Girls skate for Bruins

Youth hockey may be seen as an
endeavour primarily for boys but a group of girls are proving to be chicks
lethal with sticks.

The Logic Youth Roller Hockey
League is on a three-week Easter Break before heading into the home stretch of
the season. In the Novice division, the dms Bruins are currently in second
place with 15 points, just ahead of the Walkers Blue Iguanas. Coming off
Christmas break strong, the Bruins looked like they might be the division
favourite with a new determination.

Currently, the XN Financial Flames
have been holding steady in first division. Now with 22 points and a recent 6-3
win over the Bruins XN Financial looks like they will finish in first place.

Regardless of how the season shakes
out, the Bruins play with heart. Determination stems from the teamwork among
the group of 6-9 year-olds and a unique competitiveness from the four girls on
the team.

Fenna Madison has been playing in
the league for three years and is a smart player offensively. Her positional
play is among the best on the team and she is often in the right place at the
right time. Athletic overall, the Cayman Prep student also does rugby, swimming
and dancing. Ballet and tap class may not have the same competitive edge as
roller hockey, but it definitely shows her versatility when it comes to sport.

Crystal Corkish, who just
celebrated her 8th birthday, is a solid defensive player for the Bruins. She
admits that she may not look tough, but when it comes to players getting by her
on the rink it’s not an easy task. Her mum Darlene could not be more proud.

“Crystal was quite shy before she
started playing hockey,” Darlene said. “It’s amazing to think how far she has
come, when I see her going in for a puck and not backing down.”

Another Prep student, Crystal also
swims and plays T-Ball.  

As a result of the Cayman Fights
Hockey Street Hockey Tournament in January, the Bruins added a few more girls
to the bench for the second half of the season. Grace Bostock and Molly Kehoe
were introduced to the game in running shoes and decided to lace up skates and
join the league a few weeks later. Grace, 9, initially insisted on playing
forward and scored a goal in her third game and has had a few assists since.
Grace goes to Cayman International School and also does soccer and swimming and
she loves horse riding. 

The youngest girl on the Bruin
roster, Molly is only six years-old and routinely faces off against some eight
year-olds. With only a few hockey games under her belt, Molly has been far from
intimidated. She fights for the puck and attacks the play with instincts of a
seasoned hockey player.

Similar to the other girls on the
Bruin squad, sports are in Molly’s blood and her after-school and weekend
activities include rugby, and swimming. The efforts of both Molly and Grace
have stood out to the team’s coach Amy Arnold.

“In a matter of months, roller
hockey has become Molly and Grace’s favourite sport,” Coach Amy said. “It’s
great to see this level of interest and competitiveness among new players to
the league.”