Cieara Chatman, left, and Jenna Lilly of Springdale will represent the province on the only team competing at the upcoming Queen of the Rings tournament in Toronto.
Every other Saturday evening, 13-year-old Cieara Chatman and 12-year-old Jenna Lilly take the long drive from Springdale to Corner Brook.
Every other Sunday morning they wake up at the crack of dawn, and head to the Corner Brook civic centre.
They lace up their hockey skates and don heavy pads for a morning’s worth of practice, training their butts off for the opportunity of a lifetime.
Cieara and Jenna are a part of the Stephenville Jets, a bantam-aged team of girls from western Newfoundland who are headed to the Queen of Rings Tournament Aug. 12-14 in Toronto.
This tournament will feature teams of girls aged 10-18 from across North America.
The girls came to hockey through different paths. Jenna used to be a figure skater, and eventually decided to trade in the waltz three-turn for slapshots. Her mother, Karen says she enjoys playing with the boys because things tend to get more physical. Jenna agrees. And says she likes the sport because it’s rough. She now plays right wing (No. 17).
Cieara, meanwhile, found the sport through watching her brother play. When asked why she decided to play for the Jets this summer, she responds simply: “’cause I love hockey.” She keeps guard of the net as goalie (No. 1).
Both girls are excited for the competition to come.
Jenna says she is looking forward to the experience, but mostly playing hockey in a different province with different people.
For the journey, both girls are required to raise $3,000 each. In order to meet this goal they have been selling tickets for a hockey wreath, a handmade and painted birdhouse as well as a night at the Riverwood Inn. This will keep going until the end of May. They will also have a fundraising barbecue this Saturday in downtown Springdale, near the Foodland.
Anyone interested in helping the girls reach their goals can contact Jenna’s mother Karen at 673-2816, and also join them for their community barbecue.