Fi­field ready

Syd­ney na­tive a mem­ber of Saint Mary’s Huskies play­ing in women’s cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment at CBU

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO

Syd­ney na­tive, Huskies set for AUS cham­pi­onship

came call­ing. Munro had coached Fi­field on the Nova Sco­tia un­der17 team and was then the bench boss at the Uni­ver­sity of King’s Col­lege in Hal­i­fax. Fi­field’s friend, Bhreagh Moore, was on the Blue Devils ros­ter and helped con­vince Fi­field to play at King’s. But that spring, Munro was hired by the Huskies and asked Fi­field to re­turn to AUS ball in­stead. She agreed.

The thirdyear guard will get to play in front of fam­ily and friends this week­end, as the Huskies com­pete at the 2010 Sub­way At­lantic Uni­ver­sity Sport Women’s Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship be­ing hosted by the Capers at Sul­li­van Field House.

“I’m def­i­nitely ex­cited,” said Fi­field, whose par­ents, Karl and San­dra, will be cheer­ing her on. “If my num­ber’s called, hope­fully I can go out and pro­vide some en­ergy. I usu­ally play pretty well at home and I feed off the crowd. It’s pretty good to go home and play in your home­town.”

Fi­field’s role with the Huskies has changed this year. Af­ter get­ting starter’s min­utes last sea­son, she’s been com­ing off the bench for SMU this year with the emer­gence of rookie Justine Col­ley at the guard po­si­tion.

Munro said Fi­field ac­cepted her new role ad­mirably and helps push her team­mates to be bet­ter.

“I’m sure (Fi­field) wants to play more at times, but we’re for­tu­nate we have one of the best point guards (Col­ley) in the coun­try on our team,” said Munro. “An­gela’s bought into the team con­cept 100 per cent and hasn’t taken a back seat at prac­tice, has worked her butt off and when she’s come in and played for us in games, has done a great job for us, too.”

The Huskies, the No. 3 seed head­ing into the tour­na­ment, will chal­lenge the No. 6 Aca­dia Ax­e­women in Fri­day’s first quar­ter-fi­nal game at 6 p.m. That’s fol­lowed by the No. 4 St. Fran­cis Xavier X-Women against the No. 5 Dal­housie Tigers at 8 p.m.

“I think every­one’s feel­ing pretty con­fi­dent,” said Fi­field, a psy­chol­ogy ma­jor. “ We’re go­ing in with the men­tal­ity that we’re go­ing to make it to the fi­nal and hope­fully, we do. We’ve been off for the last two weeks and we had some re­ally good prac­tices all week. I think we’re men­tally pre­pared to play.”

Satur­day, the No. 1 Capers face the low­est-re­main­ing seed from the quar­ter-fi­nals in the first semi­fi­nal at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., the No. 2 Memo­rial Sea-Hawks chal­lenge the high­est-re­main­ing seed from the quar­ter-fi­nals. The two win­ners will play for the AUS ban­ner at 1 p.m Sun­day.

The AUS cham­pion will rep­re­sent the con­fer­ence at the 2010 Cana­dian In­teruni­ver­sity Sport Women’s Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship at McMaster Uni­ver­sity, March 12-14.

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