L.V. Rogers Bombers pressuring the Chilliwack goal.

Bombers take Oliver field hockey tournament 4-0

L.V. Rogers Ladies Bombers take the tournament and rookie goalie Rylee Zondervan gets three shut-outs

It’s a good start to the field hockey season for the LV Rogers lady Bombers as they came away with a perfect 4 and 0 record in the Oliver tournament last weekend.

This is an impressive result as the squad competed with only thirteen players and a lot of untested rookies line up, as the team lost eight players from graduation.

In the first game against GW Graham of Chilliwack the ladies started off slow and began to get their legs under them taking over the game and carrying most of the play.  Scoring first on a long shot from Noa Butterfield, strong mid field work from Allie Zondervan, Naomi Perkins, Hanna Quinn always pressed Chilliwack into giving up the ball, and on the occasion Chilliwack did get past the mid field the defensive unit of Kyra Burkart, Julia Burkart, Noa Butterfield and Heather Potkins picked the pockets of the Chilliwack attack.

LVRs’ second goal came from a deflection by Emma Borhi after a goal mouth scramble, giving LVR a 2-0 win in the first game of the tournament. It was also a little bit of sweet revenge as Chilliwack was the team that beat the Bombers in last year’s provincials in a battle for seventh. Rookie goalie Rylee Zondervan, who is in Grade 9, recorded her first shutout.

Next up for the Bombers was South Kamloops, always a very difficult opponent. This game was very even, as both sides had good scoring chances and put in an amazing amount of hard work in the mid field.

Bombers had one goal disallowed, from Noa Butterfield, as the shot came from outside the scoring circle. Eventually the Bombers struck for the only goal of the game.

There was great link up passing work from Butterfield and Allie Zondervan to spring Perkins on one of her many dazzling runs down the left side in the tournament, worked the ball into the scoring circle where Hanna Quinn smashed it home late in the game giving LVR the 1-0 win.

Again tireless mid field work from Allie Zondervan, Naomi Perkins, rookie Lakpa Dietz, and Hanna Quinn, and the solid Defensive play of Kyra Burkart, Noa Butterfield, Heater Potkins and Julia Burkart kept the very aggressive pressure from Kamloops away from the LVR goal enabling goalie Zondervan to record her second shutout.

The Bombers went on to play Mt. Boucherie from Vernon. The link up work from Butterfield, Allie Zondervan and Perkins was incredible to watch as they would work the ball out of the back after great defensive work from central defender Kyra Burkart, Heather Potkins and Julia Burkart.

The first goal of the game came from a great run by Perkins who once again found Quinn in the scoring circle who pulled the ball back and teed it up for Zondervan to hammer it into the net. LVRs’ second came moments later as the duo of Perkins and Hanna Quinn linked up on the left side, but this time Perkins drilled the ball past the Mt. Boucherie keeper.

LVRs’ third came from a short corner passed in by Zondervan to Perkins who again drilled the ball past the Mt. Boucherie keeper. Mt. Boucherie pressed late in the game and were finally rewarded with a short corner which they converted ruining keeper Rylee’s bid for a third shutout.  Nonetheless, it was a 3 – 1 win for the Bombers.

The final game of the tournament saw the Lady Bombers take on the Agassiz Eagles. Agassiz carried much of the play early on and put the LVR back line under a ton of pressure and it looked like the shortened bench might finally catch up with the Bombers.

But tenacious checking and stand up defence by Heather Potkins, Julia Burkart, Kyra Burkart and Butterfield weathered the storm. They got their tired legs back in gear and never looked back.  The strong defensive work enabled the link up play of Butterfield, Zondervan, and Perkins to dominate the game. The Bombers struck first on a great run down the left, by Perkins who shot on goal was deflected by Quinn-the Dynamic Duo strike again!  Moments later Emma Borhi deflected the ball past the Agassiz keeper.

Great pressure from the front line lead by Borhi and rookies Kassandra Schloeder, Lisa Demski, Kaherina Hayn and Lakpa Dietz killed any hope Agassiz had of getting the ball out of their own end.  This pressure was rewarded, as the Bombers struck for their third goal from a short corner, Quinn netting the mark.  Bombers won the game 3 – 0 giving Rylee her third shut out of the tournament.

Amazing tireless work by every player on the team, I was really proud to watch the team step and play so well, especially the rookies who have never played before and held their own. Lakpa Dietz, Lisa Demski, Katharina Hayn, and Kassandra Schloeder, all played extremely well and came close on multiple occasions to scoring their first goals.

Next up for the Bombers is a Kootenay zone league game against Stanley Humphries on October 1 on the Pass Creek field.

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