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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.