The Widnes Wild Women’s Team are in action this Sunday, 6th October, when they take on the Sheffield Shadows in their first Women’s Division One North League Game of the Season.
The Wild Women have had a good pre-season campaign, winning once and drawing once against likely championship contenders Solway Sharks Ladies and will be keen to get their League season proper off to a flying start. The women’s game on Sunday faces off at 5.30 p.m. and admission is just £1.
As part of a new commercial initiative for this season, the match is being sponsored by Unison Liverpool John Moores University and also by a group of fans – Andrew Shutt, Paul Boardman, Martin Naden and Sam Ellison – who pitched in together as part of a fundraising appeal on social media.
There are still several match sponsorships available for the new season – and a few individual player sponsorships as well. Packages start from £50 and can be tailored to suit every budget and pocket. More information is available from Sponsorship Co-ordinator Kat Garner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details of all the Widnes Wild women’s team players for the 2019/20 season are as follows:
#1. Stephanie Drinkwater (netminder) – sponsored by Martin Naden
Net Minder 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’s Team.
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.
#4. Sarah Louise Aspinall – sponsored by Varlden Clothing
Sarah Louise Aspinall is a new signing for the 2019/2020 season. Sarah originally learnt her hockey in Altrincham and played for the Manchester Phoenix Women’s Team in the 2013/2014 season, making 4 appearances and contributing 1 assist. She has more recently played Rec. Hockey with the Widnes-based Earle Road Elks team.
#6. Vanessa Crickmore-Clarke – (available to sponsor)
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 Scorpions playing record.
Vanessa has played 32 games for the Wild Women Team, scoring 2 goals and 1 assist from her defensive role.
#7. Josie Moran – sponsored by Pippacorn
Josie Moran was one of the new players who joined the Wild Women for the 2018/2019 season. She played in 10 Women’s Premier League games and also the 7 – 7 Challenge Match draw away at Solway Sharks, in which she scored 1 goal and 1 assist.
#8. Suzie Miller – sponsored by Outpost Paintball
#11. Katie Fairclough – sponsored by A.J. Bell Trust
Despite being only 17 years old, Katie will be playing her third season of competitive women’s hockey for the Wild Women’s team, having been given special dispensation to play a year early for the 2017/2018 season. Katie originally started off playing Roller Hockey and was a GB International in that sport before switching to playing on ice. Since taking up ice hockey, Katie has also been selected to play for her country and has gained international honours at GB Women’s Under 18 level. In her two seasons to date with the Wild Women, Katie has played 24 matches, scoring 2 assists and picking up 33 Penalty Minutes.
#14. Emma Martin – (available to sponsor)
Emma Martin spent six months playing for the Royal Navy Destroyers Development side in her early twenties. She then took a break from the game and started playing novice adult hockey at Deeside about three years ago. She has been playing for the Sealand Aces Recreational Team and has joined the Wild Women this season because she would like to try a more competitive level of ice hockey.
#33. Emma Pearson (Captain) – sponsored by CrossFit Widnes
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 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 for the Team.
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 Kingston Diamonds and seven seasons with Sheffield Shadows, before returning to Manchester with the 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. Pearson has also played on numerous occasions for the Scotland representative team.
#34. Elizabeth Loss – sponsored by Cakes by Lucy
Elizabeth Loss originally played for the Manchester Phoenix Women’s team and played a couple of WPL games for the Wild Women before really making her mark last season when she played 11 League games, scoring 1 goal and 1 assist.
#54. Charlotte Jackson (netminder) – sponsored by The Wild Ones
While being a new player for the Wild Women’s Team, Charlotte Jackson is already a very familiar face around the Widnes Planet Ice Rink, as she is the younger sister of long-serving Wild NIHL player Tom Jackson. She has played Roller Hockey since the age of 8 – the last six years as a net minder – and has recently also taken up Ball Hockey and was selected for the GB Team at the World Championships in the Czech Republic. This coming season will be Charlotte’s first ever playing on ice.
#55. Victoria Venables – sponsored by CUL-FIT Personal Training
Victoria Venables was Alternate Captain for the Wild Women last season, playing 7 games and notching up 1 assist. She missed half of the season through injury and will be hoping to make a greater impression this season.
Venables played the 2001/2002 Season for the Altrincham Avalanche Team, then spent the next 8 seasons with the Flintshire Furies. In all, she has played 115 games and has picked up 5 goals and 10 assists from her primarily defensive position.
#63. Charlotte McPhee – sponsored by G. Sumner Property
Charlotte McPhee returns for her third season in Widnes colours, having joined the Wild Women during the 2017/2018 season. She has played 19 League games to date for the Wild Women and scored 2 + 2 in a Challenge game away to Solway mid-way through last season.
#64. Pauline Hayward – sponsored by Femme Luxe
Pauline Hayward is one of the many “graduates” from the highly successful Hockey Basics course at the Widnes Planet Ice Rink. In her two seasons with the Wild Women, she has played 23 leading Challenge games, scoring 1 assist and picking up 4 penalty minutes.
#65. Karyn Cooper – Sponsored by Design Wellness
Karyn Cooper has played University hockey for the Manchester Metros Team, making 43 appearances and scoring 1 + 2. She made her League debut for the Wild Women last season and featured in 12 WPL and Challenge matches.
#66. Jemma Brown – sponsored by Bench Buddy Apparel
Jemma Brown is a veteran of some 70 competitive matches, having learnt her hockey with junior teams at Blackburn and Altrincham. She also played for Kingston Diamonds Under 16s in the Girls North League, before going on to make 20 appearances for the Diamonds Senior Team in the Women’s Premier League. Jemma joined the Wild Women’s team last season and played 13 League and Challenge games, picking up 2 assists.
#71. Katie Adshead – sponsored by Ian Foulkes
Katie Adshead started off playing competitive hockey with the Manchester Metros University Team, playing 24 games in all and scoring 2 + 2. She was an “ever-present” in the Wild Women’s Team last season, playing in all 14 games and scoring 1 _ 2.
#72. Sav Sumner (Alternate Captain)– sponsored by G. Sumner Property
Sav Sumner was the Wild Women’s top goal scorer last season, 6 goals and 2 assists in 12 WPL games, plus 2 goals in the 7 – 7 friendly draw away to Solway Sharks. Sumner was the first Widnes-born and trained player ever to play a competitive match for the Wild when she and fellow local girl Sal Roberts took to the ice against Milton Keynes Falcons in the first game of the 2016/2017 season. In her three seasons to date for the Wild Women, Sumner has played 37 games, scoring 11 goals and 4 assists.
#73. Catherine Bowen-Fell (Alternate Captain)– (available to sponsor)
Catherine Bowen-Fell is back for her fourth season with the Wild Women. She didn’t play last season but in her previous three seasons with the Team, Catherine played 21 games and scored 10 + 5. Bowen-Fell began playing hockey with the Blackburn Thunder team in the 2001/2002 season and played 6 seasons with them and 6 seasons with the Deeside-based Flintshire Furies, before joining the Manchester Phoenix Women’s Team for their 2014/2015 Division 1 North winning season. Overall, Bowen-Fell has played 210 competitive matches, scoring 193 + 97.
#88. Kat Garner – sponsored by Kip’s Skate Workshop
Kat Garner made her competitive debut for the Wild Women last season, playing primarily in defence. She played 13 matches and scored 1 assist.
#89. Danielle Skilander – sponsored by Alchemist Beauty
Danielle Skilander comes from a Roller Hockey background and made her ice hockey debut for the Wild Women’s team last season. Danielle played in 10 Women’s Premier League games, scoring 1 goal and 1 assist – her sole strike being a spectacular solo effort against eventual League Champions Nottingham Vipers.
#93. Laura Marcroft – sponsored by Newton Book-keeping Service
Laura Marcroft was another of the brand new players to ice for the Wild Women last season – she made 13 appearances in her debut campaign, contributing 3 assists.