First 11 Field Hockey
With a young team made up primarily of Grade 10s and 11s, the 1st XI began to train for the season ahead. We welcomed a new assistant coach: old Brentonian Denesha Doman Captained the Brentwood team and played for Queen's University. She brought an exciting new perspective to the pitch, teaching our team new drills, skills and impressive plays. The season began with the Friendship Cup Tournament, which we hosted. With very little practice behind us, we played M.M. Robinson from Ontario, GNS and SMUS; the season looked promising as we finished the tournament in 2nd place.
Unable to compete in the ISA tournament, we played exhibition games against local AA & AAA schools and focused on improving, during practices, our stick work and fitness. While running laps is not the most fun activity, the team benefitted as we were better prepared for the Island and Provincial Championships where we play two games per day.
Hosted by GNS, the Islands was held in Victoria on a rubber-based turf. This challenged us as a team; tough lessons were learned: sport is not always fair. Though we outplayed GNS in the opening game, we could not put that little white ball in the net and lost a heartbreaker 1-0. We regrouped and played a talented SMUS team, but a loss sent us to the Provincials as Island #3. We were very proud of how we played and how hard we worked, yet the team knew we would need to continue to improve in order to be competitive at the BCs. Therefore, the team came back early from midterm to train and travel to Surrey ready to play six games over three days against the top teams in BC.
The tournament began with a game against our rivals GNS. Not wanting a repeat of the loss at the Islands, we came out strong with a convincing win: 3-0. A win against Southridge placed us second in our pool and in the championship flight. One of our most memorable games was against #1 ranked Crofton House; we played extremely hard and performed brilliantly in one of the toughest games of our season. Our final game was against SMUS and we saved our best for last as the girls fought for every inch of the field and for every ball. Despite the game resulting in a loss, the team justifiably finished with their heads held high and were proud of themselves and of their teammates. The four Grades 12’s finished their high school career of field hockey knowing they did all they could to lead the team and can take comfort knowing that they helped prepare the team for next year. While our team might have started out as a group of strangers, through our practices, games, and time spent together in hotels and buses, 1st XI team ended as a close group of athletes and friends.
Kayla B & Rebecca S, Co-Captains
Coach’s Note: Congratulations to Sofia GP & Antara P for receiving the Hall Mackenzie Award for their service and contribution to the program, and to Kayla B & Rebecca S for receiving the Grimes Award for their inspirational leadership both on and off the field.