During Easter, I noticed quite a lot of people in St. Anthony and most of them were strangers. I then heard that they were here for the hockey tournament taking place at the Olympia. No doubt they all had high hopes of winning but through the week, unfortunately most teams were eliminated. It came down to the final match on Saturday evening between St. Anthony and Lewisporte.
I’m not a hockey buff but I had to drop in to see what the cheering and shouting was all about.
The second period was under way with St. Anthony leading 2-1. I was impressed with the skills, sportsmanship and entertainment by those young players whose effort into sports made it interesting. I did take not of some players in particular whose momentum and puck handling could turn them into professionals one day, if they keep it up.
Excitement was literally overflowing in the third period when in the last few moments, St. Anthony got a three–player break away and the puck hit home making it 3-1 with only seconds left. Suddenly off came the gloves, helmets and hockey sticks all over the ice, not in a fight but in victory. The triumphant screams and shouts nearly lift the roof off. Then the players rushed and piled on the goalie for the golden moment of hugs and squeezes and for nearly giving a shut out. The goalie must have felt dizzy in getting up, but from his smile, he loved it.
Both teams then lined up for the graceful handshake and the gold medals were presented. The motorcade around town Sunday evening said it all.
Hearty congratulations to the past and present athletes of this town whose dedicated effort and team work, outstanding performances on the regional, provincial and national levels have brought home gold after gold after gold and silver and bronze.
We are only a dot on the map but we have certainly let the world know were we stand and we will continue to do so. Even though many of our athletes are amateur or semi-pro in Newfoundland and Labrador and sometimes we do find ourselves pitted against high stake pros who think we don’t stand a chance, we give with what we have.
Maybe we lose by a pinch or so but more time we are successful and we’ve proven that we are quite a challenge in any competition.
Dreams are high and if you lose you gain experience so don’t be ashamed.
Think of where you come from b’y, or me son, or maid, and look where you stand in such a short time and be proud. We are the champs.