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UVic Vikes built a 3-0 halftime lead and held off a determined Rebels 1 squad Thursday (March 24) to win 3-1 to earn a spot in the Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association competitive division championship final.
The Vikes carried much of the play in the opening two quarters, getting a pair of goals from Caelen Ostrosser and a single from Devan Crawford.
Rebels built some momentum after the break, however, with midfielder Ross Whelan putting a shot behind Vikes keeper Campbell Southy to cut the gap to two in the third quarter.
Speedy Rebel Alex Moore nearly pulled his team within one in the fourth quarter, with a brilliant individual effort that resulted in the ball trickling across the front of the goal behind Southy but staying out. The play did give Rebels a short corner, but Vikes were able to sweep the ball out of harm’s way.
The win sets up a head-to-head battle with league champion Tigers in Sunday’s final, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the UVic turf. Tigers have lost just one game all season, that being a 4-2 decision against UVic on Sept. 26, which seems another lifetime ago at this point of the season.
The final follows the four-team recreational division jamboree, which gets underway with two half-field games at 9:30 a.m. and continues with two more each at 10:30 and 11:30.
Spectators are welcome to come down and check out the action on this last day of the 2021-22 campaign.
In their last warmup before next weekend’s Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association competitive division championship game, Victoria Tigers once again showed their depth in recording a 5-1 win Sunday over Vikes on the turf at UVic.
Having lost just once all season, that being a 4-2 decision at the hands of the same UVic side way back on Sept. 26, Tigers have proven the dominant team in the division since, outscoring opponents 88-20 overall and staking their claim to the champion’s trophy.
Their final win of the regular season saw them get two goals each from Josh Brown and wiley veteran T.J. Parhar, and a single from Javier Virk.
Tigers keeper Tom Pennells kicked out all but one Vikes shot, that coming off the stick of Arthur Valdivieso.
The second-place Vikes will take on Rebels 1 in the divisional semifinal this Thursday (March 24) starting at 6:15 p.m., with the winner advancing to meet Tigers in the final on March 27 at 12:30 p.m.
Recreational division play Sunday saw a shift in the schedule, with the cancellation of the middle game of the day between Rebels 2 and Hawks.
Hawks were invited to fill out the rosters of the Mutineers and Marauders, who were scheduled to go head to head in the opener. With the Sailors clubmates managing just over one full team’s worth of players, the group took on an intact Hawks team in an exhibition game.
The four rec teams can look forward to a return to the all-team jamboree for their final day of play next weekend, followed by the always anticipated lunch put on by Hawks club and their supporters.
The public is invited out to catch some of the top men’s hockey talents in the region for the competitive final, which has not been without its upsets in previous years, but always proves entertaining.
On the first day of the spring equinox , Hawks proved a little more adjusted to the earlier start and got back on the winning line Sunday, handing the Mutineers a 5-1 loss in Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association men’s league play at the UVic turf.
Hawks (5-7-0), their lineup boosted by a handful of non-designated Tigers players, got a pair of goals from Javier Virk and singles from Amit Dillon, Vardeep Gill and Yashpal Bassi.
The Hawks were coming off a 7-4 loss to Marauders the week before and restored their five-point margin over Marauders with the win.
Thomas White redirected a bouncing pass from Mark Baggott in the second half for the Mutineers’ lone goal. The green guys’ record dropped to 2-2-2 with the loss.
Game 2 on the day saw Rebels (8-2-1) pad their division lead with a 5-0 shutout of Marauders (3-7-1). Coming off a 1-1 tie against Mutineers last week, the Rebels benefitted from the steadying influence of veterans Chris Wilson and Jim Knight in the back and Chris Davis in the middle – all absent last week.
Chris Dahl led the attack with a pair of goals on the day, while Davis, Dale Kirk and Kevin Dahl added singles. Felix Randall posted the shutout in the win.
Competitive division action saw Tigers defeat Rebels 9-5 in the final game of the day.
Josh Brown exploded for four goals to led the offence for Tigers, who also got a pair from Javier Virk and singles from Sahjun Sehmi, Sunny Kahlon and Peter Zimunya. Rebels tallies came from Gavin O’Halloran, with two, and Alex Moore, Michael Bryan and Mike Cleverly, with one each.
Next week’s action (March 20) sees clubmates Marauders and Mutineers go head to head at 9:30 a.m., followed by Rebels 2 vs Hawks at 11 a.m. and Tigers vs, UVic Vikes at 12:30 p.m.
Tigers have topped the Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association’s competitive division table since the outset of the season, largely through having a lot of weapons in their arsenal.
That depth was on display Sunday in a 9-2 win over Rebels on the UVic turf, as Judas Perera, Javier Virk and Josh Brown found the net twice each to pace the attack, while singles came from Gurjot Bedi, Sunny Kahlon and Amit Dillon.
Michael Bryan and Sean Bryan tallied for the Rebels against Tigers keeper Tom Pennells.
In rec division play, the Hawks started off the day with a 6-1 win over Rebels 2, led with three-goal performances from Javier Virk and Hardeep Grewal. Newcomer Gavin O’Halloran, a former Jokers player from the mainland, was the lone Rebel to beat Hawks keeper Iqbal Virk in the contest.
The recreational inter-club Sunday saw Marauders and Mutineers play to a scoreless draw. While the first half saw both teams take a rather cautious approach, the shorthanded Marauders, boosted with the addition of Ross Whelan in the midfield – which drew them even in terms of numbers – enjoyed the run of the play in the second half. Pennells and the Mutineers defenders had to be sharp, with the Marauders creating and looking to pounce on numerous loose balls in front of the net.
This Thursday at 6:15 p.m. the UVic Vikes return to action with a game against Rebels 1, while Sunday play March 6 sees Mutineers and Rebels 2 lead things off at 9:30 a.m., followed by Hawks vs. Marauders at 11 a.m. and Tigers vs. Vikes at 12:30 p.m.
Following a flooded/frosty mishap that rendered the UVic turf unusable for the first game of the day between the Vikes vs. Tigers, the recreational division commanded the spotlight on the day in Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association play Sunday (Feb. 13).
Were it not for the fierce play of Marauders goalkeeper Kelvin Kum, the 3-1 winning score for Rebels 2 would likely have been much more lopsided. Kum kicked out numerous tough shots by the determined Rebels, who nonetheless got goals from Chris Davis, Dave Kerr and Kevin Dahl to secure the victory. The division-leading men in red improved to 7-1 on the season.
Iosvani Marrero, on loan from the clubmate Mutineers, scored the lone goal for the Marauders, who dropped to 2-6.
In the second game of the day, the Mutineers trailed 3-2 at halftime to Hawks but poured it on with four goals in the second half to score a 6-4 win.
Thomas White had himself a season-best two goal game to pace the Mutineers’ attack, while Marrero, Peter van den Berg, Nic Loewen and Shaun Wuth, playing his second game of the day, added singles.
Hawks goal scorers were not recorded.
This Thursday’s competitive division game (Feb. 17) between Vikes and Rebels 1 has been postponed, and this upcoming Family Day weekend, which coincides with reading break at UVic, sees all teams given the Sunday off from the schedule.
League play resumes Feb. 27.