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!

FHBC Staff Update: John Sacre and Julie King

Field Hockey BC is excited to announce the hiring of two staff members: John Sacre and Julie King. John Sacre, a veteran coach at the National, Provincial and Community level, is joining us as the Head Provincial Coach and Performance Manager. Julie King has been actively involved with Field Hockey BC for several years, and is transitioning from her role as Provincial Coach and Performance Manager to Head Regional Coach. Both John and Julie’s coaching bios can be found on the Meet the Coaches page of our website.

Welcome John and Julie!

 

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.

Support the Men’s National Team at the Red Caribou Classic!

 Come out and support the Canadian Men’s National Team at the 1st Annual Red Caribou Classic!
This fundraiser, hosted in partnership with the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club, will support the Men’s National Team on the road to the FIH World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India. The event will take place at 6 PM on Saturday, September 29th at Hugo Ray Park in West Vancouver.
Tickets are free for children under the age of 15 and $20 for adults, with dinner and a drink included in the entry fee. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Men’s National Team.
For more information or to purchase your tickets, click here!

Field Hockey Canada “One Team Webinar Series”: Episode 3

Field Hockey BC is pleased to announce that the Field Hockey Canada “One Team Webinar Series” is back with their third episode next week! This session will feature long time Canadian Technical Official, Paula Parks, who will be discussing her Olympic and International Competition experience as a Technical Delegate.

The webinar takes place on Tuesday, September 25th at 5 pm PST. This one hour session is free of charge and open to anyone! Register here to secure your spot!

Sport for Life Coaching Course: Physical Literacy Movement Preparation

Field Hockey BC is exicted to announce that Sport for Life will be partnering with the Vancouver Hawks to deliver a Physical Literacy Movement Preparation course!
Just in time for fall season, this course is being offered to field hockey coaches as a sport-focused workshop. The course will take place at Eric Hamber Field on Saturday, September 22 from 4-7 pm. Participants will complete two e-Learning modules in preparation for the practical training session.
This course is ideal for individuals coaching youth and adolescent teams, with a focus on warm up techniques, injury prevention and overall movement skills. If you would like to learn more about the Physical Literacy Movement Preparation course, click here. Visit the Sport for Life CAMPUS site to register.

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/.