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Rhyl roller hockey team set for worldwide tournament

Published date: 23 January 2013 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall
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AN UNDEFEATED Rhyl roller hockey team will represent Wales at a worldwide tournament in Canada.

The Rhyl renegades, who formed as a team two years ago, are the North Wales undefeated champions and ranked 3rd-best in the UK.

The team has been asked to take part in the North American Roller Hockey Championship World Finals which will be held in Ontario on June 15.


Matt Batterbee, 21, who helped form the club, said that to get the opportunity to play at this tournament was a ‘dream’.


“There will be teams from all over the world participating,” he said. “There will be professional teams playing - we can’t wait for this incredible experience.”


Mr Batterbee said he is hoping to secure funding to make sure the trip is a success.


“We are doing a sponsored cycle across North Wales from Chester to Treaddur Bay on the February 24 – cycling about 100 miles,” he said.


“It is going to cost about £800 each and there is nine of us who will be going.


“For all but myself and one other player, Callum Roberts, it will be the rest of the team’s first time going this far to play hockey.


“Callum has been to this event once before with another club, and I have played in the USA for Team Great Britain.


“It is an amazing tournament and although its different to ice hockey there are players for the NHL that have played this tournament and have gone on to play professional ice hockey and represent their countries.”


The Rhyl renegades are also the only team from Wales to play in the Major League Roller Hockey Europe and are being invited to many tournaments across europe.


The team is also searching for funding by writing to companies.


If you would like to help or for more information contact Matt Batterbee on 
matt_batterbee30@hotmail.co.uk

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