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!  

Provincial Athlete Feature: Introducing Eve Carrothers

Eve Carrothers is the midfielder that every team needs. Her calm and collected strength is what makes her often the most reliable player on the field. In her grade 12 year, the Tsawwassen native will be competing for the U18 BC Rams for the third consecutive year after a strong showing at the 2019 Regional Tournament with the Southeast Killer Whales.

Eve Carrothers (back row, third from right) with the Southeast Killer Whales at the 2019 Train 2 Compete Regional Championship. Photo: Chris Wilson

Coming from a family of soccer players, Carrothers started off playing field hockey for the Delta Falcons just as a fun sport in the off season. All of that changed when she joined the Field Hockey BC Regional Program and had her first opportunity to play at the National Championships.

“I wasn’t that serious about field hockey but I really started to enjoy it with this program,” explained Carrothers. “After grade 8 when I went to the Nationals in Brampton, Ontario after that it all switched, it just took over that this was my top priority. Getting to travel with the team and doing all the team bonding activities, it’s so much fun. Every year my coaches have been great at forming a family environment, that’s why I value all of the friendships I’ve made because the team really is a family.”

Eve Carrothers in action with the Southeast Killer Whales at the 2019 Train 2 Compete Regional Tournament. Photo: Chris Wilson

Carrothers has been training with the Southeast Regional program for the past five years and has been selected to a Provincial team every year. Last year, her U18 BC Rams team earned the elusive gold medal, which they had lost to Ontario for the past few years. For Carrothers, this was a huge accomplishment as it was her first ever gold medal in four years playing at the National Championships.

“I really felt with that team last year that everything just clicked,” said Carrothers. “Everyone was really comfortable with each other and you could tell that playing was a lot of fun because we really trusted each other. I think that’s what helped us win gold and reaching that goal was way more rewarding because it was with the people that we loved playing with the most.”  

Eve Carrothers (bottom right) with the U18 BC Rams after winning the 2018 National Championships.

 In her final year playing with at the U18 National Championships, Carrothers hopes to be a leader on her team and influence her younger teammates as they look to repeat last year’s gold medal victory. They will be up against some tough competition between their Ontario rivals and two other BC teams, as well as teams from Alberta, Quebec and PEI.

Carrothers plan to continue her field hockey career next year likely at the University of Toronto where she can take her field hockey to the next level while pursuing a degree in Geophysics.

“I’m really excited to play at the next level. It will be with a lot of girls who have gone through the Provincial program I’m sure, so it will be nice to see them on the field again and reach a new level of competition.”

We are excited to follow Carrothers and the rest of the U18 Team BC athletes as each team pursues the gold medal at the U18 National Championships in Surrey, BC July 3-8, 2019!

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!

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 Friday, May 3rd. Winner will be announced Monday, May 6th. 

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!

 

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

Apply for an FHBC Foundation Bursary!

The Field Hockey BC Foundation is now accepting applications for a number of bursaries which provide financial support for athletes, coaches and officials. Visit the FHBC Foundation website for a full list of bursaries offered through the Foundation, as well as their eligibility requirements and application windows.

The following bursaries are currently open with an application deadline of March 27, 2019:

FHBC Athlete Assistance Bursary: The Field Hockey BC Athlete Assistance Bursary is designed to support male and female athletes in the FHBC Regional Program. An award of up to $500 will be distributed to encourage the continued athletic development of our Regional Program athletes.

Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary: The Allyn Murison Grassroots bursary is designed to support female athletes under the age of 12 in their field hockey development. Five awards of up to $100 will be awarded with the purpose of helping young athletes get involved in our sport.

FHBC Coaching Development Bursary: The Field Hockey BC Coaching Development bursary is designed to support the professional development of FHBC coaches at any level. An award of up to $750 will be distributed to the successful applicant(s).

Jenny John Officiating Bursary: The Jenny John Officiating bursary is designed to support the professional development of FHBC umpires and technical officials.  An award of up to $750 will be distributed to the successful applicant(s).

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.