NEW WATERFORD, N.S. – The Three Oaks Axewomen didn’t play their first exhibition game at the 31st annual New Waterford Coal Bowl until Tuesday evening, but the Summerside high school’s senior AAA team has been anything but idle since arriving here Sunday.
While there is no Girls Division as part of the Coal Bowl, teams play exhibition games.
The Axewomen’s first game was against Breton Education Centre on Tuesday night. Three Oaks also meets Glace Bay on Wednesday at 9 a.m., Breton Educational Centre again on Thursday at 1 p.m., and Riverview, N.S., on Friday at 1:30 p.m.
“The girls are really hyped up right now,” said Axewomen head coach James Voye in a phone interview on Tuesday afternoon. “The atmosphere is pretty, pretty cool around here.
“There are lots of people in the stands, everybody is cheering.”
The Axewomen are billeted with players on the host Breton Education Centre.
“They met up with their billets on Sunday when we arrived,” said Voye. “They are having a great time. The billets are taking great care of them.”
Two of the events on the Axewomen’s agenda this week include visiting the Glace Bay Museum and a coalmine. Also, two players from each team will write a test on the history of Cape Breton. Erica Gillis and Michaela Walker will write the test for the Axewomen.
“There are also a bunch of events that they do all week,” explained Voye. “There is a dance and they have to do a skit in front of the other teams about P.E.I., so the girls are planning that.
“A couple of the girls, Madison Tompkins and Erica Gillis are going to do colour commentary for the (Three Oaks) boys game tomorrow (Wednesday). They have all the games online.”
Voye also added the Axewomen’s Sloane Rioux will take part in a three-point shooting competition on Saturday morning.