The Collingwood Cavaliers came out on top for the second consecutive year at the 2018 BC High School AA Provincial Championships, hosted by Crofton House School from November 7-9, 2018.
“This is the first time Crofton has hosted the Field Hockey AA Provincials,” said Tournament Coordinator, Gerald Lambert. “It’s been really great celebrating the field hockey community, we’ve had great support from our administration, staff, students and our community. Many thanks to all who have contributed to such a major event.”
The Crofton Falcons, another top contender, took on Shawnigan Lake in a dramatic semi-final which saw Crofton edge Shawnigan 2-1 in the sixth round of a shootout. In the second semi-final between Collingwood and Seycove, the number 1 ranked Cavs poured on the pressure early, but Seycove held them off the scoreboard to take a 0-0 tie into halftime. Collingwood’s Maisie Hastings broke the scoreless tie midway through the second half to punch Collingwood’s ticket to the final.
“You’ve got a good battle between Collingwood and Crofton, it’s a common occurence that we play each other in the finals” Lambert said. “Last year Collingwood won the finals, the year before Crofton won the finals and the two teams have gone to shootouts multiple times in the past two years. It’s a great competitive rivalry.”
This rivalry was felt early on in the 2018 Provincial final between Collingwood and Crofton, as both teams came out hard in the first half. The action was back and forth throughout the first half, but Collingwood got on the board first when forward Seli Edstrand scored off the rush to give the Cavs a 1-0 lead.
With a 1-0 lead at halftime, Collingwood’s offence took off in the second half adding four goals to make it a 5-0 victory for their second consecutive Provincial AA Championship.
The 2018 Collingwood Cavaliers, BC High School AA Provincial Champions.
Crofton added their second straight silver medal and Shawnigan Lake took the bronze, while Brentwood College earned the Fair Play Award.
“It’s about the competition, it’s about friends, but what’s most important is seeing the athletes come together and celebrate their sport,” Lambert explained. “There are a lot of schools in more isolated communities that play minimal league games, so for those teams to be able to qualify and come to an event like this is a highlight of the year for them and one that they’ll always look back on. It definitely brings different communities together. It’s about a common interest and that common love for the great sport.”
For a full list of tournament results, visit the Provincial AA Tournament Website. Congratulations to all participating teams and thank you to the tournament organizers for making this event a success!