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By Dan Falloon, Portage Daily Graphic

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For the second year in a row, the Portage Ringette Association has been able to score a partnership with the Manitoba Jets.

Four members of the National Ringette League club are in Portage la Prairie this week to help teach youngsters about the game.

Amy Clarkson, Morgan Jones, Meaghan Alleyne and Stephanie Prefontaine are helping approximately 45 young players improve their skills this week. The numbers are slightly up from last year's inaugural camp, as are the number of players from out of town, which numbered six this year.

While there were two Manitoba entries in the league last year, the Jets will be the province's sole representative this year, which Clarkson said highlights the importance of the camp.

"Numbers are smaller this year," said Clarkson, the team's netminder. "We definitely want more bodies.

"Hopefully in a couple years, the numbers will be back up again."

Clarkson said that the league wasn't around while she was growing up, so players today have more to aspire to while playing.

"Some parents don't even really realize how far players can go in the sport," said Clarkson. "We leave the city four to five times a year to compete.

"We play in B.C., Alberta, and this year, we'll be going to Montreal to play."

For more, please see Friday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.

dan.falloon@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: PDGdfalloon

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