Sharks’ skipper delighted to renew old rivalries in Scotland

Solway Sharks’ captain Struan Tonnar says he is delighted to have the opportunity to face some old rivals in the Scottish National League (SNL).

In addition to playing in NIHL North, the Sharks have returned to the SNL to give themselves extra fixtures after Moralee D1 was cut to just seven teams.

The Dumfries-based outfit defeated Dundee Comets and Kirkcaldy Kestrels over the weekend to maintain their unbeaten start to the new campaign.

Tonnar weighed in with three goals over the two games and admits he is enjoying the return to competing in Scotland.

“After a few years playing exclusively in the English leagues it is great to get back to playing Scottish teams that we used to meet regularly, revive some old rivalries, and see how we measure up against them,” he said.

“SNL standard is on the up, with teams aiming for a higher level than in the past. Saturday I thought we played our game against the Comets and dictated a lot of the play.

“On Sunday it was great to be back in Fife – games against any Fife team are always competitive and Sunday was no different. They came at us fast and forced us to skate and play smart.

“Overall it was a good weekend for us. I think we have set a standard, now we need to get back to a new-look NIHL after some good tests in the SNL.”

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