A Weekend of First Fockey Success
After an incredible, BC-Bronze-Medal, field hockey (fockey) season last year, I thought our team would struggle in 2022 - specifically with the first tournament of the year, the Friendship Cup. How could we possibly repeat that level of success?
Our first game of the tournament was against South Delta Secondary School. Starting off strong, Siera E, Mackenzie ‘25 drew a stroke in the first short corner of the game. Samantha D, Alexandra ‘23 took the stroke shot and scored with an incredible low right corner hit. Through the rest of the game, our energy was up and our team was looking good. After winning our first game 2-1, Brooke R, Mackenzie 24’ said “Shockingly, right from the start, our team dynamic was amazing.”
Going into our second match, our team was tired but eager to have another good game. Having Mr Patel cheering from the sideline gave us energy and the mindset to win. The first half of the game was spent mostly on our opponent's end of the field. Sam and Siera got the first two goals setting a standard for the rest of the team. Our hardworking Grade 10 goalie, Ella B, made many amazing saves leading to her first shutout of the season and another big “W” against an Ontario school, M.M. Robinson.
Day two of the tournament was looking hopeful with good weather and a pre-game pep talk by Kiara M and me. Today was focusing on the opportunities of our new, young team and creating different plays on the field. After winning our third game, Sam said “This year our team isn’t as skillful as previous seasons which will force us to put in the extra effort to reach our team's full potential.”
All six of us who played First 11 last year agreed with Sam. The players on this team work extremely well together as a unit - but we could work on our individual skills. The teamwork came through as we operated as a unit in the final game of the tournament beating our opponent 6-0. Our coaches, alumna Alex and Rachel, were pleased with the end result of the weekend - and the excitement of winning the Friendship Cup - for the second year in a row.
Ella S, Alexandra ‘23