Airdrie Sting ringette team set to host provincials
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 11:13 am
After a long and winding road, the final destination for the 2013/14 season is just around the corner for the Airdrie Sting U12B ringette team.
The Sting will be the host team for the Alberta U12B provincial championships, set to be held at the rinks at Genesis Place on March 14 to 16.
“We have played in tournaments in places like Edmonton and Spruce Grove all year, so we are excited about being at home to play in the provincials,” Sting centre Kennedy Rice said.
“We have played a lot of the teams that will be at the provincials this year in our other tournaments, and I think that should help us out a lot,” she added.
The Sting has had a successful season out on the tournament trail this year, as it has won five titles and finished second in two others.
“It’s been amazing to have the opportunity to coach a great group of girls like this,” Sting Head Coach Laurie Reeve said. “All of their skills have improved since the year got underway back in the fall, and they all have that work ethic that helps them succeed.”
“We are one of those teams that is very supportive of one another, and that allows us to work really well together,” Rice added.
While she is quick to give credit to her team’s success to her teammates, Rice has been the offensive dynamo for the Sting all year, as the 10 year old has scored more than 100 goals.
“It’s nice to help the team, but I certainly wasn’t expecting to score that many goals,” Rice said.
“I think a lot of that comes from my teammates, as our defencemen are able to pass the ring up quickly, and the forwards really work hard as well.”
The Sting, will open up its tournament play against Sherwood Park NRG on March 14 in a 9:15 a.m. game at the Shane Homes Rink at Genesis Place, will be one of 12 teams in the provincial field.
“We have hosted provincial events in Airdrie before, but this is the first time that we have had an event like this here in around a decade,” said Ryan Reeve, co-chair for the tournament.
“Once we secured the rinks at Genesis Place for the tournament, that was a nice thing to have for us as it’s great to have a facility like that for an event like this one,” he added.
In addition to the tournament games, which will wrap up with the championship game on March 16 at 2 p.m. at the Rocky View County Rink at Genesis Place, special events will be taking place throughout the weekend. A skills competition will be held at 4:45 p.m. on March 14 prior to the opening ceremonies later that evening at 6 p.m., which will be headlined by guest speaker and Olympic speed skater Brianne Tutt of Airdrie.
“We are pretty excited to have her being a part of our event, especially since she is an Olympian from our town,” Ryan Reeves said.
On March 15, a come out and try ringette event will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Shane Homes Rink, and a feature game will be held at 6 p.m. in the Rocky View Country Rink between the National Ringette League’s Calgary Rath and an all-star U19AA squad from Calgary.