I’m very disappointed that I have missed out on the Wolfy’s Pond Cup for six years. I guess it’s better late than never. To be fair, the first time I heard about it was last year so there’s that. Regardless, having made it out to this years version, I’m just glad I finally got to photograph it. Westfort Productions was hosting this years event and they were also filming it. If you haven’t already, check out their video from last years event. They did an amazing job.
I simply volunteered my services the day before the event on Friday of this week. I saw it listed on Facebook as an upcoming event, and I knew I wasn’t doing anything on Saturday so it was a no brainer. Plus, I wanted to see for myself what it was all about. After getting a response pretty quickly, the organizer was totally up for me covering some of the day.
Thankfully the weather ‘warmed’ up a bit since earlier in the week but I still made sure to dress extra warm. I packed up some camera and headed down to the venue which was on 20th side road. As soon as I arrived I was very impressed with the setup. It was a home-made rink which was in immaculate condition with boards and lights and everything you would expect. One thing that surprised me, being a boot hockey tournament was that it was true ice. I’m not talking the warn in type of ice, but the kind that if you aren’t careful, you are going to fall flat on your but. How all those teams ran around on that ice all day boggles my mind.
Beside the rink there was a bonfire, a heated tent and some refreshments. It seemed to be all the players needed to get through the day. I was only there for a couple hours around noon and and then again in the evening, but I easily came away with over 350 final photos. I love photographing these types of events because everyone is there to have a good time, and what’s not to like about being outdoors photographing some backyard hockey.
I am very much looking forward to next years event if they will have me. I can’t wait to see the video that Westfort Productions creates for this years version. I hope that all the players got a good 10 hours of sleep in last night, because that must have been the most tiring day I could imagine.