Two young players from Kitchener Ringette were thrilled to skate with the Cambridge Turbos and the Richmond Hill Lightning at a recent game at their home arena. Emma Lunnie and Brianna Cole were selected to join the warm up skate and visit the dressing room with players before the off-site NRL game.
A few times each season, NRL teams take their game to associations that don’t often experience the speed and talent of the national league game. Kitchener hosts the Turbos at its annual fan appreciation day each November. It holds a draw to select two players to join the teams for the warm up.
Emma, 10, says it was an awesome experience and she especially liked standing on the blue line with the Lightning as the national anthem was played. She says she loves playing ringette and hopes to play as good as the NRL players some day.
Brianna, who is just 5 years old, and learning the game as a first-year player, says it was pretty cool to go on the ice in front of her family. Brianna’s father said she was surprised to hear her name drawn for the opportunity. He didn’t know ringette could be played with such skill and speed as his family is new to the sport. It was pretty cool for him too, to see Brianna meet the Turbos and warm up with them.
Following the game, which attracted about 150 fans, young ringette players lined up for an autograph session with the Turbos.
Turbos in Tillsonburg Jan. 17
The next Turbos off-site game is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. during the annual Tillsonburg, ON tournament at the Tillsonburg Community Centre against the Gatineau Fusion. Judging by last year’s turnout of about 500 fans, the game should be another sell-out. You won’t want to miss the fastest game on ice!