First 11 Field Hockey
This season was a very exciting one for Brentwood. Our team was young and fairly inexperienced with only five returning players, but we didn’t let that hold us back. We kicked off our season hosting the Friendship Cup. This tournament was a great opportunity for us to learn to play together and learn a new system; we worked hard and finished in third place. We also competed in the ISAs at SLS and the CAIS tournament at GNS. These tournaments gave us a chance to see some of the teams we would face at provincials and to play schools from across Canada. Although we did not always have the results we wanted, we continued to work hard and develop as a team. A highlight of the season was a showcase game vs the Cowichan 2nd XI who boasts five junior provincial players. We played under the lights on the turf in front of our home crowd. It was an excellent game and we lost in a sudden-death shootout. At the Island Championships, our hard work was paying off as we beat GNS 3-0 and secured a place at the Provincial Championships. Our final game was against a very talented SMUS team. Although we lost 2-0, we were proud of our play and finished the season in second place on the Island.
While the other students left on their midterm, we headed off to provincials in Surrey. Missing some players to the university tour, Charlotte B and Megan K joined us and were great additions to the team. We had a tough start against SOSS as we had to play without a key player, and although we had the majority of the play, we could not score and the game ended in a tie. Not to be discouraged, we regrouped, remained focused and continued to improve. We met SOSS again, the match ended in a tie once more, and we were faced with yet another shootout competition. With the help of our good luck ritual “flame on”, we won the shootout and went on to play host school JL Crowe. Although we lost the game 2-1, it was a great match. We finished 6th in the province which was an excellent result for our young team. This season was a great one and we cannot thank Ms Martin and Coach Sloboda enough for their hard work and support; we could not have done it without them.
Brianne P, Mackenzie ‘17
Coach’s Note: Congratulations to Brianne P for receiving the Hall Mackenzie Award for her service and contribution to the program, and to Pria F for receiving the Grimes Award for her inspirational leadership both on and off the field.