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Thank You Novice B Lady Rangers.
Submitted By Jarid Peterson on Sunday, April 10, 2011

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the begining of the end. But it is perhaps, the end of the begining." - Winston Churchill.

    With the beginning of April comes the end to the Lady Ranger season and a chance to defend their title as OWHA Provincial Champions. These Novice Ladies joined both the Peewee AA and Midget C teams from Kitchener in earning a trip to the all Ontario final tournament, held this year in the GTA. 
    This tournament held April 8th to the 10th featured roughly 460 teams from throughout the province consisting of about 9400 female players (1000 more than the total Canadian enrollment in 1991). It would also bring an estimated 30,000 plus spectators to the area. 
    The Novice girls of 2010/2011 had only four girls returning from last years championship, so the experience was new and exciting to the majority of the girls as they opened with a spectacular 1-1 draw with the Rangers from Kanata. The second game of the round robin saw the Ladies facing an aggressive Orangeville Tigers team from Orangeville. With a smothering Tiger defense the Rangers could not make good on very limited scoring chances and fell 1-0. 
    After only two games into the tournament the Rangers were in Mathematical trouble before the third game could begin. Facing elimination the girls would face the Markham-Stouffville Stars in a tough battle. With the pressure mounting the Rangers jumped to a 1-0 nothing lead that they would never relinquish. But after all was said and done the Rangers would be eliminated from the tournament on a tie-breaker with Orangeville. 
    If any consolation could be found in their final game together, it was the fact they went out in Ranger fashion, with a win and a spectacular shut out from Eden. 
    The Novice Ranger team for next year will look very different. Eleven players as well as Coaching Staff will be moving to Atom next year, more than likely being split between two teams. Five players will remain eligible for this team and will carry their experience with them. 

    As the Provincial Tournament wound down, Kitchener would leave empty handed, the Peewee AA girls were also eliminated after the Round Robin portion and the Midget C girls left after a heartbreaking Quarter final loss to a team from Saugeen Shores. 
    Congratulations to the Napean Wildcats who defeated the Belleville Bearcats 5-2 in the Novice B Championship and to the Sudbury Lady Wolves who won the Bronze over the Sharks from Scarborough. 

    With so many people to thank for a wonderful and successful Lady Ranger Season, it would be best to first thank the girls themselves. So much improvement and willingness to learn, desire to win is not something that can be taught but it could be felt at in every moment of every game. Thank you girls for teaching us all how much you love and respect the sport you play. Thank you for the inspiration you have given me, and for letting me tell your story. 
    Furthermore thank you to the coaching staff whose endless hours of time and patience could be seen in every fluid movement on the ice. Putting your children in the hands of someone else is often difficult, but you made the transition seamless. Educating these girls with much more than hockey skills, you gave them confidence to try and to be successful and to never let any of that go to their head. 
    Next thank you to the Management and Administration team for all the hard work behind the scenes. With ever changing schedules and venues, this task is never easy and conversations are not always pleasant. Thank you for your patience in answering the same questions time and time again. Without the bills being paid and a place to play, the game is not much fun. 
    Lastly thank you to the Parents, Siblings, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Friends and extended family who made it to each game, practice or event. Those who took the time to drive the girls around, tie their skates and make sure they were ready. Without all of you, none of this is possible. You are the voice behind the Rangers. 

    Central West Division Regular Season Champions, Brighton Silver Stick Gold Medalists, Stratford Aces Gold Medalists, Fallfest Silver Medalists, Guelph Thunderstorm Silver Medalists. Thank you Novice B Lady Rangers.
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