Glovertown High earns provincial silver

Youth and speed the key to successful season

Published on May 8, 2017

HARE BAY, NL — The Glovertown High School girls ball hockey team wrapped up this year’s season with a silver medal finish at the AAA Provincial championship in Hare Bay over the weekend.

The team’s season has been marked by adversity according to team manager Robin Tulk.  The girls managed to pull out all the stops in their weekend games against Placentia based opponents Laval. Despite two goals from Aliyah Sweetapple, the girls lost the championship game 9-4. 

“We are beyond proud of these girls,” Tulk told the Beacon. “We are really excited because we have such a young team with so much potential.” 

While the age range for eligible player varies from Grade 7-12, the Glovertown teams oldest player is a Grade 10 student. While some may see their youth as a hindrance, Tulk says the youth and speed of the team was a plus. The team is also backstopped by Grade 8 rookie goaltender Hailey Mackenzie-Davis. 

Tulk says the seemingly lopsided score sheet does not tell the true story of the teams last line of defence.  

“The first game that Hailey played in was only her second game ever,” said Tulk. “The only previous game she had played was a practice game — she’s really, really good.”

The team also gets a hand from members of the community. Tulk is a volunteer herself and the team is coached by fellow volunteers Kevin Maher and Angela Mackey. Rounding out the management team is teacher sponsor Lindahl Butt. 

“We’re all very proud,” said Tulk. “It wasn’t a banner this year, but we know we’re got one in the future.”