The Calgary RATH began their season early this year, with a 2-game series on October 1st against the Edmonton WAM. Although they fell to the WAM in two shootout losses, they returned to win 5-4 over the Edmonton team two weeks later at the annual home game in Strathmore, AB. Since then, the RATH have played 7 other games in a hectic, front-loaded start to the season. Two games against Edmonton’s Black Gold Rush in mid-October gave the RATH 4 points, as they achieved two 8-2 victories, with help from rookie player Terese Mazurkewich, who scored her first NRL hat trick in the second game.
The following weekend the team travelled to Winnipeg, MB to face off against the West’s latest addition: Manitoba Intact. The new team greeted the Calgary RATH with immense hospitality, and the RATH succeeded in taking home 6 points as they swept the series. That weekend in particular proved to be an incredibly successful one for the RATH, as every offensive player on the roster scored at least one of the team’s 22 goals in the 3-game series.
After three consecutives weekends of competition, the RATH took a weekend off in early November before their 2-game rematch against the Edmonton Black Gold Rush on November 12th. The first game of the series was held in Airdrie, where the teams observed a moment of silence in light of the recent death of Meghan Bomford, a player for U19 Calgary NW ringette who was killed in a car crash in mid-October. Donations for the families of both Meghan Bomford and Kelsey Nelson, another girl involved in the crash who is currently recovering in hospital, were taken in place of admission for both games. The RATH’s morning game against Rush offered the Airdrie fans plenty of excitement, as the play raced back and forth and the score varied constantly. In the end, the RATH fell to the visiting team 9-5, but returned in the evening to win 4-2. NRL rookie Rickey Devries scored two goals, including one late in the game to clinch the team’s victory.
After a busy month and a half, the Calgary team took a few weeks off from competition. While the time to rest was welcome after a fast-paced October, the team is far from satisfied. While November brought time to recover and recuperate, it also allowed for the team to practice and polish up on those aspects of their game that will be needed for the remainder of the season. On December 10th RATH faced WAM! but came up short with a 5-4 loss to their provincial rivals. The Calgary RATH will head to BC on January 7th to play three games against BC Thunder.