Wild Lions took part in 2022 On the Rock tournament and had a blast.
This event took place on Saturday and Sunday.
This year we teamed up with Misfits players Fiona, Nicola, and Jess. We would like to thank all 3 for joining Wild Lions this year and they brought a great attitude and fun to the bench all weekend.
We then had 2 players Sammy & Danny who have been playing inline hockey for just over 12 months, both of them showed improvement from when they played in the tournament last October and some moments of coming close to scoring and making some important plays in the game.
We also had a beginner to inline hockey Claire, who started playing 6 weeks ago but she did not look out of place making some good tackles and passes as well as managed to get a breakaway and put the shot on target but was saved by the keeper.
We also had Abbie from White Lions and Hannah from Cayotes completing the final 2 players for the weekend and bringing some experience, energy and leadership to the team.
In goal, we had kate who has also been playing for just over 12 months, and again put on another great performance and finished runner-up in star player of the tournament.
Scores for the weekend were as follows:
12 – 4 to Lycans
2 – 1 to Angles
6 – 0 to Sirens
5 – 0 to London Lions
4 – 0 to Pucklings
2 – 0 to Angles
7 – 0 to Sirens
2 – 0 to London Lions
2 – 1 to Lycans
4 – 0 Pucklins
Even though we did not get a win over the 2 days the scores were much improved from last year and every team made a comment on how much improvement the players had made in the last 12 months. All of our players left with their heads held high in how far they have come in such a short time.
Wild lions then played in the 6th vs 5th spot final against Angels in which we had already seen 2 close games between the 2 teams.
This game was to be another close game and even though Angles made a 2 – 0 lead our players pulled it back to 2 – 2 and took the game into penalties but unfortunately lost out on the shootout 1 -0.
We would also like to thank all the teams for being supportive of all of our players throughout the tournament and making them feel welcome even with the less experience we had.
Big thanks to everyone involved in making the tournament happen as without Holimae, Clint, the 2 refs, the timekeeper, Photographer & the rink itself this tournament would not have gone ahead and the players would have never had the chance to gain the experience they have gained this weekend.
Wild Lions would also like to give a special thank you to Rachel Wells who was also down to play with us this tournament but had to isolate due to covid the day before the tournament started. We hope you are feeling better soon we see you join us for another tournament soon.
Wild Lions would also like to congratulate Sirens on winning the tournament this year. You were defiantly deserved winners over the weekend but we could see the other teams around pushing to get to the final.
If anyone in the Manchester area is looking for a female inline hockey team to join or even try inline hockey for the 1st time then come and join our Wild Lions inline hockey training session on a Monday evening at Ardwick Sports center 7:30pm until 9pm.
Lions will not be holding any Skating or Hockey Classes this weekend due to Wild Lions taking part in the On The Rocks Tournament this weekend at the West League rink in Market Drayton.
We will be back the weekend of 6th August and then run every week/Weekend until 20th-21st August due to Black Lions taking part in Nationals and we will then be hosting all of our classes and sessions throughout the rest of the summer until the 2022/2023 season starts.
Lions are still holding a Senior training session this Thursday for anyone looking for an extra training session this week. See our events page for more info.
We are now looking for new players to come and join all of our teams for the 2022/23 season from the age of 4 to senior.
Ages are as follows:
White Lions ages 14 to 24
Black Lions ages 25 +
Wild Lions ages 12 +
For more information on our teams or sessions please contact us via the chat button below or via our Contact us page.
Saturday saw the Lions Under 16s team secure a Nationals sport by winning both of their games in the Junior North West League.
On Sunday Lions Black secured 1st place in the West B senior league and a B senior nationals place this season has seen a very equal footing between all teams taking part and there is still the 2nd Nationals sport to play for in the final game weekend.
This has definitely been one of the most challenging session’s we have had as a club after getting to normal after the lockdowns, but it’s been great to see our Senior players coming together and pushing on from where we were before lockdown.
We would like to also give a special thank you to Nicola Gotts who has been the main driving force with our North West Junior teams this year. Without you this would have been an impossible task to complete and seeing the under 16s make nationals is iceing on the cake.
For anyone asking about next season we will be announcing our plans on what the 2022/23 season will be like once Nationals are done as we still have Wild Lions & White Lions game days to complete.
Due to Ardwick Sports center holding an event on Saturday we will not be holding our Learn to Inline skating sessions this weekend and Lions Black are playing their final West League games this Sunday we will not be able to host the Everyone, inline hockey class, on Sunday due to our coaches playing games.
We will still be hosting Wild Lions Inline Hockey training on Monday night 7:30pm – 9pm and this can be found on our events page.
Both our Skating and Inline hockey classes will be back on again next Saturday and Sunday.
For more information please contact us via our Contact us page.
This week we had another new player try Inline Hockey for the 1st time and apart from a few falls had a great time and showed improvement throughout the training session.
We also had improvements from everyone else including Nat in goal who is now starting to grasp skating and covering the ground, Claire who has now been to 3 sessions but showing great progression and we think will be ready to be thrown in to the deep end of playing games & Joyce who is in her early 70s but you would not think this with the Improvement she has made over the last 2 weeks she has been coming.
This week we worked on basic skills and skating but added some more complex movements in for the players who are a little more experienced in the sport.
Fancy giving it a go yourself then come and join us on a Monday Night 7:30pm until 9pm at Ardwick sports Centre M12 4DY.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or see our website www.lionsihc.co.uk.