The YKK-sponsored Widnes Wild will take on defending champions Whitley Warriors when they play their first ever Moralee Division game at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday 12th September.
Having been one of the leading teams in NIHL North Division 2 for a number of seasons, the Wild have stepped up a division and will be taking on much stiffer opposition this time around.
New player/coach Richard Haggar has assemble an impressive looking squad with a healthy blend of youth and experience and it will be interesting to see how the new look roster gels as a team.
The Sheffield Scimitars team that Widnes battled with in the recent NIHL North Cup, Three Rivers Cup and Division 1 National Championship Final have also stepped up to the Moralee Division while Sheffield based Sutton Sting have dropped down to the Laidler Division.
The Wild have played all of their new league rivals before over the years. They played both Blackburn Hawks and Nottingham Lions in the NIHL North Cup earlier this year and have faced Solihull Barons, Billingham Stars and Solway Sharks in the Cup in previous seasons.
They played the Whitley Warriors in the promotion / relegation game at the end of the 2014/15 season, where they lost 20-5 over two legs. However, a lot has changed since then – including the Widnes club winning 6 trophies – so it will be interesting to see how the new season plays out.
The Wild are also taking part in the Cup competition again – taking on Blackburn, Nottingham and Solihull in their initial qualifying group – and the first of those games is away in East Lancashire on 11th September.
The list of Widnes Wild Fixtures for the 2021/22 Moralee Division season is:
11th Sept: away @ Blackburn (Cup)
12th Sept: home v Whitley
19th Sept: away @ Nottingham
25th Sept: away @ Sheffield (Cup)
3rd Oct: away @ Billingham
9th Oct: away @ Solway
10th Oct: home v Sheffield (Cup)
17th Oct: home v Blackburn (Cup)
23rd Oct: away @ Sheffield
24th Oct: away @ Solihull (Cup)
31st Oct: home v Solihull (Cup)
7th Nov: away @ Whitley
14th Nov: home v Billingham
29th Nov: home v Solway
4/5 & 11/12th Dec: Cup Semi Final Dates
5th Dec: home v Nottingham Lions
18th Dec: away @ Solihull
19th Dec: home v Sheffield
2nd Jan: away @ Solihull
9th Jan: away @ Blackburn
16th Jan: home v Blackburn
22nd Jan: away @ Sheffield
23rd Jan: home v Nottingham
30th Jan: home v Solway
6th Feb: away @ Nottingham
13th Feb: home v Solihull
20th Feb: home v Blackburn
27th Feb: home v Whitley
6th Mar: away @ Whitley
12th Mar: away @ Solway
13th Mar: home v Solihull
20th Mar: away @ Blackburn
27th Mar: home v Billingham
3rd Apr: away @ Billingham
10th Apr: home v Sheffield
16/17 Apr: Play Off Quarter Final Dates
23/24 Apr: NIHL North Play Off Weekend
1st May: Division 1 National Final