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Warriors move quickly to secure the futures of DJ Good, Reynolds and Tinsley

2014-04-15 19:14:42
Despite the 2013/14 season finishing only a few days ago, Whitley Warriors Head Coach Simon Leach has quickly moved to re-sign DJ Good, Adam Reynolds and Jamie Tinsley for the upcoming campaign. All three players made major contributions last term as Whitley secured a top four finish in the league which saw Warriors qualify for the play off weekend. Adam Reynolds was one of the top forwards in NIHL North last season, tallying 46 points in the 27 games he iced in. He was also voted onto the top all star line in the end of season Pro Hockey News Awards. DJ Good was selected on the third all star line in the awards which was reward for a consistent campaign for Warriors' long-serving forward who iced in every game of the season and contributed 39 points in competitive match ups. Jamie Tinsley appeared for Warriors on 26 occasions in the Moralee Conference and averaged just under a point per game. Jamie's quality on the puck and his committed style of play saw him pick up the Warriors Player of the Year accolade.Simon Leach spoke about his latest signings for Whitley."We are delighted to have secured the services of our three captains from last season. They are all very important players for the club and are vital for the club's future. They all bring something different to the team and are certainly three of the top forwards in our division."They give us a great platform to build around so it is a fantastic start to the summer for the club. We hope to be adding more names to the squad very shortly with more returnees and maybe a fresh face or two."All three players were delighted to commit to Warriors for the 2014/15 campaign under the tutelage of Simon. Jamie Tinsley spoke about his decision to ice for Whitley next term. "I enjoyed last season playing under Simon and Dave [Holland] so I was keen to sign again for next season. We are off to a good start with next year's roster with Simon back and DJ Good and Adam Reynolds also confirmed."I would like to think we could finish higher up the table next year and also make sure we pick up victories when we are in commanding positions in games."Warriors top scorer last term Adam Reynolds also shared his views."I'm happy to be back with Warriors, I like Simon's view on the upcoming season and where he wants to take the club. Hopefully we can keep on challenging for honours."Experienced Whitley forward DJ Good who has captained Warriors for the past two seasons also spoke about re-signing for the club."It was an easy decision for me to re-sign as I want us to improve on our showings in 2013/14. I want to show what I'm really capable of and I want to achieve more with the team as we go forward. We have a really good spirit in the dressing room and all of the lads get on well."Warriors are currently in discussions with a number of players to establish their plans for the 2014/15 campaign and once any further signings are confirmed details will be published on Mackenzie

Whitley suffer play off heartache in Dumfries against the Solway Sharks

2014-04-12 15:29:01
Whitley Warriors travelled up to the Scottish borders for the NIHL North play off semi finals on Saturday lunchtime. Warriors Coach Simon Leach was able to choose from an extensive roster giving the only players missing from the Whitley line up were defencemen Nathan Ryder and Callum Read. Coach Leach opted to start the game with the experienced Richie Lawson in goal with Joe Harley backing him up, 5 defenceman were rotated during the match up on the blue line while 3 lines of forward were used with several fringe players being given shifts on the 3rd offensive unit throughout the game. Warriors took the first penalty of the contest after 5 minutes of play when blue liner Josh Maddock was given 2 minutes in the sin bin for delaying the game. Whitley were able to successfully kill off that penalty however Solway took the lead 4 minutes later when Craig Thurston fired past Richie Lawson in the Warriors goal. Solway then took their first penalty of the match on 11 minutes which saw Whitley go on the powerplay and Warriors re-jigged specialist unit grabbed Whitley’s first goal of the play offs when Jamie Tinsley fired home after being nicely set up by Callum Watson and Dan Harris. Sharks re took the lead on 15 minutes when Stevie Moore grabbed a powerplay marker and Solway led 4-1 at the end of the opening period of action thanks to a further strike from Craig Thurston and a goal from defenceman Frazer Goldie. Warriors were dealt another blow towards the end of the 1st session of play when Dan Harris had to leave the ice due to injury and the skillfull blue liner was unfortunately unable to play any further part in the game. Whitley created plenty of chances early on in the 2nd period and Callum Watson got a goal back for Warriors 3 minutes into the middle stanza when he got the better of Sharks goaltender Gary Russell. Shortly afterwards Sharks import forward Pavol Melichercik was given a 10 minute personal penalty for misconduct which saw the talented Solway forward in the penalty box for half of the middle period of play. Adam Reynolds then went close for Whitley on 2 occassions however it was Solway who grabbed 2 goals midway through the 2nd period when Struan Tonnar and Iain Bowie lit the lamp in quick succession which saw Sharks hold a 6-2 lead after 40 minutes of end to end hockey. Warriors got their 3rd goal of the game on 49 minutes when Adam Reynolds netted a powerplay marker and shortly afterwards Harry Harley went close however Solway netminder Gary Russell was able to deny Harley with a accomplished save. Whitley then were presented with another powerplay opportunity when Sharks Connor Henderson was penalised for tripping however Warriors were unable to make their man advantage count on this occasion. Despite giving everything they had Whitley could not find a way back into the game and Solway advanced to the play off final thanks to 6-3 scoreline. Sharks went onto lift the Play Off Trophy on Sunday afternoon when they got the better of the Blackburn Hawks by 2 goals to 0. Warriors Points Callum Watson 1+1, Adam Reynolds and Jamie Tinsley 1+0, Dan Harris, DJ Good, Harry Harley and Karl Culley 0+1Penalty Minutes Warriors – 16Sharks – 20 Shots on Goal On Warriors (Richie Lawson) – 32On Sharks (Gary Russell) - 25Whitley skipper DJ Good shared his views on Warriors play off semi final. “The result wasn’t good but everyone worked hard. It could have gone either 1 when it was 1-1 anything could have happened we could have just edged it but they got away from us and given they havn’t got any weaknesses in their team it was always going to be extremely difficult once we were a few goals down. “Dan Harris who is one of our best d men got injured during the 1st period and we missed him and then were then a little bit weaker at the back. We seemed to be on the wrong end of a lot of the calls but at the end of the day the better team won.”Man of the Match for Warriors was goalscorer Adam Reynolds while Iain Bowie was chosen as Sharks top player during the contest. Warriors 2013/14 season is now complete and the new campaign is likely to get underway in early September though there will be regular updates throughout the close season on Warriors own webpage and also in the local press.  Chris Mackenzie 

Warriors head to Dumfries for NIHL North play offs

2014-04-10 13:09:47
Whitley Warriors head to the Scottish borders this weekend for the first ever NIHL North Moralee Conference Play Off weekend. Warriors take on league champions the Solway Sharks in the first semi final on Saturday afternoon at 1pm with the Billingham Stars facing the Blakcburn Hawks in the second semi final which is due to get underway at 4.30pm.Whitley head into the weekend at almost full strength as the only Warrior who is not able to ice this weekend is d man Nathan Ryder who is ruled out of action with a shoulder injury that has seen him endure a stop start campaign. Warriors Coach Simon Leach shared his views on the Warriors play off preparations and prospects.“Everyone associated with the club are looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead this weekend. The team as a whole have worked extremely hard this season to qualify for the play offs and we are certainly there on merit, having fought right to the end in a very competitive league where teams around us have had the luxury of recruiting imports and players from higher leagues.“Credit must go to all involved and I would like say a huge thank you to the great support the team have received this season and we hope we can do you all proud in Dumfries this weekend. We are certainly going into the game on Saturday as massive underdogs as we face the champions on their own ice. We will be going there to give it our all on Saturday and I have told the players the only pressure we should feel is the one we put on ourselves to perform like we do in any other game, as I believe all the pressure will be on the Champions on the day to perform in their own rink. “We know the task we face is huge and that Solway have been by far the best team in the league this year, but this comes down to a one off 60 minute battle which I am sure we can be up for. “I would have liked our play off preparations over the past few weeks to have been a bit better but due to work commitments and other situations we haven't been able to have the full squad together for the challenge games and training. On the plus side we will be travelling with virtually a full squad to Dumfries and we are going to need that come game time.” Tickets are still available for play offs for those fans who make a late decision to attend the weekend and can be bought from Individual game tickets are priced at £10 with a weekend pass at £25 which also includes entry to the Pro Hockey News Awards presentation on the Saturday evening.  #For those supporters who are not able to make it up to Dumfries to see Warriors in action. All 3 of the weekend’s games will be broadcast on NIHL Radio which can be accessed via the NIHL Radio link on the clubs website   Chris Mackenzie 

Warriors lose out in challenge match up on Teesside

2014-04-06 13:30:53
Whitley Warriors lost 7-3 to the Billingham Stars away from home in a challenge match up on Saturday evening on Teesside. Warriors were without a number of first team regulars for the game including Mark Good, Christian Johnson, Jamie Tinsley, Adam Reynolds and Mark Turnbull, which forced Whitley to alter their normal lines a little.Warriors were a little short of d men which saw power forward Jordan Barnes switched from the wing to a more defensive role. Honours were even at the end of the first period with James McCabe grabbing the Stars opening goal on 4 minutes. Karl Culley equalised 4 minutes later with a powerplay marker for Warriors with Daniel Harris and DJ Good picking up the assists. Whitley enjoyed the middle session of play as Callum Watson made it to 2-1 to Warriors with a tap in following a powerful shot from Daniel Murdy on 34 minutes. Just over a minute later a fine strike from DJ Good made it 3-1 to the away side after the skipper had been set up by line mates Karl Culley and Ben Richards.Billingham had the better of the 3rd period of play as the Stars were able to net 5 unanswered goals by the 56th minute mark. Warriors then opted to pull 1st choice goaltender Richie Lawson with back up netminder Joe Harley playing out the remainder of the game however Stars were still able to add another goal to their tally with young d man Matty Campbell firing home in the dying stages of the contest which resulted in Warriors losing out by 7 goals to 3. Warriors Man of the Match was goalscorer DJ Good while the Stars best player on the night was adjudged to be young netminder Kieron Kerry who replaced James Flavell in the Billingham net during the course of the game. Warriors Stats Points Karl Culley and DJ Good 1+1, Callum Watson 1+0, Daniel Murdy, Paul Matthews, Dan Harris and Ben Richards Penalties Warriors – 6 minutes Stars – 2 minutes DJ Good shared his views on the match up “The game went really well for the opening 40 minutes and Warriors were the better team however we let them get into their stride in the 3rd period and they scored some weak goals from our point of view. “It has to be remembered we were missing a huge number of players and in my opinion we played the best we have done for a long time in the opening 2 periods of play. Jordan (Barnes) played on d due to others players unavailability and he had a good game back in defence.”Whitley are in action next weekend in the NIHL North Moralee Conference play offs. Warriors face League Champions the Solway Sharks in the opening game of tournament at 1pm on Saturday afternoon and everyone connected with Whitley will be hoping their team can overcome Solway and claim a place in the play off final which takes place the following day. Tickets for the play offs can still be bought via and it would be great to see as many Warriors fans as possible up in Scotland for the first ever NIHL North play off weekend.  Chris Mackenzie 

Warriors final play off preparation sees them head to Teesside to take on Stars

2014-04-03 12:53:23
Whitley Warriors will make the short journey down to Teesside this Saturday to take on local rivals the Billingham Stars in a challenge match up before the play offs get underway the following weekend up in Dumfries, Scotland.Warriors will have Head Coach Simon Leach and youngsters Ben Richards and Callum Read back on their bench as all 3 missed Whitley’s last game due to their involvement in the GB under 18’s World Championships tournament. The Stars Warriors clash is both teams final match up before the play offs get underway and both sides are sure to want to go into the seasons showpiece event on the back of a victory in what could be the final north east derby of the 2013/14 NIHL North Moralee Conference campaign. To date Whitley have recorded 3 victories over the Stars this term with Billingham claiming 2 successes however all games between the 2 sides to date have been won by the team with home advantage. Whitley skipper Daniel Good shared his thoughts about this weekend’s clash with Billingham and also looked ahead to the play off weekend up at Solway Sharks home rink the Dumfries Ice Bowl. “The Billingham game is there to keep us fit and sharp and it gives us a chance to prepare for the play offs. We have a great atmosphere in our dressing room as everyone is calm and happy. “Looking ahead to the play offs we are the underdogs going into a game against a team who comfortably won the league on their home ice with a lunch time face off. But with the team we have and based on the previous years I’ve played with Warriors I know we are a team that can cause an upset. “On our day we can beat any team in this league we just need to be ready when play offs get underway, take our chances when they come and play to our true potential.”Warriors challenge game against Billingham this Saturday is a 6.30pm face off on Teesside. For those Whitley fans who are interested in attending play off weekend in Dumfries over the weekend of April 12th and 13th  tickets can still be bought either for the whole weekend £25 (for all 3 games) or for £10 per game via the following website It would be great to see as many Warriors fans as possible at the first ever play off weekend that has been held for NIHL North.  Chris Mackenzie 
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