It was an excellent end to the season for the Ulster Elks, as they have secured a place in the 2015 Irish Hockey League after a nail biting win over the Catholic Institute. The wild card play-off took place at Jordanstown yesterday, when the Elks won over a 4-2 penalty shoot-out.
The game remained goalless until both sides scored a point each to level at 1-1 on extra time. Kirsty Lammey had initially put the Elks ahead with a stunning reverse stick shot in the 63rd minute, but the Limerick team responded with Naomi Carroll scoring a penalty corner 2 minutes later.
The heroine of the game had to be the Jordanstown goalkeeper Rebecca Davidson, as she made 2 phenomenal saves on the penalty shoot-outs. After the game she said “I am so happy that we have made it through to IHL, we’ve trained harder than we have ever done – and to get through just shows our hard work has paid off”.
The Elks held their nerve in the shoot-out by scoring all 4 stokes, with Danielle Wilson scoring the final point after the successful attempts by Louise Wright, Stephanie Jamieson and Dawn Axon.
“We dominated most of the game but it was one of those days when I thought we were never going to score” said Elks coach Ricky Lee.
“But it’s great to be back in the IHL as we want to improve year on year and it’s important to be in it with changes in the format coming into effect the following season”.
The last time that the Elks had qualified for the Irish Hockey League was 4 seasons ago. They have struggled to find the same form as they had in 2010, due to a number of their key players retiring.
Alan Tudyk, Ciaran Hinds, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Santino Fontana
Frozen is an animated fairy tale story that has been told in a classic Disney manner. The film is filled with lovable characters with an enchanting story and heart popping musical numbers. This has resulted in a wonderful piece of family entertainment.
The film is based very loosely on the story of The Snow Queen, which has been rewritten to focus on two royal sisters called Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) and Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell).
Elsa the elder of the 2 sisters is the heir to the throne of Arendelle and has been concealing a dangerous talent throughout her childhood, which has caused her to isolate her once very close sister, Anne. Elsa has been endowed with the ability to create snow and ice at will. Once her powers were accidentally revealed she was forced to flee the castle on suspicion of witch craft, leaving blizzards and ice castles on her path.
Her devoted sister Anna, who got engaged to a handsome prince in the spur of a moment, gallops into the wilderness to find Elsa and retrieve her from the icy landscape.
Anna’s heroic journey to convince her sister to return sees her travel through the treacherous woods and mountains, which sees her team up with a hunky ice salesman Kristof.
Throughout the journey Anna is joined by her funny sidekicks, which includes a reindeer and a talking snowman called Olaf.
The story brings a sense of nostalgia, as it resembles similar films by Pixar such as ‘Tangled’ and ‘The princess and the frog’. It is by far one of the best pieces of family entertainment power, with belting power ballads such as ‘Let it go’ and ‘The cold never bothered me anyway’. These have stuck in my head for days now, good luck in shaking it out of yours.
The heroines wear some of the best princess dresses, prepare for it to be seen on every shelf in Tesco on the run up to Halloween.