PEI Underwater Hockey Stars Make a splash at National Tournament

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<p><figcaption class=The island’s underwater hockey team caused a stir at the National Nautilus Tournament in Sheffield. (Picture: contributed)

The Isle of Wight Underwater Hockey Club traveled to Sheffield to get a taste of themselves in their first tournament in nine years – but ended up winning gold.

A team of 12 competed in the annual national competition, Nautilus.

Being new to the competition, the team was entered into Division 6, at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

“Hopes were high that some goals could be scored over the six games, as well as gaining much-needed competitive experience and performing well enough to be invited back next year,” said Mary Cockayne, on behalf of the club.

Isle of Wight County Press: The Isle of Wight Underwater Hockey team celebrate their success in Sheffield.

The Isle of Wight underwater hockey team celebrate their success in Sheffield. (Picture: contributed)

The opener against Liverpool showed the island were more than ready for the competition – crushing them 11-0.

Over the course of the day, the results continued in the same vein, with victories over Skipton (12-0), Totton (9-0), Kingsbridge Krays (6-1) and Yorkshire (7-0).

The final saw Nottingham – relegated from Division 5 last year – take a 2-0 lead.

But the Islanders were determined to make the most of the opportunity as they battled to come back to 2-2 at halftime.

Isle of Wight County Press: The Division 6 final table at the Nauitilus National Underwater Hockey Tournament in Sheffield.

Isle of Wight County Press: The Division 6 final table at the Nauitilus National Underwater Hockey Tournament in Sheffield.

The Division 6 final table at the Nautilus National Underwater Hockey Tournament in Sheffield. (Picture: contributed)

In the second half, the Island side – based at the Waterside Pool in Ryde – were the dominant force, adding further goals to win 4-2, the title, gold medals and promotion to Division 5 in the second half. next year’s Nautilus event.

“The experience has been amazing,” added the club spokeswoman.

The club aims to register a B team in Division 6 next year.

The Isle of Wight: Cris Iordache and Anna Cockayne (attackers); Matt Guelbert, Charlie Cockayne, Alex Makin, Geoffrey Wroath (capt), James Schofield and Zak Clarke (middle); Lawrence Schofield, Kevin Dannet, Chris Thearle and Peter Wilson (backs).

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