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Two goals from Vadym Kirshe and a solid performance in goal by Tom Pennels and the rest of the Tigers defence carried the Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association competitive division leaders to a 3-1 win over Rebels on Sunday at Uvic’s Lynne “Buzz” Beecroft Field.
The victory left Tigers (10-5-0) six points clear of Rebels (7-5-3) in the race for the top of the standings. With just two regular season games left and Tigers owning a better head-to-head record against Rebels, four games to two, the win officially clinched the division title for the defending league champions.
The teams play one more game against each other, but even if Rebels win their last two outings and Tigers lose both, Tigers would win the tiebreaker.
Connor Brown tallied the other Tigers goal on Sunday, while Johnny Jacoby scored for Rebels, whose keeper Felix Randall helped keep the score close with a standout effort.
The only other game on the soggy day saw Rebels 2 hand Hawks their first defeat of the season with a 5-1 win in recreational division play.
The Rebels built a 3-0 lead by the end of two quarters, and held off a number of Hawks forays into the attacking zone in the second half with stifling defence and a brilliant performance from goalkeeper* Owen Dahl*.
Ray Bailey and pickup Tom Vincent each scored twice from the forward line to pace the attack, while Kevin Dahl added a single. Jesse Bains, ever present up front for Hawks, showed good second effort to beat a last defender in a goalmouth scramble and watched his shot trickle across the line for his team’s lone goal on the day.
Next weekend sees Hawks take on Marauders in the 10:30 a.m. rec game, followed by Rebels 1 vs. Victoria League Selects at noon and Tigers vs. UVic Vikes at 1:30 p.m.
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The Tigers kept up their hot streak and kept pace with Rebels 1 on a grey day Sunday in Vancouver Island Field Hockey competitive division play at the University of Victoria.
Tigers (8-5-0) rolled past the Victoria League Selects 9-1 in the noon game, paced by a three-goal effort from Josh Brown. Teammates Rajiv Dillon and Javier Virk added a pair each while singles went to Parm Sahota and Vadym Kirshe.
TJ Parhar tallied the lone goal for the Selects (4-5-3).
The Rebels (7-4-3) followed up with an 8-2 handling of the UVic Vikes. The winners spread the scoring around, getting two goals each from Alex Moore, Sawyer Ross and Dale Kirk, and singles from Johnny Jacoby and Gavin O’Halloran.
Vikes goals came from Finley O’Callaghan and Grant Simpson.
With just four weeks remaining on the regular season schedule, and the possibility of a couple games being rescheduled, first place is very much in question. Rebels and Tigers are scheduled to play their next and last head-to-head contest Feb. 25.
Sunday’s opening game saw Chris Dahl thwarted in his bid for a hat trick for Rebels 2, but still lead his team’s attack in a 4-1 rec division win over Marauders. Dahl, who scored a nifty first goal early in the opening quarter and added another later on, suffered a mishit on a golden opportunity to notch his third in the second half .
With other goals coming from Dave Kerr and Ray Bailey, the output was more than enough to salt away the win.
Mr. Reliable Tom Vincent scored the lone goal for the Marauders, who managed a couple short corners in the second half. On one of those plays, an apparent goal by Soner Uzun was disallowed as his flick shot sailed too high into the net.
Next week sees the rec jamboree start at 10:30 a.m. followed by a rematch between Tigers and Selects at noon. Vikes and Rebels 1 have a bye for the Family Day weekend and UVic reading break.
Tigers got some help from the Victoria League Selects in grabbing a share of top spot in the Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association competitive division on Sunday at UVic’s Lynn Beecroft Field.
An 8-2 romp over the UVic Vikes in the last game of the day sealed the deal for the Tigers (7-5-0), who kept their momentum rolling through the middle portion of the VIFHA schedule, posting their sixth win in the past eight games.
Connor Brown, one of a trio of talented siblings on the squad, led the attack against the Vikes with four goals, while Javier Virk chipped in three of his own. Shawn Kalar added a single to round out the scoring.
Finley O’Callaghan and Faarman Ajwa tallied for UVic (4-8-0), whose manpower woes have seen them drop first to fourth.
The previous game saw Rebels and Selects play to a 4-4 draw, giving the boys in red a single point, which allowed them to prevent Tigers from taking the outright lead in the standings.
Johnny Jacoby proved to be an elusive check in the game, scoring three times to lead the Rebels attack, while teammate Sawyer Ross bagged the team’s other goal.
Sunny Kahlon connected for a pair for Selects (4-4-3), who led 2-1 at the half, while * Jesse Kaloti* and TJ Parhar had singles.
The morning contest saw Marauders mount a second half comeback but fall short in a 4-3 loss to the rec division-leading Hawks, who won their seventh game in eight starts.
Hardeep Grewal for Hawks and Soner Uzun for Marauders had two goals each to lead their respective teams.
Hawks get the bye next weekend, as Marauders take on Rebels 2 in the 10:30 a.m. rec game, followed by Tigers vs. Selects at noon and Rebels vs. Vikes at 1:30 p.m.
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A heavy mist hung over the Buzz Beecroft turf at UVic on Sunday as the Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association got back into gear with a full slate of men’s games.
The foggy conditions were a welcome change from the snowy and otherwise chilly conditions that prompted the suspension of play the past two weekends.
The day’s recreational division opener saw Rebels 2 decide to borrow a few Hawks to play a friendly rather than play shorthanded against the division leaders. The move proved a positive way to kick off the 2024 portion of the season.
The Tigers were full value for their lineup with just one spare on the sideline for the first competitive division game of the new year, outlasting Rebels 1 in a 5-3 victory. The head-to-head win pulled the resurgent Tigers – now 6-5-0 after losing three of their first four games – to within two points of the first-place Rebels (6-4-2).
Backfielder Rajiv Dillon, making the most of short corner opportunities, scored three goals for the second time this season to lead the Tigers attack, while* Josh Brown* and Parm Sahota added singles.
Rebels, who trailed 3-1 after a fast-paced first half, got their goals from Alex Moore, Ethan Picard and Bevan van de Berg.
In the late game, T.J. Parhar scored four times and Tom Pennells picked up a shutout in his second game in goal Sunday as the Victoria League Selects downed UVic Vikes 6-0.
Parhar scored from almost everywhere, bagging two goals off short corners, one on a rare penalty stroke and another from the field. Jesse Kaloti added the rest of the scoring, netting a pair of goals.
The win drew the Selects (4-4-2) level on the season and keep them in the hunt for the division title with games in hand on the Rebels and Tigers.
The Vikes, after setting the pace in the fall then suffering through player shortages, have fallen back to fourth. That said, the team is not so far back to make a second-half run should their hoped-for player returns materialize.
Next Sunday’s schedule sees Hawks meet Marauders in the 10:30 a.m. rec game, followed by Rebels vs. Selects at noon and Vikes vs. Tigers at 1:30 p.m.