Lost In Transition? What is future of local projects?

It’s been little more than a month since the United Conservative Party (UCP) earned a majority government in the provincial election, and less than a week since the new government sat in its first legislative session.

The Kenney government has its legislative dial set on repeal, with the carbon tax days being numbered.Butthisisn’taneditorialchimingin on the relative merits or pitfalls of any particular policy brought in by the NDP in their four years, nor the merits or pitfalls of those policies that will be first to fall under the UCP.

Our perspective is always a local one, so what we care about, and what we are hearing about, are initiatives and projects that are most important to locals. And in transition there is always a concern that projects or initiatives launched under a previous government will survive the shifting priorities under a new regime.

During the all-candidates forum held for the provincial election one resident, Lynda Jonson, expressed a concern about the fact that long-

term care beds still weren’t a reality at the Hinton Continuing Care facility, despite being mentioned in fall 2017.

We’ve made some initial inquiries about this concern – to determine the accuracy of the statement and to ask if there are no long-term care beds established yet, then when … and if they are notcoming,thenwhy?Andifthefutureoflong- term care beds in Hinton is not yet determined, then which direction will the new government take with the issue?

Let’s not forget that in the weeks leading up to the 2015 provincial election the then ruling Conservatives announced an expansion to what was then called the Good Sams Mountainview Centre. That expansion plan was discarded by the NDP. This has been a pressing local issue for some time, and has spanned three separate governments as our Town demographic continues to trend older. And long-term care isn’t the only pending issue for locals, at least as we hear it.

We just received an email this past week from a reader concerned about delays and cancellations to announced upgrades to Hwy. 40 north between Grande Cache and Hinton.

Somebody else last week was wondering, with the summer tourist season ramping up, what will happen to the announced upgrades in our local provincial parks? The NDP had announced funding for some upgrades to facilities and amenities, including the visitor centre at Kelley’s Bathtub. Will the scope of that commitment change under a new government?

High profile political pinatas like the carbon tax had its fate discussed at length in the campaign but, these localized projects driven by provincial funding may not have received the full attention of a transitioning government. Their fates may not be determined in the broader sense.

Are there other announced pending projects tied to provincial support you want us to follow up on? Drop us a line at reporter@hintonvoice.ca or better yet stop by Voice World Headquarters at 209 Pembina Avenue.

Neighbourlink rises from the ashes

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It was a bitterly cold evening Dec. 9, 2016 when Hinton Fire Rescue arrived on the scene of a fire at the Neighbourlink location on Switzer Drive.The main storage factility was destroyed.

Masha Scheele

Neighbourlink is celebrating its grand opening of a new storage facility June 7 after working to raise funds and rebuild what they had before a fire took down their old facility.

The fire tore through the Neighbourlink building and all of its contents on December 9, 2016, but what caused the fire is still unknown. Neighbourlink continued its operations, utilizing three smaller storage units on the property and the old Scout Hall building in the meantime.

“Through a lot of grants, town grants, and CIP, and all those other Alberta grants we were able to get enough, and through donations from people in town and the United Way to rebuild our area,” said Trudy Tanner, board member of Neighbourlink.

Grants received by Neighbourlink include Hinton’s Community Grant Fund, twice, which along with other donations allowed completion of a slightly larger storage facility than the previous one. The new storage facility includes a lunch room and a washroom, which wasn’t part of the previous building, according to Tanner.

“Our building is big now and we’ve got shelves from the old Home Hardware store. We can organize better now, sometimes before things would be stacked way up,” said Tanner.

Mayor Marcel Michaels will be present for the ribbon cutting for the grand opening, as well as Yellowhead MP Jim Eglinski.

“We’re excited about the open house, the grand opening,” said Tanner, adding that a lot of volunteers have put in hours to get the facility ready for use.

The grand opening falls in seniors week, and everybody is welcome to stop in. A small group of people started Neighbourlink in March of 2000 and helped it grow to the non profit organization it is today.

Tanner said that Neighbourlink supports the in-between stuff that nobody else does.

“We pick up furniture, or they can drop it off, and then people that are new to town or people that are single parents, people that want assistance can get a whole truck load of furniture and we pretty much ask for $20 for gas, that’s it,” said Tanner.

Neighbourlink also takes people to doctor’s appointments in and out of Hinton, they help with minor repairs, yard work for seniors, prepare meals for the adult day centre, and deliver food through ‘Bread for Life’, but most of their efforts go into their furniture project, said Tanner.

“The warehouse is 30 by 80, and it’s got lots of stuff in it. We tell people that instead of throwing out stuff, you can drop it off,” said Tanner, adding that inventory consists of people’s old furniture that is still usable, including furniture from hotels in the area.

“Often people get a new washer or a new fridge but the old one still sort of works. For someone who has none, it’s perfect for them.”

In the first year, Neighbourlink saw 94 requests for the whole year, but in 2019 they receive that in one month.

Neighbourlink received 1,922 requests in 2018, and 2,432 hours of volunteer work was documented in order to offer those services. Tanner says the new building will make offering these services a lot smoother and easier as everything will be contained in one area.

“We’re getting more and more trips to Edmonton and more trips around town,” said Tanner.

If you have any questions for Neighbourlink, want to volunteer, or would like to drop off any furniture call 780-865-0389.

PARTY offers up intense lessons

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Masha Scheele

“911, what’s your emergency?” students from Harry Collinge High School heard as an old clip of a 911 call that had occurred in Yellowhead County.

Throughout the almost half-hour clip, students heard the voice of a young woman, crying, yelling, and trying to make sense of the vehicle roll over from which she just crawled.

The crash had been fatal for some of her friends, and the woman admitted in the clip that they had been drinking and driving.

Trying to explain to the 911 operator where the crash happened proved to be difficult in her state, until another driver turned onto the road where they had crashed and helped inform emergency responders of the location.

When the clip came to an end, the lights flicked back on at the Hinton Fire Hall on May 9 where the group of Grade 9 students were taking part in the Prevent Alcohol and Risk- Related Trauma in Youth (PARTY) program.

Presentations from the RCMP, EMS and Hinton Fire on the dangers of drinking and driving and distracted driving started off the morning.

An officer in the room spoke to the students about the clip they just listened to, when he suddenly received an emergency call of a motor vehicle accident. He sent students down the stairs and out the backside of the fire hall, where they walked onto a dramatic scene set up with a head-on collision. The front of two vehicles were smashed in and a woman in the passenger seat of a sedan was covered in blood, screaming in pain.

“Please help my friend! Please,” she screamed, beside her in the driver’s seat a lifeless woman sat slumped over with gashes in her head.

The students silently sat down on the bleachers that were set up to view the mock accident.

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A woman emerged from the van that had supposedly struck the sedan, “what happened?” she said as she drunkenly stumbled over to the screaming woman.

Emergency vehicles blared around the corner and two police officers quickly took the impaired driver away from the scene as emergency responders checked both women in the sedan.

The lifeless body of the driver was quickly covered up after emergency responders declared her to be dead, all while the passenger was still screaming that somebody needed to help her friend.

For this exercise, firefighters from the Junior Firefighting Program were tasked to cut out the window of the vehicle and then cut off the entire top section of the sedan.

“There’s a baby seat in here,” one member of the EMS called out, prompting a search for a baby.

“Imagine looking for baby at a scene like this, that baby could potentially be injured or dead,” explained one EMS member to the students as the scene continued behind him.

After a lot of effort, the passenger was moved to a stretcher and wheeled away to an ambulance, while crews removed the driver’s body and placed her in a body bag.

“A body bag is meant to hold liquids,” stated the EMS member as he shared some of his own horrific experiences with collecting body parts at accident scenes.

After the scene was cleared, students walked over to the hospital where they shuffled into the emergency room. Surgeons came rushing into the room pushing a bed with the passenger covered in vomit and blood, and as they poked needles and tubes into the victim’s body they explained to the students what they were doing.

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Blood dripped from the tubes onto the hospital floor and suddenly the doors flung open and a woman came in screaming, “Is she okay?”

Nurses and police officers pulled the woman back as she continued crying and screaming. One student sank to the floor and stayed there as the dramatic scene unfolded. Surgeons continued calling out what they were doing and trying everything they could to save the woman’s life, but in the end the passenger of the sedan also didn’t make it.

“Her story ends because somebody else decided to get behind the wheel of their car after drinking,” the students are told.

Students left the room, some looking a little more ashen than others. For lunch they were met by physiotherapists who gave students eye patches to mimic having lost an eye, or tied one arm behind their back, or other disabilities to allow them to experience what it would be like to live life with the aftermath of an accident.

The program is about learning through vivid and emotional experience, from real people and their very real experiences, states the national PARTY program website.

“Back when I started, it was just about drinking and driving, but now it’s also distracted driving, and making smart choices,” said Todd Martens, Protective Services Manager and Fire Chief.

“In my five years here, we haven’t had one high school fatality from drinking and driving. That’s positive, I think the message is getting to the kids,” added Martens.

The goal is for students to leave knowing that they have the power to make the right choice, states the website. The PARTY program ran for three-straight Thursdays in May.

Push for change of mobile home tenancy act

Masha Scheele

Hinton council is pushing for a review of the Mobile Home Sites Tenancies Act in order to improve the quality of life and safety of mobile home tenants in Alberta.

A resolution was submitted to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) calling for a review in order to put pressure on the Government of Alberta to address issues with the act.

Coun. Ryan Maguhn spoke passionately about the resolution, stating it was near and dear to his heart during the regular council meeting on May 21.

“This is an issue that as a councillor I have really tried to advocate for, for the better part of almost eight years now. It’s frustrating, and I absolutely see the frustration in the communities faces, fellow councillors faces. We’ve been trying to move this issue forward, trying to get some traction. We worked hard advocating with the past provincial government to make some really positive changes that would benefit our citizens and their safety of the community. I see this as the next step to get some widespread support,” added Maguhn.

Other councilors echoed his sentiment.

AUMA represents urban municipalities, advocating the interests of members to the provincial and federal orders of government and other stakeholders.

Resolutions adopted by members of AUMA are grouped by topic and submitted to the relevant ministry or organization after the Annual AUMA Convention in September.

The resolution requests a review by AUMA to develop tools and legislative recommendations to the government of Alberta that address the quality of life and safety of mobile home park tenants, and allow for increased municipal autonomy in effectively creating or obtaining solutions for local mobile home site issues on behalf of those tenants.

“The way the mobile home tenancy act is structured, municipalities have very limited tools in dealing with park owners who don’t treat their residents fairly. Because that’s structured the way it is, it’s the government’s responsibility to try and make sure that those citizens are taken care of. But by the nature of the act the provincial government is abdicating that responsibility and it leaves those residents with nobody that they can rely on and force the owners to play fairly with them,” stated Coun. Albert Ostashek.

“This is one of the best tools that we have to draw recognition to that fact and to try and put some pressure on the provincial government to either change the act to give municipalities some tools that they can use to enforce compliance with owners or take it upon themselves to empower their own departments to take those actions.”

The town of Okotoks submitted a resolution in 2016 regarding an amendment to the Mobile Home Sites Tenancies Act to offer residential tenancies disputes resolution services (RTDRS) to mobile home park residents, according to the AUMA website.

The resolution by Okotoks was passed, but saw a limited response from the Government of Alberta over the last three years, according to administrations notes.

Many residents of mobile home parks are at higher risk with limited or no ability to move or leave and have no other option but to pursue an action through the courts which is time consuming and costly, stated the Okotoks resolution.

“As a municipality we only have so many tools in our box in order to achieve things on a larger scale that are beyond the role of the municipality and to me this is the right way of doing it,” said Coun. Dewly Nelson.

Administration noted that the act is in need of a substantial review or revision to allow for increased autonomy and local decision- making by municipalities.

Municipalities don’t have authority to enforce solutions to disputes through the act even though it does allow them to create advisory boards to educate and advise both landlords and tenants.

“[The issue] lies within the mobile home sites tenancy act, we would be just as guilty if we don’t pursue this and push this further to a provincial level. If we’re going to point the finger to some extent, this is an action we can take to say ‘okay, we’ll do our part,’” said Mayor Marcel Michaels.

CEAC streamlines work with council and public

Masha Scheele

After reflection and re-evaluation of the Community Engagement and Advisory Committee (CEAC) a new Terms of Reference and work plan for 2019 was formed, including limiting the number of public members from nine to seven.

CEAC also stated their new objective is to facilitate the process of council making informed decisions through the provision of stakeholders’ input and feedback as collected and reported.

CEAC is a group of citizen volunteers empowered by council to act as additional eyes and ears within the community to help the flow of feedback from residents to council, and information from council to residents on different issues, explained Garth Griffiths and Jailin Bertolin to council during the May 21 regular council meeting.

The two amendments in the draft CEAC terms of reference were the composition of the committee and to remove the budget consultation portion, which was later amended to bring CEAC in to one budget information session annually.

Currently, the committee is made up of nine people, one council representative, seven citizen representations, and one town admin.

“They work well together as a group of six, so they still have that one vacant position left over and they saw it as not needed to go up to ten members. They suggested to allow it up to eight,” said Hans van Klaveren, interim director of community services.

Information collected by CEAC is based on the five pillars of culture: recreation, education and wellness, local economy, and natural and built environments.

“The committee is basically based on five pillars of the community, those five pillars are part of the community sustainability plan. Those are represented already inside the membership of seven members,” added van Klaveren.

Coun. JoAnn Race stated that in a town of over 9,000 people, it would be better to have more CEAC members and she was not in favour of taking the members down to seven.

“Really the synergy of having ten people around the table, some committees it’s good if you’re leading with different tasks. But with everyone having the same task, I think the idea is ten people conversing in a 90-minute meeting, you don’t get an opportunity to speak,” countered Mayor Marcel Michaels.

When it came to removing the budget portion from the terms of reference, Coun. Albert Ostashek felt some sort of participation from CEAC in the budget process was important, “as a councilor, when we get the formal budget presented to us it helps so much in understanding how the budget works and I think having another group in the room even if there is no formal report back to council regarding that, I think it would help CEAC to be much more informed about the budget when they’re discussing it with members of the public.”

Mayor Marcel Michaels explained that taking this portion out was only to streamline work done and that CEAC would still be involved in the budget if requested.

Council then moved to amend the terms of engagement to add CEAC participation in one annual budget session.

Budget session was added in the definitions as an annual roundtable discussion between council and CEAC.

Community engagement by CEAC is done through day to day interactions, the Facebook CEAC page, surveys, open house sessions, and the town’s ‘My Hinton’ smartphone app, according to the presentation by CEAC.

After collecting information from the public, CEAC then advises town council through council attendance at CEAC meetings, sharing information through councillor briefing sections of council meetings, CEAC minutes shared with council, delegations in front of council, special meetings with council, and presentations to council of community feedback summary in November.

Griffiths went on to say that CEAC is conducting a survey of the community during the month of May, asking what the top three concerns of citizens are that the community should focus on to improve the quality of life in Hinton.

“I’m very optimistic. You have 225 inputs, or comments and thoughts,” said Mayor Marcel Michaels, adding that this was without the upcoming open house or the Facebook page and that they would shatter the goal of having 300 responses to the survey.

Surveys will be done through day to day interactions, paper surveys at various locations, facebook, phone, and an open house at the Parks West Mall on May 30, from Noon to 9:00.

To take the survey online, head to surveymonkey.com/r/7V22TN3.

Mountain View preps for a musical adventure

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Masha Scheele

Wild animals have been roaming around École Mountain View School preparing for their big stage debut in June.

Music and drama teacher Jessica Smeall has been working with students from grade four to seven since December on the junior play, ‘Madagascar – A Musical Adventure.’

Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, Melman the Giraffe, Lemur King Julien, and the penguins make up some of the characters in the play that’s based on the movie, Madagascar.

Students chose the one-hour long play in September from Musical Theatre International.

“In this play you’ve got the cute and cuddly penguins that have kind of a sinister side, but then there’s also the main characters like Melman the giraffe who has this social anxiety and phobia of everything to Alex the Lion who is front and centre all day and that’s their gig. And the way that the students characterize that is probably my favourite part,” said Smeall.

The story starts at the New York Central Park Zoo and follows main character, Marty the Zebra, who wants to go to the wild after seeing it on a mural.

Thirty-five students take up various roles, including a chorus, solo speakers, and the main cast who have solo speaking and singing parts.

Hannah Jespersen, who is part of the school play for her third time, said her favourite part is playing Melman the giraffe.

“Melman is kind of scared of everything. He’s not sure he wants to be there and then in the end he’s like ‘oh this is fun,” she said.
“I thought it was going to be hard remembering all my dialogue but surprisingly it has been pretty easy,” commented Jespersen.

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After auditions in the fall, Smeall gave each student their part and rehearsals were held during recess twice per week.

“I’ve had students in Grade 4 have main roles, I’ve had students in Grade 7 with that main role. Sometimes it’s their first time, sometimes it’s their third or fourth time,” said Smeall.

Some of the students with the main roles this year are also part of other music theatre groups in Hinton like Break-A-Leg Theatre Arts Society and have performed at The West Fraser Guild: Home of the Performing Arts Theatre of Hinton (PATH).

“Seeing students in grades four til seven, from different grades, different backgrounds, different socioeconomic statuses come together and enjoy the same thing and perform as a group.

That sense of that community that comes from theatre and music is really heart-warming, because I see these same students out on the playground talking to each other or interacting in the community environments where maybe before they wouldn’t have had that opportunity,” said Smeall.

Leading up to the performance date, students also have four after- school rehearsals, and a stage practice.

“I’ve seen huge growth in the last month of recess practices, I hope they’re enjoying it. I’ve seen lots of smiles, I think they’re realizing that they’re good,” stated Smeall, who has organized the play for the past five years with productions like Seussical, Alice in Wonderland, Annie, and the Little Mermaid.

“I’ve put my own spin on different parts of the music program, but I think that the drama program has pretty much stayed the same. The previous teacher who is now retired had a really strong music and theatre program as well, so I had big shoes to fill and I hope I’ve done it justice,” said Smeall.

Smeall calls herself a jock and a band geek, as she focused on music theatre, and arts, but also physical education throughout her time as a grade school student.

“Those two things really brought me joy, so in high school I was in choirs, I was in bands, I did musical theatre, I loved drama. Then in university I got into some local orchestral groups, so I played in bands and orchestras, different varieties of music,” she said.

Her goal at Mountain View is to enable the students to enjoy those things as well.

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“My [favourite part] is working with Miss Smeall and all the other cast members and being King Julien. I mean, I’m the party king,” said Paige Taylor, another student who has been part of the play for multiple years.

The production will run three times this year, first in the morning on June 4 for the other students at École Mountain View, then a mini performance of a few songs for the pre-school and in the afternoon, students from Crescent Valley come to enjoy the second full show.

The third show and finale takes place on Thursday evening, June 6 for the public. Smeall said that all they ask is to bring a donation for the food bank if you can.

Wild Mountain Mash Up returns with two categories

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Edmonton-area band Alleviate rocked the stage at the 2018 Wild Mountain Music Mash Up event.

Tyler Waugh

Emerging performers will have a chance to earn a shot on the Wild Mountain Music Festival main stage in 2020 as the Mash Up returns on June 1 at Masters.

This year two spots in the 2020 festival will be up for grabs as organizers have decided to split the competition into a category for bands and a separate one for singer/ songwriters.

Jason Williams, music director for Wild Mountain, said the creation of two categories is to reflect the realities of two different sounds.

“It’s hard for a singer/songwriter to create that same sort of sound and impact that a full band can have. It’s about fairness and it’s about acknowledging that you can’t compare apples and oranges,” said Williams, though he conceded that singer-songwriters like Jake Buckley had won in the past.

“But that’s a rare talent, a rare occasion with guys like Buckley. We wanted to give more of an opportunity for singer/songwriters to be showcased.”

When organization of the 2019 Wild Mountain Music Festival was initiated there was some

uncertainty whether there would be the necessary time or resources to commit to a Mash Up this year. However, the group got some help to pull it off. Questions or submissions can be directed to Bob Roach at bobroach@telus.net.

“When people get in touch we can provide some more info and let anybody know about the application process,” Williams said.

Besides stage time at the 2020 Wild Mountain, one winner will also receive eight hours recording time at Blue Diamond Studios.

The Mash Up performances are free to attend and enjoy with a tentative start time of 7 pm.

“Some of that will depend on how many performers end up booking. I think right now there’s room for maybe one more band and a couple singer/songwriters,” Williams said.

Wild Mountain is set for July 19 – 21 at Entrance Ranch with a lineup highlighted by performers like Colin James, Shred Kelly and Five Alarm Funk.

More information on the lineup and site amenities can be found at www.wildmtnmusic.ca.

Early bird ticket deals end June 1 and can be purchased online at http://www.wildmtnmusic.ca/ tickets.

Locals invited to discover their river

Tyler Waugh

The Hinton area has seen a lot of developments over the past number of years to help connect residents with its signature waterway.

The establishment of the Athabasca Riverfront Park in Hinton has been followed by creation of a new staging area at Solomon Creek near Brule. Paddling enthusiast Rick Zroback says that the result is a safe and reliable access to the river that will be showcased with a June 8 event called Discover Your River.

“Let me tell you, we have come a long way and it’s time to show people what’s there and what we have access to now,” said Zroback, who’s been integral in past river events like the 2011 and 2017 voyageur canoe brigades.

“The Athabasca is a big part of our history … it was our first super highway before we had highways.”

The paddle from the Solomon Creek launch to the riverfront park is around 17 kilometres and will take around two hours, says Zroback.

It is a family oriented, non- mechanized event that is putting a premium on safe participation, with an 18-point list of guidelines. Zroback said there will also be an orientation session and a waiver to sign ahead of time.

“It’s not a highly technical river, but we are going to be watching water conditions leading up to the event to make sure it is safe for everyone,” Zroback said.

“We are hoping to have out some people who are new to paddling and new to the river and we want to make sure that we have fun and feels safe.”

Zroback says people are invited to use their own suitable watercraft like kayaks and canoes, but at least one person in each craft should have some experience in moving water.

Zroback says there are also some limited spaces available in some rafts and voyageur canoes.

The event is being organized by a group of volunteers that includes Zroback with some support from both the Town of Hinton and Yellowhead County.

“Both municipalities have been great. We have a really energetic group,” said Zroback.

The paddle itself will be followed by a celebration at Athabasca Riverfront Park that will include food and entertainment and hopefully introduce new people to the park itself.

“You don’t need to be registered to come to the park afterward,” said Zroback.

“We want to remind people about what we have and we don’t want to show it off just for the paddlers!”

Registration is recommended prior to the paddle. People looking for a link to the registration page, or who want to learn more about the event can visit www.facebook.com/ AlbertaAthabascaRiver/.

HCHS girls rugby turning heads

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Tyler Waugh

The Harry Collinge Rockies senior girls 7s rugby squad may be few in numbers, but they’re wracking up some impressive results as they build towards a potential run at the zone championships next week.

Coach Rebecca Turnbull says the zones, tentatively slated for May 27 in either Drayton Valley or Thorsby, marks the first time that 7s rugby has had an Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) championship.

“We’ve had a very successful season so far, and we’re looking forward to zones in a little over a week,” said Turnbull on May 15.

“The team that wins that championship has a berth in the ASAA provincial championship for the sport!”

Turnbull said the senior girls team is full of veterans with few new players. The roster consists of Myya Ammann, Alissa Belcourt, Kara Danis, Kaity Fofonoff, Karissa Lee, Kayla Norris-Gauthier, Shelby Poppe, Micah Scott and Lila Underwood.

“Despite the small numbers – there are only nine girls on the team out of a possible 15 – their experience means that they perform very well under pressure,” said Turnbull. “Their fitness levels allow them to play most of the game without needing to be subbed off, which is absolutely necessary, since we only have two sub players.”

The squad’s first tournament May 3 in Jasper saw them place second overall after losing a hard- fought final against a team from Chestermere that was decided by a late score.

“They lost based on conversions after the try, so it was a very close game,” Turnbull said.

Hinton traveled to Drayton Valley the following weekend and opened with a rough start against the hosts.

“That game was a lopsided loss for the girls, and we spent the short break we had between games working out some of the reasons for the loss and how to do better next game,” Turnbull said.

The talk seemed to work as the squad won its next two games against John Maland High School and Spruce Grove Composite High School. As a result of these wins, they got to play in the first place final where they met the same Frank Maddock team from their first game of the day.

The Rockies were down 10-0 at the half, but they were committed to keeping it together and putting up a fight. Kara Danis scored a try with a successful conversion about four minutes into the seven-minute half.

Turnbull said the team had to fight hard to get the ball back, but they managed to win the ball back and Karissa Lee scored the winning try with a successful conversion as the last play of the game.

“The girls were elated with the victory, as it marks the first time that the Rockies have ever won against a Frank Maddock Sr. team,” Turnbull said of the win.

The squad’s performance earned players a little outside attention as well as a representative from Rugby Alberta after the game to make sure we were aware of the tryout process for the Edmonton Gold team, which is the first step in moving up to play with more advanced teams.

“They had identified a few of our players who were of interest but indicated that the whole team should apply if they wish,” Turnbull said. “I think it’s a great sign that Rugby Alberta is being proactive about making sure they see some of the small communities play as well as the larger cities, as there is a lot of talent in the province outside of the city limits.”