Saturday 10 September 2016

Widnes Wild Women's Team 2016/17 WPL Season Preview

The Widnes Wild Women’s ice hockey team get their Women’s Premier League season underway with a home game against Milton Keynes Falcons this Sunday at Silver Blades Widnes.

This is the Wild team’s second season at WPL level and last season – the first time women’s league hockey had been played at Widnes - they finished runners up in the league standings to the all-conquering Swindon Top Cats who went the whole season unbeaten.  The Wild women were one of only two teams to take a point off the eventual champions and, with the Top Cats now having been promoted to the Women’s Elite League, there are hopes that the Widnes team might be able to go one better this time around.    

Assistant Captain Emma Brown said: "The women's team is largely unchanged from last season with the majority of players resigning. We have a couple of new faces who haven't played on a women's team before, Sav Sumner and Sal Roberts, but who are looking forward to the new challenge and are fitting in well with the existing team. We also have a new coach, Owen Tennant, who has brought a new dynamic to our on Ice sessions and we are hopeful he can help us build on our previous success.

Last season Widnes competed well against MK with a draw and a very closely fought loss. We are hoping to improve on these results and get a win in our first game of the season, starting as we mean to go on.”

The WPL has 7 teams this season as opposed to last season’s 8, due the Whitley Bay Squaws dropping out at a late stage in the summer.  Last season’s champions Swindon have been promoted to the WEL and Kingston Diamonds - who won the Division 1 North v Division 1 South Play Off at iceSheffield - have moved up into the WPL.

The Widnes Wild women’s team Women’s Premier League fixtures for the 2016/17 season are as follows (home games in bold):

11th September - home v Milton Keynes Falcons
25th September - away @ Chelmsford Cobras
23rd October - home v Slough Phantoms
30th October – home v Nottingham Vipers
27th November – home v Kingston Diamonds
11th December: away @ Nottingham Vipers
8th January: away @ Streatham Storm
15th January: home v Streatham Storm
4th February: away @ Slough Phantoms
12th February: home v Chelmsford Cobras
7th May: away @ Milton Keynes Falcons
27th May: away @ Kingston Diamonds

The Wild women’s team’s first home game of the season is against Milton Keynes Falcons this Sunday.  Face off is at 5.30pm - and admission is free!

Photo: action from last season’s home game between Widnes Wild women’s team and Milton Keyes Falcons – the first ever WPL game played at Widnes.  Photo by Geoff White (  
30th October 2016 v Nottingham Vipers
27th November 2016 v Kingston Diamonds
15th January 2017 v Streatham Storm
12th February 2017 v Chelmsford Cobras