Hedley leads South West to finals glory

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Teenage ice hockey star Jordan Hedley was named goalie of the tournament as his team won the Conference Finals in Hull over the weekend.

Hedley, 16, was representing the South West U17s, led by former MK Thunder coach Darryl Morvan and current player Paul Gore, against the South East, Midlands, North and Scotland.

Having played in the Conference Finals for the previous seven seasons, this was Hedley’s final year being able to compete, so he was desperate to finish on a high and add to the titles he had helped to win at both U11 and U13 levels.

The format of the competition sees teams play each other once over two 20 minute periods, with the top two sides after the group stage progressing through to the final.

The South West played some awesome hockey and progressed to the final with four wins out of four, while conceding just one goal. That set up a final against the North who thumped the Midlands in their final group game.

The North boasted some good individual talent, but the South West played very well as a unit and Hedley had to be at his best to keep out Lee Bonner, who was the top scorer in the tournament by some margin.

MK Thunder D man Cameron McGiffen landed the first marker for the South West with a superb open ice hit on Bonner, which ultimately saw him fail to return to the ice.

That shook the North and the South West were able to gain huge amounts of possession and turned their dominance into a 2-0 lead.

And despite a late consolation from the North, the South West took the win and the trophy with a five-game winning record, scoring 10 and conceding just two goals over the three-day competition.

Hedley was named as the best goalie of the tournament and awarded an All Star jersey to take home.

There was also success for the South West U15s, coached MK Lightning’s Lewis Clifford, as they won their event with an equally impressive unbeaten winning record.

MK Storm players Callum Burr, Craig Ellis and Samuel Russell were also involved in younger age groups in Hull.