25th Mar, 2019

INTERVIEW: Vixens in a good place heading into festive break

ICE HOCKEY: VIXENS head coach Lee Trueman admitted he was frustrated after his side’s crunch clash against Bracknell was postponed due to the snow.

The Vixens, who have lost just one game this season, were due to face arch-rivals Bracknell at home on Sunday.

But heavy snow meant their guests couldn’t make the trip, meaning the game will either be rescheduled or abandoned completely.

Despite the setback, Trueman remains optimistic about the rest of the season and hopes his girls can continue to mount a challenge for the Women’s Ice Hockey League.

He told The Observer: “This season has been going really well.

“It’s a shame Sunday’s game was cancelled, everyone was really up for it – especially as we’ve only lost one game so far this year.

“It could’ve gone either way. Last season Bracknell won the league, but we won the playoffs.

“We had been working hard to be ready for this game, trying different systems – but it wasn’t to be.”

Vixens are boosted this year by three international players and GB Under 18s skipper Amy Trueman, Lee’s daughter.

Despite having a powerful squad to boast about, Lee said he still pushes his side in training – and added they need little motivation to keep themselves fit.

“They work hard in training and particularly on their fitness,” he said.

“It’s hard work as I’ve come from the juniors. They’re so focussed in training.

“There’s still lots of contact in the women’s game so they have to be prepared.

“Often it depends on the referee as to how far you can push the boundaries.

“Every game has been close this year. Bottom can beat top.

“But the league is more professional now, which is great to see.”

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