Red Hawks 2018 field hockey season ends in Kawartha
By Darren Lum
Published Oct. 23, 2018
Dreams of a COSSA championship berth were dashed this year with a 1-nil overtime loss to the Holy Cross Hurricanes during the consolation final at the Kawartha Varsity Girls Field Hockey Championship playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Peterborough.
The Hawks lost earlier in the day to second place Crestwood 4-1 and were regulated to the consolation final against Holy Cross.
Coach Steve Smith was happy with his team’s effort in the playoffs and is optimistic for the future.
“The girls played extremely well against both Crestwood and Holy Cross. They have developed both in skill level and maturity levels. We had some injuries (broken thumb, knee ligament), which didn’t help the overall morale of the team however they played with heart and never quit the entire day working through many issues,” he wrote in a text message.
Smith adds this team is poised to improve next season and be contenders, as heard from opposing coaches and officials.
He adds the strength and the future of the team is attributed to the coaching staff.
“The program is strong because of the long line of dedicated coaches that have given of their time and this year is no different,” he wrote. “We have two extremely dedicated coaches, Ginny Marsden and Vanessa Prentice who tirelessly give to the program and the girls love their insights and their strong desire to help the girls get better. I am fortunate to be surrounded with great staff who care deeply for the kids who come out and give their best. At the end of the day that’s all I ever ask is give me your best.”
The top three teams, which were the Saints of St. Peter Catholic Secondary School, Crestwood and Holy Cross, moved on to the COSSA championship this week for a chance to earn a berth to the all-provincials.
With files from Steve Smith