Experienced Trio Back For Wild Women

Wild women’s team captain Emma Pearson (#33) returns for her 5th season at Widnes
(Photo by Geoff White) 

The Widnes Wild women’s team are pleased to announce the return of three of their longest serving players for the new WNIHL North Division One season.

Emma Pearson, Vanessa Crickmore-Clarke and Stephanie Drinkwater were all members of the Manchester Phoenix women’s team that moved en bloc to Widnes in the summer of 2015 and this will be their fifth season in Wild colours.

Team Captain Emma Pearson was an “ever-present” in the Wild women’s team last season in the Women’s Premier League, taking part in all 14 league and challenge games. She was joint top point scorer with 2 goals and 6 assists and was also the Wild women’s top penalty taker with 16 PIM.

In her four seasons to date, Emma has played 43 games in total for Widnes, scoring 6 + 17 overall.

Pearson first started playing for the short-lived Altrincham Avalanche team, which only ran for one season due to the closure of the old Altrincham rink in 2002. She then played three seasons with the Flintshire Furies – based at Deeside – two seasons with the Kingston (Hull) Diamonds and seven seasons with the Sheffield Shadows, before returning to Manchester with the new Phoenix women’s team in 2013.

Overall, Pearson has played over 200 competitive games – including 18 for the Manchester Metros university team – and has scored 84 + 82. She has also played on numerous occasions for the Scotland representative team.

Vanessa Crickmore-Clarke (#6) in action for the Wild women (Photo by Geoff White)

Vanessa Crickmore-Clarke started playing ice hockey in her native north east, icing for some 9 seasons with the Sunderland Scorpions, during which time the team won the British League Northern Division on two occasions. She then played for the Altrincham Avalanche team in 2001/2002 and had 6 seasons with the Flintshire Furies, before switching to the Phoenix women’s team in 2013.

Vanessa has an impressive playing career of over 200 competitive games but, unfortunately, records no longer exist for her time playing for Sunderland.

Vanessa has played 32 games for the Wild Women Team, scoring 2 goals and 1 assist from her defensive role.

Netminder (#1) Stephanie Drinkwater (Photo by Geoff White)

Netminder Stephanie Drinkwater was the most over-worked goalie in the Women’s Premier League last season, facing 965 shots – but stopping 856 of them for an overall save percentage of 88.70%.

She was an “ever-present” in the team last year and overall has played 45 matches for the Wild women. Stephanie started playing competitive ice hockey in the 2013/2014 season when she joined the Manchester Phoenix women’s team, where she played for two seasons before moving to the Wild.

The Wild women will be playing in WNIHL North Division and the league fixtures will be announced shortly. As things stand, their first game will be a challenge game against Solway Sharks Ladies on Sunday 22nd September at Planet Ice Widnes – 5.30pm face off.


Emma Pearson is sponsored by CrossFit Widnes for the 2019/2020 WNIHL season.

Stephanie Drinkwater is sponsored by Martin Naden for the 2019/2020 WNIHL season.

Other players are available to sponsor at £50 each and there are various other sponsorship packages to suit all pockets and budgets.

Depending on the level of sponsorship taken up, sponsors will receive company advertising opportunities at home games and on team social media, public address announcements during home games and photo opportunities before and after the game.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Kat Garner on 07522109220 or via email to: kathryngarner123@hotmail.co.uk.

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