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GIVING IT A GO – Four-year-old Thora Tokar falls to the ice while Evelyn Boon, who is also age four, makes her first foray onto the ice at last month's try ringette event hosted by the St. Albert Ringette Association at Troy Murray Arena. Volunteer Jazmin Pitruniak, a ringette player, tries to lend a helping hand to the newbies to the sport. DAN RIEDLHUBER/St. Albert Gazette

Slash exhibition

The St. Albert Slash and Edmonton Pandas faceoff today in exhibition action in the Alberta Female Hockey League.

Puck drop is 5 p.m. at Bill Hunter Arena.

The teams skated Wednesday at Go Auto Arena with the Slash winning 4-1.

As of Thursday, the Slash had three netminders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards at camp.

Upcoming for the Slash is a 16-team midget AAA Calgary Firestarter Tournament next week at Great Plains Arena and in pool C the Slash play the Regina Rebels, Fraser Valley Rush and Northern Alberta Xtreme.

The Slash plans to take three netminders, 13 forwards and seven defencemen to Calgary.

The last exhibition game for the Slash is Sept. 21 in Red Deer against the hometown Chiefs.

The AFHL season opener for the winners of three-straight Esso Cup national championships is Oct. 4 against the Lloydminster Steelers at 8 p.m. at Go Auto Arena.

Golf results

Last week’s Glendale ladies’ club championship was the first for St. Albert golfer Brooke Brezovski after winning back-to-back club titles the last two years at Sturgeon Valley.

Brezovski, 16, carded rounds of 74 and 79 for a score of 153 overall.

Sydney Johnson-Parker, the defending champion, finished second at 161 (81-80). 

Brezovski's two-day totals as the Sturgeon Valley winner were 162 (80-82) in 2018 and 161 in 2017.

Last year Brezovski was the junior female winner at the Glendale after her 2016-17 junior repeat at Sturgeon Valley.

Ethan Wilson of St. Albert also repeated as the Glendale’s junior male champion.

At the end of the month, Brezovski, her sister Belle, last year’s Sturgeon Valley junior female champion, and Wilson are competing at the Future Links Fall Series tournament at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtney, B.C.

Leading up to the Golf Canada event for Brezovski is the metro Edmonton zone tournament Sept. 17 at Stony Plain Golf Course for qualification at the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association championship Sept. 23-24 at Red Deer.

Last year in Grade 10, the St. Albert Skyhawk finished fourth overall (75-80) out of 69 females at the high school provincials after shooting an 82 at zones in Stony Plain.

Provincial soccer

The St. Albert Impact U17 female team closed out the outdoor season with a fourth-place result at the recent Alberta Soccer Association Tier I championship tournament in Calgary.

The Impact (2-2, 10 GF/6 GA) lost the bronze final 2-1 to Blizzard SCO3 (2-1-1, 8 GF/8 GA) of Calgary after placing second in group two and one of the matches was the 3-2 setback to SWU Premiers 03 (3-1, 7 GF/4 GA), the silver medallist.

Kiersten Girard scored against Blizzard.

The Impact were hampered by injuries at the eight-team competition.

Carmen Borrelli led the Impact in scoring in pool play with three goals, Giovanna Lofaro tallied twice and Isabelle Martinez, Sarah Hay, Sarah De Gannes and Sadie Vogel also netted goals.

In the Greater Edmonton Soccer League, the Impact (10-4-1, 53 GF/23 GA) placed second behind Inter (15-0, 72 GF/2 GA).

Mission ringette

The three St. Albert Mission teams have been finalized for the upcoming ringette season.

Visit and click on AA tryouts for the rosters.

The new head coaches are Darcy Owen (U14AA), Joel Lajoie (U16AA) and Eric Lavoy (U19AA).

This past week marked the first practice sessions for the teams following the AA evaluations.

Last season the U14AA Mission finished fourth at westerns in St. Albert as the provincial runner-up while the U16AA and U19AA teams were unsuccessful at provincials to qualify for nationals.

Meanwhile, the St. Albert Ringette Association hosts its 21st annual Turkey Ring Oct. 11 to 14. Last year’s event featured 74 teams, including 21 SASA reps,  in 14 age divisions from U10 to U19. The 127-game schedule was staged at seven rinks over four days.

Jeff Hansen

About the Author: Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen joined the St. Albert Gazette in 1991. He writes about sports, athletes and teams from St. Albert and area.
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