Trio ready to take on world

GLEN DAWKINS -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 6:56 AM ET

Since her first world ringette championship four years ago, Oakbank's Danielle Hobday has treated every one as if it could be her last. This time around, it might work out that way for the Team Canada veteran.

"I've been trying to do that with all of them and make the most out of all of them," said Hobday, one of three Manitobans on the roster for the world championship, Nov. 23-27 in Stockholm, Sweden. "So I don't think this one is going to be any different in that sense.

"If I do end here, I want it to be on a good note but I have no control over the final outcome of the game. I'm just doing what I can to make sure that it's the best that I can do."

Two years ago, Hobday scored twice in the final and was named a tournament all-star as Canada beat Finland 3-1 in the final in Edmonton.

In 2000, she helped bring home the silver at the world championship in Finland.

After this year, the world championship will be held every three years prompting Hobday to ponder calling it quits.

"It's more than likely that it will be my last one but I'm not going to say anything for sure," said Hobday. "I don't want to announce my retirement or anything."

Joining the 27-year-old centre/forward will be defender and fellow assistant captain Nadia Tomy and defender Shelly Hruska, both from Winnipeg. Tomy and Hruska were members of the 2002 squad while Tomy also played in 2000. The team was announced last week following a training camp in Ottawa.

"I'm especially happy that Nadia and I are playing together because we've done all the Worlds together," said Hobday, an animal nutritionist for the feed company Puratone Corporation in Niverville. "We've played together our whole lives and been very close friends our whole lives so that makes it really special for me."

As well, forward Dominique Carriere from Winnipeg and forward Mandy Nordstrom from Steinbach have been named non-traveling reserves.

"Dominique and I worked out together almost every day through this whole process so that's going to be sad for me (that they aren't going to Sweden)," said Hobday. "But having said that, the fact that there are three of us going is really nice and I guess we'll make the most of it."

Tomy, 27, is in the second year of a five-year medical residency in psychiatry at Health Sciences Centre.

But while Hobday might be considering hanging it up, Hruska has no such ideas. The 24-year-old teacher is ready for another three years.

"I would like to stay and be there (for the next world championship) but who knows what's going to happen in three years from now," said Hruska, who teaches Grades 8 and 9 at Cecil Rhodes School. "There are 27-year-olds on our team right now. It's not that it isn't possible but who knows?"

Hruska didn't have to make any trips to the principal's office to get the OK to go to Sweden. While this is her first full-time teaching job, school officials knew when they interviewed her that she was on Team Canada.

"They've been great because I knew beforehand that I made the team in May," said Hruska. 


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