Ringette and hockey fans can take to the Morris Arena on Sep. 16-18 for the Camel Toe Cup sporting event in support of the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. The tournament is a three day event in honour of Melanie Klassen, a teammate who successfully battled uterine cancer in 2015.
The goal is to raise awareness and money for research. Woman’s division games are played with the first half as ringette and the second half hockey.
Camel toe is a euphemism referring to the unsightly frontal wedgie caused by form fitting clothing such as swimwear and yoga pants. The breast cancer campaign uses bras as a symbol. Uterine cancer is lower on the body so camel toe it is. The name was chosen to get people talking.
Friday night there will be a hoedown to start the tournament outside the Morris Multiplex in the campground area. Other activities include a tent, DJ and BBQ’s grilling with food for sale for tournament participants.
The Saturday evening features a live performance by the band “Jailbreak”, a DJ, a silent auction and late lunch.
Tickets are available for $10. One dollar from every drink sold will be donated to Cancer Care Manitoba in support of uterine cancer research.
Plan on extending your stay at the arena Sunday, after the Camel Toe Tournament, to watch Morris’s own Pembina Valley Twisters hockey club home opener that starts at 7:30 p.m. Opponents for the evening are the St. Vital Victorias out of Winnipeg.
The business owners and community leaders Pat Schmitke, Cory Wall and Perry Mohr have been at the Morris arena since Sept. 6, investing their time in finding players with the right skills to roster the Pembina Valley Twisters hockey club.
Thirteen players from the team last year suited up for training camp. The camp saw 45 players in total put their sticks on the ice for a chance to make the team.
Management admits the front office being in a state of flux has delayed recruitment this year. In spite of the late start the owners are confident the team will have a strong core group of players for the season.
Sitting and talking hockey with the owners, it is hard not to get excited about the team. A big deal for the owner’s triad is what being part of a community means and how the team on and off the ice reflects that theme. It seems the team fans embrace the idea. Last season, it was not uncommon for the Twister fan base to be larger at away games than fans for the home team.
This year the club would like to see 150-250 fans in attendance at every home game. The support will be welcomed through the team’s 22 home games.
Last season was successful but the team came up short. The Twisters strong finish couldn’t overcome the momentum Stonewall had developed during the playoffs. The Twister’s are committed to the same effort that had the fans rocking the Multiplex last year.
On Sept. 8, young people 12 years and older came from a radius of 70 kms of Morris to the Royal Canadian Legion at 161 Charles Street West, for the Morris Army Cadet Corp registration.
Cadet registration is open during the month of September. Twenty-one cadets and three staff cadets that have attended summer training programs are returning. The corp estimates around fifty cadets will register this year. If you are interested in joining, roll call is Thursday evenings 6:30-9 p.m. Call 204-324-4034 during these hours for further information.
Sean Conway lives in Morris, Manitoba and contributes articles to the Southeast Journal, a community newspaper serving Rural Municipalities of Morris, Montcalm, Emerson-Franklin and the Town of Morris.