Selects off to DQ tournament this weekend

Christopher Cameron
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Pictou County team looking for third straight tournament title

NEW GLASGOW – A lot of hard work and determination goes into being a successful team and the Pictou County atom AA Subway Selects believe they have done a good job of that this season.

Jeff Green joined the Pictou County atom AA Subway Selects on Monday afternoon for practice to give the players the perspective of another coach. The team is preparing for the DQ Invitational Tournament this weekend in Moncton, N.B. 

The group has played in two tournaments so far this season winning both. They were the lone Pictou County team to win a division as host at the Subway Cup in October. That was followed with another gold medal victory at the Early Bird Tournament in P.E.I. a month later.

A gold medal this weekend at the DQ Invitational would be three straight.

“The coaches are telling us we need to bring our ‘A’ game and need to be prepared by being rested and knowing what we have worked on in practice,” said forward Hayley Burke. “No team is going to give us a game, so we need to be prepared to take it from them.”

Rory Thompson, a blue-liner with the Selects, said the coaches are just telling them to work as hard as they can.

“We won’t win it if we don’t try our hardest,” she said.

Since they opened their season with the victory at their home tournament, Burke said the team has improved their forecheck, backcheck and passing. In a game if they need to improve things the coaches tell them in the intermission and they try to change it.

“When we come off Dave (Hood) tells us what we can do better and we go do that,” said Burke. “It works out well.”

The team has had a few weeks off for the holidays, but aren’t afraid about having “turkey legs” on Friday. Thompson said they’ve had a few practices to make sure they’re ready for their first game of the tournament.

“We’re really excited and we’ve been talking a lot about it in the dressing room,” she said. “It’s good to play different teams because we play Cape Breton a lot and if we just kept playing them it’s not a challenge, so we need to play other teams.”

Their first game is 10 a.m. on Friday with the tournament wrapping up Sunday, Jan. 5.

On Twitter: @NGNewsChris

Geographic location: Pictou County, P.E.I., Cape Breton

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