Canada’s Karli Johansen and Rachel Donohoe scored braces as Sara McManus, Brienne Stairs and Hannah Haughn got on the score-sheet in a (7-0) rout of Italy in the first Semi-final match of the FIH Hockey Series Finals at Valencia on Wednesday.
This is a remarkable victory for the Canadian women’s hockey team who have secured their Olympic Qualifier berth, after scoring a record 28 goals in the tournament thus far.
✳FIH Series Finals Valencia
Empathetic win and a highly disciplined performance. Good times ahead for Field Hockey Canada💪💖
Coach Giles Bonnet is one happy win. Not because he won the match, but that his first big ticket event for 2019 went off brilliantly well.
Bonnet who took the reigns of the team last January, has guided the team at the 2018 Commonwealth games, where the team finished fifth and the Hockey Series Open in Salamanca where they finished first.
Another proud and happy girl was 27-year old Goalscorer and centurion (132 caps) Karli Johansen who scored a brace in this match.
“For me, it’s is a huge moment. I am very proud of our win and i am very thankful to all our supporters. My only aim is to keep the consistency going.” she said.
In the end, the score-line of 7-0 not only marked dominance, but it also showcased the absolute brilliance of the team, who have largely self and crowd financed their journey to an FIH tournament.
The win is a tribute to the many contributors and supporter who helped the team reach the tournament. It was almost like Canada couldn’t be beaten, the supporters would not let them be beaten.
Canada will now face Spain for a final summit clash today in Valencia at 19:00 PM CET Time.
Both teams last played in the opening match of the tournament, where Canada held them to a 1-1 draw.
Italy and South Africa will battle for the 3rd/4th placing at 16:45 PM CET Time.