The mega is coming
Trinity Placentia, CeeBees host 18-team tournament
Under-12 female hockey is going to be the focus March 20-21 at both S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace and the Trinity-Placentia Stadium in Whitbourne. That’s when both rinks will host the under-12 female mega tournament featuring at least 18 teams, including the co-host CeeBees and Teepees, along with reps from the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts. Splitting games between both rinks, it is sure to be an exciting time in the region.
If you’re trying to get a hotel room in the Trinity-Conception region on the second-last weekend of March, you’re probably out of luck.
That’s because the CeeBees and Trinity Placentia minor hockey associations are welcoming some 20 teams as they co-host the under-12 mega provincial tournament March 20-22. Games will be played out of the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace and the Trinity-Placentia Stadium in Whitbourne.
“We’re pretty excited for it,” said CeeBees minor president Wendy Penney.
As a result, the organizing group from both associations made sure to reserve what hotel rooms they could from Harbour Grace to Whitbourne, as well as every cabin and efficiency unit in between.
Since Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador first introduced mega tournaments a couple of years ago, this will mark the first time a mega tourney has been held outside of either St. John’s, Corner Brook or Central Newfoundland.
Penney said the two associations were offered the chance to host the tournament when it was determined central had a lack of ice time and would not be able to handle the close to 240 players and their parents who would descend on the area.
“I made a phone call to Eric Clarke (president of Trinity Placentia minor) and he was all for it,” said Penney.
From there, Penney made the call to HNL female representatives to confirm they would be taking the tournament.
The teams participating in the tournament besides the hosts are: Bay Arena, Botwood, CBR, Churchill Falls, Clarenville, Corner Brook, Deer Lake, Gander-Glovertown, Grand FallsWindsor, Lake Melville, Marystown, Mount Pearl, Springdale, St. Anthony, St. John’s, Stephenville, Straits and Twillingate.
Splitting it up
With 18 teams competing and two rinks going full tilt for three days, scheduling can be a handful.
In case you’re wondering, mega tournaments work like this. Each team gets a set number of preliminary round games. Based on those results, they get placed in a division with teams who had similar evaluation.
Teams will then play until there is a division champion, whether it is A,B, C, D or E.
Officials tried to evenly divide the number of games between each stadium. There might one more game at one rink than the other, but for the most part it is straight down the middle, according to Penney.