Cinderella season ends for Henderson Huskies

News Oct 21, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Mostly novice field hockey squad beaten in semi-final

 By Mark Newman,News Staff

They were a school with a new name and a sport that was also new to most of the players.

Still, the Nora Frances Henderson Huskies girl’s field hockey squad finished the regular season with a 3-2 record before losing to the more experienced Dundas Valley Gryphons 2-0 in Division 2 semi-final action on a cool and windy field at Sackville Park on Monday afternoon in a battle of new-name schools.

“It was an amazing season,” said forward Ashley Baranowski, who led the Huskies with 10 goals, many of them on long rushes from midfield to the opposition goal.

“There were a lot of girls that just started field hockey this year and they’ve done a great job and I’m surprised at what we accomplished this season,” said the Grade 11 student.

Only four of the Huskies’ 14 players had any field hockey experience coming into the season.

For Dundas Valley, forward Oonagh Burns scored what turned out to be the winning goal about 12 minutes into the second half.

“I put the ball through two people’s legs and then I just shot it and it went in,” said the 17-year-old grade 12 student who is hoping to wrap up her high school field hockey days with a championship.

Forward Alyssa Mabbee banged in a pass from Tabitha Hummel for the Gryphons’ second goal with about six minutes to play.

Dundas Valley kept the ball in the Henderson end of the field for most of the game.

“Playing attacking field hockey is preferable to playing defensive field hockey,” said Gryphons coach Richard Beckett, who noted his squad is made up of field hockey players from the former Highland and Parkside high schools.

Churchill beat Glendale 1-0 in the other semi-final.

Dundas Valley will play Churchill in the Division 2 final at Sackville Park at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Back to Henderson, coach Rhona Trott, who said back in early September any wins for her hard-working squad would be a bonus, noted the 2014 campaign turned out to be “an absolutely amazing experience.”

While most of her players had no field hockey experience, Trott said many proved to be fast learners.

She even had a couple of new faces quit the squad early in the season because they didn’t realize how much running was involved.

Trott said she was proud of the way her girls played against the more experienced Dundas team and of the way they wore the new school’s colours this season.

“We were the first Henderson team to have a game anywhere,” Trott said.

The Huskies should have a solid nucleus to build on for next season as Trott noted she expects to lose only four players to graduation.

However, one of those roster holes will be in net with the loss of Rahma Noushin.

With no previous goalkeeping experience, the Grade 12 student stepped forward at the beginning of the season and gave the Huskies a solid performance between the posts.

 

 

Cinderella season ends for Henderson Huskies

News Oct 21, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Mostly novice field hockey squad beaten in semi-final

 By Mark Newman,News Staff

They were a school with a new name and a sport that was also new to most of the players.

Still, the Nora Frances Henderson Huskies girl’s field hockey squad finished the regular season with a 3-2 record before losing to the more experienced Dundas Valley Gryphons 2-0 in Division 2 semi-final action on a cool and windy field at Sackville Park on Monday afternoon in a battle of new-name schools.

“It was an amazing season,” said forward Ashley Baranowski, who led the Huskies with 10 goals, many of them on long rushes from midfield to the opposition goal.

“There were a lot of girls that just started field hockey this year and they’ve done a great job and I’m surprised at what we accomplished this season,” said the Grade 11 student.

Only four of the Huskies’ 14 players had any field hockey experience coming into the season.

For Dundas Valley, forward Oonagh Burns scored what turned out to be the winning goal about 12 minutes into the second half.

“I put the ball through two people’s legs and then I just shot it and it went in,” said the 17-year-old grade 12 student who is hoping to wrap up her high school field hockey days with a championship.

Forward Alyssa Mabbee banged in a pass from Tabitha Hummel for the Gryphons’ second goal with about six minutes to play.

Dundas Valley kept the ball in the Henderson end of the field for most of the game.

“Playing attacking field hockey is preferable to playing defensive field hockey,” said Gryphons coach Richard Beckett, who noted his squad is made up of field hockey players from the former Highland and Parkside high schools.

Churchill beat Glendale 1-0 in the other semi-final.

Dundas Valley will play Churchill in the Division 2 final at Sackville Park at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Back to Henderson, coach Rhona Trott, who said back in early September any wins for her hard-working squad would be a bonus, noted the 2014 campaign turned out to be “an absolutely amazing experience.”

While most of her players had no field hockey experience, Trott said many proved to be fast learners.

She even had a couple of new faces quit the squad early in the season because they didn’t realize how much running was involved.

Trott said she was proud of the way her girls played against the more experienced Dundas team and of the way they wore the new school’s colours this season.

“We were the first Henderson team to have a game anywhere,” Trott said.

The Huskies should have a solid nucleus to build on for next season as Trott noted she expects to lose only four players to graduation.

However, one of those roster holes will be in net with the loss of Rahma Noushin.

With no previous goalkeeping experience, the Grade 12 student stepped forward at the beginning of the season and gave the Huskies a solid performance between the posts.

 

 

Cinderella season ends for Henderson Huskies

News Oct 21, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Mostly novice field hockey squad beaten in semi-final

 By Mark Newman,News Staff

They were a school with a new name and a sport that was also new to most of the players.

Still, the Nora Frances Henderson Huskies girl’s field hockey squad finished the regular season with a 3-2 record before losing to the more experienced Dundas Valley Gryphons 2-0 in Division 2 semi-final action on a cool and windy field at Sackville Park on Monday afternoon in a battle of new-name schools.

“It was an amazing season,” said forward Ashley Baranowski, who led the Huskies with 10 goals, many of them on long rushes from midfield to the opposition goal.

“There were a lot of girls that just started field hockey this year and they’ve done a great job and I’m surprised at what we accomplished this season,” said the Grade 11 student.

Only four of the Huskies’ 14 players had any field hockey experience coming into the season.

For Dundas Valley, forward Oonagh Burns scored what turned out to be the winning goal about 12 minutes into the second half.

“I put the ball through two people’s legs and then I just shot it and it went in,” said the 17-year-old grade 12 student who is hoping to wrap up her high school field hockey days with a championship.

Forward Alyssa Mabbee banged in a pass from Tabitha Hummel for the Gryphons’ second goal with about six minutes to play.

Dundas Valley kept the ball in the Henderson end of the field for most of the game.

“Playing attacking field hockey is preferable to playing defensive field hockey,” said Gryphons coach Richard Beckett, who noted his squad is made up of field hockey players from the former Highland and Parkside high schools.

Churchill beat Glendale 1-0 in the other semi-final.

Dundas Valley will play Churchill in the Division 2 final at Sackville Park at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Back to Henderson, coach Rhona Trott, who said back in early September any wins for her hard-working squad would be a bonus, noted the 2014 campaign turned out to be “an absolutely amazing experience.”

While most of her players had no field hockey experience, Trott said many proved to be fast learners.

She even had a couple of new faces quit the squad early in the season because they didn’t realize how much running was involved.

Trott said she was proud of the way her girls played against the more experienced Dundas team and of the way they wore the new school’s colours this season.

“We were the first Henderson team to have a game anywhere,” Trott said.

The Huskies should have a solid nucleus to build on for next season as Trott noted she expects to lose only four players to graduation.

However, one of those roster holes will be in net with the loss of Rahma Noushin.

With no previous goalkeeping experience, the Grade 12 student stepped forward at the beginning of the season and gave the Huskies a solid performance between the posts.