The Indus Lightning ringette team had a hard-fought loss, of 2 – 4, against the Cochrane Rockies on March 9, for the league championship banner.
“It was high intensity,” said President of the Indus Ringette Association Lorna Engleson.
“I don’t think the score reflected their efforts. Both are evenly matched teams,” Engleson said.
She added, the athletes learnt many lessons during the Saturday game, and will reflect on how they played and approve upon that as they do for each game.
The Indus Lightning played a tough game, Engleson added, the defence and forward athletes played well, and the goalie blocked many shots that were taken very well.
However, because the Indus Lightning and Cochrane Rockies are evenly matched teams, they have been neck-to-neck for much of the season and alternating which team would win games.
Although it can be easy for the young athletes, ages 11 to 13, to get down on themselves while in a high competition situation, they will often come together and get stronger as a team.
“I think they’re more beating themselves up, than they are beating up their teammates, they feel like they let the team down,” Engleson said.
“It’s great to see they don’t let it get them down, they move on,” she said.
Although the Indus Lightning didn’t win the banner, the team isn’t letting that hinder their spirits before playing at provincials.
The team is now focusing on playing the best of three games against three different teams round robin style on March 15 in Edmonton.
Engleson added, she is very proud of the athletes who she has watched since the very beginning.
“I got to see the progression of everyone and see them come together as a team. It’s awesome to watch these girls.
“I’m very proud of all of our teams,” Engleson said.
“Ringette is a great sport for team building, and confidence building. It’s a fabulous sport,” she added.