There are several reasons why the Waterloo Wildfire got off to their best start in the 11-year history of the team, not the least of which is the three rookies drafted last July from the Waterloo U19 AA team. Although the team as a whole has been less successful recently, its rookies are still prominent.
At the mid-point of the season the 2 rookie Wildfire forwards, Tori Duncan and Taryn Collins, are a close 3rd and 4th In the NRL rookie scoring stats. Duncan with 24 points (8 goals, 16 assists) trails the co-leaders, Miguelle Proulx of the Atlantic Attack and Melissa Simone of the Richmond Hill Lightning, by just 2 points. Collins with 22 points (14 goals, 8 assists) is right in the race for the league’s rookie of the year award. Meanwhile, rookie goaltender Maddy Desrochers has played in 3 games so far with 1 win and 1 loss, has gained some valuable experience and provided some welcome relief to Wildfire first string goalie, Hailey Moore, who is in her third year with the team. Coincidently both net minders hail from the Ottawa area, attending school locally.
Taryn, from Fergus, ON, has been playing ringette for 10 years and this is her first full season in the NRL, having been an alternate player for the Wildfire in 2 previous seasons. She has been to Nationals once, played twice on the Western Region AAA team, winning a silver medal in 2014 and won a bronze medal at Provincials in U19AA in 2012.
When not playing ringette, Taryn plays lacrosse and has competed in the national championships 4 times, winning gold 3 times and silver once.
When preparing for a big game (every game in the NRL is a big game), Taryn has a good meal, listens to music and drinks lots of fluids. Her inspirational quote is “When your legs give out, skate with your heart”.
Taryn prefers country music. Her favourite movie is The Notebook and her favourite TV program is The Bachelor/Bachelorette.
Maddy, from Ottawa, ON, has been playing ringette for 12 years and this is her first season in the NRL. She has been to Nationals twice and played one year on Team Ontario.
When Maddy is not playing ringette, she is studying Leadership and Organizational Management at the University of Guelph.
To prepare for a big game (every game in the NRL is a big game) Maddy listens to music, focuses on the upcoming game and throws and catches a bouncy ball against a wall.
Maddy listens to a mix of every type of music except country and rap. She really doesn’t have a favourite movie but likes horror movies and her favourite TV program is either Game of Thrones or Modern Family.
Tori, from Waterloo, ON, has been playing ringette for 14 years and this is first full season in the NRL, having been an AP for 2 seasons. She won the U19AA consolation round with her Waterloo team at Nationals in April 2014 and played two years with the Western Region AAA team.
When Tori is not playing ringette, she is studying at Conestoga College in her 2nd year and also playing rugby there.
When preparing for a big game (every game in the NRL is a big game) Tori aims to be relaxed and prepared, has a good warm-up while having fun with her teammates. She tries to joke around with her teammates so she won’t have time to get nervous. Her inspirational quote is “Somewhere behind the athlete you have become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back – play for her. When you put on that jersey, the name on the front is more important than the name on the back”.
Tori’s loves to listen to R&B music and also enjoys country music from time to time. She likes action movies such as Taken and her favourite TV shows are Say Yes to the Dress and Millionaire Matchmaker.
Tori loves a quote often used by past coaches: “Hard work will beat talent, if talent doesn’t work hard”.