Cardiff Devils U18’s are Champions!
Posted on 6 July 2012
The Cardiff Devils U18’s have had a big 2011/12 season by not only winning promotion to the U18’s EIHA Southern Division 1 for the 2012/13 season but now recently winning the Sheffield Invitational Tournament 2012 as well. The Yorkshire Tournament is an established tradition at Ice Sheffield and a popular summer tournament destination for the DCF Devils who make the annual trek across all ages to compete against teams from around the UK and Europe.
The Devils were undefeated in their Championship run scoring an impressive 28 goals and only conceding 3 against amidst a true team performance over the weekend. U18’s Managers Peter Jefferies and Rob Shanahan were full of praise for the discipline and focus shown by their team, “the guys went out there and did their job, worked hard and played as a team and avoided getting involved in any nonsense that sometimes this age can bring and just played hockey!”
The Championship side is used to being well composed and adjusted as they have benefitted from 6 different DCF Coaches over the season and have maintained their focus on the goal to win promotion to Division 1 throughout the season. Devils’ Director of Community and Player Development Brent Pope has been pleased with the progress the team have made over the year, “sometimes it is more difficult to play against opposition that leads you into bad habits and draws you into changing your own game. The guys have done a great job at playing the team in front of them and have concentrated on their own game executing to the best of their ability. We are proud of each player and their development.”
Each and every single player made invaluable contributions to the team cause over the weekend and in an example of true spirit encouraged Alex Stanton-Lewis who recently suffered a family bereavement to accept the Championship trophy on behalf of the team. The Devils Community Foundation would like to thank Coach Ben Smith for leading the team to Championship success making sure the players played to their true potential.