The Women’s National Team has started out well in the 2012 FIH World League Round 1 in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago scoring 22 goals in their first two matches – both shutouts. On Monday they were victorious over Guyana, winning 10 to 0.
“We struggled during the first half ending it 3 to 0 in very hot conditions as Guyana did a very good job of shutting down our options,” says Head Coach Kimo Linders. “In the second half we adjusted our tactical game plan leading to a strong and well executed result”. The team was definitely spurred on by the sight of the Canadian flag waving in the stands by a number of very supportive parents.
The connection between Team Canada and Guyana are strong as Leigh Sandison, a former UBC Thunderbirds Alumni, took to the field representing Guyana. Her older brother Scott is a former member of the Canadian Men’s National Team which came 10th at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Team Canada’s goals were scored by Thea Culley (6’), Hannah Haughn (27’), Marian Dickinson (30’), Sarah McManus (41’), Brienne Stairs (48’,56’), Caashia Karringten (51’, 64’), Jocelyn Mitchell (54’), Shanlee Johnston (63’). McManus and Mitchell both scored their first international goals for Canada.
November 13 marked a national holiday in Trinidad and Tobago celebrating the Hindu festival of lights known as Diwali. The WNT spent their time on a rest and recovery program in the pool and productive game planning sessions.
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