Great Weekend of Hockey at the U15 Girls Club Championships!

Our Club Championships season wrapped up with an outstanding weekend of competition at the U15 Girls Club Championships on June 15-16, 2019 at the University of Victoria. This tournament saw 11 teams across two tiers compete for the Club Championship title.

Tier 1 was played in round robin format, which saw the Polar Bears come out on top with the gold medal and the host Victoria team take silver. Sea to Sky followed up with the bronze. In tier 2, the Vancouver Hawks 2 played Victoria 2 in the gold medal game. The Hawks won gold and Victoria took a second silver medal home for their club. West Van 2 claimed the bronze medal.

Field Hockey BC would like to say a huge thank you to Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association for hosting a wonderful tournament. We would like to congratulate all athletes and teams who took part in the tournament, as well as all of our umpires, coaches and technical staff who gave their time to ensure the tournament ran smoothly. Finally, thank you to all who contributed to another outstanding Club Championship season. We are excited to see you all again next year!

Congratulations to the U15 Boys Club Championship Medallists!

The U15 Boys Club Championships took place June 8-9, 2019 at UBC Wright Field in Vancouver, BC. The tournament included four U15 Boys teams, as well as a friendly match between the Australian Over 75 team and the U12 Hawks, and a Men’s Premier game.

The gold medal was claimed by India Club, who defeated the Hawks in the finals. Dashmesh took third place with a win over West Van for the bronze medal.

Field Hockey BC would like to congratulate all athletes and teams who took part in the tournament. We would also like to thank the Vancouver Hawks Field Hockey Club for their support as the host club and all of our umpires, coaches and technical staff who gave their time to ensure the tournament ran smoothly. A special thank you to the Australian Over 75s and the Men’s Premier Teams who came out to demonstrate their talent and commitment to the sport.

U13 Club Championships Get Underway!

The U13 Boys and Girls Club Championship Festival will take place this weekend, June 1-2, 2019 at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West in Burnaby, BC.

There will be a total of 20 teams from across BC participating in this Festival, hosted by the Burnaby Bears Field Hockey Club. This is a great opportunity for our young athletes to develop their skills and meet players from around the province. For a full weekend schedule and more tournament details, visit the Club Championships page.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend in Burnaby!

Vancouver International Tournament

The wait is over – the Vancouver International Tournament starts tomorrow! This year, we will be hosting 23 teams from across British Columbia and the United States for an exciting long weekend of field hockey. The tournament will take place May 18-20 at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West, with teams competing in three divisions: Women’s Masters, Mixed, and Women’s Social. Don’t forget to come out to the Vancouver Rowing Club tonight to pick up your tournament package and claim your team’s free beer jug!

This year’s VIT will be complete with three field turfs, our legendary beer garden and a special walking hockey demonstration at 12pm on Sunday! For tournament information including the rules and regulations and the tournament schedule, visit the VIT Event Page. We’ll see you this weekend at the VIT!

Congratulations to our U18 Club Champions!

The U18 Boys and Girls Club Championships took place May 10 – 12, 2019 at Tamanawis Park and Cloverdale Athletic Park in Surrey, BC. The tournament saw 20 teams compete across three divisions (one boys, two girls) for the Club Championship title!

On the Girls side, the Polar Bears took the Tier 1 gold medal after a hard fought battle with WVFHC, who claimed silver. The Tri-City Venom took home bronze with a win over Surrey Elite. In Tier 2, the round robin format tournament ended with the Richmond Herons taking gold, Polar Bears 2 with the silver and Victoria earning bronze.

In the Boys division, Gobind Sarvar went undefeated to take the gold, while the Surinder Lions followed with the silver and the Surrey Panthers claimed bronze. For photos of the tournament medallists, visit the U18 Club Championship Page.

We would like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all athletes and teams who took part in the tournament. We would also like to thank India Field Hockey Club for their support as the host club and all of our umpires, coaches and technical staff who gave their time to ensure the tournament ran smoothly. We will be back with more Club Championship action as the U13 and U15 divisions go forward in June!

VIT Offers Unique Opportunity to Try Walking Hockey

Want to try a fun new activity this May long weekend? Step into a new sport and come play Walking Hockey!

On Sunday, May 19 during the Vancouver International Tournament, Field Hockey BC will be hosting a Walking Hockey demonstration at 12pm at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West, Pitch 4. This event is open to everyone – all ages and abilities are invited to come try this fun and accessible sport!

What is Walking Hockey? 

Walking Hockey is exactly what it sounds like – field hockey that is played walking! The sport originated in the UK in 2016, designed to make the sport of field hockey more accessible. Walking Hockey is a great way for people of all ages to remain active in field hockey without having to worry about the physical demands of playing a high impact sport. Whether you are worried about injury, have physical limitations, or just want to play sport at a different pace, there is a room for everyone in this sport. To learn all about the background of Walking Hockey, visit the Walking Hockey World website.

With clubs popping up across the UK, Europe and Australia, Field Hockey BC is excited to give this sport a shot and see how the community responds. We encourage anyone who is interested in this developing sport to put their best foot forward on Sunday, May 19th and come give Walking Hockey a try!

U18 Club Championships Take Place this Weekend

We have an exciting weekend of field hockey ahead of us as the U18 Boys and Girls Club Championships will take place May 10-12, 2019 at Tamanawis Park and Cloverdale Athletic Park in Surrey, BC.

There will be a total of 20 teams representing 13 clubs across BC competing in this tournament, hosted by India Field Hockey Club. For a full weekend schedule and more tournament details, visit the Club Championships page.

We will see you this weekend in Surrey for some sunny weather and great hockey!

 

Provincial Athlete Feature: Introducing Nora Struchtrup

Each time Nora Struchtrup stepped onto the pitch at the 2019 Train 2 Compete Regional Championship she was fully focused, ready to make an impact for her Island Stingrays team. That doesn’t mean you won’t catch her smiling away on the pitch as a result of her genuine love for the game.

The 16 year-old Victoria native played a huge role in the victory of the Island Stingrays at the Train 2 Compete Tournament. Her first quarter goal in the gold medal game led the Stingrays to a 1-0 win over the Northwest Jellyfish. As a natural forward with her speed and skill on display, Struchtrup’s standout performance has landed her a spot on the U18 BC Stags.

Nora Struchtrup (back row, middle) with the Island Stingrays, 2019 T2C Regional Champions. Photo: Chris Wilson

Struchtrup first played field hockey when she was 11 years old with the Victoria Rising Stars program and despite trying many other sports, nothing was ever quite the same.

“I’m a passionate player, I really love what I do,” explained Struchtrup. “I’m aggressive and I have fun while I play which I think is a good blend. I love the running and tipping, trying to beat other people’s speed. As soon as I tried field hockey I was stuck, there’s something about it I just love it.”

Her first experience with Field Hockey BC was in the Learn 2 Train program and she has continued with the high performance program ever since.

“It’s a lot of like-minded girls, we all work hard and push ourselves,” said Struchtrup. “It’s such a great program, it really brings the extra intensity that I love and I think it has played a huge role in my development and continued love for the game.”

Nora Struchtrup (right) in action during the gold medal game at the 2019 Regional Championships. Photo: Chris Wilson

In her first year of Train 2 Train, Struchtrup was selected to the reserve pool for Team BC and one week before the National Championships, she got the call inviting her up to the BC White team. She has since played for the U15 BC Stags and last summer, the U18 BC Lions. Her team turned some heads at the 2018 National Championships in Toronto where they came in and defeated one of the favourites in Ontario West on the first night of the tournament.

“That was a crazy game,” reflected Struchtrup. “Normally I remember most of the game, I do not remember a single thing that happened in that Ontario West game. I was so in the zone, we were all super intense and supporting each other, it was such a cool experience.”

After last year’s fourth place finish at Nationals and going into her fourth National Championships this coming summer, she sees the National Championships as a huge motivator to continue to improve and push for the next level.

Nora Struchtrup in action with the U18 Lions at the 2018 National Championships.

“The Regional program is already a huge step up and then the Provincial program is amazing, it pushes you physically and mentally, you get to make some new friends and it’s just so much fun,” explained Struchtrup. “I just want to keep coming back and keep playing.”

Struchtrup will be taking another step in her field hockey development this summer, as she will have her first opportunity to play with the Field Hockey Canada NexGen Squad. She was recently invited to the U17 tour in Belgium and the Netherlands which will take place prior to her participation in the National Championships. This opportunity is extra special for Struchtrup as her extended family lives in Germany and will be traveling to the Netherlands to watch her play.

Beyond this summer, Struchtrup has her sight set on making the Canadian National team one day. She also aspires to go to UBC or the University of Victoria to study and play field hockey and with her German heritage, maybe even attend school there and play field hockey for a German club team.

“I think it’s going to be an exciting year coming up and seeing where these opportunities take me.”

The future certainly looks bright for this young athlete from Victoria and we can’t wait to follow her progress at the National Championships and beyond!

Provincial Athlete Feature: Introducing Daniel Goodwin

When the U18 boys took the pitch at the 2019 Regional Tournament, you could find Daniel Goodwin calling the shots for his team from the best view on the field. As a goalkeeper, Goodwin is constantly communicating with his teammates and trying to help them see the plays that might only be visible from his perspective.

“I try to be vocal and help the guys see everything,” explained Goodwin. “As a field player, you have to be very focused on what you’re doing and I can see a lot more from my position so I try to communicate that to my team.”

Daniel Goodwin (bottom row, third from left) with the 2019 Ravens Train 2 Compete Regional Team. Photo: Chris Wilson

Goodwin has earned a spot on the U18 BC Rams who will compete at the 2019 National Championships in Surrey, BC July 3-8, 2019. His field hockey career started with the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club when he was 10 years old, who he still plays for today. He started as a field player, but the first time he tried goalkeeping he never looked back.

“I played goalkeeper once and got hooked,” said Goodwin. “I love it because you can be the hero. Everyone needs a goalkeeper and you’re really important to the team.”

His first year with the Regional program was the first year that the program was available for the boys. He was not selected to a BC team in his first year with the Program, but he kept going out and working hard because of the people and the training environment.

Daniel Goodwin in action at the 2019 Train 2 Compete Regional Tournament.

“At the start, I definitely stuck with it because of my friends. There are three of us that have been playing together since our first practice with West Van,” reflected Goodwin. “Now it’s more about seeing the opportunities and where you can go with the sport. The Regional Program allows athletes to connect with players at different clubs and to get more training from different coaches.”

 As a grade 12 athlete, Goodwin is in his fifth and final year with the Regional Program and will be competing at Nationals for the last time at the Junior level. This will be Goodwin’s first time as the BC Rams goalkeeper after playing for the U18 BC Lions the past two years.

The U18 Rams will be looking to improve on their bronze medal from the 2018 National Championships in Toronto, Ontario. For Goodwin, the Provincial Program is an opportunity to build as a team and play at the highest level representing British Columbia.

Daniel Goodwin (back row, second from right) with the 2018 U18 BC Lions.

“The Provincial Program is more about working well as a team and that’s a really fun process because you’re given a group of guys and you have a couple of months to get together and figure out how you want to play,” explained Goodwin. “Whenever you go to Nationals and see that’s the highest level you can play for your province, that’s what you really want to push for is getting to that next stage.”

With his Junior career coming to a close, Goodwin is excited to be starting his Psychology degree at SFU next year while playing for the West Vancouver Premier team. He plans to continue on with the Field Hockey BC U23 Program, available as a summer program for 19-23 year-old athletes.

“I trained with the U23’s last year before Nationals and I really enjoyed it, there were a lot of highly skilled players there so I would definitely like to try the U23 Program,” said Goodwin.

He will also continue training with the Junior Development Squad in hopes of making the Canadian National Team and ultimately competing at the Olympics. He also aspires to take his field hockey career overseas and play in Europe or the UK. With so much to look forward to, we are excited to watch this young goalkeeper as he competes at the National Championships in July and continues to develop in the years to come!  

Provincial Athlete Feature: Introducing Eve Carrothers

Eve Carrothers is the midfielder that every team needs. Her calm and collected strength is what makes her often the most reliable player on the field. In her grade 12 year, the Tsawwassen native will be competing for the U18 BC Rams for the third consecutive year after a strong showing at the 2019 Regional Tournament with the Southeast Killer Whales.

Eve Carrothers (back row, third from right) with the Southeast Killer Whales at the 2019 Train 2 Compete Regional Championship. Photo: Chris Wilson

Coming from a family of soccer players, Carrothers started off playing field hockey for the Delta Falcons just as a fun sport in the off season. All of that changed when she joined the Field Hockey BC Regional Program and had her first opportunity to play at the National Championships.

“I wasn’t that serious about field hockey but I really started to enjoy it with this program,” explained Carrothers. “After grade 8 when I went to the Nationals in Brampton, Ontario after that it all switched, it just took over that this was my top priority. Getting to travel with the team and doing all the team bonding activities, it’s so much fun. Every year my coaches have been great at forming a family environment, that’s why I value all of the friendships I’ve made because the team really is a family.”

Eve Carrothers in action with the Southeast Killer Whales at the 2019 Train 2 Compete Regional Tournament. Photo: Chris Wilson

Carrothers has been training with the Southeast Regional program for the past five years and has been selected to a Provincial team every year. Last year, her U18 BC Rams team earned the elusive gold medal, which they had lost to Ontario for the past few years. For Carrothers, this was a huge accomplishment as it was her first ever gold medal in four years playing at the National Championships.

“I really felt with that team last year that everything just clicked,” said Carrothers. “Everyone was really comfortable with each other and you could tell that playing was a lot of fun because we really trusted each other. I think that’s what helped us win gold and reaching that goal was way more rewarding because it was with the people that we loved playing with the most.”  

Eve Carrothers (bottom right) with the U18 BC Rams after winning the 2018 National Championships.

 In her final year playing with at the U18 National Championships, Carrothers hopes to be a leader on her team and influence her younger teammates as they look to repeat last year’s gold medal victory. They will be up against some tough competition between their Ontario rivals and two other BC teams, as well as teams from Alberta, Quebec and PEI.

Carrothers plan to continue her field hockey career next year likely at the University of Toronto where she can take her field hockey to the next level while pursuing a degree in Geophysics.

“I’m really excited to play at the next level. It will be with a lot of girls who have gone through the Provincial program I’m sure, so it will be nice to see them on the field again and reach a new level of competition.”

We are excited to follow Carrothers and the rest of the U18 Team BC athletes as each team pursues the gold medal at the U18 National Championships in Surrey, BC July 3-8, 2019!