Women Go Wild In Swindon – BWIHFT Weekend Report
Wild Women showing off the BWIHFT Fair Play Trophy – Back Row: Abi Culshaw, Stephanie Drinkwater, Pauline Hayward, Katie Fairclough, Charlotte McPhee. Front Row: Sav Sumner, Emma Pearson, Amanda Williams (Photo by Widnes Wild Women’s Team).
The Widnes Wild women’s team took part in the annual British Women’s Ice Hockey Friendship Tournament in Swindon at the weekend, which is now in its 22nd year and involves teams from right across the country.
The Wild women were runners-up in the competition last year and, while they couldn’t emulate that display this time around, they still gave a good account of themselves, bearing in mind that many of the other teams involved came from higher divisions.
They won 3 of their 11 group games, beating Nottingham Vipers, Coventry Phoenix and – most notably – Elite League team Streatham Storm and drew with Milton Keynes Falcons and Solway Sharks.
The Wild women’s top goal scorer in the competition was Sav Sumner who scored 3 goals, while Lucy Kirkham and Amanda Williams scored two each.
While they didn’t manage to qualify for the latter stages of the competition, the Wild women did still pick up a piece of silverware to bring back to Widnes in the shape of the Fair Play Award for the weekend.
The top four teams in the group after the round robin section qualified for the semi finals which saw Women’s Elite League champions Bracknell Queen Bees beat Division 1 South team Cardiff Comets 4-0 and Women’s Premier League champions Swindon Top Cats beat Bracknell’s WPL team the Fire Bees 3-0.
The Queen Bees won the final 5-0 taking the title off the host team who had won it for the past 3 years in a row and the Ice Bees junior team made it a double celebration for Bracknell after they won the Under 16s competition.
The Widnes-based Riverside Raiders lost out 3-12 to league leaders Wyre Seagulls in their Summer Classic Cup match at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.
They trailed 1-5 at the end of the first period and were 3-10 down at the end of the second. The flow was stemmed somewhat in a rather physical third period but the damage was already done and the visitors ran out 3-12 winners.
Jack Walker was the Raiders’ top scorer with 2 goals and Laurence le Vay hit the third.
The Raiders have two games – both in Sheffield – in the coming weeks as they play the Steel City Hawks away this Sunday 24th June and then face the Sheffield Ice Tigers the week after on 1st July.
They are next at home – for their last Summer Classic group game – on Sunday 29th July when they play the Hull-based Kingston City Knights at Planet Ice Widnes.
The Halton Huskies played out a thrilling and closely fought 6-6 draw with the Blackburn Buccaneers in a challenge game at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.
The visitors scored first after just 2 minutes but the Huskies equalised after 15 minutes for a score of 1-1 at the end of the first period.
The Halton team extended their lead to 6-2 by the end of the second period but lost their momentum in the latter stages of the game as the Buccaneers fought back to tie the scores at 6-6 with just 3 minutes left on the clock.
James Kelly was the top scorer for the Huskies with 3 goals while Josh Grocutt scored 2 and Jeff Chapman Watson 1.
Report by Paul Breeze – www.icehockeyreview.co.uk