Solway Sharks Juniors took to the ice for their first games of the season recently, testing out their new team formations after the summer break.
An injury to Gregor Mills (above) was an unfortunate start to proceedings for the U16 side at North Ayrshire, and they eventually ended up on the wrong side of an 8-0 scoreline.
The U14 team fared better against their North Ayrshire counterparts, with goals by Tomas Vyrostek (2), Kyle Carruth (2) and Cassie McGregor sealing a 5-5 draw.
They followed up with an impressive performance against Kilmarnock, securing a comprehensive 15-1 victory with Carruth, Bailey Thomson and Ajay Turner amongst the scorers.
The U16s found things tougher against Kilmarnock, conceding nine goals in the first period on the way to a 12-2 defeat.
Solway Juniors’ Chair, Leanne Thomson, said: “It’s good for our teams to get started in competitive games after the long summer break, and the players are aware that games and results are not always going to go their way.
“The test of their character is that they keep going and play for the jersey even if they are far behind, and they have all risen to the challenge and shown they are willing to go out again and again for the team and each other.
“We are all about developing players and finding new talent, and facing mixed results is all part of the learning process. I expect the teams and the players to improve as the season goes on, and game experience can only help that.”