Wild Academy U13 netminder Harry Bird (Photo by Lynda Bird)
Harry Bird joined the Wild Academy U13s team midway through last season with special dispensation as the fledgling Widnes team were struggling in the netminding department in their debut campaign.
He already had some 40 games under his belt for the Manchester Storm junior teams and helped bring some stability to the inexperienced Wild defence.
Harry put in some good displays and returned to the Wild Academy this season where he has impressed enough to play in all U13 games and also up an age group in all U15 games as well.
Looking back on the season – where he finished top of the netminder standings for the U13s Div 3, Harry said:
“I was blown over with all the ice time I got, as I did all the U13s games and played up for the U15s as well. I really love playing both age groups, that’s for sure. I feel this season has been amazing as we came together as a team and I feel we had a much better season than last with lots of win for both teams.”
Talking about his own development and the coaching he has received at Widnes, Bird said:
“My development as a player has really come on so much as I’ve had all the games on my own for the U13s and U15s – that’s 24 games match experience in total. I have to say it’s been one of my better seasons since I started playing hockey.”
“I feel as a netminder, I have had the best netminder coach available. I’m not just saying it as he’s my step dad (Jon Little) but he coaches me on the ice and off ice at home in the garden. So I couldn’t have asked for a better coach at Widnes.”