Sol­way ju­niors star for Scot­land

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - READER TRAVEL -

From left to right: Bai­ley Thom­son, Owen Rae and Ewan Duig­nan rep­re­sented Scot­land at the U11s Con­fer­ence Se­ries com­pe­ti­tion at the week­end Three lo­cal play­ers rep­re­sented Scot­land at the in­au­gu­ral U11s Con­fer­ence Se­ries tour­na­ment, held at Dum­fries Ice Bowl at the week­end.

Ewan Duig­nan and Bai­ley Thom­son from Dum­fries and Owen Rae from Locker­bie, who all play for Sol­way Sharks Ju­niors U12s team, joined more than 120 play­ers and staff from all over the UK who gath­ered in Dum­fries for the com­pe­ti­tion.

The teams played 10 games in just un­der 12 hours, with first face off at 6.45am.

Hosts Scot­land re­bounded from los­ing the first match of the day to the South East team to re­mained un­beaten for the re­main­der of the day, play­ing well to­gether and mak­ing their pres­ence felt.

EIHA and Scot­tish Ice Hockey formed the U11 se­ries of tour­na­ments to give the play­ers more com­pet­i­tive games against the bet­ter play­ers from across the coun­try, while a larger squad size en­abled the Con­fer­ences to bring fringe and younger play­ers into the sys­tem to ex­pe­ri­ence Con­fer­ence ice hockey for the first time.

Sol­way Sharks head coach Martin Grubb said: “It is re­ally sat­is­fy­ing to see the younger play­ers in the club come through and start to make their mark at the higher level.

“It is a great achieve­ment not only for the play­ers but also for their coaches and the Sol­way Sharks ju­nior club. Th­ese kids al­ways work hard and are keen to do their best and I am de­lighted that their ef­forts have been recog­nised and re­warded.

“The boys all played their hearts out, and are sure to have im­pressed the na­tional coaches with their ef­fort and de­ter­mi­na­tion, not to men­tion high level of skill.”

Play­ing for Scot­land

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