WDHS Lady Warriors are poised to snatch hockey championship

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Waterdown Lady Warriors hockey team is undefeated, and at the top of the standings, heading into the season's home stretch.

The Waterdown District High School team has a great shot of winning the city championships, according to assistant coach Jennifer Long.

"They've always done well, but they've never won the city championships before," said Long, who feels this is Waterdown's year, thanks to a fast, tough, and well-rounded line-up.

"We don't have a weak line," she said. "Whatever line we send out, we feel confident with them on the ice."

She feels the team's strength is its balance of youth and experience.

"We have a phenomenal third line of Grade 9s and 10s," she said, noting that their youth makes them eager to please and fast on their feet. They also have a less demanding course-load than their senior counterparts, which allows them to attend more practices, and be more focused at the practices they do attend.

Balancing the youth and vigour is an experienced goaltender. Chelsea Cockshutt is in her fifth year, and has served as goaltender since she began high school.

"We have the best goalie in the league," said long. "As long as she stays healthy, we're going to do very well."

Although this is her last year, the team won't be without great talent next season; Cockshutt has been mentoring Brittany Arsenault, to fill her skates.

The team's defense is also "phenomenal," said Long. The Winch sisters, Carly and Brooklyn, are both strong, physically and mentally, she notes. "We always try to keep one of them on at any time."

All of the girls play hockey outside of school. Although most play in Flamborough, a handful play AA on Hamilton teams. None play below the Rep level, Long noted.

That takes the pressure off of practice, she said. Because they share ice time with the boys' team, the girls can often only practice once a week.

"But they're getting so much ice time outside of school, it's okay. In fact, we have to be careful not to work them too hard. They can get burned out, and we have to keep an eye out for that."

Long, a hockey player in her own student days, is amazed by the skill on her team, and in girls' hockey in general, now that it's mainstream.

"They're so skilled and so fast. I'm amazed by the speed of girls' hockey now," she said.

Long feels training camps, which most of the team members attend regularly, are helping girls hone their skills. The Olympics have also helped raise the bar on competition.

"It used to be that girls played hockey, but there was nowhere to take it. Now, they see these athletes in the Olympics, and they think 'wow, I can do that'," she said.

Long has several team members who, she feels, could easily make the jump to Olympian stature in the near future. "It's absolutely a reachable goal for them," she said.

The city championships are also a reachable goal for the Warriors. But they aren't a sure thing. They need to defeat their nemesis, Ancaster, which is just one point behind in the standings. The two face off once more before the playoffs begin, on February 7 at Coronation Park.

"That's going to be an important game," said Long.

The girls got a chance to brush up on their skills this week, in the Hamilton High School Hockey Tournament which ran from February 1 to 3. Fans are encouraged to come out and cheer the team to victory. For a full schedule, and regularly updated standings, visit www.hwdsb.on.ca/athletics/sec_ghkysched.html.

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HWIAC GIRLS HOCKEY STANDINGS

presented in the following order: Team; W; L; T; Pts

Waterdown; 7; 0; 1; 15

Ancaster; 6; 0; 2; 14

Saltfleet; 3; 2; 2; 8

Parkside; 2; 2; 3; 7

Orchard Park; 1; 5; 1; 3

Highland; 1; 6; 1; 3

Westdale; 0; 5; 1; 1

WDHS Lady Warriors are poised to snatch hockey championship

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Waterdown Lady Warriors hockey team is undefeated, and at the top of the standings, heading into the season's home stretch.

The Waterdown District High School team has a great shot of winning the city championships, according to assistant coach Jennifer Long.

"They've always done well, but they've never won the city championships before," said Long, who feels this is Waterdown's year, thanks to a fast, tough, and well-rounded line-up.

"We don't have a weak line," she said. "Whatever line we send out, we feel confident with them on the ice."

She feels the team's strength is its balance of youth and experience.

"We have a phenomenal third line of Grade 9s and 10s," she said, noting that their youth makes them eager to please and fast on their feet. They also have a less demanding course-load than their senior counterparts, which allows them to attend more practices, and be more focused at the practices they do attend.

Balancing the youth and vigour is an experienced goaltender. Chelsea Cockshutt is in her fifth year, and has served as goaltender since she began high school.

"We have the best goalie in the league," said long. "As long as she stays healthy, we're going to do very well."

Although this is her last year, the team won't be without great talent next season; Cockshutt has been mentoring Brittany Arsenault, to fill her skates.

The team's defense is also "phenomenal," said Long. The Winch sisters, Carly and Brooklyn, are both strong, physically and mentally, she notes. "We always try to keep one of them on at any time."

All of the girls play hockey outside of school. Although most play in Flamborough, a handful play AA on Hamilton teams. None play below the Rep level, Long noted.

That takes the pressure off of practice, she said. Because they share ice time with the boys' team, the girls can often only practice once a week.

"But they're getting so much ice time outside of school, it's okay. In fact, we have to be careful not to work them too hard. They can get burned out, and we have to keep an eye out for that."

Long, a hockey player in her own student days, is amazed by the skill on her team, and in girls' hockey in general, now that it's mainstream.

"They're so skilled and so fast. I'm amazed by the speed of girls' hockey now," she said.

Long feels training camps, which most of the team members attend regularly, are helping girls hone their skills. The Olympics have also helped raise the bar on competition.

"It used to be that girls played hockey, but there was nowhere to take it. Now, they see these athletes in the Olympics, and they think 'wow, I can do that'," she said.

Long has several team members who, she feels, could easily make the jump to Olympian stature in the near future. "It's absolutely a reachable goal for them," she said.

The city championships are also a reachable goal for the Warriors. But they aren't a sure thing. They need to defeat their nemesis, Ancaster, which is just one point behind in the standings. The two face off once more before the playoffs begin, on February 7 at Coronation Park.

"That's going to be an important game," said Long.

The girls got a chance to brush up on their skills this week, in the Hamilton High School Hockey Tournament which ran from February 1 to 3. Fans are encouraged to come out and cheer the team to victory. For a full schedule, and regularly updated standings, visit www.hwdsb.on.ca/athletics/sec_ghkysched.html.

* * *

HWIAC GIRLS HOCKEY STANDINGS

presented in the following order: Team; W; L; T; Pts

Waterdown; 7; 0; 1; 15

Ancaster; 6; 0; 2; 14

Saltfleet; 3; 2; 2; 8

Parkside; 2; 2; 3; 7

Orchard Park; 1; 5; 1; 3

Highland; 1; 6; 1; 3

Westdale; 0; 5; 1; 1

WDHS Lady Warriors are poised to snatch hockey championship

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Waterdown Lady Warriors hockey team is undefeated, and at the top of the standings, heading into the season's home stretch.

The Waterdown District High School team has a great shot of winning the city championships, according to assistant coach Jennifer Long.

"They've always done well, but they've never won the city championships before," said Long, who feels this is Waterdown's year, thanks to a fast, tough, and well-rounded line-up.

"We don't have a weak line," she said. "Whatever line we send out, we feel confident with them on the ice."

She feels the team's strength is its balance of youth and experience.

"We have a phenomenal third line of Grade 9s and 10s," she said, noting that their youth makes them eager to please and fast on their feet. They also have a less demanding course-load than their senior counterparts, which allows them to attend more practices, and be more focused at the practices they do attend.

Balancing the youth and vigour is an experienced goaltender. Chelsea Cockshutt is in her fifth year, and has served as goaltender since she began high school.

"We have the best goalie in the league," said long. "As long as she stays healthy, we're going to do very well."

Although this is her last year, the team won't be without great talent next season; Cockshutt has been mentoring Brittany Arsenault, to fill her skates.

The team's defense is also "phenomenal," said Long. The Winch sisters, Carly and Brooklyn, are both strong, physically and mentally, she notes. "We always try to keep one of them on at any time."

All of the girls play hockey outside of school. Although most play in Flamborough, a handful play AA on Hamilton teams. None play below the Rep level, Long noted.

That takes the pressure off of practice, she said. Because they share ice time with the boys' team, the girls can often only practice once a week.

"But they're getting so much ice time outside of school, it's okay. In fact, we have to be careful not to work them too hard. They can get burned out, and we have to keep an eye out for that."

Long, a hockey player in her own student days, is amazed by the skill on her team, and in girls' hockey in general, now that it's mainstream.

"They're so skilled and so fast. I'm amazed by the speed of girls' hockey now," she said.

Long feels training camps, which most of the team members attend regularly, are helping girls hone their skills. The Olympics have also helped raise the bar on competition.

"It used to be that girls played hockey, but there was nowhere to take it. Now, they see these athletes in the Olympics, and they think 'wow, I can do that'," she said.

Long has several team members who, she feels, could easily make the jump to Olympian stature in the near future. "It's absolutely a reachable goal for them," she said.

The city championships are also a reachable goal for the Warriors. But they aren't a sure thing. They need to defeat their nemesis, Ancaster, which is just one point behind in the standings. The two face off once more before the playoffs begin, on February 7 at Coronation Park.

"That's going to be an important game," said Long.

The girls got a chance to brush up on their skills this week, in the Hamilton High School Hockey Tournament which ran from February 1 to 3. Fans are encouraged to come out and cheer the team to victory. For a full schedule, and regularly updated standings, visit www.hwdsb.on.ca/athletics/sec_ghkysched.html.

* * *

HWIAC GIRLS HOCKEY STANDINGS

presented in the following order: Team; W; L; T; Pts

Waterdown; 7; 0; 1; 15

Ancaster; 6; 0; 2; 14

Saltfleet; 3; 2; 2; 8

Parkside; 2; 2; 3; 7

Orchard Park; 1; 5; 1; 3

Highland; 1; 6; 1; 3

Westdale; 0; 5; 1; 1