Talent on Display at the Train 2 Compete Regional Championships

Photo: Chris Wilson

On April 11-14, 2019 the Field Hockey BC Train 2 Compete Regional Championships took place at UBC Wright Field in Vancouver, BC. This high performance event saw teams from the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Interior and Alberta compete for the title in both the girls and boys divisions.

In the girls division, both teams from the Vancouver Island and Northwest regions qualified for the semi-finals. In the first semi, the Island Stingrays edged the Northwest Sharks by a score of 1-0 on a 3rd quarter goal by Julia McDermott. The second semi-final saw the Northwest Jellyfish and Island Barracudas take a 2-2 tie into a shootout. The Jellyfish came out on top with shootout goals by Allison Kuzyk, Madeleine Wong and Kate Rogers.

The Barracudas took bronze with a 4-1 win over the Sharks. The gold medal game was a thrilling battle between the Stingrays and the Jellyfish. Both teams played hard, but an early goal by Stingrays’ forward Nora Struchtrup was the difference as the Stingrays held onto a 1-0 win to take the gold medal.

In the boys division, a four game round robin saw the Condors come out on top with three wins and one tie. The runners up from the Ravens claimed the silver medal. For a full recap of scores and results, visit the Field Hockey BC Altiusrt page.

This tournament was also the selection point for the U18 BC Teams that will represent our province at the 2019 National Championships. Selections will be announced later this week.

From April 25-28, 2019 Field Hockey BC will be hosting the Train 2 Train Regional Festival at Tamanawis Park, Surrey. Stay tuned for more details!

Join us at the Train 2 Compete Regional Championship!

Field Hockey BC is excited to be hosting the Train 2 Compete Regional Championship from April 11-14 at UBC Wright Field in Vancouver, BC.

This four day tournament will include two boys teams and eight girls teams from across British Columbia. We are thrilled to welcome the U18 Girls Team Alberta, who will be participating in the FHBC Regional Tournament for the first time ever this year!

The FHBC Train 2 Compete athletes have been training hard over the past six months in preparation for the Regional Tournament. This competition will be the selection point for the U18 BC Teams that will compete at the National Championships in Surrey, BC from July 3-8, 2019.

With a diverse range of athletes from the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Interior and Alberta, this tournament is sure to bring out a fantastic weekend of field hockey. Make sure to check out https://fieldhockeybc.altiusrt.com/ for live game statistics and follow @fieldhockeybc on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more tournament content!

We’ll see you this weekend at UBC Wright Field!

2019 FHBC Rule Amendments

With junior leagues across the province getting set to be underway, a reminder that there are five key amendments to the 2019 International Hockey Federation (FIH) rules. A simplified description of these amendments is found below and the full 2019 rules are available at: http://www.fih.ch/media/13164482/fih-rules-of-hockey-2019-final-website.pdf

Upcoming Field Hockey BC tournaments will seek to fully adopt the new rules, dependent on field allotments and the appointment of technical officials to events. FHBC will release tournament regulations in advance of each event.

FHBC strongly recommends that each league in BC adopt the new rules to allow for clarity amongst the hockey community that includes athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators.

2019 Amendments

  • Timing – Four Quarters and Penalty Corners
    1. Games are now four quarters
      1. Short breaks between quarters one and two, and quarters three and four (2 minutes) allows more coaching opportunities.
      2. A regular half time break still takes place
  • Umpires should time and monitor these breaks to ensure that games run on time
  1. Time is stopped when a penalty corner is awarded
    1. If available, technical officials can manage timing – stopping and restarting
      1. If umpires are managing time, umpires should stop time when a penalty corner is called
      2. When players are ready to take the penalty corner, the umpire managing the penalty corner should blow time in and start time again
      3. Umpires should encourage players to avoid delay when setting up for penalty corners and use common sense when managing the set up of the corner

N.B. FIH has introduced a tournament regulation that includes the use of a 40-second clock to manage the time between the awarding and the taking of a penalty corner – this is a tournament regulation and may be used at specific events, rather than an amendment to the rules

  • Removal of Goalkeeping privileges for substitute field player
    1. Teams have now two options:
      1. They either play with a goalkeeper who wears full protective equipment comprising at least headgear, leg guards and kickers and who is also permitted to wear goalkeeping hand protectors and other protective equipment, or
      2. They play with only field players
  • Defending free hits within 5 meters of the circle
    1. Players other than the attacker taking the free hit must be at least five meters away, including when they are in their circle
    2. If the attacker however chooses to take a quick the free hit, then defenders who are inside the circle and within five meters from the ball may shadow around the inside of the circle
    3. Defenders, within 5m of the free hit, inside the circle can shadow but may not attempt to play the ball until it has traveled 5m or has been touched by a defender who was 5m away when the free hit was taken
  • Free hits awarded inside the defensive circle
    1. Defenders may take a free hit awarded in the circle anywhere inside the circle or up to 15 meters from the back-line in line with the location of the offence, parallel to the side-line
  • Completion of a penalty corner
    1. Rules regarding the completion of a penalty corner have been simplified: the option that a penalty corner is completed when the ball travels outside the circle for the second time, no longer exists.
    2. A penalty corner is considered completed when:
      1. A goal is scored
      2. A free hit is awarded to the defending team
  • The ball travels more than 5 metres outside the circle
  1. The ball is played over the back-line and a penalty corner is not awarded
  2. A defender commits an offence which does not result in another penalty corner
  3. A penalty stroke is awarded
  • A bully is awarded

VFHL Playoff Recap

The Vancouver Field Hockey League finals took place at Eric Hamber Field on Saturday, April 6th. There was great action across all three men’s divisions, including a shootout thriller in the Men’s Premier League. Congratulations to the Playoff Champions:

  • Premier: India Club (5-4 Shootout W vs West Coast Kings)
  • Comp 1: Surinder Lions (4-0 W vs West Vancouver FHC)
  • Comp 2: West Coast Kings (5-1 W vs Dashmesh)

Thank you to all players, coaches, volunteers, administrators and officials for making this another successful season! Visit the VFHL Website for a list of results.

 

India Club, Premier Division Champions.

Spring League Instagram Contest

It’s finally here – Spring League starts tomorrow and we want to hear all about it! Take part in the FHBC Spring League Social Media Contest for a chance to win a “Field Hockey is Life” t-shirt!

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 first deadline for submission is Monday, May 6th. Winner will be announced Wednesday, May 8th. 

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 first contest winner will receive a free “Field Hockey is Life” t-shirt from Field Hockey BC!

VILFHA: Playoff Recap

What better way to wrap up the month of March than with a beautiful weekend of playoff field hockey on Vancouver Island! The Vancouver Island Ladies’ Field Hockey Association held playoff finals across all three divisions last weekend. All teams played exciting hockey with a number of close and competitive games. Congratulations to the Playoff Champions:

  • Div 1: Mariners (2-1 W vs Patriots)
  • Div 2: Sailors (4-3 Shootout W vs Lynx 2)
  • Div 3: Stellers (5-1 W vs Lynx 3)

Huge thanks to all players, coaches, volunteers, administrators and officials for making this another successful season! Visit the VILFHA Website for the list of standings and results.

Stellers, Div 3 Champions. Photo: VILFHA.

Congrats to All VWFHA Playoff Champions!

NV Strikers, Div 2 Playoff Champions.

Last weekend, the Vancouver Women’s League wrapped up with a number of exciting playoff match-ups across all divisions! Congratulations to our division Champions:

  • Premier: Meralomas Premier (2-1 W vs Vancouver Hawks Premier)
  • Championship: West Vancouver 1 (3-2 W vs Tri-City Eagles)
  • Div 1: Delta Falcons (W vs Elite Select)
  • Div 2: North Vancouver Strikers (2-1 W vs Vancouver Hawks 2)
  • Div 3: North Vancouver Thunder (4-3 OTW vs Burnaby Bears 1)
  • Div 4: Richmond Rebels (2-1 W vs Thrasher Sharks)
  • Div 5: Vancouver Goshawks (1-0 W vs North Vancouver Mariners)

Thank you to all players, coaches, volunteers and umpires for making this another successful season! Visit the VWFHA Website for the list of standings and results.

Support the Canadian Women’s National Team in their Tokyo 2020 Campaign!

The Canadian Women’s National Team have their sights set on Tokyo 2020. With this goal in mind, they are fundraising for the FIH Hockey Series Finals in Valencia, Spain with a goal of raising $75,000 to support their travel and accommodation costs.

These inspiring women, many of which grew up playing for Team BC and for local clubs and school teams, have uprooted their lives to pursue their Olympic dream. Check out the Tokyo 2020 Campaign website to learn more about their incredible story and how you can support their journey!

Happy International Women’s Day from Field Hockey BC!

On behalf of Field Hockey BC, we would like to wish everyone a Happy International Women’s Day! This day is very important to us as an organization because it provides an opportunity for us to celebrate our amazing female athletes and all women around the world.

In celebration of IWD 2019, we asked our Regional Program athletes to share their thoughts on International Women’s Day, their experiences as women in sport and the women who have inspired their athletic endeavours. We are proud to share their wonderful words with our field hockey community:

Please share to show your support for our incredible athletes who are breaking barriers every day!

 

John McBryde Celebrates his 80th at UBC Wright Field

On March 9, 2019, the day that John McBryde turns 80 years old, he will be out on the pitch playing for his men’s league Vancouver Hawks team. As one of Field Hockey BC’s longest active members, it seems fitting that his 80th will be spent playing the sport to which he has dedicated so much of his life!

John McBryde, still in action at 80 years old!

John was born in Maryborough, Australia and was the captain of the first Australian National Field Hockey team to win an Olympic medal when they took bronze in Tokyo, 1964. In the late 1960’s, John came to Canada and became the Head Coach of the Canadian Men’s Field Hockey team. He also served 25 years on the FIH Equipment Committee and currently acts as an Advisor on the Canadian Masters Hockey Steering Committee.

John has dedicated himself to the growth and development of field hockey for over 60 years and throughout that time, he has never stopped playing. Field Hockey BC would like to invite our community to come out to John’s game on his 80th birthday in celebration of everything he has contributed to our sport. John’s Vancouver Hawks team plays at 3 pm at UBC Wright Field on Saturday March 9, 2019. We hope to see you all out there supporting one of Field Hockey BC’s most iconic players!

John McBryde (left) and Don Paterson at the 2016 Grand Masters World Cup.

Information and images contributed by Don Paterson