Just over a week after returning to Bristol, shot stopper John Dibble is now back with the Invicta Dynamos for the remainder of the season having agreed to continue to cover for Damien King who suffered a reoccurrence of his leg injury.
When the Dynamos lost both Damien King and James Richardson during the same encounter against Streatham in October, Bristol’s John Dibble answered the call from Head Coach Kevin Parrish to help plug the gap between the posts. Despite having been a regular for the Pitbulls for over seven seasons the netminder then settled in immediately in Kent and went on to dress for the Mos 11 times playing 608 minutes in the process. In that time he saved 360 shots for a stop rate of 91.60% and his appearances in goal were the foundation of the side’s winning streak that put them back in the chase for the league title and on the coattails of leaders Chelmsford come the turn of the year.
Following the return to fitness of both Damien King and James Richardson, John Dibble headed back west to see out 2016/17 with Bristol but no sooner had the ink dried on his farewell note to the Dynamos fans than he was back on the phone to Head Coach Kevin Parrish agreeing a switch to Kent for the remainder of the campaign. After King suffered a reoccurrence of his long term leg injury in the dramatic 8-6 road win in Chelmsford, the Mos once again found themselves short between the pipes but Dibble’s return to the line-up will now see both himself and James Richardson available to face the Solent Devils and Streatham IHC this weekend.
Speaking on the return of John Dibble, Head Coach Kevin Parrish said, “This is a crazy situation but we’re very grateful to John for coming back so soon and especially grateful to Richie Hargreaves and his team for allowing the move to happen. Obviously losing Damien King again was a considerable blow and Damien is now taking the time out he needs to fully recuperate. In the meantime James Richardson proved he was up to the challenge against Chelmsford on Sunday whilst the return of John ensures we have options and cover for the remainder of the campaign. John was a consummate professional in his two month stint and slotted into the team instantly. We’re very lucky to be able to call upon him again and I look forward to working with once more him from this weekend”.
John Dibble is in line to feature for the Dynamos immediately and will be with the team as they travel to Gosport to take on the Solent Devils on Saturday before returning to the SilverBlades Gillingham for the visit of Jeremy Cornish and his Streatham IHC on Sunday. Doors will open at 4.30pm with faceoff at 5.15pm.