Vancouver International Tournament Recap

Another successful VIT weekend is in the books! Teams from across BC and the United States came together for a long weekend of adult social hockey May 18-20 at the Burnaby Lake West Sports Complex. This event had 23 teams competing in the Mixed Social, Women’s Social and Women’s Masters divisions. The tournament also featured a thrilling demonstration of walking hockey on Sunday afternoon, enjoyed by many of our tournament participants!

In the Women’s Masters Division, the Furious Tango placed 1st after the round robin, giving them an automatic berth in the finals. The Seattle Masters and the Masters Reunion faced off to see who would meet the Furious Tango in the final match. After Seattle took a 1-0 lead, the Masters Reunion came back and tied the game, sending it to penalty strokes. The Masters Reunion won in strokes and went on to defeat the Furious Tango for first place in the Women’s Masters Division.

The Mixed Social Division saw a similar play-in take place between the Mutineers and Team PNW. Team PNW went ahead 1-0, but the Mutineers fought back and tied the game, sending it to penalty strokes. The Mutineers came out on top in the penalty stroke competition and went on to face Team Spoons in the Mixed Social final. The Spoons defeated the Mutineers in the final to take first place Mixed Social Division.

The Women’s Social Division was played in round robin format. Team #Island went undefeated throughout the tournament, winning first place in the Women’s Social Division. Team Mom & Me finished in second and the Tri-City Eagles followed in third place.

Field Hockey BC would like to thank all teams, umpires and volunteers who helped make this weekend a success! We’re excited to see you all again next year!

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!

 

Instagram Contest Winner: Congratulations Hope Scheibal!

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the Field Hockey BC Spring League Instagram Contest! We are pleased to announce the contest winner: Hope Scheibal, of the U16 Tri-City Mavericks! Hope is the winner of an FHBC “Field Hockey is Life” t-shirt.

Did you miss your chance to submit your photos? Great news: We loved your submissions so much that we’re re-opening the contest! See contest details below:

How to Enter:

  1. Take a photo or video with your Spring League team, post it on Instagram and tag @fieldhockeybc.
  2. E-mail your photo/video to info@fieldhockeybc.com or send it to us via Direct Message on Instagram. Please include your name, contact information and club.

The next deadline for submission is Monday, June 3rd. Winner will be announced Wednesday, June 5th. 

Rules:

Photos and videos can be on or off field, individual or team photos. Submissions must contain one or more players in their club uniform to be considered. Individuals may submit up to three entries. By entering the contest, you consent that Field Hockey BC  has to right to publish and re-distribute your photo or video.

Prizes:

One contest winner will be selected per submission window. The contest winner will receive a free “Field Hockey is Life” t-shirt from Field Hockey BC

Registration Open for U23 Team BC Trials!

Do you want a chance to represent BC at the 2019 National Championships? Are you born between the years of 1996 – 2001? Register for the U23 Team BC Trials today!

Field Hockey BC is excited to launch the 2019 Learn 2 Win Provincial Program for U23 male and female athletes.  Selected athletes will participate in a 10 hour training program in June and will compete in the U23 National Championships from June 29 – July 1. Interested athletes can register for the trial free of charge!

Trials:

  • Men: Saturday, May 25 from 6 – 9 pm at Tamanawis Park, Surrey
  • Women: Sunday, May 26 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at Eric Hamber, Vancouver

Trials are open to all BC athletes eligible by birth year. Registration will remain open until Wednesday, May 22nd at 12 pm. Click here for more information on the U23 Learn 2 Win Provincial Program. If you have any questions related to the Learn 2 Win Program, please contact Athlete Program Manager, Melody Haddow.

Come Out to the Train 2 Train Regional Festival!

We have an exciting weekend ahead of us! The Train 2 Train Regional Festival will take place April 25-28, 2019 at Tamanawis Park in Surrey, BC.

Photo: Chris Wilson

Train 2 Train Tournament Program

The Festival will host 11 boys and girls teams from across BC, as well as a team from Alberta in the girls division. This event will be the selection point for the U15 BC boys and girls teams that will represent our province at the 2019 National Championships July 24-28 in Calgary, Alberta.

With so much young talent on display, we want to share all the action with our field hockey community! For those who can’t make it out to the Festival, live scores and results will be available through AltiusRT. You can find lots more tournament content by following @fieldhockeybc on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

We’ll see you this weekend at Tamanawis Park!

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!