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Ice hockey: Deeside Ice Hockey Club celebrate double title success

DEESIDE Ice Hockey Club are celebrating a season to remember after two of their junior sides kept their cool to claim double title glory.

Despite battling against sides with bigger squads and larger funds, the Deeside Ice Rink based club saw both their U14s and U16s emerge triumphant in their respective EIHA North Two divisions.

After watching his side dominate their opposition on the ice throughout the season, winning all 15 of their matches, U14s assistant manager Michael Openshaw was full of praise for his young charges.

“It is a great achievement for both age groups, especially the U14s as they made up for a lot of the U16s squad and played against players two years their senior,” said Openshaw, who also serves on the club’s committee.

“Both sides had a really good run and deserved to get promoted.

“The U14s had a great season, particularly against Sutton where we beat a strong side twice, delivering their only two defeats of the season.”

While both sides will be making the step up to the U14s and U16s North One divisions next year, Openshaw is confident that they can acquit themselves well against the tougher opposition that awaits them.

“It will be harder for them next year but I think that we are good enough to hold our own and compete against the bigger sides such as Telford,” he said.

“We have a small squad and struggle to attract new players to the club but both sides have performed really well during the season and will be confident for next year.”

Despite the success that they have enjoyed on the ice this season, Openshaw is keen to see them thrive off it and is aiming to secure new sponsorship for the sides as well as attract more players to the club.

“The club is not doing too bad off the ice but we are struggling to attract sponsors to help us out,” he said.

“We are hoping to raise enough money from our upcoming casino night to buy new shirts for the sides and we are hoping to get some local businesses to help us out.

“If we could get some help behind the scenes it would really help us push forward as a club.”

The club is holding its fundraising casino night on Friday, June 10 at Ewloe Social Club.