A great weekend at the rink for Reader!

Happy Monday, everybody! Reader here.

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was fantastic – I spent it at the rink and hanging out with my family.

Me, my brothers and their families and my parents all congregated in Saskatoon, as my niece, Sofie, had ringette provincials there, while my nephew Hadley took part in broomball provincials nearby, in Aberdeen.

Luckily, the schedules were staggered enough that we were able to catch lots of the action for both kids.

Sofie’s been playing ringette for several years, and last spring, her team went on a two-week European tour, playing games in Sweden, Finland and Czechia, and she gets better and better each year!

It’s so much fun watching the kids take part in sports and seeing their skills, abilities and confident grow with each passing season! I’m proud to say that she’s a far better skater than her Uncle Craig ever was!

Ultimately, Sofie and her team, the Buffalo Plains U19 Blitz fell in the Gold Medal Game, but they have nothing to hang their heads about, earning the provincial silver – they played hard and gave it all they had. Sometimes, the bounces just don’t go your way.

Cheering on my niece, Sofie (#22), standing tall in the defensive zone against the Regina Ravens!
Let’s go, #22!!!

Ringette has been gaining popularity in recent years in Saskatchewan, as a sport that requires speed, agility, and teamwork, making it a thrilling and challenging game for players of all ages.

The province has a number of ringette associations and leagues that provide opportunities for players to compete and develop their skills. From youth programs to adult leagues, there is a place for everyone to get involved and enjoy the game of ringette.

One of the reasons why ringette has become so popular in Saskatchewan is the sense of community and camaraderie that comes with being a part of the sport. Players form bonds with their teammates, coaches, and opponents, creating a supportive and inclusive environment that encourages growth and success both on and off the ice. Whether you are a seasoned player or just starting out, there is a place for you in the ringette community in Saskatchewan.

It’s been fun watching Sofie and her team bond and grow over the years!

Meanwhile, my nephew Hadley was playing broomball for the first time this winter. He’s a gamer, willing to give anything a go. He’s a great goalie when it comes to hockey, he plays football in the summer, he took up volleyball at school, and now, he’s a broomballer! He loves to get out there and dive right into the action, and he has a ton of fun in the process.

Had’s team, the Odessa Bandits, brought home the provincial U16 Boys bronze!

My nephew Hadley is #16 in black, heading for the Debden net!
Keeping it in the zone against Bruno!

This was the first time I’d ever seen organized broomball, and it’s a pretty cool sport!

Broomball may not be as well-known as some other sports, but here in Saskatchewan, it holds a special place in the hearts of many. For example, I had no idea how huge broomball was in the town of Bruno. Their teams have won a number of provincial championships over the years.

This unique and exciting game has been gaining popularity in the province over the years, with more and more people getting involved and joining leagues and tournaments.

One of the reasons broomball has become so popular in Saskatchewan is because it is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or just looking for a fun way to stay active, broomball offers a great way to get moving and have some fun with friends and family. If there is a broomball league in Yorkton, I’d definitely give it a try!

It’s also a great way to stay in shape and improve your coordination and agility. The fast-paced nature of the game keeps players on their toes and provides a great workout every time you hit the ice.

I was impressed how quickly the players could rip up and down the ice, and change directions. The shoes they wear must have fantastic grip!

Hockey, football, baseball, and high school sports like basketball and volleyball get most of the attention, but there are other sports like ringette and broomball, that are growing across Saskatchewan. Let’s get out, cheer on our athletes, and help their games grow!

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