December 3, 2019
The leagues are starting to take shape across our WNIHL competitions after two months of competition. Here’s what happened in the weekend just gone.
Kingston Diamonds and Bracknell Queen Bees skated to a 2-2 tie at Hull on Saturday. Kiana Tait’s double for Kingston cancelled out a first minute Emily Harris goal and Jessie Taylor’s marker. Sam Bolwell made 39 saves for Kingston.
Solihull Vixens won 6-0 for the second Saturday in a row, this one away to Streatham Storm. Jodie Bloom and Katie Henry scored twice, with Saffron Allen and Megan Burton also on target. Michelle Franklin saved 15 shots for the shutout and has now played 148:32 since conceding her last goal.
Completing a weekend homestand, Kingston Diamonds edged Nottingham Vipers 3-2 on Sunday. Anja Kadijevic, Sophie Campbell and Kiana Tait netted for Diamonds, Reagan Downing and Robin Mullen on target for Vipers. Holly Steeples stopped 46 of 48 for Nottingham in a losing cause.
Bracknell are top of the league with 13 points from eight games, Solihull have 10 from six followed by Guildford (8pts) and Kingston (5pts). Nottingham and Streatham are yet to pick up a point.
A busy weekend on Humberside saw Kingston’s Premier division side also in action. Kingston Diamonds and Swindon Topcats played a 2-2 draw on Saturday. Madison Wright bagged both on the powerplay for Kingston, Anne-Sheralie Chilcott and Ellie Wallace netting for Swindon.
Chelmsford Cobras picked up an 8-0 win over Bracknell Firebees on Sunday. Emma Nicholls made 30 saves for Cobras, while the goals came from Jennifer Bolton (2), Charlotte Ahmed (2), Tereza Plankova (2), Ellie Wakeling and Christine Tomlinson.
In terms of standings, Sheffield and Chelmsford have five points, Bracknell have four, Whitley & Swindon three each, MK Falcons have two points with Kingston and Cardiff on just a single point.
There was only a single game across North & South this weekend. Oxford Midnight Stars blanked Peterborough Penguins 2-0 on Sunday with both goals from Oenone Dodwell. Sabina Lossnitzer picked up the shutout for Stars, while Katie Plumb saved 39 of 41 in a losing effort for Peterborough.
In terms of league placings, in North D1 the Solway Sharks and Telford Wrekin Raiders have three wins from three to be top of the pile at the early stage. South D1 has Streatham Storm on top with six points from four games, Swindon Topcats and Slough Sirens have five points.
No recent action for our Under 16 divisions. In the North it’s Kingston (6pts) then Sheffield, Manchester and Nottingham. The South division has Swindon (5pts) ahead of Bracknell and Haringey after just three fixtures completed.
Full tables, fixtures, results and statistics can be found at www.eiha.co.uk/womens