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SPORT SHORTS AAA SENIOR GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY The showcase tournament for AAA high school girls field hockey plays out this week in Coquitlam. The Eric Hamber Griffins and Winston Churchill Bulldogs represent Vancouver at the 16-team tournament to decide the best in B.C. In Group A, Hamber dropped its first game 5-0 Wednesday morning against Lisa King NOW Newspaper the defending 2011 champi- Diyyinah Jamora (No. 2) ons from Handsworth. On Thursday Hamber played Port Moody but results weren’t known before the Courier’s deadline. Churchill, this year’s city champs are playing in Group D and lost 6-1 to Gleneagle on Wednesday morning. On Thursday they played South Kamloops. The top two teams from each pool advance to compete for the championship. The title game is set for 3 p.m. on Friday.

JUGGLERS VS. KNIGHTS SATURDAY AT UBC

The Notre Dame Jugglers got off on the wrong foot this season, but they’ve danced through to the AAA varsity football quarterfinals and play the No. 3 St. Thomas More Knights (5-1) at 8 p.m. Saturday at Thunderbird Stadium. Against Kelowna (42) in the first knockout round Nov. 10, the Jugglers won 21-16 by playing hard for a full four quarters and they’ll look to do more of the same against the Knights. “STM has good team speed and a no-quit blitzing defence,” said Jugglers coach Richard Scott. Submitted photo This season, it’s been Paulo Dube (No. 44). Notre Dame that hasn’t let up despite a three-game losing streak, 1-5 record and hard-luck losses along the way, including a 34-7 defeat to STM Sept. 21. Against the Knights on Saturday, Scott said the Jugglers will look to hold on to the ball and minimize fumbles. Paulo Dube could again be a factor for Notre Dame. “He was a big reason for a successful ground game [and the win over Kelowna],” said Scott. “We believe that we have the confidence to play at their tempo for the full game, which we did not do when we first met them in Week 4. If we cut out turnovers and effectively control the clock, we have a good chance.” — Megan Stewart

Cheung aTrojan workhorse MEGAN STEWART

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isa Cheung kept hitting the wall. Against the No. 1 West Side team in the senior girls volleyball city championships Nov. 8, Cheung couldn’t power her shots through the wall of six-foot blockers. So the David Thompson Trojans outside hitter made a small adjustment. She aimed her next shot inches to the left and drilled the ball down the line for the kill. With the point, she cracked a smile. David Thompson won the championship in four sets, largely because Cheung, always with an impish smile, found a way to win points. The Trojans compete at the Lower Mainland AAAA tournament this week and a top-four finish will put them through to provincials. In the first round of city playoffs against Winston Churchill, Cheung did it again. Against a taller blocker, the five-foot-six Trojan was repeatedly denied. So she changed her direct, powerful hit to a top-spinning roller that arched over the defender’s hands. The Trojans won. “She can be a really tricky player because she hits hard but she can also change it up,” said David Thompson head coach Nelson Yu. “She’s athletic, smart, quick and reads the game better than anyone I’ve seen in the city. She is a great all-around player, although she is a bit on the short side. A lot of people underestimate her but she makes up for that with all the other skills that she has in her arsenal.” Cheung has been named the David Thompson female athlete of the year every year since Grade 8. The Grade 12 student who is also a soccer goaltender and captain of the school basketball team shared the honour last year with her twin sister, Lily. On the court, the two have the advantage of not always having to speak aloud to communicate, said Cheung. “Me and Lily have, you could say, a twin telepathy. We have chemistry. She will look at me and I will know that she wants to run this or run that,” said Cheung, who was born in Vancouver after her parents immigrated from China. Her ability to win points is just one contribution she makes, said Yu. “Lisa is the type that won’t be afraid

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Lisa Cheung (No. 8) spikes the ball in a game against Point Grey Nov. 8. to try things,” he said. “Besides all her skill that she brings to the team, it’s her heart and competitiveness that she brings to the table as well. She’s very vocal and just her will to win brings her team up to another level. They see her go for every ball and she never quits until the game is over. She definitely leads by example and never takes a point off and I think that’s why her team respects her so much.” Respect is something she values because the Trojans have been on the short end of that stick. Cheung said the Trojans are habitually underestimated. At a tournament in the Fraser Valley, Cheung remembers surprising the

competition. “We were the only Asian team there and we were the shortest team there. You could hear the other teams laugh at us. We ended up winning first.” She says her Grade 7 volleyball coach at Kingsford Smith elementary taught her the power of a good attitude. “I remember my coach telling me, ‘Just smile and take everything in,’” she said, thanking all the volleyball coaches she’s had: Errol Joe, Paul An, Grant Dawson, Vernon Chin and Yu. “There’s no point looking mean — it’s about sportsmanship, right? I learned, anything happens, just smile.” mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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