Bay Arena to host fe­male pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment this week­end

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY LIL­LIAN SIM­MONS

Rover­ines Coach Con­nie Brad­bury says it’s been a long time since the Bay Arena had an all girls hockey team. “At least seven or eight years,” she says.

And Brad­bury isn’t sure that the arena has ever hosted an all fe­male, all New­found­land tour­na­ment be­fore.

That’ll change this week­end when the Bay Arena Rover­ines take to the ice in a pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment for the Un­der-15 fe­male divi­sion, hosted by the arena.

“Over the years there have been a lot of very tal­ented fe­male hockey play­ers to come out of the Bay Arena, with most of them go­ing on to uni­ver­sity with schol­ar­ships to play hockey,” Brad­bury says. “ They are the in­spi­ra­tion and role mod­els for th­ese girls com­ing up through the hockey sys­tem now.

“Next year, we’re looking for girls of all ages to join hockey — girls can play hockey up to age 21,” she adds.

Fe­male hockey has three di­vi­sions for All New­found­land Pro­vin­cial Tour­na­ments, di­vided up by age: Un­der 21, Un­der 15, and Un­der 12, ex­plains Brad­bury.

“Steel Ho­tels spon­sors all of the All New­found­land tour­na­ments, and var­i­ous other busi­nesses spon­sor and give do­na­tions so that the tour­na­ments can go ahead.”

There will be six teams play­ing April 3-5: Bay Arena Rover­ines, CBR Rene­gades, Clarenville Cari­bous, South­ern Shore Break­ers, Stephenville Stars, and the Port aux Basques Blaze.

The tour­na­ment will con­sist of 15 games with the top two teams (first and sec­ond over­all) play­ing the cham­pi­onship game for the gold and sil­ver medals. The third place over­all team will re­ceive the bronze medal.

Sched­ule

The open­ing cer­e­monies will be held Fri­day, April 3 at 1:30 p.m.

How­ever, the games be­gin at 9 a.m. and go on un­til 7 p.m.

Satur­day morn­ing’s first game will be played at 8 a.m. with games run­ning un­til 9 p.m. A play­ers/coaches ban­quet takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. Satur­day as well.

Games re­sume Sun­day, April 5 start­ing at 8 a.m., with the cham­pi­onship game from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Pre­sen­ta­tions and clos­ing cer­e­monies will take place from 4 to 4:30 p.m. di­rectly fol­low­ing the cham­pi­onship game.

“We hope every­one will come out to watch the games and sup­port our own girls,” Brad­bury says. “It’s an hon­our to host the tour­na­ment and it’s go­ing to be so much fun. It’ll be good hockey and new friends will be made,” the coach pre­dicts.

THE GIRLS BACK THEN - Rover­ines Coach Con­nie Brad­bury says she’s not sure ex­actly who’s who on this old photo (circa 1938), but one of them is her great-aunt Phyl­lis Mercer. Some of the names are miss­ing, but some of the teams mem­bers were: Coach John North, Eileen Dawe, Olive My­ers (Wil­cox); Phyl­lis French (Mercer) Cap­tain Reid Roach (Marita Mur­phy); Ida Wil­cox; Floss (Florence) Kings­ley; Mar­cie Brad­bury (Earle); El­lie Rus­sell; He­len Bow­er­ing and Goalie Kit Wil­cox. The women won the All New­found­land Ladies Hockey Cham­pi­onship in 1938 at the old Prince’s Rink, St. John’s, de­feat­ing the host team 2 to 1. The Rover­ines dis­banded af­ter the cham­pi­onship as the St. John’s and Bay Roberts rinks shut down.

TO­DAY’S GIRLS - The Bay Arena Rover­ines will take to the ice in an All New­found­land Girls Un­der 15 tour­na­ment hosted by the arena April 3-5. Back row from left: As­sis­tant Coach Scott Earle, Natalie Keep­ing, Kris­ten Peach, Court­ney Pet­ten, Chelsee Brad­bury, Kaila LeDrew, Lisa Brad­bury, Erica Bad­cock, Jas­mine Mor­gan, Coach Con­nie Brad­bury, Trainer Gary Pike. Front row: Tay­lor Quin­lan, Shelby Bat­ten, Court­ney Car­a­van, Chelsea Thomas, Chelsea Pike, Mal­lory Pitts.

PEE WEE GOLD - CeeBees Pee Wee team won Gold at the Neil May­nard Tour­na­ment at the Jack Byrne Arena in Tor­bay March 20-22, when they de­feated CBR Rene­gades 2 to 1 in the cham­pi­onship game. Play­ers are, front row: Mitchell Ped­dle, Matthew Legge, Rod­ney Slade, Bradley Riggs, Colin Thomas, David Legge, Matthew Mur­phy. Back: Coach Rick Slade, Pa­trick Jayne, Coach Dar­rin Har­ris, Bran­don Har­ris, Adam Slade, Daniel Cur­ran, Tyler Slade, Bran­don Lynch, Joshua Rodgers, Coach Blair Mur­phy, Coach Don Cur­ran and Coach Howard Slade. Evan Mil­ley, Kyle Dowden and Coach Noel Mil­ley were un­avail­able for photo.

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