Phantoms After Sledge Hockey Silverware
This Saturday will see the Peterborough Phantoms Sledge Hockey Team battle to claim the ‘Planet Ice Sledge Hockey Championship’ when they host the Manchester Phoenix and the Kingston Kestrels.
In the opening tournament held in Manchester in May the Phantoms defeated the homeside before losing to the reigning league champions the Kingston Kestrels. In June, Kingston tasted a rare defeat on home ice when the Phantoms blitzed the tournament with two straight wins to setup this weekends decider.
A win for Phantoms against Kingston will bring the title to Peterborough and put the Phantoms in pole position for the end of season play-off tournament.
This weekends tournament will see a large number of the current Great Britain Sledge Hockey Team in action. In November, Team GB will travel to Italy to compete in the final Winter Paralympic qualification tournament, where they will battle for a place in Sochi 2014.
Just 5 years ago there was only one Sledge Hockey team in the UK, based out of Hull. Today there are three teams in the Elite Division (Peterborough, Kingston, Manchester), three teams in the Premier Division (Cardiff, Coventry and Battle Back from Basingstoke). There are also a number of new teams including Widnes, Milton Keynes and Swindon looking to join the leagues from next season.
Sledge Hockey is a fully inclusive sport. It can be played by able and disabled players, with everyone competing at the same level. If you enjoyed watching Wheelchair Rugby, also known as Murder Ball, at the Paralympics then you’ll love Sledge Hockey.
This weekends tournament runs from 4-8pm Saturday and admission is free of charge. If you’re missing your hockey fix, why not come and cheer the Phantoms onto the Championship Title.