Ice work from Cole

Ea­gles soar to suc­cess

Strathearn Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Matthew Gal­lagher

Ice hockey has been build­ing mo­men­tum in Scot­land in re­cent years.

And one lo­cal young­ster has shown prom­ise af­ter lac­ing up his skates and pow­er­ing across the ice.

Cole Gian­nan­drea ( 8), from Auchter­arder, is a de­fence­man with Fife Ea­gles and helped his team to suc­cess against the best of Bri­tain at a re­cent U10s tour­na­ment in Sh­effield.

The young Scots bat­tled their way to the fi­nal be­fore edg­ing out Sh­effield Sa­mu­rai in an end-to-end con­test.

Cole, who scored in the show­down, was thrilled to lift the sil­ver­ware

He said: “Our coach thought we might make the semi fi­nals but to go on and win it was amaz­ing.

“We were so happy that we won the Sh­effield tour­na­ment.

“I love play­ing for the Ea­gles. I have made great friends and we all work re­ally well to­gether.”

Ex­plain­ing how he first en­tered the world of ice hockey, Cole said: “My un­cle and grandpa played hockey.

“Al­though I never got to see them play, my mum al­ways took me to see the Fife Fly­ers play ev­ery week­end and I was re­ally keen to learn to play.

“I love that it is re­ally fast and I love be­ing part of a team.

“The train­ing is hard but good fun. I also get to do some trav­el­ling to dif­fer­ent ice rinks.”

Proud mum Gil­lian watched from the stand with fam­ily mem­bers as Cole’s team did the busi­ness on the ice.

She said: “I, his dad and one of his sis­ters all went to Sh­effield.

“It’s quite a young team and for them to go out and play their hearts out was just fan­tas­tic.

“Cole loves the sport so much and he works re­ally hard at all his train­ing ses­sions.

“He has got the pas­sion for the game and was awarded the coaches’ player of the year this year.”

Gil­lian con­tin­ued: “There are no tour­na­ments planned at the mo­ment. The tour­na­ments tend to be in the sum­mer as ice time is al­ways dif­fi­cult to find dur­ing hockey sea­son.”

In years to come Gil­lian hopes Cole, who trains three times a week, can pull on a na­tional jersey and rep­re­sent his coun­try.

“At his age group they don’t have a league,” she said. “But the team try to play friendlies as of­ten as they can.

“Scot­land ju­niors have ice hockey teams at all lev­els and also there is op­por­tu­nity to trial for team GB.

“The op­por­tu­ni­ties are great and hope­fully he will get a chance to play for Scot­land one day.”

Stick at it Cole Gian­nan­drea

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