Bantam AAA female Ice have a thirst for the game
The biggest trait any team can have is a desire to get better.
Settling for staying the same is not the correct path to take if any team wants to be successful as their season progresses.
To a girl, the female bantam Tri Pen AAA Ice has a huge desire to learn the game and increase their knowledge.
Even with all of their physical gifts, like skating ability, the Ice players have a thirst for knowledge that will surely pay dividends as their season progresses.
“Speed, patience and a hunger for knowledge (is where the team excels). We have a core group of fast skaters who know when to use it but most of all they really want to learn,” said Haire. “They hang on every word, it don’t matter if it’s just a small tip or a full strategic plan, you only have to tell them once for it to sink in then they come back looking for more.”
Team members are Abagail Reid, Brooke Lannon, Claire Broder, Cynthia Ball, Darcy Jones, Ella Shea, Hannah Hickey, Hillary Reardon, Jaemee Drover, Kathy Senior, Laura Gambin Ryan, Olivia Fitzpatrick, Olivia Gilbert, Sammi Jo Haire, Sara Thorne, Abby McCue, Mallory Spencer and Rachel Dean.
The team’s coaching staff consists of Haire, Randy Reardon, Ray Hickey and Elaine Senior.
Tri Pen had a good showing at the warm-up tournament held in Harbour Grace a couple of weeks ago.
The team finished with a record of one win, two losses and a tie, which put them in contention for third place with Central.
The IcePak came back from down 2-0 late in the third and eventually won in a shootout.
“Up to that point, we had only had a couple of exhibition games,” said Haire. “It gave us an opportunity to get a feel for the other teams as well as get to know each other. The fans got to see some great hockey that weekend.”
While they didn’t get the bronze medal, there were some positive results for the Ice as they head further into their season.
It gave coaches a chance to see what worked and where the team needs to improve going forward.
Haire marveled at the drive his team showed over the four games.
“You can teach a lot, whether it be team systems, strategies, various coaching concepts but you cannot teach work ethic. You either have it or you don’t and this group of young ladies has it,” he said. “There is no quit in this team, they give you 110 per cent every second of every shift and that is the foundation that you can build a winning team from.
“Another area is leadership. This team was built around leadership and experience and it shows in the locker room. We have very vocal leaders who bring a lot to the table in terms of experience as well as leaders who lead by example and the girls really look up to them.”
There are always kinks to work out with any team. Parts of the game that aren’t just clicking in the early parts of the season are sure to find their way to the practice rink in the coming weeks.
The Ice are no different. While Haire wasn’t keen to share exactly what the Tri Pen were looking to improve upon, he did say he’d like his team to gain a better understanding of the sys- tems they’re working on.
“I stressed to the team in the beginning that I want to see a steady incline of progression throughout the year. It’s like climbing a mountain, the flag at the peak being the league championship,” he said. “If we continue to work hard and believe in your team and yourselves and continue becoming better throughout the year then it’s possible to capture the flag but if at any point we plateau and stop the progression then that is where you stay.
“It’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication but I’m quite confident this team will excel at a steady pace to reach that flag.”
We have very vocal leaders who bring a lot to the table in terms of experience as well as leaders who lead by example and the girls really look up to them. Joe Haire
Town council members, volunteers and other community supporters gathered at the Crane’s Road Ball Field in Upper Island Cove Sept. 17 to officially open the new paved walking track. The track offers residents a safe place to walk and lead a healthy lifestyle. Pictured are front row (from left): Jenelle Smith, Hailey Drover, Cameron Hussey, Hilary Sharpe, Coun. Cindy Dobbin, Coun. Kim Mercer, parks and recreation association president Robert Clarke, local MHA Pam Parsons, Madison Shute, Mayor George Adams, Coun. Steven Greeley, Alyssa Stone, Russanne Drover, Alyson, Greeley; back row (from left): town manager Neil Shute, Coun. Darren Mercer and Coun. Brian Drover. Missing from the photo is Deputy Mayor Philip Lundrigan.
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