Umpire Courses: October 2018

Field Hockey BC is excited to announce two upcoming Umpire Courses in October 2018!

Regional Umpire Course

The Regional Umpire Course will take place on Monday, October 15th and Wednesday, October 17th at the Field Hockey BC Head Office. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 10th. Umpires with a current Provincial rating are encouraged to register for this course. The Regional Umpire course costs $80 for FHBC members.

Umpire Assessors Course

The Umpire Assessors Course is being held on Saturday, October 27th at the Field Hockey BC Head Office. The deadline to register is Monday, October 22nd. Please note, this course is only open to umpires with a minimum Provincial rating and 4+ years of active umpiring. The cost of the course is $55 for FHBC members.

For more information on these two umpire courses, visit the Umpire Education Page. To register directly, click here!

Register for the 2018-2019 Learn 2 Train Program!

Registration is now open for the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island Boys and Girls Learn 2 Train Program! All athletes born between 2006-2009 with some prior field hockey experience are invited to register. Registration will remain open until October 10, 2018 at 12 p.m. Visit the Online Registration Page to secure your spot!

There is no trial for the Learn 2 Train Program. Full program payment of $200 will be collected upon registration. The Learn 2 Train Program will consist of 15-20 hours of on-field training with FHBC certified coaches. Training schedules for each region can be found here.

Visit the Learn 2 Train page of our website for more information! Still have questions? Contact Melody at melody@fieldhockeybc.com or 604-730-7220.

Support the Men’s National Team at the Red Caribou Classic!

 Come out and support the Canadian Men’s National Team at the 1st Annual Red Caribou Classic!
This fundraiser, hosted in partnership with the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club, will support the Men’s National Team on the road to the FIH World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India. The event will take place at 6 PM on Saturday, September 29th at Hugo Ray Park in West Vancouver.
Tickets are free for children under the age of 15 and $20 for adults, with dinner and a drink included in the entry fee. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Men’s National Team.
For more information or to purchase your tickets, click here!

Register for the Lower Mainland Boys Regional Program Trials!

Registration is now open for the Lower Mainland Boys Regional Program Trial! All U15 and U18 male athletes on the Lower Mainland are invited to register for the trial. Visit the Online Registration Page to secure your spot!

Trial registration will be open until 12 pm on Wednesday, September 26 and costs $10 per athlete. The trial will take place at Tamanawis Park on Sunday, September 30 from 5 pm – 7 pm (U15) and 7 pm – 9 pm (U18). Selections will be announced the following Wednesday.

The Lower Mainland Boys Regional Program is a 40 hour program which will run from October to April. Program cost is typically $600-700 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.

Registration for trials in surrounding regions will be open in the coming weeks. Click here for a full schedule of trial dates and locations by region.

Register for the Northwest Girls Regional Program Trials!

Registration is now open for the Northwest Girls Regional Program Trial! All U15 and U18 female athletes on the Lower Mainland residing in Vancouver or North/West of Vancouver are invited to register for the trial. Visit the Online Registration Page to secure your spot!

Trial registration will be open until 12 pm on Wednesday, September 19 and costs $10 per athlete. The trial will take place at Eric Hamber Field on Sunday, September 23 from 4:30-6:30 pm (U15) and 6:30-8:30 pm (U18). Selections will be announced the following Wednesday.

The Northwest Regional Program is a 40 hour program which will run from October to April. Program cost is typically $600-700 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.

Registration for trials in surrounding regions will be open in the coming weeks. Click here for a full schedule of trial dates and locations by region.

Register for the Southeast Girls Regional Program Trials!

Registration is now open for the Southeast Girls Regional Program Trial! All U15 and U18 female athletes on the Lower Mainland residing South or Southeast of Vancouver are invited to register for the trial. Visit the Online Registration Page to secure your spot!

Trial registration will be open until 12 pm on Wednesday, September 12 and costs $10 per athlete. The trial will take place at Tamanawis Park on Sunday, September 16 from 5-7 pm (U15) and 7-9 pm (U18). Selections will be announced the following Wednesday.

The Southeast Regional Program is a 40 hour program which will run from October to April. Program cost is typically $600-700 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.

Registration for trials in surrounding regions will be open in the coming weeks. Click here for a full schedule of trial dates and locations by region.

Sport for Life Coaching Course: Physical Literacy Movement Preparation

Field Hockey BC is exicted to announce that Sport for Life will be partnering with the Vancouver Hawks to deliver a Physical Literacy Movement Preparation course!
Just in time for fall season, this course is being offered to field hockey coaches as a sport-focused workshop. The course will take place at Eric Hamber Field on Saturday, September 22 from 4-7 pm. Participants will complete two e-Learning modules in preparation for the practical training session.
This course is ideal for individuals coaching youth and adolescent teams, with a focus on warm up techniques, injury prevention and overall movement skills. If you would like to learn more about the Physical Literacy Movement Preparation course, click here. Visit the Sport for Life CAMPUS site to register.

U23 National Championships Recap

From July 12-22 in Toronto, Ontario, 12 Boys and Girls BC teams competed in the National Championships. The U23 tournament marked the final portion of the 12 day event, which saw eight BC teams return home with a medal.

After the U15 and U18 BC teams collected six medals between the two tournaments, the U23’s added two more medals to the tally, with the U23 Men’s team bringing home the gold medal and the U23 Women’s team taking bronze.

Photo by Field Hockey Canada

After going undefeated through the round robin with two wins and a tie, the U23 Men’s Team faced Team USA in the semi-final. A dominant 8-0 victory in the semi-final sent them on to the gold medal game, where they would face Ontario Red who they had tied 4-4 in round robin play.

Team BC came out hard in the final game, scoring three goals in the first 20 minutes and retaining the lead to take a 4-0 win for the gold medal. The team’s leading scorer was Fin Boothroyd who has seven goals in five games, including three of the team’s four goals in the gold medal match.

The U23 Women’s team went 1-1-1 in the round robin placing them in the semi-final against Ontario White, a team they had lost to by a 2-1 margin in their first game of the tournament. After coming out to a commanding 3-0 lead, Ontario staged a late comeback which left the teams tied 4-4 at the end of regulation. Ontario prevailed in the shootout, leaving Team BC to play for bronze against Alberta.

Photo by Field Hockey Canada

In the bronze medal game, Team BC came out strong once again, with three early goals off the sticks of Leina Dueck and Lindsay Cole. They held onto the lead this time, taking a 6-0 victory for the bronze medal. Leina Dueck and Lindsay Cole led the team in scoring with four goals respectively.

With the 2018 National Championships officially over, we would like to congratulate all athletes, coaches, officials and staff for their tireless work throughout this Provincial season. You all have a lot to be proud of and we hope to see everyone back out there next year!

U18 Nationals Recap Day 4

Team BC Returns Home With a Medal of Each Colour

With four BC teams competing for a medal on the last day of the U18 National Championships in Toronto, BC ended up taking a gold, a silver and a bronze medal.

The BC Boys Rams battled hard against Alberta in the bronze medal game, ultimately winning 4-2. After going up 2-0 on goals by Amraaz Dhillon and Brendan Guraliuk, the Alberta team answered back with two goals of their own to tie the game at 2.

“I think there was always that trust that we thought we were going to win the game, that positive thinking is huge for a lot of us,” explained BC Rams midfielder, Rowan Childs. “Really believing that we are the better team and that we will come through with the win.”

The Rams did just that, starting with a penalty stroke goal by Conor Henry and an insurance marker late in the game by Johnny Jacoby to give the BC Rams a 4-2 win and the bronze medal.

The BC Girls Lions were unable to land a podium finish with a 3-0 loss to Ontario West in the bronze medal game. Despite the loss, the Lions had an exceptionally strong tournament and were quite happy with their overall result.

“We weren’t even expecting to get this far, even though these games didn’t turn out the way we’d hoped we should still be really proud of what we’ve accomplished as a team,” said Allison Kuzyk, who was named to the tournament 11 for her performance this week.

After an unexpected round robin performance, where the Lions went undefeated, they narrowly missed the gold medal game with a 3-2 loss to the BC Stags. In their bronze medal game against Ontario West, who they had beaten 3-2 in a thrilling round robin match-up, the Lions didn’t quite have it in them to repeat that performance and ended up in 4th place.

Coming in as the team with lower expectations than the Stags and the Rams, this 4th place finish was quite an accomplishment for the mixed BC team, who has players coming together from all over the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Interior.

“It was really exciting, I never realized what we could do and how strong our short corners were; it really felt good to show them that we’re not just the third BC team,” explained Lions defender, Sophia Berk.

“After that Ontario game, that was one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced in my entire life, especially winning the way we did” reflected Kuzyk. “I think the thing about our team is that we never gave up, it was so great.”

With BC guaranteed a gold medal on the girls side, the Rams and the Stags faced off for a BC showdown. The Rams, who won 2-0 when these two teams went head to head in the round robin, came out on top for a second time with a 4-0 win in the gold medal game.

“It’s not the outcome we hoped for, but I know we worked really hard to get here and we gave it all we could in the final game and that’s all you can ask for,” said Stags captain, Judy Cristante.

“We came in super hungry, we really wanted it the whole time so now that we finally have it, it feels so good,” said BC Rams’ Tessa Johnston.

After facing some early pressure from the Stags, the Rams answered back quickly and got on the board with a goal by senior player, Alissa Wong. Shortly after Bronwyn Bird extended the Rams lead to 2-0, the Stags goaltender, Tayler Guy was injured on a collision and forced to leave the game. As a result, the Stags had to complete the rest of the game with an extra player and no goaltender.

Despite a strong fight from BC’s Vancouver Island team, they were unable to bounce back from the deficit and the Rams ended up taking the gold medal with a 4-0 victory.

“We just left it all on the field,” explained Alissa Wong. “It’s the final game, there’s nothing else after this so we just left everything on the field.”

The BC Boys Lions finished in sixth place with a win over USA and a loss to Ontario East in the Consolation round. Mike Van Iderstine led the team with four goals in six games.

As the U18 National Championships draw to a close, we are beginning the last leg of this year’s Nationals with the U23 Men’s and Women’s teams getting underway in Toronto this weekend. For more information and updates, visit http://www.fieldhockey.ca/2018-national-championships/.

 

U18 Nationals Day 3 Recap

It was a day of elation and heartbreak for the our U18 BC teams in their semi-final matches today at the 2018 National Championships. Two of our four BC teams in the playoff round will move on to contend for a gold medal tomorrow, while the other two will play for bronze.

Gold Medal Guaranteed for the BC Girls as the Stags and Rams Face Off for Gold

It was a thrilling day for our BC Girls teams, starting with a head to head BC semi-final between the Stags and the Lions.

The Stags, BC’s Vancouver Island team, came out hard and got on the board in the first 10 minutes. The Lions, who remained undefeated through the round robin, answered back shortly after on a shortcorner goal by Kaiden Stanley.

“We just had to keep our intensity up and work as a team,” explained first year Stag, Libby Hogg. “Keep it simple and play our game.”

The Lions took the lead in the second half, with a goal by Alyssa Brooks, but the Stags’ youngsters pulled through with back to back goals from first year athletes Janet Dawson and Libby Hogg. After taking the lead with 15 minutes remaining, the Stags held on to win 3-2 and book their ticket to the gold medal game.

“It feels pretty amazing actually,” said Hogg, on scoring the winning goal. “I’m speechless, I don’t even know what to say. Our whole team did a really good job, it feels awesome.”

The following semi-final featured a re-match of last year’s gold medal game, with the BC Rams facing Ontario West. After a scoreless first half, the Rams turned up the intensity and really pushed hard through the second half of the game. Despite their efforts, they were unable to capitalize on their chances, which led them to a shootout.

Alissa Wong and Sanehpreet Basra both capitalized on their shootout attempts, while a couple of huge saves by Rams goalkeeper Aerin Park put the game in Erin Dawson’s hands. Dawson made no mistake, beating the Ontario goaltender and giving her team the chance to play for gold tomorrow.

“When I go into a shootout, I just try to forget about everything that’s happened in the game,” explained Aerin Park. “The first thing that I talk to myself about is that I just make sure to move my feet constantly and I’m always ready.”

With the win over Ontario, the Rams guaranteed a gold medal for BC, as they will face the BC Stags in the final tomorrow. The game will take place at 3:15 PM EST.

The BC Girls have a chance for a full medal sweep, as the BC Lions will play Ontario West in the bronze medal game tomorrow at 9:45 AM EST.

BC Boys Rams Unable to Solve Their Rivals from Ontario

The BC Boys Rams had a tough shootout loss to Ontario Central in their semi-final game. Despite dominating the play for much of the game, the Rams were unable to finish, leaving them in a position to compete for bronze tomorrow at 11:30 AM EST.

“It was definitely heartbreaking, playing so well and dominating the game,” said BC Rams midfielder, Rowan Childs. “But at the same time, scoring goals is part of the game, that’s something you really can’t take for granted, the winner of the game is the one who scores the most goals and we didn’t end up doing that.”

After going up 1-0 on a penalty stroke goal by Brendan Guraliuk, the Ontario team answered back with a penalty stroke goal of their own, to tie the game at 1. Despite their offensive efforts, BC was unable to regain the lead, forcing the game into a shootout.

When the first three shooters failed to score, Ontario got on the board first, beating Rams goaltender Ethan McTavish. Roop Dhillon answered back with a goal for the Rams, but Ontario kept coming and ended up getting the better of the BC team with a 2-1 shootout victory.

The BC Rams will still have a chance for a podium finish, as they face Alberta in the bronze medal game tomorrow.

“We didn’t achieve our goal of getting gold, but it’s still a big game, we’re still playing for a medal at the National Championships,” stated Childs. “It is going to be tough getting over that game, but we need to get over the hurdle and really prepare ourselves for that bronze medal game, it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get gold but we can still end on a high note.”

The BC Boys Lions went 1-1 in their consolation matches today, with a 4-3 win over USA and a 1-0 loss to Ontario East.

With four BC teams competing for medals tomorrow, you won’t want to miss any of the action! Follow @fieldhockeybc on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates throughout the day, and follow along for live scores at https://fhc.altiusrt.com/.