Wednesday, 15 May 2019

New Song Launched for Widnes Wild Women's Team

The Widnes Wild women's team (Photo by Geoff White)
The Widnes Wild women’s team will be cheered onto the ice with a brand new song that has been especially written for them whey they play the last home game in their turbulent WPL season this Sunday 19th May against the Sheffield Shadows at Planet Ice Widnes – 5.30pm face off.

The song – entitled "The Girls…!" - has been written by the Wild’s Poet In Residence Lucy London who has been a keen follower of women’s sports for many years and has been particularly impressed by the attitude of the struggling Wild women’s team this season.

The women’s team have lost all of their league games to date after losing a large number of long-standing players during the summer and taking on a whole new squad of inexperienced players in a bold experiment in team building to help secure the club’s longer term future.

Talking about how the song came about, Lucy said:

"I am always coming up with ideas, jotting down lines for poems and songs and I like to write things to support the various ice hockey teams at Widnes."

"At a recent women’s team match, somebody from the visiting team expressed surprise that we were putting so much effort into the game day experience as it was "only women…". "

"I immediately put him straight and told him that we don’t differentiate at Widnes and that we try and put on the same show, it be men’s games, women’s games, junior games or rec games. However, it still irked me for a few days afterwards and in the end, I came up with the words to a song to celebrate women’s involvement in sport."

Determined that the song should be a rousing anthem to help cheer the Wild women on, Lucy contacted Canadian musician friends Jason Moon and Jaime April – originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, but now residing in Liverpool - to help out with the tune.

Jason and Jaime (pictured left)  came up with a superb rousing tune to go with the lyrics and also produced a professional recording of the song to be played at the Wild Women’s team’s future home games at Planet Ice Widnes.

You can hear the song at the Wild women’s game on Sunday – face off 5.30pm - or, if you can’t wait that long, you can also listen to it now on Soundcloud by clicking on the link below.

Jason and Jaime also play in the bands April Moon and Wooden Rocket and can regularly be seen playing live around the North West and beyond.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Howies UK Ice Hockey Summer Classic: Shropshire Huskies 8 - Riverside Raiders 10

Saturday 23rd March 2019 – Howies UK Ice Hockey Summer Classic
Shropshire Huskies (Telford) 8 – Riverside Raiders (Widnes) 10
Period Scores: 1-4, 5-4, 2-2
Penalties In Minutes: Huskies 4 – Raiders 24

The Widnes-based Riverside Raiders team won their opening Summer Classic Cup match 10-8 away to the Shropshire Huskies in Telford on Saturday.

Alex Hannah, James Kelly, Jack Walker and Michael Parkin all scored two goals each, with the others coming from Mike Filek and Bobby Samari.

The Summer Classic Cup has an expanded format for 2019 comprising 10 teams overall split into Western and Eastern Conferences - with the top teams after the group stages meeting in semi finals and a final in August.

The Raiders are playing in the Western Conference along with the Flintshire Phantoms from Deeside, Wyre Seagulls and Blackburn Buccaneers from Blackburn and the Shropshire Huskies, with teams playing each other once at home and once away in the group stage.

The Raiders have two more away games – at Wyre Seagulls on 27th April and Flintshire Phantoms on 5th May before their first home game of the competition on Sunday 9th June against the Phantoms.

Raiders Line Up: Alex Hannah (2+0), Ben Donkin (0+1, 4PIM), Bobby Samari (1+1 12PIM), Dan Watts (0+2), Dave Priestley (0+2), Howard Hughes, Jack Walker (2+0 2PIM), James Kelly (2+0), Jordan Birtwistle (0+2 2PIM), Matt Lennox (0+2), Mike Filek (1+0 2PIM), Peter O’Mahoney, Rob Melvin, Stephen Harvey, Mike Parkin (2+0 2PIM)

You can find out more about the Howies UK Ice Hockey Summer Classic Cup competition here:

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Women's Trophy Weekend 2019 To Be Held at Planet Ice Widnes

The EIHA Women’s Leagues are pleased to announce that the 2019 Women’s Trophy Weekend will take place at Planet Ice Widnes on the weekend of June 1 & 2.

Trophy Weekend is the finale to the domestic season and features ten games across the weekend and no fewer than four playoff finals on the Sunday.

Although the event is moving to a new venue, the format will remain unchanged from previous seasons.

Saturday’s six-game schedule will comprise semi finals from the Women’s Elite, Premier and Division 1 competitions.

Sunday’s action will comprise the Division 1 Trophy Final, Premier Trophy Final, U16 National Final and lastly the Elite League final for the Bill Britton Trophy.

Admission to the weekend will continue to be free for spectators, so fans can see the best women’s hockey in the country and a large number of Great Britain senior and U18 internationals in action.

Women’s League manager Sally Taylor said: “We are excited to take the Trophy Weekend to Widnes and look forward to another great weekend of women’s ice hockey.

“Thanks to the management at Planet Ice Widnes for their help in making this happen and thanks to the teams in the women’s leagues for their patience while the final details were ironed out.

“We are looking forward to the remainder of the regular season and look forward to players and supporters joining us in Widnes.”

Planet Ice Widnes rink manager Vernon Neil added: “Following successive NIHL playoff weekends, we are thrilled to be able to bring another showpiece of the EIHA calendar to Widnes.

“Planet Ice Widnes looks forward to welcoming the teams and supporters to our rink and our town and we can’t wait to share the event with the hockey fans of this region.”

The full schedule for Trophy Weekend will be confirmed in due course.