Levers loves being part of a ‘phenomenal group of guys’

Phantoms players celebrate Scott Robson's goal against Manchester. Photo: Alan Storer

Phantoms players celebrate Scott Robson's goal against Manchester. Photo: Alan Storer

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Marc Levers has won a multitude of major honours during his decorated playing career.

The former Great Britiain international ace captured six Challenge Cup crowns, three Elite League Play-Offs trophies and two Elite League titles during a hugely successful top-level career with Nottingham and Belfast.

But helping Phantoms to English Premier League Play-Offs glory last weekend was just as satisfying for the 33 year-old.

“I’ve played in some great teams and alongside a lot of great players,” said Levers.

“But right now I am part of a phenomenal group of guys and it was fantastic to win a trophy with them.

“We pulled together again all weekend when it mattered and we showed everyone what we can do.

“Top teams play at the right time and we definitely did that.”

Phantoms assumed the role of underdogs when dumping out hot favourites Telford at the semi-final stage with a 4-2 success last Saturday.

Twenty-four hours later they took to the same Coventry Skydome ice as favourites for final success against Manchester Phoenix.

They had finished two places higher than their opponents in the regular season and won five of their six head-to-head clashes.

And Levers struck the first of two late goals that sealed a 5-2 win and ended Phantoms’s six-year honours drought.

He added: “We had a ridiculously tough game against Telford and it was a hell of an achievement to come through it. But we could not afford to take Manchester lightly and that is the message we were keen to get across in the dressing room beforehand.

“It was never going to be an easy game in a play-off final. We started off very well and got on top, but then had a bit of a lull and Manchester came back at us. We came through it though and won the game in the final period.

“We’ve got some very talented individuals but our strength is the way we play together as a team.

“Everyone gets along, everyone likes each other and everyone is willing to put themselves on the line for each other.”