Girls’ hockey skills on dis­play as Wool­wich Wild hosts tour­na­ment

The Woolwich Observer - - SPORTS - VERONICA REINER

IN­CREAS­INGLY POP­U­LAR, GIRLS’ HOCKEY was on dis­play in the town­ship last week­end as 22 teams from across south­ern On­tario took part in the Wool­wich Wild an­nual Shootout Tour­na­ment.

Girls be­tween the ages of 7 and 12 par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral di­vi­sions, in­clud­ing novice, atom and pee­wee. Among com­mu­ni­ties rep­re­sented were Burling­ton, Owen Sound, Lon­don, Walk­er­ton and Cam­bridge.

It was the first time Wool­wich had hosted such a tour­na­ment in more than a decade.

“Girls’ hockey is start­ing to be­come a big­ger thing here in Wool­wich,” ex­plained Wool­wich Wild vice-pres­i­dent Rebecca Met­zger. “There are a cou­ple of us that thought of host­ing a tour­na­ment. Clin­ton Ray­field, Kyle Rank and I are part of a tour­na­ment com­mit­tee, and we de­cided we wanted to try to do this.”

“We just thought it was time, with the beau­ti­ful fa­cil­ity that we have, we thought it was time to show it off,” added Rank. “And it’s a great venue to be able to hold a tour­na­ment. It’s kind of nice when you can use the two ice pads there, and then we used the St. Ja­cobs arena as well.”

The Wool­wich Wild per­formed de­cently in the tour­na­ment for the most part, with the LL1 team com­ing in sec­ond in the Novice house league divi­sion, with LL2 in fourth. They placed third in Novice B, fourth for the Atom house league divi­sion, sec­ond out of four teams in the Atom B divi­sion, and third out of four teams in Pee­wee B.

Af­ter more than a decade’s break from host­ing, lo­cal or­ga­niz­ers were pleased with how the week­end went. Rank said he ex­pects the tour­na­ment to con­tinue again in 2019.

“We got great feed­back from all the teams that were there. The first year is prob­a­bly the hard­est year,” he said. “But now that we’ve got it go­ing and up and run­ning, those peo­ple en­joy the area, and I could see them com­ing back. So hope­fully just big­ger and bet­ter next year and con­tin­ued success.”

Run­ning from Fri­day through Sun­day, the event went smoothly and was well-re­ceived, he noted.

“Thanks to all the spon­sors in the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties that helped out, and all the vol­un­teers that helped make the week­end spe­cial for all the teams, I think ev­ery­one had a great time,” said Rank.

[VERONICA REINER / THE OB­SERVER]

Are­nas in Elmira and St. Ja­cobs saw ac­tion from some two dozen teams last week­end dur­ing the Wool­wich Wild Shootout Tour­na­ment. It was the first time in more than a decade the lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion hosted such an event.

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