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2017-18 Provincial - U14A - Harling - Vive la Lightning! U14A-Harling participates in the U14AA Levis Ringette Tournament in Quebec City
Submitted By Bruce Wiseman on Saturday, December 23, 2017
The U14A-Harling team travelled to Quebec City to compete at the U14AA level of the 10th anniversary edition of the Levis Ringette Tournament over November 17th thru 19th.

Travelling by various means (including directly from Mexico) the U14A-Harling team gathered in the Quebec City suburb of Levis, arriving over several days and times leading up to their first game on Friday, the 17th.

 

Their first opponent was the host Levis team and this game would be a closely contested match.  As this was a AA tournament, the teams were very quick on their skates but our girls rose to the occasion; matching the Levis team, play for play.  Unfortunately, after what appeared to be a disallowed goal, then re-allowed, Levis went ahead 1-0.  By the end of this hard-fought match, they had scored a second goal, eventually holding on to win.

 

Later in the day, the 2nd game was played - this time, against the VDR team.  Like before, this game was a high-speed affair with a lot of end to end action.  At the Half, the game was tied 1-1 and U14A-Harling’s spirits were high.  However, the girls then took four penalties in the second period, granting the VDR team a two-man advantage at one point.  Goalie Ashely could perform miracles for only so long as one more goal was scored before the final buzzer sounded.  An exciting, well-played game that could have gone either way.

 

Early the following day, our girls were faced with a team considered top three U14AA in the province of Quebec.   The pace of the game was again very high yet the U14A-Harling girls appeared at ease with the speed; having adapted from their game 1 and 2 experiences.  However, the element missing in the previous day’s game – physicality – landed squarely on our girls.  This was a style of game not generally practiced in Ontario but something that the girls had to simply grin and bear and deal with.  When it was over, the VDR team had muscled their way to an 8-2 win.

 

As there was a fairly long time-off between this and the next game, the Team spent a few hours during the afternoon on a guided walking tour of the Old City of Quebec City.  Our guide par excellence, Diane, took us from the Monument of Samuel de Champlain all the way down to Petit-Champlain – voted the most beautiful street in Canada – and all the way back up to where we began.

 

Later in the evening of the same day, our girls played their fourth game of the tournament.  This time, the best was certainly saved for last.  The BKRA team is considered the top U14AA team in Quebec and our girls were expecting a game similar to the previous one.  Similar, yes, but with the physicality taken to a new level.  Within the first 30 seconds, Sydney was body-checked directly into our bench’s boards with the sound of shoulder pad on shoulder pad usually heard only in hockey.  Coach Ian immediately grabbed the referee’s attention where he was informed that that’s the way he’ll be calling the game.  As this style of play isn’t part and parcel of our usual practice regimen, our girls were at a disadvantage.  Thankfully, no player was seriously hurt in this event as BKRA went on to win 7-0.

 

Throughout this tournament, the coaches and parents of team U14A-Harling were very proud of how well the girls played and conducted themselves as ambassadors of Richmond Hill and Ontario ringette.

 

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The U14A-Harling Team at the 2017 Levis Ringette Tournament, Quebec City

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