Fun and smiles at first annual Copper Cup

Lisa Goudy
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It wasn’t about winning or losing the Copper Cup on Saturday.

“We’ve been losing but we’re having a blast,” said Jessie Zoerb, one of the participants.

“We thought it’d be fun just to come out,” added teammate Jen Heck. “It’s a perfect day for it.”

Zoerb and Heck were two of the players at the Moose Jaw Police Association’s first annual Copper Cup three-on-three pond hockey tournament at the Wakamow Valley skating oval on Saturday. They were the only all-female team and were with the Moose Jaw Women’s Rec Hockey.

“We wanted to represent the girls’ hockey in Moose Jaw and my husband’s a police officer so (we) wanted to support the cause,” said Zoerb. “It’s really well-run. Everything’s gone really smoothly and everyone’s been very sportsman.”

Typically, Heck said the organization plays exhibition games every Sunday.

“This is a really good chance for us to try something different,” she said.

Const. Chris Flanagan with the Moose Jaw Police Service and organizer of the event said the association was pleased with the turnout. There were 12 teams.

“We were expecting more, but we’ll take 12, we’ll take 10. As long as everyone’s having fun, that’s the important thing,” he said. “We wanted 20 teams, but 12 is better than zero.”

The funds from the event will support the local charities the association contributes to, raise funds for the bike skills park and scholarships for schools.

“Any dollar we get, we put back into the community,” said Flanagan.

All participants were aged 18 and over. He said people came from all over Moose Jaw to participate and there was one team from Regina as well.

“Everyone’s coming off the ice with smiles on their faces,” said Flanagan.

Games were played every hour and each game had two 15-minute consecutive halves. There were also raffle prizes and a silent auction at the event.

“We’ve got families out here. Kids are out here. We’re flipping burgers and we got coffee. It’s a good family fun atmosphere,” said Flanagan. “It’s something to bring the community together.”

He added the association is planning on hosting the event again next year.

“Hopefully we’ll just build off this year and get the word out early for next year and build on that and keep going,” said Flanagan. “It worked out perfectly (this year).”

 Zoerb and Heck said they would be interested in coming out again.

“We’d probably bring a team next year,” said Zoerb. “Hopefully there’ll be a couple divisions and we’ll have some teams we can compete against.”

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Police Association, Moose Jaw Women, Moose Jaw Police Service

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Wakamow Valley, Regina

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