Competition season restarts in the UK with the Steel City Trophy
Team Icicles Senior have been selected to represent Great Britain at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships 2022 following the results of the Steel City Trophy in Sheffield.
The Steel City Trophy Synchronised Skating Competion took place in Sheffield on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of March at IceSheffield with 13 categories and 46 teams competing from across the UK.
There was a general aura of excitement in and around the arena and a great turn out in the audience too, with standing room only in the Junior and Senior categories.
With a pop theme, skating to music such as Car Wash and Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough, Icicles Senior came out fighting in their free programme. The lift in the centre of their wheel was enjoyed by the audience and they skated a really well performed programme with high spirals, a really clean whip intersection and interesting choreography. They scored 81.22 points, earning a total score of 120.65 points.
In the short programme, Icicles Junior from Nottingham skated in bright orange costumes to a high energy programme with great speed form the oft. They were very confident in every element so the audience could enjoy the performance and there were some different features within their programme, such as their change of place in their wheel and an axel to end which kept the audience entertained. They scored 43.40 points to lead in the short programme.
Skating to a Moulin Rouge theme, in red costumes with black tails, Icicles Junior delivered a confident skate in their free programme. Starting their programme with their synchronised spins, they had good speed across the ice with a particularly impressive moves element with good duck under spirals. There was a fall in their final intersection, however they scored 69.47 points, earning 112.87 points altogether, gaining them the gold medal in the Junior category.
Solway Stars from Dumfries delivered a Nexxice inspired short programme with light bouncy movements. There were hair flicks and sassy attitudes to match with strong spirals in the moves element and an impressive whip intersection. They scored 35.70 points to come second in the short programme.
Skating their free programme to the soundtrack of Beetlejuice in stripy dresses, Solway Stars started well with some interesting movements and shapes across the ice. However, they had four falls, including two within elements which really impacted their scores. They gained 66.60 points which gave them a combined score of 102.30, coming in second place.
In second place, skating a dreamy programme to Dreamgirls was Allstars form Slough. They had a crowd-pleasing creative lift and some lyrical movements, interpreting the music well and their dresses were cream and sparkly, flowing beautifully as they skated. They had one fall and they scored 53.99 points.
In third place, skating in this category for the first time, were Wight Jewels from the Isle of Wight. They had an upbeat, energetic programme wearing luminous pastel dresses. The audience enjoyed their creative element and they scored 52.98 points.
Taking the silver medal were Wight Crystals from Isle of Wight. Skating to Me and My Girls in purple outfits, they had some interesting features in their routine, with the audience enjoying their stag leaps and their backflip. Unfortunately, they had a fall and they scored 47.31 points.
Ice Stars from Nottingham gained the silver medal, skating to ‘I feel better when I’m Dancing’. They wore multicoloured pastel dresses and had a strong skating style with some difficult transitions. They had a confident skate and score 31.17 points
In third place was Novus from Sheffield. Decked in denim and checked cowgirl dresses, they skated a Hannah Montana montage with choreography which reflected scenes from the film. They had good ice coverage and speed from the start and scored 26.53 points.
With a completely contrasting programme, Ice Unite from Nottingham gained the silver medal with a high-speed programme complete with plenty of attitude. Their quick transitions were enjoyed by the audience, along with their death spiral in the centre of their wheel. They score 46.69 points.
Gaining the bronze medal, with a score of 36.00 points, was Deelites from Deeside. This was a confident performance with highlights in the programme including vaults and y-spirals at the end of their wheel, which interpreted their music well.
In second place with 26.67 points was Orion from Lee Valley. With their London based theme, complete with dresses representing the tube lines of the London Underground, they had a confident skate with a theatrical performance. They interpreted their music well and ended with the face of Big Ben ticking the time.
In third place with a score of 25.90 points was Bladerunners from Altrincham. They had a Waitress inspired programme, complete with waitress costumes, and served up a great performance, winning them the ‘Most Entertaining Programme’ trophy.
Winning the silver medal was Phoenix Gold from Lee Valley. Skating to Jailhouse Rock in beautiful pale blue costumes, they had great power across the ice with good ice coverage. Their wheel looked particularly strong and they scored 31.35 points.
Gaining the bronze medal was Shooting Stars from Gosport. Skating to Pump Up The Jam, they wore pink and black costumes with pink gloves and had a Jazz/Charleston theme. They had good interpretation to the music and scored 30.76 points.
In second place with a score of 16.57 were Ignis from Sheffield. They skated to a selection of songs from Moana and had gold and white sparkly dresses. They were in time with the music and had good musicality throughout with inflections in the choreography to match the theme.
In second place was Ice Pops from Nottingham. Skating to Moana, this team had very sharp arm movements and skated with speed across the ice. Their transitions were seamless and they skated with confidence, scoring 20.34 points.
In third place, scoring 19.94 points, was Northern Starlets from Hull. They wore navy and white sailor dresses, complete with tutus and skated to Blue Peter and Drunken Sailor. The choreography reflected the 19th century with some jumps and choreography which reflected the music. The transitions added to the theme of the programme.
Thanks to Abs, Hermione and Evie for their help in writing this article and their detailed notes of each team!
Results - TOP 3
Steel City Trophy 2022
MAR 04, 2022 - MAR 07, 2022
|1||Team Icicles (GBR)||120.65|
|1||Team Icicles (GBR)||112.87|
|2||Solway Stars (GBR)||102.30|
|1||Solway Eclipse (GBR)||58.31|
|2||Ice Unite (GBR)||46.69|
|1||Ice Dreams (GBR)||52.71|