The mega is com­ing

Trinity Pla­cen­tia, CeeBees host 18-team tour­na­ment

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

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.

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