JLMC: a look around the Junior Leagues
October 27, 2017
The EIHA Junior Leagues have been underway for nearly two months, with teams up and down the country playing from u9 cross ice up to the u18 leagues. The three-division system was brought in to all age groups this year, having been trialled last season in the u18s.
Here is a quick look around the leagues from u18 to u11 in North and South.
U18 (3 divisions)
D1 – Telford have 8pts from five games and head the table from Billingham (6pts). The two sides played an entertaining game at Telford two weeks ago, with the home side coming out out top 10-6. Brodie Jesson (9+13=22) leads the division scoring charts, one of five Telford players in the top ten.
D2 – Nottingham and Sutton have a perfect 3&0 record, joined on 6pts by Whitley Bay, who have lost one game. Players from those three clubs occupy the top 11 places in the scoring charts, with Nottingham’s Jack Crowston leading the way with 10+10=20 in three games to date.
D3 – Early stages in this division just five games played, Blackburn have won three from three, Sutton two from two. Ronnie Grimes of Blackburn has 16+2=18 at the top of the scoring tables so far.
U15 (2 divisions)
D1 – Sheffield and Nottingham are out in front here, with Sheffield unbeaten from four games and beating Nottingham in the opening fixture. Bradford’s Alex Graham (10+7=17) and Sheffield’s Jack Brammer (12+4=16) are clear leaders on the points tables in the early going.
D2 – Sutton are top of an eight-team second division, with five wins from five games. Three teams are tied on four points in the chasing pack. Andras Kehl of Sutton has fantastic figures of 17+8=25 from five games.
U13 (3 divisions)
D1 – A perfect four from four has Billingham at the top of the league, four points clear of Sheffield (2&2). Finley Bradon tops the scoring charts with 12+10=22, and Billingham have six scorers in the top ten.
D2 – Telford and Sutton have three wins each, though Sutton also have one loss. Manchester are 2&0 in third. Telford’s Daniels Serkins has a remarkable 23 goals in three games (23+6=29).
D3 – Solihull and Manchester have identical 3&0 records, both having scored 37 goals. They meet on 9 December. Dominic Whittingham of Solihull has 12+2=14 ahead of Josh Crawley (Mcr) 9+4=13.
Mids 1 – Sheffield have four from four, the other three sides have only played two games each – Nottingham, Coventry and Telford.
Mids Cup – Sheffield and Sutton have six and four points respectively, ahead of Solihull and Deeside.
Nth 1 – Manchester and Kingston have won two, Kingston with one loss. Bradford and Whitley Bay make up the group.
Nth Cup – Billingham and Blackburn sit one and two, Grimsby and Manchester have just played one game each to complete the group.
Cross D1 – Coventry and Manchester have two from two, some teams yet to play in this eight-team division.
Cross Cup – Just a single game in this group, Blackburn win over Deeside to top the early table.
U18 (3 divisions)
D1 – Guildford and Okanagan have four wins from four; Chelmsford also have four wins but have also lost three. Guildford and OHA play back to back on 20 & 25 November. Chelmsford Tommy Huggett (11+8=19) and OHA’s Mikey Power (13+6=19) are top of the scoring charts.
D2 – Cardiff with three wins and Peterborough with two are the unbeaten teams in the nine team division. Slough’s Luke Smital (8+5=13) is a familiar name atop the points table.
D3 – A four-team division with Chelmsford level with Solent & Gosport with two wins and a draw. The draw between the two sides was 4-4 last weekend. They play again on Bonfire Night. Rowan Champney 6+8=14 is heading the points charts to date.
U15 (3 divisions)
D1 – Chelmsford have four wins from four to lead the way from Guildford. CIHA player Gian Pascale has 7+5=12 at the head of the league scoring race.
D2 – Streatham are clear leaders here with five from five and just four goals conceded. Basingstoke (3&1) are second. Milique Martelly 6+8=14 leads the points table, though Basingstoke’s Aidan McGurk has nine goals in four games.
D3 – Oxford with four wins from five games are top of D3, Solent have four points but from only two games. Oxford games are fun with 71 goals in total scored (42-29). Luke Pereira and Bradley Taylor are top two in points table, accounting for 14 of Lee Valley’s 15 goals in their two games to date.
U13 (3 divisions)
D1 – Close at the top with Swindon (7pts), Streatham (6pts) and Chlemsford (5pts) on each other’s tail. Swindon came from 0-4 to tie 4-4 at Chelmsford last time out. Bobby Ragan of Swindon has 7+4=11 to lead the points charts.
D2 – Nip and tuck here too with only Haringey unbeaten (two wins). Slough are top on 6pts from five games but they have lost to sixth placed Cardiff. Haringey duo Riku Takeuchi and Kaloyan Popov have 33 points between them in two games (16+17).
D3 – Nine team division sees Solent & Gosport a perfect 4&0 alongside Streatham who also have one loss. Streatham’s Philip Maguire has 28+3=31 from four games ahead of team mate Brynley Capps 12+6=18.
Sth East – Peterborough have won two and drawn two (both v Chelmsford) and lead the four team group from Haringey, Chelmsford and Streatham.
Sth West – Swindon and Cardiff have won two from two, Guildford and Basingstoke round off the four team group.
Crossover – All eight teams in the group, early games see Swindon with two from two. Some clubs yet to play in this division.
All Junior League tables, results and stats can be viewed on EIHA website courtesy of Fixtures Live.