Yesterday saw the opening day of the annual UK Charity All-Star weekend, where fans from around the country gather to raise money for charity. After being spent at Ice Arena Wales for the last two years, the tournament headed north and back to the Bauer Arena at Ice Sheffield. Here’s the report from day one.
There are eight charities being represented as usual in the tournament and each team plays seven round robin games before one-off further matches occur to decide who finishes were. The charities this year are: Prostrate Cancer UK, Dreams Come True, Help for Heroes, British Heart Foundation, MIND, Blue Cross for Pets, Sheffield Childrens’ Hospital and Breast Cancer Care. All deserving of the support.
The tournament started with it’s first shutout as Dreams Come True defeated Prostrate Cancer UK 3-0 with a slick performance. Also winning their first game were Help for Heroes as they saw off the British Heart Foundation 4-2 and Blue Cross for Pets who were victorious 2-1 against MIND. The celebration for Blue Cross when they score is a cheery sight for sure as they dance to “The Bird Is The Word” by The Rivingtons. An ice cut followed before game four, after that Breast Cancer UK (featuring former Cardiff Devils legend Steve Moria in their ranks) won 1-0 against Sheffield Childrens’ Hospital.
Onto round two and Dreams Come True continued their impressive form with a 5-3 triumph over Help for Heroes and before the next ice cut, Blue Cross and Prostrate Cancer UK shared an entertaining 3-3 draw. MIND then got off to winning ways with a 3-2 score against The Childrens’ Hospital team before Breast Cancer Care defeated the British Heart Foundation 6-1 in a very feisty encounter. That left both Dreams Come True and the afore mentioned Breast Cancer Care the only sides with 100 per cent records as eight games had been played.
Help for Heroes started round three and inflicted the first loss on Blue Cross with a 3-1 win, before the Childrens’ Hospital recorded a shutout with 2-0 win this time against the British Heart Foundation whom seemed to finding success hard to come by. Then came the battle of the unbeaten sides and in a tense game; it was Dreams Come True who prevailed with a narrow 3-2 win over Breast Cancer Care. Prostrate Cancer UK then concluded the third round with their first win, taking the spoils 4-2 against MIND. Could Dreams Come True finish the opening day with a 100 per cent record?
After the final ice cut of the day, it was time for the last set of round robin matches before the tournament concludes today (Sunday). Dreams Come True proved too strong for a British Heart Foundation side with a 6-0 shutout and it could have been more, leaving both sides with 100 per cent records albeit in differing circumstances. Help for Heroes are just two points behind the leaders as they edged past Prostrate Cancer UK as are Breast Cancer Care since they defeated MIND 3-1. So onto the final game of the day, and it was again a very competitive encounter but Blue Cross saw off Sheffield Childrens’ Hospital whom had a few conversations with the officials: a 4-0 shutout by the Blue Cross team keeps them into contention for a top two finish.
So that was day one, day two awaits. Who will be crowned 2018 UK Charity All-Stars Champions? Just wait and see…