RANT N' ROAR - DAY FOUR
It was a very busy day yesterday with competition in full swing. Our athletes, coaches and managers have been doing a great job of keeping up with all the demands placed on them. Juggling meals and transport times together with competition schedules at this multi-sport event is not easy. Well done to you all as you navigate your way through the week. We had some especially good performances yesterday. Remember to remain focused on the events ahead of you and have fun. We are so very proud of you.
Lastly, I must tell you that I have had several reports from volunteers who have specifically commented on how well behaved and respectful our Team NL contingent is. Well done!
Go TeamNL Go!
EVENT AND COMPETITION SCHEDULE
BOLTON GETTING SHARP AT THE RIGHT TIME
In a bit of a surprise, Noah Bolton was advanced in the 1500m, competing in the bottom bracket semi-final. From there, he advanced into the final, with an overall ranking of 47th. Coach Sharon Karn remarked that he was skating smoothly today, and making clean passes where other skaters had to try and catch up to him. With the 1500m now in the books, Noah turns to the 500m and 1000m events next.
Wheelchair basketball team continue to build momentum
It was another exciting day today on the basketball court. Despite losing 53-26 to Quebec, the team continues to gel as a group and have a no quit mentality.
The team really pulled together after the first quarter. They kept the game very tight against a powerful team and kept it to a low scoring affair through the 3rd and 4th quarter.
The team want to say a huge thanks to the other Team NL athletes for coming out to support them today. They will wrap up the round robin tomorrow at 1:00 against Saskatchewan.
Ladies curling drop a heartbreaker
The NL Ladies Curling Team lost a heart breaker today to Team BC by a final score of 7-5. The girls played well throughout the game and had Team BC on the ropes. But by only inches Team NL ticked a guard on their final shot in the 7th end, resulting in BC coming up with a big steal!
The Girls will be back on the ice tomorrow (Wednesday) with a
2 pm game against Team North West Territories! Good Luck Team NL!
biahtlon in hot pursuit of the competition
After a true Newfoundland weather day for Monday’s sprint (although luckily the rain did fall downwards instead of sideways), the Biathlon team welcomed the sunshine for Tuesday’s pursuit race. Both men’s and women’s teams put in excellent performances and truly leaving it all on the course, embodying the Team NL mantra “your best - nothing less”.
The biathlon team was excited to have so many mission staff come to cheer them on in Brookvale and experience how exciting their sport is! The grit, determination, and focus of the athletes was on full display. Tomorrow is a rest day for the team before they prepare for Thursday’s Individual race - the longest of the disciplines where the men will ski 12.5km and women will ski 10km. They’ll shoot 4 times and accuracy is the most important here as penalties are 1 minute instead of ~30 seconds for a penalty loop.
jack noftall rock solid no matter what
Day 4 of the karate competition was a great day for Team NL. Our only athlete competing today was Jack Noftall. He was seeded in the toughest part of the drawsheet and had to fight some very strong opponents. His first fight was against a Canadian National Team Member from BC. Jack stuck to the tactical plan and gave the BC athlete a very tough match. The final score was 1:0 and although Jack lost it was an excellent result. His second fight was against a Quebec athlete and much like many sports, Quebec is a power house in the sport of Karate. He represented himself and the province of NL well and only conceded 2 points. The final score was 2:0. We also had a team training and are preparing for tomorrow’s competitions when Noah Ryan and Emma Pittman will be competing in Kumite. With some extra time this evening, we got to cheer on the Curling team and the Gymnastics team before heading back to the village!
a sea of nl colours in the stands for our artistic gymnasts
Today the ladies competed in Team Finals at a jam packed venue! We saw lots of maroon coats and NL flags there to cheer on Team NL. Megan Skinner, Jirah Hiscock and Sarah Pace earned top three for Team NL and will get to represent NL in the All Around Final on Thursday.
Jirah also earned the opportunity to compete in the Event Final on Friday in bars, with Sarah as reserve.
Team event underway in Table tennis
The team event has started and both team NL boys and they are off to a good start. NL girls played team BC first and lost the encounter, however Ciela Libid had a great performance taking a game in her singles match. So far the girls are 1-2 with another match remaining tomorrow. The boys are off to a 2-2 start in the team event and had their best matches yet against a close loss to Nova Scotia. More to come for them tomorrow as well!
team NL FREEZES POOL C AND SKATES OUT ON TOP
In Team NLs final game of the round robin, a matchup to decide first and second place in Pool C , it was NL who came out on top with a big 8-2 win over Yukon. Elliot Wright sent a bullet to the top shelf on an early first period power play on a lovely feed from ‘Bob’ Ben O’Brien and Team NL didn’t look back. Caylem Blake later added another power play marker after goalie Carter Arnold stopped tournament leading scorer Gavin Mckenna on a shorthanded breakaway making it 2 -0. This was one of several outstanding saves Arnold had in the game. Ty Peddigrew continued his hot hand with another pair; one on a beautiful setup from Seymour, and the other short handed. Wright would later add two more to complete the hat trick with the new twig he just purchased. Blake added his second while Strong rounded out the scoring. The defence were able to limit Mckenna to two assists in this one. This sets up the qualifying game verses Nova Scotia tomorrow night at the Maclauchlan Arena in Charlottetown at 8pm NL time to see who will move on to the quarter finals. Let’s go Team NL!
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