Wildcats crowned champions at the Uvic Indoor Field Hockey Tournament

Photo Credit: Armando Tura

The Annual UVic Indoor Field Hockey Tournament took place on January 18-19 in the McKinnon gym in Victoria and was won by the Island Wildcats’ Black team, who defeated the UVic White team 5-1. The indoor tournament saw the Wildcats name on the trophy for the first time since 2013, following six-straight victories by the Vikes.

The Wildcats went undefeated in pool play scoring 19 goals in round-robin alone to top Pool A that included UVic White, UBC and the Rebels. Pool B was a grid lock with West Vancouver, Duncan and Wildcats White pushing for the Top 2 in their pool based on goal differential. West Vancouver ended up topping their pool, while Duncan took second by one goal. Duncan defeated West Vancouver in the third-place game, while Wildcats White defeated UBC for 5th and UVic Royal defeated Rebels for 7th.

There was a lot of experience on the floor as stalwart keeper Burgundy Biletski backstopped the 8th-placed Rebels, while the UBC Thunderbirds looked for their leadership through defender Hannah Eborall. On the UVic team, the back-to-back U SPORTS National champions split their outdoor side into two teams and had leadership from Judy Cristante on the UVic Royal team and Mel Robertson and Emily Wong on the UVic White team.

Duncan had an impressive return of athletes, all back on the team in honour of former coach and Cowichan contributor Les Mann, including Caitlin Erickson (Evans), Miranda Mann, Mary Nielsen and Crystal Poland. The Duncan team got a boost from mainland talents Anna Kozniuk, from West Vancouver, and Poonam Sandhu, from Vancouver.

The visiting West Van team was hosted by Georgia McGillivray and alongside her was a talented line up including former indoor national team member Kri Shier, as well as the skills of Paige Norris and Kaela Barker and the talented Sam Lyzun in goal.

The Wildcats also had their outdoor team split into two. The 5th-placed Wildcats White team featured the defensive experience of Kyla Kirby and Heather Wheatley, as well as the speed of Kira Starr in the middle. The Wildcats black team totalled over 30 goals in the tournament thanks to the teamwork of sisters Chloe and Stefanie Langkammer, while defensive anchors Ali Baggott, Meggan Oliver, Jenna Goodman and Birkley Anderson helped to minimize the efforts for keeper Theresa Kennedy who was outstanding in her first appearance on the hard wood.

Up next, most of the teams will regroup for the BC Senior Indoor Tournament, Feb. 1-2, in Duncan.

Final standings:
1. Wildcats Black
2. UVic White
3. Duncan
4. West Vancouver
5. Wildcats White
6. UBC
7. UVic Royal
8. Rebels

Two players representing BC on the Women’s Indoor National Squad

Field Hockey BC would like to congratulate Kathleen Leahy and Elise Wong. They were selected for the Women’s Indoor National Squad and, along with 12 other players from different provinces, are heading to Minsk, Belarus, for a Training Tour week, between January 16 and January 24.

Here is the full squad list:

  • Alison Lee – Mississauga, ON
  • Angela Lancaster – Burlington, ON
  • Elise Wong – Vancouver, BC
  • Emily Ziraldo – Etobicoke, ON
  • Hilary Ziraldo – Etobicoke, ON
  • Kathleen Leahy – Victoria, BC
  • Katie Lynes – Oakville, ON
  • Krissy Wishart – Hamiltin, ON
  • KJ Williams – GK – Burlington, ON
  • Madison Babineau – Milton, ON
  • Madison Thompson – Waterloo, ON
  • Marica Laplantem- GK – Waasis, New Brunswick
  • Sam McCrory – Waterloo, ON
  • Shannon Pereira – Scarborough, ON

Louis Mendonca – Markham, ON
Shank Premakanthan – Scarborough, ON

Manager – Shoba Lobo – Richmond Hill, ON
Therapist – Justine Branco – Mississauga, ON

Field Hockey BC AGM Notice

The Society’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2020 Field Hockey BC Annual General Meeting will take place on February 10th, 2020. A weekday evening has been chosen following requests at the 2019 AGM to allocate a time outside of weekend playing commitments for members. The 2020 AGM will be hosted at Fortius Sport and Health in Burnaby, BC and will convene at 6.30 pm. All pertinent AGM documentation will be posted in advance of the AGM in the documents section of the Field Hockey BC website at the following link: http://fieldhockeybc.com/documents/.



Field Hockey BC’s president, Alan Waterman, and other BC names inducted into FHC Hall of Fame

Field Hockey BC would like to congratulate the president of our Board of Directors, Alan Waterman, for being in the 2019 Induction Class of Field Hockey Canada’s Hall of Fame. Alan, inducted in the Official category, have been an international umpire for over 17 years and umpired in several relevant events such as the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the 1994 World Cup and three Champions Trophies.

Along with Alan Waterman, other prominent names of Field Hockey in our province are also being induced by FHC: Shelley Andrews from Victoria and Alan Hobkirk from Vancouver in the Athlete category. Shelley was the first Canadian female player to appear in more than 100 international matches and participated in several World Cups and in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Hobkirk was in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and was part of the team that won the Gold Medal in the 1983 Pan-Am.

In the Builder category, Dorothy Asuma from the Sunshine Coast, Jack Taunton from Vancouver and Jenny John from Kamloops are also being inducted. All of them are fundamental parts of the sport in British Columbia and – each in their own area and very special way – have been helping to develop field hockey all across the province for decades now.

To read the full story, please access Field Hockey Canada’s website here.

Register for the U18 and U15 Interior Girls Regional trials

Registration is now open for Regional Trials for the U18 and U15 Interior Girls (Kelowna, Kamloops, Oliver, Nelson, Trail, Penticton and surrounding areas).

To register, go to www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php.
Deadline for registering is January 8, at noon.

Who is this for and what do I need to know?

  • Female U18 (2002-2004) and U15 (2005-2007) athletes who live or attend school in the Interior Region (Kelowna, Kamloops, Oliver, Nelson, Trail, Penticton and surrounding areas)
  • $10 (non-refundable) paid online
  • Deadline to register is 12pm on Wednesday, January 8. No exceptions!
  • Trial takes place Sunday, January 12 at Kelowna CNC (Indoor) @11:45am
  • Training begins January 19 – see current Training Schedule (subject to change)
  • See the U18 Program Overview and the U15 Program Overview for more details on the 2019-20 U18 and U15 Interior Girls Regional Program

Fitness & Selection

On-field skills will be assessed at the trial on November 3rd. Fitness (yo-yo test) will be assessed the following weekend at the Richmond Olympic Oval. If you have never done a Yo-Yo test before, don’t worry! Our coaches are there to explain and demonstrate a Yo-Yo test to everyone.

What is the Yo-Yo Test? Read the Fitness Protocol
What score do I need to achieve? Read the Fitness Policy
For additional information regarding evaluations and selections: Read the Selection Process

Everything you need to know about trials, selections, and training can be found here

Questions? Contact the Athlete Program Manager.

Register for the U18 Girls Indoor Field Hockey Tournament 2020 on Vancouver Island

Registration is now open for the U18 Girls Indoor Field Hockey Tournament 2020.

ENTRY DEADLINE: January 15, 2020
FEE: $400 per team after December 31, 2019.
EARLY BIRD FEE: $350 per team if registered by December 31, 2019.
WHERE: Cowichan Community Centre, Duncan, BC
WHEN: January 25-26, 2020
FORMAT: Round Robin games finish by 3:30 pm on Sunday.

Also accepting players looking for teams or teams looking for players. $50 per individual player. Maximum of 12 players per team.

To register or for more information, please contact Brenda at u18indoor@gmail.com.

Here is the Registration Form.

Register for the U16 Girls Indoor Field Hockey Tournament 2020 on Vancouver Island

Registration is now open for the U16 Girls Indoor Field Hockey Tournament 2020.

ENTRY DEADLINE: December 20, 2019
FEE: $350 per team after December 15, 2019.
EARLY BIRD FEE: $300 per team if registered by December 15, 2019.
WHERE: Cowichan Community Centre, Duncan, BC
WHEN: January 4-5, 2020
FORMAT: Round Robin games finish by 3:30 pm on Sunday.

To register or for more information, please contact Brenda at u18indoor@gmail.com.

Here is the Registration Form.

Provincial Indoor Umpire Course on Vancouver Island

The Provincial Indoor Umpire Course is $25 for FHBC members. The course will be one session of 4 hours, including theory and exam. Participants must obtain a grade of 75% or higher in order to pass as a Provincial level umpire or obtain a grade of 60% or higher to pass as a Community Level Umpire. Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years by the end of the calendar year to register.


Dates:  Friday January 3rd (registration cut off: Friday December 20th)
Location : Cowichan Community Centre
Times: Friday January 3rd 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 
Instructor: Wendy Stewart

To register for the course click HERE!

Assessment Opportunities will be available at the following events.

  • U16 BC Indoor tournament Date: 4-5 Jan, Duncan, BC
  • U18 BC Indoor tournament Date: 25-26 Jan, Duncan, BC
  • BC Seniors Indoor tournament Date: 1-2 Feb, Duncan. BC

Job Opportunities with FHBC – Sport Development Manager and Events & Officials Coordinator

Field Hockey BC is hiring!

There are currently two job opportunities with FHBC, as a Sport Development Manager and also as an Events & Officials Coordinator.

The position of Sport Development Manager is a new role within the Society staffing structure. This role is designed to plan and implement program delivery intent on improving the knowledge base and practical application of male and female coaches and officials throughout the province of British Columbia. The Sport Development Manager will be directly responsible for the delivery of both the National and Provincial Coach Education and Officials Education training and certification program, the initiation of an FHBC coach and official mentorship program, and the further development and delivery of a targeted coach and officials professional development pathway.

Click here to see the full job description and apply for this position.

The position of Events and Officials Coordinator is designed to provide logistical support in line with the operational requirements of the annual Field Hockey BC event calendar and event based officiating calendar, the officials development pathway and the delivery of the Officials Professional Development and Certification Program, as well as, the oversight for facility bookings and equipment provision to Field Hockey BC programming. The Events and Officials Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination of each of the areas outlined within this job description and will report as a staff member of the Society to the Executive Director.

Click here to see the full job description and apply for this position.

Deadline for applications for both positions is January 8, 2020.
Interviews will occur on January 13, 2020.
Job to commence from January 27, 2020