It was a great four days of non-stop ringette action at the MTS Iceplex as Winnipeg hosted the Western Canadian Ringette championships from March 26 through 29.
There were 23 teams from the four western provinces in four different age groups competing for the coveted title of Western Canadian champion and the highly sought-after commemorative sticks that go with the title.
Since Manitoba was the host province, each age group was represented by two teams — Team Manitoba and Team Host — which gave us eight Manitoba teams to cheer for.
River East Ringette was proud to be represented at the 2014 Western Canadian Ringette Championships by our own U19 A team, which won the provincials to become Team Manitoba.
The team is coached by Danielle Edginton and made us all proud as they dominated in the round-robin to earn a spot in the gold medal final, where they faced a strong team from Alberta and came away with silver.
River East Ringette was also represented in the U14 age group by Makayla Dyck and Amy Slobodian, whose Magic U14AA team was Team Host. Although they did not medal, they played some awesome ringette!
River East was also represented in a different way at Westerns. Each competing team was given a hostess to cheer them on throughout the tournament. These hostesses were young ringette players from all over the city.
Most hostesses were given jerseys from their teams and ed their teams on to the ice during opening ceremonies. Carmyn Dyck of the East St. Paul U10 team was hostess for Team Manitoba U16, and Erica Roberts of North Kildonan U12 was the hostess for Team BC U19.
These girls will not soon forget the excitement of participating in such a big ringette tournament and were left with high hopes of one day competing at that level.
The MTS Iceplex buzzed with excitement throughout the competition.
Congratulations to those who ran such an awesome tournament. All the participants, players, coaches, hostesses, parents and fans showed how truly awesome the ringette community is
Suzanne Dyck is a community correspondent for River East.