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!

Clothing

Athlete Clothing

Each year, registered Field Hockey BC High Performance athletes receive a variety of customized clothing items from our apparel partners, Kukri. These items include tournament uniforms, training pinnies, socks, and other items such as hooded sweatshirts, shorts, and shirts. Items may vary from season to season.

Are you currently involved in a Field Hockey BC High Performance Program? This is where you can find up-to-date information on what, when and how to get your Field Hockey BC clothing!

Regional Program

Mandatory Clothing Items

Every year, Regional athletes are required to have certain items for the training environment (i.e. training pinnie). Some items are included in the levy, and others are paid for separately.  We will let you know what you need, and how and when to order your Kukri gear.

Optional Clothing Items

Kukri and FHBC also have an online shop available for registered athletes to purchase FHBC clothing. Items on the online store are optional and are not covered by athlete fees.

Regional Tournament Clothing

FHBC supplies professional Kukri uniforms for Regional Tournament teams. Tournament uniforms are rental items and athletes are responsible for keeping and returning them in good condition.

All current information on Regional Program clothing can be found in the links below.

2018-19 Train 2 Train Girls
2018-19 Train 2 Train Boys
2018-19 Train 2 Compete Girls
2018-19 Train 2 Compete Boys

Provincial Program

Provincial athletes receive two full Team BC uniforms, and select training items as part of their athlete levy.

Current information on Provincial Program clothing can be found in the links below, when available.

2019 Train 2 Train Girls 
2019 Train 2 Train Boys
2019 Train 2 Compete Girls 
2019 Train 2 Compete Boys 

Crofton to Host AA Girls Provincial Championships

We have an exciting couple of weeks ahead of us in BC High School field hockey! The AA Varsity Girls Provincial Field Hockey Championships are set to take place from November 7-9, 2018 hosted by Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC.

Games will take place between Kent Field (Crofton), Wright Field (UBC) and Trillium Field.

The host team Crofton Falcons will be looking to upset the defending champions and number one ranked Collingwood Cavaliers. These two schools have a long-standing rivalry at Provincials as the only two teams to have claimed the Championship Banner in the last four years.

The top 16 teams in the Provincial AA division will face off in a round robin, with the top two teams from each pool moving on to the Championship round. The Championship consists of eight teams from the Lower Mainland, four from Vancouver Island and four from the Kootenay and Interior regions. Click here for a full schedule and list of teams.

Field Hockey BC is a proud sponsor of the event, and we encourage you to come out and support these young athletes! Visit the Provincial AA Website for more information.

 

Register for the Vancouver Island Regional Trials!

Registration is now open for the Boys and Girls Vancouver Island Regional Program Trials! All U15 and U18 male and female athletes residing on Vancouver Island 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, October 17th. The cost of the trial is $10 per athlete for boys and $20 per athlete for girls. The trial for U18 Girls and U15/U18 Boys will take place on Friday, October 19th from 6 – 8pm at the University of Victoria Field Hockey pitch. The trial for the U15 Girls will be held on Sunday, October 21st from 10am – 12pm at the Cowichan Sportsplex. Selections will be announced the following Wednesday.

The Vancouver Island 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.

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

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.

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.

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!