North Ayrshire IHC hoping to see their junior teams get final chance

North Ayrshire Ice Hockey Club chairman Scott Campbell remains hopeful that two of the club’s junior teams will get their day in the spotlight.

North Ayrshire’s U20 and U12 sides had reached Scottish Cup Finals in their respective age groups and were looking forward to playing at Dundee Ice Arena.

However, the early curtailment of the season due to the coronavirus outbreak denied them the opportunity to battle for some silverware.

As he reflected on the efforts of the club’s four junior teams this season, Campbell admitted that he hoped the finals would eventually be staged.

“Our U20s were having a strong season having made the Scottish Cup Final and with some good wins under their belt,” he said.

“The only real negative was a demolition in Kirkcaldy where the whole team couldn’t be bothered turning up. Hopefully though the cup final weekend will still be played at some point.

“It was a mixed season for our U16s with some great games and a couple of poor defeats. Keeping their discipline will be the key to a lot of these players going on to be top players at SNL level over the next couple of seasons.

“Our U14s were having an okay season, with some good wins in their ten games. There are some very talented players in that team.

“Some of them do need to focus on being team players, and putting the team first ahead of personal glory if they are to fulfil their potential.

“The U12s were looking good for a second-place finish in the league, having only lost to Dundee Stars so far. This is a team full of enthusiastic kids who work hard as a team and do what their coach asks of them every week.

“They also had the Scottish Cup Final to look forward to and we hope they get the chance to play the game.”

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