12U Chill ranked 8th heading into Provincials
by Randy Pascal
Apparently there were absolutely no smoke or mirrors at play in the very first OVA tournament for the Northern Chill 12U girls.
Following an impressive 9-3 mark in their pre-Christmas ice-breaker, the locals have returned to Sudbury with silver medals in back to back events in
Barrie, and will head into provincials next month ranked 8th among the 46 teams, in their age bracket, from across Ontario.
Pretty impressive stuff for a team that is still coming together.
“Hannah Kirwan and Mia Lemay-Evans have made their presence known with strong showings in the front court, and generally great
performances throughout the tournaments,” noted head coach Jason Nicholls, taking some time to identify the keys, on an individual basis, to the
success his team has seen this year.
“Manon Charbonneau and Abbey Ayotte have demonstrated great defence in the back-court, picking up a lot of balls that saved rallies and
pumping up the team. The youngest players on the team, Myla Dowe and Sophia Allen have demonstrated an increase in confidence and skill to
assist in propelling the team to two straight gold medal matches.”
“Showing incredible resilience, Jenelle Rancourt has raised her game to another level,” Nicholls continued. “Fannie Gauthier is a solid,
all-around player, a key cog in the wheel, all while remaining extremely humble. Last but not least, Alyssa Nicholls is another one of those key
contributors, a player that we definitely miss when she is not around.”
Nicholls returned to the lineup for a recent pre-provincial tournament after missing the February event with a foot injury sustained just after the
first silver performance for the team in January.