Fredericton, New Brunswick, News, Sports, University of New Brunswick

Stricter attendence policy for UNB ringette

The University of New Brunswick’s ringette team will be enforcing a stricter attendance policy in the upcoming season. This new policy, though not written up yet, was announced during the U.N.B. Ringette meet and greet at the Richard J. Currie Centre on Sept. 21.

“We are going to try and enforce an attendance policy,” said Erin Maranda, manager and member of the team. “The purpose of that is to have fair ice time for everybody. We found that it wasn’t fair to the girls who had made it to every scrimmage, every practice, only to have ice time taken away because of those who only came to the games.”

Because the team is striving to join Ringette New Brunswick’s league this year, attendance is key for their success.

Senior manager and team member Alison McCoy said that in order to join the provincial league, the team needs commitment.

“It’s a lot of travel… We used to participate and travel and sometimes we’d only go down with eight skaters and a goalie,” she said. “If we’re going to participate, it would need to be a good, solid group that is committed to going.”

This U.N.B Sports Club is a ringette team in the open division. This means that anyone over the age of 18, regardless of whether they are a student or not, is welcomed to play. Students from local high schools are also invited to play for U.N.B.

Registration dates for the 2015/2016 season will be held at the Aitken Centre on Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 at 7:30-8:30 P.M., and again on Oct. 18 2:00-3:15 P.M. Ice time will follow each registration period. There is a fee of $100.00 which will climb to $150.00 after the last date.

U.N.B. Ringette encourages anyone who is interested, experienced or not, to participate.

Originally written for a class at St. Thomas University.

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Matt Andersen returns to Harvest Jazz & Blues

Matt Andersen rocked the 25th annual Harvest Jazz & Blues festival in downtown Fredericton on Friday night. The sold-out show filled the Moose Light Blues Tent, kicking off an evening that later included Charlie A’Court and blues rocker Colin James.

People of all ages filled the tent in anticipation of Andersen’s return to the Harvest stage, a place he said always feels like home to him. Anderson, NB’s top blues export, commanded the crowd with his larger-than-life persona for an hour and a half. His set was a sprawling blues medley, playing hits like his famed cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “When My Baby Gets the Blues”, and “She Comes Down”. After being away from the festival for a year, it was clear that fans, old and new, were excited to have the powerhouse performer back in the hub of his home province.

Throughout the show, Andersen went with little rest between songs. He powered through relatable tunes sent fans into a state of cheering and dancing. Fervent melodies of his bellowing voice and guitar riffs gave Anderson’s set an authentic and genuine rhythm and blues feel. Every person in the tent was hypnotized by his natural talent and left them begging for more.

Hope for Andersen’s return to next year’s Festival has already set in. With more shows playing into the late Friday night, Fredericton came alive.

Originally written for a class at St. Thomas University.

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