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Local ringette players help Zone 2 capture ringette provincials

Dan Marcinkowski is the Strathmore Standard's Sports and Wheatland County council reporter. Contact him with any and all information, story tips or concerns at 403-934-3021 ext. 308.

By Dan Marcinkowski, Airdrie Echo/Strathmore Standard

The Zone 2 U19A Ringette team, made up of girls from Airdrie, Strathmore, Rockyford, Langdon, Cochrane and Chestermere became provincial champions this past weekend in Rockyford. The team will be representing Team Alberta in the upcoming Western Canadian Ringette Championships in Winnipeg on March 22-25.

The Zone 2 U19A Ringette team, made up of girls from Airdrie, Strathmore, Rockyford, Langdon, Cochrane and Chestermere became provincial champions this past weekend in Rockyford. The team will be representing Team Alberta in the upcoming Western Canadian Ringette Championships in Winnipeg on March 22-25.

The Zone U19A Ringette team found early success after winning provincials in their inaugural season.

 

The team won provincials (Mar.3-5) in Rockyford and will now move on to the highest level of competition for ringette at the age group, the Western Canadian Ringette Championship in Winnipeg on Mar. 22-25.

Zone 2 will now be representing Alberta and will be known as team Alberta in Winnipeg.

Before this season, these talented ringette players from different areas in Zone 2 would play against each other, but this year the decision was made to combine the best players from these areas to see how they would match up against the top teams from Alberta.

“It was a little adventure at the start of the season for sure,” said Zone 2 coach Steve Rosenberg.

“It took a little while for the team to gel and get to know each other and we didn’t know how good we were.”

“We knew how good some of the top Edmonton and Calgary teams were so we were a little unsure of ourselves.”

The Zone 2 team surpassed expectations this season by winning three tournaments and finishing the regular season in first place.

“Right from the beginning, the girls were successful right away and kind of blew our expectations right out of the water,” said Rosenberg.

After some early success, the Zone 2 girls made a new goal and that was to make Westerns and win it. They are now almost there and will have to beat out the best teams from Western Canada.

The players from Cochrane include: Danielle Rosenberg and Rovanna Irvin, from Airdrie: Breanna McCullough, Mackenzie Cameron, Claire Kelly, Michaela Kelly, from Chestemere: Amy Person and Keegan Gregory, from Langdon, Julia Bishop, from Strathmore: Ashley LeCavalier and Lauryn Eitzen and from Rockyford: Taniel Kalbhen and Jessica Clyne.

At Provincials, the Zone 2 team started a little slow with a 2-2 overtime tie against St Albert. The second game saw a set back with a 7-6 overtime loss to Leduc.

In the third game and a must win, Zone 2 showed why they were at provincials and began playing their best beating South Calgary 3-1.

In the semi-final game against Sherwood Park, the Zone 2 team won 6-4.

In the final game, Zone 2 faced off against Calgary NW Grit. After an intense and thrilling game, Zone 2 was able to pull off a 5-4 win.

“It was an amazing tournament,” said Rosenberg

“We started off slow, but the will and determination to get to Westerns kept driving them and now they are team Alberta and will be going to Winnipeg.”

“Every team is going to be really good at Westerns. Our girls are ready for it and they are excited for it and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.”