Ban­tam AAA fe­male Ice have a thirst for the game

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER TC ME­DIA nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.a

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.”

See­ing some­thing

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

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Tri Pen Ice.

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