Tour­na­ment time

Char­lot­te­town area host­ing 89 teams, more than 1,100 ath­letes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The largest ringette tour­na­ment on P.E.I. be­gins Thurs­day in Char­lot­te­town, at­tract­ing 89 teams from P.E.I. and New Brunswick, with more than 1,150 ath­letes and 320 man­agers and coaches, to the cap­i­tal city area.

The CARI Com­plex, Sim­mons Sport­splex and Cody Banks Arena in Char­lot­te­town, the APM Cen­tre in Corn­wall and the Pow­nal Sports Cen­tre will host the tour­na­ment’s 153-game sched­ule. Divi­sions in­clude un­der-8, -10, -12, -14 and -16/19.

Games start at 5 p.m. Thurs­day. The cham­pi­onship games go Sun­day at CARI.

In ad­di­tion to the games, which will be we­b­casted, and live mu­sic at the CARI Com­plex, there will be in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and par­ents, in­clud­ing the bot­tle cap game and 50-50 draws.

New this year at the CARI Com­plex will be the penalty box photo booth for play­ers to dress up, have fun and post pic­tures show­ing the spirit of ringette with the Twit­ter tour­na­ment hash­tag (#CRT2016). There is no ad­mis­sion charge. Ringette P.E.I. has 660 play­ers on 49 teams in pro­grams in Souris, Mon­tague, Char­lot­te­town, Sum­mer­side and Rus­tico.

The team sport is played on ice in which play­ers use a straight stick to pass, carry and shoot a rubber ring to score goals.

Orig­i­nally de­signed as a win­ter team sport for girls, ringette is now an al­ter­na­tive to hockey for girls and boys.

Ken­dra O’Brien from Souris and Ash­ley Hollis from Strat­ford skate in the Na­tional Ringette League with the At­lantic At­tack based in New Brunswick.

Tour­na­ment up­dates and re­sults at www.char­lot­te­town­ringette.com.

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