Women show men who's best at the game of ringette


By Joelle Habib and Suzanne LeBlanc
Auburn Drive High School
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

It was a night to remember at Cole Harbour Place in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and one some of the guys at Auburn Drive High School would rather forget ....and quickly. For some unknown reason, the league-winning hockey team challenged the girls' ringette team to a game of ringette.

"Well, I've always believed that the best man for the story is a woman,"said principal Don Buck, gazing at the final score displayed high above the ice. "I 'm not surprised at all that the girls have beaten the boys."

Others called it the biggest slaughter on ice since the seal hunt. Before the game started the hockey team didn't seem to think they'd have any problem beating the girls at a game of ringette, but that was before the game started.

The girls scored early and often, with Jennifer Swinnard's outstanding goal tending, they kept the guys off the sheet. The score was soon 4-0 and the girls were confident.

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"Seriously, I don't know, ringette must be a little more difficult than hockey because they're not doing too well," said Lorie Rindorf at the end of the first period.

By the end of that period, panic was settling on the guys' bench.

"Frankly, it's the worst sport in my life and I really hope this will end soon," said Chris Andrews, one of the tired hockey players. "I have no clue what I'm doing out here. This is honestly the hardest thing I have tried in my life," added team mate Chris Crane.

Some fans were quick to pick up on the reality of the situation.

"If you'll note...", said Sarah Tyrell at the end of the second period of male frustration, "... the 0 and the 6 on the score board, I think it's pretty obvious that the hockey players are losing 6-0. Like, they're the ZERO and the ringette girls are the SIX."

While others made excuses for the guys, like David Cramer with this feeble explanation: "One of the main factors is that the guys aren't used to playing with a little doughnut."

When the boys did get on the scoreboard they actually seemed to think it meant something. The final score was eleven to two and principal Don Buck was declaring a new order for Auburn.

"So, we're going to have to think over our whole hockey philosophy at school and probably recruit some of these players for the hockey team," he said.

The ladies were gracious winners and after hearing Buck's comments their cheers were heard throughout the rink. One of the girls, Melissa Riley, thought that if there were girls on the team "Then maybe next year the hockey team would make it to the provincials."

The guys had nothing but excuses after losing the game, all this after mocking ringette and issuing a challenge to the girls.

"All the sticks they gave us were defective, look at this thing. How am I supposed to play with a broken stick?", Sandy Donaldson complained.

Finally, after the skill and grace had left the ice, the boys reverted to hockey -- and a fight broke out on the ice.


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