By Marlysse Trampf
This past week the Southern Okanagan Secondary School (SOSS) senior girls field hockey team travelled to Surrey to compete in the Girls AA Field Hockey Provincial Championship, despite being a single A school.
The tournament attracts the strongest teams from across the province, including private schools.
On their first day, the girls played a strong defensive game against Collingwood School of West Vancouver, yet lost 6-0.
“Even though we lost, we played well; the whole team is very proud of the game overall,” said Loveleen Gill. “At one point we heard the Collingwood girls telling each other to calm down and not get flustered which is an accomplishment in itself.”
The girls also played the JL Crowe Hawks, losing to them as well, however, on the second day was where things got interesting.
The Hornets played a well matched game against the GW Graham Grizzlies, winning 1-0 with a goal scored by Riah Podmorow.
For their second game of the day, the girls played South Kamloops Secondary School (SKSS), whom they had given up the valley trophy to only two weeks prior in the Valley Championships.
The girls decided to give the game everything they had, with a goal scored by Madison Boen-Shekula at the end of the first half. South Kamloops, however, didn’t give up that easily, and scored a goal soon after. The second half was neck and neck, resulting in a shootout. In a shootout, each team picks five players, and each has eight seconds to score against the goalie. The Hornet’s goalie, Marlysse Trampf, stopped four out of the five shots, while South Kamloops’ goalie wasn’t able to stop the goals of Loveleen Gill, Anya Nazaroff, or Megan Murray, stopping only two.
“We all burst into tears when the final shot went in, and ran to hug Marlysse and Loveleen (the final shooter), it was a big moment,” stated senior player Neha Chahal.
The Hornet’s final day was less exciting as the girls were all exhausted, losing 2-0 to both Glenlyon Norfolk School from Vancouver Island, and LV Rogers Secondary School from Nelson.
The girls returned home feeling accomplished, placing 12th in the province, and are excited for their annual end of season spaghetti dinner.