Seven islanders off to U18 Canada vs USA series
Victoria players Julia Berk, Julia Boraston, Shyana Ringma, Maddie Hunter, Maeve Connorton and Anais Chace have been selected to represent Canada’s Under 18 squad. The team is heading to Conshohocken, Pennysylvania for a four-game test series, May 11-14, against the United States RISE Women’s Under 18 national team. Victoria coach Krista Thompson is among the staff roster headed down with the team.
The series will take place at The Proving Grounds with games at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 11, 12, 13 and 14.
All six players are no stranger to top-level hockey and will all represent Team BC this summer as members of the top “BC Blue” squad at the Under 18 National Championships this summer in Surrey. The team is also coached by Thompson.
Berk, Hunter and Chace have all been part of the Oak Bay High School field hockey team that won the 2021 AAA Field Hockey Championships, the first title in BC since 1993. The team also won the Island AAA senior girls championship. Boraston and Ringma have been the stand outs for the Mount Doug side, while Connorton has headed the Lambrick Park team. All six have suited up for the Lynx 1 team in the VILFHA league and four have played for the Island Wildcats.
Coach Thompson, also long-time assistant coach of the Vikes women’s field hockey program who won the last three U SPORTS National Championships, has been leading the island’s sessions for the NextGEN program. Thompson will join the Field Hockey Canada coaching and management team of Chris Tyrell, Mike van Iderstine, Ozias D’Souza and Jenn Wishart.
The trip will be self-funded and each of the girls are looking to fundraise to help them pay their way for this international experience.
Click the links below to support their individual campaigns:
Julia Berk: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/field-hockey-canada/p2p/adoptanathlete/team/womens-nextgen-program/member/julia-berk-usa-tour-fund/?fbclid=IwAR24Hn6mxGofDDLA4nAOHQ9Fsz6XVwx-3doDofrsEYacxXaZximsmmVNtqk
Note: An Under 16 women’s series vs USA is expected to be hosted in Surrey and West Vancouver from May 18-21, as well.