2019 Women’s BC Indoor Championship Reaches New Heights

On February 2-3, 2019,  we saw 8 teams from the Island, Lower Mainland, and Alberta duke it out at the Duncan Island Savings Centre for the 2019 Senior Women’s BC Indoor Championship. It was a competitive weekend full of close matches and intense battles resulting in an all Vikes final. The Vikes Alumni and the University of Victoria Vikes went head to head to determine which generation was the best. Both team played hard but ultimately the young guns at UVic squeaked out a 2-0 win over the Alums. Third place went to the Island Wildcats, who edged the University of Calgary Dinos in the bronze medal game.

The UVic Vikes battle the Vikes Alumni in the Championship game.

Field Hockey BC would like to congratulate all participating teams for a great weekend of indoor hockey! We are thrilled to see this tournament growing, as the tournament increased by three teams this year including the out-of-province U of C Dinos.

We’d also like to thank Brenda Lockhart who ran another excellent tournament and Wendy Stewart who took the tournament umpires under her wing. The combination of these two helped propel this tournament to new heights and we are excited to see what the future holds for the growing game of indoor hockey in BC!

2019 Annual Victoria/BC Masters Tournament set for April 6-7

Field Hockey BC is pleased to announce that the Annual Victoria/BC Masters is confirmed for the weekend of April 6-7, 2019 at the University of Victoria. Players must be at least 30 years of age to be eligible to participate in the tournament.

The entry fee is approximately $300 per team. There will be two divisions (socially competitive and socially active) and each team will play 4 games.

Interested in joining the action? Contact Pat Hall for registration details!

 

 

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!

Collingwood Repeats as High School AA Provincial Champions

The Collingwood Cavaliers came out on top for the second consecutive year at the 2018 BC High School AA Provincial Championships, hosted by Crofton House School from November 7-9, 2018.

“This is the first time Crofton has hosted the Field Hockey AA Provincials,” said Tournament Coordinator, Gerald Lambert. “It’s been really great celebrating the field hockey community, we’ve had great support from our administration, staff, students and our community. Many thanks to all who have contributed to such a major event.”

The Crofton Falcons, another top contender, took on Shawnigan Lake in a dramatic semi-final which saw Crofton edge Shawnigan 2-1 in the sixth round of a shootout. In the second semi-final between Collingwood and Seycove, the number 1 ranked Cavs poured on the pressure early, but Seycove held them off the scoreboard to take a 0-0 tie into halftime. Collingwood’s Maisie Hastings broke the scoreless tie midway through the second half to punch Collingwood’s ticket to the final.

“You’ve got a good battle between Collingwood and Crofton, it’s a common occurence that we play each other in the finals” Lambert said. “Last year Collingwood won the finals, the year before Crofton won the finals and the two teams have gone to shootouts multiple times in the past two years. It’s a great competitive rivalry.”

This rivalry was felt early on in the 2018 Provincial final between Collingwood and Crofton, as both teams came out hard in the first half. The action was back and forth throughout the first half, but Collingwood got on the board first when forward Seli Edstrand scored off the rush to give the Cavs a 1-0 lead.

With a 1-0 lead at halftime, Collingwood’s offence took off in the second half adding four goals to make it a 5-0 victory for their second consecutive Provincial AA Championship.

The 2018 Collingwood Cavaliers, BC High School AA Provincial Champions.

Crofton added their second straight silver medal and Shawnigan Lake took the bronze, while Brentwood College earned the Fair Play Award.

“It’s about the competition, it’s about friends, but what’s most important is seeing the athletes come together and celebrate their sport,” Lambert explained. “There are a lot of schools in more isolated communities that play minimal league games, so for those teams to be able to qualify and come to an event like this is a highlight of the year for them and one that they’ll always look back on. It definitely brings different communities together. It’s about a common interest and that common love for the great sport.”

For a full list of tournament results, visit the Provincial AA Tournament Website. Congratulations to all participating teams and thank you to the tournament organizers for making this event a success!

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.

 

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/.