Heading to the rink for our first practice in Fredericton. Special charter bus for the golden hawks. Xoxo the hawkey girls
And were off! The journey starts now at the airport as we head to Fredericton. Can’t wait to keep you updated on our quest for GOLD!!
XOXO The Hawkey Girls
Sorry for the late post, yesterday was a busy day here in Toronto! We started it off with another good breakfast at the Sunset Grill (our spot for the trip), and some pre-game prep. We were all really excited for the game against UofT and were ready to kick some home team butt, however we fell 2-1. Shoutout to Julie on a fantastic goal to tie it up before going in to the half, again happy with our team and our fighting spirit until the end.
After the game we headed over for our second team dinner at the Fraser’s. Very similar to last year, we went over and had a home-cooked meal, which is definitely a nice change from the hotel living and eating out that we have been doing for over a week now with OUA’s last weekend in London. It was a great time had by everyone, including coaches and even parents that had attended the game last night! I know I speak on behalf of the whole team when I extend our greatest thanks to the Frasers for their hospitality! You might just have to make another move to Quebec next year, so that we can do this for a third time…
Unfortunately things did not go our way this week, however I am really proud of our team on a great season. I feel very privileged to be able to be part of this team…an awesome group of girls and coaches that make it easy to come to practice everyday and give it all I have. Special thanks to the graduating players, Amanda and Kat. Even though you are only a year ahead of me you’ve taught me so much and have always been so supportive, even in the toughest of times. Glad I can call you both my teammates, but most of all my friends. Tikka…I can’t wait to see you back next year!! Very excited to be able to spend another year playing with you.
So I guess this is it for another season, it goes by quicker and quicker every year. You are always told that it goes by faster, but never believe it until it actually happens to you. We will continue to train hard during the off-season and come back better than ever next season. Thank you all for your support over this tournament, and the entire season.
Yet another interesting day here in Toronto, after an awesome sleep. It all started with a 9am breakfast and a team walk. We then either settled in to get some more work done (seems like we’ve been doing a lot of this over the past week) or a pre-game nap. We had lunch catered in, and an hour after the meal my roommate (Meena) tried to convince me that she hadn’t eaten anything because she didn’t know what room to get the food in…good thing I didn’t fall for it or I would have felt pretty bad for not getting her text.
We got ready and then headed over to Varsity Stadium for our first game of the tournament. After struggling to find a working plug for our speakers, and everyone getting taped up and dressed, it was finally time to play the game we had been waiting for all season. A hard fought game ensued, however we didn’t get the result we were hoping for, and fell 3-0 to the Trinity Western Spartans. Though we are disappointed with the loss, I’m very proud of our team for fighting until the end and never giving up. We are regrouping for our consolation semi-final game tomorrow versus the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, and will hopefully get a better result this time!
Today was our first full day in Toronto, and I think it’s safe to say we are all exhausted! The day started with us checking out of the hotel we stayed at last night, grabbing breakfast at Tim’s, and heading off to practice. The drive to practice took much longer than it would have if we had just walked (Toronto and the traffic), but once we got there it was smooth sailing. We did a passing and shooting drill, and a little bit of whatever else we felt necessary. Shoutout to Abbey and Shelby for being amazing photographers and getting some cool action shots!
After practice we checked into our new hotel, however some of us were not as lucky as others and our rooms were not ready when we arrived. On the bright side, there is a Longo’s next to our hotel and it is seriously my new favourite place, almost the whole team got lunch there. The whole afternoon was spent catching up on work and getting ready for the banquet, or shopping if you were lucky!
Getting ready for the banquet was a mission, Laura (one of our student trainers) went to the store just to get hairspray and they were completely sold out! Also, Julie seemed like the team’s makeup artist, with girls lined up at her door for theirs to be done. It was definitely nice to see everyone dressed up, we all wear Adidas a little too frequently.
We had a good evening at the banquet, ate lots of food and listened to a few speakers. One of the best parts was the centerpieces filled with chocolate soccer balls that Taryn was slightly obsessed with…so much so that she took it back to her room with her. CIS All-Canadians were also announced, and we are all very proud of Emily Brown who was named a First Team All-Canadian! Congrats Em!
Tomorrow is the big day, our first game of this year’s national championship against Trinity Western. We are both mentally and physically prepared, really excited to go out there and show them what we’ve got! If you’re in the Toronto area, come by Varsity Stadium at 4:30 to check it out, we would love to see you there wearing your purple and gold!
Don’t forget to stay golden,
Hi Everyone! It’s Maggie Carmichael here, third year kinesiology student and member of the women’s soccer team. I’m going to be blogging all week from the CIS National Championships hosted by the University of Toronto, and keeping you all in the know, especially about what’s happening off the pitch.
After two hectic days in Waterloo since returning from the OUA Championships, we finally find ourselves in Toronto. Those two days were spent writing midterms, doing last minute assignments and preparing ourselves for what lies ahead of us this week. We had a light practice at home today before boarding the bus this evening, watched Pitch Perfect on the ride (a team favourite for sure), and checked into our hotel. Everyone is settling in and spending some quality time with their roommates!
Tomorrow we will have our first full day in Toronto, which will include training at Varsity Stadium, the banquet and whatever other shenanigans we get up to! Keep checking back daily for updates on the team, and hope you enjoy!