Provincial A Ringette Championships Set to Start.
The 2016 Provincial A Ringette Championships begin Thursday morning with games scheduled at all Timmins arenas and at the Jus Jordan in Iroquois Falls. By Sunday, champions will be crowned in four divisions, and Timmins teams are looking to claim three of those spots. Official Opening Ceremonies will be held at the McIntyre Arena Thursday night at 7:30 pm.
The Timmins Tornadoes have three Provincial A teams competing this week, including the U14A Tweens, the U16A Juniors and the U19 Belles. The U12 Provincial Petites will compete at a separate event in April. This is the first time the Provincial Championships have been held in Timmins and local teams are hoping for some hometown support in their bid for gold.
The U16A squad under the direction of Coach Rick Dagenais is looking to defend their Provincial title. Competition for the gold will be against teams from West Ferris, Gloucester Cumberland, Forest, Ajax, Guelph and City of Ottawa. Dagenais commented that “Our Juniors have been working hard on final preparations. They are fit and ready, but we all know how closely matched teams are at these Championships. They are really excited to play in front of their hometown crowd!” The U16A series kicks off at 8am Thursday at the Mountjoy Arena against Ajax.
The U14 A team finished the season ranked #1 after a perfect 12 – 0 season. Coach Jason Brousseau feels his team is ready “The girls have worked hard all year knowing Provincials would be here in Timmins. The team met our goal of finishing Top Tier (top 7 teams) and it is icing on the cake that we are competing for Provincial gold here at home.” The Tweens face Burlington first in Iroquois Falls at the Jus Jordan Arena at 8 am Thursday. Over the weekend they will also face teams from Sudbury, Forest, London, Gloucester Cumberland and Upper Ottawa Valley.
The U19A Belles are ranked 4th in the province heading into their games against Elora Fergus, Forest, City of Ottawa, West Ottawa, Ayr and Richmond Hill. Their first game is on Thursday at 12 noon at the Archie Dillon Sportsplex against #1 ranked Elora Fergus. Coach Danya Desjardins feels that her team is ready and in a good position heading into the tournament. “The team has been working very hard all year to prepare for this tournament. We’ve had a great season thus far and the girls are excited and ready to play provincial level ringette on home ice in front of family and friends!”
A complete game schedule and game results can be found on the Timmins Ringette website www.timminsringette.com and at www.score2stats.com. Livestreaming of the Opening Ceremonies and games played at the McIntyre arena will be livestreamed at livestream.ca.
Come out and witness the “fastest game on ice” this week. Good luck to all teams!