Online Banquet - Day Two, News (West Oxford Inferno Girls Hockey)

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Online Banquet - Day Two
Submitted By Kerry Garton on Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Novice HL

On behalf of the Lafarge Canada Novice house league girls team I would like to thank all of the executive members for all they do for this wonderful organization. Without them the organization wouldn’t run. Secondly, I’d like to thank all of the parents for their commitment and dedication to this 2019/2020 hockey season. These parents would stop at nothing to make sure the girls were at the rink on time and ready for action. Thirdly, I would like to thank the coaching staff: Assistant coaches Jeremy Lamers and Rob Cowan, Trainer John Steele, on-ice helper Dan MacPherson, Goalie coach Mike Berry, and most importantly Manager/Dressing room supervisor Amanda Lamers. I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with. Lastly but most importantly I would like to thank the most incredible group of girls, we were small but mighty who always had fun. No matter what happened you could always see a smile though the cage, you could always hear a giggle and you could always count on those girls brightening up your day.    

Hockey for the 2019/2020 season for the novice girls started off with a lot of uncertainty, we didn’t know if we would have enough girls. We didn’t know what was happening with the new half ice format, but we figured it out. We were younger and smaller than most teams, we knew that our focus was gonna be fun, so that’s what we did, we had fun. The first half of the season was a challenge. Many of our girls had never played an organized game of hockey and half of which were actual I.P. aged.  We were playing against teams that appeared to be just slightly more skilled and quite a bit bigger. That didn’t stop our girls from working their hardest and pushing those bigger girls around. But we found ourselves in our own end of the ice more often than not. The second half of our season we were grouped in a more competitive division. We started to look good, all the hard work in practice was starting to pay off. Sometimes we won, sometimes we lost, but we always had fun. Overall the hockey season was a success. 

Esso has once again sponsored youth hockey with some awards. This years winner of the Most Improved Player for the Lafarge Canada Novice house league team is awarded to the girl who over the season demonstrated the most overall improvement, in her skating, her skills and her overall hockey awareness. Our recipient took a liking for playing defensive hockey.  With half ice games to start the season it was hard to convince the girls that defence was important. But one girl in particular worked extra hard at defence. She worked extra hard every practice trying to get better to hone her defensive skills. By the end of the year she was the one that was always looked to by the coaches to be on the ice in crucial situations.  The winner of the most improved player is Danika Berry.

The Most Sportsmanlike Player on our team is someone who was quiet and caring. She was the girl who would knock down the opposing player, but look back to see if she was ok. She is the only player I’ve ever seen score a hat trick in our final game and barely crack a smile. Despite being the biggest and oldest player on our team, she was the gentlest. Despite the coaches telling her to use her size to run people over, she played the game with heart, integrity, and poise. The winner of our Most Sportsmanlike Player is Alessandra Curcio.   

Finally the Most Dedicated Player on our team is t
he girl who demonstrates the exact traits that every young athletes should strive to achieve. She is talented yet humble, she is positive and always has a smile on her face. She works hard no matter the challenge and always came the the arena ready to play and ready to have fun. She was a leader amongst her team and a role model for not only her teammates, but for her coaches as well.  Her attitude and demeanour reminded the coaches what hockey was all about. The 2019/2020 Most Dedicated Player is Reeve Lamers

Thanks everyone for an amazing season and look forward to seeing you at the rink next season

Coach Tyler 
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