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Say it with flowers: Floral face-off for local ice hockey rivals

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Ice hockey rivals from Peterborough Phantoms and Milton Keynes Lightning prepared for their local derby match with an unusual challenge away from the rink.

Ice hockey is a sport which is fast and furious and its players with a reputation for being some of the toughest in the world but do they have a softer side?

This was different sort of challenge for British League ice hockey rivals Ross Green from Milton Keynes Lightning and Peterborough's Cam McGiffin ahead of Saturday's derby match.

The ice hockey pair are put their paces by florist Tracey Willis. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Instead of their hockey sticks they were judged on their skills with scissors, stems and ribbons making floral bouquets.

It's fair to say they're definitely out of their comfort zone, but both were up for this particular battle.

Ross Green from Milton Keynes Lightning gets to grips with his bunch of flowers. Credit: ITV News Anglia

They had 15 minutes to create a stunning bouquet of flowers they'd be proud to give to their loved ones.

Florist Tracey Willis said they did "really quite well" because they had never tried their hand at flower arranging.

Ross Green said his only experience of flowers was occasionally giving them to his girlfriend or mum.

Cam McGiffin from Peterborough Phantoms getting in touch with his feminine side. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I'm not a big one for opening up on my feminine side and I've think I've drawn the short straw here so I'll make the best of it. The rivalry has been going on for years so it's a matter of battling for your town."

– Cam McGiffin, Peterborough Phantoms

Watch how this particular grudge match turned out in this ITV News Anglia report by Donovan Blake

The winner of this challenge was Ross Green from Milton Keynes Lightning but the real match is on the ice rink on Saturday 22 November at 7pm.

From ice hockey sticks to snipping stems for Ross and Cam. Credit: ITV News Anglia