Win or lose, the Country Sports U9 Twisters were getting a medal Sunday afternoon.
The Tillsonburg U9s were all smiles finishing fourth in the annual Tillsonburg Ringette Tournament.
“The girls are playing great,” said Country Sports U9 coach Joel Breddy.
One of the challenges, he said, has been getting the girls to check.
“We were having a hard time finding the trigger to make them ‘go’ so I bought this makeup,” said coach Breddy, pulling a purple stick out of his pocket.
“Every time they got a ‘check,’ they got a check on their cheeks. By the end of the game they all had check marks all over. It turned the game around. Instead of trying to score, they were trying to check – and then the scoring came with it. It worked really good.”
Breddy, smiling, admitted the Timbits might have helped too.
Tillsonburg ran into a couple strong teams early in the tournament, then played very close games against Dorchester and Kitchener.
“Dorchester’s the only team we play on a regular basis, and we had our best game yet against them. They’re pretty strong and they usually beat us by quite a bit. This morning we were only down two.
“The girls are learning, they’re having fun, they’re in the dressing room cheering… and tournament’s really seem to bring that out.”
Guelph 17, Country Sports 1
Twisters scoring: 1. Ally Verhoeve (Hailey Breddy)
Oshawa 11, Country Sports 5
Twisters scoring: 1. Peyton Corriveau; 2. Ally Verhoeve (Kenna Csanyi); 3. Hailey Breddy; 4. Katelyn Behman; 5. Peyton Corriveau.
Dorchester 5, Country Sports 3
Twisters scoring: 1. Ally Verhoeve; 2. Gracie Baird; 3. Peyton Corriveau (Kenna Csanyi).
Kitchener 6, Country Sports 4
Twisters scoring: 1. Myra Craig; 2. Taylor Lisabeth (Katelyn Behman); 3. Ella Cattrysse (Taylor Lisabeth); 4. Taylor Lisabeth (Ella Cattrysse).