It’s Games Time! @2018WoodBuffalo

A young athlete prepares for the bus journey north from Calgary to Fort McMurray for the start of the Alberta Winter Games 2018 Wood Buffalo.
© J. Ashley Nixon

It was an early, cold morning start for several hundred young athletes as they prepared for their journey north for the Alberta Winter Games 2018 in Wood Buffalo. Skiers, hockey players, and other young sportswomen and men bundled their equipment into the cargo holds of a fleet of six buses set to take them from Calgary to Fort McMurray, 740 km and 7.5 hours away.

The opening ceremony tonight is followed by a weekend packed full with competitions involving the best young players in the province in a range of sports including archery, badminton, curling, hockey, skiing, and wrestling.

 

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The Village Chippy in Yorkshire

Yorkshire Fish ‘n’ Chips from The Village Chippy outside The Fox pub in Thorner, near Leeds, Yorkshire, England, Feb 2, 2018.
© J. Ashley Nixon

Yorkshire Fish ‘n’ Chips and Beer

Yorkshire Fish ‘n’ Chips, without any doubt of mind, the best in the world but there’s one sure way to make them better. And that’s to have them in the pub with some good Yorkshire ale. Yorkshire folks have that luxury of life available to them weekly when The Village Chippy drives into Thorner, near Leeds. Locally known as the Mobile, it’s what many on this side of the Atlantic would call a Food Truck.

Amanda and Garry, who have made this their van life and touring business since 2009, park their Renault van at the back of The Fox pub and start frying up around 7:15 pm every Friday night. I joined the eager customers peering out of the pub windows for their arrival, then headed out to join the queue. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) wild certified sustainable haddock fillets and chips, were ready 10-15 minutes later. Just enough time to finish off a pint of Farmers Blonde from the Bradfield Brewery in Sheffield and get another one to help wash the land and sea down with. Splendid stuff!

Catch The Village Chippy

If you’re not close to Thorner, you can catch The Village Chippy in other Yorkshire villages (Micklefield, Methley, and Bramham) or order them up for your wedding, party, festival or other events.

More images

For more photos, please follow this link to the Food Truck gallery on J. Ashley Nixon Communications

 

 

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Fire fall to Grizzlys

Ashlynn Stitt, Calgary Fire White, and Ashley Hoppins, Olds Grizzlys, battle for the puck during their Alberta Female Hockey (Bantam Elite) League game at Olds Sportsplex on Feb 11, 2018.
© J. Ashley Nixon

 

Olds Grizzlys came back from two goals down to win this rearranged Alberta Female Hockey (Bantam Elite) League game (A big snowstorm on Nov 3, 2017, resulted in calling off the original fixture).

Goals by Hailey Wiltshire and Jayna Barnden in the first period put league leaders Calgary Fire White in control, but not for long. After the break, the Grizzlys clawed back with goals from Kallie Clouston and Clare Hurley then went behind again when defender Gracie Gilkyson struck her ninth goal of the season.

Two unanswered goals in the final period, by Callie Clouston and Megan Yakiwchuk, were enough to secure the home team their well-deserved win, and the second loss in two days for the Calgary side, who still remain on top of the standings with just two league games remaining.

Final score: Olds Grizzlys 4 – 3 Calgary Fire White

Song of the Match

I was hoping I might hear a bear song or two but the wildest I could come up with was Werewolves of London. A great howler of a tune from Warren Zevon dating back to 1969. Here’s a live version from 1982. All together now, Aaoooooo!!

Up next

There’s a week off from the regular season games in the Alberta Female Hockey (Bantam Elite) League while the Alberta Winter Games get going up in Fort McMurray. The next Fire White game is on Saturday, Feb 24 against the Lethbridge Cyclones at Adams Ice Centre, Lethbridge.

More action from the game

For more photos from the game please follow this link to J. Ashley Nixon Communications

 

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Fire White burn Cyclones in Lethbridge

Jordyn Hutt in action for Calgary Fire White versus Lethbridge Cyclones in their Alberta Female Hockey League (Bantam Elite) game at Henderson Park Ice Centre, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada on Jan 28, 2018.
© J. Ashley Nixon

 

Three in one

It was a quick turnaround from the game versus Red Deer in Penhold yesterday. A trip south down the QEII highway to play Lethbridge Cyclones at Henderson Park Ice Centre, in Lethbridge. As the only team to have beaten Calgary Fire White in regular time this season, the Windy City side must have fancied their chances to take more points off the leaders of the Alberta Female Hockey League (Bantam Elite).

But Calgary Fire White got off to a strong start with three goals in the first period and never looked back. Sarah Gaiser was the first to strike. Hailey Wiltshire was next, then she scored again with one minute remaining.

Blue line surprise shot

The Cyclones struck back seven minutes after the interval. Megan Draffin wellied* a shot from the right-hand side of the blue line and the puck rang off the crossbar and into the net, surprising Fire goalie, Ali Kieren. The Fire Girls kept their three-goal lead though when Payton Evans snuck into the blue paint and drove the puck in.

*Technical term from Yorkshire for a well-hit shot, derived from Wellington Boots.

Two from Bierd

Fire White continued to dominate play into the final period with extensive fore-checking and a defensive line that kept pushing the play back into the Lethbridge zone. Mia Bierd picked up two goals, the last one a beautiful individual move that began in her own half, sweeping through the defense and stroking a blow high at the Cyclones goalie. Piper Slezak looked as though she had saved the shot but the puck hit the top of her stick and edged in just beneath the cross-bar.

Final score: Lethbridge Cyclones 1 – 6 Calgary Fire White

Song of the Match

Three stars go a latino selection today. The timing was perfect too: Jennifer Nixon put in a fierce, but fair check that knocked her opponent over. And over the PA came J-Lo’s (Jennifer Lopez) song Let’s Get Loud. Enjoy the live, kicking horse version. Que dulce!

Up next

Play gets paused until February 10, when Calgary Fire White visits High River once more to play the Rocky Mountain Raiders at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex.  See you after the winter equinox!

More action from the game

For more photos from the game please follow this link to J. Ashley Nixon Communication

 

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Fire White pick up the points in Penhold

Action from the Alberta Female Hockey League (Bantam Elite) game between Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs and Calgary Fire White played at Penhold Regional Multiplex, Penhold, Alberta, Canada.
© J. Ashley Nixon

 

Fire Chiefs

Fire White picked up the points in Penhold today in their Alberta Female Hockey League (Bantam Elite) game against Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs. Gracie Gilkyson scored the lone goal for Fire White in the first period. it went to 2-0 after 40 minutes The Fire survived a five on three penalty, then went up one more on a short-handed play, scored by Mia Bierd.

Three from Fire in the final period

The Fire took a three-goal lead on the first shift of the final period when Sarah Gaiser got in close and hit the puck over the goalie’s pads.  Gaiser scored another one, three minutes later, when she hit a seeing-eye shot through traffic, probably with some deflection. Jordyn Hutt put the game at Penhold Regional Multiplex out of doubt when she pounced on the puck after Hailey Wiltshire’s shot was deflected from the goalie’s stick.

Final score: Red Deer 0-5 Calgary Fire White

Song of the Match

Before the song comes a distraction since the game tunes were not so riveting today. So, here’s the Sign of the Match, it could be the sign of the season. You have to check the photos and tell me how you decide when this action becomes excessive and who judges that?

It was Fire White’s 21st win of the season: Sweet Dreams Are Made of This. There you have it, the fab song from The Eurythmics, sung by that famous Scottish hockey player, Annie Lennox.

Who am I to disagree?

Up next

A quick turnaround and Calgary Fire White travel south down the QEII highway on Sunday, Jan 28 for a game against Lethbridge Cyclones at Henderson Ice Centre (12:00). this is the only team to have beaten Fire White in regular time this season.. should be a good one in Alberta’s windy city.

More action from the game

For more photos from the game please follow this link to J. Ashley Nixon Communications

 

 

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Fire and Fury in Calgary

Jayna Barnden leads the flyby after scoring the opening goal for Calgary Fire White versus Calgary Fire Red in their Alberta Female Hockey League (Bantam Elite) game at Crowchild Twin Arenas, Calgary on Jan 21, 2017.
© J. Ashley Nixon

 

Red and White at Blue

Just to be clear, the local match-up between the two Girls Hockey Calgary teams in the Alberta Female Hockey League (Bantam Elite) on Sunday had Fire Red playing in white and Fire White playing in red; at the Blue Arena of Crowchild Twins. Got that?

Three goals in three minutes

It was a game that lived up to expectations as both teams threw themselves into a furious paced game that realized just five faceoffs in the first twenty minutes of play. The first came from a cross-checking penalty that put Hannah Suto in the box for Fire White. The next three happened to restart the game after three goals by Fire White in a blur of action just over three minutes long.

First to score was Jayna Barden after 15 minutes when she struck a wrister over the glove of the Fire Red goalie, Madelynne Sherlock. A minute later, Ella Kitchen pushed one through traffic, blocker side. Just over two minutes later, Ryann Perrett beat her defensive marker to the puck and flipped it over Sherlock’s pads.

The storm calmed in the second period, no goals. Five minutes into the final period, Fire Red pulled one back with a fabulous solo skate by Claire Hobbs down the right side of the ice, beating three White defenders and a shot over the shoulder of Ali Kieren. Fire White was not for rattling though and stuck to playing some attacking hockey. Perrett got her second goal of the game, with five minutes remaining.

Final score: Calgary Fire White 4-1 Calgary Fire Red

Song of the Match

DJ Dale played some nice tunes from the likes of Ozzy Osborne and The Beastie Boys but I’m not going there. My Three Star selection is a song that had the Fire White team singing along on the bench: Kelly Clarkson’s Since U Been Gone (2004). Not to be confused with Since You Been Gone, written by Argent’s guitarist, Russ Ballard (1976) but perhaps better known for the version by Rainbow released in 1979.

Up next

Calgary Fire White travel north up the QEII highway on Saturday, Jan 27 for a game against Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs at the Penhold Regional Multiplex (12:30).

More action from the game

For more photos from the game please follow this link to J. Ashley Nixon Communications

 

 

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Fire White pop in four goals against Grizzlys

Chyenne Risling and the Calgary Fire White celebrate a goal against Olds Grizzlys in the Alberta Female Hockey League game (Bantam Elite) at Bowness Sportsplex, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
© J. Ashley Nixon

All tied after 40

The scoring was even after 20 minutes; it was still all square after 40. Then Fire White got into some serious fore-checking, put lots of pressure on the Olds Grizzlys defense and turned in two more goals.

Goals from Healey, Wiltshire, and Gilkyson (2)

The Grizzlys opened the scoring with a goal by Emily Biggin after eight minutes of play. Mya Healey equalized just after 15 minutes. Fire White took the lead seven minutes after the turnaround but that was neutralized by another goal by the Grizzlies, scored by Kallie Klouston.

Two goals by defender, Gracie Gilkyson in the final period went unanswered. It was enough for the Calgary team to secure their 17th win of the season in the Alberta Female Hockey League (Bantam Elite) and maintain their top spot in the Southern Division with a gap of 16 points against their nearest rival, Calgary Fire Red.

Final score: Calgary Fire White 4-2 Olds Grizzlys

Song of the Match

When DJ Dale is in charge of the music, expect a fair smattering of ear-shattering music. But I’m not going for AC/DC today. The Song of the Match is Poets by the Canadian Hockey Music Lords, The Tragically Hip, from 1998.

Enjoy the fish (see video) and a look back at a Poet of Canada, young Gord Downie. May you rest in peace.

Up next:

Tomorrow is already here and that means a big game against GHC family rivals, Calgary Fire Red at Crowchild Blue Arena (15:45). Watch this space for that match report coming up soon!

More action from the game

For more photos from the game please follow this link to J. Ashley Nixon Communications

 

 

 

 

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