Another exciting and action-packed year of ringette is here and the NRL’s Ottawa Ice team is anticipating another successful season. Last year, the ladies competed against the elite ringette teams and played very well. This year, Coach Al Bateman made it clear to the team that even though they are one of the youngest teams in Canada, they will improve to play even better this year, and with the ultimate goal of competing for the Sam Jacks trophy.
Added to the line-up this season is: Chloe Laframboise, Jenna Briglio, and Sarah Gross, coming from Belle. But sadly, Kelly Bateman’s work career path has taken her to Calgary; she will be missed by all of her teammates and coaches for her versatility on offense, her speed, and being a great teammate overall.
The team’s strengths are goaltending and defense with tenacious offensive checking. This year, Ottawa’s goal is to be known as the team that is ‘extremely difficult to play against’, especially against the elite teams. Some of the ladies have been playing with each other for 20 years! They have an amazing chemistry with each other; they are loyal and supportive. The players nicknames for each other are “Fer” and their jersey number ie. “Fer 3.” Fer stands for Feral which is their mascot, but also is an abbreviated version of “one for all”.
With 18 teams to play against this year the players have started an intense training program to help them achieve their goal of improving their own games and individual skills to create an even better team game.
With all the talent and determination on this team one thing is for sure, the Ottawa Ice NRL players are awesome role models for younger ringette players.
The season is here and the Ottawa Ice Open AA team is here to play.