Malvern girls field hockey team flick to city gold
Goalkeeper Catherine Mackeigan makes a decisive save during a penalty shootout.
The Malvern Collegiate girls field hockey team are City Champs after defeating North Toronto on Oct. 27 at Birchmount Stadium. The match was decided on a penalty shootout (3-1) after both teams failed to score in regulation time and extra time.
This is Malvern’s second title since 2003, when Toronto District School Board introduced the sport. They claimed the title of City Champions for the 2009-2010 season.
It was a close one and the boys had to overcome a first half deficit, but in the end the Balmy Beach Club 1’s finished on top, ending their season and post-season undefeated.
Fletcher’s Fields was the stage for the hard fought final against the Aurora Barbarians, who finished second in the regular season.
“It was a well fought match. It was a tough game all the way around, fortunately we managed to come on the last 10-15 minutes,” said head coach Bruce Gage of the 24-16 victory.
“We’re in a very good cycle, with a lot of very good young players coming on so we’re hoping that the next number of years will be very successful for us,” Gage said.
“The boys dug deep and we did what we did all season. It’s the character of this team, we always come back from behind and pull it off,” said flanker Scott Dunham.
Full back Simon Rodgers scored a critical try with less than two minutes left to ensure the victory.
“We’re ecstatic that we won. We’ve been consistent all the way through, and it’s great to top it off with the cup,” said Rodgers at the end of the match.
Ben Scholes finishes the 5K run wearing his ‘silly’ costume. Hundreds turned out for the 5th Annual Variety Village Walk Roll Run and Fun Fair on Oct. 31. Money raised helps fund vital programs offered at Variety Village for people with disabilities and their families.
Hundreds of students participated on Oct. 4 and 5 in the TDSB Cross Country meet at Ashbridges Bay. Winners from the South Conference meet hoped to qualify for the city championships.