Apply for a GO/VIT Legacy Fund Grant!

Field Hockey BC, on behalf of the GO/VIT (Goldies Oldies/Vancouver International Tournament) Legacy Fund Trustees, is pleased to announce that the GO/VIT Legacy Fund is now accepting grant applications for projects designed to foster growth within the field hockey community.

This intake is open to applications across all manner of projects, so if there is a coaching, officiating, athlete program, event, and/or voluntary program that could benefit from GO/VIT Legacy Fund support then please do not hesitate to complete an application. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019. For an Application Form please click here or visit the Documents section of the FHBC website.

Field Hockey BC Mourns the Loss of Peter James

The Field Hockey BC community was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Peter James, a true character of the field hockey community. Peter James died on December 24, 2108, at age 64. Peter was affectionately and better known as “Leo” to his teammates and friends.

Leo grew up in the University Hill (UBC) area and was a product of the storied junior program originated by Dr. Harry Warren. Leo was a forward and mid-fielder who played his club hockey with the Vancouver Hawks and UBC Thunderbirds. He went on to represent  B.C.  and Canada in the early and mid -1970’s. Peter’s signature lengthy and seemingly effortless gazelle-like strides took many an unsuspecting defender by surprise and earned him the appellation “Leaping Leo”. Peter’s dry wit, ready smile and selflessness endeared him to his teammates.

Despite Leo’s penchant for much coffee and cigarettes (often shortly before game time), he typically scored towards the top on national squad fitness tests. Leo, a UBC commerce grad, was a prolific reader of books and newspapers. Quite fittingly, he worked for many years with Vancouver’s iconic Duthie Books. Peter was truly an “original”. He was taken too young and will be missed by all.

The Field Hockey BC community offers its condolences to Peter’s family. Peter’s full obituary can be found on the Vancouver Sun website.


By: Alan Hobkirk

Photo: Vancouver Sun

Field Hockey BC 2019 AGM: February 9, 2019

The Field Hockey BC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on February 9, 2019 in the City of Burnaby. The AGM venue is the Burnaby Lake West Complex (Meeting Room #1) and the meeting is slated to commence at 1pm PST.

All pertinent documentation will be uploaded in advance of the AGM to the ‘Documents’ section of the Field Hockey BC website. Please note that a Nominations Form (Board of Director Elections) has been added at this time with a deadline date of January 25, 2019.

FIH Launches New “FIH Live” Broadcast Platform

We have some exciting news for field hockey fans!

Today, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) launched FIH Live, an international broadcast platform to share field hockey content with fans around the world. This is a great opportunity for existing fans to access more field hockey content and to generate interest from future fans who have yet to discover the sport!

Go check it out and share with your hockey community!

Register for the Interior Regional Program Trials!

Registration is now open for the Interior Girls Regional Program Trials! All U15 and U18 female athletes with some field hockey experience residing in and around Kelowna/Interior BC are encouraged to register for the trial. Visit the Online Registration Page to secure your spot!

Trial registration will be open until 12 pm on Wednesday, January 9th. The cost of the trial is $10 per athlete. The trial will take place on Sunday, January 13th from 11:45 am – 2:15 pm at Kelowna CNC. Selections will be announced the following Wednesday.

The Interior Regional Program is a 20 hour program which will run from January to April. Program cost is typically $400-500 per athlete. Selected players can expect 1-2 training sessions per week with highly trained coaches, and the opportunity to play in the FHBC Regional Tournament in the spring, which is the selection point for Team BC. For more information on eligibility, registration and selection process, click here.

Click here for a full schedule of trial dates and locations by region.

2018 Field Hockey BC Annual Awards Night

The Field Hockey BC Annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards Dinner took place on Friday, November 30 at Heritage Hall in Vancouver.

We are proud to have recognized 21 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers for their contributions and commitment to field hockey in British Columbia. To see the full list of award winners for 2018, click here.

Handsworth Takes Second Consecutive Provincial AAA Gold

The Handsworth Royals successfully repeated their gold medal victory at the 2018 AAA Provincial High School Championships. The tournament hosted by Clayton Heights Secondary took place from November 14-16, 2018 at Tamanawis Park, Surrey.

“I was thoroughly impressed with the level of play of all these athletes,” said BC High School Field Hockey Commissioner, Alanna Martin. “Not only were they highly skilled and physically fit, they also demonstrated good sportsmanship. It is obvious to me that their coaches have committed a lot of time to their program to make it successful and that the athletes have benefited from this and from their community programs.”

After the 5th ranked South Delta Sun Devils defeated Oak Bay in their quarter final match-up, the South Delta team was set to face off against the top ranked Handsworth Royals in the first semi-final. Despite an outstanding defensive effort from the Sun Devils, Handsworth took a 1-0 victory to clinch their position in the gold medal game and the opportunity to defend their Provincial title.

The second semi-final featured a showdown between Cowichan and Kelowna, both coming into the game undefeated in the tournament. Cowichan came out on top by a 3-1 margin to send them to their first final since 2016.

“With the top teams in the province competing in this tournament, every team will be challenged, therefore, everyone will grow individually as an athlete and collectively as a team,” Martin explained.

The bronze medal game was a thriller between South Delta and Kelowna. Kelowna took an early lead, but South Delta answered back to make it a 1-1 game. With the two teams still tied at the end of regulation, the game went to a shootout where South Delta prevailed to claim their first podium finish since 2014.

In the gold medal game, Handsworth jumped out to an early lead with a goal from senior forward, Tara Hamilton. Handsworth added a second goal to give them a 2-0 lead going into halftime. Despite a strong offensive push from Cowichan in the second half, Handsworth held on to take their second Provincial gold medal in as many years.

The 2018 Handsworth Royals, Provincial AAA Champions.

“Passion is the what I think of when I look back at the tournament,” Martin reflected. “Athletes who played with passion and rebounded with grace in the face of defeat.  The organizing committee worked passionately and tirelessly to ensure that all the details were attended to in order for the tournament to be a success. Passion from the coaching staff who volunteer countless hours because they love the sport. It was a great event to be a part of.”

For a full list of tournament results, visit the AAA Provincial Championship website. Congratulations to all participating teams for an outstanding weekend of hockey!

Provincial AAA High School Championship Begins Tomorrow!

Clayton Heights Secondary School is set to host the 2018 BC Girls High School AAA Championships from November 13-15 in Surrey, BC. This three day tournament will see the top 16 teams in the province battle it out to claim the Provincial Banner.

This year’s AAA Championship will consist of 12 Lower Mainland teams, two Vancouver Island teams and two teams from the Interior. Handsworth Secondary comes in as the number one ranked team, looking to defend their title from 2017. However, a repeat will certainly not come easily, as their top competitors will be looking to de-throne the defending champions.

The 2nd ranked Cowichan team will be looking to get back on top after winning gold in 2016 and settling for bronze in 2017. Kelowna Secondary, ranked 3rd, will have plenty of motivation after coming in second behind Handsworth in last year’s gold medal match-up. For a full list of participating teams, visit the AAA Provincial Website.

The tournament gets underway tomorrow at Tamanawis Park and Cloverdale Athletic Park. Download the full schedule so you can go out and cheer on your team!

Collingwood Repeats as High School AA Provincial Champions

The Collingwood Cavaliers came out on top for the second consecutive year at the 2018 BC High School AA Provincial Championships, hosted by Crofton House School from November 7-9, 2018.

“This is the first time Crofton has hosted the Field Hockey AA Provincials,” said Tournament Coordinator, Gerald Lambert. “It’s been really great celebrating the field hockey community, we’ve had great support from our administration, staff, students and our community. Many thanks to all who have contributed to such a major event.”

The Crofton Falcons, another top contender, took on Shawnigan Lake in a dramatic semi-final which saw Crofton edge Shawnigan 2-1 in the sixth round of a shootout. In the second semi-final between Collingwood and Seycove, the number 1 ranked Cavs poured on the pressure early, but Seycove held them off the scoreboard to take a 0-0 tie into halftime. Collingwood’s Maisie Hastings broke the scoreless tie midway through the second half to punch Collingwood’s ticket to the final.

“You’ve got a good battle between Collingwood and Crofton, it’s a common occurence that we play each other in the finals” Lambert said. “Last year Collingwood won the finals, the year before Crofton won the finals and the two teams have gone to shootouts multiple times in the past two years. It’s a great competitive rivalry.”

This rivalry was felt early on in the 2018 Provincial final between Collingwood and Crofton, as both teams came out hard in the first half. The action was back and forth throughout the first half, but Collingwood got on the board first when forward Seli Edstrand scored off the rush to give the Cavs a 1-0 lead.

With a 1-0 lead at halftime, Collingwood’s offence took off in the second half adding four goals to make it a 5-0 victory for their second consecutive Provincial AA Championship.

The 2018 Collingwood Cavaliers, BC High School AA Provincial Champions.

Crofton added their second straight silver medal and Shawnigan Lake took the bronze, while Brentwood College earned the Fair Play Award.

“It’s about the competition, it’s about friends, but what’s most important is seeing the athletes come together and celebrate their sport,” Lambert explained. “There are a lot of schools in more isolated communities that play minimal league games, so for those teams to be able to qualify and come to an event like this is a highlight of the year for them and one that they’ll always look back on. It definitely brings different communities together. It’s about a common interest and that common love for the great sport.”

For a full list of tournament results, visit the Provincial AA Tournament Website. Congratulations to all participating teams and thank you to the tournament organizers for making this event a success!