Development Field Hockey

Monday, January 02, 2017 - By: Sarah G, Mackenzie ‘18; Photo by Jim Ganley

Even though field hockey was a considerable time commitment with the team driving to the turf in Duncan every sports day, the turnout was good and we managed to put together a team of fifteen consisting of Junior A and Senior B girls. Although the season started slowly with the everyone having varying degrees of experience, by the end of the term the girls really started to look like a team and win.

The first tournament of the season was the Friendship Cup at Shawnigan. After only two practices, the First 11 and Second 11 teams headed to the John Ferreira Field to compete at the Friendship Cup Tournament against local teams. Although we did not do as well as we would have liked, it was a period of growth and a chance for the coaches to decide where to focus on improving our skills.

Our next two tournaments were at Shawnigan where our coaches started to change our positions and boost our teamwork as well as making sure everyone played to their full potential. At these tournaments LJ L scored our team’s first goals.

At our final tournament, we competed at Junior Islands. After playing on the water based turf, playing on the rubber was a challenge. Even though we weren’t used to the playing surface, we didn’t lose a single game but unfortunately ended up playing in the 3rd/4th final because of the points system. Although it was slightly disappointing, we played our best and we ended up winning the game and coming third in our tier on the Island.

All of our progress was brought on and supported by our wonderful coaches Sue Whitney & Alyssa Davidson. Supporting our coaches was Charlotte Bebb who was always positive: she was a leader both on the field and on the sidelines. We would like to thank our coaches for taking the time out of their days and putting so much into inspiring us to do our best every practice, game and tournament.

Sarah G, Mackenzie ‘18

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