The Widnes Wild Academy U15’s enjoyed an excellent campaign with a solid 3rd place finish in the final league standings. It can be assumed that the Wild would have finished even higher up the table, had circumstances not intervened, with five key games left unplayed.
This was the second season that the Wild had entered an Under 15 team in the league and clear progress has been made since their first faltering steps.
The campaign opened memorably for the Wild youngsters, with two high scoring back to back away wins against the Blackburn U15’s – 7-10 and 3-6.
Three difficult games followed; a loss away to Solihull U15’s and then two closely contested, hard fought matches against the Deeside Dragons which unfortunately both ended in defeat for Widnes.
The Wild youngsters found their groove over the next three games including a terrific win away to Solihull with a fourteen goal showing from Widnes. This was followed by back to back wins at Planet Ice Widnes against the Blackburn U15’s; with team leading point’s scorers Liam Eaton and Adam Case providing great inspiration.
A close defeat at Planet Ice Widnes to Solihull was followed by another much stronger display at Planet Ice Widnes, with an excellent 8-4 victory over Deeside.
A tough trip to Flintshire and a battling defeat at Planet Ice Widnes against Deeside followed, before a terrific 10-2 win at Planet Ice Widnes against Blackburn rounded off a premature end to the season in style.
3 Key Players:
Liam Eaton had a terrific season in front of goal, with 36 points in 13 games (23 goals and 13 assists) to his name. This tally ensured he finished the season as 3rd highest points scorer in the league, providing an invaluable contribution to the Wild youngsters’ season.
Close behind his teammate with 31 points scored was Adam Case, who achieved an impressive 26 goals and 5 assists in just 7 games. He finished the season in 4th place in points scored across the league, with many fantastic performances throughout the campaign.
Netminder Harry Bird had an outstanding season with a .77.50 save percentage across 13 games. This is even more impressive as Harry is also the U13 net minder and played up to U15’s level for the season. The Wild were able to win many games this season off the back of his great goaltending.
Report by Robert Martin