Ringette girls bring coaches along for the ride
by Randy Pascal
"As coaches, we turned them loose in the first game and hung on for the ride."
In one of the more telling synposis of a team's performance, Sudbury U12 ringette coach Harry Hirsimaki summarized
his thoughts from provincials as the local girls powered their way to a gold medal performance in the Jacks Division
in Oshawa last weekend.
Sudbury tripled West Ferris 6-2 in the grand finale, with Kayla Lachance showing the way with a hat-trick. Jessica
Willis, Alexandra Bloomfield and Kaitlyn Chevrier rounded out the scoring for the team which posted a flawless
record over four days of competition.
"I went into the event thinking we could compete in this pool and, if we played consistently, could get into the medal
round," said Hirsimaki.
"I didn't foresee the team going undefeated all the way through. That is a credit to the players, who bought into
working hard together, as a unit."
"They found success when they stayed with the systems we used and just kept rolling," he added. The roster for the
newly-crowned provincial champs features Kyla Vaillancourt, Grace Keenan, Kaitlyn Chevrier, Jordan Caldwell,
Kylee Lapalme, Emily Baxter Brown, Amanda Mayer, Madison Laframboise, Emily Punkari, Alexandra Bloomfield, Kayla
Lachance, Marlee Henschel, Erika Poirier and Jessica Willis.
Coach Hirsimaki has received plenty of help from assistant coach Lucie Poulin, team manager Marta Merla
and trainer Melissa Lapalme.