Wildfire in interesting dilemma

The Waterloo Wildfire of the National Ringette League are facing an interesting dilemma. Having clinched a playoff spot and the right to host the best of three series almost a month ago and now knowing their opponent will more than likely be the Gloucester Devils, the team sits just two wins away from a berth in the NRL Championship tournament in Charlottetown April 7 to 11. It would be the Wildfire’s first trip to the nationals in it’s five-year history. So, what’s the dilemma?
 
"How to raise $17,000 in just two weeks, if we win" states Wildfire GM, Gerry Kraemer. He goes on to explain that the series takes place in Waterloo the weekend of March 21 and 22 and if Waterloo wins they will be hopping a plane to P.E.I. just 15 days later. With 12 of the 15 players being college or university students Kraemer has been busy writing letters to professors asking for alternate arrangements for final exams which, for some, begin in the first week of April.
 
Then there’s the financial issue. "How do you go knocking on doors asking for support", asks Kraemer, " when we won’t know for sure if we’re going (to Charlottetown) or not, until just two weeks before. The team is hoping for broad support from the local business community in the K-W area but knows it could be a tough sell in the current economic downturn.
 
The schedule for the playoff round begins Saurday March 21 at 3:30pm at RIM Park (Optimist pad) and continues at 8pm the same evening at Moses Springer Arena. If a third game is necessary it will be played at Albert McCormick Arena on Sunday March 22 at 4pm.  With admission at just $5 for adults and $2 for under 16s, the Wildfire are hoping for not only vocal support but also a good start to their financial needs from local ringette fans.
 
For ticket information and financial support opportunities people are asked to contact Wildfire GM, Gerry Kraemer, at 519-888-7205 or gdkraemer@rogers.com .