Wildfire Opens NRL Season Saturday

The Waterloo Wildfire of the National Ringette League open their 2009-10 season this coming Saturday, Oct 17 at 7pm vs the Whitby Wild at RIM Park (Optimist) in Waterloo.
 
Coming off a successful season last year with a 7th in Canada ranking and a strong showing at the NRL Championships in Charlottetown in April, Waterloo is hoping to do even better this season and are aiming for Saskatoon in April 2010, site of the next NRL championships.
 
Four new faces will be in the Wildfire lineup.  Attention will be on veteran defence player, Stef McArdle, who has been twice a member of Team Canada. An Ottawa native and University of Guelph student, she played previously in the league with the Richmond Hill Lightning before taking a year off last year to do some boating in the U.S. and Mexico and playing half a season in Finland.
 
Also joining the team is another Guelph student, Kerith Gordon, who hails from Halifax and has the distinction of being the first Nova Scotia player to play in the NRL. Gordon appeared briefly with the Wildfire in an alternate player role last season.
 
Coincidently both McArdle and Gordon survived the first cuts for Team Canada 2010 at the first tryout camp in August.
 
The Wildfire will see only limited action this year from 5-year team veteran and co-captain, Shelly Kraemer. In Halifax due to work commitments, she expexts to appear in only a handful of games at home and a few road games by flying into Montreal and/or Ottawa from Halifax.
 
Waterloo will continue to play in the 4-team Southern Ontario Division in the 12-team Eastern Conference. Archrivals and defending NRL champions, Cambridge Turbos, as well as Richmond Hill and Whitby will each play 5 games against the Wildfire. Home and home series with each of the other 8 teams in the Capitol and Montreal Divisions will round out the local squad’s 31-game schedule.
 
Admission to the games is just $5 and a season pass for just $50 will allow fans into not only the Wildfire games but all Eastern Conference games in any of the 12 cities. Young ringette players wearing their team jerseys are admitted free.