Young star helps Hornets win title

Jon Binder
Jon Binder

YOUNG Bourne ice hockey star Jon Binder has helped his club win a national title for the second year running.

Jon, 13, helped the Romford Hornets lift the under 16 national title at Sheffield, beating Sheffield Rapiers 6-1.

Last year Jon, who plays on the left side of defence, was part of the Romford Hurricanes team who won the national under 14s title.

Dad Andy said: “It’s quite an achievement lifting two national titles, two years running.

“Jon just loves to play and get out on the ice.

“He trains 52 weeks a year and he’s in Year 8 but he’s playing with and against lads in Year 10 and 11.

“He’s playing well. In ice hockey everyone brings something to the table, you’ve got a big hitter, speedy hands, and I think Jon’s strengths are his knowledge of the game, his positioning and how he reads the game.”

The final in Sheffield didn’t end on a high for Binder as he was sent off with 30 seconds to go after a clash with a Sheffield player, but it could not dampen the winning team’s spirits.

Jon, who studies at Bourne Academy, has been skating since the age of eight since then he has played at regional level and been for national trials as well as tournaments in Finland and Austria.

He trains twice a week at Romford and Dad Andy says it does involve a lot of travelling but Jon is committed to the sport and just loved to play.