The U23 Nationals came to an end on Canada Day, and all the BC teams had notable performances, with Team BC securing gold medals among women and men.
Throughout the competition, the women’s BC Rams and Ontario developed a healthy rivalry, facing each other three times in total. After a 1-1 draw in their first encounter, Ontario beat the Rams on the last match of the round robin, when both teams were already qualified for the final. This sort of preview taught the BC ladies some lessons, and they applied them well in the end, beating Ontario 2-0 and getting that gold.
BC Lions came in third place and, despite getting no wins in such a tight tournament, they were all smiles in recognition of their great effort.
Battle of BC
The U23 Men’s National was decided between the BC Lions and BC Rams. While the Rams dominated the pool stage, earning 13 points out of 15 possible, the Lions confirmed the second place only in the final minute of their last game against Ontario.
This mix of relief and excitement was brought over to the last game. It was a very even encounter, with both teams leading the scoreboard at some point and, in the end, a 2-2 tie to be decided in a penalty shootout! It was tight, but the Lions won by 2-1 and were awarded the gold medal.
The U18 BC Rams also participated in the tournament and finished in 5th place by beating Alberta 5-4 in their last match. The boys will now get ready to play their division. The U18 Nationals start July 4 at Tamanawis Park, in Surrey.
To follow the live score of the Nationals and see the full standings, schedule and statistics, access fhc.altiusrt.com. For more detailed information on the events, visit the Field Hockey Canada National Championship Event Page.