The U16 Field Hockey Canada Nationals has come to a conclusion this Saturday in Brampton, Ontario. Each and every match was thrilling from start to end and provided much excitement to the spectators watching.
The day was started off with a U16 Boys game between BC White and Ontario East. Ontario East pulled out as the match winners, taking the game by a score of 3-0. Ontario East’s Rielly O’Brien, Josh Kuempel, and Rajan Singh were able to find the score sheet in their final game of the tournament.
Next up was the U16 Boys Bronze Medal match between Alberta and Quebec. After going down 0-2, Alberta was able to clay their way back in the final four minutes scoring two back to back goals to send the game to a shootout. Alberta was able to pull off the comeback winning in the shootout 2-1 to capture the Bronze Medal.
Following, it was the U16 Girls Bronze Medal match between Ontario White and BC White. BC White was able to string together some late game heroics after Jamie Crystal tied the game at 1-1 in the 57th minute. After regulation time, like the match before, both teams were tied and needed a shootout to determine the Bronze Medal. It came down to sudden death in the shootout where BC White’s Chloe Walton was able to win the Bronze for her team.
The U16 Girls Gold Medal game was next, featuring BC Blue and Ontario Red. Ontario Red was able to set the tone early after Madeline Osgraby scored in the 4th minute of the match. They were able to cruise on to a 3-1 victory to claim the Gold Medal.
In the final game of the tournament, it was the Gold Medal match having BC Blue play against Ontario GTA. BC Blue was leading 2-0 until Ontario GTA was able to cut the deficit in half after a Ganga Singh goal in the 45th minute. Leading 2-1 into the final minute, it appeared that BC Blue would come out as the tournament champs. However, with just seconds left on the clock, it was Harbir Kamboj who was able to equalize the game in dramatic fashion. Ontario GTA was able to capture the Gold Medal after winning 3-2 in the shootout.