Scotland’s youngsters hoping practice makes perfect at Sheffield

Scotland U11 head to iceSheffield this weekend hoping to put into practice the things they’ve learned during this season’s Conference Series events.

Traditionally the Conference sides – Scotland plus four English regions – only play competitively at the season ending tournament in May.

This season the EIHA and SIHA have formulated the U11 Conference Series to increase the level of competition for the players – they have met three times in full day tournaments held at Dumfries and Sheffield.

Team manager Willie Somerville believes the new initiative will prove hugely beneficial to Scotland’s youngsters.

“This has been the first year that the tournaments have been played and the coaches and staff would like to thank the organisers for pulling the events together,” he said.

“The results have been a mixed bag, but have been valuable for organising lines and identifying areas for improvements.

“The team this year is a young mix of talent with only one player from the 2016/2017 season returning. The young team have grown in the short months they have been together and are counting the days till they experience the full Conference Weekend.

“Coaches Dave Edmonds, Brian Malcolm and Paul Shevlin are confident that the team will fight hard and give their all and wish all the participating teams the best of luck.”

The four-day event takes place from Friday 25th to Monday 28th May.

The weekend begins with a Scotland versus England U19 international on the first day, with the Conference games starting early on Saturday.

There are five Conferences – Scotland, Northern, Midlands, South East and South West – with teams competing at U11, U13, U15 and U17 level.

Each age group is a five-team round robin, with the top two in each group progressing to finals on the Monday.

SCOTLAND U11 SQUAD

Cameron Kenny, Logan Reid, Cole Giannandrea, Owen Rae, Charlie Coulson, Cody Adams, Mikey Duffy, Robert Henderson, Ethan Hadden, Flynn Massie, Marco Guerriot, Bailey Thomson, Robbie Thompson, Ethan Hardie, Jude Beattie, Joe Somerville, Matt Dobie, Liam Houston, Ruby Newlands.

You can keep up with the latest news via the dedicated Twitter account for the weekend – @EIHAConference.

(Image permission: Jim Paterson)