Instagram Contest Winner: Congratulations Hope Scheibal!

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the Field Hockey BC Spring League Instagram Contest! We are pleased to announce the contest winner: Hope Scheibal, of the U16 Tri-City Mavericks! Hope is the winner of an FHBC “Field Hockey is Life” t-shirt.

Did you miss your chance to submit your photos? Great news: We loved your submissions so much that we’re re-opening the contest! See contest details below:

How to Enter:

  1. Take a photo or video with your Spring League team, post it on Instagram and tag @fieldhockeybc.
  2. E-mail your photo/video to info@fieldhockeybc.com or send it to us via Direct Message on Instagram. Please include your name, contact information and club.

The next deadline for submission is Monday, June 3rd. Winner will be announced Wednesday, June 5th. 

Rules:

Photos and videos can be on or off field, individual or team photos. Submissions must contain one or more players in their club uniform to be considered. Individuals may submit up to three entries. By entering the contest, you consent that Field Hockey BC  has to right to publish and re-distribute your photo or video.

Prizes:

One contest winner will be selected per submission window. The contest winner will receive a free “Field Hockey is Life” t-shirt from Field Hockey BC

VILFHA: Playoff Recap

What better way to wrap up the month of March than with a beautiful weekend of playoff field hockey on Vancouver Island! The Vancouver Island Ladies’ Field Hockey Association held playoff finals across all three divisions last weekend. All teams played exciting hockey with a number of close and competitive games. Congratulations to the Playoff Champions:

  • Div 1: Mariners (2-1 W vs Patriots)
  • Div 2: Sailors (4-3 Shootout W vs Lynx 2)
  • Div 3: Stellers (5-1 W vs Lynx 3)

Huge thanks to all players, coaches, volunteers, administrators and officials for making this another successful season! Visit the VILFHA Website for the list of standings and results.

Stellers, Div 3 Champions. Photo: VILFHA.

Support the Canadian Women’s National Team in their Tokyo 2020 Campaign!

The Canadian Women’s National Team have their sights set on Tokyo 2020. With this goal in mind, they are fundraising for the FIH Hockey Series Finals in Valencia, Spain with a goal of raising $75,000 to support their travel and accommodation costs.

These inspiring women, many of which grew up playing for Team BC and for local clubs and school teams, have uprooted their lives to pursue their Olympic dream. Check out the Tokyo 2020 Campaign website to learn more about their incredible story and how you can support their journey!

Happy International Women’s Day from Field Hockey BC!

On behalf of Field Hockey BC, we would like to wish everyone a Happy International Women’s Day! This day is very important to us as an organization because it provides an opportunity for us to celebrate our amazing female athletes and all women around the world.

In celebration of IWD 2019, we asked our Regional Program athletes to share their thoughts on International Women’s Day, their experiences as women in sport and the women who have inspired their athletic endeavours. We are proud to share their wonderful words with our field hockey community:

Please share to show your support for our incredible athletes who are breaking barriers every day!

 

John McBryde Celebrates his 80th at UBC Wright Field

On March 9, 2019, the day that John McBryde turns 80 years old, he will be out on the pitch playing for his men’s league Vancouver Hawks team. As one of Field Hockey BC’s longest active members, it seems fitting that his 80th will be spent playing the sport to which he has dedicated so much of his life!

John McBryde, still in action at 80 years old!

John was born in Maryborough, Australia and was the captain of the first Australian National Field Hockey team to win an Olympic medal when they took bronze in Tokyo, 1964. In the late 1960’s, John came to Canada and became the Head Coach of the Canadian Men’s Field Hockey team. He also served 25 years on the FIH Equipment Committee and currently acts as an Advisor on the Canadian Masters Hockey Steering Committee.

John has dedicated himself to the growth and development of field hockey for over 60 years and throughout that time, he has never stopped playing. Field Hockey BC would like to invite our community to come out to John’s game on his 80th birthday in celebration of everything he has contributed to our sport. John’s Vancouver Hawks team plays at 3 pm at UBC Wright Field on Saturday March 9, 2019. We hope to see you all out there supporting one of Field Hockey BC’s most iconic players!

John McBryde (left) and Don Paterson at the 2016 Grand Masters World Cup.

Information and images contributed by Don Paterson

Apply for an FHBC Foundation Bursary!

The Field Hockey BC Foundation is now accepting applications for a number of bursaries which provide financial support for athletes, coaches and officials. Visit the FHBC Foundation website for a full list of bursaries offered through the Foundation, as well as their eligibility requirements and application windows.

The following bursaries are currently open with an application deadline of March 27, 2019:

FHBC Athlete Assistance Bursary: The Field Hockey BC Athlete Assistance Bursary is designed to support male and female athletes in the FHBC Regional Program. An award of up to $500 will be distributed to encourage the continued athletic development of our Regional Program athletes.

Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary: The Allyn Murison Grassroots bursary is designed to support female athletes under the age of 12 in their field hockey development. Five awards of up to $100 will be awarded with the purpose of helping young athletes get involved in our sport.

FHBC Coaching Development Bursary: The Field Hockey BC Coaching Development bursary is designed to support the professional development of FHBC coaches at any level. An award of up to $750 will be distributed to the successful applicant(s).

Jenny John Officiating Bursary: The Jenny John Officiating bursary is designed to support the professional development of FHBC umpires and technical officials.  An award of up to $750 will be distributed to the successful applicant(s).

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!