Highlanders verses Newbridge Academy Female Team
On Sunday March 31st, Newbridge Varsity female members joined forces as a team to represent the Newbridge Varsity vs Nova Scotia Highlanders in a SEDMHA game matchup.
The NS Highlanders, representing their Special Needs Hockey club, were a tough opponent with lots to prove in their 2nd year playing the Newbridge Academy squad.
The final 10-9 was nothing short of a nail biter when the final shot was taken at the buzzer! Fans cheered and supported all athletes in this special game.
A special thanks to U16 player Annie Tulk, for organizing this event. Annie volunteers her time to help coach and develop these athletes.
Below is an email received from the NS Special Needs Hockey Club.
Our coaches, volunteers and especially our players are very grateful to have our NS Special Needs Team partake in the SEDMHA Tournament. From Christmas on I have received calls and at practices I got questions wondering if our team is in SEDMHA Tournament this year. The players remember their great experience from last year and how they were treated. These feelings are life time memories for them.
When the team found out they were again going to be in the SEDMHA Tournament this year, there were smiles, high fives and lots of chatter. Next question was who are we playing. I told them it was going to be the female team from Newbridge who nearly beat us last year. They said do you mean Annie’s team and we said absolutely. The excitement was there instantly and they could hardly wait for the day to come. We encouraged them all to play the best they could as a team and it really doesn’t matter if they win.
Our team is so lucky to have such a supporting group of young ladies so willing to give up their time for this Special Needs Hockey team. I was on the bench for some of the time and all the young ladies were smiling and having fun. I hope they all had an incredible experience as did our team.
For this remarkable experience for these special needs hockey team players, we thank the young ladies on the Newbridge Female team for their hard work and involvement with our program over the years. Our Highlanders team wish them the very best going forward.
Thanks so much and it is very much appreciated by coaches, Parents and players.
Jack Landry, President
Steve Coates, Administrator
NS Special Needs Hockey Club