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.
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 Pageto 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.
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 Pageto 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.
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 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!
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.
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/.
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/.
All Three BC Girls Teams Advance to the Semi Finals
The success for the BC Girls continues as all three teams advanced to the semi-finals of the 2018 U18 National Championships.
After a hard fought battle with the BC Rams last night, the BC Stags finished day 1 with a 1-1 record, making their game against Alberta this morning a must-win in order to advance to the semis. Stags’ forward, Libby Hogg, scored in the first minute and they kept the lead for the rest of the game.
Their 2-0 victory over Alberta punched their ticket to the semi-final, where they will face the BC Lions.
Despite having a bit of a tough game this morning, the Rams squeaked out a 1-0 win over Ontario East to finish the round robin undefeated. The Rams goal scorer, Bronwen Rees-Wiedemann, said despite having a tough game today, they are happy with their position going into their semi-final against Ontario West.
“It was more of a relief than anything, because we really needed it,” explained Rees-Wiedemann. “Our coach, Bubli, said every team has a game like this where we can’t really finish so it’s good that ours has passed. Moving forward we want to play like we did yesterday, because that was probably the best we’ve ever played as a team.”
The BC Lions continue to impress, with an 11-1 victory over Quebec to clinch their berth in Thursday’s semi-final. Their final match against Ontario Central, a tight one which ended in a 2-1 Lions victory, put them first in their pool, set to face the BC Stags.
“I’m excited that we made the semis, that was a big goal of ours,” said Lions captain, Nora Struchtrup.
The Lions, the BC team with the least expectations on them coming into this tournament, have definitely turned some heads with their undefeated round robin performance.
“I think it’s going to be a huge advantage being the underdogs,” reflected Struchtrup. “I know we can do it if we play as a team. We’ve got a goal scoring team, I think Cam [Camryn Haines] scored her ninth goal in three games, it’s crazy. Anything is possible and I’m really excited to see where those games take us.”
BC Boys Rams Edge BC Lions to Advance to the Semi-finals
After the BC Lions had a disappointing round robin, finishing 4th in their pool with an 0-3 record, they left it all on the field in their quarter-final match with their provincial rivals, the BC Rams.
The Rams, who finished first in their pool and are among the favourites for a podium finish, got a bit of a scare from the Lions who, despite being underdogs coming in, believed they had it in them to take the Rams out of contention.
“We know them, we know their skill set, we’ve played against them before,” said BC Lions forward, Sahjun Sehmi. “I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, they’re easily probably the best team in the tournament, we know it’s going to be a tough battle.”
After Amraaz Dhillon gave the Rams an early lead off of a shortcorner, the Lions answered back with two quick goals late in the first half, giving them the advantage going into halftime.
The Rams poured on the pressure early in the second half and on the last play before the quarter break, managed to tie it up with yet another shortcorner goal by Dhillon.
“I felt like I owed it to my teammates because they put faith in me, and my coach Kevin Pereira, he’s the one who chose the flicking option on the shortcorners,” explained Dhillon. “I just have to thank my teammates for getting the corner and my coach for giving me the opportunity.”
A quick goal after the quarter break by Naman Sharma gave the Rams the lead, and despite a strong push by the Lions in the final minutes, the Rams were able to hold on for a 3-2 win. The Rams victory puts them in the 1:30 PM (EST) semi final against Ontario Central, a team that has won the last two U18 National Championships.
After winning both of their round robin games quite handily, Dhillon believes it is a positive for their team to have overcome some adversity in their quarter final match-up, as the competition heats up going into the playoff rounds.
“My friend and teammate Rowan Childs always says adversity sparks greater opportunity,” said Dhillon. “It really woke us up because we were down for a long time in that game and for us to build up and come back and win I think that shows how good of a team we are and how good we can be.”
All four BC semi-finals will take place between 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM EST. Follow @fieldhockeybc on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates throughout the day, and follow along for live scores at https://fhc.altiusrt.com/
BC Starts Strong With 3 Teams Going Undefeated on Day 1
Many of BC’s U18 teams got just the start they were looking for on Day 1 of the National Championships in Toronto, Ontario. Both the Boys and Girls BC Rams came out of the day with two wins, as did the BC Girls Lions, who pulled off a bit of an upset against a very strong Ontario team.
The Girls Lions started the day with a massive 15-0 win over Prince Edward Island. 16 year-old Camryn Haines of Trail, BC led the team with six goals in this blowout game.
“It feels good to score, but I’m not going to let it get to my head,” said Haines. “I’m just going to go back out there and see what happens, stay by the net and hopefully get a few more. Coming into the game against PEI we didn’t know anything about them so we just wanted to play our best and see what we can do.”
“Our plan going in was not to take any team for granted no matter what they’re reputation is, just play your hardest, don’t underestimate anybody and give it your all,” explained first year BC Lions midfielder, Leah Fourie.
The Lions carried that momentum into their second game against Ontario West, a much tougher match-up in which the Lions proved that they are a force to be reckoned with. BC never trailed in that game, but Ontario brought it to a tie twice before Allison Kuzyk gave her team back the lead off of a short corner late in the game. With a 3-2 win over Ontario, the Lions are currently tied for first in their pool with Ontario Central, who they will face tomorrow afternoon.
On the Boys side, the BC Lions did not have the start that they’d hoped for, with a 6-2 loss to Alberta and a 4-1 loss to Ontario Central. They will have their final round robin game tomorrow morning before heading into the quarter-finals tomorrow afternoon.
The BC Boys Rams had a very strong start to their tournament with two decisive victories over Ontario East (4-0) and USA (10-0).
“It’s definitely a great result to start off. Everyone was working really hard, it was really impressive,” said 18 year-old Rams midfielder, Rowan Childs. “We have some things to clean up and there’s still a long way to go, we’re taking it one team at a time.”
In a pool of only three teams, the Rams have already concluded their round robin play and have clinched first place, which lands them in the first quarter-final against the fourth place team in Pool A.
“Preparation is going to be huge. Nutrition and hydration, that sort of thing,” said Childs. “The biggest thing is making sure you’re taking care of your body between games.”
The BC Girls Rams had a big day as well, with a commanding 6-1 victory over Alberta in the morning. In their second game, they took on their Provincial rivals, the BC Stags, in what was a very close and exciting match-up. The Rams took the lead early with a goal from Mia Zurkovic and they held onto it for the rest of the game, leading them to a 2-0 victory, despite the push back from the Stags.
“It was a super nerve-wracking game,” reflected BC Rams captain, Tessa Johnston. “We were able to score in the first two minutes which helped us to let go of the nerves and build on that to keep going harder and harder, because they pushed so hard and played so well. They made it a really good game.”
With one round robin game left to play against Ontario East, the Rams look to continue building on their early success and come out strong in every game.
“Our first game we had a bit of a groggy start, it took us a while to get into it,” said Johnston. “The first five minutes is a huge thing for us. We want to go out hard and maybe scare the other team a little, keeping possession and communicating really well as a team.”
The BC Stags, despite their tough loss to the Rams, are still in a great position thanks to their 9-0 win this morning over Ontario East. The Stags and the Rams currently sit first and second in their pool with one round robin game remaining. Only the first two teams in each pool will advance to the semi-final on Thursday.
The girls and boys BC teams are back at it bright and early tomorrow, with the BC Boys Lions kicking things off at 9:45 AM EST against Quebec. Follow @fieldhockeybc on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updated throughout the day, and follow along for live scores at https://fhc.altiusrt.com/.