After rejoining the British League with a new young team in 2012 and then charging up the lower divisions season by season, Solihull are now bidding for the top prize – as men’s Super 5s champions.
At Luton, the first weekend of action involving the country’s top five teams saw Solihull emerge as the only winners of both their games. Their successes included a 7-3 victory over reigning champions Cheltenham. The game was tense and close – 3-3 after three periods. Then Solihull took charge, scoring goals by Ryan Padbury, Jordan Elliot, Jake Vincent and Matt Madden.
In their other match, Solihull were too strong for Lancaster, winning 11-6. By the middle part of the first period, the Midlands side were already 4-0 up and they remained in control, easing to 9-2 towards the end of the third. Pawal Wielogorski, Padbury, Elliot, Peter Farkas and Vincent contributed two goals each and Matt Madden one.
London club Polytechnic made a great start to their debut campaign in the Super 5s, Chris Icely scoring four in a 9-8 victory over Lancaster. In their second match, Poly led City of Manchester 4-2 but eventually settled for a point in a 6-6 draw. Aaron Winstanley scored the final goal for Manchester a minute from the end.
In the women’s Super 5s, the early pacesetters are City of Manchester, who beat Sheffield Sharks 13-9 and City of Coventry 10-6. Champions Liverpool Lizards could only draw 8-8 with London Otter. For all the latest news and results from the UK, go to www.bwpl.org