ICE HOCKEY: VIXENS joint coach Paul Turnbull has told the Observer he wants his side to be the dominant force in women’s ice hockey nationwide.
Vixens appear to be in a threeway battle to land this year’s Elite League championship, with Bracknell and Guildford giving the Solihull side competition for the league’s top spot.
After landing the playoff championship last year, Turnbull plans for his side to go one better this season and complete and league and playoff double.
If achieved, it would make Solihull Vixens the driving force in women’s ice hockey – something which Turnbull has in his plans.
He said: “Last season we set ourselves a goal of top two and playoff winners which we achieved, this season we feel we can go that one step further.
“We want to make Solihull the team to be a part of and a continuing power in the Elite League.
“The future is looking good. The team is talented and confident with a great work ethic.
“If there has been a low point it would be away at Bracknell where they scored a late powerplay goal which we believe should not have been given.
“It was especially tough as we fought from 2-0 down to 3-3.
“Guildford are a strong team with some talented players.
“However with the return of Hannah Maurice we feel confident of keeping up our good record against them.”
Despite the league shaping into a threeway race for the championship, Turnbull admitted no team should be underestimated.
He added: “At the moment it is shaping up for Bracknell, Vixens & Guildford to be the top three with Kingston looking to take the fourth playoff spot.
“No team should be underestimated this year as they are all dangerous on their day – Streatham are capable of giving teams a hard time and even though Sheffield are bottom they have the ability to cause a shock.
“The Elite league was set up to improve the standard of womens hockey and it looks like this is happening.”