Ringette started out as a family affair for Carleigh Petersen.
The 13-year-old St. James resident said her mother played ringette when she was younger, and her sister played ringette as well, so she followed in their footsteps and participated in the sport too.
Now Petersen, a student at École Golden Gate, is forging her own path as a second-year player and co-captain on the Manitoba Magic U14 AA ringette team, a Manitoba Ringette Association (MRA) team. She and her team recently competed in the Western Canadian Ringette Championships (WCRC) from March 26 to 29 at the MTS Iceplex. In the tournament, they were called Manitoba II, after losing the best-of-three series in provincials to local rival team, the Eastman Flames, which competed as Team Manitoba.
According to coach Kelly Sims, Manitoba II played its first game on the morning of March 27 against Team Alberta. Team Alberta beat Manitoba II 4-2.
The team’s second game was that afternoon against British Columbia II, which Manitoba II won 7-5.
On March 28, Manitoba II lost 5-3 to Team Saskatchewan.
Later that afternoon, Manitoba II lost 5-4 to Team Manitoba.
Petersen started playing ringette when she was in Grade 2. She likes that it’s all about teamwork and that she can meet new friends.
Petersen plays centre on the team, which she said gives her a lot of freedom and flexibility on the rink.
"I get to play a little bit of forward and a little bit of defence. I’m a well-rounded player, I guess," Petersen said.
Petersen has competed in the WCRC last year but said going into it the second time was more difficult.
"It’s still a little nerve-wracking, because there are new teams to play against," Petersen told The Metro prior to the competition.
Last year, the Manitoba Magic won all its games, but this year Petersen said she didn’t know what to expect.
"I expect so much that I don’t know what to expect," Petersen said with a laugh.
Petersen said she remembers some of the teams from previous tournaments, but she worries about how much they’ve improved.
Now that the WCRC is over, Petersen said she gets a short break, followed by conditioning camp and tryouts.
"If I make it, I go right back to working out all summer, and if not, then I wait until next tryouts," Petersen said.
This past MRA season, the Magic had eight wins, eight losses, and two ties.
For more information about the team, visit magicringette.com