The Bombers celebrate their win in Kelowna this week: (back from left) coach Bruce Walgren

The Bombers celebrate their win in Kelowna this week: (back from left) coach Bruce Walgren

Nelson’s Bombers end provincial drought

The L.V. Rogers Bombers field hockey team will return to the provincial stage after a 10-year absence.

The L.V. Rogers Bombers field hockey team will return to the provincial stage after a 10-year absence.

After suffering a tough 1-0 loss to Rossland Secondary in the Kootenay finals last Thursday,  the senior girls squad had a chance to sneak in the back door of the provincial championships earlier this week in Kelowna.

On Tuesday the Bombers traveled to play in the wildcard game against the Fraser Valley’s Sullivan Heights. With strong defence and timely goals, the Bombers prevailed with a 3-1 victory.

Senior captains Sydney Zondervan (2) and Paige Mansveld provided the offence, but Bombers coach Val Gibson said it was the a total team effort.

“The midfielders were the true heroes of this game,” Gibson said of Allie Zondervan, Naomi Perkins, Mansveld and Abbie Bourchier-Willans.

The defence was lead by Grade 12 veteran Chelsea Chirico and goaltender Tara Yowek.

The Bombers will now head to Burnaby on Tuesday for the BC High School Provincial AA Championships.