The Widnes Wild women’s team have the opportunity to emulate their male counterparts this weekend and bring home some silverware as they are taking part in the Women’s Premier League playoffs in Sheffield.
The men’s team won the Laidler Conference play off title – the first trophy in their history – at iceSheffield back in April after beating Altrincham Aces in the semi-final and then Sheffield Senators in the final and the women’s team now have – potentially – two similarly tough games ahead of them.
The Wild women have the somewhat formidable task of facing league champions Streatham Storm in the first semi-final – which faces off at 11.30am on Saturday – and then, possibly, going on to meet the winner of the second semi-final between Chelmsford and Milton Keynes in the final on Sunday.
The Wild women actually lost to Streatham at the same stage of competition last season and were beaten home and away by them in the league this season as well, albeit with a team depleted by injuries and player availability. They qualified for the play off weekend in dramatic fashion winning their last three league games – all away from home – capping it off with a 2-3 win away at Kingston Diamonds last weekend.
The WPL play offs form of the EIHA Women’s Trophy Weekend which features play offs between teams from 4 different competitions, with all 4 finals being played on the Sunday.
The full programme is as follows:
Saturday 3rd June 2017:
9.45am – Division 1 semi final – Telford Wrekin Raiders v Basingstoke Bison Ladies
11.30am – Premier League semi final – Streatham Storm v Widnes Wild Women
1.15pm – Elite League semi final – Bracknell Queen Bees v Kingston Diamonds
3.30pm – Division 1 semi final – Bracknell Firebees v Coventry Phoenix
5.15pm – Premier League semi final – Chelmsford Cobras v Milton Keynes Falcons
6.45pm – Elite League semi final – Solihull Vixens v Guildford Lightning
Sunday 4th June 2017:
10.35am – Division 1 Trophy Final
12.50pm – Premier League Trophy Final
3.05pm – U16 Final – Bracknell Ice Bees v Sheffield Shadows
4.50pm – Elite League Final for Bill Britton Trophy
Admission to all games is free and video streaming is also available via 247.tv at a cost of £3 per match.
For any Widnes ice hockey fans who are NOT going to watch the Wild women in Sheffield, there is still some great ice hockey on offer this weekend as the Halton Huskies recreational team are playing the Wyre Seagulls this Sunday 4th June at Silver Blades Widnes. Face off is at 7.15pm and admission is free.
Report by Paul Breeze ( www.icehockeyreview.co.uk)
Photos by Geoff White (www.gw-images.com)