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Watson, Harley and Murdy all to ice for Warriors next term

2014-07-22 23:54:10
It has been confirmed that forwards Callum Watson and Daniel Murdy alongside netminder Joe Harley will all be part of Whitley’s roster for the 2014/15 campaign. All 3 players were part of Warriors squad last term and return to Hillheads for the upcoming season.Despite only being 23 this will be the 9th season in succession that Callum Watson has iced for Warriors having made his debut back in the 2006/7 campaign. During his time with Whitley Callum has collated more than 200 points and has lit the lamp on around 100 occasions. The speedy winger will no doubt be looking to add to those tallies this coming season as Simon Leach’s Warriors look to bring success back to Hillheads. Daniel Murdy also started his career with Whitley in 2006 and iced for Warriors for 3 full seasons before opting to move away from the Bay. The next 3 terms saw Daniel ice for the Northern Stars, Wightlink Raiders and the Solway Sharks before he agreed to return to the maroon and gold uniform of the Warriors last term. Murdy appeared in 24 games during the 2013/14 campaign netting 2 goals and picking up 3 assists during his time out on the ice. Young goaltender Joe Harley has also been confirmed on Warriors roster next term as one of the clubs 3 netminders alongside senior goalie Richie Lawson and the promising youngster Mark Turnbull. Harley’s first taste of senior action came in the last game of the 2011/12 season when he made it out onto the ice. The following campaign saw Warriors low on goaltending options and Joe made 11 senior appearances as Whitley battled their way to safety after a run of poor results had seen Warriors dangerously near the foot of the table. Last Season Joe wasn’t able to get as much as time as he only appeared in 2 games though he was regularly part of the first team squad acting as back up goaltender to the experienced netminder Richie Lawson. Now it has been confirmed that these 3 players are returning to Hillheads Warriors have 3 netminders 6 defenceman and around 4 lines worth of forwards signed up for the coming season giving Whitley’s roster a well balanced look for when competitive action gets underway in NIHL North.  Chris Mackenzie 

Youngsters Queenan and Ross confirmed on Warriors 2014/15 roster

2014-07-16 00:46:23
Young wingers Callum Queenan and Kyle Hindmarsh-Ross will both be part of Whitley’s senior squad for the coming campaign. Both youngsters made their Warriors debuts last term and impressed north east hockey fans with their spirit and endeavour. Both players also played under 18 hockey last term and they will continue to do so this season as they look to continue their hockey education. Queenan iced in 19 games for Warriors picking up 6 points along the way including 2 goals. Callum’s stand out moment during the campaign was picking up the Man of the Match award on his debut away from home against the Telford Titans down in Shropshire. Kyle H Ross made 21 appearances for Warriors in the 2013/14 season picking up 1 goal and 1 assist during his time in senior hockey. Despite his small stature Kyle gave everything he had everytime ice time came his way and he will be looking to improve his all round game this coming term. Kyle shared his views on the upcoming campaign. “I learned a lot last season and really enjoyed it. I am hoping to get even more ice time this season which will help me improve even more. “I am hoping that not many of my junior games clash with the seniors so that I get to play both as I enjoy the whole experience of senior hockey.”Callum also gave his thoughts on Warriors upcoming season. “I decided to come back for the new season because I just really enjoy playing hockey. I hope we can win more away games this season and can make it to the national play offs again. “All the new signings are really good players and they make our team a lot stronger and this will hopefully enable us to have more success.”Further signings are expected to be announced next week on Warriors Wednesday as Whitley continue to prepare ahead of the 2014/15 NIHL North season that is expected to get underway in early September.  Chris Mackenzie 

Leach adds Pye to Warriors roster

2014-07-11 01:11:32
Whitley Warriors Head Coach Simon Leach has boosted his side’s defensive resources with the signing of South Shields born Dan Pye. Pye has a wealth of experience at ENL/NIHL level as he played for the Newcastle ENL Vipers for a number of years before a season with the Northern Stars in the Northern section of the league before moving south and linking up with the Wightlink Raiders were he has iced for the last 3 seasons in NIHL South.Dan also has some experience of hockey at Elite level as the young d man made over 30 appearances for the Newcastle Vipers during the 2009/10 and 2010/11 campaigns. The 23 year old is generally regarded as a disciplined stay at home defenceman however he is still more than capable of picking up points at NIHL level as his tally of 10 points in the Southern Division 1 last term clearly illustrates. Warriors Coach Simon Leach shared his thoughts on Warriors latest signing. “We would like to welcome d man Dan Pye to our line up for the coming season as he returns to his native north east after a spell playing in NIHL South on the Isle of Wight with the Raiders coached by my old team mate Jeremey Cornish. Jeremey has nothing but good things to say about our new addition. “Dan has an exceptional attitude for the game, he will fit into our ethos here at the club and I’m sure his physical style of play will be a hit with the Warriors faithful. He’s a solid stay at home defenceman who comes to play hard every night. He looks after his own end of the rink and can be a threat on the oppositions blue line. “We now have an excellent mix of guys at the back and they’ll be our defensive core for next season.” Dan also gave us his take on his switch to Whitley from the Isle of Wight. “I decided to leave the Island for personal reasons as it didn’t feel like it was home any more so I came back up north. I’ve known Warriors Coach Simon Leach for a while now and as soon as he heard I was moving back home he was keen to sign me for Warriors. “It took me a while to make up my mind as I was dealing with settling down after the big move but I eventually decided that signing for Warriors was the best decision for me. “I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season, I know all of the boys on the team and get along with them so it will be really nice to play with them. Also Simon is a good coach so I’ll have a great opportunity to learn from him. As ambitions for the season go I just want to win it’s as simple as that.”Warriors roster for the 2014/15 season is now looking very well balanced as Whitley have 2 talented netminders, 6 top blue liners and an array of attacking talent ready for the coming campaign.  Chris MackenzieImage by Laura Holme

Popular forward Tinsley named Warriors captain

2014-07-09 00:31:59
Popular forward Tinsley named Warriors captain Jamie Tinsley will captain the Whitley Warriors during the NIHL North 2014/15 season. It has also been confirmed that veteran blue liner Paul Matthews and summer signing Dean Holland will be Warriors alternate/assistant captains for the coming campaign.Warriors new captain has been on the Whitley roster for 3 seasons now scoring over 40 goals during his time at Hillheads and was the clubs assistant captain for the last 2 terms. Jamie’s first game as Whitley skipper looks set to be the away Challenge game against the Kirkcaldy Kestrels in Scotland at the end of August with his first home game as captain coming the weekend after when Warriors face the Aberdeen Lynx on home ice on Sunday the 31st August.Warriors Head Coach Simon Leach spoke about his captaincy choices for the 2014/15 campaign and also paid tribute to the clubs former skipper.“Jamie (Tinsley) is a natural leader who is a very popular and respected player within the dressing room. He leads by example every time he steps on the ice whether it be in a training session or in a game. He will be an excellent role model for the younger guys to look up too, he will certainly drive the team on next season.“Again like Jamie, Paul (Matthews) leads by example at all times. He has vast experience within the game, great professionalism and a positive attitude towards the game. His experience will once again be invaluable to all of those around him.“Dean (Holland) has gained great experience from his time in Guildford playing alongside many top quality players in the English Premier League. He has learnt what it takes to win trophies and is another player who comes to play every night and we will be looking to him to bring those qualities to the Warriors shirt.“The club would like to say a huge thank you to DJ Good who has captained the side over the past 2 seasons and done a very good job during this time.”Warriors new club captain Jamie Tinsley also shared his thoughts on being appointed Whitley skipper.“I’m looking forward to leading the Warriors. I’ll approach the role how I’ve approached every season making sure we work well as a team to get the most out of every game. In the past I have enjoyed captaining the Great Britain University side.”Jamie’s assistant captains Dean Holland and Paul Matthews also spoke about their new role.D.H  “It’s an honour our Head Coach Simon Leach considered me for the role and I’m hopeful I’ll be able to bring some experience and know how to the team.”P.M “I think any current player asked to be a captain/alternate captain of their team will find it hard to refuse. I obviously accepted the offer and I am looking forward to the new season ahead.”Warriors fans are reminded to keep a close eye on the clubs website as a new Whitley signing will be unveiled this Friday. Chris Mackenzie 

Wilson confirmed on Warriors 2014/15 roster

2014-06-25 10:44:07
The experienced blue liner Rob Wilson will once again be part of the Warriors first team squad during the 2014/15 campaign. Wilson stepped back onto the ice last season for Whitley after taking a little time away from hockey however he was soon back into the thick of the action going up against the top forwards NIHL North has to offer.Warriors defensive unit for the coming season is now taking shape as Wilson is the 5th d man to be confirmed as part of Whitley’s plans for next term. Wilson could well line up alongside Paul Matthews on a defensive line as he did last year though Alex Lawson, Josh Maddock, and Dan Harris are all also possible defensive partners for Warriors latest signing. Rob shared his thoughts on re-signing for Warriors. “I was going to have a year out of hockey or finish completely but with my kids wanting me to play again (and also my dad) I thought I’d do another season. Also I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future with my family/work so I don’t want to miss out now. “I’m glad to see the majority of last season’s side are back and hopefully by the games get underway we might have added a few more bodies. I think we could do well this year if we knuckle down so I’m looking forward to it.”Eventhough the 2014/15 season is over 2 months away Whitley’s roster is already looking very strong as the club have been able to sign 2 talented netminders in Richie Lawson and Mark Turnbull the 5 d men mentioned and a host of attacking talent including the likes of Adam Reynolds, Dean Holland, DJ Good and Ben Richards. There will be no Warriors Wednesday news update next week, Warriors next press release with news on the upcoming 2014/15 campaign will be on the 9th of July.  Chris Mackenzie 
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