees clawed back to within one goal. After Thompson's effort was stopped by Gray, the London goalie proceeded to make several more key saves, but was unable to do anything more as Callum Best was first to a loose puck bringing the score to 5-4. The Bees really pushed all the way to the final minutes and the shot count shows their effort with Bracknell out-shooting London 2:1. But with all that offence, they were left depleted at the back and Nahlik was left all alone to get his second of the night. With the seconds counting down the Bees managed one more goal with a shot from the point being deflected deftly by Thompson and under the legs of Gray.

So 6-5 it ended on the night, leaving everything still to play for in the return leg in London.

Match stats
Period Scores: 1-2; 2-3; 2-1
Bees scorers: Best & S.Thompson 2+1; Norcliffe & Martin 1+1; Ingoldsby 1+0; Galazzi & Bendik 0+1
Raiders scorers: Huska 2+1; Nahlik 2+0; Pitchley & Sylvester 1+0; Baldock 0+2; Turner, Ayliffe, Cooper, Wells, Lascenko & Barry 0+1
Bees PIMS: 8 (Bench 4; S.Thompson & Galazzi 2)
Raiders PIMS: 4 (Gray & Barry 2)
Shots on Bees (Mettam): 23 (7, 11, 5)
Shots on Raiders (Gray): 46 (13, 15, 18)

Bees v London Raiders (Sat 17th Mar) Match night info

posted 15 Mar 2018, 14:00 by john slater

We look forward to welcoming you all to The Hive this coming Saturday for the Bracknell Bees Playoff Quarter Final home leg versus the London Raiders.

To keep you all up to date and help you enjoy the evening below is all of the information & highlights:

Due to a safety concern and in the interests of our spectators, the upstairs seating areas behind the goals through to the “red icing line” will be closed whilst hockey is being played.   Block 1 and Block 5 will be completely closed and partial closure of Block 2 (seats 70-74, rows D–G), Block 4 (seats 164-167, rows D-G,) Block 6 (seats 240-255, rows D,E,F ) and Block 8 (seats 385 -398, rows D,E,F).  For full details please see full release HERE

Chow down on some top BBQ food pre-match
Remember that our sponsors Blues Smokehouse is only two miles from the The Hive so why not visit them before the game!  Check out their extensive menu of cracking food with a great atmosphere – a real favourite with Bees fans and player alike!  Visit their website for more on their menu.   If you visit Blues pre-game remember to wear your Bees or Raiders jersey with pride as it will entitle you to a Free Match Day Starter Platter (featuring Gator Eggs, Cheesy Poppers, Kickin’ Wings & Jalapeno Torpedos)!

Tonight’s Match Sponsor
At this Saturdays home game vs the London Raiders we welcome Berkshire Cycles as match night sponsor.   As a long time sponsor we thank them for their continued support and sponsorship!

Face Off Time
We are all set for a 6pm face off with doors opening at 5pm.   Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time and are in your seat for the pre-game build-up!

Ticket prices
Adult ticket (over 21yrs old) – £12.50
Concession ticket (over 60’s) – £9
Disabled Supporters ticket (including a FREE helper ticket) – £9
Young Adults (aged 17-21) and Students (with a valid NUS card) – £9
Junior (5yrs – 17yrs) – £5
Junior (under 5yrs) – FREE
Family ticket also available – visit for full details.

We are pleased to announce that the Supporters Club, as well as manning their merchandise desk in the foyer on match nights, will now be present in the old rink shop before Bracknell Bees home games (usually opening from approx 4pm).   As well as replica jerseys, inlcuding the new Gold alternate Bees jerseys, the Supporters Club also stocks plenty of Bracknell Bees memorabilia and clothing including some 30th Anniversary items.   Make sure you pop along and check them out!  There are also a large number of new and unique items so grab them whilst they last! 

50/50 Cash Prize Draw
Make sure that you see one of our ticket sellers around the rink and bar to purchase your ticket, priced at £1 each – YOU NEED TO BEE IN IT TO WIN IT!   For each ticket purchased 50% goes to the prize fund and 50% goes straight into the club for further investment and support of the team so the more tickets you buy the bigger the prize!

50/50 Raffle ticket sellers can be found in the foyer, in the Bees Knees Bar and walking around the rink.   You can also purchase tickets at the Bracknell Bees Supporters Club merchandise desk.

Shirt Off A Players Back
The ever popular Shirt Off A Players Back raffle returns this week and this week you have the chance to win Bees forward Callum Best's shirt, straight from his back and the end of the game.   The lucky winner will be presented the shirt on-ice post-game and have their photo taken as the shirt is handed over.  Shirt Off A Back can be found in the foyer, in the Bees Knees Bar and walking around the rink.   You can also purchase tickets at the Bracknell Bees Supporters Club merchandise desk.

Blues Smokehouse Sponsored Chuck-a-Puck and Chuck-a-Duck
The Bracknell Bees Chuck-a-Puck and Chuck-a-Duck weekly events will now be sponsored by Blues Smokehouse and they will include prizes from Blues in the prize package for the winners of each event at Bees home games so don’t forget to purchase yours, priced at £1 each, to take part in the second period interval fun with a chance to win!

The Bracknell Bees Official Match Night programme – The Buzz!
The Bees official match night programme, compiled and edited for us by our media partners Usual Suspects Media, will be available still priced at £2.50 and packed with match reports, interesting articles, team information etc…– pick up your copy from the Bracknell Bees Supporters Club merchandise desk.   This weeks programme also includes a special Blues Smokehouse Voucher, so make sure to grab your copy!

Weekend Preview - Playoff Quarter Finals weekend

posted 15 Mar 2018, 12:46 by john slater

Having finished in fifth place in the National Ice Hockey League Division 1 South (Britton) the Bracknell Bees will face the London Raiders, who finished fourth in the league, in the NIHL Div1 South (Britton) Playoff Quarter Finals this coming weekend.

The first leg will be played at The Hive on Saturday 17th March (6pm faceoff) before the two teams meet again in the second leg the following evening (Sunday 18th March) in Romford, at
Sapphire Ice & Leisure, with a 5.15pm faceoff.

The two sides met four times during the regular season with the Bees picking up two wins in October, one on home ice and one away, before the Raiders picked up a home win in late January and finally the Bees picking up a second home win just under three weeks ago.  All four games saw the two sides battle hard and for the most part the scorelines were close with a lot of tight and tense action.   A hard fought Playoff Quarter Final is in prospect as both teams look to progress.   Both games are sure to be busy so make sure that you secure your tickets and we hope to see you all there!

Due to a safety concern and in the interests of our spectators, the upstairs seating areas behind the goals through to the “red icing line” will be closed whilst hockey is being played.   Block 1 and Block 5 will be completely closed and partial closure of Block 2 (seats 70-74, rows D–G), Block 4 (seats 164-167, rows D-G,) Block 6 (seats 240-255, rows D,E,F ) and Block 8 (seats 385 -398, rows D,E,F).  For full details please see full release HERE

We hope to see a good home support from the Bees fans and look forward to welcoming the London Raiders fans to The Hive and with that in mind we have some key points for new visiting fans to please note for Bees games:

  • There is an “away” section in Block 2 downstairs where away fans tend to congregate and sit together however you are welcome to purchase tickets through the rink reception on the match night or by calling 01344 789000 for seats in the upper balcony area.   You will need to specify at the time of purchase. 
  • Most of the balcony blocks have a large amount of season ticket seats within them that are already reserved so please be aware of this when taking your seat, if you are sitting in a season ticket holder seat without the ticket for that seat you will be asked to move to the correct seat. 
  •  It should be noted too, that due to the license held by the rink, that although alcohol is sold in The Bees Knees bar it can only be taken out to the seated balcony area and is not permitted downstairs within the rink at all. 
  • The rink is also a no smoking building so you will need to leave by the front door during period breaks if you wish to smoke and you will need your ticket to regain entry.   
  • The other general rink rules such as no flash photography, waiting for a break in play before moving around the rink, no foul or abusive language etc.… are, as with all rinks, also in place. 
  • Our Supporters Club run a merchandise stall in the main foyer and in the club shop at the front of the rink.   Merchandise, programmes, 50/50 tickets etc. are all available at these two locations on a match nights

A reminder to all that the Bracknell Bees will not tolerate any type of discrimination, verbal abuse or disruptive behaviour from people attending the Hive.   The NIHL ice hockey family is an inclusive one, adhering to EIHA Policy. Regardless of gender, age, ability, race, religion or sexual orientation, everybody is welcome at the Hive and entitled to feel safe and included.   If you see or experience any such behaviour, please immediately draw it to the attention of the nearest rink steward or security guard. Thank you!

Own & Loan jersey collection details announced

posted 13 Mar 2018, 03:44 by john slater

The Bracknell Bees are pleased to announce the details of the collection of this season’s Own & Loan jerseys for those who have purchased them this season.

The successful participants for the White & Black Own and Loan jerseys will be able to have their photo on the ice with the player in question and their jersey after this Saturdays home NIHL Div1 South Playoff ¼ Final first leg v London Raiders (6pm faceoff).

Those who have owned and loaned the White jerseys will also be able to take their jersey with them this Saturday evening however those who have owned and loaned Black jerseys will need to hand them back after the photo as the team will need to retain those until after their final game (dependent upon progress in the Playoffs).  

The Black jerseys, as well as the Gold jerseys, will then be given out to the successful own and loan purchasers at an end of season Bracknell Bees Supporters Club open shop event (possibly the Tuesday following our final match but details still to be confirmed).

Please drop us an email as soon as possible to if you need to arrange alternative collection.The Bracknell Bees would like to thank all of those that have participated in this seasons Own & Loan scheme – be it for White, Black, Passchendaele commemorative or Gold jerseys!   Your support this season has been truly amazing with all jerseys sold again this season!  

Match report: Bracknell Bees 4 - 6 Swindon Wildcats

posted 12 Mar 2018, 11:25 by john slater   [ updated 12 Mar 2018, 11:31 ]

Match report by Ashley Willit

With the Saturday off for the Bees on the final weekend of the season, they welcomed the Swindon Wildcats to the Hive in a game that was one half of the battle for 4th place. The other taking place up in Milton Keynes with the London Raiders the other team vying for that spot.

Starting in the nets were Alex Mettam for Bracknell and former Bee Matt Smital for Swindon.

Refereeing a Swindon/Bracknell tie yet again was Stephen Mathews with Flynn Sitch-Cunningham and Andrew Strain on the lines.

The first period saw some dominating play by the Bees with Callum Best, Shaun Thompson and Josh Martin combining well to draw several key saves from Matt Smital. Also proving to be something of a nuisance to Smital was Alex Barker who also pushed the Wildcats goalie into a big save. At the other end Mettam was keeping the Cats from getting on the scoreboard, most noticeably from Jan Kostal who was able to glove a high puck down, spin and shoot in one smooth motion. With the Bees having the better of the play and pressuring Smitals goal, Swindon defenceman Sam Godfrey entered into a shoving match with Ben Ealey-Newman with the two of them eventually firing punches at each other. Whilst on a powerplay and as the seconds were winding down on the clock, some slick passing from the Bees was rewarded with a tip in goal from Scott Spearing.

The second period had even more one way traffic on the Wildcats goal. After 6 minutes of the period Barker made it 2-0 following up on a Tom Avery shot and tucking home the rebound. It wasn't long before 2 became 3 as Josh Ealey-Newman sent a hopeful shot towards goal on a narrow angle and it squeezed in between the post and Smital. At the other end Mettam was called into action with a huge double save from Kostal and covering the puck to deny him a third opportunity. The Bees were seemingly running away with the game as George Norcliffe made it 4-0 on 35 minutes getting on to a loose puck and deftly chipping the puck over the blocker of Smital. The Wildcats however would have the last say of the period as Sam Bullas was left all alone in the slot and given too much time to pick his spot low on Mettam.

The final period had none of the zip and dominance of the first two periods from the Bees. Clearly not wanting to allow their last game of the season to run away from them the Wildcats upped the pace and Edgars Bebris got Swindon's second with 10 minutes to go. That quickly became 3 when Aaron Nell circled around the back of the net and fired first time to the top of the goal with a beauty of a shot. Unbelievably for Bees fans Swindon drew level with less than 5 minutes to go, again Nell beating Mettam. The Bees defence had just disintegrated and were taken apart just 50 seconds later as Bullas got his second to give the Wildcats their first lead of the evening. With the clock counting down Bracknell pulled Mettam for an extra skater in an attempt to bring the game back level. But as has so often been the case in these situation, the tactic did not come off and Swindon, through Max Birbraer, got a 6th goal and sealed the tie, thus ending Bracknell's hopes at a fourth place finish.

The Bees will have to be better for the full 60 minutes in their play-off games against London Raiders or their hopes of a second round match up will disappear very quickly.

Match stats
Period Scores: 1-0; 3-1; 0-5
Bees scorers: Barker 1+1; Norcliffe & Spearing 1+0; S.Thompson 0+2; Galazzi, Avery, Ingoldsby, Stead & B.Ealey-Newman 0+1
Wildcats scorers: Bullas & Nell 2+2; Birbraer 1+4; Bebris 1+0; Liddiard 0+2; Jones & Nethersell 0+1
Bees PIMS: 8 (B.Ealey-Newman 4; Stead & Ingoldsby 2)
Wildcats PIMS: 35 (Hazeldine 25; Godfrey 4; Jones, Hill & Bench 2)
Shots on Bees (Mettam & Empty Net): 27 (7, 9, 11) & (0, 0, 1)
Shots on Wildcats (Smital): 39 (10, 19, 10)

End of Season Presentation Evening & Awards Ceremony announced!

posted 12 Mar 2018, 09:45 by john slater

The Bracknell Bees Supporters’ Club are proud to announce their annual End of Season Presentation Evening and Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday 10th April, 6.30pm for a 7pm start at Blues Smokehouse in Bracknell and all are welcome!

Blue Smokehouse are of course a long time proud sponsor of the Bracknell Bees are we are delighted that they have allowed us to hold our End of Season celebrations with them once again.

Food will, of course, be provided as part of the evening and there will also be the Annual awards ceremony where the Fan voted End of Season awards will be presented.   There will be awards for Player of the Season, Best Forward, Best Defenceman, Most Improved Player and Best British Player.   In addition the Players Player (as voted by the players) award and the Coaches Player award.  The Supporters Club will also award the Supporters Club Unsung Hero award on the evening.

Please join us and the team in seeing out the 2017/18 National Ice Hockey League Division 1 South season in style & fun!

Entrance is by ticket only and tickets are now available at the Supporters Club Shop and merchandise table on match nights at The Hive.

To confirm, the event will be held at the Blues Smokehouse and all starts off at approx. 7pm – you can visit Blues website at for directions and details of their great range of BBQ food!

Tickets cost £22 for adults and  £12 for children and are available from the Supporters Club Shop or the Supporters Club table in the foyer on match nights at The Hive and also this Tuesday (13th March) and Wednesday (14th March) from 5pm - 8pm!

This includes your entry to the evening, food and the opportunity to see the End of Season Awards ceremony!

Hope to see you all there!

Bees NIHL Div1 South Playoff 1/4 Finals opponents & ticket details confirmed

posted 12 Mar 2018, 03:18 by john slater   [ updated 12 Mar 2018, 03:19 ]

The Bracknell Bees are pleased to finalise the details of their 2017/18 National Ice Hockey League Division 1 South Playoff Quarter Final fixtures versus the London Raiders.

The clash between the two sides was finalised with the teams finishing fourth and fifth in the league and the fixtures are now confirmed as:

Saturday 17th March - Bracknell Bees v London Raiders (at The Hive, 6pm face-off)
Sunday 18th March - London Raiders v Bracknell Bees (at Sapphire Ice & Leisure, Romford - 5.15pm face-off)

Bracknell Bees season ticket holders will have a priority window to purchase their existing seats.   Season ticket seats will go on sale at midday on Monday 12th March and will be available to purchase as a discounted rate (see below) for existing season ticket holders purchasing their seats until 10pm on Tuesday 13th March.   From midday on Wednesday 14th March all seats will be made available for public purchase at the standard full ticket prices.

Please note that Bracknell Bees Season Tickets do not cover Play-Off games.

Season ticket holder prices, for their season ticket seat (available to purchase only between Mon 12th March midday and Tues 13th March 10pm) will be as follows:
Please note that you will need to present your season ticket or supply your season ticket seat number in order to obtain this discount for your season ticket seat.

Adult (over 21 years of age)
Senior Citizen (Over 60's)
Disabled (inc Free Helper ticket)
Young Adult (17-21 years of age)
Student (with valid NUS Card)
Junior (5-17 years of age)
Child (under 5 years of age)

General admission ticket prices, for all tickets purchased after Tues 13th March 10pm and for non-season ticket holders, for the Bees home playoff Quarter Final are as follows:

Adult (over 21 years of age)
Senior Citizen (Over 60's)
Disabled (inc Free Helper ticket)
Young Adult (17-21 years of age)
Student (with valid NUS Card)
Junior (5-17 years of age)
Child (under 5 years of age)

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