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40th edition of the Provincial Ringuette Championship to be held Easter weekend


PHOTO COURTESY JULIE FONTAINE

Atome B, part of the 4 Cités team, are part of the seven different categories of teams who will be participating in this year's Ringuette Provincial Championship in Vaudreuil-Dorion and the West Island.

Originating in Ontario in 1963, the game of ringuette shares a similarity to Canada’s other beloved national sport in that it involves two teams playing against each other with the goal of getting the ring into the opponent’s net using straight sticks. A sport that can be played by young children and young adults, ringuette is a non-contact sport.

“Ringuette is a game for girls only,” said Julie Fontaine, director of communications and special events of 4 Cités Ringuette Association. “It’s a competitive sport, it’s a lot of strategy and it’s a fast game, which makes it fun to play. It’s fast on skates, because there’s no contact. You have to play as a team because you have to pass the ring at each blue line - you cannot go from one end of the ice to the other with the ring,” she said. “If you’re not playing as a team, you’re not playing.”

Thirteen years after its inception, Ringuette Quebec began the steps in organizing its first Provincial Championship in 1976. The towns of Vaudreuil and Beaconsfield hosted 23 teams from three regions, which included approximately 314 players. In 1985, participating teams more than doubled in size, as 73 teams from 11 regions of Quebec participated in the 10th provincial ringette championships. Today, in 2016, there are 94 teams who participate in the Provincial Championship, which include over 1,400 players this year.

4 Cités is the local team comprised of players from throughout the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region. The team is made up of 200 players between the ages of 3 to 18 in the league, and four teams of people aged 19 and older that consists of about 60 players.

This year, for its 40th anniversary, Lac St-Louis is honored to host the provincial ringuette championship A & B during Easter weekend March 24 to 27. 4 Cités’ team will be playing in the region of Lac St-Louis, therefore tournaments will be held against Montreal towns including Pierrefonds, Kirkland, Ville St-Laurent, and more. A total of 237 games will be either at Sportsplexe Pierrefonds or in the Vaudreuil-Dorion arena.

At the Vaudreuil-Dorion arena, games will be held from 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. on March 24, between 8 a.m. 9 p.m. March 25 and 26, and the finals will be held from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 27. The entry fee is $5 for anyone who would like to come and watch the game.

The following categories will be competing: Atom A and B (U12) / Tween B (U14) / Junior B (U16) / Cadette B (U19) / Juvenile B / Intermediate A and B / A Open. Participating local teams from 4 Cités include Atom A / B Atom / Benjamine B / B Junior / Cadette B1 and B2 / A Open.

If the team wins the Provincials, they have the status of being the best team in Quebec for the year.

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