Lakers strong on defence

Senior girls' field hockey team drops opener to Kelowna

Taya Laird of the Kelowna Owls (right) battles Penticton Lakers Anje Grakul for ball control during secondary school seniors girls field hockey action at  Penticton Secondary School this week. The host team dropped a 1-0 decision to the visitors.

Taya Laird of the Kelowna Owls (right) battles Penticton Lakers Anje Grakul for ball control during secondary school seniors girls field hockey action at Penticton Secondary School this week. The host team dropped a 1-0 decision to the visitors.

You wouldn’t know the Pen High Lakers senior girls’ field hockey team lost its first game Tuesday.

Their body language didn’t show it. No sad faces. No heads down after a 1-0 defeat to the Kelowna Secondary School Owls at Pen High in AAA Okanagan Valley Senior Girls Field Hockey League action.

There were several positives for the Lakers.

“I was really pleased with the team play. I saw lots of good passing, good positional play,” said Lakers coach Shaun Johnston, who is assisted by co-coach Eva Koch. “I was really impressed with our goalie. Caroline Rahkola was really strong in net.”

Rahkola made a few important saves including one on a penalty stroke she knocked to the side with her blocker.

“I think I did pretty good,” said Rahkola. “They (Owls) played well. Pretty intense at some parts.”

While the Lakers weren’t able to generate a lot of offensive chances, Johnston liked the opportunities they did have. There were a few close calls and they created opportunities from penalty corners. One late in the game missed the net by about a foot.

“Just a little fine-tuning on that,” said Johnston. “Hopefully we can pop one next time.”

What impressed Johnston against the Owls, whom she described as solid and physically strong, was that her players hustled. Teammates supported each other and some displayed their individual skills. Johnston has seen improvement over the last three weeks.

“I thought we contained them really well,” said Johnston. “They had a lot of pressure, but they didn’t really get many scoring chances.”

Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Lakers returned from a tournament in Oliver where they went 3-1. After opening with a 1-0 loss to Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries Secondary School Rockettes, the Lakers defeated Surrey’s Clayton Heights Secondary Nightriders 4-0 on Saturday. Sarah Kirschmann, Ginger Herbert, Anna Jo Grandbois and Merle Schrader provided the offence. Herbert scored both goals in a 2-1 win against Agassiz. In their final game, the Lakers faced Southern Okanagan Secondary School White and won 2-0. Kirschmann and Grandbois scored, while Sterling King earned the shutout.

Johnston said the Oliver tournament gave them games against even competition. The Lakers were able to work the ball at both ends and came together as a team.

“It helped boost our confidence,” said Rahkola. “We knew what we were capable of.”

The Lakers next league game is in South Kamloops against the Titans. Johnston said with the playing surface being turf, having the players spread out will be important as the ball moves quickly.

“They are also strong so we’ll have to be disciplined about our positioning and defend really well,” she said.

 

Just Posted

Lightning in Kelowna, B.C. (Contributed)
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Okanagan

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms overnight

Justin Fotherby,17, and Ashley McMillan, 17 have been chosen for an invitation only competition that sees 20 of Canada’s top swimmers per event vying for a spot at the upcoming 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. (Submitted)
Penticton swimmers off to Olympic trials

The pair are eyeing a spot on the Canadian team heading to the Tokyo Olympics

Bentley resting on a bench at Kal Park in Vernon not knowing there is a baby rattlesnake curled up below. Bentley jumped down and was bit by the snake. (Facebook)
Dog bit by baby rattler at popular Vernon park

The rattlesnake was hidden underneath a park bench when it struck out

Renderings of what the skating rink could look like beside City Hall between Martin and Main in downtown Penticton. (Activate Penticton image)
Outdoor skating rink back at Penticton council

City staff recommend going forward with rink which could host 2022 BCHL’s 60th year celebration

Longtime SOWINS volunteer Diane Fru (far left) walks with members of her family as they Walk To End Abuse Sunday, June 13, 2021. South Okanagan Women In Needs Society (SOWINS) raised a record amount this year. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Walk to End Abuse in South Okanagan breaks fundraising record

More than $53,000 raised so far while the pandemic has increased need for SOWINS’ services

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

(Heather Lueck image)
Crash north of Enderby knocks out power, slows Highway 97A traffic

A witness captured footage of a medical helicopter landing at the scene

Most Read