On March 27, the Lorette Royals U14 Tween B ringette team made it a ‘double’ when they took the Provincial Ringette Crown at the Billy Mosienko Arena inWinnipeg. Two weeks earlier, the girls won a hard fought series to take the Winnipeg Ringette League Championship.
It wasn’t an easy weekend for the girls, as one loss in the Round Robin meant they had to play three games on the third day of the tournament, while the undefeated Selkirk Stingers advanced to the final explained their coach Joy Howden.
“To see them play that third game on Sunday with such heart and determination was the best!” recalled Howden. “I had such a great time coaching these girls this year! To see them come together as a team like they did is so great, and I am so proud of all of them for all their hard work and awesome accomplishments!”
Despite losing to the Selkirk Singers in their Round Robin game, the Royals proved to be too much in the first of two Gold medal games where they dominated Selkirk with a 6-4 victory. This set the stage for the re-match and after building up an early lead that they would never relinquish, the Royals won 8-5.
“We asked them to give it their all and they did, every one of them,” Howden remarked.
The Lorette Royals were a bit of a hybrid team this year with three players from long- time rival Springfieldinvited to play with the team. Former foes became fast friends when Taylor Sumner, Jayann Madechyck , and Bailey LePla joined the team in the fall of 2010 and had an immediate impact on the team.
The Lorette Royals U14 Tween B ringette team won two major championships during March. The winning team consisted of: (top row left to right) Joy Howden and Darrin Lynch, Melina Audette, Jayann Madeychyk, Nicole Leclaire, Reilli Howden, Hayley Lynch, Tracey Levasseur; (middle left to right) Gabby Pfeil, Colleen Levasseur, Taylor Sumner, Sarah Taylor, Alyssa Mcdonald and Breanne Gagne. Bailey Lepla is missing from the photo.