The competition was fierce and the Poppy Hockey tournament was a big hit at Oceanside Place on the weekend.
The 16-team house tourney (that’s over 250 players) was divided into two divisions, with eight teams in the Midget (15-17 year olds) and eight in Bantam (13-14).
There were three Oceanside teams in each division, and advancing to Sunday morning’s semifinals were Oceanside 1 in the Bantam division, and the Red Army and the Black Panthers in the Midget.
In the end, Red Army came up short 3-1 against the Chilliwack Chiefs in a well-played final. They captured silver and Oceanside’s lone medal.
Erin Murdoch, Ryan Blyt, Madison McIntosh, Mackenzie Webber, Jason Lochhead and Ben Robson all earned Player of the Game honours for Red Army over the weekend.
“Our team played fantastic and worked very hard as a group to reach the final,” said Red Army coach Bill Collette, adding, “we never let off the gas, and the entire team contributed to the best of their individual capabilities which, in essence, makes for a team.”
It ran very smoothly with lots of help from many volunteers,” said tournament co-ordinator Cathy Van Herwaarden.
Dec. 27-29 is the annual 16-team, multi-division Oceanside Icebreakers 2011 Female Recreational Hockey Tournament.