First 11 Field Hockey Off to a Busy Start

Monday, October 09, 2017 - By: Sarah R, Mackenzie ‘20; Photo by Mr O'Malley

Despite the general intensity and busyness of settling into life at Brentwood in the fall, the girls’ competitive field hockey season is well underway, with games and tournaments already behind us. 

After only three days of practise, the Brentwood 1st XI  team was launched into the Friendship Cup, hosted by Brentwood, that took place at the water-based turf in Duncan. Our first match was against GNS, and with fresh players, we won the opening game of our short, intense season. In our second game that day, we played against M. M. Robinson Secondary School, a team all the way from Ontario. After a closely matched competition, we were able to pull away with a win in that game, placing us in the finals of the friendly tournament. 

The next day, we departed Brentwood after our first class and an early lunch. Following our third game in two days, we ate, rested, and recharged for our last game in the shade of a giant oak tree. Coercing reluctant, sore muscles to stretch and uncramp, we warmed up for our last game: the final against SMU. A long, hot, hour later, filled with stiff competition and few substitution due to minor injuries, we lost the last game narrowly, placing us 2nd. 

The week after that, we played a Friday game against a team from GNS, beating them 1-0. Two days later, on Sunday, we sacrificed our sleep-in to compete in a Sunday morning match against South Delta. Again with fewer players than ideal due to injury and sickness, we worked hard but ended losing a tough game. 

After a week of skill-developing practise and fitness training, we played a mixed junior and women’s team from Cowichan after our practise this Tuesday. As the sun set in shades of purple and pink and the moon rose behind the trees, we won the chilly, evening game. With another match behind us, and another hour of game-time experience, we are all eagerly anticipating the AA Island Championships, followed by the Provincial Championships in Surrey, which will take place in November.

Sarah R, Mackenzie ‘20

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