Portage Thunder Ringette held their yearly tournament over the weekend
The Portage Thunder's U16 team scores a goal against the Panthers in their 8-4 loss at Stride Place in the gold medal match. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)
Showcasing talent while keeping costs down.
Portage Thunder Ringette (PTR) held their home tournament over the weekend that saw nearly 500 ringette players stop by Stride Place in Portage la Prairie for a few days of competition.
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” says PTR's head of publicity, Cindy McDonald. “We don't have a lot of fundraisers and this is the big one for us. Our progressive 50-50 was over $1,600, we had a silent auction and a few other things as well. Everything helps out our teams' rink rentals, new jerseys, and any other costs teams may have."
Portage Thunder ended the tournament with six medals. U10, U12 Davis, and U14A, all brought home gold medals in front of family and friends while U12 Botterill, U16B, and U19B all earned silver. McDonald says it's always a boost for the players when they can get a hold of some medals.
“It's great for our organization to hold a tournament like this so the city can see all of our amazing ringette players we have here in Portage,” adds McDonald. “There were so many players from outside of Portage were taking part and their families came too. That's a lot of people spending money in the community. The economic impact is incredible.”
To learn more about Portage Thunder head to their website at portageringette.com