Weekend Preview: 25th & 26th May

The Wild women’s team make the long journey to the North East on Sunday (Photo by Josie Moran)

The Widnes Wild women’s team play the last game of their Women’s Premier League season away to Whitley Bay Squaws this Sunday 26th May – 12.15pm face off.

It’s a tough end to a challenging season that has seen many changes within the team with a lot of long-standing players leaving last summer and practically a whole squad of newcomers coming in to replace them. The Squaws team only won promotion to the WPL last summer via the play offs but put together a very strong squad with a lot of experienced players and several GB internationals.

The Squaws secured second place in the WPL for this season after 4-5 win away to third place Chelmsford Cobras two weeks ago. The Whitley team have a very impressive record and have won 9 and drawn 1 of their 13 games to date – with Steph Towns and former Wild woman Abi Culshaw firing 50 goals and 30 assists between them.

When the Wild women played the Squaws at home at Planet Ice Widnes back in December, the game ended in a 1-9 victory for the visitors, albeit with the Wild women “winning” the third period 1-0.

Photo by Thomas Foy

The Wild Academy Under 13 team play the last game of their debut season this Saturday 25th May when they travel to play Nottingham U13s in the Lace City.

The U13s are guaranteed a third place finish in their first ever season of league competition as they currently sit 4 points ahead of both Deeside and Grimsby in the Div 3 North table and neither of those teams have any more games to play

While they can’t catch second place Nottingham – who are 18 points ahead – the game is still hugely significant as Nottingham need to win the game to overtake current leaders Blackburn to win the title.

The top two teams have two wins over each other over the course of the season but Nottingham hold sway in terms of goals scored between the two teams. It means that if Nottingham beat Widnes on Sunday and go level on points with Blackburn, they will then win the title instead of the East Lancs youngsters. The game faces off at 5.40pm on Saturday.

For any fans who are missing ice hockey already, there is a hockey fix available at Planet Ice Widnes this Sunday 26th May when the Riverside Raiders take on Trafford Thunder in a charity match in aid of the Christie Hospital Charitable Fund.

Face off is at 4.30pm and admission is free, and there will be plenty of fundraising activities going on during the game.

Summer Diary Dates

Further Widnes–related ice hockey dates for the coming months are as follows:

1st & 2nd June: EIHA Women’s Trophy Weekend – admission free.

Sunday 9th June: Riverside Raiders at home to Flintshire Phantoms in Summer Cup – 4.30pm face off.

NEW – Tuesday 11th June: The YKK Widnes Wild open meeting to outline the plans for the next three years and discuss all aspects of the club

Sunday 23rd June: Riverside Raiders at home to Shropshire Huskies in Summer Cup – 4.30pm face off.

Sunday 30th June: Earle Road Elks v Manchester Swarm charity game in aid of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association – 6.30pm face off

Saturday 6th July – Widnes Wild NIHL Player Trial 4pm to 5.30pm. Interested players must contact head coach Mike Clancy to book their slot. Open to watch for SEASON TICKET HOLDERS ONLY

Sunday 7th July: Riverside Raiders at home to Wyre Seagulls in Summer Cup – 4.30pm face off.

Sunday 14th July: Riverside Raiders at home to Blackburn Buccaneers in Summer Cup – 4.30pm face off.

Saturday 20th July – Widnes Wild NIHL Player Trial 4pm to 5.30pm. Interested players must contact head coach Mike Clancy to book their slot. Open to watch for all spectators.

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