Sarah and Kimo at 2012 FIH World League
The Women’s National Team took to the field today against Venezuela for their first match of the 2012 FIH World League Round 1 in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago where the top three teams advance to the next round. Today marked many firsts for the Women’s National Team as they work towards qualification for the 2014 World Cup.
“We came in with an offensive game plan and can look back at good stretches of play,” says Head Coach Kimo Linders. “Execution in the circle worked well.”
The team has been adjusting to the varied weather conditions of Trinidad & Tobago including high temperatures, torrential rains and humidity.
Team Canada’s goals were scored by 7 different players including: Thea Culley (19’), Brienne Stairs (11’, 47’,61’), Abigail Raye (32’), Katherine Gillis (38’,70’), Poonam Sandhu (28’), Marian Dickinson(53’, 55’) and Caashia Karringten (5’, 64’). Dickinson, Karringten and Sandhu scored their first international goals for Canada. In addition, first international caps were earned by Angela Lancaster, Rachel Donohoe and Lauren Logush. After reading the player’s oath during the opening ceremony, Logush’s honour was highlighted by stopping a penalty stroke.
After the game at the National Hockey Centre Eastern Regional Complex in Tacaruiga, the WNT were honoured by a visit at the field from Cyril Joseph, Acting High Commissioner of Canada to Trinidad & Tobago, and his wife Lisa. They came to watch and cheer on the team in their victory over Venezuela.
The WNT plays Guyana followed by Barbados,Trinidad &Tobago and Uruguay during the tournament from November 11 to 17.