October 12, 2017
The EIHA womens’ leagues feature 27 senior teams across three divisions with seven u16 sides spread across the length and breadth of the country. League games have been underway for around a month so EIHA.co.uk takes a look at how things are shaping up early in the campaign.
The first round of games was completed last weekend so all six sides have at least a game under their belts.
First to the party were newly promoted Streatham Storm, away to Guildford Lightning. A see-saw game saw Guildford hold on to a 4-3 win despite 39 saves from Storm goalie Ruth Cattell.
Kingston Diamonds were the round’s biggest winners, picking up a 5-2 success at Sheffield Shadows. Shannon Jones had 1+3 to lead the way for the Hull side.
The game of the round saw last season’s League champion Bracknell Queen Bees host playoff winners Solihull Vixens.
After a scoreless first period, Bracknell bagged a pair of powerplay goals from Abbie Sylvester and Chrissy Newman to lead 2-0 at the second break.
Solihull hit a purple patch at the start of the final period, scoring three times in 2:43 to take the lead. Saffron Allen and Jessica Curtis netted just over 30 seconds apart before Katie Henry potted the go-ahead goal.
A third powerplay tally from the Queen Bees – Sylvester with her second of the game – brought the scores level at 52.30 before Chrissy Newman’s second just 89 seconds from time made sure the points stayed in Bracknell, final score 4-3.
After a handful of games, Swindon Topcats are top of WPL with two wins from two games. Promoted side Bracknell Firebees endured a tough baptism at the higher level, going down 12-2 at Chelmsford Cobras.
It’s early stages in WD1 North as Solway Sharks edged Blackburn Thunder 3-2 before the Thunder took a 2-0 road win at Sheffield Shadows last week.
Swindon Topcats have three points from two games in WD1 South as the league campaign gets underway.
Only two games have taken place in the South league as Bracknell Ice Bees and Swindon Top Kittens have each taken a win over Milton Keynes.
Elite League: 14 October – Streatham v Kingston. 15 October – Sheffield v Solihull. 21 October – Solihull v Kingston; Bracknell v Guildford.
Premier League: 15 October – Kingston v Chelmsford; Widnes v Nottingham. 21 October – Bracknell v Milton Keynes. 22 October – Nottingham v Chelmsford.
Division 1: North: 28 October – Solway v Telford. South: 14 October – Invicta v Basingstoke. 22 October – Basingstoke v Coventry, Oxford v Solent.
U16s: South: 21 October – Bracknell v Milton Keynes.
www.eiha.co.uk/womens for all tables, results and fixtures.