It's a new school year, and the Dinos field hockey team is ready for a great season.
"We have good experience on the team," said Assistant Coach Josette Babineau, "including good goaltending and an all around well-balanced team."
Head Coach Anne Kromm echoes her assistant's comments.
"Our team is within the top three in Canada," she said.
There is also new blood on the team this year as three rookies have been added to the line-up, including the impressive Teryn Buna.
Along with the rookies, some tried and true talents from last year have returned to strengthen the team. Liz Allen--an All-Canadian last year--is back for another, hopefully great, year. Clare Linton will also be returning to play center-mid for the season.
There are two fifth-years on the team this year, Steph Maxwell and Natalie Peterson, who play sweeper and midfield, respectively. Kromm emphasizes the pair are key to the overall success of the team.
In a few exhibition games, the team has performed fairly well. But this weekend marks the real start of the season, with a five-team tournament being hosted at McMahon Stadium. The University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, the University of Alberta, the University of Manitoba, and our own University of Calgary will all be battling it out.
"This weekend's obviously going to tell us everything," emphasized Babineau.
The Dinos will play four games, the opener going at 6 p.m., Fri., Sept. 19 when they take on the University of Manitoba. They also have a pair of games on Saturday and a final tilt on Sunday.
Brave the cold and come out to watch. It will be worth your while, and you can't beat the price with free admission.