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Bringing Home the Bronze from Regionals
Submitted By Deb McCarthy on Sunday, March 26, 2017
The Schoonderwoerd Bros U14 Stingers fought hard to bring home some hardware from the regional ringette finals.  The Stingers ended up in the red division for their age group, facing the top teams in the league.  This was quite an accomplishment for this small, but mighty team.  With two under age players, one player brand new to the sport, and only 10 skaters in total, the girls showed stellar teamwork and skill all season as they fought their way to earn themselves a spot in the top division.

They opened the tournament on Friday with games against Hanover and St. Mary’s, which both ended up in losses.  On Saturday, the girls met Goderich in round robin play.  With one of their centers out with an injury, the girls had some difficulty finding their groove, but they fought hard to the end, showing flexibility in playing different positions with a variety of team members.  They just couldn’t defeat the Ice Crusher’s goalie, and ended up coming up short, losing 3-2.  The Stingers met Goderich once again on Sunday for the bronze medal game.  This team has been all about team play all year, which showed once again in this final game. They were still down a player, but showed that they can be versatile and didn’t give up, as they defeated the Ice Crushers 4-2.  Laura McCarthy put the first two markers on the score board, with an assist going to Maya Belfour.  Samantha McCarthy and Maya Belfour added one unassisted goal each to round out the Stingers points. Amberleigh Dearing continued to show her focus in net as the Ice Crusher defenders were turned down time after time during both periods of play.  Outstanding defensive play was demonstrated by Emma Goetz, Sydney Smith, Joy Belfour and Samantha McCarthy all weekend as they killed off several penalties and turned the play around many times to give the Stingers an advantage.  The offensive skills of Laura McCarthy, Brianna Cook, Gwenyth McKay, Jenna Regele, Maya Belfour, and Maddy Dixon were topnotch as they communicated with each other and picked up passes, keeping the action in their opponent’s end and finding the corners of the net to make their shots count.  While these girls all play with lots of heart and possess natural talent, if it wasn’t for the continued support of their coaches and bench staff, they would not likely be the players that they are.  Wayne Regele, Trevor Goetz, Juanita Belfour and Sandra McCarthy were the girls’ biggest fans and always encouraged them to be the best that they can be.  Words can’t express the gratitude for all that you have done for our daughters, and for the sport of ringette this season. 

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