TVRA field hockey final 2019

 Parkside continues TVRA reign     


   Lammiman scores as the Stampeders blank the Medway Cowboys 

   1-0, in the field hockey final for a sixth consecutive title.


  Tuesday, October 22, 2019


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By Rob J. Ross 

LONDON, ON. - One may call it a six pack or sixer.

In bowling it sometimes refers to throwing six consecutive strikes.

For the Parkside Stampeders' field hockey team, it could be about winning a Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) title for a sixth consecutive season and advancing to the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) final.

The Stampeders repeated as TVRA champions for a fourth consecutive year, blanking the Medway Cowboys, 1-0, in the final, at City Wide Fields.

It's the third time in four years Parkside has defeated Medway in the final and second time by a 1-0 count.

A year ago Parkside shelled Dorchester, 9-0, in the title game.

In 2014 and 2015, the Stampeders won the TVRA South-East title, before advancing to WOSSAA.

"It's a privilege that I'm so excited to experience once again," said co-captain Aviva Fournie, her fourth trip to WOSSAA.

Once again this year, Parkside and Medway were the class of the league, sharing the best record at 5-0-1. The teams knotted each other up, 1-1, in their regular season meeting.

"I wasn't sure how today would go, but I had a good feeling after we played East," Stampeders' co-captain and midfielder Amber Safadi said.

In the TVRA semifinals, Parkside pushed aside the East Elgin Eagles, 10-0, while Medway took care of the Strathroy Saints.

"We were trying to move the ball fast across the field because we knew they have a good mid field," said Safadi. "Marin (Williams) was playing defence and Kendra (Hulst) would push up a lot and we would go to the outside instead of through the middle of the field. We went to sidelines and up because it was safer for us. If they (Medway) took the ball it wouldn't be as big a deal."

Renee Lammiman scored the game's only goal midway through the first half. Goalie Vanessa Johnston picked up the shutout, but action near the Stampeders' net was rare.

"We were trying to get more shorts and by that we were trying to hit their feet in the circle. That wasn't happening too much," said Safadi. "My main goal was to keep it (ball) deep and then to keep it in the corner in the last five minutes of the game."

The Stampeders travel to Goderich to take on the Goderich Vikings, in the WOSSAA final, Thursday. The winner advances to OFSAA, October 31 to November 2, in Mississauga.

A year ago Parkside went all the way to the OFSAA gold medal final, before losing to St. John's Kilmarnock Eagles, from Breslau.

"I really want to go to OFSAA for my last year," Safadi said. "It's (WOSSAA) on the grass so it's going to be difficult."

Parkside is 2-1 versus Goderich at WOSSAA since 2014, including a 1-0 win at City Wide last year. Parkside did lose to South Huron, 1-0, in the 2017 WOSSAA tilt, the last time the Stampeders played on grass.

Hulst, Paige Goodhue and Kaylee Goodhue, with two goals each, Lammiman, Fournie, Shayla Congdon and Emily Page, scored against East Elgin. Johnston put up the goose egg.