Red Hawk girls earn OFSAA berth
|By Matthew Desrosiers - Editor | March 6, 2015|
The Red Hawk girls hockey team has won silver at the COSSA tournament in Cobourg, qualifying the team for OFSAA later this month.
On March 2, the girls travelled to Cobourg for the tournament. Assistant coach Vince Duchene said the girls played well as a team.
“They did excellent,” he said. “We went into it knowing we needed to win one of two games, preferably the first game, so we could qualify for OFSAA.”
The girls did just that, beating a team from Picton 3-1 in their opening game.
“They played great hockey,” he said of the team’s effort. “We really developed this team to work as a team and not as individuals, and that’s why we work so well.”
The win sent the Red Hawks into the finals against St. Mary’s. The bounces didn’t go their way, and although they hit three posts through the game, the girls lost 1-0.
“We played our hearts out in the finals,” said Duchene. “[The girls] were very upset after the game. It just wasn’t meant to be. They’re playing outstanding hockey, they have all year. They 100 per cent deserve to go to OFSAA.”
However, the high school is currently looking into the cost of sending the team to OFSAA this year. The tournament is being held in Kenora from March 9-12.
“For [OFSAA] to be that far north, it’s one of those things, you shake your head.”
This season could be the last for girls hockey in the Highlands, at least for the foreseeable future.
Duchene said after this year, the program will lose too many players, including their goalie, to ice a team, and there aren’t enough players coming up through the program.
MATTHEW DESROSIERS is the editor of The Highlander.