Field Hockey Canada > Women earn first Commonwealth Games win in convincing fashion

The Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Team grabbed their first points of the Commonwealth Games competition with a win against Pan American rivals Trinidad & Tobago (4-1)

Despite a more traditional Scottish mist having replaced the sun of the last few days, the hockey venue was once again packed to capacity.

Canada started the game very cautiously, circulating the ball for long sequences in the backfield without pushing forward in the Trinidad defence.

Play settled in a somewhat sluggish pace, which was serving more the Caribbean defence than the Canadian offensive inclination.

The situation brightened for Canada in the 28th minute, when Holly Stewart deflected a penalty corner to open the Canadian tally. Brienne Stairs added a goal, her second of the tournament, just before the half-time break and things started to look more comfortable for Canada.

The same pattern of play prevailed in second half, with Canada dictating play but unable to capitalize on their possession.

Captain Kate Gillis finally added a goal in the 56th minute after a shot from Thea Culley unsettled the Trinidadian back defense. Trinidad managed to score a goal of their own, their first of the Commonwealth competition, after a confusing seuence of play in front of Lauren Logush, who started in goal for Canada this match.

Canada reinstated their 3-goal cushion in the final minute of play with another penalty-corner, this time from Karli Johansen.

The Canadians were happy to earn the three points of the win, and will be looking to carry the momentum into their match vs. New Zealand on Wednesday

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