Hallamshire Hornets’ Paul Lane travels to Gothenburg this weekend to play in the second round of the Swedish Inline Hockey Winter League games with his GB Universities Academy squad.
The squad which 24-year-old Paul founded in 2009 and manages were last over in Gothenburg for the first round where they had a 100% success record after winning all six of their matches, firmly propelling them into the next round.
Paul, a leisure supervisor for operator at Retford Leisure Centre explains: “The sport has been been a key part of my life since I was six years old. Setting up the GB Universities Academy back in 2009 was something I knew I could make a success of but I never imagined the accomplishments we would have achieved today.
“I am so proud of all the guys and I hope we can proceed through to the finals next month with a string of good performances.”
Paul has been part of the Hornets team which won the British senior roller hockey (ball) titles with both ball and puck and finished runners up in the European senior ball championships in Switzerland.
He represented Team GB at the European senior Championships in Denmark and GB Universities who were runners up in the International Eurostars inline tournament.
* Hallamshire Hornets extended their unbeaten run in the Bipha Central Puck League by beating Hull Fury 6-1 and Nottingham based Projoy 9-2 to take a two-point lead over nearest title rivals Manchester with five games remaining.
Hornets took the lead against Hull with a neatly taken goal from captain, Richard Walsh, and then grabbed a second through Matt Tarpey a minute before the break.
Hull pulled a goal back within 11 seconds of the restart but Hornets eased in front through a smart finish from Tom Sweet.
They ramped up the pressure with three minutes remaining scoring three quick-fire goals. Mark Hallam with a neat one-two off Alex Pearman got the ball rolling, Sweet was the provider for Joey Ganley to slot home in front of goal, and then he himself grabbed his brace, with a superb first time half volley skating in from the left side of the pad.
The second game was over as a contest inside seven minutes, as the Hornets blitzed Projoy, with five goals through Walsh, Hallam, rookie player Josh Stockton, Sweet and Pearman. Both Walsh and Sweet grabbed further goals to take the score to 7-0 at the break, but two super blocks by netminder, Alex Birch, had kept the Nottingham outfit at bay just before the interval.
Hornets got back on the goal bandwagon midway through the second half with two classy finishes. The first was a solo effort from Paul Lane, who twisted and turned two defenders, close in, before slotting the puck high to the netminders left. On 10.30, Pearman collected a super reverse pass off playing partner Tarpey, to hit a crisp first timer low into the bottom right corner. Projoy pulled two late goals back.
Other results: Norton 5 Projoy 2, Norton Jun 6 Projoy 4, Hull 1 Khaos 6, Norton 6 Glossopdale 0.