Hard work pays off

Experience at Atlantics a good one for local players

Bryan Tait bryan.tait@tc.tc
Published on April 25, 2016

Port aux Basques hockey players Jasmin Walters, left, and Haley Osmond, right, said their experience at the Atlantics last month was the result of the team's hard work. Burgeo's Julie Pink, centre, was also on the team representing Newfoundland and Labrador.

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A pair of local hockey players recently returned from what both described as a great experience.

Haley Osmond and Jasmin Walters played for the Western Warriors midget AAA hockey team that represented Newfoundland and Labrador at the Atlantics in Prince Edward Island last month. They earned the spot after a 4-1 win over the Eastern Ice Breakers at the provincial championship in St. Anthony. Burgeo's Julie Pink was also a member of the team.
"To win the provincial title was the best feeling I've ever had," Walters said.
Osmond said it was exciting to win the provincial title and it meant the team's hard work had paid off.
Walters said she'd won provincial titles with minor hockey teams in Port aux Basques in the past, but this win was the best.
"I never thought it would happen," she said. "This year I had a lot of faith in the team because we had a great, hard-working team that I knew had the potential to win."
Osmond said she'd played in the bantam AAA provincial tournament last year in St. John's, bringing home a bronze medal. She said that experience helped prepare her for what to expect in P.E.I.
"The atmosphere is really competitive and exciting," she said of the Atlantics. "There were lots of talented players."
Walters has been playing hockey for six years, Osmond for seven, and both said they want to keep hockey in their life in some way.
"I can't imagine my life without it," Walters said.
Both said they're hopeful enough players will be around for an under-20 women's team in Port aux Basques, and they plan to continue playing with the midget team.
Osmond said she'd like to try her hand at coaching. Walters said when she heads to university in St. John's, she's determined to continue playing in a women's league in the city.