Cowichan Secondary’s Hannah Doman gets off a pass ahead of Shawnigan’s Ashley Mak during the teams’ meeting at the John Ferreira Memorial Tournament earlier this month. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Secondary’s Hannah Doman gets off a pass ahead of Shawnigan’s Ashley Mak during the teams’ meeting at the John Ferreira Memorial Tournament earlier this month. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Secondary T-Birds finish second at Ferreira Tournament

CSS Second team wins development division

The Cowichan Secondary Thunderbirds field hockey team placed second in the competitive division at the John Ferreira Memorial Tournament on Oct. 1 and 2, while the school’s second team won the development division.

The T-Birds were undefeated until their final match, when they ran up against the same Oak Bay team that finished first at the Friendship Cup tournament two weeks earlier. Oak Bay won once again, by a narrow 2-1 score.

“The game was very close and both teams continue to challenge each other,” Cowichan coach Caitlin Erickson said. “Having competitive games against Oak Bay is great for development as we’ll hopefully be prepared to challenge the top teams from Vancouver at Provincials.”

Cowichan goalkeepers Casey Tucker and Clara Astheimer were excellent the whole tournament, and didn’t surrender a goal until the game against Oak Bay, beating Shawnigan Lake School 3-0, South Delta 4-0 and Brentwood College School 2-0. Other standouts for the T-Birds included Josephine Aguirre, who was solid at both ends of the field, and Ella Goodman, who created a lot of momentum on the forward line.

After a tournament in Vancouver on Oct. 21 and 22, the T-Birds will play Oak Bay for the Island title on Oct. 29, then host provincials on Nov. 10-12.

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