Wild women’s team player Sav Sumner has been called up to play for the GB Universities Women’s team (Photo by Geoff White).
Several members of the Widnes Wild club have been selected to play for the Great Britain Universities team in two challenge matches against elite opposition this weekend.
Brady Doxey and Peter Toth from the current Wild senior men’s squad and Daniel Fay – who played for the past two league seasons for the Wild – have been picked to play for the men’s team who take on Milton Keynes Thunder in a one-off challenge game on Friday while Sav Sumner will turn out for the GB Universities women’s team against reigning Women’s Elite League champions Solihull Vixens.
Sav was the first ever Widnes born and trained player to ice for a Widnes senior team when she made her first appearance for the Wild women’s team at the start of the 2016/17 season. She has made over 50 league appearances and is a current league champion herself, having been a member of the Wild women’s team that won the WNIHL Division 1 North title in 2020.
The Wild club has, in fact, provided numerous players for different Great Britain teams in the past. Mike Mawer and Matt Croyle have both previously played for the GB Universities team and Nicole Jackson and CJ Ashton have both played NIHL hockey for Widnes while at the time being full GB women’s internationals.
Current Wild women’s team player Katie Fairclough made some appearances for the Great Britain Women’s Under 18 team in the World Championships, as did former Wild woman Sophie Sinclair-Reeks.
Both GB Universities games are being played behind closed doors as part of the EIHA’s Return to Play strategy and will be livestreamed via the internet.