Rock­y­ford Ringette girls cap­ture bronze

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

Fort McMur­ray played host to 8 dif­fer­ent zones which make up the prov­ince of Al­berta for the 2018 Al­berta Win­ter Games.

Hai­ley Ken­ney and Madi­son Wheeler of Rock­y­ford area at­tended the games un­der Zone 2 which con­sists of Cochrane, Strath­more, and Rock­y­ford to name a few.

The girls won bronze for their hard work on the ice. The score was 8 – 3 against Zone 3.

“You are win­ning but ob­vi­ously in the end it would have been bet­ter to win sil­ver or gold but it was su­per ex­cit­ing know­ing that out of all those teams we were in the top three and com­ing home with a medal,” said Ken­ney.

They played three round robin games where they lost the first game by one point but caught up and won the next two. The team be­came se­cond in the pool so they then crossed over and played the first place team, Ed­mon­ton, in the other pool. Zone 2 lost 5 – 4 that game in over­time. The out­come of the game moved the Ed­mon­ton team into the gold medal game and the Zone 2 team into the bronze medal game.

“It was re­ally close be­cause the team that won gold, we lost to in over­time and the team that won sil­ver we lost to by one,” said Ken­ney.

The week­end was filled with dif­fer­ent things to wit­ness and ex­pe­ri­ence. Ken­ney had mul­ti­ple favourites.

“Def­i­nitely the games be- Hai­ley Ken­ney, left, and Madi­son Wheeler, right, stand to­gether on the ice of the Frank Lacroix Arena in Fort McMur­ray fol­low­ing the bronze and gold medal games on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 19. Zone 2 won the game 8 – 3 against Zone 3. cause they were so close and ex­cit­ing but also all the time you spend with your team­mates,” said Ken­ney.

Alexan­dre Bilodeau, an Olympic Cana­dian Freestyle Skier em­ceed to kick off the open­ing cer­e­monies.

All ath­letes were on a strict sched­ule through­out the week- end. Buses would shuf­fle teams and in­di­vid­u­als to the ap­pro­pri­ate lo­ca­tion through­out the day.

“We all stayed in Ath­lete Vil­lages which are schools and all the Ringette teams are in one school and even the one day, we played at 12:30 p.m. but they have ev­ery­one up at the same time.”

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