The women’s national field hockey team got off to a great start at the World League Round 1 qualifier in Trinidad-Tobago Sunday.
The team led by Rossland native Thea Culley scored a huge 12-0 victory over Venezuela, overcoming the first hurdle in it’s quest to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
“We came in with an offensive game plan and can look back at good stretches of play,” Head Coach Kimo Linders said in a Field Hockey Canada release. “Execution in the circle worked well.”
The team has been adjusting to the varied weather conditions of Trinidad and Tobago including high temperatures, torrential rains and humidity.
Culley pitched in with a goal and a couple assists as seven different players scored for Team Canada including a hat trick from Brienne Stairs, a pair from Katherine Gillis, Marian Dickinson and Caashia Karringten, and singles from Abigail Raye and Poonam Sandhu. 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, while Culley, the senior member of the team played in her 87th match.
Team Canada played Guyana Monday but results were unavailable by press time. The team will face off against Barbados, Trinidad andTobago, and Uruguay to round out the tournament that will see the top three teams advance to the next round.