The Southampton Spitfires have truly stepped it up a gear this 2013/14 season. The club entered 4 Ice hockey teams into the BUIHA Nationals and now has 2 Inline hockey teams.
The club has also overhauled it’s image this season. Our logo has evolved to match the progress made on the rink, and the club colours have been slightly altered to match the wider ‘Team Southampton’ branding. This evolution in the design of the legendary Spitfires kit has meant taking delivery of brand new jerseys, socks and inline trousers.
Our New Website celebrates this success, and provides an outward-facing platform for the team to showcase our achievements to the world. We also hope to influence current Ice and Inline hockey players who are in the process of selecting a university, to choose the University of Southampton!
Nearly every player on the Inline B Team started this season without ever having played inline hockey. Some of the team had never roller skated before! Their 17-6 win last night against local beginner’s team, the Solent Geckos, was a true testament to how far the team, and the players, have come. The scoreline was fantastic, with the points being distributed across the team, top goal scorer was team captain Andrew Betts. But more impressive than the scoreline, was the quality displayed in every aspect of the game, the positioning, passing, receiving, stick handling and of course shooting.
It is quite possible that this years inline beginners/freshers have been the best the club has ever seen?! Many of the Inline B Team also play in the Ice C Team, which means they are able to train, and have been training, as much as 3-4 times a week! It is this dedication and commitment which has allowed them to progress at such speed.
The Southampton Spitfires Ice A Team regained their number one spot at the top of university ice hockey this weekend. In an impressive display of form the team beat the Edinburgh Eagles 5-2 in the BUIHA Tier I final.
With the best Ice team, the equal most number of ice teams, one of the best Inline teams, and the equal most number of inline teams, does this make the Spitfires the best university Ice & Inline Hockey club in the country?!
The Ice A Team regain their crown as best University team in the UK!!