Vancouver Island Tide golden in California

Vancouver Island U16 team gets past international competition to win California Cup in field hockey

  • Wed Jun 3rd, 2015 5:00am
  • Sports

Oak Bay’s Judy Cristante takes a shot on goal as Vancouver Island Tide teammate Danielle Thoms waits for the rebound at the California Cup.

The Vancouver Island Tide struck gold last month in California.

The Vancouver Island Tide U16 team – a group of elite, Victoria-based female athletes – travelled to Simi Valley, Calif. to take part in the 2015 California Cup. More than 150 teams from around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia and more, took part in the tournament May 23-25.

The Tide defeated the Vancouver-based Rob Short Academy team 3-1 in the final to wrap up an intense three days of field hockey.

Vancouver Island Tide is comprised of top field hockey players from Victoria, including five U15 BC Select team players and two U18 BC Select team players. Nine of the players are from Oak Bay.

They are coached by Nancy Mollenhauer, a Canadian Field Hockey Hall of Fame award winner, and Julie Williams.