Valley players at core of B.C.’s national wins

B.C.'s provincial field hockey teams continue to rely on the Cowichan Valley for top talent.

B.C.’s provincial field hockey teams continue to rely on the Cowichan Valley for top talent.

Each of the four provincial field hockey teams that won medals at the national championships in late July and early August included at least two representatives from the Cowichan Valley.

Jenna Berard and Jillian Wallace helped the U15 BC Blue team to silver at the U16 nationals in Brampton, Ontario, on July 28 to Aug. 1. BC Blue fell to Ontario Red by a 3-1 score in the gold medal game. At the same tournament, Shon Lumb, Hanna Murray and Angela Ramwell took bronze with the U15 BC White team, beating Ontario White in a shootout. Berard finished the tournament tied for third in scoring with four goals.

At the U18 nationals in Surrey on Aug. 5-9, Sara Goodman, Sara Lowes, Casey Crowley and goalie Robin Fleming helped BC Blue to silver, losing a tight final game to Ontario in a shootout. BC White, which included Emma Dame and Brittany Smith, took the bronze medal, beating Alberta 3-0 in the third-place game.

Dame scored six goals to tie for second in tournament scoring, while Smith tied for eighth with three goals.