Junior Girls ISA Championships

Friday, October 20, 2017 - By: Sarah R, Mackenzie ‘20; Photo by Jim Ganley

On Friday the 13th, the Junior Girls Field Hockey team left superstitions behind as we departed Brentwood just in time to miss our first class of the day. With four athletes from the First XI, as well as two coming up from the development team, the players were excited and eager for the competition. With Chaya N sporting the blue-and-white Captain’s band for the duration of the tournament, we arrived at Shawnigan Lake School shortly after 8am. 

Shinguards were pulled on, turf shoes laced up, and we warmed up for our first match in the ISA Championships under a dreary sprinkle of cold rain. The game was an intense frenzy of red, white, black and yellow, as we battled a team from Shawnigan, and scored a late goal to win the game. Frigid fingers and soggy feet did not stop us from celebrating our first win in the tournament. 

We returned to Brentwood to attend some classes and arts, and to fuel up for our second game of the day. It was a tough competition, but we did not give up hope regardless of the disappointing loss to power-house Collingwood. 

On Saturday, despite the chilly morning, shortened sleep in, and sore muscles, we were optimistic as we faced York House. The game was filled with fierce competition and excellent play on both sides. Short corners, sprints up the wings, and intense tackles kept all of the spectators on their toes. After the very close game, which resulted in a 1-0 loss for our team, we ate lunch on the bus, awaiting our final game. As we warmed up for the match against SMU, our coach, Mrs. Whitney, warned that it would not be an easy game. We did not prove her wrong, but finished with a convincing 3-0 win, placing us 5th of the 8 teams participating in the championship. 

Returning to Brentwood, the team was exhausted but proud, and we are looking forward to further developing our skills in the coming weeks. 

Sarah R, Mackenzie ‘20 

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