Ex­pe­ri­ence at At­lantics

Ex­pe­ri­ence at At­lantics a good one for lo­cal play­ers

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - FRONT PAGE - BY BRYAN TAIT btait@gulfnews.ca

Lo­cal hockey play­ers gain ex­pe­ri­ence through the Atlantic Cham­pi­onships.

A pair of lo­cal hockey play­ers re­cently re­turned from what both de­scribed as a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ha­ley Os­mond and Jas­min Wal­ters played for the Western War­riors mid­get AAA hockey team that rep­re­sented New­found­land and Labrador at the At­lantics in Prince Ed­ward Is­land last month. They earned the spot af­ter a 4-1 win over the East­ern Ice Break­ers at the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship in St. An­thony. Bur­geo’s Julie Pink was also a mem­ber of the team.

“To win the pro­vin­cial ti­tle was the best feel­ing I’ve ever had,” Wal­ters said.

Os­mond said it was ex­cit­ing to win the pro­vin­cial ti­tle and it meant the team’s hard work had paid off.

Wal­ters said she’d won pro­vin­cial ti­tles with mi­nor hockey teams in Port aux Basques in the past, but this win was the best.

“I never thought it would hap­pen,” she said. “This year I had a lot of faith in the team be­cause we had a great, hard-work­ing team that I knew had the po­ten­tial to win.”

Os­mond said she’d played in the ban­tam AAA pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment last year in St. John’s, bring­ing home a bronze medal. She said that ex­pe­ri­ence helped pre­pare her for what to ex­pect in P.E.I.

“The at­mos­phere is re­ally com­pet­i­tive and ex­cit­ing,” she said of the At­lantics. “There were lots of tal­ented play­ers.”

Wal­ters has been play­ing hockey for six years, Os­mond for seven, and both said they want to keep hockey in their life in some way.

“I can’t imag­ine my life with­out it,” Wal­ters said.

Both said they’re hope­ful enough play­ers will be around for an un­der-20 women’s team in Port aux Basques, and they plan to con­tinue play­ing with the mid­get team.

Os­mond said she’d like to try her hand at coach­ing. Wal­ters said when she heads to univer­sity in St. John’s, she’s de­ter­mined to con­tinue play­ing in a women’s league in the city.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Port aux Basques hockey play­ers Jas­min Wal­ters (left) and Ha­ley Os­mond (right) said their ex­pe­ri­ence at the At­lantics last month was the re­sult of the team’s hard work. Bur­geo’s Julie Pink (cen­tre) was also on the team rep­re­sent­ing New­found­land and Labrador.

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