The 2015 Field Hockey Canada Under-18 Women’s National Championships kicked off in Surrey, British Columbia with four games on the docket.
Teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and P.E.I. were all in competition on day one of the four day tournament, which wraps on Saturday morning.
Winners from Wednesday included BC White, BC Blue, Ontario and Alberta.
In the first game of the day, the host province British Columbia sent its White team to take on its neighbour from Alberta. The first half was fairly evenly played with both teams trading chances and penalty corners through the thirty-five minutes. It wasn’t until the last moments of the half before the game’s first goal was scored. On a penalty corner, Josianne Haag was at the right end of a set play to put BC White on the board. BC added four goals in the second half from Emma dame (2), Kaileigh Chow, and Rylee Pearon, en route to the 5-0 win.
The second morning match featured Ontario and P.E.I. The goals in this match came quick and often. Ontario controlled from the beginning to the end, with the first goal coming off the stick of Jaslan Stirling. She and three other Ontario players – Katherine MacMillian, Emily Buttinger, and Margaret Pham – had multiple goals in the match as Ontario went on to route P.E.I. 13-0. Despite the score, P.E.I.’s keeper Jacklyn MacKinnon had a strong game, making several saves and battling until the final buzzer.
The first afternoon game as an all British Columbia matchup, with BC Blue playing its first game of the tournament, against BC White which had already played and won in the morning. Much like BC White’s first game, the goal scoring didn’t come until late in the first half, but this time it was BC Blue getting on the board first with a goal in the thirty-first minute from Casey Crowley. As it was in the day’s first match, the second half was packed with goals. Four goals from BC Blue, including two from Alexis De Armong, led Blue to the 5-0 win over White.
In the final match of the day, two winless teams matched against each other. It was Alberta and P.E.I. doing battle. The first goal of the came was scored early. It was Alerbta’s first goal of the tournament and it came off the stick of Rene Watson. The score remained 1-0 at half time. Three cards were given in this match, two of which came in the second half, as both teams fought for their all important first victory. In the end, late goals from Jamie Emery, Nicole white, and Jenna McCully gave Alberta the 4-0 win.
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The schedule for Day 2 is as follows:
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