The Prince George Ringette Association hosted the Joy Hoffman Memorial Ringette Tournament over the weekend.
The Prince George Junior team had a successful weekend going 2-1 to win the junior division over Quesnel Junior.
PG Junior coach Keith Sullivan said the weekend was good experience for the team who’s majority of game play is in tournament situations.
“The tournament is quite different. Winning two out of three games over the weekend was good for them. They haven’t played together that much this year. A couple haven’t played for a couple of years and have come back. To come back and play at this calibre was great,” said Sullivan.
This year the junior team has moved up to division A ringette compared to last season when many of the players were playing Tween C.
Sullivan said the team has been playing well at the higher calibre, but also said they are having some obstacles to deal with.
“Getting the games to play. Basically we only have Quesnel. To get the games, that will be the biggest difficulty.”
Kelsey Crossan, a forward for the juniors, thought the weekend was a good start for the team.
“It was really good. We won the tournament,” said Crossan. “We played really well defensively and offensively. Overall our team played really well. It’s funner. You have all the fans supporting you.
“This year it’s really hard because it’s a lot faster because there is a shot clock. It’s a lot harder because the girls are a lot bigger and faster.”
The juniors started the weekend off with an 8-6 win over Quesnel on Saturday, which was followed by a 9-7 win on Sunday. In their final game the junior’s had a 2-1 lead going into the half when things went wrong.
“It was sort of a defensive breakdown and they will be working on that. Because of their age group they do know what they did wrong,” said Sullivan.
They lost the game 7-3 following a six goal half by Quesnel.
Junior goalie Katrina Jackson thought the juniors played well overall in their first tournament of the season.
“The last game was pretty bad, but the first two games were pretty good. I had lots of fun over the whole weekend. I like playing at home,” said Jackson.
The Prince George Bunny Black team went 3-0 in the six-team Bunny division.
The Prince George Timbits went 2-1 over the weekend. The Tweens were 2-1. The Petite B 2-1 while the Petite C were 1-2. The Ladies went 0-1-2 and the Novice went 0-1-1.