WINCHESTER – The Winchester and District Ladies Hockey League held a Skills and Spills Competition on Sun., Dec. 17, celebrating the league’s 25th anniversary.

A total of 70 players in the league took part in various competitions ranging from the fastest lap to the hardest shot competition.

The event generated monetary and food donations to the Community Food Share.  In total, 18 large boxes of food items and $617.00 was donated.

Players in the Winchester and District Ladies Hockey League pose at the end of their “Skills and Spills” competition. The event was held Sun., Dec. 17 to help commemorate the league’s 25th season.

Marty Little, the league’s founder, reflected on why he started the WDLHL at the event.

“I played in the men’s league at the time and a lot of the wives of the guys who played wanted to know if they could ever play hockey,” Little said. “I put the ball in motion and away it went.”

According to Little, starting the league was a smooth process with no real difficulties.

“Everybody was quite receptive in town,” he said. “I was able to get sponsors for the sweaters, trophies and ice time from the arena.”

Throughout the last 25 seasons, Amy Fraser, the president of the WDLHL and original member of the league, said the on-ice product has evolved.

“The talent is definitely stronger than when it started,” Fraser said.

Little agreed with Fraser saying the skill levels have increased in the league.

“The calibre has improved. The first couple years, some ladies had never played hockey. It was a learning stage for some,” he said. “Everybody really enjoyed it. It was something new for them and they’ve really embraced it.”

Notable events Dec. 17 were the fastest lap competition with Stephanie Scott of KC’s Lawn Maintenance coming in the fastest with a time of 16.77, second was Jessica Hendrikx of Annable’s Jewellery at 18.19 and third Sophie Drouin of Foodland at 18.36.

The hardest shot also stood out as a prominent event with a radar gun set up to record speeds. The fastest shot belonged to Amanda Rylaarsdam from the Foodland team at 96 km/h. Tying for second place was Jenna Warren of WS Trucking and Vicki Van Hoof of KC’s Lawn Maintenance at 88 km/h.

The morning ended with the team relay event. The top three teams were Bridals by Al-Mor with a time of 3.06, second place to KC’s Lawn Maintenance at 3.11 followed by Annable’s Jewellery at 3.13.

After all the points were tallied the final scores were:

1st – Cooper Physio – 38

2nd – Foodland – 34

3rd – Bridals – 31

4th – KC’s Lawn Maintenance – 27

5th – Annable’s Jewellery – 25

6th – WS Trucking – 17