The Widnes Wild women’s team held their end of season presentation evening at The Tavern in Widnes on Saturday night.
It was a season of transition for the Wild women’s team as a number of long term experienced players left the team during the summer and the management took the bold step of icing a new look squad made up of largely inexperienced players for their 2018/19 Women’s Premier League campaign – including several new recruits who had never played a competitive game before.
The season was not a particular success in terms of results on the ice as the Wild women lost all of their 14 league games, although they did manage a morale boosting 7-7 draw in a mid-season challenge game away to lower league Solway Sharks Ladies.
In fact, they ended up with “minus two” points on the league table after they were docked two points for refusing to play their away game with Chelmsford that had been re-arranged at short notice and with no prior consultation to a less convenient time and venue on Easter Sunday evening.
However, the experimental 2018/19 campaign was certainly a positive move in terms of player numbers and development and ensuring the long term viability of the team
Laura Marcroft was one of the new players who only made her ice hockey debut at the start of the season she and was named “Top Rookie” at the presentation evening.
Talking about the roller coaster experience of the season with the Wild women, Laura said:
“My first season of ice hockey was honestly the best crazy hobby I’ve ever started! I was so shocked and thrilled to win top rookie! This is the best sport I’ve ever played and it is such a lovely team to play with. I have loved every minute of playing competitive ice hockey and am already beyond excited for next season.”
The winners of the various awards were:
- Top Points Scorer – Sav Sumner
- Best Defence – Vickie Venables
- Best Forward – Emma Pearson
- Top Rookie – Laura Marcroft
- Fans’ Player of the Season- Stephanie Drinkwater
- Players’ Player Of The Season – Emma Pearson
Although the last season has only just finished, plans are well underway for next season when the Wild women will be playing in the EIHA National League Division 1 North.
The Wild women’s team are always keen to attract new players – especially anybody with league experience – and interested parties are invited to contact them in the first instance via social media: https://bit.ly/2Xf1g95
For anybody new who would like to take up the sport, the Planet Ice rink in Widnes has various “learn to play” courses available for all age groups that run throughout the year and enquiries should be made at the rink or by calling 0151 420 7930.