The L.V. Rogers ladies field hockey team has hit the grass for the new season.
The Lady Bombers finished 2-2 after a weekend tournament in Oliver, a solid result considering they played with just 11 players. Only three of those players returned from last year’s squad that went to the provincial consolation group stage in Victoria.
The team started out playing a very fast team from Kamloops. The Bombers were on the defensive for most of the game continuously stopping multiple Kamloops attacks. Rookie goalie Ashley Hall, along with defenders Heather Potkins, Isabell Curiston and Ashleigh Mclean, did their best to move the ball up to Julia Burkart and Aimee Montpellier in the midfield but the Kamloops ladies were not giving an inch. Hanna Quinn scored for L.V. Rogers but the team lost the opener 3-1.
In the second game against the host Oliver team, the Bombers came out swinging but fell again, this time 2-1, despite another goal by Quinn.
On Saturday the Bombers did not start until later in the day and that extra rest seemed to help. First up was Penticton Lakers, against whom LVR started strong and never let up with strong play from veterans Potkins, Burkart and Quinn.
Early in the first half, rookie Page Meisner scored off of a goal-mouth scramble. Quinn doubled LVR’s lead with some speedy running and great stick work. Penticton pressed the Bombers and got a goal late to make the game interesting at the end, but strong midfield play from Burkart, Montpellier and backline play from Potkins, Curiston, and McLean kept the Lakers at bay for a 2-1 win.
The final game of the weekend was against Princess Margret from Penticton. Potkins scored after some nice passing from Burkart and Quinn during an LVR short corner, and Hall preserved the shutout for the 1-0 victory.
Grade 8 Trafalgar students Jessica McLeod and Marisa Price joined the team and made several contributions throughout the weekend, impressive midfield work from McLeod and endless checking and several nice passes from Price.
Next up for the Bombers is a League game on Thursday against archrival J.L. Crowe of Trail and a tournament in Castlegar at the Pass Creek fields on Friday and Saturday.