Lakers eager to learn field hockey game

Pen High Lakers able to assemble field hockey team in shortened season

A week ago, Pen High Lakers girls’ field hockey coach Shaun Johnston wasn’t sure she would field a team.

After getting enough players, Johnson knows now the group she coaches is enthusiastic and quick to learn.

“Most of the team have never played field hockey before, including four exchange students from Germany,” said Johnston. “There are only two returning players, Anje Grakul in Grade 12 and Ella Pasin in Grade 11. They will be our team captains and counted on to lead the group.”

With their next game scheduled for Oct. 7 in Kelowna, the Lakers are focused on learning the basics. Johnston also wants to go over positioning and determine starting spots for players. Experimentation has seen three players try the goalie position.

“Without a full-time goalie, we will rotate several different players through that key position,” she said.

The Lakers will host the South Kamloops Titans on Oct. 14. at Pen High at 4 p.m. On Oct. 21 they travel to Kelowna to play the Owls. They make a return trip to Kelowna Oct. 24 for a tournament with the Okanagan Valley championship also being held their on Nov.1.