On November 25th and 26th, six teams representing the Timmins Ringette Association headed to Sudbury to compete in their annual tournament.
There were two U10 divisions with one Timmins team in each division.
In the U10R Division, the Timmins Tornadoes Blue were perfect all weekend defeating teams from Barrie, Iroquois Falls, Valley East and Sudbury, giving them first place and punching their ticket directly to the finals against Barrie. After an evening of team bonding, a good night sleep, and a healthy morning breakfast, the Timmins players were ready and pumped to hit the ice. Showing no mercy and fighting for every inch of ice, Timmins took an early lead. Barrie continued to push forward attempting to claw their way back, but the speed and well timed passes of the Timmins team took its toll as Timmins continued to hammer rings into the Barrie net. A final score of 8-3 for Timmins paved the way to gold.
Coaching staff: “The players immediately gelled together, played as a team, and played with a lot of heart. We are proud to be part of this team who took on this challenge and showed exactly what Timmins Ringette players are all about. Congratulations girls!”
In the U10W Division, the Timmins Tornadoes White worked hard all weekend, facing tough competition. After losing their first game against Barrie, they defeated Valley East and Walden to advance to the semi finals. On Sunday morning, they defeated Walden to advance to the finals in a rematch againt Barrie. The Tornadoes saw Barrie take a two goal lead, but the Timmins girls worked hard and came back to win the game 8-6 and the gold medal. The team had an offense making great passes and scoring goals in addition to a defense that would make it hard for the opponents to score. Christelle Berthier had a strong performance in net all weekend.
In the U12 Division, the Timmins Tornadoes lost a close opening contest 5-4 against Barrie but bounced back with a 6-2 win against Sudbury and a 7-6 win against Valley East. Timmins headed to the semi-final on Sunday morning where they would meet Barrie again. The girls put on a great effort but lost the game 7-5.
Two Timmins teams were competing in the U14 Division.
The Timmins Tornadoes Blue opened the tournament with back to back wins against Barrie, 8-6 and Sudbury, 6-2 in very strong performances before losing their final round robin game against Valley East by a score of 8-4.
The Timmins Tornadoes White came out on fire in their opener against Sudbury, winning the game 7-0. Penalty’s troubled the White squad in their second game, but they managed to escape with a tie against Valley East. They then pocketed a win against Iroquois Falls and managed to stay ahead of Barrie the entire game to a 4-2 win.
The two Timmins squads finished 2nd and 3rd and would have to settle the score against each other in the semi-final. After a hard fought game, the Tornadoes White were on their way to the finals, winning the game 7-4. .
In the finals the Tornadoes came up to a big team from Walden. What they were lacking in size they made up in heart and determination and with a battle that went all the way to the end the White Team edged out their opponent by a score of 5-4. With a stellar performance from their goalie Katie Page and with Alex Lent netting 2 goals and Caelen Easton getting the other 3, a rock solid defense not letting Walden get to the net it was all in all a great team effort and a fun weekend of ringette.
The U19 Timmins Tornadoes dropped their first two games in close battles with West Ferris and Valley East but still had a chance to win against a strong Sudbury team to move on to the semi finals. The team stayed positive after the first two games and tried to work on a few small things to get into the win column. In the final game they were down 4-1 with ten minutes to play, digging deep, they managed to score three unanswered goals to earn a 4-4 tie. Although they needed to win the girls showed their pride and determination in a very exciting game.