In less than a handful of games, Kirsti Mason and Kali MacAdam let the Atlantic Attack know their rookie forwards would be recognized by the opposition. Kirsti and Kali each had an instant impact as they netted 6 points very quickly in their young NRL careers and each scored a big goal in their first NRL game. If that wasn’t enough to focus the attention on the young guns of the team, first year netminder Marissa Babin has quickly gotten the hang of the pace in the NRL and is gaining both momentum and saves with each opportunity in net. Add to the team defense, Nicole Richard, who has steadied herself in the defense corps to make you think she has been playing against the Montreal Mission for years.
What the Attack learned about these few individuals and their team of all-rookies from last season, is that unique cocktail of attributes such as; adaptability, work ethic, and dedication, is invaluable. Sure, there are the rigorous problem solving tests that a rookie undergoes such as trying to balance an Oreo cookie on their forehead as they attempt to get it in their mouth before it drops to the floor that come with the job, but it is on the ice where every ringette test is passed.
So, we asked a few of the new players how they have adapted to playing in the NRL thus far and how welcoming their teammates have been:
Having taken a year off from playing competitive ringette, it took a few games to get used to the speed of the game and to get my positioning and timing back. Also, the new game setting of 4- 13 minute periods was hard to adjust to at first. However, as that is a new component this year, it was an adjustment for everyone on the team, which made it a little easier on us. It was a priority for me to get my off-ice training in before the season started. I knew I would have to work to get my game back to where it used to be and to feel comfortable on the ice again so it was important for me to be in good physical shape before the start of the season. This allowed me to focus more on skills when I got on the ice.- Nicole Richard
I hadn’t played competitive ringette in many years, so starting again at this level is a challenge, but I’m adapting fairly well. The biggest thing to adjust to playing NRL games is the speed and the intensity of the games. It is quite different from any other level of play. The team was very welcoming. They made me feel part of the team the second I walked into the dressing room for the first time. –Marissa Babin
Although I’ve played against some of the Attack players in the past, I didn’t really know anyone when I first joined the team. The girls instantly made me feel like part of the team. When I decided to come to University in Nova Scotia, I was worried about being able to find a team to play for. The Attack has given me the opportunity to play in the NRL, which has been one of my goals since the league started. The travelling isn’t ideal, but it’s completely worth it. I know I wouldn’t take a 5 hour bus ride if I didn’t love this sport and this team. Playing in the NRL is a whole new ringette experience – the games are longer, much faster and have a completely different atmosphere but I’m loving the high-tempo and intensity. I’m hoping to bring some speed and offensive attack to the team this year –Kali MacAdam
What we can determine from these rookies is their forehead to mouth coordination is phenomenal, they all must have taken media studies in school because their quotes are great, they are absolutely elite ringette players, and the Atlantic Attack couldn’t be more proud having them in their ringette family.