Ice hockey teams flock to Fife for annual Hockey UK

From left - GB players Beth Scoon, Renny Marr, Tyler Plews and Beth Milne will feature in the Hockey UK tournament at Fife Ice Arena.
From left - GB players Beth Scoon, Renny Marr, Tyler Plews and Beth Milne will feature in the Hockey UK tournament at Fife Ice Arena.

Ice hockey teams from around the country gather at Fife Ice Arena in Kirkcaldy over the next two weekends to compete for the Hockey UK crowns across various age groups.

Silverware will be up for grabs for teams at under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16, under 18 and SNL levels.

First up this weekend are the U12s, U16s and SNL teams.

The tournament starts at 7.00 a.m on the Saturday morning with the U12s, Kirkcaldy Redskins, joined by Billingham Stars, Murrayfield Rascals, Whitley Bay Arrows and their big rivals during the season the Dundee Stars.

Fife Flames compete with Aberdeen Lynx, Kilmarnock Blizzard, Whitley Bay Tomahawks and a team made up from three clubs in England calling themselves the North West Stars in the U16 competition,

The older SNL teams compete from 5.00 p.m with two Kirkcaldy Kestrels teams and Aberdeen Lynx, Moray Typhoons and Dundee Comets taking part.

Hockey UK has been the starting point for many players’ careers and the KIHC quartet, Beth Milne, Beth Scoon, Renny Marr and Tyler Plews, who have represented GB this season, all enjoyed success in the tournament.

In fact, three of the players will be participating over the next two weekends.

Fife Falcons defenceman Beth Milne said: “Hockey UK is always a great experience, the teams competing are different each year and gives us new challenges.

“This will be my 10th tournament after starting in the first ever Kirkcaldy Kubz team who were made up of Learn to Play players when another team withdrew at short notice.

“I remember the biggest cheer at that tournament was when we scored our only goal in our last game on the Sunday morning.

“This year with many of the same teammates from that first Kubz team will be trying to win the U18 Finals on the afternoon of Sunday 17th.”

Games start this Saturday at 7.00 a.m and run through until 11.00 p.m commencing again on Sunday at 7.00 a.m with the finals scheduled to start at 3.00 p.m.

Spectators are encouraged to go along for a great weekend of junior hockey.

Weekend entry is £20 for adults and £12 for concessions with single day entry priced £12 and £8.