Lo­cal hockey play­ers pre­pare for At­lantics

Team heads to Moncton Oct 5-8

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE MARYS­TOWN, NL

The Jones sis­ters from Marys­town are ex­cited to be on the ros­ter for the U16 pro­vin­cial girls’ hockey team com­pet­ing in the 2017 At­lantic Chal­lenge Cup.

Sarah Jones, who also played in last year’s At­lantics, said she was happy to be se­lected for the team again; how­ever, she hopes the team’s re­turn to the At­lantics proves more fa­vor­able this time around.

“(Last year) we got third,” ex­plained Jones, who plays cen­ter/ right wing. “So, I’m hop­ing (we) get at least sec­ond this year.

“It’s a priv­i­lege – I am happy to get to play again this year, es­pe­cially with Mag­gie.”

Although Sarah has played with the team in the past, it’s a first for sis­ter Mag­gie.

“I’m pretty happy,” Mag­gie said of mak­ing the team. “Es­pe­cially (see­ing) how this is my first year try­ing out and I get to play with my sis­ter too.”

Mag­gie said with eight other net-min­ders try­ing for a spot on the team, she was up against some tough com­pe­ti­tion as she got be­tween the pipes dur­ing try-outs.

The sis­ters took part in two try-outs be­fore be­ing named to the team. The ini­tial one was held in Par­adise, and from there the pair moved onto the fi­nal round in Gan­der.

Kathy Se­nior, who plays with the Tripen AAA Midget team, also made the ros­ter.

“I feel very grate­ful to have been se­lected to help rep­re­sent New­found­land and Labrador for the sec­ond year run­ning,” she said.

“It’s so ex­cit­ing to think that I’m get­ting to play at high­est level for fe­male hockey in this province.”

She added it is has taken a lot of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.

“I’ve been train­ing all year to make it to where I am today,” she said. “(I am) look­ing for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence, the com­pe­ti­tion and mak­ing new friends. Hope­fully we will come to­gether as a team and bring home the gold.”

COLIN FAR­RELL/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Sis­ters Mag­gie and Sarah Jones are ex­cited to be se­lected for the pro­vin­cial team.

SUB­MIT­TED

Kathy Se­nior, who plays with the Tripen AAA midget team, is re­turn­ing for her sec­ond year with the pro­vin­cial team.

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