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Bombers shootout success powers team to third place at G.W. Graham tournament during Thanksgiving Holiday weekend

Paige Mansveld (left) was a handful for the opposition during the tournament in Chilliwack.

By The Nelson Daily Sports

The L.V. Rogers Bombers rode the strong play of co-captains Sydney Zondervan and Mykayla Commandeur to third-place finish at the G.W. Graham High School Girl’s Fieldhockey tournament Saturday in Chilliwack.

The Bombers thumped Sam Roberts of Maple Ridge 7-0 in the final game of the two-day six-team to conclude the tournament with a 4-1 record.

Tessa Vanderholt, Jasmine Jones and Zondervan, playing with a new stick, paced the Bombers with two goals against Sam Roberts. Chelsea Chirico scored the final tally for LVR.

The Bombers opened the tournament with a 1-0 loss host G.W. Graham.

LVR then played to a scoreless tie against South Delta. The Bombers took the win in shootout strokes 2-1 with co-captains Zondervan and Commandeur scoring goals.

The Bombers concluded the day with a 2-1 shootout win over Okanagan Mission of Kelowna. Trafalgar Totem call-up, Abbie Boucher-Willans scored in sudden death to clinch the victory for LVR. The teams were tied after the first round of shootout strokes.

Saturday, LVR edged South Kamloops 1-0 on a goal by Zondervan before the Bombers cruised past Sam Roberts.

“Our all stars were Shelby Turk, who was amazing in Strokes,” said Bomber coach Val Gibson. “Mykayla Commandeur was a leader (on the pitch) while Paige Mansveld was some incredible center midfield play.”

“Plus Sydney Zondervan (led the offence) with four goals with the new stick,” Gibson added.

Gibson was also grateful to Trafalgar Totem coach Jesse Anast for allowing some of his players to play up on the Bombers for the tournament.