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Anniversary a landmark occasion

Century celebration of field hockey brings out the mother and daughter team, back row from left: Louise Martin, Sharon Higginson, Katharine Higginson, Brenda Lockhart, Serena Lockhart, Ali Andersen, Leah Lockhart, Carolyn Prellwitz, Rhonda Campbell. Front: Jean McCreary, Cathy Hart, Cheryl McCreary, Sue Fraser, Laura Ferguson, Britt Karin. Absent: Hayley Picard, Crystal Lockhart. - Kurt Knock
Century celebration of field hockey brings out the mother and daughter team, back row from left: Louise Martin, Sharon Higginson, Katharine Higginson, Brenda Lockhart, Serena Lockhart, Ali Andersen, Leah Lockhart, Carolyn Prellwitz, Rhonda Campbell. Front: Jean McCreary, Cathy Hart, Cheryl McCreary, Sue Fraser, Laura Ferguson, Britt Karin. Absent: Hayley Picard, Crystal Lockhart.
— image credit: Kurt Knock

The Cowichan Valley remains second to none in the development of field hockey players.

The Cowichan Field Hockey Association was well-represented at the Under 16 girls’ national tournament in Surrey this summer. Madelyn Smith, Krystyna Neal, Sara Lowes, Chelsey Cleemoff and Casey Crowley played on the B.C. U15 Blue team while Brittany Smith and Kelsey Goodman suited up for the U15 Whites.

The B.C. Blue Thunder claimed the gold medal and the B.C. Whites took the bronze.

The results followed the gold medal achieved by the same group of players plus other Cowichan standouts in the coveted Cal Cup tournament in California.

Liam Edey played for the B.C. U15 boys’ White squad in national competition.

Cowichan players continue to strive for excellence on their respective school teams while coaching in the junior indoor and outdoor programs and playing and umpiring in the Vancouver Island Ladies’ Field Hockey Association leagues.

Cowichan Field Hockey Association is also nearing the end of the marking of its 100th anniversary in 2012 with a theme of Rolling for 100. Players past and present returned to the John Ferreira turf field to commemorate the significant event.

Mothers and daughters were out in full force, including the Lockharts, Higginsons, McCrearys, Frasers and the Prellwitzes.

It was great for everyone to have Carolyn Prellwitz playing. She is a past club president, historian and will be presenting the CFHA history next year at Vancouver Island University’s Elder College.

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