Bea's home club is the Blackburn Junior Hawks where she plays as netminder in the Under 16 team. Throughout her whole career in the Blackburn juniors Bea has been the only girl in her team. Her first season was in 2005/06 playing for the Under 12s "Sparrowhawks" team in the English National League Under 12s North Division 2.
|Bea making a save against Bradford|| |
Bea moved up to the Under 14s "Kestrels" team for the 2006/07 season, playing in the Under 14s Division 2.
|Bea making one of many, many saves against Whitley Bay|| |
For the 2007/08 season Bea remained with the Kestrels in the same division. She showed great improvement during the season and was thrilled to be voted Players' Player of the Year by her team-mates.
In 2008/09 Bea played for the Blackburn Junior Hawks Under 16s. This was a tough season for the team that didn't see them win a single game, but they still showed great determination and improvement. To see how they get on in 2009/10 please click on the following link - http://homepage.ntlworld.com/malcolm.preen/OFFICIAL_English_Under_16.html
|Bea playing for Kingston Junior Diamonds in the Girls U16 league|
|Bea playing for North Conference against South Conference|
|Bea playing for Boras in Sweden|
|Bea playing for Blackburn U16s|
Bea had been playing occasionally for the Blackburn Thunder Ladies team but before the 2007/08 season the EIHA, ice hockey's English governing body, decided that, for their own safety (or should that be for the EIHA's fear of legal action against them), girls under 16 were not allowed to play with ladies over 16, despite the ladies' game being non-contact. This put the whole future of ladies' ice hockey in England under threat, so a fledgeling Girls U16 league was formed. Bea joined her "local" club, Kingston (yes, that's Hull) door-to-door trip of 120 miles each way to play home matches!
It has all been worthwhile though! The Diamonds became National Champions in the Playoff weekend at Sheffield in 2007/08 with a comprehensive 5-2 victory over the Bracknell Ice Bees. This came after the girls secured the inaugural Girls U16 Northern League by going undefeated through the season with steadily improving performances and outstanding away wins, 12-1 at Billingham and 6-4 in the championship decider at Nottingham. They almost repeated the feat the following season, but were beaten 3-2 in the final by Bracknell.
Bea has really enjoyed playing ice hockey with girls her own age and we all hope that the league will grow in seasons to come and that the future of ladies' ice hockey has been secured. She has signed up for the 2009/10 season too and you can follow the progress of the team by clicking on this link - http://www.kingstondiamonds.co.uk/
Many thanks to Rob Hutchinson for this great photo of the team celebrating their Northern League championship winning performance at Nottingham.