The Start of Field Hockey Season
Girls Senior Field Hockey is just getting going, but it’s off to a bit of a slow start due to the poor air quality. The smoke from the U.S. wildfires has affected a few of the girls but everyone is making the best of it. Coach Sue Whitney says, “I think some people really suffered from it because they couldn't hone up their skills.” It has also affected a few girls with asthma, but everyone is keeping their spirits up.
There are three teams this year: First XI, Second XI and Development. First XI is for the experienced players who have played the game for a while. Second XI is for the girls who are a bit more serious and experienced than the Development. The Development team is mainly for new students who have never played before.
For the first week of Field Hockey we have been practicing on the turf beside the Foote Centre. It is amazing to practice on but is a bit small for all 35 girls. Once Camp Brentwood has ended, we will be going to the turf in Duncan. That field is very big and great for Field Hockey because it is water based. A water-based turf is just a regular plastic grass field but with no rubber pieces in it; that makes the ball roll smoothly on the field.
Saturday in Fockey (Field Hockey) we worked on dribbling skills and shooting on the net. Just getting back in the swing of things is important. As Coach Whitney said “It’s like riding a bike. You don't forget.”
This year we are lucky to have three extremely talented goalies: Emily E, Ollie B and Sloane J. We are also very lucky to have a goalie coach, Mrs Martin. The goalies have been working really hard to make sure the rest of the girls build up strong shooting skills.
Because of COVID-19, we will probably not have an actual competitive season outside of the school this year. I interviewed Reese V, Allard ‘22 of the Second XI on how she feels about not being able to play any games this season and she said, “ Of course it is a bummer not being able to play games, but I think we can use this time to focus on skills and create a good learning environment to get better.”
I think everyone is excited to see what is going to happen this year in Field Hockey.
Sophia B, Mackenzie ‘22