The River East Kaos U14A ringette team had to travel all the way to Portage la Prairie but the girls came home with a shiny gold medal and the title of provincial champs for their efforts!
The team had an awesome 2013-2014 season which began all the way back at tryouts in September. River East Kaos U14A was made up of players from 4 different ringette associations — River East, St. James, North Winnipeg and Transcona — which made making the team difficult for both players and coaches. Over 50 players tried out but only 15 were successful.
The Kaos started the season as the team to beat by winning gold at the pre-season Dakota tournament. They followed that up by remaining undefeated in league play in the first half of the season. Their only defeat came during another gold medal game at the Southdale Tournament.
That was the beginning of a fight for first between Interlake Ignite and the Kaos. Both teams were strong in second-half league play and were only defeated by each other. They both travelled to Regina for a tournament, from which Interlake came home with gold while Kaos had to settle for silver.
The next tournament was the Voyageur AA Tournament and again Interlake came out with gold and Kaos got silver.
It was beginning to look like the Kaos could not defeat Interlake and were destined to take silver in the city and provincial playoffs.
That turned out to be half right, as Interlake did win gold in cities in a one-goal game.
Before going into the provincial tournament, the Kaos girls were determined to beat Interlake but the first time the two teams played the Kaos came out a bit flat and lost. This loss meant that if River East was to win gold, it would have to beat Interlake twice in the double-knockout format.
Coaches, parents and fans knew the Kaos could do it but the players were a bit unsure of themselves. That’s when the coaches decided to take their hands off the wheel and let the girls decide if they were up for the challenge. The coaches walked out of the change room and told the girls that the game was up to them.
The first game of the two-game gold medal series was do or die. But Kaos was on fire and their determination showed with every pass they made and every goal they scored. They won, which meant the two teams faced each other again on the same day in the turnaround game.
The second game told the story of the Kaos’ entire year. They stuck to their game, did not take unnecessary penalties and made amazing plays. The whole team shone that day and the whole team was golden!
Congratulations to River East Kaos U14A ringette team on a hard-fought season and on winning provincial gold!!!
Suzanne Dyck is a community correspondent for River East.