Competition fierce as ball hockey teams battle at Labrador Winter Games
Cartwright won ball hockey gold in 2016
Both sides of the E.J. Broomfield arena are busy today at the Labrador Winter Games as the hard-fought ball hockey event is in full swing.
"We got a lot of fans up in the stands, a lot of people travelling up from Rigolet on snowmobile … so we always got a lot of support here from our community," said Rigolet player Eldred Allen.
Watch teams duke it out for ball hockey supremacy:
Rigolet does not have a indoor hockey rink but they are fierce competitors when it comes to the floor-based game.
"It's a big sport all along the coast because most communities on the coast don't have ice rinks," Allen said.
"[With] ball hockey, everybody's got a gym so everybody plays ball hockey."
Rigolet vs Natuashish was a heated game but Rigolet took a 4-1 win <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LWG2019?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LWG2019</a> <a href="https://t.co/rPnJnesUIn">pic.twitter.com/rPnJnesUIn</a>—@AlysonSamsonCBC
Still in it
The community of Williams Harbour does not have a team in this year's event. The community relocated in 2017 but you'll still find them at these games; they're just on different teams.
"We were saying too bad we couldn't put a team in," said Bill Russell, who competed in the dog team race for Williams Harbour in the last games. He and his sister are playing with the community of Port Hope Simpson for these Games.
"Everybody still talks about it. It's William's Harbour; there's a lot of William's Harbour people around here."
The semifinal and final games for the event will be held later today.