Hather well pleased with double

The MEPCO High Rollers are a dynasty in local hockey.

This week the squad won its third title in the last four years of the WestTel Adult Roller Hockey League.

MEPCO beat fellow league powerhouse the Budget Beavers 6-5 in game three of the Cherry Cup finals.

With the victory the High Rollers also win the 2009 league outright as they finished atop the regular season standings.

A big reason for the side’s success this season and in years past is Captain Darryl Hather.

The Vancouver native had two goals and four assists in the Cherry Cup and was 12th in scoring during the season with five goals, 13 assists and 18 points.

Hather gave his take on the series and the team.

‘The finals were really close. In the first game we blew a lead and came back, in the second game we had penalty trouble and on Tuesday it took a great defensive effort to win.

‘I’m really proud of the guys as they skated hard and forced a lot of the Budget shots from far out.’

Unlike most of his MEPCO team-mates Tuesday’s title is his second in a week. Hather was a member of the Lone Star Barracudas team that won the 2009 men’s ball hockey league title this month.

Interestingly enough among his team-mates were John Vanderwal and Rob Leadbetter (who play for Budget).

Hather’s team beat out the BDO-CML Pirates for that title, which featured Doug Steele and Wolfgang Brocklebank, who play for the High Rollers.

He summed up his feelings on his trophy wins.

‘I’m feeling pretty good considering I won two championships in a week. I’ve been in roller hockey since 2006 and I’ve done quite well since then.

‘With ball hockey though that title was really great because for me (and Rob Leadbetter) it was our first championship in the six years we have played.’

Hather may have accomplished a double triumph but his eyes are already on more success.

‘In a way this championship was bittersweet for us as John Cowan, Tim Courtis and Ryan Macmillan were not here.

‘However our mantra next season is to keep the team together and have a better start. Hopefully we keep the momentum going and make our sponsors proud once again.’