PCI students Dennis, Goodhue and Safadi, selected for indoor field hockey team
Saturday, December 29, 2018
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - Three members of Parkside Stampeders' OFSAA silver medal winning team, have been selected for the provincial under-19 women's indoor field hockey team.
Braelyn Dennis, Taylor Goodhue and Amber Safadi were notified of their selection to the 14-player roster (12 players, two goalies) prior to Christmas, from three tryouts held in the Toronto area.
"I am very excited to be selected to play on the indoor team," said Safadi, a defender with Parkside. "I wasn't necessarily expecting it because only 12 players are on the team and there were a lot of returning players from the indoor and outdoor provincial teams."
The Grade 11 student only started playing field hockey in Grade nine.
"I definitely didn't think I would be where I am today with the sport," said Safadi. "When I first started playing in Grade nine, I was just expecting it to be a sport for fun. I tried out for basketball and field hockey and almost ended up playing basketball."
It appears the daughter of Gerry and Michelle Safadi, made a good choice in which sport to play during the high school fall season. During the spring season Safadi plays soccer along with Dennis and Goodhue. The trio have helped Parkside win two OFSAA gold medals in the past three years.
During this winter Safadi, Dennis, a forward and mid-fielder Goodhue, will be adjusting to the differences between indoor and outdoor field hockey.
"Indoor is quite different because you are not allowed to drive the ball or have it come up from the ground at all. There are also boards along the side so you can bounce it like in a hockey rink," said Safadi, who also plays ice hockey.
PCI teammates forward Aviva Fournie and goalie Maggie Gordon attended the tryouts.
Team Ontario has two events on their schedule, the York Invitational, in Toronto, January 19-20th and the WC Eagles tournament, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February, 15-18th.
One of Ontario's coaches is Michelle Turley, who is from St. Thomas and the head coach at the University of Guelph.