Monday 11 September 2023

More Signings For Wild Women

Charlotte Cramp (Photo by Anne Bennison)

The DMUK Widnes Wild women’s team continue to prepare for their 2023/24 WNIHL Division 2 North league title challenge with the return of 4 more players from last season’s squad. 

Forward Charlotte Cramp returns to the Wild women for her third season, having joined the team in 2021 from a background of university hockey with Manchester Metros.

In her two seasons with the Wild to date, she has played 31 games and scored 5 goals and 11 assists.

Cramp is very versatile and even played in goal for the first game of last season, picking up the MVP award away at Solway.  She is also a qualified Level 3 match official and regularly referees junior matches and can cover senior men’s games at NIHL 2 level if required.

Charlotte also has an IIHF licence, which allows her top officiate at international women’s tournaments.

She will be the captain of the Wild women’s team for the new season.

Karyn Cooper (Photo by Wil Evans)

Karyn Cooper  has re-signed for her 5th season with the Wild women, having joined the team from the 2018/19 season. She also played University hockey for the Manchester Metros team, clocking up 43 games in 4 years.

In her 4 seasons to date at Widnes, Karyn has played in 52 league, playoff and challenge matches, contributing 6 assists.

She is also the Wild women’s team manager and puts in a huge amount of work behind the scenes. 

Rachael Pearce (Photo by DMUK Widnes Wild women's team)

Rachael Pearce only joined the Wild women last season, but she has a fascinating background in ice hockey and brings a wealth of experience to the team.  

Rachael originally played with the Blackpool women’s team in the late 1980s and then joined the Blackburn Falcons rec team at the then newly opened  East Lancs rink. She then had a 20 year break from ice hockey, playing football up to county level, before playing for the Wyre Seagulls at the SubZero rink in Cleveleys in 2011/12 and then joining the Blackburn Thunder women’s team the following year.

She played 6 seasons for the Thunder from 2012 to 2018, finishing as a runner-up in the Division 1 North table before the team sadly folded at the end of that season.

4 years later, Pearce joined the Wild women’s team where she was an ever-present for the 2022/23 season, having her best campaign in terms of points with 8 goals and 10 assists in 15 league and play off games.

Talking about re-joining the Wild women for the new season, Rachael said:  

“Joining Widnes last season I couldn't have wished for a better bunch of team-mates to play with as I have learnt so much more in this last season and it has, once again, renewed my passion to keep playing this amazing sport as long as I can!” 

“This year, I hope to keep assisting and scoring goals - and hopefully get to the playoffs once again at the end of the season, with teamwork and a great bunch of people!”