Southern Okanagan Secondary School hosted its annual SOSS Fall Festival last Friday and Saturday.
The festival is one of the largest and longest-running school field hockey tournaments in BC.
The three SOSS and OES fields were full from early morning until late afternoon with games.
Three hundred visiting and 45 local high school field hockey players competed in Grade 8 and senior divisions. Teams from Vancouver, Surrey, Chilliwack, Nelson, Rossland, Trail, Castlegar, Kelowna, Kamloops, Summerland and Penticton gave SOSS teams plenty of competition.
Powerhouse AAA field hockey school Handsworth Secondary from North Vancouver won all of their games by a commanding margin.
Many of these visiting teams are used to playing field hockey on artificial turf, so our lovely grass fields pose an interesting challenge for them.
The SOSS girls played well and were good ambassadors for the school and for our town. The SOSS junior team, the youngest team in the senior division, deserves a special mention as they played valiantly all weekend against older and more experienced teams.
It was a festival rather than a tournament, so the results were not recorded. The focus is fun rather than winning. The senior team won one game, lost two and tied one. The junior team lost three and tied one, which was to be expected as it was a senior festival.
Former SOSS grad Caitlyn Bennett returned to coach the junior team. She is leaving September 26 for South Africa, where she will coach field hockey in a volunteer sports program for underprivileged children and youth.
To see more photos check out our album on Facebook
Special to the Chronicle