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!

 

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!

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!

Register for the Vancouver International Tournament!

It’s that time of year again – registration for the Vancouver International Tournament is now open!

The Annual Vancouver International Tournament (VIT) will take place May 18-20, 2019 at Burnaby Lake West Sports Complex. The tournament will play host to five divisions across three turf fields, with one beer garden for all (19+) players and officials to enjoy! The VIT has been one of the largest adult social field hockey tournaments on the West Coast for over 20 years and promises a fun and exciting environment for everyone involved.

The early bird deadline to secure your team’s spot is March 18, 2019 and the final deadline is April 8, 2019. Visit the VIT Event Page for more tournament information or download a registration form now:

Domestic Teams

Out of Province Teams

If you have any questions about the Vancouver International Tournament, please contact Kurt Du Bois.