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.

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!