Bay Arena to host female provincial tournament this weekend
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.
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.