Here we are again, another season is about to get underway and the anticipation is rising. Once again a fresh group of eager faces join our team, while returning players are still full of energy and willing to battle for the OUA title. Every year, our team has something to prove. This year it is to take back the top of the league standings after a disappointing finish last season. Even though it’s important to forget about the past and focus on what’s to come, we must use previous upsets as fuel to spark the team’s competitive edge.
This quest for gold started with training camp. It was a very high-intensity and physical battle during all ice times. In a matter of three days, we fought to exhibit our best skill and knowledge of the game we have acquired over years of practice. In the midst of all the board battles, races for the puck and blazing slap shots, 24 girls triumphed above the rest to make up the 2012-2013 Guelph Gryphons Women Hockey Team.
Following training camp came the most dreaded part of our season…fitness testing. No matter how much a player trained over the summer, she is still nervous about meeting the testing requirements. Some of these tests include: max push-ups, squats, pull-ups, beep test and the one mile run. It is a true indication of not only the physical stamina of the athlete, but the drive and determination of the athlete’s mind to overcome fatigue.
This past Sunday, we had our first exhibition game. It marked the first time this group of players would put on a Gryphon jersey together and fight to well-represent our university. We were up against a tough, strong, and fast team from the University of Montreal. The game was very physical and the tempo seemed to increase with every minute. Our team seemed to dominate battles down low in both ends of the ice but it simply wasn’t enough to reign victorious. We ended up losing by a score of 4-1.
We look at this loss as a starting point. Each player now has an idea of what they need to work on individually and as a team. This game was merely a building block of the team we are hoping to create.
The Gryphs are off to Kingston this weekend to face Queens and McGill.
Bye for now,