Local GB player returns:

The Solway Sharks reputation for being a strong development club is enhanced today with another dual GB junior international signing up for the new season.

Stuart Kerr has represented Great Britain at u18 and u20 – the latter most recently at Dumfries Ice Bowl last December.

The 20-year-old defenceman made his senior Sharks debut in 2014 and has developed in that time into a dependable member of the blueline corps.

Head coach Martin Grubb said: “Stuart is a player who has improved every year and has played in lots of key situations for us and he was rewarded by a GB 20’s call up last year.

“He is keen to learn and has a great attitude towards the game and I look forward to pushing him even more this season. He skates very well, sees the ice well and is hungry to succeed and we look forward to having him back on our blue line.”

Kerr, who picked up 1+6=7 with just 12PIM in league play last term, said: “I am looking forward to another year with the Sharks and improving all aspects of my game with the guidance of Martin and older team mates.

“This year i think we can be more successful knowing the standard of the league and what quality we need to play at every weekend.”

Stuart Kerr will wear the #6 shirt this coming season, this is available on the own and loan scheme, priced at just £100 per shirt. If you are interested in this or any sponsorship options then email rab.murray@solwaysharksihc.co.uk.

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Top Scorer returns:

The Solway Sharks are pleased to announce the return of last seasons top points scorer Iain Bowie for the 2018/19 season.

The 28 year old, Kirkcaldy born forward returns for his fifth season in a sharks uniform after leading the team in goals and points last season with 39 goals and 36 assists for 75 points in all competitions.

Bowie has good experience in the EIHL and EPL as well as a prolific career in the world championships with the GB u18 and u20 teams including winning a gold medal with the 20’s.

Head Coach Martin Grubb stated “ I am happy that we are able to bring Bowser back for another season and try and build on the one he had last year.

“He was our top scorer and won a player of the month and started the season really well and the challenge this year is to maintain that form for the whole season.

“He is someone who is always a threat around the net, has great hands and can score goals as well as create them and I have challenged him to put up more numbers this year as we look to create more offence.

“He is someone who likes a challenge and I know he will still be looking to be our top scorer and I look forward to seeing him back for the season ahead.”

Bowie himself commented “ I’m ecstatic about the forthcoming season and returning to the Sharks.

“Last season was tremendous for me personally and I am looking forward to building on that and working with both familiar and new players.

“There is a great team spirit within the Solway Sharks dressing room and believe we will achieve even greater things in 2018/19 season.

“ I love ice hockey, the feeling on the ice, the team and of course more than anything the fans.

“The Sharks fans and supporters club are phenomenal. I can’t wait to hear what kinda noise and atmosphere the fans will bring to the rink this season.”

Iain Bowie’s #8 shirt is available on the owned and loaned scheme, priced at just £100 per shirt. If you are interested in this or any sponsorship options then contact rab.murray@solwaysharksihc.co.uk.

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Hutchy is back:

The Building Craftsmen Dumfries sponsored Solway Sharks have continued to strengthen their blue line ahead of the new season with the return of experienced defenceman James Hutchinson.

The 34 year old returns for his 3rd season after joining from Hull Pirates and has a wealth of experience in the EIHL, EPL, France as well as representing GB at U18 and U20 levels.

In his first season as a Shark he was part of the treble winning team and became a fans favourite with his ability to read the game and composure on the puck and over the past two seasons he has become a key member of the defensive unit.

Head Coach Martin Grubb commented “ I am delighted to be able to bring Hutchy back for another season and his character and experience are a vital part of our team.

“He is someone who is a genuine leader and his professionalism rubs off on the young players around him and I was always hoping he would continue playing and helping us.

“He played through injury last year and has had that problem dealt with over the summer and I know he is coming back hungry for the team to make an impact in the league and I believe us signing James will be massive for us as we try to improve on last year and look forward to working with him again.”

Hutchison added “I’m really excited to be back with the sharks and looking forward to meeting the new guys.

“ I think we look stronger and much more capable of challenging the top 4 this season. I can’t wait for September to roll around and we can get started.”

James Hutchison’s #55 is available on the owned and loaned scheme, priced at just £100 per shirt. If you are interested in this or any sponsorship options then contact rab.murray@solwaysharksihc.co.uk.

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Bentham’s back, back again….

The Building Craftsmen Dumfries sponsored Solway Sharks have added some firepower to their line up with the addition of former Blackburn Hawks forward Richard Bentham.

Bentham is no stranger to the Sharks after playing in Dumfries in 14/15 and starting the year in 16/17 before returning to Blackburn.

The 28 year old forward is consistently near the top of the scoring charts and has put up good numbers in the NIHL since he and back to the league from the EPL.

Bentham is a player who has EPL experience and was also a GB junior internationalist and he will be hoping to provide an offensive threat as the Sharks look to continue improving from last season.

Head Coach Martin Grubb had the following to say “we are very happy to be able to bring Richard back to the Sharks even if it was something of an unexpected move.

“With us losing Dunc it was always on my mind to look at how we could add more British scoring and with Dickie we have done that.

“We had a good chat around our needs as a team and how we seen him fitting in and how important it was for him to come in and show just how good he can be while enjoying his hockey and I think we will see a better player than we had previously and I know he is desperate to get started and really excited to be part of this club again.”

On his return Bentham commented “I am buzzing to be back at Solway and be able to team up with the boys again to try and improve upon our fourth place finish last year.

“I feel I am coming back with some unfinished business and after speaking to the club I realise what my role will be and am desperate to have success with the team.

“I feel I can contribute and help the team and that is my goal along with us finishing as high as we can in the table. I can’t wait to get started and back with a great group of boys and fans.”

Richard Bentham’s #91 shirt is available on the owned and loaned scheme, priced at just £100 per shirt. If you are interested in this or any sponsorship options then contact rab.murray@solwaysharksihc.co.uk.

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NIHL 2018-19 League Format Confirmed

FORMAT OF LEAGUES AGREED FOR 18/19 SEASON BY CLUBS

Officials from member clubs and the LMC met this weekend in Sheffield and Newbury to agree the format of competition for NIHL in season 2018/19.

After the discussions the LMC are pleased to announce the following arrangements have been agreed by the clubs.

NIHL NORTH 1 (Moralee)
Sutton Sting are promoted to Division 1, Deeside Dragons are relegated to Division 2. The membership of the division for 18/19 will be: Billingham Stars, Blackburn Hawks, Hull Pirates, Nottingham Lions, Sheffield Steeldogs, Solihull Barons, Solway Sharks, Sutton Sting, Telford Tigers, Whitley Warriors.

Clubs will play 2 home and 2 away against each other in the league.

NIHL NORTH 2 (Laidler)
Deeside Dragons will run a single team in Division 2. The membership of the division will be: Altrincham Aces, Blackburn Hawks 2, Bradford Bulldogs, Coventry Blaze, Deeside Dragons, Hull Jets, Sheffield Senators, Telford Tigers 2, Widnes Wild.

Clubs will play 2 home and 2 away against each other in the league.

NIHL SOUTH 1 (Britton)
No club has been promoted from Division 2, therefore the league membership remains unchanged from last season: Basingstoke Bison, Bracknell Bees, Cardiff Fire, Invicta Dynamos, London Raiders, Milton Keynes Thunder, Peterborough Phantoms, Streatham IHC, Swindon Wildcats.

Clubs will play 2 home and 2 away against each other in the league.

NIHL SOUTH 2 (Wilkinson)
An application from London Raiders to enter a second team in the division was accepted by the meeting. There will be fifteen teams in the league: Basingstoke Buffalo, Bracknell Hornets, Bristol Pitbulls, Cardiff Fire 2, Chelmsford Chieftains, Guildford Phoenix, Haringey Huskies, Invicta Mustangs, Lee Valley Lions, London Raiders 2, Oxford City Stars, Peterborough Phantoms 2, Slough Jets, Solent Devils, Swindon Wildcats 2.

Clubs will pay 1 home and 1 away against each other in the league.

CUP COMPETITIONS
The National Cup and Autumn Cup will not be continued in their current form. Discussions on interleague cup competitions will continue for future seasons. For 18/19 the North and South will run separate cup competitions for Division 1. There will be no cup competitions for Division 2 in either North or South.

In the North a number of teams have expressed an interest in the Cup and these discussions are ongoing. Full details will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

In the South there will be seven teams in the Cup, namely Basingstoke, Swindon, Peterborough, Streatham, Invicta, London and Bracknell. These clubs will play 1 home and 1 away against the other six teams in the Cup. The top four sides will qualify for two-legged semi final. The Final will also be over two legs.

PLAYOFFS – Division 1
The discussions at both league meetings confirmed that Division 1 clubs are happy with the format for post season play. This will continue in 18/19. The top eight teams in each division will play two-legged quarter finals, progressing to semi finals and final.

The two regional finalists in each league will qualify for the Final Four weekend which will once again take place in Coventry. The date of Coventry 2019 will be confirmed and announced later in the summer.

PLAYOFFS – Division 2
The postseason for Division 2 in North and South will both follow the same format for season 18/19. The top four sides in the leagues will qualify for a Finals Weekend at a central venue. The details of each venue will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.

FIXTURES
It is the hope of the LMC to have league fixtures published by the end of July.

RULES OF COMPETITION
From the 18/19 season, automatic promotion and relegation between Division 1 and Division 2 has been scrapped. Moving between divisions in either direction will now be by application to the LMC.

The clubs have agreed in principle to the videoing of all NIHL 1 games to a minimum standard. This will assist with referee training and development as well as discipllinary decisions.

League manager Richard Carpenter said: “It was a long weekend but once again very much worthwhile to see all NIHL clubs and discuss issues face to face.

“The league has come a long way in the last 12 months and we look forward to the new campaign starting in September.”

2018-19 owned and loaned shirts now available

The BCD Solway Sharks are happy to announce that a limited supply of owned and loaned shirts are now available to purchase from the club.

Since their introduction owned and loaned shirts have proved to be both a popular way of showing your support for the club and a valuable income source for the team.

The owned and loaned shirts are available to purchase for just £100.

To get your owned and loaned shirt contact Rab Murray at rab.murray@solwaysharksihc.co.uk

The Solway Sharks are looking for new board members

The Solway Sharks IHC are currently looking for new board members with the skills and vision to help drive the club forwards towards even greater success. If you have a few hours a week free together with the desire to succeed and an interest in sport why not apply following the instructions below or contact us and arrange to meet with us for an informal talk.

POSITION
Solway Sharks Board Member.
(Please note that this is a voluntary position)

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS
Friday 15th June.

INTERVIEW PERIOD
Interviews dates, times and place will be advised thereafter.

CONTACT
Please submit your application to Les Maxwell – e-mail address: les@hi-engineering.co.uk

Please include a CV or a letter setting out how you would meet the requirements of the role
applied for.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Ice hockey is the world’s fastest team game, full of skilful stick handling, tactics, speed and grit.
In the UK, ice hockey is a large spectator sport, has both amateur and professional leagues and embraces some 12,000 participants from ‘grass roots’ to national team levels.

The Solway Sharks Ice Hockey Club competes in the second tier of British Hockey (ENIHL1) and have achieved significant success over a number of years. The Club is celebrating its twentieth year
of operation this coming season, demonstrating the sustainable way in which we operate. We are members of Scottish Ice Hockey–UK and Ice Hockey UK.

The Solway Sharks Board are looking to appoint Board Members with relevant experience that will strengthen the knowledge and skills base of the Board.

The Board usually holds monthly meetings throughout year.

ROLE DESCRIPTION – Solway Sharks Board Member

Fiduciary Duties
• To act as a Board Member of the Solway Sharks in the best interests of the Board with honesty and in good faith.
• To use personal and professional skills together with such contacts, experience and judgement as s/he may possess with integrity and independence to optimize both the shortterm
and the long-term performance of the Solway Sharks.
• To play a full part in enabling the Board to arrive at balanced and objective decisions in the performance of its agreed role and functions, in line with the Clubs Constitution.

Functions
• To bring knowledge and experience from his/her professional background and qualifications for the benefit of the Club and the sport as a whole;
• To bring knowledge and experience from his/her professional background specific to commercial expertise.
• To work with colleagues to undertake any specific project agreed by the Board to support the activities of the Club.
• To report to the Board on progress and any other issues which may arise from the work of any such Committee or project; and
• To represent the Solway Sharks where appropriate at relevant meetings, conferences and/or other events, as may be requested by the Chairman from time to time.

PERSON SPECIFICATION – Required key skills, experience and qualifications:

• Professional experience and relevant qualifications in the specified field.
• Experience as a director, trustee or committee member in a commercial, voluntary or public sector context.
• Experience of operating at a senior level in a strategic capacity.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to work positively within a team.
• Ability to develop effective, sustainable partnerships within the sport and with key stakeholders.
• Ability to support, challenge and work collaboratively.

Desirable skills, experience and qualifications:
• Working knowledge of sport.
• Experience of speaking in public and to the media.

Required behavioral competencies and qualities:
• Strategic perspective and vision.
• Drive and commitment; and the ability to demonstrate these attributes to others.
• Commitment to the sport and the organisation.
• Strong intellectual and analytical abilities.
• Innovative thinking, with ability to focus on the issues to be dealt with dynamism, enthusiasm and energy.
• Resilience and ability to make things happen.
• Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.
• Willingness to be an ambassador for the Solway Sharks and the sport as a whole.

Solway Sharks Player of the Year Awards Night

The Solway Sharks held their 2017-18 Awards Night & Race Night at the Shark Tank of Friday the 13th of April. Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the evenings entertainment from the opening race until the final Owned & Loaned Shirt presentation.

Major prize winner on the night was ace marksman Iain Bowie who picked up no less than three awards. The full list of award winners is as follows:

Top points scorer – Iain Bowie.
Best Offensive Player – Iain Bowie
Supporters Player of the Year – Iain Bowie
Defenceman of the Year – James Hutchinson
Young Player of the Year – Scott Henderson
Coach’s Merit Award – Kyle Horne

The Sharks were delighted to welcome members of the Solway Stingrays to join us and there awards were as follows:
Top Points Scorer – Stevie Adams
Players Player of the Year – Gordon Horne
Mark Johnston Memorial Trophy – Jay Maxwell

A full gallery of photographs from this event can be found by following this link.