The U12 Comets are all smiles at the West Coast Classic ringette tournament. Photo supplied

Island ringette teams in tough

It was a weekend of hard play, a few wins and some tough losses for the Comox Valley Ringette Association at the annual West Coast Classic ringette tournament last month in Richmond.

The association has been sending U12, U14 and masters teams to the tournament every year for the last eight years, and this year was no different.

This was the first tourney, and first game of the year, for nearly half of the U12 Comets.

“There are no other ringette associations or teams on Vancouver Island so these kids face tough competition when they get to tournaments,” a news release states. “They played with heart, with integrity and with laughter for the little mistakes they made along the way.”

Their coach, Arran Arthur, described their play as “incredible.

“They improved tenfold each game they played, and I was very proud of how they handled themselves even when they were down more than five goals,” Arthur said. “The enthusiasm they have for the game and their care for each other overrides any loss on the scoreboard.”

Centres Claire Steinbach and Sholeh Kerrigan scored four and two goals respectively, and forward Ethan Borrill bagged one. Kyla Stigter, Evan Colegrave and Lillian Hibbert had assists. Goalie Fox Mastrobuono made save after save, and insisted on playing after a trip to the hospital on Saturday. Colegrave relieved one game between the pipes to prevent a forfeit.

“It was definitely a team effort this year, and the fans were impressed with the Comets’ improvement from last season.”

The U14 Currents placed fourth in their division, and the Cougars were third in the masters division.

To find out more about ringette or to contact us about joining a team, visit www.comoxvalleyringette.com. Registration is ongoing throughout the year.

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