We are pleased to announce the signing of former Wightlink Raiders forward #20 Nathan Taylor. Nathan is the prolific goal scorer we have been looking for!
Welcome aboard Nathan.
Wightlink Tigers are extremely pleased to announce 4 more names.
First up is a player coming back into the fold. After spending some 5 to 6 seasons with the club, Martin Goddard couldn’t stay away for long. His terrier like work ethic and never say die attitude will most certainly endear himself to his team mates. He will be a very effective player for the Tigers, especially on the penalty kill.
Up next are two juniors from Gosport that are going to play when fixtures allow. Dylan Bonner and Callum Merchant. Both just 16 will step up and play alongside when they don't have junior commitments.
Lastly for the moment is Sam Boothroyd who joins from Solent Scorpions rec side. He's decided to step up a level and is looking forward to developing his game.
Wightlink Tigers are pleased to announce another 4 names to the roster.
Returning to the side is 26 year old forward Ricky Attrill. After previously spending many years as a Tiger, Ricky spent last season as a Wightlink Raider. However with well over 50 plus game season in the higher division Ricky couldn't commit so Raiders loss is Tigers gain. Ricky has undoubted talent and speed to burn. So it's welcome news that he has returned to the side.
Also back is veteran Defence man Tony Blaize. The ageless wonder has been around the British game for well over 3 decades. His knowledge and experience is a huge plus to the team as he will help the junior's and younger members of the team with his calm demeanour and composed approach to the game.
Finally in net is returning former Junior Elliot Powell who comes back after acquitting himself well last season. He is joined in net by junior Jake Bontoft. Another that has come through the Wightlink junior development; Jake although still young is definitely one for the future. All four are welcome additions and returnees in Tigers 2014/3015 NIHL 2 campaign.
Hot on the heels of the last batch of signings comes another 4 that commit to the 2014/2015 NIHL South 2 season that is just days away for the Wightlink Tigers.
Returning to the side is 18 year old utility player Eden Holton who becomes a full time Tiger. After debuting back in the 2012/2013 season he has combined playing for the junior sides as well as appearing in 27 senior games over the last two seasons. He played a lot of Defence both in junior and Tigers so having him equally at home at either position is a bonus for the team.
Next up is former Basingstoke Junior Kyle Tyrell. Younger brother of already signed Kurt, Kyle has played half a season on the island last year and has caught the eye of the coaching staff, who was keen to get him signed. Another who will split his time between the Island's junior side and the Tigers. At just 16 years of age he has got plenty of time to develop into a well-rounded player.
Next up is 24 year old forward Marcus Russell. The former Gosport junior actually stepped up to NIHL South 1 last season at the deadline to feature for the senior side at Gosport, the Solent Devils. He's a physical player who works hard both ends of the ice and should add some spark to the Tigers attack.
Finally 25 year old net minder Lita Lee Jarrold joins after several years in the women's leagues with Basingstoke and Slough. Lita has been a part of a couple of EPL games in the past . Dressing for Wightlink Raiders back in 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 seasons respectively.
Wightlink Tigers can confirm 3 more signings.
Returning for his 8th consecutive season is 28 year old forward Jamie Lee. Being the player that holds the accolade of playing the most games in the team’s history! With 162 games under his belt he's a Tiger through and through. 26 goals and 63 assist for 89 points are welcome numbers and looking to build on them. He can be guaranteed to work 100 percent for the side. He's a welcome returnee.
Up next is another returnee. Back for his 2nd season is former Guildford Junior, 19 year old forward Sean Richardson. 20 games he featured in last season with 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points. A very dependable forward with a high work rate and never say die attitude, the Tigers are happy to have Sean return.
Lastly for the moment 16 year old current Gosport Junior Matt Tull joins the side. He will play when fixtures don't clash with Gosport. He's a big body for a youngster and has had great numbers in juniors. The side are hoping he can replicate those numbers to an acceptable level in senior hockey.
Wightlink Tigers can confirm the first three signings ahead of the 2014/2015 NIHL Division 2 South campaign.
First up is former Wightlink Junior player 18 year old defence man Andrew McCloskey. He steps up full time to the Wightlink Tigers. He's no stranger to the side having split his time the last two seasons between the juniors and the senior side. Making 5 appearances in 2012/2013, and then last season he appeared in 13 matches. With 4 assists to his credit along with 10 penalty minutes. Drew is a great youngster who should do well as he's accustomed to the side already and will only keep developing and improving.
Next up is another former island junior. Pete Scovell steps up from the one of the islands rec teams. He actually played 4 games with the Wightlink Tigers back in the 2011/2011 season. But work commitments prevented him from continuing. However he's keen to make his mark in senior hockey. Although in his twenties now he has great awareness and speed and will be a useful addition to the line-up.
Finally for now, the newest member of the side is 20 year old forward Kurt Tyrell. A former Guildford and Basingstoke Junior he made his senior NIHL debut back in 2011/2012 season. Since then he has gone on to feature in 44 matches with the Tigers nearest geographical rivals the Basingstoke Buffalo. Recording 10 goals and 7 assists, along with 10 minutes in penalties. "Kurt" is a strong lad and adds some muscle and has a great vision and should be another good pick up for the team as they look forward to the coming season.
24th February 2013
As your will all know by now it is with regret that Scott Bickerstaff came to me asking if he could be de-registered from Wightlink Tigers because of personal reasons, he needed to return home. So with regret I agreed to this so Scott can train with The Belfast Giants SNL squad.
Everyone at Wightlink Tigers would like to thank Scott for his efforts over the last season and a half. Not only has the club and island lost a great net minder but lots of us have lost a great friend.
Scott you are welcome back anytime and will be missed by all.
1st January 2013
Randall's BACK!! And Wightlink Tigers are pleased to announce that long serving Jamie Lee will be returning to the Tigers den after an unsuccessful 4 months over the water at the Devils. Jamie said “I know I've got to start at the bottom again but by working hard I hope to impress Coach Carter. “ Coach Carter commented saying “ it’s great to have such a loyal guy back.”
20th November 2012
Due to personal reasons Chris (Badger) Randall has left the Tigers.
Chris says "I started in 1994 and saw some highs and lows over the last 19 years or so. Highlights include Runners up medal in 2008/09 season and winning most improved player. I've enjoyed playing against some great players that I didn't ever imagine I would. Coles, Carter to name just a few. I will miss the banter.
It’s not been a decision easily reached, but I haven’t been enjoying the game for a while now. So I will focus my time with my kids and concentrate on my lad’s hockey.
Thanks to everyone involved players, helpers and fans. Good luck to the team on the rest of the season."
We at Wightlink Tigers would like to say a HUGE Thank you to Badger for all the work he's put into the Tigers over the years with Match Reports, write-ups and Randy's Rambles. He will be missed by the team as well as the fans.
20th October 2012
The Wightlink Tigers are pleased to announce their final signing of the season, 19 year old Callum Perella who has played his entire hockey for Solent and Gosport progressing through the junior ranks and playing in their championship winning team last season.
He has played mainly in defence apart from last season where he was played as a forward. Callum is a fast skater and has good solid hands, so he isn't afraid to make a rush up the ice now and then. We think he will fit in well with the team and make our defence more solid.
7th September 2012
Wightlink Tigers are delighted to announce a late signing to the team just prior to this weekend’s opening home fixture.
Forward Lewis Tribble has joined the team. He was a prominent player for the Solent and Gosport Devils in their League title winning season. He also had a spell at Slough ENL Jets prior to that in the higher Division 1. He along with new import Drew Campbell will bring plenty of scoring depth to the side. So the team is looking forward to a successful 2012/13 NIHL Season.
2nd September 2012
Well with just a week to go before the 2012/13 NIHL South Division 2 season commences, Wightlink Tigers can announce the last 4 names added to the team.
Martin Goddard, Shaun Harris, Scott Bickerstaff and Elliott Powell are the latest names added to the roster.
Forward Martin Goddard, 25 years old, continues his tenure with the team as he enters his 6th consecutive season in Tigers colours. He has continued to be a good servant to the club ,usually playing on a line with Chris Randall as part of a checking line . However Martin grabbed himself a few extra points last year as his improvement was there to see.
Also back is 21 year old defence man Shaun Harris. A former island Junior ,he will be itching too get back into the action . Currently injured he will miss the early part of the season. But once fit ,then he will be looking to get straight back into the full swing of things .
The last two pieces of the puzzle are both net minders . Back for his second full season is 19 year old Belfast lad Scott Bickerstaff. He took a few games to get used to the small ice pad on the island ,but as the season wore on he was as good as any nettie in the league. He now lives all year round on the island and will be looking to push the Tigers up the table this coming year.
Also joining the side is 18 year old net minder Elliot Powell. He was another to come out of the islands junior development program . He spent a short spell over at Gosport with having gained some ENL experience with Oxford. He stepped into the breach late last season when the team had no available netties. In the process doing an admirable job . He will be looking to build on that experience and challenge "Bickers". So the team is settled.
The opposition is Lee Valley Lions at home on Sunday 9th September. Face off 5.30pm. in what will sure to be a keenly contested 2012/13 NIHL South 2 season.
28th August 2012
Wightlink Tigers can confirm that 7 more names have been added to the roster ahead of the new NIHL South Division 2 season which kicks off in just under two weeks’ time at home to Lee Valley Lions. Added to the side is Richard Gutteridge, Luke Tull, Mike Palin, Amy Bowkis, Joe Osborne, Eden Holton and Alex Trendall.
27 year old defence man Richard Gutteridge has been with the side every season bar one that he took out to play roller hockey. The offensive minded defence man likes to carry the puck into the offensive zone and likes to create things.
Also back for his second season is 16 year old Defence man Luke Tull. The current Guildford U18s player will play for the team when fixtures allow. He will also feature and step up for the Wightlink Raiders in NIHL Division 1 when available. Another in the mould of Rich Gutteridge, he’s also a very offense minded player.
Completing the defensive core for the time being is 23 year old Joe Osborne. Another who took a year out last season; Joe is hungry to get back into the game. He works in a gym so keeping fit shouldn't be a problem for him. He’s happy to be back!
Following on from her sabbatical is 20 year old net minder Amy Bowkis. She played at Gosport last year in the Women's League. But when she has previously featured for the team she hasn't disappointed with solid displays in net.
Completing the senior players for the time being is the return of 27 year old former island junior Mike Palin. Playing most of the season in defence he showed his versatility. He also chipped in with some vital goals when needed. Happy to drop the gloves he brings a physical edge to the side.
Finally stepping up to the Tigers are current U18s players, 16 year old Eden Holton and Alex Trendall, both played in the under 16’s when they were promoted to the A league. They will still play for the juniors, but when fixtures don't clash they will be available to play.
20th August 2012
Another four names are added to the Wightlink Tigers roster ahead of the new season as some youth is injected to the line-up. As Aaron Edwards, James Eklund and Aidan Doughty all return along with current U18s net minder Aaron Craft stepping up to the team.
18 year old Aaron "Eddie" Edwards makes a return for his 2nd consecutive Tigers season. The diminutive forward has been busy improving his size in the gym and hopes to continue where he left of last season. After a slow start, a change of line mates helped and he started scoring at the midpoint of the campaign last year. The former island junior has got a good skill set and will be looking to further improve his game as he’s no stranger to this level of hockey now.
21 year old defence man James Eklund will be back patrolling the blue line. Another to graduate from the island junior development program, James has massively improved over recent seasons, to the point that you don't notice him out there. Not meant as disrespect to his game, but more by saying the mistakes he used to be guilty of are not apparent in his game so much now. He’s a defence man that just defends. Good in his own end and plays the game simple and efficiently. He is solid and dependable and that's something that the club are happy to have on the back end.
16 year old current junior Aiden Doughty is set for his second season with the Tigers to go along with his junior hockey commitments. In addition to this the talented junior will more than likely feature for the Wightlink Raiders in their NIHL Division 1 season as he did last season. Having scored a huge total of points at junior level, his tally with the Tigers was particularly impressive for his first at senior level. He has bags of talent and definitely has a bright future ahead of him in the game.
Also looking to follow his lead is talented junior net minder 16 year old Aaron Craft. He will continue to play with the U18s team, but when fixtures don't clash will be available for the Tigers. He’s another with a bright future ahead of him in the game. So that takes the roster up to ten. As the season is less than a month away, expect the names to come at a pace in the next couple of weeks. Keep checking the Wightlink Tigers website for news...
19th August 2012
Wightlink Tigers can announce another three players putting pen to paper for the forthcoming 2012/13 NIHL South Division 2 Season. The club are delighted to capture their new import along with two players from last season who are once again back in Wightlink Tigers colours.
First up, the club have moved quickly to fill the import slot bringing in 35 year old Drew Campbell. The free scoring import forward should help the attack as he’s been a prolific scorer over his career. With over 516 points in his time in this country will easily testify, he should certainly add some flare to the forward lines.
The Hamilton, Ontario native came to the UK way back in 1998 and has made it his home ever since. Most of his career has been spent with the Basingstoke Buffalo and Solent and Gosport Devils. He brings a winning mentality to the Tigers having won a host of silverware over his career. Drew won League titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003 as well as the National Title in in 2003, all whilst with the Basingstoke Buffalo. Not to mention being a huge part of the 2011/12 Solent and Gosport Devils ENL2 South League title winning squad. He should settle in easily on the island having played out of Gosport who have a similarly small ice pad.
Tigers GM Sean Coleman added " With him becoming available it was a no brainer to get his signature, as he has hurt the Tigers on so many occasions when playing against us with timely killer goals, so we are happy to have him in our plans" concluded Sean.
Two older members of the team are back, 29 year old Nathan Webb and 24 year old Ricky Attrill. "Webby" brings a host of experience to the line-up, having played for Slough Jets and Streatham Redskins. He has a good smart hockey brain, and is never flustered no matter what the situation out there on the ice, and brings a calm demeanour to the side. He is a good role model for the younger members of the team. Travelling every week from Bournemouth for training and games shows he is a committed individual and the team are happy to have him back.
Also back for is former island junior Ricky Attrill. He is also one of the few players that have been with the team from the start back in 2007. Ricky has unbelievable speed and exceptionally quick hands and is a very versatile player to have around. Having filled in on defence for most of last season when injuries and work commitments were evident. It’s a big plus that helped the team no end. A season free of injuries also was a major plus for him and he’s fired up and ready to go.
More names are due to be announced in a few days’ time as the season draws ever nearer. Keep an eye out on the Wightlink Tigers website for the next batch of players’ signings....
16th August 2012
Wightlink Tigers are delighted to announce the first batch of player signings ahead of the 2012/2013 NIHL South Division 2 season. As Andy Robinson, Graham Macfarlane and Chris Randall all return. Tigers GM Sean Coleman said having some continuity in the side is always a welcome bonus that most teams like to have and with all three back in a Tigers uniform that is evident here.
First up is last year’s Captain, 32 year old forward Andy Robinson, who will wear his familiar no 23 shirt come September. Last season was “Robos” first as a Tiger. This will be his 10th season on the island, after his previous time saw him feature for Wightlink Raiders for near on eight seasons winning a League title with them. Prior to that he laced them up at Solihull Barons, Birmingham Rockets and Basingstoke Buffalo who he also won a Championship with.
Robinson is a hard working physical forward that gives his all every shift and loves to throw his weight around. After a good season personally for him he will looking to continue that trend heading into new season.
Also back for more is 24 year old former Island junior Graham Macfarlane. Having started out as a youngster on the island with the U10s, he progressed through the ranks. He also played under the Guildford junior system for a spell. He has been a mainstay for the Tigers for the last 5 years. He is a big unit that also can play a physical game and likes to get amongst the points. He formed a good partnership with the aforementioned Robinson. So having the two back is good news for the team.
Up last is the return of 39 year old centre Chris Randall. (Badger) as he has become known, he has been with the team from the start missing only 4 games over the clubs five year history. His work rate is second to none for someone of his latter years. Good on face offs and a key player on the penalty kill, his aggressive fore checking and gritty style will be no doubt evident when the first game comes in just a month or so time.
Head coach Jason Coles was happy to have all three back. Commenting,” Robbo is a great motivator and had a good year for us statistically, and his experience is beneficial to the younger guys. Also (Maccers) Graham is a big part of this team and along with (Badger) Chris Randall, they both know this League well, so it’s good to have all three back in the fold”.
8th August 2012
Wightlink Tigers 2012/13 season is fast approaching. Despite news being slow to come out of the camp, team owner Sean Coleman has stated that there has been a lot of activity going on behind the scenes over the past few weeks. With players agreeing to join the team after the recent trials, sponsorship packages and fundraising ideas all being drawn up as well as the release of ticket prices all to come. It’s been non-stop of late, as the team look to enter its 6th season of existence.
As mentioned at the tail end of last season, former player Canadian Jason Coles will continue to lead the team as Head coach. With around 25 players at the recent trials, he was highly optimistic that the Tigers had plenty of talent to compete in the coming season.
The first appointment to be made by the club is long time player Scott Carter. Originally hailing from Alberta, Canada, he now resides permanently in the UK, making the island his home for well over 12 years now. Scott returns as Assistant coach. An on-going injury problem means he will concentrate solely on coaching for the time being but, he hasn't ruled out a return to the ice dependant on the injury.
“Carts" has been a prominent figure on defence for the team and is a very passionate player and wears his heart on his sleeve. No doubt that will transfer into his coaching as his experience and leadership qualities are there for all to see. Having Carts on the bench will be a welcome boost for Head coach Jason Coles. Having an extra set of eyes to assist him will no doubt prove invaluable.
The club can confirm that a new import signing is imminent. However the club refuse to be drawn on the name until later in the week. So keep an eye out on the Wightlink Tigers Facebook page as well as the Wightlink Tigers website in the coming days for news of this. News of player signings and much more to come.
1st May 2012
Saturday 12th May is a date to set in your calendar!
It will see a host of former Wightlink Raiders greats from years gone by descend on Ryde Arena to honour former players Jason Coles and Tony Blaize. Both whom have given some 30 years of combined service to ice hockey on the Isle of Wight spending time with both the Wightlink Raiders and Wightlink Tigers.
Names such as Rob Lamey, Jo Baird, Toby Cooley as well as the Hargreaves brothers will be gracing Ryde Arenas ice once again. For fans from the early years, the likes of Nick Rothwell and Martin Jeneway will be in attendance to skate alongside the rest on this special night.
A three period game ,with skills session, a raffle, a chance to own one of the specially made Wightlink Raiders All stars shirts as well as a specially made souvenir program.
It will see a night of fun, nostalgia and a chance to watch some former fans favourites in action as well as a catch up in the bar after the game. Get yourself down to Ryde Arena on Saturday 12th May for what promises to be a great night. Face Off 6.30pm.
Details of how to bid for one of the limited edition Raiders All Stars Shirts can be found on the Raiders Forum now…
24th March 2012
Brilliant game against the Raiders, shame we lost 13 - 3 but, they have a great defence!
A BIG Thanks to all the guys from Oxford who cheered on the Tigers. We need to take some lessons from them on how to support a team! I thought I was at a football match!!!
12th January 2012
As of today Thursday 12th January 2012 Roy Meadows has stepped aside in the running and ownership of the Wightlink Tigers. This has been transferred to Sean Coleman our Team Manager.
I hope everyone will join us in thanking Roy (without whom there wouldn't have been a team) for his hard work and dedication over the last four and a half years.
In recognition of this, Roy has accepted the position of Honorary Life President, he will also be avalible to help the club in an advisory role.
Jason Coles will continue as player/coach.
22nd November 2011
Wightlink Tigers would like to thank Island Ales for sponsoring the MOM Awards.
10th November 2011
Tigers Christmas Party 10th December 2011 7.30 - 1am at The Lodge Bar Thorness Bay
Tickets £7 each to include Buffet, Karaoke and Disco. There will also be a Raffle and Race Night.
Caravans can be arranged for the night. Please contact Sean or Min.
9th November 2011
This Weekend the Wightlink Tigers play their 100 and 101st League games since their inception way back in 2007. Help us make this a special event on Sunday at home against the Cardiff ENL Devils! We are offering buy 3 tickets (on the door) and get the 4th ticket free. All former players are welcome to come in for HALF PRICE. We will be laying on a buffet in the bar for after the game, and are asking everyone to come dressed in old or new Tigers shirts, Tigers tees or even anything remotely Tigerish!
So if you are an old player, an old Tigers fan or just a fan of hockey on the Island, come along and join us to mark this special event in the history of the Wightlink Tigers!
doors open 17.00
29th August 2011
Wightlink Tigers are delighted to announce a brand new sponsor. Self-catering holiday specialists "Park Resorts" are the latest national company to come on board with the team. The hard work has paid dividends by the management team in securing this latest deal. As well as the undisclosed financial assistance, they are offering auction and raffle prizes for all home games as well being able to offer the Thorness Bay complex as the venue for a Christmas and End of season do for the team.
The club will be holding a race night/Christmas do provisionally set for the 7th December, with the End of season awards and presentation night set for the 13th April. Park Resorts are even sponsoring one of the awards that night too. Speaking for the Wightlink Tigers, Team Manager/Club Treasurer Sean Coleman was ecstatic about getting such a well-known national company on board. "We hope to repay Park Resorts with this deal, by having a huge turnout for both events, and hopefully this association proves to be a long and fruitful one” concluded Sean.
Park Resorts has 4 sites on the island at Lower Hyde and Landguard in Shanklin as well as Nodes Point near St Helens plus the aforementioned Thorness Bay near Cowes. Everybody at the Wightlink Tigers organisation would like to say a huge thanks to the GM Stuart at Thorness Bay for making this happen.
13th August 2011
Wightlink Tigers can confirm the last 8 names that complete the squad for 2011/12 season that starts with a home opener against the Lee Valley Lions on Sunday the 18th September, a little over a month away.
In defence returning are Tony Blaize, Scott Carter, Richard Gutteridge with forwards Mike Palin, Calum Peralla, Wayne Slater and finally net minders Mike Treadwell and Scott Bickerstaff all joining to complete the side.
From last year veteran defenseman 43 year old Tony Blaize is back for his record 29th season in British ice hockey since debuting as a fresh faced 15 year old way back in the 1983/84 season for the Streatham Bruins. A career that has taken in Streatham Redskins, Stevenage Sharks and a long career with the Wightlink Raiders.
With the last 4 years he has been a key member of the Wightlink Tigers organisation. A player who despite his later years still has the burning passion for the game . A true leader in every sense of the word, he will be patrolling the blue line once again. A player that the younger members of the team can take a lot from given his vast experience in the game. "Pleased to be back once again, and looking forward to seeing the youngsters we have on board this year develop and move up the ladder in the hockey careers" commented Tony.
Back for more is also another veteran player, fast skating Canadian defenseman Scott Carter returns. With a 100% work rate and a huge amount of experience and leadership Carts leads by example. He never takes a shift off and shows how the game should be played. He will be key in bringing on the youth this season, while still bringing his game each and every night. He plays the game as if he was 18 or 19, A key re-signing for the club!
To complete the defensive unit it sees former island junior 26 year old Richard Gutteridge return in Tigers colours. A calm offensive minded defenseman, Gutty likes to get involved in the rush and is a good distributor of the puck. Sound positionally too, he is another piece of the puzzle for the defensive corps .
Onto the last batch of forwards. Mike Palin is back, known for his physical style. Mike is also a good contributor on the score board when he focuses on his hockey, he can play either centre or wing and will even play in defence as he did last season when we were short at the back. Some may argue that he was more efficient there; however that versatility is a bonus.
27 year old Wayne Slater also returns for his 2nd season in Tigers colours. He will be looking to progress further with the team this coming campaign after his first year that he had under his belt and continue to look to improve his game.
Finalising the forwards is former Solent and Gosport junior Calum Perella. The youngster gave a good account of himself at the recent trials, and looked a quick and agile skater. Hoping to contribute offensively he will be looking to have a good first season with the club, he also saw time with the Solent and Gosport ENL Devils last year, so he knows what to expect from the Leagues sides.
The last two signings see former Tiger, 25 year old Mike Treadwell return after a few seasons away. When he saw the direction the team was going he wanted to get back into competitive hockey. "When I saw the injection of youngster's and the direction the team was headed I wanted to be a part of it” commented Mike.
Completing the team is 19 year old Net minder Scott Bickerstaff . Hailing from Bangor, Ireland, he was on the roster of Elite League outfit Belfast Giants last season. He saw limited action with them, but you don't get invited onto the team, unless the coach sees a players potential.
Scott moves to the island hoping to progress with the Tigers as we can offer him ice time, as he wants to play the highest level long term, as does most players. Playing regular matches will see that aim achieved.
So with several new faces, some former juniors, and the promise of utilising the U18s regularly, the potential is there for all to see.
The team start regular training on 24th August as Head coach Jason Coles will have the new look side ready for the first drop of the puck in September.
Keep checking the website for up to the minute news and results over the course of the new season, and bring a friend, as the roar is back in town .....
12th August 2011
Ticket Prices for 2011/12 Season
Adults 13+ = £5
Children 5 - 13 = £2.50
Children under 5 = free
IWJICH Players = £1.50 ( only if wearing club jacket or hoodie )
Family Ticket 2 Adults & 3 kids = £12.50
Home Season Tickets
Adults = £50
Childrens = £25
Away Season Tickets ( coach fare only ) = £100
6th August 2011
Just a short time after the announcement of Chris Petts and Graham Ruddick being the first new faces joining the team, comes the news that 7 players have signed on for the 2011/12 season, along with news of several juniors playing up this season, delivering on the promise of lowering the average age of the side.
Forwards Kieran Annis, Ricky Attrill, Martin Stock, Graham Macfarlane, and defenseman James Eklund all return for another season of Wightlink Tigers hockey.
Joining them are former island juniors Stephen Indge and Aaron Edwards as they step up full time to senior hockey. 20 year old Kieran Annis will combine the 2011/12 season once again playing for both the Wightlink Tigers and Wightlink Raiders. A very highly skilled player, Keiran has progressed up through the junior ranks all the way to the to top. Despite his slight frame standing just short of 6ft tall, he has a nose for the net and good hockey awareness. Playing for both clubs will only further his all round game as the Tigers are happy to call upon his services when he is available. Able to play at the back should the need arise that flexibility is a plus too.
Next up is 23 year old speedster Ricky Attrill, another former island junior. Ricky has had a nightmare over the last few seasons with injury, however he has recovered from his last injury woes and is focused, fit and ready to hit the ground running come September. With speed to burn and quick hands, Ricky needs that full season under his belt, so he can finally realise his potential and deliver on the ice. Confidence is a huge thing in sport, and off season training shows he is getting back to where he wants to be. This could be a breakout year for Ricky!
Following on from confidence it seems that 24 year old Martin Stock is gaining in it all the time. With a terrier like work ethic, never one to moan, his attitude speaks for itself. He never gives up and its infectious. Martin commented "I feel I have made huge strides over last season, and I feel extremely fit and ready for the coming season, and cant wait to get started".
Graham Macfarlane returns for his 5th straight season. The 24 year old forward had his best year for the Tigers, playing most of the season with Player coach Jason Coles. Never going to be a speedster ,but will deliver a good points return none the less. Happy at either centre or wing, Tigers will be hoping he continues his scoring touch come September, also with having a level 2, was a handy step in coach when commitments prevented others from being on the bench.
Finally from last years players, 20 year old defenseman James Eklund is back for more. Playing some quality minutes last year, this has only help develop his game more. So much so to the point that you didn’t notice him out there on the ice. That is not a bad thing as he went about things efficiently and was consistent in our own end. This year James will look to continue improving his game further and becoming a more rounded player.
Teenagers Aaron Edwards and Stephen Indge join the senior set up full time as they step out of junior hockey. Aaron played a handful of games last season and didn’t look out of place. Gaining a MOM award in his first game. He will be looking to make the transition full time a smooth one. A shifty little player, he has good hands and could be a good addition for the team.
Stephen split time with Solent and Gosport junior and the islands U18s Wildcats. He will be looking to learn from the likes of the more experienced members of the team, to gain in confidence and adjust from juniors to senior hockey. Stephen is relishing the season, no doubt his annual trip to Czech will have got him ready for the drop of the puck in September.
Finally a crop of youngsters will train and play and be in the line up when fixtures allow. As 16 year old forwards Aidan Doughty, Dan Bennett and defenseman Connor Price look to get a slice of the action. Playing for the Under 18s predominately, 16 year Aidan in particular is a prolific scorer in junior, and if he can carry that on into senior hockey, the Tigers will have a gem for sure.
More signings to follow to complete the squad. No less than a further 5 to 8 names potentially!
5th August 2011
Two more signings for the Wightlink Tigers are two former Solent and Gosport juniors, Chris Petts and Graham Ruddick.
Firstly, Graham is a solid defenseman with great awareness on and off the puck and possesses great skill, he is sure to be a great addition to the Tigers team for the 2011/2012 season and is keen to prove himself at ENL2 level after surprisingly not playing for the Devils team in Gosport last season. Graham also had a little time with the Basingstoke junior set up at under 18 level.
The second of the pair, Chris Petts is a big forward who is not afraid to get into the corners and will cope well with the physical game as well as the skill element of hockey. Like Graham, Chris came up through the Solent and Gosport junior development programme but, after he was finished with his U18 hockey, Chris went over to Banff in Canada to play for the Banff Academy Bears in the Heritage Junior hockey league and Junior A level alongside current Wightlink Raiders forward Richard Facey. Chris is sure to be a valuable player for the Tigers this season as he hopes to put in a good contribution to the scoring for the team.
Dan Weller Evans
2nd August 2011
As promised more signing news as five more commit to the Wightlink Tigers 2011/2012 Season. A nice mix of old and young as Jamie Lee, Chris Randall, Shaun Harris, Jordan Ricketts and finally Luke Bontoft all join, being a part of the new exciting regime ahead for the side.
Every season players get recognised for their efforts in a Wightlink Tigers shirt, so this season in line with club policy a new captain and two new alternate captains are named. As mentioned on the website previously in his profile 30 year old Andy Robinson has been awarded the captaincy. An obvious choice given Andy's time in the game, and his 100% effort game in and game out. With his experience in the past in the Epl he will be a player that the younger guys will look to and learn from.
Also already signed forward Nathan Webb will be an alternate captain this coming season. To wear the other "A" will be the player to have been the only guy to feature in the clubs entire 4 seasons of games, 24 year old Forward Jamie Lee. He has been awarded an "A" on his shirt for his effort and commitment over the last 4 seasons. "I'm looking forward to the season ahead and very happy about being an alternate captain this year looking to continue progressing with the team" commented Jamie.
Next up is 38 year old centre Chris "Badger" Randall. Another player to be here from the start, Randy as always is chomping at the bit to bring his energy and effort to the line up each and every night. "Having seen the nice mix of youngster's, its a refreshing change to have some youth injected to the club" exclaimed Chris.
Along with the promise of youth comes the signing of former island junior 18 year old forward Jordan Ricketts. Having progressed through the island's junior development, Jordan has had some experience with the Tigers in the past, but this year is looking to establish himself into a more prominent role with the senior club. A player with a lot of potential and a good skill set Jordan can progress, its just a question of how much he wants it. Jordan spoke saying " If training is anything to go by, then it will be a great season ahead, with the team morale that already exists, its exciting to be a part of it this season".
Also with the promise of utilising the existing junior set up, current U18s defenseman Luke Bontoft joins the team. He had a baptism of fire last season playing a handful of games when work commitments and injuries took their toll. A tall and big lad for his age, 16 year old Luke has a calm demeanour on the ice, and makes nice plays and doesn't tend to panic under pressure. This is a big learning year for Luke but you can see he has a future in the sport. The Tigers are happy to call upon him when he doesn't have fixture clashes with Junior games which will take preference.
Finally for the time being 20 year old defenseman Shaun Harris rejoins the team. Another former island junior, Shaun got a huge amount of game time towards the seasons end and it was noticeable in his improvement. Another guy with a huge amount of energy and hunger Shaun is keen to progress this season alongside some of the more senior defensemen. He goes out their and gives his best and is always keen to learn and improve, which is the kind of winning attitude the Wightlink Tigers are all about this season. More signings to follow in the next few days.….
24th July 2011
Wightlink Tigers can confirm the first set of players to sign for the forthcoming 2011/12 English National League Division 2 season which is drawing ever closer.
In addition to Player-Coach Jason Coles, is Andy (Robo) Robinson, and Net Minder Dan Weller Evans along with Nathan Webb.
Leading the attack will be Colesy, despite his later years, Colesy is still a huge presence on the ice. Having been around the game for a while now, he has a hell of a shot on him still as many defenders and net minders will testify!
He has great hands, despite being a big guy, he can make things happen out of nothing with his size and strength.
Known in the past for his physical battles, Colesy has quietened down a lot over the last few years, and will be expected to lead from the front this year. No doubt he will be looking to bring on his game and to guide the younger players into senior hockey.
30 year old Andy Robinson comes to the team looking to also help bring on the younger guys. Still wanting to play, he will be looking to assert his game in ENL 2 this year.
A good physical forward, he is keen to have good season, after several years with the Wightlink Raiders he still has the hunger for the game despite being used sparingly last year. Although known for his fighting ability in the past, Robo was keen to stress that it’s not something you will see in an abundance this season. "I want to have a good season offensively, and although fighting is a part of the game it should only happen when it’s warranted so I wont be fighting for the sake of fighting! " commented Andy.
Also back for his second season with the Wightlink Tigers is 17 year old Dan Weller Evans. Gaining some valuable game time last year for the Tigers culminating in him becoming the first Net Minder to lead the Tigers to the first road win of the season last year. He is very enthusiastic, and motivated to progress in the sport, and travels every week from his home in Basingstoke for training and games. That kind of attitude is hard to find in youngsters sometimes, so the Tigers are glad that we have it in our locker room. Keen to push for more game time this season, we haven't yet seen the best of Dan yet. Considering his development the scope is there to see.
To conclude the signings for the time being is 28 year old Nathan Webb. Having travelled from his home in Bournemouth for the last 2 seasons, Webby was keen to return to the island to continue playing. Having played a higher level in the past, Webby is one of those guys that is the glue in the wood so to speak. He chips in with valuable points, and has a terrific attitude in the room. With his experience he is someone that the younger players can learn from with his calmness on and off the ice. "The island is such a nice place and all the players are so welcoming. I had no hesitation in coming back, as there is a good feel to this team. I'm happy to be a part of it once again." concluded Webby.
More announcements will follow ...
Wightlink Tigers would like to announce that they will be back for their 5th season of English National League Division 2 hockey when the new season starts this coming September.
The club would like to convey their gratitude and thanks to their main team sponsor Wightlink IOW Ferries for their continued support and help, without it the club would simply cease to operate! With the added burden of getting off the island every week, it’s a huge benefit to the club to continue to have them on board.
There are a few announcements to be made with changes to the management side and a new direction and change in philosophy of the team. Firstly Club Founder and Head Coach Roy Meadows steps down from coaching the team, to become General Manager. Roy will oversee the compete running of the club from the top and with this he has appointed a new coach in his place. Canadian forward Jason Coles will be Player Coach with immediate effect. He will continue to play as he has signed for the forthcoming year so he will combine the two. Coaching should be familiar to Colesy having previously held that position in the past with the Wightlink Raiders back in their EPL days.
"Make no mistake about it! Colesy is still a formidable player for us, and he will be bringing on the team getting the most out of everyone that wear a Wightlink Tigers shirt this season" commented Roy. Having been in the UK for well over 10 years now with plenty of top level experience. Colesy is still in great shape and the younger members will learn a lot from him. He will be responsible for taking the team forward. The club also plan to get the average age of the team lower, hoping to utilise some of the youth from the under 18s, and several that have recently left Juniors will be given an opportunity to progress in the side, with the right attitude and desire. The side needs to bring on more youngsters as that is the future of the club in years to come.
We say a sad farewell to former Team Manager Gary Osborne, we wish Gary all the best in his future endeavours and thank him for all his hard work and dedication over the past 4 years, he will be missed I'm sure! His place is being taken by Sean Coleman (under 16's Manager and former under 14’s Manager) who will also be taking on the roll of Treasurer as Campbell Macfarlane stands down.
Anna Murray will be the Off Ice Officials Organiser.
Sammi Holton will be responsible for the design and printing of the programmes and her mum Min Holton will be Web Mistress.
Some new ticketing initiatives will be introduced and entry prices with details of season ticketing deals will be released in due course.
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