A Covid update ahead of this weekend’s tie

As we are all aware the government updated the Covid protocols this week and this will have a small impact on this weekend’s Widnes Wild game on Saturday evening.

It won’t just mean Sam and Graham who will be donning their masks !

From Friday December 10, face coverings are mandatory again in rinks and this applies to all customers and staff, unless exempt, or while eating or drinking.

You will however not need to provide your Covid vaccination status or test results when attending the games.

Stay tuned for a match preview first thing tomorrow for a look ahead to Saturday’s game against a buoyant Widnes Wild. Looking forward to seeing you there !!!

Barons supporting local families through the HAF programme

The Direct Taxis Solihull Barons are delighted to be able to support local families by partnering in the Government’s “Holidays, Actvities and Food” (HAF) initiative. This scheme is designed to support qualifying families during the school holidays, providing free access to sports and leisure activities, while also promoting healthy eating.

It was Barons goalie, Sam Hewitt, who brought the scheme to the club through his educational sports academy.  This scheme should see up to 100 invited youngsters, together with a parent or guardian, join us at the Widnes Wild games on both the 18th December and 2nd January. Here we will offer free game attendance, access to nutritious in game food and provide goody bags to help our visitors remember, what for many will be their first ever hockey games.

Barons celebrate (S Crampton)

Dave Hayward, Barons chair, jumped at the chance to get involved; “When Sam came to us with the idea of getting involved in the initiative we seized the chance. The Barons see ourselves as a community club – we have always provided the opportunity for youth groups to join us for games for free – but this initiative allows us to really reach out that bit more. It is going to be great to welcome our HAF guests over the Christmas holidays and we are sure they will have a tremendous evening’s entertainment”.

While many of the visitors will be joining us through their Schools it is also possible for parents or guardians of HAF qualifying individuals to book directly. Please see here.

Barons edged out in Lancashire thriller

Blackburn Hawks : 8
Direct Taxis Solihull Barons : 7

(Hawks win after overtime)

The Direct Taxis Solihull Barons were edged out on Sunday evening by a decisive over-time clincher by the Blackburn Hawks Jacob Lutwyche after a closely fought, end to end, tie up in Lancashire.

Dan Harrison cleans up the puck in the Barons end (J & K Davies)

The Barons had not been beaten by the Hawks in three previous encounters this season and when Niklas Ottosson found the net in the first two minutes following a quick forward line break, the omens were not looking good for the home side. It was however just a single goal and by mid-period the Hawks had drawn level, Aaron Davies finding space under Graham Laverick for the equaliser. More here