Women’s ringette team places first at Ring of Fire Tournament

Taking control Shuswap Belles Marika Sayer and Leah Woodman move the ring up the ice during the Belles’ commanding 7-2 win Saturday over the Kelowna Junior As at the Sunwave Centre.

Taking control Shuswap Belles Marika Sayer and Leah Woodman move the ring up the ice during the Belles’ commanding 7-2 win Saturday over the Kelowna Junior As at the Sunwave Centre.

The Shuswap North Okanagan Women’s ringette team, SNOW Storm, finished off the winter season by winning the Ring of Fire Tournament in Vernon last weekend.

Five teams played a round-robin format, with the top two teams meeting each other in the final. The SNOW went undefeated in the four preliminary games, knocking out Vernon #1 by a score of 5-4 and Okanagan Vintage of Kelowna 9-2 on Friday night. They continued their winning way on Saturday with a 6-5 squeaker over Vernon #2 and an 8-1 win over Kelowna.  That set up the final against Vernon #2, who seemed to run out of steam in their fifth game. SNOW skated to a 9-2 victory to take first place.

Enderby players on the team are Marg Hagardt, Candice Amies, and Baily Weir. The Salmon Arm members are Phyllis Jorgensen, Lindsay Whitbread, Jan Naylor, Cathy Lipsett, Gayle Johnson, and Krista Burden. Debbie Raymer hails from Vernon, and Mitsi Schulte and Alex Lipsett joined the team from Kelowna.

Women’s ringette began 13 years ago in Enderby when some of the mothers of girls who were playing decided to try the game themselves.

Now, several of those girls, as adults, are playing on the same team with their mothers. The team has ice time every Wednesday night in Enderby, and females aged 18 and up are invited to join in the games.

No experience is necessary, but full ringette gear is required.  For more information, call Jan Naylor at 832-7544 or Marg Hagardt at 838-7717.

 

Salmon Arm Observer