Quesnel Ringette Association had 21 teams attend its annual local tournament, with teams from Prince George, Houston and Terrace joining Quesnel players on the ice at West Fraser Centre and Quesnel Arena 2 on Jan. 5-7.
The tournament didn’t include rankings for each division, with teams playing rivals throughout the weekend in a fun test of skills and agility.
Quesnel’s six teams had players ranging from age five to 18, and all had a chance to test their mettle against new players from out of town.
In the under-19 division, which only had three teams at the tournament (one each from Quesnel, Prince George and Houston), the players were combined and then split into new teams, to give them a chance for a more varied experience.
Spectators at Quesnel’s two rinks watched all weekend as the teams put all their practice to good use.
In the under-nine division, which had players age five to eight, Quesnel’s team were the big winners at the tournament, defeating all three of its opponents during the weekend.
The under-10 team, which also included some of the older players from the under-nine division, won one game and lost two.
The under-12s had similar results, winning one and losing three, while the under-14s lost all four games they played, but not without giving their rivals a run for their money.
And Quesnel’s under-16 team had one win and one tie in their two games over the weekend.
Coaches and parents of the ringette teams say the players have been working hard all season, and it’s showing.
“These kids really gave it their all this weekend and had a great time playing the out-of-town teams on home turf,” says one parent.
“Overall it was a really fun experience for them.”