Thompson Okanagan Force made it to the consolation semifinals of the Canadian Ringette Championships in London, Ont.
The B.C. champion U16AA squad dropped its final game, 9-3, to Ontario3 from Elora-Fergus.
Lake Country’s Kayt Meraw had two goals while Kelowna’s Emily Elsom had a goal and two assists. Delainey Gregory and Hailey McRae of Kelowna each had helpers.
“We knew this would be a long week – nine games in five days ended up catching up to us,” said Team B.C. head coach Warren Carter of Vernon, whose team went 3-6 overall in London.
“We got off to a bit of a slow start in this tournament but really came on after that, playing the way we knew we could. This was a great experience for the girls. They will be able to use it next year and beyond in their ringette careers, and in their everyday lives.”
Carter called the season one of “learning, development and camaraderie,” as the girls travelled throughout the Okanagan, to the Lower Mainland, twice to Calgary, and, the dream trip of a lifetime to Sweden and Finland, before winning the provincials and advancing to the national championship.
“It will be a year to remember for a long time,”said Carter, whose team was made up of players from Vernon, Lake Country, Salmon Arm, Kelowna and West Kelowna.
“We’re all really looking forward to building on that for next year.”